Congratulations to Nicole Tricarico, our Third Facilitator to be Certified by Birth Story Medicine. Nicole is very focused, talented, and has a great sense of humor. We are excited to introduce her to you through this interview!
What motivated you to take up birth story mentoring as a vocation?
When I was coming to terms with my own traumatic first birth experience I struggled to find the understanding and healing that I sought. At my Birthing From Within introductory workshop hearing about the Birth Story Gates was mind-blowing, and I became fascinated with how we process birth experiences and my own healing process. When I took the Birth Story Listening course, I just knew this was something I wanted to do to support others with emotional birth trauma; I couldn’t imagine not doing being a Birth Story Mentor. I am often in awe of the shifts birth story-tellers experience in a one-hour session. The process, although very well constructed for healing, often has a magical quality that still surprises and delights me. Facilitating Birth Story Medicine courses and trainings is both challenging and satisfying. It’s a joy to help students grow and learn the basics of the Birth Story Medicine process. Being part of spreading this work throughout the world is a privilege.
When did you come to Birth Story Medicine training?
After attending the Introductory workshop with Birthing From Within (February 2012), I took Part I of the Birth Story Listening course (January 2013), then Advanced Birth Story Medicine (2016), and began facilitator training in June 2017.
Tell us about yourself:
I have been a Naturopath for over 23 years. For the last two years I have owned my own thriving naturopathic practice specializing in women’s health, fertility and children’s health. I am also a Trainer with A Celebration Day for Girls, preparing mothers and daughters for the rite of passage into early womanhood. I love bringing ceremony, which is often lacking in modern culture, when facilitating women’s circles and mother blessings in my community.
I live in Shepparton, Australia, which is 2 hours north of Melbourne. Shepparton, known for fruit growing, is surrounded by many orchards and farms. I am married with three children. Our family has an energetic dog a Jack Russell, called Millie. We are lucky to have most of our family close by. I need a lot of quiet time to stay focused, and find yoga, reading, walking in nature, cooking and baths fit the bill.
We are pleased to announce and welcome five new apprentices who are beginning their year-long (or longer) training in January 2020: Farrah Sheehan, Deirdre Coutsoumpos, Barrie Rein Thunemann, Nora Ignat, and Pam Roe.