Founder: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Pam England

As a novice nurse-midwife, I loved listening to positive, home birth stories, but tuned out traumatic stories. Midwifery school prepared me to gather a brief obstetric history for the chart, however, not a word was spoken about basic skills of birth story listening: how to listen deeply, what to listen for, or what to say. After my traumatic labor and cesarean birth, I did not know how to listen to my own story and sort it out, nor could I find a skilled birth story listener anywhere: not in the cesarean support group, not among midwifery peers, not in therapy. Realizing I was not alone, I saw the collective need for trained birth story mentors and a process for every parent and birth-related professional. And so this life-long journey began …

When I listen to a birth story. . .

Throughout the session, I hold in mind the storyteller’s intention for healing, as well as an expectation for their desired change of heart; I bring my full attention to the storyteller and rely on the process to shepherd the storyteller “home.” Within minutes of beginning a session, the storyteller’s inner eye and heart begin to open as we excavate the meanings their story. No two stories or storytellers are alike, so every session is a unique search for and discovery of the Medicine-from-within, meant just for that story and storyteller.

As a Facilitator/ Teacher . . .

Initiating birth story mentors/listeners in this life-changing work is a delight, a discipline, and is my life purpose. A stickler for detail, I want each student of this process to achieve their highest potential because this work can change a life forever. Pam earned a Master’s degree in psychology/ counseling from Antioch College with an emphasis on perinatal issues, and has been engaged in a four-decade study that has become the Birth Story Medicine philosophy and process.

Learn with Pam

  • Pam’s Birthday GiveAway: The Birth Story Labyrinth Process Webinar

    PAM’S BIRTHDAY GIVE-AWAY

    THE BIRTH STORY LABYRINTH PROCESS

    for Individuals and Small Groups

    SATURDAY  AUGUST 1, 2020

    9:30 to 11:30 am PST

  • Summer Semester: Help Parents CHANGE the STORY THEY ARE BRINGING TO BIRTH

    July 27 to August 31, 2021
    1:30 to 3:10 pm PST

    with Pam England

    What you will learn this Summer!

    • The birth story does not begin in birth; parents bring its origins to
    • How a birth story is constructed.
    • The ancient map of birth as a heroic journey is in the foreground of your mentoring; evidence-based information falls to the background.
    • How to utilize interactive dialogues to turn attention inward in search of knowing the self, instead of gathering more acquired information.
    • How to cultivate self-respect and acceptance instead of feeding outcome-focused anxiety.
    • To envision paths to the solution, instead of seeing and strategizing how to avoid the problem.
    • Stories and metaphors are retained longer than bullet point information; observe the power of storytelling Medicine in demonstrations and imagine your own unlimited creativity.
    • Transform being frozen into fear by teaching parents how to ride their metaphorical Tiger or Crocodiles.

    *Please read our refund policy below before signing up

  • Winter Semester – Advanced Training

    Unmasking the Archetypes to Reveal the Dreaming

    5 Archetypes . . . 8 Weeks

    Innocent.   Magician.    Orphan.   Patient.    Mother

     

    Pam’s been writing the book you’ve been waiting for–about the narrative archetypes of the birth story medicine process. She’s eager to share chapters, exercises, Medicine stories, and case studies with you. Before each live seminar (on Zoom), you will prepare by reading a chapter, article, or excerpt from a book and completing one of the new Mentor-Be-Wise exercises.

    Our Winter Gathering of mythopoetic bits and new remedies will restock your Birth Story Medicine Cupboard. We’ll travel in various directions, going back into pages of ancient stories and knowledge, South to appreciate how developmental phases awaken archetypal patterns, then inward to recognize universal psychic patterns, and forward, to bring our new gifts to inspire transformation in birth storytellers.

    Registration Deadline: February 3rd

     

     

Want a listening session with Pam?

Reach Pam at 505-377-8282 & pam@birthstorymedicine.com.
Pam's listening sessions are priced on a sliding scale from $60 to $120.
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