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Birth Trauma: A Cultural Blindspot

By Matthew Appleton, M.A.

Birth is an important event in a continuum of experience, which a child can communicate to us if we are able to listen. There are two kinds of crying: one for physical needs, and the other to process memories. If we acknowledge birth trauma, we allow the child to tell her story. Even at one day old, having one’s story heard for the first time can be life-changing.

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Kelly Brogan, M.D., ABIHM

Kelly Brogan, M.D., is a holistic psychiatrist and author of the New York Times bestseller A Mind of Your Own, Own Your Self, and the children’s book A Time For Rain. She is co-editor of the landmark textbook Integrative Therapies for Depression. She is the founder of the online healing program Vital Mind Reset, and the membership community, Vital Life Project. She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College, and has a B.S. from M.I.T. in Systems Neuroscience. She is board-certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine, and is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms. She is a certified KRI Kundalini Yoga teacher and a mother of two.


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