Picking Up Others Emotions

April 23, 2012 in Birth, Birth Video, Cesarean, Doula

I was watching a birth video and it gave a warning that it was going to show a cesarean.  “Turn off now if you don’t want to see a graphic cesarean”

Well, I was curious so I watched.  It wasn’t pretty, it was graphic and it made me hurt to watch it.   I felt it physically and emotionally.

T2 was watching me watch the video (he didn’t see the video at all).  Just by watching me watch it he felt sad and scared and afterward asked me to release some emotions he had taken on from watching me watch.

It brought home to me how sensitive he is and I am actually very similar. I FEEL what others are feeling, unless I use my bubble of peace to protect myself.  (Bubble of Peace is a Hypnobabies tool)

As birth workers we need to have a strong bubble of peace or some type of protection so we can support others in their feelings and experiences without taking them on as our own.

How many of you have taken on your clients emotions during a birth?

What tools do you use to keep this from happening?  Or do you not find it to be a problem?

 

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