Two years ago, Brenda was pregnant with twins. A few months prior to her due date, Brenda was hospitalized for 30+ days before being thrust into an emergency C-section. Due to the hospital’s capacity, her twins were transferred to another NICU – away from Brenda for the first few days of their lives. When Brenda met her twins for the first time, they were wearing masks and hooked up to IVs.

After Brenda was able to take them home with her and her husband two months later, everything seemed out of place. Nothing was the way that Brenda thought it would be and soon after, she began to realize that something was seriously wrong. About a year later, Brenda was diagnosed with PTSD from her traumatic birth experience, and slowly she began to accept her experience and heal.


1.22 – Brenda’s Childhood

3.43 – Life after University and getting pregnant with twins

5.07 – The pregnancy

7.20 – Pregnancy complications

10.05 – Unexpected early birth

12.08 – Post-birth in the NICU

16.45 – Brenda realizes there’s something off

19.40 – Brenda becomes a doula

21.56 – Brenda’s diagnosis of PTSD

22.32 – Amy’s reflection on Brenda’s story

24.08 – Brenda’s treatment 

27.46 – Brenda’s attachment to the idea of perfection

31.50 – Amy’s concluding thoughts

33.14 – How Brenda is doing today

37.05 – Brenda’s dedication

39.11 – Amy’s key takeaways

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