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7 Steps To Healing The Mother Wound With Bethany Webster

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‘A good mother puts her own needs last.’ 

‘You should enjoy every moment of motherhood.’ 

‘It’s important to get your pre-baby body back, fast.’

… This is just a handful of the limiting beliefs people can hold about motherhood. 

Sometimes we inherit these beliefs from our own mothers, sometimes they’re fed to us from society, and sometimes they get embedded in our brains without us even knowing. Today’s podcast guest, Bethany Webster, says this way of thinking stems from the ‘Mother Wound’ — the inherited pain of being a woman in a patriarchal culture. And in today’s episode, she’s guiding us through the process of healing this wound, ditching our dysfunctional coping mechanisms, and expanding our idea of what it means to be a mama.

Known as a ‘midwife of the heart’, Bethany Webster is a writer, transformational coach and international speaker. Her work has filled a crucial gap in our understanding of women’s lives by blending cutting-edge research on intergenerational trauma, feminist theory, and psychology to comprehensively define the Mother Wound.

Bethany’s insights in this conversation blew me away. I was nodding along like crazy, as she described so perfectly what it’s like to be a woman in this world and how many damaging beliefs we can absorb without even realising. Whether you are a mama, want to be a mama, have a mama, or just want to understand yourself and the women in your life better, you’ll find veins of gold throughout this podcast, and I can’t wait for you to listen.

So if you want to heal your ancestral wounds, actualize your full potential, and redefine your own relationship with motherhood, this conversation is for you.

In this episode we chat about: 

  • Her story from being the ‘mother figure’ as a child, to falling pregnant at 19, to healing her Mother Wound and her spiritual awakening to where she is today (05:46)
  • What is the Mother Wound? (21:04)
  • The truth about why people get defensive (26:18)
  • Why we need to stay open in all our relationships and the power of CCC  (29:20)
  • 7 steps to heal your Mother Wound (and how this process can transform your own life, as well as your relationship with your mother) (35:16)
  • What if you already have children — is it too late to heal your Mother Wound? (54:01)
  • Why you need to get support on your healing journey (55:28)
  • How to apply this work to your Father Wound (56:11)
  • What she is working on within herself at the moment (59:22)
  • How to care for the inner child and heal Mother Wounds as a couple (62:34)
  • Plus so much more! 

Episode resources: 

Bethany’s blog
Why it's Crucial for Women to Heal the Mother Wound Article
Transforming the Inner Mother: Become the Mother You Always Wanted -- To Yourself by Bethany Webster (FREE e-book)
What is the Mother Wound? by Bethany Webster (FREE e-book)
The Verbally Abusive Relationship by Patricia Evans
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Thank you so much for listening to this episode. I’m so honored that you’re here and would be so grateful if you could take 2 minutes to leave me a 5-star review in iTunes or on your podcast app, that way we can inspire even more people together.

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    • Natalia
      September 12, 2019

      Thank was such a healing podcast, THANK YOU! Being emotionally abused by my mother (until now, although I live in a different country), I can relate so much to everything Beth was sharing. I will continue my healing journey and I'm very grateful for this support. Thank you Melissa, I love your podcasts! x

      • September 13, 2019

        You are so welcome darling Natalia. Well done on doing the work. You're amazing! xx

    • Natalie
      September 14, 2019

      This subject hits me deep in the heart. I'm dealing with these exact difficulties and inner challenges. I have four young children and have felt very broken open by my motherhood experience. I am grateful for some new tools and insights into how to move forward to healing from Bethany.

      Side note: I tried the links to Bethany's resources but it seems as if her website is down. I'll check back another time on that but I hope she knows there is an issue with her site so we can get her valuable information asap once fixed.

      Thank you for a fantastic podcast on a forward thinking topic Melissa.

      Love, Natalie

      • September 15, 2019

        You're so welcome Natalie and remember you are an amazing muma, don't forget that. xx

    • Joe Martinelli
      September 26, 2019

      WOW! Just finished listening to this one on my commute this morning. I'll be sharing this with my wife.

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