avatar Anna Gannon Editorial Lead at Expectful
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Could opening up a conversation about sex after birth be the first step towards healing?

Kimberly Johnson believes so and is on a mission to help women reconnect with their sexuality and heal themselves after giving birth.

Over nine years ago, Kimberly gave birth and was left with severe tearing in her pelvic floor, constant low back sacral pain, hemorrhoids, and searing pain during sex. Unable to get the support she needed, Kimberly set out on a journey towards healing herself, traveling all over world to study how other cultures approach birth and postpartum. The wisdom and tools that she brought back with her became the foundation for Magamama – the sum total of Kimberly’s international teaching + research, private conversations with legendary healers, and lived experience.

On today’s episode Kimberly shares her birth and postpartum story, common sex issues that can arise after birth and how we can begin to heal postpartum.

About Kimberly

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KIMBERLY ANN JOHNSON was a yoga teacher and bodyworker whose body, and life, was permanently altered when she sustained an injury during childbirth. Determined not to get a full pelvic floor reconstructive surgery, she traveled the world learning about postpartum practices. After healing herself, she became a doula, Sexological Bodyworker, and Somatic Experiencing practitioner so that she could help women through this important and overlooked phase of development that is the postpartum period. As is taught in many traditional cultures, she believes that when nurtured and taken care of properly, women can emerge from this rite of passage stronger, more whole, and with more access to their power. She believes the same is true of relationship, that with the right tools, marriages and partnerships can be more connected and robust after children. For this reason, she wrote The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing YourBody, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality to be published by Shambhala Press in December 2017. To learn more about how to have a radiant postpartum experience and how to do a decent Kegel, go to her online home at www.magamama.com.

Kimberly has a private practice in Encinitas and Los Angeles, CA specializing in birth injuries, birth trauma, and sexual health. She is the co-founder of the STREAM School for Postpartum Care with her mentor Ellen Heed, where they train professionals to help women heal from painful sex, birth injuries, and genital trauma. Her most outstanding accomplishment is being a single mom to fiery 10-year-old, Brazilian daughter, Cecilia.