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Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy

English, Parenting, 1 season, 242 episodes, 6 days, 5 hours, 41 minutes
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Birth is amazing, beautiful, wonderful…and it can throw you for a loop! Despite our very best birth “plans,” we can find ourselves taking some twist and turns during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum that we don’t expect. Enter the Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy Podcast! Hey mama! My name is Stephanie and I’m a mom of three boys, a professional doula, childbirth educator, and the creator of the Online Birth Course - My Essential Birth www.myessentialbirth.com. I live to help mothers just like you feel empowered and confident during pregnancy, birth, and into motherhood by taking my years of knowledge and personal/professional experience in the birth world and breaking down complex birth topics to make preparing for labor & birth a breeze! Every week you’ll hear from women ready to share their knowledge with other pregnant moms about pregnancy and birth topics that will have you feeling knowledgeable and in the driver’s seat of your best birth experience. Your best birth starts here >>>>www.myessentialbirth.com/getstarted
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Subchorionic Hemorrhage: What We Missed In Our Last Episode on Exercise, Management, and Birth Outcomes

Any kind of bleeding in pregnancy can be worrisome. Join us for our Part 2 episode on Subchorionic Hemorrhage. In this episode, we'll talk about exercise, management, and birth outcomes. This is all just information for you to work through anything that comes your way.Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Postpartum CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramSubchorionic Hemorrhage: What It Is & When To Talk to Your ProviderGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
4/16/202420 minutes, 22 seconds
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Gestational Diabetes Nutrition: All the Best Advice for Diet, Prevention, and Management with Leslee Flannery, Registered Dietician

Getting diagnosed with gestational diabetes can be scary and overwhelming. What to eat, when to eat, measuring your blood sugars, so much new information you need to process and take in. Whether you were just diagnosed or are trying to do what you can to prevent it, this episode is for YOU!Where to find Leslee and her work:InstagramWebsiteLinks Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesFresh TestGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
4/9/202439 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Episode Your Birth Partner NEEDS to Hear on How to Best Support You During Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum

In addition to educating yourself on your options for your birth experience, one of the most important things a mama needs is a supportive birth partner. Your birth partner should know how to support you, advocate for you, and anticipate your needs during labor. You can learn all about that here!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesPopular Episodes for DadsBirth Plan DownloadFull Term AppGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
4/2/202437 minutes, 49 seconds
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Birth Story: Unplanned Pregnancy to Knowing What Her Body Needed with Savanna Davis

This week's birth story is from Savanna Davis, a My Essential Birth student and first time mama! She walks us through her emotional journey of not being prepared for her pregnancy and how she educated herself on all her options, whether or not she intended to go that route. Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
3/26/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 16 seconds
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Dr. Robyn Thompson: Encouraging Breastfeeding, Maternal Bonding, & The Importance of a Mother's Intuition

Our esteemed guest, Dr. Robyn Thompson, joins us this week to discuss breastfeeding, the importance of the maternal bond with baby, and how crucial a mother's intuition is. We dive into the Three Golden Hours and what that means for setting mom and baby up for success with breastfeeding.Where to find Dr. Thompson:InstagramWebsiteBreastfeeding GuideLinks Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
3/19/202450 minutes, 3 seconds
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Vaccines during Pregnancy and For Baby: Make the Most Informed Decisions & Choose What's Right for Your Family

Vaccines are a hot topic these days when it comes to pregnancy and for our children. Stop to think about why that is. All parents want what's best for their children. In this episode, I'm asking you to ask yourself some very important questions when making these incredibly complex decisions.Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesSources:https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pregnancy/vacc-safety.htmlhttps://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/pregnant/mom/get-vaccinated.htmlhttps://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pregnancy/hcp-toolkit/flu-vaccine-pregnancy.html https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.htmlGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
3/12/202436 minutes, 19 seconds
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Every Mother Needs to Hear This for Every Stage of Motherhood: You Are Enough and Worthy

You are enough, and I hope that, yes, you know that. When we're going through the things that we go through to become mothers, when we're dealing with infertility, when we are growing a baby, when we are in the throes of our postpartum weeks, do we believe that we are enough?Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
3/5/202428 minutes, 32 seconds
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Empowering & Strengthening Your Body: Pregnancy & Postpartum Workouts for Every Stage of Motherhood with Coach Kim Perry

Wherever you are in your pregnancy or postpartum, you can still move and strengthen your body! This week, we have Fit Pregnancy Coach, Kim Perry, share her advice and wisdom on staying fit, strong, and happy during your motherhood journey. Kim's Social Media:WebsiteInstagramLinks Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesKim's Fit Pregnancy Starter GuideGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
2/27/202443 minutes, 56 seconds
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Birth Story: Preparing and Knowing Her Options for Her Unmedicated Birth with Katelynn Monty

Discover Caitlin's inspiring birth journey this week! We delve into Caitlin's experience, from navigating pregnancy challenges to advocating for her birth preferences. Learn about the importance of preparation, support, and informed decision-making during childbirth. Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
2/20/202440 minutes, 25 seconds
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7 Ways to Prepare Your Mind & Body during the 3rd Trimester!

If you are in your third trimester, this is 100% for you! If you're in the third trimester and you're feeling like, "Oh my gosh, what is coming next? Labor is so exciting and I can't wait, but what am I supposed to be doing?" Do these 7 things to prepare your mind and body for birth!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesFree Birth Plan TemplateEpisode 175: The Evidence-Based Information You Need to Know about Real Food, Pregnancy Diets, & Postpartum Nutrition with Lily Nichols, RDNFree Hospital Bag ChecklistEpisode 131: Do This To Start Labor Naturally NOW!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
2/13/202425 minutes, 52 seconds
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A Guide to Knowing Pain Management Options BEFORE Your Contractions Begin

You get to decide what will work best for you. It's important to plan for the birth you want, the one that will light you up and bring you joy, whether if it's with an epidural, an unmedicated birth, or somewhere in between. You get to pick! Have all the information to make those decisions. Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
2/6/202434 minutes, 7 seconds
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Birth Story: Preparing & Practicing for an Unmedicated Birth with Autumn and James Cosgrove

Having a birth partner that is on the same page as you is critical when you're working through planning your birth map! This week, James and Autumn share their birth story and how communication, the My Essential Birth Course, and their preparation helped them achieve their desired birth!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
1/30/202458 minutes, 59 seconds
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Tongue Ties & Chiropractic Care for Mama + Baby with Dr. Casey Baker

As a mama, it can be overwhelming wading through all the information out there regarding best practice and alternate options when it comes to care. Dr. Casey Baker, who specializes in chiropractic care for mamas AND babies, gives us a wealth of info as we dive into tongue ties and general chiro care!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesWhere to find Dr. Casey Baker on Social Media:InstagramWebsiteGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
1/23/202439 minutes, 20 seconds
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An Overview of Breech Babies: What You Can Do To Prevent It, The Risks, and Your Options

Having a breech baby can kind of throw a wrench in your birth plans. BUT! With breech babies, it's similar to any kind of vaginal delivery. You allow mom and baby to work together, let intuition do its thing and have an excellent, carefree birth in the safety of a good provider.Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesAmerican Pregnancy InformationACOG's FAQ's for Breech BabiesSpinning BabiesTo celebrate hitting 10k over on Instagram (@myessentialbirth) every one who joins the birth course during the month of December gets to choose from one of our Black Friday bonuses AND a is entered in to win a 45-minute labor & birth prep zoom call with ME! Go to myessentialbirth.com/getstarted to sign up! GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
1/16/202446 minutes, 29 seconds
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Scheduled for an Induction? Here's What You Should Know with L&D Nurse, Mackenzie DeClark

You've heard me talk about inductions before, but this time, we're walking through what to expect with Labor & Delivery Nurse, Mackenzie DeClark. She gives us the nitty gritty about what induction is, different methods, and how it affects your birth plans.Where to find Mackenzie:TikTokInstagramWebsitePodcastTo celebrate hitting 10k over on Instagram (@myessentialbirth) every one who joins the birth course during the month of December gets to choose from one of our Black Friday bonuses AND a is entered in to win a 45-minute labor & birth prep zoom call with ME! Go to myessentialbirth.com/getstarted to sign up! GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
1/9/202454 minutes, 58 seconds
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Birth Story: Delaying Her Induction Three Times with Taylor Ward

Taylor Ward joins me to share her unmedicated birth story! She knew she wanted to go the midwife route. At 41 weeks, she started hearing talk of induction. She postponed her induction 3x and had her baby at 41+5. Taylor shares how My Essential Birth helped her prepare for the birth of her baby. Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesTo celebrate hitting 10k over on Instagram (@myessentialbirth) every one who joins the birth course during the month of December gets to choose from one of our Black Friday bonuses AND a is entered in to win a 45-minute labor & birth prep zoom call with ME! Go to myessentialbirth.com/getstarted to sign up! GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
1/2/202458 minutes, 34 seconds
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{REBROADCAST} Contractions: What You Can Expect, How to Know It’s Time for You to Head to Your Birth Place, & How to Keep Track

We're sharing our most downloaded episode in 2023! 🎉Most births are not like the movies. They don’t typically start with a massive gush of water followed by insanely intense contractions that have mom rushing to the hospital. 🚑 That’s not to say a birth can’t start with your waters breaking and even immediate contractions, but most often, you’re going to have some time to ease into labor. With that in mind, I’m going to walk you through what you can expect with those first contractions, what you can do to help manage them as they increase in intensity and consistency, and how you can easily keep track if you want to. 📝Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramContraction Timer & Counter 9mContraction Timer - Time LaborFull Term - Contraction TimerGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
12/26/202343 minutes, 6 seconds
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Introducing Ellement, Prenatal Supplements Created and Personalized for Each Mother, with Doreen Bloch and Dr. Nate Fox

No pregnancy is the same, and every body is different. Why would we think prenatals would be the same for everyone? Our guests, Doreen Bloch and Dr. Nate Fox dive into the world of prenatal supplements with us and talk about how Ellement is geared towards providing care for women individually. Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesDiscount Code for starting Ellement supplements: BIRTH 20About the Unexpected: Navigating Pregnancy During and After ComplicationsGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
12/19/202335 minutes, 44 seconds
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Low Iron or Anemia during Pregnancy? What Can You Do Now to Raise Your Levels?

Fifteen to twenty-five percent of moms will experience low iron levels or anemia during pregnancy. Don't worry! There are a few ways that you can raise those levels to remain in control of your birth, pregnancy, and delivery! Listen in!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free Exercises15% OFF Coupon for Paleo Valley Beef Liver SupplementsGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
12/12/202322 minutes, 31 seconds
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Birth Story: Navigating Birth Together with Alisha & Brady Williams

It's so important to have your birth partner on the same page as you. This week, we talk to a husband and wife who prepared together for birth. By preparing and educating themselves together, Brady was able to anticipate Alisha's needs when she couldn't verbalize them herself.Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
12/5/202358 minutes, 29 seconds
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Birth Control: What Kind of Options Do You Have and How Do You Choose the Right One?

We talk a lot about what to do to get pregnant, have a healthy pregnancy, and achieve the birth of your dreams. What about planning for more babies? Or no more babies? We dive into your options for birth control and talk about pros and cons so you can make the best choice for you and your family!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesGetting Your Body Ready for Pregnancy & Tracking Ovulation GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
11/28/202330 minutes, 26 seconds
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Prepare for an Empowered, Informed, and Supported Birth with Grace Pastuck, Birth & Postpartum Doula

Get ready for an incredible episode with Grace Pastuck, a Birth & Postpartum Doula. We talk about how to prepare for an empowered, informed, and supported birth. Your birth team is crucial when it comes to achieving the birth experience that you desire!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesBlack Friday OFFERS!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
11/21/202356 minutes, 21 seconds
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Will "Advanced" Maternal Age (Pregnancy at Age 35 Years or Older) Affect Your Pregnancy?

This episode is for our mamas who are 35 years or older and planning to have an unmedicated birth. While some would consider your pregnancy to be "geriatric," being prepared and selecting the right provider can make a huge difference!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesACOG's "Pregnancy at Age 35 Years or Older" ArticleACOG's "Having a Baby After Age 35: How Aging Affects Fertility and Pregnancy"Evidenced Based Birth: Evidence on: Pregnancy at Age 35 and OlderGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
11/14/202333 minutes, 51 seconds
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Birth Story: Managing the Process of Natural Birth with Lisa Thrower

Birth is not suffering! It is a manageable process that you can work through by preparing your mind and body. This week's episode is about reframing how you approach birth with Lisa Thrower. She used her traumatic birth experience as the catalyst for researching her options for a natural birth. Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
11/7/202351 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Nitty Gritty of Postpartum

In this episode, we delve into the unspoken challenges of postpartum, discussing mental health, physical recovery, and the societal pressures faced by new mothers. This is one of those episodes that you can listen to again and again, and then tuck away for when you need it.Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesFREE Postpartum GuideOur Postpartum Must HavesOur Postpartum EpisodesEpisode 90: Vaccines: What You Need to KnowEpisode 108: Bringing Baby Home: Mom & Dad Talk PostpartumEpisode 156: The First 24 Hours Postpartum: Mom & BabyEpisode 164: Postpartum Checklist for MomEpisode 188: Motherhood or Postpartum Depression: Navigating the Rollercoaster of Life as a Mother & Knowing When To Seek HelpEpisode 196: Postpartum Doula, Gigi Vincent, Answers Your Questions!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM! Want to be the first to know about our latest promotions, exclusive discounts, and limited-time offers on our My Essential Birth products? Click HERE!
10/31/202339 minutes, 12 seconds
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Getting Your Body Ready for Pregnancy & Tracking Ovulation

We talk a lot about what to do during your pregnancy to achieve your desired birth experience. What about before you get pregnant? Stephanie talks about things you can do now to prepare your body for getting pregnant and how to have a low risk birth.Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
10/24/202328 minutes, 49 seconds
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How to Take Charge of Your Birth with Kyleigh Banks from The Autonomy Mommy

You've heard us talk about being empowered with knowledge to stand up for yourself, but what does that actually look like? How can you prepare for your birth when it comes to trusting your instincts or standing up for yourself? Kyleigh Banks from The Autonomy Mommy answers all these questions!You can find Kyleigh and her work here:PodcastWebsiteInstagramLinks Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesI want you to join us for this totally FREE LIVE training exclusively for My Essential Birth listeners by heading to myessentialbirth.com/doula to reserve your spot today! See you there!  I want you to join us for this totally FREE LIVE training exclusively for My Essential Birth listeners by heading to myessentialbirth.com/doula to reserve your spot today! See you there! GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
10/17/202344 minutes, 21 seconds
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Trust Your Parenting Instincts for Your Baby's Sleep with Lauren Weber from Isla-Grace Sleep

Baby sleep is a huge concern for parents, but what will work for you and your baby? Lauren Weber from Isla-Grace Sleep talks about trusting your instincts as a parent, safe sleep, and how to lay the foundation for helping your baby regulate their emotions and what's biologically normal for sleep.Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesLauren Weber's Contact Napping PDFGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
10/10/202346 minutes, 25 seconds
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Birth Story: When Birth Partner Support Really Matters with Laura & Mark Rowdon

Having your birth partner as your support person is SO important but even more so when you're in another country! Mark and Laura share their birth story while in Japan and how they worked together to overcome language barriers, what kind of support was needed, and ways to look at birth differently!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
10/3/202356 minutes, 19 seconds
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What If Your Loved Ones Don’t Support Your Plans for Your Birth Experience?

It's so important that you have positive places, spaces, and people around you as you prepare for your birth so that you can be excited, confident, and ready for this experience rather than fearing it. So what can you do if you don't have the support of your loved ones? Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesDONA InternationalQuestions to Ask Your ProviderQuestions to Ask Your MidwifeBirthplace Tour QuestionsIna May’s Guide to ChildbirthFind It & Flip It ExerciseGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/26/202330 minutes, 12 seconds
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What Can You Do to Prepare for Your 2nd, 3rd+ Birth?

When it comes to your births after that first one, you may be thinking, I've totally got this! And you do! However, it's important to continue learning all you can and seeing if there are any ways that you can improve your birth experience from the previous one!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Postpartum CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramGentle Cesarean Birth PlanEpisode 191: Let's Talk about Pelvic Floor Exercises, Diastasis Recti, and Holistic Approaches to Infertility with Dr. Lizzie Kieffer, DPTEpisode 163: Pelvic Floor Therapy with Amanda Fisher & Marin ColeCesarean Rates InformationGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/19/202343 minutes, 7 seconds
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Birth Story: Envisioning the Birth You Desire with Allie Robinson

This week's birth story is about a mama who envisioned the birth she wanted, BUT she also put in the work to make her dream a reality. Things like the three daily exercises, drinking red raspberry tea, and listening to positive birth stories can make all the difference! Links MentionedMy Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Postpartum CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/12/202334 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Wonderful Benefits of Booby Food: Turning Your Breast Milk into Freeze-Dried Powder

We dive into the benefits of Booby Food, a service that will freeze dry your breast milk, which retains more nutrients than traditional freezer storage. It’s shelf stable, travel friendly and can be added to your babe’s foods when transitioning to solids!Links MentionedMy Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Postpartum CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramBooby Food Social Media LinksWebsiteInstagramTikTokGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/5/202333 minutes, 27 seconds
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Subchorionic Hemorrhage: What It Is & When To Talk to Your Provider

Any kind of bleeding in pregnancy can be worrisome. So what can you do when you experience bleeding? In this episode, we'll talk about causes, when to see your provider, and what to do to stay positive if it happens. This is all just information for you to work through anything that comes your way.Links MentionedMy Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Postpartum CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramThe RhoGAM Shot during Pregnancy and at Birth: Why Is It Important? When Would You Need It?A Guided Pregnancy Meditation for MamasFind It & Flip It ExerciseGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/29/202320 minutes, 18 seconds
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The ARRIVE Trial & What It Means for Mamas

We're diving into the ARRIVE Trial, which studied if elective inductions would result in a lower death and complication rate for babies compared to waiting till at least 40+5 weeks for elective induction. Join us as we look over the findings and discuss what they did not include in their findings.Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Postpartum CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesQuestions to Ask Your ProviderSources Mentioned:ARRIVE TrialIntegration of the ARRIVE TrialInterpretation of the ARRIVE TrialGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/22/202327 minutes, 55 seconds
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Pregnancy & Prenatal Depression with Sarah Merrill of the Bottle Service Podcast

Show NotesJoin us as we interview Sarah Merrill, creator and host of the Podcast Big Kid Problems along with the Bottle Service Podcast. We talk about Sarah's pregnancy, working through her prenatal depression, and lessons learned for any future pregnancies!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Postpartum CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/15/202336 minutes, 21 seconds
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Birth Story: Unmedicated Hospital Birth with Jamie Peterson

Show NotesJamie knew she had the goal to go unmedicated, and did EVERYTHING she could to accomplish her goal. She put in the work to prepare her body and become as educated as she could about birth. With the support of her husband and doula, her labor lasted for three hours after a membrane sweep!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Postpartum CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/8/202339 minutes, 21 seconds
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Water Birth: Is It for You and What Are the Benefits?

Are you interested in having a water birth? You can utilize a water birth early to get in the zone, or you can utilize it later in labor to take that edge off to keep things moving, to get a break, or just to feel a little bit more comfort and ease for the laboring process. You get to choose!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Postpartum CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesQuestions to Ask Your ProviderQuestions to Ask Your MidwifeGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/1/202332 minutes, 46 seconds
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Prodromal Labor: How to Survive the Mental & Physical Exhaustion

If you've experienced prodromal labor, you know the mental and physical exhaustion that come along with it. If you haven't experienced it, listen in on tips to manage your contractions, positively frame the experience, and know what to expect.Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Postpartum CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
7/25/202331 minutes, 45 seconds
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Birth Story: When Pregnancy & Birth Don't Go According to "Plan" with Jake & Danielle Winter

Every pregnancy and birth is different, but no one plans to have a less than ideal experience. So what happens when things don't go according to "plan"? Jake & Danielle share their experience and lessons learned from infertility, miscarriage, and complicated pregnancies.Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Postpartum CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
7/18/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 5 seconds
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Finding Freedom and Confidence in Parenthood with Sleep & Well-Being Specialist, Taylor Kulik

Our guest this week is Sleep & Well-Being Expert, Taylor Kulik! When it comes to baby sleep, it's exciting to know what's normal and when it's not normal, what can I do? How can I make it a positive experience? And all of those kinds of questions, which we get the answers here today.Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Postpartum CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesTaylor's Respectful Sleep Solutions Freebie PDFGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
7/11/202336 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Birth Heard 'Round the World

We're celebrating our 200th Episode for My Essential Birth! 🎉 To celebrate, Stephanie King, the host of the Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy Podcast and creator of the My Essential Birth Course AND My Essential Postpartum Course, will be sharing her birth stories (one Cesarean, one VBAC, and one home birth!) and how it impacted her to become a doula! You won't want to miss this celebration episode! Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Postpartum CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesEpisode 1: "Why Your Hospital Birth Class Probably Sucks"GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
7/4/202335 minutes, 5 seconds
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Preterm Labor & Birth: Signs, Symptoms, & Options

Having preterm labor can be nerve wracking for a mama. In this week's episode, we talk about signs, symptoms, and the options you have if you're having preterm labor. You always have choices, and it's important to know educate yourself on what to do if preterm labor comes up during your pregnancy.Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesProdromal Labor & What It Means for Your BirthDid My Water Just Break? And Other Common Questions As You Approach Your Due Date!Group B Strep: The Deets!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
6/27/202337 minutes, 3 seconds
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Birth Story: Water Birth at Birth Center for First-Time Mom, Valerrie Craig

We love sharing positive birth stories with our listeners! This week, Valerrie Craig shares about her water birth at a birth center for her first baby. She takes us through her pregnancy journey, how she prepared for labor, and how she pushed through the mental blocks towards the end of her labor. Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
6/20/202340 minutes, 59 seconds
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Prenatal & Postpartum Preeclampsia: Signs to Watch For

While prenatal and postpartum preeclampsia is not uncommon for women, there are still some signs to watch for and things you can do to prevent it. Even if you are diagnosed, there are still choices you can make for what is best for you and your baby's health.Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
6/13/202328 minutes, 32 seconds
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Postpartum Doula, Gigi Vincent, Answers Your Questions!

When it comes to postpartum, you may feel that you need some extra help navigating all the new experiences of motherhood. Postpartum Doula, Gigi Vincent, answers questions we've received from mamas like you! Having someone in your corner can make such a huge difference in your healing journey!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesDONA InternationalBirth Advocacy Doula Training (BADT)GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
6/6/202347 minutes, 39 seconds
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Birth Story: Unmedicated Birth for First Time Mama, Amanda Warnsholz

First time mama, Amanda Warnsholz, shares her unmedicated birth story following an abnormal pap smear before her pregnancy and the complications afterwards. She shares all about how she and her husband pivoted to prepare for a more holistic approach to birth and labor. Relaxation practice was super helpful for her and she tried to stay active her whole pregnancy!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
5/31/202350 minutes, 23 seconds
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Birth Story: Home Birth at 43+1 Weeks with Stephanie Bratton

Whether you go right up to your guess date or pass it, having that number in your head can really throw you for a loop! But at the end of the day, your body and your baby know when the time is right. So trust that your body knows what it's doing. This week, Stephanie Bratton shares her home birth story after going 43+1 weeks with her sweet babe. Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
5/23/202327 minutes, 19 seconds
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A Guided Pregnancy Meditation for Mamas

Meditation can be powerful. The mind is very powerful and very suggestive during pregnancy. We want to give it the good stuff to help us have a good mindset for pregnancy & birth. This simple, guided meditation will help you feel calm, relaxed, and in-tune with your body.Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
5/16/202315 minutes, 26 seconds
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Unmedicated Birth: How To Prepare If This Is Your Goal

There is no one right way to give birth. There is no judgment here whether you choose to go unmedicated or not! If having an unmedicated birth is your goal though, listen in for practical and helpful tips on how to achieve the birth you desire!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesFind It & Flip It ExerciseQuestions to Ask Your ProviderThe Five Love LanguagesBookTestGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
5/9/202350 minutes, 39 seconds
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Let's Talk about Pelvic Floor Exercises, Diastasis Recti, and Holistic Approaches to Infertility with Dr. Lizzie Kieffer, DPT

We tend to think of pelvic floor exercises as something you do postpartum. This week's guest, Dr. Lizzie, DPT, talks about how crucial it is to prepare your body before and during pregnancy! We talk about pelvic floor therapy, diastasis recti, and infertility. You'll want to listen in for the incredibly helpful information in this episode! 🤩You can find Lizzie at:InstagramWebsiteLinks Mentioned:FREE Pelvic Floor PDFs from Dr. LizzieGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
5/2/202331 minutes, 3 seconds
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Birth Story: Preparing for the Mental Game of Labor & Birth + The Difference the Right Support Can Make with Taryn Hoeksema

Having an unmedicated birth is a huge decision and requires so much preparation physically AND mentally. Your body will do what your brain tells it to! For your body to enter "Labor Land", it's imperative that mom feels safe and supported. Taryn shares her birth story about how her support and mental preparation helped her achieve the birth she desired for her third baby girl.Links Mentioned:Water: Nature’s Epidural15 Things That Cause More Pain During BirthDr. Marina Kimball of Begin with Family ChiropracticGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
4/25/202341 minutes, 46 seconds
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Your Questions Answered + All the Tips & Advice for Pregnancy/Postpartum Workouts, Fitness, & Recovery with Shayli Campbell

Healthy eating habits and moving your body is SO important when you're pregnant. It sets you up for a healthy pregnancy keeps you low risk! Shayli Campbell, pre/postnatal instructor, shares her advice and answers your questions about fitness during and after pregnancy!I love that Shayli was able to answer specific questions that our mamas have been asking. Shayli shares about her different programs that she has available for purchase. 🗒️She also has a deal going on for 15% off all of her programs for the last 4 weeks of her pregnancy! 🥳 Use the link below to get 15% off her programs! ⬇️You can find her at:WebsiteFitness ProgramsInstagramTikTokYouTubeLinks Mentioned:Belly Deflating Challenge with ShayliGet 15% OFF Shayli's Pregnancy & Postpartum Workouts HERE!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
4/18/202349 minutes, 5 seconds
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Motherhood or Postpartum Depression: Navigating the Rollercoaster of Life as a Mother & Knowing When To Seek Help

If you are a mom, and you’re feeling like things are hard, life is rough, you don’t know how to make things works, it is just part of the process! Just stick with it! Welcome to motherhood. We’re all in this together. I see you. I support you. You’re doing better than you think you are. 💜Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramEPDS (Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale)GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
4/11/202323 minutes, 2 seconds
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The RhoGAM Shot during Pregnancy and at Birth: Why Is It Important? When Would You Need It?

In this quick to the point but informational episode, if you are Rh negative, you will now have all the information you need about the RhoGAM shot, when you’ll receive it (if you choose!), how it’ll affect you and your baby, and all the benefits and risks. As always, you have a choice!No matter what pregnancy this is for you, there’s always more you can learn! This episode is especially for mamas who are Rh negative. We are going to talk about the rhoGAM shot. 💉Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramRhoGAM PamphletGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
4/4/202319 minutes, 44 seconds
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Birth Story: From Navigating through Infertility to Experiencing the Sacred Place of Birth with Starlee Galbraith

"I believe God made my body to do this." With this mantra, Starlee was able to achieve the birth she wanted by preparing her body and mind with the My Essential Birth Course. After struggling with infertility, she was able to focus on her dream of becoming a mother. Her husband also learned knowledge is power, which gave him confidence to be an active participant in the birth experience. Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramThree FREE ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
3/28/202353 minutes, 29 seconds
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Kim West, The Sleep Lady, Talks All Things Baby Sleep with Practical Tips and Loving Advice

Parents get so much "advice" on what to do and what not to do when it comes to baby sleep. Kim West, author and sleep coach, takes a gentle baby-led approach to creating sleep habits that will guide you and your family on your sleep journey.Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramSleep Lady's Guide: Elements of Baby-Led Sleep ShapingKim West's Social MediaInstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsitePinterestPodcastGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
3/21/202346 minutes, 31 seconds
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Placenta 101: Let's Talk about Function, Risks, Complications, and Signs to Look For

Today's episode is information all about the placenta: its function, risks, complications, and how to equip yourself with knowledge in order to make the best decisions for you and your baby should you run into one of these conditions. My goal for this episode is purely informational so you can tuck this away and refer back to it IF this happens to you. 🤍Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramSources:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK539818/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK482335/GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
3/14/202342 minutes, 3 seconds
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Birth Story: Not Asking for Permission & Preparing for Her Unmedicated Birth with Jo Gibson

An unmedicated birth experience doesn't just happen. It requires so much preparation physically and mentally. It also requires you knowing what you want and letting your provider know "this is the plan, get on board." This week's birth story with Jo Gibson is the perfect example of how knowledge is power and the more you know, the more options you have.Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 Free ExercisesQuestions to Ask Your MidwifeQuestions to Ask Your ProviderGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
3/7/202344 minutes, 43 seconds
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Let's Talk Babywearing with Cassidy Eisenfeld

Having a sweet little baby in your arms is the best feeling! But what do you do when real life hits and you've got to do all the things while still caring for your newborn? Baby wearing is a great option for mamas to keep baby close while also getting things done!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramCassidy's Recommended Baby CarriersCassidy’s Social Media Links:InstagramTikTokYouTubeEmailGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
2/28/202340 minutes, 34 seconds
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What Are The Most Common Questions A Pregnant Mama Will Ask Herself? {REBROADCAST}

I can almost guarantee that EVERY mama will ask herself these questions as she approaches her due date. When it comes to labor, we can feel unsure about what our bodies are doing to prepare for baby. Let's talk about contractions, fluids, and when it’s time to head to your birth place. Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram  Three FREE ExercisesSpinning Babies TechniquesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
2/21/202344 minutes, 44 seconds
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Preparing Her Body & Mind for her Redemptive Birth Story with Courtney Hart

Sometimes a negative experience can be the catalyst we need to make a change in our lives. Courtney Hart talks about how her first birth experience changed her life, how she prepared her mind and body for her second birth, and how our podcast made all the difference!Courtney Hart, a second time guest, shares her experience about her second birth. She walks us through her pregnancy, labor, and delivery from the viewpoint of a Labor & Delivery nurse. We also discuss how the process of choosing her provider from the hospital she worked at went, having her coworkers as her birth team, and the preparation she did to make her delivery an incredible experience.  Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramEpisode 157: Birth Wisdom for Labor & Delivery with Courtney HartEpisode 144: Relaxation Practice for LaborGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
2/14/202342 minutes, 3 seconds
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Contractions: What You Can Expect, How to Know It’s Time for You to Head to Your Birth Place, & How to Keep Track

I hope this week’s topic really resonates with you guys. I’ve said it before, I think the most exciting part of pregnancy (other than finding out you’re pregnant!) is figuring out that you’re in labor! 🥳Most births are not like the movies. They don’t typically start with a massive gush of water followed by insanely intense contractions that have mom rushing to the hospital. 🚑 That’s not to say a birth can’t start with your waters breaking and even immediate contractions, but most often, you’re going to have some time to ease into labor. With that in mind, I’m going to walk you through what you can expect with those first contractions, what you can do to help manage them as they increase in intensity and consistency, and how you can easily keep track if you want to. 📝Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramContraction Timer & Counter 9mContraction Timer - Time LaborFull Term - Contraction TimerGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
2/7/202342 minutes, 8 seconds
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Baby-Led Weaning: Bridging the Gap from Breastmilk to Solid Foods with Katie Ferraro (Mom of 7)

Baby-Led Weaning helps your baby establish a healthy relationship with food starting with their very first foods. Benefits include reducing the severity of picky eating, lowers allergy risks, increases diet diversity, and stops the meal time battles. Listen for more benefits!If you want to learn more about baby-led weaning and get a copy of Katie's 100 FIRST FOODS list, the workshop sign up page is: https://babyledweaning.co/To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramKatie Ferraro's Social Media Links:WebsiteInstagramPodcastYouTubeGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
1/31/202335 minutes, 43 seconds
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Delayed Cord-Clamping: The Risks, Benefits, and Methods You Need to Know Before Giving Birth

I want this episode to give you some things to think about when it comes to delayed cord-clamping and questions to ask your provider. We’ll talk about the pros and cons and different methods of cord-clamping, which I hope will help you make the decision of how you want to handle it for you and your baby a little easier! 💜To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramACOG’s Recommendations for Delayed Cord-ClampingImportance of Blood Transfer between Placenta and BabyThe Birth Partner by Penny SimkinGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
1/25/202321 minutes, 58 seconds
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Birth Story: Marin Cole's Unmedicated, Back Labor Birth

Educating yourself about birth and knowing your options opens you up to many more choices when it comes to your birth experience! Marin's birth story shows the importance of not only educating yourself, but also on staying firm with your choices and decisions on what is best for you and your baby. To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramEpisode 163: Pelvic Floor Therapy with Amanda Fisher & Marin ColeGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
1/17/202352 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Evidence-Based Information You Need to Know about Real Food, Pregnancy Diets, & Postpartum Nutrition with Lily Nichols, RDN

Join me this week as we uncover the evidence-based information that you need to know when it comes to your diet and nutrition while pregnant! 🥗 You'll be shocked to see the difference between what your OB is telling you to eat versus what you should actually be eating! 🤯 Lily Nichols, author of Real Food for Pregnancy, emphasizes the importance of fueling our bodies with the right balance of real foods during pregnancy and postpartum.As a bonus to thank you for listening to this episode and to ensure you get everything you can out of learning about prenatal nutrition, I am giving away a copy of our guest’s book, Real Food for Pregnancy! 🥳 All you have to do is leave a review for The Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy podcast. ⭐️ Screenshot it and send it to [email protected]!To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramReal Food for PregnancyReal Food for Gestational DiabetesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
1/9/202349 minutes, 53 seconds
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Empowering Home Birth Story with Sarah & Matthew Bivens of the Doing It At Home Podcast

No matter what kind of birth experience you want to have, the right support makes all the difference! Sarah & Matthew share how they were the creators of their experience and how love, trust, and confidence gave them what they needed to achieve the home birth they desired.So thankful for the wisdom and clarity that Sarah and Matthew shared. Their experience will be so helpful to moms and dads interested in giving birth at home. 🏡To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramDoing It At Home Social Media LinksWebsiteInstagramPodcastGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
1/3/202346 minutes, 24 seconds
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{REBROADCAST} Breastfeeding: The First 48 Hours with Sally Wright, IBCLC

We're sharing our most downloaded episode in 2022!One of the first things on our minds as soon as we have our babies is feeding them. Those first few days can feel like a blur and if you're choosing to breastfeed you may be feeling overwhelmed by ALL of the things you need to learn seemingly overnight. If you're worried about if you're producing enough or whether your baby is eating enough, or what the heck is happening to your nipple, don't worry.Today, I'm here with our special guest, Sally Wright, an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) and mother of five, to help clear up the confusion and pump out the facts you actually need to know!Sally grew up in Hawai'i and now lives in Utah. She is the mother of five children, including a set of twins. She has been an IBCLC since 2016 and has served as a volunteer Leader with La Leche League since 2006, providing community breastfeeding support. Sally especially loves helping parents of multiples meet the joys and challenges of a life with abundance. When she's not working with nursing families, Sally is driving her kids around to basketball or skating, or playing with her dogs. Sally shares a collaborative practice with three other experienced IBCLCs called Motherfed, located in downtown Salt Lake City.Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramHow to find Sally and get care from Motherfed!👇🏼WebsiteInstagramFacebookPinterestGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
12/27/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 57 seconds
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Avoid the Unnecessary Holiday Induction

This is going to be one of my quick, simple advice episodes! This time of year, it is SO important to avoid the holiday induction, because YES. It is real. We’ll be talking about five tips to keep baby right where he should be! 🤰🏼Think about these things as you come up on the holidays and your final appointments. Meditate and think on these tips. Communicate with your birth partner. Have those hard conversations with your provider. Trust yourself. 💜 I hope you enjoy your holidays and that you’ll get to see your sweet baby soon!To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramDockATot 15% Off CodeEpisode 103: Induction: When Is It Necessary & How to Make It SuccessfulEpisode 131: Do THIS to Start Labor Naturally NOW!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
12/20/202220 minutes, 58 seconds
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Setting Your Newborn Up for Sleep Success with Unnati Patel

What is one of the main concerns mamas have when it comes to postpartum? SLEEP. 😴 You’re already learning to adjust to all the things when it comes to bringing a newborn home, and you’re required to function on minimal amounts of sleep?! This week, we’re going to talk about things you can start to implement in your routines NOW to help set you and your newborn up for sleep success! Listen in!To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramDockATot 15% Off CodeNested to Rested Sleep PDF: Setting Your Newborn Up for Sleep SuccessDr. Harvey Karp: Happiest Baby on the BlockGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
12/13/202236 minutes, 22 seconds
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Birth Story: Turning Her Birth Experience Around with Cassidy Jacobsen

Instead of letting birth just "happen" to you, be an active participant in it! Educate yourself, know your options, and stand up for yourself! Your baby and your body are working together to help you achieve your best birth. ✨In this week's episode, we're chatting with Cassidy Jacobsen about her birth experience. While you can't control every aspect of birth, you CAN advocate for yourself and take action! To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramJamie Hinton: CPM, LM - Ordinary Miracle Childbirth ServicesIna May's Guide to ChildbirthMidwives Brew RecipeGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
12/4/202245 minutes, 44 seconds
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Fix Your Breastfeeding Mastitis with This New Protocol, Courtesy of Heather O'Neal & Maureen Farrell from The Milk Minute Podcast

"What can I do to treat my mastitis?" It happens to so many mamas, and it can be painful, overwhelming, and just the absolute worst. 😭 But don't worry, I've got some incredible birth professionals from the Milk Minute Podcast here to help! Heather O'Neal and Maureen Farrell are going to give us all the deets on the new protocol for treating mastitis! We'll also talk about what causes mastitis and the biology behind it.To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramFREE Mastitis PDF from the Milk Minute PodcastGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
11/29/202230 minutes, 41 seconds
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Where to Find a Provider + Top 10 Questions to Ask

Overall, the most important thing, is that you have a lot more power than you realize when it comes to your birth experience. Take that power and run with it! If you can be on the same page as your birth support (especially your provider!), be educated and knowledgeable, and communicate with your birth partner about what you want, you CAN achieve the birth of your dreams! 💜To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth Course - BLACK FRIDAY BONUS OFFERMy Essential Birth InstagramThe VBAC Link's Cheat Sheet & Provider QuestionsQuestions to Ask Your ProviderQuestions to Ask Your MidwifeBirthplace Tour QuestionsIna May’s Guide to ChildbirthGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
11/22/202235 minutes, 43 seconds
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The VBAC Link: Making Birth Better after Cesarean with Meagan Heaton

I can’t wait for all of you to hear this week’s episode. Not only because the topic is dear to my heart, but also so is the wonderful woman I get to interview. I have the pleasure of interviewing Meagan Heaton from VBAC Link. My goal is never to pressure you into having a certain kind of birth (medicated/unmedicated, hospital setting/birth center/home birth, etc.) I want you to know your OPTIONS in order to have YOUR best birth! 🤩To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramThe VBAC Link's Cheat Sheet & Provider QuestionsGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
11/16/202250 minutes, 27 seconds
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Birth Story: Unmedicated, Spiritual, and Supportive Hospital Birth with Justina & Kace Knowles

We love when we're able to hear from both mama and birth partner about the birth experience! Justina and Kace Knowles share about the unmedicated birth of their son in a hospital and how their faith, communication, and the birth course prepared them.To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
11/8/202239 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Nonstress Test: When You Need It, When You Don’t, and How to Prepare Your Body & Mind

As with every test or procedure during pregnancy, I want mamas to know about options, benefits, and risks. Whether you decline the test, ask for a second opinion, wait a few days, etc. ultimately, the choice is up to you! I want you to be informed and empowered by your knowledge. This week's podcast episode is about nonstress tests!To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram  Episode 103: Induction - When Is It Necessary and How to Make It Successful GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
10/31/202220 minutes, 46 seconds
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Postpartum Checklist for Mom

As moms we focus a lot on our babies - as we should! And it’s easy to get caught up in what our baby needs so much that we forget some of what we need too. So this is a quick and simple episode all about what mom is going to need at the birth place and once she gets home. This is the perfect episode to have your birth partner listen to so they can help you get prepped for the postpartum period. These are our basic tips for mom postpartum. All things you can prepare right now and can be ready to go when you need them. ✅ Don’t forget to share with us what your favorite postpartum items are!To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram  Birth Bag ChecklistAmazon LinksEdinburgh Postnatal Depression ScaleGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
10/25/202233 minutes, 12 seconds
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Pelvic Floor Therapy with Amanda Fisher & Marin Cole

This week, I’m bringing even more evidence-based, excellent conversation today! Something we probably don’t spend enough time talking about is pelvic health during pregnancy and postpartum. If you’re anything like me, even with all of my study of birth, you may not even know that pelvic floor therapists are a thing. Well, lucky for you . . . that’s about to change! I have two pelvic floor therapists with me today, and we’re going to dive into information you need to know and can use right now!Amanda and Marin also provided a FREE PDF with their Top 3 Pregnancy Stretches for Your Pelvic Floor. Get your download today!Feel free to email us at [email protected] or DM us on Instagram @myessentialbirth if you have any questions!To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram  Empower Your Pelvis Free PDF - Top 3 Pregnancy Stretches for Your Pelvic Floor Empower Your Pelvis Social Media Links:PodcastWebsiteInstagramYouTubeGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
10/18/202257 minutes, 53 seconds
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Birth Story: NICU Nurse, Carly McMunn, Shares Her Unmedicated, Hospital Birth Story

While it's so important to be prepared for birth, labor, and delivery, at the end of the day, you need to get out of your own way! You can do all the things, but your body knows what it's doing and was made to birth your baby! Carly McMunn shares her unmedicated, hospital birth story with us this week, and I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did!Feel free to email us at [email protected] or DM us on Instagram @myessentialbirth if you have any questions!To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram  Episode 142: Birth Story: Madison Mackley's Unmedicated, Birth Center Birth3 Free ExercisesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
10/11/202253 minutes, 40 seconds
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Your 3 Best Tips for Contractions Before Labor Begins!

Preparation is key! We'll talk about actionable, exciting things that you can do to prepare for contractions before your labor even begins! Visualizing what is happening to your body physically, mentally creating space to relax, and knowing what real contractions feel like are just a few of the ways you can make sure you are preparing yourself for your best birth!Feel free to email us at [email protected] or DM us on Instagram @myessentialbirth if you have any questions!To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram  Episode 104: Prodromal Labor & What It Means for Your BirthEpisode 154: Did My Water Just Break? And Other Common Questions As You Approach Your Due Date!Episode 138: Covid-19 + Birth {Challenges & Benefits}Episode 110: Safety of Homebirth + Informed Consent with Angie, LM, CPMSpinning BabiesEpisode 144: Relaxation Practice for LaborGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
10/4/202230 minutes, 24 seconds
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Breastfeeding Talk with Jacqueline Kincer, IBCLC

When it comes to breastfeeding, mamas have alllll the questions! My guest this week, Jacqueline Kincer, is an IBCLC and the founder of Holistic Lactation. She shares her wisdom and expertise in a way that is empowering and encouraging to all mamas no matter what stage of their breastfeeding journey they are in! 💜Feel free to email us at [email protected] or DM us on Instagram @myessentialbirth if you have any questions!To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram  Holistic Lactation InstagramBreastfeeding Talk PodcastThe Nurture CollectiveHolistic Lactation Virtual AppointmentsGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/27/202238 minutes, 47 seconds
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Baby Sleep: What’s Normal & Baby Sleep Schedules

For many mamas, baby's sleep can be a huge worry and cause us to second-guess every choice we make. We'll talk about what's "normal" surrounding breathing and wake patterns and how to anticipate your baby's needs. From sleep schedules to wake windows to co-sleeping, we will discuss them all so you can decide what is best for you and your baby!Feel free to email us at [email protected] or DM us on Instagram @myessentialbirth if you have any questions!To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram  SIDS StatisticsLa Leche League ArticleGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/20/202235 minutes, 5 seconds
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Birth Story: From Inductions to Speedy, Unmedicated Births with Lorelei & Jason Robbins

One of my favorite parts of what I do is getting to be a part of and hearing the incredible birth stories in the My Essential Birth community. Lorelei shares about how she did not see birth as a beautiful experience but something she had to get through to get to the baby. Positive birth stories are vital and empowering to other women and such an important part of preparing for your own birth experience. 💜This week, we talk about how Lorelei went from having six inductions to having speedy, unmedicated births with her last two children. This birth story hits home for me since I was able to assist as a doula for the two births. They also share how My Essential Birth made all the difference, as well as, a shift in mindset regarding labor and delivery. Feel free to email us at [email protected] or DM us on Instagram @myessentialbirth if you have any questions!To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram  Cornerstone DogEpisode 131: Do This to Start Labor Naturally, NOW!Midwives Brew RecipeGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/13/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 30 seconds
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Birth Wisdom for Labor & Delivery with Courtney Hart, LDRP Nurse & Certified LC

Get the inside perspective from Labor & Delivery nurse, Courtney Hart! We talk about birth plans, questions to ask, and how to best utilize your birth team in a hospital setting!Feel free to email us at [email protected] or DM us on Instagram @myessentialbirth if you have any questions!To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram  Birth Plan TemplateBirth Bag ChecklistHospital Tour QuestionsGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/6/202251 minutes, 14 seconds
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The First 24 Hours Postpartum: Mom & Baby

What can I expect in the first 24 hours after my baby is born? For mom, we’ll talk about all the things such as afterbirth, tearing, and what’s going on with your body. For baby, we’ll talk about tests, medical procedures, and even paperwork! Feel free to email us at [email protected] or DM us on Instagram @myessentialbirth if you have any questions!To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram  Episode 90: Vaccines: What You Need to KnowEpisode 153: Pitocin for the Third Stage of LaborAfter Ease Herbal TinctureDependsEdinburgh Postnatal Depression ScaleEpisode 139: Recovering from Birth Trauma with Karina RobinsonGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/30/202242 minutes, 15 seconds
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Vaginal Exams & “Failure to Progress”: The Lie

Ever heard the terms "failure to progress" or "mandatory vaginal exams"? We'll talk about the lies behind these phrases and the choices you have when it comes to your body and your birth experience.I know there is a lot of information about vaginal exams, natural stalls, and failure to progress. in this episode. Overall, I want you to know that vaginal exams are not an absolute way to determine where you are at in your labor progression. It is simply one tool of many. You have a CHOICE. 👍🏼 or  👎🏼Feel free to email us at [email protected] or DM us on Instagram @myessentialbirth if you have any questions!To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/23/202238 minutes, 9 seconds
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Did My Water Just Break? And Other Common Questions As You Approach Your Due Date!

When it comes to labor, we can feel overwhelmed and unsure about what our bodies are doing to prepare for bringing our baby earth-side. I’m going to answer the most common questions about contractions, fluids, and when it’s time to head to your birth place. There are no dumb, wrong, bad, or embarrassing questions! Feel free to email us at [email protected] or DM us on Instagram @myessentialbirth if you have any questions!To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram  Three FREE ExercisesSpinning Babies TechniquesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/15/202244 minutes, 44 seconds
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Pitocin for the Third Stage of Labor

We tackle a question this week that catches many moms off guard when it comes to their birth process. “Why is my provider planning to give me a shot of Pitocin before I deliver my placenta?” We’re going to talk about all of your OPTIONS so you can make an informed decision.I hope you took some notes or at least mental notes of things to discuss with your provider when it comes to managing the third stage of labor. There is never a bad time to have a conversation about what you are hoping to see happen during your birth process.Feel free to email us at [email protected] or DM us on Instagram @myessentialbirth if you have any questions!To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram   Sources:CDC StatisticsHerbs for Postpartum HemorrhageStudies of Third Stage Labor ManagementGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/9/202230 minutes, 41 seconds
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Birth Bag Must Haves

Feeling a little unsure of what to pack in your birth bag? Not to worry! We asked our mamas what items they think are essential, and we’ve made a free checklist for you to make packing so much easier! 📝I hope this episode was helpful. Don’t forget to download our free checklist! 📝 Feel free to email us at [email protected] or DM us on Instagram @myessentialbirth if you want to add anything else to our list! You can also comment on our Instagram post! To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramFREE Birth Bag ChecklistAmazon LinksFind It & Flip It Affirmation ExerciseEpisode 141 with Holly RoserGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/3/202235 minutes, 25 seconds
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Get Your Birth Team Paid For with BeHerVillage

What if you could have a registry for the SUPPORT you need postpartum in addition to the THINGS you need for your baby? 🤩 This week, we talk to Kaitlin McGreyes, founder of BeHerVillage, about the importance of empowering mothers to have the registry they want! 🙌🏼Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramBeHerVillage FREE WorkbookGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
7/26/202226 minutes, 26 seconds
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Birth Story: Unmedicated But Not Uncomplicated with Stephanie Garrity

We love positive birth stories here at My Essential Birth!  👏🏻  This week, I interviewed, Stephanie Garrity, who shared about her birth experience with her rainbow baby. While the birth map she pictured for the birth of her son may not have included many of the things that brought him into her arms, she felt the birth course prepared her for all the options, which allowed her to look back at her experience in a positive light.  🌈Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!To Leave a Review ⭐️Open Apple PodcastsFind “Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy” podcastSelect “Ratings and Reviews”Click the stars!Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was the most amazing, comforting, eye-opening thing that you loved!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramRed Raspberry Leaf TeaGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
7/19/202252 minutes, 52 seconds
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OB's, Midwives, MD's: What's the Difference?

OB’s and MD’s and Midwives, oh my! 😏 We’re going to talk about the training, certification, and background each of these providers is required to have in order to practice. Maybe you’re like me, and once upon a time, I thought OB’s were the only option when it came to a provider for your birth experience. 😆 My goal is for you to know what your options are so you can choose a provider based on the birth experience you want to achieve! Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramCesarean Requirements for OB'sDirect Entry Midwife RequirementsGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
7/12/202233 minutes, 49 seconds
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Do I Need a Doula for My Birth?

When it comes to your birth experience, one of the most important things you can do to prepare is putting together your birth team. Doulas can be an incredible asset to you as you think about who you want to support you during your labor experience. Learn about the benefits of a doula here and why having one may or may not be the perfect fit for YOUR birth. Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramImpact of Doulas on Healthy Birth OutcomesContinuous Support for Women during ChildbirthAdditional Resource:The Doula Difference: Lowering Cesarean RatesGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
7/6/202229 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ask THESE Essential Questions for Pregnancy

Are you overwhelmed with what to ask your provider, midwife, or hospital regarding what you want for your birth experience? Well, listen in! I walk you through what questions to ask, give background information behind those questions, and encourage you to educate and empower yourself to stand up for the birth you want. 🤱🏼SIDE NOTE: To get the most out of this podcast episode, I’d like to encourage you to pause this episode and go download the free lists of questions to ask your provider, midwife, and hospital so you can easily follow along while we go through these questions! They are also available in the links below!Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 FREE Exercise GuideQuestions to Ask Your ProviderQuestions to Ask Your MidwifeGentle Cesarean Birth PlanHospital Tour QuestionsGET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
6/28/202244 minutes, 54 seconds
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Birth Story: Unmedicated, Hospital Birth with Sally Steffy

Sally shares her unmedicated, hospital birth experience despite dealing with family loss the same week she went into labor. She talks about the goodness of God and how her experience of giving birth has brought her and her husband closer than ever before. We also talk about a few small things to have with you during labor that will help you keep your energy up, keep you hydrated, and distract you from the pain of contractions. She also talks about how her fitness lifestyle before pregnancy affected her and how she was able to work as a wedding photographer up until the day before she went into labor! I hope this episode speaks to your heart the way it spoke to mine!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 FREE Exercise GuideWater BottlePortable FanDon't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
6/21/202243 minutes, 33 seconds
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Pregnant Over 35 and Loving It with Jessica Estrada

Pregnant mama, Jessica, and I uncover some of the stigmas of pregnancies over age 35 such as being considered high-risk, immediate plans for induction, and more! I talk with Jessica Estrada, a first time mama at the age of 43, about her pregnancy experience. She shares her story, struggles, and what she wants other mamas who are pregnant over age 35 to know. Jessica discusses things like how family and friends have not had the easiest time with her decisions and how she's dealt with that, how her fiancé  feels about her birth choices, and how she's maintained a strong, positive attitude throughout.You're going to love listening to her light and enthusiasm about trusting your body and the process of birth. If you are pregnant and over 35 this is for you AND every pregnant mama, who we hope will be excited and trusting of their own bodies and upcoming births after listening to this. It's the small and simple things that really help our bodies to have the very best pregnancies and births possible.  Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth Instagram3 FREE Exercise GuideEarthside MidwifeDon't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
6/14/202233 minutes, 32 seconds
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Relaxation Practice for Labor

I want today’s episode to be something you can save, download, refer back to, and listen to consistently! 🎧 What we talk about today is something you can use NOW that will make your labor and birth experience so much easier! A huge bonus is that your birth partner can help you with this too! (I’ll wait while you pause this episode to go get them to listen with you.) 😉 It can be frustrating at first, but the more you practice, the better you will get, and the easier your labor will be! 👌🏼Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseMy Essential Birth InstagramdoTERRA (Oils mentioned - Lavender, Peppermint, Wild Orange, Balance)Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
6/7/202226 minutes, 40 seconds
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Induction Without an Epidural

This week we're breaking down everything you need to know to prepare yourself physically and mentally for an induction without an epidural. I cannot stress the importance of going into labor with the mindset of possibly having an induction and preparing yourself for that outcome. I'll also discuss all things Pitocin: what it is, what it does, and how it can affect you, your baby, and labor. By getting your body and mind ready before you even go into labor, you can achieve an unmedicated birth despite being induced. 🤱🏼Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseGrab your FREE guide to exercise for a better birth! My Essential Birth InstagramDr. Christopher's Birth Prep TincturesEvening Primrose OilRed Raspberry Leaf TeaDon't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
5/31/202244 minutes, 16 seconds
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Birth Story: Madison Mackley

Madison shares how her birth goals changed over time and a red flag that caused her to change service providers. Madison also discusses the moment she found the birth center for her and what led her to that decision. Madison shares the preparation she did regularly for an empowered birth. She shares her spiritual birth story and how she surrendered her body after a long and exhausting labor. Although it wasn't everything she planned, her story is beautiful and inspiring. I hope you enjoy this week's episode!Links Mentioned:My Essential Birth CourseGrab your FREE guide to exercise for a better birth! My Essential Birth InstagramDon't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
5/24/202244 minutes, 16 seconds
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Pregnant? Focus On These Two Things with Holly Roser

There are two things that stand out when it comes to how to take care of ourselves prenatally; nutrition & exercise. Mind-blowing right?! Nope...but doing some simple things while you are pregnant will help you feel better and stay in control of your pregnancy and birth decisions. Today I'm speaking with Holly Roser who is a personal trainer who specifically deals with pregnant women. She gives really practical tips and tricks about how to eat for pregnancy, snacks that are easy and good for you, what should be included in your nutrition while you're pregnant, and the very best exercises for every mom during pregnancy. Holly is also giving away her entire 6 Week Skinny Jean Program to ONE lucky listener. Leave a podcast review to be entered *details below. Holly Roser is the owner of a women’s personal training studio in San Francisco. She helps busy women across the country get results in half the time. Holly and her team of trainers provide online personal training to moms and mothers to-be from the comfort of their living rooms . Holly has been featured in many of the top fitness magazines across the country as well as CNN, Dr. Oz and numerous other media outlets. She loves helping pre-and post natal women achieve results specifically designed for their bodies. Holly is very grateful for the My Essential Birth course helping her safely bring baby Noah into this world! **This week's Giveaway is amazing!**HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:1. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts (details below) 2. Email me your review to "[email protected]"✨ That's it! ✨How To Leave a Review:1. Open Apple Podcasts2. Find "Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy" podcast3. Select “Ratings and Reviews”4. Click the stars!5. Select “Write a Review” and tell us what was most amazing, comforting, eye-opening, or that you loved!Links Mentioned:HollyRoser.comInstagram @hollyroserfitnessFacebook Holly Roser FitnessResources:My Essential Birth CourseInstagramGrab your FREE guide to exercise for a better birth!Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
5/17/202247 minutes, 30 seconds
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Almost Didn't Make It - Kayla's Unmedicated Birth Story

Kayla and her husband, Grant, share about what mattered most when preparing for their first birth and how they are getting ready to meet this baby! Kayla openly shares about her struggle with and ultimate decision to become a mother. Her and Grant discuss the open communication that was so crucial for them prior to and during pregnancy. Kayla also discusses her concern with the changes having a child would make to her body, especially considering she is in the fitness industry. This is a must-listen because I know many, many women struggle with these same things and I love how she was able to work through each of these challenges. Her birth story is incredible as well! She talks about how all of her prep left her unconvinced that she was even in labor come birthing time AND how she arrived at the hospital just in time to birth her baby, unmedicated, and exactly how she had planned for. I hope you absolutely enjoy listening to this week's birth story episode!**PLUS, Kayla is an incredible Pilates instructor and she discusses how she uses movement and core work as part of her everyday birth prep and she has included a free download for everyone - available here!Links Mentioned:FREE Download: 5 Moves to a Stronger CoreMy Essential Birth CourseResources:My Essential Birth CourseInstagramGrab your FREE guide to exercise for a better birth!Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
5/11/202249 minutes, 55 seconds
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Recovering From Birth Trauma with Karina Robinson

Birth trauma is real and it can happen to women even when they've have done everything in their power to NOT have it happen, and it's NOT their fault! If you are wondering what you can do to avoid it OR you have experienced birth trauma and want to know how to heal from it, tune in this week! Karina Robinson, childbirth educator, doula, and almost midwife 😏 joins me as we walk through what causes birth trauma, how your birth partner can identify when you've experienced it, and how to avoid it with several different tools!Links Mentioned:The Healing GroupLuvs CommercialEpisode 127: The Top Ten Red Flags From Your ProviderHow to Heal a Bad BirthResources:My Essential Birth CourseInstagramGrab your FREE guide to exercise for a better birth!Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
5/3/202247 minutes, 42 seconds
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Covid-19 + Birth {Challenges & Benefits)

If there is one thing I have learned as a life lesson that is also 100% applicable to all things birth, it's that every single challenge can be an incredible learning lesson and this holds true for what happened while women were pregnant and birthing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Challenges like pulling birth partners out of the birth rooms (unacceptable btw), moving healthy, low-risk moms to out of hospital births (the challenge is in the unexpected), mental health, women being pushed to their limits. They were all so daunting and so difficult.But...Tune into this episode because the other side of those challenges are so beautiful. Birth partners figured out what they need to know and how to support these moms - because what if they could get in but the doula wasn't allowed?, women realized how strong they were and that their bodies were made for birth when they moved their care out of hospital, women found their voices and started asking questions about policy and legalities - they stood up for themselves and their babies, and hopefully we all learned a little compassion no matter where you were at - pregnant or provider. Links Mentioned:Episode 121: 15 Things That Cause More Pain During LaborBONUS Episode with Relaxation Practice Episode 110: Safety of Homebirth + Informed Consent with Angie, LM, CPMThe Birth PartnerIna May's Guide to ChildbirthThe 3 FREE Exercise with Audio + Video Guide!Resources:My Essential Birth CourseInstagramGrab your FREE guide to exercise for a better birth!Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
4/27/202245 minutes, 25 seconds
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Moms Need This: Occupational Therapy with Kayln Robertshaw

If you haven't heard of "Occupational Therapy," join the club! I literally never heard of this until Kayln reached out to me and it's something I think every mom should be aware of. In case you have NO idea what OT's do - it's holistic care from professionals that are trained to help people get back to all of their normal things they do in life. It can be as "small" as getting in and out of bed, making sure you're showered for the day, getting back to exercises or rock climbing...literally whatever your normal and joyful day looks like - they help.It is a completely individualized approach to healthcare which every single mom will benefit from. You can head to your OB or pediatrician and ask for this kind of care BUT take a listen to see what may or may not qualify. The BEST part? It's usually covered by insurance so it's an inexpensive way to get the support you need no matter where you are at in your pregnancy, birth, postpartum...or life. 💜Kayln Robertshaw is an occupational therapy doctorate student at Rocky Mountain College in Billings Montana. She grew up in Frederick County Maryland, where her passion to enter the healthcare field first started. After graduating from James Madison University in Harrisonburg VA, she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Health Sciences, with a concentration of Health Studies and a minor in special education. Kayln resides in Utah with her husband and son where she is finishing up her last year of graduate school with clinical rotations. Her current passions and interests are working with babies 0-3 years old through early intervention and working with adults who have acquired neurological conditions such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and strokes.After finding out she was pregnant in March of 2021, she started listening to the My Essential Birth podcast. Thanks to the strategies, education and inspiration she gained from this podcast, she was empowered to successfully have an unmedicated birth. She now cherishes and obsesses over her 16 week old baby boy, Lincoln.Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
4/19/202240 minutes, 7 seconds
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Group B Strep: The Deets!

I have had so many questions recently about testing positive for Group B Strep or GBS and the number one concern is, "Will this ruin the birth that I want?" I'm here to break down what GBS is, how it affects pregnancy and labor, ways that you can decrease your chances of testing positive, what happens if you choose to use antibiotics, and also options other than antibiotics should you test positive.If you're a mom that is wanting to stay at home as long as possible before heading to your birth place, but if you test positive you definitely want the antibiotics, I talk about all of your options AND I want to encourage you right now that being GBS+ does NOT ruin any kind of birth you are aiming for! If you're reading along and have no idea what I'm talking about, that's ok and I know you're not alone. 😂 When a mom tests positive for GBS she can choose to have or not have antibiotics during labor. Antibiotics are strongly encouraged by providers. Should you choose to have them, your provider will want you to arrive at your birth place at least 4 hours prior to giving birth to administer at least two doses of antibiotics for maximum effectiveness.This is why moms that want to stay home until they're much farther in labor before heading to their birth place feel like they're going to lose some of their freedom and relaxation by going in early. Good news though - there's SO many options to choose from that make it possible to have the very best birth you were planning on. I give you all the details in this episode!Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
4/12/202222 minutes, 55 seconds
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Placenta Encapsulation with Bonnie Baker

Placenta encapsulation was a foreign concept just a few years ago, but now as it becomes more mainstream there are tons of questions around who should have it done, what the benefits actually are, if there are risks involved and when to avoid encapsulation, how Covid-19 has affected placentas, and how to find someone who really knows what they're doing. Today I get to answer all of those questions with doula and almost midwife 😏, Bonnie Baker. For as long as I have known Bonnie in the birth world, she has been involved in finding ways to improve birthing outcomes and take care of mothers during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. This includes the wonderful work of encapsulating placentas. Enjoy!Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
4/5/202246 minutes, 39 seconds
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Glucose Test Alternatives with Jacquie Berg

You come up to your glucose test between week 24-28 during pregnancy and often there's only one option given - "The Glucose Drink." This drink is filled with artificial coloring, flavors, dextrose, brominated soybean oil (banned in Europe, Japan, and India....and also patented as a flame retardant in the United States). So, yes there are a few reasons moms want to look for another option. If you're one of those moms, you're not alone! In fact, my guest for this week's episode, Jacquie Berg is a mom and was so taken back by what was being offered to her for this test during her own pregnancy, that she took matters into her own hands to create a solution.This week we're talking about everything that goes into the testing, why it's done, how glucose is measured, and healthy alternatives for moms everywhere! PLUS we have a really neat GIVEAWAY for not just one mama - but FIVE. 💜Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
3/29/202217 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Top 3 Themes of Motherhood with Jessica Lorion

There's a lot of information out there when in comes to pregnancy, birth and parenthood so what do you actually need to know when you're preparing for the journey ahead? If you're here, you're probably a mama who wants ALL the information and wants to be as prepared as possible! If so, this episode is for you!I'm joined this week by Jessica Lorion, the host and producer of the podcast, Mamas in Training. She's here to share her best tips for getting prepared for pregnancy and birth based off of the three pillars of advocacy, community, and informed consent. Jessica is learning everything she can about motherhood before she is a mother and has created the podcast, Mamas in Training, to give new moms guidance and community from moms who’ve been there. As she fights an auto-immune disease that delays her motherhood journey, she is learning right alongside you.Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
3/22/202246 minutes, 8 seconds
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Breastfeeding: The First 48 Hours with Sally Wright, IBCLC

One of the first things on our minds as soon as we have our babies is feeding them. Those first few days can feel like a blur and if you're choosing to breastfeed you may be feeling overwhelmed by ALL of the things you need to learn seemingly overnight. If you're worried about if you're producing enough or whether your baby is eating enough, or what the heck is happening to your nipple, don't worry.Today, I'm here with our special guest, Sally Wright, an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) and mother of five, to help clear up the confusion and pump out the facts you actually need to know!Sally grew up in Hawai'i and now lives in Utah. She is the mother of five children, including a set of twins. She has been an IBCLC since 2016 and has served as a volunteer Leader with La Leche League since 2006, providing community breastfeeding support. Sally especially loves helping parents of multiples meet the joys and challenges of a life with abundance. When she's not working with nursing families, Sally is driving her kids around to basketball or skating, or playing with her dogs. Sally shares a collaborative practice with three other experienced IBCLCs called Motherfed, located in downtown Salt Lake City.Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
3/15/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 57 seconds
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Do THIS to Start Labor Naturally NOW!

Childbirth is a rite of passage and an essential part of the human experience… but it can often be confusing, scary, and sometimes, a little stressful. We all want to induce labor naturally, but most of us don't know how to go about it!Sit back and relax because today's episode is a guide to inducing childbirth without medical intervention. With a bit of consideration, you can increase the chance of natural childbirth and experience a healthy, happy pregnancy!Today, I share the different herbs, oils, techniques, exercises, and procedures that you can practice to start your labor naturally, now. These include some more known medicinal oils and herbs like evening primrose oil, raspberry leaf tea, midwife's brew tea, and the lesser known black cohosh. We'll also learn about some techniques like the Webster's chiropractic technique and the miles circuit method. We'll dig into both the positives and negatives of each, so you can rest assured that you choose the best option for yourself!Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
3/8/202231 minutes, 26 seconds
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Successful Parenting Starts With Pregnancy

We're all learning together. There isn't one way to create or raise a child and there's not even a 'right' way for every person, couple, or family to navigate childbirth and parenting. It helps tremendously to find your voice as a mother or mother-to-be. In today's episode of My Essential Birth, we'll look into the importance of advocating for yourself during childbirth and parenting. You'll learn how CHOOSING things for yourself – be it your provider, your childbirth environment, or the medications for yourself and your child, could make an incredible difference in your life. It isn't wrong to be informed about medical practices. It's only right to know the facts and organize them to choose what's best for you. Listen to this episode for more information! Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
3/1/202232 minutes, 42 seconds
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Top 5 Myths of Prenatal Exercise with Nicole Scheitlin

In this week's episode, I am joined by Nicole Scheitlin to bust the top 5 myths you've probably heard surrounding prenatal and postpartum exercise and wellness.Nicole is a Pre/Postnatal Performance Training Specialist and the founder of Strong Mama Wellness where she helps people train for a healthier pregnancy, postpartum, and motherhood. She has over 10 years experience in the industry and approaches fitness and wellness in a way that supports the body during a time of extreme change. Nicole is on a mission to empower people with safe and supportive exercise so they feel strong and capable during pregnancy, prepare for labor, and recover quickly postpartum.Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
2/22/202235 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Magic of Postpartum Doulas with Sariah Wight

As a mother of 3 and someone who has experienced postpartum depression and anxiety, I wish I had known about postpartum doulas sooner in my journey.Postpartum care, especially in the US, is absolutely vital. Despite the popular narrative, postpartum care is not just about holding your baby and delivering frozen dinner. While those things are amazing and can be so helpful, postpartum doulas come equipped with extra knowledge, tools, and support measures to care for the whole you because you deserve to be taken care of too. I'm so honored to be joined by Sariah Wight, a postpartum doula here in Utah, who is here to share all her postpartum magic in this week's episode.Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
2/15/202241 minutes, 47 seconds
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Top 10 Red Flags From Your Provider

Do you know how to tell if your provider is going to be a supportive part of your birth team? I see moms run into this issues a lot. You know how much I talk about the importance of a supportive provider BUT how do you know if you're provider is the right one?! One of the things I hope this episode does for you, is make some of your own assumptions about your provider's supportiveness, or lack thereof, clear and give you ideas about what questions you should ask to figure out if you're on the same page. I'm covering things like how you choose to birth (medicated or unmedicated - yes providers may have unsupportive opinions about this), cesarean birth rates, inductions, vaccines, birth plans, doulas and more. Trigger warning! Some of the topics we cover in this episode are sensitive to some mamas. Everything here is meant to inform, give you excellent examples, and be a starting point to having those tough conversations with your provider. If you have questions about your personal pregnancy and birth experience and would like some more support, email me at "[email protected]" or shoot me a dm on Instagram @myessentialbirth.Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away! GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
2/8/202238 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Final Hour - Carly's Birth Story

This week I'm so excited to welcome Carly and her husband, Robbie who are sharing the story of the birth of their firstborn! Dive in to hear about how they navigated switching providers in the middle of their pregnancy from an OB, preparing for a  hospital birth, to a Midwife at a birth center and how they made it through the most challenging part of their labor, the final hour. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away! GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
2/1/202259 minutes, 39 seconds
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Babywearing with Certified Babywearing Educator: Annie Roskelley

This week we are joined by Annie Roskelley, a mother to 3 kids, certified babywearing educator, and volunteer at Babywearing Weber/Davis County Utah. She's sharing all her tips for making babywearing easy and enjoyable no matter how old your baby is or how much experience you have with carriers.Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away! GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
1/25/202239 minutes, 31 seconds
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Forward-Leaning Inversion + Creating Balance in the Pelvis

Today we dive further into one of the 3 free exercise that we give to you on our website, that will prepare you and your body for giving birth.The forward-leaning inversion is an exercise that creates room in the uterus and allows the baby's head to be positioned correctly.Tune in to learn more about how to give your baby the room it needs to be in an excellent position for birth that will also give you the most amount of comfort possible.Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
11/30/202128 minutes, 36 seconds
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Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy with Dr. Brandie Nemchenko

This week on My Essential Birth, I welcome Serial Entrepreneur, Chiropractor, and Doctor Brandie Nemchenko. Brandie is the Founder and CEO of Experience Chiropractic, Clinical Director of Bloom at Experience, and Developer of the Bloom Philosophy. On top of all these accomplishments, she is the author of What You Don’t Expect When You’re Expecting, a brilliant book for helping expectant mothers facing common musculoskeletal maladies through chiropractic services.We start off by asking the question, “What is chiropractic care and how does it help you during pregnancy?” From there we’ll cover a wide variety of topics, from center of gravity to pains during pregnancy, to Dr. Nemchenko’s “Six Villains of Pregnancy” and how you can fight them! Check out this week’s podcast to learn more about chiropractic care and also to take part in a special announcement we make at the beginning of this episode.Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
11/16/202134 minutes, 34 seconds
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Why The Golden Hour Matters!

Are you prepared for the very first step of the postpartum period? This week on the podcast, I talk about the golden hour—that crucial first 60 minutes following your baby’s birth. I’ll be going through why the golden hour is so important, how to get it (if it’s not immediately offered to you during your care), and exactly what you and your partner should be doing during that time. Tune in and enjoy!Show Notes1:45 - The golden hour is the first hour after the baby is born. It’s the crucial 60-minute transition that your baby goes through between the womb and the outside world. During this important time, mom and baby need time together, undisturbed, in order for them to bond, familiarize themselves with each other, and start building a connection outside the womb.3:27 - Look for a hospital with a baby-friendly certification, as these hospitals are guaranteed to offer you this golden hour. But it’s not a deal-breaker even if your hospital doesn’t have this certification. Take the time to speak with your care provider, birth center, or hospital on exactly what to expect regarding the postpartum period.4:37 - There are a ton of benefits to the golden hour, and they range from short-term to long-term impacts. Skin-to-skin directly after delivery is such a vital first step in our first hour of life that a baby will instinctively look for mom’s breast once they are placed on her tummy. Check out the amazing video I’ve linked below to see this in action!12:05 - What shouldn’t happen during golden hour? The weight check can wait an hour. For that matter, there shouldn’t be any rush to take any other measurements until after golden hour. Vaccines and other shots, blood work, hearing tests, baths, and the like aren’t urgent, either.13:51 What if mom has a Cesarean birth? And what should the partner’s role be? Different providers and hospitals have different policies so, again, it’s important to have this conversation beforehand. I’ve included a gentle Cesarean birth plan that you can download for free, linked below.17:52 How do we enforce the golden hour? How do you ensure that you receive this uninterrupted time for your birth? Aside from requesting that time from your provider, make sure you communicate to friends and family that you need those 60 minutes following the birth. You can’t get that hour back, so take it.20:44 What other questions should you ask your provider? The clearer you are on what to expect, the more relaxed and enjoyable your golden hour will be—as it should be.Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
10/26/202125 minutes, 37 seconds
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Am I In Labor?

Do you know what to look for to know it’s labor time?! This week on the podcast, I talk about what those things are but also give you some detail on how they can show up for moms because, let’s be honest, some moms may see certain signs and still wait a week or two before hitting active labor. Tune in and enjoy!Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
10/20/202137 minutes, 35 seconds
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Safety of Homebirth + Informed Consent with Angie, LM, CPM

This week I had the pleasure of having  incredible home birth midwife, Angie, LM, CPM,  join me on the podcast. Angie, from the Long Beach, CA area, gives us some insight into what the process of taking care of a mother during pregnancy and birth is like as a home birth midwife. We also went a little deeper into birthing during a pandemic as well as the importance of informed consent. Informed consent is so important to her and I know when you take a listen you will understand why and feel empowered to stand up for yourself.It's true that when you birth at home you will be birthing unmedicated but it doesn't mean your midwife won't come prepared with life-saving medications, tools, knowledge, and skills to keep you and your baby safe. With so many misconceptions when it comes to home births, including the legitimacy and safety of the practice, Angie gives us the facts that can help tackle those misconceptions and may even have you looking up a local home birth midwife near you for care. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
10/13/202151 minutes, 56 seconds
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Anne's Birth Story: Experiencing All the Firsts

I can't wait for you to listen to this inspiring birth story with Anne, a My Essential Birth Course mama, who takes us through her journey from conception, pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. It is a perfect story about what it's really like to walk through everything pregnancy, birth, and postpartum for the very first time. Her and her husband did an excellent job preparing and supporting each other. I hope you will find something special and learn tons, for both you and your partner as you listen. Enjoy!!Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
10/6/202135 minutes, 59 seconds
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Bringing Baby Home: Mom & Dad Talk Postpartum

You’ve had the baby, now what? This has now become a 24 hour responsibility. In this episode, I walk you through what happens from the time you give birth, until you reach home, and even some tools that can be useful once you've brought baby home and start to manage your everyday life. My husband also share's his dad perspective of what it was like for him when welcoming our children home. Listen in, get some great information and even better, some awesome laughs.Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/29/202142 minutes
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3 Pregnancy Lies You Probably Believe

Since it's the simple things that can trip us up the most when it comes to trying to create the birth experience we’re really aiming for, I want to throw a few "obvious" but not so obvious lies you will likely believe if you hear them during your pregnancy. I’m hoping as I give you some more details about each of these three lies your mind will start to sort through all of the information and you will continue to build on that knowledge so you have it for when you need it. Overall, I want you to realize how much power you have over your birth experience and that you are truly the one in charge. So I will tell you each lie, give you all the nitty gritty facts, and then end with the truth. Remember, I am not a medical provider and cannot provide medical advice. I’m just a birth nerd who loves to know what my options are when it comes to birthing and then be able to share them with all of you.Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/22/202151 minutes, 21 seconds
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15 Things That Cause More Pain During Birth

It's true that we love telling you all of the ways to have an easier, more comfortable, confident and empowered birth experience, but we decided to switch things up and get a little sarcastic so you can join us in some laughs while we give you all the top tips on what will cause more pain during labor.  Maybe you already know that being flat on your back and not having great support will leave you less than comfortable but what about pulling up trauma from a previous birth, focusing on all the negatives happening right now and inviting all the unsupportive and opinionated people into your birth space!? No? Don't worry, we've got you covered mama! As always, we hope that you leave this episode armed with a smile and some crazy good info about how to make your birth the best it can possibly be. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/21/202128 minutes, 14 seconds
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Twins: What To Expect With Dr. Nate Fox

I sat down with Dr. Nate Fox, once again, and I got to ask him all of YOUR questions about twins! Birthing one baby comes with its fair share of challenges, but for mamas birthing two babies in one shot, well, there's some things you'll want to know. Thankfully, Nate talks us through some of the different things you can expect during the pregnancy, birth, and some postpartum. Not only does his practice specialize in the delivery of twins, he is also the father of twins, so you will love his expertise, personally & professionally. Listen in as he gives some great information as well as resources to anyone interested in all the fun parts of having twins.Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/15/202155 minutes
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Speedy Delivery: Erica’s Birth Story

On this weeks podcast, I had the pleasure of sitting with one of the members of the My Essential Birth Course, and talking about her most recent birth experience. Erica is a mother of three, and due to previous births that were less than she had hoped for, she decided to explore a different option for her third pregnancy. She talks about her provider experience - what needed to change for this birth, course experience - what worked well, and her partner's experience - how he was not only able to step up and support her but also how he was so proud of her afterwards. We also talked about many other important aspects of pregnancy and birth. You're in for a treat with this beautiful birth story!Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/8/202136 minutes, 30 seconds
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Prodromal Labor & What It Means for Your Birth

This week’s episode is going to focus on all of the ins and outs of prodromal labor. 2020 changed a lot of things for birth, including causing a ton of prodromal labor for expecting mamas. In this episode,  I walk you through exactly what prodromal labor is, what the risks are, if there are any benefits, how to prevent it, what to do for yourself (and baby) if you end up experiencing it, and what it means for the end-game - in other words, how it affects your birth plan and if it ultimately means you can’t have the birth you were hoping for. Since this is something affecting tons of pregnant moms right now, you're definitely going to want to give this episode a listen and then tuck it away to review for later.Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/1/202140 minutes, 41 seconds
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Induction: When Is It Necessary + How to Make It Successful

Women are being forced into unnecessary inductions which makes me pose the question, do women’s bodies need to be forced into labor as much as they are being right now, and if there is a medically-necessary reason for this, how can we make it an excellent experience? In this episode I want to discuss what would constitute some medical reasons for inductions AND what you can do when an induction becomes necessary. This is something I get asked quite a bit. Once you do have a medical reason for induction, how does that change the birth plan? What do you need to know? I want you to have all of the best evidence-based information that will help you ask good questions, get all the information, and ultimately be able to make the decision that is best AND feels best for you. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/25/202141 minutes, 38 seconds
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Why Partners Love Doulas for Birth Support

If your partner is thinking that there's really no point in having a doula because that's kind of taking over their job, or they don't think it's worth the financial investment, or they just literally have no idea what a doula does, they're not alone! This episode is going to walk you through our (my husband + me) journey to discovering what a doula was, why she might be beneficial, if she was actually worth the investment, and if we would hire one again. I hope you have your partners listen in to this episode because it's an honest take on what it's like for our partners to think through and plan for having someone in their intimate space with the woman they love, during labor and birth. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/18/202147 minutes, 31 seconds
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Birth Story: Triumph Over Adversity

This is another extra special episode because I am here with my sister. If you have been following along for a while you know I said I hoped to have her on the podcast one day and I’m really excited for all of you to listen in to her story. It is one of strength, courage, and resilience. She talks about her many obstacles and wins throughout her pregnancy, different ways in which she advocated for herself and how at the end she was able to make an informed decision for herself and her baby. She is one of the most powerful women I have ever met, an incredible mother, and I can't wait for you to hear her pregnancy and birth story. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/11/202150 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Most Important Things for Pregnancy & Birth

I can't believe I get to be here with you for the 100th Episode of this podcast! With my many years of experience, professionally and personally, I thought this would be the perfect time to gather together the very most important things for pregnancy and birth. These are things, time and time again, that help mothers to have the births that they desire. These are things that will make the biggest difference in helping you achieve the birth of your dreams.Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/4/202136 minutes, 14 seconds
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Cloth Diapering 101

If you're considering cloth diapering, I may just firehose you (in a good way) on this episode so I apologize, and you're welcome. It's a ton of information and I hope you give you a better idea of what you are in for. I cover everything from the benefits for baby and parents, what the upkeep looks like, what's not so great about cloth diapering, and onto how to care for them and some options for cloth diapers for when you're ready to buy. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
7/28/202130 minutes, 4 seconds
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Special Episode: My Husband's Point of View

The partner's point of view can be kind of a mystery and I've had a lot of women asking me what their partner should know and do. Well, you're welcome...and I'm sorry. This week I brought my dear husband on the show and I truly hope you get something good out of it as we laugh our way through pregnancy, birth, marriage, love, and parenting. We talk about what it was like to support me during a cesarean birth, a medicated VBAC, and an unmedicated VBAC. He even talks about postpartum depression, for the partner, and his best recommendations for how to handle it. True story, I did not know he went through this until he mentioned it on the podcast. Plus, we take time to let him answer your questions that we collected before the show.Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
7/21/202145 minutes, 23 seconds
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Unmedicated Birth Stories: One Induction with Preeclampsia & One Textbook with Eryn Stucki

Birth stories are a window into the powerful work we do as women to get our babies earthside and Eryn's story is no exception. She was a student of mine when she was preparing for her very first birth. Her and her husband worked hard together to prepare for this task of birth ahead of them and when they came back to share their story, after they had their sweet baby, I was amazed at the details of the birth as well as how her and her husband handled it. There is so much strength that comes from listening to other strong women walk through one of the most trying and rewarding things we are blessed to be able to do in this life. Stick with this episode until the end because not only does she tell a story of her first birth, which while challenging, ultimately led her to the career path she has today, but she also tells of the drastic and beautiful difference between her first and second birth. I hope you will listen, learn, and love this episode.Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
7/14/202138 minutes, 27 seconds
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Placenta Previa During Pregnancy + How it Affects Your Birth

This is quick and information-filled episode about placenta previa, including, what it is, how it's diagnosed during pregnancy, how it will affect your birth, and of course I leave you with all the good news. Maybe you're early in pregnancy and don't know what this is yet, or perhaps you're later in pregnancy and have been diagnosed. Either way, this is an excellent topic for every mom to know so you have the knowledge and remove the fear that may be attached to it. I even give you the best questions to ask your provider so you know what's going on in the future of your pregnancy and birth. Still have questions? Shoot me an email or message me on Instagram @myessentialbirth.Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out the totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
7/7/202114 minutes, 21 seconds
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Placenta Encapsulation: Is It For Me? with Shannon Sheppard

This episode dives deep into everything you want to know about placenta encapsulation. From postpartum depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders, to what to do if your partner isn't on board. Listen in as expert, Shannon Sheppard, answers all of these questions and much more. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
6/30/202144 minutes, 47 seconds
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Don't Underestimate the Power of Birth

We know from our years of serving women, taking them step by step through childbirth education, that there is a power to birth and work to be done in order to achieve the birth you desire. This episode highlights some important key things for you to do in order prepare for the birth that you want! From exercises, to meditation, and labor rehearsals, all the work that you put into preparing will pay off in a huge way when it comes time for the real thing! We know that if you're researching, listening to this podcast, taking our birth course, and following our posts on instagram that you are envisioning the birth that you want. We're here to help you achieve that goal. We love being your support and helping you find and make the choices that are right for you! We love hearing about all of the amazing stories of your empowered and successful births! You were made for birth and we know you can do this.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
6/23/202119 minutes, 41 seconds
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Things Your Partner Doesn't Know or Doesn't Want to Know About Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum

Our loving warning to you is to make sure that you get pregnant before letting your partner listen to this adorable list! Ha! We must say we had a ton of fun recording this podcast and thinking through all of things our poor partners have to deal with. As moms, we mostly embrace all of the changes that happen to our body; from our growing belly, to lack of sleep and funny food cravings … because, well, it's happening to us. We get excited, even if it's not fun, knowing that it is all part of growing a baby. Partners, though, really kind of get taken by surprise with some of the changes and expectations in pregnancy, birth and postpartum.  So, we thought it was fun to dive right in and cover those here. We hope you have a good laugh and learn along the way.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
6/16/202129 minutes, 31 seconds
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Advocating Your Birth Plan

We stress the importance of having a vision for your birth and finding the right provider to support you through that process, but how exactly do you get there? There are likely going to be some obstacles you will face as you work through what you know you want for your birth, understanding what questions to ask your provider, thinking through real-life scenarios you may come up against and having the knowledge and the voice to advocate for yourself during pregnancy and birth. This episode will walk you through each step and help you feel more clear and calm about the process for your own birth.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
6/9/202147 minutes, 18 seconds
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Vaccines: What You Need to Know

With so many decisions to make during pregnancy and postpartum, we know that vaccines are not only a hot topic but are also at the forefront of everyone's mind with all that 2020 brought. As with all of our topics we discuss here on the podcast, we try to give you the very best, credible information so that you can research, ask questions, and make an informed decision that is right for you and your family. We also support whatever that decision is for you.  Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
5/26/202143 minutes, 27 seconds
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Achieving Balance in the Pelvis for Pregnancy and Birth with Deb Flashenberg

Tune into this excellent conversation we had with prenatal yoga instructor, doula, Lamaze Childbirth Educator, and mother, Deb Flashenberg as we discuss why it's so important to have balance in the pelvis throughout pregnancy and birth.  Deb shares her personal and professional experience including how she went from a five-hour pushing stage with her first baby to a five-minute pushing stage with her second baby all due to balance in the body and mind. We also discuss how having the proper preparation for the mind and body is crucial to your birth experience no matter how you're choosing to birth.  Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
5/19/202137 minutes, 18 seconds
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Your Biggest Challenge in the Third Trimester of Pregnancy

It's not that you can't eat a ton, or that you're swollen, the heartburn, exhaustion, or crazy pregnancy dreams, so do you know what it is!? We have seen a massive increase in this challenge for pregnant women especially since Covid hit in 2020. Don't worry though, we've got you covered. We'll tell you what you need to know, what your options are, and how to be prepared for this. We know, we know...we haven't said what it is. But that's what the episode is for! So take a guess and a listen!Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
5/12/202129 minutes, 29 seconds
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When Do I Leave for My Birthplace During Labor?

This is probably the thing moms are most curious about as they approach their due date! When do I head into the hospital? When do I call the midwife at the birth center? How will I know it's really time? Whether you are birthing medicated or unmedicated, we have some excellent tips for you to know when it's time to get into the car and head to your birthplace, as well as when it's just fine to labor at home for a while. Of course, much of this will depend on your vision for your birth so we walk you through what the ideal birth looks like for you in order to pinpoint that right time.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
5/5/202129 minutes, 45 seconds
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What Happens at the Hospital During Labor

We know you're wondering exactly what you can expect when you arrive at the hospital during active labor and this episode is going to walk you through the step by step of what happens from the time you drive up to your birthplace until the time you take your sweet baby home in your car. Most importantly we are going to tell you what the usual procedures are as well as your options because it's true that you probably won't be told that the many "standard procedures" are still up to you, the birthing mother. Our favorite thing to do is to help women understand all of their choices during birth and to allow them the confidence and freedom to choose what feels right and good for them. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
4/28/202141 minutes, 1 second
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Who Is On Your Birth Team?

This episode starts with two stories about a birthing mother named "Jessica" and we have a feeling you may relate to her quite a bit, but you'll have to tell us if you're relating more to Jessica's scenario #1 or scenario #2! As mothers, we do the very best that we can in preparing ourselves for this beautiful, sacred experience of birth, and having the very best birth team can really make our ideal birth a reality. If you're wondering how to achieve that, you are in the right place!Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
4/21/202135 minutes, 5 seconds
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The #1 Reason for Cesarean Birth

We know that if you're following along with us there's a good chance you are not planning for a cesarean birth. It may surprise you to learn what the number one reason is that providers list on medical paperwork when performing a cesarean birth. Nothing to fear though! As usual, we are going to give you all the details you need to understand the background to why this occurs, how to keep birth moving freely so you don't get stuck in the curve, and what you need to know to avoid an unnecessary cesarean birth altogether.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
4/14/202133 minutes, 45 seconds
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Making Your Birthplace Like Home & Why It Matters

Often when we head to our birthplace we are walking away from all of the things that bring us comfort. What if we told you that there was a way to create more of an at-home experience in whatever setting you're birthing in AND that it will even help your labor to progress more comfortably? Oxytocin and adrenaline have an interesting relationship and when oxytocin is flowing it's generally due in part to mom feeling safe and being able to relax. Hint: Oxytocin is the hormone that causes contractions and the same hormone that flows during intercourse. Naturally, if you can find a way to be more relaxed and feel safe, your body will react positively to those feelings.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
4/7/202136 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episiotomy: Will You Need One?

If you ask around, chances are you're going to find some moms who have had an episiotomy and it may leave you wondering if you will need one too. Don't worry! We've got you covered. In case you're wondering what an episiotomy is, it's a cut made with scissors into your perineal area to make more room for baby's grand entrance into the world. There's some debate about if it's really necessary or not and what the benefits and risks are to mother and baby. Plus, we're going to tell you everything you need to know to avoid one altogether!Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
3/31/202129 minutes, 17 seconds
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Does A Full Moon Cause Labor?

We hear this a lot as doulas and it seems to get a lot of attention once every month when women are approaching their due date...so is it true that a full moon brings on labor? You will definitely want to tune into this fun episode where we talk about the research, the personal and professional experiences we've had, and give you our take, as well as the facts, behind this concept.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
3/24/202127 minutes, 53 seconds
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What Makes Labor Longer or Shorter?

We know you get to hear ALLLL of the craziest birth stories while you're pregnant and you're probably wondering, "How do I make sure my birth isn't like THAT?" Well, today we're answering your questions about what causes a longer or shorter labor and what you can do to have some control over it!Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
3/16/202141 minutes, 17 seconds
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Should I Push OR Let My Body Push On Its Own?

We know this is a pretty hot topic right now and we've been getting quite a few questions about whether moms should bear down and push their babies out OR if they should let their body do the work on its own. Well, as per usual, we've broken down all of the details you will need in order to answer this burning question. We discuss the length of the pushing stage, what it looks like with or without an epidural, why dilation and position matter, and even give tons of real-life examples of what this all looks like.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
3/10/202145 minutes, 23 seconds
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What To Do When Your Water Breaks

You are not alone in wanting to know what happens if your water breaks and what you should do if it does. We hope you love how we broke this down into the different ways this can happen, funny scenarios of where it can happen, and even some role play to show you how you can safely and comfortably speak with your provider about when and if it's time to head into your birthplace. Plus, we take it one step further and give you the truth behind your provider asking to break your bag of waters during labor.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
3/3/202134 minutes, 50 seconds
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The 3 Stages of Birth: First Stage + Transition, Pushing and the Placenta

Perhaps you've heard of the stages of birth or labor before, and maybe you haven't, but once you understand what they are and how to tell when you've reached each stage, it will make a huge impact on how you and your partner work through the process of labor. This episode breaks down these highlights into what's happening in each stage as well as what you will feel or notice as you reach and move through them.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
2/24/202131 minutes, 33 seconds
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How Late Is TOO Late For Birth Prep?

We often get comments like, "I'm so sad I just found your podcast/birth course, I only have a few weeks until I give birth." To which we say, GREAT! That means you still have time to do tons of prep work. In case you're wondering about the very most important things you can do when you have just a few weeks to prepare, we break it down and give you our best advice! Make sure to have a pen and paper ready for this episode because it's jam-packed with all the pregnancy and birth prep goodness you can handle.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
2/16/202136 minutes, 13 seconds
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Working vs Stay-At-Home Moms: Pros, Cons, & How to Make It a Success

Whether you're a Stay-At-Home, Work-At-Home, or Working mom, there are definitely some good things (benefits), some not-so-great things (risks), and ways to make it successful (preparation - sound familiar?). We are here to shower every mother, no matter the situation she feels is best, with love and support! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
2/10/202151 minutes, 57 seconds
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Transition & the Beauty of Surrender During Birth

The most intense, shortest, and possibly the most important part of the birth process, Transition not only moves you into the next stage of birth but also the transition into motherhood. This episode takes you through the mechanics of what's happening inside of the body during this stage, the spiritual side of transition, why surrendering is SO necessary, and what your partner must do to prepare.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
2/4/202127 minutes, 26 seconds
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Must-Haves for Pregnancy, Birth, & Postpartum

We asked, you told us, and then we made an entire episode quoting all of your incredible suggestions for what every mom should have during pregnancy, birth, & postpartum! We absolutely LOVE this birthing community that we get to be a part of. You are all so supportive, fun, and wise. We hope you enjoy this week's episode made BY you, FOR you!Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
1/27/202142 minutes, 29 seconds
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Counting Down to Baby: Final Two Weeks

The last two weeks of pregnancy can be a bit tricky because #1 you don't know when those last two weeks will actually be and #2 it feels exciting and exhausting all at the same time! We've broken it down into the most useful things you can do to transition from having baby inside to bringing home a newborn during that final countdown. We're talking about everything from prepping freezer meals, what to pack before you go, what to unpack before you give birth, breastfeeding, and much more.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
1/20/202125 minutes, 59 seconds
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GIVEAWAY + What to Eat in the Fourth Trimester: Interview with Dietician, Jaren Soloff

We talk A LOT about how to take care of yourself during pregnancy,  but what about that "Fourth Trimester" after baby is born? We had a very special interview with Jaren Soloff, RD (Registered Dietician), IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), and author of The Postnatal Cookbook where we discussed the special nourishment a mother needs after giving birth to her baby, how long she needs it for, how to implement Jaren's simple plan for making it happen, and how to remain body-positive during postpartum.She also provided our listeners with an incredible download that includes information about nourishing yourself in the Fourth Trimester and several recipes too. Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast to grab that free download!PLUS she has generously donated a copy of her new book "The Postnatal Cookbook," so take a listen to the episode to find out how you can get that sent straight to your door. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
1/13/202142 minutes, 20 seconds
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Top Ten Pregnancy Complaints and the BEST Solutions Part 2

Part 2!! We asked you what was ailing you and it turns out that the responses we got were a lot of the same pregnancy complaints- things that top the list for pregnant women all over the world. You are NOT alone! So we made our list, did the research, and we are excited to give you all the details about how you can find relief.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
1/6/202142 minutes, 11 seconds
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Top Ten Pregnancy Complaints and the BEST Solutions Part 1

We asked you what was ailing you and it turns out that the responses we got were a lot of the same pregnancy complaints- things that top the list for pregnant women all over the world. You are NOT alone! So we made our list, did the research, and we are excited to give you all the details about how you can find relief.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
12/30/202039 minutes, 16 seconds
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Interview with High-Risk Doctor: Nate Fox

Dr. Nate Fox, a Maternal Fetal Medicine (aka High-Risk) doctor, joins us to discuss how passionate he is about what he does as well and answers some questions from YOU! We hope you'll enjoy listening to a doctor who clearly respects women and the process of birth, and that you will use his example and the information he shares as information in finding the right provider for you.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
12/23/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 27 seconds
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Laboring Without Your Partner? Do THIS!

After a long day of recording podcasts, we realized this one didn't save and we had to do it twice, which just means a lot more random thoughts and extra editing! Our goofy title is a nod to women who may find themselves birthing "solo" or without a birth partner, whatever the reason may be. Laugh along with us and we promise to give you actionable steps to prepare your birth space with as much support as possible and work through labor step by step by tuning in and listening to your body and what you've practiced during your pregnancy. These tips and tricks are useful and apply to every birthing mama so don't tune out just because you're planning on your birth partner being with you! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
12/16/202032 minutes, 4 seconds
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Unmedicated Pregnancy: Using Nutrition & Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum

With winter here to stay for a bit, we wanted to give you some tips and basic guidelines for how to stay healthy and low-risk as well as what you can do if you end up getting sick while you're pregnant! Pregnancy is a common time for mothers to find more natural and holistic means of preventing and treating ailments. We hope you can relate to some of our stories and enjoy these tips for pregnancy and postpartum.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
12/9/202043 minutes, 13 seconds
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Do You Know the Risks?

So often we are told the benefits of procedures during pregnancy and birth, but how often are we given the risks associated with those procedures too? True informed consent means getting both and then being given the opportunity to consent or decline. The tricky part can be in not really understanding the options. How do you really know if you're getting all the information? Well, that's exactly what we break down for you in this episode!Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
12/2/202029 minutes, 53 seconds
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Pushing vs Pooping

Actually, instead of putting them up against each other, we should probably be putting them side by side since pushing out a baby and having a bowel movement are oddly similar. We are going to walk you through what it looks...and sounds like...when it's go-time, as well when it's time to wait a little longer before pushing (even though some well-meaning people in the room may be encouraging you otherwise). Pushing is natural and moms should be able to tune into their bodies and babies, medicated or unmedicated, and allow the process to happen naturally.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
11/25/202028 minutes, 10 seconds
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Avoiding Holiday Inductions & Understanding Due Dates

It's true that heading into the holidays may increase the chance of unnecessary inductions and you may be surprised to hear that both moms and providers have their own reasons for recommending induction. So how do you know when it's a good idea to induce? We are going to walk you through the necessary and not-so-necessary scenarios in this episode as well as diving a little bit deeper into the science behind the "due" date.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
11/18/202039 minutes, 9 seconds
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Hospital Birth Is Better

There are many pros to giving birth in a hospital setting and we wanted to encourage and support you if this is the path you have chosen or are leaning towards. We hope you enjoy this second part of our two-part series about why out-of-hospital birth or in-hospital birth may be the perfect choice for you.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
11/11/202022 minutes, 27 seconds
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Out of Hospital Birth Is Better

This is part one of our two-part series going over why either out-of-hospital birth or in-hospital birth may be better for YOU. The truth is there are pros and cons to each and so, in the]is series, we will defend each one separately. No matter what, the one that is right for you, is right for you.  We hope these help you work through some personal thoughts on your own birth desires and also help you solidify what's feeling right for you! Enjoy!Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
11/4/202028 minutes
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Is Birth Like Running a Marathon?

Running a marathon was one of the most challenging, rewarding and empowering experiences of my entire life, much like birth, and I am so excited to share this incredible story with all of you! Yes it's 100% true that you do not need to be able to run a marathon to give birth. I should know, I gave birth three times without ever being physically able to run a marathon. However, we often hear that the physical exertion is the same so now that I have done both I am anxious to tell you everything I've learned about the mental and physical powers of our minds and bodies.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
10/28/202037 minutes, 1 second
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Recovering From a Cesarean Birth

Recovery is just as important as the event itself and when we talk about recovery we mean the whole woman, not just the physical body. Whether or not a cesarean birth is a planned part of your birth story there are some important and helpful things to know for the recovery period including your mental and emotional health too. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
10/21/202034 minutes, 40 seconds
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Our Most Popular Topic

We have come so far, built so many relationships and formed bonds with and helped mothers confidently prepare for their best births and it all started with the topic of "medicated vs unmedicated." We are very aware though that this topic, while very popular, deals with a much deeper issue of finding the support and education needed to make an informed decision that works for YOU and YOUR birth. Every mother deserves to feel confident, loved, respected and supported no matter how she chooses to give birth. If you have been listening to us for a while you know by now that we are in your corner and here to help you in every possible way we can. Thank you to all of our listeners that have helped make this podcast possible! We hope you enjoy the podcast that started the most important conversation we continue to have with mothers everywhere!Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
10/14/202039 minutes, 28 seconds
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Announcing Your Pregnancy, Baby Gender, and Birth

If you're planning on announcing any of the milestones that come with expecting a baby, we're going to take you through the basics of the best times to announce each, different ways to do it, and how to handle any of the  "Karens" that may unintentionally ruin these special moments.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
10/7/202037 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Illusion of No Control

When the baby will come, the challenges you may run into during pregnancy, labor and birth, COVID-19 regulations for birth, and much more probably have you feeling like things are out of your hands, but let us reassure you that you have much more control than you might think you do! This episode covers some of the most powerful ways you can maintain control of your pregnancy and birth in the most important parts and also the majority of your birth experience. Hang tight mama, we've got you!Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/23/202019 minutes, 38 seconds
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First Babies VS All the Others

So many fun baby things to buy, all the rules to follow, stories from well-meaning uninformed family, friends, random strangers, journals to keep, pictures to take, and literally tons of other weird, interesting, awesome and hilarious things we do as first time moms that likely gets sloughed to the side with all the others. We've been there. We get it. You're not alone. And for the record, it's 110% ok and we support you doing every single part of it! It's all part of coming into our mom-ness (that's a thing, right!?) and it makes for some good stories too!Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/16/202026 minutes, 10 seconds
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Sick of Being Pregnant?

Even if you're fully aware that your due date is "estimated," you're not alone in wanting to give that little one the eviction notice as soon as you hit 40 weeks! We have some great advice for you as you approach your due date and even some fun ways to pass the time as you patiently wait for your baby to send that official labor signal.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/9/202023 minutes, 6 seconds
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Is It Really Necessary?

If you've wondered what should be included in an excellent birth course, when the perfect time to take one is and if it's really necessary, then this is the episode for you!Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/3/202031 minutes, 48 seconds
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Birth Bag Must NOT Haves

If you're like us, you like to be prepared! However, we've both been guilty of hauling unnecessary items in our birth bag. So! Allow us to share what we think you'll really need when it comes to packing for your birthplace so that you can avoid overpacking.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/20/202019 minutes, 48 seconds
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How To: Provider Scenarios

Being knowledgeable about something inside of our heads doesn't always translate to a coherent and comfortable response to a provider. Don't stress though! We're going to walk you through some common pregnancy and birth scenarios with providers and help you find and form the response that's right for you!Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.    GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/19/202026 minutes, 48 seconds
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Do THIS During Contractions

This is probably the #1 thing moms are curious about when that due date starts creeping closer and we are here to tell you that this episode will bring great relief for when you're face-to-face with those contractions! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.    GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/12/202027 minutes, 28 seconds
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Things They Don't Tell You - Newborn Edition

It's ok to wonder why your birth team feels like you're qualified to take your baby home and keep them alive! Newborns give us so many firsts and the truth is none of us know what we are doing. Spoiler alert: you're going to be great. In the meantime, let's go over all the things that make us laugh, cry, and push our mental stability to the limit...knowing we wouldn't trade any of it for the world! GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/5/202040 minutes, 9 seconds
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Outdated Policies Hurting Your Birth

If you're unaware, there are policies from over 100 years ago still affecting your birth experience right now. The truth is that changes in policy, even when supported by evidence, take a long time to implement and can actually be hurting your birth. We cover the most common ones relevant for you today in this episode!Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.    GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
7/29/202042 minutes, 54 seconds
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Maybe Just DON'T

With all the love and adoration in the world for birth partners, we present the top 10 things you should definitely NOT be doing in the birth space. Plus we're doing our best to make sure you don't get yourself punched during labor so you should be thanking us. Did we miss one?! Shoot us an email or dm on IG @myessentialbirth and tell us all about it! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.    GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
7/22/202021 minutes, 46 seconds
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Is It Real Labor?

As birth professionals we get this question ALL the time and with our years of experience we have some solid advice about when it's the real thing! We know just how exciting this time is, no matter which baby you're getting ready to meet and we promise you're not alone in your detective work to figure out when baby will make their big debut.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.      GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
7/15/202029 minutes, 12 seconds
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Quarantined and Pregnant

 Yes, we know that it sounds like a reality show and to be honest it 100% is! It's your reality and we wanted to take a minute, or 30, to chat about it. Listen until the end because we promise you'll end laughing. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.      GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
7/8/202029 minutes, 19 seconds
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It Takes Two: Interview With a Birth Partner

Cortney interviews her husband, Nate, to find out what it takes to support a birthing woman and how to handle different birthing scenarios. It's so good and we promise this is one you won't want to miss. Hint: make sure your birth partner listens along!Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.     GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
7/2/202029 minutes, 54 seconds
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What Are You Afraid Of?

You had fears before COVID-19 and you will have them after, but spoiler alert, you're going to work through them! How do we know? You're here, aren't you?! That means that you've walked through every single other fear or challenge to be standing here today. We believe in you, so let's tackle this together.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.     GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
6/17/202026 minutes, 23 seconds
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Birth: Enneagram 9

Ok all of our peacemaking, spiritual, intuitive mamas, this one is for you! We loved recording this episode so much and can't wait to hear birth stories from our Type 9 moms. Having supported this type during birth, we know just how incredible you are when you create the right birth space and press forward with knowledge and confidence.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
6/9/202025 minutes, 5 seconds
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Breastfeeding Interview with Sally Wright, IBCLC

Join us for an incredible interview with Sally Wright, IBCLC where she gives you all the best tips for getting the first week of breastfeeding off to an incredible start as well as answering the top questions we received from all of you on Instagram!Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.     GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
6/3/202057 minutes, 6 seconds
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Water: Nature's Epidural

Water is Mother Nature's epidural and has the ability to bring sweet relief and relaxation throughout the birth process. In this episode, we break down the safety of using water for birth, including giving birth in the water, understanding the policies and practices for your birthplace, when to jump in, how to use it effectively, and we even share our personal experiences from our own water births!Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.     GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
5/27/202036 minutes, 45 seconds
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Birth: Enneagram Type 8

Strong, powerful, determined, and in-charge - if this sounds familiar then you might be a Type 8 mom and we definitely have a thing or two you want to hear when it comes to prepping for and giving birth! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
5/20/202022 minutes, 5 seconds
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Interview With Fitness Coach and Mom: Shayli Campbell

We had the opportunity to interview Fitness Coach, Shayli Campbell, and ask her about pregnancy, exercise, nutrition, and postpartum. You'll hear how she walked through her cesarean birth and how exercise and good nutrition helped her throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.     GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
5/12/202042 minutes, 32 seconds
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OB's vs Midwives Showdown

Don't let this title fool you- it's not that dramatic! We love both, and dislike both, depending on the provider. But the right provider for you will largely depend on what kind of birth experience you desire. Above all, find someone who respects and supports those birthing goals!Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.     GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
5/5/202034 minutes, 12 seconds
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Hollywood Birth: Where They Get It Wrong

Birth always begins with either a pop-gush of waters breaking or a massive contraction, followed by screaming at your partner, and then squeezing his hand super hard while you push out a baby the size of a 2-month-old. That's Hollywood's version of birth, but how much of it is accurate? Hint: not a lot! We think you'll love listening to us debunk all the ways they get it wrong, why they do this, and what you can do about it.Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.     GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
4/28/202026 minutes, 44 seconds
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Gestational Diabetes: What to Know

If you...are pregnant and wondering what Gestational Diabetes isare coming up on your Gestational Diabetes testhave been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes...we cover everything you need to know with Diabetes Specialist, Karina Robinson, in this episode! | Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.Links mentioned in this episode:-ACOG-Bigelow Benefits Balance Tea-www.diabetesandpregnancy.org - Enter discount code "DiabetesEssentials"-https://www.instagram.com/diabetes_pregnancy/ GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
4/21/202033 minutes, 35 seconds
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Birth: Enneagram Type 6

We know how loyal and committed you are to your beliefs and the people you love so we hope you know how much we support you and never want you to feel alone throughout this journey. | Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
4/15/202023 minutes, 37 seconds
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COVID-19: Birthing With Less Support

If you are pregnant and preparing to give birth through the COVID-19 global pandemic, this episode is for you. With many hospitals pulling back birth support we are getting so many questions about what mothers should do. This episode will help you prepare, as needed, for a birth with less birth support. | Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.    GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
4/7/202034 minutes, 31 seconds
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COVID-19 and Your Birthing Options

We've got the details from the World Health Organziation (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology (ACOG) regaring pregnancy, birth and COVID-19 as well as what options you have during this Global Pandemic. | Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.    GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
3/31/202029 minutes, 22 seconds
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Things They Don't Tell You - Pregnancy Edition

Being pregnant is so much fun and we can prove it! Jump into this episode with us and learn about all the fun, disturbing, embarrassing, down right laughable things you have to look forward to as that baby and belly grow.  | Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.     GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
3/23/202034 minutes, 40 seconds
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Birth: Enneagram Type 5

Well Type 5 mamas, your quiet confidence and plan to forge your own path is about to pay off in the birth space. Get ready, because this one is straight to the point, just like you like it! | Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
3/16/202016 minutes, 11 seconds
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Get It Started! Natural Ways to Induce Birth

This episode about getting birth started is an answer to all of your questions we get on Instagram. We are not medical professionals and cannot provide medical advice. However, there are some very simple and even fun things you can do to encourage your body and your baby to be ready for the big day and if necessary to get things moving quickly.  | Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.    GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
3/11/202028 minutes, 40 seconds
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Birth After 35

 With terms like Advanced Maternal Age and Geriatric Mother being commonplace after age 35, it's time we broke down all the facts surrounding being pregnant and giving birth after the age of 35, including the hot topic of stillbirth. If you are over the age of 35 or know other mamas who are, listen up and share the love. | Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.   GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
3/4/202022 minutes, 39 seconds
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And Baby Makes Three: Newborn Procedures

 We love talking about all things birth but when it comes to baby there a few things you need to know in order to make an informed decision for your new little one. This episode goes over the basics of what will be offered or required for baby immediately postpartum and within 24-48 hours after. |  Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
2/26/202018 minutes, 51 seconds
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Birth: Enneagram Type 7

We see you Enneagram 7 mama and we have good reason to think you're going to be a birthing rockstar! Truthfully just being who you is likely to set you up for success however you choose to birth and we love how optimistic you are about everything. Can't wait to tell you all about it! | Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
2/18/202021 minutes, 23 seconds
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Communication Pitfalls & Pointers for Birthing Couples

Anyone else experience pregnancy and pregnancy hormones drawing you away from your partner instead of closer? You're not alone! It's not uncommon to find that communication may be lacking a bit during such an important time. So, we've given you tons of examples and incredible tips and exercises to keep your communication strong and open. The best part is all of this will transfer into how you communicate and lean on your partner in your birth space. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
2/11/202031 minutes, 15 seconds
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Get Your VBAC On!

This is a must-listen for any woman who has had a prior cesarean birth and is curious about or planning for a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). We talk about statistics for VBAC's and why they're on your side, plus how to overcome obstacles standing in your way, including your provider, your partner, and yourself. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
2/4/202021 minutes, 6 seconds
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BONUS Episode With Relaxation Practice

If you love what we've been talking about to get your body and mind prepped for birth and want to be able to practice for the big day, then this episode is 100% for you! In this episode, we give the how-to's for this specific relaxation and an opportunity for you to practice with relaxing music at the end. Grab your pen and paper, take notes, and then get ready to teach your body to relax better than you ever have before. Remember, practice makes permanent, so practicing the right way will you set you up for birthing success! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
2/1/202017 minutes, 48 seconds
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How Senses Influence Your Birth

How often does your body just melt at someone's request for you to "relax?" Anyone else feel the tension forming in their jaw and forehead when you hear that? Muscle memory is something we stress all the time because truthfully it is a learned skill. If you set it up right though and learn these tools, both you and your partner can work together to get you all prepped for birthing time! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
1/27/202034 minutes, 54 seconds
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Birth: Enneagram Type 1

Feeling like things just need to be perfect for your birth? Do you have high expectations for yourself, your provider, your birth team and your partner? Let me guess...you kinda think you know what's best and honestly, your preparation is likely to get you really close if not exactly where you're aiming. Not to mention you're making lists and checking off all of your accomplishments as you go. Well mama, we made this episode just for you! | Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
1/20/202024 minutes, 57 seconds
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How NOT to Write a Birth Plan

There's really never a question of "if" you should create a birth plan. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. We break down the do's and don'ts of writing a birth plan and the why behind what you choose. Plus we include an exercise at the end of this episode that will help you envision your ideal birth before you write it all out. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
1/14/202025 minutes, 5 seconds
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Assembling Your Dream Birth Team

We tell moms everywhere all. the. time. how important it is to pick a stellar provider and to set up a birth team around them that will support and uplift them throughout your pregnancy and birth journey. BUT...how do you do it? No worries! We are going to walk you through two categories of your birth team, tips to consider who should be in your pregnancy vs. birth space and HOW to get the right providers for YOUR best birth. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
12/24/201940 minutes, 33 seconds
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Birth: Enneagram Type 2

Need some "help"...pun intended for all our Type 2 moms ("The Helpers")...walking through  your strengths and getting some hints on what to watch out for during your pregnancy & birth? This is it. We break down all the particulars for you and help you feel appreciated and loved along the way. Supporting a Type 2 mom? There's an entire section for you too! Take a listen. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth------------------Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
12/17/201924 minutes, 48 seconds
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Cesareans: When They're Necessary & Avoiding When They Aren't- PART 2

With cesarean rates higher than ever in the U.S. we realize there is a major lack of education about why and how to avoid an unnecessary one, until now. This two part episode covers all things cesarean birth, from the history behind cesarean birth, where it developed, why the cesarean birth rate has not gone down (even though it should have), why a provider may recommend one - including which reasons are legitimate and which can be avoided, what you can expect if you have one, and most importantly how to PREVENT an unnecessary cesarean birth! This episode (Part 2) covers everything from what to expect during a cesarean birth, emotions that go along with one, and a quick overview for recovery. Be gentle with yourselves moms! ------------------Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
12/10/201937 minutes, 54 seconds
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Cesareans: When They're Necessary & Avoiding When They Aren't- PART 1

With cesarean rates higher than ever in the U.S. we realize there is a major lack of education about why and how to avoid an unnecessary one, until now. This in part one of a two part episode covering all things cesarean birth, from the history behind cesarean birth, where it developed, why the cesarean birth rate has not gone down (even though it should have), why a provider may recommend one - including which reasons are legitimate and which can be avoided, what you can expect if you have one, and most importantly how to PREVENT an unnecessary cesarean birth! This episode (Part 1) covers everything through why a provider might recommend one. Truthfully we want to talk about VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) but quickly realized our mamas will need this info first! Enjoy!------------------Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
12/4/201922 minutes, 52 seconds
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5 Things Essential Oils Do for Pregnancy & Birth That You Don't Know About

We cover the five most common pregnancy ailments and how to tackle them using essential oils. Essential oil use during pregnancy and birth are one of the very top questions we get from mamas all over the world, all the time. These are all safe and effective uses for mamas everywhere! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and if you love the podcast please leave us a review so can we get this info to more mamas.------------------Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
11/25/201931 minutes, 3 seconds
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Birth: Enneagram Type 4

Calling ALL Type 4 mamas! If you're a sensitive mama who wants a unique birth experience and knows how to be super in tune with your body...you might be a Type 4. Definitely jump into this episode and get ready to be nodding your head and taking notes on exactly what you and your partner need to make your birth a success! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth------------------Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
11/20/201934 minutes, 11 seconds
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Mamas With Infertility, Listen Up! (Part 2)

We know how many and how deeply women are affected by infertility. As we have both dealt with infertility at different stages in our lives and we support women each day who are struggling or dealing with this in one way or another, we believe it's important to talk about it openly. If this is you, you need to know you are not alone! Sometimes there are some things we can do to support our fertility and get things on track and sometimes we need to reach out for some extra help. No matter where you are at in your journey, we support you mama!------------------Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. PLUS get registered for our FREE, Live Birth Training. You won't want to miss it!  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
11/5/201928 minutes, 32 seconds
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Mamas With Infertility, Listen Up! (Part 1)

We know how many and how deeply women are affected by infertility. As we have both dealt with infertility at different stages in our lives and we support women each day who are struggling or dealing with this in one way or another, we believe it's important to talk about it openly. If this is you, you need to know you are not alone! Sometimes there are some things we can do to support our fertility and get things on track and sometimes we need to reach out for some extra help. No matter where you are at in your journey, we support you mama!------------------Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. PLUS get registered for our FREE, Live Birth Training. You won't want to miss it!  GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
10/30/201926 minutes, 49 seconds
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Birth: Enneagram Type 3

If you are into all things Enneagram like we are then you are going to LOVE this episode about Type 3s and what that looks like for you in the pregnancy and birth space. This is the very first episode in a series of episodes that will walk you through each enneagram type and how to prepare for your best birth for your type. On top of that we cover all the details about how a partner and birth team can support mamas for each type.------------------Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
10/25/201938 minutes, 51 seconds
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You Know You're Crunchy If...

If you've ever wondered if what you've done or are planning to do for birth or postpartum puts you on the side of "that girl's crunchy," never fear, we clear up all your concerns in this very episode. We had so much fun recording this episode, as usual, and just want to let you know that in case you're worried about checking all the "crunchy" boxes, we're pretty granola ourselves. Enjoy!------------------Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. PLUS get registered for our FREE, Live Birth Training. You won't want to miss it! GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
10/2/201931 minutes, 2 seconds
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My Essential Birth Student Success Story: Christy

In this super fun interview with one of our very own My Essential Birth mamas, mom of 3, Christy, walks us through her birth experiences and dishes to us about how the birth course changed her birth for the better. We absolutely love listening to birth stories and this was no exception. We know you'll love it too!------------------Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. PLUS get registered for our FREE, Live Birth Training. You won't want to miss it! GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/25/201933 minutes, 12 seconds
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What and Why of Postpartum Belly Binding

If you've ever wondered what all the hype is about postpartum belly binding, or even if you've never heard of it before, we get into the what and why women choose to purchase one or have a professional belly binder come wrap them!------------------Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. PLUS get registered for our FREE, Live Birth Training. You won't want to miss it! GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/17/201924 minutes, 5 seconds
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What's Stopping You From Having Your Best Birth?

Have you ever wondered if you have fears, either subconscious or ones that you're very aware of, that are holding you back from having the birth that you really want? In this episode we talk about the 7 fears that may be holding you back, whether you know it or not.Don't worry! As always, we give you all the tips and tricks to tackle them and get you back on top of achieving your best birth.------------------Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. PLUS get registered for our FREE, Live Birth Training. You won't want to miss it!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/9/201932 minutes, 3 seconds
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Circumcision: Both Sides

We love talking about the difficult stuff and this episode is absolutely no exception. We get into the nitty gritty behind all things circumcision, and since we both come from different places behind reasons and how we feel about this topic, it gives a safe space, and honest talk for all mamas to come listen and find support. We know how much every mama loves each one of her babies and it is our biggest mission to make sure that each one of you feels loved and supported within our community. ------------------Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. PLUS get registered for our FREE, Live Birth Training. You won't want to miss it!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
9/2/201926 minutes, 52 seconds
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Things They Don't Tell You - Postpartum Edition

Let us take you just a little deeper into the not-so-hot things people probably aren't openly telling you about the postpartum period. Don't worry, we laughed our way through this episode and we hope you will too! And as gross or frustrating as some of this info may be...it's simply part of the beautiful, messy, "wouldn't-trade-it" experience we call motherhood.------------------Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & incredible downloads. PLUS get registered for our FREE, Live Birth Training. You won't want to miss it!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/28/201926 minutes, 39 seconds
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Your Mental Game for Birth & BONUS Meditation

We are super excited to share a snippet of one of our meditation tracks from inside the My Essential Birth course. Plus we talk about the how and why positive affirmations are so dang good while your pregnant...and always! And as always, don't forget to download the FREE pdf that comes along with this episode.GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/19/201919 minutes, 50 seconds
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2 Girls, 7 Totally Different Births

Cortney & Stephanie share their personal birth stories which include hospital, birth center, and home birth, as well as cesarean birth, VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), medicated, and unmedicated....does that cover everything?! PLUS, get the scoop on the one thing that made all the difference for BOTH mamas when getting ready to have their babies.Also, poop. We talk about poop.GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
8/5/201934 minutes, 9 seconds
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What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

Ignorance is not bliss, especially in the birth space. While it's true that women go their birth place pregnant and in labor and come with a baby, there's a lot that happens in between those two. Knowing what to expect and what your options are puts you in the driver's seat. Yes, we pick our providers carefully (hopefully) and trust that they will get us and our babies to the other side of birth safely, but there's a lot that we can have a say in. We get into some the hot topics surrounding birth and options in this episode and why knowing your options gives you more of them, as well as prepares your mind and body for a more comfortable birth.GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
7/23/201925 minutes, 13 seconds
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Medicated vs Unmedicated: The Controversial Topic We Plan to Dispel Once & For All

Do you ever feel like you have to pick a side?! We know all too well that this controversial topic can lead to many one-ups, horror stories, and hurt feelings, but it doesn't need to be that way. If you have a birth that you love and can find joy in, that was a good birth for you, no matter how you got there!You'll get to hear why women choose one way or the other and pros and cons for each. One of the most important things we always emphasize is preparation. So, not matter which way you're leaning, or if you're somewhere in the middle, understanding your options and preparing for the outcome you want will always give you more power in your birth space. GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
7/20/201937 minutes, 12 seconds
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Why Your Hospital Birth Class Probably Sucks

Don't be mad if you've already taken a hospital birth class, or every single birth class your local hospital offers (like Stephanie did) and you find that you learn more in this episode (which basically covers nothing) than you did at that class! We are going to dive a bit deeper into the good and bad of what's covered in a typical hospital class and why your chances of learning about how your body and birth work during labor are greater in an out of hospital class.We want all of you mamas to have the opportunity to achieve your best birth and that comes through knowing all of your options. You can't decide what you want unless you know what you can have. The most important part of all of this is preparation and why finding an incredible birth course can make all the difference. As always, head to My Essential Birth for information on how to achieve your best birth!GET IN TOUCH! 🤩Reach out at any time to [email protected]. We love hearing from you! Looking for more info on the birth course? CLICK HERE! 💜For the THREE FREE EXERCISES - Get your FREE Download here!Follow us here on INSTAGRAM!
7/13/201935 minutes, 37 seconds