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Birth Circle is dedicated to educating and informing mothers (and fathers) about birth, and pregnancy. We currently are the most complete and up-to-date birth resource in the world, and we tap those resources to bring you detailed information and stories on everything surrounding birth. Whether you aren’t sure what you’d like for your birth or you are planning a scheduled c-section or an unmedicated home-birth or any variation in between, Birth Circle is here for you.

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Birth Circle is dedicated to educating and informing mothers (and fathers) about birth, and pregnancy. We currently are the most complete and up-to-date birth resource in the world, and we tap those resources to bring you detailed information and stories on everything surrounding birth. Whether you aren’t sure what you’d like for your birth or you are planning a scheduled c-section or an unmedicated home-birth or any variation in between, Birth Circle is here for you.

    Be Present | How To Maintain a Healthy Body Image During Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum

    Be Present | How To Maintain a Healthy Body Image During Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum

    Today we talk with Andrea Ohlwiler, a lifestyle coach, about maintaining a healthy body and self-image during pregnancy. We discuss the importance of giving yourself grace and allowing yourself to grow, as well as making informed and conscious decisions when it comes to your fertility, pregnancy, and nutrition. We talk about how to stay positive with dietary expectations, create good habits around food, and change from a victim mentality to a creator mentality with your pregnancy. We discuss changing your focus for a healthy recovery during postpartum.

    Stop, Challenge, Choose: Change Your Mindset For a Healthier Pregnancy 1:52
    Maintain a Positive Mentality While Meeting Diet Expectations 10:37
    Think, “Birth Happens Through Me, Not To Me”; “Before and Becoming” 21:09
    Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Recovery In Postpartum 35:04

    “The best gift you can give to your loved ones -- to your partner, to your children -- is to give yourself love first.” 45:13

    Questions for Andrea? media@birthcircle.com
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    When Life Throws a Curveball | Switching To Home Birth During COVID-19

    When Life Throws a Curveball | Switching To Home Birth During COVID-19

    In today’s episode, we talk with Dani Reed, doula and founder of Mind Over Maternity. We talk about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on birth, including how it led Dani to change her birth plan from a hospital to a home birth. She tells about the doubts, decisions, and adjustments leading up to her home birth, and shares how every member of her birth team was necessary during her successful but turbulent birth experience, making it the right choice for her in the end. We then discuss how to adjust and maintain control when your birth plan is affected by unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances.

    Why Dani Changed Her Birth Plan to Home Birth 2:23
    How Did The Birth Go? The Birth Team 11:36
    How To Deal With External Forces on Our Birth Plans 22:50

    “One of the biggest things is safety, and that’s I think a very common concern about home birth for a lot of people. And so, I bombarded the midwife with questions: ‘What medications do you carry? What do you do in this situation? When do you know when you should transfer?’” 6:37

    Reach Out to Dani: http://mindovermaternity.net/

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    New Dad? | How Fathers Can Help During Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum, Dr. Jay Warren

    New Dad? | How Fathers Can Help During Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum, Dr. Jay Warren

    Today, we talk with Jay Warren, a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor, and host of 2 podcasts, “Healthy Births, Happy Babies,” and “The Dadhood Journey.” He has also created online courses to help pregnant women learn prenatal bonding techniques and dads to transition into parenthood. We talk about why Dr Jay is providing these resources for new dads, discussing the importance of preventing trauma and helping bonding in new fathers. We give tips and insights about the role for dads in the birthing and postpartum process, and how this can establish an important precedent for the rest of your family life. We finish by giving a list of resources specifically for dads to help them transition into parenthood.

    Birth Education for Dads: Preventing Trauma and Promoting Bonding 1:14
    Role of Partner in Birth Team (Different Than Doulas) 10:56
    Special Circumstances and Common Myths 29:52
    Resources Specifically For Dad 44:50

    “So a dad really knowing the birth team -- whether that’s your OB, hopefully a doula is involved with things -- and knowing them really well, so that we as a dad can trust in their experience, and trust in their training, so we don’t feel that we have to fix it.” 13:21

    Find Resources and Reach Out To Dr. Jay Warren: https://drjaywarren.com/

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    Promoting Power and Positivity In Birth | How Language Can Improve Your Experience

    Promoting Power and Positivity In Birth | How Language Can Improve Your Experience

    Today, we invite Sarah Pixton, creator of the Birth Words website and Podcast, back on the show. We define discourse as language in context, and discuss the need for finding a middle ground in the language surrounding birth that will connect the different roles involved and respect the authority of each. We give examples of language or other cues which, strategically used, can help empower you in your birth experience. We talk about how to frame your birth experience to promote the positivity and empowerment surrounding birth. We finish by telling you how you can access Sarah’s resources (https://www.birthwords.com/), and recommending other helpful resources.

    Dialogue: Language in Context; Connecting Different Birth Roles Linguistically 2:26
    Non-Verbal Cues; Power of First Person 16:11
    Framing Birth Experiences 22:00
    Resources at birthwords.com; Labels 40:05

    “I read several other birth stories from other sources, and really just was surrounded by positive language that spoke about birth as a beautiful, transformative process in which I gave the gift of life to another human being, and that I did that in my power and strength. And that’s how I experienced that birth.” 27:35

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    “Mother, May I?” | The Origin and Relevance of Cristen Pascucci’s Film

    “Mother, May I?” | The Origin and Relevance of Cristen Pascucci’s Film

    In today’s episode, we talk with Cristen Pascucci about her film, “Mother, May I?”, a documentary that shares the stories of victims of birth trauma and obstetric violence. We talk about the making of the film, and we also dive deeper into some of the stories, including the story of Caroline Malatesta, who suffers from a permanent, debilitating medical condition as a result of medical malpractice. We also talk about Kimberly Turbin’s experience with her medical battery case, as well as other victim’s experiences. We discuss the importance of knowing your legal rights when determining the best care provider for you, and recommend Cristen’s course, which can be found at https://birthmonopoly.com/.

    The Making of “Mother, May I?” 1:31
    Caroline Malatesta’s Story And Its Implications 15:02
    Kimberly Turbin’s and Other Stories; Effect of Trauma 31:36
    Legal Rights; Provider Mismatch; Cristen’s Course for Knowing Your Rights 42:26

    “I think it’s really important not to draw this very clear line -- as exists now -- between trauma and poor care, because these things absolutely are connected with each other. We can’t say that birth trauma is one issue, and bad or unsafe medical care is another issue.” 12:22

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    What Is Obstetric Violence? | Know Your Rights with Cristen Pascucci

    What Is Obstetric Violence? | Know Your Rights with Cristen Pascucci

    Today we talk with Cristen Pascucci, the founder of Birth Monopoly (https://birthmonopoly.com/), an organization that is committed to advancing the human right of each birthing person to determine how, where, and with whom they give birth. Cristen shares how her experience giving birth led to her awareness of the violation of women’s rights in birth across the country. We talk about how common thought surrounding childbirth can lead from assault and degradation to normalization. We also discuss obstetric violence and how the history of obstetrics has led to the conditions and culture surrounding birth today. We go further into obstetric violence, discussing terminology, matters of legality vs. hospital policy, and other nuances surrounding consent and birth plans.

    Cristen’s Background in Birth 1:08
    Changing Mainstream Birth Culture; Safety and Choice 12:07
    Obstetric Violence 24:00
    Other Forms of Obstetric Violence; Legality vs. Policy 44:22

    “Saying that it’s not 100% safe is not an excuse for over medicalizing it and forcing things on people. And we know that it doesn’t equate to better health outcomes. And I think that’s the thing that continually blows my mind: when I see the justifications for certain assaults, of like, ‘Well, we need to keep somebody healthy here.’ No, no, no, because you’re literally doing the riskier thing.” 21:07

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