285 episodes

Doing It At Home is a weekly podcast about home birth and our decision to go from a traditional hospital birth with an OBGYN to a natural birth at home with midwives. This is a raw and honest show that explores homebirth from every angle. We talk about the fears and judgements thrown at you when you choose home birth. We share resources that we found tremendously helpful for understanding our birthing options. We confess the magic and craziness in preparing for pregnancy, home birth, motherhood and fatherhood. We talk about having sex while pregnant and maintaining your connection and intimacy as a couple. We reveal how to stay centered and not lose yourself through pregnancy, and tons more! This show is all about adding an empowered conversation to the topic of home birth and natural birth, while keeping it real, grounded and fun. So strap in and join us as we’re doing it at home!

Doing It At Home Independent Podcast Network | Sarah and Matthew Bivens

    • Parenting
    • 4.7, 12 Ratings

Doing It At Home is a weekly podcast about home birth and our decision to go from a traditional hospital birth with an OBGYN to a natural birth at home with midwives. This is a raw and honest show that explores homebirth from every angle. We talk about the fears and judgements thrown at you when you choose home birth. We share resources that we found tremendously helpful for understanding our birthing options. We confess the magic and craziness in preparing for pregnancy, home birth, motherhood and fatherhood. We talk about having sex while pregnant and maintaining your connection and intimacy as a couple. We reveal how to stay centered and not lose yourself through pregnancy, and tons more! This show is all about adding an empowered conversation to the topic of home birth and natural birth, while keeping it real, grounded and fun. So strap in and join us as we’re doing it at home!

    HOME BIRTH STORY - When Birth Has Raw, Real Challenges and is Still Crazy Beautiful with Ashley McGuirk

    HOME BIRTH STORY - When Birth Has Raw, Real Challenges and is Still Crazy Beautiful with Ashley McGuirk

    How can an experience like birth have such a mix of thoughts and emotions around it?
    It’s so complex and yet so simple. There’s such a vastness to it and the unique quality of each experience can make it difficult to summarize. This is why each story is so important and why we love sharing as many as we can with you.
    Today we’re speaking with Ashley McGuirk, and she tells us the birth story of her son Keegan.
    Ashley is a holistic health coach, personal trainer and yoga instructor. With her mother having 3 unmedicated hospital births, a natural birth plan resonated with her. After watching
    “The Business of Being Born,” aka “the gateway to natural and home birth” as she put it (haha!), she was clear she wanted a home birth.
    Ashley’s husband Ben was on board and a big support during the pregnancy and birth experience. In addition to the birth story, we talk about some of the things that Ashley brought into the pregnancy and birth based on her training and the work she does. Plus a conversation on “pregnant you and non-pregnant you,” fetal ejection reflex and a positive GBS result.
    Links:

    Ashley’s website: https://www.staysweetwellness.com


    Ashley’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/staysweetwellness


    Ashley’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/staysweetwellness


    Ashley’s Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/staysweetwellness/


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    • 54 min
    HOME BIRTH STORY - First-time Mom and Doula at 22 with a Positive Home Birth Story with Katherine Ward

    HOME BIRTH STORY - First-time Mom and Doula at 22 with a Positive Home Birth Story with Katherine Ward

    What is intuitive birthing?
    It can look different for each of us. But the general philosophy of allowing for the process to be what it is for you in your own unique way is a beautiful concept that comes up in our interview today.
    Katherine Ward shares her home birth story of her daughter Remi with us. Katherine started her doula training at 18-years-old. Through this experience she determined that when the time came for her to give birth, she wanted something different from what she witnessed in the hospital.
    By the time she met her husband Connor, she knew she wanted a home birth. This sparks a great dialogue in the interview about how “yet-to-be” mothers can approach conversations with their partners about birthing plans in a loving, open and empowered way. 
    Katherine also shares about some of the challenges in pregnancy in staying connected as a couple and preparing for the birth experience, as well as some unexpected postpartum challenges. And of course, we’ve got all the details of birthing time!
    Links:

    Katherine’s Business Instagram: @genesisbirthmassage


    Katherine’s Business Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/genesisbirth.massage/


    Katherine’s Email: genesisbirth.massage@gmail.com

    Lacy from Central Iowa Midwife - https://centraliowamidwife.com/


    Birthing from within - https://www.amazon.com/Birthing-Within-Extra-Ordinary-Childbirth-Preparation/dp/0965987302


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    • 56 min
    HOME BIRTH STORY - A Second Generation Birth with the Same Midwife with Sera Billings

    HOME BIRTH STORY - A Second Generation Birth with the Same Midwife with Sera Billings

    What’s one of the biggest challenges of choosing a home birth?
    A common response to this is feeling like you have to explain and justify your choice to others, whether that be friends, family, loved ones or total strangers.
    This pops up in our interview with Sera Billings, mama to Addy. For Sera, home birth was always a completely normal thing. She herself was born at home. Her mother, in fact, had 6 home births. So home birth was an obvious choice for her when she became pregnant. And her husband Kade was on board and ready, because they had many conversations around birth before even becoming pregnant (we are big fans of this!). 
    And get this - the same midwife who attended Sera’s mother’s birth was there to attend her birth and help bring baby Addy earthside!
    Another great element of this conversation is the reminder to release expectations based on others’ experiences. This is your unique process - embrace it!
    Links:

    A Guide for Home Birth Partners: https://www.diahpodcast.com/home-birth-partner-guide


    Our website: https://www.diahpodcast.com/


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    • 49 min
    HOME BIRTH STORY - The Magic of Eggplant Parm Plus Getting Baby Unstuck During Labor with Mekensie Gonzalez

    HOME BIRTH STORY - The Magic of Eggplant Parm Plus Getting Baby Unstuck During Labor with Mekensie Gonzalez

    “What’s going to happen if…?”
    This is a question many of us ask as we prepare for birth. And what if instead of ignoring whatever combination of thoughts and feelings that fill in that blank after the “if,” we get them out there and allow ourselves to process?
    In today’s interview with Mekensie Gonzalez, she shares her journey to home birth with her daughter Eden. From sitting on an airplane and on an off chance listening to a podcast about home birth with these two crazy people from Georgia (hint hint!), to going forward with plans to have her own home birth, Mekensie’s story is full of topics and themes that every home birthing family can learn from. 
    First there’s the involvement of her husband Alberto and allowing him to ask questions and be a part of the experience (to later become a big home birth advocate himself!). Then the legend of a local Italian spot featuring an eggplant parm that is rumored to send many women into labor around the time of “guess date.” And then the work of getting baby Eden unstuck during the labor through multiple positions and techniques. 
    One huge takeaway and affirmation: you are no less of a birthing person if things do not go the way you thought. It doesn’t take away from your power and strength. There is no wrong or right way to birth.
    Links:

    A Guide for Home Birth Partners: https://www.diahpodcast.com/home-birth-partner-guide


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    • 48 min
    How to Get Your Partner on Board for a Home Birth

    How to Get Your Partner on Board for a Home Birth

    What if you want a home birth, but your partner doesn’t?
    This is a big challenge that we hear about often. The birthing person is desiring a home birth and the partner is not. It takes conscious time and communication to share thoughts and feelings, work to understand each other and find a solution that best serves the family. 
    And there could be many reasons for not being on the same page. Maybe your partner has never heard of home birth, has some ideas about it and/or has limited experience and conversation around birth. 
    So what can you do?
    In this episode we’re sharing 5 steps to take in the process of sharing your desires and creating the space for powerful, loving and authentic conversations around the birth plan. Plus we have a brand new, free resource for you and your partner - “A Guide for Home Birth Partners: Real-life Lessons and Advice from Other Partners’ Experiences.” Check out the link below to download!
    Links:

    A Guide for Home Birth Partners: https://www.diahpodcast.com/home-birth-partner-guide


    Our website: https://www.diahpodcast.com/


    DIAH Shop: https://www.bonfire.com/store/diahpodcast/


    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/diahpodcast/


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    • 40 min
    HOME BIRTH STORY - When the Road to Home Birth Includes Tough Conversations, Financial Questions and Family Pushback with Jocelyne and Eddie Zaldivar

    HOME BIRTH STORY - When the Road to Home Birth Includes Tough Conversations, Financial Questions and Family Pushback with Jocelyne and Eddie Zaldivar

    How do you navigate a bunch of challenges that can throw off your birthing plans?
    Ideally the only bump in the birth journey is the belly kind, but sometimes the road to home birth presents different obstacles to overcome.
    Our guests Jocelyne and Eddie Zaldivar share their experience with us. It includes some of the top things we’ve heard from other home birth families when it comes to hiccups in the process. For one, tough conversations with their OB when they started out planning a hospital birth. Followed up by shifting to a birthing center, only to have it close unexpectedly as they entered their third trimester. And also, fear and resistance from family members around their birthing plans. 
    Their eventual home birth had such a profound impact on them that it inspired an evolution in their businesses. They now run homebirth.com and have a network for matching families with home birth professionals to serve them. Plus education and resources for empowering the home birth experience. You can see why we’d have a lot to talk about! Listen in to hear more.
    Links:

    Homebirth.com website: https://homebirth.com/


    Homebirth.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/homebirthdotcom/


    Homebirth.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/homebirthdotcom


    Our website: https://www.diahpodcast.com/


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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Jillpickled ,

Listen to #197

Favourite episode so far is #197 with Erin! I loved her story and the lessons in it! Thanks for this episode guys.

ktmacwhe ,

To many sponsorship breaks and commercials

I listen to a lot of birth related podcasts, a little more on the radical/free birth spectrum. I still enjoy listening to all point of views and experiences related to birth though and appreciate that you have a home birth / natural focus. I understand the reasoning and need to add sponsorship breaks to your podcast especially given how much of your time is dedicated to this and how many episodes you produce regularly. However if you compare to other birth related podcasts yours has the most time dedicated to advertisements and sponsorships. I find it annoying when you cut for a break and add in an advertisement Mid way through the show. And the one at the beginning is very long, I usually listen to podcasts in the car so can’t fast forward through. If you’re looking for honest feedback, this is mine and I would recommend adding all sponsorships to the end of your podcast instead of at the beginning and in the middle of the interviews. Thanks!

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