Are you pregnant and looking for natural solutions and the answers that mainstream prenatal care providers simply don't have the time to discuss with you?
Sarah Keen interviews midwives, doulas, hypnobirthers, and many more on a quest to understand how we can improve our pregnancies and our births. How? By knowing more, thinking more, questioning more, and trusting our bodies' amazing innate ability to carry and birth a baby!
Birth Doesn't Have to be That Way
Lynsey McGillivray is a midwife, who trained as a hypnobirthing teacher shortly after graduation. She was used to seeing women birth on their backs in a haze of pain medication, until one day, her whole perspective changed.
Two Peaceful Birth Stories
Eilidh (Ay-Lee) Venning shares her two beautifully peaceful home birth stories. Originally from Scotland, she now lives in Cape Town, South Africa, where the birthing "norms" are very different. She was determined to have a natural home birth both times, and she did it well!
Look After Your Body and Health in Pregnancy
Dr Stephanie Barto is a crazy busy women. She's a mum of 2, with a third baby on the way, she's a prenatal & paediatric chiropractor and business owner.
In this episode we discuss the importance of self care throughout pregnancy and into motherhood. Stephanie & myself also veer off into the extremely important discussion of expectations. The people around you (and their views on pregnancy/birth) can make or break your outcomes, so choose them wisely!
Feng Shui Mommy with Bailey Gaddis
Bailey Gaddis eats, sleeps and breathes pregnancy and birth. In this episode we talk all about how your inner energy has an impact on your perceptions of pregnancy, how to clear negative energy and most of all - how to create a supportive community around you.
019 Midwifery Care for Women is Changing (and not for the better!)
This episode is a MUST LISTEN for anyone in the UK.
The face of birth is changing - midwives are currently regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (an oxymoron in itself!), who are proving themselves to be unfit for purpose.
Rather than being responsible for assisting the wants of the women they are providing care for - which has always been the duty of a midwife - under the new regulations, midwives are instead going to have their practice ruled by what their employer (the NHS trust or the private company who they work for) wants them to do.
Why does this matter? Well, if you want to give birth outside of the "norm" for that employer then you may be told you're not allowed.
For years, I've seen memes that pronounce "You're not allowed to tell me I'm not allowed" and "My body, my baby, my birth".
Under the current changes, this has the potential to all change.
Listen to Katherine explain the situation much better than I can! It really is an eye opening episode.
018 Feeling like a failure after my caesarean
Feeling like a failure after my caesarean This is an off-the-cuff episode that I recorded whilst sitting in a hotel room early in the morning. The weekend away was a planned bit of relaxation for myself and my beautiful friend MaryAnne (from the You're Doing Great Mom podcast). We had a few glasses of wine in the bar in the evening and got talking about my first birth with George, which was a planned home birth that turned into an emergency caesarean at 33 weeks. Although MaryAnne knew bits and bobs about my birth, she didn't know the full depth of it. She had no idea that I felt like a failure after my caesarean. I told my family that I felt like a failure, that my body let me down, and most of all that I didn't deserve to have children. My feelings were invalidated and dismissed, because I had a "healthy baby". That's not how it should be. Clearly this had been on my mind all night, because I woke up with the urge to record a heartfelt episode to go in depth into the birth trauma and associated feelings that led to me having PTSD. Challenging core beliefs "As a chiropractor, one of my greatest fundamental beliefs is that the body is just perfectly designed, and here I was with a body that wasn't perfectly designed… that had failed me… that had made it so that I couldn’t have a baby naturally. It really challenged every single belief that I have" I really struggled with coming to terms with what happened, and how I felt about it. Not just the birth, but the initial feelings toward my beautiful baby. As pregnant mums, I think we all sit and visualise how our lives will be, and what kind of parents we'll be too. Nobody sits and thinks to themselves, "I think I'll get separated from my baby and not even coo over a photo of him". But that's the reality for many of us. It wasn't this overwhelming surge of love and affection that I thought it'd be. I was scared. Petrified in fact. It wasn't how birth was meant to be. It wasn't how my birth was meant to be. Letting go of the stigma There's SO much stigma surrounding mental health anyway, but although people talk about PND, I'd never even thought that you could get PTSD unless you were a soldier or the victim of a horrific crime. I believe that it's so important to share stories of birth trauma, PTSD, PND and any other mental health issues surrounding birth & pregnancy. While I'm totally in support of positive birth, sometimes things aren't rosy, and we need to validate that. Feeling like a failure after my caesarean, I've since discovered, is not uncommon. I wish I'd known at the time. So, if you can think of anyone who could benefit from knowing they're not alone in how they're feeling, please share this with them. PS - Here's where MaryAnne and I chatted for You're Doing Great Mom Download Episode for Later!