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Optimizing Your Pregnancy With Simple Strategies | Laurel Wilson
Today, we talk with Laurel Wilson, TEDx and international speaker, pregnancy and breastfeeding specialist, consultant, educator, and author. Laurel is also the co-author of two books, The Attachment Pregnancy and The Greatest Pregnancy Ever (http://motherjourney.com/books.html). We begin by defining and discussing “the attachment pregnancy” approach to bonding with your child. We talk about how this approach can apply to circumstances such as unwanted pregnancy, disconnection with your child, traumatic birth, or surrogacy, among others. We then talk more about the different ways of bonding with your child, starting with defining and discussing the terms "conscious agreement” and “conscious attachment.” We break down specific things we can do each trimester to help our attachment and bond develop. We talk about how our babies are affected by our emotions while in the womb, and how they benefit from a wide range of emotions, including challenges and effective stress management in the lives of their mothers. We define and discuss epigenetics; how they are affected by the limbic system and our heart regulation, and how they relate to our child’s development. We then talk about the benefits of breastfeeding, and discuss the important nutritional and developmental content that human milk gives to babies. We discuss how the more we become aware of the importance of human milk, the more we will consider options like community milk sharing and other ways to get human milk to more children. We express our gratitude for infant formula and emphasize the importance of parents making educated and informed decisions that aren’t so driven by advertising or society. We talk about how any amount of human milk at any stage is good for your baby, and discuss how knowing the critical developmental periods of your child should guide your supplementing with colostrum. We discuss adoption and induced lactation. To learn more, visit http://motherjourney.com/index.html. 3:00 What is Attachment Pregnancy? 10:32 Different Ways of Bonding39:07 Making the Decision to Breastfeed; Benefits of Human Milk56:09 Effects of Breastfeeding Across Generations“We are becoming bonded at an unconscious level, a conscious level, and a physical level. And the more we recognize that is happening, and the more we put a mindful awareness to that, the better off the health of our relationship is with our children…we can start to see that it also has significant impact on long-term health of the baby as well.” 3:30
Your Strong, Sexy Pregnancy | Desi Bartlett
In today’s episode, we talk with Desi Bartlett. Desi has 25 years of experience in health and fitness, 2 exercise science related degrees, multiple certifications and is an internationally published author as well as a product designer. She is the author of Your Strong, Sexy Pregnancy (https://www.mothersintolivingfit.com/your-strong-sexy-pregnancy/). We start off our conversation with Desi sharing her story and the development of her career. Desi then shares what she means by a “sexy” pregnancy, and we discuss common misconceptions about sex during pregnancy. We then talk about how yoga and other physical exercises can strengthen you during pregnancy and help prepare you for birth. We talk about the muscles to focus on, and the positions, stretches, and exercises that will help you strengthen them. Desi shares the best approach to Kegel exercises, and other approaches to strengthening the pelvic floor. Desi expands on “strong is the new skinny,” and we discuss the important role of strength in your overall health. We talk about how to find the best exercise program for you, and how to determine the right level of difficulty for your exercises during your first trimester. We discuss the benefits of taking walks as a good step to build endurance and connect with your child. We talk about good exercises for second trimester of pregnancy, and focus on the importance of the squat. We then talk about preparing to push during the third trimester in preparation for labor and birth. Desi then shares her recommendations for resuming exercise after birth. We focus on allowing your body to recover and heal from giving birth, and how lochia can be a warning sign of overexertion. We talk about how to exercise abdominal muscles after birth. We also talk about the benefits of involving your baby in your exercises. We discuss care for older moms. We talk more about sex during and after pregnancy, and how you can take your pelvic floor exercises into the bedroom. We explain how everyone is different, how you should listen to your body, and how other acts of intimacy and connection can also be sexy. We discuss the role of healing of the perineum in the pleasure and enjoyment of sex. For more information, visit mothersintolivingfit.com4:53 How to Feel Sexy During Pregnancy10:58 Exercise Before and After Birth43:05 Care For Older Moms45:44 Enhancing Your Connection With Your Partner During Pregnancy“Simply sitting on top of a stability ball, and walking forward and back with your hips, you can start to feel, oh, these are my pelvic floor muscles, and this is how my pelvis goes into anterior tilt and posterior tilt, or lateral and side to side.” 28:32https://birthcircle.comFor Any Questions, Email Me at email@example.com
The Path to an Empowered Birth Experience | Bailey Gaddis
Today, we talk with Bailey Gaddis, author of Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood (https://www.baileygaddis.com/book) and Asking For a Pregnant Friend: 101 Answers to Questions Women Are Too Ashamed or Scared to Ask About Pregnancy, Childbirth and Early Motherhood (coming June 1, 2021.) She is also a Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Birthing doula, HypnoBirthing® Practitioner, and HypnoMothering® Practitioner. She shares her personal journey in birth work and childbirth education. She then explains some of the concepts in her book, including what she means by a “Feng shui approach” to birth, as well as breaking down her “four trimester” perspective on pregnancy and birth. We talk about trusting intuition and the benefits of simplifying your life and living space. We then discuss the different practices, philosophies, and techniques involved in HypnoBirthing®, and talk about their benefits. We talk more about the applications of hypnosis and subconscious thought in daily life. We then discuss how to approach and maintain Feng shui in family life, especially when there are small kids in the home. We finish by talking about the importance of working to craft your own birth philosophy that’s best for you and your needs. To learn more, visit https://www.baileygaddis.com. 4:20 What is the “Feng Shui Approach” to Pregnancy and Birth? 23:58 The Case For Feng shui26:46 HypnoBirthing and the Subconscious36:47 Feng shui with Little Kids42:21 You Are the Expert “What do we want to think about birth? What are the positive alternatives to those fears and those worries? And that’s what we focus on.” 27:50 https://birthcircle.comFor Any Questions, Email Me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Guiding the Infertility Journey with Mindfulness | Janetti Marotta
In today’s episode, we talk with Dr. Janetti Marotta, a psychologist who has specialized in infertility since 1990. Drawn from her own journey through infertility and those with whom she has worked, she is the author of A Fertile Path: Guiding the Journey with Mindfulness and Compassion (https://janettimarotta.com/a-fertile-path/). Dr. Marotta is a long-time practitioner of meditation and teacher of mindfulness and also author of 50 Mindful Steps to Self-Esteem: Everyday Practices for Cultivating Self-Acceptance and Self-Compassion (https://janettimarotta.com/50-mindful-steps-to-self-esteem/). We talk about what inspired Dr. Marotta to specialize in infertility. She then tells us how she defines mindfulness, and explains how it relates to infertility. We then discuss how stress impacts fertility. We discuss the “holistic approach to fertility treatment.” Dr. Marotta then breaks down her approach to helping those with infertility struggles, including acknowledgement and acceptance, techniques for reducing stress and tension release, mindfulness and meditation in breath, body, thought, and emotion. We then move on to talk about the effects of infertility on your partner. We also discuss how to ease into the process of using 3rd party fertility solutions like surrogacy and adoption. Dr. Marotta shares her own experiences of trial and error pursuing donor egg IVF, adoption, and finally going with surrogacy for her child. To learn more, visit www.janettimarotta.com.1:54 Janetti’s Story 7:23 What is Mindfulness and How Does it Relate to Infertility? 26:00 Breaking Down Dr. Marotta’s Approach 47:04 Impact of Infertility on Partner49:27 Easing Into the Process of 3rd Party Fertility Solutions.“It’s not so much the thoughts we have, but how tightly we hold onto those thoughts, that accounts for our mental suffering.” 42:10https://birthcircle.comFor Any Questions, Email Me at email@example.com
Proper Support for Newborns and Newborn Mothers | Julia Jones
Today we talk with Julia Jones, postnatal doula and author of Nourishing Newborn Mothers - Ayurvedic Recipes to Heal your Mind, and Body and Soul after Childbirth and Newborn Mothers - When a Baby is Born So is a Mother (www.newbornmothers.com/books/). She is also the creator of the worldwide leading education resource for postpartum professionals: Newborn Mothers Collective (www.newbornmothers.com/training). We talk about how Julia became interested in postpartum care. We discuss the traditional practices for postpartum care that many of the world’s cultures had in common before Colonization and the Industrial Revolution. We discuss how losing touch with these practices has made our modern practices “abnormal” or unnatural in the context of human history. We then define and discuss the “village” model of parenting and childcare, and talk about its many advantages and how we can learn from and incorporate its principles in our own situations. We then talk about the history of the role of doula and its ties to breastfeeding. We then talk about the qualifications and role of doulas throughout the world. We discuss the need for a cultural shift toward valuing and investing in birth and postpartum worker’s care, and increasing our cultural awareness of how important the postpartum period is. Julia gives more traditional ways the world’s cultures care for newborn mothers, such as warm comfort foods, massage and body work, and belly binding. We talk about the cultures that still practice the “village” model of childcare. Julia then talks about the physical changes produced in your brain by caring for a child. We then discuss proper support for parents and others caring for children. We talk more about the science and nuances of bonding. We talk about the scientific side of intuition. We then talk about learning from other cultures without cultural appropriation. To learn more, visit www.newbornmothers.com. 1:46 Julia’s Story 3:28 How Newborn Mothers Are Meant to Be Cared For13:29 Becoming a Trained Postpartum Doula19:48 Caring for Newborns and Newborn Mothers30:56 Bonding, Oxytocin, and Intuition44:17 Learning From Other Cultures Without Cultural Appropriation “That’s why we really need to focus on boosting these oxytocin levels, not just during birth. Because, originally oxytocin was discovered and named ‘quick birth’ because it increases contractions, but what we’ve learned is that it’s not just for birth — it’s actually the bonding hormone, it’s the love hormone.” 37:34https://birthcircle.comFor Any Questions, Email Me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning to Trust and Finding Emotional Strength Through Pregnancy, Birth | Julia Aziz
In today’s episode, we talk with Julia Aziz, LCSW-S, Rev., CCH, holistic psychotherapist, ordained interfaith minister, and faculty at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. She supports women struggling with anxiety, grief, and big life changes through individual counseling, hypnotherapy, and the Release & Empower online community, a weekly women's practice that combines writing, movement, meditation, and personal sharing. She is also the mother of three children and the author of Lessons of Labor: One Woman's Self-Discovery Through Birth and Motherhood and When You're Having A Hard Time: The Little Book That Listens. Today we define and discuss holistic psychotherapy and somatic release, and how these practices can be used to help people towards healing from anxiety, trauma, and other struggles. We discuss Julia’s spiritual background and ministry. We then discuss Julia’s approach to helping women who have experienced trauma navigate birth, and how childbirth has the potential to be a healing experience for some people with trauma. We talk about the importance of simplifying mental health and coming back to this moment by slowing down and living in the present. We also the discus the importance of recognizing how everyone is different, including with the use of medication. We talk about an intuitive approach to finding the best treatments for your problems. We talk about spirituality and rituals associated with birth. We discuss how to learn from your dreams during pregnancy. We then discuss how to help parents when a pregnancy ends in loss, as well as ways of dealing with grief. We finish our discussion by talking about how you can develop a mantra that will help you through your birth experience. We invite you to learn more at https://juliaaziz.com/. 3:07 What is Holistic Psychotherapy? 10:10 Helping Women With Severe Trauma Navigate Birth22:18 How to Find the Best Treatments and Assistance For You37:31 Helping Moms Manage Grief After Loss46:25 Finding Your Mantra “We basically do self-healing practice together. So we do a writing practice, and we do somatic release, guided meditation, and then a brief sharing, where we’re just witnessing each other rather than doing cross-talk. And so it’s like a weekly practice for women who are often caregiving for other people — like moms — to make some space for themselves.” 50:27https://birthcircle.comFor Any Questions, Email Me at email@example.com
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I love this podcast! Sarah interviews a wide range of knowledgeable, engaging guests on a wide range of birth-related topics. Excellent!
I love this podcast! It feels so comfortable, like these experts are right in your living room. I love the variety of birth and postpartum professionals on the program. Sarah’s passion to empower Fearless Birth and provide families with a circle of expertise is essential, critical, and invaluable! If you are expecting, a new parent or plan to become pregnant this is a must-listen-to series. - Rickie, Childbirth Educator and Postpartum Doula
Love her non-judgement!
I love the variety of guests she has on and how they always discuss all birth options without judgement. I've heard podcasts where it's obvious the host has an agenda. But not with this one! She brings in such great guests! I've learned so much!