22 episodes

Cortney and Stephanie, professional doulas, childbirth educators and the creators of the My Essential Birth online pregnancy and birth course break down all the essentials to make preparing your mind, body, and baby for labor a breeze!

Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy My Essential Birth

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Cortney and Stephanie, professional doulas, childbirth educators and the creators of the My Essential Birth online pregnancy and birth course break down all the essentials to make preparing your mind, body, and baby for labor a breeze!

    22: Birth: Enneagram Type 1

    22: Birth: Enneagram Type 1

    If you are planning for your perfect birth, have high expectations for your birth team and partner, and are checking off all the lists you've made to get where you want to go, this episode is for you, Enneagram 1's!

    • 24 min
    21: How NOT to Write a Birth Plan

    21: How NOT to Write a Birth Plan

    There is never a question of "if" you should create a birth plan, but there is a right way and a wrong way to do it.

    • 25 min
    20: Assembling Your Dream Birth Team

    20: Assembling Your Dream Birth Team

    All the best tips and advice for getting the right people in your corner for your absolute best birth.

    • 40 min
    19: Birth: Enneagram Type 2

    19: Birth: Enneagram Type 2

    Type 2 moms love to make feel others appreciated and people are drawn to their kind and caring ways, but what does that mean for their birth?

    • 24 min
    18: Cesareans: When They're Necessary & Avoiding When They Aren't- PART 2

    18: Cesareans: When They're Necessary & Avoiding When They Aren't- PART 2

    We talk about what you can expect during a cesarean birth, the emotions that go along with it, and a quick overview on what you can expect during recovery time.

    • 37 min
    17: Cesareans: When They're Necessary & Avoiding When They Aren't- PART 1

    17: 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.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

mrs.d8912 ,

By far the best pregnancy podcast

I tried a few other pregnancy podcasts and they all were too “crunchy” or too “smooth”. I love that the mamas combine holistic practices and western medicine practices. I have learned so much and eagerly wait for new episodes!!

mamanurse15 ,

Crunchy

I was hesitant to listen to this podcast. It seemed too “crunchy” for me. I’m a nurse and I’m definitely pro medicine and love modern medicine. But I’ve learned a lot so far! They are all about what YOU want out of your birth and how to get that, no matter what that is.

Dietitian to be ,

Good info

In grad school learning about maternal and child health and watching documentaries about how epidurals and pitocin affect your body my friends and I decided natural (or unmedicated) birth was what we wanted.

Fast forward to actually being pregnant and hearing other friends labor and after birth experiences WITH medication- I wasn’t sure if I was woman enough to go through with childbirth and labor. I stumbled upon this podcast to help me decide what I wanted for my first birth experience. The first two episodes were hard to hear. The details gave me phantom pain but after taking a break (and learning hypnobreathing exercises) I’m able to truly build up my confidence that I am capable of having my best birth.

Thanks Cortney and Stephanie for your candid, informative conversation. I already have made decisions about my plan and am interested in belly binding! 😊

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