45 episodes

How do you filter through all of the uninvited opinions that suddenly come your way when you decide to have a child? How do you know what's trustworthy information and what's a myth or just plain outdated? Join Michelle Smith, CHt -- founder of The Birth Ease Method childbirth program -- and her guests as they share valuable tips, tools, and proven methods to cut through the noise and fear. For 20 years as a birth professional, Michelle has personally helped hundreds of families understand their options in maternity care, transform their fears and stress, and connect with their inner calm as they navigate the sacred journey that is pregnancy, birth, and parenthood.

The Birth Ease Podcast Michelle Smith

    • Parenting
    • 5.0, 25 Ratings

How do you filter through all of the uninvited opinions that suddenly come your way when you decide to have a child? How do you know what's trustworthy information and what's a myth or just plain outdated? Join Michelle Smith, CHt -- founder of The Birth Ease Method childbirth program -- and her guests as they share valuable tips, tools, and proven methods to cut through the noise and fear. For 20 years as a birth professional, Michelle has personally helped hundreds of families understand their options in maternity care, transform their fears and stress, and connect with their inner calm as they navigate the sacred journey that is pregnancy, birth, and parenthood.

    044 Homebirth and Hypnobirth with Laura Nathan

    044 Homebirth and Hypnobirth with Laura Nathan

    Listen in as Michelle and midwife Laura Nathan have a conversation about Laura's passion for homebirth and the difference that hypnobirth makes within pregnancy, labor & birth, postpartum, and beyond.
    "Because it doesn't have to be that way. That's what we see in the movies and the sitcom sketches. It doesn't have to be that way of the screaming, painful birth that is just awful and you gotta get through it and suffer through to get to the end, to the good thing at the end, which is the baby. The process can also be really uplifting. It can be a really beautiful process that… the mom can feel really empowered by it."— Laura Nathan

    About Laura Nathan, LM CPM:
    Laura is a Florida Licensed Midwife serving families in Orlando and surrounding communities since 2014. She is the owner of Modern Orlando Midwifery, a home birth practice for her midwifery clients. After working in a busy birth center, Laura now loves the ability to get to know her clients well through long home visits. The focus is on building a strong relationship where both the parents and midwife can trust and understand one another. Her love of client education ranges from detailed explanations of pregnancy and the normal changes women experience to diastasis prevention and repair to newborn care and breastfeeding success. Additionally, Laura has studied the use of hypnosis for pregnancy and birth. She utilized Birth Ease Hypnobirth for her own babies’ births and is certified as a Hypno-Doula with HypnoBabies. Laura believes that with comprehensive education, parents can make the best choices for the mother-baby dyad.
    Connect with Laura Nathan:
    Website:  https://modernorlandomidwifery.com/ (https://modernorlandomidwifery.com/)
    Facebook:  Modern Orlando Midwifery (Listen in as Michelle and midwife Laura Nathan have a conversation about Laura's passion for homebirth and the difference that hypnobirth makes within pregnancy, labor and birth, postpartum, and beyond. )
     
    Connect with Michelle Smith:
    Website: BirthEaseServices.com (https://www.birtheaseservices.com/)
    Facebook: 

    • 52 min
    043 Trauma Informed Yoga with Jen Larsen

    043 Trauma Informed Yoga with Jen Larsen

    Listen in as Michelle has a conversation with Jen Larsen regarding the benefits of trauma-informed yoga, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Research studies prove through this practice, yoga can help minimize those symptoms of post-traumatic response. The goal is to restore a sense of choice, personal power, self-efficacy; power and control that were lost during the experience of the trauma and these benefits translate off the mat and into the rest of the world. Together they discuss trauma, the importance of listening to the body and honoring our feelings, creating healthy boundaries, choice and permission to change our minds, positive affirmations, and self-acceptance and self-compassion.
    "Meet yourself where you are. Know that whatever it is your feeling isn't lasting forever. You are perfectly imperfect, exactly as you are. And, every day you exist is a new opportunity to learn more about yourself and accept whatever that may be." —Jen Larsen

    About Jen Larsen:
    Jen is the founder and owner of Innerglow Wellness, LLC. Through holistic life coaching and trauma-informed yoga instruction, she is dedicated to helping individuals unveil their “inner glow” and embody their greatest potential in body, mind, and spirit. Her education includes graduate work in the psychology of consciousness and psycholinguistics, and she is a 16+ year certified yoga and meditation teacher, registered with Yoga Alliance. In addition to coaching and teaching yoga, she is a public speaker and radio personality on the topics of health and wellness, particularly the power of the mind and the effects of gratitude, and positive thinking on physical health. In her downtime, you’ll find her creating delicious, healthy concoctions in the kitchen and spending quality time with her kids.

    Connect with Jen Larsen:
    Website: lightyourinnerglow.com (http:// www.lightyourinnerglow.com)
    Instagram:  @lightyourinnerglow (http:// www.lightyourinnerglow.com)
    Facebook:  Innerglow Wellness (https://www.facebook.com/lightyourinnerglow)
    YouTube:  Innerglow Wellness (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz0BZl1Y5VKwz5rcJiz-W7w)
     
    Connect with Michelle Smith:
    Website: BirthEaseServices.com (https://www.birtheaseservices.com/)
    Facebook:  Birth Ease (https://www.facebook.com/BirthEaseMethod/),   The Birth Ease Podcast (https://www.facebook.com/thebirtheasepodcast/)
    Instagram: @ birtheasemichellesmith (https://www.instagram.com/birtheasemichellesmith/)
    YouTube:  Birth Ease (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcpfTDHpaqRkU2w_GHdGlmQ)
    LinkedIn:  Birth Ease Michelle Smith ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/birth-ease-michelle-smith-033a8b1a6/)
    Pinterest: Birth Ease (https://www.pinterest.com/birthease/boards/)
    Show: Birth Ease (https://feeds.blubrry.com/feeds/birthease.xml)

    • 59 min
    042 Can You Relate? with Beatriz Rodrigues

    042 Can You Relate? with Beatriz Rodrigues

    Listen in as Michelle and Beatriz Rodriquez discuss her birth experience and motherhood as an Afro-Latino woman. Together they discuss myths black mothers face, systemic racism, parenting multiracial daughters, working on our own biases, and the importance of compassionate listening.
    “Everyone’s  experience as a black  woman is very different. But there are a few things that I feel that all black women, right now in this moment, feel and are in solidarity, especially when it comes to being mothers. One of things that I can say is that a lot of us, no matter how used to we are of being through trials and tribulations, I would say, ‘We’re scared and we’re disappointed. And, we wonder what the future holds for our children.’”—Beatriz Rodrigues
     
    Connect with Beatriz Rodrigues:
    Facebook: @I.love.my.cookies.101 (https://www.facebook.com/I.love.my.cookies.101)
    Instagram: @docilesystematicbee (https://www.instagram.com/docilesystematicbee/)
     

    Connect with Michelle Smith:
    Website: BirthEaseServices.com (https://www.birtheaseservices.com/)
    Facebook:  Birth Ease (https://www.facebook.com/BirthEaseMethod/),   The Birth Ease Podcast (https://www.facebook.com/thebirtheasepodcast/)
    Instagram: @ birtheasemichellesmith (https://www.instagram.com/birtheasemichellesmith/)
    YouTube:  Birth Ease (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcpfTDHpaqRkU2w_GHdGlmQ)
    LinkedIn:  Birth Ease Michelle Smith ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/birth-ease-michelle-smith-033a8b1a6/)
    Pinterest: Birth Ease (https://www.pinterest.com/birthease/boards/)
    Show: Birth Ease (https://feeds.blubrry.com/feeds/birthease.xml)

     
     
     
     
     

    • 1 hr 6 min
    041 What is On My Heart with Michelle Smith

    041 What is On My Heart with Michelle Smith

    In this personal episode, Michelle shares her experience of supporting her most recent doula families through the births of their babies during the COVID-19 pandemic. She candidly explores the emotions coming up for her during these last few weeks as the mother of a multi-racial child. Michelle explores how she is navigating it all through the lens of grief support.
    “It hit me, and I am still working through it. If I am this exhausted as a white woman with a black family how depleted our black communities must be?And as I listen, they are exhausted. And, tired of trying to get people to listen and fighting a system that isn’t broken that is actually working exactly as it was designed to do.”—Michelle Smith


    Connect with Michelle Smith:
    Website: BirthEaseServices.com (https://www.birtheaseservices.com/)
    Facebook:  Birth Ease Baby Loss Support (https://www.facebook.com/BirthEaseLossSupport),  Birth Ease (https://www.facebook.com/BirthEaseMethod/),   The Birth Ease Podcast (https://www.facebook.com/thebirtheasepodcast/)
    Instagram: @birtheaselosssupport (https://www.instagram.com/birtheaselosssupport/),  @ birtheasemichellesmith (https://www.instagram.com/birtheasemichellesmith/)
    YouTube:  Birth Ease (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcpfTDHpaqRkU2w_GHdGlmQ)
    LinkedIn:  Birth Ease Michelle Smith ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/birth-ease-michelle-smith-033a8b1a6/)
    Pinterest: Birth Ease (https://www.pinterest.com/birthease/boards/)
    Show: Birth Ease (https://feeds.blubrry.com/feeds/birthease.xml)

     

    • 22 min
    040 In Between Us: A Documentary of Black Motherhood with Candace Williamson and Taylour Marks

    040 In Between Us: A Documentary of Black Motherhood with Candace Williamson and Taylour Marks

    Listen in as Michelle and two student filmmakers, Taylour Marks and Candace Williamson, discuss the disparities facing black mothers, perinatal loss (black women are twice as likely to experience a miscarriage than other races), and their debut documentary film, In Between US. Their film is an intimate portrait of black motherhood, a deeply flawed system and the complicated beauty of life. The story was born from the alarming statistic that black women are three to four times more likely to experience pregnancy related mortality than white women in America. If it’s not about money, education, or pre-existing conditions, then why are black mothers still dying at higher rates?
    "There is so much power in your voice, and you have the right to speak to up. You have the right to share your story. And when you do, it really brings people together."—Candace Williamson
    "I think that it is really important that we start prioritizing mothers. The first steps are to validate the feelings and the stories of these mothers by showing them that they aren't alone. There are so many other mothers that are going through the exact same thing. ...And we should trust black women and what they have to say and their feelings and their pain. So I think it is a three step process of listen, share, and trust and then make change off of what you have represented."—Taylour Marks

    About Candace Williamson:
    Candace is a Broadcast Journalism Student at the University of South Florida. Ever since the age of 6, Candace knew she had a passion for being anywhere near a camera. She has written and directed a number of broadcast stories and documentaries all with a message of hope and love. Her work has been shown across the globe from the Cannes Film Festival in France to the Geelong International Festival in Australia. Candace hopes to continue her journey as a documentary filmmaker to tell stories that become catalysts for change.

    Connect with Candace:
    Twitter:  @heycandacemae (https://twitter.com/HeyCandaceMae)
    Instagram: @heycandacemae (https://www.instagram.com/heycandacemae/)
    LinkedIn: Candace Williamson (https://www.linkedin.com/in/candace-williamson-335722136/)
    Website: https://heycandacemae.wixsite.com/mysite
     
    About Taylour Marks:
    Taylour is an honors Telecommunication Student at the University of Florida.  As a writer, photographer, and multimedia journalist, she takes joy in telling the stories of others and empowering the public with information.  Taylour has experience working with photo, print, and broadcast journalism.  She has been recognized by BBC World News and the Aisthesis Undergraduate Honors Journal for accomplishments in photojournalism.  Taylour aspires to one day work as a local news reporter or a documentary storyteller.

    Connect with Taylour:
    Twitter:  @taylourmarks (https://twitter.com/taylourmarks)
    Instagram:  @taylourmarks (https://www.instagram.com/taylourmarks/)

    Facebook:  @TaylourMarksNews (https://www.facebook.com/taylourmarksnews)
     
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    • 47 min
    039 Sanctuary Birthing with Jae Rowan and Rhione Zeixchel

    039 Sanctuary Birthing with Jae Rowan and Rhione Zeixchel

    In this latest episode of the Listening to Midwives series, Michelle has a conversation with Jae Rowan and Rhione Zeixchel, owners of Sanctuary Birthing. If you are a fellow birth worker, get ready to hear some of the names of some of the icons in our birth world being mentioned as they share their 60+ years of combined experience as midwives. Rhione and Jae remind pregnant women that their birth can be in their hands if they receive respect, consideration, and informed choice. Women can take back birth. Yet, they caution not to be naive and think you will be handed it, because you will not… not with this current medical system. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and settle back to soak up the wisdom of these sage birth keepers and the brilliant project they are up to now.
    “Your body talks to you. I think that in our really, really fast paced media oriented, screen oriented culture we stop listening or maybe we never learned to listen. And yet, every pregnant woman, her body will start to talk to her almost from the beginning. ... It's an important thing. Start listening to your body. Your body is talking to you.”— Jae Rowan
    “I would hope that each woman before, during pregnancy would take some time. Take some time to be still, sink in, connect with a deeper layer underneath all the mind chatter. Just even 5 minutes. Begin making time. Start listening. Because I believe that that inner knowing can inform us in the BEST possible way from this day on. And your baby is counting on it. It can change your baby’s life. And it can change the world, one baby at a time in that way.”— Rhione Zeixchel

    About Jae Rowan:
    Jae, Certified Professional Midwife, and Oregon Licensed Midwife began her study of midwifery in 1985. She has attended 100’s of births over the last 31 years. Her path as a woman and mother has been intertwined with her study of yoga, midwifery, parenting, and communication, skills that she brings to the care she provides to families. Jae learned that pregnancy and birth are normal and natural processes from her grandmother, who birthed 13 children at home. Jae believes that the way we bond to our baby during pregnancy and the way we birth set a foundation for the life of our child, and for our life as a mother. She offers Arvigo Mayan Abdominal Massage sessions along with personalized prenatal, birth preparation and early parenting coaching.

    About Rhione Zeixchel:
    Rhione, Oregon licensed midwife, has attended hundreds of births since 1981. As an apprentice-trained midwife, she has been privileged to learn from many teachers in the wise-woman tradition. Rhione utilizes the benefits of homeopathic medicine and intuition-based practices she describes as “deep listening” to the unborn. Certain key tenets guide Rhione’s love of this work: knowing that the natural birth process is innately healing; understanding newborn babies as fully conscious beings in little bodies; and believing that a woman’s way to natural birth is paved with her own listening and trusting. Mothers’ own ecstatic birthing stories inspired her to become certified in HypnoBirthing in 2001. With midwife friend Jae Rowan, she co-created Three Sisters Midwifery in 2012.

    Connect with Jae & Rhione:
    Website:  sanctuarybirthing.com (https://sanctuarybirthing.com/)
    Facebook: Sanctuary Birthing (https://www.facebook.com/sanctuarybirthing)
    Instagram: 

Customer Reviews

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25 Ratings

Sierra.T.F. ,

A Treasure Trove of Hidden Birth Truths & Techniques

This Podcast is an amazing tool to have in this modern world ruled by Western medicine! Women reclaiming their birth/pregnancy/feminine energy is so vital for a peaceful & meditative birth that brings a healthy Baby Earth-side. I’m so relieved that Michelle is sharing this for all Mama’s future/expecting/current. It’s tough to find all of this information collected in one place anywhere else.

Kianna Scott ,

Amazing preparation!!!

I don’t have any children yet but the thought is sometimes frightening because of the process. After listening I definitely feel like it’s beyond do able. Her voice is so relaxing and I’m able to really hone in on what she’s saying and better manage my stress. I love this podcast everyone should hear it to be better prepared for not just family but their life journey!!!

Marjorie@ASustainableMind ,

I'm glad I found this early on

I am not yet ready to start my personal journey toward creating a family but I've watched so many friends be confused and surprised and make mistakes along theirs. This show has really helped ease my nerves on the topic and I feel a lot more prepared to jump in when I am ready.

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