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Birth Circle is dedicated to educating and informing mothers (and fathers) about birth, and pregnancy. We currently are the most complete and up-to-date birth resource in the world, and we tap those resources to bring you detailed information and stories on everything surrounding birth. Whether you aren’t sure what you’d like for your birth or you are planning a scheduled c-section or an unmedicated home-birth or any variation in between, Birth Circle is here for you.

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    • 4.9 • 47 Ratings

Birth Circle is dedicated to educating and informing mothers (and fathers) about birth, and pregnancy. We currently are the most complete and up-to-date birth resource in the world, and we tap those resources to bring you detailed information and stories on everything surrounding birth. Whether you aren’t sure what you’d like for your birth or you are planning a scheduled c-section or an unmedicated home-birth or any variation in between, Birth Circle is here for you.

    Filling the Gaps in Your Prenatal Nutrition | Julie Sawaya

    Filling the Gaps in Your Prenatal Nutrition | Julie Sawaya

    Today we talk to Julie Sawaya, Founder and CEO of Needed, which provides health education and nutritional supplements for all stages of pregnancy. Needed supplements are based on intense research into the needs of both a pregnant woman and the developing fetus. Julie has been recognized nationwide for her work in ensuring optimal nutrition for both mother and baby.


     


    We talk about how the vast majority of available prenatal vitamins are not sufficient  to meet optimal prenatal nutrition needs, and the way that Needed went about developing supplements that would correct the usual nutritional deficiencies that tend to happen during pregnancy. We also talk about what some of the basic nutritional needs are in a normal pregnancy and discuss what the various nutrients do to support a healthy pregnancy. We discuss the importance of Choline and what makes it so difficult to get into nutrition supplements that are still easy to take during pregnancy.


     


    We discuss the reason for nutritional deficiency during pregnancy, and why this was not a problem for our ancestors but has become a problem for us now. We also talk about some health issues that can be caused by critical nutrient deficiencies, as well at what foods or nutrient supplements can help to correct the issue. We talk about Folates and their potential benefits and issues with the ways they are currently used.


     


    Finally we talk about if and how nutrition affects morning sickness during pregnancy, what some of the factors might be, and how beginning to plan nutrition before getting pregnant can help. We talk about bioavailability in nutritional supplements and the way that Needed uses nutrients that are easiest for the body to absorb. We talk about where Needed sources their vitamins and the care that goes into the process to ensure a reliable quality for the supplements that they formulate.


     


    To Learn More Visit: https://thisisneeded.com/


     


    For Any Questions, Email Us at media@birthcircle.com

    • 56 min
    A Doula‘s Guide to Staying in Business | Patty Brennan

    A Doula‘s Guide to Staying in Business | Patty Brennan

    Today we talk to Patty Brennan, founder of Lifespan Doulas, and author of The Doula Business Guide. She offers doula education, training, and certification through her program, as well as the business training needed for independent workers to establish a stable practice. Over her 40 year career, Patty has personally trained over 2000 doulas, in addition to being a doula and a midwife herself, running a company and nonprofit, and authoring vital business resources for doulas around the world.


     


    We talk about the struggles that recently certified doulas face when they are first trying to establish a practice, and how the right type of guidance and support can help them to avoid an early burnout. We also talk about some  things new doulas can use to establish themselves, and what they should avoid when getting started, as well as when they should be willing to serve on a volunteer basis and when they should avoid working for free. We discuss what to do as a doula when you are burning out or losing your passion for your work.


     


    We discuss some of the business models that doulas can establish their practice under and some of the benefits of each, as well as the importance of being aware of the way that you personally work best when determining how you will approach your business and payment model. We also talk about how to get started as a doula and which states require licensing, as well as some of the potential issues with governmental regulation versus the benefits.


     


    Finally we talk about how doulas can overcome the aversion to "selling" their passion-based work rather than giving it for free so that they can sustain themselves while doing what they love. We discuss authentic ways of marketing yourself as a doula, as well as the effect that underselling yourself has on the ways potential clients think about your service. We talk about differentiating yourself from other doulas operating in your area to draw in attention of clients, and how to advertise to the community of people that you most want to focus on serving.


     


    To Learn More Visit: https://lifespandoulas.com/




    For Any Questions, Email Us at media@birthcircle.com

    • 59 min
    Reproductive Education for a Better Birth Experience | Jessica Diggs

    Reproductive Education for a Better Birth Experience | Jessica Diggs

     


    Today we talk to Jessica Diggs,  one of the most sought after Doulas and Midwives in the San Francisco area and Education Lead at LOOM, an empowering digital education platform that brings accessible sexual and reproductive health education to all communities, including its debut program centering on pregnancy, birth, and postpartum topics. Jessica's work goes a long way in helping to provide wider access to the sort of inclusive and comprehensive education that is vital for health and safety at any stage of reproduction.




    We talk about how Jessica's journey to be knowledgeable about sexual and reproductive health for herself and her friends led her into the birth world and becoming a doula and reproductive health educator. We also talk about the inception of LOOM and the value of accessible reproductive education. We discuss the lack of resources for teen parents, and the ways in which teen parents are able to thrive when they have proper support and education.


     


    We discuss, as a doula, supporting a wider variety of pregnancy and birth experiences than what most people consider the "usual" and how every birth is improved when the individual experience of the parents is acknowledged and uplifted, including their gender identity, family structure, supporting partner, and individual values. We also talk about what the curriculum of LOOM covers, starting with the very basics of what many people may not know about their body or their pregnancy and working up.


     


    Finally we talk about the ways that LOOM supports birth partners, regardless of parental status. We talk about giving the partners or chosen family of the birthing person the resources that they need to give the proper support and to be an active part of the experience. We also talk about what it means to normalize the experience of childbirth and how doing so can reduce the amount of fear that people experience going into pregnancy and improve birth outcomes and the overall experience of living in our bodies.


     


    To Learn More Visit:  http://loomhq.com




    For Any Questions, Email Us at media@birthcircle.com

    • 39 min
    Finding Confidence in the Fertility Journey | Elizabeth King

    Finding Confidence in the Fertility Journey | Elizabeth King

    Today we talk to Elizabeth King, a Fertility Health Coach, ICF Life Coach, Birth & Bereavement Doula, and new parent educator. Through her practice, she helps clients through the trials of infertility and trauma of miscarriage and works with them through all possible avenues to help them conceive and bring a healthy baby to full term.


     


    We discuss the process of preserving her own fertility that led to her wanting to specialize in fertility support. We talk about common myths about fertility that commonly lead to frustration in people who are trying to conceive. We also discuss the importance of managing stress and mindset as a part of the overall fertility treatment process. We define secondary infertility as an issue that some women face in trying to grow their family.


     


    We talk about how working with a fertility coach before you even start trying to conceive can help to get your body on track to combatting any fertility issues before you even encounter them. We also talk about some of the things that may be affecting your fertility in the pre-conception phase. We clarify the difference between a fertility coach and a fertility doctor and how the former supports the client's relationship with the latter.


     


    Finally, we talk about pregnancy loss and the journey of recovering from miscarriage while also trying to conceive again. We talk about a fertility coach's role in helping with miscarriage or infertility grief, and the sort of support that may be required. We also talk about male fertility and how important it is to look at and educate both partners when addressing fertility issues.


     


    To Learn More Visit: https://www.elizabethking.com/


     


    For Any Questions, Email Us at media@birthcircle.com

    • 50 min
    Optimize YOUR Vagina | Dr. Betty DeLass

    Optimize YOUR Vagina | Dr. Betty DeLass

    Today we talk to Dr. Betty DeLass, a physical therapist and world-class pelvic health expert.  Through her practice at Reborn Pelvic Health Wellness, she works with patients to craft personalized treatment regimens for patients at every stage of pregnancy or postpartum to help them return to or maintain the best quality of life possible through adjustment and strengthening of the pelvic floor.  To date she has assisted thousands of patient in improving their quality of life through their pelvic health.

    We discuss Kegels and their function in pelvic health, as well as their limitations. Betty walks us through the orientation and function of the pelvic floor, and emphasizes that the pelvic floor affects alignment in all other areas of the body. We discuss the process of diagnosis that Dr. DeLass uses in order to assess pelvic floor issues in her clinic.

    We talk about the differences in practitioners that are involved in pregnancy and when a Midwife or an OB may refer a patient to a Physical Therapist, as well as the importance of collaboration between different perinatal practitioners in facilitating healing. We discuss how pelvic misalignment affects fertility. We also touch on Diastasis Recti and how it can be prevented or repaired with physical therapy.

    Finally we talk about postpartum rehab and how it should be started very shortly after birth in order to help the body heal properly. We discuss how someone can find a specialized pelvic floor therapist if they need one. We also talk about whether patients can have their physical therapy covered by their insurance.

    To Learn More Visit: https://www.rebornphw.com/

    For Any Questions, Email Us at media@birthcircle.com

    • 44 min
    Pregnancy Questions you're too Embarrassed to Ask | Bailey Gaddis

    Pregnancy Questions you're too Embarrassed to Ask | Bailey Gaddis

    Today we talk to returning guest Bailey Gaddis, Author of Feng Shui Mommy, about her new book, Asking for a Pregnant Friend. Bailey is a certified Doula, Hypnotherapist, and founding member of the Ojai Valley Birth Collective, among many other accomplishments, and she uses her passion for both birth and writing to help make pregnancy and birth a comfortable and shame-free experience for everyone who reads her work.


     


    We talk about Bailey's process in deciding to write her new book, and the way that shame around certain topics prevents pregnant women from getting all the information that they need. We discuss orgasmic birth as well as the culture of shame that forces a lot of us to separate sexuality from birth.


     


    We discuss feelings of arousal or anger during breastfeeding and the feelings of shame that can arise from that and why the shame is not necessary. We discuss partner infidelity during pregnancy and the need for communication between to help allay fears about the partner straying. We talk about the causes of why a partner might not want sex as much after the baby arrives and the ways that couples can work through that with communication.


     


    We talk about the disappointment some parents may experience when finding out the sex of their baby and how not to beat yourself up about it. We also discuss the feelings that can arise when a mother is pregnant with her second baby and how to ease the worry about not loving the second baby as much as the first.


     


    Finally we talk about intrusive thoughts that a lot of women have about potentially hurting their baby or about scary situations that might arise. We discuss what might cause those and when it's a problem. We also discuss the fear of death during childbirth and how to navigate the fear of something that is very real and complex and when to seek help to deal with it.  We talk about the bottom line of shame and how shame affects the journey into motherhood, and how learning to release and do away with that shame as a culture will help to make pregnancy, birth, and motherhood a more joyful experience on the whole.


     


    To Learn More Visit: https://www.baileygaddis.com/


     


    For Any Questions, Email Us at media@birthcircle.com

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Sp0004 ,

Great resource!

I love this podcast! Sarah interviews a wide range of knowledgeable, engaging guests on a wide range of birth-related topics. Excellent!

brynerrickie ,

Essential Information

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

CoolASLTeacher ,

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!

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