64 episodes

Hey mama! Congratulations on your pregnancy! Are you so overwhelmed with the plethora of information coming at you from al directions? Natural birth, epidurals, VBAC, birth center, homebirth, c-sections. I know how crazy the online space is, not to mention your mother-in law.

Hey girl! I'm Aly McClain. I'm a Registered Nurse and Birth Doula who wants to give you all the information you need to know during your pregnancy and postpartum to confidently navigate your way and find what's right for you. Together we will normalize the birth process, reduce fear and enjoy a blissful birth because I promise you don't need to stress about this!

No part of this show should be taken as medical advice as birth is not a medical event. If medical questions do come up please speak to your provider.

Let's dig in and find out how to have an empowered and blissful birth!

The Empowered Birth Podcast Aly McClain

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 69 Ratings

Hey mama! Congratulations on your pregnancy! Are you so overwhelmed with the plethora of information coming at you from al directions? Natural birth, epidurals, VBAC, birth center, homebirth, c-sections. I know how crazy the online space is, not to mention your mother-in law.

Hey girl! I'm Aly McClain. I'm a Registered Nurse and Birth Doula who wants to give you all the information you need to know during your pregnancy and postpartum to confidently navigate your way and find what's right for you. Together we will normalize the birth process, reduce fear and enjoy a blissful birth because I promise you don't need to stress about this!

No part of this show should be taken as medical advice as birth is not a medical event. If medical questions do come up please speak to your provider.

Let's dig in and find out how to have an empowered and blissful birth!

    Ep 64//Current Birth Situation in Nebraska and What Needs to Change with Cari Samulson

    Ep 64//Current Birth Situation in Nebraska and What Needs to Change with Cari Samulson

    Today I have Cari Samulson on the show. Cari is a Direct Entry Midwife and midwife at Sage Dragonfly Midwifery. She is married to her very supportive husband who is a farmer in rural Nebraska. She is a Homebirth mom and has 4 kiddos. I brought her on today to talk about the current situation in Nebraska in regards to Homebirth.

    You’ll hear more in this episode and even if you aren’t from Nebraska or even the United States I would still encourage you to listen to this episode and hear what your sisters are having to face when deciding where when and how they want to birth.

    Cari is the President and Founder of Nebraska Birth Choice Advocates which is a non-profit that connects and supports women with the foundation of autonomy and respect while giving them access to informed choices. We have a really great conversation from a moms point of view and share the harsh realities and lack of support in our beloved state.

    I hope this episode informs you and fires you up to get involved with changing the culture where ever you are to support women no matter what their birth choices are! Let’s get into the show!

     

    Get your ticket for the:

     

    VIRTUAL COMMUNITY PRENATAL-








    https://www.eventcreate.com/e/virtual-community-prenatal
     
    SACRED SAGE BIRTH ASSISTANT TRAINING- https://www.eventcreate.com/e/sacredsageassistanttraining or visit www.kansashomebirth.com 
     
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    Patreon: patreon.com/empoweredbirthpodcast
     
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    IG: @empoweredbirthpodcast
    Email: birth.bliss.beyond@gmail.com
     
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    • 48 min
    63//Postpartum Hormones, Natural Cycle Tracking Methods and Postpartum Depression with Jamie Rathjen

    63//Postpartum Hormones, Natural Cycle Tracking Methods and Postpartum Depression with Jamie Rathjen

    If you've ever been postpartum before you know that you can feel all sorts of emotions... good and bad! Sometimes you may feel a little crazy or extremely down. What some call "normal" or maybe "just give it some time and you'll get over it" may really be something that can be easily addressed! 

     

    Today Jamie Rathjen joins me on the show! She shares some amazing information about postpartum hormones including something your doctor may not know about or talk about when it comes to postpartum depression. 

     

    This conversation is a must listen to help you feel empowered for your best postpartum!

     

    Connect with Jamie: 

    @fiatliving_with_jamierathjen

    @hormonegenius

    The Hormone Genius Podcast

     

    Connect with Aly:

    @empoweredbirthpodcast

     

    Support the show financially: patreon.com/empoweredbirthpodcast

    • 35 min
    Ep 62//Learning to Listen to Holy Spirit’s Promting

    Ep 62//Learning to Listen to Holy Spirit’s Promting

    Hannah Crews is a former news reporter and now social media content creator. She is a wife and the mother of two, and loves to empower women in the areas of marriage, motherhood, faith, and health. 


     


    She comes on the show today to share her wonderful stories of her two children's births. The first at a birth center and the second at home. Hannah shares how she follow that mama instinct, "holy spirit nudge" to make decisions with her second baby!


     


    If this episode was helpful for you share and tag @healthierhannahblog and @empoweredbirthpodcast to let us know!


     


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    • 36 min
    Ep 61//Valentine’s Day Special: Your Questions About Pregnancy and Postpartum Sex

    Ep 61//Valentine’s Day Special: Your Questions About Pregnancy and Postpartum Sex

    In honor of Valentines Day today we are talking all about pelvic floors including prenatal and postpartum sex! This is going to be a good one answering your questions!


     


    Pelvic floor health is so important for every woman to know about and become familiar with. The owner and Physical Therapist of Nebraska Core + Pelvic Therapy Kierra Larsen and PT Assistants Britnee Hoffner and Jessica come on the show today and have a girl chat with me all about pelvic health. They both specialize in women's pelvic health, predominantly prenatal and postpartum treatment. 


    Connect with them:


    nepelvictherapy.com 


    https://www.facebook.com/nebraskacorepelvictherapy


    https://www.instagram.com/nebraskacorepelvictherapy


     


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    IG: @empoweredbirthpodcast


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    • 38 min
    Ep 60//The Amazing Design of Hormonal Orchestration and Mammalian Instincts with Dr. Sarah Buckley

    Ep 60//The Amazing Design of Hormonal Orchestration and Mammalian Instincts with Dr. Sarah Buckley

    Dr. Sarah Buckley is author of the international best seller: Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering. If you have ever felt nervous about natural birth or questioned your motherly instincts Dr. Sarah has a way of easing those fears with facts! This is an episode you won't want to miss. 


     


    SHOWNOTES: https://www.birthblissbeyond.com/post/_ep60


     


    Links talked about in the show: For more, see www.sarahbuckley.com Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing report https://www.nationalpartnership.org/our-work/health/maternity/hormonal-physiology-of-childbearing.html Oxytocin levels in physiological labour and birth https://rdcu.be/bOg4v


     


    Connect with Dr. Sarah: 


    www.sarahbuckley.com


    https://www.facebook.com/drsarahbuckley/


    Twitter: @SarahJBuckley


    IG: sarahjbuckley


     


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    IG: @empoweredbirthpodcast


    FB Group: facebook.com/empoweredmamastribe


    Website: birthblissbeyond.com


    Email: birth.bliss.beyond@gmail.com


     

    • 54 min
    Ep 59//Kinsey Phifer: The Labors of Love

    Ep 59//Kinsey Phifer: The Labors of Love

    On todays episode I speak with my friend Kinsey Phifer. Kinsey is a birth and bereavement doula located in a small town in Iowa. Kinsey helped reverse her local hospital's VBAC ban and recently wrote a book called Variations of Normal featuring birth stories from over a hundred other moms. We spent some time talking about the importance of processing the feelings that come with birth no matter what they are.


     


    If you love this podcast and you would like to support it and get some extra content in the meantime go to patreon.com/empoweredbirthpodcast.


     


    SHOWNOTES: https://www.birthblissbeyond.com/post/_ep59


     


    Connect with Kinsey:


    Link to Variations of Normal: https://www.amazon.com/Variations-Normal-Labors-Kinsey-Phifer/dp/1737424401/ref=sr_1_2?crid=27PEZVKDX2BCW&keywords=variations+of+normal&qid=1642421191&sprefix=variations+of+normal%2Caps%2C229&sr=8-2


     


    Website: thehyggedoula.com


    Email: kinseyphifer@gmail.com


     


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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

grace&peaks ,

Amazing, Educational, & wholistic

Aly is an amazing person who exudes encouragement and speaks truth into the “real life” moments of birth, postpartum, & motherhood. I have gained confidence through listening to her podcast as I prepare to birth my first child in a foreign country.

EmilyLanphier ,

Love

So helpful! Thanks Aly!

DuCK FaRm. ,

Impressive

Aly has a different perspective than most on many subjects but she has data and statistics to back her beliefs. Very good listen

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