9 episodes

BIRTH EDUCATION & WELLNESS for WOMEN AND PREGNANT PEOPLE ... mind, body, heart and spirit.
The Taproot Doula Project is a project created by me, Kate : I am a nurse, doula, writer. Experiencing motherhood myself and serving birthing people as a nurse and labor/postpartum doula for the past 15 years, I saw a huge need for a different kind of support for pregnant and postpartum people. My dream is that peace on Earth begins with birth (and POSTPARTUM). I strive to create community to make motherhood and parenthood easier.

The Taproot Doula Project Kate Novotny

    • Health & Fitness

BIRTH EDUCATION & WELLNESS for WOMEN AND PREGNANT PEOPLE ... mind, body, heart and spirit.
The Taproot Doula Project is a project created by me, Kate : I am a nurse, doula, writer. Experiencing motherhood myself and serving birthing people as a nurse and labor/postpartum doula for the past 15 years, I saw a huge need for a different kind of support for pregnant and postpartum people. My dream is that peace on Earth begins with birth (and POSTPARTUM). I strive to create community to make motherhood and parenthood easier.

    Self Care Episode 10: One Small Change

    Self Care Episode 10: One Small Change

    WHY THE MARTYR MOTHERHOOD MYTH MUST DIE, and one small way we can kill it off today!

    I'm doing something I've been waiting to do for the past 8, 9, 10 years ... a small change that will make my life better. I challenge you to do the same ... come join me and learn how.

    Love, Kate

    • 4 min
    Self Care Episode 9: WE ARE CONNECTED

    Self Care Episode 9: WE ARE CONNECTED

    WE ARE ALL CONNECTED. Is white midwifery/birth community racist? HOW DOES IT AFFECT US?

    (A brief message addressing recent events in the local and national birth community ... Read more at https://taprootdoula.com/2017/04/24/wake-up-white-birth-community-black-women-and-babies-are-dying/)

    Black women and babies are dying at epidemic rates. What does it have to do with us?

    The same forces that hurt black moms and babies also hurt us, in more subtle ways. Our healing cannot happen individually ... it is dependent on the healing of EVERYONE in our community. Black women are the canaries in the coal mine ... we are all breathing in the poison, but they are the ones who stop singing first. BE BRAVE, GET UNCOMFORTABLE. LOVE YOUR COMMUNITY. HEAL YOURSELF.

    • 9 min
    Self Care Episode 8: CONTROL

    Self Care Episode 8: CONTROL

    CONTROL: We are obsessed with it. We are obsessed with controlling aspects of our life that can't be controlled. We are obsessed with controlling the actions of other people, and we make ourselves miserable when we can't.

    HOW DO WE COPE? The first step is to admit we have a problem. Next, we need to practice tuning into the one thing we DO have control over ... ourselves. How do we let the actions of others affect the way we feel, and how is that a lost cause?

    • 13 min
    Self Care Episode 7: SOCIAL MEDIA & THE GODDESS MYTH

    Self Care Episode 7: SOCIAL MEDIA & THE GODDESS MYTH

    RING THE BELLS THAT STILL CAN RING
    FORGET YOUR PERFECT OFFERING
    THERE IS A CRACK IN EVERYTHING
    THAT'S HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN

    (Leonard Cohen)

    For many of us, social media is a pervasive aspect of motherhood. This can be good AND bad .... the beauty of connection with other women can transcend the limits of our own neighborhoods and lives, and technology can connect us like never before.

    However, in a culture where anxiety, depression and insecurity about mothering is so pervasive, it is essential to learn how to CONSCIOUSLY consume social media ... to use it to connect us rather than push us apart.

    • 10 min
    Self Care Episode 6: ANXIETY, JEALOUSY, GRIEF, MANTRA

    Self Care Episode 6: ANXIETY, JEALOUSY, GRIEF, MANTRA

    WORDS CREATE WORLDS. This week's check-in we explore how we are beautifully and wonderfully made (anxiety, laundry piles and all), how jealousy is actually a deeper message from our inner selves, and how to rewrite the story of how we talk to ourselves. I share my favorite personal mantra and share a prayer of WISDOM and STRENGTH for any challenges you might face this week. Love, Kate

    • 11 min
    Self Care Episode 5: I FEEL IT ALL

    Self Care Episode 5: I FEEL IT ALL

    I FEEL IT ALL (cue #feist)

    Oh, sisters .... oh sisters. The lesson that took me 30 years to learn, condensed down into the length of an extended bathroom break. WHY ARE OUR FEELINGS SO SCARY? Why is it an insult to tell someone they're being "too emotional"? What could be the root cause of addiction, binge-eating, excessive online shopping, and jealousy/envy? Some serious truth medicine here about how to FEEL, and how feelings don't make you WEAK, but actually guide you toward your highest self. xo, Kate

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

Star Laced ,

Peace on earth begins with birth.

I am a new doula who is passionate about supporting other mothers through the child bearing year and motherhood. Everything about this podcast drew me in externally, listening to the podcasts has me hooked! Look forward to listening to more. ❤️ So real, so healing, so inspiring. Thank you.

LittleRedHenny ,

You need this podcast

I cannot listen to Kate without sobbing. She gets straight to the heart of important things. She has a deep love for women and she's on a mission to help us LOVE ourselves and each other.

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