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Welcome to the Unschooled Homebirth podcast, where we throw away the conventional birth textbooks and talk about homebirth from the philosophy of nature, life, and deep universal truths.

Unschooled Homebirth Tristin

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Welcome to the Unschooled Homebirth podcast, where we throw away the conventional birth textbooks and talk about homebirth from the philosophy of nature, life, and deep universal truths.

    68. New Paradigm for Prenatal Care

    68. New Paradigm for Prenatal Care

    I think it's time we asked the question, how can we continue improve the state of birth and prenatal care for families? I'll start by asking you the question, who are your prenatal visits for? When you set up your visit schedule with your midwife, who was that ultimately for? You, your baby, your midwife? I know this might sound like an odd question and you may not even be sure how to answer it and that's because we need to talk about your prenatal visit schedule. After this episode, I hope you will have the confidence to be the one in charge of making your prenatal schedule for yourself and your baby, and no one else, because that's what we do here, question the routine and get back to what matters for your unique journey. So the essence of prenatal care and a new paradigm for prenatal care is our topic today.
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    Further info & opportunities:
    Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!

    • 29 min
    67. It's a Freebirth Story

    67. It's a Freebirth Story

    Welcome to a birth story episode on the Unschooled Homebirth podcast. It's been awhile since we've had a birth story, but one of my students, Sarah, who is also a birth wisdom keeper herself, was so gracious to share her birth story with us and I was thrilled to bring this story on the podcast because Sarah had such a simple and straightforward birth.

    We don't hear a lot of simple birth stories out there today, so often there's big decisions and critical moments, and drama in birth, even in homebirth stories, so much so that women who have simple, peaceful births don't feel sharing their story has a purpose or, worse, they feel guilty about their simple, uncomplicated birth. Like some of the other birth keepers I know who want to change this narrative, I want to promote all birth stories, whether they had unexpected situations or just unfolded simply and quietly like Sarah's.

    It was truly an honor serving Sarah and her growing family during this pregnancy and birth, I am in awe of all the work she and her husband did for this birth, the trust they put into themselves and their baby and the Natural Birth Compass program to help them blossom into intuitively guided parents, and I hope you learn as much from her story as I did. Please enjoy Sarah's homebirth story!

    You can find Sarah on IG @telesis.sisterhood

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    Further info & opportunities:
    Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!

    • 1 hr 25 min
    66. The Secret to Joyous Cervical Dilation

    66. The Secret to Joyous Cervical Dilation

    Today's episode is all about cervical dilation as we explore the energetics of expansion and openness, some of the most important aspects to understand for birth and a natural progression to last month's episode on transition. 

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    Further info & opportunities:
    Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!

    • 19 min
    65. Deeper Truths of Transition

    65. Deeper Truths of Transition

    Transitions are abundant in birth in so many ways. The most obvious is the stage of the physical labor process referred to as transition, which is a stage that preoccupies many mothers in their preparation for birth. But what isn't talked about, what women aren't taught is why this is normal, why she feels this way, the significance of the intensity of what is happening here, and therefore how to be better prepared for this experience of the cycles of life. So instead many women fear transition and the focus of birth today is on how we get women through the portal of transition, as if they can't do it on their own merit. So today we are going to give some attention to the truth of transitions in birth and life on the Unschooled Homebirth podcast. 
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    Further info & opportunities:
    Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!

    • 24 min
    64. Using Breath in Homebirth

    64. Using Breath in Homebirth

    As May comes to an end, we are deep into spring energy, and I thought it might be time to talk the energetics of spring, of the East guiding direction, which is all about breath and all that uplifts us in life and for birth. Whether you have explored birth from the energetics of the cycle of nature or not, there is still a good chance you have at least explored the energetics of breath in regard to birth as breath and breathing patterns are one of the most commonly studied comfort techniques in birth preparation since around the 1950's when breath and breathing patterns for use in birth became popular in the US based on techniques Dr. Fernand Lamaze used with women giving birth in his care in France, although Dr. Lamaze picked up his ideas from observing birth in other countries outside of the West, and certainly women were using breath instinctively and intuitively all along before it became "formalized" into a method, but my point here is nearly every woman preparing for birth explores breathing techniques in some capacity. And beyond breath, the larger scope of practicing in the realm of air also involves inspiration on all the levels - emotional and spiritual too, and this includes popular birth coping techniques like affirmations, the words you speak and hear, and the music and sounds you listen, these all have the power to elevate us on this journey of transformation. So today on the journey to homebirth podcast, we are going to talk about breath and other aspects of the spring energy for homebirth and we just might hit on some inspiration about breath and air and elevation you haven't heard quite this way before. 

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    Further info & opportunities:
    Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!

    • 26 min
    Podcast Update - Things Look a Little Different!

    Podcast Update - Things Look a Little Different!

    Welcome to this quick update about the podcast. It's been a couple years since I started this podcast to create a space for sharing ideas about birth that were a little unconventional. While it has been a journey so far, I have recently been feeling called to rebrand this podcast to something that resonates more specifically with the range of concepts I talk about here, and I was struck with some inspiration for that, so what was the Journey to Homebirth podcast is now the Unschooled Homebirth podcast. 
    Why unschooled? Well, I am anything but untrained in birth at this point, having completed a birth educator certification, holistic doula certification, a year long intensive birthkeeper and family advocate training with the amazing Whapio of the Matrona, and countless prenatal acupuncture courses and working with families for nearly 15 years, so unschooled isn't in regard to the information provided here. 
    The spirit I'm trying to capture is that birth isn't about following textbooks, it's not about following science or evidence, those are all good things, but there's something so much deeper, fundamental truths that science can't yet explain, but are even more valid than science when it comes to the natural facts of birth.
    I'm hoping this change will reflect that this podcast isn't about the regular birth stuff, there's already great podcasts for that, so you won't hear an entire episode here dedicated to natural methods of induction, because instead I talk about how we need to harmonize with nature's cycle to understand timing of labor and how to take cues from nature about induction if it's needed. You won't hear an entire episode dedicated to best postpartum practices, because instead I talk about the heart connection and the importance of the West guiding energetic of Earth energy you are developing with your baby during this time and the sacredness of that time. 
    This podcast isn't about quick tips that only work for half the moms, instead it's a way to unschool yourself from the mainstream information so you can be open to exploring your own unique experience through the lens of nature, nature that is true for all of us, not just some of us. 
    My sources are philosophy, spirituality, life and cultural studies, which comes across as unconventional methods, but in the years I've been doing this, it's these methods that have provided my clients the opportunity to experience the most profound births and develop deep bonds in their families as they expand into greater versions of themselves by doing the deep work that comes with the transformation of each pregnancy and birth. This doesn't come from learning the same old birth information.
    Initially, I taught the same old stuff as I was taught in my educator courses, the same stuff everyone is teaching, and it was mostly luck whether a family had a good outcome or not, but that wasn't good enough for me. So I stopped teaching until I uncovered the deep truths that I found through ancient philosophy, things I found in Chinese medicine using the Yi Jing and the Dao De Jing, and the Huai Nan Zi, and then adding in more Earth and Universe based philosophies through ancient Druid and Celtic philosophies, the Cycles of the Year and the connections of human beings with nature. And when I finally understood this, and entire philosophy of birth and the birth cycle emerged, and this is what I knew I was here to teach. 

    • 4 min

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