Doulas Darcy and Taylor explore the link between our worthiness and our birth and postpartum experiences and vice versa. As a postpartum doula and birth doula, they share their perspectives on birth and the postpartum period while diving deep and exploring how our feelings of worthiness affect both and how our experiences during birth and the postpartum period affect our worthiness.
We hope to inspire you to believe in your worthiness and offer ideas for creating the birth and postpartum experience you are worthy of.
Mom Brain Explained
Pregnant people, new moms, birth workers, birth nerds and birth geeks will all love this conversation with The Doula Darcy and Hillary A. Melchiors Ph.D., MPH, LCCE, CD(DONA). In addition to having all those letters after her name, Hillary is the down-to-earth co-host of The Birth Geeks Podcast. She's also an anthropologist, birth doula, and childbirth educator who lives in Newburgh, IN.
Pregnant in a Pandemic: Tips and Silver Linings - Ep. 25
Pregnant in a Pandemic: Tips and Silver Linings
It’s an intense time to be giving birth right now due to COVID-19. If you are pregnant or home with a newborn, you will definitely want to listen in to this episode.
Taylor and Darcy share some ways to feel more empowered and in control during your pregnancy, labor and the first weeks home with your baby.
Taylor shares tips for pregnancy and birth that are especially helpful right now. Darcy talks about things you can do while pregnant to prepare for your maternity leave while social distancing.
And, the doulas also share some silver linings! There are many things that they are seeing in their work with families right now that are very positive.
Sign up for the free online Navigating Childbirth & Early Postpartum during COVID-19 they mentioned here:
Online Yoga for Birth workshop for couples with Darcy:
Here are links to the guided meditation apps Taylor mentions:
Virtual Postpartum Doula Support with Darcy
Being a Postpartum Doula with Krista Maltais & The Doula Darcy - Ep. 24
Today, Darcy is chatting with long time friend and fellow postpartum doula, Krista Maltais. Krista has been a doula for 14 years, and is now also a DONA Postpartum Doula Trainer as well. Darcy and Krista bond over their love of their work supporting new mothers. They also share their history of working together to build awareness of postpartum doulas in their community. In this episode, they discuss the importance of finding other doulas for support and focusing on collaboration over competition. If you’ve ever considered being a doula, then this episode is for YOU!
Listen in as these two mothers and doulas chat all things from motherhood to having their dream jobs of supporting mothers and building a successful and fulfilling doula business.
How they met What made Krista become a postpartum doula The interesting journey of becoming a postpartum doula before motherhood and how that changed after motherhood. Postpartum hormones and the power of speaking in short sentences. The Imposter Syndrome - Being a Doula without being a Parent Boundary setting in motherhood How to effectively ask for help The power of a postpartum doula for a family - a non judgmental, trusted resource with no family baggage. Training other postpartum doulas - All new parents need support The struggle of being a parent in today's culture Implementing business strategies to find clients - The Postpartum Doula Academy Is becoming a Doula right for you? The power of making your own schedule DONA - Becoming a Postpartum Doula How to find Krista’s Postpartum Doula Trainings Relief Parenting Center Importance of in person mom connections - mom groups
Key Takeaway: If you’re feeling called to becoming a doula, follow that call! It takes time BUT if it's something that is pulling you, explore it and connect with people. Take the training and know that families need your help!
Your Birth Your Worth Podcast
Postpartum Mental Health with Dr. Kat of Mom & Mind - Ep 23
Darcy is on the podcast today having a discussion with Dr. Kat about the mental health issues surrounding pregnancy and post partum. Katayune Kaeni, Psy.D. PMH-C, is a psychologist certified in perinatal mental health and the creator and host of the Mom & Mind Podcast. She was drawn to this specialty after going through Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety and Postpartum OCD with her first child. Dr. Kat supports mothers and families in her private practice in Southern California.
Bred In Captivity - Ep 22
Today, Darcy is solocasting about the lack of community surrounding breastfeeding. Women in our country are struggling with beastfeeding because they haven’t been taught how to beastfeed by the women in their communities, i.e. their mothers, grandmas, cousins, aunts etc.. This causes a lot of guilt and shame in new moms. In this episode Darcy sets out to destigmatize breastfeeding for new moms and provides some resources and tips to ease your breastfeeding journey.
VBAC Fears: 5 Steps to Uncover and Manage your VBAC Fears - Ep 21
In today’s episode, Taylor offers her 5 steps to overcoming and managing your VBAC fears. After seeing the popularity of the previous VBAC episodes, Taylor decided to devote an entire episode to make sure you all felt prepared when planning your next VBAC. We seem to forget that it is absolutely normal to get scared sometimes. It’s necessary for our evolution and personal development to experience fear and anxiety after/before stressful situations.
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This podcast is a breath of fresh air in such a medically dominated industry. I appreciate the realness, stories, and perspectives the podcast offers and recommend it to all my pregnant friends!