Birth: Enneagram Type 4

Uncategorized Nov 21, 2019

Calling ALL Enneagram Type 4 mamas! If you're a sensitive mama who wants a unique birth experience and knows how to be super in tune with your body then definitely jump into this episode and get ready to be nodding your head and taking notes on exactly what you and your partner need to make your birth a success! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth.
 
[2:37] Description of a Type 4
[6:38] Want a unique experience
[11:06] Create a vision for your birth
[13:03] The importance of setting up your birth team for Type 4
[16:14] How to set yourself up for success later in labor when verbal communication may be challenging.
[17:12] Body language during birth
[17:30] Cortney describes experience from her 3rd birth
[20:20] A strength of a type 4 is that you are in tune with your body
[22:22] Type 4 mamas are very creative, want to decorate their birth rooms and make the space pretty
[25:32] Tips for Partners
[31:30] Why Enneagram Type 4s LOVE the My Essential...
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Mamas with Infertility, Listen Up: Part 2

We know how many women are deeply affected by infertility. We (Cortney & Stephanie) have both dealt with infertility at different stages in our lives, we believe it's important to talk about it openly. If this is the road you are walking as well, you need to know you are not alone! Sometimes there are things we can do on our own to support fertility and sometimes we need to reach out for some extra help. No matter where you are in your journey, we support you and hope you will find comfort, hope, and perhaps even some helpful tidbits of information!
 
[1:13] Other options for infertility
[1:22] IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) or IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization)
[4:07] Cortney's experience with ectopic pregnancy and repeated miscarriages
[7:58] The power of intuition
[12:05] Infertility is hard when it's not the path that YOU want, no matter how many babies you have or which pregnancy this is.
[12:37] The emotional side of infertility
[15:31] Ways to support each other...
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Mamas with Infertility, Listen Up: Part 1

We know how many women are deeply affected by infertility. We (Cortney & Stephanie) have both dealt with infertility at different stages in our lives, we believe it's important to talk about it openly. If this is the road you are walking as well, you need to know you are not alone! Sometimes there are things we can do on our own to support fertility and sometimes we need to reach out for some extra help. No matter where you are in your journey, we support you and hope you will find comfort, hope, and perhaps even some helpful tidbits of information!
 
[1:53] What is infertility?
[2:09] Stephanie shares about her infertility journey
[4:32] Michelle Obama's interview
[5:05] Infertility by the stats
[7:08] Ovulation and infertility
[7:54] Cortney shares about how progesterone was needed to sustain her pregnancy
[8:16] How to figure out if something is off with your ovulation
[13:24] Ovulation disorders
[13:40] PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
[15:42] Older mamas...
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Birth: Enneagram Type 3

Uncategorized Oct 28, 2019

While every woman and every birth are unique, wouldn't it be helpful if you were given a personal roadmap that anticipated your strengths, challenges and needs for birth? Well, you're in luck! This podcast episode is the FIRST in a series that will discuss each Enneagram type and how they birth. If you're new to the Enneagram, we've linked to a free test (to determine your type) in the show notes below.

[2:30] What is the enneagram?
[4:12] Use this as a tool to help you understand yourself & others and be healthier emotionally.
[5:14] Description of Type 3s.
[10:48] We get into to talking about Type 3s and Birth.
[11:53] Type 3s will pursue their birth goals with crazy intensity.
[16:54] What partners need to know about supporting a Type 3 mama
[21:39] Find It & Flip It Exercise helps Type 3 to feel loved and accepted of themselves
[22:03] Cortney shares her experience about how a Type 3 may be hindered during birth.
[25:58] Birth is a mental game. The majority of...
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You Know You're Crunchy If...

 
Whoa, Nelly! Natural living is a slippery slope...one minute you decide to give cloth diapering a try, and the next thing you know you're washing down your placenta pill with a big glass of homemade kombucha. Don't say we didn't warn you! We had so much fun talking about some of the "crunchier" birth & postpartum options- how many of them have you tried? Don't forget to check out our "How Crunchy Are You?" quiz at the end of this post!
 
[1:02] Meme of the week!
[2:40] Cloth diapering
[6:28] Perineal massage
[8:06] Stephanie takes us inappropriately off-topic...
[10:53] The different ways to consume your placenta
[13:38] Drying of the umbilical cord
[14:06] Placenta prints
[14:46] Lotus birth
[15:57] Cord burning
[16:36] Orgasmic Birth
[19:46] Herbal postpartum bath
[21:22] Mother's Blessing
[24:22] Henna
[25:10] Belly casting
[27:11] Stephanie takes us off track again with another great idea....too much caffeine and sugar before #last90days
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Student Success Story: Christy's Birth

 

In this episode, My Essential Birth mama, Christy, walks us through her birth experiences and what she did to make the third time a charm!  We absolutely love listening to birth stories and this one was no exception. We know you'll feel inspired by it too!
 
[1:27] Christy has 3 girls; 4, 2, and 2-month old baby
[2:13] Chrisy's first birth - She discusses the details of this birth, the challenges, and how preparation would have helped.
[3:01] Christy had her water broken, received an epidural and blood pressure meds because the epidural caused a drop in blood pressure. She was told she may need a cesarean birth for baby in distress and a stalled labor. She was put on Pitocin, pushed for 45 minutes, received an episiotomy, and lost a pint of blood. 
[8:22] Found a new doctor for her second birth who was more in line with her vision for birth.
[9:07] Stalled again, right around 7cm...just like with her first birth.
[9:29] Baby #2 was a...
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The What & Why of Postpartum Belly Binding

If you've ever wondered what all the hype is about postpartum belly binding, or even if you've never heard of it before, we get into the what and why women choose to purchase one or have a professional belly binder come wrap them!
 
[1:15] Meme of the week!
[2:46] Stephanie discovered belly binding with her third baby
[4:25] Belly binding is like a big hug that helps pull everything back in after having a baby
[5:32] Will belly binding help me get back to my pre-pregnant shape?
[6:14] Two different kinds of belly binds (Velcro & Malaysian Bengkung Bind)
[9:08] How long after having a baby does it work?
[10:29] It is great for posture
[12:00] Bengkung bind moves around so it could be a great idea to use a velcro bind as you get more active.
[14:27] How a professional belly binder works with mama and partner
[15:48] How often a mama wears a bind
[17:47] We summarize the benefits
[18:20] Diastasis recti
[19:24] Cesarean birth and binds
[21:12] How to find someone who belly...
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What's Stopping You From Having Your Best Birth?

Are fears, either subconscious or ones that you're very aware of, holding you back from having the birth that you really want? In this episode, we talk about the 7 fears that might be keeping you from an awesome birth. Listen & see if any of these resonate with you!
 
And don't worry...we aren't going to leave you hangin'. As always, we'll give you tips and tricks to tackle those fears and so that you can get back to preparing for your best birth.
 
[1:27] This episode inspired by Rachel Hollis "What's Keeping You From Making a Million Dollars?"
[2:29] We include advice throughout the episode of how to work through these fears if you have them.
[2:45] Fear #1: Are you afraid of outdoing someone you love?
[8:24] Fear #2: The Fear of Failure
[13:08] Fear #3: Fear of Success...yes it's a thing!
[16:26] Fear #4: Fear of the Unknown
[20:32] Fear #5: Legitimate Fears and Anxieties Due to Circumstances Surrounding Your Birth
[22:35] Fear #6: Fear of...
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Circumcision: A Hard Topic No Matter How You Slice It

We don't shy away from discussing the difficult stuff and this week's episode is no exception! We get into the nitty-gritty behind all things circumcision...a big decision if you are expecting a little boy.  Since we both have contrasting points-of-view on this topic, it means you'll find a safe space, support, and honest talk 
 
All of the mamas in our community are trying to do what's best by their baby. So even if your decision on this topic is different than someone else's, you deserve all the love and respect we can offer. Keep doing you- you're a GREAT mom!
 
[2:12] You are going to get two very different points of views from both of us because we both represent opposite sides...and we still get along and respect and support each other as women and mothers!
[3:42] Cortney & her husband were on different sides of this issue at the beginning.
[4:14] Cortney's initial reasons for circumcision: uncircumcised penises were prone to...
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Things They Don't Tell You: Postpartum Edition

Let us take you just a little deeper into the things people probably aren't telling you about the postpartum period. Don't worry, we laughed our way through this episode and we hope you will too! And as gross or frustrating as some of this info may be...it's simply part of the beautiful, messy, "wouldn't-trade-it" experience we call motherhood.
 
[1:19] If we could have a subtitle for this episode, it would be; "The 3 B's: Boobs, Blood, & Bodily Fluids" 
[2:55] We talk about blood flow postpartum, what to expect, and when to wear adult diapers.
[6:13] We talk about "gettin' it on" postpartum. ow ow!
[7:14] The stinks and the sweats. What is up with that postpartum BO?!
[10:03] We get into all the things boob-related. Rock hard boobs when baby has a nice long stretch of sleep during the night, the joy of bigger boobs (for us tiny-boobed people) and the sadness of watching them go away even when you're nursing all the time, the size of nipples & areolas,...
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