Cloth Diapering 101

If you're considering cloth diapering, I may just firehose you (in a good way) on this episode so I apologize, and you're welcome. It's a ton of information and I hope you give you a better idea of what you are in for. I cover everything from the benefits for baby and parents, what the upkeep looks like, what's not so great about cloth diapering, and onto how to care for them and some options for cloth diapers for when you're ready to buy.

Show Notes

3:45 - Did you know disposable diapers have chemicals? It's true. If you're looking for benefits, this is definitely one to cloth diapering. I list several more here.

8:15 - If you've had a baby who wakes up from a nap and gets into their diaper, and you are considering duck taping your child's diaper so they can't get into it ...I have a little trick for you!

9:45 - Benefits for moms and dads! I'm talking money, cute diaper prints, it's fun, and getting it on your baby registry!

11:41 - The upkeep for diapers may or may not have you...

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Special Episode: My Husband's Point of View

The partner's point of view can be kind of a mystery and I've had a lot of women asking me what their partner should know and do. Well, you're welcome...and I'm sorry. This week I brought my dear husband on the show and I truly hope you get something good out of it as we laugh our way through pregnancy, birth, marriage, love, and parenting. We talk about what it was like to support me during a cesarean birth, a medicated VBAC, and an unmedicated VBAC. He even talks about postpartum depression, for the partner, and his best recommendations for how to handle it. True story, I did not know he went through this until he mentioned it on the podcast. Plus, we take time to let him answer your questions that we collected before the show.

Show Notes

4:02 - We discuss communication and a little bit of our background into becoming pregnant with our first baby.

5:32 - Our birth prep with our first baby was the best we knew to do at the time. We talk about how that wasn't maybe the best thing...

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Unmedicated Birth Stories: One Induction with Preeclampsia & One Textbook with Eryn Stucki

Birth stories are a window into the powerful work we do as women to get our babies earthside and Eryn's story is no exception. She was a student of mine when she was preparing for her very first birth. Her and her husband worked hard together to prepare for this task of birth ahead of them and when they came back to share their story, after they had their sweet baby, I was amazed at the details of the birth as well as how her and her husband handled it. There is so much strength that comes from listening to other strong women walk through one of the most trying and rewarding things we are blessed to be able to do in this life.

Stick with this episode until the end because not only does she tell a story of her first birth, which while challenging, ultimately led her to the career path she has today, but she also tells of the drastic and beautiful difference between her first and second birth. I hope you will listen, learn, and love this episode.

Show Notes

5:00 - Eryn tells us where...

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Placenta Previa During Pregnancy + How it Affects Your Birth

This is quick and information-filled episode about placenta previa, including, what it is, how it's diagnosed during pregnancy, how it will affect your birth, and of course I leave you with all the good news. Maybe you're early in pregnancy and don't know what this even is yet, or perhaps you're later in pregnancy and have been diagnosed. Either way, this is an excellent topic for every mom to know so the you have the knowledge and remove the fear that may be attached to it. I even give you the best questions to ask your provider so you know what's going on in the future of your pregnancy and birth. Still have questions? Shoot me an email at [email protected] or message me on Instagram @myessentialbirth.

Show Notes

2:08 - What the placenta is, what is does (it's pretty neat), and where it may attach. Most women won't even know where their placenta is attached unless it's in a less than usual location.

3:48 - Placenta previa is when the placenta attaches to your uterus down...

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Placenta Encapsulation: Is It For Me? with Shannon Sheppard

Uncategorized Jul 07, 2021

**To enter this giveaway for a Placenta Kit for your birth bag: leave a review for the Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy podcast and send me an email to: [email protected] with a copy of the review or the username you used. If you have left a review before send me that and you will be entered!**

This episode dives deep into everything you want to know about placenta encapsulation. From postpartum depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders, to what to do if your partner isn't on board. Listen in as expert, Shannon Sheppard, answers all of these questions and much more.

Show Notes

2:55 - Is placenta encapsulation for me? Introduction of Shannon Sheppard, Placenta Encapsulation Expert.

7:58 - After being trained in placenta encapsulation, Shannon immediately started seeing the benefits first hand in her clients. 

11:36 - What do we know about placenta encapsulation? We know that in the animal kingdom, animals eat their placenta instinctually. It can help increase...

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Don't Underestimate the Power of Birth

Uncategorized Jun 23, 2021

We know from our years of serving women, taking them step by step through childbirth education, that there is a power to birth and work to be done in order to achieve the birth you desire. This episode highlights some important key things for you to do in order prepare for the birth that you want! From exercises, to meditation, and labor rehearsals, all the work that you put into preparing will pay off in a huge way when it comes time for the real thing! We know that if you're researching, listening to this podcast, taking our birth course, and following our posts on instagram that you are envisioning the birth that you want. We're here to help you achieve that goal. We love being your support and helping you find and make the choices that are right for you! We love hearing about all of the amazing stories of your empowered and successful births! You were made for birth and we know you can do this.

Show Notes

1:55 - We know that you can do this! You are strong and capable and...

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Things Your Partner Doesn't Know or Doesn't Want to Know About Pregnancy, Birth, & Postpartum

 Our loving warning to you is to make sure you get pregnant before letting your partner listen to this adorable list! Ha! We must say we had a ton of fun recording this podcast and thinking through all of things our poor partners have to deal with. As moms, we mostly embrace all of the changes that happen to our body like our growing belly, lack of sleep and funny food cravings because, well, it's happening to us. We get excited even if it's not fun, knowing that it is all part of growing a baby. Partners though, they really kind of get taken by surprise with some of the changes and expectations in pregnancy, birth and postpartum so we thought it was fun to dive right in and cover those here. We hope you have a good laugh and learn along the way.

Show Notes

2:38 - As women, we get pretty excited about the changes that happen during pregnancy, but how do our partners feel about all of this?

3:28 - Get ready for the pregnancy list: room on the bed dwindling, lots of pillows,...

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Advocating Your Birth Plan

 

We stress the importance of having a vision for your birth and finding the right provider to support you through that process, but how exactly do you get there? There are likely going to be some obstacles you will face as you work through what you know you want for your birth, understanding what questions to ask your provider, thinking through real-life scenarios you may come up against, and having the knowledge and the voice to advocate for yourself during pregnancy and birth. This episode will walk you through each step and help you feel more clear and calm about the process for your own birth.

Show Notes

3:16 - You and your provider may view birth differently. That's ok!

6:25 - The first thing you need to be able to do to effectively advocate for yourself.

9:51 - Questions to discuss with your provider as well as what the red flags might look like.

17:33 - How to work through the deal-breaker questions and figure out where there's some give-and-take necessary to get the...

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15 Things That Cause More Pain During Birth

It's true that we love telling you all of the ways to have an easier, more comfortable, confident, and empowered birth experience, but we decided to switch things up and get a little sarcastic so you can join us in some laughs while we give you all the top tips on what will cause more pain during labor.  Maybe you already know that being flat on your back and not having great support will leave you less than comfortable but what about pulling up trauma from a previous birth, focusing on all the negatives happening right now, and inviting all the unsupportive and opinionated people into your birth space!? No? Don't worry, we've got you covered mama! As always, we hope that you leave this episode armed with a smile and some crazy good info about how to make your birth the best it can possibly be.

Show Notes

4:07 - Being free to move around during labor is so important and being stuck in one position not only causes more discomfort but also slows, stalls, and makes it harder for...

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Vaccines: What You Need to Know

With so many decisions to make during pregnancy and postpartum, we know that vaccines are not only a hot topic but are also at the forefront of everyone's mind with all that 2020 brought. As with all of our topics we discuss here on the podcast, we try to give you the very best, credible information so that you can research, ask questions, and make an informed decision that is right for you and your family. We also support whatever that decision is for you. 

Show Notes

2:31 - The goal with this topic is the same with birth! We want to teach you how to gather all of the best information, research, ask questions, receive informed consent and make an informed decision that is best for you and your family.

6:28 - How to research these things for yourselves...and how not to research as well. Facebook, social media, blogs, all the fun places to get misinformation that you may want to steer away from. Don't worry though, we get into what you need to find the right info!

17:54 - There...

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