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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Your Mental Game for Birth + BONUS Meditation

We are super excited to share a snippet of one of our meditation tracks from inside the My Essential Birth course. Plus we talk about the how and why positive affirmations are so dang good while you're pregnant...and always! Don't forget to download the FREE pdf that comes along with this episode.
 
[1:37] Announcing a pregnancy? >>> Que other mama's horror stories (face palm).
[1:55] Stephanie's theory: Birth horror stories stem from a need for validation for their experience
[3:32] These stories feed the LIE that birth is scary, unpredictable or something to be endured rather than enjoyed
[3:48] There is a way to re-do the bad programming that we have absorbed
[5:14] Stephanie shares her experience with how positive affirmations changed the course of her third birth
[7:04] Cortney discusses some of the science behind why positive affirmations are so powerful
[11:32] Take time to visualize your ideal birth as you listen to these affirmations 
[12:10]...
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2 Girls, 7 Totally Different Births

 

We share our personal birth stories which include hospital, birth center, and home birth, as well as cesarean birth, VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), medicated, and unmedicated....does that cover everything?! PLUS, get the scoop on the one thing that made all the difference for BOTH of us when getting ready to have our babies.
 
Also poop, we talk about poop!
 
[1:47] In the U.S. 1/3 of women will find themselves in a cesarean birth
[2:27] The one thing
[2:57] Stephanie's first birth story...and that time when she was told by her provider that women with size 5 1/2 shoe and smaller, typically have a cesarean (say what?!)
[12:17] A lot of My Essential Birth mamas are mamas who have had a previous birth experience that they don't want to repeat
[12:47] Through preparation, you can control a lot of your birth
[13:47] Stephanie's 2nd birth...
[16:45] Third baby, Stephanie calls the one hospital in the area and they tell her to plan for...
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What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

 

 
TV lied. They almost always depict birth as super simple...
Pregnant woman shows up to the hospital with a frantic, fumbling husband.
Cut to a scene of the woman either panting or screaming.
Woman exits the hospital with a baby and big smiles.
 
There's SO MUCH that happens in between this "enter pregnant, exit with a baby" scenario, but too many mamas don't realize this until after their first birth. They leave feeling frustrated, maybe disappointed, and determined to be better prepared for their next birthing experience. Because...when it comes to birth, ignorance is NOT bliss.
 
Smart mamas know that understanding your options and what to expect puts you in the driver's seat! Yes, your provider is there to help you have a safe experience. But having an enjoyable birth experience is up to you. In this week's podcast episode, we get into some of the hot topics surrounding options during birth.
 
[1:06]: If you don't know...
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Medicated vs Unmedicated: The Controversial Topic We Plan to Dispel Once & For All

epidural natural podcast Jul 23, 2019

 
Do you ever feel like you have to pick a side?!
 
We know all too well that this controversial topic can lead to many one-ups, horror stories, and hurt feelings, but it doesn't need to be that way. If you have a birth that you love and brought you joy, that was a good birth for you, no matter how you got there!
 
You'll get to hear why women choose an epidural or an unmedicated birth and pros and cons for each. One of the most important things we always emphasize is preparation. So, no matter which way you're leaning, (or if you're somewhere in the middle), understanding your options and preparing for the outcome you desire will always give you more power in your birth experience.
 
[2:17] Prepare yourself for whole heck of a lot of unsolicited advice ;)
[4:15] Trust your intuition
[5:21] At the end of the birth, all that really matters is if you can look back at the experience and you feel good about it
[6:54] Birth isn't something you get to do every day,...
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Why Your Hospital Birth Class Probably Sucks

 

 
Warning: you might just learn more in this podcast episode than you did at that hospital birth class! ;) We are going to dive into the good and bad of what's covered in a typical hospital class, and why they may not be a great fit for you if you actually want to learn how to work with your body during birth.
 
Preparation is the #1 thing you can do to achieve your ideal birth, and part of preparation means knowing all of your options. You can't decide what you want unless you know what's available to you during pregnancy and birth! 
 
[3:00] What is covered in a hospital birth class
[5:00] Hospital classes teach more of what is going to happen to you and less of how to work with your body to give birth comfortably and confidently.
[13:26] Asking questions on your birthplace tour will give you an idea of how they feel about your preferences.
[15:56] Your birth team matters. A doula can be a great addition to your birth team to help support mom and...
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