Birth Bag Must NOT Haves

 

If you're like us, you like to be prepared! However, we've both been guilty of hauling unnecessary items in our birth bag. So! Allow us to share what we think you'll really need when it comes to packing for your birthplace so that you can avoid overpacking.

THINGS TO LEAVE AT HOME

 1. Diapers & Wipes

Diapering your newborn baby seems like a legitimate concern, right? Especially when you learn that they pee and poo like 12 times a day!, But, there is no need to bring a pack of diapers or wipes because if you're birthing at a hospital- they have you covered! In fact, they usually have really nice diapers for you (Pampers Swaddlers or the equivalent in Huggies). They even send you home with some so you're covered on the ride home too!

2. Games

If you're getting to your birthplace at the right time, you won't have time for card games or video games because when you arrive you should (ideally) be in active labor! That means contractions are...

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How To: Provider Scenarios

 
Being knowledgeable about something inside of our heads doesn't always translate to a coherent and comfortable response to a provider. Don't stress though! We're going to walk you through some common pregnancy and birth scenarios with providers and help you find and form the response that's right for you!
 
[3:38] Labor rehearsals are your time to put what you are learning into practice and this is what good rehearsal looks like.
[8:21] The specific questions that make a difference for avoiding induction during COVID
[10:00] Pregnancy Scenario 1: Let's schedule that induction
[13:00] Pregnancy Scenario 2: Moving a due date in the third trimester
[16:20] Birth Scenario 1: In active labor and your well-meaning nurse says to your birth partner "we need to get her into the bed"
[17:57] Birth Scenario 2: Adding meds to the IV without formal consent, but more of a side note
[21:40] Birth Scenario 3: Your nurse picks up a low fetal heart rate.
[25:06] Want more scenarios? Join...
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Do THIS During Contractions

 
This is probably the #1 thing moms are curious about when that due date starts creeping closer and we are here to tell you that this episode will bring great relief for when you're face-to-face with those contractions! 
 
[2:54] You WILL feel contractions even if you plan to have an epidural.
[6:50] Knowing how you handle physical pain and emotional discomfort matters for how you will naturally find comfort and work through contractions.
[8:29] You do not have to be religious to connect to something spiritual during your birth experience.
[12:49] Hands-on support is wonderful, but it needs to be practiced and done right.
[15:57] "I've heard breathing like I'm panting is supposed to help me relaxed and stay focus. Is that true?" No. No, it's not.
[17:47] DOULA TIP!
[19:22] Sometimes distraction trumps visualization when it comes to working through contractions.
[25:11] Curious about more you can do to manage contractions during birth?
 
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Outdated Policies Hurting Your Birth

 
If you're unaware, there are policies from over 100 years ago still affecting your birth experience right now. The truth is that changes in policy, even when supported by evidence, take a long time to implement and can actually be hurting your birth. We cover the most common ones relevant to you today in this episode!
 
[3:54] Hospital birth is best for everyone - because it's cleaner and more sterile...right?!
[8:52] Can we please talk about being "overdue?"
[13:50] Don't eat and drink during birth!
[18:05] Time to dilate!
[21:18] Giving birth on your back just makes sense!
[23:43] VBAC is High-Risk - didn't you know?!
[26:11] Cut your perineum! It makes more space and you get some cool stitches too!
[31:52] Stop that flow of blood to baby immediately!
[35:15] Weigh and swaddle right away instead of skin-to-skin. It just makes sense.
[37:34] Ointment up those eyes and vaccinate that baby ASAP!
 
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Birth: Enneagram Type 9

 
Ok all of our peacemaking, spiritual, intuitive mamas, this one is for you! We loved recording this episode so much and can't wait to hear birth stories from our Type 9 moms. Having supported this type during birth, we know just how incredible you are when you create the right birth space and press forward with knowledge and confidence.
 
[2:37] Your Strengths
[9:22] Watch out!
[17:56] Tips for Partner
[21:41] Why you'll love the My Essential Birth Course
 
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Water: Nature's Epidural

 
Water is Mother Nature's epidural and has the ability to bring sweet relief and relaxation throughout the birth process. In this episode, we break down the safety of using water for birth, including giving birth in the water, understanding the policies and practices for your birthplace, when to jump in, how to use it effectively, and we even share our personal experiences from our own water births!
 
[4:58] Is a baby being born into water safe?
[7:02] Who can and cannot get into the water
[8:23] Know the policies and practices of your birthplace - Hospital
[10:49] Know the policies and practices of your birthplace - Birth Center/Home
[13:25] When to jump into the water!
[18:32] Two times to get into the water before hitting the "sweet spot"
[21:57] How to use the shower during active labor
[26:58] Using the tub during labor
[28:42] What should I wear in the tub?
[29:52] Stephanie's experience with laboring in a birth tub (at home)
[33:35] Cortney's experience with...
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Birth: Enneagram Type 8

 
Strong, powerful, determined, and in-charge - if this sounds familiar then you might be a Type 8 mom and we definitely have a thing or two you want to hear when it comes to prepping for and giving birth!
 
[4:40] Your Strengths, even if you intimidate us a tiny bit...
[11:57] Watch out!
[15:10] Tips for Partner
[19:07] Why you'll love the My Essential Birth Course
 
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If you haven't subscribed to the podcast yet, you definitely should! We love breathing life into our mamas and don't want you to miss a thing. Plus we have some neat bonus episodes coming and if you're not subscribed you may miss them. Click >>here<< to subscribe in iTunes!
 
AND if you love all the great birth discussions, tips, and tricks you're hearing, make sure to head over to iTunes and give us a review. It will help other mamas just like you find the podcast and enjoy it too. Just click >>here<< to review,...
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Gestational Diabetes: What to Know

 

If you...

  • are pregnant and wondering what Gestational Diabetes is
  • are coming up on your Gestational Diabetes test
  • have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes

...we cover everything you need to know with Diabetes Specialist, Karina Robinson, in this episode! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Exercise Guide & other incredible downloads at www.myessentialbirth.com.

[1:54] Get to know Karina Robinson, Diabetes Specialist
[3:07] A little about her Gestational Diabetes Course
[3:47] What is Gestational Diabetes?
[5:16] How GD differs from Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes
[5:36] Who is at risk for having Gestational Diabetes
[6:19] What you can do to prevent it!
[7:58] The 1 hour and 3-hour test
[9:30] What if I fail the 1-hour test?
[11:07] The main concerns for baby if mom is diagnosed with GD
[13:35] Options for mom, including home birth
[14:15] Karina's Birth Stories with...
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Birth: Enneagram Type 6

 
We are excited to continue our Birth + Enneagram series and this week our focus is on our loyal & responsible Type 6 mamas! We know how loyal and committed you are to your beliefs and the people you love, so we hope you know how much we support you and never want you to feel alone throughout this journey. 
 
[2:48] Your Strengths
[7:15] Watch Out!
[14:50] Tips for the Partner
[20:00] Why You'll Love the My Essential Birth Course
 
Subscribe & Review in iTunes
 
If you haven't subscribed to the podcast yet, you definitely should! We love breathing life into our mamas and don't want you to miss a thing. Plus we have some neat bonus episodes coming and if you're not subscribed you may miss them. Click >>here<< to subscribe in iTunes!
 
AND if you love all the great birth discussions, tips, and tricks you're hearing, make sure to head over to iTunes and give us a review. It will help other mamas just like you find...
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COVID-19: Birthing With Less Support

 
 
If you are pregnant and preparing to give birth during the COVID-19 global pandemic, this episode is for you! With many hospitals pulling back birth support we are getting so many questions about what mothers should do. This episode will help you prepare, as needed, for a birth with less birth support.
 
[2:08] Can you really "prepare" to have less support for birth?
[3:38] Listening to these podcasts are part of the foundation you are laying for your birth prep.
[5:48] Your partner should be prepared, especially if they are your only birth support + prepare other birth support in case your partner has signs/symptoms of COVID-19 and is unable to attend your birth with you
[7:31] HOW you prepare! - Some of our favorite books and podcast episodes.
[8:32] Birth videos + IG Content
[9:15] FREE Downloads from us to prepare you
[11:04] Know what it is evidence-based or not + stay healthy & low-risk so you have more options
[11:57] Decrease stress, yoga, and...
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