Birth: Enneagram Type 2

Need some "help" (pun intended for all our Type 2 moms- "The Helpers") embracing your birthing strengths and getting hints on what to watch out for during your pregnancy & birth? We've got you covered, sis! In this episode, we break down all the particulars and help you feel appreciated and loved along the way.
Supporting a Type 2 mom? There's an entire section for you too! Take a listen, and don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth.
 
Feel free to not include any of the bold or use a few as highlights for that section 🙂
 
[2:11] iTunes Review Spotlight: MM1227
[4:15] Description of Enneagram 2 - The Helper
[5:30] Enneagram 2 birthing strengths: Nurse gifts, packing for baby, setting the tone for the birth space, preparing for birth.
[11:24] Watch out for: not giving yourself sufficient "me-time" or self-care, nurses, providers or other people's opinions overriding your own, emotions that force you to walk through some gunk to get...
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Cesareans: When They're Necessary & Avoiding When They Aren't- PART 2

With cesarean rates higher than ever in the U.S., we realize there is a major lack of education about why and how to avoid an unnecessary one, until now. This two-part podcast covers all things cesarean birth: from the history behind cesarean birth, where it developed, why the cesarean birth rate has not gone down (even though it should have), why a provider may recommend one - including which reasons are legitimate and which can be avoided, what you can expect if you have one, and most importantly how to PREVENT an unnecessary cesarean birth! This episode (Part 2) covers everything from what to expect during a cesarean birth, emotions that go along with one, and a quick overview for recovery. Spoiler alert: be gentle with yourself!
 
[1:13] What to expect during a cesarean birth
[7:10] Gentle cesareans
[11:12] Stephanie's cesarean birth experience
[14:20] Emotions that come along with cesarean birth
[16:45] Processing our birth stories
[17:48] What partners can do...
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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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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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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 
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