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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Sick of Being Pregnant?

 You often hear how morning sickness is rough, having your insides cramped due to lack of space is rough...but not many people talk about how challenging it can be to be patient in those last weeks of pregnancy. Especially if you go past your guess date. Sometimes you're just freakin' sick of being pregnant! 
 
Maybe it's because you're tired of getting up a million times at night to pee. Maybe it's because you can't get comfortable enough to get a good night's sleep. Maybe you are just super anxious to meet your baby! Maybe you desperately want to be able to eat a full meal or take a fuller breath.
 
Whatever the reason, we're here to guide you through how to be patient, how to make the most out of those last few weeks when you really just don't want to be pregnant anymore!
 
1. The first thing you've got to have is a clear understanding of due dates and how they work. If you don't understand how due dates work, you're inevitably going to be far more...
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Communication Pitfalls & Pointers for Birthing Couples

 
Anyone else experience pregnancy hormones drawing you away from your partner instead of closer? You're not alone! This important time in your life may shed light on communication skills that could use a little improvement. So, we've given you tons of examples and incredible tips and exercises to keep your communication strong and open. The best part is all of this will transfer into how you communicate and lean on your partner during birth.
 
[2:00] Marriage + Pregnancy & Parenthood = time to level up your communication skills
[2:25] How does poor communication show up in labor and birth?
[7:50] The most important step in building communication
[8:48] We discuss The Five Love Languages
[10:35] Our first communication exercise for you!
[10:45] It's important to recognize that pregnancy affects both people
[15:12] Two more communication exercises for you!
[16:43] The sandwich method
[20:27] The magic of creating a check-in time
[22:09] The importance of studying...
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Birth: Enneagram Type 4

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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