Doing It At Home - The Home Birth Pod...

Doing It At Home - The Home Birth Podcast is a weekly podcast about home birth and our decision to go from a traditional hospital birth with an OBGYN to a natural birth at home with midwives. This is a raw and honest show that explores homebirth from every angle. We talk about the fears and judgements thrown at you when you choose home birth. We share resources that we found tremendously helpful for understanding our birthing options. We confess the magic and craziness in preparing for pregnancy, home birth, motherhood and fatherhood. We talk about having sex while pregnant and maintaining your connection and intimacy as a couple. We reveal how to stay centered and not lose yourself through pregnancy, and tons more! This show is all about adding an empowered conversation to the topic of home birth and natural birth, while keeping it real, grounded and fun. So strap in and join us as we’re doing it at home!

Kids & Family
Parenting
Self-Improvement
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397: HOME BIRTH STORY - “What counts as a home ...
“Does that count as a home birth?” That is the question Marissa found herself asking after her planned home birth shifted to a non-emergency hospital transfer towards the end of her labor. Marissa walks us through her process of choosing home birth, which happened before conceiving, navigating feedback and opinions from friends and family and then setting intentions for the birth space and including her husband Stephen in the experience.
48 min
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396: Behind the Scenes of DIAH with Birthing Ou...
Ever wanted to know more about the history of Doing It At Home or some of the behind-the-scenes life of running the show? In this bonus episode, we’re sharing the interview we did on the Birthing Outside the Box podcast with Jani and Dr. V. Last week we shared an episode (no. 394) where we interviewed them. So this week we thought it’d be fun to share the conversation where the roles were reversed and we got to be the interviewees.
92 min
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395: HOME BIRTH STORY - When You Secretly Want ...
What does it look like to follow your instinct when it comes to birth? Today we’re chatting with Lindsay Robinson about the details of her second and third home births. Lindsay joined us back in 2018 to share her first home birth story.
57 min
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394: Taking Responsibility for Birth with Jani ...
What are some of the main contributors to stress and anxiety around pregnancy and birth? What are the main contributors to having peace and joy around your pregnancy and birth experience? Today we address both of these angles to birth with our friends Jani and Dr. V from Birthing Outside the Box. Jani and Dr. V are a dynamic duo of a doula and a chiropractor who are passionate about empowering and educating parents around pregnancy and birth. Along with hosting the Birthing Outside the Box podcast, they lead an in-person birthing course for their community in Raleigh, North Carolina.
57 min
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393: HOME BIRTH STORY - What Birth Can Teach Us...
Today we’re chatting with Emily Freimuth about her 3 births and how they are connected with each other. Emily was always fascinated by birth. After her first in a hospital, she was inspired to have a home birth for her second and third. We talk about some of the big differences amongst the 3 births. Plus Emily is a doula/birth keeper and placenta encapsulation specialist, so that ties into her experience and story as well
51 min
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392: HOME BIRTH STORY - Being Very Intentional ...
How do you create the pregnancy and birth experience you desire? First thing - let’s acknowledge that YOU ARE a powerful creator who is capable of doing this. Looking at your “whys,” reflecting on what matters to you and getting intentional about the process makes a huge impact as well. Our guests today are Erica James-Strayhorn and Anthony Strayhorn. We’ve known Erica and Anthony for over 7 years now and in that time they’ve become family. Well folks...they’re pregnant! And they’re planning a home birth. Needless to say we’re beyond thrilled for them. It was a no-brainer to have them on the show.
64 min
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391: Talking About Stress and Anxiety in Pregna...
How does meditation improve pregnancy outcomes? Today’s episode is a powerful conversation with Nathalie Walton, CEO/Co-Founder of Expectful. Expectful is a meditation and mental health app for before, during and after pregnancy. We’ve been friends with the folks over at Expectful for a few years now, and we’re very excited to team up for this episode to bring important topics to light.
41 min
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390: Baby Bivens 2 - Weeks 11-14 of the Pregnancy
Welcome back to another Baby Bivens 2, aka BB2 aka Baby Jo, update episode! This week we’re covering weeks 11-14 of the pregnancy.
83 min
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389: HOME BIRTH STORY - When the Midwife Doesn’...
What happens when your baby arrives before your midwife does? For our story today, according to DIAH mama Summer, she says that her midwife had a feeling she might not make it to the house before baby was born. Summer first joined us on the show back in 2019 to share the story of her first birth (link is below!). Now she’s here to talk about giving birth to her second child at 41 years old.
50 min
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388: HOME BIRTH STORY: The Precipitous En Caul ...
In today’s episode we’re chatting with Jessica Cotter about the details of her second birth, her first home birth. After her first birth with her daughter Grace, Jessica felt disappointed by the circumstances and felt that it could have been prevented. She felt defeated, and like her birth was not how she pictured it going. Fast forward to her second birth, Jessica sees the process as healing.
49 min
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387: HOME BIRTH STORY - Doula for 6 Years Befor...
“Why doesn’t everybody do this?” That’s the question that David, Ellen’s husband, asked after the home birth of their daughter Willow. Ellen walks us through her journey to home birth -- from her doula work for 6 years before her birth and what inspired it, to changing care from a birthing center to home birth, to getting her husband on board with the decision.
67 min
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386: Baby Bivens #2 - Weeks 7-10 of the Pregnancy
In this episode, highlighting more of our pregnancy journey as we prepare for our second home birth, we’re covering weeks 7-10. And special announcement for this week: The Home Birth Hub is now open! This monthly online membership is for parents or soon-to-be parents planning for home birth, wanting more inspiring stories and information and an intimate community to feel confident and prepared for their birth experience. Learn more and join the hub here: www.diahpodcast.com/hub
50 min
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385: HOME BIRTH STORY - 1 Unplanned Home Birth ...
How can having a home birth change your life? We’ve heard lots of cool examples of folks having big life changes as a result of having a home birth. Sometimes it opens the doors to other new things or experiences, creates projects or businesses or even influences career choices like going into birth work. Our guest today, Tori Smith, can relate to this. Her experiences inspired her to write a book!
46 min
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384: Birth Worker Burnout and the Balance of Ho...
How do we prevent birth worker burnout? This is one of the great topics we dive into this week with Martha Lerner, birth doula and photographer.
41 min
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383: HOME BIRTH STORY - Navigating Challenges o...
Where do you feel most safe to give birth? Ultimately, that’s one of, if not the most important question to consider when it comes to your birth plan. When it came down to it, home was the answer for today’s guest, Porshe Turner. This was Porshe’s third pregnancy. Influenced by COVID-19 and circumstances related to it, Porshe and her husband Jeremy switched to a home birth plan at 25 weeks pregnant.
42 min
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382: How to Optimize Iron and Ferritin Levels f...
What is iron, what’s its role in pregnancy and why is it important to understand? This episode is a comprehensive conversation about iron and pregnancy. Our guest Dr. Matt Angove, naturopathic physician and creator of Dr. Wholeness, shares a ton of knowledge with us on the topic of iron and specifically ferritin levels.
53 min
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381: Baby Bivens #2 - Weeks 0-6 of the Pregnancy
As we shared last week and in case you missed it: WE’RE PREGNANT! Going forward, the first Tuesday of each month will feature a conversation between us, highlighting the recent events of the pregnancy and birth preparation. In today's conversation we talk about everything that has gone down in weeks 0-6 of this pregnancy.
48 min
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380: Important Announcement - Some Big Changes ...
PLEASE listen to this important announcement regarding some future changes for DIAH. Stay tuned for next week’s episode that goes into further details. We love you all and thank you for your continued support of the podcast and community :)
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379: Openly Sharing Miscarriage at Home Story f...
How does sharing about some of our deepest pains help to process, heal and find meaning within our experiences? Our guest Susan Stange examples that today by talking about her recent miscarriage experience. After 4 hospital births, for this pregnancy, Susan was set on a home birth. Around 11 weeks, the pregnancy ended. A month later, Susan went through a labor and birth experience in her home. She walks us through her process - the ups and downs, what’s been helping in the healing journey and how she’s been connecting with others.
54 min
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378: Q&A with Midwives About the Midwifery Mode...
What does a midwife do? Might seem like an obvious answer if you’ve been in the birthing world for a while. But if you’re unfamiliar with different models of care or exploring home birth for the first time, it’s a very legitimate question with answers that could be very significant in your birthing journey. Today we’re joined by Sarah McClure and Charli Zarosinski, midwives of Hearth and Home Midwifery and hosts of The Homebirth Midwife Podcast.
46 min
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377: HOME BIRTH STORY - 2 Home Birth Stories wi...
Who knew they were going to have a home birth before ever becoming pregnant? This was the case for Lisa Hendrickson-Jack, today’s guest and creator of the “Fertility Friday” podcast and author of the book “The Fifth Vital Sign.”
52 min
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376: HOME BIRTH STORY - 45 Hour Hospital Birth ...
What inspired your journey to birth empowerment? For today’s guests, Jazmin and Ben, their journey began in 2017 in Seattle following an ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage. It prompted them to do research and plan for future pregnancies in a different way. According to Jazmin, “It was my first experience realizing I had to advocate for myself with medical professionals, especially considering I'm a black woman, as many brushed off my concerns and pain as "normal."”
88 min
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375: Pregnancy Loss at 21 Weeks and the Grief P...
Today we welcome back previous guest Katy Drew, who originally joined us in 2017 to talk about future planning for home birth and why “non-moms” are important in birth conversations. When Katy and her husband Nick became pregnant in September 2021, they planned for a home birth with the assistance of a group of midwives they found in the area where they live in Puerto Rico. They also worked with an OBGYN to support their care. At 21 weeks, there was no heartbeat. Katy walks us through the process: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual that ensued as they prepared for an induced hospital birth experience. This conversation is deeply moving and powerful. We honor Katy, Nick and their son Angelito Grace. We’re so grateful to be able to share their story and celebrate Angelito’s soul journey.
66 min
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374: Birth as a Rite of Passage: Messages for B...
Where will you hear about home birth story details, the difference between modern and traditional midwifery, what to do when you are inspired to enter birth work and the connection of birth with sexuality and spirituality? This episode of the podcast! We’re joined by Blyss Young, LM CPM.
64 min
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373: HOME BIRTH STORY - IUGR Misdiagnosis That ...
What if a questionable diagnosis was threatening your plans to have a home birth? In today’s home birth stories, Rosa Clemens shares about the birth of both of her children.
63 min
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372: HOME BIRTH STORY - Postpartum Hemorrhage a...
What if...? Probably the biggest question that comes up around the choice to have a home birth. Whether you ask it to yourself, your birth team, or you have other people ask you - it comes up. As today’s guest Janette puts it - “Things did not go to plan, birth never does.”
69 min
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371: HOME BIRTH STORY - Holy Castor Oil! From a...
How does it feel to go from a marathon of a birth for your first, to a sprint race for your second?! In today’s home birth story, Nicole shares about why she switched to a home birth plan for her second birth, after having a hospital birth for her first.
43 min
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370: HOME BIRTH STORY - A Doula Learns About Fe...
Today we’re chatting with Kaitlin McGreyes about the birth of her 3rd child, which was her first home birth. After a cesarean and then a hospital VBAC for her first two births, she decided to have a different experience for her third. Kaitlin was a doula for 2 years before her home birth. And interesting fact: in the beginning of her doula work, she was against home birth. We talk about the shifts in her thoughts about home birth and the reasons for having one for herself.
69 min
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369: HOME BIRTH STORY - A Peaceful Birth Follow...
Today’s home birth story features Jamie Lazzeri, an Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner, DONA Trained Birth Doula and Holistic Pregnancy Coach. Jamie talks about her obsession with birth before becoming a mother, her doula work and how that all influenced the kind of birth she wanted to have for her and her baby.
54 min
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368: HOME BIRTH STORY - First-time Mom and Doul...
What is intuitive birthing? It can look different for each of us. But the general philosophy of allowing for the process to be what it is for you in your own unique way is a beautiful concept that comes up in our interview today. Katherine Ward shares her home birth story of her daughter Remi with us. Katherine started her doula training at 18-years-old. Through this experience she determined that when the time came for her to give birth, she wanted something different from what she witnessed in the hospital.
55 min
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367: HOME BIRTH STORY - Planned HBAC Turned Eme...
“Home birth is not all about just the “birth” part.” - a well stated concept from today’s guest Andrea Sidun. Andrea talks to us about her 3rd birth - her first planned home birth, and the sequence of events throughout the experience that led to a hospital transfer. She also walks us through some of the details of her first two births and how they influenced her choice to plan for an HBAC.
61 min
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366: HOME BIRTH STORY - “What counts as a home ...
“Does that count as a home birth?” That is the question Marissa found herself asking after her planned home birth shifted to a non-emergent hospital transfer towards the end of her labor. Marissa walks us through her process of choosing home birth, which happened before conceiving, navigating feedback and opinions from friends and family and then setting intentions for the birth space and including her husband Stephen in the experience.
47 min
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365: HOME BIRTH STORY - Trusting Birth, Questio...
How do you truly honor birth? Dr. Nathan Riley joins us for the second time on the podcast. First time was back in 2019, and a lot of life has changed for him. For one thing, he’s welcomed both of his daughters into the world. And today we talk about the home birth of the youngest (about 5 weeks old at the time of this interview). Nathan shares his perspective of the experience, as a father, partner and physician.
50 min
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364: HOME BIRTH STORY - Primal, Ancestral and A...
How do you trust in the process of your birth experience? In today’s birth story, we’re chatting with Charly and Dan Swanberg about the births of both of their daughters: Luna and Kaiya. Charly’s mother had 3 home births herself, so the experience was already familiar and normalized for Charly. Both chiropractic students, Charly and Dan have cultivated a strong understanding and trust in the human body and its abilities.
57 min
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363: HOME BIRTH STORY - Training for the Marath...
Can you train for the experience of birth? We’ve often heard birth compared to a marathon. Most people have a lot of intense and focused training when it comes to their marathons. So how can a woman prepare for the marathon of birth? In today’s birth story we’re chatting with Brooke Cates, the founder and CEO of The Bloom Method, a pre and postnatal fitness method and training for the modern mama.
55 min
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362: HOME BIRTH STORY - Plan for the Success of...
What are you focusing on the most when it comes to your birth? As you prepare for your home birth, there are obviously many factors and considerations. Are you truly allowing yourself to envision the success of the experience, whatever that looks like for you? Today’s guest, Angela Potts-Mang’andah, walks us through her home birth journey from first starting with hospital care, then shifting care providers two more times (with some twists and turns in there as well in terms of how financial costs would be covered and where the birth would actually take place). Also dealing with the label of “geratric pregnancy” while pregnant expecting your first child at 38.
53 min
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361: HOME BIRTH STORY - Using Trust and Intuiti...
What do you do when your care providers drop you and tell you to change your birth plan, at 35 weeks? This is the exact circumstance that Adina Rivers found herself in during her second pregnancy. Originally planning for a home birth with a midwife, Adina was now facing not only her midwife releasing her from her care, but no other midwife in her area in Bali would take her. Virtually everyone was telling her that she had to have a hospital birth. “F*** that,” was her basic response. She told her partner Oliver, “we’re going to do it at home.”
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360: HOME BIRTH STORY - Normalizing Going Past ...
What happens if you go past your due date? That depends on a number of factors. One thing that we’ve found helpful when it comes to due date or “guess date,” as we’ve seen it referred to (and tend to prefer), is that this is an area of variation of normal. That a very small percentage of babies are born on the projected due date, and that it’s not an exact certainty. Today’s guest Jessica shares her journey of her second pregnancy and birth and what influenced her to shift from a hospital plan like she had with her first birth.
77 min
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359. Top 3 Things on Learning About Motherhood ...
How do you train for motherhood? This is the question that Jessica Lorion found herself asking. And from her own personal inquiry, that question sprouted a podcast and community dedicated to preparing for motherhood.
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358: HOME BIRTH STORY - Second Home Birth Abroa...
How can you be very intentional and faith-driven in your birthing plans? This is a big theme of our conversation with Amy Jo and JJ Mann, veterans of the Doing It At Home podcast. In our second interview with the couple, they share the details of their second home birth experience.
50 min
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357: HOME BIRTH STORY - Peaceful Home Water Bir...
Today’s birth story features Briahnna Roy and Jeremy Scott, a couple sharing their journey to home birth. For their first baby, Briahnna and Roy chose to deliver in a birth center. The experience wasn’t everything they wanted, and when it came time to decide on the location for baby number two, they opted for home birth. From Briahnna: “The second birth was incredible. It was the most unreal, beautiful experience. Everything was so calm. I was very quiet and so in control. I was surprised by myself. I can honestly say that it was not painful. It was everything I ever wanted.”
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356: Top Tips for Creating Comfort and Pain Man...
What can you do to ease pain (or sensation) during labor and birth? Today’s interview with Sara Lyon, birthing expert, doula and founder of Glow Birth & Body breaks down techniques for creating comfort during the labor and birth experience.
49 min
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355: HOME BIRTH STORY - Choosing Home Birth as...
Can you over prepare intellectually for birth? This is a topic that comes up in our interview with Shira Page, NP and CLC. We also talk about the details of her first and second births, including some of her postpartum and breastfeeding journey.
58 min
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354: Optimal Nutrition for Preconception, Pregn...
How do you know if your prenatal vitamin measures up? When should you start taking a prenatal vitamin? When should you stop? Can a man take a prenatal vitamin? In today’s sponsored episode, we’re speaking with Ryan Woodbury, co-founder of Needed, a nutrition company working to optimally nourish families before, during and after pregnancy.
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353: HOME BIRTH STORY - The Healing and Life-Ch...
Why choose home birth? In our conversation with Abby Marks, she shares the journey of what felt like “giving power away” and not questioning any of the process in preparation for her first birth.
47 min
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352: Practicing Midwifery to Honor the Mystery ...
How can care providers and patients work together to create greater understanding and better outcomes for mothers and babies? This is a question we found ourselves asking throughout our conversation with Dr. Nathan Riley, OBGYN.
51 min
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351: HOME BIRTH STORY - Two Confident and Fearl...
When it comes to birth, what does it mean to “do your homework?” This is a big theme of our conversation with Emily Stanwyck, birth doula, Birthfit trainer and home birth mom of 2.
56 min
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350: HOME BIRTH STORY: The 40-Hour Home Birth T...
How can you utilize the power and intention of prayer for your birth? Regardless of your faith, setting intentions for your birth experience can be a big part of preparation for the experience. Today’s guest, Josephine Breen, weaves her faith into her birth story of her daughter Myriam.
48 min
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349: Welcome to Fatherhood: The Modern Man's Gu...
How can fathers be prepared and support mothers during the pregnancy and birth experiences? This is the crux of David Arrell’s work as he helps partners to be helpful, supportive, involved and all the other great adjectives that benefit both parents. So this episode is absolutely one to have your partner listen to - either on their own or listen together as a couple.
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348: Dr. Sarah Buckley on The Science Of Natura...
In today’s episode we speak with Dr. Sarah Buckley on the science of natural and undisturbed birth. Dr. Buckley is the author of the best selling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, the author the report Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing, and all around natural childbirth expert.
45 min
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347: HOME BIRTH STORY: 8-Hour Labor with Should...
How do we deal with “expectations vs. reality” when it comes to birth? This is a great theme and pattern that shows up in today’s interview, and one that many of us can relate to. You think something will go one way OR you don’t think something will pop up and then what happens….you can guess! Miranda Cottrell, chiropractor and home birth mama shares her story.
45 min
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346: The Most Common Reason for Home Birth Tran...
Why do a small percentage of planned home births transfer to the hospital? There are a number of reasons. Today’s conversation is with our friend Anne Margolis, a certified nurse midwife and a powerhouse in the birth world.
42 min
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345: HOME BIRTH STORY - 36-Hour Thanksgiving Ba...
How do you build trust for the birth experience? This entire episode encapsulates and embodies this question. Heather and Chris join us to share their birth journey of their daughter Eliana.
57 min
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344: HOME BIRTH STORY - 3 Birth Stories: Releas...
Did you hold onto any shame from your birth or postpartum experience? In today’s episode, our guest Dorit Palvanov is setting an example on how to let that go.
54 min
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343: The Hybrid of Medical and Midwifery: Talki...
How do we make birth better? Today we’re chatting with one of the country’s top leaders addressing this question, and not just addressing it, but matching his conviction with his actions.
91 min
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342: How to Mentally Prepare for When Things Do...
In this episode, Matthew and Sarah chat with sisters Jenny and Wendy, creators of Pure Motherhood, a company that provides education, products, support and empowerment for moms and moms-to-be.
49 min
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341: HOME BIRTH STORY - Precipitous Labor with ...
Can you still have a home birth with gestational diabetes? This question comes up often in the community. Today’s birth story is an example of an answer in the affirmative. Crystal Boymistruk joins us to share her birth story of her second child, daughter Mila.
47 min
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340: HOME BIRTH STORY - Home Birth at the Heigh...
How do you deal with the “what if” questions that can come up around any type of birth? Today’s guest Lauren shares how she and her husband Jordan navigated the “what if’s.”
42 min
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339: HOME BIRTH STORY - Courageously Processing...
How can you advocate for yourself in the midst of chaos? How can you be an active participant in your birth when you feel like all of your control is being taken away? In today’s episode, we’re talking to Caitlin Thompson about her 2nd birth.
60 min
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338: Tools to Prepare You for Birth and Convers...
What narratives are you telling yourself and buying into when it comes to pregnancy, birth and postpartum? We go through some of these in our conversation with Brooke Cates, CEO/founder of The Bloom Method, a pre and postnatal fitness method.
52 min
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337: HOME BIRTH STORY - Switching to Home Birth...
How do you move through and relate to a lot of the challenges that can come up when you make the switch to have a home birth? Today we have a unique episode. Our guest is Sarah Bivens! Usually acting as co-host, the roles got shifted up a bit when Matthew and Sarah decided to sit down and have Matthew interview Sarah on her pregnancy and birth experience.
68 min
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336: HOME BIRTH STORY - Using Trust and Intuiti...
What do you do when your care providers drop you and tell you to change your birth plan, at 35 weeks? This is the exact circumstance that Adina Rivers found herself in during her second pregnancy.
52 min
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335: HOME BIRTH STORY - Second Generation En Ca...
What happens when you were born at home, and then you grow up to realize that it’s actually not considered “normal” for most people? For Morgan Oberstein, home birth was a very normalized thing within her family. Not only was she born at home, but she and other home birth children amongst the extended family would often be at attendance for other home births within the group.
49 min
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334: HOME BIRTH STORY - From an Unplanned Cesar...
Can birth be redemptive? We often hear on the show how different birth experiences bring the opportunity to heal and take back your power. This is an element of our conversation with Sarah Leahy. Sarah shares the varying aspects of her two birth experiences. Her first, an unplanned cesarean with multiple interventions, left her feeling like her body was broken and it had failed. Following her birth, Sarah experienced PTSD, anxiety, guilt and depression. She knew she wanted to have another baby and wanted to create a different result the next time around.
44 min
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333: HOME BIRTH STORY - Birth Vision, Informed ...
How do you even describe the floodgate that opens the moment you meet your baby? This is a question that comes up in today’s conversation.
60 min
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332: HOME BIRTH STORY - Having a Peaceful Home ...
How could you possibly have a peaceful home birth during a turbulent time in your life? Ask Michaela Sarver, because she did! In January of 2020, Michaela took custody of her sister’s 3 children, then found out she was pregnant with her second child on the day that schools closed because of COVID-19. So, there was a lot going on for her and her husband Kris.
45 min
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331: HOME BIRTH STORY - From Hospital to Birth ...
What influences your birth choices? It’s helpful to look at this, to see what matters to you when it comes to birth, and how you can create a birth environment and culture around you that supports you best. Today we’re chatting with Martina Cifiello about her birth journey.
49 min
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330: Our Conception Journey Part 3 (Creating Sp...
How’s our conception journey going? We answer that question in today’s episode. It’s been about 13 months since we actively began “trying” to get pregnant. There have been ups and downs. We first opened up on this topic on the podcast back in September 2020 with part 1, then followed up with a part 2 in February 2021. Now here we are in May 2021 with some new experiences and insights.
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329: Trusting Baby and Staying Empowered During...
What does it mean to become a student of birth? For Lauren Leduc, that was the role she took on when she planned for her home birth.
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328: HOME BIRTH STORY - Being Very Intentional ...
Who are you going to be when birthing time comes? Today is a fun episode. Not only is it a part 2, but a highly requested one. AND we get to talk to some of our favorite people. Anthony and Erica joined us back in August 2020 to talk about their pregnancy and plans for their upcoming home birth. We’ve known them since 2013 and they’re pretty much family.
66 min
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327: HOME BIRTH STORY - Overcoming Diagnoses of...
How do you plan for a positive hospital birth experience, when you were originally intending to have a home birth? This is such a great topic to cover. For many who start out with a home birth plan, sometimes that changes for various reasons. Sarah Schade shares her story with us. From a diagnosis of an “incompetent” cervix (definitely not a term we’re fond of around here) to another diagnosis of IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction), Sarah and her husband Jeremiah went through a lot of ups and downs.
76 min
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326: HOME BIRTH STORY - Navigating Challenges o...
Where do you feel most safe to give birth? Ultimately, that’s one of, if not the most important question to consider when it comes to your birth plan. When it came down to it, home was the answer for today’s guest, Porshe Turner.
40 min
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325: HOME BIRTH STORY - Normalizing Going Past ...
What happens if you go past your due date? Today’s guest Jessica shares her journey of her second pregnancy and birth and what influenced her to shift from a hospital plan like she had with her first birth.
75 min
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324: HOME BIRTH STORY - An HBAC with Switching ...
When can you change care providers/plans? Answer: any time you want. Today’s guest, Sarah Schlichter shares her journey of shifting from a planned hospital birth with midwives to a home birth with midwives, at 36 weeks pregnant.
55 min
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323: HOME BIRTH STORY - Doula for 6 Years Befor...
“Why doesn’t everybody do this?” That’s the question that David, Ellen’s husband, asked after the home birth of their daughter Willow. Ellen walks us through her journey to home birth -- from her doula work for 6 years before her birth and what inspired it, to changing care from a birthing center to home birth, to getting her husband on board with the decision.
63 min
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322: HOME BIRTH STORY - Catching My Fifth Baby ...
What does it mean to birth “your way?” What are the steps you take, conversations and experiences you have to build an understanding of what birthing on your terms looks and feels like for you? Of course it’s different for all of us. Today our guest Delayna Wilkins shares her journey that brought her to her fifth birth (her second home birth).
47 min
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321: How Nutrition and Real Food Prepare You fo...
What and how should you eat during pregnancy? This is a big question that comes up often, and there are lots of thoughts around it. So where is a place where you can get all the info you need, in a clear, empowering and informative way? Enter Lily Nichols, our guest today.
46 min
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320: Sex After Having Kids: How We Keep Our Sex...
Does your sex life have to change for the worse after kids? We know of course the answer is “No, it doesn’t”, but how do you keep it from turning stale? How do you keep the fire burning for your partner after you’ve had a kid or two?
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319: When You Find Out You’re Pregnant and Don’...
What did you do the moment you found out you were pregnant? What was going through your mind? How were you feeling? We talk about that in today’s episode with our guest Brittney. Brittney actually reached out to us within the first few hours of discovering she was pregnant, and it opened up a beautiful dialogue. We felt inspired to bring that conversation into this space and share it with the DIAH community.
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318: BIRTH STORY - Giving Birth in Another Coun...
What’s it like giving birth outside of your native country? Our guest today is Amy Brown. Amy traveled from Chicago, Illinois to Peru in 2011 to work as a teacher, and hasn’t left since. After meeting her now husband Marco, she has since set up life in Lima. And she has given birth to her two children: daughter, Leah and son, Christopher in a birthing center in the city.
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317: Talking Pregnant Fitness, Doula Work, Chir...
How are you connecting with your body during your pregnancy and birth prep? Today we’re joined by Lindsey K. Mathews, Founder and CEO of BIRTHFIT, prenatal and postpartum programs for mind and body, as well as seminars and education for users of the program and coaches for the organization.
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316: BIRTH STORY - Unsupportive Midwife with Tr...
Is one way to birth “better” than another? Sometimes there are misconceptions and unhealthy conversations floating about in the birth community around natural vs. medicated birth or hospital vs. home. That one is better than the other or there’s a sense of superiority or higher moral code to choose one over the other. And competition comes in as a factor, like there is something to prove or defy. This topic is relevant for the conversation we have today with Lillie Cooke, sharing her birth story with us. Lillie and her husband Josh planned for a home birth with their first child, son Judah. Along the way towards planning for the birth, Lillie noticed little things that indicated she wasn’t really connecting deeply with her midwife. There was also a big fear of going to the hospital, seeking to avoid that at all costs. This fear stemmed from, as Lillie put it “hearing terrible hospital stories and only fairy tale home birth stories from the homebirth community.”
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315: Our Conception Journey Part 2 (Plus How We...
“How are you doing mentally and physically through your open-to-conceive journey?” This is a really great question we received recently when we did one of those fun Instagram story “what questions do you have for us?” things. And we thought it was appropriate timing to bring this onto the podcast and have a followup to our first conversation that we put out in September 2020, talking about our conception journey and planning for a second baby. Check out that episode (293) if you haven’t already.
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314: HOME BIRTH STORY - A Bumpy Road to a Calm ...
How do our births influence our life journeys? That’s such a big question. It can be, as is likely, multi-faceted. For some, one area where birth impacts is the profession or calling they lean into. For our guest today Brenda Amaya, her births lead her to her doula and birth photography work, and now as she works with other birth workers and in her plans to train as a traditional midwife.
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313: HOME BIRTH STORY - Peaceful Home Water Bir...
Today’s birth story features Briahnna Roy and Jerry Scott, a couple sharing their journey to home birth. For their first baby, Briahnna and Jerry chose to deliver in a birth center. The experience wasn’t everything they wanted, and when it came time to decide on the location for baby number two, they opted for home birth.
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312: HOME BIRTH STORY - Hyperemesis Gravidarum,...
How do we move through the discomforts of pregnancy and birth? This comes up in today’s interview with Melanie Meador. Melanie shares her journey with both of her home birth experiences.
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311: 25 Ways to Know Labor is Starting
How do you know when labor is starting? This is a question we put out there into the community, and received some really great answers and examples. So we’re sharing them with you! Plus our experience of what it was like when we realized it was “game time” -- what it felt like, what was going on, and what we did once it was clearly active labor.
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310: HOME BIRTH STORY - 45 Hour Hospital Birth ...
What inspired your journey to birth empowerment? For today’s guests, Jazmin and Ben, their journey began in 2017 in Seattle following an ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage. It prompted them to do research and plan for future pregnancies in a different way. According to Jazmin, “It was my first experience realizing I had to advocate for myself with medical professionals, especially considering I'm a black woman, as many brushed off my concerns and pain as "normal."”
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309: Home Birth and Pregnancy Affirmations for ...
In this episode we're giving you some powerful affirmations to help you prepare for your pregnancy and home birth. We have 2 affirmations for moms and 2 for dads.
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308: How to Plan Birth Support During COVID-19 ...
Have the circumstances around COVID-19 impacted your pregnancy and/or birth? Today we’re chatting with Heather Delaney, childbirth educator, certified labor and postpartum doula and CEO of Maryland State Doulas.
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307: BIRTH STORY - How the Letdown of a Hospita...
How do we cope with the parts of our birth that didn’t go the way we envisioned? In today’s episode we chat with Cadyn about her birth experience. She and her husband planned a home birth, because (in her words) of “how special we consider our home and surrounding space to be, and that this was where it seemed that magical portal of birth was meant to open.”
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306: The Best Home Birth Advice from the DIAH C...
What’s your best home birth advice? That is the question we put out to our community. We’re sharing some of those responses in this episode. From exploring your options to looking at fears. Plans, logistics, finances. We cover a lot of the spectrum. Plus we share some of our current best advice when it comes to home birth.
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305: BIRTH STORY - A Christmas Home Birth Hospi...
Can we remove the word “failure” from birth, please? K, thanks! But really though. Today’s episode is a great reminder that there are no failures in birth. Our guest, Lisa Van Der Giessen shares her birth story of her daughter Mackenzie.
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304: Hypnobirthing: Using The Power of The Mind...
What is Hypnobirthing? We dive into this in today’s episode with our guest Kristy Rodriguez, prenatal yoga instructor and coach and the host of the Pure Nurture podcast.
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303: HOME BIRTH STORY - A Peaceful HBAC During ...
How many of us feel a sense of failure after a birth experience? We’re clear that it’s far too many. In fact, one is too many. We’re grateful for stories like this who can help with the healing and rescripting. Our guest, Kara Lambert, shares her birth journey. After her cesarean birth with her son Theo, as she puts it, “I felt like I failed.”
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302: HOME BIRTH STORY - A Home Birth During COV...
Do you think the time of COVID-19 has brought more conversation around home birth? In today’s birth story, Kristin Humbard shares her journey with us. After a hospital birth with her first baby which left her with some traumatic memories, it took her a few years to want to become pregnant again.
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301: HOME BIRTH STORY - A Christmas Day Home Bi...
Can you approach birth from both a statistics and research-driven mind as well as with an intention to connect more deeply spiritually? YES! And our birth story today is an example of that. Ashton Parker shares her home birth journey with us. First with a good hospital birth for her first child, which included 5 hours of pushing. Then considered another hospital birth for her second child, but after some research and statistics, landed on home birth.
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300: Celebrating Our 300th Episode With A LIVE ...
What is home birth? Depending on who you are, that might be a simple or really complex question. In today's episode we give a little home birth 101 session and go over some basic questions and thoughts when it comes to choosing home birth.
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299: HOME BIRTH STORY - A 55-Minute Home Birth ...
Do babies always show up on their due date (we prefer calling it a "guess date")? We know, in fact, that it’s actually less likely for a baby to arrive on their due date. However, it can happen! For today’s guest, Maranda Bower, a mama and postpartum bliss coach, her fourth baby, Sophie, arrived on her original due date. This is our second time chatting with Maranda. In our first conversation back in episode 181, she shared details of her first 3 home births and the very recent discovery that she was pregnant with her fourth. So now we get to hear that birth story.
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298: HOME BIRTH STORY - A Peaceful Home Birth w...
How can shoulder dystocia be addressed in a home birth? This was a very relevant question for our guest Amber Reed as she prepared for her second birth. Given that her first daughter, born in the hospital, had shoulder dystocia, this was something that Amber considered and discussed with her midwife.
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