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Author: Dr. Stuart Fischbein + Midwife Blyss Young

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The birth world can be overwhelming for parents and practitioners alike. Dr. Stuart Fischbein and Midwife Blyss Young and their combined 55+ years of experience are here to support you in this beautiful rite of passage.Join the weekly conversation as we blend wisdom and humor in discussing our recent births, the latest research, traditional healing, and instinctual birth.  

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Join us for an eye-opening episode as we welcome Kimberly Denitz-Zuleger, a passionate doula and maternal health activist from Southern California. With a wealth of experience encapsulating over 400 placentas since 2015, Kim shares her profound knowledge on the multifaceted roles and cultural symbolism of the placenta. We traverse the spiritual and medicinal benefits of placenta consumption and the serene practice of cord burning, providing a holistic view into informed postpartum care decisions.We dive deep into the complexities faced by a second-time mom at 42 weeks, balancing the fine line between necessary medical interventions and trusting the natural birthing process. Through these narratives, we illuminate the emotional dynamics between parents and caregivers, emphasizing the significance of trust and intuition. Join us for an episode filled with heartfelt stories, insightful discussions, and the celebration of life’s beginnings.About Kimberly Summer Denitz-Zuleger, CLEC, CPT, PMH-C, Doula:Kimberly Denitz-Zuleger is a So Cal native, mother, writer, doula, and maternal health activist. She is the Global Chapter Director for the International Cesarean Awareness Network and co-leader for the Ventura and Santa Barbara Chapters. She has encapsulated over 400 placentas since 2015 and has been part of many placenta medicine rituals with people from varying cultures around her community. Her credentials include multiple certifications in the fields of health care, and maternal mental health, as well as a degree in Behavioral Science, although it’s her real-world experience that has taught her everything she knows. She is most happy jumping in the ocean after a long trail run in the mountains.Connect with Kimberly Denitz-Zuleger:Website: www.mamathreebirds.comIG: @mamathreebirdsKey highlights:Midwifery, Birth Spaces, and AnatomyThe Marvels of the PlacentaCultural Birthing Rituals and Placenta EncapsulationImportance of Physiologic Delivery ProcessPlacenta Encapsulation and Spiritual BeliefsLotus Birth and Ceremony PracticesEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastBook: Placenta: The Forgotten ChakraBook: Spiritual MidwiferyThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: birthinginstinctspodcast@gmail.com Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
At a time of great anxiety, Neonatologist and NICU specialist Priyush Patel, MD shares his humanistic approach to care.While Blyss is busy birthing, Midwife Lindsey Meehleis shares a birth story leading to the Serendipitous meeting in the NICU.But don’t worry, there is still plenty of wobbly healthcare systems and dumb doctor dogma going around as Dr. Stu explains.About Dr Piyush (pronounced pee-yoush) Patel:Dr. Patel graduated medical school in 2004 and has prided himself as an outside-the-box thinker and his ability to connect with families on a deeper level to help bridge their beliefs with the medical team caring for their baby. In such a stressful situation, which is oftentimes unexpected, there are numerous emotions that families experience and he has been able to intuitively calm their nerves to help them enjoy their journey in the NICU as best as possible.Key highlights:Rethinking Mandatory GBS Screening and TreatmentProblems With for-Profit HealthcareNICU Protocol and Individualized CareTerm Hospital Babies in the NICURare Home Births in NICUImportance of NICU SpecialistsImproving Communication in NICU CareEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastConnect with Dr. Patel:Email: drpiyush888@gmail.comThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: birthinginstinctspodcast@gmail.comCall-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
Today we have midwife and mom, Catalina Clark, as our guest to share her journey as we discuss freebirthing from all angles.About Catalina Clark:I am a woman, mother, daughter, sister, midwife and student on the healing path. With 10 years experience in birth, I have found my way home to supporting women in alignment with the natural world and the power of physiologic birth.As a midwife of healing, I am here to walk with you along your path, to love you wherever you are and support you on your personal journey. I am not here to fix you or tell you what to do. To heal is to reclaim and reweave the fabric of your True Self back into your being, perfect and complete just as you are. When co-creating together we are stepping into a mutual relationship of universal love and trust with each other, ourselves and the divine.My journey of remembrance began entrenched in the medical model. After countless disempowering experiences I began seeking council outside the medical industrial system. In my studies over the past decade with a variety of traditional healers I began weaving a new path for myself, which led me to my true calling as a spiritual midwife.It is with great humility, honor and respect that I walk alongside all those with the willingness to step into the unknown, to untangle stories of the past and return to our hearts.Key highlights:Discussion on Birthing ChoicesChallenging Obstetrician Views on Free BirthingEmpowering PregnancyExploring Fear and Inner WorkAnxious Thoughts About Baby's HealthImportance of Informed Birth Decision-MakingChallenging Birth Paradigms and Prenatal PreparationSupportive Midwifery PracticesTransformation and Growth in MidwiferyEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! com/birthinginstinctspodcastConnect with Catalina:Website: catalinaclarkbirth.comInstagram: @catalina.clarkThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: birthinginstinctspodcast@gmail.comCall-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
Such an important conversation with our guests, Emily Roper, ( Neuro-Developmental Delay Therapist) & Beth Shayler, (Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant), on looking for the root causes and alternative approaches to developmental delays and the mental health of babies and children. Why is something so basic so unknown to the allopathic medical world? Blyss & Dr. Stu learn about the importance of spontaneous labor and the birth process on the neurological development of the fetus and baby. How we birth and raise our children matters. It just makes sense and it has never been more true than now that we need to trust our instincts when it comes to medical advice.Medical billing is just another example of a system out of control. Dr. Stu takes to the mic on "The Experience Miracles Podcast"Key highlights:Fetal and Newborn ReflexesLong-Term Effects of C-SectionsHolistic Approach in Child HealthcareChild Development and Reflex IntegrationEvolution of Tummy TimeCDC Milestones and Common SenseEnvironmental Studies and Publication DelaysEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastStu as a guest on The Experience Miracle’s Podcast: Delivering Truth: An MD’s Response to Fear-Based BirthArticle: The Importance of Integrating Reflexes by Sonia StoryConnect with our guests:Emily Roper: Emily@earlyrootstherapy.comBeth Shayler: shayler.elizabeth@gmail.comThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: birthinginstinctspodcast@gmail.comCall-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
Interpreting the value of a study can be difficult. With Blyss taking some healing time, Dr. Stu interviews Dr. Emiliano Chavira, MD, MPH, FACOG and MFM sub-specialist who shares his expertise on this subject. From randomized trials to meta-analyses we learn that a study is never definitive. Working within the "high risk" system, Dr. C has insight and wisdom that we want our fellow travelers to hear. What's the definition of IUGR, what are the problems with moving the bar and why so much color Doppler?About Dr. Emiliano Chavira:Dr. Chavira is board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology with a subspecialty certification in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He completed both his Ob/Gyn residency training as well as his fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (high risk pregnancy) at LAC+USC in Los Angeles, California. In his years as a specialist working in tertiary referral centers, he has cared for some of the most complicated and high-risk pregnancies, dealing with both maternal medical issues as well as complex fetal problems. His passion is to provide objective and caring guidance to his patients with the aim of instilling knowledge, understanding, empowerment, and hope in difficult circumstances. In addition to caring for complicated pregnancies, he also has an interest in ethical dilemmas in modern obstetric care, particularly as related to vaginal breech birth, multiple gestations, and VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).Key highlights:Flaws in Term Breech TrialDebate on 39-Week Induction SafetyC-Section Rates in Labor InductionOpinions on ARRIVE Trial and C-SectionDefining Intrauterine Growth RestrictionImpact of Fear in Pregnancy MonitoringEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastArticle: 6 Basic Types of Research Studies (Plus Pros and Cons)Article: This Is How Much Home Birth Costs in Every StateThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: birthinginstinctspodcast@gmail.comCall-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
The uterus is a miraculous creation but sometimes it doesn't follow nature's blueprint. Today on the podcast we discuss these fairly common blips (AKA anomalies or abnormalities) and their significance.With awareness and empathy, we weave through personal stories and clinical presentations, highlighting the profound impact these uterine anomalies can have on fertility and pregnancy. We dissect the various types of these conditions, the possible complications, and the importance of a compassionate, patient-centric approach to care. It's a deep exploration of a topic that's typically clouded by misunderstanding, so we aim to bring light and informed guidance to those it affects.Blyss shares a VBAC story as she continues to "patiently" recover. Dr. Stu wonders about the saying, "Life is like riding a bicycle!" and reads an uplifting twin story.Key highlights:VBAC Support and Hospital PoliciesLong Labor Story With A Happy EndingControversy Over Doula RegulationUnderstanding Congenital Uterine AbnormalitiesManagement of Uterine Anomalies and ComplicationsEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastNational Library of Medicine: The impact of congenital uterine abnormalities on pregnancy and fertility: a literature reviewUp To Date: Congenital uterine anomalies: Clinical manifestations and diagnosisThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: birthinginstinctspodcast@gmail.comCall-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
Skin disorders exclusive to pregnant women have always been puzzling to Blyss & Dr. Stu. How do we know one from the other? Today we look at the dermatoses of pregnancy and differentiate the physiologic from the pathologic.You'll hear us dissect the five major types of rashes that can puzzle even seasoned healthcare professionals, the challenges of medical information access, and personal accounts of birth timing, premature labor, and the vital role of clear clinical documentation. We also delve into the nuances of supporting births in the community, examining the value of trust and adaptability when changes arise, such as a different midwife attending a birth, and discussing the impact of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) testing on hospital transfers and treatment.We also take a critical eye to medical misinformation spread by healthcare professionals on social media and the exasperating experiences with insurance companies, using personal anecdotes to highlight the issues. We also examine a range of skin and hair changes during pregnancy, and take a thought-provoking look at how control over medical literature might shape our understanding of autoimmune diseases and their potential environmental triggers.Blyss shares a birthkeeper dilemma while Dr. Stu does his civic duty.Key highlights:Medical misinformation and insurance frustrationsHow skin conditions affect pregnancyMany rashes are annoying but not harmfulWhat can be done for relief from pregnancy rashes?Exploring medical literature and information controlEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastDermatoses of pregnancyBirthing Instincts Event: The Talk: Bringing the Homebirth Hesitant on BoardThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: birthinginstinctspodcast@gmail.com Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
Blyss returns only a week post op! She is a Goddess! Today's guests, Lenny Sue Tinseth & Corinne Flatt, OG Nevada midwives share their thoughts on the laws of Nevada, California and the state of midwifery. So much wisdom, so few diplomas!About Lenny Sue Tinseth:Lenny Sue is a Licensed California Midwife, a Certified Professional Midwife and a Certified Health Coach. She has been practicing Midwifery in the Lake Tahoe, Reno Nevada and surrounding areas for 38 years.Having practiced in a grass roots unlicensed environment in her early years, both in Nevada and California has given her the perspective of licensure’s pros and cons.She is a member of Nevada Midwives Association.NMA is devoted to maintaining full access to midwifery care for all women in the state of Nevada.She has been an advocate during the last 2 legislative sessions in Nevada to ensure proposed licensure does not limit families receiving access to midwifery care.About Corrine Flatt:Corrine is a midwife, serving families in southern Nevada since 1998, the founder of Pinkpeas Pregnancy and Parenting Care, and a long-time activist for birth freedom. Find Corrine everywhere on the internet, but don't miss the speech she made on Birth Freedom in Panama at dondeseayconquiensea.org Key highlights:Home Birth Midwife Conference AnnouncementChallenges of Birthing Freedom in NevadaModern Midwifery Practice and MedicalizationRestrictions on Midwife Practices in NebraskaState by State Birth Rights DebateGlobal Push for Midwifery Regulation Episode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastalpinemidwifery.com@alpine_midwifery on IG@corrineflatt on IGBirth Freedom in Panama presentations | Donde Sea y Con Quien Sea dondeseayconquiensea.orgBeautiful One Midwifery | Holistic Women's Health beautifulonemidwiferysandiego.com This show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: birthinginstinctspodcast@gmail.comCall-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
The two authors who despise home birth are at it again with a new pre-print on the "Enduring Safety Concerns" of community birthing. Does their evidence hold water? The disconnect of priorities by organized medicine continues. Dr. Stu is joined by guest co-host Lindsey Meehleis, to break down the data.Together, Dr. Stu and Lindsey dissect this paper that scrutinizes the safety of out-of-hospital births, and discuss the complexities surrounding breech births, twin pregnancies, and the sacred moments of life and death, advocating for the wisdom of traditional midwifery in today's polarized birth setting debates.They take a closer look at the ACOG's rigid stance on planned home birth risks, untangling the often-misleading statistics that shape many women's choices about their birth setting.California no longer tracks stillbirths! What? We send blessings to and burn a candle for Blyss who had hip replacement surgery today. Key highlights:Holistic Home BirthFetal Death Reporting ControversyDebate on Planned Home Birth SafetyChallenges in Traditional Midwifery TrainingHome Birth Studies Episode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastOC midwifery: orangecountymidwives.com/lindsey-meehleis-lm-cpmAbout Lindsey MeehleisACOG article: Planned Home BirthScience direct article: Enduring safety concerns for out-of-hospital births in the United StatesPubMed article: Perinatal or neonatal mortality among women who intend at the onset of labour to give birth at home compared to women of low obstetrical risk who intend to give birth in hospitalPubMed article: Perinatal and maternal outcomes by planned place of birth for healthy women with low risk pregnanciesPubMed article: Planned home versus planned hospital births in women at low-risk pregnancy: A systematic review with meta-analysisThebmj article: Outcomes of planned home births with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in North AmericaBJOG article: Perinatal mortality and morbidity up to 28 days after birth among 743 070 low-risk planned home and hospital births: a cohort study based on three merged national perinatal databases This show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: birthinginstinctspodcast@gmail.comCall-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
Today on the podcast Blyss & Dr. Stu chat with the creators of a new film exploring home birth. The film explores the empowering journey of home birth and combines the wisdom of families, midwives, doulas, and some of our favorite people in the birth world. We also discuss the importance of how babies enter this world and, of course, catch up and reveal some new dumb doctor dogma.About Eleanor Currie:Eleanor Currie is a documentary filmmaker, videographer, photographer and mother of two beautiful children. She has a passion for telling stories about the human experience. Her newest film 'Born At Home' (created with long-term friend, Amanda Banks) explores the emotional journey of homebirth. About Amanda Banks:Amanda is mother of two children, both born at home. She has always had a passion for health which led her to complete a Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture) and now works as an Acupuncturist in Brisbane, supporting families through fertility, pregnancy and beyond for over 8 years. Amanda was the former Convenor for Homebirth QLD for 2.5 years until mid 2023 and worked as a maternity consumer representative on the QLD Normal Birth Strategy.Empowered by the homebirth of her second child in 2020, Amanda together with long term dear friend Eleanor, set out to create a film exploring Homebirth in QLD. She is the co-creator and Producer of Born at Home.About the Documentary Born At Home:Where and how women choose to birth matters. Born at Home is a stunning documentary film exploring what it takes to have a positive and transformative birth experience. Born at Home is an informative and emotive documentary exploring homebirth. This is a must-see event for all birth nerds, birth workers, mothers, those curious about birth and those seeking an alternative option to hospital birth.Key highlights:Birth at Home Documentary FilmmakersHome Birth Documentary DiscussionContrasting Birth Experiences in FilmLife Choices and Home Birth PerspectivesFree Birth and Home Birth ExplorationEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastsacredbirthing.com/blog/author/sunnibornathomefilm.com.auBorn at Home Film on Instagram: @bornathomefilmThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: birthinginstinctspodcast@gmail.com Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
Blyss responds to a comment about safety and mortality. There will always be disputes about what safety means and to know where we are we need to know where we were. Today Blyss & Dr. Stu look back at childbirth in America over the last 300 years and try to sort through the accomplishments and clarify the statistics.In an episode that's both a history lesson and a call to action, we reflect on the transformative journey of childbirth practices. Venture through time with us, from the days of home births and midwives to the formalization of hospital deliveries and the controversial medical interventions that followed. We peer into the darker chapters of obstetrics, acknowledging the exploitation that has tainted its history, and celebrate the triumphs that have led to significant declines in maternal and infant mortality rates. This is a story of advancement and advocacy, of reclaiming agency and acknowledging the past to better navigate the present. Let's continue this dialogue and foster a future where the instincts of birthing and the wisdom of midwifery guide us toward a safer, more empowered experience for all.Key highlights:Birth Choices and Maternal MortalityHistory of Obstetric InterventionsHistory of Childbirth Practices in AmericaEvolution of Obstetrics and ChildbirthDeclines in Infant Mortality and InterventionsMaternal and Infant Mortality TrendsEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastArticle: Changes in childbirth in the United States: 1750–1950Book: Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women HealersCDC Article: Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999: Healthier Mothers and BabiesThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: birthinginstinctspodcast@gmail.com Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
While it's not yellow brick, Dr. Stu is on the road teaching breech and twins and renewing family ties in California. Blyss joins in to share stories and wisdom and sanity, as usual.Echoing the dedication of mothers and birth workers, we dive into stories that underscore the triumphs of natural birth, like a listener's VBAC victory over early induction using natural remedies—proof that self-advocacy can indeed rewrite the standard medical narrative. These stories aren't just about births; they're about the struggle for autonomy and the challenging journey of advocacy within a system that sometimes seems set up for our silence.This episode is a blend of education, empowerment, and the drive for a maternity care system that honors the sanctity and individuality of the birthing process. Join us as we celebrate the power of informed decision-making, the legacy of childbirth, and the enduring spirit of woman-centered care.Key highlights:Natural Birth Advocacy and VBAC SuccessChallenges With Breech Delivery OptionsRegulatory Challenges in Midwifery and HealthcareMidwives vs Medical StandardizationQuestioning Medical Fear-MongeringMaternity Care and Obstetrician EducationEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastBook: Immaculate deception: A new look at women and childbirth in AmericaThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any of their fitness programsChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: birthinginstinctspodcast@gmail.com Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
Academia just can't stop meddling with nature especially when profit is involved. Today Blyss & Dr. Stu explore another likely fallacy of "Big Medicine" - the Chemical imbalance Theory of Depression. Even feral cats get it. Why can't they?We delve into the complexities of managing low platelet counts during pregnancy and the importance of respecting the body's natural processes, juxtaposing this against the philosophy of minimal intervention at home births.We navigate the contentious issues surrounding pharmaceutical interventions and discuss the implications of readily available over-the-counter contraceptives and the possible health risks of daily routines, such as prolonged bra usage. We share thought-provoking insights into the links between hormonal birth control, depression, and the subsequent use of SSRIs, shedding light on the cascading effects of health decisions. We scrutinize the long-held serotonin theory of depression, questioning the ethics of drug marketing and the necessity for more informed public knowledge about the treatment of depression.Key highlights:Birth Choices and Pharmaceutical ControversyPlatelet Count and Birth PhilosophyHealth Risks of Contraception and BrasDebunking the Serotonin Theory of DepressionRisks of Using SSRIs During PregnancyCritiquing Medical GuidelinesEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastPsychology Today: A Decisive Blow to the Serotonin Hypothesis of DepressionPubMed: The serotonin theory of depression: a systematic umbrella review of the evidencePLOS medicine: Serotonin and Depression: A Disconnect between the Advertisements and the Scientific LiteratureACOG on Instagram: @acog_orgThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Christian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: birthinginstinctspodcast@gmail.com Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
Trying to clarify the questions about child spacing, Blyss & Dr. Stu discover nature is pretty wise. What are the medical recommendations and how do they compare? We review some of the guidelines and share our opinions. We discuss the rhythm of natural child spacing through ecological breastfeeding and contrast it with the rigidity of medical guidelines, advocating for a healthcare model that respects the unique journey of each mother.We challenge the cultural obsession with the speed of labor and dissect the impact of our discussions by sharing the courageous decision of a labor and delivery nurse to switch to a home birth midwife. As we address the realities of postpartum depression, we stress the vital roles of healthcare providers in supporting new mothers. We question the effectiveness of the current medical model in addressing nutritional needs and mental health issues during the postpartum and interpregnancy periods, advocating for a healthcare model that ensures thorough diagnosis, effective treatment, and diligent follow-up. This episode is a call to action for a more compassionate and tailored approach to reproductive health. Blyss shares about a birth with low platelets and Dr. Stu has some daughter time.Key highlights:Interpregnancy Interval and Natural BirthDebating Emergency Cesarean for Fetus' HeartChallenging Medical Practices and RecommendationsBreastfeeding and Interpregnancy IntervalsWomen's Health and Postpartum DepressionEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastACOG article: Interpregnancy CarePubMed article: Re-evaluation of link between interpregnancy interval and adverse birth outcomesPubMed article: Interpregnancy Interval and Adverse Pregnancy OutcomesPubMed article: Effects of birth spacing on maternal, perinatal, infant, and child healthPubMed article: Short interpregnancy interval: risk of uterine rupture and complications of vaginal birth after cesarean deliveryPubMed article: Ecological breastfeeding and child spacingBook: Breastfeeding and Natural Child SpacingArticle: Ecological Breastfeeding and Natural Child SpacingAsk Dr. Sears: Breastfeeding and Natural ChildspacingFind a breech provider: breechwithoutborders.org/directoryThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Christian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: birthinginstinctspodcast@gmail.com Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
Our guest today is "Birth Attendant", Jaymie Lewis who shares her insight into Hawaii's birthing world. Blyss & Dr. Stu chime in on the creeping blob that is the administrative state and wonder when the last time a regulation made things better.About Jaymie Lewis:Jaymie is a mother of three children all born at her residence In Hawaii. The birth of her 1st child brought her into birth work in 2010 when she began an apprenticeship with two different naturopathic physicians and a CPM. She started an independent midwifery practice in 2014 attending anywhere from 40-60 births per year. She joined several other midwives across the islands igniting strong activism regarding REAL choices in childbirth. In 2017 she helped create Hawaii Home Birth Collective which is an advocacy organization dedicated to expansion of midwifery care and to the preservation and integration of traditional and indigenous practices of the childbearing cycle. The long arm of the medical industrial complex swept in and deemed her a “birth attendant” in 2019 because she did not have any “formal” education” and as of last July has been pushed out of practice due to Hawaii’s restrictive midwifery law. Jaymie is a dreamer, a realistic optimist, and a lifetime learner, knowing that when there is compression, there is also an opportunity for infinite expansion.Key highlights:Home Births and Midwifery RegulationsBureaucracy and Midwifery LawsChallenges and Barriers in MidwiferyThe Impact of Standardization on MidwiferyLaws and Colonialism in HawaiiEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcasthihbc.orgpacificbirthcollective.orgArticle: ‘Medical colonialism’: midwives sue Hawaii over law regulating Native birth workersArticle: U.S. home births hit 30-year highThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Christian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: birthinginstinctspodcast@gmail.com Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
Time seems to be on Blyss & Dr. Stu's mind and a moment of insight is a fortune. Should we redefine "Second Stage"? We address the medical data behind active coaching vs. laboring down and then apply some common sense.We unravel the nuances of research in the birth field, advocating for a discerning approach to medical studies and the impact they have on birthing practices. From the spiritual undertones of bringing new life into the world to the complexities of client management, we touch on the transformative experiences that shape both caregivers and families.We highlight the power of intuition in birth choices, sharing an inspiring testimonial from a listener who embraced a home birth. Throughout our conversation, we emphasize the importance of trusting the body's inherent knowledge and the challenges that the medical industry faces in supporting physiological birth. Whether you're a seasoned birth worker, an expectant parent, or simply fascinated by the miracle of life, this discussion offers valuable insights and encouragement to trust the natural journey of childbirth.In our Patreon segment, we look at the confusion about progesterone supplementation.Key highlights:Discussion on Laboring Down in BirthValue of Time and SupportPushing Techniques in Second Stage LaborResearch on Pushing Practices in LaborResearch, Academia, and VBAC TestimonialsEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastStu's shirt: Merch | BI Podcast (birthinginstinctspodcast.com)Book: The SabbathArticle: Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and BirthMaternal and Neonatal Outcomes With Early Compared With Delayed Pushing Among Nulliparous WomenInstagram: @drjoelgatorThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: birthinginstinctspodcast@gmail.comCall-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
Old friend and midwife, Aleks Evanguelidi joins us to share her wisdom about healing our bodies naturally and restoring our innate bodily systems. As we swapped tales of unexpected birth work requests and the impact of dietary choices, Alex's holistic approach shines a light on the path to wellness. Her insights, grounded in her dual expertise, offers a refreshing perspective that stands in beautiful contrast to more traditional medical views on fertility and pregnancy health. We need to realign our priorities from the food and water we ingest to the habits we have formed to the craziness that surrounds us. Fertility isn't just a clinical concept—it's a tapestry woven from our lifestyles, from the sunlight we bathe in to the stress we release through laughter.Blyss & Dr. Stu also share some thoughts and frustrations with record keeping, both vital and medical. Key highlights:Nutrition and FertilityDiet and Health Awareness in AmericaFocusing on Preconception Health and WellnessVaccines, Gut Health, and AutismHashimoto's and Functional MedicineTrust Body's Fever Response, Avoid OverheatingChallenges in Women's Health Care Episode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastgapsdiet.comThe Weston A. Price Foundationhttps://www.aleksandraevanguelidi.com/ This show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month at thisisneeded.comBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Aleks Evanguelidi:website: aleksandraevanguelidi.comInstagram: @thevitalwomanConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: birthinginstinctspodcast@gmail.comCall-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
Thinking out of the box and individualizing care should not be rare. Join our conversation as Blyss & Dr. Stu host midwife Lindsey Meehleis & Home Birth x 2, Diabetic Mom and Naturopathic Physician, Gina Cummins.We unfold the layers of managing diabetes during pregnancy, where technology and personal determination intersect to create successful birth stories at home. Hear firsthand from Gina about her experiences with blood sugar control during the intensity of childbirth and the crucial role of cortisol in this process. Lindsey provides a professional backdrop, highlighting the evolution of diabetes management tools and the power of informed collaboration between healthcare providers and mothers-to-be.Diabetes care and options have evolved much over the last 40 years. Have hospitals and doctors kept up?Key highlights:Diabetes, Pregnancy, and UltrasoundsHome Birth for Type 1 DiabeticNaturopathic Medicine and Diabetes PregnancyBlood Sugar Levels During Labor and BirthHeavy Metals and Health ImpactGestational Diabetes and Pregnancy SurveillanceEmpowering Women's Autonomy in Medical DecisionsEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastLindsey Meeheis’s Instagram: @lindseymeehleisGina Cummins Instagram: @drginacumminsThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month at thisisneeded.comBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: birthinginstinctspodcast@gmail.comCall-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
Blyss is in a birth whirlwind and Dr. Stu shares some great breech stories. Dr. Stu is especially excited to talk with our guest, Dr. Whittaker, a NAPRO doctor specializing in the Creighton Method and restorative reproductive medicine. We have a fascinating conversation about her journey to understanding alternative ways of viewing the menstrual cycle, ovulation and fertility.About Dr. Naomi Whittaker:Dr. Naomi Whittaker is the founder of RRMAcademy.org and an OBGYN fertility surgeon focused on women's restorative reproductive medicine, compassionate healthcare, and education.Dr. Whittaker is a board certified OBGYN and a fellowship trained surgeon who specializes in the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and NaProTechnology, which works cooperatively with a woman's body to treat the underlying cause of gynecologic issues and infertility, such as endometriosis and PCOS.Dr. Whittaker helps women improve their gynecologic health, and avoid/achieve pregnancy in accordance with their natural fertility using the latest research, medicine, and surgery.Key highlights:Q&A and Positive Birth StoriesNaPro Technology ExplorationMedical School Experience and Lack of EmpathyExploring Menstrual Irregularities and Reproductive MedicineEffective Treatment Options for Female InfertilityEndometriosis and Its Impact on FertilityAlternative Approaches to Fertility TreatmentEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastNaomi Whittaker’s website: naomiwhittaker.comInstagram: @napro_fertility_surgeonFearlessly Fertile PodcastYour Birth God's WayThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month at thisisneeded.comBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: birthinginstinctspodcast@gmail.comCall-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
#347 Hospital as Savior

#347 Hospital as Savior

2024-02-0701:35:401

ACOG states the hospital is the safest place to give birth and many families are convinced the hospital saved their baby. Sometimes it is true. Today Blyss and Dr. Stu talk about that and why much of the time it may not be and about the shaping of those perceptions. ACOG is still pushing untested jabs in pregnancy and do pediatricians take bonuses to do the same? Blyss has a birth to share and Dr. Stu returns from teaching breech & twin skills in Florida.In 2015 the world was thrust into fear about the Zika Virus. In our Patreon segment Dr. Stu and Blyss discuss a chapter from the book "Crooked, Man Made Disease Explained" about the flawed science and thinking behind the paranoia.Key highlights:RSV Prevention and Vaccination ChallengesDebate on Vaccines and Medical AuthorityCord Prolapse and Fetal Monitoring MisconceptionsHospital Interventions and Risks in ChildbirthHome Birth vs Hospital BirthVaccine Safety and the Zika VirusToxins, Heavy Metals, and Vaccine SafetyEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! com/birthinginstinctspodcastAre COVID-19 Vaccine Babies Toddling and Babbling Normally?Occurrence of placental abruption in relativesBook: Crooked: Man-Made Disease Explained: The incredible story of metal, microbes, and medicine - hidden within our facesPodcast: The RetrievalsPodcast episode: Evidence Based Birth ep 298 - Overcoming Barriers to Breech Vaginal Birth with Dr. Emiliano Chavira, OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine SpecialistThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month at thisisneeded.comBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: birthinginstinctspodcast@gmail.comCall-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
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Alexandra Berkland

Saying IVF is covered much more often than Midwifery could not be further from the truth. Completely inaccurate statement. Also, don't ever tell women going through IVF that they need to "relax" and they will get pregnant naturally. No woman chooses to inject themselves with thousands of drugs and pay $20k+ to get pregnant if there are other viable options. Do some concrete research before making these statements.

Nov 27th
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Stacey D. Herron

Homebirth isn't "hippy" or "crunchy". Hippy-type people are more in tune with nature and biological norms and are less likely to allow the unnatural restraints and restrictions instituted by the faceless elite who benefit far more from them than the mothers and babies.

Nov 10th
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Mikayla Banman

I really enjoyed this episode, especially the encouraging description of a breech birth in my province and Dr. Stu's 'When you Give a Woman a Pregnancy Test' story

Jun 16th
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Jan Wolfenberg

Three things: first, there IS a specific timing on when the newborn metabolic screen has to be done, which is between 24 and 48 hours. I've worked as a home birth Midwife in two states and in both, if you collect the blood before 24 hours they will reject it. If you're later than 48, they chastise you. Second, the company that does them is Perkin Elmer, and at least here in Pennsylvania, it is the company that does the screening for the state of Pennsylvania. So I don't know how private they are. As a midwife here in PA, it's my only choice for doing the screening. And as far as the cost of newborn screening, it varies from state-to-state. Here in PA, it was free for a long time and now it costs about $40. When I was in Wisconsin, which I left five years ago, it cost us about $107 per card upfront, which we then had to collect from the client. Just some random info, FWIW.

Sep 23rd
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Jan Wolfenberg

It's North American Registry of Midwives.

Sep 22nd
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