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I think it's time we asked the question, how can we continue improve the state of birth and prenatal care for families? I'll start by asking you the question, who are your prenatal visits for? When you set up your visit schedule with your midwife, who was that ultimately for? You, your baby, your midwife? I know this might sound like an odd question and you may not even be sure how to answer it and that's because we need to talk about your prenatal visit schedule. After this episode, I hope you will have the confidence to be the one in charge of making your prenatal schedule for yourself and your baby, and no one else, because that's what we do here, question the routine and get back to what matters for your unique journey. So the essence of prenatal care and a new paradigm for prenatal care is our topic today.______________________________Further info & opportunities:Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!
67. It's a Freebirth Story

67. It's a Freebirth Story

2022-08-1201:25:15

Welcome to a birth story episode on the Unschooled Homebirth podcast. It's been awhile since we've had a birth story, but one of my students, Sarah, who is also a birth wisdom keeper herself, was so gracious to share her birth story with us and I was thrilled to bring this story on the podcast because Sarah had such a simple and straightforward birth. We don't hear a lot of simple birth stories out there today, so often there's big decisions and critical moments, and drama in birth, even in homebirth stories, so much so that women who have simple, peaceful births don't feel sharing their story has a purpose or, worse, they feel guilty about their simple, uncomplicated birth. Like some of the other birth keepers I know who want to change this narrative, I want to promote all birth stories, whether they had unexpected situations or just unfolded simply and quietly like Sarah's. It was truly an honor serving Sarah and her growing family during this pregnancy and birth, I am in awe of all the work she and her husband did for this birth, the trust they put into themselves and their baby and the Natural Birth Compass program to help them blossom into intuitively guided parents, and I hope you learn as much from her story as I did. Please enjoy Sarah's homebirth story!You can find Sarah on IG @telesis.sisterhood______________________________Further info & opportunities:Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!
Today's episode is all about cervical dilation as we explore the energetics of expansion and openness, some of the most important aspects to understand for birth and a natural progression to last month's episode on transition. ______________________________Further info & opportunities:Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!
Transitions are abundant in birth in so many ways. The most obvious is the stage of the physical labor process referred to as transition, which is a stage that preoccupies many mothers in their preparation for birth. But what isn't talked about, what women aren't taught is why this is normal, why she feels this way, the significance of the intensity of what is happening here, and therefore how to be better prepared for this experience of the cycles of life. So instead many women fear transition and the focus of birth today is on how we get women through the portal of transition, as if they can't do it on their own merit. So today we are going to give some attention to the truth of transitions in birth and life on the Unschooled Homebirth podcast. ______________________________Further info & opportunities:Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!
As May comes to an end, we are deep into spring energy, and I thought it might be time to talk the energetics of spring, of the East guiding direction, which is all about breath and all that uplifts us in life and for birth. Whether you have explored birth from the energetics of the cycle of nature or not, there is still a good chance you have at least explored the energetics of breath in regard to birth as breath and breathing patterns are one of the most commonly studied comfort techniques in birth preparation since around the 1950's when breath and breathing patterns for use in birth became popular in the US based on techniques Dr. Fernand Lamaze used with women giving birth in his care in France, although Dr. Lamaze picked up his ideas from observing birth in other countries outside of the West, and certainly women were using breath instinctively and intuitively all along before it became "formalized" into a method, but my point here is nearly every woman preparing for birth explores breathing techniques in some capacity. And beyond breath, the larger scope of practicing in the realm of air also involves inspiration on all the levels - emotional and spiritual too, and this includes popular birth coping techniques like affirmations, the words you speak and hear, and the music and sounds you listen, these all have the power to elevate us on this journey of transformation. So today on the journey to homebirth podcast, we are going to talk about breath and other aspects of the spring energy for homebirth and we just might hit on some inspiration about breath and air and elevation you haven't heard quite this way before. ______________________________Further info & opportunities:Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!
Welcome to this quick update about the podcast. It's been a couple years since I started this podcast to create a space for sharing ideas about birth that were a little unconventional. While it has been a journey so far, I have recently been feeling called to rebrand this podcast to something that resonates more specifically with the range of concepts I talk about here, and I was struck with some inspiration for that, so what was the Journey to Homebirth podcast is now the Unschooled Homebirth podcast. Why unschooled? Well, I am anything but untrained in birth at this point, having completed a birth educator certification, holistic doula certification, a year long intensive birthkeeper and family advocate training with the amazing Whapio of the Matrona, and countless prenatal acupuncture courses and working with families for nearly 15 years, so unschooled isn't in regard to the information provided here. The spirit I'm trying to capture is that birth isn't about following textbooks, it's not about following science or evidence, those are all good things, but there's something so much deeper, fundamental truths that science can't yet explain, but are even more valid than science when it comes to the natural facts of birth.I'm hoping this change will reflect that this podcast isn't about the regular birth stuff, there's already great podcasts for that, so you won't hear an entire episode here dedicated to natural methods of induction, because instead I talk about how we need to harmonize with nature's cycle to understand timing of labor and how to take cues from nature about induction if it's needed. You won't hear an entire episode dedicated to best postpartum practices, because instead I talk about the heart connection and the importance of the West guiding energetic of Earth energy you are developing with your baby during this time and the sacredness of that time. This podcast isn't about quick tips that only work for half the moms, instead it's a way to unschool yourself from the mainstream information so you can be open to exploring your own unique experience through the lens of nature, nature that is true for all of us, not just some of us. My sources are philosophy, spirituality, life and cultural studies, which comes across as unconventional methods, but in the years I've been doing this, it's these methods that have provided my clients the opportunity to experience the most profound births and develop deep bonds in their families as they expand into greater versions of themselves by doing the deep work that comes with the transformation of each pregnancy and birth. This doesn't come from learning the same old birth information.Initially, I taught the same old stuff as I was taught in my educator courses, the same stuff everyone is teaching, and it was mostly luck whether a family had a good outcome or not, but that wasn't good enough for me. So I stopped teaching until I uncovered the deep truths that I found through ancient philosophy, things I found in Chinese medicine using the Yi Jing and the Dao De Jing, and the Huai Nan Zi, and then adding in more Earth and Universe based philosophies through ancient Druid and Celtic philosophies, the Cycles of the Year and the connections of human beings with nature. And when I finally understood this, and entire philosophy of birth and the birth cycle emerged, and this is what I knew I was here to teach. 
63. The Cycle of Birth

63. The Cycle of Birth

2022-04-2927:30

Today’s episode is all about the cycles of birth and pregnancy, and life and parenting, because living and birthing naturally, the way Nature intended, is all about bringing these cycles into your awareness on a deep level so the magic of life comes alive and can be the center of your birth. This episode will explain how the magic of circles and cycles shows up in birth and the result of forgetting this ancestral knowledge and the impact it has had on birth, even homebirth. ______________________________Further info & opportunities:Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!
Time is a complex phenomenon and may not be what you thought it was, especially when it comes to prenatal care during your pregnancy and how time relates to birth. In this episode, we will dive deep into the two types of time, linear time and elemental time, and how to understand the flow of time to support optimal prenatal care and birth as you prepare for homebirth.______________________________Further info & opportunities:Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!
After over a decade of supporting families in homebirth, I can clearly say three of the most common mistakes I see made are: Thinking that gathering information is the first stepForegoing discernment when gathering informationDeferring to experts or authoritiesAnd in the current birth culture we are used to, you may not even realize how much you might be doing these three things! But there are signs to recognize if or when you are making these mistakes (things like reading too many books, looking to social media for answers, binging birth stories, and more).   And once you start down that path, trying to get all the information, then trying to process it and integrate it, and then trying to embody it before your birth arrives, well, let's just say, if you have missed the foundational steps, then you risk driving yourself into overwhelm in the final weeks of  your pregnancy, just hoping everything will go ok. But there's still time and it begins by listening to this week's episode where you will learn the key signs and phrases homebirth families say that are a tip off to these mistakes.______________________________Further info & opportunities:Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!
In this episode with special guest author of Functional Maternity and practitioner Sarah Thompson, we talk about what functional nutrition and functional medicine are, why nutrition matters for pregnancy and for mothers and pregnancy and birth outcomes, she touches on some cultural dietary wisdom that supports maternal physiology, and we hear how Sarah breaks down nutrition into easy to follow steps for her clients, and along the way, she shares many pearls and facts and insights. It's a really packed episode!You can find Sarah and her book Functional Maternity: Using Functional Medicine and Nutrition to Improve Pregnancy and Childbirth Outcomes through the links or social media accounts below or on Amazon*. FunctionalMaternity.com - Website for the book, also available on AmazonSacredVesselAcupuncture.com - Sarah's practice, Colorado or telemedicine@functional.maternity.com@sacredvessel.acu.fm*Note: I am NOT an affiliate for this or any other book or product at this time, just sharing things I think will help you along your journey to homebirth :)______________________________Further info & opportunities:Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!
What happens during prenatal care doesn't stay in prenatal care, it actually follows you right into your birth and even predicts outcomes for birth. So today in the first week of 2022, let's talk about making a resolution to manage 3 aspects of your prenatal care as part your birth preparation for a better birth outcome.______________________________Further info & opportunities:Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!
Can you have a natural birth without really understanding nature or your connection to nature? One of the core pillars of my approach to teaching about homebirth is to help the families I work with become aware of nature's cycle and attuning to nature's rhythms and when this is done, you can start to connect your inner world with the external nature around you, and this is how holistic homebirthers are intuitively and instinctually guided through birth, physically, mentally, and spiritually.  This episode will share my insights about bringing nature into your natural birth and how to start doing that now!______________________________Further info & opportunities:Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!
What you hear and what you see in pregnancy and regarding birth is as important as what you eat and drink. I talk about the implications of this in the natural birth compass approach because it's so important to be aware of, and I was inspired to bring this up on today's podcast because of a story I heard by journalists who were exploring the placenta, a very noble undertaking for sure and something that deserves more praise, so I was excited to see this story, but it didn't take long before I knew we needed to correct this narrative ASAP! Tune in to learn the positive side of pregnancy, placentas, and more!______________________________Further info & opportunities:Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!
Wishing you a wonderful harvest season this November 2021 and a little offering for your soul!With love,~Tristin______________________________Further info & opportunities:Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!
Midwifery is changing, and homebirth families are the first to be noticing these changes, probably because many homebirth families are looking for an unmanaged, hands off birth, but in today's midwifery culture, this is less and less common, in part because regulations, in part because we live in a fear based society when it comes to birth and death, and so we are seeing the shifts of these aspects in homebirth quite regularly now. But is there another way? That's what we're exploring today on the journey to birth podcast!______________________________Further info & opportunities:Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!
What are anxiety and fear about, why do we have them? Do anxiety and fear play a role in our everyday life and more specifically, in natural birth? In today's episode, I want to take a deeper look into the big picture of fears and anxieties, take a look at it from a few angles, and then, I will share with you one important shift you can make  to lessen your anxiety about your upcoming homebirth. ______________________________Further info & opportunities:Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!
This is the birth story of a family who was shocked to discover the realities of modern day midwifery in the US, a family who gradually realized their midwife feared birth, and how they overcame so many hurdles and so much stress by hiring a family advocate and getting educated. So often, first time homebirthers go into prenatal care with an expectation, maybe a bit of a romanticized idea of what homebirth midwifery with be like, what it will feel like, and when those expectations are shattered so rapidly by the medicalized approach introduced into current midwifery by state or board regulations, it can be devastating to a family who truly cares about the experience of pregnancy and birth, of growing and nurturing their baby in the womb while feeling heard and respected and then bringing that child into the world peacefully and in their own power. This interview will shine the light on one extreme we are seeing on the spectrum of care offered by contemporary midwives today, one that we're seeing more and more often, as was also the experience of Marie-Eve in one of the recent birth story episodes I published here on the podcast.______________________________Further info & opportunities:Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!
Most families have a supply list for homebirth, but what isn't often discussed are non-tangible elements to create a calm environment, which I would argue are even more important than supplies because if your birth environment gets stressful, it creates a difficult situation for homebirth far beyond running out of towels.So in today's episode, I'm sharing 4 Keys you must know to create calm homebirth environment.______________________________Further info & opportunities:Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!
Welcome to a Journey to Birth coaching call. In this episode, I am thrilled to share with you Marie-Eve's birth story. If you have been following this podcast for awhile, you may remember Marie-Eve from her birth prep coaching series, four episodes we recorded together while she and her husband went through the Natural Birth Compass Program online childbirth course with me. So here we get to finally hear the birth story. As you will hear in Marie-Eve's story, much about her experience led to the new updates I just released in the Natural Birth Compass Program to make it an even more robust program that helps families identify challenges with birth team dynamics and understand some of the nuanced physiology that shouldn't be a part of homebirth, but is becoming so as homebirth midwives become more and more regulated and medicalized and create a medical focused experience for families who are choosing homebirth specifically because they know that birth isn't a medical event.Most importantly, what you will hear in this story is how much Marie-Eve was able to be guided by her inner knowing that we honed during our time working together, and she was able to combine that with the information she received from her well informed doula so she could make the decisions that were best for her and her birth. ______________________________Further info & opportunities:Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth! 
Even though more people know about homebirth today, when your not from a family or circle of friends who have traveled that path, talking about your choice to homebirth can come with a lot of dread and frustration and leave you feeling unsupported and even judged for your choice. So what do you do when the important people in your life just don't understand why you would choose to homebirth? In this episode, I'm going to share my thoughts on how you can have better conversations with those in your life who just don't see eye to eye with your choices so you can help the important people in your life support your birth.  ______________________________Further info & opportunities:Learn how to awaken the magic of homebirth with Circle Magic for Homebirth: A Mini-Birth Preparation Course Beyond the Ordinary. Learn about  The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.See our unique birth plan course Beyond the Birth Plan for Homebirth to write a birth plan that goes beyond ordinary templated plans that don't work for homebirth!
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