The Birth Ease Podcast

The Birth Ease Podcast

How do you filter through all of the uninvited opinions that suddenly come your way when you decide to have a child? How do you know what's trustworthy information and what's a myth or just plain outdated? Join Michelle Smith, CHt -- founder of The Birth Ease Method childbirth program -- and her guests as they share valuable tips, tools, and proven methods to cut through the noise and fear. For 20 years as a birth professional, Michelle has personally helped hundreds of families understand their options in maternity care, transform their fears and stress, and connect with their inner calm as they navigate the sacred journey that is pregnancy, birth, and parenthood.

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May 5, 2021 24 min

In this episode, Michelle completes her series exploring the different childbirth methods that she teaches: Calm Birth - meditation based childbirth; Hypnobirth - hypnosis assisted childbirth, and The Birth Ease Method - guided relaxation focused childbirth. Over the years parents have shared how much their children have enjoyed listening to the audio recordings as they fall asleep. With this in mind, Michelle shares a special nigh...

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In this series on the different childbirth methods she teaches, Michelle airs her guest appearance on “Off My Duff- The Entrepreneur Podcast” with host Duff Gardner.

In their conversation, Michelle shares her story from witnessing her first birth to becoming a certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner and an Hypnobabies Instructor. Craving the freedom to grow and evolve, she is no longer affiliated with either institution. She has used h...

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In this episode of Michelle’s series on Hypnobirth, Michelle invites Stephanie Smith back to the podcast. Stephanie has over 20 years of experience as an E-RYT, PRYT Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and as a student of meditation. Together they have a casual conversation regarding the benefits, similarities, and differences of hypnobirthing/hypnosis and the Calm Birth Meditation practices. 

What to hear more from Stephanie? She share...

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April 14, 2021 54 min

HypoBirthing or Hypnobabies? In this next episode Michelle's series on Hypnobirth, she shares what led her to become a birth hypnosis specialist and a bit of history regarding hypnobirth. Michelle has previously certified in and taught both the HypnoBirthing and Hypnobabies childbirth programs. She thoughtfully shares her observations regarding the two methods to help expecting families to decide which method might be best for ...

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April 7, 2021 12 min

In this next episode Michelle's series on Hypnobirth, she shares  some of the realities of birth and being a hypnodoula.  She  expresses her gratitude for hypnosis and hypnobirth, for what she teaches, as well as her gratitude for the families she has worked with over these 20 years. She ends the episode with the fun birth story of her April Fool's Day hypnobaby prankster. 

"[Hypnosis], it's an incredible tool for he...

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In this third episode in the birth hypnosis series, Michelle and Rene Brent, Clinical and Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding hypnosis and hypnotherapy. They discuss the power of the subconscious mind works and how it works. Rene explains the imprinting that can happen within the subconscious mind, especially when we are children. Together Michelle and Rene share the transform that hypnothe...

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In this second episode in Michelle’s series on birth hypnosis, midwife Laura Nathan shares her passion for homebirth and the difference that hypnobirth makes within pregnancy, labor and birth, postpartum, and beyond in this replay of episode 44. 

"Because it doesn't have to be that way. That's what we see in the movies and the sitcom sketches. It doesn't have to be that way of the screaming, painful birth that is jus...

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In this first episode of Michelle's series on hypnobirth, she shares her guest appearance on the Birth Story Podcast with Heidi Synderburn. Michelle explains the ins-and-outs of Hypnobirthing, Hypnobabies, and guided relaxation. Michelle addresses the misconceptions surrounding these practices, as well as provides guidance on preparing for the birth plan of your dreams, no matter what it looks like. Heidi shares her insights on...

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March 10, 2021 51 min

In this last episode of Michelle's series on the Calm Birth meditation program, Naima Bond shares with Michelle what brought her to Calm Birth and her journey to becoming a Calm Birth Teacher Trainer. Together they discuss the extreme value and flexibility of Calm Birth's Calm Parents meditations for postpartum and beyond. These meditations consist of Calm Parent, Calm with Baby, Breathfeeding, Energy Breathing, and Practic...

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In this next episode in Michelle's series on the Calm Birth meditation program, Adrienne Bergthold returns to explain the foundational practice of Calm Birth: Womb Breathing. She shares her serendipitous journey of how Calm Birth found her. Adrienne elaborates on the history of Womb Breathing and what distinguishes Calm Birth from other birth meditation practices. She clarifies the benefits of meditation and the ways in which W...

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In this next episode in Michelle's series on the Calm Birth meditation program, Anna Humphreys shares her journey to becoming the director of Calm Birth and the altruistic vision behind it. Calm Birth is based in advanced meditation traditions of the Tibetan Nyingma lineage. The Calm Birth practices are evidence-based, non-religious, and rooted in ancient wisdom. These practices are grounded in time-tested techniques perfect fo...

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In Michelle's series on the Calm Birth meditation program, Michelle chats again with Calm Birth Teacher-Trainer Adrienne Bergthold from last week's episode on breath, Naima Bond Teacher-Trainer, and Anna Humphreys the Director of Calm Birth. Together they share the long-established history of Calm Birth, the medical science behind it, and what the practice has brought to each of them and the families they serve. 

"Medita...

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Listen in as Adrienne Bergthold shares with Michelle ways in which to have a better relationship with breathing and improve the quality of our breath. She explains the ways in which our breath can become interrupted or restricted, why softening the tension and rigidity within the body is so vital for breath, and why focusing strictly on belly breathing can cause issues.

She reminds us that our nervous system, our brain, and our cell...

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In the final episode on pelvic health, Michelle talks with Midwife Robyn Mattox and Pelvic Physical Therapist Melissa Schubert about pelvic floor health and our deep core system in pregnancy. Together they discuss how the pelvis floor can impact bowel function in pregnancy, pubic symphysis dysfunction, and the importance of a trusting relationship with one's care providers, especially when there is a history of trauma. Robyn ex...

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January 27, 2021 71 min

In this episode of Michelle's series on pelvic health Lindsey Kaupp, Occupational Therapist explains what painful sex is, what can be done to alleviate or change that, and what is normal versus common and what that difference really is. Together they stress why creating psychological safety is the very first step of addressing painful sex. Lindsey shares red flags to look for that alert someone when to seek out the help of a pe...

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January 20, 2021 70 min

In this episode of Michelle's series on pelvic health, Lindsey Kaupp, OT shares the whole person approach that a pelvic health occupational therapist takes. Together they discuss stigmas that surround mental health, pain, sex, and pelvic health, as well as the documented correlation between depression &/or anxiety and pelvic floor function. Lindsey explains the five functions of the pelvic floor, how the pelvic floor is a f...

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In this next episode in the pelvic floor health series, Melissa Schubert, PT shares with Michelle the wisdom and energy of our pelvic bowl. Melissa explains how emotions, traumas, and limiting beliefs get stored in our tissues, as well as the mapping system within our pelvic bowl that allows for the release of the energy and emotions held there. She explains that when the flow of birth is interrupted it can create a disrupted birth...

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Listen in as Melissa Schubert, PT further explains our deep core system, especially as it relates to the pelvic floor and our breath. She also answers all of Michelle's many long-time questions regarding kegel exercises and the pelvic floor. Melissa shares why it can be difficult to teach kegel exercises in a generic versus individualized manner and why learning to relax the pelvic floor is just as important, if not more so, th...

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In this next episode in Michelle’s series on pelvic floor health, Melissa Schubert, physical therapist, shares the evolution of pelvic floor physical therapy for women's health and the ways in which it can be of benefit after giving birth. She explains how our posture, our deep core system, our breath, and our emotions affect our pelvic floor. Together they also discuss how trauma can be held within the tissues and cells of the...

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In her series on the pelvic floor, Michelle re-airs her fun and educational conversation with physical therapist, Susan Clinton, and Michelle discuss the profound connection between our pelvic floor and our voice. Susan explains how our pelvic floor functions, ways to become more aware of our pelvic floor muscles, and what a ‘kegel’ exercise or pelvic floor lift is and isn’t. (So many women are taught to do this exercise incorrectl...

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