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 How do you know what's trustworthy information and what's a myth or just plain outdated?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.

Episodes

May 11, 2022 13 min

A birth plan is a way for you to communicate your wishes to your health care team during your labor and after the birth of your baby. Each birth is a unique experience. Creating a birth plan empowers you to become informed of all your options during labor and Michelle provides helpful tips to consider when writing a birth plan. 

 

Connect with Michelle:

For birth plan examples, please email me: Michelle@birtheaseservices.com

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Beth Sandlin, NCPT explains the Pilates method and its benefits during pregnancy,  postpartum, and parenthood. She emphasizes maintaining a flexible routine and restorative movements and exercises, especially when recovering after birth and caring for a new baby and small children. Beth also explains the similarities and differences between pilates and yoga. Michelle and Beth discuss her Trauma Informed Pilates Approach (TIPA) prog...

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Michelle shares one of her favorite episodes of the Doula Diaries podcast hosted by Heidi Snyderburn. In her episode,  Heidi digs into expectant management (aka doing nothing) and induction when you experience PROM-Premature Rupture Of the Membranes (water breaking). Heidi shares her doula advice partnered with the Hanah et al TERM PROM trial and the data. So, want to know what Heidi would tell you do if she was your doula and you ...

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March 30, 2022 82 min

With 60 years of combined experience between them, Michelle and Kathy Bradley, IBCLC discuss the key things for parents to consider when hiring a doula. Doulas provide non-medical educational and emotional support to birthing families. Doulas can help navigate information overload and differing opinions that expectant parents often face. 

Kathy and Michelle suggest exploring: 

What do I want for my birth experience and who is going t...

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March is birth psychology month. Michelle and Sarah Dickey, Pre & Perinatal Psychology Educator and fellow Calm Birth Teacher, discuss the consciousness of babies. Together they explore the importance of prenatal bonding to help babies in the womb feel welcome, loved, and safe, especially when as a parent you may be feeling stressed or overwhelmed. 

"It can just be as simple as if you have had a day that is overwhelming, tha...

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March 2, 2022 50 min

Becoming quiet, going within, eliciting the relaxation response, and accessing inner peace is even more crucial during these stressful times we are in. Multiple studies have the benefits of meditation and the relaxation response. This response reduces the impacts of stress and inflammation within the body, and reducing stress is one of the recommended actions to take to help strengthen your immune system. 

In this special replay epi...

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Having a student doula that is completing their required number of births for certification can be a great option for families looking for additional education and support that doulas bring to expecting families. However, Michelle cautions parents against paying a student doula for their certifying births—especially if they have little to no experience attending births or caring for postpartum families—at the same rate as a seasone...

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February 2, 2022 48 min

Michelle chats with Gina Alemán about being a doula, providing postpartum support and education to new families, and the Dancing For Birth program. Together, they discuss the benefits of movement and dance for pregnancy, birth, postpartum, babies, and  healing trauma. Gina shares how Dancing For Birth helps birth partners to feel better equipped for labor, as well.  

"A big part of the time that I spend with the participants and...

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January 26, 2022 8 min

Michelle discusses how she has observed that the hormonal surges in pregnancy can impact a pregnant person’s emotional state at pivotal points in pregnancy, especially at 35-36 weeks.  

"And part of this phenomenon too, instead of it being a physical nesting, it is a more mental-emotional nesting. And so, part of that overwhelm can also be how am I going to balance going back to work and having a new baby? How am I going to bala...

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January 19, 2022 23 min

Michelle shares encouraging positive affirmations for parenthood that begin with focusing upon your breath and connecting heart to heart with your child. To learn more about affirmations and how to best work with them, please listen to episode 106 Birth Affirmations.

Connect with Michelle Smith:

Virtual Classes or Sessions with Michelle: birtheaseservices.com/birth-ease-childbirth-education, birtheasehypnobirth.com/hypnobirthing-clas...

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Juliet Michaels shares insights with Michelle into the multiple advantages that chiropractic care brings to babies and their mothers during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum year. Juliet explains how gentle the chiropractic adjustments are for expecting mothers, babies, and children and how this care differs from that a non-pregnant adult would receive. Juliet provides guidance regarding signs to look for in your newborn that si...

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Amy Gendron. AP shares with Michelle the ways in which Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture support families during postpartum recovery. Amy explains the vital importance of nutrition to nourish, support, and rebuild the body after birth and the role placenta encapsulation can play in that. Together they stress cultivating community and putting a plan in place to receive non-judgemental help and support after the baby is born. {This e...

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Michelle talks with Amy Gendron about the incredible advantages Oriental medicine can provide throughout a woman's lifetime. Oriental medicine's very tenet it seeks to maintain health and treat the whole person versus focusing on just a set of symptoms. Michelle and Amy discuss the ways that Oriental medicine is a powerful adjunct to a woman and her partner when they are ready to conceive a child, throughout each trimester ...

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April Dawn shares with Michelle the benefits of bodywork: massage, reflexology, acupressure, healing touch for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Their conversation explores the ways that our body stores memory and emotion within our very cells and how trauma can be released through bodywork. April also shares the powerful stories that brought her to birthwork. Together they discuss the selfless gift that adoption brings to families...

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Michelle has a conversation with Stephanie Smith, E-RYT, PRYT regarding the benefits of yoga for pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and beyond in this special replay episode. Stephanie explains how yoga not only prepares the physical body for the stress and rigors of birth but the emotional body as well. She explains the connection between our breath and the reduction of the flight/flight stress response. Stephanie shares how her yoga p...

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This time of year can bring a sense of magic and joy and at the same time, the holidays can also bring feelings of overwhelm and stress.  2020 was such an intense year, and this prompted Michelle to begin an annual tradition of re-airing her guided relaxation session for the holidays.  This session is designed to help release the stress and strain you may be feeling and gain a sense of clarity regarding what you value in your life ...

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Midwife Elena Rosa shares with Michelle the history and benefits of Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy in this special replay episode. Together they discuss how each person's reproductive journey is their own, how the state of fight or flight affects the body, the connection between the heart and the uterus, deep healing, and following the lead of your heart.   

"And just thinking about the grief and what we're ...

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In this replay episode, Michelle is incredibly honored to feature one of her mentors in the birth field, Kathy Bradley. With 50 years of combined experience between them, Michelle and Kathy discuss the ways that a doula can reduce stress and fear during the childbearing year. Kathy explains what a doula is, the history of the profession, and the continuity of care doulas provide. She stresses the importance of taking into considera...

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In this special replay episode,  Michelle and  Lyndsey Sutherland, DNP, ARNP discuss the beauty of integrating both Eastern and Western medical practices when caring for our children, and how this holistic approach looks for the root of the problem versus simply treating the systems. In this proactive practice model, the provider is treating the whole child and supporting the whole family. Lyndsey shares what to look for when choos...

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Michelle shares her guest spot on Susan Danscenzi’s podcast, Kick Your Buts. In this foundational interview for expecting parents, Susan and Michelle touch on what trauma is, explain how stress during pregnancy and birth can have an impact on the child, define trauma within birth, the importance of finding tools to mitigate stress, and practices to help support a new family. 

"There is a sad statistic 35-50% of women experience ...

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