The NaturalBirth Talk

The NaturalBirth Talk

Many women desire to reconnect with their body and natural instincts through the entire perinatal period, including natural birth. Unfortunately, the American culture (and most mainstream cultures) do not teach young women about any natural ways to care for their bodies and, in fact, teach that the body and childbirth cannot be trusted. In this podcast by Rachel Mans, Doula and The NaturalBirth Site, co-hosted by Tiffany Muniz, we explore all aspects of natural, physiological birth, as well as natural pregnancy and early postpartum. Our topics are inspired by a range of evidence, the wisdom of our ancestors, and traditional cultures. Many topics will help you to trust your body, your baby, and all of the wise women who birthed before you. We will talk with midwives, doulas, chiropractors, health professionals, and anyone else involved in birth work. The goal is to help you become educated and trust the birthing process so you can have the most empowering, educated, and beautiful pregnancy, birth, & postpartum possible!

Episodes

June 10, 2024 35 mins

Moms are not the only ones who feel nervous about birth, dads often do, too! Here are some pro tips for dads from an experienced dad who has had a hospital birth, birth center birth, & home birth. Dads, soak in the education & learn how to feel more confident prior to birth!

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Many moms are afraid to advocate for themselves in the hospital. But that shouldn't be the case! Nurse Christina joins us today to tell us all about how she advocates for her patients and how they can advocate for themselves!

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Our modern cultures teaches us that we should fear birth. But that just isn't true! Regardless, many of us still have fears and concerns surrounding birth that are very hard for us to work through.

In this episode, Aly McClain, registered nurse, homebirth mama, & producer of the Peaceful Homebirth podcast & previous Empowered Birth podcast, shares her best tips for working through fears. These are designed for...

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Gestational diabetes is fairly common among pregnancy women in America. Lily Nichols, author of Real Food for Gestational Diabetes and renowned registered dietician & certified diabetes researcher, covers many important topics regarding how to care for your blood sugar and healthful eating during pregnancy!

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April 15, 2024 38 mins

We covered so many topics in our birth intervention series, but we couldn't cover everything! Here are several questions from listeners & our corresponding answers! We cover:

  • Hospital-provided/volunteer doulas
  • Enema for induction
  • Placenta care
  • Cervical exams
  • Induction at 42 weeks
  • And more!

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There are many postpartum interventions that are standard in most hospitals. But many women don't think about these things when they make their birth plan. Tiffany & Rachel will tell you all about many of the intervention, including some things that you don't think of as interventions!

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Many hospitals want mom to stay in bed during labor & then push on her back. But Tiffany & I know from experience that upright positions & movement through your entire birthing experience is not only safe, but very beneficial! Learn different laboring positions & the stats that support it in this episode!

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Pain medications during birth are incredibly common in developed countries. Unfortunately, most moms don't understand the full potential side effects of these meds. Tiffany and I talk about the 4 main pain meds (below) offered during birth AND their potential side effects!

  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Narcotics
  • Epidural
  • General Anesthesia

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Medical induction is extremely overused in developed countries, and it is often made to seem perfectly safe and risk-free. Unfortunately, that is NOT true. In this episode, Tiffany & I chat about the facts regarding the 6 main medical induction & augmentation techniques commonly overused today! These include:

  • Membrane Sweep/Strip
  • Breaking the Water
  • Foley Balloon/Cook Catheter 
  • Cytotec/Misoprostol
  • Cervidil
  • Pitocin


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There are many natural labor induction techniques out there. They are often thought of as harmless, so why not try them?! But most people don't realize that these still have risks & should only be used to avoid medical induction or for another really good reason. 

Join Tiffany & I  as we discuss the most common ones & the evidence & history that do or don't support them, including:

  • Pumping
  • Casto...
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Continuous fetal monitoring during birth is the most common way to monitor a baby in a hospital, but is it the best way? Join Tiffany & Rachel as we discuss fetal monitoring history, options, risks, & more. We discuss:

  • Electronic Monitors
  • Mobile Monitors
  • Doppler & other hands-on options
  • Continuous vs intermittent
  • And more!

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IVs are standard during most hospital labors. And many hospitals still have a rule against eating during labor. Why is this? Join Tiffany & Rachel as they explain & debunk these rules (& go on tangents)!

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Many of us have traumatic birth stories in some way, but we don't know how to deal with them. Emmy Kissinger talks with us about the Birth Story Listening Sessions she offers & how she helps moms process those difficult memories. The unique approach Emmy uses has helped so many moms feel better about their birth experiences, including herself.

The best part?! Her services are MUCH more affordable than a birth trau...

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Mental exhaustion & adrenal fatigue are real problems in our modern society, especially for pregnant & postpartum moms. Maura Eliza, a traditional naturopath & adrenal fatigue specialist, joins us to talk about her journey with adrenal fatigue & how she handled it.

Flex Health with Maura has a FREE workshop, as well as a paid course that teaches you how to overcome mental exhaustion & Adrenal Fatigue by...

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Most moms know to prepare for birth, but many don't realize you need to prepare for postpartum, too! Holly from Mama Meals has created a fabulous way to make your postpartum journey easier through her nutritious, Ayurvedic & Tradition Chinese Medicine meals. She'll teach you:

  • What to eat
  • What NOT to eat
  • How to balance things
  • How to meal prep
  • And other postpartum tips!


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Eastern medicine has always valued the effects of emotions on the body, but that thinking has been lost in most western medicine. Join Marya Eddaifi, a highly educated & experienced birth coach, as well as a previous labor nurse, as she teaches us about the Emotion Code, Body Code, & how our emotions affect our lives.

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Many women know that breastfeeding can affect their posture, but did you know that it also affects their pelvic floor? Join Jenn from Tighten Your Tinkler in this episode where she gives us tips to support your pelvic floor while nourishing your baby!

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Learn how to start your day well, pregnant or postpartum, with these tried & true tips from Andrew Pudewa, a classical educator & researcher from the Institute for Excellence in Writing! 

I (Rachel) have tried many of these tips myself & they have made SUCH a difference in my daily mood & routine. Mr. Pudewa covers things like:

  • Sunlight Exposure (my favorite)
  • Proper Breathing
  • Mindfulness, Movement, & M...
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Transition is the hardest time during most labors, but it is much easier to cope with if you know that ahead of time & are prepared with a good mindset! 

Pitocin is a very common intervention during labors, but it is not as safe as most doctors make it sound. And it is NOT the same as your natural oxytocin hormone.

Learn this & more in this episode w/ Corinne Brown!

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Twins occur in 1 out of 35 pregnancies! If you are expecting twins, you'll likely automatically be labeled high risk. But Dr. Stuart Fischbein has training & experience that says otherwise. Dr. Stu from Birthing Instincts explains much of this to us in this episode! He covers:

  • Different types of twins
  • Potential risks
  • Why most providers treat twins as high risk
  • How to find a good provider
  • And more!

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