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We are kicking off a new series this season: "Holding Space through the Complicated" and who better to usher in a mindset shift around holding space than 2 therapists? Join us in conversation with Allison Lieberman & Yvette Osorio of Rooted Harmony Counseling as we discuss supporting clients and loved ones with postpartum transition and PMADs-perin…
 
Dr Abby Dennis, OB-GYN, Ray Rachlin, CPM of Refuge Midwifery, & Maggie Runyon, RNC-OB come together to explore the realities of transferring from a planned homebirth to the hosital. Hospital transfers are at times a necessary and expected part of thriving homebirth care models. Recognizing this and the unpredictability of birth that will sometimes …
 
This week tune in as we discuss all the ways we can be supportive of our clients at higher weights. How do we talk to people about their weight & their nutrition & their health without lecturing or shaming? When & why might it be relevant to discuss weight during pregnancy...and when is it unnecessary? How can we be size-inclusive in our approaches…
 
Spoiler alert: *most* pregnant and postpartum people could benefit from a Pelvic PT consult! Join us as we discuss with Dr. Rebecca Maidansky, PT, DPT of Lady Bird Physical Therapy where Pelvic PT fits into a continuum of care through pregnancy & postpartum. Rebecca shares about: ~bias in seeking & referring to pelvic PT ~the short & long-term harm…
 
In this episode, Carlyn Mast, LCSW shares more about her experience working within hospital birth systems to support birthing people who use drugs. Is there a topic that carries more bias than pregnant people who use drugs? How can we combat stigma & show up for pregnant people using drugs? How do we address decades of policies that result in hospi…
 
In this continuation of our conversation about cultural appropriation with Montse Olmos, Mujer dela Tierra, and Mayte Acolt, The Womb Doula, we dive into accountability & anti-racism in birthwork rooted in Mayte & Montse's background as Tutunaku Birth Companions from Mexico. We discuss how these themes have come up as they have navigated the respon…
 
In this episode, Montse Olmos, Mujer dela Tierra, and Mayte Acolt, The Womb Doula, share with us about their roles as birthworkers and what led them to create a petition requesting removal of Rebozo training from doula workshops, which has garnered international attention. During this conversation we discuss: ~the physical harm from rebozo use that…
 
Dr. Sharon Dongarra of Thrive Chiropractic joined Pansay of Sacred Butterfly Births & Maggie to explain some comment misconceptions about chiropractic care during pregnancy and identify how it can be used in tandem with medical or midwifery prenatal care to optimize wellness. Chiropractic care has often been misunderstood and maligned by allopathic…
 
Cheyenne Varner of The Educated Birth joins us this week to talk about fostering inclusion & autonomy in childbirth education materials. She shares about the homogenous birth images & resources that didn't reflect her family & her community and led to her creation of The Educated Birth materials. Cheyenne dives into the harm to both birthing people…
 
This week we are thrilled to welcome SeQuoia Kemp of Doula4AQueen on to share about her experiences providing support to younger teen parents. SeQuoia shares with us in this episode how her passion for supporting birth started when she herself was a teenager and how those formative experiences & her Black feminist roots impact the doula care she pr…
 
This week we are breaking down the terminology stigma around "AMA" or advanced maternal age, exploring the nuances of risk management in pregnancies over the age of 35, & highlighting the benefits that should be discussed in any conversation around age & family planning. Ray Rachlin of Refuge Midwifery shares how their personal practice centers pat…
 
Ray Rachlin of Refuge Midwifery joined Pansay of Sacred Butterfly Births & Maggie to lay out some of the ways we are failing to provide adequate care to postpartum families. The postpartum time frame spans anywhere from 6 weeks, to the full year after birth depending on what dictionary you check, and for those who've lived it, the "postpartum perio…
 
Jessie Ray Spivey of The Doudad joined Pansay & Maggie to explore some of the myriad reasons that masculine-identifying birthworkers continue to face issues with acceptance in the greater birth community. We discussed necessity of trauma-informed care by all birthworkers to increase client comfort. We address how awareness of the racism-driven disp…
 
We are joined by Brittany Sharpe McCollum of Blossoming Bellies Birth to dive deep into bias around pelvis shape, pelvic biomechanics & dynamics, and the relationship between the pelvis & movement during birth. Brittany discusses the bias and racism inherent in classifying pelvic shapes as a predictor of labor outcomes. She shares her definition fo…
 
In our last episode of season 2 we are joined by Dr Nathan Riley, MD of the Obgyno Wino Podcast to discuss collaborative birth care. We discuss how medicine & obstetrics has historically excluded midwives and other community caregivers and the intentional harm that has caused, particularly in communities of color. We identify the challenges in chan…
 
How does "professionalism" stop us from showing up as activists and advocates for change in birth care? In this episode, Katy Cecen, NICU nurse & midwife, turned whistleblower, activist and full-time community organizer shares her journey and growth in stepping up to face the challenges and inequities of our birth care system. She details how profe…
 
In this episode we are discussing Cultural Humility in birth care. We talk about the differences between cultural competence and cultural humility, the impact of "professionalism" on how we engage with those in our care about their cultural preferences and needs, and the growth and hope possible within our system. Support the show (https://www.payp…
 
In birth care we have the opportunity to support someone through one of their most transformative life experiences. It is our responsibility to create trauma-informed spaces for everyone in our care. We are discussing how and when we became aware of trauma-informed practices, the different types of trauma we encounter, specific steps we take in our…
 
During Trans Awareness Week, we hosted a screening of the film, "A Womb of Their Own" and had the opportunity to do a Q&A with the filmmaker Cyn Lubow and queer non-binary midwife Ray Rachlin. In this Q&A we discussed expanding our understanding of gender beyond traditional masculine & feminine roles, we identified some best practices for birth pro…
 
Perinatal mental healthcare deserves more of our attention as birth professionals, especially now in these unprecedented times. Emily Souder, LCSW-C, PMH-C sheds light on this growing issue and shares her recommendations for addressing the concerns of those in our care. Support the show (https://www.paypal.me/yourbirthpartners)…
 
We are continuing our conversation this week with Irnise Williams JD, RN who joins Dr Abby Dennis, MD & Maggie Runyon, RNC-OB. We're talking about the different dynamics of provider to patient/client relationships. We're talking about why we struggle to have nuanced conversations around care decisions. We're calling out the use of threats to coerce…
 
There may be nothing that creates a stronger divide between birth professionals and the people they serve than the fear of liability. Particularly in the hospital setting, the fear of liability looms large and impacts the way we provide care: from the policies we create, to the technology we use, and the way we speak to patients. Special guest Irni…
 
Part two of breaking down our motto: "Be.Inspired.Respected.Trusted.Heard." How do we ensure birthing people are respected, trusted, & heard? What does it mean to respect & trust birth? What actions can we take so those in our care are actually heard? What steps do we take when we're working within a healthcare system that doesn't seem to trust bir…
 
We celebrated National Midwifery Week with this live podcast! Our midwifery panel (Meredith Strayhorn, M.Ed, CD, CPM-Student, Ray Rachlin, LM, CPM, CLC, Dr Angela Mike, DNP, CNM) shared with us their answers to what midwifery means to them, what they wish they'd learned in school, but didn't, what they love to do as midwives outside of catching bab…
 
Our org's motto is Be.Inspired.Respected.Trusted.Heard. In this part 1, we want to dig in to what that motto means, how it dictates our practice, and the way we show up to hold space for birth. How do we change our mindset to stop us from feeling like we as birth pros have to "make birth happen" and allowing it to just Be? What does it mean to be i…
 
We are sharing about the realities of working as a birth pro and the sacrifices and toll that can take on us. How do we recognize burnout and carve out practices that go beyond self-care so that we can be sustained in this work? Birth pros are at a high risk of burnout; we often lack the resources from our employers, our communities, and permission…
 
In this episode we had the opportunity to welcome Dr Mimi Niles, PhD, CNM, MPH in for a lengthy conversation about the state of birth care. We're talking about what's missing at present, the improvements we need to make with midwifery, nursing, and medical education to put person-centered care and a health equity lens at the forefront, practice cha…
 
We are thrilled to share the thoughts of Dr Mimi Niles, PhD, CNM, MPH, Dr Neel Shah, MD, MPP, FACOG, & Krysta Dancy, MA, MFT with you this week! We asked these birth pros to share their experiences with you about finding hope in birth care through this pandemic and how we partner together to move forward. Support the show (https://www.paypal.me/you…
 
This week we are honoring the end of Internation Doula Month. We have a panel of doulas on to discuss their experiences of providing care through a pandemic. We're talking about work:life balance, virtual doula services and other ways to pivot during this time, and grow from here into a truly collaborative care environment. Support the show (https:…
 
We are celebrating Nurses Week with two special guests on the show, Mandy Irby & Torie Pugh. We are digging in to what it means to be a nurse advocate, the pressing issues facing birthing people right now, and empowering nurses to step up and into their roles as care leaders at the bedside and beyond. Support the show (https://www.paypal.me/yourbir…
 
This week in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, we have special guests Dr Torie Comeaux Plowden and Jessie Bernstein, LMT on to talk about caring for people along the fertility journey. We discuss stigma, access to care, cultural considerations, impacts within communities of color, supporting legislative efforts, and limits of care in th…
 
This week Pansay (Doula), Angela (CNM), and Maggie (RNC-OB) discuss COVID-19's impact on our birth practices. We are talking about remote doula support, how this crisis is impacting mental health for birth professionals and consumers, control during birth, and how we care for each other. We are also calling attention to Black Maternal Health Week a…
 
This episode we are discussing how the threat of COVID-19 is affecting our care practices. We will also be discussing the particular theme of birth setting choice "home vs hospital" in the face of this crisis and dispelling some myths. Support the show (https://www.paypal.me/yourbirthpartners)โดย Your BIRTH Partners
 
This week we dig deeper into informed consent. How can all of us as birth professionals and consumers ensure that we understand each other and that care supports the client's values? Shared Decision Making! Support the show (https://www.paypal.me/yourbirthpartners)โดย Your BIRTH Partners
 
This week we're discussing our maternal mortality rates in the U.S. We're talking about the numbers, why they're so high, how communities of color are disproportionately affected, and some of the programs and people working particularly to effect change. Support the show (https://www.paypal.me/yourbirthpartners)…
 
This week we dive into bias in birth, when we see it, and what to do about it. We'll discuss provider:provider bias, bias about the "right" way to give birth, and ways we hope to see bias diminish as we all work together. Support the show (https://www.paypal.me/yourbirthpartners)โดย Your BIRTH Partners
 
This episode dives into the multiple roles nurses play in the birth continuum. Get to know Maggie Runyon, RNC-OB as she explains her journey as a birth worker and the different ways she has cared for birthing people and their families. She'll detail what she hopes the future holds for nurses as perinatal healthcare continues to evolve. Support the …
 
Join us as we dig into the doula role, and what it's like to walk alongside people during some of the most transformational times of their lives. Get to know Pansay Tayo, who has dedicated herself to "mothering the mother," infusing her practice with personalized ceremony to help each individual feel seen and honored through pregnancy, birth, and p…
 
This week we dive more into midwives; discussing the Certified Professional Midwife role with Ray Rachlin, CPM. We'll discuss what drew Ray to this work, the niche they've carved for themselves in the homebirth world in Philadelphia, and the challenges and hopes for the future for CPMs. Support the show (https://www.paypal.me/yourbirthpartners)…
 
This week we introduce you more to our in-house physician, Dr. Abby Dennis! Abby shares about her path to becoming a birth professional, and what made her pursue the scope of an obstetrician-gynecologist. We also dive into some of the challenges and misconceptions that surround being an OB in the US healthcare system. [Editor's correction: Obstetri…
 
This week we look into what it means to be a Certified Nurse Midwife in the US. You'll walk away with a greater understanding of their roles and challenges, and misconceptions they face. You'll also get to know our own Angela Mike, CNM as she shares her passion and her path as a birth professional. Support the show (https://www.paypal.me/yourbirthp…
 
Welcome to Your BIRTH Partners podcast! Today you'll learn why we are committed to doing this work, and what we want this organization to mean for you. You'll be introduced to our podcast team: Maggie Runyon [nurse], Pansay Tayo [doula], Ray Rachlin [certified professional midwife], Angela Mike [certified nurse midwife], and Abby Dennis [obstetrici…
 
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