Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy

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Cortney and Stephanie, professional doulas, childbirth educators and the creators of the My Essential Birth online pregnancy and birth course break down all the essentials to make preparing your mind, body, and baby for labor a breeze!

Episode Date
Things Your Partner Doesn't Know or Doesn't Want to Know About Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum
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Our loving warning to you is to make sure that you get pregnant before letting your partner listen to this adorable list! Ha! We must say we had a ton of fun recording this podcast and thinking through all of things our poor partners have to deal with. As moms, we mostly embrace all of the changes that happen to our body; from our growing belly, to lack of sleep and funny food cravings … because, well, it's happening to us. We get excited, even if it's not fun, knowing that it is all part of growing a baby. Partners, though, really kind of get taken by surprise with some of the changes and expectations in pregnancy, birth and postpartum.  So, we thought it was fun to dive right in and cover those here. We hope you have a good laugh and learn along the way.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

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Jun 16, 2021
Advocating Your Birth Plan
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We stress the importance of having a vision for your birth and finding the right provider to support you through that process, but how exactly do you get there? There are likely going to be some obstacles you will face as you work through what you know you want for your birth, understanding what questions to ask your provider, thinking through real-life scenarios you may come up against and having the knowledge and the voice to advocate for yourself during pregnancy and birth. This episode will walk you through each step and help you feel more clear and calm about the process for your own birth.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

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Jun 09, 2021
15 Things That Cause More Pain During Birth
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It's true that we love telling you all of the ways to have an easier, more comfortable, confident and empowered birth experience, but we decided to switch things up and get a little sarcastic so you can join us in some laughs while we give you all the top tips on what will cause more pain during labor.  Maybe you already know that being flat on your back and not having great support will leave you less than comfortable but what about pulling up trauma from a previous birth, focusing on all the negatives happening right now and inviting all the unsupportive and opinionated people into your birth space!? No? Don't worry, we've got you covered mama! As always, we hope that you leave this episode armed with a smile and some crazy good info about how to make your birth the best it can possibly be.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!

Jun 02, 2021
Vaccines: What You Need to Know
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With so many decisions to make during pregnancy and postpartum, we know that vaccines are not only a hot topic but are also at the forefront of everyone's mind with all that 2020 brought. As with all of our topics we discuss here on the podcast, we try to give you the very best, credible information so that you can research, ask questions, and make an informed decision that is right for you and your family. We also support whatever that decision is for you. 

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

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May 26, 2021
Achieving Balance in the Pelvis for Pregnancy and Birth with Deb Flashenberg
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Tune into this excellent conversation we had with prenatal yoga instructor, doula, Lamaze Childbirth Educator, and mother, Deb Flashenberg as we discuss why it's so important to have balance in the pelvis throughout pregnancy and birth.  Deb shares her personal and professional experience including how she went from a five-hour pushing stage with her first baby to a five-minute pushing stage with her second baby all due to balance in the body and mind. We also discuss how having the proper preparation for the mind and body is crucial to your birth experience no matter how you're choosing to birth. 

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

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May 19, 2021
Your Biggest Challenge in the Third Trimester of Pregnancy
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It's not that you can't eat a ton, or that you're swollen, the heartburn, exhaustion, or crazy pregnancy dreams, so do you know what it is!? We have seen a massive increase in this challenge for pregnant women especially since Covid hit in 2020. Don't worry though, we've got you covered. We'll tell you what you need to know, what your options are, and how to be prepared for this. We know, we know...we haven't said what it is. But that's what the episode is for! So take a guess and a listen!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

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May 12, 2021
When Do I Leave for My Birthplace During Labor?
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This is probably the thing moms are most curious about as they approach their due date! When do I head into the hospital? When do I call the midwife at the birth center? How will I know it's really time? Whether you are birthing medicated or unmedicated, we have some excellent tips for you to know when it's time to get into the car and head to your birthplace, as well as when it's just fine to labor at home for a while. Of course, much of this will depend on your vision for your birth so we walk you through what the ideal birth looks like for you in order to pinpoint that right time.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

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May 05, 2021
What Happens at the Hospital During Labor
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We know you're wondering exactly what you can expect when you arrive at the hospital during active labor and this episode is going to walk you through the step by step of what happens from the time you drive up to your birthplace until the time you take your sweet baby home in your car. Most importantly we are going to tell you what the usual procedures are as well as your options because it's true that you probably won't be told that the many "standard procedures" are still up to you, the birthing mother. Our favorite thing to do is to help women understand all of their choices during birth and to allow them the confidence and freedom to choose what feels right and good for them.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

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Apr 28, 2021
Who Is On Your Birth Team?
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This episode starts with two stories about a birthing mother named "Jessica" and we have a feeling you may relate to her quite a bit, but you'll have to tell us if you're relating more to Jessica's scenario #1 or scenario #2! As mothers, we do the very best that we can in preparing ourselves for this beautiful, sacred experience of birth, and having the very best birth team can really make our ideal birth a reality. If you're wondering how to achieve that, you are in the right place!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

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Apr 21, 2021
The #1 Reason for Cesarean Birth
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We know that if you're following along with us there's a good chance you are not planning for a cesarean birth. It may surprise you to learn what the number one reason is that providers list on medical paperwork when performing a cesarean birth. Nothing to fear though! As usual, we are going to give you all the details you need to understand the background to why this occurs, how to keep birth moving freely so you don't get stuck in the curve, and what you need to know to avoid an unnecessary cesarean birth altogether.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

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Apr 14, 2021
Making Your Birthplace Like Home & Why It Matters
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Often when we head to our birthplace we are walking away from all of the things that bring us comfort. What if we told you that there was a way to create more of an at-home experience in whatever setting you're birthing in AND that it will even help your labor to progress more comfortably? Oxytocin and adrenaline have an interesting relationship and when oxytocin is flowing it's generally due in part to mom feeling safe and being able to relax. Hint: Oxytocin is the hormone that causes contractions and the same hormone that flows during intercourse. Naturally, if you can find a way to be more relaxed and feel safe, your body will react positively to those feelings.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

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Apr 07, 2021
Episiotomy: Will You Need One?
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If you ask around, chances are you're going to find some moms who have had an episiotomy and it may leave you wondering if you will need one too. Don't worry! We've got you covered. In case you're wondering what an episiotomy is, it's a cut made with scissors into your perineal area to make more room for baby's grand entrance into the world. There's some debate about if it's really necessary or not and what the benefits and risks are to mother and baby. Plus, we're going to tell you everything you need to know to avoid one altogether!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!

Mar 31, 2021
Does A Full Moon Cause Labor?
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We hear this a lot as doulas and it seems to get a lot of attention once every month when women are approaching their due date...so is it true that a full moon brings on labor? You will definitely want to tune into this fun episode where we talk about the research, the personal and professional experiences we've had, and give you our take, as well as the facts, behind this concept.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!

Mar 24, 2021
What Makes Labor Longer or Shorter?
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We know you get to hear ALLLL of the craziest birth stories while you're pregnant and you're probably wondering, "How do I make sure my birth isn't like THAT?" Well, today we're answering your questions about what causes a longer or shorter labor and what you can do to have some control over it!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

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Mar 16, 2021
Should I Push OR Let My Body Push On Its Own?
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We know this is a pretty hot topic right now and we've been getting quite a few questions about whether moms should bear down and push their babies out OR if they should let their body do the work on its own. Well, as per usual, we've broken down all of the details you will need in order to answer this burning question. We discuss the length of the pushing stage, what it looks like with or without an epidural, why dilation and position matter, and even give tons of real-life examples of what this all looks like.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!

Mar 10, 2021
What To Do When Your Water Breaks
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You are not alone in wanting to know what happens if your water breaks and what you should do if it does. We hope you love how we broke this down into the different ways this can happen, funny scenarios of where it can happen, and even some role play to show you how you can safely and comfortably speak with your provider about when and if it's time to head into your birthplace. Plus, we take it one step further and give you the truth behind your provider asking to break your bag of waters during labor.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

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Mar 03, 2021
The 3 Stages of Birth: First Stage + Transition, Pushing and the Placenta
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Perhaps you've heard of the stages of birth or labor before, and maybe you haven't, but once you understand what they are and how to tell when you've reached each stage, it will make a huge impact on how you and your partner work through the process of labor. This episode breaks down these highlights into what's happening in each stage as well as what you will feel or notice as you reach and move through them.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

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Feb 24, 2021
How Late Is TOO Late For Birth Prep?
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We often get comments like, "I'm so sad I just found your podcast/birth course, I only have a few weeks until I give birth." To which we say, GREAT! That means you still have time to do tons of prep work. In case you're wondering about the very most important things you can do when you have just a few weeks to prepare, we break it down and give you our best advice! Make sure to have a pen and paper ready for this episode because it's jam-packed with all the pregnancy and birth prep goodness you can handle.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

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Feb 16, 2021
Working vs Stay-At-Home Moms: Pros, Cons, & How to Make It a Success
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Whether you're a Stay-At-Home, Work-At-Home, or Working mom, there are definitely some good things (benefits), some not-so-great things (risks), and ways to make it successful (preparation - sound familiar?). We are here to shower every mother, no matter the situation she feels is best, with love and support!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

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Feb 10, 2021
Transition & the Beauty of Surrender During Birth
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The most intense, shortest, and possibly the most important part of the birth process, Transition not only moves you into the next stage of birth but also the transition into motherhood. This episode takes you through the mechanics of what's happening inside of the body during this stage, the spiritual side of transition, why surrendering is SO necessary, and what your partner must do to prepare.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!

Feb 04, 2021
Must-Haves for Pregnancy, Birth, & Postpartum
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We asked, you told us, and then we made an entire episode quoting all of your incredible suggestions for what every mom should have during pregnancy, birth, & postpartum! We absolutely LOVE this birthing community that we get to be a part of. You are all so supportive, fun, and wise. We hope you enjoy this week's episode made BY you, FOR you!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!

Jan 27, 2021
Counting Down to Baby: Final Two Weeks
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The last two weeks of pregnancy can be a bit tricky because #1 you don't know when those last two weeks will actually be and #2 it feels exciting and exhausting all at the same time! We've broken it down into the most useful things you can do to transition from having baby inside to bringing home a newborn during that final countdown. We're talking about everything from prepping freezer meals, what to pack before you go, what to unpack before you give birth, breastfeeding, and much more.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Looking for all the FREE downloads and links mentioned in this episode? Go to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast, click on this week's episode, scroll to the bottom of the page and download away!

Jan 20, 2021
GIVEAWAY + What to Eat in the Fourth Trimester: Interview with Dietician, Jaren Soloff
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We talk A LOT about how to take care of yourself during pregnancy,  but what about that "Fourth Trimester" after baby is born? We had a very special interview with Jaren Soloff, RD (Registered Dietician), IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), and author of The Postnatal Cookbook where we discussed the special nourishment a mother needs after giving birth to her baby, how long she needs it for, how to implement Jaren's simple plan for making it happen, and how to remain body-positive during postpartum.

She also provided our listeners with an incredible download that includes information about nourishing yourself in the Fourth Trimester and several recipes too. Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com/podcast to grab that free download!

PLUS she has generously donated a copy of her new book "The Postnatal Cookbook," so take a listen to the episode to find out how you can get that sent straight to your door.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Jan 13, 2021
Top Ten Pregnancy Complaints and the BEST Solutions Part 2
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Part 2!! We asked you what was ailing you and it turns out that the responses we got were a lot of the same pregnancy complaints- things that top the list for pregnant women all over the world. You are NOT alone! So we made our list, did the research, and we are excited to give you all the details about how you can find relief.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Jan 06, 2021
Top Ten Pregnancy Complaints and the BEST Solutions Part 1
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We asked you what was ailing you and it turns out that the responses we got were a lot of the same pregnancy complaints- things that top the list for pregnant women all over the world. You are NOT alone! So we made our list, did the research, and we are excited to give you all the details about how you can find relief.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Dec 30, 2020
Interview with High-Risk Doctor: Nate Fox
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Dr. Nate Fox, a Maternal Fetal Medicine (aka High-Risk) doctor, joins us to discuss how passionate he is about what he does as well and answers some questions from YOU! We hope you'll enjoy listening to a doctor who clearly respects women and the process of birth, and that you will use his example and the information he shares as information in finding the right provider for you.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Dec 23, 2020
Laboring Without Your Partner? Do THIS!
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After a long day of recording podcasts, we realized this one didn't save and we had to do it twice, which just means a lot more random thoughts and extra editing! Our goofy title is a nod to women who may find themselves birthing "solo" or without a birth partner, whatever the reason may be.

Laugh along with us and we promise to give you actionable steps to prepare your birth space with as much support as possible and work through labor step by step by tuning in and listening to your body and what you've practiced during your pregnancy. These tips and tricks are useful and apply to every birthing mama so don't tune out just because you're planning on your birth partner being with you!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Dec 16, 2020
Unmedicated Pregnancy: Using Nutrition & Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum
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With winter here to stay for a bit, we wanted to give you some tips and basic guidelines for how to stay healthy and low-risk as well as what you can do if you end up getting sick while you're pregnant! Pregnancy is a common time for mothers to find more natural and holistic means of preventing and treating ailments. We hope you can relate to some of our stories and enjoy these tips for pregnancy and postpartum.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Dec 09, 2020
Do You Know the Risks?
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So often we are told the benefits of procedures during pregnancy and birth, but how often are we given the risks associated with those procedures too? True informed consent means getting both and then being given the opportunity to consent or decline. The tricky part can be in not really understanding the options. How do you really know if you're getting all the information? Well, that's exactly what we break down for you in this episode!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Dec 02, 2020
Pushing vs Pooping
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Actually, instead of putting them up against each other, we should probably be putting them side by side since pushing out a baby and having a bowel movement are oddly similar. We are going to walk you through what it looks...and sounds like...when it's go-time, as well when it's time to wait a little longer before pushing (even though some well-meaning people in the room may be encouraging you otherwise). Pushing is natural and moms should be able to tune into their bodies and babies, medicated or unmedicated, and allow the process to happen naturally.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Nov 25, 2020
Avoiding Holiday Inductions & Understanding Due Dates
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It's true that heading into the holidays may increase the chance of unnecessary inductions and you may be surprised to hear that both moms and providers have their own reasons for recommending induction. So how do you know when it's a good idea to induce? We are going to walk you through the necessary and not-so-necessary scenarios in this episode as well as diving a little bit deeper into the science behind the "due" date.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Nov 18, 2020
Hospital Birth Is Better
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There are many pros to giving birth in a hospital setting and we wanted to encourage and support you if this is the path you have chosen or are leaning towards. We hope you enjoy this second part of our two-part series about why out-of-hospital birth or in-hospital birth may be the perfect choice for you.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Nov 11, 2020
Out of Hospital Birth Is Better
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This is part one of our two-part series going over why either out-of-hospital birth or in-hospital birth may be better for YOU. The truth is there are pros and cons to each and so, in the]is series, we will defend each one separately. No matter what, the one that is right for you, is right for you.  We hope these help you work through some personal thoughts on your own birth desires and also help you solidify what's feeling right for you! Enjoy!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Nov 04, 2020
Is Birth Like Running a Marathon?
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Running a marathon was one of the most challenging, rewarding and empowering experiences of my entire life, much like birth, and I am so excited to share this incredible story with all of you! Yes it's 100% true that you do not need to be able to run a marathon to give birth. I should know, I gave birth three times without ever being physically able to run a marathon. However, we often hear that the physical exertion is the same so now that I have done both I am anxious to tell you everything I've learned about the mental and physical powers of our minds and bodies.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Oct 28, 2020
Recovering From a Cesarean Birth
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Recovery is just as important as the event itself and when we talk about recovery we mean the whole woman, not just the physical body. Whether or not a cesarean birth is a planned part of your birth story there are some important and helpful things to know for the recovery period including your mental and emotional health too. 

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Oct 21, 2020
Our Most Popular Topic
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We have come so far, built so many relationships and formed bonds with and helped mothers confidently prepare for their best births and it all started with the topic of "medicated vs unmedicated." We are very aware though that this topic, while very popular, deals with a much deeper issue of finding the support and education needed to make an informed decision that works for YOU and YOUR birth. Every mother deserves to feel confident, loved, respected and supported no matter how she chooses to give birth. If you have been listening to us for a while you know by now that we are in your corner and here to help you in every possible way we can. Thank you to all of our listeners that have helped make this podcast possible! We hope you enjoy the podcast that started the most important conversation we continue to have with mothers everywhere!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Oct 14, 2020
Announcing Your Pregnancy, Baby Gender, and Birth
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If you're planning on announcing any of the milestones that come with expecting a baby, we're going to take you through the basics of the best times to announce each, different ways to do it, and how to handle any of the  "Karens" that may unintentionally ruin these special moments.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Oct 07, 2020
The Illusion of No Control
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When the baby will come, the challenges you may run into during pregnancy, labor and birth, COVID-19 regulations for birth, and much more probably have you feeling like things are out of your hands, but let us reassure you that you have much more control than you might think you do! This episode covers some of the most powerful ways you can maintain control of your pregnancy and birth in the most important parts and also the majority of your birth experience. Hang tight mama, we've got you!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Sep 23, 2020
First Babies VS All the Others
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So many fun baby things to buy, all the rules to follow, stories from well-meaning uninformed family, friends, random strangers, journals to keep, pictures to take, and literally tons of other weird, interesting, awesome and hilarious things we do as first time moms that likely gets sloughed to the side with all the others. We've been there. We get it. You're not alone. And for the record, it's 110% ok and we support you doing every single part of it! It's all part of coming into our mom-ness (that's a thing, right!?) and it makes for some good stories too!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Sep 16, 2020
Sick of Being Pregnant?
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Even if you're fully aware that your due date is "estimated," you're not alone in wanting to give that little one the eviction notice as soon as you hit 40 weeks! We have some great advice for you as you approach your due date and even some fun ways to pass the time as you patiently wait for your baby to send that official labor signal.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Sep 09, 2020
Is It Really Necessary?
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If you've wondered what should be included in an excellent birth course, when the perfect time to take one is and if it's really necessary, then this is the episode for you!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Sep 03, 2020
Birth Bag Must NOT Haves
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If you're like us, you like to be prepared! However, we've both been guilty of hauling unnecessary items in our birth bag. So! Allow us to share what we think you'll really need when it comes to packing for your birthplace so that you can avoid overpacking.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Aug 20, 2020
How To: Provider Scenarios
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Being knowledgeable about something inside of our heads doesn't always translate to a coherent and comfortable response to a provider. Don't stress though! We're going to walk you through some common pregnancy and birth scenarios with providers and help you find and form the response that's right for you!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.    

Aug 19, 2020
Do THIS During Contractions
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This is probably the #1 thing moms are curious about when that due date starts creeping closer and we are here to tell you that this episode will bring great relief for when you're face-to-face with those contractions!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.    

Aug 12, 2020
Things They Don't Tell You - Newborn Edition
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It's ok to wonder why your birth team feels like you're qualified to take your baby home and keep them alive! Newborns give us so many firsts and the truth is none of us know what we are doing. Spoiler alert: you're going to be great. In the meantime, let's go over all the things that make us laugh, cry, and push our mental stability to the limit...knowing we wouldn't trade any of it for the world! 

Aug 05, 2020
Outdated Policies Hurting Your Birth
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If you're unaware, there are policies from over 100 years ago still affecting your birth experience right now. The truth is that changes in policy, even when supported by evidence, take a long time to implement and can actually be hurting your birth. We cover the most common ones relevant for you today in this episode!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.    

Jul 29, 2020
Maybe Just DON'T
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With all the love and adoration in the world for birth partners, we present the top 10 things you should definitely NOT be doing in the birth space. Plus we're doing our best to make sure you don't get yourself punched during labor so you should be thanking us. Did we miss one?! Shoot us an email or dm on IG @myessentialbirth and tell us all about it!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.    

Jul 22, 2020
Is It Real Labor?
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As birth professionals we get this question ALL the time and with our years of experience we have some solid advice about when it's the real thing! We know just how exciting this time is, no matter which baby you're getting ready to meet and we promise you're not alone in your detective work to figure out when baby will make their big debut.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.      

Jul 15, 2020
Quarantined and Pregnant
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 Yes, we know that it sounds like a reality show and to be honest it 100% is! It's your reality and we wanted to take a minute, or 30, to chat about it. Listen until the end because we promise you'll end laughing.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.      

Jul 08, 2020
It Takes Two: Interview With a Birth Partner
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Cortney interviews her husband, Nate, to find out what it takes to support a birthing woman and how to handle different birthing scenarios. It's so good and we promise this is one you won't want to miss. Hint: make sure your birth partner listens along!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.     


Jul 02, 2020
What Are You Afraid Of?
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You had fears before COVID-19 and you will have them after, but spoiler alert, you're going to work through them! How do we know? You're here, aren't you?! That means that you've walked through every single other fear or challenge to be standing here today. We believe in you, so let's tackle this together.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.     

Jun 17, 2020
Birth: Enneagram 9
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Ok all of our peacemaking, spiritual, intuitive mamas, this one is for you! We loved recording this episode so much and can't wait to hear birth stories from our Type 9 moms. Having supported this type during birth, we know just how incredible you are when you create the right birth space and press forward with knowledge and confidence.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. 

Jun 09, 2020
Breastfeeding Interview with Sally Wright, IBCLC
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Join us for an incredible interview with Sally Wright, IBCLC where she gives you all the best tips for getting the first week of breastfeeding off to an incredible start as well as answering the top questions we received from all of you on Instagram!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.     

Jun 03, 2020
Water: Nature's Epidural
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Water is Mother Nature's epidural and has the ability to bring sweet relief and relaxation throughout the birth process. In this episode, we break down the safety of using water for birth, including giving birth in the water, understanding the policies and practices for your birthplace, when to jump in, how to use it effectively, and we even share our personal experiences from our own water births!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.     

May 27, 2020
Birth: Enneagram Type 8
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Strong, powerful, determined, and in-charge - if this sounds familiar then you might be a Type 8 mom and we definitely have a thing or two you want to hear when it comes to prepping for and giving birth!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. 

May 20, 2020
Interview With Fitness Coach and Mom: Shayli Campbell
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We had the opportunity to interview Fitness Coach, Shayli Campbell, and ask her about pregnancy, exercise, nutrition, and postpartum. You'll hear how she walked through her cesarean birth and how exercise and good nutrition helped her throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.     

May 12, 2020
OB's vs Midwives Showdown
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Don't let this title fool you- it's not that dramatic! We love both, and dislike both, depending on the provider. But the right provider for you will largely depend on what kind of birth experience you desire. Above all, find someone who respects and supports those birthing goals!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.     

May 05, 2020
Hollywood Birth: Where They Get It Wrong
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Birth always begins with either a pop-gush of waters breaking or a massive contraction, followed by screaming at your partner, and then squeezing his hand super hard while you push out a baby the size of a 2-month-old. That's Hollywood's version of birth, but how much of it is accurate? Hint: not a lot! We think you'll love listening to us debunk all the ways they get it wrong, why they do this, and what you can do about it.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.     

Apr 28, 2020
Gestational Diabetes: What to Know
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If you...

  • are pregnant and wondering what Gestational Diabetes is
  • are coming up on your Gestational Diabetes test
  • have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes

...we cover everything you need to know with Diabetes Specialist, Karina Robinson, in this episode! | Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.

Links mentioned in this episode:

-ACOG

-Bigelow Benefits Balance Tea

-www.diabetesandpregnancy.org - Enter discount code "DiabetesEssentials"

-https://www.instagram.com/diabetes_pregnancy/

 

Apr 21, 2020
Birth: Enneagram Type 6
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We know how loyal and committed you are to your beliefs and the people you love so we hope you know how much we support you and never want you to feel alone throughout this journey. | Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. 

Apr 15, 2020
COVID-19: Birthing With Less Support
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If you are pregnant and preparing to give birth through the COVID-19 global pandemic, this episode is for you. With many hospitals pulling back birth support we are getting so many questions about what mothers should do. This episode will help you prepare, as needed, for a birth with less birth support. | Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.    

Apr 07, 2020
COVID-19 and Your Birthing Options
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We've got the details from the World Health Organziation (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology (ACOG) regaring pregnancy, birth and COVID-19 as well as what options you have during this Global Pandemic. | Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.    

Mar 31, 2020
Things They Don't Tell You - Pregnancy Edition
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Being pregnant is so much fun and we can prove it! Jump into this episode with us and learn about all the fun, disturbing, embarrassing, down right laughable things you have to look forward to as that baby and belly grow.  | Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.     

Mar 23, 2020
Birth: Enneagram Type 5
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Well Type 5 mamas, your quiet confidence and plan to forge your own path is about to pay off in the birth space. Get ready, because this one is straight to the point, just like you like it! | Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. 

Mar 16, 2020
Get It Started! Natural Ways to Induce Birth
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This episode about getting birth started is an answer to all of your questions we get on Instagram. We are not medical professionals and cannot provide medical advice. However, there are some very simple and even fun things you can do to encourage your body and your baby to be ready for the big day and if necessary to get things moving quickly.  | Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.    

Mar 11, 2020
Birth After 35
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 With terms like Advanced Maternal Age and Geriatric Mother being commonplace after age 35, it's time we broke down all the facts surrounding being pregnant and giving birth after the age of 35, including the hot topic of stillbirth. If you are over the age of 35 or know other mamas who are, listen up and share the love. | Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.   

Mar 04, 2020
And Baby Makes Three: Newborn Procedures
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 We love talking about all things birth but when it comes to baby there a few things you need to know in order to make an informed decision for your new little one. This episode goes over the basics of what will be offered or required for baby immediately postpartum and within 24-48 hours after. |  Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads.  

Feb 26, 2020
Birth: Enneagram Type 7
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We see you Enneagram 7 mama and we have good reason to think you're going to be a birthing rockstar! Truthfully just being who you is likely to set you up for success however you choose to birth and we love how optimistic you are about everything. Can't wait to tell you all about it! | Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. 

Feb 18, 2020
Communication Pitfalls & Pointers for Birthing Couples
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Anyone else experience pregnancy and pregnancy hormones drawing you away from your partner instead of closer? You're not alone! It's not uncommon to find that communication may be lacking a bit during such an important time. So, we've given you tons of examples and incredible tips and exercises to keep your communication strong and open. The best part is all of this will transfer into how you communicate and lean on your partner in your birth space. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. 

Feb 11, 2020
Get Your VBAC On!
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This is a must-listen for any woman who has had a prior cesarean birth and is curious about or planning for a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). We talk about statistics for VBAC's and why they're on your side, plus how to overcome obstacles standing in your way, including your provider, your partner, and yourself. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. 

Feb 04, 2020
BONUS Episode With Relaxation Practice
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If you love what we've been talking about to get your body and mind prepped for birth and want to be able to practice for the big day, then this episode is 100% for you! In this episode, we give the how-to's for this specific relaxation and an opportunity for you to practice with relaxing music at the end. Grab your pen and paper, take notes, and then get ready to teach your body to relax better than you ever have before. Remember, practice makes permanent, so practicing the right way will you set you up for birthing success! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. 

Feb 01, 2020
How Senses Influence Your Birth
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How often does your body just melt at someone's request for you to "relax?" Anyone else feel the tension forming in their jaw and forehead when you hear that? Muscle memory is something we stress all the time because truthfully it is a learned skill. If you set it up right though and learn these tools, both you and your partner can work together to get you all prepped for birthing time! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. 

Jan 27, 2020
Birth: Enneagram Type 1
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Feeling like things just need to be perfect for your birth? Do you have high expectations for yourself, your provider, your birth team and your partner? Let me guess...you kinda think you know what's best and honestly, your preparation is likely to get you really close if not exactly where you're aiming. Not to mention you're making lists and checking off all of your accomplishments as you go. Well mama, we made this episode just for you! | Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. 

Jan 20, 2020
How NOT to Write a Birth Plan
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There's really never a question of "if" you should create a birth plan. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. We break down the do's and don'ts of writing a birth plan and the why behind what you choose. Plus we include an exercise at the end of this episode that will help you envision your ideal birth before you write it all out. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. 

Jan 14, 2020
Assembling Your Dream Birth Team
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We tell moms everywhere all. the. time. how important it is to pick a stellar provider and to set up a birth team around them that will support and uplift them throughout your pregnancy and birth journey. BUT...how do you do it? No worries! We are going to walk you through two categories of your birth team, tips to consider who should be in your pregnancy vs. birth space and HOW to get the right providers for YOUR best birth. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. 

Dec 24, 2019
Birth: Enneagram Type 2
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Need some "help"...pun intended for all our Type 2 moms ("The Helpers")...walking through  your strengths and getting some hints on what to watch out for during your pregnancy & birth? This is it. We break down all the particulars for you and help you feel appreciated and loved along the way. Supporting a Type 2 mom? There's an entire section for you too! Take a listen. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth

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Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. 

Dec 17, 2019
Cesareans: When They're Necessary & Avoiding When They Aren't- PART 2
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With cesarean rates higher than ever in the U.S. we realize there is a major lack of education about why and how to avoid an unnecessary one, until now. This two part episode covers all things cesarean birth, from the history behind cesarean birth, where it developed, why the cesarean birth rate has not gone down (even though it should have), why a provider may recommend one - including which reasons are legitimate and which can be avoided, what you can expect if you have one, and most importantly how to PREVENT an unnecessary cesarean birth! This episode (Part 2) covers everything from what to expect during a cesarean birth, emotions that go along with one, and a quick overview for recovery. Be gentle with yourselves moms! 

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Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. 

Dec 10, 2019
Cesareans: When They're Necessary & Avoiding When They Aren't- PART 1
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With cesarean rates higher than ever in the U.S. we realize there is a major lack of education about why and how to avoid an unnecessary one, until now. This in part one of a two part episode covering all things cesarean birth, from the history behind cesarean birth, where it developed, why the cesarean birth rate has not gone down (even though it should have), why a provider may recommend one - including which reasons are legitimate and which can be avoided, what you can expect if you have one, and most importantly how to PREVENT an unnecessary cesarean birth! This episode (Part 1) covers everything through why a provider might recommend one. Truthfully we want to talk about VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) but quickly realized our mamas will need this info first! Enjoy!

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Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. 

Dec 04, 2019
5 Things Essential Oils Do for Pregnancy & Birth That You Don't Know About
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We cover the five most common pregnancy ailments and how to tackle them using essential oils. Essential oil use during pregnancy and birth are one of the very top questions we get from mamas all over the world, all the time. These are all safe and effective uses for mamas everywhere! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and if you love the podcast please leave us a review so can we get this info to more mamas.

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Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. 



Nov 25, 2019
Birth: Enneagram Type 4
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Calling ALL Type 4 mamas! If you're a sensitive mama who wants a unique birth experience and knows how to be super in tune with your body...you might be a Type 4. Definitely jump into this episode and get ready to be nodding your head and taking notes on exactly what you and your partner need to make your birth a success! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth

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Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. 

Nov 20, 2019
Mamas With Infertility, Listen Up! (Part 2)
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We know how many and how deeply women are affected by infertility. As we have both dealt with infertility at different stages in our lives and we support women each day who are struggling or dealing with this in one way or another, we believe it's important to talk about it openly. If this is you, you need to know you are not alone! Sometimes there are some things we can do to support our fertility and get things on track and sometimes we need to reach out for some extra help. No matter where you are at in your journey, we support you mama!

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Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. PLUS get registered for our FREE, Live Birth Training. You won't want to miss it!  

Nov 05, 2019
Mamas With Infertility, Listen Up! (Part 1)
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We know how many and how deeply women are affected by infertility. As we have both dealt with infertility at different stages in our lives and we support women each day who are struggling or dealing with this in one way or another, we believe it's important to talk about it openly. If this is you, you need to know you are not alone! Sometimes there are some things we can do to support our fertility and get things on track and sometimes we need to reach out for some extra help. No matter where you are at in your journey, we support you mama!

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Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. PLUS get registered for our FREE, Live Birth Training. You won't want to miss it!  

Oct 30, 2019
Birth: Enneagram Type 3
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If you are into all things Enneagram like we are then you are going to LOVE this episode about Type 3s and what that looks like for you in the pregnancy and birth space. This is the very first episode in a series of episodes that will walk you through each enneagram type and how to prepare for your best birth for your type. On top of that we cover all the details about how a partner and birth team can support mamas for each type.

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Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. 

Oct 25, 2019
You Know You're Crunchy If...
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If you've ever wondered if what you've done or are planning to do for birth or postpartum puts you on the side of "that girl's crunchy," never fear, we clear up all your concerns in this very episode. We had so much fun recording this episode, as usual, and just want to let you know that in case you're worried about checking all the "crunchy" boxes, we're pretty granola ourselves. Enjoy!

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Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. PLUS get registered for our FREE, Live Birth Training. You won't want to miss it! 

Oct 02, 2019
My Essential Birth Student Success Story: Christy
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In this super fun interview with one of our very own My Essential Birth mamas, mom of 3, Christy, walks us through her birth experiences and dishes to us about how the birth course changed her birth for the better. We absolutely love listening to birth stories and this was no exception. We know you'll love it too!

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Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. PLUS get registered for our FREE, Live Birth Training. You won't want to miss it! 

Sep 25, 2019
What and Why of Postpartum Belly Binding
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If you've ever wondered what all the hype is about postpartum belly binding, or even if you've never heard of it before, we get into the what and why women choose to purchase one or have a professional belly binder come wrap them!

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Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. PLUS get registered for our FREE, Live Birth Training. You won't want to miss it! 

Sep 17, 2019
What's Stopping You From Having Your Best Birth?
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Have you ever wondered if you have fears, either subconscious or ones that you're very aware of, that are holding you back from having the birth that you really want? In this episode we talk about the 7 fears that may be holding you back, whether you know it or not.

Don't worry! As always, we give you all the tips and tricks to tackle them and get you back on top of achieving your best birth.

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Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. PLUS get registered for our FREE, Live Birth Training. You won't want to miss it!


Sep 09, 2019
Circumcision: Both Sides
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We love talking about the difficult stuff and this episode is absolutely no exception. We get into the nitty gritty behind all things circumcision, and since we both come from different places behind reasons and how we feel about this topic, it gives a safe space, and honest talk for all mamas to come listen and find support.

We know how much every mama loves each one of her babies and it is our biggest mission to make sure that each one of you feels loved and supported within our community.

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Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. PLUS get registered for our FREE, Live Birth Training. You won't want to miss it!

Sep 02, 2019
Things They Don't Tell You - Postpartum Edition
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Let us take you just a little deeper into the not-so-hot things people probably aren't openly telling you about the postpartum period. Don't worry, we laughed our way through this episode and we hope you will too! And as gross or frustrating as some of this info may be...it's simply part of the beautiful, messy, "wouldn't-trade-it" experience we call motherhood.

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Want even more great info? Head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Guide & incredible downloads. PLUS get registered for our FREE, Live Birth Training. You won't want to miss it!

Aug 28, 2019
Your Mental Game for Birth & BONUS Meditation
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We are super excited to share a snippet of one of our meditation tracks from inside the My Essential Birth course. Plus we talk about the how and why positive affirmations are so dang good while your pregnant...and always! And as always, don't forget to download the FREE pdf that comes along with this episode.

Aug 19, 2019
2 Girls, 7 Totally Different Births
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Cortney & Stephanie share their personal birth stories which include hospital, birth center, and home birth, as well as cesarean birth, VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), medicated, and unmedicated....does that cover everything?! PLUS, get the scoop on the one thing that made all the difference for BOTH mamas when getting ready to have their babies.

Also, poop. We talk about poop.

Aug 05, 2019
What You Don't Know Can Hurt You
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Ignorance is not bliss, especially in the birth space. While it's true that women go their birth place pregnant and in labor and come with a baby, there's a lot that happens in between those two. Knowing what to expect and what your options are puts you in the driver's seat. 

Yes, we pick our providers carefully (hopefully) and trust that they will get us and our babies to the other side of birth safely, but there's a lot that we can have a say in. We get into some the hot topics surrounding birth and options in this episode and why knowing your options gives you more of them, as well as prepares your mind and body for a more comfortable birth.

Jul 23, 2019
Medicated vs Unmedicated: The Controversial Topic We Plan to Dispel Once & For All
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Do you ever feel like you have to pick a side?! We know all too well that this controversial topic can lead to many one-ups, horror stories, and hurt feelings, but it doesn't need to be that way. If you have a birth that you love and can find joy in, that was a good birth for you, no matter how you got there!

You'll get to hear why women choose one way or the other and pros and cons for each. One of the most important things we always emphasize is preparation. So, not matter which way you're leaning, or if you're somewhere in the middle, understanding your options and preparing for the outcome you want will always give you more power in your birth space. 



Jul 20, 2019
Why Your Hospital Birth Class Probably Sucks
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Don't be mad if you've already taken a hospital birth class, or every single birth class your local hospital offers (like Stephanie did) and you find that you learn more in this episode (which basically covers nothing) than you did at that class! We are going to dive a bit deeper into the good and bad of what's covered in a typical hospital class and why your chances of learning about how your body and birth work during labor are greater in an out of hospital class.

We want all of you mamas to have the opportunity to achieve your best birth and that comes through knowing all of your options. You can't decide what you want unless you know what you can have. The most important part of all of this is preparation and why finding an incredible birth course can make all the difference. 

As always, head to My Essential Birth for information on how to achieve your best birth!

Jul 13, 2019