When you think of childbirth, an image may spring to mind of a woman flat on her back screaming, while squeezing her husband's hand until it’s blue. There’s also probably men in white coats, loads of bright lights and buzzing equipment, and a parade of people you don’t know running in and out of the room… each witnessing you in all your glory! But according to Genevieve Howland (a.k.a. Mama Natural whose YouTube channel has over 60M views), this doesn't have to be your birthing reality. And today? She’s teaching us how to reclaim our womanly power during this most sacred of journeys.
Now more than ever we are seeing a return of empowered women, birthing their children in the way that THEY want to… and it’s thanks to powerhouse women like Genevieve, who are blazing the trail and lighting the way for all of us.
Whatever your dream birth may look like, Genevieve believes that preparation and knowledge is key to set yourself up for your ideal birthing experience. And after giving birth to two children (in a birthing center, supported by a midwife and doula) she knows her stuff, and wanted to share everything she knows with YOU! That’s why she wrote her incredible book, The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth. It’s a modern (yet ancient) approach to this sacred journey, which recognizes that childbirth is a miraculous process... not a medical condition or illness.
There’s so much juicy, empowering knowledge in this conversation, I know your mind is going to be blown wide open. So whether you are thinking about having a baby, are still years off, or aren’t interested at all, if you are a female this podcast is for you!
In this episode we chat about:
- How she went from being a junk food-eating, soft drink-guzzling smoker to Mama Natural (05:19)
- Why a scary, fearful birth doesn't have to be your reality (and how to shift your mindset and perception) (13:56)
- Vaginal birth vs Cesarean — the facts, the myths, and what every woman NEEDS to know (19:48)
- The key to natural birth (seriously — why aren’t we taught this stuff at school?!) (24:04)
- The ‘gentle’ intervention option (that many women don’t know about) (25:13)
- How to make a Cesarean as similar to a natural birth as possible (the answer lies in your vagina!) (26:55)
- Home birth vs Hospital birth — which is right for you? (27:58)
- How to reduce your risk of interventions (29:36)
- The difference between a midwife and doula (and why you want both!) (36:49)
- How to find your dream birth team (I absolutely loved her ideas here… take notes!) (38:40)
- Why you should eat your placenta… yes, really! (43:58)
- Why presence and surrender are essential for a blissful birth (57:24)
- The 3 things you must do for healthy, humming hormones (59:20)
- Why you must avoid stressful exercise when pregnant (01:05:24)
- Plus so much more!
The Business of Being Born documentary
The Mama Natural book by Genevieve Howland
Mama Natural Online Birth Program
Mama Natural Website
Q&A a Day for Kids: A Three-Year Journal
Books by Louise Hay
Ben Greenfield on The Melissa Ambrosini Show
F.lux for your computer and Ipads
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