When I remember, I try to tell clients that a land birth may be better for the baby’s microbiome than a water birth. I think someone (maybe me? 🤔) needs to swab a few babies after water birth and land births and see if water babies’ bacteria are as diverse and numerous as land babes! It makes sense that water would immediately wash some of those bacteria away, right? Photo by @austinbirthphotos
At birth, many midwives use a Chinese herb for hemorrhage called Yunnan Bai Yao. It's dissolved in water and taken orally. I use this if a mom is bleeding more than I'd like to see but its happening slowly, over time. If someone has a torrential bleed I go straight for the drugs but I love being able to manage it with herbs when possible! photo by @monetnicolebirths
Happy National Midwifery Week to our number one midwife kween @karlynuttallmidwife! You are incredibly smart, super hardworking, and V fashionable💁🏻♀️. All of that combined with your tiny, adept hands and your excellent sense of humor make you one of the best midwives/humans on this planet! We love you to the moon and back, kweenie! 💗💗💗
The body is wild but wise and so created a food source for its babies that is safe even when the nursing parent is sick. If you have a cold or flu, even mastitis you can still very safely nurse your baby. In fact all those immune factors the baby gets from your milk may even prevent them from getting what you have! Photo by @lanebphotography
We’re so excited to share this episode with you, kweens! A few weeks ago we sat down with Nicole Morales, LM, CPM. Nicole is an amazing midwife from San Diego and she knows a TON about breech birth (including having the personal experience of giving birth to her own breech babe). Tune in to episode 72 on Thursday Feb 14th to get the lowdown about those head up babies!
✨HEALING BIRTH TRAUMA✨ Keeping with the topic of this week’s episode, we want to hear from you about birth trauma healing. For those of you who’ve experienced birth trauma, what kinds of things helped you heal? What sort of support did you need and want after it happened? Was there anything you tried that didn’t help? Or something you wish you could’ve done but didn’t? Share your wisdom and experience with us, kweens💛 (photo cred: @austinbirthphotos)
Talking about the difficult and traumatic parts of birth is not always easy. It’s incredibly vulnerable to open up about these things, especially when so many birthing people’s experiences are diminished when they’re told that “the only thing that matters is having a healthy baby!” The experience you had while giving birth matters. The way it made you feel matters. YOU matter! (And no matter what kind of birth experience you had, we promise that you’re not alone!) In this week’s episode of Birth Kweens, we’re talking with the amazing Jennifer Summerfeldt about navigating birth trauma and how to begin healing from it. She shares about her own experience with birth trauma and offers some excellent tips for how to heal. Check it out, kweens!
People sometimes wonder if the effectsof a vaginal steam are really any different between from a sitz bath postpartum and the answer is yes!! Steam is very different than water, think of the difference between washing your face and having it steamed during a facial. A very different experience and a different outcome. The herbs used in a steam vs. a sitz bath also have important differences. I had a mom try using sitz bath herbs for a steam once and they weren’t effective for decreasing bleeding. Steaming opens pores, creates a gentle movement, and carries oils and properties of the herbs. Sitz baths are soothing and great for topical healing. Vaginal steaming is a super star at reducing cramps and bleeding as well as tightening the skin and healing lacerations. If you are postpartum go to the link in the bio and get the Classic herb blend.
Photo by @monetnicolebirths
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If you’re reading this, it means that episode 71 of the podcast is out! Head over to iTunes (or wherever you get your podcasts) and download it to hear us talk with maternal mental health expert Jennifer Summerfeldt, MACP about birth trauma and how to begin the process of healing. Not only does she share some great information about how trauma can manifest physically and emotionally, but she opens up about her own experience with motherhood and healing from trauma. Whether you’re a birth worker or a parent, this episode has helpful and important information for you! 📸: @kendalblackerphoto
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#TBT to 13 days ago when Allie made me an auntie again! 💕
Baby girl came into the world a little earlier than planned and with that came some minor complications but she's home and healthy and beautiful! I am so in love!
@alliepaige_93 it's been so amazing to be a part of both of your babies births! I have loved watching you grow and transform as a woman and mother. I am so proud of you! ❤👶🎀❤
We’re so excited to have Jennifer Summerfeldt, MACP as our guest on this week’s episode of the podcast! Jennifer is a therapist who specializes in helping people work through birth trauma. She has years of experience in the field of women’s health (everything from doula to midwifery apprentice to counselor) and she drew on her myriad experience when writing her book, “Healing After Birth”. Tune in to episode 71 tomorrow (Thurs Feb 7) to hear our conversation with her!