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Episode 14 12/9/2022
with Lindsay and Matt McCoy
Join me and my amazing husband, Matt McCoy, as we recount the story of our first pregnancy and birth, from 2006/2007. Picture two young adults who thought they had it all figured out. Who figured “people have been having babies forever, I’m sure we’ll figure it out.” Who wanted a natural first birth, but didn’t really have a plan as to how to get there.
At the time, I was finishing up my Exercise Science degree and was teaching almost every fitness class possible. From bootcamp to water aerobics to spinning. You name it, I was teaching it. I read all the right books and even googled “doula near me,” but found none nearby.
Needless to say, our first birth didn’t go the way we had hoped. We ended up at the hospitals, tubes everywhere and I ended up getting an epidural. When this happened, being the research nerd that I am, I needed to know why.
Really, this is the story of how an exercise physiologist, who said she’d never go into birth as the daughter of an L&D nurse and granddaughter of an OB/GYN, started the ball rolling to what would eventually become the realization of her life’s calling. It’s also the story of a partner learning what true support means during pregnancy, during birth, and during postpartum. Learning to become a parent.
As Matt and I discuss our first birth for the first time in almost 15 years, we interweave helpful tips and tricks that you can take into your own pregnancy and birth experiences. It is often difficult to see how far we have grown until we look back at a former version of ourselves, with love and appreciation, yet here we take a look at a former version of us and the birth that started it all.
Matt and I have been together since 2003 and have 4 children together, ages 15, 13, 10 and 7. While I was busy building my knowledge, skills, and understanding- what would eventually become Body Ready Method®, Matt was working tirelessly to support that vision. Truly, none of this would exist without the support of my amazing partner. It truly takes a special person to be the partner of a birth pro and in this part 1 of what will be a series of episodes with Matt, you will get a peek behind the curtain, if you will. Matt is also working on his debut novel which is slated to be released in Spring 2023. Exciting time!
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