Ep18: Psychosomatic Approach to Pelvic Healing

Healing from pelvic pain and dysfunction can be complex and multifaceted. A piece of the puzzle that is often left out is what is going on in the brain. Alicia Patterson deep dives into her psychosomatic approach to pelvic health. The science is clear- our mind and our body is connected so we must address both. She discusses the idea of “body armour” and how the emotions can show up in our tissues and how we can reconnect to our bodies in order to find healing and vitality. The journey to vitality walks us through shame, fear, and other emotions that most of us want to shove deep down and not deal with, yet that journey through the difficult emotions can bring us into that space of wellness and vitality.

Ep17: The Enneagram of Pregnancy+Birth with Ashton Whitmoyer-Ober

The Enneagram is an amazing personality tool that can be used to help us better understand ourselves and our relationships with others. It is also an excellent personal development tool. In this episode, we talk to Enneagram expert, Ashton Whitmoyer-Ober, who deep dives into how each Enneagram type may handle the experience of pregnancy, birth and beyond. We also talk about how helpful the Enneagram is for the birthworker- both knowing their own type and knowing their clients types. This episode may help you break away from limiting behaviors and allow your best version of yourself shine through your pregnancy and birth journey.

Website: Ashton Whitmoyer-Ober

Facebook: Enneagram Ashton

Instagram: @enneagramashton

Ep16: Know your pelvic floor, own your birth + beyond

During pregnancy, it is important to understand what is going on with the pelvic floor. Maybe it has too much tension or perhaps it has not enough. Understanding what is going on can help prepare for less discomfort and pelvic symptoms during pregnancy. It is also important to understand how the pelvic floor can effect the birthing process. We are joined by pelvic PT, Ally Loupe, who talks about how to best prepare the pelvic floor for pregnancy+birth. We also hear about her experience during her first pregnancy of hooking her own pelvic floor up to sEMG and getting in every possible birth position to see where her pelvic floor was at most rest. She ended up giving birth in that very position and birth without a tear. So many important nuggets of wisdom in this episode on the prenatal pelvic floor.

Facebook: Ally Loupe

Instagram: @lakeareatherapyservices

Ep15: Prenatal yoga and preparation- Myths and more

This week we chatted with Deb Flashenberg about all things prenatal yoga! As two certified yoga teachers, it is always fun to riff with another teacher. There are so many amazing myths around what you can and cannot do as a pregnant person and we take a good stab at breaking down some of those stories. Should a pregnant person twist? How do we find a “middle path” for our clients when it comes to prenatal preparation? All this and more in this episode!

Website: The Prenatal Yoga Center

Instagram: @prenatalyogacenter

Ep14: The Pregnant Body: Bodywork and structural analysis for pregnancy and postpartum

In today’s episode we jam on all things related to the pregnant/postpartum body with one of our favorite prenatal bodyworkers, Adrienne Caldwell. She thoroughly understands the pregnant body, baby positioning, and how to create an ideal environment in the body for a more comfortable pregnancy, efficient birth, and smooth recovery. We discuss everything from glutes that don’t fire to the relationship between oblique tension and abdominal separation. Adrienne takes a detour from traditional massage – fostering relaxation – instead she practices an integrated bodywork that includes structural analysis, movement training and alignment habits. She creates the intersection between bodywork and movement that is so needed in prenatal care. You don’t want to miss this insightful episode!

Website: Adrienne Caldwell

Facebook: Adrienne Caldwell Massage Therapy

Ep13: Supercharge your message and drive more sales

Why do people say one thing and do another? What drives “sales” behavior? How do we get people to want to work with us? Melina Palmer of the Brainy Business Podcast uses behavioral economics (the study and science of why people buy- or not) to help us learn how to make our businesses more ‘brain friendly.’ She provides actionable tips on how to create a message that actually lands for your audience. We also discuss the most brainy way to frame your offerings, pricing strategies, and so much more! Subtle brainy shifts can make a profound impact on attracting more clients and helping those clients to take action. Work smarter, not harder, by learning how to incorporate key behavioral economics strategies into your business!

Website: The Brainy Business

Instagram: @thebrainybiz

Ep12: Cesarean Recovery

Today’s episode is all about cesarean recovery. Maternity care has some blindspots when considering cesarean recovery + rehab protocol. With many other surgeries that are as serious as a cesarean, people are given clear rehab instructions and guidelines. However, with cesareans, very little guidance is given and most new parents are left to seek out resources on their own. In this episode, we take a deep dive into all things cesarean recovery and return to fitness with doctor of Physical Therapy and cesarean mom of 3, Amanda Fischer of Empower your Pelvis. She discusses special considerations for cesarean recovery, the “cesareans save your vagina” myth, and gives us tangible tips on how to support our clients in their cesarean recovery and return to fitness journey.

Website: Empower Your Pelvis

Instagram: @empower.your.pelvis

Ep11: Navigating Birth Choices: What’s the birth worker’s role?

What do you do when your client says they want one thing, but the choices they are making are not in alignment with that? This is a common, yet tricky situation to navigate as a birthworker. On one hand, you don’t want to disempower a client by telling them what to do. On the other hand, it’s our job to help our client’s work towards the birth they want- whatever that may be. Liz Hochman of BirthEd has an absolutely genius way of helping clients figure out what they want in a way that both empowers the client and also prepares them for discovering what it is they really want for their birth. We had a great discussion about the alignment of values between the provider and birth place choice and the client’s personal values as a medical consumer. She is a masterful doula and childbirth educator and she shares her secrets with us in today’s episode.

Website: birthED

Instagram: @birthedmn

Ep10: Instagram: How to make it work for you and your business

It’s all about the ‘gram these days! It’s no secret that social media presence is very important to business. Yet it can be frustrating, overwhelming and it sometimes feels like you’re talking to no one. If you are wondering how to up level your Instagram strategy, this episode is for you. We are joined by Labor and Delivery nurse and Instagram maven, Liesel Teen. Liesel runs the popular “Mommy Labor Nurse” Instagram page and has amassed a following of 289K followers. She pulls back the curtain and reveals the secrets to her success and gives us tangible advice on how to use Instagram to gain followers, attention and reach more people!

Website: Mommy Labor Nurse

Instagram: @mommy.labornurse

Ep9: How to support the VBAC family

It is a mistake to think that serving a client with a scar on their uterus is the same as serving a client without one. Today we are joined by the ladies from the VBAC Link to discuss how to support families planning a birth after a previous cesarean. We discuss how the model of care is different and talk about all things VBAC, TOLAC (trial of labor after cesarean), and Cesarean birth. We learn about what makes this population special and how to decide what type of birth one might opt for after a cesarean.

Website: The VBAC Link

Instagram: @thevbaclink

Facebook: The VBAC Link Community