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Birth Re-Imagined

Birth Re-Imagined

By Elle Kennedy
Birth Re-Imagined is a podcast for everything from pregnancy to birth, postpartum, and beyond! It features guest interviews with birth professionals from across Southern California, diving deep on what you should know before entering the birth space. It also features birth and parenting stories from parents just like you, to connect and guide you on your own journey.
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22. Flamenco Dancing During Pregnancy and Coco's Birth Story - with Dr. Coco Cabrel

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34. A Dad's Perspective on Life with a Newborn - with Noam Shanker
On today’s episode, Elle and Taylor are joined by Noam Shanker, Caitlin Francis’s husband, operations manager, and new dad to talk about life with a newborn baby. Noam talks with Elle and Taylor about taking a newborn care class, bonding with his new baby, his favorite things they got off their baby registry, white noise and ASMR/ambience sounds, getting pregnant, how to discuss baby care duties with your partner, how parenting is changing in our generation, and choosing baby names. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2021/06/26/34-a-dads-perspective-on-life-with-a-newborn-with-noam-shanker/
44:36
June 25, 2021
33. Caitlin's Birth Story
On this episode, Elle and Taylor are joined by Caitlin Francis, a licensed speech-language pathologist from Southern California and a new mom to talk about her first birth experience. They talk about a baby’s very strict yet constantly changing schedule, being pregnant and giving birth during Covid, a husband almost sleeping though the birth, and stashing water and snacks all over the house. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2021/06/18/33-caitlins-birth-story/
48:03
June 18, 2021
32. Pelvic Floor Therapy - with Dr. Theresa Pulickal
On this episode, Elle and Taylor are joined by Dr. Theresa Pulickal, a Doctor of Physical Therapy who specializes in pelvic health and a mother of 3 who loves nature and hiking, to talk about Pelvic Floor Therapy. We talk to her about the importance of pelvic floor strength and coordination, pelvic steaming for circulation and relaxation, and C-section scar tissue massage. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2021/06/11/32-pelvic-floor-therapy-with-dr-theresa-pulickal/
38:35
June 11, 2021
31. Helping LGBTQIA+ and Special Needs Families - with Ely Mitchell
On this episode, Elle and Taylor are joined by Ely Mitchell, a LGBTQ+ mama who works with LGBTQIA+ and special needs families to talk about how to meet the differing needs of these unique and wonderful families. Ely shares the five steps she uses to help families of every kind find support, learn how to make decisions, and do what is best for their family. They also discuss the different kinds of difficulties that LGBTQIA+ families and special needs families face. Ely shares a heart-warming story of a little girl named Kennedy. They discuss what caregiver burnout and loss of identity looks like and how to help combat that. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/?p=2921
44:57
June 04, 2021
30. Trisha's Birth Story - C-Section
On this episode, Elle and Taylor are joined by Trisha Goodall, a mom of two kids and the founder of Ostaria Parenting to talk about C-Sections. In this episode we talk to Trisha about the birth of her son and the unplanned C-section that brought him into the world, and birth scenario planning cards with “Healthy baby-Healthy baby” on both sides, being left alone after a birth, and forgiving ourselves for making the best choices we could at the time. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2021/05/29/30-trishas-birth-story-c-sections/
01:12:06
May 28, 2021
29. The Importance of Crawling - with Dr. Katarina Rigali
On this episode, Elle and Taylor are joined by Dr. Katarina Rigali, a family practice chiropractor in Los Angeles, to talk all about the importance of crawling! They talk about what crawling helps develop in our brains, what kinds of things kids might struggle with if they skip the crawling phase, how cross-core development helps with things like ADHD and anxiety, and how we can help our kids work on those cross-core skills even from home! They also dive into how skin on skin contact and physical contact affects us and how the simple act of holding babies and hugging our loved ones can help our physical and mental health. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2021/05/07/29-the-importance-of-crawling-with-dr-katarina-rigali/
37:30
May 07, 2021
28. Pre and Postnatal Nutrition - with Kristen Wood
On this episode, Elle and Taylor are joined by Kristen Wood, a registered dietitian to talk about diet and nutrition during pregnancy and postpartum. They discuss important nutrients for pre-conception, during pregnancy, and postpartum. They talk about how the healthy plate method of eating (as opposed to the food pyramid a lot of us grew up with), when pregnancy cravings can be dangerous, and how to give yourself some grace. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2021/04/30/28-pre-and-postnatal-nutrition-with-kristen-wood/
43:39
April 30, 2021
27. The Benefits of Prenatal Yoga - with Jennica Joyce
On today’s episode, Taylor is joined by Jennica Joyce, a prenatal yoga teacher and mama of three to talk all about prenatal yoga. She hosts yoga retreats at her home in Joshua Tree, as well as helps birthing people to calm their jitters and strengthen their bodies as they bring new life into this world. Jennica shares the story of her first birth, where her little one waited until almost 43 weeks to make his appearance earthside, and how her experiences with prenatal yoga empowered her to have a positive birth experience where she felt calm and in charge while trusting her intuition to meet her needs and the needs of her baby. Since recording this episode, Jennica has given birth to her third child, a beautiful baby girl. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2021/04/23/27-the-benefits-of-prenatal-yoga-with-jennica-joyce/
48:12
April 23, 2021
26. Leveraging Our Strengths - with Amber Purcell
On today’s episode, Elle and Taylor are joined by Amber Purcell, a postpartum maternity travel nurse, newborn care specialist to talk about leveraging our strengths and how to build a solid team. Bringing a baby into this world is hard work, and learning to take care of a new human is even harder! This episode focuses on identifying everyone’s needs, talking out what your goals are as a family and as parents, and then figuring out ways to meet those goals (no guilt allowed!). For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2021/04/16/26-leveraging-our-strengths-with-amber-purcell-schaul/
44:50
April 16, 2021
25. Placenta Encapsulation - with Val Rosas
On today’s episode, Elle is joined by Val Rosas, a placenta encapsulation specialist to talk all about this amazing and mysterious organ. They talk about the benefits of placenta encapsulation, what the process of placenta encapsulation looks like, different ways to consume the placenta (placenta encapsulation – raw method of traditional Chinese method, placenta smoothies – immediately postpartum, pre-packaged, or cubed, tinctures, and cooked), and how to grow a healthy placenta. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2021/04/09/25-placenta-encapsulation-with-val-rosas/
33:53
April 09, 2021
24. The Importance of Birth Photography - with Jana Smolenski
On this episode, Elle is joined by Jana Smolenski, a birth photographer and doula to talk all about birth photography. They talk about what birth photography is (and what it isn’t), the benefits of having photos taken during labor, the different styles of birth photography, and how to balance being a doula and birth photographer simultaneously (doulatog). For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2021/04/02/24-the-importance-of-birth-photography-with-jana-smolenski/
42:03
April 02, 2021
23. Jan’s Birth Story: A Partner’s Story of Two Waterbirths – One Sunny-Side-Up
On this episode, Elle is joined by Jan Shane Kowalski, who shares about his perspective on the births of his two sons with Coco Cabrel (who joined us on our last episode!). Coco and Jan had two waterbirths, one of which was a sunny-side-up baby, and ended with Coco tandem nursing her new baby and two-year-old together in the birthing pool. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2021/03/19/23-jans-birth-story-a-partners-story-of-two-waterbirths-one-sunny-side-up/
38:27
March 19, 2021
22. Flamenco Dancing During Pregnancy and Coco's Birth Story - with Dr. Coco Cabrel
On this episode, Elle and Taylor are joined by Dr. Coco Cabrel, a Flamenco choreographer and professor, with an MD from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine to talk about the births of her children, and how flamenco dance affected her during pregnancy and postpartum. She shares the tools she learned through flamenco that assisted her during the births of her 3rd and 4th children, and how each of her births differed from each other. She talks about empowerment, the power of rhythm during labor, how to dig deep emotionally and physically, and how giving birth makes you into a god/goddess! For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2021/03/12/22-flamenco-dancing-during-pregnancy-and-cocos-birth-story-with-dr-coco-cabrel/
56:47
March 12, 2021
21. Functional Medicine for Infertility - with Sarah Clark
On this episode, Elle and Taylor are joined by Sarah Clark, a life, health, and fertility coach that specializes in helping people get pregnant through functional lab testing and support in diet and lifestyle changes. She shares her own journey through premature ovarian failure, IVF, and how she came to realize that her diet and lifestyle were the root cause of her fertility issues and how she now helps couples to get pregnant naturally. Sarah talks about all of the testing, dietary, and lifestyle changes she helps her couples go through on their journey to natural pregnancy (and how these can support the couple, even if they ultimately end up using IVF or a surrogate). They discuss everything from the decline in nutritional density of food over the last 50 years to the decline in sperm counts, what supplements most people should be on when trying to conceive, and even how spirituality and religion can help people get pregnant. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2021/03/05/21-functional-medicine-for-infertility-with-sarah-clark/
40:42
March 05, 2021
20. Velane's Birth Story: Ectopic Pregnancy, Miscarriage, and Episiotomy
On this episode, Taylor’s mom, Velane Spotville, joins Elle and Taylor to share the story of Taylor entering the world! Velane shares her journey through ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, and Taylor’s birth (with episiotomy). They talk about bedside manner, the importance of individualized care, how things have changed from the 80s to now, pregnancy guilt and expectations, and postpartum depression. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2021/02/26/20-velanes-birth-story-ectopic-pregnancy-miscarriage-and-episiotomy/
40:32
February 26, 2021
19. Speech Language Pathology - with Caitlin Francis
On today’s episode, Elle and Taylor sit down with Caitlin Francis, a speech language pathologist to talk about speech, language, and communication development in babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, what you should be looking out for, when to think about intervention, and how to get assistance. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2021/02/19/19-speech-language-pathology-with-caitlin-francis/
34:19
February 19, 2021
18. A Dad's Perspective - with Dr. Jay Warren
On this episode, Elle sits down with Dr. Jay Warren, a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor in San Diego. He is the host of two popular podcasts, “Healthy Births, Happy Babies,” and “The Dadhood Journey.” He is also an ICPA instructor, and has created online courses to help pregnant women learn prenatal bonding techniques, as well as a New Dads Class that helps men with the transition to fatherhood. Jay comes on the show to talk about how (specifically) men experience their partner going through labor and birth, the male archetypes of Protector and Provider and how these can be translated into the birthing room in a productive manner, and what postpartum depression looks like in men and how to find and look for help and support in your community and friend groups. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2021/02/12/18-a-dads-perspective-with-dr-jay-warren/
01:01:26
February 12, 2021
17. Celebration of Birth - with Yaya Atabey Samudra
On this episode, Elle and Taylor sit down with Yaya Atabey Samudra, an Afro-Indigenous Queer + Trans Herbalist, Activist, Full-Spectrum Birthworker, Artist and Initiated Womb Healer based in Los Angeles, CA. They discuss the sacredness of birth, how to initiate ceremony and celebration back into the birth space, the four feminine archetypes period-having people go through, and how to move through our lives following our energy levels during the different phases of our moon cycles to tap into the Divine within us. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2021/02/05/17-celebration-of-birth-with-yaya-atabey-samudra/
51:39
February 05, 2021
16. Kate's Birth Story: Miscarriage, Infertility, Natural Childbirth, Foster-care, and Adoption
On this episode, Elle and Taylor sit down with Kate Bean, a mother of 3 lively boys, and former and future foster mom. Kate shares her emotional journey with suspected PCOS, multiple miscarriages, the birth of two biological children, foster care, and adoption. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2021/01/29/16-kates-birth-story-miscarriage-infertility-natural-childbirth-foster-care-and-adoption/
40:50
January 29, 2021
15. Acupuncture During Pregnancy - with Dr. Devin Geser
On this episode, Elle and Taylor sit down with Dr. Devin Geser, a board certified and licensed acupuncture pediatrician practicing in Los Angeles, California. She specializes in pediatric integrative functional medicine. Devin also teaches yoga and meditation along with volunteering for Acupuncturists Without Borders providing free interventional community crisis care. They discuss acupuncture and how it can help with a myriad of different pregnancy-related symptoms (like morning sickness, breech babies, aches and pains, labor induction, etc) as well as the spiritual nature of pregnancy. They talk about ancestry and how genetics are linked across time and how those links affect our health and the health of our children. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2021/01/22/15-acupuncture-during-pregnancy-with-dr-devin-geser/
50:54
January 22, 2021
14. Parenting LGBTQ+ Kids - with Ellie Dote
CW: suicide, risky behavior. On this episode, Elle sits down with Ellie Dote, a transgender, lesbian woman who has a deep and beautiful relationship with Christ. They discuss being LGBTQ+ while raising LGBTQ+ kids, the experiences we’ve had that have shaped how we parent our LGBTQ+ kids, and the things that we think society and individuals need to think about and find solutions for to make our communities safer and more accepting for people across every spectrum. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2021/01/15/14-parenting-lgbtq-kids-with-ellie-dote/
53:44
January 15, 2021
13. Pelvic Floor Relaxation - with Dr. Whitney Sippl
On today’s episode, Elle and Taylor sit down with Dr. Whitney Sippl, a women’s health physical therapist and a women’s clinical specialist. They discuss pelvic floor relaxation, how to prepare your pelvic floor for birth, and easy steps and actions you can take to help get your pelvic floor health back to normal after birth. She uses a ton of easy to understand metaphors to explain all of the concepts she talks about, and makes it super easy to understand, even if you don’t currently know anything about the pelvic floor! For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2020/12/15/13-pelvic-floor-relaxation-with-dr-whitney-sippl/
45:21
December 15, 2020
12. Amanda's Birth Story: An Empowered Unplanned C-Section Birth
On this episode, Elle and Taylor sit down with Amanda Armstrong, a Women’s Mental and Physical Health Life Coach specializing in anxiety, depression and postnatal recovery through her business Rise As We. She was raised in CA, but currently lives in Virginia with her husband, son, dog and countless house plants. Like many, her birth didn’t go according to plan, but in this episode, she shares how she used her physical and mental preparation to move through it all. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2020/12/08/12-amandas-birth-story-an-empowered-unplanned-c-section-birth/
56:31
December 08, 2020
11. Comfort Care and Self-Care During Labor - with Jill Magoffin
On today’s episode, Elle and Taylor sit down with Jill Magoffin, a certified birth Doula and postpartum Doula with DONA INTERNATIONAL.  In addition to being a Doula, Jill is also trained as a New Parent Educator and Newborn Care Specialist. Additional Doula training has included courses such as Hypnobirthing and advanced Rebozo skills for birth and postpartum care. They discuss comfort care and self-care during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2020/12/01/11-comfort-care-and-self-care-with-jill-magoffin/
45:53
December 01, 2020
10. Courtney's Birth Story: A Joyful Hypnobirth
On this episode, Elle and Taylor sit down with Courtney Riel Owens, a performer, a Hypnodoula, and is studying to become a Hypnobabies Trainer. Courtney shares the birth story of her older daughter, Hazel, her journey to becoming a Hypnodoula, and how Hypnobabies has helped her and many of her clients to have a peaceful, relaxed birthing experience. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2020/11/24/10-courtneys-birth-story-a-joyful-hypnobirth/
01:07:51
November 24, 2020
09. Creating a Postpartum Plan - with the Tourmaline Collective
On this episode, Elle and Taylor sit down with Allison Tartari and Maral Shabak of the Tourmaline Collective, which offers prenatal, postpartum, and birth services alongside a wellness team of holistic practitioners, to talk about Postpartum Plans. They discuss what a Postpartum Plan is, why it is essential to mental and physical recovery after labor and delivery, and how to go about creating one (along with tons of ideas about what to consider when making yours). For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2020/11/17/9-postpartum-plan-with-tourmaline-collective/
40:19
November 17, 2020
08. Kelila's Birth Story: An Orthodox Jewish Surrogacy
On today’s episode, Elle and Taylor sit down with Kelila Green, who shares her surrogacy birth story. As an Orthodox Jewish woman, her journey started by making sure her religious beliefs would support and affirm her desire to help another family have a baby, and led to two families who are now friends (and family) through the birth of that beautiful baby. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2020/11/10/8-kelilas-birth-story-a-jewish-orthodox-surrogacy/
55:42
November 10, 2020
07. Informed Consent - with Tatiana Koontz
On this episode, Elle and Taylor sit down with Tatiana Koontz, a midwife and postpartum doula in San Diego, where they discuss Informed Consent. They dive deep on the difference between consent and informed consent/choice, the importance of individualized care, and how the pregnant body is designed to give birth naturally.  For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2020/11/03/7-informed-consent-with-tatiana-koontz/ Please note that we had some audio recording issues during part of the this episode. If you have any problems understanding the interview, we have transcribed it here: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2020/11/03/07-informed-consent-with-tatiana-koontz-episode-transcription/
50:13
November 03, 2020
06. Mikki's Birth Story: Precipitous Birth
On this episode of Birth Re-Imagined, Elle and Taylor sit down with Mikki Bell, a birth doula and childbirth educator in the South Bay, where Mikki shares the birth story of her oldest child. Mikki shares why she chose home birth for her children, her dramatic water breaking moment at LAX, and the importance of doing a “run-through.” For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2020/10/27/6-mikkis-birth-story-precipitous-birth/
45:28
October 27, 2020
05. Chiropractic for Pregnancy - with Taylor Garcia
On today’s episode, Elle and Taylor sit down to talk all about Chiropractic for Pregnancy. They dive into the Webster Technique, what chiropractors do and don't do, and how chiropractic care addresses the physiological health of the pregnant person (and the baby) during pregnancy and during labor. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2020/10/20/5-chiropractic-for-pregnancy/
27:02
October 20, 2020
04. Elle's Birth Story: Trusting Your Instincts
On today’s episode, Elle and Taylor sit down together to talk about Elle’s birth story. Elle is a mother of 2 kiddos, and had one midwife-attended natural birth at a birthing center, and one OBGYN-attended natural birth at a hospital. It’s a good thing Elle has a pretty go-with-the-flow attitude, because her second child was born with a congenital heart defect, which meant some big changes to her original birth plan - even as she labored! For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2020/10/13/4-elles-birth-story/
01:14:24
October 13, 2020
03. Rose's Birth Story: Consent and Advocating During an Unmedicated Hospital Birth
On today’s episode, Elle and Taylor sit down with Rose Vandercapellen, who is here to share her birth story with us. They talk about consent and advocating, regrets and what she wishes she knew back then, sneaky burritos, tsunami-style water breaking, and the wonders of witch hazel. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2020/10/13/3-roses-birth-story/
40:16
October 13, 2020
02. Gratitude and Mindset - with Mindy Werth
On today’s episode, Elle and Taylor sit down with Mindy Werth, commonly known as Aunty Mindy, a family consultant and joins families on their journey to birth, from fertility through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, to discuss Gratitude and Mindset during pregnancy and during the postpartum period. They talk about slowing down, creating abundance, and taking care of yourself during pregnancy and postpartum. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2020/10/13/2-gratitude-and-mindset-with-mindy-werth/
34:15
October 13, 2020
01. Advocating Within the Birth Space - with Madalyn Morris
On today’s episode, Elle and Taylor sit down with Madalyn Morris, a childbirth educator and birth doula, to discuss Consent and Advocating for yourself in the birth room. They talk about the importance of informed consent, what advocating might look like, different scenarios you might need to advocate for yourself, and how you can help equip partners and your other birth support persons to help advocate for you if needed. For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2020/10/13/1-consent-and-advocating-with-madalyn-morris/
48:47
October 13, 2020
00. Welcome to Birth Re-Imagined
Birth Re-Imagined is a podcast where we are covering everything from pregnancy to birth, postpartum, and beyond! We will be diving deep with pregnancy, birth, and parenting professionals, to get you answers to common and not-so-common questions, and to help you connect with birth professionals across Southern California. We believe in the importance of having support, and one of the most common things we hear is "I didn't know this was an option," and "I didn't know who to reach out to." We want to fix that! We are also going to be sharing YOUR BIRTH STORIES! As important as it is to connect with professionals in this field, it is equally important to connect with other birthing people! Hearing the birth stories of others who have traveled this path before, and share their insight, their love, and their acceptance has been extremely healing to me, and made me realize I wasn't alone. We hope these stories do the same for you! For full shownotes and resources for this episode, please visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2020/10/13/welcome-to-birth-re-imagined/ For the transcription of the episode, visit: https://ellekennedyphotography.com/2020/10/22/00-welcome-to-birth-re-imagined-episode-transcription/
07:12
October 13, 2020