By HERBAL Birthkeeping
A podcast channel made for birth junkies, discussing birth attending, tips, politics and amazing stories. We are friendly to ALL birth settings and stories, including our personal favorite, freebirth. Join us if you love and believe in BIRTH!
What Is A Freebirth, Actually?
Desirae and Taylor discuss the hot topic of freebirth definitions, what is and isn’t assistance, what makes a Freebirth free, and all the hypothetical questions that come with that! We would love your feedback on what Freebirth means to you.
June 30, 2021
Khristies Journey From Surrending To The Medical Field On To Freebirth
Khristie shares her intimate details of all her births, starting with becoming a teen mom, all the way to her healing freebirth. She expresses great tips, information and feelings all throughout! Such a good, long listen.
June 13, 2021
Colleens Breech Births
Colleen has experienced two (and possibly soon to be three) breech births! Her first resulted in a cesarean, then the next baby she pursued a breech home birth, attended by a midwife that serves the Amish community! Colleen brings wonderful insight on WHY some babies are breech, why ECVs can be harmful and her own wonderful, healing experience! Great listen for those facing a breech presenting baby!
June 1, 2021
Naomi’s MAT Journey to Freebirth
Naomi, mother of 6, bravely shares her battle with addiction, finding MAT, and the vast differences between her hospital experience versus her freebirth. One of the best parts of the journey was that her husband is a doctor and so beautifully supports her, as she found her way to healing. Add in a cool tidbit at the end about her postpartum doula support that she has had this time, and this episode is just a mix of so much knowledge and fun energy!
May 30, 2021
Prenatal Massage Discussion W/ Mandy
Tune into this episode to learn about the amazing benefits of prenatal massage from a licensed massage therapist and body worker! Who knew that massage could offer so much beyond relaxation?! Mandy goes over a broad range of services in depth, explaining everything from fertility, to infant massage, other modalities incorporated into massage such as energy work and aromatherapy and more. This is an episode you don’t want to miss if you are a birth worker or expectant mama!
May 27, 2021
Discussing CPS, Fears, Myths and Tips From A Mother That Has Fought The System
CPS/DCF is a huge concern in the natural community when a family needs to take their little ones to be seen by medical providers, or are reported by a toxic individual in their life. Taylor discusses her story and experience with CPS and offers advice from the heart from not only her journey, but others she has supported through CPS cases. This is not legal advice, please consult an attorney if you need legal advice.
May 24, 2021
Lindsey’s Fulfilling FBAC
Lindsey starts off this episode with talking about becoming a mother to twins at the young age of 18! Coerced into a cesarean and not knowing better, she did exactly as the doctors suggested. She later pursued an in-hospital VBAC which was empowering, but still didn’t feel fulfilled after that birth. Lindsey goes on to have a healing freebirth and as she says, “becoming one of those crazy freebirthers.” Throughout her journey, Lindsey experiences several cool variations of normal in her birth experiences that can be an amazing take away for someone else to learn from! We hope you enjoy hearing Lindsey’s stories.
May 24, 2021
Jills MAT VBAC and 2FBAC Experience
On the episode, we dive into drug addiction, coming out of addiction by utilizing MAT medications, and how that impacts the pregnancy and birth experience. Jill shared with us her cesarean birth, in-hospital VBAC, and her freebirth stories. She hopes to share with others that birthing safely while on MAT is possible and nothing to be ashamed of!
May 23, 2021
Challenges of Being A Radical Birth Worker
Desirae and Taylor discuss the various challenges in being a birth attendant that might not align with the mainstream ways. They talk about handling harassment and slander, navigating having limited resources, the struggles with networking, deciding whether or not to carry medicine, and discussing the misunderstanding that birthkeepers aren’t “cheap midwives”.
May 16, 2021
Linaia’s Unassisted Breech Birth
Linaia comes to tell us, full of radiant energy, her oh so healing unassisted breech birth story, occurring just 3 weeks prior to the making of this podcast. And as a bonus; her husband even jumped on to share his thoughts on the birth experience! With her sister-in-law present as a doula, a birth photographer, friends, and her husband by her side, she powerfully brings her sweet boy into the world, frank breech. But wait there is more, Linaia shares with us that she is also considered advanced maternal age, and shares with listeners to not be afraid of the infamous “old placenta” myths.
May 14, 2021
Sam’s Accidental Freebirth
After a shoulder dystocia experience in the hospital for her first, and being given the runaround in her second pregnancy by providers, Sam finally connected with a home birth midwife as she entered early term! Then, to her and her husbands surprise, she ended up birthing unassisted and had such a healing and empowering experience, that she sweetly recalls in this episode, noting that this birth saved her life and was exactly what she needed. Join us for a loving episode that starts with trauma and ends with nothing but bliss.
May 13, 2021
A Hospital Dystocia Leading Into A Magical Freebirth & Lotus Birth
Marie comes to share with us her attempted home birth that led to a transfer, which resulted in a shoulder dystocia caused by the providers, and how they handled that was quite traumatic. The next baby she took back her power and had the freebirth she originally desired. She also discusses with us some tips on lotus birthing with her placenta! We hope you enjoy this healing episode as part of our Dystocia Series.
May 4, 2021
Home Birth As A Teen Mom
Welcome to the second episode of our shoulder dystocia series! In this episode, we explore the details of a teen mom choosing to birth at home with a midwife, for her first baby! Jess discusses her reasoning, her fast labor, her daughters shoulder dystocia, and her home birth after that experience. She truly offers some excellent tips to first time families and anyone who may be concerned about their baby getting stuck.
April 30, 2021
HBA2C Dystocia Story
Listen in as the vivid story is told of Jackie’s home birth after two cesareans. We are blessed in this episode to experience both the mother and birth attendants perspective of the Dystocia event, what they both felt, saw and would recommend to others to know. Get ready for serious goosebumps and tears because the energy, love and emotions in this episode are sky high.
April 27, 2021
Early Abortion Experience Discussion
Sarah joins us on this episode of Birthkeeper Banter to share her pill combination abortion experience. We discuss her rationale behind choosing abortion, what her state laws are, what the initial appointment was like, how she felt physically and emotionally, and what she would like other mothers and birth workers to know. Take a listen with an open mind and heart as this is such a fragile subject.
April 24, 2021
Breech Cesarean Story
We feature, on this episode of Birthkeeper Banter, our amazing HERBAL student & Indiana Birthkeeper, Bryce. We find it incredibly important to discuss her breech cesarean because it brings up multiple important subjects such as midwifery limitations, lack of provider training on breech, missing support for FTMs, especially those that get transferred out of midwifery care, and more. Bryce, Desirae and Taylor want others to know that a cesarean is NOT your only option for breech and we process those emotions and realities of that here in this heartfelt episode.
April 22, 2021
COVID19 Pandemic And Impacts On Birth & Babies
An essential episode that touches on current events related to COVID19. Dive deep with us into how restrictions, policies, and vaccine developments have impacted fertility, pregnancy, birth and children, all in one year!!
April 21, 2021
Cannabis Use During The Season Of Motherhood
A 4/20 chat on cannabis use while trying to conceive, pregnancy, postpartum and breastfeeding. Let’s get controversial and discuss this medicinal plant, myths, studies and more surrounding it, as it pertains to many in this season of motherhood.
April 20, 2021
First Time Mom Freebirth
A MUST listen for all first time expectant mothers! Mitchies confidence going into her freebirth, as a first time mom, is extremely empowering and what all mothers should feel and experience. Come enjoy her high-spirited energy with us!
April 18, 2021
VBAC Freebirth Story With Sabrina
Meet Sabrina, mom, breastmilk jewelry business owner & HERBAL Doula! She had an empowering Unassisted Vaginal Birth After Cesarean and wants to share with others that if she can do it, so can you!
April 12, 2021
Sweeping Away Misunderstandings & Necessities Of Cervical Checks
Come listen to Desirae and Taylor chat about the inconsistency, myths, harms, and benefits of cervical/vaginal checks! *Disclaimer: we were outside for this podcast, we apologize for the wind*
April 9, 2021
Birth Photography Banter
Come chat with Taylor, Desirae and Valerie Clark as we discuss military wife life, infertility, rainbow babies and birth photography!
April 8, 2021
A little about HERBAL!
Come chat with Desirae and Taylor for a short introductory episode on who we are, why we do what we do, and what you can expect from this podcast. To view class options, our blog, and more, go to herbal.teachable.com :)
April 2, 2021