The Supernatural Power of Childbirth

An episode of ORIGINAL DESIGN Podcast

By Stephanie Renee Cluff
Imagine how it would feel to go into labour confident that it's going to be a calm and beautiful process. Your mind is clear. Your heart is filled with faith. You're expectant and joyful. But how do you get to that place? The ORIGINAL DESIGN™ podcast is your roadmap. Expand your belief in your ability to birth by listening to uplifting birth stories from women in Australia and around the world. Learn more: ourlifeblood.com
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Imagine how it would feel to go into labour confident that it's going to be a calm and beautiful process. Your mind is clear. Your heart is filled with faith. You're expectant and joyful. But how do you get to that place? The ORIGINAL DESIGN™ podcast is your roadmap. Expand your belief in your ability to birth by listening to uplifting birth stories from women in Australia and around the world. Learn more: ourlifeblood.com

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Experience the Impossible
So...what would happen if you didn't push? You know? In the last part of labour...to get your baby out. What if you didn't push? Astonishingly, some women never get the chance to push because... Something. Happens. First. The most AMAZING thing can happen in birth—the 'Fetal Ejection Reflex'.  Have you ever hear stories where the mother says, "...and my baby just propelled out of me". Yep. That propulsion is the "Fetal Ejection Reflex" and it is POWERFUL! But it only happens if the circumstances are exactly right. What would it be like if every women experienced the sheer power of giving birth like this? In this episode, experienced midwife Teresa Walsh talks about a #homebirth where the birthing mother experienced this ejection reflex. This article by Evidence Based Birth says, "In some un-medicated births, the active pushing phase may be more accurately described as the fetal ejection reflex—where the mother waits for her baby to descend and then her body expels the baby with little or no conscious effort. Mothers sometimes describe this as 'I wasn’t pushing, my baby was just coming out!'"  In an article Do Not Disturb: The Importance of Privacy in Labor in The Perinatal Education Journal, it says: "We, like other mammals, need to feel both safe and protected to give birth easily. If we do not feel safe and protected in early labor, catecholamine levels rise and labor shuts down. Odent describes the fetal-ejection reflex in women (Odent, 1987, 1992). During the second stage of labor, if the hormone orchestration of normal labor has been altered (e.g., by the use of pitocin or epidural analgesia), the fetal-ejection reflex does not occur. Women choose to give birth in hospitals because they believe it is “safer” than birth outside the hospital. In fact, laboring and giving birth in most hospitals create a set of physiologic responses that actually occur when we feel unsafe and unprotected. In the typical hospital environment, women are disturbed at every turn—with machines, intrusions, strangers, and a pervasive lack of privacy. The shadow of “things going terribly wrong at any moment” follows women from one contraction to another. Together, these fears contribute in powerful ways to the release of stress hormones, moving women into an attitude of physiologic fight or flight. On an intellectual level, a woman may believe that the hospital is a safe, protected environment, but her body reacts quite differently. No matter what her head says, her body gets the message loud and clear. Her body responds on a primal, intuitive level, kicking automatically into fight-or-flight mode and dramatically altering the process of labor and birth. In choosing modern medical “safety,” women are stressed physiologically, which makes labor and birth more difficult. The lack of attention to women's inherent need to not be disturbed in the typical hospital environment has set the stage for a [high] cesarean rate, the routine use of epidurals in labor, the high rates of augmentation of labor, and the high incidence of instrument deliveries..." If we can keep birth undisturbed, then more women can experience the joy and sheer power of giving birth this way.  I hope you enjoy this short and mighty episode! Much love, Steph
December 5, 2019
The Supernatural Power of Childbirth
Welcome, to a series of conversations with birth professionals. These short and mighty interviews are full of inspiration. Learn from people who've dedicated their whole lives to supporting women through the powerful transition of childbirth. These astonishing people understand the physiological birth process and have supported hundreds of women to give birth. In this episode, I chat with Teresa Walsh one of the Director's of New Life Midwifery in Australia. New Life Midwifery is a private midwifery practice providing family-centered pregnancy, birth, and postnatal services. Teresa met with James and me for our initial consultation back in 2016 when we were pregnant with my first baby, Willow. Teresa was also present at my first birth (as the secondary midwife). It gives me shivers to think about the greatness of this woman. It's not an exaggeration to say that she is one of Australia's most qualified and experienced birth professionals. She's attended hundreds of births, lots of home births, she's worked in hospitals in the UK and Australia, she does advocacy work with parliament, she meets with women (though her caseload is smaller these days), Teresa mentors student midwives, and so generously and easily made time to sit with me for two and a half hours to chat. She is incredibly humble. In her words, she says that "being 'with women' as a midwife has been her privilege and honour for many years". To read the full transcript go to: https://ourlifeblood.com/journal/. :) Much love Steph
November 29, 2019
My Husband's View ft. James Cluff
This week I am glad, honoured, stoked, happy to be hosting my delightful HUSBAND!  In this episode (the last for Season One) we cover: The most challenging part of labour from his perspective The role of the protector in labour and birth 'Sending love' to your wife Living with humility (and how humility impacts birth) Why he loved having a private midwife present for the births Encouragement for husbands  I hope you thoroughly enjoy these words. Much love Steph
August 18, 2019
VBAC Body-Healing Birth ft. Bek Shelling
This week's birth story is powerful! Bek shares how her body was miraculously realigned and healed by God through the birth of her second child.  In this episode we cover: Her VBAC experience Receiving promises from God for your birth Quick healing after birth Thoughts on postpartum care Products she loves  "Don't stress" Bek is a good friend and high caliber mother and friend. She is kind and honest. Her and her husband, Jay, prioritise their family as the bedrock of their lives and it's wonderful to watch and learn from. 
July 28, 2019
Home Water Birth ft. Stephanie Renee Cluff
If you're wanting a calm birth, a home birth, a water birth...this is the episode for you! In this episode we talk about: home birth into water exercises to for comfort in pregnancy labour, TENS Machine, making noise, transition birth, no tearing, water birth, vernix postpartum, resting, bleeding, food best products, advice for postpartum It was Winter. Cold. Dark. And this is my (Stephanie) story of River's birth. He is my second child and only son, born on 9 April 2019. He was 4kg and covered in vernix. A total dream, I had the most wonderful journey. Let's dive in!  And for more, follow me on Instagram (@ourlifeblood). DM via Instagram with questions you might have. Much love, Steph
July 18, 2019
Shower Free Birth ft. Jessica Morley
A fascinating chat with Jess. Based in Thailand, she gave birth to her fifth child, Harrison, in the shower of her Thailand home alongside her husband Chris. Aided by the Holy Spirit, and trusting deeply in the natural process of birth, she experienced peace and joy with her birth. She reports that it was an intense experience but she wouldn't call it painful. A beautiful way to welcome her child into the world, she speaks of how grateful she was for the birth. She also shares her advice for postpartum and encouraged new mamas to allow others to help them. A wonderful episode and not to be missed! 
June 10, 2019
Loft Free Birth ft. Laura Horn
Interviewed Laura, an Ohio based mother of four who had her last birth at home in her loft. A wonderfully empowering story about trusting the process of birth. Listen and be inspired to birth without fear. 
May 15, 2019
Living-Room Free Birth ft. Dani Avery
What a woman! Dani shares candidly and with wisdom about the calm, peaceful and QUICK birth of her third child (and first daughter), River.  In this episode Dani talks about: her holistic parenting approach, her hospital experiences with her first two boys (powerful births too!), what she did to combat fear throughout her pregnancies,  her favourite fear-busting scriptures, and lots more! This episode will be life-changing, if you let it. Allow her faith and calm knowing to infuse into your spirit. An hour of pure listening bliss!
March 29, 2019
Hospital Water Birth ft. Ally Paterson
This podcast is so uplifting! Calm, relaxed and grounded, Ally talks about her natural water birth in hospital.  Q: "What were you believing for you birth?" A: "My prayers are always 'safe and free of complications' and that's what I was expecting. I was also really hoping for painless, but I definitely got a safe and a birth completely free of complications. That's what I expect every time and that's what I have in my mind is going to happen. Having a still mind definitely helps." Enjoy!​
March 22, 2019
Blissful Home Birth ft. Ashlee Wilson
This podcast is so glorious. We recorded it in my study, sitting on the carpet, both heavily pregnant and sipping tea. Ashlee talks candily about the home birth of her first child. Roaring. Resting. Swaying. Cackling. It's all there! Ashlee's gentle spirit is so nourishing throughout this recording. Listen and be filled with encouragement! 
March 6, 2019
Cozy Home Birth ft. Stephanie Renee Cluff
In this episode, I talk about my home birth with Willow (my first daughter).  Our conception journey The day of the birth / birth prep Rock Bottoms (and the breakthrough that comes afterwards) Why I love baby carrying and lots more! Listen to be inspired that you can have the birth you desire. Willow was 4.7kgs and oh so healthy. If I can birth at home, then you can as well!  Learn more at https://ourlifeblood.com/journal
February 27, 2019
Peaceful Water Birth ft. Chloe Bowles
In this episode, Chloe Bowles shares the story of her beautiful first birth with Mirabelle. She gave birth in water in a hospital birthing suite alongside her husband, Caleb and her midwife. It total, the experience was just under 5 hours long. This powerful testimony sheds light on how to believe—and continue to believe throughout labour. A beautiful and profound story that's filled with faith!
February 23, 2019
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