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Drumming Her Daughter To the Earth (and In Ecstasy): Ashley’s Freebirth Story of Koa Moon

October 5, 2022

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Ashley is a doula, wife, and mother to three mini goddesses. Her message to women is simple but powerful, she shares: “If every woman could attain the birth knowledge I did in a few years and feel confident in their bodies, everyone would be brought into the world through freebirth.”

Ashley is a birth/postpartum doula from Washington, New Jersey, who serves a tri-state region, which includes West Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York City (to western Long Island), and southern “upstate” New York (to Danbury). She also offer placenta print and encapsulation services. To book an appointment with Ashley, hire her and find out more about her offerings, you can go to her doula match site here and follow her on Instagram @trippingthruspacentime.

LINKS & SHOWNOTES

“Shoulder Dystocia: The Real Story” via Midwife Thinking blog
Opening To The Universe, Surrendering To The Divine: Zuri’s Freebirth Story of Elijah Light and The Intersection of Psychedelics and Motherhood via Birth Warrior Podcast(Ashley’s friend she mentions in her story)
13 Moons: Epic Eduation for the Birthing Year
Birth Warrior Project: 120 Day Doula Training and Transformation
Indie Birth Midwifery School

Jaden’s goodbye note & message: This is the last episode of “Birth Warrior Podcast” (and possibly/more then likely my last episode as the host) for the foreseeable future. It has been such an absolute honor and pleasure over the past two and a half years to sit with all of the women that have to so generously allowed me to record the stories of their most intimate, sacred moments, their vulnerable and sometimes painful truths, as well as their small and big victories, moments of raw power, and their immense joys – and, in turn, allowing me to share their stories with all of you. I have learned so much from every single woman that has been a guest, and while, during our conversations, I prefer to keep the focus mainly on them, the storyteller, each of their stories has helped foster personal growth within – as a mother, as a woman, and undoubtedly, as a midwifery student, and hopeful, aspiring midwife, as each of these conversations were a major invitation for sitting on my hands and knees, and really, deeply listening, and doing this work, it’s made me realize that at least 1/3 of a midwife’s work is listening.
Thank you so much to Maryn, for inviting to host this podcast back in April 2020 (it has been truly life changing and I am so grateful to you/for you!); to Margo, because you’re just the best and I love working with you); to all of the guests, for trusting me to be the space holder for your stories; and finally, to all of the listeners for being here and supporting this work. And on a final note, here are my last parting words of wisdom I would like to leave everyone with today: you and you alone are the author of your own story. Despite whatever society, family, friends tells you about how your birth was or how it should look, that’s all on them- that’s a reflection of their story, and has no bearing on you, and do not let someone else define your story. You hold that power because you are the sacred storyteller of your own spiral path. And for all first time moms and moms to be, the best advice I ever received was to not follow anyone else’s advice on mothering (unless, of course, I asked) because the best advice comes from the voice within and your intuition, for that is the most real and true council you have.
If you would like to continue to support my work and check out my offerings, you can pop over to Instagram and my handle is @thankful_earth. Thank you SO MUCH for listening! See you ’round the bend, friends!

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