Taking Back Birth https://indiebirth.org Women Own Birth Tue, 25 Jun 2019 01:57:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 https://indiebirth.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/cropped-ibfav-32x32.jpg Taking Back Birth https://indiebirth.org 32 32 Providing birth education to empowered women everywhere. It's time to take back birth. Maryn Green yes Maryn Green info@indiebirth.com info@indiebirth.com (Maryn Green) Indie Birth Private Contract Association Women Own Birth Taking Back Birth https://www.indiebirth.org/images/marynpodIT.jpg https://indiebirth.org More On Pregnancy Loss https://indiebirth.org/more-on-pregnancy-loss/ Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:16:31 +0000 https://indiebirth.org/?p=13265 https://indiebirth.org/more-on-pregnancy-loss/#respond https://indiebirth.org/more-on-pregnancy-loss/feed/ 0 Come along with me as I share what it’s like to hold space for everything from first trimester miscarriage to full term stillbirth. These aren’t easy conversations but I honor all the women that have invited me into their space for this reason; thank you for the opportunity to grow. I also want to see...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/more-on-pregnancy-loss/">Read More</a></p> Come along with me as I share what it’s like to hold space for everything from first trimester miscarriage to full term stillbirth. These aren’t easy conversations but I honor all the women that have invited me into their space for this reason; thank y... These aren’t easy conversations but I honor all the women that have invited me into their space for this reason; thank you for the opportunity to grow. I also want to see more women/birthkeepers/midwives that are open and willing to share this hard space with women.]]> Maryn Green yes 41:21 Being In the “Flow State” At Births https://indiebirth.org/being-in-the-flow-state-at-births/ Mon, 03 Jun 2019 16:47:17 +0000 https://indiebirth.org/?p=13036 https://indiebirth.org/being-in-the-flow-state-at-births/#comments https://indiebirth.org/being-in-the-flow-state-at-births/feed/ 1 I recorded this podcast chat with my friend Annika! We work together here locally attending births and we had recently gotten into a fun conversation that we attempted to duplicate here. Listen in as we chat about what “flow state” is, how we might desire being in that place as a birth attendant, how to...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/being-in-the-flow-state-at-births/">Read More</a></p> I recorded this podcast chat with my friend Annika! We work together here locally attending births and we had recently gotten into a fun conversation that we attempted to duplicate here. Listen in as we chat about what “flow state” is, Listen in as we chat about what “flow state” is, how we might desire being in that place as a birth attendant, how to get into that state and what might take us out of that place! We’d love to hear your questions and observations and thoughts on this topic, too! Feel free to comment or send me an email.]]> Maryn Green yes 50:42 Margo’s Second Birth – Maryn and Margo Share Aero’s Birth Story https://indiebirth.org/margos-second-birth-maryn-and-margo-share-aeros-birth-story/ Thu, 16 May 2019 14:53:19 +0000 https://indiebirth.org/?p=12837 https://indiebirth.org/margos-second-birth-maryn-and-margo-share-aeros-birth-story/#comments https://indiebirth.org/margos-second-birth-maryn-and-margo-share-aeros-birth-story/feed/ 1 Listen in as Margo and I talk together (and we were actually together, in the same room) about her second homebirth. We recorded just just a few days after Aero was born in her bathroom, so it’s a real and raw review of her birth story. I know this will inspire women everywhere and that...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/margos-second-birth-maryn-and-margo-share-aeros-birth-story/">Read More</a></p> Listen in as Margo and I talk together (and we were actually together, in the same room) about her second homebirth. We recorded just just a few days after Aero was born in her bathroom, so it’s a real and raw review of her birth story. We recorded just just a few days after Aero was born in her bathroom, so it’s a real and raw review of her birth story. I know this will inspire women everywhere and that it’s an amazing testament to our strength and perseverance in birth even when we know a lot and have seen a lot. So many congrats to Margo and baby Aero and their family on this birth!
And make sure you get a copy of our new book at https://indiebirth.org/book.]]>
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Christina’s HBAC Story https://indiebirth.org/christinas-hbac-story-pod/ Sun, 21 Apr 2019 18:33:03 +0000 https://indiebirth.org/?p=12673 https://indiebirth.org/christinas-hbac-story-pod/#comments https://indiebirth.org/christinas-hbac-story-pod/feed/ 6 In this podcast, Christina shares her story of a stressful second pregnancy, an IUGR diagnosis and the desire to have a VBAC! Seriously, this is such an inspiring tale no matter what your own scenario is that will remind you of a woman’s strength, power and true ability to KNOW what is right for her....<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/christinas-hbac-story-pod/">Read More</a></p> In this podcast, Christina shares her story of a stressful second pregnancy, an IUGR diagnosis and the desire to have a VBAC! Seriously, this is such an inspiring tale no matter what your own scenario is that will remind you of a woman’s strength, I am so amazed by women that are literally soaking in fear during their entire pregnancies who turn out to work through their “stuff” and have THE MOST POWERFUL BIRTHS! If you are a VBAC mama or someone that has been victim to the system, you NEED to hear Christina’s birth story of her son Shasta.]]> Maryn Green yes 54:28 How I Rewired My Brain to Remove Pain From My Birth Experience https://indiebirth.org/how-i-rewired-my-brain-to-remove-pain-from-my-birth-experience/ Wed, 10 Apr 2019 22:13:06 +0000 https://indiebirth.org/?p=12481 https://indiebirth.org/how-i-rewired-my-brain-to-remove-pain-from-my-birth-experience/#respond https://indiebirth.org/how-i-rewired-my-brain-to-remove-pain-from-my-birth-experience/feed/ 0 In this podcast, I talk about how I prepared for Cove’s birth regarding pain and my desire for this birth experience to be simple and without pain. I don’t have a magic formula, but her birth was everything and more that I had hoped! My wish is that sharing this experience with you might help...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/how-i-rewired-my-brain-to-remove-pain-from-my-birth-experience/">Read More</a></p> In this podcast, I talk about how I prepared for Cove’s birth regarding pain and my desire for this birth experience to be simple and without pain. I don’t have a magic formula, but her birth was everything and more that I had hoped! I don’t have a magic formula, but her birth was everything and more that I had hoped! My wish is that sharing this experience with you might help share the energetic code to a blissful birth for those that are interested.
I realized that for me, my births have always equaled my expectations. What happens when we change what we want to experience?]]>
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Talking About the State of Birth with a “Badass OB,” Nathan Riley MD https://indiebirth.org/talking-about-the-state-of-birth-with-a-badass-ob-nathan-riley-md/ Mon, 25 Mar 2019 00:03:07 +0000 https://indiebirth.org/?p=12379 https://indiebirth.org/talking-about-the-state-of-birth-with-a-badass-ob-nathan-riley-md/#comments https://indiebirth.org/talking-about-the-state-of-birth-with-a-badass-ob-nathan-riley-md/feed/ 1 On this podcast, I talked with Nathan Riley, OB/GYN; after finding Nathan’s podcast, I was inspired to contact him because he seemed like not-your-typical-OB. I was right! Tune in as we chat about his own training, the state of birth and obstetrics and what’s most important as we serve women and families in this work....<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/talking-about-the-state-of-birth-with-a-badass-ob-nathan-riley-md/">Read More</a></p> On this podcast, I talked with Nathan Riley, OB/GYN; after finding Nathan’s podcast, I was inspired to contact him because he seemed like not-your-typical-OB. I was right! Tune in as we chat about his own training, It was a pleasure meeting him and we look forward to some more collaborations in the future!]]> Maryn Green yes 58:09 Mantras For Birth https://indiebirth.org/mantras-for-birth-audio/ Sun, 24 Feb 2019 17:16:58 +0000 https://indiebirth.org/?p=12280 https://indiebirth.org/mantras-for-birth-audio/#respond https://indiebirth.org/mantras-for-birth-audio/feed/ 0 I made and recorded this podcast at the end of my 9th pregnancy; about 2 weeks before Cove came earthside! These are the mantras and thoughts I had in preparing for her birth, which turned out to be a really fast and painless experience. I hope these mantras are as helpful to you as you...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/mantras-for-birth-audio/">Read More</a></p> I made and recorded this podcast at the end of my 9th pregnancy; about 2 weeks before Cove came earthside! These are the mantras and thoughts I had in preparing for her birth, which turned out to be a really fast and painless experience. I hope these mantras are as helpful to you as you create an amazing birth experience for yourself.]]> Maryn Green yes 20:04 Walking Between the Worlds At the End of Pregnancy https://indiebirth.org/walking-between-the-worlds-at-the-end-of-pregnancy/ Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:57:38 +0000 https://indiebirth.org/?p=12085 https://indiebirth.org/walking-between-the-worlds-at-the-end-of-pregnancy/#respond https://indiebirth.org/walking-between-the-worlds-at-the-end-of-pregnancy/feed/ 0 In this podcast, I share my experiences from the end of pregnancy. Written words aren’t the best to express the feelings at the end of a pregnancy; relief, excitement, anticipation and a general feeling of being caught between worlds. I reflect on the things I am feeling and how labor isn’t really an event but...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/walking-between-the-worlds-at-the-end-of-pregnancy/">Read More</a></p> In this podcast, I share my experiences from the end of pregnancy. Written words aren’t the best to express the feelings at the end of a pregnancy; relief, excitement, anticipation and a general feeling of being caught between worlds. Maryn Green yes 25:35 The Six Steps of Healing For Birth https://indiebirth.org/the-six-steps-of-healing-for-birth/ Sun, 23 Dec 2018 19:26:04 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=11838 https://indiebirth.org/the-six-steps-of-healing-for-birth/#comments https://indiebirth.org/the-six-steps-of-healing-for-birth/feed/ 3 We talk a lot about Susun Weed’s “6 Steps of Healing” here at Indie Birth, and I thought it would be fun to talk through the steps from a birth perspective. This would be helpful for pregnant and birthing women who have issues or problems they think they need to solve; from something like heartburn,...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/the-six-steps-of-healing-for-birth/">Read More</a></p> We talk a lot about Susun Weed’s “6 Steps of Healing” here at Indie Birth, and I thought it would be fun to talk through the steps from a birth perspective. This would be helpful for pregnant and birthing women who have issues or problems they think th... Maryn Green yes 43:27 A Conversation For Midwives About Taking Babies to Births https://indiebirth.org/a-conversation-for-midwives-about-taking-babies-to-births/ Sun, 02 Dec 2018 17:39:29 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=11464 https://indiebirth.org/a-conversation-for-midwives-about-taking-babies-to-births/#respond https://indiebirth.org/a-conversation-for-midwives-about-taking-babies-to-births/feed/ 0 In this podcast, I share my experience and suggestions around bringing my own babies to homebirths over the years. In 14 years of midwifing, I’ve brought more than 6 of my babies to “work” with me, and I want to share what has worked, what has not, and what you might expect if this is...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/a-conversation-for-midwives-about-taking-babies-to-births/">Read More</a></p> In this podcast, I share my experience and suggestions around bringing my own babies to homebirths over the years. In 14 years of midwifing, I’ve brought more than 6 of my babies to “work” with me, and I want to share what has worked, what has not, In 14 years of midwifing, I’ve brought more than 6 of my babies to “work” with me, and I want to share what has worked, what has not, and what you might expect if this is your situation.
For those who aren’t attending births, you may just find it interesting since it’s not a very talked about topic!]]>
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Exploring Autonomy in Birth https://indiebirth.org/exploring-autonomy-in-birth/ Fri, 23 Nov 2018 15:28:22 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=11398 What is autonomy in birth? What does it look like? What does it look like? That's what we explore in this episode. What is autonomy in birth? What does it look like? What does it look like? That's what we explore in this episode. Maryn Green yes 25:36 A High-Risk Pregnancy and Birth Story https://indiebirth.org/a-high-risk-pregnancy-and-birth-story/ Sat, 03 Nov 2018 00:46:44 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=11250 Watch and/or listen to this birth story podcast and video by a woman who had her 6th baby at home against all odds! It was a pleasure walking with this smart woman and her family as they navigated their choices and what was best for them, their baby and this birth. Stories like these remind...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/a-high-risk-pregnancy-and-birth-story/">Read More</a></p> Watch and/or listen to this birth story podcast and video by a woman who had her 6th baby at home against all odds! It was a pleasure walking with this smart woman and her family as they navigated their choices and what was best for them, It was a pleasure walking with this smart woman and her family as they navigated their choices and what was best for them, their baby and this birth. Stories like these remind us that “risk” is truly a concept and the best person to make the big choices is indeed the woman.
Watch the video here: https://www.indiebirth.org/highriskvideo/]]>
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Prenatal Clinic Part I: Do you need a first prenatal visit? https://indiebirth.org/prenatal-clinic-part-i-do-you-need-a-first-prenatal-visit/ Mon, 01 Oct 2018 22:10:13 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=11056 After 9 months of holding a free prenatal clinic here locally, the same questions and topics keep coming up, so I thought I’d share some of that with my podcast listeners. I’m hoping it maybe helps you start a prenatal clinic in your area, or maybe you are a mama who also would love the...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/prenatal-clinic-part-i-do-you-need-a-first-prenatal-visit/">Read More</a></p> After 9 months of holding a free prenatal clinic here locally, the same questions and topics keep coming up, so I thought I’d share some of that with my podcast listeners. I’m hoping it maybe helps you start a prenatal clinic in your area, Click here for a downloadable PDF transcription of this podcast, Prenatal Clinic Part 1_ Do you need a first prenatal visit_]]> Maryn Green yes 35:28 Feeling Your Baby Move https://indiebirth.org/feeling-your-baby-move/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:24:45 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=11008 The podcast this week is all about baby movement in the womb. This podcast is all about movement; when do babies start to move? When do we actually feel it, on average? What other factors influence how much baby movement we feel and what is “normal”? I share some helpful information as well as my...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/feeling-your-baby-move/">Read More</a></p> The podcast this week is all about baby movement in the womb. This podcast is all about movement; when do babies start to move? When do we actually feel it, on average? What other factors influence how much baby movement we feel and what is “normal”? Click here for a downloadable PDF transcription of this podcast, Feeling Your Baby Move]]> Maryn Green yes 48:20 A Meditation For Midwives For Calming Fear https://indiebirth.org/a-meditation-for-midwives-for-calming-fear/ Tue, 11 Sep 2018 14:00:54 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=10962 I created this short meditation for one of my Indie Birth Midwifery School classes after the students had been studying for many weeks about complications in pregnancy. I wanted to finish the course by reminding them, myself and anyone else that our brains can learn many things, but we must always bring our hearts back...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/a-meditation-for-midwives-for-calming-fear/">Read More</a></p> I created this short meditation for one of my Indie Birth Midwifery School classes after the students had been studying for many weeks about complications in pregnancy. I wanted to finish the course by reminding them, I wanted to finish the course by reminding them, myself and anyone else that our brains can learn many things, but we must always bring our hearts back to trust.
I hope this meditation is useful to any midwife or really any birth worker when they experience inevitable fear around the “bad” things that can happen, and also the lack of control we all have over the processes of pregnancy and birth. My intention with this meditation is to help you find your center and have another tool in your box for dealing with fear, tension or uncertainty as we do this work.
Click here for a downloadable PDF transcription of this podcast, A Meditation for Midiwives]]>
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Listening To My Spirit Baby https://indiebirth.org/listening-to-my-spirit-baby/ Sun, 02 Sep 2018 17:53:04 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=10867 In this podcast, I share about my experience in this pregnancy so far. I realize that no matter how many babies I have had, each requires me to “be” in the pregnancy state in a different way. This baby has had very specific messages for me, if only I would listen! Tune in to hear...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/listening-to-my-spirit-baby/">Read More</a></p> In this podcast, I share about my experience in this pregnancy so far. I realize that no matter how many babies I have had, each requires me to “be” in the pregnancy state in a different way. This baby has had very specific messages for me, This baby has had very specific messages for me, if only I would listen! Tune in to hear more about how, why and when I chose to listen and the effects that has had thus far. I believe each baby has a message and lessons for us; learning to tune in and really hear what is being communicated is the key to a relationship with these in utero, spirit babies!]]> Maryn Green yes 31:54 Julie and Joe’s First Homebirth https://indiebirth.org/julie-and-joes-first-homebirth/ Sun, 12 Aug 2018 16:37:30 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=10656 On this podcast, I had the honor of chatting with a family I supported almost a year ago in their first home birth. Joe and Julie are truly some of my favorite people, and you will hear (and see!) why. They are the picture of powerful; they created an ordinary (in the best sense of...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/julie-and-joes-first-homebirth/">Read More</a></p> On this podcast, I had the honor of chatting with a family I supported almost a year ago in their first home birth. Joe and Julie are truly some of my favorite people, and you will hear (and see!) why. They are the picture of powerful; they created an ... Joe and Julie are truly some of my favorite people, and you will hear (and see!) why. They are the picture of powerful; they created an ordinary (in the best sense of the word) and completely sacred birth experience for themselves, at home, for their first baby. This is the first interview I’ve ever done with people who chose to have their first baby at home and I am so glad it was them! The world needs more of these stories of conscious pregnancy and birth.
This podcast was actually recorded as a video, so to watch along, please visit the page below:
https://www.indiebirth.org/julieandjoe
Also, this podcast has a written, downloadable PDF transcription; read Julie and Joe’s First Homebirth]]>
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The First Few Moons of Pregnancy https://indiebirth.org/the-first-few-moons-of-pregnancy/ Tue, 07 Aug 2018 13:38:55 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=10641 In this episode, I talk about taking the first few months of pregnancy "out of the box" it's been placed in and truly appreciating it for the magical time that it is. In this episode, I talk about taking the first few months of pregnancy "out of the box" it's been placed in and truly appreciating it for the magical time that it is. Maryn Green yes 34:24 Rachel’s Journey Through Eclampsia https://indiebirth.org/rachels-journey-through-eclampsia/ Mon, 23 Jul 2018 01:04:12 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=10514 I recorded this podcast for my class, “multidimensional midwifery in the prenatal period: how to prepare yourself for prenatal complications,” as our students were studying pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome. I came across Rachel Bandstra, on one of our Indie Birth Facebook groups who was (briefly) sharing her story of having prenatal eclampsia in her first...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/rachels-journey-through-eclampsia/">Read More</a></p> I recorded this podcast for my class, “multidimensional midwifery in the prenatal period: how to prepare yourself for prenatal complications,” as our students were studying pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome. I came across Rachel Bandstra, I came across Rachel Bandstra, on one of our Indie Birth Facebook groups who was (briefly) sharing her story of having prenatal eclampsia in her first pregnancy. I wanted to interview her and hear her story since full-blown seizures in pregnancy is pretty rare and I wanted to learn all I can! Thanks, Rachel!]]> Maryn Green yes 52:59 Am I Pregnant? Being Present in the Mystical Space of Not Knowing https://indiebirth.org/am-i-pregnant-being-present-in-the-mystical-space-of-not-knowing/ Sun, 08 Jul 2018 21:32:52 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=10260 In this podcast, I sit with you in the mystical space of "not knowing" whether or not you're pregnant. Download the PDF transcription of this podcast, Am I Pregnant_ In this podcast, I sit with you in the mystical space of "not knowing" whether or not you're pregnant. Download the PDF transcription of this podcast, Am I Pregnant_ Download the PDF transcription of this podcast, Am I Pregnant_]]> Maryn Green yes 27:22 Mothers At Birth: How to Make the Right Decision For You About Inviting Your Mother To Your Birth https://indiebirth.org/mothers-at-birth-how-to-make-the-right-decision-for-you-about-inviting-your-mother-to-your-birth/ Sun, 03 Jun 2018 16:39:33 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=9273 This podcast is all about making the right choice, for you, about whether or not to invite your mother to your birth. There's a lot to think about! This podcast is all about making the right choice, for you, about whether or not to invite your mother to your birth. There's a lot to think about! There’s a lot to think about!]]> Maryn Green yes 41:24 SHOWING the World the Truth About Birth – Indie Birth Walk and Talk Episode 7 https://indiebirth.org/showing-the-world-the-truth-about-birth-indie-birth-walk-and-talk-episode-7/ Mon, 14 May 2018 22:54:18 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=9202 On this podcast, Margo and I talk about one of our favorite topics: birth in media! On this podcast, Margo and I talk about one of our favorite topics: birth in media! ]]> Maryn Green yes 31:07 Dealing With Depression and Anxiety https://indiebirth.org/dealing-with-depression-and-anxiety/ Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:58:03 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=9110 This podcast is all about incorporating more "inside work" into life during pregnancy and postpartum! I definitely feel like talking about “mindfulness” is not optional, but I also know it is not the most popular topic because it requires a bit of dedication and commitment! Getting started with a mindfulness practice is absolutely essential if...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/dealing-with-depression-and-anxiety/">Read More</a></p> This podcast is all about incorporating more "inside work" into life during pregnancy and postpartum! I definitely feel like talking about “mindfulness” is not optional, but I also know it is not the most popular topic because it requires a bit of dedi... I definitely feel like talking about “mindfulness” is not optional, but I also know it is not the most popular topic because it requires a bit of dedication and commitment!
Getting started with a mindfulness practice is absolutely essential if we want to maintain our connection to ourselves and have the resources to make the choices that are right for us. Not to mention, mediation has been shown to greatly reduce anxiety and depression in postpartum mamas.
As midwives, it is our duty to set the stage with women for making this a part of their own prenatal care. I wonder why we aren’t talking more about the concept and practice of mindfulness and why there are not a lot of spaces for women to explore this practice!
Hear my own story about the never-ending self-exploration meditation journey I am on! I’d love to get more of the community on board with this practice and encourage you to contact me if you’d like to join a free “Indie Birth Mindfulness” community group!
There, we can support each other and explore this topic more fully. I’d also love to hear about your own mindfulness practices in pregnancy and how they have helped you maintain your focus or calm.]]>
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Annika Shares the Birth Story of Ruby https://indiebirth.org/annika-shares-the-birth-story-of-ruby/ Sun, 15 Apr 2018 19:15:39 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=9095 My podcast this week is a birth story, told by my apprentice and friend, Annika! Annika birthed her first baby, Ruby, several months ago, and we finally got around to connecting together over this tale. I loved hearing Annika’s version from memory (always different than reading a story!) and loved the lessons and new experiences...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/annika-shares-the-birth-story-of-ruby/">Read More</a></p> My podcast this week is a birth story, told by my apprentice and friend, Annika! Annika birthed her first baby, Ruby, several months ago, and we finally got around to connecting together over this tale. I loved hearing Annika’s version from memory (alw... Annika birthed her first baby, Ruby, several months ago, and we finally got around to connecting together over this tale. I loved hearing Annika’s version from memory (always different than reading a story!) and loved the lessons and new experiences she had to share as a result of her daughter’s birth.
Sharing home birth stories (especially of a first baby!) is so needed and I’m very grateful to Annika for sharing her heart and recording this with me. The fact that she and Ruby are both very special to me made this even more fun. Take a listen!]]>
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Coming Home: A Special Message For First Time Homebirthers https://indiebirth.org/coming-home-a-special-message-for-first-time-homebirthers/ Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:27:52 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=9076 This podcast is for a specific group of people, although anyone is invited to listen and share! This podcast is for women planning a home birth for the first time! To be clear; that is not someone that is planning their first birth, but rather for women that have experienced one or more medicalized births...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/coming-home-a-special-message-for-first-time-homebirthers/">Read More</a></p> This podcast is for a specific group of people, although anyone is invited to listen and share! This podcast is for women planning a home birth for the first time! To be clear; that is not someone that is planning their first birth, This is possibly my favorite group of people to serve, educate and support because they are usually so open and ready for change. I was one of these women almost 14 years ago. After a hospital birth with my first, I jumped in with my 2nd to planning a home birth and so I am well acquainted with many of the topics and issues that seem to come up for most people.
I hope this podcast helps bring awareness to some things to consider, and mostly I hope it helps encourage those that are in this boat! So many of the issues and feelings are normal as we begin to claim our own power. Processing our last birth, processing our fears and patterns are just an expected part of taking the home birth journey. And of course there are just obvious differences between midwifery care and mainstream medical care, so come along on this podcast journey with me!]]>
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Reflections on My First Year Living With a Deva https://indiebirth.org/reflections-on-my-first-year-living-with-a-deva/ Mon, 02 Apr 2018 15:00:10 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=9056 In this podcast, I reflect on my feelings and observations around Deva’s birth, which was a year ago! I talk about the video we made of her birth (you can watch it at www.thebirthmovie.com) and how it has changed me; and Margo, and Indie Birth in general! I also discuss how it feels to “remember”...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/reflections-on-my-first-year-living-with-a-deva/">Read More</a></p> In this podcast, I reflect on my feelings and observations around Deva’s birth, which was a year ago! I talk about the video we made of her birth (you can watch it at www.thebirthmovie.com) and how it has changed me; and Margo, I talk about the video we made of her birth (you can watch it at www.thebirthmovie.com) and how it has changed me; and Margo, and Indie Birth in general!
I also discuss how it feels to “remember” the sensations of labor and how Deva’s birth has helped me in serving women more compassionately. Mostly, this podcast is a ramble of reflections on the past year, which has flown by! You can also read deva’s birth story at: https://www.indiebirth.org/indie-birth-deva-katherin-sage/]]>
Maryn Green yes 41:35
Changing the World For Families: The Uncensored Story of Indie Birth https://indiebirth.org/changing-the-world-for-mothers-and-daughters-the-uncensored-story-of-indie-birth/ Sun, 25 Mar 2018 19:52:04 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=9001 This week, I got right to podcast-making with a never been heard before on a podcast rendition of the "Indie Birth story". I felt for a while (many years) that this story was "old news" and that everyone I knew had heard my tale of giving my midwifery license back, etc. But, with such an...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/changing-the-world-for-mothers-and-daughters-the-uncensored-story-of-indie-birth/">Read More</a></p> This week, I got right to podcast-making with a never been heard before on a podcast rendition of the "Indie Birth story". I felt for a while (many years) that this story was "old news" and that everyone I knew had heard my tale of giving my midwifery ... I felt for a while (many years) that this story was “old news” and that everyone I knew had heard my tale of giving my midwifery license back, etc. But, with such an increase in our community numbers and a HUGE incoming class for our school, it has been brought to my attention that actually very few people at this point have awareness of this story.
While personal in nature, my story and path through midwifery have shaped Indie Birth in its current state immensely. We’ve been getting more questions about our structure to operate in the world in a lawful manner, despite being traditional midwives.
This podcast includes detailed information about the PMA (Private Membership Association) structure and how some other organization like ours play into our “family tree.” I am and have always been transparent about this story and about Indie Birth, but I think this podcast takes it to a new level.
I am seriously excited about having you listen and share this one, because Indie Birth and the idea of functional PMAs are changing our community for the better.
We are supporting the new paradigm and introducing a model that truly “works.” Again, please take the time to listen to me tell the entire story, from start to where we are now!
We are so blessed to be growing so rapidly, but I have felt that the full dimensionality of Indie Birth has started to become lost amongst the popularity.
If you are a supporter, or interested in our work; or a student or potential student; or a mama or person birthing…ALL of you will benefit from the information I present here.
I hope you can take a listen and then please email me with your thoughts or feedback!
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Maryn Green yes 59:24
To Test or Not To Test? A Journey Through the Land of Pregnancy Tests https://indiebirth.org/to-test-or-not-to-test-a-journey-through-the-land-of-pregnancy-tests/ Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:18:45 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=8980 In this podcast, I talk all about pregnancy tests! In this podcast, I talk all about pregnancy tests! ]]> Maryn Green yes 38:51 Midwifery For the People – Indie Birth Walk and Talk Episode 5 https://indiebirth.org/midwifery-people-indie-birth-walk-talk-episode-5/ Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:24:26 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=8835 On this podcast, Margo and I talk about the newest project of the Indie Birth Private Contract Association: Midwifery For the People! On this podcast, Margo and I talk about the newest project of the Indie Birth Private Contract Association: Midwifery For the People! ]]> Maryn Green yes 37:48 Getting Real About Postpartum – Indie Birth Walk and Talk Episode 4 https://indiebirth.org/getting-real-postpartum-indie-birth-walk-talk-episode-4/ Sun, 14 Jan 2018 18:18:42 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=8734 On this podcast, Margo and I talk about the reality of the postpartum! On this podcast, Margo and I talk about the reality of the postpartum! ]]> Maryn Green yes 41:14 Talkin’ All About Fast Labors – Indie Birth Walk and Talk Episode 3 https://indiebirth.org/talkin-fast-labors-indie-birth-walk-talk-episode-3/ Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:18:09 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=8728 On this podcast, Margo and I talk about fast labors. Come along as we walk and talk! On this podcast, Margo and I talk about fast labors. Come along as we walk and talk! ]]> Maryn Green yes 46:21 When Homebirth Doesn’t Happen and Transport Becomes the Best Choice https://indiebirth.org/homebirth-doesnt-happen-transport-becomes-best-choice/ Sat, 06 Jan 2018 17:33:19 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=8724 In this podcast, I talk about homebirth to hospital transports. Why is there such stigma around this? How do we talk about “needed” transport in an era of midwifery at home being defined by “rules and regulations? How do we deal emotionally with transport when we are the mamas? Or the Midwives? This is an...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/homebirth-doesnt-happen-transport-becomes-best-choice/">Read More</a></p> In this podcast, I talk about homebirth to hospital transports. Why is there such stigma around this? How do we talk about “needed” transport in an era of midwifery at home being defined by “rules and regulations? This is an emotionally charged topic in the home birth world and I hope that my thoughts help bring this back to earth! Transports will happen as long as birth is happening and with some intention and attention, we can make the most of this situation.]]> Maryn Green yes 47:54 The Sable Journal: Selected Readings From My 15 Week Journey Carrying My Dead Son https://indiebirth.org/sable-journal-selected-readings-15-week-journey-carrying-dead-son/ Tue, 26 Dec 2017 20:27:39 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=8650 In this podcast, I talk for the first time in more detail about my 15 week son who died, and who remained in my body for almost 15 weeks! I kept many journals over this time, and during this podcast, I reflect on my journal entries and some thoughts I’ve had in hindsight about the...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/sable-journal-selected-readings-15-week-journey-carrying-dead-son/">Read More</a></p> In this podcast, I talk for the first time in more detail about my 15 week son who died, and who remained in my body for almost 15 weeks! I kept many journals over this time, and during this podcast, I reflect on my journal entries and some thoughts I’... Trigger warning: Death, miscarriage and loss.
In this blog post, I wrote about being in the middle of this journey as well.
https://www.indiebirth.org/the-void/
You can read his birth story here:
https://www.indiebirth.org/the-birthdeath-of-sable-sage/
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Maryn Green yes 1:05:58
Wise Woman Nutrition For the Vegan Mama with Bridget Nielsen https://indiebirth.org/wise-woman-nutrition-vegan-mama-bridget-nielsen/ Sat, 23 Dec 2017 16:37:41 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=8640 On this podcast, I talk with my friend and vegan food expert, Bridget Nielsen. You can find her recipes and more at her website, www.bridgetnielsen.com and on her YouTube channel. On this podcast, I talk with my friend and vegan food expert, Bridget Nielsen. You can find her recipes and more at her website, www.bridgetnielsen.com and on her YouTube channel. www.bridgetnielsen.com and on her YouTube channel.
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Maryn Green yes 47:44
What Are These People Eating? – Indie Birth Walk and Talk Episode 2 https://indiebirth.org/people-eating-indie-birth-walk-talk-episode-2/ Thu, 21 Dec 2017 16:11:04 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.org/?p=8636 On this podcast, a new "supplement" to Taking Back Birth, I talk with Margo while I walk with Margo! The main topic for today is FOOD! On this podcast, a new "supplement" to Taking Back Birth, I talk with Margo while I walk with Margo! The main topic for today is FOOD! ]]> Maryn Green yes 38:54 Kids At Birth https://indiebirth.org/kids-at-birth/ Mon, 18 Dec 2017 20:37:19 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.com/?p=8625 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, Maryn talks about kids at birth using her experience with home birth as a mom and midwife. She shares stories and discusses many things to consider for your own family when exploring this topic. For Maryn, birth is a part of life and she never considered not having...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/kids-at-birth/">Read More</a></p> In this episode of Taking Back Birth, Maryn talks about kids at birth using her experience with home birth as a mom and midwife. She shares stories and discusses many things to consider for your own family when exploring this topic. For Maryn, In this episode of Taking Back Birth, Maryn talks about kids at birth using her experience with home birth as a mom and midwife. She shares stories and discusses many things to consider for your own family when exploring this topic.
For Maryn, birth is a part of life and she never considered not having her kids at their siblings’ births. In fact, at Deva’s birth in 2017, all seven of her kids plus a 12 year old friend were there!
It can also be stressful and suffocating to have kids around so each family needs to decide what will work best for them.
Basic considerations:

* House set up – consider size, privacy, bathrooms, etc.
* How involved you want your kids to be
* Personality type of each kid
* Nature of family and relationships

If you do want your kids there:

* Consider their age – are they under two and may need a dedicated caregiver so mom can focus?
* Show kids what birth looks like ahead of time
* Educate them with books, videos, and stories that you have checked out first
* Are there biases, opinions, etc. you or a family member may be passing on to the kids?
* Involve them in prenatal appointments in a way they are comfortable
* Don’t force them to be involved, touch, etc.
* Invite questions from kids
* Treat kids like they are a blank slate for birth

Ways to involve kids:

* Have them present for the labor with activities for them if needed
* Have them come in right when the baby is born
* Involve them in the postpartum time right after baby is born

If we had all grown up seeing birth it would be much more normal, and Maryn believes it’s time to change. People can feel worried their kids will be damaged or somehow affected negatively by birth. Maryn points out that sometimes we put adultness on kids, and it’s worth looking at how adults around your children may be putting their own opinions on them.
Maryn tells the story of a mom having her second baby, where the family decided to have their smart and precocious six year old leave for the birth. When Maryn arrived the mom was obviously holding back and waiting for the six year old to leave, as he was so curious and following her around asking questions. Maryn showed him her birth kit, and told him about when he was born and how she had used the same things then. The little boy was so happy to be involved in this unexpected way, went off happily when the time came, and soon after the baby was born. An hour or two later he returned to meet his sibling and was so thrilled. This worked for them!
Maryn talks about Deva’s birth, and what a gift it was to have all of her kids see Deva enter the world. She believes it’s possible that siblings are better bonded when they are present at each other’s births. She talks about True’s birth – her 6th – where grandparent’s arrived during Maryn’s labor and the kids left and missed the birth. Maryn was sad about this and felt like there was less of a seamless connection between siblings because of it. The older kids feel like they missed out.
What would it be like for older kids to be present at the birth of their siblings, Maryn wonders? Her 13 and 15 year old kids were there for the birth of Deva, and Maryn says that “birth is birth”, it’s normal, natural, and beautiful. It is not sexual, it’s very normal. Her kids will continue witnessing the birth of any siblings to come as well as watching their own birth videos.
In closing this episode Maryn says there is a lot to consider, and since emotions run high in pregnancy this can be a passionate topic! Ultimately though, it’s up to each family to decide what’s right for them.
Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this podcast and any others please leave a review on iTunes.
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Maryn Green yes 38:40
Straight Talk About the New NRP Guidelines https://indiebirth.org/straight-talk-new-nrp-guidelines/ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:15:28 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.com/?p=8561 On this podcast, I asked one of my fellow midwife friends, Angee Hock, to have a fun chat with me. Somehow, we decided to talk about neonatal resuscitation (or NRP) and our experiences resuscitating babies. We also touched on the idea of certifying this kind of knowledge in general (is it worth it, is it...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/straight-talk-new-nrp-guidelines/">Read More</a></p> On this podcast, I asked one of my fellow midwife friends, Angee Hock, to have a fun chat with me. Somehow, we decided to talk about neonatal resuscitation (or NRP) and our experiences resuscitating babies. Have a listen!
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Maryn Green yes 36:25
How Not To Go Crazy – Indie Birth Walk and Talk Episode 1 https://indiebirth.org/not-go-crazy-indie-birth-walk-talk-episode-1/ Sat, 09 Dec 2017 01:04:30 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.com/?p=8556 On this podcast, a new "supplement" to Taking Back Birth, I talk with Margo while I walk with Margo! The main topic is about how to take care of yourself so you don't go crazy! On this podcast, a new "supplement" to Taking Back Birth, I talk with Margo while I walk with Margo! The main topic is about how to take care of yourself so you don't go crazy! ]]> Maryn Green yes 33:31 Restoring Women’s Choice For Vaginal Breech Birth: My Chat with Researcher Dr. Rixa Freeze https://indiebirth.org/restoring-womens-choice-vaginal-breech-birth-chat-researcher-dr-rixa-freeze/ Sun, 03 Dec 2017 22:39:52 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.com/?p=8457 On this podcast, I had the honor of talking to one of the smartest women in birth! Dr. Rixa Freeze is a home birthing mama, but also one of the only researchers focused on vaginal breech birth. She is a wealth of knowledge, and has so many exciting projects on the horizon that the birth...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/restoring-womens-choice-vaginal-breech-birth-chat-researcher-dr-rixa-freeze/">Read More</a></p> On this podcast, I had the honor of talking to one of the smartest women in birth! Dr. Rixa Freeze is a home birthing mama, but also one of the only researchers focused on vaginal breech birth. She is a wealth of knowledge, Rixa’s blog has been a gem for many years; it is THE place to go to read notes from breech conferences around the world. Her blog is rixarixa.blogspot.com. Seriously, it’s been one of my favorite blogs for about 10 years so I am excited to finally get the chance to actually speak with Rixa on this podcast!
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Maryn Green yes 1:07:40
Haters Gonna Hate: Social Media and the New Birth Paradigm https://indiebirth.org/haters-gonna-hate-social-media-new-birth-paradigm/ Sun, 26 Nov 2017 14:56:26 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.com/?p=8323 On this podcast, I talk about the negative effect that I think social media is having on the birth world and birthing women. It’s truly another “reality,” but is this the reality we want to create and live in? There are positives to the online world as well, but I invite you to think consciously...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/haters-gonna-hate-social-media-new-birth-paradigm/">Read More</a></p> On this podcast, I talk about the negative effect that I think social media is having on the birth world and birthing women. It’s truly another “reality,” but is this the reality we want to create and live in? It’s truly another “reality,” but is this the reality we want to create and live in? There are positives to the online world as well, but I invite you to think consciously about these issues so that you can make the best birth choices for you or continue to work creatively in the birth world without being dragged down.
We need all the positive influence and creativity in the world right now, so if you want to join me in continuing to create this new birth paradigm, give this a listen! I’d love to hear your thoughts about social media and your experiences.
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Maryn Green yes 40:55
Doing It At Home: Behind the Scenes of the Popular Home Birth Podcast https://indiebirth.org/home-behind-scenes-popular-home-birth-podcast/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:46:42 +0000 https://www.indiebirth.com/?p=8281 I love doing interviews and on this podcast, I get to interview another podcaster! Today I talk with Sarah Bivens, who hosts the podcast "Doing It At Home", with her husband, Matthew. I found their podcast and fell in love with it without because, a) it's about home birth and b) it's just brutally honest...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/home-behind-scenes-popular-home-birth-podcast/">Read More</a></p> I love doing interviews and on this podcast, I get to interview another podcaster! Today I talk with Sarah Bivens, who hosts the podcast "Doing It At Home", with her husband, Matthew. I found their podcast and fell in love with it without because, Today I talk with Sarah Bivens, who hosts the podcast “Doing It At Home”, with her husband, Matthew.
I found their podcast and fell in love with it without because, a) it’s about home birth and b) it’s just brutally honest and raw. Plus, Sarah and Matthew are NOT birth professionals, which I find really refreshing!
On this podcast, we talk about the “Doing It At Home” podcast and the success Sarah and Matthew have seen thus far…and how doing 100 episodes has felt! (For what it’s worth, the average life of a podcast is 7 episodes, so they’ve blown past that!)
I also wanted to make plenty of time to talk to Sarah about what she’s doing personally, in her own life and with the launch of her own business and support for mamas.
There aren’t enough connections between women (not to mention podcasts) so we are thrilled to cheer on Sarah in her work and hope you’ll be as inspired as we were by her.
You can check out her work here:
https://www.diahpodcast.com
https://www.sarahbivens.com
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Maryn Green yes 43:39
Balancing Mothering and Midwifery https://indiebirth.org/balancing-mothering-midwifery/ Sat, 04 Nov 2017 00:17:06 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=8189 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I offer my ideas about how to balance the art of midwifery with the art of mothering. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I offer my ideas about how to balance the art of midwifery with the art of mothering. ]]> Maryn Green yes 55:39 Re-Membering SHE: Lisa Lister’s Sacred Journey to Help Women Take Back Their Power https://indiebirth.org/re-membering-lisa-listers-sacred-journey-help-women-take-back-power/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:49:41 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=8095 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I speak with my sacred sister, Lisa Lister, about her journey to help women take back their power. Crowned ‘the defender of female awesomeness’ by Cooler magazine, Lisa Lister is an advocate of the FULL female experience. She's a writer, a menstrual maven and creatrix of the SHE...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/re-membering-lisa-listers-sacred-journey-help-women-take-back-power/">Read More</a></p> In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I speak with my sacred sister, Lisa Lister, about her journey to help women take back their power. Crowned ‘the defender of female awesomeness’ by Cooler magazine, Lisa Lister is an advocate of the FULL female expe... Crowned ‘the defender of female awesomeness’ by Cooler magazine, Lisa Lister is an advocate of the FULL female experience. She’s a writer, a menstrual maven and creatrix of the SHE Flow system – movement, women’s wisdom and menstrual health + ‘down-there’ care practices – dedicated to helping women crack their lady code, reconnect with their body wisdom + love their lady landscape. www.thesassyshe.com
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Maryn Green yes 36:44
No Fear Birth Work: How Angela Gallo is Changing the World https://indiebirth.org/no-fear-birth-work-angela-gallo-changing-world/ Fri, 08 Sep 2017 23:25:52 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=8068 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I speak with the fearless Angela Gallo and talk about all of the ways she's changing the world. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I speak with the fearless Angela Gallo and talk about all of the ways she's changing the world. ]]> Maryn Green yes 39:11 All About Long Labors https://indiebirth.org/all-about-long-labors/ Wed, 30 Aug 2017 20:13:18 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=7951 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I touch on a lot of things regarding long labors. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I touch on a lot of things regarding long labors. ]]> Maryn Green yes 1:07:36 How to Take Care of Yourself So You Can Take Care of Others https://indiebirth.org/take-care-can-take-care-others/ Thu, 24 Aug 2017 22:11:28 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=7908 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the importance of taking care of YOURSELF and why it can be such a challenge. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the importance of taking care of YOURSELF and why it can be such a challenge. ]]> Maryn Green yes 44:26 A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: How to Keep Hospital Ritual Out of Your Homebirth https://indiebirth.org/wolf-sheeps-clothing-keep-hospital-ritual-homebirth/ Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:06:37 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=7554 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about how to keep hospital rituals out of your homebirth. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about how to keep hospital rituals out of your homebirth. ]]> Maryn Green yes 34:36 How Your Uterus Practices For Birth https://indiebirth.org/uterus-practices-birth/ Fri, 07 Jul 2017 19:07:36 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=7483 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, Maryn talks about how your uterus “practices” for birth! In this podcast Maryn discusses how and when the uterus warms up for birth, the fear around these practice contractions, the variation in women’s experiences, what you can do for comfort and prevention if needed, plus much more. Maryn...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/uterus-practices-birth/">Read More</a></p> In this episode of Taking Back Birth, Maryn talks about how your uterus “practices” for birth! In this podcast Maryn discusses how and when the uterus warms up for birth, the fear around these practice contractions, In this episode of Taking Back Birth, Maryn talks about how your uterus “practices” for birth!
In this podcast Maryn discusses how and when the uterus warms up for birth, the fear around these practice contractions, the variation in women’s experiences, what you can do for comfort and prevention if needed, plus much more. Maryn weaves in real-life stories and anecdotes throughout the podcast to help shine some light on this often misunderstood organ!
Some topics covered and questions answered:

* Understanding practice contractions a.k.a. Braxton-Hicks
* What is true preterm labor?
* Variation from woman to woman (and across pregnancies)
* Common fears women have
* What do the terms irritable uterus and excitable uterus mean?
* How we can use nutrition to support a healthy uterus
* How a posterior baby can effect the uterus
* What can cause contractions
* Is bedrest effective for preterm labor?
* How to lessen practice contractions if you want to

The uterus gets ready for birth by having practice contractions – commonly known as Braxton Hicks contractions – during pregnancy. Many first time moms aren’t sure about what they are feeling and wonder “is it a practice contraction or am I in labor”? As the muscles of the uterus tighten in pregnancy the function and sensation can feel different than labor contractions. The baby moving on a full bladder can kick of a practice contraction, without the hormones that labor brings.
A fear of preterm labor is normal, and Maryn talks about her pregnancy with Deva where she experienced lots of practice contractions throughout the pregnancy, and what she did to understand them.
Maryn also talks about two other women’s experiences with contractions in pregnancy, how they were treated, and possibly causes.
So, what exactly are practice contractions?

* Warming up of the uterus
* Superficial
* Do not change the cervix
* Random, inconsistent
* Stop-start with change in movement
* Can be annoying

What causes them?

* Infections like a UTI to BV
* Poor nutrition
* Stomach flu
* Gas, bloating, constipation
* Super active baby
* Dehydration
* Full bladder
* Moving and resettling into a new home
* Actual uterine stimulation like sex and breastfeeding
* Time of day

What can we do to lessen them if we want to?

* Eat
* Drink electrolytes
* Avoid caffeine
* Change position
* Take a bath and relax
* Use herbals, homeopathics, essential oils and relax
* Drink alcohol

Maryn closes by discussing the term “excitable uterus” as an alternate to using prodromal labor. She found an interesting article online written by a midwife who talks about the excitable uterus needing more tone and circulation. Maybe there is a mineral deficiency in our modern diet causing this, possibly babies aren’t positioning as well as they have in the past. Posterior babies seem to be connected to the excitable uterus as well. Veterinarians are seeing the same thing in animals they care for – what’s the connection to us? Can Vitamin D, magnesium, and walking for 20 minutes a day make a difference?
Answers to these questions and much more in this podcast so tune in! Also check out all that Indie Birth has to offer online:

* Visit our website https://www.indiebirth.com
* Join our Wise Woman Circle https://www.indiebirth.org/circle/
* Check out Indie Birth Midwifery School http://www.indiebirthmidwiferyschool.org
* Explore our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/indiebirth/

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Maryn Green yes 1:06:32
Unpacking the Midwife’s Birth Bag: Ending Women’s Dependence on Tools and Technology https://indiebirth.org/unpacking-midwifes-birth-bag-ending-womens-dependence-tools-technology/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:15:22 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=7467 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk what's in a midwife's birth bag and why. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk what's in a midwife's birth bag and why. ]]> Maryn Green yes 39:05 How Indie Birth Will Support You to Create Your Own Birth Community https://indiebirth.org/indie-birth-will-support-create-birth-community/ Sun, 18 Jun 2017 20:31:48 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=7397 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about our vision for the Indie Birth Network. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about our vision for the Indie Birth Network. ]]> Maryn Green yes 45:31 Getting to Know the “New You” at 6 Weeks Postpartum https://indiebirth.org/getting-know-new-6-weeks-postpartum/ Fri, 09 Jun 2017 18:58:47 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=7181 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about how I'm getting to know the "new me" now at six weeks postpartum. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about how I'm getting to know the "new me" now at six weeks postpartum. ]]> Maryn Green yes 33:14 10 Steps For a Powerful Birth https://indiebirth.org/10-steps-powerful-birth/ Sun, 28 May 2017 22:52:26 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=7169 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I offer a list of ways to prepare for your powerful birth. 10 STEPS PDF Transcription In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I offer a list of ways to prepare for your powerful birth. 10 STEPS PDF Transcription
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Maryn Green yes 27:16
Pregnancy After Loss: Straight Talk About Working Through the Challenges https://indiebirth.org/pregnancy-loss-straight-talk-working-challenges/ Fri, 12 May 2017 15:29:17 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=7039 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about my own experience with pregnancy after loss. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about my own experience with pregnancy after loss. ]]> Maryn Green yes 60:04 My Communication With Spirit Babies https://indiebirth.org/communication-spirit-babies/ Wed, 03 May 2017 19:54:40 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=7015 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the communications I've had over the years with spirit babies. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the communications I've had over the years with spirit babies. ]]> Maryn Green yes 65:04 One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Adjusting to the “New Normal” at 3 Weeks Postpartum https://indiebirth.org/one-step-forward-two-steps-back-adjusting-new-normal-3-weeks-postpartum/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:03:41 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=7011 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about getting back into the world and all of the adjustments that happen during the weeks after birth. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about getting back into the world and all of the adjustments that happen during the weeks after birth. ]]> Maryn Green yes 34:59 Neither Here Nor There: Dealing with the “Funk” of Days 3-5 Postpartum https://indiebirth.org/neither-dealing-funk-days-3-5-postpartum/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:00:08 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6997 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about that time, just days after birth, where you're neither "here nor there." You're no longer pregnant, but you haven't yet adjusted. There are a lot of feelings that can come up during these days, so listen in! In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about that time, just days after birth, where you're neither "here nor there." You're no longer pregnant, but you haven't yet adjusted. There are a lot of feelings that can come up during these days, ]]> Maryn Green yes 28:12 Questions For a Laboring Mom – An “In Labor” Interview with Scott Kirschenbaum https://indiebirth.org/questions-laboring-mom-labor-interview-scott-kirschenbaum/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:45:09 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6965 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I got to answer some questions from Scott Kirschenbaum (OfWomanBornFilm.com) about labor...while in labor! In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I got to answer some questions from Scott Kirschenbaum (OfWomanBornFilm.com) about labor...while in labor! OfWomanBornFilm.com) about labor…while in labor!
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Maryn Green yes 34:13
When Will It Happen? Staying Present During the Weeks Before Birth https://indiebirth.org/will-happen-staying-present-weeks-birth/ Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:53:55 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6952 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about what it's like being just weeks before birth and wondering "when" it's going to happen! In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about what it's like being just weeks before birth and wondering "when" it's going to happen! ]]> Maryn Green yes 36:33 The Prenatal Supplement Scam: How to Know What You Need https://indiebirth.org/prenatal-supplement-scam-know-need/ Mon, 06 Mar 2017 22:15:11 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6853 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about how to navigate the confusing world of supplements in pregnancy. Listen in! In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about how to navigate the confusing world of supplements in pregnancy. Listen in! ]]> Maryn Green yes 56:19 The Truth About Birth Centers https://indiebirth.org/truth-birth-centers/ Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:29:22 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6786 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the truth about birth centers. Listen in! This episode also has a podcast transcription. Click here for the PDF. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the truth about birth centers. Listen in! This episode also has a podcast transcription. Click here for the PDF. here for the PDF.
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Maryn Green yes 60:34
Thoughts and Feelings at 32 Weeks https://indiebirth.org/thoughts-feelings-32-weeks/ Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:16:42 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6716 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about my own thoughts and feelings just 8 weeks from the birth of my baby. Listen in! In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about my own thoughts and feelings just 8 weeks from the birth of my baby. Listen in! ]]> Maryn Green yes 36:26 Moving Beyond the World of Black and White Birth Options https://indiebirth.org/moving-beyond-world-black-white-birth-options/ Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:06:27 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6658 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about how it's time to move beyond the old paradigm of "black and white" birth options. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about how it's time to move beyond the old paradigm of "black and white" birth options. ]]> Maryn Green yes 41:20 Remembering the Power of the Sacred Blood Mysteries https://indiebirth.org/remembering-power-sacred-blood-mysteries/ Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:57:31 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6642 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, Maryn talks about the Sacred Blood Mysteries and how they have been lost in our modern patriarchal society, as well as how we can remember and honor them. How can we help women connect to this deeper knowledge we all have within that can support us with our...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/remembering-power-sacred-blood-mysteries/">Read More</a></p> In this episode of Taking Back Birth, Maryn talks about the Sacred Blood Mysteries and how they have been lost in our modern patriarchal society, as well as how we can remember and honor them. How can we help women connect to this deeper knowledge we a... In this episode of Taking Back Birth, Maryn talks about the Sacred Blood Mysteries and how they have been lost in our modern patriarchal society, as well as how we can remember and honor them.
How can we help women connect to this deeper knowledge we all have within that can support us with our births and mothering? To dive into that question we must first understand more about the Sacred Blood Mysteries.
What are the Sacred Blood Mysteries?
All five mysteries are natural physiological processes. Although the origins are unclear, there was an ancient understanding about them and rituals to honor and protect them.

* Birth
* Menarche – first bleed
* Pregnancy and Birthing
* Menopause
* Death

Maryn describes the amazing and wondrous fact that women can bleed with no injury. In the past women were seen as magic – holders of this incredible power.
Why is the sight and thought of blood so powerful and what did our ancestors understand?

* Blood is a source of personal power
* Blood is life in its simplest form
* The uterus is a sacred temple
* Menstral blood is life giving
* Women were considered clairvoyant and connected to another dimension when bleeding, and their wisdom was respected and protected within their community
* Rituals and rites were in place to protect and celebrate the blood mysteries
* The word ritual comes from the Sanskrit work rtu, meaning menses. So ritual comes from the word for menses!

What is happening in our world today?
Maryn started to wonder about why people are so scared of blood during birth, postpartum, and with miscarriages. In the past these events were surrounded in mystery and now they are cloaked in fear. Maryn references midwife Elizabeth Davis and discusses the transition from matriarchal to patriarchal society as a cause of the fear and shame around women bleeding. The biggest tragedy of all, says Maryn, is these mysteries aren’t being seen as mysteries and deserving of our attention at all. There is a cultural denial of women’s moon time, birth, and loss for as long as the patriarchal model has been around.
Bleeding is now:

* Seen as unclean
* Viewed as shameful
* Often not recognized at all
* Controlled with pills
* Seen as a nuisance
* Felt as embarrassing

We are repressing our power and hurting ourselves physically and emotional, and Maryn believes this is the bind we are in when it comes to birth. It can help explain why there is no simple way to help connect women with their innate wisdom – there is a strong repression of a woman’s own personal magic! If women don’t understand the Sacred Blood Mysteries it’s very hard to reach them when it comes to birth. In our world, blood is seen as shameful and gross. Our knowledge, wisdom, and rituals are suppressed. Maryn discusses how blood is seen as chaos in our modern lives, as something needing to be controlled. Even home birth midwives are treating blood during birth with fear, even though the majority of the time it is normal.
How can we remember the mystery?
Bringing knowledge, wisdom, and ritual back can look like anything you want! Any kind of celebration and honoring can help bring the change we need for ourselves and our children.
How can we remember and acknowledge all five blood mysteries?

* Learn more ourselves – use online resources and books
* Connect what you learn to your heart – what feels right?
* Explore your own beliefs and feelings on bleeding
* Consider how your religion or spiritual beliefs align with what you learn
* Examine which feelings and beliefs are yours and which are cultural
* Find ways to accept the power and life in bleeding

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Maryn Green yes 42:24
Meditation For the Womb Space: Connecting With Your Internal Knowing https://indiebirth.org/meditation-womb-space-connecting-internal-knowing/ Tue, 03 Jan 2017 01:17:11 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6603 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I offer a simple meditation for the womb space - to help you connect with your internal knowing. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I offer a simple meditation for the womb space - to help you connect with your internal knowing. ]]> Maryn Green yes 19:55 Dispelling 10 Myths About Group B Strep https://indiebirth.org/dispelling-10-myths-group-b-strep/ Tue, 27 Dec 2016 23:01:48 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6595 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about some of the biggest myths about Group B Strep. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about some of the biggest myths about Group B Strep. ]]> Maryn Green yes 54:10 Are You Too High-Risk For Homebirth? https://indiebirth.org/high-risk-homebirth/ Tue, 20 Dec 2016 23:11:17 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6539 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about what "high-risk" means and who is in charge of making that decision. Click here for a written PDF transcription of this podcast. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about what "high-risk" means and who is in charge of making that decision. Click here for a written PDF transcription of this podcast. Click here for a written PDF transcription of this podcast.
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Maryn Green yes 60:23
Serving Women Who’ve Birthed Many Babies: Dispelling the Myths https://indiebirth.org/serving-women-whove-birthed-many-babies-dispelling-myths/ Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:51:58 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6515 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about serving women who've birth a lot of babies, aka the "grand multip." In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about serving women who've birth a lot of babies, aka the "grand multip." ]]> Maryn Green yes 51:36 Thinking Beyond MEAC: A New Vision For Creating Midwives https://indiebirth.org/thinking-beyond-meac-new-vision-creating-midwives/ Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:40:50 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6502 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about a new vision for creating midwives. This podcast has a transcription. Click here for the PDF. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about a new vision for creating midwives. This podcast has a transcription. Click here for the PDF. here for the PDF.
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Maryn Green yes 33:14
A Journey From a Special Scar Cesarean to Homebirth https://indiebirth.org/journey-special-scar-cesarean-homebirth/ Sun, 20 Nov 2016 16:58:21 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6499 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Jacque Campbell about her journey from a Special Scar Cesarean to homebirth. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Jacque Campbell about her journey from a Special Scar Cesarean to homebirth. ]]> Maryn Green yes 59:48 The Sacred Side of Miscarriage with Sabrina Wolf Moon https://indiebirth.org/sacred-side-miscarriage-sabrina-wolf-moon/ Wed, 02 Nov 2016 21:11:36 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6487 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Sabrina Wolf Moon about the sacred side of miscarriage. For more information about Sabrina, visit her website here. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Sabrina Wolf Moon about the sacred side of miscarriage. For more information about Sabrina, visit her website here. For more information about Sabrina, visit her website here.]]> Maryn Green yes 73:13 Postpartum Body Recovery with Lisa Gillispie https://indiebirth.org/postpartum-body-recovery-lisa-gillispie/ Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:29:10 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6480 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Lisa Gillispie about postpartum body recovery. For more information about Lisa's work on this topic, visit her website. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Lisa Gillispie about postpartum body recovery. For more information about Lisa's work on this topic, visit her website. For more information about Lisa’s work on this topic, visit her website.
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Maryn Green yes 54:19
Who’s Touching Your Baby? Thoughts on the Newborn Exam https://indiebirth.org/whos-touching-baby-thoughts-newborn-exam/ Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:40:16 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6460 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I offer some of my thoughts about the newborn exam. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I offer some of my thoughts about the newborn exam. ]]> Maryn Green yes 48:43 Releasing Anxiety in Pregnancy https://indiebirth.org/releasing-anxiety-pregnancy/ Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:41:07 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6436 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about my ideas for releasing anxiety in pregnancy. This episode is dedicated to Sara. Please consider an offer of support to her family here. Correction to information given on podcast: This information came from Sara's sister in law as to correct her cause of death after...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/releasing-anxiety-pregnancy/">Read More</a></p> In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about my ideas for releasing anxiety in pregnancy. This episode is dedicated to Sara. Please consider an offer of support to her family here. Correction to information given on podcast: This information came... This episode is dedicated to Sara. Please consider an offer of support to her family here.
Correction to information given on podcast: This information came from Sara’s sister in law as to correct her cause of death after more information was obtained. Her sister in law says, “She did not pass away due to a pulmonary embolism. Close. But I don’t want women to maybe correlate her labor of Luna now 3 weeks old to a fear of home birth. Sara was passionate about birthing without fear. Sara’s lungs were clear. The cause of death was something called Hemoperitoneum with ruptured aorta.”
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Maryn Green yes 35:28
10 Tips For An Amazing Postpartum https://indiebirth.org/10-tips-amazing-postpartum/ Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:32:13 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6418 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about 10 tips for an amazing postpartum. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about 10 tips for an amazing postpartum. ]]> Maryn Green yes 28:54 10 Pregnancy Nutrition Hacks https://indiebirth.org/10-pregnancy-nutrition-hacks/ Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:46:12 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6382 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about 10 nutrition "hacks" for pregnancy. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about 10 nutrition "hacks" for pregnancy. ]]> Maryn Green yes 34:34 How You’ve Been Programmed to Tolerate Compromise In Your Birth Choices https://indiebirth.org/youve-programmed-tolerate-compromise-birth-choices/ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:18:10 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6349 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about how we've come to think it's normal to compromise in our birth choices. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about how we've come to think it's normal to compromise in our birth choices. ]]> Maryn Green yes 34:22 Sacred Blood: Embracing the Power of Birth Through the Sacred Moon Cycle https://indiebirth.org/sacred-blood-embracing-power-birth-sacred-moon-cycle/ Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:28:01 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6331 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I focus on deepening our understanding of the power of birth through our connection with the sacred moon cycle. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I focus on deepening our understanding of the power of birth through our connection with the sacred moon cycle. Maryn Green yes 41:15 The Indie Birth Manifesto: What We Believe https://indiebirth.org/indie-birth-manifesto/ Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:29:21 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6308 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I walk through the Indie Birth Manifesto. To get your own copy, visit http://www.indiebirth.com/manifesto. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I walk through the Indie Birth Manifesto. To get your own copy, visit http://www.indiebirth.com/manifesto. http://www.indiebirth.com/manifesto.]]> Maryn Green yes 25:46 My Baby Almost Died, But Was Saved By X: Productive Ways to Change the Paradigm https://indiebirth.org/baby-almost-died-saved-x-productive-ways-change-paradigm/ Fri, 27 May 2016 13:29:27 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6221 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about productive ways to respond to the "my baby almost died, but was saved by X" conversations. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about productive ways to respond to the "my baby almost died, but was saved by X" conversations. Maryn Green yes 40:22 Birth Wisdom is Life Wisdom: Applying the Lessons of Labor to the Miracle of Life https://indiebirth.org/birth-wisdom-life-wisdom-applying-lessons-labor-miracle-life/ Thu, 12 May 2016 22:39:23 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6199 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Julia Aziz about her book, LESSONS OF LABOR: One Woman’s Self-Discovery Through Birth & Motherhood. Get more information at LessonsofLabor.com. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Julia Aziz about her book, LESSONS OF LABOR: One Woman’s Self-Discovery Through Birth & Motherhood. Get more information at LessonsofLabor.com. LessonsofLabor.com.]]> Maryn Green yes 38:25 A Midwife By the Numbers or a Midwife of the Heart: My Journey Through Apprenticeship and Beyond https://indiebirth.org/midwife-numbers-midwife-heart-journey-apprenticeship-beyond/ Wed, 04 May 2016 14:31:42 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6195 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about my own journey through apprenticeship... from being a midwife by the numbers to becoming a midwife of the heart. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about my own journey through apprenticeship... from being a midwife by the numbers to becoming a midwife of the heart. Maryn Green yes 46:34 A Radical Approach to Healing Yourself & Helping Others Do the Same with Nekole Shapiro https://indiebirth.org/radical-approach-healing-helping-others-nekole-shapiro/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:25:38 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6190 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Nekole Shapiro about a radical approach to healing yourself and facilitating healing for others. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Nekole Shapiro about a radical approach to healing yourself and facilitating healing for others. Maryn Green yes 38:50 The Death of Midwifery Regulation: 5 Clues the End is Near https://indiebirth.org/death-midwifery-regulation-5-clues-end-near/ Fri, 15 Apr 2016 23:29:33 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6118 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the clues I see that show the end of midwifery regulation is near. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the clues I see that show the end of midwifery regulation is near. Maryn Green yes 33:14 Nutrition For the New Paradigm with Stephanie Vuolo https://indiebirth.org/nutrition-new-paradigm-stephanie-vuolo/ Fri, 01 Apr 2016 19:00:39 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6081 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with my longtime friend, Stephanie Vuolo, about what I call "nutrition for the new paradigm." Learn more about Stephanie here. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with my longtime friend, Stephanie Vuolo, about what I call "nutrition for the new paradigm." Learn more about Stephanie here. Learn more about Stephanie here.]]> Maryn Green yes 57:03 Siri’s Freebirth Story https://indiebirth.org/siris-freebirth-story/ Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:40:48 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=6010 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, hear the freebirth story of a woman who ignored "everyone" but herself. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, hear the freebirth story of a woman who ignored "everyone" but herself. Maryn Green yes 55:09 How Midwifery Regulation Is Controlling YOUR Birth – With Canadian Birthkeeper Yolande Clark https://indiebirth.org/midwifery-regulation-controlling-birth-canadian-birthkeeper-yolande-clark/ Sun, 13 Mar 2016 18:26:03 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=5959 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Canadian birthkeeper, Yolande Clark, about how the changing midwifery regulations are affecting YOUR birth. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Canadian birthkeeper, Yolande Clark, about how the changing midwifery regulations are affecting YOUR birth. Maryn Green yes 82:22 Why Everyone is Rushing Your Birth https://indiebirth.org/why-everyone-is-rushing-your-birth/ Tue, 01 Mar 2016 00:15:34 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=5911 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about something very important: why everyone is rushing YOUR birth. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about something very important: why everyone is rushing YOUR birth. Maryn Green yes 46:53 The Metaphysics of Birth: Empowering Ourselves For a New Paradigm https://indiebirth.org/the-metaphysics-of-birth-empowering-ourselves-for-a-new-paradigm/ Sat, 13 Feb 2016 02:40:59 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=5860 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Melissa Mclarty about the Metaphysics of Birth. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Melissa Mclarty about the Metaphysics of Birth. Maryn Green yes 51:14 Does “Routine” Increase Risk in Pregnancy? https://indiebirth.org/does-routine-increase-risk-in-pregnancy/ Sat, 06 Feb 2016 01:01:15 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=5838 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I take a close look at whether or not "routine" actually increases risk in pregnancy. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I take a close look at whether or not "routine" actually increases risk in pregnancy. Maryn Green yes 47:15 A Close Look at the Wise Woman Tradition https://indiebirth.org/a-close-look-at-the-wise-woman-tradition/ Mon, 01 Feb 2016 00:39:08 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=5758 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I take a close look at the Wise Woman Tradition. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I take a close look at the Wise Woman Tradition. Maryn Green yes 29:48 Evie’s Story https://indiebirth.org/evies-story/ Sat, 26 Dec 2015 21:33:04 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=5556 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Evie as she shares wisdom about her stillborn baby's birth. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Evie as she shares wisdom about her stillborn baby's birth. Maryn Green yes 83:08 The Protective Benefits of Morning Sickness (And Other Theories) https://indiebirth.org/the-protective-benefits-of-morning-sickness-and-other-theories/ Sun, 15 Nov 2015 20:41:46 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=5535 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about some of the research available to help explain morning sickness. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about some of the research available to help explain morning sickness. Maryn Green yes 39:04 Questioning Vitamin K Supplementation of the Newborn https://indiebirth.org/questioning-vitamin-k-supplementation-of-the-newborn/ Fri, 30 Oct 2015 21:29:32 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=5518 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I ask a lot of questions about Vitamin K supplementation of the newborn. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I ask a lot of questions about Vitamin K supplementation of the newborn. Maryn Green yes 40:14 Restoring the Ancient Knowledge of the Postpartum with Rachelle Garcia Seliga https://indiebirth.org/restoring-the-ancient-knowledge-of-the-postpartum-with-rachelle-garcia-seliga/ Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:22:56 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=5479 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Rachelle Garcia Seliga about restoring the ancient knowledge of the postpartum. For more information about the Indie Birth Midwifery Conference, visit http://www.indiebirth.com/conference. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Rachelle Garcia Seliga about restoring the ancient knowledge of the postpartum. For more information about the Indie Birth Midwifery Conference, visit http://www.indiebirth.com/conference. http://www.indiebirth.com/conference.]]> Maryn Green yes 33:14 A New Look at the Rebozo: a Chat With Gena Kirby https://indiebirth.org/a-new-look-at-the-rebozo-a-chat-with-gena-kirby/ Sun, 27 Sep 2015 16:29:21 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=5409 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Gena Kirby about how to take a NEW look at the Rebozo. For more information about the Indie Birth Midwifery Conference, visit http://www.indiebirth.com/conference. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Gena Kirby about how to take a NEW look at the Rebozo. For more information about the Indie Birth Midwifery Conference, visit http://www.indiebirth.com/conference. http://www.indiebirth.com/conference.]]> Maryn Green yes 33:14 Bridging the Gap Between the Old and New Paradigms: An Interview With Dr. Stuart Fischbein https://indiebirth.org/bridging-the-gap-between-the-old-and-new-paradigms-an-interview-with-dr-stuart-fischbein/ Fri, 18 Sep 2015 21:30:35 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=5309 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Dr. Stuart Fischbein about bridging the gap between the old and new paradigms. For more information about the Indie Birth Midwifery Conference, visit http://www.indiebirth.com/conference. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Dr. Stuart Fischbein about bridging the gap between the old and new paradigms. For more information about the Indie Birth Midwifery Conference, visit http://www.indiebirth.com/conference. http://www.indiebirth.com/conference.]]> Maryn Green yes 43:24 Blending the Sacred and Scientific To Build the New Midwifery Paradigm https://indiebirth.org/blending-the-sacred-and-scientific-to-build-the-new-midwifery-paradigm/ Fri, 04 Sep 2015 22:37:28 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=5203 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the blending of the sacred and scientific to build a new midwifery paradigm. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the blending of the sacred and scientific to build a new midwifery paradigm. Maryn Green yes 33:14 Coming Earthside: The Basics of Newborn Transition https://indiebirth.org/coming-earthside-the-basics-of-newborn-transition/ Sat, 22 Aug 2015 14:16:24 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=5040 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the basics of newborn transition. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the basics of newborn transition. Maryn Green yes 60:10 The One About Getting Your Partner “On Board” With Homebirth https://indiebirth.org/the-one-about-getting-your-partner-on-board-with-homebirth/ Fri, 14 Aug 2015 20:44:43 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=5024 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about one of the most common questions I hear: "How do I get my partner on board with homebirth?" You can download the homebirth booklet written by my partner here. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about one of the most common questions I hear: "How do I get my partner on board with homebirth?" You can download the homebirth booklet written by my partner here. You can download the homebirth booklet written by my partner here.]]> Maryn Green yes 54:59 Connecting With Your Inner Knowing: Using the Power of Sacred Sound in Pregnancy and Birth with Akasha Anne Belliveau https://indiebirth.org/connecting-with-your-inner-knowing-using-the-power-of-sacred-sound-in-pregnancy-and-birth-with-akasha-anne-belliveau/ Fri, 07 Aug 2015 17:50:04 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=5018 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with master energy alchemist, Akasha Anne Belliveau, about connecting with your inner knowing during pregnancy and birth using the power of sound. You can find out more about Akasha Anne Belliveau on her Facebook page. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with master energy alchemist, Akasha Anne Belliveau, about connecting with your inner knowing during pregnancy and birth using the power of sound. You can find out more about Akasha Anne Belliveau on her Fac... You can find out more about Akasha Anne Belliveau on her Facebook page.]]> Maryn Green yes 56:18 A Year Later: Reflections on Margo’s Indie Birth https://indiebirth.org/a-year-later-reflections-on-margos-indie-birth/ Sat, 01 Aug 2015 15:19:48 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4996 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Margo as she reflects on the birth of her daughter, Celosia Pearl, who is now 1! You can read Margo's birth story here. You can WATCH a short version here. Listen to Margo's podcast, "Well, Actually..." In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Margo as she reflects on the birth of her daughter, Celosia Pearl, who is now 1! You can read Margo's birth story here. You can WATCH a short version here. Listen to Margo's podcast, "Well, Actually..." You can read Margo’s birth story here.
You can WATCH a short version here.
Listen to Margo’s podcast, “Well, Actually…”]]>
Maryn Green yes 64:50
The Things We Don’t Talk About: Early Miscarriage https://indiebirth.org/the-things-we-dont-talk-about-early-miscarriage/ Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:33:58 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4987 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about things we don't like to talk about. In particular, early miscarriage. I have a very personal story to share with you to begin the conversation. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about things we don't like to talk about. In particular, early miscarriage. I have a very personal story to share with you to begin the conversation. Maryn Green yes 52:15 Why Body Alignment Matters: What Every Pregnant Woman and Midwife Should Know https://indiebirth.org/why-body-alignment-matters-what-every-pregnant-woman-and-midwife-should-know/ Sat, 18 Jul 2015 00:51:44 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4979 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I interview Lisa Gillispie, an expert in whole body alignment. Lisa Gillispie is passionate about helping women feel comfortable during pregnancy, give birth more easily, and, enjoy life after birth. In her work with women online and in-person, she uses craniosacral therapy, whole body alignment and somatic experiencing...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/why-body-alignment-matters-what-every-pregnant-woman-and-midwife-should-know/">Read More</a></p> In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I interview Lisa Gillispie, an expert in whole body alignment. Lisa Gillispie is passionate about helping women feel comfortable during pregnancy, give birth more easily, and, enjoy life after birth. Lisa Gillispie is passionate about helping women feel comfortable during pregnancy, give birth more easily, and, enjoy life after birth. In her work with women online and in-person, she uses craniosacral therapy, whole body alignment and somatic experiencing to help them improve their movement and alignment patterns and experience less pain and more ease in their daily life. She is a Restorative Exercise Specialist and licensed massage therapist living in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and 6 year old daughter. She can often be found playing on the monkey bars and walking barefoot through her neighbor’s yards.
You can access the resources mentioned in the podcast here.]]>
Maryn Green yes 60:03
Is This Normal? Why Does THIS Pregnancy Feel Different Than Your Others? https://indiebirth.org/is-this-normal-why-does-this-pregnancy-feel-different-than-your-others/ Sat, 11 Jul 2015 18:40:50 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4970 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about all of the things that can go through your head when you start comparing how you feel with your current pregnancy to the way you felt during your previous ones. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about all of the things that can go through your head when you start comparing how you feel with your current pregnancy to the way you felt during your previous ones. Maryn Green yes 35:38 The Third Time’s a Charm: Julianna’s Freebirth https://indiebirth.org/the-third-times-a-charm-juliannas-freebirth/ Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:44:01 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4961 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Julianna about the freebirth of her third child. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Julianna about the freebirth of her third child. Maryn Green yes 61:47 Demystifying the Posterior Baby https://indiebirth.org/demystifying-the-posterior-baby/ Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:11:18 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4947 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I focus on creating some clarity around what is often a confusing topic.  Many women fret unnecessarily about baby position; and a baby in a posterior position in pregnancy can cause a lot of stress! Click here for a downloadable PDF transcription of this podcast, Demystifying the Posterior Baby...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/demystifying-the-posterior-baby/">Read More</a></p> In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I focus on creating some clarity around what is often a confusing topic.  Many women fret unnecessarily about baby position; and a baby in a posterior position in pregnancy can cause a lot of stress! Click here for a downloadable PDF transcription of this podcast, Demystifying the Posterior Baby
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Maryn Green yes 58:50
Don’t Hire a Midwife Without Asking These Questions https://indiebirth.org/dont-hire-a-midwife-without-asking-these-questions/ Sun, 21 Jun 2015 23:14:31 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4917 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about questions you must ask before you hire a midwife. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about questions you must ask before you hire a midwife. Maryn Green yes 54:41 The Midwife Myth: How to Hire an Expert Who Isn’t An Agent of the State https://indiebirth.org/the-midwife-myth-how-to-hire-an-expert-who-isnt-an-agent-of-the-state/ Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:48:14 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4749 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about what every woman must know is ANOTHER option for having an expert at your birth. Click for a PDF download transcription of this podcast. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about what every woman must know is ANOTHER option for having an expert at your birth. Click for a PDF download transcription of this podcast.
Click for a PDF download transcription of this podcast.
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Maryn Green yes 57:11
The Free Thinking Woman’s Guide to Listening to Your Baby’s Heartbeat https://indiebirth.org/the-free-thinking-womans-guide-to-listening-to-your-babys-heartbeat/ Sat, 04 Apr 2015 03:30:11 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4675 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about what you need to know when it comes to listening to your baby's heartbeat in pregnancy or in labor. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about what you need to know when it comes to listening to your baby's heartbeat in pregnancy or in labor. Maryn Green yes 41:13 Sarah’s Super Fast Freebirth https://indiebirth.org/sarahs-super-fast-freebirth/ Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:11:56 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4657 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with my friend Sarah about her super fast freebirth. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with my friend Sarah about her super fast freebirth. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 55:06 Navigating the Waters: How to Assess Waters Opening Before Labor https://indiebirth.org/navigating-the-waters-how-to-assess-waters-opening-before-labor/ Fri, 06 Feb 2015 19:13:20 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4579 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about how to assess your experience if your waters open before labor. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about how to assess your experience if your waters open before labor. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 52:12 The First Few Days With a Newborn: What’s Normal? https://indiebirth.org/the-first-few-days-with-a-newborn-whats-normal/ Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:13:04 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4576 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about what to expect during the first few days with a newborn. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about what to expect during the first few days with a newborn. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 35:52 How to Keep “The State” Out of Your Vagina During Labor https://indiebirth.org/how-to-keep-the-state-out-of-your-vagina-during-labor/ Fri, 16 Jan 2015 22:12:53 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4569 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about what you need to know about routine vaginal exams during labor. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about what you need to know about routine vaginal exams during labor. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 42:18 Beautiful Breech: Opening the Doors to an Option Many Women Are Told Isn’t Possible https://indiebirth.org/beautiful-breech-opening-the-doors-to-an-option-many-women-are-told-isnt-possible/ Tue, 06 Jan 2015 01:18:18 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4566 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the truth when it comes to breech birth. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the truth when it comes to breech birth. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 1:12:15 Balancing the Unseen: Dealing With Emotions During Pregnancy https://indiebirth.org/balancing-the-unseen-dealing-with-emotions-during-pregnancy/ Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:25:48 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4519 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about dealing with emotions in pregnancy. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about dealing with emotions in pregnancy. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 33:21 The Free Thinker’s Guide to Meconium https://indiebirth.org/the-free-thinkers-guide-to-meconium/ Wed, 08 Oct 2014 01:50:20 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4504 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about all of the fear surrounding meconium. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about all of the fear surrounding meconium. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 50:05 Natalia’s Freebirth of Twins https://indiebirth.org/natalias-freebirth-of-twins/ Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:27:09 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4473 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Natalia Collini about the freebirth of her twins. Just press PLAY below to listen. You can read Natalia's full birth story here. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Natalia Collini about the freebirth of her twins. Just press PLAY below to listen. You can read Natalia's full birth story here. Just press PLAY below to listen.
You can read Natalia’s full birth story here.]]>
Maryn Green yes 47:41
Ending the Fixation on “What You Don’t Want”: How to Get Clear on the Birth You DO Want https://indiebirth.org/ending-the-fixation-on-what-you-dont-want-how-to-get-clear-on-the-birth-you-do-want/ Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:14:04 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4467 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the difference between focusing on what you DON'T want and actually figuring out what you DO want for you birth. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the difference between focusing on what you DON'T want and actually figuring out what you DO want for you birth. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 42:33 Finding Support After a C-Section https://indiebirth.org/finding-support-after-a-c-section/ Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:58:47 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4427 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Jessica Tiderman, founder of Special Scars. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Jessica Tiderman, founder of Special Scars. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 34:13 Ashley’s Amazing Journey From Cesarean to Freebirth https://indiebirth.org/ashleys-amazing-journey-from-cesarean-to-freebirth/ Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:58:31 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4410 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Ashley... a very powerful woman who has a very powerful story to tell. You can read Ashley's full birth story here. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk with Ashley... a very powerful woman who has a very powerful story to tell. You can read Ashley's full birth story here. Just press PLAY below to listen. You can read Ashley’s full birth story here.
Just press PLAY below to listen.]]>
Maryn Green yes 45:09
Why the System Never Told You About Undisturbed Birth https://indiebirth.org/why-the-system-never-told-you-about-undisturbed-birth/ Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:58:22 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4389 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about why so many women are NEVER told about undisturbed birth. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about why so many women are NEVER told about undisturbed birth. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 34:30 How Giving Up Being a “Midwife” Led Me to the True Power of Freebirth https://indiebirth.org/how-giving-up-being-a-midwife-led-me-to-the-true-power-of-freebirth/ Tue, 27 May 2014 22:05:38 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4353 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about how my decision to give up being a "midwife" led me to an amazing discovery about freebirth. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about how my decision to give up being a "midwife" led me to an amazing discovery about freebirth. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 39:32 Ending the Culture of Fear Around Tearing After Birth https://indiebirth.org/ending-the-culture-of-fear-around-tearing-after-birth/ Sat, 10 May 2014 15:57:25 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4336 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the culture of fear surrounding tearing after birth and how we can find a better way forward. There is so much to talk about when it's our bodies and birth. There is SO much fear around "tearing" at birth, that it's astounding! I cite research,...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/ending-the-culture-of-fear-around-tearing-after-birth/">Read More</a></p> In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the culture of fear surrounding tearing after birth and how we can find a better way forward. There is so much to talk about when it's our bodies and birth. There is so much to talk about when it’s our bodies and birth. There is SO much fear around “tearing” at birth, that it’s astounding! I cite research, as well as personal experience, to host a well-rounded discussion about our fears around our bodies changing after birth.
Just press PLAY below to listen. And, if you’d like to read this podcast as a PDF instead, click here.]]>
Maryn Green yes 55:51
Exposing the Postpartum Hemorrhage Deception https://indiebirth.org/exposing-the-postpartum-hemorrhage-deception/ Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:13:09 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4319 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about all of the misinformation and fear surrounding postpartum hemorrhage. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about all of the misinformation and fear surrounding postpartum hemorrhage. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 31:51 Completing the Childbearing Year, the 4th Trimester and Beyond https://indiebirth.org/completing-the-childbearing-year-the-4th-trimester-and-beyond/ Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:00:51 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4312 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about completing the childbearing year, including the 4th trimester and beyond. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about completing the childbearing year, including the 4th trimester and beyond. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 27:48 How Sara’s Using Essential Oils in Pregnancy https://indiebirth.org/how-saras-using-essential-oils-in-pregnancy/ Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:46:34 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4253 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk to Sara about how she's using essential oils in pregnancy. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk to Sara about how she's using essential oils in pregnancy. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 34:08 Paala’s Journey From C-Section to Freebirth https://indiebirth.org/paalas-journey-from-c-section-to-freebirth/ Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:55:45 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4239 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk to Paala about her journey from C-Section, to home birth, to free birth. Just press PLAY below to listen. You can read Paala's birth story here. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk to Paala about her journey from C-Section, to home birth, to free birth. Just press PLAY below to listen. You can read Paala's birth story here. Just press PLAY below to listen.
You can read Paala’s birth story here.]]>
Maryn Green yes 30:19
Rediscovering the Ancient Meaning of “Unassisted” Birth https://indiebirth.org/rediscovering-the-ancient-meaning-of-unassisted-birth/ Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:40:26 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4098 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about why "unassisted" birth doesn't mean you need to be alone. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about why "unassisted" birth doesn't mean you need to be alone. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 21:55 The Postpartum Body: How to Love Where You’re At! https://indiebirth.org/the-postpartum-body-how-to-love-where-youre-at/ Sat, 01 Mar 2014 18:23:21 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=4066 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about my experiences with my postpartum body. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about my experiences with my postpartum body. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 32:33 A Close Look at Early Postpartum https://indiebirth.org/a-close-look-at-early-postpartum/ Fri, 07 Feb 2014 19:21:46 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=3990 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about my experiences during the first few days postpartum. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about my experiences during the first few days postpartum. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 33:29 Past the Due Date: Why the System Wants You to Freak Out and What to Do About It https://indiebirth.org/past-the-due-date-why-the-system-wants-you-to-freak-out-and-what-to-do-about-it/ Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:57:33 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=3954 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the due date and what happens when you pass it. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the due date and what happens when you pass it. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 43:23 Birth Supplies: What You REALLY Need https://indiebirth.org/birth-supplies-what-you-really-need/ Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:12:11 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=3922 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the very short list of supplies you need for a birth. You'll probably be surprised at just how short it is. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the very short list of supplies you need for a birth. You'll probably be surprised at just how short it is. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 30:53 Labor Preparation: Why You Don’t Need It https://indiebirth.org/labor-preparation-why-you-dont-need-it/ Wed, 01 Jan 2014 23:15:04 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=3916 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about labor preparation and why you DON'T need it. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about labor preparation and why you DON'T need it. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 44:07 You Are Not Alone: Building the Community of Powerful Women https://indiebirth.org/you-are-not-alone-building-the-community-of-powerful-women/ Mon, 23 Dec 2013 00:23:19 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=3905 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, Margo and I talk with Sinéad McCarthy, a member of the Indie Birth Community, in an effort to help you understand that YOU are not alone. There are women all over the world who are choosing to OWN their births. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, Margo and I talk with Sinéad McCarthy, a member of the Indie Birth Community, in an effort to help you understand that YOU are not alone. There are women all over the world who are choosing to OWN their births. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 54:58 The Sacred Postpartum: Creating Your Plan To Enjoy the Weeks After Birth https://indiebirth.org/the-sacred-postpartum-creating-your-plan-to-enjoy-the-weeks-after-birth/ Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:49:37 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=3901 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about preparing for one of the most sacred times surrounding your birth. Just press PLAY below to listen. Click here for a downloadable PDF transcription of this podcast, The Sacred Postpartum In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about preparing for one of the most sacred times surrounding your birth. Just press PLAY below to listen. Click here for a downloadable PDF transcription of this podcast, The Sacred Postpartum Just press PLAY below to listen.
Click here for a downloadable PDF transcription of this podcast, The Sacred Postpartum]]>
Maryn Green yes 38:13
Uncovering Your Hidden Talent For Making Perfect Birth Choices (For You) https://indiebirth.org/uncovering-your-hidden-talent-for-making-perfect-birth-choices-for-you/ Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:49:41 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=3898 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about your built in "guidance system" for helping you make the right decisions for you. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about your built in "guidance system" for helping you make the right decisions for you. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 47:30 A Close Look At the Last 10 Weeks https://indiebirth.org/a-close-look-at-the-last-10-weeks/ Sat, 16 Nov 2013 18:58:04 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=3858 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the last 10 weeks of pregnancy and highlight some issues that come up during that time. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the last 10 weeks of pregnancy and highlight some issues that come up during that time. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 38:43 How Kara Pushed Past Her Fears and Chose An Unassisted Birth https://indiebirth.org/karas-story/ Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:38:58 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=3852 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I feature the story of Kara and her journey from birthing with a midwife to making the choice to have an unassisted birth. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I feature the story of Kara and her journey from birthing with a midwife to making the choice to have an unassisted birth. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 41:07 “Is Homebirth Safe?” and Other Stupid Questions We Should Stop Asking https://indiebirth.org/is-homebirth-safe-and-other-stupid-questions-we-should-stop-asking/ Sat, 02 Nov 2013 21:24:34 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=3846 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I discuss why asking the "is homebirth safe" question is simply the wrong question to be asking. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I discuss why asking the "is homebirth safe" question is simply the wrong question to be asking. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 44:02 How to Decide Who Should Be At Your Birth and Why It Matters https://indiebirth.org/how-to-decide-who-should-be-at-your-birth-and-why-it-matters/ Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:23:09 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=3776 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I discuss some things to think about in order to make sure that you have the right people at your birth. You'll hear why that can make an enormous difference. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I discuss some things to think about in order to make sure that you have the right people at your birth. You'll hear why that can make an enormous difference. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 38:38 The Natural Chemical You Need In Pregnancy https://indiebirth.org/the-natural-chemical-you-need-in-pregnancy/ Sat, 12 Oct 2013 02:20:31 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=3763 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I discuss a chemical you definitely want to have in your pregnancy. You'll discover how to get more of it! Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I discuss a chemical you definitely want to have in your pregnancy. You'll discover how to get more of it! Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 46:48 Mid-Pregnancy Ramblings of a Mama at 25 Weeks https://indiebirth.org/mid-pregnancy-ramblings-of-a-mama-at-25-weeks/ Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:00:31 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=3721 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about what's going on during mid-pregnancy. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about what's going on during mid-pregnancy. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 38:29 The Truth About Gestational Diabetes No Doctor Would Ever Tell You https://indiebirth.org/the-truth-about-gestational-diabetes-no-doctor-would-ever-tell-you/ Fri, 27 Sep 2013 22:05:03 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=3698 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about what you need to know about Gestational Diabetes. Here are just a few of the things I discuss... Why higher blood sugar levels are actually NORMAL for pregnant women. How Gestational Diabetes got its name. (HINT: It was about money.) The biggest risk of Gestational...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/the-truth-about-gestational-diabetes-no-doctor-would-ever-tell-you/">Read More</a></p> In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about what you need to know about Gestational Diabetes. Here are just a few of the things I discuss... Why higher blood sugar levels are actually NORMAL for pregnant women. Here are just a few of the things I discuss…

* Why higher blood sugar levels are actually NORMAL for pregnant women.
* How Gestational Diabetes got its name. (HINT: It was about money.)
* The biggest risk of Gestational Diabetes most women don’t even know about.

Just press PLAY below to listen.
Click here for a downloadable PDF transcription of this podcast, The Truth About Gestational Diabetes]]>
Maryn Green yes 47:11
How to Have an Indie Birth Preview! https://indiebirth.org/how-to-have-an-indie-birth-preview/ Tue, 17 Sep 2013 00:33:20 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=3586 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about how to have an Indie Birth! What an "Indie Birth" is and how to plan one! Why mid-pregnancy (or really anytime!) is the time to learn about the way birth works. How MOST births are interfered with in some way; even homebirths. How you can...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/how-to-have-an-indie-birth-preview/">Read More</a></p> In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about how to have an Indie Birth! What an "Indie Birth" is and how to plan one! Why mid-pregnancy (or really anytime!) is the time to learn about the way birth works.
* What an “Indie Birth” is and how to plan one!
* Why mid-pregnancy (or really anytime!) is the time to learn about the way birth works.
* How MOST births are interfered with in some way; even homebirths.
* How you can get 10+ hours of Indie Birth information and inspiration to listen to at your own pace.
* How to gain confidence and make the choices that are right for you NOW… before you are in labor.

(Our “How to Have an Indie Birth course” is now discounted! You can find more info here. We also have updated our birth education offerings with our newest course, 13 Moons: The Indie Birth Experience.)
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Maryn Green yes 19:46
Prenatal Bonding at 20 Weeks and Beyond https://indiebirth.org/prenatal-bonding-at-20-weeks-and-beyond/ Fri, 06 Sep 2013 22:20:49 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=2893 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about prenatal bonding at 20 weeks and beyond, including visualization exercises and more! Please share and feel free to leave comments. Just press PLAY below to listen. In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about prenatal bonding at 20 weeks and beyond, including visualization exercises and more! Please share and feel free to leave comments. Just press PLAY below to listen. Just press PLAY below to listen.]]> Maryn Green yes 26:28 How to Deal With Fear in Pregnancy https://indiebirth.org/how-to-deal-with-fear-in-pregnancy/ Sat, 31 Aug 2013 18:58:53 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=2885 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about how to deal with fear in pregnancy. Here are just a few of the things I discuss... Where does fear come from? What's "normal" when it comes to fear? What can you do to work through your fear and come out even stronger? Why might...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/how-to-deal-with-fear-in-pregnancy/">Read More</a></p> In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about how to deal with fear in pregnancy. Here are just a few of the things I discuss... Where does fear come from? What's "normal" when it comes to fear? What can you do to work through your fear and come o... Here are just a few of the things I discuss…

* Where does fear come from?
* What’s “normal” when it comes to fear?
* What can you do to work through your fear and come out even stronger?
* Why might fear be beneficial and how can we support women in pregnancy when they express their fears?

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What No One Ever Told You About Second Trimester Ultrasound https://indiebirth.org/what-no-one-ever-told-you-about-second-trimester-ultrasound/ Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:31:45 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=2883 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about second trimester ultrasound and open up your mind to information you won't commonly be given. This is a hot topic and we all know someone who could learn and grow from this podcast! Please share and feel free to leave comments. Just press PLAY below...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/what-no-one-ever-told-you-about-second-trimester-ultrasound/">Read More</a></p> In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about second trimester ultrasound and open up your mind to information you won't commonly be given. This is a hot topic and we all know someone who could learn and grow from this podcast! Just press PLAY below to listen. You can download a transcription PDF here ]]> Maryn Green yes 50:17 Indie Birth Mama: Jennifer’s Transformational Journey to Unassisted Birth https://indiebirth.org/indie-birth-mama-jennifers-transformational-journey-to-unassisted-birth/ Tue, 06 Aug 2013 22:53:55 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=2850 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I have the honor of talking with an amazing woman that wanted to share her story with you. You can hear the audio at the bottom of this post. Her journey to having an unassisted "Indie Birth" is inspiring, empowering and changed her forever. I think you will...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/indie-birth-mama-jennifers-transformational-journey-to-unassisted-birth/">Read More</a></p> In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I have the honor of talking with an amazing woman that wanted to share her story with you. You can hear the audio at the bottom of this post. Her journey to having an unassisted "Indie Birth" is inspiring, You can hear the audio at the bottom of this post.
Her journey to having an unassisted “Indie Birth” is inspiring, empowering and changed her forever. I think you will agree that taking back our power through birth is so often just a CHOICE, and this chat highlights that so well.
You can read Jennifer’s birth story here and watch a video of her birth below.

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Self-Sufficient Care in the Second Trimester – Taking Back Birth Episode 8 https://indiebirth.org/self-sufficient-care-in-the-second-trimester-taking-back-birth-episode-8/ Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:44:42 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=2820 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about things you should know when it comes to caring for yourself in the second trimester. Here are just a few of the things I discuss... How to care for yourself in the 2nd trimester. What the "theme" of the 2nd trimester is. What you may...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/self-sufficient-care-in-the-second-trimester-taking-back-birth-episode-8/">Read More</a></p> In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about things you should know when it comes to caring for yourself in the second trimester. Here are just a few of the things I discuss... How to care for yourself in the 2nd trimester. Here are just a few of the things I discuss…

* How to care for yourself in the 2nd trimester.
* What the “theme” of the 2nd trimester is.
* What you may notice physically, mentally and emotionally during the 2nd trimester.
* Some physical landmarks and characteristics to pay attention to.
* Starting to think about birth both spiritually and emotionally.

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Maryn Green yes 45:29
Healthy Ways to Support Your Pregnancy for the Indie Birth Mama – Taking Back Birth Episode 7 https://indiebirth.org/healthy-ways-to-support-your-pregnancy-for-the-indie-birth-mama-taking-back-birth-episode-7/ Fri, 19 Jul 2013 01:44:54 +0000 http://www.indiebirth.com/?p=2785 In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about some options you may not know about to help you round-out your self-care. None are necessary, but all may help balance and support you. Here are just a few of the things I discuss... 5 amazing ways to naturally support your pregnancy. Ways to use...<p class="more-link-wrap"><a class="more-link" href="https://indiebirth.org/healthy-ways-to-support-your-pregnancy-for-the-indie-birth-mama-taking-back-birth-episode-7/">Read More</a></p> In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about some options you may not know about to help you round-out your self-care. None are necessary, but all may help balance and support you. Here are just a few of the things I discuss... Here are just a few of the things I discuss…

* 5 amazing ways to naturally support your pregnancy.
* Ways to use flowers and herbs to compliment your self-care.
* Suggestions for sources/practitioners.
* Why these suggestions are not NEEDED but can help provide optimum health.

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Maryn Green yes 49:11