“Welcome back to the Wild Womb podcast. Episode 4! Yay! One whole month of magic! This week is a truly lovely and informative chat with Koyuki Smith a childbirth educator and doula as well as THE Birthing From Within facilitator for New York. I knew nothing about Birthing From Within before our conversation, and this was such an educational treat. This childbirth education perspective is truly supportive of all experiences and really helps birthing folk (and professionals!!) navigate the winding, and often messy road that is birth. My favorite part of Birthing from Within is that there really is NO judgment. One of my biggest goals with this podcast is to create an environment that is moving away from judgment and towards honest support of each other. I think Birthing from Within falls so in line with my personal beliefs and goals and I think a lot of you will be happy to hear that it does for you as well.”
This week’s conversation felt like yet another soul nourishing chat with Koyuki Smith of Birthing From Within. Koyuki is a birth doula, childbirth educator, babywearing expert, and Birthing From Within facilitator and practitioner. She is such a joy! I hadn’t known much about Birthing From Within before our chat. Actually, I came to realize I knew nothing at all. I don’t want to try to re-explain Birthing From Within, because Koyuki does such a beautiful job of it in this episode. I do want to say, however, that it was so refreshing to hear that this modality exists! This podcast has been pretty natural birth heavy so far, and while I am really excited about natural birth- there is no ‘right’ way to do this, and birthing from within is really cognizant of that. One of my goals with this project is to try to push through the shame and judgment that exists around how we choose to birth and, more generally, exist in our bodies. There is so much unnecessary judgment out there that is truly detrimental to our well-being. I thought about this a lot during our conversation and it’s been on my mind a lot since. The way we engage with eachother and ourselves should be more thoughtful and less negatively charged. Hearing about Birthing From Within made me feel like there was some real work being done to change this discourse and to move towards fully holding space for one another as we navigate these major changes and choices.
I was so inspired by this conversation and am signing up for Koyuki’s Birthing from Within workshop that she’s holding for birthing professionals on May 12. Join me!