Wild Womb Podcast

Birthing From Within Feature

Check out my recipe that was published on the Birthing From Within blog!

I will be collaborating with Birthing From Within providing various recipe favorites for their blog. These recipes are some of my favorite go-to’s for postpartum families. They are focused on healing and repairing the body after birth, as well as supporting breastfeeding.

This particular recipe is a 2-for-1: Vegan Healing Broth and Golden Curry Lentil Stew

The broth is slow-cooked and deeply healing- full of adaptogenic herbs, minerals, and plenty of gut-supporting seaweed! I use the broth as the base of the stew, which is high in vegan protein and very easy to digest.

Food is such rich medicine.

 

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Be your own gynecologist! Take charge of your reproductive health and learn some preventative care you can do yourself. Understand how to find and check your cervix and cervical fluid, how to track your cycle and pay attention to fertility signs, herbs for gynecological issues, and cycle syncing.

 

Episode 4

“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!

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Episode 3

“Welcome back to the Wild Womb Podcast. Episode 3!! This week features Tanya Wills, homebirth midwife and founder of Manhattan Birth. Tanya has an alphabet’s worth of credentials (CNM, IBCLC, WHNP) as well as being a mother herself! Tanya is a CHAMPION for women’s health and is working tirelessly front and center to change the framework and discourse around reproductive health for women. She is a role model of mine and I am thrilled to have had this conversation. We get to hear all about how she got to this work and all the magic she’s creating on the daily. Tanya is reframing how we think about birth with her no-bullshit and “no purple crystals” approach. Working with her has left me feeling informed, completely unjudged, and supported in making my own health choices- which has inspired me to do a better job with the same for my clients. Reach her here: www.manhattanbirth.com/ and on social media @manhattanbirth xoxo”

 

Tanya began her journey into birth work after she switched from an OB to a homebirth midwife after week 34 of pregnancy with her first child. Tanya is self-proclaimed “unqualified” to have a spiritually transformative home birth experience, yet she did. All she asked for her experience was for everyone to get out of her way and sometimes hold her hand, that is exactly what they did- she birthed her baby and this experience changed her forever, inspiring a leap into the world of birth work. Tanya became a doula just six months post-partum and felt strongly compelled to become a midwife. She found herself at Yale, making her way through their nurse midwifery program. She simultaneously became an IBCLC, going on to work and learn with homebirth and nurse midwives in a birthing center in New Jersey. Tanya now primarily works as a homebirth midwife and runs Manhattan Birth. Manhattan Birth offers comprehensive childbirth education to people having all types of births, lactation services, doula services, lactation and mama support groups, counseling and well women care. She can do a pap smear without a speculum, and I strongly suggest anyone needing some radical well women care- CALL HER!

Tanya is a true champion of women’s health and I am so fortunate to have gotten to speak with her. Please feel free to reach out with feedback, as always I would love to hear from you.

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Episode 2

Welcome to episode 2! This episode is with Lauren Crigler, one of the first women I got to work with as a doula back in 2015. Lauren gave birth to her daughter Pema Crow in her home in Montague, MA in May 2015. We talk through her birth story and thoughts on parenting and everything that has happened and changed since she became a mom. We talk about taking charge of you and your family’s health and choices, respectful parenting, travelling with young ones, mom guilt and so much more. The book regarding vaccines that Lauren mentions is “The Vaccine Book” by Robert W Sears. Reach out with any thoughts or questions you may have. I LOVED this episode and I hope you do too.