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A podcast for the thinking woman, not afraid to question the current policy based maternity system. Hosted by the Virtual Midwife, Karen Wilmot who left hospital work to unlearn everything she knew and relearn it in a way that remains true to her calling to be "with women". In this podcast she shares lessons from the labor room, women's wisdom, interviews with thought leaders and discussions with change makers, along with transformational lessons and meditations for pregnancy and birth. Continue Reading >>
A podcast for the thinking woman, not afraid to question the current policy based maternity system. Hosted by the Virtual Midwife, Karen Wilmot who left hospital work to unlearn everything she knew and relearn it in a way that remains true to her calling to be "with women". In this podcast she shares lessons from the labor room, women's wisdom, interviews with thought leaders and discussions with change makers, along with transformational lessons and meditations for pregnancy and birth. << Show Less
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Switch on your Vagus Nerve in Labor It's part 2 of the Vagus Nerve and how you can "switch it on" to assist you during labor.
In this episode you'll learn about

Breathing techniques to tone the vagus nerve
Massage techniques and touch points for the vagus nerve
Toning and sound during labor

As usual, there's lots of laughs and sex just always seems to come up but hey! that's how we roll!
The Due Date Club is a midwife led mother directed online community. Communities are awesome. They are the single best way for you to gather the support you can’t get on your own, especially in these chaotic, rapidly changing times. In the Due Date Club you'll find tons of free resources and courses to prepare you for an informed and empowered birth.
Relax into Birth with Doula Charlene Yared West
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Switch on your Vagus Nerve in Labor It's part 2 of the Vagus Nerve and how you can "switch it on" to assist you during labor.
In this episode you'll learn about

Breathing techniques to tone the vagus nerve
Massage techniques and touch points for the vagus nerve
Toning and sound during labor

As usual, there's lots of laughs and sex just always seems to come up but hey! that's how we roll!
The Due Date Club is a midwife led mother directed online community. Communities are awesome. They are the single best way for you to gather the support you can’t get on your own, especially in these chaotic, rapidly changing times. In the Due Date Club you'll find tons of free resources and courses to prepare you for an informed and empowered birth.
Relax into Birth with Doula Charlene Yared West
Everything you wanted to know about the Vagus Nerve during Pregnancy Let's take a trip into your body and learn about the longest nerve in your body and how it can guide and assist you during pregnancy, labor and birth. The vagus nerve is your body’s superpower and it’s used to counteract your fight/flight system. Now you definitely don't want to be in fight or flight when you are in labor. The vagus nerve helps you to remain calm when you are stressed and to know when you are no longer in danger. It helps you to stay in “rest and digest” which is a lot more conducive to progressing labor.
In this episode you'll learn what the vagus nerve is, how it works and why it's important. In our next episode you'll learn some valuable techniques to stimulate the vagus nerve and why comfort measures like breathing, massage and toning work.
The Due Date Club is a midwife led mother directed online community. Communities are awesome. They are the single best way for you to gather the support you can’t get on your own, especially in these chaotic, rapidly changing times. In the Due Date Club, everything you need to know about pregnancy, birth and babies is in one place along with tons of free resources or upgrades for personal support.
Relax into Birth with Doula Charlene Yared West
Hermine Hayes-Klein Human Rights in Childbirth Hermine Hayes (Opening Keynote)
Hermine Hayes-Klein, JD is an international birth rights lawyer with extensive experience advocating for the human rights of birthing people, around the U.S. and internationally. From 2007-2012, Hermine taught international law at The Hague University in The Netherlands, where she was also the Director of the Bynkershoek Institute Research Center for Reproductive Rights.
From 2012-2017, Hermine organized 6 international conferences on the topic of Human Rights in Childbirth. Since 2017, Hermine has focused on direct legal advocacy to advance reproductive justice in maternal healthcare. She has represented midwives in administrative, civil, and criminal legal proceedings, and advocated for their right to work with autonomy and security in many states and nations. She also advocates for birthing people who have experienced informed consent violations, racism, and obstetric violence during childbirth.
VIDM page: https://vidm.org/hermine-heyes-klein/
Hermine Hayes-Klein Human Rights in Childbirth Hermine Hayes (Opening KN)
Hermine Hayes-Klein, JD is an international birth rights lawyer with extensive experience advocating for the human rights of birthing people, around the U.S. and internationally. From 2007-2012, Hermine taught international law at The Hague University in The Netherlands, where she was also the Director of the Bynkershoek Institute Research Center for Reproductive Rights.
From 2012-2017, Hermine organized 6 international conferences on the topic of Human Rights in Childbirth. Since 2017, Hermine has focused on direct legal advocacy to advance reproductive justice in maternal healthcare. She has represented midwives in administrative, civil, and criminal legal proceedings, and advocated for their right to work with autonomy and security in many states and nations. She also advocates for birthing people who have experienced informed consent violations, racism, and obstetric violence during childbirth.
VIDM page: https://vidm.org/hermine-heyes-klein/
What You Need to Know About Blood Types and Pregnancy One of the routine blood tests that you’ll have done in early pregnancy is a test to determine your blood group. Unless you’ve had major surgery or needed a blood transfusion, you might not know. But in pregnancy it’s important because your baby’s blood group may be different to yours.
In this episode you will learn

the different blood types
what is the rhesus factor
why it is important to know blood type and rhesus factor
how negative blood type affects pregnancy
testing for antibodies
treatment for Rh incompatibility

Recommended reading and resources
Dr Sarah Wickham on Anti - D
https://www.sarawickham.com/anti-d/
Rhogam Injection information
https://www.rxlist.com/rhogam-side-effects-drug-center.htm


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How important is your birth environment? Choosing your birth environment is more than deciding whether you will be giving birth at home, in hospital or at a birth center. In this episode we talk about creating a safe sanctuary to welcome your baby into that goes beyond the aesthetics of your chosen place of birth and includes the preparation of your space and the people you bring into it.
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All about Transition Transition is the final phase of the first stage of labour and marks the cervix opening to its widest diameter and the descent of the baby's head. It's physically and emotionally intense and is often the time when you think you can't go on anymore. Karen talks about the 4 D's of transition - denial, despondence, defiance and desperation and they share examples of these from recent births. Charlene highlights the importance of making sure partners know what to expect with transition so they can step in and support you rather than freaking out when you most need them!

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Do you Need a Birth Plan? I have a love/hate relationship with birth plans so we thought it would be a great topic to bring to our weekly chats about everything pregnancy, birth and beyond. In this episode we chat more about why birth plans became popular and the importance of using the right language when creating one so that what you are really creating is a birth day wish list. Essentially everything that you do leading up to your birth is part of your birth plan and involves preparation - which is the part that I love. The more you prepare, the better the plan.
Drop us a line if you have any questions. We love feedback and if there is a subject you'd like to hear us natter about then let us know.
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What About Water Birth? Waterbirth is known for its pain relieving effects and the benefits do not stop there. Water helps the mother to be buoyant and gives her added capacity for mobility. The water softens the tissues as the baby moves down the birth path and provides the baby with a gentle landing, as it transitions from the amniotic waters into the waters of the pool. The soothing effects of water cannot be denied and we chat all about this amazing option for labour and for birth at home or at hospital, to help you make your mind up about it and decide if you would like to try it for your birth experience.
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