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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!

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  • Rachel Olufson

    Thanks for your "ramblings" on the latest podcast "Thoughts and feelings 32 weeks", I am currently 23/24 weeks and so much of your story resonates with me. The post loss pregnancy and how this baby has provided me with so much reassurance I can already sense her littler personality (as of recent) and perhaps that is why I panicked this weekend and decided her nursery was not fit for her and it needed MORE whimsy, color, texture etc...which is not my style but I certainly feel as though she will enjoy it LOL so your comment about their soul coming into being made so much sense. This is my first planned home birth and the fears are creeping in preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, preterm birth etc...(although in reality this has been the most "boring" pregnancy I have had to date)...which I have not had in my past 2 pregnancies but I suppose make me fearful of not having control of getting my home birth experience. SO I continue to envision what birth will look like and that it will all work out and deal with my fears. This pregnancy too physically has been my hardest pregnancy yet symphis pubic dysfunction, ligament pain, INSOMNIA also in my head are due to being pregnant so much this last year or my AGE. Although it may feel like ramblings to the universe it is helpful to at least someone and relatable - thanks for sharing 🙂 Best wishes to you and this pregnancy!

  • Sonora Leon

    WOW exactly what I am feeling.. how can you put these complex emotions into words so perfectly! I also only have 8 weeks left, we are practically giving birth the same day! It has been so helpful to listen to these podcasts and this one specifically has brought so much relief to me. It really hits home for me, someone understands! Even the heartburn and the lack of planning at this late date. You are my hero and these podcasts are saving me. Thanks again huge time and good luck with this last leg!

  • Bronwyn

    I really appreciate your podcast. I listened to it all throughout my most recent pregnancy, which was my first home birth, and loved the persectives you have. I'm curious if you have written or spoken more about your 4th child's not coming into his body right away. It sounds fascinating and I would love to know more about what that was like.

  • Thanks, Bronwyn. Yes, good reminder that I should do a podcast on his birth which also was an after-birth transport. Perhaps after this birth I will! Love, Maryn

  • Bronwyn

    It's a really interesting idea I hadn't fully considered until you mentioned it. Looking back, I have one child that I think took much longer than her siblings, who I think were all hovering around me pre-conception and ready from the get go. Anyway, when you're ready. Best wishes on your last months.

In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I focus on our remembering of the sacred blood mysteries.

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  • Magdalena Ellverson

    Thank you so much for this! Empowering!
    Where can I find your podcast on Moon circles that you mentioned here? LOVE

  • Thanks! All of the podcasts can be found here. The one you are looking for is called "Sacred Blood".
    http://www.indiebirth.com/podcastarchives

  • Bronwyn

    Love it. My oldest daughter will start her cycles within the next couple of years, and has always hated the sight of blood. I'm trying to teach her the idea that in this case, blood is a sign of good health, and not something to be afraid of. But that isn't a dominant cultural idea for sure.

In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I offer a simple meditation for the womb space - to help you connect with your internal knowing.

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  • tracycourtneywills@gmail.com

    I enjoy this meditation. Having listened to your voice so much and trusting you a lot by now, it's very soothing and the twice I have listened to it at bedtime I have fallen asleep with a lovely sense of calm and connectedness (hoping to get to the end next time!) Thank you Maryn. (Please can we have more short meditations!) x

  • Thanks for the feedback, Tracy, and glad you enjoyed it!
    I'd love to hear some ideas you have for others. This was a new direction and I was not sure how it would be received!

    Love, Maryn

In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about some of the biggest myths about Group B Strep.

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  • Fantastic information! In my "gut" I knew this was a "new health crisis" when Strep B suddenly came out of the woodwork a few years ago. I never had any testing through my pregnancies from 1980 onward. Thank you Maryn for putting in the effort & research to expose these myths!

  • Thanks for this great podcast (and all the others you share with us!) and shining a light of truth on GBS.. I feel as though I listened a day too late and unfortunately self administered the GBS test at my 36 week check up, because my midwife made me feel as though it was mandatory... upon further reading in Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering a woman has a right to refuse any tests, like GBS. Something the medical world doesn't want strong minded women to know. That being said- does anyone know if it's illegal to refuse antibiotic treatment during birth if a woman has GBS culture and not infection upon further testing (urinalysis) after a positive vaginal/rectal swab?
    Thanks!

  • Is antibiotics in labor the protocol your midwife uses, if you were to test positive? Most homebirth midwives are luckily still not administering antbx at home and usually encourage natural treatments. As far as declining antbx from hospital protocol, in theory you should be able to decline anything! In practice, it will depend on each practitioner. Good luck!

In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about what "high-risk" means and who is in charge of making that decision.

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  • C

    I enjoyed this podcast very much. I have an idea for a future podcast:
    I am 22 weeks with twins. Having had a very successful home birth through a licensed midwife a few years ago, I immediately contacted her upon learning that I was pregnant for the third time. It was only later through ultrasound that we discovered dichorionic twins. At that point, because of local legislation, she had no choice but to refer me to an obstetrician, but said that we could continue to do shared care. Once in the obstetrician's office, I was told that, "Sorry, shared care is against our policy. Your midwife can be there in a support capacity, but we will be making all the medical decisions." Not to mention, I was told how it's going to be; vaginal exams at every two week visit, and vaginal ultrasounds every two weeks alternating between the two weeks, induced labor between 37-38 weeks, epidural is highly recommended because they "always seem to have to reach up into mom and pull out Baby B" (???), fetal monitoring screwed into baby's head and so much more that makes me cringe. My question is, once I'm in this system, how do I get out? At this point, an unassisted home birth with my doula close by and the hospital a 15 minute drive away if needed sounds way safer than any of this. I feel like I'm submitting to be voluntarily tortured. I don't want any of it, including these invasive vaginal exams that have started at 20 weeks that I fear could actually cause preterm labor. I'm employing the Brewer Diet with the hope that I will be able to hold onto my twins to term and really don't agree with inducing labor unless there is a medical reason to do so, such as high blood pressure, heart issues, etc... My potential future podcast topic is: Do you have any tips for opting out with rocking the boat too much? I have other children I have to consider too and would not want authorities questioning my parenting ability because of my somewhat unorthodox view that a woman's body is meant to give birth in it's own time, in it's own natural way, twins included.

  • Hi and thanks! I will add your podcast idea to my list and see if I can come up with anything!
    In the end, we have to make the choices that are right for us, and our babies.
    Best wishes

    Love
    Maryn

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.

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  • Stephanie Abramovici

    Thank you for the lovely podcast. In June of this year, I had my second miscarriage in a row. My son's heart stopped beating at 13 and a half weeks. After 2 and half weeks of waiting for his earthly body to pass, and some heavy conversations with our baby,my water broke. My beautiful son Gabriel was born outside in nature shortly after, on a remarkable overlook on the most beautiful summer evening. It was powerful and healing. My husband and I have never felt more deeply connected then from this experience of meeting our son. The deeply spiritual lessons I learned are not something that I can share with many people, and I appreciate the conversation.

  • So many hugs to you, Stephanie. I understand as well, and had a similar (but different) experience; also of a son. You can read it here if you wish! Love, Maryn http://www.indiebirth.com/the-birthdeath-of-sable-sage/

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