EPISODES
  • #348 A Conversation with NAPRO Obstetrician Naomi Whittaker

    Blyss is in a birth whirlwind and Dr. Stu shares some great breech stories. Dr. Stu is especially excited to talk with our guest, Dr. Whittaker, a NAPRO doctor specializing in the Creighton Method and restorative reproductive medicine. We have a fascinating conversation about her journey to understanding alternative ways of viewing the menstrual cycle, ovulation and fertility.

    About Dr. Naomi Whittaker:

    Dr. Naomi Whittaker is the founder of RRMAcademy.org and an OBGYN fertility surgeon focused on women's restorative reproductive medicine, compassionate healthcare, and education.

    Dr. Whittaker is a board certified OBGYN and a fellowship trained surgeon who specializes in the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and NaProTechnology, which works cooperatively with a woman's body to treat the underlying cause of gynecologic issues and infertility, such as endometriosis and PCOS.

    Dr. Whittaker helps women improve their gynecologic health, and avoid/achieve pregnancy in accordance with their natural fertility using the latest research, medicine, and surgery.

    Key highlights:

    • Q&A and Positive Birth Stories
    • NaPro Technology Exploration
    • Medical School Experience and Lack of Empathy
    • Exploring Menstrual Irregularities and Reproductive Medicine
    • Effective Treatment Options for Female Infertility
    • Endometriosis and Its Impact on Fertility
    • Alternative Approaches to Fertility Treatment

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    1h 36m | Feb 14, 2024
  • #347 Hospital as Savior

    ACOG states the hospital is the safest place to give birth and many families are convinced the hospital saved their baby. Sometimes it is true. Today Blyss and Dr. Stu talk about that and why much of the time it may not be and about the shaping of those perceptions. ACOG is still pushing untested jabs in pregnancy and do pediatricians take bonuses to do the same? Blyss has a birth to share and Dr. Stu returns from teaching breech & twin skills in Florida.

    In 2015 the world was thrust into fear about the Zika Virus. In our Patreon segment Dr. Stu and Blyss discuss a chapter from the book "Crooked, Man Made Disease Explained" about the flawed science and thinking behind the paranoia.

    Key highlights:

    • RSV Prevention and Vaccination Challenges
    • Debate on Vaccines and Medical Authority
    • Cord Prolapse and Fetal Monitoring Misconceptions
    • Hospital Interventions and Risks in Childbirth
    • Home Birth vs Hospital Birth
    • Vaccine Safety and the Zika Virus
    • Toxins, Heavy Metals, and Vaccine Safety

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    1h 35m | Feb 7, 2024
  • #346 The One Hour Prenatal Visit

    Question: How do obstetricians do in 10 minutes what midwives do in an hour? Answer: They don't! Blyss and Dr. Stu discuss the differences in models and share what a midwife prenatal visit looks like. 

    We unpack the intricate layers of birthing options, from the empowering choice of vaginal breech delivery to the complex dance between a midwife's guidance and the birthing individual's instinct. Together, we navigate the challenging terrain of advocating for personal birth plans amidst the machinery of hospital protocols, and celebrate the strength of those who pursue supportive birthing environments with midwives. 

    ACOG is at it again and some doctors and moms are going rogue. The courage to question the status quo in medicine leads us to fresh perspectives on patient care, education, and the pursuit of alternatives that may redefine the future of reproductive health. 

    Dr. Stu is on the road again teaching breech and twin skills while Blyss is home waiting on babies.

    Key highlights:

    • HPV Vaccination Controversy and Alternative Approaches
    • Pregnancy Symptoms, Supplements, Postpartum Plan
    • Prenatal Visits and Midwifery Practices
    • Managing a Transverse Lie in Labor
    • Arm Presentation and Cesarean Section Risk

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    1h 28m | Jan 31, 2024
  • #345 Hard Truths About Placental Abruption

    Today on the podcast, Blyss & Dr. Stu respond to fellow travelers' stories and take a hard look at a serious disorder.

    This episode is a deep exploration of the complex and often urgent medical scenarios that can arise during childbirth, such as placental abruption and uterine rupture. From understanding the different classifications of placental abruption to recognizing the symptoms, we shed light on the critical importance of swift medical attention for the safety of both mother and child. 

    Blyss shares our Patreon vision and Dr. Stu revisits some information on the cervix.

    Key highlights:

    • Routine Pelvic Examinations
    • Placental Abruption and Uterine Rupture Risk
    • Understanding Placental Abruption, Its Risk Factors, and Its Classifications
    • Recognizing and Managing Placental Abruption
    • Placenta Previa

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    1h 19m | Jan 24, 2024
  • #344 The Cervix May Be Insufficient But Incompetence Is Everywhere

    Blyss is back to discuss all things cervix and the lack of reverence for the birth process while Dr. Stu shares some silly rules from around the world. 

    We raise our voices against the defensive jargon and standardized procedures that fail to honor each woman's unique journey through pregnancy and birth. We wade through a mother's right to personalized care, and the undercurrents of regulation that shape midwifery. 

    As we explore the wonders of the cervix, from its role in Pap smears to its remarkable capacity to evolve during pregnancy and birth, our awe for the female body grows.

    We introduce our new Patreon feature and respect for breech practitioners all.

    Key highlights:

    • Midwives for Women's Health Exams
    • Cervical Insufficiency Treatment Options and Considerations
    • Cervix Issues and Premature Membrane Rupture
    • The Cervix and Labor Progression
    • Downsides of Membrane Sweeps
    • Understanding Cervical Dilation and Labor Progress

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    1h 38m | Jan 17, 2024
  • #343 Fear is a Thief

    We are re-releasing episode 261 and it is timely and ever-important! In this episode, Dr. Stu and Blyss take a glance into the past to inform the present. Dr. Stu reads a chapter about the history of whooping cough from a book he’s been reading titled, “Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and The Forgotten History”. Although the book was published 10 years ago, and its focus is historical, it offers lots of insight into the development, administration, and propaganda behind the world’s current most popular vaccine. This episode serves as a stark reminder that history repeats itself.


    In this episode of Birthing Instincts:

    • Differing perceptions of pain
    • Comparing the covid and whooping cough vaccine
    • Dr. Stu reads an excerpt from “Dissolving Illusions”
    • How the medical paradigm can create widespread cognitive dissonance 
    • Reasons not to trust organizations of authority


    Books, Studies & Quotes Referenced:


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    1h 27m | Jan 10, 2024
  • #342 Dr. Stu's End of the Year Leftovers

    While Blyss is away, Dr Stu goes solo and shares some holiday leftovers from his mind attic. Twins, breech, artificial intelligence, and more interventions. What can we hope for and what can we avoid in 2024.

    Dr. Stu discusses the vital role of personal touch in childbirth and ponders the pushback received when challenging conventional medical narratives. He delves into the importance of hands-on expertise in birth settings, the challenges faced by aspiring home birth midwives, and the sometimes misplaced focus on potential problems in pregnancy.

    In a world where women's choices in childbirth are paramount, this episode underscores the pressing need for skilled providers to support vaginal breech births, a choice often denied in conventional hospital settings. The episode concludes with a focus on the significance of respecting patient preferences and the empowerment that comes from having genuine birth options. Tune in for a thought-provoking session that champions the human element in medicine and the birthing experience.


    Key highlights:

    • Birthing Choices and Online Outrage
    • Restrictions on Midwives and Home Births
    • Concerns About Vaccines During Pregnancy
    • Vaccines for Infants
    • Men's Fertility 
    • Vaginal Breech Birth


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    1h 7m | Jan 3, 2024
  • #341 Overcoming Obstacles: A Twin Birth Story

    With Blyss away, Dr. Stu has the good fortune to talk with twin parents, Anna & Jorge, and Midwife Nancy Pol about their journey with mono-di twins. Navigating the fear-filled medical system and traveling across state lines led them on another path to the birth they desired for their identical baby girls.

    Twin pregnancies often come with a cloud of uncertainty and fear, but this episode sheds light on their beautiful potential. We unveil enlightening insights from a study revealing positive twin home birth outcomes, pushing back against the stigma of high-risk labels. Hear firsthand from Anna and Jorge, whose story of facing the unknown with courage and navigating the healthcare system with tenacity, underscores the value of training in vaginal twin and breech delivery. 

    Your stories, your feedback, and your dedication to exploring these vital issues fuel our continued commitment to bring these discussions to the forefront.

    Key highlights:

    • Navigating Fear in Twin Pregnancy
    • Monitoring Twins and Financial Incentives
    • Inductions and Obstetric Care
    • Twin Birth Options and Alternative Care
    • Positive Twin Home Birth with a Midwife


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    1h 34m | Dec 27, 2023
  • #340 Unraveling Genetic Screening

    Understanding the different types of genetic screening can be confusing. Blyss and Dr. Stu try to make sense of this important topic. We catch up on Dr. Stu's appearance on the Daily Show, and Blyss makes a rookie mistake.

    We also highlight the unpredictable nature of birth and the necessity of surrendering to the process. Sharing a birth experience, we underscore the importance of preparedness and letting go of the idea of being in control. A listener's letter sheds light on the need for more understanding and support for mothers during the postpartum period. We discuss women's expectations during childbirth and the dire need for improved care and support from the medical system. We address the importance of genetic testing for carrier screening and the potential ramifications of expanding government-run healthcare.

    Our conversation further delves into the importance of men's fertility in conception and healthy pregnancies, sharing insights from a listener’s NIPT test. We stress the importance of women advocating for themselves and trusting their gut when it comes to their pregnancy and birth choices. 

    Key highlights:

    • Government Control of Home Births
    • Expectations and Lessons from Birth Experiences
    • Home Birth and Genetic Screening 
    • Carrier Screening for Genetic Conditions
    • False Positive Rates and NIPT Testing


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    1h 36m | Dec 20, 2023
  • #339 Early Pregnancy Loss

    After a family weekend, Dr. Stu drives up to Santa Barbara for an in-person visit with Blyss. We catch up on smiles and laughter before exploring the sadness that is early pregnancy loss and what you should know.

    We explore the profound impact this unfortunate event has on women, and discuss the power of language in shaping perspectives and fostering empowerment.

    We cover critical topics such as the safety of Tamiflu for expecting mothers, and we also grapple with the concept of "common good" in a world where personal freedoms are frequently challenged. Together, we break down the barriers of the healthcare system, shedding light on the importance of aligning birth preferences with the right medical partner.

    We later delve into the sensitive topic of early pregnancy loss. Amid the hard-hitting realities, we remind ourselves of the importance of presenting women with choices, promoting honesty in healthcare, and advocating against unnecessary interventions. Guiding you through this complex maze, our aim is to leave you feeling informed, empowered, and most importantly, heard.

    Key highlights:

    • Early Pregnancy Loss
    • Tamiflu, Coercion, and Medical Concerns
    • Prenatal Care and Hospital Options
    • Ectopic Pregnancy and Management Options
    • Women's Choices in Miscarriage Management


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    • BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.

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    1h 38m | Dec 13, 2023
  • #338 Breech Birth Finally Explained

    Listener questions on breech prompted Blyss & Dr. Stu to discuss one of our favorite topics in detail. Vaccine hesitancy is on the rise. Experts still wonder why. We share what we are thankful for as the holidays are just around the corner.

    Ever wondered why breech birth is widely feared and misunderstood? We unravel the complexities around breech birth, exploring safety measures, the undeniable significance of informed consent, and the startling risks of epidurals.

    We tackle the sensitive issue of drug testing for expectant women and its potential implications. Addressing the escalating trend of drug testing for mothers and their newborns, we issue a warning about the likelihood of false positives leading to discrimination and criminalization. We take a closer look at a recent study on the impact of fentanyl in epidurals on newborns and how this influences the interpretation of drug test results. 

    Join us on this enlightening journey as we traverse the labyrinth of childbirth, breech births, and so much more. You won't want to miss this!

    Key highlights:

    • Risks of Flu, COVID, and Vaccination
    • Risks and Outcomes of Breech Births
    • ACOG Guidelines for Vaginal Breech Delivery
    • Supporting Breech Deliveries
    • Breech Baby Turning and Birth Options


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    • BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.

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    1h 37m | Dec 6, 2023
  • #337 Labor is Not a Toothache

    We give some theory and new science on epidurals. These are things you ought to know. Blyss tells a tale of two births while Dr. Stu spreads real information around the globe.

    First up, we reflect on our recent webinar on home birth hesitancy, discussing fear-inducing tactics used by the medical industry. We question scientific experiments and discuss gaslighting around polio.

    We then share powerful birth stories and address the challenges faced while navigating the medical model of birth. We underline the unpredictability of birth and the pivotal role of doulas. We also examine the motives of the pharmaceutical industry, especially concerning misinformation about birth control, and question the possible link between the approval of vaccines for pregnant women and the surge in infant mortality rates. 

    Finally, we scrutinize the use of epidurals in childbirth and their impact on labor, portraying the contrasting rates of epidural use across various countries and hospitals. We explain that labor pain serves a purpose and is not merely a negative experience.

    Key highlights:

    • Advocacy for Natural Delivery
    • Birth Control Misinformation
    • Hospital Birth Experience and Concerns
    • The Impact of Epidurals on Labor and Baby
    • Epidural Risks


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    This show is supported by:

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    • BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.

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    1h 25m | Nov 29, 2023
  • #336 Support & Sanctity of the Birth Space

    British osteopath, Doula & Birth Mentor, Shellie Poulter shares her insight and experience with coercion in the birth space and solutions for its betterment. We discuss how mistreatment in the hospital system is not limited to patients and families. A jet-lagged Dr. Stu shares the tale of his time teaching in the U.K. while Blyss dealt with a tough birthing situation. 

    It's an open dialogue where no topic is off-limits. We dive headfirst into the harsh reality of coercion in healthcare and its uncanny resemblance to abusive behavior. As we navigate the underbelly of medicine, we also explore the fascinating world of the polyvagal theory, shedding light on how medical professional's behavior can be influenced by their stress responses. We also discuss the cold indifference many pregnant women face from their healthcare providers. 

    From nutrition during pregnancy to the intrusive nature of hospital interference in physiologic birth, we guide you through an enlightening narrative that emphasizes the importance of reform in birthing practices.

    Key highlights:

    • Complications and Support During Birth
    • Navigating Vaginal Bleeding and Birth Choices
    • Coercion and Lack in Medical Care
    • Polyvagal Theory and Medical Treatment Dynamics
    • Trauma and the Birth Experience
    • Pregnancy Nutrition
    • Physiologic Birth and Hospital Interference
    • Abusive Practices in Hospital Settings

     

    Episode resources:

    About Shellie Poulter:

    Shellie trained in Osteopathic and Naturopathic medicine in 2005 and has been working as a doula and cranio-sacral therapist, mentor and lecturer for 17 years. She teaches birthing biomechanics and trauma informed, non-violent communication courses as well as holding monthly Bitesize Birth lectures and safe discussion spaces for birth workers.

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    • BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.

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    1h 48m | Nov 22, 2023
  • #335 Faith Filled Birth: An interview with Tara Menzies

    While Dr Stu is teaching and playing abroad, Blyss sits with Tara, founder and voice of the Christian Hypnobirthing movement, to discuss her personal birth stories and how these experiences, her faith, tenacity, and curiosity led her to creating this popular app that tens of thousands of women have used to support their birth journeys. Tara's app seamlessly blends traditional hypnobirthing techniques with elements of Christian spirituality and has been a beacon of peace and comfort for expectant mothers globally.

    Tara and Blyss journey through a myriad of topics - from the power and spirituality of childbirth, the impact of the physical and cultural environment of a hospital on the birthing experience, to the complexities of faith and spirituality. Tara's candid exploration of her return to Christianity, the transformative power of prayer, and the universal message of love that lies at the heart of her faith is nothing short of awe-inspiring. This conversation serves as a reminder of the profound connections, love, and spirituality that can be experienced through childbirth.

    Key highlights:

    • Hypnobirthing and Faith-Filled Childbirth
    • HypnoBirthing App and Its Impact
    • Birth Experiences and Perspectives
    • Childbirth Environment and Religious Perspectives
    • Discovering Personal Faith and Spirituality


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    About Tara Menzies:

    Tara Menzies is the creator of the Christian Hypnobirthing app and the Faith-Filled Childbirth Course. She created the app in early 2018 after the birth of her first son, because she wanted to combine traditional hypnobirthing techniques (breathing and visualisation exercises, positive affirmations etc) with the incredible love, strength and support that come from our Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit, to help expecting mamas feel confident relaxed and connected to God throughout their births. The Christian Hypnobirthing app has since become one of the most highly rated hypnobirthing apps worldwide, and has helped tens of thousands of women have more relaxed, confident and faith-filled birth experiences.

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    1h 18m | Nov 15, 2023
  • #334 Transcending the Surface, the Benefits of Meditation

    Dr. Stu checks in with Blyss from teaching and enjoying Ireland and they are joined by Vedic Meditation Teacher, Doula and Mom, Patti Quintero to discuss the great necessity of mind and soul maintenance and the expansion of self in a world of stress.

    We traverse the globe from Ireland to New York, then Los Angeles, discussing cultural nuances around birth choices and the shockingly high C-section and intervention rates in different countries.

    Our guest Patti explores the power of expanded consciousness beyond thoughts and how this practice can improve our lives. We delve into the profound effects meditation can have on parenting, helping us transition to motherhood, manage stress, reduce inflammation, and cultivate a wider range of perception. We conclude with an introspective look at the concept of premature cognitive commitments and how past experiences influence our present behavior. Tune in for an enlightening ride through birth choices, meditation, prenatal yoga, and more.

    Key highlights:

    • Benefits of Meditation for Birth
    • Exploring Meditation and Consciousness
    • Vedic Meditation and Its Benefits
    • Expanding Consciousness Beyond Thoughts
    • Meditation's Power for Parenting and Life

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    About Patti Quintero:

    Patti Quintero is a mother of two, a birth doula, a global educator of Yoga for over 20 years and a Vedic Meditation teacher.

    She is the founder of UMA MOTHER whose focus is on elevating & expanding mother’s consciousness through Meditation, Yoga, Community and Education via her UMA class app, workshops and retreats.

    Uma Mother was born through Patti’s personal journey through pregnancy into motherhood. These essential practices that nurture presence, vitality, adaptability and access to a source of inner guidance, became an invaluable foundation. Since then she has curated pre&postnatal yoga trainings in both english and spanish, worked as a doula and child birth educator, spearheaded philanthropic projects for underserved mothers, and served as a community leader to hundreds over the years.

    Full bio: umamother.com/about

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    • BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.

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    1h 46m | Nov 8, 2023
  • #333 "Erring on the Side of Caution" - Trick or Treat?

    In their somewhat erratic Halloween tradition, Blyss & Dr. Stu share some scary stories and a lot of dumb doctor dogma. We also introduce our upcoming Webinar, "Bringing The Homebirth Hesitant on Board" debuting in November. 

    This episode brings to light the complex connections between nature, healthcare, and risk assessment. We reflect on how our understanding of nature is reflected in our treatment of healthcare, and the importance of considering risks when making decisions. We also navigate through some controversial medical topics and Q&A sessions, exploring the implications of medical interventions and the potential risks associated with them.

    Key highlights:

    • Lack of Trust in Health Agencies
    • Controversial Medical Topics and Q&A
    • Baby's Renal Pelvis Concerns
    • Issues With Medical Protocols and Policies
    • Monitoring Jaundice in Home Births
    • Medical Intervention Dangers
    • Finding Confidence in Listening to Intuition


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    This show is supported by:

    • LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every order
    • Needed | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.
    • BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.


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    1h 22m | Nov 1, 2023
  • #332 Influenza & Pregnancy, Data vs. Dogma

    Autumn is here and beside the display of nature's splendor comes the inevitable cold and flu season with all it's precautions and warnings. Blyss & Dr. Stu refuse to blindly accept the standard recommendations offered by organized medicine. Together they dive into what is known about influenza in pregnancy and share their wisdom and typically strong opinions.

    In this episode, Dr. Stu and Blyss explore the power of advocacy during pregnancy and birth. They explore the pros and cons of the RhoGAM shot during pregnancy, discuss intermittent fetal monitoring during labor, and the topic of delaying the standard shot of Pitocin after delivery. This chat is punctuated by a journey back in time to the complex history of midwifery and medicine, the shift from apprenticeship to professional schooling, and the upcoming challenges if this trend continues.

    Key highlights:

    • Influenza in Pregnancy
    • Empowering Advocacy in Pregnancy and Birth
    • Apprenticeship in Midwifery and Medicine
    • Vaccination and COVID-19 During Pregnancy
    • Risks of Flu Vaccination in Pregnancy
    • Controversy Surrounding Vaccinations in Pregnancy

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    This show is supported by:

    • LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every order
    • Needed | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.
    • BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.

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    1h 28m | Oct 25, 2023
  • #331 Who Owns the Word "Midwife"?

    Today we have as our guest spiritual midwife, Anna Lundqvist, who chose defiance and de-registering rather than submit to the bloody shit show that is the increasingly regulated and medicalized world of midwifery. Her story and wisdom are compelling. Blyss launches The Bridge Midwives and Dr. Stu speaks out on some new platforms.

    This conversation aims to strip back the layers to reveal the influences of patriarchy and the church on midwifery and women's rights. We'll navigate through riveting historical narratives involving the rise of the barber surgeon and the man midwife. We'll also delve into a comparison of evidence-based practices in Sweden and the autonomy (or lack thereof) for Australian midwives.

    We take a deep dive into the power and history of midwifery, including the haunting past of witches and midwives who faced persecution for their healing practices. This episode promises to unravel the relevance of this history, and how it illuminates the marginalization of women. Our hope is to leave you inspired and enlightened, with an expanded perspective on birthing experiences.

    Key highlights:

    • Understanding Motivations and Traditions in Childbirth
    • Midwives, Witches, and Women's Rights
    • Role of Healthcare Professionals in Birth
    • Men's Fertility
    • Traditional Midwifery
    • The Impact of Cesarean Section Rates

    Episode resources:

    THE MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT GREED, LIES & ABUSE START WITH PREGNANT WOMEN | Counter Narrative Ep. 122

    Book: Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers (Contemporary Classics)

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    • BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.

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    1h 25m | Oct 18, 2023
  • #330 The Time To End The Emphasis On Due Dates Is Overdue

    In today's episode, we discuss the origins and question the usefulness of estimated due dates. Blyss gets back to birthing and Dr. Stu is gaining media exposure to spread the word. Digging a deeper hole of mistrust, ACOG unequivocally supports the RSV vaccine for pregnant women. Once again, the math and ethics do not line up for them.

    We question ACOG's support for this barely tested vaccine and the potential risk it poses. The hypocrisy of medical professionals blaming midwives for problems caused by their own practices also comes under scrutiny. Plus, we also shed light on the dangers of due dates inaccurately assigned to pregnant women, especially for those with diabetes.

    Finally, we challenge the medical model of due dates, discussing the history of the calculation and the accuracy of ultrasound in determining gestational age. This discussion also revolves around individualizing care for the pregnant woman when determining the due date and the importance of avoiding unnecessary medical interventions. Don't miss out on this thought-provoking episode filled with insights, debates, and the joy of birth.

    Key highlights:

    • RSV Vaccine Risks and Benefits Debate
    • Debunking the Medical Model of Due Dates
    • Ultrasound's Accuracy in Estimating Gestational Age
    • Challenging the Concept of Due Dates
    • Difference in Pregnancy Lengths Theory

    Episode resources:


    This show is supported by:

    • LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every order
    • Needed | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.
    • BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.

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    1h 38m | Oct 11, 2023
  • The Remembering: Debut Episode of At Her Feet

    Unearth the rich and mesmerizing traditions of midwifery as Blyss announces her new podcast, At Her Feet, with her co host Lindsey. This episode is a homage to midwives across the globe, their vibrant cultures, and the pivotal role they play in the birthing process. Settle in as Blyss and Lindsey share their journey from a transformative retreat in Mexico to the profound wisdom passed down by our ancestors.

    Blyss and Lindsey explore the historical influence of midwifery across various cultures. Their travels to India, Bali, and Mexico have shown them the global lack of midwives and the urgent need for proper training and resources to reduce maternal and child deaths. They illuminate the impacts of modern medicine on traditional midwifery and the perpetual importance of preserving this age-old wisdom. Tune in as Blyss and Lindsey voice their passion for midwifery and our endeavor to keep these sacred traditions alive.

    Episode resources:


    Key highlights:

    • Introducing the Bridge Midwives Project
    • Introducing At Her Feet
    • The Magical Ice Bath Experience
    • Discovering Grandmother Wisdom and Traditional Midwifery
    • Exploring Midwifery and Traditional Birth Practices
    • The Influence of Culture on Midwifery

    Connect with Lindsey:

    Website: theremembering.co

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    58m | Oct 6, 2023
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