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Having a Home-birth Mindset in a Hospital Environment

Maartje Bruning : Having a Home Birth mindset in a Hospital Environment

It was so fun having Maartje o the podcast sharing her wisdom and personal experience on the topic. She is certainly rocking the Birth World bringing her Doula-dom and Doula-ness to the Doula-hood in Amsterdam.

Enjoy!

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Maartje Bruning’s Bio:

Maartje is an Amsterdam based Doula and has guided already over 100 births in both medical and home birth settings.
Maartje was a fashion entrepreneur for many years in the shoes&bags importing business.
She became a mother in 2007 and 2011 of 2 vibrant, happy and healthy girls in a clinical setting.
JJ doula training in Amsterdam in 2013, adding Birthlight pregnancy yoga teacher training in 2014 and starting her doula business Mother Me Amsterdam.
Launch of partner workshops Birthing Basics and Gewoon Bevallen in 2015 and adding Spinning Babies and Rebozo techniques to her training.

Maartje’s Quote:

“Start celebrating the birth of your baby at the actual birth and do not wait for a year to bake that cake or hang up the bunting.
I will hand you the flag but you will have to put it up yourself.”

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What is “Normal” when it Comes to Birth?

Its certainly time we had another Doula on the show. Its no secret I think Doulas Rock! I am so thrilled to introduce Mari Gordon this week while we get to hear why she has such a positive fresh approach to birth and life.

Enjoy!

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Mari Gordon's Bio:

Mari (Gordon) is a US native who has been living in the Netherlands for the past 19 years. Having done just about everything under the sun, she finally decided to answer a calling, and completed her doula training with JJ Doula Training in Amsterdam in 2012.  She feels especially passionate about childbirth education and breastfeeding support. Alongside her growing doula practice, she’s the proud mother of two very sassy little girls.

 

Mari’s Quote:

"Open, Flexible, Positive"

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Finding Your Desire

Definitely one of my fave episodes to date. Julie is so eloquent, she shares so deeply, she is so so wise and I feel blessed to be able to bring you this episode. Its a goodie! You will have tingles.

Enjoy!!

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Julie Tenner's Bio:

Julie Tenner, The Pleasure Nutritionist and co-founder of Nourishing the Mother and mother of three is a Naturopath, specialising in women’s health, Birth Coach and Mothering Mentor on a mission to reconnect women to their pleasure and nourish so much more than just their bodies.

Beyond the nutrient impact of food

Frustrated with the paradigm of health and nutrition which sees women berate themselves for breaking their ‘food rules’, Julie’s approach looks beyond the nutrient impact of food to look at our beliefs, conditioning and uncover what it is that truly moves us as women, giving us to permission to receive, nourish and inspire – creating a ripple effect in our families and out into our communities.

When women say “yes” to themselves, they pave the way for those around them. When women awaken their sensuality, when they feel deliciously connected to who they are, when pleasure becomes part of them, not separate to them – they become a beacon for desire and magnificence.

For over a decade Julie has helped women reconnect to their magnificence – because relationships, health, birth and motherhood can be a luscious love affair.

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Reframing Pain

This has got to be THE episode that I always get first time mums to listen to. No matter what type of birth they are planning, they need to understand the principles that Rhea teaches in this episode.  This episode without doubt belongs in our Best Of series!!  And every woman should know these principles on pain before going into their first labour.

This is light bulb going off “aha moment” kind of stuff and I am thrilled to bring this information to you.

Rhea was a joy to have on the show. So informative. So wise and such a  joy to listen to.

A blessing to the birth world and a woman of such wisdom.

I am so happy to share this important message from Rhea and I love her chosen quote..

“you don’t have to like it to do it brilliantly”  from a fellow birth worker.

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

THEA DEMPSEY’S BIO:

Rhea Dempsey is a highly respected childbirth educator, author, speaker, counselor and birth attendant with experience at over 1000 births. With adult daughters and grandchildren of her own, Rhea’s understanding of birth has been gained over four decades of working with pregnant women, their partners, support people, midwives and medical practitioners, in home and hospital settings.

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The Sacredness of Birth

After trying to get Dana on for a while, finally our diaries collided as we got to hear her insight on the sacredness of birth. We talk empowered women, placentas, crossing over tot hat mystical realm in birth and so much more.  I am grateful for the work she does, the insight she has and that she was able to share with us.

Enjoy.

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Dana Lindzon’s Bio:

I am a Canadian Born Mother of 3 daughters.  I originally moved to Holland in 1999 to continue my advanced studies at the Art Academy in Amsterdam- The Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Art and creativity were always at the centre of my life since my earliest days but when I became pregnant with my first daughter in 2005, the focus of my life was forever transformed.  Nothing I’ve experienced so far was as remarkable or exciting as this first journey through pregnancy, the indescribable wild intensity of giving birth for the first time and then of course becoming a mother, a mother!!!!

Birth experience

This to me was true creation, and I couldn’t wait to go through it again.  A real shift for me came in 2008 when I gave birth to my second daughter.  My first daughter was born in a hospital.  It was a positive experience, so we did not really think about our options and were planning on returning for the second birth as well.  As things turned out, this second birth progressed so quickly, and so effortlessly, that there was no choice actually but to birth at home.  I was given this huge gift that I had previously no real idea about, and had an amazing, life changing home birth experience.  After this birth I felt like shouting from every rooftop: DO YOU KNOW WHAT BIRTH CAN BE LIKE!!!!!

I was drawn to every pregnant woman I saw and was on a mission to understand and share with women (any woman who would listen) what an incredibly positive, joyous, transformative experience birth can be.  This was a defining moment in my life and the moment in which I feel that I truly became a doula.  Since that birth I have been immersed in educating myself in everything I could find about birth, sifting through the current predominant disempowering beliefs and fears and getting to the roots of the transformative, empowering and sacred aspects of birth as mother nature intended, and which I have come to understand, is our birth-right as women.  There was no turning back.

My 3rd daughter was born in 2011, this time it was a planned home birth. It has been a totally unexpected blessing to be able to support women in childbirth.  I am now, besides being the proud, active mother to my 3 school aged children, a full time certified doula and birth coach, and an active presence in the Birth Community hosting workshops, events and gatherings on a regular basis for pregnant women, new mothers, women preparing for pregnancy and birth professionals in Amsterdam.

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Finding Your Desire

Definitely one of my fave episodes to date. Julie is so eloquent, she shares so deeply, she is so so wise and I feel blessed to be able to bring you this episode. Its a goodie! You will have tingles.

Enjoy!!

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Julie Tenner’s Bio:

Julie Tenner, The Pleasure Nutritionist and co-founder of Nourishing the Mother and mother of three is a Naturopath, specialising in women’s health, Birth Coach and Mothering Mentor on a mission to reconnect women to their pleasure and nourish so much more than just their bodies.

Beyond the nutrient impact of food

Frustrated with the paradigm of health and nutrition which sees women berate themselves for breaking their ‘food rules’, Julie’s approach looks beyond the nutrient impact of food to look at our beliefs, conditioning and uncover what it is that truly moves us as women, giving us to permission to receive, nourish and inspire – creating a ripple effect in our families and out into our communities.

When women say “yes” to themselves, they pave the way for those around them. When women awaken their sensuality, when they feel deliciously connected to who they are, when pleasure becomes part of them, not separate to them – they become a beacon for desire and magnificence.

For over a decade Julie has helped women reconnect to their magnificence – because relationships, health, birth and motherhood can be a luscious love affair.

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Waterbirth

Yes its true – I have truly been looking forward to sharing this episode more than any other. As a 2x Waterbirther myself and knowing that I would only ever choose to birth in water given the chance again, this topic is dear to my heart. Not that I want all women to birth in water but I certainly want them to have the option available to them shall they want to.

Barbara is the warrior of Waterbirth, she spends her time traveling the globe, educating, lecturing and spreading the message of Waterbirth and all its benefits.

Enjoy the amazing episode and please Share!

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Barbara Harper's Bio:

Barbara Harper is an internationally recognized expert on waterbirth and Gentle Birth. Dedicating her life to changing the way we welcome babies into the world. Over the past four decades, Barbara has worked as an OB and pediatric nurse, home birth midwife, midwifery instructor, doula and doula trainer, and childbirth instructor. She has used her vast experience to develop many unique seminars which she teaches within hospitals, midwifery and medical schools and community groups worldwide

Waterbirth

She founded Waterbirth International in 1988, to ensure that waterbirth is an “available option” for all women.

She has authored many journal articles and the highly acclaimed book and DVD, Gentle Birth Choices. Her next book ‘Birth, Bath & Beyond: A Practical Waterbirth Guide for Parents and Providers, will be ready for publication, soon. She lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is active in her community as a volunteer and as a midwifery and doula mentor and teacher. website is www.waterbirth.org

Barbara's Quote:

“Water birth is easier for Mums and better for babies”

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Reframing Pain

What a thrill to have Rhea Dempsey on the show for our 20th episode! A blessing to the birth world and a woman of such wisdom.I am so happy to share this important message from Rhea and I love her chosen quote..

“you don’t have to like it to do it brilliantly”  from a fellow birth worker.

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Thea Dempsey's Bio:

Rhea Dempsey is a highly respected childbirth educator, author, speaker, counselor and birth attendant with experience at over 1000 births. With adult daughters and grandchildren of her own, Rhea’s understanding of birth has been gained over four decades of working with pregnant women, their partners, support people, midwives and medical practitioners, in home and hospital settings.

 

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Birth Plans, Hospital Preferences

I was thrilled to have Pip from Birth Savvy on Episode 14 who is so passionate about birth, outcomes, people knowing their options and asking for what they want. So very often discussed but never is there really a what to avoid or a where to look…. here are some tips to consider for your birth plan. Why you need one… why its ok to call it a plan and what might never be accepted if it was in one. So as you can imagine this week is a very important message that all mums to be would love to hear. One to certainly be shared many times!!

So please do share this episode and it’s links/resources with those pregnant women around you especially those nearing the end of their pregnancy. And Have you subscribed yet to Mum’s The Word to get all the episodes delivered to your phone as soon as they are released each Friday? You can do so here on iTunes.

ENJOY this week’s Episode here and thanks for listening!!

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Pip Wynn Owen's Bio:

Pip is a childbirth educator, midwife and mother of four who is a passionate advocate of empowering parents to create better births. Over a decade ago Pip was charged with the antenatal classes program and teaching at a large private hospital. Working as a midwife at the time, Pip decided to enrol in formal childbirth education study through Birth International. The study dramatically changed her understanding and approach to prenatal education. 

Independent childbirth education service

With the birth of her fourth child, her first with an obstetrician in the private hospital, Pip realised the real need to create an independent childbirth education service, operating externally and alongside the system. 

She launched “Birth Savvy – Ask for What You Want” in early 2013 which promotes Better Birthing through education. Workshops are held throughout WA and focus on helping parents get the birthing experience they deserve through increasing their confidence and knowledge and promoting an equal partnership with their obstetricians. Since the inauguration of “Birth Savvy”, Pip has discovered the complimentary practice of hypnobirthing, and has since qualified as a Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner.

Through her passion for improving birth experiences for couples Pip has become a sort after commentator on maternity issues and makes regular appearances on National Radio and TV. She has also been asked to written opinion pieces for national newspapers. She has also contributed to magazines and online blogs, such as Practical Parenting, Empowering Birth and www.onyamagazine.com Pip was also awarded the National Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner of Excellence 2014/2105

Pip’s Quote:

“Enjoy the pregnancy, its such a special time, you are growing a human being” 

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(In)fertility, Optimal Pelvic Health and Mercier Therapy

Its Episode 3 and we have Jennifer Mercier sharing with us some of her wisdom.

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Jennifer Merciers Bio:

Jennifer’s passion is serving women with fertility issues, pelvic pain, general wellness matters, holistic breast care and newborn/infant cranio-sacral balancing. 

Fertility challenges

During her undergraduate years Jennifer was preparing to attend medical school and at the same time was diagnosed with endometriosis and went to massage therapy school. It was a busy time indeed. In the early 90’s she worked as a clinician for the Center for Human Reproduction and learned so many amazing things as well as how broken the system really is in regards to how women are treated with fertility challenges. The cycles very rarely worked and when they did there were a lot of pregnancy losses. It started her thinking about the pelvic organs and how could we get this area to work more effectively. Especially if women were going to undergo numerous medically assisted cycles how could this process be less emotionally and physically charging?  Jennifer observed marriages end and couples second mortgage their home just to undergo one more IVF cycle just for it to fail again. It broke her heart. Years later when she decided not to go to medical school she gave it some thought on how to proceed so she could effectively serve women with fertility challenges in a non-invasive way.

Jennifer ultimately decided to go into Midwifery and trained by apprentice  in a myriad of different settings such as birth center, home and hospital. Over a span of 15 years she took care of women and their babies in a very gentle and respectful manner.

Jennifer also trained as a Naturopathic Doctor and graduated in 1999 from a wonderful program that had to close it’s doors due to low enrollment. Since graduating she’s traveled the world from the US, Caribbean, Central America, Mexico ,Canada, Europe and the Middle East studying with some amazing teachers in the field.

Jen is a healer, teacher, mother, director/producer, and practitioner.

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