Being Engaged and Connected in the Birthing Process
The main focus of today’s episode with Bex is the it difference it makes when you are present and engaged for your birth versus being disconnected from the experience. Bex has had 5 children with the first 3 being born in a hospital and the second two at home. She describes how those experiences were so different for her and much of it had to do with the mindfulness aspect of her birth. She used Hypnobirthing/Hypnobabies, meditation, and yoga through her pregnancy and births. This is an all around awesome episode for anyone interested in learning more about mindfulness and birth through the experience of a mom who’s been there!
Rebekah “Bex” Borucki Bio
Rebekah “Bex” Borucki, founder of BEXLIFE® and the BLISSED IN® wellness movement, is a mother of five, TV host, meditation guide, Hay House author, speaker, birth doula, fitness and yoga instructor, and popular social media personality. She also travels extensively, sharing her love for yoga, wellness, and meditation at exclusive workshops, luxury retreats, and public events.
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Kayley Vise’s Birth Story
Kayley Vise is from the Central Florida area. She is 25 years old and helps people with taxes for a living. Her passion for all things birth started with her best friend, when she she had the opportunity to attend her homebirth about 2 1/2 years ago. Kayley feels that her real calling for life is to be active in the birthing world. She loved her pregnancy and birth and thinks of it often. She utilized hypnobirthing, and it worked wonderfully for her so she encourages women all around her to use it and to know they are powerful.
Kayley recommends Hypnobirthing, chiropractors, and Ina May Gaskin!
Hypnobirthing and Other Resources
The Business of Being Born
Ina May Gaskin’s TEDxSacramento Talk
Planning a Homebirth in Australia
In this episode Cassandra Casillas-Smith tells the her birth story of having a homebirth in Australia. She describes the midwifery model of care and her experience as an expat in Australia of planning for and going into labor and ultimately giving birth at home. If you want to hear another set of birth stories that took place in Australia, listen to Shalome Doran’s episodes which also feature a homebirth in Australia and one of her experiences was even an orgasmic birth.
An Expat Preparing for Childbirth in Australia
Cassandra Casillas-Smith lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Ben, baby girl Ruby and little pup Winston. She grew up in a small town outside Dallas, TX and went to college in Austin, TX. After college she joined the Peace Corps and received a placement in Mongolia. It was in Mongolia where she met her husband, Ben. He went to Mongolia with the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Programme and worked at the United Nations Development Programme.
After Mongolia they did some traveling and Cassandra returned to the Peace Corps to serve a 6 month placement in Suriname, South America. After Suriname she and Ben decided to move to Perth, Australia because that’s where the jobs were. They spent 2 lovely years in Western Australia before moving to Victoria so her husband could attend the Masters Programme at The University of Melbourne. Cassandra was 6 months pregnant when they packed up the car and their pup and drove across Australia from Perth to Melbourne in the heat of summer. Just to give you some perspective, that’s pretty much the equivalent of moving from California to Florida! They are now settled in Melbourne and Cassandra is officially an Australian Resident.
Birth Resources in Australia
Sarah Buckley – Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Ten Moons Personal Midwifery Care
The Big Stretch
Ina May’s Ted Talk
Elise Kirkpatrick’s Two Birth Stories
Today’s birth stories feature Elise sharing her birth center and homebirth experiences. Her first birth at the birth center, although empowering, was not what she was expecting. With her son she carefully planned for and had what she describes as a sacred birth experience. She also shares her experience having a blessingway in lieu of a baby shower. You can read more about that in this post she wrote about the blessingway.
Gypsy mama Elise and her tiny tribe currently call the islands of Hawai’i home, although they are travel junkies most of the year. Elise whole heartedly believes in natural birth, gentle-playful parenting, and living life to the fullest!
Birth Story and Homebirth Video
She is passionate about sharing her experiences birthing her two babes, which she believes inspires the way she now lives her life. Everything in life comes back to the breath. You can find Elise on her blog, Salt Water Diary and watch Taj’s birth story film. You can connect with Elise on Instagram.
Birthing from Within
Healing from Birth Trauma
Today’s guest is Kacey Nelkin Pedersen who is a mother to two boys. After her first birth resulted in an unplanned c-section, Kacey felt that so much was missing from her birth experience. It wasn’t until she found out that she was expecting again that she realized just how traumatic that experience was and how badly she wanted to have a vaginal birth the second time, if possible.
VBAC Birth Story
Kacey and her husband went on an educational and eye-opening journey toward eventually having a highly transformative, drug-free VBAC experience. Kacey and her husband, Adam, live in Lincoln, NE raising their two beautiful boys. Kacey’s story is really amazing to hear, she is now such an informed advocate for positive and informed birth experiences.
International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN)
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin
Bailey Gaddis’s Hypnobirthing Hospital Birth
Bailey is a mother, writer, Certified Hypnotherapist, HypnoBirthing Practitioner, Birth Doula, and Amateur Smoothie Chef. She enjoys digging in the dirt with her son and attempting to capture his 2-year-old wisdom in written word. She’s currently working on a book Feng Shui Mommy: A Holistic Guide to Staying Balanced Before, During, and After Childbirth. You can find Bailey at Your Serene Life, on her blog Feng Shui Mommy, and @FengShuiMommy on Facebook and Twitter.
Bailey’s birth took place in a hospital and she prepared for the birth with Hypnobirthing. She ended up uses the same visualization throughout the entire birth and sitting completely still and cross legged in the hospital bed which really surprised her since she’d imagined she’d be moving around a lot during labor.
Hypnobirthing vs Hyonobabies
Bailey is a hypnobirthing instructor and shared a little bit more about the main differences between hypnobabies and hypnobirthing.
What is the difference between HypnoBirthing and Hypnobabies?
This is a common question I’m asked by many clients, and one that I answer to the best of my ability. HypnoBirthing is the childbirth preparation method that has worked wonderfully for me both personally and professionally, and is the method I’m most familiar with. I’ve also heard positive thoughts about the Hypnobabies program, which to the best of my knowledge, was primarily a home study program until recently.
Hypnobabies was started by a past HypnoBirthing practitioner who wanted to create a program that best suited what she saw a need for in the lives of her clients. HypnoBirthing has been evolving for over 25 years to meet the needs of families who desire an empowered, calm, and comfortable birthing experience. Both modalities rely heavily on hypnosis and guided meditation. In addition, clients learn about the common phases of birth, breathing techniques, relaxation strategies, visualization, meditative practices, nutrition, and birth positioning. Each modality has different emphasis in various areas, but the pith of each is helping families achieve healthy and happy births.
It is my opinion that each family should do research on every childbirth preparation method that interests them, and choose the program that intuitively feels right to them.
Birth As We Know It
What Babies Want
Every Mother Counts