Welcome to the Rooted Mind Podcast!
Episode #71: Midwifery
Your Host: Shelby
Special guest: Sara
[0:40] Introduction of special guest Sara
[1:07] Shelby: How are you rooting your mind and taking care of your mental health?
[1:20] Sara: I’ve been connecting daily with other midwives to talk about how we’re managing the pandemic within our practices, I also have been using meditation and sleep assistant apps, like insight timer
[3:15] Sara: Midwives and overnight workers tend to have cortisol cycles that are disrupted, so I get cortisol spikes numerous times in the night, finding tools to help manage that so I can get adequate sleep is key
[4:15] Shelby: How did you get into midwifery?
[4:20] Sara: I’ve been interested in women’s health and wellness since my college years, especially having challenges with my own reproductive health
[4:53] Sara: In exploring natural treatments for reproductive issues and looking into natural health in wellness, I became an armchair-herbalist
[5:00] Sara: I signed up for doula training when I was working construction with an all-male crew
[5:36] Sara: After I started my own family, my former midwifery partner moved near to me, and I jumped in as her assistant, and I trained as a midwife through apprenticeship and accredited schooling
[8:17] Sara: I got my certification in 2016 and had been training with another midwife for 8 years before that
[8:39] Sara: I was in a partnership with another midwife, but now I practice solo and I make arrangements to have an assistant present for the birth
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[10:52] Shelby: What are some things that midwifery offers that traditional OB care can’t offer?
[11:17] Sara: For many, home feels safer and more comfortable for prenatal appointments and birthing
[13:10] Shelby: I always felt safe with my home birth, through the prenatal appointments to the birthing
[14:28] Shelby: I will never forget the key moments where you told me difficult truths that I needed to hear through the relationship we had built through more personal prenatal appointments
[16:01] Sara: Building a connection and trust with patients is key
[16:20] Sara: Midwifery care is all about informed choice through good communication
[17:25] Shelby: I catch myself rushing through information with patients sometimes because I forget they need time to understand and digest what I’m saying
[18:14] Sara: With the pandemic right now, I’m spending even more time talking to my patients and making sure we’re covering all our bases, which isn’t always possible in a physician’s office
[19:00] Shelby: As a culture, what do you think we could be doing to take care of moms and babies better?
[19:09] Sara: We could have more midwives and improved collaborative care
[20:37] Shelby: If we had better postpartum care through practical needs being met, I think that would make a huge difference
[22:24] Sara: Postpartum doulas and birth doulas are great options
[23:10] Sara: Physician care doesn’t offer the same schedule or postpartum care that midwifery does
[23:36] Shelby: I didn’t realize that midwives do house postpartum visits, that was so nice
[24:39] Shelby: Do you think that midwives do a better job at catching mental health problems during the entire birth span?
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[28:14] Shelby: How do you rebound after a long birthing episode?
[29:55] Sara: Taking two days of clearing my schedule is ideal
[32:02] Sara: Surrender and acceptance is a huge part of any birthing process
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[35:21] Shelby: Do you have any advice to share for moms?
[35:32] Sara: Rest, rest, rest.
[37:26] Shelby: Where do you practice?
[37:40] Sara: I will see patients within an hour and a half radius from my home
[38:19] Shelby: Where can our listeners find you?
[38:23] Sara: My website is homebirthnaturally.com and my email is email@example.com
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