All Births are Created Equal — 066

Jul 16

Today’s guest, Marlene Ehrler, is a doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and comes from a long line of holistic healers. She founded Motherhood Medicine, a health and wellness resource designed to assist women on their journey to motherhood. And, she hopes to reawaken a woman’s inherent, natural healing abilities by providing lifestyle information without the bias of traditional marketing tactics through her Land and Spirit Project.

Marlene’s first pregnancy was labeled as high-risk due to her Type 1 diabetes. Her insurance insisted she see a traditional OB/GYN and required her to give birth in the high-risk ward of the hospital, not at home with a midwife like she wanted. Bucking the system, she and her husband prepared for a home birth in spite of what they were told.

Marlene learned the hard way that birth is the ultimate initiation into the lack of control that typifies motherhood — and when things didn’t go according to plan, she had to learn to integrate and heal from the trauma she experienced during a very difficult birth and postpartum period.

During our conversation, she shares the powerful ways that she experienced healing, what it is like to raise a spirited child, and how this all integrates into her practice.

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In This Episode:

  • What motivated her to study Naturopathic Medicine

  • How Type 1 Diabetes played a role in her delivery

  • Her plan to have an unassisted home birth

  • How doctors diagnosed her false ailments

  • The pain of the knife when two epidurals failed

  • Having a Cesarean after her baby was already crowning

  • Having an absent birth

  • The power of a rebirth ceremony

  • Raising a Spirited Child

  • How the power of language helped her heal

  • Her goal to empower women with basic, foundational health and lifestyle information through her new project 

  • The influence of Dr. Weston Price

  • How to get a free one-month trial of guided meditations through Expectful 


Show Notes:

Motherhood Medicine

@MotherhoodMedicine on Instagram

The Land and Spirit Project (join the waitlist)

Expectful — One Month Free Trial for MotherBirth Community Members









About Our Guest:

Dr. Marlene Ehrler is a licensed naturopathic doctor, mother, speaker, writer, medicine maker, and sustainable lifestyle leader based in San Diego, CA.

She created Motherhood Medicine in 2016 as a tangible resource for women interested in an intentional, wise, and natural way of healing. A way based on connection and empowerment, not fear and dichotomy. Her offering is to bring vitality to a woman’s life, and to get her back in touch with the healing power of nature.

Although she specializes in preconception through postpartum care, her practice has expanded to serve all women, no matter what stage of life they are in.

She received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University-California, the nation’s top institution for alternative medicine.

She is a professional member of: Postpartum Support International, 2020 Mom, Materia Medica Pura Project, the California Naturopathic Doctors Association, and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

To learn more about Dr. Ehrler and her practice, visit and follow @motherhoodmedicine.

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