Nell knew she should follow the path to midwifery and has dedicated her career to creating a homebirth model in a small hospital setting. Denise is a midwife in a hospital in The Bronx. She assists women from marginalized areas of society gain access to a midwife in high-risk pregnancies. And Sharon is Chief of the Midwifery Division and oversees a midwife education program at Baystate Medical Center.
T’Karima believes that birth is a ceremony. Missy is a certified midwife who serves all people. Mary Rose is a nurse/midwife who left the Army at 18 when she became pregnant after being raped. All three are birth workers who embrace respecting a woman’s cultural heritage and traditions.
Sara Rosser has experienced motherhood through midwifery, childbirth, adoption, and surrogacy. Our conversation about birth trauma and the oh-so-common desire for a “birth re-do” is so incredibly important – and will resonate with so many women.
In this exciting episode, Jessica describes her four births, three of which were vaginal breech births! Her bicornuate uterus, which is in the shape of a heart, is a hereditary trait that makes it less likely a baby will be able to change position later in pregnancy. By trusting herself and her body, she has given birth in hospitals, a birthing center and at home.
Amy Griffith had long used the calming power of yoga and relaxed breathing in her daily life as a professional dancer. As a mom, the techniques became even more valuable to her both during birth and after. But when threatened with a court order unless choosing a Cesarean birth for her twins, Amy was faced with a difficult – and stressful – decision.
Dez experienced two birth stories – reminding us that every journey into motherhood takes us to the edge of ourselves and also awakens love we never knew we had.