A meditation for new mothers
The Virtual Midwife Podcast
by The Virtual Midwife
11M ago
This meditation is for the breastfeeding mother who finds herself at the intersection of myriad emotions and responsibilities. If you're feeling sleep-deprived, anxious about your baby and your milk supply, overwhelmed by the profound shift in your identity, torn between the roles of mother and wife, grappling with the loss of freedom, experiencing financial strain, succumbing to societal pressures to look a certain way, or feeling compelled to share every moment on social media, this meditation is here for you. These complex and weighty concerns may have left you feeling disconnected from you ..read more
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Hypnobirthing Series - The Conscious and Unconscious Mind
The Virtual Midwife Podcast
by The Virtual Midwife
1y ago
This is it my lovelies - the last episode of the podcast series on Hypnobirthing! In this episode, we're exploring the conscious and unconscious mind – two aspects of our thinking that can have a significant impact on our childbirth experience. The conscious mind is the part of our thinking that is aware of our surroundings and makes rational decisions based on our current circumstances. The unconscious mind, on the other hand, operates beneath the surface of our awareness and can influence our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in profound ways. By understanding how these two aspects of our th ..read more
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Hypnobirthing Series - How to use Hypnotic Anchors
The Virtual Midwife Podcast
by The Virtual Midwife
1y ago
Welcome back to our podcast series on Hypnobirthing! In this episode, we'll be discussing how to use hypnotic anchors – a powerful technique for deepening your relaxation and entering a hypnotic state during childbirth. Hypnotic anchors are a way of associating a physical sensation or object with a relaxed state of mind. By using an anchor during childbirth, you can quickly and easily enter a deep state of relaxation and tap into your body's natural ability to birth your baby in a calm and positive way. In this episode, we'll cover: What hypnotic anchors are and how they work The benefits of ..read more
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Hypnobirthing Series - How to Strengthen Your Intuition During Pregnancy
The Virtual Midwife Podcast
by The Virtual Midwife
1y ago
Welcome back to our podcast series on Hypnobirthing! In this episode, we're discussing how to strengthen your intuition during pregnancy. Intuition is a powerful tool that can help you make informed decisions and approach childbirth with confidence and clarity. By learning how to tap into your intuition, you can enhance your birthing experience and create a deeper connection with your baby. In this episode, we'll explore: What intuition is and how it works The benefits of strengthening your intuition during pregnancy Techniques for tuning into your intuition, including meditation, journaling ..read more
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Everything you wanted to know about the Vagus Nerve during Pregnancy
The Virtual Midwife Podcast
by The Virtual Midwife
1y ago
Let's take a trip into your body and learn about the longest nerve in your body and how it can guide and assist you during pregnancy, labor and birth. The vagus nerve is your body’s superpower and it’s used to counteract your fight/flight system. Now you definitely don't want to be in fight or flight when you are in labor. The vagus nerve helps you to remain calm when you are stressed and to know when you are no longer in danger. It helps you to stay in  “rest and digest” which is a lot more conducive to progressing labor.  In this episode you'll learn what the vagus nerve is, how it ..read more
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Hermine Hayes-Klein Human Rights in Childbirth
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by The Virtual Midwife
1y ago
Hermine Hayes (Opening Keynote) Hermine Hayes-Klein, JD is an international birth rights lawyer with extensive experience advocating for the human rights of birthing people, around the U.S. and internationally. From 2007-2012, Hermine taught international law at The Hague University in The Netherlands, where she was also the Director of the Bynkershoek Institute Research Center for Reproductive Rights. From 2012-2017, Hermine organized 6 international conferences on the topic of Human Rights in Childbirth. Since 2017, Hermine has focused on direct legal advocacy to advance reproductive justice ..read more
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Hermine Hayes-Klein Human Rights in Childbirth
The Virtual Midwife Podcast
by The Virtual Midwife
1y ago
Hermine Hayes (Opening KN) Hermine Hayes-Klein, JD is an international birth rights lawyer with extensive experience advocating for the human rights of birthing people, around the U.S. and internationally. From 2007-2012, Hermine taught international law at The Hague University in The Netherlands, where she was also the Director of the Bynkershoek Institute Research Center for Reproductive Rights.  From 2012-2017, Hermine organized 6 international conferences on the topic of Human Rights in Childbirth. Since 2017, Hermine has focused on direct legal advocacy to advance reproductive justic ..read more
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What You Need to Know About Blood Types and Pregnancy
The Virtual Midwife Podcast
by The Virtual Midwife
1y ago
One of the routine blood tests that you’ll have done in early pregnancy is a test to determine your blood group. Unless you’ve had major surgery or needed a blood transfusion, you might not know. But in pregnancy it’s important because your baby’s blood group may be different to yours.  In this episode you will learn  the different blood types what is the rhesus factor why it is important to know blood type and rhesus factor how negative blood type affects pregnancy testing for antibodies treatment for Rh incompatibility Recommended reading and resources  Dr Sarah Wickham on A ..read more
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How important is your birth environment?
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by The Virtual Midwife
1y ago
Choosing your birth environment is more than deciding whether you will be giving birth at home, in hospital or at a  birth center. In this episode we talk about creating a safe sanctuary to welcome your baby into that goes beyond the aesthetics of your chosen place of birth and includes the preparation of your space and the people you bring into it.  More about Charlene here  More about Karen here  Join the Due Date Club here  ..read more
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All about Transition
The Virtual Midwife Podcast
by The Virtual Midwife
1y ago
Transition is the final phase of the first stage of labour and marks the cervix opening to its widest diameter and the descent of the baby's head. It's physically and emotionally intense and is often the time when you think you can't go on anymore. Karen talks about the 4 D's of transition - denial, despondence, defiance and desperation and they share examples of these from recent births. Charlene highlights the importance of making sure partners know what to expect with transition so they can step in and support you rather than freaking out when you most need them! More about Charlene here&n ..read more
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