Ep 177: The Intimacy of Homebirth: Using Birth to Strengthen Connection

Birth serves a purpose, yes, but can it be more than just bring a baby from within to the outside?  Could it actually be… intimate?

 

This week we’re speaking with Annalee Ford who is a a civil engineer/makeup artist in Denver, CO who, as she says, spends way too much time on Tiktok. Annalee and her husband actually work together (on the engineering side, not makeup!) and have been together for 10 blissful years. Together they have two beautiful daughters (Elliott and Collins), three crazy dogs, and love spending lots of time together as a family. 
 
And this family-love is what we’ll be exploring inside of this episode. The way that we can take birth from being a medical event to a familial affair.
 

Episode Roundup:

  1. I want to reiterate the fact that postpartum rage is a thing that many mothers experience. Sometimes completely alone, and other times intermingled with anxiety and depression. I experienced this quite strongly after the birth of my first daughter, and I felt totally alone and embarrassed that I was experiencing these emotions. Do not make the same mistake as me. If you’re experiencing this, reach out to someone. Look into the emotional freedom technique- you can find all kinds of videos online for free, and that’s amazing, but I do feel like finding someone to work with one on one can help you uncover a lot more roots a lot quicker. I’m going to put some of my favorite resources in the show notes
  2. Let’s talk about interventions. Often times I speak on the down sides to interventions, but here’s the truth. They can be super helpful sometimes. Annalee chose to have cervical exams and membrane sweeps, and the world didn’t fall apart because of it– in fact, they seemed to truly help her as she progressed throughout her labor experience. Here’s the deal. When you have informed consent– when you truly know the pros and cons to each practice and you confidently choose, that’s beautiful and amazing! Interventions are not automatically BAD things… they can serve a purpose… but having informed consent is absolutely key.
  3. Next, one more time– how COOL was it to hear how Annalee’s subconscious really seemed to pick up on the impending transport and emergent feelings right at the end of her labor. And what did it do? It cause a STRONG physical reaction. Her baby went from high to ON the perineum in no time flat, all thanks to a well-timed pukefest. I am constantly in awe of the Divine nature in which we were created. And yes, I’m talking about vomit and our divine creation in the same breath.
  4. And finally, let’s end where we began. Birth does not have to be some big medical to-do. How much more connecting and strengthening is it when we prepare with our spouse, work together as a team, and experience birth as an intimate family event. This is the glue that binds us and can build us up. It was so beautiful to hear how Annalee and Ethan did this together, fortifying and strengthening their connection through the experience.

Resources:
Happy Homebirth Academy
FREE Homebirth Essentials Guide
 

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