The Birth Re-Imagined Podcast, Episode 00: Welcome to Birth Re-Imagined
Elle Kennedy: Imagine entering your birth space calm, relaxed, and prepared; being surrounded by your chosen support people and birthing professionals; knowing every person in that space honors and respects the decisions and choices you make for your body and your baby. Imagine have a safe, loving, judgment-free space, where you can be free to speak your truth without fear; a space of validation, acceptance, and encouragement to be yourself. Imagine entering parenthood educated, confident, and fearless; ready to tackle every new parenting challenge that comes your way; knowing that you have people in your corner you can call on if you have questions or need help.
Welcome to Birth Re-Imagined, where we believe it is every parents’ right to make educated, informed decisions about their bodies, their births, and their parenting choices; where we believe love is love is love, and your love is valid and beautiful; where we believe you know what is best for your body, your family, and your life.
Hi, and welcome! We are so excited to be launching the Birth Re-Imagined Podcast! We have been working so hard behind the scenes the last few months getting everything prepared for this to go live, and I can’t believe launch day is finally here!
Taylor Garcia: Birth Re-Imagined is a podcast where we are covering everything from pregnancy to birth, postpartum, and beyond. We will be diving deep with pregnancy, birth, and parenting professionals to get you answers to common and not-so-common questions and to help you connect with birth professionals across Southern California.
Elle: We believe in the importance of having support, and one of the most common things we hear is “I didn’t know this was an option,” and “I didn’t know who to reach out to,” and we want to fix that.
Taylor: We are also going to be sharing your birth stories. As important as it is to connect with professionals in this field, it is equally important to connect with other birthing people.
Elle: Hearing the birth stories of others who have traveled this path before, and share their insight, their love, and their acceptance has been extremely healing for me, and it helped make me realize that I wasn’t alone. We hope that these stories can do the same for you.
Taylor: So, you might be wondering “Who are we?”
Elle: Well, if you’re here, you probably already know me. But, if you don’t, Hi! I’m Elle Kennedy. I’m a photographer and doula from Orange County, California, and I specialize in maternity, birth, and family photography. I’m a mother of two, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and an advocate for informed consent in the birth room. I homeschool, I’m polyamorous, I love tea and scones, and I love using my free time to create and bake.
Taylor: Hello, I’m Dr. Taylor Garcia. I’m a Webster-certified chiropractor located in the Orange County, California area. I have a family practice that focuses on pregnant persons and babies, and I am currently going through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association certification program. I plan to have that completed by 2021. While I’m not a mama yet, I am the consummate mom friend, and I hope to adopt with my partners in about 5 years. I am a part of the LGBTQ+ community and am polyamorous. I believe in focusing on health and wellness from before birth, and using that as a firm foundation for health and wellness throughout life. I believe in the importance of connection and consent in all aspects of life. I’m a dancer, a writer, a bookworm, and a fan of music and musicals.
Elle: So, when Taylor and I sat down to flesh out the ideas for this podcast, there were three very important ideals for us. The first one is Support: bringing together birthing people with people that could support them – both birth and parenting professionals, as well as a community of open-minded individuals to cheer them on along the way.
Taylor: The second ideal that was important to us Visibility, Validation, and Acceptance. No matter who you are, or what your lifestyle looks like, you are welcome here. We believe that love is love is love, that trans/queer/gender-fluid/agender people are valid and beautiful, and that the disparity in birth for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities needs to end, and it starts with us.
Elle: And the last ideal that we talked about is Advocating. While we believe it’s of paramount importance for birthing people to be able to be able to advocate for themselves, we recognize that there are times during pregnancy and labor when that just isn’t possible. We believe that is it therefore of incredible importance that partners and birth support persons are given the skills and language to be able to help advocate for the birthing person as well.
Too often, partners are excluded from the birth space – whether they’re not included in birth or parenting classes, or physically kept out of labor or c-sections, or whether they’re only included as an afterthought. We aim to fix this through education and advocating.
Taylor: Our first interview going live today, with Madalyn Morris, a childbirth educator, where we discuss the importance of informed consent during labor and how to advocate for yourself. Plus we talk about how to discuss your preferences and desires with your partners or birth support persons, so they can help advocate for you if the need arises.
Elle: Our second interview is with Mindy Werth. She’s a birth and postpartum doula, who also specializes in lactation, newborn care, and gentle sleep guiding. We dive deep on gratitude and mindset during pregnancy and postpartum, and ways to make sure you take care of yourself as you transition into parenthood and get used to taking care of a wonderful tiny human.
Taylor: Our first birth story is with Rose, who opens up and shares her daughter’s birth story with us. She talks about consent and advocating, regrets and what she wishes she knew back then, sneaky burritos, tsunami-style water breaking, and the wonders of witch hazel.
Elle: Our second birth story interview is actually my birth story. I’ve shared my birth story before in the written word, but I’ve never actually spoken about it publicly like this before. My birth stories are raw, emotional, and I do open up about the trauma and abuse I went through, so please be mindful before you dive in. I recognize that my story isn’t for everyone, but I also know how important it is to share my story. My goal is that no one ever goes through what I went through.
Taylor: If you’d like to share your birth story with us, check out the show notes for this episode, where we’ve included a link to fill out an interest form.
Elle: We also have a Facebook community to connect with you, and to help you connect with birth workers and other open-minded parents who are also on this crazy, beautiful journey. You can find us on Facebook at Birth Re-Imagined Family. And if you’d like to connect with us personally, you can find me at ellekennedyphotography.com, or on Instagram @elle.kennedy.photography
Taylor: And you can find me on Facebook at Dr. Taylor Garcia, DC or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Elle: Thank you so much for coming on and supporting us! Please remember to subscribe on your favorite podcast listening device, or join our email list to get new episodes delivered right to your inbox. And if you love us, we’d love it if you’d share our podcast with a friend. Our goal is to help as many birthing people as we can, and it starts one at a time.
Taylor: Thank you so much, and hope you check out those first four episodes, they are ready for you to binge through.
Elle: Thanks! See you next time.