Welcome to Birth Re-Imagined!

I am SO EXCITED to announce the LAUNCH of the Birth Re-Imagined Podcast! We’ve been working so hard behind the scenes the last few months getting everything prepared to launch, and I can’t believe launch day is FINALLY HERE!!

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. 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.” We want to fix that! 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! 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 to me, and made me realize I wasn’t alone. We hope these stories do the same for you!

So who are we?

Well, if you’re here, you probably already know me, haha. 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 am a mama, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and an advocate for informed consent in the birth room. I homeschool, am polyamorous, love tea and scones, and love using my free time to create and bake.

My co-host is Dr. Taylor Garcia. She is a Webster Certified Chiropractor located in the Orange County, California area, with a family practice that focuses on pregnant persons and babies. She is currently going through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s certification program and plans to have that completes by 2021. While not a mama yet, she is the consummate “mom friend,” and hopes to adopt with her partners in about 5 years. She is part of the LGBTQ+ community and polyamorous. She believes in focusing on health and wellness from before birth, and using that as a firm foundation for health and wellness throughout life. She believes in the importance of connection and consent in all aspects of life. She is a dancer, a writer, a bookworm, and a fan of music and musicals.

When we sat down to flesh out the ideas for this podcast, there were 3 very important ideals for us:

  1. 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.
  2. Visibility/Validation/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 all valid and beautiful, and that the disparity in birth for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities needs to end, and it starts with us.
  3. Advocating – while we believe it is of paramount importance for birthing people to be able to advocate for themselves, we recognize that during labor, it isn’t always possible. We believe it is 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 are not included in birth/parenting classes or physically kept out during labor or c-sections), and we aim to fix this through education and advocating.

We have interviews with birth professionals going live today!

First up, we have a short introductory episode that talks about who we are, why we’ve created this podcast, and who it’s for (basically all the same content as in this post! Haha).

Listen to the first episode here.

For the transcription of the episode, click here.

Our first interview going live today is 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/desires with your partner or birth support person so they can help advocate for you if the need arises).

Our second interview is with Mindy Werth (a birth/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.

We also have two birth stories going live today.

Our first birth story is Rose’s, 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.

Our second birth story interview is actually MY birth story! I’ve shared my birth story before in written word, but have 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 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.

If you’d like to share your birth story, fill out this form and we’ll get you added to the list!

If you’d like to join our facebook community, you can find us there at Birth Re-Imagined Family.

Conntect with Elle:

Instagram: @elle.kennedy.photography

Website: ellekennedyphotography.com

Facebook: Elle Kennedy Photography

Connect with Taylor:

Website: birthandbeyondchiro.com

Email: taylorjgarcia@att.net

Facebook: Dr. Taylor Garcia, DC

Thank you so much for 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, plus access to all of our freebies and printables! 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.