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Doing It At Home - The Home Birth Podcast

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Doing It At Home - The Home Birth Podcast

Doing It At Home - The Home Birth Podcast is a weekly podcast about home birth and our decision to go from a traditional hospital birth with an OBGYN to a natural birth at home with midwives. This is a raw and honest show that explores homebirth from every angle. We talk about the fears and judgements thrown at you when you choose home birth. We share resources that we found tremendously helpful for understanding our birthing options. We confess the magic and craziness in preparing for pregnancy, home birth, motherhood and fatherhood. We talk about having sex while pregnant...

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Recent Episodes of Doing It At Home - The Home Birth Podcast


From Hospital to Birth Center to Home Birth with Martina Cifiello (DIAH Classic)

From Hospital to Birth Center to Home Birth with Martina Cifiello (DIAH Classic)

What influences your birth choices?


It’s helpful to look at this, to see what matters to you when it comes to birth, and how you can create a birth environment and culture around you that supports you best.


Today we’re chatting with Martina Cifiello about her birth journey. From a hospital birth with her first child to a birth center with her second to a home birth with her third, Martina walks us through the factors that inspired the changes and evolutions of her births along the way...

Episode 493 11 July 2024 50m and 45s


Finding Your Midwives and Releasing Fear with Marissa Olivera (DIAH Classic)

Finding Your Midwives and Releasing Fear with Marissa Olivera (DIAH Classic)

Marissa is a mom of 2 from Utica, NY, with both a hospital and home birth story. 

Marissa experienced intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) with her first pregnancy. That, along with some early signs of labor made for a hospital birth that included a lot of intervention and fear. The way she sees it, baby Maxwell just wasn’t ready yet. 

She planned for a home birth again with baby number two, Miles. With positive reinforcement from resources like Ina May Gaskin and Birth Without Fear, Marissa went into her second birth tuned in to her intuition and...

Episode 492 7 July 2024 47m and 27s


53-Hour Labor, Hospital Transfer and a Badass Mama with Bekah Kitchens and Jesse Carroll (DIAH Classic)

53-Hour Labor, Hospital Transfer and a Badass Mama with Bekah Kitchens and Jesse Carroll (DIAH Classic)

When asked a question by a care provider, do you have to respond right away?

Most of us don’t know or realize that we have choice. And especially when it’s not an emergency, we can take time to process and decide what we want to do and even refuse what doesn’t work for us. 

This is a powerful message from our guests in today’s episode, who experienced this firsthand during the birth of their son while in the hospital after transferring from their home birth plan. And it’s a special treat becau...

Episode 491 25 June 2024 48m and 48s


Birth as a Rite of Passage: Messages for Birthers and Birth Workers with Blyss Young, LM, CPM (DIAH Classic)

Birth as a Rite of Passage: Messages for Birthers and Birth Workers with Blyss Young, LM, CPM (DIAH Classic)

Where will you hear about home birth story details, the difference between modern and traditional midwifery, what to do when you are inspired to enter birth work and the connection of birth with sexuality and spirituality?

This episode of the podcast, that's where!

Today we’re joined by Blyss Young, LM CPM. Blyss is a home birth midwife, teacher, circle facilitator, energy healer, reiki practitioner, mother, yoga teacher, entrepreneur, breathwork facilitator, placenta encapsulator and natural living consultant.

Through her guidance and love centered approach she has supported thousands of families to birth in th...

Episode 490 19 June 2024 1h, 6m and 11s


The 40-Hour Home Birth That Almost Wasn't with Josephine Breen (DIAH Classic)

The 40-Hour Home Birth That Almost Wasn't with Josephine Breen (DIAH Classic)

How can you utilize the power and intention of prayer for your birth?

Regardless of your faith, setting intentions for your birth experience can be a big part of preparation for the experience.

Today’s guest, Josephine Breen, weaves her faith into her birth story of her daughter Myriam. Josephine was born at home, and always remembers her mother being positive and open around the topic of birth. Then at 12 years old, Josephine got to witness the birth of her sister. 

Josephine walks us through her pregnancy and birth, including a lot of the...

Episode 489 12 June 2024 52m and 24s


Trust, Surrender and the Magic of Home Birth with Melissa Thormahlen (DIAH Classic)

Trust, Surrender and the Magic of Home Birth with Melissa Thormahlen (DIAH Classic)

Melissa Thormahlen knows how to give me “all the feels.” I knew her story would impact many when her first email to me about her birth story had me tearing up.

She experienced most of her birthing experience at home with her first baby Emeline, before transferring to a hospital and having a beautiful birth. 

For Tyler, baby number 2, she knew she wanted to go for a home birth again because she trusted her body and her amazing birth team. 

In Tyler’s birth story, Melissa explains the trust and surrender to the process...

Episode 488 31 May 2024 47m and 39s


Having a Victorious HBAC with Christina Winsnes (DIAH Classic)

Having a Victorious HBAC with Christina Winsnes (DIAH Classic)

“Is my body able to give birth?”

This is one of the questions that Christina Winsnes asked herself as she prepared for the home birth of her second child, after an unplanned cesarean birth with her first child Emma.

With the support of her husband Yeti and the rest of her team, Christina took time during her second pregnancy to deal with fears and concerns. Also to come to a place of peace and acceptance that a non-vaginal birth was not a failure.

She walks us through this process and then the birth of h...

Episode 487 23 May 2024 48m and 46s


From Hospital to Birth Center to Home to Possible Free/Unassisted Birth with Emilee Petrill (DIAH Classic)

From Hospital to Birth Center to Home to Possible Free/Unassisted Birth with Emilee Petrill (DIAH Classic)

How does the experience of one birth influence the plans for births that follow?

Today we chat with Emilee Petrill, and we pack a lot into a sub-hour conversation. Emilee has experienced a hospital birth with her first son Corbyn, a birthing center for her son Penn and finally a home birth for her son Moxy. She walks us through the processes and decisions around each of those experiences. 

Then we get into the details of her home birth, and why she’s thinking about a free/unassisted birth for a future baby. 

Bonu...

Episode 486 15 May 2024 54m and 31s


A Christmas Day Home Birth Full of Statistics and Spiritual Connection with Ashton Parker (DIAH Classic)

A Christmas Day Home Birth Full of Statistics and Spiritual Connection with Ashton Parker (DIAH Classic)

Can you approach birth from both a statistics and research-driven mind as well as with an intention to connect more deeply spiritually?

YES!

And our birth story today is an example of that. Ashton Parker shares her home birth journey with us. First with a good hospital birth for her first child, which included 5 hours of pushing. Then considered another hospital birth for her second child, but after some research and statistics, landed on home birth. 

Ashton also shares how listening to DIAH was such great birth prep (which overwhelms us with joy!). S...

Episode 485 9 May 2024 1h, 13m and 47s


Talking Home Birth and Placenta Encapsulation With Jenny DiPietro (DIAH Classic)

Talking Home Birth and Placenta Encapsulation With Jenny DiPietro (DIAH Classic)

We’re entering a new phase of the podcast! 

In addition to our episodes that feature Matthew and me discussing some topic related to home birth, we’re publishing our conversations with moms and families who have experienced home birth along with professionals and thought leaders on the subject. 

First to kick off this endeavor is our chat with Jenny DiPietro. Jenny is a mom of 4, who has experienced both home and hospital birth.

In our talk, we cover things like:

The details of her births What went into her decision-making process to cho...

Episode 484 2 May 2024 33m and 22s

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