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The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2017 #8
We continue still with our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today’s story comes from Shani Stidham, who did a whole lot of soul searching and preparation in early pregnancy, and set things up so she’d have the environment and support she needed to explore birth on her own terms, and have a glorious postpartum to boot! Check it out!
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What we talked about:
Exploring options of where to give birth – even considering The Farm!
Preparing for a homebirth and finding the right careprovider
Is it early labor? Why not try going to a few open houses
There’s always time for a bagel stop
Setting up the right environment to go deep
She’s having mango sorbet? Call the midwife!
That feeling when it’s not as bad as you thought
Stupid birth-pool logistics
Listening to her inner birth giver and birth junkie at the same time
Getting some solo time
Alternating pushing with sleeping
Born in the caul!
Letting herself be mothered in 5-day postpartum bliss
All photos are used with permission, courtesy of Shani Stidham
About Shani Stidham
I was born and raised in Israel, served in the Israeli army right after high school and came to the US when I was 21 for school. I lived in NJ for a year and a half, then moved to CO and started school there for sciences. I met my husband in school and had our baby on 1/29/17. A few month before we had a baby I changed the course of my degree and decided to become a midwife to help bring birth back to women. I just got back to work as a real estate agent and postponed my studies because I feel like my baby needs me, and I can’t leave her for long period of times to attend births. I look forward to completing my degree in midwifery studies when I will be done having babies.
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