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Birthing like a Rock Star, with Gena Kirby & Lesley Everest
The Birthful Podcast: Episode #41
Want to birth like a rock star? Research tells us that it is actually not the specifics of a birth that can lead to a postpartum mood disorder, but rather a mom’s perceptions of those experiences. So how you FEEL about your birth experience is indeed a very big deal. What can you do to make it a good one? Lesley Everest and Gena Kirby help figure it out.
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What we talked about:
Can you mess up birth?
What does it mean to birth like a rock star?
How expectations and outside sources affect birth
You are not your birth!
Why you have to bring some moxie and hutzpa
Our favorite rock star birth stories
The role of your ‘birth roadies’: to serve and protect
During birth, you only have to please yourself
When pushing, “don’t turn yourself into a human popgun” (this gem is courtesy of Lesley Everest)
Gena Kirby is on a mission. Gena wants moms to know what they are not being told and that they are not alone. She is a tireless advocate for mothers, babies, parents and the people that love them. You can listen to Gena share her passion on her Progressive Parenting radio show, or watch her at the Progressive Parenting Network TV channel.
Gena is a Doula, a childbirth educator, a La Leche League International Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, and a mother of 4.
Lesley is such a centered and loving soul, that it’s impossible not to feel comforted in her presence. She also has the uncanny ability to balance that with a no-nonsense attitude and the acute perception of subtleties. This, no doubt, makes her a remarkable doula, and that’s a good thing, since she’s been supporting families during every phase of the childbearing year for over two decades now.
She is the founder and Director of MotherWit Doula Care, and in addition to her busy doula practice, Lesley travels around Canada teaching the MotherWit Holistic Birth Doula Training, and Postpartum Doula Training, as well as workshops on self-care to birth workers.
Over the years, Lesley has studied and practiced many healing modalities, such as Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy, Polarity Therapy, Swedish Massage, Pre-Perinatal massage, and Reiki. She’s also a mother of four.