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Masculine Birth Ritual
51 minutes | Aug 8, 2019
E 16 | Welcoming Whatever Being Came
Our final episode is an interview with new Papa, yoga and Buddhism teacher Jacoby Ballard. We talk about the Germination Proclamation he and their partner put out to friends and family, gender and parenting, and preparing to welcome whatever being emerged during birth. "I really learned from putting out our Germination Proclamation that really it was like an instruction manual for our families and communities for how to love us in this moment. That was really helpful to everyone from uncles to comrades to see. I think that would be helpful for any parent despite your gender or sexual orientation/identity. It was putting forth a manifesto of how we wanted to be in the germination period and how we wanted to be parents and how we want to ask our communities to rally around us. Since then, people really have shown up in the ways we asked them to. I think even if we hadn't given them clear directions even our most beloved and closest friends might have had some missteps." https://www.facebook.com/jacoby.ballard http://jacobyballard.net/
68 minutes | Aug 6, 2019
E 15 | Ask Those Questions
In this interview, Rachel L. Kaplan and I talk about their experience with preterm birth. A friend of Rachel's recently pointed out that there aren't a lot of queer voices being heard about the neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU), and even fewer from masculine of center folx -- so she suggested Rachel check out Masculine Birth Ritual. Rachel is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco and takes off the professor hat to describe some of the personal challenges of a traumatic preterm birth followed by three weeks in the San Francisco Kaiser NICU.
58 minutes | Jun 2, 2019
E14 | Meeting People Where They're At
Our interview today is with Amanda Hayden. Amanda is a certified lactation counselor, social worker, and full-spectrum labor & postpartum doula trained through Ancient Song Doula Services practicing with the NYC Doula Collective. She works a doula and provides counseling and programming support for trans and gender-non-conforming people who are family-building including adoption, family planning, and building relationships. In this episode, we talk about the personal complexity of gender and how they approach ritual and support work with trans and GNC pregnant people and families. Amanda Hayden: https://www.amandahaydendoula.com/ http://nycdoulacollective.com/ Show notes, transcription, and contact: www.masculinebirthritual.com Instagram: @masculinebirthritual Patreon: patreon.com/masculinebirthritual
56 minutes | Apr 24, 2019
E13 | I Would Like It If You Would Listen
In E13 I talk with Charlie King-Miller about Charlie's experience giving birth in a hospital setting, trying to get listed as "father" on his baby's birth certificate in Colorado, and how he navigated care when he felt that providers weren't listening. Show notes at: www.masculinebirthritual.com
44 minutes | Mar 18, 2019
E12 | We Give It So Much Cultural Power
In E12 I talk with Greta LaFluer. Greta is an Associate Professor of American Studies at Yale University. They're the author of a book called The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America. In this conversation, she and I talk about western medical ideas about gender and approaches to birth in this period, the ways that genderqueer and Masculine of Center people are found (or not found) in the colonial archives, how legacies of white supremacy and violence are historically tied to white genderqueer AFAB masculinities, and the way sex and gender were understood in the 18th century colonial U.S.
35 minutes | Mar 1, 2019
E11 | It's Not Gender Weird, It's Just Weird
In this interview, Rae Goodman-Lucker and I talk about his experiences in preparing for pregnancy and birthing two children. She shares about her struggle to get doctors to believe the severity of his pregnancy fatigue, how he planned a community ceremony in preparation for pregnancy, and her perspectives on pain management during birth that are derived from queerness. Our kids are playing around us as we talk for this recording, so there's also some really cute moments of parenting in action. Show Notes: masculinebirthritual.com/episodes Instagram, FB: @masculinebirthritual Twitter: @Masculinebirth Patreon: patreon.com/masculinebirthritual
35 minutes | Feb 15, 2019
E10 | She Protected Her Children From the Bear:
In Episode 10 I talk with Takeya Trayer. Takeya is an artist, mommy to three children, a teacher, and the author of a children's book "My Mommy is My Daddy." In this episode, we talk about her homebirth experience, her community's response to her pregnancy as a Masculine of Center person, how she navigated and exited homelessness while parenting two small children, and her series of paintings that feature Black and Indigenous MoC pregnant, nursing, and nurturing figures. You can find Takeya's work at takeyaart.com. Show notes for this episode can be found at masculinebirthritual.com/episodes This episode was recorded on Ohlone Territory.
59 minutes | Feb 1, 2019
E9 | Buffering the Impacts of Discrimination:
In episode 9 I talk with Miriam Zoila Pérez, the author of the Radical Doula Guide and a reporter that writes about the impacts of racism on birth and health outcomes. We talk about the impacts of racism on birth outcomes, what works to buffer the health effects of discrimination, and what the research tells us about the impacts of discrimination on health in general. They talk about why they started the Radical Doula website and how doula culture in the U.S. has changed in the 10+ years since then. In min 36-59 we talk about joy practices, visioning the future we want, and house plants. MBR: masculinebirthritual.com | patreon.com/masculinebirthritual Twitter: @MasculineBirth Instagram/FB: @Masculinebirthritual Pérez: miriamzperez.com Recorded on Ohlone Territory.
55 minutes | Jan 15, 2019
E8 | He Was With These Wonderful Queers:
E8 | He Was With These Wonderful Queers: an interview with J Carroll on nonbinary single parenting and birth In Episode 8 we talk with J Carroll about their experience of pregnancy, birth, and parenting. J is a transmasculine, nonbinary, queer single parent by choice. In this episode, J and I talk about embodiment, how they were supported by their queer community and their family of origin after birth, and how gender influences parenting culture when you're nonbinary. Show notes, transcription, and contact information are available at: masculinebirthritual.com Support the show at: patreon.com/masculinebirthritual
87 minutes | Dec 1, 2018
E7 | Leading the Way on Body Sovereignty: part two of a conversation with Sara Flores-Boudreaux
Midwife Sara Flores-Boudreaux joins us for Part 2 of a conversation about supporting MoC two-spirit, queer, trans, and genderqueer people in birth, wellness, and life. We talk about what she's learned about body sovereignty from MoC people, the opportunity for rituals in the model of midwife care, and the relationship between ritual and cultural connection to ancestry and tradition. We also dig into white supremacy as it intersects with the model of obstetrics, the colonization of midwife culture by white women, under-compensation of BIPOC birthworkers by white clients, and the way it contributes to white people being divorced from their own cultural and spiritual traditions. The conversation ends with a discussion about cis/transmasculine tensions in interpersonal relationships. www.masculinebirthritual.com @masculinebirthritual (Instagram) @MasculineBirth (Twitter)
57 minutes | Nov 19, 2018
E6 | A Super Fierce Stance:
Today we are talking with Sara Flores-Boudreaux. She is a Mestiza Mujer Midwife that has been providing health, wellness, and birth care to Masculine of Center Queer, Trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people, primarily Black, Brown, and Indigenous people, for decades. Sara is a parent and also one of the Principal Authors of the Brown Bois Health Guide, Freeing Ourselves, a Guide to Health and Self Love for Brown Bois, which was released in 2011. She runs her own midwife practice, RECLAIM Midwifery, which is currently in hibernation while she works in a hospital setting and shares her knowledge through education. This is part one of a two-part conversation with Sara. Show notes and transcription are available at https://www.masculinebirthritual.com/ To support this show: patreon.com/masculinebirthritual
51 minutes | Oct 31, 2018
E5 | This Blessing Got Kind of Everywhere:
In Episode 5 Rabbi Elliot Kukla talks with us about Jewish birth rituals, Yiddish women's traditions surrounding fertility and birth, non-binary parenting, and the documentation of gender-queer, non-binary, and intersex people within the Jewish tradition. He is the first known ordained Trans Rabbi and is a nonbinary Papa to a 3-month-old baby. Show notes and transcription of this episode are available at masculinebirthritual.com. To continue the conversation, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. If you liked this episode, share it with your friends! Thank you for supporting these conversations as they make their way out into the world.
52 minutes | Oct 16, 2018
E4 | People Didn't Know What to Do With Me:
In this interview, we talk with Ryan, a transmasculine birth parent, about how he felt during pregnancy and after birth. We talk about how a lack of transmasculine competency in most birth and post-birth services impacted his medical options and post-birth care, as well as how he felt not-seen, welcome, or fully supported within the community as a birth parent. He bravely shares with us the challenges of what happens when gender dysphoria intersects with pregnancy and birth. This conversation goes deep into some of the hard parts of birthing outside the lines. For show notes and transcription of this episode check out our website: https://www.masculinebirthritual.com/
62 minutes | Oct 1, 2018
E3 | Possibility Models for Parenthood:
Mac Brydum is a doula and a transman that is trying to conceive (TTC). In this interview, we discuss the role of the doula, particularly how they can support queer and transmasculine families. Mac talks about his hopes and dreams for pregnancy and birth, and we talk a lot about building a community that supports queer and trans parents and our kids.
58 minutes | Sep 15, 2018
E2| Grow Your Own Parasite! Get Pregnant!:
The interview today is with Vanya Hollis, a butch birth parent and high school science teacher. We talk about gender, conception, challenges in lactation, the politics of biological sex and the “need” for people to know, and parasites of the chosen variety. We also dig into feelings about queer community ethos vs. her and her partner’s social experience of having a new baby. Resources mentioned in the show today include: The Ultimate Guide to Lesbian Conception and Birth by Stephanie Brill (Book) Music for this episode: “Detroit” by Great White Buffalo “Part-Time Lover” by the Undynamic Pop Experiment A full transcription of the show can be found at: https://www.masculinebirthritual.com/show-notes-transcribed-episodes
13 minutes | Sep 1, 2018
Episode 1| Introduction to Masculine Birth Ritual
In this introductory episode to the Masculine Birth Ritual podcast Grover Wehman-Brown gives an overview of the what and why of Masculine Birth Ritual. She gives an introduction to herself and why she answered a call to build this project. This episode includes information on how to follow Masculine Birth Ritual through social media, what kind of stories and artists we are actively seeking to talk with, and information on how to support the work through becoming a patron or sponsor.
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