69 minutes | Jul 6, 2021

Episode 185: Preparing for Birth with Michelle Brooks

In today’s episode, Anita talks with Bump to Birth student, Michelle Brooks, about her pregnancy journeys - from birth prep to postpartum care - and how she found support along the way. --- If you liked this episode of To Birth and Beyond, tell your friends! Find us on iTunes and Stitcher to rate/review/subscribe to the show. Want more? Visit www.ToBirthAndBeyond.com, join our Facebook group (To Birth and Beyond Podcast), and follow us on Instagram @tobirthandbeyondpodcast! Thanks for listening and joining the conversation! Resources and References Anita’s Bump to Birth Method online program Michelle Brooks on Instagram: @mbrooks_fitlife   Time Stamps2:25 - Introduction to our special guest: Michelle Brooks! 5:30 - How did Michelle feel during her first pregnancy? Navigating options and preparation 12:20 - What were key things that helped Michelle mentally prepare for her first birth? 14:05 - Michelle shares her first birth experience 18:20 - Michelle’s immediate birth recovery 20:05 - Were there any strategies or positioning used that were helpful? 22:14 - Michelle reflects on preparing for postpartum 25:30 - How was seeking support for breastfeeding? And what helped? 26:44 - What was Michelle’s follow up pregnancy experience like? 42:52 - What in Bump to Birth did Michelle takeaway as most helpful? 44:19 - Baby #2 birth story 53:14 - How Michelle felt during transition 57:09 - The difference in Michelle’s feeding journey between children 1:01:04 - How has postpartum been this time around? 1:02:57 - What was Michelle’s experience with medical professionals being pregnant in her 30s? 1:05:55 - What advice would Michelle give expectant parents?
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