Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy

By My Essential Birth

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Birth is amazing, beautiful, wonderful . . . and it can throw you for a loop! Despite our very best birth “plans,” we can find ourselves taking some twist and turns during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum that we don’t expect. Enter the Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy Podcast! 

Hey mama! My name is Stephanie, and I’m a mom of three boys, a professional doula, childbirth educator, and the creator of the Online Birth Course - My Essential Birth 

I love to help mothers just like you feel empowered and confident during pregnancy, birth, and into motherhood by taking my years of knowledge and personal/professional experience in the birth world and breaking down complex birth topics to make preparing for labor & birth a breeze! 

Every week, you’ll hear from women ready to share their knowledge with other pregnant moms about pregnancy and birth topics that will have you feeling knowledgeable and in the driver’s seat of your best birth experience. 

Your best birth starts here >>>> 

Episode Date
Empowering & Strengthening Your Body: Pregnancy & Postpartum Workouts for Every Stage of Motherhood with Coach Kim Perry
Feb 27, 2024
Birth Story: Preparing and Knowing Her Options for Her Unmedicated Birth with Katelynn Monty
Feb 20, 2024
7 Ways to Prepare Your Mind & Body during the 3rd Trimester!
Feb 13, 2024
A Guide to Knowing Pain Management Options BEFORE Your Contractions Begin
Feb 06, 2024
Birth Story: Preparing & Practicing for an Unmedicated Birth with Autumn and James Cosgrove
Jan 30, 2024
Tongue Ties & Chiropractic Care for Mama + Baby with Dr. Casey Baker
Jan 23, 2024
An Overview of Breech Babies: What You Can Do To Prevent It, The Risks, and Your Options
Jan 16, 2024
Scheduled for an Induction? Here's What You Should Know with L&D Nurse, Mackenzie DeClark
Jan 09, 2024
Birth Story: Delaying Her Induction Three Times with Taylor Ward
Jan 02, 2024
{REBROADCAST} Contractions: What You Can Expect, How to Know It’s Time for You to Head to Your Birth Place, & How to Keep Track
Dec 26, 2023
Introducing Ellement, Prenatal Supplements Created and Personalized for Each Mother, with Doreen Bloch and Dr. Nate Fox
Dec 19, 2023
Low Iron or Anemia during Pregnancy? What Can You Do Now to Raise Your Levels?
Dec 12, 2023
Birth Story: Navigating Birth Together with Alisha & Brady Williams
Dec 05, 2023
Birth Control: What Kind of Options Do You Have and How Do You Choose the Right One?
Nov 28, 2023
Prepare for an Empowered, Informed, and Supported Birth with Grace Pastuck, Birth & Postpartum Doula
Nov 21, 2023
Will "Advanced" Maternal Age (Pregnancy at Age 35 Years or Older) Affect Your Pregnancy?
Nov 14, 2023
Birth Story: Managing the Process of Natural Birth with Lisa Thrower
Nov 07, 2023
The Nitty Gritty of Postpartum
Oct 31, 2023
Getting Your Body Ready for Pregnancy & Tracking Ovulation
Oct 24, 2023
How to Take Charge of Your Birth with Kyleigh Banks from The Autonomy Mommy
Oct 17, 2023
Trust Your Parenting Instincts for Your Baby's Sleep with Lauren Weber from Isla-Grace Sleep
Oct 10, 2023
Birth Story: When Birth Partner Support Really Matters with Laura & Mark Rowdon
Oct 03, 2023
What If Your Loved Ones Don’t Support Your Plans for Your Birth Experience?
Sep 26, 2023
What Can You Do to Prepare for Your 2nd, 3rd+ Birth?
Sep 19, 2023
Birth Story: Envisioning the Birth You Desire with Allie Robinson
Sep 12, 2023
The Wonderful Benefits of Booby Food: Turning Your Breast Milk into Freeze-Dried Powder
Sep 05, 2023
Subchorionic Hemorrhage: What It Is & When To Talk to Your Provider
Aug 29, 2023
The ARRIVE Trial & What It Means for Mamas
Aug 22, 2023
Pregnancy & Prenatal Depression with Sarah Merrill of the Bottle Service Podcast
Aug 15, 2023
Birth Story: Unmedicated Hospital Birth with Jamie Peterson
Aug 08, 2023
Water Birth: Is It for You and What Are the Benefits?
Aug 01, 2023
Prodromal Labor: How to Survive the Mental & Physical Exhaustion
Jul 25, 2023
Birth Story: When Pregnancy & Birth Don't Go According to "Plan" with Jake & Danielle Winter
Jul 18, 2023
Finding Freedom and Confidence in Parenthood with Sleep & Well-Being Specialist, Taylor Kulik
Jul 11, 2023
The Birth Heard 'Round the World
Jul 04, 2023
Preterm Labor & Birth: Signs, Symptoms, & Options
Jun 27, 2023
Birth Story: Water Birth at Birth Center for First-Time Mom, Valerrie Craig
Jun 20, 2023
Prenatal & Postpartum Preeclampsia: Signs to Watch For
Jun 13, 2023
Postpartum Doula, Gigi Vincent, Answers Your Questions!
Jun 06, 2023
Birth Story: Unmedicated Birth for First Time Mama, Amanda Warnsholz
May 31, 2023
Birth Story: Home Birth at 43+1 Weeks with Stephanie Bratton
May 23, 2023
A Guided Pregnancy Meditation for Mamas
May 16, 2023
Unmedicated Birth: How To Prepare If This Is Your Goal
May 09, 2023
Let's Talk about Pelvic Floor Exercises, Diastasis Recti, and Holistic Approaches to Infertility with Dr. Lizzie Kieffer, DPT
May 02, 2023
Birth Story: Preparing for the Mental Game of Labor & Birth + The Difference the Right Support Can Make with Taryn Hoeksema
Apr 25, 2023
Your Questions Answered + All the Tips & Advice for Pregnancy/Postpartum Workouts, Fitness, & Recovery with Shayli Campbell
Apr 18, 2023
Motherhood or Postpartum Depression: Navigating the Rollercoaster of Life as a Mother & Knowing When To Seek Help
Apr 11, 2023
The RhoGAM Shot during Pregnancy and at Birth: Why Is It Important? When Would You Need It?
Apr 04, 2023
Birth Story: From Navigating through Infertility to Experiencing the Sacred Place of Birth with Starlee Galbraith
Mar 28, 2023
Kim West, The Sleep Lady, Talks All Things Baby Sleep with Practical Tips and Loving Advice
Mar 21, 2023
Placenta 101: Let's Talk about Function, Risks, Complications, and Signs to Look For
Mar 14, 2023
Birth Story: Not Asking for Permission & Preparing for Her Unmedicated Birth with Jo Gibson
Mar 07, 2023
Let's Talk Babywearing with Cassidy Eisenfeld
Feb 28, 2023
What Are The Most Common Questions A Pregnant Mama Will Ask Herself? {REBROADCAST}
Feb 21, 2023
Preparing Her Body & Mind for her Redemptive Birth Story with Courtney Hart
Feb 14, 2023
Contractions: What You Can Expect, How to Know It’s Time for You to Head to Your Birth Place, & How to Keep Track
Feb 07, 2023
Baby-Led Weaning: Bridging the Gap from Breastmilk to Solid Foods with Katie Ferraro (Mom of 7)
Jan 31, 2023
Delayed Cord-Clamping: The Risks, Benefits, and Methods You Need to Know Before Giving Birth
Jan 25, 2023
Birth Story: Marin Cole's Unmedicated, Back Labor Birth
Jan 17, 2023
The Evidence-Based Information You Need to Know about Real Food, Pregnancy Diets, & Postpartum Nutrition with Lily Nichols, RDN
Jan 09, 2023
Empowering Home Birth Story with Sarah & Matthew Bivens of the Doing It At Home Podcast
Jan 03, 2023
{REBROADCAST} Breastfeeding: The First 48 Hours with Sally Wright, IBCLC
Dec 27, 2022
Avoid the Unnecessary Holiday Induction
Dec 20, 2022
Setting Your Newborn Up for Sleep Success with Unnati Patel
Dec 13, 2022
Birth Story: Turning Her Birth Experience Around with Cassidy Jacobsen
Dec 04, 2022
Fix Your Breastfeeding Mastitis with This New Protocol, Courtesy of Heather O'Neal & Maureen Farrell from The Milk Minute Podcast
Nov 29, 2022
Where to Find a Provider + Top 10 Questions to Ask
Nov 22, 2022
The VBAC Link: Making Birth Better after Cesarean with Meagan Heaton
Nov 16, 2022
Birth Story: Unmedicated, Spiritual, and Supportive Hospital Birth with Justina & Kace Knowles
Nov 08, 2022
The Nonstress Test: When You Need It, When You Don’t, and How to Prepare Your Body & Mind
Oct 31, 2022
Postpartum Checklist for Mom
Oct 25, 2022
Pelvic Floor Therapy with Amanda Fisher & Marin Cole
Oct 18, 2022
Birth Story: NICU Nurse, Carly McMunn, Shares Her Unmedicated, Hospital Birth Story
Oct 11, 2022
Your 3 Best Tips for Contractions Before Labor Begins!
Oct 04, 2022
Breastfeeding Talk with Jacqueline Kincer, IBCLC
Sep 27, 2022
Baby Sleep: What’s Normal & Baby Sleep Schedules
Sep 20, 2022
Birth Story: From Inductions to Speedy, Unmedicated Births with Lorelei & Jason Robbins
Sep 13, 2022
Birth Wisdom for Labor & Delivery with Courtney Hart, LDRP Nurse & Certified LC
Sep 06, 2022
The First 24 Hours Postpartum: Mom & Baby
Aug 30, 2022
Vaginal Exams & “Failure to Progress”: The Lie
Aug 23, 2022
Did My Water Just Break? And Other Common Questions As You Approach Your Due Date!
Aug 15, 2022
Pitocin for the Third Stage of Labor
Aug 09, 2022
Birth Bag Must Haves
Aug 03, 2022
Get Your Birth Team Paid For with BeHerVillage
Jul 26, 2022
Birth Story: Unmedicated But Not Uncomplicated with Stephanie Garrity
Jul 19, 2022
OB's, Midwives, MD's: What's the Difference?
Jul 12, 2022
Do I Need a Doula for My Birth?
Jul 06, 2022
Ask THESE Essential Questions for Pregnancy
Jun 28, 2022
Birth Story: Unmedicated, Hospital Birth with Sally Steffy
Jun 21, 2022
Pregnant Over 35 and Loving It with Jessica Estrada
Jun 14, 2022
Relaxation Practice for Labor
Jun 07, 2022
Induction Without an Epidural
May 31, 2022
Birth Story: Madison Mackley
May 24, 2022
Pregnant? Focus On These Two Things with Holly Roser
May 17, 2022
Almost Didn't Make It - Kayla's Unmedicated Birth Story
May 11, 2022
Recovering From Birth Trauma with Karina Robinson
May 03, 2022
Covid-19 + Birth {Challenges & Benefits)
Apr 27, 2022
Moms Need This: Occupational Therapy with Kayln Robertshaw
Apr 19, 2022
Group B Strep: The Deets!
Apr 12, 2022
Placenta Encapsulation with Bonnie Baker
Apr 05, 2022
Glucose Test Alternatives with Jacquie Berg
Mar 29, 2022
The Top 3 Themes of Motherhood with Jessica Lorion
Mar 22, 2022
Breastfeeding: The First 48 Hours with Sally Wright, IBCLC
Mar 15, 2022
Do THIS to Start Labor Naturally NOW!
Mar 08, 2022
Successful Parenting Starts With Pregnancy
Mar 01, 2022
Top 5 Myths of Prenatal Exercise with Nicole Scheitlin
Feb 22, 2022
The Magic of Postpartum Doulas with Sariah Wight
Feb 15, 2022
Top 10 Red Flags From Your Provider
Feb 08, 2022
The Final Hour - Carly's Birth Story
Feb 01, 2022
Babywearing with Certified Babywearing Educator: Annie Roskelley
Jan 25, 2022
Where Can I Have My Baby?
Jan 18, 2022
Dad's Role During Pregnancy & Childbirth with David Arrell
Jan 11, 2022
Kirsten's Home Birth Story
Jan 03, 2022
{REBROADCAST} 15 Things That Cause More Pain During Birth
Dec 28, 2021
Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum Care - What do Mothers Need to Know
Dec 21, 2021
Becoming a Doula + Making Induction a Success with Bonnie Baker
Dec 16, 2021
Interview With The Editors
Dec 07, 2021
Forward-Leaning Inversion + Creating Balance in the Pelvis
Nov 30, 2021
The Best Birthing Positions for an Easier Labor & Birth
Nov 23, 2021
Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy with Dr. Brandie Nemchenko
Nov 16, 2021
Curb Walking For Labor
Nov 09, 2021
First Baby, Birthing with Midwives: Taylor’s Birth Story
Nov 02, 2021
Why The Golden Hour Matters!
Oct 26, 2021
Am I In Labor?
Oct 20, 2021
Safety of Homebirth + Informed Consent with Angie, LM, CPM
Oct 13, 2021
Anne's Birth Story: Experiencing All the Firsts
Oct 06, 2021
Bringing Baby Home: Mom & Dad Talk Postpartum
Sep 29, 2021
3 Pregnancy Lies You Probably Believe
Sep 22, 2021
15 Things That Cause More Pain During Birth
Sep 21, 2021
Twins: What To Expect With Dr. Nate Fox
Sep 15, 2021
Speedy Delivery: Erica’s Birth Story
Sep 08, 2021
Prodromal Labor & What It Means for Your Birth
Sep 01, 2021
Induction: When Is It Necessary + How to Make It Successful
Aug 25, 2021
Why Partners Love Doulas for Birth Support
Aug 18, 2021
Birth Story: Triumph Over Adversity
Aug 11, 2021
The Most Important Things for Pregnancy & Birth
Aug 04, 2021
Cloth Diapering 101
Jul 28, 2021
Special Episode: My Husband's Point of View
Jul 21, 2021
Unmedicated Birth Stories: One Induction with Preeclampsia & One Textbook with Eryn Stucki
Jul 14, 2021
Placenta Previa During Pregnancy + How it Affects Your Birth
Jul 07, 2021
Placenta Encapsulation: Is It For Me? with Shannon Sheppard
Jun 30, 2021
Don't Underestimate the Power of Birth
Jun 23, 2021
Things Your Partner Doesn't Know or Doesn't Want to Know About Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum
Jun 16, 2021
Advocating Your Birth Plan
Jun 09, 2021
Vaccines: What You Need to Know
May 26, 2021
Achieving Balance in the Pelvis for Pregnancy and Birth with Deb Flashenberg
May 19, 2021
Your Biggest Challenge in the Third Trimester of Pregnancy
May 12, 2021
When Do I Leave for My Birthplace During Labor?
May 05, 2021
What Happens at the Hospital During Labor
Apr 28, 2021
Who Is On Your Birth Team?
Apr 21, 2021
The #1 Reason for Cesarean Birth
Apr 14, 2021
Making Your Birthplace Like Home & Why It Matters
Apr 07, 2021
Episiotomy: Will You Need One?
Mar 31, 2021
Does A Full Moon Cause Labor?
Mar 24, 2021
What Makes Labor Longer or Shorter?
Mar 16, 2021
Should I Push OR Let My Body Push On Its Own?
Mar 10, 2021
What To Do When Your Water Breaks
Mar 03, 2021
The 3 Stages of Birth: First Stage + Transition, Pushing and the Placenta
Feb 24, 2021
How Late Is TOO Late For Birth Prep?
Feb 16, 2021
Working vs Stay-At-Home Moms: Pros, Cons, & How to Make It a Success
Feb 10, 2021
Transition & the Beauty of Surrender During Birth
Feb 04, 2021
Must-Haves for Pregnancy, Birth, & Postpartum
Jan 27, 2021
Counting Down to Baby: Final Two Weeks
Jan 20, 2021
GIVEAWAY + What to Eat in the Fourth Trimester: Interview with Dietician, Jaren Soloff
Jan 13, 2021
Top Ten Pregnancy Complaints and the BEST Solutions Part 2
Jan 06, 2021
Top Ten Pregnancy Complaints and the BEST Solutions Part 1
Dec 30, 2020
Interview with High-Risk Doctor: Nate Fox
Dec 23, 2020
Laboring Without Your Partner? Do THIS!
Dec 16, 2020
Unmedicated Pregnancy: Using Nutrition & Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum
Dec 09, 2020
Do You Know the Risks?
Dec 02, 2020
Pushing vs Pooping
Nov 25, 2020
Avoiding Holiday Inductions & Understanding Due Dates
Nov 18, 2020
Hospital Birth Is Better
Nov 11, 2020
Out of Hospital Birth Is Better
Nov 04, 2020
Is Birth Like Running a Marathon?
Oct 28, 2020
Recovering From a Cesarean Birth
Oct 21, 2020
Our Most Popular Topic
Oct 14, 2020
Announcing Your Pregnancy, Baby Gender, and Birth
Oct 07, 2020
The Illusion of No Control
Sep 23, 2020
First Babies VS All the Others
Sep 16, 2020
Sick of Being Pregnant?
Sep 09, 2020
Is It Really Necessary?
Sep 03, 2020
Birth Bag Must NOT Haves
Aug 20, 2020
How To: Provider Scenarios
Aug 19, 2020
Do THIS During Contractions
Aug 12, 2020
Things They Don't Tell You - Newborn Edition
Aug 05, 2020
Outdated Policies Hurting Your Birth
Jul 29, 2020
Maybe Just DON'T
Jul 22, 2020
Is It Real Labor?
Jul 15, 2020
Quarantined and Pregnant
Jul 08, 2020
It Takes Two: Interview With a Birth Partner
Jul 02, 2020
What Are You Afraid Of?
Jun 17, 2020
Birth: Enneagram 9
Jun 09, 2020
Breastfeeding Interview with Sally Wright, IBCLC
Jun 03, 2020
Water: Nature's Epidural
May 27, 2020
Birth: Enneagram Type 8
May 20, 2020
Interview With Fitness Coach and Mom: Shayli Campbell
May 12, 2020
OB's vs Midwives Showdown
May 05, 2020
Hollywood Birth: Where They Get It Wrong
Apr 28, 2020
Gestational Diabetes: What to Know
Apr 21, 2020
Birth: Enneagram Type 6
Apr 15, 2020
COVID-19: Birthing With Less Support
Apr 07, 2020
COVID-19 and Your Birthing Options
Mar 31, 2020
Things They Don't Tell You - Pregnancy Edition
Mar 23, 2020
Birth: Enneagram Type 5
Mar 16, 2020
Get It Started! Natural Ways to Induce Birth
Mar 11, 2020
Birth After 35
Mar 04, 2020
And Baby Makes Three: Newborn Procedures
Feb 26, 2020
Birth: Enneagram Type 7
Feb 18, 2020
Communication Pitfalls & Pointers for Birthing Couples
Feb 11, 2020
Get Your VBAC On!
Feb 04, 2020
BONUS Episode With Relaxation Practice
Feb 01, 2020
How Senses Influence Your Birth
Jan 27, 2020
Birth: Enneagram Type 1
Jan 20, 2020
How NOT to Write a Birth Plan
Jan 14, 2020
Assembling Your Dream Birth Team
Dec 24, 2019
Birth: Enneagram Type 2
Dec 17, 2019
Cesareans: When They're Necessary & Avoiding When They Aren't- PART 2
Dec 10, 2019
Cesareans: When They're Necessary & Avoiding When They Aren't- PART 1
Dec 04, 2019
5 Things Essential Oils Do for Pregnancy & Birth That You Don't Know About
Nov 25, 2019
Birth: Enneagram Type 4
Nov 20, 2019
Mamas With Infertility, Listen Up! (Part 2)
Nov 05, 2019
Mamas With Infertility, Listen Up! (Part 1)
Oct 30, 2019
Birth: Enneagram Type 3
Oct 25, 2019
You Know You're Crunchy If...
Oct 02, 2019
My Essential Birth Student Success Story: Christy
Sep 25, 2019
What and Why of Postpartum Belly Binding
Sep 17, 2019
What's Stopping You From Having Your Best Birth?
Sep 09, 2019
Circumcision: Both Sides
Sep 02, 2019
Things They Don't Tell You - Postpartum Edition
Aug 28, 2019
Your Mental Game for Birth & BONUS Meditation
Aug 19, 2019
2 Girls, 7 Totally Different Births
Aug 05, 2019
What You Don't Know Can Hurt You
Jul 23, 2019
Medicated vs Unmedicated: The Controversial Topic We Plan to Dispel Once & For All
Jul 20, 2019
Why Your Hospital Birth Class Probably Sucks
Jul 13, 2019