Such an important topic and when you hear the statistics that Joyce shares in this interview its truly so strange that we don’t talk about it more. The Blues, Depression….. We need to talk about it …
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Inspiring, authentic and realistic views and topics. How I love being able to talk to these empowering women and offer you in-depth knowledge.
X Dr Kaz Jaffe
Bianca Sprague is a birth doula and lactation educator and has supported hundreds of families through their pregnancy, birth and postpartum periods. She feels particularly passionate around maintaining the family’s relationships and mental wellness. As a queer woman she advocates for inclusive language in the birthing space. She lives in Toronto with her spouse, Alana, and their daughter, Gray.
And a bio of BEBO MIA:
BEBO MIA INC. is a training & mentorship organization for women in the maternal health field, including pregnancy/birth professionals, childbirth educators & parenting specialists. They offer comprehensive skills, business support & community care through an innovative online structure that spans a global market.
A very different culture from both the patriarchal boardroom model & the female-centric multi-level marketing industry, bebo mia offers opportunities for women to work from home while making an income for themselves and their families. They develop inclusive, accessible trainings for women that provide the skills needed to grow & sustain a lucrative business. bebo mia remains fiercely committed to their original mission that was developed in 2008: To connect women to their intrinsic value and power.
“Not my circus, not my monkeys”
Maartje Bruning : Having a Home Birth mindset in a Hospital Environment
It was so fun having Maartje o the podcast sharing her wisdom and personal experience on the topic. She is certainly rocking the Birth World bringing her Doula-dom and Doula-ness to the Doula-hood in Amsterdam.
X Dr Kaz Jaffe
Maartje is an Amsterdam based Doula and has guided already over 100 births in both medical and home birth settings.
Maartje was a fashion entrepreneur for many years in the shoes&bags importing business.
She became a mother in 2007 and 2011 of 2 vibrant, happy and healthy girls in a clinical setting.
JJ doula training in Amsterdam in 2013, adding Birthlight pregnancy yoga teacher training in 2014 and starting her doula business Mother Me Amsterdam.
Launch of partner workshops Birthing Basics and Gewoon Bevallen in 2015 and adding Spinning Babies and Rebozo techniques to her training.
“Start celebrating the birth of your baby at the actual birth and do not wait for a year to bake that cake or hang up the bunting.
I will hand you the flag but you will have to put it up yourself.”
Its certainly time we had another Doula on the show. Its no secret I think Doulas Rock! I am so thrilled to introduce Mari Gordon this week while we get to hear why she has such a positive fresh approach to birth and life.
X Dr Kaz Jaffe
Mari (Gordon) is a US native who has been living in the Netherlands for the past 19 years. Having done just about everything under the sun, she finally decided to answer a calling, and completed her doula training with JJ Doula Training in Amsterdam in 2012. She feels especially passionate about childbirth education and breastfeeding support. Alongside her growing doula practice, she’s the proud mother of two very sassy little girls.
“Open, Flexible, Positive”
Inbal shares so much knowledge this episode and drops bombs of gold on us throughout. She brings so much to the Amsterdam Birth community with her impressive experience and credentials list. It was a pleasure to have her on the show sharing her thoughts on how the mind plays a huge role on how we birth.
Enjoy the Episode.
X Dr Kaz Jaffe
Inbal Sigler is a certified Hypnobirthing trainer, Doula, Chinese Medicine practitioner and a Yoga & Pilates teacher. Specializing in Pre & Post natal guidance and care, she has been supporting parents on their amazing journey of becoming a family, providing them with the knowledge and practicality needed for a smooth pregnancy and a powerful, transformative, healthy and intimate birth. Inbal the creator of the Isis Hypnobirhting method, which combines multiple teachings and practices and the founder of Isis Hypnobirthing and Yoga – The pregnancy and birth care centre in Amsterdam.
After trying to get Dana on for a while, finally our diaries collided as we got to hear her insight on the sacredness of birth. We talk empowered women, placentas, crossing over tot hat mystical realm in birth and so much more. I am grateful for the work she does, the insight she has and that she was able to share with us.
X Dr Kaz Jaffe
I am a Canadian Born Mother of 3 daughters. I originally moved to Holland in 1999 to continue my advanced studies at the Art Academy in Amsterdam- The Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Art and creativity were always at the centre of my life since my earliest days but when I became pregnant with my first daughter in 2005, the focus of my life was forever transformed. Nothing I’ve experienced so far was as remarkable or exciting as this first journey through pregnancy, the indescribable wild intensity of giving birth for the first time and then of course becoming a mother, a mother!!!!
This to me was true creation, and I couldn’t wait to go through it again. A real shift for me came in 2008 when I gave birth to my second daughter. My first daughter was born in a hospital. It was a positive experience, so we did not really think about our options and were planning on returning for the second birth as well. As things turned out, this second birth progressed so quickly, and so effortlessly, that there was no choice actually but to birth at home. I was given this huge gift that I had previously no real idea about, and had an amazing, life changing home birth experience. After this birth I felt like shouting from every rooftop: DO YOU KNOW WHAT BIRTH CAN BE LIKE!!!!!
I was drawn to every pregnant woman I saw and was on a mission to understand and share with women (any woman who would listen) what an incredibly positive, joyous, transformative experience birth can be. This was a defining moment in my life and the moment in which I feel that I truly became a doula. Since that birth I have been immersed in educating myself in everything I could find about birth, sifting through the current predominant disempowering beliefs and fears and getting to the roots of the transformative, empowering and sacred aspects of birth as mother nature intended, and which I have come to understand, is our birth-right as women. There was no turning back.
My 3rd daughter was born in 2011, this time it was a planned home birth. It has been a totally unexpected blessing to be able to support women in childbirth. I am now, besides being the proud, active mother to my 3 school aged children, a full time certified doula and birth coach, and an active presence in the Birth Community hosting workshops, events and gatherings on a regular basis for pregnant women, new mothers, women preparing for pregnancy and birth professionals in Amsterdam.
It was truly fab to have my dear friend and coolague on the show sharing his wisdom on preconception nutrition and all mums- to be can do before pregnancy to ensure optimal health for themselves and their future baby.
X Dr Kaz Jaffe
I’ve been in the health industry now for more than 20 years in many different capacities. As a Naturopath, Nutritionist and Chiropractor I have enjoyed helping thousands of people regain health and vitality through natural approaches. I am continually excited and delighted by the life changes that people experience when they start to trust in their own ability to heal without excessive intervention.
My path through health has been exciting and varied, and at the same time very challenging and rewarding. I love the ability to interact on a one on one basis daily with my practice members and at the same time, I love the ability to educate and inspire people to change through multi media including Radio (Melbourne’s Triple M), TV (Downsize Me, Inside New Zealand, Brian and Bobby, The Exchange) Podcasting (The Wellness Guys and 100 Not Out) and of course in a seminar setting with The Power Of Food and Crack Your Stress Code events. My belief is that both the nervous system and the gastro-intestinal system are both equally influential in the health and longevity of the individual, this is why I love chiropractic (as it deals with the nervous system) and I developed Forage Cereal (to assist the restoration of impeccable health to the gastrointestinal system).
Having combined the philosophies of both Naturopathic and Chiropractic approaches to healing and well-being – I believe that people learn and achieve the most when there is no interference and there is appropriate supply of goodness to allow the body to thrive.
I absolutely loved this episode! Super relaxed and it was my first time interviewing my guest in person, sitting relaxed on the couch and having a chat. I could get used to it!
Not only do Karen and I have the same name (ok well you all know me as Kaz , true, which is my preferred name but Karen is the name my mum gave me) but we also speak the same language and I am not referring to the English language if you get what I mean.
We sepak all things birth, natural parenting and loads about what to expect for new mums.
X Dr Kaz Jaffe
Karen Tham is a mother of 2 beautiful children – Kaia who is 8 and Christian who is 5. She is a stay at home mom, chauffeur for 2 and a very talented juggler who manages to co-ordinate her children and husband’s busy schedules while trying to find time to bake cookies and read teen fiction.
Karen has 2 University degrees, a Bachelor of Commerce in Psychology and Marketing and a Bachelor of Science in Chiropractic. She’s spent most of her life moving and travelling, she has a passion for Interior decor and design and is the Co-host of Inside the Champions Mind. A podcast she shares with her husband where they discuss mindset and their stories and challenges in Life, Love and Legacy.
Definitely one of my fave episodes to date. Julie is so eloquent, she shares so deeply, she is so so wise and I feel blessed to be able to bring you this episode. Its a goodie! You will have tingles.
X Dr Kaz Jaffe
Julie Tenner, The Pleasure Nutritionist and co-founder of Nourishing the Mother and mother of three is a Naturopath, specialising in women’s health, Birth Coach and Mothering Mentor on a mission to reconnect women to their pleasure and nourish so much more than just their bodies.
Frustrated with the paradigm of health and nutrition which sees women berate themselves for breaking their ‘food rules’, Julie’s approach looks beyond the nutrient impact of food to look at our beliefs, conditioning and uncover what it is that truly moves us as women, giving us to permission to receive, nourish and inspire – creating a ripple effect in our families and out into our communities.
When women say “yes” to themselves, they pave the way for those around them. When women awaken their sensuality, when they feel deliciously connected to who they are, when pleasure becomes part of them, not separate to them – they become a beacon for desire and magnificence.
For over a decade Julie has helped women reconnect to their magnificence – because relationships, health, birth and motherhood can be a luscious love affair.
Yes its true – I have truly been looking forward to sharing this episode more than any other. As a 2x Waterbirther myself and knowing that I would only ever choose to birth in water given the chance again, this topic is dear to my heart. Not that I want all women to birth in water but I certainly want them to have the option available to them shall they want to.
Barbara is the warrior of Waterbirth, she spends her time traveling the globe, educating, lecturing and spreading the message of Waterbirth and all its benefits.
Enjoy the amazing episode and please Share!
X Dr Kaz Jaffe
Barbara Harper is an internationally recognized expert on waterbirth and Gentle Birth. Dedicating her life to changing the way we welcome babies into the world. Over the past four decades, Barbara has worked as an OB and pediatric nurse, home birth midwife, midwifery instructor, doula and doula trainer, and childbirth instructor. She has used her vast experience to develop many unique seminars which she teaches within hospitals, midwifery and medical schools and community groups worldwide
She founded Waterbirth International in 1988, to ensure that waterbirth is an “available option” for all women.
She has authored many journal articles and the highly acclaimed book and DVD, Gentle Birth Choices. Her next book ‘Birth, Bath & Beyond: A Practical Waterbirth Guide for Parents and Providers, will be ready for publication, soon. She lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is active in her community as a volunteer and as a midwifery and doula mentor and teacher. website is www.waterbirth.org
“Water birth is easier for Mums and better for babies”
This is a topic dear to my heart. Hnourign the mother’s wisdom and the mother herself in birth. Our guest this week , as you will hear is more than qualified to speak about this topic. Enjoy the episode!!
X Dr Kaz Jaffe
Maha Al Musa is a leading light in the birth world as a spiritual birth visionary and birth activist. She has 20 years’ experience working with pregnant and birthing women and is the creator and founder of EmbodyBirth™ – BellydanceBirth® – The Al Musa Method® also described as Mindful Movement To Awaken Birth Wisdom since 1997.
Maha was the winner of the 2011 One World National Birth Hero Award, is a breastfeeding advocate, doula, mother of three and birth consultant for both pregnant women and birth professionals. She offers her inspiring somatic Teacher Training worldwide that honours the language of the feminine.
Maha is also an international speaker and passionate about Human Rights in Childbirth. She has presented at numerous birth conferences, events and seminars within Australia and internationally.
In her breastfeeding advocacy Maha has graced the cover of two Australian magazines Woman’s Day Nov 2012/2015 and Take 5 Magazine January 2014 as well as appearing on Sunrise TV Australia, A Current Affair, and Mornings Show Australia. She has been interviewed by many online and published magazines as well as appearing in three documentaries in 2015, including Discovery Channel, RTL German TV and Inside Story Australia.
She is the author of the award winning world first book “Dance Of The Womb”, endorsed by Dr Michel Odent, Sheila Kitzinger and Dr Sarah Buckley. She is the producer of the DVD “Dance Of The Womb”, endorsed by NACE (Australia) and the Australian Doula College.
Maha speaks the language of the feminine for birth and beyond. She has boldly stood in the light throughout the world for women and babies to be seen and heard with reverence for this human spiritual rite of passage. Through her birth work she encourages women with their babies to align with the innate birth intelligence that resides within themselves and trust in its guidance.
Maha sees a clear vision that when we respect women and babies in birth we can truly elevate Love Consciousness on this planet in order for peace, harmony, compassion and connection to prevail.
“May you dance to the rhythm of the music, as you give birth to the rhythm of your body and the rhythm of Life”