Kids & Family:Parenting
Ep 52: How to Have a Liberated Birth
Liberated birth. What a powerful phrase. What does it bring to mind to you? For me, I think of a woman who has decided to take full ownership of her birthing experience. A woman who is completely in—no matter where or how she’s decided to give birth. A woman who has taken the time to educate herself on the intricacies of birth. I’d love for you to ponder this idea of liberated birth as we speak to today’s guest, Ilka Bee, the founder and creator of Liberated Birth Movement. You’ll hear all about what that is, along with Ilka’s own liberated birth experience as we dive into this episode.
And this perspective is so useful- I know I’ve mentioned it before, but my birthing comfort zone is at home with a certified professional midwife. However, this is, of course, not the case for everyone! Some moms prefer more, some less. This episode will focus more on “less” variety, and I love it for that. And what’s more, we’ve got two episodes coming up at the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020 that will delve into the freebirth stories of two moms. And if you’re looking for another episode on the topic, be sure to check out episode 40, Shayla Has an Empowered Freebirth. I’ll link it in the show notes!
Okay, switching gears quickly. I want to take a minute or two here to be super open and honest with you guys. If you caught last Friday’s Facebook live, you heard a bit of this already. I want to acknowledge something: I haven’t been practicing what I preach lately. When it comes to postpartum care and sustainability as a whole, I have really dropped the ball in the last two or three months, and I’ll tell you why.
After having Lillian, I was hit with this amazing, wonderful surge of creativity and clarity. If you’ve been listening to my podcast for a while, you know I take my faith seriously, and I knew the holy spirit was urging me to create a childbirth education program. This happened to me before—in fact, it’s exactly how this podcast was created in the first place. It’s how I decided to launch this podcast on January first of this past year.
So… when I was hit with the realization that I was to create a childbirth education program for homebirth mamas, I went full steam ahead. I never asked for guidance on the timeline, I just decided—Let’s do January 1st of 2020. Plenty of time, right?
Well, turns out wrong. And now, a few months in, I’m so burnt out and overwhelmed. I’ve been staying up well past midnight most nights, I work through my girls’ nap time, and when I’m not able to be working on the course, I’m stressing about the course. I’ve allowed it to consume my life—all because of this arbitrary date I created before recognizing how much work this course would entail and without acknowledging the fact that the season I am in requires slowness and rest.
So. All that to say—I’m not going to launch the course on January first. I’ve got most of the content created, as I am nearing the end of the live version with my founding members… but there is just so much more to do, to create, to clean up. I want this course to be perfect and I want it to be made in a manner of glorification, not desperation.
After the holidays I’ll have a much better idea of when an appropriate/healthy launch date is, and I’ll certainly let you know. In the meantime, if you were really looking forward to the January launch, just shoot me an email. I’m sure there’s a way we can still work together to prepare you, it just won’t be in the form of my beautiful, complete digital childbirth education course.
So thank you guys for my quick little… admittance. I’ve definitely blown off course and it’s time to get back on. If you’re in a similar season as me and you’re overworking, consider this your reminder to cool your jets, mama. We’ve got to take care of ourselves so we can continue take care of our sweet families.
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