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Birth Story Podcast

Jun 15, 2023

Dr. Jess Michaels is an osteopath, doula, and founder of The Birth Sling, a powerful tool for movement and support during labor. In this episode, she shares her own birth story of transferring from a home birth plan to a hospital birth, including laboring on the beach, listening to her body, and creating the Birth Sling for other birthing persons after DIY-ing her own for her daughter’s birth.

In this episode, we cover:

  • Jess’ experience in osteopathic medicine and as a birth doula

  • Jess’ favorite birth tools for home births

  • Her birth story of transferring from a home birth plan to a hospital birth

  • Listening to your body and asking for more support

  • How various movements help us progress labor and manage pain

  • Sterile water injections for back pain relief

  • Giving birth in a birthing pool in a hospital with your own midwife

  • Processing and coping with changes in your birth plan

  • What a birth sling is and how to use it during labor and birth

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XOXO -Heidi


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I’m Heidi, a Certified Birth Doula, and I’ve supported the births of over a thousand babies in my career. On the Birth Story Podcast, I’ll take you on a journey through your pregnancy by providing you education through storytelling. I provide high-level childbirth education broken down to make it super digestible for you because I know you are a busy person on the go. Plus, because I am so passionate about birth outcomes, you will often hear from many of the top experts in pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the sacred postpartum period.

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