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The Homebirth Midwife podcast is hosted by Sarah McClure, CPM, LDM, LM and Charli Zarosinski, CPM, LDM, LM, founders and primary midwives of Hearth and Home Midwifery, a homebirth practice in Oregon and Washington. They are experts on all things related to natural pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. Each week the podcast delves into the topics you want to know about regarding your pregnancy and birth.
 
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A persistent breech presentation is a common reason for a cesarean birth in the United States. There are so many ways to try to turn a breech baby! In this episode the midwives will walk you through how they assess fetal position in pregnancy and what to do about it if your baby is breech in your third trimester. --- https://hearthandhomemidwifery.…
 
There are a lot of misconceptions out there about who can have a home birth and who can’t. In this episode the midwives talk about true rule-outs for home birth. Hint: most people are great candidates for home birth, and weight, age, and OB/GYN history have less to do with it than you might think. --- https://hearthandhomemidwifery.com…
 
Today the midwives are sharing a recent interview they did on the Doing It At Home podcast, a weekly podcast about home birth hosted by Sarah and Matthew Bivens, who had their baby at home in 2016 and now run a podcast helping other families get more information about their birth options. Sarah and Charli talk about the midwifery model of care, an …
 
Charli tells the birth story of her son, Emile, for the first time. She’s a homebirth midwife, she was prepared in all of the ways that someone can be prepared to have their baby at home, and (spoiler alert!) home is not where her baby was ultimately born. Listen to Charli and Sarah as they tell this story the whole way through. --- https://heartha…
 
In this episode of the podcast, the midwives go over some of what they mean when they say midwives do rigorous risk assessment prior to a homebirth to help clients determine if they are low-risk enough for homebirth. Learn part of what makes homebirth so different from hospital birth in terms of risk assessment in the prenatal period. --- http://he…
 
After a homebirth, midwives can continue to provide care for both the postpartum parent and the newborn for up to 6 weeks! Charli and Sarah will walk you through what to expect in terms of your care in the weeks after having your baby. Spoiler alert: you’re going to be well taken care of! --- https://hearthandhomemidwifery.com…
 
A shoulder dystocia is one of the most commonly managed obstetrical emergencies. Midwives are experts on how to be on the lookout for a shoulder dystocia that could be coming and how to manage it well in the home setting. Even when a shoulder dystocia occurs at home, trained midwives have good and healthy outcomes, and you can learn all about why i…
 
You just had this great home birth, you worked really hard through the contractions, now you’re baby is on your chest and… what is HAPPENING? What’s that feeling? In this episode, Sarah and Charli talk all about after-pains: what they are, what role they play, and what to do about them! This is one of those things people don’t tell you about giving…
 
There are a lot of misconceptions about meconium, or baby’s first poop, when it comes to safety in birth. Does meconium always mean there has to be a Cesarean? What is the problem with meconium, anyway? Why do babies pass meconium in the womb? The midwives answer all these questions and more in today’s episode. --- https://hearthandhomemidwifery.co…
 
In today’s episode, Charli and Sarah talk all about one of the most common forms of “inducing” labor- the stretch and sweep. The midwives talk about what it is, how it’s performed, and what the evidence says on this typical procedure offered to third-trimester pregnant people in the United States. --- https://hearthandhomemidwifery.com…
 
Sarah and Charli talk about what it looks like for most people in their care who are planning to give birth at home. Learn about the basics of what midwives do to prepare for a homebirth, how they arrive in the home when it’s time for monitoring during labor, and what to expect while being cared for by midwives in the homebirth setting. --- https:/…
 
‘Advanced maternal age’ is the medical term used to describe pregnancies over the age of 35. But why do we care if someone is over 35? Is it a higher-risk pregnancy? What are the different factors that go into a person over 35 having a high risk pregnancy? The midwives break down some of the statistics and talk about how the midwifery model approac…
 
In today’s episode, Charli and Sarah talk all about what midwives cover on the newborn exam: it’s more than just height and weight! Hear about how midwives can assess the wellbeing of a baby in the home setting and all the fun ways we can integrate family members into baby’s first head-to-toe exam. --- https://hearthandhomemidwifery.com…
 
Approximately 10% of all babies born in the United States require some form of resuscitation after birth. Learn about how midwives work to prevent this from happening and how it’s managed in the home setting. This is a key topic that separates the home birth experience from a hospital birth. --- https://hearthandhomemidwifery.com…
 
Sarah interviews Maggie Halpin, Hearth & Home’s third midwife and postpartum anxiety expert. Maggie shares about the causes of postpartum anxiety, the available treatments, the signs and symptoms, and even shares some of her own experience to help listeners navigate their own postpartum journeys. --- https://hearthandhomemidwifery.com…
 
It seems like everybody and their mother (get it?) gets gestational diabetes in pregnancy. But what is it? What causes it? Why does it happen to some people, and not to others? And most importantly- what do you do if you get it? The midwives break it all down in today’s episode of the podcast. --- https://hearthandhomemidwifery.com…
 
In today’s episode, the midwives talk all about newborn eye medication, AKA erythromycin, AKA newborn eye prophylaxis. They cover what it’s good for, what it protects against, and how they advise their clients when it comes to decision-making regarding newborn eye medication. --- https://hearthandhomemidwifery.com…
 
Laboring people have their work cut out for them, but what can others do to help them? Here are the top five things that partners or other support people can do to help their loved one have a vaginal birth at home. A great listen for family members who hope to attend your birth! --- https://hearthandhomemidwifery.com…
 
Midwife Charli interviews Erin Underwood, functional movement specialist, who specializes in supporting prenatal and postnatal people as well as birth workers through movement with strength, sustainability and nervous system down regulation. Erin shares her tips for preparing the body for birth including pelvic floor strength, core strength, the ps…
 
Midwife Sarah sits down with Jamie Oller, CPM, LDM, to discuss anti-fat bias in the culture at large and specifically in pregnancy and postpartum care. They cover the BMI, prejudice against larger bodies, and how people of size receive different care than their thin counterparts in pregnancy care. Jamie Oller is a primary midwife at Harbor Midwifer…
 
Midwives Sarah McClure and Charli Zarosinski talk all about what makes being a student midwife uniquely challenging, and why it’s all worth it in the end. The midwives talk about their own journeys to midwifery and why they’re so happy they chose this path, despite its challenges! --- https://hearthandhomemidwifery.com…
 
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