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A bold, vulnerable and honest weekly show for those courageous enough to believe they can have all the intimacy, health, money, relationships, fun, connection and self love they desire in life! If you believe having it all is possible and that YOU are the only thing separating you from your ideal life, you’re in the right place. In this podcast I share the mindsets, belief systems, personal habits, tools, accountability and support systems that I use daily to design my best life, all so you ...
 
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The Postpartum Circle

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The Postpartum Circle

Maranda Bower, Postpartum Bliss Coach 

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A podcast for women who want to heal their body naturally in the YEARS after birth. Here, we dive into nutrition, sleep, hormone balance, fitness, and so much more. Hosted by Maranda Bower, Postpartum Bliss Coach and Womb Whisperer®, international speaker, 4-time best-selling author, creator of the Postpartum Nutrition Plan and Certification Program, and so much more. Join me as we dive into important topics surrounding your body and your healing after birth.
 
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Doing It At Home

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Doing It At Home

Independent Podcast Network | Sarah and Matthew Bivens

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Doing It At Home is a weekly podcast about home birth and our decision to go from a traditional hospital birth with an OBGYN to a natural birth at home with midwives. This is a raw and honest show that explores homebirth from every angle. We talk about the fears and judgements thrown at you when you choose home birth. We share resources that we found tremendously helpful for understanding our birthing options. We confess the magic and craziness in preparing for pregnancy, home birth, motherh ...
 
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When it comes to birth, what does it mean to “do your homework?” This is a big theme of our conversation with Emily Stanwyck, birth doula, Birthfit trainer and home birth mom of 2. According to Emily, “you can have 2 perfect home births when you do your homework!” We talk about what this means for her not only as a doula but as a mother. Plus detai…
 
Do you have principles? What are they? How do you use them? Are you confident that you know what living a principally based life means? Today I'm shining light on this idea of "principles" that so many self help gurus and successful people tout as the key to living a great life. You will learn the 5 key principles that I choose to live my life by a…
 
The formula currently available for those that are unable to, or choose not to breastfeed is not up to the standard that it should be. It has become something pushed more and more, instead of giving mothers the support they desperately need to have a successful nursing journey with their new baby. Fionnuala is sharing her story of how she got start…
 
How can you utilize the power and intention of prayer for your birth? Regardless of your faith, setting intentions for your birth experience can be a big part of preparation for the experience. Today’s guest, Josephine Breen, weaves her faith into her birth story of her daughter Myriam. Josephine was born at home, and always remembers her mother be…
 
Why does it feel so hard at times to not take things personally? We hear the phrase "don't take this personally" all the time. You've probably said it to someone before making some potentially hurtful or offensive statement. It's such an easy idea, but boy can it be tough! For me, I used to take things very personally. Growing up, my emotions would…
 
You’ve likely heard me talk about how raw vegetables and salads are not an ideal food for you in postpartum, and if you’re a vegan or vegetarian you may be wondering how on earth you’re supposed to get what you need in postpartum if those foods aren’t suitable for your body during that time. I’m going to break all of this down for you in this episo…
 
What are you playing for in life? Each of us have something we're striving for in our lives. Some reason that we're waking up each morning and doing what we do. You already know the power of being intentional and having a vision for your life. One powerful tool that I've used to help me become the person I want to become, is a personal mission stat…
 
How can fathers be prepared and support mothers during the pregnancy and birth experiences? This is the crux of David Arrell’s work as he helps partners to be helpful, supportive, involved and all the other great adjectives that benefit both parents. So this episode is absolutely one to have your partner listen to - either on their own or listen to…
 
For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/guilt-and-overwhelm-a-counselors-healing-journey-with-rose-elbert-ep28/ Overwhelm and mental health issues don’t have to be a part of your postpartum, but it can be so hard to find the help and information you need in postpartum to make that a reality. I am working daily to change this narrative. H…
 
In today’s episode we speak with Dr. Sarah Buckley on the science of natural and undisturbed birth. Dr. Buckley is the author of the best selling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, the author the report Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing, and all around natural childbirth expert. We are honored and grateful to have Dr. Sarah Buckley join us on t…
 
What is something that you've always wanted to do, but you know you've let fear and discomfort hold you back? It's the first week of September, and that means Fall is officially here. You've been putting in deposits into your tank for a while now, and now it's time for you to act. In today's episode I'm setting up a context for getting into action …
 
For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/the-truth-about-postpartum-hair-loss-ep27/ Postpartum hair loss has been deemed as a “normal” thing to expect after having a baby. Typically chalked up to hormonal changes, but the question remains, is hair loss during postpartum normal? With so many women experiencing hair loss during postpartum, …
 
How do we deal with “expectations vs. reality” when it comes to birth? This is a great theme and pattern that shows up in today’s interview, and one that many of us can relate to. You think something will go one way OR you don’t think something will pop up and then what happens….you can guess! Miranda Cottrell, chiropractor and home birth mama shar…
 
In today's episode I'm sharing a way for you to learn how to change your relationship towards stress. If you're used to feeling stressed out with ish hits the fan, and you have been unable to shift that feeling, then tune in! I'm going to share with you how you can use exercise to learn how to deal with stress more effectively.…
 
For full shownotes go to: https://marandabower.com/motherhood-myths-and-mom-guilt-with-sarah-bilger-ep26/ Sarah Bilger shares with us about her journey to healing postpartum and why she became so passionate about it. Sarah spent much of her postpartum googling how to heal herself and feel better. She had been on a nutritional journey, starting befo…
 
Why do a small percentage of planned home births transfer to the hospital? There are a number of reasons. Today’s conversation is with our friend Anne Margolis, a certified nurse midwife and a powerhouse in the birth world. She has personally helped usher in over 1000 babies into the world. We’ve had her on the show a few times now and it’s always …
 
This episode is all about FAITH, but not in the most widely used sense. I’m talking about having supreme confidence and trust in someone or something. I look at faith like this: FAITH = TRUST + SURRENDER. On Sunday September 11th, 2016, Sarah and I welcomed the birth of our daughter Maya. Through that experience I both witnessed and practiced the m…
 
For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/gallbladder-dysfunction-in-postpartum-ep25/ Did you know the gallbladder is a top reason for hospitalization in the first years after having a baby? With so many women experiencing gallbladder issues, which then leads to many other issues during the postpartum years, we want AND need to know why th…
 
How do you build trust for the birth experience? This entire episode encapsulates and embodies this question. Heather and Chris join us to share their birth journey of their daughter Eliana. Heather was born at home, so having a home birth herself was something she always wanted. We walk through the process of Chris preparing and supporting the exp…
 
By now you might have heard of the Tony Robbins documentary “I am not your guru”. It’s been making its way around Netflix and the internet. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend you give it a watch! Well, I checked it out the other day and can honestly say that few other documentaries have inspired me as much as this one. It wasn’t Tony Robbins who i…
 
For full show notes go here: https://marandabower.com/healing-myself-to-heal-others-with-lauren-tucker-ep24/ Join me as I talk with Lauren Tucker about her journey to healing in postpartum. Lauren spent much of her postpartum feeling very tired and unable to do daily tasks and dealing with symptoms that took quite some time to recognize as anxiety.…
 
Are you able to answer the question -- "What would have to happen in order for you to feel fulfilled in your life?" If you're struggling with feeling fulfilled then LISTEN UP! Today I'm sharing with you a very simple method for answering that fulfillment question, so you can both FEEL and BE more fulfilled in your life. Links: Purpose Webinar Havin…
 
Did you hold onto any shame from your birth or postpartum experience? In today’s episode, our guest Dorit Palvanov is setting an example on how to let that go. She shares details of her 3 birth stories: from hospital to home to back to hospital. Dorit walks us through the processes and the ups and downs throughout her journey to motherhood. From in…
 
For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/postpartum-and-homebirth-with-sarah-and-matthew-bivens-ep23/ Sarah and Matthew are taking us through their journey of the birth of their daughter and the preparations they made ahead of time for her arrival. They have such great information on the preparations they made and tips on how you can prep…
 
In today's episode I'm sharing an example of consistency that I experience in my life every week. His name is Robert Monroe and he has been on this podcast before. In the episode titled "“You Have To Move Your Feet”: A Story About Seeing the Beauty in All of Life’s Circumstances", Robert shares his inspiring story and message about moving through l…
 
How do we make birth better? Today we’re chatting with one of the country’s top leaders addressing this question, and not just addressing it, but matching his conviction with his actions. They say don’t meet your heroes...but I don’t think they included “birth heroes” in there. Because you should definitely meet those people! Dr. Stu Fischbein join…
 
For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/part-3-balancing-hormones-podcast-ep22/ This is Part 3 of a 3 part series in the podcast on Balancing Hormones, Part 4 is shared in my facebook group The Postpartum Circle, so be sure to go join! These episodes have been released through the month of July and August so if you missed the previous tw…
 
What subjects are off limits to you? What things do you avoid in your life like the plague? Most people have some topics that they refuse to address. These "taboo subjects" are robbing you of your power, your freedom and your life! If you want to truly have it all and live the life you're meant to live, then you MUST start addressing these things i…
 
In this episode, Matthew and Sarah chat with sisters Jenny and Wendy, creators of Pure Motherhood, a company that provides education, products, support and empowerment for moms and moms-to-be. We talk about how to mentally pivot when things don’t go the way you might have planned for in your birth. Some of the biggest “what if’s” and concerns aroun…
 
For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/breastfeeding-trauma-and-planning-for-postpartum-with-jessi-sletten-podcast-ep21/ Jessi Sletten is joining us today on the podcast. She is a trauma-informed Postpartum Empowerment Coach, a Certified Lactation Counselor, and a Certified Postpartum Nutrition Coach. She helps moms exchange surviving f…
 
Can you still have a home birth with gestational diabetes? This question comes up often in the community. Today’s birth story is an example of an answer in the affirmative. Crystal Boymistruk joins us to share her birth story of her second child, daughter Mila. After a hospital birth with her son Niko, Crystal wanted something different for her nex…
 
For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/part-2-balancing-hormones-podcast-ep20/ This is going to be Part 2 of a 3 part series in the podcast on Balancing Hormones, Part 4 is shared in my Facebook group The Postpartum Circle, so be sure to go join! These episodes will be spaced out and released through the month of July and August so make…
 
How do you deal with the “what if” questions that can come up around any type of birth? Today’s guest Lauren shares how she and her husband Jordan navigated the “what if’s.” For one thing, it wasn’t certain that Jordan would be in town for their birth. It was also unclear if Lauren’s sister-in-law/doula would be able to attend. And to make matters …
 
Where do you spend most of your emotional time and energy: in things you can influence or in things you have zero control over? If you're a proactive person who takes response-ability for their lives, then you absolutely focus on the things you can influence. Reactive people spend their time focusing on things that they have zero control over. The …
 
For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/overwhelmed-and-depleted-to-thriving-podcast-ep19/ From completely depleted and overwhelmed to thriving and pregnant! My guest, Danielle is going to be sharing her story of this journey going from being overwhelmed and depleted in postpartum to finally thriving and pregnant. She owns her own busine…
 
Can you have it all? This was the question that launched this podcast. 5 years later, and my answer to that question hasn't wavered one bit: Yes, you absolutely can! There's no "...BUT" at the end of the statement either. You can have it all in life, AND I'll show you how it's possible! In today's episode I'm talking about why so many people get it…
 
How can you advocate for yourself in the midst of chaos? How can you be an active participant in your birth when you feel like all of your control is being taken away? In today’s episode, we’re talking to Caitlin Thompson about her 2nd birth, a planned home birth with a last minute hospital transfer. This is the third time we’ve had Caitlin on the …
 
For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/part-1-balancing-hormones-podcast-ep18/ This is going to be Part 1 of a 3 part series in the podcast on Balancing Hormones, Part 4 is shared in my Facebook group The Postpartum Circle, so be sure to go join! These episodes will be spaced out and released through the month of July so make sure you a…
 
Why do people, supplied with wisdom and a clear path of action, not experience breakthroughs? Why is it that we can be so clear that addressing our beliefs, paradigms and traumas around sex will be so healing and beneficial, but we never take the next step? Sex has been the most challenging and rewarding space for healing in my life. Challenging be…
 
What narratives are you telling yourself and buying into when it comes to pregnancy, birth and postpartum? We go through some of these in our conversation with Brooke Cates, CEO/founder of The Bloom Method, a pre and postnatal fitness method. Particularly the disempowering ones, and how we shift them into empowering ones. Phrases like: Pregnancy is…
 
For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/exercising-in-postpartum-what-you-need-to-know-from-bethany-gerry-podcast-ep17/ We have a very special guest, Bethany Gerry, on the podcast today! Bethany is going to be sharing her expertise on exercising during postpartum. Bethany is a fitness and wellness coach, and she specializes in the postpa…
 
How do you move through and relate to a lot of the challenges that can come up when you make the switch to have a home birth? Today we have a unique episode. Our guest is Sarah Bivens! Usually acting as co-host, the roles got shifted up a bit when Matthew and Sarah decided to sit down and have Matthew interview Sarah on her pregnancy and birth expe…
 
What do you enjoy in the bedroom? How do you express yourself sexually (or not)? In life, self expression is a major part of understanding yourself, growing, living life to the fullest. It's the same in the realm of sex! Often we choose not to fully express ourselves in sex because of fear of judgement, pushback, ridicule, condemnation, and so many…
 
For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/hormone-and-nutrition-testing-what-you-need-to-know-podcast-ep16/ Does hormone and nutrition testing really help you get a better idea of your health and needs? A colleague of mine asked about my thoughts on these two very particular tests regarding hormone and nutrition testing. I wanted to share …
 
What do you do when your care providers drop you and tell you to change your birth plan, at 35 weeks? This is the exact circumstance that Adina Rivers found herself in during her second pregnancy. Originally planning for a home birth with a midwife, Adina was now facing not only her midwife releasing her from her care, but no other midwife in her a…
 
Does your sex life have to change for the worse after kids? We know of course the answer is “No, it doesn’t”, but how do you keep it from turning stale? How do you keep the fire burning for your partner after you’ve had a kid or two?" Today I'm bringing you a "SEX-PISODE" from my other podcast, Doing It At Home, where my wife Sarah and I get real a…
 
For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/johannas-story-of-recovery-podcast-ep15/ In this episode my guest, Johanna is going to be sharing the very personal story of her own postpartum battle. She just graduated from my one on one program and was in a very dark place before she met me. Johanna’s here to share her experience with everyone.…
 
How was your first sexual experience? How would you describe it in two words? Our first experience with sex tends to leave a lasting impression on us. Sex is viewed as a right of passage, a transition point where there's no going back. Some people enter into their first sexual experience having had healthy, mature and empowering conversations about…
 
What happens when you were born at home, and then you grow up to realize that it’s actually not considered “normal” for most people? For Morgan Oberstein, home birth was a very normalized thing within her family. Not only was she born at home, but she and other home birth children amongst the extended family would often be at attendance for other h…
 
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