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The Cord: Connection, Peace and Empowerment in Your Birthing Year and Beyond

Amy Neuhedel | Interviews with perinatal, birth,

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The Cord: Connection, Peace and Empowerment in Your Birthing Year and Beyond

Amy Neuhedel | Interviews with perinatal, birth,

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Amy Neuhedel connects you to the most influential people in birth and parenting today. A professional doula, childbirth educator and mom coach, Amy brings you connection, peace and empowerment in your birthing year and beyond. An American mom living in Sweden for 15 years, she also provides insight into navigating a mothering journey abroad. Discover how to get more of what you want in your birthing year and beyond with Amy’s new video series at http://www.thecordpodcast.com.

Latest Episodes

TC029 Homebirth VBAC with Gina Giordano

Did Gina get her Homebirth VBAC? Way back last year in episode 21 (link this) I interviewed Gina Giordano about the homebirth cesarean of her daughter. Gina was pregnant with baby number two and preparing for what she hoped would be a homebirth VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Gina Giordano is a doula, a doula trainer, a co-founder of Doula Trainings International and mom to a 5 year old and a 10 month old. What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode: Should you cheer for a VBAC? The importance of honoring all births The role of expectation in birth What is the postpartum cave?

63 MIN2017 MAR 8
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TC029 Homebirth VBAC with Gina Giordano

TC028 Labor and Lunges: Pregnancy Fitness for Baby and Mommy

A birth story including nutrition, exercise, fertility, pregnancy fitness and of course a birth! I chat with Tatiana Amico about how a simple squat (ok, maybe not so simple when you are in labor!) affected her birth experience. Tatiana is a mom to two and a woman’s health coach helping moms to have a life that kicks ass. So you’re pregnant, you’ve quit alcohol, sushi, soft cheese, you’re exhausted and then I or another childbirth educator comes along and says that you also really keep up that exercise routine and try to squat and sit on the floor more often. What? You’re kidding right?! What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode: How green smoothies can be a simple start What small changes can you make today What a lunge and squat can do for your labor How to find what kind of exercise you like

18 MIN2016 SEP 6
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TC028 Labor and Lunges: Pregnancy Fitness for Baby and Mommy

TC027 How to Write Your Birth Story

You probably love reading some other moms’ writings. Birth stories, the trials and tribulations of motherhood, the funny stuff, the poignant, the very, very sad. And you the mom, you have stories you want to remember. You hope to write that birth story….some day. But who has the time?! This episode, I speak with Chris Kay Fraser from Firefly Creative Writing, and a co-creator of MOMoirs, and online workshop is for women at all stages and shades of motherhood who want to reflect on their journeys, soak up some inspiration, carve out a little “me” time and write, write, write. (Which I won and took right after we recorded this interview. And I loved it!) In this episode you learn: Why is it important for moms to write their stories? How to find the time Other ideas besides pen and paper for getting it out of your head You probably love reading some other moms’ writings. Birth stories, the trials and tribulations of motherhood, the funny stuff, the poignant, the very, very sad. An...

21 MIN2016 AUG 2
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TC027 How to Write Your Birth Story

TC026 Birth in Sweden: Crisis and Activism

Birth in Sweden. Birth globally. Birth is a human rights issue. In Sweden, where I live and work, there is a crisis in maternity care happening right now. Pregnant women want to know how it affects them. Families are sad, confused, anxious and upset about what is happening. Out of this rose Födelsevrålet – BirthRoar. A parent-run non-profit with the goal improving maternity care. Kristina Turner, a friend and colleague, author and activist and one of founders of Födelsevrålet and organizing member of Födelsehuset – The Birth House, lets us in the what and why. What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode: Why are birthing centers be closed down What does it mean for families Has the “occupation” succeeded How can a pregnant mom feel more secure in this current birth climate Can homebirth be an option for you

26 MIN2016 JUL 5
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TC026 Birth in Sweden: Crisis and Activism

TC 025 Attachment parenting and sleep training

Sleeping like a baby the saying goes. But what if you get a baby that doesn’t sleep very much at night? What if you are suffering from lack of sleep? Sleep training has a negative connotation to many of us. Courtney Landin is mom to a baby who cried a lot. She’s a child sleep specialist, a nutritionist and a personal trainer. And Courtney, like me, is an American living in Sweden. She is also an attachment parent who found gentle ways to support her child’s sleep. What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode: It’s not your fault if your baby cries all the time Why sleep is so important What is sleep learning Why sleep advice is so contradictory What to do to get your 2.5 year old stop breastfeeding all… night… long... (Courtney gives me some laser coaching!)

29 MIN2016 JUN 7
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TC 025 Attachment parenting and sleep training

TC024: MotherBaby: That’s what it’s all about. Midwifery Today Conference Day 1

Rebozo techiniques to use during pregnancy, birth andpostpartum,midwives and doulas working together and supportingpregnant momsduring a prolonged first stage of labor. Mix in amimosa and somedancing and trip to the spa and you’ve got my dayone of theMidwifery Today Conference in Bavarian Forest. You mayhave heardTC020 with midwife Robin Lim (if not click right here!),alsorecorded at the conference. This is the second in a four partseriesfrom this incredible conference. I ask three powerfulbirthworkersthree questions: What do you do, why does it matterand what’s themost important lesson you have learned.What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:Why Pink’s doula, Giuditta Tornetti does what she doesHow midwife Gail Hart views a woman’s ability to birthWhat midwife Carol Gautschi believes aboutphysiologicalbirth

10 MIN2016 MAY 3
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TC024: MotherBaby: That’s what it’s all about. Midwifery Today Conference Day 1

TC023 Gabriella: The birth and breastfeeding of a premature baby

Mariana Ruiz was literally upside down at 10 cm for 10 hours waiting to give her premature baby another steroid shot to mature her young lungs. Waiting to be allowed to push, toggling between guilt for her need to push and guilt for not following those very urges. At only 28 weeks gestation, Gabriella was born weighing 2 lbs and was whisked away from her mother. She underwent heart surgery at 2 weeks old and after a 68 day stay at the hospital, was taken home, a breastfeeding preemie champ – albeit with preemie issues making work out of the home a non-issue for her mommy. This is one powerful birth story! Mariana Ruiz is a mom to two children, 21 months and a preemie who is now 4 months old (was only 2 lbs when she was born). She is a business coach who helps moms who want to work from home to balance their life. She is one busy mommy! What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode: You can exclusively breastfeed your preemie (…and tandem the older sibling!) Patience and persistence in pu...

35 MIN2016 APR 5
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TC023 Gabriella: The birth and breastfeeding of a premature baby

TC022 Men, love and birth. An interview with midwife Mark Harris.

Men in the birth room. What exactly are these Dads supposed to do to help childbirth along? Connect to her! Connect to the woman they love. Be there for her. Be present for her. It starts during pregnancy. It can start before that! Mark Harris midwife of 20 years and author of the new book, "Men, Love and Birth" talks with Amy about all this and more.

39 MIN2016 MAR 2
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TC022 Men, love and birth. An interview with midwife Mark Harris.

TC021 Cesarean homebirth: Learning to love a birth story. An interview with doula Gina Giordano.

Birth usually goes differently than we imagined. And sometimes our own birth story is hard to love. Even for a doula. Gina Giordano is a mom to a five year old who was born by homebirth cesarean. She has done a lot to heal and integrate that experience. Now she is beautifully pregnant with her second child and planning a homebirth VBAC. Gina is a doula, a doula trainer and co-founder of Doula Trainings International.

45 MIN2016 FEB 16
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TC021 Cesarean homebirth: Learning to love a birth story. An interview with doula Gina Giordano.

TC020 Motherhood, healing and connection: CNN hero and midwife Robin Lim at the Midwifery Today conference

What drives us to do what we do? How do we get it all done? What about when it feels impossible? Or like it didn't go as we had planned? Robin Lim shares something positive for everyone in short interview live at the Midwifery Today conference: Teenage pregnancy, single moms, cesarean births, cord clamping connection vs. separation. A mother, grandmother, midwife, CNN hero, disaster relief worker and founder of the Bumi Sehat Organization - a global model of maternity care, Robin's wisdom is vast!

9 MIN2016 FEB 9
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TC020 Motherhood, healing and connection: CNN hero and midwife Robin Lim at the Midwifery Today conference

Latest Episodes

TC029 Homebirth VBAC with Gina Giordano

Did Gina get her Homebirth VBAC? Way back last year in episode 21 (link this) I interviewed Gina Giordano about the homebirth cesarean of her daughter. Gina was pregnant with baby number two and preparing for what she hoped would be a homebirth VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Gina Giordano is a doula, a doula trainer, a co-founder of Doula Trainings International and mom to a 5 year old and a 10 month old. What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode: Should you cheer for a VBAC? The importance of honoring all births The role of expectation in birth What is the postpartum cave?

63 MIN2017 MAR 8
Comments
TC029 Homebirth VBAC with Gina Giordano

TC028 Labor and Lunges: Pregnancy Fitness for Baby and Mommy

A birth story including nutrition, exercise, fertility, pregnancy fitness and of course a birth! I chat with Tatiana Amico about how a simple squat (ok, maybe not so simple when you are in labor!) affected her birth experience. Tatiana is a mom to two and a woman’s health coach helping moms to have a life that kicks ass. So you’re pregnant, you’ve quit alcohol, sushi, soft cheese, you’re exhausted and then I or another childbirth educator comes along and says that you also really keep up that exercise routine and try to squat and sit on the floor more often. What? You’re kidding right?! What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode: How green smoothies can be a simple start What small changes can you make today What a lunge and squat can do for your labor How to find what kind of exercise you like

18 MIN2016 SEP 6
Comments
TC028 Labor and Lunges: Pregnancy Fitness for Baby and Mommy

TC027 How to Write Your Birth Story

You probably love reading some other moms’ writings. Birth stories, the trials and tribulations of motherhood, the funny stuff, the poignant, the very, very sad. And you the mom, you have stories you want to remember. You hope to write that birth story….some day. But who has the time?! This episode, I speak with Chris Kay Fraser from Firefly Creative Writing, and a co-creator of MOMoirs, and online workshop is for women at all stages and shades of motherhood who want to reflect on their journeys, soak up some inspiration, carve out a little “me” time and write, write, write. (Which I won and took right after we recorded this interview. And I loved it!) In this episode you learn: Why is it important for moms to write their stories? How to find the time Other ideas besides pen and paper for getting it out of your head You probably love reading some other moms’ writings. Birth stories, the trials and tribulations of motherhood, the funny stuff, the poignant, the very, very sad. An...

21 MIN2016 AUG 2
Comments
TC027 How to Write Your Birth Story

TC026 Birth in Sweden: Crisis and Activism

Birth in Sweden. Birth globally. Birth is a human rights issue. In Sweden, where I live and work, there is a crisis in maternity care happening right now. Pregnant women want to know how it affects them. Families are sad, confused, anxious and upset about what is happening. Out of this rose Födelsevrålet – BirthRoar. A parent-run non-profit with the goal improving maternity care. Kristina Turner, a friend and colleague, author and activist and one of founders of Födelsevrålet and organizing member of Födelsehuset – The Birth House, lets us in the what and why. What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode: Why are birthing centers be closed down What does it mean for families Has the “occupation” succeeded How can a pregnant mom feel more secure in this current birth climate Can homebirth be an option for you

26 MIN2016 JUL 5
Comments
TC026 Birth in Sweden: Crisis and Activism

TC 025 Attachment parenting and sleep training

Sleeping like a baby the saying goes. But what if you get a baby that doesn’t sleep very much at night? What if you are suffering from lack of sleep? Sleep training has a negative connotation to many of us. Courtney Landin is mom to a baby who cried a lot. She’s a child sleep specialist, a nutritionist and a personal trainer. And Courtney, like me, is an American living in Sweden. She is also an attachment parent who found gentle ways to support her child’s sleep. What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode: It’s not your fault if your baby cries all the time Why sleep is so important What is sleep learning Why sleep advice is so contradictory What to do to get your 2.5 year old stop breastfeeding all… night… long... (Courtney gives me some laser coaching!)

29 MIN2016 JUN 7
Comments
TC 025 Attachment parenting and sleep training

TC024: MotherBaby: That’s what it’s all about. Midwifery Today Conference Day 1

Rebozo techiniques to use during pregnancy, birth andpostpartum,midwives and doulas working together and supportingpregnant momsduring a prolonged first stage of labor. Mix in amimosa and somedancing and trip to the spa and you’ve got my dayone of theMidwifery Today Conference in Bavarian Forest. You mayhave heardTC020 with midwife Robin Lim (if not click right here!),alsorecorded at the conference. This is the second in a four partseriesfrom this incredible conference. I ask three powerfulbirthworkersthree questions: What do you do, why does it matterand what’s themost important lesson you have learned.What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:Why Pink’s doula, Giuditta Tornetti does what she doesHow midwife Gail Hart views a woman’s ability to birthWhat midwife Carol Gautschi believes aboutphysiologicalbirth

10 MIN2016 MAY 3
Comments
TC024: MotherBaby: That’s what it’s all about. Midwifery Today Conference Day 1

TC023 Gabriella: The birth and breastfeeding of a premature baby

Mariana Ruiz was literally upside down at 10 cm for 10 hours waiting to give her premature baby another steroid shot to mature her young lungs. Waiting to be allowed to push, toggling between guilt for her need to push and guilt for not following those very urges. At only 28 weeks gestation, Gabriella was born weighing 2 lbs and was whisked away from her mother. She underwent heart surgery at 2 weeks old and after a 68 day stay at the hospital, was taken home, a breastfeeding preemie champ – albeit with preemie issues making work out of the home a non-issue for her mommy. This is one powerful birth story! Mariana Ruiz is a mom to two children, 21 months and a preemie who is now 4 months old (was only 2 lbs when she was born). She is a business coach who helps moms who want to work from home to balance their life. She is one busy mommy! What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode: You can exclusively breastfeed your preemie (…and tandem the older sibling!) Patience and persistence in pu...

35 MIN2016 APR 5
Comments
TC023 Gabriella: The birth and breastfeeding of a premature baby

TC022 Men, love and birth. An interview with midwife Mark Harris.

Men in the birth room. What exactly are these Dads supposed to do to help childbirth along? Connect to her! Connect to the woman they love. Be there for her. Be present for her. It starts during pregnancy. It can start before that! Mark Harris midwife of 20 years and author of the new book, "Men, Love and Birth" talks with Amy about all this and more.

39 MIN2016 MAR 2
Comments
TC022 Men, love and birth. An interview with midwife Mark Harris.

TC021 Cesarean homebirth: Learning to love a birth story. An interview with doula Gina Giordano.

Birth usually goes differently than we imagined. And sometimes our own birth story is hard to love. Even for a doula. Gina Giordano is a mom to a five year old who was born by homebirth cesarean. She has done a lot to heal and integrate that experience. Now she is beautifully pregnant with her second child and planning a homebirth VBAC. Gina is a doula, a doula trainer and co-founder of Doula Trainings International.

45 MIN2016 FEB 16
Comments
TC021 Cesarean homebirth: Learning to love a birth story. An interview with doula Gina Giordano.

TC020 Motherhood, healing and connection: CNN hero and midwife Robin Lim at the Midwifery Today conference

What drives us to do what we do? How do we get it all done? What about when it feels impossible? Or like it didn't go as we had planned? Robin Lim shares something positive for everyone in short interview live at the Midwifery Today conference: Teenage pregnancy, single moms, cesarean births, cord clamping connection vs. separation. A mother, grandmother, midwife, CNN hero, disaster relief worker and founder of the Bumi Sehat Organization - a global model of maternity care, Robin's wisdom is vast!

9 MIN2016 FEB 9
Comments
TC020 Motherhood, healing and connection: CNN hero and midwife Robin Lim at the Midwifery Today conference