On this episode of THE VBAC PODCAST, we are going to start something that I am going to call womanly wisdom Wednesday and womanly wisdom Wednesday is going to be the day that I dedicate to helping you connect with your inner womanly wisdom.
Womanly wisdom is that first pillar of confidence that you might have heard me talking about.
If you haven't heard me talking about it yet, Go check out my free VBAC class!
In that Free VBAC Class, I dive into the three pillars of confidence and the first one is womanly wisdom.
What is Womanly Wisdom?
Womanly wisdom is that inner intuition that innate feminine knowledge that God has blessed each of us with.
Sometimes it's called maternal instinct.
And some of you are going to tell me, "I don't have a maternal bone in my body, I have no maternal instinct," and that's not true. It's simply not true.
The truth is if you don't feel connected to your womanly wisdom, it is because our society has done a fantastic job of trying to kill it, of trying to kill it, of starving it, of trying to disassociate women from their inner femininity and we're not here for that anymore.
Um you know, not to get political, but I don't consider myself a feminist in the sense of women are equal to men because I think women are unique from men and I think women need to connect with their femininity and embrace it.
And that doesn't mean they're stronger or weaker.
It simply is different and that's what we're going to do.
We are going to start learning how to connect with that inner womanly wisdom that in need feminine knowledge that we have, that connects us to the women who came before us.
So how exactly can we do that?
Because like I said, you know, centuries ago, I mean, heck even like I guess 150 years ago,
ut you know it was a way of life and while it came with its challenges and risks,r through pregnancy and birth and postpartum and motherhood and I think sometimes we can kind of romanticize that idea of women living in these close knit communities supporting each other through birth and having community midwives and everything.
But, you know it was a way of life and while it came with its challenges and risks,
it came with a lot of benefits. It came with a nurturing of women. It came with exposing girls to pregnancy and birth and breastfeeding and what that looks like from a young age women new by the time, by the time it was your time to get pregnant and have a baby, you knew what that looked like and yeah, you might have been acutely aware of what could go wrong,
but you were also acutely aware of the variations of normal and how to overcome them today.
We are not today, since birth has become institutionalized, we are so disconnected from the women before us, we are disconnected from our own femininity. We are taught that we should not trust our instincts, but instead we need to just trust the doctor and that's because our early exposure to birth and breastfeeding and pregnancy and anything that has to do with reproductive health is usually some silly jokes on tv and a poorly done health class that doesn't answer questions and is probably fear based and I'm not going to get too into that because I don't don't want to make this a political thing like because it's not, it's just women deserve better.
We deserve to be learning about our bodies and what it is to be a woman from a young age and we've had that taken away from us, we've had that starved within us and it's time to start taking it back.
It's time to start nurturing our inner wise women.
But how on earth can you do that? How how do we do that?
Well first we need to start building community.
Second we need to start getting informed, setting the record straight and I'm really, really excited to help you do that. I'm so excited to help you do that.
So some of the ways that we are going to celebrate womanly wisdom Wednesday on this podcast is sharing birth stories, sharing inspiring birth stories, sharing raw birth stories,
sharing real womanhood.
I'll do book reviews, I will share some of my favorite books with you that I think can help you connect to that inner womanly wisdom and I'm also going to be doing interviews with other female birth workers who serve women in this amazing capacity.
A lot of times we think of birth workers as being doulas midwives and lactation consultants and obviously those are all great resources and two of those, I'm a doula and a lactation consultant.
I love midwives, but there is so much more to perinatal health and wellness than that.
There are chiropractors,
there are fertility specialists,
there are pelvic floor therapist,
there are chiropractors who specializes in pregnancy.
There are so many specialties that serve women.
There's prenatal nutritionists,
like there are so many specialties that serve women through this stage of life and through this transition and they choose to serve women and they choose to answer to women.
They take a more holistic approach to how they serve women, and I want to start connecting you with these types of moms, these types of women and these types of providers because there is so much benefit in this type of service and support for us, you know?
Yes, doctors and midwives and like the medical system very valuable but you have this mainstream health system that is broken, It is not keeping people healthy and it is operating on these hierarchies of power, it's operating on these bias is where the data that they refer to is from studies that was funded by large corporations in their industries.
And it's not serving women.
It is not helping women connect to themselves institutionalized birth,
is not helping women connect with themselves, waiting until you're pregnant to learn anything about your body is not helping women to connect with that inner wisdom.
So that's why we're going to start changing the conversation.
We're not just we're not just going to look at this data driven scientific approach to wellness anymore.
We're not going to make our decisions solely because the doctor said that's the best thing to do anymore because we are going to take that data and science into consideration.
We will because it still has value.
But we're also going to talk to other women and see what they have to say what their experiences are, what they believe, what's true for them.
And we're going to listen to women service providers who serve other women.
Women's health providers who serve other women were going to listen to them and we're going to hear what they're seeing in the field because the reality of what we see in practice isn't always lining up with what the data says.
So that's when we need to start listening to mothers and that's why every Wednesday is going to be womanly wisdom Wednesday.
I will do book reviews with you,
I will share my birth stories,
I will interview other moms and share their inspiring VBAC stories.
And I am going to connect with women who serve women in this stage of life.
I'm going to connect with those professionals who can help us improve our wellness and when you can improve your wellness.
You can increase your chances of succeeding at your goal of having a VBAC because like I'm going to tell you over and over and over again.
There's a lot of things that go into whether or not you're gonna get your VBAC and most of them or what you believe and what your providers believe most of what will influence your birth the most dramatically is mindset.
So if you can strengthen this first pillar of confidence, you're going to be ahead of the game girlfriend.
I'm looking forward to sharing next week's womanly wisdom Wednesday with you and I just wanted to go ahead and introduce that idea to you and remind you to subscribe to the podcast so that next week you will get you are womanly when your womanly Wednesday.