This week I’m joined by Sara Topping, from our first ever episode(!), to deconstruct our episode from last week with Jennifer Summerfeldt.  If you haven’t listened, go back and listen to Episode 81.  This week we will be sharing our highs & lows, and making informed choices about birth, and support throughout the birthing & postpartum to help cope with trauma.


Listen as Kate & Sara discuss:

  • High: Observing siblings interacting & playing well with one another.
  • Low: Are my children even listening to me? 
  • High: Reaching out for support for navigating behavior/developmental changes.
  • All birthing people should have a choice in birth.
  • Support is essential in positive birth & postpartum outcomes.
  • Emotional response is just as important as physiological response.
  • Pitfalls of our medical system surrounding birth & postpartum.
  • Birth stories are how we learn about choices in birth. 
  • Healing through storytelling.
  • Friends & families are the first ones who should be providing support for new families.



“You have to give birth where you feel most comfortable…It’s such a vulnerable experience to open to this other world, to birth a new human…to transform into this new person.  To be in a place where you are most comfortable and supported will be the place you will be the most successful.” – Sara Topping


“Take it one breath at a time.” – Sara Topping



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