In this episode I am joined by Michelle Martinez, a graduate student in clinical psychology who recently had her second baby after attending the Evidence Based Birth Savvy Birth 101 workshop. Michelle is working on her doctorate in psychology, with a special interest in maternal mental health. She lives in Chicago with her two children.
Michelle’s first birth experience was idyllic - she had a peaceful, completely pain free labor in a birth center. However, her baby was born with complications that put her in the NICU for two months. Those complications weren’t identified right away - although Michelle knew something was not right with her baby, the first few heath care providers she consulted were not persistent in identifying what may have been wrong. It took an ER visit to finally diagnose some serious health issues with which her newborn was struggling. That experience tainted Michelle’s trust in the health care system, and by the time she was pregnant with her second child, Michelle put even more time and resources into researching her options. That is what eventually led her to Evidence Based Birth and the Savvy Birth 101 workshop.
Hear Michelle’s two very different birth stories, and the keen insights she has into the experiences of today’s birthing people. We also talk about gaps in health care, and how to affect changes in a broken system.
For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership (including scholarship options) and our Instructor program. Find an EBB Instructor here, and click here to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.
Find an Evidence Based Birth Savvy Birth 101 workshop in your area here. This workshop is taught by EBB Instructors, so if you don’t see a Savvy Birth 101 listed near you, be sure to reach out to your local Instructor to see what offerings they may have in the near future.
Learn about all of the Evidence Based Birth resources for parents - including the new EBB Childbirth Class - here.