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Episode 1: Holly & Jayme talk about their “Why”

In the very first podcast episode, you will “meet” the hosts of the podcast; Holly & Jayme. They talk about how they met, and why each of them got into birth work. They also discuss the reasons they feel so strongly about spreading the message of “peace on earth begins before birth”.  Holly and Jayme share how they want to present birthing families with all of the options they have regarding their parenting journey by interviewing guests from all different perspectives on pregnancy, birth and parenting. Their goal is to present lots of options so families can make the best informed choices for their unique family situations.

Holly Lammer: BSN, RNC, RYT-500, RPYT, PPNE

When I became pregnant with my first child my life changed forever. It was revealed to me like a lightning strike (seriously) that I needed to work with the miracle of birth.  Since then (nursing degree and several specialty certifications later), I have advocated for policy and practice change in the hospital to support physiologic, peaceful birth. I research, propose, lecture, develop educational modules and present to leadership, doctors, nurses… whoever will listen to me! This is why I consider myself an activist.  According to Webster’s dictionary, activism is “a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue.”  Believe it or not, birth is a controversial issue. No matter where you live, the color of your skin, your income level, your gender or your religious affiliation, accurate information about the importance of gestation, birth and the first year of life can be difficult to find. Talk to ten different people and you will get ten different views on what is best to do for you and your baby during pregnancy and birth. It is an absolute fact that that the womb environment, birth, and early childhood experience plays a major role in lifelong health and wellbeing…  for many generations to come. 

 The combination of my experience watching thousands of women give birth;  noticing what worked and what didn’t work so well, hours of research and study in physiologic birth; combined with my own mindfulness practice which has changed my life profoundly, has prompted me to develop something different for pregnant women and families. This journey has developed into a passion: researching the evidence and science behind the contemplative practices and how they support fetal growth, bonding, parenting and generally speaking a more peaceful world.  You can learn more about Holly here:

Jayme Crockett: Birth Photographer, Doula & Student Midwife

My love for all things birth began 23 years ago when I was pregnant with my 1st son. I was fascinated with the physiology of birth and read everything I could get my hands on during my pregnancy. I was so prepared for labor and delivery but no one explained to me how everything would change the minute they laid him in my arms. I was a mother! I was overcome with a love I had never experienced before. 

I went on to birth 7 more babies in 3 different countries. I have had home-births, hospital-births and water-births. My passion for birth has grown with each pregnancy. I am in awe of the beauty and strength women possess during this season of life. I feel so strongly that every woman sees themselves as beautiful and strong too, that is why I have chosen to be a Birth Photographer! 

When I was pregnant with my first son, I was lucky enough to have a super cool woman teach my birth class. I was so fascinated with the information she shared with me. I will forever be grateful that as a young, pregnant 17 year old she encouraged me to not fear birth, but to embrace it and be empowered by it.  I am so excited about this podcast because I think every woman deserves to know this truth. My hope is that we will walk together through this parenting journey, connecting and learning from each other and the knowledgeable guests we have planned. You can learn more about Jayme here:

Sponsor: Kristi Rhodes from Idaho Stork talks about seafood safety in pregnancy

Today’s episode was brought to you by Idaho Stork.  Idaho Stork’s health care team is small and dedicated. They support a choice in care models and believe that it’s best to know their patients, attend their own deliveries, and provide care for their families for years to come. The Idaho Stork team is made up of Dr. Glen Lovelace, an Ob/GYN, Kristi Rhodes and Megan Kitterman, Certified Nurse-Midwives, and Angela Latta, a Nurse Practitioner.