Standing Firm in Your Choices with Hannah Smerkonich

What are real mamas thinking, feeling, experiencing… and how are they handling birth and baby choices? This week Hannah Smerkonich shares part of her journey through her pregnancies and births. She discusses how she handled communicating her wishes both gracefully and firmly – enjoy!

Topics We Discuss in This Podcast:

  • How a friendly, casual comment helped Hannah explore birthing options (excellent if you’re hoping to talk to friends & aqacquaintances about birth)
  • How Hannah “tested” her doctor to feel confident he’d give her space to make decisions for herself
  • What prompted Hannah to search beyond the standard medical model of healthcare – and what she discovered there
  • Why Hannah started to feel annoyed with “perfect” prenatal appointments!
  • A round of “false” labor and one way to handle it
  • How Hannah gently but firmly declined interventions she didn’t want at the hospital
  • What the experience of working with an asynclitic baby is like!
  • Dealing with the pediatrician when you decide to make your own parenting and healthcare choices
  • Handling an infection postpartum

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(NOTE: Want a Perfect Birth Plan Template? Use this template and step-by-step videos to write a birth plan that gets your birth team on your side for a beautiful birth experience! Get the birth plan kit here.)

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About the author 


Kristen is a pregnancy coach, student midwife, and a mama to 8 - all born naturally! I've spent nearly two decades helping mamas have healthy babies, give birth naturally, and enjoy the adventure of motherhood. Does complete support for a sacred birth and beautiful beginning for your baby resonate with you? Contact me today to chat about how powerful guidance and coaching can transform your pregnancy, birth, and mothering journey <3

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