Birth Healing Summit Podcast

Lynn Schulte, PT

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A Glimpse Into A Dad’s Journey
1w ago
A Glimpse Into A Dad’s Journey
Since our line of work mainly involves working with moms, I’ve always longed to see dads supported more in the beginning phase of a family.  How can dads be better supported?   In today’s episode, Lynn talks with Chris Da Silva, a primary care doctor from the UK, about pregnancy and postpartum from a dad’s perspective and about his program 40 Weeks for Dads.The uncertainties around pregnancy, birth, and life with a newborn create shifts in both men and women. Fear can be a response to these uncertainties and women often see this fear response come out as weird behavior in their male partners. As men step into their role of dad and navigate what it means to be a provider and protector for their families, it can cause a disconnect between partners as dad does not want to burden mom with his fears.Communication and grace are the keys to navigating these fears and unknowns. If partners can talk about ways to support one another through the ups and downs of parenthood, then they can overcome those fears together and set up communication channels that will support the family dynamics in the years ahead. Men also tend to do well with feedback and feel better when they get direction on what they can do to help. Finding what is needed for every family takes a bit of trial and error, as no one family is the same; therefore, having grace will also go a long way.Have a comment or question about today’s episode? I would love to hear from you. Message me on Instagram or Facebook, or Email Me. If you enjoyed today’s podcast and are interested in more topics to support your clinical practice and treating your clients, find us on your favorite podcast app and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode.  To learn more visit: InstituteforBirthHealing.comChris Da Silva: https://www.instagram.com/4families404/?igsh=MTRpb2RzeXcwNTZjdA%3D%3D&utm_source=qrVisit Institute for Birth Healing to learn more about how to care for the pregnant and postpartum body: CLICK HERE
A Labor Nurse’s Advice on Preparing Clients for Birth
Jun 3 2024
A Labor Nurse’s Advice on Preparing Clients for Birth
Have your clients asked what they need to do to prepare for giving birth in the hospital? Do they know they can advocate for themselves? How do you suggest they prepare for birth? In today’s episode, Lynn talks with Kelly Hof, a Labor and Delivery Nurse and Birth Coach on how to best prepare and support our clients who are having a hospital birth. She recommends asking your clients to think about these topics and questions to create an environment that is supportive and that will be more optimal for a smooth birth:Talk to your clients about the type of experience they desire. Do they want a nurse who is more present to allow for questions to be answered or more hands off? Being interrupted every 20 to 30 minutes can be disruptive to the birth flow if it is not what your client wants or expects.There is a way to speak up and request a change from the nurse assigned to your birth if it does not feel like the correct support. This may help decrease trauma during the birth and allow for birth progression.Let your clients know that sacral flexion is a clue to the end stage of labor and help them understand what this means and how to ask what their body is doing if they cannot feel it directly.Give your clients the resources they need to support past traumas so they can enter the birth space as peacefully and emotionally prepared as possible.If you would like to learn more about identifying and treating the Sacral Flexion Pattern that Kelly and Lynn talked about in today’s episode please check out the Institute for Birth Healing’s free course.Have a comment or question about today’s episode? I would love to hear from you. Message me on Instagram or Facebook, or Email Me. If you enjoyed today’s podcast and are interested in more topics to support your clinical practice and treating your clients, find us on your favorite podcast app and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode.  To learn more visit: InstituteforBirthHealing.comABOUT TODAY’S SPEAKERKelly Hof is a birth coach and labor and delivery nurse who is passionate about getting clients the birth they want. Through her own birth experiences, she learned how much impact an empowered mindset played in the birth experience. She helps her clients with intentional preparation and guides them on when to advocate versus when to surrender to the process, so they can have the empowered birth experience they deserve and desire. To learn more, check out her website at: https://kellyhof.com/Visit Institute for Birth Healing to learn more about how to care for the pregnant and postpartum body: CLICK HERE
3 Keys to Clinical Success
May 27 2024
3 Keys to Clinical Success
Do you want to know three keys to clinical success and what you can do to improve in each of these areas? If so, start by asking yourself these questions: How would you rate your anatomy knowledge?How comfortable are you naming the structures under your hands while in the clinic?Can you easily palpate a structure if one is named?In today’s episode, Lynn discusses three keys to becoming a better clinician. Listen in to learn practical suggestions on how to improve in these areas and develop the skills that will positively impact your success with your clients.The first key is the intention you have when working on your client. Do you approach the session with a clean slate? Are you grounded? Is being a loving presence important? A loving connection to the body can create great healing. Focusing on being present for the client has a positive impact. The second key is anatomy, anatomy, anatomy! You need to know what you are touching and how it relates to the rest of the body. No body part works in isolation. Understanding the position of the bones and their movements in relationship to the organs, nerves, blood vessels and muscles is essential to creating effective change. It is not uncommon that the organs and bony structures are affecting the muscles of the pelvic floor. Knowing how to mobilize them is essential. The third key is your palpation skills. When you put your hands on the body can you name the structures under your hands? This is an important skill to know. Do you know what directions those structures should be able to move in? If something is not moving or feels stuck, how can you make a change to the structure that will affect the area? These are all questions we can ask ourselves when treating a client that will give us better insight into what is going on in the body.Do you want to practice your skills and get feedback on your knowledge and technique? If so, consider attending a Live Course with Lynn Schulte. Live courses give you lots of opportunity to practice in a small group setting, so you can get additional feedback on your techniques and feel the work on multiple bodies, including your own. Spots are filling up fast for this summer. If you are learning how to palpate the body or want more feedback on your palpation skills, consider taking the Holistic Treatment of the Pregnant Body Live Course first as we spend more time on palpation in this course.Have a comment or question about today’s episode? I would love to hear from you. Message me on Instagram or Facebook, or Email Me. If you enjoyed today’s podcast and are interested in more topics to support your clinical practice and treating your clients, find us on your favorite podcast app and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode.  To learn more visit: InstituteforBirthHealing.comVisit Institute for Birth Healing to learn more about how to care for the pregnant and postpartum body: CLICK HERE
Listening to the Body
May 20 2024
Listening to the Body
Have you had clients who come in and you are not sure where to start? Have you heard of the osteopathic concept of listening to the body? In today’s episode, Lynn shares a case study about a client who came to see her after a fall. Listen in to hear what I found and how I helped her.  The client felt like her entire left side was frozen and complained of left-sided neck and shoulder pain.The client had already undergone a series of tests to find the root of her pain, but all the tests showed that nothing was physically wrong. Lynn went through her assessment and used general listening, an osteopathic technique, to determine where to best support the client that day. She treated the areas that came up from this technique, and the client left the session feeling great. Two days later, the client had another fall, and called for another appointment. When she came back for her second visit, Lynn listened to the body, again, and discovered that the root of the issue was not just a physical issue. There was a limiting belief at play that they addressed in session to help better support this client in her overall well-being.Lynn primarily works with the pregnant and postpartum populations; however, the work she teaches in her classes is applicable to all populations. To learn more, check out her full course list at the Institute for Birth Healing or check out her blog for additional free resources.Have a comment or question about today’s episode? I would love to hear from you. Message me on Instagram or Facebook, or Email Me. If you enjoyed today’s podcast and are interested in more topics to support your clinical practice and treating your clients, find us on your favorite podcast app and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode.  To learn more visit: InstituteforBirthHealing.comVisit Institute for Birth Healing to learn more about how to care for the pregnant and postpartum body: CLICK HERE
The Wild Series
May 13 2024
The Wild Series
Do you have a list of books you refer to your clients? If so, Lynn has a series she recommends you add to your must-read list for all mothers!In today’s podcast, Lynn speaks with Physical Therapist, author and founder of Holistic Pelvic Care, Tami Lynn Kent as she releases an updated version of her Wild Mothering book. Tami has been working in women’s health for over 25 years and has a 3 book “Wild” series that she wrote to help connect mothers with the wisdom and the energy in their womb and pelvic space: Wild Feminine, Wild Mother (formerly Mothering from Your Center) and Wild Creative. These books explore the connection between the feminine centers where information is received and processed and how when women are taught to read this information, they can open themselves up to the complete energetics of the body. Tami’s second book, Wild Mothering, has been released as a second addition with a new chapter that is written from an older mother’s perspective as well as the original chapters that were written from the perspective of a new mother.Mothering can be a soul crushing journey at times, but Tami Lynn Kent provides some great resources in her Wild Series that can support moms and connect them with their own inner wisdom. This podcast is a reminder for all pelvic health therapists that the pelvic bowl contains amazing medicine. We need to learn to listen to and follow this wisdom. Have a comment or question about today’s episode? I would love to hear from you. Message me on Instagram or Facebook, or Email Me. If you enjoyed today’s podcast and are interested in more topics to support your clinical practice and treating your clients, find us on your favorite podcast app and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode.  To learn more visit: InstituteforBirthHealing.comAbout Today’s Guest:To learn more about Tami Lynn Kent’s practice, teachings, and books, check out her website at: https://www.wildfeminine.com/Visit Institute for Birth Healing to learn more about how to care for the pregnant and postpartum body: CLICK HERE
A Day in the Clinic
May 6 2024
A Day in the Clinic
Have you ever wondered what a day in the clinic is like for other practitioners? What do they do with their clients that may be something you want to try in your own practice?In today’s episode, Lynn shares her day in the clinic and her treatment of six different clients.  Each person required different treatment ranging from sacral flexion to release of scar tissue and nervous system regulation.On any given day, practitioners are presented with a variety of conditions and have to choose the best treatment options possible. Sometimes we don’t get it perfect on the first try, and other times, the techniques we use seem to work like magic.Listen in to learn about Lynn’s 6 sessions, what unique issues each client presented with, and what treatment path Lynn chose to help decrease the presenting complaints.If you are interested in learning more about the techniques used in this podcast please start with the FREE Sacral Flexion Pattern course through the Institute for Birth Healing. Have a comment or question about today’s episode? I would love to hear from you. Message me on Instagram or Facebook, or Email Me. If you enjoyed today’s podcast and are interested in more topics to support your clinical practice and treating your clients, find us on your favorite podcast app and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode. To learn more visit: InstituteforBirthHealing.comVisit Institute for Birth Healing to learn more about how to care for the pregnant and postpartum body: CLICK HERE
Assessing the Pregnant Body
Apr 29 2024
Assessing the Pregnant Body
Do you see clients during pregnancy even if they are not having pain? Do you assess their pelvic floor muscle tightness and their ability to lengthen/push? In today’s podcast Lynn talks about a postpartum client she is working with who was never assessed during her pregnancy and ended up having a traumatic birth.In the USA, medical providers focus on keeping the baby and mom alive in the birth process. Yet we as a medical/health community can be doing so much more to prepare mom’s body for birth. We can learn how to assess the sacral position, pelvic floor muscles and the uterine ligaments to get the body in the best position possible for a smooth birth. Another thing we can do is teach moms how to push prior to being in labor, so they will know what this feels like and how to engage their pelvic muscles when it is time to push during childbirth. A lack of preparation can lead to longer and more traumatic births. Listen in to learn more about Lynn’s case study and tips on how to better support your pregnant clients and prepare them for a smoother birth. If you would like to learn more about treating the pregnant body please check out and join the waitlist for the 2024 online cohort of the Holistic Treatment of the Pregnant Body that is starting in May 2024.Have a comment or question about today’s episode? I would love to hear from you. Message me on Instagram or Facebook, or Email Me. If you enjoyed today’s podcast and are interested in more topics to support your clinical practice and treating your clients, find us on your favorite podcast app and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode.  To learn more visit: InstituteforBirthHealing.comVisit Institute for Birth Healing to learn more about how to care for the pregnant and postpartum body: CLICK HERE
Round Ligament in Pregnancy
Apr 22 2024
Round Ligament in Pregnancy
Is your client’s pregnant belly squashed? Is the belly greater from side to side as opposed to vertical? In today’s podcast Lynn talks about working with the round ligament to allow more space for the baby within the abdominal cavity. When your pregnant client comes to you with a greater transverse position of the belly it is important to treat the round ligament. The round ligament is a key component to decreasing the squished look of the uterus. In combination with an inversion, it can create space for a more vertical presentation for the baby which can lead to a smoother birth. For more information, you can also check out Lynn’s recent case presentations on treating the ligaments of the uterus. Case Study: Preparing the Pregnant Body for BirthCase Study: What We Can Do To Support Pregnant ClientsTo learn how to work with the ligaments of the uterus in the pregnant body, join the next online cohort for the Holistic Treatment of the Pregnant Body starting May 6th. Registration opens April 20, 2024.  Have a comment or question about today’s episode? I would love to hear from you. Message me on Instagram or Facebook, or Email Me. If you enjoyed today’s podcast and are interested in more topics to support your clinical practice and treating your clients, find us on your favorite podcast app and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode.  To learn more visit: InstituteforBirthHealing.comVisit Institute for Birth Healing to learn more about how to care for the pregnant and postpartum body: CLICK HERE
Talking Constipation
Apr 15 2024
Talking Constipation
Did you know that 40% of pregnant females and 52% of postpartum females suffer from constipation? What comes up for you when you ask questions about constipation? In today’s episode, Lynn talks with OT Laura Rowan about constipation - what is it and how practitioners should be asking clients about their bowel health. Constipation is a term defined by frequency, observation and effort. Based on the statistics, 1 in 5 of your clients are likely suffering and need strategies to help manage these symptoms. As a clinician you should be asking questions about bowel health and treating it along with other client complaints. Learn what to ask and how to ask about this important topic in today’s podcast. Laura will be joining us for our 10th edition of the Birth Healing Summit which will be focusing on all things pregnancy! For more tips on how to better support your pregnant clients, join us for the 2024 Birth Healing Summit kicking off this April - more details coming soon to the Institute for Birth Healing website and to your inbox if you are a subscriber to our newsletter.Have a comment or question about today’s episode? I would love to hear from you. Message me on Instagram or Facebook, or Email Me. If you enjoyed today’s podcast and are interested in more topics to support your clinical practice and treating your clients, find us on your favorite podcast app and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode.  To learn more visit: InstituteforBirthHealing.comABOUT TODAY’S SPEAKERLaura Rowan is a proud Pelvic Health Occupational Therapist dedicated to elevating the Occupational Therapy profession, and the emerging Pelvic Health area of practice, to better meet the growing demands of this underserved population. As founder and owner of Essential Pelvic Health, LLC, she is passionate about taking an innovative and collaborative approach to pelvic health serving all gender diversities.  In addition to clinical work, Laura is dedicated to elevating the well being of our clients and communities through education, mentorship and advocacy. EPH offers continuing education courses, such as Pelvic Rehab- Manual Assessment and Treatment Techniques (PR-MATT), and Colorectal- Manual Assessment and Treatment Techniques (CR-MATT), as well as other workshops and free resources on the website. She hosts a mentorship group called EPH Mentor Creative which help to serve students and clinicians and support the growing demands of this emerging profession. Laura has founded and co-facilitates the Occupation-based Pelvic Health Community of Practice for The American Association of Occupational Therapy (AOTA) and continues her efforts to support the vital role of Occupational Therapy Practitioners in Pelvic Health at the state level with the New York Association of Occupational Therapy (NYSOTA).Visit Institute for Birth Healing to learn more about how to care for the pregnant and postpartum body: CLICK HERE
A Supportive Journey
Apr 8 2024
A Supportive Journey
Do your clients seek your support prior to birth? During Pregnancy? After Birth? Do they feel comfortable going to see someone else for help and then returning? In today’s episode Lynn talks with Holly Tanner, PT, LMT, and the Director of Education at Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute about the support we can offer clients in their healing and life journey. Holly has learned the importance of educating clients and asking questions to help them engage in and lead their own treatment. Listen in to learn more about Holly’s tips on how you can empower your clients in their healing journey. Holly strongly believes that when we operate  from a position of abundance we are able to support one another more fully. Tune in to find out how you can create more abundance within your treatment practices.Holly will be joining us for our 10th edition of the Birth Healing Summit which will be focusing on all things pregnancy! For more tips on how to better support your pregnant clients, join us for the 2024 Birth Healing Summit kicking off this April - more details coming soon to the Institute for Birth Healing website and to your inbox if you are a subscriber to our newsletter.Have a comment or question about today’s episode? I would love to hear from you. Message me on Instagram or Facebook, or Email Me. If you enjoyed today’s podcast and are interested in more topics to support your clinical practice and treating your clients, find us on your favorite podcast app and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode. To learn more visit: InstituteforBirthHealing.comABOUT TODAY’S SPEAKERHolly Tanner is a licensed physical therapist and massage therapist with a specialty practice in the field of pelvic health. From the College of St. Scholastica (CSS) in Duluth, Minnesota she earned her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences, Master of Arts in Physical Therapy, and a transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy. She has served as adjunct faculty at St. Scholastica as well as at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. As the Director of Education for the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute, Holly has managed and developed curriculum and faculty training and was the coordinator for the Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification writing. She has authored many courses including in the peripartum series and the Men’s Pelvic Health course. She has presented at several state chapters and for the APTA combined sections meeting as well as the first Pelvicon conference. Holly has taught in several countries including Nepal, Israel, and Ireland. She owns a clinical practice in Seattle, Washington as well as a consulting company, Tanner Therapies. In practice for 30 years, Holly has worked with thousands of patients with peripartum health challenges, and she has been teaching in the field of pelvic health for 25 years and has mentored dozens of clinicians and students. Holly has held ABPTS board certifications in Orthopedics and Women’s Health, as well as certification as an APTA Clinical Instructor.Visit Institute for Birth Healing to learn more about how to care for the pregnant and postpartum body: CLICK HERE
Lynn’s Favorites from Summit  2024
Apr 1 2024
Lynn’s Favorites from Summit 2024
The Birth Healing Summit has been running for 10 seasons now! Today, Lynn shares some of the highlights from the 2024 Summit which focuses ib Pregnancy and Labor and begins on April 8th.As with every season, Lynn loved all of her interviews as it is always such a thrill to talk about what other practitioners are up to and what they are learning. There is so much insight and wisdom shared in this collaboration. Lynn highlights her top 10 in no particular order in today’s podcast.Gabrielle Brennan talks about the fascial tensions and how they present in the body to help practitioners know where to treat. Taryn Hallam talks about anal sphincter injuries and how we can prepare clients for subsequent labors. Amanda Ogden talks about the importance of colostrum and how it can help develop the baby’s intestinal tract. She talks about how it can be harvested during pregnancy. Sandi Gallagher gives us an overview of the use of TENS during labor and its effectiveness for clients trying to avoid an epidural. Laura Rowan teaches us about release of the rectum and constipation. Gina Mundy gives you a lawyer’s perspective of what is going on when labor goes wrong and some of the ways to prepare your clients for successful deliveries. Ken McGee is speaking on how we can best support transgender clients in their birth journey. John Wilks informs us on the effects of pregnancy from a craniosacral perspective. Yeni Abraham educates practitioners on infertility and pain. Uchenna Ossai, who goes by UC, discusses her approach to sex education. All of the speakers will leave you with tools that you can begin applying in your clinical practice the next day. For more information and to register, go to the 2024 Birth Healing Summit.Have a comment or question about today’s episode? I would love to hear from you. Message me on Instagram or Facebook, or Email Me. If you enjoyed today’s podcast and are interested in more topics to support your clinical practice and treating your clients, find us on your favorite podcast app and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode.  To learn more visit: InstituteforBirthHealing.comVisit Institute for Birth Healing to learn more about how to care for the pregnant and postpartum body: CLICK HERE
POP Research Update
Mar 25 2024
POP Research Update
What do you tell your clients when they ask about their risk of prolapse or if a prolapse will be worse after a subsequent birth?In today’s podcast, Lynn speaks with Taryn Hallam the founder of Women’s Health Training Associates in Australia about pelvic organ prolapse: the potential causes and risk factors as well as what role pelvic health therapists can play.POP stands for pelvic organ prolapse, and it is a condition in women where there is dysfunction in the bladder, uterus or rectum ligamentous support. There are multiple causes of prolapse both genetic and environmental. It is important to note that an anterior prolapse is very different from a posterior prolapse, and that they require different treatments. You don’t want to miss this summary of the research on prolapse and how pelvic health therapists are able to support women with prolapse.Taryn will be speaking on obstetric anal sphincter injuries in the 2024 Birth Healing Summit coming this April. Details are coming soon to an inbox near you! If you do not get IBH communications via email, sign up for the Institute for Birth Healing Newsletter to make sure you receive the Birth Healing Summit details.Have a comment or question about today’s episode? I would love to hear from you. Message me on Instagram or Facebook, or Email Me. If you enjoyed today’s podcast and are interested in more topics to support your clinical practice and treating your clients, find us on your favorite podcast app and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode.  To learn more visit: InstituteforBirthHealing.comABOUT TODAY’S SPEAKERTaryn Hallam is a physiotherapist, educator, and the founder of Women’s Health Training Associates in Sydney, Australia.Visit Institute for Birth Healing to learn more about how to care for the pregnant and postpartum body: CLICK HERE
How to Fight Fairly
Mar 18 2024
How to Fight Fairly
Have you had someone question you on your perspective? Were you able to stay neutral or did you get defensive? In today’s podcast, Lynn’s guest The Physio Detective, Antony Lo, talks about how remaining open in a conversation can help you see what the underlying objective or reasoning is behind someone’s words. When we throw out the entirety of a person’s experience because we disagree with their terminology or explanation, then we are shutting down the conversation and missing an opportunity to educate and create growth.Antony explains that when we approach a conversation with an open mind and in a respectful manner that values someone’s perspective, even when it is different from our own, we can create challenging and meaningful conversation that allows all participants to grow and learn without triggering a defensive response. Staying open minded and neutral can be difficult, but knowing everyone is on a journey with different experiences to share, can help overcome disagreements in reasoning and allow all perspectives to be voiced.You don’t want to miss today’s podcast on how to fight for your perspective in a respectful manner.Don’t miss this year’s Birth Healing Summit where Antony Lo will be interviewing Lynn Schulte. Registration opens March 25, 2024. Details are coming soon to an inbox near you! If you didn’t receive this podcast via an email from IBH, join the Institute for Birth Healing Newsletter to stay in the loop about the upcoming Birth Healing Summit.Have a comment or question about today’s episode? I would love to hear from you. Message me on Instagram or Facebook, or Email Me. If you enjoyed today’s podcast and are interested in more topics to support your clinical practice and treating your clients, find us on your favorite podcast app and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode.  To learn more visit: InstituteforBirthHealing.comABOUT TODAY’S SPEAKERAntony Lo has been studying and working in Physiotherapy since 1993. He has earned a  degree in Physiotherapy, a Masters in Physiotherapy and took part in the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Specialisation training program – the highest form of training a physiotherapist can take in Australia. To learn more, visit his website: https://physiodetective.com/Visit Institute for Birth Healing to learn more about how to care for the pregnant and postpartum body: CLICK HERE
Pelvic Health After Cancer
Mar 11 2024
Pelvic Health After Cancer
Did you know every cancer affects pelvic and sexual health? Do you have clients who are dealing with incontinence post cancer treatment? Are your clients no longer experiencing pain-free or pleasurable intercourse?  In today’s podcast Lynn, talks with Michelle Lyons, a physiotherapist in Ireland, about pelvic floor therapy post cancer. This conversation helps practitioners know what to ask about, what words to use in conversations, and where to begin treatment when working with clients who have survived cancer.Every cancer affects the pelvic and sexual health of the person with cancer. Surgery, chemo and radiation have a global effect on the body and the biopsychosocial health of the cancer patient. As a pelvic health therapist, there are pieces you can do to support your clients post cancer to help them restore their sexual and pelvic health.Listen in to this important conversation as Michelle shares tips and techniques you can use in your practice as well as education about the language we choose when working with clients post cancer.Michelle Lyons will be back for the 2024 Birth Healing Summit talking more in depth with Lynn and Sara Newman about cancer and pregnancy. You will not want to miss this interview or the many other impactful conversations on pregnancy and labor in this year’s Summit. Registration opens March 25, 2024. If you didn’t receive this podcast via an email from IBH, join the Institute for Birth Healing Newsletter to stay in the loop about the Birth Healing Summit.Have a comment or question about today’s episode? I would love to hear from you. Message me on Instagram or Facebook, or Email Me. If you enjoyed today’s podcast and are interested in more topics to support your clinical practice and treating your clients, find us on your favorite podcast app and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode.  To learn more visit: InstituteforBirthHealing.comABOUT TODAY’S SPEAKERMichelle Lyons graduated from University College Dublin’s Physiotherapy programme in 1994; since then she has completed postgraduate training in Health Coaching & Nutrition (University of Galway) and Innovation & Enterprise (Trinity College Dublin) as well as a certificate in Integrative Herbal Medicine from the University of Arizona and teacher trainings in Pilates, Yoga and Mindfulness as a therapeutic intervention. She has lived and worked in both Ireland and the US and as well as membership in the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, she is also licensed as a Physical Therapist by the state of Connecticut. She has been faculty for many continuing education institutions, including the Pelvic Obstetric & Gynaecological Physiotherapy Association, Medbridge Education and Herman & Wallace, The Pelvic Rehab Institute. Visit Institute for Birth Healing to learn more about how to care for the pregnant and postpartum body: CLICK HERE
4 Contractions of Labor
Mar 4 2024
4 Contractions of Labor
Did you know there are multiple types of contractions in labor and only one is dedicated to opening the cervix? In today’s podcast Lynn talks with Gabriella Brennar, a midwife and body worker, about the 4 types of contractions she has found that prepare baby and mom for birth.The 4 different contractions include:Feeling ContractionsPositional ContractionsRotational ContractionsDilation ContractionsKnowing the different types of contractions and what they indicate in relation to the birth process can be very helpful to a laboring mother. For example, a mother knowing that her contractions are working to position the baby and allow for the best possible birth can eliminate fear that something is wrong, reduce unnecessary intervention, and encourage baby and body to carry out their own process.Listen to the full podcast to learn more about the 4 types of contractions and what you can do with this information to help your pregnant clients. Also, if you are interested in learning more tips that will better help you support your pregnant clients, stay tuned for our 10th edition of the Birth Healing Summit kicking off in April 2024!Have a comment or question about today’s episode? I would love to hear from you. Message me on Instagram or Facebook, or Email Me. If you enjoyed today’s podcast and are interested in more topics to support your clinical practice and treating your clients, find us on your favorite podcast app and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode.  To learn more visit: InstituteforBirthHealing.comABOUT TODAY’S SPEAKERGabrielle Brennan is a nurse/midwife and personal trainer who provides bodywork and techniques to encourage optimal fetal positioning for labor. She is dedicated to getting pregnant people out of pain and attuned with their body to create an optimal birth. For more information, check out her website at: https://glorrilabourbodywork.com.au/ Visit Institute for Birth Healing to learn more about how to care for the pregnant and postpartum body: CLICK HERE
Are You Doing Intravaginal Work?
Feb 26 2024
Are You Doing Intravaginal Work?
If you are a pelvic health practitioner not doing intravaginal work then this episode is for you.  If your practice does include intravaginal work do you know how to respectfully enter your client’s body? Is your work pain free for your clients?In today’s episode, Lynn talks about the need for more pelvic floor practitioners to perform intravaginal assessments in a way that is respectful and pain free for clients. Today, you will be challenged with multiple questions as to why you are not performing intravaginal work with your client if you are licensed to do so, and if you are, is it respectful? Due to the shortage of pelvic floor therapists in most areas of the country, internal work is an essential part of our practice.If you are interested in learning how to work internally and want to build your confidence with this work while ensuring that clients feel safe and respected during their treatments, check out the Internal Pelvic Floor Treatment course. There is a group cohort kicking off on March 4, 2024 that includes extra support from Lynn, including a Live Virtual Group Call where she will be answering your questions and doing a review of the techniques. To learn more, check out the Internal Pelvic Floor Treatment online course. Registration closes March 3, 2024.Have a comment or question about today’s episode? I would love to hear from you. Message me on Instagram or Facebook, or Email Me.  If you enjoyed today’s podcast and are interested in more topics to support your clinical practice and treating your clients, find us on your favorite podcast app and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode.  To learn more visit: InstituteforBirthHealing.comVisit Institute for Birth Healing to learn more about how to care for the pregnant and postpartum body: CLICK HERE
The Rhythm of the Cycle
Feb 5 2024
The Rhythm of the Cycle
Why is it that seasons and times of the month impact females’ energy levels?In today’s episode Lynn speaks with Certified Birth Healing Specialist and owner of The Wild Orange Tree in Australia, occupational therapist Janelle Gullan. Janelle explains the unique value of each phase of a female's monthly cycle. The women’s monthly cycle is coordinated to the seasons of the year. Winter is synonymous with the bleeding phase. This is a time of rest and restoration where females are able to release what is no longer serving them. Spring is the follicular phase. It is a time of increased energy where the fruit from the winter season is able to develop. Summer coordinates with ovulation. It has increased energy and is our most productive time. Fall is the luteal phase. Here there is an energy for reflection: how did the last cycle or year go and what could be different? You will not want to miss this important information as it will help you inform your clients how to tune into their cycles and relate the seasons and cycles to pregnancy and menopause.Have a comment or question about today’s episode? I would love to hear from you. Message me on Instagram or Facebook, or Email Me. If you enjoyed today’s podcast and are interested in more topics to support your clinical practice and treating your clients, find us on your favorite podcast app and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode. To learn more visit: InstituteforBirthHealing.comABOUT TODAY’S SPEAKERJanelle is an Occupational Therapist who supports women to connect to their body so they can navigate mothering transitions with confidence and vitality. With an integrated focus on pelvic health, mental health and menstrual cycles, she explores rites of passage and the ways feminine transitions impact performance, roles, relationships, participation and joy. Based on her own personal experiences, Janelle is passionate about supporting birth injury and exploring the stories that live in our body and pelvic spaces. Through her private practice, The Wild Orange Tree, she provides support in Melbourne, Wollongong and the Sunshine Coast (Australia) as well as through the online space.https://www.facebook.com/thewildorangetreehttps://www.instagram.com/thewildorangetree/Visit Institute for Birth Healing to learn more about how to care for the pregnant and postpartum body: CLICK HERE