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empoweredwomanhood

Samantha LeGassick

A pregnancy, family growth, and women’s health & wellness podcast for busy women who love girl talk and want to learn about their bodies through the lens of God’s intentional design. I drop episodes every week that are chock-full of encouragement, truth, and action steps you can take that’ll help you feel empowered on your journey. Join me as we cover topics from getting ready to get pregnant, birth planning, postpartum life, and uncovering what’s most important to your family to the seriously intentional design of our menstrual cycle, and how to hack it to get the most out of each phase. We’re also gonna cover topics like singleness, body image, the Father’s heart for family and marriage, miscarriage and infant loss, and God’s plan for sustainability through rhythms like rest and sabbath. And you’re not just going to hear about all of this from me! We’ll talk to midwives, pastors, enneagram experts and other industry leaders to discover our design together. You can expect the full spectrum of emotions as we uncover the insanely beautiful truth of what we were created for. I designed this podcast to educate, equip and empower you to take steps in the areas you could use a little extra support. Join us!
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(017) The Incredible Value of Spending Time with Jesus as a Family (+ As Individuals, too!)
Have you ever felt intimidated by the idea of spending time with God? Or wondered what it would even look like to spend time with God as a family?  Well, my friend, you are certainly not alone.  In today's episode, I'm breaking down the intimidation factor of spending time with Jesus and sharing some super practical and simple suggestions for cultivating a life dependent on Jesus, both as a family, and as individuals who make up your family unit.  Join in as we talk about some simple ways to start covering your family in prayer, starting a daily Bible reading practice, and spending time communing with God together.  I pray you're encouraged and inspired by this episode and that you'll create your appointment time with Jesus and set it on your calendar today! I mentioned at the end of this episode that the doors to Birthing Bravely Academy are closing on December 10th for the remainder of 2021, and when it comes back in February, the price will have increased. If you've been on the fence about joining in on my faith-based and oh-so-empowering birth class, now is the time to jump into your spot in Birthing Bravely Academy + to take 15% off! Details + link below.   Special Offer: Birthing Bravely Academy is now open for enrollment! If you’re looking for a faith-based + digital childbirth education program designed to empower you as you prepare for birth, Birthing Bravely Academy is for you.    Use code Empowered15 to take 15% off   Link to course: Createdfor.co/bba-course   Follow Along   www.instagram.com/samantha_legassick   https://www.facebook.com/groups/createdforbirtheducation     Grab My FREE 5-Day Mini-Course: Pregnant?! Now What…?? Click here to snag a spot in my free course
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22 mins
Establishing Your Postpartum Partnership Rhythms (Postpartum Series Part Two)(015) Postpartum Support Series: Creating the Plan You'll Need for Your First Seven Days of SUPPORT After Baby (Part One)
Nov 16 2021
27 mins
How to Be Victorious Over Fear + Anxiety in Birth (+ Why It's SO Important)Q & A With Sam: Why Take A Birth Class?
Ever wondered what a birth class is for, or if you should take one? Or, wondering how taking a birth class differs from asking your doctor or midwife questions?    Those questions (and a few more) are the topic of today’s episode. We’re breaking down why everyone should take a birth class, regardless of which one it is, and how taking a birth class can and should help you to make informed decisions you actually align with.    Listen in as we break down how Birthing Bravely Academy, my brand new go-at-your-own-pace & faith-based birth class aims to hit all the most important parts of an informative birth class, but with a perspective that covers all the parts of who you are. A holistic approach to birth can help you trust the natural process of labor, birth, and all your body is designed by God to do after your baby is born.    (1:50) Question One: What exactly is a birth class, and why would I need to take one if I have a doctor?  (12:48) Question Two: How is this class different from what you’ll get with insurance?  (19:26) Question Three: How much opportunity/expectation/commitment is required for partners? (22:06) Question Four: What are the benefits of a holistic birth course?    Special Offer: Birthing Bravely Academy is now open for enrollment! If you’re looking for a faith-based + digital childbirth education program designed to empower you as you prepare for birth, Birthing Bravely Academy is for you.    Use code Empowered15 to take 15% off Link to Birthing Bravely Academy: Createdfor.co/bba-course   LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: CDC Article 2020 Maternal Mortality in US Maternal Mortality/Morbidity- AJMC Review Grab My FREE 5-Day Mini-Course: Pregnant?! Now What…?? Click here to snag a spot in my free course   Follow Along www.instagram.com/samantha_legassick https://www.facebook.com/groups/createdforbirtheducation
Nov 2 2021
29 mins
Simple + Effective Birth PlanningGame-Changing Birth Education with Guest Kirsten VosslerFaith-Based Childbirth Education: The Why Behind The MethodThe Journey to Created ForBaby's First 24 Hours After Birth (Part Two)Baby's First 24 Hours After Birth (Part One)Your Menstrual Cycle Questions Answered
In this episode, I'm answering some questions that were submitted to me via an Instagram question & answer poll I put up. I loved the questions that came in and had a blast answering the first 9 of this series.    Questions we’re answering this episode:  Question 1. What are the phases of the menstrual cycle + what do they mean?  Question 2: Why am I so incredibly exhausted and moody the week of ovulation?  Question 3: I'm wondering what the research says about how alternative period products like menstrual cups, period, underwear, etc, affect menstruation. Question 4: Can you talk about the process of getting your menstrual cycle back after you give birth?  Question 5: Best fertile signs to watch for when breastfeeding? Question 6: Can you really only get pregnant a few days a month? And if so, which days? Question 7: Why do we cramp and how do we manage it?  Question 8: What are some natural ways to deal with pain management from cramping? Question 9: What are your favorite oils and ways to calm PMs and PMs rage? I’ll be answering more in episodes coming up later this fall & winter so join us for more talk about the menstrual cycle soon and feel free to DM me on Instagram if you have a question that can’t wait that long.  “As women, we function on a 28-day cycle typically, or, you know, whatever the length of your cycle in particular is. But men actually function on a 24-hour hormone cycle, so our needs are really different in a lot of ways, which I'm sure we all have known. But there are also some ways that we can work within our phases to get the most out of them and to ensure that we're taking the best care of ourselves physically, emotionally, spiritually, in terms of our work life and family life and all of that so that's probably something that we'll do together in the future.” - Sam LeGassick Highlights 02:18 Question 1. What are the phases of the menstrual cycle + what do they mean?  12:03 Question 2: Why am I so incredibly exhausted and moody the week of ovulation?  13:44 Question 3: I'm wondering what the research says about how alternative period products like menstrual cups, period, underwear, et cetera, affect menstruation. 18:13 Question 4: Can you talk about the process of getting your menstrual cycle back after you give birth?  23:24 Question 5: Best fertile signs to watch for when breastfeeding? 24:43 Question 6: Can you really only get pregnant a few days a month? And if so, which days? 25:30 Question 7: Why do we cramp and how do we manage it?  27:09 Question 8: What are some natural ways to deal with pain management from cramping? 28:26 Question 9: What are your favorite oils and ways to calm PMs and PMs rage?   Links Mentioned in this Episode Dot Cup (Sam’s favorite menstrual cup) Woman Code by Alissa Vitti    Grab My FREE Guide To Hiring the Right Doula For You Click here to download my Free Guide to Hiring the Right Doula For You   Follow Along www.instagram.com/samantha_legassick https://www.facebook.com/groups/createdforbirtheducation
Sep 14 2021
31 mins
Healing From Pregnancy + Birth-Related Trauma
In this episode, Sam discusses the importance of engaging in the process of healing from pregnancy and birth-related trauma.  *Special note: today’s episode will touch on some difficult topics today. These will include miscarriage and infant loss, infertility, and trauma in labor and birth. If you or someone, you know, has experienced difficulties in one of these areas, this episode could be difficult to hear. No explicit details are shared in this episode.  Join us as we uncover some practical ways to begin taking steps toward breakthrough and healing from difficulty relating to growing a family.  Highlights 1:23 A note for your heart 9:43  Key 1: Dealing with fear 4:49  Key 2: Forgiveness 15:23 Practical strategies to move toward breakthrough 18:00 Seeking healthy re-connection 21:36  Key 3: Creating a New Expectation “I believe in every single circumstance, there is always an opportunity for redemption. To me, redemption is the restoration of the heart after a significant hurt. In this case, it's found in the fact that you have a Heavenly Father who is so loving that you don't have to pretend the pain you're experiencing. Isn't valid. It's understanding that there is healing available, no matter how deep the wound. He takes what the enemy intended for evil and makes it work for your good. Does that mean the pain goes away or even fades immediately? No, absolutely not. There's almost always a process involved in true healing. But what this does mean is he wants to release supernatural hope and peace over you. If you want them, you can have access to these things in the midst of processing your pain, even right now.” - Sam LeGassick Links BetterHelp Counseling Services (Christian trauma counselors available) Cornerstone Christian Counselors (Christian trauma counselors available) Hinds Feet On High Places by Hannah Hurnard   Follow Along www.instagram.com/samantha_legassick https://www.facebook.com/groups/createdforbirtheducation Click here to download my Free Guide to Hiring the Right Doula For You Sources mentioned in today’s episode PATTCh, Prevention & Treatment of Traumatic Birth   PATTCh Resource Guide   Bible Verses to help conquer the spirit of fear Psalm 34:4 ESV I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 56:3-4 ESV  When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.  Isaiah 35:4 ESV Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Isaiah 43:1 ESV But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
Sep 7 2021
25 mins
Talking to Your People About Your Out-Of-Hospital Birth
In this episode, Sam discusses how to share with your community about your out-of-hospital birth. This topic can be a loaded bag depending on your audience. Sam breaks down the three most common personalities that may emerge: Researcher Rita, Super-Helper Susan, and Fearful Franny.  Listen in as we discuss some tips for healthy dialogue and connection with these ladies (and those who share their concerns).    Highlights 3:56  “Researcher Rita” 5:48  “Super-helper Susan” 7:18 “Fearful Franny”   “Franny is worried. She's worried about you. She's worried about the baby worried. You'll get a flat tire on the way to the birth center. Worried your midwife won't make it in time and your baby will be born on the bathroom floor like that woman in the lifetime movie. She's just worried. But this worry isn't exclusive to your birth. And it'll probably continue on long after you've had your baby, it'll just be directed at other things. ” - Sam LeGassick   Follow Along www.instagram.com/samantha_legassick https://www.facebook.com/groups/createdforbirtheducation Click here to download my Free Guide to Hiring the Right Doula For You   Sources mentioned in today’s episode MacDorman MF, Mathews TJ, Declercq E. Trends in out-of-hospital births in the United States, 1990–2012. NCHS data brief, no 144. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2014. Click here for this article   Goer H. Dueling Statistics: Is Out-of-Hospital Birth Safe?. J Perinat Educ. 2016;25(2):75–79. doi:10.1891/1058-1243.25.2.75 Click here for this article   Cheyney M. Understanding Recent Home-Birth Research: An Interview With Drs. Melissa Cheyney and Jonathan Snowden. J Perinat Educ. 2016;25(2):80–86. doi:10.1891/1058-1243.25.2.80 Click here for this article Quote by Emma Bombeck: "Worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets, you nowhere."   Bible verse from Isaiah: “Perfect, absolute peace surrounds those whose imaginations are consumed with you; they confidently trust in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)
Aug 31 2021
12 mins
Hiring a Birth Doula: Why You Should + How To Find the Right One
In this episode, Sam talks about the benefits of having a doula’s support during labor. We’re diving into the research behind doula support and how the presence of a trained birth professional is linked to improved outcomes for both mom and baby.  Doulas provide evidence-based resources to help mom and dad make decisions that are involved in birth. It's incredibly underestimated how many decisions there are leading up to birth itself, and then especially in the few weeks surrounding baby's birthday, there are so many things that aren't going to need to be decided. A doula can help present that information in a way that brings clarity for parents, and empowers them to make decisions that align with their values.   Highlights 1:20 What exactly is a doula? 3:26  How does a doula help parents plan for birth? 4:49  What does a doula do during labor? 8:22 What’s the difference between a birth doula and a postpartum doula 9:30  Research behind doula-support birth statistics 12:00 How do I find the right doula?  15:15 Interviewing your potential doula 16:58 A few questions to ask your potential doula during your interview 17:52 Note about certification   “Remember, hiring the right doula for you comes down to how comfortable you feel and how assured you feel of her willingness to work with you throughout the process.” - Sam LeGassick   Links Click here to download my Free Guide to Hiring the Right Doula For You DONA- Find a doula search engine (scroll down to enter location info) https://www.dona.org/what-is-a-doula/find-a-doula/   Follow Along www.instagram.com/samantha_legassick https://www.facebook.com/groups/createdforbirtheducation   Sources mentioned in today’s episode Benefits of a Doula. https://www.dona.org/what-is-a-doula/benefits-of-a-doula/ Gruber K, Cupito S, Dobson C. Impact of doulas on healthy birth outcomes. The Journal of Perinatal Education. 2013;22(1):49–56. doi: 10.1891/1058-1243.22.1.49. [PMC free article] [PubMed] Having a Doula: Their Benefits and Purpose. (2017, July 22). http://americanpregnancy.org/labor-and-birth/having-a-doula/ Sauls D. J. (2002). Effects of labor support on mothers, babies, and birth outcomes. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 31(6), 733–741  [PubMed] American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Approaches for Ob-gyns and Maternity Care Providers to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth in Low-Risk Pregnancies You Have a Doctor, So Why Get a Doula? (n.d.). from https://www.parents.com/pregnancy/giving-birth/doula/do-you-need-a-doula/
Aug 24 2021
20 mins
Partnership + Unity in PregnancyUnmedicated Birth: Your Top 5 Questions AnsweredEmpowered Womanhood Trailer

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