Ready to be inspired by a transformational childbirth journey?
Dive into this episode as Merri Gruesser takes us on her journey from an expectant mother to a DONA-certified doula. Be prepared to be swept up in Merri’s tales of preparation, determination, and resilience during her own childbirth. Discover how she maintained unwavering optimism during the intense 3.5-hour push to delivery. Listen in as she uncovers the obstacles she overcame, the strategies she used to manage pain, and her passionate plea for every mother-to-be to embrace knowledge. This isn't just Merri’s story; it's a call to action for all expecting mothers to step into their birth experience with confidence and strength. Don't miss out!
Merri Gruesser, works in media in New York City. She was so inspired by her own birth and experience with a doula that she recently attended a DONA birth doula training with me. She’s now in the process of becoming DONA certified to birth forward the care she received to others. Merri is passionate about the birth space and helping women take back their power in birth. She lives in Connecticut with her husband Andrew and their beautiful 14M old son Jackson.
In this episode:
Merri recounts her experiences with recurrent miscarriages and her journey to midwifery and doula services Merri’s deep connection with the midwifery model of care is highlighted as a turning point in her childbirth journey Through her midwives, Merri learns about doulas and their significant role in childbirth Merri's dedication to preparing both mentally with hypnobirthing and physically using methods like the Body Ready Method is emphasized Merri undertook extensive physical activities to try to induce labor She relied heavily on her doula during the challenging labor moments Merri felt excitement, intensity, and safety during her birth Early physical preparation, especially baby positioning, is essential
Women have varied options in childbirth, from traditional models to midwifery and doulas Affirmations practiced daily can help emotionally prepare for birth Birth plans are guides, but flexibility is key Having a trusted individual during labor is vital Understanding the birth process provides comfort Both physical and mental preparations are vital for birth Each birth experience is unique
"Once the door was opened for me regarding the midwifery model of care, I understood that you have choices. There are so many different paths you can take in preparing for birth, as well as in laboring and giving birth." - Merri Gruesser
"It's a lot of preparation and a little bit of luck." - Merri Gruesser