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#34: The Ultimate Midwifery Q&A: All Your Questions ANSWERED- with Kiara Fair, CNM

On this episode of the Mindful Womb Podcast, we are joined by Kiara Fair, an Certified Nurse Midwife who specializes in homebirth. Kiara brings an amazing perspective with her expereince as a labor and delivery nurse turned doula turned midwife. 

In this episode, we dive into the following:

  • The difference between working with a midwife vs an OB

  • An overview of the different kinds of midwives

  • What questions to ask a midwife to find a good fit

  • The benefits and safety of homebirth 

  • Advocacy during pregnancy and labor

  • Nutrition and movement tips for pregnancy

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In a world brimming with information and choices, navigating pregnancy and birth can be both exhilarating and daunting. In this episode, we delve into the wealth of insights shared by Kiara Fair, a Certified Nurse Midwife, as she sheds light on the importance of advocacy, nutrition, and movement throughout the journey of pregnancy and birth.

Advocacy: Empowering Birthing People

Advocacy emerges as a cornerstone of the birthing experience, with Kiara emphasizing the pivotal role it plays in ensuring informed decision-making and personalized care. She addresses common challenges, such as the apprehension many birthing individuals face when advocating for themselves. Kiara's advice resonates with clarity and empowerment, reminding us that birthing individuals have the right to ask questions, seek information, and assert their preferences amidst the intricate landscape of prenatal care.

Navigating Provider Relationships: Cultivating Cultural Competency

Kiara underscores the importance of cultivating culturally competent care, urging providers to acknowledge their biases and embrace diversity in birthing practices. She encourages birthing individuals to seek providers who not only respect their cultural practices but also align with their birthing goals. Through open communication and mutual understanding, Kiara advocates for a collaborative approach that honors the diverse experiences and needs of each birthing person.

Nutrition: Nourishing Body and Baby

The significance of nutrition in pregnancy is clear as Kiara draws parallels between nurturing a pregnant body and tending to a thriving plant. With a compassionate and inclusive approach, she emphasizes the importance of accessible, nutrient-rich foods while acknowledging the socioeconomic realities that shape dietary choices. Kiara's guidance transcends conventional notions of prenatal nutrition, embracing diverse dietary preferences and prioritizing the holistic well-being of birthing individuals and their babies.

Movement: Empowering Bodies, Embracing Change

Movement emerges as a transformative tool in pregnancy, fostering physical resilience and pelvic preparation for birth. Kiara dispels misconceptions surrounding exercise during pregnancy, advocating for a balanced approach that celebrates diverse forms of movement, from gentle yoga to daily walks. Through movement, birthing individuals reconnect with their bodies, cultivate resilience, and prepare for the transformative journey of childbirth with confidence and vitality.

As the tapestry of pregnancy and birth unfolds, Kiara's wisdom serves as a guiding light, illuminating pathways of empowerment, nourishment, and embodiment. In embracing advocacy, nurturing nutrition, and embracing movement, birthing individuals reclaim agency over their bodies and experiences, forging a path of holistic well-being and empowered birth narratives. With each step, they embody the profound resilience and beauty of the birthing journey, honoring the sacred dance of new life and transformation.


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