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Birth Words: Language For a Better Birth

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Utah-based birth doula and applied linguistics scholar Sara Pixton digs into the language of pregnancy and birth to help expectant women claim their power as life-giving agents engaged in a praiseworthy work.

Utah-based birth doula and applied linguistics scholar Sara Pixton digs into the language of pregnancy and birth to help expectant women claim their power as life-giving agents engaged in a praiseworthy work.

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United States

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Utah-based birth doula and applied linguistics scholar Sara Pixton digs into the language of pregnancy and birth to help expectant women claim their power as life-giving agents engaged in a praiseworthy work.

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@spixton1

Language:

English


Episodes

Narratives: What to Do When Someone Starts Telling a Birth "Horror Story"

6/21/2021
In this episode, Sara discusses what to do when family, friends, or others start telling birth "horror stories" at baby showers or in birthing spaces. She uses the framework of narrative analysis to offer ideas about constructive ways to respond in these situations. REFERENCE: Riessman, Catherine Kohler. Narrative analysis. Vol. 30. Sage, 1993.

Duration:00:22:36

Necessary: Talking About Pelvic Floor Health with Dr. Betty DeLass, DPT

6/7/2021
In this episode, Sara interviews pelvic floor PT Betty DeLass. Betty discusses the importance of normalizing pelvic health through talking about it! She also makes an exciting announcement about how she's working to improve the perinatal experience for *everyone*!

Duration:00:22:06

Bonding: The Benefits of Talking to Your Baby in Utero!

5/17/2021
Sara summarizes fetal hearing development, then describes the benefits of talking to your baby during pregnancy--for both you and baby! REFERENCES: Nelson, Lauren J., and Anthony F. Fazio. "Emotional content of talk to the fetus and healthy coping behaviors during pregnancy." Infant Mental Health Journal 16, no. 3 (1995): 179-191. Moon, Christine, Hugo Lagercrantz, and Patricia K. Kuhl. "Language experienced in utero affects vowel perception after birth: A two‐country study." Acta...

Duration:00:12:47

Magical: A Conversation with Women's Health Coach Meredith Ashton Cohen About the Menstrual Cycle

5/3/2021
In this episode, guest Meredith Ashton Cohen uses the metaphor of the changing seasons to describe the menstrual cycle and how to live your best life by better understanding each season of the menstrual cycle.

Duration:00:23:32

Roots: Rebroadcast of Birth Words, Episode 1

4/19/2021
This week on the podcast, I'm bringing Birth Words back to its roots. I aired the first episode of Birth Words on June 29, 2019. Since then, I've produced over 70 unique episodes, and gained lots of listeners. And this week, I'm rebroadcasting that very first episode. So, if you haven't yet listened to the story of the birth of Birth Words (or even if you have), give this episode a listen!

Duration:00:16:02

Communication: Changing the Way You Speak to Fit Your Circumstances

4/5/2021
In this episode, Sara discusses the concept of communicative repertoires: the idea that we modify the way we speak to fit the circumstances we're in and our relationships (real or intended) with the person we're talking to. Sara poses questions for birthgivers and birthworkers to consider as they communicate with others during pregnancy and birth.

Duration:00:09:01

Teacher: Learning Life's Lessons During an 80-Hour Labor, with Michelle Knight

3/22/2021
In this week's episode, I talk with Michelle Knight about how the process of giving birth was a great teacher that shaped Michelle's approach to life afterward. We also discuss the power of sharing stories about the challenges of our birth and postpartum experiences. Our words can validate these experiences and invite others to find the support they need as we shift identities while moving into parenthood.

Duration:00:18:55

Spring: Reconceptualizing Due Dates

3/8/2021
In this episode, Sara talks about linguistic relativity, her favorite season shift (from winter to spring) and how the term "due date" can be all kinds of problematic! Resources: Sapir, Edward, and Benjamin Whorf. "The relation of habitual thought and behavior to language." Language, Thought and Reality (1956): 134-159. Boroditsky, Lera. How Language Shapes the Way We Think. TED. November 2017. Video, 14:04....

Duration:00:28:53

Workshop: A Sneak Peek into the Birth Words In-Depth Workshop for Birthworkers

3/1/2021
Birthworkers, this one's for you! In this week's special episode, listen to four birthworkers discuss what they learned from and loved about the Birth Words In-Depth Workshop for Birthworkers. When you're ready to enroll in the workshop, head over to www.birthwords.com/classes and choose the option that works best for you: ONLINE or LIVE (03.27.21 in Lehi, UT). Earn 8 ICEA contact hours, learn things about language that will improve the care you give your clients and benefit ALL of...

Duration:00:21:04

Unknown: An Interview with Birthing from Within Trainer Nikki Shaheed

2/22/2021
In this week's episode, Nikki Shaheed talks about how to discover your heart's question to guide your birth, the various archetypes for approaching the birth experience, and the etiquette for Laborland. Nikki's powerful interview highlights the power of leading with questions, respecting the individuality of each birther and birth experience, and being okay with the unknown.

Duration:00:22:17

Respect: Honorifics and the Circle of Support

2/8/2021
In this episode, we consider how and to whom we show respect through language. Specifically, we consider the use and impact of titles (or lack thereof) by birth care providers. Sara invites you to be reflective about the care providers you choose, the titles they use or don't use, and the relationships these honorifics support. REFERENCES: Wardhaugh, Ronald. An introduction to sociolinguistics (2nd Edition). Vol. 28. John Wiley & Sons, 2015.

Duration:00:19:19

Intricate: Kayte Gardner Tells Her Birth Stories

1/25/2021
In this week's episode Kayte Gardner talks about the stories we tell ourselves about birth, birth trauma, and "high-risk" pregnancy and birth. Tune in to hear her tell her stories of loss and feelings of brokenness and of surprising herself and finding a passion in birth work.

Duration:00:25:45

Conduit: Communication Isn't a Matter of Boxing Up Meaning

1/11/2021
In this episode, Sara discusses the conduit metaphor identified by linguist Michael Reddy. The conduit metaphor is an oversimplification of communication and language. This metaphor assumes that communicating is a simple act of packaging up your meaning in words and sending it to another person, who unproblematically opens it and understands precisely your meaning and intention. But anyone who has ever conversed with anyone knows that this is oversimplified and that communication is fraught...

Duration:00:19:22

Exalted: A Conversation with Alisa Crawshaw about the Noble Work of Parenthood

12/28/2020
In this conversation, Alisa, doula and mother to two (soon to be three) talks about her birth stories. She discusses the people who guided her on her path to her beautiful births, and her orgasmic first birth. She also tells about the work she does with her clients to guide them as they discover and claim their power in parenthood.

Duration:00:21:41

Assumptions IIII: Figured Worlds and Birth IIII

12/14/2020
This episode is the last in the series on figured worlds. (Other episodes in this series include episodes 59, 61, and 63.) In this episode, Sara discusses her narrow lens and assumptions with regard to figured worlds and birth. Then, we conclude the series on figured worlds by discussing prominent environments, institutions, and values in the birth experience.

Duration:00:20:37

Cool: My Husband's Perspective on Birth

11/30/2020
This week, meet my husband, Clark, as he tells the stories of the births of our three children and reflects on the roles of preparation and language. REFERENCES: Gee, James Paul. How to do discourse analysis: A toolkit. Routledge, 2014.

Duration:00:29:12

Assumptions III: Figured Worlds and Birth III

11/20/2020
In this episode, Sara talks more about figured worlds and birth, diving into the importance of language, people, and objects. The typical, simplified picture that comes to mind is called a figured world, and it is influenced by the language that we hear and the experiences we've had. Let's be mindful about our language so that we positively influence others' figured worlds about birth!

Duration:00:19:05

Assumptions III: Figured Worlds and Birth III

11/16/2020
In this episode, Sara talks more about figured worlds and birth, diving into the importance of language, people, and objects. The typical, simplified picture that comes to mind is called a figured world, and it is influenced by the language that we hear and the experiences we've had. Let's be mindful about our language so that we positively influence others' figured worlds about birth!

Duration:00:04:56

History: A Discussion with Dr. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich About Her Book, A Midwife's Tale

11/2/2020
In this episode, I interview Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author Laurel Thatcher Ulrich about her book, A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812. We discuss the unique writing style of Martha as an 18th century woman, the changing roles of midwives and doctors at the turn of the 19th century, and the many factors that influence the ways in which women have experienced childbirth over the centuries.

Duration:00:36:31

Assumptions II: Figured Worlds and Birth II

10/19/2020
In this episode, we're digging more into figured worlds: the typical story of giving birth. What do people typically assume about the participants, activities, and ways of interacting during pregnancy and birth? REFERENCES: Gee, James Paul. How to do discourse analysis: A toolkit. Routledge, 2014.

Duration:00:14:56