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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

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

Choice II: A Conversation with My Mom, Vicki Collet, About Thoughtful Language Choices

10/5/2020
I'm thrilled to introduce you this week to the most special of all special guests: my mom, Vicki Collet! Vicki is an an associate professor of elementary education who also teaches doctoral courses in literacy studies. Before her work in teacher preparation, she taught in kindergarten through 12th grade and worked as a literacy coach and district curriculum coordinator. She is passionate about choosing language to positive effect, and has always been an example to me of speaking highly of...

Duration:00:26:34

Assumptions: Figured Worlds and Birth

9/21/2020
In this episode, Sara introduces the concept of figured worlds. Figured worlds are the simplified mental perceptions we have of the way things typically work. In birth, common figured worlds hold many families back from having empowered, active birth experiences. REFERENCES: Gee, James Paul. How to do discourse analysis: A toolkit. Routledge, 2014. Holland, Dorothy C., William Lachicotte Jr, Debra Skinner, and Carole Cain. Identity and agency in cultural worlds. Harvard University...

Duration:00:18:43

Partnership: Talking About Partners and Communication with Childbirth Educator, Yogini, and Doula Alleah Erica Clarke

9/7/2020
In this week's episode of Birth Words, I get to introduce you to the lovely Alleah Erica Clarke. Alleah Erica is a yoga teacher, childbirth educator, and gestational coach. She hosts The Partners Workshop, where she helps couples engage as a partnership during pregnancy and birth. In this episode, she discusses how communication between partners--both verbal and nonverbal--can be a powerful force for good during pregnancy and birth.

Duration:00:25:40

Honor: A Critical Look at Caregiver-Client Conversation

8/24/2020
In this episode, Sara looks at caregiver-client conversations and how they can reinforce asymmetrical power relationships. She invites birthgivers to mindfully choose a midwife or obstetrician who honors your autonomy and power as the one growing and giving life. References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHiu94RzDhQ Leahy, Margaret M. "Therapy talk: Analyzing therapeutic discourse." Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools 35, no. 1 (2004): 70-81.

Duration:00:24:32

Miscarriage II: Lara Freidenfelds and 'The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy'

8/10/2020
In this episode, Sara interviews author and historian Lara Freidenfelds about her book The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy. Lara discusses the knowledge we've gained about early pregnancy and miscarriage, as well as wisdom we've lost from earlier times.

Duration:00:25:22

Empowering: Choosing Our Language to Honor Life-Giving Agents

7/27/2020
In this episode, Sara considers the importance of using language that recognizes the power of birthgivers! She takes a critical look at some common descriptions and depictions of childbirth. Links for Excerpts and Clip Discussed: https://medlineplus.gov/childbirth.html https://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/delivery-methods https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwP__y5lEHM

Duration:00:29:46

Empowered: LMT Kristy Burtenshaw Discusses Fascial Release, Birth, and the Power of Our Words

7/13/2020
This episode is an interview with licensed massage therapist Kristy Burtenshaw. Kristy discusses the role that fascia plays in the physiological and emotional process of birth, and how our words play an important supporting role in that process.

Duration:00:17:06

Announcement

7/6/2020
Heading in to year two of the Birth Words podcast, we'll be shifting to an every-other-week schedule. Tune in next week for another episode of Birth Words!

Duration:00:00:35

Intentional: Choosing our Birth Language for Positive Change

6/29/2020
In this episode, Sara considers the effects of our words. She invites birthgivers and birth workers alike to be intentional about using words that point towards positive change and honor the power of those who give life.

Duration:00:12:36

Inception: You Can't Unsee An Empowered Birth

6/22/2020
In this episode, birth videographer and podcast host Sarah Asay talks about birth videography and how she uses video as a mediating tool to capture birth experiences and communicate powerful messages.

Duration:00:13:40

Reflective: Consider the Influences on and of Your Words

6/15/2020
In this episode, Sara invites listeners to be reflective about the words that they use in the realms of racial injustice and in all aspects of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

Duration:00:17:06

Special Episode 1 | Competency (Rebroadcast) | Cultural Humility and Diversity: A Conversation with Dr. Sayida Peprah

6/8/2020
This special episode is a rebroadcast of a conversation with Dr. Sayida Peprah, previously aired as episode 28. In this interview, Dr. Sayida discusses the importance of being authentic, humble, and curious when interacting with others from different cultures or circumstances.

Duration:00:21:37

Intuitive: Two Hypno-Home Birth Stories

6/8/2020
In this episode, mother Jess Burdette shares the stories of her two home births, which she prepared for with Hypnobabies. She discusses the importance of being intentional about the words and stories we let into our pregnancies and birth experiences, and the power of encouraging words.

Duration:00:14:09

Silence II: Black Lives Matter

6/1/2020
In this episode, we revisit the topic of silence and discuss how silence, though appropriate in some scenarios, is inappropriate in others. We consider the death of George Floyd, the astonishingly high maternal mortality rate for birthgivers of color in the US, and commit to use our voices to rise above silence and create a more peaceful world. REFERENCES: Austin, John. “How to Do Things with Words.” In The Discourse Reader, edited by Adam Jaworski and Nikolas, 51-61. New York, NY:...

Duration:00:12:00

Hope & Choice: Birth Moms Stacey and Chanel Discuss the Language of Adoption

5/25/2020
In this episode, Stacey and Chanel, who each chose adoption for their birth children years ago, discuss the important role that language played and continue to plays in the choices.

Duration:00:19:39