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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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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

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English


Episodes

Collaboration

11/18/2019
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In this episode, I collaborate with Hillary Melchiors from the Birth Geeks podcast, as we discuss three guiding principles for positive language during pregnancy and birth. Transcript: Hillary Hi, Sara! Sara Hi Hillary! How are you? I'm just fabulous. I'm so excited to be talking to you. Hillary Ditto, I'm a big fan. I totally fangirled when I met you, by the way. Do you remember that? Sara Oh, I totally remember. It made my evening. I was so nervous. And then I was like,...

Duration:00:30:58

Consent

11/11/2019
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In this episode, I tackle the hot topic of consent in the birth space. TRANSCRIPT: Before we jump into the content on today's episode, I wanted to encourage you to head on over to www.birthwords.com, check out the new website and all the features there. You'll notice a few things. There's a Classes tab, where you can sign up for one-on-one video consults. And I'd love to meet with you that way, either for expectant families or birth professionals. Stay tuned, in a while those will turn...

Duration:00:19:10

Photography

11/4/2019
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Sarah Roberts, birth photographer, shares her birth experiences and journey to becoming a birth photographer. We discuss the rhetorical role of being a birth photographer in the community and how her profession honors the birth experience. TRANSCRIPT: Sara Welcome to the Birth Words podcast. Today we have a special guest, my friend Sarah Roberts. She is a lifestyle photographer and specializes in birth photography. She is here today to tell us about her stories of birth with her three...

Duration:00:24:38

Power

10/28/2019
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This episode features a very special guest: Dr. Rebecca Dekker, founder of Evidence Based Birth. Dr. Dekker shares her thoughts and experiences surrounding problematic and empowering language used during birth.

Duration:00:22:43

Complexities II

10/21/2019
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In this episode--an extension of Episode 9 (Complexities)--Sara examines two excerpts from birth stories to further consider the complexities of our communicative interactions. She dissects the underlying beliefs accompanying the utterances exchanged during a birth to discover why some interactions are negative and others are positive.

Duration:00:15:23

Choice

10/14/2019
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Episode 16 features Lisa Cowan, a Utah-based birth doula with a unique birth story. She shares her story about her unexpected cesarean birth and how the words of others affected her throughout her birth and postpartum journey.

Duration:00:23:43

Affirmations

10/7/2019
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In this episode, I take a linguistic lens to consider the role and implications of birth affirmations. REFERENCES: Austin, J.L. (2014). How to do things with words. In Jaworski & N. Coupland (Eds.), The discourse reader (pp. 51-61). New York, NY: Routledge. Butler, J. (1997). On linguistic vulnerability. In J. Butler, Excitable speech: A politics of the performative (pp. 1-41). New York, NY: Routledge. Goffman, E. (1981). Forms of talk (pp. 124-159). Cambridge: Harvard University...

Duration:00:23:21

Healing

9/30/2019
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In this episode, I welcome Heidi Pyper, a fellow doula who shares her experiences about a difficult postpartum period. She discusses how problematic language made it challenging to get the help she needed at first, but she moved forward to find healing.

Duration:00:22:09

Empowerment

9/23/2019
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In this episode, I talk with Carla Belliard, a bilingual doula serving Utah. We discuss her linguistic background and how it affects her work as a doula.

Duration:00:19:10

Imagery

9/16/2019
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In this episode, I consider the power of drawing on imagery and symbols during the birth experience.

Duration:00:09:54

VBAC

9/9/2019
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In this episode, I pick the brains of Julie Francom and Meagan Heaton of The VBAC Link. We discuss the important way that the words we choose affect the experiences of women giving birth after a previous cesarean. URLS mentioned in this episode: www.thevbaclink.com

Duration:00:35:55

Amazing

9/2/2019
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In this episode, my friend Crystal discusses her two birth experiences and how she felt supported through positive language.

Duration:00:14:40

Complexities

8/26/2019
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​In this episode, Sara considers some complexities of communication. When we speak, we're not only producing phrases or sentences. Our speech also communicates our underlying beliefs and assumptions. In a birth setting, this becomes especially important. Sara unpacks several utterances produced by a variety of speakers in various birth stories to discuss their underlying beliefs and assumptions.

Duration:00:14:41

Miscarriage

8/19/2019
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In this episode, I unpack a personal experience with miscarriage to shed light on some factors that make miscarriage a difficult experience. I use an autoethnographic lens--Dell Hymes' SPEAKING framework--to consider a communicative interaction that occurred during a personal miscarriage experience.

Duration:00:17:05

Infertility

8/12/2019
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This episode explores an important and sensitive topic. I unpack my own experiences with infertility in light of related linguistic and psychological work. REFERENCES: Blommaert, J. (2005). Discourse: A critical introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Jaffe, J., Diamnod, M.O., and Diamond, D. (2005). Unsung lullabies: understanding and coping with infertility. New York, NY: St. Martin's Griffin. Pennycook, A. (2007). Global Englishes and transcultural flows (pp....

Duration:00:17:35

Transformational

8/5/2019
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In this episode, my friend Joanie tells the story of her first birth. Joanie says that if she had to describe her birth experience in just one word, she'd call it ​transformational.

Duration:00:23:51

Genesis

7/29/2019
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In Episode 5, I tell the story of my life-changing VBAC and how I prepared for it by immersing myself in positive narratives and language practices. URLS mentioned in this episode: www.summitbirthutah.com/birthwords REFERENCES: Gaskin, I. M., (2003). Ina May’s guide to childbirth. New York, NY: Bantam Dell. Austine, F., Axman, L., Farrell, H., Allgood, R., & Ripley, S. (2012). The Gift of Giving Life: Rediscovering the Divine Nature of Pregnancy and Childbirth. Culver City,...

Duration:00:15:51

Discourse

7/22/2019
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In episode 4, Sara explains the linguistic concept of discourse (and Discourse) and what that looks like in a birth setting. Listen to this episode to learn more! URLS mentioned in this episode: www.summitbirthutah.com/birthwords References: Gee, J. P. (2014). An introduction to discourse analysis: Theory and method (4th ed.). New York, NY: Routledge. McCaffery, G., & Mannion, C. (2016). In hospital thou shalt bring forth children: Reflections on the language of childbirth....

Duration:00:12:03

Emergency

7/12/2019
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In this episode, Sara tells the story of her first birth experience: an emergency c-section with twins. She considers the role that her self-imposed identity labels played during pregnancy and birth. URLS referenced: http://www.summitbirthutah.com/birthwords

Duration:00:17:41

Linguistics

7/8/2019
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In this episode, Sara gives an overview of the different branches of linguistics and coins the term "perinatal linguistics" to describe the work at the intersection of birth work and applied linguistics. As a perinatal linguist, Sara uses the knowledge, theories, and frameworks of linguistics to describe situations and experiences within pregnancy and birth and aims to improve the pregnancy and birth experience for birthgivers. URLS mentioned in this...

Duration:00:10:49