Pregnancy & Birth: The Stuff Nobody Talks About

September 13, 2022  |  Published by

-What does it feel like to give birth?
-Is it safe to have sex while I'm pregnant?
-My body is changing in ways I didn't expect. Is that normal?
-I don't feel anything for my newborn. Will I be a bad mother?
-How can I shift my mindset in the event that my birth plan fails?
-What happens if I poop while I'm giving birth?

Being a new mother, or preparing to become one, raises a million new questions. And sometimes we're just too nervous or embarrassed to ask them.

On September 7, 2022, Candelen presented a live, open dialog to answer some of the seemingly taboo, uncomfortable, and commonly NOT asked questions surrounding pregnancy and childbirth. Watch the recording below to dive deep into these questions with real-life experiences and expertise from our panelists Amy Skeens, Gila Shire, and Kavita Bernstein. This event was facilitated by Ashleigh Leonard, Early Childhood Coach Supervisor at Candelen and mother of three.

Amy Skeens brings a wealth of knowledge as a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and a Wellness Coach with the title "Integrative Doula." She has an undergraduate degree in Family Studies & Child Development and a graduate degree in Marital & Family Therapy. Amy is also trained as a birth doula through DONA International and co-owns The Kineo Center in Phoenix as an Integrative Doula/Wellness Coach.

A holistic birth advocate, Gila Shire has been a traditional doula, nurse, birthkeeper, yoga instructor, and massage therapist for over 20 years in both Germany and the United States. Her passion for birth and massage is simple: educate women and their families to guide them through the most precious time of their lives so that birth, a physiological, undisturbed and sacred rite of passage, will find its way home.

Kavita Bernstein is the Senior Director of Strategy + Innovation at Candelen. She has worked in the behavioral health, early childhood health, and public health sectors for over 20 years, working directly with children and their caregivers, as well as on the programmatic and system levels. Kavita and her husband have two sons and live in Arizona.

Ashleigh Leonard has been described as having the warmth and comfort of freshly baked bread. She is the mom of three; two tween boys and a very strong, opinioned 2-year-old girl. Ashleigh is always up for a coffee date, road trip, or just a good conversation.

Candelen would like to extend deep gratitude to Amy, Gila, and Kavita for their willingness to provide thoughts, expertise, and comfort on these uncomfortable questions.

Madeleine Lovett

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