#142 Birthing with Confidence – with Renee Adair

#142 Birthing with Confidence - with Renee Adair

The Holistic Nutritionists Podcast


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People are afraid to be vulnerable in our culture today. And vulnerability in labour and in birth is a must. You actually have to open yourself up to feel vulnerable, to allow the baby to come. And I believe that labour and birth is designed that way. You're never more vulnerable than when you're holding a baby at 3:00am, who will not shut up. Your whole life has changed, and you're thinking, "What the heck have I done?!" 🙂 And there's a reason you have to work through that and go through the otherside. It's hard to feel that vulnerability when you're in a space where you might feel out of your depth, in a hospital room for example, where there's bright lights or strangers you haven't met before. And you're naked for example, or you've put on a hospital gown, which for me is a really subtle way of suggesting you're a "patient". When we look at the doula's role in all of that... They're there to hold that space so the woman can feel vulnerable. To turn the lights down. To ask, "Does everybody have to be in this room right now?" Doing a really good birth plan, a birth preference or wish list, prior to getting in that space, so that the doula can speak to that document. Because a woman in labour should not have to fight for what she wants. That is counterintuitive to the place she needs to be. She needs to be in that love bubble. If she's got oxytocin and love flowing, she's going to have a great labour and birth. And so, in those vulnerable moments, you're encouraging her to dig a little deeper and find that strength that women have, that we don't normally tap into. And work through that to come out the other side.



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Natalie K. Douglas | Thyroid, Gut & Hormone Healer

Natalie K. Douglas | Thyroid, Gut & Hormone Healer

Natalie K. Douglas ("Nat") is a Holistic Dietitian and Nutritionist dedicated to Thyroid, gut and hormone healing.

Nat shows stressed, burnt out, overwhelmed women how to value their worth again, change their mindset habits, prioritize healing, and reclaim their vitality. Guaranteed.

Her clients say she’s the right girl to see if you’ve tried the conventional approach and nothing has worked.


Renee Adair | Birth & Pre-Natal Doula & Founder of the Australian Doula College

Renee Adair | Birth & Pre-Natal Doula & Founder of the Australian Doula College

Renee Adair is the founder and director of the Australian Doula College, the Groundwork Program and the ADC’s charity-arm Doula Heart Network. She first began working with women and babies in 1994 as a massage and Aromatherapist and Reiki Practitioner and in 1998 after the birth of her two children began studying and working as a Doula and Childbirth and Early Parenting Educator.

Renee then worked for the Australian Red Cross at a young women’s health program/refuge in Sydney’s East, setting up both the outreach and childbirth and early parenting education programs for that service.

Working In collaboration, Renee helped produce the first research on Doulas in Australia which was published in the Journal of Perinatal Education in 2013.

In 2019 Renee proudly partnered with Charles Darwin University to co-facilitate Accredited Doula training for Indigenous women in the remote First Nations community of Galiwin’ku. She has sat on the Consumer Advisory Board of the Australian College of Midwives, trained thousands of Doulas and supported hundreds of women, their partners and families through pregnancy, birth, early parenting and end of life over the course of her career.


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