This episode contains an awesome second conversation between a nurse and doula both extremely passionate about culture change. We also discuss pivoting to teaching online, moving away from bedside nursing, nurses and doulas working together, and so much more. We’re not beating around the bush about what we think about changes that need to happen for hospital birth to improve and be more trauma-informed.
Mandy Irby is better known as The Birth Nurse. She’s got a long list of titles including Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Authorized Peanut Ball Trainer, Spinning Babies Parent Educator, Director of Education at [M]otherboard Birth, wife and mom. She joins Hillary today to talk about how she folds all of these together including how she moved away from bedside nursing, teaching online, and how doulas and nurses work together – which is all about culture change. Let’s jump in and listen to what she has to say.
Mandy Irby, The Birth Nurse, is a trauma-sensitive parent and nurse educator passionate about a more parent-centered and respectful birth culture. She’s been a labor nurse for over eleven years. Mandy’s also a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Authorized Peanut Ball Trainer, Spinning Babies Parent Educator, Director of Education at [M]otherboard Birth, and loves empowering nurses and parents in-person, online, and on her popular YouTube channel @MandyIrby. Right now, she’s quarantined with her two kids, 5 and 3, and now work-from-home husband. Most days she’d rather be running with a podcast on, exploring a creek with her kids, or drinking all her coffee while it’s hot.
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Rocking her Instagram–Seriously check it out, I WISH I was as good at IG as she is!!
Her YouTube channel is also awesome!
- Birth in 8 Cultures
- Birth as an American Rite of Passage
- Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
- Giving Birth with Confidence
I also mentioned a cesarean recovery rap that I loved on TikTok, so definitely check it out if you are interested.