Interviews

 
 
Photo by Julia Brokaw

Photo by Julia Brokaw

Informed Pregnancy Podcast: Out-Of-Hospital Birth Centers

In addition to hospital birth and home birth, there is the growing option to give birth at out-of-hospital birth centers. Birth center midwife Hayley Oakes shares details about the birth center setting and what its like to be under the care of birth center midwives for pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum. We also discuss pros and cons of birth center in relation to both hospital birth and home birth. Listen through to the end for a sweet surprise!

 
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Photo by Emmy-Lou Thomas-Smith

Yumi: A Licensed Midwife on the Transformative Power of Birth

Birth is transformative. Not just for the baby, but for the mother who goes through her own transformative “birth” in the process. Hayley Oakes, a licensed midwife based in Los Angeles, has had a front row seat in hundreds of births. Her experiences inspired her to start a blog, which has become a kind of “Humans of New York” for childbirth. At home, at a birthing center, or at the hospital, her stories reveal how unique the birth process can be— and also the universal threads that bind mothers. According to Hayley, she began documenting these stories to lift the veil on childbirth, to make it feel less scary and mysterious to expectant mothers. “My hope is that these stories can better prepare a woman for her own birth experience– in any setting,” she says.

 
Photo by James Branaman

Photo by James Branaman

Christy Dawn: Friends of Dawn

Some people are golden. Special collections of thoughts and stories that endear us before we have a chance to do anything but fall. Hayley Oakes won us just that way: with her alive and sometimes rowdy smile plus earnest passion for what’s honest and true. Keenly self aware and brilliantly effortless, Hayley has an age-old story to her ways – the kind of been-here-once-before air that makes her journey as a midwife all the more true. We caught up with Hayley and got lost amid a thousand tangents, seeing the heart of someone empowered and dedicated to living in a truly beautiful way.

Speaking Engagements

 

To Be Announced…

 

Past Speaking Engagements

WESTRIDGE SCHOOL FOR GIRLS February 27, 2018 Human Development: Q&A Childbirth With A Midwife


WESTRIDGE SCHOOL FOR GIRLS April 8, 2016 Human Development: Q&A Childbirth With A Midwife

Photo by Lauren Guilford

Photo by Lauren Guilford