We received an email from someone today … turns out she’s a young pregnant doctor who purchased Birthing Better. This is our very early conversation that has continued over the day and will continue further. I thought you’d like to hear from a doctor about Birthing Better!

BTW … the photo attached is not her just stock photo.

She’s given permission for me to post this.

‘I am 30 weeks along with my first baby, a boy, due to arrive at the end of October. we are using the comprehensive course and loving it. I’m a Preventive Medicine MD based in the Seattle area of the United States. 

I cannot tell you how grateful I am to have come upon birthing better. It was very serendipitous. I heard the course referenced in an obscure podcast by Daniel Vitalis called “Rewild Yourself” (my husband sent the podcast to me). He was interviewing Dr. Sarah Buckley. I also came across your name in her book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering. 

My husband and I have been following the course outline since week 24, and already I feel so much more empowered, more in touch with my body, and more capable than before. On a personal level, I feel like this course is a Godsend. And on a professional level, I do as well. 

I could go on and on here, but what I’d like to say for now is that your email made me very excited! As a Preventive Medicine physician trained in clinical medicine AND public health, I am very disturbed by the trends in OB care–increasing rates of epidurals/C-sections, disenfranchised parents who felt like they were not in control or capable. Your course has given me so much hope–I’ve been feeling for weeks like I wish I could do whatever it takes to spread this message to the masses here in the US. In just the time that I’ve been pregnant, I have come to some wonderful resources (yours is probably the most impactful) that have unleashed in me a passion for this topic that I had no idea was inside me. 

I would love to collaborate with you. I do not have a huge base of people “following me” in the US, but I am young and driven and excited about bringing this ancestral/birthright knowledge back into prenatal education and mainstream medicine. 

I would love to continue this conversation:) Thank you so much for all of the work you have done. 

P.S. I’ve talked to MANY MDs, midwives, and doulas in my area and none of them have heard of birthing better–it astounds me that these experts are unaware of what, in my estimation, may be the most important educational tool available for families’. 

Lindsey Mcilvena, MD, MPH

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Check out her website and pass it on. She’s committed!

Birthing Better skills were developed by moms and dads in the early 1970s in the US and used by many thousands globally in all types of birth. Birthing Better online birthing classes are housed in Common Knowledge Trust.