PLAYER MEET MICHELLE SMITH
Creator of the Birth Ease Method Orlando-based childbirth educator and doula Michelle Smith guides expectant mothers through a peaceful pregnancy and childbirth journey using the Birth Ease method. Words by Amy Nielsen
n expectant mother’s first visit with Birth Ease expert Michelle Smith is an experience in education as well as tranquility. Michelle’s melodic voice leads relaxation exercises while the expectant mother reclines peacefully, eyes closed, hands cradling her baby. With her soothing manner, Michelle guides her clients through the often conflicting and overwhelming information associated with pregnancy and childbirth and helps them find confidence and autonomy throughout their own personal journey.
In addition to offering one-on-one client services, Michelle’s newest service is her Birth Ease podcast. Michelle understands it’s often challenging for women to sift through all of the uninvited opinions and outdated information that comes their way when they decide to have a child. Michelle and her guests share valuable tips, tools and proven methods to help listeners sort through the noise, understand their options in maternity care and connect with their inner calm as they navigate the sacred journey that is pregnancy, birth and parenthood.
It was Michelle's traumatic first pregnancy and childbirth that inspired her to not only recover her own autonomy in her later pregnancies but to dedicate her life to helping other women reclaim theirs. Over the years, she sought training in a variety of pregnancy and childbirth programs. However, she began to feel frustrated with the limitations of these programs to meet the individual needs of her clients. As a result, her Birth Ease method was born.
So what's next for this amazing mom-preneur? Michelle’s Birth Ease classes are now available as a hybrid program. Her clients have the convenience of attending her one-on-one sessions and accessing the educational components in an online format. Michelle Smith’s Services: • Birth Ease Method Creator Michelle’s passion is helping • Hypnobirthing Practitioner women reclaim autonomy over • Doula their pregnancy and childbirth • Placenta Specialist experiences and providing tools • Clinical Hypnotherapist to help women reduce stress • NLP Master Practitioner and increase peace and self• Nondenominational Minister confidence throughout their • Midwife of Thanatology lives. She is a treasured resource
Michelle describes her Birth Ease method as relaxation and stress reduction techniques that last a lifetime. Whether her clients are planning to become pregnant or seeking a natural birth, a medicated birth, a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) or anything in between, both the mother and her baby will benefit from Michelle’s methods. Her comprehensive services include infertility support, childbirth classes, doula services, VBAC education and support, trusted resources and referrals to experts in the field and support for perinatal loss and traumatic birth experiences.
for Central Florida women seeking a guide to help them transition to motherhood.
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To reach Michelle, visit birtheaseservices.com or call 407-791-7989.