Patti Quintero is a mother of two and the founder of Uma Mother whose focus is on consciousness expansion, education, and community for mothers of all stages. Over the last two decades Patti has taught Yoga and led teacher trainings in the Los Angeles area. She is a teacher of Vedic Meditation and has served as a mentor to hundreds of mothers over the years cultivating a devoted community. It was through Patti’s own journey through pregnancy into motherhood that she discovered the importance of these essential practices that nurture vitality, presence, joy and access to a source of inner guidance which is an invaluable foundation for every mother. Her classes weave together her expertise as a birth doula and childbirth educator supporting families through a pivotal and transformative chapter of life. Patti has just launched her digital home space for classes, community, and education: Uma Mother and Uma Mothership.

How long does postpartum actually last? (hint: more than 3 months) What’s the deal with breastfeeding while pregnant? What’s the ideal time between pregnancies? Amanda sits down with Patti Quintero, MA, E-RYT, RPYT, Vedic meditation teacher, birth doula, and founder of Uma Mother. They dive into the pros and cons of epidurals, conception tips for endometriosis, and what postpartum moms really need.

Curious about a specific topic? Here’s what they cover:

  • The power of birth stories (1:45)
  • Conception-prep (8:20)
  • Relationship you have with your body (9:45)
  • Continual stress removal (11:50)
  • Pre-conception prep (14:00)
  • The impact of what are you consuming (16:00)
  • How to get in touch with intuition (17:00)
  • Spirit babies (19:35)
  • Birth statistics in the US (23:10)
  • Increase in interventions and inductions (26:35)
  • Safety of birthing at home vs hospital (30:30) 
  • Being mindful of the practitioner you’re choosing (34:45) 
  • High risk hospitals (38:32)
  • Placenta (39:55)
  • Cord clamping and cutting (43:15)
  • Birthing the placenta (45:35)
  • Consuming the placenta (47:25)
  • Partners during birth (51)
  • Preeclampsia (54:50)
  • Timing in between pregnancies (57:02)
  • Bouncing back postpartum (1:00:15)
  • Conceiving with endometriosis (1:02:15)
  • Conception after 40 (1:04:05)
  • Postpartum and age (1:07:10)
  • Fourth trimester (1:08:22)
  • Breastfeeding while pregnant (1:13:34)
  • Breastfeeding saliva seal (1:16:30)
  • Herbs and adaptogens during pregnancy (1:22:00)
  • Does size affect ability to birth naturally (1:26:45)
  • Tearing (1:30:23)
  • The ring of fire (1:38:00)
  • Pros and cons of epidurals (1:41:50)
  • Managing discomfort and pain (1:47:50)
  • Healing grief after birth (1:57:37)

Watch the full interview here or listen below.

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