Trigger Warning: This episode contains mentions of violence, suicide, and self harm. Listen with care!
In this episode, I welcome Amy Lee, birth worker and founder of Musa Mama Apothecary. She is a Birth Anarchist mama to five Freebirthed babies. She is a defender of birthing bodies and physiological birth and is grateful + honored to guide families during the sacred journey of labor & birth as well as sanhüjori, the traditional indigenous Korean postpartum practice of honoring and caring for the new umma. A creatrix through and through, her nearly 17 years of being an industry professional in Natural/Organic Foods & Products has benefited many clients and customers as she uses her ever expanding knowledge base to create effective products and give trusted counsel for individuals and families.
Main Topics Discussed:
*How to conquer imposter syndrome
*Inhabiting your truest self without shame while being mindful at the same time
*Why should not hide your authentic self even if your highest self is “not for everyone”
Why do you call yourself a “birth anarchist”?
Amy: I do not work with everyone. I am not for everyone. I work with people who really need that reminder to tap in and know that they are not the sum of their abuse, their trauma, and everything else that they have had to do to survive. We’re freaking badasses: We birth human beings. We keep lineages going. I’m just here to remind moms that I’m not the only warrior. All of our ancestors are warriors because they’ve all gone through attempts at colonization, and they’ve endured all that pain to become badasses.
What other choice do I have but to take that on? What is impostor syndrome?
Amy: Impostor syndrome is figuring out who you are in the world. A lot of us feel impostor syndrome, especially us immigrants, indigenous folks, and people of color—the global majority: We’re in a space where we don’t belong. We’re trying to figure out if we meet the requirements to belong here. We’re scared of being found out. A lot of the time, it has to do with our upbringing. We’re either supported growing up, or we’re forced into studying or working in something that we didn’t want to for the sake of bettering our family. Our generation finally has the luxury to prioritize our mental health, self-care, and filling our own cups. We have serious impostor syndrome because our ancestors never had these opportunities.
How do you fight impostor syndrome? What do you put your energy into instead?
Amy: I put my energy into fine-tuning on just being myself. I have five kids. I homeschool. I don’t have the energy. I just want to be myself. That may be the reason I had impostor syndrome as a birth worker: I’m a very rebellious person. I literally believe that birth is physiological. I’m not just saying I trust the body and the process. I really know that this is how shit works if you just let the body do its thing.
How do you embody your highest self?
Amy: What I should be doing to embody my highest self is self-discipline. I’m lacking that a lot. Self-discipline is an action towards betterment of self. I embody my highest self when I am doing the work to become a better version of myself. It’s never-ending because I’m always striving to be a better version of myself, even if that means taking a million steps backwards just to take the right step forward for my growth.
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