Today I welcome Dr. Ryan Pope, a neurostructural Chiropractor, men’s home birthing coach, and rites of passage enthusiast with a giant beardy smile and infectious laugh that lights up any room. He’s spent the last ten years exploring the edges of how to be a man in this world, with a focus on healing, personal growth, business, and the transition from boy to man and man to father. What sets Ryan apart from many modern health professionals is his unwavering trust in the innate capabilities of the human body to heal and bring forth new life naturally. This conviction stems from his incredible partner Amber’s epic 35+ hour wild birth experience and over a decade of watching thousands of people heal naturally under his guidance and care. Alongside his hands-on healing and dedication to his local community through his chiropractic care, Ryan’s global mission is to empower men to unearth an unshakable trust in themselves, in nature, in the human body, and in life itself, contributing to a resilient, confident, and thriving family ecosystem. In this episode, Ryan shares his preparation for fatherhood and wild home birth experience, what he’s learned along the way, and how we can live more intentionally and deeply through our own personal experiences.
01:23 Becoming a Chiropractor
05:52 How does stress show physically?
08:33 Fatherhood and the Rite of Passage
22:01 The unexpected side of fatherhood
24:39 Power of surrender in childbirth and home birth experience
33:39 A father’s journey in childbirth
42:12 Balancing fatherhood and work
49:52 Eldership and support in parenthood
59:15 Empowering change and mindful transformation