10 Reasons To Love Being Pregnant

Sep 25th, 2017 Body Image, Bonding, General, Pregnancy emilywills 10 min read

Fear Free Childbirth Podcast – 30 Reasons Why I Love Being Pregnant

Why this podcast?
I decided to revisit this podcast as I think it is such a great resource for pregnant women. The host, Alexia Leachman, overcame tokophobia, an extreme fear of pregnancy and childbirth, and created this podcast to help others in the same situation.

Alexia is a therapist, speaker and pregnancy coach who wrote ”Fearless Birthing: How to have a stress-free pregnancy and a positive fear-free birth”.

Luckily, not too many women will experience tokophobia but many will carry some fears or anxieties surrounding pregnancy and birth. How fantastic that this resource is there to support and help.

5 Top Tips For Choosing Your Birth Team

Sep 18th, 2017 Birth Stories, Doulas, Home Birth, Natural Birth, Partners, Preparing for Birth emilywills 12 min read

Doing It At Home – Picking Your All-Star Home Birth Team

Why this podcast?
Another new one this week and I’m super excited to introduce this podcast.
I have to say that since discovering it a few days ago, I have become a little bit addicted.
The Doing It At Home Podcast is honest, real, open and it can be pretty raw too.

The hosts, married couple and health and fitness enthusiasts Matthew and Sarah, take you through their home birth journey.

They are funny, super relaxed and I love that they record their episodes at home, sometimes with some little gurgles and cries from their baby daughter, Maya.

The Power To Heal

Sep 12th, 2017 Birth Stories, Interventions, Natural Birth, Survivors emilywills 9 min read

Awakening Birth – The Power To Heal

**Trigger Warning**
This post contains references to childhood sexual abuse.

Why this podcast?
I am so excited about this podcast!
Why?
Well, for several reasons…

1. It’s another new one for me and therefore for this blog.

2. It’s hosted by two midwives.
The first is Robin Lim, founder of Bumi Sehat health clinics in Indonesia. These vital clinics offer free prenatal care and birthing services to anyone who needs them.

The second is Deborah Flowers who works alongside the amazing Ina May Gaskin at The Farm in Tennesee.
(If you are not familiar with The Farm or Ina May Gaskin I beg you to click on the above link and do some serious reading. You’ll be so glad you did).

Breastfeeding Tips

Sep 5th, 2017 Babies, Breastfeeding emilywills 11 min read

Babies and Moms: Birth and Beyond – Breastfeeding Tips

Why this podcast?
Another new podcast this week! Well, it’s clearly not new because Babies and Moms: Birth and Beyond started broadcasting in March 2007 and aired the last episode in November 2013.

But, it’s new to me and that means it’s also new to this blog.

This podcast reminds me a little of Pea in the Podcast in that it is a small group of women, in this case, three, at ease and chatting with each other. Each of the hosts is a mother with very different experiences and I think many women will find someone or something they can connect with.

10 Steps For A Powerful Birth

Aug 28th, 2017 Natural Birth, Partners, Pregnancy, Preparing for Birth emilywills 11 min read

Taking Back Birth – 10 Steps For A Powerful Birth

Why this podcast?
I wanted to feature a podcast that I hadn’t featured before. Taking Back Birth is actually part of a website called Indie Birth. Indie Birth has some great pregnancy and birth related resources, from podcasts to blogs, courses and the wise woman circle.

When you land on the Indie Birth homepage you are greeted with this wonderful message –

“INDIE BIRTH IS A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION AND KNOWLEDGE FOR THE MODERN PREGNANT WOMAN WHO KNOWS THAT HER BODY AND HER BABY ARE WISE; AND FOR THE MODERN BIRTHKEEPER WHO BELIEVES IN THESE WOMEN AS MUCH AS WE DO.”

What Your Partner Needs To Know

Aug 22nd, 2017 Babies, Partners, Pregnancy emilywills 12 min read

The Pregnancy Podcast – Dad, Everything you Need to Know

Why this podcast?
It’s The Pregnancy Podcast again. Yep, I know, it features a lot but it’s great, so why not?
The host, Vanessa Merten, does all the research for you. All you need to do is tune in and listen to her break down, in a super simple and accessible way, everything you need to know.

Vanessa has a very relaxing voice and an easy style. All of the research is linked to in her show notes so that if you want to, you can explore the studies mentioned in more depth.

Bonding With Your Unborn Baby

Aug 15th, 2017 Babies, Bonding, Pregnancy emilywills 10 min read

Preggie Pals – Bonding With Your Baby Before Birth

Why this podcast?
I’m featuring this podcast again because it’s a fun one to listen to. Apart from that, it also has a great range of topics to choose from and some really interesting info too.

Each episode features a group of women who are mothers, expecting or maybe both and it’s kind of like listening to a group of friends hanging out, chatting and often giggling as well.

Although there is a fun tone this podcast is definitely not just about cool maternity clothes and mocktails. Preggie Pals actually covers more serious subjects than not, including prenatal anxiety and depression, miscarriage and stillbirth & prenatal testing.

It Takes A Village

Aug 10th, 2017 Babies, Breastfeeding, Postpartum Depression emilywills 13 min read

The Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond Show – Call in the Village

Why this podcast?
I wanted to feature a podcast that I hadn’t listened to or written about in a while and I decided on this one. The other post featuring this podcast was about postpartum depression and is definitely worth a read.

I love the fact that The Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond Show comes from Australia as the vast majority of the podcasts I have discovered so far have been American. By the way, if you have recommendations for more international birth podcasts, I’d love to hear from you.

Breastfeeding Your Newborn

Aug 3rd, 2017 Babies, Breastfeeding, Natural Birth emilywills 12 min read

All Things Breastfeeding – Breastfeeding Your Newborn Baby

Why this podcast?
It’s World Breastfeeding Week – how could I not feature a breastfeeding podcast?

The podcast is actually part of a website called The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor which is a fantastic breastfeeding resource whether you are looking for tips on feeding, looking to take a lactation training or wondering how you are going to manage to breastfeed once you are back at work. There are even links to blogs, youtube videos, apps and lots more. It really is a very comprehensive resource for, well, all things breastfeeding.

So, What About AFTER You Have The Baby?

The Postpartum Podcast – The Power of Podcast and Social Media and New Motherhood

Why this podcast?
The Postpartum Podcast is one I’ve subscribed to for a while but haven’t written about yet.

I think that’s simply because, being a birth doula, I tend to focus on pregnancy and birth but the postpartum period, especially the immediate postpartum, is really a part of birth too.

Many of you will have heard of the 4th Trimester Bodies Project. This project is dedicated to –

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