Doulas

PregTASTIC – Prenatal Doula

Why this podcast?
I recently completed all the requirements for my Birth Doula certification and was feeling inspired to write a post on doulas. I happened to stumble upon the PregTASTIC podcast and decided it would be a good time to feature them again.

Then I realised that I hadn’t featured them at all.

Not once!

So, not only did I find an episode on doulas but I get to feature a whole new podcast too.

PregTASTIC describes itself as –

“A weekly online radio show by pregnant women, for pregnant women about the fantastic journeys to motherhood”

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Natural Ways to Handle Labour

Nov 6th, 2017 Doulas, Home Birth, Natural Birth, Partners, Preparing for Birth emilywills 10 min read

The Birth Hour – Natural Coping Techniques for Labor

Why this podcast?
The Birth Hour was the very first podcast that I featured on this blog (For Every Woman) and I love listening to the huge range of birth journeys and experiences that can be found there.

I especially love that the host, Bryn Huntpalmer, has created a safe haven for women to share both their birth stories and all the emotions that come along with them.

The episode I am going to feature here is a bit different as it is not a birth story but one of five fantastic ‘Know Your Options’ bonus episodes co-created with doula, childbirth educator and lactation consultant, Stephanie Spitzer-Hanks.

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The Low Down On Interventions

The Pregnancy Podcast – Interventions

Why this podcast?
The Pregnancy Podcast was a huge part of my inspiration for creating this blog.
I loved how I could get evidence-based, well-researched information given in a super relaxed, easy to listen to style in episodes of thirty minutes or less.

Is there much more to say?

How does it look?
There are actually three different styles of episodes.
Forty weeks gives you information about what’s happening with you and your baby in each week of your pregnancy. These episodes are five minutes.

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Birth Trauma Myths

Birthful – Birth Trauma Myths

Why this podcast?
Birthful is featuring here for the fourth time so I won’t go too much into the ins and outs but with one hundred and twenty episodes you will find a lot of information to –

“Inform your intuition”

Birthful is hosted by the mighty Adriana Lozada, a doula, author and postpartum educator, whose enthusiasm for her work bubbles over in each and every episode.

Interviews with pregnancy, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding and parenting professionals, along with Adriana’s own experience, make for a really informative, well-rounded podcast.

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10 Reasons To Call Your Midwife

Oct 9th, 2017 Babies, Pregnancy emilywills 10 min read

Preggie Pals – 10 Reasons To Call Your Doctor or Midwife

Why this podcast?
This podcast is here again because it’s a fun one to listen to and there are just so many topics to choose from.

Each episode features a group of women who are mothers, pregnant or both and it’s like listening to a group of friends chatting and sharing their experiences.

The experts that are invited in ensure that this podcast also has a serious side and sound info.

For more details about the podcast itself, you might want to check out my first post featuring Preggie Pals, which you can find here.

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Rock Your Birth

Oct 2nd, 2017 General, Interventions, Postpartum Depression, Preparing for Birth emilywills 9 min read

Rockstar Birth Radio – Positive Caesarean Birth

Why this podcast?
Maybe it’s because I’m a doula and super interested in all things birth but I get a lot of photos and links pop up on my social media from Rockstar Birth Magazine.

I love their photos of birthing mothers, they are so richly powerful, beautiful and often intense.

I had no idea, however, that there was also a Rockstar Birth Radio, in other words, a podcast!

Excited much?

The host, Shalome Stone, who also started the Rock Your Birth Academy, asks if you want to remain in fear of birth –

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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