Create Your Village

Dec 6th, 2018 Babies, Postpartum, Preparing for Birth, Supporting New Parents emilywills 7 min read

The Empowered Mama – It Takes A Village

Why this podcast?
This is another one from the gold mine that is the Parents on Demand Network. There are so many pregnancy, birth and parent-related podcasts that, honestly, I’ll be featuring quite a few more over the coming weeks.

The Empowered Mama podcast is hosted by Lisa Druxmna whose passion it is –

”To raise healthy moms so that they can raise healthy kids in a healthy world”

The podcast focuses on fitness, food, life balance and living with passion and purpose.

Simple, Healthy Foods For Your Postpartum

Newbies – Postpartum Nutrition for New Moms

Why this podcast?
Whilst exploring the array of fertility, pregnancy, birth and parenting podcasts under the umbrella Parents on Demand (or POD) network for my previous post I stumbled across the Newbies podcast.

Covering areas such as preparing your car for your new baby; delayed postpartum depression; tears and episiotomy; swaddling; cloth diapers and sex after baby, this podcast seemed a great one to feature here.

Who should listen to this episode?
Expecting mums, partners and any family and friends who are planning to help out with food post-baby.

6 Essential Items For NICU Families

Delivering Miracles – Essential Gifts for NICU Parents

Why this podcast?
I decided that I needed to freshen things up a little and so I went through all the podcasts I subscribe to, deleted some and went looking for new ones. I had heard, via the fantastic Doing It At Home (DIAH) podcast, that there is a collection of fertility, pregnancy, birth and parenting podcasts under the umbrella Parents on Demand (or POD) network.

I think it’s safe to say I found a few new podcasts to explore!

How Might A Big Baby Change Your Birth?

Nov 8th, 2018 Babies, Interventions, Natural Birth, Pregnancy, Preparing for Birth emilywills 10 min read

Evidence Based Birth – What are the birth implications for a suspected big baby?

Why this podcast?

“If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any.” Diana Korte and Roberta Scaer.

In order to have options you first need to know what those options are and that requires information. Luckily, the internet is a source of endless knowledge but how much of it can really be trusted?

Evidence Based Birth is a fantastic and very accessible resource that is exactly what it says it is – evidence-based – and that is key when you are researching your birth options.

7 Ways Your Partner Can Support You Postpartum

Oct 26th, 2018 Babies, Breastfeeding, Postpartum, Postpartum Depression, Preparing for Birth emilywills 10 min read

Healthy Births Happy Babies – 7 Ways Dads Can Best Support Moms During Postpartum

Why this podcast?
This was one of the first podcasts that I featured on this blog but I have to admit that, lately, I have kind of forgotten about it. I thought about it just the other day and decided it was high time to feature it again!

This is a podcast hosted by doctors but geared towards undisturbed (or intervention-free) birth, which, rightly or wrongly, is not necessarily a combination you might expect.

Taking A Breastfeeding Class…..Before Your Baby Arrives?

Oct 9th, 2018 Babies, Breastfeeding, Postpartum, Preparing for Birth emilywills 5 min read

All Things Breastfeeding Podcast – Taking a Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

Why this podcast?
This podcast is part of a website called The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor (BFCAA.com) which is a fantastic resource for everything relating to breastfeeding and includes links to blogs, youtube videos, apps and lots more.

It’s such a great resource that I am going ahead with this post even though, for some reason, I can no longer access the website. I am not the most tech savvy individual so I’m not sure if the problem is my end or the website end. If anyone knows what might be happening please let me know!

Do You Co-Sleep?

Sep 27th, 2018 Babies, Breastfeeding, Partners, Postpartum, Preparing for Birth emilywills 13 min read

All About Breastfeeding – Helen Ball Talks Co-sleeping and Room Sharing

Why this podcast?
This is a fantastic resource for anyone wanting to or already breastfeeding.
The host, Lori Isenstadt, is an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) and after having a tough birth and breastfeeding experience with her first child, she certified as both a Childbirth Educator and a Birth Doula.

With around ten thousand consultations with mothers and babies, Lori definitely knows a thing or two about breastfeeding.

Your Baby Is Dreaming

Jul 21st, 2018 Babies, Pregnancy emilywills 5 min read

The Pregnancy Podcast: 40 Weeks – Week 28

Why this podcast?
I have featured the amazing Pregnancy Podcast once or twice, ok maybe a few more times than that, but I realised I had never featured an episode from the 40 Weeks section.

This series of podcast episodes gives you the lowdown on what both you and your baby are experiencing in each week of your pregnancy. I love the fact that it goes from 0 right through to 42 weeks because, as we all know, most babies do not arrive on their ‘due dates’.

When Will It Happen? The Last Weeks of Pregnancy

May 29th, 2018 Babies, Pregnancy emilywills 10 min read

Taking Back Birth – When Will It Happen? Staying Present During The Weeks Before Birth

Why this podcast?
This week’s podcast, Taking Back Birth, is part of the amazing Indie Birth website which provides fantastic pregnancy and birth resources.

“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.”

This is not the first time I have featured this podcast nor shared this wonderful message from the Indie Birth homepage. It resonates so much with me and I really encourage you to go and explore both the podcast and the rest of the website.

Life With A Newborn Might Not Be All Sunshine and Daisies

May 22nd, 2018 Babies, Bonding, Breastfeeding, Postpartum, Postpartum Depression emilywills 9 min read

Life With A Newborn Might Not Be All Sunshine and Daisies
This post is going to be very different from my regular posts. For a start, it’s going to be shorter. For another, it’s not really going to be about a podcast.

Many of you know that I am now in the process of certifying as a Postpartum Doula. It’s got me thinking about the postpartum period, the fourth trimester as it’s sometimes called, and about my own experience of that time.

Recently, there was a post in a group I belong to from someone open enough to admit that she was feeling overwhelmed by postpartum life. A baby, older children, a husband, housework, guests…. It was too much to handle everything and so she reached out.

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