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.

Top Tips For a Smoother Postpartum

May 17th, 2018 Babies, Postpartum, Postpartum Depression emilywills 16 min read

Delivering Strength Podcast – Postpartum Planning with Lisa Falkenstein

Why this podcast?
Now that I’m well into my amazing Postpartum Doula course you are probably going to see a few more posts focusing on the time after birth. This podcast popped up as I was searching for some juicy new material and I was intrigued.

The Delivering Strength Podcast is hosted by Candace Gesicki and Anna Marie Murphy. Candace is a chiropractor, doula, regional director of Birthfit Cleveland and just happens to be a CrossFit athlete in her spare time! Anna Marie is also into CrossFit, is a new mum, marketer and loves learning about holistic health and nutrition.

Preparing For Your Postpartum

Apr 17th, 2018 Babies, Postpartum, Pregnancy emilywills 10 min read

Fourth Trimester Podcast – Preparing to Enjoy the Fourth Trimester

Why this podcast?
Last week I began the process of training and certifying as a Postpartum Doula. I love the idea of supporting families right the way through pregnancy, labour and birth and then into the postpartum too.

I definitely wanted to celebrate that step by choosing a postpartum centred episode to feature this week.

It’s so easy to focus so much on the pregnancy and birth that we forget that, actually, after the baby arrives is when the work really starts.

5 Reasons To Choose Home Birth…And 1 Reason Not To

Apr 10th, 2018 Babies, Home Birth, Natural Birth, Partners, Pregnancy, Preparing for Birth emilywills 11 min read

Doing It At Home Podcast – Why Are You Choosing Home Birth?

Why this podcast?
I’ve really fallen for this one. The hosts, Matthew and Sarah Bivens, began this podcast as a way of documenting their own journey to home birth. Since then it has become so much more. They interview birth experts, share their experience of pregnancy, birth and parenting and talk to other families who had their babies at home.

I think it is fair to say that whilst this podcast is very much about open and honest conversation around home birth, it is really about choosing the birth that is empowering and right for you, however that looks.

Essential Oils in Pregnancy, Birth & The Postpartum

Apr 1st, 2018 Babies, Breastfeeding, Postpartum, Pregnancy, Preparing for Birth emilywills 18 min read

The Pregnancy Podcast – Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum (And Their Safety)

Why this podcast?
I don’t think it’s a secret at this point that this is one of my go-to podcasts. It’s fun, informative, evidenced-based and with episodes of thirty minutes or less covering pretty much anything you can think of relating to pregnancy, birth and the early postpartum, this is definitely not the last time you’ll see it featured.

How does it look?
Unless this is your first visit to this blog you will have probably read about the Pregnancy Podcast multiple times. In case you haven’t, here is a short, and I mean super short breakdown.

Your Fourth Trimester: Five Universal Truths

Mar 19th, 2018 Babies, Body Image, Bonding, Breastfeeding, Doulas, General, Postpartum, Preparing for Birth emilywills 14 min read

The Expectful Podcast – The Five Universal Truths Of Your Fourth Trimester

 Why this podcast?
This one is a fairly recent discovery for me but I really like it. I featured the episode How To Love Your Birth  – However It Looks back in January and, whilst listening to episodes in the meantime, I found one in particular that I really wanted to share.

As well as airing a fantastic podcast, Expectful also offers guided meditations for fertility, pregnancy and motherhood. Whilst listening to various pregnancy and birth podcasts I have heard women refer again and again to these meditations so there must be something to them!

How To Love Your Birth – However It Looks

Jan 15th, 2018 Babies, Birth Stories, General, Interventions, Natural Birth, Preparing for Birth emilywills 13 min read

How To Love Your Birth – The Expectful Podcast

Why this podcast?
I had heard about Expectful pretty often whilst listening to podcasts. I knew that they offered guided meditation for fertility, pregnancy and motherhood but had not realised there was also a podcast!

Once I subscribed there was an episode that grabbed my attention immediately.

The host, Anna Gannon, is a new mum, yoga teacher, Expectful’s community guide and writer. She says that the guided meditations she used during a difficult time in her pregnancy helped her so much that she wanted to join the team.

Will Your Partner Be A Rock at Your Birth?

Dec 11th, 2017 Babies, Partners, Pregnancy, Preparing for Birth emilywills 7 min read

Rockstar Birth Radio – Brian The Birth Guy: Rockin’ Dads

Why this podcast?
I love, love, love all the beautiful and powerful photos that I see on social media from the rockstar birth mamas.

I also believe, so strongly, that whatever kind of birth you want it is incredibly important to be an active participant in that birth.

Shalome Stone, the host of Rockstar Birth Radio, says that when she was pregnant with her first baby she wanted a natural, drug-free labour but did precisely zero preparation and simply turned up at the hospital in labour asking “So, what do I do next?”

Are you a BirthTube fan yet??

    

Birth With Joy – BirthTube!!! What Is That?

Why this podcast?
I listened to this podcast a few days ago and immediately fell in love with its opening music (Cloud Cult – You Were Born) and then discovered (a podcast first for me) that it’s hosted by a midwife.

After giving birth to her son, Mountain in a converted school bus attended by a midwife, the host, Joy Jech –

“realized her life calling was to support other mothers to have an empowering, transformative, and loving birth experience”

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