Due Date…….or Guess Date?

May 7th, 2020 Babies, Birth, Interventions, Natural Birth, Pregnancy, Preparing for Birth emilywills 13 min read

Pregnancy Podcast: Due Date

The Podcast
I make no apologies for returning to this podcast again and again.

If you are looking for short, easy to digest episodes on everything about pregnancy, birth and the postpartum, this one’s for you.

The host, Vanessa Merten, does all the research so you don’t have to and then shares her findings in a fun, straightforward and non-judgemental way.

I dare you not to love it!

The episode
Your due date, or guess date as I and many other doulas tend to refer to it, is one of the first things you find out after getting that positive test result.

Are You Using Your BRAIN?

The Pregnancy Podcast – Using Your BRAIN: 5 Questions You Should Be Asking

Why this podcast?
The Pregnancy Podcast features regularly on this blog and needs no long introduction.

This podcast provides evidence-based information in easy to listen to episodes of thirty minutes or less and covers everything you need to know about pregnancy, birth and the early postpartum.

The episode
The BRAIN tool is something I, as a doula, cover with all my clients. It’s easy to remember for both the birthing person and partner and can make a big difference in your pregnancy and birth journey.

10 Ways to Support a Breastfeeding Person

The Boob Group – 10 Ways to Support Breastfeeding Moms

Why this podcast?
I like this podcast as it comes across as light, fun and chatty while still managing to cover some really important topics.

The Boob Group falls under the umbrella of New Mommy Media and its sister podcasts include Preggie Pals and Newbies.

Along with a panel of women who always sound like they are having a blast, there is often an expert along for the ride.

Episodes tend to be around forty minutes and of course, you can always fast forward through the commercials and the chit chat at the beginning.

Cord Blood Banking

Aug 30th, 2019 Babies, Birth, Cord Blood Banking, placenta, Preparing for Birth emilywills 15 min read

The Pregnancy Podcast – Cord Blood Banking

Why this podcast?
Well, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The host, Vanessa Merten, brings you well-researched, evidence-based information on a huge range of subjects in easy to digest episodes of thirty minutes or less.

It’s no wonder this podcast features here so regularly!

Why this episode?
As a doula, I belong to a few online pregnancy groups and I see questions about cord blood banking popping up fairly regularly.

5 Rules For New Parents

Pregnancy Podcast – Five Rules for New Parents

Why this podcast?
Anyone who has read this blog before knows how much I value families having access to evidenced-based information so that they can make informed choices for their pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

This podcast is still one of my absolute favourites for providing that info in short, clear and easy to digest episodes of thirty minutes or less.

Why this episode?
The recent arrival of a new royal baby in the UK got me thinking about what it’s like to suddenly have an actual tiny human to care for.

Cluster Feeding and How To Cope With It

May 1st, 2019 Babies, Breastfeeding, Postpartum emilywills 9 min read

The Boob Group – Coping with Cluster Feedings

Why this podcast?
This podcast falls under the New Mommy Media umbrella and its sister podcasts include Preggie Pals, Newbies and Twin Talks.

A panel of women and, usually, a guest expert, delve into a specific topic in a chatty, fun way that still provides good information in a very accessible way.

There are some commercials but you can just zoom through those with a click or two.

Why this episode?
I belong to a few pregnancy and baby groups and often see parents wondering what’s going on when their baby suddenly wants to eat way more often.

Stay Away From Google

Mar 19th, 2019 Babies, Breastfeeding, Postpartum, Supporting New Parents emilywills 9 min read

The Postpartum Podcast – Stay off of Google, trust your instincts and more helpful tips.

Why this podcast?
It’s so easy to get wrapped up in your pregnancy and upcoming birth that you kind of forget that after all that, the real work starts.

Yep, you’ll have a brand new, teeny little human to look after and preparing for that, as far as you can, is so helpful.

This podcast is warm and supportive and covers pretty much all aspects of the postpartum experience.

Why this episode?
I talk to clients about trusting their own instincts but it can be so hard to do when you are suddenly responsible for a whole other person.

Nobody Told Me!

Mar 13th, 2019 Babies, Postpartum, Supporting New Parents emilywills 7 min read

The New Mom Show – No one told me…….

Why this podcast?
Another new one today folks! This podcast is all about –

”Two new moms sharing our journey as we navigate motherhood and all of its beauty, struggles, and so many diapers!”

I loved the sound of that. New motherhood can be a lonely time as well as a time of self-doubt.

Are we doing a good job? Is this normal?

It can be helpful to listen to other mums out there who are in this too.

The hosts are Alexys, a first-time mum who loves good food, gardening and sport and Latoya, a mum, wellness instructor and writer. They are both lively, enthusiastic and funny!

Top 10 Cloth Diaper Mistakes

Feb 12th, 2019 Babies, Cloth Diapers, Postpartum emilywills 11 min read

Newbies – Top 10 Cloth Diaper Mistakes For New Moms

Why this podcast?
This podcast is a fun, easy to listen to one which also happens to have a lot of info on a broad range of topics. I  like the chatty, informal style and appreciate that the panel of hosts brings experts on to share their knowledge as well as discussing their own experiences.

Why this episode?
I’m a member of a few expecting and new mum groups and I have noticed questions come up recently about cloth diapers so this seemed a fitting episode to feature.

Do Lactation Cookies Work?

Jan 31st, 2019 Babies, Breastfeeding, Nutrition, Postpartum emilywills 7 min read

Pregnancy Podcast – Q&A: Lactation Cookies, Do They Really Work?

Why this podcast?
You know by now that this podcast features on here regularly. It’s evidence-based and covers everything you could want to know about pregnancy and birth plus a whole lot of postpartum stuff too.

Check it out!

Why this episode?
I’ve always been curious about lactation foods but have never really looked into them properly.

Time to learn more methinks!

I will say that the episode and, therefore, this post, do not provide nice, clear cut answers – because there really aren’t any. Rather it gives you something to think about and some great resources to delve into

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