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).

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 –

Home Birth After 35?

Jul 18th, 2017 Birth Stories, Natural Birth, VBAC emilywills 9 min read

Bellies to BirthCast – Choosing Homebirth After 35

Why this podcast?
The Bellies to BirthCast has not been featured on this blog yet. I think the main reason is that there are only six episodes and that just didn’t seem like a whole lot to choose from.

It is also focused on natural birth and I guess I didn’t want to exclude anyone if that is not their thing.

I figured, however, that it was time to explore this podcast and I was surprised to discover that Bellies to BirthCast is the podcast from Giving Birth Naturally.

The Shortest Day

Jul 11th, 2017 Birth Stories, Natural Birth, Stillbirth emilywills 13 min read

The Longest Shortest Time – The Shortest Day

***TRIGGER WARNING***

Before you read any further into this post I want you to know that this is the story of Day, a little boy who passed away at thirty-one weeks, inside his mother’s womb.

Day’s mother, Arielle, shows incredible strength whilst telling her little boy’s story but it is still a heartbreaking one and for some people, it could trigger some very strong emotions.

Why this podcast?
This one is fairly new to me. I subscribed a while ago and listened to a wonderful episode about coming of age with Down Syndrome, but just hadn’t got around to choosing an episode to feature yet.

Unforgettable Doula Moments

May 16th, 2017 Birth Stories, Doulas, General, Natural Birth emilywills 13 min read

Birthful: 10 Unforgettable Doula Moments

Why this podcast?
This podcast is great for getting info on a whole bunch of different topics related to pregnancy, birth and beyond.

I have featured this podcast twice before – Your Own Personal Birth Fairy and Family-Centred Cesareans, so I won’t bore you with all of the details, all over again.
Suffice to say that the host, Adriana Lozada, a doula, author and postpartum educator, is enthusiastic, experienced and bubbly and with over one hundred episodes you will definitely find a whole lot of information to –

So Much Stuff!

May 7th, 2017 Babies, Birth Stories, General emilywills 10 min read


Due Date: A lot of stuff – not all for baby (via soundcloud)

Via itunes

Why this podcast?
As has happened a lot recently, I found this podcast by accident whilst researching a different podcast.
I was immediately struck by how different it is from any I have featured so far.

Ashley May, who works for USA Today, takes you on a journey through her pregnancy.
It’s just like watching a documentary about someone’s life except, of course, you are listening instead of watching.

Ashley acts as a kind of narrator but you also get to listen to her talking to her partner, family and friends.
This also means that you listen in to various pieces of advice and opinions from those close to her and you will need to sift through these yourself to see which you take in and which you leave by the wayside.

Family-Centred Cesareans

Apr 11th, 2017 Birth Stories, Breastfeeding, General, Interventions, Natural Birth emilywills 12 min read


Birthful: Episode 50 – Family-Centred Cesareans

Why this podcast?
With over a hundred episodes covering a huge range of pregnancy, birth and postpartum topics, this podcast is a great one to return to again and again.
The host, Adriana Lozada, is warm, bubbly and so enthusiastic that as well as being packed with great info each episode is also really entertaining to listen to.

Adriana is not only the host of this podcast but also a birth doula, postpartum educator, writer and author.

How to write your birth story

Apr 4th, 2017 Birth Stories, General emilywills 9 min read

The Cord: Episode 27 – How to write your birth story

Why this podcast?
”Birth is a human rights issue”
This is the byline that you hear at the beginning of each episode of The Cord and the theme of your rights as a pregnant and birthing woman runs throughout this podcast.

I find that incredibly important and it’s one of the things that keeps bringing me back to The Cord.

The Cord is comprised of interviews with experts on pregnancy, birth, postnatal and parenting issues. Many different subjects are covered including pregnancy fitness, male midwives, homebirth and breastfeeding. I know you will find some fantastic episodes to inspire you.

For every woman

Jan 10th, 2017 Birth Stories emilywills 9 min read

The Birth Hour: Episode 86 – Plus Size Pregnancy & Birth Story

Why this podcast?
This is, quite simply, a birth story podcast and who doesn’t love a birth story?
The Birth Hour is a safe haven where women can share both their stories and their emotions. The birth stories come in all shapes and sizes and from all over the world. As the host, Bryn Huntpalmer, says:

’’Each episode is raw, honest, and beautiful even when the outcome of the birth may not have been what the mother had planned.’’

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