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”

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.

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.

It Takes A Village

Aug 10th, 2017 Babies, Breastfeeding, Postpartum Depression emilywills 13 min read

The Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond Show – Call in the Village

Why this podcast?
I wanted to feature a podcast that I hadn’t listened to or written about in a while and I decided on this one. The other post featuring this podcast was about postpartum depression and is definitely worth a read.

I love the fact that The Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond Show comes from Australia as the vast majority of the podcasts I have discovered so far have been American. By the way, if you have recommendations for more international birth podcasts, I’d love to hear from you.

Breastfeeding Your Newborn

Aug 3rd, 2017 Babies, Breastfeeding, Natural Birth emilywills 12 min read

All Things Breastfeeding – Breastfeeding Your Newborn Baby

Why this podcast?
It’s World Breastfeeding Week – how could I not feature a breastfeeding podcast?

The podcast is actually part of a website called The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor which is a fantastic breastfeeding resource whether you are looking for tips on feeding, looking to take a lactation training or wondering how you are going to manage to breastfeed once you are back at work. There are even links to blogs, youtube videos, apps and lots more. It really is a very comprehensive resource for, well, all things breastfeeding.

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 –

The Placenta: How Will You Eat Yours?

Jun 27th, 2017 Breastfeeding, Natural Birth, placenta, Postpartum Depression emilywills 12 min read

 

Fear Free Childbirth Podcast – Placenta Encapsulation

Why this podcast?
Ever since I wrote the post Preparing Your Mindset for Birth, I have known that I wanted to come back to this podcast. The host, Alexia Leachman, is a therapist, speaker and pregnancy coach who has overcome tokophobia, the fear of pregnancy and childbirth.

As a doula, I have learned how much fear and anxiety can interfere with birth. For those women who have tokophobia, this is a much greater fear than the usual anxiety and doubts that can lurk in the back of our minds.

Top 10 Foods for Pregnancy

May 22nd, 2017 Breastfeeding, General, Natural Birth emilywills 10 min read

Preggie Pals: Top 10 Foods to Eat while Pregnant

Why this podcast?
Listening to this podcast is fun. It’s like someone put a recording device in your living room while you had your girlfriends over for coffee.
Although the approach is pretty lighthearted this podcast covers a real range of areas relating to pregnancy and birth and there is some really sound information along with the giggles.

You may remember that the first time I featured this podcast I did a bit of a double whammy in that I focussed on not one, but two episodes. The first, covering breech birth was so informative that I had to feature it and the second, ”Ten Pregnancy Questions You’re too Embarrassed to Ask” just had to be included.

Bustin’ Some Myths

Apr 18th, 2017 Babies, Breastfeeding, General, Interventions, Natural Birth emilywills 10 min read

The Pregnancy Podcast: Episode 76 – Common Pregnancy, Birth & Breastfeeding Myths

Why this podcast?
As this is the third time I have featured an episode from The Pregnancy Podcast I think it is pretty obvious that I am a huge fan.

Why?

Evidence-based information on pretty much any pregnancy or birth related topic you can think of given in an entertaining, structured and easy to follow way. Oh, and all of this in episodes of thirty minutes or less.

What’s not to love?

One of my first posts, Get me an epidural!!!!!! Or………. not??? lays out all the ins and outs of this podcast in a lot of detail (I mean A LOT of detail) so if you would like to swat up on The Pregnancy Podcast that would be a good post to check out.

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.

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