What Role Should Men Play In Birth?

Feb 8th, 2019 Doulas, Natural Birth, Partners, Preparing for Birth emilywills 9 min read

Evidence Based Birth – What role should men play in birth?

Why this podcast?
I refer people to the Evidence-Based Birth website all the time and am so happy that there is now a podcast too. All of the articles are, as the name suggests, evidence-based, meaning you have access to solid information on which to base your decisions.

It is so very important that whatever choices you make surrounding your pregnancy and birth are informed ones.

Information and knowledge ensure that you are the driver in your experience rather than a passenger.

Back Labour and How to Handle It

Jan 16th, 2019 Babies, Doulas, Natural Birth, Partners, Pregnancy, Preparing for Birth emilywills 9 min read

Preggie Pals – Managing Back Labor

Why this podcast?
I re-discovered this podcast while I was exploring the Parents On Demand network.

Each episode features a group of women who are mothers, pregnant or both as well as experts who provide sound information. There’s a fun, chatty atmosphere and it’s really easy to listen to.

With episodes covering trying to conceive, infertility, pregnancy and birth related topics you’ll be sure to find something that appeals to you.

12 Wishes For Your Birth

Jan 11th, 2019 Doulas, Interventions, Natural Birth, Pregnancy, Preparing for Birth emilywills 15 min read

Birthful – 12 Days of Birth

Why this podcast?
The Birthful podcast is a wonderful one for birth workers and families alike. Hosted by doula, author and postpartum educator, Adriana Lozada, Birthful provides birth stories as well as interviews with birth and postpartum experts.

Adriana is so enthusiastic and down to earth that listening to an episode is always a treat. Plus, with almost 200 episodes, there is a gold mine of information to be sourced.

Why this episode?
I was so happy to spot an episode on having a positive birth experience that included so much wisdom from Adriana’s many years as a doula.

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.

What To Pack In Your Birth Bag

Oct 3rd, 2018 General, Natural Birth, Partners, Pregnancy, Preparing for Birth emilywills 12 min read

The Pregnancy Podcast – What to Pack in Your Birth Bag

Why this podcast?
If you’ve ever read this blog before you will probably have stumbled across quite a few posts featuring the Pregnancy Podcast.

I love it because the episodes are short, easy to listen to and use evidence-based info to help you get informed about pretty much everything and anything surrounding your pregnancy and birth.

It’s an amazing resource and I’m so happy that the host, Vanessa Merten, is still going strong!

The Evidence On Placenta Encapsulation

The Evidence Based Birth Podcast – (Episode 7)

Why this podcast?
As a doula, I always want to guide my clients to evidence-based information so that they can make truly informed decisions. Evidence Based Birth is a fantastic website with easy to understand research and information on a whole range of pregnancy and birth-related topics.

From the evidence on being induced or having a cesarean for a big baby to failure to progress; premature rupture of membranes; doulas and a natural labour induction series, they’ve got you covered.

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.

10 Pregnancy Nutrition Hacks

Feb 19th, 2018 Natural Birth, Nutrition, Preparing for Birth emilywills 8 min read

Taking Back Birth – 10 Pregnancy Nutrition Hacks

Why this podcast?
Because, and I know you are not supposed to start a sentence with because, but anyway, because I subscribed to this podcast many moons ago and realised recently that I have only featured it once.  The founder and main host, Marin Green, was actually interviewed on another podcast that I listened to the other day and I took that as a bit of a sign to get my butt in gear and feature another episode!

This podcast is one of the resources from Indie Birth. Indie Birth’s homepage features the following statement –

Pain Management For Labour

Evidence Based Birth Podcast

Why this podcast?
I have long been a huge fan of the Evidence Based Birth website. I know that it’s a go-to place for both doulas and their clients. It’s founder, Rebecca Dekker, is a nurse who also has a PhD. This combination means not only does she have the medical knowledge but she knows how to carry out good research too!

In 2012, Rebecca created Evidence Based Birth as a non-biased source of information because she believes in –

“putting the evidence back in the hands of the people who need it the most: birthing people and their families.”

Could Dates Help Your Labour?

Jan 22nd, 2018 General, Natural Birth, Preparing for Birth emilywills 9 min read

The Pregnancy Podcast – Will Eating Dates Help Your Labor?

Why this podcast?
If you are a regular here then you’ll know how much I LOVE this podcast. Evidence-based, easy to follow episodes of thirty minutes or less giving you the low-down on pretty much everything and anything you might want to know about pregnancy and birth.

This really is a fantastic place from which to start your journey to informed decision making.

The host, Vanessa Merten, has just had her second baby, a little girl, so huge congratulations to you, Vanessa!

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