Virtual Doulas: What They Do and How They Can Help

Apr 11th, 2019 Doulas, Preparing for Birth, Virtual Doulas emilywills 10 min read

The Embodied and Well Mom Show – Virtual Doulas: What They Do and How They Can Help

Why this podcast?
In short, because they have an episode on virtual doulas and as I have recently launched my own Virtual Doula services, I was curious to hear a discussion featuring this topic.

The Embodied and Well Mom Show used to be known as The Nurtured Mama Podcast and their website is www.intuitiveeatingmoms.com so the various names could be a little confusing.

The website looks great however and the podcast itself is all about –

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.

Top 5 Breastfeeding Worries

Jan 22nd, 2019 Babies, Breastfeeding, Postpartum, Preparing for Birth emilywills 11 min read

All Things Breastfeeding – Top 5 Breastfeeding Concerns

Why this podcast?
Not only is this podcast a fantastic resource in and of itself but it is part of a website called The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor* which has everything you could wish for relating to breastfeeding.

The podcast is hosted by Barbara Robertson, an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), who has been supporting mums and babies on their breastfeeding journeys for over seventeen years.

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.

Choosing Your Baby’s Name – The Only Rule You Need

Dec 19th, 2018 Babies, Partners, Preparing for Birth emilywills 9 min read

Pregnancy Podcast – Baby Names

Why this podcast?
The Pregnancy Podcast has featured many times before because I love it! It’s fun and easy to listen to whilst providing clear, evidence-based information for all your pregnancy, birth and postpartum questions.

As it’s coming up to Christmas, I decided to feature a fun episode on choosing your baby’s name.

Why this episode?
Naming your baby can be a really enjoyable part of pregnancy or early postpartum but it can also be stressful finding just the right name. This episode gives some great hints to help you along the way.

Intrusive Thoughts

Mom & Mind – Postpartum OCD. Why am I having these thoughts?!?!

Why this podcast?
Yep, you’ve guessed it, Mom & Mind is another podcast from the Parents on Demand Network. Mom & Mind is hosted by Psychologist and Perinatal Mental Health Specialist, Dr Kat and is –

“Dedicated to understanding the mental health of pregnant, birthing, loss and postpartum families.”

Why this episode?
I love that the Mom & Mind homepage underlines that “Postpartum Depression is only part of the story”. This episode focuses on Postpartum OCD and I would encourage all expecting parents to take thirty minutes to listen to it.

Create Your Village

Dec 6th, 2018 Babies, Postpartum, Preparing for Birth, Supporting New Parents emilywills 7 min read

The Empowered Mama – It Takes A Village

Why this podcast?
This is another one from the gold mine that is the Parents on Demand Network. There are so many pregnancy, birth and parent-related podcasts that, honestly, I’ll be featuring quite a few more over the coming weeks.

The Empowered Mama podcast is hosted by Lisa Druxmna whose passion it is –

”To raise healthy moms so that they can raise healthy kids in a healthy world”

The podcast focuses on fitness, food, life balance and living with passion and purpose.

Simple, Healthy Foods For Your Postpartum

Newbies – Postpartum Nutrition for New Moms

Why this podcast?
Whilst exploring the array of fertility, pregnancy, birth and parenting podcasts under the umbrella Parents on Demand (or POD) network for my previous post I stumbled across the Newbies podcast.

Covering areas such as preparing your car for your new baby; delayed postpartum depression; tears and episiotomy; swaddling; cloth diapers and sex after baby, this podcast seemed a great one to feature here.

Who should listen to this episode?
Expecting mums, partners and any family and friends who are planning to help out with food post-baby.

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.

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