VBAC and Uterine Rupture: What are the Facts?

Oct 22nd, 2019 Birth, Preparing for Birth, VBAC emilywills 10 min read

The VBAC Link – Uterine Rupture Facts & Perspective

Why this podcast?
The VBAC Link is an absolute must if you are planning a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). With over a hundred episodes of birth stories and evidence-based information, this has become a firm favourite of mine.

The VBAC Link is also so much more than a podcast.

The hosts, Julie and Meagan, VBAC parents themselves, have created online VBAC courses for both parents and doulas as well as a blog series that covers all aspects of a VBAC journey and a wonderfully supportive VBAC community.

Informed Consent

Sep 17th, 2019 Birth, Doulas, Interventions, Natural Birth, Partners, Preparing for Birth emilywills 8 min read

Pregnancy Podcast – Q&A: Informed Consent

Why this episode?
I was not intending to feature the amazing Pregnancy Podcast again quite so soon but when I found this episode I knew I had to.

I cannot emphasise enough how important, vital even, informed consent is to having a birth experience which you view as both positive and empowering.

With that being said, let’s get right into this fantastic episode.

The episode
In the Q&A episodes (which tend to be a bit shorter) Vanessa reads out a listener question and then answers it using scientific research and evidence-based resources.

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.

Empowered Epidurals & TENS Machines

May 30th, 2019 Birth, Doulas, Pain Management Options, Preparing for Birth emilywills 10 min read

Dallas Birth Guide – Empowered Epidurals and TENS Units for Labor

Why this podcast?
Well, I’m 99.9% sure that this podcast has never been featured on this blog. It has, however, been lurking in my podcast library for quite some time so I decided to give it some air!

The Dallas Birth Guide is, as the name suggests, aimed at families in Dallas, Texas but as it is an online resource everyone can benefit from its content. The Dallas Birth Guide’s goal is to –

”Educate, empower, and support growing families through informed decisions and support in birthing their way!”

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.

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