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The Free Birth Society Podcast features honest, gripping, inspiring, and transformative freebirth stories hosted by the founder Emilee Saldaya in conversation with wild women worldwide.

In the vast tapestry of childbirth experiences, a thread runs undisturbed, unmedicated, and true to its ancestral roots: freebirth. This differs from your usual home birth with doulas or midwives in attendance. Freebirth stands apart, where birthing is solely in the hands of the birthing woman, accompanied only by her intuition, rhythms of nature, witnessed by her family.

The Free Birth Podcast invites you to a unique corner of the universe where we dive deep into the raw essence of birth, untamed and unassisted. Pushing against the tides of modern obstetrics and its violent approach, we venture into stories of women who've boldly chosen to claim this primal rite of passage. Here, we're not merely sharing tales; we're challenging the status quo and redefining the very narrative of childbirth.

As we unravel discussions on rights in childbirth, dissect varied care models, and amplify the unfiltered voices of freebirthing women from around the planet, our purpose remains clear: to spotlight the distinction and significance of wild birth. This isn't an argument against the myriad ways women choose to birth, but rather an affirmation that freebirth has its revered space in the continuum of birth choices.

Join us in celebrating a movement that underscores the powerful message and has changed the lives of thousands: Birth, in its purest form, is not a medical event but a profoundly personal journey.

The Free Birth Society Podcast is your compass to navigate and rediscover that journey.

*Freebirth = Birthing in the absence of any hired professionals, away from medical institutions or their agents. Also known as family birth, unassisted birth, wild birth.

*Sovereign birth = Birthing outside of the medical paradigm, inclusive of births with authentic midwives and doulas. We include many stories on the show where women birthed outside of the medical system with doulas and radical birth keepers. While these births are not freebirths, they are certainly sovereign births!

Free Birth Society Emilee Saldaya

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 119 Ratings

The Free Birth Society Podcast features honest, gripping, inspiring, and transformative freebirth stories hosted by the founder Emilee Saldaya in conversation with wild women worldwide.

In the vast tapestry of childbirth experiences, a thread runs undisturbed, unmedicated, and true to its ancestral roots: freebirth. This differs from your usual home birth with doulas or midwives in attendance. Freebirth stands apart, where birthing is solely in the hands of the birthing woman, accompanied only by her intuition, rhythms of nature, witnessed by her family.

The Free Birth Podcast invites you to a unique corner of the universe where we dive deep into the raw essence of birth, untamed and unassisted. Pushing against the tides of modern obstetrics and its violent approach, we venture into stories of women who've boldly chosen to claim this primal rite of passage. Here, we're not merely sharing tales; we're challenging the status quo and redefining the very narrative of childbirth.

As we unravel discussions on rights in childbirth, dissect varied care models, and amplify the unfiltered voices of freebirthing women from around the planet, our purpose remains clear: to spotlight the distinction and significance of wild birth. This isn't an argument against the myriad ways women choose to birth, but rather an affirmation that freebirth has its revered space in the continuum of birth choices.

Join us in celebrating a movement that underscores the powerful message and has changed the lives of thousands: Birth, in its purest form, is not a medical event but a profoundly personal journey.

The Free Birth Society Podcast is your compass to navigate and rediscover that journey.

*Freebirth = Birthing in the absence of any hired professionals, away from medical institutions or their agents. Also known as family birth, unassisted birth, wild birth.

*Sovereign birth = Birthing outside of the medical paradigm, inclusive of births with authentic midwives and doulas. We include many stories on the show where women birthed outside of the medical system with doulas and radical birth keepers. While these births are not freebirths, they are certainly sovereign births!

    The (free)Birth Partner Episode

    The (free)Birth Partner Episode

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    Today is all about (and for!) the birth partner. I do what I can in an hour to offer my transmissions to you of 20 years in birth work, and having worked with thousands of fathers and partners to the birthing woman.

    Fathers - this episode is for you!

    I’ll cover the most common questions and concerns I get from fathers and offer my wisdom on the logistics and energetics of how to be the best ally in her sovereign birth that you can be.

    The ability to educate mothers, fathers, and families on true sovereign birth is something we truly need more of in this world, which is why birth education is one of the core elements we teach on in our newest year-long program, The Matribirth Midwifery Institute. We are unlike any other midwifery school and bring together the study of independent midwifery, holistic health & healing, a full childbirth education curriculum, birth-coaching and trauma debrief training, a transformational self-mastery program, and how to build your lighthouse birth business!

    Here’s what you’ll hear in this episode:

    ✨ The role of the birth partner and how to act from a space of respect and trust.

    ✨What normal birth is as well as some variations of normal.

    ✨The physiology of undisturbed birth.

    ✨Mothers don’t *need* anything, but what she might *want* in the birth process.

    ✨What the phases of labor often look like, and how to offer support during each.

    ✨The birth of the placenta and immediate postpartum.

    ✨How to navigate the big “what if” question.

    ✨How to “Be the oak tree,” and protect her space.

     



    ⭐ Don't miss the MatriBirth Midwifery Institute,  Enrollment is open NOW

     ⭐ Matriarch Rising Festival: Get your tickets NOW! 

     Connect with Free Birth Society 👇

    Get our *FREE* Freebirth Starter Kit here!

    -The Complete Guide to Freebirth: a self-guided online intensive course that will teach you everything you need to know about how to birth freely and in your power.

    -Follow us on Instagram @freebirthsociety

    -The Lighthouse: our exclusive membership for radical, curious, wild women. We only welcome new women to our private sanctuary a few times per year.

    -Feature Emilee: If you want Emilee Saldaya on your podcast, email us at podcast@freebirthsociety.com

    -Click here to donate to the podcast!

     

     

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Cultures with No Rape: Exploring Commonalities Among Matriarchal Societies

    Cultures with No Rape: Exploring Commonalities Among Matriarchal Societies

    Watch this episode HERE

    Matriarchy is an inspiring and critical topic that is incredibly important to me and all I do.   

    So, today on the show, we’re going to talk about it! Dr. Jessica Spring Weappa has a PHD in matriarchal studies, presented at the first Matriarch Rising Festival, and is my guest today on the podcast to blow all our minds!  Imagine a society where mothers are centered, where the highest currency is a mother’s love; a culture with no rape, no domestic violence, no fear of death, where relationships aren’t based in top down hierarchy.  

    This is matriarchy.   

    Jessica touches on gifting economies, nature as nourishment, and the spiritual commonalities within matriarchal societies across the planet. She has devoted her life to studying these concepts and finding ways we can rewild.  

    We must do deep work and deprogramming to break the spell of patriarchy and find comfort, rather than fear, in centering women and mothers.  

    If you want to dip a toe in, or dive headfirst, come to my women only life changing gathering, Matriarch Rising Festival. It will change your life, it will blast your heart open, and you will return home renewed and full of deep aliveness.   

    Go to matriarchrisingfestival.com and grab your ticket; I’ll see you in June!  

    Here's What You’ll Hear in This Episode:  

    ✨How Jessica couldn’t look away from questions she had about mothering today. 

    ✨Her story of domestic violence and single motherhood. 

    ✨Understanding matriarchy through critiquing patriarchy. 

    ✨The insignificance of fathers in matriarchal societies 

    ✨Why our society fears matriarchy. 

    ✨Capitalism as a perversion of a gift giving economy. 

    ✨How our current economy is dependent on free labor of mothers. 

    ✨How our court system is rooted in matricide. 

    ✨How care ethics should be based on mother/child imprinting. 

    ✨Ingredients for creating matriarchy today.

     

    ⭐ Matriarch Rising Festival: Get your tickets NOW! 

    ⭐ Don't miss the MatriBirth Midwifery Institute,  Enrollment opens May 20th!!

    Connect with Free Birth Society 👇

    Get our *FREE* Freebirth Starter Kit here!

    -The Complete Guide to Freebirth: a self-guided online intensive course that will teach you everything you need to know about how to birth freely and in your power.

    -Follow us on Instagram @freebirthsociety

    -The Lighthouse: our exclusive membership for radical, curious, wild women. We only welcome new women to our private sanctuary a few times per year.

    -Feature Emilee: If you want Emilee Saldaya on your podcast, email us at podcast@freebirthsociety.com

    -Click here to donate to the podcast!

     

    • 1 hr 15 min
    From Veganism and Medwives to Farming and Freebirth: The Magical Life of Julia Hempe

    From Veganism and Medwives to Farming and Freebirth: The Magical Life of Julia Hempe

    Watch this episode HERE

    Today on the show I welcome one of my closest friends and favorite people, Julia. Julia lives here in community with us, and so I’m extra excited to have her on to share her story. Julia is a truly wild mother of 3, turns out - soon to be 4, a homesteader, a gorgeous and insanely talented homemaker, and really just the embodiment of strength, fortitude, and integrity. Can you tell I adore her? She has freebirthed twice, and the second time she *literally* labored right here on my land, the Matriarch Rising Festival grounds! How magical is that?

    Julia began her mothering journey quite young, having found her sweetheart at age 17. When Julia found herself unexpectedly pregnant she was already living outside mainstream culture and knew she didn’t want to birth in the hospital. Sadly though, the medical midwife she hired found ways to create drama throughout her pregnancy and birth.

    A huge awakening, followed by a move from L.A. to North Carolina to figure out this homestead life, brought Julia’s and my family together in organic friendship. It’s all very cute, she invited me to be her birth attendant, our husbands met and fell in love, and the rest is herstory. Though she and her family have certainly faced challenges living this rural farm lifestyle, Julia consistently devotes herself to her family, community, and the fullness of her family’s vision.

    Julia’s two freebirths were very different experiences. The birth of her son although powerful and sweet, hit her very hard, so for the birth of her daughter she *chose* pleasure and presence.

    Julia’s story is such a powerful reminder that we can make big choices in our lives and really manifest our dream reality. Come see the beautiful land Julia fell in love with too, at Matriarch Rising Festival this summer! Go to Matriarchrisingfestival.com to get your tickets today. Once you experience community here, you may just have to return home and create it for yourself! Julia will be leading the toddler yoga and mother meet ups at MRF, so come join in and say hi to my bestie.

    Here’s what you’ll hear in Julia’s story:

    ✨How she loved being pregnant for the first time, but was constantly fear mongered by her medical midwife.

    ✨Her first drama filled first birth with a licensed midwife.

    ✨Covid in L.A. and her family’s big leap relocating to North Carolina.

    ✨Homesteading while pregnant and the fast and really rocking freebirth of her son.

    ✨Rural living and her family’s various moves to find their farm land here in WNC.

    ✨The intensity of the end of her pregnancy.

    ✨The fast but dreamy and pain-free freebirth of her daughter.

    ✨Her community supported postpartum.

    ✨Experiencing three generations of women at MRF.

     

    ⭐ Matriarch Rising Festival: Get your tickets NOW! - https://www.matriarchrisingfestival.com

    ⭐ Don't miss the MatriBirth Midwifery Institute,  Enrollment opens May 20th!!

    Connect with Free Birth Society 👇

    Get our *FREE* Freebirth Starter Kit here!

    -The Complete Guide to Freebirth: a self-guided online intensive course that will teach you everything you need to know about how to birth freely and in your power.

    -Follow us on Instagram @freebirthsociety for more daily inspiration on freebirth, the sovereign birth paradigm, authentic midwifery and so much more.

    -The Lighthouse: our exclusive membership for radical, curious, wild women. We only welcome new women to our private sanctuary a few times per year.

    -Feature Emilee: If you want Emilee Saldaya, the trailblazer of the free birth movement with 20+ years of experience, on your podcast, email us at podcast@freebirthsociety.com

    -Click here to donate to the podcast!

     

    • 1 hr 6 min
    A Black Woman’s Solution to Maternal Death Rates in the System: Jalynn’s Freebirth

    A Black Woman’s Solution to Maternal Death Rates in the System: Jalynn’s Freebirth

    Watch this episode HERE

    Jalynn was aware that the medical system was dangerous for her, as a woman, and a black mother. Thankfully, her first birth was fairly straight forward. She left the birth center clear that she would not go back, not because it was traumatic, but because it simply wasn’t worth leaving her house for. 

    With her second, Jalynn stepped into full responsibility with a wild pregnancy and the freebirth of her dreams surrounded by sisterhood and support in a community ashram. She fully actualized her dream birth. 

    We’re talking about an epic birth space decorated by a dear sister, friends chanting and vocalizing with her during birth, live flute music, and plants infused with affirmations by Toni Jones herself. It was no fear, all flow, with Jalynn completely centered and held by her community, which transitioned into a brilliantly supported postpartum as well.

    Jaylnn goes on to fully integrate this huge uplevel and leave nursing school to pursue a truly holistic path, which is unfolding and gaining power as she does the work to shine her light and show women the way out of the system and into sovereign birth-work.

    Here’s what you’ll hear in Jalynn’s Story:

    ✨Her weariness of the hospital, the racist roots of obstetrics, and the high maternal death rate of black moms.

    ✨Her desire to find a black woman to support her, but the difficulty she experienced finding midwives of any race to respect and honor her choices.

    ✨How her first birth sparked an insatiable desire to step into her authentic self.

    ✨The spiritual confirmation she experienced learning about freebirth and the dangers of ultrasound.

    ✨Her intuitive self care during her wild pregnancy.

    ✨Her magical birth surrounded by sisters and fully supported postpartum.

    ✨Choosing authentic birth education over certified nursing or doula work in the system.

     

    ⭐ Matriarch Rising Festival: Get your tickets NOW! - https://www.matriarchrisingfestival.com

    ⭐ Don't miss the MatriBirth Midwifery Institute,  Enrollment opens May 20th!!

    Connect with Free Birth Society 👇

    Get our *FREE* Freebirth Starter Kit here!

    -The Podcast: Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts and let us know your biggest takeaway – whether it’s inspired you to freebirth or to dive deeper into sovereign living. Submit your own sovereign birth story here! Want your product or brand featured on a podcast with 5M+ downloads? Request to become a podcast sponsor by emailing us at podcast@freebirthsociety.com

    -The Complete Guide to Freebirth: a self-guided online intensive course that will teach you everything you need to know about how to birth freely and in your power.

    -Follow us on Instagram @freebirthsociety for more daily inspiration on freebirth, the sovereign birth paradigm, authentic midwifery and so much more.

    -The Lighthouse: our exclusive membership for radical, curious, wild women. We only welcome new women to our private sanctuary a few times per year.

    -Feature Emilee: If you want Emilee Saldaya, the trailblazer of the free birth movement with 20+ years of experience, on your podcast, email us at podcast@freebirthsociety.com

    -Click here to donate to the podcast!

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Women Are Ready: Zainab Brings Body Literacy to Saudi Arabia

    The Women Are Ready: Zainab Brings Body Literacy to Saudi Arabia

    Watch this episode HERE

    We have a really inspiring episode today, as I welcome Zainab, from Saudi Arabia, now living in Michigan. Zainab is a brilliant maiden who has blazed a path of autonomy, teaching Fertility Awareness Method and body literacy to Arab women in her mother tongue of Arabic.

    Zainab grew up without initiation into her first bleed, and didn’t even have a word to use for her vagina. She experienced intergenerational shame.

    Her awakening began when she discovered FAM along with a calling to share this knowledge with her sisters, particularly those in her home country, where she found women hungry to tune into their bodies and claim their freedom.

    Zainab came to Matriarch Rising Festival and experienced it as a touchpoint of what's possible when women in their power come together. She witnessed the centering of mothers, the normalization of freebirth and embodied womanhood, and, of course, the pure, delicious magic. She took these lessons home with her, forever changed.

    This year we’re hyped to have Zainab back at MRF offering her workshop The Cycle Wisdom Map, an exploration of body literacy through the lens of the natural cycles around us. Come and experience the uplevel Zainab did! Go to matriarchrisingfestival.com to get your ticket. Join us sisters - it’ll be the highlight of your year - and it may just change your life. 

    Here’s what you’ll hear:

    ✨The body disconnection and shame she was taught as a young woman.

    ✨Her passion for FAM and joy of translating teachings into her mother tongue.

    ✨Her leap teaching in Arabic, and the incredible response from women ready to step into their power.

    ✨Teaching from the “daughter” stage of life.

    ✨The importance of centering mothers.

    ✨Cultural amnesia and how her grandmother birthed at home, yet her mother birthed in the hospital.

    ✨The life altering power of MRF and how it changed her.

     

    ⭐ Matriarch Rising Festival: Get your tickets NOW! - https://www.matriarchrisingfestival.com

    ⭐ Don't miss the MatriBirth Midwifery Institute,  Join the waitlist and receive all the details late spring

    Connect with Free Birth Society 👇

    Get our *FREE* Freebirth Starter Kit here!

    -Matriarch Rising Festival: Tickets are on sale NOW!  Apply here to be a work trade volunteer at this year's women-only festival in the Blue ridge Mountains.

    -The Podcast: Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts and let us know your biggest takeaway – whether it’s inspired you to freebirth or to dive deeper into sovereign living. Submit your own sovereign birth story here! Want your product or brand featured on a podcast with 5M+ downloads? Request to become a podcast sponsor by emailing us at podcast@freebirthsociety.com

    -The Complete Guide to Freebirth: a self-guided online intensive course that will teach you everything you need to know about how to birth freely and in your power.

    -Follow us on Instagram @freebirthsociety for more daily inspiration on freebirth, the sovereign birth paradigm, authentic midwifery and so much more.

    -The Lighthouse: our exclusive membership for radical, curious, wild women. We only welcome new women to our private sanctuary a few times per year.

    -Feature Emilee: If you want Emilee Saldaya, the trailblazer of the free birth movement with 20+ years of experience, on your podcast, email us at podcast@freebirthsociety.com

    -And, of course, we couldn’t do what we do without your support, so if you feel called to make a donation to the podcast, it would be greatly appreciated. Click here to donate.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Remineralizing the Spirit with Herbalist Dr. Elderberry

    Remineralizing the Spirit with Herbalist Dr. Elderberry

    Watch this episode HERE

    Today I have the great pleasure of welcoming to the show Dr. Elderberry, and yes, that *is* her legal name. Elderberry is a naturopath, a vitalist herbalist, a homeopath, and a wild mother. I’m so excited for her to share her wisdom of homeopathy, minerals, practicing herbalism energetically, and tuning into mother nature.

    This is an especially fun episode as Elderberry is one of our headliners at Matriarch Rising Festival (@matriarchrisingfestivalnc) this summer, where she will be offering her teachings on homeopathy and supporting your wellbeing beyond the physical. Elderberry’s practice is truly womb to tomb, and she is deeply passionate about the power of sovereign healing.

    If our conversation today lights you up, you won’t want to miss the chance to learn from Elderberry, and our pantheon of wise woman headliners, at MRF this June. Go to matriarchrisingfestival.com to claim your ticket, and get ready for a life changing 5 days; grab your ticket now! Here’s what you’ll hear in our conversation:

    ✨How she grew up in the allopathic model, identified it as quackery, and moved beyond.

    ✨Why she differs from other naturopathic doctors and their frequent “prescribing.”

    ✨What homeopathy is.

    ✨What vitalist herbalism is.

    ✨The magic of minerals.

    ✨The playful relationship mothers and children can have with homeopathy.

    ✨The importance of tapping into the energetics of plants.

    ✨Her shift from importing herbs to local foraging, and building a free apothecary.

    ✨The natural and free childhood she is supporting her son to experience.

    ✨How this healing framework goes beyond the physical.

     

     ⭐ Matriarch Rising Festival: Get your tickets NOW! - https://www.matriarchrisingfestival.com

    ⭐ Don't miss the MatriBirth Midwifery Institute,  Join the waitlist and receive all the details late spring

    Connect with Free Birth Society 👇

    Get our *FREE* Freebirth Starter Kit here!

    -Matriarch Rising Festival: Tickets are on sale NOW!  Apply here to be a work trade volunteer at this year's women-only festival in the Blue ridge Mountains.

    -The Podcast: Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts and let us know your biggest takeaway – whether it’s inspired you to freebirth or to dive deeper into sovereign living. Submit your own sovereign birth story here! Want your product or brand featured on a podcast with 5M+ downloads? Request to become a podcast sponsor by emailing us at podcast@freebirthsociety.com

    -The Complete Guide to Freebirth: a self-guided online intensive course that will teach you everything you need to know about how to birth freely and in your power.

    -Follow us on Instagram @freebirthsociety for more daily inspiration on freebirth, the sovereign birth paradigm, authentic midwifery and so much more.

    -The Lighthouse: our exclusive membership for radical, curious, wild women. We only welcome new women to our private sanctuary a few times per year.

    -Feature Emilee: If you want Emilee Saldaya, the trailblazer of the free birth movement with 20+ years of experience, on your podcast, email us at podcast@freebirthsociety.com

    -And, of course, we couldn’t do what we do without your support, so if you feel called to make a donation to the podcast, it would be greatly appreciated. Click here to donate.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
119 Ratings

119 Ratings

Georgia0429 ,

Life changing

Every woman at any stage of her life will benefit from this podcast. Emily and the women who share their stories have so much courage and true knowledge when it comes to all things birth, motherhood and being a woman. Every word resonates deeply within me and unlocks more and more of the truth I already have inside of myself, however just needed some inspiration to find it- now I have 💖

Hannahjoy4444444 ,

Verbal Power!

So refreshing to find women speaking and sharing the things that girls should grow up hearing. This podcast will reshape the world for the better. Helping women rediscover their truth and power. Thank you for this offering!

newdirection ,

Healing and uplifting

Listening to the women’s birth stories on this podcast helped me to heal after a difficult birth. I love hearing these powerful stories.

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