The She Births® Show is a place that will inspire your birth, evolve your parenting and help you live a life you love.
Nadine Richardson, founder of She Births®, hosts a collection of conversations with special guests about better births, a philosophy of connected parenting and conscious, healthy living.
Each season includes topics for not only parents and parents-to-be but fellow birth professionals.
She Births® is a scientifically verified childbirth education program (BMJ, July 2016). It combines evidence-based and holistic methods to provide families with the knowledge and skills that empower a better birth and easier transition into parenthood.
Founded in Sydney in 2008 by Nadine Richardson, Director of The Birthing Institute, She Births® is available as a Weekend Course in Australia and as an interactive Online Program accessed by many all over the world. Download the She Births® app and enjoy our free resources.
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S8, Ep7 What is a Private Midwife? Should you have one? Featuring Liz Wilkes of My Midwives
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What is a Private Midwife? Should you have one? What is relational based care? How to choose a provider for your beautiful birth...
Today's podcast is with Liz Wilkes who is the Managing Director and Founder of My Midwives.My Midwives was established in 2010 and has supported thousands of families. They are change agents in the maternity system offering true individualised care that we so often talk about at She Births.My Midwives is the first midwifery practice in Australia to admit women to hospital with Medicare rebates and also the largest private midwifery practice.They provide continuity of care through pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum. Their care covers all the normal visits and aspects from booking into hospital, doing blood tests and scans etc.They will remain a mothers primary care provider but work autonomously and collaboratively with a range of hospitals and practitioners. They have exceptional outcomes and their data will be published very soon.Liz Wilkes was one of the first Medicare provider midwives in Australia and conducted the first Medicare rebated birth.LISTEN ON APPLE | LISTEN ON SPOTIFYMost women I know will make a phone call quickly after they pee on a stick and choose whatever care provider their latest friend or perhaps their GP tells them, without actually knowing that outcomes can vary greatly in different models of care. This podcast is designed to help you and any of your pregnant friends out there understand the different models of care and guide you in choosing the best place for you. Because finding out midway through pregnancy at a She Births course can sometimes feel really deflating and frustrating.Today we talk about...→ The spectrum of care→ The importance of relational care→ What research tells us is gold standard→ How midwifery continuity is different to obstetric continuity→ How Liz started My Midwives and what makes it so unique→ How collaboration and advocacy are key to your better birth. How midwives, doulas, and hospitals interact well together to help avoid unnecessary inductions or other medical interventions.→ Birthing on Country care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families→ Freebirthing - what it is and isn't→ Giving yourself permission to shop around and trusting what you feel is the best care for youI hope you enjoy this very special episode.Nadine xx She Births®PS. Join me this month in Sydney for an in-person She Births® Weekend Course! Only TWO spaces left!
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S8 Ep 6 What is normal and dangerous about birth around the globe with Laura Latina
Today's podcast is with Laura Latina, who has been a midwife, consultant and trainer for over 15 years and has a huge breadth of international experience.
After graduating in Midwifery in Italy she completed her first assignment in the African country Burundi.
Laura continued her work with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as a supervisor in Malawi and then South Sudan and Kenya.
She has also worked as a community midwife in London and a midwifery team leader.
Laura completed her fourth MSF assignment in Afghanistan as a manager of a maternity hospital where more than 20,000 women (per year) give birth.
She has been an MSF Women's Health Advisor, providing technical expertise and training in countries such as Bangladesh, Nigeria, Chad, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Pakistan and more.
Laura is currently interning with Compassionate Inquiry, a somatic based psychotherapy developed by Dr Gabor Mate and Sat Dharam kaur.
She is working as an independent consultant around the world preventing birth trauma and medicalisation and promoting gentle, respectful births. She offers sessions for women and families to reclaim their authentic inner power.
Today we talk about birth in remote and less resourced areas of the world.
We discuss the importance of community, elders and culturally appropriate woman centered care.
We explore women's wisdom and knowledge and birth as a community event and celebration.
We discuss the safety of so called high risk births and also what actually contributes to morbidity and mortality in these less resourced areas.
The importance of access, hygiene, nutrition and medicine to prevent hemorrhage.
We mention the power of culture and the evidence of effective TBA’s, traditional birth attendants.
I hope you enjoy this very special episode.
S8 Ep5 How to get through birth & breastfeeding hell
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How to get through birth & breastfeeding hell.
Birth Initiation - Doing the inner work with Cristina & Damian
Today's podcast is with Christina and Damian, a wonderful She Births® couple that gave birth on a houseboat in San Francisco.
They both did a huge amount of the psychological and spiritual work in preparation for not only birth but their relationship and parenting.
They still however had moments in birth and breastfeeding of it feeling like absolute hell.
Doing the work does not mean we don’t face challenges. But rather that we are prepared to face them and have tools to pass through them with more grace, ease, resources and understanding.
We open with Cristina and Damian’s love story. Because who doesn’t love a great COVID love story ;)
We talk about the differences and similarities between the Australian and American hospital systems. We discuss iatrogenic harm, morbidity and mortality that occurs within and because of hospital systems.
We discuss childbirth as a spiritual initiation and mention kundalini and awakening.
The importance of feeling safe during birth and listening to your body for that information. Plus, healing from sexual trauma.
Damian shares his personal preparation for parenthood and being a part of the Mankind project.
How the soul of his baby reached out to him prior to conception.
How fathers can be an amazing support in labour even while feeling fear, uncertainty and the inability to sometimes do anything at all.
A powerful use of the incantation ‘Yes’ during labour.
Plus, very challenging supply and diagnostic issues while breastfeeding.
We discuss healing from our inherited beliefs, softening and developing more of an embodied presence - plus more, what I call superpowers and gifts from birth.
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S8 Ep4 The power of meditation in our busy lives with Mathieu Carlot
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S8 Ep4 The power of meditation in our busy lives with Mathieu Carlot
How to be free of stress and remember who we really are
Hello and welcome,
Today I have a wonderful friend and meditation teacher Mathieu Carlot here to help us answer all your questions about meditation.
Mathieu Carlot is a Vedic Meditation teacher based in Byron Bay.
With a background in the creative industries, he originally came to Vedic Meditation as a way to live his fullest creative potential. The practice takes only 20 minutes and easily integrates into a busy day. It is now practiced by millions of people around the world.
As a mentee of spiritual teacher Thom Knoles for over ten years, he is now passionate about sharing this ancient practice to enhance our modern lifestyles.
When he’s not teaching or creating, you’ll find him on his surfboard or out in nature, two places of constant inspiration.
You'll soon find him changing nappies too as a papa :)
In our conversation today we discuss how meditation can help us birth and parent.
The types of meditation, including contemplative, concentrative and mantra based
The mechanics of the Vedic technique and how it is unique
The effects of stress and power of experiencing deep rest
What Dharma and Karma are and how to guide your kids so they can thrive
The meaning and the importance of honoring Jai Guru Deva
The similarities between transcendence in labour and in meditation
How meditation increases our adaptability under pressure, elevates creative problem solving, and breaks repetitive thought patterns so we can get back to flowing and being fully present
I hope you enjoy
S8, Ep3 Jerusha Sutton, Award Winning Birth Time Filmmaker - Birth Trauma Awareness and Hope for Change in Australia
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Hello, welcome to another episode of the She Births Show. Today I have a dear friend and fellow doula Jerusha Sutton on the podcast.
Jerusha has been a birth worker for 17 years, as a birth and postnatal doula in Australia and UK, and an international award winning birth photographer and videographer.
Together we are talking about her film that has won 24 international film festival awards that she made in collaboration with Jo Hunter, Zoe Naylor and Selina Scoble, Birth Time.
We discuss the changes that Birth Time is making both culturally and politically to our conversations about birth experiences and birth trauma. It has sparked a fire that I am happy to say is now blazing.
I'm sure a lot of you have seen Birth Time and been very moved by it and also had multiple questions arise about your own experiences of giving birth in the system and the care you received.
Today we dive into the core message of the film which revolves around the question; what would it take for all women to come out of their birth not only safe but emotionally well?
On the back of Birth Time a study at Western Sydney University launched, the same place that did the She Births® study. Over 9 months they collected over 8,000 submissions about women's experiences of giving birth in Australia in the last 5 years.
You might know this as the BESt study. You can stay up to date with the study via a facebook link in our notes.
What was found was heartbreaking but has subsequently changed legal ease already and initiated a NSW parliamentary inquiry.
If you are in NSW please, I encourage you to submit any traumatic experience you have had to the inquiry. The link is in our notes.
If you are a birthworker and have ever witnessed anything traumatic in New South Wales you are also invited to submit before the 11th of August.
Birth trauma is defined as inappropriate, disrespectful or abusive treatment before, during and after birth. We expand on these definitions in our chat.
In the BESt study it was found that 30% of women experience some form of birth trauma in Australia. Shockingly, 1 in 10 women experience obstetric violence.
We go into more detail around what obstetric violence is. Please note it is not specifically referring to an obstetrician but includes all birth workers. And violence is not just actions but words too and what is commonly experienced as coercive language and a lack of informed consent.
Within the 30% of women experiencing birth trauma 70% of those say that it was due to the way they were cared for, or spoken to.
58% of women felt dehumanized. 26% of women felt violated and 16% of women felt powerless. All of these experiences have very significant effects on women, their relationships and of course partners and babies too.
None of this is okay. So how do we fix it?
Well tune in to discover the most evidence based solutions. Jerusha and I discuss
What is birth trauma & how can we reduce it
What is true continuity of care
The importance of indigenous birthing on country
The healing power of birth in our lineages
Jerusha’s best experience while interviewing birthing experts for the film
My experience of remembering Leroy’s birth at his 21st birthday party r
S8 Ep2 One of the most RARE twins birth story ever - no epidural, double breech
Welcome to episode two of Corinne and Andy’s story. Today we share the natural births of their twin girls, Ivey and Rocky, frank and complete breech which is an extremely rare story.
I hope you enjoy the way that we talk not only about the mechanics of birth but also traversing the psychological and emotional challenges and the reminder of how important it is at these times to have people around you that are giving power back to you!
Sharing our stories in a deeper way to honour all parts of ourselves allows for embodiment and integration. I call this Birth Harvesting. I am writing more about this and how to prevent birth trauma in my upcoming book. Make sure you follow me and She Births® on socials and subscribe to our podcast to hear more conversations about what really matters to all of us, on the inside.
In this episode we talk about
Discovering the wild woman in your base chakra, SHE
How regional hospitals are unable to assist with higher risk births
The challenge of changing location and travelling to a supportive hospital
How a supportive system can still leave you in tears after each appointment and how to get back into your zone
How interpreting statistics and making risk assessments is unique to each of us
Avoiding an induction and refusing an epidural
Having a dialogue with your cervix
How SHE, the wild woman is always there
Using affirmations in labour and a birthing stool squatting position for breech babies
I hope you enjoy.
Nadine Richardson, She Births® Founder
More about the upcoming book @nadine_shebirths
Birth images by @birthwithlauren
Mum Corinne Histon is here to help any twins mumma’s out there @_corinneanne_
Inspiring and practical 💗
I LOVED your latest podcast with Dr Robyn Thompson. I loved every aspect of her discussion from the plan-less journey to the intuitive style off feeding. This was a great episode that really captured the practical and intuitive approach to mothering x
One of my fav’s!
I so love Nadine’s calming voice and approach to learning all things birth... keep em coming!!
Best birth podcast out there
Love it! I am learning so much. I love the evidence based approach & focus on natural birthing practices.