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The Free Birth Podcast explores what it means to have full autonomy and choice during pregnancy and childbirth. In a technologically obsessed culture where obstetrics has taken over the managment of women's births in the last century, we now find ourselves with an epidemic of surgical births, countless traumatizing birth stories and a deeply imbedded resistance to the normalcy of birth. Pregnancy is treated as an illness and childbirth as an emergency from which women and babies need to be saved.

Before there were doctors, even midwives, there was just...birth. Women have been successfully birthing healthy babies for as long as we have been alive. Birth is a normal physiological event that rarely needs true medical intervention. To free birth is typically associated with the term unassisted childbirth, meaning a person is choosing to birth without medical assistance and is managing her own care.

This podcast is a virtual corner of the universe to celebrate and validate the movement to reclaim birth as our own. Birth is not a medical event. Join us this year as we discuss legal and human rights in childbirth, investigate the different models of care, and hear from women around the world as they tell their stories of birthing freely.

*Our intention with this podcast is to lift the voices of people making the decision to opt out of the default medical system and treat their pregnancy and birth as a non medical event, doing what they feel is safest for their babies.

This podcast does not suggest that everyone should be seeking similar birthing choices, or that it is the right and only way, but rather to highlight that for some people who choose, free birth is a perfectly safe and viable option. There is enough room in this world for everyone's personal choices, in birth and beyond.

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The Free Birth Podcast explores what it means to have full autonomy and choice during pregnancy and childbirth. In a technologically obsessed culture where obstetrics has taken over the managment of women's births in the last century, we now find ourselves with an epidemic of surgical births, countless traumatizing birth stories and a deeply imbedded resistance to the normalcy of birth. Pregnancy is treated as an illness and childbirth as an emergency from which women and babies need to be saved.

Before there were doctors, even midwives, there was just...birth. Women have been successfully birthing healthy babies for as long as we have been alive. Birth is a normal physiological event that rarely needs true medical intervention. To free birth is typically associated with the term unassisted childbirth, meaning a person is choosing to birth without medical assistance and is managing her own care.

This podcast is a virtual corner of the universe to celebrate and validate the movement to reclaim birth as our own. Birth is not a medical event. Join us this year as we discuss legal and human rights in childbirth, investigate the different models of care, and hear from women around the world as they tell their stories of birthing freely.

*Our intention with this podcast is to lift the voices of people making the decision to opt out of the default medical system and treat their pregnancy and birth as a non medical event, doing what they feel is safest for their babies.

This podcast does not suggest that everyone should be seeking similar birthing choices, or that it is the right and only way, but rather to highlight that for some people who choose, free birth is a perfectly safe and viable option. There is enough room in this world for everyone's personal choices, in birth and beyond.

www.freebirthsociety.com

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

ToothChick ,

Thank you from the bottom of my grateful broken heart.

Two years ago I suffered a horribly traumatizing labour and cesarean delivery at the hands of a total idiot midwife who really did not understand physiologic birth AT ALL. I never knew a midwife could betray and manipulate me like that. My mom’s midwives were amazing, but the new regulated midwives really fall short!!! Thanks to this podcast and the FBS course I feel like I never have to put myself in the hands of any birth professional ever again. I can do this myself!!!!

I even wrote my midwife a letter and suggested she please listen to this podcast if she ever wants to truly support the women in her care. I hope she does.

After almost two years of swearing “I’ll never do that again!” and then listening to this podcast for the last two months, I have completely changed my tune. We are trying for baby number two and I know it will be perfect, beautiful, and unhindered, just the way my first should have been as well.

Jordanhalleyreed ,

Paradigm shifting story sharing

This podcast is full of essential information sharing from people who have experienced birth outside the mainstream medical system. It’s also full of stories from within the medical system too, so one can make their own comparisons. This podcast empowers people to stand up for their autonomy, their health, their spirituality, and their rightful claim to birth freely. For many people this podcast changes lives, helps people move past trauma, and helps people plan for truly positive and stress free births and pregnancies. It reminds us all what our bodies can do when trusted, and reminds us all how wise babies are throughout the birthing process. It has helped bring trust and reclamation into something the patriarchy has taken away from us; Birthing is not meant to be medically managed, unless under rare emergency situations. We need podcasts like this to help educate one another and reclaim our own health and bodies! Thank you to Emilee, Yolanda, and all the amazing story contributors. I will be going into my first birth, at home, with my husband, best friend, and son at my side. No Midwife. No Doctor. No Doula. NO FEAR :0) Only love, trust, a deep knowing, and amazing free birth stories like the ones in this podcast keeping me real! Xoxo

raisingfinnegan ,

Life. Changing.

As a mother who experienced a tremendously traumatizing birth with my son 12 months ago, this podcast has put me on the path to healing.
I talk about it with everyone I know, and I practically BEG other parents/moms I know to give it a listen and open their minds.
I’m currently in the midst of becoming a childbirth educator for my charity organization I am apart of and I cannot wait to include this information in it as well.
Thank you Emilee, for essentially saving me. You’re doing such a great thing for all women and parents around the world.

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