166 episodes

The Free Birth Podcast explores what it means to exercise our full autonomy as women during pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond.

We now live in a global culture in which obstetrics has come to monopolize every aspect of birth. Epidemic rates of surgical birth, rampant trauma among women, and a deeply embedded resistance to the spontaneous process of birth have become normalized. Pregnancy is treated as an illness and childbirth is seen as an emergency from which women and babies need to be saved.

Before doctors and even midwives were seen as the “experts”, there was just...birth. Women have been successfully birthing healthy babies for as long as human beings have walked the earth. The truth is that birth is a normal physiological event that rarely requires medical intervention. To freebirth is typically associated with the term “unassisted childbirth”, which means the woman is choosing to give birth without medical assistance and is managing her own care.

The Free Birth podcast is a virtual corner of the universe dedicated to validating birth as our own, and celebrating the growing movement of women reclaiming birth as our own.

Birth is not a medical event!

Join us 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 uplift the voices of women who are making the decision to opt out of the default medical system.

Freebirth isn’t for everyone. The Free Birth Podcast simply highlights the fact that freebirth is a viable option for many women, and that there is room in this world for every woman to exercise her own personal choice in birth.

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The Free Birth Podcast explores what it means to exercise our full autonomy as women during pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond.

We now live in a global culture in which obstetrics has come to monopolize every aspect of birth. Epidemic rates of surgical birth, rampant trauma among women, and a deeply embedded resistance to the spontaneous process of birth have become normalized. Pregnancy is treated as an illness and childbirth is seen as an emergency from which women and babies need to be saved.

Before doctors and even midwives were seen as the “experts”, there was just...birth. Women have been successfully birthing healthy babies for as long as human beings have walked the earth. The truth is that birth is a normal physiological event that rarely requires medical intervention. To freebirth is typically associated with the term “unassisted childbirth”, which means the woman is choosing to give birth without medical assistance and is managing her own care.

The Free Birth podcast is a virtual corner of the universe dedicated to validating birth as our own, and celebrating the growing movement of women reclaiming birth as our own.

Birth is not a medical event!

Join us 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 uplift the voices of women who are making the decision to opt out of the default medical system.

Freebirth isn’t for everyone. The Free Birth Podcast simply highlights the fact that freebirth is a viable option for many women, and that there is room in this world for every woman to exercise her own personal choice in birth.

    Finding Freebirth with Four Daughters

    Finding Freebirth with Four Daughters

    Today on the show, we have Jessica from Australia, who is the mother of four beautiful daughters. Jessica shares her four stories, taking us from a hospital birth, to a homebirth with a medwife that was sabotaged by inviting too many people, to two very different and powerful freebirths.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Freebirthing with Shoulder Dystocia, Regretting the NICU, and Flourishing

    Freebirthing with Shoulder Dystocia, Regretting the NICU, and Flourishing

    On today’s show, Sarah shares a common and familiar story of women who trade in their pregnancy and birth desires in order to make other people comfortable. With her first child, Sarah had a homebirth, but many of the decisions she made were for her partner- and even for her midwife. Sarah shares how it wasn’t until she freebirthed her second baby, that she realized what went wrong with her first birth. In her third and most recent birth, Sarah shares the riveting and heartbreaking story of her baby spending his first hour of life between the fluid spaces of life and death, and his first weeks of life in the NICU. Sarah shares her ongoing processing of birth, mothering, and surrendering to the wild unknown.
     
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    My Redemption Birth: Najma’s FBAC in Egypt

    My Redemption Birth: Najma’s FBAC in Egypt

    After being deemed high-risk in her first pregnancy- despite feeling great and not presenting with any issues- Najma was taken down the conveyor belt of industrial birth.

    After hours of tortuous induced labor, she ended up with a surgical birth.

    The reason? “Failure to descend”.

    After meeting a woman who shared her powerful, physiological birth story, Najma felt inspired to redeem her birth experience.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Anarchist Who Freebirthed All 6 of Her Children

    The Anarchist Who Freebirthed All 6 of Her Children

    Mary Lou lived an anarchist lifestyle before getting pregnant, and when it came time for her to birth, choosing to birth outside of the system was a no-brainer.

    Now, 6 kids, 2 businesses, and 12 years of breastfeeding later, Mary Lou shares the importance of living outside of the system, sovereign birth work as anarchy, and how to lean into the rhythms of labor and childbirth.

    • 50 min
    Unpacking the Historical and Epigenetic Context of Black Maternal Health with Olivyah Bowens

    Unpacking the Historical and Epigenetic Context of Black Maternal Health with Olivyah Bowens

    In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, we have doula- turned -Radical Birth Keeper, Olivyah Bowens, from Baltimore, Maryland on the show today. Olivyah is a mother of two, a perinatal community health worker, a holistic birth educator, and a graduate of Free Birth Society’s Radical Birth Keeper School. After learning about the atrocious maternal mortality rate of Black women in the United States, Olivyah committed herself to understanding why Black women were dying.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    The Triple Freebirth: IUD, Baby, Loss

    The Triple Freebirth: IUD, Baby, Loss

    Rebecca left her first hospital birth thinking that the doctors saved her life. She went on to become a doula in the system, but all that did was normalize her traumatic birth experience. After removing her IUD unassisted, Rebecca discovered a newfound trust for her body. When she found out she was pregnant again, she asked for two things from her partner: total trust, and total support to birth unassisted at home. Rebecca herself remained in total trust throughout her pregnancy, despite bleeding often.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

em528959271 ,

Every woman needs to listen to this

Whether you are a maiden, mother, or crone, this podcast has words of wisdom for you. Reclaim your power through the amazing stories Emilee guides us through. Could not recommend more, it has been life changing listening to this podcast.

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Oy

This is an echo chamber for people who want a reason to hate on marginalized people. I came here for the birth stories - very quickly realized how transphobic this podcast is. I actually laughed out loud listening to Lierre Keith speaking...she has no idea what she’s talking about. Maybe the creator of this podcast has good intentions, I don’t know. But I do know she’s speaking a lot of nonsense and spreading more misinformation about trans people.

AlyciaMurray ,

#1 podcast in my phone for 3 years now!

This is the only podcast that I listen to every single episode, as each episode is released! It helped me put words to what happened during my first birth, and then to radically shift my thinking before my next beautiful (free)birth. Emilee has created such a beautiful thing here, I recommend it to absolutely everyone! Once you start listening, you will never return to your old podcasts!

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