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A Podcast of Mothers' stories of childbirth. Weekly interviews with mothers giving their first hand accounts of child birth in Australia. Designed to help educate and inform first time pregnant women, parents wanting to have better subsequent births and birth enthusiasts who love to hear and tell birth stories. An entertaining and heartfelt resource for pregnancy, labour and delivery and postpartum.

Australian Birth Stories Sophie Walker

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9, 36 Ratings

A Podcast of Mothers' stories of childbirth. Weekly interviews with mothers giving their first hand accounts of child birth in Australia. Designed to help educate and inform first time pregnant women, parents wanting to have better subsequent births and birth enthusiasts who love to hear and tell birth stories. An entertaining and heartfelt resource for pregnancy, labour and delivery and postpartum.

    177 | Jas Summerfield Family Centered Home Water Birth

    177 | Jas Summerfield Family Centered Home Water Birth

    In this week’s episode I chat to midwife and mum of four, Jas Summerfield After a quick 45minute labour with her third baby which resulted in a car birth, Jas always knew that her fourth baby would be born at home, surrounded by family. She also knew that her mindset would dictate how she coped during labour so essential oils and reiki got her in the zone and once in the birth pool she laboured without pain and delivered her baby into the hands of her eldest daughter, Quinn. Jas’ story is both informative and inspiring, I think you’ll really love it. 

    • 54 min
    176 | Rusila Two Birth Stories, Inducued Labour, PND, Homebirth

    176 | Rusila Two Birth Stories, Inducued Labour, PND, Homebirth

    In this week's episode I interview Rusila about her two births - one in hospital and one at home. At 10days overdue with her first baby, she was induced and felt unheard and unsupported when she was in labour. Subsequently, she suffered postnatal depression. Her experience prompted her to investigate a home birth with a private midwife which is exactly what she chose when she fell pregnant with baby Sol. However, at 36weeks her private midwife had to step down for personal reasons and Rusila was given the option to continue with her home birth plans or seek care at the local hospital. It’s always been my intention to share all kinds of pregnancy experiences and births on Australian Birth Stories However, I don’t endorse or encourage the practise of freebirth. If you are interested in homebirth I encourage you to seek the care of a private midwife.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    175 | Bridget High Risk Pregnacy Blood Clots, Clexane

    175 | Bridget High Risk Pregnacy Blood Clots, Clexane

    In this week’s episode I interview Bridget from @midnightmums about her third pregnancy and postpartum experience. Bridget had been so excited about having another baby and yet for the first half of her pregnancy she was absolutely floored by nausea, exhaustion and breathlessness. She came up with a myriad of excuses for herself and simply put it down to tiredness and the reality of growing a baby and looking after two busy boys. However, when she mentioned her breathing troubles to her OB, alarms bells rang and he sent her for a myriad of tests. She was diagnosed with blood clots on the lungs and had to endure twice-daily injections of blood thinning medication for the rest of her pregnancy and till three-months postpartum.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    174 | Flick IVF Journey, Covid-19, VBAC

    174 | Flick IVF Journey, Covid-19, VBAC

    In this week’s episode I chat to Flick about the births of her two children, Arnie (4) and April (4 weeks). It’s been seven years since she first went off the pill with the intention of starting a family and throughout that time she has endured the heartache of infertility, PCOS diagnosis, multiple miscarriages and failed IVF attempts. Her first birth was an induction that ended in an emergency cesarean and her second a successful and joyous VBAC. However, despite achieving her dream birth, Flick did so during coronoavirus and has subsequently experienced expectational grief; grieving what she thought her birth and postpartum period would be like.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    173 | Holly McCauley Two Vaginal Calm Births, Midwifery Care

    173 | Holly McCauley Two Vaginal Calm Births, Midwifery Care

    In this week’s episode I chat to Holly about her two natural births that were, in almost every way, polar opposites. She journeyed towards her first birth, with daughter Della, believing that her body would do the job and relying on relating breathing techniques. Subsequently, she experienced a smooth and joyous water birth. Three years on and she was told by almost everyone that her second birth would be quick and easy, especially considering her experience the first time around. However, Holly endured a long, challenging labour that pushed her to her limits and proved that birth expectations can be deceiving.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    BONUS Episode Mindfulness with Elise Bialylew

    BONUS Episode Mindfulness with Elise Bialylew

    Today I chat to Elise Bialylew about how pregnant women and new mothers can use Mindfulness practices to reduce stress and calm ourselves, so we can tackle the challenges of motherhood. Elise is a mindfulness meditation expert trained in psychiatry, author of The Happiness Plan and mother. She is the founder of Mindful in May the worlds largest annual online mindfulness fundraising campaign. Mindful in May  supports its members through 10minutes of mindful meditation a day and provides access to the world's best experts who focus on building metal resilience. Over the last 8 years Mindful in May has taught over 40,000 people how to meditate whilst also raising nearly 1million dollars to bring clean drinking water to the developing world.  Learn more about Mindful In May here: https://www.mindfulinmay.org  

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Vanessa grace 123 ,

Excellent podcast

I’m pregnant and far away from home, and this podcast is helping me get ready for birth. I think it’s great because it gives you a taste of all the very different experiences that can happen and helps to set realistic expectations for a first timer like myself.

Tess992 ,

Getting birth ready!

I have been listening to this podcast for around 2 years now as I just love the raw emotions shared. It’s made me feel much more informed and I really feel that knowledge is power, and will help to calm me down when it’s time for me to give birth. I am Australian but living over in London (currently in covid19 lockdown) and am 7 months pregnant with my first. One of my most exciting parts of my week is walking around the park with one of her podcasts in. Funnily enough Sophie was actually one of the first people I messaged to tell my pregnancy news to, despite having never spoken to her before! Her calm nature is very comforting and I never feel like she tries to talk over her guest speakers, she really lets them tell their story. My favourite podcast!

BG183 ,

I love this podcast!

I adore this podcast! I love the variety of women and stories they have as well as the simple format and lovely host. Plus the adorable intro at the start makes me smile every ep! I’m currently binge-listening to these so I’m not looking forward to running out of them!!

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