14 episodes

Midwife and mother of four Clemmie Hooper (aka Mother of Daughters) chats to brilliant guests about the amazing and unique ways they had their babies, looking honestly at the highs and lows of childbirth in a weekly podcast.
*This podcast is not to replace medical advice. Always speak to your midwife or doctor if you have any concerns*

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Birth Stories with Clemmie Hooper Off Script

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 1.8K Ratings

Midwife and mother of four Clemmie Hooper (aka Mother of Daughters) chats to brilliant guests about the amazing and unique ways they had their babies, looking honestly at the highs and lows of childbirth in a weekly podcast.
*This podcast is not to replace medical advice. Always speak to your midwife or doctor if you have any concerns*

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Rocky bars and stitches with Nadiya Hussain

    Rocky bars and stitches with Nadiya Hussain

    Nadiya was just 21 when she gave birth to her first child, Musa, in 2006. Although she was hoping for a quick and stress-free birth, her labour ended up taking 5 days from the first contractions to her baby finally being born. She and Clemmie discuss how her anxiety stopped her from attending antenatal classes, how sustaining a 3rd/4th degree tear during birth impacted her relationship with her son in the first few weeks of his life, and how ice lollies were an important part of her post-birth recovery. They also take a listener question about having a second child after an episiotomy.
    Nadiya's books Finding My Voice and My Monster and Me are out now: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1472259963/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1, https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1444946439/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i4
    This is the last episode in series 1, stay subscribed to be the first to hear about series 2, which will be coming soon.
    Follow Clemmie's Mother of Daughters account: instagram.com/mother_of_daughters/
    Follow Clemmie's Gas and Air account: instagram.com/gasandair/
    Clemmie's book How to Grow a Baby and Push It Out is available now: https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Grow-Baby-Push-Out/dp/1785040383
    Birth Stories is produced by Hannah Varrall and created by Off Script
    *This podcast is not to replace medical advice. Always speak to your midwife or doctor if you have any concerns.*


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    • 34 min
    Spreadsheets and the Lindo Wing with Michelle Kennedy

    Spreadsheets and the Lindo Wing with Michelle Kennedy

    Michelle chose to give birth privately after researching all the options available to her, but didn't look into c-sections as she was convinced she would have a vaginal birth. Clemmie and Michelle discuss Kate Middleton, calcified placentas, and how it felt when Michelle had to have an elective section after going past her due date. They also take a listener question about feeling negatively towards your body during pregnancy.
    Find out more about Michelle's app Peanut here: https://www.peanut-app.io/
    Follow Clemmie's Mother of Daughters account: instagram.com/mother_of_daughters/
    Follow Clemmie's Gas and Air account: instagram.com/gasandair/
    Clemmie's book How to Grow a Baby and Push It Out is available now: https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Grow-Baby-Push-Out/dp/1785040383
    Birth Stories is produced by Hannah Varrall and created by Off Script
    *This podcast is not to replace medical advice. Always speak to your midwife or doctor if you have any concerns.*

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    • 36 min
    Bloody shows and traffic jams with Annie Mac

    Bloody shows and traffic jams with Annie Mac

    DJ and broadcaster Annie Mac joins Clemmie this week to discuss the birth of her first son in 2013. With a history of speedy births running in the family, Annie was expecting her baby to arrive at a similar pace and decided not to make a birth plan in order to not create too many expectations. Annie and Clemmie discuss the noises women make during labour, how knitting was used to help midwives and why placentas are so fascinating. They also take a listener question about antenatal classes and making 'Mum mates'.
    The book discussed in the podcast is Ina May Gaskin's book, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ina-Mays-Guide-Childbirth-Gaskin/dp/0091924154
    You can listen to Annie's podcast Finding Annie here: http://smarturl.it/FindingAnnie
    Follow Clemmie's Mother of Daughters account: instagram.com/mother_of_daughters/
    Follow Clemmie's Gas and Air account: instagram.com/gasandair/
    Clemmie's book How to Grow a Baby and Push It Out is available now: https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Grow-Baby-Push-Out/dp/1785040383
    Birth Stories is produced by Hannah Varrall and created by Off Script
    *This podcast is not to replace medical advice. Always speak to your midwife or doctor if you have any concerns.*

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    • 34 min
    Shuttle buses and neonatal care with Cathy Kamara

    Shuttle buses and neonatal care with Cathy Kamara

    Mother of two Cathy Kamara talks to Clemmie this week about the birth of her first daughter, who arrived two months early by emergency section following a fall. Her baby was kept in neonatal care for two months to help her temperature and breathing, which led to Cathy losing confidence in herself as a mother. She also tells Clemmie about being a mum with achondroplasia, a common form of dwarfism, and how that impacted the way she and her baby were cared for during pregnancy and birth.
    Follow Cathy on Instagram: instagram.com/thatsinglemum/
    Follow Clemmie's Mother of Daughters account: instagram.com/mother_of_daughters/
    Follow Clemmie's Gas and Air account: instagram.com/gasandair/
    Clemmie's book How to grow a baby and push it out is available now: amazon.co.uk/How-Grow-Baby-Push-Out/dp/1785040383
    Birth Stories is produced by Hannah Varrall and created by Off Script
    *This podcast is not to replace medical advice. Always speak to your midwife or doctor if you have any concerns.*

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    • 34 min
    Poos and birthing pools with Helen Thorn

    Poos and birthing pools with Helen Thorn

    Scummy Mummy Helen Thorn gave birth to her first daughter in a birthing pool at home with no pain relief. She and Clemmie talk about having an ‘annoyingly perfect’ birth, using a TENS machine, and why birth sometimes involves sieves. They also take a question about pooing during labour, and Clemmie explains why midwives often get excited about it.
    You can find Helen on Instagram: instagram.com/helenwearsasize18
    Follow Clemmie's Mother of Daughters account: instagram.com/mother_of_daughters/
    Follow Clemmie's Gas and Air account: instagram.com/gasandair/
    Clemmie's book How to Grow a Baby and Push It Out is available now: https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Grow-Baby-Push-Out/dp/1785040383
    Birth Stories is produced by Hannah Varrall and created by Off Script
    *This podcast is not to replace medical advice. Always speak to your midwife or doctor if you have any concerns.*

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    • 35 min
    Pessaries and sepsis with Candice Brathwaite

    Pessaries and sepsis with Candice Brathwaite

    Candice was told at 38 weeks that her baby was likely to be born by section, but she was induced and went through a long labour when her baby became overdue. She tells Clemmie how the doctors took her to the very edge of labour before performing an emergency section, and then how, catastrophically, her post-surgery pain was ignored, leading to life-threatening sepsis. Candice and Clemmie discuss the black birthing experience and the results of the MBRRACE report, which showed that in the UK, black mothers are five times more likely to die in childbirth than their white counterparts. They also take a question about post-birth debriefs.
    Candice’s book I’m Not Your Baby Mother is available to pre-order now. Her campaign Make Motherhood Diverse can be found on Instagram: instagram.com/makemotherhooddiverse/
    Follow Clemmie's Mother of Daughters account: instagram.com/mother_of_daughters/
    Follow Clemmie's Gas and Air account: instagram.com/gasandair/
    Clemmie's book How to Grow a Baby and Push It Out is available now: amazon.co.uk/How-Grow-Baby-Push-Out/dp/1785040383
    Birth Stories is produced by Hannah Varrall and created by Off Script
    *This podcast is not to replace medical advice. Always speak to your midwife or doctor if you have any concerns.*

    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

FlisMichail ,

Great podcast - we just need more!

Currently 21 weeks pregnant and loving this podcast - just listened to the Bryony Gordon episode which is a favourite for me. We just need more! Please 🙏🏻 keep them coming 😍

Eemp17 ,

Bring it back!!!

This was the most amazing podcast and I am gutted it ended and it needs to come back it was so valid and vital for me during pregnancy and played a role when I was in labour with my rainbow baby. Everyone should listen to this prior to giving birth. But I still want to listen to it and I am having no more babies due to an unfortunate very early need for total hysterectomy.

mum21soontobeanother ,

Smith

Loved this and found it so helpful, wish there was more!

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