275 episodes

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
    • 5.0 • 89 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.

    278 | Kate, three babies, fraternal twins, vaginal twin birth, hyperemesis, breast reduction, continuity of care, postpartum doula

    278 | Kate, three babies, fraternal twins, vaginal twin birth, hyperemesis, breast reduction, continuity of care, postpartum doula

    In this first episode of the year, I chat to Kate @katebloomdoula who shares the beautiful story of her two pregnancies, including her recent twin vaginal birth. Her first pregnancy ignited her passion for pregnancy and birth and after a positive and empowered experience, she trained as a birth and postpartum doula. Her intuition was undeniably strong when she discovered she was pregnant for the second time and her 12-week scan confirmed what she already knew; she was pregnant with boy/girl fraternal twins. Kate shares lots of wonderful resources and tips; just the inspiration you need to get informed, advocate for yourself and actively prepare for your birth.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Jodi Wilson Yoga Teacher and Birth Educators Four Births

    Jodi Wilson Yoga Teacher and Birth Educators Four Births

    In today’s episode, I interview Jodi Wilson. Jodi shares the pregnancies and births of her four children.  As a yoga teacher and childbirth educator, Jodi brings a beautiful perspective to her interview. She even shares some breathing techniques and tools she used in her births. Whilst each of Jodi’s births was drug-free and under the care of midwives, they were all quite unique in their own way.  Her third and most challenging birth almost ended in an emergency caesarean section and this traumatic experience left her quite anxious going into her fourth birth. To hear more about Jodi’s experiences tune into this week’s show.

    • 1 hr 11 min
     277 | Lauren and Donna, Family Surrogacy, MRKH, IVF, Caesarean, Induced Lactation 

     277 | Lauren and Donna, Family Surrogacy, MRKH, IVF, Caesarean, Induced Lactation 

    In today’s episode, I interview Lauren and her mother-in-law, Donna. Lauren has MRKH syndrome and was born without a uterus so she knew from a young age that her fertility journey would be challenging. After going through IVF to retrieve and fertilise her eggs, Lauren handed her pregnancy journey over to Donna who, at the age of 50, carried Lauren’s baby. Surrogacy stories aren’t always straightforward but this episode is a testament to Lauren and Donna’s love and gratitude for each other. 

    • 59 min
    276 | Leah, three vaginal births, infertility, IVF, birth trauma, EMDR, unplanned homebirth

    276 | Leah, three vaginal births, infertility, IVF, birth trauma, EMDR, unplanned homebirth

    In today’s episode, I interview Leah about her third birth; an unplanned homebirth. Leah shared her first two births in episode 162 and I highly recommend listening as she details her infertility and IVF experience as well as her traumatic second birth which led to a PTSD diagnosis. For her third pregnancy, she consciously immersed herself in birth preparation, embraced lessons from The Birth Class and repeated the word ‘surrender’ whenever she felt doubt. She was also enrolled in Canterbury Hospital’s brilliant new care model, Canterbury Antenatal and Postnatal Services (CAPS) where all of her appointments were at home with a known midwife. Leah speaks at length about the mental strategies and proactive steps she took to prepare for birth after birth trauma.   

    • 1 hr 21 min
    275 | Theresa, Three Births, Emergency Caesarean, VBAC, Traditional Chinese Confinement

    275 | Theresa, Three Births, Emergency Caesarean, VBAC, Traditional Chinese Confinement

    In today’s episode I chat to Theresa who speaks at length about the traditional Chinese period of confinement after birth, often referred to as the golden month. She had a private obstetrician for her first pregnancy and after induction of labour, she birthed via emergency caesarean. In her second and third pregnancies she chose midwifery care in the public system and actively prepared for vaginal births. For all three of her pregnancies her Chinese mother flew in from Singapore to care for her during postpartum and guide her gently into new motherhood. During this time Theresa wasn’t allowed to do anything but rest with her baby, an opportunity she regards as a very precious gift. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    274 | Zoë Foster Blake shares the births of Sonny and Rudy, osteitis pubis, gestational diabetes, breastfeeding challenges and more

    274 | Zoë Foster Blake shares the births of Sonny and Rudy, osteitis pubis, gestational diabetes, breastfeeding challenges and more

    Today Zoë Foster Blake shares with us her two pregnancies and births of her son Sonny and daughter Rudy. Zoë openly details all the uncomfortable and confronting parts of her pregnancy and early parenting experiences, including having osteitis pubis (a fractured and inflamed pubis), gestational diabetes and nine excruciating bouts of mastitis. I know you’re going to love hearing Zoë’s birth stories.
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

Emie Tapley ,

Midwifery student

I am a midwifery student in New Zealand and this podcast has been an invaluable resource for me. Much midwifery knowledge and wisdom comes from story telling, so I commend you for creating this amazing platform for women to share and hear one another. It’s both healing and empowering. And it’s just such a privilege to hear these intimate, beautifully detailed stories! What you’re doing Sophie, is so important, on so many levels. I have shared this channel with my cohort and it will continue to inspire the next wave of midwives here in NZ.
Thank you so much xoxoxo

J___NZ ,

Absolutely wonderful

Sophie has a beautiful way of interviewing women and supporting them to share their stories. It is a privilege to listen to these stories and Sophie has an incredible gift of being able to balance gentle encouragement and the ability to hold space. Thank you for everything you do Sophie.

CandoCando ,

Ep 179 least fave so far

This episode just didn’t feel genuine, and lacked the maturity and helpful experiences that most of the episodes offer

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