325 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
    • 4.9 • 115 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.

    326 | Hayley, one breech vaginal birth, PCOS, amenorrhea, ECV, NICU

    326 | Hayley, one breech vaginal birth, PCOS, amenorrhea, ECV, NICU

    In episode 326 Hayley takes us through her first pregnancy where her baby was in a frank breech position (bottom down) at 36 weeks. She listened to the breech episode with Dr Andrew Bisits that features in The Birth Class and promptly arranged to see him for a consultation. After an ECV to turn her baby was unsuccessful, Hayley confidently prepared for a vaginal breech birth with the support of her partner and her midwife-in-training sister. Baby Pippa needed breathing support in the NICU for five days after birth but has made a full recovery.

    • 38 min
    325 | Caitlyn, PCOS, ovulation induction, IVF, TFMR, anencephaly, induction, emergency caesarean, breastfeeding

    325 | Caitlyn, PCOS, ovulation induction, IVF, TFMR, anencephaly, induction, emergency caesarean, breastfeeding

    In episode 325 Caitlyn @missmaysmoments shares the story of her two pregnancies. After navigating the challenges of PCOS, ovulation induction and IVF, Caitlyn was lucky enough to get 17 embryos and fell pregnant on the first transfer. At her 13 week scan her baby boy - Teddy - was given a terminal diagnosis of anencephaly meaning he would only survive minutes outside the womb. Caitlyn and her husband made the decision to have a termination for medical reasons (TFMR). Exactly one year later, after an anxious pregnancy, Caitlyn welcomed her rainbow baby, Rudie in an emergency caesarean. Caitlyn’s story is one of patience, heartache and hope and she articulates all the emotions of infertility, pregnancy, loss and joy with clarity and wisdom.

    • 58 min
    324 | Claire, one vaginal birth, private obstetrician, migraines, iron infusion, positive induction, active birth, mixed feeding

    324 | Claire, one vaginal birth, private obstetrician, migraines, iron infusion, positive induction, active birth, mixed feeding

    In episode 324 I chat to Claire @thelifeofclaire_ who shares her first pregnancy and birth experience. After discovering that fertility rates fall dramatically after the age of 35, she organised a preconception blood test with her GP, got her mirena removed, tracked her cycle and promptly fell pregnant. She chats about her lifelong experience with migraines, the welcome relief of an iron infusion and her choice to change obstetricians halfway through her pregnancy. She had a really positive induction experience and was intent on staying active and working with her body to bring her baby into the world. 

    • 43 min
    323 | Nas Campanella, caesarean birth, vision impairment, charcot-marie-tooth disease, breech, lactation consultant, formula feeding, disability discrimination, postpartum doula

    323 | Nas Campanella, caesarean birth, vision impairment, charcot-marie-tooth disease, breech, lactation consultant, formula feeding, disability discrimination, postpartum doula

    In this episode I interview Nas Campanella, new mum to baby Lachlan and a disability affairs reporter for the ABC. Nas is visually impaired and has a neurological condition that affects her dexterity and balance, so her journey to motherhood has required a lot of active preparation and planning. She talks in detail about the discussions she had with obstetricians pre-conception, her exemplary care during pregnancy and birth, the guidance she received from occupational therapists and the practices she’s embraced in postpartum to adjust to new motherhood. As well as sharing a list of practical products that have helped her navigate day to day life with a baby, she discusses the warm and welcoming support she’s received from her family, postpartum doula, mothers groups and friends. You’ll love this episode. Thank you, Nas!

    • 1 hr 15 min
    322 | Julie, one vaginal birth, MGP, birth centre, The Birth Class, labial tear, afterpains

    322 | Julie, one vaginal birth, MGP, birth centre, The Birth Class, labial tear, afterpains

    In today’s episode Julie shares her incredibly positive first birth experience. She had listened to the podcast for years before she conceived so she knew she wanted continuity of care with a midwife in a birth centre, ideally one attached to a hospital in case she needed medical support. As soon as she found out she was pregnant she was proactive with organising her care; she saw a GP, requested a referral and made the right phone calls. She laboured at home till her waters broke and once she was at the birth centre, she used active birth positions as labour progressed and birthed her baby boy in the water.

    • 59 min
    321 | Amy, two births, forceps, pelvic floor injury, prolapse, birth trauma, women’s health physio, postnatal depression, caesarean birth

    321 | Amy, two births, forceps, pelvic floor injury, prolapse, birth trauma, women’s health physio, postnatal depression, caesarean birth

    I interview Amy, the founder of the Australiasian Birth Trauma Association. In honour of her experience and Birth Trauma Awareness Week, Amy talks about the physical trauma that resulted from an instrumental (forceps) birth. She goes into detail about her pelvic floor injury and prolapse and because her story shares so many parallels with mine, I also talk about my experience with prolapse and the way I’ve managed for the past nine years.

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

lexielilalakki ,

This show is a gift to women everywhere <3

I live in the States & this is hands down my most favorite podcast. There is just so much to learn from women telling their stories, and Sophie is the perfect interviewer/host/wise woman to do it. This show is a gift to women everywhere, Sophie, I can’t thank you enough!

Kitten masta ,

The Most Educational Tool During My Pregnancy

I found this podcast - it was referenced in one of the books I was reading during pregnancy - and my husband and I quickly started listening to EVERY episode. Whenever we were in the car, it was all we wanted to listen to.

We tried to get pregnant for 21 months. After three failed IUIs and one successful round of IVF, it finally happened! I had been so focused on “getting pregnant” I had given no thought to the actual “birth” portion of what happens.

This podcast helped me learn of options and techniques I did not even know existed, as well as just feeling more prepared about all the things that could happen during birth. It made me feel empowered to form my ideal birth plan, albeit it also taught me to hold it lightly - because things do not always go according to plan.

I couldn’t gush and sat enough about this podcast. I recommend to anyone who will listen to me, but especially any expecting first time moms should listen.

tmar11 ,

My fave podcast!

I have listened before, during and long after pregnancy! I can’t get enough and it is making me want a third!

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