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Listen in as we deep dive into all the details about giving birth that no one prepares you for. New moms share intimate birth stories and health experts divulge amazing advice and wisdom that will help you on your own pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting journey. Host, actress and new mom, Christy Williams recently gave birth and even though she thought she was ready for her adventure into motherhood, the experience left her feeling so shell-shocked that she’s now on a mission to uncover and unpack all the secretive truths about giving birth. Learn what to expect during labor and delivery, what sex is like after giving birth, the realities of birth injuries, how to advocate for yourself and get the help you need, how to care for your body after giving birth, how to avoid breastfeeding problems, how to cope with postpartum depression, how to navigate pregnancy and conception struggles and so much more. 
Visit www.birthshow.com to find resources and supplies that will help you on your own journey from conception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and beyond. 
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BIRTH Sinc Studios and Christy Williams

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 51 Ratings

Listen in as we deep dive into all the details about giving birth that no one prepares you for. New moms share intimate birth stories and health experts divulge amazing advice and wisdom that will help you on your own pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting journey. Host, actress and new mom, Christy Williams recently gave birth and even though she thought she was ready for her adventure into motherhood, the experience left her feeling so shell-shocked that she’s now on a mission to uncover and unpack all the secretive truths about giving birth. Learn what to expect during labor and delivery, what sex is like after giving birth, the realities of birth injuries, how to advocate for yourself and get the help you need, how to care for your body after giving birth, how to avoid breastfeeding problems, how to cope with postpartum depression, how to navigate pregnancy and conception struggles and so much more. 
Visit www.birthshow.com to find resources and supplies that will help you on your own journey from conception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and beyond. 
Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/birth.

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    21. "You're Perfect, You're Healthy and You Have Down Syndrome" with Filmmaker Amber McGinnis - Unmedicated Birth Story, Becoming a Mom to a Differently Abled Child.

    21. "You're Perfect, You're Healthy and You Have Down Syndrome" with Filmmaker Amber McGinnis - Unmedicated Birth Story, Becoming a Mom to a Differently Abled Child.

    What is it like to receive a positive Trisomy 21 diagnosis during early pregnancy and then prepare to give birth to and become a mother to a child with Down syndrome? Today's guest, the talented film director and writer, Amber McGinnis, opens up and gifts us with a very detailed and vulnerable account of her experience with this reality. She shares everything that she wishes she had known before and during her journey, how she got through a completely unmedicated hospital birth, and she also talks about the unique challenges of breastfeeding a baby with DS. In this episode we also explore how to offer better support to our own loved ones if they receive a surprising genetic test result and how all of us would benefit from approaching the differently abled community with love and curiosity instead of fear and ignorance.
    This Episode is the Season 2 Finale!
    Check out all the links below to learn more about guest Amber McGinnis and find more resources discussed in today's show.
    LINKS:
    Amber's WEBSITE
    Watch the film Amber directed while she was pregnant: International Falls
    "The Adventure" - A Short Film about Amber's daughter
    Bottles that worked well for Isla: Advent Bottles
    The band that Amber listened to during her unmedicated labor: The Gloaming
    Additional Resources:
    National Down Syndrome Society
    Find Support in Your Area with This List of Organizations by State
    Down Syndrome Misconceptions vs. Reality
    Find Out If Your Hospital Has A Good Rating and low C-Section and Episiotomy Rate at LeapfrogGroup.org
    Visit www.birthshow.com for some great free resources that will help you on your own journey into motherhood.
    Follow the Birth Podcast on Instagram:
    @birthshow
    Follow Christy on Instagram:
    @christywill
    If you find yourself struggling emotionally and mentally after having a baby, you are not alone. Please visit www.postpartum.net for help. There is someone waiting to talk you through this tough moment. Don't wait, help is only a few clicks away.

    This podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/birth.

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    20. Let's Talk About: NEWBORN BABIES! Fun Facts & What's Normal - MINISODE

    20. Let's Talk About: NEWBORN BABIES! Fun Facts & What's Normal - MINISODE

    Taking care of a brand new tiny little human brings up a lot of questions and surprises. In this special mini-episode Christy shares surprising and fun facts about newborn babies that no one tells you before you give birth!
    PLUS Christy also reveals her most favorite newborn life hacks you should know about.
    LINKS:
    Newborn Educational Resources
    GAS DROPS!
    Newborn Nail Care Supplies:
    Emory Boards to File Their Tiny Nails
    and
    Awesome Baby Nail Scissors!
    Cradle Cap Cure Supplies:
    A Gentle Oil
    and
    A Soft Scalp Brush or a Soft Toothbrush
    The BEST White Noise Machine
    Find Out If Your Hospital Has A Good Rating and low C-Section and Episiotomy Rate at LeapfrogGroup.org
    Visit www.birthshow.com for some great free resources that will help you on your own journey into motherhood.
    Follow the Birth Podcast on Instagram:
    @birthshow
    Follow Christy on Instagram:
    @christywill
    If you find yourself struggling emotionally and mentally after having a baby, you are not alone. Please visit www.postpartum.net for help. There is someone waiting to talk you through this tough moment. Don't wait, help is only a few clicks away.

    This podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/birth.

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    • 17 min
    19. "You're Not Broken" (PART 2) w/ Trauma Therapist & Doula Alexis Edwards. The Final BIRTH STORY, Creating a Safe Birthing Space, Postpartum Doulas, Padsicles & More!

    19. "You're Not Broken" (PART 2) w/ Trauma Therapist & Doula Alexis Edwards. The Final BIRTH STORY, Creating a Safe Birthing Space, Postpartum Doulas, Padsicles & More!

    Guest Alexis Edwards, LCSW & CD, shares her third and final birth story. We talk about what she learned during her first two birth experiences and how she worked to create a safer birthing environment for herself the third time around. What is it like to prepare for a home birth after having two babies in a hospital? How did she navigate the challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic brought to the mix during her prenatal care, birth and postpartum experience? What is it like to have an overnight postpartum doula and what do they do for you? She is answering all of those question, dishing out the full details of her final birth story and uplifting us all with some sage words of advice as well.

    PLUS: Have you heard of Padsicles? In Today's Quick Tip with Christy, find out what they are and how to make them before your due date so you're guaranteed some soothing relief for your super sore lady parts in those early days postpartum. This is a great life hack you don't want to miss out on knowing about!
    About Today's Guest: Alexis is working to create safer spaces for birthing parents everywhere by helping survivors of sexual trauma become more aware of the special emotional and mental challenges they may encounter by birthing a baby and she’s educating those survivors on how to advocate for a safe environment to birth in. She is also working to train perinatal professionals themselves in understanding how they can better serve trauma survivor clients throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum. 
    This is PART TWO of a TWO-PART Episode Series with Alexis.
    Thank you for rating, reviewing and subscribing to the show!
    GUEST LINKS:
    Alexis Edwards' WEBSITE: Birth360.net
    Follow Alexis on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK
    Trauma-Informed Care for Perinatal Professionals Training
    OTHER LINKS:
    Birthing From Within Class Information
    What is PCOS?
    Items you need to make "Padsicles:"
    Pads, make sure they are large extra long overnight ones. I love these organic ones but these are great too!
    Witch Hazel (make sure it's alcohol free)
    Pure Aloe Vera Gel
    Lavender Oil (optional, but very nice to add)
    Aluminum Foil
    Large Freezer Bags
    DON'T FORGET to add a Frida Peri Bottle and Dermoplast to your postpartum care kit. These are life savers to have on hand for anyone recovering from a vaginal birth.
    Visit BirthShow.com for a video on how to make padsicles and tons of other great tips and resources.
    Follow Birth on Instagram:
    @birthshow
    Follow Christy on Instagram:
    @christywill
    If you find yourself struggling emotionally and mentally after having a baby, you are not alone. Please visit www.postpartum.net for help. There is someone waiting to talk you through this tough moment. Don't wait, help is only a few clicks away.

    This podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/birth.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    18. "You're Not Broken" (PART 1) w/ Trauma Therapist & Doula Alexis Edwards. TWO BIRTH STORIES, Giving Birth As Survivor of Sexual Trauma, Advocating for a Safe Birthing Space & Embracing Your Truth.

    18. "You're Not Broken" (PART 1) w/ Trauma Therapist & Doula Alexis Edwards. TWO BIRTH STORIES, Giving Birth As Survivor of Sexual Trauma, Advocating for a Safe Birthing Space & Embracing Your Truth.

    Get ready for TWO very vulnerable birth stories today! Guest Alexis Edwards is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Doula who is an expert in helping birthing parents with a history of trauma have happy and empowered birth experiences. Alexis is working to create safer spaces for birthing parents everywhere by helping survivors of sexual trauma become more aware of the special emotional and mental challenges they may encounter by birthing a baby and she’s educating those survivors on how to advocate for a safe environment to birth in. She is also working to train perinatal professionals themselves in understanding how they can better serve trauma survivor clients throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum. 
    This is PART ONE of a TWO-PART Episode Series with Alexis. Subscribe and tune in again next week for PART TWO of our discussion.
    Alexis Edwards' WEBSITE: Birth360.net
    Follow Alexis on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK
    Trauma-Informed Care for Perinatal Professionals Training
    TRAUMA TALK
    Other Links:
    The Business of Being Born Movie
    Pregnancy Tests Throughout History
    Visit www.birthshow.com for some great free resources that will help you on your own journey into motherhood.
    Follow the Birth Podcast on Instagram:
    @birthshow
    Follow Christy on Instagram:
    @christywill
    If you find yourself struggling emotionally and mentally after having a baby, you are not alone. Please visit www.postpartum.net for help. There is someone waiting to talk you through this tough moment. Don't wait, help is only a few clicks away.


    This podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/birth.

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    • 57 min
    17. "Blessing in Disguise" w/ Actress & Comedian Marie Lively - BIRTH STORY, Baby Sleep Tips, Building a Support Pod in a Pandemic, Newborn Poop, Breastfeeding Hacks & More!

    17. "Blessing in Disguise" w/ Actress & Comedian Marie Lively - BIRTH STORY, Baby Sleep Tips, Building a Support Pod in a Pandemic, Newborn Poop, Breastfeeding Hacks & More!

    Today's birth story comes from the very funny actress and improv performer Marie Lively! She not only shares about her pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience, she also shares what it was like to perform on stage while pregnant, how she navigated building a support pod in the early days of caring for a newborn during a pandemic and her favorite books that helped her baby learn to sleep (her baby is 5 months old and sleeping from 6pm to 6am, can you believe it?). We also laugh about newborn poop colors and talk about what's normal, share tips on how to relieve engorgement in your breasts, get real about postpartum sex, birth control methods and much more!
    LINKS:
    The Happy Sleeper Book
    Natural Cycles App
    Buy Nothing Groups
    Haakaa Pump
    Bringing Up Bébé Book
    Visit www.birthshow.com to see a video about how to use the Haakaa Pump (under the breastfeeding resources section) and for some other great free resources that will help you on your own journey into motherhood.
    Follow the Birth Podcast on Instagram:
    @birthshow
    Follow Christy on Instagram:
    @christywill
    If you find yourself struggling emotionally and mentally after having a baby, you are not alone. Please visit www.postpartum.net for help. There is someone waiting to talk you through this tough moment. Don't wait, help is only a few clicks away.


    This podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/birth.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    16. "I Hear You, I See You" w/ Perinatal Therapist Ashley Hanna-Morgan LCSW, Plus Her Birth Stories!

    16. "I Hear You, I See You" w/ Perinatal Therapist Ashley Hanna-Morgan LCSW, Plus Her Birth Stories!

    Ready for a soothing and eye-opening therapy session? Today's guest is therapist and parental mental health expert Ashley Hanna-Morgan. She tells us her TWO BIRTH STORIES (one with an epidural and one without any pain meds!). And she also shares her own experience with miscarriage, what she learned as a result of her own perinatal mental health struggles and how it changed the trajectory of her career and life.
    In this episode Ashley dishes out some truly encouraging and helpful words of advice for all new parents everywhere.
    Some topics we discuss include:
    Finding a "mom-tribe" and better yet creating a wonderful support group. How to understand and honor ALL of your feelings, no matter what they are. What it's like to navigate ambivalent feelings and intrusive thoughts. Why people tend to grieve privately when they experience miscarriage and loss. Why being a "perfect mother" is a myth. The realities of parenting a toddler and a newborn at the same time. Some reasons your sex drive might take a dive in the postpartum period and why every new mom needs an artistic outlet in their postpartum journey. PLUS in this episode a "Fun Fact" allllll about what you need to know about how Pitocin works and how it's different from Oxytocin.
    Ashley Hanna-Morgan's Website:
    http://ashleyhannamorgan.com
    Ashley's Books:
    The Afterglow Support Group Curriculum
    I Gave Birth to My Heart: A Collection of Poems about Motherhood, Reimagined
    Follow Ashley on Instagram
    Resources for Topics Discussed in Today's Episode:
    Information about Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex  (D-MER): https://d-mer.org
    Article about How Pitocin is Different from Oxytocin, it's risk factors and why Pitocin might be medically necessary.
    Postpartum Support International Website
    ABOUT TODAY'S GUEST:
    Ashley Hanna-Morgan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) specializing in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, as well as Grief and Loss. Ashley earned her Bachelor’s in English Literature at UCLA. After attending Baylor University for her Master’s in Social Work, Ashley became more aware of and interested in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety disorders after she and her husband both worked through it personally after the birth of their daughter. In 2016, she wrote the Afterglow Curriculum and started the first free Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Therapy based support group in Los Angeles for parents with Postpartum Depression and Anxiety. In 2017, she published a collection of poetry called I Gave Birth to My Heart that she hopes will throw back the curtains and shed some light on what Postpartum Depression and Anxiety actually feel like, as well as, most importantly, what the recovery looked like. She is currently the Postpartum Support International Regional Coordinator for Reno, Nevada, where she now lives with her husband, Jayson, her Shih Tzu, Obi Wan, and her daughters and inspiration, Emerie Violet & Aerelyn Jayne. When Ashley is not advocating for parental mental health, she loves to explore nature, practice yoga, experiment in the kitchen, read with a cup of tea, meditate, and write.
    Visit www.birthshow.com for some great free resources that will help you on your own journey into motherhood.
    Follow the Birth Podcast on Instagram:
    @birthshow
    Follow Christy on Instagram:
    @christywill
    If you find yourself struggling emotionally and mentally after having a baby, you are not alone. Please visit www.postpartum.net for help. There is someone waiting to talk you through this tough moment. Don't wait, help is only a few clicks away.


    This podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/birth.

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    • 1 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

DidiListener ,

Learning so much

This podcast has helped me so much. I’m 7 months pregnant and pretty clueless about everything. I now have specific questions to ask my doctor and items to get. It’s insightful in a very interesting way. Can’t wait to listen to more.

ashmangino ,

Hands down, BEST resource!

I was feeling so overwhelmed and under prepared at the thought of becoming a mom. This podcast landed right in the middle of the pandemic as I was expecting my first baby and it was a TOTAL lifesaver. Christy has put together such a professional production and I have loved every single one of the episodes. I felt so much more prepared during my birth experience than I would have had I not listened to this podcast and taken advantage of all the resources on the Birth Show website (check it out!). Then, as a new mom, trying to process my own difficult experience giving birth with an unplanned C-section, I came back to the show during those late night feeding sessions and was very comforted hearing the stories of other moms. I felt so supported and cheered on! Christy is such a kind, engaging host and you will feel so empowered after hearing these interviews. 💛

A*Ball ,

Curious about Birth?

This podcast has it ALL! If you are at all curious about birth—as a person who might (or has) experience(d) birth, someone who is adjacent to birth (a partner, friend, or support person), or someone who just likes to hear wild stories—give this podcast a listen.

I thought my story was pretty unusual: I am 45 yo and 2 weeks away from having my first child, who was conceived naturally. As this pregnancy was extremely unexpected, I didn’t know what I was about to experience! I started listening to the podcast in my first trimester, to try to orient myself with the birth experience. But I didn’t expect that I would be so quickly hooked on hearing all these different birth stories! It has been comforting to hear about the common challenges of birth, and also liberating to learn how very unique and different everyone’s story really is. It gave me a lot of trust in the fact that my story, while unusual, is not anything I need to figure out—but something that I just need to experience and appreciate.

What I love about this podcast is that it is driven by a host who is curious, open, and interested. Listening to Christy talk with people about their perspectives on birth has been a wonderful way to experience many different stories, and to open-heartedly venture into a place where stories are told (and heard) without judgement. It’s helpful if you’re trying to build your own understanding about birth, and it’s also a great place to just hear great storytelling.

The podcast typically features one birth story an episode, but there are also episodes that tackle various birth-related topics such as fatherhood, pain management, and doula support (amongst others). It’s smart, fun, and I expect to continue listening, well beyond my due date.

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