202 episodes

The Free Birth Podcast explores what it means to exercise our full autonomy as women during pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond.

We now live in a global culture in which obstetrics has come to monopolize every aspect of birth. Epidemic rates of surgical birth, rampant trauma among women, and a deeply embedded resistance to the spontaneous process of birth have become normalized. Pregnancy is treated as an illness and childbirth is seen as an emergency from which women and babies need to be saved.

Before doctors and even midwives were seen as the “experts”, there was just...birth. Women have been successfully birthing healthy babies for as long as human beings have walked the earth. The truth is that birth is a normal physiological event that rarely requires medical intervention. To freebirth is typically associated with the term “unassisted childbirth”, which means the woman is choosing to give birth without medical assistance and is managing her own care.

The Free Birth podcast is a virtual corner of the universe dedicated to validating birth as our own, and celebrating the growing movement of women reclaiming birth as our own.

Birth is not a medical event!

Join us as we discuss legal and human rights in childbirth, investigate the different models of care, and hear from women around the world as they tell their stories of birthing freely.

Our intention with this podcast is to uplift the voices of women who are making the decision to opt out of the default medical system.

Freebirth isn’t for everyone. The Free Birth Podcast simply highlights the fact that freebirth is a viable option for many women, and that there is room in this world for every woman to exercise her own personal choice in birth.

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The Free Birth Podcast explores what it means to exercise our full autonomy as women during pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond.

We now live in a global culture in which obstetrics has come to monopolize every aspect of birth. Epidemic rates of surgical birth, rampant trauma among women, and a deeply embedded resistance to the spontaneous process of birth have become normalized. Pregnancy is treated as an illness and childbirth is seen as an emergency from which women and babies need to be saved.

Before doctors and even midwives were seen as the “experts”, there was just...birth. Women have been successfully birthing healthy babies for as long as human beings have walked the earth. The truth is that birth is a normal physiological event that rarely requires medical intervention. To freebirth is typically associated with the term “unassisted childbirth”, which means the woman is choosing to give birth without medical assistance and is managing her own care.

The Free Birth podcast is a virtual corner of the universe dedicated to validating birth as our own, and celebrating the growing movement of women reclaiming birth as our own.

Birth is not a medical event!

Join us as we discuss legal and human rights in childbirth, investigate the different models of care, and hear from women around the world as they tell their stories of birthing freely.

Our intention with this podcast is to uplift the voices of women who are making the decision to opt out of the default medical system.

Freebirth isn’t for everyone. The Free Birth Podcast simply highlights the fact that freebirth is a viable option for many women, and that there is room in this world for every woman to exercise her own personal choice in birth.

    Surrendering to Everything: Whitney's Motorhome Freebirth

    Surrendering to Everything: Whitney's Motorhome Freebirth

    Whitney joins us today to tell the stories of her two freebirths in the past two years: her first, with her husband and her sister present, and her second, in an RV supported again by her family for the slow emergence of her son. Whitney shares the power of witnessing other women walk through wild pregnancy and freebirth in our private online membership, and reflects on how grateful she is to have created the life she is living. 

    Watch this interview on Youtube: https://youtu.be/_e8VQGqDii0

    GET THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO FREEBIRTH: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/cgtf

    JOIN THE FREE BIRTH SOCIETY PRIVATE MEMBERSHIP: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/membership

    JOIN THE WAITLIST FOR THE NEXT ROUND OF THE RADICAL BIRTH KEEPER SCHOOL: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/radicalbirthkeeper

    VIEW ALL THE FREE BIRTH SOCIETY COURSES: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com

    JOIN THE FREE BIRTH SOCIETY NEWSLETTER: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/opt-in-pregnancy-affirmations-gift

    FOLLOW FREE BIRTH SOCIETY ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/freebirthsociety/

    SUPPORT THE PODCAST: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=2YJBSCNYXT52Y

    SUBMIT YOUR FREEBIRTH STORY! Email pictures and text to submissions@freebirthsociety.com.

    Connect with Whitney: https://www.instagram.com/wildwild.whit/ 

    • 38 min
    A Freebirth in Oman: Chantal's Brave Journey

    A Freebirth in Oman: Chantal's Brave Journey

    Today we have Chantal telling us her stories of 3 full-term pregnancies, and 3 pregnancy losses in 5 different countries. She speaks to how she navigated foreign cultures and governmental systems as an expat, & shares her journey from a medicalized, torturous birth, to a birth-center birth, and then a wildly simple freebirth at home. We also discuss the disruption of her postpartum time by having to immediately interface with the system to obtain a birth record.

    Chantal’s story is a lighthouse for the pregnant women feeling hopeless and who know there must be another way. Freebirth happens anywhere and everywhere, even in countries where most everyone believes homebirth is illegal.

    Watch this interview on Youtube: https://youtu.be/-FNrOTfsri8 

    GET THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO FREEBIRTH: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/cgtf

    JOIN THE FREE BIRTH SOCIETY PRIVATE MEMBERSHIP: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/membership

    JOIN THE WAITLIST FOR THE NEXT ROUND OF THE RADICAL BIRTH KEEPER SCHOOL: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/radicalbirthkeeper

    VIEW ALL THE FREE BIRTH SOCIETY COURSES: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com

    JOIN THE FREE BIRTH SOCIETY NEWSLETTER: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/opt-in-pregnancy-affirmations-gift

    FOLLOW FREE BIRTH SOCIETY ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/freebirthsociety/

    SUPPORT THE PODCAST: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=2YJBSCNYXT52Y

    SUBMIT YOUR FREEBIRTH STORY! Email pictures and text to submissions@freebirthsociety.com.

    Connect with Chantal:

    https://www.instagram.com/honouredwomb/   

    https://chantal3507.miestro.com/p/PPHH 

    • 58 min
    Community Birth, Community Postpartum: Arielle's Perfect FBAC (Freebirth After Cesarean)

    Community Birth, Community Postpartum: Arielle's Perfect FBAC (Freebirth After Cesarean)

    To kick off the sixth season and the 200TH (!!!) episode of The Free Birth Society Podcast, we have one of my very best friends, Arielle de Martinez! You may remember her from her herbalism episode previously on the podcast, and today she shares her journey from a manufactured emergency c-section with her first daughter to her simple, perfect community-supported freebirth with her second daughter.

    Arielle and her family traveled at 40 weeks to be near us to birth, and the ripple effects of her postpartum bliss traveled all throughout our community. It was such a gift.

    Watch this interview on Youtube: https://youtu.be/kExeBxoHMGc 

    GET THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO FREEBIRTH: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/cgtf

    JOIN THE FREE BIRTH SOCIETY PRIVATE MEMBERSHIP: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/membership

    JOIN THE WAITLIST FOR THE NEXT ROUND OF THE RADICAL BIRTH KEEPER SCHOOL: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/radicalbirthkeeper

    VIEW ALL THE FREE BIRTH SOCIETY COURSES: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com

    JOIN THE FREE BIRTH SOCIETY NEWSLETTER: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/opt-in-pregnancy-affirmations-gift

    FOLLOW FREE BIRTH SOCIETY ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/freebirthsociety/

    SUPPORT THE PODCAST: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=2YJBSCNYXT52Y

    SUBMIT YOUR FREEBIRTH STORY! Email pictures and text to submissions@freebirthsociety.com.

    Connect with Arielle:

    https://www.arielledemartinez.com  

    https://www.instagram.com/arielledemartinez/ 

    https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/wildmother 

    • 1 hr 27 min
    From Trauma to Triumph: Molly's Freebirth in France

    From Trauma to Triumph: Molly's Freebirth in France

    We’re closing out an incredible Season 5 with Molly from France. After an unexpected pregnancy at a young age, Molly describes her traumatic birth with her first daughter as a "a second rape".

    She suffered physically, mentally, and emotionally, and promised herself she'd never give birth in a hospital again. With her second pregnancy, she dreamed of a freebirth, and with her third, she brought her dream to fruition-after removing herself from the spiral of medical pathology, and choosing a peaceful pregnancy. She gave her family the biggest gift- and birthed her daughter in full freedom.

    Watch this interview on Youtube: https://youtu.be/CihmBpFIJ5g

    JOIN US AT MATRIARCH RISING FESTIVAL | JUNE 19-24, 2022: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/matriarchrising 

    GET THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO FREEBIRTH: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/cgtf 

    JOIN THE FREE BIRTH SOCIETY PRIVATE MEMBERSHIP: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/membership 

    1:1 COACHING WITH EMILEE SALDAYA: https://www.freebirthsociety.com/collections/coaching 

    ALL FREE BIRTH SOCIETY COURSES: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com 

    FREE BIRTH SOCIETY NEWSLETTER: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/opt-in-pregnancy-affirmations-gift 

    ENROLL IN THE RADICAL BIRTH KEEPER SCHOOL: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/radicalbirthkeeper 

    FREE BIRTH SOCIETY ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/freebirthsociety/ 

    SUBMIT YOUR FREEBIRTH STORY: https://www.freebirthsociety.com/pages/podcast-guest-submission-form

    SUPPORT THE PODCAST: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=2YJBSCNYXT52Y

    • 42 min
    Expanding in Pleasure through Pregnancy and Freebirth

    Expanding in Pleasure through Pregnancy and Freebirth

    From the jungles of Costa Rica, Luba tells us the stories of expanding and surrendering through her pregnancies and births. We discuss birth as authentic self-expression, pleasure and orgasm in pregnancy and labor, and committing to bringing the birth of her dreams to fruition.

    Watch this interview on Youtube: https://youtu.be/5hpOEOr9EW4 

    JOIN US AT MATRIARCH RISING FESTIVAL | JUNE 19-24, 2022: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/matriarchrising 

    GET THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO FREEBIRTH: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/cgtf 

    JOIN THE FREE BIRTH SOCIETY PRIVATE MEMBERSHIP: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/membership 

    1:1 COACHING WITH EMILEE SALDAYA: https://www.freebirthsociety.com/collections/coaching 

    ALL FREE BIRTH SOCIETY COURSES: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com 

    FREE BIRTH SOCIETY NEWSLETTER: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/opt-in-pregnancy-affirmations-gift 

    ENROLL IN THE RADICAL BIRTH KEEPER SCHOOL: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/radicalbirthkeeper 

    FREE BIRTH SOCIETY ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/freebirthsociety/ 

    SUBMIT YOUR FREEBIRTH STORY: https://www.freebirthsociety.com/pages/podcast-guest-submission-form

    SUPPORT THE PODCAST: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=2YJBSCNYXT52Y

    • 48 min
    The Roar of the Wild Woman: Shayoon's Freebirth in Bali

    The Roar of the Wild Woman: Shayoon's Freebirth in Bali

    Today, Shayoon tells us the stories of the births of her two sons: her first in Ibiza, Spain, with a male doctor in her home, and her second, a freebirth in Bali. In this episode, Shayoon speaks of her experiences with typhoid during pregnancy, the healing powers of plant medicine, consistently clearing fear and stress from her birthing space- and how she experienced complete healing in her maternal lineage through remaining true to trusting in her body.

    Watch this interview on Youtube: https://youtu.be/0KLsYELV-oU

    JOIN US AT MATRIARCH RISING FESTIVAL | JUNE 19-24, 2022: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/matriarchrising 

    GET THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO FREEBIRTH: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/cgtf 

    JOIN THE FREE BIRTH SOCIETY PRIVATE MEMBERSHIP: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/membership 

    1:1 COACHING WITH EMILEE SALDAYA: https://www.freebirthsociety.com/collections/coaching 

    ENROLL IN THE RADICAL BIRTH KEEPER SCHOOL: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/radicalbirthkeeper 

    ALL FREE BIRTH SOCIETY COURSES:     https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com

    FREE BIRTH SOCIETY NEWSLETTER: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/opt-in-pregnancy-affirmations-gift 

    FREE BIRTH SOCIETY ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/freebirthsociety/ 

    SUBMIT YOUR FREEBIRTH STORY: https://www.freebirthsociety.com/pages/podcast-guest-submission-form

    SUPPORT THE PODCAST: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=2YJBSCNYXT52Y  

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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874 Ratings

874 Ratings

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Illuminating

What a gift it’s been to listen to so many women’s stories, of heart ache and of triumph, personal empowerment and self-assuredness. It has helped me have more compassion for the experience I went through with my first birth, and inspires me to go an alternate route for the birth of my second. Highly recommend for anyone wishing to leave the obstetric medical paradigm, and to know there’s a huge community of women who’ve safely navigated their own pregnancies and births.

Vanessa Cro ,

Transphobic

It’s was so disheartening to get many podcasts in to hear the host mock and display total ignorance around trans peoples experiences. Emily have you ever listened to a trans persons story? Do you have any trans friends? Why does your fight for liberation stop with cis women and not extend to all people? There is an opportunity for you to put some dedicated work into practicing empathy and educating yourself in this area. You are influential. The way you speak about trans people continues a culture of erasure that actually endangers their lives. Where is your heart?

kdmelk ,

Hm

I suggest all of the women and people who have these deep issues with the host of this podcast and her views on trans ideology- go listen to @whosebodyisit 🤯

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