33 episodes

Military Birth Talk features birth stories from service members, spouses, veterans, and providers, all told through the unique lens of birthing in the military.  Birth is a profound, unforgettable experience leaving a lifelong imprint on our hearts. For military families and service members, giving birth and parenting in our community presents its own unique, challenging, and empowering realities--giving birth alone or in a foreign country, navigating Tricare during miscarriage or infertility obstacles, or being on Active Duty without the option to birth outside of the hospital are just a few of the realities we may face. By sharing our stories, we hope to increase transparency and information for fellow military families, providers, and policy makers. Tune in each Thursday for a new episode.Military Birth Talk is a project of the Military Birth Resource Network and Postpartum Coalition. To learn more, please visit www.MBRNPC.org.Are you a military community member with a story to share?  Fill out an interest form at https://www.militarybirthresourcenetwork.org/podcast

Military Birth Talk Military Birth Resource Network and Postpartum Coalition

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

Military Birth Talk features birth stories from service members, spouses, veterans, and providers, all told through the unique lens of birthing in the military.  Birth is a profound, unforgettable experience leaving a lifelong imprint on our hearts. For military families and service members, giving birth and parenting in our community presents its own unique, challenging, and empowering realities--giving birth alone or in a foreign country, navigating Tricare during miscarriage or infertility obstacles, or being on Active Duty without the option to birth outside of the hospital are just a few of the realities we may face. By sharing our stories, we hope to increase transparency and information for fellow military families, providers, and policy makers. Tune in each Thursday for a new episode.Military Birth Talk is a project of the Military Birth Resource Network and Postpartum Coalition. To learn more, please visit www.MBRNPC.org.Are you a military community member with a story to share?  Fill out an interest form at https://www.militarybirthresourcenetwork.org/podcast

    Army Reservist Dr. Olymphia O'Neale-White on PCOS and Navigating Pregnancy Loss as a Service Member

    Army Reservist Dr. Olymphia O'Neale-White on PCOS and Navigating Pregnancy Loss as a Service Member

    In today’s episode, I’m speaking with Dr. Olymphia O’Neale White, who serves as an Army reservist as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in perinatal mental health. Dr. O shares her experience with PCOS, a condition which contributed to fertility challenges, and then a silent miscarriage which was discovered at 16 weeks, and managed with a D&C. She talks about navigating these experiences as a service member, and how that impacted her career, relationships, and ultimately her i...

    • 44 min
    USMC Spouse Bailee's C-Section and VBAC Stories, Plus Reflections on Life and Parenting as a Military Spouse

    USMC Spouse Bailee's C-Section and VBAC Stories, Plus Reflections on Life and Parenting as a Military Spouse

    In today’s episode, I’m speaking with Bailee, a Marine Corps spouse. Bailee’s husband was in a training and was unable to attend their first child’s birth, which was an induction that ended in a c-section. For Bailee’s second birth experience she wanted a different experience so she researched more about birth options, got a doula, and prepared for a VBAC. This time her husband was present, and she was able to have the VBAC she wanted, nearly giving birth in the car on the way to the hospital...

    • 43 min
    Navy Spouse Bethel's Birth Stories: Hypnobirthing at Yokosuka MTF, Deployment at 5 Days Postpartum, Solo PCS Back Stateside, and Perinatal Mental Health Conversation

    Navy Spouse Bethel's Birth Stories: Hypnobirthing at Yokosuka MTF, Deployment at 5 Days Postpartum, Solo PCS Back Stateside, and Perinatal Mental Health Conversation

    In today’s episode, I’m speaking with Bethel, a Navy Spouse, and one half of the Salty Milspouse podcast. Bethel shares two birth stories, which both took place at at the Naval Hospital in Yokosuka Japan using hypnobirthing. She talks about the incredible village that supported her when her husband deployed at 5 days postpartum, how her mental health was impacted by COVID and solo parenting after her second birth, managing a move back stateside by herself with two young kids, and her work in ...

    • 47 min
    Marine Corps Spouse Amanda: Four Birth Stories As a Type 1 Diabetic

    Marine Corps Spouse Amanda: Four Birth Stories As a Type 1 Diabetic

    In today’s episode, I’m speaking with Amanda, a Marine Corps Spouse. Amanda shares 4 birth stories: two vaginal births, a C-section, and a VBAC. Some of the births took place on base and some were out in town. She also talks about getting diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and how that impacted her pregnancies and deliveries. She’s now working on her doula certification so that she can help others have the same supported experience she finally had with her 4th birth, thanks in part to the wo...

    • 45 min
    Army Spouse Julie's Birth Story: Navigating infertility as a military member, plus working to decrease barriers to care

    Army Spouse Julie's Birth Story: Navigating infertility as a military member, plus working to decrease barriers to care

    This week is National Infertility Awareness week. In today’s episode I’m speaking with Julie, an Army spouse who shares her experience navigating infertility, and then also one birth story. She also talks about her work advocating for TRICARE members to have insurance coverage for fertility treatments, and her experience founding a nonprofit called Building military Families Network to assist and support the military community with family building challenges. You can learn more about that wor...

    • 41 min
    Hannah's Navy Birth Story: Dual Mil, MTF Birth, with Postpartum Sepsis Diagnosis and A Challenging Return to Work

    Hannah's Navy Birth Story: Dual Mil, MTF Birth, with Postpartum Sepsis Diagnosis and A Challenging Return to Work

    In today’s episode I’m speaking with Hannah, who is Active Duty in the Navy. Hannah shares her MTF birth story, and her experience being diagnosed with sepsis in the days following her birth, as the result of a UTI that turned into a kidney infection. She also talks about the experience of being one of the only new moms in her command in recent years, and how she had to carve a path for herself in this space when she returned to work. Follow along with Military Birth Talk:Instagram: @mil...

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Spitfire Coach ,

So Happy I Found This Podcast!

I’m a new military spouse, 32+3, just moved cross country, and was completely overwhelmed with the Tricare military birth process. After a frustrating appointment where they asked me what day I wanted to give birth, I cried and said time out. I’m only an episode in, but already feel super validated and supported. Thank you!

MissF178 ,

Stories that are incredibly enlightening!

This podcast highlights how different everyone’s pregnancy, birth and postpartum journey unfolds, while also shedding light on the unique challenges that our military families face every day.

I would recommend this podcast to anyone who enjoys birth stories, works with expecting military families (OB’s, Midwives, labor and delivery nurses, doulas, etc.), or if you just want to understand this demanding lifestyle.

Thank you to everyone who made this platform for stories to be shared and also to all the women who so openly shared them with the world.

Knkn66 ,

Intriguing and informative! 📣

This podcast really shines a light on the adjustments and sacrifices military families have to make when giving birth. The best part is that you are hearing it directly through the voices of those that have experienced it, all while learning more about birth through their personal stories. 10 out of 10! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 I definitely recommend!

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