A podcast created with passion by a Brisbane mum with a strong desire to learn about all the positive and beautiful sides to birth. This space is created for all women to see, hear, and share empowering birth stories and advice in the hopes to heal and educate others. Each week I'll be chatting with Australian mothers, partners, and professionals to inspire other women on their own journey to motherhood.
S3 EP100: Bernie Wolff - Homebirth/prolapse/hospital transfer
On today’s show Bernie shares her rite of passage to motherhood with the birth of her son, Oakley.
Bernie felt “lost in the system” as she began to attend her antenatal appointments with no clue as to what models of care were available. It was only after her close friend mentioned homebirth that she was open to the idea of birthing outside of a hospital setting. A viewing of the birth documentary “Birth Time” helped solidify her and her husband's choice to bring their son earthside at home with a private midwife.
As her pregnancy progressed, she felt anxious over her son’s transverse position. An eperience that gifted Bernie her greatest lesson to take into her birth and parenthood - to let go and trust. Trust in her body, her baby, and her innate instincts. Bernie shares the ramifications of her pregnancy rhinitis and the importance of building your village before you enter matrescence.
Instagram: @burnbabybern16 @tofe.evans
Homebirth womens circle: @homebirthqld
Photographers: @photographybydannielle @mylaleephotography @aliceleaphotography
Courses: Calm Birth
To celebrate our 100th episode and season 3 wrapping up, we want to say a huge THANK YOU to our listeners and all the incredible mamas who have featured on the show by having our first ever PBA website sale.
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S3 EP99: Alyssa Booth - Positive induction/short cervix/low fluid + Homebirths/precipitous labours
Featuring on today’s show is mother-of-three and birth doula, Alyssa.
After a routine ultrasound discovered that Alyssa had a shortened cervix and low fluid, she was prepped for an induction at 39 weeks. Only a short-time after having her waters ruptured, she gave birth to her daughter in the bath without any further interventions.
Having had such a positive experience with her induction she decided to give up her MGP spot, instead choosing to stay in the comfort of her home to birth her second baby. Labouring on her deck as the sun rose and the birds sang in the background, she birthed her son into the water in under two hours.
With her labour time drastically lowering each birth experience, her birth team were prepared to jump into action as she entered her 38th week gestation, but when her labour progressed even faster than anticipated, she barely had time to settle in the shower as her son came roaring earthside after only 45 minutes of labour.
Instagram: @cherish_birth @illawarrabirthclasses
Books: Birth Skills by Juju Sundin
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S3 EP98: Lauren Kerr - Positive hospital birth/HG/Placenta previa/Covid/Big baby
Today’s episode we hear the challenging yet powerful journey of first time mother, Lauren.
Lauren was excited when the time came to finally start a family. Her initial excitement about the presence of pregnancy symptoms was short-lived as she quickly succumb to the overwhelm and debilitation that came with a HG diagnosis. Just when the battle to get through her constant nausea seemed to finally relent, she was hit with covid, giving her a new round of symptoms to navigate through.
A hypnobirthing course in late pregnancy provided her with the tools and confidence she needed to advocate for the natural birth she knew was possible, even when faced with many high-risk labels attached to her journey.
Having continuity of care through the hospitals MGP program with a midwife who respected her birth space, gave Lauren the perfect environment to feel safe and supported as she breathed her daughter earthside.
Books: Ina May, Childbirth Without Fear by Grantly Dick-Read
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S3 EP97: Justine Zappa - Birth Book creator - Birth centre + Pregnancy loss + Homebirth
Today we hear from Justine, the author and creator of Birth Book; an interactive guide to instil trust and confidence in ones body to birth.
Justine’s story started like many, she was terrified at the thought of giving birth. It was only when she conceived her first child that she was able to transform her belief system around birth and adopt a mindset of complete trust in her body’s capabilities. Walking into a dimly lit room with machines away at her local birth centre, gave her the environment she needed to roar her son earthside in all her power.
When she conceive her second baby, the wave of sickness that engulfed her felt different to her previous pregnancy. She would unfortunately find out that her little girl, Gigi Rose, was not viable for life. Overwhelmed with shock and grief, a shift in her mindset allowed Justine to honour her emotions while celebrating the short life of her little girl; birthing her at 16 weeks gestation surrounded by pure love.
Although a tragic outcome, Justine knew her daughter was sent to her for a reason. Learning the importance of acceptance and alignment when on the journey of creation, which inspired her to create Birth Book. When the time came to enter the birth realm once more, she drew strength from her angel baby as she welcomed her rainbow baby earthside in the peace and comfort of her bedroom.
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***We cover Justine’s pregnancy loss and the birth of her daughter between 20:00 and 30:00 - if you are not in a space to hear this content, please skip this section.
S3 EP96: Neva Daria Jenny - Homebirth turned freebirth
On today’s show we hear from first-time mother, Neva.
Originating from Switzerland where birth centres are commonly used, Neva was disappointed when she couldn’t find one in her area. This led her to seek out advice and guidance from a friend about homebirthing, which she was the path she ultimately chose for her birth.
When she felt the niggle of surges slowly building at 38 weeks gestation, she dismissed them as early labour signs. Riding through those waves, she hastily called on her partner to come check her, discovering it was time to call the midwife.
Knowing she wouldn’t make it in time, her midwife supported them over the phone as she roared her son earthside on their bathroom floor, just the three of them.
Instagram: @neva.daria @sioneppaongo
Doula: Birthing You
S3 EP95: Amanda Freeman - Hospital birth/PPH + Birth Centre + Twin Freebirth/Footling breech
On today’s show, holistic nutrition coach and mother-of-four, Amanda, takes us on the journey that led her to freebirth her twin girls at home. Amanda experienced obstetric abuse during her first birth that caused a severe postpartum haemorrhage. Her second birth, although not as traumatic, solidified in her mind that any future babies would be born at home.
When the urning for a third child started to arise, Amanda and her husband were given a 2% chance to conceive naturally due to his vasectomy reversal. Declining the IVF route, they instead chose to surrendered to what was meant for them; conceiving their twin girls only a short time later. Amanda threw herself into all research available around physiological twin birth. She innately knew her body was capable of birthing her babies but her options were limited when it came to support. With her extensive knowledge and understanding around twin birth, she knew the only place she could give her babies the time and presence they needed to come earthside, was undisturbed at home.
Amanda shares the awe inspiring moments she bear witness to the power of her body's physiological dance to bring her transverse babies down to be born, and how she intwined her knowledge and instincts to navigate a pivotal point in her birth.