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A podcast for the thinking woman, not afraid to question the current policy based maternity system. Hosted by the Virtual Midwife, Karen Wilmot who left hospital work to unlearn everything she knew and relearn it in a way that remains true to her calling to be "with women". In this podcast she shares lessons from the labor room, women's wisdom, interviews with thought leaders and discussions with change makers, along with transformational lessons and meditations for pregnancy and birth.

The Virtual Midwife The Virtual Midwife

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

A podcast for the thinking woman, not afraid to question the current policy based maternity system. Hosted by the Virtual Midwife, Karen Wilmot who left hospital work to unlearn everything she knew and relearn it in a way that remains true to her calling to be "with women". In this podcast she shares lessons from the labor room, women's wisdom, interviews with thought leaders and discussions with change makers, along with transformational lessons and meditations for pregnancy and birth.

    All about Transition

    All about Transition

    Transition is the final phase of the first stage of labour and marks the cervix opening to its widest diameter and the descent of the baby's head. It's physically and emotionally intense and is often the time when you think you can't go on anymore. Karen talks about the 4 D's of transition - denial, despondence, defiance and desperation and they share examples of these from recent births. Charlene highlights the importance of making sure partners know what to expect with transition so they can step in and support you rather than freaking out when you most need them!



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    • 20 min
    Do you Need a Birth Plan?

    Do you Need a Birth Plan?

    I have a love/hate relationship with birth plans so we thought it would be a great topic to bring to our weekly chats about everything pregnancy, birth and beyond. In this episode we chat more about why birth plans became popular and the importance of using the right language when creating one so that what you are really creating is a birth day wish list. Essentially everything that you do leading up to your birth is part of your birth plan and involves preparation - which is the part that I love. The more you prepare, the better the plan. 

    Drop us a line if you have any questions. We love feedback and if there is a subject you'd like to hear us natter about then let us know. 

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    • 37 min
    What About Water Birth?

    What About Water Birth?

    Waterbirth is known for its pain relieving effects and the benefits do not stop there. Water helps the mother to be buoyant and gives her added capacity for mobility. The water softens the tissues as the baby moves down the birth path and provides the baby with a gentle landing, as it transitions from the amniotic waters into the waters of the pool. The soothing effects of water cannot be denied and we chat all about this amazing option for labour and for birth at home or at hospital, to help you make your mind up about it and decide if you would like to try it for your birth experience. 

    More about Karen here

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    • 30 min
    When Should I Call my Doula?

    When Should I Call my Doula?

    Charlene had a call from a client in early labor on the morning of recording this episode so we thought it would be a great topic to chat about. Despite the call, we still managed to record this episode and have a few cups of tea and a chat before it was time for Charlene to head over to be with her and the baby was born later that evening. 

    So in this episode we discuss: 


    When should you call your doula? 
    Should you call your doula or your midwife first? 
    Should you let the hospital know you are en route? 
    Is it different if you are having a home birth? 
    Is it possible to call too late? 

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    Preview Relax into Birth PLUS here

    • 27 min
    Birth Affirmations

    Birth Affirmations

    Enjoy this 1-hour track of soothing music with positive birth affirmations. I recommend listening to it daily during pregnancy 


    during deep meditation or 
    as background while doing other tasks. 

    During labor, you can have it playing quietly in the background or listen with headphones to keep you focused and grounded. Don't underestimate the power of your mind to change negative and limiting thought patterns. Use the affirmations that don't resonate to identify possible blocks.

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Is a baby ever to big to be born vaginally?

    Is a baby ever to big to be born vaginally?

    This week we had a great question from a listener who is concerned about the size of her baby. She sent us a one liner message asking "Is a baby really ever too big to give birth to vaginally?" 

    As always, we consider both facts and opinions and explore the different perspectives of doulas, midwives, birthing mothers and obstetricians.

    More about Karen here

    More about Charlene here

    Preview Relax into Birth PLUS here

    • 21 min

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