Goodness, It sure has been crazy since I started on this adventure of becoming a certified birth and postpartum doula. Between the classes, starting my own business, working full-time, and my family commitments I’ve been super busy these past few months. All the while I’ve been setting up my online presence I’ve been thinking about what I’d like my first blog post and what it should be about. It has been a very hard decision because there are just sooooo many great things that everyone should know more about within the motherhood world!
So, to make things easier, I’m going to take you through my learning journey. Basically, what this means is that, I’m going to pick topics in the relative order in which I learned about them. With that being said this first blog post is going to be about the podcasts that I listen to because if you have read my About Me page you’ll know that they are how I learned about the doula profession.
Below you can learn about what I listen to regularly and my personal opinions about each. Enjoy!
The Birth Hour
This is a fabulous podcast that is dedicated to birth stories. Bryn Huntpalmer interviews women from all over the world about their unique birth stories, this lets one mentally compare their birth to others from different countries, cultures, or even just different hospitals. It can also be great for first time soon-to-be mamas to hear birth stories to help them prepare for their own birth.
Vanessa Merten is basically a research specialist. While that may not be her official title, this is how I think of her. The reason why is because she will take a topic about pregnancy, birth, or postpartum and research her butt off about it. Then she condenses all of the information into a 20 minute or less podcast session. I believe that her work is especially valuable because regular people whom are going about their day-to-day lives don’t have time to look into such things so in-depth, nor do they have time to listen to multiple extended podcast episodes. I’ve learned so much from her podcast it’s kind of crazy to think about where I would be without it.
The Postpartum Podcast
This one is all about the postpartum life. Kellie Edson talks with both birth professionals and moms about the different aspects of the transition into parenthood. I enjoy this podcast because it’s dealing with real life issues that not many people talk/ warn you about.
I learned about this podcast from The Birth Hour. Actually it was approximately the third or fourth episode I listened to, that was an interview of Nathalie Saenz and her experiences as a doula that alerted me to the doula profession. These two podcasts change my path in life in under an hour, isn’t that crazy? Anyways this podcast is more for birth professionals wanting to spread information so that everyone can grow together.
Fear Free Childbirth Podcast
Alexia Leachman is a British therapist, speaker and pregnancy coach. She is trying to spread the word on how unnecessary medical the birth world is nowadays and how women are not learning about the natural processes of their bodies. She is attempting to take the fear out of childbirth by interviewing professionals from the birth world. I truly think that this a great way to go about getting real information out to the masses.
I’m not going to lie, more often than not I don’t get to this podcast. Truly I just don’t have the time for it anymore and don’t particularly like the way it’s recorded. Now that is not to say that I don’t thoroughly enjoy their content and completely agree with the solution they’re providing. As the name says, progressive parenting is all about sharing information to parents to help them form informed decisions for their families, the host Gena Kirby interviews, Doctors, Nurses, Midwives, Authors and other experts to answer parenting questions.
All About Breastfeeding
I LOVE this podcast! It is so very informative about a subject that not a lot of people want to talk about publicly. It is also a political issue right now, though Lori J Isenstadt, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) doesn’t concentrate specifically on the political point of view, more like she’s trying to normalize breastfeeding so that it’s not even considered a political topic anymore. I truly recommend it to anyone though becuase the information is presented in a way that anyone can understand whether it’s a regular person off the street or someone with a Doctorates degree.
To Raise Questions Doula Podcast
This podcast is also for professional childbirth workers. Its intention is to give birth workers free access to some of the most thoughtful and experienced experts in birth and related fields who will share their insights in order to increase evidence-based information sharing while fostering professionalism, integrity and intention in birth work. The topics that they cover are very interesting and, personally, I’ve found have open my mind to subjects that I had no idea even existed.
Fourth Trimester Project
Lastly, the goal of this podcast is to remove the curtain of postpartum life. They want to provide care information for the first few months and beyond birth allowing for practical, emotional, and social support for new parents. When I started following this podcast I was truly just trying to diversify my knowledge, becuase at the time I was only listening to information about pregnancy and birth. Now I’m thankful that it came into my life because I now know so much more than I would have without it.
Well then! As you can see I am a solid supporter of podcast listening and wouldn’t mind suggestions.
Until Next Time,