Looking for some new listening material? Check out a few of these birth, birthwork, and midwifery themed podcasts.
This podcast is an extension of the Full-Spectrum Doula Circle. The podcast started out in the fall of 2018 as a means of improving access to interviews that had previously been done for webinars by the same creator. Since starting, new content has been added also. past interviews include activists, authors, care providers, and more, including Melinda Morales, Indra Lusero, Mishka Terplan, and Renee Bracey Sherman talking about subjects like nonjudgmental support for pregnant teens, abortion doulas, and drug use in pregnancy. Find it on Apple Podcasts and Spreaker.
A doula and midwife teamed up to create this San Diego, CA based birth podcast. While their primary audience seems to be birthing people more than birthworkers, topics like the history of how menstruation has been managed, weight stigma in pregnancy, and nuances of practicing informed consent will likely appeal to both. Episodes include interviews with birth attendants, other birthworkers, and gestational parents sharing their knowledge and experiences. Find this podcast on Stitcher and Apple Podcasts.
Created by a self identified transmasculine birth parent, this podcast offers exceptional insight into the experiences of queer families, nonbinary folx having babies, and masculine leaning gestational parents. Episodes include topics like trying to conceive as a trans man, buffering the impacts of discrimination, and meeting people where they are. This is one of the few birth podcasts that uses language that acknowledges the broad range of people that become pregnant. This one also has written transcripts available if podcasts aren’t your thing!
Co-hosted by Dr. Stuart Fischbein, MD OB/GYN and Blyss Young, LM CPM, this podcast where the two interview various birthworkers about topics including coercion versus consent, community based birth, breech birth, and more. Find this one on iHeartRadio and Apple Podcasts.
Birth Stories in Color is, much like its name suggests, a collection of birth stories from people of color. The concept is based on a combination of the power of storytelling and the need for a space where birth stories that aren’t being heard elsewhere to be shared. Co-hosts Laurel Gourrier and Danielle Jackson are both doulas and reproductive justice advocates who share stories ranging from cesareans to unassisted births, and triumphant, empowering experiences to heartbreaking losses. Birth Stories in Color can be found on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Hosted by doula, rape crisis peer counselor, wellness coach, and community organizer Eri Guajardo Johnson, the Birth Bruja podcast has no lack of depth. It skips straight over the shallows and dives deep into decolonizing birth, treatment of those who find themselves birthing behind bars, loss, privilege in birthwork, and the racial disparities in outcomes in the USA. Birth Bruja is also currently hosting a book club for birthworkers. This one can be found on Itunes, Soundcloud, and YouTube.
This one is brand new! Hosted by midwife Augustine Colebrook, at this time this podcast has only one full episode released, but it is looking promising. The podcast’s official description reads, “Midwives from all around the world share work conditions, political landscape, community support, and health metrics where they work as well as some amazing birth stories and clinical updates! If you’re someone who cares about maternal child health and wants to see midwifery as the gold standard for normal birth around the globe, join us as we give voice to the revolution!” Find it on Apple Podcasts.