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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. Instagram: @positivebirthaustralia
 
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Today’s show features the perspective from both mum and dad, with Laura and partner Giau, sharing the births of their two daughters.Having witnessed her friend give birth “like a boss”, Laura was excited to experience physiological birth. A hypnobirthing course helped her to feel armed with knowledge, but once labouring in the hospital and faced wi…
 
On today’s show we hear Melanie share the birth stories of her three daughters, including twins, and the compelling discoveries she made through a challenging postpartum. Following the birth of her first daughter, which she describes as a mostly positive experience, she suffered in silence completely unaware that she was showing signs of significan…
 
On today’s show we hear the birth stories of Perth photographer and mother of six, Levi. Having given birth naturally to her first two babies, Levi didn’t hesitate to seek out the same birth plan when it was discovered her third baby was breech presentation. Although faced with pressure to birth via a cesarean, the unwavering trust she had in her b…
 
Today’s episode features the birth story of first-time mum, Reagan. Being a young mother meant that Reagan had little exposure to the physiology of childbirth, which motivated her to seek out education using any platform she could. She credits the invaluable knowledge she gained through a hypnobirthing course for building the trust and confidence w…
 
On today’s show Tayla takes us through her three contrasting births. Experiencing severe birth trauma after her second child that afflicted her a harsh postpartum, Tayla was shocked to learn that other women around her had similar experiences. When she eventually surrendered to the choice of having a third child, she deeply felt there had to be ano…
 
Today’s episode features the two births of a Penrith mother, Taylor. Taylor’s first daughter was breech presentation leading to an unwanted cesarean birth that left her feeling “robbed”. By the time she conceived her second child, she knew a homebirth was her ultimate choice, not knowing at the time it would be an experience that changed her life. …
 
On today’s show we hear the incredible journey of twin mother, Jadeja. While on their way to the hospital Jadeja quickly realised they weren’t going to make it in time after her surges rapidly picked up; it would be only moments later her husband was catching their son with one hand. Although not the birthing place she had imagined, she felt an imm…
 
On today’s show I chat with first-time mum, Cass, about her positive, drug-free hospital birth. After experiencing a confusing pregnancy loss that sent her on a whirlwind of emotions, she thankfully wouldn’t have to wait long for her rainbow baby to arrive. When her baby was labelled “too big” to go full term, Cass utilised the knowledge she gained…
 
On today’s episode midwife and first-time mum, Caitlin, shares the birth of her daughter at home. Caitlin comes from a long family history of heavily medicalised births but a homebirth was something that always deeply resonated with her. Being considered a high-risk pregnancy meant she would face resistance along the way, but instead of allowing ou…
 
Today’s show features a positive hospital birth story from first-time mum, Lara. Having initially felt hesitant towards hypnobirthing, it didn’t take long for the knowledge she and her husband gained from that course to spark their excitement and trust for birth. Empowered with knowledge and confidence in her body and baby, Lara went on to have the…
 
Today’s episode features the three births of Gold Coast mother, Tammy. Although her first birth, in the hospital, was a drug-free physiological birth, she details being left with hints of birth trauma from the sheer intensity of it. She took what she learned from that birth into her second, where her son made a speedy entrance earthside at home. He…
 
Today’s episode features the birth journey of first time mum, Zion. Being born at home herself, Zion knew without a doubt that a homebirth was the only option for her. At a 6 week scan it was discovered she was carrying twins but sadly one of them wasn’t to be. Despite this loss, she went on to have a healthy and fulfilling pregnancy. She narrates …
 
S3 EP69: Today’s episode features the undisturbed homebirth of Luca. After hearing Dr Sarah Buckley’s episode on PBA, Alex knew she needed to work on the fears and limiting beliefs she had around birth. Diving deep into physiological birth, she slowly entered the birth portal feeling empowered by the knowledge she gained and primed for her journey …
 
On today’s episode I chat with Northern Rivers mother, Charlie, about her two births. Charlie’s first birth was a transfer from home ending in an emergency caesarean section. Diving deep into the emotions she was left with after that experience, she was able to pull from it the lesson she needed to bring into her next birth; deep surrender. When th…
 
On today’s show I speak with author, nutritionist and mother-of-two, Tahlia, about her two homebirths. Her first labour was a test of endurance, beginning with inconsistent surges that grew in intensity over a 30 hour period. Her second birth experience she describes as never quite kicking up a notch like she was anticipating it would; giving birth…
 
Welcome back to season 3 of Positive Birth Australia. I am beyond excited to be back sharing inspiring and educational stories to assist you along your journey. It gives me the greatest pleasure to start this year off with one of the greatest, a Women’s Mysteries teacher and founder of “The School of Shamanic Womancraft, Jane Hardwicke Collings. Ja…
 
Today is a bonus episode I have recorded with previous PBA guest, Dr Diana Pakzamir from Blossom Family Chiropractic. You might remember she had an accidental free birth at home during the height of the pandemic, which you can listen to over on episode 59. Today Diana is giving us some insight into the benefits of chiropractic care and how it can s…
 
S2 EP65: Today’s episode features the inspirational journey of freebirthing twin mama, Ally. The birth of Ally’s first daughter was a pleasant enough experience for her to opt back into the same model of care during her second pregnancy, until one simple question from her five year old daughter prompted her to consider a homebirth. Using fertility …
 
On today’s show I chat with Perth mother, Jenna, about her two births. Jenna’s first birth at a birthing centre was relatively straight-forward, until the moment her daughter lagged taking her first breath causing her to be swiftly taken away. When she called in her second baby, a son that she had felt around her from a small child, she initially d…
 
On today’s show I chat with birth photographer and mother of three, Bianca. Having birthed her first two babies within the hospital system, it wasn’t until she started documenting birth that the potent contrast between birth environments and the impact that can have on women, became apparent. When she conceived her third baby, she applied all the k…
 
On this week's episode I chat with first-time mum, Lucy, about her unmedicated birth in the hospital. Lucy admits she knew nothing about birth when she first fell pregnant but dreamed of having a natural, physiological birthing experience. Seeking out the knowledge she required, she found a hypnobirthing course provided her, and her partner, with a…
 
Today’s episode features the four births of Brisbane midwife and soon-to-be mother of five, Dayna. Having her first child at a young age meant she entered her journey from maiden to mother with very little knowledge on birth or the type of care she wanted. Although at the time she considered that experience a positive one, seeing her sister have a …
 
Today’s episode is one of miracles and heartache - featuring the long journey of birth photographer and mother of two, Amy. After losing one of her fallopian tubes to an ectopic pregnancy and being told by a specialist that she had minimal chances of conceiving naturally, Amy finally got her miracle baby. Although feeling overwhelmed with gratitude…
 
On today’s show I chat with Melbourne chiropractor and mother of two, Diana. Coming from a long-line of generational birth trauma, Diana chose to change the narrative with her own birth journey. She hired a doula, did a hypnobirthing course and learnt all she could about physiological birth to give her the tools and knowledge she needed to navigate…
 
Featuring on today’s episode is award-winning Hypnobirthing Practitioner and mother of two, Shari, from Belly2Birth. Initially fearful of birth, she found herself being pulled to hypnobirthing and decided that despite the financial pressure at the time, completing a course was a non-negotiable. She describes the birth of her son as a huge awakening…
 
Featuring on today’s show is author and founder of the Positive Birth Movement, Milli Hill. Today we discuss the lessons and insights gained through her own birth experiences and how a small weekly column catapulted her to become one of the leading voices for women’s rights in childbirth. Taking snippets from her book "Give Birth Like a Feminist" w…
 
Today’s episode features the two birth stories of Adelaide mother, Emma. Scheduling an induction after a rise in concern around her baby’s growth, Emma experienced a fast, whirlwind birth that left her feeling stunned and dazed. Second time around she educated herself by completing a hypnobirthing course and describes her daughter’s birth as painle…
 
Today’s episode features midwife, Anna, taking us through her breech birth journey. Originally wanting to birth at home through her hospitals midwifery program, she realised it was not an option after exhausting all efforts to turn her baby. Initially expecting to feel devastated when her final attempt ,doing an ECV failed, she left that appointmen…
 
On today’s episode we hear the birth story of first-time mum, Madelin. Having no concept of the types of care available to her, she entered the system and quickly felt overwhelmed and stressed by certain experiences. After completing a hypnobirthing course with her husband, they felt armed with knowledge walking into a midwife appointment at the ho…
 
On today’s episode I chat with Lisa about her fast and furious birth. Prior to her daughter being born Lisa says she felt terrified of birth and completely unprepared for what was ahead of her. Having only heard trauma-filled birth stories, she was consumed with doubt in her bodies abilities and lacked the knowledge to navigate the system. After bo…
 
Todays show features the two contrasting births of Perth mum, Shannon. She describes her first birth as a traumatic and powerless experience that led her into a dark postpartum period, leaving her feeling incompetent. When she and her husband decided to try for another baby, they both agreed they did not want to relive that same story and opted to …
 
Today I have the honour of interviewing a mother and midwife, podcast host (The Midwives’ Cauldron), award-winning blog writer (Midwife Thinking), author and academic, Dr Rachel Reed. On today’s episode we discuss the link between labelling pregnant women and interventions, the true risks associated with meconium stained waters, beyond the label of…
 
Today’s episode features the inspiring journey of mum of two, Carlie.She had originally planned to birth in her local hospital but was encouraged by a midwife to access their homebirth program. A scan at 38 weeks revealed her baby was frank breech (bum down) meaning she wouldn’t be able to birth at home unless her baby turned. Fortunately, her wate…
 
On todays show I chat with artist and birthkeeper, Amy, about her three births. It was never a question that she would birth her babies in the safety and comfort of her home; having an innate trust in her body, Amy went on to have two powerful, life-changing experiences, utilising midwifery care. When she called in her third baby, she never felt th…
 
Today is a special episode focused solely on, and highlighting, the importance of the postpartum period - or fourth trimester. Previous PBA guest and postpartum doula, Loz, from Mother Bloom, dives deep into why our postpartum period matters and how we can best nurture and support ourselves to replete, recover and restore our bodies after pregnancy…
 
On today’s show I chat with Emily about her three births. Her first planned homebirth, through the community midwifery program, unfortunately ended in a somewhat traumatic transfer to hospital. Emily then had to do a lot of work to unpack the fears left behind from that experience for her next birth, which was at home with a private midwife. She we…
 
On today’s show I interview Crystal, from The Gentle Counsellor, about her two hospital births. Crystal went into her first birth armed with the knowledge gained from a 'Calm Birth' course. Although feeling deflated by prolonged pre-labour, she went on to have the ideal water birth she desired. Her second birth was met with the same prolonged pre-l…
 
On today's show I chat with midwife, Amanda, about her two homebirths. Being a midwife almost made it harder for Amanda to get out of her head during labour, particularly when she reached those 'crisis of confidence' moments. She shares with us the valuable tools she took away from each of her births to use in her practice supporting woman in the h…
 
Today’s episode features birthkeeper, Emily, sharing her two births. Emily’s first birth was at home with the support of a private midwife which she describes as an empowering experience that changed her forever. This was also the birth that ignited the fire in her to support women on their own rite of passage. When she consciously conceived her da…
 
On today’s show I have the privilege of interviewing Dr Sarah J. Buckley. Dr Buckley is trained as a GP with qualifications in GP obstetrics and has been writing and lecturing to childbirth professionals and parents since 1997. She is also the author of the international best-selling book "Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering" - which is available for pu…
 
On today’s show I interview Meg, homebirth midwife and co-founder of “It Takes a Village Midwifery” here in Brisbane. Meg takes us through her journey from maiden to mother, sharing how each of her births impacted her and the diversity she experienced over those four births. From her first birth where she felt inspired by her labour but traumatised…
 
Today’s show features Grace taking us through the birth of her daughter at home. She explains her search for care as a journey within itself that pushed her to look deeper into how women birth, exploring the option to free birth, but ultimately deciding to birth at home with the support of a doula and midwife. We chat about the emotion-charged conv…
 
Today I interview Kate about her two positive births. Although wanting a homebirth, financially at the time it wasn’t a viable option so she opted to get into the local hospital’s Midwifery Group Practice. She went on to have a natural, water birth.When her family decided to relocate to New Castle, knowing they offered publicly funded homebirth was…
 
On today’s show I chat with Maha, founder and creator of Bellydance Birth and Embody Birth, about the births of her three children and her life’s work as an award-winning author, educator, and birth advocate.Maha describes birth as a transformative experience; a spiritual alignment that brings connection and awareness to everything in life.We chat …
 
Today’s show features freebirthing mama, Sarah, sharing her three births. Her first two girls were born in a hospital with a private midwife, completely straight forward and somewhat fast. When she fell pregnant with her third baby, she took the approach of tuning into her intuition and being mindful of how she felt throughout her pregnancy, never …
 
Today’s episode features Woonona artist, Tegan, sharing the birth of her daughter. For as long as Tegan could remember she knew she wanted to birth outside of the system. After a surprise pregnancy, she immediately found the perfect midwife to educate and support her on her rite of passage into motherhood. She describes her early labour as being cr…
 
Today’s episode I chat with Meme about the birth of her daughter. Meme already had a great sense of what true physiological birth looks like from her work in the field as a doula, hypnobirthing practitioner and photographer, so it was a no-brainer that she chose to birth her baby safely at home. We chat about the positive impact getting in tune wit…
 
Today I chat with Elysha about the birth of her son at her local public hospital. Originally planning to go with the flow, a sudden onset of anxiety persuaded her to do a hypnobirthing course that changed her entrie mindset about birth and enabled her to stand firm on her decions along the way. She went on to have the drug-free, physiological birth…
 
Today’s show features childbirth educator, birth attendant, counsellor and author, Rhea Dempsey. Rhea’s well-known book “Birth with Confidence” has helped awaken and guide so many of us along our own journeys, and her latest release “Beyond the Birth Plan” is of equal magnitude. Rhea shares her three birth stories, focusing a lot on her first birth…
 
On today’s show we chat with Elise, a midwife and cofounder of Shine Postnatal Services, about her two hospital births. Diagnosed with PCOS, it took two years and a major lifestyle change to concieve thier first child. Elise chose to have a “social induction” at 39 weeks using prostin gel and was lucky enough to have the water birth she desired wit…
 
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