Podcasts about Birth Work
Hosted by Robin Elise Weiss and Hillary Melchiors, this twice monthly podcast is for anyone who is a childbirth professional trying to make change while keeping their business afloat and hopefully thriving. Recent episodes covered life on call, how to listen to all the birth stories people tell you when they learn what you do, and an interview with Sharon Muza about her successful business.
Doulas of the Roundtable
The host of this podcast come from very different places in their doula journey. Angela is a doula with over 20 years of experience, and Eva is fairly new to doula work. The generational and experience differences spark some interesting conversation. The hosts strive to make the podcast “a place for open discussions on the topics that impact us as birth workers. A place where all opinions are equal, knowledge is shared and hard topics are talked about.” Recent topics include insurance coverage for doulas, unassisted birth, and creating boundaries.
The Pragmatic Doulas
Kim, Suzanne and Stephanie are all doulas in Toronto, and they get together and talk birth, inviting you to listen in. Their podcast is “a place for open discussions on the topics that impact us as birth workers. A place where all opinions are equal, knowledge is shared and hard topics are talked about.” Recent topics include how doulas can support each other, how doulas are addressed in the media, and how doctors in their area are in hot water for systemically ignoring informed consent.
Geared towards childbirth educators, this podcast sponsored by Injoy is hosted by Debbie Young. In each episode, she interviews a guest on a topic related to birth work. Season 3 topics included multiple births, mood disorders in fathers, epigenetics and birth trauma.
Nathan Riley is a Southern California obstetrician and podcaster. Each episode of his podcast consists of him summarizing and commenting on the various ACOG practice bulletins and guidelines while drinking wine. It’s accessible, mildly humorous and each episode includes a review of that week’s wine. Recent topics include group B strep and early pregnancy loss. Episode 10 is a favorite!
Stuart Fischbein is a Los Angeles based OB who practices in the community and collaborates with home birth midwives regularly. His podcast isn’t on a regular schedule, but it does cover a bunch of topics of interest to doulas. His most recent ones include self-care, community birth, and non-intervention interventions.
Podcasts about Birth
Adriana Lozada’s goal is to help parents have a smooth transition to parenthood, and her podcast addresses many common concerns. Recent topics include preparing emotionally to combine working and breastfeeding, getting over fear about unmedicated birth, and birth with Type 1 diabetes.
The Birth Circle
Weekly conversations on everything connected to birth and parenthood. Host Sarah Asay facilitates conversations with guests on topics like breastfeeding, different kinds of births, childbirth educations, and (my favorite episode) birth planning. It’s my favorite because I was the guest.
You might think that linguistics and birth don’t have much to do with each other, but Sara Pixton combines her two passions and really digs into the language of pregnancy and birth to help birthing people and professionals to communicate better. It’s a fairly new podcast, and I recommend starting at the beginning, as the concepts she’s teaching build on each other.
Evidence Based Birth
Rebecca Dekker is the woman behind the popular resource Evidence Based Birth, and her podcast is one more option to stay current on her evaluations of the evidence. She discussed her papers, talks to guest speakers, and shares her own personal experiences.
Hosts Meagan and Julie are both doulas and parents who have had a VBAC. They share tips, tricks and birth stories all about vaginal birth after cesarean.
The Birth Hour
This podcast is birth stories galore! Host Bryn Huntpalmer interviews someone different every episode about their birth experience, and the variety is wide. Past episodes can be searched by topic on her web site, so if you’re a twin mom looking for stories about twins, you can find those! Everything from planned cesarean to water birth to birth with an epidural to surrogacy is included.