The Free Birth Podcast explores what it means to have full autonomy and choice during pregnancy and childbirth. In a technologically obsessed culture where obstetrics has taken over the managment of women's births in the last century, we now find ourselves with an epidemic of surgical births, countless traumatizing birth stories and a deeply imbedded resistance to the normalcy of birth. Pregnancy is treated as an illness and childbirth as an emergency from which women and babies need to be saved. Before there were doctors, even midwives, there was just...birth. Women have been successfully birthing healthy babies for as long as we have been alive. Birth is a normal physiological event that rarely needs true medical intervention. To free birth is typically associated with the term unassisted childbirth, meaning a person is choosing to birth without medical assistance and is managing her own care. This podcast is a virtual corner of the universe to celebrate and validate the movement to reclaim birth as our own. Birth is not a medical event. Join us this year as we discuss legal and human rights in childbirth, investigate the different models of care, and hear from women around the world as they tell their stories of birthing freely. *Our intention with this podcast is to lift the voices of people making the decision to opt out of the default medical system and treat their pregnancy and birth as a non medical event, doing what they feel is safest for their babies. This podcast does not suggest that everyone should be seeking similar birthing choices, or that it is the right and only way, but rather to highlight that for some people who choose, free birth is a perfectly safe and viable option. There is enough room in this world for everyone's personal choices, in birth and beyond. www.freebirthsociety.com
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AndreaMal3
Dec 23 '19
Rating:   2
Constant interruptions

Can’t stand the constant interruptions in every single pod cast. Makes it super hard to listen and the interruptions go on and on and take focus away from the mothers story.

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Mekuhle
Dec 19 '19
Rating:   8
Great stories

Interesting stories

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Dftgb
Dec 16 '19
Rating:   10
If you believe in women this pod is for you

This podcast is full of love, empowering, and has real stories. Even if you don’t want kids, or are done having kids but still love to hear birth stories then tune in for sure. You won’t regret it.

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Sevanioooo
Dec 15 '19
Rating:   4
The host makes this painful

I have listened to this since the beginning and I Love the women’s stories, but the interjections, interruptions, ineloquent pontification, and distorted reframing of the women’s words by the host can make episodes cringeworthy.

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jesskeffer
Dec 14 '19
Rating:   10
Beautiful and Encouraging Stories

My partner and I have found this podcast to be the most encouraging and powerful part of my prenatal care! I can’t speak enough to the power and wisdom he and I receive through these stories from authentic women who journey through pregnancy and birth with full autonomy, love, and intuition. So grateful for this resource.

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leajadec
Dec 14 '19
Rating:   10
I’m in love with this podcast!

I started listening to this podcast about a year ago and haven’t stopped since! I look forward to every Friday when I get out of work and get to listen to all these amazing women on my home. This podcast truly changed my perspective on life and what I want out of it. Although my partner and I are not ready to start a family of our own, I can’t wait till the day comes that I get to birth my own baby in my full power and then be able to raise my son or daughter to give all women the full respect that they deserve! Thank you Emilie for all that you do to bring light to the wonderful world of freebirth and for always supporting women in community!

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queenrozzie
Dec 14 '19
Rating:   10
Most coherent podcast on unassisted preg/ birth out there

Constantly amazed at the high caliber of information, insight and integrity presented on this podcast. Thank you for continuing to do this work that is so needed- there is really NOTHING else out there like it- period.

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kelsie_alyssa
Dec 14 '19
Rating:   10
The response episode!

I could write an entire paper on my appreciation for the conversation between you 5 women, but I will just say THANK YOU FOR EVERY SINGLE WORD! And I can’t wait to take your radical birth keeper training! I was very confused by the episode on taking back birth, too. :(

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waterashton
Dec 13 '19
Rating:   10
Favorite Podcast! Life changing!

I found Free Birth Society right after having my first and had experienced the unnecessary and harmful protocols used by Nurse midwives in the local birthing center. This podcast has helped me to unpack and digest my birth and has helped me to heal and gain knowledge of the biological perfection and normalcy of birth. I love the host Emily she is truly for women and so joyful! I’m now having a wild pregnancy with my 2nd and will soon join the membership. This podcast has helped me find the inner sacred feminine inside that was made for this work!!

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NMyers804
Dec 13 '19
Rating:   10
Quality Storytelling

Even if you’re not into free birth, this podcast is fantastic contemporary storytelling. The tales of these women living among us are remarkable. And if you do have any interest in childbirth, the conversations are truly thought-provoking, and have personally opened my mind so much to another way: A way that is much more in touch with our humanity and innate intuition, and so inspirational. I’m appreciative for the work the creators have put into this!

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BigDirtyFoot
Dec 9 '19
Rating:   2
Dangerous Misinformation

This show is so hypocritical. It asserts itself as being “evidence-based” when it’s anything but. After listening to dozens of episodes it eventually started dawning on me that the host doesn’t have any evidence to back up her claims. She’s also clearly involved in birth work primarily to make money off of gullible birthing people. Please, I advise you to not listen to this podcast—there are much better birth podcasts (with actual valuable, credible information) out there.

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Sierra0918
Dec 1 '19
Rating:   10
Life-changing

As a young woman who hasn’t had children yet, discovering this platform has changed the way I understand my womanhood and wild feminine intuition. Discovering it over a year ago was such a blessing for myself and my future family. Thank you, Emilee, for creating a space for “radical” (but oh so natural) women to share their stories.🙏🏼

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Allthingswildandfree
Nov 17 '19
Rating:   2
Not a fan

The host is a disservice to women. That’s all I have time to type for now. Will have an updated review soon.

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mtm2105
Nov 15 '19
Rating:   10
Life changing

This podcast enlightened me as to why hospital birth never sat right with me when I visualize my future birthing experiences. I was so brainwashed that free birth wasn’t conceivable. But each story I have listened to has opened my heart to women and this struggle. The struggle is unnecessary intervention into a sacred rite of passage. It makes me sad and hurt to hear the hospital stories.. and the free births are so empowering. I find it even more sad that women will go to the hospital to medically opt out of this empowering rite of passage (even when they are low risk) out of fear, and then being abused and traumatized more than an unmedicated, undisturbed birth could possible have been. The brainwashing of our birth culture sickens me. I feel so grateful for women like Emilee who are making a difference. For those who claim she interrupts the stories.. I disagree. She is clearly trying to shape and structure the podcast within a certain format and make specific points to educate listeners. I enjoy it when she chimes in to guide the story or share her opinion. <3

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Bricey Bledsoe
Nov 9 '19
Rating:   10
Amazing. Taking our power to birth back ❤️❤️

I am ftm pregnant with my first. I started listening to this podcast and dropped my OB about a couple weeks later. I look forward to every episode. Just want to say to the people commenting Emily is interruptive, I don’t see it that way, more the less Emily is having a conversation with women and it’s being recorded. ♥️♥️

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Ella Vate
Nov 4 '19
Rating:   10
Best Birth Prep You Can Find!

Listening to these empowered women’s birth tales has been a mainstay in my own preparation for my first freebirth after four midwife assisted births. I devour these episodes as if they are a staple in my diet and they fill me with excitement and confidence for my upcoming birth. I can’t recommend enough (though I try;)

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thegraduate10
Oct 25 '19
Rating:   2
It’s not all bad, but what’s bad is terrible.

Super disappointed about this podcast and how it sometimes goes to the extreme depending on the guest. I’m all about free birth, home birth, CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIVES, doulas, and people being educated and birthing their way with or without any of the above, but I think when you go to the point of assuming things MUST be bad because they’re suggested by someone who’s been to medical or nursing school, you’ve lost the plot. I understand a lot of things that are done around pregnancies and births in the mainstream is necessary and in fact I intend to object to about half of it (you’re allowed to do that) but to co-sign Meri’s crazy rambling in the VBAC episode is just irresponsible. At varying points Meri even starts to speculate (convince herself) that even more terrible things happened behind the scenes of her birth purely to spite her. Total paranoia. Listen with caution! Don’t be so open minded that your brain falls out.

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sourcerista
Oct 24 '19
Rating:   10
Love it

These stories are Medicine!

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sonrisas
Oct 22 '19
Rating:   4
Tough listening

As a doula who believes that birth is powerful and should be undisturbed—I appreciate these stories and enjoy hearing the different experiences of birthing people. However the host is so disruptive and her energy even via a speaker just feels so frenetic and graspy. The constant interruptions and sometimes interjections of “me, me, me” make me wonder if she’s struggling to feel like she is being heard (in general).

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Mácolo
Oct 19 '19
Rating:   10
Life changing stories

These stories have literally changed my life. I am a trained CNM, I have been drawn to birth since childhood and was told that in order to attend birth I needed to become a nurse and then a midwife. So I did. At age 25 I had accomplished what I thiught was my goal. I never went into practice on my own. Something, many things didn’t click. I couldn’t pinpoint or verbalize it. And then I found this podcast at the same time that my dear sister was meant to give birth at home with a midwife and had a “premature preterm rupture of membranes”. I just began to question everything. My insides were so uncomfortable with everything that she went through and it was paralleled with these stories. They helped everything make sense. They helped me understand where my discomfort came from. I can’t unsee it now. I love everything about wild pregnancies, birth and mothering. Thank you for putting all of this out into the world. You and the people sharing their stories are literally changing live all over the world.

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