Leading by Example with Radical Birth Keeper and Freebirther Jess Owens

radical birth keeping the free birth podcast Feb 23, 2024

Leading by Example with Radical Birth Keeper and Freebirther Jess Owens

Today, Radical Birth Keeper School graduate and sovereign birth attendant, Jess Owens, joins me on the show sharing her two birth stories. Jess started her mothering journey with a seemingly acceptable midwife-attended homebirth in England, and although there were things that left a bad taste in her mouth, she felt lucky to birth at home without complications. After a few international moves, and learning more about physiological birth, she and her family moved to Canada and Jess began attending births outside of the system. Jess became pregnant again, and enrolled in the RBK school, all while building community and a flourishing birthkeeping business, entirely by word of mouth. She goes on to birth her son in total power, as did so many other women from her cohort! Jess offers a beautiful story of trust and the incredible ripple effect that taking birth back into the hands of women creates.

Here’s what you’ll hear in Jess’s story:

✨️How during her first pregnancy, she never met her assigned midwife, but instead a different person for every single appointment.

✨️How at 6 months pregnant she decided to have a homebirth, hired a doula, thinking that this was the most holistic plan available to her.

✨️How the medical midwives who showed up at her home were complete strangers she’d never met before.

✨️How she was forced into vaginal exams, pressured and annoyed by the midwives, and how she wanted to just swat them away.

✨️How her views on motherhood and birth begin to shift as she heard the call to work with birthing women outside the system.

✨️How she and her family move back to Canada and she was offered an opportunity to be a backup for a local woman attending sovereign births.

✨️How she attended her first birth outside of the system and then, through word of mouth, women just kept coming, and her community truly called her into this work.

✨️How she continued to attend births while pregnant with her son, and the easy wild pregnancy she experienced.

✨️Her debate between getting an ultrasound or not, and what she resolved to do.

✨️The simple and sweet freebirth story of her son, free of annoyance or external pressure.


We're *so close* to hitting our goal of videos for our Sovereign Birth collection on Youtube!  Help us get there by submitting your video here.

Get our *FREE* Freebirth Starter Kit here!

Connect with Free Birth Society 👇

-Matriarch Rising Festival: Tickets are on sale NOW!  Apply here to be a work trade volunteer at this year's women-only festival in the Blue ridge Mountains.

-The Podcast: Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts and let us know your biggest takeaway – whether it’s inspired you to freebirth or to dive deeper into sovereign living. Submit your own sovereign birth story here! Want your product or brand featured on a podcast with 5M+ downloads? Request to become a podcast sponsor by emailing us at [email protected]

-COMPASS: a groundbreaking self-study program to help you anchor yourself firmly in the realm of sovereign birth, and to gain the confidence you need to leave the system.

-The Complete Guide to Freebirth: a self-guided online intensive course that will teach you everything you need to know about how to birth freely and in your power.

-The Midwife Within: Our 5-Day Intensive Retreat in May 2024 led by Elder Midwife Sister MorningStar and Emilee Saldaya for budding birthworkers to learn the skills of village midwifery from real experts.

-Follow us on Instagram @freebirthsociety for more daily inspiration on freebirth, the sovereign birth paradigm, authentic midwifery and so much more.

-The Lighthouse: our exclusive membership for radical, curious, wild women. We only welcome new women to our private sanctuary a few times per year.

-The Radical Birth Keeper School: the school that’s leading the transformation of birth and midwifery across the planet, for women who know that birthwork is their calling, and want to do it with integrity.

-Feature Emilee: If you want Emilee Saldaya, the trailblazer of the free birth movement with 20+ years of experience, on your podcast, send an invite to [email protected]

-And, of course, we couldn’t do what we do without your support, so if you feel called to make a donation to the podcast, it would be greatly appreciated. Click here to donate.

Subscribe for weekly podcast episodes in your inbox.

Every Friday we release a new episode! Be the first to know here.