The Free Birth Podcast

Emilee Saldaya
My Redemption Birth: Najma’s FBAC in Egypt

My Redemption Birth: Najma’s FBAC in Egypt

FBAC: Free Birth After Cesarean. After being deemed high-risk in her first pregnancy- despite feeling great and not presenting with any issues- Najma was taken down the conveyor belt of industrial birth. After hours of tortuous induced labor, she ended up with a surgical birth. The reason? “Failure to descend”. After meeting a woman who shared her powerful, physiological birth story, Najma felt inspired to redeem her birth experience. She learned all that she could about undisturbed birth, reclaimed her authority, and centered herself as the author of her birth and mothering story. Follow Najma on Instagram! @wombtopia The Radical...

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Emilee Saldaya
The Anarchist Who Freebirthed All 6 of Her Children

The Anarchist Who Freebirthed All 6 of Her Children

Mary Lou lived an anarchist lifestyle before getting pregnant, and when it came time for her to birth, choosing to birth outside of the system was a no-brainer. Her first pregnancy was completely and intuitively wild, but the first and second birth of her babies were both sabotaged by another woman’s presence. Now, 6 kids, 2 businesses, and 12 years of breastfeeding later, Mary Lou shares the importance of living outside of the system, sovereign birth work as anarchy, and how to lean into the rhythms of labor and childbirth. Connect with Mary Lou on Instagram: kombucha company ig: @tapuatcha...

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Emilee Saldaya
Unpacking the Historical and Epigenetic Context of Black Maternal Health with Olivyah Bowens

Unpacking the Historical and Epigenetic Context of Black Maternal Health with Olivyah Bowens

In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, we have doula- turned -Radical Birth Keeper, Olivyah Bowens, from Baltimore, Maryland on the show today. Olivyah is a mother of two, a perinatal community health worker, a holistic birth educator, and a graduate of Free Birth Society’s Radical Birth Keeper School. After learning about the atrocious maternal mortality rate of Black women in the United States, Olivyah committed herself to understanding why Black women were dying. Olivyah walks us through the intersection of racism and healthcare, and how it directly, and obviously, negatively impacts Black women and their families.  Olivyah will also...

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Emilee Saldaya
The Triple Freebirth: IUD, Baby, Loss

The Triple Freebirth: IUD, Baby, Loss

Rebecca left her first hospital birth thinking that the doctors saved her life. She went on to become a doula in the system, but all that did was normalize her traumatic birth experience. After removing her IUD unassisted, Rebecca discovered a newfound trust for her body. When she found out she was pregnant again, she asked for two things from her partner: total trust, and total support to birth unassisted at home. Rebecca herself remained in total trust throughout her pregnancy, despite bleeding often. She birthed her baby in her bathroom, with her family present, and in total power. Rebecca...

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