The Free Birth Podcast

Emilee Saldaya

When 911 Is Called....Lynnea's Story Of Her Interrupted Free Birth

Today we have the story of an intended free birth turned hospital delivery. After being abused at the local hospital with her first birth, Lynnea was left traumatized and knew she couldn't return there when she became pregnant again. She decided she would feel safest birthing at home on her own terms. However, as she got close to pushing, her boyfriend got scared and called 911 and they whisked her away. Lynnea did her best to return to the place of her first birth and still found a way to to birth on her terms. This story speaks to the...

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Emilee Saldaya

Doulas, Doctors, Hospitals, Oh My! Birth Advocacy With Cristen Pascucci From Birth Monopoly

Today on the show we have Cristen Pascucci from Birth Monopoly. Cristen is an advocate for women’s rights in childbirth, who from her own child birthing experience was inspired to change careers and dedicate her life to leading the charge in birth rights activism. We get into the nitty gritty of how the obstetrical model of care is failing women and how it’s high time for us as consumers to speak up. Cristen is a force to be reckoned with.

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Emilee Saldaya

Rachel's Off The Grid Free Births

Today on the show we have the incredible Rachel from BC, Canada. She walked out of her first OB prenatal never to return, and went on to birth her four children and one miscarriage over the last 7 years with her husband on their own land. Rachel shares about her interesting life raising four kids off grid on a farm in Canada and how she learned to birth her way, in the house her husband built.

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Emilee Saldaya

Author of 'Unassisted Childbirth' Laura Kaplan Shanley

After birthing five children unassisted, Laura Shanley wrote an inspiring book on how she did it. We get in to her personal story, from having child protective services take away her first born for five days, to an unexpected footling breech delivery, to birthing completely alone as a personal challenge - Laura really has done it all. We talk about loss, birth politics, and painless birth. Her book has inspired many to claim their birthing power and say no to routine care.

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