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EP124 | Unplanned unassisted birth preparation

EP124 | Unplanned unassisted birth preparation

I'm excited to talk to you a little bit about something that I haven't really explored on the podcast before: unplanned free birth, birth prep, or unassisted birth preparation.  I believe everyone needs to be thinking about this, even if you're planning to have a...

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EP123 | Katelyn – HBAC turned C-section transfer

EP123 | Katelyn – HBAC turned C-section transfer

You can listen to this episode using the player below, or using your favorite platform to subscribe and listen there.In this episode, we meet Katelyn, a mum of two who planned a VBAC at home that ended in a c-section transfer. I’m sharing Katelyn’s side of the story...

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EP122 | Birth Mapping with Catherine Bell

EP122 | Birth Mapping with Catherine Bell

You can listen to this episode using the player below, or using your favorite platform to subscribe and listen there.In this episode, I spoke with the amazing Catherine Bell from The Birth Map. We talk about how Catherine's birth and postpartum experiences led her to...

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EP121 | Building your community (Happy Valentines Day)

EP121 | Building your community (Happy Valentines Day)

In this podcast episode, Ashley shared some of the struggles we all have when it comes to building community for ourselves. And why you should start building your community now. You'll learn some ways you can take to build your community and how mindset and...

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EP120 | Christy – 7 Caesarean Births & 3 HBA7C

EP120 | Christy – 7 Caesarean Births & 3 HBA7C

Listen as Christie shares her amazing 3HBA7C stories.  VBAC after 7 c-sections is a rare and amazing story to hear! LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST EPISODE NOW 👇In this podcast episode, I get to share with you Christy's phenomenal birth stories. Christy is a mother of 10...

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EP119 | Obstetric Violence & Birth Trauma with Hazel Keedle

EP119 | Obstetric Violence & Birth Trauma with Hazel Keedle

This podcast episode explores the topic of obstetric violence and its impact on women's birthing experiences. The guest, Dr. Hazel Keedle, discusses the definition of obstetric violence and provides examples of mistreatment and neglect by healthcare providers. The...

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EP115 | It takes a village to raise a homebirth mother

EP115 | It takes a village to raise a homebirth mother

Listen to this podcast episode belowIn this episode, I share a little bit of my take on the phrase - it takes a village to raise a baby/mother.Why It Takes a Community to Raise a Mother In a world that often glorifies independence and self-reliance, we're revisiting...

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EP114 | Tune into your Intuition

EP114 | Tune into your Intuition

Listen to this podcast episode belowIn this episode, I share some birth positions that may be helpful during your VBAC Homebirth, and I share my ideas on birth positions and the big focus I see happening in the birth world.Your Power Within is Your Intuition As...

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EP113 | Birth Positions for your VBAC Homebirth

EP113 | Birth Positions for your VBAC Homebirth

Listen to this podcast episode below In this episode, I share some birth positions that may be helpful during your VBAC Homebirth, and I share my ideas on birth positions and the big focus I see happening in the birth world.Birth Positions in Homebirth Setting For...

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EP110 | Julz – Beautiful, Rural HBAC

EP110 | Julz – Beautiful, Rural HBAC

In this episode, I speak with Julz and she shared with me her story of a beautiful, supported rural HBAC.Listen to this podcast episode below Julz's Inspiring Journey: A Beautiful, Supported Rural HBAC Story   It took Julz over 12 months to conceive her first...

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EP108 | How to handle the pain of birth

EP108 | How to handle the pain of birth

In this episode, I share some ways you can get yourself into the best space to be able to handle the pain of birth.Listen to this podcast episode below Navigating the Fear of Pain in Homebirth Pain is one of the biggest fears women have when it comes to birthing at...

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EP107 | Is the position of your baby really that important?

EP107 | Is the position of your baby really that important?

In this podcast episode, I share some of my insights and views on this craze of making sure your baby is in the "optimal position" for birth.Listen to this podcast episode below The "Optimal Position" hype In my latest podcast episode, I delve into a topic that might...

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EP106 | How to Prepare For a Freebirth

EP106 | How to Prepare For a Freebirth

Freebirth Preparation In this episode, I share some of the key things you will need to know or consider to prepare yourself to freebirth.Listen to this podcast episode below Essential insights and steps to Freebirth preparation Educating yourself extensively is a...

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EP104 | VBAC Mentor – Lizzie Carroll – FBA2C & Anti D

EP104 | VBAC Mentor – Lizzie Carroll – FBA2C & Anti D

VBAC Mentor - Lizzie Carroll and her Freebirth after 2 C-Section In this podcast episode, I chat with Lizzie Carroll, Doula, VBAC Mentor, birth activist, feminist, and mum of 3.Listen to this podcast episode below From C-Sections to Empowering VBAC Lizzie shares her...

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EP99 | Vaginal Examinations in Homebirth

EP99 | Vaginal Examinations in Homebirth

Vaginal Examinations in Homebirth In this episode, I talk about Vaginal Exams, you may know them as VE's. VE's is a common practice in childbirth that involve checking the cervix for dilation and effacement.Listen to this podcast episode belowInaccuracy, Risk of...

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EP98 | Posterior Birth

EP98 | Posterior Birth

Posterior Birth In this episode, I discuss the signs of a posterior birth and shed light on its true nature as a variation of normal birth.Listen to this podcast episode belowUnveiling the Secrets of Posterior Birth: A Variation of Normal Posterior birth is simply a...

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EP96 | Get Better Support in Your Homebirth

EP96 | Get Better Support in Your Homebirth

Get Better Support in Your Homebirth In this episode, I talk about the true value of support for your homebirth. Tune in to this episode as we explore the importance of finding the right support for your homebirth experience.Listen to this podcast episode belowFinding...

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EP95 | How to survive the last weeks of pregnancy

EP95 | How to survive the last weeks of pregnancy

How to survive the last weeks of pregnancy As your pregnancy nears its end, fatigue and anticipation can take over. You’ve got aches and pains and you’re just longing to have that beautiful bundle in your arms! Trust me, I've been there too! Knowing this, I like to...

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EP94 | Practical tips for cultivating a calm mindset

EP94 | Practical tips for cultivating a calm mindset

Practical tips for cultivating a calm mindset Hey there, welcome back to another episode! Today, we're going to dive into a topic that's close to my heart: finding your calm. As someone who's naturally inclined to overthink and worry, I've had to learn how to...

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EP93 | Natural Induction Methods

EP93 | Natural Induction Methods

Welcome to our latest blog post! Today, we'll be discussing natural induction methods and their relevance to homebirths. This topic was sparked from a client conversation that I had, alongside a podcast episode where they talked a little bit about natural induction...

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EP92 | Claire- HBAC Type 1 diabetes & shoulder dystocia

EP92 | Claire- HBAC Type 1 diabetes & shoulder dystocia

In this week's episode, I had the pleasure of talking with Claire about her successful HBAC. Listen to this podcast episode belowClaire had the uphill battle of trying to find a healthcare provider to support her in a homebirth after caesarean with Type 1 diabetes....

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EP91 | The Benefits of Homebirth

EP91 | The Benefits of Homebirth

In this episode, I discuss the benefit of a homebirth - especially VBAC homebirth. Listen to this podcast episode belowWhile it's important to weigh the risks and benefits of any birth option, there are many benefits to having a VBAC homebirth. Here are some of the...

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EP90 | Preparing children for Homebirth

EP90 | Preparing children for Homebirth

Welcome to another episode! Today, let's talk about preparing children for homebirth. It's a topic that sparks different opinions, but ultimately it's your call as a family. Some might choose to have their little ones present during the birth, while others opt for a...

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EP89 | Surviving Transition – Going From One Child To Two

EP89 | Surviving Transition – Going From One Child To Two

In this episode, I share my experience of going from one baby to two (and three).  I remember when I was pregnant with our second baby and I wondered if I could love another child as much as I loved our first.  Or could I give our second one as much time as our...

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EP86 | Connecting with your Intuition

EP86 | Connecting with your Intuition

Today, I thought it would be good to talk about connecting to your intuition. And I think this is a really good topic, because it's something that is I find one of the most important things at our disposal, that we as people can use and utilise. And so some of us...

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EP85 | Letting go of control & learning to surrender

EP85 | Letting go of control & learning to surrender

In this episode, I talk about letting go of control and learning to surrender.  I found through my own journey while pregnant that I had to fully embrace this idea of surrendering and letting go of what could happen. It took me a while to understand what surrendering...

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EP83 | VBAC Statistics with Meagan from The VBAC Link

EP83 | VBAC Statistics with Meagan from The VBAC Link

In this episode, we meet Meagan from The VBAC Link. Meg and I talked about VBAC statistics along with part of her over VBA2C birth story. We discuss the statistic rates for the below topics: Uterine Rupture rates for VBAC Uterine Rupture rates for VBAMC Close gaps...

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EP81 | Will my baby die if I rupture?

EP81 | Will my baby die if I rupture?

Welcome to the first episode of 2023!! It is good to be back and bringing more episodes & birth goodness into the new year. In this episode, I discuss your VBAC homebirth journey's most taboo and scariest question. Will my baby die if I rupture? Let's discuss the...

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EP80 | Big babies

EP80 | Big babies

Welcome to the last episode of 2022!! In this episode, I'm going to recap on the year for the podcast and share some amazing content for you to get onto over the Summer holidays until the podcast is back Jan/ Feb 2023. Here's what you can expect for 2023 -  More...

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EP79 | Statistics

EP79 | Statistics

In this episode, I share my insights, thoughts, and experiences with statistics. Statistics can be empowering and help you feel confident, but it's not the only thing that matters in your VBAC homebirth. It's important to know how statistics can actually be holding...

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EP76 | The Placebo effect

EP76 | The Placebo effect

I have started a health kick and have been watching some interesting shows and documentaries lately.  One of the shows I was watching was all about the power of the mind and how powerful the placebo effect can be.  I'd heard about this before and have been aware of...

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EP75 | It’s my two-year hba2c birthing day anniversary!

EP75 | It’s my two-year hba2c birthing day anniversary!

It's my birthing day and I will be happy if I want to!!  Our VBAC homebirth baby is turning two - what a milestone for us to celebrate! I share some of the challenges I went through to have my hbac and some of the amazing things I have gained by going through that...

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EP74 | Confidence – having self belief & trust

EP74 | Confidence – having self belief & trust

This week I'm coming up to my two-year freebirth after two surgical birth anniversary and I am celebrating in a big way!! I thought I would take a bit of a trip down memory lane and share some of the tools that I've used and that I used with my clients to really tap...

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EP71 | The pushing stage

EP71 | The pushing stage

In this episode, I talk about the "pushing stage". I have lately been noticing in women's birth stories that ended in C-Section that what keeps popping up is the pushing stage in a hospital setting and reaching 10 cm only to end up in a surgical birth because the baby...

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EP70 | Plus size & obesity

EP70 | Plus size & obesity

In this episode, I share a bit of my experience being a high BMI woman birthing in the system, and at home having my VBA2C freebirth. There is a lot of shame and guilt in our society aimed at bigger bodies. With magazine covers, movies & fashion focusing heavily...

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EP69 | Avoid burn out in pregnancy

EP69 | Avoid burn out in pregnancy

In this episode, I share some of the things that can make you feel burned out in pregnancy and motherhood in general. Our lives are always ebbing and flowing.  Sometimes life is easy and flowing wonderful, and other times - like pregnancy and challenging times in...

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EP66 | A sneak peek to working with Ashley

EP66 | A sneak peek to working with Ashley

In this episode, I take you on a bit of a journey to hear more about what working with me can look like. I'm sorry the audio isn't the best, it was accidentally recorded on my web camera instead of my microphone! Many women reach out to me after their birth and thank...

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EP65 | Birth Trauma with Guest Pippa

EP65 | Birth Trauma with Guest Pippa

In this episode, I had the pleasure of talking with Pippa from Fantastic Futures about Birth Trauma. We discussed: What is birth trauma? How can women experience it? How many women experience it? How trauma impacts the body What happens when we don’t deal with it What...

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EP64 | What is Birth Debriefing

EP64 | What is Birth Debriefing

In this episode, we take a deep dive into birth debriefing.  I share what birth debriefing is and how it can benefit to have a birth debrief after a birth that didn't go to plan or you have some questions or uneasy thoughts around.  When should you consider birth...

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EP63 | What to do when your birth doesn’t go to plan

EP63 | What to do when your birth doesn’t go to plan

In this episode, I get to talking about what to do when your birth doesn't go to plan.  We all hope and dream of a positive birth experience or our dream homebirth.  We see so many glamourous and inspiring homebirths on Instagram and social media and dream of the day...

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EP62 | Perfect Birth

EP62 | Perfect Birth

Let's talk about the idea of this "perfect birth". I've had a couple of clients tell me after they have birthed- that perfect birth isn't real. So I thought it would be good to explore in a podcast episode with you. Perfect birth isn't achievable.  They mentioned that...

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EP59 | 10 things to pack in your homebirth transfer bag

EP59 | 10 things to pack in your homebirth transfer bag

Heya!! And welcome back to another episode on the VBAC Homebirth Stories Podcast. I'm your host Ashley Winning!  I've been sick with Covid and I'm hoping my voice holds up today! I decided to create a fun little Mini-Series for Birth & Transfer Planning over the...

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EP56 | Choosing your own adventure

EP56 | Choosing your own adventure

In this episode, I talk about homebirth and freebirth as your very own choice and choosing your own adventure.  Often women choosing to homebirth lose sight that they are actually the ones steering their journey and that they are in full control of where this glorious...

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EP54| Guest – Kemi Johnson for a chat on birth

EP54| Guest – Kemi Johnson for a chat on birth

In this episode, I sit down for a good old chit-chat with the amazing Kemi Johnson.  I've snuck a hold of Kemi's Instagram bio to share a brief introduction in Kemi and what she stands for.  Queen/Empress 👑💥🌟Mother, Birthkeeper, Birth Activist, Birth Nerd, Speaker,...

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EP53| It’s all in the Self Worth

EP53| It’s all in the Self Worth

In this episode, I share how a lot of your self-doubt, lack of belief and trust may be down to a shaky foundation of self-worth.  I'm going to deep dive into this topic and show you when and how your self worth has been eroded since you were little and what you can do...

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EP51| All about Special Scars

EP51| All about Special Scars

In this episode, I am discussing special scars!! What they are, how they happen, what the risks are and what that means for you if you have a special scar! If you have one you will more than likely know about it. The surgeons would usually recommend or tell you to...

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EP50| Daily morning mindset ritual

EP50| Daily morning mindset ritual

In this episode, I discuss how a daily morning mindset ritual has supercharged my day and helped me move from feeling overwhelmed & exhausted to feeling energised and ready to take on the day!  If you are feeling worn out, overwhelmed, out of rhythm and routine,...

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EP48| Creating & Visualising your dream homebirth

EP48| Creating & Visualising your dream homebirth

In this episode, we discuss how you can create and visualise your dream homebirth. This one is a goodie if you are wondering if homebirth is really a good option for you, or you're stuck in your head listening to scary stories of what could go wrong. I want to help...

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EP47| 3 books I recommend for your homebirth

EP47| 3 books I recommend for your homebirth

In this episode, I share 3 books I recommend for your homebirth, plus one little extra sneaky one I haven't yet read but know will be amazing! I'm going to share my top 3 recommended books, plus why I recommend them.  I'd love to hear what your favourite books are and...

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EP46| Find the right Doula for your homebirth

EP46| Find the right Doula for your homebirth

In this episode, we take a look at how you can find the right Doula for you to support you in your VBAC Homebirth journey. While Doula's can be an amazing support and member of your homebirth team, it's important to under why you want to have a doula at your...

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EP42| How to protect your pregnancy VBAC Homebirth bubble

EP42| How to protect your pregnancy VBAC Homebirth bubble

In this episode, we take a deeper dive into how you can protect your pregnancy VBAC Homebirth bubble and why it's important to protect it. Here's is a snippet of what I covered in this episode. 1.  Be mindful of who you share your VBAC Homebirth plans with. 2.  Don’t...

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EP41| Signs of Uterine Rupture

EP41| Signs of Uterine Rupture

In this episode, I discuss some of the signs of uterine rupture.  Uterine rupture is something that VBAC mama's worry about a lot.  It is super important from a mindset perspective that you learn as much about uterine rupture and understands the risks so that you go...

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EP38| What is Freebirth?

EP38| What is Freebirth?

In this episode, we dive deep into the word Freebirth. Have you ever wondered what a freebirth is?  Maybe you know a little bit or a lot - but want to find out even more. I share my own experiences and views of the word Freebirth and how it can be used. Essentially...

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EP37| 5 Ways to avoid vaginal tearing in your VBAC Homebirth

EP37| 5 Ways to avoid vaginal tearing in your VBAC Homebirth

In this episode, I share my tips on how you can avoid vaginal tearing in your VBAC Homebirth  I go into detail about my personal experiences and what I have found through my training and research around birth.  Going into my HBA2C I was pretty worried about tearing. I...

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EP34| Jamie – FBA2C, third time’s a charm!

EP34| Jamie – FBA2C, third time’s a charm!

In this episode, we meet Jamie, mother of three little ones!  Jamie recorded this interview just 6 weeks postpartum.  Jamie had an easy-going first pregnancy.  Was offered a stretch and sweep and after talking to a friend who said it wasn't painful decided just to...

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EP33| Tahlia – Mother-led Pregnancy & Intuitive Freebirth

EP33| Tahlia – Mother-led Pregnancy & Intuitive Freebirth

In this episode, we meet Tahlia, mother of two little ones who are less than 18 months apart.  Tahlia fell pregnant just 6 1/2 months postpartum with her second baby after a surgical birth.  She lives in South Coast NSW Australia.  Tahlia identifies herself as part of...

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EP31| What supplies do you need for your VBAC Freebirth?

EP31| What supplies do you need for your VBAC Freebirth?

In this episode, I share some of the supplies I used in my freebirth - as well as talk about why they came in handy! Here is the list I typed up for notes for this episode to save you writing everything down. I got into more detail and share how to use some of the...

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EP30| Guest Interview – Dr Sarah Buckley

EP30| Guest Interview – Dr Sarah Buckley

In this episode, we meet Dr Sarah Buckley! Dr Sarah Buckley is trained as a GP with qualifications in GP obstetrics. She has been writing and lecturing to childbirth professionals and parents since 1997 and is the author of the internationally best-selling book Gentle...

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EP29| Ellie – 5.75kg HBAC Rural location

EP29| Ellie – 5.75kg HBAC Rural location

In this episode, we meet Ellie who lives 2.5 hours Northwest of Dubbo, NSW on a corporate farm. As we were recording this episode Ellie has the tractors sewing the next crop on the farm which didn't help with the temperamental internet connection on the farm. But we...

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EP28| Lisa – Inverted T Special Scar HBAC

EP28| Lisa – Inverted T Special Scar HBAC

In this episode, we meet Lisa who lives in America and had her second baby in the Covid Pandemic.  Lisa planned for a vaginal birth with her first baby, and during labour ended up birthing her baby by a surgical birth.   During the surgery, the surgeons needed to cut...

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EP23| Vanessa – Accidental Homebirth born en caul

EP23| Vanessa – Accidental Homebirth born en caul

EP23| Vanessa - Accidental Homebirth born en caul In this episode, we meet Vanessa, a school teacher, mother of two based in Brisbane.  Vanessa decided to trust in private health care and selected a private OBGYN who had been recommended to her.   She loved having...

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EP21| Ashley – Part 4 – A peaceful & calm postpartum

EP21| Ashley – Part 4 – A peaceful & calm postpartum

EP21| Ashley - Part 4 - A peaceful & calm postpartum - Plan yours today! In this episode, I share how I had a peaceful & calm postpartum. I planned, organised and had a peaceful & calm postpartum full of support & love while healing from pregnancy and...

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EP16| Mothers’ Blessings (Blessing Ways) with Ashley

EP16| Mothers’ Blessings (Blessing Ways) with Ashley

EP16| Mothers' Blessings (Blessing Ways) with Ashley In this episode, I share my recent enriching and loving experience with my first Mothers' Blessing that was held and hosted by my dear friend Sheree from Falcon Spirit Healing.  Sheree wrote a beautiful post on...

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EP13| Sasha – HBA2C Big Babies & Long labours

EP13| Sasha – HBA2C Big Babies & Long labours

EP13| Sasha - HBA2C Big Babies & Long labours In this episode, we meet Sasha who is a mother to three boys and lives in rural NSW. When Sasha found out she was pregnant she was living in the UK with long term partner and they decided to move back to Australia to...

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EP12| Dr Rachel Reed – Instinctive & Physiological Birth

EP12| Dr Rachel Reed – Instinctive & Physiological Birth

EP12| Dr Rachel Reed - Instinctive & Physiological Birth In this episode, we meet Dr Rachel Reed. Dr Rachel Reed is a Senior Lecturer and Discipline Lead in Midwifery at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She has practised midwifery in a range of models and...

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EP11| Working through fear with Ashley

EP11| Working through fear with Ashley

EP11| Working through fear with Ashley In this episode Ashley - Doula and Mother shares how you can work through fear to help you rock your VBAC Homebirth. I share some of the fears I have had in my previous pregnancies and births and the fear I have been working...

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EP8| Emerald – A Planned Freebirth HBAC

EP8| Emerald – A Planned Freebirth HBAC

  EP8| Emerald - A Planned Freebirth HBAC In this episode, we meet Emerald, a mother of two who birthed her first baby in the USA by an unplanned c-section. She was planning on having a birth at a private birth centre with midwives and skipped the 20-week scan...

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EP3| Aimee – 2 HBAC with supportive midwife

EP3| Aimee – 2 HBAC with supportive midwife

  Aimee - 2 HBAC with a supportive midwife In this episode, we meet Aimee as she shares her story of being educated and planning a vaginal homebirth with her a trusted midwife with the first baby.  After some bleeding around 36 weeks, Aimee meets with an OBGYN to...

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EP2| Kamal – Unplanned, unassisted homebirth (VBAC)

EP2| Kamal – Unplanned, unassisted homebirth (VBAC)

  Kamal - Unplanned, unassisted homebirth (VBAC) In this episode, we meet Kamal, a mother of two boys living on the Gold Coast.  Kamal shares her story of wanting to have a vaginal hospital birth and finding out late in her pregnancy that baby was breech.  There...

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EP1| Welcome to the Podcast! Why this Podcast?

EP1| Welcome to the Podcast! Why this Podcast?

​ Welcome to this VBAC Homebirth Podcast! Hello & Welcome to this brand new podcast and the first episode to The VBAC Homebirth Stories Podcast. I invite you to join me today where I share a little bit about me - Ashley, mother of two and Doula as I share the...

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