Baby Magic, Granny Sense: talking about women's bodies: reproductive rights, running, birth attendan...

Baby Magic, Granny Sense: talking about women's bodies: reproductive rights, running, birth attendan...

Real stories by real women about about having babies (or not!), running, getting old, women‘s health, doulas, free birthing, home birth, midwifery care, radical healing, death, being an impostor, depression, joy, magic...and more! Views should not be taken as medical advice. Ask a midwife; seek answers. My chats are informal: ordinary women share their extraordinary stories about birth, ultra running, love, revolution, and gentleness. Among other topics. Listen up!


July 21, 2023 50 mins
Vanessa is a spiritual midwife living in Nevada. She attends births, holds women's circles, and takes care of her many children. You can reach her here!
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I had a lovely time meeting with Hillary. Some midwives in Mexico led her to me (note to self: get to Mexico!). She gave birth on her own terms in her living room one summer morning and she describes mothering, birthing, loving, traveling, and working with words. Her special message is: rest! You don't have to worry about failing to progress! Normal everyday women can and do give birth at home every single day. You can too, if you ...
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November 22, 2022 40 mins
What do you do when you discover you're pregnant on the eve of a months-long sail through the southern seas? Get sailing! I had a fun chat with The Traveling Birthkeeper about her adventures, including birthing in a secret location in the southern pacific (listen up to find out where!) You can reach her here If you're interested in becoming a Traditional Birth Attendant, send me a shout! My course starts January 2023!
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November 2, 2022 29 mins
How one of the strongest women I know gave birth. Not for the fainthearted.
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October 23, 2022 42 mins
MC birthed twice with registered midwives. She shares how the births unfolded and has some things to say about psychological/emotional support when things don't unfold as planned.
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September 25, 2022 35 mins
I did a bunch of interviews of real women's birth stories. Here's one of them! Do you have a story you'd like to share?
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This episode features Sally, who regularly runs very long distances, and works and plays in liminal spaces. Find out about her "Creating Circles" workshops, listen to her words of wisdom about running alone, ponder with us the nature of tenderness and holding space. Here's a link to explore Sally's circles: and here's a link to one of her running playlists!
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June 21, 2022 4 mins
"Lots of people, here in the northern hemisphere, celebrate today the longest day of the year, the day when the sun shines more than any other day. But this is what makes humans so compelling, so attractive, endearing, and profound. To me anyway. Because..."
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June 18, 2022 30 mins
This Mama lived in a place where it was impossible to find a legal midwife, so she hired an unregistered midwife to assist her for her first birth. Her subsequent transfer to the hospital and the "snakey" treatment she got there may be disturbing to some of you, but these stories need to be told. There is no reason why any laboring woman should be treated like garbage by their attendants. None at all.  Let's shout out our stories: ...
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June 9, 2022 3 mins
I've created a short labor mantra song that you can listen to - on a loop if you want! It will guide you during your labor, when you need to listen to the voice of an elder woman. Feel free to share this with anyone who may need strength during birth. Spread the love!
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Erica Gipson is a mother, a scientist, a homeschooler, and a doula who has an interesting view of life, science, mothering, and intimacy. Listen up! And get a science lesson about how viruses work!
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Is it legal to give birth on your own at home? Can you hire a midwife who works privately? What is the legal status of free birthing in Canada? Why should we care? What does it mean to work as a traditional birth attendant outside of the recognized medical system? Is there a community of women here in Canada, and elsewhere, who are birthing without doctors or midwives? Are there different kinds of midwives? These burning questions ...
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May 17, 2022 32 mins
I had a chat with Maria, who pledged to run or walk 20 k per week throughout her pregnancy to support Free to Run, an organization that promotes women's and girls' empowerment through spots in conflict-torn areas of the world. We chatted about pregnancy and ultrarunning, empowerment, and play... then she went into labour and gave birth!! ps: if you're inspired to donate to this excellent organization, you can do so here! https://fr...
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April 20, 2022 11 mins
My sound man isn't available so tune in next week for another great episode... but for now, listen to my musings about midwifery, the risk culture, womanhood, and fear. Don't forget to reach out if you have ANY questions about the podcast, birth, or if you want YOUR voice heard!
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April 11, 2022 56 mins
I spoke with Hannah Boudali about midwifery training, doula work, volunteer birth companions, love, burnout, and mothering. This is a woman who speaks from her heart!
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April 5, 2022 109 mins
My guest Rosemary shares her stories about her two babies' births. One was "risked out" of midwifery care and ended in surgery. After that disheartening experience, Rosemary chose to birth without a midwife or doctor present, and she shares her stories here. Am I promoting this approach to birth? No, actually. I believe that a woman needs and deserves a knowledgeable, wise, respectful birth attendant (maybe even a few!), and I'm sa...
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August 12, 2021 56 mins
I had a fun chat with lively Cat Earth, Courtney Piper a while ago but I've been taking it easy on the media front recently, so I'm getting our chat out there now, during the full Perseid showers, a new moon, and the upcoming 65th Birth Day of yours truly. I'm feeling the power, and the energy, and the magic that comes through in Courtney's words. There is joy there, hurt, love ... we're human, folks! I hope you enjoy our chat, an...
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July 3, 2021 63 mins
I like to introduce some of the mothers I meet over the months and years. Some of them like to share their birth stories; others only share their dreams and transformations, or their struggles and overcomings. Pamela's birth journey went differently than she expected: meet her here!
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June 14, 2021 29 mins
We like to present happy stories: powerful birth experiences, sovereign womanhood revealed, stories about finding truth and power in sometimes difficult unfoldings of events. Our biggest fear, as mothers, is to lose a child. Even if that loss happens at the beginning of pregnancy, it is something we feel deep in our bones and our hearts. My guest is a woman who wants to break the stigma of speaking about miscarriage and baby loss. ...
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May 29, 2021 36 mins
Samantha, founder of BeBaby and mother of three (3 and under!) talks to us about choices, options for childbirth in Canada... and about her new project BeBaby!
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