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10: Real Food for Pregnancy
Real Food for Pregnancy [Lily Nichols](http://pilatesnutritionist.com/), takes prenatal nutrition advice out of the dark ages and provides an easy-to-follow guide for making the best food and lifestyle choices during pregnancy. Most prenatal nutrition advice is either outdated or not evidenced-based. In [Real Food for Pregnancy](http://realfoodforpregnancy.com/), Lily Nichol’s debunks a LOT of prenatal nutrition myths. Misconceptions of conventional prenatal nutrition: macronutrients,...
9: Kiersten Miller - Bellies Abroad
[Bellies Abroad](https://www.belliesabroad.com/) was created because becoming a family can be daunting enough – doing it in another culture can be very overwhelming. When women become mothers, we are full of fears and doubts; we do not need the medical community exacerbating this for profit or indolence. [Kiersten](https://www.belliesabroad.com/providers/kiersten-kiki-pilar-miller/) has been a trailblazer in bringing about change in her community as well as having already worked with the...
8: Why do Babies Cry?
Listening to your baby cry can be frustrating and worrying. Is your baby crying because something is wrong or because they need something? In this episode I talk about the importance of learning to listen to your baby and tuning in, rather than shutting down or turning to outside sources for guidance. You will learn about the biological response of a mother to her baby as well as the inherent nature of crying as communication. I have included a short meditation to help you quieten your...
7: Childless not by Choice
While this is a podcast for pregnant women there are just as many women who want to be pregnant and cannot, or who are with a partner who does not want (more) children, or who have a chronic illness, or who are not able to find a suitable partner. The list of reasons is endless and as a women without children myself, and in a position where I work with women having babies daily - this is of particular interest to me. Jody Day is both a thought leader and a change maker and an advocate for...
6: Technology in Midwifery - Enemy or Ally
This episode is a bit different as it is a recording of my presentation at the [Sensitive Midwifery Symposium](http://sensitivemidwifery.co.za/sensitive-midwifery-symposium/) in JHB, South Africa. Embracing technology has been hard for me but a couple of years ago I realised that I if I was to remain true to my calling to change birth practices and improve women's experience of birth then I had to change the way that I was disseminating information and literally get comfortable with apps,...
5: Trust Meditation
This is a meditation for anyone who is experiencing fear during pregnancy or fear of birth. While a fear of the unknown is normal and expected, fear can very easily grow and get out of control. The antidote to fear is trust. During this meditation you will be guided to find what trust looks, feels and sounds like to you, and to find ways of feeding your sense of trust in yourself, your body, your baby and your support rather than feeding your fear and insecurity. I recommend listening to...
4: Knocked Up Abroad
[Lisa Ferland](https://lisaferland.com/) is the editor and publisher of the [Knocked Up Abroad](knockedupabroad.com.) Series, and she helps other woman tell their stories by self-publishing and crowd funding their books on platforms like Kick starter and Indiegogo. In this episode she shares her 2 vastly different birth stories (first baby born in hospital in USA and 2nd baby born (accidentally) at home in Sweden) and goes on to share how this prompted the Knocked Up Abroad series. Lisa is...
3: Rhythmic drumming
A powerful sound meditation to use during labor. The steady drumbeat is accompanied by positive affirmations to connect with your baby as you flow with the surges of labor. Breath sounds, soothing chants and gentle reminders to work with your body and your baby. Drumming courtesy of [Calm Whale](https://whaleloryb.bandcamp.com/track/shamanic-flow-part-1). Vocals Karen Wilmot.