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Welcome to Fear Free Childbirth podcast, with Alexia Leachman, the podcast to help parents-to-be prepare for a fear free childbirth. Alexia is a therapist, speaker and pregnancy coach and the author of "Fearless Birthing: How to have a stress-free pregnancy and a positive fear-free birth". As an ex-tokophobic who's had 2 fear-free and pain-free births, Alexia wants to share with you how she overcame her pregnancy and childbirth fears, so that you can look forward to a having a fear free birth too. Unfortunately, too many people are fearful of labour and childbirth, when they needn’t be. Part of the problem is that most of what we see and hear about childbirth is scary, dramatic and negative. If positive information was more freely available, then parents to be could be better informed and realise that childbirth doesn’t have to be that way and that it can be positive, calm and enjoyable. During this podcast, you can look forward to listening to some real positive birth stories, birthing professionals sharing their wisdom and some tips and techniques for reducing your pregnancy stresses and clearing your childbirth fears. To help you to clear your childbirth fears, Alexia has created a FREE video series showing you exactly how she overcame her tokophobia to have two natural home births. To sign up to receive the videos and to grab lots more free pregnancy and birth preparation downloads, including a free chapter from her book, Fearless Birthing visit www.fearfreechildbirth.com

Welcome to Fear Free Childbirth podcast, with Alexia Leachman, the podcast to help parents-to-be prepare for a fear free childbirth. Alexia is a therapist, speaker and pregnancy coach and the author of "Fearless Birthing: How to have a stress-free pregnancy and a positive fear-free birth". As an ex-tokophobic who's had 2 fear-free and pain-free births, Alexia wants to share with you how she overcame her pregnancy and childbirth fears, so that you can look forward to a having a fear free birth too. Unfortunately, too many people are fearful of labour and childbirth, when they needn’t be. Part of the problem is that most of what we see and hear about childbirth is scary, dramatic and negative. If positive information was more freely available, then parents to be could be better informed and realise that childbirth doesn’t have to be that way and that it can be positive, calm and enjoyable. During this podcast, you can look forward to listening to some real positive birth stories, birthing professionals sharing their wisdom and some tips and techniques for reducing your pregnancy stresses and clearing your childbirth fears. To help you to clear your childbirth fears, Alexia has created a FREE video series showing you exactly how she overcame her tokophobia to have two natural home births. To sign up to receive the videos and to grab lots more free pregnancy and birth preparation downloads, including a free chapter from her book, Fearless Birthing visit www.fearfreechildbirth.com
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Welcome to Fear Free Childbirth podcast, with Alexia Leachman, the podcast to help parents-to-be prepare for a fear free childbirth. Alexia is a therapist, speaker and pregnancy coach and the author of "Fearless Birthing: How to have a stress-free pregnancy and a positive fear-free birth". As an ex-tokophobic who's had 2 fear-free and pain-free births, Alexia wants to share with you how she overcame her pregnancy and childbirth fears, so that you can look forward to a having a fear free birth too. Unfortunately, too many people are fearful of labour and childbirth, when they needn’t be. Part of the problem is that most of what we see and hear about childbirth is scary, dramatic and negative. If positive information was more freely available, then parents to be could be better informed and realise that childbirth doesn’t have to be that way and that it can be positive, calm and enjoyable. During this podcast, you can look forward to listening to some real positive birth stories, birthing professionals sharing their wisdom and some tips and techniques for reducing your pregnancy stresses and clearing your childbirth fears. To help you to clear your childbirth fears, Alexia has created a FREE video series showing you exactly how she overcame her tokophobia to have two natural home births. To sign up to receive the videos and to grab lots more free pregnancy and birth preparation downloads, including a free chapter from her book, Fearless Birthing visit www.fearfreechildbirth.com

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Episodes

Thomas Verny, Father of Prenatal Psychology

1/31/2019
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Prenatal psychology is an area of psychology that looks at the psychological changes that women go through from conception to postpartum. If you're going to better understand your fears and anxieties during pregnancy then I think understanding prenatal psychology is pretty crucial. The journey to motherhood is one of massive change for a woman and is often accompanied by fear, insecurity, and stress. There is so much that could go wrong: preterm birth, an especially traumatic birth, problems...

Duration:00:43:22

7 signs of a woman with tokophobia

1/17/2019
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How to tell if you know a woman with tokophobia Tokophobia is the extreme fear of pregnancy and birth. It’s not very well known and yet it can affect a lot of women. This extreme or pathological fear of birth is estimated to affect between 4 and 43% of women. 14% is an accepted estimate. So you see, a lot more common than you might think. Sadly, many women with tokophobia avoid pregnancy despite being desperate to be mothers. But that doesn’t mean you won’t come across it. Some women only...

Duration:00:21:32

The Maternal Brain, with Jodi Pawluski

11/1/2018
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Today's podcast is all about the maternal brain and the neuroscience of pregnancy, birth, postpartum and parenting. A few months back I shared an article about the maternal brain on my Facebook page and it went a bit nuts. It's since been shared over 40 times which is unprecedented for my Facebook page. It also received tons of comments, many of which were saying how the article helped them to better understand what they were going through. So I knew I had to cover this topic on the podcast....

Duration:00:34:04

Pregnancy Body Changes

10/25/2018
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Worrying about pregnancy body changes is something most pregnant women worry about. Whether it's the expected changes in the shape of your body as pregnancy progresses, to the least expected changes that might happen as a result of birth complications - and everything in between! Pregnancy body changes are a huge source of worry for women which is why I wanted to talk about this on the podcast. To help do that I’m going to be joined by Bianca and Natasha from Bebo Mia. They have a doula...

Duration:00:31:29

Preparing for Motherhood, with Sophie Brigstocke

10/18/2018
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In today's podcast episode I'm honoured to be joined by Sophie Brigstocke. Sophie won Doula of the Year in 2017, so this is a real treat - my second Doula of the Year guest! As well as being a doula, Sophie also runs Nurturing Birth where she trains doulas alongside her co-founder Florence Etienne-Jackson. Together they have trained over 3000 doulas, so she knows a thing or two about birth and supporting women as they approach motherhood. It was really tricky to pick a title for today's...

Duration:00:40:13

Fearless Birthing

10/11/2018
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The Fear Free Childbirth podcast is back! After a year off, I'm back... lots of great episodes coming too! In this episode, I talk about my new book, Fearless Birthing. I get lots of emails asking what reading people should do, well, my answer to that is simple: my Fearless Birthing book! When I was pregnant, I didn’t read any books. I was tokophobic and one aspect that affects many women with tokophobia is that reading about birth can be very difficult - it can easily trigger their fears or...

Duration:00:25:14

Breastfeeding, with Cindy Leclerc

7/6/2017
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Breastfeeding is not something you might expect to do your research on while pregnant, but there is certainly a lot of value in preparing yourself as much as you can while you have the time and space to do so. When your little one arrives you'll thank yourself for being prepped as much as you can. I've been asked loads to do a podcast on breastfeeding and I've resisted because I wanted to stay focused on the birth prep, but I'm getting way too many requests to ignore it - so here we are!...

Duration:01:00:31

Essential Steps of Birth Preparation

6/29/2017
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Birth preparation is a huge part of preparing for a positive birth. Lots of women don't appreciate why doing birth preparation is so important with many leaving it last minute. The truth is if you want to stack the odds in your favour when it comes to having a positive birth experience, birth preparation is essential. The thing is, birth preparation can seem like this huge overwhelming task, so it's understandable that many shy away from it or procrastinate. To help you I'm going to talk you...

Duration:00:27:21

Conscious Conception and Pregnancy, with Jane Jennings

6/22/2017
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I'm a huge fan of conscious conception and pregnancy and I believe that taking a conscious and deliberate approach to your journey from pregnancy to motherhood is the gold standard to aim for. But I also know that not everyone has got that memo and simply don't get it. To help you understand this in more depth, today I'm chatting to Jane Jennings about conscious conception and pregnancy. Jane is a Conscious Conception Doula and works with families throughout the pregnancy journey and that...

Duration:00:58:47

Gentle C-Section, with OB, Andy Simm

6/15/2017
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Caesareans are often feared by women going into birth, but there's a new trend coming through that could hope to reduce that somewhat. The gentle c-section otherwise known as the natural caesarean is a much softer approach than the usual surgical ritual. To help explain what a gentle c-section is I'm being joined by OB Andy Simm from Nottingham City Hospital (my local!). It is Andy who was the OB behind the gentle c-section positive birth story that I shared last season. He's a bit famous...

Duration:00:46:46

The Psychology of Pregnancy, with Leah Butler-Smith

6/8/2017
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The psychology of pregnancy doesn't often get discussed and I don't know why, so today I'm remedying that. Pregnancy and the journey of motherhood are such a huge time of change that it's no wonder that there are psychological implications. The thing is, we don't often stop and think about what those might be. In today's episode I'm going to be lifting the lid on the psychology of pregnancy and motherhood so that you can have a better understanding of what might be going on for you. To help...

Duration:00:53:57

Placenta Encapsulation, with Maria Pokluda & Maryn Taylor

6/1/2017
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Placenta encapsulation might not be something you know too much about. So, I thought it was about time I covered this on the podcast because many women report that placenta encapsulation can help them emotionally in the postpartum period. Consuming your placenta (placentophagy) is undergoing a bit of revival at the moment. So, who better to have on the podcast than two placenta queens, Maria Pokluda and Maryn Taylor who run their own Placenta Encapsulation business in Dallas Fort Worth,...

Duration:00:33:22

A tokophobia birth story; Cee Fee’s Positive Birth

5/25/2017
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Today I'm sharing a fabulous positive birth story on the podcast. It's fabulous because it's positive and empowering birth, obviously. But also because it's a tokophobia birth story. I'm joined today by Cee Fee Dunn who admits to being completely terrified of pregnancy and birth. Cee Fee and her husband had decided that they wanted to have children, so when she found out she was pregnant, she was excited for sure, but she was also filled with dread. The dread stayed with her pretty much...

Duration:01:25:24

Essential Oils in Pregnancy, with Amber Duncan

5/18/2017
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Using essential oils in pregnancy can be a bit of a minefield. There is so much confusion as to what you can and can't use that it can be stressful. So I knew I had to do an episode on it! To help me tackle this subject, I'm being joined by Amber Duncan, who is a clinical aromatherapist. But not only that, but she is also a mama of three, so she's pretty familiar with the pregnancy and birth journey. She works a lot with pregnant mamas so I knew she would be ideal to have on the show....

Duration:00:59:44

Recurrent Miscarriage, with Naava Carman

5/11/2017
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Today on the podcast I'm tackling yet another important - but not talked enough about - topic; the recurrent miscarriage. Baby loss is taboo enough as it is, but recurrent miscarriage is even more so, and neither should be. To help me, I'm joined by Naava Carman, who specialises in working with women who experience a recurrent miscarriage through her clinic in London. Naava blends Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with the Western approach to medicine to help women on their fertility...

Duration:00:37:35

Being pregnant with PTSD

5/4/2017
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This week it's maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week here in the UK and to honour it, I'm delighted to be talking to Susanne Grant about being pregnant with PTSD, birth trauma or baby loss. Not long ago Susanne found herself pregnant with PTSD as a result of her own abuse experiences. Her journey in overcoming her PTSD is something that she is very open about and it's what inspired her to work with women in this area. Being pregnant with PTSD or with other trauma that may be from...

Duration:00:41:07

How to have a happy birth, with Beverley Turner

4/27/2017
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On today's podcast I'm joined by journalist and radio presenter (and now best-selling author!) Beverley Turner. Bev is also the lady behind The Happy Birth Club ante-natal classes that are run out of a pub in Chiswick, London. I first heard Bev speak at the IMUK (Independent Midwives UK) conference last year where she spoke about The Happy Birth Club ante-natal classes that she runs alongside a dream team of birth professionals. When I heard her speak I knew I wanted to get her on the...

Duration:00:42:56

Save the midwife

4/20/2017
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It's time for a rallying cry "Save the midwife!". I've talked about this already on the podcast, but this week, I'm giving it focus. Save the midwife is a campaign that needs support and not just here in the UK, and not just by midwives. This is a family issue that affects birthing women directly. When we hear talk of the oldest profession in the world, many mistakenly think of prostitution - thanks in part to Rudyard Kipling - but that would be wrong. What did society need first? Food?...

Duration:00:39:34

Pregnancy as a rite of passage, with Charlotte Kanyi

4/13/2017
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Our pregnancy journey has the potential to be one of the most transformative and expansive periods in our lives, and I don't just mean in terms of our body! The opportunity for personal growth is huge, and yet this important rite of passage is not always widely accepted or appreciated for what it is. [spp-player] When I think back to my own experiences of miscarriage and birth, I'm in awe of the journey I've been on, and it's so obvious to me now that being pregnant was both the start and...

Duration:00:57:16

Taking responsibility for your birth

4/6/2017
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In today's episode I want to talk about taking responsibility and share with you something that happened to me last week that was a huge wake-up call. It's not exactly birth related but it is ... [spp-player] Last week I had a minor op. I thought it would be this no big deal. They were OK with me walking home afterwards so I thought I'd be able to carry on with normal life afterwards. How wrong I was! The day after the op I crashed into a painful and depressed state. The anaesthetic had worn...

Duration:00:16:45