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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

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. 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 the trigger....

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 ... 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 off and I...

Duration:00:16:45

Looking after your Pelvic Floor, with Anita Lambert

3/23/2017
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Your pelvic floor is one of those things that you take for granted before giving birth. It's just there. Then you give birth and it's not! After my first pregnancy, I went to a weekly buggy workout where we were talked through the kegel exercises and I remember being so utterly bored by them that I quickly lost interest in doing them. Give me crunches or squats any day, but kegels?! All those well meaning pieces of advice about doing them while sitting at a red light or while making a cup of...

Duration:01:04:03

Childbirth Self Efficacy with Sophie Fletcher

3/16/2017
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Today we're talking about childbirth self efficacy. I'm taking a deeper look into the psychology of birth with birth expert and best-selling author, Sophie Fletcher. In this episode we're going to be talking about what childbirth self efficacy is, why it's important in the context of childbirth and what we can do to influence it. Believe it or not, this is all very enlightening! The idea for this episode came up when Sophie and I were chatting at the Independent Midwives conference here in...

Duration:00:46:10

Why the ‘winging it’ birth plan sucks, with Shalome Stone

3/9/2017
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Today I'm thrilled to be joined on the podcast by Shalome Stone from Rockstar Birth Magazine. When Shalome and I first chatted, it took us a while to figure out what we'd focus on for our pocast chat because we could've had spoken on a whole range of stuff around birth. But once I'd spoken to her for a bit, I knew what it was. Shalome was telling me about her own journey into birth work and what sparked her interest, which for her it was her own crappy first birth experience. Shalome...

Duration:00:49:21

Expecting Multiples with Mars Lord

3/2/2017
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If you're expecting multiples then today is your turn! I can't tell you how many times I receive emails from mamas expecting multiples asking.. no BEGGING.. me for podcast episodes for them and believe me when I say this: I have been TRYING!!! Today I'm speaking to Mars Lord. Mars is a doula who specialises in supporting parents who are expecting multiples and what gives her special insider knowledge is the fact that she is a mum of twins. Incredibly, she had her twins AFTER her 3rd baby;...

Duration:00:48:51

Cord Clamping – Why we need to Wait for White, with Amanda Burleigh

2/23/2017
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Cord clamping is something that you might not even think to consider when it comes to your birth plan, but let me tell that it most definitely is. In today's podcast I want to help you to undersrtand why delayed cord clamping should be an important non-negotiable aspect of the birth of your baby, whether you have a vaginal or c-section birth. Today I'm chatting to Amanda Burleigh, who is a well-known UK midwife. I say well-known, because Amanda is a bit of an activist and is very outspoken...

Duration:00:34:06

When all your worst birth fears come true

2/9/2017
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Imagine if all your worst birth fears came true. What kind of birth experience would that be? It would be easy to think that this could be the most terrifying birth experience ever. And for some it might well be, but in today's episode I'm sharing a story that shows that it doesn't have to be. Today's positive birth story is from Grace who was a big fan of the podcast during her pregnancy. Grace got in touch with me because I put a call out to my email list asking for case studies to feature...

Duration:00:45:44