Episode 63: Due Dates, Doulas, and Drugs, Oh My!



In this week’s episode, we’re talking labor pains and epidurals, amazing nurses and redemptive birth experiences, as Ashlee and April recount the births of their daughters earlier this year. Grab a coffee (and maybe some headphones for this episode!) and settle in for an honest, funny, and heartfelt chat about the nuts and bolts of bringing a baby into the world.

Show Notes

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Mentioned in this episode:

Dilation as illustrated by everyday objects (you’ll never look at a bagel quite the same way)

Documentary: The Business of Being Born

What exactly is a doula?

The Cheerio Diaries car birth story Ashlee couldn’t get out of her head

April loved this explanation of getting an epidural as a way to stay present during birth

Katherine Heigl’s Knocked Up birth scene (warning: language and graphic content)

Previous episodes mentioned:

Episode 29: Three’s Company, Too with Sarah Powers
Episode 31: The One With All The Birth Stories
Episode 54: Growing Your Family, Part One

Related essays:

Presley Joy Gadd: A Redemptive Birth Story
A Tale of Two Birth Plans
Sharks and Childbirth
I Had A Hard Birth
All Natural
How’s Your Pain?
Permission To Cry
The Baby Is Going To Be Fine

Show credits: 

Hosted by Indiana Adams, Ashlee Gadd, and April Hoss, produced by Katie Leipprandt, edited by Kyle Cummings, content managed by Jennifer Batchelor.


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