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||CleanEp. 25 - "They Wouldn't Let Me Call it Assault" Part 2 | Anon. Nurse||WARNING: This story includes graphic detail and m…||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 24 - "They Wouldn't Let Me Call it Assault Because We Need to Protect the Doctor" | Anon. Nurse||WARNING: This story includes graphic detail and m…||10/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAfter a Non-Consented C-Section, "I'll Be Damned if This Happens to Somebody Else" | Sara Conrad||Sara Conrad worked in the marketing department at…||9/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 22 - "My Injury is Forever and a Lifetime" | Kimberly Turbin||Kimberly Turbin made headlines and history when s…||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 21 - Birthing While Black in Alabama | Sabrina Azemar||Trying to find support for a vaginal birth after …||8/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 20 *Full Episode* - Plus Size Birth | Jen McLellan||Normal, healthy births happen every day, and for …||7/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean[Mother May I Series] Ep. 19 - Clinicians & Preventable Birth Trauma | OB Insider Dr. Tracey Vogel||During pregnancy and birth, trauma can happen. Dr…||6/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean[Mother May I Series] Ep. 18 - Doulas, Advocacy, and Oppressing Ourselves | Rebecca Dekker||MOTHER MAY I SERIES - http://bit.ly/consentmovie …||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 17 - Birth, Death, and the Future of Midwifery | Midwife Karen Webster||There have been a lot of changes to how midwives …||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 16 From Doula to Obstetric Violence Activist | Lindsay Askins||In this episode of Birth Allowed Radio, we talk a…||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 15 - Marijuana & Pregnancy | Heather Thompson, PhD||In this episode, we talk about the world of pregn…||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 14 - The Problem with Implied Consent | Lawyer Hermine Hayes-Klein||In this episode of Birth Allowed Radio, we talk a…||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 13 - For Doulas: Gena Kirby on Getting Dads and Partners Involved in Birth||In this episode, Cristen speaks with Gena Kirby, …||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 12 - A Lawyer on "State-Sanctioned Rape" of Arkansas Midwifery Clients||In this episode, Cristen speaks with Kesha Chiapp…||9/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 - A Doula Discusses How to Advocate Without Getting Kicked Out of the Room||In this episode, Cristen speaks with Traci Weafer…||8/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 - An Injured Mother/$16M Lawsuit Winner Offers Her Perspective on Doulas & Abuse||In this episode, Cristen speaks with Caroline Mal…||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 - An OB Nurse Talks Obstetric Violence, How to Make Change||In this episode, Cristen speaks with an experienc…||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 - Woman Records Confrontation with Hospital re: Consent, Experts Refute Hospital Defense||In this episode, Cristen speaks with "J," an Indi…||6/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 - Georgia Mothers Fight an Abusive Hospital Monopoly / **TW for non-consented episiotomy**||In this episode, Cristen speaks with Zawn Villine…||5/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 - A Feminist OB Puts Her Patients in Charge & Outcomes Improve||In this episode, Cristen speaks with an obstetric…||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 – A Doula Watches Culture Shift in Alabama, Assault in Labor & Delivery ***TW***||In this episode, Cristen speaks with an Alabama d…||4/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 - An Anti-Trust Lawyer Champions Midwives||In this episode, perhaps the most experienced mid…||4/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 - A Doula Fights the System||In this episode, a doula based out of New York Ci…||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 - A Kentucky Home Birth||In this episode, Lexington, KY, couple Helen & Kr…||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - Kentucky Birth Monopoly||In this episode, Cristen talks with Mary Carol Ak…||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I didn't start listening until after 7 episodes were available and I binge-listened to all of them within two days. I love all of the different perspectives Cristen brings in--midwife, doula, consumers, advocates, attorney, obstetrician,...--that gives a well-rounded view of the importance of birth options, the need for respect in maternity care, and the necessity for everyone to understand and protect women's and families' rights in childbirth.
Real topics, in real need of attention
Cristen meticulously covers the topics that women face in todays maternity care, shining a much needed light on the issues that often overlooked and ignored.
As a doula, labor & delivery nurse, future nurse-midwife, and someone who has followed Cristen's work with Improving Birth and Birth Monopoly for a while now, I consider myself very passionate and knowledgeable on the subject of the poor state of maternity care in the U.S. and the epidemic of obstetric violence. But even I was blown away by how deep and engaging the discussion was between Cristen and her guests, dealing with issues such as racism and misogyny, which are just as systemically ingrained in maternity care as they are in the rest of our society. I love how they are not afraid to use appropriate terms to name things for what they are; you will hear words like "abuse," "violence," "sexual assault," "battery," and "injustice," to describe the forced interventions imposed on birthing people. You will hear mothers and doulas give testimony to the abuses that they have experienced. And on the positive side, you will hear a doctor describe how she puts her patients in charge of the decision-making and has seen improved outcomes in her practice because of it. But you will learn that this is the exception, not the norm in modern obstetric care and that is why it is so, so important for EVERYONE to listen to this--most people don't become aware of what the reality of giving birth in America is until they have a horrible experience first-hand. It doesn't have to be this way. Just listen.