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Bellies to BirthCast will guide you through the pinnacles and pitfalls of pregnancy and natural childbirth with expert interviews, helpful tips and inspirational stories spanning birth beyond the basics, homebirth, VBAC, waterbirth, cultural childbirth practices, new baby care, breastfeeding, and more so you can make informed decisions for your family.  We believe you are the expert on your body. You possess all the tools you need to give birth.  We invite you to join us for an empowering experience.


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Week of December 15 |  Episode 6

Birth in the UK vs. US

Have you wondered how other countries approach childbirth?  What does modern maternity care look like in other developed nations?  

Karen Shopoff-Rooff joins Bellies to BirthCast to discuss her experiences with the differences between the UK and US maternity systems, switching providers late in pregnancy and how common complications can be successfully handled during a home birth.



Listen to Bellies to BirthCast Episode 6 or read the full interview transcript


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Week of December 8 |  Episode 5

Homebirth After 35

Are you over 35 and expecting your first child?  Do you think being of "advanced maternal age" means a hospital birth is your only option? Do you think homebirth isn't safe after 35?

Mikaela Seligman discusses her decision to have a homebirth at age 39 with her first child.


Listen to Episode 5 or read the full interview transcript


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Week of December 1 |  Episode 4

Homebirth After Emergency Cesarean Section

Did you have an emergency c-section and fear a repeat c-section is your only option?  Do you wish to avoid another cesarean, but are unsure of your options and afraid complications might happen again?

Heidi Sylvester joins the Bellies to BirthCast to discuss her homebirth after emergency c-section under general anesthesia due to a cord prolapse with her first child.


Listen to Episode 4 or read the full interview transcript


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Week of November 24 |  Episode 3

Choosing Homebirth After Hospital Birth

Have you previously given birth in the hospital and wonder whether homebirth is right for you?  Are you wondering what a homebirth is like and how to prepare for one?

Stephanie Precourt, mother of four and author of AdventuresinBabyWearing.com, joins the Bellies to BirthCast to discuss her decision to "break up" with her OB late in her fourth pregnancy in favor of a midwife-assisted homebirth, despite having had 3 positive hospital births.

Listen to Episode 3 or read the full interview transcript


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Week of November 17 |  Episode 2

Choosing Homebirth in the UK and Canada

Are you considering a homebirth and live in the UK or Canada?  Do you have questions on your options and whether homebirth is the right choice for you?

Dr. Kerry Woodcock and her husband, Rupert Collins, discuss their decision to homebirth in the UK and Canada as well as the differences in the two systems.  Kerry was also the first woman in the UK to give birth using Hypnobirthing and will be joining us at a later date to discuss her experiences with this natural childbirth method.

Listen to Episode 2 or read the full interview transcript


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Week of November 10 |  Episode 1

ICAN and You Can Too: Choosing a Homebirth After Cesarean Section

Have widespread hospital bans on VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean section) make a repeat c-section your only hospital birth option? Did lack of access to VBAC make you choose a homebirth after cesarean section (HBAC)?

Pamela Udy, President of ICAN, the International Cesarean Awareness Network (www.ican-online.org), and a HBA2C mother herself, discusses why more women are choosing homebirth after cesarean section (HBAC) due to widespread hospital bans on VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean section).

Listen to Episode 1 or read the full interview transcript



On the Next Episode...join us as we speak with mothers who chose homebirth.


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