Episode 123

Published on:

28th Jul 2023

S4 EP123: Taylor Richardson Marlton: Hospital birth/Posterior + Freebirth

Welcome to today's episode, where we join Taylor on her profound journey from maiden to mother. When Taylor first conceived her daughter, she found herself with limited knowledge about childbirth and the various care options available to her. Seeking continuity of care, she embraced her local MGP program, leaning on the familiar presence of dedicated midwives that brought her a sense of security.

As Taylor's labour began, she was confronted with intense back pain due to her baby's posterior position. The realisation that her labour was unfolding differently from her expectations sparked a sense of fear, casting a shadow of doubt over her birthing process. Eventually, interventions became part of her birth story, leaving Taylor with a feeling of disconnection from her daughter that resembled her disconnection throughout pregnancy.

With the arrival of her next pregnancy, Taylor was deeply immersed in her pursuit for knowledge. She delved into the intricacies of physiological birth and what best supports the hormonal flow of labour. A turning point emerged during a routine scan when Taylor struggled to advocate for herself. The realisation that her voice might remain unheard during childbirth, given her difficulty in using it at that specific moment, served as a pivotal wake-up call. This realisation along with the disconnection she felt with her care providers during her pregnancy, prompted her to consider the path of free birth and embracing the sovereignty of her birth journey.

Today we hear Taylor's transformative path, guided by the wisdom she discovered and the resources that fostered her unwavering faith in her body and its innate capacity for birth.

Show Notes:

Instagram: @_thewombcollective @_tearsfortwo

Resources: Dr Rachel Reed - Midwife Thinking

Books: Reclaiming Childbirth as a Rite of Passage, 10 Moons

Podcasts: Midwives Couldran

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A podcast created with passion by a Brisbane mum with a strong desire to learn about all the positive and beautiful sides to birth. This space is created for all women to see, hear, and share empowering birth stories and advice in the hopes to heal and educate others. Each week I'll be chatting with Australian mothers, partners, and professionals to inspire other women on their own journey to motherhood.
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