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On this 7th episode of The Birth Geeks Podcast, we talk about birth stories. We talk about keeping your poker face on while listening for the needs and meaning behind the words being shared. We address weaponized baby shower birth stories, and (spoiler alert) we do not feel the same about how to deal with these. You’ll get to hear about Robin’s family tradition for telling birth stories and the weirdest compliment that Hillary ever received from her midwife. Hillary also talks about a book chapter that helped to shape her view on the culture of medicine.


Here are links to things that are mentioned in this episode:

Rebounding from Childbirth: Toward Emotional Recovery by Lynn Madsen

Just Another Day in a Woman’s Life? Women’s Long-Term Perceptions of Their First Birth Experience by Penny Simkin

The Birth Hour Podcast

Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth

Billionaire by Travie McCoy ft. Bruno Mars (Apologies to Mr. McCoy as we definitely thought this was just Bruno’s song!) This version does contain swear words, so be aware.

Good, B.J. & M.J. DelVecchio Good. “’Learning Medicine’: The Constructing of Medical Knowledge at Harvard Medical School” in Knowledge, Power, and Practice: The Anthropology of Medicine and Everyday Life edited by Shirley Lindenbaum, Margaret M. Lock



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