Laura’s Birth Story: a powerful, primal, female experience

Episode 10 of The Positive Birth Story Podcast is a frank and honest conversation filled with humor. Laura speaks honestly about not loving being pregnant, but loving her empowering birth experience. She admits she’d rather give birth once a month for nine months than endure 9 months of pregnancy!

“It was kind of a euphoric chaos…I am envious of girls that I hear are going to have a baby soon and that are going to experience that unique, powerful, indescribable experience that is giving birth to your baby.”


The Positive Birth Story Podcast features empowering & positive stories about birth. Swedish midwife Åsa Holstein shares her in-depth knowledge of birth and speaks to brave women who share their personal stories. This is a podcast with women, for women about the super power that resides in all of us.

Find all episodes of The Positive Birth Story Podcast here.

Men, Welcome to the World of Contraception

Recently, the world was made aware of a study that cleared a contraceptive pill as safe for men. The results of the study indicate that it is possible to decrease sperm production while preserving sexual drive and avoiding serious side effects.

For years, women have been held primarily responsible for birth control and have had to suffer the side effects of various contraceptives. But, it’s 2019 and birth control should exist for everyone! This study shows that the world of sexual and reproductive health and rights could, in the future, be very different to how it is today:

1) Both men and women will be held responsible for wanted, or unwanted pregnancy.

While some people may argue that it is unfair that women have been solely responsible for birth control for so many years, there have been some advantages. With birth control options, women are able to plan for or prevent pregnancy, while men do not have the option to do so as directly. The introduction of a male birth control would ensure both sexes to have a voice in discussions about pregnancy and children.

2) There will be a greater effect on the climate.

Women who take birth control excrete the chemicals as waste and in turn, an increasing presence of these synthetic hormones have been found in soil and water around the world. As with any drug, introducing a male contraceptive would increase the level of chemicals being released into the environment.

3) Men will experience side effects of birth control that women have been experiencing for years.

In the study conducted, men reported a few non-severe side effects as well as side effects that could be seen as deal-breakers for taking the pill. The non-severe effects included fatigue, acne and headaches, and more serious reports were made of loss of muscle mass, hair loss, decrease in libido and erectile dysfunction.

Many women will find this ironic, as female contraception methods have historically had many side effects but have never been seen as ‘unsafe’ for consumption. Side effects for women can include blood clots, weight gain, increased risk of certain cancers and mental illness.

We are still a long way away from the introduction of a male contraception – but it is on the horizon!

I believe that allowing both men and women to make active choices to either prevent or achieve pregnancy will give many people more control over their lives, sexual health and safety.

Emma’s Birth Story: trusting your body

“I made a really big push and this is the most extraordinary moment of the whole process that I can remember. I felt every limb moving through.”

In this episode of The Positive Birth Story Podcast, Emma shares her beautiful story about being the very best version of herself during birth. She talks about fully trusting her body, the baby and the process.

The Positive Birth Story Podcast features empowering & positive stories about birth. Swedish midwife Åsa Holstein shares her in-depth knowledge of birth and speaks to brave women who share their personal stories. This is a podcast with women for women about the super power that resides in all of us. Find all episodes of The Positive Birth Story Podcast here.

Michele-Lee’s Birth Story: overcoming your fears

Before even becoming pregnant Michele-Lee knew that she wanted to have a c-section because of her fear of giving birth. But once pregnant she got the kind of help that was right for her to dare to go into a vaginal birth. She ended up having just that. A powerful uncomplicated vaginal birth.

“It was just an absolute explosion of love and not only love for the child but I also felt love for my partner, it was love for you and love for the midwife. It is just such an intimate connectedness.”

The Positive Birth Story Podcast features empowering & positive stories about birth. Swedish midwife Åsa Holstein shares her in-depth knowledge of birth and speaks to brave women who share their personal stories. This is a podcast with women for women about the super power that resides in all of us. Find all episodes of The Positive Birth Story Podcast here.