a safe, welcoming platform to share birth stories.
I'm Lucy Hill, a doula, mother, wife and total birth
nerd living in Frome, Somerset in the UK.
When I was pregnant, one of my favourite things to do
was to listen to birth stories. During this time I read
and listened to literally hundreds and hundreds of birth
experiences shared by all kinds of parents, having all
kinds of births. I quickly became obsessed with the
narrative of birth and the power of storytelling.
I am convinced that because I was so regularly exposed
to hearing about REAL birth - the glory, the mess, the
trauma, the comedy, the boredom, the ecstasy - I didn't
fear it, because I knew so much about what could unfold.
When eventually I went into labour, my planned natural
home birth turned into an undiagnosed breech and very
unexpected cesarian. Of course I felt shocked. But
beneath this, I felt calm and safe in the knowledge that
birth can and does take twists and turns we can't
predict. I had, in essence, heard it all before. I felt
part of a wider collective of humans, each with stories
as unique yet familiar as mine.
The magic of birth stories existed not just for me as an
expectant parent learning something unknown, but I also
noticed the profound healing and peaceful resolution
which often came from families revisiting and reflecting
on their births.
All of the podcasts I found dedicated to birth stories
were either American or Australian, and I deeply wished
there had been a bank of UK birth stories I could have
mined for information, particularly when it came to NHS
care which is so different to care models overseas.
Since having my son in 2019 I have continued to listen
to birth story podcasts, but have still yet to find a
consistent, birth-story-dedicated podcast in the UK.
Enter The Real Birth Podcast! Series 1 launches in early
2022, featuring a range of stories from UK parents and a
variety of different birth experiences. Whether you're
pregnant, on the other side of birth or just love
geeking out about birth, I'm so excited for you to join