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Comedian Zack Lyman sits down with creative guests to have a fun and laid back conversation. Bringing the listeners on a fun ride while learning about his guest's from their upbringing to how they feel about Costco hotdogs. This is a light hearted show that is made with passion for comedy, podcasts and every style of art.
 
Everything you need to know to support a pregnant woman or person through labour, birth and the early days with a new baby - giving you confidence and knowledge about the role of a birth partner. I will share with you my experience of being a professional birth partner of over 20 years and will invite guests from all backgrounds to enable you to hear a wide range of experiences.
 
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In the last episode of Season 2, I am answering some of the questions that were sent to me by my listeners. I am covering information on birth preparation, birth partners, vaginal examinations, induction of labour, doulas, breastfeeding and much more... It can be so helpful to listen to the many unexpected nuggets of information that come up when q…
 
In this week's episode, I am chatting with Dr Jenna Brough who is a perinatal clinical psychologist. We get into a deep discussion about the term 'normal' and how it relates to birth. How medicalised birth and intervention is seen as the norm and how most recommendations for intervention are based on fear of litigation. Book a session with Jenna ht…
 
In this week's episode, I am chatting with Laura Berkeley who shares with us her journey through two very different pregnancy and birth experiences - where she suffered hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) and had a vaginal breech birth at home with her second baby during Covid. Laura gives great tips and information about becoming a mother and what has wor…
 
In this week's episode, I am talking to the lovely Aimee Strongman from Glow Yoga in Dorset. She shares with us her wisdom on the motherhood journey, taken from her pregnancy yoga classes - which helps support the women who attend her sessions, to tune into their instincts and incorporate the tools she offers on the mind, body connection. As a preg…
 
In this episode, I am chatting to the lovely Sheena Byrom, as she shares her story of working in the maternity system, and what it has been like from the 1970's - to the current day. Sheena talks of her time as a student, and how her career has led her through many different roles, finally becoming the head of midwifery for a large trust - which in…
 
In this week's episode, I had the privilege of chatting to the incredible human rights lawyer Hermine Hayes-Klein, who shares so much of her knowledge of the law of informed consent and refusal in relation to a pregnant woman or person's rights in childbirth. Hermine and I chat in detail about how to provide support during this time, as partners, d…
 
In this episode, I am chatting to Louisa, a mum of 3, who recently gave birth in a Midwife Led Unit to a breech baby. Louisa had a C-section with her first baby who was also breech and then went on to have a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean) for her 2nd. Her preparation for her 3rd baby was very thorough, in order to achieve a similar experience…
 
In this week's episode, we catch up with Carmen, who shares the VBAC birth story of her 3rd baby after having 2 previous c- sections. Her birth story is so inspirational and she describes how her mindset and certainty in her ability to give birth to her baby really worked in helping her to achieve her dream birth, despite circumstances unfolding in…
 
In this episode, Teresa Coote shares her journey of supporting two families to become parents through surrogacy. Through her research, she chose to use Brilliant Beginnings - a fully supported surrogacy service that matches intended parents with their surrogates and takes them through the entire journey to ensure a positive and safe surrogacy journ…
 
At the end of 2021, I had the privilege of spending an hour with the wonderful Blyss Young, a licensed midwife who practices in California, USA. We chatted about a wide range of subjects, including why she became a midwife, physiological birth, antenatal education, birth partners and more... You can find Blyss here - https://www.birthingblyss.com F…
 
In the second of two episodes, Sheryl Wynne shares with us what it means to become trauma-informed and what it is like in her experience. In becoming aware of trauma, she has moved forward to support others to recognise trauma and is now running monthly courses to help birth workers, hypnobirthing instructors and others, to open their eyes to the b…
 
In the first of two episodes, Sheryl Wynne shares with us her two very different birth experiences. Sheryl honestly and openly describes how her first birth was very traumatic for her, and how the support she received was lacking, throughout her experience. She also takes us on the journey she went on postnatally to discover, that she wasn't to bla…
 
In this episode, I give my top 3 reasons why I hate contraction apps. I have a good old rant about this seemingly innocent gadget, that is in fact an intervention. You would be amazed at the amount of births that are sabotaged by an app that does not take into account what is actually happening in the birth room - as it cannot take into considerati…
 
In this episode, I am sharing my views on the differences between physiological birth and a medically managed birth with interventions. I share tips on how to succeed in achieving a physiological birth, and what to look out for if you have a managed birth. I cover vaginal examinations, positions, sounds, monitoring the baby, pushing and much more. …
 
In this episode, I am excited to be in conversation with the amazing midwife Dr Rachel Reed. Rachel is most commonly known for her blog 'Midwife Thinking' and is the author of two incredibly popular books, aswell as being the co-host of the brilliant Midwives' Cauldron podcast. Rachel is originally from the UK, but now lives in Queensland Australia…
 
In this week's episode of the podcast, I had the privilege of chatting to the very lovely Professor Amy Brown. Amy is a professor of maternal and child public health at Swansea University. She is the director of their research center - LIFT (Lactation Infant Feeding and Translation), and the author of 10 books and numerous research articles which c…
 
In this episode, I had the privilege of chatting with community based obstetrician Dr Stuart Fischbein, about many of the issues that pregnant women and people are facing in maternity services today, both in the US and the UK. We discuss information on twin birth, breech birth, vbac, gestational diabetes, home birth, microbiome and much more. You c…
 
Have you been wondering if hypnobirthing is for you? Have you looked at the pro's but not considered the con's? This episode will help you to identify 5 reasons why you might want to avoid taking a hypnobirthing training. As a hypnobirthing teacher, I believe it is important for you to know ALL the facts when it comes to hypnobirthing training. Mos…
 
In today's episode I am chatting to Carly Lewis who is a placenta remedies specialist. Carly runs Prism placenta training and also chairs the PRN (Placenta Remedies Network). She shares with us the benefits of placenta encapsulation and talks about the wide variety of remedies that can be made from the placenta. She also answers some of the frequen…
 
In this week's episode, I am chatting with Rob Geraghty who candidly shares his experiences of being a birth partner, and becoming a father of 3 children. So often the focus in maternity care is around supporting the women during pregnancy and birth, so it is easy to forget the partner and ask how they are doing. Rob admits that he didn't always fi…
 
In today's episode, I am chatting with birth rights activist Emma Ashworth about the need to understand your rights in pregnancy and birth, in order to ensure that your plans for birth are not affected by the fear-based practice that we see in maternity services today. We also hear Emma talk about the current midwifery crisis in the NHS and how to …
 
In today's episode, I am speaking to Leonie Rainbird-Savin who candidly shares her experience of giving birth 3 times with only her husband present. During each pregnancy, Leonie's thoughts and feelings varied regarding how much care she wanted to access. Listen to her describe each birth, and the planning and preparation that went into those 3 pre…
 
In this episode, I am speaking to Carmen who is expecting her 3rd child. Her journey so far, through 2 C-sections and 1 devastating miscarriage, has led her to use positive mindset tools to help her to conceive and prepare for her upcoming birth. We hear all about how Carmen's plans are unfolding during her pregnancy and are looking forward to catc…
 
In this episode, I am chatting with birth activist Michelle Quashie about the very different birth experiences she had with her 4 children. These include a premature birth via emergency c-section, a crash c-section after haemorrhaging with placenta previa, a hospital VBAC and a home VBAC with an independent midwife. Michelle shares how her confiden…
 
In this episode, I am speaking to James, a male midwife who is a true inspiration to so many birth keepers. James has a real passion to support pregnant women and people through physiological childbirth, and he shares with us his story, of how he always wanted to be a midwife from a very young age - and his journey to fulfilling that dream. He now …
 
In this episode, Aimee and Tom talk candidly about their journey through the very fast birth experience of their first child, and the subsequent anxiety Aimee felt in the early months of becoming a mother. They also share their reasons why they decided to plan their next birth at home. Tom's role as a birth partner is enlightening as he shares with…
 
In this episode, I am talking to the very knowledgeable midwife Molly O'Brien about imbalances in the body that can affect the labour and birth process. It is important to remember that most women and birthing people will not have an issue giving birth to their babies. In modern times, however, we sit a lot, we drive everywhere, and sometimes we ha…
 
Brittany Hanrahan returns! Comedian Zack Lyman sits down with Brittany to catch up before her show at Zen Comedy. Brittany was in town for a headlining gig and wow it was a wonderful show! We had a great time talking about stand-up comedy and her viral TikTok. Learn more about Brittany@biracialb94Brittany's LA Showinstagram.com/2020wasabeachhttps:/…
 
In this episode, inspirational midwife and author Becky Reed share's with us the story behind establishing the well-known Albany case loading practice in South East London during the 1990's. Listening to her incredible journey through the years of being both an independent and NHS midwife, helps us to see how amazing support can affect a labouring …
 
Welcome back to the podcast after the summer break. In this episode, I am talking to the wonderful Alex Burner, who is sharing with us her experience of prodromal labour. This is when labour starts and stops before switching into active labour - often lasting days or weeks in some cases. Alex talks us through her 3 births, and explains why she thin…
 
During the summer break, I thought it might be nice to release a bonus episode. I was so happy to be able to talk to the lovely Keira, from the multi-award-winning Mama Designs, about the amazing business she set up when her eldest was a small baby. She now makes a wide range of baby and toddler products and has over 66k followers on Instagram. Kei…
 
In this episode, I talk to Amy from the Lily Mae Foundation - a charity which works tirelessly to provide support to anyone who experiences stillbirth, miscarriage, neonatal death or medical termination. Amy shares what it feels like to find out that your baby has no heartbeat, and her experience of going through the loss of a stillborn baby. She t…
 
In this episode, I am talking to Scott Mair about Paternal Mental Health!! We get into a discussion about why it is important that all pregnant women and their birth partners should know that if the birth doesn't go according to plan, especially if interventions occur, then it is not uncommon for one or both parents to feel traumatised. While there…
 
In this episode, I am talking with Emma - AKA @thenakeddoula, who shares with us her very raw and painful story of the loss of her mother during pregnancy and her subsequent birth of her son by planned c-section. In early motherhood, she decided to train as a doula and hypnobirthing teacher, and she speaks about how she had a desire to create stron…
 
This is the first episode of my birth story series. I am so excited to be talking with the lovely Megan Rossiter, who shares her journey through the birth of her two children. The first was an Induction, and the second was a homebirth. Megan talks about her journey from midwifery to motherhood, and about how she has moved on to teach antenatal cour…
 
Kerri is an energetic Philadelphian living in Phoenix – she jokes about her husband, fellow white girls, and corporate American. In 2019 she was a Clean Comedy Winner at the San Diego Comedy Festival and Big Pine Comedy Festival’s "Best of Fest". Catch her weekly parody news show “The Wednesday Wire” on YouTube and follow her @kgcomedy for upcoming…
 
In this episode, I am talking with Cara, an NHS community midwife who talks about her journey to becoming a popular Instagram midwife, and how she shares her knowledge with 1000’s of families who are looking to achieve a positive birth experience. Her bubbly personality and honest, woman-centered approach leads us into a great discussion about some…
 
During this episode, I speak with Carmelle Gentle, a midwife who is amongst many things, a feeding and lactation expert who specialises in babies with tongue-tie. Carmelle, who truly does live up to her name - Gentle by name, Gentle by nature - gave up some of her very busy time to share with us exactly what you might need to look out for when spot…
 
In this episode, I am talking with Gordon from Mantenatal. An antenatal company providing educational information to prepare dads-to-be for birth and fatherhood. https://www.mantenatal.co.uk Instagram - @mantenatal If you would like to buy a copy of the book that accompanies this podcast - click here:- Labour of Love - The Ultimate Guide to Being a…
 
In this episode, we have invited Laura Moore - Shay, a Certified Personal Trainer and IFBB Bikini Pro. Today, Laura talks about her podcast Bikini Things, competing and being kind to yourself.Laura’s Journey[0:48]Way back in college, Laura always hated how she looked then later, she found weight training. When she started to undergo the weight trai…
 
Zack Lyman tells you 10 things he would focus on if he had to start over in stand up comedy in 2021!If I was starting comedy 2021 1. Simple idea, I would try to write one hour a day. Maybe you sit at a coffee shop and write. or you work on some other parts of comedy like listening back to any recordings you have and being honest with yourself, how …
 
In this episode, I am talking with fellow pregnancy yoga teacher Daisy Dinwoodie. We met in the physiological birth club on Clubhouse, discussing and sharing our very similar philosophies about pregnancy and childbirth. Daisy shares her knowledge of pregnancy yoga and the many benefits from her classes, which are run by a local charity in Edinburgh…
 
During this episode, I am speaking with the incredible Kemi Johnson, a fully trained midwife, and birth keeper, who dedicates her time to calling out bad practice within the NHS maternity system, and speaking up for pregnant women and birthing people to help them to discover the benefits of physiological birth. Kemi is currently in Dara Salaam in T…
 
Today I am talking to Maddie McMahon, a breastfeeding councillor with a passion to travel the country and provide breastfeeding support to areas of deprivation on her Boobie Bus, with other members from her amazing charity Maddie’s Miracle. I am delighted to share this incredible conversation that will support so many families on their breastfeedin…
 
In this week's episode, I am chatting to the lovely Zare de Candole who is a birth and postnatal doula amongst many other things. She shares her great wisdom of what is required when preparing for the baby's arrival during pregnancy. She makes many recommendations about using a planning journal to ensure that anyone expecting a baby considers the w…
 
In this episode, I am really happy to be introducing you to my wonderful friend Victoria Heath. Victoria is a Hypnotherapist who offers a wide range of services including Hypnobirthing, Life Coaching, and EMDR. I was delighted that she agreed to come and share her wisdom with you all so that you can learn lots of information about hypnobirthing and…
 
In this episode, I have an in-depth conversation about birth trauma with Midwife Catherine Cooper. We discuss why birth trauma happens and what you can do if you suspect you have experienced trauma at your birth or a birth you attended. Catherine uses a process called the 3 step rewind which she talks about in detail. This episode is essential list…
 
In this episode, I am pleased to welcome NHS Midwife Eleanor Copp. Eleanor is talking to us about working in a Midwife Led Unit or MLU which is a really great option to give birth in for many couples, offering a home from home style birth facility that is a step down from high-level medical care. This more natural setting gives pregnant women and b…
 
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