The Birth Hour is a podcast "designed to serve as a safe haven for women to share their [childbirth] stories with other women and connect over the life-changing event of giving birth." (from The Birth hour website's About page)
This podcast is for those who love to hear birth stories told, AND those who wish to tell their birth story(ies) with other women. You can live anywhere in the world and hear a variety of different experiences, including what resources were seen as valuable to each woman who told her story(ies).
With stories posted on the podcast channel since September 21, 2015, Bryn has brought an invaluable resource to the worldwide childbirth community.
What makes these stories different than many of those shared with pregnant women every day?
Some pregnant women steer clear of hearing/reading ANY birth stories while pregnant in order to avoid being scared or influenced unnecessarily, while others find that reading birth stories is valuable to how they prepare for birth. I think any woman preparing for birth (even those avoiding hearing uninvited stories from friends/family/strangers), and also any woman who loves birth stories will enjoy the ones on this podcast. Personally, while listening to this podcast, I have laughed, cried, and been choked up hearing other women's experiences through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
What I love about this podcast is that after listening to every single episode, I don't sense any negative agenda behind the telling of the stories, except that of giving women a safe and supportive place to share their stories. The stories are not told to scare women or to influence pregnant/birthing women's decisions, but rather, if there is any agenda, it is to encourage pregnant women to become as informed as they want to be, and to move forward prepared to make their own personal decisions that are right for them regarding THEIR OWN pregnancies and births. I don't sense any judgment coming from these podcast stories.
I encourage all those reading this to check out The Birth Hour's website (click here) for their podcast links and everything else this site has to offer.
Click here if you would like to go straight to the podcast section of The Birth Hour website, where you can listen online and read a description of each episode, even if you don't have iTunes or another podcast app to use to listen (although you can search for The Birth Hour in any podcast feed app)
Click here if you would like to go to the podcast page on iTunes to listen and subscribe.