S4E5: The Birth Talks Presents! Suzanne and Claudette

Suzanne is the director of City for All Women Initiative and mother two adult twins. She is a feminist, free spirit and poet.

Claudette is an Algonquin grandmother from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation. She is also the executive director of FNCCEC.

S4E4: The Birth Talks Presents! Aysha and Andrea

S4E4: The Birth Talks Presents! Aysha and Andrea

Aysha is a birth worker, full spectrum doula and mother of two. She is dedicated to improving the lives of women and families and has spent her career utilizing her skills in supporting big ideas and building community.

For over 10 years, Andrea's been on a journey of self-discovery and healing. Living with and managing complex mental health challenges, Andrea started sharing her story to help others understand they are not alone and to teach her children to stand up to the stigma of mental health. Andrea is an entrepreneur, yoga teacher and a mental health peer supporter. She lives with her husband and her two amazing daughters Anna and Amelia.

Photo Credit: Chris Lawson

S4E3: The Birth Talks Presents! Jacqui and Irene

S4E3: The Birth Talks Presents! Jacqui and Irene

Jacqui is a full time performing artist, an entrepreneur and single mother of one beautiful 8 year old.

Irene was born in 1966, the youngest of nine children. She wanted 10 kids, to beat her mother’s record, but she stopped at one. Irene is a human rights worker and a straight cisgender white settler.

Photo Credit: Chris Lawson

S4E2: The Birth Talks Presents! Mai and Naomi

S4E2: The Birth Talks Presents! Mai and Naomi

Naomi is a mother of two and founder of Branch Out Theatre. She directed and facilitated the group of women in a six week program that led up to the performance.

Mai is the host and producer of The Birth Talks podcast. At the time of the recording Mai had recently given birth to her third baby.

Photo Credit: Chris Lawson

S4E1: The Birth Talks Presents! Fiona and Emily

S4E1: The Birth Talks Presents! Fiona and Emily

Fiona and Emily kick off “The Birth Talks Presents!”. At the time of the recording Fiona was thrilled to be pregnant with her and her wife’s first baby. She is also a potter, author, athlete and pathworker.

Emily is a mom to two little people who keep her on her toes and remind her of the importance of living in the present. She is a community development activist and feminist.

Photo Credit: Chris Lawson

S3E5: The Intersectional Feminist Birth Worker

S3E5: The Intersectional Feminist Birth Worker

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In this special series three finale, Mai puts together a montage of guests who have appeared on her previous series, as well as clips from her appearance on CBC All in a Day and the Femmy Awards from International Women's Day. With music performed at the Femmy Awards by King Kimbit (https://kingkimbit.ca).

S3E4: Self-Care for Parents and Birth Workers

S3E4: Self-Care for Parents and Birth Workers

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Trish Frempong, like a lot of parents, wears many hats: mother/micro blogger Instagrammer extraordinaire/yoga queen and future midwife. We talk about the notions of self-care for healers and community workers from an intersectional perspective while having a few laughs! Check out her blog "Confessions of a Hustling Mama" on Instagram where she creates space for other mamas to be inspired. 

S3E2: Doctors Without Borders, Life of a Midwife Part 1

S3E2: Doctors Without Borders, Life of a Midwife Part 1

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Sam Jennings is a mother of four, former midwife and vegan who lived in Toronto when her partner was deputy director for Doctors Without Borders. She spent many years on missions with MSF saving lives in countries such as Congo, India and Uganda. She currently runs a blog on green living and parenting: https://www.littlegreenlives.com

 

 

 

S3E1: Full Circle Doula

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S3E1: Full Circle Doula

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Conjurer. Medicine Woman. Full Circle Birth Companion/Doula. Cassandra Thompson is a birth worker who supports the needs of Indigenous, Black, Two Spirit, Trans and Queer birthing individuals. She believes birth work is a revolutionary calling, not simply a career. Listen in as she shares how her job is to witness the birth journey. More about her work on Instagram @crystalrootandconjure and www.crystalrootandconjure.bigcartel.com .

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S2E5: Zero Waste Parenting

S2E5: Zero Waste Parenting

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Join Mailyne Kilantang Briggs, a former solo mother and owner of A Dream Lived Greener on her determined journey to become a zero-waste parent while raising her son.

S2E4: Black Parents Matter

S2E4: Black Parents Matter

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In "Black Parents Matter" LeRoi Newbold, Director of Black Lives Matter Toronto Freedom School shares his opinion on why black children need afro-centered curriculum to heal from the unacknowledged effects of slavery that took place in Canada.

S2E3: Parenting Beyond the Binary

S2E3: Parenting Beyond the Binary

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Full spectrum doula Giselle Johnston and Black Lives Matter Toronto trans parent LeRoi Newbold engage in a captive back and forth about what LGBTQ-centered support looks, sounds and feels like.

S2E2: How to Be a Feminist Dad

S2E2: How to Be a Feminist Dad

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Michael Wodzicki, father to three, shares his experience on what it's like to be a feminist dad and raise his sons and daughter to embody the values of gender equality and feminism.

S2E1: How to Raise a Feminist

S2E1: How to Raise a Feminist

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In "How to Raise a Feminist" Ottawa Councillor Catherine McKenney shares her experience of being an openly gay feminist parent and councillor in a hetero-normative male dominated world.  

Bonus Episode

Bonus Episode

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How do mental health and sexual health intersect? As part of Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness week The Birth Talks partnered with Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights to share this short excerpt from Action Canada for SHR's podcast. To listen to the rest of this conversation, and view what is offered in this campaign, visit www.srhweek.ca. And mark you calendars for the launch of Series 2: Parenting Beyond the Ordinary on International Women's Day, March 8!

S1E5: The ReProductive Ally

S1E5: The ReProductive Ally

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How we do we move forward as allies in reproductive justice? This special 40 minute episode is the last show of the first series and is co-hosted with the savvy and wise Vanessa Borjon, Bitch Media writing fellow based in Chicago. 

S1E4: The Politics of Birth

S1E4: The Politics of Birth

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Professor Candace Johnson from the University of Guelph leaves us with questions on the north south politics of birth. What does it mean to support every person's right to self determine in their reproductive health choices?

S1E3: Feministing Birth in the 21st Century

S1E3: Feministing Birth in the 21st Century

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"Fuck the waves of feminism. We are an ocean of Indigenous knowledge." What does it mean to be a birth worker/activist in the 21st century? You will not want to miss this conversation with Krysta and Denise, two Indigenous Full Spectrum Doulas based in Toronto. Feminism will never look the same again.

S1E2: If These Uteruses Could Talk Part II

S1E2: If These Uteruses Could Talk Part II

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Mikki Bradshaw shares what his uterus would say if it could talk. He takes listeners on a thoughtful yet profound intersectional journey into gender, sexuality and race all with a sense of humour. (Warning: explicit content).