S5E5: The Embodiment of Choice

As we wrap up the series with The Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre, Elyse (executive director), Lesley (Operations Manager), Corrina and Aysha (Birth Centre Aides) and Teresa (Lead Midwife) take us on an audio tour and get to know the inside operations and philosophy of what makes this centre the embodiment of choice for Ottawa's community.

S5E4: The Choice to Love

S5E4: The Choice to Love

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In this powerful and moving episode, we connect with Rachel and Rob, parents who experienced pregnancy loss and embarked on a journey of profound love with their son Aaron. They push us to re-think what it means to be parents, and the strength and love that we carry for our children.

S5E3: She Rises

S5E3: She Rises

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In this episode we get real with Member of Parliament Niki Ashton about the challenges that she faced while running in the NDP leadership race. We talk about the everyday challenges, stereotypes and biases that women in Canada face when it comes to parenting and working. You will not want to miss this! Despite the challenges that women in Canada still face today, "she rises" with dignity, strength and determination.

S5E2: The Access to Choice

S5E2: The Access to Choice

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Karina Gould applauded for breastfeeding in Parliament.

What does it mean when government supports access to choice? In this riveting interview we get close with the Hon. Minister Karina Gould and her journey to becoming a mother while working as the Minister of Democratic Institutions. We talk about what it takes to create a space that supports women.

S5E1: The Choice of Birth Place

S5E1: The Choice of Birth Place

Families and staff gathered to celebrate the OBWC’s birthday.

Families and staff gathered to celebrate the OBWC’s birthday.

We are back with a brand new series: Feminists Rise Up in partnership with The Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre. The next five episodes explores the question, "what is choice?" in many forms, and features this rad feminist midwife-led organization that has a client-centered approach when it comes to building community. We also unpack what it means to have choice (or lack thereof) with Canada’s leaders and midwifery clients.

S4E5: The Birth Talks Presents! Suzanne and Claudette

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.