The Onas Podcast was created by a MOONLI as part of The Onas Collaborative. The online database connecting US maternity care providers and parents. We will be bringing on parents to talk about their birth stories, pregnancy, and postpartum experiences. Our published providers will also be coming on to talk about themselves, what they do, and why it might be able to help you. Our mission is to reduce the maternal mortality rates and increase support of new parents.
El (Instagram: @_totheblue_) is a mom from Perth, WA Australia. She is the sweetest human being and has come on to talk about her birth story. From working with midwives to giving birth during COVID. Having to have a rushed c-section and her son, Atlas, had meconium at birth which led him to the NICU. El is such a lovely mom and has talked to us about her postpartum journey through mental health, mothering during COVID, going to the beach, healing from her c-section scar, and more!
Hope you all enjoy this episode!
Ellen Barnard from Harmony Hive has come on to talk to us all about her story. She discusses how she originally became a doula after being a hair stylist and listening to what women were going through. Ellen goes on to discuss meeting her husband, living in Hawaii, experiencing pregnancy loss & gas lighting from doctors, and left with little to no answers about infertility. The researcher that she is, left her to researching all about miscarriages, infertility, MTHFR gene mutations, the menstrual cycle & female hormones, and changed her course of life forever.
You can find Ellen Bernard: yourharmoneyhive.com & Instagram: @ellen.r.barnard
Welcome to the 2nd and last part of Amelia's story where she talks about getting pregnant with her rainbow baby! She tell su about her experiencing of working with a certified nurse midwife (CNM) in her new home at the local hospital. The experience of going through a confident pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Thank you for sharing your birth story Amelia!
We had the honour of connecting with doula, photographer, website designer, mother, partner, and business owner Amelia (@protivacreative). She came on to talk to us about her experience with pregnancy loss/miscarriage and how she coped with that mental & physically. This is part 1 of her story and she also goes into talking about growing up as a fundamental christian from Oregon to how that has developed who she is now that her and her husband have left the church. Part 2 will come out next week!
Tahlia gave us the honour of interviewing her on her home birth that she had with her daughter near Byron Bay, Australia. She is a midwife on the Gold Coast and had a birthing center with her first born son. With her knowledge and understanding, she decided to do a home birth with a water tub with the birth of her second child. We had the opportunity to learn about the Australian public healthcare system and what is accessible to women & birthers in terms of Midwifery Continuity Of Care Program.
I had the amazing opportunity of having Victoria Gloria from CT on with us to talk about her story. We have a fun discussion talking about how her and her husband met (their love story), going to college and discovering she wanted to become a photographer! Victoria is a motherhood photographer and pregnancy photographer who is also expecting a little boy at the end of this month! She talks about her first and second trimester, going through slight morning sickness but feeling amazing now. She will be coming on again in a few months to talk about her birth story with her midwife at the local birth center!
Check out Kayla's part 2 on her home birth with her son! Kayla's part 1 was published last week of her experience birthing with an OBGYN which lead her to choosing to birth in her home this time around.
We would like to state that Onas Collaborative LLC supports home birth with active licensure midwives.
Kayla (Instagram: Kayla_d_steinberg) is from North Carolina and is a full time mother raising 3 kids! This is part 1 of her story we she discusses her pregnancy & birth experiences. She talks about postpartum depression, developing cholestasis, and her experience of dealing with OBGYNs and midwives at a birth center for her first 2 pregnancies. Part 2 will be up next week and we hope you all enjoy.
Check out our new podcast episode with doula Allison (Instagram: doulasforhumanrights) where she talks about the importance of bodily autonomy and explicit consent. Allison also discusses her experience of how she got into this work after giving birth in Scotland and dealing with obstetric violence there. She wants other doulas to know that they do need to work as advocates for their clients and pregnant people to ensure that we can get better birthing outcomes. Thank you for your work Allison.
Ellen (@ellen_wags) from Alabama is on with us talking about her experience with postpartum anxiety, postpartum depression, and postpartum rage. She talks about her experience of both postnatal experiences with her two daughters and how she finally found the path of getting help from her doctor.
We have an exciting episode with one of our doulas Talia out of Washington (@indigorisingbirthwork) talking to us about her work as a birth & postpartum doula. She also discusses with us her experience of motherhood and postpartum especially her experience with symptoms of postpartum depression and one of the symptoms, rage. Parenting during COVID is an additional topic that we cover.
You can find doula in our directory at https://www.theonascollaborative.com/find-a-provider/indigo-rising-birthwork.html
Today, we have on the amazing mama from Alaska, Annie (Instagram: @mrs.anniewhite) talking to us about her birthing center births! She talks about finding a birthing center in Nashville, TN and accidentally giving birth to her first child at a service station. Annie then discusses her quick labor and how she and her husband managed to make it to the birth center with the midwives for his birth. Lastly, Annie does talk about how she recognised her postnatal depression and what she did to get support.
This week we have one of our massage therapists & doulas, Julieanne Weatherhogge (@vital_flow)! She lives in Seattle with her son and is aimed at providing pregnant & postpartum people with the best care through message therapy but also through postpartum planning. Julieanne talks about the importance of knowing your birth story, how she can best support her clients with meal preparation, listening, talking about mental health, and so much more. You can find Julieanne on Instagram and in our directory under our Massage Therapists!
Today, we have on the ASL interpreter, Erin (Instagram: @not_your_average_ivfstory) , who is talking to us about her and her wife's journey through IUI and IVF in the United States. This discussion is important and we also discuss dealing with the legal system, infertility, fertility specialists, private insurance, biases within the medical system, miscarriages, and so much more. We all hope that you enjoy this episode and thank Erin & Kate again for sharing their story.
Check out our first podcast episode with our midwife Sarah (instagram: @sarahstetina) who is based out of Illinois, Chicago. Sarah works for Burr Ridge Birth Center and is aimed at working with individuals with female reproductive health. Sarah is a certified nurse midwife (CNM) and is trauma-informed and evidence-based in her practice. Today, we talk about the midwifery care model in the United States, how midwives are working to lower the maternal mortality rate, decrease the c-section & intervention rates often associated with OBGYN led births, and more! As a CNM she also discusses what else her scope of practice allows her to do such as prescribe birth control, do Pap smears, be an primary provider, give medications for yeast infections, order mammograms, etc.
Find and book with Sarah Stetina today: https://www.theonascollaborative.com/find-a-provider/sarah-stetina.html
Today, we had the honour of interviewing Mariam Ayane (Instagram: _mariamayane) talking to us about her experience with preeclampsia and what it has been like parenting during COVID. Ayane is from Ottawa but is currently living in Toronto with her two sons, step daughter, and husband. She tells us about the struggles of parenting during COVID and having the support from her husband to help her cope with postpartum. She also discusses the importance of her second birth with her son and how her OBGYN did not give her the information that she needed to cope with all of the incoming information regarding her and her babies health. We hope you all enjoy this episode!
Lisa (Instagram: @lisarondo) is talking to us about her experience with infertility and how this lead her to adoption as a way to start her family. She talks to us the adoption process in the United States, how her and her husband decided that adoption would be the next process in starting the family they had always dreamed of. It was an absolute honour to have her on and we hope you all enjoy this episode!
Kat (@femmepower_blog) is with us today talking about her infertility journey due to endometriosis. She talks about her journey to trying to get pregnant, her surgeries, and much more. Kat highlights the issue of family, friends, and coworkers and how they speak to people with infertility. Her experience with individuals who believed that their opinions were more important than her journey. Kat gives us tips on how to set boundaries with these individuals on what is and isn't okay to say to someone on an infertility journey.
Jasmine (instagram: @jasicamilledore) is originally from the midwest but currently living in Philly. She has 4 little ones and her husband runs a church in the city. Jasmine is a black mama and we chat about all the things motherhood- birth, home schooling, mother self-care, Instagram influencing, and being a stay at home mom. Jasmine also talks about how she overcame domestic violence through her relationship within her religion and how that has helped me move forward as a woman, mother, and wife. We hope you all enjoy!
Giselle (@soygsol) is a funny and passionate woman, teacher, artist, mom, partner, daughter, and friend based out of California. She is talking to us today about the birth story of her daughter and what her walk into pregnancy & parenthood looked like. She and her partner talked about feminism before birth, that they wanted to break Mexican mom tradition. She also tells us about her experience with postpartum and where she is at now.
We have an exciting episode with Carmen (Instagram: @carmenbridgewater) who is based out of Fort Worth, Texas. She is an African American birth photographer who talks to us today about her work and her birth story with her daughter! Carmen tells us about what it was like going from a stressful job environment to pursing her passion about raising awareness for black birth especially with midwives in home births and birthing centre births. She also tells us about her birth at a birthing centre, working with her mom (her doula), and her postpartum journey. We are so excited and hope you all enjoy!
Courtney Edgecomb, out of LA, is a pelvic floor physical therapist. Grew in Louisville, KY and is now a pelvic floor PT focused on helping people with pelvis based issues. She talks about pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, bowel issues, painful sex, and all of things postpartum that you might want to know! She talks about pregnancy & postpartum and why seeing a pelvic floor PT is so important to support your body after labor & birth. (Instagram: @pelvicpt_edge)
This week we have the fabulous Alexis (Instagram: @thewhaleygoodlife) on talking about her life and her motherhood! She is from Hawaii and still lies there with her 2 sons and her husband. Alexis runs a essential oil Young Life business with her close friend and also gets to stay at home with her young boys! She talks about Hawaiian life, her pregnancy, her birth stories, postpartum, postpartum depression, and even about her experience with mastitis. We hope you all enjoy!
Abre (Instagram: @thewildbillingsleys, @moonstonedoula) is a black birth doula & postpartum doula talking to us about her story. Abre talks to us about obstetric violence when she was convinced into getting a epidural that she did not truly want and a forced non consented episiotomy and vacuum used during the birth of her son. She also experienced postpartum depression & painful sex due to the forced episiotomy that she received a lack of support. She also talks about how this experience inspired her to become a black doula for her community, Abre goes into detail about her second pregnancy with her daughter and how she hired a doula, midwife, and decided to birth at a birthing centre. She got a chance to do skin to skin after birth and had a much more supportive postpartum experience. We hope you enjoy this episode!
Jocelyn (Instagram: @_raising river, Website: raisingriver.com) is on with us talking to her about her jewellery business and how she got into clay design. She also goes into detail about her pregnancy experience with her daughter River. Her experience going through a pregnancy with high blood pressure that lead to preeclampsia. This lead to Jocelyn needing to be hospitalised for a month which later resulted in a c-section where we talk about her experience with lack of numbing during that time. Her daughter River was born at 29 weeks and taken into the NICU For a month. Lastly, she talks about sleep deprivation, colic babies, traumas left over from being in the NICU, and how she has coped with motherhood. You can find Jocelyn's jewellery also at madewell.com!
We all know Victoria (instagram: @femmehead, website: www.femmehead.com) as the woman that started us off on our FAM journeys. The one that empowered us to confront our doctors and beliefs behind why we were on the pill. Today, I had the honour of interviewing Victoria and talking about her experience charting her cycle using the symptoms-thermal method, her fertility journey and experiencing loss, to pregnancy with her son and working with a midwife/midwives (birth story). She also talks about identity and motherhood, being a working parent, and balancing all of the things as a partner and new mom.
We have Bri McDaniels on today talking about dealing with racism and black motherhood. You may know her as @moonandcheeze on Instagram as the black woman with an afro that is spreading awareness by publishing her photography of her breastfeeding her two daughters. We talk to Bri about how she got into photography, how she ended up in Seattle, her life as wedding photographer, and how she is where she is now. She also goes into discussion more about the maternal mortality rate, how she constantly feared of her dying due to a racist medical system while she was pregnant. Bri tells us how she has dealt with and still deals with racism and how she teachers her daughters and husband about it. Check out this mother that goes over it all. Thank you so much Bri, it was an honour to have you on. Website: brimcdanielphotography.pic-time.com
Chunte (Instagram: @chunteofmuse, Blog: www.chunteofmuse.com) is talking to us today about her experience of being diagnosed with fibroids. She talks about also getting pregnant with fibroids and working with doctors on how to manage them. During her pregnancy she also discusses her birth story, how her doctor left her with meconium, having a c-section, and lack of support during that time. Chunte also gives her fibroid managing tips such as acupuncture and diet. We were so thankful to have her on and hope you all enjoy!
This week we have Whitney (Instagram: @whitneymileyprice | Website: whitneymileyprice.com) on again to extend more on her story. She will be talking about her experience with her first child Charlie, who unfortunately passed away and was still born. Whitney talks about going through the pregnancy, working with an OBGYN, doula, and midwife that advocated for her to have the best birth she would have with her son. Whitney tells us about the grieving process, having Charlie at home after birth, and being able to spend time with him before letting go of his body. She also tells us about the birth story of her daughter Ada who is now 3 years old. We are grateful for Whitney to come on and tell us about her experience with miscarriages, stillbirth, fertility, and the birth of her daughter. We hope you all enjoy.
TW episode: Whitney, @whitneymileyprice (Instagram) & www.whitneymileyprice.com, is based out of Georgia. She is a traveller, mother, partner, doula, FAM instructor, sister, and supporter. She talks to us today about being a death doula, going on to become a birth doula, a postpartum doula, and symptoms-thermal method instructor. She goes into detail about working with individuals on tracking their cycle and understanding their fertility. Whitney also discusses her experience with pregnancy &going through miscarriages. She talks about her healing journey and next week, we will have Part 2 where Whitney will talk about her son Charlie and his still birth. We are so thankful to have her on and we hope yo all enjoy.
Today we have the biggest advocate for endometriosis awareness, Elizabeth @southasianwarriors (Instagram) talking about her experience with endometriosis and going years with dismissive doctors. She talks about her experience with miscarriages and finally becoming pregnant with her daughter during her treatment for chronic illness. Elizabeth also highlights the importance of taking care of yourself when having a chronic illness like endo so that you can be the best parent you can be. Thank you so much for listening and we hope to enjoy!
Tori @yourguidetori (Instagram) is an amazing healer out of Boulder, CO. She is talking to us today about getting off of hormonal birth control, dealing with anxiety, and how that led her into starting her own business around supporting others in their transition from mental health struggles to finding themselves. Tori also talks to us about her birth story with her son. Her experience with a doula, midwife, and a birthing center birth. Thank you so much for listening & we hope you all enjoy!
Today I am going to talk about why I, Moonli or you can also call me Arin, creates this podcast. Why I started The Onas Collaborative, an online database dedicated to dismantling the gap between maternity care providers & parents. We will have birth stories, talk about pregnancy, labour postpartum, breastfeeding, informed birth choices, obstetric violence, parenting with chronic illness, miscarriages, still birth, and more. We are here to hold a space for those taboo conversations we are told we should never even think about. Our aim is to lower the US maternal mortality rate & address the lack of postpartum support seen across the USA. Welcome to The Onas Podcast, we are so excited to have you.