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The Onas Podcast

The Onas Podcast

By Arin
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.
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The Onas Podcast

39. Postpartum Psychosis with Adeline
We have the honour of having Adeline on here with us today talking about her experience with postpartum psychosis. She is from the Hunter Valley region of NSW Australia. We will be discussing Mental health Pregnancy Birth Postpartum ECT based therapy You can find Adeline on Instagram @adelineatkins if you have any questions for her! 
August 24, 2021
38.Amanda on Endometriosis, Pregnancy, and Pelvic Floor
We have the courageous and brilliant Amanda on the podcast with us today talking about her experience with endometriosis, her pregnancy journey, and the importance of focusing on our pelvic floor! She is a pelvic floor physical therapist based out of Washington and we are so excited to have her on. You can find her on Instagram at @make.manifest
August 05, 2021
37. Mom Kaelyn on TOFs
We have mom Kaelyn from Outerbanks, NC talking to us today about her son Ziggy and dealing with TOFs syndrome. Kaelyn, her husband, and her son live just south of Perth in Australia and today we get to discuss Her pregnancy journey Dealing with baby loss Giving birth in Australia Tetralogy of Fallot Baby Surgeries If you want to reach out to Kaelyn, you can find her on Instagram @kaemusikaa
July 27, 2021
36. Birth Stories with Australian Mum Emily
I had the honour of talking with sweet Emily May who is from northern NSW, Australia. She talks to us all about giving birth with her son and her daughter and how those experiences differed greatly. From birthing with a midwife at a local hospital, to have appendicitis, to birthing during COVID near the Gold Coast.  It was so lovely to chat with Emily and if you want to reach out to her you can find her on Facebook Emily-May Rahmate
July 16, 2021
35. Part 2. Children's Allergies with Talia
We are back with one of our doulas, Talia (@indigorisingbirthwork) as she talks to us about her children's allergies. We will be talking about -epipens -hospital visits -dairy allergies -meat allergies -egg allergies -allergies & dealing with schools We hope you all enjoy this episode!
June 30, 2021
34. Part 1 Childhood Allergies with Talia
Talia (Instagram: indigorisingbirthwork) is a doula based out of Seattle where she also is a mother, partner, friend, and military person. She is talking to us today about her children's allergies, the stress of it, and how she managed to get them properly diagnosed. We are talking about colic & jaundice babies, dairy allergy, egg allergy, meat allergy, epi-pens, breastfeeding, and so much more. We hope you enjoy this episode!
June 22, 2021
33. Birthing While Black in Australia with Ethel
Today we have Ethel on talking about her birth experience here in Australia. She is Nigerian Canadian and moved to Adelaides, Australia where she gave birth to two daughters. Ethel shares how she dealt with the pressure of doctors in the public health system, lack of supportive midwives, and hearing about more of the black mothers and black birth experience was like in Adelaide.  Instagram: @etheldiessa
June 16, 2021
32. Australian Mumma El's Birth Story & Postpartum Journey
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!
June 08, 2021
31. Infertility, Menstrual Cycle Awareness, & Programs with Doula Ellen
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: & Instagram: @ellen.r.barnard
June 01, 2021
30. Part 2 Rainbow Baby with Amelia
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! Amelia: @protivacreative 
May 26, 2021
29. Part 1 Pregnancy Loss with 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! 
May 18, 2021
28. Midwife Tahlia & her home birth in Australia
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. 
May 04, 2021
27. Motherhood Photographer Victoria Gloria
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! Instagram: @mymotherhoodstory @victoriagloria
April 27, 2021
26. Part 2 Kayla's Home Birth
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.
April 20, 2021
25. Kayla's Birth Story Part 1
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. 
April 14, 2021
24. Doula Work With Allison
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. 
April 06, 2021
23. Talking Postpartum Mental Health with Ellen
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. 
March 31, 2021
22. Chats with Mom & Doula Talia
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
March 24, 2021
21. Alaskan Mama Annie & her birth stories
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. 
March 17, 2021
20. Postpartum Planning with Massage Therapist Julieanne
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!
March 09, 2021
19. Erin & Kate's IVF Journey
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. 
March 03, 2021
18. US Midwifery Care with Midwife Sarah
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:
February 24, 2021
17. Preeclampsia & Postpartum during COVID with Mariam Ayane
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!
February 17, 2021
16. Starting a family through adoption with Lisa
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!
February 11, 2021
15. Kat on Infertility
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.
January 27, 2021
14. Chatting with Influencer Mom Jasmine
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!
January 13, 2021
13. Latina Womanhood & Birth Story with Giselle
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. 
December 16, 2020
Birth Photography, Advocate, and Black Mom Carmen
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!
December 10, 2020
12. Chatting with Pelvic Floor PT Courtney
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)
December 02, 2020
Island Mom Alexis on Motherhood
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!
November 11, 2020
10. From an OBGYN to Midwife Birth with Abre
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!
October 28, 2020
Jocelyn on preeclampsia, c-section, & the NICU
Jocelyn (Instagram: @_raising river, Website: 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!
October 21, 2020
Miscarriage, Identity & Motherhood with Victoria
We all know Victoria (instagram: @femmehead, website: 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. 
October 14, 2020
Bri on Racism & Black Motherhood
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:
October 07, 2020
Chunte on Fibroids & Seed Cycling
Chunte (Instagram: @chunteofmuse, Blog: 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!
September 30, 2020
Part 2: Whitney's Birth Stories
This week we have Whitney (Instagram: @whitneymileyprice | Website: 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.
September 23, 2020
Part 1: Whitney on FAM, Being A Doula, & Loss
TW episode: Whitney, @whitneymileyprice (Instagram) &, 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. 
September 16, 2020
Elizabeth on Endometriosis, Obstetric Violence, and Motherhood with Chronic Illness
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!
September 09, 2020
Healer Tori on Mental Health, Entrepreneurship, & Her Birth Story
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!
August 31, 2020
Why I created The Onas Collaborative & This Podcast
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.
August 31, 2020