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This Is Where You Came From

This Is Where You Came From

By Amber Dawn
This podcast is all about sharing stories about pregnancy, parenting, babies and birth.
About ancestral wisdom, botanical medicine, and all the threads that connect us to our selves, this Earth and each other.
There will be interviews with folks from all over the world; parents, healers, teachers, learners.
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Episode 12: Jasmine's Twin Birth
This long overdue episode is with Jasmine MacLellan, mother of 3.  She tells the story of her identical twin girls and the many complications that arose (and went away) and others that followed. From a recommended termination of one to twin to twin transfusion to bedrest to pre-eclampsia to a premature delivery to two healthy babies!  This episode is short, sweet and such a great story! 
May 11, 2021
Episode 11: Nicole and Oli's Story
This week's episode has a local guest, Nicole, sharing the story of her and her son, Oliver.  This story does deal with loss, grief and mental health struggles. It is powerful, truthful and an absolutely essential conversation. This story has a big impact and I thank Nicole and Oliver for bringing this to light. 
April 12, 2021
Episode 10: Part 2: Hayley's Birth Story
This week's episode is Part 2 of the story of Hayley and Matias. We discuss her postpartum experience and recovery and how that led to her creation of a local business called The V. Coach, supporting folks in their perinatal period with fitness.  You can find Hayley on Instagram and on Facebook by the same name. 
March 3, 2021
Episode 9: The Story of Hayley and Matias
This episode features Hayley Chapman, owner of the V. Coach and mother to Matias.  Content Warning: Hayley's story includes mention of bleeding during pregnancy, hyperemesis gravidum, and birth trauma/injuries.  Hyperemesis Gravidum is a medical condition during pregnancy that involves severe vomiting and nausea. It may lead to multiple complications (dehydration, weight loss, ketosis). It is often treated with Diclectin (which is essentially an antihistamine and a form of  Vit. B6). Some times the treatment is effective, other times it is not.  If you have experienced birth trauma, please reach out! There are professionals who are trained to walk with you through your healing process. 
February 23, 2021
Episode 8: Family of Four! Hospital and Home Birth Stories
Deborah Payge is originally from South Africa and is a very welcome addition to our wee island! She shares her four birth stories and what wild rides they were!  Deborah is a delight for the level of consciousness and compassion she brings to both her births and her parenting and life in general.  We talk birth stories, postpartum mood disorders and the power of surrender.  *Note: In this episode, we both refer to motherhood. We both identify as She/Her and that is our lived experience. In general, when speaking, inclusive language is always the default.* 
February 15, 2021
Episode 7: Stories From Ecuador
This episode is with Andrea Robertsdotter, an incredible badass babe who lives in Ecuador and teaches at a university there. She teaches a Medical Anthropology Course and will, without a doubt, be a part of the shifting culture surrounding pregnancy, birth and women's rights.  She shares her birth stories, discusses the state of maternal health care and the biggest issues facing young women today.  Content Warning:  Discussion of Abortions Discussion of Sexual Violence A very healthy dose of F-bombs
February 9, 2021
Episode 6: Peter and Gabe's Stories: Part 2
This is the second part of Britney's birthing experiences, the story of Gabe!  The birth of Gabriel was a healing journey for so many reasons and one that I am beyond honoured to have been a part of!  Please join us as we discuss birth, postpartum and Conscious Parenting. 
February 1, 2021
Episode 5: The Stories of Peter and Gabe (Part 1)
This week we chat with Britney MacNeil.  She is one of my first doula clients (who I have had the honour of working with twice AND now consider to be one of my best friends).  She is one of the most delightful humans I know, for her genuine and honest way of showing up in the world, her vulnerability to share her struggles and successes and her willingness to really examine the parts of her that are difficult!  This episode is the story of her first pregnancy and delivery and postpartum period.  Next week is Part 2! Gabe's story!  The amount of wisdom, experience and growth that we have experienced together is powerful! 
January 25, 2021
Episode 4: Elijah's Birth Story
This episode is a rare solo one with just your host, Amber Dawn, sharing the birth story of Elijah River.  Born nearly 10 years ago in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.  This story is one that highlights some of the ways that birthing folks are not listened to and their body autonomy disrespected.  Healthy Parent, Healthy Baby should not be our only markers for a successful birth.  Did you feel respected? Did you feel heard? Did you feel involved in and able to make informed choices? Did you leave your birthing experience without trauma? 
January 18, 2021
Episode 3: The Story of Castiel
With guest Carly Boutilier, we discuss her pregnancy, birth story and postpartum.  We discuss the role of motherhood, the expectations and weight of parenting and the patriarchy.  We talk about her business, The Broom Closet Cape Breton, and the unique and delightful services her and her mother offer our community!  Carly works with astrology, creating birth charts and helping people better understand themselves, their children and the importance of our connections with the planetary systems. 
January 11, 2021
Episode 2: Soul Purpose with Rebecca Hammond
This is a free flowing conversation with Rebecca Hammond, a Holistic Reproductive Practitioner, who has spent over a decade learning to balance her hormones and recover her relationship to her body, mind, soul and womb.  Follow her on Insta @iamrebeccahammond and be prepared for incredible amounts of wisdom, love and grace.  If you are interested in becoming a Holistic Reproductive Practitioner, you can go to their website at to check out their offerings!  Thank you for joining us on this journey! Some notes for this episode: *Orthorexia is a term that was established in 1998 and refers to someone having an unhealthy obsession with healthy food. A woman or girl who struggles with orthorexia might focus on clean eating, fad diets, ingredient lists, and food planning to the point where her health starts to suffer.
December 28, 2020
Episode 1: Birth Stories with Kim Crane-Maclean
In this episode, Kim Crane-Maclean is my guest and she shares the pregnancy and birth stories of her three children: Gus, Hector and Rosie.  From BC to Cape Breton, Kim is a writer and blogger raising her children with fun, fashion and fresh air on Canada's East Coast.  She writes about mindfulness, mental health, fun and affordable children's fashion and intentional parenting. Kim was deeply influenced by her time living in Northwestern BC and in that spirit she and her family have embarked on a one year nature and forest homeschooling adventure.  Check her out at @thenestymum on Instagram and  *Disclaimer: Please excuse the shoddy sound quality. I am learning.* 
December 21, 2020