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Are you feeling unprepared, uniformed, or even scared of an upcoming birth? The Preparing for Childbirth podcast is just for you! Host, Jenny Childs, will help you to gain a better understanding of God’s amazing design for childbirth, and to learn how to prepare for the unknown, handle the pain and lean into God’s character through it all. Jenny loves childbirth, has served as a doula, and for the past five plus years has been helping couples in her church prepare for the important & transfo ...
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Fear Free Childbirth

Alexia Leachman

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The Fear Free Childbirth podcast is for parents-to-be who want a positive and fear-free birth experience. Thousands of women credit the podcast with helping them have a positive birth. The show is a mix of real life positive birth stories, birthing experts sharing their wisdom and Alexia sharing how to get into a positive birthing mindset, including techniques for releasing fears. Alexia is a therapeutic coach who works with pregnant women and is the author of the book Fearless Birthing. You ...
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Join Tara Campbell Lussier + Mari Stutzman Smith, co-founders of Arrow, (formerly Arrow Birth) as they host experts on topics relevant to modern parenthood. Having worked with hundreds of clients as longtime doulas, Tara and Mari have deep expertise in what issues matter most to expecting, young and working families. Whether you’re newly pregnant, about to give birth, navigating postpartum, or strategizing the return to work + beyond, the voices on the Arrow’s Angle podcast will positively i ...
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Get Clarity for your pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and motherhood Journey! Are you a pregnant or postpartum mama? Are you feeling lost as to what options you have for pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and in the early years of your motherhood journey? Do you wish all that overwhelming information can be condensed into one place and easy to understand? Are you ready to nurture and build up your mom-gut to help you make informed decisions that best serve you and your family? In this podca ...
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Show notes: In this episode I chat with Emily Guyer about preparing for time with the Lord in the often difficult days postpartum. She is a mom of 4, Kids Ministry Director at Treasuring Christ Church and a freelance graphic designer. We talk about some of the reasons time with the Lord might be difficult with a new baby and why it’s important to p…
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Show notes: In this episode I continue my conversation with Lauren Jones as we talk about preparing your heart for the inevitable stressors on your marriage that come with having a new baby. She continues to point us towards God and His Word to prepare and guide your heart and to help you get on the same page with your husband as you both enter thi…
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Show notes In this episode I sat down to talk with Lauren Jones about preparing your heart to go back to work after having a baby but we talked about so much more! Lauren shares much wisdom for any new mama in the postpartum time. Suffering from sleep deprivation? Struggling with mom guilt? Listen in on this gospel filled conversation. Resources La…
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Show notes In this episode I talk with Christine Macharia, a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist (CBS) & Registered Clinical nutritionist from Abella Health, about when a new mama might need to pump and how to go about getting started. We talk specifically about going back to work and some concerns to look out for with starting to pump too soon. Con…
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Show notes In this episode I talk with Christine Macharia, a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist (CBS) & Registered Clinical nutritionist from Abella Health, about the benefits of breastfeeding, some of the common struggles, and tips to overcome those struggles. Connect with me: Instagram Facebook Website Video Coaching Submit a Comment, Question, o…
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Show notes: Just a short update on where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing since season 2 ended. I also talk about the benefits of childbirth education and preview some of what’s coming up this season on the podcast. This is the study I mention: Mueller, C. G., Webb, P. J., & Morgan, S. (2020). The effects of childbirth education on maternity outc…
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I'm thrilled to share with you another incredible tokophobia healing journey. As the host of the Fear Free Childbirth podcast, I have had the profound privilege of connecting with many incredible women, each on her unique path to overcoming the fears and anxieties that accompany pregnancy and childbirth. Today, I want to share with you one of the m…
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Happy New Year and welcome to the Simplify Birth and Motherhood Podcast, where you can receive all the childbirth education and more to help you make an informed decision for your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. In todays episode, I am talking about homebirth and birth center transfers. I share how you can prepare for one beforehand so that if th…
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In today's episode, I am joined by Heather to dive into her incredible journey from a fear-filled first birth to two positive and empowering experiences. Heather shares her deep emotional work in overcoming the negative feelings from her traumatic first birth and the steps she took to prepare herself mentally and emotionally for her second pregnanc…
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In this episode, I sit down with the inspirational Celeste to delve deep into her transformative journey of overcoming fears and phobias related to childbirth and pregnancy. Throughout the episode, Celeste candidly shares her profound and life-altering experiences, providing invaluable insights for anyone navigating similar challenges. This episode…
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Welcome back to the Simplify Birth & Motherhood Podcast where you can get clarity to empower your informed decision making for your pregnancy, birth, in postpartum, and in motherhood. In this episode, we are talking about part 2 in all things homeopathy and how it is a great alternative for use in pregnancy, during childbirth, postpartum, and with …
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Welcome back to the Simplify Birth & Motherhood Podcast where you can get clarity to empower your informed decision making for your pregnancy, birth, in postpartum, and in motherhood. In this episode, we are talking about part 1 in all things homeopathy and how it is a great alternative for use in pregnancy, during childbirth, postpartum, and with …
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In today's episode, I have a thought-provoking conversation with Elizabeth Tidwell, a menstrual cycle coach, as she shares her journey of healing and embracing the power of her menstrual cycle. I wanted to talk about periods because even though they're not front and centre of the pregnancy and birth experience - they are! We obsess over when they s…
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In this episode, we dive into a powerful and inspiring conversation with my guest, Steph Bennet, as she shares her experience of choosing to solo parent. Steph's story is a testament to the strength and resilience of women who navigate both career success and motherhood on their own terms. Join us as we explore the challenges, triumphs, and joys of…
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Today's episode on Simplify Birth & Motherhood Podcast I will talk about one of the main concerns that moms have going into labor and that is the fear of tearing while pushing! Tearing can happen for multiple reasons and the difference between a Perineal tear and an episiotomy can greatly affect your recovery in postpartum with one being more chall…
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Show notes: In this episode we take a look at Phil 4:10-13 where Paul shares the secret of being content in any and every circumstance. To go deeper on this topic, check out this series of podcasts on Revive Our Hearts. The Quest for Contentment The Enemy to your Contentment Belief and a Contented Heart Connect with me: Instagram Facebook Website V…
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Birth is a profound and transformative experience, but unfortunately, conflicts and disagreements within the birth space can sometimes overshadow the joy and empowerment that should be at the forefront. In this episode of the Fear Free Childbirth podcast, Jenny Koslow, a perinatal educator with four decades of experience, sheds light on the issues …
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Welcome to the Simplify Birth & Motherhood Podcast, where I talk about all thing's pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and motherhood to help you make an informed decisions for you and your family. In this episode, you will hear me answer a question in a private coaching session with Hannah Tekkle. Hannah is a mother with a previous cesarean and is wonde…
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Welcome back to the Simplify Birth & Motherhood podcast, where you can receive education to empower your pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and your journey through motherhood to make an informed decision that best fits you and your family. Today, I will be sharing easily one of the most, if not the first but definitely the second, hardest parts of…
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Today's episode is a deeply insightful conversation between Alexia and a previous guest, Ramona who recently shared her story of overcoming tokophobia. They share personal experiences and explore the connection between puberty trauma, body dysmorphia, and the fear of pregnancy and childbirth, known as tokophobia. In this thought-provoking episode, …
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Show notes: Planning for post-partum can sometimes get overlooked with all the focus on actually getting baby here. But life does go on and now you have a baby to care for and your body has just been stretched and worked to the max. Maybe you even had major surgery to get that little one here safely. Either way, now you’ve got some recovery to do y…
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In this episode, I have an incredible story of transformation to share with you. My guest, Jessica, was once plagued with fear when it came to pregnancy and childbirth. However, she conquered her fears and had a positive birth experience that inspired her to make a bold career change. Jessica talks about her journey from fear to becoming a midwife.…
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Welcome to the Simplify Birth & Motherhood Podcast where you can get clarity to empower your pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and the early years of your motherhood journey. Postpartum is easily become the most challenging start to our motherhood journey. Some much of our culture puts an unnecessary and unrealistic expectation on mothers who have just…
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In this episode, my special guest is Emma Moon, a cosmic fertility guide and a spirit baby medium. Emma's unique background includes a Bachelor of Science in nursing and expertise as an integrative health practitioner. She blends both science and spirituality in her work, supporting women through their fertility journey, pregnancy, and conscious bi…
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Welcome back to the Simplify Birth & Motherhood podcast, where you can get clarity to empower your pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and motherhood journey. Whether you are a first-time mom (FTM) or a mom of multiple children, you are working hard on the daily to take care of yourself and your family. As we journey through our pregnancies, go thro…
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Welcome back to Fear Free Childbirth! In today's episode, I want to delve into the fascinating concept of the Map of Consciousness. Have you ever invested time and energy into courses, therapy or retreats to bring about a change in how you feel, only to wonder if they're really making a difference? We all have, right? Today, I want share a powerful…
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Welcome to the Simplify Birth & Motherhood Podcast, where you can get clarity to empower your pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and motherhood journey! In today's episode, Amanda has the pleasure to interview author of "Postpardon Me" Suzanne Yatim Aslam. Suzanne is a mother, former actor, and Miss Arab USA, and shares through her Amazons best sel…
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Show notes: In this episode, I talk about preparing for childbirth during the third trimester. In addition to the things I discussed for the second trimester, you’ll need to… · Get baby’s space and things in order · Pay attention to baby’s pattern of movement (Check out the “Count the Kicks” app) · Prenatal visits with a doula if you’re hiring one …
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In today's episode, I'm joined by Dr. Lauren Cook, who will be diving into a topic that affects many parents in the modern era – anxiety in Gen Z. Dr. Cook, a therapist and author, brings her expertise and insights from her book "Generation Anxiety," which provides a guide for millennials and Gen Z to navigate an uncertain world. We'll be exploring…
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Show notes: In this episode, I talk about preparing for childbirth during the second trimester. Many of the same things from the 1st trimester carry over. · Eat well and exercise · Continue to evaluate your care provider · Get some maternity clothes · Consider hiring a doula · Nail down childbirth classes · Prepare your heart (spend time in God’s w…
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In today's episode, I am joined by the incredible Susie Hamilton as she shares her spine-tingling story of transformation from someone who wrestled with tokophobia, the fear of pregnancy and birth, to becoming a surrogate. When Susie discovered this podcast when she was preparing for pregnancy, she went on to use my fear clearance method to clear h…
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Welcome to the Simplify Birth and Motherhood Podcast where you can get clarity to empower your pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and your motherhood journey. In this episode we are talking about postpartum and beyond! Whether you are a first-time mom (FTM) or have had multiple children, pregnancy and birth take a toll on our bodies. The part of our bod…
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In today's episode, I am diving into a topic that affects so many people - the fear of vomit, also known as emetophobia. While it may not be the number one fear for everyone, it ranks high on the list of most common phobias. I'll explore the seriousness of this fear and its impact on those contemplating pregnancy or dealing with a fear of pregnancy…
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Welcome to the Simplify Birth & Motherhood podcast! In today's episode I will be sharing 3 of my favorite tools/items that I like to have for labor and delivery! In order to have a satisfying childbirth we need to actively participate and how we can do that efficiently during labor is by using a few tools to help us. Come learn: 3 tools to use duri…
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In this episode I explore hidden pregnancy and birth traumas. Discover how ancestral trauma can fuel fears and anxieties about pregnancy and birth, even if you've never been pregnant. I also share my personal healing journey, transforming my perspective on childbirth. Join me in addressing these hidden traumas for a fearless pregnancy and birth.…
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In today's episode, we dive deep into the fascinating world of perimenopause and how it intersects with the postnatal period. With so many women waiting until later in life to have children, this is an important topic for women to get their heads around. To help us do that, I am joined by my guest, Linda Stephens, who brings her expertise and insig…
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Show notes: In this episode, I talk about preparing for childbirth during the first trimester. I touch on things like handling emotions, dealing with morning sickness, finding a care provider, nutrition & exercise, as well as a few fun ideas like downloading a pregnancy app and taking baby bump photos. Oh, and don’t forget to start looking for a go…
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Welcome to another episode of Fear Free Childbirth podcast, where we delve into the incredible realm of childbirth and explore unconventional yet empowering practices. In this episode, I am joined by special guest Sophie Messager, a doula who has integrated drumming into her work with expecting mothers. Together, we explore the profound effects of …
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In this week's episode, Alexia chats to Ramona, who shares her powerful story of triumphing over tokophobia and body dysmorphia to embrace and enjoy pregnancy. Throughout our conversation, Ramona imparts wisdom on communicating with healthcare providers, finding the right support, and illuminating challenging experiences. She candidly shares her tr…
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Show notes: In this episode, I talk about the importance of preparing both physically and non-physically for childbirth and what I mean in both categories. I also share about what you can expect in my classes and talk about a new Facebook pop-up group I’ll be hosting in October. For more information on that check out this link. Connect with me: Ins…
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In this episode of Fear Free Childbirth, I delve into the topic of anxiety and how it affects pregnancy. As someone who has personally experienced anxiety during my own pregnancy journey, I understand the importance of addressing and overcoming these fears and anxieties. Fear and control are significant themes in anxiety and tokophobia, which can i…
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Welcome to the Simplify Birth & Motherhood podcast where you can get clarity to empower your informed decision making during your pregnancy, for childbirth, in postpartum, and as you begin your motherhood journey. In this episode I will be talking about prenatal nutrition. From the moment we become pregnant we are always looking for ways to take ca…
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In this episode I'm am joined by the incredible Mars Lord, doula and activist dedicated to improving the birthing experiences of black and brown-bodied women. In this episode, Mars will shine a light on a pressing issue: ethnicity scans. We'll delve into the controversy surrounding these scans, their potential risks and benefits, and the systemic r…
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Welcome back to the Simplify Birth & Motherhood Podcast, where you can you get clarity to be empowered during your pregnancy, for childbirth, in postpartum, and throughout your early years of motherhood. In this episode, I will be giving 3 ways our birth partners, whether it is a Doula, our spouse, or our entire birth team, how they can support you…
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In this episode of the Fear Free Childbirth podcast, Alexia interviews Heather, who shares her inspiring journey from being tokophobic to becoming a mother of two. Heather never expected to have children but was motivated to confront her fear for the sake of her relationship. Initially seeking information, Heather discovered a supportive community …
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In this episode of Fear Free Childbirth, Alexia discusses the topic of fear and birth. ‌ Alexa highlights that fear of birth and pregnancy is a common experience for up to 85% of women, but it is not something to be ashamed of. She explains that fear comes in two forms - mild/moderate fear due to misinformation and lack of education, and deep-roote…
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Welcome back to Simplify Birth & Motherhood, where you can get clarity to empower your pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and beyond! Today, I will be sharing my fourth birth story and how sometimes even when you plan, prepare, and do all the right things in your pregnancy sometimes the birth you wanted does not turn out the way you ever thought it woul…
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Welcome back to Simplify Birth & Motherhood Podcast. Today, I am sitting down with Elyse Rooney and for the FIRST time she is sharing all her birth stories with us. Elyse is first and foremost a follower of Jesus, married to her best friend, mama to 3 littles, Christian motherhood coach and chai latte enthusiast. As you will listen to her birth sto…
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Welcome back to the Simplify birth and Motherhood Podcast. Today, I will be sitting down the Giana Vasconcellos as she shares her birth stories. Giana since her firstborn always wanted a homebirth but decided to have a hospital birth that resulted in a satisfying experience, but as COVID hit and an instant connect with a midwife, she made the infor…
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