Today I’m speaking with Angela Garbes, journalist and author of Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy. We discuss the lack of good information when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth, the moral frame we put around these life events, what a feminist birth and pregnancy look like, talking to our kids about their bodies and so much more.

CW: birth trauma

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This episode of Heavy Flow is supported by Diva Cup, a sustainable, easy-to-use, cost-effective and eco-friendly menstrual cup.

What we discussed: 

How Andrea’s book came to be
“Good-bad binary”: The moral framework placed around motherhood
Why pregnancy information is so contradictory
Working from rage and feminism
Pregnancy and childbirth as a place of education and radicalization
What a feminist pregnancy and birth looks like
Motherhood is not a niche subject
The infinite diversity of bodies
The importance of being connected to your body
How body shame is not intrinsic
Teaching kids body positivity for power and pleasure
You’re an expert about your own body

Connect with Angela:

Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy.

Resources mentioned in this episode: 

Heavy Flow: Breaking the Curse of Menstruation
The More I Learn About Breast Milk, the More Amazed I Am (Angela’s article in The Stranger)
Bianca Sprague on Heavy Flow
Shirley Weir on Heavy Flow

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Produced by: TK Matunda
Music credit: Julia and Bradley of Home Studios
Graphic Design: Rachel Laird