10 Podcasts on Birth, Motherhood & Other Stories about Little Ones

I love podcasts. Absolutely love them. Naturally, I've explored birth/baby/motherhood podcasts, but in my time of listening to podcasts of all kinds, I've been pleasantly surprised to hear many report on birth/baby/mother issues from their unique perspectives. 


There are parents in the US desperate for breast milk and others who have too much milk and end up pouring it down the sink. Reply All Producer Phia Bennin wades into the world of breast milk markets, and discovers a breast milk paradise, shady breastmilk scammers, and the surprising history of breast milk in the United States.

Breast milk is considered a perfect food for infants, so much so that for the first four to six months of life, a baby can subsist on mother’s milk alone. Learn all about the most fascinating milk around and the science behind it in this episode.

What makes us who we are? How do parents mold children into who they are? In this hour, TED speakers reflect on how our upbringing shapes us. Part 1: What Can Kids Learn By Doing Dangerous Things? Part 2: Why Is Parenthood Filled With So Much Anxiety? Part 3: What Does It Mean To Be A 'Child Of The State'? Part 4: How Do Our Worst Moments Shape Us?

Stories of kids using perfectly logical arguments, and arriving at perfectly wrong conclusions. 

Gloria Harrison was pregnant and in labor when she decided that the thing she needed to do before heading to the hospital, was go the Nissan dealership and buy a new car.

When Elna Baker was a kid, she hit her younger sister on the head with a broom, then lied and said it was an accident. So Elna’s dad held a family trial to find the truth.

Kids are everywhere in the camps, they’re a third of the refugees. You see them around, improvising stuff to play with. Ira talks to a woman named Aziza Bashar about what it’s like to be a parent in a camp. She has six children, the oldest 18, the youngest five.

Judy, a mother of two young kids, practices a demanding style of child-rearing. It’s called attachment parenting, and it says you should keep your baby close at all times, breastfeed on demand, share your bed, and avoid strollers. Like many attachment parents, Judy believes the sacrifices she makes will ensure her kids will become well-adjusted, successful, happy adults. But, what does the science say?

Carolyn and Dean Savage wanted one more baby to complete their family. They ended up with a whole lot more.

You know the drill - all it takes is one sperm, one egg, and blammo - you got yourself a baby. Right? Well, in this episode, conception takes on a new form - it’s the sperm and the egg, plus: two wombs, four countries, and money. Lots of money. 

The Affordable Care Act — aka Obamacare — requires health insurers to pay for breast pumps. For many insurance plans, the new rule kicked in at the start of this year. [We] visit a breast pump boutique that has suddenly become a medical supply superstore. And we look at happens when a device goes from being something people have to pay for out of their own pocket to being free for anyone with insurance.

This is the story of a three-year-old girl and the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl was a legal battle that entangled a biological father, a heart-broken couple, and the tragic history of Native American children taken from their families.

The first thing that greets you when you step off the elevator at the Planned Parenthood in Brooklyn is a metal detector. "I didn’t necessarily expect it," a first-time patient told me. "But as soon as I saw it I was like, 'Oh yeah, that’s right, that makes sense.'" [... It's] not very often that we hear from the people who rely on these clinics for health care. [...We] also talked with some of the abortion protesters who stand outside the clinic every Saturday, rain or shine. And I interviewed several staff members and volunteers at Planned Parenthood—like Rhea, who greets patients as they walk in the door downstairs.