Join Cynthia Overgard and Trisha Ludwig once per week for evidence-based straight talk on having a safe and informed birth, which starts with determining if you've hired the right provider. If we had to boil it down to a single premise, it's this: A healthy mom and baby isn't all that matters. We have more than 30 years' experience between us in midwifery, informed rights advocacy, publishing, childbirth education, postpartum support and breastfeeding, and we've personally served thousands of women and couples. Listen to the birth stories of our clients, listeners and celebrities, catch our expert-interviews, and submit your questions for our monthly Q&A episodes by calling us at 802-GET-DOWN. We're on Instagram at @downtobirthshow and also at, where we offer live ongoing events multiple times per month, so be sure to join our worldwide community. We are a Top 1% podcast globally with guests and listeners from around the world. Become informed, empowered, and have a great time in the process. Join us and reach out any time - we love to hear from you. And remember: Hear everyone, listen to yourself.


What our listeners say

  • Great Resource for Expecting Mothers!

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    I’ve been listening to this podcast for months and I find it to be very common-sense, fact-based information that I have used to make decisions about my birth plan at every turn. It’s also brave in the sense that they empower every parent’s “gut” instinct and right to determine the course of their pregnancy as much as possible in a system that has been somewhat disempowering to women and couples. It’s also a fun team with great guests. I find it enjoyable!

  • So Much Love For This Podcast!

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    I have always been fascinated by birth and women's health. This podcast truly makes me feel I have friends in my corner. I've asked two questions via their Instagram and both my questions have been answered, one via message and one through the podcast in a Q&A episode. Becoming a mother is a life-changing experience and the Down to Birth podcast is here for that journey with love and support. Thank you, Cynthia & Trisha

    Sloan K.
  • Best Pregnancy, Childbirth and Motherhood Podcast

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    I can’t even describe how much I love tuning in to this podcast. Cynthia and Trisha are honest, bold, compassionate and at times very funny. The episodes with real parents are amazing. I feel like these are the conversations that need to happen, the topics that need to be brought to the forefront. Thank you and please keep it coming!

    Charlotte O.
  • Beautifully Honest

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    I love listening to these episodes because Trisha and Cynthia and always frank and honest. They bring on delightful guests with powerful stories. It's the podcast I wish I had access to before the birth of my daughter. Definitely worth a listen if you're an expecting or new mom!

    Emily Y.
  • Something for Every Stage

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    Whether you are thinking about becoming a mother, pregnant, postpartum, etc. there is something for everyone in this podcast. For me, the postpartum episode was the relief I had been looking for since I had my baby. The podcast reminds us all that as women and mothers, we share something with each other that is so deep and that connection is an incredibly important thing. Looking forward to hearing more.

  • Nourishing Like a Best Friend

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    I resonate with these conversations so so deeply!! Like the mommy group I never had, but much more sophisticated and backed by spirituality and science. A pregnant, postpartum, and really any mother’s friend at anytime! My kids are 2 & 7 and I don’t think birth stories, or post-partum conversations will ever not be interesting to me! Listen! You will laugh and cry and you will be happy.

    Samantha G.


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