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#185 P1 – What Pregnancy & Childbirth Is Really Like: Sex Education, At Home Or Hospital, And Everyone’s Birth Being Different, With Alyson Shelton & Ria Carrogan

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Episode notes

This episode brings an incredibly important subject matter that many individuals (especially males) know surprisingly little about; pregnancy & childbirth – we have two women who have given birth; Ria Carrogan & Alyson Shelton, plus 3 accounts from others that Mike reads aloud.

This week’s part begins with Alyson & Ria introducing themselves and the Femme On Collective, before Mike & Megan talk about their experience with sex education in school. The conversation then goes into full swing, where the group talk about premature babies, how pregnancy is treated in the US & UK, what childbirth is really like and how every birth (for all people) is different. Mike reads aloud a friend’s experience through a complicated pregnancy and then geriatric pregnancy & how biological men act in the delivery room are discussed!

In part 2 (out next week, or available now on Patreon) the conversation continues with discussing how the dynamic of two people changes from partners to parents, which leads to talking about raising a child. Mike then reads Maff & Amanda’s experience with their latest child and Ria & Alyson talk about the importance of supporting both parents. Nearer the end, the group talk about strange cravings & weird symptoms of pregnancy and Ria explains to us what “Lightning Crotch” is!

Thanks to Jasmine, Amanda & Maff (@MaffUK78) and Mike’s friend for sharing their stories on the show too!

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The previous episode of GCC (183) brought the 7th appearance of Gough from Beernuts Productions! Gough spoke about his 2 newest comedy films; The Kidnapping & Couples Therapy, how filming in 2022 was compared to previous years, sketch comedy, Hawaiian shirts and more!

Intro & outro read by BZ The Voice:       

Find Mike’s other show; Star Wars: Comics In Canon on Spotify & the other podcast apps on the feed of Comics In Motion or on GCC’s YouTube channel. Episodes are out every Saturday; episodes 0-119 are out now, in ep 119 Mike delved into Darth Vader comics where he finds himself face-to-face with Padmé’s double; Sabé! In ep 118 Mike delved into the new horror anthology; Tales From The Rancor Pit and in 117 Mike delved into Aphra’s Spark-Eternal possessed story! Previous episodes include the War Of The Bounty Hunters & Crimson Reign crossovers, every other canon Star Wars comic by Marvel, the Journals of Old Ben Kenobi, full High Republic coverage (book reviews & comics) & much more -               

Mike recently guested on:

Stevie B’s Star Wars Podcast on YouTube:

Indie Comics Spotlight to talk Miracleman Books 1-4:   

Ike’s Flame podcast to talk about The High Republic here: 

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