S1 Ep 4: Birth In Christ with Pastor Ben

In today’s episode my husband, Pastor Ben, makes his debut on the Born Again Birth Podcast! Are you feeling unsure about birth? Are you worried you’re not cut out to be a great parent? Are you conflicted about what your new role of ‘mom’ or ‘dad’ will do to the rest of your existence? Listen in to what feels like an impromptu counseling session with *my* pastor and husband, Ben!

Let’s Discuss!

Engage with the discussion questions for this episode on Instagram, follow along @bornagainbirth.

RESOURCES ||

The Jesus Storybook Bible* I’m not sure there’s any other way to talk about this book than in terms of ‘classic’. Sally Lloyd-Jones has done the remarkable and created a children’s book that is just as edifying for parents as it is little ones. We absolutely love this book!

*Amazon Affiliate Note: An asterisk by a product indicates that this is an Amazon affiliate link. If you click through and purchase the recommended product, Amazon will give me a percent of the sale – at no extra cost to you! – as a ‘thank you’. This income is a way to help cover the cost of producing the podcast. I promise to only share products I have direct experience using!

S1 Ep 3: Trust Your Body? Trust Birth? Trust Medicine? Or Trust God?

Where should a pregnant woman place her trust when preparing for birth? Does ‘trust your body’ or ‘trust birth’ really work? Or should you simply ‘show up and do what the doctor tells you’? Is science and medicine an effective place to put our trust? Listen in to find out!

“Because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” Romans 1:25 ESV

“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls.” 1 Peter 1:24 ESV

“For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:15 ESV

Let’s Discuss!

Engage with the discussion questions for this episode on Instagram, follow along @bornagainbirth.

RESOURCES ||

10 Convictions About Labor and Birth from a Christian Worldview

Labor with Hope: Gospel Meditations on Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood* – I cannot say enough good things about Gloria Furman’s body of work on the topic of pregnancy and birth. She has been hugely instructive to me, and I highly recommend her writing!

*Amazon Affiliate Note: An asterisk by a product indicates that this is an Amazon affiliate link. If you click through and purchase the recommended product, Amazon will give me a percent of the sale – at no extra cost to you! – as a ‘thank you’. This income is a way to help cover the cost of producing the podcast. I promise to only share products I have direct experience using!

S1 Ep 2: The Storyline of the Bible & Birth

Pastor Alistair Begg says, “The main things are the plain things, and the plain things are the main things.” Grab your earbuds and let’s review the main things! In this show, we’ll define The Gospel and take a 1,000 foot view of the Big Story of the Bible. And, because this is The Born Again Birth Podcast, we’ll view that Big Story through the framework of birth!

The Gospel

God is holy and we are not.

This is a problem because God requires holiness of us. We cannot meet the standard of God’s law on our own. The good news (The Gospel!) is that we have an intercessor for our sinful selves before Holy God. This mediator is a person named is Jesus. Jesus lived the life we could not live and died the death we deserved to give us a right relationship with God.

We freely accept this gift of grace from Jesus by believing and following him.

CREATION
The Mandate: “Be fruitful and multiply.” (Gen 1:28)

By God’s design and purpose, Adam and Eve had sexual reproductive organs meant for fruitful multiplication.

Thus, both sex and childbirth was part of God’s original design in creation that He deemed ‘good’.

FALL
The Curse: “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing…” (Gen. 3:16)

Childbirth – and by extension, child rearing – would now be difficult for the woman.

And also, through a woman would an offspring to defeat Satan be delivered: “…and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” (Gen 3:15)

REDEMPTION
The Promise: “He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)

Bringing forth life from death is a picture of what Christ accomplished for us on the cross. 

New birth in Christ is the best birth! There is both the assurance of new life now and eternal life forever.

RESTORATION
The Hope: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Rev. 21:4)

There will be no need for birth in Heaven because ‘the former things have passed away’. Death will be no more because life will be forever. And we will be in perfect relationship with The Ultimate Life Giver.

Let’s Discuss!

Engage with the discussion questions for this episode on Instagram, follow along @bornagainbirth.

RESOURCES ||

The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith

The Bible’s Big Story by Nancy Guthrie from Desiring God 2014 National Conference

The Big Picture Bible* – Our kids love this storybook Bible! It’s a frequent favorite in our house.

The Bible’s Big Story* – Another great book for kids, written by a professor from the seminary where Ben got his degree.

The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden* – Yep! Another book for kids, helping you get the big story of the Bible. This one is especially visually appealing.

*Amazon Affiliate Note: An asterisk by a product indicates that this is an Amazon affiliate link. If you click through and purchase the recommended product, Amazon will give me a percent of the sale – at no extra cost to you! – as a ‘thank you’. This income is a way to help cover the cost of producing the podcast. I promise to only share products I have direct experience using!

S1 Ep 1: The Point of This Podcast

Christian mom, do you wish you had a better way to prepare for birth? This podcast was launched with the goal of helping you to understand and apply the Bible to birth. I’m Victoria, your host. I’m a Christian, a pastor’s wife, a mom of three girls, and a birth doula since 2015. In my years of working in the birth space, I saw a gap in birth prep resources for Christian women. This podcast, I pray, will be a tool used by God to help close that gap. May you see and savor Christ, the One who makes us born again.

“Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” John 3:3-5 (ESV)

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:3-5 (ESV)

RESOURCES |

Jen Wilkin – Bible Teacher & Author (she helped me love theology and what it means to have a thinking faith)

Gloria Furman – Missionary & Author (she will be heavily, heavily footnoted in all things Born Again Birth!)

Hello!

Oh friends, I feel like I’m pregnant with a baby all over again! This project is still growing and developing, but very soon it’ll be ready to meet the world!

My name is Victoria. I’m the person behind this podcast! You can learn more about me on my Instagram account @victoriaeasterwilson or my doula business account @motherwelldoula.

I hope this project will be a beautiful blend of both my personal and work mission statements. “I will see and savor Christ in every aspect of my life.” “I will contribute to positive and healthy birth experiences for families.”

I’ve been married to Ben – my pastor husband – since 2013. Our three girls keep our house brimming with love and laughter ….. aaaannnndd a little not crazy let’s be real! (Pssst. You’ll hear ‘Pastor Ben’ as a returning guest on the show & I can’t wait to share a taste of the Bible-based wisdom and encouragement I enjoy all the time!)

The Born Again Birth Podcast is scheduled to release Monday, July 20th! I’m so looking forward to our time together.