Podcast Recs: True Crime + Women's Health
This isn’t going to be the typical blog that you find here! In true Halloween spirit last week, I asked our Instagram audience if they were into True Crime Podcast. This led to most folks saying “Duh!” and me digging deeper by asking who wanted to hear about my favorite podcasts that blended True Crime and women’s health?! The overwhelming majority said ‘hell yeah!’ So, here we are!
Before we dive into these, I want to provide a brief trigger warning. These podcasts combine true crime with women’s health. Some readers & listeners may find the content traumatic. Fetal Abduction Podcast* may be especially triggering for anyone who is reading and pregnant.
This was my first introduction to an investigative podcast about women’s health (I am a long time listener of Crime Junkies). This podcast was the tiny hairline fracture I needed to fully break the dam and open my eyes to just how deep the deceit and corruption runs in women’s reproductive health. This podcast follows the story of Dr. Donald Cline who was a fertility doctor in Indiana. Cline used his own sperm throughout the 70’s and 80’s to father more than 50 children. He told patients that his ‘donors’ were medical residents and wished to remain anonymous. The podcast interviews a number of his children including footage about a face-to-face meeting where the children confronted Cline. Thanks to this story, there are laws being put through legislation in recent years to protect victims of heinous crimes like this and to make such acts illegal. (Surprisingly, there were no laws about this before…)
The Immaculate Deception
This podcast dives into a very similar story to Sick. This time we are in the Netherlands and following Jan Karbaat who was a very successful doctor at Rotterdam Clinic. In the 80’s, Dr. Karbaat took advantage of women in the most vulnerable situation—artificial insemination. Dr. Karbaat did not screen his donors, used his own sperm, and used the same donor hundreds of times. He made his clients sign a ‘secrecy contract’ and if they refused to sign, e refused to treat. Vile! Like Cline, his secrets were exposed by his own children —nicknamed ‘The Karbaat Kids’— and listeners are taken through a few of their lives. The podcast even interviews a patient of Dr. Karbaat’s and the emotions of navigating fertility issues before it was so widely known and then again years later when the news broke about the horrific scandal.There is currently a court case against him by his victims so some of the information can’t be shared with the public yet.
Fetal Abduction*: A True Crime Podcast
This is a true crime podcast. This was the most triggering for me—I think because it involves so much death. If you are pregnant, I caution you to listen to this if you are susceptible to recurring thoughts or anxious feelings after reading stories involving pregnancy. This is a true crime about pregnancy. If you don’t know what a fetal abduction is—it’s the monstrous act of cutting a baby from the womb of it’s parent. This podcast follows the history of fetal abductions in America. The podcast shares that the first known case happened in the 70’s and is incredibly rare. This one is insanely psychological—the host dives into the minds of the evil people who commit these crimes.
Up Next on My List? Verified: Dust Up
This podcast looks so good! I’m excited to dive in! It dives into the allegations that Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder causes ovarian cancer. It follows a group of women diagnosed with cancer and the lengths the nationally known brand goes to convince consumers that the product is safe and should still be a trusted household name. Apparently they are demeaning of the scientists who are speaking out against this. I always say if someone has to belittle you to prove they are right, they’re probably hiding something! I’ll report back!
Okay, that got heavy, but they are such good podcasts…if true crime and women’s health is your thing. If you’re here for pregnancy tips, let me share this 45-minute free masterclass. I share my top 4 things birthing people need to know going into labor! Enjoy!