The purpose is to understand the biological, social, and economic components of endometriosis. Endometriosis is defined by the “presence of endometrial-like tissue outside the uterus, which induces a chronic, inflammatory reaction,” and is a disease that affects women of all socioeconomic statues and ethnic groups. The topic of endometriosis as a whole is too broad, so the focus is on the social, physical, mental, and economic experiences of diagnosed women in the United States. The hosts Jamie and Anne strive for a slightly mocking, cheesy tone, but the interviews have a somber feel as most of the interviewees recount their lives and experiences being chronically ill. As the podcast progresses, the hosts try to steer their dialogue into the direction of the stigma and the steps that need to be taken to improve the lives of those who are affected. Mainly, that endometriosis is a chronic, highly stigmatized disease that is delayed in being diagnosed as well asunder-diagnosed and if the status quo is to change, then people need to be aware of the realities of this disease and feel free to openly discuss the experience.
For expecting mothers, making the decision of where to have their children is extremely important, as it has emotional, social, and financial ramifications. In the state of Georgia, over 99% of babies are born in hospitals, but this does not mean it is the best option for every woman. Instead, by taking a critical sociological perspective, women can understand the historical roles that physicians, midwives, and doulas play in the birthing process and the varying levels of intervention and risk associated with having a baby at home and at a hospital. The focus of the podcast is the pros and cons of different birthing options and the factors that women should consider when deciding where to deliver their children. The main point of the podcast is that home births attended by midwives are relatively safe for low-risk women, and they provide a chance to avoid unnecessary medical interventions that could negatively impact the experience of such an important life event.