Yoga | Birth | Babies

By Deb Flashenberg

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Join Deb Flashenberg founder and director of the Prenatal Yoga Center as she discusses three of her favorite topics yoga, birth, and babies!

Episode Date
Understanding the ARRIVE Study
The headline “The ARRIVE Trial: Induction at 39 weeks leads to lower cesarean rate” may have caught your eye in the last few months. It may have also left you confused, wondering what to do with these new findings and what does all this mean...
Dec 12, 2018
Your Inner Baby Carriage
Have you ever felt like you don’t understand your changing pregnant body? Perhaps you no longer feel like you can find good, supportive posture, or take a satisfyingly deep breath? If so, then this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies will help you understand...
Dec 06, 2018
Rainbow Babies with Jessica Mougis
Approximately 10-25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. With such a high percentage of pregnancies naturally terminating, why is this subject often talked about in whispers behind closed doors? When any personal loss is experienced, support is often desired and needed and subsequent pregnancies may be...
Nov 28, 2018
Pain, Suffering, & Trauma In Labor
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I had the pleasure of speaking with world renowned author and birth authority, Penny Simkin. We spoke of the important topic of pain versus suffering, how women’s satisfaction and memory of their birth has a direct...
Nov 21, 2018
Pregnancy, Parenthood, and Eating Disorders
One of the three pillars of Prenatal Yoga Center methodology is community, also knows as sangha. Feeling part of community, especially in such a transitional time like pregnancy and parenthood, can help assuage fears, feel supported and find a general camaraderie. In an effort to...
Nov 14, 2018
Financial Advice for Parents
Did you know it will cost a middle-income couple slightly more than $245,000 to raise a child born in 2013 to the age of 18.?!  On this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with financial advisor, Amy Brackett.  She and I discuss...
Nov 07, 2018
Spinning Babies Founder Gail Tully
Failure to progress is the number one reason first time mothers end up having an unplanned cesarean birth. Many times the cause of the cervix failing to open is related to the baby’s position and how is it rotating through the pelvis and applying pressure...
Oct 31, 2018
Plan to Support Yourself: The Necessity of a Postpartum Mental Health Check In
With the myriad of nursery decor, strollers and baby gadgets, it is not surprising the amount of time and effort new parents spend on preparing for the arrival of their new family member. Unfortunately, the check list of preparation rarely makes it to setting up...
Oct 24, 2018
When You Suspect a Friend or Loved One is Suffering with PMAD
Have you ever had a friend or family member you suspected was suffering from a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety disorder and just didn’t know if or how to approach them? With more then 20% of new parents suffering from Perinatal Mood and Anxiety disorder it...
Oct 17, 2018
Gestational Diabetes
According to the Center of Disease Control. gestational diabetes affects up to 10% of pregnancies each year. For those diagnosed with this endocrine disorder, their pregnancy will be much monitored and take a different path then their counter parts. In this episode of Yoga | Birth...
Oct 10, 2018
Trauma Informed Prenatal Yoga
Stepping onto the yoga mat may feel very vulnerable for many people. It’s a time to be present with body, mind and breath and that can be challenging, especially if you have suffered through any type of traumatic experience. According to Sidran Institute, an estimated 70...
Oct 03, 2018
Planning for Postpartum: How to Handle Family and Guests
You had a baby! Great! Now what?? There are so many things to consider when planning for postpartum. What kind of support do you need? Who is giving you that support? Are you breastfeeding, bottle feeding or both? Where is your baby sleeping? How do...
Sep 26, 2018
Where to take Childbirth Education
When taking a Childbirth Education class, you may assume that all the information you are receiving is given in hopes of best supporting you, the birthing person. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Depending on where you take your class, the information may not...
Sep 19, 2018
Understanding Preeclampsia
Ever wonder why at all of your prenatal visits with your care provider you have your blood pressure checked and often leave urine sample? It’s because your care provider is checking for a serious condition called preeclampsia. Never heard of it? No worries! In this episode...
Sep 13, 2018
Community Birth Stories with Lauren Seidman
An article from Midwifery Today sited a study concluding “Participants who read positive, empowering birth stories reported an average of 33% less fear about their upcoming birth.” That great increase in personal confidence was the reason I decided to continue to share positive community birth...
Sep 05, 2018
My son was a little over 2 1/2 years old when my daughter was due. By that time, my husband, son and I had gotten into a good rhythm functioning as a family of 3.  I would be lying if I said I was not...
Aug 29, 2018
Reducing Unnecessary Cesarean Birth With Dr. Neel Shah
This week we’re continuing to revisit a few of my must listen to episodes! This is such an important issue and episode, even if you did listen to the first release I would highly recommend revisiting this episode. The current US cesarean rates hover around 33%. However,...
Aug 23, 2018
Labor Induction with Dr. Rachel Reed
Summer fun is calling, and I am taking some time off of recording new podcasts to be with my family. In the meantime, I’m re-releasing some of my favorite episodes. Enjoy! According to the Listening to Mothers iii Survey, 41% of the people indicated that...
Aug 15, 2018
Birth With Confidence
“All birthing people will face a crisis of confidence at some point during a physiological labor.”  This one powerful discussion point still sticks out in my mind from my juicy conversation with childbirth educator, doula and counsellor, Rhea Dempsey. In this episode of Yoga| Birth|...
Aug 08, 2018
Sex During Pregnancy & Postpartum with The V Club’s Courtney Cleman & Alexandria Ross
Navigating a satisfying sex life with your partner during pregnancy and postpartum can be a bit challenging for many.  Fear of hurting the baby, working through body image issues and share logistics can create a gap in a sexual relationship. In this episode of Yoga|...
Aug 02, 2018
Community Birth Stories: Getting Past A Bumpy Start with Soul Camp’s Michelle Goldblum
Not every entrance into parenthood is easy and joyful with a soundtrack of birds singing blissfully as you walk carefree through the park.  You may even mutter under your breath, “This is really f**king hard, what have I done?” In this episode of Yoga |...
Jul 25, 2018
Matrescence, a seldom heard word that names the shift into motherhood, stemming from on the word, adolescence. Funny that the metamorphosis into adolescence is socially viewed with compassion, support and a general understanding of tremendous and uncontrollable change while the same slide into motherhood is often met...
Jul 18, 2018
Motherhood & Identity
The day your child is born, you assume a completely new persona and identity.  Many grapple with this shift from maiden to motherhood and embracing this new title and responsibility can be challenging.  In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, Dr. Britta Bushnell...
Jul 11, 2018
Healing from Traumatic Birth with Nancy Wainer
In the U.S., 45.5% of women reported a traumatic birth according to the DSM-IV ( Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and the Listening To Mother’s III Survey, which includes more than 1500 women, exposed 56% of the participants met the criteria for depression...
Jul 04, 2018
Embracing Motherhood with Dayna Kurtz
I have been on a bit of a binge creating podcasts about Motherhood.  Possibly because I am knee deep into early childhood with two young children or because the subject is so deep and vast and many parents thirst for some guidance and support.  Regardless...
Jun 27, 2018
Meditation with Arden Martin of The Spring Meditation
Reducing stress and depression, increasing self awareness and happiness are just some of the amazing benefits of mediation. In this episode of Yoga | Birth |Babies, I speak with Vedic Meditation teacher and founder of The Spring Meditation, Arden Martin.  Our deep and lively talk...
Jun 20, 2018
Nanny 101 with Christa Nader of Kith & Kin
Once the dust settles on the new expansion to your family, plans may need to be considered about child care and extra support. There are several options, day care, family help or hiring an in home nanny. In this episode, I speak with Christa Nader,...
Jun 13, 2018
Epidural 101 with Dr. Claire Sandberg
An epidural is a very familiar term for most, but how much knowledge do people have about it?  In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with anesthesiologist and yoga teacher, Claire Sandberg.  Claire breaks down common myths and misconceptions about epidural...
Jun 10, 2018
Community Birth Stories with Kristina Podsiadly
Within the hustle and bustle of NYC, it is essential to find community and support, especially for a new parent.  In this week’s episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with devoted yogini and mother, Kristina Podsiadly.  Kristina’s natural optimism and easy going...
Jun 02, 2018
Finding the Support You Need in Birth
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with Stephanie Heintzeler, midwife, doula, and IBCLC.  Stephanie’s vast experience as a birth worker ranges from delivering babies as a midwife in Germany to supporting women as a board certified lactation consultant.  Stephanie and...
May 20, 2018
What Do You Really Need For Baby?
Baby stuff everywhere!  Why does it feel like having a baby comes with so much equipment and accessories?  Have you ever stopped to think about what is truly necessary and what is just really good marketing? In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Babies, I speak with Adriane...
May 12, 2018
All About Breastfeeding’s Lori Isenstadt
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with IBCLC, Lori Isenstadt, from the podcast, All About Breastfeeding.  Lori breaks down some of the misconceptions about the first few days of breastfeeding and offers honest and practical information for anyone looking to...
May 06, 2018
Racial Disparity and Its Effect on Breastfeeding and Infant Mortality
In today’s episode I speak with accomplished author, health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett.  We dive deeply into an important and timely discussion about racial disparity and the effects of breastfeeding and infant mortality.  Black babies are  more then three...
Apr 25, 2018
VBAC Facts founder Jen Kamel
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with the founder of VBAC Facts, Jen Kamel.  Jen and I go deep into myths and misconceptions about VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and ways to advocate for the birth you want. This episode is...
Apr 18, 2018
Navigating Breastfeeding at Work
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with author and Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Nany Mohrbacher about how to support breastfeeding women at work and help them navigate pumping.  For any person facing the end of maternity leave and wondering...
Apr 07, 2018
Community Birth Stories with Emeline Foster
Today on Yoga| Birth|Babies I speak with PYC community member, Emeline Foster.  Emeline is a second time mother who openly shares her struggles with deciding if she should have a second cesarean or explore a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).  Emeline is open and honest...
Apr 02, 2018
Common Sense Pregnancy with Jeanne Faulkner RN
In today’s episode of Yoga| Birth| Babies I have the pleasure of speaking with Jeanne Faulkner R.N. Jeanne initially wrote for FitPregnancy, penning the column “Ask a Labor Nurse.” She has since written 2 books, Common Sense Pregnancy and The Complete Illustrated Birthing Companion. She...
Mar 21, 2018
How to “Play” with an Infant, with Ayelet Marinovich
How do you play with a newborn? What are the options besides peek- a – boo? In this episode of “Yoga| Birth| Babies,” I speak with development pediatric speech-language pathologist and founder of Strength in Words, Ayelet Marinovich. We discuss ways you can “play” with a...
Mar 14, 2018
Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders with Paige Bellenbaum of the Motherhood Center
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with licensed social worker and Program Director of the Motherhood Center of New York, Paige Bellenbaum.  This deeply honest and moving discussion needs to be heard and discussed with all expectant women, partners and...
Mar 07, 2018
Pelvic Liberation with Leslie Howard
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with internationally-acclaimed yoga educator and pelvic floor specialist, Leslie Howard.  We speak about the importance of a healthy pelvic floor and how things such as constantly tightening the pelvic floor and abdomen can be...
Mar 01, 2018
Crunchy Radish founder Miranda Hammer on Nutrition for the New Mama
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with founder of the, registered dietitian, and natural foods chef Miranda Hammer.  We discuss nutrition, food preferences and aversions during pregnancy, and how to get optimal nutrition for mom and baby.  We also...
Feb 20, 2018
“Our Babies, Ourselves” Author Dr. Meredith Small
In this episode of “Yoga | Birth | Babies,” I speak with anthropologist, Dr. Meredith Small, about how our biology, culture and history influence how we parent our children.  In this fun, lively conversation, Meredith and I discus and compare different cultures and their approach to child raring.  Some...
Feb 14, 2018
Teaching Prenatal Yoga with Deb Flashenberg, Founder of the Prenatal Yoga Center
In this episode of “Yoga | Birth | Babies,” I take off my interviewer hat and become the guest speaker!  For the past 17 years I have had the joy and honor of leading group yoga classes as well as teacher trainings.  In this podcast,...
Feb 08, 2018
For the Love of Babies: Life in the NICU author Dr. Sue Hall
In this episode of “Yoga | Birth | Babies,” I speak with neonatologist and social worker, Dr Sue Hall about navigating the Neonatal Intensive Care unit (NICU).  Having a child in the NICU can be overwhelming and a great emotional strain.  Dr Hall has dedicated...
Jan 30, 2018
Community Birth Stories with Bridget Tichar
In this episode of “Yoga | Birth | Babies” we’re sharing an inspirational birth story from our community. Today’s guest Bridget Tichar had a great birth and we want to share her experience to provide some inspiration and comfort for our expectant Mamas! Bridget was...
Jan 23, 2018
Life After Loss, A Story of Miscarriage and Moving Forward
In this episode of “Yoga | Birth | Babies” Dr. Michelle Canarick and I have an intimate discussion of loss, as we explore what is was like to move through and forward after a miscarriage. Touching on our personal experiences and Michelle’s professional experience as...
Jan 16, 2018
Preparing Your Finances for Baby with Amy Brackett CFA
Did you know it will cost a middle-income couple slightly more than $245,000 to raise a child born in 2013 to the age of 18?!  On this episode of  “Yoga| Birth | Babies,” I speak with financial advisor, Amy Brackett.  She and I discuss the...
Jan 05, 2018
Pre & Postpartum Fertility with The 5th Vital Sign
In this episode of “Yoga | Birth | Babies,” I speak with 5th Vital Sign’s co-founders, Emily Varnam and Kelsey Knight.  This conversation is circling around the importance of understanding your body to understanding your fertility.  We dive deep into reproductive health and signs of...
Dec 15, 2017
Informed & Implied Consent in Maternity Care with Cristen Pascucci
On this episode of “Yoga| Birth|Babies,” I speak with founder of Birth Monopoly and co-creator of the Exposing the Silence Project, Cristen Pascucci.  Cristen and I have a lively conversation about informed consent and implied consent in maternity care.  This episode reveals what your rights...
Dec 07, 2017
Taking Charge of Postpartum Health with Dr. Debra Bingham
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement, Dr Debra Bingham.  Recently in the news there have been articles discussing the study “Nurses’ Knowledge and Teaching of Possible Postpartum Complications”...
Nov 27, 2017
Dr. Harvey Karp: “The Happiest Baby on the Block”
In this episode of “Yoga | Birth | Babies,” I speak with pediatrician and author of the bestselling book, The Happiest Baby On The Block, Dr. Harvey Karp.  This conversation is for any new or expectant parent who desires to have well refined techniques to help calm...
Nov 12, 2017
Big Beings, Little Body: The New Parenting Paradigm with Carrie Contey PhD
Today on “Yoga | Birth | Babies,” I speak with internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator, Carrie Contey.  Carrie and I have a lively and enlightening discussion about why understanding your child’s brain will help you become a better parent.  A helpful episode for...
Nov 04, 2017
Infertility with Dr. Brahma of Prelude Fertility
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with Reproductive Endocrinologist and Fertility Specialist, Dr Pavna Brahma.  Dr Brahma and I discus the often emotionally charged topic of infertility, finding support and different options for having the family you want. In this...
Oct 28, 2017
Induction with Dr. Rachel Reed
In this episode of  “Yoga| Birth| Babies,” I speak with midwife, writer and presenter, Dr. Rachel Reed.  She speaks very candidly about medical induction and augmentation of labor.  Dr Reed explains why and how a medical induction is performed and the precautions of pitocin.  For any pregnant mother, birth...
Oct 20, 2017
“The Big Let Down” author Kimberly Seals Allers
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with journalist and author of the book, The Big Let Down– How Medicine, Big Business and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding.  Kimberly and I discus the role of big pharmaceutical companies and the push for baby...
Oct 13, 2017
Community Birth Stories with Chantal Eder
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with new mother and yoga teacher, Chantal Eder. We discus the the challenges and joys of pregnancy and new motherhood. Chantal also opens up about her surprisingly unique birth and processing the experience. New...
Oct 06, 2017
Minisode: Preparing for Your Birth
This week on “Yoga | Birth | Babies” I wanted to talk to you about preparing for birth. As a speaker and teacher I’m frequently asked, “What tips would you give expectant parents?” Well based on my experience and what I see in my students,...
Sep 22, 2017
“Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat?” Author Claire Mysko
In this episode of “Yoga | Birth | Babies,” I speak with author of the book, “Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat?” and executive director of the National Eating Disorder Association, Claire Mysko.  Claire and I talk openly about the struggles many women face...
Sep 16, 2017
Technocratic, Holistic, and Humanistic Birth with Robbie Davis-Floyd
In this episode of “Yoga | Birth | Babies,” I speak with world-renowned medical anthropologist, international speaker and researcher in transformational models in childbirth, midwifery and obstetric, Robbie Davis-Floyd PhD.  She and I dive into a lively conversation about her work and what she defines...
Sep 16, 2017
Belly Binding with Lindsey Vestal of The Functional Pelvis
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with owner and founder of the The Functional Pelvis, occupational therapist, Lindsey Vestal.  This is Lindsey’s second time on the podcast and it is always such a joy to geek out with her as...
Aug 25, 2017
Lori McAlister founder of Sequencology & Mother of 2
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies I speak with acclaimed yoga educator, founder of Sequencology, and mother of 2 Lori McAlister. We talk about how Lori’s practice has evolved over time, how she was able to use yoga to deal with unexpected...
Aug 18, 2017
The Fifth Trimester with Lauren Smith Brody
On this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with author and 5th Trimester Movement founder, Lauren Smith Brody.  Lauren and I have a lively conversations about the challenges and struggles many mothers face when heading back to work after the birth of...
Aug 12, 2017
Plus Size Pregnancy with Bebo Mia founders Bianca Sprague & Natasha Marchand
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with Bebo Mia founders, Bianca Sprague and Natasha Marchand.   Bianca, Natasha and I discuss the misconceptions and assumptions women of size face when entering motherhood.  We talk openly about “fat shaming” and how plus size moms...
Aug 04, 2017
Turning Pain to Power with Debra Pascali Bonaro
I wanted to re-visit one of my favorite episodes this week. Early on, in the life of Yoga | Birth | Babies I had the pleasure and honor of speaking with Debra Pascali Bonaro. She is a world renowned doula, teacher, mentor, birth advocate, and...
Jul 28, 2017
Preparing for Your 2nd and Beyond! with ‘You Plus 2 Parenting’ founder Rachel Cedar
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with founder and creator of You Plus 2 Parenting, Rachel Cedar, MSW.  For any parent facing the daunting task of adding a new baby to your family dynamics, Rachel offers insight and practical tips...
Jul 21, 2017
The New York Milk Bank with Julie Bouchet-Horwitz, FNP, IBCLC
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with founder of the The New York Milk Bank, Julie Bouchet-Horwitz, FNP, IBCLC.  Julie explains how milk banks work, how those who want to donate can, and how babies who need for breastmilk can...
Jul 14, 2017
Fertility, Pregnancy, Motherhood and Stress with Dr. Alice Domar
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with fertility specialist and executive director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health, Alice Domar, PhD.  Dr. Domar takes the time to explain how stress impacts fertility, pregnancy and motherhood.  She offers some wonderful tips for stress...
Jul 07, 2017
Pain for a Purpose in Childbirth with Dr. Judith Lothian
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with author and  Lamaze Program Co-Director, Dr. Judith Lothian. We explore the idea of pain for a purpose in childbirth. Dr Lothian offers her insight as to how women can use the pain of...
Jun 30, 2017
Reducing Unnecessary Cesarean Births with Dr. Neel Shah
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak OB/GYN, Dr. Neel Shah.  Dr Shah has been recognized for his work to help reduced unnecessary caesarean births in our country.  In this podcast, we explore why in the past 40 years, cesareans have...
Jun 23, 2017
Labor Variations: Prodromal Labor, Back Labor, and Precipitous Birth with Sharon Muza
On this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with Lamaze Teacher, labor support doula, and international speaker Sharon Muza.  No labor is exactly alike, but sometimes there are variations beyond what one would consider “typical.”  Sharon and I discus prodromal labor, back...
Jun 10, 2017
9 Steps to Surviving Early Motherhood
Hi Everyone! In today’s episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies I revisit a blog I wrote a few years ago “7 Steps to Surviving Early Motherhood.” With some additional time and an additional baby I’ve added two more steps to help you ease into...
Jun 02, 2017
Breastfeeding 101 with Tamara Hawkins
In the episode of  Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with Tamara Hawkins, FNP, RN, IBCLE, LCCE, CHHC, Director of Stork and Cradle.  We talk about everything an expectant and new mother need to know. We cover a wide range of topics from breastfeeding...
May 28, 2017
City Dads Group Co-founder Lance Somerfeld
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with co-founder of City Dads Group, Lance Somerfeld. Lance opens up about the fears and challenges new dads face as they move into fatherhood and co-parenting.  This conversation can help offer dads more confidence...
May 15, 2017
Dear Mother Who Is Trying To Do It All
Dear Mother Who Is Trying to Do It All, You are an amazing mother and person. You are not June Cleaver, effortlessly gliding across your perfectly waxed kitchen floor, freshly baked cookies in hand, sporting high heels, pearls, and an impeccably ironed apron. Nor are...
May 14, 2017
Motherhood & Yoga with Paula Lynch Liberis
On this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with renowned yoga teacher and mother Paula Lynch Liberis.  Paula and I have a very open and candid talk about shifting from high profile yoga teacher to mother of (almost) 3 children.  Paula’s honesty...
May 10, 2017
VBACs, Breech Babies, & Twin Births with Dr. Stuart Fischbein
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with obstetrician, international speaker and author, Dr. Stuart Fischbein.  We speak about VBACs (vaginal births after cesareans), breech babies and twin vaginal births.  For pregnant women and birth workers, this podcast is not to...
May 03, 2017
Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine with Frances Goodwin
This week on Yoga | Birth | Babies, I had the pleasure of speaking with licensed acupuncturist, Frances Goodwin.  Frances helps demystify how Chinese medicine and acupuncture can help with fertility, pregnancy, induction, breech and postpartum.  Hope you enjoy! Topics covered: What drew Frances to...
Apr 28, 2017
Henci Goer and ACOG’s “Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth”
This week on Yoga | Birth | Babies, I interview  award-winning medical writer and internationally known speaker, Henci Goer.  Henci and I discus the new ACOG (The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) statement “Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth.”  Expectant mothers and...
Apr 21, 2017
Diastisis, the Pelvic Floor, and More with Isa Herrera MSPT, CSCS
This week on Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with well known Physical Therapist, Isa Herrera.  Our discussion is centered primarily around diastisis, a healthy balanced pelvic floor and how to make intelligent decisions about what type of activities to continue during pregnancy. Topics...
Apr 12, 2017
Pediatrician 101 with Dr. Sonia Gidwani
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with Dr. Sonia Gidwani. “Dr. G”, as she is lovingly called, is a long time UWS pediatrician who’s caring approach has drawn thousands of children to her practice. (In full discloser- she was the...
Apr 08, 2017
Stephanie Middleberg, of ‘Middleberg Nutrition’ and author of THE BIG BOOK OF ORGANIC BABY FOOD
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with nutritionist and founder of Middleberg Nutrition, Stephanie Middleberg. We cover how to best support the pregnant and postnatal woman’s nutritional needs to dealing with a fussy eater. I am confident everyone will get...
Apr 01, 2017
5 Questions to ask Your Care Provider Before Birth : A minisode with Deb!
As a doula, I’ve heard this lament time and time again: “I received the name of my doctor from a friend, and if I had known what to ask, I probably would have switched doctors a long time ago. Now I feel it is too...
Apr 01, 2017
Meema Spadola on Finding Support After Birth with a Postpartum Doula
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with Postpartum doula, Meema Spadola.  Meema dives deeply into the the profession of the postpartum doula and all the amazing support they offer.  New and expectant moms, this podcast will be invaluable! Topics covered:...
Apr 01, 2017
Dr. Jack Newman of the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with renowned breastfeeding expert, Dr. Jack Newman.  My goal of this podcast is for women to make informed, educated choices about why they may or may not choose to breastfeed. We focus specifically on how to hep...
Apr 01, 2017
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I had the pleasure of speaking with Aviva Romm, MD. A Yale-trained, board-certified MD, midwife, and herbalist with a specialty in women’s health, Aviva and I talked about her new book, The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution. She explained how...
Mar 31, 2017
Renowned Yoga Teacher, Founder of Om Yoga, and Author, Cyndi Lee
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with my long time teacher, Cyndi Lee. Cyndi and I explore what brought her to yoga and creating OM Yoga Center. She and I also openly talk about the state of yoga in our...
Feb 10, 2017
Gene DeClercq of ‘Birth by the Numbers’
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with Gene DeClercq about labor induction and all the ups and downs involved. Many women would like to avoid labor induction and Gene offers so tips to do so as well as dispel common...
Feb 01, 2017
The Microbiome with Anne Estes, Phd
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I had the opportunity to speak with microbiome scientist and mom, Anne M Estes, Phd. She enlightened me about the incredible world of microbiomes in relationship to a healthy pregnancy, birth and your newborn baby. Topics...
Jan 23, 2017
Do’s and Don’ts for Doulas: Understanding Scope of Practice
Today’s conversation was inspired by a webinar I did with the Birth Institute, originally intended for birth workers. However I found the community discussion we had to be very inspiring and believe that expectant parents and birth workers alike will enjoy this episode. When it...
Jan 06, 2017
Spinning Babies, Gail Tully and the Importance of Fetal Position
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with founder of, Gail Tully. Gail and I talked deeply about the importance of a well balanced pelvis, how to achieve this and how it effects a functional birth. This conversion is sure to be helpful for expectant moms and birth workers! Enjoy!
Dec 19, 2016
Birthing From Within to Ancient Map for Modern Birth, a lively conversation with Pam England
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with Pam England, author of Birthing From Within and Ancient Map for Modern Birth. This lively conversation covers quite a bit of ground- Pam and I discuss how Birthing From Within was born, how...
Dec 12, 2016
Big Babies with Rebecca Dekker
In today’s episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies I speak with founder and author of Evidence Based Birth®, Rebecca L. Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN. After years of being an assistant professor and researcher, Rebecca combined her skills for research and writing and founded Evidence...
Dec 05, 2016
Barbara Harper and the Beauty of Water Birth
In today’s episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with internationally recognized expert on waterbirth and gentle birth and author of Gentle Birth Choices, Barbara Harper. Barbara explains what drew her to embracing and advocating for water birth and demystifies some of the...
Nov 29, 2016
Childproofing Your Marriage
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, we bring back Dr. Michelle Canarick to discus childproofing your marriage! While starting a family is incredibly exciting for many, the addition of this new family member can greatly shift the status quo for the relationship...
Nov 21, 2016
Umbilical Cord 101 with Dr. Mark Sloan
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, Dr Mark Sloan talks all things umbilical cord! He thoughtfully and thoroughly discusses everything from delayed cord clamping, to the controversial subject of cord blood banking to a nuchal cord and it’s occurrence rate. Dr. Mark...
Nov 07, 2016
Placental Encapsulation with Michelle LaDue
On this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies I had the pleasure of speaking with Michelle La Due about placenta medicine. In this conversation, Michelle draws on her 13 years experience specializing in women’s health as a Licensed Acupuncturist in New York State,  a...
Nov 07, 2016
Dr. George Mussalli of Village Obstetrics
In this episode I speak with the very experienced, compassionate and knowledge, NYC obstetrician  Dr. George Mussalli. Dr. George Mussalli has extensive experience in both hands-on daily care and administrative medicine. He is the former Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the beloved St. Vincent’s Hospital...
Oct 31, 2016
Tara Stiles, Founder of Strala Yoga
Tara Stiles is the founder of Strala Yoga, a revolutionary approach to healing through movement. Thousands of guides are leading Strala classes around the globe in partner studios, gyms, and clubs. Strala has been illustrated in a case study by Harvard Business School, and its’...
Oct 25, 2016
Family Centered Cesarean
This week on Yoga | Birth | Babies we cover the topic of Family Centered Cesarean with Narchi Jovic and Suzanne Chesney, the co-leaders of the NYC chapter of The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit...
Oct 17, 2016
Sleep Training with Jessica Shapley
For over fifteen years Jessica Shapley has helped hundreds of parents care for their children and themselves, by providing counseling and supportive services to groups, individuals and families. As a licensed social worker and mother of two, Jessica brings her personal and professional experience as...
Oct 10, 2016
Pain, Suffering and Trauma in Labor with Penny Simkin
We have a very special episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies to share with you! I had the pleasure of speaking with world renowned author and birth authority, Penny Simkin. Penny Simkin, P.T., is a physical therapist, childbirth educator, doula, and birth counselor. She...
Oct 03, 2016
Mindful Parenting with Hunter Clarke-Fields
For those of us as parents who find ourselves struggling to react calmly to our children’s myriad of behaviors and feel by the end of the day, we are overwhelmingly exhausted, this podcast is for you! Today’s guest is a Mindful Mama Mentor and creator...
Sep 26, 2016
The Surprising History of How We Are Born with Tina Cassidy
If you’re curious about how your Great Grandmother’s birth may have differed from yours, this is the episode for you. In today’s episode Deb interviews Tina Cassidy author of Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born. Ms. Cassidy became curious about birth when...
Sep 06, 2016
Postpartum Depression with Michelle Canarick Ph. D.
For today’s podcast Deb has invited Dr. Canarick to speak about Postpartum depression. She and Deb discuss ways you can recognize PPD and how to find loving support in your community.  Michelle Canarick is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the mother of two young children....
Aug 29, 2016
Aligning Your Body and Baby for Your Best Birth with Dr. Randi Jaffe
In today’s episode I have the pleasure of talking to Dr. Randi Jaffe, who is known as the “Best Prenatal Chiropractor” in Manhattan.  We discuss the benefits of chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy, as well as correcting misalignment which could lead to a longer, dysfunctional birth....
Aug 15, 2016
Yoga In the 1st Timester
“Should I practice yoga during my 1st trimester?” is a question that I am asked quite frequently. Like so many pregnancy topics, you’ll come across a variety of opinions and ideas, many of which conflict. In today’s podcast I explore the hormonal and physiological changes that...
Aug 08, 2016
Doula 101 with Terry Richmond
We are delighted to welcome Terry Richmond back to the podcast! Terry is one of the most sought after doulas in NYC and Deb’s doula mentor. Listeners may remember her previous episode “How to Navigate the Hospital System and Have an Empowered Birth.” Today we are...
Aug 01, 2016
Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering with Dr. Sarah Buckley
In this episode Deb talks to Dr Sarah Buckley. She’s a family physician (GP) with training in family physician obstetrics, and author of the internationally best-selling book  Gentle Birth. Gentle Mothering, (Celestial Arts/Penguin Random House, 2009). We discuss Undisturbed Birth- how the hormones of birth...
Jul 25, 2016
Farm Midwife, Deborah Flowers: Celebrating the Art & Science of Spiritual Midwifery
In this episode Deb speaks to renowned Midwife Deborah Flowers R.N., C.P.M. Deborah has 30 years of experience at The Farm Midwifery Center in training and service attending over 1,000 births. In addition to working at the farm Deborah served as the lab director and...
Jul 18, 2016
Epidurals and Breastfeeding with Dianne Cassidy
Epidurals can be a wonderful and sometimes much needed way to manage pain during birth, but how much do you know about them? Today Deb talks to Dianne Cassidy of Dianne Cassidy Consulting about the effects of epidurals on Momma and Baby during labor and...
Jul 05, 2016
Pain to Power with Debra Pascali Bonaro
If you’ve heard about Orgasmic Birth then you’re familiar with today’s guest Debra Pascali Bonaro B.Ed., LCCE, PDT/BDT(DONA) the Founder & President of Pain to Power Childbirth Experience, Director of the award-winning documentary Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret  and co-writer of “Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to...
Jun 27, 2016
Celebrating the Uncensored Beauty of Motherhood with Ashlee Dean Wells of the 4th Trimester Bodies Project
You’ve seen her photographs on the Today Show and Huffington Post, stunning black and white images of mothers baring their bodies and stories. Today, we are so pleased to share Deb’s interview with Ashlee Dean Wells of the 4th Trimester Bodies Project. Deb talks to...
Jun 20, 2016
Is Your Fitness & Yoga Routine Helping Or Hindering Your Birth?
Working out while pregnant can be great for you and your baby, boosting your mood and helping you get a better night of sleep. In today’s episode Deb delves deeper into the pros and cons of various workouts and the effect they can have on...
Jun 13, 2016
What’s Going On With My Core? An Intimate Discussion with Pelvic Floor Therapist Lindsey Vestal
Lindsey Vestal, M.S. OTR/L owner of The Functional Pelvis demystifies the muscles of the core and pelvic floor. Deb talks to her  about the issues women commonly experience and various ways to care for rehabilitate the pre and postnatal body. For more information  on Lindsey...
Jun 06, 2016
Can the Internet Solve Your Breastfeeding Problems?
Deb talks to Andrea Syms-Brown IBCLC, RLC, CIMI about breast feeding in the age of the internet. Can the internet solve your breastfeeding problems? Probably not, but it can connect you to the support you need. Andrea asks us to remember, breastfeeding is a choice....
May 30, 2016
Prenatal Yoga Teacher Caprice Abowitt
Join Deb as she talks to Prenatal Yoga Center’s Caprice Abowitt. Caprice talks about her journey from dancing to becoming a yoga instructor and the very personal reason she was drawn to  the prenatal community. Caprice also talks about the joys of teaching yoga to...
May 23, 2016
Conversations With A Midwife
Home birth midwife, Tanya Wills openly talks about why one may want to choose a birth outside the hospital setting, the difference between the medical model of care and the midwifery model, as well as the need for midwives to unite on their approach to care....
May 16, 2016
Why I Chose A Home Birth
How a mother chooses to birth is very personal. While I was pregnant, I kept my birth choices private. I am a prenatal yoga teacher, labor support doula and Lamaze teacher; I didn’t want my students to feel I disapproved of their birth plans based on...
May 09, 2016
Dancing With The Fear of Birth
Deb discusses the effects of fear on labor, and the importance of taking some time to uncover your personal fears around your upcoming birth. Join us as we learn how to dance with the fear.  
May 01, 2016
Ballerinas and Babies- American Ballet Theater’s Kelley Potter Discusses Motherhood and Dancing
New Mother Kelley Potter of ABT openly talks about balancing life and career.
Apr 25, 2016
Terry Richmond: How To Navigate The Hospital System & Have An Empowered Birth
In this episode Deb interviews former Broadway actress and singer Terry Richmond, now one on NYC's most sought after Doulas and Childbirth Educators.
Apr 18, 2016
Choices In Childbirth’s Clare Friedrich, Talks Childbirth Advocacy
Prenatal Yoga Instructor, childbirth educator, and Mother of 2 Clare Friedrich talks to Deb about Maternity care in the US, the role of doulas, and her own pregnancies
Apr 11, 2016
New Mother Yali Szulanski of the “I AM” Project
New mother Yali Szulanski candidly opens up about her transition from "maiden to mother."
Mar 28, 2016
The Birth of Yoga | Birth | Babies
Join Deb as she shares her journey from Godspell to creating a community of Birth Goddess! If you ever wanted to know more about the Prenatal Yoga Center, the foundation, philosophy, and your instructor Deb then this episode is for you!
Mar 21, 2016