All About Pregnancy & Birth

By Dr. Nicole C. Rankins

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The All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast is your go to source for comprehensive, evidence-based, holistic information to help you have your best pregnancy and birth. Pregnancy and birth can sometimes feel scary and overwhelming. But with the help of Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins, they don't have to be! Nicole has been an ob/gyn physician for over 10 years and has helped hundreds of women through their pregnancy and birth. She’s here to help you by breaking down topics in an easy to understand manner, sharing women’s birth stories, and interviewing interesting and innovative experts.

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Ep80: Navigating Genetic Testing and Pregnancy Loss During a Pandemic with Cortnie
50:13

In this episode Cortnie joins us to talk about her recent experience navigating her second pregnancy, genetic testing, and pregnancy loss amidst a pandemic. After finding our her baby had trisomy 13, Cortnie and her husband had to make some very difficult decisions and faced huge challenges getting the care and support they needed. She's generously sharing her story to help other families who might be in a similar situation. 

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Aug 11, 2020
Ep79: Facts and Misconceptions About Plus-Size Pregnancy and Care with Jen McLellan
01:05:04

Jen McLellan joins us today to talk about pregnancy for plus-sized people, how providers can provide more compassionate care, and shifts she's seeing in the medical field now. We cover common misconceptions people have about plus size pregnancies, why we must be aware of our own biases when providing care, and how to have a great pregnancy and birth experience as a plus size parent.

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Aug 04, 2020
Ep78: Episiotomy - What It Is, What Q’s To Ask & When It May Be Necessary
31:53

In this episode I'm talking about episiotomy - what it is, how often it's done, risks associated with the procedure, and what you need to ask your provider. I'll tell you why episiotomies are no longer performed routinely and talk a bit about the fairly rare circumstances in which they are needed.

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Jul 28, 2020
Ep77: Amber's Birth Story - Having a Beautiful Natural Birth
58:27

In this birth story episode, Amber Manning returns to the podcast to tell us how her natural birth went, why she decided to switch providers at 32 weeks, and why she threw her birth plan out the window. Amber was the first guest I had on the podcast who was still pregnant at the time, so it was incredibly fun to get an update on how she and her family are doing now. 

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Jul 21, 2020
Ep76: What You'll Want to Know About Having a Baby in the NICU with Dr. Terri Major-Kincade
01:00:25

My first daughter was born premature and had to spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit (AKA the NICU or the ICU nursery). This week's episode has all the information I wish I'd known then, and I am so happy to be sharing it with you.

Today we're joined by Dr. Terri Major-Kincade, a practicing medical doctor and champion for premature babies and their families. 

Dr. Terri and I start off talking about what the NICU is three of the main reasons babies are admitted to the ICU nursery.

We also talk about what parents can do to advocate for themselves and their baby, what kind of emotional support is available for NICU families, and five questions you can ask your care providers weekly so you are on the same page about baby's medical care. 

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Jul 14, 2020
Ep75: Benefits, Risks and Ethical Considerations of Newborn Male Circumcision
34:51

In this episode I'm talking through the benefits and risks to consider when deciding whether circumcision is right for your newborn son.

You'll learn what circumcision is, some of the different techniques used for the procedure, and why some families choose to have this elective procedure performed for their babies. 

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Jul 07, 2020
Ep74: Parijat's Birth Story - IVF, Surrogacy, Pregnancy Loss and Mindful Pregnancy
59:46

In this inspiring birth story episode, Parijat Deshpande shares her family's journey through fertility treatments, pregnancy complications, the NICU, pregnancy loss, and surrogacy. 

Parijat is a high-risk pregnancy expert, mind-body health specialist, author, speaker, and advocate for moms with high-risk pregnancies and pre-term birth. Parijat's own experiences have hugely influenced her work and her passion for helping other moms handle some of life's most difficult decisions. 

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Jun 30, 2020
Ep73: Why We Need Better Preparation for the Postpartum Period with Dr. Christine Sterling OB-GYN
53:45

In this episode I chat with a fellow OB-GYN, Dr. Christine Sterling, about why it is so important to prepare parents for the postpartum period.

After her own difficult postpartum experiences following the birth of her first baby, Dr. Sterling decided to make it her mission to educate parents about the postpartum period, including warning signs to watch out for, how to advocate for your mental health, and how to handle strains on your partnership. 

We talk about all of that and a lot more in this episode!

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Jun 23, 2020
Ep72: How Structural Racism & Implicit Bias Create Disparities in Maternal Care for Black Families
29:27

This episode is a bit different than what I usually talk about on the podcast, but I hope that you will tune in and learn something new about maternal healthcare and racism in our country. 

In this episode I'm talking about the disparities we see in maternal healthcare & outcomes for Black mamas and their babies. I describe some of the structural racism we see in the medical field, what implicit bias is, and how these forces add up to create a difficult environment for Black people - including mamas - all over the country.

I also share some of my personal experiences with racism in my career, a few stories from friends and colleagues, and a couple instances where I witnessed the medical system mistreating Black women. I hope that this episode educates and inspires you to think about what you can do to help dismantle racism in our country, whether that's talking to your friends and family, committing to raising anti-racist kids, or helping reform your profession so it becomes truly equal for everyone.

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Jun 16, 2020
Ep71: Rachel's Birth Story - Giving Birth in New York During COVID-19
49:19

Before we start in on this story about giving birth during COVID-19, I want to acknowledge the huge protests going on in America and abroad at the time of this recording. These protests, begun after George Floyd was murdered by a police officer, are happening in response to the racism that is embedded into our societies and institutions. I have always worked to lift up and serve all mamas, but promise to continue my commitment to helping Black mamas in particular navigate America's racist medical system. 

In this birth story episode, Rachel shares her experience giving birth in New York at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. We talk about why her childbirth education was particularly helpful as she navigated labor & delivery; what it was like giving birth to a big baby at the hospital during COVID-19; and why it is so important to remain flexible during your birth.

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Jun 09, 2020
Ep70: Labor Induction: What to Know and What Questions to Ask
46:37

Today I'm talking about the two main reasons for labor induction, how labor is induced, what a "failed induction" is, and questions to ask before induction. I have gotten a ton of requests to talk about this topic, and I believe it is incredibly important for you to be informed about the process of labor induction whether you are having a medical or elective induction.

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Jun 02, 2020
Ep69: All About Breastfeeding and Breastmilk with Laurel Wilson
01:00:28

Laurel Wilson is a lactation consultant, doula, and speaker, and today she joins us to talk all about breastfeeding and how to handle its common obstacles.

Laurel talks about how human milk is designed to nourish babies and their microbiomes. We also talk about the importance of skin-to-skin contact well beyond the "golden hour" after birth and how we can support families' choices about feeding their children, whatever they may be. And we discuss common obstacles parents face when breastfeeding, how to find support, and how to work through some of these common issues.

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May 26, 2020
Ep68: Jessica's Birth Story - Choosing to Induce Labor During the COVID-19 Pandemic
49:21

In this birth story episode, Jessica shares her hospital birth experience. She talks about choosing induction at 37 weeks due to a history of preeclampsia and the development of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also discuss what the postpartum period has been like and how COVID-19 is (and isn't) changing pregnancy & birth right now.

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May 19, 2020
Ep67: Having a Planned Cesarean Birth and What to Know About C-Sections
49:53

Planned Cesarean births (or C-sections) aren't spoken about as much as other births, but every parent should know what a C-section entails. Even if you want to have a vaginal delivery, it is good to be prepared in case a C-section becomes the safest way to bring your baby into the world.

In this episode I'm talking about the different reasons for planned C-sections, when they are carried out, what the process is before, during, and after meeting your baby, and how to make the best of the experience.

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May 12, 2020
Ep66: How Your Partner Can Feel Prepared, Confident and Supportive During Labor with Alice Turner
48:17

Today I'm joined by Alice Turner, the creator of SupportingHer - a childbirth education class for whomever is going to be supporting you during labor.

We talk about why it's so important for your support partner to be knowledgable and prepared going into your birth. Alice shares tips about what the supporting partner should and shouldn't do, along with her favorite advice for providing physical and emotional assistance both during and after birth. 

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May 05, 2020
Ep65: Amy's Birth Story - Trusting Your Intuition About Your Labor and Delivery
01:05:21

In this birth story episode, Amy talks about her uneventful pregnancy, having her water accidentally broken at 39 weeks, and her episiotomy.

Amy and I talk about how she knew she wanted an epidural, how it felt, and why she was overall very happy with her hospital birth experience. We also discuss the episiotomy she received and what's so upsetting about that.

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Apr 28, 2020
Ep64: Deciding if Home Birth is Right for You and Your Baby
39:04

When I started my podcast I never planned on talking about home birth. Not because I don't support women who plan to have a home birth, but because my expertise lies in hospital births and my work focuses on helping women have a beautiful experience there.

However, in light of the COVID-19 crisis we are experiencing, a lot more women are considering home births rather than going into the hospital, which I completely understand. So, I decided to do an episode that covers some basic statistics about home birth, why some women choose it, and what you should consider when deciding where to give birth.

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Apr 21, 2020
Ep63: Tips on Mindset, Environment, Support & Preparation for Your Labor and Birth
29:31

In this episode, you'll learn about creating a healthy mindset, controlling your environment, getting great support, and preparing for your labor and birth. These tips are all especially helpful as we contend with the coronavirus pandemic, but you can apply these lessons about wisdom and preparation any time.

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Apr 14, 2020
Ep62: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Before, During, and After Pregnancy with Dr. R. Keith Bell
55:16

This week we're chatting with Dr. R. Keith Bell about Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and integrative medical care before, during, and after your pregnancy. Dr. Bell has a doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. We discuss the importance of taking an integrative health approach with patients, how acupuncture can help during labor and delivery, and some of the research behind Chinese medicine. 

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Apr 07, 2020
Ep61: Emilee's Birth Story - Learning to Have Healthy Pregnancies After An Unhealthy One
49:14

In this uplifting birth story episode, Emilee Wilson talks about learning to have healthier pregnancies after dealing with preeclampsia during her first. We also discuss how her first pregnancy changed her approach to life and wellness and why she decided to have unmedicated births.

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Mar 31, 2020
Ep60: Sleeping, Caffeine, Deli Meats, Sex: Answers to Common Questions About Pregnancy
30:35

Today I'm answering common questions about pregnancy: do you have to sleep on your back? Should you avoid caffeine? Why should you avoid changing the kitty litter? Is sex during pregnancy okay? And several more.

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Mar 24, 2020
Ep59: Hiring a Birth Photographer with Tavia Redburn
55:22

I've been looking forward to doing this episode for a while because birth photography has been on my radar a lot more lately. I used to think it was a bit of a luxury, but the more I learn about it the more I think all moms should consider whether they'd like to have a photographer present for their birth.

To talk about all things birth photography, we're joined by the wonderful Tavia Redburn. Tavia is a birth & newborn photographer in Oklahoma, and she also trains other new birth photographers. 

Tavia and I talk about her journey to birth photography, how her own births affect her approach to her work, and what you should ask a photographer before you hire them. She also talks about why new moms should consider hiring a photographer for their first birth, rather than wishing they had later. 

We also digress a bit and talk about some of the things Tavia has seen during the many labors and births she has been present at. She shares her own story and why it's so important to advocate for yourself at every point in your pregnancy and birth journey. 

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • How and why Tavia became a birth & newborn photographer 
  • Why it's important to be clear about your expectations and wishes before your birth
  • What the hiring process for a birth photographer is like
  • Questions to ask a birth photographer before you hire them
  • Some of the things Tavia has witnessed in her role as a fly on the wall during many labors and births
  • Why you should consider hiring a birth photographer for your first birth

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Mar 17, 2020
[SPECIAL EP] Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know
27:01

I have a special, timely episode for you today about COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus). Some listeners asked me what they need to know about how coronavirus could affect their pregnancy and baby, so this episode should help answer some of those questions.

In this episode, I'll give you an overview on what this coronavirus is, how this outbreak has spread so far, and what symptoms to watch for. We will also talk about how to take care of yourself and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

And most importantly, I'll share some research about the impact of coronavirus on pregnancy and babies. There hasn't been a ton of research yet, so it's crucial to stay up to date as more information becomes available. But overall, the information in this episode should reassure any parents who are feeling worried about coronavirus. 

I'll be sharing more information in the All About Pregnancy and Birth Facebook Group as the situation develops, so follow along there for updates on the relationship between COVID-19 and pregnancy. You can follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for general updates, too. 

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What the coronavirus is and how it spreads
  • An overview of the coronavirus outbreak up to March 10th, 2020
  • Symptoms of coronavirus and who is most at risk from the disease
  • What we know about how coronavirus affects pregnancy and babies
  • How to help prevent the spread of coronavirus
  • Why you should stay calm and where you can find up-to-date information as the outbreak changes

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Mar 10, 2020
Ep58: Savanna's Birth Story - Listening to Your Body Postpartum
56:44

I have another wonderful birth story episode for you today! This time, we're joined by Savanna, a Physician Assistant and mom of one. who lives in Georgia with her family.

Savanna had a relatively uneventful pregnancy and scheduled her induction around 40 weeks. After being induced, her labor only lasted about 12 hours in total. Once her baby was born, however, things got a bit more interesting.

Savanna dealt with some postpartum health issues that we chat about in today's episode, including postpartum preeclampsia and mastitis. We talk about some warning signs to look out for and why it's so important to listen to your body and advocate for yourself if something doesn't feel right. We also chat about learning to breastfeed and the impact med students and residents had on Savanna's birth.  

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • How Savanna prepared for her birth and why she scheduled her labor induction.
  • What her pregnancy and prenatal care was like.
  • How her birth went and the role medical residents and resident had as a part of the experience.
  • The health issues Savanna dealt with after birth and how she dealt with being in the hospital away from her baby.
  • Why it is so important to listen to your body and advocate for yourself during your care.
  • Why Savanna thinks going with the flow and being prepared for the unpredictable is key when thinking about your birth.

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Mar 03, 2020
Ep57: Preparing Physically for Birth & Postpartum Healing with Brooke Cates from The Bloom Method
01:05:54

We talk a lot on the podcast about preparing for your birth, and usually that revolves around preparing mentally. We're diving into another aspect of birth preparation today though, and we're focusing on how you can prepare both physically and mentally for your birth and for the postpartum healing process.

Brooke Cates is the founder of the Bloom Method, which empowers expecting and postnatal moms with smart, safe and effective education and workouts. The method works to prepare mothers for birth, prevent and heal injury-based Diastasis Recti and common pelvic floor injuries, and help moms re-strengthen themselves postpartum. 

Brooke and I talk about her experience working with expecting moms and how she helps people prepare physically for labor. We also talk about why diaphragmatic breathing is such a powerful tool for labor and beyond.

We then chat about the postpartum period and why it's so important to give yourself time to heal before leaping right back into the workouts you enjoyed before pregnancy. Brooke also shares who the Bloom Method is a good fit for and how her own pregnancy affected her work.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • How Brooke became interested in working with mothers on the physical aspects of pregnancy and labor.
  • What the Bloom Method aims to do for expecting and postpartum moms.
  • Why preparing physically for your birth can be so empowering. 
  • What diaphragmatic breathing is and how it can help you during labor.
  • Brooke's two favorite tips for expecting moms who want to prepare their bodies for birth.
  • Why women shouldn't rush to be out of the postpartum period.
  • How giving birth allowed Brooke to experience her teachings firsthand.

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Feb 25, 2020
Ep56: Everything You Need to Know About Gestational Diabetes (GDM)
46:40

I get a lot of questions about gestational diabetes (also known as gestational diabetes mellitus or GDM). I think it scares a lot of women to know that their blood sugar could affect their pregnancy, baby, and delivery, so I wanted to share everything I know about GDM in today’s episode. 

We’re talking about what exactly gestational diabetes is, how common it is, how it's diagnosed, and how it's treated. I’ll also cover some of the side effects GDM can have on you and your baby and why you need to pay extra attention to your own health in the postpartum period. 

All pregnant women get tested for gestational diabetes, but it’s important to remember that the test is for the best for you and baby alike. Don’t try to cheat the test or worry about the results!

If you have any other questions about GDM after listening to this episode, come on over to the All About Pregnancy and Birth Facebook Group - I’d love to answer your questions there.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What exactly gestational diabetes is.
  • How we test for and diagnose GDM.
  • Some of the side effects gestational diabetes can have on you and your baby.
  • The recommended nutritional breakdown of the food you eat during pregnancy.
  • Why insulin is the first-line medication recommended for treating GDM. 
  • How gestational diabetes can affect the postpartum period.

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Feb 18, 2020
Ep55: Educating Yourself and Preparing for Childbirth with Mom-to-Be Amber Manning
56:07

We have an exciting episode today: this is the first time I've ever had a guest on the podcast who is currently pregnant! I thought it would be wonderful to have someone on who is on the same journey as a lot of my listeners, so today we have the honor of hosting Amber Manning.

Amber is an Occupational Therapist based in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband recently got married and are expecting their first baby in April, so they've jumped wholeheartedly into educating themselves about pregnancy and birth.

Amber shares some of the resources she's found really helpful during her pregnancy and talks about how she's applied what she's learned so far. We chat about switching doctors, being flexible with your birth plan, and advocating for yourself throughout your pregnancy and birth.

We also discuss some of the mental health aspects of pregnancy and why it's okay if you don't feel perfectly happy and excited every second of your pregnancy.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • How Amber and her husband found out they were pregnant not long before their wedding
  • What resources they have used to educate themselves before their baby arrives
  • Why Amber wanted to switch doctors right away
  • How she has advocated for herself throughout her pregnancy, and how her husband is making sure he will be able to advocate for her during childbirth
  • Why it's important to have a birth plan and birth wishes, but stay flexible and open to change
  • Some of the struggles, both mental and physical, that Amber has been dealing with throughout her pregnancy
  • Why it's so important to be aligned with what you want for your pregnancy - not what other people think

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Feb 11, 2020
Ep54: What We Can Do About Obstetric Violence and Birth Trauma with Cristen Pascucci
01:15:10

Today's topic is an incredibly important one: obstetric violence. I know it sounds a bit heavy, but it's something that all of us - expecting families, doctors, midwives, doulas, and people in society - should know more about. 

I'm excited to be joined on this episode by Cristen Pascucci, an incredibly dedicated advocate and activist for human rights during childbirth. She has a number of projects, including Birth Monopoly and Mother May I (a documentary about obstetric violence), that are working to reduce the amount of birth trauma that mothers are currently experiencing around the world.

Cristen and I cover a lot of ground in this episode - we talk about what exactly obstetric violence is, whether it's different from birth trauma, and why it's so common.

We also talk about what you can do if you have experienced obstetric violence and what we need to do in the health care system and beyond to move to a more patient-centered care model for expecting moms.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What obstetric violence is and how it relates to birth trauma
  • How medical providers and other birth professionals can put patients through obstetric violence
  • Why you shouldn't be afraid to change your birth professional if you aren't getting the care you want
  • Why we have to examine not only individual instances of obstetric violence, but our systems as well
  • What you can do if you have suffered  birth trauma as a result of obstetric violence
  • Why you should know that you can absolutely heal from birth trauma
  • What Cristen likes to tell expecting families so they get to have the birth experience that they want

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Feb 04, 2020
Ep53: What You Need to Know About Getting Vaccinated Before and During Your Pregnancy
31:11

A lot of soon-to-be moms aren't sure what vaccinations they should (or shouldn't) get during pregnancy, if any. I know there are a lot of questions and misconceptions about immunization generally, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to do a deep dive into vaccines and pregnancy.

There is a key difference between inactive and live vaccines, and the live kind are never recommended during pregnancy. In fact, there are only two immunizations that are definitely recommended during pregnancy; otherwise, you should try to be up to date before you get pregnant, or wait until after you've given birth to get vaccinated.

Today I'll tell you what immunizations you should get before getting pregnant, which ones you should not get while pregnant, and some of the effects that these preventable diseases can have on mom and her developing baby if she doesn't get vaccinated.

Don't forget about your flu shot, either - I did a whole episode on why you should get your flu shot during pregnancy, too! And if you  have any questions, come join us in the All About Pregnancy and Birth Facebook Group.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • Why immunizations are such an important part of a healthy pregnancy
  • How safe vaccinations are and what to keep in mind before getting any new immunizations
  • How the body produces antibodies and passes them along to your baby
  • Why it's such a good idea to get your MMR and Varicella (chicken pox) vaccines before you get pregnant
  • Some of the effects that measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella can have on mom and baby during pregnancy
  • Why moms should get the TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) during pregnancy

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Jan 28, 2020
Ep52: Miranda's Birth Story - Why You Must Learn About Childbirth, Even if You Can't Predict It
48:55

We're back with another birth story for you today! This is an extra special one because this is the first time I'm having someone on who used my Birth Preparation Course as part of their childbirth education. 

Miranda is an emergency veterinarian and self-described data-driven person. She learned as much as she could before giving birth to her daughter, who was only 11 weeks old when we did this interview. 

I really appreciate Miranda's honesty in this episode about how scary her birth felt, why she's so proud of how she handled it, and what she did when she was dealing with postpartum anxiety in the weeks after her daughter's birth. She also shares the huge positive impact that her doulas had both during the birth and afterward.

We also chat a little bit about the Birth Preparation Course, what Miranda felt was the most helpful about it, and other great resources for childbirth education.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What resources Miranda used to prepare for her birth (including the Birth Preparation Course), and some of the most important things she learned
  • Why you can't know exactly what you need during your birth until you're in it
  • What Miranda's birth was like and why it was harder than she imagined it would be
  • Why she and her team decided to use forceps during delivery 
  • How a childbirth doula and postpartum doula made a huge difference in Miranda's birth experience and postpartum transition
  • What her mental health was like in the weeks after her baby arrived
  • Miranda's number one recommendation for expecting parents

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Jan 21, 2020
Ep51: Preparing for Postpartum Life, Relationships, and Mental Health with Dr. Alyssa Berlin
56:11

So many parents prepare a lot for their pregnancy and birth, but don't think much about how they are going to handle the postpartum transition period. Health professionals are guilty of this, too. We don't do enough to prepare parents for all the changes they are going to experience after their baby arrives: mentally, emotionally, physically, and in their relationships.

Here to talk with us today about easing that transition into parenthood is Dr. Alyssa Berlin. Dr. Berlin is a clinical psychologist who specializes in pregnancy, the postpartum period, and birth trauma. She and her husband Dr. Elliot Berlin (who was on the podcast a few episodes ago) run a prenatal and family wellness practice in Los Angeles. 

In this episode we're focusing on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) that can affect new parents. Dr. Berlin and I talk about what to look out for, why PMADs are so common, and how we can help each other and ourselves through the postpartum transition.

Dr. Berlin shares tons of practical tips for staying connected with your partner throughout this process, how to find help if you need it, and why she is such a big believer in preparing for all the changes you're going to experience.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are, who they affect, and what some of their symptoms are.
  • What you should do if you think you're having trouble with mood or anxiety after your baby arrives
  • How Dr. Berlin treats parents with PMADs and helps them reconnect with each other
  • Why we need to draw on the resources around us - family, friends, professionals, and partners - when we're having a hard time in the postpartum transition period
  • The importance of preparing for the postpartum period and the many changes it will bring
  • Why therapy can be an especially great tool for dealing with the traumas that can be triggered or occur during the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum periods
  • How to put your relationship with your partner front and center and why this is ultimately great for your baby, too

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Jan 14, 2020
Ep50: 10 Things to Help You Have Your Best Pregnancy, Birth, and Life
40:06

Happy New Year everyone, and thank you so much for sticking with me through 50 episodes! It's been such a rewarding journey, and I love being of service to you all. 

I thought I would kick off this year with ten pieces of advice that I hope will help you in pregnancy, birth, and life beyond. I want to share ten of the things I think are most important for not only having a healthy and happy pregnancy & birth, but for building a fulfilling life, too. 

We'll start off with some practical advice like how to make sure you're getting the best care possible from your doctor or midwife, and what to do if you have concerns about your care. We will also talk about why I think all moms should rethink their baby registry & shower, and how to prepare for the postpartum transitions you'll experience.

We'll finish up with some advice about life in general and talk about why it's so important to take great care of yourself. The first step in raising a healthy child is being a healthy mom - and that means physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I'm wishing all of you a wonderful 2020!

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • Why you really need to get to know your doctor, midwife, and/or the practice where you'll be giving birth
  • How to approach a discussion with your doctor if you're not happy with your care 
  • Why you shouldn't be afraid to advocate for yourself and your birth plan
  • How to rethink your baby shower and get more than just cute baby clothes
  • Why it's so critically important to get some quality childbirth education
  • Why you should prepare for the postpartum transition & period while you are still pregnant
  • How and why you can accept and ask for help during and after your pregnancy
  • The importance of learning to trust yourself and taking good, holistic care of yourself

Links Mentioned In The Episode

Jan 07, 2020
[REBROADCAST] My Birth Stories
32:25

I think it's really important for women to share their birth stories with one another. It gives us not only a chance to learn from other people's experiences, but the opportunity to connect over a life-changing, sometimes scary event. 

I've been looking back on the past year of the podcast, and I think the birth stories have been one of the most wonderful aspects of the show. December is a big month in my family - you'll hear why in this episode! - so I wanted to celebrate the end of 2019 by sharing my birth stories again. 

I talk about both of my births in this episode, as well as some of the regrets and trauma I have around them. I will also share some of the decisions I made about my care and why, and talk about how my births helped me become a better physician. 

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • Why I think it's important for women to share their birth stories with each other
  • What my first pregnancy was like and how I dealt with my anxiety
  • What my husband and I did when I started going into labor 8 weeks early
  • How my first C-section experience went (and why I was traumatized afterward)
  • Why I decided to schedule my C-section for my second baby
  • Some of the emotions that I had after my second birth
  • How my experiences have informed my practice as an OBGYN and birth coach

Links Mentioned In The Episode

Dec 31, 2019
[REBROADCAST] The Gut Microbiome and Your Pregnancy with Dr. Sarina Pasricha
47:47

Dr. Sarina Pasricha is an adult gastroenterologist and an expert on our human gut microbiome. This is still an emerging area of study, and we learn more about our gut microbiomes all the time. There is some especially interesting research on the microbiomes of pregnant women, and that's what we focus on in this episode.

Dr. Pasricha and I start off talking about what exactly the gut microbiome is, why it's important, and what you can do to support it before, during, and after your pregnancy.

We also talk about the importance of your baby's gut microbiome and what you can do to help them develop a healthy one right off the bat. Dr. Pasricha shares tons of practical tips in this episode, including how many fruits and veggies you should aim to eat, why breastfeeding is great for baby, and how to help your baby build up their immune system.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What the gut microbiome is and why it's so important to our overall health.
  • How you can support your gut health before, during, and after your pregnancy.  
  • Why Dr. Pasricha advises everyone to eat a whole food, plant-based diet as much as possible.
  • The key differences between prebiotics and probiotics and how you can get both in your diet. 
  • Why you should only antibiotics if you really need them. 
  • How a mother's microbiome can affect her baby before and after birth. 
  • Why breastfeeding is a great way to support baby's gut health, and what you can do if breastfeeding isn't working for you.
  • How to help your child develop a healthy gut microbiome in their first few years of life. 

Links Mentioned In The Episode

Dec 24, 2019
Ep49: What to Know About Genetic Testing For You and Your Baby
49:22

There's a lot of confusion out there around genetic testing during pregnancy. Who should get tested? When? Is it a cause for concern, or a harmless preventative measure?

I wanted to clear up any confusion or misconceptions about genetic testing in today's episode of the podcast, so I invited Dr. Keisha Reddick back on the show to help me do so.

Dr. Reddick is a Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor and is up-to-date on everything you need to know about genetic testing and carrier testing for you and your baby.

We talk about the different kinds of genetic testing you may encounter, what trimester you can get them, and what each one will tell you. Dr. Reddick also talks about why she is such a proponent of genetic testing for high-risk pregnancies and anybody else who wants to be prepared with knowledge about their baby.

The vast majority of pregnancies are normal, but it's a good idea to prepare yourself mentally and ensure the safest delivery for your baby if there's any chance they might need extra care.

I also have a super-special offer for you on my Birth Preparation Course this December, and it won't be happening again anytime soon! Head to ncrcoaching.com/enroll and use the code DECEMBER, and you'll get $150 off the all-access level of the Birth Preparation Course. 

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • The difference between genetic screening and carrier screening
  • What genetic tests can be carried out in each trimester
  • Why genetic testing should be combined with other types of tests
  • The benefits of noninvasive genetic testing options
  • Why it's such a good idea to prepare yourself for any issues your baby may have at delivery or beyond 
  • What Dr. Reddick believes is the biggest advantage of genetic testing for mom, baby, and your health providers

Links Mentioned In The Episode

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Dec 17, 2019
Ep48: How Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Can Affect Pregnancy and Babies
44:06
 

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are a common part of life, though many of us are afraid or ashamed to talk about them. In reality, 50% of adults will have an STI at some point in our lives. This includes pregnant women, and there shouldn't be any stigma associated with having an STI.

Having or contracting an STI during pregnancy happens to many people and it's important to know how STIs can affect your pregnancy and your baby. Today I'm running through five common STIs - chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV) - to talk about the treatment for each.

Treatment for STIs during pregnancy can  be a little different than normal treatments, but it's important to catch infections early so that they don't spread to your baby. Many STIs can only reach baby during the actual birth process, but some can cross over the placenta - so it's best to know what your options are early on.

Remember that STIs don't mean anything about your worth - they should just be treated as a health issue that can treated for the benefit of both mom and baby.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • Why we have switched over to the term STI instead of STD 
  • What STI tests you can expect in your first trimester and why we run them
  • How each of these STIs can affect you during pregnancy 
  • Which of these STIs can affect your baby during pregnancy and which can only be transmitted during birth
  • How each of these STIs can be treated during pregnancy
  • Why it's important to get an accurate diagnosis of the phase of Syphilis, herpes, or HPV you are in

Links Mentioned In The Episode

Dec 10, 2019
Ep47: Everything You Want to Know About Fertility and Pregnancy with Fertility Specialist Dr. Cindy Duke
01:03:50

I'm so excited to have today's guest on the show to talk about a topic I know many of my listeners are really interested in: fertility. Whether you're actively trying for a baby or are only just starting to consider getting pregnant, it's good to know what to expect with your fertility and when to seek help.

To talk all about fertility today we're joined by the amazing Dr. Cindy Duke. Cindy M.P. Duke is a M.D. Ph.D trained Physician Scientist who is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Fellowship trained in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI). Dr. Duke is also an active member of her community and is also the host of the ‘Girl Powered Success & Survival International’ (aka GriPSSI) Podcast, which is aimed at highlighting the work and dynamic career paths of women and girls around the globe! 

Dr. Duke and I talk about what you should expect from your fertility appointments, when you should seek to meet with a fertility specialist, and some of the common obstacles she sees couples facing when they are trying to get pregnant. 

We also discuss the importance of male partners taking part in the fertility process, too, because often times there are fertility issues on their end as well. You'll leave this episode with a much better understanding of fertility treatment and all the questions you should be prepared to ask a fertility specialist!

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • Why and how Dr. Duke got into the field of fertility 
  • When people see fertility specialists in their pregnancy journeys
  • How to prepare for your first visit to the fertility specialist and what they'll ask
  • Three questions to ask your fertility specialist
  • The top three things Dr. Duke sees people dealing with in terms of infertility
  • Why a male partner should partake in fertility appointments and treatments
  • Why you don't need to break the bank for ovulation test, pregnancy tests, and vitamins/supplements
  • Dr. Duke's thoughts on complementary or alternative fertility treatments, like teas, supplements, and acupuncture
  • Common misconceptions about fertility appointments and treatments

Links Mentioned In The Episode

Dec 03, 2019
[REBROADCAST] All About Doulas With Keisha Graham
33:21

I'm spending time with family this week for Thanksgiving, so this week's episode is a rebroadcast of one of my favorite episodes. Enjoy!

Do you know what a doula is, what they do, and how they can help you during your pregnancy & labor? There are a lot of misconceptions out there about doulas, so I thought it would be helpful to chat to a doula and get an inside look at their work and all the things they do for pregnant women.

Our guest for this episode is Keisha Graham, who has been a doula for almost a decade and is also the community manager in the All About Pregnancy and Birth Facebook Group!

Keisha and I talk about what doulas do, how to choose them, and how doulas can support you and your partner during labor. She also talks about why she thinks everyone deserves a doula and why you should get one as early in your pregnancy as possible.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What a doula is, what they do, and how they can help you in all stages of your pregnancy
  • Where to find a doula no matter where you are 
  • Three questions you should ask before hiring a doula 
  • Why it's a great idea to hire a doula as early in your pregnancy as possible
  • How a doula can work well with your partner during the birth
  • Common misconceptions about doulas and what they do
  • What to consider when coming up with your budget for a doula 
  • How Keisha uses her skills to help people of color, and especially black women, get the treatment they deserve in the hospital system
  • Keisha's top advice to any pregnant woman

Links Mentioned In The Episode

Nov 26, 2019
Ep46: A Guide to Prenatal Testing and What to Expect from Tests in Each Trimester
27:00

Have you ever felt confused about prenatal testing and why your doctor is running so many tests on you during your pregnancy?

I realized that a lot of OBGYNs don't do a great job of explaining all of the tests we do during pregnancy, so I thought I'd walk you through the recommended ones. Thank you to Julie, who suggested this topic in the All About Pregnancy & Birth Facebook Group!

You'll have most of your testing done at the initial appointment, which includes a full blood count and some tests for various infections, too. Then we'll talk about some of the tests you can expect to receive in the second and third trimesters and why we do each test that we do. 

And don't worry about taking notes today - you can download a companion guide to this episode, with all the information about prenatal testing we'll cover today, right here.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What tests you can expect to get at your initial appointment and throughout the first, second, and third trimesters.
  • Why we do each test and how it helps your doctor monitor your health and the health of your baby.
  • A brief overview of some genetic tests you can receive.
  • Why and how we test for gestational diabetes, which is fairly common in the third trimester.
  • Why many doctors don't do an ultrasound in the third trimester.
  • Some of the infections that doctors test for and how they can affect your pregnancy & birth.

Links Mentioned In The Episode

Nov 19, 2019
Ep45: Lynn's Birth Story - Advocating for Your Birth Wishes During a Long, Unmedicated Hospital Birth
57:53

Lynn Turcotte-Schuh was a marine mammal trainer before she gave birth to her daughter, which inspired her to become a Certified Childbirth Educator, Toddler Trainer, and coach of other moms through her practice Happy Mama Wellness.

Lynn originally wanted to have a home birth, but after discussing it with her wife, they decided that giving birth in the hospital while creating a relaxing, supportive, home-birth-like environment was right for them. Lynn had a 53-hour labor, during which she, her wife, and her midwife were able to advocate for Lynn's ideal birth. 

Lynn and I chat about her birth story on this episode, including why she didn't want to be hooked up to any machines or use any medication during her birth. We also talk about how she and her wife educated and prepared themselves for the birth, what she might have done differently, and why she now loves helping other moms create a holistic pregnancy and birth experience.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • How Lynn decided that she wanted to work primarily with a midwife
  • What she and her wife did to prepare themselves for the birth of their daughter
  • Why Lynn originally wanted to have a home birth, but switched to a hospital birth
  • How a doula or midwife can help you advocate for your unique birth plan in the hospital
  • Why it's so important and empowering to educate yourself before birth
  • How Lynn turned her good birth experience into a whole new career
  • Lynn's top two recommendations for feeling supported during pregnancy and birth

Links Mentioned In The Episode

Nov 12, 2019
Ep44: How Prenatal Chiropractic Can Ease Common Pregnancy Pain with Dr. Elliot Berlin
56:09

Pregnancy can be a notoriously uncomfortable time for expecting mothers. While some pain throughout pregnancy is common – and many obstetricians will tell moms that they need to just hang in there – you don’t have to accept pain as “normal”.

On this episode of the podcast, we’re joined by prenatal chiropractor and doula Dr. Elliot Berlin to talk about how chiropractic and massage therapy can help expecting moms ease pain in the neck, back, and joints while pregnant. 

Dr. Berlin shares his story into pregnancy chiropractic care, how chiropractic can help your baby get into a good position for delivery, and what you need to know if you’re considering working with a chiropractor before your birth.

We also chat about the importance of informed consent and medical professionals’ duty to help patients make the right choice for them.

 In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • How Dr. Berlin decided to work in prenatal care and eventually to become a doula
  • Whether chiropractors get additional or unique training to work with pregnant women
  • How chiropractic and physical therapy can help loosen muscles and joints and lead to better sleep
  • Why physicians and other health care providers should collaborate to put women at the center of their pregnancy care
  • What you should ask if you want to work with a chiropractor during pregnancy
  • Why some mothers might not be a good fit for prenatal chiropractic
  • What informed consent is and why it’s critical to a good birth plan & birth experience
  • The potential risks of chiropractic and what you need to know beforehand
  • The most rewarding parts of Dr. Berlin’s work as a chiropractor and doula

Links mentioned in the episode:

Nov 05, 2019
Ep43: What You Need to Know About the Flu and Pregnancy
26:52

I wasn’t originally planning to do an episode about the flu and pregnancy, but I saw an article recently that claimed only 50% of pregnant women get a flu shot.

So, I thought I should talk about what all expecting parents need to know about the flu and why it’s so important to protect your baby (and yourself!) from the flu.

The flu is never fun, but it can be especially tough on pregnant mothers and their babies. It's important to know how you can reduce the chance that you'll get sick, that it's safe to get a flu shot during pregnancy, and what to do if you do come down with the flu.

Remember that you can get your flu shot many places these days - at work, the grocery store, your PCP or OBGYN's office - so be sure to get vaccinated before the height of flu season.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  •  Why more pregnant moms should get vaccinated against the flu
  •  What complications the flu can cause during pregnancy
  •  How the flu spreads and why it’s so contagious
  •  What you can do to reduce your likelihood of getting the flu
  •  That the flu shot is safe to get during pregnancy & breastfeeding
  •  How you getting vaccinated against the flu benefits your baby even after birth
  •  Symptoms of the flu during pregnancy
  •  What to do if you get the flu during pregnancy

Links Mentioned In The Episode

Oct 29, 2019
Ep42: Proper Nutrition During Pregnancy
44:56

For this 3rd part series related to weight during pregnancy, I’m going to talk about nutrition during pregnancy. You’re going to learn practical information and advice on how you can best optimize your weight during pregnancy with proper nutrition.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • Nutrition during pregnancy
  • What foods you need to avoid when pregnant
  • Knowing your macro & micronutrients
  • Common myths related to nutrition and pregnancy
  • When you should see a nutritionist
  • Food choices
  • Why taking excessive vitamins can be dangerous for your pregnancy
  • Limiting your caffeine intake

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Full Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode42

Oct 22, 2019
Ep41: What You Need To Know About Weight Gain During Pregnancy
31:26

In Episode #40: The Truth About Obesity And Pregnancy, we talked about how obesity affects pregnancy and now, we’re going to talk about weight gain during pregnancy. Listen in to see how weight gain affects pregnancy outcomes and the recommended weight gain targets.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • How weight gain affects pregnancy
  • What the recommended weight gain target is for good pregnancy outcomes
  • Where all the weight you gained during pregnancy go
  • IOM recommendations for weight gain during pregnancy
  • The relationship between weight gain and pregnancy outcomes
  • How we deal with care during pregnancy in relation to weight gain
  • The importance of preconception weight
  • What we do when pregnant women aren’t meeting the guidelines for weight gain and pregnancy
  • Optimizing your weight and focusing on getting healthy

After listening in, head on over to the All About Pregnancy & Birth Community on Facebook to continue the conversation!

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Oct 15, 2019
Ep40: The Truth About Obesity And Pregnancy
40:07

Join me in this episode as I talk about obesity and how it affects your pregnancy. I’m going to help you understand the risk of obesity and how your weight is affecting your fertility. Find out what defines an “obese pregnant woman” and what you can do to have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What exactly is considered obese
  • How obesity negatively affects pregnancy
  • What is BMI
  • Why babies born to obese moms are at a greater risk of having health issues
  • How obesity has an effect on how your labor progresses
  • The issue of anesthesia for obese pregnant women
  • The potential of having a big baby when you’re obese
  • Increased risk of infant death and autism
  • Understanding how your weight loss affects your fertility
  • Losing those extra pounds for you and your baby

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Oct 08, 2019
Ep39: What do Ear, Nose, and Throat Diseases Have To Do With Pregnancy?
50:39

In today’s episode, we’re going to focus on the changes that happen in the ear, nose, and throat region. Dr. Bradley Block, ENT-Otolaryngologist, joins us to talk about the diseases and disorders that are associated with pregnancy. Otolaryngologists are physicians who take care of diseases and disorders relating to the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. They are commonly referred to as ENT doctors.

In this Episode You’ll Learn About:

  • What exactly does an otolaryngologist do
  • How to deal with rhinitis and nosebleeds during pregnancies 
  • Dealing with ENT issues that are related to babies
  • Eargasms and what you need to know when using Q-tips
  • Common concerns with pregnancy that are ENT related
  • The issue with medicines and pregnancy
  • Meniere’s disease and other ear issues that can flare up during pregnancies
  • Sleep apnea and sleep training

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Full Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode39

Oct 01, 2019
Ep38: Rachael’s Birth Story - Preparing for An Amazing Unmedicated Hospital Birth
50:45
In today’s birth story episode, find out how one mom managed to get through labor and delivery without any pain medication as Rachael joins us to share her amazing unmedicated hospital birth story.  
 

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • Rachael’s prenatal care
  • Why IV fluids aren’t necessary when you opt for an unmedicated birth
  • Intermittent monitoring
  • What Rachael did to prepare for her birth
  • Hypnobirthing class, yoga class, and counseling
  • Moving versus not moving
  • Having a support team and the importance of always asking for help
  • Mental health during pregnancy 
  • Rachael’s postpartum experience in the hospital
  • Educating yourself about labor and childbirth
  • Understanding the process of labor and delivery
  • Looking at your contractions as a way to meet your baby
  • Being flexible and kind to yourself

 

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Sep 24, 2019
Ep37: All About Amniotic Fluid - What It Is and How It Helps Your Baby
35:15

Amniotic fluid is the liquid that surrounds your baby and it appears after the first few weeks of pregnancy. This fluid is really important for your baby and your baby's health.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What’s in amniotic fluid
  • The antibacterial properties of amniotic fluid
  • How this fluid protects your baby from any trauma
  • Qualitatively and Quantitatively measuring the amniotic fluid
  • Types of quantitative ways to measure the amniotic fluid
  • Oligohydramnios (low fluid)
  • Polyhydramnios (excess fluid)
  • What does it mean for your pregnancy if the fluid is low or high

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Sep 17, 2019
Ep36: All About Pre-Eclampsia and What You Need to Know to Reduce Your Chances Of Getting It With Dr. Cecily Clark-Ganheart
48:45

Being informed about what pre-eclampsia is - how to spot it, and how to avoid it - gives you the power to help ensure you and your baby are healthy and well. 

Dr. Cecily Anne Clark-Ganheart, MD, FACOG joins me on this episode of the podcast to educate us about pre-eclampsia so that you can better advocate for yourself during your pregnancy.

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • How important it is to maximize your health prior to pregnancy
  • What is pre-eclampsia
  • Symptoms of pre-eclampsia
  • Difference between gestational hypertension and  pre-eclampsia
  • HELLP Syndrome
  • Problems pre-eclampsia can cause for moms and babies
  • How to advocate for yourself
  • The risk factors for pre-eclampsia
  • Signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia
  • How to reduce the chances of developing pre-eclampsia

Resources Mentioned:

How To Reach Dr. Cecily Anne Clark-Ganheart, MD, FACOG: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

Full Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode36

Sep 10, 2019
Ep35: Tomeka’s Birth Story and Her Experience with Preeclampsia
51:46

Disclaimer: Before you click the play button, I just want to give you a disclaimer that today’s episode is a birth story involving stillbirth. If you’re not comfortable with this topic, then you may want to skip this episode.

Today’s episode is a birth story about a brave woman named Tomeka Isaac who was diagnosed with preeclampsia and experienced the devastating pain of stillbirth with her son Jace. In this conversation, she’s going to share her story as a means of finding purpose through her deep pain.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • Tomeka’s pregnancy and birth with her baby son Jace
  • What is preeclampsia
  • How Tomeka found out she has preeclampsia
  • Tomeka’s thoughts on her physicians and her experience in the hospital
  • How Tomeka is dealing with the grief brought by stillbirth
  • Tomeka’s advice for women and pregnant women

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Full Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode35

Sep 03, 2019
[REBROADCAST] 9 Things You’ll Want To Know Before Giving Birth
19:16

In today’s episode, I’m going to share the best of what I know as we take a look back on the very first episode of this podcast! In this recap episode, you're going to learn 9 things you need to know before giving birth. We’re going to talk about the fact that there’s no right way to give birth, why skin to skin contact with your baby right after birth is very important, and much more!

In this Episode, You'll Learn:

  • The 9 things you need to learn before giving birth
    • The right way to give birth
    • Intense labor
    • Your labor nurse is as important as your doctor
    • Delayed cord clamping
    • Why skin to skin contact with your baby is very important
    • Why your doctor may not be there for your delivery
    • Childbirth is normal but also unpredictable
    • Getting a doula
    • Ingesting your placenta

Now, this episode goes great with the information you’ll learn from my FREE Live Online Class - How To Make Your Birth Plan The Right Way. Make sure to check it out so you don’t miss out!

Aug 27, 2019
Ep34: Everything You Need To Know About Having a “Big” Baby
27:16

When a baby is suspected to be big, it’s called macrosomia. Join me today as I talk about everything there is to know about macrosomia. Learn the risks that come with having a bigger baby and what can be done to manage it. 

In this Episode, You'll Learn:

  • What it means when we think you baby is big
  • Possible outcomes when your baby is suspected to be big
  • Terms commonly used for babies with excessive growth
  • The difference between macrosomia and LGA
  • What causes a larger than average birth weight
  • The risk factors for macrosomia or having a big baby
  • How your OB/GYN physician determine when your baby is big
  • Uncommon and common complications from having a bigger baby
  • What should you do when your baby is suspected to be big
  • How we manage babies who are suspected to be big

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Full show notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode34

Aug 20, 2019
Ep33: Getting Some ZZZs for You and Your Baby with Sleep Consultant Eva Klein
54:54

Join me as we learn how you and your baby can both catch some ZzzZZzz as Eva Klein, a lawyer turned infant sleep consultant shares her knowledge and sleep strategies!

Download Eva’s FREE Sleep Chart that outlines the suggested sleep totals, wake windows, and number of naps to determine how much sleep your baby needs! Click here to download.

In this Episode, We Talk About:

  • How Eva got into the Infant Sleep Consultancy industry
  • The training that Eva went through to become a certified Sleep Consultant
  • When should you start thinking about working with a sleep consultant?
  • What can you expect when working with a sleep consultant?
  • Maximizing your newborn’s sleep through a sleep plan
  • Helping babies develop their biological clock
  • A game changing information to make sure your baby does not get overtired
  • Colic baby sleep - a common pattern between newborns
  • Dr. Harvey Karp’s 5 S’s
  • Misconceptions parents have about infant sleep

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Full Show Notes: https://www.ncrcoaching.com/episode33

Aug 13, 2019
Ep32: Lessons from Seven Healthy Pregnancies and Births
44:38

You’ll be delighted with today’s birth story episode with Kristin, a super mama who had seven healthy and uncomplicated pregnancies and births! 

In this Episode, We Talk About:

  • The difference in care that Kristin received between physicians and midwives
  • The importance of educating yourself to help you have the birth that you want
  • Being healthy and active before pregnancies and maintaining it in between pregnancies
  • Problems and concerns Kristin experienced during pregnancies
  • How each pregnancy and birth is different (including a 25 hour labor with #6)
  • How Kristin managed pain during labor
  • Techniques to cope with contractions
  • Using birth balls and hydrotherapy
  • Why Kristin choose not to have a doula 
  • Kristin’s thoughts on how the hospital staff supported her
  • The hospital’s philosophy around diet where Kristin delivered
  • Things Kristin learned after 7 pregnancies and births

Full Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode32

Aug 06, 2019
Ep31: Pregnancy and GBS (Group B Strep)
39:14

GBS a.k.a. group B strep/group B streptococcus is a common bacteria that 15 to 40% of pregnant women carry. This bacteria could hurt your baby during labor and childbirth.

In this Episode, I Talk About:

  • What is GBS or Group B Strep
  • How many pregnant women are affected by it
  • Why should you care about GBS
  • How GBS can affect your pregnancy and baby
  • What happens to babies who are affected by early-onset GBS
  • The most common type of GBS
  • Risk-based approach vs. Culture-based approach
  • Alternatives when you’re allergic to penicillin
  • How the GBS test is done (including self-testing)
  • The racial disparity between black and white babies affected by GBS
  • How GBS treatment may affect your baby’s microbiome

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Full Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode31

Jul 30, 2019
Ep30: The Wonderful Benefits of Pre & Postnatal Yoga with Jeanna Lurie
01:00:34

My guest on this episode of the podcast, Jeanna Lurie - a pre and postnatal yoga instructor, is going to help you feel great and comfortable during the nine most important months of your life!

In this Episode, We Talk About:

  • Benefits of yoga during pregnancy
  • What’s the right way to give birth
  • What should you look for in a prenatal yoga teacher and in a prenatal yoga class
  • How frequently should women aim to do yoga during pregnancy
  • How can first-timers get started with yoga
  • The difference between common and normal
  • How to combat fear and discomfort in pregnancy
  • The difference between prenatal and postnatal yoga
  • When should you start doing yoga after childbirth
  • Jeanna’s thoughts on online prenatal/postnatal programs
  • The most rewarding and frustrating part of Jeanna’s work
  • How Jeanna’s personal experience as a mom influenced her work as a yoga teacher
  • Favorite piece of advice for expectant moms

After listening in, head on over to the All About Pregnancy & Birth Community on Facebook to continue the conversation! Some of the best discussion happens there!

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Full Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode30

Jul 23, 2019
Ep29: Changing From A Physician To Midwife With Debbie DiazGranados
57:59

Birth is unpredictable. If you’ve followed me for long, you’ve heard me say that. If you’re new, I’m telling you now. You can plan (and you should!), but you always have to keep in mind that the entire labor and birth process can’t be planned down to the last detail.

 

My guest on this episode of the All About Pregnancy and Birth podcast, Debbie, knows this all too well! But not only does she provide some amazing insight into how to handle the unexpected and how to process it afterwards, she also shares her struggles with infertility, and about her journey from using an Ob to a midwife and doula combination for her birth.

 

This episode has so much incredible information that will be helpful for every pregnant mama to be!

 

After listening in, head on over to the All About Pregnancy & Birth Community on Facebook to continue the conversation! Some of the best discussion happens there!

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Episode Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode29 

How to Create Your Birth Plan Live Online Class

Learn More: www.ncrcoaching.com 

The Birth Preparation Course

The All About Pregnancy and Birth Community

Disclaimer

 

WHERE TO FIND DEBBIE DIAZGRANADOS:

Facebook, LinkedIn

Jul 16, 2019
Ep28: Your Options For Managing Pain In Labor
36:15

Fear of pain during labor is on every single pregnant mama’s brain. I get it! But you don't have to be afraid, I did this latest episode of the All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast to help you!

I lay out all of your options for pain management - non medication techniques, IV pain medication, nitrous oxide, and epidurals. I talk about the risks, benefits, pros and cons of each. After listening to this episode you'll go into your labor and birth armed with education and confidence in whatever choices you make to manage your pain.

After listening in, head on over to the All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast Community on Facebook so we can continue the conversation! I'd love to know how you plan to manage pain during labor!

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Full Show Notes

Pain Management PDF

The Birth Preparation Course

All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast Community

Disclaimer

www.ncrcoaching.com 

Jul 09, 2019
Ep27: In Home Newborn Care & Breastfeeding Support with Dr. Sonal Patel
45:19

My guest on this episode of the All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast, Dr. Sonal Patel, is doing some pretty amazing things to revolutionize care for both moms and babies during the postpartum period. She has a unique model of care where she provides in home care for newborns in the first month of life, along with breastfeeding support, and mental health care for moms.

Not only does she talk all about that, but she gives some practical tips that you will definitely want, and need, to utilize after having your baby. 

I really loved our conversation, the work she’s doing, and the advice that she shares during this episode, and I know you will too!

After listening in, head on over to the All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast Community on Facebook to continue the conversation! Some of the best discussion happens there!

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Join My Email List

Episode Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode27 

Learn More: www.ncrcoaching.com 

The Birth Preparation Course

The All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast Community

Disclaimer

 

WHERE TO FIND DR. SONAL PATEL:

Facebook, Instagram Website

Jul 02, 2019
Ep26: A Happy Vaginal Birth (And Baby Blues After) With Jordan Borzekofski
57:43

You’re going to love this newest birth story episode on the All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast!

My guest on this episode, Jordan, not only is wonderful to listen to, but her attitude and confidence as she shares her birth story are wonderful and inspiring.

She also shares about her struggle with the baby blues, and that is invaluable. Supporting women through times of the baby blues and postpartum depression is an area that our country’s healthcare system is lacking in, and Jordan brings this topic into the light during our talk.

You’ll learn a lot of great information on this episode, I promise you that!

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website by clicking here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Episode Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode26 

All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast Community on Facebook 

Disclaimer

Learn More: www.ncrcoaching.com 

The Birth Preparation Course

 

Where to find Jordan Borzekofski:

Facebook

Instagram

Jun 25, 2019
Ep25: All About Dr. Rankins
46:14

Something I realized lately, as we’ve surpassed 13,000 downloads of the All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast, is that I’ve never done an episode that tells you who I am, and how I’ve come to do what I do.

Of course the birth stories, expert interviews, and the podcasts that I do to give you my tips and knowledge are important. But I also feel that it’s important that you know WHO you’re getting these things from and how I got to this point.

I hope you enjoy this episode as I take you through my younger years, my education, my career changes, and personal journey to where and who I am now. And who I am now is a woman who is passionate about serving women during pregnancy and birth.

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website by clicking here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Full Episode Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode25

All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast Community on Facebook

The Birth Preparation Course

Hop on my Email List

Disclaimer

Jun 18, 2019
Ep24: Supplements, Nutrition, and Environmental Toxins with Dr. Anne Kennard
44:39

This is a fantastic episode of the All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast! My guest is Dr. Anne Kennard. Anne is not only a fellow OB Gyn physician, she’s also fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine. In addition, she's a nutritionist, herbalist, yoga instructor, and the mom to a toddler.

Dr, Kennard covers so much in this episode. She talks about how she uses an integrative approach to care for all her patients, shares nutrition recommendations for pregnant women, supplements she recommends, environmental toxins to avoid (did you know pesticides can be found in the umbilical cord??), and how her personal difficulties with pregnancy and birth helped make her a better physician.

This episode is packed full of so much useful information, you’re going to want to take notes!

After listening in, head on over to the All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast Community on Facebook to continue the conversation! Some of the best discussion happens there!

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Episode Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode24

Learn More: www.ncrcoaching.com

The Birth Preparation Course

The All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast Community

Disclaimer

 

WHERE TO FIND DR. ANNE KENNARD:

Facebook, Instagram,  Website

 

Dr. Kennard's Scary Mommy Article

The Dirty Dozen: www.ewg.org/foodnews

Jun 11, 2019
Ep23: Unmedicated Birth turned C-section with Brandi Mowles
53:08

I always love birth story episodes. One of the reasons is because it gives me a perspective on birth that I don't normally get to experience. As an OB hospitalist I don’t do prenatal care anymore or follow up with women after delivery. Even when I did do prenatal and postpartum care, I didn't have the time to go in depth about women's experiences giving birth. These stories give me a chance to hear about all of that and I learn so much from it.

I loved hearing my guest’s birth story on this episode of the All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast. Brandi Mowles has an incredible birth story. She gives some great wisdom about preparing for birth, and shares how she was able to remain strong through her labor and delivery which lasted for days. Things didn't go exactly as she wanted, but she found the best in it anyway. You’ll definitely gain a lot of insight from this one, just like I did.

If you’d like to connect with Brandi, you can find the link to reach her below.

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website by clicking here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Episode Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode23

All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast Community on Facebook

Disclaimer

Learn More: www.ncrcoaching.com

The Birth Preparation Course

 

Where to find Brandi Mowles:

www.instagram.com/brandiandcompany

Jun 04, 2019
Ep22: All About Your Due Date
18:25

Due dates can cause so much confusion for a pregnant woman! How is it determined? Why does it matter? Will you actually deliver on your due date?

That’s why I made this newest episode of the All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast. To clear up the confusion surrounding your due date. I'll tell you how it's best determined, why an accurate estimate is so important, and why you shouldn't get attached to it. I never want you to be confused or struggle with understanding anything about this amazing time in your life so listen in!

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

The Birth Preparation Course

All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast Community

Full show notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode22

Disclaimer

www.ncrcoaching.com

May 28, 2019
Ep21: Energy Coach Nicole Karon
46:34

You might have read the title of this episode of the podcast and instantly been skeptical. I’ll go ahead and say, this episode is based on what I call, the woo woo. But it is an episode you do NOT want to miss because this stuff is important!

Expert energy coach, healer and psychic medium Nicole Karon is my guest on this episode. Even if you aren’t normally into things like meditation and visualization, trust me, you’re going to learn so much from this episode!

Nicole shares what she does, the importance of connecting with and talking to your baby, and how crucial it is to avoid negative energy during pregnancy and even after birth.

You’ll quickly see that what she talks about today, is very relatable and makes complete sense.

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, or thoughts, I would love for you to bring them to the All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast Community on Facebook.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Full Episode Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode21

All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast Community on Facebook

Disclaimer

Meditation Guide

The Birth Preparation Course

Learn More: www.ncrcoaching.com

 

WHERE TO FIND NICOLE KARON

www.nicolekaron.com

May 21, 2019
Ep20: 2 Successful VBACs with Kim Gatling
47:02

Not one but TWO successful VBACs, infertility struggles, a surprise pregnancy, miscarriage, and more...all of that is packed into this episode of the All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast!

My lifelong friend Kim Gatling joins me during this episode to share her birth stories of 2 successful VBACs, and there’s a little something for every pregnant woman in this one.

Kim shares her experiences with having two successful VBACs after having a c-section with her first child. Her stories and experiences are something that any mama-to-be can relate to. And she also sprinkles in some awesome advice for professional women who have kids.

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website by clicking here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Episode Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode20

Learn More: www.ncrcoaching.com

The Birth Preparation Course

The All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast Community

Disclaimer

 

WHERE TO FIND KIM GATLING:

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Website

May 14, 2019
Ep19: All About Breech Babies
28:50

Do you know the specifics of having a breech baby? Or the percentage of deliveries where a baby is breech? (Spoiler alert, it’s probably lower than you think.)

On this episode of the All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast I tell you everything you need to know about breech babies:

  • the statistics about breech birth
  • risk factors for breech presentation
  • the different types of breech presentation
  • your options if your baby is breech
  • the controversy over how breech births are managed

As always, my goal is to inform you and arm you with knowledge and information during your pregnancy so that you and baby stay healthy, happy, and safe. This episode is no exception.

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website by clicking here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Full Episode Show Notes (including a photo of the types of breech position): www.ncrcoaching.com/episode19

The Birth Preparation Course

The All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast Community

Learn More: www.ncrcoaching.com

Disclaimer

May 07, 2019
Ep18: Evidence Based Birth Founder Rebecca Dekker
47:25

It’s a sad but true fact that the current culture of care for pregnant women needs improvement.

If you’ve been following me for any period of time, you know I’m passionate about educating women on their options, and always encourage you to educate yourself and be prepared.

My guest on this week’s episode of the podcast is Rebecca Dekker, the founder of Evidence Based Birth. Like me, she’s passionate about ensuring women have the knowledge, tools, and education to have a great experience giving birth.

This interview is definitely a must listen to for any pregnant woman, whether you’re a first time mom, or you’ve had kids but are pregnant now. The knowledge you’ll gain is immeasurable!

And if you’re a childbirth educator or doula, she shares some information regarding how she built Evidence Based Birth that I know you’ll find helpful.

Listen in to this episode as Rebecca shares how Evidence Based Birth got its start, why she does what she does, and her top tips for pregnant women.

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website by clicking here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Full Episode Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode18

Learn More: www.ncrcoaching.com

Disclaimer

The Birth Preparation Course

How to Make Your Birth Plan

All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast Community

 

WHERE TO FIND MORE ABOUT EVIDENCE BASED BIRTH:

Evidence Based Birth Website, Facebook, Instagram, Evidence Based Birth Podcast

Apr 30, 2019
Ep17: Birth Stories With Dr. LuLu
40:36

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again...birth story episodes are my favorite!

And this episode is packed full of amazing lessons and stories that all pregnant mamas-to-be should hear.

From an unplanned epidural free birth, gestational diabetes, honest feelings revealed over the disappointment of having three boys and no girls, to different experiences across three pregnancies and three deliveries...there’s a lil something for everyone!

My guest on this episode is Dr. Lulu, also known as Dr. Uchenna Umeh. She’s an expert pediatrician (or Momatrician as she is fondly called by her patients) whose experiences run the gamut of pregnancy and births!

Listen in to this episode as she shares her experiences and the lessons she learned that she’s using to help her patients 20 years later.

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website by clicking here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Full Episode Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode17

Learn More: www.ncrcoaching.com

Disclaimer

Evidence Based Birth Podcast

 

WHERE TO FIND DR. LULU:

Facebook

Teen Alive

Ask Dr. LuLu

Apr 23, 2019
Ep16: Feeling Your Baby Move!
23:04

Do you know how important your baby’s movements are, and how to track them?

Your baby’s movements, and tracking them, are incredibly important when it comes to ensuring you have a healthy baby.

This episode of the All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast tells you why it’s important to track those movements, how to track them, and most importantly, what to do when you’re concerned about the lack of movement.

Listen in to this episode as I go through each of those with you. After tuning in, you’ll be confident in your ability to track your baby’s movements and know when to seek medical help. Because the ultimate goal is to have a healthy baby, right!?

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website by clicking here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Episode Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode16

Learn More: www.ncrcoaching.com

Disclaimer

Apr 16, 2019
Ep15: The Gut Microbiome and Your Pregnancy with Dr. Sarina Pasricha
49:06

It’s quite possible that when you hear the words “gut microbiome” you’re asking yourself what I’m talking about. Am I right? If so, don’t worry, you’re in good company. The majority of people have no clue what it means.

But you’re in luck! On today’s episode of the All About Pregnancy and Birth podcast, I talk with Dr. Sarina Pasricha who is an expert on gut health and the gut microbiome.

And we had an excellent discussion that I know you’ll not only enjoy but also learn so much from. We cover everything...what gut microbiome means, how it affects your pregnancy and newborn baby, how you can improve your own gut microbiome and your baby’s, and how to help your baby have the best possible start with their gut microbiome.

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Full show notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode15

Facebook Group: All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast Community

Website: www.ncrcoaching.com

Disclaimer: www.ncrcoaching.com/disclaimer

 

WAYS TO CONNECT WITH DR. SARINA PASRICHA:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/docsarina

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DocSarina/

 

IG ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW FOR DIETARY TIPS AND RECIPES:

www.instagram.com/theguthealthmd

www.instagram.com/plantbasedpediatrician

www.instagram.com/theveggiemd

www.instagram.com/plantbasedjuniors

www.instagram.com/marriedtohealth

www.instagram.com/forksoverknives

Apr 09, 2019
Ep14: Birth Stories - 4 Cesarean Births with Linnea Taylor
01:00:52

You probably know by now that birth story episodes are my absolute favorites, and this one is no exception!

My guest on this episode of the podcast is Linnea Taylor. Linnea shares her experiences with 4 cesarean births, including dealing with placenta previa, and not being awake for 2 of her babies births. You’ll not only learn some valuable lessons, you’ll also laugh, and shed a few tears. Linnea is really able to find joy in some challenging circumstances.

Linnea’s experiences are each unique, and each is important for any mama-to-be to hear and learn from. Even if you aren’t planning on having a cesarean birth, as both Linnea and I mention in this episode, birth is unpredictable and it’s good to be prepared for the unexpected.

If you’d like to connect with Linnea, you can find the links to reach her below.

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website by clicking here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Episode Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode14

All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast Community on Facebook

Disclaimer

Learn More: www.ncrcoaching.com

 

Where to find Linnea Taylor:

www.linnearuth.etsy.com

www.instagram.com/linnearuthdesigns

Apr 02, 2019
Ep13: How To Beat Nausea and Vomiting
20:28

Hopefully you won’t have to go through the experiences I had during my pregnancy with nausea and vomiting. But given how common it is, chances are that you’ll experience it to at least some degree during your pregnancy.

And let’s be real, having nausea and vomiting is miserable!

That’s why I made this episode of the All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast. To give you both non-medication and medication options you can try to relieve that horrible “morning sickness”.

I want you to have the very best pregnancy that you can, and getting that nausea and vomiting under control will definitely make things sail more smoothly.

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast Community on Facebook

Full show notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode13

Disclaimer: www.ncrcoaching.com/disclaimer

Website: www.ncrcoaching.com

Mar 26, 2019
Ep12: How To Choose A Pediatrician With Dr. Phil Boucher
36:21

Did you know that it’s recommended that you start looking for your baby’s pediatrician and meet with them as early as your second trimester?

Are you unsure of what questions to ask or how to choose the right pediatrician for your baby?

Good news mama to be! On this episode of the All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast, my friend Dr. Phil Boucher joins me to discuss when to start looking for your pediatrician, what questions to ask, and so much more!

Phil is a pediatrician in Nebraska, husband, and a father of five kids, so trust me when I say, he knows his stuff!

He gives great information on all aspects of finding a pediatrician who’s a great fit for you and your family.

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

The Birth Preparation Course: www.ncrcoaching.com/birth-course

Ways to Connect with Dr. Phil Boucher:

Full show notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode12

Disclaimer

Mar 19, 2019
Ep11: Birth Stories - Giving Birth In A Rural Area With Tarynn Saling
54:44

Do you know what one of my favorite parts of the All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast is? The birth stories! I love helping you, my listeners, see how each pregnancy and birth is unique, and how each birth story can teach a lesson. This birth story episode is no different.

Tarynn Saling has three unique birth stories, each with some great takeaways. She shares her experiences of what it was like giving birth in a rural area.  And you MUST hear the jaw dropping experience of her third baby being born 5 weeks early in a rural Emergency Department!

While there are a lot of great tips and lessons to be learned by pregnant women who live in a rural area, there are a ton of lessons in this episode that can help any pregnant woman, no matter where she lives. So definitely listen in!

If you’d like to connect with Tarynn, you can find the links to reach her below.

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website by clicking here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Episode Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode11

Join Nicole’s Email List: www.ncrcoaching.com/email-signup

All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast Community on Facebook

Disclaimer

Learn More: www.ncrcoaching.com

 

Where to find Tarynn Saling:

Facebook

Instagram

Mar 12, 2019
Ep10: Staying Safe & Alive During Pregnancy & The Postpartum Period
29:45

There are some startling statistics when it comes to maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States, especially if you’re a black woman.

We’re one of the richest countries in the world, and yet the rates of maternal morbidity and mortality are increasing, rather than decreasing. Pretty shocking, isn’t it?

You might be asking yourself what I mean when I say maternal morbidity and mortality. And if so, you’re not alone. A lot of pregnant and postpartum mamas don’t fully understand those terms either.

But you’re in luck, because on this episode of the All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast, not only do I share with you what those words mean, and the specifics behind the statistics, but I also give you things you can do to stay safe and alive during both your pregnancy and postpartum periods.

This is a true public health crisis. Each and every pregnant and postpartum mama needs to catch this episode.

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access that by clicking here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Disclaimer

Full Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode10

Warning Signs To Look Out For After Birth: www.ncrcoaching.com/warningsigns

Alliance for Innovation On Maternal Health (AIM): https://safehealthcareforeverywoman.org/aim-program/

AIM Patient Safety Bundles: https://safehealthcareforeverywoman.org/aim-supported-patient-safety-bundles/

Mar 05, 2019
Ep9: All About Doulas With Keisha Graham
32:39

Do you know what a doula is, what they do, and just how important they can be to you during your pregnancy and labor?

I definitely do. That's why I have a doula as part of my Facebook group communities. But as much as I thought I knew, I still learned a thing or two during this episode of the All About Pregnancy and Birth podcast!

During this episode, I talk with my friend and the community manager of both my course Facebook group and podcast Facebook group, experienced doula Keisha Graham.

Keisha gives some GREAT information that every pregnant woman will find valuable. She also illustrates the massive impact that having a doula during your pregnancy, labor and delivery can have. So be sure to listen in and also let us know what you think in the podcast community Facebook group!

If you still have questions after listening to this episode, check out my website! There are so many resources for you there! You can access that by clicking here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Episode Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode9

All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast Community on Facebook

Disclaimer

Learn More: www.ncrcoaching.com

Where you can find Kesha Graham:

Doula Match

My Birth RVA

Feb 26, 2019
Ep8: Birth Stories - 3 Babies In 4 Years Using Hypnobirthing With Dr. Charmaine Gregory
46:13

Do you know why I love featuring Birth Stories on the All About Pregnancy and Birth podcast? Because it shows you that each pregnancy and birth is unique and special! And this episode is no different!

Dr. Charmaine Gregory has not one, but THREE amazing birth stories and she takes you through her struggles getting pregnant, to how hypnosis helped her cope with the pain during unmedicated births, to your mindset during pregnancy and beyond.

And there are a few fun shockers in this episode as well, so you definitely want to catch this one!

My guest on this episode also hosts her own podcasts, so if you’d love to connect with her after listening in, you can find out more below in the links section.

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Episode Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode8

All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast Community on Facebook

Disclaimer

Learn More: www.ncrcoaching.com

 

Where to find Dr. Charmaine Gregory:

Website: Fervently Fit With Charmaine Gregory MD

Fearless Freedom With Dr. G Podcast:

iTunes

Spotify

Stitcher

Dr. Charmaine Gregory on Social Media:

Instagram

Twitter

LinkedIn

Feb 19, 2019
Ep7: Getting Ready For The Hospital
20:50

Are you thoroughly confused about what to pack for the hospital when you go to have your precious baby?

Trust me mama, you’re not alone!

So many women stress over what to pack in their bags for the hospital, and usually end up packing too many things they don’t need, and wishing they had packed other things they didn’t even think about.

As an Ob/Gyn, I’ve seen this happen time and time again!

Thanks to my years of experience with labor and delivery, I know the most important (and usually not thought of) items to include for you, your baby, and your partner.

Listen in to this episode as I go through each of those with you. I also address the common concerns of prepping “down there” before heading to the hospital.

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access that by clicking here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Episode Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode7

Hospital Tipsheet: www.ncrcoaching.com/hospital-tipsheet

How to make your birth plan: www.ncrcoaching.com/birthplan

All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast Community on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/aapbpodcast

Disclaimer: www.ncrcoaching.com/disclaimer

Learn More: www.ncrcoaching.com

Feb 12, 2019
Ep6: High Risk Pregnancy with Dr. Keisha Reddick
51:54

Every woman goes into pregnancy hoping that everything will be uneventful and perfect, right?

Very few women expect to have health problems, or for their baby to have health problems, or to have other unexpected issues.

Not to cause any alarm, but that isn’t always the case. That’s why each and every pregnant woman can benefit from learning what a Maternal Fetal Medicine physician is, and what they can do to help you should you need them.

So I’m super so excited to have as my guest on this episode, Dr. Keisha Reddick.

Keisha is a Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor, and her love of caring for pregnant women and their unborn babies shines right through on this episode.

Listen in to learn what you can expect should you ever have to see a Maternal Fetal Medicine physician during your pregnancy or future pregnancies. It’s always better to be prepared and knowledgeable, just in case.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

www.ncrcoaching.com/enroll (use code CELEBRATE by 2/8/19 to get 20% off)

www.ncrcoaching.com/disclaimer 

Dr. Keisha Reddick

https://medicine.mercer.edu/research/savannah/directory/keisha-reddick-md.cfm

https://memorialhealthdoctors.com/physicians/profile/Dr-Keisha-L-Reddick-MD

Feb 05, 2019
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!
01:31

Introducing the All About Pregnancy And Birth Podcast Community Facebook Group! A safe space for you to get and give support during the journey of pregnancy and birth. Come join us, it will be fun! Request to join here.

All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aapbpodcast/ 

Feb 04, 2019
Ep5: My Birth Stories
34:46

I strongly believe that women learn some of the most crucial information about labor, delivery and childbirth...from other women’s birth stories.

That’s why on the All About Pregnancy and Birth podcast you’ll find a mixture of advice, expert information, and real life birth stories from mamas and mamas-to-be, just like you.

This episode is a little different though...on today’s episode I’m sharing with you my own personal birth stories! No filters. No gloss. Just truth. Am I proud of every decision I made during my births? Nope. And I share that with you here today.

Because every birth is not ideal. Every mama doesn’t always make choices she’s thrilled about later. Every situation doesn’t go as planned or as dreamed about. But that doesn’t make it any less beautiful.

So join me on this episode to hear about my own experience giving birth, as a mama, and an OB/GYN.

If you still have questions after listening to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access that by clicking here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

To enroll in The Birth Preparation Course: www.ncrcoaching.com/enroll (use code CELEBRATE to get 20% off until 2/8/19)

To submit your birth story: www.ncrcoaching.com/birthstory

Full show notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode5 (including pictures)

Jan 29, 2019
Ep4: Choosing the Right Hospital to Give Birth
22:19

The hospital that you choose for your birth can have a big influence on your experience during your labor and childbirth.

Think about it….you already know how important choosing the right doctor is (check out episode 3), and your doctor will actually only be there for a small part of your labor and delivery. You might see them three or four times total. But the hospital, well, you’ll be there for the entire duration of your labor, delivery, and postpartum stay.

That’s why it’s vital that the hospital where you give birth is the right one for you and your birthing philosophy. But how do you make sure you have the right hospital for you?

You listen to this episode of The All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast and learn what questions to ask to feel confident in your decision of the hospital you choose to give birth.

If you still have questions after listening to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access that by clicking here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Podcast giveaway: www.ncrcoaching.com/giveaway

Questions to ask at a teaching hospital: www.ncrcoaching.com/med-students/

Nicole’s Instagram account

Jan 22, 2019
Ep3: How To Be Sure You Have The Right Doctor
17:29

Did you know that the doctor you choose to care for you while you’re pregnant actually has a big impact on the course of your pregnancy and the birth of your baby?

Now I know that you want to be completely sure you’re in great hands during this critical time in your life.

And as someone who’s delivered tons of babies myself, I happen to know a thing or two about what to look for when you’re a mama-to-be searching for a doctor.

Check out this episode of The All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast and find out what to look for and what questions to ask to be sure that you feel confident in the hands of whichever doctor you choose.

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access that by clicking here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Podcast giveaway: www.ncrcoaching.com/giveaway

Nicole’s Instagram Account

Questions to Ask (Downloadable PDF)

Jan 15, 2019
Ep2: Giving Birth Without Medication In The Hospital
19:27

Have you been thinking about going the unmedicated route during your labor and delivery?

Then this episode is for you, mama-to-be. Even if you’re just pondering it.

A lot of women use the term “natural birth” when talking about foregoing medications, but to be honest, all births are natural. So you’ll hear me use the phrase “unmedicated birth” instead.

But before you really make your decision, there are a few things for you to consider…

For instance, why do you want an unmedicated birth? Your motivation for making that choice matters.

Are you prepared? Preparation is going to be incredibly important if you’re wanting an unmedicated birth.

These are a just a couple of the things I cover for you in this episode. You don’t want to miss any of the rest of the points I cover if you’re thinking about having an unmedicated birth.

So dive on into this episode and find out the 9 things you need to know if you want an unmedicated birth in the hospital.

If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access that by clicking here.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Podcast giveaway: www.ncrcoaching.com/giveaway

Book: Birthing From Within

How to make your birth plan: www.ncrcoaching.com/birthplan

Jan 08, 2019
Ep1: 9 Things You’ll Want To Know Before Giving Birth
21:14

Let’s be honest here for a moment about giving birth.

There can be a lot of fear and questions surrounding the entire experience.

But here’s the deal. Whether it’s your first child or your third child IT’S PERFECTLY NORMAL to have questions, concerns, and yes, even fears. Thankfully, you’re in the right place, listening to the right podcast!

I’ve been an OB/GYN for over ten years, and have delivered HUNDREDS of babies. Not to mention the fact that I carried and delivered two babies of my own.

Maybe you’re a new mama to be. Maybe you’re a seasoned vet but it’s been a while since you’ve been in the trenches of giving birth.

Regardless of your situation, you wouldn’t mind a little help, am I right?

In this episode, I’m walking you through 9 of what I think are some really important things to know about giving birth.

We’ll cover the fact that there’s no “right” way to give birth, all the way to why skin to skin contact with your baby right after birth is important, and seven other incredibly important points in between.

And I’m also telling you about an awesome giveaway I’m sponsoring to celebrate the launch of the podcast!

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Disclaimer: www.ncrcoaching.com/disclaimer 

To enter the giveaway: www.ncrcoaching.com/giveaway

Free labor pain management guide: www.ncrcoaching.com/labor

Free course on how to make your birth plan: www.ncrcoaching.com/birthplan

Where to look for a doula: https://doulamatch.net/

Summary on placenta encapsulation: https://evidencebasedbirth.com/evidence-on-placenta-encapsulation/

Jan 08, 2019
Introducing The All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast
01:27

Introducing the All About Pregnancy and Birth podcast! This is the place to be to get comprehensive, evidence-based, holistic information to help you have your best pregnancy and birth. Hosted by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins, a board certified ob/gyn physician and certified integrative health coach. The first episodes premiere January 8th!

Dec 20, 2018