Mommy Labor Nurse

By Liesel Teen

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Welcome to the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, where we firmly believe in the power of education when it comes to giving birth! Tune in each week as we dive into pregnancy-related topics, expert interviews, and a variety of birth stories! As a reminder, anything you hear on this podcast should not be taken as medical advice, please see mommylabornurse.com/disclaimer for more info.

Episode Date
EP100: Single Mother By Choice: Sara's Story
40:07

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast, I was joined by Sara who reached out to me because she wanted to come on the show and talk about her journey to becoming a single mother by choice.

The big day of Sara’s embryo transfer happened just two days before we recorded, and I loved that timing because everything was so fresh in her mind.

During our conversation, you’ll hear her talk about the decision and process of freezing her eggs when she was in her early 30s, and all of the thought and steps that went into actually deciding to become a single mother by choice when she turned 40 years old.

Read more at mommylabornurse.com/single-mother-by-choice

Oct 18, 2021
EP99: Caitlyn Karl's Induction Birth Story
51:36

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I have an induction birth story for guys! Caitlyn Karl is a fellow mom who was on the podcast way back in episode 78. During that episode she shared with us all about her infant adoption story for her son AJ.

It was such a cool conversation and I learned SO much about what the infant adoption process looks like. At the time of recording for that show, Caitlyn was actually pregnant and expecting her first biological baby!

Read more at mommylabornurse.com/induction-birth-story

 

Oct 11, 2021
EP98: The Southernish Mama Shares Her First Three Birth Stories
01:14:59

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast, I had Brooke from @thesouthernishmama come on the show to talk all about her pregnancies and birth!

Brooke has a popular Instagram page where she does a lot of fun and relatable content surrounding pregnancy, motherhood, and other lifestyle topics with the use of her letterboard.

Oct 04, 2021
EP97: The Breastfeeding Mama
54:51

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I had a chance to chat with Katie from The Breastfeeding Mama. Katie is a mom of three boys, and after the birth of her second baby, she faced a ton of challenges with breastfeeding.

That’s where her journey towards becoming The Breastfeeding Mama started, and really where her passion for helping other women succeed at breastfeeding began too.

Sep 27, 2021
EP96: Tess's Very Precipitous Birth Story!
58:32

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I have a really exciting birth story to share with you guys! I actually had a personal friend of mine, Tess Camp, come on the show to tell the story of her three very different deliveries, with an emphasis on her extremely precipitous labor and second birth!

Read more at: mommylabornurse.com/precipitous-labor-birth-story

 

Sep 20, 2021
EP95: Talking Infertility with Dr. Natalie Crawford
47:36

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I had the opportunity to chat with the lovely Dr. Natalie Crawford all about infertility and more specifically secondary infertility.

Read more at https://mommylabornurse.com/infertility-natalie-crawford-md/

 

Sep 13, 2021
EP94: Caitlyn Fitzgerald’s Eventful and Traumatic Birth Story
52:46

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast, I was joined by Caitlin Fitzgerald for the very eventful and traumatic birth story of her first baby during the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Caitlin opens up about her unexpected induction, unplanned C-section, a NICU stay, postpartum struggles and so much more!

Read more at mommylabornurse.com/eventful-and-traumatic-birth-story/

Sep 06, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: Talking Facts about the COVID Vaccine and Pregnancy with an OBGYN
56:08
This is a special bonus episode of the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast, where we are going to dive into all things COVID and the COVID vaccine during pregnancy.

I get questions about these topics all the time in my DMs, and totally understand that there is a lot of confusion and uncertainty surrounding pregnancy and COVID-19. As you know, I am a healthcare professional, but I decided that this wasn’t a topic I wanted to cover completely on my own.

I wanted to have an OBGYN come on here so that we could have this discussion together. And I was so fortunate to be joined by board-certified OB-GYN, Dr. Marta Perez of @dr.martaperez over on Instagram.

She regularly shares evidence information surrounding COVID during pregnancy and the COVID vaccine, so I thought she was the perfect person to come on here and talk about myths and facts in a level-headed, evidence-based manner.

Sep 01, 2021
EP93: Feeding Littles
50:00

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast I had a chance to chat with the founders of Feeding Littles! Feeding Littles is a platform that’s dedicated to helping parents learn how to confidently feed their babies, toddlers, and older kids. They offer online courses and resources to share their knowledge as feeding experts with families around the world.

Aug 30, 2021
EP92: Ryland is 1! Liesel Recounts Her Past Year of Being a Mom of 2
01:57:40

I’ve got a special episode for you guys this week on the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast! I had the chance to sit down with Tiffany, my good friend and a team member here at MLN,  in honor of my second baby’s first birthday. We talked all about this past year – the struggles and the wins – and what it’s like to be a mom of 2.

Read more at https://mommylabornurse.com/being-a-mom-of-2/

 

Aug 23, 2021
EP91: Medical Birth Can Be Beautiful Too!
56:39

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I had Alexandra Cunningham from the This Family Tree podcast come on the show to share her birth stories. After I was on her podcast a few months ago, she and I hit it off really well, so it only made sense to have her come on!

Read more at https://mommylabornurse.com/medical-birth-story/

Aug 16, 2021
EP90: Let's Talk about Infant Car Seat Safety with a CPST
51:14

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast we are talking all about infant car seat safety with a certified child passenger safety technician and preventable injury specialist, Brigette Watson.

This is a topic that I am always happy to discuss and bring awareness to because car seats are something many of us use every day with our little ones, and it’s actually so easy to make mistakes without even realizing it. I know even I can be guilty of it!

Aug 09, 2021
EP89: Maya, That One Letterboard Mom, Gets Candid About Her Three Births!
45:01

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast I had Maya Vorderstrasse, aka that one letterboard mom, come on the show to share her THREE unique and amazing birth stories.

Maya is a mom of three, her first two babies are what are known as Irish twins (born just shy of 12 months apart!) and then she had a third baby boy. You all know I have heard a lot of birth stories, but this one is a real treat. Even I got chills a couple of times throughout our conversation.

Read more at https://mommylabornurse.com/preparing-postpartum/

Aug 02, 2021
EP88: Got a Breastfeeding Question? Lindsey, an IBCLC Answers Your Questions!
50:41

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast we’ve got part two of our two-part episode with the lovely, Lindsey Shipley, from Lactation Link. She’s a board-certified lactation consultant and a fellow labor and delivery nurse.

Last week on the show we had so much fun chatting and demystifying some of the most common, yet lesser understood L&D terms you might come across during your pregnancy and birth. And this week we’re focusing on your top breastfeeding questions!

Read more at https://mommylabornurse.com/breastfeeding-questions/

Jul 26, 2021
EP87: Labor and Delivery Terms Got You Confused?
01:06:32

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast I had the opportunity to chat with Lindsey Shipley from over at Lactation Link. This episode is actually episode one of a two-part series where we address some labor and delivery terms and other terminology surrounding pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding!

Read more at mommylabornurse.com/labor-and-delivery-terms

Jul 19, 2021
EP86: Potty Training Tips!
49:36

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast I chatted with Allison Janadu, a potty training consultant and the face behind the popular potty training Instagram account @pottytrainingconsultant all about potty training! At the time this episode aired, she and her team at Potty Training Consultants have helped over 2000 families meet their potty-training goals.

Read more at https://mommylabornurse.com/potty-training-tips/

 

Jul 12, 2021
EP85: What is the Difference Between a Scheduled C-Section and an Emergent One?
32:47

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast I did a solo episode all about scheduled C-sections vs. emergency C-sections. I get asked about this a lot during Sunday story questions, but it’s one of those topics that definitely needs (and deserves) more of an in depth discussion!

Read more at https://mommylabornurse.com/scheduled-vs-emergency-c-section/

 

Jul 05, 2021
EP84: Kim Perry's Three Totally Different Births!
55:32

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast I had a chance to chat with Kim Perry about her birth stories! Kim is a prenatal and postnatal fitness specialist and the face behind the very popular Instagram account @kimperryco, where she shares glimpses into her life as a mom to three little ones, and educates and empowers women to stay fit, strong, and healthy during pregnancy and beyond.

Read more at mommylabornurse.com/kim-perry-birth-story

Jun 28, 2021
EP83: Katie, Mom of 7, Shares What It's Like Being Pregnant with Multiples Twice!
48:14
This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast I had Katie Ferraro from @babyledweanteam come on the show to share her very unique experience as a mom to seven! She had one singleton baby, gave birth to quadruplets, and then had a set of twins! As you’ll hear her talk about in the episode, there was a point where they had seven kids 3 and under.

Katie is an amazing person, and she shared so much awesome advice during today’s episode related to parenting multiples, pregnancy with multiples, and prenatal nutrition in general. I can’t wait to share her with you.

Read more at mommylabornurse.com/pregnant-with-multiples/

Jun 21, 2021
EP82: Yoga and Pregnancy: Do They Mix?
32:07

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I had Sarah, a prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher, come on the show to talk through the ins and outs of yoga during pregnancy!

We talked about some of the benefits that prenatal yoga can provide to pregnant moms, if it’s safe in all trimesters, and when’s the best trimester to do prenatal yoga. She talked about some of her favorite poses and some of the more popular poses. And then we talked about postnatal yoga and baby yoga as well!

Read more at https://mommylabornurse.com/prenatal-yoga-expert/

Jun 14, 2021
EP81: I Wish I Knew This After Having My C-Section
31:49

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast I did a solo episode talking all about C-section recovery! I put together this episode in honor of our new C-section birth class, Birth It Up: The C-Section Series that’s launching in July 2021!

As the basis for this episode, I was able to pull recovery tips that veteran C-section mamas dropped for me over on Instagram. I figured there is no one who can better speak to this better than the mamas that have gone through it first hand.

I start off the episode by talking about what veteran C-section mamas wish they had put in their C-section hospital bag. In fact, I pulled this info from an article I put together last year (read it here!) because you guys blew me away with the suggestions! There is so much good advice.

Read more at mommylabornurse.com/c-section-recovery-tips

Jun 07, 2021
EP80: Pregnancy Myths vs. Facts with Sharon Mazel!
46:15
May 31, 2021
EP79: The Invisible Load of Motherhood
46:42

On this episode of the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I had the opportunity to chat with Erica from Happy as a Mother. She’s a registered psychotherapist with a master’s degree in counseling psychology and postgraduate certificates in couples and family therapy as well as maternal mental health.

Read more at https://mommylabornurse.com/ep79-the-invisible-load-of-motherhood/

May 24, 2021
EP78: Caitlin Shares her Infant Adoption Story
43:21

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I’m excited to have a first-ever kind of “birth” story for this show, and that is an infant adoption story!

Caitlin Karl, a fellow mom who’s actually currently pregnant, came on to share all about their journey to adopting their son AJ. Caitlin shares that she and her husband always knew they wanted to grow their family through adoption and biologically, and was never really quite sure what the order would like that.

Read more at https://mommylabornurse.com/infant-adoption-story

May 17, 2021
EP77: Why It’s Important to Prep Your Body for Labor
37:10

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I hosted a solo episode talking all about spontaneous labor versus inductions, and why spontaneous labor is typically preferred. I also touch on the timeline of medical inductions and what that entails.

You’ll learn about a few things you can do during your pregnancy to prep your body for labor, too! And then at the end of the episode I share the quick version of what I personally did with both of my boys to get myself into labor.

Read more at https://mommylabornurse.com/prep-your-body-for-labor/

May 10, 2021
EP76: A Chat About Newborn Care Specialists
43:27

This week on the MLN Podcast, I had Carole Kramer, the founder of Boston Baby Nurse and Nanny come on the show to talk about newborn care specialists and overnight newborn services!

Sleep is such a necessity to maintaining our mental health, that sometimes it DOES make sense to bring in some professional support in the early days, especially if you don’t have local support that can help you overnight.

Read more at  https://mommylabornurse.com/newborn-care-specialists/

May 03, 2021
EP75: Twins…But One Vaginal and One C-Section!
49:19

In this episode of the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast I had my friend (and doula!) Stephanie come on the show to share her unique twin birth story!

A lot of people don’t realize that twins do NOT have to be born via C-section. Tons of mamas are able to birth their twins vaginally. Your ability to do this depends mostly on the way the presenting baby is positioned. If they are head down, you’ll often get the green light for a vaginal birth.

Read more at https://mommylabornurse.com/twin-birth-story/

Apr 26, 2021
EP74: Seriously, Why is Postpartum SO Hard?
01:05:39

This episode of the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast is all about postpartum anxiety and preparing for postpartum during pregnancy.

Postpartum anxiety is a common, but less talked about reality for many new moms and one that I personally struggled with after both of my babies were born.

Read more at: https://mommylabornurse.com/preparing-postpartum/

Apr 19, 2021
EP73: The Realities of Black Maternal Health
38:55

his episode of the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast is all about the realities of black maternal health here in the US, and what we can do to spark change!

We’ve done some feed posts over on IG about this topic before to help raise awareness, but I knew I wanted to take more of a deep dive over here.

It’s a topic that can be really heavy in some ways, but it’s one that needs a LOT of light! If we’re going to spark any kind of change surrounding racism in healthcare (and specifically in black maternal health) I truly believe that awareness is the first step.

Read more at https://mommylabornurse.com/black-maternal-health/

Apr 16, 2021
EP72: Help! What Is An Induction Like?
26:59

Labor induction – this is a topic that comes up a LOT in my DMs over on Instagram and in the MLN community in general!

So, today on the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I’m doing a Q&A-style episode all about planned inductions. Your most burning labor induction FAQs, answered!

Read more at https://mommylabornurse.com/labor-induction-faqs/

 

Apr 05, 2021
EP71: Do You Want A Redemptive Birth?
34:43

In this episode of the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I had fellow mom Kyriaki come on the show to talk about her challenging postpartum experience after the birth of her first son.

The story is emotional from the start but ends with a beautiful, redemptive, second birth that completely heals Kyriaki physically and emotionally.

Read more about the episode at https://mommylabornurse.com/healing-after-traumatic-birth-story/

 

Mar 29, 2021
EP70: Why Do We Fight With Our Partners More After Having Babies?
53:02

In this episode of the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I had licensed therapist and creator behind the Instagram page @loveafterbaby, Sheina Schochet, come on the show to talk about the challenges of, yup, love after baby!

Read more at https://mommylabornurse.com/love-after-baby-sheina-schochet/

Mar 22, 2021
EP69: Mom Hacks With Dr. Darria!
32:58

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I had the chance to have a chat with Dr. Darria, an ER doctor, regular contributor on CNN, NBC, and the Dr. Oz show, and author of Mom Hacks.

Her book hit the list of top 25 nation bestseller list, and when she reached out about coming on the show, I was so excited to have her come on to personally share some of her best mom hacks with the MLN community!

In today’s episode, Dr. Darria shares some her top tips and hacks for mamas that are currently pregnant, recently gave birth, breastfeeding, or have a young child at home!

Read more at https://mommylabornurse.com/mom-hacks-dr-darria-interview/

 

Mar 15, 2021
Ep68: The Labor Games!
46:27

This episode of the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast is light-hearted and fun! I always like to feature interesting and unconventional birth stories, interview experts on various pregnancy symptoms and complications, and discuss all things labor and delivery.

But every once in a while, I like to do an episode that is just, well, FUN! And that’s where this idea came from.

My sister Jenna (who has never been pregnant and is not currently pregnant!) came on for a little segment I’m calling “labor games”. I broke it up into four categories – and they were all a total hit!

So, if you’re looking for some easy listening, pregnancy-related fun, you’re in the right place.

Read more at  https://mommylabornurse.com/labor-games-baby-shower-games/

Mar 08, 2021
EP67: Food Allergies, Breast Milk, And Dairy, Oh My!
57:31

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I had a chance to do an expert interview with the fabulous Kathlena from @TheAllergyChef.

The episode is about all allergies, specifically food allergies, and even more specifically, milk allergies!

Read more at https://mommylabornurse.com/the-allergy-chef-interview/

 

Mar 01, 2021
EP66: Dogs + Babies: What Should You Know Bringing Baby Home to Your Dog?
43:30

In this episode, I had professional dog trainer, Michelle, come on the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast to talk all about dogs and babies.

Learn more about Michelle and her services:

Feb 22, 2021
EP65: Ezra’s Liver Transplant Story!
47:46

On this episode of the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast, I had the opportunity to talk to a fellow mom, Serena, about her little one’s incredible liver transplant story!

It’s a little different than some of our other birth stories, but I was so thrilled to have her come on and share her inspiring and miraculous story, and raise awareness about the power and importance of organ donation.

Feb 15, 2021
EP64: What is the Best Mom Car?
43:40

In this episode, I interview Kelly The Car Mom all about buying the right car for you as a parent.

For more info on the episode, check out our blog post at https://mommylabornurse.com/best-mom-car/

 

Feb 08, 2021
EP63: What Are The Realities of Poor Pregnancy Outcomes?
40:24

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast, Lindsey Wimmer the founder and director of Star Legacy Foundation came on the show to talk about stillbirth and poor pregnancy outcomes.

Stillbirth, neonatal death, and pregnancy loss are difficult topics to discuss, but raising awareness, opening dialogue, and knowing where to find support are crucial for those experiencing these realities.

 

Feb 01, 2021
EP62: Formula can be your friend!
43:54

Are you a mama that’s searching for the right formula? Maybe you’re breastfeeding and curious about supplementing? Or maybe you just wanna be more educated on the topic of formula and help denounce the narrative that formula is poison!

Whatever the case may be, I’m so excited to have you join me for this week’s episode of the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast. Today we’ve got Mallory, Certified Infant Feeding Technician, formula expert, and the face behind the SUPER helpful Instagram account and website The Formula Mom.

 
 
Jan 25, 2021
EP61: What’s It Like To Be A Labor And Delivery Nurse?
01:42:12
Jan 18, 2021
EP60: Do Working out and Pregnancy Mix?
52:09

In today’s episode of the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast we’re going to set the record straight on pregnancy fitness! I’m interviewing Sarah Kuhn, a prenatal and postnatal exercise specialist and the founder of Juna!

Sponsor: Juna App

This week’s episode was sponsored by the app Sarah founded - Juna. It was created to provide scientifically backed, up to date fitness and nutrition information, all in one place to pregnant and postpartum mamas.

When you download Juna you’ll enter your baby’s due date - if you’re expecting - or your baby’s birthday if you’ve already had your baby, & you’ll be put directly into the appropriate week of your journey.

There’s a key nutrient every single week with recipe suggestions, a daily trimester-specific workout, and pregnancy and postpartum tips from Sarah and the team at Juna. There’s really no other app like it out there!

Sarah is giving a special offer to Mommy Labor Nurse listeners so right now you can get Juna for 20% off your subscription by using the code LIESEL at subscribe.juna.co

Jan 11, 2021
EP59: My Mom's Two VERY Different Birth Stories!
59:05

In this episode, my mom and sister joins the podcast and we talk all about our two vastly different birth stories!

Sharon's Bio:

Sharon lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and currently owns and renovates rental properties with her husband. She has two daughters, Liesel and Jenna, and two grandsons, Walter and Ryland, who she loves to pieces!

Dec 21, 2020
EP 58: FAQ's About Labor and Delivery!
45:59

In this episode, I answer your most commonly asked questions about labor and delivery!

Here are the questions I go over!

  1. Any advice on choosing a pediatrician?
  2. Is it standard to have to lie down to push? Dr. told me I couldn’t deliver while standing or squatting.
  3. Is it normal for Braxton Hicks to slow down? I had them more often last month
  4. Fetal hiccups. Went to worry? I’m 31 weeks
  5. Third pregnancy, 37 weeks, baby hasn’t dropped yet, previous babies dropped early, normal?
  6. If my water breaks and I go to the hospital am I stuck on the bed?
  7. Have you had any moms with polycystic kidney disease have a success for delivery without a C-section?
  8. 3 1/2 months postpartum normal delivery. Having white glass like discharge in vagina. Is this normal?
  9. Is it true that you must wake up to do a night feed to keep milk supply up? at what time?
  10. Can you explain what stations mean? Midwife said I was -2 at 36 weeks pregnant?
  11. How long will your cervix stay dilated at 10 cm?
  12. What are good thank you gifts for nurse’s? I’m 36 weeks!
  13. It’s lightning crotch OK to have at 28 weeks?
  14. Is it possible to do skin to skin immediately after a C-section? I felt like it was forever to see my baby
  15. How often is your nurse typically in the room? Is Covid changing this?
  16. Where in the arm is a saline lock to IV usually in place? Are different placements better for movement?
  17. Any TV shows about labor and delivery?

 

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Dec 14, 2020
EP57: Kelsey’s Two Very Different Birth Stories And Lactation Struggles!
52:47

In this episode, Kelsey shares her two very different birth stories with her son and daughter, the second being a healing experience after the trauma from her first.

Kelsey's Bio:

Kelsey Fay is a 27 year old stay at home mother of 2. She and her husband has been married for almost 4 years, together for 11 years total! She welcomed her first child in February of 2018, experiencing a somewhat traumatic birth, including a failed epidural, a fast labor that resulted in her doctor not arriving in time, and an experience with a less than helpful lactation consultant. Her second birth, in December of 2019, was another quick birth, and required vacuum assistance as a result of her son’s heart rate dropping quite a few time. However, even though her second birth required some unexpected interventions due to the umbilical cord being wrapped around her son’s neck multiple times, she felt that it was very much a healing experience after the trauma of her daughter’s birth. Kelsey also addresses her two very different experiences with breastfeeding and lactation support, and how education for expectant mothers is crucial.

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Milkology

This episode is sponsored by Milkology! Milkology provides affordable yet high quality online courses all about breastfeeding and pumping. Milkology has The Ultimate Breastfeeding Class, The Ultimate Back to Work Pumping Class, The Ultimate Exclusive Pumping Class, Pump it Up, and Master your Milk Supply!

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Dec 07, 2020
EP56: Brittany's 29-Hour Long Induction!
43:23

In this episode, Brittany shares her unplanned 39-hour long induction at 37 weeks.

Brittany's Bio:

Brittany Dougherty is a mom to a 1.5 year old and is currently pregnant with baby number two. She lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband, son, and two dogs. She is a civil engineer by trade, but she enjoys talking about pregnancy and babies whenever she gets the chance.

You can follow Brittany on social media here: 

Growing Our Family Podcast & Blog Website: https://growingourfamily.com/
Insta, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter: @growingrfamily

Listen to Brittany's podcast episode that I was on here!

Nov 30, 2020
EP55: A Fellow Labor Nurse’s Birth Story! (Part 2)
01:05:43

In this episode, my employee and personal friend Tiffany shares her empowering unmedicated birth story with her second son, Callan.

Tiffany's Bio:

Tiffany is a long-time friend to Liesel, an employee at Mommy Labor Nurse, and a fellow labor and delivery nurse. At about 3 1/2 months postpartum, Tiffany found out she was pregnant for the second time and on April 28th, 2020 delivered her second son, Callan. 

Nov 24, 2020
EP54: A Fellow Labor Nurse's Birth Story! (Part 1)
01:17:59

In this episode, my employee and personal friend Tiffany shares her birth story and difficult postpartum experience with her first son, Wyatt.

Tiffany's Bio:

Tiffany is a long-time friend to Liesel, an employee at Mommy Labor Nurse, and a fellow labor and delivery nurse. After marrying her husband Ben, Tiffany got pregnant shortly afterwards and on April 18th, 2019 delivered her first son, Wyatt.

SPONSOR:

Kindred Bravely

Kindred Bravely is a company built on love—a love that is poured into every piece of clothing they bring to life. Their clothes are meticulously designed to make your motherhood journey easier, from the bump to the breast and beyond. You deserve to look and feel great all of the time, Mama!

They have two goals: creating maternity and nursing clothes that are beautiful, useful, and comfortable, and building a community of moms who support and encourage each other on the motherhood journey.

Use code MLN20 to get 20% off all Kindred Bravely products (excluding gift cards and bundles) at KindredBravely.com!

Nov 17, 2020
EP53: What To Do When You’re Pregnant and Stressed Out!
36:30

In this episode, I interview my friend Parijat, a high-risk pregnancy specialist, all about stress and how it relates to pregnancy and delivery.

Here are the questions we go over!

  1. Talk to me about how stress can play a part in pregnancy?
  2. How is stress related to preterm labor/other complications during pregnancy?
  3. What are some of the high risk complications that can occur related to stress?
  4. What are some tips we can do to reduce our stress during pregnancy?
  5. How about postpartum - is stress related to complications during postpartum as well?

Parijat's Bio:

Parijat Deshpande is the leading high-risk pregnancy specialist, somatic trauma professional and speaker and author who guides women to improve their pregnancy complications so they can reduce their risk of preterm birth. Her unique neurobiological approach has served hundreds of women to manage pregnancy complications and reclaim a safety and trust in their bodies that they thought was eroded forever. Parijat is the author of bestselling book Pregnancy Brain: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management During a High-Risk Pregnancy. She is also the host of the popular podcast Delivering Miracles®, that discusses the real, raw side of family-building including infertility, loss, high-risk pregnancy, bed rest, prematurity and healing once baby comes home. Learn more at parijatdeshpande.com

You can follow Parijat here:

Website: https://parijatdeshpande.com/
IG: @healthy.highriskpregnancy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ParijatDesh/
Parijat's Book, Pregnancy Brain - Available on Kindle and paperback on Amazon and Barnes & Noble: https://parijatdeshpande.lpages.co/pregnancybrain/
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Nov 09, 2020
EP52: Erin’s Redemptive Unmedicated Hospital Birth!
47:22

In this episode, Erin shares her traumatic birth story with her twin daughters and her redemptive unmedicated birth story with her son.

Erin's Bio:

Erin is a mom of three kids aged three and under living in Chicago. After a traumatic birth with her twin daughters, Erin shares why the unmedicated hospital birth of her son was a long-awaited redemptive experience -- and also like being in the passenger seat of a really crazy car ride!

Resources from the episode:

Birth it Up: The Natural Series: Erin's birth course to help her prepare for her second delivery (AKA my birth course!)
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth: Helpful book Erin read to help prepare for her second delivery
http://www.chicagobirthboutique.com/: Erin's doula, Lauren Elliott in Chicago
 

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Nov 02, 2020
EP51: From Birth To Baby’s First Birthday…Let’s Talk About Milestones!
46:30

In this episode, I interview my friend KC all about

KC's Bio:

KC is a pediatric physical therapist, specializing in motor development of children 0-3 years of age. She has been working in the physical therapy field with children for just under a decade, and is passionate about arming parents with knowledge & instilling confidence while teaching them how to understand & foster their child’s development. She is also a wife, mother to two girls, and the founder of Milestones & Motherhood, a community focused on parent education. She found after working in the field that parents simply weren’t provided information about what to expect in regards to milestones & their child’s development, which often leads to stress, comparison, & fears. She began her instagram page to provide free tips, tricks & information to parents to bridge this gap.
 
You can find KC on social media here:
 
Resources from the episode:
KC created a Motor Milestone PDF that covers the first 3 years of gross motor milestones, including activities and photos to encourage milestone acquisition, general developmental information, when to speak to your pediatrician, & tips for other areas of development.

 

Newborn Basics 101

I’m still basking in the newborn snuggles (and struggles) over here and feeling super excited about Halloween with my TWO little ones this year.

With a newborn around, I’ve been catapulted back into newborn care 101 myself these days.

And you better believe I’m putting ALL the info in my Newborn Basics course to the test. The swaddling, the cord care, the witching hour – I’m living it mama!

What’s awesome about this for you? I FULLY UPDATED Newborn Basics to include video content and demonstrations with my real live newborn!

To celebrate the course updates, I’m having a site-wide sale from October 30th at 10am EST until 11:59pm EST on Sunday, November 1st!

All of my individual products will be 30% off and bundles will be 10% off!

I can’t wait to be a part of your journey!!!

Oct 26, 2020
EP50: Madison’s Positive Natural Induction Story!
36:13

In this episode, Madison shares her positive natural induction story with her daughter Everly.

Madison's Bio:

Madison is a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom after the birth of her first daughter, Everly, in October 2019. Through her blog, Little Teacher Wife, she shares posts about marriage, family, and teaching to help make fellow mom’s lives a little bit easier!

Madison's Birth Story:

After 40 weeks of pregnancy, including a few hospital stays and a surgery for kidney stones, I was definitely ready for my baby girl to be earth side! I had a strong desire to delivery naturally without pain medication or epidural, and was worried about how an induction might interfere with that plan.

At less than 1cm dilated, and after trying all the tricks to get labor going on my own, my doctor and I decided to give my body one more week (until 40w5) to go into labor spontaneously. If not, we would induce with a Foley bulb on Sunday, October 13.

Of course, October 13 came with no signs of progression, so we headed in to the hospital to start the induction process. The on-call doctor placed the Foley bulb at 6pm on Sunday night, and I spent that night in a bit of discomfort, but nothing terrible. At 7am on Monday morning, just as the nurse was setting me up on the portable monitors, my water broke! I was able to get one lap around the labor hallways before the intense contractions started. I spent the next 11 hours alternating between a rocking chair, yoga ball, hands and knees, in the shower, and standing. I did use nitrous oxide on two occasions which helped me relax quite a bit.

At 6:00 pm, I was fully dilated and ready to push! The doctor quickly realized that this was a big baby, and it was going to take a while to push her out! 2 hours of intense pushing later, 26 hours after the Foley Bulb was placed, I delivered my little girl!

After an hour of skin-to-skin and bonding as a new family, the nurses took her stats and I was able to get up, walk around and get cleaned up and changed. Then back to resting with our 9 pound, 12 ounce, 22 inch long baby girl!

Resources from the episode:

Baby Registry Must-Haves

Natural Birth Tips

Postpartum Essentials

You can follow Madison on social media here:

Blog

Instagram

Pinterest

Oct 19, 2020
EP49: Postpartum Part Two!
01:16:56

In this episode, my employees and I continue the conversation about my second postpartum experience with Ryland!

Here are the questions we go over!

  1. How was your bleeding within those first couple of days after giving birth?
    1. Can you tell us more about how your bleeding transitioned - from giving birth to now being 7 weeks postpartum.
  2. Let’s talk more about that 2nd degree tear. How was your recovery with that? 
    1. What kinds of things did you do to help with the pain and discomfort? 
    2. How do things feel now that you are 7 weeks out?
  3. How has your mental health been since having Ryland, and how does it differ from the postpartum stage with Walter?
  4. If you have been following Mommy Labor Nurse for a while, you probably know that Liesel had some struggles with breastfeeding Walter. Liesel, why don’t you just give us a quick recap of your breastfeeding journey with him. 
  5. Knowing you struggled with a low supply with Walter, did you do anything during this pregnancy to help prepare your body for breastfeeding?
  6. Let’s talk about those first couple of weeks after Ryland was born - how was breastfeeding going? What did you do differently this time around compared to Walter?
  7. And now 6 weeks out from birth - how is nursing going?
  8. On Monday you went to your 6 week postpartum appointment. Can you share what exactly was done at that appointment?
  9. Now that you are 7 weeks out from delivery, what next? (talk about pelvic floor PT, chiropractor, Pebble?)
  10. Overall how did the transition go bringing home a second baby? What did you think it was going to be like and how did the reality compare? Which was harder - bringing home Walter or Ryland?
  11. Any tips for moms out there you are going to be bringing a second baby home soon? How did you juggle having a toddler and a newborn?
Oct 12, 2020
EP48: How Has Liesel’s Postpartum Experience Been? Part 1 of 2
01:08:23

In this episode, my employees and I discuss my second postpartum experience with Ryland!

Here are the questions we go over!

  1. We ended the last podcast with Ryland being born. So we are going to kick this one off with what happened next: the placenta being delivered! Tell us how that felt in comparison to Ryland being born. 
  2. Did you tear at all? 
    1. We know that you didn’t have an epidural, explain the process of how they repaired the tear. How long did it take? 
  3. Let’s talk more about the first 2 hours after delivery. What kinds of things were happening during those first couple of hours after Ryland was born? 
    1. What are fundal rubs? Why are they important and what are the nurses looking for when doing them? Does it hurt to have your fundus rubbed?
    2. At what point did you try to latch Ryland on for the first time? How did that go?
  4. At the hospital where you delivered, the labor rooms are different from the postpartum rooms. At smaller hospitals many times the room you have a baby in, is also the room you stay in during the postpartum period. So you stayed in your labor and delivery room for about 2 hours and then transferred to postpartum. Tell us a little bit about what happened once you arrived to your postpartum room. 
  5. How were the first 24 hours after delivery? 
    1. Bleeding
    2. 2nd degree tear recovery
    3. Pain
    4. Breastfeeding
  6. How were the first 24 hours after delivery for Bryan?
  7. How long did you stay in the hospital for? 
    1. And how did introducing Walter to Ryland go? I know you prepared a gift for Ryland to give Walter - at what point did you give that to him?
    2. Anything you wish you would have done differently?
  8. At what point did you take Ryland to the pediatrician for the first time? What things happened at his first appointment?
    1. When did you take him back to the pediatrician?
Oct 05, 2020
EP47: Liesel Interviews a NP About Women’s Health: PCOS, Fertility, Endometriosis and More!
51:37

In this episode, I interview my friend Brookes, a nurse practitioner, all about women's health! We talk about PCOS, fertility, endometriosis, and more!

Brookes's Bio:

Brookes is the Founder of The Women’s Health Company and a Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner with over 5 years of experience in Women’s Healthcare. Brookes received her BS in Public Health from UGA and her WHNP from Vanderbilt University. Brookes’ passion is to educate, equip and empower women to become whole and healthy by providing them with evidence-based Women’s Health resources and life-giving encouragement. Brookes is a lover of the Georgia Dawgs, dirty chai lattes, and healthy baking. She lives outside of Athens, GA with her husband, Schuyler, and golden retriever, Riggins.

You can find Brookes on social media here:

Instagram: @thewomenshealthcompany and @brookesbvaughan_np

Website: thewomenshealthcompany.com

Resources from the episode:

Recommended Registered Dietician

Sep 28, 2020
EP46: Malori’s Hotel Baby!
49:49

In this episode, Malori shares her hotel birth story with us via c-section, and talks about her fertility struggles. 

Malori's Bio:
 
Malori Mayor is a registered nurse, military wife to Mark, and new mom to Max!  After an almost 2-year struggle with infertility, holistic treatments, and surgery for endometriosis, Malori and Mark were finally able to conceive their first child.  Aside from being a wife and mom, Malori is passionate about helping other women also going through infertility who want to treat it holistically.  While going through infertility herself, she began helping others share their stories of infertility and miscarriage on her blog, and also started a podcast, Restoring Fertility Naturally.  Malori spent most of her pregnancy in Germany, where her husband was stationed with the Army, and then gave birth to Max after moving to California.  In whatever little free time she has, she enjoys reading a good book, baking, and going on neighborhood walks with her little family and their German Shepherd, Zoey.
 
 
 
 
Malori's Birth Story:
 
Other than moving from Germany to California in my third trimester, I had a pretty easy and normal pregnancy and planned on an unmedicated birth.  We lived in a hotel for most of my third trimester while waiting on military housing, so I was fully prepared to bring home our new baby to a hotel room.  But otherwise I expected all to go smoothly.  I got the biggest surprise of my pregnancy when I went to my 40 week appointment and it was found that baby boy was breech!  He had been head down just the week prior.  My doctor reviewed all the options with me and I opted for a version the next morning and then would wait it out for natural labor to start.  However, baby boy had other plans!  I went into labor that evening, as we were moving items into the house we had just gotten the keys to.  I was totally in denial that it was labor but finally realized that the contractions weren't Braxton Hicks anymore!  My doctor had me come to the hospital to get checked around 12:30am, and Maximilian John was born via c-section at 1:54am on January 8, 2020!  He was born healthy, pink, and screaming, and him being laid on my chest with my husband by my side was incredibly glorious.  Even though a c-section was my last choice, that moment was priceless and a beautiful culmination of all our fertility struggles.  Max is now 8 months old and is such a happy and active boy!
 
Resources:
 
Malori's podcast where she goes into further details about infertility - http://bit.ly/podcastrfn 
This is the model of treatment that Malori used for infertility:  http://www.naprotechnology.com/
 
You can follow Malori on social media here:
Sep 21, 2020
EP45: Midwife Marley Talks To Us About UK Maternity Care!
57:16

In this episode, my friend Marley talks all about how maternity care differs in the UK!

Marley's Bio:

Marley is registered midwife from Surrey, UK and is also a mother to 5 children including a set of twins. She has practiced midwifery in various settings over the past 11 years working in hospitals, birth centers and in women's homes. She cares for women from conception up until 2 weeks postpartum.Image

Marley is also a widely recognized prenatal education instructor who shares lots of useful information on instagram through her cartoon drawings. Having delivered over 600 babies, Marley is an expert in childbirth and is passionate about helping women to have a positive birth experience no matter what type of birth they may have!
 

You can find  Marley on social media here:

Website: www.midwifemarley.com

Instagram: @midwifemarley 

Sep 07, 2020
EP44: Mommy Labor Nurse’s SECOND Birth Story!
01:32:28

In this episode, my employees and I discuss my second birth story with my son Ryland!

My Birth Story:

Tuesday 8/11 I woke up at 40 weeks and 4 days - totally was mentally DONE being pregnant at this point, guys, and my plan for that day was to do more things throughout the day to hopefully help prep my cervix/initiate labor.
I had been doing stuff all week (sex, pineapple, walking, curb walking, yoga ball etc) - and that day I had planned to do the Miles Circuit & get a reflexology session later that evening.
Anyway, woke up, hung out with Walter all day since he didn’t have school, and we ended up going over to my parents’ house for a few hours during lunch.
I had been having on and off contractions through the day, but nothing crazy - this was also the main reason I wanted to try the Miles Circuit, to see if I could get them more regular!
So, after a trip to my parent’s, I came home with a Walter and did the circuit for an hour and a half, followed by a reflexology session.
Came home, ate dinner, and it was about 7:30/7:45 when I started to feel some stronger contractions pick up. Again, nothing too crazy, but they were definitely stronger than what I had felt for pretty much the whole day.
I went upstairs with Walter to put him to bed, and they were already about 3-5 minutes apart, but only lasting 30ish seconds. I had a feeling this was the real thing though.
I put Walter to bed, and went into my husband’s office where he was playing a video game and let him know what was going on (this was about 8pm).
I went back downstairs, took a shower, sat on my ball and laid in bed for awhile to see how things were going to progress.
At 10pm, I put on my breast pump to try to strengthen them even more, which only lasted about 30 mins in total. By 10:30 they were pretty strong and I went ahead and called my mom to come to our house to stay with Walter overnight.
At 11pm, she showed up, we left for the hospital which is right down the block, and got up to triage at about 11:20 or so.
My doctor came to check me and I was still only 3cm 😑 I was 3/80/-1, which was a change from my 3/50/-2 that I was in office that week, but I was totally bummed at that point because they were pretty darn strong and I was totally questioning what the heck was going on!
We ended up hanging out in triage for 90 mins, and then at about 1am my nurse came to check me and I was 6/90/0! Yay! Alllll in my back though, which SUCKED. I was super happy that I had progressed 3cm in 90 mins though, and at that point I was thinking to myself, “ok great hopefully this continues to pick up and I have a baby really soon!”
So, for admitted, got out to a room with a tub & labored in and out of the tub for a good hour after I was admitted. At about 2am, my nurse checked again and I was 8/90/0! 👏🏻 Also super happy that it was continuing to pick up, BUT still allllllll the pain was in my back....and that was no fun. By this point though, I was fairly composed, I was joking between contractions, and really utilizing my relaxation/breathing & doing lots of rag doll!
My doctor came to break my water at this point per my request, and then at about 2:45 my nurse checked again because things were seriously picking up & I was a rim! (about 9.5 centimeters).
I was today starting to lose my sh*t at this point, but still generally in a good mental state because I could tell labor was still progressing well.
Wellllll...this is when I started to stall...and REALLY started to lose my mind. At about 3:30am (about 45 mins later) with no progress or evidence of this being done, hah, I begged my nurse for a dose of IV pain medication which she gave me. This helped tremendously to calm me down and help me relax in between the contractions. I remember just being soooo mentally done, and so angry that I was stalling, it was crazy!
So, got a dose of IV pain meds, chilled out for about 15-20 mins with a few contractions and then of course the medication pretty much wore off and it was right back to horrible back labor and no signs of it being over (didn’t have the urge to push etc).
At this point it was probably 4am, and I started to do everything I could to get him out! Lots of position changes, trying to push past that last centimeter etc. it was horrid!
FINALLY I remember I was on my hands n knees on the bed with my nurse and I was pushing wirh her and she finally said, “Ok Liesel you’re 10, it’s gone!” So I flipped over and pushed for another 15 mins on my back/side and voila....baby BOY!!! He ended up spinning from posterior to anterior AS HE WAS COMING OUT....ow hah 🤪
I remember being SO happy that I was done, but also being SO mad that I stalled for that long!! I totally went into this labor expecting it was going to be a quick labor...and overall it was definitely faster than my first, but geez! Definitely did not expect to get stuck at 9.5cm as a second time mom for THAT long!
Coming away from it, again, SO happy I was done...but also SO shell shocked! It’s definitely taught me to once again....don’t go into labor expecting ANYTHING...even if you’re Mommy Labor Nurse! 🤣
♥️♥️♥️♥️

 

Resources from the episode:

http://www.milescircuit.com/

Aug 31, 2020
EP43: Doulas? What Do They Do? Oh, Also Liesel Had the Baby!
52:43

In this episode, my friend Stephanie and I talk about everything doula!

Here are the questions we go over:

1. Tell me about your business providing doula care, what sort of care do you provide moms?
2. For those who don’t exactly know what a doula is, how would you best describe yourself? (Might be too similar to above question hah but some people just don’t know what doulas are so I want to be super clear lol!)
3. What are some of the advantages of having a doula during birth?
4. Do you provide postpartum doula care as well?
5. What is the average cost for doula care, is anything covered by insurance?
6. Would you recommend someone hire a doula if they plan for an epidural? What about for a scheduled c-section?
7. How do I go about finding a doula in my area?
8. Do you provide any virtual care, especially now with COVID 19? Have you had to change anything about your business?
9. Any last tips for moms on the fence about hiring one?

Stephanie's Bio:

Stephanie is from Minnesota. She is a wife of 8 years to her husband, Brian, who is a Golf Professional. She is also a mom of three, including twins. She loves to spend her days home with her six year old daughter and boy/girl two year old twins. She lives for nights out with her husband and scrapbooking getaways with her girlfriends. She is also pretty much obsessed with motherhood and thinks the world of other moms, babies, birth and all things positive!

 Because of her love for women, especially moms, Stephanie founded How 2 Mom in 2015. How 2 Mom is a community and support group for all moms. They also offer birth services for prenatal, birth and postpartum care and have a team of birth professionals. They share tips, tricks, products and stories through How 2 Mom’s Blog.

 Stephanie strives to be the type of influencer through How 2 Mom that showcases all sides of motherhood; the good and the hard! After becoming a new mom she noticed that this type of community was missing in her own circle of influence, so she created it. She has a vision of a one-stop-shop since motherhood is already so overwhelming. She's even created a Resource Directory on the website featuring a loyal list of professionals for their mom community.

 Since creating this dynamic and authentic community, they’ve gained a strong and loyal community who voted How 2 Mom as Parent Blogger of the Year in 2018. How 2 Mom has also been featured on podcasts and hosts monthly events and support groups to connect, support and educate women on all things motherhood. Be on the lookout for her upcoming online program for moms and The Mom 2 Mom Podcast!

 
You can find Stephanie on social media here:
Resources from the episode:
Aug 24, 2020
EP42: Preeclampsia, Vacuum Extractions, and Inductions: Ashley’s 3 VERY Different Birth Stories!
38:00

In this episode, my friend Ashley talks to us about her three very different birth experiences, ranging from a c-section to VBAC to a traumatic birth. She has also experienced preeclampsia, gestational hypertension, and IUGR.

Ashley's Bio

Ashley Boyd was born and raised in Colorado and now calls Columbus, Ohio home. She has a bachelors degree in Vocal performance and has sung with Opera Colorado and Opera Europa.
 
Ashley married her husband in 2012 and now keeps busy taking care of their three young children. When she manages to find free time, Ashley likes to read, play games, and sing.
 
You can follow Ashley on social media here:
 
 
Aug 17, 2020
EP41: Has Liesel Had The Baby Yet? Maybe…But Let’s Hear An Unmedicated Birth Story!
44:25

In this episode, Samantha shares her powerful unmedicated birth story with her third using mindfulness and meditation techniques!

Samantha's Birth Story:

My third birth experience was SO powerful. Mindfulness and meditation allowed me to have a peaceful, 20-hour unmedicated labor and delivery. A few months after we recorded the podcast, I had my fourth baby, once again an unmedicated birth! This one was different because my labor stalled out, but meditation and mindfulness once again made a huge difference. 

You can follow Samantha on social media here:

Blog: Evidence-based Mommy

Resources from the episode:
 
A recorded a set of meditations to listen to while preparing for birth.

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Aug 10, 2020
EP40: What To Expect AFTER you Have a Baby?
36:55

In this episode, I interview my friend Karrie, a postpartum and nursery RN, all about what she does to take care of patients postpartum, recovery, breastfeeding, bleeding, and more!

Here are the questions we go over!

- What sort of work do you currently do - what kind of care do you provide? How long have you been a postpartum RN/how much do you work on the floor?
- What are some of the most common complaints you see moms/parents face in those first few days?
- Do you assist moms with breastfeeding, what is your philosophy on breastfeeding?
- Let’s talk about infant care - what are some of the common things new parents struggle with regarding infant care?- Let’s do a deep dive into wet/dirty diapers - what to look for, what’s abnormal, how much/how little should baby be putting out?
- For mom’s recovery, let’s talk about bleeding - vaginal delivery vs. c/section
- What are some of the most common things you wished everyone knew as far as postpartum recovery?
- Are there any MUST HAVE items that mom should have on hand in hospital or upon return to home to assist with recovery?
 
Karrie's Bio:
I’m Karrie— a Postpartum + Nursery RN and mama to 3 young kids all 4 and under! I have been a Postpartum/Nursery RN in the hospital setting for 8 years and love the education portion of my job. After becoming a mother, myself, I really recognized how *little* the postpartum period is discussed— not just in the hospital, but at home: hormones, milk supply, no sleep, mental health, pain, and more. I created my Instagram page (@karrie_locher) & website (karingforpostpartum.com) to help educate, inform, encourage, and support other mamas. We can celebrate the bliss & support each other through the struggles motherhood brings. The biggest asset to the postpartum experience is being informed— I’ve got you. 
 
You can follow Marta on social media here:
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Aug 03, 2020
EP39: Triplets! Can you Imagine Having 3 Babies At Once?
40:08

In this episode, my friend Marta shares her birth story having TRIPLETS!

Marta's Birth Story:

After struggling to get pregnant, Marta sought the help of a specialist and found a mild case of endometriosis and PCOS. 6 months later, with the help of a cycle of hormonal stimulation, she got her first positive test of a triplet pregnancy. Among many mixed feelings and the emotional toll of a high-risk pregnancy, she delivered the babies at 34 weeks via C-section.
Here's a link to an article where she goes into more detail: 

Marta's Bio

Marta Spirk is a writer, woman empowerment coach, and triplet mom. Her focus is helping selfless, overwhelmed women learn to put themselves first, stop people-pleasing and become their own support system. Through her podcast The Empowered Woman, her virtual self-improvement membership and workshops, she hopes to encourage and uplift women to step into their own power and realize they ALREADY have it all!
 
You can find Marta on social media here:

 

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This episode is sponsored by Juna!

Juna is THE companion app for your Motherhood Journey. Juna was created to provide scientifically backed, up to date fitness and nutrition information, all in one place. When you download Juna you’ll enter your baby’s due date — if you’re expecting or your babies birthday  if you’ve already had your baby and you’ll be put directly into the appropriate week of your journey. There’s a key nutrient every single week with recipe suggestions, a daily trimester specific workout, and pregnancy and postpartum tips from the team at Juna. There’s really no other app like it out there. 

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Jul 27, 2020
EP38: Gail Tully from Spinning Babies Talks Inductions, VBACS, Belly Mapping & More!
55:01

In this episode, my friend Gail, the founder of Spinning Babies®, comes back a second time to talk inductions, VBACs, belly mapping, and more!

Click here to listen to part 1!

Here are the questions we go over!

  •  Inductions are becoming more and more the common thing (at least here in the US) -first off, what are you thoughts on inductions, and how can we still incorporate Spinning Babies methodologies during an induced labor?
  • For moms who plan to VBAC - are there any differences, and/or special considerations you recommend for these moms?
  • Let’s talk about Belly Mapping! (I know this is something you guys coined!) What is Belly Mapping?
  • Any last tips for moms?

SPONSOR:

This episode was sponsored by Spinning Babies!

The word “Spinning” in Spinning Babies® means how babies move through the pelvis to find the most space to come down. What makes birth easier for baby is what makes birth easier for Mom. 

Our Spinning Babies® mission is to make physiological birth more accessible to birthing people and providers alike. For instance, we believe that being head down is only half the story. How baby’s head enters the top of the pelvis correlates with length of labor and ease of labor. When facing forward a first baby may not be able to rotate for a day or two. We offer daily activities to add comfort in pregnancy now and ease in labor later.  

The Daily Essentials video is the easiest way to learn the habits and moves. Starting in mid-pregnancy is ideal. 

The Parent Class video or an in-person Parent Class for late pregnancy. The Parent Class video has lots of labor tips and techniques for comfort and also to help labor stay on track to help avoid cesareans simply because baby’s not aiming into the pelvis. 

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Jul 13, 2020
EP 37: Camila's Story - The Fight To Flourish
01:25:08

Warning: This episode talks about infant loss. If you have experienced infant and/or pregnancy loss, please proceed with caution.

In this very special episode, my friend Maria (the winner of my giveaway!) shares her story with us about her beautiful daughter, Camila. 

Maria's Bio

Maria “Eva” Itriago Rivera is a 25 year old woman from Venezuela (South America) currently living in Southwest Kansas Area. She is a Licensed Nursing Assistant, CPR Instructor and Spanish Interpreter with personal and professional experience on the medical field. Eva is a wife to Reinaldo who is a hard-working and loving man, mother to Camila who went to heaven on 5/9/2019 due to a CHD and Di George’s Syndrome and Aurora who is expected to arrive on November 2020. She enjoys singing, working out, spending time with her family and going to church. Since 06/19 she is working for a non for profit organization in Kansas as an Administrative Assistant and Spanish interpreter, helping families receive free early intervention services for children 0-3 years old that have a delay or a disability. This organization also helps mothers who are pregnant get education about their pregnancy, lactation consultation, and connecting them with the community resources available to help them meet their needs.

Eva is passionate about helping others, as the only child of a single mother she grew up facing many challenges, but at the same time her mother was a role model for her, a true example of how to be unstoppable. The many struggles she has faced in her short life have made her understand that regardless of your current situation, you always need to “Fight to Flourish – Jennie Lusko”.

Maria's Birth Story

December 2018 was the due date for the birth of my firstborn daughter “Camila”. My belly was enormous to use a more graceful term. At 35-weeks my doctor found out I had high levels of amniotic fluid, per ultrasound report: severe polyhydramnios. The doctor checked me out, but he did not understand the cause because I was “healthy”. At 39 weeks on 12/07 I had a scheduled C-section early in the morning, I was taken to the OR for the surgery, and I was very scared and excited about the birth of Camila. My anesthesiologist placed the epidural but it did not numb my body, and then they put me to sleep immediately after that under general anesthesia. Little did I know what was waiting for me.

When I woke up from the C-Section there wasn’t anyone around me, and I immediately knew that something was wrong. I just wanted to hold my baby, but instead my husband got into the room with a face that told me something was wrong. He told me that my baby was having trouble breathing and she needed to be flown out in an emergency flight to a bigger hospital 3 hours away from us. I was so confused, panicked, hurt, I felt that the weight of the world was over my body and I just wanted to really wake up. With the strength I had left I stand up, got into a wheel chair and kissed my baby good bye at the NICU, with no guarantees she would survive the flight. That moment broke my heart forever, my expectations and dreams of the birth of my daughter, and to this day this moment hunts before I go to bed. The nurses wanted me to pump, but  I had no energy knowing that my baby was away from me and I was still hospitalized, and couldn’t go with her. She made it safely to the other Hospital, and a few hours later my cellphone ringed with the worst news: Camila has a severe heart problem that we cannot fix here in Kansas, she needs to go now to Colorado. I think my own heart skipped a beat after that call, and after that call our lives and my expectations of motherhood changed forever.

Camila's Story

At 1 day old Camila had to be taken in an emergency flight from Kansas to Colorado (her second medical flight in a little over 24hrs). I asked the doctor permission to take a flight to Denver after I was discharged (4 days after my C-section). That flight was the worst nightmare of my life, I was going to pass out from the bleeding, nausea, anemia, pain and panic. I made it to Aurora, CO with my family and checked-in at the Ronald McDonalds House. Upon arrival at the hospital, I was desperate to be with my baby girl.

When I got into that CICU room, she was peacefully sleeping and I just feel like I heard: "mama I was waiting for you" in my inside, that connection... I cannot explain. That same day I ended up in the ER with a very high blood pressure and unstable but I was able to be discharged at night. The next day I went back to the CICU to hold her for the first time and be with her every second, and that same day the doctors gave us the worst news of our lives. Your daughter has: Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia and MAPCAS, and this diagnosis usually has a base genetic disorder called Di George's Syndrome or 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome which she is tested positive for 3 weeks after the blood sample was taken.... That day my life was turned upside down.

With these news my husband and I decided that we were not going to give into sadness but that we were going to give her the best life we could, give her the best of the best from our hearts and advocate like no other, after all, I knew God had prepared me for this moment

She went through a lot: X-Rays, CTs, PICC line, 3 Hearth Catheterizations, 1 failed G-J tube Surgery, NG tubes, 1 Nissen Surgery with G-tube (which I had to advocate for and propose to the medical board since they did not know what to do with her, I had another momma help me find out about this option for her on Instagram). She was intubated multiple times, had CPAP, high flow, nasal cannula, breathing treatments ...lots of labs, meds, monitors.

I knew God had not sent me to this battle without preparing me, since I had worked with every department at the rural Hospital where I gave birth (I got to learn from amazing healthcare professionals) I knew how to help her most of the time, I would provide direct care for her, even during the most critical times. She needed a 20-hour open heart and lung surgery to be able to have some chance at life, and on May 9th, 2019 at 9:00pm while I went to RMH for dinner she went into Cardiac and Respiratory arrest after getting upset while having her RT treatment.

I arrived in the middle of the episode, she did not respond to epinephrine or any other meds used for resuscitation, neither CPR. She was 3 days away from her heart surgery and 2 days away from our first mother's day together. While watching the team trying to bring her back to life, I felt an unexplainable weight in my chest, I knew in my heart it was her time, because we knew there was nothing else with could do, it was her time to go to heaven, we fought a hard battle but the decision of her life in earth unfortunately was not ours.

I held her lifeless and surprisingly weightless body one last time that night.

We spent 5 months in the Cardiac ICU with her. I must say she had everything she needed: best medical care, us as her parents by her side at all times, her grandparents got to meet her and serve her as well, and she had 2 baby showers and had tons of things, which I took as much as I could to her hospital room so she could feel at home. After her passing all these items were sent to Venezuela for the children and moms in need, and some others were donated to Ronald McDonalds House.

She never made it home, she never made it out of the hospital but she stayed forever in our hearts and minds. She changed us forever. Now I understand that her spirit was so strong, so big that her earthly and broken body could not hold. Never forgotten, always loved … My Dear Camila mommy and Daddy Love You.

You can find Maria on social media here:

Instagram:
hopeforcamila and mariaevaitriago

Resources:

For more support with Di George’s Syndrome (22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome)

https://www.22q.org/

https://22qfamilyfoundation.org/what-22q/22q-overview

For Free Early Intervention Services and Pregnancy Support in Southwest Kansas Area:
Russell Child Development Center
(620)-275-0291
https://www.rcdc4kids.org/
FB: RUSSELL CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Books for Grieving Families:
“The Fight to Flourish” by Jennie Lusko
“It was not supposed to be this way” by Lisa TerKeurst
“Be the One to Heal Yourself” by Beth Rogerson, PhD

 

Jul 06, 2020
EP36: Haley’s Positive Induction Story!
33:16
In this episode, we discuss Haley’s positive induction birth story, chat about prodromal labor, epidurals, the choice to bottle feed and mental health. We also dive into what a virtual doula is and how important it is to advocate for yourself! Tune in for some awesome birth motivation and empowerment. 
 
Haley's Bio:
Haley is a mom of two wildlings. Grayson is 2.5 years old and Blakely is 5 months old. Haley has been a doula for 2 years. In addition to helping mommas out with their birthing journey, Haley also empowers her online community by providing positive affirmations and creating a safe place to express the struggles of motherhood. On her blog she also shares traveling adventures, toddler learning and endless pictures of her tribe. 
You can find Haley on social media here:

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Jun 29, 2020
EP35: FAQ’s About the First Trimester!
50:05

In this episode, I answer the most commonly asked questions about the first trimester!

Here are the questions I go over!

What are some of the first things I should do when I find out I’m pregnant?
How do I calculate my due date? Will it change?
What are some of the common symptoms I may experience?
Let’s talk about morning sickness
Does my work environment pose any risk to my pregnancy? When do I tell my boss?
Can I continue to exercise?
What does first prenatal visit entail?
When should I call my provider? Is bleeding/cramping normal?
 

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Jun 22, 2020
EP34: Have a Question About Breastfeeding? Liesel Interviews a Lactation Expert!
54:09

In this episode, I interview my friend Sandy, a lactation consultant, and we answer all of your breastfeeding questions!

Here are the questions we go over!

-Standard symptoms that moms will feel once they initially start to breastfeed - nipple pain, engorgement, etc. and how to help some of these remedies?
-What are some of the common complaints you see in your breastfeeding group?
-What are your recommendations on starting to build a freezer supply for when you return to work?
-What does a typical nursing/pumping schedule look like? Is there even a schedule, and how does this change over time?
-Milk supply issues - what should I do if I feel like I’m not making enough milk?
-Another milk supply issue - I’m making too much, what should I do?
-Nipple Shields? I Can you explain how they work and best practices?
-Any last tips for moms?
 
Sandy's Bio:

Sandy is a Lamaze trained Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Consultant and works in Labor and Delivery at WakeMed Raleigh Campus. Sandy has 21 years of experience working with mothers and babies.

 

 

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Jun 15, 2020
EP33: Jasmine's 25-week Preemie Story!
53:39

In this episode, Jasmine shares her preemie story at 25 weeks.

Jasmine's Bio:

Jasmine Hill is a 27 year old, soon to be mother of 2, a prematurity awareness advocate and an entrepreneur who develops natural hair care products to women of all backgrounds. She has been married to her husband for almost 4 years, and was not expecting to be able to get pregnant due to her stage 4 endometriosis. However she and her husband both received the shock of their lives when they found out they were expecting in Nov of 2018. Little did they they know, their pregnancy would have some issues that could have potentially caused their son to be born premature and spend 108 days in the NICU. Due to their experience Jasmine's husband, Rodney, has developed a small clothing line to raise awareness about preterm births and prematurity, She currently 7 months pregnant again, due in April of this year. Here is their story.
 
 

Jasmine's Birth Story

My whole pregnancy from week 10, I was having UTI/kidney issues but the doctors could never pinpoint what was going on. At 22 weeks went back to the hospital, and was admitted again for possible kidney infection. The results were negative to any bacteria. However, at this point I started contracting not knowing I was, so they put a monitor on me to view my contractions and sure enough they were true because it dilated my cervix 1cm. In the following week, I had multiple OB appointments, maternal specialist appointment and coming to find out I was 80% effaced and my cervix measured 1.5cm in length. I was devastated. I did not want my baby to come at 24 weeks. Upon the doctors examining she sent me directly to the hospital for bed rest. I was there for about a week, had various scans and ultrasound and funny thing, Is nothing was wrong with Miguel he was always fine. A strong little guy! The doctors were doing all they could to keep him in. Mag drips, steroid shots, morphine, change positions, relaxation but Miguel had a mind of his own. At about 8p March 30. I was having some unusual pain, like menstrual pain combined with terrible back aches and I called the nurse who called the doctor. They just gave me more mag. About 2 hours later the pain increased and I started to bleed. The doctor who examined me and said I was still just 2cm and no change. I did not think that to be true. He gave me morphine, and it worked for about 2 hours and through the night the pain was just excruciating! I could hardly sleep let alone breathe. It got so bad I called for the doc again but he said he was just gonna leave me for the morning doctor. I was livid! But it worked out to be a blessing because the night before, I prayed if I was gonna deliver I wanted a specific doctor and that morning that is exactly who walked in. From that point I knew it was a lot we were up against but God was holding our hand.As soon as she came in, she did an ultrasound and a cervical check and told me..."we are going to be delivering your baby today. You are fully dilated...I was shocked but reassured. Instantly I was rushed into the delivery room and asked if I wanted a epidural. Of course I consented because of the pain I had been in. I was in so much pain, I didn't even know they had given it to me, but Once it was given, I shook for a little bit and then I slept for 2 whole hours. Then she came back in and said he is crowning and ready to come out. His head is coming out. It took all of 2 pushes to get him out. On March 31st at 12:46pm Miguel was at 25 weeks 2 days gestation and came out weighing 1lb 10oz. Although small, red and extremely premature our little fight let out the loudest cry with his eyes opened to show us God had him. Though has been thru many struggles such as, anemia, brain bleeds, lung bleeds, possible sepsis, pneumonia, UTI, and been on 5 different levels of respiratory support. With faith, we all have made it thru the N.I.C.U journey 108 days later weighing 7lbs 4oz. We are happy to have him home now for about 6 months and now weighing 21lbs. We owe all of his and our strength to God for looking out for him and not forgetting us.
 

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Jun 12, 2020
EP32: Pregnancy Cravings, Nutrition, Morning Sickness, & More!
48:01

In this episode, I interview my friend Ryann all about pregnancy nutrition and other factors that relate such as cravings, morning sickness, prenatal vitamins, and more!

Here are the questions we go over!

-When should we start thinking about dietary needs in regards to pregnancy? Before…or once you find out?
-What are some of the most important nutrients needed during pregnancy?
-What about morning sickness, how do I get nutrients? If I’m sick all the time, is my baby being depleted?
-Talk to us about prenatal vitamins, how do I look for a good quality one? Aren’t they all the same?
-I have some intense cravings, should I just listen to my body or should I restrict my crazy cravings?
-DAIRY! I am normally lactose intolerant but for some reason I’m not now that I’m pregnant, what is up with that?
-Let’s talk about anemia and iron needs-adding iron through foods and/or taking supplements, when it’s needed.
-Kombucha, what is the deal…is it safe?
-Do you have experience with counseling women who have Gestational Diabetes? What are some things you tell them in regards to diet?
-Weight gain….what if I’m “gaining too much weight” what do I do?
 
Ryann's Bio:
Ryann is a clinically trained Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Lactation Educator, and Author of The Feel-Good Pregnancy Cookbook. She is the founder of The Prenatal Nutritionist, a virtual nutrition private practice, which focuses on preparing women for pregnancy and conquering nutrition during and after pregnancy. She helps women feel confident in their ability to properly nourish a growing baby through a real food approach. Aside from one on one nutrition counseling, Ryann is a nutrition writer, recipe developer, and nutrition content creator. You can find her most often on her popular Instagram account @prenatalnutritionist.
 
 
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Jun 01, 2020
EP31: What’s It Like to Get an Epidural?
37:31

In this episode, I go over a highly requested topic that you guys have sent me: EPIDURALS!!

Here are the questions we go over!

1. What is it like to get an epidural? What Is the procedure like?
2. What are some common side effects & complications?
3. Common myths vs facts regarding epidurals?
 

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May 25, 2020
EP30: Don’t Worry About Being THAT Pregnant Lady, It Might Save Your Baby!
46:00

Maria’s Birth Story:

Maria Topper is a 23 year old mom of 2, blogger, and activist, she lives  in germany with her kids and they’re a blended family. 
she uses her voice and social channels to talk about motherhood and its realities. 
At 19 years old she found out she was pregnant, she was living in a foreign country and a seemingly normal pregnancy turned into any mom to be worst scenario when doctors refused to listen to her and she developed eclampsia. 
She delivered a baby at 30 weeks via emergency c section, and her baby girl spent 6 weeks in the NICU. Adjusting to life after the NICU wasn’t easy and she suffered with PPD and PTSD. 
 
Few years later she wanted to extend her family and was met by the hard road that trying to conceive can be for some couples, after multiple miscarriages she was diagnosed with anti phospholipid syndrome but was able to get pregnant and delivered a healthy term baby via Vbac. 
 
Maria urges moms to be to use their voice during pregnancy, to stand up for themselves if needed and know that they are important as are their feelings and concerns. 
 
“Don’t worry about being THAT pregnant lady, it might save your baby” 
 
You can follow Maria on social media here:

 

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May 18, 2020
EP29: Interview with Dr. Perez the OBGYN: High Risk Pregnancies, Genetic Screenings & More!
01:16:26

In this episode, my friend Marta and I went over some important topics related to OBGYN.

Here are the questions we go over!

1. Let’s talk about preconception visits, are they necessary, what exactly does one entail?
2. Genetic screening tests, pros, cons, how invasive, what does it tell you?
3. High risk pregnancies-why you do NST’s, what else do you do during a high risk pregnancy?
4. Inductions-pros and cons?
5. How are OB’s trained, what kind of places do you all work?
6. How do you find a provider who you can trust?
 
Marta's Bio:
 
Dr. Marta Perez is a practicing OB-GYN in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to a busy practice taking care of women of all ages, delivering babies, and performing surgery, she enjoys spending time with her fiance and puppy, running, yoga, cooking, reading, and creating educational content for my IG to help women live their happiest, healthiest lives.
 
You can follow Marta on social media here:
 
Instagram: @Marta Perez 
Youtube channel:  Marta Perez
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May 11, 2020
EP28: Are You Afraid Of Labor? Pooping, Tearing, Contractions & More!
33:27

There are a lot of questions and fear surrounding labor! In this episode, I go over some common labor and delivery fears such as pooping, tearing, c-sections, and more!

Here are the questions we go over!
 
  1. Will I poop/what if I poop?
  2. What if I tear/how bad will I tear?
  3. What if I have to have a C-section?
  4. How bad does labor actually hurt?
  5. What if it’s too late to get an epidural?
  6. How does a baby legit fit through my vagina?

Sources: 

https://mommylabornurse.com/how-to-prevent-tearing-during-delivery/

https://mommylabornurse.com/scheduled-c-section-what-to-expect/

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May 04, 2020
EP27: Meagan’s Long Induction with a 4th Degree Tear
45:02

In this episode, my friend Meaghan shares her induction experience followed by an agonizing 4th degree vaginal tear!

Meaghan's Birth Story:

Pre-pregnancy I was diagnosed with Chrohn’s disease and PCOS. Finding out I was pregnant was a huge surprise, but a welcomed one! My Chrohn’s symptoms were completely suppressed in pregnancy, and I was able to be off my medication the entire time which was unexpected! After a pretty normal pregnancy, I was induced 5 days after my due date on a Wednesday night. After about 12 hours of pitocin and cytotec to soften the cervix not much was happening and a foley balloon was placed to get my cervix to 4cm. I had a foley balloon in for almost 10 hours and Thursday late afternoon I was finally at 4cm and able to remove the balloon. Within a few hours, I reached around 7cm and the doctor broke my bag of water manually. I was able to try a “walking” epidural where there is no lidocaine so I could get pain relief and stay out of bed. Within 30 minutes I was asked to stay seated because of stress on the baby, so I switch to a full epidural. I got to 9 1/2 cm late Thursday night and stayed there for about 8 hours until 7 AM. My nurse practiced spinning babies and many positions to help, but it was long and I was tired! I started pushing 9:30am Friday and delivered my son at 1:30 after 4 hours of pushing! He came out with his fist next to his head, and many of my tissues or a weakened from Crohn’s so there was initial obvious tearing. My son had to go to the nicU initially for breathing, and in that time my doctor discovered I have a fourth-Degree tear. Which she said was the second in her 15 year career. After about an hour of active stitching in a second doctor to help I was stitched up and asked to rest. I was able to see my son a few hours later from the nicU and he was doing great. Later that day when the nurses try to get me out of bed, I fainted. This continue to happen through the night so I wasn’t able to leave my bed. The next morning it showed my blood count was down 40% and I wouldn’t be able to go to bed until I got a blood transfusion or wait it out with saline. I got two bags of blood and by the end of Saturday was able to take a shower and get out of bed. Thankfully my husband was a huge help And baby was doing great and breast-feeding well. Healing a tear that bad it’s tough work and made for a tough postpartum. I had two infections that are so painful I could barely stand that came with high fevers and  I had anabiotic’s for both. Because of the anabiotic’s the baby and I both had thrush which a different medication as needed for. After about five weeks I finally started feeling more myself and able to fully care for my baby right when my husband went back to work. I’ve done pelvic floor therapy since six weeks postpartum and it’s helped a ton. I’m still dealing with tailbone pain if I sit too long And pain with intercourse, but have plans to see a specialist about scar tissue and potential trapped nerves. Coming out of my delivery I couldn’t find a lot of information about tears this bad, and I want to encourage others that you can really do the work to get a lot of your body back and it can be OK.

Meaghan's Bio:

Meagan lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband Zac and son Lincoln, who is turning one in August. Meagan previously worked in hospitality sales before choosing to stay home with Lincoln. She loves to cook, take walks with their dog ralphie and read. 

 

 

 

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Whether you’re a new mom or a pro, Mommy Knows Best gives you plenty of options, all of which are created with the health and safety of both baby and mom in mind. 
 
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Kindred Bravely has donated over $500,000 worth of Hands-Free Pumping and Nursing Bras to mamas who are currently working in healthcare during this pandemic as a thank you for what they're doing every day.

Use code MLN20 to get 20% off all Kindred Bravely products (excluding gift cards and bundles) at KindredBravely.com!

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This episode was sponsored by yours truly!

My updated prenatal courses, Birth it Up: The Natural Series and Birth it Up: The Epidural Series are OUT NOW!

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  • 30+ Lessons with Teaching Videos!
  • Free Access FOREVER!
  • Free Access to my Facebook Groups
  • Money Back Guaranteed!

I will hold your hand through this entire series. This isn't the kind of course where I leave you a book to read. I'm going to be talking to you throughout this whole course, and explaining EXACTLY what you need to know about what's going to happen in your upcoming birth.  Click here to take a short quiz to find out which course is best for you! Use code PODCASTLISTENER to save 20% off any course!

Apr 27, 2020
EP26: What Happens When You Miscarry?
59:51

In this episode, my friend Brittany shares her story with us about her 3 miscarriages. In the second-half of the episode, I answer some of your common questions about miscarriages and loss. 

Here are the questions I go over:

  1. How common is miscarriage?
  2. What are the signs/symptoms of miscarriage?
  3. How does age increase the risk of miscarriage?
  4. What exactly happens when you have a miscarriage?
  5. What are some of the treatment options?
  6. What may I see? What do I do if I am managing it at home?
  7. How soon can I conceive again?

Brittany's Story:

Brittany had one healthy pregnancy with 3 miscarriages and is currently 18 weeks pregnant. She wanted to talk today about miscarrying, the physical and emotional pains, and be a resource to any mom out there who is having issues with fertility. 

 
Brittany's Bio:
Dr. Brittany is a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist in Virginia. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a BSeD and Duke University for her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. When she is not helping pregnant and postpartum women, she loves spending time  with her husband, 3 year old and little one on the way.
 
You can follow Brittany on social media here:
Apr 20, 2020
EP25: Common Nutritional Needs During Pregnancy
43:20

In this episode, I interview my friend Lisa, the founder of Bumpin Blends, about common nutritional needs during pregnancy!

Here are the topics we go over:

-Iron deficiency
-PICA
-DASH diet for preeclampsia 
-Gestational Diabetes
 
Lisa's Bio:

THERE I WAS, 8 MONTHS PREGNANT, CRYING OVER SPILLED CHIA SEEDS…

I had used smoothies throughout my pregnancy as a means to meet my baby’s needs while nurturing my own -- getting my nutrients in while including ingredients to soothe my nausea, bring down my swollen ankles, and of course, to satisfy my cookie dough cravings!

As a registered dietitian, even I was overwhelmed by not only the sheer number of nutritional needs to be met when making a tiny human (folate, and vitamin D, and omega-3s… oh my!), but how challenging it was to squeeze all these nutrients into my day (especially since I really just felt like eating mac n cheese and mint chip ice cream).

On that particular morning, accidentally breaking open a full bag of chia seeds and having them spill all over the floor was no surprise. It was one of many recent clumsy moments in the kitchen, including blending a wooden spatula into an acai bowl, visiting the ER after a failed chopping carrots situation (ten stitches!), staining our countertop with wild blueberries, just to name a few… I was officially too pregnant to play in the kitchen, which made me wonder if other mamas out there were feeling that way, too.

So, I set out to help other women, moms, and soon-to-be mamas meet their nutritional needs and nurture their symptoms in an easy, fast, and delicious way. No more crying over spilled chia seeds.

SPONSORS:

Bumpin Blends

Imagine customized smoothies to meet your exact needs… and for pregnant and postpartum nursing moms, those of your baby as well! Bumpin Blends is an amazing way to get the nutrients you require while expecting and what your body is craving postpartum.
 
This genius solution to help improve the many symptoms of new motherhood creates custom pre-blended, frozen smoothie cubes that are delivered every 2 weeks! Each of their 22 smoothie blends is designed to support a particular symptom of motherhood from pregnancy symptoms (like morning sickness and swollen ankles) to postpartum needs (like boosting milk supply and mood) to the many needs of an on-the-go mom (like energy and reducing anxiety). The process is simple:
 
- Fill in your symptoms, due date or baby’s age, and dietary preferences.
 
- Bumpin Blends customizes seven different smoothies specific to your needs and sets you up with your own 24/7 nutritionist. Your smoothie cubes are delivered to your door every other week.
 
- Pour a packet of pre-blended cubes into the blender, add liquid, and enjoy! The packets are even designed to be opened with one hand - making them perfect for a mom juggling it all!
 
Mommy Labor Nurse listeners can take 20% off their order on bumpinblends.com with the code MOMMYLABORNURSE!
 

Mommy Labor Nurse

This episode was sponsored by yours truly!

My updated prenatal courses, Birth it Up: The Natural Series and Birth it Up: The Epidural Series are OUT NOW!

My courses include:

  • 30+ Lessons with Teaching Videos!
  • Free Access FOREVER!
  • Free Access to my Facebook Groups
  • Money Back Guaranteed!

I will hold your hand through this entire series. This isn't the kind of course where I leave you a book to read. I'm going to be talking to you throughout this whole course, and explaining EXACTLY what you need to know about what's going to happen in your upcoming birth.  Go to mommylabornurse.com/podcast to take a short quiz to find out which course is best for you! Use code PODCASTLISTENER to save 20% off any course!

 

 
Apr 13, 2020
EP24: Juniper’s Story
54:40

In this episode, my friend Amanda shares her stillborn story with us about her beautiful daughter, Juniper Ann.

Amanda's Birth Story:

On Thursday, August 9, 2018 my husband and I went to our last MFM appointment in the cities for a growth ultrasound, before my scheduled induction that was just 4 days away. We heard the words at this appointment no pregnant woman ever wants to hear "I'm sorry there is no heartbeat." Our precious baby had died, in my womb. Absolutely numb, we left the clinic, stopped home, and then headed to the hospital. You still have to give birth when your baby dies. After being induced, 5 hours of labor, and then over 2 hours of pushing, we got to meet our gorgeous daughter Juniper, but the only cries we heard were our own. She was silent but absolutely perfect. Our families came to meet her, I am so glad everyone got to hold her. We spent the night with Juniper at the hospital, the nurses keeping a close eye on my blood pressure as I had preeclampsia (which is what caused Junie's IUGR and ultimately led to her death.) She was stillborn but she is still loved! 
 

Resources:

Resources:

 
Star Legacy Foundationhttps://starlegacyfoundation.org/
Stillbirth support & research organization. Please mention their online support groups where you are able! They are so helpful and easy to access, and free. 
 
 
Faith's Lodge: Retreat for loss families
 
Books:
Empty Cradle, Broken Heart
Ask Me His Name
Its Ok That You're Not Ok
The Baby Loss Guide

 

 

Apr 06, 2020
EP23: Answering Your Common Questions About VBAC’s!
01:21:00

In this episode, I interview my friends Julie and Meagan all about VBACS!

Here are the questions we go over!

1. What are some of the first things I can do if I am interested in VBAC?
2. How do I find a VBAC friendly provider? Is there a best way? 
3. What are some of the biggest misconceptions out there about VBAC?
4.Can you talk about the “my pelvis is too small” myth regarding VBAC? (This might come up in the previous question)
5. Can you talk about about "failure to progress” and why that gets labeled so frequently?
6. I have my own personal beliefs about epidurals and their relationship to c-sections and VBAC's - how do you guys feel about this?
7. What are some of the differences in preparing for VBAC vs. preparing for birth (after not having a c-section).
8. What are some of the best resources to check out?
 
VBAC LINK's Bio:
 
 
The VBAC Link’s mission is to make birth after Cesarean better by providing education, support, and a community of like-minded people. Organized by Julie Francom, and Meagan Heaton, VBAC moms, doulas, educators, and doula trainers, they have supported over 700 women on their individual VBAC journeys and have a community of thousands of women all over the world. Their reach is far, wide, and impactful.
 
Resources:
Podcast: The VBAC Link, find wherever you listen to podcasts or at thevbaclink.com/podcasts/
Advanced VBAC Doula Certification: https://www.thevbaclink.com/vbac-doula-training/
They are also on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube as The VBAC Link! (@thevbaclink)
 

SPONSOR:

This episode was sponsored by yours truly!

My updated prenatal courses, Birth it Up: The Natural Series and Birth it Up: The Epidural Series are OUT NOW!

My courses include:

  • 30+ Lessons with Teaching Videos!
  • Free Access FOREVER!
  • Free Access to my Facebook Groups
  • Money Back Guaranteed!

I will hold your hand through this entire series. This isn't the kind of course where I leave you a book to read. I'm going to be talking to you throughout this whole course, and explaining EXACTLY what you need to know about what's going to happen in your upcoming birth.  Go to mommylabornurse.com/podcast to take a short quiz to find out which course is best for you! Use code PODCASTLISTENER to save 20% off any course!

 

Mar 30, 2020
EP22: Let’s Talk About Postpartum Depression
46:04

In this episode, my friend Mallory shares her experience with postpartum depression and later I do a Q&A answering your questions about it.

Here are the questions I go over in the Q&A!

  1. What should I do if I need help?
  2. What are some of the common treatment methods?
  3. Are there certain risk factors?
  4. What should I say to people if they think I’m fine, because I don’t look sick?
  5. How long will it take for me to feel better?

Mallory's Bio:

Mallory is a mom to two sweet kids, ages 3.5 and 8 months who fill her heart with joy and her home with mess and never-ending laundry! She and her husband live in Nashville, TN and Mallory spends her time outside the home helping parents and school personnel provide the best services for their kids with special needs. She is a contributing writer for Scary Mommy, the Mighty, and Wallet Path and can be found online at www.iepguru.com, or by email at mallory.a.whitmore@gmail.com.

Resources:

SPONSOR:

This episode was sponsored by yours truly!

My updated prenatal courses, Birth it Up: The Natural Series and Birth it Up: The Epidural Series are OUT NOW!

My courses include:

  • 30+ Lessons with Teaching Videos!
  • Free Access FOREVER!
  • Free Access to my Facebook Groups
  • Money Back Guaranteed!

I will hold your hand through this entire series. This isn't the kind of course where I leave you a book to read. I'm going to be talking to you throughout this whole course, and explaining EXACTLY what you need to know about what's going to happen in your upcoming birth.  Go to mommylabornurse.com/podcast to take a short quiz to find out which course is best for you! Use code PODCASTLISTENER to save 20% off any course!

Mar 23, 2020
EP21: Sienna’s Vaginal Breech Birth!
33:23

In this episode, my friend Sienna shares her crazy vaginal breech birth and postpartum experience!

Sienna's Birth Story:

Phew! How am I going to summarize this? I had a very healthy pregnancy with very normal (annoying) pregnancy symptoms. Morning sickness, exhaustion, and sciatic nerve pain got the best of me most days, but all in all, I can't complain about too much. At 37 weeks I began feeling a lot of pressure in my pelvis and the pregnancy waddle was much worse than before! At my doctor's appointment that week I was already 3cm and 90% effaced and the baby was head down and ready to go. A week later I had progressed to 4cm, still 90%. My doctor said I could literally have this baby any day- and I did. My water broke (or should I say trickled) around 2pm on July 15th at 38 weeks 3 days. I wasn't sure if it was actually my water that had broken or just extra discharge (ew). I went in to get checked to see if it had really broken or not, and it did, yet I wasn't feeling pain with any of my contractions. I was still 4cm and 90%. I kept not progressing or feeling any pain, so they started Pitocin at 9:30pm. They also did an ultrasound to see what position the baby was in and he was still head down. After waiting and waiting, around 4am those dang contractions hit me like a brick. I could write a novel on how they felt/ how I managed them/ how much of a support my husband was... but I'm going to focus elsewhere- just know it was miserable. Around 5:50 they wanted me to start "Practice Pushes" and to my relief they actually made the contractions SO much more manageable. It's like pushing relieved my tense muscles. As time went on, my baby was just not descending like he should have been and I was exhausted. It was about to be shift change and I was relieved because that meant my OBGYN would be there to deliver my baby instead of the other doctor I had never seen before. The nurses had me halt on pushing until she got there but that was much easier said than done! I mean, we could literally see my baby. The nurses joked that my baby was bald and there was not a single hair on his head. Around 7:20 my body started involuntarily pushing, it was such a weird experience feeling my body completely take over to do what was so natural for it. But my doctor wasn't here yet! Thankfully, she ran in seconds later and scrambled to get dressed and ready. She took one look at what was supposedly my baby's head and her faced dropped in what seemed like slow motion. "This baby is breach!" She said we were looking at his booty and not his head. HOLY CRAP. So can we like push him back up in there and turn him or something?? HA. If only it was that simple. Not only was he breach, but he was booty first and folded in half. Just thinking about him coming out made me cringe. My body had another contraction and started pushing and she said very confidently that we were delivering him breach. Luckily, she just so happened to be a high risk doctor who has delivered many breach babies and actually opted for that route in many cases. She knew exactly what to do. Talk about a miracle! She said as soon as his bum and torso were out, they were going to snap the bed down, and turn him to get his shoulders to come out. It all happened so fast, and exactly how she said it would. Everett Layne was born at 7:27am on July 16th. He was all bruised up from being squeeze through folded in half, but so happy to finally be out. He didn't even cry, just laid on my chest and looked up at me with his big beautiful eyes. I ended up getting a 3rd degree tear and felt every bit of it without any medication or epidural. But as many moms will tell you, it was all so, SO worth it. 
 
You can find Sienna on social media here:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sienna_skousen/

SPONSOR:

Today’s episode is sponsored by Juna! Juna is THE companion app for your Motherhood Journey.

Sarah, the founder of Juna, created the app to provide scientifically backed, up to date fitness and nutrition information, all in one place.

When you download Juna you’ll enter your baby’s due date -if you’re expecting, or your baby’s birthday if you’ve already had your baby, & you’ll be put directly into the appropriate week of your journey.

There’s a key nutrient every single week with recipe suggestions, a daily trimester-specific workout, and pregnancy and postpartum tips from Sarah and the team at Juna. There’s really no other app like it out there!

Sarah is giving a special offer to Mommy Labor Nurse listeners so right now you can get Juna for 20% off your subscription by using the code LIESEL at subscribe.juna.co. 🙂

Mar 16, 2020
EP 20: Liesel Answers Your Most Common Breastfeeding Questions - Part 2
48:58

In this episode, I do an extended q&a session-taking questions that you guys have given me about breastfeeding - part 2!

Here are the questions we go over!

  1. How long should my baby nurse at each feeding? How do I know if baby is finished?
  2. How do I really know if my baby is getting enough milk?
  3. What to do if my baby is really having difficulty with a latch?
  4. How does ovulation play into breastfeeding? Can you still get pregnant while you breastfeed?
  5. What do I do about leaking breasts? How to manage?
  6. What to do about sore nipples?
  7. Clogged ducts!! What to do?
  8. Should I stop breastfeeding if I am sick?

SPONSORS:

Wellements

This episode is sponsored by Wellements!

Wellements is a supplement and remedy line for infants and toddlers with products for teething, tummy, vitamins & minerals, sniffle season, etc!

All of their products are…

    • USDA certified organic 
    • Preservative-Free 
    • Bottled in glass – the best choice for the health of our planet and for the health of our tiniest humans!

Use code MOMMYLABORNURSE or visit https://wellements.com/mommylabornurse for 15% off any products!

 

Mommy Labor Nurse

This episode was sponsored by yours truly!

My updated prenatal courses, Birth it Up: The Natural Series and Birth it Up: The Epidural Series are OUT NOW!

My courses include:

  • 30+ Lessons with Teaching Videos!
  • Free Access FOREVER!
  • Free Access to my Facebook Groups
  • Money Back Guaranteed!

I will hold your hand through this entire series. This isn't the kind of course where I leave you a book to read. I'm going to be talking to you throughout this whole course, and explaining EXACTLY what you need to know about what's going to happen in your upcoming birth. 

Go to mommylabornurse.com/podcast to take a short quiz to find out with course is best for you! Use code PODCASTLISTENER to save 20% off any course!

Mar 09, 2020
EP18: Have A Better Birth After Taking Birth it Up! :)
37:05

In this episode, my friend Cierra shares her traumatic birth experience with her first, and her amazing, empowered birth experience with her second after taking Birth it Up!

Cierra's Birth Story:

After having a traumatic 1st birth of her son, Cierra wanted to have a different experience with the birth of her daughter. Switching providers and educating herself lead to the unmedicated water birth she dreamed of. She had some hurdles breastfeeding at first, but was able to go on to exclusively breast feed for 4 months and counting. 

You can find Cierra on social media here:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/cierraivey

SPONSOR:

This episode was sponsored by yours truly!

My updated prenatal courses, Birth it Up: The Natural Series and Birth it Up: The Epidural Series are OUT NOW!

Use code IAMPREGNANT to save 40% during the launch which ends Thursday, February 27th!

30+ Lessons with Teaching Videos!

I will hold your hand through this entire series. This isn't the kind of course where I leave you a book to read. I'm going to be talking to you throughout this whole course, and explaining EXACTLY what you need to know about what's going to happen in your upcoming birth.

From how your body preps for labor, to what to do if you can't effectively push with your epidural, we are going to go over all of it.

Feb 24, 2020
EP17: How to Have An Easier Labor! - Interview with Gail Tully from Spinning Babies®
01:02:24

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In this episode, I interview my friend Gail, the founder of Spinning Babies®!

Here are the questions we go over!

1. How did you start Spinning Babies?
2. Ample fetal positioning (specifically, that head-down is not enough), and creating room in a woman’s pelvis are two key points I learned from my spinning babies workshop - can you elaborate on the importance of these regarding labor?

3. Are there exercises/movements/tips you recommend we implement during pregnancy for an easier labor?
4. I often have women asking “how do I turn my breech baby?”, do you have advice, best resources on this question?
5. What about posterior babies (they are so common) - how can we prevent or avoid a posterior position during labor? 
6. Let’s talk about asyncliticism - what that is, and how to overcome a baby who is asynclitic.
 
See SpinningBabies.com for more information on Gail Tully, the Approved Trainers and Spinning Babies.
 
Interested in bringing Gail or another Approved Trainer to your city? See the current list of Approved Trainer on our Spinning Babies website and book a workshop with this form
Feb 17, 2020
EP16 : Common Questions About Breastfeeding! - Part 1
01:03:15

In this episode, I do an extended q&a session-taking questions that you guys have given me about breastfeeding!

Here are the questions we go over!

  1. How does breast milk supply work?
  2. What are some of the best ways to increase my milk supply?
  3. What is the best pump? What are the types of ways to express milk?
  4. What about weaning? Do you have any tips on safely weaning from breastfeeding?
  5. Going into breastfeeding, what are some of the best resources I can use to prepare myself?
  6. What do I do if I’m having trouble?
  7. My supply is too much! How do I decrease it?
  8. I’m going back to work soon, what are some good tips for going back?
  9. Is it ok to give formula and breastfeed at the same time? How does that work?

 

RESOURCES:

Milkology course:

https://milkology.teachable.com/p/breastfeedingclass?affcode=86567_maixfogg

Kelly Mom - a great website for breastfeeding moms:

https://kellymom.com/

My article on weaning:

https://mommylabornurse.com/when-to-stop-breastfeeding/

My article on increasing supply:

https://mommylabornurse.com/how-to-increase-milk-supply/

 

SPONSOR:

This episode was sponsored by Mommy Knows Best!

Mommy Knows Best empowers all moms with the tools and resources necessary to give your newborn the best start in life! From an assortment of delicious lactation cookies to supplements and beyond, their products contain all natural herbal remedies traditionally and effectively used for generations to treat low milk supply.

Whether you’re a new mom or a pro, Mommy Knows Best gives you plenty of options, all of which are created with the health and safety of both baby and mom in mind. 
 
Plus, I’m really excited to tell you they just added a new gluten and dairy free lactation cookie mix this week! 

 

Use code LABORNURSE20 to get 20% off all Mommy Knows Best products valid on Amazon or MommyKnowsBest.com!
Feb 10, 2020
EP15: Carly's VBAC After Having Two C-Sections!
01:02:23

In this episode, my friend Carly shares her VBAC experience after having two c-sections, and finding a great provider who was supportive of her wishes!

Carly's Birth Story:

Carly's first 2 births were 19 months apart and very similar. Healthy pregnancies, in labor on her own before her due date, pushing for a while, then resulting in a c-section due to failure to progress from baby's posterior position. For baby #3, Carly's original OBGYN told her they would no longer support attempting a VBAC after 2 c-sections in a row so she began searching for a provider who would evaluate her 3rd pregnancy on its own merits, not simply because of doctor liability. After finding a doctor who was supportive of Carly's wishes, she was confident about her 3rd pregnancy. At 9 weeks pregnant, Carly experienced a major subchorionic hemorrhage that she was told could result in a miscarriage. Bleeding lasted on and off for roughly 2 weeks and an ultrasound showed that the hemorrhage encompassed more than 50% of her uterine wall. Thankfully, after bed rest, pelvic rest, and no lifting, a followup ultrasound revealed the hemorrhage had dissolved and baby was perfectly healthy! Carly went into labor around 9am in the morning 2 days before her due date. She headed to the hospital wondering how this 3rd birth would end up! After laboring for about 5 hours at the hospital she was ready to push! While pushing for about a half hour, Carly was remembering how she had been to this point before and still ended in a c-section so didn't want to get her hopes too up. But during a contraction while closing her eyes to push as hard as she could she heard her doctor say words she'll never forget: "open your eyes and look at your baby!" Baby Jude came out a happy, healthy, quiet little 7lb 13oz bundle. Everyone in the room was ELATED knowing the previous birth history. Now she wants to share her story more because she struggled to find support and positive stories from other experiences of vaginal births after 2 c-sections.
 
You can find Carly on social media here:
 

SPONSOR:

This episode was sponsored by Spinning Babies!

The word "Spinning" in Spinning Babies® means how babies move through the pelvis to find the most space to come down. What makes birth easier for baby is what makes birth easier for Mom. 

Our Spinning Babies® mission is to make physiological birth more accessible to birthing people and providers alike. For instance, we believe that being head down is only half the story. How baby's head enters the top of the pelvis correlates with length of labor and ease of labor. When facing forward a first baby may not be able to rotate for a day or two. We offer daily activities to add comfort in pregnancy now and ease in labor later.  

The Daily Essentials video is the easiest way to learn the habits and moves. Starting in mid-pregnancy is ideal. 

The Parent Class video or an in-person Parent Class for late pregnancy. The Parent Class video has lots of labor tips and techniques for comfort and also to help labor stay on track to help avoid cesareans simply because baby's not aiming into the pelvis. 

Does your doctor or midwife require baby to be head down before labor? Do they do cesarean birth for all breeches? Are you pregnant and hoping to avoid surgery? Then the Helping Your Breech Baby Turn eBook is for you. Prepare for an easier childbirth with this eBook, a self-directed 6-day program for pregnant parents with a breech baby developed by a Certified Professional Midwife. Listeners of Mommy Nurse Labor podcast can use the code mommy15 on the Spinning Babies® online shop for 15% off your purchase of the Helping Your Breech Baby Turn eBook.

Feb 03, 2020
EP14: Twins with Mama Doctor Jones!
36:15

In this episode, I interview my friend Danielle all about twins, and she shares her personal experience with having twins!

Here are the questions we go over!

1. What are some of the main differences between a twin pregnancy and a singleton pregnancy? 
2. What are some of the main differences I can expect during a twin delivery, that would be different from a singleton?
3. What are the different types of twins? Which are the most common and which are the ones that come with the most risk?
4. Can I have a vaginal delivery if I have twins? Or can I only have a c-section? (We might basically answer this in the above questions)
5. Do I have to have an epidural if have twins?
6. How do I count kicks effectively if I have twins? How do I know both are doing ok?
7. Can I still breastfeed if I have twins?
 

You can find Danielle on social media here:

Jan 21, 2020
EP 13: Answering Your Questions About C-Sections!
37:26

In this episode, I do an extended q&a session-taking questions that you guys have given me about c-sections!

Here are the questions we go over!

  1. What are some reasons why a c-section is warranted?
  2. What can I expect when I go the hospital for my scheduled c-section?
  3. Can you still do skin to skin?
  4. Can you be awake in an emergency c-section if you haven’t had an epidural/spinal block?
  5. How long after my c-section can I start massaging my scar?
  6. If you have an anterior placenta- how does the surgeon know where the placenta is before they cut?
  7. Why can’t I eat or drink before the c-section?
  8. Do they cut through your old scar for repeat c-sections?
  9. Any tips or tricks to distract me so I can handle the spinal?
  10. Why did I vomit so much during my c-section? Will that happen again?
  11. Why do your feet swell up again after your c-section?
  12. Can a c-section affect your milk supply?
Jan 20, 2020
EP12: Kara's 31 Week Preterm Birth
38:06

In this episode, my friend Kara shares her 31 week preterm birth story and her term delivery of her 2nd baby!

Kara's Birth Story

My first baby, Quinn, turned my world upside down. His birth came as quite the surprise when my water broke one night at 30 weeks and 6 days while cooking dinner. After getting to the hospital and running a series of tests it was confirmed that my water had broken and I was transferred to a different hospital with a level 4 NICU. I was placed on a series of different medications to help his lungs develop and stop my contractions for 2 days. After I was "steroid complete" I was taken off the medication to stop my contractions and Quinn was born a few hours later. He was 3 lbs 8oz of scrawny cuteness. He spent 28 days in the NICU and was what they called a "feeder and grower" without any complications during his stay other than the typical preemie breathing and heart rate issues. Quinn is now a healthy, funny, sweet almost 4 year old who loves trucks and playing outside. 

 
We always wanted a big family, so after a lot of thought we decided we were ready to try for baby number 2. My pregnancy with Evie was medically uncomplicated but I dealt with a lot of PTSD and anxiety over the possibility of having another preemie. Due to my history of premature delivery I had cervical length measurements every 2 weeks through my 2nd trimester, and got weekly progesterone shots from weeks 16 to 36. Evie was both at 39 weeks in the lightning fast one hour labor from start to finish. My water broke at home at 10pm. We got into the delivery room at 11:10 and she was born at 11:12pm. Her feisty almost 2 year old personality very much matches her entrance to the world. 
 
I am now pregnant with my 3rd baby and we are receiving co-care through my OB office for the progesterone shots and cervical length ultrasounds and planning a home birth with a midwife team. If the 3rd baby is usually a wild card this little one has a lot to live up to! 
 

You can find Kara on social media here:

Free resources: https://karacoffin.com/free-resources/

Prenatal fitness membership: https://programs.karacoffin.com/
20% off with code Liesel20
(postpartum coming soon!)
 
 

SPONSOR:

This episode was sponsored by yours truly!

Did you guys know I have a newborn sleep course? Use the code PODCASTLISTENER to save 20%!

Baby We're Home, Now Let's Sleep!

Jan 13, 2020
EP11 : Jeanice Talks To Us About Pelvic Floor Sexual Health!
42:51

In this episode, I interview my friend Jeanice all about pelvic floor sexual health!

Here are the questions we go over!

  1. Ok, so what exactly happens during pregnancy, and during delivery, to disrupt sexual health?
  2. Let’s start talking about postpartum sex, how long should I wait?
  3. Should it hurt at all? What should I do if it does?
  4. Give me your best tips for having a pain-free experience
  5. When should I seek help from a pelvic floor specialist? How do I even find one?
  6. What should I expect a typical visit to look like? How long does the treatment typically last?
  7. I’m SO embarrassed (and nervous/scared), and I can’t even think about going to a pelvic floor specialist..what should I do?
  8. Sex has never really felt great to me, and now that I’ve had a baby it’s worse & painful, is this something that pelvic floor therapy can help?
  9. Any last tips you have for moms struggling with sexual health after pregnancy?

You can find Jeanice on social media here:

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Jan 07, 2020
EP10: Lindsay's Two Very Different C Sections!
23:11

Lindsay's Birth Story

My pregnancy with my oldest son, Wyatt, was quite eventful. My pregnancy started out normal and uneventful but I developed Shingles in my 2nd trimester. I have Crohn's disease and take a strong immunsuppresive medication and was advised by my OB to stop the medication, for fear the Shingles would spread and get much worse if my immune system was weakened. While that plan did help the Shingles calm down, it also kicked off an intense Crohn's disease flare, which ultimately lead to a 3 week early emergency c-section birth. While my birth with our oldest was scary and stressful, he was born perfectly happy and healthy, which was a tremendous blessing.

Fast forward 3.5 years and I was lucky enough to get pregnant a second time. My pregnancy was very normal and my Crohns was well managed by my medication. I had to decide between a VBAC and a scheduled c-section and my personal choice was to schedule a c-section. My fear was I would attempt a VBAC, it would not go as planned, and I would end up with another emergency c-section. My c-section stories are different but at the end of the day, they resulted in healthy, happy, baby boys and for that I am so grateful.

Dec 17, 2019
EP9: Mona the Pediatrician Answers Your Most Common Newborn Questions!
01:16:04

In this episode, I interview my friend Dr. Mona Amin! She is a board-certified pediatrician and she will be answering some of your most common pediatric questions! This was a fabulous episode with so much great info!

Here are the questions we go over!

1. When is the best time to start looking for a pediatrician? What are some questions I should ask?
2. Reflux! What helps?
3. Cradle Cap? How long does it stay for and what do I do?
4. Baby acne-remedies?
5. Solids? When is the best time to introduce and what are your recommendations?
6. COLIC HELP!
7. Are vit d drops truly necessary for breastfed babies? How do they help?
8. My baby is breastfed and is going long stretches without pooping-is that normal?
9. Gas remedies?
10. My baby is coughing and congested at night, what can I do? He can’t seem to even eat because he’s so stuffed up!
Dec 09, 2019
EP8: A Vaginal/Breech Twin Delivery with Emmie!
42:41

Listen above to Emmie's vaginal, twin birth story! 

Nov 25, 2019
EP7: Strap Your Baby In the Car Safely With Michelle!
01:12:37

In this episode, we dive into all things car seats! As you know, car seat safety so so crazy important! 

Here are the questions we go over!

  1.  If I am just bringing my baby home from the hospital, let’s go over the basics when buckling baby in?
  2.  Talk to me about the “pinch test” 
  3.  What about my baby’s head and how it hangs? I’m concerned he can’t breathe!
  4.  So, how do I buckle my baby in with a coat? What if he is cold?
  5.  What about sleeping babies in car seats? How long is that ok?
  6.  Rear-facing vs. Front Facing - what are the biggest safety concerns? When is it safe to switch my child to front-facing?
  7.  I’m concerned my baby’s legs are bent too much and he is uncomfortable rear-facing? (Let’s debunk that myth lol)
  8.  Where should I go or who should I contact if I need help installing my car seat and/or making sure my baby is buckled in?
  9.  Any last tips you have for moms!
Nov 20, 2019
EP6: Get Your Newborn To Sleep With Andrea!
40:13

In this episode, we dive into all things baby sleep! If you don't already know, Andrea and I are actually coming out with a BRAND NEW baby sleep program in ONE WEEK! (November 18th, 2019)

We've worked super hard on this program, and we are super excited to bring it to you! This podcast episode is just a sneak peek into what the program will entail, AND Andrea is answering some of the most common sleep-related questions!

Here are the questions we go over!

  1. When should I start thinking about prepping for a newborn in regards to sleep? What sort of things should I do to prepare? Read books, take a class, talk to parents etc?
  2. What are some common sleep cues a newborn will give me to let them know they are sleepy
  3. Why do you do what you do?
  4. My baby seems to only want to sleep for 30-45 minute naps at a time…why do some babies sleep for 2-3 hours? Why won’t my baby sleep longer?
  5. Cry it out makes me so nervous and I can’t even think about “sleep training” my baby, but I really want to sleep! What do I do?
  6. My family seems to think I stress out too much about baby sleep but I can't stop- what should i do? 
  7. When do babies start to sleep longer than 2-3 hours at a time? Mine is still waking up consistently through the night to breastfeed- 7 weeks
  8. My baby sleeps great at night, 6 hr stretches, but during the day his naps are awful, when will the day time sleep get better?
  9. How do you know when your baby is ready to start giving up naps? How do you even do that?
Nov 11, 2019
EP5 : Everything from Red Raspberry Tea, Turning a Breech Baby, Round Ligament Pain & More!
47:06

In this episode, I do an extended q&a session-taking questions that you guys have given me from Instagram!

I dive much deeper into these answers-and spend a lot longer than a 15 second Instagram story answering each one!

Here are the questions I go over!

  1. Know anything about red raspberry leaf tea? Worth it?
  2. When should baby be head down by?
  3. What about round ligament pain?
  4. Can your mucus plug come out over a few weeks?
  5. At what week should you start doing fetal kick counts? Specifically for those with anterior placentas?
  6. Is it normal for your pregnancy symptoms to subside all of a sudden?
  7. How do you know for sure when it's real labor vs Braxton hicks?
  8. I'm 14 weeks, is it ok to sleep on my stomach?
  9. What is the best way to relieve sciatica pain?
  10. How to get morning sickness relief?
Nov 04, 2019
EP4: Miscarriages, Ectopic Pregnancy, and 2 Vaginal Deliveries - Sarah’s Birth Story
50:36

In this episode, Sarah Kuhn shares her two vaginal birth stories, following her struggles with multiple losses & TWO ectopic pregnancies!

Sarah's Birth Stories:

Pregnancy 1: About 3 days before my due date I felt some leaking and went to the hospital, they said all was fine and it was probably discharge and sent me home. This happened 2 more times over the next 2 days. I was positive I was leaking amniotic fluid but...then at about 7 PM on my due date after I ate a very large Burrito I felt a big gush and new this was my full water breaking. I called the hospital and they told me I could labor at home, or come in. Considering I had no intention of having an unmedicated birth we packed up our stuff and went to the hospital. They gave me misoprostyl to ripen my cervix and that sent me into full blown labor. I labored until midnight and then got the epidural. At 9 am they checked me and I was ready to push. 6 Pushes and 14 minutes later my healthy son was on my chest with a VERY coneshaped head.

Pregnancy 2: 4 Days before my due date I was having very minor and irregular contractions, this continued for 2 days but never intensified or regulated. At 7:30 pm I was carrying my son into his room after his bath and all of a sudden I felt this huge pop and then a huge gush came. I put my son down and turned to my husband and said "welp, my water just broke". We put my son down, went downstairs and told our inlaws who were staying with us in anticipation that it was go time. We drove to the hospital and during the drive my contractions starting kicking up big time. By the time they checked me in I was having contractions every 4-5 minutes but I wasnt that dilated. They finally admitted me and I got into my room around 10:30, I labored for a couple of hours without an epidural and at midnight decided it was time. They came in gave me an epidural and about 10 minutes later I was SURE I had to poop, the nurse came in and decided that she should have my checked and it turns out I was ready and the baby was making its way down. They got the room ready and in 4 pushes my daughter (gender was not known prior) came out. The recovery was SO much better and faster the second time around.

Oct 28, 2019
EP3: Perinatal Mental Health Interview With Dr. Ream
41:22

In this episode, we dive into all things mental health! I sat down with Dr. Ashurina Ream, a licensed clinical psychologist with advanced training in perinatal mental health! We talk about a range of topics including: Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety, Prenatal Mood Disorders, Coping Skills, & more!

Dr. Ream's Bio: 

Dr. Ashurina Ream, PMH-C is a licensed clinical psychologist with advanced training in perinatal mental health. Her passion to help pregnant and postpartum families arose after becoming a mother herself. She recognized the limited support and education in the community regarding the care for women. This resulted in her pursuing additional education as well as creating resources for those impacted by perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. In addition to this specialty, Dr. Ream has trained in various disciplines as it pertains to the field of psychology. She has worked with those struggling with body image, eating disorders, parenting, health-related mood impairment, cognitive functioning, and general mental health.

You can find Dr. Ream on social media here:

Instagram: @psychedmommy
Oct 21, 2019
EP2: My Birth Story!
47:41

In this episode, I dive into my full birth story! 

I begin by talking about the year I got pregnant, finding out I was pregnant, and my first trimester! I experienced some bleeding in my first trimester that was quite scary. After dealing with that, my pregnancy went pretty smoothly and I genuinely enjoyed every second!

Flash forward to a few days before I gave birth, I did EVERYTHING I could think of to get myself into labor.....and....it worked! The next morning I woke up with contractions, labored at home for 14 hrs, and then headed up to my hospital (the one I work at!). After about 6 hours of labor, my son Walter was born!

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Oct 07, 2019
EP1: Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast LAUNCH-Extended Q&A!
30:52

Welcome to the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast!

Hooray! I am so excited about this podcast! Episode one of the MLN podcast is NOW LIVE! :)

In this episode, I do an extended q&a session-taking questions that you guys have given me from Instagram.

I dive much deeper into these answers-and spend a lot longer than a 15 second Instagram story answering each one!

You can expect everything from enemas, membrane strips, and what to expect at your first prenatal appointment in this episode!!

Sep 17, 2019