Birth, Baby, and Life

By Kristen Burgess: Crazy About Everything Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby

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How to Juggle the Books and a Baby – Life as a Student Mama
33:23

How do you handle life as a student when you've got a baby to care for? Is it possible to juggle the books and your baby? What about doing clinical or intern work while parenting your little one? I share my experiences and some tips I've found helpful along the way Topics I Cover in […]

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Mar 12, 2018
What to Eat to Boost Your Breast Milk Supply
39:10

Your milk IS what you eat! In this podcast I tell you how to eat to boost your breast milk supply – covering superfoods, what else to eat, and when you should eat it! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Exactly what to eat for an abundant milk supply How what you eat influences your […]

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Mar 02, 2018
Why Your Pregnancy Diet Advice is All Wrong
52:11

What you eat makes a difference to your baby! Lily shares 5 surprising pregnancy diet facts that will help you eat exactly what your baby needs most… and help you really enjoy your food. As a dietician with a passion for helping mamas, Lily has read and referenced over 900 studies to bring you the […]

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Feb 23, 2018
What Nobody Tells You About Cesarean Section
46:51

Staggering numbers of women will give birth through cesarean section this year – but nobody talks about the dangers of c-sections or why it's important to make sure surgery is truly needed before making the cut. Today's episode covers the real risks of surgical birth and why reversing the c-section trend is important to mamas, […]

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Feb 16, 2018
How to Relax During Labor and Really Enjoy Your Birth with Sarah Prince
40:03

Do you want to enjoy your birth but worry about pain during labor? Secretly wonder if you don't have what it takes to “make it through” natural birth? You don't want to miss this incredible interview with Sarah Prince – she reveals how to short-circuit fear and have an amazing experience birthing your baby! Topics […]

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Feb 09, 2018
Should We Take Women Out of Birth?
36:42

Language, pronouns, semantics – all are a hot topic today. How is language impacting the world of birth – and why is taking women out of birth much more dangerous that it seems? Details inside this episode… Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Should we take women out of birth? What do the statistics say […]

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Jan 12, 2018
Wait… The VBAC Super Power
26:51

In the fourth and final part of our VBAC series I share a top-secret super-power every VBAC mama has… the word “wait.” Listen in to find out why this is such a powerful part of your VBAC toolbox <3 Topics I Cover in This Podcast: The option they won't tell you that you have… Why […]

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Dec 22, 2017
VBAC Birth Essentials
38:11

What essential skills do you need to prepare for a VBAC birth? This episode covers exactly what you need to do to prepare for birthing your baby – plus how to get baby lined up for a smooth labor and delivery. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: How to “practice” during pregnancy so that you're […]

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Dec 01, 2017
Building Your VBAC Dream Team
41:24

Your support team is a big part of a successful VBAC, and today's episode covers how to assemble a dream team to support you through pregnancy, birth, and beyond. We also discuss keeping yourself healthy, strong, and ready for a great birth! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why your support team is crucial during […]

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Nov 28, 2017
Why Plan a VBAC – and Choosing the Right Care Provider
35:00

Today we kick off a series on having a VBAC with a discussion on why you'd want a VBAC and how to choose the right care provider for you. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why you'd want to choose a VBAC Selfish or backed by science? The real deal on VBAC Is vaginal birth […]

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Nov 17, 2017
The Birth of Phoenix Arthur
1:01:53

Our new baby, Phoenix Arthur, has arrived! I share his birth story in today's episode! Phoenix's birth announcement poem: Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar: Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, […]

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Oct 20, 2017
Final Countdown: Getting Ready for Baby
36:57

It's the final countdown to baby #8, and I share some of the “last minute” things I'm doing to prepare and feel ready – both practically and mentally/emotionally for this baby <3 Topics I Cover in This Podcast: What I'm doing to get ready in the last couple of weeks 😀 When I gathered birth […]

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Sep 15, 2017
What You Need to Know About Plus-Sized Pregnancy with bebo mia
36:46

Starting pregnancy over your “ideal weight” can bring its own risks and challenges – but they may not be what you're expecting. Here's the surprising truth about plus-sized pregnancy and how you can advocate for yourself and your baby. Topics We Discuss in this Podcast: Who and what bebo mia is and how they're supporting […]

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Jul 28, 2017
How to Let Little Ones Help with Chores
46:47

How do you juggle keeping up with the house and chasing toddlers? Combine them together! Here's how to get your littles helping you with chores – and loving it. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: The biggest thing you MUST know about letting littles help you around the house How to plan for a toddler […]

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Jul 21, 2017
Inspiring Creativity and Problem-Solving In Your Preschooler
44:29

How can we foster creativity, ingenuity, problem-solving, and more in our preschoolers? Give them the time and space to do so! Today I talk about encouraging preschoolers to play without needing an adult to guide them every step of the way… and why that's so important! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: How to baby […]

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Jul 14, 2017
Gratitude, Attitude, and Abundance for Moms

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS This one little secret will help your enjoy mothering – and your little ones a lot more. Join me today as we talk about gratitude, attitude, and the abundance they bring to your life with littles. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: […]

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Jun 23, 2017
How to Trust Yourself During Pregnancy

Many mamas second-guess themselves or even feel powerless to speak up for themselves during pregnancy and while mothering. While listening to the “experts” can be helpful, this episode helps you discover how to listen to and trust yourself. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: What exactly does “trusting yourself” mean? What trusting yourself is NOT […]

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Jun 16, 2017
The Power of Ecstatic Birth with Dr. Sarah Buckley

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS I am thrilled to have Dr. Sarah Buckley on today's show to share her wisdom about how your hormones create an ecstatic blueprint for birth and mothering. She also discusses how honoring the process of birth creates safety for you and your […]

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Jun 02, 2017
How to Handle Crowning and Bring Baby Up Yourself

Photos captured by Shoots & Giggles, serving Los Angeles & Orange County Do you worry about the “ring of fire” as your baby is being born? Want to bring your own baby up but not sure if you can do it? This podcast episode covers all those worries and practical tips for you <3 Topics […]

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May 26, 2017
Handling Loneliness while Mothering

Are you struggling with loneliness? Many mamas dream of being at home with their little ones – but the day-to-day reality of being home with small children can feel isolating. In today's episode I cover how to overcome loneliness – and enjoy being with you kids! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: What “take care […]

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May 19, 2017
The Life of a (Pregnant) Student Midwife

Life as a student midwife is exciting, educational, and very, very busy! Here's how I've balanced that, what I can improve on, and the general scoop on living life on call! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: A month in the life of a student midwife What it's like to live on call The “go […]

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May 12, 2017
Parenting for the Person You’d Like Your Child to Become

Parents often get stuck in the day-to-day when they make parenting choices – but it's important to parent for who you want your children to become. I talk about what that means – and how to do it – in today's episode! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Life with a newborn requires all focus […]

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Mar 17, 2017
What Your Kids Are REALLY Saying With Their Behavior

Parents often know that a kid's behavior isn't the whole story – in today's episode we talk about how to get to the heart of what's going on with your child! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why what's going on with our kids is often not the real story How to figure out what's […]

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Mar 10, 2017
How to Beat Overwhelm and Take Back Your Life

Are you feeling overwhelmed with life? House in chaos and kids going crazy? Eating lots of fast food? You're not alone – here's how to conquer the overwhelm and get back on track! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why I've been missing in action! How overwhelm can happen to any family (and why it's […]

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Jan 13, 2017
How to Overcome Fear of Pregnancy (and Childbirth)

Some women have an actual fear of pregnancy, carrying a baby, and/or giving birth. I give some thoughts and hints in today's episode. This is a must-listen episode, even if you don't have these fears. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: What is fear of pregnancy – and why do some women experience it? Specific […]

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Nov 18, 2016
Homeschool Scheduling with Little Ones

A schedule is a key to smooth – and productive – homeschool days, even if you have little ones around! Today I discuss what's worked for us with scheduling 😀 Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why it's OK for your schedule to look different from everyone else's 😉 How to make your schedule flexible […]

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Nov 11, 2016
Our Family’s Journey

Today's podcast is getting personal! Many listeners asked for more about our family's story so I share it all in here 🙂 Topics I Cover in This Podcast: A little about me pre-kiddos Discovering that my first little one was on the way – and the choices I made My time as a single mama […]

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Nov 04, 2016
How to Juggle Homeschooling, Babies, and Toddlers!

Are you in the thick of homeschooling your kids when you discover the happy news that a new baby is on the way? How can you juggle the needs of babies and toddlers while still giving your older kids what they need to succeed? I cover what I've learned in juggling homeschool with kids from […]

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Oct 28, 2016
How to Handle Complications During Home Birth

Have you wondered how complications are handled if they come up during a home birth? I cover everything from stalled labor to “stuck” babies to lots of bleeding in this week's episode! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Does technology make birth “safer?” Why prevention is the most important thing to consider (no matter where […]

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Oct 18, 2016
Working from Home with Young Children

Are you trying to balance working from home with caring for your small children? Or juggling the full-time student load? I share my own experiences working from home and some top tips for making WAHM work for you! Don't miss the WAHM schedule planner – I give samples of my schedule plus a lot of […]

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Oct 07, 2016
How to Find More Energy and Balance in Your Life

Do you feel tired much of the time? You're not alone – many new mamas (and not-so-new mamas) feel fatigue or even exhaustion. This week we talk about how to overcome exhaustion and find more energy – naturally. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: A super-food you MUST include in your diet to boost energy […]

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Sep 30, 2016
Battling for the Microbiome

What difference does the microbiome make? Today I share my family's story in beating the bad bacteria and bringing in the good – and the unexpected benefits we discovered. Plus, I discuss how you can take on this battle to give the gift of health to yourself – and your little ones. Topics I Cover […]

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Sep 23, 2016
Getting Started with Homeschooling

Are you thinking about homeschooling when you've still got little ones underfoot? It's not too early to start making plans and thinking about what's important for your tots to know now for homeschooling success then. I talk about my recommendations and practical strategies in this podcast episode! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Can you […]

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Sep 15, 2016
Bringing Baby to Work

Have you felt torn about returning to work and being with your baby? In today's podcast I discuss how some parents and businesses are making babies and work mix – with great results! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Should babies be welcome in the workplace? The benefits of bringing baby to the office What […]

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Sep 08, 2016
Listening to Pregnancy Intuition with Hannah Smerkonich

Hannah shared her experiences advocating for herself and having a great natural hospital birth in last week's podcast – this week she shares why she chose an unassisted birth for her second baby, and what she learned from that pregnancy and birth! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: How Hannah is learning the joy of […]

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Sep 02, 2016
Standing Firm in Your Choices with Hannah Smerkonich

What are real mamas thinking, feeling, experiencing… and how are they handling birth and baby choices? This week Hannah Smerkonich shares part of her journey through her pregnancies and births. She discusses how she handled communicating her wishes both gracefully and firmly – enjoy! Topics We Discuss in This Podcast: How a friendly, casual comment […]

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Aug 26, 2016
Feeling Great Postpartum with Arianna Taboada

Many mamas are shocked by just how much life changes postpartum – not only does your body feel different, but life looks very different with baby in tow. How can you prepare for these changes – and enjoy them when they happen? Arianna and I cover those questions and more in today's podcast. Topics We […]

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Aug 19, 2016
What if YOU Were in Charge of Pregnancy & Birth?

What if we as mothers were to stand up – to stand in charge of pregnancy, of birth, of mothering? What if we were to start a quiet, confident rumble that grows into a roar too big to ignore – that shakes the very foundations of “becoming mama” – and gives it back to women, […]

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Aug 01, 2016
Should You Eat Your Placenta?

There are many supposed benefits to eating the placenta after birth – either fresh or encapsulated. In today's episode I share some benefits and some possible downsides to choosing to consume your placenta! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: The purpose of the placenta during pregnancy How the placenta works on your side (the maternal […]

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Jul 22, 2016
How to End the Fight Over Healthy Food with Sarah Bester

Curious about starting solids? Wondering how to help your little one become a great eater… or how to get a picky eater back on track? Sarah Bester, a family nutritionist and picky eating coach shared how to help your kids – and you – have a great relationship with great food! Topics We Discuss in […]

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Jul 15, 2016
[Book Giveaway!] The Daily Soul Sessions for Pregnancy

How do you really enjoy your pregnancy and nurture your baby by nurturing yourself? I talk with Kacey, Kate, and Kara this week for an inspiring look at how you can honor your pregnancy, your creativity (even if you think you have none!), and your baby! And don't forget to check out the book giveaway […]

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May 29, 2016
How to Avoid Induction of Labor

At least a quarter of all mamas-to-be are induced to begin labor – and countless others have “augmentation” to increase the strength of contractions. There's no debate – induction leads to a cascade of interventions and causes stress for moms and babies. How can you prevent induction and make sure your baby is born at […]

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May 23, 2016
Building Baby’s Immune System

How can you help your little develop a strong, resilient immune system? There are lots of germs all around, but some simple steps can help you little one have a stronger immune system – for life. Today's podcast covers everything! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why you should start thinking about your baby's immune […]

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May 13, 2016
Finding Real Relief from Morning Sickness with Dr. Levine

Dr. Brian Levine joins us on the podcast to talk about morning sickness – how it can impact your life (and your baby), what common treatment options are, plus a new, drug-free option called the ReliefBand that works – almost instantly! Topics We Discuss in This Podcast: How many women are really affected by morning […]

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Apr 22, 2016
Helping Your Child Become Big Brother or Big Sister

You're pregnant… again! Congrats go out not only to you, but to the new “big brother” or “big sister” to be! Here's how to help your little one make the transition to “big one” with ease and joy. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: How your love for your little ones will multiply with each […]

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Apr 15, 2016
BBL 091: Do I Really Need All That Baby Gear? (Part 2!)

We're back this week to talk more about the baby gear you need – and the baby gear you don't! We talk feeding, sleeping, monitors, and more! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Which nursing pillows I like best Do you really need bottles “just in case” if you're exclusively breastfeeding? What to get if […]

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Apr 08, 2016
The Mommy Wars Lied to You
36:49

I won't lie to you… today's podcast is an opinion piece through and through – and I think you're going to love it! Talk about childbirth needs to change, and it needs to change with women first. The “mommy wars” leave women afraid to share information – and that fear is creating silence that hurts […]

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Jan 14, 2016
BBL 088: Fitness with Baby in Tow
40:15

Need to juggle fitness with baby in tow? This episode covers the four areas you need to focus on when you create a fitness routine that works with a mom's life. I also talk about the upcoming MamaBaby Fitness challenge! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: How to get early-bird info on the MamaBaby Fitness […]

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Jan 01, 2016
BBL 087: Building Your Birth Kit
43:49

Are you planning what to put in your home birth kit? Wondering what you really need – and what would be nice to have? I cover my best recommendations from my 7 home births in this week's episode! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: What do you really need in your birth kit? Things to […]

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Dec 24, 2015
BBL 086: Bringing Birth Home with Starr Meneely
34:07

I had an amazing discussion with Star Meneely, editor-in-chief of The Mother Magazine, about home birth, pregnancy, and preparing to birth your baby. This was an amazing call – you don't want to miss it! Topics We Discuss in This Podcast: Why Starr decided to have a home birth – and went on to have […]

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Dec 18, 2015
BBL 085: Thoughts on Postpartum Weight Loss
33:47

There's no doubt that weight is a hot topic today… and moms definitely need to consider postpartum weight loss. For some mamas the weight jus falls off after baby is born – or after a little breastfeeding. But for many women it's just not that easy! We'll talk about what's reasonable, what's not, and what […]

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Dec 11, 2015
BBL 084: Pregnancy and Birth as a Mama of Many
32:12

How do you stay strong and healthy during your pregnancy when you're a mama of many? Can you have a safe pregnancy and birth? I cover concerns for mamas of many in today's podcast – and share a lot of resources that will help all moms prepare for birth! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: […]

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Nov 04, 2015
BBL 083: How to Prevent Flat Head Syndrome with Jennifer Todd Barnard
33:04

More and more babies are having problems with flat head syndrome – called plagiocephaly. In this episode I interview Jennifer, a pediatric occupational therapist who has made it her life's mission to educate parents on plagiocephaly and torticollis (stiff neck). She shares exactly how you can keep your baby's head nice and round, help baby […]

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Oct 21, 2015
BBL 082: Having Older Kids at Birth
34:43

Above moment captured by Shoots & Giggles, serving Los Angeles & Orange County Should you have your older child or children at your new baby's birth? Today I talk about how to decide – and how to prepare your kiddos if you want them there. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Deciding if your kid(s) […]

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Oct 06, 2015
BBL 081: Is Fetal Monitoring Really Saving Babies?
41:13

Continuous electronic fetal monitoring has been one of the darlings of modern maternity care – hailed as an invention for saving babies. But has it lived up to that fanfare? Is EFM really helping save babies or prevent brain damage? The evidence is out – and today we talk about the bottom line on this […]

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Sep 25, 2015
BBL 080: Getting Daddy Ready for Labor and Birth
26:06

You're convinced a natural, intervention-free birth is best for you and your baby… but maybe Daddy is still worried about safety. How do you help Dad understand that birth really works. And what do you do if Daddy isn't confident he can help you during labor (or maybe you're not so sure he can!). Listen […]

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Sep 15, 2015
BBL 079: How to Beat Morning Sickness – Naturally
34:53

Is morning sickness an inevitable part of pregnancy? Is there actually hope for stopping it naturally? I can't make a 100% guarantee, but I cover some pretty effective tips in today's podcast! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: The one thing that made all the difference between my sickness-free pregnancy… and the other six! The […]

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Sep 09, 2015
BBL 078: Fertility First Steps

On this week's episode I talk about first steps to boost your fertility and prepare to conceive a healthy baby! I've done a few episodes on fertility but this is still one of the most frequent questions I get – so here's great info… and links to even more! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: […]

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Sep 03, 2015
How I Want to Change the World
28:13

I spend a lot of time talking about pregnancy, birth, and babies – and I thought I'd take a minute to share just why I think that helping babies… and helping mamas… matters so much 🙂 Topics I Cover in This Podcast: This is a pretty heart-to-heart, down-to-earth episode where I share what's on my […]

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Aug 19, 2015
BBL 076: Get Breastfeeding Off to a Great Start with Lyn Hrivnak
22:08

  How do you get breastfeeding off to a good start? How can you make sure you have plenty of milk – and continue to have plenty for as long as you nurse your baby? Lyn covers those secrets and more in today's podcast! Topics We Discuss in This Podcast: How to make sure baby […]

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Aug 04, 2015
BBL 075: The Secret to Great Pregnancy Sleep with Dr. Rosenberg
29:01

  Feeling exhausted during pregnancy? Or has insomnia moved in? Great sleep can be elusive when you're pregnant, but on today's episode Dr. Rosenberg shares how you can sleep well – and have a healthier baby because of it! Topics We Discuss: How pregnancy impacts your sleep Why sleep is so important during pregnancy Why […]

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Jul 28, 2015
How to Handle Gestational Diabetes
51:36

Have you been told you have gestational diabetes – or are you worried about it? Have you gained weight more quickly than you'd like in this pregnancy? Lily Nichols shares how you can get your blood sugar under control – naturally – and how you can enjoy your diet and give your baby all the […]

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Jun 23, 2015
What Does Being Rh Negative Mean for Your Pregnancy?
53:25

I talk about what being Rh negative in pregnancy means to you – and your baby – in this episode. What's the deal with getting Rhogam (Anti-D). How do you make the right choice for you and your baby. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: What Rh status is and how you know if it […]

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Jun 12, 2015
What’s the Best Child Spacing for Your Family?
35:24

  How far apart should your babies be? Is there a “right” child spacing? We take a look at some things to consider when planning your pregnancies in today's episode! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: The “official” recommendations on child spacing Is birth control all pros and no cons? How far apart were babies […]

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Jun 07, 2015
BBL 071: Essential Parenting Tips with Tracy Cutchlow
42:16

  Today I interviewed Tracy Cutchlow, author of Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science. Tracy shared great tips for fostering your baby and toddler's development – and enjoying parenthood in the early years. Listen in for more: Topics We Discussed in This Podcast: Essential parenting tips for each age and stage […]

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May 26, 2015
BBL 070: Handling Childhood Illnesses at Home
42:24

  How can you safely care for your child's illness at home? When you should you call the doctor? When should you take your child in? We cover all this and more on today's episode! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: The #1 question you ask yourself when your child is sick (plus the answer!) […]

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May 21, 2015
BBL 069: How Life Changes After Baby
36:04

  Sometimes life with baby feels easy – and sometimes it feels more challenging! Here are some ways to expect things to change and how you can enjoy those changes! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: What to realistically expect about sleep! How your time management will change What you need to know about changes […]

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May 20, 2015
BBL 068: The Smart Mama’s Guide to Prenatal Testing

  Women are offered many prenatal tests today. What's the purpose of each test? Is it mandatory? Does it really benefit mother and baby? We tackle those questions today! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: The Great Pregnancy session starting next week! What to expect from blood work What the 12 week ultrasound is looking […]

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May 07, 2015
BBL 067: Taking Prenatal Care Into My Own Hands
31:06

I really enjoyed handling routine “prenatal care” during my pregnancy with Sadie. In today's episode I talk about what I did to care for myself and Sadie, why I still appreciated my midwife, and how directing my own care helped me bond with Sadie. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why it's so important to […]

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Apr 28, 2015
Elimination Communication Method – Is It Worth the Hassle?
33:18

When you first hear about elimination communication you probably thought it was impossible, then maybe gross, then maybe you got curious, then you wondered “is it even worth it?” That's the question I tackle in this podcast! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why I missed last week's podcast (hint: it involved four-legged babies!) What […]

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Apr 14, 2015
BBL 065: How to Get Your Toddler to Have an Alone Time
37:34

Independent play is important for your little one – but many toddlers don't know how to play alone. Here's how to encourage your little one to enjoy this time, plus why it's so good for them (and you!). Topics I Cover in This Podcast: How to sign up for Smart Mama, Happy Baby Why independent […]

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Mar 31, 2015
BBL: 064 Getting The Baby Who Doesn’t Nap to Take a Nap
54:26

Naps – you know they're important to save your sanity… but they're also really important for your little one's health. Here's the vital information on naps – and how to get your kiddo to take one! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why daytime sleep is important (it's not only to keep you sane) It's […]

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Mar 25, 2015
BBL 063: Does Childbirth Hypnosis Really Work?
37:22

Does childbirth hypnosis really work, and are birth hypnosis courses worth it? I talk about my experiences as a birthing woman, and my thoughts as a birth worker in today's podcast! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Thoughts on a goal of a painless birth Why I think birth hypnosis is effective What childbirth hypnosis […]

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Mar 17, 2015
BBL 062: Sadie’s Birth Story
37:43

Sadie Grace was born at home just a few weeks ago! I share some memorable parts of my pregnancy with Sadie, as well as her beautiful birth story, in today's podcast! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why I didn't announce I was pregnant on the podcast (!!!) What it was like going “ultrasound free” […]

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Mar 11, 2015
BBL 061: How to Clean Your House (Even When Kids Live In It)
37:02

Can a house with kids living in it be clean? Can you keep up with the housework and stay sane? It's possible! This episode covers what to do… and how to do it. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: When (and how) you should adjust your expectations How to decide what really matters Why you […]

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Mar 03, 2015
BBL 060: The Truth About the First Few Months
35:35

The newborn period is amazing… and overwhelming. Here's what to expect – and how to make it through this crazy experience! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: How you'll get diapering down to an art… but maybe not much else Common breastfeeding challenges – and how to overcome them What to expect when it comes […]

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Feb 24, 2015
BBL 059: My Pregnancy Mistakes (and What I Did Right)
39:02

Don't miss The Ultimate Guide to a Fabulous Pregnancy! When I reflect back on my pregnancies I think of things I'd have done differently – and things I did right! I cover those in this episode so you can get some tips from my experience! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: What I took at […]

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Feb 17, 2015
BBL 058: Why AP Moms Can’t Get a Good Night’s Sleep (and What to Do About It)
39:12

Does it seem like every other mama is well-rested and boasting that their little one sleeps through the night? Why is that conscious, attached parents seem to be the only ones deprived of sleep (and more importantly, does it have to be this way???). Listen in to today's episode for some helpful hints: Topics I […]

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Feb 10, 2015
BBL 057: Handling the Kids When You’re Outnumbered
39:12

What do you do when you go from one to two – or from two to three… or even more? How can you stay sane (and in control) when you're outnumbered by little people? This is a topic near and dear to my heart, and I cover it in today's episode! Topics I Cover in […]

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Feb 03, 2015
BBL 056: Plumping Up the Skinny Baby
33:15

Everybody loves a rolly-polly baby and a sturdy little toddler.  But what if your little guy or gal is more peanut than plump?  Some little ones are just naturally slimmer, but if you're worried and want to put some padding on your tot, this episode tells you how: Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Finding […]

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Jan 27, 2015
BBL 055: What You Need to Know About Pushing Your Baby Out
32:41

You'll usually hear moms say they loved the pushing stage, but many of us find it overwhelming and confusing.  When should you push, how should you push, and should you ever not push?  Get the lowdown on pushing in this week's episode. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why some women feel pushing is a huge relief […]

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Jan 20, 2015
BBL 054: How to Wean (and How to Keep Breastfeeding)
36:13

Sometimes weaning says “I love you” – but breastfeeding challenges can often be overcome so you and your little one can keep nursing.  This podcast talks about strategies for older babies and young toddlers – both to keep you nursing and to wean with love. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Forced weaning vs. child-led […]

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Jan 13, 2015
BBL 053: Why Birthing Classes Are Worth It
37:17

Moms-to-be often ask if there's any point to taking a birthing class.  After all, there are lots of good books and websites on natural birth.  Here's why a birthing class is still the best option – and how it can help you have a great birth. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: The benefits of […]

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Jan 06, 2015
BBL 052: Family and Relationship Q&A Session
33:44

There's no doubt that pregnancy and babies bring on the advice – and a lot of it comes from close family.  How do you handle unwanted advice and set healthy boundaries?  And what about your changing relationship with spouse and older children?  I cover several important topics this week: Topics I Cover in This Podcast: […]

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Jan 01, 2015
BBL 051: Why You Need a Birth Doula with Nikki Knowles

Ever wondered exactly what a doula is – and how she can help you have a great birth experience? Nikki Knowles joins me for today's podcast and shares exactly what a doula can do for you during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum! Topics We Discuss in This Podcast: What is a doula? Why you should consider […]

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Dec 16, 2014
BBL 050: Choosing and Working With Your Care Provider Q&A
45:05

Questions about how to choose the right care provider and how to work with them are common – I cover some of the big questions for you this week on the podcast: Issues I Discuss in This Podcast: The new UK home birth recommendations Understanding different types of midwives Standard questions to ask a doctor […]

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Dec 09, 2014
BBL 049: How Play Makes a Healthier Baby with Rachel Coley
38:27

Rachel Coley joins me on today's episode to talk about her Can Do Kiddo project, which is focused on inspiring you with fun, creative ways to play with your young baby. Just why is play so crucial to your little one's physical, cognitive, and sensory development? That's just what Rachel shared – so be sure […]

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Dec 02, 2014
BBL 048: Birth Complications Q&A
37:59

This week I tackle some questions about common complications that may occur during your baby's birth – plus how you can prevent them or handle them: Issues I Discuss in This Podcast: What are the risks of hemorrhage during the 3rd stage? How long is safe to wait on the placenta? Why your cat's labor […]

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Nov 25, 2014
BBL 047: Preventing Pregnancy Complications Q&A
40:07

Is it true that we don't know why many pregnancy complications happen? Can you do anything to prevent them? What if your mom, sister, or all your friends had a complication… will you be “unlucky” too? I answer those questions – and tell you how to stop complications – in this episode: Issues I Discuss […]

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Nov 18, 2014
BBL 046: Childbirth Preparation Q&A
35:57

How can you handle the pain of childbirth? What can you do to feel confident and in control during labor? And what are good positions to labor and birth in? I cover these questions and more in this week's Q&A episode! Enjoy 🙂 Issues I Discuss in This Podcast: Feeling confident and in control during […]

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Nov 11, 2014
BBL 045: Q&A on Pregnancy Exercise
32:03

What's the best exercise to prepare for birth? How do you prevent a diastasis during pregnancy – or heal it postpartum. And just how are you supposed to fit exercise into your crazy days? Exercise is the hot topic in this week's podcast episode! Issues I Discuss in This Podcast: What is a diastasis? Can […]

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Nov 07, 2014
BBL 044: Q&A on Pregnancy Diet

When I asked what you wanted to know about, pregnancy diet was the hottest topic! Exercise and birth preparation were up there too, so over the next few weeks I'll feature your questions – and my answers – in the Birth, Baby, and Life Q&A series 🙂 Enjoy! Issues I Discuss in This Podcast: What's […]

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Oct 21, 2014
BBL 043: What is Physiological Birth?
56:34

Physiological birth is both safe and the ideal for mamas and babies, but what is it? What is it not? This podcast covers what happens during an undisturbed birth – and why it's important to think twice about disturbing it. What is physiological birth What causes labor to start When adrenaline stops labor (and when […]

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Sep 10, 2014
BBL 042: Your Baby’s Experience of Childbirth
43:05

What does birth feel like to your baby? What does he or she do during childbirth? Baby isn't passive – he/she is actively working with you! In this episode I cover: Something exciting coming soon! What your baby does during birth (hint, baby doesn't just sit around!) Why working with your baby is so important […]

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Sep 05, 2014
BBL 041: Your Baby’s Experiences in Pregnancy
33:26

Parents often follow along with fetal development during pregnancy, but what does your baby actually experience inside the womb? What's it like in there? How can you make it the best environment possible? All that and more in this episode: In this episode I cover: Why look beyond “fetal development” How baby experiences time in […]

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Aug 26, 2014
BBL 040: Handling Picky Eaters & Feeding Trouble
47:41

Starting solids can be really exciting, but also a little stressful. What do you do if your baby (or toddler) seems picky? How can you tell if things are going smoothly? What do you do if you think your baby isn't eating well? All those issues and more are covered in this weeks episode! In […]

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Aug 18, 2014
BBL 039: Nursing in Pregnancy and Tandem Nursing
34:36

Many moms want to nurse through pregnancy and tandem nurse their toddler and newborn. I cover what to expect and tips for success in today's podcast episode! In this episode I cover: How to know when it's safe (or not) to nurse during pregnancy Steps to take care of yourself while pregnancy nursing Will nipple […]

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Jul 30, 2014
BBL 038: How to Give Baby Healthy Gut Flora
32:41

Microbiota has a lifelong influence on your baby's health. What can you do to give your baby healthy gut flora – also know as “the good bacteria?” That's what I talk about in this podcast. If you're pregnant or TTC you're in luck, because you can make a big difference right now. I also outline […]

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Jun 06, 2014
BBL 037: Building Baby’s Health from Birth
26:44

They're so tiny you can't see them – but they have a huge influence on the health of your baby. Gut bacteria, part of the “microbiota” are just starting to be studied, and your baby's birth has a lifetime impact on how much they help – or hurt. In this episode I cover: What is […]

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May 20, 2014
BBL 036: How to Boost Your Milk Supply Naturally
28:36

How do you build a rich milk supply that keeps your baby growing well, and keeps you breastfeeding six months, a year, and beyond? I cover proven ways to build a strong supply and make high-quality milk to nourish your little one. In this episode I cover: Why the moments after your baby's birth are […]

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May 06, 2014