The Birthful Podcast | Talking with Pregnancy, Birth, Breastfeeding, Postpartum & Parenting Pros to Inform Your Intuition

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Women get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect. That's why Adriana Lozada talks with pregnancy, birth and postpartum experts: to distill that information down to the relevant stuff. Think of us as your own specialized team of birth pros! We know that being pregnant can be tough. That being a mom can be hard. That having a baby can be exhausting. And we hope to make it easier by giving you tried and tested tips and tools that you can use. From “laid-back” breastfeeding to safer bed-sharing, circumcision to VBACs, we’ll give you well-researched, evidence-based information so YOU can make the choices that best fit your family. Subscribe to join us every week! Adriana Lozada is a mom, author, speaker, birth doula, postpartum educator, and healthy-sleep consultant. Find more at Birthful.com. Please note: Although I have years of experience, I'm not a doctor, nor am I familiar with your particular circumstances, and neither are my guests. Please double check all the info you hear here with your care provider. This show is not meant to be taken as medical advice. Thanks.

Episode Date
190: Pleasure in Birth, with Debra Pascali-Bonaro
01:07:04

Today we’ll be talking about pleasure in birth, but what does that even mean, and why is it helpful to the whole birthing process? Debra Pascali-Bonaro has answers. Check it out.

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast-birth-pleasure

 

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Dec 12, 2018
189: [Postpartum Story] A Nourishing Ayurvedic Postpartum, with Chelsea Wiley
01:13:39

Chelsea Wiley had a fast and furious first birth, followed by a postpartum period that left her feeling overwhelmed, isolated and unprepared for being a parent. After realizing she was the one that needed mothering, she prepared differently during her second pregnancy by using traditional ayurvedic tools that helped her slow down, improved her postpartum experience and recovery, and changed the course of her life. Check it out!

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast-Nourishing-Ayurvedic-Postpartum-Story

 

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Dec 05, 2018
188: Inductions, with Gene Declercq
52:06

In this episode of the Birthful podcast, I talk with professor Gene Declercq about the complex realm of inductions. Are there good and not so good reasons for inductions? What are the risks? Do inductions lead to other interventions? Let’s see what the numbers say.

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast-induction/

 

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Nov 28, 2018
187: [Birth Story] Unassisted Homebirth After VBAC, with Nichole Joy
01:09:59

Today’s birth story, is with Nichole Joy, whose experiences have taken her from a Cesarean birth, to a VBAC, to an unexpected and unassisted homebirth. She has gone from being afraid of giving birth and letting others guide her decision making, to trusting the process and being able to tell an EMT to “get your hand off of my vagina” as her baby’s body was about to emerge. Check it out.

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast-unassisted-homebirth-VBAC-story

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Nov 21, 2018
186: How Over-Sexualizing Breasts Affects Breastfeeding, with Abby Theuring
01:01:32

Today’s show is about the impact of the over-sexualization of breasts on breastfeeding. If you breastfeed, you’ll find that your breasts undergo a radical identity shift from culturally sexual to biologically nurturing. So what does that have to do with how you feel while doing it, your ability to nurse in public, your decision on how long to breastfeed, having to deal with strangers opinions, and feeling many unwanted feelings like indignation and shame? Also, why do men have nipples? The Badass Breastfeeder Abby Theuring has answers. Check it out.

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at birthful.com/podcast-sexual-breasts-breastfeeding

 

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Use the code THANKFUL for great discounts on my Thrive With Your Newborn postpartum preparation classes or my Birth Partner’s Ultimate Labor Support Toolkit.

 

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe!

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Nov 14, 2018
185: [Breastfeeding Story] Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction, with Claire Labrosa
01:04:45

Today’s breastfeeding stories start when Claire Labrosa had breast reductions at age 17. Clare shares how she was able to breastfeed - and even tandem feed- her three kids, but not without her share of obstacles. Many of them having nothing to do with her reduction, but rather lack of support, conflicting information from careproviders, and dealing with lip ties, tongue ties, and sensitive babies. Check it out.

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast-breast-reduction-brestfeeding-story

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Nov 07, 2018
184: Breastfeeding your Newborn, with Dr. Jack Newman (Renewed)
45:55

Planning to breastfeed your newborn? In this episode of the Birthful Podcast I talk with none other than Dr. Jack Newman on what to expect, what to avoid, and when to ask for help, in order to get breastfeeding off to a good start.

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast-breastfeeding-newborn

 

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Oct 31, 2018
EP183: [Birth Story] A Lioness' Homebirth, with Samantha Percoski
01:03:41

Today’s birth story is with Samantha Percoski, who did a great deal of mental preparation during pregnancy to help her get out of the way and go primal during her labor. By working with her sensations, she turned pain into intensity and power, making her feel like a lion during transition, and get through a super long pushing stage.  Check it out.

 

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Oct 24, 2018
EP182: Talking Pelvic Health with a PT, with Sara Reardon
48:37

Adriana Lozada talks with Pelvic Health Physical Therapist Sara Reardon about what optimal pelvic health looks like. We’ll go into the details about what to do -and not do- when peeing or pooping, discuss common issues such as leakage, painful intercourse, and abdominal separation, and explore proactive actions you can take during pregnancy to support your postpartum recovery. Check it out.

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at birthful.com/podcast-pelvic-floor-function

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Oct 17, 2018
EP181: [Birth Story] Navigating a Vaginal Birth with HBP and Preeclampsia, with Tara Langsdorf
01:25:16

Today’s birth story, is with Tara Langsdorf, who is a self-described Type A. While pregnant, she finished her second master’s degree and took a promotion managing a team of 25. She tends to have a plan for everything. So what did she do when her birth didn’t quite go according to plan, and she found herself in labor with developing preeclampsia? Check it out.

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast-preeclampsia-vaginal-birth-story

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Oct 10, 2018
EP180: The Purpose of Childbirth Pain, with Rhea Dempsey (Renewed)
59:30

It’s not called labor for nothing, but is there a purpose to the pain? What happens when you stop thinking of birth as an emergency, and start seeing it as a physiological emergence? If you assume that your confidence will falter, then, can preparing differently help you have a better experience? Rhea Dempsey tells us more. Check it out.

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast-purpose-labor-pain

 

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Oct 03, 2018
EP179: [Birth/Breastfeeding Story] A Super Fast Third Birth With Lots to Process, with Monica Drake
01:12:50

Monica Drake has had three very different birth and breastfeeding experiences. In this episode, we’re going to hone in on the third one, which included weeks of prodromal labor, no time for an epidural, and immediate postpartum interventions to baby that may not have been necessary, and have required a lot of processing. Check it out.

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at: birthful.com/podcast-prodromal-precipitous-NICU-story

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Sep 26, 2018
EP178: All About Midwives, with Melissa Cheyney
01:01:10

Today is all about midwives! What is midwifery care? What are the different types of midwives? Are they all certified? Where do they provide care? Are they only for when you are having a baby? Do they do the same things as OB’s? What are the advantages of OBs, perinatologists, and midwives working together? Missy Cheyney has answers. Check it out.

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast-midwives

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

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Sep 19, 2018
EP177: [Birth Story] When Do You Make the Call for a Cesarean?, with Hayley Gallagher Katz
01:04:20

Hayley Gallagher Katz had set out to have a non-medicated waterbirth with a midwife and doula. So what happens after a month of prodromal labor, 40 hours of induction, the worst headache of her life, and lots of oozing meconium? Check it out.

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast-induction-meconium-respecful-cesarean-story

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Sep 12, 2018
EP176: Baby’s Position and Labor Flow, with Gail Tully (Renewed)
01:14:01

How does your baby’s position affect the flow of labor? Are there things you can do during pregnancy that can help baby get in a better position? Will doing these things help you be more comfortable during pregnancy? Will it make birth easier? The fabulous Gail Tully from Spinning Babies is here to tell us all about baby’s position and labor flow.


Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast-baby-positions-labor

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Sep 05, 2018
EP175: [Postpartum Stories] Premie Hospital Birth with NICU Stay vs. Birth Center Birth, with Vanessa Young
01:16:38

What happens when you plan for a birth center waterbirth and you end up with a 34 week preemie, and an onslaught of breastfeeding obstacles? How does this help you prepare differently for your next birth and postpartum? Vanessa Young shares her perspective. Stay tuned.

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast-preemie-NICU-breastfeeding-story

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Aug 29, 2018
EP174: Protecting Your Perineum, with Rachel Reed (Renewed)
01:00:34

The thought of vaginal tearing can make any woman cringe. And let’s not even think about episiotomies. Are there ways to avoid tearing? What’s the evidence behind perineal massage, kegels and squats? Will being told how to push make things worse? Rachel Reed tells us more about protecting your perineum during birth.

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast-protecting-perineum-tear

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Aug 22, 2018
EP173: [Postpartum Story] Postpartum With and Without Depression, with Julia Sabourin
01:03:30

After her first birth Julia experienced undiagnosed postpartum depression along with major breastfeeding struggles. Second time around, she was dreading her baby’s arrival rather than excitedly awaiting it, so she did something about it. Julia shares how proactively preparing for all possibilities allowed her to be fully present during those first weeks, and enjoy the time with her newborn. Check it out.

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast-Postpartum-Depression-Breastfeeding-Story

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Aug 15, 2018
EP172: Herbs in Pregnancy and Postpartum, With Kathleen Mugnolo
01:13:36

Herbs can be micronutrient powerhouses, that support your immune, nervous, and endocrine systems, but some of them may not be recommended  during this time of your life. With conflicting messages about what to take when, how should you approach these plants to figure out what works for you? Kathleen Mugnolo has answers. Check it out.

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast-herbs-pregnancy-postpartum

 

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Aug 08, 2018
EP171: [Birth Story] Finding Closure from a Traumatic Birth, with Danielle Ford
01:04:41

Danielle Ford’s first birth happened when she was very young, not very educated in the process, and it included a long induction and an epidural. It wasn’t until getting pregnant 10 years later that she realized she carried a lot of trauma from birth number one. So what did she do differently the second time around to help her heal and have a much better experience? Check it out.

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast-traumatic-birth-redemption-story

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Aug 01, 2018
EP170: Delayed Cord Clamping, with Dr. Mark Sloan (Renewed)
46:48

Waiting a few minutes to clamp a newborn’s umbilical cord can have significant health benefits, and yet the debate of early vs. delayed cord clamping rages on. What’s the big deal? Dr. Mark Sloan explains and share what the evidence says.

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast-delayed-cord-clamping

 

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Jul 25, 2018
EP169: [Postpartum Story] When Postpartum Anxiety and Panic Come out of Nowhere, With Kayla Sanmiguel
57:34

Having had two flawless postpartum periods under her belt, Kayla Sanmiguel didn’t know how to cope when postpartum anxiety and severe panic disorder came out of nowhere after her third birth. Listen to what she learned from her experiences, and how she’s approaching the birth of her fourth baby very differently, armed with new tools and wisdom. Check it out!

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Jul 18, 2018
EP168: Your Anxious Mind During Pregnancy, with Parijat Deshpande
59:29

When you’re expecting, anxiety and worrying seem to take center stage, especially if you are categorized as high-risk. What can you do with these feelings? Can they affect your and your baby’s health? How do you make the mind-body connection work for you, to put this anxiety in its place? Parijat Deshpande has answers. Check it out!

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Jul 11, 2018
EP167: [Birth Story] Natural induction attempt, frustrating vaginal checks, and a not-so helpful epidural, with Margo Fox
01:20:34

Margo Fox shares her challenging vaginal birth, that included trying all the natural things to avoid a medical induction, navigating disappointing vaginal checks, reluctantly getting an epidural. And yet, she persisted. Check it out.

 

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Jul 04, 2018
EP166: Showing up at Your Birth, with Shalome Stone (Renewed)
01:05:39

Here’s the thing about preparing for birth: you can read all the books, take all the classes, listen to all the podcasts, set up a dream birth team, but no amount of preparation will get the birthing done for you. So, are you doing the inner work that will allow you to step up and own your birth? Rockstar Birth Mentor, Shalome Stone tell us more. Stay tuned.

 

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Jun 27, 2018
EP165: [Birth Story] Liberating Homebirth Transfer to Hospital, with Julia Crabbe
54:30

Julia Crabbe is that daughter of a midwife, who grew up immerse in birth culture. For as long as she can remember, she had hoped for a home water birth. What happens when labor has other plans, that include a transfer to the hospital? Check it out.

 

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Jun 22, 2018
EP164: Structural Body Changes during Pregnancy & Postpartum, with Molly Deutschbein
01:18:06

How do relaxin and changes in blood volume affect your whole body? How does what’s happening to the pelvis relate to the uterus, and the baby inside it? How do you get back to alignment after birth, and how does breastfeeding affect these changes? Molly Deutschbein has answers. Check it out.



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Jun 20, 2018
EP163: [Birth Story] Two Inductions and an Undisturbed Birth, with Margot Strauhull
01:12:59

Margot Strauhull shares her three evolving birth stories. First up is hospital induction with an OB, followed an induced hospital birth managed by midwives, but overshadowed by her "history of macrosomal infant". And then her third birth, where she switched providers at the beginning 3rd trimester and gave birth at freestanding birth center with midwives, and finally had the undisturbed physiological birth she was hoping for.

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Jun 15, 2018
EP162: Your Baby’s Fussy Phases, with Dr. Frans Plooij (renewed)
52:40

Babies grow and develop at an astounding rate, but it turns out that those developmental leaps happen at specific times, following some not-so-sunshiny days. Listen to Dr. Frans Plooij, creator of The Wonder Weeks, explain what the fussy phases are all about, how to tell they are happening, and what you can do about it.

 

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Jun 13, 2018
EP161: [Birth Story] Everyone Is a Badass (Midwife-Attended Hospital Birth), with Lauren Horton
01:04:11

Lauren had a super easy pregnancy, where she continued to do a mix of CrossFit, swimming, yoga, and tons of dog walking! Even so, the birth was pretty much the most challenging thing she’s ever done. Check out why she now concludes that “everyone is a badass”. Check it out!

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Jun 08, 2018
EP160: The Power of Comforting Touch During Labor, with Yiska Obadia
58:59

How should you touch a laboring person during contractions? How should you touch them in between contractions? Should you use both hands? Should you lean in? How fast should you go? Why is touch helpful at all? Yiska Obadia has answers. Check it out!

 

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Jun 06, 2018
EP159: [Birth Story] From Fear to Fearlessness at a Homebirth, with Vanessa Janek
59:53

A former labor and delivery nurse, current childbirth educator, and self-declared birth junkie, Vanessa thought she knew what to expect from birth. Going into it, she was a bit leery of transition… but nothing could really prepare her for the exhaustion, fear and overwhelm she felt when contractions went away, just after she got to 10. How did she get past those feelings to push her baby out? Check it out.

 

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Jun 01, 2018
EP158: The Transition into Parenthood, with Elly Taylor (Renewed)
49:27

Going from being an non-parent individual to being a parent duo is an immensely transformative process that rocks any couple’s world. In this episode of the Birthful podcast, Elly Taylor will take us through the 8 stages that you can expect to navigate, as you grow.

 

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May 30, 2018
EP157: [Birth Story] Two Powerful and Unmedicated Birth Center Stories, with Sarah Pion
57:34

Sarah Pion shares her two unmedicated, intense, and wonderful birth center birth stories, along with how much she values having found the right care provider, why even in labor she can’t leave the house without makeup, and the newfound appreciation and deep love she now has for her body. Stay tuned.

 

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May 25, 2018
EP156: Preeclampsia, Eleni Tsigas
01:07:53

Although the reasons behind preeclampsia are not yet well understood, this disorder can affect 1 in 12 pregnancies, threatening the health of both mom and baby. So what are its symptoms? Who’s at higher risk, and what happens if you do develop preeclampsia? What about postpartum preeclampsia? Eleni Tsigas has answers. Check it out!

 

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May 23, 2018
EP155: [Postpartum Story] A Respected Preemie Vaginal Birth, with Hanley Rice
53:38

During pregnancy, Hanley Rice signed up for childbirth education classes, and planned for a homebirth. Then, at 30 weeks, she started leaking amniotic fluid. Her world got turned upside down, and she was admitted to the hospital to wait for baby to arrive, hopefully not before 34 weeks. Even under those circumstances, having a team that was sensitive to what she had planned made for a beautiful birth experience. Check it out!

 

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May 18, 2018
EP154: Your Baby, The Mammal, with Diane Wiessinger (Renewed)
01:04:56

We often think that newborns are cute but helpless little lumps, when in fact they have an arsenal of instincts to ensure they can find their food source without much external help. What are those instincts that make breastfeeding and bonding seamless? Diane Wiessinger tells us more.

 

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(PART 2: Your Baby Mammal: Sleeping & Solids, with Diane Wiessinger)

 

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May 16, 2018
EP153: [Postpartum Story] Coming to Terms With a Fussy Baby, Rachael Svendsen
57:52

Rachael Svendsen’s birth was what she would call a perfect birth. The postpartum period? Not so much. Dealing with tongue and lip ties, along with a baby that needed her all the time, was much harder than she imagined. So what got her through all that? Let’s find out. Check it out!

 

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May 11, 2018
EP152: Bringing Equity to Birth, with Denise Bolds
58:26

Despite increasingly high health care spending, the U.S. has one of the worst rates of deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth in the developed world. The damage goes beyond statistical data points, with rates of birth trauma also rising. And if you are a person of color, the situation is much worse. What is going on, and what can you do to help bring more equity into yours and all births? Denise Bolds tells us more about this important topic. Check it out!

 

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May 09, 2018
EP151: [Story] Roaring Baby Out Instead of Pushing, with Celia Mei Donaldson
01:02:42

“It’s gonna get more intense now” were the words of Celia’s midwife after her water broke. Even then, Celia felt strong and powerful while being in so much pain. She felt grateful to be so connected to her body. She knew the only way through it, was through it. So she roared... In today’s Friday Birthful Story I’ll be talking with Celia Mei Donaldson about her homebirth. Check it out!

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May 04, 2018
EP150: Healing your birth story, with Pam England (renewed)
59:35

Birth does its own thing, and often it’s harder than expected, even for women whose experience matched their birth plan. How can you heal? Is there a way to prevent birth trauma? Pam England from Birthing From Within tells us more.

 

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May 02, 2018
EP149: [Story] Wonderful Waterbirth with Strong Fetal Ejection Reflex, with Michelle Onaka
01:02:46

In today’s Friday Birthful Story I’ll be talking with Michelle Onaka about the many twist and turns of her path towards becoming a mom, starting with a her fertility journey, completely gutting their house during her pregnancy, and a fabulous waterbirth. Having overcome all those obstacles, she’d figured life with a newborn would be par for the course. However, that was not quite so. Check it out!

 

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Apr 27, 2018
EP148: Updates in What You Should Eat during Pregnancy, with Lily Nichols
01:11:48

Today we’re taking a closer look at nutrition during pregnancy. You’ve probably heard you should stay away from raw fish, soft cheeses, deli meats, and runny eggs - but is this really the case? Does avoiding these foods keep you from getting the nutrition you really need for your health and your baby’s development? Lily Nichols has answers. Check it out!

 

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Apr 25, 2018
EP147: [Birth Story] An Empowered Cesarean after a Traumatic Cesarean, with Melissa Divaris Thompson
01:05:44

I’m Adriana Lozada, and we’re jump starting our Friday Birthful Stories talking with Melissa Divaris Thompson about her two very different cesarean birth experiences. Melissa describes her first experience as traumatic. By contrast, she felt really empowered during her second birth. So what makes them so very different? Stay tuned to find out.

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Apr 20, 2018
EP146: The Baby's Birth Experience, with Karen Strange (renewed)
57:11

In this episode of the Birthful Podcast, we are going to be talking about birth, but from the baby’s perspective. Have you ever wondered what a baby goes through when being born? It turns out that there’s a specific sequence of events that occurs as newborns transition into the outside world. What are those events and why do they matter? To learn more, I’ll be talking with Karen Strange. Check it out.

 

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Apr 18, 2018
EP145: 10 Myths of Motherhood, with Tracy Cutchlow
01:04:19

Culturally, we may have this idealized dream of life with baby, where everything falls into place seamlessly, and that all you need to take care of your little one is love and the things on your registry. Oh, if it were so. Tracy Cutchlow helps examine those myths and more. Check it out.

 

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Apr 11, 2018
EP144: Birth Models and How They Affect Your Birth, with Robbie Davis-Floyd (renewed)
48:53

Today’s show is about birth models, and how they affect birth practices. Medical Anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd explains why we’ve gotten so obsessed with machines and numbers, how things are changing back to models that work in various parts of the world, and what you can take from those models to improve your experience.

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Apr 04, 2018
EP143: Can Exercise During Pregnancy Make Labor Harder?, with Deb Flashenberg
57:07

Today we're exploring if there is such a thing as too much exercise during pregnancy. It’s common knowledge that you should stay active while expecting. Walking, swimming, and doing prenatal yoga can all be super helpful, but what about barre, crossfit, and weightlifting? Deb Flashenberg has answers. Check it out!

 

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Mar 28, 2018
EP142: 10 Unforgettable Doula Moments, with Adriana Lozada (renewed)
01:06:45

March 22nd through March 28th is world doula week, and so I wanted to do a bit of celebrating by bringing you some fabulous birth moments but from my doula perspective. And of course, I’ll be digging deeper by telling you WHY I think these moments are special. Check it out!

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Mar 21, 2018
EP141: Elective Inductions to Reduce the Cesarean Rate?, with Sharon Muza
45:54

Today we are taking a close look at a recently released research, the ARRIVE trial abstract that suggests elective inductions at 39 weeks could reduce the cesarean rate. What does this mean for pregnant people and maternity care? Does mother nature really have it all wrong? Is there a better way of reducing the cesarean rate? Sharon Muza helps make sense of all these questions and more. Check it out.

 

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Mar 14, 2018
EP 140: Newborn Sleep, with Rebecca Michi (renewed)
47:53

In this episode of the Birthful podcast, I talk with sleep consultant Rebecca Michi about newborn sleep. How do newborns sleep, and when do they start sleeping through the night? What’s the best way to set down a healthy sleep foundation? Are there things you should avoid doing? How can you get more sleep? Listen to the answers to all these questions and more. Check it out.

 

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Mar 07, 2018
EP 139: Restoring Your Vitality After Birth, with Kimberly Johnson
01:11:04

What does restoring your vitality after birth even mean? Is restoring the same as getting your body back? What are the 5 universal needs towards restoration? How can you prepare for the profound experience of codependence that’s coming your way, within a culture that’s obsessed with self-sufficiency? Kimberly Johnson shares the simple answer. Check it out.

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Feb 28, 2018
EP138: Eating to Grow a Healthy Baby Brain, with Theresa Nesbitt (Renewed)
01:10:06

As humans, we’ve got enormous energy-hungry brains, made up of rare building blocks. How does your pregnant body and the placenta build your baby’s brain from scratch, and what should you eat before, during and after pregnancy to help it be the healthiest? Dr. Theresa Nesbitt has the answers. Check it out.

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Feb 21, 2018
EP137: The Fertility Rollercoaster, with Heidi Brockmyre
01:07:06

When trying to conceive, the process of peeing on a stick can be fraught with emotions, and having to work on boosting your fertility month after month, or undergo treatments, can take over your life, bringing forth feelings of guilt, resentment, isolation, grief, and much stress. What can you do to make this a more enjoyable ride? Heidi Brockmyre has answers. Check it out.

 

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Feb 14, 2018
EP136: Understanding & Calming Your Baby, with Carrie Contey (Renewed)
01:06:57

Babies are constantly and very specifically communicating their needs to us. So what are some ways they do that? How can you tune into and translate their messages? And what if you have a baby that needs more help navigating the world? The fabulous Carrie Contey has answers. Check it out.


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Feb 07, 2018
EP135: How Will Birth Transform You?, with Britta Bushnell
01:06:37

What if instead of asking “what happened” during a birth, we instead asked the birthing person: “what happened TO YOU?” What if we stopped defining birth as vaginal, or medicated, induced, or cesarean, and looked at it as a meaning-making event? Is there even a way to prepare for this type of transformation? Britta Bushnell tells more. Check it out.

 

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Jan 31, 2018
EP134: Hormones After Birth, Dr. Jolene Brighten (renewed)
01:03:19

What does the postpartum hormonal rollercoaster look like? How can you support your hormonal balance to avoid adrenal fatigue and autoimmune issues? What’s causing your vaginal dryness, and should you consider “vaginal rehab”? Dr. Jolene Brighten tells us more. Check it out!

 

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Jan 24, 2018
EP 133: Your Baby's Calming Reflex, with Dr. Harvey Karp
51:24

It’s sadly not uncommon for babies to cry inconsolably for long periods of time, and we usually attribute it to colic or the so-called witching hour. But what if there were a proven set of steps you could follow to calm your baby instantly and consistently? Dr. Harvey Karp tells us more. Check it out.

 

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Jan 17, 2018
EP132: Working with Childbirth Pain, with Julie Bonapace (Renewed)
01:06:43

What are the 4 components of pain? Does pain equate suffering? If the signal doesn’t make it to the brain, is it pain? And how can you (and your partner!) change that signal before it arrives? Pain specialist Julie Bonapace has answers. Check it out!

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Jan 10, 2018
EP 131: The Value of Postpartum Stories, with Chaya Kasse Valier
49:04

For as much as birth stories get shared far and wide, things seem to go radio-silent when it comes to the postpartum period. It can be hard to determine when they begin and when they end, and they also tend to be much messier to recount. However, there’s much value to be found in sharing and hearing these stories. Chaya Kasse Valier tells us more. Check it out.

 

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Jan 03, 2018
EP130: Gestational Diabetes, with Lily Nichols
01:10:25

Today we’re talking about Gestational Diabetes. What is it? How is it diagnosed? How reliable are these tests? If you are diagnosed, what does that mean for your pregnancy, baby and birth? Why does the usually recommended GD diet result in worsening results, and is there a better alternative to all this? Lily Nichols has answers. Check it out!

 

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Dec 27, 2017
EP129: Birth Principles: Better than a Birth Plan, with Jessie Harrold
59:57

Today we are going to go beyond the birth plan to talk about birth principles. Although a well crafted birth plan can be a powerful tool, more often than not their formulaic, and outcome-focused nature can give a false illusion of control, and elicit eye rolls from jaded caregivers. The truth is, your efforts may be better spent on first crafting your own set of birth principles. Jessie Harrold explains why. Check it out!

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Dec 20, 2017
EP128: Postpartum Hemorrhages, with Maryn Green
01:04:33

Why and how often do postpartum hemorrhages happen? Are there risk factors? What can be done if they happen? Can they be prevented, and if so, how? Are fear and protocol making things worse? Maryn Green tells us more. Check it out!

 

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Dec 13, 2017
EP127: The Identity Shift of Becoming a Mom, with Sophie McEntee
01:00:06

Have you considered what motherhood means to you, and how you are going to integrate that, with your current identity? How do you feel about the words sacrifice and devotion? Sophie McEntee is here to tell us why becoming a mom can be such a messy process, and what you can do to prepare. Check it out!

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Dec 06, 2017
EP 126: Better Pregnancy Sleep, with Mar Oscategui
51:12

Between body aches, a mind that won’t quiet down, heartburn, and the never ending trips to the bathroom, getting a good night sleep while pregnant can seem like an impossible goal. So what can you do to make it better, and will doing these things improve your family’s sleep after baby arrives? Mar Oscategui has answers. Check it out.

 

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Nov 29, 2017
EP125: A Dad's Perspective, with Jeremy Buczek (Part 2)
01:09:14

Today we continue to talk with new dad, Jeremy Buczek about his pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum experience. In Part 1 last week, we left off just as things were moving into active labor. Today, we continue from there through the birth, and into postpartum, where Jeremy shares the trauma he experienced, what helped him through it, and the joy of becoming a dad. Check it out!

 

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Nov 22, 2017
EP124: A Dad's Perspective, with Jeremy Buczek (Part 1)
01:06:02

Part birth and postpartum story, part helpful tips, part reflections, this 2 part episode with Jeremy Buczek goes deep into the birth partner’s experience of pregnancy, birth and postpartum to help your partner know a bit more of what to expect. Check it out.

 

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Nov 15, 2017
EP123: Setting up Your Postpartum Support, with Michelle Peterson
50:01

If you’re pregnant, you’ve no doubt heard about how you are going to need quite a bit of help once the baby is born, so how do you go about setting that up? Why do you need to prepare? How long are you going to need it for? Michelle Peterson tells us more. Check it out!

 

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What we talked about:

  • Michelle’s aha! moment
  • How we convince you to prepare! :)
  • Why is self-care during during the postpartum period so important?
  • For how long will you need support?
  • What factors should you consider when setting up your support?
  • How do you go about doing it?
  • Getting the gift of time
  • Facing (and embracing) the emotional work
  • Having a back-up plan for when birth throws you a curve-ball
  • Creating your own postpartum “protocol”
  • Partners as part of the team!
  • Other things to do ahead of time

 

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About Michelle Peterson

Michelle Peterson is the founder of The Seven Sisters Postpartum Care Program and author of Seven Sisters for Seven Days: A Mothers’ Manual for Community-Based Postpartum Care. After a challenging first postpartum, she created this incredible system to support her family during her second postpartum and soon began sharing it with mothers in her community and beyond. Michelle focuses on helping mothers get the support they need. She believes that the spiritual, emotional, and physical welfare of families is the backbone of our collective well-being.

Learn more at SevenSistersPostpartum.com

Nov 08, 2017
EP 122: Persistence in Breastfeeding, with Dawn Pensack
01:00:29

Last episode we talked about how breastfeeding may be perfectly natural, but it’s not perfectly easy. There tend to be a few or a lot obstacles to overcome. But what does that actually look like? Dawn Pensack is here to share her stories. Check it out!

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What we talked about:

  • Dawn’s two very different breastfeeding experiences
  • Trying to breastfeed a preemie
  • The problems with “comparison-itis”
  • Feeling all the feelings through the heightened emotional lens of postpartum
  • Conflicting breastfeeding messages
  • “Letting your child down”
  • Preparing differently
  • Facing the new challenges of her second breastfeeding experience
  • Getting creative by observing your child
  • The satisfaction of turning things around
  • The importance of having a helping partner
  • Setting up a “nursing station”
  • Breastfeeding = knowledge + support + persistence + creativity

 

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About Dawn Pensack

As a little girl, Dawn Pensack dreamed of being a mother one day and wanted to raise her kids in a way very different than she was raised. Dawn knew there had to be more to this parenting thing and she was determined to find it. And she did. Dawn combined her years of working with children as a math teacher, her strong desire to bring happiness to families, and her love of spreading the love into a Family Happiness Coaching business that helps her fulfill her true purpose on a daily basis. Dawn works with parents who are struggling to have it all – a life, a career or business, and a family in the midst of a chaotic world. She reminds her clients that while it may not be easy, it’s possible to be the parent you want to be with the right tools and support.

When Dawn isn’t working with her clients to help them ditch the yelling and guilt and become peaceful parents, you can find her outside with her horse, canoeing, or just enjoying the day with her husband and children.

Find out more at  dawnpensack.com or follow the conversation on Facebook.

Nov 01, 2017
EP 121: Common Breastfeeding Struggles, with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
01:05:03

Breastfeeding may be perfectly natural, but it’s not perfectly easy. Many people think it will just happen, without realizing there's a steep learning curve. So what are the most common breastfeeding struggles, and how can you navigating them? Kathleen Kendall-Tackett tells us more. Check it out!

 

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Oct 25, 2017
EP 120: The Power in Writing Your Story, with Jaime Fleres
57:52

There’s a unique healing power in writing your birth story, in not having an audience, in getting raw and going to the deep places, rather than just sharing the version suitable for light conversation. How do you get started, and is there a way to make the process a bit easier? What if your birth involved trauma? Jaime Fleres tells us more. Check it out! Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcastwritingyourstory If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps! And if you want to connect with Adriana, reach out at: facebook.com/birthful twitter.com/birthful instagram.com/adrianika Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY) Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY) What we talked about: Considering the master narrative that you (and your culture) have about birth What is the point of writing your birth story? The 3 layers to a birth story The healing power of writing Reporting vs. Reflecting What happens when you’re not writing for an audience What if you don’t know how to write? How to approach a traumatic birth story Awesome resources mentioned by Jaime*: Birth Your Story: Why Writing about Your Birth Matters, by Jaime Fleres Birthing from Within, by Pam England Mothering from Your Center: Tapping Your Body's Natural Energy for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting, by Tami Lynn Kent Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers, by Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers, by Kate Hopper Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives, by Louise Desalvo Opening Up by Writing It Down: How Expressive Writing Improves Health and Eases Emotional Pain, by James W. Pennebaker The Power of Vulnerability, TED talk by Brené Brown Related or mentioned podcast episodes: Healing Your Birth Story, with Pam England (episode #49 ) Sharing Your Birth Story with Your Child, with Anika Rothfuss (episode #100) About Jaime Fieres-Mizejewski Jaime Fleres is the author of the new book Birth Your Story: Why Writing about Your Birth Matters. She is a mother, writing coach, former college professor, doula, holistic healer, and embodied movement teacher. She is the founder of Santosha Birth and Wellness, leads workshops and retreats internationally, and offers her writing and services at JaimeFleres.com.

Oct 18, 2017
EP119: Babywearing, with Joanna McNeilly
01:11:10

Babywearing is a  sanity-saving practice that has been around for millennia, providing many benefits for both baby and caregiver. What are those benefits? What are the different carrier types? How do you know which is right for you? What do you need to know in terms of safety,, and can one carrier take you from the newborn to toddler stage?  Joanna McNeilly tell us more. Check it out.

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Oct 11, 2017
EP 118: A Mindful and Minimalist Baby Registry, with Megan Whitaker
01:09:28

Creating a baby registry can be downright panic producing, but contrary to what the thousands of products out there would have you believe, you really don’t actually need that much. So how do you know what to get and when to get it? Megan Whitaker tells us more. Check it out!

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Oct 04, 2017
EP117: The Induction Process, with Toni Golen
01:06:29

Usually, conversations around inductions focus on their reasons, risks, benefits, and when to schedule them. That doesn’t leave much time to discuss how they are done, and share expectations on how long they may take, or whether they’ll work at all. Toni Golen is here to walk us through the details. Check it out.

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Sep 27, 2017
EP 116: Navigating Human Resources to Plan Your Maternity Leave, with Katy Dahl
51:50

Today we are talking about navigating HR to plan your maternity (or paternity) leave. This can be an insanely overwhelming process, with so much fine print. So where do you start, and what should you be looking out for in order to avoid unfortunate surprises during postpartum? Katy Dahl is tell us more. Check it out!

 

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Sep 20, 2017
EP115: Birth Trauma Myths, with Bianca Sprague and Natasha Marchand
01:05:27

Today we are taking on the most common myths and concerns around birth traumas, and exploring ways to avoid them. The statistics for those who consider their birth to have been traumatic can range between 25 and whopping 49%. So, what can you do to improve the chances of having a lovely birth, and not be a part of that statistic? Bianca Sprague and Natasha Marchand tell us more. Check it out.

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Sep 13, 2017
EP 114: Rethinking the Pushing Stage, with Whapio
01:25:00

It’s extremely common for pushing stages to be managed, with laboring people reclining on their backs and being told to grab behind their knees and pull them open towards their ears, while tucking their chins, and holding their breath for a count of 10. Is this really the best way? Does it support physiology? And what effect does it have on the baby, and on the perineum that’s receiving the brunt of that exertion? The fabulous Whapio is here to tell us more. Check it out.

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Sep 06, 2017
BS30: No Epidural and No Whining, with Celeste & Claudiu Bancos
43:19

We’ve reached the last story for this year’s “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today’s story has a special twist, as we get to hear both parent’s version of it. Aside from healthy mom and healthy baby, Celeste Bancos’ other birth goals were of to avoid getting an epidural, and to not whine.. She, and her husband Claudiu are here to share how she achieved that. Check it out!

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Aug 30, 2017
BS29: Five Births: All Different, with Bronwyn Fackrell
01:03:04

We continue still with our “Birth Stories” for the summer series!

It’s a jam-packed episode today with five, very different birth stories! From traumatic, to physiological, to emergency cesarean with placental abruption, to VBAC, to homebirth, and a bit of lyme disease thrown in there to keep you on your toes, Bronwyn Fackrell shares it all. Check it out.

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Aug 23, 2017
BS28: Surprise Home VBAC, with Erin Davis
01:13:09

What do you do when you send your husband out to car-nap your older daughter as you finish getting ready to go to the hospital, and labor goes from 0 to 60, while you’re still at home? Do you panic? Do you call 911? Do you call your doula? Do you breathe and center yourself so you are present for your baby? Erin Davis is here to tell us more. Check it out!

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Aug 16, 2017
BS27: I Can’t Do It = I’m Really Close, with Shani Stidham
52:24

We continue still with our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today’s story comes from Shani Stidham, who did a whole lot of soul searching and preparation in early pregnancy, and set things up so she’d have the environment and support she needed to explore birth on her own terms, and have a glorious postpartum to boot! Check it out!

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Aug 09, 2017
BS26: The Induction Mind Game, with Candice Hodges
01:02:49

We continue with our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today’s story comes from Candice Hodges, who for weeks had to navigate scare tactics, conflicting advice from care providers, and modified bedrest, not to mention the logistics of a long induction, in order to embrace the chaos and have a birth that resembled what she intended. Check it out!

Aug 02, 2017
BS25: From Cesarean to VBAC, to home waterbirth, with Chantal Shelstad
49:30

We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Last summer, while relating her birth stories, Chantal Shelstad surprised us all by sharing she was pregnant again. So she’s back to tell the tale of how she went from a Cesarean, to a VBAC, and to a home waterbirth, because as she says, “she likes to challenge herself”. Check it out!

 

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Jul 26, 2017
BS24: You CAN do Hard Things, with Elizabeth Nigro
54:43

We continue with our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today’s story comes from Elizabeth Nigro, who first broke up with her OB, then was in denial that labor was even happening, but once she let go of perfect, she ended up with an amazingly beautiful birth where she felt safe, supported and like a super woman. Check it out!

 

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Jul 19, 2017
BS23: No Need to Push, with Naomi Wilcox-Lee
54:03

We continue with our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today’s story comes from Naomi Wilcox-Lee, who shares how she prepared to bring joy and bliss to her birth, along with all the little ways her family and husband helped her do that, and how she ended up birthing like a rock-star without having to actually push. Check it out!

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Jul 12, 2017
BS22: Birth: Not as Bad as Hiking Machu Picchu, with Shelley Wylie
01:07:56

Birth Story - Today’s story comes from Shelley Wylie, who shares how the shower beats the tub, how birth is not as horrendous as the Machu Picchu trail, and how you can absolutely have a lovely birth, even if you have to come undone and regather yourself in the process. Check it out!

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Jul 05, 2017
BS21: A Breech Homebirth, with Jessica Winquist
01:13:49

We continue with our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today’s story comes from Jessica Winquist, who was determined to have a vaginal birth, even though her daughter was breech. As it turns out, pregnancy ended up being the most stressful part of her experience. Go check out her breech homebirth story.

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Jun 28, 2017
BS20: A glorious VBAC, with Kally McConnell
47:19

Happy Summer, northern hemisphere! With this episode we kick off our 2017 “Birth Stories for the Summer” series!

For the next 11 weeks, I’m switching  the spotlight from the birth pros to the mighty mamas, who share what real-life birth looks like. Today, Kally McConnell shares her glorious VBAC story, all the things she did differently to prepare compared with her first birth, and how there was no time for the tub. Check it out!

 

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Jun 21, 2017
EP113: VBAC facts, with Jen Kamel
59:03

There’s a lot of misinformation when it comes to having a vaginal birth after a cesarean, with many people being told they are not allowed to VBAC. Often the risks of having a VBAC are exaggerated, while the risks of repeat cesareans are downplayed or not even brought up. That’s an unbalanced conversation that does not allow you to make a true informed choice. What are the facts? Jen Kamel has answers. Check it out.

 

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Jun 14, 2017
EP 112: Effects of sleep deprivation, with Dr. Kim Fenn
01:06:10

If you have a baby in your life, it’s a given that you’re not getting enough sleep, but how does that deprivation affect your mind, body and mood? How does it relate to weight gain?  Can your body adapt to the lack of sleep? Do micro-naps help or hinder? What about regular naps? Dr. Kimberly Fenn has answers. Check it out.

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Jun 07, 2017
EP 111: Dealing with Birth Fears, with Alexia Leachman
01:01:36

Birth is filled with uncertainty, and with that come the fears and what ifs: what if something goes wrong, what if the pain is too much, what if my wishes aren’t respected, What if I need a cesarean, what if I poop? All are valid, but not very helpful feelings. So how can you deal with them? Alexia Leachman has answers. Check it out.

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May 31, 2017
EP 110: Dealing with Family & Visitors, with Kate Turza
01:05:00

When it comes to pregnancy, birth choices and baby care, everyone seems to have an opinion. So what happens when your choices don’t line up with the preference of those who surround you, and may even be involved in the care of your baby? Kate Turza tells us more. Check it out.

 

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May 24, 2017
EP 109: Back-to-Work Sleep Considerations, with Kim West
53:16

When returning to work, it’s not uncommon for baby to start waking more at night. What can you do ahead of time to support better sleep and minimize these wakings? If your baby starts waking more often, what can you do to survive and better the situation? Kim West has answers. Check it out.

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May 17, 2017
EP108: Are you Meditating Yet?, with Anna Gannon
54:24

If you’ve ever said that you don’t have time to meditate, or that you won’t know if you’re doing it right, or frankly, you’re not convinced that it will work, then this episode is for you! Anna Gannon is here to address all those resistance points, along with the wonderful benefits of meditating for fertility, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and parenting. Check it out!

 

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May 10, 2017
EP107: Place of Birth as #1 Cesarean Risk?, with Dr. Neel Shah
48:35

Today we’re taking a look at how the hospital you choose, can be your #1 risk of having a Cesarean. Cesarean rates have increased 500% in one generation, and they are now the most common surgery performed on human beings anywhere in the work. About of them half may be unnecessary. How did we get to this, and what can you do about it? Dr. Neel Shah has answers. Check it out!

 

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May 03, 2017
EP106: Weight Gain & Nutrition, with Genevieve Howland
01:00:22

For a lot of people, the idea of gaining weight -even if for such a fabulous cause as pregnancy- can be stressful. Genevieve Howland is here to talk about ways you can tackle your anxiety, triggers, and body image issues as well how to easily establish good nutrition habits that can serve you past pregnancy and postpartum. Check it out!

 

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Apr 26, 2017
EP104: (Updated) Evidence & Eating During Labor, with Rebecca Dekker
35:55

It’s been nearly two years since I first spoke with Rebecca Dekker from EBB about eating and drinking during labor, and the importance of evidence based information and practices. Recently, Rebecca and her team updated their article on the evidence of “Eating and Drinking During Labor” and -not so surprisingly- not only does the previous evidence still hold, but there is further data support it. This is great news for laboring mamas- but you’ll have to listen until the end to get the nitty-gritty on the update. Along the way, you’ll also hear about what constitutes evidence based care, and why it’s important. (Hint: many hospital labor practices are not based on evidence, and can in fact be detrimental to the process.) Listen to find out how you can know what is what.

 

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Apr 12, 2017
EP103: Homebirth Reimbursement, with Nicolle Kasch
50:24

Nicolle Kasch shares her personal story of persistence and success, along with specifics on how to navigate what can be a truly cumbersome process. Although filled with trial and error, her 8 months of determination resulted in full reimbursement. Check it out!

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Apr 05, 2017
EP102: The Microbiome and Your Baby's Immune System, with Toni Harman
59:35

How your baby is born will determine what microorganisms get where, when. It’s a beautifully orchestrated process with lifelong implications for your baby’s health. So what if you have a cesarean birth, take antibiotics, or are not able to breastfeed? Toni Harman tells us more. Stay tuned.

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Mar 29, 2017
EP101: Effects of Stress During Pregnancy, with Parijat Deshpande
45:30

Is a little stress good for your baby? What about chronic stress? Are there ways to deal with the anxiety and guilt? What if you have a high-risk pregnancy? How does it all affect you? Parijat Deshpande tells us more. Check it out!

 

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Mar 22, 2017
EP100: Sharing Your Birth Story with Your Child, with Anika Rothfuss
40:07

During this episode, Anika Rothfuss (aka my daughter) does a podcast takeover to celebrate Birthful’s one hundred episode and her birthday. During this interview/birth story hybrid, Anika gets to ask questions as I share her birth story. We’ve been sharing her birth story with her  every year since she was one. It’s a fabulous and evolving tradition that has showed her how cool birth can be. Check it out!

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Mar 15, 2017
EP99: ACOG's Recommendations on Limiting Interventions, with Sharon Muza
01:04:02

In this episode we talk about the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ new recommendations on “Limiting Interventions during Labor and Birth”. Do you need to be continuously monitored? Does your bag of waters need to be broken? Do you have to hold your breath to push? How about IV fluids? It turns out that “many common obstetric practices are of limited or uncertain benefit”, and it’s time to change things up. Sharon Muza tells us more. Check it out!

 

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Mar 08, 2017
EP98: Childbirth PTSD, with Cheryl Tatano Beck
01:02:15

Up to 45% of women report that their births were traumatic, and around 3% will experience PTSD. What are the differences between the two? What are the symptoms and risk factors for childbirth PTSD? What about PostTraumatic Growth? Cheryl Tatano Beck tells us more. Check it out!

 

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Mar 01, 2017
EP97: Pleasure & Joy During Birth, with Angela Gallo
52:01

When talking about birth, words that tend to come up are fear and pain. But what if instead of trying to get rid of the fear and pain, you focused wholeheartedly on bringing heaps of joy and pleasure to your birth instead? Angela Gallo tells us more. Check it out!

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Feb 22, 2017
EP96: Informed Consent, with Cristen Pascucci
01:06:45

During pregnancy and birth, it has somehow become OK for others to tell women what they can and cannot do with their bodies, even when being subjected to unsafe care and in violation of their human and legal rights. So what can you do about it? Cristen Pascucci tells us more. Check it out!

 

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Feb 15, 2017
EP95: Birth Finances, with Nate Dallas
57:16

Figuring out how much your birth will cost is a daunting proposition composed of many confusing and expensive parts. But what if you could navigate it in an non-overwhelming manner, that could potentially save you thousands of dollars? Nate Dallas is here to share his step-by-step secrets. Check it out!

 

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Feb 08, 2017
EP93: Birth Options, with Betsy Schwartz
49:40

There’s an extremely famous quote in the birth world from Diana Korte and Roberta Scaer that says “If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any”, but sometimes the amount of options, choices and nuances can be truly overwhelming. So where do you start? Betsy Schwartz tells us more. Check it out!

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Jan 25, 2017
EP92: Vaginal Rehab, with Susi Hately
58:19

Many women suffer from a onslaught of unwelcomed pelvic floor symptoms such as incontinence, prolapse, painful sex, and dry vaginas, even many years after giving birth. Although super common, avoiding trampolines and peeing when your laugh doesn’t have to be the new normal. So what does this rehab entail? Susi Hately tells us more. Check it out!

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Jan 18, 2017
EP91: Breastfeeding Preparation, with Cindy Leclerc
46:27

Although about 80% percent of mamas start off breastfeeding, by 3 months only about half of them are exclusively breastfeeding. So, what vital information should you know before baby arrives to increase your breastfeeding success? Cindy Leclerc tells us more. Check it out!

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Jan 11, 2017
EP88: Pregnancy After Loss, with Melissa Krawecki
57:00

How do you navigate the fear, manage the stress and relearn trust, in order to let joy back in? What support systems should you put in place for both you and your partner? How do you deal with the new normal of being happy and sad at the same time? Melissa Krawecki is back to share her wisdom and knowledge. Check it out!

 

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Dec 21, 2016
EP87: HELLP Syndrome, with Melissa Krawecki
52:13

This not very well known and hard to diagnose syndrome sometimes presents like preeclampsia, and other times just like regular pregnancy symptoms. On top of that, there’s little you can do to prevent it. What can you do instead of worrying? Melissa Krawecki is here to bring awareness, and share her story. Check it out!

 

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Dec 14, 2016
EP85: Navigating the NICU, with Sue Hall
57:03

Although no one plans to have their baby in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, about 10% of newborns will spend some time there. Prematurity is the most common reason, but even some less severe, full term concerns such as respiratory issues, unstable blood sugar, infection, or jaundice may warrant a short stay. What should you know?  Dr. Sue Hall tells us more. Check it out!

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Nov 30, 2016
BS19: Upstaging the Placenta, with Laura Brandenburg
46:54

Birth Story - Laura Brandenburg’s placentas tend to steal her birth shows. She’s here to tell us how this prompted a transfer from birth center to hospital for her first birth, and how she got the last word during her second birth by delivering both baby and placenta at home. Check it out.

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Nov 23, 2016
EP84: All About Pumping!, with Nancy Mohrbacher
52:28

What should you look for in a breast pump? Is it ever too early to pump? What’s the easiest way to build your breastmilk stash? What about if you need to increase milk production or are exclusively pumping? How can you make your pumping sessions more effective? Nancy Mohrbacher answers these questions and many more. Check it out!

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Nov 16, 2016
EP82: Why Breastfeeding a Newborn is Different, with Theresa Nesbitt
01:07:51

We’ll be talking about why breastfeeding a newborn is different from an older baby. It's often assumed that breastfeeding will simply work, but most moms report significant problems within the first week. Fortunately, understanding why newborns feed the way they do can make the whole process a breeze. Theresa Nesbitt is tells us more, including how to avoid nipple pain, encouraging a good latch, and setting yourself up for a good milk supply. Check it out.

 

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Nov 02, 2016
EP81: Will You Shower During Postpartum?, with Lisa Chin
45:16

Today we’ll be approaching the 4th trimester from a more culturally traditional point of view. Lisa Chin is here to tell us about her experience of following the chinese tradition of sitting the month, which involves eating body warming foods, staying inside, and not showering for weeks. How did this impact her recovery? Go check it out.

 

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from November 9th to the 18th. (Pst- I'll be speaking on the 9th!)

 

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Oct 26, 2016
EP80: Your Pregnancy Microbiome, with Anne Estes
58:14

We hear a lot about the microbiome and birth, but what about during pregnancy? Does your microbiome change depending on the trimester you are in? Is it impacted by avoiding deli meats and sushi? Are there ways to alter your microbiome to discourage the presence of Group B Strep? Anne Estes tells us more. Check it out.



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Oct 19, 2016
EP79: 11 Breastfeeding Need-to-Knows, with Robin Kaplan
01:02:11

Breastfeeding Need-to-Knows - Today we’ll be taking on 11 breastfeeding need-to-knows! Consider these breastfeeding mini-facts as possible bumps-in-the-road that can be dealt with fairly easily with a bit of information and determination, but that can otherwise potentially derail your breastfeeding relationship. These include damaged nipples, baby weight loss, nipple shape, breast behavior, colostrum, hind-milk and fore-milk, D-MER, and more. Robin Kaplan tells us more. Check it out.

 

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Oct 12, 2016
EP77: Waterbirth, with Barbara Harper
57:58

Waterbirth - What are there benefits to giving birth in water? Are there any risks? What about if you are considering a VBAC? Why has there been so much controversy around waterbirths, and what does the evidence say? Barbara Harper tells us more. Check it out.

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)
Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Sep 28, 2016
EP76: Prenatal Bonding, with Dr. Jay Warren
55:28

Prenatal Bonding - We now know that babies are conscious while in womb. They can hear sounds, learn, form memories, and respond to your stress. So, can connecting with your baby before the birth, make for better pregnancies and healthier babies? And how do you go about doing that?  Dr. Jay Warren tells us more, including how singing, talking, and playing with your baby makes a difference. Check it out.

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcastprenatalbonding/

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

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Sep 21, 2016
EP75: 3rd. Stage of Labor, with Dr. Sarah Buckley
01:03:00

3rd. Stage of Labor - There are critical physiological changes that happen within mom and baby immediately after birth that allow for bonding and a healthy transition from womb to word. What are they, how can they be supported, and how do interventions change the hormonal flow?  Dr. Sarah Buckley tells us more. Check it out.

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcastthirdstage/


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Sep 14, 2016
EP74: Dr. Paul Thomas, Vaccines
01:12:31

Vaccines - How do vaccines work? Do they carry risks? Are they all created equal? Does it matter when they are given, and how does that relate with the CDC’s recommended schedule that includes 49 doses before the age of 6? Dr. Paul Thomas is here to help us navigate this polarized and often overwhelming issue, including the flu vaccine for pregnant woman, the Hepatitis B vaccine for newborns, the caution with the MMR vaccine, and the HPV vaccine for preteens. Check it out.

Sep 07, 2016
BS18: Determined to VBAC | Jaime Hitt
53:43

We’ve arrived at the last episode of our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today, Jaime Hitt tells us about her VBAC, and all the ways she prepared differently than for her first birth in order to make it happen, including and unexpected external cephalic version. We talk about chiropractic care, cross-fit, prodromal labor, delayed cord clamping, having a VBAC supportive provider (not just tolerant), cesarean scar pain, and much more. Check it out.

Aug 31, 2016
BS17: A Challenging Physical Recovery | Erin Patterson
01:11:56

We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Erin Patterson is here to tell us about her beautiful birth story, about how much she loved the tub. Unfortunately her birth resulted in some muscular trauma that made for a slow and difficult recovery requiring PT work, even many weeks into postpartum. We also talk about many of the things that worked during her pregnancy, as she gave birth and during recovery, including chiropractic care, physical therapy for her pelvic floor, having a doula, and a midwife, giving birth at a birth center, and much more.

Aug 24, 2016
BS16: A Challenging Pushing Stage, with Kate Bechtold
55:58

We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Kate Bechtold had previously pushed two babies out without too much fuss, so she was expecting her third to come out in no time. But what happens when she starts pushing with all her might, and doesn’t feel the baby move down? Go check it out.

Aug 17, 2016
BS15: When Breech Doesn’t Flip, with Chantal Shelstad
50:05

When Breech Doesn’t Flip - We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today, Chantal Shelstad shares the impact that having a cesarean birth due to a breech presentation had on her psyche, her ensuing struggle with postpartum mood anxiety for years to follow, and how preparation and determination were key in finally having the VBAC she wanted.Check it out.

Aug 10, 2016
BS14: Running Up the Stairs Does the Trick!, with Natasha Grey
49:03

We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! This week, Natasha Grey shares her lovely homebirth story, noting how an ultimatum from her midwife had her running for the stairs, and right into transition. Go listen.

Aug 03, 2016
BS13: 3 Epidurals & a 6th-week Surprise, with Kate Turza
01:10:46

3 Epidurals & a 6th-week Surprise - We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! This week, Kate Turza tells us about her three epidural births, and highlights how what happens during the third stage of labor can impact breastfeeding and your recovery, even for many weeks after the birth. Go listen!

Jul 27, 2016
BS12: Have a surreal birth experience!, with Emily Alsheskie
53:07

Have a surreal birth experience! - We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Emily Alsheskie never really had any experience around children -nor was she all that excited about having kids. Oh, how things change! Check out her awesome and unconventional home water birth story, that happened while she lived in a small apartment, while going to school. Plus, many of the things she did to prepare for her birth, including hypnobirthing, chiropractic, saltwater pool, birthing affirmations, deep meditation.

Jul 20, 2016
BS11: Prodromal & Fantastic!, with Criselda Fernandez
41:55

Prodromal & Fantastic - We continue on our “Birth Stories for the Summer” Series. Today, Criselda Fernandez is here to tell us about her 3-day long birth, that she describes as amazing and transformative. Find out what helped her get through the frustration of not knowing when it was really going to start, and how tearing was the one thing that caught her off guard. Check it out!

Jul 13, 2016
BS10: Birth is Mental & Emotional | Megan Othling
01:24:52

4 stories, one Mighty Mama - We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Megan Othling is here to tell us about her four - yup four-  birth stories.  She explains how birth can happens as much in your head as in your body, and how facing the unexpected feelings you are having for your child can be just what’s needed for them to be born. Check it out!

Jul 06, 2016
BS09: Support Trumps Stubbornness, with Victoria Wilson
51:42

Birth Stories for the Summer -
Victoria Wilson tells us how bringing great labor support to a birth makes for a much better experience, than when you just bring your stubbornness.

Jun 29, 2016
EP73: Dr. Elliot Berlin, Chiropractic Care
49:56

Chiropractic Care - You know how as pregnancy progresses, your whole body becomes more uncomfortable? It turns out that chiropractic care can help make you feel much better, and even help you have an easier birth. Want to learn why? Dr. Elliot Berlin is here to tell us more.

Jun 22, 2016
EP72: Arianna Taboada, Going Back to Work
55:01

Going Back to Work - When preparing your maternity leave, what should you discuss with your employer during pregnancy? How will you make sure you have the support that you need? How long should you make your transition time? What about all the emotions you may go through? Arianna Taboada tells us more.

Jun 15, 2016
EP71: Postpartum Doulas, with Jackie Kelleher
52:48

What is a postpartum doula? How does she help smooth your transition as a family? Is she only helpful during the first few days? Can having one lessen your chances of postpartum mood disorders? What if you had a Cesarean, or your baby is extra sensitive? How can you find one? Jackie Kelleher tells us more.

Jun 08, 2016
EP70: Emily Varnam & Kelsey Knight, Fertility Before & After Pregnancy
01:01:13

What are the many ways that your body communicates fertility? What do your cervix and breasts want you to know? How is your menstrual cycle affected by sleep or nutrition? What’s YOUR normal? Emily Varnam and Kelsey Knight tell us more about this 5th vital sign of health.

Jun 01, 2016
EP69: Jack Newman, Jaundice
35:09

It’s estimated that about 3 in 5 babies will show some level of jaundice. Why is it so prevalent, and what are the different types of jaundice? How do you get rid of it? If your child is jaundiced, when should you be worried? How does it affect breastfeeding? Dr. Jack Newman tells us more.

May 25, 2016
EP68: Jennifer Margulis, Things to Know Before Your Next Birth
43:45

Jennifer Margulis has spent years looking at hospital birth practices. She explains why just going with the flow and blindly trusting the system can backfire, and what you should be doing now to help you have a smoother and happier birth experience.

May 18, 2016
EP67: Gena Kirby, All Things Rebozo
44:21

The rebozo is a magical tool than can help you connect with your partner during labor, ground you when things get intense, and even calm and help center your children when they are overwhelmed. It also carries history and tradition. Gena Kirby is back to tell us more.

May 11, 2016
EP66: Nekole Shapiro, Birth as an Intimate Event
58:43

We know pregnancy and birth involve great transformation. That’s why it’s such a good time to connect with yourself, and realize what the heck motivates your choices. It can also get you into the awesome habit of bringing more oxytocin into your life. Nekole Shapiro tells us more. Stay tuned.

May 04, 2016
EP65: Mar Oscategui, Taking Care of You
54:21

When people say -with a glint in their eye- that after having a child “your life will never be the same”, they tend to leave out that being a parent is crazy hard! How can you prioritize your self-care in a simple and sustainable way, that will make everything better? Mar Oscategui has answers.

Apr 27, 2016
EP64: Dr. Stu Fischbein, Asking More of Your OB
01:03:32

What are the differences between the medical model of obstetrics and the midwifery model of care? How can you improve your birth experience and outcomes, when delivering at a hospital with an OB? Dr. Stuart Fischbein shares his insights, as well as why he does breech deliveries, VBACs, and home births.

Apr 20, 2016
EP63: Jen McLellan, Plus-Size Pregnancy
56:19

Today we’ll be talking about having a healthy plus-size pregnancy and birth. While the incidence of cesareans, inductions and other interventions are higher for plus-sized women, this does not have to be the case. Jen McLellan is here to share the 3 things that can help you have a fabulous experience, no matter your size. Plus, a special guest appearance from Barley, Revered and Gus.

Apr 13, 2016
EP62: Lisa Gillispie, You Pelvic Floor
01:01:41

During pregnancy, your growing uterus and baby put extra pressure on your pelvic muscles. What can you do to keep those muscles in good working order, so they hold the pee in, let the baby slide out, and remain toned during postpartum and beyond? Lisa Gillispie has answers.

Apr 06, 2016
EP61: Michelle Emanuel, Flat-head Syndrome
53:28

If you’ve ever seen a fresh newborn with a conehead, you know that baby’s heads are moldable. So what happens when they spend too much time lying on one part of their skulls? How do flat spots affect development, and what can you do to correct them? Michelle Emanuel is here to tell us more.

Mar 30, 2016
EP60: Andrea Olson, Elimination Communication
47:35

Elimination Communication it’s a way of responding to your baby’s pottying cues that can lead to being diaper free. This is what everyone did before diapers were invented, and how half the babies on Earth are currently potty independent by age one. Intrigued? Andrea Olson is here to tell us more.

Mar 23, 2016
EP58: Whapio, The Holistic Stages of Birth (Part2)
51:42

We try to make birth practical by measuring, overseeing and monitoring it, when really, it’s an experience that flows seamlessly from one stage to another, taking the birthing woman deep into laborland. How can we better describe what she goes through? Whapio describes the holistic stages of birth and tells us more.
In this second episode of a 2 part series, we go deeper into laborland, to then finally emerge during immediate postpartum and life as a family. Last week, in Part 1, we started with embarking into labor, and got as far as just past what is usually considered as transition. Go back and listen to that episode first, if you haven’t already.

Mar 09, 2016
EP57: Whapio, The Holistic Stages of Birth (Part 1)
53:38

We try to make birth practical by measuring, overseeing and monitoring it, when really, it’s an experience that flows seamlessly from one stage to another, taking the birthing woman deep into laborland. How can we better describe what she goes through? Whapio describes the holistic stages of birth and tells us more.
In this first episode of a 2 part series, we start with embarking into labor, and just past what is usually considered as transition. Next week we move through the “rest and be thankful” phase, all the way to the birth of the baby, the magic that happens in the first moments, and the weaving of the story that goes on for ever.

Mar 02, 2016
EP56: Sylvia Houston, Skin-to-Skin
39:50

Skin-to-skin and kangaroo care can improve neurological development and health, lower stress and crying, help breastfeeding, reduce postpartum depression. The list of benefits seems to go on and on. Research shows that skin-to-skin is even more important for preemies.
How simple is it to do, and how long should you do it for? Sylvia Houston tells us more.

Feb 24, 2016
EP55: Alison Hazelbaker, Figuring Out How To Suck, Swallow and Breathe
50:49

In today’s episode, we talk about about what’s involved in the suck-swallow-breathe coordination your baby needs to figure out in order to breastfeed. There are a series of elements that have to come together, including muscles, ligaments, nerves and bones for all of it to work properly. What happens when they don’t, and what are some things you can do to help? Dr. Alison Hazelbaker tells us more.

Feb 17, 2016
EP54: Circumcision, with Adrienne Carmack
52:03

Circumcising baby boys has become a “standard of normalcy”, but can it really be that the bodies of half the population are defective? Is there no purpose to the foreskin? Do the benefits truly outweigh the risks? How complicated is it to take care of an intact penis? Urologist Dr. Adrienne Carmack tells us more.

Feb 10, 2016
EP53: Diane Wiessinger, How Your Baby Mammal Sleeps & Starts Solids
25:22

Last week, for the first part of this two part series with Diane Wiessinger, we discussed mammal behavior and instincts surrounding birth and breastfeeding. In this episode we’ll talk about how your mammal baby sleeps, and starts eating solids, as well as the non-event of weaning from breastfeeding. Go listen.

Feb 03, 2016
EP51: Susan Fuller, Surrogate Birth Stories
01:11:41

In this episode, we look at birth stories from the unique perspective of a surrogate mom. Susan Fuller has had three children of her own and has been a gestational surrogate seven times. Her stories includes two sets of twins, two c-sections, three water births, two home births, four vbacs, three inductions, and four unmedicated births. Listen to her insights as she looks back at all her births.

Jan 20, 2016
EP50: Pamela Berens, Family-Centered Cesareans
39:03

Women who have cesareans often feel a disconnect from their birth experience, and usually have to wait an extended time to bond with their baby. It turns out this does not have to be the case. Dr. Pamela Berens tells us about changes to the cesarean experience that can make a difference.

Jan 13, 2016
EP48: Margaux Khoury, Green Pregnancy (Replay)
35:23

We live in a toxic soup where babies are being born pre-polluted. How can you lessen your and your baby’s toxicity without feeling overwhelmed? Margaux Khoury tells us more.

Dec 30, 2015
EP47: Margaux Khoury, Green Pregnancy
34:50

We live in a toxic soup where babies are being born pre-polluted. How can you lessen your and your baby’s toxicity without feeling overwhelmed? Margaux Khoury tells us more.

Dec 23, 2015
EP46: Michelle Hickman, Nursing in Public
50:16

Today’s show is about nursing in public. This is a polarizing topic, where breastfeeding moms can be made to feel marginalized and ashamed, ultimately impacting their breastfeeding relationship. What can be done to support moms in feeding their babes wherever, and however they choose? Michelle Hickman tells us more.

Dec 16, 2015
EP45: Amy Wright Glenn, Stillbirths and Infant Deaths
31:04

Nothing can prepare a person for the tragedy of losing a baby, along with the hopes and dreams of being a parent to that child. How to cope? What to expect? How to get helpful support? Amy Wright Glenn helps us to compassionately navigate this difficult reality.

Dec 09, 2015
BF01: Sherri Romig, From Tongue Tied to Easy-Peasy
32:47

Today in the Birthful Podcast, we’re going to look at variations in breastfeeding through breastfeeding stories. Breastfeeding can be influenced by many factors. It can be difficult, and frustrating, as well as pleasurable and rewarding. Needless to say, you never quite know how it’s going to go until you’re in it. Sherri Romig is here to share how she breastfeed her kids in two very different ways. 

Nov 26, 2015
EP43: Gail Hart, The Problem with Due Dates
40:14

If you’re pregnant, you may be sick of the question “When are you due?”, especially since the methods for calculating that date aren’t based on any current evidence. Only about 5% of babies are born on their due date, so why do we obsess? Gail Hart and her dogs tell us more.

Nov 18, 2015
EP42: Bethany Learn, Diastasis and Tummy Fitness
01:00:28

Today’s show is about diastasis recti, which is a separation between your abdominal muscles. It turns out that 2 in 3 women who have two or more babies have a diastasis, but why do they happen? Why are pregnant women more at risk? Can they be prevented? If you have one, how can you heal it? Bethany Learn tells us more.

Nov 11, 2015
EP41: Gena Kirby and Lesley Everest, Birthing like a Rock Star
46:52

Want to birth like a rock star? Research tell us that it is actually not the specifics of a birth that can lead to a postpartum mood disorder, but rather a mom’s perceptions of those experiences. So how you FEEL about your birth experience is indeed a very big deal. What can you do to make it a good one? Lesley Everest and Gena Kirby help figure it out.

Nov 05, 2015
EP40: Dianne Cassidy, Epidurals and Breastfeeding
45:01

Usually, when we think epidurals, we wonder how they will affect birth, but it turns out that they can have an impact on your breastfeeding relationship as well. What do you need to know? Dianne Cassidy is here to tell us the facts, so you can make an informed decision. 

Oct 28, 2015
EP39: Jessica Zucker, Miscarriage and Pregnancy
31:31

Up to one in four pregnancies will end in miscarriage, so why is this not talked about more? How can we honor and acknowledge these losses and the moms that experience them? How can we support those who’ve experienced loss? Dr. Jessica Zucker tells us more.

Oct 21, 2015
EP37: Adriana Lozada, Birth Prep. Essentials
48:51

Today’s show is about the essential preparation you need, in order to have the birth you want. Did you know that choosing your care provider and where to give birth, can greatly determine the type of birth you have? What things do you need to consider? Will a birth plan help or hurt? In this episode, I’ll help you find that answers.

Oct 07, 2015
EP36: Penny Simkin, Connecting with your baby in utero
48:54

Today’s show is about connecting with your baby in utero through song. Figuring out a newborn’s needs can be tricky, and sometimes a baby will cry no matter what you do. Wouldn’t it be great to have a tool to help you automatically soothe your child? One that you put in place during pregnancy, that also reduces your stress? Penny Simkin is here to tell us about just that.

Sep 30, 2015
EP35: Loralei Thornburg, High-risk pregnancy
47:00

If you’ve ever been pregnant, you know about the constant worrying: Is the baby OK? Is this normal? Am I doing something wrong? Most of the time, it’s all in a mama’s head, but what if it’s not? Dr. Loralei Thornburg is here to tell us about the non-routine aspects of birth that can make for high-risk situations.

Sep 23, 2015
EP34: Julietta Appleton, Self-hypnosis for pain management
36:37

Today’s show is about self-hypnosis for labor pain management. Before you roll your eyes, know that this is not about someone swinging a pocket watch in front of you, but rather a well researched tool that can diminish pain, lessen anxiety, make you feel more in control, and even shorten labor. How does it work? Julietta Appleton tells us more. Go listen.

Sep 16, 2015
EP33 Dr. Rodney Dietert, Your Baby’s Microbiome
46:49

New research tells us that the microbes that are present during pregnancy, birth and postpartum can have an effect on the development of diseases such as asthma, diabetes, lupus, colitis, and celiac disease. Dr. Rodney Dietert is here to tell us how can you encourage a proper seeding of your baby’s body, to help fend off these maladies, and some suggestions on getting things back on track.

Sep 09, 2015
EP32: Gail Tully, Baby’s Position and Labor Flow
01:09:02

How does your baby’s position affect the flow of labor? Are there things you can do during pregnancy that can help baby get in a better position? Will doing these things help you be more comfortable during pregnancy? Will it make birth easier? The fabulous Gail Tully from Spinning Babies is here to tell us all about baby’s position and labor flow.

Sep 03, 2015
BS08: A non-emergency Cesarean
46:07

As we’ve heard, birth happens. You can do your best to prepare, but it’s going to unfold in its own unique way. So what if you’re suddenly classified as high-risk and told that you have to have a Cesarean? Monica Usery tells us what that was like. Go listen!

Aug 26, 2015
BS07: A quick, non-orgasmic homebirth
37:10

We continue with our Birth stories for the summer series! Today’s stories comes from Stephanie Cusenz Green, who may not have had the orgasmic birth she was hoping for, but still had a fabulous and empowering homebirth.

Aug 19, 2015
BS06: A 34 week preemie surprise!
44:37

We continue to explore what real birth looks like, by talking to moms with diverse birth stories. Today’s story comes from Jennifer Gillette, who was caught by surprise at 34 weeks by the birth of her son. Go check out the birth of this preemie!

Aug 12, 2015
BS05: Once her water broke...
41:24

Here we go with more birth stories! Today's stories comes for Alexandra Meseke, who's the mother of a 2 yr. old and a 5 mo. old. Both stories start with her water breaking, and have happy endings, but they unfold very differently. Go listen!

Aug 05, 2015
BS04: Second babies come quicker… or do they?
49:48

Today’s “Birth Story for the Summer” comes from Danielle Major. Danielle was a little thrown off by the fact that her second baby apparently didn't get the memo that second babies tend to come quicker, but the reward of finding out whether she had a boy or a girl was worth the wait. Find out how it all unfolds. 

Jul 29, 2015
BS03: Prodromal Labor With a Side of Acupuncture
39:19

We continue with our special “Birth Stories for the Summer” series. Today’s story comes from Adriana Aleman-Crane, who has two adorable girls. Her first birth involved several days of prodromal labor, and if you don't know what that is, you really want to listen to this episode. 

Jul 22, 2015
BS02: Home Birth After 2 Cesareans, with castor oil and a twist
49:46

We continue with our special “Birth Stories for the Summer” series. Today’s story comes from Alison Spath and it has a bit of everything, as it was a planned homebirth after two cesareans (HBA2C). I won’t tell you just yet how it turned out, so you are going to have to listen until the end. But there was castor oil involved.

Jul 15, 2015
BS01: Birth and Cheese Tasting
53:27

For the next 8 weeks, I’m switching the spotlight from the pros to the amazing mamas, who share their birth stories in order to bust down TV and movie myths, and tell about what real-life birth looks like.  Today we’ll hear from Hinda Mandell and husband Matthew White, who’s fabulous birth involves a cheese tasting. 

Jul 08, 2015
EP31: Ashlee Wells Jackson, Loving Your Postpartum Body
37:30

What would it look like if instead of trying to “bounce back” to our pre-pregnancy frames, we embraced the new changes: stretch marks, jiggly bellies and all? I talk with Ashlee Wells Jackson, about how she’s helping hundreds of women do just that, through the 4th trimester body project.

Jul 01, 2015
EP30: Robin Elise Weiss, Choosing Your Care Provider
46:05

Finding the care provider that’s right for you is the first step towards a great birth experience. So, how do you do that? What questions should you ask? And if you’re not happy with your current provider, is it too late to switch? Robin Elise Weiss is here to tell us more.

Jun 24, 2015
EP 28: Sarah Buckley, Flowing with your Birth Hormones
56:44

Birth hormones are in charge of making your labor flow, establishing breastfeeding and helping you bond with your baby. Supporting your hormones can lead to a healthier and smoother birth. How can you encourage them? What should you avoid? Sarah Buckley has the answers.

Jun 10, 2015
EP27: Rebecca Dekker, Eating During Labor
30:24

In this episode of the Birthful Podcast, I talk to Rebecca Dekker of Evidence Based Birth about evidence based labor practices, and specifically about eating and drinking during labor. It turns out that many hospital labor practices are not based on evidence, and can in fact be detrimental to the process. How can you know what is what? Rebecca has the answer.

Jun 03, 2015
EP26: Nancy Mohrbacher, Breastfeeding and Working
38:57

Going back to work while breastfeeding can be a tricky situation. When should you start preparing and what do you do? What can help maintain your milk production? Will your baby start waking up more at night? What do you need to know about your pump? What about if things start going south? I talk to Nancy Mohrbacher to find out.

May 27, 2015
EP25: Dr. Frans Plooij, Your Baby’s Fussy Phases
48:58

Babies grow and develop at an astounding rate, but it turns out that those developmental leaps happen at specific times, following some not-so-sunshiny days. Listen to Dr. Frans Plooij, creator of The Wonder Weeks, explain what the fussy phases are all about, how to tell they are happening, and what you can do about it.

May 20, 2015
EP24: Kate Dimpfl, Sex After Baby
39:44

You’ve probably heard that caregivers recommend waiting 4-6 weeks before having sex after giving birth. That’s usually to give your body some time for healing, but what about your libido? When does that come back? And once you do it, will it hurt? How will your body be different? What if you don’t want to? What if your partner doesn’t want to? Will you ever feel sexy again? In this episode of the Birthful Podcast, Kate Dimpfl helps us understand the new normal of sex after baby.

May 14, 2015
EP23: Amber Mccann, Milksharing
43:57

If you couldn’t breastfeed, would you look to give your baby donated human milk, formula, or something else? What are the risks and different options of milksharing? If you have an oversupply, would you donate? Amber Mccann is here to help us with these not-so-clear-cut questions, in this episode of the Birthful podcast.

May 06, 2015
EP22: Deena Blumenfeld, Why do Prenatal Yoga
40:35

Whether you’re new to yoga, or have been doing it for years, prenatal yoga can be greatly beneficial during pregnancy and birth. It could even reduce the length of your labor! Listen as Deena Blumenfeld walks us through the ins and outs of prenatal yoga, in this episode of the Birthful podcast.

Apr 29, 2015
EP18: Heather Holt, Cloth Diapers
45:41

n this episode of the Birthful podcast, we take cloth diapers head on.
The world of cloth diapers has evolved far from safety pins and rubber pants, into a land with myriads of options. They're cute, reliable, and a lot simpler to tackle. It’s estimated that on average, a child will go through anywhere from four to eight thousand diapers in his or her life. That’s a lot of... uhm... waste! Listen to Heather Holt, as she helps us untangle the offerings, tell us about the benefits to your baby's health, the environment, and your wallet, and gives us a bunch of great insider tips.

Apr 01, 2015
EP17: Sharon Muza, Birth Doulas
44:40

In this episode of the Birthful podcast, we’re going to be talking about birth doulas! Often considered as personal birth fairies, doulas can significantly improve birth experiences. What are the proven benefits and why should you even consider having one? I talk with the remarkable Sharon Muza about how doulas make a difference, no matter the type of birth.

Mar 25, 2015
EP16: Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Postpartum Depression
47:38

In this episode of the Birthful podcast, we focus on postpartum depression. As many as 1 in 5 moms will become depressed after having a baby. That’s a huge number, that unfortunately seems to be on the rise. I talk with Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett about why postpartum depression happens, what it looks like, and what can be done about it.

Mar 18, 2015
EP15: Diana Cassar-Uhl, Low Milk Supply
42:08

To continue on our breastfeeding kick, in this episode of the Birthful Podcast we are going to be talking about low milk supply. Low milk supply -whether real or perceived- can seriously impact a breastfeeding relationship. I’ll be taking with Diana Cassar-Uhl, to help us navigate the constellation of reasons that may cause it, and possible solutions.

Mar 11, 2015
EP14: Jack Newman, Breastfeeding Your Newborn
40:20

Today we are going to be talking about breastfeeding your newborn. Many new moms start out planning to breastfeed, but only about 2 in 5 are still exclusively breastfeeding after 3 months. I’ll be taking with none other than Dr. Jack Newman on what to expect, what to avoid, and when to ask for help, to get breastfeeding off to a good start. Stay tuned.

Mar 04, 2015
EP13: Dianne Cassidy, Tongue and Lip Ties
40:39

In this episode of the birthful podcast, we´re going to be talking about tongue ties and lip ties. If you have no idea what those are, you’re in luck, because Dianne Cassidy tells us all about them, along with why there seems to be a tongue tie resurgence, how it can affect your best breastfeeding intentions, and what you can do about it.

Feb 25, 2015
EP12: Nancy Wainer, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
01:04:16

Vaginal birth after cesarean or VBACs is today's topic, and more specifically home VBACs, with none other than the woman who coined the term, Nancy Wainer. Nancy's got story after birth story to debunk the myth that once a cesarean, always a cesarean, along with suggestions on how to avoid cesareans in general.

Feb 18, 2015
EP11: Amali Lokugamage, Why an OB would choose a homebirth
38:17

Today we are going to be talking with Dr. Amali Lokugamage about why an OB would choose to have a homebirth. And this is a very interesting story, because it was an unexpected path, that revealed itself through her pregnancy, and lead her to see the practice of maternity care in a new light.

Feb 11, 2015
EP10: Jodi Hall, Birth Trauma
37:14

Birth trauma is today's topic. As in, the trauma that can happen during birth. Having a baby is a monumental full body and mind event that can stir up a lot of feelings. What if the birth you think you should have and the one you actually have don’t match up? To go deep into all the feelings, I’ll be talking to Jodi Hall.

Feb 04, 2015
EP09: Kristy Zadrozny, Building Your Village
43:17

Getting the help you need after the baby is born, is today's topic. You know the saying about how “it takes a village….” It’s because life with a newborn is much harder than you think! How much support will you need, and how can you go about getting it? To find out, I’ll be talking with Kristy Zadrozny.

Jan 28, 2015
EP08: Darline Turner, Bed Rest
39:34

Bed rest is the topic of today's episode. Being placed on bed rest can come as a great surprise, because while preparing for birth, very few moms even think about the possibility of it happening. When is bed rest recommended and how can you make the most of it? Today I’ll be talking with Darline Turner about this and more.

Jan 21, 2015
EP06: Amy Haas, Nutrition During Pregnancy
32:36

Today's show is all about nutrition during pregnancy. If you’re pregnant, you’re probably very familiar with all the things you should avoid eating. But can the things you do eat help lower your risks of prematurity, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and other complications? To learn more, I’ll be talking with Amy V. Haas.

Jan 07, 2015
EP05: Lisa Doran, Fertility and Age
40:02

Fertility facts when planning to have children later in life, is today's subject. In the past 40 years, the number of women waiting to have babies until their mid-30’s or later has significantly increased. How does age affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant, and what can she do about it? To learn more, I’ll be talking with Dr. Lisa Doran.

Dec 31, 2014
EP04: Lesley Everest, Going Into Birth Intuitively
41:06

Today we are going to be talking about what it means to go into birth intuitively. If you’ve never been pregnant before, you’ve probably wondered how will I know when labor starts? Only to have moms tell you “oh, you’ll know” - but what else will you know, and how can you use it to your advantage during labor? To learn more, today I'll be talking to the extremely perceptive Lesley Everest.

Dec 24, 2014
EP03: Attie Sandink, Laid-Back Breastfeeding
34:37

Today's focus is on laid-back breastfeeding. Also know as baby-led latching, biological nurturing or self-attachment. But no matter what you call it,  this incredibly natural approach can really help you and your baby get breastfeeding off to a great start. To tell us more, I'll be talking with the ever insightful Attie Sandink.

Dec 17, 2014
EP00: What is this podcast about?
03:49

Women get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect. In the Birthful Podcast, Adriana Lozada talks with pregnancy, birth and postpartum experts to distill that information down to the relevant stuff. Think of us as your own specialized team of birth pros!

We know that being pregnant can be tough. That being a mom can be hard. That having a baby can be exhausting. And we hope to make it easier by giving you tried and tested tips and tools that you can use. From “laid-back” breastfeeding to safer bed-sharing, circumcision to VBACs, we’ll give you well-researched, evidence-based information so YOU can make the choices that best fit your family.

Join us every week by subscribing on iTunes!

 

Adriana Lozada is a mom, author, speaker, birth doula, postpartum educator, and healthy-sleep consultant. Find more about her and The Birthful Podcast at Birthful.com.

 

Please note: Although I have years of experience, I'm not a doctor, nor am I familiar with your particular circumstances, and neither are my guests. Please double check all the info you hear here with your care provider. This show is not meant to be taken as medical advice. Thanks.

 

Dec 04, 2014
EP01: Gena Kirby, Partners and Birth
31:14

Partner centered birth is the focus today. And partner can mean whoever you’ll be counting on to be there for you, for  your labor. Because even if you are a single mom, having the support you want can make a world of difference. I’ll be talking to the fabulous Gena Kirby about some of the ways that your partner can help.

Dec 04, 2014
EP02: Teresa Pitman, Safer Bed Sharing
34:10

Safer bed-sharing is today's topic. New parents are constantly being told that putting their babies to sleep in bed with them is risky behavior that should be avoided. Despite this, bed-sharing has doubled in the past two decades. To guide us through this conundrum, I'll be talking with the very knowledgeable Teresa Pitman.

Dec 04, 2014