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The Birthful Podcast

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Rank #49 in Parenting category

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Pregnant people get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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, as well as new parents 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.

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Pregnant people get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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, as well as new parents 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.

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By MegPie1221 - May 22 2020
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This podcast was such an important resource for me during pregnancy and after. I didn’t feel so alone in my journey listening to others stories and learning about all things childbirth.

Recommend to all of my friends!

By AlyssaLLee - Apr 02 2020
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This podcast is the first thing I recommend to every expectant Momma. During my pregnancy I had an hour commute each way so I definitely listened to over a hundred episodes. Each one is like reading a whole book on pregnancy, breastfeeding, etc. and helped me feel so prepared with very little effort. Plus so many good birth stories that exposed me to many different ways labor can go. I feel like I rarely hear about a good first birth, but rather a redemptive second or third birth. But thanks in part to this podcast I had a GREAT first birth. I felt like I got to learn from so many moms before me. Thanks for your work Adriana!

iTunes Ratings

539 Ratings
Average Ratings
472
37
9
7
14

Important resource

By MegPie1221 - May 22 2020
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This podcast was such an important resource for me during pregnancy and after. I didn’t feel so alone in my journey listening to others stories and learning about all things childbirth.

Recommend to all of my friends!

By AlyssaLLee - Apr 02 2020
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This podcast is the first thing I recommend to every expectant Momma. During my pregnancy I had an hour commute each way so I definitely listened to over a hundred episodes. Each one is like reading a whole book on pregnancy, breastfeeding, etc. and helped me feel so prepared with very little effort. Plus so many good birth stories that exposed me to many different ways labor can go. I feel like I rarely hear about a good first birth, but rather a redemptive second or third birth. But thanks in part to this podcast I had a GREAT first birth. I felt like I got to learn from so many moms before me. Thanks for your work Adriana!
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Pregnant people 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, as well as new parents 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.

Rank #1: 091: Breastfeeding Preparation, with Cindy Leclerc

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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!

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

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

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Jan 11 2017

46mins

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Rank #2: 106: Weight Gain & Nutrition, with Genevieve Howland

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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!

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

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

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Apr 26 2017

1hr

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Rank #3: 235: Insider Tips From a Labor and Delivery Nurse, with Mandy Irby

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During a hospital birth, labor and delivery nurses are an essential part of your birth team, even though you may have never met them before. In this episode, Mandy Irby and I talk about ways to foster that connection. We also discuss why nurses may love and hate birth plans, how to navigate triage, the difference between hospital rules and body rules, why IV sticks can be so tricky, the poorly named fundal massage, and oh, so much 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-labor-nurse

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Oct 30 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #4: 006: Nutrition During Pregnancy, with Amy Haas

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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

32mins

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Rank #5: 138: Eating to Grow a Healthy Baby Brain, with Theresa Nesbitt (Renewed)

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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.

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

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Feb 21 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #6: 132: Working with Childbirth Pain, with Julie Bonapace (Renewed)

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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!

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

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Jan 10 2018

1hr 6mins

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Rank #7: 057: The Holistic Stages of Birth, with Whapio (Part 1)

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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

53mins

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Rank #8: 140: Newborn Sleep, with Rebecca Michi (renewed)

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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.

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

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And use the code BIRTHFUL at Bebomia.com to get $200 of registration for doula training

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

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Mar 07 2018

47mins

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Rank #9: 195: Rethinking the Pushing Stage, with Whapio (Renewed)

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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.

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

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Jan 23 2019

1hr 28mins

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Rank #10: 074: Vaccines with Dr. Paul Thomas

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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.

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Sep 07 2016

1hr 12mins

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Rank #11: BS10: [Birth Story] Birth is Mental & Emotional, with Megan Othling

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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

1hr 24mins

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Rank #12: 037: Birth Prep. Essentials, with Adriana Lozada

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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

48mins

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Rank #13: 004: Going Into Birth Intuitively, with Lesley Everest

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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

41mins

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Rank #14: 218: 5 Physiologic Birth Mantras that Work, with Adriana Lozada

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Today we are celebrating 2 million downloads for the podcast, and so I’m doing things a bit differently. Instead of our regular episodes, this is going to be a minisode with some of my favorite birth mantras to convey physiology and help you navigate labor, but since we hit two million downloads, I’ll be sharing these mantras over two minisodes. You get one today and another next week. These mantras are part of what I talk about with my doulas clients during prenatals, so hopefully they will prove super useful for you as well, and maybe - in a way - I’ll be there in spirit during your birth, cheering you on. 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-mantras-part-1

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Jul 03 2019

21mins

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Rank #15: 180: The Purpose of Childbirth Pain, with Rhea Dempsey (Renewed)

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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

59mins

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Rank #16: 224: [Birth Stories] Getting Over the Fear of Unmedicated Birth, with Mariah Robinson

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Mariah Robinson has had four very different birth stories, that include a traumatic vaginal birth with an epidural, two inductions with one ending in a cesarean, and an unplanned home birth with fetal ejection reflex, than involved her tablecloth. For this last one, she also put in a lot of work to get over her fears of an unmedicated birth. Stay tuned.

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Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-unplanned-home-birth-no-fear-story

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Aug 14 2019

1hr 22mins

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Rank #17: 209: Parenting Your Newborn, with Dr. Bob Hamilton

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The good news is that figuring out how to parent your newborn is something you can do while you discover what type of parent you want to be, and most of the time, your baby will lead the way. The even better news is that it will probably involve a skin-to-skin extravaganza. Dr. Bob Hamilton is here to tells us more.

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

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May 01 2019

50mins

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Rank #18: 145: 10 Myths of Motherhood, with Tracy Cutchlow

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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.

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

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Apr 11 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #19: 111: Dealing with Birth Fears, with Alexia Leachman

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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.

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

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

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May 31 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #20: 237: Updates in What You Should Eat during Pregnancy, with Lily Nichols (Renewed)

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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!

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast-Pregnancy-Diet-Nutrition-What-to-Eat

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Nov 13 2019

1hr 13mins

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270 [Birth Stories] Pleasure-Filled Homebirth During COVID, with Maya Ehnat

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Maya’s second homebirth was in strong contrast with her first. Instead of almost three days, labor flowed so fast that her midwife almost missed it. During her first, the pushing stage was also quite difficult, and so much of the preparation she did during her second pregnancy was guided by a desire to minimize trauma and bring heaps of pleasure and joy into the 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-pleasurable-homebirth-COVID-story

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Jul 01 2020

1hr 26mins

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269 [Birth Stories] Dream Hospital Birth During COVID, with Jenny Murphy

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Jun 25 2020

1hr 5mins

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268 The Transition into Fatherhood, with JaMone Alexander

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Since they aren't growing a baby inside their bodies, it usually takes a bit longer for partners and dads-to-be to realize the magnitude of changes coming their way. What are some ways to prepare for becoming a dad, connecting with your kids, and showing up in a way you can be proud of? JaMone Alexander 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-fatherhood

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Jun 17 2020

1hr 8mins

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267 Raising Anti-Racist Children, with Dr. Qadira Huff

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Kids aren't born racist, so how do these biases get absorbed? What can you do to intentionally bring up anti-racist kids? Is it ever too early to start talking about race, and what are some ways to do so with your babies, toddlers, kindergarteners, and older children? Dr. Qadira Ali Huff has answers. Go listen.

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Jun 10 2020

50mins

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266 - Amplifying Melanated Podcast Voices

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Instead of posting a new episode, this week we are amplifying the voices of Black podcasters.

We encourage you to take the time you would have used to listen to this week's Birthful episode to expand your listening options. 

Hear what they have to say:

If you have other shows you would recommend, please share them with us.

We are @birthfulpodcast on Instagram and @birthful on facebook. 

Jun 03 2020

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265 [Birth Stories] Preeclampsia during COVID, with Melonie Fitch

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For her third birth, Melonie Fitch was planning a birth center birth, but when the quarantine began, she and her husband decided to have a home birth instead. All that changed when at 39 weeks and five days, her blood pressure unexpectedly skyrocketed, instantly risking her out of a home birth and causing her to be medically induced for preeclampsia. Check it out.    

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May 27 2020

1hr 14mins

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264 Infant Sleep, with Dr. James McKenna

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There are so many opinions and judgments around how and where infants should sleep, that it can be hard to figure out what would work best for your family. How did we get here? What are an infant’s biological sleep needs? What risk factors should you consider when setting up the sleep environment? Is bedsharing as dangerous as we are led to believe? Dr. James McKenna has answers. Check it out.

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May 20 2020

1hr 11mins

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263 [Birth Stories] Last Minute Switch to a Home Birth, with Kara Fransted

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Kara Fransted and her husband had never considered having a home birth, but as the pandemic hit and there was a real possibility of her husband having to miss the birth of their third child, they looked into it. Nevermind that she was already 38 weeks pregnant. Check it out.

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May 13 2020

1hr 10mins

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262 All About Midwives, with Melissa Cheyney

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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.

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May 06 2020

1hr 3mins

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261 Postpartum during COVID, with Elly Taylor

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Postpartum can be a difficult and very isolating time of life. That's why building your village of support ahead of time is so incredibly important. But what do you do when your village is also in isolation? How can you and your partner support yourselves and each other during these times? Perinatal relationship specialist Elly Taylor has answers.

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Apr 29 2020

1hr 8mins

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260 VBAC during the Pandemic, with Mandy Morine

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After having a cesarean birth for a failed induction, Mandy Morine was determined to have a VBAC. She did all the things to prepare and set up an extensive team to support her. Then COVID hit, and Mandy found herself having to adjust to virtual doula support, a closed yoga studio, canceled bodywork appointments, and feeling she was losing her resources. So what happened when her water broke early, and she found herself facing another induction? Check it out.

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Apr 22 2020

1hr 12mins

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259 This that you are feeling? That's grief (with a side of anxiety), with Parijat Deshpande

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Canceled fertility cycles, face-to-face appointments, bodywork sessions, baby showers, having as many people as you want at your birth, a postpartum period surrounded by a loving village… These are just a few of the anticipated experiences you may have lost during these times. And all that loss can be bringing up a lot of grief. So, how can you work with your body to process that grief, along with the anxiety and fear you may be carrying? Will all this result in trauma? Parijat Deshpande has answers. Check it out.

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Apr 15 2020

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258 Virtual Doula Support, with Jakki Devereaux

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How do you prepare for virtual doula support? What about the technology? What can you practice ahead of time? Does this shift your partner's responsibilities? Do you keep your laptop open the whole time? How does it differ from regular doula support? Jakki Devereaux, mother of three, shares her experiences with receiving virtual doula support by choice, and more. Check it out.

Show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-virtual-doula-support

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Apr 08 2020

1hr 15mins

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257 Essentials of Partner Labor Support during a Pandemic, with Adriana Lozada

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In today’s episode, Adriana Lozada focuses on the essentials of partner labor support during this time of the pandemic. Many hospitals are limiting birth support to one healthy person, so we wanted to do a special episode on how to prepare for providing labor support during these times, and also help birth partners feel more confident about their active involvement in the process. Check it out.

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Apr 01 2020

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256 [Birth Stories] Different Births, Different Wishes, with Krissy Whitehead

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For her first birth, Krissy Whitehead didn’t have much of a plan, other than getting an epidural. That birth was a lovely experience, so what made her alter her birth wishes with each consecutive birth, and choose a home waterbirth for her fourth one? Go listen. 

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Mar 25 2020

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255 Starting Solid Foods, with Lily Nichols

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Is there a best time to introduce solid foods? What foods should you start with? Is it best to do baby-led weaning, purees, or a mix? What about nutritional requirements, allergies, water, texture windows, and flavor windows? Is food before one just for fun? Does your baby have any say on this? Lily Nichols has answers. Go listen.

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Mar 18 2020

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254 [Birth Stories] A Bariatric-Geriatric Pregnancy, Induced Labor, and Unmedicated Birth, with Mandy Alexander

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Mandy Alexander got pregnant at 40, having had bariatric surgery 7 years before that. During pregnancy, she worked through her fear of childbirth and ended up with the unmedicated and collaborative birth experience she was looking for. However, breastfeeding was a whole other beast. Mandy was prepared for many difficulties, but not that her body may just not make milk. Go listen.

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-bariatric-geriatric-induction-unmedicated-story

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Mar 11 2020

1hr 2mins

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253 The Power of Comforting Touch During Labor, with Yiska Obadia (Renewed)

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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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Mar 04 2020

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252 [Birth Stories] Scheduled Induction Without an Epidural, with Molly Chesterson

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Both of Molly Chesterson’s labors have started with inductions but under different circumstances. After having an epidural for her first birth, Molly was hoping for an epidural free experience the second time around. It was an intense close call at the end, when she went from 4 centimeters to baby in about 30 minutes, while her husband was getting food! Go listen to this rollercoaster ride.

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Feb 26 2020

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251 Shaking and the Primal Nature of Birth, with Lesley Everest

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You may have heard that uncontrollable shaking is a very common part of labor and immediate postpartum. But is there a neurological purpose to all this shaking? And is the management of the third stage of labor, truncating the resolution, down-regulation and integration of the primal birth process, basically messing with neurological completion? Lesley Everest shares her thoughts. Go listen.

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Feb 19 2020

1hr 22mins

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By MegPie1221 - May 22 2020
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This podcast was such an important resource for me during pregnancy and after. I didn’t feel so alone in my journey listening to others stories and learning about all things childbirth.

Recommend to all of my friends!

By AlyssaLLee - Apr 02 2020
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This podcast is the first thing I recommend to every expectant Momma. During my pregnancy I had an hour commute each way so I definitely listened to over a hundred episodes. Each one is like reading a whole book on pregnancy, breastfeeding, etc. and helped me feel so prepared with very little effort. Plus so many good birth stories that exposed me to many different ways labor can go. I feel like I rarely hear about a good first birth, but rather a redemptive second or third birth. But thanks in part to this podcast I had a GREAT first birth. I felt like I got to learn from so many moms before me. Thanks for your work Adriana!