Rank #1: Ep141 The Bradley Birthing Method: No Medication Needed
All encompassing, the Bradley Method is the only childbirth class where you learn about pregnancy, birth and post partum. Almost 90% of women who use the Bradley method deliver their babies without medication. What are some of the pain coping techniques? What is your partner’s role? When should you start the classes? Bradley instructors, Kyla & Joel Festerly, share what the Bradley Method is and how it might work for you and your partner.
Jun 04 2009
Rank #2: Ep187 Baby Care Basics
After months of waiting, youʼve successfully made it through labor and delivery... now what? Silvia Bustamante, Health Educator Specialist for Kaiser Permanente joins us with “Baby Care Basics”. Is your home safe for a newborn? How do you care for your newborn's umbilical cord stump? When and how to feed, burp and swaddle your new baby, and what are the common mistakes new parents make? Plus, back to sleep and what's a Peepee Teepee?
Sep 22 2010
Rank #3: Ep224 New Mom Secrets: Things I Wish I Knew Before Having a Baby
Former PregTASTIC panelists are back to share things they wish they had known before their babies were born. How do you conquer initial fears of the pain associated with labor and delivery? When is the best time to try on pre-pregnancy jeans to see if you've lost the baby weight? Also, great tips for creating your birth plan (or avoiding one altogether) and encouraging words for moms whose babies are having trouble breastfeeding.
Jul 06 2011
Rank #4: Ep094 A Labor and Delivery Nurse's Perspective
How can you make things easier on yourself during labor. Is there a standard of what happens after birth with getting baby to mom? What are some tips for writing a birth plan that will more likely be followed by the hospital staff? How can you minimize your embarrassment and will you care, nursing bribery and pain tolerance.
May 07 2008
Rank #5: Ep107 First Days After Birth
What to expect during the first few days while caring for your new baby? How does your body and your baby's body change? Danger signs, breast feeding cues, car seat tips and establishing visiting hours at home. Midwife, Gerri Ryan returns for part 2 of our 3 part series.
Aug 26 2008
Rank #6: Ep154 Changes in Your Body: Pregnancy Stages and Pregnancy Symptoms
Now that you’re pregnant, what is going on with your body through the stages of pregnancy? What’s the pituitary gland got to do with it? What tests will you take and what do they test for? Why might you experience anxiety, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, swelling, aches and pains, and solutions for these symptoms. When is exercise and diet important? Plus, how does your body know when to start labor? Is the baby telling your body or your body telling your baby it’s time?
Sep 09 2009
Rank #7: Ep106 First Moments and Hours After Birth
What to expect during the first moments and hours after giving birth: hospital procedures, newborn screenings, breastfeeding, importance of skin to skin, vaccinations, ways to involve your husband and some thoughts about episiotomy. Jean Frazier, RN, answers our questions as we kick off part 1 of our 3 part "First Series".
Aug 19 2008
Rank #8: Ep161 The ABC’s of A Healthy Pregnancy
An expecting mother can take many actions to increase her chances of having a healthy baby; beginning with a healthy pregnancy. What you eat, what you do, or don’t do, can have a lasting difference in your pregnancy and your baby's life. Today we discuss the ABC’s of a healthy pregnancy and provide you with a quick list of pregnancy do’s and don'ts.
Jan 22 2010
Rank #9: Ep183 Sunny's Birth Story
Sunny's birthing story. Her birth plan, epidurals and recuperation after a 9.2 lb baby. How did she know she was in labor and where was she? The importance of packing your bags in advance; you won’t believe what she accidentally left behind! Plus, not all is well post birth, and why she's vowed to become the spokesperson for epidurals.
Aug 25 2010
Rank #10: Ep087 Amy's Hypnobirth
Birth at 42 weeks, Amy, former panelist, shares her birthing story. Did she use Hypnobirthing and how long did she labor at home? Her doula's role, a teary husband, breastfeeding ups and downs and a HUGE surprise! Plus, no joking around at 2am.
Mar 19 2008
Rank #11: Ep134 Natural Childbirth: Tips For An Unmedicated Birth
What exactly is natural childbirth? What happens with a woman’s hormones during a natural childbirth? What causes pain during childbirth? Tips to achieving an unmedicated birth where you feel most comfortable, and how to best prepare yourself and your partner. Midwife and creator of It's My Body My Baby, My Birth DVD, Maria Iorillo joins PregTASTIC.
Apr 15 2009
Rank #12: Ep110 Sarah's Hypnobirth
Former PregTASTIC panelist Sarah is back with her all natural, drug free birthing story. Her hypnobirthing experience, breastfeeding, her must haves and her birth "pearl of wisdom". Plus, wine bottles, a baseball game and an obstacle course; wait, was this labor or a party! What crazy positions was her doula in? And sex after birth!
Sep 17 2008
Rank #13: Ep123 Dr. Harvey Karp: Making it Through the 4th Trimester
What is the 4th Trimester? What are the 5 S's to keep your newborn happy? Why is your newborn fussing and what can you do to make him/her happy? Plus, replicating the womb, how to properly swaddle, importance of white noise, thumb sucking vs. pacifier and tips to create a healthy environment for your newborn. Also, how do you help well-meaning family members understand you’re not “spoiling” your baby? PregTASTIC hosts world-renowned pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp.
Jan 13 2009
Rank #14: Ep115 Hypno-Curious About Hypnobabies
Hypnobabies: A birthing option where mothers are awake and aware, can move about freely, relaxed, deeply in hypnosis and completely comfortable while giving birth. Find out the similarities and differences to Hypnobirthing and how to create natural anesthesia using your mind. Kerry Tuschhoff, founder of Hypnobabies joins PregTASTIC to talk about this complete childbirth education option. Aren’t you a little Hypno-Curious?
Oct 29 2008
Rank #15: Ep084 Baby-Proof Your Marriage
Common misconceptions couples have about life with a baby. How can you positively address the impact of a baby on your marriage, before baby arrives? Tips to communicate better with your partner. Dr. Barbara Cunningham, Marriage and Family Therapist, joins PregTASTIC to share tips to baby-proofing your marriage.
Feb 20 2008
Rank #16: Ep234 Five Must-Have Foods When Pregnant
We all know it’s important to “eat right” when pregnant, but what exactly does that mean? Today we're exploring the five must-have foods every pregnant woman should have on her grocery list... and there are some shockers! How do these foods help you and your baby, and what are some great ways to prepare them? What are some options for vegans and vegetarians? Plus, we'll answer some of your top questions about what you should and shouldn't eat while pregnant.
Sep 21 2011
Rank #17: Ep209 Pumping and Maintaining Your Milk Supply
We want our babies to have all the benefits of breastmilk, even when we’re not able to provide it. That’s when many moms turn to the pump. Mary Ann Jones, Program Manager for Lactation at Sharp Hospital explores how to properly pump and maintain your milk supply.
Mar 01 2011
Rank #18: Ep157 Jean's and Natalie's Birth Stories
Natalie’s 1 of 4% to give birth on her due date, with a worked-like-it-should epidural at the hospital! Did everything else go so smoothly? How is breastfeeding coming? Also, how hypnobabies, yoga, a birthing ball, water, and mostly the toilet helped Jean’s unmedicated birth at the birth center. Why her husband didn’t tell her the baby’s gender, and what to do with those nipple shields?
Oct 29 2009
Rank #19: Ep247 Maternal Relationships: Becoming the Best Mom Possible
To become the best mom possible, we draw from our own personal experiences. But, what happens when the relationship with your own mother is strained? How can you overcome these emotional obstacles? Can simply trying not to "be like your parents" backfire? And what does it mean to be a "good enough parent"? Psychologist Jennifer Schere sheds some light on this important topic, submitted by a PregTASTIC listener.
Jan 03 2012
Rank #20: Ep211 Preventing Birth Defects
Research shows that many birth defects can be prevented with some advanced planning and be taking precautions throughout your pregnancy. Will a glass of wine really hurt your baby? What about second-hand smoke, hair dye and household cleaning supplies? How does obesity impact your unborn child? Learn more about what's causing the most common birth defects and what you can do to help prevent them.
Mar 16 2011