Rank #1: How to Avoid Induction of Labor
At least a quarter of all mamas-to-be are induced to begin labor – and countless others have “augmentation” to increase the strength of contractions. There's no debate – induction leads to a cascade of interventions and causes stress for moms and babies. How can you prevent induction and make sure your baby is born at […]
Rank #2: How to Relax During Labor and Really Enjoy Your Birth with Sarah Prince
Do you want to enjoy your birth but worry about pain during labor? Secretly wonder if you don't have what it takes to “make it through” natural birth? You don't want to miss this incredible interview with Sarah Prince – she reveals how to short-circuit fear and have an amazing experience birthing your baby! Topics […]
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Rank #3: BBL 075: The Secret to Great Pregnancy Sleep with Dr. Rosenberg
Feeling exhausted during pregnancy? Or has insomnia moved in? Great sleep can be elusive when you're pregnant, but on today's episode Dr. Rosenberg shares how you can sleep well – and have a healthier baby because of it! Topics We Discuss: How pregnancy impacts your sleep Why sleep is so important during pregnancy Why you […]
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Rank #4: BBL 059: My Pregnancy Mistakes (and What I Did Right)
Don't miss The Ultimate Guide to a Fabulous Pregnancy! When I reflect back on my pregnancies I think of things I'd have done differently – and things I did right! I cover those in this episode so you can get some tips from my experience! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: What I took at […]
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Rank #5: BBL 055: What You Need to Know About Pushing Your Baby Out
You'll usually hear moms say they loved the pushing stage, but many of us find it overwhelming and confusing. When should you push, how should you push, and should you ever not push? Get the lowdown on pushing in this week's episode. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why some women feel pushing is a huge relief […]
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Rank #6: BBL 041: Your Baby’s Experiences in Pregnancy
Parents often follow along with fetal development during pregnancy, but what does your baby actually experience inside the womb? What's it like in there? How can you make it the best environment possible? All that and more in this episode: In this episode I cover: Why look beyond “fetal development” How baby experiences time in […]
Rank #7: BBL 042: Your Baby’s Experience of Childbirth
What does birth feel like to your baby? What does he or she do during childbirth? Baby isn't passive – he/she is actively working with you! In this episode I cover: Something exciting coming soon! What your baby does during birth (hint, baby doesn't just sit around!) Why working with your baby is so important […]
Rank #8: BBL 083: How to Prevent Flat Head Syndrome with Jennifer Todd Barnard
More and more babies are having problems with flat head syndrome – called plagiocephaly. In this episode I interview Jennifer, a pediatric occupational therapist who has made it her life's mission to educate parents on plagiocephaly and torticollis (stiff neck). She shares exactly how you can keep your baby's head nice and round, help baby […]
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Rank #9: BBL 091: Do I Really Need All That Baby Gear? (Part 2!)
We're back this week to talk more about the baby gear you need – and the baby gear you don't! We talk feeding, sleeping, monitors, and more! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Which nursing pillows I like best Do you really need bottles “just in case” if you're exclusively breastfeeding? What to get if […]
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Rank #10: BBL 081: Is Fetal Monitoring Really Saving Babies?
Continuous electronic fetal monitoring has been one of the darlings of modern maternity care – hailed as an invention for saving babies. But has it lived up to that fanfare? Is EFM really helping save babies or prevent brain damage? The evidence is out – and today we talk about the bottom line on this […]
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Rank #11: BBL 080: Getting Daddy Ready for Labor and Birth
You're convinced a natural, intervention-free birth is best for you and your baby… but maybe Daddy is still worried about safety. How do you help Dad understand that birth really works. And what do you do if Daddy isn't confident he can help you during labor (or maybe you're not so sure he can!). Listen […]
Rank #12: How to Handle Crowning and Bring Baby Up Yourself
Photos captured by Shoots & Giggles, serving Los Angeles & Orange County Do you worry about the “ring of fire” as your baby is being born? Want to bring your own baby up but not sure if you can do it? This podcast episode covers all those worries and practical tips for you <3 Topics […]
Rank #13: BBL 071: Essential Parenting Tips with Tracy Cutchlow
Today I interviewed Tracy Cutchlow, author of Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science. Tracy shared great tips for fostering your baby and toddler's development – and enjoying parenthood in the early years. Listen in for more: Topics We Discussed in This Podcast: Essential parenting tips for each age and stage Why […]
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Rank #14: BBL 060: The Truth About the First Few Months
The newborn period is amazing… and overwhelming. Here's what to expect – and how to make it through this crazy experience! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: How you'll get diapering down to an art… but maybe not much else Common breastfeeding challenges – and how to overcome them What to expect when it comes […]
Rank #15: BBL 044: Q&A on Pregnancy Diet
When I asked what you wanted to know about, pregnancy diet was the hottest topic! Exercise and birth preparation were up there too, so over the next few weeks I'll feature your questions – and my answers – in the Birth, Baby, and Life Q&A series 🙂 Enjoy! Issues I Discuss in This Podcast: What's […]
Rank #16: BBL 068: The Smart Mama’s Guide to Prenatal Testing
Women are offered many prenatal tests today. What's the purpose of each test? Is it mandatory? Does it really benefit mother and baby? We tackle those questions today! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: The Great Pregnancy session starting next week! What to expect from blood work What the 12 week ultrasound is looking […]
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Rank #17: The Power of Ecstatic Birth with Dr. Sarah Buckley
I am thrilled to have Dr. Sarah Buckley on today's show to share her wisdom about how your hormones create an ecstatic blueprint for birth and mothering. She also discusses how honoring the process of birth creates safety for you and your baby. Don't miss this episode! Topics We Discuss in This Podcast: How Sarah's […]
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Rank #18: BBL 052: Family and Relationship Q&A Session
There's no doubt that pregnancy and babies bring on the advice – and a lot of it comes from close family. How do you handle unwanted advice and set healthy boundaries? And what about your changing relationship with spouse and older children? I cover several important topics this week: Topics I Cover in This Podcast: […]
Rank #19: BBL 067: Taking Prenatal Care Into My Own Hands
I really enjoyed handling routine “prenatal care” during my pregnancy with Sadie. In today's episode I talk about what I did to care for myself and Sadie, why I still appreciated my midwife, and how directing my own care helped me bond with Sadie. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why it's so important to […]
Rank #20: BBL 063: Does Childbirth Hypnosis Really Work?
Does childbirth hypnosis really work, and are birth hypnosis courses worth it? I talk about my experiences as a birthing woman, and my thoughts as a birth worker in today's podcast! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Thoughts on a goal of a painless birth Why I think birth hypnosis is effective What childbirth hypnosis […]