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The Birthful Podcast

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Pregnant people get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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Pregnant people get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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 bri jewell - Sep 05 2019
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I have read books, followed my apps, and asked so many questions. But this podcast has taught me even more. It’s convinced me to go into my labor not wanting an epidural. (Fingers crossed) and how to stay positive and know it’s all such a wonderful thing even through the pain. Thank you!!

So much help for expecting parents!

By spconard - Aug 01 2019
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Thank you, Adriana, for this show and the information you and your guests provide. Such a wide range of people and ideas: academics, nurses, midwives, doulas, and most importantly REGULAR people who simply share their stories. This has been invaluable to our preparation for our imminent Little One! Thanks for making us feel a little more mighty.

iTunes Ratings

459 Ratings
Average Ratings
403
31
8
4
13

So helpful!!

By bri jewell - Sep 05 2019
Read more
I have read books, followed my apps, and asked so many questions. But this podcast has taught me even more. It’s convinced me to go into my labor not wanting an epidural. (Fingers crossed) and how to stay positive and know it’s all such a wonderful thing even through the pain. Thank you!!

So much help for expecting parents!

By spconard - Aug 01 2019
Read more
Thank you, Adriana, for this show and the information you and your guests provide. Such a wide range of people and ideas: academics, nurses, midwives, doulas, and most importantly REGULAR people who simply share their stories. This has been invaluable to our preparation for our imminent Little One! Thanks for making us feel a little more mighty.
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The Birthful Podcast

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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: 148: Updates in What You Should Eat during Pregnancy, with Lily Nichols

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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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Apr 25 2018
1 hour 11 mins
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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
1 hour
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Rank #3: 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
53 mins
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Rank #4: 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!

And if you want to connect with Adriana, reach out at:.

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twitter.com/birthful

instagram.com/adrianika

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Jan 11 2017
46 mins
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Rank #5: 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
32 mins
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Rank #6: 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
41 mins
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Rank #7: 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

Support our sponsors:

Go to CasualTree.com and use the code BIRTHFUL for 20% off your purchase of $20 or more.

Go to expectful.com/birthful to get a free, one month trial.

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

Click to grab my free postpartum plan

And if you want to connect with Adriana, reach out at:

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Oct 03 2018
59 mins
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Rank #8: 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
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #9: 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
48 mins
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Rank #10: 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

Support our sponsors:

Go to warbyparker.com/birthful to order your free Home Try-On’s today.

Go to takecareof.com and use code BIRTHFUL for 25% off your first month of personalized care/of vitamins

Tell me what you want in 2019: fill out the short survey at Birthful.com/2019!

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

Click to grab my free postpartum plan

And if you want to connect with Adriana, reach out at:

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Jan 23 2019
1 hour 28 mins
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Rank #11: 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/

Support our sponsors:

Go to Expectful.com/birthful to start your free two-week trial.

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:

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

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Jan 10 2018
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #12: 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

Support our sponsors: 

Go to womanofvalorbirth.com to learn more about doula, educator and exercise specialist, Megan Othling.

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

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Jul 03 2019
21 mins
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Rank #13: 068: Things to Know Before Your Next Birth, with Jennifer Margulis

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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
43 mins
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Rank #14: 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!

And if you want to connect with Adriana, reach out at:

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twitter.com/birthful

instagram.com/adrianika

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May 31 2017
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #15: BS30: No Epidural and No Whining, with Celeste & Claudiu Bancos

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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!

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/birthstory30

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:

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twitter.com/birthful

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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)

Aug 30 2017
43 mins
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Rank #16: EP221: Structural Body Changes During Pregnancy & Postpartum, with Molly Deutschbein (Renewed)

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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.

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

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

Click to grab my free postpartum plan

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Jul 24 2019
1 hour 17 mins
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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

Support our sponsors:

Go to StoryWorth.com/birthful for $20 off when you subscribe

And go to birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding and use the code BIRTHFUL for 15% off

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

Click to join the Birthful Patreon Community, and get the extra content related to this episode

Click to grab my free postpartum plan

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Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

May 01 2019
50 mins
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Rank #18: 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
1 hour 24 mins
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Rank #19: 076: Prenatal Bonding, with Dr. Jay Warren

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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!

And if you want to connect with Adriana, reach out at:

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twitter.com/birthful

instagram.com/adrianika

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Sep 21 2016
55 mins
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Rank #20: 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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Go to ORA.organic and use the code BIRTHFUL to get 15% off your first order.

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

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Feb 21 2018
1 hour 10 mins
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