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.
Rank #2: 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.
Rank #3: Ep108 First Week After Birth
What warrants your worry and what doesn’t during those first weeks with your newborn? Caring for the umbilical cord stump, whites of the eyes and jaundice and a tip for diaper duty. How often should your baby dirty his/her diaper? What can you do to lessen the chance of SIDS? What is colic, and the rule of twos? What should factor in when choosing a formula? Is organic really better? Pediatrician, Dr. William Hitchcock is this week's guest.
Rank #4: 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.
Rank #5: Ep062 Early Initiation of Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding within the first hours after birth. The importance of the latch and colostrum. Breastfeeding right after a c-section? Lactation Consultant, Annie VerSteeg, addresses these concerns. Plus, tube/finger feeding, nipple confusion, and thrush.
Rank #6: 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.
Rank #7: 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?
Rank #8: 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".
Rank #9: Ep039 Hypnobirthing with Marie Mongan
Hypnobirthing founder and developer, Marie Mongan talks about how Hypnobirthing can release the fears and anxiety associated with birth and minimize the pain during labor. Hypnobirthing teaches simple but specific self hypnosis, relaxation, breathing techniques and more.
Rank #10: 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?
Rank #11: Ep063 Amanda's Birth Story
Despite her blue, chipped toe nail polish and one shaved leg, Amanda gave birth to a healthy, platinum blond, baby Adam. Amanda's pregnancy MUST HAVES, her hilarious birthing story and what's with her "phenomenal breasts"?
Rank #12: Ep024 Pregnancy Must-Haves And Delivery Room Dilemma
Our panelists share some pregnancy must haves. Plus, who are you going to call on the way? Who is in the delivery room with you? And, your photo veto power. A new panelist is in the studio and a guest calls from New York. We love our bellies!
Rank #13: Ep050 Your Newborn and Your Pets
For many of us, our pet is king of the castle. But what will happen when your baby arrives? Your pet is sure to notice he's no longer the baby of the family. How will you properly introduce your new baby to your animals? What kinds of interaction between your new baby and your pets is safe? And how will you identify possible warnings signs in your pets body language?
Rank #14: 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.
Rank #15: Ep205 KC's Hypnobirth Story
KC’s very emotional birthing story. After delivering her baby at a birth center, why was she unable to hold her baby immediately and what landed her and her baby in the hospital for 5 days? Her call out for help? Did she get her placenta encapsulated? How she is adjusting to breastfeeding, and her must-haves for postpartum. Plus, what is gripe water?
Rank #16: Ep124 Adjusting to Your New Mom ID
What emotional changes do moms experience after having a baby? What are some signs that Mom feels she’s lost her identity? How can you tell if you are a “Mommy Martyr”? How do you integrate your new identity as a mother with who you were before motherhood? Sara Holliday a licensed marriage-family therapist answers these questions and more.
Rank #17: Ep081 Prepare Your Body for Labor
How can you better prepare your body for labor? The best exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor, the importance of kettlebells and getting your brain to recognize the perineal stretch. Plus, are two cups of coffee too much? Dr. De-Kun Li speaks with us about caffeine's effect on miscarriage.
Rank #18: 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.
Rank #19: 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.
Rank #20: 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.