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Pregnant people get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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 i ...
 
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Between body aches, a mind that won’t quiet down, heartburn, and the never-ending trips to the bathroom, getting a good night's sleep while pregnant can seem like an impossible goal. So what can you do to make it better, and will doing these things improve your family’s sleep after baby arrives? Mar Oscategui has answers. Check it out. Get the ...…
 
When Hailey’s water broke, and contractions didn’t follow, she felt the clock ticking. She proceeded to try all the things, including a natural induction method suggested by her midwife that did the trick. However, she also had an immense desire for chicken nuggets. Go listen. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links ...…
 
Does your baby sleep with an open mouth? Do they make noise when breathing? Are they copious droolers? Do they have lip blisters? Do they hate tummy time, or have a lot of reflux? These are signs that oral function may need to be evaluated, but why does optimal oral function matter? Michelle Emanuel has answers. Check it out. Get the most of th ...…
 
Through her four vaginal birth experiences, Jessica Bower has had a bit of everything including her water breaking without labor, inductions, navigating gestational diabetes, shoulder dystocia, back labor, sterile water injection, and more. For her 4th birth, Jessica wanted an unmedicated vaginal birth at a birth center but ended up at the hosp ...…
 
During pregnancy and birth, it has somehow become OK for others to tell those giving birth, what they can and cannot do with their bodies, even when being subjected to unsafe care and in violation of their human and legal rights. So what can you do about it? Cristen Pascucci tells us more. Check it out! Get the most of this episode by checking ...…
 
Alena LeShack went from not knowing anything about birth and considering a scheduled cesarean to preparing for -and having- an unmedicated birth. She had a flowing and empowering hospital birth, fueled by her confidence, the support of her team, and even a little dose of Virtual Reality. Check it out. Get the most of this episode by checking ou ...…
 
I’m Adriana Lozada, and today I’ll be talking with Rebecca Dekker about Evidence Based Care, how it relates to Florence Nightingale, why it matters and how to bring its three components into your maternity care. We also talk about the evidence for using Castor oil as an induction method and much more. Stay tuned. Get the most of this episode by ...…
 
Laura Kline-Taylor spent most of her first pregnancy preparing for motherhood while healing from infidelity, and then had three days to get ready for an unexpected breech cesarean. Second time around, both she and her husband were in a much better place to come together to celebrate this new pregnancy, and intentionally prepare for an unmedicat ...…
 
Elimination Communication it’s a way of responding to your baby’s pottying cues that can lead to being diaper free. This is what everyone did before diapers were invented, and how half the babies on Earth are currently potty independent by age one. Intrigued? Andrea Olson is here to tell us more. Get the most of this episode by checking out the ...…
 
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. St ...…
 
Returning to work can be a pivotal moment on your breastfeeding journey that stirs up all sorts of feelings. How can you prepare yourself, your baby, you caregivers and your workplace to set you up for physiological and emotional success? Robin Kaplan has answers. Check it out. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and link ...…
 
Despite living with Type 1 Diabetes since she was 5, Yana was determined to have a vaginal birth for her first birth, even though the induction requirement caught her by surprise. Second time around, her goal was to no only have another vaginal birth, but to do so without an induction. Check out how Yana took charge and advocated very matter-of ...…
 
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 reso ...…
 
Amber Thornton worked hard for a healthy pregnancy and unmedicated vaginal birth, but she didn’t expect her water to released before 39 weeks. Despite an early hospital admission, labor progressed right along, until it didn’t. Check it out. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at bir ...…
 
We continue to celebrate reaching 2 million downloads for the show! This is part 2 of my two-part minisode with some of my favorite birth mantras to convey physiology and help you navigate labor. If you haven’t yet, make sure you go listen to the previous episode first. These mantras are part of what I talk about with my doulas clients during p ...…
 
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 ...…
 
There are certain conditions where a newborn’s risk of hypoglycemia increases. What are those conditions? How and when are they tested for? If there’s a concern, does that mean your baby will get formula supplementation, and how does all of this impact initial breastfeeding? Dr. Casey Rosen-Carole has answers. Stay tuned. Get the most of this e ...…
 
Lydia Palermo’s first birth started with a premature induction for preeclampsia, and resulted in many interventions. When she was diagnosed again with preeclampsia during her second pregnancy, and was looking at another imminent induction, she did everything in her power to get labor going, to hopefully birth on her own terms. Did it work? Chec ...…
 
If you’re pregnant, you may be sick of the question “When are you due?”, especially since the methods for calculating that date aren’t based on any current evidence. Only about 5% of babies are born on their due date, so why do we obsess? Gail Hart and her dogs tell us more. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links l ...…
 
Laura Loos has had two non-medicated vaginal births, with her second one happening so super fast that it involved birthing while driving. It also involved going into the hospital holding her baby, while her placenta was still attached, and a very intentional birth of said placenta. Check it out. Get the most of this episode by checking out the ...…
 
You’d think choosing a childbirth education class would be straight forward, but as with most birth-related things, the options are nearly endless. Should you take the hospital class or an independent one? Lamaze, Bradley, Birthing from Within, Hypnobabies, or something else? When should you start? What do they cover, and how can you tell if th ...…
 
After a difficult first labor with many interventions, Alyssa Jennings was determined that her next birth would be much different. So what decisions did she make that led her to having to contain the fetal ejection reflex until her doctor finally arrived to catch her second baby, and what magic words did her husband say to help her do this? Che ...…
 
Birth hormones are in charge of making your labor flow, establishing breastfeeding, and helping you bond with your baby. Supporting your hormones can lead to a healthier and smoother birth. How can you encourage them? What should you avoid? Sarah Buckley has answers. Check it out! Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and l ...…
 
Parijat Deshpande’s first pregnancy was extremely complicated and risky, with her micropreemie son being born at 24 weeks. So when it came to doing it again, the seemingly easier option was to use a surrogate. Or so they thought. Listen as Parijat takes us on an unbelievable rollercoaster of emotions that led to her taking home a healthy, full ...…
 
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 ...…
 
April Teel has had two unmedicated vaginal births, one at a freestanding birth center in southern California and the other at a hospital in North Dakota. Independently of birth setting, the biggest difference in these experiences came down to the pushing stage, with one being actively managed, and the other being completely dictated by her body ...…
 
Today we are going to go beyond the birth plan to talk about birth principles. Although a well crafted birth plan can be a powerful tool, more often than not their formulaic, and outcome-focused nature can give a false illusion of control, and elicit eye rolls from jaded caregivers. The truth is, your efforts may be better spent on first crafti ...…
 
After giving birth twice before, Victoria thought she had life with a newborn pretty much figured out. But when her third daughter was born fussy crying and frustrated, the thought running through Victoria’s mind was that something was off with this baby. What followed were weeks searching for that elusive one thing that would make everything g ...…
 
If you had or have a baby who is suspected to be big, your provider may have talked about the risk of the shoulders getting stuck, and maybe suggested an earlier induction or even a cesarean. But how often do the shoulders get stuck? What are the risks? Does it happen more to big babies? Are there ways to prevent it, and what can you and your p ...…
 
Heather started preparing for birth and life with a newborn, even before she was pregnant. However, once labor started, she found that the hardest thing was to quiet her thinking brain. She was also immensely grateful for having switched care providers twice, until connecting with the right one for her. Check it out. Get the most of this episod ...…
 
Finding the care provider that’s right for you is the first step towards a great birth experience. So, how do you do that? What questions should you ask? And if you’re not happy with your current provider, is it too late to switch? Robin Elise Weiss is here to tell us more. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links li ...…
 
What can you do after a truly exhausting birth leaves you in a daze, you’ve got intersecting breastfeeding issues and postpartum anxiety, you feel you are bonding more with your breast pump than your baby, have to return to work, and you don’t know how to ask for help? Sarah Fowler shares her experience. Check it out. Get the most of this episo ...…
 
With a very underdeveloped brain that is making over a million connection per second, newborns occupy a unique reality. What do you as a parent need to know in order to tap into their built in instruction manual? Greer Kirshenbaum has answers. Check it out. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show ...…
 
Sarah Winward’s story starts with some lovely swing dancing in the living room, and stomping through deep snow with her dog, then gets really intense, having Sarah ask herself over and over “Where is the break?! There’s supposed to be a break. Where is the break?!” Check it out. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and lin ...…
 
Have you considered what motherhood means to you, and how you are going to integrate that, with your current identity? How do you feel about the words sacrifice and devotion? Sophie McEntee is here to tell us why becoming a mom can be such a messy process, and what you can do to prepare. Check it out! Get the most of this episode by checking ou ...…
 
Julia Cooper’s birth story is a testament to how hard it can be to shut off your thinking brain while in labor, and how in spite of that, you can still support your physiology to make things flow. It just may require a lot more regrouping and take more time. Check it out. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links list ...…
 
What are some signs that your fertility is returning after giving birth? How does breastfeeding suspend your cycle, and for how long? What should you consider when thinking about the spacing between pregnancies? Lisa Hendrickson-Jack has answers to this and so much more. Check it out. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources a ...…
 
Today’s birth story is with Chelsy Arnett, who describes her birth as wonderful, flowing, full of essential oils and love. As she looks back on her physiological experience, Chelsy shares what worked, what she’d do differently, as well as what helped her get through the violent identity shift and breastfeeding challenges that came with postpart ...…
 
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 ...…
 
Ivy Tumlinson shares the challenges of her postpartum experience after a fast and furious, unmedicated, low-intervention hospital birth, which included breastfeeding issues that lead to exclusively pumping and difficulties in healing her pelvic floor. Check out what helped her find her way, and what she would do differently next time. Get the m ...…
 
I talk with Robin Kaplan about the importance of a good breastfeeding latch, along with what you can do if your baby has a shallow latch, a leaky latch, is developing sucking blisters, or takes way too long to feed, as well as how to save your nipples, and what to do when your older baby suddenly develops an uncomfortable latch. Check it out! G ...…
 
Jacky Braun Zuker lives in Israel, and her birth story is a testament of how birth is not linear, how you can find your voice during labor, how care providers truly need to listen to the birthing person, and the importance of informing your intuition. Stay tuned. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the ...…
 
This is a bonus episode! Instead of the usual interview or story, today you are going to get a minisode with my compiled list of things that I believe can set any person up for a better birth, no matter how the baby decides to enter the world. And because, it’s the spirit of the season and what not, I’m calling it The 12 Days of Birth. Whatever ...…
 
Today we’ll be talking about pleasure in birth, but what does that even mean, and why is it helpful to the whole birthing process? Debra Pascali-Bonaro 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-birth-pleasure Support our sponsors: Go t ...…
 
Chelsea Wiley had a fast and furious first birth, followed by a postpartum period that left her feeling overwhelmed, isolated and unprepared for being a parent. After realizing she was the one that needed mothering, she prepared differently during her second pregnancy by using traditional ayurvedic tools that helped her slow down, improved her ...…
 
In this episode of the Birthful podcast, I talk with professor Gene Declercq about the complex realm of inductions. Are there good and not so good reasons for inductions? What are the risks? Do inductions lead to other interventions? Let’s see what the numbers say. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on t ...…
 
Today’s birth story, is with Nichole Joy, whose experiences have taken her from a Cesarean birth, to a VBAC, to an unexpected and unassisted homebirth. She has gone from being afraid of giving birth and letting others guide her decision making, to trusting the process and being able to tell an EMT to “get your hand off of my vagina” as her baby ...…
 
Today’s show is about the impact of the over-sexualization of breasts on breastfeeding. If you breastfeed, you’ll find that your breasts undergo a radical identity shift from culturally sexual to biologically nurturing. So what does that have to do with how you feel while doing it, your ability to nurse in public, your decision on how long to b ...…
 
Today’s breastfeeding stories start when Claire Labrosa had breast reductions at age 17. Clare shares how she was able to breastfeed - and even tandem feed- her three kids, but not without her share of obstacles. Many of them having nothing to do with her reduction, but rather lack of support, conflicting information from careproviders, and dea ...…
 
Planning to breastfeed your newborn? In this episode of the Birthful Podcast I talk with none other than Dr. Jack Newman on what to expect, what to avoid, and when to ask for help, in order to get breastfeeding off to a good start. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful. ...…
 
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