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February 19, 2020
You may have heard that uncontrollable shaking is a very common part of labor and immediate postpartum. But is there a neurological purpose to all this shaking? And is the management of the third stage of labor, truncating the resolution, down-regulation, and integration of the primal birth process, basically messing with neurological completion? Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-shaking-primal-birth Sponsors: Go to Family-Album.com Betterhelp.com/BIRTHFUL for 10% off your first month.
February 12, 2020
Bernice Good went into preterm labor at 31 weeks. Even so, she had what she describes as a lovely vaginal hospital birth with no interventions. The struggles continued during the 19-day NICU stay, but she shares how they successfully navigated breastfeeding. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-vaginal-premie-birth-story Sponsors: Vistaprint.com - code Birthful for free shipping on all business cards. Find FamilyAlbum on your favorite app store, or go to Family-Album.com Make sure to subscribe!
February 5, 2020
What does optimal pelvic health look like? What should you do -and not do- when peeing or pooping? What about leakage, painful intercourse, and abdominal separation? Are there proactive actions you can take during pregnancy to support your postpartum recovery? Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-pelvic-floor-function Sponsors:  BetterHelp.com/BIRTHFUL for 10% off your first month. Find FamilyAlbum on your favorite app store, or go to Family-Album.com Make sure to subscribe!
January 29, 2020
The first latch brought excruciating pain and instant damage to Melissa's nipples. Her confidence drained, she was informed her baby would have to meet certain sugar level requirements during the first feedings. How did she overcome these and more breastfeeding problems? Go listen. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-damage-nipple-shield-breastfeeding-story Sponsors: Find FamilyAlbum on your favorite app store, or go to Family-Album.com Bakedbymelissa.com/birthful - code birthful for 15% off
January 22, 2020
Do you have a need for control and certainty? Are you a perfectionist? Do you highly value knowledge and technology? Do you resist things getting wild? Do you strive to do it all? If any of these resonate with you, you’re going to want to pay close attention to this conversation with Britta Bushnell. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-cultural-ideals-impact-birth Sponsors: Find FamilyAlbum on your favorite app store, or go to Family-Album.com BetterHelp.com/BIRTHFUL for 10% off your first month.
January 15, 2020
Krista Thompson shares her progression from a prodromal labor and her baby being taken to the NICU, to a precipitous hospital birth with Fetal Ejection Reflex, and finally an unassisted-like homebirth experience. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-hospital-homebirth-progression-story Sponsors: Vistaprint.com - code Birthful for free shipping on all your business cards. FamilyAlbum on your favorite app store, or go to Family-Album.com If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe!
January 8, 2020
When you’re expecting, anxiety and worrying seem to take center stage, especially if you are categorized as high-risk. What can you do with these feelings? Can they affect your and your baby’s health? How do you make the mind-body connection work for you, to put this anxiety in its place? Show-notes at birthful.com/podcast-anxious-mind-pregnancy Sponsors: Family-Album.com or download the FamilyAlbum app. Betterhelp.com/BIRTHFUL for 10% off your 1st. month. Make sure to subscribe - it's free!
January 1, 2020
Alaina woke up excited, thinking her water had broken, only to discover it was blood. Her planned birth center birth turned into a hospital induction, but thanks to compassionate care providers, that focused on her wellbeing and on a respectful transfer of care, she had a healthy and empowering birth. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-placental-abruption-story Sponsors: Dermae.com - code birthful20 for 20% off Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding, - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off
December 25, 2019
With the legalization of cannabis expanding around the world, it’s time to have a nuanced conversation about its use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. What do we know about the health risks? What about the legal risks? Is a non-biased risk-benefit analysis centered on harm reduction possible, and what would that look like? Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-cannabis-pregnancy-breastfeeding Sponsors: Dermae.com - code birthful20 for 20% off Embrwave.com/birthful for $50 off
December 18, 2019
Anne-Marie Shumaker’s story is epic. Her fertility process was a long road involving surgery, multiple rounds of IUI, and a devastating miscarriage. The birth itself included persistent back labor, stalling for hours at 8 cms, and a long pushing stage. And yet, holding her miracle baby released all her previous feelings of brokenness and fear. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-IVF-posterior-vaginal-story Sponsors: Storyworth.com/birthful for $20 off Causebox.com - code birthful30 for 30% off
December 11, 2019
Adriana Lozada talks with Deb Flashenberg about how having too tight of a core and perineum can lead to a more difficult birth, with higher risks of tears and injuries, as well as how to check your pelvic floor, thoughts on kegels, squats, releasing tightness, improving recovery, and more. Show-notes at birthful.com/podcast_exercise Sponsors: Blume.com/Birthful - for 25% off Hug Me deodorant + free shipping. Vistaprint.com - code Birthful50, before 1/5 for up to 50% off. Make sure to subscribe!
December 4, 2019
Toni DeAztlan Smith went into her first birth without doing much research and naively trusting the system. After an eye-opening traumatic experience that took over 6 years to process, Toni was ready to take birth into her own hands and proactively turn it from something you endure to something that is empowering. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-proactive-birth-after-trauma Sponsors: Text BIRTH to 64-000 for 30% off and free shipping EMBRWAVE.com/birthful for $60 off (limited time)
November 27, 2019
If the menstrual cycle is a vital sign, let's take it one step further and consider how the uterus connects to general health: What happens to the uterus during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum? Why is it important to restore it after having a baby? Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-restore-uterus-postpartum Sponsors: Causebox.com - code birthful30 for 30% off first box. Dermae.com - code birthful20 for 20% off entire purchase If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe!
November 20, 2019
Kristen Bowles was almost sent home from the hospital when she wasn’t progressing past 2 cm after many hours. Then her water broke, and she went from 4 cms to pushing unexpectedly fast, nevermind she was about to get an epidural. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-nonlinear-2VBAC-story Sponsors: Blume.com/Birthful - for 25% off your first stick of Hug Me deodorant and free shipping. Vistaprint.com - code Birthful50, before January 5th for up to 50% off all holiday cards and photo calendars
November 13, 2019
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? Show-notes at birthful.com/podcast-Pregnancy-Diet-Nutrition-What-to-Eat Sponsors: Text BIRTH to 64-000 for 30% off your custom Paint Your Life portrait and free shipping ThriveCausemetics.com/BIRTHFUL - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off first purchase
November 6, 2019
Anya Cutler had originally planned to give birth at a birth center with midwives, then at 36.5 weeks and after trying practically everything possible to encourage her baby to flip, she ended up transferring care to an OB-GYN that was experienced in vaginal breech delivery. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-breech-vaginal-birth Sponsors: Text BIRTH to 64-000 for 30% off your custom Paint Your Life portrait and free shipping Go to EMBRWAVE.com/birthful for $30 off your Embr Wave bracelet
October 30, 2019
We talk about why nurses may love and hate birth plans, how to navigate triage, the difference between hospital rules and body rules, why IV sticks can be so tricky, the poorly named fundal massage, and oh, so much more. Show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-labor-nurse Sponsors: Text BIRTHFUL to 79-79-79 for 25% off your first Hug Me deodorant. Vistaprint.com - code Birthful for free shipping on business cards. If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! It’s FREE!
October 23, 2019
For Shea Cole's rainbow pregnancy after 3 miscarriages, brought a huge mix of happiness and relief, along with unusual circumstances like Shea breaking her leg, having a stranger break into her house, and her water breaking 78 hours before the birth. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-birth-center-birth-after-loss Sponsors: Text FEARLESS to 64-000 for 20% off Ettitude sheets + free shipping. Vistaprint.com - code BIRTHFUL for free shipping on business cards.
October 16, 2019
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? Show-notes at: birthful.com/podcast-pregnancy-sleep Sponsors: Vistaprint.com - code BIRTHFUL for free shipping on business cards, any style, and quantity. Limited time offer. Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off. Subscribe to this podcast for FREE!
October 9, 2019
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. Go listen. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-PROM-waterbirth Sponsors: Vistaprint.com - code Birthful for free shipping on all your business cards (limited time) Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe!
October 2, 2019
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. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-optimal-oral-function-breastfeeding Sponsors: The Mother Load podcast with Constance Zimmer & Missi Pyle - subscribe for free wherever you get your podcasts. Lovevery.com - code birthful for $15 off. Subscribe - It's free!
September 25, 2019
For her 4th birth, Jessica wanted an unmedicated vaginal birth at a birth center but ended up at the hospital with a version and 39-week induction. It still was a glorious experience on her own terms. Go listen. Show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-GD-induction-waterbirth Sponsors: Paint Your Life - for 30%off plus free shipping, text BIRTHFUL to 48-48-48 Blume’s Meltdown - for 25% off AND free shipping text Birthful to 79-79-79. If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe!
September 18, 2019
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. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-informed-consent Sponsors: PreciousApp.com/birthful - FREE three-day trial to Baby Art Unlimited Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off
September 11, 2019
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. Show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-unmedicated-VR-birth-story Sponsors: Vistaprint.com/birthful for 500 business cards starting at $9.99. Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off
September 4, 2019
Adriana and Rebecca talk 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. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-evidence-based-care-castor-oil Sponsors: Lovevery.com - code birthful for $15 off your subscription. Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off
August 28, 2019
Laura spent 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, she and her husband were in a much better place to intentionally prepare for an unmedicated VBAC. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-VBAC-after-breech-cesarean-story Sponsors: Lovevery.com -code birthful for $15 off (limited time) Paint Your Life - 30% off + free shipping, = text BIRTHFUL to 48-48-48
August 21, 2019
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. Show-notes at birthful.com/podcast-elimination-communication Go to panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote and search for Tectonic Shifts in Childbirth Today. Sponsors: Vistaprint.com/birthful for 500 business cards starting at $9.99.
August 14, 2019
Mariah Robinson has had four very different birth stories, that include a traumatic vaginal birth, two inductions with one ending in a cesarean, and an unplanned home birth, than involved her tablecloth. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-unplanned-home-birth-no-fear-story Vote for our SXSW panel! Go to panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote and search for Tectonic Shifts in Childbirth Today. Sponsors: UnspokenStories.org Lovevery.com - code birthful for $15 off
August 7, 2019
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? Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-back-to-work-breastfeeding-emotions Sponsors: Paint Your Life - text Birthful to 48-48-48- for 30% off and free shipping UnspokenStories.org - subscribe to Unspoken Stories If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe!
July 31, 2019
Despite living with Type 1 Diabetes, Yana was determined to have a vaginal birth for her first birth, even though the induction requirement caught her by surprise. Second time around, she wanted another vaginal birth but without an induction. Check out how Yana took charge and advocated very matter-of-factly, in order to birth on her own terms. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-vaginal-diabetes-birth-story Sponsors: UnspokenStories.org Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off
July 24, 2019
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? Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-structural-body-changes-pregnancy Sponsors: Vistaprint.com/birthful for 500 business cards starting at $9.99 Subscribe to the Unspoken Stories podcast or go to UnspokenStories.org Make sure to subscribe!
July 17, 2019
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. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-long-pushing-cesarean-story Sponsors: Subscribe to Unspoken Stories or listen at UnspokenStories.org Lovevery.com - code birthful for $15 off (limited time) If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe!
July 10, 2019
This is part 2 of my two-part minisode with some of my favorite birth mantras to convey physiology and help you navigate labor. These mantras are part of what I talk about with my doulas clients during prenatals, and I hope that they also prove super useful for you. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-birth-mantras-part-2 Sponsors: Get 25% off AND free shipping for Blume’s Meltdown Blemish Treatment when you text Birthful to 79-79-79.
July 3, 2019
We are celebrating 2 million downloads and so I’m doing things a bit differently. This is a minisode with some of my favorite birth mantras to convey physiology and help you navigate labor, but I’ll be sharing these mantras over two minisodes: one today and another next week. Hopefully, these mantras will prove super useful for you, and maybe then I’ll be there in spirit during your birth, cheering you on. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-birth-mantras-part-1
June 26, 2019
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? Show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-sugar-levels-breastfeeding Sponsors: Vistaprint.com/birthful for 500 business cards starting at $9.99 Betterhelp.com/BIRTHFUL for 10% off your first month. Make sure to subscribe!
June 19, 2019
Lydia’s first birth started with a premature induction for preeclampsia and resulted in many interventions. When she was diagnosed again with preeclampsia 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? Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-induction-preeclampsia-fast-vaginal-birth-stories Sponsors: ThirdLove.com/birthful - 15% off 1st purchase Betterhelp.com/BIRTHFUL - 10% off 1st month
June 12, 2019
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. Show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-due-dates Sponsors: Betterhelp.com/BIRTHFUL for 10% off your first month GreenChef.us/birthful75 for $75 off your first three boxes If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to sub
June 5, 2019
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. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-car-baby-vaginal-birth-story Sponsors: Betterhelp.com/BIRTHFUL for 10% off your first month Expectful.com/birthful to get a free, one month trial
May 29, 2019
Choosing a childbirth education class is not a straight-forward as you would think: Hospital class or independent? Lamaze, Bradley, Birthing from Within, Hypnobabies, or something else? How can you tell if the instructor is any good? Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-childbirth-class Sponsors: Swankybadger.com/BIRTHFUL for 10% off first purchase Text Birthful to 79-79-79 for 25% off AND free shipping for Blume’s Meltdown Blemish Treatment If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe!
May 22, 2019
After an intervention-filled first labor, 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, and what magic words did her husband say to help her do this? Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-break-water-fetal-ejection-birth-stories Sponsors: Swankybadger.com/BIRTHFUL for 10% off (1st purchase) ThirdLove.com/birthful for 15% off (1st purchase)
May 15, 2019
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. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-birth-hormones Sponsors: Swankybadger.com/BIRTHFUL for 10% off your first order. Molekule.com - code BIRTHFUL for $75 off your first order. If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe!
May 8, 2019
Parijat’s first pregnancy was extremely complicated and risky, with her micropreemie 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. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-IVF-fertility-surrogate-birth-story Sponsors: Text Birthful to 79-79-79 for 25% off + free shipping for Blume’s Meltdown Blemish Treatment. Go to birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off
May 1, 2019
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. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-parenting-newborn 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
April 24, 2019
April Teel has given birth at a freestanding birth center and at a hospital. Independently of birth setting, the biggest difference in these births came down to the pushing stage, with one being actively managed, and the other being dictated by her body. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-managed-and-sponteneous-pushing-birth-story Sponsors: ThirdLove.com/birthful for 15% off your first purchase. Mymyro.com/birthful - code birthful for 50% off your first order. Make sure to subscribe!
April 17, 2019
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 crafting your own set of birth principles. Jessie Harrold explains why. Show-notes at birthful.com/podcast_birth_principles Sponsors: GreenChef.us/birthful - for $50 off your first box Expectful.com/birthful for you free one-month trial
April 10, 2019
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 her mind was that something was off with this baby. What followed were weeks searching for that elusive one thing that would make everything better. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-accepting-the-baby-you-got Sponsors: Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code birthful for 15% off Expectful.com/birthful for a free, one month trial
April 3, 2019
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 provider do if shoulder dystocia happens? The ever amazing Rachel Reed has answers. Show-notes page at birthful.com/podcast_shoulder_dystocia Sponsors: Expectful.com/birthful for free, one month trial. Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code birthful for 15% off
March 27, 2019
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. Show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-switch-birth-center-story Sponsors: Expectful.com/birthful for free, one month trial. Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code birthful for 15% off
March 20, 2019
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? Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-choosing-ob-midwife Sponsors: GreenChef.us/birthful for $50 off your first box BirthSongBotanicals.com - code BIRTHFUL for 10% off your postpartum herb baths Birthful community at Patreon.com/birthful Make sure to subscribe!
March 13, 2019
What can you do after an exhausting birth leaves you in a daze, you’ve got intersecting breastfeeding issues, 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? Show notes: birthful.com/podcast-postpartum-back-labor-induction Sponsors: ModernFertility.com/birthful for $20 off your first kit Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code birthful for 15% off Birthful Community: patreon.com/birthful
March 6, 2019
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? Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-newborn-brain Sponsors: BirthSongBotanicals.com - code BIRTHFUL for 10% off your postpartum herb bath BranchBasics.com - code Birthful5 for a free trial kit; just pay $5 for shipping Birthful Patreon Community at Patreon.com/birthful
February 27, 2019
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?!” Show notes: birthful.com/podcast-birth-center-nuchal-hand-story Sponsors: BirthSongBotanicals.com - code BIRTHFUL for 10% off BranchBasics.com - code Birthful for 15% off a starter kit Extra content: Patreon.com/birthful
February 20, 2019
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. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-identity-shift Sponsors: Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off Molekule.com - code BIRTHFUL for $75 off first order Get extra content related to this episode at Patreon.com/birthful
February 13, 2019
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. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-thinking-brain-birth-story Sponsors: ModernFertility.com/birthful - take the fertility quiz for $20 off your first kit Expectful.com/birthful for free, one month trial Enjoy the podcast? Subscribe!
February 6, 2019
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. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-postpartum-fertility Sponsors: BranchBasics.com - code Birthful for 15% off a starter kit GreenChef.us/birthful for $50 off your first box
January 30, 2019
Chelsy describes her birth as wonderful, flowing, full of essential oils and love. She shares what worked, what she’d do differently, and what helped her get through the violent identity shift and breastfeeding challenges that came with postpartum. Show notes: birthful.com/podcast-phyisiologic-birth-essential-oils-story Sponsors: Expectful.com/birthful for free, one month trial. Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code birthful for 15% off If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe!
January 23, 2019
It’s 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? Show-notes: birthful.com/podcast-pushing-stage Sponsors: Warbyparker.com/birthful - order your free Home Try-Ons Takecareof.com - code BIRTHFUL for 25% off 1st month Survey: Birthful.com/2019
January 16, 2019
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. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-fast-birth-hard-postpartum Sponsors: Go to BranchBasics.com and use the code Birthful for 15% off a starter kit Go to Modcloth.com before 4/7/19 and use the code Birthful for 25% off your purchase of $100 or more
January 9, 2019
We talk about the importance of a good breastfeeding latch, along with what to 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. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-breastfeeding-latch Sponsors: BranchBasics.com - code Birthful for 15% off a starter kit Mymyro.com/birthful - code birthful for 50% off first order
January 2, 2019
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. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-Israel-birth-story Sponsors: Expectful.com/birthful to get a free, one month trial. Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code birthful for 15% off
December 19, 2018
This is a bonus 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, I’m calling it The 12 Days of Birth. Whatever your beliefs, I hope you have a wonderful and mindful end of the year. Enjoy! Show notes: birthful.com/podcast-12-days-birth-minisode If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe!
December 12, 2018
What does pleasure in birth even mean, and why is it helpful to the whole birthing process? Debra Pascali-Bonaro has answers. Show-notes at birthful.com/podcast-birth-pleasure Sponsors: Auraframes.com - code Birthful for $50 off your first order until December 31st. Expectful.com/birthful - free, one month trial. If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! Grab my free postpartum plan at birthful.com/postpartumplan
December 5, 2018
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. She used traditional ayurvedic tools for her second pregnancy that helped her slow down and improved her postpartum experience. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-Nourishing-Ayurvedic-Postpartum-Story Sponsors: Auraframes.com - code Birthful for $50 off 1st. order until 12/31 GreenChef.us/birthful for $50 off 1st. box
November 28, 2018
Are there good and not so good reasons for inductions? What are the risks? Do inductions lead to other interventions? I talk with Dr. Gene Declercq to see what the numbers say. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-induction/ Sponsors: Vistaprint.com - code BirthfulHoliday for 50% off your cards and calendars, and other discounts. StoryWorth.com/birthful - code BIRTHFUL for $20 off when you subscribe
November 21, 2018
From a Cesarean birth, to a VBAC, to an unexpected and unassisted homebirth, Nichole has gone from being afraid of giving birth to trusting the process and being able to tell an EMT to “get your hand off of my vagina” as her baby’s body was about to emerge. Show notes: birthful.com/podcast-unassisted-homebirth-VBAC-story Sponsors: Vistaprint.com - code BirthfulHoliday for 50% off your cards & calendars GreenChef.us/birthful for $50 off your first box
November 14, 2018
If you breastfeed, you’ll find that your breasts undergo a radical identity shift from culturally sexual to biologically nurturing. 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 breastfeed and much more? Show-notes: birthful.com/podcast-sexual-breasts-breastfeeding Sponsors: HelloFresh.com/BIRTHFUL60 - code BIRTHFUL60 for $60 off first 3 boxes Vistaprint.com - code BirthfulHoliday for 50% off cards and calendars
November 7, 2018
Clare shares how she was able to breastfeed - and even tandem feed- her three kids, in spite of a breast reduction, lack of support, conflicting information from careproviders, and dealing with lip ties, tongue ties, and sensitive babies. Show notes: birthful.com/podcast-breast-reduction-brestfeeding-story Sponsors: For 30% off your Uqora order text BIRTHFUL to 484848 Audible.com/birthful or text BIRTHFUL to 500500
October 31, 2018
Planning to breastfeed your newborn? In this episode, 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. Show-notes: birthful.com/podcast-breastfeeding-newborn Sponsors: For 30% off your Uqora order text BIRTHFUL to 484848 Mymyro.com/birthful - code birthful for 50% off your first order If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe!
October 24, 2018
Samantha Percoski did a great deal of mental preparation during pregnancy to help her get out of the way and go primal during her labor. She turned pain into intensity and power, making her feel like a lion during transition, and get through a long pushing stage. Show notes: birthful.com/podcast-homebirth-primal-transition-story Sponsors: GreenChef.us/birthful for $50 off your first box of Green Chef Follain.com/birthful for a discounted Clean Essentials Kit. Use code BIRTHFUL for free shipping.
October 17, 2018
Adriana talks with Sara Reardon about what optimal pelvic health looks like, what to do -and not do- when peeing or pooping. They discuss common issues such as leakage, painful intercourse, and abdominal separation, and explore proactive actions you can take during pregnancy to support your postpartum recovery. Show notes: birthful.com/podcast-pelvic-floor-function Sponsors: 30% off your Uqora order - text BIRTHFUL to 484848 Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off
October 10, 2018
Tara Langsdorf is a self-described Type A. While pregnant, she finished her second master’s degree and took a promotion managing a team of 25. She tends to have a plan for everything. So what did she do when her birth didn’t quite go according to plan, and she found herself in labor with developing preeclampsia? Show notes: birthful.com/podcast-preeclampsia-vaginal-birth-story Sponsors: Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off Expectful.com/birthful to get a free, one-month t
October 3, 2018
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? Show-notes: birthful.com/podcast-purpose-labor-pain Sponsors: CasualTree.com - code BIRTHFUL for 20% off your purchase of $20+ Expectful.com/birthful - free one month trial.
September 26, 2018
Monica Drake has had three very different birth experiences. In this episode, we’re going to hone in on the third one, which included weeks of prodromal labor, no time for an epidural, and immediate postpartum interventions to baby that may not have been necessary. Show notes: birthful.com/podcast-prodromal-precipitous-NICU-story Sponsors: CasualTree.com - code BIRTHFUL for 20% off your purchase of $20 or more. Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off
September 19, 2018
What is midwifery care? What are the different types of midwives? Where do they provide care? Are they only for when you are having a baby? Do they do the same things as OB’s? What are the advantages of OBs, perinatologists, and midwives working together? Missy Cheyney has answers. Show Notes: birthful.com/podcast-midwives Sponsors: HelloFresh.com/BIRTHFUL60 - code BIRTHFUL60 for a total of $60 off your first 3 boxes Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off
September 12, 2018
Hayley Gallagher Katz had set out to have a non-medicated waterbirth with a midwife and doula. So what happens after a month of prodromal labor, 40 hours of induction, the worst headache of her life, and lots of oozing meconium? Check it out. Show notes: birthful.com/podcast-induction-meconium-respecful-cesarean-story Sponsors: Canvaspeople.com - code BIRTHFUL for free 11x14 canvas (pay for shipping) Bbirthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off
September 5, 2018
How does your baby’s position affect the flow of labor? Are there things you can do during pregnancy that can help baby get in a better position? Will doing these things help you be more comfortable during pregnancy? Will it make birth easier? Show-notes: birthful.com/podcast-baby-positions-labor Sponsors: Canvaspeople.com - code BIRTHFUL for a free 11x14 canvas - (only pay for shipping) Truebotanicals.com - code BIRTHFUL for $20 off orders of $40 or more (first purchase)
August 29, 2018
What happens when you plan for a birth center waterbirth and you end up with a 34 week preemie, and an onslaught of breastfeeding obstacles? How does this help you prepare differently for your next birth and postpartum? Show notes: birthful.com/podcast-preemie-NICU-breastfeeding-story Sponsors: Truebotanicals.com - code BIRTHFUL for $20 off orders of $40 or more (first purchase) Canvaspeople.com - code BIRTHFUL for a free 11x14 canvas - (only pay for shipping).
August 22, 2018
The thought of vaginal tearing can make any woman cringe. And let’s not even think about episiotomies. Are there ways to avoid tearing? What’s the evidence behind perineal massage, kegels and squats? Will being told how to push make things worse? Show-notes: birthful.com/podcast-protecting-perineum-tear Sponsors: Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off Canvaspeople.com - code BIRTHFUL for free 11x14 canvas
August 15, 2018
After her first birth Julia experienced undiagnosed postpartum depression along with major breastfeeding struggles. Second time around, she was dreading her baby’s arrival rather than excitedly awaiting it, so she did something about it. Show-notes: birthful.com/podcast-Postpartum-Depression-Breastfeeding-Story Sponsors: GreenChef.us/birthful for %50 off 1st box Expectful.com/birthful for free month
August 8, 2018
Herbs can be micronutrient powerhouses, that support your immune, nervous and endocrine systems, but some of them may not be recommended during this time of your life. With conflicting messages about what to take when, how should you approach these plants? Show-notes: birthful.com/podcast-herbs-pregnancy-postpartum Sponsors: Care.com/birthful for 30% off a premium membership Expectful.com/birthful for free, 1 month trial
August 1, 2018
Danielle’s first birth included a long induction and an epidural. It wasn’t until getting pregnant 10 years later that she realized she carried a lot of trauma from birth number one. So what did she do differently the second time to help her heal and have a better experience? Show notes: birthful.com/podcast-traumatic-birth-redemption-story Sponsors: Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off Expectful.com/birthful for free, one month trial
July 25, 2018
Waiting a few minutes to clamp a newborn’s umbilical cord can have significant health benefits, and yet the debate of early vs. delayed cord clamping rages on. What’s the big deal? Dr. Mark Sloan explains and shares what the evidence says. Show-notes: https://www.birthful.com/podcastdcc/ Sponsors: birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off expectful.com/birthful for free, two-week trial If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe!
July 18, 2018
Having had two flawless postpartum periods under her belt, Kayla Sanmiguel didn’t know how to cope when postpartum anxiety and severe panic disorder came out of nowhere after her third birth. Listen to what she learned from her experiences, and how she’s approaching the birth of her fourth baby very differently, armed with new tools and wisdom. Show-notes: birthful.com/podcast-postpartum-anxiety-Story Mamastrut.com - code BIRTHFUL2018 for free shipping in the US
July 11, 2018
When you’re expecting, anxiety and worrying seem to take center stage, especially if you are categorized as high-risk. What can you do with these feelings? Can they affect your and your baby’s health? How do you make the mind-body connection work for you, to put this anxiety in its place? Show notes:: birthful.com/podcast-anxious-mind-pregnancy Sponsors: Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off Expectful.com/birthful for free, two week trial
July 4, 2018
Margo Fox shares her challenging vaginal birth, that included trying all the natural things to avoid a medical induction, navigating disappointing vaginal checks, reluctantly getting an epidural. And yet, she persisted. Check it out. Show notes at: birthful.com/podcast-natural-induction-epidural-vaginal-birth-story Sponsors: Go to birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding and use the code BIRTHFUL for 15% off Go to expectful.com/birthful to get a free, two week trial.
June 27, 2018
You can read all the books, take all the classes, listen to all the podcasts, set up a dream birth team, but no amount of preparation will get the birthing done for you. So, are you doing the inner work that will allow you to step up and own your birth? Shalome Stone tell us more. Show-notes at: birthful.com/podcast-show-up-at-your-birth Support our sponsors: Go to birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off Go to GreenChef.us/birthful for $50 off first box
June 22, 2018
Julia Crabbe is that daughter of a midwife, who grew up immerse in birth culture. For as long as she can remember, she had hoped for a home water birth. What happens when labor has other plans, that include a transfer to the hospital? Check it out. Show notes at: birthful.com/podcast-homebirth-transfer-hospital-story Sponsors: Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off expectful.com/birthful for free, two week trial
June 15, 2018
Margot Strauhull, with "history of macrosomal infant", had an hospital induction with an OB and one managed by midwives. Her third birth, where she switched providers and gave birth at freestanding birth center with midwives, and finally had the undisturbed physiological birth she was hoping for. Show notes at: birthful.com/podcast-inductions-undisturbed-birth-stories Sponsors: Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off expectful.com/birthful for free, two week trial
June 13, 2018
Babies grow and develop at an astounding rate. Those developmental leaps happen at specific times, following some not-so-sunshiny days. Listen to Dr. Frans Plooij, creator of The Wonder Weeks, explain what the fussy phases are all about, how to tell they are happening, and what you can do about it. Show notes at: birthful.com/podcast-wonder-weeks/ Sponsors: Use the code BIRTHFUL at birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding for 15% off Go to care.com/birthful for 30% off a premium membership
June 8, 2018
Lauren had a super easy pregnancy, where she continued to do a mix of CrossFit, swimming, yoga, and tons of dog walking! Even so, the birth was pretty much the most challenging thing she’s ever done. Check out why she now concludes that “everyone is a badass”. Check it out! Show notes at: birthful.com/podcast-unmedicated-midwife-hospital-birth-story Support our sponsors: Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off expectful.com/birthful for free, two week trial
June 6, 2018
How should you touch a laboring person during contractions? How should you touch them in between contractions? Should you use both hands? Should you lean in? How fast should you go? Why is touch helpful at all? Yiska Obadia has answers. Check it out! Show notes at: birthful.com/podcast-comforting-touch-massage-labor Sponsors: Go to simplecontacts.com/birthful or use code BIRTHFUL For $30 off Go to expectful.com/birthful to get a free, two week trial
June 1, 2018
A former labor and delivery nurse and current childbirth educator, Vanessa thought she knew what to expect from birth. But nothing could really prepare her for the exhaustion, fear and overwhelm she felt when contractions went away. How did she get past those feelings to push her baby out? Show notes at: birthful.com/podcast-fear-fearlessness-homebirth-story Sponsors: Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off expectful.com/birthful for free, two week trial
May 30, 2018
Going from being an non-parent individual to being a parent duo is an immensely transformative process that rocks any couple’s world. In this episode of the Birthful podcast, Elly Taylor will take us through the 8 stages that you can expect to navigate, as you grow. Show notes at: http://www.birthful.com/podcast-parenthood-transition-identity Sponsors: Go to birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding and use the code BIRTHFUL for 15% off Go to expectful.com/birthful to get a free, two week trial
May 25, 2018
Sarah Pion shares her two unmedicated, intense, and wonderful birth center birth stories, along with how much she values having found the right care provider, why even in labor she can’t leave the house without makeup, and the newfound appreciation and deep love she now has for her body. Show notes at: birthful.com/podcast-Empowering-Unmedicated-Birth-Center-Stories Sponsors: Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off expectful.com/birthful for free, two week trial
May 23, 2018
Although the reasons behind preeclampsia are not yet well understood, this disorder can affect 1 in 12 pregnancies, threatening the health of both mom and baby. So what are its symptoms? Who’s at higher risk, and what happens if you do develop preeclampsia? Eleni Tsigas has answers. Show notes at: birthful.com/podcast-preeclampsia-complications-postpartum Support our sponsors: Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off expectful.com/birthful for free, two week trial
May 18, 2018
During pregnancy, Hanley Rice signed up for childbirth education, & planned for a homebirth. At 30 weeks, she started leaking amniotic fluid. She was admitted to the hospital to wait for baby to arrive. Having a team that was sensitive to her plan made for a beautiful birth experience. Show notes at: birthful.com/podcast-Preemie-Vaginal-Birth-Story Make sure to subscribe! Support our sponsors: Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL - 15% off expectful.com/birthful for a two week trial
May 16, 2018
We often think that newborns are cute but helpless little lumps, when in fact they have an arsenal of instincts to ensure they can find their food source without much external help. What are those instincts that make breastfeeding and bonding seamless? Diane Wiessinger tells us more. Show-notes at: http://www.birthful.com/podcast-baby-mammal-breastfeeding (PART 2: http://www.birthful.com/podcastnightsandsolids/) If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe!
May 11, 2018
Rachael Svendsen’s birth was what she would call a perfect birth. The postpartum period? Not so much. Dealing with tongue and lip ties along with a baby that needed her all the time, was harder than she imagined. What got her through all that? Let’s find out. Show notes at: birthful.com/podcast-Surviving-Fussy-Baby-Postpartum-Story If you enjoy what you hear, subscribe! Support our sponsors: Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off expectful.com/birthful for free, two week tria
May 9, 2018
Despite increasingly high health care spending, the U.S. has one of the worst rates of deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth in the developed world. With damage beyond statistical data points, rates of birth trauma are rising. If you are a person of color, the situation is worse. What's going on? Denise Bolds tells us more. Show notes at: birthful.com/podcast-birth-equity-maternal-health Support our sponsors: StoryWorth.com/birthful $20 off Casper.com/birthful $50 off select mattresses.
May 4, 2018
“It’s gonna get more intense now” were the words of Celia’s midwife after her water broke. Even then, Celia felt strong and powerful while being in so much pain. She knew the only way through it, was through it. So she roared. Show notes at: birthful.com/podcast-roar-baby-instinctual-pushing-homebirth If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! Support our sponsors: birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off expectful.com/birthful to get a free, two week trial.
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