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10 Unforgettable Doula Moments, with Adriana Lozada

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #94

January 10th marked my 10th year as a doula, and so I wanted to do a bit of celebrating by bringing you some fabulous birth moments but from my doula perspective. And of course, I’ll be digging deeper by telling you WHY I think these moments are special. Check it out!

A big enormous and heartfelt thanks to all the families that have had me as their doula. You’ve made it an amazing decade! Special thanks to Arthur Rothfuss, the man that unconditionally supports this doula. Love you oodles!

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My unforgettable doula moments:

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Summer Birth Stories: A 34 week preemie surprise!

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories #6

We continue to explore what real birth looks like, by talking to moms with diverse birth stories. Today’s story comes from Jennifer Gillette, who was caught by surprise at 34 weeks by the birth of her son. Go check out the birth of this preemie!


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Summer Birth Stories: Birth and Cheese Tasting

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories #1

In this episode we kick off our special “Birth Stories for the Summer” series!

For the next 8 weeks, I’m switching the spotlight from the pros to the amazing mamas, who share their birth stories in order to bust down TV and movie myths, and tell about what real-life birth looks like.  Today we’ll hear from Hinda Mandell and husband Matthew White, who’s fabulous birth involves a cheese tasting.


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Birth Doulas, with Sharon Muza

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #17

In this episode of the Birthful podcast, we’re going to be talking about birth doulas! Often considered as personal birth fairies, doulas can significantly improve birth experiences. What are the proven benefits and why should you even consider having one? I talk with the remarkable Sharon Muza about how doulas make a difference, no matter the type of birth.


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Our Most Painful Parenting Fail

by Adriana Lozada

I got an email from a friend last week saying “I really don’t know how you do it all!!”. t’s a sentiment I’ve been hearing a lot lately, so I want to set the record straight: I don’t. My house gets vacuumed less than 10 times per year (last minute visitors?: break out the carpet sweeper), the bathrooms are lucky to see a cleaning every 3 weeks and my garden grows au naturel. My desk is covered with piles of papers and there may be one or two live-in spiders that come out to play every now and then. A few days ago I found a binder that had been “misplaced” for over two years in the bottom of a laundry basked covered by an assortment of toys, outgrown baby clothes, and craft supplies, located in the back of the storage space under our stairs (a.k.a. “Harry’s Room”). Just one of the many perks of working from home.
And it would be great to say that when it comes to the *really* important things: my child, my husband, my self (not necessarily in that order) it’s all perfectly under control. But nope. Just like you, I’m just trying to do the best I can. That’s why I wanted to share with you our most painful parenting fail to date. So with the consent of my husband and daughter, here goes: Read more

Your child’s sleep and Daylight Savings Time

Get ready to fall back!

by Adriana Lozada 
When trying to figure out your child’s sleep patterns, there’s always something to keep you on your toes: teething, colds, growth spruts, developmental milestones. And then there’s Daylight Savings Time changes. While the first ones show up nilly-willy, leaving little time for preparation, you know exactly when DST is going to hit. And you can be ready for it.

Next Sunday, November 2nd, you will wake up having to turn your clocks back one hour.

Newborns and younger babies who don’t have a well established biological clock probably won’t be affected by the time change, but older babies, toddler and children are more likely to be thrown off by the drastic switch.Here are 4 ways you can help your child (or children) adjust to the time change:

12 Days of Birth: Day 12

If you could only have one of my 12 wishes, this is it. A doula is your own personal birth fairy! She may not be able to do the work for you, but she will do everything she can to make it a better experience.

“Asking your husband* to be your sole guide through labour is like asking him to lead the way on a climb of Mount Everest. He may be smart and trustworthy, you may love him, but in the Himalayas you’d both be a lot better off with a Sherpa!”
Pam England in Birthing From Within on hiring a doula

*or partner, significant other, best friend, family member, or anyone else that you consider your primary support person. Read more

12 Days of Birth: Day 11

If your care providers talk about what they will “let you” do or not do during labor, most likely they do not truly follow Woman-Centered Maternity Care.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines patient-centered care as: “Providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.”*

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