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The Microbiome and Your Baby’s Immune System, with Toni Harman

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #102

How your baby is born will determine what microorganisms get where, when. It’s a beautifully orchestrated process with lifelong implications for your baby’s health. So what if you have a cesarean birth, take antibiotics, or are not able to breastfeed? Toni Harman tells us more. Check it out!

 

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Why Breastfeeding a Newborn is Different, with Theresa Nesbitt

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #82

We’ll be talking about why breastfeeding a newborn is different from an older baby. It’s often assumed that breastfeeding will simply work, but most moms report significant problems within the first week. Fortunately, understanding why newborns feed the way they do can make the whole process a breeze. Theresa Nesbitt is tells us more, including how to avoid nipple pain, encouraging a good latch, and setting yourself up for a good milk supply. Check it out.

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Will You Shower During Postpartum?, with Lisa Chin

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #81

Today we’ll be approaching the 4th trimester from a more culturally traditional point of view. Lisa Chin is here to tell us about her experience of following the chinese tradition of sitting the month, which involves eating body warming foods, staying inside, and not showering for weeks. How did this impact her recovery? Go check it out.

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11 Breastfeeding Need-to-Knows, with Robin Kaplan

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #79

Today we’ll be taking on 11 breastfeeding need-to-knows! Consider these breastfeeding mini-facts as possible bumps-in-the-road that can be dealt with fairly easily with a bit of information and determination, but that can otherwise potentially derail your breastfeeding relationship. These include damaged nipples, baby weight loss, nipple shape, breast behavior, colostrum, hind-milk and fore-milk, D-MER, and more. Robin Kaplan tells us more. Check it out.

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Third Stage of Labor, with Dr. Sarah Buckley

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #75

There are critical physiological changes that happen within mom and baby immediately after birth that allow for bonding and a healthy transition from womb to word. What are they, how can they be supported, and how do interventions change the hormonal flow?  Dr. Sarah Buckley tells us more. Check it out.

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When Breech Doesn’t Flip | Chantal Shelstad

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2016 #7

We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today, Chantal Shelstad shares the impact that having a cesarean birth due to a breech presentation had on her psyche, her ensuing struggle with postpartum mood anxiety for years to follow, and how preparation and determination were key in finally having the VBAC she wanted. Check it out.

 

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Postpartum Doulas, with Jackie Kelleher

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #71

What is a postpartum doula? How does she help smooth your transition as a family? Is she only helpful during the first few days? Can having one lessen your chances of postpartum mood disorders? What if you had a Cesarean, or your baby is extra sensitive? How can you find one? Jackie Kelleher tells us more.

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The Holistic Stages of Birth, with Whapio (Part 2)

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #58

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 second episode of a 2 part series, we go deeper into laborland, to then finally emerge during immediate postpartum and life as a family. Last week, in Part 1, we started with embarking into labor, and got as far as just past what is usually considered as transition. Go back and listen to that episode first, if you haven’t already.

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The Holistic Stages of Birth, with Whapio (Part 1)

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #57

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.

 

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What’s the big deal with skin-to-skin?, with Sylvia Houston

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #56

Skin-to-skin and kangaroo care can improve neurological development and health, lower stress and crying, help breastfeeding, reduce postpartum depression. The list of benefits seems to go on and on. Research shows that skin-to-skin is even more important for preemies.

How simple is it to do, and how long should you do it for? Sylvia Houston tells us more.

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