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ACOG’s NEW Recommendations on Limiting Interventions, with Sharon Muza

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #99

In this episode we talk about the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ new recommendations on “Limiting Interventions during Labor and Birth”. Do you need to be continuously monitored? Does your bag of waters need to be broken? Do you have to hold your breath to push? How about IV fluids? It turns out that “many common obstetric practices are of limited or uncertain benefit”, and it’s time to change things up. Sharon Muza tells us more. Check it out!

 

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Pleasure & Joy During Birth, with Angela Gallo

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #97

When talking about birth, words that tend to come up are fear and pain. But what if instead of trying to get rid of the fear and pain, you focused wholeheartedly on bringing heaps of joy and pleasure to your birth instead? Angela Gallo tells us more. Check it out!

 

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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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Working with Childbirth Pain, with Julie Bonapace

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #86

What are the 4 components of pain? Does pain equate suffering? If the signal doesn’t make it to the brain, is it pain? And how can you (and your partner!) change that signal before it arrives? Pain specialist Julie Bonapace has answers. Check it out!

 

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The Purpose of Childbirth Pain, with Rhea Dempsey

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #78

Today we’ll be rethinking birth pain! 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? Rhea Dempsey tells us more. Check it out.

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Waterbirth, with Barbara Harper

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #77

What are there benefits to giving birth in water? Are there any risks? What about if you are considering a VBAC? Why has there been so much controversy around waterbirth, and what does the evidence say? Barbara Harper tells us more. Check it out.

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A Challenging Physical Recovery, with Erin Patterson

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2016 #9

We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Erin Patterson is here to tell us about her beautiful birth story, about how much she loved the tub, but wasn’t too keen about being on her back. Lovely as it was, unfortunately her birth resulted in some muscular trauma that made for a slow and difficult recovery requiring PT work, even many weeks into postpartum. Although she had prepared for a lot of things, this was something she definitely didn’t expect. Check it out.

 

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A Challenging Pushing Stage, with Kate Bechtold

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2016 #8

We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Kate Bechtold had previously pushed two babies out without too much fuss, so she was expecting her third to come out in no time. But what happens when she starts pushing with all her might, and doesn’t feel the baby move down? Go check it out.

 

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Running up the Stairs Does the Trick! | Natasha Grey

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2016 #6

We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! This week, Natasha Grey shares her lovely homebirth story, noting how an ultimatum from her midwife had her running for the stairs, and right into transition. Check it out!

 

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Have a Surreal Birth Experience! | Emily Alsheskie

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2016 #4

We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Emily Alsheskie never really had any experience around children -nor was she all that excited about having kids. Oh, how things change! Check out her awesome and unconventional home water birth story, that happened while she lived in a small apartment, while going to school. Plus, many of the things she did to prepare for her birth, including hypnobirthing, chiropractic, saltwater pool, birthing affirmations, deep meditation, and more.

 

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