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Setting up Your Postpartum Support, with Michelle Peterson

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #123

If you’re pregnant, you’ve no doubt heard about how you are going to need quite a bit of help once the baby is born, so how do you go about setting that up? Why do you need to prepare? How long are you going to need it for? Michelle Peterson tells us more. Check it out!

 

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Persistence in Breastfeeding, with Dawn Pensack

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #122

Last episode we talked about how breastfeeding may be perfectly natural, but it’s not perfectly easy. There tend to be a few or a lot obstacles to overcome. But what does that actually look like? Dawn Pensack is here to share her stories. Check it out!

 

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Common Breastfeeding Struggles, with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #121

Breastfeeding may be perfectly natural, but it’s not perfectly easy. Many people think it will just happen, without realizing there’s a steep learning curve. So what are the most common breastfeeding struggles, and how can you navigating them? Kathleen Kendall-Tackett tells us more. Check it out!

 

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The Induction Process, with Toni Golen

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #117

Usually, conversations around inductions focus on their reasons, risks, benefits, and when to schedule them. That doesn’t leave much time to discuss how they are done, and share expectations on how long they may take, or whether they’ll work at all. Toni Golen is here to walk us through the details. Check it out.

 

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Birth Trauma Myths, with Bianca Sprague and Natasha Marchand

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #115

Today we are taking on the most common myths and concerns around birth traumas, and exploring ways to avoid them. The statistics for those who consider their birth to have been traumatic can range between 25 and whopping 49%. So, what can you do to improve the chances of having a lovely birth, and not be a part of that statistic? Bianca Sprague and Natasha Marchand tell us more. Check it out.

 

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Rethinking the Pushing Stage, with Whapio

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #114

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 baby, and on the perineum that’s receiving the brunt of that exertion? The fabulous Whapio is here to tell us more. Check it out.

 

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Place of Birth as Your #1 Cesarean Risk, with Dr. Neel Shah

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #107

Today we’re taking a look at how the hospital you choose, can be your #1 risk of having a Cesarean. Cesarean rates have increased 500% in one generation, and they are now the most common surgery performed on human beings anywhere in the work. About of them half may be unnecessary. How did we get to this, and what can you do about it? Dr. Neel Shah has answers. Check it out!

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Updated: Evidence & Eating During Labor, with Rebecca Dekker

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #104

It’s been nearly two years since I first spoke with Rebecca Dekker from Evidence Based Birth about eating and drinking during labor, and the importance of evidence based information and practices. Recently, Rebecca and her team updated their article on the evidence of “Eating and Drinking During Labor” and -not so surprisingly- not only does the previous evidence still hold, but there is further data support it. This is great news for laboring mamas- but you’ll have to listen until the end to get the nitty-gritty on the update. Along the way, you’ll also hear about what constitutes evidence based care, and why it’s important. (Hint: many hospital labor practices are not based on evidence, and can in fact be detrimental to the process.) Listen to find out how you can know what is what.

 


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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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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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