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Birth is Mental & Emotional | Megan Othling

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2016 #2

We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Megan Othling is here to tell us about her four – yup four-  birth stories.  She explains how birth can happens as much in your head as in your body, and how facing the unexpected feelings you are having for your child can be just what’s needed for them to be born. Check it out!

 

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Support Trumps Stubbornness | Victoria Wilson

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2016 #1

Happy Summer, northern hemisphere!

With this episode we kick off our 2016 “Birth Stories for the Summer” series!

For the next 10 weeks, I’m switching the spotlight from the birth pros to the mighty mamas, who share what real-life birth looks like. Today, Victoria Wilson tells us how bringing great labor support to a birth makes for a much better experience, than when you just bring your stubbornness. Check it out!

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Suggestions from Victoria, that made her birth better:

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Things to Know Before Your Next Birth, with Jennifer Margulis

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #68

Jennifer Margulis has spent years looking at hospital birth practices. She explains why just going with the flow and blindly trusting the system can backfire, and what you should be doing now to help you have a smoother and happier birth experience.

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Birth as an Intimate Event, with Nekole Shapiro

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #66

We know pregnancy and birth involve great transformation. That’s why it’s such a good time to connect with yourself, and realize what the heck motivates your choices. It can also get you into the awesome habit of bringing more oxytocin into your life. Nekole Shapiro tells us more. Stay tuned.

 

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Asking more of your OB, with Dr. Stu Fischbein

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #64

What are the differences between the medical model of obstetrics and the midwifery model of care? How can you improve your birth experience and outcomes, when delivering at a hospital with an OB? Dr. Stuart Fischbein shares his insights, as well as why he does breech deliveries, VBACs, and home births.

 

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Plus-Size Pregnancy & Birth, with Jen McLellan

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #63

Today we’ll be talking about having a healthy plus-size pregnancy and birth. While the incidence of cesareans, inductions and other interventions are higher for plus-size women, this does not have to be the case. Jen McLellan is here to share the 3 things that can help you have a fabulous experience, no matter your size. Plus, a special guest appearance from Barley, Reverend and Gus.

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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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Suck, Swallow and Breathe, with Alison Hazelbaker

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #55

In today’s episode, we talk about about what’s involved in the suck-swallow-breathe coordination your baby needs to figure out in order to breastfeed. There are a series of elements that have to come together, including muscles, ligaments, nerves and bones for all of it to work properly. What happens when they don’t, and what are some things you can do to help? Dr. Alison Hazelbaker tells us more.

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