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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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Birthing like a Rock Star, with Gena Kirby & Lesley Everest

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #41

Want to birth like a rock star? Research tells us that it is actually not the specifics of a birth that can lead to a postpartum mood disorder, but rather a mom’s perceptions of those experiences. So how you FEEL about your birth experience is indeed a very big deal. What can you do to make it a good one? Lesley Everest and Gena Kirby help figure it out.


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Epidurals & Breastfeeding, with Dianne Cassidy

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #40

Usually, when we think epidurals, we wonder how they will affect birth, but it turns out that they can have an impact on your breastfeeding relationship as well. What do you need to know? Dianne Cassidy is here to tell us the facts, so you can make an informed decision.


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Protecting Your Perineum, with Rachel Reed

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #38

The thought of vaginal tearing can make any woman cringe. And let’s not even think about episiotomies. Are there ways to avoid tearing? What’s the evidence behind perineal massage? Will being told how to push make things worse? Rachel Reed tells us more about protecting your perineum during birth.

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High-Risk Pregnancy, with Dr. Loralei Thornburg

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #35

If you’ve ever been pregnant, you know about the constant worrying: Is the baby OK? Is this normal? Am I doing something wrong? Most of the time, it’s all in a mama’s head, but what if it’s not? Dr. Loralei Thornburg is here to tell us about the non-routine aspects of birth that can make for high-risk situations.


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