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Breastfeeding Preparation, with Cindy Leclerc

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #91

Although about 80% percent of mamas start off breastfeeding, by 3 months only about half of them are exclusively breastfeeding. So, what vital information should you know before baby arrives to increase your breastfeeding success? Cindy Leclerc tells us more. Check it out!

 

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Navigating the NICU, with Sue Hall

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #85

Although no one plans to have their baby in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, about 10% of newborns will spend some time there. Prematurity is the most common reason, but even some less severe, full term concerns such as respiratory issues, unstable blood sugar, infection, or jaundice may warrant a short stay. What should you know?  Dr. Sue Hall 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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Prenatal Bonding, with Dr. Jay Warren

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #76

We now know that babies are conscious while in womb. They can hear sounds, learn, form memories, and respond to your stress. So, can connecting with your baby before the birth, make for better pregnancies and healthier babies? And how do you go about doing that?  Dr. Jay Warren tells us more, including how singing, talking, and playing with your baby makes a difference. Check it out.

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Vaccines, with Dr. Paul Thomas

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #74

How do vaccines work? Do they carry risks? Are they all created equal? Does it matter when they are given, and how does that relate with the CDC’s recommended schedule that includes 49 doses before the age of 6? Dr. Paul Thomas is here to help us navigate this polarized and often overwhelming issue. 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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Summer Birth Stories: Prodromal & Fantastic! | Criselda Fernandez

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2016 #3

We continue on our “Birth Stories for the Summer” Series. Today, Criselda Fernandez is here to tell us about her 3-day long birth, that she describes as amazing and transformative. Find out what helped her get through the frustration of not knowing when it was really going to start, and how tearing was the one thing that caught her off guard. Check it out!

 

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