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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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Effects of Stress During Pregnancy, with Parijat Deshpande

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #101

Is a little stress good for your baby? What about chronic stress? Are there ways to deal with the anxiety and guilt? What if you have a high-risk pregnancy? How does it all affect you? Parijat Deshpande tells us more. Check it out!

 

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Sharing Your Birth Story with Your Child, with Anika Rothfuss

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #100

During this episode, Anika Rothfuss (aka my daughter) does a podcast takeover to celebrate Birthful’s one hundred episode and her birthday. During this interview/birth story hybrid, Anika gets to ask questions as I share her birth story. We’ve been sharing her birth story with her  every year since she was one. It’s a fabulous and evolving tradition that has showed her how cool birth can be. 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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Childbirth PTSD, with Cheryl Tatano Beck

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #98

Up to 45% of women report that their births were traumatic, and around 3% will experience PTSD. What are the differences between the two? What are the symptoms and risk factors for childbirth PTSD? What about PostTraumatic Growth? Cheryl Tatano Beck 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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Informed Consent, with Cristen Pascucci

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #96

During pregnancy and birth, it has somehow become OK for others to tell women what they can and cannot do with their bodies, even when being subjected to unsafe care and in violation of their human and legal rights. So what can you do about it? Cristen Pascucci tells us more. Check it out!

 

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Birth Finances, with Nate Dallas

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #95

Figuring out how much your birth will cost is a daunting proposition composed of many confusing and expensive parts. But what if you could navigate it in an non-overwhelming manner, that could potentially save you thousands of dollars? Nate Dallas is here to share his step-by-step secrets. 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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Birth Options, with Betsy Schwartz

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #93

There’s an extremely famous quote in the birth world from Diana Korte and Roberta Scaer that says “If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any”, but sometimes the amount of options, choices and nuances can be truly overwhelming. So where do you start? Betsy Schwartz tells us more. Check it out!

 

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