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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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VBAC Facts, with Jen Kamel

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #113

There’s a lot of misinformation when it comes to having a vaginal birth after a cesarean, with many people being told they are not allowed to VBAC. Often the risks of having a VBAC are exaggerated, while the risks of repeat cesareans are downplayed or not even brought up. That’s an unbalanced conversation that does not allow you to make a true informed choice. What are the facts? Jen Kamel has answers. Check it out.

 

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Dealing with Birth Fears, with Alexia Leachman

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #111

Birth is filled with uncertainty, and with that come the fears and what ifs: what if something goes wrong, what if the pain is too much, what if my wishes aren’t respected, What if I need a cesarean, what if I poop? All are valid, but not very helpful feelings. So how can you deal with them? Alexia Leachman has answers. Check it out.

 

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Dealing with Family & Visitors, with Kate Turza

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #110

When it comes to pregnancy, birth choices and baby care, everyone seems to have an opinion. So what happens when your choices don’t line up with the preference of those who surround you, and may even be involved in the care of your baby? Kate Turza tells 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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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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