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3 Epidurals & a 6th-week Surprise | Kate Turza

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2016 #5

We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! This week, Kate Turza tells us about her three epidural births, and highlights how what happens during the third stage of labor can impact breastfeeding and your recovery, even for many weeks after the birth. Go listen!

 

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You Pelvic Floor, with Lisa Gillispie

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #62

During pregnancy, your growing uterus and baby put extra pressure on your pelvic muscles. What can you do to keep those muscles in good working order, so they hold the pee in during pregnancy, let the baby slide out during birth, and remain toned during postpartum and beyond? Lisa Gillispie has answers.

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Flat-head Syndrome, with Michelle Emanuel

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #61

If you’ve ever seen a fresh newborn with a conehead, you know that baby’s heads are moldable. So what happens when they spend too much time lying on one part of their skulls? How do flat spots affect development, and what can you do to correct them? Michelle Emanuel is here to tell us more.

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Summer Birth Stories: A 34 week preemie surprise!

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories #6

We continue to explore what real birth looks like, by talking to moms with diverse birth stories. Today’s story comes from Jennifer Gillette, who was caught by surprise at 34 weeks by the birth of her son. Go check out the birth of this preemie!


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Summer Birth Stories: Second babies come quicker… or do they?

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories #4

Today’s “Birth Story for the Summer” comes from Danielle Major. Danielle was a little thrown off by the fact that her second baby apparently didn’t get the memo that second babies tend to come quicker, but the reward of finding out whether she had a boy or a girl was worth the wait. Find out how it all unfolds.


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12 Days of Birth: Day 12

If you could only have one of my 12 wishes, this is it. A doula is your own personal birth fairy! She may not be able to do the work for you, but she will do everything she can to make it a better experience.

“Asking your husband* to be your sole guide through labour is like asking him to lead the way on a climb of Mount Everest. He may be smart and trustworthy, you may love him, but in the Himalayas you’d both be a lot better off with a Sherpa!”
Pam England in Birthing From Within on hiring a doula

*or partner, significant other, best friend, family member, or anyone else that you consider your primary support person. Read more

12 Days of Birth: Day 11

If your care providers talk about what they will “let you” do or not do during labor, most likely they do not truly follow Woman-Centered Maternity Care.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines patient-centered care as: “Providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.”*

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