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The Birthful Podcast | Talking with Pregnancy, Birth, Breastfeeding, Postpartum & Parenting Pros to Inform Your Intuition

Women get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect. In the Birthful Podcast, Adriana Lozada talks with pregnancy, birth and postpartum experts to distill that information down to the relevant stuff. Think of us as your own specialized team of birth pros! We know that being pregnant can be tough. That being a mom can be hard. That having a baby can be exhausting. And we hope to make it easier by giving you tried and tested tips and tools that you can use. From “laid-back” breastfeeding to safer bed-sharing, circumcision to VBACs, we’ll give you well-researched, evidence-based information so YOU can make the choices that best fit your family. Join us every week by subscribing on iTunes! Adriana Lozada is a mom, author, speaker, birth doula, postpartum educator, and healthy-sleep consultant. Find more about her and The Birthful Podcast at Birthful.com. Please note: Although I have years of experience, I'm not a doctor, nor am I familiar with your particular circumstances, and neither are my guests. Please double check all the info you hear here with your care provider. This show is not meant to be taken as medical advice. Thanks.
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Nov 22, 2017

Today we continue to talk with new dad, Jeremy Buczek about his pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum experience. In Part 1 last week, we left off just as things were moving into active labor. Today, we continue from there through the birth, and into postpartum, where Jeremy shares the trauma he experienced, what helped him through it, and the joy of becoming a dad. Check it out!

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcastdadperspective2

 

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If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Nov 15, 2017

Part birth and postpartum story, part helpful tips, part reflections, this 2 part episode with Jeremy Buczek goes deep into the birth partner’s experience of pregnancy, birth and postpartum to help your partner know a bit more of what to expect. Check it out.

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcastdadperspective

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Nov 8, 2017

If you’re pregnant, you’ve no doubt heard about how you are going to need quite a bit of help once the baby is born, so how do you go about setting that up? Why do you need to prepare? How long are you going to need it for? Michelle Peterson tells us more. Check it out!

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcastpostpartumsupport

 

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

 

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

What we talked about:

  • Michelle’s aha! moment
  • How we convince you to prepare! :)
  • Why is self-care during during the postpartum period so important?
  • For how long will you need support?
  • What factors should you consider when setting up your support?
  • How do you go about doing it?
  • Getting the gift of time
  • Facing (and embracing) the emotional work
  • Having a back-up plan for when birth throws you a curve-ball
  • Creating your own postpartum “protocol”
  • Partners as part of the team!
  • Other things to do ahead of time

 

Additional resources and articles

 

Related or mentioned podcast episodes:

 

About Michelle Peterson

Michelle Peterson is the founder of The Seven Sisters Postpartum Care Program and author of Seven Sisters for Seven Days: A Mothers’ Manual for Community-Based Postpartum Care. After a challenging first postpartum, she created this incredible system to support her family during her second postpartum and soon began sharing it with mothers in her community and beyond. Michelle focuses on helping mothers get the support they need. She believes that the spiritual, emotional, and physical welfare of families is the backbone of our collective well-being.

Learn more at SevenSistersPostpartum.com

Nov 1, 2017

Last episode we talked about how breastfeeding may be perfectly natural, but it’s not perfectly easy. There tend to be a few or a lot obstacles to overcome. But what does that actually look like? Dawn Pensack is here to share her stories. Check it out!

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcastbreastfeedingpersistence

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

What we talked about:

  • Dawn’s two very different breastfeeding experiences
  • Trying to breastfeed a preemie
  • The problems with “comparison-itis”
  • Feeling all the feelings through the heightened emotional lens of postpartum
  • Conflicting breastfeeding messages
  • “Letting your child down”
  • Preparing differently
  • Facing the new challenges of her second breastfeeding experience
  • Getting creative by observing your child
  • The satisfaction of turning things around
  • The importance of having a helping partner
  • Setting up a “nursing station”
  • Breastfeeding = knowledge + support + persistence + creativity

 

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About Dawn Pensack

As a little girl, Dawn Pensack dreamed of being a mother one day and wanted to raise her kids in a way very different than she was raised. Dawn knew there had to be more to this parenting thing and she was determined to find it. And she did. Dawn combined her years of working with children as a math teacher, her strong desire to bring happiness to families, and her love of spreading the love into a Family Happiness Coaching business that helps her fulfill her true purpose on a daily basis. Dawn works with parents who are struggling to have it all – a life, a career or business, and a family in the midst of a chaotic world. She reminds her clients that while it may not be easy, it’s possible to be the parent you want to be with the right tools and support.

When Dawn isn’t working with her clients to help them ditch the yelling and guilt and become peaceful parents, you can find her outside with her horse, canoeing, or just enjoying the day with her husband and children.

Find out more at  dawnpensack.com or follow the conversation on Facebook.

Oct 25, 2017

Breastfeeding may be perfectly natural, but it’s not perfectly easy. Many people think it will just happen, without realizing there's a steep learning curve. So what are the most common breastfeeding struggles, and how can you navigating them? Kathleen Kendall-Tackett tells us more. Check it out!

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcastbreastfeedingstruggles

 

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

 

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Oct 18, 2017

There’s a unique healing power in writing your birth story, in not having an audience, in getting raw and going to the deep places, rather than just sharing the version suitable for light conversation. How do you get started, and is there a way to make the process a bit easier? What if your birth involved trauma? Jaime Fleres tells us more. Check it out! Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcastwritingyourstory If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps! And if you want to connect with Adriana, reach out at: facebook.com/birthful twitter.com/birthful instagram.com/adrianika Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY) Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY) What we talked about: Considering the master narrative that you (and your culture) have about birth What is the point of writing your birth story? The 3 layers to a birth story The healing power of writing Reporting vs. Reflecting What happens when you’re not writing for an audience What if you don’t know how to write? How to approach a traumatic birth story Awesome resources mentioned by Jaime*: Birth Your Story: Why Writing about Your Birth Matters, by Jaime Fleres Birthing from Within, by Pam England Mothering from Your Center: Tapping Your Body's Natural Energy for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting, by Tami Lynn Kent Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers, by Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers, by Kate Hopper Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives, by Louise Desalvo Opening Up by Writing It Down: How Expressive Writing Improves Health and Eases Emotional Pain, by James W. Pennebaker The Power of Vulnerability, TED talk by Brené Brown Related or mentioned podcast episodes: Healing Your Birth Story, with Pam England (episode #49 ) Sharing Your Birth Story with Your Child, with Anika Rothfuss (episode #100) About Jaime Fieres-Mizejewski Jaime Fleres is the author of the new book Birth Your Story: Why Writing about Your Birth Matters. She is a mother, writing coach, former college professor, doula, holistic healer, and embodied movement teacher. She is the founder of Santosha Birth and Wellness, leads workshops and retreats internationally, and offers her writing and services at JaimeFleres.com.

Oct 11, 2017

Babywearing is a  sanity-saving practice that has been around for millennia, providing many benefits for both baby and caregiver. What are those benefits? What are the different carrier types? How do you know which is right for you? What do you need to know in terms of safety,, and can one carrier take you from the newborn to toddler stage?  Joanna McNeilly tell us more. Check it out.

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcastbabywearing

 

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

 

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Oct 4, 2017

Creating a baby registry can be downright panic producing, but contrary to what the thousands of products out there would have you believe, you really don’t actually need that much. So how do you know what to get and when to get it? Megan Whitaker tells us more. Check it out!

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcastregistry

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Sep 27, 2017

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.

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcastinductionprocess

 

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Sep 20, 2017

Today we are talking about navigating HR to plan your maternity (or paternity) leave. This can be an insanely overwhelming process, with so much fine print. So where do you start, and what should you be looking out for in order to avoid unfortunate surprises during postpartum? Katy Dahl is tell us more. Check it out!

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcastmaternityleave

 

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

 

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Sep 13, 2017

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.

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcastbirthtraumamyths

 

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

 

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Sep 6, 2017

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.

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcastpushingstage

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Aug 30, 2017

We’ve reached the last story for this year’s “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today’s story has a special twist, as we get to hear both parent’s version of it. Aside from healthy mom and healthy baby, Celeste Bancos’ other birth goals were of to avoid getting an epidural, and to not whine.. She, and her husband Claudiu are here to share how she achieved that. Check it out!

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/birthstory30

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Aug 23, 2017

We continue still with our “Birth Stories” for the summer series!

It’s a jam-packed episode today with five, very different birth stories! From traumatic, to physiological, to emergency cesarean with placental abruption, to VBAC, to homebirth, and a bit of lyme disease thrown in there to keep you on your toes, Bronwyn Fackrell shares it all. Check it out.

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/birthstory29

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Aug 16, 2017

What do you do when you send your husband out to car-nap your older daughter as you finish getting ready to go to the hospital, and labor goes from 0 to 60, while you’re still at home? Do you panic? Do you call 911? Do you call your doula? Do you breathe and center yourself so you are present for your baby? Erin Davis is here to tell us more. Check it out!

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/birthstory28

 

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

 

And if you want to connect with Adriana, reach out at:

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Aug 9, 2017

We continue still with our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today’s story comes from Shani Stidham, who did a whole lot of soul searching and preparation in early pregnancy, and set things up so she’d have the environment and support she needed to explore birth on her own terms, and have a glorious postpartum to boot! Check it out!

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/birthstory27

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

And if you want to connect with Adriana, reach out at:

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Aug 2, 2017

We continue with our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today’s story comes from Candice Hodges, who for weeks had to navigate scare tactics, conflicting advice from care providers, and modified bedrest, not to mention the logistics of a long induction, in order to embrace the chaos and have a birth that resembled what she intended. Check it out!

Jul 26, 2017

We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Last summer, while relating her birth stories, Chantal Shelstad surprised us all by sharing she was pregnant again. So she’s back to tell the tale of how she went from a Cesarean, to a VBAC, and to a home waterbirth, because as she says, “she likes to challenge herself”. Check it out!

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/birthstory25

 

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

 

And if you want to connect with Adriana, reach out at:

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Jul 19, 2017

We continue with our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today’s story comes from Elizabeth Nigro, who first broke up with her OB, then was in denial that labor was even happening, but once she let go of perfect, she ended up with an amazingly beautiful birth where she felt safe, supported and like a super woman. Check it out!

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/birthstory24

 

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

 

And if you want to connect with Adriana, reach out at:

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Jul 12, 2017

We continue with our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today’s story comes from Naomi Wilcox-Lee, who shares how she prepared to bring joy and bliss to her birth, along with all the little ways her family and husband helped her do that, and how she ended up birthing like a rock-star without having to actually push. Check it out!

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/birthstory23

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Jul 5, 2017

Birth Story - Today’s story comes from Shelley Wylie, who shares how the shower beats the tub, how birth is not as horrendous as the Machu Picchu trail, and how you can absolutely have a lovely birth, even if you have to come undone and regather yourself in the process. Check it out!

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/birthstory22

 

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

 

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Jun 28, 2017

We continue with our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today’s story comes from Jessica Winquist, who was determined to have a vaginal birth, even though her daughter was breech. As it turns out, pregnancy ended up being the most stressful part of her experience. Go check out her breech homebirth story.

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/birthstory21

 

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

 

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Jun 21, 2017

Happy Summer, northern hemisphere! With this episode we kick off our 2017 “Birth Stories for the Summer” series!

For the next 11 weeks, I’m switching  the spotlight from the birth pros to the mighty mamas, who share what real-life birth looks like. Today, Kally McConnell shares her glorious VBAC story, all the things she did differently to prepare compared with her first birth, and how there was no time for the tub. Check it out!

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/birthstory20

 

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

 

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Jun 14, 2017

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.

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcastvbacfacts

 

If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really helps!

 

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Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

Jun 7, 2017

If you have a baby in your life, it’s a given that you’re not getting enough sleep, but how does that deprivation affect your mind, body and mood? How does it relate to weight gain?  Can your body adapt to the lack of sleep? Do micro-naps help or hinder? What about regular naps? Dr. Kimberly Fenn has answers. Check it out.

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcastlackofsleep

 

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And if you want to connect with Adriana, reach out at:

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twitter.com/birthful

instagram.com/adrianika

 

Title music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)

Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)

 

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