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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Women get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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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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!

 

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)

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!

 

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)

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!

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 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!

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 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!

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 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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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)

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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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)

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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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)

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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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)

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!

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 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!

 

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)

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!

 

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)

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!

 

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)

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!

 

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)

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

 

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)

 

May 31, 2017

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.

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

 

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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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)

May 24, 2017

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.

 

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

 

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)

May 17, 2017

When returning to work, it’s not uncommon for baby to start waking more at night. What can you do ahead of time to support better sleep and minimize these wakings? If your baby starts waking more often, what can you do to survive and better the situation? Kim West 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/podcastbacktoworksleep

 

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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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)

May 10, 2017

If you’ve ever said that you don’t have time to meditate, or that you won’t know if you’re doing it right, or frankly, you’re not convinced that it will work, then this episode is for you! Anna Gannon is here to address all those resistance points, along with the wonderful benefits of meditating for fertility, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and parenting. 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/podcastmeditation

 

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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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)

May 3, 2017

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!

 

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

 

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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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)

Apr 26, 2017

For a lot of people, the idea of gaining weight -even if for such a fabulous cause as pregnancy- can be stressful. Genevieve Howland is here to talk about ways you can tackle your anxiety, triggers, and body image issues as well how to easily establish good nutrition habits that can serve you past pregnancy and postpartum. 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/podcastweightgain

 

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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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)

Apr 19, 2017

Babies are constantly and very specifically communicating their needs to us. So what are some ways they do that? How can you tune into and translate their messages? And what if you have a baby that needs more help navigating the world? The fabulous Carrie Contey 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/podcastunderstandingbaby

 

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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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)

Apr 12, 2017

It’s been nearly two years since I first spoke with Rebecca Dekker from EBB 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.

 

Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcasteatingduringlabor2

 

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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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)

Apr 5, 2017

Nicolle Kasch shares her personal story of persistence and success, along with specifics on how to navigate what can be a truly cumbersome process. Although filled with trial and error, her 8 months of determination resulted in full reimbursement. 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/homebirthreimbursement

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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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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