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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Women get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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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Dec 30, 2015

We live in a toxic soup where babies are being born pre-polluted. How can you lessen your and your baby’s toxicity without feeling overwhelmed? Margaux Khoury tells us more.

Dec 23, 2015

We live in a toxic soup where babies are being born pre-polluted. How can you lessen your and your baby’s toxicity without feeling overwhelmed? Margaux Khoury tells us more.

Dec 16, 2015

Today’s show is about nursing in public. This is a polarizing topic, where breastfeeding moms can be made to feel marginalized and ashamed, ultimately impacting their breastfeeding relationship. What can be done to support moms in feeding their babes wherever, and however they choose? Michelle Hickman tells us more.

Dec 9, 2015

Nothing can prepare a person for the tragedy of losing a baby, along with the hopes and dreams of being a parent to that child. How to cope? What to expect? How to get helpful support? Amy Wright Glenn helps us to compassionately navigate this difficult reality.

Dec 2, 2015

Today’s show is about birth models, and how they affect birth practices. Medical Anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd explains why we’ve gotten so obsessed with machines and numbers, how things are changing back to models that work in various parts of the world, and what you can take from those models to improve your experience.

Nov 26, 2015

Today in the Birthful Podcast, we’re going to look at variations in breastfeeding through breastfeeding stories. Breastfeeding can be influenced by many factors. It can be difficult, and frustrating, as well as pleasurable and rewarding. Needless to say, you never quite know how it’s going to go until you’re in it. Sherri Romig is here to share how she breastfeed her kids in two very different ways. 

Nov 18, 2015

If you’re pregnant, you may be sick of the question “When are you due?”, especially since the methods for calculating that date aren’t based on any current evidence. Only about 5% of babies are born on their due date, so why do we obsess? Gail Hart and her dogs tell us more.

Nov 11, 2015

Today’s show is about diastasis recti, which is a separation between your abdominal muscles. It turns out that 2 in 3 women who have two or more babies have a diastasis, but why do they happen? Why are pregnant women more at risk? Can they be prevented? If you have one, how can you heal it? Bethany Learn tells us more.

Nov 5, 2015

Want to birth like a rock star? Research tell us that it is actually not the specifics of a birth that can lead to a postpartum mood disorder, but rather a mom’s perceptions of those experiences. So how you FEEL about your birth experience is indeed a very big deal. What can you do to make it a good one? Lesley Everest and Gena Kirby help figure it out.

Oct 28, 2015

Usually, when we think epidurals, we wonder how they will affect birth, but it turns out that they can have an impact on your breastfeeding relationship as well. What do you need to know? Dianne Cassidy is here to tell us the facts, so you can make an informed decision. 

Oct 21, 2015

Up to one in four pregnancies will end in miscarriage, so why is this not talked about more? How can we honor and acknowledge these losses and the moms that experience them? How can we support those who’ve experienced loss? Dr. Jessica Zucker tells us more.

Oct 14, 2015

The thought of vaginal tearing can make any woman cringe. And let’s not even think about episiotomies. Are there ways to avoid tearing? What’s the evidence behind perineal massage, kegels and squats? Will being told how to push make things worse? Rachel Reed tells us more about protecting your perineum during birth. 

Oct 7, 2015

Today’s show is about the essential preparation you need, in order to have the birth you want. Did you know that choosing your care provider and where to give birth, can greatly determine the type of birth you have? What things do you need to consider? Will a birth plan help or hurt? In this episode, I’ll help you find that answers.

Sep 30, 2015

Today’s show is about connecting with your baby in utero through song. Figuring out a newborn’s needs can be tricky, and sometimes a baby will cry no matter what you do. Wouldn’t it be great to have a tool to help you automatically soothe your child? One that you put in place during pregnancy, that also reduces your stress? Penny Simkin is here to tell us about just that.

Sep 23, 2015

If you’ve ever been pregnant, you know about the constant worrying: Is the baby OK? Is this normal? Am I doing something wrong? Most of the time, it’s all in a mama’s head, but what if it’s not? Dr. Loralei Thornburg is here to tell us about the non-routine aspects of birth that can make for high-risk situations.

Sep 16, 2015

Today’s show is about self-hypnosis for labor pain management. Before you roll your eyes, know that this is not about someone swinging a pocket watch in front of you, but rather a well researched tool that can diminish pain, lessen anxiety, make you feel more in control, and even shorten labor. How does it work? Julietta Appleton tells us more. Go listen.

Sep 9, 2015

New research tells us that the microbes that are present during pregnancy, birth and postpartum can have an effect on the development of diseases such as asthma, diabetes, lupus, colitis, and celiac disease. Dr. Rodney Dietert is here to tell us how can you encourage a proper seeding of your baby’s body, to help fend off these maladies, and some suggestions on getting things back on track.

Sep 3, 2015

How does your baby’s position affect the flow of labor? Are there things you can do during pregnancy that can help baby get in a better position? Will doing these things help you be more comfortable during pregnancy? Will it make birth easier? The fabulous Gail Tully from Spinning Babies is here to tell us all about baby’s position and labor flow.

Aug 26, 2015

As we’ve heard, birth happens. You can do your best to prepare, but it’s going to unfold in its own unique way. So what if you’re suddenly classified as high-risk and told that you have to have a Cesarean? Monica Usery tells us what that was like. Go listen!

Aug 19, 2015

We continue with our Birth stories for the summer series! Today’s stories comes from Stephanie Cusenz Green, who may not have had the orgasmic birth she was hoping for, but still had a fabulous and empowering homebirth.

Aug 12, 2015

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!

Aug 5, 2015

Here we go with more birth stories! Today's stories comes for Alexandra Meseke, who's the mother of a 2 yr. old and a 5 mo. old. Both stories start with her water breaking, and have happy endings, but they unfold very differently. Go listen!

Jul 29, 2015

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. 

Jul 22, 2015

We continue with our special “Birth Stories for the Summer” series. Today’s story comes from Adriana Aleman-Crane, who has two adorable girls. Her first birth involved several days of prodromal labor, and if you don't know what that is, you really want to listen to this episode. 

Jul 15, 2015

We continue with our special “Birth Stories for the Summer” series. Today’s story comes from Alison Spath and it has a bit of everything, as it was a planned homebirth after two cesareans (HBA2C). I won’t tell you just yet how it turned out, so you are going to have to listen until the end. But there was castor oil involved.

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