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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Women get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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 29, 2017

Between body aches, a mind that won’t quiet down, heartburn, and the never ending trips to the bathroom, getting a good night sleep while pregnant can seem like an impossible goal. So what can you do to make it better, and will doing these things improve your family’s sleep after baby arrives? Mar Oscategui 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/podcastpregnancysleep

 

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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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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

 

Support our sponsors: Go to canvaspeople.com and use the code BIRTHFUL to get a free 11x14 canvas - you only pay for shipping.

 

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)

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!

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)

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!

 

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)

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

 

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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!

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:

  • 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.

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