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Women get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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

Women get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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Women get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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

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Episodes

246: [Birth Stories] From Hospital to Homebirth in 3 Births, with Krista Thompson

1/15/2020
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Krista Thompson shares her progression from a prodromal labor that ended with her baby being taken to the NICU, to a precipitous second hospital birth with Fetal Ejection Reflex, and finally an unassisted-like homebirth experience. She also gives us a glimpse into her struggles with codependency, and why it was so important for her to take the reigns of her last pregnancy. Go listen. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at ...

Duration:01:19:27

EP245: Your Anxious Mind During Pregnancy, with Parijat Deshpande (renewed)

1/8/2020
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When you’re expecting, anxiety and worrying seem to take center stage, especially if you are categorized as high-risk. What can you do with these feelings? Can they affect your and your baby’s health? How do you make the mind-body connection work for you, to put this anxiety in its place? Parijat Deshpande 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/podcast-anxious-mind-pregnancy Support...

Duration:01:03:13

244: [Birth Stories] Vaginal Birth with Non-Emergency Placental Abruption, with Alaina Gay

1/1/2020
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Alaina Gay woke up excited and happy, thinking her water had broken, only to discover it was blood. Her planned birth center birth turned into an induction at the hospital, but thanks to compassionate care providers, that focused on her wellbeing as well as on a respectful transfer of care, Alana had the healthy and empowering birth she was looking for. Check it out. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at ...

Duration:01:21:15

243: Cannabis use During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding, with Heather Thompson

12/25/2019
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With the legalization of cannabis expanding around the world, it’s time to have a nuanced conversation about its use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. What do we know about the health risks? What about the legal risks? Is a non-biased risk-benefit analysis centered on harm reduction possible, and what would that look like? Heather Thompson 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 ...

Duration:01:19:52

242: [Birth Stories] Overcoming Feelings of Brokenness and Fear, with Anne-Marie Shumaker

12/18/2019
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Anne-Marie Shumaker’s story is epic no matter how you approach it. Her fertility process was an long road involving surgery, multiple rounds of IUI, and a devastating miscarriage. The birth itself included persistent back labor, stalling for hours at 8 cms, and a long pushing stage. And yet, holding her miracle baby released all her previous feelings of brokenness and fear. Go listen. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at ...

Duration:01:20:53

241: Can Exercise During Pregnancy Make Labor Harder?, with Deb Flashenberg (renewed)

12/11/2019
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Today we’re exploring if there is such a thing as too much exercise during pregnancy. It’s common knowledge that you should stay active while expecting. Walking, swimming, and doing prenatal yoga can all be super helpful, but what about barre, crossfit, and weightlifting? Deb Flashenberg 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/podcast_exercise Support our...

Duration:00:59:59

240: [Birth Stories] Proactive Birth after Trauma, with Toni DeAztlan Smith

12/4/2019
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Toni DeAztlan Smith went into her first birth without doing much research and naively trusting the system. After an eye-opening traumatic experience that took over 6 years to process, Toni was finally ready to take birth into her own hands and proactively turn it from something you endure to something that is empowering. Her second birth was a powerfully healing experience that culminated in a thrilling oxytocin high. Go listen. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources...

Duration:01:00:45

239: Restoring Your Uterus, with Valerie Lynn

11/27/2019
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More and more, we’re acknowledging the menstrual cycle as a vital sign. Let’s take it one step further, to consider how the uterus connects to general health. What happens to the uterus during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum? Why is it important to restore the uterus after having a baby. Valerie Lynn 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/podcast-restore-uterus-postpartum Support...

Duration:01:02:30

238: [Birth Stories] 2cms to Baby in No Time 2VBAC Story, with Kristen Bowles

11/20/2019
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For her second VBAC, Kristen Bowles was almost sent home from the hospital, when she wasn’t progressing past 2 cm after more than 4 hours. As they were getting ready to leave, her water broke, and then she went from 4 cms to pushing unexpectedly fast, even though she was sitting on the edge of the bed about to get an epidural. Go listen. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at ...

Duration:00:56:08

237: Updates in What You Should Eat during Pregnancy, with Lily Nichols (Renewed)

11/13/2019
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Today we’re taking a closer look at nutrition during pregnancy. You’ve probably heard you should stay away from raw fish, soft cheeses, deli meats, and runny eggs - but is this really the case? Does avoiding these foods keep you from getting the nutrition you really need for your health and your baby’s development? Lily Nichols 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: ...

Duration:01:13:50

236: [Birth Stories] Breech Vaginal Birth, with Anya Cutler

11/6/2019
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Anya Cutler had originally planned to give birth at a birth center with midwives, then at 36.5 weeks and after trying practically everything possible to encourage her baby to flip, she ended up transferring care to an OB-GYN that was experienced in vaginal breech delivery. Go listen. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-breech-vaginal-birth Support our sponsors: Text BIRTH to 64-000 for 30% off your...

Duration:01:04:17

235: Insider Tips From a Labor and Delivery Nurse, with Mandy Irby

10/30/2019
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During a hospital birth, labor and delivery nurses are an essential part of your birth team, even though you may have never met them before. In this episode, Mandy Irby and I talk about ways to foster that connection. We also discuss why nurses may love and hate birth plans, how to navigate triage, the difference between hospital rules and body rules, why IV sticks can be so tricky, the poorly named fundal massage, and oh, so much more. Check it out. Get the most of this episode by...

Duration:01:15:27

234: [Birth Stories] Birth Center Birth After 3 Miscarriages, with Shea Cole

10/23/2019
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For Shea Cole, getting pregnant was easy, the trick was staying pregnant. After 3 miscarriages, getting to the end of a pregnancy was a huge mix of happiness and relief, yet it brought along its own set of unusual circumstances like Shea breaking her leg, having a stranger break into her house, and her water breaking 78 hours before the birth of her daughter. Go listen. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at ...

Duration:01:14:18

233: Better Pregnancy Sleep, with Mar De Carlo Oscategui (renewed)

10/16/2019
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Between body aches, a mind that won’t quiet down, heartburn, and the never-ending trips to the bathroom, getting a good night's 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/podcast-pregnancy-sleep Support...

Duration:00:53:16

232: [Birth Stories] When the Waters Break Before Labor Starts, with Hailey McHone

10/9/2019
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When Hailey’s water broke, and contractions didn’t follow, she felt the clock ticking. She proceeded to try all the things, including a natural induction method suggested by her midwife that did the trick. However, she also had an immense desire for chicken nuggets. Go listen. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-PROM-waterbirth Pre-register for my FREE talk at the GOLD Perinatal online conference,...

Duration:00:56:04

231: Why Optimal Baby Oral Function Matters, with Michelle Emanuel

10/2/2019
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Does your baby sleep with an open mouth? Do they make noise when breathing? Are they copious droolers? Do they have lip blisters? Do they hate tummy time, or have a lot of reflux? These are signs that oral function may need to be evaluated, but why does optimal oral function matter? Michelle Emanuel 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 ...

Duration:01:16:51

230: [Birth Stories] GD, Shoulder Dystocia, Induction, Waterbirth Birth Stories!, with Jessica Bower

9/25/2019
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Through her four vaginal birth experiences, Jessica Bower has had a bit of everything including her water breaking without labor, inductions, navigating gestational diabetes, shoulder dystocia, back labor, sterile water injection, and more. For her 4th birth, Jessica wanted an unmedicated vaginal birth at a birth center but ended up at the hospital with a version and 39-week induction. It still was a glorious experience on her own terms. Go listen. Get the most of this episode by checking...

Duration:01:11:18

229: Informed Consent in Childbirth, with Cristen Pascucci (Renewed)

9/18/2019
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During pregnancy and birth, it has somehow become OK for others to tell those giving birth, what they can and cannot do with their bodies, even when being subjected to unsafe care and in violation of their human and legal rights. So what can you do about it? Cristen Pascucci tells us more. Check it out! Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the shownotes page at birthful.com/podcast-informed-consent Support our sponsors: Go to...

Duration:01:10:30

228: [Birth Stories] An Unmedicated Birth with a Side of Virtual Reality, with Alena LeSchack

9/11/2019
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Alena LeShack went from not knowing anything about birth and considering a scheduled cesarean to preparing for -and having- an unmedicated birth. She had a flowing and empowering hospital birth, fueled by her confidence, the support of her team, and even a little dose of Virtual Reality. 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/podcast-unmedicated-VR-birth-story Support our sponsors: Go to...

Duration:00:54:33

227: Evidence Based Care, Castor Oil and more, with Rebecca Dekker

9/4/2019
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I’m Adriana Lozada, and today I’ll be talking with Rebecca Dekker about Evidence Based Care, how it relates to Florence Nightingale, why it matters and how to bring its three components into your maternity care. We also talk about the evidence for using Castor oil as an induction method and much more. Stay tuned. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-evidence-based-care-castor-oil Support our...

Duration:00:57:35