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Women get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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Women get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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

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Women get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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


Episodes

250 [Birth Stories] Vaginal Premie Birth Without Interventions, with Bernice Good

2/12/2020
Bernice Good went into preterm labor when her water broke at 31 weeks. Though the circumstances were less than ideal, she had what she describes as a lovely vaginal hospital birth with no interventions. The struggles continued during the 19-day NICU stay, and she shares how they successfully navigated breastfeeding with all of the obstacles of prematurity. Go listen. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at ...

Duration:01:02:33

249: Talking Pelvic Health with a PT, with Sara Reardon (Renewed)

2/5/2020
Adriana talks with Pelvic Health Physical Therapist Sara Reardon (aka The Vagina Whisperer) about what optimal pelvic health looks like. They go into the details about what to do -and not do- when peeing or pooping, discuss common issues such as leakage, painful intercourse, and abdominal separation, and explore proactive actions you can take during pregnancy to support your postpartum recovery. Check it out. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-pelvic-floor-function Support our...

Duration:00:50:27

248 [Breastfeeding Stories] Overcoming Breastfeeding Problems, with Melissa Statler

1/29/2020
Melissa Statler had a quick and mostly flowing birth. Feeling elated, she placed her newborn to her breast, only to be met with excruciating pain and instant damage to her nipples. As her confidence drained, she was informed that because her baby was large for gestational age, she would have to meet certain sugar level requirements during the first series of feedings, adding stress to injury. How did Melissa overcome these and more breastfeeding problems, to have the satisfying and nurturing...

Duration:01:17:46

247 Cultural Ideals That Impact Your Birth, with Britta Bushnell

1/22/2020
Do you have a need for control and certainty? Are you a perfectionist? Do you highly value knowledge and technology? Do you resist things getting wild? Do you strive to do it all? If any of these resonate with you, you’re going to want to pay close attention to this conversation with Britta Bushnell. 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-cultural-ideals-impact-birth Support our...

Duration:01:19:08

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

1/15/2020
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 and...

Duration:01:00:45

239: Restoring Your Uterus, with Valerie Lynn

11/27/2019
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
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 birthful.com/podcast-nonlinear-2VBAC-story Support...

Duration:00:56:08

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

11/13/2019
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
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
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 checking...

Duration:01:15:27

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

10/23/2019
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
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 our...

Duration:00:53:16

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

10/9/2019
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
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