The Birthful Podcast-logo

The Birthful Podcast

Family

Pregnant people get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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, as well as new parents 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.

Pregnant people get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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, as well as new parents 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.

Location:

Rochester, NY

Description:

Pregnant people 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, as well as new parents 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.

Twitter:

@birthful

Language:

English


Episodes

257 Essentials of Partner Labor Support during a Pandemic, with Adriana Lozada

4/1/2020
In today’s episode, Adriana Lozada focuses on the essentials of partner labor support during this time of the pandemic. Many hospitals are limiting birth support to one healthy person, so we wanted to do a special episode on how to prepare for providing labor support during these times, and also help birth partners feel more confident about their active involvement in the process. Check it out. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes...

Duration:00:50:00

256 [Birth Stories] Different Births, Different Wishes, with Krissy Whitehead

3/25/2020
For her first birth, Krissy Whitehead didn’t have much of a plan, other than getting an epidural. That birth was a lovely experience, so what made her alter her birth wishes with each consecutive birth, and choose a home waterbirth for her fourth one? 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-four-births-different-wishes-story Support our sponsors: Go to YogaSleep.com/birthful for an exclusive...

Duration:01:25:25

255 Starting Solid Foods, with Lily Nichols

3/18/2020
Is there a best time to introduce solid foods? What foods should you start with? Is it best to do baby-led weaning, purees, or a mix? What about nutritional requirements, allergies, water, texture windows, and flavor windows? Is food before one just for fun? Does your baby have any say on this? Lily Nichols has answers. 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-starting-solid-foods Support our...

Duration:01:10:41

254 [Birth Stories] A Bariatric-Geriatric Pregnancy, Induced Labor, and Unmedicated Birth, with Mandy Alexander

3/11/2020
Mandy Alexander got pregnant at 40, having had bariatric surgery 7 years before that. During pregnancy, she worked through her fear of childbirth and ended up with the unmedicated and collaborative birth experience she was looking for. However, breastfeeding was a whole other beast. Mandy was prepared for many difficulties, but not that her body may just not make milk. 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

253 The Power of Comforting Touch During Labor, with Yiska Obadia (Renewed)

3/4/2020
How should you touch a laboring person during contractions? How should you touch them in between contractions? Should you use both hands? Should you lean in? How fast should you go? Why is touch helpful at all? Yiska Obadia 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-comforting-touch-massage-labor Support our sponsors: Go to birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding and use the code...

Duration:00:58:25

252 [Birth Stories] Scheduled Induction Without an Epidural, with Molly Chesterson

2/26/2020
Both of Molly Chesterson’s labors have started with inductions but under different circumstances. After having an epidural for her first birth, Molly was hoping for an epidural free experience the second time around. It was an intense close call at the end, when she went from 4 centimeters to baby in about 30 minutes, while her husband was getting food! Go listen to this rollercoaster ride. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page...

Duration:01:00:05

251 Shaking and the Primal Nature of Birth, with Lesley Everest

2/19/2020
You may have heard that uncontrollable shaking is a very common part of labor and immediate postpartum. But is there a neurological purpose to all this shaking? And is the management of the third stage of labor, truncating the resolution, down-regulation and integration of the primal birth process, basically messing with neurological completion? Lesley Everest shares her thoughts. Go listen. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page...

Duration:01:22:56

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