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Join Cynthia Overgard and Trisha Ludwig 1-2 times every week for evidence-based straight talk on having a safe and informed birth, which starts with determining if you've hired the right provider. We have 30 years' experience between us and have served thousands of women and couples. Listen to our clients' birth stories and roundtable episodes, and submit your questions for our monthly Q&A episodes at DownToBirthShow.com. Follow us on Instagram at @downtobirthshow. Join our worldwide community. Become informed, empowered, and have a great time in the process. We have weekly prenatal and postpartum support groups for our listeners as well. We're all about connection and supporting our listeners - join us!

Join Cynthia Overgard and Trisha Ludwig 1-2 times every week for evidence-based straight talk on having a safe and informed birth, which starts with determining if you've hired the right provider. We have 30 years' experience between us and have served thousands of women and couples. Listen to our clients' birth stories and roundtable episodes, and submit your questions for our monthly Q&A episodes at DownToBirthShow.com. Follow us on Instagram at @downtobirthshow. Join our worldwide community. Become informed, empowered, and have a great time in the process. We have weekly prenatal and postpartum support groups for our listeners as well. We're all about connection and supporting our listeners - join us!

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United States

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Join Cynthia Overgard and Trisha Ludwig 1-2 times every week for evidence-based straight talk on having a safe and informed birth, which starts with determining if you've hired the right provider. We have 30 years' experience between us and have served thousands of women and couples. Listen to our clients' birth stories and roundtable episodes, and submit your questions for our monthly Q&A episodes at DownToBirthShow.com. Follow us on Instagram at @downtobirthshow. Join our worldwide community. Become informed, empowered, and have a great time in the process. We have weekly prenatal and postpartum support groups for our listeners as well. We're all about connection and supporting our listeners - join us!

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English

Contact:

203 952 7299


Episodes

Intuitive Eating For Pregnant & Postpartum Moms: Interview with Jaren Soloff, RD, IBCLC

4/14/2021
As a registered dietician (RD) and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Jaren Soloff was inspired to create a space and program to help postpartum moms navigate eating and body image after birth. She guides her clients in the anti-diet method of "intuitive eating," which focuses on tapping into your body's signals to tell you when you are hungry and when you are not. Intuitive eating is a process of learning to trust your appetite and cravings as a means of guiding...

Duration:00:34:28

#92 | Postpartum Mini: Rethinking Self-Care

4/12/2021
Most of us fall short when it comes to practicing self-care - especially postpartum moms, who are usually happy enough just to get more than 5 hours of sleep plus a shower. And when anyone tells them to go do something nice for themselves, it's always well-intended, but is it helpful when those moms think self-care means getting a professional massage, attending a live yoga class or getting a mani/pedi? In today's episode, Cynthia talks about self-care as a lifestyle rather than an event....

Duration:00:14:35

#91 | Colleen's VBAC: Relying on Instinct over Provider

4/7/2021
Colleen always felt called to birth and was determined to have the birth of her dreams. After two miscarriages, she was so excited to give birth to her first child. When her birth resulted in a cesarean, she knew the next time around she would make sure things went differently. Despite her mother and husband resisting the idea of a VBAC she went for it anyway. At 1/2 a centimeter dilated, the hospital sent her back home while she feared her birth was going to end up with the same outcome as...

Duration:00:28:28

#90 | March Q&A: Ultrasounds; VBAC Providers; Vaginal Exams; PPD in Pregnancy; Exploring Home Birth; Distraction Techniques in Labor

3/31/2021
Our March Q&A episode is here! We begin with a discussion around the use of ultrasound measurements in pregnancy to determine your baby's size and weight at birth (hint: a baby that is measuring long is likely to be taller than average not macrosomic); we discuss when you might consider changing providers for your planned VBAC birth; can a mother experience postpartum depression (PPD) while still pregnant? What about the use of distraction techniques in labor and how does that impact...

Duration:00:34:44

#89 | Birth Story Mini: Kimberly's Unplanned Home Birth

3/29/2021
Kimberly always wanted a home birth -- especially the second time around -- but decided to stay with the providers she liked and trusted. She began having doubts during the implementation of Covid protocols, and those doubts only grew when her doctor started talking about induction before she was at 41 weeks. But she declined the induction and implemented some natural means of induction at home, including a recipe for eggplant parmesan she got in her HypnoBirthing class. Once labor began,...

Duration:00:15:13

#88 | Jamie's Unattended Freebirth with Twins

3/24/2021
Jamie Davison Ortiz is a mother, doula, and student midwife who birthed her twins naturally during a planned freebirth with her husband and doula. For those who don’t know, a freebirth is a controversial birth movement of giving birth at home without a medical professional in attendance. Jamie’s birth wasn’t without risk and while Jamie says she has no regrets, she’s the first to say that free-birthing took years of preparation, comes with risk, and is not for everyone. * * * * * * * * *...

Duration:00:31:15

#87 | Postpartum Rage: The Outburst-Guilt-Shame Cycle

3/17/2021
Postpartum rage is among the lesser known perinatal mood and anxiety disorders that can impact postpartum women and even their partners. Unfortunately, what women don’t understand is that sometimes anger comes more easily than tears, and it doesn’t mean that anything is fundamentally wrong with them or with their character; but rather, they are suffering from one particular manifestation of postpartum depression or anxiety. Postpartum rage can look like: snapping at your children or partner,...

Duration:00:34:04

#86 | Breastfeeding Mini: The Three Most Common Challenges for Breastfeeding Moms

3/15/2021
In today's minisode, Trisha reviews the three most common challenges that breastfeeding moms experience: Engorgement, Nipple Pain, and Supply issues. She briefly explains why they occur and offers simple steps to recognize and resolve each issue so that you may comfortably and easily continue your breastfeeding journey. See other episodes on breastfeeding: #33 | Breastfeeding Mini: Out With The Rules, In With Your Instincts #44 | Breastfeeding Mini: The First Week of Breastfeeding and Why...

Duration:00:17:06

#85 | Understanding Gestational Diabetes with Dietitian Leslee Flannery

3/10/2021
Approximately 1 in 12 women are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, which can leave them feeling confused ashamed and overwhelmed with questions like, “Have I done something wrong? What can I eat now? Does this mean I have to be induced?” In this episode we speak with Leslee Flannery a dietitian from Ohio and founder of @gestational.diabetes.nutrition who loves supporting, educating and empowering women with gestational diabetes, because diet isn’t the only cause, and it doesn’t mean you...

Duration:00:25:49

#84 | Lynne's Last Minute Home Birth After Two C-Sections

3/3/2021
For Lynne, giving birth via Cesarean just didn't feel like giving birth. Learning she was pregnant with her third and having had two prior C-sections, she wanted a different experience. After meeting a friend for lunch who was planning a home birth, she got curious and started exploring options and digging into the research on VBAC. While giving birth at home felt outside her comfort zone, she planned to hire a home birth midwife to support her through the early labor hours at home, before...

Duration:00:35:47

#83 | February Q&A: Plus-Size Pregnancy; What to Wear During Birth; Waking a Sleeping Baby; Implications of a Subchorionic Hematoma; Waterbirth & Baby's First Breath; Best Times to Pump

2/24/2021
Our February Q&A episode is here! Today, we discuss a wide variety of topics from the influence of medical rhetoric on our decisions in pregnancy and birth to the implications of being plus-size in pregnancy to the best time to pump your breastmilk. We have a lengthy discussion on what to wear in pregnancy and seriously question why hospitals still promote the classic hospital gown for birthing?! We talk about the physiologic mechanisms that protect babies from breathing under water during a...

Duration:00:34:18

#82 | Birth Story Mini: Stefanie's Home Birth After C-Section (HBAC)

2/22/2021
“I would give birth like that ten more times!” In today’s mini-sode Stefanie tells her story of choosing a homebirth VBAC (HBAC) for her second birth after knowing she would absolutely not return to the hospital to have her next baby. Despite going into to labor just before 37 weeks, Stefanie was fully committed to her HBAC birth and beautifully supported by her midwives, doulas, and partner through the entire experience. * * * * * * * * * * If you enjoyed this episode of the Down To Birth...

Duration:00:16:20

#81 | Andrea Left the Hospital AMA (Against Medial Advice) to Avoid Induction

2/17/2021
Andrea was thirty-three years-old and experiencing a low-risk healthy pregnancy when she went in for her prenatal visit at five days past her guess date and - it just so happened - the week of Christmas and New Year's. Her OB informed her that she would need to be induced. In response to her question, "What happens if we wait for labor to begin on its own," he replied, "Your baby is going to die." A few days later, when she went in for a routine check-up, her amniotic fluid level was...

Duration:00:25:55

#80 | Roundtable: Mothers Who've Miscarried

2/10/2021
Approximately 1 in 5 known pregnancies result in miscarriage before 12 weeks, and 1 in 4 women have experienced a miscarriage in their lifetime. Despite it being a relatively common experience, it is often left unspoken of, leaving mothers heartbroken and shrouded in feelings of guilt and failure. Today, Amanda, Nicole and Meghan share their heartfelt stories, expressing the deep emotions surrounding their losses. Amanda suffered three miscarriages between the birth of her two boys, and...

Duration:00:46:05

#79 | Cynthia Mini: What is Medical Rhetoric?

2/8/2021
Medical Rhetoric involves language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience, but often lacks sincerity or meaningful content. How can you tell when your obstetrician or medical provider is using rhetoric to persuade, discourage or manipulate you into going along with a particular course of action without first offering you any information or data that would be useful in your decision-making? Share your stories of rhetoric with us @downtobirthshow on Instagram or at...

Duration:00:07:48

#78 | Christina's Run From Induction to a Home Birth with Group B Strep

2/3/2021
When Christina showed up at the hospital with ruptured membranes and GBS+ status, the hospital informed her that she was not allowed to leave—not even to return home to get her hospital bag. According to Christina, every cell in her body told her to run. She made a few phone calls, started crying while she searched for a way out, and soon found herself driving across state lines to see a home birth midwife for another opinion. This is Christina's remarkable story of following her intuition...

Duration:00:27:01

#77 | January Q&A: Co-sleeping; Prodromal Labor; Switching Providers; Third Babies; Conceiving While Breastfeeding; Vaginal Dryness; Baby-Led Weaning; Hep-Locks and IVs

1/27/2021
This month's Q&A is packed with valuable information! Check it out below: Did you Co-Sleep with your babies? I am thinking about leaving my provider. What do you recommend I say or do? Do you have any tips for prodromal labor? Is it common to have vaginal dryness while breastfeeding? Is it true that the 3rd baby can be a "wild card?" And if so, is there anything I can do? Do I need to make any changes to my breastfeeding schedule if I am trying to conceive? What is baby-led weaning...

Duration:00:37:13

#76 | Birth Story Mini: Tara's Empowered Birth During Covid

1/25/2021
After losing her first baby in utero at five months, Tara and her husband became pregnant again and quickly realized they were with a large group of rotating obstetricians who didn't feel quite right for them. After switching to a midwifery practice and preparing with HypnoBirthing, Tara had a beautiful birth amid COVID protocols, but not without some obstacles along the way, including dehydration, meconium and a hospital transfer. With the support of her husband and midwives, and getting...

Duration:00:14:41

#75 | Fetal Monitoring and Fetal Distress with Midwife-Author Amy Romano

1/20/2021
To monitor or not monitor: that is the question. More specifically, how to best monitor your baby in labor without causing undue worry and intervention is the question of today's episode. Author, midwife, and researcher Amy Romano MBA, MSN, CNM tells us that a large body of evidence on fetal heart rate monitoring indicates that we are likely looking for and finding problems that don't actually exist when it comes your baby's heartbeat in labor. And there is a significant cost to both mom and...

Duration:00:47:39

#74 | Table For Five: Author Ted Yang Gives Voice To Fathers Who've Lost A Baby

1/13/2021
When Ted Yang learned his wife was pregnant, life felt amazing! He was married to the love of his life, had a fulfilling and lucrative career, and was expecting not one but three babies. But his world was turned upside down when he found himself facing the reality of premature birth, one infant loss, and two premature babies fighting for their lives. His experience as a loss father left him feeling alone in a society which fails to adequately support mothers of loss and premature infants,...

Duration:00:42:46