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Episode 63: How To Hire A Nanny - With "The Nanny Manual" Author Alyce DesRosiers

Trusting another person to care for your child can be challenging. Having a plan in place for hiring and employing a childcare provider will go a long way in alleviating some of the stress. Put your plan in place with episode 63, including: when to start looking for a nanny / childcare provider (accounting for how long it can take to hire someone) how to pre-screen candidates and conduct the interview process (because you need more than one interview with your final selections) conducting a...


Episode 62: The Secret To Raising Confident Kids Is Being An Example As A Confident Parent - Confidence Master Class With Erika Cramer

Confidence-building is a lifelong exercise for all people, including parents. Listen to this Confidence Masterclass on episode 62 of the Fourth Trimester Podcast. Learn the confidence-building foundations. This audio masterclass is designed for women and mothers in particular. The course covers: The importance of demonstrating confidence to our children Loving and respecting yourself What self care means How to unearth your true identity


Episode 61: Our Family Coalition - Jeannette Page & Dy Nguyen - LGBT Parenting

LGBTQ Parenting and the community organization that supports it in the Bay Area are our topic in this episode. Our Family Coalition is a non profit that is also involved in policy work and advocacy throughout the state of California. Our guests Dy Nguyen and Jeanette Page bring their individual and collective experience to the show to talk about family-making outside the heterosexual box. We discuss: Differences in the process of becoming a family with kids Getting pregnant— finding a...


Episode 60: Birth Education - The Bare With Me Duo - Mother Daughter Doulas Stephanie Dixon & Deundra Hundon

Sometimes simply knowing your options is what makes all the difference. Education is key for pregnant mothers as they prepare for their birth and early motherhood. Birth Education is important for women because the "childbearing year" of pregnancy, labor, birth and the fourth trimester, is the moment where fundamental respect, care and nurturing can be experienced and where culture-change can begin in each life with the benefits paying forward to individuals and society. In this episode we...


Episode 59: Healing Birth Trauma - Gena McCarthy, Perinatal Psychotherapist

Every woman deserves the opportunity to fully heal and recover from birth trauma. It is never too late to address a past trauma. Listen to this episode of Fourth Trimester Podcast to hear: How to recognize that you've experienced trauma or PTSD How to begin addressing a potential trauma - the first steps to take for healing


Episode 58: Good Enough Mothers - Amelia Kriss

Good Enough Mothering is actually The Best Mothering


Episode 57: How A Postpartum Doula Can Help Build Your Community - Manuela Bakilana & Shakila Marando From Doulas By The Bay

Listen to this episode to learn about the advantages of building up a community of friends, family, trusted neighbors, and professional supporters (e.g. a postpartum doula, a night doula) to help during the first 90 days after having a baby.


Episode 56: Chicken Soup for the Soul - Life Lessons for Busy Moms - Author Lynn Benson

On Episode 56 of the Fourth Trimester Podcast we speak with Lynn Benson, co-author of "Chicken Soup for the Soul Life Lessons for Busy Moms." Listen to hear more about: Signs you’re suffering from burnout as a result of caregiving The physical, emotional stress and financial toll of caregiving Tools and resources available to help family members with the challenges of caregiving


Episode 55: One In Three Women Experience Urinary Incontinence After Having A Baby - Here's How It Doesn't Have To Be You

As it turns out one in three women experience urinary incontinence after having a baby. The good news is that urinary control is something that can be regained. In other words, if you wee yourself a little bit (like Kate Winslet), this isn't something you have to live with forever. Women can regain confidence that they aren't going to accidentally pee during exercise (think running, jumping jacks, CrossFit, etc.), when they sneeze, laugh out loud, or simply when they have to go to the...


Episode 54: Preparing For Life With A Newborn - Deb Flashenberg Director of the Prenatal Yoga Center, Prenatal & Postnatal

This is THE PREP LIST episode that can act as an essential checklist for any expecting parent. Here's what we cover: 1. Caring for the postnatal body 2. Preparing for life with a newborn - an introductory playbook -- seriously, it's good


Episode 52: The Twins & Multiples Episode -- Mom Of Twins Alli Merriman Tells You What You Need To Know If You're Expecting More Than One

We are excited to call this episode of the Fourth Trimester Podcast the TWINS episode. Here's what we cover: Having twin babies prematurely and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) experience Why it isn't just a simple formula of twice the work Identifying and getting help for postpartum anxiety Feeding two babies at the same time Taking shifts between parents, and additionally with the help of a doula or someone else and how that can benefit everyone Preparing for the specific...


Episode 51: Speech-Language Expert Ayelet Marinovich Shares How to Encourage Learning, Security & Confidence Through Communication and Play

It makes intuitive sense that communication and play during the first 0-12 months of a baby's life help set the tone for the child's relationship with the world around them. But how do we proactively and thoughtfully communicate with a baby in a way that encourages learning, emotional security and confidence? Here's what you'll learn on Episode 51 of the Fourth Trimester Podcast: + How to support early communication - from birth and beyond! + How to be musical with your baby (even if you...


Episode 50: Listen To This If You Are Considering Hiring A Doula - What To Expect With Monique The Doula

If you are even remotely considering hiring a doula to help you out after you've had a baby, we highly recommend listening to Monique Cowan (a.k.a. Monique The Doula) share her first-hand experiences in a typical day in her job. She talks through the practical offerings of helping families prepare for a birth and thrive after baby has arrived. Monique was inspired to become a postpartum doula after her own birth experience. She saw the potential to help women in her Southern California...


Episode 49: One Simple Move Parents Can Make To Save Money & Save Time & Make The World A Better Place - With Guest Ali El Idrissi

One of the major contributors to that feeling of overwhelm for expecting parents is the notion of having to hurry up and prepare for their little one's arrival. A major tickbox for that preparedness is BUYING TONS OF STUFF. That can be a fun part, and also a hugely EXPENSIVE and EXHAUSTING experience. So here's the simple thing you can do: buy a charming, high-quality clothing set that you can sell-back to a community of like-minded parents.


Episode 48: How To Ease The Transition Into Parenting - Momumental - Serena Saeed-Winn

Serena teaches a class to help parents ease the transition into parenting by sharing what to expect and how to prepare for the first few months of being new parents. The class covers everything from postpartum healing, infant CPR and first aid, newborn care and gear, infant feeding, relationship savers and more.


Episode 47: How To Help Your Little One Prepare For Sleeping In Their Own Room - By Dr Angelique Millette

Dr. Angelique Millette is a Family Sleep Consultant, Parent Educator, and creator of The Millette Method™. We welcomed her back on our show for a third time because she is simply that amazing. Here's what we discuss: How to prepare a baby for sleeping in their own room in a way that emphasizes safety and love for the child When to start thinking about making the transition from room-sharing to the baby being in their own room (around 12-24 months is pretty typical) What considerations to...


Episode 46: Vaginal Steaming AKA "Peristeam Hydrotherapy" Demystified By Keli Garza

Ever heard of Vaginal Steaming? Neither had we! Turns out, V-Steaming is a well-known and well-loved practice around the world. People love the practice for fertility, cycle cleanses, postpartum recovery & menopause. File it under "feels good and has potentially awesome benefits." We invited a V-Steam expert, Keli Garza, to join us on Fourth Trimester Podcast and share all the juicy - dare we say, steamy! - details. Enjoy the show! This is a fun one!


Episode 45: 'Pregnant With The Stars' Writer Renée Cramer On How Celebrity Image Plays Into The Psyche Of Modern Parents

Renée Ann Cramer is our guest on episode 45 of the Fourth Trimester Podcast. She wrote "Pregnant With The Stars: Watching And Wanting The Celebrity Baby Bump" as part of her research into the culture around pregnancy and celebrity. She shares personal stories about her experience as a mother, as well as her fascinating perspective on how celebrity image plays into the psyche of modern parents.


Episode 44: Conversation And Guided Meditation With Jane Austin

In this episode, Esther has a really fun and intimate chat with long-time pre- and post- natal yoga instructor Jane Austin about giving birth, what pregnant and new mommas need and the power of yoga. We have some laughs and Jane offers a lovely guided meditation!!


Episode 43: Learn All About Breastfeeding From Lori Isenstadt

More What to do when breastfeeding doesn’t go as imagined Typical breastfeeding issues that come up for new mothers What factors drive whether a woman can breastfeed or not Tips for breastfeeding success - what you can do in the hospital / right after giving birth The ins and outs of the initial physical pain of breastfeeding What breastfeeding accessories you actually need How you may be able to receive a free breast pumps through health insurance