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Pulling Curls Podcast: Pregnancy & Parenting Untangled


Join Hilary Erickson, RN BSN and mom to three as she tackles the subjects you NEED To know about. We will untangle the sticky parts of pregnancy, parenting, home life and even some travel. As an expert in all these areas -- Hilary knows NO ONE IS AN EXPERT, but people sure give it a good try and make the best choice for their family.


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Join Hilary Erickson, RN BSN and mom to three as she tackles the subjects you NEED To know about. We will untangle the sticky parts of pregnancy, parenting, home life and even some travel. As an expert in all these areas -- Hilary knows NO ONE IS AN EXPERT, but people sure give it a good try and make the best choice for their family.




Disneyland Untangled - Making the Most of Your Trip - 223

In this episode of The Pulling Curls Podcast, Hilary Erickson and guest Kim Fidler share their best Disneyland tips for a spring break trip. From utilizing Genie plus and Lightning Lane strategically to prioritizing children's preferences and making the most of dining options, this episode is packed with valuable insights for a magical Disneyland vacation. Plus, don't miss the exclusive discount code for Getaway Today to help you plan the perfect Disneyland trip. This episode is sponsored by my Disneyland Day Planner: https://birdsend.page/forms/844/5FY54uqZxv Today's guest is Kim Fidler from Get Away Today. She has been with the company for 20 years helping families make vacation memories, and has been to the Disneyland resort too many times to count. Be sure to mention that you found them through Pulling Curls and use code CURLS10 to save $10 on your upcoming trip! Links for you: Genie+ Tips Timestamps: 00:00 Podcast sponsored by Disneyland day planner, featuring Kim. 03:25 Frequent park visits, early mornings maximize time. 07:32 Maximizing park time with Genie+ was crucial. 11:40 Easier ordering with specific planning and availability. 13:30 Set a phone alarm for Disney's 2-hour rule. 15:46 Book special experiences to break chaotic routine. 19:13 Prioritize popular rides to avoid closures. 23:22 Expect the unexpected and go with flow. 27:55 Enjoy the trip, stay relaxed, future topics previewed. Keypoints: Producer: Drew Erickson


Charting in Labor and Delivery: Behind the nurse's notes - 222

In this episode, Hilary untangles the complexity of charting as a nurse in labor and delivery. She sheds light on the legal requirements and the impact on patient care. Stay tuned for practical insights and pro tips on charting in the healthcare setting. Big thanks to our sponsor The Online Prenatal Class for Couples -- it gives you a good peek behind the nurse's station and what to expect from your labor nurse. Timestamps: 00:00 Online prenatal class for couples prepares parents. 04:50 Nurses need to ask about coping with pain 07:33 Anticipating potential problems, doctor gives options. 10:29 Lawyers blame doctors and nurses for problems. Keypoints: Producer: Drew Erickson Keywords: charting, nurse, labor and delivery, fetal heart rate monitoring, litigation, legal obligations, medical care, prenatal class, online prenatal class, labor and delivery providers, patient care, childbirth, hospital charting, computer charting, paper charting, malpractice insurance, malpractice lawsuit, medical litigation, informed consent, induction, preeclampsia, big baby, shoulder dystocia, assessment, pain management, medical assessments, maternal health, electronic medical reco


Let's Talk Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy - 221

In this episode of The Pulling Curls Podcast, Hilary Erickson dives into her personal experience with pelvic floor physical therapy. She shares her journey, the challenges she faced, and the unconventional methods that ultimately helped her. Stay tuned as she delves into the lessons learned and the importance of being patient with yourself. Big thanks to our sponsor Family Routines -- if you're looking for margins that allow you to fix things like incontinence or pelvic floor issues, you need to get your home life in order so come join me! Links for You: The Workout Witch: https://www.tiktok.com/@theworkoutwitch Timestamps: 00:00 Language barrier made medical visits unbearable. Improved with shots. 05:18 Patience with bladder, routine, calm actions key. 06:20 Mixing up bathroom cues for better control. 10:55 Join me on Instagram, share your experience. Keypoints: Producer: Drew Erickson Keywords: Pelvic floor physical therapy, TMI, tailbone pain, lightning crotch, deroid shots, plantar fasciitis, chiropractor, urinary incontinence, urge incontinence, core strength, language barrier, anatomy, patient bladder, hydration, somatic exercises, hip pain, physical therapy, routine, pregnancy nurse, Instagram, charting, labor and delivery, Disneyland tips, patience, bladder health, anatomy, somatic exercises, water intake, pelvic floor workout, pain management.


Your Post-Baby Plan: Setting Yourself Up for Success in the Fourth Trimester - 220

Today on the Pulling Curls Podcast, Hilary talks about the importance of creating a postpartum plan. She discusses key considerations such as what to watch for, who can help you, and how they can assist you. Stay tuned for some helpful insights. Big thanks to our sponsor my new class Postpartum Made Easy: It's about You Too -- SO much good postpartum advice to help keep you safe! Timestamps: 00:00 Encouragement for postpartum plan and monitoring signs. 04:04 Leverage support for better postpartum sleep and nutrition. 06:26 Postpartum care, pelvic therapy, and labor insights. Keypoints: Producer: Drew Erickson


Untangling Under-Sink Chaos - 219

In this episode of The Pulling Curls Podcast, Hilary Erickson shares five essential tips for organizing under your sink. From utilizing the space effectively to decluttering and leaving room for essential items, these tips will help simplify your daily routine. Tune in for practical advice on maximizing bathroom storage space and making your morning routine a breeze. Big thanks to our sponsor my 5 Word Organization Challenge << Come join me to get some EASY organizing tips to get started >> https://www.pullingcurls.com/five-words-organized/ Links for you: Episode #204 on my favorite places to shop for organization supplies >> https://www.pullingcurls.com/podcast-204-org-supplies/ Episode #59 on decluttering your bathroom >> https://www.pullingcurls.com/podcast-059-declutter-beauty/ Timestamps: 00:00 Maximize space in bathroom cabinet with drawers. 03:50 Keeping unnecessary items, reaching for essentials. 07:03 Find narrow storage items for bathroom space. Keypoints: Producer: Drew Erickson organizing, under sink, cabinet, drawers, shelves, decluttering, beauty items, bathroom organization, storage solutions, organizing tips, home organization, bathroom storage, bathroom cabinet, bathroom organization, bathroom sink, organization challenge, organizing ideas, organizing under sink, storage items, bathroom storage, bathroom organization, bathroom organizing tips, bathroom organization ideas, bathroom organization solutions, organizing bathroom drawers, organizing bathroom shelves, bathroom storage solutions, bathroom organization tips, postpartum plan, pregnancy nurse


Improving Your Family's Sleep: Tips and Tricks from the Sleep Research Expert @ThatSleepDoc - 218

In this episode of The Pulling Curls Podcast, host Hilary Erickson and guest Sujay, aka @thatsleepdoc, untangle the topic of sleep. They discuss sleep training, the effects of sleep deprivation, and tips for improving sleep hygiene. Sujay also shares advice on adjusting circadian rhythms and addressing common sleep issues such as restless leg syndrome and insomnia. Tune in for expert insights on improving sleep for both parents and children. Big thanks to our sponsor Family Routines -- a lot of good sleep is a good routine, so check it out! Today's guest is Sujay Kansagra Dr. Kansagra is a professor at Duke University Medical Center and double boarded in child neurology and sleep medicine. He is the author of “My Child Won’t Sleep”, a quick guide for sleep-deprived parents. Dr. Kansagra specializes in treating a variety of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and parasomnias. He is currently doing research on novel technology that helps with insomnia in infants. He can be found on multiple social media platforms with the handle @ThatSleepDoc where nearly 200,000 people follow along for sleep advice. Timestamps: 00:00 "Pregnancy, parenting tips, and sleep advice podcast." 05:22 Sleep training helps babies learn to self-soothe. 08:16 Relaxation and technology before bedtime affect sleep. 12:01 Tips for teens: Eat, align with circadian rhythm. 14:17 Enjoy episode, prioritize sleep for you and baby. Keypoints: Producer: Drew Erickson Keywords: sleep, baby's sleep, postpartum depression, sleep training, cry it out, extinction method, graduated extinction, camping out, scheduled awakenings, infant sleep, child neurology, sleep medicine, sleep research, sleep hygiene, nighttime routine, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, light exposure, melatonin, circadian rhythm, restless leg syndrome, insomnia, teenagers, jet lag, meditation, nighttime awakenings, organizing, postpartum plan, social media.


The Power of Prenatal Classes: A Deep Dive into the Studies - 217

Welcome back to The Pulling Curls Podcast! In today’s episode, we’re diving into the benefits of attending a prenatal class. We’ll explore the studies that show how these classes can improve birth outcomes and reduce the risk of C-sections and other interventions. Plus, we’ll discuss why it’s important to choose the right class and instructor. So let’s untangle the importance of prenatal classes in pregnancy and parenting. Sponsored by the online prenatal class for couples. Big thanks to our sponsor The Online Prenatal Class for Couples — if you want these great benefits it’s your best option! Links for you: Do birth classes improve birth outcomes? (has links to all the studies mentioned inside this episode). Stress at delivery episode. Timestamps: 00:01:20 Taking prenatal classes linked to less C-sections. 00:05:05 Delaying hospital visits with natural pain management. 00:07:05 Two options for budget and learning needs. Join our classes for valuable information on nutrition, breastfeeding, babies, and baby sleep. Don’t miss upcoming episodes with a doctor sharing tips for better sleep. Next, we’ll discuss organizing bathroom cupboards. Join us soon! Keypoints: Producer: Drew Erickson


Finding Success by Letting Go: New Year's Resolutions for Parents - 216

Welcome back to the Pulling Curls podcast. On today's episode, Hilary shares her experience with New Year's resolutions and how she's learning to let go of things that are out of her control. She discusses the importance of setting boundaries and rationing our attention to focus on what really matters. Stay tuned for some valuable insights on navigating the challenges of 2024. Big thanks to our sponsor Family Routines -- if you're looking to make your home life easier check it out! Links for you: Timestamps: 00:00 Detach from outcome, focus on what matters. 04:04 Setting boundaries for attention and work goals. 07:11 Struggling, learning, and letting go in 2020. Keypoints: Producer: Drew Erickson


The Postpartum Mindset: Navigating New Parenthood with Dr. Fran - 215

Welcome to The Pulling Curls Podcast, where we untangle the complexities of pregnancy and parenting. In today’s episode, titled “Postpartum Mindset with Dr. Fran,” we dive into the unique experiences and challenges faced during the postpartum period. Our guest, Dr. Fran, who recently had a baby, shares insights into her own journey and offers valuable tips for maintaining a positive mindset during this transformative time. Join us as we navigate the joys and struggles of postpartum life, providing support and understanding for new parents everywhere. Big thanks to our sponsor my postpartum checklist: https://birdsend.page/forms/844/aDZzbjpRhJ Today’s guest is Dr. Franziska Haydanek, an ObGyn attending, former blogger, current TIktok obsessed, and mama of two young children. Find her on Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pagingdrfran Links for you: Dr Fran’s previous episode (also great — episode 148): https://www.pullingcurls.com/podcast-148-refuse-routine/ Timestamps: 00:02:57 Postpartum is happier than pregnancy for me. 00:04:22 He didn’t have time for sitting around, which was great for him, but not helpful for me in the postpartum state. Children went to daycare to maintain routine. 00:09:23 Physical and mental states after childbirth. 00:13:03 Stay flexible, avoid disappointment and anxiety. 00:15:19 Bay Area normalized us; expect and move on, cry but still manage. 00:19:01 TikTok reveals surprising postpartum sleep struggles. 00:22:43 Doctor Fran thanks for joining, sponsored by Postpartum Checklist. Get free postpartum organization checklist. Last episode of mindset month. Keypoints: Producer: Drew Erickson


The Organizing Mindset: Transforming Chaos into Calm - 214

In this episode of The Pulling Curls Podcast, Hilary Erickson explores the organizing mindset. She shares tips on how to approach organizing tasks without feeling overwhelmed, the importance of giving yourself plenty of time, and the need to embrace the initial challenges of organizing. Hilary also emphasizes the flexibility to make adjustments and try different systems until you find what works best for you. Stay tuned for next week’s episode on the postpartum mindset. Happy organizing! Big thanks to our sponsor my Cleaning Schedule. You can also find it here: https://birdsend.page/forms/844/2bhBiPr5v7 Links for you: Where to find organizing supplies episode Timestamps: 00:02:38 Organizing can feel overwhelming, but it’s normal. 00:03:27 Try different methods and start small. Keypoints: Producer: Drew Erickson


Labor Mindset: How to Prepare for the Roller Coaster Ride of Childbirth with Mama Nurse Tina - 213

Welcome back to another episode of The Pulling Curls Podcast: Pregnancy & Parenting Untangled. In today’s episode, we have a special guest, Mama Nurse Tina, joining our host, Hilary Erickson, to discuss the importance of having the right mindset during labor. Hilary shares her personal experiences and recommends taking a birth class to gain knowledge and confidence. They discuss the need to lower expectations, create a comfortable labor environment, and surround yourself with supportive people. They also emphasize the importance of being prepared with a birth plan and practicing for different scenarios. Tune in to learn more about labor mindset and how it can positively impact your birth experience. Plus, stay tuned for upcoming episodes on organizing mindset and postpartum. As always, thank you for listening, and don’t forget to review, share, and subscribe to help us grow. Now let’s dive into the episode! Big thanks to our sponsor The Online Prenatal Class for Couples — if you’re looking to get your mindset in the right space — come join us! Today’s guest is Tina B. She’s been a labor and delivery nurse for more than 11 years now and has been working hard lately on bringing people all over the world evidenced based information to help them navigate pregnancy, childbirth and their postpartum journey through her three social media platforms. Find her: https://www.tiktok.com/@mama_nurse_tinahttps://youtube.com/@mamanursetina Links for you: Timestamps: 00:00:00 Podcast discusses labor mindset with guest nurse. 00:06:09 Disneyland trip: 50% good, 50% awful. Birth trauma and disappointments stem from high expectations. 00:08:31 Creating a personalized environment for hospital birth. 00:12:18 Transitioned to more inviting rooms since 1990. 00:14:57 Supportive people are crucial during labor. 00:18:06 Having supportive people in the room matters. 00:20:30 Inductions can be long, requires preparation. 00:23:18 Be flexible and prepare for different scenarios. Keypoints: Producer: Drew Erickson


Parenting Mindset: Balancing High Hopes and Realistic Expectations - 212

Welcome to the Pulling Curls podcast! In episode 212, Hilary discusses the parenting mindset. She shares three key points: lowering your expectations, reveling in positive experiences, and keeping yourself separate from your kids. Hilary also mentions a free parenting guide available on the Pulling Curls website. Stay tuned for more episodes on different mindsets related to pregnancy and parenting. Don’t forget to review, share, and subscribe to help the podcast grow. Big thanks to our sponsor Practical Parenting: https://www.pullingcurls.com/practical-parenting-2/ Timestamps: 00:02:58 Library visits evoke the ideal parenting experience. 00:04:47 Pottery can wait, find yourself first. 00:06:48 Parenting mindset suggestions wanted. Share on Instagram. Keypoints: Producer: Drew Erickson


Pregnancy Mindset: Expect the Unexpected and Embrace the Journey - 211

In this episode of The Pulling Curls Podcast, host Hilary Erickson dives into the topic of pregnancy mindset. She shares three tips for adopting a positive mindset during pregnancy, including expecting it to be hard, acknowledging that pregnancy is a long journey, and keeping expectations low for oneself and others. Hilary also highlights the importance of cherishing the joyful moments of pregnancy, as well as previews upcoming episodes on parenting and labor mindsets. Stay tuned for more helpful tips and insights on future episodes of the podcast. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share to support the show's growth. This episode is sponsored by my pregnancy email series: Timestamps: 00:02:56 Expect delivery two weeks after due date. Have low expectations for yourself. 00:04:40 Keep expectations low for pregnancy and parenting. Keypoints: Producer: Drew Erickson


Is a Health Share Right for You? Discover If You're a Good Fit. - 210

In this episode of The Pulling Curls Podcast, host Hilary Erickson discusses who health shares are good for. She shares her personal experience with health shares and gives advice on who should not consider a health share as an insurance option. Hilary also explains the limitations and coverage exclusions of health shares, such as preexisting conditions and small expenses. If you're interested in learning more about health shares, make sure to check out the full episode. Big thanks to our sponsor my healthshare tips (find on my site) Links for you: My Liberty Healthshare ReviewWhy Left Liberty HealthshareHow Does a Healthshare Work? with Heather Eden from Zion Healthshare — Episode 126Making the Choice to use a Christian Healthshare — Episode 065Using a Direct Primary Care Membership with Dr Bradley Shumway – Episode 086 Timestamps: 00:01:40 Stipends, health plan, deductibles, health shares. 00:04:18 Progressive coverage for preexisting conditions in health insurance. 00:07:10 Don't switch to health share if pregnant. Keypoints: Producer: Drew Erickson


Pregnancy Prevention: 5 Things Moms Should Avoid During Pregnancy with Dr Samantha Radford from Evidence-based Mommy - 209

In this episode of The Pulling Curls Podcast: Pregnancy & Parenting Untangled, host Hilary Erickson interviews Samantha Radford about 5 things to avoid during pregnancy. They discuss the importance of using low VOC paint or having someone else do the painting in the nursery. They also talk about the risks associated with lead paint in older homes and provide tips on how to safely deal with it. This episode offers practical advice for pregnant women to minimize chemical exposures during pregnancy. Big thanks to our sponsor my Safe Eating during pregnancy guide. Today’s guest is Samantha Radford: Samantha Radford has a PhD in Chemistry from Emory University (Atlanta, GA). She is an exposure scientist who focuses on maternal-child health. Samantha has years of research into learning about how chemical exposures affect both unborn babies and children, as well as how toxicants and medications are passed through breastmilk. Samantha also studies the effect of exposure to hormones induced by personal experiences, for example, cortisol in babies who are stressed or oxytocin in mothers bonding to their infants. Through the years, Samantha has expanded her academic and personal studies to how exposures to different parenting styles affect the mental and physical health of children as they grow to adulthood. Most importantly, Samantha is a busy mother of four kids 7 and under. She loves to empower other moms through combining science and wellness. Samantha has been trying to bring back the banana clip since 1998. Grab her Registry guide here: https://deft-writer-5597.ck.page/e2540098de Timestamps: 00:00:00 Avoid 5 things during pregnancy; introducing Samantha. 00:06:08 Beware of lead paint; hire a professional. 00:10:11 Baby safety: watch for lead and mercury. 00:12:25 Bioaccumulation: mercury in fish from contaminated plankton. 00:16:41 Deli meat risk: commercialized vs. fresh cut. 00:20:27 Choose organic foods to avoid pesticides while pregnant. 00:22:31 Avoid sanding lead paint; eat smaller fish and organic produce. 00:24:50 Enjoyed episode on avoiding pregnancy risks. Review/share/subscribe. Keypoints: Producer: Drew Erickson


The Birds and the Bees: Navigating the tricky conversations of parenthood - 208

In this episode of The Pulling Curls Podcast: Pregnancy & Parenting Untangled, host Hilary Erickson is joined by sexual health educator Amy Lang to discuss the birds and the bees conversation with kids. They cover topics such as the importance of comprehensive sex education, using accurate terminology for body parts, starting early with sex education, and how to create open communication within the family. This episode is sponsored by Family Routines, which helps create routines for less stress and easier conversations. So let's dive in and untangle the mysteries of discussing sex with children. Big thanks to our sponsor Family Routines -- if you're looking to get into a routine (even working in this type of tricky conversation) -- it is the course for you! Today's guest is Amy Lang: Amy Lang, MA has been a sexual health educator for over 25 years. With her lively, engaging and down-to-earth style she helps parents become comfortable and confident talking with their kids. Amy’s books, online solutions center and podcast, show parents they really can become their kids' go-to birds and bees source. Amy is still married to her first husband and they are getting the hang of parenting their recently launched man-child. She lives in Seattle WA and you can learn more about her work at BirdsAndBeesAndKids.com and BBKPros.com. The Birds & Bees Solutions Center https://birdsandbeescourse.com - Everything you need to do a way better job at this than your parents did! Links for you: How the boner grows on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5XSwr47Xb8 Timestamps: 00:02:47 Start sex education at age five. 00:06:29 Safe Touch vs Unsafe Touch, use books for education 00:12:13 Importance of comprehensive sex education in schools. 00:14:20 Understanding consent and communication for better relationships. 00:17:36 Language correction: Virgin --> first time sex 00:23:46 Prepare for the conversation; get books, read them. 00:26:05 Be open, protect your child, trust matters. 00:29:33 Be open, trust your intuition, don't follow others. 00:31:11 Boys must take responsibility for pregnancy too. Keypoints: Producer: Drew Erickson


Laboring at Home: 5 Simple Activities to Embrace During Early Labor - 207

gs to do while in labor at home. Whether you're preparing for a home birth or simply want to make early labor more comfortable, these tips will help you navigate the experience with ease. From getting some much-needed rest to engaging in fun distractions, Hillary has you covered. So grab a snack, sit back, and let's dive into this episode of The Pulling Curls Podcast! Big thanks to our sponsor -- my Going Into Labor Made Easy Guide! If you're interested in how your body makes the choice to begin labor, that's the guide for you! Links for you: Timestamps: 00:00:40 Episode sponsored by how to go into labor guide, tips on going into labor at home, 5 things to do in early labor: sleep, cook, get distracted, dance. 00:05:42 Fun activities during early labor: add music, stretch, clean, eat and drink water. 00:09:49 Please review, share, subscribe to Pulling Curls podcast. Keypoints: Producer: Drew Erickson


Navigating Induction: Empowering Choice and Educating Yourself with Dr Elizabeth - 206

In this episode of The Pulling Curls Podcast: Pregnancy & Parenting Untangled, host Hilary Erickson is joined by guest Dr. Elizabeth Schmeid, an OBGYN, to discuss the topic of making the choice to be induced. They emphasize that doctors cannot force someone to be induced against their will and that patients always have the option to decide what to do in their situation. The episode delves into the risks associated with not inducing versus inducing and the importance of informed consent. Listeners are encouraged to ask questions, seek information, and make decisions that align with their body and preferences. Tune in to learn more about navigating the third trimester and making decisions about labor and delivery. Big thanks to our sponsor my Free Beginning Prenatal Class Today's guest is Dr. Elizabeth Schmeid Elizabeth is an obgyn serving the Scottsdale and surrounding area with her partners at Paradise Valley OBGYN. In addition to a passion for women’s health she is a mom of 2 awesome kids. She enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time outdoors in her spare time. Links for you: Timestamps: 00:00:00 "Inducing labor: discussion with OBGYN Elizabeth Schmidt" 00:03:38 Car consent, scary things in pregnancy, doctor's advice. 00:06:52 Lower expectations, have a flexible plan. Asking for informed consent from doctors. 00:12:00 "Talk with your provider about induction." Keypoints: Producer: Drew Erickson


Simplify Your Space: Top Stores for Organizing Supplies - 205

organizing supplies. Hilary discusses five favorite stores. She highlights the affordability of Ross and Walmart, the variety at HomeGoods, the sturdy options at IKEA, and the convenience of Amazon. Big thanks to our sponsor The 5 Word Organization Challenge Keypoints: Producer: Drew Erickson


The Best Providers for Your Baby's Arrival: A Deep Dive with CNM Julie Pyle -- Episode 204

ered that this was her true passion (as she had suspected since having her own children) and quickly gained a reputation for professionalism, compassion and expertise among colleagues and patients. She then returned to Frontier Nursing University to complete a Master's degree in Nursing with an emphasis in midwifery. In 2020, she graduated and began as a certified nurse-midwife at a small community hospital in central Pennsylvania where she has been since that time. Her focus as a CNM is to provide evidence-based education to all birthing families, give true autonomy and informed consent throughout their time with her and to share love, understanding, empathy and true shared-decision making. When not immersed in the birthing world, she enjoys spending time refinishing furniture, gardening, raising and breeding different types of chickens, hiking and vacationing with her family. Links for you: My post on the benefits of using a midwife. Timestamps: [00:00:00] Podcast discusses different providers for pregnancy and delivery. [00:05:28] Licensed midwives provide medical care; some work in birth centers. CPMs are licensed and have credentials. CNMs are similar to CPMs. [00:08:22] Midwives mostly work in hospitals, not homes. [00:12:39] Consider midwife for pregnancy provider; clear misconceptions. Key Points: Producer: Drew Erickson