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Women get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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Women get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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Women get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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

EP 120: The Power in Writing Your Story, with Jaime Fleres

10/18/2017
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There’s a unique healing power in writing your birth story, in not having an audience, in getting raw and going to the deep places, rather than just sharing the version suitable for light conversation. How do you get started, and is there a way to make the process a bit easier? What if your birth involved trauma? Jaime Fleres tells us more. Check it out! Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at:...

Duration: 00:57:51


EP119: Babywearing, with Joanna McNeilly

10/11/2017
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Babywearing is a sanity-saving practice that has been around for millennia, providing many benefits for both baby and caregiver. What are those benefits? What are the different carrier types? How do you know which is right for you? What do you need to know in terms of safety,, and can one carrier take you from the newborn to toddler stage? Joanna McNeilly tell us more. Check it out. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at:...

Duration: 01:11:09


EP 118: A Mindful and Minimalist Baby Registry, with Megan Whitaker

10/4/2017
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Creating a baby registry can be downright panic producing, but contrary to what the thousands of products out there would have you believe, you really don’t actually need that much. So how do you know what to get and when to get it? Megan Whitaker tells us more. 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/podcastregistry If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It really...

Duration: 01:09:26


EP117: The Induction Process, with Toni Golen

9/27/2017
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Usually, conversations around inductions focus on their reasons, risks, benefits, and when to schedule them. That doesn’t leave much time to discuss how they are done, and share expectations on how long they may take, or whether they’ll work at all. Toni Golen is here to walk us through the details. 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/podcastinductionprocess If you enjoy what you hear, make...

Duration: 01:06:28


EP 116: Navigating Human Resources to Plan Your Maternity Leave, with Katy Dahl

9/20/2017
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Today we are talking about navigating HR to plan your maternity (or paternity) leave. This can be an insanely overwhelming process, with so much fine print. So where do you start, and what should you be looking out for in order to avoid unfortunate surprises during postpartum? Katy Dahl is tell us more. 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/podcastmaternityleave If you enjoy what you hear,...

Duration: 00:51:49


EP115: Birth Trauma Myths, with Bianca Sprague and Natasha Marchand

9/13/2017
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Today we are taking on the most common myths and concerns around birth traumas, and exploring ways to avoid them. The statistics for those who consider their birth to have been traumatic can range between 25 and whopping 49%. So, what can you do to improve the chances of having a lovely birth, and not be a part of that statistic? Bianca Sprague and Natasha Marchand tell us more. Check it out. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes”...

Duration: 01:05:26


EP 114: Rethinking the Pushing Stage, with Whapio

9/6/2017
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It’s extremely common for pushing stages to be managed, with laboring people reclining on their backs and being told to grab behind their knees and pull them open towards their ears, while tucking their chins, and holding their breath for a count of 10. Is this really the best way? Does it support physiology? And what effect does it have on the baby, and on the perineum that’s receiving the brunt of that exertion? The fabulous Whapio is here to tell us more. Check it out. Get the most of...

Duration: 01:24:59


BS30: No Epidural and No Whining, with Celeste & Claudiu Bancos

8/30/2017
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We’ve reached the last story for this year’s “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today’s story has a special twist, as we get to hear both parent’s version of it. Aside from healthy mom and healthy baby, Celeste Bancos’ other birth goals were of to avoid getting an epidural, and to not whine.. She, and her husband Claudiu are here to share how she achieved that. Check it out! Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at:...

Duration: 00:43:18


BS29: Five Births: All Different, with Bronwyn Fackrell

8/23/2017
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We continue still with our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! It’s a jam-packed episode today with five, very different birth stories! From traumatic, to physiological, to emergency cesarean with placental abruption, to VBAC, to homebirth, and a bit of lyme disease thrown in there to keep you on your toes, Bronwyn Fackrell shares it all. 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/birthstory29 If...

Duration: 01:03:03


BS28: Surprise Home VBAC, with Erin Davis

8/16/2017
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What do you do when you send your husband out to car-nap your older daughter as you finish getting ready to go to the hospital, and labor goes from 0 to 60, while you’re still at home? Do you panic? Do you call 911? Do you call your doula? Do you breathe and center yourself so you are present for your baby? Erin Davis is here to tell us more. Check it out! Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at:...

Duration: 01:13:08


BS27: I Can’t Do It = I’m Really Close, with Shani Stidham

8/9/2017
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We continue still with our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today’s story comes from Shani Stidham, who did a whole lot of soul searching and preparation in early pregnancy, and set things up so she’d have the environment and support she needed to explore birth on her own terms, and have a glorious postpartum to boot! 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/birthstory27 If you enjoy what you...

Duration: 00:52:22


BS26: The Induction Mind Game, with Candice Hodges

8/2/2017
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We continue with our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today’s story comes from Candice Hodges, who for weeks had to navigate scare tactics, conflicting advice from care providers, and modified bedrest, not to mention the logistics of a long induction, in order to embrace the chaos and have a birth that resembled what she intended. Check it out!

Duration: 01:02:48


BS25: From Cesarean to VBAC, to home waterbirth, with Chantal Shelstad

7/26/2017
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We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Last summer, while relating her birth stories, Chantal Shelstad surprised us all by sharing she was pregnant again. So she’s back to tell the tale of how she went from a Cesarean, to a VBAC, and to a home waterbirth, because as she says, “she likes to challenge herself”. 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/birthstory25 If you enjoy...

Duration: 00:49:29


BS24: You CAN do Hard Things, with Elizabeth Nigro

7/19/2017
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We continue with our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today’s story comes from Elizabeth Nigro, who first broke up with her OB, then was in denial that labor was even happening, but once she let go of perfect, she ended up with an amazingly beautiful birth where she felt safe, supported and like a super woman. 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/birthstory24 If you enjoy what you...

Duration: 00:54:42


BS23: No Need to Push, with Naomi Wilcox-Lee

7/12/2017
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We continue with our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today’s story comes from Naomi Wilcox-Lee, who shares how she prepared to bring joy and bliss to her birth, along with all the little ways her family and husband helped her do that, and how she ended up birthing like a rock-star without having to actually push. 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/birthstory23 If you enjoy what you...

Duration: 00:54:02


BS21: Birth: Not as Bad as Hiking Machu Picchu, with Shelley Wylie

7/5/2017
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Birth Story - Today’s story comes from Shelley Wylie, who shares how the shower beats the tub, how birth is not as horrendous as the Machu Picchu trail, and how you can absolutely have a lovely birth, even if you have to come undone and regather yourself in the process. 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/birthstory22 If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave your rating or review. It...

Duration: 01:07:55


BS21: A Breech Homebirth, with Jessica Winquist

6/28/2017
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We continue with our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today’s story comes from Jessica Winquist, who was determined to have a vaginal birth, even though her daughter was breech. As it turns out, pregnancy ended up being the most stressful part of her experience. Go check out her breech homebirth story. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/birthstory21 If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to leave...

Duration: 01:13:48


BS20: A glorious VBAC, with Kally McConnell

6/21/2017
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Happy Summer, northern hemisphere! With this episode we kick off our 2017 “Birth Stories for the Summer” series! For the next 11 weeks, I’m switching the spotlight from the birth pros to the mighty mamas, who share what real-life birth looks like. Today, Kally McConnell shares her glorious VBAC story, all the things she did differently to prepare compared with her first birth, and how there was no time for the tub. Check it out! Get the most of this episode by checking out the...

Duration: 00:47:18


EP113: VBAC facts, with Jen Kamel

6/14/2017
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There’s a lot of misinformation when it comes to having a vaginal birth after a cesarean, with many people being told they are not allowed to VBAC. Often the risks of having a VBAC are exaggerated, while the risks of repeat cesareans are downplayed or not even brought up. That’s an unbalanced conversation that does not allow you to make a true informed choice. What are the facts? Jen Kamel has answers. Check it out. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links...

Duration: 00:59:02


EP 112: Effects of sleep deprivation, with Dr. Kim Fenn

6/7/2017
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If you have a baby in your life, it’s a given that you’re not getting enough sleep, but how does that deprivation affect your mind, body and mood? How does it relate to weight gain? Can your body adapt to the lack of sleep? Do micro-naps help or hinder? What about regular naps? Dr. Kimberly Fenn 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/podcastlackofsleep If you enjoy what you hear,...

Duration: 01:06:09

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