All Birthful Episodes

Pregnant people get bombarded with all sorts of advice: a lot of it unsolicited, outdated, or just plain wrong. In Birthful, working doula and former journalist Adriana Lozada talks pregnancy, birth, and postpartum with top experts and new parents.

Every episode distills the overload of pregnancy information down to the most relevant and useful stuff.

[Postpartum Stories] When Anxiety And Panic Come Out Of Nowhere

[Postpartum Stories] When Anxiety And Panic Come Out Of Nowhere

Having had two flawless postpartum periods under her belt, Kayla (Sanmiguel) Jay didn’t know how to cope when postpartum anxiety and severe panic disorder came out of nowhere after her third birth. Listen to what she learned from her experiences, and how she’s...

Working With HR To Maximize Your Employee Benefits For Postpartum

Working With HR To Maximize Your Employee Benefits For Postpartum

Understanding your parental leave benefits – with all its overwhelming fine print – can be a daunting task! To make the process easier, human resource professional extraordinaire Katy Dahl shares with Adriana how to approach the process so that you can not only...

[Birth Stories] Fast Birth, Hard Postpartum

[Birth Stories] Fast Birth, Hard Postpartum

Ivy shares with Adriana the overwhelming challenges of her postpartum experience after being overjoyed by her fast and furious unmedicated hospital birth. She explains the lactation issues that lead her to exclusively pump and the difficulties in healing her pelvic...

What You Need To Plan Your Parental Leave

What You Need To Plan Your Parental Leave

Perinatal health consultant Arianna Taboada goes through the ins and outs of paid and unpaid parental leave in the United States. She shares with Adriana how to be realistic about your options for the best possible return to work for you and your family, while...

How Your Baby Helps During The Birthing Process

How Your Baby Helps During The Birthing Process

Babies use a set of coordinated movements and specific reflexes that allow them to participate in the birthing process. Adriana Lozada explains how this fascinating process works, and how it helps get them earthside. Powered by RedCircle Listen...

The Purpose Of Childbirth Pain

The Purpose Of Childbirth Pain

Rhea Dempsey is one of the foremost thinkers on the topic of working with pain in childbirth. She shares with Adriana the physiological purpose of pain during labor, why it gets such a bad rap, and suggests the pain relief paradigm is a medical construct that...

Getting Comfortable With The Intimate Nature Of Birth

Getting Comfortable With The Intimate Nature Of Birth

Pregnancy is a great time to realize what the heck motivates your choices as you venture into the great transformation of birth and becoming a parent. Nekole Malia Shapiro shares with Adriana how using the embodied approach of connecting with yourself and your body...

[Birth Story] So Was It A Waterbirth?

[Birth Story] So Was It A Waterbirth?

Hailey McHone’s first birth was what her OB called "a textbook hospital delivery," which came with an epidural-Pitocin combo, and, frankly, little consent. She talks with Adriana about getting more intentional with her wishes and choices for her second birth and...

Transformation Through The Holistic Stages Of Birth (Part Two)

Transformation Through The Holistic Stages Of Birth (Part Two)

We try to make birth practical by measuring, overseeing, and monitoring it… when really, it’s an experience that flows seamlessly from one stage to another, taking the birthing person deep into their physiology and intuitive altered states. Whapio Diane Bartlett...

Transformation Through The Holistic Stages Of Birth (Part One)

Transformation Through The Holistic Stages Of Birth (Part One)

We try to make birth practical by measuring, overseeing, and monitoring it… when really, it’s an experience that flows seamlessly from one stage to another, taking the birthing person deep into their physiology and intuitive altered states. Whapio Diane Bartlett...

[Best of Birthful] How A Baby’s Position Impacts Labor

[Best of Birthful] How A Baby’s Position Impacts Labor

Welcome to the Best of Birthful. Creator and host Adriana Lozada curated and edited each selection in this playlist of the show’s most popular episodes. It’s a tailored introduction to the expansive catalog she amassed over the first five years of Birthful’s 300+...

Have A Happier Pelvic Floor (And A Happier You!) During Pregnancy

Have A Happier Pelvic Floor (And A Happier You!) During Pregnancy

It’s estimated that 1 in 5 pregnant people will experience urinary incontinence during their first year postpartum! Exercise physiologist and perinatal educator Lindsay McCoy talks with Adriana about how noticing your habitual body movements and establishing easy,...

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