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Pregnant people get bombarded with all sorts of advice: a lot of it unsolicited, outdated, or just plain wrong.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.

Eight Questions to Ask Your Care Provider

Eight Questions to Ask Your Care Provider

Adriana Lozada shares what you should know about your provider’s protocols and practices, in order to help you figure out how much shared decision-making and agency you will have in your birth experience. What was the most illuminating question you asked your care...

Decolonize Your Parenting, with Leslie Arreola-Hillenbrand

Decolonize Your Parenting, with Leslie Arreola-Hillenbrand

Parenting facilitator Leslie Arreola-Hillenbrand talks to Adriana Lozada about starting Latinx Parenting to help families decolonize oppressive parenting practices and jettison cultural discipline techniques their parents used—that many say they’d never use on their...

A Quick Guide to Triage

A Quick Guide to Triage

Adriana Lozada explains the process of triage, which happens before you’re admitted to the hospital to give birth. She covers it all, from the steps to confirm you’re in labor, to potential inconveniences and discomfort, to concrete ways to advocate for yourself and...

[Birth Stories] How He Prepared to Give Birth

[Birth Stories] How He Prepared to Give Birth

In honor of the upcoming Transgender Awareness Week (from 11/13 - 11/19) this week's episode is a wonderful birth story with Trystan Reese. Trystan Reese assembled a birth team that included his partner, dad, mother-in-law, and the head nurse at the hospital to ensure...

How to Prepare Siblings for Life with a Newborn

How to Prepare Siblings for Life with a Newborn

Adriana Lozada tackles a question parents ask her often: how to introduce your other children to their newborn sibling. There isn’t one right way to do it, so Adriana has suggestions to make the intros and transition easier—and joyful! How did you introduce your older...

Pro Tips for Photographing Your Unique Birth Experience

Pro Tips for Photographing Your Unique Birth Experience

Doula and birth photographer Karissa Raya balances supporting people in childbirth, and documenting the magic of a family’s history. She offers insights and tricks of the trade for documenting your birth experience with photos, including framing those special...

What’s HypnoBirthing Anyway?

What’s HypnoBirthing Anyway?

Hypnosis in childbirth, often known as HypnoBirthing, is one tool you can use to lessen pain perception and let your oxytocin flow. Adriana Lozada breaks down the origin of this tool, and how you can practice it ahead of giving birth. Are you planning on using...

Let’s Talk Openly about Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Let’s Talk Openly about Pregnancy and Infant Loss

October is Pregnancy, Infant, and Child loss awareness month. The topic has been in our social media feeds for the last week after Chrissy Teigen and John Legend shared their painful experience losing a pregnancy. They broke open a taboo topic that we at Birthful have...

Know What You’re Up Against When Giving Birth at a Hospital

Know What You’re Up Against When Giving Birth at a Hospital

Mimi Niles, a full-scope midwife and midwifery care researcher, talks to Adriana Lozada about the U.S. hospital system, how your goals as a birthing person are at odds with the system’s goals, and how to tap into your power as a consumer within the system. Dr. Mimi...

Pleasure-Filled Homebirth During COVID, with Maya Ehnat

Pleasure-Filled Homebirth During COVID, with Maya Ehnat

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #270 [Birth Stories] Maya’s second homebirth was in strong contrast with her first. Instead of almost three days, labor flowed so fast that her midwife nearly missed it. During her first, the pushing stage was also quite difficult, and so...

Dream Hospital Birth During COVID, with Jenny Murphy

Dream Hospital Birth During COVID, with Jenny Murphy

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #269 [Birth Stories] Jenny spent much of her pregnancy learning about every worst-case birth scenario, not knowing all the new possible things to worry about that a pandemic would provide. Then life...

The Transition into Fatherhood, with JaMone Alexander

The Transition into Fatherhood, with JaMone Alexander

Since they aren't growing a baby inside their bodies, it usually takes a bit longer for partners and dads-to-be to realize the magnitude of changes coming their way. What are some ways to prepare for becoming a dad, connecting with your kids, and showing up in a way...

Raising Anti-Racist Children, with Dr. Qadira Huff

Raising Anti-Racist Children, with Dr. Qadira Huff

Kids aren't born racist, so how do these biases get absorbed? What can you do to intentionally bring up anti-racist kids? Is it ever too early to start talking about race, and what are some ways to do so with your babies, toddlers, kindergarteners, and older children?...

Amplifying Melanated Podcast Voices

Amplifying Melanated Podcast Voices

Instead of posting a new episode, this week we are amplifying the voices of Black podcasters. We encourage you to take the time you would have used to listen to this week's Birthful episode to expand your listening options.   To listen here,...

Preeclampsia during COVID, with Melonie Fitch

Preeclampsia during COVID, with Melonie Fitch

Preeclampsia during COVID, with Melonie FitchFor her third birth, Melonie Fitch was planning a birth center birth, but when the quarantine began, she and her husband decided to have a home birth instead. All that changed when at 39 weeks and five days, her blood...

Infant Sleep, with Dr. James McKenna

Infant Sleep, with Dr. James McKenna

There are so many opinions and judgments around how and where infants should sleep, that it can be hard to figure out what would work best for your family. How did we get here? What are an infant’s biological sleep needs? What risk factors should you consider when...

Last Minute Switch to a Home Birth, with Kara Fransted

Last Minute Switch to a Home Birth, with Kara Fransted

Kara Fransted and her husband had never considered having a home birth, but as the pandemic hit and there was a real possibility of her husband having to miss the birth of their third child, they looked into it. Never mind that she was already 38 weeks pregnant. Check...

All About Midwives, with Melissa Cheyney

All About Midwives, with Melissa Cheyney

Today is all about midwives! What is midwifery care? What are the different types of midwives? Are they all certified? Where do they provide care? Are they only for when you are having a baby? Do they do the same things as OB’s? What are the advantages of OBs,...

Postpartum during COVID, with Elly Taylor

Postpartum during COVID, with Elly Taylor

Postpartum can be a difficult and very isolating time of life. That's why building your village of support ahead of time is so incredibly important. But what do you do when your village is also in isolation? How can you and your partner support yourselves and each...

VBAC during the Pandemic, with Mandy Morine

VBAC during the Pandemic, with Mandy Morine

After having a cesarean birth for a failed induction, Mandy Morine was determined to have a VBAC. She did all the things to prepare and set up an extensive team to support her. Then COVID hit, and Mandy found herself having to adjust to virtual doula support, a closed...

Virtual Doula Support, with Jakki Devereaux

Virtual Doula Support, with Jakki Devereaux

How do you prepare for virtual doula support? What about the technology? What can you practice ahead of time? Does this shift your partner's responsibilities? Do you keep your laptop open the whole time? How does it differ from regular doula support? Jakki Devereaux,...

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