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Pregnant people get bombarded with all sorts of advice: a lot of it unsolicited, outdated, or just plain wrong.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

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. How do you feel you and your baby work(ed) as a team during pregnancy...

How to Stand Up for Your Birth Rights

How to Stand Up for Your Birth Rights

One in six women experience mistreatment during childbirth. Birth justice attorney Indra Lusero talks to Adriana Lozada about how to defend your and other pregnant people’s birth rights. Have you felt heard during your pregnancy and birth experiences? Let us know...

How to Supplement Breastfeeding Your Baby

How to Supplement Breastfeeding Your Baby

Adriana Lozada offers practical advice on how to make a mindful feeding plan that protects your milk supply and supports your long-term breastfeeding plans. How many different ways did you feed your baby? Breast- and chestfeeding, cups, spoons, syringes, fingers,...

Why Employers Need to Value Your Parenting Skills

Why Employers Need to Value Your Parenting Skills

Caregiving gives parents unmatched skills, and TendLab CEO Amy Henderson tells Adriana Lozada why it’s crucial to support them in bringing all that valuable knowledge and experience to the workplace. How much parental leave are you able to take? Share about your ideal...

How to Have a Great Hospital Birth

How to Have a Great Hospital Birth

Adriana Lozada goes through best practices to ensure you have a positive birth experience at a hospital. And why it’s important to be prepared. What steps have you taken to prepare for your hospital birth? Tell us how you made the experience your own on Instagram...

[Birth Stories] Why a Birth Team Was Key in Overcoming Her Fears

[Birth Stories] Why a Birth Team Was Key in Overcoming Her Fears

Kristina Colangelo visualized a flowing birth, but the reality caught her by surprise. Fortunately, her dad, mom, doula, and midwife supported her through a long labor due to a posterior baby, prolonged hyperemesis gravidarum, and the fear of tearing. She tells...

How to Know If Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk

How to Know If Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk

Adriana Lozada goes through simple ways to measure how much you’re producing, and shares useful facts that lead to successful breastfeeding. Were you concerned about your baby's intake? Share what helped you go with the flow with our community on Instagram...

What Actually Happens After Giving Birth, Physically and Emotionally

What Actually Happens After Giving Birth, Physically and Emotionally

OB-GYN Dr. Meedlen Charles walks us through the common changes you can expect– physically and mentally– during the postpartum period. She and Adriana Lozada break down which symptoms are red flags to discuss with your care provider. How have you cared for yourself in...

Why Your Due Date Is Also an Intervention

Why Your Due Date Is Also an Intervention

Your baby will arrive at the right time, regardless of your due date. Adriana Lozada explains how due dates are influenced by factors out of your control, and why you shouldn’t worry too much about them.   How do you take care of yourself during late pregnancy? Share...

How You Can Balance the Mental Load

How You Can Balance the Mental Load

Parents, particularly mothers, and especially during the pandemic, are under extreme psychological pressure. Adriana Lozada gives you a host of helpful tips to protect your mental health and ensure more fair work balance among parenting partners. What are some ways in...

How to Avoid a “Cascade of Interventions”

How to Avoid a “Cascade of Interventions”

OB/GYN Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins breaks down the leading causes of what’s usually called a cascade of labor interventions—like an induction leading to a cesarean. She and Adriana Lozada offer insight into the risks and benefits of interventions, and help inform your...

Know Your Options for Where to Give Birth

Know Your Options for Where to Give Birth

Adriana Lozada goes through the pros and cons of three places you can give birth: a hospital, a birth center, and at home. And what you should consider when making an informed decision. Where did you give birth? Did your wishes or needs for birth location change with...

When Morning Sickness Becomes Debilitating

When Morning Sickness Becomes Debilitating

Adriana Lozada lays out how hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is not just a bad case of morning sickness, but a severe and debilitating condition. She also offers practical advice on how to deal with both. Where did you find yourself, on the spectrum of pregnancy sickness?...

How Your Nervous System Impacts Your Pregnancy and Birth

How Your Nervous System Impacts Your Pregnancy and Birth

High-risk pregnancy and somatic trauma specialist Parijat Deshpande talks with Adriana Lozada about the importance of connecting with your body to release trauma, increase resiliency, improve pregnancy and birth outcomes, and get out of survival mode so you can truly...

Nine Things to NOT Worry About During Birth

Nine Things to NOT Worry About During Birth

Adriana Lozada dispels nine common worries of expectant parents, and explains why you can just let them go. Do you have any worries about pregnancy, labor and birth? Tell us on Instagram @birthfulpodcast! Listen directly through our website player,...

How Long Should You Wait to Clamp the Cord?

How Long Should You Wait to Clamp the Cord?

Adriana Lozada shares facts about the magnificent protective and self-clamping abilities of the umbilical cord. She also explains why there’s still disagreement in the medical field about how long to wait. Did you know that the umbilical cord is self-clamping? Tell us...

Why You and Your Care Provider Must Decide Everything Together

Why You and Your Care Provider Must Decide Everything Together

OB-GYN and maternal fetal medicine specialist Dr. Brad Bootstaylor talks with Adriana Lozada about the ins and outs of shared decision-making with your care provider-- plus practical advice on how to implement your birth plan. How did shared decision-making (or a lack...

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