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Pregnant people get bombarded with all sorts of advice: a lot of it unsolicited, outdated, or just plain wrong.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

Let’s Tackle Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Let’s Tackle Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Adriana Lozada shares facts about the prevalence of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, or PMADs. She encourages us to acknowledge the combined mental health impact of postpartum experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, plus she gives suggestions on the signs to...

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...

Lessons in Decolonizing Parenting

Lessons in Decolonizing Parenting

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

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 much of the preparation she did during her second...

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