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Pregnant people get bombarded with all sorts of advice: a lot of it unsolicited, outdated, or just plain wrong.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

[Best of Birthful] What Your Baby Experiences During Birth

[Best of Birthful] What Your Baby Experiences During Birth

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+...

Reducing Anxiety Around Pregnancy Weight Gain and Nutrition

Reducing Anxiety Around Pregnancy Weight Gain and Nutrition

Genevieve Howland (a.k.a. Mama Natural) talks with Adriana about ways you can navigate the emotions that come with gaining weight during pregnancy, identify possible triggers, and explore seeing it as an opportunity to connect with and appreciate your body in a new...

What Does Your Poop Have to Do With Your Baby’s Microbiome?

What Does Your Poop Have to Do With Your Baby’s Microbiome?

Professor of microbiology and researcher Dr. Anne Estes talks with Adriana about how your gut microbiome (not just your vaginal microbiome) plays a critical role in seeding your baby’s microbiome during birth, and what you can do about it. They discuss whether...

Do You Really Need to Stop Eating Sushi?

Do You Really Need to Stop Eating Sushi?

Registered dietitian and researcher Lily Nichols and Adriana take a closer look at the common nutrition recommendations during pregnancy, and whether avoiding raw fish and runny eggs may be keeping you from getting the nutrition you and your baby really need. Lily...

Why an OB/GYN Chose to Have a Homebirth

Why an OB/GYN Chose to Have a Homebirth

OB/GYN and medical educator Dr. Amali Lokugamage talks with Adriana about how being pregnant propelled a paradigm shift in her ideas about birth, leading her to give birth at home. A champion of human rights in childbirth, she shares why birth recommendations have...

Is Homebirth for You?

Is Homebirth for You?

Robina Khalid of Small Things Grow Midwifery explains what it takes to truly consider a homebirth, and shares with Adriana how to prepare for a successful experience. What myths or misconceptions do you have about homebirth? We'll unpack them at @birthfulpodcast on...

Cesarean Risk: What’s Your Place of Birth Got to Do With It?

Cesarean Risk: What’s Your Place of Birth Got to Do With It?

Cesarean rates have increased 500% in one generation, and about half of them may be unnecessary. Harvard Medical School professor and ACOG Fellow Dr. Neel Shah talks with Adriana about how the hospital you choose can be your #1 risk of having a surgical birth, how we...

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. How exactly...

Exploring Your Options of Where to Give Birth

Exploring Your Options of Where to Give Birth

Adriana Lozada goes through the pros and cons of three places where 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, and why? We want to read about it! Join the...

What You Need to Know About Birth Models (Birth What?)

What You Need to Know About Birth Models (Birth What?)

Medical anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd talks with Adriana about the technocratic, humanistic and holistic birth models. She explains why we’ve gotten so obsessed with machines and numbers, why we need more midwives, how some OBs are making positive change by...

What Cultural Ideals Will Shape Your Birth Experience?

What Cultural Ideals Will Shape Your Birth Experience?

Author and childbirth educator Britta Bushnell describes eight deeply-entrenched cultural ideals that can unconsciously— and even negatively— impact the course of your labor and how you parent. She and Adriana share how to reframe these beliefs to uplift realistic...

How to Protect the Golden Hour

How to Protect the Golden Hour

Adriana gives advice on ensuring you and your newborn can take advantage of the "golden hour," in any birth setting. Might parents, parents-to-be, and birthworkers: this is part three of a three-part series on the benefits of the golden hour. Listen to part one here...

Why the Golden Hour Matters for Your Baby

Why the Golden Hour Matters for Your Baby

Adriana continues her series on the “golden hour” with specifics on the benefits for your baby of having this undisturbed time right after birth. Might parents, parents-to-be, and birthworkers: this is part two of a three-part series on the benefits of the golden...

Why the Golden Hour Matters for You

Why the Golden Hour Matters for You

Adriana describes important elements of the "golden hour"- those crucial and magical first moments right after your baby is born- especially for you, the birthing person. Might parents, parents-to-be, and birthworkers: this is part one of a three-part series on the...

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