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Pregnant people get bombarded with all sorts of advice: a lot of it unsolicited, outdated, or just plain wrong.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

Vaginal Premie Birth Without Interventions, with Bernice Good

Vaginal Premie Birth Without Interventions, with Bernice Good

Bernice Good went into preterm labor when her water broke at 31 weeks. Though the circumstances were less than ideal, she had what she describes as a lovely vaginal hospital birth with no interventions. The struggles continued during the 19-day NICU stay, and she...

Talking Pelvic Health with a PT, with Sara Reardon

Talking Pelvic Health with a PT, with Sara Reardon

Adriana talks with Pelvic Health Physical Therapist Sara Reardon about what optimal pelvic health looks like. They go into the details about what to do -and not do- when peeing or pooping, discuss common issues such as leakage, painful intercourse, and abdominal...

Overcoming Breastfeeding Problems, with Melissa Statler

Overcoming Breastfeeding Problems, with Melissa Statler

Melissa Statler had a quick and mostly flowing birth. Feeling elated, she placed her newborn to her breast, only to be met with excruciating pain and instant damage to her nipples. As her confidence drained, she was informed that because her baby was large for...

Cultural Ideals That Impact Your Birth, with Britta Bushnell

Cultural Ideals That Impact Your Birth, with Britta Bushnell

Do you have a need for control and certainty? Are you a perfectionist? Do you highly value knowledge and technology? Do you resist things getting wild? Do you strive to do it all? If any of these resonate with you, you’re going to want to pay close attention to this...

From Hospital to Homebirth in 3 Births, with Krista Thompson

Krista Thompson shares her progression from a prodromal labor that ended with her baby being taken to the NICU, to a precipitous second hospital birth with Fetal Ejection Reflex, and finally an unassisted-like homebirth experience. She also gives us a glimpse into her...

Your Anxious Mind During Pregnancy, with Parijat Deshpande

Your Anxious Mind During Pregnancy, with Parijat Deshpande

When you’re expecting, anxiety and worrying seem to take center stage, especially if you are categorized as high-risk. What can you do with these feelings? Can they affect your and your baby’s health? How do you make the mind-body connection work for you, to put this...

Cannabis use During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding, with Heather Thompson

Cannabis use During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding, with Heather Thompson

With the legalization of cannabis expanding around the world, it’s time to have a nuanced conversation about its use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. What do we know about the health risks? What about the legal risks? Is a non-biased risk-benefit analysis centered...

Overcoming Feelings of Brokenness and Fear, with Anne-Marie Shumaker

Anne-Marie Shumaker’s story is epic no matter how you approach it. Her fertility process was a long road involving surgery, multiple rounds of IUI, and a devastating miscarriage. The birth itself included persistent back labor, stalling for hours at 8 cm, and a long...

Can Exercise During Pregnancy Make Labor Harder?, Deb Flashenberg

Can Exercise During Pregnancy Make Labor Harder?, Deb Flashenberg

Today we're exploring if there is such a thing as too much exercise during pregnancy. It’s common knowledge that you should stay active while expecting. Walking, swimming, and doing prenatal yoga can all be super helpful, but what about barre, CrossFit, and...

Proactive Birth after Trauma, with Toni DeAztlan Smith

Proactive Birth after Trauma, with Toni DeAztlan Smith

Toni DeAztlan Smith went into her first birth without doing much research and naively trusting the system. After an eye-opening traumatic experience that took over 6 years to process, Toni was finally ready to take birth into her own hands and proactively turn it from...

Restoring Your Uterus, with Valerie Lynn

Restoring Your Uterus, with Valerie Lynn

More and more, we’re acknowledging the menstrual cycle as a vital sign. Let’s take it one step further, to consider how the uterus connects to general health: What happens to the uterus during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum? Why is it important to restore the uterus...

2 cms to Baby in No Time 2VBAC Story, with Kristen Bowles

2 cms to Baby in No Time 2VBAC Story, with Kristen Bowles

For her second VBAC, Kristen Bowles was almost sent home from the hospital, when she wasn’t progressing past 2 cm after more than 4 hours. As they were getting ready to leave, her water broke, and then she went from 4 cm to pushing unexpectedly fast, never mind if she...

Updates in What You Should  Eat during Pregnancy, with Lily Nichols

Updates in What You Should Eat during Pregnancy, with Lily Nichols

Updates in What You Should Eat during Pregnancy, with Lily Nichols   You’ve probably heard you should stay away from raw fish, soft cheeses, deli meats, and runny eggs during pregnancy - but is this really the case? Does avoiding these foods keep you from getting...

Breech Vaginal Birth, with Anya Cutler

Breech Vaginal Birth, with Anya Cutler

Anya Cutler had originally planned to give birth at a birth center with midwives, then at 36.5 weeks and after trying practically everything possible to encourage her baby to flip, she ended up transferring care to an OB-GYN that was experienced in vaginal breech...

Insider Tips From a Labor and Delivery Nurse, with Mandy Irby

Insider Tips From a Labor and Delivery Nurse, with Mandy Irby

During a hospital birth, labor and delivery nurses are an essential part of your birth team, even though you may have never met them before. In this episode, Mandy Irby and I talk about ways to foster that connection. We also discuss why nurses may love and hate birth...

Birth Center Birth After 3 Miscarriages, with Shea Cole

Birth Center Birth After 3 Miscarriages, with Shea Cole

For Shea Cole, getting pregnant was easy, the trick was staying pregnant. After 3 miscarriages, getting to the end of a pregnancy was a huge mix of happiness and relief, yet it brought along its own set of unusual circumstances, like Shea breaking her leg, having a...

Better Pregnancy Sleep, with Mar Oscategui

Better Pregnancy Sleep, with Mar Oscategui

Between body aches, a mind that won’t quiet down, heartburn, and the never-ending trips to the bathroom, getting a good night sleep while pregnant can seem like an impossible goal. So what can you do to make it better, and will doing these things improve your family’s...

When the Waters Break Before Labor Starts, with Hailey McHone

When the Waters Break Before Labor Starts, with Hailey McHone

When Hailey’s water broke, and contractions didn’t follow, she felt the clock ticking. She proceeded to try all the things, including a natural induction method suggested by her midwife that did the trick. However, she also had an immense desire for chicken nuggets....

Why Optimal Baby Oral Function Matters, with Michelle Emanuel

Does your baby sleep with an open mouth? Do they make noise when breathing? Are they copious droolers? Do they have lip blisters? Do they hate tummy time, or have a lot of reflux? These are signs that oral function may need to be evaluated, but why does optimal oral...

Informed Consent, with Cristen Pascucci

Informed Consent, with Cristen Pascucci

During pregnancy and birth, it has somehow become OK for others to tell those giving birth, what they can and cannot do with their bodies, even when being subjected to unsafe care and in violation of their human and legal rights. So what can you do about it? Cristen...

Evidence Based Care, Castor Oil and More, with Rebecca Dekker

Evidence Based Care, Castor Oil and More, with Rebecca Dekker

Adriana talks with Rebecca Dekker about evidence-based care, how it relates to Florence Nightingale, why it matters and how to bring its three components into your maternity care. We also talk about the evidence for using Castor oil as an induction method and much...

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