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Pregnant people get bombarded with all sorts of advice: a lot of it unsolicited, outdated, or just plain wrong.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

Why We Are Carrier Mammals

Why We Are Carrier Mammals

Adriana explains why the type of mammal humans are impacts how much and what kind of care your baby needs from you. Which style of baby carrier is your perfect fit? Let's discuss options on Instagram @birthfulpodcast. Powered by RedCircle Listen...

[Birth Stories] Giving Birth to Twins as a Disabled Person

[Birth Stories] Giving Birth to Twins as a Disabled Person

Dani Izzie, a disability advocate who is quadriplegic, tells Adriana how her years of navigating the medical system, connecting with a community who understands her, building a supportive team, and her deep understanding of her body helped her through the birth of her...

[Best of Birthful] Understanding Your Birth Hormones

[Best of Birthful] Understanding Your Birth Hormones

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+...

[Best of Birthful] What is the Purpose of Childbirth Pain?

[Best of Birthful] What is the Purpose of Childbirth Pain?

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+...

How to Tell the Difference Between Types of Contractions

How to Tell the Difference Between Types of Contractions

Adriana explains how different contractions feel in your body, and when you’ll know that you’re really going into labor. How did contractions feel in your body? Describe your experience on Instagram @birthfulpodcast. Powered by RedCircle Listen...

Supporting Healthy Families in the U.S.: Has Anything Changed?

Supporting Healthy Families in the U.S.: Has Anything Changed?

Adriana has a candid conversation with Professor Monica McLemore about the lack of policies and practices that support new parents in the U.S. They discuss how paid family leave and the Black Maternal Health Caucus’ “Momnibus” legislative package fit into the need to...

What You Need to Know about Birth Positions

What You Need to Know about Birth Positions

Adriana goes through positions for your body before, during, and after birth, and what makes each of them work for different stages of the birthing process. Which birth position (or positions!) were the most productive for you during labor? Tell us which ones and how...

[Best of Birthful] Restoring Your Vitality After Birth

[Best of Birthful] Restoring Your Vitality After 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+...

Why You Want to Do Lots of Skin-to-Skin With Your Baby

Why You Want to Do Lots of Skin-to-Skin With Your Baby

Adriana explains all the remarkable benefits of doing skin-to-skin with your baby—immediately after they’re born and through the first months of life—and how such a simple practice can bring your whole family closer together. Did you have a partner who did...

Real Talk About Vaginal Tears and Episiotomies

Real Talk About Vaginal Tears and Episiotomies

Adriana Lozada explains why and how tearing can occur during birth, and why episiotomies are increasingly rare. Plus, what you can do to avoid tearing. Are you or were you worried about tearing during labor? Tell us how you processed this aspect of birth on Instagram...

Letting Go of “Mom Guilt”

Letting Go of “Mom Guilt”

Motherhood transition coach Stepha LaFond explains how parents can be weighed down by society’s expectations, and shares many ways for parents and parents-to-be to dismantle that “mom guilt.”* How are you dismantling what it means to be a "good mom"? We'll unpack them...

[Birth Stories] What a Hospital Community Birth Can Look Like

[Birth Stories] What a Hospital Community Birth Can Look Like

Laurel Gourrier, co-host of the podcast “Birth Stories in Color,” reflects on how her birth experience–even though it was long and hard–often felt like a big party. She tells Adriana Lozada that her family’s support, and her constant communicating her wishes, created...

[Best of Birthful] How Your Body Changes with Birth

[Best of Birthful] How Your Body Changes with 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+...

[Best of Birthful] Tips to Advocate for Yourself During Birth

[Best of Birthful] Tips to Advocate for Yourself 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+...

How Your Birth Plan Impacts Your Birth Experience

How Your Birth Plan Impacts Your Birth Experience

Certified nurse midwife Dr. Stephanie Mitchell shares tools from her step-by-step guide to building a birth plan, and discusses why getting your plan together—and onboarding everyone on your birth team—can help ensure you are respected and heard during your birth...

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,...

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