All About Pregnancy & Birth

By Dr. Nicole C. Rankins

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You're not alone in your uncertainty about this monumental life stage of pregnancy and birth. If you’re ready to replace the overwhelm of late-night Googling with expert conversations and stories of strength and positivity from women just like you — join us on the top-rated All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast. The All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast is your place for supportive, evidence-based information from Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins, an OB/GYN physician who’s been in practice for nearly 15 years and has helped over 1000 babies into this world. You’ll also learn from innovative experts and hear stories of strength and resilience from parents and moms-to-be experiencing the same overwhelm and excitement as you.

Episode Date
Ep119: Heidi’s Birth Story - Complicated but Beautiful
45:48

This is a delightful birth story episode. Today Heidi joins me to share the story of her vaginal birth. In her own words “Nothing went as planned for my birth but it was still beautiful.”

Heidi endured many scares in her first trimester including an episode of heavy bleeding and alcohol exposure before she realized she was pregnant. She also discovered that she had something called a velamentous cord insertion which would go on to affect her birth. Despite the complications Heidi and her baby wound up healthy and happy.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode119 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Jun 15, 2021
Ep118: Fighting Infertility with Samantha Busch
01:03:17

Warning: This episode includes loss

Samantha Busch is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, lifestyle blogger, infertility warrior, philanthropist and co-owner of a professional race team. As a woman in leadership, Samantha is driven to empower all women to become their own fiercest advocates.

In Busch’s first book, Fighting Infertility, she shares a raw account of her infertility journey. Today we’re going to talk a bit about that journey. She also shares about her and her husband’s organization, The Bundle of Joy Fund, which is a monetary award to help couples pay for IVF treatments. She’s open and honest and I’m grateful she’s sharing her truth

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode118 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Jun 08, 2021
Ep117: Maternal Morbidity and Mortality and 10 Ways to Stay Safe
46:01

In this episode I’m revisiting the important topic of maternal morbidity and mortality and how you can keep yourself safe. Pregnancy related morbidity (health related conditions that have a negative effect on the woman’s well-being) and pregnancy related mortality (death related to pregnancy) are on the rise in The US. This is truly a public health crisis, especially for black women.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode117 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Jun 01, 2021
Ep116: Eileen’s Birth Story - Life and Love After Loss
52:51

Warning: this episode includes loss

This is a birth story episode and it’s a bit of a different one. Today we have Eileen Robertson Hamra on the podcast. After having 3 children with her first husband, Brian, Eileen had a tubal ligation because she was certain she did not want any more children. However, Brian was tragically killed in a plane crash when their children were 4, 7, and 8 and Eileen was 41.

She was lucky enough to fall in love and marry another man, Mike, 5 years after Brian’s death. After undergoing IVF at the age of 45, Eileen got pregnant and gave birth at the age of 46.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode116 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

May 25, 2021
Ep115: Preparing for Life with a New Baby with Postpartum Doula Valerie Trumbower
46:57

You are in for a treat today with my conversation with Valerie Trumbower. Valarie is a DONA Certified Postpartum Doula and a Certified Lactation Counselor. Her online courses Expecting 101™ and Expecting 101...You’re Adopting™ have helped hundreds of families prepare for life with their newborns. Valerie’s love for her work really shines through  in our conversation.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode115 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

May 18, 2021
Ep114: Postpartum Contraception
53:07

In this episode you’re going to learn about the important topic of postpartum contraception. This is a little more mature content so use your best judgement as to whether or not you want younger folks to listen.

It is vital to be prepared to make the right contraceptive choice for yourself. No one method is perfect for everyone. Each comes with its own perks and pitfalls not to mention varying degrees of efficacy. Even if you are looking to have additional children the spacing out of births is important for both your health and that of your baby.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode114 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

May 11, 2021
Ep113: Elvira’s Birth Story - A Story From A Birth Preparation Course Student
47:35

I am super excited to have a birth story episode for you from a student in the BPC! Elvira joins us today to share the story of her beautiful, unmedicated birth.

Elvira has an amazing story for her birth. Even though things didn’t go exactly as planned she still had a beautiful birth and was happy about her experience. There are so many wonderful moments and lessons in her story and I know you’re going to enjoy it.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode113 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

May 04, 2021
Ep112: Happiness Habits with Kim Strobel
58:53

In today’s episode of the podcast we are talking all about happiness with Kim Strobel. Kim is a leadership and happiness coach who helps businesses and organizations prioritize their health and well-being so they can reach new levels in their personal and professional lives. As a nationally-recognized speaker, she is all about empowering others to take control of their health, wellness, and happiness with simple habits. 

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode112 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Apr 27, 2021
[SPECIAL EPISODE] COVID Vaccine Update
35:30

It’s been almost 4 months since I did a COVID update and I figured it’s time to revisit the subject. I get lots of questions about the vaccine so let’s talk about the COVID vaccine in relation to fertility, pregnancy, and lactation. 

On today’s episode I cover the data we have so far including what I get the most questions about: the CDC V-safe COVID-19 Vaccine Pregnancy Registry. And as always I will present the information, give my thoughts where I think it may be helpful, and you can make conclusions for yourself.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/covidvaccineupdate and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Apr 20, 2021
Ep111: Michael’s Birth Story - A Dad’s Perspective
54:28

In today’s episode we have a birth story from a dad’s perspective. Mike and his wife listened during their pregnancy (thank you!). He reached out because he felt they had an interesting story to share and I agree. He also wanted to contribute to having more dads share their perspective of birth which I appreciate as well.

We’re going to hear about their New Year’s Day baby which was not at all expected but the birth ended up going well. The story is at times funny, also very sweet, and it involves scotch! Mike comes across as a very supportive partner before, during, and after the birth.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode111 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Apr 13, 2021
Ep110: Pregnancy Associated Breast Cancer with Dr. Kristin Robinson
55:37

In this episode you’re going to learn about a really important topic: pregnancy associated breast cancer and breast imaging in pregnancy and while lactating. 

On today’s episode we have Dr. Kristin Robinson, a board certified radiologist specializing in breast imaging. She educates women about their breast health, including breast density and personal breast cancer risk to help them make informed decisions about breast cancer screening.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode110 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Apr 06, 2021
Ep109: Choosing the Right Hospital - Updated
33:58

In this episode I’m updating you on what you need to know when choosing a hospital to give birth.

I’ve delivered babies at 6 different hospitals during my career. One thing I’ve learned is that the hospital where you deliver has a big influence on your experience giving birth. And specifically you want to know how the hospital approaches birth.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode109 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Mar 30, 2021
Ep108: Kalishia’s Birth Story - Success with Transabdominal Cerclage
01:03:10

On today’s episode of the podcast we have a unique birth story episode from Kalishia. Warning: This episode includes pregnancy loss.

Kailishia had a transabdominal cerclage and a successful full term pregnancy after exepreicing a miscarriage at 16 weeks and then a stillbirth at 21 weeks.

In this episode, Kalishia walks us through her experience. This episode is a bit longer because you really have to understand her first two pregnancies to understand the 3rd.

 

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode108 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Mar 23, 2021
Ep107: The Importance of Birth Stories with Bryn Huntpalmer
48:30

Bryn Huntpalmer is the founder of The Birth Hour podcast which was featured as one of the 'Top 50 Podcasts" by Time Magazine and has over 13 million downloads to date. She is passionate about helping pregnant people prepare for childbirth through the sharing of empowering and informative birth stories as well as her online evidence-based childbirth course called "Know Your Options".

Bryn is also the author of the best-selling book, "The First-Time Mom's Pregnancy Handbook: A Week-by-Week Guide from Conception Through Baby's First 3 Months" and co-Author of "Essential Pregnancy Q&A: Expert Answers and Advice for Every Stage of Your Pregnancy and Postpartum Journey." 

 

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode107 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Mar 16, 2021
Ep106: Prenatal Care Models
28:39

This is a very requested episode on the various models of care during pregnancy and birth. Today I am going to break down all the various options for prenatal care and care during birth in the hospital.

There is tremendous variation and you really have to ask your own provider about how it works in their practice. This is important to know, especially for when it comes time for your birth, so you know as much as you can about who is there with you during your birth and you can prepare accordingly.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode106 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Mar 09, 2021
Ep105: Emilie’s Birth Story - Every Birth is Different
57:06

It’s another birth story episode today and this one is a completely unmedicated hospital birth in a military hospital.

Emilie is a registered nurse and military spouse currently living in Guam. She and her husband Chris have been married for 5 years and have two precious babies, Liam who is 2 and baby Adeleine whose birth story we are going to hear today.

In this episode Emilie shares how different her two births have been, her experience with postpartum preeclampsia, and the excellent care she received in a military hospital.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode105 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Mar 02, 2021
Ep104: A Hands-On Approach to Addressing Trauma in Pregnancy with Parijat Deshpande
46:33

In today’s episode I’m happy to welcome back Parijat Deshpande. Her unique neurobiological approach has served hundreds of women to manage pregnancy complications and reclaim a safety and trust in their bodies that they thought was eroded forever.

Parijat is the author of bestselling book Pregnancy Brain: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management During a High-Risk Pregnancy. She is also the host of the popular podcast Delivering Miracles®️. 

This episode is especially for people who’ve had a history of second/third trimester loss, pregnancy complications, or preterm delivery but there is information in here for anyone who is pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode104 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Feb 23, 2021
Ep103: Uterine Fibroids in Pregnancy
45:08

Today you’re going to learn about fibroids in pregnancy In this episode, you’ll first learn a bit about fibroids outside of pregnancy because it’s important to understand that in order to understand how they impact pregnancy. After that I’ll explain the risk factors and symptoms associated. I will also explain the safest options for symptom management.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode103 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Feb 16, 2021
Ep102: Kelsey’s Birth Story - Expecting the Unexpected
54:32

It’s another birth story episode today and this one is a lot. And by a lot I mean that Kelsey experienced quite a range of different things during her pregnancies and birth.

Kelsey joins us to talk about the stress around her first pregnancy, a very wanted pregnancy that she ended because of a fatal genetic condition. She explores how she got pregnant again pretty quickly after that and what that experience was like.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode102 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Feb 09, 2021
Ep 101: Coaching Dads Through the “WTF” Moments of Fatherhood with David Arrell
56:31

David Arrell is an Author, Entrepreneur, Consultant, and Men's Coach. He is passionate about coaching men on how to more fully embrace and embody healthy masculinity, especially through the powerful modalities of partnership and parenting. His most recent work in this area is the book Welcome To Fatherhood: The Modern Man's Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Fatherhood, better known as WTF.

In WTF David encourages men to more actively step into their important supportive roles during pregnancy, childbirth, and the 4th trimester back home and gives them detailed and practical tips and techniques on how to do so.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode101 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Feb 02, 2021
Ep100: How You Can Have A Beautiful Birth
24:16

For this special 100th episode, I wanted to share my unique Beautiful Birth Prep Process with all of you. This is the framework that guides all of my work, especially my new and improved version of The Birth Preparation Course.

There are five steps to having a beautiful birth and I will walk through each of them today. I will talk about getting in the right mindset for your pregnancy & birth, preparing for the possibilities, and making birth wishes that really work.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode100 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Jan 26, 2021
Ep99: Kara's Birth Story - Working Through a Very Long Labor
01:00:40

In this birth story episode, Kara shares her experience going through a 40+ hour labor. She talks about physical discomfort during prenatal exams, laboring at home, realizing how strong contractions can be and the moment she met me during her labor. This is a great story packed with valuable information about every stage of pregnancy & birth!

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode99 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Jan 19, 2021
Ep98: Hepatitis In Pregnancy and Birth with Dr. Keisha Reddick
40:35

Dr. Keisha Reddick is back on the podcast to share what you should know about hepatitis during pregnancy & birth. We talk about what hepatitis is, how common it is, how it's transmitted and much more. We also talk about how having hepatitis might change your prenatal care & delivery and why it is always good to get tested & have a fuller picture of your health. 

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode98 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Jan 12, 2021
Ep97: 15 Things You Need to Know Before Giving Birth
40:58

Today I'm updating one of my very first episodes, 9 Things You Need to Know Before Giving Birth, with six new bits of advice and guidance. We'll talk about why I think childbirth education is more important than ever, preparing yourself mentally & emotionally for becoming a parent, and everything else you need to know before your baby arrives.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode97 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Jan 05, 2021
Ep96: Revisiting My Top 10 Episodes & Looking Ahead to 2021
28:55

We've made it to the end of a challenging year, so I wanted to end things on a lighter note and look back at the top 10 episodes of the podcast so far. In this episode, I'll share some commentary for each episode that didn't make it into the final cut, talk a bit about what's coming up in 2021, and thank all of my amazing listeners for joining me on this incredible journey.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode96 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Dec 29, 2020
Ep95: HypnoBirthing - What It Is, How It Works and Who Should Try It
44:48

Today Caroline O'Neill joins me to tell us all about HypnoBirthing: what it is, how it works, and how it can help you even beyond labor. We talk about why all birthing people need to practice managing pain, how your support partner can utilize HypnoBirthing techniques, and what you might want to know about this practice before you get started. 

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode95 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Dec 22, 2020
Ep94a: COVID-19 & Pregnancy Update - What to Know About Vaccines and Treatment
53:21

In this episode I'm providing you with some updated information (as of December 2020) about COVID-19, vaccination and pregnancy. I'll talk about the development of COVID vaccines, what we know about vaccines & pregnancy, and what you might consider when deciding whether to get vaccinated while pregnant. I'll also cover what you can expect treatment-wise if you have COVID-19 during pregnancy & birth and how that will impact you & your baby.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/covidupdate and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Dec 15, 2020
Ep94: How Prenatal Yoga Can Improve Your Entire Birth Experience with Deb Flashenberg
46:08

Today I'm joined by the wonderful Deb Flashenberg, founder and director of the Prenatal Yoga Center in New York City. We talk all about the benefits of prenatal yoga, why learning how to align your body & baby are so helpful for birth, and how yoga can help you practice autonomy over your own body & birth experience.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode94 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Dec 08, 2020
Ep93: Brooke's Birth Story - An Unmedicated Hospital Birth During COVID-19
43:46

We have another lovely birth story episode for you this week, this time with Brooke! She tells us all about her completely unmedicated hospital birth and what it was like being pregnant & delivering her baby during the COVID-19 pandemic. We talk about why seeing a pelvic floor physical therapist was a great idea for her, how she prepared mentally, physically and spiritually for her birth, and how she advocated for herself and her birth wishes.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode93 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Dec 01, 2020
Ep92: What to Know About Being Pregnant with Twins
52:26

Being pregnant with twins is a bit different than having just one baby. In this episode I'm going over what you need to know about carrying & delivering twins, some of the complications you should watch out for, and what your provider will keep an eye on throughout your pregnancy and birth with twins.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode92 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Nov 24, 2020
[REBROADCAST] All About Preeclampsia and What You Need to Know to Reduce Your Chances Of Getting It
52:30

I wanted to revisit this episode about pre-eclampsia because of the recent, tragic loss of Dr. Chaniece Wallace MD, who was a Pediatric Chief Resident at Indiana University School of Medicine.

She passed away on October 24 after giving birth to her baby Charlotte via emergency c-section. She experienced severe preeclampsia, so I wanted to bring back this conversation with Dr. Cecily Clark Ganhart about what preeclampsia is, what the symptoms are, and why we need to take it seriously. You can donate to the Wallace family at the GoFundMe page linked in the show notes for this episode. 

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/rebroadcast-preeclampsia and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.

Nov 17, 2020
Ep91: Rick's Fatherhood Story - Prenatal Care, Anxiety, and Bonding with Rick Mulready
01:03:45

I'm really excited to have the second dad on the podcast to share his perspective on pregnancy, labor and birth! Rick Mulready is an online business owner and dad to an 18-month old girl with his wife Amy. 

Rick shares his experience of supporting his wife as she carried and delivered their baby. He talks about his anxiety in the early days of pregnancy, why he resisted reading other people's birth experiences, and how his wife's labor and delivery felt from his perspective. He also shares some of the other emotional struggles he experienced in the early days after his daughter arrived and the importance of getting support.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode91 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!

Nov 10, 2020
Ep90: Perineal Tears: Risk Factors, Prevention, and Healing
32:30

I get lots of questions about perineal tears - how they happen, how to prevent them, and how to heal them - so I want to answer as many of those as I can for you today. In this episode you'll learn how common perineal lacerations are, risk factors that can increase your chances, strategies to prevent them, and how they can affect current and future pregnancies.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode90 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!

Nov 03, 2020
Ep89: Making Sure Your Dog and Your New Baby Get Along Well with Michelle Stern of Pooch Parenting
49:06

If you're bringing home a new baby and you have a dog (or want one), then you need a plan that keeps everyone safe & happy. Michelle Stern of Pooch Parenting joins us on this episode to talk about introducing your newest family member to your pup and how you can prepare beforehand. We also chat about dog breeds and what to think about when adding a new dog to your family.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode89 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!

Oct 27, 2020
Ep88: Ashlyn's Birth Story - A Scheduled Labor Induction During COVID-19
43:19

In this lovely birth story episode, Ashlyn shares what it was like having her first baby during COVID-19 via a scheduled induction. She had a great experience with prenatal care and her birth, which included an epidural and episiotomy. We talk about how her care changed in light of the coronavirus pandemic and how she and her husband have navigated family expectations after their baby girl arrived. 

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode88 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!

Oct 20, 2020
Ep87: A Milestone Birthday, My Mission, and a Birthday Wish
18:29

If you're listening to this episode the day it comes out, then it is my 46th birthday! This is an interesting milestone for me, so this week's episode is a little different to reflect that. 

My older sister died of cancer the day before her 46th birthday, so naturally I've been thinking a lot about her, reflecting on her life, and thinking about my own. I wanted to share what these reflections have taught me about my work and what I will be stepping into in this next chapter of life. I am ready to take my work and my service of pregnant people to a whole new level, and I hope that all of you will join me. And I also share a birthday wish for this year that all of you can help me make real!

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode87 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!

Oct 13, 2020
Ep86: Operative Vaginal Delivery: When & Why We Do It and What to Know
37:00

I was inspired to cover this episode's topic because I recently attended several births that ended up being operative vaginal deliveries. Also known as an assisted birth, an operative vaginal delivery means that the medical provider uses tools - either forceps or a vacuum cup - to help deliver the baby vaginally.

In this episode you'll learn a lot more about what operative vaginal delivery is, how often it's done, when it's necessary and what the procedure is like. Operative deliveries only happen about 3% of the time, but it's still good for you to have some knowledge about it so you're prepared in case that becomes the best option on the day your baby arrives.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode86 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!

Oct 06, 2020
Ep85: Finding a New, Creative Approach to Fertility with Jasmine Katatikarn
59:50

We have a really interesting story this week about fertility, perseverance, and creative thinking. Our guest is a great example of someone who took control of their fertility journey and advocated for herself through a long and difficult process. 

Jasmine Katatikarn shares the ups and downs of Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), and what she and her husband went through emotionally during the process. Jasmine also describes the moment she decided to apply her designer's mind to her fertility journey and how this helped her turn a corner emotionally and physically. 

She also talks about why she kept her struggles almost completely secret and what convinced her to tell her story and help other parents.

Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode85 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!

Sep 29, 2020
Ep84: Jennifer's Birth Stories - One Hospital, Three C-Sections, and Birth Wishes as a Muslim Woman
50:07

We have another special birth story episode this week, but this time you're getting three birth stories in one!

Jennifer is an international board certified lactation consultant, wife and mom of three. She had all three of her babies at the same hospital and had a C-section with each of them - but as you'll hear, her birth experiences were different every single time. 

Jennifer and I talk about all three of her births so you can understand how her hospital experiences and self-advocacy developed over time. We discuss pre-eclampsia, why she really wanted a VBAC with her second and third babies, and how her prenatal care & birth wishes were shaped by her religion.

Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode84 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!

Sep 22, 2020
Ep83: Fetal Growth Restriction - What It Is, How We Screen for It, and Risks You Should Know
51:22

Today I'm diving deep on fetal growth restriction (AKA intrauterine growth restriction), how we screen for it, how it affects baby, and more. This doesn't happen too often, but as with most things I talk about it's great for you to be prepared and knowledgeable in case it does. We'll also talk about what happens if your baby is just naturally small and what can happen later on in life for a baby with growth restriction.

Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode83 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!

Sep 15, 2020
Ep82: All About Vaginal Birth After a Cesarean with Julie Francom and Meagan Heaton of VBAC Link
01:05:58

Julie Francom & Meagan Heaton of VBAC Link join us to talk about vaginal birth after a Cesarean (VBAC) and what you need to know about VBACs. They share what you should ask your provider if you're interested in having a vaginal birth, why they highly recommend having a doula, and common myths about VBACs that you should be aware of. 

Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode82 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!

Sep 08, 2020
Ep81: A Father's Perspective on Pregnancy & Birth with Falcon Rankins
51:49

I talk a lot about the experience of the birthing person on this podcast, which often means that I don't talk as much about what it feels like to be the supporting partner. In that spirit, someone recently suggested that I share the perspective of dads on the podcast. So, in this special episode my husband Falcon is joining me to talk about his feelings and experiences during my pregnancies and births. 

It was really interesting to hear what things felt like from Falcon's perspective. We mostly focused on my first pregnancy and birth, what it was like navigating the NICU, and why things can feel so much more stressful when you are a first-time parent. I even learned a couple things in this episode that I never knew, which just goes to show you how valuable having this conversation with your supporting partner can be. 

Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode81 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!

Sep 01, 2020
[REBROADCAST] Feeling Your Baby Move
24:53

Things have been a little busy lately, so I'm rebroadcasting this episode about feeling your  baby move while working on a new episode for next week. I also wanted to re-share this episode because of new research coming out about a rise in stillbirths during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It may be the case that there have been more stillbirths during the pandemic because moms-to-be are too worried about catching COVID-19 to go to the hospital when they normally might. There have also been fewer prenatal appointments, so issues may be missed as moms get fewer checkups. Whatever the cause ultimately is, it's a great idea for you to be aware of your baby's movement, what they mean, and what to watch for.

In this episode I'm talking all about feeling your baby move and what you can expect to feel throughout your pregnancy. I also share a few ways you can monitor your baby's movement and when you should contact your doctor if your baby seems to be moving less. 

Check out ncrcoaching.com/rebroadcast16 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!

Aug 25, 2020
[REBROADCAST] Supplements, Nutrition, and Environmental Toxins During Pregnancy with Dr. Anne Kennard
44:15

In this rebroadcast episode, we revisit my conversation with Dr. Anne Kennard about nutrition, supplements, and environmental toxins during pregnancy.

Anne and I talked about nutrition during pregnancy, why weight gain isn't the best indicator of your health during pregnancy, supplements moms should look for, and why she takes an integrative health approach with her moms-to-be. We also chat a bit about why you should do more research into nutrition during pregnancy since your OB-GYN probably didn't get a whole lot of training in this area. 

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Aug 18, 2020
Ep80: Navigating Genetic Testing and Pregnancy Loss During a Pandemic with Cortnie
50:13

In this episode Cortnie joins us to talk about her recent experience navigating her second pregnancy, genetic testing, and pregnancy loss amidst a pandemic. After finding our her baby had trisomy 13, Cortnie and her husband had to make some very difficult decisions and faced huge challenges getting the care and support they needed. She's generously sharing her story to help other families who might be in a similar situation. 

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Aug 11, 2020
Ep79: Facts and Misconceptions About Plus-Size Pregnancy and Care with Jen McLellan
01:05:04

Jen McLellan joins us today to talk about pregnancy for plus-sized people, how providers can provide more compassionate care, and shifts she's seeing in the medical field now. We cover common misconceptions people have about plus size pregnancies, why we must be aware of our own biases when providing care, and how to have a great pregnancy and birth experience as a plus size parent.

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Aug 04, 2020
Ep78: Episiotomy - What It Is, What Q’s To Ask & When It May Be Necessary
31:53

In this episode I'm talking about episiotomy - what it is, how often it's done, risks associated with the procedure, and what you need to ask your provider. I'll tell you why episiotomies are no longer performed routinely and talk a bit about the fairly rare circumstances in which they are needed.

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Jul 28, 2020
Ep77: Amber's Birth Story - Having a Beautiful Natural Birth
58:27

In this birth story episode, Amber Manning returns to the podcast to tell us how her natural birth went, why she decided to switch providers at 32 weeks, and why she threw her birth plan out the window. Amber was the first guest I had on the podcast who was still pregnant at the time, so it was incredibly fun to get an update on how she and her family are doing now. 

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Jul 21, 2020
Ep76: What You'll Want to Know About Having a Baby in the NICU with Dr. Terri Major-Kincade
01:00:25

My first daughter was born premature and had to spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit (AKA the NICU or the ICU nursery). This week's episode has all the information I wish I'd known then, and I am so happy to be sharing it with you.

Today we're joined by Dr. Terri Major-Kincade, a practicing medical doctor and champion for premature babies and their families. 

Dr. Terri and I start off talking about what the NICU is three of the main reasons babies are admitted to the ICU nursery.

We also talk about what parents can do to advocate for themselves and their baby, what kind of emotional support is available for NICU families, and five questions you can ask your care providers weekly so you are on the same page about baby's medical care. 

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Jul 14, 2020
Ep75: Benefits, Risks and Ethical Considerations of Newborn Male Circumcision
34:51

In this episode I'm talking through the benefits and risks to consider when deciding whether circumcision is right for your newborn son.

You'll learn what circumcision is, some of the different techniques used for the procedure, and why some families choose to have this elective procedure performed for their babies. 

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Jul 07, 2020
Ep74: Parijat's Birth Story - IVF, Surrogacy, Pregnancy Loss and Mindful Pregnancy
59:46

In this inspiring birth story episode, Parijat Deshpande shares her family's journey through fertility treatments, pregnancy complications, the NICU, pregnancy loss, and surrogacy. 

Parijat is a high-risk pregnancy expert, mind-body health specialist, author, speaker, and advocate for moms with high-risk pregnancies and pre-term birth. Parijat's own experiences have hugely influenced her work and her passion for helping other moms handle some of life's most difficult decisions. 

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Jun 30, 2020
Ep73: Why We Need Better Preparation for the Postpartum Period with Dr. Christine Sterling OB-GYN
53:45

In this episode I chat with a fellow OB-GYN, Dr. Christine Sterling, about why it is so important to prepare parents for the postpartum period.

After her own difficult postpartum experiences following the birth of her first baby, Dr. Sterling decided to make it her mission to educate parents about the postpartum period, including warning signs to watch out for, how to advocate for your mental health, and how to handle strains on your partnership. 

We talk about all of that and a lot more in this episode!

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Jun 23, 2020
Ep72: How Structural Racism & Implicit Bias Create Disparities in Maternal Care for Black Families
29:27

This episode is a bit different than what I usually talk about on the podcast, but I hope that you will tune in and learn something new about maternal healthcare and racism in our country. 

In this episode I'm talking about the disparities we see in maternal healthcare & outcomes for Black mamas and their babies. I describe some of the structural racism we see in the medical field, what implicit bias is, and how these forces add up to create a difficult environment for Black people - including mamas - all over the country.

I also share some of my personal experiences with racism in my career, a few stories from friends and colleagues, and a couple instances where I witnessed the medical system mistreating Black women. I hope that this episode educates and inspires you to think about what you can do to help dismantle racism in our country, whether that's talking to your friends and family, committing to raising anti-racist kids, or helping reform your profession so it becomes truly equal for everyone.

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Jun 16, 2020
Ep71: Rachel's Birth Story - Giving Birth in New York During COVID-19
49:19

Before we start in on this story about giving birth during COVID-19, I want to acknowledge the huge protests going on in America and abroad at the time of this recording. These protests, begun after George Floyd was murdered by a police officer, are happening in response to the racism that is embedded into our societies and institutions. I have always worked to lift up and serve all mamas, but promise to continue my commitment to helping Black mamas in particular navigate America's racist medical system. 

In this birth story episode, Rachel shares her experience giving birth in New York at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. We talk about why her childbirth education was particularly helpful as she navigated labor & delivery; what it was like giving birth to a big baby at the hospital during COVID-19; and why it is so important to remain flexible during your birth.

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Jun 09, 2020
Ep70: Labor Induction: What to Know and What Questions to Ask
46:37

Today I'm talking about the two main reasons for labor induction, how labor is induced, what a "failed induction" is, and questions to ask before induction. I have gotten a ton of requests to talk about this topic, and I believe it is incredibly important for you to be informed about the process of labor induction whether you are having a medical or elective induction.

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Jun 02, 2020
Ep69: All About Breastfeeding and Breastmilk with Laurel Wilson
01:00:28

Laurel Wilson is a lactation consultant, doula, and speaker, and today she joins us to talk all about breastfeeding and how to handle its common obstacles.

Laurel talks about how human milk is designed to nourish babies and their microbiomes. We also talk about the importance of skin-to-skin contact well beyond the "golden hour" after birth and how we can support families' choices about feeding their children, whatever they may be. And we discuss common obstacles parents face when breastfeeding, how to find support, and how to work through some of these common issues.

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May 26, 2020
Ep68: Jessica's Birth Story - Choosing to Induce Labor During the COVID-19 Pandemic
49:21

In this birth story episode, Jessica shares her hospital birth experience. She talks about choosing induction at 37 weeks due to a history of preeclampsia and the development of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also discuss what the postpartum period has been like and how COVID-19 is (and isn't) changing pregnancy & birth right now.

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May 19, 2020
Ep67: Having a Planned Cesarean Birth and What to Know About C-Sections
49:53

Planned Cesarean births (or C-sections) aren't spoken about as much as other births, but every parent should know what a C-section entails. Even if you want to have a vaginal delivery, it is good to be prepared in case a C-section becomes the safest way to bring your baby into the world.

In this episode I'm talking about the different reasons for planned C-sections, when they are carried out, what the process is before, during, and after meeting your baby, and how to make the best of the experience.

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May 12, 2020
Ep66: How Your Partner Can Feel Prepared, Confident and Supportive During Labor with Alice Turner
48:17

Today I'm joined by Alice Turner, the creator of SupportingHer - a childbirth education class for whomever is going to be supporting you during labor.

We talk about why it's so important for your support partner to be knowledgable and prepared going into your birth. Alice shares tips about what the supporting partner should and shouldn't do, along with her favorite advice for providing physical and emotional assistance both during and after birth. 

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May 05, 2020
Ep65: Amy's Birth Story - Trusting Your Intuition About Your Labor and Delivery
01:05:21

In this birth story episode, Amy talks about her uneventful pregnancy, having her water accidentally broken at 39 weeks, and her episiotomy.

Amy and I talk about how she knew she wanted an epidural, how it felt, and why she was overall very happy with her hospital birth experience. We also discuss the episiotomy she received and what's so upsetting about that.

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Apr 28, 2020
Ep64: Deciding if Home Birth is Right for You and Your Baby
39:04

When I started my podcast I never planned on talking about home birth. Not because I don't support women who plan to have a home birth, but because my expertise lies in hospital births and my work focuses on helping women have a beautiful experience there.

However, in light of the COVID-19 crisis we are experiencing, a lot more women are considering home births rather than going into the hospital, which I completely understand. So, I decided to do an episode that covers some basic statistics about home birth, why some women choose it, and what you should consider when deciding where to give birth.

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Apr 21, 2020
Ep63: Tips on Mindset, Environment, Support & Preparation for Your Labor and Birth
29:31

In this episode, you'll learn about creating a healthy mindset, controlling your environment, getting great support, and preparing for your labor and birth. These tips are all especially helpful as we contend with the coronavirus pandemic, but you can apply these lessons about wisdom and preparation any time.

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Apr 14, 2020
Ep62: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Before, During, and After Pregnancy with Dr. R. Keith Bell
55:16

This week we're chatting with Dr. R. Keith Bell about Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and integrative medical care before, during, and after your pregnancy. Dr. Bell has a doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. We discuss the importance of taking an integrative health approach with patients, how acupuncture can help during labor and delivery, and some of the research behind Chinese medicine. 

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Apr 07, 2020
Ep61: Emilee's Birth Story - Learning to Have Healthy Pregnancies After An Unhealthy One
49:14

In this uplifting birth story episode, Emilee Wilson talks about learning to have healthier pregnancies after dealing with preeclampsia during her first. We also discuss how her first pregnancy changed her approach to life and wellness and why she decided to have unmedicated births.

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Mar 31, 2020
Ep60: Sleeping, Caffeine, Deli Meats, Sex: Answers to Common Questions About Pregnancy
30:35

Today I'm answering common questions about pregnancy: do you have to sleep on your back? Should you avoid caffeine? Why should you avoid changing the kitty litter? Is sex during pregnancy okay? And several more.

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Mar 24, 2020
Ep59: Hiring a Birth Photographer with Tavia Redburn
55:22

I've been looking forward to doing this episode for a while because birth photography has been on my radar a lot more lately. I used to think it was a bit of a luxury, but the more I learn about it the more I think all moms should consider whether they'd like to have a photographer present for their birth.

To talk about all things birth photography, we're joined by the wonderful Tavia Redburn. Tavia is a birth & newborn photographer in Oklahoma, and she also trains other new birth photographers. 

Tavia and I talk about her journey to birth photography, how her own births affect her approach to her work, and what you should ask a photographer before you hire them. She also talks about why new moms should consider hiring a photographer for their first birth, rather than wishing they had later. 

We also digress a bit and talk about some of the things Tavia has seen during the many labors and births she has been present at. She shares her own story and why it's so important to advocate for yourself at every point in your pregnancy and birth journey. 

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • How and why Tavia became a birth & newborn photographer 
  • Why it's important to be clear about your expectations and wishes before your birth
  • What the hiring process for a birth photographer is like
  • Questions to ask a birth photographer before you hire them
  • Some of the things Tavia has witnessed in her role as a fly on the wall during many labors and births
  • Why you should consider hiring a birth photographer for your first birth

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Mar 17, 2020
[SPECIAL EP] Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know
27:01

I have a special, timely episode for you today about COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus). Some listeners asked me what they need to know about how coronavirus could affect their pregnancy and baby, so this episode should help answer some of those questions.

In this episode, I'll give you an overview on what this coronavirus is, how this outbreak has spread so far, and what symptoms to watch for. We will also talk about how to take care of yourself and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

And most importantly, I'll share some research about the impact of coronavirus on pregnancy and babies. There hasn't been a ton of research yet, so it's crucial to stay up to date as more information becomes available. But overall, the information in this episode should reassure any parents who are feeling worried about coronavirus. 

I'll be sharing more information in the All About Pregnancy and Birth Facebook Group as the situation develops, so follow along there for updates on the relationship between COVID-19 and pregnancy. You can follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for general updates, too. 

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What the coronavirus is and how it spreads
  • An overview of the coronavirus outbreak up to March 10th, 2020
  • Symptoms of coronavirus and who is most at risk from the disease
  • What we know about how coronavirus affects pregnancy and babies
  • How to help prevent the spread of coronavirus
  • Why you should stay calm and where you can find up-to-date information as the outbreak changes

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Mar 10, 2020
Ep58: Savanna's Birth Story - Listening to Your Body Postpartum
56:44

I have another wonderful birth story episode for you today! This time, we're joined by Savanna, a Physician Assistant and mom of one. who lives in Georgia with her family.

Savanna had a relatively uneventful pregnancy and scheduled her induction around 40 weeks. After being induced, her labor only lasted about 12 hours in total. Once her baby was born, however, things got a bit more interesting.

Savanna dealt with some postpartum health issues that we chat about in today's episode, including postpartum preeclampsia and mastitis. We talk about some warning signs to look out for and why it's so important to listen to your body and advocate for yourself if something doesn't feel right. We also chat about learning to breastfeed and the impact med students and residents had on Savanna's birth.  

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • How Savanna prepared for her birth and why she scheduled her labor induction.
  • What her pregnancy and prenatal care was like.
  • How her birth went and the role medical residents and resident had as a part of the experience.
  • The health issues Savanna dealt with after birth and how she dealt with being in the hospital away from her baby.
  • Why it is so important to listen to your body and advocate for yourself during your care.
  • Why Savanna thinks going with the flow and being prepared for the unpredictable is key when thinking about your birth.

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Mar 03, 2020
Ep57: Preparing Physically for Birth & Postpartum Healing with Brooke Cates from The Bloom Method
01:05:54

We talk a lot on the podcast about preparing for your birth, and usually that revolves around preparing mentally. We're diving into another aspect of birth preparation today though, and we're focusing on how you can prepare both physically and mentally for your birth and for the postpartum healing process.

Brooke Cates is the founder of the Bloom Method, which empowers expecting and postnatal moms with smart, safe and effective education and workouts. The method works to prepare mothers for birth, prevent and heal injury-based Diastasis Recti and common pelvic floor injuries, and help moms re-strengthen themselves postpartum. 

Brooke and I talk about her experience working with expecting moms and how she helps people prepare physically for labor. We also talk about why diaphragmatic breathing is such a powerful tool for labor and beyond.

We then chat about the postpartum period and why it's so important to give yourself time to heal before leaping right back into the workouts you enjoyed before pregnancy. Brooke also shares who the Bloom Method is a good fit for and how her own pregnancy affected her work.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • How Brooke became interested in working with mothers on the physical aspects of pregnancy and labor.
  • What the Bloom Method aims to do for expecting and postpartum moms.
  • Why preparing physically for your birth can be so empowering. 
  • What diaphragmatic breathing is and how it can help you during labor.
  • Brooke's two favorite tips for expecting moms who want to prepare their bodies for birth.
  • Why women shouldn't rush to be out of the postpartum period.
  • How giving birth allowed Brooke to experience her teachings firsthand.

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Feb 25, 2020
Ep56: Everything You Need to Know About Gestational Diabetes (GDM)
46:40

I get a lot of questions about gestational diabetes (also known as gestational diabetes mellitus or GDM). I think it scares a lot of women to know that their blood sugar could affect their pregnancy, baby, and delivery, so I wanted to share everything I know about GDM in today’s episode. 

We’re talking about what exactly gestational diabetes is, how common it is, how it's diagnosed, and how it's treated. I’ll also cover some of the side effects GDM can have on you and your baby and why you need to pay extra attention to your own health in the postpartum period. 

All pregnant women get tested for gestational diabetes, but it’s important to remember that the test is for the best for you and baby alike. Don’t try to cheat the test or worry about the results!

If you have any other questions about GDM after listening to this episode, come on over to the All About Pregnancy and Birth Facebook Group - I’d love to answer your questions there.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What exactly gestational diabetes is.
  • How we test for and diagnose GDM.
  • Some of the side effects gestational diabetes can have on you and your baby.
  • The recommended nutritional breakdown of the food you eat during pregnancy.
  • Why insulin is the first-line medication recommended for treating GDM. 
  • How gestational diabetes can affect the postpartum period.

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Feb 18, 2020
Ep55: Educating Yourself and Preparing for Childbirth with Mom-to-Be Amber Manning
56:07

We have an exciting episode today: this is the first time I've ever had a guest on the podcast who is currently pregnant! I thought it would be wonderful to have someone on who is on the same journey as a lot of my listeners, so today we have the honor of hosting Amber Manning.

Amber is an Occupational Therapist based in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband recently got married and are expecting their first baby in April, so they've jumped wholeheartedly into educating themselves about pregnancy and birth.

Amber shares some of the resources she's found really helpful during her pregnancy and talks about how she's applied what she's learned so far. We chat about switching doctors, being flexible with your birth plan, and advocating for yourself throughout your pregnancy and birth.

We also discuss some of the mental health aspects of pregnancy and why it's okay if you don't feel perfectly happy and excited every second of your pregnancy.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • How Amber and her husband found out they were pregnant not long before their wedding
  • What resources they have used to educate themselves before their baby arrives
  • Why Amber wanted to switch doctors right away
  • How she has advocated for herself throughout her pregnancy, and how her husband is making sure he will be able to advocate for her during childbirth
  • Why it's important to have a birth plan and birth wishes, but stay flexible and open to change
  • Some of the struggles, both mental and physical, that Amber has been dealing with throughout her pregnancy
  • Why it's so important to be aligned with what you want for your pregnancy - not what other people think

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Feb 11, 2020
Ep54: What We Can Do About Obstetric Violence and Birth Trauma with Cristen Pascucci
01:15:10

Today's topic is an incredibly important one: obstetric violence. I know it sounds a bit heavy, but it's something that all of us - expecting families, doctors, midwives, doulas, and people in society - should know more about. 

I'm excited to be joined on this episode by Cristen Pascucci, an incredibly dedicated advocate and activist for human rights during childbirth. She has a number of projects, including Birth Monopoly and Mother May I (a documentary about obstetric violence), that are working to reduce the amount of birth trauma that mothers are currently experiencing around the world.

Cristen and I cover a lot of ground in this episode - we talk about what exactly obstetric violence is, whether it's different from birth trauma, and why it's so common.

We also talk about what you can do if you have experienced obstetric violence and what we need to do in the health care system and beyond to move to a more patient-centered care model for expecting moms.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What obstetric violence is and how it relates to birth trauma
  • How medical providers and other birth professionals can put patients through obstetric violence
  • Why you shouldn't be afraid to change your birth professional if you aren't getting the care you want
  • Why we have to examine not only individual instances of obstetric violence, but our systems as well
  • What you can do if you have suffered  birth trauma as a result of obstetric violence
  • Why you should know that you can absolutely heal from birth trauma
  • What Cristen likes to tell expecting families so they get to have the birth experience that they want

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Feb 04, 2020
Ep53: What You Need to Know About Getting Vaccinated Before and During Your Pregnancy
31:11

A lot of soon-to-be moms aren't sure what vaccinations they should (or shouldn't) get during pregnancy, if any. I know there are a lot of questions and misconceptions about immunization generally, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to do a deep dive into vaccines and pregnancy.

There is a key difference between inactive and live vaccines, and the live kind are never recommended during pregnancy. In fact, there are only two immunizations that are definitely recommended during pregnancy; otherwise, you should try to be up to date before you get pregnant, or wait until after you've given birth to get vaccinated.

Today I'll tell you what immunizations you should get before getting pregnant, which ones you should not get while pregnant, and some of the effects that these preventable diseases can have on mom and her developing baby if she doesn't get vaccinated.

Don't forget about your flu shot, either - I did a whole episode on why you should get your flu shot during pregnancy, too! And if you  have any questions, come join us in the All About Pregnancy and Birth Facebook Group.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • Why immunizations are such an important part of a healthy pregnancy
  • How safe vaccinations are and what to keep in mind before getting any new immunizations
  • How the body produces antibodies and passes them along to your baby
  • Why it's such a good idea to get your MMR and Varicella (chicken pox) vaccines before you get pregnant
  • Some of the effects that measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella can have on mom and baby during pregnancy
  • Why moms should get the TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) during pregnancy

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Jan 28, 2020
Ep52: Miranda's Birth Story - Why You Must Learn About Childbirth, Even if You Can't Predict It
48:55

We're back with another birth story for you today! This is an extra special one because this is the first time I'm having someone on who used my Birth Preparation Course as part of their childbirth education. 

Miranda is an emergency veterinarian and self-described data-driven person. She learned as much as she could before giving birth to her daughter, who was only 11 weeks old when we did this interview. 

I really appreciate Miranda's honesty in this episode about how scary her birth felt, why she's so proud of how she handled it, and what she did when she was dealing with postpartum anxiety in the weeks after her daughter's birth. She also shares the huge positive impact that her doulas had both during the birth and afterward.

We also chat a little bit about the Birth Preparation Course, what Miranda felt was the most helpful about it, and other great resources for childbirth education.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What resources Miranda used to prepare for her birth (including the Birth Preparation Course), and some of the most important things she learned
  • Why you can't know exactly what you need during your birth until you're in it
  • What Miranda's birth was like and why it was harder than she imagined it would be
  • Why she and her team decided to use forceps during delivery 
  • How a childbirth doula and postpartum doula made a huge difference in Miranda's birth experience and postpartum transition
  • What her mental health was like in the weeks after her baby arrived
  • Miranda's number one recommendation for expecting parents

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Jan 21, 2020
Ep51: Preparing for Postpartum Life, Relationships, and Mental Health with Dr. Alyssa Berlin
56:11

So many parents prepare a lot for their pregnancy and birth, but don't think much about how they are going to handle the postpartum transition period. Health professionals are guilty of this, too. We don't do enough to prepare parents for all the changes they are going to experience after their baby arrives: mentally, emotionally, physically, and in their relationships.

Here to talk with us today about easing that transition into parenthood is Dr. Alyssa Berlin. Dr. Berlin is a clinical psychologist who specializes in pregnancy, the postpartum period, and birth trauma. She and her husband Dr. Elliot Berlin (who was on the podcast a few episodes ago) run a prenatal and family wellness practice in Los Angeles. 

In this episode we're focusing on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) that can affect new parents. Dr. Berlin and I talk about what to look out for, why PMADs are so common, and how we can help each other and ourselves through the postpartum transition.

Dr. Berlin shares tons of practical tips for staying connected with your partner throughout this process, how to find help if you need it, and why she is such a big believer in preparing for all the changes you're going to experience.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are, who they affect, and what some of their symptoms are.
  • What you should do if you think you're having trouble with mood or anxiety after your baby arrives
  • How Dr. Berlin treats parents with PMADs and helps them reconnect with each other
  • Why we need to draw on the resources around us - family, friends, professionals, and partners - when we're having a hard time in the postpartum transition period
  • The importance of preparing for the postpartum period and the many changes it will bring
  • Why therapy can be an especially great tool for dealing with the traumas that can be triggered or occur during the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum periods
  • How to put your relationship with your partner front and center and why this is ultimately great for your baby, too

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Jan 14, 2020
Ep50: 10 Things to Help You Have Your Best Pregnancy, Birth, and Life
40:06

Happy New Year everyone, and thank you so much for sticking with me through 50 episodes! It's been such a rewarding journey, and I love being of service to you all. 

I thought I would kick off this year with ten pieces of advice that I hope will help you in pregnancy, birth, and life beyond. I want to share ten of the things I think are most important for not only having a healthy and happy pregnancy & birth, but for building a fulfilling life, too. 

We'll start off with some practical advice like how to make sure you're getting the best care possible from your doctor or midwife, and what to do if you have concerns about your care. We will also talk about why I think all moms should rethink their baby registry & shower, and how to prepare for the postpartum transitions you'll experience.

We'll finish up with some advice about life in general and talk about why it's so important to take great care of yourself. The first step in raising a healthy child is being a healthy mom - and that means physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I'm wishing all of you a wonderful 2020!

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • Why you really need to get to know your doctor, midwife, and/or the practice where you'll be giving birth
  • How to approach a discussion with your doctor if you're not happy with your care 
  • Why you shouldn't be afraid to advocate for yourself and your birth plan
  • How to rethink your baby shower and get more than just cute baby clothes
  • Why it's so critically important to get some quality childbirth education
  • Why you should prepare for the postpartum transition & period while you are still pregnant
  • How and why you can accept and ask for help during and after your pregnancy
  • The importance of learning to trust yourself and taking good, holistic care of yourself

Links Mentioned In The Episode

Jan 07, 2020
[REBROADCAST] My Birth Stories
32:25

I think it's really important for women to share their birth stories with one another. It gives us not only a chance to learn from other people's experiences, but the opportunity to connect over a life-changing, sometimes scary event. 

I've been looking back on the past year of the podcast, and I think the birth stories have been one of the most wonderful aspects of the show. December is a big month in my family - you'll hear why in this episode! - so I wanted to celebrate the end of 2019 by sharing my birth stories again. 

I talk about both of my births in this episode, as well as some of the regrets and trauma I have around them. I will also share some of the decisions I made about my care and why, and talk about how my births helped me become a better physician. 

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • Why I think it's important for women to share their birth stories with each other
  • What my first pregnancy was like and how I dealt with my anxiety
  • What my husband and I did when I started going into labor 8 weeks early
  • How my first C-section experience went (and why I was traumatized afterward)
  • Why I decided to schedule my C-section for my second baby
  • Some of the emotions that I had after my second birth
  • How my experiences have informed my practice as an OBGYN and birth coach

Links Mentioned In The Episode

Dec 31, 2019
[REBROADCAST] The Gut Microbiome and Your Pregnancy with Dr. Sarina Pasricha
47:47

Dr. Sarina Pasricha is an adult gastroenterologist and an expert on our human gut microbiome. This is still an emerging area of study, and we learn more about our gut microbiomes all the time. There is some especially interesting research on the microbiomes of pregnant women, and that's what we focus on in this episode.

Dr. Pasricha and I start off talking about what exactly the gut microbiome is, why it's important, and what you can do to support it before, during, and after your pregnancy.

We also talk about the importance of your baby's gut microbiome and what you can do to help them develop a healthy one right off the bat. Dr. Pasricha shares tons of practical tips in this episode, including how many fruits and veggies you should aim to eat, why breastfeeding is great for baby, and how to help your baby build up their immune system.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What the gut microbiome is and why it's so important to our overall health.
  • How you can support your gut health before, during, and after your pregnancy.  
  • Why Dr. Pasricha advises everyone to eat a whole food, plant-based diet as much as possible.
  • The key differences between prebiotics and probiotics and how you can get both in your diet. 
  • Why you should only antibiotics if you really need them. 
  • How a mother's microbiome can affect her baby before and after birth. 
  • Why breastfeeding is a great way to support baby's gut health, and what you can do if breastfeeding isn't working for you.
  • How to help your child develop a healthy gut microbiome in their first few years of life. 

Links Mentioned In The Episode

Dec 24, 2019
Ep49: What to Know About Genetic Testing For You and Your Baby
49:22

There's a lot of confusion out there around genetic testing during pregnancy. Who should get tested? When? Is it a cause for concern, or a harmless preventative measure?

I wanted to clear up any confusion or misconceptions about genetic testing in today's episode of the podcast, so I invited Dr. Keisha Reddick back on the show to help me do so.

Dr. Reddick is a Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor and is up-to-date on everything you need to know about genetic testing and carrier testing for you and your baby.

We talk about the different kinds of genetic testing you may encounter, what trimester you can get them, and what each one will tell you. Dr. Reddick also talks about why she is such a proponent of genetic testing for high-risk pregnancies and anybody else who wants to be prepared with knowledge about their baby.

The vast majority of pregnancies are normal, but it's a good idea to prepare yourself mentally and ensure the safest delivery for your baby if there's any chance they might need extra care.

I also have a super-special offer for you on my Birth Preparation Course this December, and it won't be happening again anytime soon! Head to ncrcoaching.com/enroll and use the code DECEMBER, and you'll get $150 off the all-access level of the Birth Preparation Course. 

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • The difference between genetic screening and carrier screening
  • What genetic tests can be carried out in each trimester
  • Why genetic testing should be combined with other types of tests
  • The benefits of noninvasive genetic testing options
  • Why it's such a good idea to prepare yourself for any issues your baby may have at delivery or beyond 
  • What Dr. Reddick believes is the biggest advantage of genetic testing for mom, baby, and your health providers

Links Mentioned In The Episode

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Dec 17, 2019
Ep48: How Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Can Affect Pregnancy and Babies
44:06
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are a common part of life, though many of us are afraid or ashamed to talk about them. In reality, 50% of adults will have an STI at some point in our lives. This includes pregnant women, and there shouldn't be any stigma associated with having an STI.

Having or contracting an STI during pregnancy happens to many people and it's important to know how STIs can affect your pregnancy and your baby. Today I'm running through five common STIs - chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV) - to talk about the treatment for each.

Treatment for STIs during pregnancy can  be a little different than normal treatments, but it's important to catch infections early so that they don't spread to your baby. Many STIs can only reach baby during the actual birth process, but some can cross over the placenta - so it's best to know what your options are early on.

Remember that STIs don't mean anything about your worth - they should just be treated as a health issue that can treated for the benefit of both mom and baby.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • Why we have switched over to the term STI instead of STD 
  • What STI tests you can expect in your first trimester and why we run them
  • How each of these STIs can affect you during pregnancy 
  • Which of these STIs can affect your baby during pregnancy and which can only be transmitted during birth
  • How each of these STIs can be treated during pregnancy
  • Why it's important to get an accurate diagnosis of the phase of Syphilis, herpes, or HPV you are in

Links Mentioned In The Episode

Dec 10, 2019
Ep47: Everything You Want to Know About Fertility and Pregnancy with Fertility Specialist Dr. Cindy Duke
01:03:50

I'm so excited to have today's guest on the show to talk about a topic I know many of my listeners are really interested in: fertility. Whether you're actively trying for a baby or are only just starting to consider getting pregnant, it's good to know what to expect with your fertility and when to seek help.

To talk all about fertility today we're joined by the amazing Dr. Cindy Duke. Cindy M.P. Duke is a M.D. Ph.D trained Physician Scientist who is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Fellowship trained in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI). Dr. Duke is also an active member of her community and is also the host of the ‘Girl Powered Success & Survival International’ (aka GriPSSI) Podcast, which is aimed at highlighting the work and dynamic career paths of women and girls around the globe! 

Dr. Duke and I talk about what you should expect from your fertility appointments, when you should seek to meet with a fertility specialist, and some of the common obstacles she sees couples facing when they are trying to get pregnant. 

We also discuss the importance of male partners taking part in the fertility process, too, because often times there are fertility issues on their end as well. You'll leave this episode with a much better understanding of fertility treatment and all the questions you should be prepared to ask a fertility specialist!

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • Why and how Dr. Duke got into the field of fertility 
  • When people see fertility specialists in their pregnancy journeys
  • How to prepare for your first visit to the fertility specialist and what they'll ask
  • Three questions to ask your fertility specialist
  • The top three things Dr. Duke sees people dealing with in terms of infertility
  • Why a male partner should partake in fertility appointments and treatments
  • Why you don't need to break the bank for ovulation test, pregnancy tests, and vitamins/supplements
  • Dr. Duke's thoughts on complementary or alternative fertility treatments, like teas, supplements, and acupuncture
  • Common misconceptions about fertility appointments and treatments

Links Mentioned In The Episode

Dec 03, 2019
[REBROADCAST] All About Doulas With Keisha Graham
33:21

I'm spending time with family this week for Thanksgiving, so this week's episode is a rebroadcast of one of my favorite episodes. Enjoy!

Do you know what a doula is, what they do, and how they can help you during your pregnancy & labor? There are a lot of misconceptions out there about doulas, so I thought it would be helpful to chat to a doula and get an inside look at their work and all the things they do for pregnant women.

Our guest for this episode is Keisha Graham, who has been a doula for almost a decade and is also the community manager in the All About Pregnancy and Birth Facebook Group!

Keisha and I talk about what doulas do, how to choose them, and how doulas can support you and your partner during labor. She also talks about why she thinks everyone deserves a doula and why you should get one as early in your pregnancy as possible.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What a doula is, what they do, and how they can help you in all stages of your pregnancy
  • Where to find a doula no matter where you are 
  • Three questions you should ask before hiring a doula 
  • Why it's a great idea to hire a doula as early in your pregnancy as possible
  • How a doula can work well with your partner during the birth
  • Common misconceptions about doulas and what they do
  • What to consider when coming up with your budget for a doula 
  • How Keisha uses her skills to help people of color, and especially black women, get the treatment they deserve in the hospital system
  • Keisha's top advice to any pregnant woman

Links Mentioned In The Episode

Nov 26, 2019
Ep46: A Guide to Prenatal Testing and What to Expect from Tests in Each Trimester
27:00

Have you ever felt confused about prenatal testing and why your doctor is running so many tests on you during your pregnancy?

I realized that a lot of OBGYNs don't do a great job of explaining all of the tests we do during pregnancy, so I thought I'd walk you through the recommended ones. Thank you to Julie, who suggested this topic in the All About Pregnancy & Birth Facebook Group!

You'll have most of your testing done at the initial appointment, which includes a full blood count and some tests for various infections, too. Then we'll talk about some of the tests you can expect to receive in the second and third trimesters and why we do each test that we do. 

And don't worry about taking notes today - you can download a companion guide to this episode, with all the information about prenatal testing we'll cover today, right here.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What tests you can expect to get at your initial appointment and throughout the first, second, and third trimesters.
  • Why we do each test and how it helps your doctor monitor your health and the health of your baby.
  • A brief overview of some genetic tests you can receive.
  • Why and how we test for gestational diabetes, which is fairly common in the third trimester.
  • Why many doctors don't do an ultrasound in the third trimester.
  • Some of the infections that doctors test for and how they can affect your pregnancy & birth.

Links Mentioned In The Episode

Nov 19, 2019
Ep45: Lynn's Birth Story - Advocating for Your Birth Wishes During a Long, Unmedicated Hospital Birth
57:53

Lynn Turcotte-Schuh was a marine mammal trainer before she gave birth to her daughter, which inspired her to become a Certified Childbirth Educator, Toddler Trainer, and coach of other moms through her practice Happy Mama Wellness.

Lynn originally wanted to have a home birth, but after discussing it with her wife, they decided that giving birth in the hospital while creating a relaxing, supportive, home-birth-like environment was right for them. Lynn had a 53-hour labor, during which she, her wife, and her midwife were able to advocate for Lynn's ideal birth. 

Lynn and I chat about her birth story on this episode, including why she didn't want to be hooked up to any machines or use any medication during her birth. We also talk about how she and her wife educated and prepared themselves for the birth, what she might have done differently, and why she now loves helping other moms create a holistic pregnancy and birth experience.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • How Lynn decided that she wanted to work primarily with a midwife
  • What she and her wife did to prepare themselves for the birth of their daughter
  • Why Lynn originally wanted to have a home birth, but switched to a hospital birth
  • How a doula or midwife can help you advocate for your unique birth plan in the hospital
  • Why it's so important and empowering to educate yourself before birth
  • How Lynn turned her good birth experience into a whole new career
  • Lynn's top two recommendations for feeling supported during pregnancy and birth

Links Mentioned In The Episode

Nov 12, 2019
Ep44: How Prenatal Chiropractic Can Ease Common Pregnancy Pain with Dr. Elliot Berlin
56:09

Pregnancy can be a notoriously uncomfortable time for expecting mothers. While some pain throughout pregnancy is common – and many obstetricians will tell moms that they need to just hang in there – you don’t have to accept pain as “normal”.

On this episode of the podcast, we’re joined by prenatal chiropractor and doula Dr. Elliot Berlin to talk about how chiropractic and massage therapy can help expecting moms ease pain in the neck, back, and joints while pregnant. 

Dr. Berlin shares his story into pregnancy chiropractic care, how chiropractic can help your baby get into a good position for delivery, and what you need to know if you’re considering working with a chiropractor before your birth.

We also chat about the importance of informed consent and medical professionals’ duty to help patients make the right choice for them.

 In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • How Dr. Berlin decided to work in prenatal care and eventually to become a doula
  • Whether chiropractors get additional or unique training to work with pregnant women
  • How chiropractic and physical therapy can help loosen muscles and joints and lead to better sleep
  • Why physicians and other health care providers should collaborate to put women at the center of their pregnancy care
  • What you should ask if you want to work with a chiropractor during pregnancy
  • Why some mothers might not be a good fit for prenatal chiropractic
  • What informed consent is and why it’s critical to a good birth plan & birth experience
  • The potential risks of chiropractic and what you need to know beforehand
  • The most rewarding parts of Dr. Berlin’s work as a chiropractor and doula

Links mentioned in the episode:

Nov 05, 2019
Ep43: What You Need to Know About the Flu and Pregnancy
26:52

I wasn’t originally planning to do an episode about the flu and pregnancy, but I saw an article recently that claimed only 50% of pregnant women get a flu shot.

So, I thought I should talk about what all expecting parents need to know about the flu and why it’s so important to protect your baby (and yourself!) from the flu.

The flu is never fun, but it can be especially tough on pregnant mothers and their babies. It's important to know how you can reduce the chance that you'll get sick, that it's safe to get a flu shot during pregnancy, and what to do if you do come down with the flu.

Remember that you can get your flu shot many places these days - at work, the grocery store, your PCP or OBGYN's office - so be sure to get vaccinated before the height of flu season.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  •  Why more pregnant moms should get vaccinated against the flu
  •  What complications the flu can cause during pregnancy
  •  How the flu spreads and why it’s so contagious
  •  What you can do to reduce your likelihood of getting the flu
  •  That the flu shot is safe to get during pregnancy & breastfeeding
  •  How you getting vaccinated against the flu benefits your baby even after birth
  •  Symptoms of the flu during pregnancy
  •  What to do if you get the flu during pregnancy

Links Mentioned In The Episode

Oct 29, 2019
Ep42: Proper Nutrition During Pregnancy
44:56

For this 3rd part series related to weight during pregnancy, I’m going to talk about nutrition during pregnancy. You’re going to learn practical information and advice on how you can best optimize your health during pregnancy with proper nutrition.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • Nutrition during pregnancy
  • What foods you need to avoid when pregnant
  • Knowing your macro & micronutrients
  • Common myths related to nutrition and pregnancy
  • When you should see a nutritionist
  • Food choices
  • Why taking excessive vitamins can be dangerous for your pregnancy
  • Limiting your caffeine intake

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Full Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode42

Oct 22, 2019
Ep41: What You Need To Know About Weight Gain During Pregnancy
31:26

In Episode #40: The Truth About Obesity And Pregnancy, we talked about how obesity affects pregnancy and now, we’re going to talk about weight gain during pregnancy. Listen in to see how weight gain affects pregnancy outcomes and the recommended weight gain targets.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • How weight gain affects pregnancy
  • What the recommended weight gain target is for good pregnancy outcomes
  • Where all the weight you gained during pregnancy go
  • IOM recommendations for weight gain during pregnancy
  • The relationship between weight gain and pregnancy outcomes
  • How we deal with care during pregnancy in relation to weight gain
  • The importance of preconception weight
  • What we do when pregnant women aren’t meeting the guidelines for weight gain and pregnancy
  • Optimizing your weight and focusing on getting healthy

After listening in, head on over to the All About Pregnancy & Birth Community on Facebook to continue the conversation!

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Oct 15, 2019
Ep40: The Truth About Obesity And Pregnancy
40:07

Join me in this episode as I talk about obesity and how it affects your pregnancy. I’m going to help you understand the risk of obesity and how your weight is affecting your fertility. Find out what defines an “obese pregnant woman” and what you can do to have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What exactly is considered obese
  • How obesity negatively affects pregnancy
  • What is BMI
  • Why babies born to obese moms are at a greater risk of having health issues
  • How obesity has an effect on how your labor progresses
  • The issue of anesthesia for obese pregnant women
  • The potential of having a big baby when you’re obese
  • Increased risk of infant death and autism
  • Understanding how your weight loss affects your fertility
  • Losing those extra pounds for you and your baby

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Oct 08, 2019
Ep39: What do Ear, Nose, and Throat Diseases Have To Do With Pregnancy?
50:39

In today’s episode, we’re going to focus on the changes that happen in the ear, nose, and throat region. Dr. Bradley Block, ENT-Otolaryngologist, joins us to talk about the diseases and disorders that are associated with pregnancy. Otolaryngologists are physicians who take care of diseases and disorders relating to the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. They are commonly referred to as ENT doctors.

In this Episode You’ll Learn About:

  • What exactly does an otolaryngologist do
  • How to deal with rhinitis and nosebleeds during pregnancies 
  • Dealing with ENT issues that are related to babies
  • Eargasms and what you need to know when using Q-tips
  • Common concerns with pregnancy that are ENT related
  • The issue with medicines and pregnancy
  • Meniere’s disease and other ear issues that can flare up during pregnancies
  • Sleep apnea and sleep training

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Full Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode39

Oct 01, 2019
Ep38: Rachael’s Birth Story - Preparing for An Amazing Unmedicated Hospital Birth
50:45
In today’s birth story episode, find out how one mom managed to get through labor and delivery without any pain medication as Rachael joins us to share her amazing unmedicated hospital birth story.  
 

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • Rachael’s prenatal care
  • Why IV fluids aren’t necessary when you opt for an unmedicated birth
  • Intermittent monitoring
  • What Rachael did to prepare for her birth
  • Hypnobirthing class, yoga class, and counseling
  • Moving versus not moving
  • Having a support team and the importance of always asking for help
  • Mental health during pregnancy 
  • Rachael’s postpartum experience in the hospital
  • Educating yourself about labor and childbirth
  • Understanding the process of labor and delivery
  • Looking at your contractions as a way to meet your baby
  • Being flexible and kind to yourself

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Full Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode38

Sep 24, 2019
Ep37: All About Amniotic Fluid - What It Is and How It Helps Your Baby
35:15

Amniotic fluid is the liquid that surrounds your baby and it appears after the first few weeks of pregnancy. This fluid is really important for your baby and your baby's health.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What’s in amniotic fluid
  • The antibacterial properties of amniotic fluid
  • How this fluid protects your baby from any trauma
  • Qualitatively and Quantitatively measuring the amniotic fluid
  • Types of quantitative ways to measure the amniotic fluid
  • Oligohydramnios (low fluid)
  • Polyhydramnios (excess fluid)
  • What does it mean for your pregnancy if the fluid is low or high

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Sep 17, 2019
Ep36: All About Pre-Eclampsia and What You Need to Know to Reduce Your Chances Of Getting It With Dr. Cecily Clark-Ganheart
48:45

Being informed about what pre-eclampsia is - how to spot it, and how to avoid it - gives you the power to help ensure you and your baby are healthy and well. 

Dr. Cecily Anne Clark-Ganheart, MD, FACOG joins me on this episode of the podcast to educate us about pre-eclampsia so that you can better advocate for yourself during your pregnancy.

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • How important it is to maximize your health prior to pregnancy
  • What is pre-eclampsia
  • Symptoms of pre-eclampsia
  • Difference between gestational hypertension and  pre-eclampsia
  • HELLP Syndrome
  • Problems pre-eclampsia can cause for moms and babies
  • How to advocate for yourself
  • The risk factors for pre-eclampsia
  • Signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia
  • How to reduce the chances of developing pre-eclampsia

Resources Mentioned:

How To Reach Dr. Cecily Anne Clark-Ganheart, MD, FACOG: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

Full Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode36

Sep 10, 2019
Ep35: Tomeka’s Birth Story and Her Experience with Preeclampsia
51:46

Disclaimer: Before you click the play button, I just want to give you a disclaimer that today’s episode is a birth story involving stillbirth. If you’re not comfortable with this topic, then you may want to skip this episode.

Today’s episode is a birth story about a brave woman named Tomeka Isaac who was diagnosed with preeclampsia and experienced the devastating pain of stillbirth with her son Jace. In this conversation, she’s going to share her story as a means of finding purpose through her deep pain.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • Tomeka’s pregnancy and birth with her baby son Jace
  • What is preeclampsia
  • How Tomeka found out she has preeclampsia
  • Tomeka’s thoughts on her physicians and her experience in the hospital
  • How Tomeka is dealing with the grief brought by stillbirth
  • Tomeka’s advice for women and pregnant women

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Full Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode35

Sep 03, 2019
[REBROADCAST] 9 Things You’ll Want To Know Before Giving Birth
19:16

In today’s episode, I’m going to share the best of what I know as we take a look back on the very first episode of this podcast! In this recap episode, you're going to learn 9 things you need to know before giving birth. We’re going to talk about the fact that there’s no right way to give birth, why skin to skin contact with your baby right after birth is very important, and much more!

In this Episode, You'll Learn:

  • The 9 things you need to learn before giving birth
    • The right way to give birth
    • Intense labor
    • Your labor nurse is as important as your doctor
    • Delayed cord clamping
    • Why skin to skin contact with your baby is very important
    • Why your doctor may not be there for your delivery
    • Childbirth is normal but also unpredictable
    • Getting a doula
    • Ingesting your placenta

Now, this episode goes great with the information you’ll learn from my FREE Live Online Class - How To Make Your Birth Plan The Right Way. Make sure to check it out so you don’t miss out!

Aug 27, 2019
Ep34: Everything You Need To Know About Having a “Big” Baby
27:16

When a baby is suspected to be big, it’s called macrosomia. Join me today as I talk about everything there is to know about macrosomia. Learn the risks that come with having a bigger baby and what can be done to manage it. 

In this Episode, You'll Learn:

  • What it means when we think you baby is big
  • Possible outcomes when your baby is suspected to be big
  • Terms commonly used for babies with excessive growth
  • The difference between macrosomia and LGA
  • What causes a larger than average birth weight
  • The risk factors for macrosomia or having a big baby
  • How your OB/GYN physician determine when your baby is big
  • Uncommon and common complications from having a bigger baby
  • What should you do when your baby is suspected to be big
  • How we manage babies who are suspected to be big

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Full show notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode34

Aug 20, 2019
Ep33: Getting Some ZZZs for You and Your Baby with Sleep Consultant Eva Klein
54:54

Join me as we learn how you and your baby can both catch some ZzzZZzz as Eva Klein, a lawyer turned infant sleep consultant shares her knowledge and sleep strategies!

Download Eva’s FREE Sleep Chart that outlines the suggested sleep totals, wake windows, and number of naps to determine how much sleep your baby needs! Click here to download.

In this Episode, We Talk About:

  • How Eva got into the Infant Sleep Consultancy industry
  • The training that Eva went through to become a certified Sleep Consultant
  • When should you start thinking about working with a sleep consultant?
  • What can you expect when working with a sleep consultant?
  • Maximizing your newborn’s sleep through a sleep plan
  • Helping babies develop their biological clock
  • A game changing information to make sure your baby does not get overtired
  • Colic baby sleep - a common pattern between newborns
  • Dr. Harvey Karp’s 5 S’s
  • Misconceptions parents have about infant sleep

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Full Show Notes: https://www.ncrcoaching.com/episode33

Aug 13, 2019
Ep32: Lessons from Seven Healthy Pregnancies and Births
44:38

You’ll be delighted with today’s birth story episode with Kristin, a super mama who had seven healthy and uncomplicated pregnancies and births! 

In this Episode, We Talk About:

  • The difference in care that Kristin received between physicians and midwives
  • The importance of educating yourself to help you have the birth that you want
  • Being healthy and active before pregnancies and maintaining it in between pregnancies
  • Problems and concerns Kristin experienced during pregnancies
  • How each pregnancy and birth is different (including a 25 hour labor with #6)
  • How Kristin managed pain during labor
  • Techniques to cope with contractions
  • Using birth balls and hydrotherapy
  • Why Kristin choose not to have a doula 
  • Kristin’s thoughts on how the hospital staff supported her
  • The hospital’s philosophy around diet where Kristin delivered
  • Things Kristin learned after 7 pregnancies and births

Full Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode32

Aug 06, 2019
Ep31: Pregnancy and GBS (Group B Strep)
39:14

GBS a.k.a. group B strep/group B streptococcus is a common bacteria that 15 to 40% of pregnant women carry. This bacteria could hurt your baby during labor and childbirth.

In this Episode, I Talk About:

  • What is GBS or Group B Strep
  • How many pregnant women are affected by it
  • Why should you care about GBS
  • How GBS can affect your pregnancy and baby
  • What happens to babies who are affected by early-onset GBS
  • The most common type of GBS
  • Risk-based approach vs. Culture-based approach
  • Alternatives when you’re allergic to penicillin
  • How the GBS test is done (including self-testing)
  • The racial disparity between black and white babies affected by GBS
  • How GBS treatment may affect your baby’s microbiome

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Full Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode31

Jul 30, 2019
Ep30: The Wonderful Benefits of Pre & Postnatal Yoga with Jeanna Lurie
01:00:34

My guest on this episode of the podcast, Jeanna Lurie - a pre and postnatal yoga instructor, is going to help you feel great and comfortable during the nine most important months of your life!

In this Episode, We Talk About:

  • Benefits of yoga during pregnancy
  • What’s the right way to give birth
  • What should you look for in a prenatal yoga teacher and in a prenatal yoga class
  • How frequently should women aim to do yoga during pregnancy
  • How can first-timers get started with yoga
  • The difference between common and normal
  • How to combat fear and discomfort in pregnancy
  • The difference between prenatal and postnatal yoga
  • When should you start doing yoga after childbirth
  • Jeanna’s thoughts on online prenatal/postnatal programs
  • The most rewarding and frustrating part of Jeanna’s work
  • How Jeanna’s personal experience as a mom influenced her work as a yoga teacher
  • Favorite piece of advice for expectant moms

After listening in, head on over to the All About Pregnancy & Birth Community on Facebook to continue the conversation! Some of the best discussion happens there!

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Full Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode30

Jul 23, 2019
Ep29: Changing From A Physician To Midwife With Debbie DiazGranados
57:59

Birth is unpredictable. If you’ve followed me for long, you’ve heard me say that. If you’re new, I’m telling you now. You can plan (and you should!), but you always have to keep in mind that the entire labor and birth process can’t be planned down to the last detail.

 

My guest on this episode of the All About Pregnancy and Birth podcast, Debbie, knows this all too well! But not only does she provide some amazing insight into how to handle the unexpected and how to process it afterwards, she also shares her struggles with infertility, and about her journey from using an Ob to a midwife and doula combination for her birth.

 

This episode has so much incredible information that will be helpful for every pregnant mama to be!

 

After listening in, head on over to the All About Pregnancy & Birth Community on Facebook to continue the conversation! Some of the best discussion happens there!

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Episode Show Notes: www.ncrcoaching.com/episode29 

How to Create Your Birth Plan Live Online Class

Learn More: www.ncrcoaching.com 

The Birth Preparation Course

The All About Pregnancy and Birth Community

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WHERE TO FIND DEBBIE DIAZGRANADOS:

Facebook, LinkedIn

Jul 16, 2019