Mommy Labor Nurse

By Liesel Teen

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Welcome to the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, where we firmly believe in the power of education when it comes to giving birth! Tune in each week as we dive into pregnancy-related topics, expert interviews, and a variety of birth stories! As a reminder, anything you hear on this podcast should not be taken as medical advice, please see mommylabornurse.com/disclaimer for more info.

Episode Date
What (and What Not!) to Pack in Your Hospital Bag for Birth and a Bit About Eating During Labor
30:03

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast we are chatting about hospital bags! For a first-time mom, I was SUCH a slacker when it came to packing my hospital bag for labor. I was lucky I didn’t go into labor a few weeks early, because I would not have been prepared! For my second birth, I was way more organized and prepared.

Because I know this is a very buzz-worthy topic when it comes to birth prep, I thought it only made sense to make an episode out of it! You see, I’m a BIG fan of packing individual bags for labor, recovery, partner, and baby. This keeps everything so much more organized.

Inside the episode, I'll get into what should be in each of those bags. I'll also cover some things to specifically NOT bring with you, and then we'll talk in-depth about snacks for labor and touch a bit on eating during labor too.

Anxious about packing for the hospital?

Grab the FREE Hospital Bag Checklist created by a practicing L&D nurse and feel 10000% certain you’ve got everything you need on the big day!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

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Jan 30, 2023
Cord Blood Banking Unpacked
22:49

When it comes to making decisions surrounding your birth, you need to think about the immediate after birth, too! Often, we think that’s just for newborn care procedures, but today, I want to talk in depth about cord blood banking, placenta donation, and placenta encapsulation.

As always, the purpose of this podcast episode is to inform you so that you can make the right decisions for your birth and family. I encourage you to take this information, do your own research, and discuss this decision with your OBGYN or midwife before giving birth. 

Want to feel in control before birth?

Use our FREE Birth Plan Templates to take the first step towards the birth experience you desire.

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Sponsor

Are you in search of the perfect pump for your breastfeeding days? Proven to provide more milk in less time, the Motif Luna is a powerful breast pump that’s built for modern motherhood and covered by insurance. With a battery-powered or non-battery version, the Luna is perfect for today’s busy mom.

Click HERE to learn more about the Luna and order one for your breastfeeding and pumping journey. And as a special offer for MLN podcast listeners you can get 15% off site-wide, including the Luna plus all supplies and accessories with code: MLN23. Some exclusions may apply.

 

Jan 23, 2023
What's It Like to Be an OBGYN with Dr. Nicole Rankins
22:12

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I am joined by the amazing Dr. Nicole Callaway Rankins who you may know from her very popular pregnancy podcast, All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast!

Similar to Mommy Labor Nurse, Dr. Rankins offers amazing, online resources for pregnant women because she too knows what a critical role education plays in a woman's ability to advocate for herself during birth and reduce any sense of fear or anxiety she may have.

On today's show, Dr. Rankins is going to share with us more about what it's like to be an OBGYN, memorable moments from her years of practice, thoughts on doula and midwifery care, a bit of birth advice, and more. I'm so excited to share Dr. Rankins with you today, so let's get right into it!

Overwhelmed by the amount of pregnancy info out there?

CLICK HERE to get helpful and supportive tips, info, and resources from an L&D nurse sent straight to your inbox every week, and never sort through search results again!

Want to feel in control before birth?

Use our FREE Birth Plan Templates to take the first step towards the birth experience you desire.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

About Dr. Nicole Rankins

Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins is a board-certified, practicing OBGYN and mom of 2 who empowers first-time moms to feel calm, confident, and empowered for pregnancy and birth. In her over 15 year career she’s helped more than 1,000 babies into this world and has demystified pregnancy and childbirth for thousands more women through her popular podcast All About Pregnancy & Birth, which has been downloaded over 1.25 million times.

She regularly shares holistic, evidence-based pregnancy and birth info with her community of 19K+ on Instagram @drnicolerankins, and has served thousands of moms-to-be through her online birth plan class, Make A Birth Plan The RIGHT Way, and comprehensive online childbirth education class, The Birth Preparation Course.

Jan 16, 2023
Your Most Embarrassing Birth Questions Answered - Part 2
19:16

This week I am back to answer your most embarrassing birth questions, part 2! I had so much fun with last week’s episode, I just had to come back and answer more of your questions because we got so many good ones!

Not only are these “Ask Me Anything” style episodes fun, but it’s my hope that they are really informational and educational for you as well. We all have questions that we might be a little embarrassed to ask our provider (even I do!), but have no fear, I’m here to unpack it all.

And be sure to tune into next week's episode, where I chat with OBGYN Dr. Nicole Rankins on what it's like to be an OBGYN, doula care, midwifery care, and much more! You definitely don't want to miss this one!

Anxious about packing for the hospital?

Grab the FREE Hospital Bag Checklist created by a practicing L&D nurse and feel 10000% certain you’ve got everything you need on the big day!

Want to feel in control before birth?

Use our FREE Birth Plan Templates to take the first step towards the birth experience you desire.

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Related episodes and resources:

Jan 09, 2023
Your Most Embarrassing Birth Questions Answered - Part 1
25:15

Happy New Year podcast fam! If you are listening to this in real time, then you know that this is the very first episode of 2023, and we’re kicking off the year with a super fun “Ask Me Anything” style episode. This time, I asked our community over on Instagram for their most embarrassing questions that they had around birth (you know, the kind of things that you might be a little bit shy to ask but you really want to know), and let me tell you, you guys delivered - no pun intended!

I had such a great time doing this episode for you because I love talking about embarrassing stuff. And we had so many questions come in that I actually broke it up into two parts for you, with part two airing next week.

Want to erase anxiety and actually feel excited about birth?

Get instant access to my FREE Birth Workshop to learn tons of pain-coping strategies and actionable tips today!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Related episodes and resources discussed in this episode:

 

Jan 02, 2023
Ask an OBGYN Anything with Dr. Jennifer Lincoln
50:59

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I had the chance to interview the amazing Dr. Jennifer Lincoln! Jen is a board-certified OB/GYN that works as an OB hospitalist, and she is also an IBCLC. 

In addition to her bedside work, Jen is a total TikTok Doc celebrity with 2.8 million followers where, in her words, she makes educational videos that are “the health class you wish you had in high school”.

Inside of today’s episode, we did an “ask an OBGYN anything” based on questions submitted by the MLN community. We covered a broad range of topics and used questions that we saw submitted frequently to make sure they would appeal to the widest audience.

Want to erase anxiety and actually feel excited about birth?

Get instant access to my FREE Birth Workshop to learn tons of pain-coping strategies and actionable tips today!

Overwhelmed by the amount of pregnancy info out there?

CLICK HERE to get helpful and supportive tips, info, and resources from an L&D nurse sent straight to your inbox every week, and never sort through search results again!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Dec 19, 2022
Gabby's Difficult Birth and Postpartum Experience
47:33

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I am joined by fellow mom, Gabby. Gabby reached out to share her difficult birth story with us and to hopefully inspire others to advocate for their care if they are not being treated right.

When Gabby got in touch with us, she explained that her appearance caused an inattentive and hostile labor process in which she had to advocate for her care.

You’ll hear her talk about how her epidural caused a panic attack that was not taken seriously and more. After birth, Gabby suffered from postpartum anxiety and postpartum OCD and was only offered help at 9 months when it was severe.

I am so grateful that Gabby was willing to come on to the show to share her story because every birth needs to have a voice and sometimes telling your story can be a step forward in the healing process.

Want to erase anxiety and actually feel excited about birth?

Get instant access to my FREE Birth Workshop to learn tons of pain-coping strategies and actionable tips today!

Overwhelmed by the amount of pregnancy info out there?

CLICK HERE to get helpful and supportive tips, info, and resources from an L&D nurse sent straight to your inbox every week, and never sort through search results again!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Dec 12, 2022
Let's Talk About Group B Strep
24:06

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast we’re talking all about group B strep and how it might affect your birth.

Here we’re going to learn the details about this infection, how GBS disease can impact your baby, and how your provider will screen for GBS. Lastly, we’ll take a look at what it means for birth if you’re GBS positive.
 
If you do have group B strep, your birth will be a little bit different, because antibiotic treatment is highly recommended. But luckily, it’s not as big of a deal as it sounds.

Want to eliminate stress before birth?

Get your FREE 3rd Trimester Prep Pack to know everything is done and feel completely confident with your birth plan and hospital bag!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

 

 

Dec 05, 2022
Discussing Perinatal Mental Health with Perinatal Psychiatrist, Nichelle Haynes
41:18

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast we are talking about perinatal mental health – a topic that is near and dear to my heart. My guest, Dr. Nichelle Haynes is a Clinical Psychiatrist who specializes in perinatal mental health.

There’s not a lot of psychiatrists who specialize in the pregnant and postpartum population. So Dr. Haynes and I talk about a day in her life, what sort of patients she sees, and what’s the first step if you’re struggling.

We also talk about the difference between a psychiatrist, a psychologist, and a therapist because there’s a big difference. We also discuss medication, when to intervene with medication, and what signs and symptoms you should be looking for.

And finally, you’ll hear us debunk the unfortunate societal stigma surrounding psychiatric medications.

Overwhelmed by the amount of pregnancy info out there?

CLICK HERE to get helpful and supportive tips, info, and resources from an L&D nurse sent straight to your inbox every week, and never sort through search results again!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

 

Nov 28, 2022
Queer Couple Share Their Birth Story
37:21

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I chatted with Sally about the birth of her first son, Bodey. 

Sally and her husband Ash are a queer couple that conceived at home with donor sperm from a good friend of theirs!

Once pregnant, Sally discussed navigating hyperemesis gravidarum, switching care providers later in her pregnancy, and a pretty scary event that disrupted Bodey’s entrance into this world.

Want to feel in control before birth?

Use our FREE Birth Plan Templates to take the first step towards the birth experience you desire.

Want to erase anxiety and actually feel excited about birth?

Get instant access to my FREE Birth Workshop to learn tons of pain-coping strategies and actionable tips today!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Nov 21, 2022
Ask Me Anything About Pregnancy and Birth
28:25

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I'm coming at you with a good old ask me anything style episode.

For this episode, I pulled some questions I didn't get to and addressed them here! There's a good mix of questions in this episode covering epidurals, sex in pregnancy, water birth, milk supply, and more!

Anxious about packing for the hospital?

Grab the FREE Hospital Bag Checklist created by a practicing L&D nurse and feel 10000% certain you’ve got everything you need on the big day!

Overwhelmed by the amount of pregnancy info out there?

CLICK HERE to get helpful and supportive tips, info, and resources from an L&D nurse sent straight to your inbox every week, and never sort through search results again!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Nov 14, 2022
Chelsea Roberts from Peloton Talks Yoga & Meditation During Pregnancy
32:35

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I am so excited to share my interview with internationally celebrated Peloton yoga teacher and scholar, Chelsea Roberts.

As some of you may know, Chelsea is currently pregnant with her first child and during today’s interview, we talked all about the ways pregnancy has impacted her own yoga and meditation practice, and her teaching. 

We touched on the benefits of yoga for pregnancy, the mindset with which women should approach prenatal fitness and their changing bodies, how yoga and meditation can play a role in erasing some of the fear and unknown of birth, and so much more.

Stressed about your baby registry?

Get the FREE Baby Registry Checklist created by an L&D nurse and veteran mom for insider tips and an organized list of the things you *actually* need!

Pregnancy to-dos piling up already?

Get your FREE Second Trimester Prep Pack to create your registry with ease and know you’re staying on track!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Nov 07, 2022
Shea's Trisomy 13 Birth Story
42:36

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I have a birth story to share with you. I want to give a content warning for this episode because we do talk about child loss. If this subject could trigger you, please skip this episode and tune in next week.

Shea’s daughter was diagnosed with Trisomy 13, which was found at a genetic screening in the first trimester. Trisomy 13 is a genetic disorder caused by an extra 13th chromosome. This extra chromosome can cause severe mental and physical problems. Unfortunately, this diagnosis is usually associated with a short life expectancy, and some babies are not even born alive.

Even though this specific diagnosis is rare, I wanted to have Shea share her story on the podcast this week about what it’s like to receive a life-limiting diagnosis during pregnancy and how to navigate that journey.

Feeling overwhelmed in the first trimester?

Get support in the early weeks with our FREE 1st Trimester Prep Pack and gain a sense of control!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Oct 31, 2022
A Get-to-Know Liesel as an L&D Nurse Interview
31:58

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I'm joined by my sister and MLN team member, Jenna, for a fun get-to-know-me style episode.

Usually, I'm the one interviewing other people, but this week Jenna is going to interview me so that you can get to know me better, professionally and personally!

You'll hear about how I got started in L&D, my L&D superpower, what I'd be doing if I wasn't a labor and delivery nurse, and a whole lot more.

Pregnancy to-dos piling up already?

Get your FREE Second Trimester Prep Pack to create your registry with ease and know you’re staying on track!

Overwhelmed by the amount of pregnancy info out there?

CLICK HERE to get helpful and supportive tips, info, and resources from an L&D nurse sent straight to your inbox every week, and never sort through search results again!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Oct 24, 2022
Fostering Language Development from Birth with Speech Sisters
33:52

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I am joined by speech and language experts, Brooke and Bridget who you probably know better as The Speech Sisters on Instagram! Brooke and Bridget are Certified Speech Therapists, and have an incredible platform dedicated to getting your child talking. 

Inside the episode you’ll hear us talk about key things moms can do right from birth, the role of baby sign language in early communication, examples of how to incorporate these things into daily routines, very early speech and language development milestones to be on the lookout for, and lots more.

Want to birth without an epidural?

Get the FREE Natural Birth Prep Pack for the confidence you need, because simply wanting it might not be enough!

Feeling alone on your postpartum journey?

CLICK HERE to get supportive tips and advice from an L&D nurse and veteran mom sent straight to your inbox each week!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Oct 17, 2022
Honoring Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day with Rosie's Story
53:53

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I am airing a special episode in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, which is observed on October 15th every year.

For our special episode, I had the chance to chat with Danielle Lampman. She shared the birth story of her daughter, Rosie Noelle, with me. 

Rosie was stillborn in December of 2021 when Danielle was 37.5 weeks gestation - it was all completely unexpected. It is always so special when mamas reach out to share the stories of their stillborn babies, and it is my absolute honor to share Danielle and Rosie’s story with you today.

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Oct 10, 2022
Tips for Choosing a Pediatrician
27:19

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I’m going to share tips for choosing a pediatrician. Because as you’re working your way through (your seemingly endless) to-do list before birth, one important task is choosing a provider for your newborn.

In this episode, I'll share a list of considerations for choosing a pediatrician, questions to ask a pediatrician before deciding, and even a little bit about what to expect from your newborn pediatrician visits. Let’s tackle this item that’s been sitting on your to-do list mama! And let’s take it on with confidence!

Want to eliminate stress before birth?

Get your FREE 3rd Trimester Prep Pack to know everything is done and feel completely confident with your birth plan and hospital bag!

Stressed about your baby registry?

Get the FREE Baby Registry Checklist created by an L&D nurse and veteran mom for insider tips and an organized list of the things you *actually* need!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

 

Oct 03, 2022
Meal Prep for Postpartum with Talia Koren
28:18

This week, I have a cute little episode for you about meal prepping and postpartum. My guest, Talia is the founder of a program called workweek lunch – a blog and digital meal plan subscription that has helped 1000s of people all over the world master the art of meal prep. She is also the author of The Workweek Lunch Cookbook, which includes 60 approachable and delicious recipes that are designed to be prepped and stored.

On this episode, we talk about the benefits of meal prepping for pregnancy and postpartum, how to get started, and tips for meal prepping in that last month of your pregnancy to make your life easier once baby comes.

Towards the end, we talked about some tools that you might need on hand to make it a little bit easier!

Anxious about packing for the hospital?

Grab the FREE Hospital Bag Checklist created by a practicing L&D nurse and feel 10000% certain you’ve got everything you need on the big day!

Want to eliminate stress before birth?

Get your FREE 3rd Trimester Prep Pack to know everything is done and feel completely confident with your birth plan and hospital bag!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Sep 26, 2022
Jordan's Birth Experience as a Black Woman in the U.S.
44:08

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I have Jordan joining me to talk about her birth story! Jordan is a black woman & first-time mom who had a fairly uneventful pregnancy but unfortunately dealt with some traumatic events that occurred during the birth of her son.

Jordan tells me in the episode that while pregnant, she had educated herself about the racial disparities that unfortunately exist here in the US and she felt informed, and prepared going into her birth. She never really thought she would actually be treated differently because of the way that she looked. 

Stressed about your baby registry?

Get the FREE Baby Registry Checklist created by an L&D nurse and veteran mom for insider tips and an organized list of the things you *actually* need!

Want to erase anxiety and actually feel excited about birth?

Get instant access to my FREE Birth Workshop to learn tons of pain-coping strategies and actionable tips today!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

 

Sep 19, 2022
How to Give Birth Without an Epidural (If That's Your Goal)
30:36

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast we’re going to talk all about birthing without an epidural, and answer a question I get all the time - “How do I have a natural birth?”

And while there is no secret formula…I definitely have some insight into what you can do to set yourself up for success.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Sep 12, 2022
Preparing to Breastfeed and Lactation in the NICU with IBCLC, Erica Campbell
35:38

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I had the opportunity to interview Erica Campbell, who is a mom of two, registered nurse, and international board-certified lactation consultant! Erica is also the face behind the growing Instagram platform @themilkmanual, where she aims to make lactation education chill and attainable for all.

In the episode, you’ll learn more about Erica and her platform, find out what she recommends for breastfeeding prep during pregnancy, learn about the benefits of hand expression during pregnancy, and then we’ll get into lactation and the NICU! 

Feeling alone on your postpartum journey?

CLICK HERE to get supportive tips and advice from an L&D nurse and veteran mom sent straight to your inbox each week!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Sep 05, 2022
Carly's Three Different Paths to Pregnancy
49:23

On this episode, Carly talks about her journey to motherhood. Carly is a part of a two-mom family, and she's actually now pregnant with her 3rd baby! She and her wife used the same sperm donor for all three of their babies, but the way Carly got pregnant was different all three times.

It's a very interesting, and heartfelt story that you don't want to miss!

Overwhelmed by the amount of pregnancy info out there?

CLICK HERE to get helpful and supportive tips, info, and resources from an L&D nurse sent straight to your inbox every week, and never sort through search results again!

Want to erase anxiety and actually feel excited about birth?

Get instant access to my FREE Birth Workshop to learn tons of pain-coping strategies and actionable tips today!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Aug 29, 2022
What to do While Waiting for Baby
23:33

Are you wondering what to do while waiting for baby to arrive? I get it, when your due date countdown goes from weeks to days, time can start to feel extra slow. We’ve all heard the joke about the last month of pregnancy lasting 5,654,213 days, right??

Well, this week I’m going to share some ways to help you pass that time and get you a little more prepared mentally, physically, and sentimentally (is that a thing?) for your baby to arrive.

Keep in mind that these are the things that aren’t absolutely essential, but are a great way to fill those waiting days!

Anxious about packing for the hospital?

Grab the FREE Hospital Bag Checklist created by a practicing L&D nurse and feel 10000% certain you’ve got everything you need on the big day!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Aug 22, 2022
Mental Health in Pregnancy, Postpartum, and Motherhood with Dr. Ashurina Ream
01:04:39

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I was joined by my good friend and fellow Instagram educator, Dr. Ashurina Ream - you may know her as @psychedmommy on Instagram. Ashurina is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with certification in perinatal mental health. 

I put out a call for questions on my Instagram story for this one, and we were able to group questions into three categories to help keep the episode structured.

You’ll hear us cover mental health in pregnancy, mental health after birth, and then some mental health “in general” questions. I always learn so much anytime I have the chance to chat with Dr. Ream, and I know you will too.

Overwhelmed by the amount of pregnancy info out there?

CLICK HERE to get helpful and supportive tips, info, and resources from an L&D nurse sent straight to your inbox every week, and never sort through search results again!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Aug 15, 2022
Cathryn's Story of Secondary Infertility
40:59

I am so excited to share this birth story with you guys. Cathryn struggled with secondary infertility with the birth of her daughter. It was actually a full 18 months of going through rounds of Clomid, IUI, and IVF before conceiving.

It was really tremendous to hear the whole process, have her explain how she was feeling throughout it, and just everything that goes along with infertility because there's a lot to it and it can be really hard to relate to others who are going through infertility if you haven't been through it yourself. I love that she touched on that and shared her story so openly.

During the second half of the episode, Cathryn talks about her pregnancy with her daughter and her amazing birth story, too!

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Aug 08, 2022
Liesel and Jenna's Live Reactions Birth Scenes in the Media
41:24

This week on the podcast, I had my sister Jenna come on the show for a fun and light hearted episode that I'm really excited to share with you guys.

Jenna and I watched some birth videos - but not the kind of birth videos that you're thinking of! - and react to them live on the episode.

I thought it'd be interesting coming from me as a labor and delivery nurse and from Jenna, who you know has never been pregnant and doesn't have any kids.

I'm not gonna spoil too much of the episode. It was a lot of fun to record, but was also a big pain in the butt to get ready for, so I hope you guys like it!

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Aug 01, 2022
Unpacking Working Mom Guilt with Dr. Sarah Allen
47:20

For today’s episode, we spoke specifically about flipping the narrative on working mom guilt and Sarah weighed in with her brain expertise to share why being a working mom benefits children and their development!

You’ll hear as discuss what working mom guilt typically looks like, research-backed reasons why being a working mom can benefit your children, discuss the pros and cons of daycare vs. nanny care in the first year from a neuro-development perspective, and maternity/parental leave in general here in the US.

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Jul 25, 2022
Bryce Reddy's Surprise Third Baby
32:31

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I have a birth story to share with you guys from Bryce Reddy who you probably know as @mombrain.therapist over on Instagram.

You'll hear Bryce open up about her struggles, what it was like to navigate this unexpected pregnancy and the amazing birth story of her third little kiddo.

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Jul 18, 2022
Ask Me Anything About Labor and Delivery
49:51

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I had my sister, Jenna, come on the show to help me do an "ask me anything about labor and delivery" episode! I haven't done an episode like this in a while, and it was very fun to bring it back!

These questions came straight from the MLN community, and when you listen you'll hear me talk about inductions, the big baby myth, epidural side effects, partner tips, and more!

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Jul 11, 2022
Preparing Your Relationship for Baby with Dr. Tracy Dalgleish
27:21

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I was joined by psychologist and couples therapist, Dr. Tracy Dalgleish to talk all about preparing your relationship for baby before they're here!

Inside of the episode, you'll learn actionable tips and systems you can put into place now, hear about common pitfalls and obstacles that couples often have so that you can prepare for them, and so much more!

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Jul 04, 2022
A Positive Natural Birth Story
37:18

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I'm excited to share Natalie Portman and her birth story with you guys! Natalie reached out to me to share the story of her positive, natural birth!

Natalie hopes that her story will help women who are on the fence about unmedicated birth or that are just scared about giving birth, in general, to know that although you can’t control everything about the situation, there is still a lot you can do. In her words, knowledge is power, and trust is power.

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Jun 27, 2022
Virtual Lactation Consultants and a Tongue Tie Deep Dive with an IBCLC
47:18

On this episode, I spoke with Courtney Miller, IBCLC all about the benefits of virtual lactation consultants.

Then we switched gears and did a total deep dive into the topic of tongue ties, which I know is something that a LOT of you are curious about.

There's so much great info packed into this episode, so definitely tune in!

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Jun 20, 2022
The First 48 Hours after Birth
36:46

On this episode of The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I'm talking all about the first 48 hours after birth.

We'll start with details about the very first hour - also known as the golden hour. This is because an uninterrupted first hour of life is actually filled with evidence-based benefits for both mama and baby!

Then we'll get into the duration of your hospital stay so that you’re totally prepared for that too! The first 48 hours after birth are a critical time of recovery for you, and there’s a lot you can do during your hospital stay to make your transition home with your baby a bit easier.

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Jun 13, 2022
NICU Tips from NICU Nurse Tori
52:18

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I had my friend and follow Instagram Nurse/Educator Tori Meskin come onto the show to talk to us all about the NICU!

Today on the show, Tori shared her insights into what it's like to be a NICU nurse, the most common reasons babies are admitted into the NICU, what the deal is with visiting babies in the NICU, all about kangaroo care, feeding your NICU baby, and so much more!

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Jun 06, 2022
24-Week Preemie Twins Birth Story
53:25

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I have a birth story to share with you guys from Heather Evans. 

Heather reached out to me to share her story because she hopes that it will help those with infertility, those considering egg donation, mamas of multiples, preemie moms, and moms of kiddos with special needs. And furthermore, her career as a pelvic health PT offers insight to ALL moms!

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May 30, 2022
Pregnancy 101: Placentas and Umbilical Cords
41:30

In this episode of The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, we're going to talk all about your placenta and the umbilical cord!

You will learn all about the placenta, potential complications, how it’s expelled, and more!

We’re also going to cover umbilical cords so that you understand what’s normal and what’s not with baby’s cord, too.

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May 23, 2022
Diastasis Deep Dive with a Pelvic Floor PT
38:21

In this episode, Anita Lambert, pelvic floor PT, shared her expertise on diastasis recti so that we could do a deep dive for you guys! In the interview, you'll learn about what diastasis recti is, how to tell if you're suffering, what pregnant women can do proactively to help prevent it from happening, and what to expect if you do have a separation and seek out professional help!

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May 16, 2022
Preterm Birth Story Due to Mirror Syndrome
35:48

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, fellow mom Payton Bridges came on the show to share her incredible birth story.

In the episode, you'll hear her tell that story about how they tried to keep her growing as long as possible, but that she ended up having an emergent C-section at 26 weeks after lots of ups and downs. 

She explained how when she was going through this she did what we all do, and went to Google to look at statistics and other stories. But it was SO difficult to find positive information on Mirror Syndrome and positive outcomes.

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May 09, 2022
Stillbirth Prevention Tips
26:45

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast we’re talking about stillbirth prevention. And I know that this topic can be very heavy and can provoke anxiety for a lot of mamas. It’s not something that anyone really wants to talk about.

Here you’ll learn about what stillbirth is, some statistics surrounding this tragedy, risk factors, and some actionable things you can do to help prevent stillbirth.

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May 02, 2022
Natural Labor Birth Story After a Traumatic Birth
53:53

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I'm happy to share the birth stories of Kat Tepylo Murphy with you guys!

Kat reached out to me to share about the redemptive, natural birth of her son after a traumatic first birth.

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Apr 25, 2022
Pumping Tips from an Exclusive Pumper and CLC
57:30

In this episode, I chatted with my friend Kristen Krahl who is an experienced pumping mama, certified lactation consultant, and the face behind the amazing platform Be My Breast Friend!

Inside of today's episode, Kristen weighs in on, well, all things pumping! She talked about what to look for in a pump, sizing, when to start pumping, tips for exclusive pumpers, what to do if you're seeing a dip in supply, and so. much. more. 

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Apr 18, 2022
Discussing Black Maternal Health in the U.S. with Dr. Jasmine Johnson
35:28

This episode of The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast is all about the realities of black maternal health here in the US, and what we can do to spark change!

I actually put this podcast out last year, but I wanted to re-release it this week in honor of Black Maternal Health Week 2022.

To spark any kind of change surrounding racism in healthcare (and specifically in black maternal health), I truly believe that awareness is the first step.

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Apr 11, 2022
Gestational Diabetes Deep Dive with RD Leslee Flannery
30:09

In this episode, I chatted with Leslee, a dietician who specializes in counseling mamas who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. 

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Apr 04, 2022
Twin Mamas Share Their Eerily Similar Birth Stories
01:08:52

Sierra and Hailey are identical twin sisters who had their first babies born within one week of each other.

And you guys, hold on to your hats. These stories are WILD. I don't want to spoil the episode, but let's just say this episode may have been longer than both of their labors combined.

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Mar 28, 2022
Tearing During Birth
45:03

In this podcast, I’m going to go over the ins and outs of tearing, all the different types of ways to tear, how to prevent tearing if there is such a thing, how to care for a perineal tear if it does wind up happening to you, and more. My goal with this episode is to rid that fear of tearing from your brain!

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Mar 21, 2022
Transforming Toddlerhood: Adding a Baby to Your Family
43:18

This week on the podcast we are talking all things TODDLERS! I know a lot of you guys that listen to the podcast each week are veteran moms, who might have toddlers at home.

One topic that is brought up, again and again, is how adding a new baby to your family can affect your other kiddos. 

Devon Kuntzman joined me today from Transforming Toddlerhood, to talk about tips you can do during your pregnancy to help prep your little (or littles) for your new baby!

We talked about behaviors you can expect, tips for that first meeting, how to cope with dividing your time now that you have an additional child, and more!

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Mar 14, 2022
Addie's Story: Birth After Infant Death Part 2 of 2
40:08

This week on the podcast we have part 2 of Addie's story featuring birth after still birth. If you missed last week, she shared all about her pregnancy and emergency C-section with her first daughter, Sophie, who died shortly after birth due to what can only be described as negligence on the part of her labor and delivery team. If you haven't listened to that episode yet, it is an emotional episode but one that gives context to today's part of the story.

Here in part 2, you'll hear Addie share about the birth of her rainbow baby, and then in her words, her pot of gold baby - an empowering VBAC after two previous C-sections. 

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Mar 07, 2022
Addie's Story: Birth After Infant Death Part 1 of 2
35:56

This is part 1 of Addie's 2 party birth story. Addie had an emergency C-section with her first daughter, Sophie, who unfortunately did not survive. Addie goes into detail about the events leading up to that day, and what I can only describe as negligence by her care team during the birth of her first daughter.

She then found herself pregnant again 3 months later with her rainbow baby, and this time chose an elective C-section for her birth. 9 months after the birth of her rainbow, she becomes pregnant with, in her words, her "pot of gold" baby. His birth was an empowering VBAC after her previous two C-sections.

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Feb 28, 2022
Black Maternal Morbidity + Self Advocacy in Pregnancy and Birth
27:59

In this episode I share actionable ways that you can educate and advocate for yourself throughout pregnancy and birth and shed some light on the tragic black maternal death rates in the US – because it NEEDS attention!

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Feb 21, 2022
Pregnancy and Birth Trivia
25:38

This week on the podcast I have a short and fun episode for you guys featuring my sister, Jenna! I wanted to keep it light-hearted this time because we've had quite a few longer educational episodes lately.

I quizzed her on some fun pregnancy trivia - it turned out to be WAY HARDER than I thought it was going to be, I think she only got 2 right hah. So, I invite you to play along at home too to see if you can beat her!

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Feb 14, 2022
Talking about Birth Trauma with Dr. Cassidy
49:24

Birth trauma is such a heavy subject and needs SO MUCH MORE light shed on to it. Dr. Cassidy is seriously one of the best guests to discuss birth trauma. She not only has personally encountered birth trauma during one of her births, which she will share in the episode, but she's also worked with countless moms who also have in her professional practice.

Today we're talking about risk factors, how birth trauma affects support people, how to process birth trauma if you've been through it, and so much more.

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Feb 07, 2022
C-Section vs. Vaginal Birth: What is the Better Option?
29:34

In this episode, I am talking all about C-section birth vs. vaginal birth. First, I start off by talking about some common myths regarding C-sections and the pros and cons of the two types of birth.

Then I'll discuss emergency C-sections and why they happen, what the recovery looks like between the two, and more!

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Jan 31, 2022
Postpartum Nutrition and Wellness
45:06

Today I had Alison from Motherwell Nutrition on the podcast, and we chatted all about hormonal imbalances post-birth.

She discussed how to support our bodies through this period of change, some great ways to move your body in addition to focusing on your nutritional needs, and how to find a functional nutritionist in your area if you want to learn more.

I admit before I recorded this episode I really didn't quite understand what functional nutrition was...but it's SO interesting how our hormones and body systems are all connected in a lot of of what we eat!

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Jan 24, 2022
Chatting Prenatal Fitness with Ashley Knowe of Get Mom Strong
32:54

This week on the podcast I'm chatting with pre and post-natal corrective exercise specialist, Ashley Knowe from Get Mom Strong.

She talked to me all about prenatal fitness myths vs. facts, ab training, how to even START working out as a pregnant lady if you weren't pre-pregnancy, postpartum recovery, and more!

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Jan 17, 2022
Unpacking Homebirth with Homebirth Midwife, Anne Margolis
54:29

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I'm joined by my friend and homebirth midwife, Anne Margolis, from Home Sweet Homebirth! 

Homebirth is something I am NOT very familiar with, from a practitioner standpoint - I've only EVER attended hospital births - but I do respect that some women choose home birth as an alternative to birthing in a traditional hospital setting.

Because of this, I thought it would be really educational (and fun!) to have a homebirth midwife on the podcast to talk to us about some of her experiences and answer some of my questions about home birth! Anne has been in practice for over 25 years as a midwife, so she's really seen it all!

Today we talked about home birth prenatal care, water births, hospital transfers, and so much more! You guys are going to love Anne and all she has to say in this episode!

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Jan 10, 2022
Choosing Your Birth Team
33:37

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I talked ALL about your birth team! These are the people who will help support you throughout your labor. 

First, I discussed the different types of providers that can deliver your baby! There are two main “categories” of providers you can choose from for this job – an obstetrician or a midwife, and both come with their own set of benefits!

Then I’ll differentiate between two other essential birth team members – doulas and labor and delivery nurses (like me!).

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Jan 03, 2022
Kayleigh's AFE Survival Birth Story
57:02

Kayleigh Summers joined me to share the story of her son's birth. Kayleigh went in for what she anticipated to be a routine induction to meet her son, only to suffer an incredibly rare complication known as an amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) right as she was beginning to push him out.

Amniotic fluid embolism happens in approximately 1 in 100,000 births. The infant survival rate is only about 70%, and the maternal survival rate is somewhere between 30-50%. Basically everyone's worst nightmare!

Luckily Kayleigh is here to tell her story today of being an AFE survivor, and I'm honored I had the opportunity to sit down with her and share it with you guys.

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Dec 20, 2021
What's It Like Being a Male L&D Nurse?
43:04

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I had the opportunity to chat with a male L&D nurse, which is not something I come across every day!

You guys are going to absolutely love AJ, he was so much fun to chat with, and he is also HILARIOUS! I thought he was the perfect person to join me this week, and I can't wait for you guys to listen!

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Dec 13, 2021
Let's Chat Third Trimester FAQs
34:43

This week I'm talking all about third trimester FAQs! As that due date gets closer and closer it inevitably seems like we naturally get more questions that come up!

In this episode I’m going to discuss nausea in the third trimester, traveling during pregnancy, baby movements, itchy feet, labial swelling, hip pain, what to do if you water breaks unexpectedly, and more!

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Dec 06, 2021
Mindset Tips for Pregnancy and Birth with Natalie Bacon
29:34

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast we're talking all about mindset! You guys should know by now that I'm ALL about getting you in the right headspace when it comes to birth and what better person to interview about this topic than life coach, Natalie Bacon.

In this episode we talk about educating yourself, being open to change, pain coping techniques, listening to what your body is telling you, and so much more!

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Nov 29, 2021
Let's Talk About Pelvic Floor Health with Nikki Bergen
39:41

This week on the podcast I am joined by friend Nikki over at the BelleMethod and we're talking all about pelvic floor health!

Nikki is a women’s fitness expert, Master Pilates Trainer, and passionate pelvic health advocate.

We talked about pelvic floor strength after birth, diastasis recti, signs that you may have pelvic floor weaknesses (or tension), getting back into fitness post-birth, and more!

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Nov 22, 2021
Laurel's COVID-19 Birth Story
37:54

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I have a birth story lined up for you guys! And, let me just preface, this is not any ordinary birth story. This one is INTENSE and shall I even say the word? COVID-filled. Yup.

This week I had Laurel join me on the podcast to talk all about giving birth in the heart of this pandemic that we all know too well. Laurel and her husband BOTH got COVID a few days before she was due, and unfortunately, her husband was not able to attend her birth, and she had to give birth in the hospital alone.

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Nov 15, 2021
10 Things You Can Do To Prep For Labor
31:00

In this week's episode of The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I talked ALL about preparing for labor...and specifically 10 things you shouldn't forget!

As your due date draws closer, feelings of anxiety, what-ifs, and maybe even some fear are filling your head. Maybe you're actually thinking, "Can I really do this?".

My main focus  of this episode is to give you 10 things you should do before labor starts. 

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Nov 08, 2021
A Chat with the Hosts of the Big Fat Positive Podcast
29:55

Have you ever wanted to be pregnant at the same time as your BFF? Well, that's exactly what happened with this week's guests!

Shanna and Laura came onto The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast this week and talked all about being pregnant at the SAME time - what the journey was like and even brought up some struggles they faced.

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Nov 01, 2021
Talking Anesthesia and L&D With Dr. Magnolia Printz
58:45

What do TikTok and anesthesia have in common? Well, nothing really - unless you’re my friend Dr. Maggie Printz who joined me for this week’s episode of The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast.

Dr. Magnolia Printz is a board-certified anesthesiologist from Wisconsin, and at the time of recording she has over 800k followers on TikTok.

In this episode, I sat down with Maggie, and we chatted about all things anesthesia – especially as it relates to birth.

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Oct 25, 2021
Single Mother By Choice: Sara's Story
38:40

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I was joined by Sara who wanted to talk about her journey to becoming a single mother by choice.

The big day of Sara’s embryo transfer happened just two days before we recorded, and I loved that timing because everything was so fresh in her mind.

During our conversation, you’ll hear her talk about the decision and process of freezing her eggs when she was in her early 30s, and all of the thought and steps that went into actually deciding to become a single mother by choice when she turned 40 years old.

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Oct 18, 2021
Caitlyn Karl's Induction Birth Story
51:36

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I have an induction birth story for guys! Caitlyn Karl is a fellow mom who was on the podcast way back in episode 78. During that episode she shared with us all about her infant adoption story for her son AJ.

It was such a cool conversation and I learned SO much about what the infant adoption process looks like. At the time of recording for that show, Caitlyn was actually pregnant and expecting her first biological baby!

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Oct 11, 2021
The Southernish Mama Shares Her First Three Birth Stories
01:14:59

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I had Brooke from @thesouthernishmama come on the show to talk all about her pregnancies and birth!

Brooke has a popular Instagram page where she does a lot of fun and relatable content surrounding pregnancy, motherhood, and other lifestyle topics with the use of her letterboard.

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Oct 04, 2021
The Breastfeeding Mama
54:51

This week I had a chance to chat with Katie from The Breastfeeding Mama. Katie is a mom of three boys, and after the birth of her second baby, she faced a ton of challenges with breastfeeding.

That’s where her journey towards becoming The Breastfeeding Mama started, and really where her passion for helping other women succeed at breastfeeding began too.

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Sep 27, 2021
Tess's Very Precipitous Birth Story!
58:32

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I have a really exciting birth story to share with you guys! I actually had a personal friend of mine, Tess Camp, come on the show to tell the story of her three very different deliveries, with an emphasis on her extremely precipitous labor and second birth!

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Sep 20, 2021
Talking Infertility with Dr. Natalie Crawford
47:36

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I had the opportunity to chat with the lovely Dr. Natalie Crawford all about infertility and more specifically secondary infertility.

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Sep 13, 2021
Caitlyn Fitzgerald’s Eventful and Traumatic Birth Story
52:46

This week I was joined by Caitlin Fitzgerald for the very eventful and traumatic birth story of her first baby during the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Caitlin opens up about her unexpected induction, unplanned C-section, a NICU stay, postpartum struggles, and so much more!

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Sep 06, 2021
BONUS: Talking Facts about the COVID Vaccine and Pregnancy with an OBGYN
56:08
This is a special bonus episode of The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, where we are going to dive into all things COVID and the COVID vaccine during pregnancy.

I get questions about these topics all the time in my DMs, and totally understand that there is a lot of confusion and uncertainty surrounding pregnancy and COVID-19. As you know, I am a healthcare professional, but I decided that this wasn’t a topic I wanted to cover completely on my own.

I wanted to have an OBGYN come on here so that we could have this discussion together. And I was so fortunate to be joined by board-certified OB-GYN, Dr. Marta Perez of @dr.martaperez over on Instagram.

She regularly shares evidence information surrounding COVID during pregnancy and the COVID vaccine, so I thought she was the perfect person to come on here and talk about myths and facts in a level-headed, evidence-based manner.

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Sep 01, 2021
Feeding Littles
50:00

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I had a chance to chat with the founders of Feeding Littles!

Feeding Littles is a platform that’s dedicated to helping parents learn how to confidently feed their babies, toddlers, and older kids. They offer online courses and resources to share their knowledge as feeding experts with families around the world.

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Aug 30, 2021
Ryland is 1! Liesel Recounts Her Past Year of Being a Mom of 2
01:57:40

I’ve got a special episode for you guys this week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast! I had the chance to sit down with Tiffany, my good friend and business partner here at MLN, in honor of my second baby’s first birthday. We talked all about this past year – the struggles and the wins – and what it’s like to be a mom of 2.

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Aug 23, 2021
Medical Birth Can Be Beautiful Too!
56:39

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I had Alexandra Cunningham from the This Family Tree podcast come on the show to share her birth stories. After I was on her podcast a few months ago, she and I hit it off really well, so it only made sense to have her come on!

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Aug 16, 2021
Let's Talk about Infant Car Seat Safety with a CPST
51:14

This week we are talking all about infant car seat safety with a certified child passenger safety technician and preventable injury specialist, Brigette Watson.

This is a topic that I am always happy to discuss and bring awareness to because car seats are something many of us use every day with our little ones, and it’s actually so easy to make mistakes without even realizing it. I know even I can be guilty of it!

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Aug 09, 2021
Maya Vorderstrasse: That One Letterboard Mom Gets Candid About Her Three Births
45:01

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I had Maya Vorderstrasse, aka That One Letterboard Mom, come on the show to share her THREE unique and amazing birth stories.

Maya is a mom of three, her first two babies are what are known as Irish twins (born just shy of 12 months apart!) and then she had a third baby boy. You all know I have heard a lot of birth stories, but this one is a real treat. Even I got chills a couple of times throughout our conversation.

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Aug 02, 2021
Got a Breastfeeding Question? Lindsey, an IBCLC Answers Your Questions!
50:41

This week we’ve got part two of our two-part episode with the lovely, Lindsey Shipley, from Lactation Link. She’s a board-certified lactation consultant and a fellow labor and delivery nurse.

Last week on the show we had so much fun chatting and demystifying some of the most common, yet lesser understood L&D terms you might come across during your pregnancy and birth. And this week we’re focusing on your top breastfeeding questions!

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Jul 26, 2021
Labor and Delivery Terms Explained
01:06:32

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I had the opportunity to chat with Lindsey Shipley from over at Lactation Link.

This episode is actually episode one of a two-part series where we address some labor and delivery terms and other terminology surrounding pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding!

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Jul 19, 2021
Potty Training Tips
49:36

This week I chatted with Allison Janadu, a potty training consultant and the face behind the popular potty training Instagram account @pottytrainingconsultant all about potty training!

At the time this episode aired, she and her team at Potty Training Consultants have helped over 2000 families meet their potty-training goals.

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Jul 12, 2021
What is the Difference Between a Scheduled C-Section and an Emergent One?
32:47

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I did a solo episode all about scheduled C-sections vs. emergency C-sections. I get asked about this a lot during Sunday story questions, but it’s one of those topics that definitely needs (and deserves) more of an in depth discussion!

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Jul 05, 2021
Kim Perry's Three Totally Different Births!
55:32

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I had a chance to chat with Kim Perry about her birth stories!

Kim is a prenatal and postnatal fitness specialist and the face behind the very popular Instagram account @kimperryco, where she shares glimpses into her life as a mom to three little ones, and educates and empowers women to stay fit, strong, and healthy during pregnancy and beyond.

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Jun 28, 2021
Katie, Mom of 7, Shares What It's Like Being Pregnant with Multiples Twice!
48:14
This week I had Katie Ferraro from @babyledweanteam come on the show to share her very unique experience as a mom to seven! She had one singleton baby, gave birth to quadruplets, and then had a set of twins! As you’ll hear her talk about in the episode, there was a point where they had seven kids 3 and under.

Katie is an amazing person, and she shared so much awesome advice during today’s episode related to parenting multiples, pregnancy with multiples, and prenatal nutrition in general. I can’t wait to share her with you.

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Jun 21, 2021
Yoga and Pregnancy: Do They Mix?
32:07

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I had Sarah, a prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher, come on the show to talk through the ins and outs of yoga during pregnancy!

We talked about some of the benefits that prenatal yoga can provide to pregnant moms, if it’s safe in all trimesters, and when’s the best trimester to do prenatal yoga. She talked about some of her favorite poses and some of the more popular poses. And then we talked about postnatal yoga and baby yoga as well!

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Jun 14, 2021
I Wish I Knew This Before Having My C-Section
31:49

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I did a solo episode talking all about C-section recovery! 

As the basis for this episode, I was able to pull recovery tips that veteran C-section mamas dropped for me over on Instagram. I figured there is no one who can better speak to this better than the mamas that have gone through it first hand.

I start off the episode by talking about what veteran C-section mamas wish they had put in their C-section hospital bag. In fact, I pulled this info from an article I put together last year (read it here!) because you guys blew me away with the suggestions! There is so much good advice.

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Jun 07, 2021
Pregnancy Myths vs. Facts with Sharon Mazel
44:49

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I had the chance to chat with Sharon Mazel to debunk a bunch of different pregnancy myths!

We start the episode by learning more about Sharon and her background with the What to Expect brand. And how after 23 years she left the brand to branch out on her own, but is still continuing to educate new parents through her website, parenting courses, and guides, and of course over on her Instagram page @sharonmazel.

Tune in to hear us talk about a variety of myths and facts so that we can set the record straight on these fertility and pregnancy topics once and for all!

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May 31, 2021
The Invisible Load of Motherhood
46:42

On this episode of The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I had the opportunity to chat with Erica from Happy as a Mother. She’s a registered psychotherapist with a master’s degree in counseling psychology and postgraduate certificates in couples and family therapy as well as maternal mental health.

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May 24, 2021
Caitlin Shares Her Infant Adoption Story
43:21

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I’m excited to have a first-ever kind of “birth” story for this show, and that is an infant adoption story!

Caitlin Karl, a fellow mom who’s actually currently pregnant, came on to share all about their journey to adopting their son AJ. Caitlin shares that she and her husband always knew they wanted to grow their family through adoption and biologically, and was never really quite sure what the order would like that.

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May 17, 2021
Why It’s Important to Prep Your Body for Labor
37:10

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I hosted a solo episode talking all about spontaneous labor versus inductions, and why spontaneous labor is typically preferred. I also touch on the timeline of medical inductions and what that entails.

You’ll learn about a few things you can do during your pregnancy to prep your body for labor, too! And then at the end of the episode I share the quick version of what I personally did with both of my boys to get myself into labor.

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May 10, 2021
A Chat About Newborn Care Specialists
43:27

This week I had Carole Kramer, the founder of Boston Baby Nurse and Nanny come on the show to talk about newborn care specialists and overnight newborn services!

Sleep is such a necessity to maintaining our mental health, that sometimes it DOES make sense to bring in some professional support in the early days, especially if you don’t have local support that can help you overnight.

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May 03, 2021
Twins…But One Vaginal and One C-Section!
49:19

In this episode of The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I had my friend (and doula!) Stephanie come on the show to share her unique twin birth story!

A lot of people don’t realize that twins do NOT have to be born via C-section. Tons of mamas are able to birth their twins vaginally. Your ability to do this depends mostly on the way the presenting baby is positioned. If they are head down, you’ll often get the green light for a vaginal birth.

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Apr 26, 2021
Seriously, Why is Postpartum SO Hard?
01:05:39

This episode of The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast is all about postpartum anxiety and preparing for postpartum during pregnancy.

Postpartum anxiety is a common, but less talked about reality for many new moms and one that I personally struggled with after both of my babies were born.

Feeling alone on your postpartum journey?

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Apr 19, 2021
The Realities of Black Maternal Health
38:55

his episode of The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast is all about the realities of black maternal health here in the US, and what we can do to spark change!

We’ve done some feed posts over on IG about this topic before to help raise awareness, but I knew I wanted to take more of a deep dive over here.

It’s a topic that can be really heavy in some ways, but it’s one that needs a LOT of light! If we’re going to spark any kind of change surrounding racism in healthcare (and specifically in black maternal health) I truly believe that awareness is the first step.

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Apr 16, 2021
Help! What is an Induction?
26:59

Labor induction – this is a topic that comes up a LOT in my DMs over on Instagram and in the MLN community in general!

So, today on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast I’m doing a Q&A-style episode all about planned inductions. Your most burning labor induction FAQs, answered!

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Apr 05, 2021
Do You Want a Redemptive Birth?
34:43

In this episode of The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I had fellow mom Kyriaki come on the show to talk about her challenging postpartum experience after the birth of her first son.

The story is emotional from the start but ends with a beautiful, redemptive, second birth that completely heals Kyriaki physically and emotionally.

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Have an even better birth!

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Mar 29, 2021
Why Do We Fight With Our Partners After Having Babies?
53:02

In this episode of The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I had licensed therapist and creator behind the Instagram page @loveafterbaby, Sheina Schochet, come on the show to talk about the challenges of, yup, love after baby!

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Have an even better birth!

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Mar 22, 2021
Mom Hacks with Dr. Darria
32:58

This week on The Mommy Labor Podcast, I had the chance to chat with Dr. Darria, an ER doctor, regular contributor on CNN, NBC, and The Dr. Oz Show, and auther of Mom Hacks.

Her book hit the list of top 25 nation bestseller list, and when she reached out about coming on the show, I was so excited to have her come on to personally share some of her best mom hacks with the MLN community!

In today’s episode, Dr. Darria shares some her top tips and hacks for mamas that are currently pregnant, recently gave birth, breastfeeding, or have a young child at home!

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Mar 15, 2021
The Labor Games!
46:27

This episode of The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast is light-hearted and fun! I always like to feature interesting and unconventional birth stories, interview experts on various pregnancy symptoms and complications, and discuss all things labor and delivery.

But every once in a while, I like to do an episode that is just, well, FUN! And that’s where this idea came from.

My sister Jenna (who has never been pregnant and is not currently pregnant!) came on for a little segment I’m calling “labor games”. I broke it up into four categories – and they were all a total hit!

So, if you’re looking for some easy listening, pregnancy-related fun, you’re in the right place.

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Mar 08, 2021
Food Allergies, Breast Milk, And Dairy, Oh My!
57:31

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I had a chance to do an expert interview with the fabulous Kathlena from @TheAllergyChef.

The episode is about all allergies, specifically food allergies, and even more specifically, milk allergies!

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Mar 01, 2021
Dogs + Babies: What Should You Know Bringing Baby Home to Your Dog?
43:30

In this episode, I had professional dog trainer, Michelle, come on the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast to talk all about dogs and babies.

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Feb 22, 2021
Baby Ezra’s Incredible Liver Transplant Story
47:46

On this episode of The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, I had the opportunity to talk to a fellow mom, Serena, about her baby's incredible liver transplant story!

It’s a little different than some of our other birth stories, but I was so thrilled to have her come on and share her inspiring and miraculous story, and raise awareness about the power and importance of organ donation.

Have an even better birth!

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Feb 15, 2021
What is the Best Mom Car?
43:40

In this episode, I interview Kelly Stumpe, aka The Car Mom, about how to buy the right car as a new parent.

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Feb 08, 2021
What Are The Realities of Poor Pregnancy Outcomes?
40:24

This week on The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, Lindsey Wimmer the founder and director of Star Legacy Foundation came on the show to talk about stillbirth and poor pregnancy outcomes.

Stillbirth, neonatal death, and pregnancy loss are difficult topics to discuss, but raising awareness, opening dialogue, and knowing where to find support are crucial for those experiencing these realities.

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Feb 01, 2021
Formula Can Be Your Friend with The Formula Mom
43:54

Are you a mama that’s searching for the right formula? Maybe you’re breastfeeding and curious about supplementing? Or maybe you just wanna be more educated on the topic of formula and help denounce the narrative that formula is poison!

Whatever the case may be, I’m so excited to have you join me for this week’s episode of The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast. Today we’ve got Mallory, Certified Infant Feeding Technician, formula expert, and the face behind the SUPER helpful Instagram account and website The Formula Mom.

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Have an even better birth!

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Jan 25, 2021
What’s It Like To Be A Labor and Delivery Nurse?
01:42:12

In this week's episode, my business partner and fellow labor and delivery nurse, Tiffany Tippin, talk about what it's like to be a labor and delivery nurse!

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Jan 18, 2021
Do Working out and Pregnancy Mix?
52:09

In today’s episode of The Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast we’re going to set the record straight on pregnancy fitness! I’m interviewing Sarah Kuhn, a prenatal and postnatal exercise specialist and the founder of Juna!

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There’s a key nutrient every single week with recipe suggestions, a daily trimester-specific workout, and pregnancy and postpartum tips from Sarah and the team at Juna. There’s really no other app like it out there!

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Jan 11, 2021
My Mom's Two VERY Different Birth Stories!
59:05

In this episode, my mom and sister join the podcast to talk about our two vastly different birth stories!

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About Sharon Heinzelmann

Sharon lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and currently owns and renovates rental properties with her husband. She has two daughters, Liesel and Jenna, and two grandsons, Walter and Ryland, who she loves to pieces!

Dec 21, 2020
FAQ's About Labor and Delivery!
45:59

In this episode, I answer your most commonly asked questions about labor and delivery!

Here are the questions I go over!

  1. Any advice on choosing a pediatrician?
  2. Is it standard to have to lie down to push?
  3. Is it normal for Braxton Hicks to slow down?
  4. Fetal hiccups. When to worry?
  5. Third pregnancy, 37 weeks, baby hasn’t dropped yet, previous babies dropped early, normal?
  6. If my water breaks and I go to the hospital, am I stuck in the bed?
  7. Have you had any moms with polycystic kidney disease have a success for delivery without a C-section?
  8. 3 1/2 months postpartum, normal delivery. Having white, glass like discharge in vagina. Is this normal?
  9. Is it true that you must wake up to do a night feed to keep milk supply up?
  10. Can you explain what station mean? Midwife said I was -2 at 36 weeks pregnant.
  11. How long will your cervix stay dilated at 10 cm?
  12. What are good thank you gifts for nurses?
  13. Is lightning crotch OK to have at 28 weeks?
  14. Is it possible to do skin-to-skin immediately after a C-section? 
  15. How often is your nurse typically in the room? Is Covid changing this?
  16. Where in the arm is a saline lock to IV usually in place? Are different placements better for movement?
  17. Any TV shows about labor and delivery?

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Have an even better birth!

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Dec 14, 2020
Kelsey’s Two Very Different Birth Stories and Lactation Struggles!
52:47

In this episode, Kelsey shares her two very different birth stories with her son and daughter, the second being a healing experience after the trauma from her first.

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About Kelsey Fay

Kelsey Fay is a 27 year old stay at home mother of 2. She and her husband has been married for almost 4 years, together for 11 years total!

She welcomed her first child in February of 2018, experiencing a somewhat traumatic birth, including a failed epidural, a fast labor that resulted in her doctor not arriving in time, and an experience with a less than helpful lactation consultant.

Her second birth, in December of 2019, was another quick birth, and required vacuum assistance as a result of her son’s heart rate dropping quite a few time. However, even though her second birth required some unexpected interventions due to the umbilical cord being wrapped around her son’s neck multiple times, she felt that it was very much a healing experience after the trauma of her daughter’s birth. 

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Dec 07, 2020
Brittany's 29-Hour Long Induction!
43:23

In this episode, Brittany shares her unplanned 39-hour long induction at 37 weeks.

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About Brittany Dougherty

Brittany Dougherty is a mom to a 1.5 year old and is currently pregnant with baby number two. She lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband, son, and two dogs. She is a civil engineer by trade, but she enjoys talking about pregnancy and babies whenever she gets the chance.

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Resources

Nov 30, 2020
A Fellow Labor Nurse’s Birth Story! (Part 2)
01:05:43

In this episode, my business partner and personal friend Tiffany shares her empowering unmedicated birth story with her second son, Callan.

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About Tiffany Tippin

Tiffany is a long-time friend to Liesel, a co-owner of Mommy Labor Nurse, and a fellow labor and delivery nurse. After marrying her husband Ben, Tiffany got pregnant shortly afterwards and on April 18th, 2019 delivered her first son, Wyatt.

Nov 24, 2020
A Fellow Labor Nurse's Birth Story! (Part 1)
01:17:59

In this episode, my business partner and personal friend Tiffany shares her birth story and difficult postpartum experience with her first son, Wyatt.

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About Tiffany Tippin

Tiffany is a long-time friend to Liesel, a co-owner of Mommy Labor Nurse, and a fellow labor and delivery nurse. After marrying her husband Ben, Tiffany got pregnant shortly afterwards and on April 18th, 2019 delivered her first son, Wyatt.

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They have two goals: creating maternity and nursing clothes that are beautiful, useful, and comfortable, and building a community of moms who support and encourage each other on the motherhood journey.

Kindred Bravely has donated over $500,000 worth of hands-free pumping and nursing bras to mamas who are currently working in healthcare during this pandemic as a thank you for what they’re doing every day.

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Nov 17, 2020
What To Do When You’re Pregnant and Stressed Out!
36:30

In this episode, I interview my friend Parijat, a high-risk pregnancy specialist, all about stress and how it relates to pregnancy and delivery.

Here are the questions we go over!

  1. Talk to me about how stress can play a part in pregnancy?
  2. How is stress related to preterm labor/other complications during pregnancy?
  3. What are some of the high risk complications that can occur related to stress?
  4. What are some tips we can do to reduce our stress during pregnancy?
  5. How about postpartum - is stress related to complications during postpartum as well?

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About Parijat Deshpande

Parijat Deshpande is a leading high-risk pregnancy specialist, somatic trauma professional and speaker, and author who guides women to improve their pregnancy complications so they can reduce their risk of preterm birth. 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®, that discusses the real, raw side of family-building including infertility, loss, high-risk pregnancy, bed rest, prematurity and healing once baby comes home.

You can learn more about Parijat here:

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Nov 09, 2020
Erin’s Redemptive Unmedicated Hospital Birth!
47:22

In this episode, Erin shares her traumatic birth story with her twin daughters and her redemptive unmedicated birth story with her son.

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About Erin

Erin is a mom of three kids aged three and under living in Chicago. After a traumatic birth with her twin daughters, Erin shares why the unmedicated hospital birth of her son was a long-awaited redemptive experience -- and also like being in the passenger seat of a really crazy car ride!

Resources

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When you download Juna you’ll enter your baby’s due date or your baby’s birthday, and you’ll be put directly into the appropriate week of your journey.

There’s a key nutrient every single week with recipe suggestions, a daily trimester-specific workout, and pregnancy and postpartum tips from Sarah and the team at Juna. There’s really no other app like it out there!

Sarah is giving a special offer to Mommy Labor Nurse listeners so right now you can get Juna for 25% off a yearly subscription by using the code LIESEL at subscribe.juna.co

 
Nov 02, 2020
From Birth To Baby’s First Birthday…Let’s Talk About Milestones!
46:30

In this episode, I interview my friend KC all about baby's milestones in the first year of life. 

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About KC

KC is a pediatric physical therapist, specializing in motor development of children 0-3 years of age. She has been working in the physical therapy field with children for just under a decade, and is passionate about arming parents with knowledge & instilling confidence while teaching them how to understand & foster their child’s development.
 
She is also a wife, mother to two girls, and the founder of Milestones & Motherhood, a community focused on parent education. She found after working in the field that parents simply weren’t provided information about what to expect in regards to milestones & their child’s development, which often leads to stress, comparison, & fears. She began her instagram page to provide free tips, tricks & information to parents to bridge this gap.
 
You can learn more about KC here:
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Oct 26, 2020
Madison’s Positive Natural Induction Story!
36:13

In this episode, Madison shares her positive natural induction story with her daughter Everly.

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About Madison

Madison is a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom after the birth of her first daughter, Everly, in October 2019. Through her blog, Little Teacher Wife, she shares posts about marriage, family, and teaching to help make fellow mom’s lives a little bit easier!

 

Oct 19, 2020
Postpartum Part Two!
01:16:56

In this episode, my Mommy Labor Nurse team members and I continue the conversation about my second postpartum experience with Ryland!

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Oct 12, 2020
How Has Liesel’s Postpartum Experience Been? Part 1 of 2
01:08:23

In this episode, my Mommy Labor Nurse team members and I discuss my second postpartum experience with Ryland!

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Oct 05, 2020
Liesel Interviews an NP About Women’s Health: PCOS, Fertility, Endometriosis, and More!
51:37

In this episode, I interview my friend Brookes, a nurse practitioner, all about women's health! We talk about PCOS, fertility, endometriosis, and more!

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My FREE 45 Minute Workshop will teach you what to expect, educate you about important tests and procedures, and ensure you’re making the most of your prenatal care!

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About Brookes Vaughn

Brookes is the founder of The Women’s Health Company and a Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner with over 5 years of experience in Women’s Healthcare.

Brookes received her BS in Public Health from UGA and her WHNP from Vanderbilt University. Brookes’ passion is to educate, equip, and empower women to become whole and healthy by providing them with evidence-based Women’s Health resources and life-giving encouragement.

Brookes is a lover of the Georgia Dawgs, dirty chai lattes, and healthy baking. She lives outside of Athens, GA with her husband, Schuyler, and golden retriever, Riggins.

You can learn more about Brookes here:

Resources

Sep 28, 2020
Malori’s Hotel Baby!
49:49

In this episode, Malori shares her hotel birth story with us via C-section, and talks about her fertility struggles. 

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About Malori Mayor
 
Malori Mayor is a registered nurse, military wife to Mark, and new mom to Max! After an almost 2-year struggle with infertility, holistic treatments, and surgery for endometriosis, Malori and Mark were finally able to conceive their first child. 
 
While going through infertility herself, she began helping others share their stories of infertility and miscarriage on her blog, and also started a podcast, Restoring Fertility Naturally. 
 
Malori spent most of her pregnancy in Germany, where her husband was stationed with the Army, and then gave birth to Max after moving to California. In whatever little free time she has, she enjoys reading a good book, baking, and going on neighborhood walks with her little family and their German Shepherd, Zoey.
 
You can learn more about Malori here:
Resources
Sep 21, 2020
Midwife Marley Talks To Us About UK Maternity Care!
57:16

In this episode, my friend Marley talks all about how maternity care differs in the UK!

Prenatal care feeling tricky to navigate?

My FREE 45 Minute Workshop will teach you what to expect, educate you about important tests and procedures, and ensure you’re making the most of your prenatal care!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

About Marley Hall

Marley is registered midwife from Surrey, UK and is also a mother to 5 children including a set of twins. She has practiced midwifery in various settings over the past 11 years working in hospitals, birth centers, and in women's homes. She cares for women from conception up until 2 weeks postpartum.

Marley is also a widely recognized prenatal education instructor who shares lots of useful information on instagram through her cartoon drawings. Having delivered over 600 babies, Marley is an expert in childbirth and is passionate about helping women to have a positive birth experience no matter what type of birth they may have!

You can find  Marley on social media here:

Sep 07, 2020
Mommy Labor Nurse’s SECOND Birth Story!
01:32:28

In this episode, my employees and I discuss my second birth story with my son Ryland!

Want to birth without an epidural?

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Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Resources

Aug 31, 2020
Doulas? What Do They Do? Oh, Also Liesel Had the Baby!
52:43

In this episode, my friend Stephanie and I talk about everything doula!

Want to feel in control before birth?

Use our FREE Birth Plan Templates to take the first step towards the birth experience you desire.
 
Have an even better birth!
 
CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.
 
And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

About Stephanie Sinclair

Stephanie is from Minnesota. She is a wife, a mom of three, and the founder of How 2 Mom. How 2 Mom is a community and support group for all moms. They also offer birth services for prenatal, birth and postpartum care and have a team of birth professionals. 

Since creating this dynamic and authentic community, they’ve gained a strong and loyal community who voted How 2 Mom as Parent Blogger of the Year in 2018. How 2 Mom has also been featured on podcasts and hosts monthly events and support groups to connect, support, and educate women on all things motherhood. 

 
You can learn more about Stephanie here:
 
Resources
Aug 24, 2020
Preeclampsia, Vacuum Extractions, and Inductions: Ashley’s 3 VERY Different Birth Stories!
38:00

In this episode, my friend Ashley talks to us about her three very different birth experiences, ranging from a C-section to VBAC to a traumatic birth. She has also experienced preeclampsia, gestational hypertension, and IUGR.

Want to erase anxiety and actually feel excited about birth?

Get instant access to my FREE Birth Workshop to learn tons of pain-coping strategies and actionable tips today!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

About Ashley Boyd

Ashley Boyd was born and raised in Colorado and now calls Columbus, Ohio home. She has a bachelors degree in Vocal performance and has sung with Opera Colorado and Opera Europa.
 
Ashley married her husband in 2012 and now keeps busy taking care of their three young children. When she manages to find free time, Ashley likes to read, play games, and sing.
 
You can learn more about Ashley here:
 
Aug 17, 2020
Has Liesel Had The Baby Yet? Maybe…But Let’s Hear An Unmedicated Birth Story!
44:25

In this episode, Samantha shares her powerful unmedicated birth story with her third using mindfulness and meditation techniques!

Want to birth without an epidural?

Get the FREE Natural Birth Prep Pack for the confidence you need, because simply wanting it might not be enough!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.
 
And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

You can learn more about Samantha here:

Resources
 
A recorded a set of meditations to listen to while preparing for birth.

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Aug 10, 2020
What To Expect AFTER you Have a Baby?
36:55

In this episode, I interview my friend Karrie, a postpartum and nursery RN, all about what she does to take care of patients postpartum, recovery, breastfeeding, bleeding, and more!

Not sure how to care for yourself down there after birth?

Access our FREE Postpartum Essentials Checklist to know you’ve got what you need to feel clean and comfortable while you’re healing from birth.

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Abour Karrie Locher
Karrie Locher is a Postpartum + Nursery RN and mama to 3 young kids all 4 and under! After becoming a mother, she recognized how *little* the postpartum period is discussed — not just in the hospital, but at home.
 
She created her Instagram page (@karrie_locher) and website (karingforpostpartum.com) to help educate, inform, encourage, and support other mamas. Together we can celebrate the bliss & support each other through the struggles motherhood brings. 
 
You can learn more about Karrie here:
Aug 03, 2020
Triplets! Can you Imagine Having 3 Babies At Once?
40:08

In this episode, my friend Marta shares her birth story having TRIPLETS!

Want to erase anxiety and actually feel excited about birth?

Get instant access to my FREE Birth Workshop to learn tons of pain-coping strategies and actionable tips today!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

About Marta

Marta Spirk is a writer, woman empowerment coach, and triplet mom. Her focus is helping selfless, overwhelmed women learn to put themselves first, stop people-pleasing and become their own support system. Through her podcast The Empowered Woman, her virtual self-improvement membership, and workshops, she hopes to encourage and uplift women to step into their own power and realize they ALREADY have it all!
 
You can learn more about Marta here:

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Jul 27, 2020
Gail Tully from Spinning Babies Talks Inductions, VBACs, Belly Mapping, & More!
55:01

In this episode, my friend Gail, the founder of Spinning Babies®, comes back a second time to talk inductions, VBACs, belly mapping, and more!

Click here to listen to part 1!

Want to erase anxiety and actually feel excited about birth?

Get instant access to my FREE Birth Workshop to learn tons of pain-coping strategies and actionable tips today!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

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The Daily Essentials video is the easiest way to learn the habits and moves. Starting in mid-pregnancy is ideal. 

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Jul 13, 2020
Camila's Story - The Fight To Flourish
01:25:08

Warning: This episode talks about infant loss. If you have experienced infant and/or pregnancy loss, please proceed with caution.

In this very special episode, my friend Maria shares her story with us about her beautiful daughter, Camila. 

You can learn more about Maria here:

Instagram: hopeforcamila and mariaevaitriago

Resources

For more support with Di George’s Syndrome (22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome):

For Free Early Intervention Services and Pregnancy Support in Southwest Kansas Area:
Russell Child Development Center
(620)-275-0291
https://www.rcdc4kids.org/
FB: RUSSELL CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Books for Grieving Families:

  • The Fight to Flourish by Jennie Lusko
  • It was not supposed to be this way by Lisa TerKeurst
  • Be the One to Heal Yourself by Beth Rogerson, PhD

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Jul 06, 2020
Haley’s Positive Induction Story!
33:16
In this episode, we discuss Haley’s positive induction birth story, chat about prodromal labor, epidurals, the choice to bottle feed, and mental health.
 
We also dive into what a virtual doula is and how important it is to advocate for yourself!

Want to feel confident before your epidural birth?

Get the FREE Epidural Birth Prep Pack to gain a sense of control before the big day!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.
 
And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!
 
About Haley
Haley is a mom of two wildlings. Grayson is 2.5 years old and Blakely is 5 months old. Haley has been a doula for 2 years.
 
In addition to helping mommas out with their birthing journey, Haley also empowers her online community by providing positive affirmations and creating a safe place to express the struggles of motherhood. On her blog she also shares traveling adventures, toddler learning and endless pictures of her tribe. 
 
You can learn more about Haley here:
 
 
Jun 29, 2020
FAQ’s About the First Trimester!
50:05

In this episode, I answer the most commonly asked questions about the first trimester!

Feeling overwhelmed in the first trimester?

Get support in the early weeks with our FREE 1st Trimester Prep Pack and gain a sense of control!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.
 
And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!
Jun 22, 2020
Have a Question About Breastfeeding? Liesel Interviews a Lactation Expert!
54:09

In this episode, I interview my friend Sandy, an IBCLC, and we answer all of your breastfeeding questions!

Not sure how to care for yourself down there after birth?

Access our FREE Postpartum Essentials Checklist to know you’ve got what you need to feel clean and comfortable while you’re healing from birth.

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

About Sandy Arnold

Sandy is a Lamaze trained Childbirth Educator, an IBCLC, and works in Labor and Delivery at WakeMed Raleigh Campus. Sandy has 21 years of experience working with mothers and babies.

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Whether you’re a new mom or a pro, Mommy Knows Best gives you plenty of options, all of which are created with the health and safety of both baby and mom in mind. 

Plus, I’m really excited to tell you they just added a new gluten and dairy free lactation cookie mix this week! 

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Jun 15, 2020
Jasmine's 25-Week Preemie Story!
53:39

In this episode, Jasmine shares her preemie story at 25 weeks.

Want to feel confident before your epidural birth?

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Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

About Jasmine Hill

Jasmine Hill is a 27 year old, soon to be mother of 2, a prematurity awareness advocate, and an entrepreneur who develops natural hair care products to women of all backgrounds.
 
She has been married to her husband for almost 4 years, and was not expecting to be able to get pregnant due to her stage 4 endometriosis. However she and her husband both received the shock of their lives when they found out they were expecting in Nov of 2018. Little did they they know, their pregnancy would have some issues that could have potentially caused their son to be born premature and spend 108 days in the NICU.
 
Due to their experience Jasmine's husband, Rodney, has developed a small clothing line to raise awareness about preterm births and prematurity. She currently 7 months pregnant again, due in April.
 
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Jun 12, 2020
Pregnancy Cravings, Nutrition, Morning Sickness, & More!
48:01

In this episode, I interview my friend Ryann all about pregnancy nutrition and other factors that relate such as cravings, morning sickness, prenatal vitamins, and more!

Feeling overwhelmed in the first trimester?

Get support in the early weeks with our FREE 1st Trimester Prep Pack and gain a sense of control!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

About Ryann Kipping
 
Ryann is a clinically trained Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Lactation Educator, and Author of The Feel-Good Pregnancy Cookbook. She is the founder of The Prenatal Nutritionist, a virtual nutrition private practice, which focuses on preparing women for pregnancy and conquering nutrition during and after pregnancy.
 
She helps women feel confident in their ability to properly nourish a growing baby through a real food approach. Aside from one on one nutrition counseling, Ryann is a nutrition writer, recipe developer, and nutrition content creator. 
Jun 01, 2020
What’s It Like to Get an Epidural?
37:31

In this episode, I go over a highly requested topic that you guys have sent me: EPIDURALS!!

Here are the questions we go over!

1. What is it like to get an epidural? What Is the procedure like?
2. What are some common side effects and complications?
3. Common myths vs. facts regarding epidurals?

Want to feel confident before your epidural birth?

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Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.
 
And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

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They've been named by The Bump, Scary Mommy, US Weekly and New York Magazine as a best hands-free pumping bra.

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May 25, 2020
Don’t Worry About Being THAT Pregnant Lady, It Might Save Your Baby!
46:00
Maria Topper is a 23 year old mom of 2, blogger, and activist. She lives in Germany with her blended family. She uses her voice and social channels to talk about motherhood and its realities. 
 
At 19 years old she found out she was pregnant. She was living in a foreign country and a seemingly normal pregnancy turned into any mom to be worst scenario when doctors refused to listen to her and she developed eclampsia. 
 
She delivered a baby at 30 weeks via emergency C-section, and her baby girl spent 6 weeks in the NICU. Adjusting to life after the NICU wasn’t easy and she suffered with PPD and PTSD. 
 
A few years later she wanted to extend her family and was met by the hard road that trying to conceive can be for some couples. After multiple miscarriages she was diagnosed with antiphospholipid syndrome but was able to get pregnant and delivered a healthy term baby via VBAC. 
 
Maria urges moms-to-be to use their voice during pregnancy, to stand up for themselves if needed, and know that they their feelings and concerns are important. 

Want to eliminate stress before birth?

Get your FREE 3rd Trimester Prep Pack to know everything is done and feel completely confident with your birth plan and hospital bag!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

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Juna is the companion app for your motherhood journey.

Sarah, the founder of Juna, created the app to provide scientifically backed and up-to-date fitness and nutrition information, all in one place.

When you download Juna you’ll enter your baby’s due date or your baby’s birthday, and you’ll be put directly into the appropriate week of your journey.

There’s a key nutrient every single week with recipe suggestions, a daily trimester-specific workout, and pregnancy and postpartum tips from Sarah and the team at Juna. There’s really no other app like it out there!

Sarah is giving a special offer to Mommy Labor Nurse listeners so right now you can get Juna for 25% off a yearly subscription by using the code LIESEL at subscribe.juna.co

May 18, 2020
Interview with Dr. Perez the OBGYN: High Risk Pregnancies, Genetic Screenings, & More!
01:16:26

In this episode, my friend Marta and I went over some important topics related to high risk pregnancies, genetic screenings, inductions, and more!

Here are the questions we go over!

1. Let’s talk about preconception visits. Are they necessary and what exactly does one entail?
2. Genetic screening tests - pros, cons, how invasive, what does it tell you?
3. High risk pregnancies - why you do NST’s? What else do you do during a high risk pregnancy?
4. Pros and cons of induction?
5. How are OB’s trained? What kind of places do you all work?
6. How do you find a provider who you can trust?

Prenatal care feeling tricky to navigate?

My FREE 45 Minute Workshop will teach you what to expect, educate you about important tests and procedures, and ensure you’re making the most of your prenatal care!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.
 
And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!
 
About Dr. Marta Perez
 
Dr. Marta Perez is a practicing OB-GYN in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to a busy practice taking care of women of all ages, delivering babies, and performing surgery, she enjoys spending time with her fiance and puppy, running, yoga, cooking, reading, and creating educational content for my IG to help women live their happiest, healthiest lives.
 
You can learn more about Marta here:
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Whether you’re a new mom or a pro, Mommy Knows Best gives you plenty of options, all of which are created with the health and safety of both baby and mom in mind. 

Plus, I’m really excited to tell you they just added a new gluten and dairy free lactation cookie mix this week! 

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May 11, 2020
Are You Afraid Of Labor? Pooping, Tearing, Contractions, & More!
33:27

There are a lot of questions and fear surrounding labor! In this episode, I go over some common labor and delivery fears such as pooping, tearing, C-sections, and more!

Here are the questions I go over!
  1. Will I poop/what if I poop?
  2. What if I tear/how bad will I tear?
  3. What if I have to have a C-section?
  4. How bad does labor actually hurt?
  5. What if it’s too late to get an epidural?
  6. How does a baby legit fit through my vagina?

Want to erase anxiety and actually feel excited about birth?

Get instant access to my FREE Birth Workshop to learn tons of pain-coping strategies and actionable tips today!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

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Kindred Bravely is a company built on love - a love that is poured into every piece of clothing they bring to life. Their clothes are meticulously designed to make your motherhood journey easier, from the bump to the breast and beyond. You deserve to look and feel great all of the time, Mama!

They have two goals: creating maternity and nursing clothes that are beautiful, useful, and comfortable, and building a community of moms who support and encourage each other on the motherhood journey.

Kindred Bravely has donated over $500,000 worth of hands-free pumping and nursing bras to mamas who are currently working in healthcare during this pandemic as a thank you for what they’re doing every day.

Use code MLN15 to get 15% off all Kindred Bravely products.

May 04, 2020
Meagan’s Long Induction with a 4th Degree Tear
45:02

In this episode, my friend Meaghan shares her induction experience followed by an agonizing 4th degree vaginal tear.

Want to erase anxiety and actually feel excited about birth?

Get instant access to my FREE Birth Workshop to learn tons of pain-coping strategies and actionable tips today!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Sponsors

Mommy Knows Best

Mommy Knows Best empowers all moms with the tools and resources necessary to give your newborn the best start in life! From an assortment of delicious lactation cookies to supplements and beyond, their products contain all natural herbal remedies traditionally and effectively used for generations to treat low milk supply.

Whether you’re a new mom or a pro, Mommy Knows Best gives you plenty of options, all of which are created with the health and safety of both baby and mom in mind. 
 
Plus, I’m really excited to tell you they just added a new gluten and dairy free lactation cookie mix! 
 
Use code LABORNURSE10 to get 10% off all Mommy Knows Best products valid on Amazon or MommyKnowsBest.com!

Kindred Bravely

Kindred Bravely is a company built on love - a love that is poured into every piece of clothing they bring to life. Their clothes are meticulously designed to make your motherhood journey easier, from the bump to the breast and beyond. You deserve to look and feel great all of the time, Mama!

They have two goals: creating maternity and nursing clothes that are beautiful, useful, and comfortable, and building a community of moms who support and encourage each other on the motherhood journey.

Kindred Bravely has donated over $500,000 worth of hands-free pumping and nursing bras to mamas who are currently working in healthcare during this pandemic as a thank you for what they're doing every day.

Use code MLN15 to get 15% off all Kindred Bravely products.

Apr 27, 2020
What Happens When You Miscarry?
59:51

In this episode, my friend Brittany shares her story with us about her 3 miscarriages. In the second-half of the episode, I answer some of your common questions about miscarriages and loss. 

Here are the questions I go over:

  1. How common is miscarriage?
  2. What are the signs/symptoms of miscarriage?
  3. How does age increase the risk of miscarriage?
  4. What exactly happens when you have a miscarriage?
  5. What are some of the treatment options?
  6. What may I see? What do I do if I am managing it at home?
  7. How soon can I conceive again?

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

About Dr. Brittany
 
Dr. Brittany is a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist in Virginia. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a BSeD and Duke University for her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. When she is not helping pregnant and postpartum women, she loves spending time  with her husband, 3 year old and little one on the way.
 
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Apr 20, 2020
Common Nutritional Needs During Pregnancy
43:20

In this episode, I interview my friend Lisa, the founder of Bumpin Blends, about common nutritional needs during pregnancy!

Here are the topics we go over:

  • Iron deficiency
  • PICA
  • DASH diet for preeclampsia
  • Gestational diabetes

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Apr 13, 2020
Juniper’s Story
54:40

In this episode, my friend Amanda shares her stillborn story with us about her beautiful daughter, Juniper Ann.

Resources

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Apr 06, 2020
Answering Your Common Questions About VBAC’s!
01:21:00

In this episode, I interview my friends Julie and Meagan all about VBACs!

The VBAC Link’s mission is to make birth after Cesarean better by providing education, support, and a community of like-minded people. Organized by Julie Francom and Meagan Heaton, VBAC moms, doulas, educators, and doula trainers, they have supported over 700 women on their individual VBAC journeys and have a community of thousands of women all over the world. 

Want to erase anxiety and actually feel excited about birth?

Get instant access to my FREE Birth Workshop to learn tons of pain-coping strategies and actionable tips today!

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

You can learn more about The VBAC Link here:


 

Mar 30, 2020
Let’s Talk About Postpartum Depression
46:04

In this episode, my friend Mallory shares her experience with postpartum depression and later I do a Q&A answering your questions about it.

Here are the questions I go over in the Q&A!

  1. What should I do if I need help?
  2. What are some of the common treatment methods?
  3. Are there certain risk factors?
  4. What should I say to people if they think I’m fine, because I don’t look sick?
  5. How long will it take for me to feel better?

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Resources

Mar 23, 2020
Sienna’s Vaginal Breech Birth!
33:23

In this episode, my friend Sienna shares her crazy vaginal breech birth and postpartum experience!

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Mar 16, 2020
Liesel Answers Your Most Common Breastfeeding Questions - Part 2
48:58

In this episode, I do an extended Q&A taking questions that you guys have given me about breastfeeding - part 2!

Here are the questions we go over!

  1. How long should my baby nurse at each feeding? How do I know if baby is finished?
  2. How do I really know if my baby is getting enough milk?
  3. What to do if my baby is having difficulty latching?
  4. How does ovulation play into breastfeeding? Can you still get pregnant while you breastfeed?
  5. What do I do about leaking breasts?
  6. What to do about sore nipples?
  7. Clogged ducts!! What to do?
  8. Should I stop breastfeeding if I am sick?

Not sure how to care for yourself down there after birth?

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Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

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Mar 09, 2020
Have A Better Birth After Taking Birth it Up!
37:05

In this episode, my friend Cierra shares her traumatic birth experience with her first, and her amazing, empowered birth experience with her second after taking Birth it Up!

After having a traumatic 1st birth of her son, Cierra wanted to have a different experience with the birth of her daughter. Switching providers and educating herself lead to the unmedicated water birth she dreamed of. She had some hurdles breastfeeding at first, but was able to go on to exclusively breast feed for 4 months and counting. 

Have an even better birth!

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Feb 24, 2020
How to Have An Easier Labor! - Interview with Gail Tully from Spinning Babies®
01:02:24

In this episode, I interview my friend Gail, the founder of Spinning Babies®!

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Feb 17, 2020
Common Questions About Breastfeeding! - Part 1
01:03:15

In this episode, I do an extended Q&A taking questions that you guys have given me about breastfeeding!

Here are the questions we go over!

  1. How does breast milk supply work?
  2. What are some of the best ways to increase my milk supply?
  3. What is the best pump? What are the types of ways to express milk?
  4. What about weaning? Do you have any tips on safely weaning from breastfeeding?
  5. Going into breastfeeding, what are some of the best resources I can use to prepare myself?
  6. What do I do if I’m having trouble?
  7. My supply is too much! How do I decrease it?
  8. I’m going back to work soon, what are some good tips for going back?
  9. Is it ok to give formula and breastfeed at the same time? How does that work?

Not sure how to care for yourself down there after birth?

Access our FREE Postpartum Essentials Checklist to know you’ve got what you need to feel clean and comfortable while you’re healing from birth.

Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Resources

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Feb 10, 2020
Carly's VBAC After Having Two C-Sections!
01:02:23

In this episode, my friend Carly shares her VBAC experience after having two C-sections and finding a great provider who was supportive of her wishes!

Want to erase anxiety and actually feel excited about birth?

Get instant access to my FREE Birth Workshop to learn tons of pain-coping strategies and actionable tips today!

Have an even better birth!

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You can learn more about Carly here:

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Feb 03, 2020
Twins with Mama Doctor Jones!
36:15

In this episode, I interview my friend Danielle all about twins, and she shares her personal experience with having twins!

Here are the questions we go over!

1. What are some of the main differences between a twin pregnancy and a singleton pregnancy? 
2. What are some of the main differences I can expect during a twin delivery that would be different from a singleton?
3. What are the different types of twins? Which are the most common and which are the ones that come with the most risk?
4. Can I have a vaginal delivery if I have twins? Or can I only have a C-section?
5. Do I have to have an epidural if I have twins?
6. How do I count kicks effectively if I have twins? How do I know both are doing ok?
7. Can I still breastfeed if I have twins?

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You can learn more about Danielle here:
Jan 21, 2020
Answering Your Questions About C-Sections!
37:26

In this episode, I do an extended Q&A taking questions that you guys have given me about C-sections!

Here are the questions we go over!

  1. What are some reasons why a C-section is warranted?
  2. What can I expect when I go the hospital for my scheduled C-section?
  3. Can you still do skin-to-skin?
  4. Can you be awake in an emergency C-section if you haven’t had an epidural/spinal block?
  5. How long after my C-section can I start massaging my scar?
  6. If you have an anterior placenta, how does the surgeon know where the placenta is before they cut?
  7. Why can’t I eat or drink before the C-section?
  8. Do they cut through your old scar for repeat C-sections?
  9. Any tips or tricks to distract me so I can handle the spinal?
  10. Why did I vomit so much during my C-section? Will that happen again?
  11. Why do your feet swell up again after your C-section?
  12. Can a C-section affect your milk supply?

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Jan 20, 2020
Kara's 31 Week Preterm Birth
38:06

In this episode, my friend Kara shares her 31 week preterm birth story and her term delivery of her 2nd baby!

Want to erase anxiety and actually feel excited about birth?

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Have an even better birth!

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And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!
 
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Jan 13, 2020
Jeanice Talks To Us About Pelvic Floor Sexual Health!
42:51

In this episode, I interview my friend Jeanice all about pelvic floor sexual health!

Here are the questions we go over!

  1. What exactly happens during pregnancy (and during delivery) to disrupt sexual health?
  2. How long should I wait to have sex postpartum?
  3. Should sex hurt at all? What should I do if it does?
  4. Give me your best tips for having a pain-free experience.
  5. When should I seek help from a pelvic floor specialist? How do I even find one?
  6. What should I expect a typical visit to look like? How long does treatment typically last?
  7. I’m SO embarrassed (and nervous/scared), and I can’t even think about going to a pelvic floor specialist...what should I do?
  8. Sex has never really felt great to me, and now that I’ve had a baby it’s even worse. Is this something that pelvic floor therapy can help with?
  9. Any last tips you have for moms struggling with sexual health after pregnancy?

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Jan 07, 2020
Lindsay's Two Very Different C-Sections!
23:11

Listen in to hear Lindsay's 2 very different C-section birth stories!

Scheduled C-section on the horizon?

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Have an even better birth!

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Dec 17, 2019
Mona the Pediatrician Answers Your Most Common Newborn Questions!
01:16:04

In this episode, I interview my friend Dr. Mona Amin! She is a board-certified pediatrician and answers some of your most common pediatric questions! 

Here are the questions we go over!

1. When is the best time to start looking for a pediatrician? What are some questions I should ask?
2. Reflux! What helps?
3. Cradle cap? How long does it stay for and what do I do?
4. Baby acne remedies?
5. Solids? When is the best time to introduce and what are your recommendations?
6. COLIC HELP!
7. Are vitamin D drops truly necessary for breastfed babies? How do they help?
8. My baby is breastfed and is going long stretches without pooping. Is that normal?
9. Gas remedies?
10. My baby is coughing and congested at night, what can I do? He can’t seem to even eat because he’s so stuffed up!

Feeling alone on your postpartum journey?

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Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.
 
And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!
Dec 09, 2019
A Vaginal/Breech Twin Delivery with Emmie!
42:41

Listen to Emmie's vaginal, twin birth story! 

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Have an even better birth!

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Nov 25, 2019
Strap Your Baby In the Car Safely With Michelle!
01:12:37

In this episode, we dive into all things car seats! 

Here are the questions we go over!

  1. Can you review the basics of buckling in a newborn?
  2. Talk to me about the “pinch test”. 
  3. What about my baby’s head and how it hangs? I’m concerned he can’t breathe!
  4. How do I buckle my baby in with a coat? What if he is cold?
  5. What about sleeping babies in car seats? How long is that ok?
  6. Rear-facing vs. front facing - what are the biggest safety concerns? When is it safe to switch my child to front-facing?
  7. I’m concerned my baby’s legs are bent too much and he is uncomfortable rear-facing?
  8. Where should I go or who should I contact if I need help installing my car seat and/or making sure my baby is buckled in?

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Have an even better birth!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our online birth classes that will help you feel prepared and in control - no matter how you deliver.

And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

Nov 20, 2019
Get Your Newborn To Sleep With Andrea!
40:13

In this episode, I dive into all things baby sleep with Andrea de la Torre!

Here are the questions we go over!

  1. When should I start thinking about prepping for a newborn in regards to sleep? What sort of things should I do to prepare? Read books, take a class, talk to parents, etc?
  2. What are some common sleep cues a newborn will give me to let them know they are sleepy?
  3. Why do you do what you do?
  4. My baby seems to only want to sleep for 30-45 minute naps at a time…why do some babies sleep for 2-3 hours? Why won’t my baby sleep longer?
  5. Cry it out makes me so nervous and I can’t even think about “sleep training” my baby, but I really want to sleep! What do I do?
  6. My family seems to think I stress out too much about baby sleep but I can't stop. What should I do? 
  7. When do babies start to sleep longer than 2-3 hours at a time? Mine is still waking up consistently through the night to breastfeed at 7 weeks.
  8. My baby sleeps great at night (6 hour stretches) but during the day his naps are awful. When will the day time sleep get better?
  9. How do you know when your baby is ready to start giving up naps? How do you even do that?

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Nov 11, 2019
Everything from Red Raspberry Tea, Turning a Breech Baby, Round Ligament Pain, & More!
47:06

In this episode, I do an extended Q&A taking questions that you guys have given me from Instagram!

Here are the questions I go over!

  1. Know anything about red raspberry leaf tea? Worth it?
  2. When should baby be head down by?
  3. What about round ligament pain?
  4. Can your mucus plug come out over a few weeks?
  5. At what week should you start doing fetal kick counts? Specifically for those with anterior placentas?
  6. Is it normal for your pregnancy symptoms to subside all of a sudden?
  7. How do you know for sure when it's real labor vs. Braxton Hicks?
  8. I'm 14 weeks, is it okay to sleep on my stomach?
  9. What is the best way to relieve sciatica pain?
  10. How to get morning sickness relief?

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Nov 04, 2019
Miscarriages, Ectopic Pregnancy, and 2 Vaginal Deliveries: Sarah’s Birth Story
50:36

In this episode, Sarah Kuhn shares her two vaginal birth stories, following her struggles with multiple losses & TWO ectopic pregnancies!

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Have an even better birth!

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Oct 28, 2019
Perinatal Mental Health Interview With Dr. Ream
41:22

In this episode, we dive into all things mental health! I sat down with Dr. Ashurina Ream, a licensed clinical psychologist with advanced training in perinatal mental health! We talk about a range of topics including: Postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, prenatal mood disorders, coping skills, & more!

Overwhelmed by the amount of pregnancy info out there?

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Have an even better birth!

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And be sure to follow @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to join our community of over half a million for education, tips, and solidarity on all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!

About Dr. Ashurina Ream

Dr. Ashurina Ream, PMH-C is a licensed clinical psychologist with advanced training in perinatal mental health. Her passion to help pregnant and postpartum families arose after becoming a mother herself. She recognized the limited support and education in the community regarding the care for women. This resulted in her pursuing additional education as well as creating resources for those impacted by perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

In addition to this specialty, Dr. Ream has trained in various disciplines as it pertains to the field of psychology. She has worked with those struggling with body image, eating disorders, parenting, health-related mood impairment, cognitive functioning, and general mental health.

You can learn more about Dr. Ream here:

Oct 21, 2019
My Birth Story!
47:41

In this episode, I dive into my full birth story! 

I begin by talking about the year I got pregnant, finding out I was pregnant, and my first trimester! I experienced some bleeding in my first trimester that was quite scary. After dealing with that, my pregnancy went pretty smoothly and I genuinely enjoyed every second!

Flash forward to a few days before I gave birth, I did EVERYTHING I could think of to get myself into labor.....and....it worked! The next morning I woke up contracting, labored at home for 14 hours, and then headed up to my hospital (the one I work at!). After about 6 hours of labor, my son Walter was born!

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Oct 07, 2019
Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast LAUNCH - Extended Q&A!
30:52

Hooray! I am so excited about this podcast! Episode one of the MLN podcast is NOW LIVE! :)

In this episode, I do an extended Q&A session taking questions that you guys have given me from Instagram.

You can expect everything from enemas, membrane strips, and what to expect at your first prenatal appointment in this episode!!

Overwhelmed by the amount of pregnancy info out there?

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Have an even better birth!

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Sep 17, 2019