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Author: Dr. Nicole C. Rankins

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You're not alone in your uncertainty about this monumental life stage of pregnancy and birth. If you’re ready to replace the overwhelm of late-night Googling with expert conversations and stories of strength and positivity from women just like you — join us on the top-rated All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast. The All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast is your place for supportive, evidence-based information from Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins, an OB/GYN physician who’s been in practice for nearly 15 years and has helped over 1000 babies into this world. You’ll also learn from innovative experts and hear stories of strength and resilience from parents and moms-to-be experiencing the same overwhelm and excitement as you.
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Warning: This episode includes loss Samantha Busch is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, lifestyle blogger, infertility warrior, philanthropist and co-owner of a professional race team. As a woman in leadership, Samantha is driven to empower all women to become their own fiercest advocates. In Busch’s first book, Fighting Infertility, she shares a raw account of her infertility journey. Today we’re going to talk a bit about that journey. She also shares about her and her husband’s organization, The Bundle of Joy Fund, which is a monetary award to help couples pay for IVF treatments. She’s open and honest and I’m grateful she’s sharing her truth Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode118 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
In this episode I’m revisiting the important topic of maternal morbidity and mortality and how you can keep yourself safe. Pregnancy related morbidity (health related conditions that have a negative effect on the woman’s well-being) and pregnancy related mortality (death related to pregnancy) are on the rise in The US. This is truly a public health crisis, especially for black women. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode117 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
Warning: this episode includes loss This is a birth story episode and it’s a bit of a different one. Today we have Eileen Robertson Hamra on the podcast. After having 3 children with her first husband, Brian, Eileen had a tubal ligation because she was certain she did not want any more children. However, Brian was tragically killed in a plane crash when their children were 4, 7, and 8 and Eileen was 41. She was lucky enough to fall in love and marry another man, Mike, 5 years after Brian’s death. After undergoing IVF at the age of 45, Eileen got pregnant and gave birth at the age of 46. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode116 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
You are in for a treat today with my conversation with Valerie Trumbower. Valarie is a DONA Certified Postpartum Doula and a Certified Lactation Counselor. Her online courses Expecting 101™ and Expecting 101...You’re Adopting™ have helped hundreds of families prepare for life with their newborns. Valerie’s love for her work really shines through  in our conversation. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode115 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
In this episode you’re going to learn about the important topic of postpartum contraception. This is a little more mature content so use your best judgement as to whether or not you want younger folks to listen. It is vital to be prepared to make the right contraceptive choice for yourself. No one method is perfect for everyone. Each comes with its own perks and pitfalls not to mention varying degrees of efficacy. Even if you are looking to have additional children the spacing out of births is important for both your health and that of your baby. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode114 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
I am super excited to have a birth story episode for you from a student in the BPC! Elvira joins us today to share the story of her beautiful, unmedicated birth. Elvira has an amazing story for her birth. Even though things didn’t go exactly as planned she still had a beautiful birth and was happy about her experience. There are so many wonderful moments and lessons in her story and I know you’re going to enjoy it. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode113 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
In today’s episode of the podcast we are talking all about happiness with Kim Strobel. Kim is a leadership and happiness coach who helps businesses and organizations prioritize their health and well-being so they can reach new levels in their personal and professional lives. As a nationally-recognized speaker, she is all about empowering others to take control of their health, wellness, and happiness with simple habits.  Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode112 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
It’s been almost 4 months since I did a COVID update and I figured it’s time to revisit the subject. I get lots of questions about the vaccine so let’s talk about the COVID vaccine in relation to fertility, pregnancy, and lactation.  On today’s episode I cover the data we have so far including what I get the most questions about: the CDC V-safe COVID-19 Vaccine Pregnancy Registry. And as always I will present the information, give my thoughts where I think it may be helpful, and you can make conclusions for yourself. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/covidvaccineupdate and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
In today’s episode we have a birth story from a dad’s perspective. Mike and his wife listened during their pregnancy (thank you!). He reached out because he felt they had an interesting story to share and I agree. He also wanted to contribute to having more dads share their perspective of birth which I appreciate as well. We’re going to hear about their New Year’s Day baby which was not at all expected but the birth ended up going well. The story is at times funny, also very sweet, and it involves scotch! Mike comes across as a very supportive partner before, during, and after the birth. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode111 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
In this episode you’re going to learn about a really important topic: pregnancy associated breast cancer and breast imaging in pregnancy and while lactating.  On today’s episode we have Dr. Kristin Robinson, a board certified radiologist specializing in breast imaging. She educates women about their breast health, including breast density and personal breast cancer risk to help them make informed decisions about breast cancer screening. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode110 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
In this episode I’m updating you on what you need to know when choosing a hospital to give birth. I’ve delivered babies at 6 different hospitals during my career. One thing I’ve learned is that the hospital where you deliver has a big influence on your experience giving birth. And specifically you want to know how the hospital approaches birth. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode109 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
On today’s episode of the podcast we have a unique birth story episode from Kalishia. Warning: This episode includes pregnancy loss. Kailishia had a transabdominal cerclage and a successful full term pregnancy after exepreicing a miscarriage at 16 weeks and then a stillbirth at 21 weeks. In this episode, Kalishia walks us through her experience. This episode is a bit longer because you really have to understand her first two pregnancies to understand the 3rd.   Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode108 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
Bryn Huntpalmer is the founder of The Birth Hour podcast which was featured as one of the 'Top 50 Podcasts" by Time Magazine and has over 13 million downloads to date. She is passionate about helping pregnant people prepare for childbirth through the sharing of empowering and informative birth stories as well as her online evidence-based childbirth course called "Know Your Options". Bryn is also the author of the best-selling book, "The First-Time Mom's Pregnancy Handbook: A Week-by-Week Guide from Conception Through Baby's First 3 Months" and co-Author of "Essential Pregnancy Q&A: Expert Answers and Advice for Every Stage of Your Pregnancy and Postpartum Journey."    Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode107 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
This is a very requested episode on the various models of care during pregnancy and birth. Today I am going to break down all the various options for prenatal care and care during birth in the hospital. There is tremendous variation and you really have to ask your own provider about how it works in their practice. This is important to know, especially for when it comes time for your birth, so you know as much as you can about who is there with you during your birth and you can prepare accordingly. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode106 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
It’s another birth story episode today and this one is a completely unmedicated hospital birth in a military hospital. Emilie is a registered nurse and military spouse currently living in Guam. She and her husband Chris have been married for 5 years and have two precious babies, Liam who is 2 and baby Adeleine whose birth story we are going to hear today. In this episode Emilie shares how different her two births have been, her experience with postpartum preeclampsia, and the excellent care she received in a military hospital. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode105 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
In today’s episode I’m happy to welcome back Parijat Deshpande. Her unique neurobiological approach has served hundreds of women to manage pregnancy complications and reclaim a safety and trust in their bodies that they thought was eroded forever. Parijat is the author of bestselling book Pregnancy Brain: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management During a High-Risk Pregnancy. She is also the host of the popular podcast Delivering Miracles®️.  This episode is especially for people who’ve had a history of second/third trimester loss, pregnancy complications, or preterm delivery but there is information in here for anyone who is pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode104 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
Today you’re going to learn about fibroids in pregnancy In this episode, you’ll first learn a bit about fibroids outside of pregnancy because it’s important to understand that in order to understand how they impact pregnancy. After that I’ll explain the risk factors and symptoms associated. I will also explain the safest options for symptom management. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode103 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
It’s another birth story episode today and this one is a lot. And by a lot I mean that Kelsey experienced quite a range of different things during her pregnancies and birth. Kelsey joins us to talk about the stress around her first pregnancy, a very wanted pregnancy that she ended because of a fatal genetic condition. She explores how she got pregnant again pretty quickly after that and what that experience was like. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode102 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
David Arrell is an Author, Entrepreneur, Consultant, and Men's Coach. He is passionate about coaching men on how to more fully embrace and embody healthy masculinity, especially through the powerful modalities of partnership and parenting. His most recent work in this area is the book Welcome To Fatherhood: The Modern Man's Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Fatherhood, better known as WTF. In WTF David encourages men to more actively step into their important supportive roles during pregnancy, childbirth, and the 4th trimester back home and gives them detailed and practical tips and techniques on how to do so. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode101 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
For this special 100th episode, I wanted to share my unique Beautiful Birth Prep Process with all of you. This is the framework that guides all of my work, especially my new and improved version of The Birth Preparation Course. There are five steps to having a beautiful birth and I will walk through each of them today. I will talk about getting in the right mindset for your pregnancy & birth, preparing for the possibilities, and making birth wishes that really work. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode100 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
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Annie Hall

I was disappointed by this episode. I learned and used a fertility-awareness method (with a consultant) and successfully used it for years to prevent and then plan pregnancy. I love the body awareness it gave me and the freedom I had to avoid all of the negative side effects of most other contraception methods. I plan to continue using fertility awareness postpartum and was hoping to get some helpful information for how to do this while breastfeeding. This episode mostly just described these methods as ineffective and didn't give much helpful information for how to use a method like this method effectively.

May 21st
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Katherine Connell

great episode! there needs to be more support and info on the pp period.

Jan 30th
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Yolanda A Bonner

1. Be an advocate for yourself 2. Symptoms of pre-eclampsia 3. Monitor blood pressure and weight

Sep 17th
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Yolanda A Bonner

Great podcast

Sep 17th
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