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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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Being pregnant with twins is a bit different than having just one baby. In this episode I'm going over what you need to know about carrying & delivering twins, some of the complications you should watch out for, and what your provider will keep an eye on throughout your pregnancy and birth with twins. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode92 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
I wanted to revisit this episode about pre-eclampsia because of the recent, tragic loss of Dr. Chaniece Wallace MD, who was a Pediatric Chief Resident at Indiana University School of Medicine. She passed away on October 24 after giving birth to her baby Charlotte via emergency c-section. She experienced severe preeclampsia, so I wanted to bring back this conversation with Dr. Cecily Clark Ganhart about what preeclampsia is, what the symptoms are, and why we need to take it seriously. You can donate to the Wallace family at the GoFundMe page linked in the show notes for this episode.  Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/rebroadcast-preeclampsia and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
I'm really excited to have the second dad on the podcast to share his perspective on pregnancy, labor and birth! Rick Mulready is an online business owner and dad to an 18-month old girl with his wife Amy.  Rick shares his experience of supporting his wife as she carried and delivered their baby. He talks about his anxiety in the early days of pregnancy, why he resisted reading other people's birth experiences, and how his wife's labor and delivery felt from his perspective. He also shares some of the other emotional struggles he experienced in the early days after his daughter arrived and the importance of getting support. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode91 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!
I get lots of questions about perineal tears - how they happen, how to prevent them, and how to heal them - so I want to answer as many of those as I can for you today. In this episode you'll learn how common perineal lacerations are, risk factors that can increase your chances, strategies to prevent them, and how they can affect current and future pregnancies. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode90 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!
If you're bringing home a new baby and you have a dog (or want one), then you need a plan that keeps everyone safe & happy. Michelle Stern of Pooch Parenting joins us on this episode to talk about introducing your newest family member to your pup and how you can prepare beforehand. We also chat about dog breeds and what to think about when adding a new dog to your family. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode89 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!
In this lovely birth story episode, Ashlyn shares what it was like having her first baby during COVID-19 via a scheduled induction. She had a great experience with prenatal care and her birth, which included an epidural and episiotomy. We talk about how her care changed in light of the coronavirus pandemic and how she and her husband have navigated family expectations after their baby girl arrived.  Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode88 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!
If you're listening to this episode the day it comes out, then it is my 46th birthday! This is an interesting milestone for me, so this week's episode is a little different to reflect that.  My older sister died of cancer the day before her 46th birthday, so naturally I've been thinking a lot about her, reflecting on her life, and thinking about my own. I wanted to share what these reflections have taught me about my work and what I will be stepping into in this next chapter of life. I am ready to take my work and my service of pregnant people to a whole new level, and I hope that all of you will join me. And I also share a birthday wish for this year that all of you can help me make real! Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode87 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!
I was inspired to cover this episode's topic because I recently attended several births that ended up being operative vaginal deliveries. Also known as an assisted birth, an operative vaginal delivery means that the medical provider uses tools - either forceps or a vacuum cup - to help deliver the baby vaginally. In this episode you'll learn a lot more about what operative vaginal delivery is, how often it's done, when it's necessary and what the procedure is like. Operative deliveries only happen about 3% of the time, but it's still good for you to have some knowledge about it so you're prepared in case that becomes the best option on the day your baby arrives. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode86 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!
We have a really interesting story this week about fertility, perseverance, and creative thinking. Our guest is a great example of someone who took control of their fertility journey and advocated for herself through a long and difficult process.  Jasmine Katatikarn shares the ups and downs of Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), and what she and her husband went through emotionally during the process. Jasmine also describes the moment she decided to apply her designer's mind to her fertility journey and how this helped her turn a corner emotionally and physically.  She also talks about why she kept her struggles almost completely secret and what convinced her to tell her story and help other parents. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode85 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!
We have another special birth story episode this week, but this time you're getting three birth stories in one! Jennifer is an international board certified lactation consultant, wife and mom of three. She had all three of her babies at the same hospital and had a C-section with each of them - but as you'll hear, her birth experiences were different every single time.  Jennifer and I talk about all three of her births so you can understand how her hospital experiences and self-advocacy developed over time. We discuss pre-eclampsia, why she really wanted a VBAC with her second and third babies, and how her prenatal care & birth wishes were shaped by her religion. Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode84 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!
Today I'm diving deep on fetal growth restriction (AKA intrauterine growth restriction), how we screen for it, how it affects baby, and more. This doesn't happen too often, but as with most things I talk about it's great for you to be prepared and knowledgeable in case it does. We'll also talk about what happens if your baby is just naturally small and what can happen later on in life for a baby with growth restriction. Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode83 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!
Julie Francom & Meagan Heaton of VBAC Link join us to talk about vaginal birth after a Cesarean (VBAC) and what you need to know about VBACs. They share what you should ask your provider if you're interested in having a vaginal birth, why they highly recommend having a doula, and common myths about VBACs that you should be aware of.  Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode82 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!
I talk a lot about the experience of the birthing person on this podcast, which often means that I don't talk as much about what it feels like to be the supporting partner. In that spirit, someone recently suggested that I share the perspective of dads on the podcast. So, in this special episode my husband Falcon is joining me to talk about his feelings and experiences during my pregnancies and births.  It was really interesting to hear what things felt like from Falcon's perspective. We mostly focused on my first pregnancy and birth, what it was like navigating the NICU, and why things can feel so much more stressful when you are a first-time parent. I even learned a couple things in this episode that I never knew, which just goes to show you how valuable having this conversation with your supporting partner can be.  Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode81 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!
Things have been a little busy lately, so I'm rebroadcasting this episode about feeling your  baby move while working on a new episode for next week. I also wanted to re-share this episode because of new research coming out about a rise in stillbirths during the COVID-19 pandemic. It may be the case that there have been more stillbirths during the pandemic because moms-to-be are too worried about catching COVID-19 to go to the hospital when they normally might. There have also been fewer prenatal appointments, so issues may be missed as moms get fewer checkups. Whatever the cause ultimately is, it's a great idea for you to be aware of your baby's movement, what they mean, and what to watch for. In this episode I'm talking all about feeling your baby move and what you can expect to feel throughout your pregnancy. I also share a few ways you can monitor your baby's movement and when you should contact your doctor if your baby seems to be moving less.  Check out ncrcoaching.com/rebroadcast16 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!
In this rebroadcast episode, we revisit my conversation with Dr. Anne Kennard about nutrition, supplements, and environmental toxins during pregnancy. Anne and I talked about nutrition during pregnancy, why weight gain isn't the best indicator of your health during pregnancy, supplements moms should look for, and why she takes an integrative health approach with her moms-to-be. We also chat a bit about why you should do more research into nutrition during pregnancy since your OB-GYN probably didn't get a whole lot of training in this area.  Check out ncrcoaching.com/rebroadcast24 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!
In this episode Cortnie joins us to talk about her recent experience navigating her second pregnancy, genetic testing, and pregnancy loss amidst a pandemic. After finding our her baby had trisomy 13, Cortnie and her husband had to make some very difficult decisions and faced huge challenges getting the care and support they needed. She's generously sharing her story to help other families who might be in a similar situation.  Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode80 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!
Jen McLellan joins us today to talk about pregnancy for plus-sized people, how providers can provide more compassionate care, and shifts she's seeing in the medical field now. We cover common misconceptions people have about plus size pregnancies, why we must be aware of our own biases when providing care, and how to have a great pregnancy and birth experience as a plus size parent. Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode79 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!
In this episode I'm talking about episiotomy - what it is, how often it's done, risks associated with the procedure, and what you need to ask your provider. I'll tell you why episiotomies are no longer performed routinely and talk a bit about the fairly rare circumstances in which they are needed. Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode78 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!
In this birth story episode, Amber Manning returns to the podcast to tell us how her natural birth went, why she decided to switch providers at 32 weeks, and why she threw her birth plan out the window. Amber was the first guest I had on the podcast who was still pregnant at the time, so it was incredibly fun to get an update on how she and her family are doing now.  Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode77 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!
My first daughter was born premature and had to spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit (AKA the NICU or the ICU nursery). This week's episode has all the information I wish I'd known then, and I am so happy to be sharing it with you. Today we're joined by Dr. Terri Major-Kincade, a practicing medical doctor and champion for premature babies and their families.  Dr. Terri and I start off talking about what the NICU is three of the main reasons babies are admitted to the ICU nursery. We also talk about what parents can do to advocate for themselves and their baby, what kind of emotional support is available for NICU families, and five questions you can ask your care providers weekly so you are on the same page about baby's medical care.  Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode76 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!
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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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