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On Birthful, working doula and former journalist Adriana Lozada talks pregnancy, birth and postpartum with top experts and new parents. Every episode distills the overload of pregnancy information down to the most relevant and useful stuff.

Adriana Lozada is a mom, author, speaker, birth doula, postpartum educator, and healthy-sleep consultant. Visit Birthful.com.

Please note: Adriana has years of experience but she's not a doctor, and does not expect anyone to treat the show like medical advice. Please always consult with your care provider. This show does not dispense medical advice.
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Continuous electronic fetal monitoring, or EFM, can have a negative impact on your birth experience. Adriana Lozada explains how. And what you can ask care providers for to alleviate the complications it can cause.If you liked this episode, listen to this interview on building a collaborative relationship with your care provider, or this short episode on what not to worry about during birth.Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests! You can connect with Birthful on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com. Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.
Caregiving gives parents unmatched skills, and TendLab CEO Amy Henderson tells Adriana Lozada why it’s crucial to support them in bringing all that valuable knowledge and experience to the workplace.Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest of Us.” Every week, she selects actions, books, and other resources to further inform your intuition and support others on their birth journeys.If you liked this episode, listen to this "Best Of" episode on how to navigate identity shifts when you become a parent, and this birth story from a mom learning to navigate the postpartum life with her partner.You can find Amy Henderson at tendlab.com or on Instagram @amytendlab. Connect with Birthful @BirthfulPodcast and email us at info@Birthful.com. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests! 
Adriana Lozada goes through best practices to ensure you have a positive birth experience at a hospital. And why it’s important to be prepared.If you liked this episode, listen to this Best Of episode about your options on where to give birth, and this interview on shared decision-making with your care provider.Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests! You can connect with Birthful on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com. Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.
Kristina Colangelo visualized a flowing birth, but the reality caught her by surprise. Fortunately, her dad, mom, doula, and midwife supported her through a long labor due to a posterior baby, prolonged hyperemesis gravidarum, and the fear of tearing. She tells Adriana Lozada how her team made meeting her baby the most interconnected experience.Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest of Us.” Every week, she selects actions, books, and other resources to further inform your intuition and support others on their birth journeys.If you liked this episode, listen to this interview all about birth doulas, and this short episode on eight questions to ask your care provider.You can learn more about Kristina @power_baker. Connect with Birthful @BirthfulPodcast and email us at info@Birthful.com. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests!
Adriana Lozada goes through simple ways to measure how much you’re producing, and shares useful facts that lead to successful breastfeeding.If you liked this episode, listen to this "Best Of" episode all about what to expect when breastfeeding, and this interview about how to overcome breastfeeding problems.Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests! You can connect with Birthful on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com. Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.
Ob-gyn Dr. Meedlen Charles walks us through the common changes you can expect –physically and mentally– during the postpartum period. She and Adriana Lozada break down which symptoms are red flags to discuss with your care provider.Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest of Us.” Every week, she selects actions, books, and other resources to further inform your intuition and support others on their birth journeys.If you liked this episode, listen to  this interview with a pelvic health physical therapist, this episode about the changes your body goes through in pregnancy and postpartum, and this short about postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.You can find Dr. Meedleen Charles at @meedlencharles. Connect with Birthful @BirthfulPodcast and email us at info@Birthful.com. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests!
Introducing: Zombiemum

Introducing: Zombiemum

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When illustrator and writer Laura Dockrill became a mom, the experience was life changing - but not in the way she was expecting. After a traumatic delivery and diagnosis of postpartum psychosis, Laura realized there were plenty of aspects of motherhood that aren’t talked about enough. Zombiemum offers a deep dive opportunity to answer questions about the experience of parenthood in a safe and holistic way. Each week, Laura will be joined by fellow parents who also didn’t have the picture perfect time they anticipated. Whatever you’re feeling, you’re not alone with Zombiemum, the podcast normalizing conversations about mental health and parenthood.
Your baby will arrive at the right time, regardless of your due date. Adriana Lozada explains how due dates are influenced by factors out of your control, and why you shouldn’t worry too much about them.If you liked this episode, listen to this interview with more information about due dates.Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests! You can connect with Birthful on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com. Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.
When she became a gestational surrogate, Danellia Arechiga felt strongly about having an unmedicated birth at a birth center. Even as her labor plan derailed into an induction, she pushed for few interventions. She tells Adriana Lozada why doing so was important for her, the baby, and the intended parents.Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest of Us.” Every week, she selects actions, books, and other resources to further inform your intuition and support others on their birth journeys.If you liked this episode, listen to our interview about the pushing stage, and to this story from a professional surrogate.You can learn more about Danellia @themultidimensionalmami. Connect with Birthful @BirthfulPodcast and email us at info@Birthful.com. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests!
Parents, particularly mothers, and especially during the pandemic, are under extreme psychological pressure. Adriana Lozada gives you a host of helpful tips to protect your mental health and ensure more fair work balance among parenting partners.If you liked this episode, listen to this Best Of Birthful episode about navigating identity shifts, and this episode about entering fatherhood.Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests! You can connect with Birthful on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com. Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.
OBGYN Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins breaks down the leading causes of what’s usually called a cascade of labor interventions—like an induction leading to a cesarean. She and Adriana Lozada offer insight into the risks and benefits of interventions, and help inform your decision-making during birth.Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest of Us.” Every week, she selects actions, books, and other resources to further inform your intuition and support others on their birth journeys.If you liked this episode, listen to this episode on inductions, and this short about what to ask your care provider.You can find Nicole Rankins @drnicolerankins. Connect with Birthful @BirthfulPodcast and email us at info@Birthful.com. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests! 
Adriana Lozada goes through the pros and cons of three places you can give birth: a hospital, a birth center, and at home. And what you should consider when making an informed decision.If you liked this episode, listen to this interview about how to choose a hospital or this short episode about what questions to ask your care provider.Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests! We want to hear from you! Help us shape the future of our show by taking our survey. You will be automatically entered to win a $100 gift card. Winner will be announced when the survey closes.You can connect with Birthful on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com. Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.
Myra Flynn set out to have as few interventions as possible during the birth of her daughter. She tells Adriana Lozada what it was like to stand up for herself--and adapt to the circumstances--during her five days in labor.Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest of Us.” Every week, she selects actions, books, and other resources to further inform your intuition and support others on their birth journeys.If you liked this episode, listen to this interview about navigating the U.S. hospital system, and this episode all about the induction process.You can learn more about Myra and her music at MyraFlynn.com or on Instagram @BabyMamaMyra. Connect with Birthful @BirthfulPodcast and email us at info@Birthful.com. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests! We want to hear from you! Help us shape the future of our show by taking our survey. You will be automatically entered to win a $100 gift card. Winner will be announced when the survey closes.
Adriana Lozada lays out how hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is not just a bad case of morning sickness, but a severe and debilitating condition. She also offers practical advice on how to deal with both.If you liked this episode, listen to Eating to Grow a Healthy Baby Brain and Self-Hypnosis for Pain Management.Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests! We want to hear from you! Help us shape the future of our show by taking our survey. You will be automatically entered to win a $100 gift card. Winner will be announced when the survey closes.You can connect with Birthful on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com. Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.
High-risk pregnancy and somatic trauma specialist Parijat Deshpande talks with Adriana Lozada about the importance of connecting with your body to release trauma, increase resiliency, improve pregnancy and birth outcomes, and get out of survival mode so you can truly start thriving.Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest of Us.” Every week, she selects actions, books, and other resources to further inform your intuition and support others on their birth journeys.If you liked this episode, listen to this episode on the primal nature of shaking.You can find Parijat Deshpande at healthy.high risk pregnancy and find more resources at parijatdesphande.com. Connect with Birthful @BirthfulPodcast and email us at info@Birthful.com. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests! We want to hear from you! Help us shape the future of our show by taking our survey. You will be automatically entered to win a $100 gift card. Winner will be announced when the survey closes.
Adriana Lozada dispels nine common worries of expectant parents, and explains why you can just let them go.If you liked this episode, listen to this interview about the pushing stage, and this episode about protecting your perineum.Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests! We want to hear from you! Help us shape the future of our show by taking our survey. You will be automatically entered to win a $100 gift card. Winner will be announced when the survey closes.
Emma Parnell was adamant about planning a vaginal birth for her second pregnancy, even though she was having twins—and they were both breech. She tells Adriana Lozada about the strength she gained from her own body’s intuition.Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest of Us.” Every week, she selects actions, books, and other resources to further inform your intuition and support others on their birth journeys.If you liked this episode, listen to this interview about shared decision making.You can find Emma Parnell on Instagram at @emmaroseparnell. Connect with Birthful @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests!We want to hear from you! Help us shape the future of our show by taking our survey. You will be automatically entered to win a $100 gift card. Winner will be announced when the survey closes.
Adriana Lozada shares facts about the magnificent protective and self-clamping abilities of the umbilical cord. She also explains why there’s still disagreement in the medical field about how long to wait.Listen to this episode all about delayed cord clamping.Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests! We want to hear from you! Help us shape the future of our show by taking our survey. You will be automatically entered to win a $100 gift card. Winner will be announced when survey closes. 
OB-GYN and maternal fetal medicine specialist Dr. Brad Bootstaylor talks with Adriana Lozada about how vital it is to establish shared-decision making with your care provider. Plus: why no one should roll their eyes at your birth plan.Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest of Us.” Every week, she selects actions, books, and other resources to further inform your intuition and support others on their birth journeys.If you liked this episode, listen to Know What You're Up Against When Giving Birth at a Hospital.You can find Brad Bootstaylor on Instagram @see__baby and find resources at his website, seebaby.org. To take the pledge for shared-decision making, go to Birthful.com/shared-decisions. Connect with Birthful @BirthfulPodcast and email us at info@Birthful.com. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests! We want to hear from you! Help us shape the future of our show by taking our survey. You will be automatically entered to win a $100 gift card. Winner will be announced when survey closes. 
Welcome to the Best of Birthful. Creator and host Adriana Lozada curated and edited each selection in this playlist of the show’s most popular episodes. It's a tailored introduction to the expansive catalog she amassed over the first five years of Birthful's 300+ shows.Psychotherapist Sophie McEntee, is dedicated to supporting new parents through the early transitional and utterly transformational start of parenthood. She helps you navigate both the beautiful and messy aspects of becoming a parent. Here's the original episode in full. For more Birthful, visit the show’s page. For new episodes each week, subscribe to Birthful. You can connect with us on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com.Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests! We want to hear from you! Help us shape the future of our show by taking our survey. You will be automatically entered to win a $100 gift card. Winner will be announced when survey closes. 
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Miss America

What was the smoothie recipe? Because my water broke first in my first labor, and my son wasn't born until 42 hours later. And I'm due again in 4 weeks, so I'd love the recipe as a back up measure!

Jan 16th
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Melanie Cruz

The best birth and beyond podcast! So informative!

Sep 5th
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Sophie Smith

This was my favourite Birthful podcast! it is conducive to the principles of Calmbirth. Love the notion of surrendering to the birth experience - however it unfolds.

Jun 29th
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