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Pregnant people get bombarded with all sorts of advice: a lot of it unsolicited, outdated, or just plain wrong. 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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Adriana Lozada explains the process of triage, which happens before you’re admitted to the hospital to give birth. She covers it all, from the steps to confirm you’re in labor, to potential inconveniences and discomfort, to concrete ways to advocate for yourself and your birth plan from the moment you step into the hospital.If you liked this episode, listen to this interview on knowing what you’re up against when giving birth in a hospital, and this episode with insider tips from a labor and delivery nurse.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.
Trystan Reese assembled a birth team that included his partner, dad, mother-in-law, and the head nurse at the hospital to ensure his birth experience as a trans man was exactly what he wanted. He tells Adriana Lozada how communicating what he expected from each of them  made all the difference as he welcomed his son Leo.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 what the induction process is all about, or these insider tips from a labor and delivery nurse. You can find Trystan Reese on Instagram at @biffandi. Connect with Birthful @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.
Adriana Lozada tackles a question parents ask her often: how to introduce your other children to their newborn sibling. There isn’t one right way to do it, so Adriana has suggestions to make the intros and transition easier—and joyful!If you liked this episode, listen to this interview on dealing with family and visitors, or this episode on how to truly understand and calm your baby.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.
Doula and birth photographer Karissa Raya balances supporting people in childbirth, and documenting the magic of a family’s history. She offers insights and tricks of the trade for documenting your birth experience with photos, including framing those special moment—all while staying in the moment.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 your baby’s birth experience, or this episode about the identity change of becoming a parent.You can find Karissa Raya on Instagram @olivelavida. Connect with Birthful on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.
Hypnosis in childbirth, often known as HypnoBirthing, is one tool you can use to lessen pain perception and let your oxytocin flow. Adriana Lozada breaks down the origin of this tool, and how you can practice it ahead of giving birth.If you liked this episode, listen to this birth story for a first-person account of using hypnosis during childbirth, and this full episode on using self-hypnosis for pain management.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.
Taylor Walker Sinning breaks down exactly how she trained herself for months to use hypnosis to relieve her pain during birth. And makes clear to Adriana Lozada just why it became her most powerful tool during childbirth.Listen through to the end of the episode for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest of Us” as 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 about shaking during birth and this interview about hypnosis in birth. And look out next week for a special episode on the origin of hypnosis in birth!You can find Taylor Walker Sinning on Instagram at @taylorwalkerfit. 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.
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.Whapio, a midwife and founder of The Matrona, explores the modern management of pushing, and challenges our preconceived notions in the process. She gets into pushing’s effects on the baby, and on the perineum, which receives most of the exertion. And what can you do to be prepared for this stage of the birthing process.Here's the original episode in full. For more Birthful, visit the show page. For new episodes out each week, subscribe to Birthful. You can connect with us on Instagram @birthfulpodcast  and email us at info@birthful.com.
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.Birth educator Britta Bushnel discusses the eight cultural ideals that impact childbirth. Control, perfectionism and institutional knowledge all play a role in birth, but she suggests it’s time to lean into your wild side.Here's the original episode in full. For more Birthful, visit the show page. For new episodes out each week, subscribe to Birthful. You can connect with us on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com
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.Leading high-risk pregnancy expert and mind-body health specialist, Parijat Deshpande, discusses the anxiety that comes with high-risk births. She offers tips on how to manage these feelings by making the mind-body connection work for you.Here's the original episode in full. For more Birthful, visit the show page. For new episodes out each week, subscribe to Birthful. You can connect with us on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com 
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.Midwife and pre- and perinatal psychologist Karen Strange talks about birth, but from the baby’s perspective. It turns out that there’s a specific sequence of events that occurs as newborns transition to the outside world. In this episode you’ll earn how to follow the sequence and ensure a joyful experience for your baby, and yourself.Here's the original episode in full. For more Birthful, visit the show page. For new episodes out each week, subscribe to Birthful. You can connect with us on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com
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.Doula Lesley Everest explores the primal nature of birth using somatic and emotional support therapies, and an interspiritual ministry. She teaches you how uncontrollable shaking is a very common part of labor, with a significant neurological purpose in the third stage of birth. Here's the original episode in full. For more Birthful, visit the show page. For new episodes out each week, subscribe to Birthful. You can connect with us on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com
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.Dr. Neel Shah, a Harvard Medical School professor, explains how the hospital you choose can be your #1 risk of having a Cesarean. Cesarean rates have increased dramatically over just one or two generations, and many of them are medically unnecessary. Adriana and Dr. Shah teach you how to take control of the risks and benefits of where you choose to give birth.Here's the original episode in full. For more Birthful, visit the show page. For new episodes out each week, subscribe to Birthful. You can connect with us on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com
October is Pregnancy, Infant, and Child Loss Awareness Month. The topic has been in our social media feeds for the last week after Chrissy Teigen and John Legend shared their painful experience losing a pregnancy. They broke open a taboo topic that we at Birthful have been thinking a lot about: how to talk about miscarriages and pregnancy and infant losses. This week Adriana Lozada takes a few quiet moments to talk directly to you, our mighty listeners, about the realities and misconceptions of an event experienced by too many people.Connect with Birthful’s Instagram @birthfulpodcast as we participate in the “Wave of Light” event on October 15th, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. We will be lighting a virtual candle at 7 pm EST to honor our losses.If you want to learn more from expert interviews, listen to these episodes about miscarriages and stillbirths and infant deaths.Dr. Altaf Saadi's powerful article titled "The Silence and Sorrow of Miscarriage" was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.You can connect with us 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.
Mimi Niles, a midwife and researcher, talks to Adriana Lozada about the U.S. hospital system, how your goals as a birthing person are at odds with the system’s goals, and how to tap into your power as a consumer within the system.Dr. Mimi Niles is the only appointed midwife to sit on the New York City Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives and the New York Birth Center Association.Listen through to the end of the episode for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest of Us” as she selects actions, books, and other resources to further inform your intuition and support others on their birth journeys.If you enjoyed this episode, listen to our episode about birth models , and our episode about midwives.You can connect with us 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.
Welcome to the Best of Birthful. Creator and host Adriana Lozada curated  and edited each selection in this play list of the most popular episodes. It's a tailored  introduction to the expansive catalog she amassed over the first five years of Birthful's 300+ shows.Midwife Melissa Cheyney talks all about midwifery care, the different types of midwives, and their various certifications, so that you can know what your options are and make the best choice. Learn what role of midwives, OBs, perinatologists, and how they work together.Here's the original episode in full.For more Birthful, visit the original show page. For new episodes out each week, subscribe to Birthful. You can connect with us on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com
Welcome to the Best of Birthful. Creator and host Adriana Lozada curated  and edited each selection in this play list of the most popular episodes. It's a tailored  introduction to the expansive catalog she amassed over the first five years of Birthful's 300+ shows.Specialist and educator Carrie Contey explains what you need to know about how babies communicate their needs to us. Learn how you can tune into and translate their messages, and how it begins with tuning in - to yourself!Here's the original episode in full.For more Birthful, visit the  show page. For new episodes out each week, subscribe to Birthful. You can connect with us on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com
Welcome to the Best of Birthful. Creator and host Adriana Lozada curated  and edited each selection in this play list of the most popular episodes. It's a tailored  introduction to the expansive catalog she amassed over the first five years of Birthful's 300+ shows.Medical anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd explains why we’ve gotten so obsessed with machines and numbers, how things are changing back to models that work in various parts of the world, and what you can take from those models to improve your experience.Here's the original episode in full.For more Birthful, visit the show page. For new episodes out each week, subscribe to Birthful. You can connect with us on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com
Welcome to the Best of Birthful. Creator and host Adriana Lozada curated  and edited each selection in this play list of the most popular episodes. It's a tailored  introduction to the expansive catalog she amassed over the first five years of Birthful's 300+ shows.Dr. Jack Newman, breastfeeding expert, shares all his best advice on what to expect, what to avoid, and when to ask for help, in order to get started breastfeeding, and breastfeed successfully.Here's the original episode in full. For more Birthful, visit the show page. For new episodes each week, subscribe to on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, and anywhere you listen to podcasts. We're on Twitter @Birthful, Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email info@birthful.com
Hello Mighty Ones and Birth Pros! I’m excited that Birthful is back after a two-month hiatus to recharge and renew! And I'm so happy to share that we're now on  podcast network Lantigua Williams & Co., with a brand-new look, new topics and new guests!Birthful tackles all sorts of topics, from fertility to postpartum, whatever the perinatal journey brings your way. I talk to experts and new parents who tell us their birth stories! I also share my expertise from my years as a doula.Find Birthful on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Listen to our first episode September 30th.
Maya’s second homebirth was in strong contrast with her first. Instead of almost three days, labor flowed so fast that her midwife almost missed it. During her first, the pushing stage was also quite difficult, and so much of the preparation she did during her second pregnancy was guided by a desire to minimize trauma and bring heaps of pleasure and joy into the experience. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-pleasurable-homebirth-COVID-storyPlease follow GirlTrek.org, join their 21-day Black History Bootcamp, and consider giving them some of your time, goods, or funds if you can.If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe!Sign-up for my Own Your Birth online BIRTH preparation classesSign-up for my Thrive with Your Newborn online POSTPARTUM preparation courseTitle music: “Vibe Ace” by Kevin MacLeod, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/ (©CC BY)Sponsorship music: “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, at freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/ (©CC BY)
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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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