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Author: Adriana Lozada | Parents On Demand Network

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Pregnant people get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect. In the Birthful Podcast, Adriana Lozada talks with pregnancy, birth and postpartum experts, as well as new parents to distill that information down to the relevant stuff. Think of us as your own specialized team of birth pros!
We know that being pregnant can be tough. That being a mom can be hard. That having a baby can be exhausting. And we hope to make it easier by giving you tried and tested tips and tools that you can use. From “laid-back” breastfeeding to safer bed-sharing, circumcision to VBACs, we’ll give you well-researched, evidence-based information so YOU can make the choices that best fit your family.
Join us every week by subscribing on iTunes!

Adriana Lozada is a mom, author, speaker, birth doula, postpartum educator, and healthy-sleep consultant. Find more about her and The Birthful Podcast at Birthful.com.

Please note: Although I have years of experience, I'm not a doctor, nor am I familiar with your particular circumstances, and neither are my guests. Please double check all the info you hear here with your care provider. This show is not meant to be taken as medical advice. Thanks.
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You may have heard that uncontrollable shaking is a very common part of labor and immediate postpartum. But is there a neurological purpose to all this shaking? And is the management of the third stage of labor, truncating the resolution, down-regulation and integration of the primal birth process, basically messing with neurological completion? Lesley Everest shares her thoughts. Go listen.   Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-shaking-primal-birth   Support our sponsors:  Find FamilyAlbum on your favorite app store, or go to Family-Album.com And go to betterhelp.com/BIRTHFUL to get 10% off your first month.   If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! Click to grab my free postpartum plan   Title 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)
Bernice Good went into preterm labor when her water broke at 31 weeks. Though the circumstances were less than ideal, she had what she describes as a lovely vaginal hospital birth with no interventions. The struggles continued during the 19-day NICU stay, and she shares how they successfully navigated breastfeeding with all of the obstacles of prematurity. Go listen. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-vaginal-premie-birth-story Support our sponsors:  Go to Vistaprint.com and enter promo code Birthful for free shipping on all your business cards. Limited time offer. Find FamilyAlbum on your favorite app store, or go to Family-Album.com   If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! Sign-up for my Birth and Postpartum preparation courses at Birthfulcourses.com Click to grab my free postpartum plan   Title 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)
Adriana talks with Pelvic Health Physical Therapist Sara Reardon (aka The Vagina Whisperer) about what optimal pelvic health looks like. They go into the details about what to do -and not do- when peeing or pooping, discuss common issues such as leakage, painful intercourse, and abdominal separation, and explore proactive actions you can take during pregnancy to support your postpartum recovery. Check it out. Show notes at birthful.com/podcast-pelvic-floor-function Support our sponsors:  Go to betterhelp.com/BIRTHFUL to get 10% off your first month. And find FamilyAlbum on your favorite app store, or by searching for FamilyAlbum on the web.   If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! Check out my birth and postpartum online preparation classes ar BirthfulCourses.com Click to grab my free postpartum plan   Title 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)
Melissa Statler had a quick and mostly flowing birth. Feeling elated, she placed her newborn to her breast, only to be met with excruciating pain and instant damage to her nipples. As her confidence drained, she was informed that because her baby was large for gestational age, she would have to meet certain sugar level requirements during the first series of feedings, adding stress to injury. How did Melissa overcome these and more breastfeeding problems, to have the satisfying and nurturing breastfeeding relationship she has today? Go listen.   Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-damage-nipple-shield-breastfeeding-story   Support our sponsors:  Find FamilyAlbum on your favorite app store, or go to Family-Album.com Bakedbymelissa.com/birthful - code birthful for 15% off your order.    If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! Click to join the Birthful Patreon Community, and get the extra content related to this episode Click to grab my free postpartum plan   Title 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)
Do you have a need for control and certainty? Are you a perfectionist? Do you highly value knowledge and technology? Do you resist things getting wild? Do you strive to do it all? If any of these resonate with you, you’re going to want to pay close attention to this conversation with Britta Bushnell. Check it out. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-cultural-ideals-impact-birth   Support our sponsors:  Find FamilyAlbum on your favorite app store, or go to Family-Album.com And go to betterhelp.com/BIRTHFUL to get 10% off your first month.   If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! Click to join the Birthful Patreon Community, and get the extra content related to this episode Click to grab my free postpartum plan   Title 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)
Krista Thompson shares her progression from a prodromal labor that ended with her baby being taken to the NICU, to a precipitous second hospital birth with Fetal Ejection Reflex, and finally an unassisted-like homebirth experience. She also gives us a glimpse into her struggles with codependency, and why it was so important for her to take the reigns of her last pregnancy. Go listen.   Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-hospital-homebirth-progression-story   Support our sponsors:  Go to Vistaprint.com and enter promo code Birthful for free shipping on all your business cards. Limited time offer. Find FamilyAlbum on your favorite app store, or go to Family-Album.com   If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! Click to join the Birthful Patreon Community, and get the extra content related to this episode Click to grab my free postpartum plan   Title 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)
When you’re expecting, anxiety and worrying seem to take center stage, especially if you are categorized as high-risk. What can you do with these feelings? Can they affect your and your baby’s health? How do you make the mind-body connection work for you, to put this anxiety in its place? Parijat Deshpande has answers. Check it out! Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at: birthful.com/podcast-anxious-mind-pregnancy   Support our sponsors:  Find FamilyAlbum on your favorite app store, or go to Family-Album.com And go to betterhelp.com/BIRTHFUL to get 10% off your first month.   If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! Click to grab my free postpartum plan   Title 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)
Alaina Gay woke up excited and happy, thinking her water had broken, only to discover it was blood. Her planned birth center birth turned into an induction at the hospital, but thanks to compassionate care providers, that focused on her wellbeing as well as on a respectful transfer of care, Alana had the healthy and empowering birth she was looking for. Check it out.   Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-placental-abruption-story   Support our sponsors:  Go to dermae.com and use the PROMOCODE birthful20 to get 20% off your entire purchase. Go to birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding, and use the code BIRTHFUL for 15% off their breastfeeding course.    If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! Click to join the Birthful Patreon Community, and get the extra content related to this episode Click to grab my free postpartum plan   Title 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)
With the legalization of cannabis expanding around the world, it’s time to have a nuanced conversation about its use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. What do we know about the health risks? What about the legal risks? Is a non-biased risk-benefit analysis centered on harm reduction possible, and what would that look like? Heather Thompson has answers. Check it out. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-cannabis-pregnancy-breastfeeding   Support our sponsors:  Go to dermae.com and use the PROMOCODE birthful20 to get 20% off your entire purchase. Go to embrwave.com/birthful for $50 off your Embr Wave bracelet.   If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! Click to join the Birthful Patreon Community, and get the extra content related to this episode Click to grab my free postpartum plan   Title 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)
Anne-Marie Shumaker’s story is epic no matter how you approach it. Her fertility process was an long road involving surgery, multiple rounds of IUI, and a devastating miscarriage. The birth itself included persistent back labor, stalling for hours at 8 cms, and a long pushing stage. And yet, holding her miracle baby released all her previous feelings of brokenness and fear. Go listen. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-IVF-posterior-vaginal-story   Support our sponsors:  storyworth.com/birthful for $20 off your first purchase. causebox.com and use the code birthful30 to get 30% off your first box.   If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! Click to join the Birthful Patreon Community, and get the extra content related to this episode Click to grab my free postpartum plan   Title 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)
Today we’re exploring if there is such a thing as too much exercise during pregnancy. It’s common knowledge that you should stay active while expecting. Walking, swimming, and doing prenatal yoga can all be super helpful, but what about barre, crossfit, and weightlifting? Deb Flashenberg has answers. Check it out!   Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast_exercise   Support our sponsors:  Blume.com/Birthful - for 25% off your first stick of Blume’s Hug Me deodorant and free shipping. Vistaprint.com - code Birthful50, before January 5th for up to 50% off all holiday cards and photo calendars, plus great deals on photo gifts.    If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! Click to join the Birthful Patreon Community, and get the extra content related to this episode Click to grab my free postpartum plan   Title 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)
Toni DeAztlan Smith went into her first birth without doing much research and naively trusting the system. After an eye-opening traumatic experience that took over 6 years to process, Toni was finally ready to take birth into her own hands and proactively turn it from something you endure to something that is empowering. Her second birth was a powerfully healing experience that culminated in a thrilling oxytocin high. Go listen. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-proactive-birth-after-trauma   Support our sponsors:  Text BIRTH to 64-000 for 30% off your custom Paint Your Life portrait and free shipping Go to EMBRWAVE.com/birthful for $60 off your Embr Wave bracelet. This is a limited extension of their Cyber Monday sale.   If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! Click to join the Birthful Patreon Community, and get the extra content related to this episode Click to grab my free postpartum plan   Title 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)
More and more, we’re acknowledging the menstrual cycle as a vital sign. Let’s take it one step further, to consider how the uterus connects to general health. What happens to the uterus during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum? Why is it important to restore the uterus after having a baby. Valerie Lynn has answers. Check it out. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-restore-uterus-postpartum   Support our sponsors:  Go to causebox.com and use the code birthful30 to get 30% off your first box. Go to dermae.com and use the PROMOCODE birthful20 to get 20% off your entire purchase.      If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! Click to join the Birthful Patreon Community, and get the extra content related to this episode Click to grab my free postpartum plan   Title 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)
For her second VBAC, Kristen Bowles was almost sent home from the hospital, when she wasn’t progressing past 2 cm after more than 4 hours. As they were getting ready to leave, her water broke, and then she went from 4 cms to pushing unexpectedly fast, even though she was sitting on the edge of the bed about to get an epidural. Go listen. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-nonlinear-2VBAC-story Support our sponsors:  Blume.com/Birthful - for 25% off your first stick of Blume’s Hug Me deodorant and free shipping. Vistaprint.com - code Birthful50, before January 5th for up to 50% off all holiday cards and photo calendars, plus great deals on photo gifts.    Use the code THANKFUL for great discounts on my Thrive With Your Newborn postpartum preparation classes or my Birth Partner’s Ultimate Labor Support Toolkit.   If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! Click to join the Birthful Patreon Community, and get the extra content related to this episode Click to grab my free postpartum plan   Title 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)
Today we’re taking a closer look at nutrition during pregnancy. You’ve probably heard you should stay away from raw fish, soft cheeses, deli meats, and runny eggs - but is this really the case? Does avoiding these foods keep you from getting the nutrition you really need for your health and your baby’s development? Lily Nichols has answers. Check it out! Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast-Pregnancy-Diet-Nutrition-What-to-Eat   Support our sponsors:  Text BIRTH to 64-000 for 30% off your custom Paint Your Life portrait and free shipping. Go to ThriveCausemetics.com/BIRTHFUL and enter code BIRTHFUL for 15% off your first purchase.   If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe. It’s free! Click to join the Birthful Patreon Community, and get the extra content related to this episode Click to grab my free postpartum plan   Title 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)
Anya Cutler had originally planned to give birth at a birth center with midwives, then at 36.5 weeks and after trying practically everything possible to encourage her baby to flip, she ended up transferring care to an OB-GYN that was experienced in vaginal breech delivery. Go listen. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-breech-vaginal-birth Support our sponsors:  Text BIRTH to 64-000 for 30% off your custom Paint Your Life portrait and free shipping Go to EMBRWAVE.com/birthful for $30 off your Embr Wave bracelet   If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! Click to join the Birthful Patreon Community, and get the extra content related to this episode Click to grab my free postpartum plan   Title 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)
During a hospital birth, labor and delivery nurses are an essential part of your birth team, even though you may have never met them before. In this episode, Mandy Irby and I talk about ways to foster that connection. We also discuss why nurses may love and hate birth plans, how to navigate triage, the difference between hospital rules and body rules, why IV sticks can be so tricky, the poorly named fundal massage, and oh, so much more. Check it out. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-labor-nurse Support our sponsors:  For 25% off your first stick of Blume's Hug Me deodorant, text BIRTHFUL to 79-79-79. And to get free shipping on all your business cards, any style and quantity, go to Vistaprint.com and enter promo code Birthful. Limited time offer. If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! It’s FREE! To get the extra content related to this episode, click to join the Birthful Patreon Community. Or click here to grab my FREE postpartum plan.   Title 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)
For Shea Cole, getting pregnant was easy, the trick was staying pregnant. After 3 miscarriages, getting to the end of a pregnancy was a huge mix of happiness and relief, yet it brought along its own set of unusual circumstances like Shea breaking her leg, having a stranger break into her house, and her water breaking 78 hours before the birth of her daughter. Go listen.   Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-birth-center-birth-after-loss   Support our sponsors:  Text FEARLESS to 64-000 for 20% off Ettitude sheets, plus free shipping. Message and data rates may apply. Vistaprint.com - code BIRTHFUL for free shipping on all your business cards. Limited time offer.   If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! Click to join the Birthful Patreon Community, and get the extra content related to this episode Click to grab my free postpartum plan   Title 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)
Between body aches, a mind that won’t quiet down, heartburn, and the never-ending trips to the bathroom, getting a good night's sleep while pregnant can seem like an impossible goal. So what can you do to make it better, and will doing these things improve your family’s sleep after baby arrives? Mar Oscategui has answers. Check it out.   Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at birthful.com/podcast-pregnancy-sleep   Support our sponsors:  Vistaprint.com - code BIRTHFUL for free shipping on business cards, any style, and quantity. Limited time offer. Birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off.   If you enjoy what you hear, subscribe for FREE! Click to join the Birthful Patreon Community, and get the extra content related to this episode Click to grab my free postpartum plan   Title 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)
When Hailey’s water broke, and contractions didn’t follow, she felt the clock ticking. She proceeded to try all the things, including a natural induction method suggested by her midwife that did the trick. However, she also had an immense desire for chicken nuggets. Go listen. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-PROM-waterbirth   Pre-register for my FREE talk at the GOLD Perinatal online conference, happening Oct. 28.    Support our sponsors:  To get free shipping on all your business cards, any style and quantity, go to Vistaprint.com and enter promo code Birthful. Limited time offer. And go to birthful.com/simplybreastfeeding, and use the code BIRTHFUL for 15% off their breastfeeding course.   If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! Click to join the Birthful Patreon Community, and get the extra content related to this episode Click to grab my free postpartum plan   Title 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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