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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Pregnant people get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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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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)
Does your baby sleep with an open mouth? Do they make noise when breathing? Are they copious droolers? Do they have lip blisters? Do they hate tummy time, or have a lot of reflux? These are signs that oral function may need to be evaluated, but why does optimal oral function matter? Michelle Emanuel 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-optimal-oral-function-breastfeeding   Support our sponsors:  Click here to Download: The Mother Load with Constance Zimmer & Missi Pyle and subscribe for free wherever you get your podcasts. And go to Lovevery.com and,  for a limited time, use the code birthful for $15 off your subscription.   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)
Through her four vaginal birth experiences, Jessica Bower has had a bit of everything including her water breaking without labor, inductions, navigating gestational diabetes, shoulder dystocia, back labor, sterile water injection, and more. For her 4th birth, Jessica wanted an unmedicated vaginal birth at a birth center but ended up at the hospital with a version and 39-week  induction. It still was a glorious experience on her own terms. 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-GD-induction-waterbirth   Support our sponsors:  For 30% off your custom portrait from Paint Your Life and free shipping, text BIRTHFUL to 48-48-48 Get 25% off AND free shipping for Blume’s Meltdown Blemish Treatment when you text Birthful to 79-79-79.    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 pregnancy and birth, it has somehow become OK for others to tell those giving birth, what they can and cannot do with their bodies, even when being subjected to unsafe care and in violation of their human and legal rights. So what can you do about it? Cristen Pascucci tells us more. Check it out! Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the shownotes page at birthful.com/podcast-informed-consent Support our sponsors:  Go to PreciousApp.com/birthful to start your FREE three-day trial to their premium Baby Art Unlimited. 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)
Alena LeShack went from not knowing anything about birth and considering a scheduled cesarean to preparing for -and having- an unmedicated birth. She had a flowing and empowering hospital birth, fueled by her confidence, the support of her team, and even a little dose of Virtual Reality. 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-unmedicated-VR-birth-story   Support our sponsors:  Go to Vistaprint.com/birthful for 500 high-quality, custom business cards starting at $9.99. 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)
I’m Adriana Lozada, and today I’ll be talking with Rebecca Dekker about Evidence Based Care, how it relates to Florence Nightingale, why it matters and how to bring its three components into your maternity care. We also talk about the evidence for using Castor oil as an induction method and much more. Stay tuned.    Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-evidence-based-care-castor-oil   Support our sponsors:  Go to Lovevery.com and,  for a limited time, use the code birthful for $15 off your subscription. 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)
Laura Kline-Taylor spent most of her first pregnancy preparing for motherhood while healing from infidelity, and then had three days to get ready for an unexpected breech cesarean. Second time around, both she and her husband were in a much better place to come together to celebrate this new pregnancy, and intentionally prepare for an unmedicated VBAC. How was she transformed? 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-VBAC-after-breech-cesarean-story   Support our sponsors:  Go to Lovevery.com and,  for a limited time, use the code birthful for $15 off your subscription. For 30% off your custom portrait from Paint Your Life and free shiping, text BIRTHFUL to 48-48-48   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)
Elimination Communication it’s a way of responding to your baby’s pottying cues that can lead to being diaper free. This is what everyone did before diapers were invented, and how half the babies on Earth are currently potty independent by age one. Intrigued? Andrea Olson is here to tell us more.    Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the “show-notes” page at: birthful.com/podcast-elimination-communication   Vote for our SXSW panel! Go to panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote and search for Tectonic Shifts in Childbirth Today.   Support our sponsors:  Go to birthful.com/healingharts to get on the Early Notice List for this amazing grief and trauma release program. And Go to Vistaprint.com/birthful for 500 high-quality, custom business cards starting at $9.99.   If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! Click to grab my free postpartum plan   And if you want to connect with Adriana, reach out at: facebook.com/birthful twitter.com/birthful instagram.com/adrianika   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)
Mariah Robinson has had four very different birth stories, that include a traumatic vaginal birth with an epidural, two inductions with one ending in a cesarean, and an unplanned home birth with fetal ejection reflex, than involved her tablecloth. For this last one, she also put in a lot of work to get over her fears of an unmedicated birth. Stay tuned. Vote for our SXSW panel! Go to panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote and search for Tectonic Shifts in Childbirth Today. Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources and links listed on the show notes page at birthful.com/podcast-unplanned-home-birth-no-fear-story Support our sponsors:  Subscribe to Unspoken Stories for free wherever you get your podcasts or listen at UnspokenStories.org Go to Lovevery.com and,  for a limited time, use the code birthful for $15 off your subscription.   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)
Returning to work can be a pivotal moment on your breastfeeding journey that stirs up all sorts of feelings. How can you prepare yourself, your baby, you caregivers and your workplace to set you up for physiological and emotional success? Robin Kaplan 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-back-to-work-breastfeeding-emotions   Support our sponsors:  For 30% off your custom portrait from Paint Your Life and free shiping, text BIRTHFUL to 48-48-48 Subscribe to Unspoken Stories for free wherever you get your podcasts or listen at UnspokenStories.org   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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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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