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Take ownership of your pregnancy, birth, and parenthood! Join Deb Flashenberg as she dives into conversation with some of the world’s leading yoga, birth, and baby experts. Deb’s lively conversations will inform and entertain you as you embark on this new phase in your life. Deb is the founder and director of the Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC, a labor support doula, Lamaze childbirth educator, prenatal yoga teacher and mother of 2.

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The US is the only developed country that does not offer paid maternity leave to new parents. Support for new families varies from the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, which offers job protection and mandates 12 weeks of unpaid leave, to private companies who provide paid leave maternity and paternity leave. In NY State, as of January 1, 2018, parents who work for private companies are eligible for 8 weeks of partial payment. In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with employment litigator and founder of Berke-Weiss Law’s Pregnancy Project, Alex Berke. Alex breaks down benefits and entitlements for parental leave and how to discus your pregnancy with your employer. She also provides guidance for how to negotiate surprise hospital bills with your insurance company. Alex evens gives insight in becoming someone’s employer should you hire a nanny. Alex seamlessly delivers information that may be overwhelming and offers it in a very digestible way! Get the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at: prenatalyogacenter.com If you love what you've been listening to, please leave a rating and review! Yoga| Birth|BabiesTo connect with Deb and the PYC Community: instagram & facebook: @prenatalyogacenterYoutube: Prenatal Yoga CenterLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The shift from pregnancy to postpartum is unlike any chasm one will ever experience. And while there is often much care and attention being paid to the pregnant person’s well being, the new parent that emerges on the other side, is often left to wade through the turkey waters of parenthood with limited help. In our current culture, many people have lost the community that gathers to take care of the new parent.In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with author of the book, The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions and Restoring Your Vitality, Kimberly Ann Johnson. Kimberly discusses her challenging postpartum experience and how she resolved massive pelvic floor and abdominal diastisis. She also shares valuable postpartum rituals and philosophies from other cultures and how we can adopt some of those ideas to better serve our postpartum people. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS!Go to stitchfix.com/KIDS/YBB and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box! And as a bonus, Stitch Fix will waive the $20 styling fee when you use this shows special URL- stitchfix.com/KIDS/YBBFor FREE and EASY photo sharing with friend and family, visit family-album.comGet the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at: prenatalyogacenter.com If you love what you've been listening to, please leave a rating and review! Yoga| Birth|BabiesTo connect with Deb and the PYC Community: instagram & facebook: @prenatalyogacenterYoutube: Prenatal Yoga CenterLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's possible you've never heard of “tongue tie,” but 5% of babies are born with this condition. If your little one has a tongue tie you likely understand how it impacts feeding your baby, from the bottle or breast. And if undiagnosed, it can affect speech development. In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with author of the book, Latch: A Handbook for Breastfeeding with Confidence at Every Stage IBCLC, Robin Kaplan.Robin explains what tongue tie is, how to identify it, and ways to resolve it. She also discusses therapeutic tummy time, something I had not ever heard of before this! SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS!Go to stitchfix.com/KIDS/YBB and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box! And as a bonus, Stitch Fix will waive the $20 styling fee when you use this shows special URL- stitchfix.com/KIDS/YBBGet the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at: prenatalyogacenter.com If you love what you've been listening to, please leave a rating and review! Yoga| Birth|BabiesTo connect with Deb and the PYC Community: instagram & facebook: @prenatalyogacenterYoutube: Prenatal Yoga CenterLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why is it that so many pregnant people wait until 12 weeks to share the news of their pregnancy? This silence retreat may be comforting for some, but isolating for the 1 in 4 people who do not see their pregnancy go past the first trimester.In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with the creator of the #IHadAMiscarriage campaign, psychologist Dr. Jessica Zucker. Dr Zucker opens up about her own pregnancy loss at 16 weeks and what inspired her to break down the shame and stigma of miscarriage. She also shares how one may start to regain trust again in their body. This honest, heart felt conversation is helpful for anyone who is supporting someone through loss or has experienced loss. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS!Go to stitchfix.com/KIDS/YBB and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box! And as a bonus, Stitch Fix will waive the $20 styling fee when you use this shows special URL- stitchfix.com/KIDS/YBBFor FREE and EASY photo sharing with friend and family, visit family-album.comGet the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at: prenatalyogacenter.com If you love what you've been listening to, please leave a rating and review! Yoga| Birth|BabiesTo connect with Deb and the PYC Community: instagram & facebook: @prenatalyogacenterYoutube: Prenatal Yoga CenterLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Pregnancy and the transition to parenthood can bring up painful triggers and emotions from one’s past. But, for some, can also serve as a gateway to healing In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with Prenatal Yoga Center community member, Christina Profita.Christina opens up about how needing a cesarean birth due to her breech baby unexpectedly brought up issues from her past as a person who has recovered from an eating disorder. She also discussed how motherhood can be both an overwhelming transition but also a transition of healing and growth. Please enjoy this honest and touching community birth story. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS!Go to stitchfix.com/KIDS/YBB and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box! And as a bonus, Stitch Fix will waive the $20 styling fee when you use this shows special URL- stitchfix.com/KIDS/YBBFor FREE and EASY photo sharing with friend and family, visit family-album.comGet the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at: prenatalyogacenter.com If you love what you've been listening to, please leave a rating and review! Yoga| Birth|BabiesTo connect with Deb and the PYC Community: instagram & facebook: @prenatalyogacenterYoutube: Prenatal Yoga CenterLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How would you react upon finding out you were carrying twins? Shock? Excitement? A bit nervous? A combination of all three? If are one of the 3.35% of parent having twins you may be looking for some support and guidance as you welcome your new expanded family. In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Babies, I speak with author of the book, What To Do When You're Having Two and founder of Twiniversity, Natalie Diaz.Natalie skillfully and humorously breaks down the reality of life with two. She offers solid go-to advice and tips for navigating life with twins. Whether you are a new parent of one or two, you can gain supportive and practical information to help ease the transition into parenthood. Support Our Sponsors:For FREE and EASY photo sharing with friend and family, visit https://family-album.comSupport Yoga | Birth | Babies:Get the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at: prenatalyogacenter.com If you love what you've been listening to, please leave a rating and review! Yoga| Birth|Babies on Apple PodcastsTo connect with Deb and the PYC Community: instagram & facebook: @prenatalyogacenterYoutube: Prenatal Yoga CenterLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
One of the most commonly used phrases in exercise and yoga is “engage your core.” But what does that even mean? What muscles are being asked to work and is it really helpful or healthy to have an engaged core? In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with pelvic floor yoga specialist Shannon Crow. Shannon dispels some commonly believed myths about what the core is and how it should be used. She also discusses how the understanding of diastisis recti has shifted over the years and how that relates to healing and rehabbing core muscles. This episode is valuable for both new and expectant parents as well as yoga teachers. Enjoy! Support Our Sponsors:For FREE and EASY photo sharing with friend and family, visit https://family-album.comSupport Yoga | Birth | Babies:Get the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at: prenatalyogacenter.com If you love what you've been listening to, please leave a rating and review! Yoga| Birth|Babies on Apple PodcastsTo connect with Deb and the PYC Community: instagram & facebook: @prenatalyogacenterYoutube: Prenatal Yoga CenterLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nobody ever enters parenthood and thinks having a baby would land them in the psych ward. But that is exactly what happened with Lisa Abramson. On this episode of Yoga| Birth|Babies, I speak with executive coach, mindfulness teacher, best selling author, and mom of two girls, Lisa Abramson. Lisa is also a survivor of postpartum psychosis, a rare and severe maternal mental health condition. In this deep and honest conversation, Lisa shares her story and paths to recovery with postpartum psychosis. This important episode helps shed the stigma of mental health issues. Support Our Sponsors:For FREE and EASY photo sharing with friend and family, visit https://family-album.comEsembly is a reusable diapering system that equips families with everything they need to diaper sustainably. From diapers to skincare and laundry, Diaperkind does the laundry for you and delivers fresh clean cotton diapers to your doorstep every week!Learn more at esemblybaby.com and diaperkind.com And use code PrenatalPodcast10 for 10% off your first orderGet the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at: prenatalyogacenter.com If you love what you've been listening to, please leave a rating and review! Yoga| Birth|Babies on Apple PodcastsTo connect with Deb and the PYC Community: instagram & facebook: @prenatalyogacenterYoutube: Prenatal Yoga CenterLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Birth plans have gotten a bad name. How can you possibly plan a birth since they rarely go as planned? However, investing time, thought, and energy into what areas of the birth are important to the birthing person can be invaluable. By making their wishes known, it can help the birthing person feel supported, heard and seen, especially when things move away from the preconceived vision of birth. In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with childbirth educator and labor support doula, Terry Richmond. In Terry’s 17 years of practice as a doula she has attended over 800 births and continues to be one of NYC’s most sought after and respected doulas. Terry talks about how to approach a birth plan, what you may want to include, topics to leave off, and how to get a practice with multiple doctors to honor the individual's birth preferences. Support Our Sponsors:Go to stitchfix.com/KIDS/YBB and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box! And as a bonus, Stitch Fix will waive the $20 styling fee when you use this shows special URL stitchfix.com/KIDS/YBBFor FREE and EASY photo sharing with friend and family, visit https://family-album.comEsembly is a reusable diapering system that equips families with everything they need to diaper sustainably. From diapers to skincare and laundry, Diaperkind does the laundry for you and delivers fresh clean cotton diapers to your doorstep every week!Learn more at esemblybaby.com and diaperkind.com And use code PrenatalPodcast10 for 10% off your first orderGet the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at:prenatalyogacenter.com If you love what you've been listening to, please leave a rating and review! Yoga| Birth|Babies on Apple PodcastsTo connect with Deb and the PYC Community: instagram & facebook: @prenatalyogacenterYoutube: Prenatal Yoga CenterLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The role and practice of a midwife is often misunderstood. Many think this is someone who simply assists medical doctors, or they confuse the offerings of labor support doula with a midwife, assuming this person has limited medical training and authority or just catches babies. (None of those assumptions are correct!) So what does a midwife REALLY do?In today’s episode of Yoga |Birth|Babies, I speak with certified nurse midwife, Tanya Wills. Tanya debunks some of the misconception of what midwives offer and thoroughly explains the different credentials midwives can earn. She also gives some helpful hints about getting your midwifery care covered by insurance!Support Our Sponsors:Go to stitchfix.com/KIDS/YBB and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box! And as a bonus, Stitch Fix will waive the $20 styling fee when you use this shows special URL stitchfix.com/KIDS/YBBFor FREE and EASY photo sharing with friend and family, visit https://family-album.comEsembly is a reusable diapering system that equips families with everything they need to diaper sustainably. From diapers to skincare and laundry, Diaperkind does the laundry for you and delivers fresh clean cotton diapers to your doorstep every week!Learn more at esemblybaby.com and diaperkind.com And use code PrenatalPodcast10 for 10% off your first orderGet the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at:prenatalyogacenter.com If you love what you've been listening to, please leave a rating and review! Yoga| Birth|Babies on Apple PodcastsTo connect with Deb and the PYC Community: instagram & facebook: @prenatalyogacenterYoutube: Prenatal Yoga CenterLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Laurel Beversdorf has always been a teacher and practitioner who embodies the philosophy of svadyaya (self study) so, it was no surprise when Laurel started to deviate from a traditional yoga practice and began to explore adding resistance bands into her practice. She approaches asana based on her studies of anatomy and biomechanics of the body and seeks to explore functional ways the body can move in a playful manner. In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with international yoga educator, the creator of Yoga with Resistance Bands, Laurel Beversdorf.Laurel talks about how healing her own personal injuries lead her to explore beyond traditional asana. She also shares how her life and career has changed since she had her baby.SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS!Go to stitchfix.com/KIDS/YBB and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box! And as a bonus, Stitch Fix will waive the $20 styling fee when you use this shows special URL- stitchfix.com/KIDS/YBBFor FREE and EASY photo sharing with friend and family, visit family-album.comGet the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at:prenatalyogacenter.com If you love what you've been listening to, please leave a rating and review!Yoga| Birth|BabiesTo connect with Deb and the PYC Community: instagram & facebook: @prenatalyogacenterYoutube: Prenatal Yoga CenterLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
One Wednesday morning, during circle time, a student bravely spoke up about an experience she had at her last prenatal appointment. Her doctor told her she had gained too much weight between visits. The woman left her appointment upset, ashamed and confused about what to do next. Upon hearing, I too was confused and had no answer to give her other than weight gain is not linear and not be so hard on herself.That conversation inspired this episode of Yoga|Birth |Babies with Jen McLellan. Jen is a certified childbirth educator, published author, speaker, founder of Plus Size Birth and host of the popular Plus Mommy Podcast. Jen shares insight and advise communicating with your care provider about weight and offers evidence based information about assumed health risks for plus size bodies. No matter what size body you live in, this is an important episode to hear.Support our sponsor:Go to stitchfix.com/KIDS/YBB and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box! And as a bonus, Stitch Fix will waive the $20 styling fee when you use this shows special URL- stitchfix.com/KIDS/YBBGet the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at:prenatalyogacenter.com If you love what you've been listening to, please leave a rating and review!Yoga| Birth|BabiesTo connect with Deb and the PYC community:instagram & facebook @prenatalyogacenterYouTube: Prenatal Yoga CenterLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It is very possible that you never thought much about your cervix until you became pregnant. Once you're hovering around your due date, it can become a prime concern. At each weekly exam, you may be wondering, “How dilated am I?”, “Does that mean labor might start soon, or do I still have a ways to go?” Depending on the results of a cervical exam you may be in a tailspin of excitement, disappoint, or simply confused by what you heard.In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with the hosts of the podcast Birth Kweens, midwife and hormone specialist, Karly Nuttall and birth and postpartum doula, Ali Feroah about all things cervixes! Karly and Ali breakdown why and when a cervical exam may be considered and what the information gathered from an exam means. One thing you will learn is, your cervix is not a crystal ball- it does not hold all the answers.Support our sponsor:Go to stitchfix.com/KIDS/YBB and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box! And as a bonus, Stitch Fix will waive the $20 styling fee when you use this shows special URL- stitchfix.com/KIDS/YBBGet the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at:prenatalyogacenter.com If you love what you've been listening to, please leave a rating and review!Yoga| Birth|BabiesTo connect with Deb and the PYC community:instagram & facebook @prenatalyogacenterYouTube: Prenatal Yoga CenterLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
You sneeze, you pee. You run, you pee. You cough, you pee. What do all three of these problems have in common? They are all likely being prescribes the same solution, Kegels. However, for many people, simply Kegeling themselves to happiness can actually worsen the problem.In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with internationally-acclaimed yoga educator and pelvic floor specialist, Leslie Howard. We speak about understanding the different states the pelvic floor and how one blanket remedy for pelvic floor issues is not appropriate. Leslie also explains the importance of a healthy pelvic floor and how things such as constantly tightening the pelvic floor and abdomen can be detrimental. Everyone deserves a healthy, functional body and Leslie’s insight into creating balance in the pelvis is remarkable.Get the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at: prenatalyogacenter.comIf you love what you've been listening to, please leave a rating and review! Yoga | Birth | Babies on Apple PodcastsTo connect with Deb and the PYC community:instagram & facebook @prenatalyogacenterYouTube: Prenatal Yoga CenterLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What happens when the reality of parenthood doesn’t match the expectations, dreams and hopes? It can sometimes leave someone feeling regretful of their new situation and questions their choices. And often, with this regret, one feels shame, embarrassment and alone.In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with Marissa Zwetow, who is licensed therapist who specializes in prenatal and postpartum counseling. She talks about the 12 Taboo Postpartum Truths: What you may need to know, but probably haven't been told. Marissa blows the lib off of hidden thoughts and feelings so many new parents feel but are embarrassed to admit. This episode is a must for any new or expectant parent or support person!Get the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at:prenatalyogacenter.com If you love what you've been listening to, please leave a rating and review!Yoga| Birth| Babies on Apple PodcastsTo connect with Deb and the PYC community:instagram & facebook @prenatalyogacenterYouTube: Prenatal Yoga CenterLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“I would like a deep, painful tear of my perineum” said NOBODY!Pretty much in every movie or TV show where birth is being portrayed, we see the birthing person flat on her back, legs spread wide and people are yelling at her to “PUSH!” It’s no wonder that is how people think they should approach birth. But let’s pull back the curtain a bit of after effects of pushing in such a way. Have you ever thought what might happen to someone’s perineum if they are pushing a baby through a taught, overly stretched pelvic floor?In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with midwife, author and Senior Lecturer and Discipline Leader in Midwifery at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia, Dr. Rachel Reed. Rachel talks about best practices to protect a very important part of your body, your perineum. She explains which pushing positions are less likely to create tears and dispels the myth that supporting the perineum or massaging it during crowning lead to better outcomes. She also explains why informed consent is a vital part of the care provider/ birthing person relationship.Get the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at: prenatalyogacenter.comIf you love what you've been listening to, please leave a rating and review!Yoga | Birth Babies on Apple PodcastsTo connect with Deb and the PYC community:instagram & facebook @prenatalyogacenterYouTube: Prenatal Yoga CenterLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What is it like for a birth doula, childbirth educator, and prenatal yoga teacher to experience birth with so much knowledge and experience coloring her lens of labor? Many may think it, with all the preparation and knowledge, it would be smooth sailing. Well, life and birth unfolds in it’s own wild ride no matter who you are and what you bring to the table. In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with certified yoga instructor, birth doula, and childbirth educator, Sage Caprice Abowitt.Caprice opens up about what she calls her “Brutal, Amazing, and Magical Birth” and how sometimes shifting the mindset from the supporter to the one who needs support may be a challenge. She also honestly talks about her struggles with breastfeeding and the support she was fortunate to have that helped her get past the issues. Caprice is a delight to chat with, I am sure pregnant people, new parents and birth workers will enjoy hearing her story.Get the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at: https://prenatalyogacenter.com/blog/a-brutal-amazing-and-magical-birth/If you love what you've been listening to, please leave a rating and review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/yoga-birth-babies/id1096416947?mt=2)To connect with Deb and the PYC community:instagram & facebook @prenatalyogacenterYouTube: Prenatal Yoga CenterLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Not long ago, I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Yoked podcast with Kelly Sunrose. During the conversation which started off mainly talking about prenatal yoga, Kelly and I started to discus the impact of yoga on pregnancy and birth. I was not surprised to hear of the challenging labor, birth and postpartum that Kelly, a very experienced yoga practitioner endured. Kelly’s story, like my own, carried similarities that I had heard from many, many other yoga teachers. Was there a correlation between an advanced practice and a challenging birth?In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, yoga and meditation teacher and host of the podcast Yoked Kelly Sunrose and I discuss our own journeys through pregnancy and the role yoga played. We dive into the challenge of relinquishing a very nurtured yoga practice and coming to peace with accepting a practice and life style. For anyone who as ever found it challenging to surrender, this podcast is for you!Get the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at:prenatalyogacenter.comIf you love what you've been listening to, please leave a rating and review! Yoga | Birth| Babies on Apple PodcastsTo connect with Deb and the PYC community:instagram @prenatalyogacenterfacebook @prenatalyogacenter Youtube Prenatal Yoga CenterLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with labor and delivery nurse, doula, Lamaze Childbirth educator and author, Debby Amis. Debby breaks down this new study to highlight areas of inconsistent interpretation and emphasizes the lack of focus on the increase in 3rd and 4th degrees tears that have been noted with this new recommended guideline.Get the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at:https://prenatalyogacenter.com/blog/laboring-down-study-yay-or-nay/If you love what you have been listening to, please leave a rating and review!If you want to connect with Deb and the PYC community, connect here;Facebook, Instagram, & Youtube: @prenatalyogacenterVisit our sponsor: Midtown Chiropractor 57th St Chiropractic, Dr Gregg RubinsteinLive Life Without LimitsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Few experiences in life create such a sudden shift on so many deep levels like entering parenthood. In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Babies, I speak with writer, women’s mentor, doula and founder of MotherSHIFT, Jessie Harrold about embodying the rite of passage into motherhood.Jessie helps guide women through the transition into parenthood through her program MotherSHIFT. She thoughtfully explores this massive identity shift and helps you makes sense of the you are now; mother, partner, person. In our discussion Jessie offers solid insight to these gates of transition and listeners will walk away with solid tools to help navigate this maze like experience.For the full show notes and how you can connect with Jessie go to prenatalyogacenter.com Visit our sponsor: Midtown Chiropractor 57th St Chiropractic, Dr Gregg RubinsteinLive Life Without LimitsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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