The Birthful Podcast show

The Birthful Podcast

Summary: Pregnant people get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect.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 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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 247 Cultural Ideals That Impact Your Birth, with Britta Bushnell | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:19:09

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. Show notes at Sponsors: Find FamilyAlbum on your favorite app store, or go to for 10% off your first month.

 246: [Birth Stories] From Hospital to Homebirth in 3 Births, with Krista Thompson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:19:28

Krista Thompson shares her progression from a prodromal labor and her baby being taken to the NICU, to a precipitous hospital birth with Fetal Ejection Reflex, and finally an unassisted-like homebirth experience. Show notes at Sponsors: - code Birthful for free shipping on all your business cards. FamilyAlbum on your favorite app store, or go to If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe!

 EP245: Your Anxious Mind During Pregnancy, with Parijat Deshpande (renewed) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:03:15

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? Show-notes at Sponsors: or download the FamilyAlbum app. for 10% off your 1st. month. Make sure to subscribe - it's free!

 244: [Birth Stories] Vaginal Birth with Non-Emergency Placental Abruption, with Alaina Gay | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:21:16

Alaina woke up excited, thinking her water had broken, only to discover it was blood. Her planned birth center birth turned into a hospital induction, but thanks to compassionate care providers, that focused on her wellbeing and on a respectful transfer of care, she had a healthy and empowering birth. Show notes at Sponsors: - code birthful20 for 20% off, - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off

 243: Cannabis use During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding, with Heather Thompson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:19:53

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? Show notes at Sponsors: - code birthful20 for 20% off for $50 off

 242: [Birth Stories] Overcoming Feelings of Brokenness and Fear, with Anne-Marie Shumaker | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:20:54

Anne-Marie Shumaker’s story is epic. Her fertility process was a 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. Show notes at Sponsors: for $20 off - code birthful30 for 30% off

 241: Can Exercise During Pregnancy Make Labor Harder?, with Deb Flashenberg (renewed) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:59

Adriana Lozada talks with Deb Flashenberg about how having too tight of a core and perineum can lead to a more difficult birth, with higher risks of tears and injuries, as well as how to check your pelvic floor, thoughts on kegels, squats, releasing tightness, improving recovery, and more. Show-notes at Sponsors: - for 25% off Hug Me deodorant + free shipping. - code Birthful50, before 1/5 for up to 50% off. Make sure to subscribe!

 240: [Birth Stories] Proactive Birth after Trauma, with Toni DeAztlan Smith | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:46

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 ready to take birth into her own hands and proactively turn it from something you endure to something that is empowering. Show notes at Sponsors: Text BIRTH to 64-000 for 30% off and free shipping for $60 off (limited time)

 239: Restoring Your Uterus, with Valerie Lynn | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:02:31

If the menstrual cycle is a vital sign, let's take it one step further and consider how the uterus connects to general health: What happens to the uterus during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum? Why is it important to restore it after having a baby? Show notes at Sponsors: - code birthful30 for 30% off first box. - code birthful20 for 20% off entire purchase If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe!

 238: [Birth Stories] 2cms to Baby in No Time 2VBAC Story, with Kristen Bowles | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:09

Kristen Bowles was almost sent home from the hospital when she wasn’t progressing past 2 cm after many hours. Then her water broke, and she went from 4 cms to pushing unexpectedly fast, nevermind she was about to get an epidural. Show notes at Sponsors: - for 25% off your first stick of Hug Me deodorant and free shipping. - code Birthful50, before January 5th for up to 50% off all holiday cards and photo calendars

 237: Updates in What You Should Eat during Pregnancy, with Lily Nichols (Renewed) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:13:51

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? Show-notes at Sponsors: Text BIRTH to 64-000 for 30% off your custom Paint Your Life portrait and free shipping - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off first purchase

 236: [Birth Stories] Breech Vaginal Birth, with Anya Cutler | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:18

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. Show notes at Sponsors: Text BIRTH to 64-000 for 30% off your custom Paint Your Life portrait and free shipping Go to for $30 off your Embr Wave bracelet

 235: Insider Tips From a Labor and Delivery Nurse, with Mandy Irby | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:15:29

We talk about 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. Show notes page at Sponsors: Text BIRTHFUL to 79-79-79 for 25% off your first Hug Me deodorant. - code Birthful for free shipping on business cards. If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to subscribe! It’s FREE!

 234: [Birth Stories] Birth Center Birth After 3 Miscarriages, with Shea Cole | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:14:19

For Shea Cole's rainbow pregnancy after 3 miscarriages, brought a huge mix of happiness and relief, along with unusual circumstances like Shea breaking her leg, having a stranger break into her house, and her water breaking 78 hours before the birth. Show notes at Sponsors: Text FEARLESS to 64-000 for 20% off Ettitude sheets + free shipping. - code BIRTHFUL for free shipping on business cards.

 233: Better Pregnancy Sleep, with Mar De Carlo Oscategui (renewed) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:17

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? Show-notes at: Sponsors: - code BIRTHFUL for free shipping on business cards, any style, and quantity. Limited time offer. - code BIRTHFUL for 15% off. Subscribe to this podcast for FREE!


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