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VBAC Babes

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VBAC Babes

Bethany Lotulelei

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This podcast was created to provide a community to cheer you on in your journey from VBAC hopeful to VBAC success. We are going to debunk the myths, quiet the naysayers, and equip you with everything you need for a healing, empowering birth. And positive postpartum experience. We are VBAC moms. We are fierce, go getters, women of action. You've got this, mama. And I'll be by your side, every step of the way.
 
A resource to support expecting moms (and partners, too!) with evidence-based information to navigate the awesome adventure of pregnancy, birth, and being a new parent. Vanessa Merten provides evidence based info that goes way beyond the typical “pregnancy instruction manual”. Every episode is designed to give you all of the evidence, research, pros, cons, risks, and benefits – all so you decide what the best option is for YOU and feel confident about your decisions during your pregnancy and ...
 
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40 Weeks Pregnancy Podcast

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40 Weeks Pregnancy Podcast

Vanessa Merten of the Pregnancy Podcast

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Want to know exactly what is going on with your baby and your body this week? Whether you are in week 6 or week 36 of pregnancy, this show will give you just that in about five minutes. Learn how big your baby is, what new developments are going on, how your pregnant body is changing, how you can find relief from some of the changes going on with you like morning sickness and back pain, what to expect at doctor or midwife appointments, how to plan ahead for breastfeeding, how to plan for the ...
 
Birth. It is everywhere. Literally. Every day with each birth there are new stories to be told, wisdom to be shared and knowledge to be learned. Elizabeth Bachner sees birth in a unique way: As life lessons that help us grow as spiritual beings having human experiences. Childbirth is her prose, her jam, and her calling. We are your safe space for the sharing of those experiences from all different perspectives and many walks of life. Through curious conversation and storytelling, there is al ...
 
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Dearest Doula with Nathalie Saenz

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Dearest Doula with Nathalie Saenz

Nathalie Saenz chats with top birth workers and birth experts such as Demetria Clark & Maria Pokluda, with Inspiration from Ina May Gaskin, Penny Simkin, Pam England, and Sheila Kitzinger.

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On Dearest Doula we will learn about a host of birth related topics from top professionals in our field, and connect with doulas and other birth workers so they can share their wisdom with you. Our topic based shows are chock-full of knowledge bombs, tips and resources that you can arm yourself with and add to your doula arsenal of awesomeness. Our birth worker features are all near and dear to my heart, and I invite you to let their journey light your path. Listening to their struggles, the ...
 
A collection of Kiwi Mums & Dads sharing their Pregnancy and Birth tales, giving a snapshot of birthing experiences in New Zealand. This podcast has been created to share a range of birth stories informing, supporting and comforting families - to be, new or seasoned. You'll likely laugh, cry and learn something new while finding common experiences with these Kiwi Families.
 
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In this episode I speak with Meg about the birth of he daughter Daisy. In the episode we cover: - Midwifery Care - Gestational Diabetes - Your Birth Project / Hypnobirthing - Spontaneous labour - Epidural turned spinal tap - Empowering birth experience - Spinal tap headache and blood patch - Breast reduction - Postpartum experience so far This epis…
 
In this bonus episode of Kiwi Birth Tales I interview Morgan Penn, Somatic Sexologist, about all things post partum intimacy. In the episode we cover: - What is 'normal' when it comes to our sex lives after a baby? - Hormonal shifts - What does intimacy mean - Ways to find the spark again with your partner - Self love and pleasure - Vaginismus - Bo…
 
The placenta is an organ with a highly specialized purpose, and that is to support the normal growth and development of your baby. Before the widespread use of ultrasounds, few expecting mothers knew what position their placenta was in or if it was considered “normal.” When you have your anatomy scan ultrasound, usually between weeks 18-22, the ult…
 
In this episode of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Liv and she takes us through her pregnancies and birth story with son Blake. In the episode we discuss: - Miscarriage - Covid / Lockdown - Midwifery Care - Kidney infection at 30 weeks (not discussed) - Planned epidural - Hospital birth without epidural - Birth Trauma - Sepsis - Breastfeeding Journey…
 
In the United States, the average cost of vaginal birth is over $9,000, and the average price for a cesarean section is almost $13,000. There are tools and strategies you can use to save money on your medical bills. Insurance can help cover the cost of prenatal care and birth. Tax-advantaged accounts like a flexible spending account or a health sav…
 
In this episode of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Bekkie about the birth of her beautiful daughter Vienna. In the episode we discuss: - unexpected pregnancy - pre natal depression - separation from partner / single mum - covid lockdown - homebirth - tongue tie - anal fissure This episode is sponsored by Bio Blends you can check out their expertly fo…
 
A fever is part of your body’s immune response as a natural defense to infection. The risks and benefits of fever during pregnancy are different than those of someone who is not pregnant. Running a fever during your pregnancy can be scary. Studies have linked maternal fevers to complications like autism, neural tube defects, oral clefts, and congen…
 
In this episode of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Gabby about the birth of her daughter Sia. In this episode we cover: - Active Pregnancy - Midwifery Care - Birth Education and Preparation - Your Birth Project Course - Spontaneous Labour - Birth Centre Water Birth - 2nd Degree Tear - Breastfeeding oversupply This episode is sponsored by Bio Blends y…
 
The severity and spread of COVID-19 drove demand to create vaccines and get them to the public in record time. In the United States, the FDA has approved three vaccines; two of them are still under an emergency use authorization. We know from real-world data that pregnancy can increase your risks for severe illness from COVID-19. Despite pregnancy …
 
Flu is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus. The flu typically isn't severe in healthy adults, and symptoms usually subside in about a week. When you are pregnant, your body's inflammatory response to the flu during pregnancy puts you at a higher risk for some complications. The medical community recommends that pregnant women get th…
 
A vaccine contains a weakened or killed form of a disease-causing micro-organism that causes your body to produce antibodies. This provides immunity without actually inducing the disease. Vaccines are a very controversial topic. This episode introduces what vaccines are and gets into specifics on the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy. In addition to di…
 
What do you wish you knew as a first time mom? Bethany and her mom, Amy, share the things that shocked them about becoming a mom for the first time, and what they wish they would have known before having their first child. MEET AMY HERE: on her blog, on Instagram, or Facebook. MEET BETHANY HERE: on her blog, on Instagram or Facebook. LISTEN TO THE …
 
In this episode I talk through my own birth experience with my son Ali, in this episode I cover: - Pregnancy - Preparing for birth - VBAC (vaginal birth after csection) - Epidural - Long Latent Labour - Hospital Birth - Episiotomy - Postpartum period - Breastfeeding Journey This episode is sponsored by Your Birth Project, the online Hypnobirthing c…
 
Ophthalmia neonatorum is a newborn eye infection and in the United States occurs in 1-2% of newborns. This infection can be caused by sexually transmitted infections, viruses, and bacteria. Administering erythromycin eye ointment to newborns is standard procedure in the United States to prevent ophthalmia neonatorum. As with any intervention, there…
 
In episode 137 of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Carolyn about the birth of her son Jasper. In this episode we cover: AMH Testing Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (AMH Test Diagnosis) Pregnancy in 40's Spontaneous Conception Waters Leak 36 weeks Preterm labour 36 weeks Epidural (low dose) Posterior Labour Postpartum Navigation Thanks for joining me C…
 
Prenatal care is healthcare from a medical professional for you and your baby during pregnancy. It is well established that women who receive prenatal care are more likely to have healthy infants. Your doctor or midwife is your trusted partner and has education about all of the intricacies of pregnancy and birth. An important point to keep in mind …
 
In episode 136 of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Robyn about her pregnancy and birth story with Twins Cora and Cooper. In this episode we cover: - Ectopic Pregnancy - Fertility Difficulties - Chemical pregnancy - IVF treatments - Triplet pregnancy - Loss of 1 baby, Twin pregnancy - Health concerns - Emergency CSection 29 weeks - NICU / SCBU stay - B…
 
Some of the best breastfeeding resources lack great information on weaning. What you find instead is information on why you should keep breastfeeding and anxiety-inducing articles on all of the things that can go wrong when you stop nursing. Breastfeeding is important and thankfully there are many resources for this, but it can be stressful when yo…
 
In episode 135 of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Lisa about her 4 pregnancies and birth stories. In this episode we cover: - birth in Australia and New Zealand - 4 different vaginal births - hypnobirthing / calm birthing - family dynamics with 4 children - earthquake after birth - reflux Thanks for joining me Lisa, it was my pleasure!…
 
In today's episode, Emily Geller is on the show telling her birth story that took place in a moving car! Emily's story has gone viral, and has been featured on many major news outlets in the past year. In this episode, she reveals several pieces of the story that she hasn't shared anywhere else. This is a must listen! Find the show notes on our web…
 
Even if you plan to breastfeed exclusively, there is value in learning about bottles and formula if you decide or need to incorporate them to feed your baby at some point. If you pump breast milk, you will be using a bottle to feed your baby. If you stop breastfeeding before your baby’s first birthday, you will need to supplement with formula. You …
 
In episode 134 of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Tamarah about her pregnancy and birth with daughter Taya. In this episode we cover: - T21 / Down Syndrome Diagnosis during pregnant - Hospital birth - Epidural - Heart condition - Heart Surgery - Support networks I am so grateful Tamarah was willing to come on the podcast and share her story with us, …
 
In episode 133 of Kiwi Birth Tales I interview Alice about her pregnancy and birth story with son Leo. In this episode we cover: - Lockdown Level 4 birth (2020) - Elective CSection - LGA baby - Umbilical hernia - Dad has to leave an hour after birth - Birth Care - Positives of Level 4 lockdown postpartum - Breastfeeding issues - Baby Blues - Second…
 
Breast milk is liquid gold. It is so valuable and amazing that scientists cannot reproduce it in a lab, and only you can make it. Your body perfectly formulates your milk for your baby, and pumping allows you to provide milk for your baby even when you are not there. This episode covers the fundamentals of pumping breastmilk to meet your goals, whe…
 
In episode 132 of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Rosie about her pregnancies, birth story with Daughter Heidi and blended family. In this episode we cover: - Difficulty falling pregnant - Natural fertility advice - Miscarriage - Falling pregnant again - Birth preparation - Postpartum preparation - Surprise Polydactyly - Postpartum Doula - Blended Fa…
 
Your newborn is hard-wired to breastfeed and is born with instincts to help them latch right after birth. Despite these instincts, breastfeeding doesn’t always come naturally or go perfectly right from the start. In reality, breastfeeding can take practice and patience as you and your baby navigate your nursing relationship. Many issues can come up…
 
In Episode 131 of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Hayley about her 2 pregnancy and birth stories. In this episode we cover: - Eating disorder (anorexia) at 20 years old - Amenorrhea from eating disorder, not ovulating - Fertility Associates public waiting list 2.5 years - IVF to stimulate production of follicles - Unsuccessful first round, successful…
 
The evidence in support of breastfeeding is overwhelming. There are decades of documentation on the positive effects of breastfeeding on immunity, health, and the connection between mother and baby. Despite all of the evidence supporting breastfeeding, most parents supplement or switch to infant formula within the first year. Many factors contribut…
 
In episode 130 of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Santarna about the pregnancy and birth with her daughter Pheonix. In the episode we cover: - Young, Single Mum - Birth Anxiety - Unexpected Pregnancy - Lockdown Pregnancy - IUGR / Small baby - Spontaneous Labour - Birth in Hospital - Baby Blues Thanks for joining me this week Santarna!…
 
All of the changes your body is going through during pregnancy may give you a beautiful glow. For many expecting moms, pregnancy can cause some challenging skin issues. The good news is the majority of these skin issues are temporary and will disappear after your baby is born. This episode examines common skin issues during pregnancy like skin sens…
 
In episode 129 of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Hannah about her 2 pregnancy and birth stories. In this episode we cover: - Not finding out the sex of baby - Being active in pregnancy - Planned hospital birth - Episiotomy & Ventouse - Hypnobirthing / Your Birth Project - Planned homebirth - Sibling at delivery - Positive postpartum periods Thanks s…
 
Think about everything you put on your skin and hair, from when you step in the shower to when you step out your front door. We use a ton of products every single day; shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shaving cream, lotions, face wash, toner, moisturizer, deodorant, sunscreen, makeup, hair products. All of those products you use add up to a very lo…
 
There are many things you can do to prepare your dog for life with a new baby. From introducing new gadgets like breast pumps to making sure your dog is taken care of while giving birth at a hospital or birth center, many families experience issues acclimating their dog to a new baby. To troubleshoot these topics and more, I talk to John and Jaime …
 
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