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Take ownership of your pregnancy, birth, and parenthood! Join Deb Flashenberg as she dives into conversations with some of the world’s leading yoga, pregnancy, birth, and baby experts. Deb and her guests are voices of calm and reason, sharing practical, relevant and insightful information that is helpful for people at all stages of parenting. These 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 ...
 
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Parenting has been a very humbling experience. My children are incredible teachers showing me where I lack patience and need to adjust my behavior in order to help them self regulate and defuse tense moments. I’ve found myself being more REactive to their behavior rather than PROactive which often elevates tantrums, defiance, and frustration. If yo…
 
There are so many resources to gather information about pregnancy, labor and birth. How do you know what's accurate and what's misleading? In this episode of Yoga| Birth|Babies, I speak with double board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS, FACOG about the myths and realities of …
 
Losing control during labor and birth is one of the #1 worries I hear from pregnant moms. Today I share what happens during labor and why you might get "out of control" - and what you can do to let go of that fear… and feel confident about your upcoming labor and birth! Topics I […] The post BBL 161: How to Stay In Control During Childbirth appeare…
 
Sixty percent of new parents don't breastfeed for as long as they intended, according to the CDC. The top reason being issues with lactation or latch. It's easy to understand why people would discontinue without support or solutions for breastfeeding issues. In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with International Board Certified Lactat…
 
The birth of a child not only represents the start of a new life for the baby, but a new life for the parent as well. While this “birth” may not be recognizable to others and on the surface the new parent looks the same, they emerge a different person on the inside. In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with new parent and actor, Meliss…
 
Can you "practice" before labor begins? Getting ready for labor and delivery is the best way to have a successful natural birth - but most women don't realize they can actually practice how to handle contractions before the first one starts. Listen in for steps to take now, during pregnancy, that make a simple natural […] The post BBL 160: How to P…
 
It was a year ago this week, that the US shuttered by the force of COVID-19, leaving in it’s wake thousands of mothers who feel crushed by an unequal share of the pandemic burden. However, many mothers already felt massive burn out from daily life, the pandemic just highlighted the unrealistic expectations and pressures put on mothers. “I’ll go to …
 
Watching one’s body change dramatically over a matter of months can feel disconcerting. Combine that with a history of disordered eating and body image challenges, and navigating pregnancy and postpartum may feel overwhelming and out of control. In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Babies, I speak with licensed social worker, Catie Lynch, who specializes …
 
Sharing community birth stories offers an intimate connection between one parent and another. Sharing birth stories can be a form of childbirth education, as it helps to remove fear of the unknown and bring confidence, power and courage to those awaiting the transition from pregnancy to parenthood. In this episode of Yoga| Birth |Babies, we hear th…
 
What can Dad do during a natural birth? Most dads want to be involved - and most mamas want their help! Today we'll discuss how dads can be helpful during delivery - including different roles men take, how you can encourage your husband, and even if dads really need to go through birthing classes with […] The post BBL 159: What is Dad’s Role in Bir…
 
As parents, we aim to raise our children to be good people. Inclusive, respectful people that help move humanity forward. To do this, we have to have open, honest and sometimes difficult conversations about issues that our country and society faces. Simply stating “Do onto others as you would have them do onto you” is not enough. In this episode of…
 
How do you handle it when you've decided on a natural birth for your baby, but everyone else seems to have an opinion - a negative opinion?! Today's episode covers what to do when you're hearing a lot of negative talk or even anger about your birth choices. I also cover what to do when […] The post BBL 158: How to Handle Haters When You Plan a Natu…
 
The term “core” is thrown around a lot in the fitness and yoga world. But what does it really mean? What muscles are involved and how does someone prepare for pregnancy and postpartum? In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Babies, I speak with licensed physical therapist and author, Patricia Ladis. Patricia explains what we mean when we say “core” and how …
 
Can pregnancy exercise make labor and delivery harder? Deb Flashenberg, founder of the Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC, joins me for today's episode to talk about how exercise impacts labor and delivery. You don't want to miss this episode as she busts myths and teaches you a balanced perspective on prenatal fitness! Things I discuss […] The post BBL 1…
 
The reality of birth inequities in the US is not merely an opinion; it is a fact. Women of color are dying at higher rates than their white counterparts, and in some parts of the country that rate is up to 12 times higher. In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Babies, I speak with Rhea Williams, Certified Nurse Midwife and Director of Professional Educatio…
 
Birth defects, defined by the March of Dimes, are structural changes that affect one or more parts of the body (e.g. heart, brain, foot). While some birth defects are completely unavoidable and unpreventable, certain behaviors and social and environmental factors can impact the risk for birth defects. In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Babies, Chief Med…
 
Here's the truth - being a mama is hard work. But it's also deeply rewarding and joyful work. If you're healthy and feel good, the "ups and downs" of motherhood are an adventure - which is why self-care is essential for mamas. In this episode, I talk about self-care and what that looks like for […] The post BBL 156 Self-Care is Non-Negotiable for M…
 
Many pregnant people envision the early days of parenthood snuggled close with their new cooing baby. But, what happens when the dream-like vision collides with brutal reality of a constantly crying baby? One in four babies suffer from a condition called, colic. The baby cries for long stretches of time with little break and no obvious reason as to…
 
Community has always been a central part of the PYC methodology. We come together as a community to support one another through pregnancy and parenthood. Hearing the stories from friends, family, and community members can help dispel fears, normalize the variation of birth experiences, and create confidence in the process of childbirth. In this epi…
 
Do you want to have a gentle, natural birth - with no tearing during the pushing stage? "Mother-directed pushing" is something talked about a lot in natural birth circles… but does it really work? How can you push your baby out without tearing? That's what I cover in today's episode. Things I discuss in this […] The post BBL 155: Should You Use Mot…
 
How do you get ready for a healthy natural birth? There are three pillars that clarify and simplify natural birth prep. This podcast episode covers those pillars and also details exciting upcoming changes to MamaBaby Birthing and my pregnancy programs! The post BBL Special: How to Prepare for a Natural Birth (and updates) appeared first on Natural …
 
If you haven't spent a lot of time around a newborn some of their behaviors and habits may seem bizarre or even scary to you as a new parent. In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, board-certified Pediatrician and IBCLC, Dr. Tracey Agnese demystifies the behavior of your newborn baby. She talks about everything from baby poop to irregular breath…
 
Frequently students return to class and express how blindsided they felt by the demands of the first few weeks of life with a newborn baby. Much time had been spent preparing for labor and birth but many felt unprepared for the reality of this transition. In this episode of Yoga|Birth| Babies, we pull back the curtain and dig into the nitty-gritty …
 
Did you know that being outside in nature is good for babies - even newborns? In fact, it's essential for babies and children to spend time in nature exploring. This must-listen episode covers why being outside is vital for your child - and gives practical tips to make it happen! Topics I Cover in This […] The post BBL 154: Why You Need to Take You…
 
Birth has so many unknowns including not fully knowing the scenario and care provider you will be encountering upon entering a hospital or birth center. Common situations are bound to arise that may derail the laboring person’s birth flow/physiology. It is important to have tools to help combat this predicament. In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Ba…
 
Due dates, that looming day etched in your mind when your journey through pregnancy will come to an abrupt ending. But how accurate are these given dates and what happens if that day comes and goes? In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies I speak with board-certified, practicing OB/GYN, Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins. Nicole shares an open and honest…
 
Do you want to make special memories with your kids? Do you hope to create a peaceful day-to-day routine for them? Do you have more on your plate than you can ever get done in a day… so much to do that you feel you can’t create the home you want? This episode covers exactly […] The post BBL 153: The Mom Hack That Gets Everything Done appeared first…
 
In a world that often categorizes people and events in a binary manner, those who fall beyond the binary often face unseen challenges. Family planning, reproductive care, and birth are no exceptions. In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with doula, childbirth educator and board-certified music therapist, Beth Hardy about supporting Que…
 
Cesarean sections rank among the top surgical procedures given in the US. Currently, one third of American babies are born in this manner. Because it’s such a common procedure, it can be easy to forget that a cesarean is major abdominal surgery. New parents are sent home with the daunting task of caring for a newborn and healing from surgery often …
 
Wondering why you need to prepare to give birth if your body is made for birthing and if birth “just natural?” The answer to this question paves the way to a smoother, safer, easier birth for you - and the best start for your baby <3 Topics I Cover in This Podcast:Isn’t natural birth “just natural?”What […] The post BBL 152: Why It’s Essential to P…
 
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies we dive into the topics I love most, yoga, birth and babies! Renowned yoga teacher, podcast host and yoga business strategist, Mado Hesselink shares her journey from her early 20s having her first child and to her late 30’s when having her second child. Mado also discusses how she balances being a yoga pract…
 
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