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On Birthful, working doula and former journalist Adriana Lozada talks pregnancy, birth and postpartum with top experts and new parents. Every episode distills the overload of pregnancy information down to the most relevant and useful stuff. Adriana Lozada is a mom, author, speaker, birth doula, postpartum educator, and healthy-sleep consultant. Visit Birthful.com. Please note: Adriana has years of experience but she's not a doctor, and does not expect anyone to treat the show like medical ad ...
 
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Yoga instructor Chelsea Morriss Croy shares how her belief in the strength of her own body allowed her to give birth to unexpected twins—at nearly 41 weeks! She tells Adriana Lozada how even through this unforeseen surprise, she leaned on her birth team and trusted the process. Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You,…
 
Robina Khalid of Small Things Grow Midwifery explains what it takes to truly consider a homebirth, and shares with Adriana how to prepare for a successful experience. Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest of Us.” Every week, she selects actions, books, and other resources to further inform your int…
 
Laurel Gourrier, co-host of the podcast “Birth Stories in Color,” reflects on how her birth experience–even though it was long and hard–often felt like a big party. She tells Adriana Lozada that her family’s support, and her constant communicating her wishes, created a safe and joyful space for her to give birth. Listen through to the end for Adria…
 
Perinatal health consultant Arianna Taboada goes through the ins and outs of paid and unpaid family leave in the United States. She shares with Adriana Lozada how to be realistic about your options for the best possible return to work for you and your family. Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest o…
 
Welcome to the Best of Birthful. Creator and host Adriana Lozada curated and edited each selection in this playlist of the show’s most popular episodes. It's a tailored introduction to the expansive catalog she amassed over the first five years of Birthful's 300+ shows. Massage and craniosacral therapist Molly Deutschbein discusses the structural c…
 
Welcome to the Best of Birthful. Creator and host Adriana Lozada curated and edited each selection in this playlist of the show’s most popular episodes. It's a tailored introduction to the expansive catalog she amassed over the first five years of Birthful's 300+ shows. Michele Emanuel, neonatal/pediatric occupational therapist and founder of the T…
 
Welcome to the Best of Birthful. Creator and host Adriana Lozada curated and edited each selection in this playlist of the show’s most popular episodes. It's a tailored introduction to the expansive catalog she amassed over the first five years of Birthful's 300+ shows. Cristen Pascucci, founder of Birth Monopoly, raises awareness about what she co…
 
For wellness content creator Cameron Rogers, being in a pregnant body felt more challenging than she had imagined. She tells Adriana Lozada about the coping strategies that got her through the physical and emotional toll of the experience. Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest of Us.” Every week, s…
 
Certified nurse midwife Dr. Stephanie Mitchell shares tools from her step-by-step guide to building a birth plan, and discusses why getting your plan together—and onboarding everyone on your birth team—can help ensure you are respected and heard during your birth experience. Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, On…
 
Despite the many course-corrections during the birth of her third child, Amy Silva did not lose sight of her right to choose during each step of her birthing process. She tells Adriana how her decision to refuse a pointless COVID swab during labor changed protocol in her local hospital system. Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to …
 
Babies use a set of coordinated movements and specific reflexes that allow them to participate in the birthing process. Adriana Lozada explains how this fascinating process works, and how it helps. Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her …
 
One in six women experience mistreatment during childbirth. Birth-justice attorney Indra Lusero talks to Adriana Lozada about how to defend your and other pregnant people’s birth rights. Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest of Us.” Every week, she selects actions, books, and other resources to fur…
 
Adriana Lozada offers practical advice on how to make a mindful feeding plan that protects your milk supply and supports your long-term breastfeeding plans. If you liked this episode, listen to this episode about milk supply, or this interview about understanding your baby’s sugar levels. Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up fo…
 
Dana Saccomano did not expect her second birth to be what’s medically called “precipitous.” Even though it was so fast, she later realized how much all her practice and preparation paid off. Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest of Us.” Every week, she selects actions, books, and other resources to…
 
Continuous electronic fetal monitoring, or EFM, can have a negative impact on your birth experience. Adriana Lozada explains how. And what you can ask care providers for to alleviate the complications it can cause. If you liked this episode, listen to this interview on building a collaborative relationship with your care provider, or this short epi…
 
Caregiving gives parents unmatched skills, and TendLab CEO Amy Henderson tells Adriana Lozada why it’s crucial to support them in bringing all that valuable knowledge and experience to the workplace. Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest of Us.” Every week, she selects actions, books, and other res…
 
Adriana Lozada goes through best practices to ensure you have a positive birth experience at a hospital. And why it’s important to be prepared. If you liked this episode, listen to this Best Of episode about your options on where to give birth, and this interview on shared decision-making with your care provider. Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan…
 
Kristina Colangelo visualized a flowing birth, but the reality caught her by surprise. Fortunately, her dad, mom, doula, and midwife supported her through a long labor due to a posterior baby, prolonged hyperemesis gravidarum, and the fear of tearing. She tells Adriana Lozada how her team made meeting her baby the most interconnected experience. Li…
 
Adriana Lozada goes through simple ways to measure how much you’re producing, and shares useful facts that lead to successful breastfeeding. If you liked this episode, listen to this "Best Of" episode all about what to expect when breastfeeding, and this interview about how to overcome breastfeeding problems. Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FRE…
 
Ob-gyn Dr. Meedlen Charles walks us through the common changes you can expect –physically and mentally– during the postpartum period. She and Adriana Lozada break down which symptoms are red flags to discuss with your care provider. Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest of Us.” Every week, she sele…
 
Your baby will arrive at the right time, regardless of your due date. Adriana Lozada explains how due dates are influenced by factors out of your control, and why you shouldn’t worry too much about them. If you liked this episode, listen to this interview with more information about due dates. Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign …
 
When she became a gestational surrogate, Danellia Arechiga felt strongly about having an unmedicated birth at a birth center. Even as her labor plan derailed into an induction, she pushed for few interventions. She tells Adriana Lozada why doing so was important for her, the baby, and the intended parents. Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “T…
 
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