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Unpopular opinion: A healthy mom and healthy baby are NOT enough. Why don't we pay attention to a mother's experience and perceptions of her birth enough? I'm an L&D nurse revealing insider secrets that you won't learn in your standard childbirth ed class. We explore every facet (from opposite extremes) of not just birth, but the experience of womanhood and childbearing. Along with women sharing their experiences vulnerably, a slew of experts gift us with knowledge we never thought we needed ...
 
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You might not know that besides for my regular L&D job, I'm a camp nurse in the summer. I draw upon all of my experiences to reveal the important things that every parent sending their kid to overnight camp should know. Among other topics, I talk about meds, constipation, dehydration, contagious diseases, allergies and bedwetting. Get 20% off of yo…
 
Judy continues the conversation on home birth, diving deeper into the risks and benefits. Judy's website: http://www.judyribner.com/ Judy's email: office@holisticmidwiferyny.com Judy's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/holisticmidwiferyny/ Get 20% off of your purchase at EmeTrem anti-nausea wristband with code HAPPYBIRTHWAY. Get 20% off of the S…
 
If you think that home birth in the US is unsafe, this conversation will challenge your assumptions. Judy is a midwife doctor who completed her midwifery education at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at NYU. Her research demonstrates how increased access to homebirth and midwifery care will improve health outcomes…
 
If you thought that Part 1 of Millie's birth story was entertaining, just wait until you hear Part 2! Use code SUMMER for a limited time to get 20% off my After The Birth online course. Discount good until June 30th, 2022. Click on this link to get a FREE diaper bag with your Dyper subscription. Cancel at any time and still keep the bag! Check out …
 
Millie is a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor disorders. In her entertaining way, she tells us the story of her birth, from before she got pregnant all through postpartum. We talk perinatal mental health, preparing your body for birth, prenatal testing, Covid restrictions and Jewish traditions in birth. Millie's Instagram: @millied…
 
Avital Chizik Goldschmidt, a journalist and Rebbitzen, talks about her up-close encounters with religious Jewish women who faced the difficult decision of having an abortion. In addition to the pain of undergoing an abortion, she talks about the isolation that they feel due to the popular misconception among Jews and often the politicization of abo…
 
Continue listening to Tanya's account of her birth in the UK. Her emphasis on self-advocacy throughout is very inspiring! Click on this link to get a FREE diaper bag with your Dyper subscription. Cancel at any time and still keep the bag! Check out the Pelvic Pro and other pregnancy and postpartum support braces made by Braceability. Get 15% off yo…
 
We know that babies come out of the same place in every part of the world, but maternal healthcare can vastly differ between countries. Since many countries have much better maternal/child health outcomes than the US, we have lots to learn from them. In Part 1 of Tanya Ohana's birth story, you will hear her experience of maternity care in the UK. T…
 
Childbirth education can make a powerful difference in your birth outcome and how you feel about it. Lauren Seidman is a childbirth educator that dives deep into how. Lauren's website: https://bebirthpositive.com/ Lauren's Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/birth_positive/ Learn about Yoledet Community here. Sign up for my After the Birth co…
 
Sarah Isaacs is a fitness trainer who specializes in perinatal fitness. Sarah's compassionate approach to encouraging women to get strong both during pregnancy and regaining their physical strength after birth is refreshing and motivating. She discusses how fitness should be modified during these times and how having her own children has influenced…
 
Tori, as a seasoned NICU nurse and social media personality, reveals what it's like working with the tiniest humans on earth. This is a great listen for anyone expecting - even if you don't anticipate your baby needing to go to the NICU. Our conversation is validating to current or past parents of NICU babies and helps their loved ones understand h…
 
Nechama, a singer-songwriter, life coach and content creator, recently had her first baby. She infuses her birth story with her trademark authenticity and vulnerably reveals the struggles, self-judgment, and disappointments that came along for her with new motherhood. Nechama gets real about the side of new motherhood that most experience, but few …
 
You might have a strong opinion on whether you do or don't want an epidural - but you can't make a truly informed choice about it if you don't have all of the information. In this episode, I cover in-depth what exactly an epidural is, what the insertion process looks like, how it works, and the risks and benefits. Epidurals work most of the time, b…
 
Now that we've established that diets are harmful, in this final, third part of the Health At Every Size Series, Rachel Goodman, an Intuitive Eating registered dietician nutritionist, gives us practical tools of how to incorporate healthy nutritional habits into our lives. She talks about the common challenges with food that may surface during preg…
 
In this second part of a 3-part series on Health At Every Size, and how it relates to the perinatal period, Rachel Tuchman LMHC joins us once again to further challenge the traditional belief that weight loss in and of itself is the solution to better health. She expands on the harm of diets and moralizing of food, solutions for how to confront the…
 
This is the first of a 3-part series on Health At Every Size, especially during the perinatal phase of life. Rachel Tuchman joins us for the first 2 parts to break down what HAES is and isn't, why weight isn't a good tracker of health, why dieting and trying to lose weight is harmful, and how we need to change our mindset about food. Rachel Tuchman…
 
Leah Golfiz faced some difficult news at the beginning of her first pregnancy, which eventually resulted in a painful loss. She shares how she coped with the difficulties of her pregnancy and how she elevated her experience with prayer and connection to G-d. Find Leah on Instagram: @modestywithlove Subscribe to the email list on my new website: htt…
 
Sleeeeep - new parents are constantly chasing this highly sought-after commodity when you have a young baby. Riki Taubenblat, a pediatric sleep consultant, discusses what you can do to get more of it, even with a newborn. Riki is a Pediatric Sleep Consultant who works with mothers of babies 0-24 months to help them be their best selves- for both ba…
 
Hospitals with Baby-Friendly designation are touted to be extremely supportive of breastfeeding, but they are notorious for not having a nursery. Many mothers feel unsupported without a nursery in the hospital. I break down what a Baby-Friendly hospital is and my thoughts on hospitals that closed their nurseries. Baby-Friendly designation guideline…
 
Growing up, everyone around Dobby marvelled at her remarkable health. Therefore she was unprepared for the string of unrelated medical complications and challenges that began with her first pregnancy, which continued into her second and beyond. Throughout, Dobby managed to cope exceptionally well, and these experiences helped her discover new parts…
 
Tamari had much better feeding journeys with her next 2 babies. She talks about what she did differently, how she incorporates that into her professional guidance, and gives great advice on what all mothers - breastfeeding AND pumping - can do to have the most pleasant and successful experience. You can reach Tamari on Instagram @onewiththepump as …
 
Exclusive pumping was not the way that Tamari envisioned feeding her baby. After many frustrating weeks of struggling to breastfeed her first baby, she had no choice but to resort to it if she wanted to provide him with breastmilk. She was lost and struggled immensely, having no idea what a wild ride it would be. She took that experience to self ac…
 
Last week, we were "on the other side of the bed" so to speak. I had an encounter in the hospital with my daughter's medical care that left me frustrated and angry. It led me to put the self-advocacy skills that I teach to so many into practice for myself. Were my strong reactions a result of my experience working in a hospital or because I was lik…
 
Sheina Schochet is a relationship coach and therapist who specializes in helping couples keep their connection after having kids. Find out why some couples are just as connected before and after having kids and why some get divorced. Sheina gives loads of relationship and marriage advice specifically as it relates to the challenges that a couple fa…
 
Simcha's birth unfolded in a way that challenged many of her beliefs about birth. She used this perspective shift as a source of growth and an opportunity for connection with G-d. Despite lots of curveballs thrown her way, Simcha emerged from her birth with feelings of empowerment and being cared for. Postpartum, however, triggered some dormant anx…
 
What is egg freezing? How is it changing the landscape of shidduchim? Who should be doing it and when? What are the challenges and ethical concerns that it presents for Jewish Orthodox families? What exactly is the BRCA mutation, why is it imperative to test early for it? Are there solutions for those who test positive to enable them to have health…
 
Lifestyle blogger Cami of @themommydictionary not only tells us about what it was like for her to give birth to twins, but courageosuly opens up about her infertility struggles and PCOS, how she copes with the toll that motherhood has taken on her mental health and how her perspective on the challenges of pregnancy and birth has shifted. This fierc…
 
What training is required to become a doctor? What is the difference between med students, residents, fellows and attending doctors? What are the pros and cons of giving birth in a teaching hospital? How can you minimize unnecessary interventions in birth, even if you have pregnancy complications? What are the extra responsibilities of doctors that…
 
Everyone gets nervous about fasting. Being pregnant, freshly postpartum or nursing gives you an extra reason to be. I take the most common questions from pregnant and nursing moms on my Instagram account and answer them here. You'll get a good sense of when it's safe to fast and when it's not, red flags to look out for during the fast, what you sho…
 
Shevi Samet and I get real about how observing Taharas Hamishpacha (Jewish Family Purity laws), is challenging for many. Being niddah in labor, birth and the postpartum period can present additional struggles, especially considering the large amount of support many new mothers need. Shevi is ever empathic toward those who experience these challenge…
 
Becoming a mother changes all the parts of you - including your body. Yaelle is a registered dietician who focuses her nutrition practice on helping moms get healthy. Many clients come to her with the intention of losing weight because they're struggling to accept their new body, but is dieting really the answer to this problem? Promo codes for thi…
 
After healing from her harrowing surgeries, Esther was finally healthy enough to fulfill her desire of growing her family. The necessity for future gynecological surgeries shortened her timeframe and made the stakes much higher this time. Her fertility treatment plans were derailed by the pandemic and she sequentially experienced a pregnancy loss. …
 
After overcoming infertility hurdles to have her children, Esther came across some difficult information that presented the possibility she would not live long enough to raise them. Testing positive for the BRCA gene mutation meant that she had to make some very difficulty decisions and her ultimate choices weren’t always well received by those aro…
 
Why is it important to take an active role in decisions about your medical care? How does the process of shared decision making work? To what extent does the responsibility of making decisions rest on you? What is informed consent? What if you don’t want to know about all the scary things that can happen and would rather the medical team decide eve…
 
Why would someone decide to decline pain medication in labor? What tools and resources are helpful to achieve this? How can their doctors and nurses affect their decision? What happens when you end up requiring medical interventions? Can you really give birth without pain meds if you have an induction? These are all questions and obstacles that Bas…
 
Choosing a doctor or midwife is one of the most important decisions that you will have to make during your pregnancy. What qualities should you look for in an obstetrician to determine whether they are both competent and the right fit for you? To what extent does their “bedside manner” matter in the quality of care that they provide? What are the p…
 
Shira is a social media creative and Mo is at the cusp of finishing his 10 year journey to becoming a neonatologist. They retell the birth stories of their 3 children, highlighting the stark differences between having their first 2 babies 10 years ago as newlyweds and their 3rd baby who was born a few months ago. Shira faced quite a few obstacles d…
 
What does it mean to have “infertility”? Why is pregnancy after infertility challenging? How can you support someone close to you who finds themselves in this situation? What is the roller coaster of emotions that those who struggled to become pregnant commonly feel when they finally see those 2 pink lines (or get a positive beta test)? What are wa…
 
What are the qualities that you should look for when hiring a doula? What is and is not within a doula’s scope of practice? Is a doula supposed to speak up for you in the hospital? Should a doula argue with the staff in the hospital? What happens if your doctor is recommending something against your wishes? What’s the difference between consent and…
 
Fewer deaths doesn’t make it ok to fire rockets at civilians. It’s time to tell the truth about what’s going on in Israel and the far-reaching effects that Hamas’s missile attacks have on their targets. Hear about what it’s like to give birth when your country is under attack. Sarah Amar, an American emigre to Israel, tells us about her experience …
 
Get ready to laugh until you cry in this second part of Rachel’s birth story. She shares her funny take on labor, being sent away by the hospital when she came for her induction, how she managed when her epidural didn’t work and how to put a medical student to good use. She gives moms who are scared of labor encouragement and strength. The most imp…
 
As an adoptee, Rachel Safer tells us how that influenced her feelings around pregnancy. Her story sharing style is hilarious as she bemoaned all of the discomforts of her pregnancy. Rachel tells us about her hospitalization when she got Covid in her 9th month, how sharing her pregnancy with the public brought on lots of unsolicited feedback and tea…
 
Despite Dr. Karkowsky's extraordinary knowledge and expertise in the highly specialized and complex area of high risk obstetrics, she infuses her care with a high level of compassion and empathy, remaining cognizant of the complexity of her patients' lives outside of the medical sphere. These patients are often unexpectedly thrust into this world, …
 
My sister-in-law Rivka Raizel had her wedding and her first baby during the Covid pandemic. Because of the unexpected circumstances, she and her husband (my baby brother!) had to put their plans of moving in Israel on hold. They finally gained entry only to find themselves back in the States to have their first baby near family. As a foreigner, RR …
 
Dr. Elissa Hellman is an experienced, board certified OB/GYN who has been in practice in midwest for the past ten years. She is also the physician at The Confident Kallah, a telemedicine gynecology practice focused on the needs of Jewish women who observe Taharat HaMishpacha (Jewish family purity laws). She consults on a range of women's health iss…
 
My husband, Tovyah, joins me once again as we retell our second and third birth stories, and how much better they were. I also share what decisions I would have made differently given my knowledge now as an L&D nurse. To learn even more about these topics, check out the Yoledet Academy Instagram community. Check out the Yoledet Picks Amazon Storefr…
 
My first birth experience was really terrible. It was what planted the seeds in me to become a labor and delivery nurse, and still informs me today on how to practice as one. My husband, Tovyah, joins me and talks about his own perspective of what happened. To learn even more about these topics, check out the Yoledet Academy Instagram community. Ch…
 
There are so many awesome sources of information about pregnancy and birth - be they through podcasts, courses, blogs, or social media - so why do I feel like I need to be another one? We often choose to get our information from those that we connect to most, whose philosophy and beliefs align with ours. I'm sharing mine here because I want you to …
 
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