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EBB 99 - Plus Size Pregnancy and Birth with Jen McLellan

Evidence Based Birth®

Release Date: 10/16/2019

EBB 150 - Global Childbirth Education in Japan with Brett Iimura show art EBB 150 - Global Childbirth Education in Japan with Brett Iimura

Evidence Based Birth®

In this episode, I am joined with Brett Iimura to discuss global childbirth education and birth in Japan. Brett has had a varied career, including being a hansom cab driver in New York City, an ASL interpreter, field producer for Japanese TV, literacy tutor and childbirth educator, and doula. She has facilitated in-person classes as a certified childbirth educator and is the director of the Childbirth Education Center, the CEC, based in Japan. Brett has provided childbirth education classes in the United States for 25 years as well, adding a remote or virtual option nine years ago. More than...

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EBB 149 - Shifting from Hospital Labor and Delivery Nurse to Home Birth Advocate with Melissa Anne Dubois show art EBB 149 - Shifting from Hospital Labor and Delivery Nurse to Home Birth Advocate with Melissa Anne Dubois

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**Trigger Content Warning: This podcast episode discusses racism and includes graphic descriptions of obstetric abuse.** In this episode, we're going to talk with Melissa Anne DuBois about shifting from the role of hospital labor and delivery nurse to home birth advocate. Melissa Anne graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Nursing in 2006 and has worked in labor and delivery, high-risk obstetrics, outpatient OB-GYN, and maternity well-baby settings for the past 13 years. Melissa Anne became a childbirth educator in 2011 and a lactation counselor in...

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EBB 148 - Community, Black Midwifery, and Advocacy with Brittany EBB 148 - Community, Black Midwifery, and Advocacy with Brittany "Tru" Kellman of Jamaa Birth Village

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**Trigger Warning: This podcast contains content on the topic of obstetric abuse and birth trauma.** In this episode, I interview Brittany “Tru” Kellman, the Founder and Executive Director of Jamaa Birth Village in Ferguson, Missouri. She is a mother and wife, certified professional midwife, certified doula and doula trainer, breastfeeding peer counselor, and author. In 2015 she launched her community campaign to improve birth, maternal, and infant care, and the overall wellness of families in and around St. Louis by launching the non-profit that is today the Jamaa Birth Village. ...

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EBB 147 - Long Preterm Birth with Caitlyn Martens show art EBB 147 - Long Preterm Birth with Caitlyn Martens

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n this episode, I interview an Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class parent, Caitlyn Martens from Mesa, Arizona. Her son - now more than a year old - arrived a month early. Caitlyn took the EBB Childbirth Class with Instructor Lora Fiala, and had a doula. At 28 weeks Caitlyn switched her prenatal care from an OB practice to a midwife team, who were able to attend her at her planned hospital birth. **Trigger warning: In this episode we discuss birth trauma, and an experience of newborn resuscitation with intubation is described.** Caitlyn had a full spectrum of birth experiences - including...

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EBB 146 - Giving Birth in Atlanta with Tara Thompson show art EBB 146 - Giving Birth in Atlanta with Tara Thompson

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In this episode, I interview Evidence Based Birth® Instructor Tara Thompson. Tara is a certified birth doula with CAPPA, a Lamaze certified childbirth educator, and a licensed massage therapist specializing in pregnancy and postpartum. She has taught classes to expecting couples for more than ten years at a women’s center in Atlanta, Georgia. She’s also been teaching privately for over three years. Tara teaches the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class online, and has also taught the EBB Comfort Measures Workshop for L&D nurses. She recently facilitated a training to more than 250...

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EBB 145 - Fatherhood and Advocacy in Birth with JaMichael Perryman show art EBB 145 - Fatherhood and Advocacy in Birth with JaMichael Perryman

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In this episode, I interview JaMichael Perryman, who is husband of Evidence Based Birth Professional Membership Coordinator and EBB Instructor Chanté Perryman. JaMichael is father to five children, and has experienced a wide variety of births - ranging from an emergency Cesarean to three VBACs which have all been precipitous births. He has been joining Chanté during her childbirth classes to offer a dad’s perspective for partners. In 2018 he was a speaker at Kentucky’s March for Moms.  JaMichael hosts a weekly discussion called HIMbracing Fatherhood under the name Mr. ManDoula where...

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EBB 144 - Evidence on Pineapple and Sex for Natural Labor Induction show art EBB 144 - Evidence on Pineapple and Sex for Natural Labor Induction

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In this episode I answer several questions about natural labor induction: Can eating pineapple help induce labor contractions? What about having sex? Is that really effective for starting labor!   Natural induction techniques continue to be among our most searched and requested topics at Evidence Based Birth®. I'm excited to share with you the evidence on these common labor induction techniques! For all the scientific references mentioned in this podcast, visit our blog post at ebbirth.com/144  For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find...

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EBB 143 - Birthing in a World with Reproductive Justice with Ihotu Ali, Daniela Montoya-Barthelemy, and Shayla Walker show art EBB 143 - Birthing in a World with Reproductive Justice with Ihotu Ali, Daniela Montoya-Barthelemy, and Shayla Walker

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In this episode, the Minnesota Healing Justice Network is taking over the podcast! In this very important episode, our guest speakers are Ihotu Ali, Daniela Montoya-Barthelemy, and Shayla Walker. **Content warning** this podcast includes discussion of racial violence and racial health disparities. Ihotu Jennifer Ali, MPH, LMT (she/her), is an integrative medicine doctor in training and doula with a decade of experience in public health and traditional practices around emotional support, pregnancy, and family and healthy reproductive cycles. Ihotu offers abdominal and craniosacral therapy,...

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EBB 142 - Home Birth Transfer during COVID-19 and Uprisings in MN with Jenae Herron and Marcel Malekebu show art EBB 142 - Home Birth Transfer during COVID-19 and Uprisings in MN with Jenae Herron and Marcel Malekebu

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Today, I am excited to continue our important 3-day series about the Minnesota Healing Justice Network! **Content warning: In this episode, we talk about the uprisings after George Floyd’s murder and safety concerns during birth due to racial traumatic event. We also discuss an event in which parents were temporarily separated from their newborn baby, which may be disturbing to listen to.** In this episode, you'll hear from new parents Jenae Herron and Marcel Malekebu. Jenae is a housing case manager, and Marcel does podcast production. Jenae and Marcel took the Evidence Based Birth®...

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EBB 141 - Birthing and Disparities in Minnesota with Rhonda Fellows and Dr. Jennifer Almanza show art EBB 141 - Birthing and Disparities in Minnesota with Rhonda Fellows and Dr. Jennifer Almanza

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Today is a special day, as we are starting a 3-day podcast focus on the amazing work being done by the  In today's episode, I am joined by EBB instructor, Rhonda Fellows and Dr. Jennifer Almanza to talk about birthing and disparities in Minnesota. **TRIGGER WARNING: In this episode, we talk about racial violence and Black and Indigenous maternal health disparities.** Rhonda Fellows is a Certified Birth Doula and Evidence Based Birth® Instructor who has 20 years of working with youth and families in the nonprofit world as an after-school program director, co-director of an overflow...

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In this episode I am joined by Jen McLellan, author, speaker, and founder of the website Plus Size Birth and the Plus Mommy blog. She is also host of the popular podcast Plus Mommy, and is a certified childbirth educator, wife, and mother. With more than four million page views on her blog, Jen is passionate about helping others navigate the bumps along the road of motherhood.

Jen notes that her doula’s recommendation to look into the midwife model of care changed the course of her first pregnancy. As she had first began care under an obstetrician and researched plus size pregnancy online, she had started to believe that she was at high risk due to her size. However, she had an empowering natural birth with no complications.

As Jen developed her blog, she realized the great need for plus size pregnancy support. While she covers a variety of topics, one of her main areas of focus is helping women to connect with a care provider who will not make them feel ashamed. We discuss practical tips for finding a supportive and welcoming provider, as well as some of the biased messages women of size commonly hear during the course of their care and birth.

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