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EBB 99 - Plus Size Pregnancy and Birth with Jen McLellan

Evidence Based Birth®

Release Date: 10/16/2019

EBB 136 - Solutions for the Crisis in American Maternity Care with Jennie Joseph show art EBB 136 - Solutions for the Crisis in American Maternity Care with Jennie Joseph

Evidence Based Birth®

In this episode I welcome Jennie Joseph, one of the world’s most respected midwives and authorities on women’s health. She’s a true advocate for systematic reform that puts families first in health care. Jennie is the founder and executive director of Commonsense Childbirth, Inc., and is also creator of The JJ Way, a patient-centered model of care.  Jennie has worked in European hospitals, American birth centers, clinics, and home birth environments. She’s been instrumental in the regulation of Florida midwives, and currently owns a Florida-licensed midwifery school, the...

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EBB 135 - The Need for More Indigenous Birth Workers with Miranda Kelly show art EBB 135 - The Need for More Indigenous Birth Workers with Miranda Kelly

Evidence Based Birth®

In this episode, I interview Miranda Kelly, a certified birth doula, postpartum doula, and childbirth educator who has worked for ten years in Indigenous people’s health planning, policy education, and research. Miranda holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology, and a Master of Public Health degree. She is a mother of two girls, and is a member of the ekw’í7tl (pronounced ah-quay-tull) doula collective in Vancouver. Miranda is passionate about indigenous peoples reclaiming their authority as decision makers in their own health and wellbeing, and I’m thrilled to welcome...

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EBB 134 - Natural Induction Series: Evening Primrose Oil show art EBB 134 - Natural Induction Series: Evening Primrose Oil

Evidence Based Birth®

In this episode, I cover the evidence on evening primrose oil (EPO) for natural labor induction. This oil is extracted from the seed of the evening primrose plant, which grows wild in North America and some parts of Europe. It’s a rich source of omega six essential fatty acids, as well as other compounds which are thought to help ripen the cervix for labor. I share the results of randomized control trials for administering EPO vaginally and taking it orally, as well as observational studies, a case report, and studies looking at EPO for cervcial ripening for non-pregnancy gynecological...

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EBB 133 - Transitioning from Birth to Parenting with Dr. Heather Maguire show art EBB 133 - Transitioning from Birth to Parenting with Dr. Heather Maguire

Evidence Based Birth®

In this episode I interview Dr. Heather Maguire, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) with a doctorate in educational psychology. Dr. Maguire has spent over a decade studying behavior and working with children, parents and educators. She’s a proud mom of two kids, a professor teaching school psychology, and the founder and CEO of Prism Behavior, which helps parents manage challenging behaviors with confidence. She also hosts the Prism Behavior Podcast. We discuss the transition from birth to infant and toddlerhood, parenting while pregnant, perinatal depression, tantrums,...

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EBB 132 - Teen Pregnancy Support, and a Surrogacy Story with Ambrosia Meikle show art EBB 132 - Teen Pregnancy Support, and a Surrogacy Story with Ambrosia Meikle

Evidence Based Birth®

In this episode I interview Ambrosia Meikle, a Los Angles-based Evidence Based Birth Instructor, CAPPA-certified birth and postpartum doula, and a full-spectrum doula. She is also a lactation educator specialist and childbirth educator, Ambrosia also volunteers to teach childbirth classes and provide doula services at a high school for pregnant teens. She is a mother of two. This show has a trigger warning for pregnancy termination related to a fatal birth defect. Before entering birth work, Ambrosia was a surrogate for a family from overseas. In her practice, Ambrosia serves an extremely...

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EBB 131 - Evidence on: Pitocin During the Third Stage of Labor show art EBB 131 - Evidence on: Pitocin During the Third Stage of Labor

Evidence Based Birth®

In this episode, I cover all the latest evidence on the use of Pitocin during the third stage of labor - which is also the topic of the latest Evidence Based Birth Signature Article, released this week!  The third stage of labor, or placental stage, begins after the baby is born and ends after the birth of the placenta (sometimes called the “afterbirth”). It follows the first two stages of labor - the dilation stage and the pushing stage. In practice, there are three main approaches to care for the birth of the placenta - active management, expectant management, and mixed management....

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EBB 130 – Home Birth in the Black Community with Isis Rose show art EBB 130 – Home Birth in the Black Community with Isis Rose

Evidence Based Birth®

In this episode I talk with Isis Rose, a full spectrum doula, home birth mom, certified lactation counselor, and placenta encapsulation specialist. She lives in Urbana, Illinois. Isis is starting midwifery school in July, with plans to become a Certified Professional Midwife, and she’s a member of the Illinois Council of Certified Professional Midwives. Isis co-hosts the Homecoming Podcast alongside Chae Pounds, which launched in 2018 to tell stories of Black families who give birth at home. Isis and I discuss her birth story, including her unique approach to prenatal care, and hemorrhaging...

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EBB 129 -  COVID-19 and your Childbirth Education Business with Natalie Eckdahl show art EBB 129 - COVID-19 and your Childbirth Education Business with Natalie Eckdahl

Evidence Based Birth®

Over the past 3 years, I have traveled and spoken with hundreds of childbirth educators from across the U.S. and Canada. At every conference I attended, one theme was repeated over and over--- educators told me that the field of childbirth education was in the midst of a huge crisis. Most childbirth educators said their registrations were declining, and that many first-time parents weren't taking childbirth education classes anymore (even though education is really important!)  Then, the pandemic hit. Classes were either cancelled...

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EBB 128 - Inducing Labor with Castor Oil and Dates show art EBB 128 - Inducing Labor with Castor Oil and Dates

Evidence Based Birth®

In this latest episode in our series on natural labor induction, I cover the evidence on using castor oil or eating date fruit to induce labor. Can castor oil increase the chances of you going into labor? When is it most effective? How many dates do you need to eat to reduce the length of pregnancy? I’ll answer all these questions and more - and share the latest research on these methods! For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on , and . Ready to get involved? Check out our  (including scholarship options) and our . Find...

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EBB 127 - An unmedicated hospital birth with Katie Kane show art EBB 127 - An unmedicated hospital birth with Katie Kane

Evidence Based Birth®

In this episode, I am joined by Katie Kane, a parent from Cherry Hill, New Jersey who took the Evidence Based Birth Childbirth Class when she was pregnant with her daughter. Katie worked with EBB Instructor Cat LaPlante.  From the beginning of her pregnancy, Katie planned for an unmedicated hospital birth - leading her on a path to researching doulas and eventually finding the EBB Childbirth Class. She was intentional in choosing her birth team, and ended up switching providers when she knew her first was not the best fit for her. With the support of her husband and doula, Katie was able...

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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.

For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership (including scholarship options) and our Instructor program. Find an EBB Instructor here, and click here to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.

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Check out Plus Size Birth, the Plus Mommy blog and the Plus Mommy podcast.

Use coupon code “EBB” to get 30% off Jen’s book, My Plus Size Pregnancy Guide.

For a directory of plus-friendly providers and doulas, visit SizeFriendly.com.