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EBB 99 - Plus Size Pregnancy and Birth with Jen McLellan

Evidence Based Birth®

Release Date: 10/16/2019

EBB 171 - The Experience of a Unique Vaginal Breech Birth with Janae and Andrew Rick show art EBB 171 - The Experience of a Unique Vaginal Breech Birth with Janae and Andrew Rick

Evidence Based Birth®

On today’s podcast, we will be talking with EBB Childbirth Class parents, Janae and Andrew Rick, as they share their unique birth story about their vaginal breech birth.  Janae is a senior graphic designer for a makeup company. Andrew is in the restaurant industry working as a bar back and bartender in Minneapolis.  After recently buying their first home at St. Paul Park in October of 2020, they gave birth to their first baby, a boy named Jenoa, in January 2021, who arrived exactly on his due date. Janae and Andrew are graduates of the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class with...

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EBB 170 - Addressing Mistreatment and Unsafe Childbirth Care with Birth Monopoly Founder, Cristen Pascucci show art EBB 170 - Addressing Mistreatment and Unsafe Childbirth Care with Birth Monopoly Founder, Cristen Pascucci

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On today's podcast, I am excited to welcome a special guest and my friend, Cristen Pascucci of Birth Monopoly! Cristen and I talk about how to file hospital complaints when people experience mistreatment or unsafe care during childbirth.  Content warning: Obstetric violence, birth trauma, and sexual assault in obstetrics.  A former communications strategist at a top public affairs firm in Baltimore, Maryland, Cristen Pascucci is the founder of Birth Monopoly and creator of the online course, Know Your Rights: Legal and Human Rights in Childbirth for Birth Professionals...

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EBB 169 – The Importance of Postpartum Doula Care with Ali Buchanan show art EBB 169 – The Importance of Postpartum Doula Care with Ali Buchanan

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On today’s podcast episode, we will be talking with postpartum doula, Ali Buchanan, about the importance of postpartum doula care. Ali (she/her), is a certified postpartum doula with Cornerstone Doula Trainings, and currently trained as a full spectrum doula with Doula Trainings International (DTI). As a postpartum doula, Ali works with parents and families to transition into their new roles before and after birth. Ali is also my executive assistant here at Evidence Based Birth® where she helps us provide current research and best practices by helping us to fulfill our mission to empower...

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EBB 168 - Evidence-based OB-GYN Care with Dr. Amber Warmsley show art EBB 168 - Evidence-based OB-GYN Care with Dr. Amber Warmsley

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On today’s podcast, we will be talking with our honored guest, Dr. Amber Warmsley. Dr. Warmsley is a wife of five years to an amazing husband and a mother of two young children. She's a native Southern Californian transplanted to the D.C. metro area who will always love the beach. Dr. Warmsley is also an attending board-certified practicing OB-GYN with 8 years experience, 12 years if you count residency (which you definitely should). Dr. Warmsley is currently Chairperson of the department of OB-GYN and hospitalist site director at a hospital in Maryland. Dr. Warmsley is passionate about...

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EBB 167 - Evidence on Erythromycin Eye Ointment for Newborns show art EBB 167 - Evidence on Erythromycin Eye Ointment for Newborns

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On today's podcast, we will be talking about the evidence on using erythromycin eye ointment for newborns. As this is a controversial topic, I am excited to talk about the intriguing research evidence and the history of eye ointment regarding how it started and why it was used in the past, as well as why it is still being used today. We have covered this topic before in our Signature Articles. We will also discuss whether or not it is effective for its designed purpose, along with antibiotic resistance, the benefits and risks of using eye ointment on newborns, and alternatives to use in place...

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EBB 166 - The Experience of a Powerful and Miraculous Birth by Brooklynn and Hoang Pham show art EBB 166 - The Experience of a Powerful and Miraculous Birth by Brooklynn and Hoang Pham

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n today’s podcast, we will be talking with Brooklynn and Hoang Pham. Brooklynn and Hoang currently live in Davis, California, and are the parents to Marvel, who turned seven months last December. Brooklynn is the senior managing director of Teach For America in Sacramento, and Hoang is finishing up his final year of law school at UC Davis School of Law. They took the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth class with EBB instructor, Shalin Butterworth, and are here to share their birth story. Content Warning: We will be talking about maternal mortality and racism. We will talk about Brooklynn’s...

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EBB 165 - Fetal Position During Labor with L&D Nurse, Ann Marie Gilligan show art EBB 165 - Fetal Position During Labor with L&D Nurse, Ann Marie Gilligan

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On today's podcast, we talk with L&D nurse, Ann Marie Gilligan, about perinatal positioning during labor. Ann is a labor and delivery nurse in Minnesota, who is trained in high-risk obstetrics and advanced fetal monitoring, certified through Waterbirth International and also, certified as a sexual assault nurse examiner. Ann has 30 years of labor and delivery experience, ranging from the start-up team for an independent birth center to working at a level three high-risk labor and delivery unit to working as a legal nurse consultant and prenatal yoga instructor. Ann has extensive experience...

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EBB 164 - Updated Evidence on COVID-19 and Pregnancy show art EBB 164 - Updated Evidence on COVID-19 and Pregnancy

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I'm pleased to share with you today's podcast episode, which is a comprehensive update of the research evidence on COVID-19 and pregnancy and childbirth! To view the scientific references for this article, visit the COVID-19 resource page In this podcast episode, I cover: The current global situation What we know so far about prevention/vaccines during pregnancy Testing and diagnosis Symptoms during pregnancy Risk of hospitalization and severe/critical illness in pregnancy Treatment of COVID-19 during pregnancy Risks to the fetus, including the risk of preterm birth Timing of birth if you're...

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EBB 163 - Stress and Anxiety During Pregnancy with Nathalie Walton, CEO of Expectful show art EBB 163 - Stress and Anxiety During Pregnancy with Nathalie Walton, CEO of Expectful

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On today's podcast, we're going to talk with Nathalie Walton, CEO of the Expectful app, about coping with anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum— especially when you have a high-risk pregnancy. Nathalie is the CEO of Expectful, the number one meditation and sleep app for growing families. She has spent the last eight years in leadership roles at Airbnb, Google, and eBay. As a new mother to her 10-month old son Everett, Nathalie experienced the failure of the U.S. healthcare system as it pertains to nurturing the mental and emotional well-being of pregnant and new parents. She joined the...

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EBB 162 - Preparing and Powering through Birth During the COVID-19 Pandemic with Jamie and Ryan English show art EBB 162 - Preparing and Powering through Birth During the COVID-19 Pandemic with Jamie and Ryan English

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On today's podcast, we are talking with Jamie and Ryan English about their unexpectedly long but empowering hospital birth, as well as the effects of severe diastasis recti on the labor process. Jamie and Ryan are graduates of the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class, which they took with EBB instructor Jennifer Anderson. Ryan is a commercial property manager and Jamie is a photographer. They moved to Sacramento a few years ago from San Diego, California, and at the same time they found out they were pregnant with their baby girl.  We talk about how Jamie and Ryan prepared for their...

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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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