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EBB 42 - Interview Katie Rachanow

Evidence Based Birth®

Release Date: 09/05/2018

EBB 122 - Home birth during the pandemic with Vicki Penwell show art EBB 122 - Home birth during the pandemic with Vicki Penwell

Evidence Based Birth®

In this episode, I am joined by Vicki Penwell, a licensed midwife and CPM, and the founder and executive director of Mercy in Action Vineyard, Inc. Mercy in Action is responsible for more than 15,500 safe births in the Philippines since 1991 - at no cost to the parents - with outcomes four times better than the country’s national average. Vicki is also executive director of the Mercy in Action College of Midwifery, has a Master’s degree in midwifery in the U.S., and a Master’s degree in intercultural studies in the Philippines. She has forty years of experience accepting late transfer of...

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EBB 121 - COVID-19 and Pregnancy show art EBB 121 - COVID-19 and Pregnancy

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In this episode, I cover all the evidence to date on COVID-19 and pregnancy.

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EBB 120 – Cholestasis in Pregnancy with Nicole Phelps show art EBB 120 – Cholestasis in Pregnancy with Nicole Phelps

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In this episode, I am excited to welcome Nicole Phelps, proud mom of three young boys and supportive wife to World Champion Michael Phelps. Hear Nicole share her pregnancy and birth stories, and particularly her experience with cholestasis during pregnancy – a liver condition that can cause severe itching and other symptoms, and carries the risk for serious complications including stillbirth.

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EBB 119 - Nurse Midwifery as a Career Option with Liane MacPherson show art EBB 119 - Nurse Midwifery as a Career Option with Liane MacPherson

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In this episode, I talk with certified nurse midwife Liane MacPherson. Liane has been working in women’s health for over 32 years - initially as a labor and delivery nurse, and for the past 19 years as a CNM. She is also a lactation consultant, a childbirth educator, and a midwifery professor with the Georgetown University graduate midwifery program, into which she introduced Evidence Based Birth®️’s Higher Ed resources.

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EBB 118 - How to Have a Healthy Postpartum Transition with Dr. Alyssa Berlin show art EBB 118 - How to Have a Healthy Postpartum Transition with Dr. Alyssa Berlin

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In this week’s episode I interview Dr. Alyssa Berlin, a clinical psychologist specializing in pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting. She is also creator of the AfterBirth Plan Workshop, a program preparing couples for a physically and emotionally healthy postpartum transition - for the baby, for each partner, and for their evolving relationships. Dr. Berlin has specific expertise working with emotional concerns that may arise before, during, or after birth.

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EBB 117 -  The Evidence on Inducing for Due Dates show art EBB 117 - The Evidence on Inducing for Due Dates

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In this episode, we discuss the evidence on inducing versus waiting for labor when you’re going past your due date. I am joined by Evidence Based Birth  researcher Anna Bertone, MPH, to explore all the latest on this topic and talk about the brand new Evidence Based Birth Signature Article - The Evidence on: Inducing for Due Dates.

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EBB 116 - Inclusion for Queer and Trans Parent Families with Danie Crofoot show art EBB 116 - Inclusion for Queer and Trans Parent Families with Danie Crofoot

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In this episode, I am joined by Danie Crofoot of Full Spectrum Doulas, an organization dedicated to creating dialogue around topics such as LGBTQIA+ inclusion, cultural competency, racial issues, and much more within the birth community. Their goal is to create space and support for people to have the power to write their own birth and postpartum stories. Danie is a childbirth educator and sex educator, and is known as a “traveling doula” - splitting time mostly between Los Angeles and New York.

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EBB 115 - Self-Advocacy in Birth, and Tongue and Lip Tie with Michelle Odoerfer show art EBB 115 - Self-Advocacy in Birth, and Tongue and Lip Tie with Michelle Odoerfer

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In this episode I am joined by Michelle Odoerfer, a mother of two young girls living in Clinton Township, Michigan with her husband Andrew. Michelle experienced two very different births - her first, in a hospital, was tense as she had to endure verbal and physical aggression from an attending OB. Her second was a peaceful, unattended home birth, with just herself and her husband (baby came so fast the midwife didn’t make it).

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EBB 114 - Fighting for Birth Needs as a Single Parent with Jenny Russell show art EBB 114 - Fighting for Birth Needs as a Single Parent with Jenny Russell

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In this episode I am joined by new parent Jenny Russell, a registered nurse from Tennessee. Jenny struggled with infertility during her previous marriage, became unexpectedly pregnant in a new relationship, and took the Evidence Based Birth Childbirth Class as a single parent without a support person. Her EBB Instructor, Heidi Duncan, taught the class and also served as her doula.

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EBB 113 - The Evidence on VBAC show art EBB 113 - The Evidence on VBAC

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In this episode, I am joined by Sabrina Tran of Alabama, who recently had a daughter, and took the Evidence Based Birth Childbirth Class with Instructor Traci Weafer. Sabrina, a therapist, is now a stay at home mom.

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Katie Rachanow leads the Military Birth Resource Network at the largest overseas installment in Europe, and has specialized knowledge of the military birth system.
Katie is a doula, yoga instructor, and Evidence Based Birth instructor practicing in Germany. She recently moved there following a two-year tour in Colorado Springs and a five-year tour in the UK. 

Katie shares how having her first child in the UK launched her career as a birth worker, and how she operates exclusively in a military setting. She notes that the main problem for birth in the military is continuity of care. “Everybody is moving around constantly - nobody ever stays put.” Additionally, people often end up birthing on their own, as their partner may be deployed or on duty, and their families cannot afford to travel to where they are. “I’ve had a lot of instances where moms have been alone - just by themselves - until it’s time for delivery,” she said. Together, Katie and I brainstorm ways to promote funding of doula support for military members, and build relationships among birth workers in new communities.

Connect with Katie on her website, Facebook, LinkedIn and the EBB Instructor Directory.

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