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Ep 111: Persevering Through Long Labors: Mariane's Birth Stories

Birth Kweens

Release Date: 11/28/2019

Ep 136: Preconception & Prenatal Nutrition with Ryann Kipping, RDN, CLEC show art Ep 136: Preconception & Prenatal Nutrition with Ryann Kipping, RDN, CLEC

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In this episode we’re talking with about nutrition during preconception and pregnancy. Ryann is a clinically trained Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Lactation Educator, and Author of . She is the founder of The Prenatal Nutritionist, a virtual nutrition private practice, which focuses on preparing women for pregnancy and conquering nutrition during and after pregnancy. She helps women feel confident in their ability to properly nourish a growing baby through a real food approach. Aside from one on one nutrition counseling, Ryann is a nutrition writer and content creator on her...

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Ep 135: VBAC Success Story with Anissa Ballesteros show art Ep 135: VBAC Success Story with Anissa Ballesteros

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Anissa Ballesteros is here today to share her two birth stories with us. For her first baby, Anissa had planned and prepared for an unmedicated hospital birth but her baby was breech so she ended up having a cesarean. When she got pregnant with her second baby, she knew she wanted a different experience so she hired Karly and planned a home birth. Anissa shares about how difficult her cesarean birth was for her and how healing and positive her HBAC (home birth after cesarean) experience was. --- SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS! Get a high quality, fully breathable, washable, and recyclable baby mattress...

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Ep 134: Preterm Birth and NICU Stays with Dr. Melinda Elliott show art Ep 134: Preterm Birth and NICU Stays with Dr. Melinda Elliott

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Today we’re talking with Dr. Melinda Elliott about preterm birth and navigating an unexpected NICU stay. Dr. Elliott is chief medical officer of  where she serves as the voice of the patient, working to ensure that the needs of critically ill and premature infants are being articulated and that the relevant treatment and product opportunities are identified. As an experienced neonatologist and researcher in neonatal intensive care, Dr. Elliott has committed her career to the care of vulnerable, premature infants and has researched the benefits of an Exclusive Human Milk Diet (EHMD)...

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Ep 133: A Midwife’s Birth Story with Chloë Lubell show art Ep 133: A Midwife’s Birth Story with Chloë Lubell

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of is here to share her birth story with us! Chloë had been a midwife for many years before becoming pregnant with her first child. She shares in depth about her pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experiences, including what it was like to have an ultra-fast labor and lots of other surprises along the way. Enjoy! --- SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS! Get a high quality, fully breathable, washable, and recyclable baby mattress from ! Go to and enter code KWEENS to get $50 off and free shipping.   Get comprehensive online childbirth education classes and 1:1 new parent support from ! Go to and enter...

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Ep 132: Representation and Inclusivity in Birth Work with Cheyenne Varner show art Ep 132: Representation and Inclusivity in Birth Work with Cheyenne Varner

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In this episode we’re talking with of about representation and inclusivity in the birth world. Cheyenne is a birth and postpartum doula and graphic designer in Richmond, VA. She started The Educated Birth, a collection of childbirth education materials including , in 2016, when she couldn't find materials with representation of families of color. She has been learning, creating, and partnering with other professionals to provide more inclusive and accessible health education materials ever since. Cheyenne shares about how inclusivity and representation are lacking in the birth world and...

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Ep 131: Hospital and Home Birth Stories with Johanna Penn show art Ep 131: Hospital and Home Birth Stories with Johanna Penn

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shares her two birth stories with us in this episode. Her first son was born in the hospital after a long, difficult labor. This birth experience really impacted Johanna and it inspired her to go into birth work. It also caused her to make an entirely different birth plan for her second son who was born quickly at home. Johanna shares what her two very different labors were like for her, what she learned from them, and what kind of birth work she’s doing now (including her new podcast, ). Enjoy! --- SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS! Get a subscription for bestselling children’s multivitamins to...

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Ep 130: The Identity Shift of Motherhood with Jessie Harrold of MotherSHIFT show art Ep 130: The Identity Shift of Motherhood with Jessie Harrold of MotherSHIFT

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In this episode we’re talking with of about how pregnancy and birth are rites of passage and what an enormous identity shift it is to become a parent. Jessie is a coach, women’s mentor and doula who supports women to traverse radical life transformation and other rites of passage. She is the founder of MotherSHIFT, a program to support women through the identity shift of motherhood, and author of a forthcoming book of the same name. Registration for her begins on September 1, 2020. Click here to access her free . --- SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS! Get a high quality, fully breathable,...

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Ep 129: A Home Birth Transfer Story with Laci Silva show art Ep 129: A Home Birth Transfer Story with Laci Silva

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Laci Silva shares about the birth of her daughter, Lilás. Laci and her husband Jimmy had planned a home birth with Karly and Ali but after a long few days of early labor with no progress they made the decision to transfer to the hospital for medical intervention. Despite things not going as planned, Laci and Jimmy still had a very positive (albeit exhausting) birth experience! --- SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS! Support your mind and body with high quality CBD and adaptogen products from . Go to and use code KWEENS for 15% off your first order! Sign up for a subscription with today! Get your daily...

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Ep 128: Vitamin K for the Newborn show art Ep 128: Vitamin K for the Newborn

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In this episode we’re covering vitamin K for the newborn. You’ll hear about what vitamin K is, why it’s routinely given to newborns, the two ways it can be administered, and the risks and benefits of receiving it, including it’s effectiveness. The resources used to put together this episode are listed below: --- SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS! Get a jar of to help you sleep better and prevent cramps and restless legs all night! Go to and use code KWEENS to get free shipping on your order!  Get a subscription for best selling childrens multivitamins to ensure your kiddos are getting...

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Ep 127: The Rebozo: History, Cultural Significance & Use During the Childbearing Year with Gina Kirby show art Ep 127: The Rebozo: History, Cultural Significance & Use During the Childbearing Year with Gina Kirby

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Today we’re talking with the amazing about the rebozo! We discuss what it is, it’s history and cultural significance, and how it can be integrated into pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. To get information about Gena’s workshops or buy her visit her website . Check out Gena’s mentorship program and !  Click to read the article titled “The Rebozo: Fashion, Feminism and Death” that Gena mentions.   --- SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS! Get a high quality, fully breathable, washable, and recyclable baby mattress from ! Go to and enter code KWEENS to get $50 off and free...

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Mariane Konstantaras joins us to share about the births of her two sons, Luca and Leo. With Luca, she started off in the care of a doctor with a plan to deliver in the hospital. Midway through pregnancy she transferred her care to midwives at a freestanding birth center. After a long early labor that presented some unexpected challenges, Mariane ended up transferring to the hospital and having an unmedicated birth with her midwives there. For her second pregnancy, she and her husband knew that they wanted to have a home birth. After a few days of prodromal labor, she gave birth to Leo in a tub in her living room. With two very different birth experiences to draw from, Mariane’s stories have something for everyone. Enjoy!

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