Ep28: Pelvic Pain in Pregnancy

Do you or your client have pain in their pubic bone, tailbone, or SI Joint? Pelvic pain is extremely common during pregnancy, but that doesn’t mean it’s always just ‘par the course.’ In today’s episode, Lauren and Lindsay explore the topic of pelvic pain during pregnancy including possible contributors and ways to prevent, minimize, or even eliminate pelvic girdle pain.

Ep27: Optimal Fetal Positioning

Optimal fetal positioning is the idea that there are positions that the baby can find in utero that are easier (and more difficult) for the labor process. Should you worry about your baby’s position? When should you worry? And what can you actually do? In this episode Lindsay discusses hyper-vigilance, how to stop putting out fires at the birth, and how we can stack the cards for a boring, straightforward birth!

Ep26: Informed Consent

What is informed consent, really? Is saying “I am going to check your cervix now” informed consent? How about “Let me know when you’re ready for me to check your cervix”? And what is a doula, birth partner, or birthing person to do when they are not receiving proper informed consent? How do we even know? The Birth Kweens are Karly, a midwife and Ali, A doula and they join us today to really delve deep into this important topic from all angles. The provider angle, the doula angle, and the birthing person angle. Everyone who plans to be in a birthing room at any time in their life should listen to this episode. Karly and Ali had so many important tidbits to share, yet they do so in a fun, upbeat and sometimes hilarious way.

Ep25: High Risk Pregnancy

It feels big and scary to be facing pregnancy complications or to have the “high risk” label attached to your pregnancy. It can also be scary to think about having another pregnancy after a previously traumatic pregnancy or birth. Parijat is the leading expert on high risk pregnancy and takes a unique neurobiological approach to helping pregnant people reduce their complications, risk of preterm birth, and reclaim and sense of safety and trust in their bodies that they thought had been eroded forever. Sure, there’s a lot outside our control. But Parijat helps us to take control of the controllables. Whether you are a birth professional or an expecting person, learn the keys to reducing risk of complications in pregnancy and birth.

Ep24: Gestational Diabetes: Evidence Based Nutrition

What to eat/not eat during pregnancy can already feel confusing and overwhelming. Add a gestational diabetes diagnosis to the mix and it can feel next to impossible. Lily Nicols is one of the top experts and researchers in this area and breaks it down and makes it doable. She is a breath of fresh air and you will not want to miss this informative and super digestible episode!

Ep23: The Prenatal Core: What you really need to know

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about the prenatal core. Thanks to social media, this topic is definitely trending. However, with this can come a lot of bad information and false promises. What should you do/not do? Can you really prevent diastasis recti (abdominal separation)? What is the core’s role during childbirth? Lauren and Lindsay deep dive into this topic, cut through the noise and BS and get straight to what you need to know about the prenatal core.

Ep22: The Anxious Brain: strategies for parents

Anxiety is a nasty B. A huge percentage of new parents right now are anxious. Growing and parenting a human being adds a whole new level of stress that we must learn healthy strategies to manage our anxious brains. Add in a global pandemic and the current political climate and it’s no wonder a lot of us are struggling and feeling like we’re in survival mode! Today we are speaking with Olivia Scobie who specializes in perinatal mood, birth trauma, and parental mental health.

Ep21: Babies after 35

Many people are choosing to start their families later in life and are confused and unsure when they learn that after the age of 35 they are considered “advanced maternal age.” Is this something they should be worried about? And what should someone over the age of 35 be aware of when choosing to grow their family? Dr Shannon Clark is an OBGYN, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist and also became a mother for the first time to twins at the age of 43. As such, she has taken a special interest in this topic and runs the popular “Babiesafter35” Instagram page. Dr Clark has a no BS way of sharing this information and provides a lot of useful information that birth professionals and those planning to start growing their family after 35 will not want to miss!

Ep20: Craniosacral Therapy for pregnancy, birth and beyond

Today we are joined by Landon Yakovleva, who is a birth doula and craniosacral therapist (CST). We discuss when and why CST may be indicated and how it works. If you’re curious about this type of work, you’ll definitely want to take a listen! We also discuss Landon’s own pregnancy and how she, as a doula herself, is preparing herself for her 2nd birth and the unique challenges of being a pregnant birthworker.

Website: Have Heart Doula

Instagram: @haveheartdoula

Ep19: Womb Care

Mayte the Womb Doula is a traditional Sobadora, who was taught by her Abuelitas beginning at the age of 5 and mentored until she was given the blessing to serve on her own, she has been doing so for 19 years. This knowledge lives in her lineage and was passed to her directly. She now cares for others in Dallas, Texas at a local community centered wellness center called, Our Wellness Community.

In today’s episode we learn all about the traditional practice of Sobada. Which is a practice that aligns abdominal organs to stimulate overall health and especially that of the womb. The stimulation balances the uterus, bladder and ovaries. It allows diaphragmatic release and aids in digestion and improves pelvic floor stability. Many clients seek Mayte’s care for the amazing results in fertility, scar tissue reduction, or special conditions such as fibroids, cysts, hormonal imbalances or painful menstruation amongst others. Listen to this episode to learn more about this amazing practice and what it might be beneficial for.

Website: Our Wellness Community

Instagram: @maytethewombdoula