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Nikki Johnston on the Pros Talk Pregnancy Podcast

Ep11: Normalizing and navigating the twists and turns of becoming a parent

with Nikki Johnston Beaudoin 9/9/2022

In this episode we talk about the twists and turns of becoming a parent with Nikki Johnston Beaudoin. Nikki is a Body Ready Method® pro, expecting mom, and collaborating author of the newly released The Mom Babes, An Anthology of Motherhood. Nikki gets really vulnerable as she talks through her unique journey to becoming a parent. She discusses her fertility, pregnancy, birth, and recovery journey. She sheds light on the taboo of discussing fertility issues openly and why she thought sharing her own journey will help other people. What does it look like to use holistic support alongside the need for medical intervention? And, how do we as a birth pro and/or birthing person live in that space between? Do we have to choose between one of the two paths, or is there a middle ground? Nikki is also a pre and post-natal Fitness Speci [read more...]

Website: Nikki Fitness

Instagram: @SeaToSkyFitness

Ep10: Navigating stress, trauma and the effects of epigenetics for young families, Ashley Makan

Ep10: Navigating stress, trauma and the effects of epigenetics

with Ashley Makan 8/5/2022

Navigating stress. Trauma. Drama... We all deal with it in one way or another. How do our lived experiences and that of our ancestors impact our bodies, our births, and even what we pass on to kids? When we are living in a prolonged state of stress it can become our baseline. Maybe we always feel rushed. Or on edge. This not only impacts our mental health, it impacts our physical health as well. And that of our children. Our brains are powerful. And learning how to hone the power of our brains can allow us to change our world (including our pregnancies, births, recoveries, and even the stress response of our kids). Yet too often we may feel like our brains are working against us. Navigating stress can be difficult, especially when we have negative coping mechanisms that we can’t seem to take control of. We yell, freak out, or sometimes we [read more...]

Website: The Mind Body Birth

Postpartum planning: What you need to know, with Amanda Gorman

Ep9: Postpartum Planning: What you need to know

with Amanda Gorman 7/8/2022

On this episode we speak to Amanda Gorman all about postpartum planning. While getting ready for a baby, oftentimes we miss one of the most important pieces of postpartum; planning for the 4th trimester. That immediate recovery time can be intense and incredibly overwhelming, especially if we aren’t ready for it. Having to care for a newborn baby within a day is a huge transition for many. We spend a good deal of time getting ready for birth, and that’s important too. However, not preparing adequately for postpartum is akin to preparing for the wedding, but not the marriage. The wedding is very important, don’t get me wrong. But without preparing for the marriage, there is likely to be more struggle. We must take the time and the forethought to get ourselves ready for the big transition into caring for a tiny human while also recoveri [read more...]

Website: Finding Your Village

Instagram: @FindingYourVillage

Brooke Patmore (they/them), childbirth educator and full-spectrum birth worker

Ep8: Fatphobia in Maternity Care

with Brooke Patmor 6/17/2022

Let’s face it, we live in a culture that allows for fatphobia. Where mocking larger bodies is socially acceptable. A culture that glorifies a certain body type as the epitome of “health.” This has created a lot of issues in maternal health care, and healthcare as a whole. This also makes those living in larger bodies feel as if their size correlates to their health. This causes internalized fatphobia, thinking that all their ailments are due to their size. “Just lose weight,” they are often told. The weight stigma in the medical system often shames larger bodied folks into not receiving the care they really need. Brooke discusses how fatphobia affects not only larger people, but all of us in some way or the other. A lot of people constantly live under the stress of gaining weight and often may resort to fad diets to fit in, causin [read more...]

Website: BORN Collective

Instagram: @thedykedoula

Headshot of doula, Lindsay McCoy

Ep7: Doula Support: Going beyond comfort measures

with Lindsay McCoy 05/13/2022

Join me, Lindsay McCoy as I hit “record” and jam out on all things professional birth support, including doula support during birth. There is a revolution in birth support. While holding the space and offering sips of water and a cool cloth is really important, there’s also so much more a doula can be doing! In this episode, I talk about the role of a doula and their impact on the client’s birth experience, and what it really looks like to support birth physiology as a doula. I believe we can do more than just randomly using comfort measures. If a doula knows the biomechanics of labor and birth; the science of what to do when in labor and the “whys” of it, they can really make a difference in the client’s birth experience! What do clients really need in a doula? Our job is to help the clients protect their space, help them [read more...]

Website: One Strong Mama

Instagram: @onestrongmamaprenatal

Jacoby Ballard - Transgender pregnancy and birth

Ep6: LGBTQ+ Healthcare: Transgender Pregnancy and Birth

with Jacoby Ballard 04/08/2022

On this episode we speak with Jacoby Ballard on LGBTQ+ healthcare and transgender pregnancy and birth. What does it mean to be transgender or non-binary? And what would it be like to go through pregnancy, birth and recovery being transgender male or non-binary? We dive into the real-lived experience of pregnancy, birth, and recovery while trans or non-binary with the incredible Jacoby. He opens up about his own experiences. He shares about his work in the perinatal space as a prenatal yoga instructor. As birth professionals, it is our job to support our clients and patients through the transformative journey of pregnancy, birth and recovery. Jacoby talks about the vocabulary of inclusivity in the perinatal space. He also discusses options to self-educate about working with queer expecting parents. We also discuss about creating a safe space [read more...]

Website: Jacoby Ballard Yoga

Instagram: @jacobyballard

Munira Hudani-Diastasis Recti Treatment

Ep5: The evolution of Diastasis Recti treatment

with Munira Hudani 03/04/2022

On today's episode, Munira Hudani joins us to talk about the evolution of diastasis recti treatment. Our understanding of diastasis recti (abdominal separation) and evidence based treatment approaches has been evolving throughout the years. The pendulum has swung from the days of wrapping a towel around the midsection and crunching to avoiding movement altogether in fear of making things worse to where we are at today: a more holistic diastasis recti treatment approach. Munira Hudani is a game changing diastasis rehab physio that is leading the charge in this more holistic understanding of how to approach diastasis recti. Join us and hear from Munia Hudani about how treatment protocols have progressed through the years and take a look at the most up to date approach to diastasis recti treatment. [read more...]

Website: Munira Hudani

Facebook: Diastasis Rehab Physio

Instagram: @munirahudanipt

Dr.Carol Phillips, headshot, Dynamic Body Balancing

Ep4: Dynamic Body Balance: The story behind your favorite birth techniques

with Dr. Carol Phillips 02/04/2022

Have you ever wondered the origin of some of your favorite prenatal and birth balancing techniques such as the forward leaning inversion and the side lying release? Join us in this informative episode as we meet the amazing Dr. Carol Phillips, a chiropractic doctor and craniosacral therapist who shares how she discovered these effective techniques that have become so well loved and used in prenatal care and birth support amongst those who understand the importance of balance for birth efficiency. Carol also educates us on what it means to have a body in balance and what it looks like when the body comes out of balance. She also touches on what we can do to achieve a balanced body for overall wellness as well as a more comfortable pregnancy and more efficient birthing process. [read more...]

Website: Dynamic Body Balancing

Facebook: Dynamic Body Balancing - Dr. Carol Phillips

Black and white headshot of Rhonda Fellows

Ep3: The Doula Profession: What you need to know

with Rhonda Fellows 1/07/2022

Being a doula is an incredible job. We witness the amazingness that is pregnancy and birth, but it’s also a job with a high burnout rate because of how demanding and unsustainable it often is. Today we bring on the amazing doula and doula trainer, Rhonda Fellows, to discuss sustainability of the profession, what we believe doulas should know, scope of practice, and how to have a collaborative relationship with providers and hospitals. If we are going to impact real change, we need sustainability and proper education. Moreover, we need to build relationships with the hospitals and providers our clients are going to. Rhonda has been leading the charge in collaborative relationships in her local birth community and we believe this is something that every birth community should strive for! [read more...]

Website: Oilydoulamn

Instagram: @oilydoulamn

Headshot of Erin Stertz Follett

Ep2: How to support a hypno-birther

with Erin Stertz Follett 12/03/2021

Did you know that hypnosis is a normal state that you’ve been in before? That hypnosis for childbirth is really about honing the power of our brain to support a more comfortable birth experience? Yet there are many myths out there about what hypnosis for childbirth really is, especially amongst birth professionals. If someone is planning to use hypnosis for birth, it’s really ideal that their birth team “gets it.” Too often, an unsupportive birth professional can derail someone’s plan. Join Hypnotherapist and Hypnobirthing instructor, Erin Stertz-Follett and I as we discuss how to best support families using hypnosis for birth. From what to do if someone is having a difficult time, to what not to do during hypnobirths. Learning the power of our brains and our client’s brains can also help us support all types of birthers better. [read more...]

Website: Flutterby

Facebook: Flutterbybirth

Instagram: @flutterbybirth

Hayley Kava, headshot

Ep1: Early Recovery: How to support the first 6 weeks postpartum

with Hayley Kava 11/05/2021

Current guidance for what to do after having a baby is abysmal. We are maybe told to “take it easy” and possibly “do some kegels” but that is really about it. Then the 6 week postnatal visit comes around and BAM! Cleared for all exercise. Is this really the best way to support a body that has just gone through the amazing and intense transformation that is pregnancy? A body that then gave birth- whether vaginally or via cesarean birth? Pelvic Physical Therapist Hayley Kava comes on to jam with me on all things the first 6 weeks postpartum and how to safely progress your body back to the things you love! [read more...]

Website: Hayley Kava PT

Facebook: Hayley Kava

Instagram: @hayleykavapt

Lindsay McCoy and Lauren Ohayon on the One Strong Mama Podcast

Ep28: Pelvic Pain in Pregnancy

with Lindsay McCoy and Lauren Ohayon 4/16/2021

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.

Website: One Strong Mama

Instagram: @onestrongmamaprenatal

Lindsay McCoy and Lauren Ohayon on the One Strong Mama Podcast

Ep27: Optimal Fetal Positioning

with Lindsay McCoy and Lauren Ohayon 3/19/2021

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!

Website: One Strong Mama

Instagram: @onestrongmamaprenatal

Birth Kweens

Ep26: Informed Consent

with the Birth Kweens 3/05/2021

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. [read more...]

Website: Birth Kweens

Instagram: @birthkweens

Parijat Deshpande

Ep25: High Risk Pregnancy

with Parijat Deshpande 2/19/2021

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. [read more...]

Website: Parijat Deshpande

Instagram: @healthy.highriskpregnancy

Lily Nichols on the One Strong Mama Podcast

Ep24: Gestational Diabetes: Evidence Based Nutrition

with Lily Nichols 2/05/2021

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!

Website: Lily Nichols RDN

Instagram: @lilynicholsrdn

Lindsay McCoy and Lauren Ohayon on the One Strong Mama Podcast

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

with Lindsay McCoy and Lauren Ohayon 1/22/2021

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.

Website: One Strong Mama

Instagram: One Strong Mama Community

Olivia Scobie

Ep22: The Anxious Brain: strategies for parents

with Olivia Scobie 1/08/2021

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.

Website: Olivia Scobie

Facebook: Olivia Scobie

Dr. Shannon Clark on the One Strong Mama Podcast

Ep21: Babies after 35

with Dr. Shannon Clark 12/18/2020

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! [read more...]

Website: Babies after 35

Instagram: @babiesafter35

Landon Yakovleva on the One Strong Mama Podcast

Ep20: Craniosacral Therapy for pregnancy, birth and beyond

with Landon Yakovleva 12/04/2020

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 [read more...]

The Womb Doula on the One Strong Mama Podcast

Ep19: Womb Care

with Mayte Noguez 11/13/2020

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 [read more...]

Alicia Patterson on the One Strong Mama Podcast

Ep18: Psychosomatic Approach to Pelvic Healing

with Alicia Patterson 10/30/2020

Healing from pelvic pain and dysfunction can be complex and multifaceted. A piece of the puzzle that is often left out is what is going on in the brain. Alicia Patterson deep dives into her psychosomatic approach to pelvic health. The science is clear- our mind and our body is connected so we must address both. She discusses the idea of “body armour” and how the emotions can show up in our tissues and how we can reconnect to our bodies in order to find healing and vitality. The journey to vitality walks us through shame, fear, and other emotions that most of us want to shove deep down and not deal with, yet that journey through the difficult emotions can bring us into that space of wellness and vitality. [read more...]

Website: Alicia Patterson

Instagram: @innerpoweralicia

Ashton Whitmoyer Ober

Ep17: The Enneagram of Pregnancy+Birth with Ashton Whitmoyer-Ober

with Ashton Whitmoyer-Ober 10/16/2020

The Enneagram is an amazing personality tool that can be used to help us better understand ourselves and our relationships with others. It is also an excellent personal development tool. In this episode, we talk to Enneagram expert, Ashton Whitmoyer-Ober, who deep dives into how each Enneagram type may handle the experience of pregnancy, birth and beyond. We also talk about how helpful the Enneagram is for the birthworker- both knowing their own type and knowing their clients types. This episode may help you break away from limiting behaviors and allow your best version of yourself shine through your pregnancy and birth journey. Website: Ashton Whitmoyer-Ober Facebook: Enne [read more...]

Allyson Loupe

Ep16: Know your pelvic floor, own your birth + beyond

with Allyson Loupe 10/02/2020

During pregnancy, it is important to understand what is going on with the pelvic floor. Maybe it has too much tension or perhaps it has not enough. Understanding what is going on can help prepare for less discomfort and pelvic symptoms during pregnancy. It is also important to understand how the pelvic floor can effect the birthing process. We are joined by pelvic PT, Ally Loupe, who talks about how to best prepare the pelvic floor for pregnancy+birth. We also hear about her experience during her first pregnancy of hooking her own pelvic floor up to sEMG and getting in every possible birth position to see where her pelvic floor was at most rest. She ended up giving birth in that very position and birth without a tear. So many important nuggets of wisdom in this episode on the prenatal pelvic floor. Facebook:

Deb Flashenberg on the One Strong Mama podcast

Ep15: Prenatal yoga and preparation- Myths and more

with Deb Flashenberg 9/18/2020

This week we chatted with Deb Flashenberg about all things prenatal yoga! As two certified yoga teachers, it is always fun to riff with another teacher. There are so many amazing myths around what you can and cannot do as a pregnant person and we take a good stab at breaking down some of those stories. Should a pregnant person twist? How do we find a “middle path” for our clients when it comes to prenatal preparation? All this and more in this episode! Website: The Prenatal Yoga Center Instagram: @prenatalyogacenter [read more...]

Adrienne Caldwell on the One Strong Mama Podcast

Ep14: The Pregnant Body: Bodywork and structural analysis for pregnancy and postpartum

with Adrienne Caldwell 9/04/2020

In today’s episode we jam on all things related to the pregnant/postpartum body with one of our favorite prenatal bodyworkers, Adrienne Caldwell. She thoroughly understands the pregnant body, baby positioning, and how to create an ideal environment in the body for a more comfortable pregnancy, efficient birth, and smooth recovery. We discuss everything from glutes that don’t fire to the relationship between oblique tension and abdominal separation. Adrienne takes a detour from traditional massage - fostering relaxation - instead she practices an integrated bodywork that includes structural analysis, movement training and alignment habits. She creates the intersection between bodywork and movement that is so needed in prenatal care. You don’t want to miss this insightful episode! Website: