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Adriana Lozada

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On Birthful, working doula and former journalist Adriana Lozada talks pregnancy, birth and postpartum with top experts and new parents. Every episode distills the overload of pregnancy information down to the most relevant and useful stuff. Adriana Lozada is a mom, author, speaker, birth doula, postpartum educator, and healthy-sleep consultant. Visit Birthful.com. Please note: Adriana has years of experience but she's not a doctor, and does not expect anyone to treat the show like medical ad ...
 
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April Teel shares with Adriana how her thoughtful preparation set the stage for her to have wonderful birth experiences at both a freestanding birth center (with a midwife) and a hospital (with a family practice doctor). She reflects on how what surprised her the most were the differences between the pushing stages— with one being managed, long, an…
 
Cesarean rates have increased 500% in one generation, and about half of them may be unnecessary. Harvard Medical School professor and ACOG Fellow, Dr. Neel Shah, talks with Adriana about how the hospital you choose can be your #1 risk of having a surgical birth, how we got here, and what you can do about it. If you liked this episode, listen to thi…
 
Jenny Murphy’s birth preparations were impacted by uncertainty, fear, and ever-changing circumstances. She shares with Adriana how focusing on her “birth vision” –and waiting to go to the hospital for as long as possible– allowed her to be the leader of her labor and have what she describes as a dream birth. If you liked this episode, listen to thi…
 
Midwife and researcher, Dr. Mimi Niles, talks to Adriana Lozada about the U.S. hospital system, how your goals as a birthing person are at odds with the system’s goals, and how to tap into your power as a consumer within said system so you can have a better birth experience. If you liked this episode, listen to this episode on the cultural ideals t…
 
Adriana Lozada goes through the pros and cons of three places where you can give birth: a hospital, a birth center, and at home, and what you should consider when making an informed decision. Find the in-depth show notes and transcript of this episode at birthful.com, where you can also download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for …
 
Medical anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd talks with Adriana about the technocratic, humanistic and holistic birth models. She explains why we’ve gotten so obsessed with machines and numbers, why we need more midwives, how some OBs are making positive change by embracing the midwifery model of care, and what you can take from those models to improv…
 
Sarah Winward’s story starts with some lovely swing dancing in the living room, and stomping through deep snow with her dog, then gets really intense, having Sarah ask herself over and over “Where is the break?! There’s supposed to be a break. Where is the break?!” She shares with Adriana how being open to all her options let her be grounded in the…
 
Author and childbirth educator Britta Bushnell describes eight deeply-entrenched cultural ideals that can unconsciously— and even negatively— impact the course of your labor and how you parent. She and Adriana share how to reframe these beliefs to uplift realistic expectations. If you liked this episode, listen to this interview on the purpose of c…
 
Hello Mighty Ones and Birth Pros! With well over 300 episodes, we've decided to create a more curated and interconnected Birthful experience. From now on, our episodes will be grouped as topical mini-series to help guide you through the different stages of your perinatal journey and make it easier to find the Birthful content you need. In Birthful,…
 
Adriana gives advice on ensuring you and your newborn can take advantage of the "golden hour," in any birth setting. Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests! You can connect with Birthful on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us …
 
Adriana continues her series on the “golden hour” with specifics on the benefits for your baby of having this undisturbed time right after birth. Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests! You can connect with Birthful on Instagram @…
 
Adriana describes important elements of the "golden hour"—those crucial and magical first moments right after your baby is born—especially for you, the birthing person. Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests! You can connect with …
 
Adriana describes the wide range of nipple shapes and sizes, and how to work with what you’ve got to successfully breastfeed. Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests! You can connect with Birthful on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and …
 
The truth is, you probably won’t know! But Kimberly Seals Allers is working hard to change that. Kimberly talks with Adriana about how she’s leveraging consumer power to shift the patient-provider dynamics, hold hospitals publicly accountable, and bring transparency to our perinatal experiences while centering Black and Brown families. Listen throu…
 
Adriana shares how important joy can be to your experience as a parent, and gives practical strategies for how to prioritize joy in a time where raising kids seems harder than ever. Resources include: a free Yale University course on the science of well-being, and a free UC Berkeley course on the science of happiness. Download Birthful's Postpartum…
 
Nana Eyeson-Akiwowo, co-founder of the socially impactful Fourth Phase aftercare boxes, shares how her expectations of when and how she should bond with her baby tarnished her otherwise wonderfully supported and respected birth experience. She tells Adriana how this hyperfocus on bonding impacted her postpartum, and how her mom helped her shift thi…
 
Adriana goes through six different medical options for relieving pain during labor, focusing on the best time to use each one to help you plan your pain management strategy. Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests! You can connect …
 
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