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A resource to support expecting moms (and partners, too!) with evidence-based information to navigate the awesome adventure of pregnancy, birth, and being a new parent. Vanessa Merten provides evidence based info that goes way beyond the typical “pregnancy instruction manual”. Every episode is designed to give you all of the evidence, research, pros, cons, risks, and benefits – all so you decide what the best option is for YOU and feel confident about your decisions during your pregnancy and ...
 
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VBAC Babes

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VBAC Babes

Bethany Lotulelei

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This podcast was created to provide a community to cheer you on in your journey from VBAC hopeful to VBAC success. We are going to debunk the myths, quiet the naysayers, and equip you with everything you need for a healing, empowering birth. And positive postpartum experience. We are VBAC moms. We are fierce, go getters, women of action. You've got this, mama. And I'll be by your side, every step of the way.
 
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40 Weeks Pregnancy Podcast

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40 Weeks Pregnancy Podcast

Vanessa Merten of the Pregnancy Podcast

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Want to know exactly what is going on with your baby and your body this week? Whether you are in week 6 or week 36 of pregnancy, this show will give you just that in about five minutes. Learn how big your baby is, what new developments are going on, how your pregnant body is changing, how you can find relief from some of the changes going on with you like morning sickness and back pain, what to expect at doctor or midwife appointments, how to plan ahead for breastfeeding, how to plan for the ...
 
Birth. It is everywhere. Literally. Every day with each birth there are new stories to be told, wisdom to be shared and knowledge to be learned. Elizabeth Bachner sees birth in a unique way: As life lessons that help us grow as spiritual beings having human experiences. Childbirth is her prose, her jam, and her calling. We are your safe space for the sharing of those experiences from all different perspectives and many walks of life. Through curious conversation and storytelling, there is al ...
 
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Dearest Doula with Nathalie Saenz

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Dearest Doula with Nathalie Saenz

Nathalie Saenz chats with top birth workers and birth experts such as Demetria Clark & Maria Pokluda, with Inspiration from Ina May Gaskin, Penny Simkin, Pam England, and Sheila Kitzinger.

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On Dearest Doula we will learn about a host of birth related topics from top professionals in our field, and connect with doulas and other birth workers so they can share their wisdom with you. Our topic based shows are chock-full of knowledge bombs, tips and resources that you can arm yourself with and add to your doula arsenal of awesomeness. Our birth worker features are all near and dear to my heart, and I invite you to let their journey light your path. Listening to their struggles, the ...
 
A collection of Kiwi Mums & Dads sharing their Pregnancy and Birth tales, giving a snapshot of birthing experiences in New Zealand. This podcast has been created to share a range of birth stories informing, supporting and comforting families - to be, new or seasoned. You'll likely laugh, cry and learn something new while finding common experiences with these Kiwi Families.
 
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In this episode of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Annelies about her 2 pregnancy and birth stories, in the episode we cover: - Midwifery care - Surprise gender first pregnancy, known gender second pregnancy - High Blood Pressure - Covid level 3 - Induction - Emergency Csection - Group Strep B - Postpartum experiences - Physical recovery - Breastfeed…
 
Most aspects of having a baby rest solely on the mother. One of the biggest things I hear from partners during pregnancy, labor, and after their baby arrives is that they don't know what to do. They feel useless and like they can't help. Or they feel like there is nothing for them to do. There are so many things partners, and dads can do to support…
 
In today's episode of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Charlotte about the pregnancy and birth of daughter Hattie. Charlotte has been on the podcast previously and is episode 101. In today's episode we discuss: - spontaneous pregnancy after tracking cycles - anxiety due to previous miscarriage - pregnancy testing - midwifery care - covid positive late…
 
In this episode of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Anna, in this episode we discuss: - Miscarriage at 10 weeks - Second pregnancy 20 week scan abnormality - CDH diagnosis (1 in 2500 babies) - Vaginal Birth - Forcep delivery - PICU / Starship - Birth recovery while in hospital - Taking Rueben home - Meeting family for the first time - Mental Health…
 
Ashley Winning is on the show today sharing her intuitive, healing freebirth VBA2C. Topics covered in this show: What is a freebirth? Going through labor as a highly sensitive and intuitive woman What planning a VBAC is like in Australia Almost 10 lb baby with no tearing Plus size birth VBA2C with a special scar How COVID changed the birth world Me…
 
Once you see the positive result on your pregnancy test, you are sure to have a crazy mix of emotions. You are probably excited, nervous, and maybe a little freaked out. Finding out you are expecting a baby can change your life instantly. It can be overwhelming to think about the amount of information you need to consume and what you need to do bef…
 
Lo, the RN and content creator behind the popular Instagram account, The Labor Mama, is on the show today answering all your VBAC questions! Questions answered in this episode: How to choose between a C-section and a VBAC What are the signs of a uterine rupture How to feel safe in a hospital setting How long you should wait until getting pregnant t…
 
A birth plan is your plan of how you envision your birth and what happens directly following the birth of your baby. A birth plan is much more than a piece of paper you hand to your care provider. It is the process you go through to prepare for the birth experience you want. This process will lay the foundation for you to be prepared for the scenar…
 
In this episode of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Cecilia and we cover: - unexplained infertility - miscarriage - spontaneous labour - emergency csection - late stage pregnancy loss (stillbirth) 2 daughters, one year apart - greif and trauma - age gaps - planned csection births - post birth complication (sacral dimple - concern for spinal abnormalit…
 
A birth plan is much more than a piece of paper you hand to your care provider. A birth plan is a process you go through to prepare for the birth experience you want. This process will lay the foundation for you to be prepared for the scenario in which everything goes as intended and for what should happen if things do not go as planned. While pare…
 
In this bite sized bonus ep I talk about the following: - Sharing the load between parents - Mental load and Mum guilt - Facebook groups and the language we use - Childcare, choosing to send a child to childcare - Elective Csections - Making an elective CSection a beautiful birth with Your Birth Project course - Returning to work part 2…
 
Dates are the fruit of the date palm tree. While dates are high in sugar, they also contain nutrients like fiber, potassium, magnesium, iron, and vitamin B6. There are many claims about the health benefits of eating dates. Among the many claims is that dates can naturally induce labor and make labor shorter. Sounds pretty great, right? Thankfully, …
 
In this bonus episode of Kiwi Birth Tales I am chatting to Logan for another episode of the Dads Series! Loved bringing this back and will definitely be doing more. In this episode we chat about: - Male infertility - Advocating for yourself in the healthcare system - HCG - Low sperm count - Falling pregnant - Pregnancy journey - Birth experience Lo…
 
Protein does more than build muscle mass. Protein is necessary to structure, function, and regulate virtually all tissues in your body. You can imagine that you need protein for yourself and your growing baby during pregnancy. While there is a Recommended Daily Allowance for protein during pregnancy, some research shows the RDA is underestimated an…
 
In this episode I chat with Greer about the birth and postpartum period with her daughter Amaia. In the episode we cover: - miscarriage - spontaneous conception - spontaneous labour - hospital transfer in an ambulance - posterior turn - epidural - episiotomy and forceps - breastfeeding struggles -By Jordyn Gregory | Greer Perenara
 
This is a bonus episode where I talk through some questions that came through on the Kiwi Birth Tales instagram. In the episode I cover: Juggling two kids at night time when doing routine on my own Returning to work and our approach to this Birth Anxiety and some tips for what to do if you are feeling anxious about birth Find more about the Your Bi…
 
Many studies demonstrate the benefits of yoga during pregnancy, from reducing time in labor to improving newborn outcomes. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that modified yoga is one of the safest exercises for pregnant women. ACOG also cautions against specific poses and hot yoga. As with examining any activity, there …
 
In this episode of Kiwi Birth Tales I chat to Jess about her pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience with daughter Charlotte. In this episode we cover: - Coming off the pill, having 1 period over 4 months - Falling pregnant - Midwifery Care - Your Birth Project & Antenatal Classes - Birth Centre Birth - Hospital Transfer due to PPH / Blood Loss …
 
Kristy had a C-section due to placenta previa and breech positioning. It was a planned C-section, but she suddenly developed preeclampsia so it was at an unplanned time. She started prepping for her VBAC the moment they told her she needed a C-section. Her VBAC was incredibly redemptive and empowering despite a postpartum hemorrhage and a third deg…
 
Research has firmly established strength and resistance training benefits for your physical and mental health. Lifting weights may be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about strength training. This can also include using resistance bands, kettlebells, and body-weight exercises like pushups, pull-ups, or squats. Even activities like p…
 
In today's episode of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Hannah about the pregnancy and birth stories of Maddie & Oscar, in this episode we discuss: - PCOS - Spontaneous Natural Conception - Breast Reduction Surgery - Vaginal Birth - Breastfeeding challenges - Pregnancy at 8 weeks post partum - Irish Twins - Pregnancy with an infant - Vaginal Water Birt…
 
Cardio is any workout in which you elevate your heart rate. Many exercises fall under the umbrella of cardio. This includes walking, hiking, running, biking, rowing or elliptical machines, dancing, playing sports, or HIIT (high-intensity interval training). Activities like jumping jacks, burpees, and jumping rope are also cardio workouts. There is …
 
In this episode of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Saejung about the pregnancy, birth and postpartum period with baby Nico. In the episode we discuss: - coming on and off the pill - falling pregnant quickly when trying - OBGYN / Midwifery Care - Hospital Birth - Epidural - Retained Placenta and 2nd Degree Tear - COVID regulations and Brady not being …
 
Regular exercise during pregnancy can decrease your risk of complications like gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and cesarean birth and promote a healthy weight gain. Working out can also ease common pregnancy symptoms like constipation and back pain. In addition, living an active lifestyle will improve your physical and mental health in the shor…
 
In todays episode of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Natalie and we discuss all things pregnancy and birth with her 3 boys, as well as her surrogacy experience with Mark, Christian and Lulu. In the episode we cover: - pregnancy - emergency and elective csections - bleeding during pregnancy - surrogacy - pregnancy and birth in surrogacy - postpartum e…
 
Actor Jennifer Blair-Bianco joins me on the show today to share her three birth stories: a homebirth to hospital transfer that resulted in a C-section in the Philipinnes, and then two HBACs in the Chicago area. Jennifer also extends a special invitation, specific to other pregnant mamas in her area! If you love this podcast, please like, review and…
 
Your body will go through a more significant transformation during pregnancy than in any other period of your life. Although building and growing a human is an amazing feat, not everyone is thrilled about the involved physical changes. There is evidence that women commonly experience body dissatisfaction during and after pregnancy. This can range f…
 
In this bonus episode of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak to you about my fourth trimester with Ali, who was born in September 2021. I cover: - Birth - Recovery from birth - 2 under 2 - Challenges of having another baby - Relationship changes and intimacy - Sharing the parental load - Mum guilt - Parenting a toddler - Baby sleep - Our time in hospital with…
 
In this episode of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Kate about the birth of Olive. In this episode we discuss: Fertility challenges Coming off the pill Letrozole Clomid Anxiety in pregnancy NIPT Midwifery Care Active Pregnancy Spontaneous waters breaking Failed epidural Vaginal birth in hospital No tearing Post partum haemorrhage Challenging recovery …
 
Your doctor or midwife will monitor your weight as a metric of your health during pregnancy. Excessive weight gain or not gaining enough weight during pregnancy is associated with newborns’ low and high birth weights, preterm delivery, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, cesarean birth, and postpartum hemorrhage. Your risk for these complications i…
 
In today's solo episode, I am sharing 17 postpartum essentials that you should have ready and waiting as soon as you have your baby. These items will make your life SO much easier in those early days. Take care of yourself, mama, you are worth it! Expecting and Empowered Haakah Nursing bra Nursing Tank Tops Adult Diapers Water bottle with a straw N…
 
The growing body of research on sleep demonstrates the absolute necessity of sleep for every biological function. Your body goes through significant changes during pregnancy and while recovering from birth and breastfeeding. One of the best interventions for your health, recovery and the health of your baby is to get good sleep. Unfortunately, thes…
 
Alondra is on the show today to share her HBAC story after her miscarriage. Alondra dives into her traumatic c-section story, her miscarriage, and her homebirth stories. She shares the things that surprised her the most about having a homebirth. You will hear a lot of baby noises on the audio today, because Alondra had her sweet six-week-old with h…
 
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