36: Labor Positions

Labor Positions

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Episode 36 Content and Overview

For most of our entire human history a mother in labor was free to move around and change positions to whatever was most comfortable and suited her best at the time.  It really wasn’t until we made labor and birth a highly medicalized process that women began laboring on their backs in a bed.  There are an infinite number of positions you can try during labor and there is no one size fits all.  Labor will likely start at home and you can utilize many different positions to keep labor progressing and be as comfortable as possible before you even get to the hospital or birth center.  No matter where you are giving birth, what your birth plan is, or what interventions you are electing to have, you have options.  This episode has a lot of different positions to try with the pros and cons of each, and what the research says about the best positions for both labor and birth.

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35: Electronic Fetal Monitoring

Electronic Fetal Monitoring

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Episode 35 Content and Overview

Electronic fetal monitoring is probably a topic that you don’t think you need to know anything about.  Knowledge is power, and knowing how this works, what your options are, and how it can impact your labor, and even the outcome of how your baby is born is powerful.  Although electronic fetal monitoring sounds pretty uninteresting it can have a bigger impact on your labor than you think, and you may have some different choices about it depending on your risk level and how you and your little one are doing during labor.  During your labor and birth your doctor of midwife will be checking the heart rate of your baby.  This is monitored because your little one’s heart rate is thought of as the best way to check their well-being during labor.  The goal of using electronic fetal monitoring is to identify babies who are short on oxygen and then identify what the underlying cause is to correct it.  Monitoring heart rate can also alert your doctor or midwife in the event an emergency arises in which the baby needs to be born immediately either via cesarean section or through an assisted birth.

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Episode 34: Midwife or OBGYN?

Midwife or OBGYN

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Episode 34 Content and Overview

Should you see a Midwife or OBGYN?  Your care provider is the cornerstone of your prenatal care and choosing the right one can make a big difference on your birth experience.  This is your expert resource that you will be working with throughout your pregnancy to make some very important decisions.  You need to be comfortable with, and trust, your care provider.  Both a midwife and an OBGYN offer prenatal care, assist in labor and delivery, and are qualified to give postnatal care.  While they are similar, these are two different designations, and there are pros to each of them.  There are also some situations in which one would be more appropriate than the other.  This episode breaks it all down for you so you know the difference between a Midwife and an OBGYN, and know which one is the right choice for the pregnancy and birth you are planning for.

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  • The Daily Soul Sessions…For the Pregnant Mama
  • OBGYN (obstetrics and gynecology)
  • Midwife
    • Certified Nurse Midwife
    • Certified Midwife
    • Certified Professional Midwife
  • Education, training, and specialization
  • Stats on midwives in the US
  • Study comparing midwife-led to doctor-led maternity care
  • Choosing your care provider
  • Questions you can ask an OBGYN or midwife:
    • How long have you been in practice?
    • How many births have you attended?
    • How many patients do you have at a given time?
    • Is your practice a solo or group practice?  If it is a solo practice, who covers for you when you are not available?
    • Will you attend my birth?  If you are unavailable, who will attend?
    • Will you be present throughout my labor?
    • What is your general philosophy on pregnancy care, labor, and birth?
    • How much time is available during each prenatal visit?
    • Are you available to answer questions in between visits?
    • Will you assist me develop a birth plan or will you review one I have written?
    • Some questions if you are looking to avoid certain interventions:
      • What procedures are routine?
      • What percentage of your patients utilize pain medication during labor?
      • What percentage of your patients has an episiotomy?
      • What is your cesarean section rate?
    • If you are interviewing a midwife you may also want to ask:
      • Did you graduate from a nationally accredited midwifery education program?
      • Are you certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives?
      • Do you have an OBGYN that you work with in the event one is needed?
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Episode 33: Infant Formula

Infant Formula

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Episode 33 Content and Overview

The majority of babies will get fed formula in the first year of their life and this episode has some great info on what your options are, what the ingredients are, and everything else you need to know to decide what formula is right for your little one.  Since the inception of formula, manufacturers have spent a pile of money and resources trying to mimic breastmilk as closely as possible.  All the ingredients that go into formula are in one way or another mimicking what is actually in breastmilk.  Infant formula today is the best we have ever had available and it is continuing to improve over time.  After breastmilk, formula is the next best thing.  When it comes to choosing an infant formula you have a lot of options.  Just walk down that aisle of your grocery store and you have floor to ceiling packages with brilliant marketing telling you that each formula is the best.  So which one is the absolute best?  I wish that were an easy answer, after listening to this episode you will have a much better idea of your options and be able to decide which one is right for your baby.

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  • Combining breastfeeding and formula
  • The history of infant formula
  • Types of formula
  • Making your own formula at home
  • Formula composition
  • Brand name vs. generic
  • Formula ingredients
    • Carbohydrate
    • Protein
    • Fat
    • Research on palm and palm olein oil
    • Vitamins and minerals
    • Iron
    • Nucleotides
    • Rice Starch
    • Dietary Fiber
    • Amino acids
    • DHA and ARA
    • Prebiotics and probiotics
  • Organic formula
  • GMOs in formula
  • Buying tips to save money
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Episode 32: Bottle Feeding

Bottle Feeding

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Episode 32 Content and Overview

This episode really gets into all of the basics about bottle feeding.  There are a lot of different options for bottles, and this covers all of your options for different materials, sizes, shapes, and features.  Each design has pros and cons and we go through each of them so you will have a better idea of what type of bottle is right for your baby.  This episode covers everything from the very first step of warming up a bottle to cleaning everything after your baby is done with a meal.  Do not stress about introducing a bottle and bottle feeding your baby.  This episode includes all the details you need to know about when to introduce a bottle and the mechanics of bottle feeding your little one.  Introducing a bottle can add some challenges to breastfeeding but there are some excellent tips for you to make the two work together and keep you and your little one happy.

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Episode 31: Pumping Breast Milk, Building a Stash & Pumping at Work

Pumping Breast Milk Building a Stash & Pumping at Work

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Episode 31 Content and Overview

Tips for pumping breast milk and maximizing your supply, how to build up a serious stash of milk, and how to rock pumping at work.  Understanding the relationship between breastfeeding and pumping will set you up for success when you are building up a stash of milk or pumping when you return to work.  Pumping will get easier and you will get better at it the longer you do it.  Part of the learning curve is going to be figuring out what works best for you, and finding ways to make pumping more productive and convenient will make it easier.  The easier it is, the more consistent you will be, and consistency is really the key to making it work.  Whether you are looking to stockpile your freezer with milk, continue pumping when you return to work after your maternity leave, or if you just want to be able to give your baby pumped milk from time to time this episode has some great tips for you to maximize your supply and make this task as easy as possible.

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