Episode 80: Interventions (Rebroadcast)

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An intervention is any procedure performed by a care provider that impacts your labor or birth.  Interventions include IVs, epidurals, electronic fetal monitoring, assisted delivery (using forceps or a vent house suction cup), episiotomy, induction, augmentation, and cesarean.  Every intervention comes with its own pros and cons.  By learning what each procedure entails and when and why it is performed you will be better able to make an informed decision as to whether or not you need or want it.

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Episode 79: Vaginal Tearing, Episiotomy, & Healing (Rebroadcast)

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Unfortunately, sometimes when your skin is stretching during birth it can tear.  It is pretty common for first time mothers to have some tearing during a vaginal delivery and of course there is also the possibility that you could have an episiotomy, which is a surgical incision.  The good news is that there are some things you can do leading up to, and during, your labor and delivery to prevent this.  I know all of this can sound scary but it shouldn’t be.  The benefits of a vaginal delivery far outweigh the downside of a tear or an episiotomy.  Keep in mind some women make it through a vaginal birth without any tearing so it is not unavoidable.  If you do end up with a tear or incision there is a lot you can do to make yourself more comfortable, give yourself some relief, and help your body heal afterwards.

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Episode 78: Doula (Rebroadcast)

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A doula is a professional who has been trained in childbirth and who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother and their birth partner.  Having one attend your birth can be an amazing help in creating the birth experience you want, and can drastically decrease your chances of requiring an intervention and a cesarean section.  This episode features Nathalie Saenz of the Dearest Doula podcast.  She has a passion for birth and explains everything you need to know from what she does to some great questions to ask when finding someone to support your birth that is the right fit for you.Nathalie Saenz

Nathalie Saenz is a birth doula, and the creator and host of the Dearest Doula podcast, a free online resource for new and aspiring birth workers. She currently offers pregnancy and birth support in San Antonio, Texas.

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Q&A: I’m so scared about giving birth!

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“Thank you so much for your Podcast… I’m listening while I’m working, and its really helping me be very efficient with my time! I’m 11 weeks pregnant, with my first baby. The reason I’m writing is because I’M SO SCARED about giving birth, most of my friends who had babies have had some sort of bad experience at the delivery, all of them have had their babies in more than a 24 hour labor, at more than 41 weeks, and most of them have been induced…etc. Is there ANYTHING that I can do from now to have an easy labor? Besides exercise? Please let me know.” – Vanessa

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77: Gestational Diabetes Testing (Glucose Challenge Screening & Glucose Tolerance Test)

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The glucose challenge screening has become a standard part of prenatal care in the third trimester. This screening test evaluates how well your body processes sugar to find out if you are at risk for gestational diabetes. If your blood glucose levels are not within a normal range you will be required to take the glucose tolerance test. Pregnancy affects your insulin resistance and your blood glucose levels and 6-7% of pregnancies are impacted by gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs only during your pregnancy, and goes away after the birth of your baby. If it is not treated, this diagnosis comes with risks to both you and your baby. Identifying whether you have this condition and treating it, can make a major difference to your and your baby’s health. This episode dives into what gestational diabetes is, how it affects you and your baby, the methods of testing for gestational diabetes and examines the risks of the tests and potential alternatives.

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Q&A: Retained Placenta

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“Hi Vanessa, I have a question about having a retained placenta. I have two girls and their deliveries went great. In 2015 I delivered as a surrogate and had a retained placenta. I am about to do this again (surrogacy) and I am nervous that I could again have a retained placenta. Also I have heard that going through IVF can increase the chance of it happening. I want to be proactive and wonder also if there is anything you can do to help prevent this from happening again. Thank you so much, your podcast has been so helpful!” – Lisa

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