Fourth Trimester Podcast: The first months and beyond | Parenting | Newborn Baby | Postpartum | Doula

Fourth Trimester Podcast: The first months and beyond | Parenting | Newborn Baby | Postpartum | Doula
Postpartum care information for the few months following birth, the time period also known as the Fourth Trimester. Conversations around the practical, emotional and social support parents and baby require.
76: How Perinatal Chiropractics Can Help With Recovery After Birth - Adrian Villalba
Mar 31 • 40 min
We had the pleasure of speaking with Dr Adrian Villalba about perinatal chiropractic practices that benefit mothers. Having balance in your body both before and after giving birth can benefit new mamas in their recovery process. Adrian is certified in…
75: How To Tell When You’re Ovulating & Fertility Right After Having A Baby With Lisa Hendrickson-Jack
Mar 10 • 48 min
In this episode, Lisa shares with us practical lessons on how to understand our own body signs. Learn how to chart your own cycle. Hear how important it is to listen to what your menstrual cycle indicates for your wider health overall. For example, if…
74: The 10 Questions Every First-Time Parent Asks
Jan 12 • 34 min
Here’s a quick guide to the questions every new parent asks.
73: Why You Need A Contract For Your Doula - Emily Flynn
Dec 31, 2018 • 47 min
Emily Flynn is a birth and postpartum doula and health consultant in the Bay Area. She specializes in connecting folks in various places in their gynecological health cycles with compassionate and evidence-based care providers best suited to their…
72: Hyperemesis And Being Awake At 3AM
Dec 15, 2018 • 50 min
Suzannah Neufeld, MFT, yoga therapist has dropped by my house to have tea and discuss her new book Awake At 3AM and tell us about how she applies insights both from psychotherapy and yoga/mindfulness practice to help parents through the very challenging…
71: Learn The Y-Buzz & Find Your Voice As A New Parent With Melissa Hurt
Dec 1, 2018 • 39 min
Melissa Hurt is our guest this episode and she offers us an easy and rather fun and funny technique for “finding our voice” as new parents. This little exercise, known as the Y-Buzz will warm up your vocal chords and open your voice and tickle your face.…
70: How To Avoid Anemia (Before & After Pregnancy)
Nov 17, 2018 • 28 min
How to avoid anemia (and recover from anemia) using nutrition. Anemia is common during and after pregnancy. Esther talks about how to stave it off, and how to use nutrition and what you eat to help recover from mild to severe anemia.
69: The Dos & Don’ts Of Being A Respectful & HELPFUL Visitor To A New-Parent
Nov 3, 2018 • 31 min
The Dos and Don’ts and Whys and Hows of being a respectful and HELPFUL visitor to your new-parent family and friends. This is some frank talk based on Esther’s decades of observation and cultural comparison. Everyone can learn from this episode, whether…
68: How To Handle Visitors During The First Six Weeks With A New Baby
Oct 21, 2018 • 34 min
Esther and Sarah return to the subject of visitors. A discussion of why visitors in the first two to six weeks aren’t always the right thing for new parents from a physical, emotional-social and spiritual perspective, as well as why our culture doesn’t…
67: Postpartum OCD Is A Thing - Megan Ellow Tells Her True Story
Oct 6, 2018 • 39 min
Wait, what is Postpartum OCD? Yep. It’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that develops or is magnified as part of the postpartum experience. Women who don’t have OCD can develop it as part of their childbirth experience. Women who already have OCD can see…
66: Afraid Of The Birth? Anxious About Being A Parent? Here To Guide Us Is Leah Chalofsky
Sep 23, 2018 • 55 min
I had a ton of anxiety about THE BIRTH. And then a fair amount of feelings about being a parent - would I be good enough? I appreciated talking with Leah Chalofsky about the New Parents Circle and Cesarean Birth Support Group, anxiety (as it relates to…
65: How Nethal Abdul-Mu’min Is Helping Muslim Families Find Their Reflection In The Parenting Community
Sep 8, 2018 • 46 min
We are so happy to introduce Nethal Abdul-Mu-Amin to our listeners. In this episode we also give our listeners an opportunity to learn a bit about Islamic cultural diversity and how Nethal is helping Muslim families find their reflection in the Parenting…
64: Perinatal Herbalism With Beth Rees - How Herbs Can Provide Enjoyment, Rest & Recovery
Aug 25, 2018 • 61 min
Here’s a good introduction to the topic of Perinatal Herbalism. Beth Rees is an Herbalist, a SF-based Doula and she has worked with families over 20 years. Beth tells us about how herbs can nourish us and add enjoyment, rest and recovery to our intensive…
63: How To Hire A Nanny - With “The Nanny Manual” Author Alyce DesRosiers
Aug 11, 2018 • 68 min
Trusting another person to care for your child can be challenging. Having a plan in place for hiring and employing a childcare provider will go a long way in alleviating some of the stress. Put your plan in place with episode 63, including: when to start…
62: The Secret To Raising Confident Kids Is Being An Example As A Confident Parent - Confidence Master Class With Erika Cramer
Jul 28, 2018 • 50 min
Confidence-building is a lifelong exercise for all people, including parents. Listen to this Confidence Masterclass on episode 62 of the Fourth Trimester Podcast. Learn the confidence-building foundations. This audio masterclass is designed for women and…
61: Our Family Coalition - Jeannette Page & Dy Nguyen - LGBT Parenting
Jul 14, 2018 • 53 min
LGBTQ Parenting and the community organization that supports it in the Bay Area are our topic in this episode. Our Family Coalition is a non profit that is also involved in policy work and advocacy throughout the state of California. Our guests Dy Nguyen…
60: Birth Education - The Bare With Me Duo - Mother Daughter Doulas Stephanie Dixon & Deundra Hundon
Jun 30, 2018 • 47 min
Sometimes simply knowing your options is what makes all the difference. Education is key for pregnant mothers as they prepare for their birth and early motherhood. Birth Education is important for women because the “childbearing year” of pregnancy, labor,…
59: Healing Birth Trauma - Gena McCarthy, Perinatal Psychotherapist
Jun 16, 2018 • 36 min
Every woman deserves the opportunity to fully heal and recover from birth trauma. It is never too late to address a past trauma. Listen to this episode of Fourth Trimester Podcast to hear: How to recognize that you’ve experienced trauma or PTSD How to…
58: Good Enough Mothers - Amelia Kriss
Jun 2, 2018 • 50 min
Good Enough Mothering is actually The Best Mothering
57: How A Postpartum Doula Can Help Build Your Community - Manuela Bakilana & Shakila Marando From Doulas By The Bay
May 19, 2018 • 56 min
Listen to this episode to learn about the advantages of building up a community of friends, family, trusted neighbors, and professional supporters (e.g. a postpartum doula, a night doula) to help during the first 90 days after having a baby.
56: Chicken Soup for the Soul - Life Lessons for Busy Moms - Author Lynn Benson
May 5, 2018 • 40 min
On Episode 56 of the Fourth Trimester Podcast we speak with Lynn Benson, co-author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul Life Lessons for Busy Moms.” Listen to hear more about: Signs you’re suffering from burnout as a result of caregiving The physical, emotional…
55: One In Three Women Experience Urinary Incontinence After Having A Baby - Here’s How It Doesn’t Have To Be You
Apr 21, 2018 • 54 min
As it turns out one in three women experience urinary incontinence after having a baby. The good news is that urinary control is something that can be regained. In other words, if you wee yourself a little bit (like Kate Winslet), this isn’t something you…
54: Preparing For Life With A Newborn - Deb Flashenberg Director of the Prenatal Yoga Center, Prenatal & Postnatal
Apr 7, 2018 • 43 min
This is THE PREP LIST episode that can act as an essential checklist for any expecting parent. Here’s what we cover: 1. Caring for the postnatal body 2. Preparing for life with a newborn - an introductory playbook — seriously, it’s good
53: Evelyn Miller Freebury On The Benefits Of Movement Therapy For You And Your Baby
Mar 25, 2018 • 53 min
The episode about MIND + MOVEMENT. We speak with Evelyn Freebury who is a movement therapist and who has decades of experience working with parents and newborns. She shares ways in which movement therapy benefits both parent and newborn. At the end of the…
52: The Twins & Multiples Episode — Mom Of Twins Alli Merriman Tells You What You Need To Know If You’re Expecting More Than One
Mar 10, 2018 • 43 min
We are excited to call this episode of the Fourth Trimester Podcast the TWINS episode. Here’s what we cover: Having twin babies prematurely and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) experience Why it isn’t just a simple formula of twice the work…
51: Speech-Language Expert Ayelet Marinovich Shares How to Encourage Learning, Security & Confidence Through Communication and Play
Feb 24, 2018 • 58 min
It makes intuitive sense that communication and play during the first 0-12 months of a baby’s life help set the tone for the child’s relationship with the world around them. But how do we proactively and thoughtfully communicate with a baby in a way that…
50: Listen To This If You Are Considering Hiring A Doula - What To Expect With Monique The Doula
Feb 11, 2018 • 79 min
If you are even remotely considering hiring a doula to help you out after you’ve had a baby, we highly recommend listening to Monique Cowan (a.k.a. Monique The Doula) share her first-hand experiences in a typical day in her job. She talks through the…
49: One Simple Move Parents Can Make To Save Money & Save Time & Make The World A Better Place - With Guest Ali El Idrissi
Jan 28, 2018 • 52 min
One of the major contributors to that feeling of overwhelm for expecting parents is the notion of having to hurry up and prepare for their little one’s arrival. A major tickbox for that preparedness is BUYING TONS OF STUFF. That can be a fun part, and…
48: How To Ease The Transition Into Parenting - Momumental - Serena Saeed-Winn
Dec 26, 2017 • 69 min
Serena teaches a class to help parents ease the transition into parenting by sharing what to expect and how to prepare for the first few months of being new parents. The class covers everything from postpartum healing, infant CPR and first aid, newborn…
47: How To Help Your Little One Prepare For Sleeping In Their Own Room - By Dr Angelique Millette
Nov 27, 2017 • 55 min
Dr. Angelique Millette is a Family Sleep Consultant, Parent Educator, and creator of The Millette Method™. We welcomed her back on our show for a third time because she is simply that amazing. Here’s what we discuss: How to prepare a baby for sleeping in…
46: Vaginal Steaming AKA “Peristeam Hydrotherapy” Demystified By Keli Garza
Nov 5, 2017 • 62 min
Ever heard of Vaginal Steaming? Neither had we! Turns out, V-Steaming is a well-known and well-loved practice around the world. People love the practice for fertility, cycle cleanses, postpartum recovery & menopause. File it under “feels good and has…
45: ‘Pregnant With The Stars’ Writer Renée Cramer On How Celebrity Image Plays Into The Psyche Of Modern Parents
Oct 30, 2017 • 53 min
Renée Ann Cramer is our guest on episode 45 of the Fourth Trimester Podcast. She wrote “Pregnant With The Stars: Watching And Wanting The Celebrity Baby Bump” as part of her research into the culture around pregnancy and celebrity. She shares personal…
44: Conversation And Guided Meditation With Jane Austin
Oct 25, 2017 • 73 min
In this episode, Esther has a really fun and intimate chat with long-time pre- and post- natal yoga instructor Jane Austin about giving birth, what pregnant and new mommas need and the power of yoga. We have some laughs and Jane offers a lovely guided…
43: Learn All About Breastfeeding From Lori Isenstadt
Sep 15, 2017 • 55 min What to do when breastfeeding doesn’t go as imagined Typical breastfeeding issues that come up for new mothers What factors drive whether a woman can breastfeed or not Tips for breastfeeding success - what you can…
42: The Ultimate Birth Plan Template You Can Customize And Use Yourself! (Part 3)
Sep 7, 2017 • 53 min
The FINAL Birth Plan Episode. We provide a Birth Plan Template you can download and customize for your own use in hospital or for a home birth. It is 1,000 times easier to edit a birth plan template compared to creating one from scratch. Listen to…
41: Why Not Home? Find Out Why Healthcare Professionals Choose Home Birth - Jessicca Moore
Sep 3, 2017 • 53 min
‘Why Not Home: The Surprising Birth Choices of Doctors and Midwives’ is about “changing the conversation about birth in America and spreading evidence-based information about birth across settings.” The short answer to home birth or hospital birth…
40: The Ultimate Birth Plan Template You Can Customize And Use Yourself! (Part 2)
Sep 1, 2017 • 51 min
Here’s a Birth Plan Template you can download and customize for your own use in hospital or for a home birth. It is 1,000 times easier to edit a birth plan template compared to creating one from scratch. Listen to episodes 13 & 40 (for Parts 1 & 2…
39: An Introduction To RIE Infant Parenting By Lee Fernandez
Aug 25, 2017 • 42 min
This episode is a high-level introduction of RIE infant parenting. Some of the themes discussed are about slowing down, truly connecting with your baby by giving them your full attention, and creating some predictability for your infant as part of the…
38: Helping Yourself Means Helping Your Baby - Real Talk With Katy Lonergan & Alexis Monnier
Jul 31, 2017 • 56 min
Parents can have a hard time doing something for themselves, but will do anything for their child. When new moms and dads take care of themselves, they are increasing the capacity they have to take care of their baby. Here’s what you can do for yourself…
37: Radical Doula Miriam Zoila Pérez On Birth Support Politics
Jul 6, 2017 • 52 min
The Fourth Trimester Podcast is honored to have guest Miriam Zoila Pérez on our program. She and Esther discuss issues around birth support work as it relates to racism, politics, gender roles, anthropology and yes, even chemistry.
36: Kimberly Ann Johnson — Living Into The Parent You Are
May 25, 2017 • 38 min
Part of what’s difficult about becoming a parent is deciding on the kind of parent we want to be. And once we’ve decided, sometimes the parent we are and the parent we imagined we would be are different.
35: Dr Stephanie Stewart On How Activity And Mindfulness Contribute To Mental Health
May 23, 2017 • 45 min
Dr Stephanie Stewart is a psychologist and therapist who has developed her own brand of travel therapy, mostly by taking patients on epic surf retreats around the world. She tells us how being present and putting ourselves in new situations can help…
34: Wise Mama Lisa Abramson Shares Her Postpartum Psychosis Story
May 10, 2017 • 44 min
“Shortly after the birth of my daughter, I spent 10 days locked in the psych ward of the hospital after my postpartum depression and psychosis made me suicidal. In my altered psychotic state, I thought my house was bugged and the police were coming to…
33: Jane Honikman On How To Pinpoint Where You Are On The Spectrum Of Mental Health
May 5, 2017 • 38 min
Jane Honikman gives us an overview and outline for finding ourselves on the spectrum of mental health. Listen to the episode to find out how to identify different parts of the continuum and better understand where you yourself might fall on that spectrum.…
32: Dr Shosh Busts The Myths Of Motherhood
May 3, 2017 • 58 min
Our latest episode’s guest is Dr Shoshana Bennett. She helps us bust up some “myths of motherhood.” Often, when we acknowledge that all those myths are indeed false ideas, the pressure to be perfect is alleviated and some of the feelings of depression…
31: Writer Director Maureen Fura Asks Why Women Are Slipping Through The Cracks
May 1, 2017 • 46 min
The number one complication of pregnancy is a form of postpartum depression or anxiety. Despite how common it is for women to experience a degree of anxiety or depression associated during pregnancy or post-natally, there are still cases where women…
30: Sara Mauskopf CEO and Co-founder of Winnie Talks About Her Fourth Trimester Experience
Apr 26, 2017 • 48 min
Sara Mauskopf came home from the hospital with a healthy baby. She herself on the other hand, while healthy otherwise, struggled with postpartum depression. With help from her family, friends and professionals, she came out the other side fully recovered.…
29: Eat Like The Rainbow - Marjan Esser
Apr 19, 2017 • 46 min
How does eating while pregnant factor into baby’s palate? What is the relationship between milk supply and foods? Which foods work well for first solids to try with your 4-6 month old? What nutritious foods are helpful for a recovering new mom? Listen to…
28: Bodies Change And That’s A Good Thing - Love Your Body For The Body It Is
Apr 11, 2017 • 53 min
As Jennifer Garner puts it, “From now on ladies, I will have a bump. And it will be my baby bump. And let’s just all settle in and get used to it. It’s not going anywhere.” Love your body. Love your body for so many reasons. Your body created new life.…
27: Kimberly Johnson Talks About Post-Birth Libido, Birth Injury & How Past Trauma Affects Birth
Apr 5, 2017 • 51 min
Ever wonder about when you’ll be able to have sex again after having a baby? Or how your body will feel and heal after giving birth? Curious about how having a baby affects intimacy, sensation and your body in general? Answering these questions for us is…
26: Chanti Smith Shares How Somatic Experiencing Can Help Build Attachment Between Parent And Child
Mar 17, 2017 • 55 min
Chanti Smith is an expert at human connection. She has worked with people of all ages to strengthen their parental attachment relationships. In particular, the work she does through Somatic Experiencing has helped parents develop a strong sense of…
25: How To Build Your Strength After A Major Life Change - Jane Honikman Shares The Steps To Wellness
Mar 13, 2017 • 63 min
How To Build Your Strength After A Major Life Change - Jane Honikman Shares The Steps To Wellness Jane Honikman gave her first baby up for adoption because she felt pressure to “do things in order”. She later finished college, married the father and had…
Happy International Women’s Day!
Mar 8, 2017 • 6 min
24: Ann Jonas Shares How To Become The Best Version Of Yourself
Feb 27, 2017 • 59 min
In a word, Ann Jonas is resilient. She incorporates her own sense of spirituality into her coaching work, having experienced the sudden loss of her parents (her father killed her mother and died himself shortly thereafter in jail) and subsequently…
23: Kimberly Seals Allers Wrote The Book on Breastfeeding - The Big Let Down
Feb 19, 2017 • 61 min
Women who don’t meet their personal breastfeeding goals tend to think it is their own fault. It is time for women to stop blaming themselves. Women are starting to learn that difficulty with breastfeeding isn’t their fault, and that oftentimes what is…
22: Susi Hately on How New Moms Can Prepare for and Recover from Pregnancy and Childbirth
Feb 7, 2017 • 57 min
Having worked with women through all stages of pregnancy, from pre-natal right through postpartum, Susi Hately has observed that a lot of new moms seem resigned to the fact that post-baby body is just ‘the way things are’ – prolapses, dry vaginas, painful…
21: Dr Monica Hannon - The two most common medical issues that come up during the first 6 weeks post-birth
Jan 30, 2017 • 58 min
Dr Monica Hannon is our guest on episode 21 and she shares some of the major issues that mothers and partners face during the first six weeks following the birth of a baby. Find out when it makes sense to pick up the phone and call your doctor.
20: Fitness Coach Brianna Battles on Exercise During Pregnancy and Postpartum
Jan 24, 2017 • 48 min
When it comes to exercise postpartum, the primary message is to take the time you need to heal. Don’t rush to “get your body back” because it is easy to do more harm than good by pushing your body too hard before it is ready. The best thing to do for your…
19: Marisa Belger shares Four Relationship-Saving Questions To Ask Before Baby Arrives
Jan 18, 2017 • 51 min
Learn how to fortify your relationship before baby arrives. We speak with Marisa Belger who is the co-author of The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother about important topics soon-to-be parents can discuss together.
18: Dad Real Talk with Andrew Gentry Law on how dads can become the father they want to be
Jan 11, 2017 • 59 min
The episode all about Dads. We talk with a stay-at-home Dad, Andrew Gentry-Law, who shares his personal experiences with newborn twins, and about his work in helping other new dads in their roles as fathers. He is also a licensed marriage and family…
17: Heng Ou and Amely Greeven on Food, Postpartum Preparation and the importance of restoring mama’s health after birth
Dec 5, 2016 • 57 min
Authors of The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother. We discuss how to prepare your home, your kitchen, your mind and your supporters ahead of baby’s arrival.
16: Lisa Chin shares her fourth trimester confinement story
Nov 20, 2016 • 57 min
Chinese culture practices postnatal “confinement” also known as “sitting the month” where women adhere (as much or as little as they want) to a set of guidelines designed to help them relax and regain strength after giving birth. Lisa Chin shares her…
15: Julia Aziz and Lessons of Labor
Oct 25, 2016 • 48 min
Julia Aziz captured 20+ years of working with parents in an incredibly readable memoir called Lessons of Labor wherein she documented learnings parents can apply in their own lives. Julia shares insights on living in the present, accepting help from…
14: Sandra Lloyd on Preparing for Parenthood
Oct 8, 2016 • 52 min
Sandra Lloyd is a Depth Hypnosis Practitioner. Learn about how becoming a parent brings up emotional issues from our own experience as children. We share thoughts on how to take what you want from your own childhood experiences and how to make conscious…
13: Your perfect birth plan Part 1
Sep 4, 2016 • 40 min
We take you step-by-step through a birth plan document (and there’s even a template on our site! We define and talk through the pros and cons of each item. Enjoy! Sarah & Esther xo
12: Guest Reise Tanner on realizing our potential as parents
Aug 6, 2016 • 42 min
Guest Reise Tanner applies her decades of mentoring experience to share guidance on creating an atmosphere of confidence and acceptance for new parents. She helps parents articulate new visions of themselves amid their most challenging and inspiring…
11: Guest Beth Berry is a Life Coach for Parents
Jul 2, 2016 • 46 min
Guest Beth Berry, writer, life coach, mother of four daughters explains how In the Absence of the Village, parents Struggle Most. Beth’s coaching work focuses on empowering women and families. When we take care of ourselves, we are better able to care for…
10: Guest Dr. Angelique Millette Sleep Part 2
Jun 25, 2016 • 58 min
Sleep Part 2. Dr. Angelique Millette is a nationally-recognized pediatric sleep consultant. We discuss realistic expectations for sleep during the first weeks and months with a newborn, strategies for parents with newborns to maximize sleep for everyone,…
9: Guest Jeni Diaz Axline, Co-Founder of Parenthoods Inc
May 29, 2016 • 37 min
Meet a mama who created a successful tech startup after having her first baby. We discuss the balance of baby life and social life, as well as how to prepare for baby number two. Enjoy!
8: Guest Dr. Angelique Millette on sleep training
May 23, 2016 • 56 min
Dr. Angelique Millette is a nationally-recognized pediatric sleep consultant. We discuss a modern, compassionate take on “sleep training” that provides baby with love and comfort, and importantly, meets physical and developmental needs. We also talk about…
7: Nutrition and Nourishment - The Essentials
May 14, 2016 • 45 min
Learn strategies for feeding the new parent in your life and yourself as you make your way through the first weeks and months with your newborn at home. Esther is your digital postpartum doula. Eat well! Sarah and Esther xo
6: Guest Allyson Downey on career + parenting
Apr 30, 2016 • 39 min
Allyson Downey is CEO and co-founder of weeSpring, a start-up that helps new and expecting parents collect advice from their friends about what they need for their family. “Yelp for baby products,” She’s also the author of HERE’S THE PLAN, a career guide…
5: Guest Spring Childers demystifies all things placenta
Apr 23, 2016 • 59 min
Even Kourtney Kardashian ate her own placenta. Some women eat their placenta because they believe the organ contains the nutrients being transferred from mother to child while the baby is in the womb. Some benefits could include increased breast milk…
4: Guest Timmi Pereira, Certified Nurse Midwife
Apr 5, 2016 • 35 min
What is a midwife? How to decide on a midwife vs an OB? The Midwife perspective on the Fourth Trimester
3: Covering the basics of first few weeks post birth
Feb 28, 2016
What does every new parent need to know for their first few weeks with a new baby? Crucial know-how tips are the focus of this episode. Thanks for listening! Sarah & Esther xo
2: Preparing to Enjoy the Fourth Trimester
Feb 28, 2016
There is a lot to think about when you’re expecting a new little one, especially for the first time. This episode helps answer the following question: What advice do we have for new parents-to-be to think about before they give birth, so that they can…
1: What is the Fourth Trimester? What is a doula?
Feb 28, 2016
The introductory episode of Fourth Trimester answers questions around doula care, postpartum care, and helps provide parents with an overview of some care options. For example, what are the strategies for taking care of the partner and the rest of the…