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150 - Global Childbirth Education in Japan with Brett Iimura
Oct 21 • 47 min
In this episode, I am joined with Brett Iimura to discuss global childbirth education and birth in Japan. Brett has had a varied career, including being a hansom cab driver in New York City, an ASL interpreter, field producer for Japanese TV, literacy…
149 - Shifting from Hospital Labor and Delivery Nurse to Home Birth Advocate with Melissa Anne Dubois
Oct 14 • 59 min
**Trigger Content Warning: This podcast episode discusses racism and includes graphic descriptions of obstetric abuse.** In this episode, we’re going to talk with Melissa Anne DuBois about shifting from the role of hospital labor and delivery nurse to…
148 - Community, Black Midwifery, and Advocacy with Brittany “Tru” Kellman of Jamaa Birth Village
Oct 7 • 27 min
**Trigger Warning: This podcast contains content on the topic of obstetric abuse and birth trauma.** In this episode, I interview Brittany “Tru” Kellman, the Founder and Executive Director of Jamaa Birth Village in Ferguson, Missouri. She is a…
147 - Long Preterm Birth with Caitlyn Martens
Sep 30 • 45 min
n this episode, I interview an Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class parent, Caitlyn Martens from Mesa, Arizona. Her son - now more than a year old - arrived a month early. Caitlyn took the EBB Childbirth Class with Instructor Lora Fiala, and had a…
146 - Giving Birth in Atlanta with Tara Thompson
Sep 23 • 42 min
In this episode, I interview Evidence Based Birth® Instructor Tara Thompson. Tara is a certified birth doula with CAPPA, a Lamaze certified childbirth educator, and a licensed massage therapist specializing in pregnancy and postpartum. She has taught…
145 - Fatherhood and Advocacy in Birth with JaMichael Perryman
Sep 16 • 36 min
In this episode, I interview JaMichael Perryman, who is husband of Evidence Based Birth Professional Membership Coordinator and EBB Instructor Chanté Perryman. JaMichael is father to five children, and has experienced a wide variety of births -…
144 - Evidence on Pineapple and Sex for Natural Labor Induction
Sep 9 • 19 min
In this episode I answer several questions about natural labor induction: Can eating pineapple help induce labor contractions? What about having sex? Is that really effective for starting labor! Natural induction techniques continue to be…
143 - Birthing in a World with Reproductive Justice with Ihotu Ali, Daniela Montoya-Barthelemy, and Shayla Walker
Sep 3 • 60 min
In this episode, the Minnesota Healing Justice Network is taking over the podcast! In this very important episode, our guest speakers are Ihotu Ali, Daniela Montoya-Barthelemy, and Shayla Walker. **Content warning** this podcast includes discussion…
142 - Home Birth Transfer during COVID-19 and Uprisings in MN with Jenae Herron and Marcel Malekebu
Sep 2 • 53 min
Today, I am excited to continue our important 3-day series about the Minnesota Healing Justice Network! **Content warning: In this episode, we talk about the uprisings after George Floyd’s murder and safety concerns during birth due to racial…
141 - Birthing and Disparities in Minnesota with Rhonda Fellows and Dr. Jennifer Almanza
Sep 1 • 57 min
Today is a special day, as we are starting a 3-day podcast focus on the amazing work being done by the In today’s episode, I am joined by EBB instructor, Rhonda Fellows and Dr. Jennifer Almanza to talk about birthing and disparities in…
140 - From Hospital Birth to Home Birth with Kristin and Zach Crosby
Aug 26 • 35 min
In this episode, I interview parents Kristin and Zach Crosby, who live in Alabama with their four children. Kristin is a Registered Nurse, and has been a stay at home mom since the birth of their third child. They recently adopted a two year old. Zach…
139 - Evidence on Red Raspberry Leaf Tea for Natural Labor Induction
Aug 19 • 22 min
In this latest episode in our series on natural labor induction, I cover the evidence on consuming red raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy. Can red raspberry leaf tea assist with natural labor induction? How effective is it to prevent a cesarean…
138 - Healing after a Traumatic Birth with Bianca Marie Roberson
Aug 12 • 40 min
In this episode, I interview women’s health expert Bianca Marie Roberson. Bianca is located in Maryland, and has over 17 years of experience working in the public health field, including serving as a health services administrator for the military,…
137 - The Power of Birth Stories with Bryn Huntpalmer
Aug 5 • 48 min
In this episode I am joined by Bryn Huntpalmer, an Austin, Texas-based podcaster and mother of three young children. She is the founder of The Birth Hour podcast, which was featured in Time Magazine as one of the top 50 podcasts to listen to. The…
136 - Solutions for the Crisis in American Maternity Care with Jennie Joseph
Jul 29 • 55 min
In this episode I welcome Jennie Joseph, one of the world’s most respected midwives and authorities on women’s health. She’s a true advocate for systematic reform that puts families first in health care. Jennie is the founder and executive…
135 - The Need for More Indigenous Birth Workers with Miranda Kelly
Jul 22 • 52 min
In this episode, I interview Miranda Kelly, a certified birth doula, postpartum doula, and childbirth educator who has worked for ten years in Indigenous people’s health planning, policy education, and research. Miranda holds a Bachelor of Science…
134 - Natural Induction Series: Evening Primrose Oil
Jul 15 • 19 min
In this episode, I cover the evidence on evening primrose oil (EPO) for natural labor induction. This oil is extracted from the seed of the evening primrose plant, which grows wild in North America and some parts of Europe. It’s a rich source of…
133 - Transitioning from Birth to Parenting with Dr. Heather Maguire
Jul 8 • 49 min
In this episode I interview Dr. Heather Maguire, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) with a doctorate in educational psychology. Dr. Maguire has spent over a decade studying behavior and working with children, parents and educators….
132 - Teen Pregnancy Support, and a Surrogacy Story with Ambrosia Meikle
Jul 1 • 40 min
In this episode I interview Ambrosia Meikle, a Los Angles-based Evidence Based Birth Instructor, CAPPA-certified birth and postpartum doula, and a full-spectrum doula. She is also a lactation educator specialist and childbirth educator, Ambrosia also…
131 - Evidence on: Pitocin During the Third Stage of Labor
Jun 24 • 70 min
In this episode, I cover all the latest evidence on the use of Pitocin during the third stage of labor - which is also the topic of the latest Evidence Based Birth Signature Article, released this week! The third stage of labor, or placental…
130 – Home Birth in the Black Community with Isis Rose
Jun 10 • 64 min
In this episode I talk with Isis Rose, a full spectrum doula, home birth mom, certified lactation counselor, and placenta encapsulation specialist. She lives in Urbana, Illinois. Isis is starting midwifery school in July, with plans to become a…
129 - COVID-19 and your Childbirth Education Business with Natalie Eckdahl
May 20 • 54 min
Over the past 3 years, I have traveled and spoken with hundreds of childbirth educators from across the U.S. and Canada. At every conference I attended, one theme was repeated over and over—- educators told me that the field of…
128 - Inducing Labor with Castor Oil and Dates
May 13 • 24 min
In this latest episode in our series on natural labor induction, I cover the evidence on using castor oil or eating date fruit to induce labor. Can castor oil increase the chances of you going into labor? When is it most effective? How many dates do…
127 - An unmedicated hospital birth with Katie Kane
May 6 • 59 min
In this episode, I am joined by Katie Kane, a parent from Cherry Hill, New Jersey who took the Evidence Based Birth Childbirth Class when she was pregnant with her daughter. Katie worked with EBB Instructor Cat LaPlante. From the beginning of…
126 - Finding the right provider, and birth in the Dominican Republic with Leiko Hidaka
Apr 29 • 58 min
In this episode, I am joined by Leiko Hidaka, an Evidence Based Birth Instructor from the Dominican Republic. Leiko holds a Master’s degree in Human Settlements and Environment. She earned her birth doula certification with DONA International, and…
125 - Evidence on Acupressure, Acupuncture and Breast Stimulation
Apr 22 • 34 min
In this episode I kick off a new series on natural labor induction - starting with the evidence on acupressure, shiatsu or acupuncture, and breast stimulation. Natural induction techniques continue to be among our most searched and requested…
124 – Health Equity and COVID-19 with Sabia Wade
Apr 15 • 53 min
In this episode, I interview Sabia Wade, a Black and Queer full spectrum doula, doula business coach and reproductive justice advocate. She is the founder of For The Village and Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings. She’s also a Somatic Experience…
123 - COVID-19 update & Advocating for yourself during labor with Heather McCullough
Apr 8 • 58 min
In this episode, I am joined by Heather McCullough, an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor, Certified Hypnobabies Instructor®, and Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner. Heather is also CAPPA faculty, and is certified to train labor doulas, postpartum…
122 - Home birth during the pandemic with Vicki Penwell
Apr 1 • 40 min
In this episode, I am joined by Vicki Penwell, a licensed midwife and CPM, and the founder and executive director of Mercy in Action Vineyard, Inc. Mercy in Action is responsible for more than 15,500 safe births in the Philippines since 1991 - at no…
121 - COVID-19 and Pregnancy
Mar 26 • 47 min
In this episode, I cover all the evidence to date on COVID-19 and pregnancy. This is an uncertain time and many are feeling a range of emotions. Our goal remains the same: to provide you with friendly, accessible, evidence based information so that you…
120 – Cholestasis in Pregnancy with Nicole Phelps
Mar 18 • 36 min
In this episode I am excited to welcome Nicole Phelps! Nicole is a philanthropist who spends the majority of her volunteering with the Michael Phelps Foundation, which promotes water-safety, healthy living, and the pursuit of dreams. In addition…
119 - Nurse Midwifery as a Career Option with Liane MacPherson
Mar 11 • 39 min
In this episode, I talk with certified nurse midwife Liane MacPherson. Liane has been working in women’s health for over 32 years - initially as a labor and delivery nurse, and for the past 19 years as a CNM. She is also a lactation consultant, a…
118 - How to Have a Healthy Postpartum Transition with Dr. Alyssa Berlin
Mar 4 • 34 min
In this week’s episode I interview Dr. Alyssa Berlin, a clinical psychologist specializing in pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting. She is also creator of the AfterBirth Plan Workshop, a program preparing couples for a physically and emotionally healthy…
117 - The Evidence on Inducing for Due Dates
Feb 26 • 54 min
In this episode, we discuss the evidence on inducing versus waiting for labor when you’re going past your due date. I am joined by Evidence Based Birth researcher Anna Bertone, MPH, to explore all the latest on this topic and talk about the brand new…
116 - Inclusion for Queer and Trans Parent Families with Danie Crofoot
Feb 19 • 41 min
In this episode, I am joined by Danie Crofoot of Full Spectrum Doulas, an organization dedicated to creating dialogue around topics such as LGBTQIA+ inclusion, cultural competency, racial issues, and much more within the birth community. Their goal is to…
115 - Self-Advocacy in Birth, and Tongue and Lip Tie with Michelle Odoerfer
Feb 12 • 41 min
In this episode I am joined by Michelle Odoerfer, a mother of two young girls living in Clinton Township, Michigan with her husband Andrew. Michelle experienced two very different births - her first, in a hospital, was tense as she had to endure verbal…
114 - Fighting for Birth Needs as a Single Parent with Jenny Russell
Feb 5 • 42 min
In this episode I am joined by new parent Jenny Russell, a registered nurse from Tennessee. Jenny struggled with infertility during her previous marriage, became unexpectedly pregnant in a new relationship, and took the Evidence Based Birth Childbirth…
113 - The Evidence on VBAC
Jan 29 • 44 min
In this episode, I am joined by Sabrina Tran of Alabama, who recently had a daughter, and took the Evidence Based Birth Childbirth Class with Instructor Traci Weafer. Sabrina, a therapist, is now a stay at home mom.
112 - How Evidence Based Birth®️ Changed Me as a Nurse with Jessica Hazboun
Jan 22 • 44 min
In this episode, I am joined by Evidence Based Birth Instructor Jessica Hazboun, a childbirth educator and registered nurse with a background in labor and delivery. Jessica created her own birth business, Nearly Nested, to help empower new parents with…
111 - Positioning Breech Babies with Dr. Elliot Berlin
Jan 15 • 51 min
In this episode I am joined by Dr. Elliot Berlin, an award-winning prenatal chiropractor, childbirth educator, and labor support body worker. He is the co-founder of Berlin Wellness Group in Los Angeles, California, hosts The Informed Pregnancy podcast,…
110 - Inside an Unplanned, Unassisted Home Birth with Parent Sabrina Tran
Jan 8 • 34 min
In this episode, I am joined by Sabrina Tran of Alabama, who recently had a daughter, and took the Evidence Based Birth®️ Childbirth Class with Instructor Traci Weafer. Sabrina, a therapist, is now a stay at home mom. Sabrina had a precipitous - or,…
109 - Evidence Based Birth®️ in 2020!
Jan 1 • 21 min
This week, I am excited to bring you inside Evidence Based Birth and let you know what we will be up to in the coming year! I look back at all we accomplished in 2019 (and wow - what a year it was!) and how we are rolling right into 2020 with some amazing…
108 - EBB Conference Series: Birth Workers of Color
Dec 18, 2019 • 35 min
This episode concludes our series of interviews we conducted live from the 2019 Evidence Based Birth®️ Conference - Bringing the Evidence to Life. EBB Instructor and Professional Membership Coordinator Chanté Perryman interviewed several different panels…
107 - EBB Conference Series: Midwives
Dec 11, 2019 • 33 min
This episode is the second in our series of interviews we conducted live from the 2019 Evidence Based Birth Conference. EBB Instructor and Professional Membership Coordinator Chanté Perryman interviewed several different panels of attendees, hearing from…
106 - EBB Conference Series: Nurses and Doulas
Dec 4, 2019 • 23 min
This episode is the first in our series of interviews we conducted live from the 2019 Evidence Based Birth®️ Conference - Bringing the Evidence to Life. EBB Instructor and Professional Membership Coordinator Chanté Perryman interviewed several different…
105 - Perspectives on the Evidence Based Birth Conference with Heather Thompson and Dr. Sayida Peprah
Nov 27, 2019 • 57 min
In this episode, I am joined by two of our distinguished keynote speakers from the 2019 Evidence Based Birth Conference, “Bringing Evidence to Life”: Dr. Sayida Peprah, Psy.D, licensed clinical psychologist, trained birth doula and founder of Diversity…
104 - The Evidence on Saline Locks
Nov 20, 2019 • 41 min
A saline lock - sometimes called a “hep-lock” in reference to how it used to be used - is an intravenous (IV) catheter that is threaded into a peripheral vein, flushed with saline, and then capped off for later use. Nurses use saline locks to have easy…
103 - Identifying Areas for Social Justice with Danielle Jackson
Nov 13, 2019 • 41 min
In this episode, I am joined by reproductive justice advocate Danielle Jackson. Danielle is a wife, mother, doula, and co-host of the podcast Birth Stories in Color. She works to empower women to birth without fear, and has focused her career on helping…
102 - Advocacy When Birth Gets Tricky with Parent Bess English
Nov 6, 2019 • 54 min
In this episode, I am joined by Bess English, a mother of two who lives near Pensacola, Florida. Bess describes her first hospital birth experience as traumatic. When she was pregnant with her second child, she and her husband took the Evidence Based…
101 - Gail Tully of Spinning Babies®️
Oct 30, 2019 • 55 min
In this episode, I am joined by Gail Tully - author, childbirth educator, midwife and creator of Spinning Babies®️. The Spinning Babies®️ approach connects understanding of birth anatomy to fetal rotation and easier childbirth, and is recognized around…
100 - Community Specific Birth Support with Ngozi Tibbs
Oct 23, 2019 • 42 min
In this episode I am joined by Ngozi Tibbs, a certified childbirth trainer and educator through Lamaze International, an international board certified lactation consultant, and co-founder of the Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle. With a Bachelor’s…
99 - Plus Size Pregnancy and Birth with Jen McLellan
Oct 16, 2019 • 42 min
In this episode I am joined by Jen McLellan, author, speaker, and founder of the website Plus Size Birth and the Plus Mommy blog. She is also host of the popular podcast Plus Mommy, and is a certified childbirth educator, wife, and mother. With more than…
98 - Inside a Husband/Wife Childbirth Team with Tia and Dr. Wale Ajao
Oct 9, 2019 • 34 min
In this episode, I am joined by Taiwo (Tia) Ajao and her husband Dr. Wale Ajao. Tia is an RN with a Master’s in Public Health, a Lamaze certified childbirth educator, and a DONA-trained birth doula. Wale is a medical doctor as well as a communication…
97 - Childbirth Prep and Realistic Expectations with Parent Bethany Clay
Oct 2, 2019 • 39 min
In this episode, I am joined by one of our Evidence Based Birth Childbirth Class parents, Bethany Clay. Bethany has an 11-month old son, and lives in South Carolina. She works part time as a music teacher, and is passionate about sustainability and…
96 - Communication Between Families and Providers with Nicole Loew and Stephanie Edmonds
Sep 25, 2019 • 47 min
In this episode, I am joined by Dr. Stephanie Edmonds and Dr. Nicole Loew, both PhDs in nursing. Stephanie (who also has a Masters in Public Health) specializes in pre-conception health, family planning, health services quality improvement, and veterans.…
95 - The State of Birth Work in NYC with Denise Bolds
Sep 18, 2019 • 44 min
In this episode, I am joined by Denise Bolds, a New York City-based medical social worker and DONA International certified birth doula. She specializes in high-risk VBACs and first time pregnancies, as well as same-sex and hospital births. She also…
94 - Overcoming Hyperemesis Gravidarum with Leonie Dawson
Sep 11, 2019 • 57 min
In this episode, I am joined by bestselling author and award-winning blogger Leonie Dawson to discuss her experience with hyperemesis and postpartum depression and anxiety. Leonie is an artist and entrepreneur based in Australia with a huge following. I…
93 - Unexpected Pre-Term Hospital Birth with Melissa Cassity
Sep 4, 2019 • 49 min
In this episode, I am joined by Melissa Cassity to talk about her experience taking the Evidence Based Birth Childbirth Class, and how it came into play during her unexpected pre-term birth. Melissa has a 13-month old son and lives in South Carolina with…
92 - Impacts of the Community Birth Worker Model with Aza Nedhari
Aug 28, 2019 • 45 min
In this episode I am joined by Aza Nedhari, co-founder and executive director of Mamatoto Village, a non-profit training and deploying community health workers to support women through pregnancy, childbirth, and the first months of parenting. Nearly 90…
91 - Meet MY midwife Karen Brown - featured in Babies are Not Pizzas!
Aug 21, 2019 • 34 min
In this episode, I am joined by my midwife, Karen Brown. Karen is a certified professional midwife, located in Central Kentucky, who practicing in 2007. She is a mother of four children; her youngest was born at home. In 2011 and 2013 Karen attended the…
90 - Hear Chapter One of My New Book, Babies Are Not Pizzas!
Aug 14, 2019 • 33 min
My new book, Babies Are Not Pizzas, is slated for release next week! To get ready for this exciting event, I want to share with you the first chapter from the book. Listen as I read Chapter One: Naive, and get a first glimpse into my story. You’ll hear…
89 - The Journey to Medical School with Reid Johnson
Aug 7, 2019 • 32 min
In this episode, I am joined by Reid Johnson, a former student of mine! Reid graduated from university this past May with honors, majoring in biology. During his course of study he took my seminar on childbirth, called Babies Are Not Pizzas. I was honored…
88 - Ethics and Evidence on Circumcision
Jul 31, 2019 • 75 min
Evidence Based Birth has just released a new Signature Article about routine male newborn circumcision. We have been receiving requests to cover this topic for years; I know that opinions on newborn circumcision are diverse and very emotionally charged.…
Bonus Episode 9 - What is the theme of Babies Are not Pizzas?
Jul 26, 2019 • 6 min
In this week’s Bonus Book Update podcast, I cover the overarching theme of Babies Are Not Pizzas. It was a surprising realization for me at the end of the writing process! What is the book about? Mainly, preventable birth trauma in a broken health care…
87 - Cristen Pascucci on How to Disagree on Birth Topics - Respectfully!
Jul 24, 2019 • 52 min
In this episode, I interview Cristen Pascucci, founder of Birth Monopoly, about respectful disagreement when talking about childbirth topics. After the birth of her son in 2011, Cristen left a career in public affairs to study American maternity care and…
Bonus Episode 8 - We’ve released the book cover!
Jul 12, 2019 • 3 min
I am thrilled to announce that we have released the cover image for my upcoming book, Babies are Not Pizzas! Check it out on Facebook and Instagram! In this week’s Bonus Book Update podcast, I reveal some of the final details of the production process -…
Bonus Episode 7 - How Do You Get a Book Published?
Jul 5, 2019 • 8 min
In this week’s Bonus Book Update podcast, I tell you all about the route I chose to publish Babies Are Not Pizzas. These days, book publishing has been democratized, and anyone can self-publish a book outside of the traditional system. You know me - I did…
85 - The power of a well-planned birth - of twins!
Jul 3, 2019 • 36 min
In this episode, I talk with Ashely Smith about her awe-inspiring and peaceful experience giving birth to twins. Ashley and her partner Trevor live in Lexington, Kentucky. They are both local business owners active in their community. As first time…
Bonus Episode 6 - Inside My Editing Team of Over 30 People!
Jun 28, 2019 • 5 min
In this week’s Book Bonus podcast, I give you a glimpse of all the steps we took to make sure my book, Babies Are Not Pizzas, is accurate and polished! I’ll take you through the multiple steps of the editing process - including a team of over 30 EBB…
84 - The Latest Evidence on Vitamin K and a New EBB Article Update!
Jun 26, 2019 • 31 min
In this episode, I am joined by Evidence Based Birth®️ research editor Anna Bertone to explore the updates we’ve made to the EBB Signature Article on Vitamin K.
Bonus Episode 5 - What Happens on a Writing Retreat?
Jun 21, 2019 • 6 min
On this week’s Bonus Book Update podcast, I want to take you inside the final mile of my writing process. When I was just a few chapters shy of finishing my draft and life was just too crazy to find the time to tap into my creative energy, I decided I…
83 - Why Families Need Postpartum Care
Jun 19, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode, I am joined by Natalie Telyatnikov, founder and creator of the online holistic program Better Postpartum. She is a certified postpartum support specialist trained in perinatal mood and anxiety disorder support, as well as innate…
Bonus Episode 4 - The Emotional Journey of Writing my Book
Jun 14, 2019 • 6 min
My weekly EBB Book Podcast updates are bringing you a behind-the-scenes look at my new book, Babies are Not Pizzas, which will launch this August! This week, I want to share with you some personal insights about my emotional journey during the writing…
82 - Two Dads’ Insights on Birth and Starting a Family
Jun 12, 2019 • 35 min
In this episode, we’ll listen to my husband Dan Dekker and our brother-in-law Ryan talk about their experiences on becoming fathers and watching the births of their children. As we are approaching Father’s Day in the U.S., I wanted to do something special…
Bonus Episode 3 - An exciting photo shoot with babies and pizza boxes!
Jun 7, 2019 • 4 min
In this special bonus episode of the Evidence Based Birth®️ Book Update podcast, I’m going to take you behind the scenes for the most adorable (and the most chaotic) part of the book production process - the photo shoot! I got the chance to work with some…
81 - Doula Part 3: the Emotional Journey of Birth
Jun 5, 2019 • 39 min
In this episode I interview Evidence Based Birth operations director and chief of staff Victoria Wilson. She shares candidly about her physically, emotionally, and mentally challenging birth experiences, as well as her journey to become a doula.
Bonus Episode 2 - What type of book did I write?
May 31, 2019 • 4 min
I’m so excited to release my new book this August, Babies are Not Pizzas! I will admit, I spent a long considering how to craft this book… I needed to really think about my message and how it should be written to offer the biggest impact! Is this a guide…
80 - Life of a Doula Part 2 - a lightning-fast birth!
May 29, 2019 • 22 min
In this episode I interview Evidence Based Birth Instructor Program Director Cat LaPlante about her empowering birth experiences and her life as a birth professional. Cat is a certified doula and childbirth educator, and was also one of the first EBB…
Bonus Episode 1- My new book title is …
May 24, 2019 • 3 min
My new book is coming out this August, and I think you’re going to love the title… Download this podcast to hear it! This book is truly a labor of love, and it’s been a fascinating journey crafting the story and message. I am releasing a special podcast…
79 - Life of a Doula Part 1 - from cesarean to VBAC
May 22, 2019 • 29 min
In this episode, I interview EBB Professional Membership Coordinator Chanté Perryman about her first cesarean and her super-fast VBAC! Chanté is a professional birth and postpartum doula, certified childbirth educator and a maternity coach at Baby Dreams…
78 - The Evidence on Labor Induction for Gestational Diabetes
May 15, 2019 • 20 min
In this episode I bring you the evidence on labor induction for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). A few months ago, we released an article all about the evidence on diagnosing GDM, and we wanted to follow up that article with another focused solely on…
77 - Nurses Can Make Labor More Comfortable
May 8, 2019 • 38 min
In this episode I am joined by three guests to talk about the Evidence Based Birth Comfort Measures for Labor and Delivery Nurses workshop. Our panel includes registered nurse, childbirth educator and EBB Instructor Jessica Hazboun from San Diego, labor…
76 - Pushing Through Anxiety in Birth with Parent Emily Fleenor
May 1, 2019 • 34 min
In this episode I interview Emily Fleenor, a new parent who recently gave birth to her daughter while her husband was in active duty stationed at Fort Campbell in Tennessee. They both took the Evidence Based Birth Childbirth Class from EBB Instructor…
75 - Birth in Twilight Sleep - the Experiences of Rebecca’s Mom
Apr 24, 2019 • 20 min
In this episode I interview my mother, Carol, about her experience giving birth with “twilight sleep” - a state of sedation and general anesthesia that used to be administered during the second stage of labor. Carol is a mother of six. She has experienced…
74 - Hearing Black Moms’ Voices in the Birth World with Michelle Gabriel-Caldwell
Apr 17, 2019 • 29 min
In the United States, the month of April is recognized as National Minority Health Month. It’s an initiative to advance health equity across the country on behalf of all racial and ethnic minorities. And this week is Black Maternal Health Week! Black…
73 - Learn all about the hospitalist role with Dr. Nicole Rankins
Apr 10, 2019 • 32 min
In this episode, I interview Dr. Nicole Rankins about the role of a hospitalist obstetrician, and how families can prepare themselves to have a safe and fulfilling birth in a hospital setting. Nicole is a wife and mother to two girls, an…
72 - Confidence to Face Changing Birth Plans with Heather Hyden and Jimmy Earley.
Apr 3, 2019 • 44 min
In this week’s podcast, I interview new parents Heather Hyden and Jimmy Earley. They live in Lexington, Kentucky, and were one of the first couples to take the Evidence Based Birth Childbirth Class in 2018. Heather works at a local university, and Jimmy…
71 - Birth and Positive Masculinity with Ben Atkinson
Mar 27, 2019 • 31 min
In this episode, I interview Ben Atkinson. Ben has been married for 20 years, and has four children and one angel baby. He attended all five of his children’s births, and caught the last two himself. He has been exploring the masculine role in birth since…
70 - Meet the EBB Team!
Mar 20, 2019 • 24 min
In this episode, you’ll get to know the Evidence Based Birth® team! Learn who is behind the scenes working with Rebecca Dekker to get the latest evidence based information into the hands of those who need it. Meet our research, management, admin, and…
69 - Facing a difficult birth with knowledge and empowerment
Mar 13, 2019 • 42 min
In this episode, I interview Noel and Joel Smothers, missionaries who gave birth to their first child last fall. They currently live in North Carolina but will be heading back to Brazil soon. Noel felt it was really important to have a vaginal birth if at…
68 - Meet Mr. EBB!
Mar 6, 2019 • 25 min
In this episode, I am joined by “Mr. EBB” himself, Dan Dekker! Dan is an Accountant with his MBA, the father of 3 children, and also my husband. He has worked for more than 10 years in small business accounting, and five years ago left a successful…
67 - Hear two special announcements from Evidence Based Birth®
Feb 27, 2019 • 19 min
In this episode, I am joined by EBB Professional Membership and Higher Ed Program Coordinator Chanté Perryman. Chanté is a certified birth and postpartum doula, a childbirth educator, an Evidence Based Birth Instructor, and will begin training as a…
66 - Empowering Birth in Underserved Populations with CNM Olivia Favela-Gary
Feb 20, 2019 • 32 min
In this episode, I interview certified nurse midwife Olivia Favela-Gary. Olivia has been a CNM for over five years, and has been a registered nurse for 10 years. She currently practices in Los Angeles and Southern California in a Federally Qualified…
65 - Navigating the Hospital Birth System with Midwife Afua Hassan
Feb 13, 2019 • 34 min
In this episode, I interview midwife and Evidence Based Birth Professional member Afua Hassan. Afua has practiced as a midwife since 1984. In 2011, she expanded her home birth practice and founded The Birthing Place, Houston’s first freestanding birth…
64 - Building trust during birth with parent Caley O’Brien
Feb 6, 2019 • 56 min
In this episode, I interview Caley O’Brien about her empowering birth experience and being one of the first parents to take the Evidence Based Birth Childbirth Class. Caley has been married to her husband Kent for two years, and they live in Cherry Hill,…
63 - Unexpectedly Easy Birth with New Parents Nichole and Todd
Jan 30, 2019 • 28 min
In this episode, I interview Nichole Croft and Todd Jackson of New Jersey. Their first baby was born in the summer of 2018, and they were among the first parents to take the Evidence Based Birth Childbirth Class. They were taught by EBB Instructor Cat…
62 - Facing an unplanned Cesarean with parent Michelle Wilson
Jan 23, 2019 • 38 min
In this episode, I interview Michelle Wilson, one of the first parents to take the Evidence Based Birth Childbirth Class. Michelle has one son, Matthew, and is a stay-at-home mom in Berea, Kentucky. Michelle and her husband Matt were very passionate about…
61 - Using Knowledge to Navigate Birth with New Parents Annamarie and Drew
Jan 16, 2019 • 27 min
In this episode, I interview AnnaMarie and Drew Stoudenmire of Greenville, South Carolina. They are parents to Otto - their first baby - who at the time of recording was only seven weeks old. AnnaMarie and Drew took one of the first Evidence Based Birth…
60 - Get to Know the New Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class!
Jan 9, 2019 • 38 min
In this episode, I interview EBB Instructors Cat LaPlante, Mary Kury, and Cindy Calvano about their experiences being among the first to teach the Evidence Based Birth Childbirth Class.
59 - Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes
Jan 7, 2019 • 28 min
In this episode, we discuss the evidence on diagnosing gestational diabetes, and the use of the Glucola test. Evidence Based Birth just released a new Signature Article on this topic, and it is a subject that people are always wanting to know more about.