Monday, June 1, 2009

Childbirth Education-Part II

This episode of Bellycast continues the childbirth education series. In this episide, we discuss the pregnant patient's bill of rights and how to formulate a good birth plan. The links below will help to educate you concerning some of the interventions offered and give you some things to think about that affect you and your baby as you approach your upcoming birth.

Creating Your Birth Plan by Marsden Wagner

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Understanding the Dangers of Cesarean Birth

This episode of Bellycast features an interview with Nicette Jukelevics, author of "Understanding the Dangers of Cesarean Birth, Making Informed Choices".   Nicette is a childbirth educator certified by the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) and co-founder as well as Parent Educator at the Center for Family in Torrance, California.  A childbirth educator and researcher for over 25 years, she is also an experienced doula.  She served as Chair of the ICEA's Cesarean Options Committee and the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services.  Her articles have been featured in publications including Mothering Magazine, Childbirth Instructor Magazine, and the International Journal of Childbirth Education.  Her VBAC Fact Sheet was included in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Reducing Cesarean Section Rates While Maintaining Maternal and Infant Outcomes, Breakthrough Series Guide.  She also edits and publishes

With U.S. cesarean rates soaring to epidemic proportion, it is hard for an expectant mom to know where to turn for information.  In this interview, we discuss evidenced based decisions that you can make that will reduce your own risk of surgical birth, and arm you with facts and resources that can help you to know how to make truly informed decisions regarding your birth.

The Birth Survey (to participate in national statistics about birth practices)
Spinning Babies (to learn techniques to get your baby in an optimal position for birth)
Webster Technique (chiropractic technique which can help in turning a breech presenting baby)
March of Dimes article on the effects of cesareans and late preterm births
Cochrane Review-Pregnancy and Childbirth-database of studies

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Breastfeeding: Getting started right

This episode of Bellycast focuses on breastfeeding and learning a few things that may make a difference in your success or failure. I interview Debby Sapp, CLC as we discuss the things we might want to talk to a new mom about as she gets started with breastfeeding. We talk about how birth choices affect breastfeeding success, feeding a new baby according to their needs rather than a schedule, and resources for new moms.

Debby Sapp's Blessed Babies and Families site

Other Resources for Breastfeeding Moms: (message boards, find a professional, articles, etc.)

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Natural Remedies for Pregnancy-Part 2-Interview with Shonda Parker

Part two of our interview with Shonda Parker, master herbalist and author of "Naturally Healthy Pregnancy" (among others) covers safe, complimentary solutions to more common pregnancy complaints such as sleep issues, dealing with diarrhea and constipation, hemorrhoids, and GBS (group beta streptococcus). We also talk about how you can find other natural remedies, not only for pregnancy, but for your entire family in her books. Shonda discusses her Intimate Solutions products, available on her website and her herbal courses for those who desire to further their knowledge in this area.

Shonda Parker's Naturally Healthy website
Intimate Solutions
TriLight Herbs-Pregnancy Safe

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Natural Remedies for Pregnancy-Part 1, Interview with Shonda Parker

If you are interested in dealing with some of the common complaints of pregnancy naturally, they you will enjoy this two part interview with author and master herbalist, Shonda Parker. Shonda wrote "Naturally Healthy Pregnancy", "Mommy Diagnostics" and "Naturally Healthy Woman" and has a new book coming out Feb. 2009 with co-writer, Vickilynn Haycraft called "Naturally Healthy Cuisine, Real Food for Real Families".

In this first half, we discuss why it is important to make informed choices about your own health, achieving a healthy lifestyle pre-conception, fertility issues, morning sickness, heartburn and sinus problems during pregnancy, and well-researched natural solutions to these common complaints.

Links to sites related to this episode:
Shonda Parker's Naturally Healthy website
TriLight Herbs
Intimate Solutions

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Waterbirth with Barbara Harper-Part II

The second part of my interview with Barbara Harper, founder of Waterbirth International, picks up with a discussion about waterbirth in the hospital environment and how a mother can advocate for this option in her local facility. We also discuss options available if your local hospital won't offer waterbirth and Barbara's upcoming new books.

Links to today's topic:
Waterbirth International

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Waterbirth interview with Barbara Harper, RN-Part 1

This edition of Bellycast focuses on waterbirth and its many benefits. This two part interview with Barbara Harper, RN, of Waterbirth International has us discussing her own birth experiences and what compelled her to learn more about this fascinating topic. We also learned a little about the history of waterbirth, the prevalence around the world and here in the U.S. and her thoughts on the benefits and drawback of giving birth in water.

Links mentioned in today's program:
Waterbirth International
Gentle Birth Choices
Dr. Michel Odent

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