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    The importance of healthy oral function is essential not only for infant feeding but also for a person's entire life. Poorly shaped palates, low resting tongue posture, restricted tongues, and mouth breathing are all common signs of oral restrictions or tension that can begin in the womb and influence one's health from infancy through adulthood. In today's episode, Jeannie Nelson, a speech and language pathologist from Breathe Eat Sleep Talk joins us to explain what myofunctional therapy is, how it can help, and the key red flags to look for in infancy or childhood to identify oral restriction. In this episode you will learn:

    Why mouth breathing can be harmfulWhat resting tongue posture is and why it mattersWhat to do if your baby sleeps with an open mouthHow tongue position influences your facial developmentSimple tips to help your baby improve and strengthen his or her oral function

    The purpose of today's episode is to inform parents on how oral health and the musculature of the tongue affects whole body health, and to address potential matters related to airway health early on in order to prevent issues later in life.

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    In last week's episode (#272) you met legendary midwife-author Nancy Wainer. Well she's back today for Part II, where she joins us in a Q&A-style episode to answer our listeners' questions. Nancy experienced the first planned VBAC in the United States and she coined the acronym itself in her first book, Silent Knife, published in 1983. She has over 40 years of birth experience and has supported women through some incredible births that almost certainly would have resulted in surgery in any other environment. Today, she takes questions from our community including:

    1. What are the common characteristics of women who have had successful VBACS
    2. Is it still safer and healthier to have a VBAC if it has been less than 18 months since your cesarean?
    3. Is a classical cesarean incision truly a contraindication to VBAC
    4. How much impact does the shape of a woman's pelvis have on her labor?
    5. Is there ever an indication to break a woman's bag of water in labor?

    We are honored to have her wisdom and advice to share with our community and this won't be the last time you hear from her!

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    This episode has been a long time coming and is finally here! Meet Nancy Wainer, the legendary woman who began the Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) movement. Not only did Nancy coin the term VBAC, but she is the first on record in the United States to experience a planned VBAC. Nancy has been a midwife, fierce birth advocate, author, mentor, and teacher to thousands and thousands of women, mothers, and birth professionals over the last forty-plus years.

    Today, we are honored to have her join us to share the story of her traumatic first birth and what led her to become the incredible midwife, author and birth educator she is today. This midwife has turned no woman away: mothers in her care are given the prenatal care and birth support they deserve when no one else will work with them. Nancy discusses who, if anyone, should be induced, what makes a good home birth candidate, why you shouldn't drink milk in pregnancy, and the importance of switching sides in your bed. If you are considering a VBAC or just want to hear what it means to truly trust women and their bodies, you will relish every word from Nancy Wainer and her story. Also: Stay tuned for Part II: a special Q&A episode with Nancy next week!

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    Postpartum Soothe -- Herbs and padsicles to heal and comfort.
    Needed -- Our favorite nutritional products to nourish yourself before, during, and after pregnancy.
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    Welcome to the June Q&A with Cynthia and Trisha! Today, we start the episode with all the romantic, hilarious, and random ways our community met their spouses, and we finish the episode with one woman's question to us: "If you were a dog, what kind would you be?" -- you'll hear us reach out to a friend on the spot to answer that question for us. In the regular version of this episode, we answer the following questions:

    Help! I am losing trust in my body after having experienced miscarriage. What do I do?My midwife told me I that my pelvic shape causes me to have back labor and a posterior baby. Is this true?How can I manage negative comments at work about pregnancy in general?Is artificial rupture of membranes a necessary part of induction for pre-eclampsia?

    In the extended version of today's episode, available on Patreon and Apple subscriptions, we answer the following:

    Should you limit time spent breastfeeding to ensure a baby doesn't burn too many calories feeding at the breast?Do I have to be monitored continuously in labor for high blood pressure?Does consuming the placenta or cord tissue after after birth prevent postpartum hemorrhage? My midwife told me this is a biohazard. Is this true?

    As always, we close with a round of rapid fire quickies! Thank you for your excellent questions and please continue to call them in to our hotline at 802-438-3696 or 802-GET-DOWN!

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    Davin & Adley-- The perfect nursing and pumping bra combined
    Silverette Nursing Cups -- Soothe and heal sore nipples with 925 silver nursing cups.
    Postpartum Soothe -- Herbs and padsicles to heal and comfort.
    Needed -- Our favorite nutritional products to nourish yourself before, during, and after pregnancy.
    Use promo code: DOWNTOBIRTH for all of the above sponsors.
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    Can you imagine giving birth without ever "checking on" your baby? Without a test, an ultrasound, a need for reassurance from others that your baby is okay? And, what does it mean to cross the threshold from Maiden to Mother? How does a woman step into her wiser feminine self, relinquishing her controlled, organized, masculine energy and need for control in birth? What is required of a woman to feel so safe in her body that she can release hypervigilance and surrender fully to the power of her body? These are some of the untraditional questions we consider in this deeply provocative conversation with Lea, the woman behind Trusting Birth and the Wise Woman Diaries Podcast. This open and deeply personal episode invites us to look more closely at our lifelong struggle to trust ourselves, to embrace stillness, and to distinguish fear from intuition. Ultimately, this conversation dares us to take radical responsibility for the power of our feminine energy and all it can do for us.

    Trusting Birth on Instagram

    #14: Roundtable: Mothers of Stillbirth and What They Can Teach Us
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    Davin & Adley-- The perfect nursing and pumping bra combined
    Silverette Nursing Cups -- Soothe and heal sore nipples with 925 silver nursing cups.
    Postpartum Soothe -- Herbs and padsicles to heal and comfort.
    Needed -- Our favorite nutritional products to nourish yourself before, during, and after pregnancy.
    Use promo code: DOWNTOBIRTH for all of the above sponsors.

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    Dr. Lizzie Kieffer is a doctorate of physical therapy with a specialty practice in women's pelvic floor health. She joins us today to let us in on the little-known secret to protecting, relaxing, strengthening, and restoring your pelvic floor. She teaches us three simple techniques you can initiate immediately after birth to optimize pelvic floor recovery, how, when and why to do kegel exercises, what it means to have diastasis recti, and explains the differences in pelvic floor changes in a vaginal versus cesarean birth. Not only should every woman having a baby hear this episode, but also, every woman should make pelvic floor therapy a regular part of their life, even as they age into menopause and beyond.

    Dr. Lizzie on Instagram

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    Down to Birth is sponsored by:
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    Davin & Adley-- The perfect nursing and pumping bra combined
    Silverette Nursing Cups -- Soothe and heal sore nipples with 925 silver nursing cups.
    Postpartum Soothe -- Herbs and padsicles to heal and comfort.
    Needed -- Our favorite nutritional products to nourish yourself before, during, and after pregnancy.
    Use promo code: DOWNTOBIRTH for all of the above sponsors.

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    Dr. Trillitye Paullin is a molecular biologist and founder of Free to Feed, a consultation service for navigating infant food reactivity in breastfeeding dyads. Today, Dr. Trill joins us with one of her clients, Chelsea, a first-time mom who found Trill and our podcast and reached out to help spread the research around newborn food reactivity. Trill shares her ground-breaking research into why and how a mother's diet causes allergic responses in babies in the form of bloody stools, skin rashes, vomiting, reflux and colic-like symptoms. With around 25% of parents reporting food allergy symptoms in their babies, these issues have been grossly underserved and misunderstood for decades. We cover:

    The top 12 foods causing allergy symptoms;The timing of protein transfer, reactivity, and gut healing;How our gastrointestinal health impacts infant food allergies;How stress and cortisol impact the transfer of proteins into milk.

    Stanford University and Free to Feed have embarked on a transformative partnership to develop tools aimed at accurately identifying and managing pediatric food allergies. This collaboration, part of the "Improving Outcomes for Food-Allergic Children" project led by Dr. Trillitye Paullin and supported by Stanford’s Data Science for Social Good Program, seeks to enhance care quality while preventing unnecessary dietary restrictions for children. By integrating these tools into clinical practice and fostering enhanced awareness among providers, the initiative promises to improve health outcomes for children and provide significant insights into the complexities of food allergies, shaping future policies in pediatric healthcare.

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    Vitality: An athleisure brand made for women, by women, designed with style and comfort for pregnancy and beyond.
    Davin & Adley-- The perfect nursing and pumping bra combined
    Silverette Nursing Cups -- Soothe and heal sore nipples with 925 silver nursing cups.
    Postpartum Soothe -- Herbs and padsicles to heal and comfort.
    Needed -- For before, during, and after pregnancy.
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    Hello everyone! Cynthia and Trisha are back with the May Q&A episode. Today, we kick it off with an enlightening discussion on the worst parenting advice you have ever received--here's to all the things we never need to hear as mothers! Next, we hear one woman's beautiful take on her cesarean scar. Then, we dive into your awesome questions beginning with:

    What is the likelihood that if I had pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes in my first pregnancy that I will have it again, and what can be done about it?If I have a history of pre-term labor twice, should I take steroids preventatively at 30 weeks by my doctor's recommendation?I am pregnant with my fourth baby, planning a home birth, and I don't want any ultrasounds. Do you think this is ok and will my midwife approve?

    In the extended version of the episode, available on Apple subscriptions and Patreon, we discuss the pros and cons of the midwifery lifestyle for one woman trying to decide if she should go the CNM or CPM route; when it is appropriate or necessary to take a urine sample in pregnancy; and why one mother may have been given intramuscular Pitocin instead of intravenous when she already had an IV in place.

    As always, we close with a round of quickies touching on how to keep breastfeeding while pregnant, getting induced for "mild" pre-eclampsia, what a high LH reading means, preventing mastitis when you have a plugged duct, our recommended prenatal vitamin, and our most embarrassing moments in public!

    Thank you as always for your wonderful questions! Please call in your question to 802-GET-DOWN or 802-438-3696. To get the extended version of today's episode (and all episodes 100% ad-free) just click the subscribe button on Apple Podcasts or download the Patreon App and join any tier.

    If you enjoyed this episode, please see our April Q&A episode:
    #262 | April Q&A: Prenatal Vitamins, Premature Rupture of Membranes, Painless Breech Birth, Precipitous Labor, HypnoBirthing, Prenatal Hypertension

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    Davin & Adley-- The perfect nursing and pumping bra combined
    Silverette Nursing Cups -- Soothe and heal sore nipples with 925 silver nursing cups.
    Postpartum Soothe -- Herbs and padsicles to heal and comfort.
    Needed -- Our favorite nutritional products to nourish yourself before, during, and after pregnancy.
    Use promo code: DOWNTOBIRTH for all of the above sponsors.

    Connect with us on Patreon for our exclusive content.
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    Today's episode is a four-way conversation between us and a mother and daughter who are living in France. Nicola Thompson is a former L&D nurse of 30 years who worked in the U.S., and is now working in France as a traditional birth attendant, full-spectrum doula and IBCLC. Sasha Sharif, her daughter, is a mother of two with a third on the way. Sasha explains the impact her mother's life's work has had on her, and how that wisdom ultimately guided her away from birthing in the French maternity system. Instead, she (and her sister as well) have repeatedly opted to give birth at home attended by their mother.

    In this episode, we dive into the birth culture in France including what it is like to be a midwife in France, the country's 87% epidural rate in hospitals, how the ARRIVE Trial has influenced birth across the Atlantic, and the fact that the French consider the "due date" to be at 41 weeks!
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    Davin & Adley-- The perfect nursing and pumping bra combined
    Silverette Nursing Cups -- Soothe and heal sore nipples with 925 silver nursing cups.
    Postpartum Soothe -- Herbs and padsicles to heal and comfort.
    Needed -- Our favorite nutritional products to nourish yourself before, during, and after pregnancy.
    Use promo code: DOWNTOBIRTH for all of the above sponsors.

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    Tiffany and Kelly of Beautiful One Midwifery are a midwife team in California who both began their birth work as doulas. As a result, they designed their practice from a hands-off, hands-out approach--meaning, the woman is the focal point of all decision-making making, and interventions are only utilized with her absolute permission and desire. Not only does this model require a woman to take radical responsibility for her birth, but it also gives her body and mind the space to give birth as undisturbed as possible while still being supported by a professional and skilled midwife. Tiffany and Kelly rarely do vaginal exams in labor and essentially never break a woman's bag of water. They consider even speaking to a woman in labor as an intervention that can alter her birth energy. In today's episode, you will learn what hands-off midwifery means and how birth can be safely, effectively, and beautifully supported under this model of care.
    Beautiful One Midwifery

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    Davin & Adley-- The perfect nursing and pumping bra combined
    Silverette Nursing Cups -- Soothe and heal sore nipples with 925 silver nursing cups.
    Postpartum Soothe -- Herbs and padsicles to heal and comfort.
    Needed -- Our favorite nutritional products to nourish yourself before, during, and after pregnancy.
    Use promo code: DOWNTOBIRTH for all of the above sponsors.

    DrinkLMNT -- Purchase LMNT with this unique link and receive a free 8-day supply. Be sure to use the unique link to buy yours today.

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    Welcome to our first breastfeeding-only Q&A with Trisha & Cynthia. Trisha is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with thousands of hours of clinical experience. Today's episode follows the format of our regular monthly Q&A episodes, where women call in with questions and we wrap up with Quickies at the end, but this time it's your breastfeeding questions only. Today Trisha answers questions such as:

    Can I introduce a pacifier to my exclusively breastfed baby at two and a half weeks?Is it a nursing strike or weaning: Help! My eleven-month-old is refusing my breast. What is the best way to manage pumping for my exclusively breastfed baby when I am away?How and when do I introduce a bottle to my exclusively breastfed baby so that I can leave him/her with a caregiver?What are your thoughts on using the medication Domperidone with a diagnosis of Insufficient Glandular Tissue (IGT)?

    In our round of Quickies, we touch on leaking, supplements for increasing supply, prenatal hand expression of colostrum, alcohol and breastmilk, breast refusal, lip blisters, breast fullness and milk supply, and flat nipples.

    Please remember, that every mother and baby dyad is unique, and breastfeeding issues require an individualized care plan. Online appointments are available with Trisha by texting 734-649-6294.
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    Down to Birth is sponsored by:
    Vitality: An athleisure brand made for women, by women, designed with style and comfort for pregnancy and beyond.
    Davin & Adley-- The perfect nursing and pumping bra combined
    Silverette Nursing Cups -- Soothe and heal sore nipples with 925 silver nursing cups.
    Postpartum Soothe -- Herbs and padsicles to heal and comfort.
    Needed -- Our favorite nutritional products to nourish yourself before, during, and after pregnancy.
    DrinkLMNT -- Purchase LMNT with this unique link and receive a free 8-day supply. Be sure to use the unique link to buy yours today.
    Use promo code: DOWNTOBIRTH for all of the above sponsors.



    Connect with us on Patreon for our exclusive content.
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    203-952-7299
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    Work with Trisha:
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    Please remember we don’t provide medical advice. Speak to your licensed medical provider for all your healthcare matters.

    Connect with us on Patreon for our exclusive content.
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    Work with Cynthia:
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    Please remember we don’t provide medical advice. Speak to your licensed medical provider for all your healthcare matters.

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    Amanda Holden was planning a home birth with her first baby, having hired a midwife she loved. When she reached 42 weeks, her midwife terminated her care abruptly, due to Colorado state law prohibiting midwives from attending late-term home births. With a heavy heart but optimistic mindset, Amanda and her husband made the decision to birth in a hospital rather than have an unattended home birth. Using the education she had under her belt by that point, Amanda rallied herself into believing her hospital birth would go mostly according to her plan of a natural, undisturbed birth. Once in labor, she settled into her hospital bed with a pink satin eye mask over her eyes, having no idea what she was about to endure: being relentlessly badgered, labeled, patronized, and threatened throughout her labor. She declined continuous monitoring and vaginal exams and the doctors retaliated by overwhelming her with a roomful of strangers watching her laboring naked in the tub, while "reporting" her over the phone in her presence. The doctor even threatened that Amanda's baby would likely need to be airlifted on life support to another hospital as soon as she was born, and that Amanda wouldn't be able to go with her baby. Meanwhile, there was no legitimate reason to suspect the baby would need life support. At one point, the doctor even brought in a male security guard into Amanda's birth space, claiming she (the doctor) didn't feel "safe" around Amanda's husband, who simply advocated for Amanda through the birth. When it was finally time to give birth, Amanda was tricked into lying down and then forcefully put on her back against her will. She says she gave birth "feeling hated" by everyone in the room, and one nurse privately told Amanda's mother she had seen meth patients in labor treated with more respect than Amanda. When Amanda gave birth vaginally to her girl, she felt elated, and noticed every medical staff in the room stared at her and her baby with utterly joyless expressions, after all that Amanda had achieved. Amanda and her husband have been doing somatic healing to process their experience, but she is absolutely clear that the birth itself caused her no distress or discomfort. Despite all drama, Amanda's story is ultimately inspiring because of her and her husband's resolve not to succumb under truly extraordinary pressure.

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    Davin & Adley-- The perfect nursing and pumping bra combined
    Silverette Nursing Cups -- Soothe and heal sore nipples with 925 silver nursing cups.
    Postpartum Soothe -- Herbs and padsicles to heal and comfort.
    Needed -- Our favorite nutritional products to nourish yourself before, during, and after pregnancy.
    Use promo code: DOWNTOBIRTH for all of the above sponsors.

    Connect with us on Patreon for our exclusive content.
    Email [email protected]
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    Call us at 802-GET-DOWN

    Work with Cynthia:
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    Work with Trisha:
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    Please remember we don’t provide medical advice. Speak to your licensed medical provider for all your healthcare matters.

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    Welcome to the April Q&A episode with Cynthia & Trisha. Today, we invite you to guess the two things that Cynthia and Trisha will never talk about on the podcast. Hint: They are not scandalous or controversial. Shoot us a DM with your guesses! Next, hear the most annoying habits from our podcast community regarding their partners. As for our questions this month, here we go:

    I had a pain-free breech vaginal birth. Why do some women experience pain at birth and others don't?My second baby was born precipitously at home. Should I plan for my third to be the same and when should I call the midwife?Does learning hypnobirthing techniques lead to a more peaceful birth experience?I have white-coat hypertension. Will this risk me out of a birth center birth and do I need to take aspirin in pregnancy?What percentage of women whose water breaks before labor begins will start labor within an hour or two?Are prenatal vitamins really necessary and if so, which ones?

    In our extended version of today's episode, we answer questions regarding breaking your tailbone in labor, whether you should tell your neighbors if you are planning a home birth, whether it's expected or appropriate to plan on feeding your home-birth midwives, and if it is necessary to be catheterized in labor if you can't void while in labor.

    In our quickie segment, we discuss the necessity or not of ovulation tracking apps, male versus female sperm, the midwives' brew, and how loud the music is in our cars while driving.

    Thank you as always for your wonderful questions! Please call in your question to 802-GET-DOWN or 802-438-3696. To get the extended version of today's episode (and all episodes 100% ad-free) just click the subscribe button on Apple podcasts or download the Patreon App and join any tier.
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    Down to Birth is sponsored by:
    Vitality: An athleisure brand made for women, by women, designed with style and comfort for pregnancy and beyond.
    Davin & Adley-- The perfect nursing and pumping bra combined
    Silverette Nursing Cups -- Soothe and heal sore nipples with 925 silver nursing cups.
    Postpartum Soothe -- Herbs and padsicles to heal and comfort.
    Needed -- Our favorite nutritional products to nourish yourself before, during, and after pregnancy.
    Use promo code: DOWNTOBIRTH for all of the above sponsors.

    DrinkLMNT -- Purchase LMNT with this unique link and receive a free 8-day supply. Be sure to use the unique link to buy yours today.



    Connect with us on Patreon for our exclusive content.
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    Please remember we don’t provide medical advice. Speak to your licensed medical provider for all your healthcare matters.

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    Emma Armstrong, author of The Fearless Birth Book, and Instagram birth influencer at @thenakeddoulaofficial, joins us today to delve into the meaning of pleasurable birth. We ask the questions, "Why should a woman want a pleasurable birth, what does it even mean, and what holds women back from experiencing pleasure instead of pain?" In this enlightening and off-the-record-style conversation, we uncover the emotions holding us back from ecstatic, pleasurable, even orgasmic birth. Emma opens up about her unexpected cesarean birth and how a woman who teaches other women about vaginal birth can feel confident in doing so despite her never experiencing a vaginal birth herself. This is about healing, letting go and experiencing deep, ecstatic pleasure.

    The Naked Doula on Instagram
    The Fearless Birth Book
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    You won't find an obstetrician anywhere in the United States who will birth triplets vaginally in the hospital, but today you'll hear the story of traditional midwife Kristine Lauria who welcomed them at home with the respect and reverence for birth every woman deserves. Kristine witnesses some of the most "high risk" births around the world in her midwifery work for Doctors Without Borders. She has attended over 500 breech, twin, and triplets births!

    In this episode, you will hear the story of a mother in her 7th pregnancy birthing three babies at home as told by Kristine. We discuss what it means to be a traditional midwife, what happens in a triplet homebirth, the dying art of midwifery skills, and how to manually extract a baby at home. You'll hear how the mother's own mother received the first baby and how this mother avoided preterm birth by leaving the hospital AMA after an episode of bleeding and went on to naturally birth her babies at 38 weeks with perfect APGAR scores! This story is a beautiful example of the true midwifery model of care, a fiercely dedicated mother, and a birth team who deeply trust the innate process of physiologic birth regardless of the number of babies or their positions.

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    When Carolyn was pregnant with her first baby, she went past her "due date." After declining an induction at 41+6, her doctor questioned her integrity as a mother, stating, "I am surprised your motherly instinct (to protect your baby) hasn't kicked in yet." Knowing that she and her baby were ok, she continued to wait despite heavy pressure from her OB. When she passed the 42-week mark, feeling out of options and having been told she was going to have a ten-pound baby, Carolyn accepted an induction on her 31st birthday. Her baby was born vaginally, weighing seven pounds and five ounces. Looking back at her conception date, her baby was more likely closer to just forty weeks. Carolyn's entertaining story highlights the inexcusable emotional abuse of her OB while demonstrating Carolyn's remarkable trust and faith in her baby and her body.

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    We are back with the March Q&A episode with Cynthia & Trisha. We kick off today's episode with an unbelievable, once-in-a-lifetime story of an OB who holds off a mother's pushing to tie a bow in the baby's hair before being born! Next, we get into our questions beginning with a mother who wants to offer important birth advice to her friend's daughter but doesn't know if it is her place or how to not overstep boundaries. Also, what questions to ask at a late third-trimester ultrasound to best avoid unnecessary interventions? Then, Barbara Harper of Waterbirth International answers the question of why it takes a baby longer to "come to" after a water birth. Another mother inquires about how much her energy and anxieties can influence her baby's arrival--is her stress causing her baby to be born "late?"

    In the extended version of today's episode, available on Apple subscriptions or Patreon, we discuss whether or not a pregnancy is easier or harder based on which gender baby you are carrying, how to navigate boundaries with a mother-in-law who has been blatantly disrespectful but planning to help you postpartum. Finally, how do breast implants impact the ability to exclusively breastfeed? We also have doula Colleen Myatt, a spinning babies instructor, answer a mother's question about posterior babies.

    As always, we close with a round of rapid-fire quickies covering tongue ties, evening primrose oil, delivery time for the placenta, setting boundaries, soothing crying babies, and more!

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    In today's episode, three current and former L&D nurses join us in a roundtable-style conversation to share their behind-the-scenes experiences on the L&D floor. These three women get raw, real, and honest about what pulled them to this line of work and for one, what forced her to leave. They share their experiences and that of the women they serve on how birthing mothers are manipulated, coerced, and betrayed by their providers and the system. You'll hear astonishing quotes such as "Well that's what she gets for refusing Pitocin yesterday," when a mother ends up with an unexpected cesarean birth, and you'll hear answers to our questions:

    Why did you choose to become an L&D nurse? In your mind, who do you work for? Why do OBs get so upset when they "miss" the delivery?What do you think is driving unnecessary cesarean sections? What is the most outrageous thing you've heard a provider say to a woman?

    In the end, you'll gain insight into the culture of hospital-based birth and learn ways to best support your birth goals when having a baby at the hospital.

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    Like many mothers, Taylor Chamberlain Dilk had no idea where to begin in preparing for childbirth. Lucky for her she has a large social media presence and requested recommendations from her audience, and lucky for us, Down to Birth Show came highly recommended. Once she started digging in, she felt her inner maternal voice rising to the surface. She knew she wanted an unmedicated birth, but had no idea what she was up against giving birth with an OB in the hospital. When she was offered a membrane sweep in her 41st week, she accepted, triggering uncomfortable contractions but not labor. As an unsure first-time mom, she went to the hospital thinking her water had broken yet still awaited labor. It wasn't until she transformed her hospital room into a safe space that she could truly let go and allow her labor to flow. Join us as Taylor shares her invaluable insights, emphasizing the importance of informed decision-making, cultivating a supportive environment, and harnessing the power of one's own thoughts to guide the miraculous journey of childbirth.

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    In this episode, we welcome back Dr. Stu Fischbein for his third appearance on Down to Birth Show. We start the conversation by catching up on some of the latest problems occurring on the birth scene including VBACs, aspirin in pregnancy, the monetization of birth, late pregnancy ultrasounds, big babies, and due dates, before we get into the meat of the episode on Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR). Dr. Stu shares a letter from one of his followers regarding her IUGR diagnosis resulting in an induction at 37 weeks for a 4-pound 14-ounce baby, which launches into a conversation around what IUGR is anyway and the actual risk of IUGR. Would that baby have been better off staying in utero for a few more weeks? How can you know postpartum if the baby was in fact IUGR? There are so many nuggets of great information dropped throughout this episode. You don't miss this one! And for more with Dr. Stu, catch episodes #111 & #128.

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    #128 | Vaginal Breech Birth with Dr. Stu of Birthing Instincts: Why It's Safer Than you Think
    #111 | The Obstetric Model of Care vs. the Midwifery Model of Care: Interview with Dr. Stuart Fischbein, MD

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