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U.S. maternity leave policy and its effect on families: A podcast interview with Moms Rising

Businesswoman Holding a BabyDid you know that the U.S. is one of only a handful of countries that does not offer new mothers paid family leave?   The other countries:  Papua New Guinea, Lesotho, and Swaziland.

In this podcast interview we spoke with Charlie Rose, associate campaign director for MomsRising.org, a national organization with over a million members advocating for family economic security.

Charlie spoke about how few moms have paid parental leave, how much leave moms actually take, the health and economic costs of our current policy, how current policy affects the role of partners, and what Moms Rising is doing to advocate for better policies.

You can listen to this podcast with the player below, listen with Quicktime, or download the podcast from our free iTunes store.

Family-Centered Cesarean: A podcast interview with Robin Elise Weiss

Newborn baby girlHave you heard about a new trend in cesarean birth?  It goes by a number of different names:  family centered cesarean, natural cesarean, gentle cesarean.

Whatever you call it, if you’re pregnant and want a more satisfying cesarean experience should one be necessary, you’ll want to learn more about it.

In this podcast interview we talked with Robin Elise Weiss, author, childbirth and postpartum educator, certified doula, doula trainer, and lactation counselor.  Robin is the Pregnancy and Childbirth expert on About.com and is the author of numerous books, including The About.com Guides to Having a Baby and Baby Care, The Everything New Mother’s guides to The First Year, Pregnancy Fitness, and Getting Pregnant.

We discussed what a family-centered cesarean looks like, what it means to moms and for birth outcomes, how moms can advocate for a family-centered cesarean, and whether this new trend will harm efforts to reduce the historic high cesarean rates of recent years.

You can listen to this interview using the player below, listen with Quicktime, or download it from our free iTunes store.

African American moms and breastfeeding: A podcast interview with Kathi Barber

African American women breastfeedingAfrican American women have the lowest breastfeeding rates in the U.S.  But it wasn’t always that way.

In this podcast interview, Kathi Barber, author of The Black Woman’s Guide to Breastfeeding and Lactation Management: Strategies for Working with African American Moms, discusses the history of breastfeeding in the black community, from a strong African breastfeeding tradition, through slavery and wet nursing, to the present day.  She also provides guidance for breastfeeding support people working with African American mothers.

You can listen to this podcast using the player below, through Quicktime, or download it from our free iTunes store.

Podcast: Birth and breastfeeding in prison

Prison-Birth-Project85% of women in prison are mothers, and the same percentage of women in prison are pregnant as on the outside.

What is birth like for them?  How long do they have with their babies before they’re separated?  Why do some birth in shackles?  And is it possible for incarcerated mothers to breastfeed?

To answer these questions we spoke with Marianne Bullock, co-founder of The Prison Birth Project, a non profit organization providing support, education, advocacy, and activism training to women at the intersection of the criminal justice system and motherhood.

You can listen to this podcast using the player below, through Quicktime, or download it from our free iTunes store.

Want to cleanse toxins from your body before trying to conceive? Listen to our podcast.

MP900442962Toxins we absorb through everyday living can make it harder for us to conceive a baby.  So how can we reduce our body’s toxic burden before trying to conceive?

In this month’s podcast interview we speak with naturopathic physician Dr. Laila Tomsovic about preconception cleansing.  We ask when to do it, whether cleansing is safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding, which foods are especially cleansing, and about the role of exercise and stress reduction in a cleanse.  You may also be interested in our interview with Dr. Tomsovic on nutrition for fertility.

You can listen to this podcast using the player below, with Quicktime, or by downloading it at our free iTunes store.

 

 

Trauma from childbirth? Listen to our podcast interview.

iStock_000000105626XSmallDid you have intrusive thoughts about your birth?  Flashbacks?  Do you steer clear of hospitals, or try to avoid talking about your birth?

We’re very happy to share a podcast interview on trauma from childbirth, with Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, health psychologist and trauma expert.

Dr. Kendall-Tackett is health psychologist, and Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics.  She is president-elect of the Trauma Division of the American Psychological Association, and the incoming editor-in-chief of the Journal of Psychological Trauma.  She has authored more than 300 articles and 24 books on maternal depression, trauma, family violence and breastfeeding, including Depression in New Mothers and Breastfeeding Made Simple.

Dr. Kendall-Tackett discussed what trauma looks like, what experiences tend to cause trauma, partners and trauma, strategies for healing from trauma, ideas for preparing for a subsequent birth, and post-traumatic growth.  She also discusses the relationship between trauma and breastfeeding, and answers your questions submitted on Facebook.

You can listen with the player below, listen with Quicktime, or download this podcast from our free iTunes store!

 

 

 

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Solving toddler and preschooler sleep problems – a podcast interview with Elizabeth Pantley

no cry sleep solution toddlers preschoolersHow do you transition a child from crib or co-sleeping to his or her own bed? 

Is it okay if your child just takes short cat naps during the day?

Can you make an “early bird” sleep longer in the morning? 

As parents we’re often desperate for help with infant sleep.  But sleep continues to be an important issue throughout childhood, and it certainly is for toddler and preschool-age kids.

That’s why we’re grateful that Elizabeth Pantley, well known author of The No Cry Sleep Solution and The No Cry Nap Solution has also written The No Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers.  And it’s why we’re very excited to share this podcast interview with her!

In this interview, Tanya speaks with Elizabeth about both nap time and nighttime sleep.  And Elizabeth also answers some questions posted for her on our Facebook page by you!

You can listen to this podcast using the player below, listen with Quicktime, or download and listen from our free iTunes store!

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Baby “sunnyside up?” Listen to our podcast on how you can avoid or change it.

iStock_000004564778XSmallDid you know the position of your baby in pregnancy and in labor?  If your baby was posterior (also known as “sunnyside up”), it may have had a big effect on your labor and birth.  Back labor, anyone?

What can you do in pregnancy to keep your baby in the anterior position?  And can you change the position of the baby once labor has started?

Our podcast guest, Michelle L’Esperance answers these questions and more.  Michelle is a certified professional midwife, doula and doula trainer, and runs workshops on creative movement for birth which help parents encourage optimal fetal positioning.

You can listen to this podcast using the player below, with Quicktime, or by downloading it at our free iTunes store.

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“That’s not a beer bong, it’s a breastpump!” A podcast interview about breastfeeding on TV.

rear view of a girl pointing remote to a televisionWhat messages are we getting from TV about breastfeeding?  About who breastfeeding moms are?  About breastmilk?  And what do we learn about about what’s acceptable and what isn’t when it comes to breastfeeding?

In this podcast interview with Dr. Katherine Foss, author of a number of articles on breastfeeding in the media (including “That’s Not a Beer Bong, It’s a Breastpump: Representations of Breastfeeding in Prime Time Fictional Television“), we discuss these questions and more.

You can listen to this podcast using the player below, listen using Quicktime, or download it from our free iTunes store!

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Breastfeeding without birthing: A podcast on breastfeeding after adoption or surrogacy.

breastfeeding without birthingWe’re very pleased to share a new podcast interview with Alyssa Schnell, author of Breastfeeding Without Birthing.

Alyssa talked with Tanya about what it’ s like to breastfeed an adopted baby or a baby born via surrogacy.  They discussed inducing lactation, latching and attaching, and even the baby’s need to grieve the loss of their birth mother.  Alyssa shared her own experience nursing her adopted daughter.

You can listen to this interview using the player below, with Quicktime, or download it from our free iTunes store!

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