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All About Pregnancy & Birth

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You're not alone in your uncertainty about this monumental life stage of pregnancy and birth. If you’re ready to replace the overwhelm of late-night Googling with expert conversations and stories of strength and positivity from women just like you — join us on the top-rated All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast. The All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast is your place for supportive, evidence-based information from Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins, an OB/GYN physician who’s been in practice for nearly 15 years and has helped over 1000 babies into this world. You’ll also learn from innovative experts and hear stories of strength and resilience from parents and moms-to-be experiencing the same overwhelm and excitement as you.
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IV fluids during labor - are they necessary?

IV (intravenous) fluids are extremely common and even routine during labor but are they really necessary?In this shorty episode I’ll break that down for you!You’ll learn what IV fluids arewhy they're given during laborMy recommendation for IV fluids during laboruse the code DRNICOLE and get 10% off my online childbirth education class, The Birth Preparation Course!Our Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm at drmombuttbalm.com. Also available on Amazon and at Walmart!* Check out Ritual and use my code DRNICOLE for a great deal: https://ritual.com/* Visit HomeThreads.com/DRNICOLE today and get a 15% off code for your first order!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
29/02/202410 minutes 11 seconds
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Ep 247: Getting the Support You Need with Doula HeHe Stewart

If you’ve been listening to this show for a while, you’ll know that I’m a big proponent of doulas. What you might not know is that doulas can assist at all kinds of births - even planned cesareans!Today’s guest, Hehe Stewart, is the founder of Tranquility by HeHe Maternity Concierge and is a doula herself. Finding the right support for your birth can be overwhelming and there is a ton of good information in here to help you make informed and empowered choices.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:What kinds of births are doulas appropriate forHow doula support differs based on the type of birthWhat you can expect from a doula during pregnancyHow doulas can provide partner supportWhat advocacy looks like in different scenariosWhen your doula should meet you at the hospitalWhat you can expect from your birth doula postpartum--Full website notes: <a href="http://episodes/vie
27/02/202442 minutes 46 seconds
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Your baby should be with YOU after birth!

Your baby should be with YOU after birth! I break down the 3 pieces to that in this episode:skin to skin contact after birthdelayed cord clampingbaby being in your room at all timesBe sure to get these things by making a birth plan! I teach you the RIGHT way to do that in my FREE class: drnicolerankins.com/birthplanOur Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: https://drmombuttbalm.com/* Check out Ritual and use my code DRNICOLE for 20% off: https://ritual.com/drnicole* Visit HomeThreads.com/DRNICOLE today and get a 15% off code for your first order!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
22/02/20249 minutes 13 seconds
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Ep 246: Caitlin’s Birth Story - Having a Baby with Cleft Lip and Palate

Today Caitlin is here to share her story of having a baby with a cleft lip and palate. Usually, we talk mostly about the birth in birth story episodes of the podcast, but this episode is a little different. Caitlin reached out because despite it being relatively common, she noticed that I’d never touched upon cleft lip and palate on the podcast before and she wanted to share her experience and help others.So what is cleft lip and palate? They are congenital conditions that occur during fetal development. An incomplete closure of the lip and/or palate (the roof of the mouth) results in a gap or opening in the affected areas. We don&#39;t know exactly what causes cleft lip and palate but fortunately it can usually be treated with surgery. Caitlin shares everything from how she found out (the way the doctor delivered the news was terrible) to the surgeries her baby girl had after birth. I’m so excited to finally be discussing this topic!In this
20/02/202444 minutes 36 seconds
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Is kitty litter really dangerous in pregnancy?

The concern about pregnant women changing kitty litter comes from the possibility of getting infected with something called toxoplasmosis. What is toxoplasmosis, what problems does it cause, and can you really get it from kitty litter?Take my free birth plan class! - drnicolerankins.com/birthplanJoin my community on Instagram - instagram.com/drnicolerankinsOur Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: https://drmombuttbalm.com/* Check out Ritual and use my code DRNICOLE for 20% off: https://ritual.com/drnicole* Visit HomeThreads.com/DRNICOLE today and get a 15% off code for your first order!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
15/02/202410 minutes 14 seconds
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Ep 245: Understanding Your Menstrual Cycle

In this episode you&#39;re going to learn exactly what happens during your menstrual cycle. I decided to talk about this because, quite frankly, it’s something that many of us don’t fully understand. We talk about our cycles in relation to pregnancy but there’s a lot more to periods than ovulation!Your cycle can influence so many aspects of your life: libido, mood, energy, skin, appetite, and more! Better understanding your periods can help you make informed decisions regarding reproductive health, fertility, and overall well-being.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:What constitutes a regular menstrual cycleWhat the phases of the cycle areWhich hormones are associated with pregnancyWhen ovulation occursHow to track ovulationHow fertilization and implantation workHow IUDs prevent pregnancyWhether you can really have a period while you’re pregnant
13/02/202434 minutes 35 seconds
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What’s up with sleeping on your back during pregnancy?

In this shorty episode you&#39;ll learn the changes that can happen with your sleep during pregnancy, why we recommend you don&#39;t sleep on your back during pregnancy, and strategies to get a good night&#39;s sleep (don&#39;t drink chamomile tea!).Take my free birth plan class! - drnicolerankins.com/birthplanOur Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: https://drmombuttbalm.com/* Check out Ritual and use my code DRNICOLE for 20% off: https://ritual.com/drnicole* Visit HomeThreads.com/DRNICOLE today and get a 15% off code for your first order!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
08/02/20248 minutes 42 seconds
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Ep 244: How to Have a Safer Childbirth with Attorney Gina Mundy

What can an attorney teach you about your labor and birth? A lot, it turns out! Gina Mundy specializes in childbirth cases defending medical professionals. Over the course of her 20+ year career, she has learned about the mistakes that can happen in hospitals and she’s here to share those insights with us. Her book, &#34;A Parent&#39;s Guide to a Safer Childbirth,&#34; helps parents prevent errors and have a healthy baby. In today’s episode we are going to go through the 12 lessons covered in her book.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:Lesson 1 - Learning About Labor and DeliveryLesson 2 - The Delivery TeamLesson 3 - The Good DoctorLesson 4 - Know Your HospitalLesson 5 - Having a PlanLesson 6 - Having an AdvocateLesson 7 - Knowing the Types of Fetal MonitorsLesson 8 - Knowing What Your Baby’s Heart Rate MeansLesson 9 - Understanding Tests and InterventionsLesson 10 - Common Facts a
06/02/20241 hour 26 seconds
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How Much Caffeine Is Safe In Pregnancy?

Listen in to learn what&#39;s considered a safe amount of caffeine during pregnancy.Get info on the amount of caffeine in many common beverages (like Starbucks) at the Center For Science In The Public Interest - https://www.cspinet.org/caffeine-chartTake my FREE birth plan class! - drnicolerankins.com/birthplanOur Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: https://drmombuttbalm.com/* Check out Ritual and use my code DRNICOLE for 20% off: https://ritual.com/drnicole* Visit HomeThreads.com/DRNICOLE today and get a 15% off code for your first order!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
01/02/202410 minutes 2 seconds
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Ep 243: Denise’s Birth Story - Three abdominal surgeries within 2 years and a surprise pregnancy

Fibroids, two C-sections, and one myomectomy. Denise showed incredible strength and bravery along her difficult path to motherhood. In addition to carrying her baby, she had fibroids that grew to enormous size - one was the size of a grapefruit! She had a myomectomy (fibroid removal) and two months afterward she discovered that she was pregnant again. She was told specifically not to get pregnant for at least 24 months to let her uterus heal but, as Denise says, “things happen”!Since pregnancy number two was especially high-risk, she was referred to a maternal fetal medicine specialist. Even though she felt afraid, her peace was her priority throughout her unique and stressful birth experiences. She had a planned c-section and in the end she had a beautiful birth and a healthy baby.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:How Denise got through two high-risk pregnanciesWhy her first birth ended in an emergency c-section<
30/01/202444 minutes 8 seconds
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Can you eat deli meat during pregnancy?

The concern about eating deli meat in pregnancy revolves around the bacteria listeria. You&#39;ll learn what is listeria, how it can be very serious for your baby and what you can do to prevent it - including whether or not you should eat deli meat.Make A Birth Plan The RIGHT Way - Free Class! drnicolerankins.com/birthplanOur Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: https://drmombuttbalm.com/* Check out HomeThreads.com/DRNICOLE to get a code for 15% off your first order!* Check out Ritual and use my code DRNICOLE to get 40% off through Jan 31st: https://ritual.com/DRNICOLEAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
25/01/20249 minutes 49 seconds
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Ep 242: The Stages of Labor - A Sneak Peek Inside the Birth Preparation Course!

Today I&#39;m sharing a lesson from my online childbirth education class - The Birth Preparation Course! In this episode, you’re going to learn about the stages of labor. Every labor is different but there are some common generalities that are true most of the time. From the first contractions to pushing out your baby, I’ll walk you through the steps so you’ll know what to expect.This lesson is great in audio but it&#39;s even better in video! If you want to check out the course after listening to this episode, grab all the details at DrNicoleRankins.com/enroll.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:What the 3 stages of labor areWhat labor is actually likeHow to know when you’re in laborWhat the cervix isHow cervical dilation is measuredHow long labor can lastHow to recognize a contractionWhat signals the beginning of a
23/01/202434 minutes 5 seconds
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Let’s Talk About Sex (During Pregnancy)!

This is adult content so if you have kiddos, pop in those headphones!You&#39;ll hear me share how I pulled a sex toy from someone&#39;s vagina that had been in there for 4 - yes 4 - days. You&#39;ll also hear about whether sex in pregnancy is safe (spoiler alert it&#39;s very safe!) and some other helpful info (like some women actually have an increased sex drive during pregnancy - that&#39;s normal!).Make A Birth Plan The RIGHT Way - FREE Class! drnicolerankins.com/birthplanOur Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: https://drmombuttbalm.com/* Check out HomeThreads.com/DRNICOLE to get a code for 15% off your first order!* Check out Ritual and use my code DRNICOLE to get 40% off through Jan 31st: https://ritual.com/DRNICOLEAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: <a href='
18/01/20248 minutes 3 seconds
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Ep 241: Managing Mental Health during Pregnancy and Postpartum with Psychiatrist Dr. Stephanie Waggel

Pregnant women and people who need psychiatric medication are uniquely underserved. There’s a big knowledge gap and it’s not just the general public. Med school doesn’t teach much about mental health medication and pregnancy. Fortunately, today’s guest is here to share information and dispel myths!Dr. Stephanie Waggel is a psychiatrist certified in perinatal mental health, specifically, advanced studies in perinatal psychopharmacology (medication for pregnant people). She’s one of very few experts in her specialty so she’s working overtime to spread the word. If you need pharmaceuticals, there’s a good chance you can do so safely. Tune in and learn how to explore your options with your doctor.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:Why Dr. Waggel uses the term “perinatal mood &amp; anxiety disorders” (PMADs)What makes prescribers err on the side of a no-medication approachHow common it is to suffer from PMADsWhen it’s the baby blues
16/01/202455 minutes 16 seconds
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Your Due Date Predicts....Nothing!

Only about 5% of women give birth on their actual due date! Yes 5%!The due date is still important as we use it to track how far along you are in your pregnancy so we can make sure your baby is growing as expected and we do tests at the appropriate time.Learn when most women give birth in this short episode.And to get the details on all the tests that are done during pregnancy (we as ob/gyns don&#39;t always do a great job of explaining this) grab my free guide to prenatal tests at drnicolerankins.com/prenatal.Our Sponsors:* Check out ByHeart and use my code DRNICOLE for 10% off your first order! - https://byheart.com/podcast* Check out HomeThreads.com/DRNICOLE to get a code for 15% off your first order!* Check out Ritual and use my code DRNICOLE to get 40% off through Jan 31st: https://ritual.com/DRNICOLEAdvertising
11/01/20247 minutes 53 seconds
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Ep 240: Kelsey’s Birth Story - A Quick and Surprising VBAC

Kelsey had a cesarean for her first birth and when she got pregnant with her second baby VBAC wasn’t exactly on her radar. After discussing it with her doctor, her hope was to either have a medicated vaginal birth or a c-section but, of course, neither of those happened. The delivery went so quickly that, even though she was “screaming bloody murder,” it was too late for her to get pain meds.A lot of people hope for a quick labor and birth but that can have its drawbacks, too. For Kelsey, she wishes it would’ve gone more slowly so she could have been more present and remembered her experience. Instead she came away feeling like it was all a blur. As frustrating as that was, it’s an important reminder that a VBAC is possible and if you want to try for it, you should tell your doctor!In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:Why her first birth ended in cesareanWhy she moved to another state alone at 34 weeks pregnant
09/01/202447 minutes 20 seconds
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Allow Me To (Re)Introduce Myself!

In this short episode I tell you a bit about my background, training and how I came to do this work.This is important because these days there are more and more people popping up (especially on social media) talking about pregnancy, birth and women’s health topics in general. And It’s really important that you get information from reliable and trustworthy sources.But here&#39;s the thing -YOU have to decide what you consider a reliable and trustworthy source. So listen and learn my education, my experience, and my why so you can decide.DM me on Instagram! I&#39;d love to hear from you!Check out all the great resources I have for you at my website drnicolerankins.com.Our Sponsors:* Check out ByHeart and use my code DRNICOLE for 10% off your fir
04/01/202413 minutes 3 seconds
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Ep239: The Energies You Need to Bring into 2024 For Your Best Pregnancy, Birth, & Life

It&#39;s 2024 and although I don&#39;t do new year&#39;s resolutions per se, I do like to take some time to think about what I can do to set myself up for a good year ahead. In this episode, I want to share some of the energies that we can bring into this 2024 to help set ourselves up for great experiences in pregnancy, birth, and life in general.Now I’m going to go through a few intentions but do NOT feel like you have to implement all of them. Start with picking a couple and bookmark this episode for later. Becoming our best selves is always a work in progress and this episode will be here whenever you need it.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:How to open yourself up to the possibility of an easy pregnancyWhy it’s ok to keep things simpleHow to be intentional about where you spend your time and energyWhat it means to be confidentHow to embody your truest selfHow you can take power over your bir
02/01/202429 minutes
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2023 Accomplishments!

We all need to look back on our accomplishments from time to time! In this shortie episode I&#39;m looking back on 2023 accomplishments forThe All About Pregnancy &amp; Birth PodcastThe Birth Preparation Course (drnicolerankins.com/enroll)Make A Birth Plan The RIGHT Way Class (drnicolerankins.com/birthplan)Social MediaMy work at the bedside as a practicing OB/GYNPersonal life accomplishmentsWhat did you accomplish in 2023 that you&#39;re proud of? DM me on Instagram @drnicolerankins and let me know!Our Sponsors:* Check out ByHeart and use my code DRNICOLE for 10% off your first order! - https://byheart.com/podcast* Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv* Check
28/12/20239 minutes 44 seconds
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Ep238: Top Episodes of 2023

At the end of the year, I like to do a recap of the most downloaded episodes. Looking back at the number of times the podcast was streamed in 2023 amazes me. You all listened to the show over 583,000 times this year - that&#39;s over 1,500 times a day! I am so grateful that you tune in and find this information helpful.Now today I’m sharing the top three solo episodes, top four interviews, and top five birth stories. You’re going to love revisiting the best of 2023 and I can’t wait to see where the show goes in 2024!The Most Downloaded Episodes of 2023:Episode 205: Chelsea’s Birth Story - Being Informed and Advocating for YourselfEpisode 202: Charlotte’s Birth Story - Choosing to Have a Miracle BabyEpisode 217: Kristine’s Birth Story
26/12/202329 minutes 28 seconds
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How A Pregnant Patient Got A Medical Helicopter Ride

It started with abdominal pain and ended with a medical helicopter ride... and a detour in the middle at the airport.Listen to hear the story and lessons learned from it.Make A Birth Plan The RIGHT Way - FREE Class! - drnicolerankins.com/birth-planCheck out The Birth Preparation Course, my online childbirth education class - drnicolerankins.com/enrollOur Sponsors:* Check out ByHeart and use my code DRNICOLE for 10% off your first order! - https://byheart.com/podcast* Check out Mabbly : https://lactationnetwork.com/* Check out Warner Bros: https://www.warnerbros.com/movies/the-color-purpleAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy</a
21/12/202310 minutes 3 seconds
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Ep237: The Importance of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy with Dr. Marcy Crouch

The American healthcare system doesn’t value preventative care, especially when it comes to reproductive health. One tool that could help in preventing injury and improving healing after birth is pelvic floor physical therapy. It’s not a standard part of maternity care so its benefits aren’t widely known by practitioners - even I didn&#39;t know that pelvic floor physical therapists could help with pregnancy and birth related issues until years into my practice. It may not even occur to providers to recommend it to you.That’s where clinicians like Marcy Crouch come in. With over 180K followers on Instagram, Marcy, AKA The Down There Doc, is spreading the word of the benefits of pelvic floor PT. She believes in and practices pregnancy-related preparation and recovery through manual therapy and functional training just like you would with any other muscle. Someday I hope to see pelvic floor physical therapists as a routine part of birth including in-hospital
19/12/202351 minutes 15 seconds
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Baby Aspirin In Pregnancy - Should You Be Taking It?

In this episode you&#39;ll learn why we prescribe baby aspirin, who should take it and how much.Low-dose aspirin (81 mg/d a.k.a. baby aspirin) reduces the frequency of preeclampsia, as well as related adverse pregnancy outcomes (preterm birth, growth restriction), by approximately 10-20%.Low-dose aspirin should be started after 12 weeks and ideally before 16 weeks and continued daily until delivery.Low-dose aspirin is recommended for:Pregnant individuals with one or more of the following risk factors:History of preeclampsiaCarrying more than one baby (twins, triplets, etc)High blood pressure that was present before pregnancy (chronic hypertension)Type 1 or 2 diabetes that was present before pregnancyKidney diseaseAutoimmune disease (ie, systemic lupus ery
14/12/202310 minutes 54 seconds
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Ep236: Kerry’s Birth Story - Navigating the Unimaginable

This is a hard story but I hope that you listen. It’s such a demonstration of strength and resilience through an incredibly challenging time. After a normal pregnancy, Kerry lost her daughter to a rare epileptic condition at 3 months old.What happened to Kerry and her family is rare but rare does not mean it doesn’t happen. The reality is that sometimes very difficult and painful circumstances happen during pregnancy and birth and things aren’t going to be ok. We need tools to deal with those unfortunate, tragic, and painful circumstances. Kerry does a beautiful job of sharing her story and it is an incredible demonstration of the tools that help with navigating the unimaginable.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:Why Kerry went to see the midwives at 40 weeksWhat made her midwife’s “spidey senses” go offWhy her care team urged her to be induced as soon as possibleHow long she was in labor before undergoing a c-
12/12/20231 hour 4 minutes 17 seconds
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You're paying for that hospital room....make it yours!

The physical environment around you can make a HUGE impact on your labor and birth! There are 4 things you can influence in your hospital room to help create a positive, supportive energy around your birth (lights, smells, sounds, things).Take my FREE birth plan class drnicolerankins.com/birth-planJoin The Birth Preparation Course - drnicolerankins.com/enrollOur Sponsors:* Check out Mabbly : https://lactationnetwork.com/* Check out Warner Bros: https://www.warnerbros.com/movies/the-color-purpleAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
07/12/202310 minutes 20 seconds
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Ep235: Demystifying Parenting with Sharon Mazel

The blessing and curse of living in the digital age is the overwhelming amount of information. How are you supposed to know what’s reliable and what’s not? It can feel paralyzing to have every fact at our fingertips. Fortunately, you’ve got experts like myself and Sharon Mazel to help cut through the noise.Sharon is an internationally recognized parenting and pregnancy expert, author, journalist, speaker, parenting coach, and mom of four with over 25 years experience in the field. She wrote her new book, Bite-Size Parenting: Your Baby&#39;s First Year, to distill all of that content down to what you really need for baby’s first year!In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:Why modern parenting feels so overwhelmingHow to tell if information is trustworthyWhat to expect from baby in the first few weeksWhich parenting rules are actually mythsHow you can stimulate baby’s growing mindWhen to start readi
05/12/202340 minutes 12 seconds
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Gift Ideas To Help Postpartum!

These are great gift ideas to help postpartum. You can give them or ask for them in your registry! And learn more about postpartum doulas in episode 115 of the podcast.Our Sponsors:* Check out Mabbly : https://lactationnetwork.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
30/11/202310 minutes 32 seconds
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Ep234: Mary Rose’s Birth Story - Overcoming Hyperemesis And A FAST Labor

Mary Rose’s labor went so fast she wouldn’t have had time for medication if she wanted it. She went from “let’s do this” to “your baby’s here” in only 20 minutes of pushing! After struggling through a violently ill pregnancy, she got the beautiful birth she dreamed of.Hyperemesis gravidarum made the first 20 or so weeks of Mary Rose’s pregnancy a nightmare.  It’s more than just morning sickness. Hyperemesis refers to extreme nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. She couldn’t keep anything down and eventually had to go for in-person liquid infusions after losing an unsettling amount of weight. But after that phase passed, she was able to have a normal pregnancy and a birth that went more smoothly than she could’ve anticipated.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:What hyperemesis gravidarum is and how it affected Mary RoseHow her care team could have done more to support her conditionWhether or not Zofran helped with her na
28/11/202349 minutes
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Ep233: 10 Things I’m Thankful For

It&#39;s Thanksgiving this week so I’m sharing 10 things I’m thankful for. I have so much gratitude and a big part of that is YOU. I know your time is valuable and I appreciate that you choose to spend it with me.It’s such a privilege to serve people during one of the most meaningful events of their lives. Whether it’s at the bedside or sharing information on this podcast, I don&#39;t take it lightly that what I get to do is really special and I am incredibly, incredibly grateful to do this work.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:How my openness has helped me grow over the course of my careerWhat makes me excellent at my jobHow many different skills I’ve had the opportunity to learn and practiceWhy I say that education is in my bloodWho has helped and taught me during the course of my careerWhy on earth social media made the list of things I’m grateful forWho works on the s
21/11/202329 minutes 20 seconds
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My NICU Baby Is Turning 16! - What I Remember Most From Her Time In The NICU

My NICU baby is turning 16 this week! So I&#39;m sharing 5 things I remember from that difficult time.Also if you have a baby in the NICU, do check out episode 76 of the podcast with neonatologist Dr. Terri Major-Kincade. It&#39;s the episode I wish I had when I had my NICU baby! https://drnicolerankins.com/episode76/ Our Sponsors:* Check out Mabbly : https://lactationnetwork.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
16/11/20239 minutes 53 seconds
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Ep 232: Anxiety and Pregnancy with Dr. Lauren Cook

Why does Dr. Lauren Cook call Gen-Z and Millennials “Generation Anxiety”? There are a lot of reasons and you’re going to learn about them - and a lot more - in this fascinating episode on mental health. Whether you’re pregnant, in the postpartum, or even if you’re still trying, a lot of challenging feelings can come up. Today’s guest is a clinical psychologist and a mother. She brings a healthy blend of science and personal experience and I know you’re going to learn a lot from her!In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:What makes anxiety different from stressHow to tell if your anxiety is normalHow psychological issues can manifest during pregnancy and postpartumHow to recognize and treat mental health challengesWhat role therapy can playWhen to consider medicationWhat the difference is between therapy and coaching--Full website notes: <a href="http://epi
14/11/202343 minutes 3 seconds
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[A DR. NICOLE FAVORITE] The Midwifery Model Of Care

This week’s episode is a rebroadcast all about midwifery care. It&#39;s a “Dr. Nicole Favorite” because the midwifery model of care is outstanding. All of us who work in maternal health should learn about it, implement midwifery care aspects into the care we provide, and you should look for these elements in the care you receive regardless of whether or not you have a midwife.I was initially inspired to do this episode after hearing Heidi (episode 119) talk about how her midwife worked so well with a physician in order to help her have a beautiful birth. I’ve been working with midwives since my residency training and currently work with midwives today. I fully support working collaboratively with midwives to help provide the best care for patients.So enjoy this Dr. Nicole&#39;s favorite episode all about midwifery!In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:What midwifery is and what
07/11/202342 minutes 26 seconds
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Dr Nicole Says: Pregnant People

In this short episode you&#39;re going to learn my honest thoughts about the term pregnant people.I&#39;d love to hear your thoughts about this! Shoot me a message through my website drnicolerankins.com/contact or send me a DM on Instagram @drnicolerankins.And Make A Birth Plan The RIGHT Way in my free class! Sign up here.Our Sponsors:* Check out Factor: http://factor75.com* Check out Mabbly : https://lactationnetwork.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
02/11/20237 minutes 52 seconds
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Ep231: Vinicia’s Birth Story - The Second Baby Comes Faster, A LOT Faster

I’ve heard and been a part of a LOT of birth stories but I have never heard a birth story quite like this one. Vincia’s second birth was the epitome of precipitous labor. Baby number one arrived two days past his due date after 36 hours of labor - eight hours medicated with Pitocin and an epidural. For the second time around she was dreaming of fifteen hours of labor or less. She never could’ve imagined that it was going to be less than three hours from her first contraction to her baby being born.They had planned for a hospital birth. Their bags were packed, childcare was secured, and the car was warm. But her daughter had different plans. Thankfully, all of their childbirth education (including my podcast and childbirth education course) prepared Vincia and her husband to handle the unexpected home birth. I couldn’t wait to hear her story, and you’re going to love it!In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:How Vincia could tell she
31/10/202355 minutes 25 seconds
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Dr. Nicole Stories - There's An Umbilical Cord Hanging Out!!

This is called an umbilical cord prolapse and it’s a true obstetric emergency.The cord can get squeezed and cut off blood supply to the baby.Listen to learn the unique way I handled this situation.Make A Birth Plan The RIGHT Way! - FREE Class drnicolerankins.com/birth-planOur Sponsors:* Check out Factor: http://factor75.comAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
26/10/20239 minutes 42 seconds
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Ep 230: Hypnosis For Childbirth with Kerry Tuschhoff of Hypnobabies

Hypnosis during labor and birth has come up several times on the podcast and today I’m interviewing an expert. Kerry Tuschhoff is a doula, birth instructor, and founder of Hypnobabies. No, they don’t hypnotize babies :). It’s an online resource for hypnosis classes and courses for childbirth.Kerry was shocked at how severe the pain of childbirth was and decided to dedicate herself to finding a way to make it easier. That path led her to hypno-anesthesia and eventually becoming a professional hypnotherapist. She has so many great tips and lots of good resources to share in this episode!In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:What hypnosis actually isWho is a good candidate for hypnotherapy and who is notHow hypnosis is used during childbirthWhy you may want to practice meditation and visualizationHow your birth partner can support your hypnobirth How hypnosis can help your birthing partner
24/10/202346 minutes 22 seconds
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Story Time: How I Found Out I Was Pregnant

In this quick story time episode you&#39;ll hear how I found out I was pregnant with both of our girls. Spoiler alert - somehow all my OB/GYN knowledge and training went out the window both times :)!Use the code DRNICOLE to get 20% off your first order of personalized prenatal vitamins at helloellement.comOur Sponsors:* Check out Factor: http://factor75.comAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
19/10/202310 minutes 8 seconds
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Ep 229: Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

If you’re considering VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), this episode is a must listen! Most individuals with one (or two!) prior low transverse cesareans can consider VBAC. But you MUST bring it up early with your healthcare provider to be sure they will support your wishes, because not all doctors support it and some are not forthcoming about that. With VBAC, you avoid major surgery and the recovery time can be quicker but it’s not the appropriate option for everyone and there are risks. You can weigh the risks and benefits and decide if it’s the right choice for you. And if you decide to try for a VBAC, this episode will set you up for success!In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:What a vaginal birth after cesarean entailsWho is and is not a candidateWhat’s the most important thing to do if you’re interested in trying for a vaginal birthWhat the risks and benefits areWhich factors a
17/10/202338 minutes 18 seconds
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Dr. Nicole Says - Don't Expect A Doula To Save You

I LOVE a great doula!But I see too much pressure placed on them to save the day for pregnant women and that&#39;s not fair.Check out The Birth Preparation Course: drnicolerankins.com/enrollOur Sponsors:* Check out Factor: http://factor75.comAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
12/10/20239 minutes 8 seconds
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Ep228: Amanda’s Birth Story - Unexpected Yet Beautiful Cesarean

Amanda wanted to share the experience of her “incredibly beautiful” c-section today, so other pregnant people can hear that it doesn’t have to be scary or traumatic. She describes her experience as “gentle and empowering” and wants more people to spread the word that cesarean doesn’t need to be feared or considered “less than.”Now, I usually don’t share birth stories from other countries because I don’t know the system and I can’t comment on it. But sometimes it’s nice to hear about other places because we can learn from them and discover ways we can improve in our system. Amanda is from Canada, and she really opened my eyes to the way an obstetrics system could better serve expectant parents.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:What makes the Canadian healthcare system so different from the American systemWhy Amanda’s OB suggested inductionWhat Amanda wanted for her birth vs what she gotWhy she opted for a c-sec
10/10/202339 minutes 44 seconds
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Dr. Nicole Says - You Deserve More Than A Healthy Baby

We need to stop saying just be happy to have a healthy baby.Birth is a special event that doesn’t happen very often. So of course you have wishes beyond just physical health for this beautiful life changing event.Now, unfortunately not everyone sees things that way. There are doctors, nurses, and even family members or friends who will tell you “just be happy to have a healthy baby”.And yes of course you want a healthy baby, but beyond that, I know you want to be listened to and you want to be treated with compassion, dignity and respect, and you deserve nothing less.Check out The Birth Preparation Course - drnicolerankins.com/enrollJoin my email list: drnicolerankins.com/emailget 20% off your first order of Ellement personalized prenatal using the code DRNICOLE at
05/10/20238 minutes 22 seconds
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Ep 227: Fighting Stillbirth with Elizabeth O’Donnell of Aaliyah in Action

Addressing stillbirth can be a sensitive and challenging topic but it’s an essential one. Like with anything else in birth, it’s always better to learn about every possible outcome, even the ones you don’t want. Besides educating yourself, it’s important to listen to this episode because parents who have experienced stillbirth don’t deserve to suffer in silence. Avoiding their stories out of fear that it might affect your own pregnancy denies support to those who need it most. If it happened to you, wouldn’t you want others to hear your story?Elizabeth started the non-profit Aaliyah in Action after her personal experience with stillbirth. Losing her daughter during pregnancy made her acutely aware of the system’s lack of support for grieving parents. In response, she stepped up to fill that gap, now offering the helping hand she wishes she would’ve had during that challenging time.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:How Elizabeth channele
03/10/202349 minutes 37 seconds
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Dr. Nicole's Stories From The Hospital - A Low Intervention Unmedicated Hospital Birth

In this shorty episode you&#39;ll get a play by play of what it was like when I recently cared for a patient who had a low intervention hospital birth. Here are a few things that were included -no IV fluids (but a saline lock)intermittent monitoringlimited cervical exams (I only did 2 during her more than 12 hours of labor)encouraging movingeating and drinking as she desiredand more!Check out my online childbirth education class The Birth Preparation Course - drnicolerankins.com/enroll Our Sponsors:* Check out Factor: http://factormeals.com/drnicole50Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
28/09/202314 minutes 40 seconds
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Ep226: Cesarean Birth - Everyone Needs to Listen to This!

In this episode, you’re going to learn about cesarean births - both planned and unplanned. I’ve actually had two cesarean births, one unplanned and one planned. I want to show some love to fellow cesarean parents because it’s essential, whether you’re planning a cesarean or not, to understand what might happen. Being prepared for the possibility of a c-section is crucial, as it can be the right choice for you or your baby’s health. And it’s ok to feel upset about having a cesarean but don’t let it overshadow the joy of becoming a new parent. If it does, don’t hesitate to ask for help.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:Which factors could lead to a planned cesareanWhat happens during a c-section from start to finishHow the hospital might implement “enhanced recovery” strategies both before and after birthHow spinal anesthesia works and why it is the preferred methodWho will be in the operating roo
26/09/202344 minutes 35 seconds
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Dr. Nicole Says - Skin To Skin Contact Should Be Routine With EVERY Birth

On your skin. That’s where your baby should be right after birth!The benefits of skin to skin contact include:An easier transition to newborn lifeMore stable breathing and temperatureHelps with breastfeedingPromotes bondingCheck out The Birth Preparation Course , my online childbirth education class that gets you calm. confident, and empowered to have a beautiful birth. Our Sponsors:* Check out Factor: http://factormeals.com/drnicole50Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
21/09/202311 minutes 22 seconds
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Ep 225: Meg’s Birth Story - A Successful Vaginal Birth After Cesarean and an Unexpected Water Birth

When Meg was already trying for the ambitious goal of an unmedicated VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), the hospital didn&#39;t think she could also have a water birth. But she proved them wrong when she gave birth in the tub.Her first baby was breech. Despite trying everything she could to turn her, she was unable to and in the end had a c-section. Even though the birth went well, she was disappointed that she didn&#39;t have the experience she wanted. Even though she knew there was a chance it wouldn’t work out, she decided to try for a VBAC on her second birth. In this incredible birth story you’ll hear all about how her birth wishes came true.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:What about Meg’s first birth made her want a VBACWhat lead to her first birth being a cesareanHow hypnobirthing helped her access the trauma from her c-sectionWhen she went into labor for her sec
19/09/202345 minutes 14 seconds
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Dr Nicole Says - NOTHING should happen to you during your birth without your consent

Nothing should happen to you during your birth without your consent.That means before➡️ Vaginal exams➡️ Breaking your water➡️ Starting pitocin➡️ Episiotomythere’s a discussion about the benefits, risks, and alternatives and your provider needs to receive your explicit consent before proceeding.This places YOU at the center of your birth which is exactly how it should be.The Birth Preparation CourseOur Sponsors:* Check out Factor: http://factormeals.com/drnicole50Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
14/09/202310 minutes 29 seconds
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Ep 224: Being a Solo Mom By Choice with Julia Karol

Sometimes, you realize that your Plan B was your Plan A all along. When Julia chose to become a solo mom, there were a lot of decisions to be made. She meditated, traveled, journaled, and more.This path of independent maternity felt right to her so she set out to learn as much about alternative families as she could. She decided to do this by having conversations with real people which inspired her podcast Stork’d. She’s on a mission to share through personal experience, both hers and others’, what it looks like to create your own happiness.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:Why Julia opted to be a solo momWhat made her select insemination over adoptionHow her friends and family responded to her choice to be an independent parentHow she found the confidence to stand firm in her decision to be a solo motherWhich factors she took into consideration when choosing a sperm donor</l
12/09/202348 minutes 12 seconds
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Ep224: Being a Solo Mom By Choice with Julia Karol

Sometimes, you realize that your Plan B was your Plan A all along. When Julia chose to become a solo mom, there were a lot of decisions to be made. She meditated, traveled, journaled, and more.This path of independent maternity felt right to her so she set out to learn as much about alternative families as she could. She decided to do this by having conversations with real people which inspired her podcast Stork’d. She’s on a mission to share through personal experience, both hers and others’, what it looks like to create your own happiness.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:Why Julia opted to be a solo momWhat made her select insemination over adoptionHow her friends and family responded to her choice to be an independent parentHow she found the confidence to stand firm in her decision to be a solo motherWhich factors she took into consideration when choosing a sperm donorWhat the donor selec
12/09/202348 minutes 12 seconds
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Ep223: What You Need To Know About Shoulder Dystocia

Some of you may have heard about the tragic incident in Atlanta involving a case of shoulder dystocia during childbirth. In light of this case, I thought I’d take the opportunity to explain exactly what shoulder dystocia is, how likely it is to occur, and what makes it so dangerous.I delve into this topic in more detail in the episode, but essentially shoulder dystocia occurs when a baby’s shoulder gets stuck behind the pelvic bone during delivery. Nine times out of ten the situation will resolve with no harm to the birthing person or baby. However, there’s no way to predict when it might happen so maternity care providers like myself need to stay prepared to handle it during childbirth.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:What shoulder dystocia isHow likely is it to occurWhat some of the common risk factors areWhy addressing dystocia needs to happen as quickly as possibleWhat hospitals and medical provi
05/09/202338 minutes 43 seconds
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Dr. Nicole Says: Mistreatment In Pregnancy and Birth Study and How To Avoid Mistreatment

This Dr. Nicole Says episode is about the August 2023 CDC study examining mistreatment and discrimination in birth.Approximately one in five (20.4%) respondents reported experiencing at least one type of mistreatment. 28.9% of respondents reported experiencing at least one form of discrimination during maternity care. Yet, 90.5% of respondents were satisfied with the care they received during pregnancy Why is that? I break all of it down and you&#39;ll also learn how you can avoid mistreatment.Link to CDC StudyThe Birth Preparation CourseAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: <a href='https://redcircle.com/
31/08/202316 minutes 24 seconds
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Ep 222: Rachel’s Birth Story - A Quick Unmedicated Birth After Choosing Induction

It’s not very often we get to speak to someone who plans for an induction. But when Rachel’s husband only had TWO DAYS of parental leave and was assigned an out-of-town position, induction was the perfect solution!What she wanted was an unmedicated birth preferably without Pitocin and incredibly that’s what she got! However, it wasn’t by accident. Rachel refers to herself as “type A” and she was very, very prepared (including taking The Birth Preparation Course!). All of her planning paid off because she was able to give birth with her husband at her side and they’ve even gone on to have a second baby since. You’re going to love this story!In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:What a preconception consultation is and how it helped RachelWhy she thinks we should abandon the term “morning sickness”How she struggled with self-blaming thoughts after an accidental fall at 7 monthsWhat made the
29/08/202355 minutes 59 seconds
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Dr. Nicole Says: It's Ok To Fear Birth!

Welcome to the first episode of Dr. Nicole Says! In this episode you&#39;ll learn why it&#39;s not only ok, but NORMAL to fear birth and what you should do with that fear.These Dr. Nicole Says episodes will be short episodes (about 10 minutes or less) where I share a little pregnancy and birth gem with you :).The only way to know about these episodes is to subscribe to the podcast so be sure you&#39;re subscribed!Register for the class How to Make a Birth Plan the RIGHT Way (next LIVE class is August 29th!)Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
24/08/20239 minutes 59 seconds
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Ep 221: Healing Through Birth Story Medicine with Amelia Kriss

Have you heard of birth story medicine? Today’s guest, Amelia Kriss, is a therapist who helps parents work through unresolved issues connected to the experience of giving birth. Not everyone will necessarily need to work through their delivery narrative with someone else. But for those who experience trauma it can be a helpful tool.When people are unhappy with their birth it’s generally not because of the specific course it took but rather because they hadn’t anticipated the possibility of it deviating from what they envisioned. Even if you’re sure of the birth you want, it’s important to explore all possibilities. You can’t control birth so the best thing you can do is educate yourself so you can be prepared.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:Why it’s important to process your birth storyWhat a drama therapist doesHow to balance processing your birth story while staying in the present momentW
22/08/202353 minutes 56 seconds
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Ep 220: Amber’s Birth Story - Rushed Through Labor and a Quick Birth

Amber had the picture perfect pregnancy that ended with an emergency induction. Her daughter couldn&#39;t tolerate the contractions and her heart rate kept decelerating. The birth almost ended up in a c-section but Amber was determined to at least have the vaginal birth she hoped for.She succeeded in having a vaginal birth but her care team was not very supportive. In fact, they rushed her every step of the way. 99% of the time, the heart rate can drop and your baby will be just fine. Amber says now that she wishes she would have been more firm in what she wanted but honestly her care team should have been listening to her. I would say she did a great job of standing her ground.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:How Amber could tell she was pregnantHow her pregnancy affected her immune systemWhy she recommends pelvic floor therapyHow her husband supported her throughout her pregnancyWhat her birth wish
15/08/20231 hour 8 minutes 54 seconds
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[FAN FAVORITE] What You Need To Know About Labor Induction

I&#39;m taking a little time of to reset and recharge so enjoy this fan favorite rebroadcast episode on labor induction!I covered this topic 3 years ago and there is new information in this updated episode. I get a lot of requests to talk about this and I get why. It’s one of those topics that makes a lot of pregnant people nervous. You may have heard horror stories about induction and pitocin. Plus there’s concern about the cascade of interventions or increasing the risk for c-section - so I get it. And on today’s episode I will answer your questions and shed some light on what labor induction is all about!In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:-What labor induction is-Why labor may be induced (you’ll be surprised to hear that there are only 2 reasons)-When induction is NOT appropriate-How labor is induced and the efficacy of different methods-What constitutes a failed induction-Which questions to ask before being induced<p
08/08/202345 minutes 27 seconds
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Ep219: The Real Effect of Hyperemesis And Strategies To Treat It with Kimber MacGibbon of The Hyperemesis Foundation

In this episode you’re going to get excellent information and strategies to help with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) from RN Kimber MacGibbon of The Hyperemesis Foundation. Her organization works to dispel the misconception that hyperemesis is a short-lived condition without consequences for the mother or child.After her own experience with HG during two pregnancies, she was shocked to find that her doctor was not willing to help her. It was difficult to find information and resources so she decided to tackle the problem herself. Working with other experts in the field, she developed HER Foundation, a non-profit which is taking the lead in advancing HG research, advocacy, and education.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:What hyperemesis is and how it’s different from morning sicknessHow long it can lastWhat complications are possibleWhich strategies and medications can be helpfulHow to tell if it’s time t
01/08/202349 minutes 7 seconds
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Ep 218: A Step By Step Process On How To Choose a Doula

I’m sure you’ve heard me say how much I love doulas. Studies show that having a doula can shorten labor, decrease the need for pain medicine, and increase your chances for having a vaginal delivery. They provide physical and emotional support during labor and the postpartum period. But just like any other practitioner, not every doula is going to be the right fit for you.In this episode I’m going to walk you through the process of finding the right support specialist to help you along your birth and postpartum journey. We’ll go over where to look and the questions you should ask potential candidates. Remember that it’s your birth and your money. Hire the person who is going to make you feel comfortable and be your ally.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:What a doula is and how they help during labor and postpartumWhy you might consider hiring oneWhere to find a doulaWhy it’s important to interview mu
25/07/202334 minutes 59 seconds
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Ep 217: Kristine’s Birth Story - An Unmedicated Hospital Birth with Premature Rupture of Membranes

Kristine had a very positive birth experience. In her words, her pregnancy “wasn’t easy but it wasn’t hard.” It’s good to remember that even though birth is unpredictable, it’s possible to have the experience you want. Kristine hoped for an unmedicated hospital birth and that’s what she got.A birth plan doesn’t come with any guarantees but if you don’t have one it can make getting what you want a lot harder. Multiple people along the way asked Kristine for her plan and that’s great but a lot of birthing people don’t have that experience. You need to show up prepared to advocate for yourself and preferably with a birth partner who can help support your wishes.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:Which uncommon pregnancy symptoms Kristine experiencedWhy she recommends everyone do pelvic floor PTWhy she chose to hire a doula and how she felt that helped on her journeyWhat made her 39 week a
18/07/202354 minutes
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Ep 216: What You Need to Know About Pumping with Dr. Dianna Dixon from Pump with Purpose

When Dianna had her first baby she felt like no one explained anything about pumping. Hospital staff didn’t tell her about her options, sizing and fit, or even how to do it. Dianna’s own journey led her to found Pump with Purpose, a global lactation private practice for people who want to include pumping in their journey, either exclusively or in addition to nursing. They help the breastfeeding community with common concerns like increasing supply, finding the right pump and flange, and getting onto a schedule. She is so passionate about her work and it comes through in the conversation. Most people will wind up using a breast pump at some point so everyone should know this information.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:-How to decide which breast pump is right for you-Which factors to consider when deciding what size flange to use-Why you need a pumping bra and what makes it different from a nursing bra-
11/07/202359 minutes 31 seconds
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Ep 215: 11 Must Know Tips to Have the Best Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum Experience

In this episode you’re going to learn 11 must-know tips to have the best pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience. As you know, I’ve delivered thousands of babies and I’ll be the first to tell you that you can’t predict how any birth will go. The only predictable thing about birth is that it’s unpredictable.  BUT….you can absolutely be ready for that unpredictability! I’ve put together a list of tips that everyone having a baby can benefit from. Whether it’s your first or your last, whether you’re giving birth in the hospital, a birth center or at home, whether you have a midwife or a physician, this advice will be super helpful to you!In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:-What making the most of your prenatal care looks like-Why it’s essential to attend all of your prenatal checkups-What a support system is and how to build one-Why you need a birth partner who you can communicate withWhat are some ways
04/07/202341 minutes 53 seconds
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Ep 214: Jade’s Birth Story - 9 Months of Nausea, 2 Minutes of Pushing

A challenging pregnancy doesn’t necessarily mean a difficult birth. Jade had an awful nine months. She experienced nausea, severe pelvic pain, and adverse reactions to medication. Her hope was to have an unmedicated birth but as she struggled with her pregnancy she wondered if she would be able to get through her delivery without assistance.Well, Jade not only had her baby without medication but the birth almost moved too quickly. She barely made it to the bed! There’s so much to learn from her story and you’re going to love the way she tells it.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:How Jade prepared both her mind and her body for birthWhy she chose to work with midwives for this birthWhat medication actually cured her persistent nausea…and how that medication wound up putting her in the hospitalWhat pica is and what causes itHow chiropractic care helped her with painFull
27/06/202350 minutes 43 seconds
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Ep 213: Breastfeeding Education with Kelly Kendall, IBCLC, of The Balanced Boob

**This episode is sponsored by The Lactation Network, the largest network of accredited breastfeeding experts in the country. Visit tln.care/AAPB to learn more and schedule your own insurance-covered consultation today!I always say that breastfeeding is a labor of love. It’s rewarding but it can also be extremely challenging. Just because it’s natural, doesn’t mean it’s going to come naturally. That’s where education comes in. Although first-hand experience is valuable, you need someone with expertise and training, someone like today’s guest.Kelly Kendall is a Nurse and IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). She is also the founder of The Balanced Boob, an educational resource and support community for breastfeeding families. I’ve been in maternity care for a long time and she even taught me some new things so I know you’re going to learn a lot from this episode!In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:</strong
20/06/202345 minutes 39 seconds
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Ep 212: What Happens During Labor - A Sneak Peak Inside The Birth Preparation Course!

**This episode is sponsored by The Lactation Network, the largest network of accredited breastfeeding experts in the country. Visit tln.care/AAPB to learn more and schedule your own insurance-covered consultation today!Today you’re getting a special sneak peek inside the Birth Preparation Course! If you’ve been listening for a while, you’ve heard me talk about it. For those who don’t know, it’s my signature online childbirth education class designed to get you calm, confident, and empowered to have the beautiful birth experience you deserve.In this episode, I’ll be going through the lesson on exactly what happens during labor, from the moment you get to the hospital until your baby is born. This episode is great in audio but it’s even better in video because you can see the things I demonstrate. Hop on over to the <a href="https://drnicolerankins.com/birth-course/" re
13/06/202337 minutes 2 seconds
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Ep 211: Monique’s Birth Story - Prioritizing Peace

**This episode is sponsored by The Lactation Network, the largest network of accredited breastfeeding experts in the country. Visit tln.care/AAPB to learn more and schedule your own insurance-covered consultation today!Monique thought she was going to have a vaginal birth with an epidural. She was scheduled to be induced just after 40 weeks but as it goes with labor, things took a bit of a turn and you’re going to hear about all those twists and turns in today’s birth story episode.Being a recent transplant from Suriname in South America, she was still adjusting to a strange country when she got pregnant. Going into motherhood away from home meant she had to be extra prepared. She did a ton of research, hired doulas, and asked friends for help. Because of all the work she did to make sure she was supported, she had the beautiful birth she deserved.In this Episode, You’ll Learn
06/06/202336 minutes 16 seconds
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Ep 210: The Freedom to Choose Your Birthing Position with Dr. Rebecca Dekker of Evidence Based Birth

**This episode is sponsored by The Lactation Network, the largest network of accredited breastfeeding experts in the country. Visit tln.care/AAPB to learn more and schedule your own insurance-covered consultation today!Dr. Rebecca Dekker is back! You may remember Dr. Rebecca from way, way back in episode 18. Since then, my work and hers have both grown tremendously. If you enjoy what I’m doing here I think you would also enjoy the resources she provides through her organization, Evidence Based Birth.Today’s conversation is all about the topic she has dedicated so much of her work to: birthing positions. A majority of US births are supine, or on the back. This is what we always see in tv and movies but it’s actually not the ideal, or more importantly, ONLY way to give birth. There isn’t a perfect or best labor position. Instead, what really matters is that you have the freedom and support to m
30/05/202353 minutes 26 seconds
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Ep 209: The Umbilical Cord -What Is It, What Does It Do and What Problems Can Occur

The umbilical cord is truly your baby’s lifeline. It provides a pathway for the exchange of nutrients, oxygen, and waste. After birth the cord is cut and the fetal circulation ends, leaving behind a small stump. And when that stump falls away it makes the belly button, a permanent reminder of the physical connection between you and your baby.In this episode you’re going to learn about what potential problems can happen with the umbilical cord including those diagnosed during pregnancy (marginal cord insertion, velamentous cord insertion, vasa previa, 2 vessel cord), and those that can occur during birth (cord compression, cord prolapse, nuchal cord, cord knots). Now, even though I go over a lot of cord-related issues in this episode, the chances of a true emergency are unlikely. I want you to be informed and aware of the potential risks but mostly I want you to come away from this episode feeling amazed and appreciative of what your body can do.<
23/05/202341 minutes 21 seconds
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Ep 208: Candace’s Birth Story - Reclaiming Your Birth Story After Obstetric Violence

When Candace learned how dangerous it is to be Black and give birth in the US, she started looking for solutions. Using her skills as a professional data scientist, she determined that she would be safest opting for an unmedicated birth at a birthing center.There, the staff was patient, respectful and communicative. But at 39 weeks, after days of prodromal labor, a hospital transfer was necessary. That’s when her whole experience took a dark turn. About 20% of all birth center births will result in a hospital transfer. The most common reason for transfer is pain management. If we do a little back of the napkin math, that means that Candace’s story is incredibly common. That’s just unacceptable. We can and should do better and this episode shows how the simplest efforts can make big impacts.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:Which four factors Candace determined improve outcomes for Black pare
16/05/20231 hour 6 minutes 14 seconds
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Ep 207: Beauty from the Inside Out with Personal Stylist Anetra Byrd

Society has always been so judgmental of what mothers “should” wear during pregnancy. But celebrities like Rihanna and Beyoncé are showing off their baby bellies and still looking sexy, proving maternity doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style.Personal stylist Anetra Byrd is here for a fun episode about what to wear while your body goes through changes. If you saw the pictures from my women’s empowerment talk with Tracee Ellis Ross, you know how talented Anetra is. She styled me for that event and made me feel confident and true to myself. You deserve to look good during pregnancy, whatever that might look like to you, and Anetra has a lot of great advice on how to be chic and stay comfortable.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:What a personal stylist doesHow Anetra helps clients express themselves authenticallyWhy you need support from both your bra and your loved ones What some key pieces a
09/05/202342 minutes 43 seconds
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Ep206: What Does it Mean to Have an Ectopic Pregnancy?

We’re doing a better job of talking about miscarriage but we don’t necessarily talk a lot about ectopic pregnancy loss. As I explain in the episode, an ectopic pregnancy happens when a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube. If that happens, it can be life-threatening and requires medical attention.The emotional impact of an ectopic pregnancy can be the same as a miscarriage. Feelings of sadness, grief, and loss are common. Plus, it’s normal to experience anxiety and fear around your own health as well as what’s going to happen in future pregnancies.The good news is that most often, an ectopic pregnancy will not affect your fertility. Listen to this episode to learn what warning signs to look out for and how to get the treatment you need. After you’ve received proper care, you should be able to go on to have a healthy baby.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:<
02/05/202338 minutes 25 seconds
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Ep 205: Chelsea’s Birth Story - Being Informed and Advocating for Yourself

It’s a good thing Chelsea is a lawyer because she had to defend herself all through labor. She did a lot of research and was incredibly prepared for her birth. However, when she asked informed questions her doctors were impatient and annoyed instead of giving her the attention she needed. After her water broke, a doctor literally didn&#39;t believe her until she saw the ultrasound to prove it.As a Black woman, Chelsea’s biggest fear was dying in childbirth. The way her doctors dismissed her concerns is exactly why it is so dangerous to be Black in the maternal healthcare system. Despite being mistreated and nothing going according to plan, she has now gone through counseling and is feeling proud of her birth.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:-How she prepared for her birth-What made her favorite doctor so special-How she managed several days of contractions at home-How some of her doctors were d
25/04/202357 minutes 25 seconds
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Ep204: Preparing for Your Newborn with Pediatrician and CEO of Newborn Prep Academy Dr. Emeka Obidi

What happens with your newborn in the hospital and at that first doctor&#39;s visit after you go home? No really, what happens? Because as an OB/GYN I don’t know. Once mom and baby are separate, the pediatrician takes over! Lol.Today’s guest, Dr. Obidi, is here to fill us in on all of that. He is a board certified pediatrician and the CEO of Newborn Prep Academy, an online newborn preparation course. There is a lot of great advice in this episode for how to get the most out of your visits with your baby’s doctor. I love, love, love his “confident moms mindset” approach and I know you will too!In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:When you should start looking for a pediatricianWhich tests are done in the hospital for baby and whyWhat are some of the most common postnatal tests and treatmentsWhat some of the intervention options are for treating infant health concernsWhy you shouldn’t panic if your baby lo
18/04/202353 minutes 39 seconds
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Ep 203: Maternal and Pregnancy-Related Morbidity and Mortality and What You Can Do About It

This episode covers a very difficult subject but it’s important for EVERYONE to hear. Pregnancy-related deaths are on the rise in the U.S. and Black women/birthing people are dying at more than twice the rate of their white counterparts. As the richest country in the world, we have the resources to do better and it’s honestly embarrassing.Because it’s Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17), I wanted to focus on racial inequities in care. When controlling for other factors, it comes down to systemic racism. I know race can be hard to talk about but things aren’t going to get better unless we do. We can specifically address disparities that affect Black folks AND we can acknowledge other problems at the same time. It’s not an either/or.Resolving healthcare inequality starts with listening so please really listen. If you feel moved to help, there’s a lot you can do. What you say, how you vote, and where you put your money makes a difference. Listen till the end and chec
11/04/202352 minutes
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Ep202: Charlotte’s Birth Story - Choosing to Have A Miracle Baby

You’ll definitely want a box of Kleenex for this episode but spoiler: Charlotte’s baby is doing just fine! A very low risk pregnancy became high-risk almost overnight when an irregular scan revealed a heart problem. This very rare condition meant her baby would be born with a partially-formed sternum and an exposed heart.Eventually she delivered her daughter via c-section but before that she had to decide whether to proceed with the pregnancy at all. Termination was a viable option and she discussed it with her husband. However, it didn’t feel right. Charlotte is an ardent supporter of a woman’s right to choose and when it came time to make a decision about the path of her own pregnancy, she chose to continue. She has some really wise words for anyone going through the unpredictable parts of pregnancy so you are definitely going to learn something by listening to this powerful episode.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:Why childbirth edu
04/04/202350 minutes 57 seconds
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Ep201: Everything You Wanted to Know About Twins with Perinatologist Dr. Nathan S. Fox

Aren’t twins so fascinating? Today we have Dr. Nathan (Nate) Fox here to tell us all about them! He’s a maternal fetal medicine specialist, also known as a high-risk pregnancy doctor or a perinatologist, which is an OB/GYN that works with more complex pregnancies. The truth is a lot of doctors don’t have much training or experience with twins and as a result, you might not get the level of care you need or have all the birth options open to you. You want doctors on your team who know which screenings/tests to do, how often you should be seen, and what your nutrition should be like (it’s different for twins). You also want doctors who feel confident offering vaginal birth instead of just going straight to cesarean, which happens more than it should. Whether you are pregnant with twins or just want to learn more about twins, this episode is a must listen.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:-What it means to be a maternal fetal medicine
28/03/20231 hour 1 minute 47 seconds
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Episode 200 - UPDATED FILE Celebrating 200 Episodes!

Sorry, the first file was initially cut off. Here&#39;s the full episode. Enjoy! __________________ Wow! Can you believe it’s been 200 episodes?! Thank you, thank you, thank you for being on this journey with me. If you had asked me a few years ago if I thought I was going to be a podcaster, I probably would’ve said “What’s a podcast?” I never could’ve imagined having this opportunity to help and serve so many people beyond what I do at the bedside. Whether I realized it or not, I was guided along a path here. Thanks to God, the “Universe,” or whatever it may be, I wound up in the right place to do the most good. Everything fell into place and I’m so grateful to have what I never knew I wanted. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -How my medical school epiphany struck me -What aspects of medicine I was specifically drawn to -How I wrestled with parting
22/03/202333 minutes 6 seconds
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Ep200: Celebrating 200 Episodes!

Wow! Can you believe it’s been 200 episodes?! Thank you, thank you, thank you for being on this journey with me. If you had asked me a few years ago if I thought I was going to be a podcaster, I probably would’ve said “What’s a podcast?” I never could’ve imagined having this opportunity to help and serve so many people beyond what I do at the bedside. Whether I realized it or not, I was guided along a path here. Thanks to God, the “Universe,” or whatever it may be, I wound up in the right place to do the most good. Everything fell into place and I’m so grateful to have what I never knew I wanted. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -How my medical school epiphany struck me -What aspects of medicine I was specifically drawn to -How I wrestled with parting from a career in academia -Why it’s important to remember that you can get what you want and not be happy <p dir=
21/03/202333 minutes 6 seconds
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Ep199: Haley’s Birth Story - An Extremely Prepared Mom with an Extremely Fast Labor

I am particularly delighted with Haley’s birth story! She was just about as prepared as you can be. Not only did she do childbirth education (including taking my birth prep course!) but she prepared physically. Before she and her husband even started trying she was taking vitamins, minding her physical fitness, and getting tests at the doctor. In this episode we literally laugh and cry. Her birth was relatively straight-forward. What makes this story so special is the joy you can hear in Haley’s voice when she talks about her birth experience and meeting her baby. Tune in for an interview that will remind you what makes birth beautiful. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -Why I call Haley “textbook” prepared -How knowledge made her feel empowered in her decisions -How she and her provider came to a compromise over induction -How she was able to instinctively tell when
14/03/20231 hour 6 minutes 2 seconds
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Ep198: Everything You Need to Have in Your Hospital Bag

So today we’re talking about how to get ready for the hospital, specifically what to pack. Packing your hospital bag can feel stressful and getting ready in advance will give you one less thing to worry about when the time comes. Of course there’s more you can do to prepare for your trip than just packing. I also offer some helpful logistical tips to make navigating your labor and birth easier. As an OB/GYN I’ve seen a lot of what works and what doesn’t and I’d love to share some of that knowledge with you today!   In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -What it means to “pre-register” with the hospital and how it can make your birth easier -Why it’s a good idea to visit the hospital and find labor and delivery ahead of time -What “GBS” refers to and why your GBS status is important -What to bring for while you’re in labor -What to bring f
07/03/202333 minutes 23 seconds
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Ep197: Perinatal Mental Health with Anne Wanlund from Canopie

Continuing on the topic of mental health, this week’s episode is an interview with the CEO and founder of Canopie, Anne Wanlund. Canopie is an app that works in tandem with top perinatal mental health experts to give parents access to clinically-effective therapies. Their mission is to make mental wellness support universal and a standard part of pregnancy and postpartum care. I appreciate the preventative approach of Anne’s work. It helps bridge the gap between those who need care and the services that can help them. Her own experience inspired her to create a solution: something streamlined, easy to use, and affordable - she’s even working to make it FREE! I want you to know that I am not being compensated for this episode. I think Canopie is doing great work and I just love to bring you all information about tools that may be helpful in your pregnancy, birth and postpartum journey. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:<
28/02/202341 minutes 10 seconds
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[REBROADCAST] Coaching Dads Through the “WTF” Moments of Fatherhood with David Arrell

This week&#39;s episode is a rebroadcast because my husband Falcon and I are taking a much needed trip togther with just the two of us. And in the spirit of he and I taking some time together, I chose an episode that you and your partner can listen to together! I interview David Arrell, author of Welcome to Fathrhood: The Modern Man&#39;s Guide to Pregnancy, Childirth, and Fatherhood. Grab your partner so you both can take a listen and soak up all the goodness in this episode. I know you are going to enjoy it and find it really helpful!   In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -How to be a supportive and attentive teammate through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum -Why it’s important to look at parenthood as “teamwork,” as opposed to “women’s work” -How to handle people who challenge a more progressive approach to fatherhood / being a stay at home dad -What inspired David to write his book
21/02/202354 minutes 7 seconds
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Ep196: Marielis’s Birth Story - Healing from Postpartum Psychosis

In this episode we have Marielis sharing her experience with postpartum psychosis. I usually don’t do two birth stories in a row but in light of the Lindsay Clancy case I thought it was important to release this one today. If you haven’t heard about it yet, Lindsay Clancy strangled her three children and is now a paraplegic as a result of a suicide attempt. It is suspected that this was due to postpartum psychosis. Postpartum psychosis is relatively rare, occurring in only 1 to 2 births out of 1,000. And homicidal behavior is uncommon among those with the diagnosis. Psychosis is a disturbance in an individual&#39;s perception of reality which can manifest in the form of delusions and hallucinations among other symptoms. This is what Marielis experienced after giving birth. Once she realized something was wrong, she did everything right: listened to her intuition, communicated that she felt off, sought help early, and followed through on he
14/02/202345 minutes 40 seconds
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Ep195: Claudia’s Birth Story - 52 Hours from Induction to Vaginal Birth

This is a delightful birth story episode from a fellow physician! Claudia is an orthopedic sports surgeon, currently stationed with the Air Force in Anchorage, Alaska. She gave birth at the same military facility where she works and loved her experience. Even though she went into pregnancy at a (barely) advanced maternal age and with pre-existing borderline hypertension, she was still able to have the vaginal birth she wanted. Being in the “at risk” category doesn’t necessarily predict how your birth will go. A different hospital might have pushed for a c-section instead of waiting for interventions to work. Induction can be long!! Hers was Tuesday to Thursday. You have to be patient with the process and fortunately her care team was. I love how one of the doctors in the practice asked if she had birth wishes. This is how it should be done. Fortunately Claudia came prepared with a birth plan she’d made the right way (using <a href="http:
07/02/202350 minutes 14 seconds
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Ep 194: Advice from Labor and Delivery Nurse Liesel Teen a.k.a. Mommy Labor Nurse

Today’s guest, Liesel Teen, BSN, RN, is a labor and delivery nurse and the founder of Mommy Labor Nurse. I have been wanting to have a labor and delivery nurse on for a long time because I know how important they are to the birth experience. We obviously have quite a bit of overlap in what we do but I never want to come in front of you like I’m the only one with information to help you through your pregnancy and birth. Now of course I offer fantastic information but it’s great to have more than one trusted source. We come from different backgrounds, different experiences, and we bring that to our work. It can also be reassuring to hear the same thing from multiple experts. Different people present information in different ways and you may just find that one educator’s style works for you better than another. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -What exactly does a labor and delivery (L&amp;D) nurse do during la
31/01/202351 minutes 21 seconds
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Ep193: 10 Crazy Things from My Career

I cannot believe I graduated from medical school in 2002! Looking back at my career, a lot of wild things have happened. On this podcast I get to bring you expert advice, education on important topics, and all kinds of birth stories. But for this episode, I thought I’d do something a little more lighthearted and share 10 interesting things from my two-decade career. I will be talking about some of the difficult things that happen in my specialty, as well. Some of these stories are going to be a little bit gruesome - I give a warning in the episode before going into anything graphic so you can skip ahead. Overall you are going to enjoy it and hopefully you find these stories funny or relatable. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -What makes it impossible for the hospital to prepare your epidural before you arrive -Why all kinds of reactions to the arrival of your baby are ok</sp
24/01/202335 minutes 54 seconds
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Ep192: Tes’s Birth Story - An Empowered First Time Birth For a 40+ Year Old Mom

This is the first birth story of 2023 and it’s such a wonderful, happy, joyful one. Tes&#39;s pregnancy journey included an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, and an almost IVF cycle that was halted by Covid shutdowns. At 43 years old she gave birth to a healthy baby girl. I really like how she maintains a positive attitude but is still honest about the hard parts. She’s real about loss, frustration, and pain - and she admits that yes, she did cuss but she never cussed at anyone.   In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -What age Tes and her partner were when they decided to try and get pregnant -Whether she conceived with or without IVF -How the onset of the pandemic affected her pregnancy plans -How she managed pregnancy loss
17/01/20231 hour 1 minute 20 seconds
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Ep 191: A Personalized Approach to Prenatal Vitamins with Doreen Bloch and Dr. Nathan S. Fox of Ellement

This is the first time I’m having more than one guest on at a time and I’m super excited to have both. Today I’m joined by Doreen Bloch and Dr. Nathan S. Fox. Doreen is the CEO and founder of Ellement, the first personalized prenatal supplement system. And Nathan is a board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist and an advisor at Ellement. Ellement was actually a sponsor of the podcast last year and I invited them to come back because what they’re doing with prenatal supplements is pretty cool. The short story is that, unlike most prenatals, these supplements are made specifically for each individual person based on their unique needs or dietary preferences. I love the idea of things being more personalized and less one size fits all; I think that’s the future of where supplements and healthcare overall are headed. Please know that I have no financial interest here. They are no longer sponsoring the podcast - I just want to share things wit
10/01/202345 minutes 30 seconds
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Ep 190: Physiologic Birth

I’m kicking off the new year with a really important episode about physiologic birth. I was inspired to cover this topic by our guest from episode 168, CNM Gianna Fay. She wrote to me asking if I would be willing to cover it and my response was - sure… but how? It’s not a topic that OB/GYNs are taught much if anything about. The term gets used a lot in the online space but it’s not often defined. So I decided to roll up my sleeves and see what information I could find. I learned about it myself and I’m going to share that information with you today. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -How normal physiologic birth is defined -Which factors disrupt physiologic childbirth -What are the benefits of normal physiologic birth -Whether any one position should be mandated or prescribed -What are the factors that influence physiologic birth<
03/01/202356 minutes 24 seconds
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Ep189: Top Episodes of 2022

Welcome to the last episode of the year! As always I’m incredibly grateful that you are spending some of your time with me today. So in this episode I am sharing the most downloaded episodes of 2022 from each of the main categories of the show: birth stories, expert interviews, and solo episodes. I love producing this podcast because I not only get to share my knowledge with you but I actually get to learn and grow as an OB through these interviews. Now I often do listener shoutouts and today I want to do a listener shoutout to YOU, to every single person who is listening to me right now. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all that you do to listen, support, and share the podcast. It just means the world to me. I love getting messages saying that you appreciate the show and what it has done for you, for your pregnancy,  and for your birth experience. It truly warms my heart and keeps me going during the times when this work gets challenging.
27/12/202226 minutes 56 seconds
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Ep188: Krysti’s Birth Story - The Best Case Scenario

Krysti’s birth was everything she wanted. Due to her mosaic Turner&#39;s syndrome, she struggled with infertility. But after only one cycle of IVF she was able to conceive! Her labor progressed very quickly and she had to speak up for herself to convince her care team that she was actually in labor. In fact things moved so fast that she gave birth right in a triage room. It goes to show that we can’t predict what birth will be like, we can only prepare. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -What mosaic Turner’s syndrome is and what it means for pregnancy -What made Krysti feel like she might be going into labor -What her attitude was towards pain management -How giving birth outside of a birthing room affected her experience -What her pain experience was like having a sunny side up birth -How she struggled to adju
20/12/202242 minutes 25 seconds
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Ep187: The Benefits of Yoga During and After Pregnancy with Lara Heimann

If you’ve listened to me for a while or followed me on Instagram then you may know that I love yoga, so I’m always happy to chat about it on the podcast. Lara Heimann is a yoga instructor, physical therapist, and creator of the LYT Yoga Method. She is a mother of two and has created a special pre/post natal series on her platform to help expecting and new parents build and hold onto energy. You know how I feel about “the snapback.” That’s not what this is about. Lara’s and my discussion focuses instead on how movement and strength building can help you to have a healthier and happier pregnancy. As your belly grows you will need a stronger back to support it; as your breasts get bigger, you’ll want stronger shoulders to hold them. Connect with your body, learn to listen to it, and give it what it needs. You’re going to learn all kinds of helpful skills for wellness in this episode!   In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:
13/12/202254 minutes 51 seconds
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Ep 186: Obesity And Pregnancy - Updated!

In today’s episode I’m revisiting the subject of how obesity affects pregnancy. Originally, I covered this topic in 2019 but I feel like I missed the mark. It was a bit too negative and, to be honest, I have some weight bias that I’ve been working on. So I want to come back to it today. I know that weight in general can be a sensitive topic but it’s something that we need to discuss because it affects quite a few women during pregnancy. Up top I’d like to acknowledge that size is not the only indicator of health and that body positivity is important. However, we gotta understand the facts about the effects of obesity because without the facts you don’t have the info you need to have your best pregnancy and birth. --- Full website notes: drnicolerankins.com/episode186 Check out <a title="The Birth Preparation Course" href="episodes/view/episodes/view/
06/12/202240 minutes 40 seconds
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Ep 185: Erin’s Birth Story - Delivering a Big Baby Vaginally After a C-Section

Erin is sharing the amazing story of her successful VBAC. Despite her first birth ending in a cesarean after pushing for 2 hours, she was crystal clear that she wanted to try for a vaginal birth for her next pregnancy. In order to have the best chance of success she took it upon herself to get incredibly prepared, including childbirth education and making different choices in her pregnancy care. You have to find a supportive provider and hospital if you want to try for a VBAC; actually for whatever you want for your birth. Many doctors would have discouraged Erin’s birth wishes but she sought out a team that was willing to try and make it work. Having agency and being listened to is so important for getting the birth you want and that’s just what happened for Erin. This is a great birth story and I know you’re going to love it as much as I did!   --- Full website notes: <a href="http://episodes/view/drnicolerankins.com/episode185
29/11/202249 minutes 10 seconds
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[REBROADCAST] What You'll Want to Know About Having a Baby in the NICU with Dr. Terri Major-Kincade

My first daughter was born premature and had to spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit (AKA the NICU or the ICU nursery). This week&#39;s episode has all the information I wish I&#39;d known then, and I am so happy to be sharing it with you. Today we&#39;re joined by Dr. Terri Major-Kincade, a practicing medical doctor and champion for premature babies and their families.  Dr. Terri and I start off talking about what the NICU is three of the main reasons babies are admitted to the ICU nursery. We also talk about what parents can do to advocate for themselves and their baby, what kind of emotional support is available for NICU families, and five questions you can ask your care providers weekly so you are on the same page about baby&#39;s medical care.  --- Full website notes: drnicolerankins.com/episode76 Check o
22/11/202259 minutes 7 seconds
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Ep 184: How Your Microbiome Can Affect Your Baby with CEO and Founder of Tiny Health, Cheryl Sew Hoy

I’m really excited to bring this interview to you today. Our guest, Cheryl Sew Hoy, is CEO &amp; Founder of Tiny Health, a gut microbiome startup that focuses on expecting parents and their babies. I met Cheryl because she reached out to me about being a medical advisor for Tiny Health and I was happy to do so. I do want to be transparent: my role as medical advisor does involve financial compensation but that&#39;s not why I agreed to the role or why I wanted to have her on the podcast. My fascination with the microbiome actually goes back a long way. When I was a faculty member in academic medicine at the beginning of my career, that’s what I had planned to research. If you don’t know, the microbiome is the collection of microbes (bacteria, fungi, viruses) that live in and on us - we actually have at least as many microbes as human cells! Now, the microbiome and how it affects health is an emerging area of study so keep that in mind if you de
15/11/20221 hour 47 seconds
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Ep 183: Labor Induction - Updated!

On today’s episode you’re going to learn about labor induction. I covered this topic 3 years ago and there is new information in this updated episode. I get a lot of requests to talk about this and I get why. It’s one of those topics that makes a lot of pregnant people nervous. You may have heard horror stories about induction and pitocin. Plus there’s concern about the cascade of interventions or increasing the risk for c-section - so I get it. And on today’s episode I will answer your questions and shed some light on what labor induction is all about! In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -What labor induction is -Why labor may be induced (you’ll be surprised to hear that there are only 2 reasons) -When induction is NOT appropriate -How labor is induced and the efficacy of different methods -What constitutes a failed induction -Whic
08/11/202244 minutes 33 seconds
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Ep182: Megan’s Birth Story - Knowing Which Questions to Ask Makes SUCH A Huge Difference

Megan is here to share her experience of moving cross country during her pregnancy, having to find a new OB, and then needing to be induced at 39 weeks. Although things didn&#39;t go exactly as she would have liked she was ultimately very happy with her experience and she says a big part of that was because of the education that she got from being a member of The Birth Preparation Course! We talk a lot in this episode about the shortcomings of the American healthcare system when it comes to pregnancy and birth. Even with the best care staff you’re oftentimes very much on your own. Megan does a great job of exemplifying how to pick up where medical care leaves off by educating herself and asking others in her community for help. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -What made Megan choose to sign up for the birth prep course -How Megan got proactive with her birth experience <spa
01/11/202250 minutes 25 seconds
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Ep181: Demystifying Hormones with Holistic Pharmacist Heather Rhodes

Hearing the word “hormones” is a bit like nails on a chalkboard to an OB/GYN. There is so much misinformation out there that it’s hard not to feel skeptical about this topic. However, today’s guest, Dr. Heather Rhodes, takes a balanced, science-based approach to her work that I find really refreshing. Dr. Rhodes is a holistic pharmacist with a passion for women&#39;s health. Haven’t heard of a “holistic pharmacist” before? Neither had I! She’ll tell you all about it in the episode - essentially it means that she’s taking what she learned form pharmacology and applying it to holistic hormone healthcare. I love getting to the root cause of issues and her approach is all about treating the cause more than the symptoms. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -Why Heather chose to classify herself as a holistic pharmacist -What made her decide to focus her work on hormone balance <span
25/10/202259 minutes 17 seconds
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Ep180: The Amazing Placenta

The placenta is an incredible organ (that’s right, it’s an organ!). Developing soon after conception, it is your baby’s lifeline to your body - literally. Everything the fetus needs is delivered through the umbilical cord which is connected to the placenta. Nutrients and oxygen are brought in while carbon dioxide and wastes are taken out. Hormones to regulate pregnancy are secreted and your body’s rejection of the fetus is prevented. All of this happens within the placenta. It’s really an amazing part of your body and I know you’re going to love learning all about it including what it does, the most common issues that can occur (placenta abruption, placenta previa, placenta accreta) as well as information about consuming the placenta, and lotus birth (where the placenta is left attached to the baby to fall off naturally).  In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -What the placenta is and what it does</
18/10/202249 minutes 38 seconds
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Ep179: Deundria’s Birth Story - Prioritizing Childbirth Education for a Successful Unmedicated Birth

Deundria’s birth took a lot of unexpected twists and turns. She went into labor a month early, switched care teams at 34 weeks, and was diagnosed with COVID while in labor! But because she decided to pursue childbirth education during her pregnancy, she was able to roll with the punches. This was her third pregnancy and she knew she wanted something different this time. After negative experiences with epidurals during her first two births, she decided to try for unmedicated this time. In order to do this successfully, she knew she needed childbirth education and she actually chose to take my birth plan class! What she learned helped her to make empowered decisions for herself and you’re going to hear all about that today. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -How the birth plan class helped Deundria spot red flags in her medical care -What were some of those indicators that her medical team w
11/10/202243 minutes 26 seconds
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Ep178: Preparing for Parenthood with Lindsay Garrett LCSW

We talk a lot on this show about pregnancy and birth (of course!) but we don’t talk as much about what happens after that. That’s where today’s guest, Lindsay C. M. Garrett, LCSW comes in. An expert in the field of adoption, parent preparation, and child welfare, she has spent ten years supporting parents at The Gladney Center for Adoption. Her background may be in adoption but no matter how you choose to approach parenthood she’s got great practical advice that I know everyone can find useful. This episode can hopefully remind you that it’s ok to feel your feelings and reach out to your support system. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -How the challenges of adoption inspired Lindsay to focus her career on preparing parents to have children -Why it’s important to explore your fears leading up to parenthood -How establishing strong com
04/10/202246 minutes 55 seconds
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Ep 177: How Age Affects Pregnancy

I’ve talked about advanced reproductive age before but I realized I’d never devoted an entire episode to it. After having a lot of requests for this subject, I decided to cover it today. More and more people are opting to delay parenthood. However there seems to be a commonly accepted myth that the minute you turn 35 you can no longer expect to have a healthy baby or a vaginal birth. What defines a healthy age to get pregnant is on a spectrum. It depends on too many factors to list here so you’ll have to listen to the episode! The bottom line is that if you want to have a baby in your thirties, forties, or even fifties, you can likely expect positive outcomes! In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -How common it is to get pregnant over the age of 35 -Why some people are choosing to delay having children -How the advancing of age can correlate to higher rates of miscarriage<
27/09/202251 minutes 19 seconds
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Ep176: Christina’s Birth Story - An Uncomplicated Pregnancy That Ended With Severe Preeclampsia and a C-Section

This is really a great story of managing through a difficult and unexpected birth course. After a completely uneventful and easy pregnancy, around 37 weeks Christina felt like something just wasn’t right so she went to the hospital. She was subsequently diagnosed with something called HELLP syndrome, one of the most severe forms of preeclampsia. After being transferred to another hospital, she ultimately delivered via c-section and you are going to hear all about her experience today. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -How quickly and easily Christina and her husband got pregnant -What it was like for Christina to be pregnant and working in-person during the height of COVID -How staying active helped with her pregnancy symptoms -Why she took an interest in hypnobirthing and what she did to prepare -How she approached researching and getting ready for
20/09/20221 hour 2 minutes 48 seconds
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Ep175: F the Snapback with Endocrinologist and Obesity Medicine Specialist, Dr. Katy Brown

Ep 175: F the Snapback with Endocrinologist and Obesity Medicine Specialist, Dr. Katy Brown   This episode is being brought to you by Bamboobies. Use the code “ALLABOUT” to get 40% of full price items through Oct 23. Wouldn’t you want to learn about postpartum weight loss from an expert in weight management? Well you are in luck because that’s exactly who we have in today’s episode. Dr. Katy Brown is a board certified endocrinologist and obesity medicine specialist and she is also a new mom! I really like her approach because it comes from a place of gratitude rather than judgment. There’s no pressure to start early or lose quickly. Instead, it’s all about baby steps. Have patience with yourself and focus on what you’re already doing well. Your body just did something amazing! In this Episode, You’ll Learn
13/09/202252 minutes 32 seconds
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Ep174: What to Do If You Might Have a Big Baby

This episode is being brought to you by Bamboobies. Use the code “ALLABOUT” to get 40% of full price items through Oct 23. Today we’re talking about what happens if there is a suspicion that your baby is big. I originally did an episode about this back in 2019 but since then I’ve had so many people reach out and ask about this subject that I thought I should revisit it and update it. I think it’s coming up more often because more doctors seem to be doing routine third trimester ultrasounds which actually aren’t necessary. These ultrasounds aren’t great at identifying whether or not your baby will be large and can lead to unnecessary interventions down the road. In this episode, we’ll get into the indicators you actually want to pay attention to and the outcomes and treatments you should be aware of for a suspected big baby. In this Episode
06/09/202242 minutes 5 seconds
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Ep173: Lauren’s Birth Story - Perfect and Traumatic

This episode is being supported by Bamboobies. Check out their amazing reusable nursing pads at bamboobies.com. In this birth story episode, you’ll hear about Lauren and how she got both everything she wanted for her birth AND everything she didn’t want. After a beautiful birth that went smoothly, Lauren experienced a rare obstetric emergency called uterine inversion where the uterus turns inside out after birth. She lost a lot of blood and had to be rushed to the OR. Fortunately the repair went well and today she’s feeling grateful that the medical staff was able to save her life. Now I’m going to be honest, sometimes I worry about sharing these rarer incidents because I don’t want to scare you or for you to think that I’m choosing more “sensational” stories. But then I remember that I am here to share the truth of pregnancy, share the truth of birth. Knowled
30/08/202255 minutes 19 seconds
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Ep172: The Benefits of Yoga and Meditation During Pregnancy with Peloton Instructor Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts

This episode is being supported by Bamboobies. Check out their amazing reusable nursing pads at bamboobies.com. So y’all I’mma be honest. I was straight fangirling about recording this interview. Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts is an internationally-celebrated Peloton yoga teacher and scholar. I’ve done dozens and dozens of Chelsea’s yoga and meditation classes so it was really special for me to be able to chat with her. She’s currently 30 weeks pregnant and has some really special insight about how yoga and meditation have helped her along the way. The number one thing I’d like for you to take away from this episode is that yoga and meditation are for EVERYONE. Yes, that means you. You don’t have to come to the mat looking a certain way or be super flexible. Just start. Make the practice your own and find what feels good for you.  In this E
23/08/202248 minutes 3 seconds
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Ep171: Erica’s Birth Story - Living with Loss

Trigger Warning: this episode involves a full term baby dying 13 days after a home birth.   Today’s episode is obviously a difficult subject. I don’t talk much about home birth - if folks want to have a home birth I support that but it is not my lane.  However I thought it was important to share this story for a number of reasons. Sometimes the potential complications of home birth are downplayed and although this is a rare thing that happened it’s important to share it. Due to past medical trauma, Erica opted for a home birth. Her prenatal care was great. She got lots of attention and personal care that she may not have been able to get in a traditional setting. However, after the fact she began to realize that the potential dangers associated with home births had not been fully communicated. She was basically as prepared as an expectant parent could be but you just can’t know everything.</
16/08/20221 hour 1 minute 36 seconds
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Ep 170: Being Rh Negative and Your Baby

In this episode of the podcast you’re going to learn what it means to be Rh negative and the implications for pregnancy. The short story is that Rh negative has to do with your blood type. If you’re Rh negative and your baby is Rh positive, it can potentially cause problems for the baby. Alloimmunization is what occurs when an RH negative mom&#39;s immune system is exposed to the baby’s Rh positive cells. When this happens the mom&#39;s immune system may attack the baby&#39;s red blood cells. There are effective treatments and not all exposure will necessarily result in alloimmunization however it’s very important to take this seriously. If you take one thing away from this episode it’s that prevention is key. It&#39;s the best thing to keep your baby safe. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -What the blood group systems are and what that means -What the most common bloo
09/08/202240 minutes 24 seconds
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[REBROADCAST] Making Sure Your Dog and Your New Baby Get Along Well with Michelle Stern of Pooch Parenting

In honor of our family adopting a new dog, I decided to rebroadcast this episode about making sure your dog and new baby get along! This is a delightful interview with Michelle Stern from Pooch Parenting. Michelle is a mom, certified dog behavior consultant and trainer, and a former teacher of 16 years. She uses positive-reinforcement based methods for training based on the latest science of animal learning and behavior, and she loves helping families create safe, loving and thriving homes for dogs and humans alike. Michelle and I talk about why you absolutely need to have a plan for bringing your baby home and introducing them to your dog. We discuss ways to prepare your dog for baby&#39;s arrival, how to nip any potentially troublesome habits in the bud, and why it&#39;s important to protect your relationship with your dog even as your family changes. We also chat about dog breeds and what you should look for when you&#39;re considering adding a dog to your yo
02/08/202249 minutes 27 seconds
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Ep169: Meghan’s Birth Story - A Feminine Birthing Experience

This episode is being brought to you by Ellement prenatal supplements. I talk a lot about how all birth is natural and having a cesarean is no exception. I’ve had two myself, after all. Today’s guest, Meghan, opted for a semi elective gentle cesarean. In this episode she gets into what that looked like for her and why she made the decisions she did. Now, Meghan’s birth story takes place in Texas. During her pregnancy she had a scare with a potential genetic issue. Her story brings into sharp focus how Roe v. Wade can directly impact the safety of birthing people and the decisions families are able to make. If you want to help, please support reputable organizations.   In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -What a semi elective gentle cesarean is -Why Meghan chose to switch care teams early on and how it impacted her delivery -Why she encourag
26/07/202248 minutes 18 seconds
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Ep168: All About Midwifery with Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) Gianna Fay

I have been wanting to have a midwife on the show for a long time. It’s a big topic and I knew I had to get it right. That’s why I’m so thrilled to have Gianna Fay on the show today. Gianna Fay is a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) and Women&#39;s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP-BC). She has been a part of 600+ births and has worked in a variety of settings including out of hospital birth centers, large hospital teaching facilities, smaller community hospitals and private practice. Throughout her career, she has seen pregnant families struggle with navigating the maternity care system. Race and socioeconomic status impact every part of the delivery process and that can make getting the help of a midwife inaccessible for some. After having worked in so many different birthing settings, Gianna has decided to work within the hospital system so that she can make her skills and expertise available to everyone. This episode is being brought to you by E
19/07/202252 minutes 28 seconds
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Join Me In The Inner Circle

This a special episode of the podcast where I’m extending the warmest of warm invitations to my brand new membership All About Pregnancy &amp; Birth: The Inner Circle. This is THE place to get the content, community, and connection you need to help you have the beautiful pregnancy and birth you deserve. It’s evidence-based information taught by yours truly as well as a private supportive community that fosters peace, calm, and ease. The membership is only open for a limited time at a low founding members price.  Head to drnicolerankins.com/innercircle to join today.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
12/07/202214 minutes 28 seconds
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Ep 167: What Support Looks Like in the Digital Age with Founder and CEO of Poppy Seed Health Simmone Taitt

Warning: this episode contains discussion of pregnancy loss Technology is going to increasingly become part of the way we live and the way that we care for ourselves physically and emotionally; smartphones are here to stay and it’s important to figure out how to use that technology to our advantage. And that’s why I’m so excited to chat with Simmone Taitt. Simmone Taitt is the CEO and Founder of Poppy Seed Health, a telehealth app that offers a unique type of support for pregnant and postpartum people. Taitt comes to this work through the highly personal experience of navigating her own pregnancy loss in an inequitable medical system. Her work has been covered by Fast Company, Vogue, Insider, CBS Mornings with Gayle King, and more. This episode is being brought you by Ellement Prenatal Supplements. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: How Simmone’s personal experienc
05/07/20221 hour 11 seconds
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[REBROADCAST] Brooke’s Birth Story - An Unmedicated Hospital Birth During COVID19

Hey there! I’m still on vacation this week and spending some time with my family so enjoy this rebroadcast birth story episode from Brooke. This is just a really lovely birth story of an unmedicated hospital birth. Now I know you love birth stories because you tell me that those are your favorite episodes. So what if I told you that there will be a way for you to easily listen to all the birth stories? Or all the ones that are vaginal births? Or you can listen to all the birth stories that were an unmedicated birth? And not only that but you can get exclusive access to bonus birth story episodes? Well if that sounds like something you would love I’m going to be sharing all the details about it when I get back so make sure you’re subscribed and you tune in to hear all about it. In the meantime enjoy this birth story episode with Brooke. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -
28/06/202244 minutes 34 seconds
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[REBROADCAST] Hiring A Birth Photographer with Tavia Redburn

Hey there! I’m on vacation this week and spending some time with my family so enjoy this rebroadcast episode of the podcast with birth photographer Tavia Redburn. I used to think that birth photography was a bit of a luxury, but the more I learned about it the more I started to think that all parents should consider whether they&#39;d like to have a photographer present for their birth. To talk about all things birth photography, we&#39;re joined by the wonderful Tavia Redburn. Tavia is a birth &amp; newborn photographer in Oklahoma, and she also trains other new birth photographers.  Tavia and I talk about her journey to birth photography, how her own births affect her approach to her work, and what you should ask a photographer before you hire them. She also talks about why new parents should consider hiring a photographer for their first birth, rather than wishing they had later.  We also digress a bit and t
21/06/202255 minutes 46 seconds
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Ep166: Taryn’s Birth Story - An Emergency Cesarean and a Stay in the NICU

In this episode of the podcast, being brought to you by Ellement prenatal supplements, we have Tarynn sharing her birth story. Tarynn is actually one of the members of The Birth Preparation Course. Things didn’t go exactly as planned with her birth, in fact they went exactly the opposite. Now it would be easy for me to only share birth stories from course students where everything went great but that would be dishonest of me. The reality is that sometimes things don’t go as you’d like, despite having done great childbirth education. Birth is an unpredictable process that can’t be controlled. But that doesn’t mean childbirth education isn’t important. Tarynn was thankful for the podcast and Birth Preparation Course as they helped her adjust on the fly and do what was necessary to get her baby home safe. Baby Eleanor and Tarynn are doing well now but it took some time to get there. In sharing her story Tarynn hopes she can help others learn the value in
14/06/202250 minutes 41 seconds
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Ep165: How Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes (PPROM) Contributes to Preterm Birth

This is the 3rd episode in a series about preterm birth. The first episode, 163, was about risk factors for preterm birth. 164 was about preterm labor which accounts for 40-50% of preterm birth. That episode covered what preterm labor is, how to recognize it, and how it’s treated. In this episode you will learn about preterm premature (or prelabor) rupture of membranes (PPROM).   Approximately one third of preterm births are associated with PPROM. Prelabor rupture of membranes, or PROM, refers to membrane rupture before the onset of uterine contractions - when this occurs before 37 weeks it is called PPROM. In this episode we’ll get into how common PPROM is and how it can be treated. Though the cause is unknown, there are risk factors that you can be aware of and ways to manage it that improve outcomes for your baby. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:</h3
07/06/202245 minutes 34 seconds
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Ep164: Preterm Labor - What It Means and How to Manage It

Preterm labor might not mean what you think it does. You’ll learn all about what it is (and isn’t) in this episode. This is the second in a three part series on preterm birth - you can go back and listen to the previous episode if you’d like to hear about some of the risk factors. Now in today’s episode I’m not going to talk about what happens if you have a preterm birth, i.e. the outcomes for baby. Today is only about what happens when you experience preterm labor and how it is treated. Though preterm labor is one of the leading causes of preterm birth, it’s often treatable (50% of those who have preterm labor will not have a preterm birth) and you can go on and continue with your pregnancy relatively normally. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -What are the signs and symptoms of preterm labor -When is
02/06/202239 minutes 3 seconds
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Ep163: Preterm Birth

Today’s episode is one that I’ve had in the works for quite a while. A lot of folks have been asking for it so I’m excited to bring you this episode about preterm birth. I will follow up this one with episodes on the two most common causes of preterm birth so stay tuned for those, as well. Preterm birth is relatively common. There are some physical risk factors that you can&#39;t do anything about (like your height!) and there are behavioral factors that you are able to change, some more effective than others. Ultimately, there’s not a lot that we can do that will have an impact on whether you have a preterm birth or not but I’ll go over what we can. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -What is preterm birth -How common is it -What are some of the risk factors -How does reproductive history impact level of risk -What role do genetic
24/05/202240 minutes 12 seconds
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Ep 162: Molly’s Birth Story - Why She Wishes She Prepared Differently

This is a difficult birth story episode. Molly experienced an induction before her due date, was denied an epidural at the hospital, and was denied the ability to get up and move around during labor despite having an uncomplicated pregnancy. One of Molly’s regrets is that she took her doctor’s advice to skip birth education and birth planning. Molly felt blindsided by the twists and turns her birth took and wishes that she could have been more informed and confident so she could advocate for herself. She came away from the experience traumatized and disappointed in most of the interactions she had with hospital staff. In the end, though, Molly brought home her healthy baby daughter and gave her possibly the cutest name ever: Juniper. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -Why was Molly scheduled for an induction at 40 weeks -What Molly wished she had known before having her induction <s
17/05/202255 minutes 36 seconds
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Ep161: Connecting with Your Baby Through Song with Music Therapist Vered Benhorin

This is a really fun episode about music! I really do wish I had this information when I was pregnant. I know it feels natural for a lot of us to sing to our babies and it turns out there’s a reason for that. As our guest Vered Benhorin explains, there may well be some compelling science behind the benefits of music both before and after birth. A mother of three, Vered knows a thing or two (or three!) about birth and babies. Music was a powerful tool for her in parenthood and was central to her pre-mom life. Now a music therapist and psychotherapist, she has developed classes and techniques for parents to integrate the power of song into their babies lives. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -How Vered’s path shifted from aspiring rockstar to musical mom -How music helped her connect with her baby -Why it is so beneficial to sing to your baby during pregnancy
10/05/202247 minutes 36 seconds
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Ep160: 9 Tips for an Unmedicated (Often Referred to as “Natural”) Birth

In today’s episode you’re going to learn 9 tips for having an unmedicated birth. This is an episode I initially did over 3 years ago. From time to time I like to go back and revisit older episodes as new information comes out or I learn new things. So we are revisiting those 9 things with some additional tidbits of advice. Why do I say unmedicated instead of natural? Well, because that’s what it is! It’s giving birth without medication (most often people mean without an epidural). All birth is natural - procreation, continuing the species, that’s natural. The way that you manage pain doesn’t affect whether it’s natural or not. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -What are some questions you should ask yourself before committing to an unmedicated birth -Why unmedicated birth requires a commitment -Why you need to communicate your wishes to your support team in advance</spa
03/05/202230 minutes 35 seconds
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Ep159: Sydni’s Birth Story - Rising to the Challenge of Parenthood

Sydni had her son at 19 and is now 25. Even though Sydni’s story is from a few years ago, there’s still a lot to learn from it. She had her baby a little early at 36 weeks and you’ll hear about how, after a slower start, things went super fast - so fast it shocked her mother and caused her to faint at the hospital! She had her baby at a young age and although it forced her to step up, her partner at the time didn’t necessarily do the same. She also found out that some of her friends weren’t necessarily true friends. But now Sydni’s getting ready to get married, she’s in school and happy and doing well. You really do become a new person after you have a baby and Sydni was really intentional about becoming a better version of herself which is amazing. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -How rotating through all of the doctors at the practice made Sydni feel comfortable giving birth with whomever was
26/04/202241 minutes 15 seconds
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Ep158: How to Prepare for Postpartum with Nicole Makowka of LOOM

The earlier you can start thinking about the postpartum period, the better. Just like all other parts of birth, everyone’s postpartum experience will be different. There are both physical and mood disorders that can affect some people. Oftentimes even experienced care providers can overlook planning for this crucial period and that’s why Nicole Makowka is here today. Nicole is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an expert in early childhood development. She is also the Head of Education &amp; Wellbeing at LOOM - an online platform for sexual and reproductive wellbeing. She has developed postpartum curricula for LOOM and has a lot of wonderful insight into how to be better prepared for what comes after pregnancy and birth. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -Why you should talk to your doctor about postpartum care beforehand -What are some common emotions people can feel postpartum<
19/04/202254 minutes 15 seconds
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Ep 157: Disparities in OB/GYN - What They Are, The Causes, and What You Can Do

This episode is about racial disparities in ob/gyn and its release coincides with Black maternal health week. Founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, BMHW is a week of awareness, activism, and community building intended to deepen the national conversation about Black maternal health in the US. To be honest I’m actually a bit tired of talking about disparities. The problems and root causes are well documented yet things are getting worse. People don’t want to talk about racism or are actively trying to suppress efforts to talk about race. But not talking about it doesn’t make the underlying issues go away. Helping address this problem starts with LISTENING. So especially if you are not Black, take a moment and listen (I explain why I say this in the episode). I hope that by the end you have some empathy and the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Also - if you are a Black woman, it’s ok to skip this episo
12/04/202240 minutes 45 seconds
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Ep156: Headaches in Pregnancy

In this episode we’re talking about headaches in pregnancy. Headaches are common in general and also in pregnancy so I thought I’d tackle this topic. We will be focusing on primary headache syndromes today. A “primary headache” is when the headache itself is the disorder, whereas a “secondary headache” refers to one that is a symptom of an underlying issue. I do talk about when it’s time to take a headache seriously and talk to your doctor. Primary headaches can be pre-existing (i.e., they began before pregnancy) or can occur for the first time during pregnancy, postpartum, or breastfeeding. Depending on what kind of headaches you suffer from, pregnancy may make the condition more or less severe. Both headache treatments and the headaches themselves can have an effect on your pregnancy so it’s important to learn about your options and make informed decisions. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -How common are
05/04/202242 minutes 17 seconds
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Taking A Little Break

I needed to take a little break this week but will be back next week with a brand new episode! In the meantime DM me on Instagram with the word REST and I&#39;ll send you a coupon code to get a discount on The Birth Preparation Course! I&#39;m on instagram @drnicolerankins.  Take some time to REST if you need to and I&#39;ll see you next week!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
29/03/20221 minute 11 seconds
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Ep155: Sleep Sacks and Baby Naps with Tara Willliams of Dreamland Baby

Bad news, everyone: losing sleep is part of having a baby. However, the good news is that there are things you can do to help your baby (and you!) catch more of that oh-so-important shut eye. You can stick to a sleep schedule or have a special bedtime routine so your baby knows when it’s time to wind down. And for some, products may help, as well.  Tara Willaims is a mom of four and the founder and CEO of Dreamland Baby. When she could not find a weighted blanket that her six-month-old could safely wear to help him sleep, she decided to create her own. The result was a doctor-approved, evenly-weighted, wearable sleep sack. Now, of course there is no one-size-fits-all sleep solution, but Tara created her company because it helped her baby sleep and it just might help your little one, too! In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -Why Tara started Dreamland Baby -What is a sleep sack, what is a sle
22/03/202250 minutes 38 seconds
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Ep154: Karrah’s Birth Story - Easy Pregnancy, Difficult Birth

Just because an outcome is unlikely doesn’t mean it isn’t going to happen. Birth stories are entertaining and heart-warming, but don’t forget that they are also educational. Learning about other people’s births will expose you to different possibilities. And that’s exactly what today’s guest, Karrah, did. A self proclaimed “podcast junkie,” Karrah filled the time during her pregnancy with long walks while listening to birth stories - stories she heard on this podcast, actually! Even though her pregnancy went smoothly, she knew she couldn’t only plan for the birth that she wanted - she needed to think about all kinds of labor experiences. And it’s a good thing she did because her simple pregnancy ended in a very difficult labor. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -Why Karrah decided to go the OB route for her prenatal care -How <a href="https://drnicolerankins.com/birth-course/" rel="
15/03/20221 hour 7 minutes 34 seconds
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Ep153: Breech Birth - Update

Today you’ll learn about what happens if your baby is breech. I originally talked about this three years ago and it came to mind because recently I did a surprise vaginal breech birth and after that I had folks saying they wanted to come to me with their breech babies so they could have a vaginal birth. I’d love to be able to see everyone who asked but breech birth is not that simple. Now what does breech mean? Breech is when a baby’s butt is closer to the vagina than the head. It’s quite common in early pregnancy, however it’s actually a very small percentage of babies that are breech at term. Most breech babies are normal, however there are some malformations and mild deformations that can result. There are signs you and your doctor can look out for so you can choose the right management options. From turning the baby to cesarean, one way or another your birth team can help you have a happy and healthy baby. In this Episode, You’ll Learn A
08/03/202254 minutes 57 seconds
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Ep152: Fitness and Pregnancy with 9Round Exercise Specialist MacKenzie Rowand

Pregnancy doesn’t mean putting your fitness on pause. MacKenzie Rowand is a new mom and exercise specialist with 9Round. She has an extensive background in wellness and there’s a lot to learn from her personal journey with fitness and pregnancy. She continually had to change the way she ate and exercised during all parts of pregnancy and through recovery. Flexibility and meeting yourself where you are is the key to staying fit during pregnancy. Your wellness during pregnancy is so personal. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Remember that you’re growing a whole person inside of you and give yourself some grace. What matters is that you get moving. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -How pregnancy changed MacKenzie’s exercise routine -How her fitness helped in her labor, birth, and recovery -When she decided it was time to get back to exercise after giving birth</span
01/03/202237 minutes 10 seconds
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Ep151: Brittany’s Birth Story - Whoa Mama That is One Long Labor

Brittany had a pretty long labor. It lasted for over 36 hours before she had a cesarean. She was induced at 39 weeks and 4 days by her own choice and with the support of her doctor. However, as we all know, birth does not always go according to plan. After the first few hours she had dilated to 3-4cm, but an entire day later she had not progressed. What sticks out to me in this story is the care team Brittany had around her. They listened to and communicated with her and did not push her in any direction. When it came time for her to undergo a c-section, the doula was allowed to be in the OR with her, something that doesn’t happen very often. Even though her son had to be taken to the NICU after birth, she and her husband were given the opportunity to hold him first. This birth story shows that it’s truly worth the effort to find the right care team for you. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -Why it’s ok to c
22/02/202242 minutes 52 seconds
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Ep150: 9 Tips For Choosing the Right OB Doctor

In today’s episode I&#39;m sharing 9 important tips to help you make sure you have the right doctor for you during your prenatal care. Emphasis on YOU because it really is going to be individualized to your unique needs. A doctor who may be great for one person may not be great for another. There is not a one size fits all approach. In order for you to find the right doctor you’re going to need to ask a lot of questions and it’s very important that you ask the right ones. Think about what you want for your birth and then start searching for a doctor who can support those wishes. Always listen to your gut and remember that it’s your birth and your body - you deserve to have a doctor who supports you and makes you feel respected. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -How your choice in doctor can impact your overall birth experience -How vital it is to listen to your
15/02/202232 minutes 49 seconds
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Ep 149: Making Dreams Come True with Surrogate Ashley Greene

In this episode we’re talking to Ashley Greene who is a surrogate. I wanted to chat with her because I know I have a lot of listeners who are not yet pregnant and I thought it would be good to talk about this as an option to expand your family. There may also be some folks who are curious about being a surrogate and what it’s like. Plus, I personally just wanted to know more about the subject. I learned a lot from my conversation with Ashley and I know you will, too. A surrogate can make a family&#39;s wish to have a baby a reality. Some people ask why go this route? Why not adoption? My answer to that is that, ultimately, it’s a very personal decision. There is no right or wrong choice. What matters is that the surrogate and the intended parent know what to expect and can help each other bring a baby into the world. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -How Ashley decided it was the right time for her to become a surr
08/02/202254 minutes 46 seconds
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Ep148: Taylor’s Birth Stories - Easy Births Do Happen

This birth story is a little different because we’re going to talk a little bit about all 3 of Taylor’s births. Her stories are really a metaphor for life; you have some good moments and some not as good moments and we all have to work at managing that. As a matter of fact her mother told her she should not share her stories because everyone would hate her. But I wanted to share her story because I want you to know that easy births absolutely can and do happen. However, just because her births were easy does not mean that her whole experience was ideal. Taylor had been diagnosed with a severe case of PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and was told that it would be nearly impossible for her to get pregnant. Of course, this did not turn out to be the case. Each of her three pregnancies came with its own set of difficulties: gallbladder removal with her first, an early baby for her second, and during her third she had a pap test come back with severely abnormal
01/02/202241 minutes 5 seconds
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Ep147: Let’s Talk About Due Dates

Today you’re going to learn all about your due date. It’s more than just giving you an idea of when your baby is going to be born - really all decisions during pregnancy revolve around it so it’s crucial that we get it right. It’s important to understand that a due date is an estimate. Only 4 percent of women deliver on their due date. There are different methods used to determine it, each with varying degrees of accuracy. I actually wish we’d stop giving a specific date and instead offer a range of dates that we expect you’ll deliver. But even with imperfect estimations, it’s vital that you get the most accurate date possible to help determine when certain tests should be conducted or to inform the decision of whether or not to induce labor. This episode has so much great information to help you feel confident as you get closer to your due date! In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -Why is an accur
25/01/202237 minutes 11 seconds
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Ep146: What Your Genetics Can Tell You with Genetic Counselor Ushta Davar Canteenwalla

This week we are talking with genetic counselor Ushta Davar Canteenwalla. There are so many testing options these days but very little support to understand the nuances to ultimately help people decide what the best test is for them. As we’ve discussed time and time again on the show, knowledge is power. People who are informed in advance about their testing options make better decisions, have more meaningful conversations with their OB or midwife, and are better prepared for potential curveballs. As a board certified licensed genetic counselor with over 16 years experience in clinical genetics, Ushta is here to discuss what exactly genetic testing entails and how it can help expectant parents. Hopefully this interview will bring some clarity and confidence about choosing the best genetic tests. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -What is a genetic counselor -Who should consider seeing a ge
18/01/202257 minutes 43 seconds
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Ep145: Crystal’s Birth Story - Laughing Through the Pain

Crystal played roller derby for nine years and even that couldn’t prepare her for her first pregnancy. She not only labored for 30+ hours, had to transfer from the birthing center to a hospital, was diagnosed with gestational hypertension, and her baby had to stay in the NICU, but she was also stung by a swarm of yellow jackets at thirty-eight weeks! Despite all this, she’s able to look back on the whole experience and laugh. Though some people might never want to get pregnant again after all that, Crystal decided to try for baby number two and it turned out to be a redemptive and healing experience. After laboring for only 2.5 hours, she had the unmedicated birth she’d always hoped for and got to enjoy the “golden hour” which she did not get the first time around. Crystal’s birth story teaches us an important lesson: you must be prepared for the possibility that things may not go as planned. Birth is an unpredictable proc
11/01/202256 minutes 48 seconds
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Ep144: Three Year Anniversary!

Well first off, welcome to 2022! I took a much needed break at the end of last year and I am feeling mostly ready to head into 2022. I feel better, my mind feels clearer, and I’m excited about what 2022 will bring. It is hard to believe but this podcast has been around for 3 years! It was Jan 2019, Jan 8th to be exact, that the first 2 episodes were released and here we are 3 years later. I’ve said this before but I never could have predicted what this podcast would mean for me and for you. I am incredibly grateful for this platform and in this episode I’m celebrating by sharing some of the most downloaded episodes. I was actually surprised at some of the episodes and maybe you will be too! In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -What are the themes I’m focusing on in the new year -Which episode to listen to for information on breastfeeding <span
04/01/202235 minutes 41 seconds
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[REBROADCAST] A Father's Perspective on Pregnancy & Birth with Falcon Rankins

This week we&#39;re revisiting episode 81 where I interview my husband, Falcon. It was really interesting to hear what things felt like from his perspective. I talk a lot about the experience of the birthing person on this podcast, which often means that I don&#39;t talk as much about what it feels like to be the supporting partner. So, in this special episode my husband Falcon is joining me to talk about his feelings and experiences during my pregnancies and births. Full website notes: drnicolerankins.com/episode81 Check out The Birth Preparation Course Register for the class How to Create a Birth Plan the Right WayAdvertising Inquiries: https:/
28/12/202148 minutes 13 seconds
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[REBROADCAST] My Birth Stories

This week I&#39;m rebroadcasting my own birth stories! No filters. No gloss. Just truth. Am I proud of every decision I made during my births? Nope. And I share that with you here today. Full website notes: drnicolerankins.com/episode5 Check out The Birth Preparation Course Register for the class How to Create a Birth Plan the Right WayAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
21/12/202133 minutes 43 seconds
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[SPECIAL EP] Taking A Break

This is a different episode, one that I hadn’t planned, but I’ve realized is absolutely necessary. I am taking a break. Until January I&#39;m stepping back from social media, limiting email, and I&#39;m not releasing new podcast episodes. I am, however, going to rebroadcast some very special episodes! I&#39;m using this time to rest and come back recharged at the start of the year. I’ll see you back in 3 weeks!   Check out The Birth Preparation Course Register for the class How to Create a Birth Plan the Right WayAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
14/12/20218 minutes 9 seconds
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Ep143: A Holistic Approach with Fertility Coach Elizabeth King

A lot of my listeners are already expecting, but I know that some of you are either thinking about getting pregnant or already trying. And just like a holistic approach is important to pregnancy and birth, a holistic approach to fertility that considers emotional and physical health is important. But there’s a lot of information out there in regards to fertility, and it can be overwhelming to wade through it all. A fertility coach may be able to help.  And that’s exactly what today’s guest, Elizabeth King, does. She’s a fertility coach who’s on a mission to help people of all backgrounds conceive a healthy baby and carry to term in a joyful state of mind. After her own experiences with conception and birth, she was inspired to help others who dream of parenthood. She has now helped hundreds of people become parents in 20+ countries around the world! In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -How losing a pregnancy in
07/12/202150 minutes 16 seconds
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Ep142: MeLynn’s Birth Story - Prenatal Mental Health Treatment

We often hear about postpartum depression but rarely is prenatal mental health a topic of discussion. MeLynn experienced anxiety and depression during pregnancy and there is a lot to learn from her story. She started by telling her partner how she was feeling, then saw a counselor, and eventually she went on medication. Did you know there are therapists who specialize in prenatal mental health? Medication is not necessarily the first place to start, but once again, to have a healthy baby you have to have a healthy mom. There is definitely a stigma around psychiatric treatment during pregnancy. Not only was it hard for MeLynn to see medication as an option for herself, but she found herself blindsided by her delivery team’s averse attitude toward her being on pharmaceuticals. She was faced with a lot of stress and confusion in the delivery room as a result. It might be a good idea to check in advance to see what your hospital’s policy is for moms who are on
30/11/202150 minutes 45 seconds
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Ep141: Prenatal Nutrition with Pregnancy Dietician Stephanie Lauri

Diet is a vital component of prenatal healthcare which can often be overlooked. Today educator and registered dietician Stephanie Lauri joins us to give this subject the attention it deserves. After realizing there was a need for more accessible and reliable information on prenatal nutrition, Stephanie dedicated herself to creating a resource for expectant mothers. There are some surprising dos and don’ts in this episode. Stephanie lets us in on what exactly your body needs during pregnancy and where to find it. She also has some tricks and tips for getting proper nutrition during this time even if vegetables don’t sound appealing! In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -What are the qualifications to become a dietician -What the difference is between a nutritionist and a dietician -Why it is important to begin focusing on nutrition even before becoming pregnant <
23/11/202147 minutes 7 seconds
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Ep140: Tiffany’s Birth Story - The Power of Birth Education

This is a birth story episode that really warmed my heart. Tiffany used knowledge to overcome fears around being a woman of color getting pregnant and giving birth. As someone who researches everything, she knew she needed to be prepared with information to go through the birth process, especially as a first time mom. Tiffany says “Finding Dr. Rankins, a Black woman like myself, gave me the courage to face birth and pregnancy head on. Most importantly, I was empowered to advocate for myself because I had the knowledge I needed to do so.” A lot of the things she talks about are really problems ALL women can face, regardless of race. The medical system can take away the power women have over what happens to their own bodies. Education is one of the most powerful tools you can have at your disposal to ensure you get the care you need. Tiffany’s experience with the birth prep class helped her to trust her own body and have a beautiful birth. <str
16/11/202157 minutes 42 seconds
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Ep139: Stillbirth

Today’s episode is about stillbirth. This is a difficult topic but I’ve actually had several people reach out to me about it. I see stillbirths maybe a handful of times a year, so it’s not extremely common, but common enough that it’s important to talk about. Stillbirth rates have been decreasing over recent decades. This is surely due in part to advances in medical care, however prenatal care only accounts for a fraction of the causes of stillbirth. In fact, over a quarter of stillbirths are unexplained. The factors that we can pinpoint are not necessarily straight-forward. Of course age and overall health going into pregnancy are important determinants, but one of the biggest factors is actually being black. Episode 117 on Maternal Morbidity and Mortality goes into some of the statistics on the dangers of being black and giving
09/11/202144 minutes 41 seconds
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Ep138: How to Be a “Smart Money Mama” with Financial Educator Chelsea Brennan

There’s so much to consider when you’re preparing to bring home your bundle of joy, it can be tough to think about money. Money management in parenthood goes so far beyond just paying for diapers and car seats. The healthy money habits you model will positively affect the way your child thinks about money as they grow. Today’s guest, Chelsea Brennan, is the founder of Smart Money Mamas, a community and platform where moms can learn how to make their money work for them and embrace their ambitions so they can live their fullest lives. An ex-hedge fund manager, Chelsea is now a financial educator who is dedicated to changing the way we talk about money. Her monthly membership community is a place where moms can come to learn to build a positive relationship with wealth. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -When should you start thinking about money -How austerity can be counterproductive to he
02/11/202153 minutes 10 seconds
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Ep137: Rosana’s Birth Story - How Education Led To An Empowering Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

This is a birth story about a successful VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). After the birth of Rosi’s son resulted in a C-section, she wanted to try for a vaginal birth with her daughter. Her first birth was rewarding but not the experience she had hoped for. After an induction at 41 weeks she spent 30 hours in labor and ultimately delivered via c-section. She didn’t feel as connected to the birth experience as she wanted, and felt this affected bonding with her son. For the birth of her daughter, she wanted to try for a VBAC. This time Rosi educated herself, weighed her options and made really informed decisions. She let her doctors know her wishes: that she wanted to wait 42 weeks before induction, that she wanted an unmedicated birth, and that she wanted to try for a VBAC. She was able to deliver vaginally and managed pain without medication. Though it isn’t possible to control every aspect of your birth, childbirth education can help you better commun
26/10/202155 minutes 13 seconds
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Ep136: Postpartum Mojo with Maraya Brown

Have you heard of postpartum thyroiditis or adrenal exhaustion? Me neither, which is why I invited Maraya Brown onto the podcast! Maraya is a certified nurse midwife turned women’s health coach who’s worked in women’s healthcare for over two decades in many different capacities. She is here to talk about many aspects of postpartum wellness which she encounters through her work, specifically thyroiditis and adrenal exhaustion. Neither one of these things are terribly common, and there’s actually some controversy as to whether adrenal exhaustion is even something that exists. However, I know that our understanding of medicine and what happens in our bodies and women’s health is always evolving. So, selfishly, I invited Maraya on because I wanted to know more about these topics and I think you will want to know more about them, too! In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -Why Maraya became a women’s health coach -Wha
19/10/202157 minutes 55 seconds
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Ep135: Bekah’s Birth Stories - Night and Day Difference

Today Bekah shares not one but two birth stories! Her first labor was long, rough, and full of interventions. Her second, however, she describes as “an incredible, redemptive, medication-free experience that made (her) view birth in a whole new light.” Between her first and second births, Bekah listened to many birth stories. Through these other women’s experiences she learned more about what she wanted and what she wanted to avoid. This is what makes childbirth education so important. Had Bekah known her options going into labor the first time, she would have done things differently.   In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -How important it is to be gentle with yourself if it takes longer than expected to get pregnant -What it was like for Bekah to lose her father only weeks before giving birth -Why she had to be induced and how painful she found it -Ho
12/10/202154 minutes 4 seconds
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Ep134: Answering Questions About Abortion

To be honest, I debated whether or not I should cover this topic because I know it’s polarizing and there are a lot of strong emotions involved. However, there is a lot of disinformation on this subject and, just like always, I want to be a source of factual, evidence-based information. Abortion is more common than you might think - chances are you know someone who has had one. I encourage you to listen to this entire episode regardless of where you stand on this issue. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -How many women have abortions and at what point in pregnancy -What are some of the reasons women might choose abortion -What is the procedure itself and what are the procedure options -Whether or not a fetus can feel pain -What are some of the potential complications from abortion and how common are they -Wheth
05/10/202156 minutes 1 second
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Ep132: Alex’s Birth Story - Cholestasis and Induction

In today’s birth story episode we have Alex. Alex is an oncology pharmacist at her local cancer center. She joins us today to share her experiences with loss, pregnancy during Covid, a rare complication, and induction without an epidural. This episode is an example of why it’s so important to have a pain management plan. You don’t know what options will work for you until you try. You need lots of tools in your toolbag which is why educating yourself is so important. You can take my new, quick quiz to assess your knowledge about managing pain in labor. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -Why Alex’s doctor recommended against a D&amp;C (dilation and curettage) after miscarriage -How Alex’s co-workers helped mitigate the risks of working in a cancer center -What cholestasis is and how
21/09/202144 minutes
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Ep131: Sex and Pregnancy with Therapist and Sex Educator Dr. Juliana Hauser

Sex and sexuality are a normal part of life, but they can change over the course of pregnancy and after birth. Having a healthy sexual relationship prior to pregnancy doesn’t guarantee that you won’t face difficulties along the way and, as always, the best way to prepare is to educate yourself. In this episode of the podcast, Dr. Juliana Hauser helps you get educated and navigate those changes. Dr. Juliana is a licensed couples and family therapist. For 20 years, she’s worked with clients to help them manage relationships, sexuality, confidence, infertility, and more. She breaks down some of the common challenges and changes you can expect during pregnancy and as a new mom, and delivers some great advice on how to manage those challenges. There is a lot of great information (and life advice) in this episode that we all need to hear. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -What sexual agency means and
14/09/202157 minutes 21 seconds
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Ep130: Hannah’s Birth Story - Surviving and Healing

Hannah welcomed her son, Oleander, in February. After an uncomplicated pregnancy and mostly straightforward birth, she experienced several postpartum issues which required multiple hospitalizations and ultimately she underwent an emergency hysterectomy. This was caused by a life threatening infection called group A streptococcus. In sharing her story, I don’t want to frighten you. I want you to be aware. Knowledge is power. That’s what this podcast, and all my work actually, is about - empowering you with knowledge. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -What it was like trying to conceive while working in the ICU during Covid -How a struggle with not one but two epidurals resulted in Hannah giving birth without pain medication -Why it’s so important to trust yourself if you feel like something isn’t right -Which symptoms Hannah had when her OB suggested
07/09/20211 hour 13 seconds
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Ep129: Your Options for Managing Pain in Labor

In this episode you’re going to learn all about your options for pain management during labor. And here’s the thing: everyone who’s having a baby needs to know all the options - whether you plan to get an epidural or you plan to have an unmedicated birth or you’re somewhere in between. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: Why it’s important to think about labor pain differently than other kinds of pain Why everyone needs to learn about all the options for managing pain How having a pain management plan is crucial Medication-free pain management techniques What are the pros and cons of an unmedicated birth Medications that are not an epidural and how can they affect you and your baby Epidurals - the pros, cons, and risks as well as some things you probably didn&#39;t know <spa
31/08/202143 minutes 1 second
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Ep128: The Gallbladder and Pregnancy with Dr. George Crawford

Today, I am talking with Dr. George Crawford, MD about how gallbladder issues and concerns can impact your pregnancy. Gallbladder removal is the second most common non-obstetrical operation that occurs during pregnancy. Knowing where your gallbladder is and what it does can help you distinguish between normal pregnancy nausea and vomiting and a gallbladder that has gone bad. We also dig into what to do before you get pregnant if you have had gallbladder issues in the past. Dr. George Crawford is the founder and lead surgeon at The Crawford Clinic in Anniston, Alabama. In addition to running his multi-specialty clinic, Dr. Crawford sits on the board of trustees of the North East Regional Medical Center and volunteers through a mentorship program he created which allows high school students a practical, first-hand experience in medicine.  In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: What is the gallbladder, where is
24/08/202145 minutes 45 seconds
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Ep127: Lauren's Birth Stories - Same Mom, Different Births

After Lauren&#39;s first pregnancy ended in miscarriage, she was determined to learn everything she could about the female body and how it creates and births babies. She has since had two healthy pregnancies and two (very different) pain medication free births. Lauren hopes that by sharing her stories she can help other women feel empowered to walk into birth with every ounce of confidence in the choices they will make along the way. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode127 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
17/08/20211 hour 9 minutes 57 seconds
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[REBROADCAST] 5 Steps You Need To Know To Have A Beautiful Birth

This week I am rebroadcasting my 100th episode! This episode includes the framework that guides all of my work, especially my new and improved version of The Birth Preparation Course. In this episode I discuss five steps to have a beautiful birth. I also talk about getting into the right mindset for your pregnancy and birth, preparing for different possibilities, and making birth wishes that really work. Check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
10/08/202124 minutes 28 seconds
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Ep126: Choosing Your Baby’s Name with Jennifer Moss of BabyNames.com

This is a really fun episode all about choosing your baby’s name. Jennifer Moss is the founder &amp; CEO of BabyNames.com, author of The Baby Names workbook, and co-host of The Baby Names podcast with her sister Mallory. In the past 25 years since the launch of BabyNames.com Jennifer has worked with thousands of parents to find their perfect name, and has been featured on CNN, The Today Show, The List, and in hundreds of top media outlets as the go-to expert on names and naming. BabyNames.com is the #1 names site with over 2 million visitors a month.Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode126 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Ou
03/08/202131 minutes 42 seconds
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Ep125: Casie’s Birth Story - Looking on the Bright Side

On today’s episode of the podcast we have Casie. Casie wanted to share her story because she is striving to passionately empower others based on her experience. I’m going to give away the ending of this birth story: Casie wound up pushing for 5 ½ hours, she had a forceps birth, a fourth degree tear, and a fistula. She keeps it real about some touchy subjects in this episode, including some slightly more adult content towards the end - so if you have kiddos listening, keep that in mind. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode125 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: <a href='https:/
27/07/202150 minutes 43 seconds
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Ep124: Comfort Measures and the Benefits of Prenatal Massage with Sara Lyon

Sara Lyon is the founder of Glow Birth &amp; Body, creator of The Birth Deck, and author of You’ve Got This: Your Guide to Getting Comfortable with Labor. With more than 15 years experience serving as a doula, childbirth educator, prenatal massage therapist and mother, Sara has supported tens of thousands of families through their birthing journeys. Sara&#39;s work is grounded in her belief that quality, science-based birth education, and healthy, non-traumatic birth experiences are a human right and should be readily accessible to all. Sara recorded an exclusive video for students of the birth preparation course going over even more comfort measures in labor; and she’s offering a special discount on her birth deck and book for BPC members. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode124 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at 
20/07/202157 minutes 15 seconds
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Ep123: Postpartum Hemorrhage

Today’s episode is an important one about postpartum hemorrhage. Postpartum hemorrhage is a leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality. We’ve gotten better over the past several years but it still happens. Postpartum hemorrhage can be scary because you’re entirely dependent on the hospital staff to promptly recognize and treat the situation. Depending on how severe it is you may have trouble advocating for yourself. It’s important to know how serious this can be and have an idea of what you should expect if you have increased bleeding after birth. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode123 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.co
13/07/202144 minutes 12 seconds
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Ep122: Kassie’s Birth Story - Opening Up About Pregnancy and Addiction

On today’s episode we have Kassie. Kassie recently became a first time mom and is a self-described “grateful recovering addict.” Though she’s been in recovery for over 5 ½ years her birth story shows how her addiction affected not only her experience but her daughter’s experience as well. This is an important topic and one that isn’t discussed enough due to shame. I’m grateful Kassie came on to share her story in a way that’s very honest and authentic. I was so impressed with Kassie’s self insight. I know that you are going to learn something from this conversation just like I did. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode122 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: <a href='https://r
06/07/202157 minutes 18 seconds
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Ep121: Shifting Your Thinking with Hypnotherapist Rita Black

On today’s episode I’m chatting with Rita Black. Rita is a clinical hypnotherapist and smoking cessation specialist who has helped over 10,000 smokers become non-smokers with her Smokefree123 method. She also is a weight loss expert and the author of &#34;From Fat to Thin Thinking: Unlock Your Mind for Permanent Weight Loss&#34;.   Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode121 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
29/06/202147 minutes 11 seconds
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Ep120: An Overview Of Midwifery Care

In this episode you’re going to get an overview of midwifery care. I was inspired to do this episode after hearing Heidi (episode 119) talk about how her midwife worked so well with a physician in order to help her have a beautiful birth.  I’ve been working with midwives since my residency training and currently work with midwives today. I fully support working collaboratively with midwives to help provide the best care for patients. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode120 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy
22/06/202142 minutes 24 seconds
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Ep119: Heidi’s Birth Story - Complicated but Beautiful

This is a delightful birth story episode. Today Heidi joins me to share the story of her vaginal birth. In her own words “Nothing went as planned for my birth but it was still beautiful.” Heidi endured many scares in her first trimester including an episode of heavy bleeding and alcohol exposure before she realized she was pregnant. She also discovered that she had something called a velamentous cord insertion which would go on to affect her birth. Despite the complications Heidi and her baby wound up healthy and happy. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode119 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
15/06/202145 minutes 47 seconds
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Ep118: Fighting Infertility with Samantha Busch

Warning: This episode includes loss Samantha Busch is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, lifestyle blogger, infertility warrior, philanthropist and co-owner of a professional race team. As a woman in leadership, Samantha is driven to empower all women to become their own fiercest advocates. In Busch’s first book, Fighting Infertility, she shares a raw account of her infertility journey. Today we’re going to talk a bit about that journey. She also shares about her and her husband’s organization, The Bundle of Joy Fund, which is a monetary award to help couples pay for IVF treatments. She’s open and honest and I’m grateful she’s sharing her truth Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode118 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at <a href="http://www.drnicolerankins.com/resour
08/06/20211 hour 3 minutes 16 seconds
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Ep117: Maternal Morbidity and Mortality and 10 Ways to Stay Safe

In this episode I’m revisiting the important topic of maternal morbidity and mortality and how you can keep yourself safe. Pregnancy related morbidity (health related conditions that have a negative effect on the woman’s well-being) and pregnancy related mortality (death related to pregnancy) are on the rise in The US. This is truly a public health crisis, especially for black women. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode117 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
01/06/202146 minutes
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Ep116: Eileen’s Birth Story - Life and Love After Loss

Warning: this episode includes loss This is a birth story episode and it’s a bit of a different one. Today we have Eileen Robertson Hamra on the podcast. After having 3 children with her first husband, Brian, Eileen had a tubal ligation because she was certain she did not want any more children. However, Brian was tragically killed in a plane crash when their children were 4, 7, and 8 and Eileen was 41. She was lucky enough to fall in love and marry another man, Mike, 5 years after Brian’s death. After undergoing IVF at the age of 45, Eileen got pregnant and gave birth at the age of 46. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode116 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inqu
25/05/202152 minutes 50 seconds
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Ep115: Preparing for Life with a New Baby with Postpartum Doula Valerie Trumbower

You are in for a treat today with my conversation with Valerie Trumbower. Valarie is a DONA Certified Postpartum Doula and a Certified Lactation Counselor. Her online courses Expecting 101™ and Expecting 101...You’re Adopting™ have helped hundreds of families prepare for life with their newborns. Valerie’s love for her work really shines through  in our conversation. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode115 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
18/05/202146 minutes 56 seconds
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Ep114: Postpartum Contraception

In this episode you’re going to learn about the important topic of postpartum contraception. This is a little more mature content so use your best judgement as to whether or not you want younger folks to listen. It is vital to be prepared to make the right contraceptive choice for yourself. No one method is perfect for everyone. Each comes with its own perks and pitfalls not to mention varying degrees of efficacy. Even if you are looking to have additional children the spacing out of births is important for both your health and that of your baby. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode114 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcirc
11/05/202153 minutes 6 seconds
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Ep113: Elvira’s Birth Story - A Story From A Birth Preparation Course Student

I am super excited to have a birth story episode for you from a student in the BPC! Elvira joins us today to share the story of her beautiful, unmedicated birth. Elvira has an amazing story for her birth. Even though things didn’t go exactly as planned she still had a beautiful birth and was happy about her experience. There are so many wonderful moments and lessons in her story and I know you’re going to enjoy it. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode113 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
04/05/202147 minutes 34 seconds
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Ep112: Happiness Habits with Kim Strobel

In today’s episode of the podcast we are talking all about happiness with Kim Strobel. Kim is a leadership and happiness coach who helps businesses and organizations prioritize their health and well-being so they can reach new levels in their personal and professional lives. As a nationally-recognized speaker, she is all about empowering others to take control of their health, wellness, and happiness with simple habits.  Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode112 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
27/04/202158 minutes 52 seconds
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[SPECIAL EPISODE] COVID Vaccine - Update

It’s been almost 4 months since I did a COVID update and I figured it’s time to revisit the subject. I get lots of questions about the vaccine so let’s talk about the COVID vaccine in relation to fertility, pregnancy, and lactation.  On today’s episode I cover the data we have so far including what I get the most questions about: the CDC V-safe COVID-19 Vaccine Pregnancy Registry. And as always I will present the information, give my thoughts where I think it may be helpful, and you can make conclusions for yourself. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/covidvaccineupdate and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
20/04/202135 minutes 29 seconds
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Ep111: Michael’s Birth Story - A Dad’s Perspective

In today’s episode we have a birth story from a dad’s perspective. Mike and his wife listened during their pregnancy (thank you!). He reached out because he felt they had an interesting story to share and I agree. He also wanted to contribute to having more dads share their perspective of birth which I appreciate as well. We’re going to hear about their New Year’s Day baby which was not at all expected but the birth ended up going well. The story is at times funny, also very sweet, and it involves scotch! Mike comes across as a very supportive partner before, during, and after the birth. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode111 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: <a href='htt
13/04/202154 minutes 27 seconds
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Ep110: Pregnancy Associated Breast Cancer with Dr. Kristin Robinson

In this episode you’re going to learn about a really important topic: pregnancy associated breast cancer and breast imaging in pregnancy and while lactating.  On today’s episode we have Dr. Kristin Robinson, a board certified radiologist specializing in breast imaging. She educates women about their breast health, including breast density and personal breast cancer risk to help them make informed decisions about breast cancer screening. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode110 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/priv
06/04/202155 minutes 36 seconds
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Ep109: Choosing the Right Hospital - Update

In this episode I’m updating you on what you need to know when choosing a hospital to give birth. I’ve delivered babies at 6 different hospitals during my career. One thing I’ve learned is that the hospital where you deliver has a big influence on your experience giving birth. And specifically you want to know how the hospital approaches birth. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode109 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
30/03/202133 minutes 57 seconds
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Ep108: Kalishia’s Birth Story - Success with Transabdominal Cerclage

On today’s episode of the podcast we have a unique birth story episode from Kalishia. Warning: This episode includes pregnancy loss. Kailishia had a transabdominal cerclage and a successful full term pregnancy after exepreicing a miscarriage at 16 weeks and then a stillbirth at 21 weeks. In this episode, Kalishia walks us through her experience. This episode is a bit longer because you really have to understand her first two pregnancies to understand the 3rd.   Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode108 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: <a href='https://redcircle.
23/03/20211 hour 3 minutes 9 seconds
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Ep107: The Importance of Birth Stories with Bryn Huntpalmer

Bryn Huntpalmer is the founder of The Birth Hour podcast which was featured as one of the &#39;Top 50 Podcasts&#34; by Time Magazine and has over 13 million downloads to date. She is passionate about helping pregnant people prepare for childbirth through the sharing of empowering and informative birth stories as well as her online evidence-based childbirth course called &#34;Know Your Options&#34;. Bryn is also the author of the best-selling book, &#34;The First-Time Mom&#39;s Pregnancy Handbook: A Week-by-Week Guide from Conception Through Baby&#39;s First 3 Months&#34; and co-Author of &#34;Essential Pregnancy Q&amp;A: Expert Answers and Advice for Every Stage of Your Pregnancy and Postpartum Journey.&#34;    Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode107 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at <a href="http://www.drnicoler
16/03/202148 minutes 29 seconds
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Ep106: Prenatal Care Models

This is a very requested episode on the various models of care during pregnancy and birth. Today I am going to break down all the various options for prenatal care and care during birth in the hospital. There is tremendous variation and you really have to ask your own provider about how it works in their practice. This is important to know, especially for when it comes time for your birth, so you know as much as you can about who is there with you during your birth and you can prepare accordingly. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode106 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: <a h
09/03/202128 minutes 38 seconds
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Ep105: Emilie’s Birth Story - Every Birth is Different

It’s another birth story episode today and this one is a completely unmedicated hospital birth in a military hospital. Emilie is a registered nurse and military spouse currently living in Guam. She and her husband Chris have been married for 5 years and have two precious babies, Liam who is 2 and baby Adeleine whose birth story we are going to hear today. In this episode Emilie shares how different her two births have been, her experience with postpartum preeclampsia, and the excellent care she received in a military hospital. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode105 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcirc
02/03/202157 minutes 5 seconds
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Ep104: A Hands-On Approach to Addressing Trauma in Pregnancy with Parijat Deshpande

In today’s episode I’m happy to welcome back Parijat Deshpande. Her unique neurobiological approach has served hundreds of women to manage pregnancy complications and reclaim a safety and trust in their bodies that they thought was eroded forever. Parijat is the author of bestselling book Pregnancy Brain: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management During a High-Risk Pregnancy. She is also the host of the popular podcast Delivering Miracles®️.  This episode is especially for people who’ve had a history of second/third trimester loss, pregnancy complications, or preterm delivery but there is information in here for anyone who is pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode104 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at <a href="
23/02/202146 minutes 32 seconds
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Ep102: Kelsey’s Birth Story - Expecting the Unexpected

It’s another birth story episode today and this one is a lot. And by a lot I mean that Kelsey experienced quite a range of different things during her pregnancies and birth. Kelsey joins us to talk about the stress around her first pregnancy, a very wanted pregnancy that she ended because of a fatal genetic condition. She explores how she got pregnant again pretty quickly after that and what that experience was like. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode102 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
09/02/202154 minutes 31 seconds
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Ep 101: Coaching Dads Through the “WTF” Moments of Fatherhood with David Arrell

David Arrell is an Author, Entrepreneur, Consultant, and Men&#39;s Coach. He is passionate about coaching men on how to more fully embrace and embody healthy masculinity, especially through the powerful modalities of partnership and parenting. His most recent work in this area is the book Welcome To Fatherhood: The Modern Man&#39;s Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Fatherhood, better known as WTF. In WTF David encourages men to more actively step into their important supportive roles during pregnancy, childbirth, and the 4th trimester back home and gives them detailed and practical tips and techniques on how to do so. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode101 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inq
02/02/202156 minutes 30 seconds
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Ep100: How You Can Have A Beautiful Birth

For this special 100th episode, I wanted to share my unique Beautiful Birth Prep Process with all of you. This is the framework that guides all of my work, especially my new and improved version of The Birth Preparation Course. There are five steps to having a beautiful birth and I will walk through each of them today. I will talk about getting in the right mindset for your pregnancy &amp; birth, preparing for the possibilities, and making birth wishes that really work. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode100 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy</
26/01/202124 minutes 17 seconds
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Ep99: Kara's Birth Story - Working Through a Very Long Labor

In this birth story episode, Kara shares her experience going through a 40+ hour labor. She talks about physical discomfort during prenatal exams, laboring at home, realizing how strong contractions can be and the moment she met me during her labor. This is a great story packed with valuable information about every stage of pregnancy &amp; birth! Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode99 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
19/01/20211 hour 45 seconds
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Ep98: Hepatitis In Pregnancy and Birth with Dr. Keisha Reddick

Dr. Keisha Reddick is back on the podcast to share what you should know about hepatitis during pregnancy &amp; birth. We talk about what hepatitis is, how common it is, how it&#39;s transmitted and much more. We also talk about how having hepatitis might change your prenatal care &amp; delivery and why it is always good to get tested &amp; have a fuller picture of your health.  Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode98 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
12/01/202140 minutes 37 seconds
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Ep97: 15 Things You Need to Know Before Giving Birth

Today I&#39;m updating one of my very first episodes, 9 Things You Need to Know Before Giving Birth, with six new bits of advice and guidance. We&#39;ll talk about why I think childbirth education is more important than ever, preparing yourself mentally &amp; emotionally for becoming a parent, and everything else you need to know before your baby arrives. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode97 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
05/01/202141 minutes 1 second
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Ep96: Revisiting My Top 10 Episodes & Looking Ahead to 2021

We&#39;ve made it to the end of a challenging year, so I wanted to end things on a lighter note and look back at the top 10 episodes of the podcast so far. In this episode, I&#39;ll share some commentary for each episode that didn&#39;t make it into the final cut, talk a bit about what&#39;s coming up in 2021, and thank all of my amazing listeners for joining me on this incredible journey. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode96 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
29/12/202028 minutes 57 seconds
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Ep95: HypnoBirthing - What It Is, How It Works and Who Should Try It

Today Caroline O&#39;Neill joins me to tell us all about HypnoBirthing: what it is, how it works, and how it can help you even beyond labor. We talk about why all birthing people need to practice managing pain, how your support partner can utilize HypnoBirthing techniques, and what you might want to know about this practice before you get started.  Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode95 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
22/12/202044 minutes 51 seconds
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Ep94a: COVID-19 & Pregnancy Update - What to Know About Vaccines and Treatment

In this episode I&#39;m providing you with some updated information (as of December 2020) about COVID-19, vaccination and pregnancy. I&#39;ll talk about the development of COVID vaccines, what we know about vaccines &amp; pregnancy, and what you might consider when deciding whether to get vaccinated while pregnant. I&#39;ll also cover what you can expect treatment-wise if you have COVID-19 during pregnancy &amp; birth and how that will impact you &amp; your baby. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/covidupdate and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
15/12/202053 minutes 25 seconds
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Ep94: How Prenatal Yoga Can Improve Your Entire Birth Experience with Deb Flashenberg

Today I&#39;m joined by the wonderful Deb Flashenberg, founder and director of the Prenatal Yoga Center in New York City. We talk all about the benefits of prenatal yoga, why learning how to align your body &amp; baby are so helpful for birth, and how yoga can help you practice autonomy over your own body &amp; birth experience. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode94 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
08/12/202046 minutes 11 seconds
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Ep93: Brooke's Birth Story - An Unmedicated Hospital Birth During COVID-19

We have another lovely birth story episode for you this week, this time with Brooke! She tells us all about her completely unmedicated hospital birth and what it was like being pregnant &amp; delivering her baby during the COVID-19 pandemic. We talk about why seeing a pelvic floor physical therapist was a great idea for her, how she prepared mentally, physically and spiritually for her birth, and how she advocated for herself and her birth wishes. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -Why Brooke decided to become a doula after her first pregnancy experience -How a pelvic floor physical therapist helped her handle abdominal separation and improved her pushing during labor -How Brooke prepared herself mentally for her birth, including with visualization and meditation -What it was like giving birth with only her husband and doula present with the rest of her family on
01/12/202043 minutes 49 seconds
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Ep92: What to Know About Being Pregnant with Twins

Being pregnant with twins is a bit different than having just one baby. In this episode I&#39;m going over what you need to know about carrying &amp; delivering twins, some of the complications you should watch out for, and what your provider will keep an eye on throughout your pregnancy and birth with twins. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode92 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
24/11/202052 minutes 30 seconds
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[REBROADCAST] All About Preeclampsia and What You Need to Know to Reduce Your Chances Of Getting It

I wanted to revisit this episode about pre-eclampsia because of the recent, tragic loss of Dr. Chaniece Wallace MD, who was a Pediatric Chief Resident at Indiana University School of Medicine. She passed away on October 24 after giving birth to her baby Charlotte via emergency c-section. She experienced severe preeclampsia, so I wanted to bring back this conversation with Dr. Cecily Clark Ganhart about what preeclampsia is, what the symptoms are, and why we need to take it seriously. You can donate to the Wallace family at the GoFundMe page linked in the show notes for this episode.  Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/rebroadcast-preeclampsia and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.Advertising Inquiries: <a href='https://redcircle.
17/11/202052 minutes 34 seconds
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Ep91: Rick's Fatherhood Story - Prenatal Care, Anxiety, and Bonding with Rick Mulready

I&#39;m really excited to have the second dad on the podcast to share his perspective on pregnancy, labor and birth! Rick Mulready is an online business owner and dad to an 18-month old girl with his wife Amy.  Rick shares his experience of supporting his wife as she carried and delivered their baby. He talks about his anxiety in the early days of pregnancy, why he resisted reading other people&#39;s birth experiences, and how his wife&#39;s labor and delivery felt from his perspective. He also shares some of the other emotional struggles he experienced in the early days after his daughter arrived and the importance of getting support. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode91 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!Advertising Inquiries: <a h
10/11/20201 hour 3 minutes 49 seconds
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Ep90: Perineal Tears: Risk Factors, Prevention, and Healing

I get lots of questions about perineal tears - how they happen, how to prevent them, and how to heal them - so I want to answer as many of those as I can for you today. In this episode you&#39;ll learn how common perineal lacerations are, risk factors that can increase your chances, strategies to prevent them, and how they can affect current and future pregnancies. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode90 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
03/11/202032 minutes 32 seconds
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Ep89: Making Sure Your Dog and Your New Baby Get Along Well with Michelle Stern of Pooch Parenting

If you&#39;re bringing home a new baby and you have a dog (or want one), then you need a plan that keeps everyone safe &amp; happy. Michelle Stern of Pooch Parenting joins us on this episode to talk about introducing your newest family member to your pup and how you can prepare beforehand. We also chat about dog breeds and what to think about when adding a new dog to your family. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode89 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
27/10/202049 minutes 10 seconds
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Ep88: Ashlyn's Birth Story - A Scheduled Labor Induction During COVID-19

In this lovely birth story episode, Ashlyn shares what it was like having her first baby during COVID-19 via a scheduled induction. She had a great experience with prenatal care and her birth, which included an epidural and episiotomy. We talk about how her care changed in light of the coronavirus pandemic and how she and her husband have navigated family expectations after their baby girl arrived.  Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode88 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
20/10/202043 minutes 22 seconds
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Ep87: A Milestone Birthday, My Mission, and a Birthday Wish

If you&#39;re listening to this episode the day it comes out, then it is my 46th birthday! This is an interesting milestone for me, so this week&#39;s episode is a little different to reflect that.  My older sister died of cancer the day before her 46th birthday, so naturally I&#39;ve been thinking a lot about her, reflecting on her life, and thinking about my own. I wanted to share what these reflections have taught me about my work and what I will be stepping into in this next chapter of life. I am ready to take my work and my service of pregnant people to a whole new level, and I hope that all of you will join me. And I also share a birthday wish for this year that all of you can help me make real! Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode87 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at <a href="http://www.drnicolerankins.com/resources" rel="nofol
13/10/202018 minutes 30 seconds
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Ep86: Operative Vaginal Delivery: When & Why We Do It and What to Know

I was inspired to cover this episode&#39;s topic because I recently attended several births that ended up being operative vaginal deliveries. Also known as an assisted birth, an operative vaginal delivery means that the medical provider uses tools - either forceps or a vacuum cup - to help deliver the baby vaginally. In this episode you&#39;ll learn a lot more about what operative vaginal delivery is, how often it&#39;s done, when it&#39;s necessary and what the procedure is like. Operative deliveries only happen about 3% of the time, but it&#39;s still good for you to have some knowledge about it so you&#39;re prepared in case that becomes the best option on the day your baby arrives. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode86 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at <a href="http://www.drnicolerankins.com/resources" rel="nofollow
06/10/202037 minutes 2 seconds
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Ep85: Finding a New, Creative Approach to Fertility with Jasmine Katatikarn

We have a really interesting story this week about fertility, perseverance, and creative thinking. Our guest is a great example of someone who took control of their fertility journey and advocated for herself through a long and difficult process.  Jasmine Katatikarn shares the ups and downs of Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), and what she and her husband went through emotionally during the process. Jasmine also describes the moment she decided to apply her designer&#39;s mind to her fertility journey and how this helped her turn a corner emotionally and physically.  She also talks about why she kept her struggles almost completely secret and what convinced her to tell her story and help other parents. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode85 and check out all the free pregnancy &amp; birth resources I have for you at <a href="http://www.drnicolerankin
29/09/202059 minutes 54 seconds
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Ep84: Jennifer's Birth Stories - One Hospital, Three C-Sections, and Birth Wishes as a Muslim Woman

We have another special birth story episode this week, but this time you&#39;re getting three birth stories in one! Jennifer is an international board certified lactation consultant, wife and mom of three. She had all three of her babies at the same hospital and had a C-section with each of them - but as you&#39;ll hear, her birth experiences were different every single time.  Jennifer and I talk about all three of her births so you can understand how her hospital experiences and self-advocacy developed over time. We discuss pre-eclampsia, why she really wanted a VBAC with her second and third babies, and how her prenatal care &amp; birth wishes were shaped by her religion. Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode84 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: <a hre
22/09/202050 minutes 11 seconds
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Ep83: Fetal Growth Restriction - What It Is, How We Screen for It, and Risks You Should Know

Today I&#39;m diving deep on fetal growth restriction (AKA intrauterine growth restriction), how we screen for it, how it affects baby, and more. This doesn&#39;t happen too often, but as with most things I talk about it&#39;s great for you to be prepared and knowledgeable in case it does. We&#39;ll also talk about what happens if your baby is just naturally small and what can happen later on in life for a baby with growth restriction. Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode83 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
15/09/202051 minutes 26 seconds
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Ep82: All About Vaginal Birth After a Cesarean with Julie Francom and Meagan Heaton of VBAC Link

Julie Francom &amp; Meagan Heaton of VBAC Link join us to talk about vaginal birth after a Cesarean (VBAC) and what you need to know about VBACs. They share what you should ask your provider if you&#39;re interested in having a vaginal birth, why they highly recommend having a doula, and common myths about VBACs that you should be aware of.  Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode82 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
08/09/20201 hour 6 minutes 2 seconds
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Ep81: A Father's Perspective on Pregnancy & Birth with Falcon Rankins

I talk a lot about the experience of the birthing person on this podcast, which often means that I don&#39;t talk as much about what it feels like to be the supporting partner. In that spirit, someone recently suggested that I share the perspective of dads on the podcast. So, in this special episode my husband Falcon is joining me to talk about his feelings and experiences during my pregnancies and births.  It was really interesting to hear what things felt like from Falcon&#39;s perspective. We mostly focused on my first pregnancy and birth, what it was like navigating the NICU, and why things can feel so much more stressful when you are a first-time parent. I even learned a couple things in this episode that I never knew, which just goes to show you how valuable having this conversation with your supporting partner can be.  Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode81 for complete show notes, and join
01/09/202051 minutes 53 seconds
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[REBROADCAST] Feeling Your Baby Move

Things have been a little busy lately, so I&#39;m rebroadcasting this episode about feeling your  baby move while working on a new episode for next week. I also wanted to re-share this episode because of new research coming out about a rise in stillbirths during the COVID-19 pandemic. It may be the case that there have been more stillbirths during the pandemic because moms-to-be are too worried about catching COVID-19 to go to the hospital when they normally might. There have also been fewer prenatal appointments, so issues may be missed as moms get fewer checkups. Whatever the cause ultimately is, it&#39;s a great idea for you to be aware of your baby&#39;s movement, what they mean, and what to watch for. In this episode I&#39;m talking all about feeling your baby move and what you can expect to feel throughout your pregnancy. I also share a few ways you can monitor your baby&#39;s movement and when you should contact your doctor if your baby seems to be moving less. 
25/08/202024 minutes 54 seconds
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[REBROADCAST] Supplements, Nutrition, and Environmental Toxins During Pregnancy with Dr. Anne Kennard

In this rebroadcast episode, we revisit my conversation with Dr. Anne Kennard about nutrition, supplements, and environmental toxins during pregnancy. Anne and I talked about nutrition during pregnancy, why weight gain isn&#39;t the best indicator of your health during pregnancy, supplements moms should look for, and why she takes an integrative health approach with her moms-to-be. We also chat a bit about why you should do more research into nutrition during pregnancy since your OB-GYN probably didn&#39;t get a whole lot of training in this area.  Check out ncrcoaching.com/rebroadcast24 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: <a href='https://redcircle.com/pr
18/08/202044 minutes 18 seconds
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Ep80: Navigating Genetic Testing and Pregnancy Loss During a Pandemic with Cortnie

In this episode Cortnie joins us to talk about her recent experience navigating her second pregnancy, genetic testing, and pregnancy loss amidst a pandemic. After finding our her baby had trisomy 13, Cortnie and her husband had to make some very difficult decisions and faced huge challenges getting the care and support they needed. She&#39;s generously sharing her story to help other families who might be in a similar situation.  Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode80 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
11/08/202050 minutes 17 seconds
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Ep79: Facts and Misconceptions About Plus-Size Pregnancy and Care with Jen McLellan

Jen McLellan joins us today to talk about pregnancy for plus-sized people, how providers can provide more compassionate care, and shifts she&#39;s seeing in the medical field now. We cover common misconceptions people have about plus size pregnancies, why we must be aware of our own biases when providing care, and how to have a great pregnancy and birth experience as a plus size parent. Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode79 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
04/08/20201 hour 5 minutes 9 seconds
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Ep78: Episiotomy - What It Is, What Q’s To Ask & When It May Be Necessary

In this episode I&#39;m talking about episiotomy - what it is, how often it&#39;s done, risks associated with the procedure, and what you need to ask your provider. I&#39;ll tell you why episiotomies are no longer performed routinely and talk a bit about the fairly rare circumstances in which they are needed. Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode78 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
28/07/202031 minutes 55 seconds
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Ep77: Amber's Birth Story - Having a Beautiful Natural Birth

In this birth story episode, Amber Manning returns to the podcast to tell us how her natural birth went, why she decided to switch providers at 32 weeks, and why she threw her birth plan out the window. Amber was the first guest I had on the podcast who was still pregnant at the time, so it was incredibly fun to get an update on how she and her family are doing now.  Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode77 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
21/07/202058 minutes 31 seconds
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Ep76: What You'll Want to Know About Having a Baby in the NICU with Dr. Terri Major-Kincade

My first daughter was born premature and had to spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit (AKA the NICU or the ICU nursery). This week&#39;s episode has all the information I wish I&#39;d known then, and I am so happy to be sharing it with you. Today we&#39;re joined by Dr. Terri Major-Kincade, a practicing medical doctor and champion for premature babies and their families.  Dr. Terri and I start off talking about what the NICU is three of the main reasons babies are admitted to the ICU nursery. We also talk about what parents can do to advocate for themselves and their baby, what kind of emotional support is available for NICU families, and five questions you can ask your care providers weekly so you are on the same page about baby&#39;s medical care.  Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode76 for complete show notes, and join my email list at <a href="https://www.ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/
14/07/20201 hour 29 seconds
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Ep75: Benefits, Risks and Ethical Considerations of Newborn Male Circumcision

In this episode I&#39;m talking through the benefits and risks to consider when deciding whether circumcision is right for your newborn son. You&#39;ll learn what circumcision is, some of the different techniques used for the procedure, and why some families choose to have this elective procedure performed for their babies.  Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode75 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
07/07/202034 minutes 53 seconds
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Ep74: Parijat's Birth Story - IVF, Surrogacy, Pregnancy Loss and Mindful Pregnancy

In this inspiring birth story episode, Parijat Deshpande shares her family&#39;s journey through fertility treatments, pregnancy complications, the NICU, pregnancy loss, and surrogacy.  Parijat is a high-risk pregnancy expert, mind-body health specialist, author, speaker, and advocate for moms with high-risk pregnancies and pre-term birth. Parijat&#39;s own experiences have hugely influenced her work and her passion for helping other moms handle some of life&#39;s most difficult decisions.  Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode74 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
30/06/202059 minutes 51 seconds
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Ep73: Why We Need Better Preparation for the Postpartum Period with Dr. Christine Sterling OB-GYN

In this episode I chat with a fellow OB-GYN, Dr. Christine Sterling, about why it is so important to prepare parents for the postpartum period. After her own difficult postpartum experiences following the birth of her first baby, Dr. Sterling decided to make it her mission to educate parents about the postpartum period, including warning signs to watch out for, how to advocate for your mental health, and how to handle strains on your partnership.  We talk about all of that and a lot more in this episode! Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode73 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
23/06/202053 minutes 49 seconds
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Ep72: How Structural Racism & Implicit Bias Create Disparities in Maternal Care for Black Families

This episode is a bit different than what I usually talk about on the podcast, but I hope that you will tune in and learn something new about maternal healthcare and racism in our country.  In this episode I&#39;m talking about the disparities we see in maternal healthcare &amp; outcomes for Black mamas and their babies. I describe some of the structural racism we see in the medical field, what implicit bias is, and how these forces add up to create a difficult environment for Black people - including mamas - all over the country. I also share some of my personal experiences with racism in my career, a few stories from friends and colleagues, and a couple instances where I witnessed the medical system mistreating Black women. I hope that this episode educates and inspires you to think about what you can do to help dismantle racism in our country, whether that&#39;s talking to your friends and family, committing to raising anti-racist kids, or helping reform your profes
16/06/202029 minutes 28 seconds
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Ep71: Rachel's Birth Story - Giving Birth in New York During COVID-19

Before we start in on this story about giving birth during COVID-19, I want to acknowledge the huge protests going on in America and abroad at the time of this recording. These protests, begun after George Floyd was murdered by a police officer, are happening in response to the racism that is embedded into our societies and institutions. I have always worked to lift up and serve all mamas, but promise to continue my commitment to helping Black mamas in particular navigate America&#39;s racist medical system.  In this birth story episode, Rachel shares her experience giving birth in New York at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. We talk about why her childbirth education was particularly helpful as she navigated labor &amp; delivery; what it was like giving birth to a big baby at the hospital during COVID-19; and why it is so important to remain flexible during your birth. Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode71
09/06/202049 minutes 22 seconds
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Ep70: Labor Induction: What to Know and What Questions to Ask

Today I&#39;m talking about the two main reasons for labor induction, how labor is induced, what a &#34;failed induction&#34; is, and questions to ask before induction. I have gotten a ton of requests to talk about this topic, and I believe it is incredibly important for you to be informed about the process of labor induction whether you are having a medical or elective induction. Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode70 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
02/06/202046 minutes 40 seconds
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Ep69: All About Breastfeeding and Breastmilk with Laurel Wilson

Laurel Wilson is a lactation consultant, doula, and speaker, and today she joins us to talk all about breastfeeding and how to handle its common obstacles. Laurel talks about how human milk is designed to nourish babies and their microbiomes. We also talk about the importance of skin-to-skin contact well beyond the &#34;golden hour&#34; after birth and how we can support families&#39; choices about feeding their children, whatever they may be. And we discuss common obstacles parents face when breastfeeding, how to find support, and how to work through some of these common issues. Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode69 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: <a href='
26/05/20201 hour 32 seconds
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Ep68: Jessica's Birth Story - Choosing to Induce Labor During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this birth story episode, Jessica shares her hospital birth experience. She talks about choosing induction at 37 weeks due to a history of preeclampsia and the development of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also discuss what the postpartum period has been like and how COVID-19 is (and isn&#39;t) changing pregnancy &amp; birth right now. Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode68 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
19/05/202049 minutes 24 seconds
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Ep67: Having a Planned Cesarean Birth and What to Know About C-Sections

Planned Cesarean births (or C-sections) aren&#39;t spoken about as much as other births, but every parent should know what a C-section entails. Even if you want to have a vaginal delivery, it is good to be prepared in case a C-section becomes the safest way to bring your baby into the world. In this episode I&#39;m talking about the different reasons for planned C-sections, when they are carried out, what the process is before, during, and after meeting your baby, and how to make the best of the experience. Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode67 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
12/05/202049 minutes 57 seconds
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Ep66: How Your Partner Can Feel Prepared, Confident and Supportive During Labor with Alice Turner

Today I&#39;m joined by Alice Turner, the creator of SupportingHer - a childbirth education class for whomever is going to be supporting you during labor. We talk about why it&#39;s so important for your support partner to be knowledgable and prepared going into your birth. Alice shares tips about what the supporting partner should and shouldn&#39;t do, along with her favorite advice for providing physical and emotional assistance both during and after birth.  Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode66 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
05/05/202048 minutes 20 seconds
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Ep65: Amy's Birth Story - Trusting Your Intuition About Your Labor and Delivery

In this birth story episode, Amy talks about her uneventful pregnancy, having her water accidentally broken at 39 weeks, and her episiotomy. Amy and I talk about how she knew she wanted an epidural, how it felt, and why she was overall very happy with her hospital birth experience. We also discuss the episiotomy she received and what&#39;s so upsetting about that. Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode65 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
28/04/20201 hour 5 minutes 26 seconds
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Ep64: Deciding if Home Birth is Right for You and Your Baby

When I started my podcast I never planned on talking about home birth. Not because I don&#39;t support women who plan to have a home birth, but because my expertise lies in hospital births and my work focuses on helping women have a beautiful experience there. However, in light of the COVID-19 crisis we are experiencing, a lot more women are considering home births rather than going into the hospital, which I completely understand. So, I decided to do an episode that covers some basic statistics about home birth, why some women choose it, and what you should consider when deciding where to give birth. Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode64 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivac
21/04/202039 minutes 7 seconds
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Ep63: Tips on Mindset, Environment, Support & Preparation for Your Labor and Birth

In this episode, you&#39;ll learn about creating a healthy mindset, controlling your environment, getting great support, and preparing for your labor and birth. These tips are all especially helpful as we contend with the coronavirus pandemic, but you can apply these lessons about wisdom and preparation any time. Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode63 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
14/04/202029 minutes 33 seconds
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Ep62: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Before, During, and After Pregnancy with Dr. R. Keith Bell

This week we&#39;re chatting with Dr. R. Keith Bell about Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and integrative medical care before, during, and after your pregnancy. Dr. Bell has a doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. We discuss the importance of taking an integrative health approach with patients, how acupuncture can help during labor and delivery, and some of the research behind Chinese medicine.  Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode62 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
07/04/202055 minutes 20 seconds
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Ep61: Emilee's Birth Story - Learning to Have Healthy Pregnancies After An Unhealthy One

In this uplifting birth story episode, Emilee Wilson talks about learning to have healthier pregnancies after dealing with preeclampsia during her first. We also discuss how her first pregnancy changed her approach to life and wellness and why she decided to have unmedicated births. Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode61 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
31/03/202049 minutes 18 seconds
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Ep60: Sleeping, Caffeine, Deli Meats, Sex: Answers to Common Questions About Pregnancy

Today I&#39;m answering common questions about pregnancy: do you have to sleep on your back? Should you avoid caffeine? Why should you avoid changing the kitty litter? Is sex during pregnancy okay? And several more. Check out ncrcoaching.com/episode60 for complete show notes, and join my email list at ncrcoaching.com/email-signup/!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
24/03/202030 minutes 37 seconds
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Ep59: Hiring a Birth Photographer with Tavia Redburn

I&#39;ve been looking forward to doing this episode for a while because birth photography has been on my radar a lot more lately. I used to think it was a bit of a luxury, but the more I learn about it the more I think all moms should consider whether they&#39;d like to have a photographer present for their birth. To talk about all things birth photography, we&#39;re joined by the wonderful Tavia Redburn. Tavia is a birth &amp; newborn photographer in Oklahoma, and she also trains other new birth photographers.  Tavia and I talk about her journey to birth photography, how her own births affect her approach to her work, and what you should ask a photographer before you hire them. She also talks about why new moms should consider hiring a photographer for their first birth, rather than wishing they had later.  We also digress a bit and talk about some of the things Tavia has seen during the many labors and births she ha
17/03/202055 minutes 26 seconds
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[SPECIAL EP] Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

I have a special, timely episode for you today about COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus). Some listeners asked me what they need to know about how coronavirus could affect their pregnancy and baby, so this episode should help answer some of those questions. In this episode, I&#39;ll give you an overview on what this coronavirus is, how this outbreak has spread so far, and what symptoms to watch for. We will also talk about how to take care of yourself and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. And most importantly, I&#39;ll share some research about the impact of coronavirus on pregnancy and babies. There hasn&#39;t been a ton of research yet, so it&#39;s crucial to stay up to date as more information becomes available. But overall, the information in this episode should reassure any parents who are feeling worried about coronavirus.  I&#39;ll be sharing more information in the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/
10/03/202027 minutes 3 seconds
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Ep58: Savanna's Birth Story - Listening to Your Body Postpartum

I have another wonderful birth story episode for you today! This time, we&#39;re joined by Savanna, a Physician Assistant and mom of one. who lives in Georgia with her family. Savanna had a relatively uneventful pregnancy and scheduled her induction around 40 weeks. After being induced, her labor only lasted about 12 hours in total. Once her baby was born, however, things got a bit more interesting. Savanna dealt with some postpartum health issues that we chat about in today&#39;s episode, including postpartum preeclampsia and mastitis. We talk about some warning signs to look out for and why it&#39;s so important to listen to your body and advocate for yourself if something doesn&#39;t feel right. We also chat about learning to breastfeed and the impact med students and residents had on Savanna&#39;s birth.   In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: How Savanna prepared for her
03/03/202056 minutes 48 seconds
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Ep57: Preparing Physically for Birth & Postpartum Healing with Brooke Cates from The Bloom Method

We talk a lot on the podcast about preparing for your birth, and usually that revolves around preparing mentally. We&#39;re diving into another aspect of birth preparation today though, and we&#39;re focusing on how you can prepare both physically and mentally for your birth and for the postpartum healing process. Brooke Cates is the founder of the Bloom Method, which empowers expecting and postnatal moms with smart, safe and effective education and workouts. The method works to prepare mothers for birth, prevent and heal injury-based Diastasis Recti and common pelvic floor injuries, and help moms re-strengthen themselves postpartum.  Brooke and I talk about her experience working with expecting moms and how she helps people prepare physically for labor. We also talk about why diaphragmatic breathing is such a powerful tool for labor and beyond. We then chat about the postpartum period and why it&#39;s so important to
25/02/20201 hour 5 minutes 59 seconds
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Ep56: Everything You Need to Know About Gestational Diabetes (GDM)

I get a lot of questions about gestational diabetes (also known as gestational diabetes mellitus or GDM). I think it scares a lot of women to know that their blood sugar could affect their pregnancy, baby, and delivery, so I wanted to share everything I know about GDM in today’s episode.  We’re talking about what exactly gestational diabetes is, how common it is, how it&#39;s diagnosed, and how it&#39;s treated. I’ll also cover some of the side effects GDM can have on you and your baby and why you need to pay extra attention to your own health in the postpartum period.  All pregnant women get tested for gestational diabetes, but it’s important to remember that the test is for the best for you and baby alike. Don’t try to cheat the test or worry about the results! If you have any other questions about GDM after listening to this episode, come on over to the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/aapbpodcast/"
18/02/202046 minutes 43 seconds
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Ep55: Educating Yourself and Preparing for Childbirth with Mom-to-Be Amber Manning

We have an exciting episode today: this is the first time I&#39;ve ever had a guest on the podcast who is currently pregnant! I thought it would be wonderful to have someone on who is on the same journey as a lot of my listeners, so today we have the honor of hosting Amber Manning. Amber is an Occupational Therapist based in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband recently got married and are expecting their first baby in April, so they&#39;ve jumped wholeheartedly into educating themselves about pregnancy and birth. Amber shares some of the resources she&#39;s found really helpful during her pregnancy and talks about how she&#39;s applied what she&#39;s learned so far. We chat about switching doctors, being flexible with your birth plan, and advocating for yourself throughout your pregnancy and birth. We also discuss some of the mental health aspects of pregnancy and why it&#39;s okay if you don&#39;t feel perfectly happy
11/02/202056 minutes 12 seconds
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Ep54: What We Can Do About Obstetric Violence and Birth Trauma with Cristen Pascucci

Today&#39;s topic is an incredibly important one: obstetric violence. I know it sounds a bit heavy, but it&#39;s something that all of us - expecting families, doctors, midwives, doulas, and people in society - should know more about.  I&#39;m excited to be joined on this episode by Cristen Pascucci, an incredibly dedicated advocate and activist for human rights during childbirth. She has a number of projects, including Birth Monopoly and Mother May I (a documentary about obstetric violence), that are working to reduce the amount of birth trauma that mothers are currently experiencing around the world. Cristen and I cover a lot of ground in this episode - we talk about what exactly obstetric violence is, whether it&#39;s different from birth trauma, and why it&#39;s so common. We also talk about what you can do if you have experienced obstetric violence and what we need to do in the
04/02/20201 hour 15 minutes 16 seconds
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Ep53: What You Need to Know About Getting Vaccinated Before and During Your Pregnancy

A lot of soon-to-be moms aren&#39;t sure what vaccinations they should (or shouldn&#39;t) get during pregnancy, if any. I know there are a lot of questions and misconceptions about immunization generally, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to do a deep dive into vaccines and pregnancy. There is a key difference between inactive and live vaccines, and the live kind are never recommended during pregnancy. In fact, there are only two immunizations that are definitely recommended during pregnancy; otherwise, you should try to be up to date before you get pregnant, or wait until after you&#39;ve given birth to get vaccinated. Today I&#39;ll tell you what immunizations you should get before getting pregnant, which ones you should not get while pregnant, and some of the effects that these preventable diseases can have on mom and her developing baby if she doesn&#39;t get vaccinated. Don&#
28/01/202031 minutes 13 seconds
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Ep52: Miranda's Birth Story - Why You Must Learn About Childbirth, Even if You Can't Predict It

We&#39;re back with another birth story for you today! This is an extra special one because this is the first time I&#39;m having someone on who used my Birth Preparation Course as part of their childbirth education.  Miranda is an emergency veterinarian and self-described data-driven person. She learned as much as she could before giving birth to her daughter, who was only 11 weeks old when we did this interview.  I really appreciate Miranda&#39;s honesty in this episode about how scary her birth felt, why she&#39;s so proud of how she handled it, and what she did when she was dealing with postpartum anxiety in the weeks after her daughter&#39;s birth. She also shares the huge positive impact that her doulas had both during the birth and afterward. We also chat a little bit about the Birth Preparation Course, what Miranda felt was the most helpful about it, and other great resources for childbirth education.</
21/01/202048 minutes 58 seconds
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Ep51: Preparing for Postpartum Life, Relationships, and Mental Health with Dr. Alyssa Berlin

So many parents prepare a lot for their pregnancy and birth, but don&#39;t think much about how they are going to handle the postpartum transition period. Health professionals are guilty of this, too. We don&#39;t do enough to prepare parents for all the changes they are going to experience after their baby arrives: mentally, emotionally, physically, and in their relationships. Here to talk with us today about easing that transition into parenthood is Dr. Alyssa Berlin. Dr. Berlin is a clinical psychologist who specializes in pregnancy, the postpartum period, and birth trauma. She and her husband Dr. Elliot Berlin (who was on the podcast a few episodes ago) run a prenatal and family wellness practice in Los Angeles.  In this episode we&#39;re focusing on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) that can affect new parents. Dr. Berlin and I talk about what to look out for, why PMADs are so common, and how we can help each other and ou
14/01/202056 minutes 16 seconds
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Ep50: 10 Things to Help You Have Your Best Pregnancy, Birth, and Life

Happy New Year everyone, and thank you so much for sticking with me through 50 episodes! It&#39;s been such a rewarding journey, and I love being of service to you all.  I thought I would kick off this year with ten pieces of advice that I hope will help you in pregnancy, birth, and life beyond. I want to share ten of the things I think are most important for not only having a healthy and happy pregnancy &amp; birth, but for building a fulfilling life, too.  We&#39;ll start off with some practical advice like how to make sure you&#39;re getting the best care possible from your doctor or midwife, and what to do if you have concerns about your care. We will also talk about why I think all moms should rethink their baby registry &amp; shower, and how to prepare for the postpartum transitions you&#39;ll experience. We&#39;ll finish up with some advice about life in general and talk about why it&#39;s so important to take great care of yourself. The first step in rai
07/01/202040 minutes 8 seconds
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[REBROADCAST] My Birth Stories

I think it&#39;s really important for women to share their birth stories with one another. It gives us not only a chance to learn from other people&#39;s experiences, but the opportunity to connect over a life-changing, sometimes scary event.  I&#39;ve been looking back on the past year of the podcast, and I think the birth stories have been one of the most wonderful aspects of the show. December is a big month in my family - you&#39;ll hear why in this episode! - so I wanted to celebrate the end of 2019 by sharing my birth stories again.  I talk about both of my births in this episode, as well as some of the regrets and trauma I have around them. I will also share some of the decisions I made about my care and why, and talk about how my births helped me become a better physician.  In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: Why I think it&#39;s important for women to share their birth stories w
31/12/201932 minutes 27 seconds
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[REBROADCAST] The Gut Microbiome and Your Pregnancy with Dr. Sarina Pasricha

Dr. Sarina Pasricha is an adult gastroenterologist and an expert on our human gut microbiome. This is still an emerging area of study, and we learn more about our gut microbiomes all the time. There is some especially interesting research on the microbiomes of pregnant women, and that&#39;s what we focus on in this episode. Dr. Pasricha and I start off talking about what exactly the gut microbiome is, why it&#39;s important, and what you can do to support it before, during, and after your pregnancy. We also talk about the importance of your baby&#39;s gut microbiome and what you can do to help them develop a healthy one right off the bat. Dr. Pasricha shares tons of practical tips in this episode, including how many fruits and veggies you should aim to eat, why breastfeeding is great for baby, and how to help your baby build up their immune system. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: Wha
24/12/201947 minutes 51 seconds
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Ep49: What to Know About Genetic Testing For You and Your Baby

There&#39;s a lot of confusion out there around genetic testing during pregnancy. Who should get tested? When? Is it a cause for concern, or a harmless preventative measure? I wanted to clear up any confusion or misconceptions about genetic testing in today&#39;s episode of the podcast, so I invited Dr. Keisha Reddick back on the show to help me do so. Dr. Reddick is a Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor and is up-to-date on everything you need to know about genetic testing and carrier testing for you and your baby. We talk about the different kinds of genetic testing you may encounter, what trimester you can get them, and what each one will tell you. Dr. Reddick also talks about why she is such a proponent of genetic testing for high-risk pregnancies and anybody else who wants to be prepared with knowledge about their baby. The vast majority of pregnancies are normal, but it&#39;s a good idea to prepar
17/12/201949 minutes 26 seconds
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Ep48: How Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Can Affect Pregnancy and Babies

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are a common part of life, though many of us are afraid or ashamed to talk about them. In reality, 50% of adults will have an STI at some point in our lives. This includes pregnant women, and there shouldn&#39;t be any stigma associated with having an STI. Having or contracting an STI during pregnancy happens to many people and it&#39;s important to know how STIs can affect your pregnancy and your baby. Today I&#39;m running through five common STIs - chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV) - to talk about the treatment for each. Treatment for STIs during pregnancy can  be a little different than normal treatments, but it&#39;s important to catch infections early so that they don&#39;t spread to your baby. Many STIs can only reach baby during the actual birth process, but some can cross over the placenta - so it&#39;s best to know what your options are early on. Rememb
10/12/201944 minutes 9 seconds
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Ep47: Everything You Want to Know About Fertility and Pregnancy with Fertility Specialist Dr. Cindy Duke

I&#39;m so excited to have today&#39;s guest on the show to talk about a topic I know many of my listeners are really interested in: fertility. Whether you&#39;re actively trying for a baby or are only just starting to consider getting pregnant, it&#39;s good to know what to expect with your fertility and when to seek help. To talk all about fertility today we&#39;re joined by the amazing Dr. Cindy Duke. Cindy M.P. Duke is a M.D. Ph.D trained Physician Scientist who is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Fellowship trained in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI). Dr. Duke is also an active member of her community and is also the host of the ‘Girl Powered Success &amp; Survival International’ (aka GriPSSI) Podcast, which is aimed at highlighting the work and dynamic career paths of women and girls around the globe!  Dr. Duke and I talk about what you should expect from your fertility appo
03/12/20191 hour 3 minutes 56 seconds
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[REBROADCAST] All About Doulas With Keisha Graham

I&#39;m spending time with family this week for Thanksgiving, so this week&#39;s episode is a rebroadcast of one of my favorite episodes. Enjoy! Do you know what a doula is, what they do, and how they can help you during your pregnancy &amp; labor? There are a lot of misconceptions out there about doulas, so I thought it would be helpful to chat to a doula and get an inside look at their work and all the things they do for pregnant women. Our guest for this episode is Keisha Graham, who has been a doula for almost a decade and is also the community manager in the All About Pregnancy and Birth Facebook Group! Keisha and I talk about what doulas do, how to choose them, and how doulas can support you and your partner during labor. She also talks about why she thinks everyone deserves a doula and why you should get one as early in your pregnancy as possible. In th
26/11/201933 minutes 24 seconds
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Ep46: A Guide to Prenatal Testing and What to Expect from Tests in Each Trimester

Have you ever felt confused about prenatal testing and why your doctor is running so many tests on you during your pregnancy? I realized that a lot of OBGYNs don&#39;t do a great job of explaining all of the tests we do during pregnancy, so I thought I&#39;d walk you through the recommended ones. Thank you to Julie, who suggested this topic in the All About Pregnancy &amp; Birth Facebook Group! You&#39;ll have most of your testing done at the initial appointment, which includes a full blood count and some tests for various infections, too. Then we&#39;ll talk about some of the tests you can expect to receive in the second and third trimesters and why we do each test that we do.  And don&#39;t worry about taking notes today - you can download a companion guide to this episode, with all the information about
19/11/201927 minutes 2 seconds
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Ep45: Lynn's Birth Story - Advocating for Your Birth Wishes During a Long, Unmedicated Hospital Birth

Lynn Turcotte-Schuh was a marine mammal trainer before she gave birth to her daughter, which inspired her to become a Certified Childbirth Educator, Toddler Trainer, and coach of other moms through her practice Happy Mama Wellness. Lynn originally wanted to have a home birth, but after discussing it with her wife, they decided that giving birth in the hospital while creating a relaxing, supportive, home-birth-like environment was right for them. Lynn had a 53-hour labor, during which she, her wife, and her midwife were able to advocate for Lynn&#39;s ideal birth.  Lynn and I chat about her birth story on this episode, including why she didn&#39;t want to be hooked up to any machines or use any medication during her birth. We also talk about how she and her wife educated and prepared themselves for the birth, what she might have done differently, and why she now loves helping other moms create a holistic pregnancy and birth experience. In this Episo
12/11/201957 minutes 59 seconds
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Ep44: How Prenatal Chiropractic Can Ease Common Pregnancy Pain with Dr. Elliot Berlin

Pregnancy can be a notoriously uncomfortable time for expecting mothers. While some pain throughout pregnancy is common – and many obstetricians will tell moms that they need to just hang in there – you don’t have to accept pain as “normal”. On this episode of the podcast, we’re joined by prenatal chiropractor and doula Dr. Elliot Berlin to talk about how chiropractic and massage therapy can help expecting moms ease pain in the neck, back, and joints while pregnant.  Dr. Berlin shares his story into pregnancy chiropractic care, how chiropractic can help your baby get into a good position for delivery, and what you need to know if you’re considering working with a chiropractor before your birth. We also chat about the importance of informed consent and medical professionals’ duty to help patients make the right choice for them.  In this episode you’ll learn about: How Dr. Berlin decided to work in prenatal care and eventually
05/11/201956 minutes 15 seconds
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Ep43: What You Need to Know About the Flu and Pregnancy

I wasn’t originally planning to do an episode about the flu and pregnancy, but I saw an article recently that claimed only 50% of pregnant women get a flu shot. So, I thought I should talk about what all expecting parents need to know about the flu and why it’s so important to protect your baby (and yourself!) from the flu. The flu is never fun, but it can be especially tough on pregnant mothers and their babies. It&#39;s important to know how you can reduce the chance that you&#39;ll get sick, that it&#39;s safe to get a flu shot during pregnancy, and what to do if you do come down with the flu. Remember that you can get your flu shot many places these days - at work, the grocery store, your PCP or OBGYN&#39;s office - so be sure to get vaccinated before the height of flu season. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:  Why more pregnant moms should get vaccinated against the flu  
29/10/201926 minutes 54 seconds
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Ep42: Proper Nutrition During Pregnancy

For this 3rd part series related to weight during pregnancy, I’m going to talk about nutrition during pregnancy. You’re going to learn practical information and advice on how you can best optimize your health during pregnancy with proper nutrition. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: Nutrition during pregnancy What foods you need to avoid when pregnant Knowing your macro &amp; micronutrients Common myths related to nutrition and pregnancy When you should see a nutritionist Food choices Why taking excessive vitamins can be dangerous for your pregnancy Limiting your caffeine intake Links Mentioned In The Episode: Episode #24: Supplements, Nutrition, And Envir
22/10/201944 minutes 59 seconds
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Ep41: What You Need To Know About Weight Gain During Pregnancy

In Episode #40: The Truth About Obesity And Pregnancy, we talked about how obesity affects pregnancy and now, we’re going to talk about weight gain during pregnancy. Listen in to see how weight gain affects pregnancy outcomes and the recommended weight gain targets. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: How weight gain affects pregnancy What the recommended weight gain target is for good pregnancy outcomes Where all the weight you gained during pregnancy go IOM recommendations for weight gain during pregnancy The relationship between weight gain and pregnancy outcomes How we deal with care during pregnancy in relation to weight gain The importance of preconception weight What we do whe
15/10/201931 minutes 28 seconds
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Ep40: The Truth About Obesity And Pregnancy

Join me in this episode as I talk about obesity and how it affects your pregnancy. I’m going to help you understand the risk of obesity and how your weight is affecting your fertility. Find out what defines an “obese pregnant woman” and what you can do to have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: What exactly is considered obese How obesity negatively affects pregnancy What is BMI Why babies born to obese moms are at a greater risk of having health issues How obesity has an effect on how your labor progresses The issue of anesthesia for obese pregnant women The potential of having a big baby when you’re obese Increased risk of infant death and autism Understanding how your weight loss affects your fertility
08/10/201940 minutes 9 seconds
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Ep39: What do Ear, Nose, and Throat Diseases Have To Do With Pregnancy?

In today’s episode, we’re going to focus on the changes that happen in the ear, nose, and throat region. Dr. Bradley Block, ENT-Otolaryngologist, joins us to talk about the diseases and disorders that are associated with pregnancy. Otolaryngologists are physicians who take care of diseases and disorders relating to the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. They are commonly referred to as ENT doctors. In this Episode You’ll Learn About: What exactly does an otolaryngologist do How to deal with rhinitis and nosebleeds during pregnancies  Dealing with ENT issues that are related to babies Eargasms and what you need to know when using Q-tips Common concerns with pregnancy that are ENT related The issue with medicines and pregnancy Meniere’s disease and other ear issues
01/10/201950 minutes 43 seconds
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Ep38: Rachael’s Birth Story - Preparing for An Amazing Unmedicated Hospital Birth

In today’s birth story episode, find out how one mom managed to get through labor and delivery without any pain medication as Rachael joins us to share her amazing unmedicated hospital birth story.     In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: Rachael’s prenatal care Why IV fluids aren’t necessary when you opt for an unmedicated birth Intermittent monitoring What Rachael did to prepare for her birth Hypnobirthing class, yoga class, and counseling Moving versus not moving Having a support team and the importance of always asking for help Mental health during pregnancy  Rachael’s postpartum experience in the hospital Educating yourself about labor and childbirth Understanding the process of labor and delivery Looking at your
24/09/201950 minutes 49 seconds
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Ep37: All About Amniotic Fluid - What It Is and How It Helps Your Baby

Amniotic fluid is the liquid that surrounds your baby and it appears after the first few weeks of pregnancy. This fluid is really important for your baby and your baby&#39;s health. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: What’s in amniotic fluid The antibacterial properties of amniotic fluid How this fluid protects your baby from any trauma Qualitatively and Quantitatively measuring the amniotic fluid Types of quantitative ways to measure the amniotic fluid Oligohydramnios (low fluid) Polyhydramnios (excess fluid) What does it mean for your pregnancy if the fluid is low or high Links Mentioned In The Episode: Free Online Class - How To Make A Birth Plan That Wo
17/09/201935 minutes 17 seconds
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Ep36: All About Pre-Eclampsia and What You Need to Know to Reduce Your Chances Of Getting It With Dr. Cecily Clark-Ganheart

Being informed about what pre-eclampsia is - how to spot it, and how to avoid it - gives you the power to help ensure you and your baby are healthy and well.  Dr. Cecily Anne Clark-Ganheart, MD, FACOG joins me on this episode of the podcast to educate us about pre-eclampsia so that you can better advocate for yourself during your pregnancy. In this episode you’ll learn about: How important it is to maximize your health prior to pregnancy What is pre-eclampsia Symptoms of pre-eclampsia Difference between gestational hypertension and  pre-eclampsia HELLP Syndrome Problems pre-eclampsia can cause for moms and babies How to advocate for yourself The risk factors for pre-eclampsia Signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia Ho
10/09/201948 minutes 48 seconds
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Ep35: Tomeka’s Birth Story and Her Experience with Preeclampsia

Disclaimer: Before you click the play button, I just want to give you a disclaimer that today’s episode is a birth story involving stillbirth. If you’re not comfortable with this topic, then you may want to skip this episode. Today’s episode is a birth story about a brave woman named Tomeka Isaac who was diagnosed with preeclampsia and experienced the devastating pain of stillbirth with her son Jace. In this conversation, she’s going to share her story as a means of finding purpose through her deep pain. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: Tomeka’s pregnancy and birth with her baby son Jace What is preeclampsia How Tomeka found out she has preeclampsia Tomeka’s thoughts on her physicians and her experience in the hospital How Tomeka is dealing with the grief brought by stillbirth Tomeka’s a
03/09/201951 minutes 49 seconds
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[REBROADCAST] 9 Things You’ll Want To Know Before Giving Birth

In today’s episode, I’m going to share the best of what I know as we take a look back on the very first episode of this podcast! In this recap episode, you&#39;re going to learn 9 things you need to know before giving birth. We’re going to talk about the fact that there’s no right way to give birth, why skin to skin contact with your baby right after birth is very important, and much more! In this Episode, You&#39;ll Learn: The 9 things you need to learn before giving birth The right way to give birth Intense labor Your labor nurse is as important as your doctor Delayed cord clamping Why skin to skin contact with your baby is very important Why your doctor may not be there for your delivery Childbirth is normal but also unpredictable</sp
27/08/201919 minutes 17 seconds
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Ep34: Everything You Need To Know About Having a “Big” Baby

When a baby is suspected to be big, it’s called macrosomia. Join me today as I talk about everything there is to know about macrosomia. Learn the risks that come with having a bigger baby and what can be done to manage it.  In this Episode, You&#39;ll Learn: What it means when we think you baby is big Possible outcomes when your baby is suspected to be big Terms commonly used for babies with excessive growth The difference between macrosomia and LGA What causes a larger than average birth weight The risk factors for macrosomia or having a big baby How your OB/GYN physician determine when your baby is big Uncommon and common complications from having a bigger baby What should you do when your baby is suspected
20/08/201927 minutes 18 seconds
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Ep33: Getting Some ZZZs for You and Your Baby with Sleep Consultant Eva Klein

Join me as we learn how you and your baby can both catch some ZzzZZzz as Eva Klein, a lawyer turned infant sleep consultant shares her knowledge and sleep strategies! Download Eva’s FREE Sleep Chart that outlines the suggested sleep totals, wake windows, and number of naps to determine how much sleep your baby needs! Click here to download. In this Episode, We Talk About: How Eva got into the Infant Sleep Consultancy industry The training that Eva went through to become a certified Sleep Consultant When should you start thinking about working with a sleep consultant? What can you expect when working with a sleep consultant?
13/08/201954 minutes 58 seconds
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Ep32: Lessons from Seven Healthy Pregnancies and Births

You’ll be delighted with today’s birth story episode with Kristin, a super mama who had seven healthy and uncomplicated pregnancies and births!  In this Episode, We Talk About: The difference in care that Kristin received between physicians and midwives The importance of educating yourself to help you have the birth that you want Being healthy and active before pregnancies and maintaining it in between pregnancies Problems and concerns Kristin experienced during pregnancies How each pregnancy and birth is different (including a 25 hour labor with #6) How Kristin managed pain during labor Techniques to cope with contractions Using birth balls and hydrotherapy Why Kristin choose not to have a doula  Kristin’s thoughts on how the hospit
06/08/201944 minutes 41 seconds
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Ep31: Pregnancy and GBS (Group B Strep)

GBS a.k.a. group B strep/group B streptococcus is a common bacteria that 15 to 40% of pregnant women carry. This bacteria could hurt your baby during labor and childbirth. In this Episode, I Talk About: What is GBS or Group B Strep How many pregnant women are affected by it Why should you care about GBS How GBS can affect your pregnancy and baby What happens to babies who are affected by early-onset GBS The most common type of GBS Risk-based approach vs. Culture-based approach Alternatives when you’re allergic to penicillin How the GBS test is done (including self-testing) The racial disparity between black and white babies affected by GBS How GBS treatment may affect your baby’s microbiome
30/07/201939 minutes 16 seconds
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Ep30: The Wonderful Benefits of Pre & Postnatal Yoga with Jeanna Lurie

My guest on this episode of the podcast, Jeanna Lurie - a pre and postnatal yoga instructor, is going to help you feel great and comfortable during the nine most important months of your life! In this Episode, We Talk About: Benefits of yoga during pregnancy What’s the right way to give birth What should you look for in a prenatal yoga teacher and in a prenatal yoga class How frequently should women aim to do yoga during pregnancy How can first-timers get started with yoga The difference between common and normal How to combat fear and discomfort in pregnancy The difference between prenatal and postnatal yoga When should you start doing yoga after childbirth Jeanna’s thoughts on online prenatal/postnatal programs <spa
23/07/20191 hour 39 seconds
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Ep29: Changing From A Physician To Midwife With Debbie DiazGranados

Birth is unpredictable. If you’ve followed me for long, you’ve heard me say that. If you’re new, I’m telling you now. You can plan (and you should!), but you always have to keep in mind that the entire labor and birth process can’t be planned down to the last detail.   My guest on this episode of the All About Pregnancy and Birth podcast, Debbie, knows this all too well! But not only does she provide some amazing insight into how to handle the unexpected and how to process it afterwards, she also shares her struggles with infertility, and about her journey from using an Ob to a midwife and doula combination for her birth.   This episode has so much incredible information that will be helpful for every pregnant mama to be!   After listening in, head on over to the All About Pregnancy &amp; Birth Community on Facebook to continue the conversation! Some of the best discussion happens there!</p
16/07/201957 minutes 58 seconds
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Ep28: Your Options For Managing Pain In Labor

Fear of pain during labor is on every single pregnant mama’s brain. I get it! But you don&#39;t have to be afraid, I did this latest episode of the All About Pregnancy &amp; Birth podcast to help you! I lay out all of your options for pain management - non medication techniques, IV pain medication, nitrous oxide, and epidurals. I talk about the risks, benefits, pros and cons of each. After listening to this episode you&#39;ll go into your labor and birth armed with education and confidence in whatever choices you make to manage your pain. After listening in, head on over to the All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast Community on Facebook so we can continue the conversation! I&#39;d love to know how you plan to manage pain during labor! If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website here.
09/07/201936 minutes 14 seconds
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Ep27: In Home Newborn Care & Breastfeeding Support with Dr. Sonal Patel

My guest on this episode of the All About Pregnancy &amp; Birth podcast, Dr. Sonal Patel, is doing some pretty amazing things to revolutionize care for both moms and babies during the postpartum period. She has a unique model of care where she provides in home care for newborns in the first month of life, along with breastfeeding support, and mental health care for moms. Not only does she talk all about that, but she gives some practical tips that you will definitely want, and need, to utilize after having your baby.  I really loved our conversation, the work she’s doing, and the advice that she shares during this episode, and I know you will too! After listening in, head on over to the All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast Community on Facebook to continue the conversation! Some of the best discussion happens there! _______ LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE: <a href="http://www.n
02/07/201945 minutes 18 seconds
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Ep26: A Happy Vaginal Birth (And Baby Blues After) With Jordan Borzekofski

You’re going to love this newest birth story episode on the All About Pregnancy &amp; Birth podcast! My guest on this episode, Jordan, not only is wonderful to listen to, but her attitude and confidence as she shares her birth story are wonderful and inspiring. She also shares about her struggle with the baby blues, and that is invaluable. Supporting women through times of the baby blues and postpartum depression is an area that our country’s healthcare system is lacking in, and Jordan brings this topic into the light during our talk. You’ll learn a lot of great information on this episode, I promise you that! If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website by clicking here. _______
25/06/201957 minutes 42 seconds
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Ep25: All About Dr. Rankins

Something I realized lately, as we’ve surpassed 13,000 downloads of the All About Pregnancy &amp; Birth Podcast, is that I’ve never done an episode that tells you who I am, and how I’ve come to do what I do. Of course the birth stories, expert interviews, and the podcasts that I do to give you my tips and knowledge are important. But I also feel that it’s important that you know WHO you’re getting these things from and how I got to this point. I hope you enjoy this episode as I take you through my younger years, my education, my career changes, and personal journey to where and who I am now. And who I am now is a woman who is passionate about serving women during pregnancy and birth. If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my we
18/06/201946 minutes 12 seconds
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Ep24: Supplements, Nutrition, and Environmental Toxins with Dr. Anne Kennard

This is a fantastic episode of the All About Pregnancy &amp; Birth podcast! My guest is Dr. Anne Kennard. Anne is not only a fellow OB Gyn physician, she’s also fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine. In addition, she&#39;s a nutritionist, herbalist, yoga instructor, and the mom to a toddler. Dr, Kennard covers so much in this episode. She talks about how she uses an integrative approach to care for all her patients, shares nutrition recommendations for pregnant women, supplements she recommends, environmental toxins to avoid (did you know pesticides can be found in the umbilical cord??), and how her personal difficulties with pregnancy and birth helped make her a better physician. This episode is packed full of so much useful information, you’re going to want to take notes! After listening in, head on over to the All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast Community on Facebook to continue the conversation! Some of the
11/06/201944 minutes 38 seconds
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Ep23: Unmedicated Birth turned C-section with Brandi Mowles

I always love birth story episodes. One of the reasons is because it gives me a perspective on birth that I don&#39;t normally get to experience. As an OB hospitalist I don’t do prenatal care anymore or follow up with women after delivery. Even when I did do prenatal and postpartum care, I didn&#39;t have the time to go in depth about women&#39;s experiences giving birth. These stories give me a chance to hear about all of that and I learn so much from it. I loved hearing my guest’s birth story on this episode of the All About Pregnancy &amp; Birth podcast. Brandi Mowles has an incredible birth story. She gives some great wisdom about preparing for birth, and shares how she was able to remain strong through her labor and delivery which lasted for days. Things didn&#39;t go exactly as she wanted, but she found the best in it anyway. You’ll definitely gain a lot of insight from this one, just like I did. If you’d like to connect with Brand
04/06/201953 minutes 7 seconds
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Ep22: All About Your Due Date

Due dates can cause so much confusion for a pregnant woman! How is it determined? Why does it matter? Will you actually deliver on your due date? That’s why I made this newest episode of the All About Pregnancy &amp; Birth podcast. To clear up the confusion surrounding your due date. I&#39;ll tell you how it&#39;s best determined, why an accurate estimate is so important, and why you shouldn&#39;t get attached to it. I never want you to be confused or struggle with understanding anything about this amazing time in your life so listen in! If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website here. _______ LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
28/05/201918 minutes 24 seconds
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Ep21: Energy Coach Nicole Karon

You might have read the title of this episode of the podcast and instantly been skeptical. I’ll go ahead and say, this episode is based on what I call, the woo woo. But it is an episode you do NOT want to miss because this stuff is important! Expert energy coach, healer and psychic medium Nicole Karon is my guest on this episode. Even if you aren’t normally into things like meditation and visualization, trust me, you’re going to learn so much from this episode! Nicole shares what she does, the importance of connecting with and talking to your baby, and how crucial it is to avoid negative energy during pregnancy and even after birth. You’ll quickly see that what she talks about today, is very relatable and makes complete sense. If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, or thoughts, I would love for you to bring them to the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/aapbpod
21/05/201946 minutes 33 seconds
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Ep20: 2 Successful VBACs with Kim Gatling

Not one but TWO successful VBACs, infertility struggles, a surprise pregnancy, miscarriage, and more...all of that is packed into this episode of the All About Pregnancy &amp; Birth podcast! My lifelong friend Kim Gatling joins me during this episode to share her birth stories of 2 successful VBACs, and there’s a little something for every pregnant woman in this one. Kim shares her experiences with having two successful VBACs after having a c-section with her first child. Her stories and experiences are something that any mama-to-be can relate to. And she also sprinkles in some awesome advice for professional women who have kids. If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website by clicking here. _______
14/05/201947 minutes 1 second
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Ep19: All About Breech Babies

Do you know the specifics of having a breech baby? Or the percentage of deliveries where a baby is breech? (Spoiler alert, it’s probably lower than you think.) On this episode of the All About Pregnancy &amp; Birth podcast I tell you everything you need to know about breech babies: the statistics about breech birth risk factors for breech presentation the different types of breech presentation your options if your baby is breech the controversy over how breech births are managed As always, my goal is to inform you and arm you with knowledge and information during your pregnancy so that you and baby stay healthy, happy, and safe. This episode is no exception. If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! <a href="http://www.nc
07/05/201928 minutes 49 seconds
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Ep18: Evidence Based Birth Founder Rebecca Dekker

It’s a sad but true fact that the current culture of care for pregnant women needs improvement. If you’ve been following me for any period of time, you know I’m passionate about educating women on their options, and always encourage you to educate yourself and be prepared. My guest on this week’s episode of the podcast is Rebecca Dekker, the founder of Evidence Based Birth. Like me, she’s passionate about ensuring women have the knowledge, tools, and education to have a great experience giving birth. This interview is definitely a must listen to for any pregnant woman, whether you’re a first time mom, or you’ve had kids but are pregnant now. The knowledge you’ll gain is immeasurable! And if you’re a childbirth educator or doula, she shares some information regarding how she built Evidence Based Birth that I know you’ll find helpful. Listen in to this episode as Rebecca shares ho
30/04/201947 minutes 24 seconds
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Ep17: Birth Stories With Dr. LuLu

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again...birth story episodes are my favorite! And this episode is packed full of amazing lessons and stories that all pregnant mamas-to-be should hear. From an unplanned epidural free birth, gestational diabetes, honest feelings revealed over the disappointment of having three boys and no girls, to different experiences across three pregnancies and three deliveries...there’s a lil something for everyone! My guest on this episode is Dr. Lulu, also known as Dr. Uchenna Umeh. She’s an expert pediatrician (or Momatrician as she is fondly called by her patients) whose experiences run the gamut of pregnancy and births! Listen in to this episode as she shares her experiences and the lessons she learned that she’s using to help her patients 20 years later. If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check o
23/04/201940 minutes 35 seconds
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Ep16: Feeling Your Baby Move!

Do you know how important your baby’s movements are, and how to track them? Your baby’s movements, and tracking them, are incredibly important when it comes to ensuring you have a healthy baby. This episode of the All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast tells you why it’s important to track those movements, how to track them, and most importantly, what to do when you’re concerned about the lack of movement. Listen in to this episode as I go through each of those with you. After tuning in, you’ll be confident in your ability to track your baby’s movements and know when to seek medical help. Because the ultimate goal is to have a healthy baby, right!? If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website by clicking
16/04/201923 minutes 3 seconds
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Ep15: The Gut Microbiome and Your Pregnancy with Dr. Sarina Pasricha

It’s quite possible that when you hear the words “gut microbiome” you’re asking yourself what I’m talking about. Am I right? If so, don’t worry, you’re in good company. The majority of people have no clue what it means. But you’re in luck! On today’s episode of the All About Pregnancy and Birth podcast, I talk with Dr. Sarina Pasricha who is an expert on gut health and the gut microbiome. And we had an excellent discussion that I know you’ll not only enjoy but also learn so much from. We cover everything...what gut microbiome means, how it affects your pregnancy and newborn baby, how you can improve your own gut microbiome and your baby’s, and how to help your baby have the best possible start with their gut microbiome. If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! <a href="http://www.ncrcoaching.com" rel=
09/04/201949 minutes 5 seconds
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Ep14: Birth Stories - 4 Cesarean Births with Linnea Taylor

You probably know by now that birth story episodes are my absolute favorites, and this one is no exception! My guest on this episode of the podcast is Linnea Taylor. Linnea shares her experiences with 4 cesarean births, including dealing with placenta previa, and not being awake for 2 of her babies births. You’ll not only learn some valuable lessons, you’ll also laugh, and shed a few tears. Linnea is really able to find joy in some challenging circumstances. Linnea’s experiences are each unique, and each is important for any mama-to-be to hear and learn from. Even if you aren’t planning on having a cesarean birth, as both Linnea and I mention in this episode, birth is unpredictable and it’s good to be prepared for the unexpected. If you’d like to connect with Linnea, you can find the links to reach her below. If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to ch
02/04/20191 hour 51 seconds
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Ep13: How To Beat Nausea and Vomiting

Hopefully you won’t have to go through the experiences I had during my pregnancy with nausea and vomiting. But given how common it is, chances are that you’ll experience it to at least some degree during your pregnancy. And let’s be real, having nausea and vomiting is miserable! That’s why I made this episode of the All About Pregnancy &amp; Birth podcast. To give you both non-medication and medication options you can try to relieve that horrible “morning sickness”. I want you to have the very best pregnancy that you can, and getting that nausea and vomiting under control will definitely make things sail more smoothly. If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access my website here. __________
26/03/201920 minutes 27 seconds
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Ep12: How To Choose A Pediatrician With Dr. Phil Boucher

Did you know that it’s recommended that you start looking for your baby’s pediatrician and meet with them as early as your second trimester? Are you unsure of what questions to ask or how to choose the right pediatrician for your baby? Good news mama to be! On this episode of the All About Pregnancy &amp; Birth podcast, my friend Dr. Phil Boucher joins me to discuss when to start looking for your pediatrician, what questions to ask, and so much more! Phil is a pediatrician in Nebraska, husband, and a father of five kids, so trust me when I say, he knows his stuff! He gives great information on all aspects of finding a pediatrician who’s a great fit for you and your family. If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! <a href="http://www.ncrcoaching
19/03/201936 minutes 20 seconds
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Ep11: Birth Stories - Giving Birth In A Rural Area With Tarynn Saling

Do you know what one of my favorite parts of the All About Pregnancy &amp; Birth podcast is? The birth stories! I love helping you, my listeners, see how each pregnancy and birth is unique, and how each birth story can teach a lesson. This birth story episode is no different. Tarynn Saling has three unique birth stories, each with some great takeaways. She shares her experiences of what it was like giving birth in a rural area.  And you MUST hear the jaw dropping experience of her third baby being born 5 weeks early in a rural Emergency Department! While there are a lot of great tips and lessons to be learned by pregnant women who live in a rural area, there are a ton of lessons in this episode that can help any pregnant woman, no matter where she lives. So definitely listen in! If you’d like to connect with Tarynn, you can find the links to reach her below. If you still have questions after listen
12/03/201954 minutes 43 seconds
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Ep10: Staying Safe & Alive During Pregnancy & The Postpartum Period

There are some startling statistics when it comes to maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States, especially if you’re a black woman. We’re one of the richest countries in the world, and yet the rates of maternal morbidity and mortality are increasing, rather than decreasing. Pretty shocking, isn’t it? You might be asking yourself what I mean when I say maternal morbidity and mortality. And if so, you’re not alone. A lot of pregnant and postpartum mamas don’t fully understand those terms either. But you’re in luck, because on this episode of the All About Pregnancy &amp; Birth podcast, not only do I share with you what those words mean, and the specifics behind the statistics, but I also give you things you can do to stay safe and alive during both your pregnancy and postpartum periods. This is a true public health crisis. Each and every pregnant and postpartum mama needs to catch this ep
05/03/201929 minutes 44 seconds
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Ep9: All About Doulas With Keisha Graham

Do you know what a doula is, what they do, and just how important they can be to you during your pregnancy and labor?I definitely do. That&#39;s why I have a doula as part of my Facebook group communities. But as much as I thought I knew, I still learned a thing or two during this episode of the All About Pregnancy and Birth podcast!During this episode, I talk with my friend and the community manager of both my course Facebook group and podcast Facebook group, experienced doula Keisha Graham.Keisha gives some GREAT information that every pregnant woman will find valuable. She also illustrates the massive impact that having a doula during your pregnancy, labor and delivery can have. So be sure to listen in and also let us know what you think in the podcast communit
26/02/201932 minutes 38 seconds
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Ep8: Birth Stories - 3 Babies In 4 Years Using Hypnobirthing With Dr. Charmaine Gregory

Do you know why I love featuring Birth Stories on the All About Pregnancy and Birth podcast? Because it shows you that each pregnancy and birth is unique and special! And this episode is no different! Dr. Charmaine Gregory has not one, but THREE amazing birth stories and she takes you through her struggles getting pregnant, to how hypnosis helped her cope with the pain during unmedicated births, to your mindset during pregnancy and beyond. And there are a few fun shockers in this episode as well, so you definitely want to catch this one! My guest on this episode also hosts her own podcasts, so if you’d love to connect with her after listening in, you can find out more below in the links section. If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! <a href="http://www.ncrcoaching.com" rel="nofo
19/02/201946 minutes 12 seconds
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Ep7: Getting Ready For The Hospital

Are you thoroughly confused about what to pack for the hospital when you go to have your precious baby? Trust me mama, you’re not alone! So many women stress over what to pack in their bags for the hospital, and usually end up packing too many things they don’t need, and wishing they had packed other things they didn’t even think about. As an Ob/Gyn, I’ve seen this happen time and time again! Thanks to my years of experience with labor and delivery, I know the most important (and usually not thought of) items to include for you, your baby, and your partner. Listen in to this episode as I go through each of those with you. I also address the common concerns of prepping “down there” before heading to the hospital. If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you the
12/02/201920 minutes 49 seconds
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Ep6: High Risk Pregnancy with Dr. Keisha Reddick

Every woman goes into pregnancy hoping that everything will be uneventful and perfect, right? Very few women expect to have health problems, or for their baby to have health problems, or to have other unexpected issues. Not to cause any alarm, but that isn’t always the case. That’s why each and every pregnant woman can benefit from learning what a Maternal Fetal Medicine physician is, and what they can do to help you should you need them. So I’m super so excited to have as my guest on this episode, Dr. Keisha Reddick. Keisha is a Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor, and her love of caring for pregnant women and their unborn babies shines right through on this episode. Listen in to learn what you can expect should you ever have to see a Maternal Fetal Medicine physician during your pregnancy or future pregnancies. It’s always better to be prepared and knowledgeable, just in case.</spa
05/02/201951 minutes 53 seconds
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

Introducing the All About Pregnancy And Birth Podcast Community Facebook Group! A safe space for you to get and give support during the journey of pregnancy and birth. Come join us, it will be fun! Request to join here. All About Pregnancy &amp; Birth Podcast Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aapbpodcast/ Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
04/02/20191 minute 30 seconds
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Ep5: My Birth Stories

I strongly believe that women learn some of the most crucial information about labor, delivery and childbirth...from other women’s birth stories. That’s why on the All About Pregnancy and Birth podcast you’ll find a mixture of advice, expert information, and real life birth stories from mamas and mamas-to-be, just like you. This episode is a little different though...on today’s episode I’m sharing with you my own personal birth stories! No filters. No gloss. Just truth. Am I proud of every decision I made during my births? Nope. And I share that with you here today. Because every birth is not ideal. Every mama doesn’t always make choices she’s thrilled about later. Every situation doesn’t go as planned or as dreamed about. But that doesn’t make it any less beautiful. So join me on this episode to hear about my own experience giving birth, as a mama, and an OB/GYN. If you still h
29/01/201934 minutes 45 seconds
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Ep4: Choosing the Right Hospital to Give Birth

The hospital that you choose for your birth can have a big influence on your experience during your labor and childbirth. Think about it….you already know how important choosing the right doctor is (check out episode 3), and your doctor will actually only be there for a small part of your labor and delivery. You might see them three or four times total. But the hospital, well, you’ll be there for the entire duration of your labor, delivery, and postpartum stay. That’s why it’s vital that the hospital where you give birth is the right one for you and your birthing philosophy. But how do you make sure you have the right hospital for you? You listen to this episode of The All About Pregnancy &amp; Birth podcast and learn what questions to ask to feel confident in your decision of the hospital you choose to give birth.
22/01/201922 minutes 18 seconds
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Ep3: How To Be Sure You Have The Right Doctor

Did you know that the doctor you choose to care for you while you’re pregnant actually has a big impact on the course of your pregnancy and the birth of your baby? Now I know that you want to be completely sure you’re in great hands during this critical time in your life. And as someone who’s delivered tons of babies myself, I happen to know a thing or two about what to look for when you’re a mama-to-be searching for a doctor. Check out this episode of The All About Pregnancy &amp; Birth podcast and find out what to look for and what questions to ask to be sure that you feel confident in the hands of whichever doctor you choose. If you still have questions after listening in to this episode, I would love for you to check out my website. There are so many resources for you there! You can access that by clicking here.
15/01/201917 minutes 28 seconds
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Ep2: Giving Birth Without Medication In The Hospital

Have you been thinking about going the unmedicated route during your labor and delivery? Then this episode is for you, mama-to-be. Even if you’re just pondering it. A lot of women use the term “natural birth” when talking about foregoing medications, but to be honest, all births are natural. So you’ll hear me use the phrase “unmedicated birth” instead. But before you really make your decision, there are a few things for you to consider… For instance, why do you want an unmedicated birth? Your motivation for making that choice matters. Are you prepared? Preparation is going to be incredibly important if you’re wanting an unmedicated birth. These are a just a couple of the things I cover for you in this episode. You don’t want to miss any of the rest of the points I cover if you’re thinking about having an unmedicated birth.</
08/01/201919 minutes 26 seconds
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Ep1: 9 Things You’ll Want To Know Before Giving Birth

Let’s be honest here for a moment about giving birth. There can be a lot of fear and questions surrounding the entire experience. But here’s the deal. Whether it’s your first child or your third child IT’S PERFECTLY NORMAL to have questions, concerns, and yes, even fears. Thankfully, you’re in the right place, listening to the right podcast! I’ve been an OB/GYN for over ten years, and have delivered HUNDREDS of babies. Not to mention the fact that I carried and delivered two babies of my own. Maybe you’re a new mama to be. Maybe you’re a seasoned vet but it’s been a while since you’ve been in the trenches of giving birth. Regardless of your situation, you wouldn’t mind a little help, am I right? In this episode, I’m walking you through 9 of what I think are some really important things to know about giving birth
08/01/201921 minutes 13 seconds
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Introducing The All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast

Introducing the All About Pregnancy and Birth podcast! This is the place to be to get comprehensive, evidence-based, holistic information to help you have your best pregnancy and birth. Hosted by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins, a board certified ob/gyn physician and certified integrative health coach. The first episodes premiere January 8th!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
20/12/20181 minute 26 seconds