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Kristen Burgess from Natural Birth and Baby Care.com brings you straight talk, useful tips, and practical steps for your pregnancy, childbirth experience, and for bringing up baby. Discover how you can have a great pregnancy, safe birth, and a healthy baby... and how to enjoy life along the way. Although Kristen confesses she's not a doctor and doesn't have a fancy degree in child psychology, she's the mother of 7 (with 1 on the way), and manages to have a great time having babies and helping them grow. Pregnancy, childbirth, baby care, attachment parenting, practical parenting, cloth diapering, elimination communication, baby sleep, good nutrition, and everything that works (and some of what doesn't work) to help you better understand how to bring up a smart, healthy baby... and really enjoy doing it.
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BBL194: What to do When Your Doctor Isn’t Supportive of Natural Birth

What do you do when your doctor doesn't support natural birth and keeps pushing tests and interventions you don't want? Today's episode goes over practical strategies for building your confidence and having open, respectful conversations with your doctor. Listen in to find out exactly what to do. Topics I Cover in This Podcast:Why not knowing […] The post BBL194: What to do When Your Doctor Isn’t Supportive of Natural Birth appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
15/10/202351 minutes 57 seconds
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BBL193: How to Help Everyone in the Family Calm Down

Everyone in your family can get upset: crying baby, tantruming toddler, fighting kids, and an overwhelmed, angry mama yelling at them all! Stressed parents and anxious kids create a cycle of anger, stress, and more anxiety that keeps perpetuating itself - so today, I’ll share strategies to help everyone in the family calm down. When […] The post BBL193: How to Help Everyone in the Family Calm Down appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
14/12/202253 minutes 52 seconds
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BBL192: How to Handle It All as a Working Mom

Moms often need to, or want to, work… but you feel guilty having to handle it all as a working mom. However, the reality of mothering and working is much different than popular beliefs… (and even the myths we have about how working and parenting mix). Join me in today’s episode for an eye-opening look […] The post BBL192: How to Handle It All as a Working Mom appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
24/11/202255 minutes 41 seconds
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BBL191: Mom Balance – Why You Need to Ditch the Housework

Can you have it all when you're a mom? How do you ditch the housework and handle the busy life that comes with caring for small children, work, laundry, meals, and more? Every mom is busy - and you probably have some serious guilt. Join me today for encouragement and practical strategies for how mamas […] The post BBL191: Mom Balance – Why You Need to Ditch the Housework appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
11/11/202249 minutes 11 seconds
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BBL190: How Much Pregnancy Weight Gain is Normal?

How much pregnancy weight gain is normal? Should you worry about it? What does weight gain in pregnancy mean - or not mean? We’re going to talk about where the pounds come from in pregnancy, how much weight you should gain, and what that means for you in today’s episode. Topics I Cover in This […] The post BBL190: How Much Pregnancy Weight Gain is Normal? appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
04/11/202245 minutes 22 seconds
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BBL189: How to Prevent Preeclampsia: An Evidence-Based Guide

Get practical, evidence-based information on how to prevent preeclampsia, one of today's most feared pregnancy complications. While we still don't completely understand this dangerous condition, we do have excellent, tested methods to prevent it (or even take steps towards reversing it!). Join me in today's episode where I outline nutritional strategies, supplements, lifestyle changes, and […] The post BBL189: How to Prevent Preeclampsia: An Evidence-Based Guide appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
28/10/202254 minutes 5 seconds
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BBL188: IUGR Pregnancy Diet – What You Need to Know to Get Baby Growing

Did you know that IUGR and pregnancy diet can be related?  Hearing that your baby has fetal growth restriction is really scary, and you probably wonder if there's anything you can do. The good news is you can absolutely help your baby catch up and grow better. In today's episode, I talk about what evidence […] The post BBL188: IUGR Pregnancy Diet – What You Need to Know to Get Baby Growing appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
23/10/202240 minutes 52 seconds
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BBL187: How Your Birth Partner Can Really Help

Your birth partner is your biggest helper during labor... but there's a problem. Many mamas want a natural birth but end up feeling totally overwhelmed on their birthing day - and even before then. They don’t feel like their birth partner is on board - or helpful at all! Here's how to get your birth […] The post BBL187: How Your Birth Partner Can Really Help appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
19/10/202242 minutes 47 seconds
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BBL186: How to Deal With People Who Don’t Approve of Your Birth Choices

When you plan a natural birth you often get people who doubt you and who don't approve of your birth choices. They may be concerned that you're doing something dangerous, or that you're suffering when you don't need to. This can really affect relationships, so we're talking through how to deal with it in today's […] The post BBL186: How to Deal With People Who Don’t Approve of Your Birth Choices appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
12/10/202247 minutes 12 seconds
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BBL185: How to Deal with stress in pregnancy

Feeling stress during your pregnancy? You're not alone! Today's episode covers how stress affects your unborn baby - plus what you can do to handle stress during your pregnancy. I also share why stress (and how you deal with it) can be GOOD for your baby, so don't miss this episode! Topics I Cover in […] The post BBL185: How to Deal with stress in pregnancy appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
30/09/202246 minutes 46 seconds
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BBL 184: Why Childbirth is Much Safer Than You Think

People think childbirth is at worse very dangerous and at best a gamble. But when women believe only "experts" are qualified to "manage" birth, they lose confidence and fail to see their own strength. Join me in today's episode as we bust some myths about childbirth safety... and talk about what you can do to […] The post BBL 184: Why Childbirth is Much Safer Than You Think appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
16/08/202242 minutes 46 seconds
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BBL 183: How to Overcome Mom Burnout

Mom burnout is real - every mome experiences it, and it keeps you from being the mama you want to be. In today's episode I dive into a practical strategy to take the first step out of mom burnout - so you can be the happy mom you'd like to be. Topics I Cover in […] The post BBL 183: How to Overcome Mom Burnout appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
16/07/202247 minutes 23 seconds
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BBL 182: Childbirth and the Feminine Power of Women

Pregnancy and childbirth offer the chance to explore the feminine power of women. Dig deep and find the strength that already lives inside you. You find this reserve during pregnancy, pull on it during birth - and use it over and over and over again as you go through life as a mama. Let's dig […] The post BBL 182: Childbirth and the Feminine Power of Women appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
11/07/202234 minutes 26 seconds
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BBL 181: How Moms Can Get What They Need

Many moms tell me they can't follow their intuition during pregnancy and birth because they don't have any intuition. Listening to your needs is the first step to discovering your inutition. In today's episode I talk about how to listen to your needs - and how to share your needs - even when you're busy […] The post BBL 181: How Moms Can Get What They Need appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
24/06/202244 minutes 23 seconds
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BBL 180: How to Choose a Pregnancy Doctor or Midwife

What do you need to consider when you choose a doctor or choose a midwife for your pregnancy? Today's episode covers what's really important (hint: it's what you want) and how you can both grow your trust in yourself and find a great care provider for your pregnancy. Topics I Cover in This Podcast:What does […] The post BBL 180: How to Choose a Pregnancy Doctor or Midwife appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
17/06/202238 minutes 56 seconds
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BBL 179: Straight Talk on Labor Pain Perceptions

I've talked to thousands of women about preparing for childbirth - and labor pain is one of the biggest worries. Can you handle it? Will you lose it? Today's episode focuses on how we think about pain in birth - and how we can handle it.Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why our views on […] The post BBL 179: Straight Talk on Labor Pain Perceptions appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
10/06/202232 minutes 57 seconds
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BBL 178: Living Well on a Budget with a Growing Family

Money and kids - are they like oil and water? You can enjoy both your money and your kids - today's episode talks about living well on a budget with a growing family!Topics I Cover in This Podcast: How to let go of fear and find happiness - even on a budget! The pros and […] The post BBL 178: Living Well on a Budget with a Growing Family appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
03/06/20221 hour 15 seconds
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BBL 177: Taming Toddlers

Toddlers are beautiful, tiny humans - and they can be one of the most confusing creatures on the planet! Here’s how to handle common toddler behavior and set your toddler up for success: Topics I Cover in This Podcast:Working on toddler behavior: why things sometimes get worse before they get betterThis rule of thumb will […] The post BBL 177: Taming Toddlers appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
29/05/202252 minutes 28 seconds
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BBL 176 – The Value of Mother

We give a lot of lip service to mothers and how important they are… but does our culture actually value mothers? Everything today is about “science” and “experts” - and slick marketing. As a mother you are indescribable value and worth. Your influence on your family cannot be underestimated. Listen to this episode to understand […] The post BBL 176 – The Value of Mother appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
04/04/202239 minutes 30 seconds
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BBL 175 – You Can Give Birth Without Fear

Can you give birth without fear?  What exactly is a fearless birth?  Why is there so much sheer terror around birth in modern culture, and why aren’t women prepared when labor begins?  I cover all of this - and how YOU can give birth without fear in today’s episode Topics I Cover in This Podcast:Can […] The post BBL 175 – You Can Give Birth Without Fear appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
18/03/202231 minutes 6 seconds
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BBL 174: How to Speak Up For Yourself During Childbirth

Many women worry they’ll get pushed into interventions they don’t want during birth. This episode covers how to find your voice during childbirth - so you feel confident in saying what you want… and what you don’t want… and can have the sacred birth experience you want! Topics I Cover in This Podcast:Why you have […] The post BBL 174: How to Speak Up For Yourself During Childbirth appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
10/03/202242 minutes 36 seconds
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BBL 173: Pregnancy Body Changes Nobody Tells You About

There are a lot of weird pregnancy changes nobody talks to you about! Everyone expects to get a bigger belly and maybe have their ankles swell, but on today’s episode I’ll dig into some of the changes that happen in your mouth, to your eyes, and even down there where people are embarrassed to talk […] The post BBL 173: Pregnancy Body Changes Nobody Tells You About appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
16/01/202237 minutes 25 seconds
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BBL 172: The Best Birth Positions to Catch Your Own Baby

Have you ever considered catching your own baby? While it may sound impossible, it’s one of the most awesome feelings a mama can experience - I have caught my last five babies and treasure those timeless moments. Listen in to today’s episode as I describe why you should catch your own baby - and how […] The post BBL 172: The Best Birth Positions to Catch Your Own Baby appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
07/01/202233 minutes 46 seconds
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BBL 171: Write the Perfect Natural Birth Plan

It’s almost time for your baby’s birthday and you’re hoping for a great natural birth. You know a birth plan is important - but writing one is confusing! What should you include? What should you leave off? Should it have pictures, icons, bells and whistles? Listen in to today’s episode where I share my best […] The post BBL 171: Write the Perfect Natural Birth Plan appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
05/12/202123 minutes 41 seconds
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BBL 170: What To Do When You Keep Yelling at Your Kids

Every mom wants to be a perfect mom - but every mom makes mistakes. Sometimes you get overwhelmed, burned out, and find yourself yelling at your kids. You feel like the world’s worst mom… but I promise you’re not. Listen to today’s episode for perspective - and practical tips to help you get back on […] The post BBL 170: What To Do When You Keep Yelling at Your Kids appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
30/11/202149 minutes 30 seconds
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BBL 169: What To Do When Labor Throws the Unexpected

It’s great to feel confident that natural birth works… but what do you do when labor throws the unexpected at you? This episode focuses on practical steps, skills, and options when something comes up before or during your labor and delivery. You’ll feel calmer, more confident, and more prepared for whatever your baby’s birthday brings! […] The post BBL 169: What To Do When Labor Throws the Unexpected appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
22/11/202132 minutes 44 seconds
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BBL 168: Pregnancy and Birth Are a Forgotten Rite of Passage

Pregnancy and birth are a beautiful, forgotten rite of passage. While there are many profound times in a woman’s life, pregnancy and birth offer an incredible opportunity for growth. I talk about why this time is so unique and how you can step into the power and vulnerability it brings to find a new, stronger […] The post BBL 168: Pregnancy and Birth Are a Forgotten Rite of Passage appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
01/11/202132 minutes 58 seconds
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BBL 167 – How to Get Off the Childbirth Conveyor Belt (and have a Sacred Birth Instead)

Routines and standardization are helpful for institutions. But they don’t serve pregnant and birthing women. While care might look similar, you deserve to be seen as the beautiful, sovereign woman that you are. Here’s how to find your voice - and create the pregnancy and birth that you want to have Topics I Cover in […] The post BBL 167 – How to Get Off the Childbirth Conveyor Belt (and have a Sacred Birth Instead) appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
21/09/202143 minutes 16 seconds
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BBL 166 When You Feel Unhappy With Your Last Birth

How do you let go of a difficult birth so you can prepare for your new baby’s birth? Is it possible to find healing and freedom from fear? Can you feel confident in your body and ready for a peaceful birth this time? Topics I Cover in This Podcast:Healing is your right after a difficult […] The post BBL 166 When You Feel Unhappy With Your Last Birth appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
08/09/202140 minutes 27 seconds
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BBL 165: Why It’s Okay to Feel Upset About Your Last Birth

Birth is more than just a healthy baby. You feel guilty because your birth experience wasn’t what you wanted… and it still bothers you. Today’s episode explores why birth matters so much - and why it’s okay to acknowledge that you’re not happy with what happened. Discover how you can validate your feelings and still […] The post BBL 165: Why It’s Okay to Feel Upset About Your Last Birth appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
11/07/202135 minutes 23 seconds
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BBL 164: The Real System Behind Childbirth

Most of moms-to-be assume that prenatal care and hospital childbirth procedures are based on research about what’s best for moms and babies. It’s meant to make sure that pregnancy and birth are safe, right? While there is a little truth to that, the real driver behind care practices, especially childbirth procedures, may surprise you. Listen […] The post BBL 164: The Real System Behind Childbirth appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
01/07/202140 minutes 23 seconds
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BBL 163 – Is Birth a Medical Event?

Pregnancy and birth are usually seen as a medical event or a mechanical process, but they offer much more than that to moms and to families. And birth is not the end goal of pregnancy and birth. Sure, you want a healthy baby (and a beautiful birth), but when you look beyond that point, the […] The post BBL 163 – Is Birth a Medical Event? appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
28/05/202135 minutes 22 seconds
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BBL 162: So, You Want a Faster Labor?

Are you hoping for faster labor and delivery ? You're not alone! Many mamas hope for a quick, easy delivery. In today's episode I'll share my thoughts on why women want a speedy labor… and what it's like to have a really fast deliver! Plus I'll give you practical techniques to use during pregnancy and […] The post BBL 162: So, You Want a Faster Labor? appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
02/04/202143 minutes 17 seconds
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BBL 161: How to Stay In Control During Childbirth

Losing control during labor and birth is one of the #1 worries I hear from pregnant moms. Today I share what happens during labor and why you might get "out of control" - and what you can do to let go of that fear… and feel confident about your upcoming labor and birth! Topics I […] The post BBL 161: How to Stay In Control During Childbirth appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
26/03/202136 minutes 12 seconds
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BBL 160: How to Practice for Natural Childbirth

Can you "practice" before labor begins? Getting ready for labor and delivery is the best way to have a successful natural birth - but most women don't realize they can actually practice how to handle contractions before the first one starts. Listen in for steps to take now, during pregnancy, that make a simple natural […] The post BBL 160: How to Practice for Natural Childbirth appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
15/03/202130 minutes 39 seconds
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BBL 159: What is Dad’s Role in Birth?

What can Dad do during a natural birth?  Most dads want to be involved - and most mamas want their help!  Today we'll discuss how dads can be helpful during delivery - including different roles men take, how you can encourage your husband, and even if dads really need to go through birthing classes with […] The post BBL 159: What is Dad’s Role in Birth? appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
21/02/202132 minutes 46 seconds
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BBL 158: How to Handle Haters When You Plan a Natural Birth

How do you handle it when you've decided on a natural birth for your baby, but everyone else seems to have an opinion - a negative opinion?! Today's episode covers what to do when you're hearing a lot of negative talk or even anger about your birth choices. I also cover what to do when […] The post BBL 158: How to Handle Haters When You Plan a Natural Birth appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
13/02/202136 minutes
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BBL 157: The Truth About Exercise and Childbirth with Deb Flashenberg

Can pregnancy exercise make labor and delivery harder? Deb Flashenberg, founder of the Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC, joins me for today's episode to talk about how exercise impacts labor and delivery. You don't want to miss this episode as she busts myths and teaches you a balanced perspective on prenatal fitness! Things I discuss […] The post BBL 157: The Truth About Exercise and Childbirth with Deb Flashenberg appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
04/02/202144 minutes 28 seconds
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BBL 156 Self-Care is Non-Negotiable for Moms

Here's the truth - being a mama is hard work.  But it's also deeply rewarding and joyful work.  If you're healthy and feel good, the "ups and downs" of motherhood are an adventure - which is why self-care is essential for mamas. In this episode, I talk about self-care and what that looks like for […] The post BBL 156 Self-Care is Non-Negotiable for Moms appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
21/01/202147 minutes 49 seconds
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BBL 155: Should You Use Mother-Directed Pushing?

Do you want to have a gentle, natural birth - with no tearing during the pushing stage?  "Mother-directed pushing" is something talked about a lot in natural birth circles… but does it really work?  How can you push your baby out without tearing?  That's what I cover in today's episode. Things I discuss in this […] The post BBL 155: Should You Use Mother-Directed Pushing? appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
08/01/202138 minutes 50 seconds
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BBL Special: How to Prepare for a Natural Birth (and updates)

How do you get ready for a healthy natural birth?  There are three pillars that clarify and simplify how to prepare for a Natural Birth. This podcast episode covers those pillars and also details exciting upcoming changes to MamaBaby Birthing and my pregnancy programs! The post BBL Special: How to Prepare for a Natural Birth (and updates) appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
06/01/202121 minutes 32 seconds
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BBL 154: Why You Need to Take Your Baby Outside

Did you know that being outside in nature is good for babies - even newborns?  In fact, it's essential for babies and children to spend time in nature exploring.  This must-listen episode covers why being outside is vital for your child - and gives practical tips to make it happen! Topics I Cover in This […] The post BBL 154: Why You Need to Take Your Baby Outside appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
29/12/202049 minutes 47 seconds
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BBL 153: The Mom Hack That Gets Everything Done

Do you want to make special memories with your kids?  Do you hope to create a peaceful day-to-day routine for them?  Do you have more on your plate than you can ever get done in a day… so much to do that you feel you can’t create the home you want?  This episode covers exactly […] The post BBL 153: The Mom Hack That Gets Everything Done appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
10/12/202026 minutes 45 seconds
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BBL 152: Why It’s Essential to Prepare for Natural Birth

Wondering why you need to prepare to give birth if your body is made for birthing and if birth “just natural?”  The answer to this question paves the way to a smoother, safer, easier birth for you - and the best start for your baby <3 Topics I Cover in This Podcast:Isn’t natural birth “just natural?”What […] The post BBL 152: Why It’s Essential to Prepare for Natural Birth appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
25/11/202031 minutes 18 seconds
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BBL 151: My Secret to Stress-Free Fancy Meals

Can healthy food, satisfying meals, and even fancy feasts be possible while juggling home and family? This episode shares exactly how I’ve made fun, satisfying, and even fancy family meals a reality in our home - and how you can do the same in yours!Topics I Cover in This Podcast:Why I decided to model the French […] The post BBL 151: My Secret to Stress-Free Fancy Meals appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
30/10/202046 minutes 28 seconds
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BBL 150: Step #1 in Creating the Home You Want

Do you feel frustrated, overwhelmed, and like you’re not getting anything done?  Feeling burned out by the daily grind of parenting and housework?  How can you clear out the frustrating bottlenecks so you have time for what really matter?  That’s the life hack we’re covering in this week’s podcast!Topics I Cover in This PodcastThis strategy […] The post BBL 150: Step #1 in Creating the Home You Want appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
18/10/202028 minutes 21 seconds
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BBL 149: Preparing to Conceive a Healthy Baby

A healthy pregnancy begins before conception. Today’s episode outlines clear steps to take to prepare your body for conception, boost your fertility, and increase your child’s lifelong health. Contrary to popular belief, fertility is not pre-determined… …you can increase your fertility and greatly decrease your child’s chances of birth defects and health problems. You can also […] The post BBL 149: Preparing to Conceive a Healthy Baby appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
09/10/202034 minutes 35 seconds
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BBL 148: Create a Family Vision for a Life You Love

Do you ever look longingly at Instagram, wishing you had that mom’s life? Today’s episode covers how to create a vision for your family - a vision that takes you from wishing you could step into someone else’s life to creating a life that you (and your family) truly love. Topics I Cover in This […] The post BBL 148: Create a Family Vision for a Life You Love appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
02/10/202032 minutes 36 seconds
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BBL 147: How to Keep Labor MOVING!

A “stalled labor” is one of the biggest fears women have about natural birth. “Failure to progress,” as it’s called in the medical lingo, can bring on interventions or even lead to a cesarean section. Fortunately there are a number of techniques you can try to get labor moving - and they’re effective. Listen in to […] The post BBL 147: How to Keep Labor MOVING! appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
25/09/202026 minutes 40 seconds
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BBL 146: The Great Dinner Challenge

Do mealtimes at your house feel stressed, frazzled, or even non-existent? Is everything a blur of “hangry” people and picky eaters? Our family’s dinner times were feeling more like a battle zone - so we took on a 30-day challenge to get things right. Topics I Cover in This Podcast:How picky eaters and wrestling-match suppers […] The post BBL 146: The Great Dinner Challenge appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
18/09/202034 minutes 26 seconds
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Fewer Preemies, More Breastmilk: Lessons Learned from Quarantine

The coronavirus quarantine of 2020 completely changed life for most families - and it had some unexpected benefits for pregnant mamas and for newborn babies. Babies gained weight more quickly, moms had fewer preemies, and stress lowered even during a global pandemic - today I talk about these effects and what you can take away […] The post Fewer Preemies, More Breastmilk: Lessons Learned from Quarantine appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
11/09/202034 minutes 53 seconds
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How Mamas Can Find Time to Get Moving!

Why do moms need to get moving? How does movement during pregnancy help prepare you for birth? And why do I say “movement” instead of exercise? Find it all out – and how to fit it into your day – in this episode! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why I use the word “movement” […] The post How Mamas Can Find Time to Get Moving! appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
08/11/201940 minutes 39 seconds
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Making Meals Simple

Mamas are often overwhelmed with how to get meals on the table – but there are meal strategies that really do make it easier to prepare healthy meals for your family with minimal effort! This podcast episode covers some systems and secrets to help you keep everyone's belly full with less stress for you. Topics […] The post Making Meals Simple appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
23/10/201937 minutes 36 seconds
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How to Catch Up on Housework

Is your home a complete mess – and you don't know how to get it back on track? In today's podcast I give you secret weapons that will help you get your home feeling fresh and clean even during the most overwhelming times of your life. I share my top tips from 18+ years of […] The post How to Catch Up on Housework appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
10/10/201942 minutes 8 seconds
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“Mom Systems” to Save Your Sanity

When life feels crazy and overwhelming, systems get life back on track so you have time to give your family the attention they need – and take some time for yourself, too. Systems and other practical tips round out part two of our series on managing the kids without a lot of help. Topics I […] The post “Mom Systems” to Save Your Sanity appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
25/09/201934 minutes 59 seconds
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Managing the Kids Without a Lot of Help

Are you trying to take care of your kids without a lot of help? Regardless of your situation – single mom, husband deployed, working, incarcerated… or if you have very little “hands on” help locally – the tips in today's podcast show you how you can handle it with grit and grace. Topics I Cover […] The post Managing the Kids Without a Lot of Help appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
18/09/201936 minutes 25 seconds
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How to Keep Up the Weight While Breastfeeding

Do you have trouble keeping weight on while breastfeeding? Find that you're feeling depleted and fatigued, but want to keep up your milk supply – and your energy – for your baby? This episode will reveal what keeps weight on, milk rich, and mama and baby happy! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why some […] The post How to Keep Up the Weight While Breastfeeding appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
11/09/201929 minutes 12 seconds
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How to Prepare Your Child for a New Sibling

How do you prepare your older child or children for life with a new baby? After welcoming 7 new siblings in our family, I've discovered a few tips and ideas that will help you get big brothers and sisters off to a great start with a new sibling! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Major […] The post How to Prepare Your Child for a New Sibling appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
04/09/201932 minutes 49 seconds
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The Part-Time Elimination Communication Guide

What do you do if you're interested in elimination communication, but don't have time to commit to full-time EC? Today I talk about how to juggle diapers and elimination communication in a way that works for your baby! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: ​What elimination communication looks like with baby #8 - and while […] The post The Part-Time Elimination Communication Guide appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
08/04/201832 minutes 49 seconds
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How to Juggle the Books and a Baby – Life as a Student Mama

How do you handle life as a student when you've got a baby to care for? Is it possible to juggle the books and your baby? What about doing clinical or intern work while parenting your little one? I share my experiences and some tips I've found helpful along the way Topics I Cover in […] The post How to Juggle the Books and a Baby – Life as a Student Mama appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
12/03/201833 minutes 23 seconds
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What to Eat to Boost Your Breast Milk Supply

Your milk IS what you eat! In this podcast I tell you how to eat to boost your breast milk supply – covering superfoods, what else to eat, and when you should eat it! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Exactly what to eat for an abundant milk supply How what you eat influences your […] The post What to Eat to Boost Your Breast Milk Supply appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
02/03/201839 minutes 10 seconds
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Why Your Pregnancy Diet Advice is All Wrong

What you eat makes a difference to your baby! Lily shares 5 surprising pregnancy diet facts that will help you eat exactly what your baby needs most… and help you really enjoy your food. As a dietician with a passion for helping mamas, Lily has read and referenced over 900 studies to bring you the […] The post Why Your Pregnancy Diet Advice is All Wrong appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
23/02/201852 minutes 11 seconds
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What Nobody Tells You About Cesarean Section

Staggering numbers of women will give birth through cesarean section this year – but nobody talks about the dangers of c-sections or why it's important to make sure surgery is truly needed before making the cut. Today's episode covers the real risks of surgical birth and why reversing the c-section trend is important to mamas, […] The post What Nobody Tells You About Cesarean Section appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
16/02/201846 minutes 51 seconds
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How to Relax During Labor and Really Enjoy Your Birth with Sarah Prince

Do you want to enjoy your birth but worry about pain during labor? Secretly wonder if you don't have what it takes to “make it through” natural birth? You don't want to miss this incredible interview with Sarah Prince – she reveals how to short-circuit fear and have an amazing experience birthing your baby! Topics […] The post How to Relax During Labor and Really Enjoy Your Birth with Sarah Prince appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
09/02/201840 minutes 3 seconds
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Should We Take Women Out of Birth?

Language, pronouns, semantics – all are a hot topic today. How is language impacting the world of birth – and why is taking women out of birth much more dangerous that it seems? Details inside this episode… Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Should we take women out of birth? What do the statistics say […] The post Should We Take Women Out of Birth? appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
12/01/201836 minutes 42 seconds
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Wait… The VBAC Super Power

In the fourth and final part of our VBAC series I share a top-secret super-power every VBAC mama has… the word “wait.” Listen in to find out why this is such a powerful part of your VBAC toolbox <3 Topics I Cover in This Podcast: The option they won't tell you that you have… Why […] The post Wait… The VBAC Super Power appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
22/12/201726 minutes 51 seconds
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VBAC Birth Essentials

What essential skills do you need to prepare for a VBAC birth? This episode covers exactly what you need to do to prepare for birthing your baby – plus how to get baby lined up for a smooth labor and delivery. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: How to “practice” during pregnancy so that you're […] The post VBAC Birth Essentials appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
01/12/201738 minutes 11 seconds
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Building Your VBAC Dream Team

Your support team is a big part of a successful VBAC, and today's episode covers how to assemble a dream team to support you through pregnancy, birth, and beyond. We also discuss keeping yourself healthy, strong, and ready for a great birth! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why your support team is crucial during […] The post Building Your VBAC Dream Team appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
28/11/201741 minutes 24 seconds
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Why Plan a VBAC – and Choosing the Right Care Provider

Today we kick off a series on having a VBAC with a discussion on why you'd want a VBAC and how to choose the right care provider for you. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why you'd want to choose a VBAC Selfish or backed by science? The real deal on VBAC Is vaginal birth […] The post Why Plan a VBAC – and Choosing the Right Care Provider appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
17/11/201735 minutes
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The Birth of Phoenix Arthur

Our new baby, Phoenix Arthur, has arrived! I share his birth story in today's episode! Phoenix's birth announcement poem: Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar: Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, […] The post The Birth of Phoenix Arthur appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
20/10/20171 hour 1 minute 53 seconds
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Final Countdown: Getting Ready for Baby

It's the final countdown to baby #8, and I share some of the “last minute” things I'm doing to prepare and feel ready – both practically and mentally/emotionally for this baby <3 Topics I Cover in This Podcast: What I'm doing to get ready in the last couple of weeks 😀 When I gathered birth […] The post Final Countdown: Getting Ready for Baby appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
15/09/201736 minutes 57 seconds
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What You Need to Know About Plus-Sized Pregnancy with bebo mia

Starting pregnancy over your “ideal weight” can bring its own risks and challenges – but they may not be what you're expecting. Here's the surprising truth about plus-sized pregnancy and how you can advocate for yourself and your baby. Topics We Discuss in this Podcast: Who and what bebo mia is and how they're supporting […] The post What You Need to Know About Plus-Sized Pregnancy with bebo mia appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
28/07/201736 minutes 46 seconds
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How to Let Little Ones Help with Chores

How do you juggle keeping up with the house and chasing toddlers? Combine them together! Here's how to get your littles helping you with chores – and loving it. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: The biggest thing you MUST know about letting littles help you around the house How to plan for a toddler […] The post How to Let Little Ones Help with Chores appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
21/07/201746 minutes 47 seconds
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Inspiring Creativity and Problem-Solving In Your Preschooler

How can we foster creativity, ingenuity, problem-solving, and more in our preschoolers? Give them the time and space to do so! Today I talk about encouraging preschoolers to play without needing an adult to guide them every step of the way… and why that's so important! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: How to baby […] The post Inspiring Creativity and Problem-Solving In Your Preschooler appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
14/07/201744 minutes 29 seconds
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Gratitude, Attitude, and Abundance for Moms

This one little secret will help your enjoy mothering – and your little ones a lot more. Join me today as we talk about gratitude, attitude, and the abundance they bring to your life with littles. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Choosing your attitude is the most powerful gift you can ever give yourself, […] The post Gratitude, Attitude, and Abundance for Moms appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
23/06/20170
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How to Trust Yourself During Pregnancy

Many mamas second-guess themselves or even feel powerless to speak up for themselves during pregnancy and while mothering. While listening to the “experts” can be helpful, this episode helps you discover how to listen to and trust yourself. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: What exactly does “trusting yourself” mean? What trusting yourself is NOT […] The post How to Trust Yourself During Pregnancy appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
16/06/20170
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The Power of Ecstatic Birth with Dr. Sarah Buckley

I am thrilled to have Dr. Sarah Buckley on today's show to share her wisdom about how your hormones create an ecstatic blueprint for birth and mothering. She also discusses how honoring the process of birth creates safety for you and your baby. Don't miss this episode! Topics We Discuss in This Podcast: How Sarah's […] The post The Power of Ecstatic Birth with Dr. Sarah Buckley appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
02/06/20170
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How to Handle Crowning and Bring Baby Up Yourself

Photos captured by Shoots & Giggles, serving Los Angeles & Orange County Do you worry about the “ring of fire” as your baby is being born? Want to bring your own baby up but not sure if you can do it? This podcast episode covers all those worries and practical tips for you <3 Topics […] The post How to Handle Crowning and Bring Baby Up Yourself appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
26/05/20170
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Handling Loneliness while Mothering

Are you struggling with loneliness? Many mamas dream of being at home with their little ones – but the day-to-day reality of being home with small children can feel isolating. In today's episode I cover how to overcome loneliness – and enjoy being with you kids! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: What “take care […] The post Handling Loneliness while Mothering appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
19/05/20170
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The Life of a (Pregnant) Student Midwife

Life as a student midwife is exciting, educational, and very, very busy! Here's how I've balanced that, what I can improve on, and the general scoop on living life on call! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: A month in the life of a student midwife What it's like to live on call The “go […] The post The Life of a (Pregnant) Student Midwife appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
12/05/20170
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Parenting for the Person You’d Like Your Child to Become

Parents often get stuck in the day-to-day when they make parenting choices – but it's important to parent for who you want your children to become. I talk about what that means – and how to do it – in today's episode! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Life with a newborn requires all focus […] The post Parenting for the Person You’d Like Your Child to Become appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
17/03/20170
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What Your Kids Are REALLY Saying With Their Behavior

Parents often know that a kid's behavior isn't the whole story – in today's episode we talk about how to get to the heart of what's going on with your child! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why what's going on with our kids is often not the real story How to figure out what's […] The post What Your Kids Are REALLY Saying With Their Behavior appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
10/03/20170
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How to Beat Overwhelm and Take Back Your Life

Are you feeling overwhelmed with life? House in chaos and kids going crazy? Eating lots of fast food? You're not alone – here's how to conquer the overwhelm and get back on track! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why I've been missing in action! How overwhelm can happen to any family (and why it's […] The post How to Beat Overwhelm and Take Back Your Life appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
13/01/20170
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How to Overcome Fear of Pregnancy (and Childbirth)

Some women have an actual fear of pregnancy, carrying a baby, and/or giving birth. I give some thoughts and hints in today's episode. This is a must-listen episode, even if you don't have these fears. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: What is fear of pregnancy – and why do some women experience it? Specific […] The post How to Overcome Fear of Pregnancy (and Childbirth) appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
18/11/20160
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Homeschool Scheduling with Little Ones

A schedule is a key to smooth – and productive – homeschool days, even if you have little ones around! Today I discuss what's worked for us with scheduling 😀 Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why it's OK for your schedule to look different from everyone else's 😉 How to make your schedule flexible […] The post Homeschool Scheduling with Little Ones appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
11/11/20160
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Our Family’s Journey

Today's podcast is getting personal! Many listeners asked for more about our family's story so I share it all in here 🙂 Topics I Cover in This Podcast: A little about me pre-kiddos Discovering that my first little one was on the way – and the choices I made My time as a single mama […] The post Our Family’s Journey appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
04/11/20160
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How to Juggle Homeschooling, Babies, and Toddlers!

Are you in the thick of homeschooling your kids when you discover the happy news that a new baby is on the way? How can you juggle the needs of babies and toddlers while still giving your older kids what they need to succeed? I cover what I've learned in juggling homeschool with kids from […] The post How to Juggle Homeschooling, Babies, and Toddlers! appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
28/10/20160
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How to Handle Complications During Home Birth

Have you wondered how complications are handled if they come up during a home birth? I cover everything from stalled labor to “stuck” babies to lots of bleeding in this week's episode! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Does technology make birth “safer?” Why prevention is the most important thing to consider (no matter where […] The post How to Handle Complications During Home Birth appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
18/10/201653 minutes 41 seconds
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Working from Home with Young Children

Are you trying to balance working from home with caring for your small children? Or juggling the full-time student load? I share my own experiences working from home and some top tips for making WAHM work for you! Don't miss the WAHM schedule planner – I give samples of my schedule plus a lot of […] The post Working from Home with Young Children appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
07/10/20160
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How to Find More Energy and Balance in Your Life

Do you feel tired much of the time? You're not alone – many new mamas (and not-so-new mamas) feel fatigue or even exhaustion. This week we talk about how to overcome exhaustion and find more energy – naturally. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: A super-food you MUST include in your diet to boost energy […] The post How to Find More Energy and Balance in Your Life appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
30/09/20160
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Battling for the Microbiome

What difference does the microbiome make? Today I share my family's story in beating the bad bacteria and bringing in the good – and the unexpected benefits we discovered. Plus, I discuss how you can take on this battle to give the gift of health to yourself – and your little ones. Topics I Cover […] The post Battling for the Microbiome appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
23/09/20160
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Getting Started with Homeschooling

Are you thinking about homeschooling when you've still got little ones underfoot? It's not too early to start making plans and thinking about what's important for your tots to know now for homeschooling success then. I talk about my recommendations and practical strategies in this podcast episode! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Can you […] The post Getting Started with Homeschooling appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
15/09/20160
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Bringing Baby to Work

Have you felt torn about returning to work and being with your baby? In today's podcast I discuss how some parents and businesses are making babies and work mix – with great results! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Should babies be welcome in the workplace? The benefits of bringing baby to the office What […] The post Bringing Baby to Work appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
08/09/20160
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Listening to Pregnancy Intuition with Hannah Smerkonich

Hannah shared her experiences advocating for herself and having a great natural hospital birth in last week's podcast – this week she shares why she chose an unassisted birth for her second baby, and what she learned from that pregnancy and birth! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: How Hannah is learning the joy of […] The post Listening to Pregnancy Intuition with Hannah Smerkonich appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
02/09/201657 minutes 56 seconds
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Standing Firm in Your Choices with Hannah Smerkonich

What are real mamas thinking, feeling, experiencing… and how are they handling birth and baby choices? This week Hannah Smerkonich shares part of her journey through her pregnancies and births. She discusses how she handled communicating her wishes both gracefully and firmly – enjoy! Topics We Discuss in This Podcast: How a friendly, casual comment […] The post Standing Firm in Your Choices with Hannah Smerkonich appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
26/08/201639 minutes 21 seconds
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Feeling Great Postpartum with Arianna Taboada

Many mamas are shocked by just how much life changes postpartum – not only does your body feel different, but life looks very different with baby in tow. How can you prepare for these changes – and enjoy them when they happen? Arianna and I cover those questions and more in today's podcast. Topics We […] The post Feeling Great Postpartum with Arianna Taboada appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
19/08/20160
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What if YOU Were in Charge of Pregnancy & Birth?

What if we as mothers were to stand up – to stand in charge of pregnancy, of birth, of mothering? What if we were to start a quiet, confident rumble that grows into a roar too big to ignore – that shakes the very foundations of “becoming mama” – and gives it back to women, […] The post What if YOU Were in Charge of Pregnancy & Birth? appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
01/08/20160
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Should You Eat Your Placenta?

There are many supposed benefits to eating the placenta after birth – either fresh or encapsulated. In today's episode I share some benefits and some possible downsides to choosing to consume your placenta! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: The purpose of the placenta during pregnancy How the placenta works on your side (the maternal […] The post Should You Eat Your Placenta? appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
22/07/20160
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How to End the Fight Over Healthy Food with Sarah Bester

Curious about starting solids? Wondering how to help your little one become a great eater… or how to get a picky eater back on track? Sarah Bester, a family nutritionist and picky eating coach shared how to help your kids – and you – have a great relationship with great food! Topics We Discuss in […] The post How to End the Fight Over Healthy Food with Sarah Bester appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
15/07/20160
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The Daily Soul Sessions for Pregnancy

How do you really enjoy your pregnancy and nurture your baby by nurturing yourself? I talk with Kacey, Kate, and Kara this week for an inspiring look at how you can honor your pregnancy, your creativity (even if you think you have none!), and your baby! And don't forget to check out the book giveaway […] The post The Daily Soul Sessions for Pregnancy appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
29/05/20160
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How to Avoid Induction of Labor

At least a quarter of all mamas-to-be are induced to begin labor – and countless others have “augmentation” to increase the strength of contractions. There's no debate – induction leads to a cascade of interventions and causes stress for moms and babies. How can you prevent induction and make sure your baby is born at […] The post How to Avoid Induction of Labor appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
23/05/20160
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Building Baby’s Immune System

How can you help your little develop a strong, resilient immune system? There are lots of germs all around, but some simple steps can help you little one have a stronger immune system – for life. Today's podcast covers everything! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why you should start thinking about your baby's immune […] The post Building Baby’s Immune System appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
13/05/20160
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Finding Real Relief from Morning Sickness with Dr. Levine

Dr. Brian Levine joins us on the podcast to talk about morning sickness – how it can impact your life (and your baby), what common treatment options are, plus a new, drug-free option called the ReliefBand that works – almost instantly! Topics We Discuss in This Podcast: How many women are really affected by morning […] The post Finding Real Relief from Morning Sickness with Dr. Levine appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
22/04/20160
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Helping Your Child Become Big Brother or Big Sister

You're pregnant… again! Congrats go out not only to you, but to the new “big brother” or “big sister” to be! Here's how to help your little one make the transition to “big one” with ease and joy. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: How your love for your little ones will multiply with each […] The post Helping Your Child Become Big Brother or Big Sister appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
15/04/20160
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BBL 091: Do I Really Need All That Baby Gear? (Part 2!)

We're back this week to talk more about the baby gear you need – and the baby gear you don't! We talk feeding, sleeping, monitors, and more! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Which nursing pillows I like best Do you really need bottles “just in case” if you're exclusively breastfeeding? What to get if […] The post BBL 091: Do I Really Need All That Baby Gear? (Part 2!) appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
08/04/20160
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The Mommy Wars Lied to You

I won't lie to you… today's podcast is an opinion piece through and through – and I think you're going to love it! Talk about childbirth needs to change, and it needs to change with women first. The “mommy wars” leave women afraid to share information – and that fear is creating silence that hurts […] The post The Mommy Wars Lied to You appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
14/01/201636 minutes 49 seconds
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BBL 088: Fitness with Baby in Tow

Need to juggle fitness with baby in tow? This episode covers the four areas you need to focus on when you create a fitness routine that works with a mom's life. I also talk about the upcoming MamaBaby Fitness challenge! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: How to get early-bird info on the MamaBaby Fitness […] The post BBL 088: Fitness with Baby in Tow appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
01/01/201640 minutes 15 seconds
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BBL 087: Building Your Birth Kit

Are you planning what to put in your home birth kit? Wondering what you really need – and what would be nice to have? I cover my best recommendations from my 7 home births in this week's episode! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: What do you really need in your birth kit? Things to […] The post BBL 087: Building Your Birth Kit appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
24/12/201543 minutes 49 seconds
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BBL 086: Bringing Birth Home with Starr Meneely

I had an amazing discussion with Star Meneely, editor-in-chief of The Mother Magazine, about home birth, pregnancy, and preparing to birth your baby. This was an amazing call – you don't want to miss it! Topics We Discuss in This Podcast: Why Starr decided to have a home birth – and went on to have […] The post BBL 086: Bringing Birth Home with Starr Meneely appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
18/12/201534 minutes 7 seconds
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BBL 085: Thoughts on Postpartum Weight Loss

There's no doubt that weight is a hot topic today… and moms definitely need to consider postpartum weight loss. For some mamas the weight jus falls off after baby is born – or after a little breastfeeding. But for many women it's just not that easy! We'll talk about what's reasonable, what's not, and what […] The post BBL 085: Thoughts on Postpartum Weight Loss appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
11/12/201533 minutes 47 seconds
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BBL 084: Pregnancy and Birth as a Mama of Many

How do you stay strong and healthy during your pregnancy when you're a mama of many? Can you have a safe pregnancy and birth? I cover concerns for mamas of many in today's podcast – and share a lot of resources that will help all moms prepare for birth! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: […] The post BBL 084: Pregnancy and Birth as a Mama of Many appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
04/11/201532 minutes 12 seconds
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BBL 083: How to Prevent Flat Head Syndrome with Jennifer Todd Barnard

More and more babies are having problems with flat head syndrome – called plagiocephaly. In this episode I interview Jennifer, a pediatric occupational therapist who has made it her life's mission to educate parents on plagiocephaly and torticollis (stiff neck). She shares exactly how you can keep your baby's head nice and round, help baby […] The post BBL 083: How to Prevent Flat Head Syndrome with Jennifer Todd Barnard appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
21/10/201533 minutes 4 seconds
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BBL 082: Having Older Kids at Birth

Above moment captured by Shoots & Giggles, serving Los Angeles & Orange County Should you have your older child or children at your new baby's birth? Today I talk about how to decide – and how to prepare your kiddos if you want them there. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Deciding if your kid(s) […] The post BBL 082: Having Older Kids at Birth appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
06/10/201534 minutes 43 seconds
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BBL 081: Is Fetal Monitoring Really Saving Babies?

Continuous electronic fetal monitoring has been one of the darlings of modern maternity care – hailed as an invention for saving babies. But has it lived up to that fanfare? Is EFM really helping save babies or prevent brain damage? The evidence is out – and today we talk about the bottom line on this […] The post BBL 081: Is Fetal Monitoring Really Saving Babies? appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
25/09/201541 minutes 13 seconds
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BBL 080: Getting Daddy Ready for Labor and Birth

You're convinced a natural, intervention-free birth is best for you and your baby… but maybe Daddy is still worried about safety. How do you help Dad understand that birth really works. And what do you do if Daddy isn't confident he can help you during labor (or maybe you're not so sure he can!). Listen […] The post BBL 080: Getting Daddy Ready for Labor and Birth appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
15/09/201526 minutes 6 seconds
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BBL 079: How to Beat Morning Sickness – Naturally

Is morning sickness an inevitable part of pregnancy? Is there actually hope for stopping it naturally? I can't make a 100% guarantee, but I cover some pretty effective tips in today's podcast! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: The one thing that made all the difference between my sickness-free pregnancy… and the other six! The […] The post BBL 079: How to Beat Morning Sickness – Naturally appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
09/09/201534 minutes 53 seconds
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BBL 078: Fertility First Steps

On this week's episode I talk about first steps to boost your fertility and prepare to conceive a healthy baby! I've done a few episodes on fertility but this is still one of the most frequent questions I get – so here's great info… and links to even more! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: […] The post BBL 078: Fertility First Steps appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
03/09/20150
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How I Want to Change the World

I spend a lot of time talking about pregnancy, birth, and babies – and I thought I'd take a minute to share just why I think that helping babies… and helping mamas… matters so much 🙂 Topics I Cover in This Podcast: This is a pretty heart-to-heart, down-to-earth episode where I share what's on my […] The post How I Want to Change the World appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
19/08/201528 minutes 13 seconds
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BBL 076: Get Breastfeeding Off to a Great Start with Lyn Hrivnak

How do you get breastfeeding off to a good start? How can you make sure you have plenty of milk – and continue to have plenty for as long as you nurse your baby? Lyn covers those secrets and more in today's podcast! Topics We Discuss in This Podcast: How to make sure baby is […] The post BBL 076: Get Breastfeeding Off to a Great Start with Lyn Hrivnak appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
04/08/201522 minutes 8 seconds
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BBL 075: The Secret to Great Pregnancy Sleep with Dr. Rosenberg

Feeling exhausted during pregnancy? Or has insomnia moved in? Great sleep can be elusive when you're pregnant, but on today's episode Dr. Rosenberg shares how you can sleep well – and have a healthier baby because of it! Topics We Discuss: How pregnancy impacts your sleep Why sleep is so important during pregnancy Why you […] The post BBL 075: The Secret to Great Pregnancy Sleep with Dr. Rosenberg appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
28/07/201529 minutes 1 second
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How to Handle Gestational Diabetes

Have you been told you have gestational diabetes – or are you worried about it? Have you gained weight more quickly than you'd like in this pregnancy? Lily Nichols shares how you can get your blood sugar under control – naturally – and how you can enjoy your diet and give your baby all the […] The post How to Handle Gestational Diabetes appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
23/06/201551 minutes 36 seconds
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What Does Being Rh Negative Mean for Your Pregnancy?

I talk about what being Rh negative in pregnancy means to you – and your baby – in this episode. What's the deal with getting Rhogam (Anti-D). How do you make the right choice for you and your baby. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: What Rh status is and how you know if it […] The post What Does Being Rh Negative Mean for Your Pregnancy? appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
12/06/201553 minutes 25 seconds
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What’s the Best Child Spacing for Your Family?

  How far apart should your babies be? Is there a “right” child spacing? We take a look at some things to consider when planning your pregnancies in today's episode! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: The “official” recommendations on child spacing Is birth control all pros and no cons? How far apart were babies […] The post What’s the Best Child Spacing for Your Family? appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
07/06/201535 minutes 24 seconds
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BBL 071: Essential Parenting Tips with Tracy Cutchlow

Today I interviewed Tracy Cutchlow, author of Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science. Tracy shared great tips for fostering your baby and toddler's development – and enjoying parenthood in the early years. Listen in for more: Topics We Discussed in This Podcast: Essential parenting tips for each age and stage Why […] The post BBL 071: Essential Parenting Tips with Tracy Cutchlow appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
26/05/201542 minutes 16 seconds
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BBL 070: Handling Childhood Illnesses at Home

How can you safely care for your child's illness at home? When you should you call the doctor? When should you take your child in? We cover all this and more on today's episode! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: The #1 question you ask yourself when your child is sick (plus the answer!) How […] The post BBL 070: Handling Childhood Illnesses at Home appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
21/05/201542 minutes 24 seconds
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BBL 069: How Life Changes After Baby

Sometimes life with baby feels easy – and sometimes it feels more challenging! Here are some ways to expect things to change and how you can enjoy those changes! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: What to realistically expect about sleep! How your time management will change What you need to know about changes with […] The post BBL 069: How Life Changes After Baby appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
20/05/201536 minutes 4 seconds
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BBL 068: The Smart Mama’s Guide to Prenatal Testing

  Women are offered many prenatal tests today. What's the purpose of each test? Is it mandatory? Does it really benefit mother and baby? We tackle those questions today! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: The Great Pregnancy session starting next week! What to expect from blood work What the 12 week ultrasound is looking […] The post BBL 068: The Smart Mama’s Guide to Prenatal Testing appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
07/05/20150
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BBL 067: Taking Prenatal Care Into My Own Hands

I really enjoyed handling routine “prenatal care” during my pregnancy with Sadie. In today's episode I talk about what I did to care for myself and Sadie, why I still appreciated my midwife, and how directing my own care helped me bond with Sadie. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why it's so important to […] The post BBL 067: Taking Prenatal Care Into My Own Hands appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
28/04/201531 minutes 6 seconds
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Elimination Communication Method – Is It Worth the Hassle?

When you first hear about elimination communication you probably thought it was impossible, then maybe gross, then maybe you got curious, then you wondered “is it even worth it?” That's the question I tackle in this podcast! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why I missed last week's podcast (hint: it involved four-legged babies!) What […] The post Elimination Communication Method – Is It Worth the Hassle? appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
14/04/201533 minutes 18 seconds
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BBL 065: How to Get Your Toddler to Have an Alone Time

Independent play is important for your little one – but many toddlers don't know how to play alone. Here's how to encourage your little one to enjoy this time, plus why it's so good for them (and you!). Topics I Cover in This Podcast: How to sign up for Smart Mama, Happy Baby Why independent […] The post BBL 065: How to Get Your Toddler to Have an Alone Time appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
31/03/201537 minutes 34 seconds
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BBL: 064 Getting The Baby Who Doesn’t Nap to Take a Nap

Naps – you know they're important to save your sanity… but they're also really important for your little one's health. Here's the vital information on naps – and how to get your kiddo to take one! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why daytime sleep is important (it's not only to keep you sane) It's […] The post BBL: 064 Getting The Baby Who Doesn’t Nap to Take a Nap appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
25/03/201554 minutes 26 seconds
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BBL 063: Does Childbirth Hypnosis Really Work?

Does childbirth hypnosis really work, and are birth hypnosis courses worth it? I talk about my experiences as a birthing woman, and my thoughts as a birth worker in today's podcast! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Thoughts on a goal of a painless birth Why I think birth hypnosis is effective What childbirth hypnosis […] The post BBL 063: Does Childbirth Hypnosis Really Work? appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
17/03/201537 minutes 22 seconds
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BBL 062: Sadie’s Birth Story

Sadie Grace was born at home just a few weeks ago! I share some memorable parts of my pregnancy with Sadie, as well as her beautiful birth story, in today's podcast! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why I didn't announce I was pregnant on the podcast (!!!) What it was like going “ultrasound free” […] The post BBL 062: Sadie’s Birth Story appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
11/03/201537 minutes 43 seconds
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BBL 061: How to Clean Your House (Even When Kids Live In It)

Can a house with kids living in it be clean? Can you keep up with the housework and stay sane? It's possible! This episode covers what to do… and how to do it. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: When (and how) you should adjust your expectations How to decide what really matters Why you […] The post BBL 061: How to Clean Your House (Even When Kids Live In It) appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
03/03/201537 minutes 2 seconds
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BBL 060: The Truth About the First Few Months

The newborn period is amazing… and overwhelming. Here's what to expect – and how to make it through this crazy experience! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: How you'll get diapering down to an art… but maybe not much else Common breastfeeding challenges – and how to overcome them What to expect when it comes […] The post BBL 060: The Truth About the First Few Months appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
24/02/201535 minutes 35 seconds
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BBL 059: My Pregnancy Mistakes (and What I Did Right)

Don't miss The Ultimate Guide to a Fabulous Pregnancy! When I reflect back on my pregnancies I think of things I'd have done differently – and things I did right! I cover those in this episode so you can get some tips from my experience! Topics I Cover in This Podcast: What I took at […] The post BBL 059: My Pregnancy Mistakes (and What I Did Right) appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
17/02/201539 minutes 2 seconds
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BBL 058: Why AP Moms Can’t Get a Good Night’s Sleep (and What to Do About It)

Does it seem like every other mama is well-rested and boasting that their little one sleeps through the night? Why is that conscious, attached parents seem to be the only ones deprived of sleep (and more importantly, does it have to be this way???). Listen in to today's episode for some helpful hints: Topics I […] The post BBL 058: Why AP Moms Can’t Get a Good Night’s Sleep (and What to Do About It) appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
10/02/201539 minutes 12 seconds
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BBL 057: Handling the Kids When You’re Outnumbered

What do you do when you go from one to two – or from two to three… or even more? How can you stay sane (and in control) when you're outnumbered by little people? This is a topic near and dear to my heart, and I cover it in today's episode! Topics I Cover in […] The post BBL 057: Handling the Kids When You’re Outnumbered appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
03/02/201539 minutes 12 seconds
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BBL 056: Plumping Up the Skinny Baby

Everybody loves a rolly-polly baby and a sturdy little toddler.  But what if your little guy or gal is more peanut than plump?  Some little ones are just naturally slimmer, but if you're worried and want to put some padding on your tot, this episode tells you how: Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Finding […] The post BBL 056: Plumping Up the Skinny Baby appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
27/01/201533 minutes 15 seconds
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BBL 055: What You Need to Know About Pushing Your Baby Out

You'll usually hear moms say they loved the pushing stage, but many of us find it overwhelming and confusing.  When should you push, how should you push, and should you ever not push?  Get the lowdown on pushing in this week's episode. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Why some women feel pushing is a huge relief […] The post BBL 055: What You Need to Know About Pushing Your Baby Out appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
20/01/201532 minutes 41 seconds
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BBL 054: How to Wean (and How to Keep Breastfeeding)

Sometimes weaning says “I love you” – but breastfeeding challenges can often be overcome so you and your little one can keep nursing.  This podcast talks about strategies for older babies and young toddlers – both to keep you nursing and to wean with love. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: Forced weaning vs. child-led […] The post BBL 054: How to Wean (and How to Keep Breastfeeding) appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
13/01/201536 minutes 13 seconds
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BBL 053: Why Birthing Classes Are Worth It

Moms-to-be often ask if there's any point to taking a birthing class.  After all, there are lots of good books and websites on natural birth.  Here's why a birthing class is still the best option – and how it can help you have a great birth. Topics I Cover in This Podcast: The benefits of […] The post BBL 053: Why Birthing Classes Are Worth It appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
06/01/201537 minutes 17 seconds
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BBL 052: Family and Relationship Q&A Session

There's no doubt that pregnancy and babies bring on the advice – and a lot of it comes from close family.  How do you handle unwanted advice and set healthy boundaries?  And what about your changing relationship with spouse and older children?  I cover several important topics this week: Topics I Cover in This Podcast: […] The post BBL 052: Family and Relationship Q&A Session appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
01/01/201533 minutes 44 seconds
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BBL 051: Why You Need a Birth Doula with Nikki Knowles

Ever wondered exactly what a doula is – and how she can help you have a great birth experience? Nikki Knowles joins me for today's podcast and shares exactly what a doula can do for you during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum! Topics We Discuss in This Podcast: What is a doula? Why you should consider […] The post BBL 051: Why You Need a Birth Doula with Nikki Knowles appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
16/12/20140
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BBL 050: Choosing and Working With Your Care Provider Q&A

Questions about how to choose the right care provider and how to work with them are common – I cover some of the big questions for you this week on the podcast: Issues I Discuss in This Podcast: The new UK home birth recommendations Understanding different types of midwives Standard questions to ask a doctor […] The post BBL 050: Choosing and Working With Your Care Provider Q&A appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
09/12/201445 minutes 5 seconds
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BBL 049: How Play Makes a Healthier Baby with Rachel Coley

Rachel Coley joins me on today's episode to talk about her Can Do Kiddo project, which is focused on inspiring you with fun, creative ways to play with your young baby. Just why is play so crucial to your little one's physical, cognitive, and sensory development? That's just what Rachel shared – so be sure […] The post BBL 049: How Play Makes a Healthier Baby with Rachel Coley appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
02/12/201438 minutes 27 seconds
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BBL 048: Birth Complications Q&A

This week I tackle some questions about common complications that may occur during your baby's birth – plus how you can prevent them or handle them: Issues I Discuss in This Podcast: What are the risks of hemorrhage during the 3rd stage? How long is safe to wait on the placenta? Why your cat's labor […] The post BBL 048: Birth Complications Q&A appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
25/11/201437 minutes 59 seconds
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BBL 047: Preventing Pregnancy Complications Q&A

Is it true that we don't know why many pregnancy complications happen? Can you do anything to prevent them? What if your mom, sister, or all your friends had a complication… will you be “unlucky” too? I answer those questions – and tell you how to stop complications – in this episode: Issues I Discuss […] The post BBL 047: Preventing Pregnancy Complications Q&A appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
18/11/201440 minutes 7 seconds
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BBL 046: Childbirth Preparation Q&A

How can you handle the pain of childbirth? What can you do to feel confident and in control during labor? And what are good positions to labor and birth in? I cover these questions and more in this week's Q&A episode! Enjoy 🙂 Issues I Discuss in This Podcast: Feeling confident and in control during […] The post BBL 046: Childbirth Preparation Q&A appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
11/11/201435 minutes 57 seconds
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BBL 045: Q&A on Pregnancy Exercise

What's the best exercise to prepare for birth? How do you prevent a diastasis during pregnancy – or heal it postpartum. And just how are you supposed to fit exercise into your crazy days? Exercise is the hot topic in this week's podcast episode! Issues I Discuss in This Podcast: What is a diastasis? Can […] The post BBL 045: Q&A on Pregnancy Exercise appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
07/11/201432 minutes 3 seconds
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BBL 044: Q&A on Pregnancy Diet

When I asked what you wanted to know about, pregnancy diet was the hottest topic! Exercise and birth preparation were up there too, so over the next few weeks I'll feature your questions – and my answers – in the Birth, Baby, and Life Q&A series 🙂 Enjoy! Issues I Discuss in This Podcast: What's […] The post BBL 044: Q&A on Pregnancy Diet appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
21/10/20140
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BBL 043: What is Physiological Birth?

Physiological birth is both safe and the ideal for mamas and babies, but what is it? What is it not? This podcast covers what happens during an undisturbed birth – and why it's important to think twice about disturbing it. What is physiological birth What causes labor to start When adrenaline stops labor (and when […] The post BBL 043: What is Physiological Birth? appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
10/09/201456 minutes 34 seconds
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BBL 042: Your Baby’s Experience of Childbirth

What does birth feel like to your baby? What does he or she do during childbirth? Baby isn't passive – he/she is actively working with you! In this episode I cover: Something exciting coming soon! What your baby does during birth (hint, baby doesn't just sit around!) Why working with your baby is so important […] The post BBL 042: Your Baby’s Experience of Childbirth appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
05/09/201443 minutes 5 seconds
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BBL 041: Your Baby’s Experiences in Pregnancy

Parents often follow along with fetal development during pregnancy, but what does your baby actually experience inside the womb? What's it like in there? How can you make it the best environment possible? All that and more in this episode: In this episode I cover: Why look beyond “fetal development” How baby experiences time in […] The post BBL 041: Your Baby’s Experiences in Pregnancy appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
26/08/201433 minutes 26 seconds
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BBL 040: Handling Picky Eaters & Feeding Trouble

Starting solids can be really exciting, but also a little stressful. What do you do if your baby (or toddler) seems picky? How can you tell if things are going smoothly? What do you do if you think your baby isn't eating well? All those issues and more are covered in this weeks episode! In […] The post BBL 040: Handling Picky Eaters & Feeding Trouble appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
18/08/201447 minutes 41 seconds
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BBL 039: Nursing in Pregnancy and Tandem Nursing

Many moms want to nurse through pregnancy and tandem nurse their toddler and newborn. I cover what to expect and tips for success in today's podcast episode! In this episode I cover: How to know when it's safe (or not) to nurse during pregnancy Steps to take care of yourself while pregnancy nursing Will nipple […] The post BBL 039: Nursing in Pregnancy and Tandem Nursing appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
30/07/201434 minutes 36 seconds
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BBL 038: How to Give Baby Healthy Gut Flora

Microbiota has a lifelong influence on your baby's health. What can you do to give your baby healthy gut flora – also know as “the good bacteria?” That's what I talk about in this podcast. If you're pregnant or TTC you're in luck, because you can make a big difference right now. I also outline […] The post BBL 038: How to Give Baby Healthy Gut Flora appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
06/06/201432 minutes 41 seconds
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BBL 037: Building Baby’s Health from Birth

They're so tiny you can't see them – but they have a huge influence on the health of your baby. Gut bacteria, part of the “microbiota” are just starting to be studied, and your baby's birth has a lifetime impact on how much they help – or hurt. In this episode I cover: What is […] The post BBL 037: Building Baby’s Health from Birth appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
20/05/201426 minutes 44 seconds
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BBL 036: How to Boost Your Milk Supply Naturally

How do you build a rich milk supply that keeps your baby growing well, and keeps you breastfeeding six months, a year, and beyond? I cover proven ways to build a strong supply and make high-quality milk to nourish your little one. In this episode I cover: Why the moments after your baby's birth are […] The post BBL 036: How to Boost Your Milk Supply Naturally appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
06/05/201428 minutes 36 seconds
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BBL 035: What to Do When You’re Not Getting Pregnant

Hoping for a baby but seeing negative pregnancy tests month after month? Here's what to do when baby-making isn't going as smoothly as you'd hoped. In this episode I cover: Why you should chart your cycle What calorie level you need to meet to conceive Managing stress levels (yes, it's cliche!) Where do essential oils […] The post BBL 035: What to Do When You’re Not Getting Pregnant appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
23/04/201433 minutes 30 seconds
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BBL 034: Breastfeeding and Your Fertility

Fertility while breastfeeding is confusing – even frustrating! I can't give you all the answers, but I go a long way towards clearing up the confusion in this podcast episode. I discuss signs of returning fertility, how to delay the return of fertility, and how to encourage your cycles if you want to get pregnant […] The post BBL 034: Breastfeeding and Your Fertility appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
08/04/201427 minutes 37 seconds
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BBL 033: How Charting Helps You Get Pregnant

Did you know there are only a few days every month you can get pregnant? Women's bodies go through a monthly cycle building up towards ovulation, then sustaining a newly conceived baby. Understanding when you're fertile can help you get pregnant faster, and figure out why you're not getting pregnant. This episode covers the parts […] The post BBL 033: How Charting Helps You Get Pregnant appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
02/04/201431 minutes 45 seconds
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BBL 032: The Newborn Exam, Step-by-Step

It's a rite of passage for babies: the newborn exam. What's checked during the exam? How is the exam done? This episode covers the basics, why you want to watch, and what you should ask. In this episode I cover: What is the newborn exam? How does this exam differ from the APGAR Why you […] The post BBL 032: The Newborn Exam, Step-by-Step appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
25/03/201434 minutes 56 seconds
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BBL 031: Your Awesome, Flexible Pelvis

Did you know your pelvis can flex for your baby? It's actually made of bones, joints, and connective tissue, meaning it's good at moving out of the way of baby! This episode covers how your pelvis can flex (and how tiny changes can mean big help for baby). I also show you how you can […] The post BBL 031: Your Awesome, Flexible Pelvis appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
19/03/201425 minutes 49 seconds
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BBL 030: More on How to Handle Postpartum Changes

Postpartum body changes can feel a little overwhelming (or maybe really overwhelming), but knowing what to expect helps a lot. This is the second half of our series on what's going on with you during the postpartum time. Here are some things you may experience – and how to handle them! In this episode I […] The post BBL 030: More on How to Handle Postpartum Changes appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
04/03/201426 minutes 49 seconds
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BBL 029: What to Expect in the Early Postpartum

Pregnancy and baby information are everywhere – but there's not a lot of information on the early postpartum period. This podcast is the first in a series of two covering what to expect postpartum so you're feeling confident and prepared about what you'll experience in your body, mind, and emotions. In this episode I cover: […] The post BBL 029: What to Expect in the Early Postpartum appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
27/01/201439 minutes 16 seconds
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BBL 028: Getting Better at Giving Birth

The births of my last three babies have helped me grow as a mother and a birthing woman. I share wisdom I've gleaned during this walk – so you can use it when you're giving birth! In this episode I cover: Galen's birth story (the midwife didn't make it!) Why pregnancy with Honor was so […] The post BBL 028: Getting Better at Giving Birth appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
03/01/201448 minutes 59 seconds
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BBL 027: How to Survive the Holidays While Pregnant and with a New Baby

The holidays are full of food, fun, and family… and can get downright overwhelming when you're pregnant… or bringing along a new baby. These tried and true tips will help you survive (and enjoy) the holiday fun. In this episode I cover: Why hydration is so important during pregnancy How to really enjoy holiday events […] The post BBL 027: How to Survive the Holidays While Pregnant and with a New Baby appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
06/12/201328 minutes 21 seconds
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BBL 026: It’s Birth Story Week on NaturalBirthandBabyCare.com!

We're celebrating positive natural birth stories on the podcast this week! Birth stories encourage pregnant moms and build a legacy for our children – and they bring a hope for more conscious, peaceful birthing of the next generation. In this episode I cover: Why sleep apnea could lead to smaller babies and c-sections (and what […] The post BBL 026: It’s Birth Story Week on NaturalBirthandBabyCare.com! appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
19/11/20130
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BBL 025: Why Taking a Few Minutes of You-Time Makes You a Better Mama

You'd give everything for your kids, your family, and your loved ones. But if you never take time for yourself, you quickly run out of what there is of you to give. In this podcast episode I cover some simple strategies that literally only take minutes – and help renew and refresh you to be […] The post BBL 025: Why Taking a Few Minutes of You-Time Makes You a Better Mama appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
06/11/201338 minutes 2 seconds
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BBL 024: Fit Childbirth Prep (or Anything) Into Your Busy Life

How do you make time to prepare for a natural birth when you're busy running after older children? How do you get ready to give birth when you feel totally unprepared? How do you make it through the pushing stage without screaming? I answer these questions and more on today's episode! In this episode I […] The post BBL 024: Fit Childbirth Prep (or Anything) Into Your Busy Life appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
22/10/20130
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BBL 023: Meeting the Needs of Your Toddler and Newborn

Balancing a new baby along with your toddler or preschooler can be a big challenge. With a little planning (and some patience), though, this can become a wonderful time for you and your older child to bond with each other and to form a warm family connection with your new baby! In this episode I […] The post BBL 023: Meeting the Needs of Your Toddler and Newborn appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
25/09/201341 minutes 23 seconds
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BBL 022: Avoiding Induction and Preventing Fatigue During Labor

Alarming numbers of mothers are being induced today. Many of the moms contacting me have had two or three babies – and have never gone into labor naturally! Other moms share a related concern: maternal or uterine exhaustion during labor. How do you prevent these situations and have a safe, natural birth? I address those […] The post BBL 022: Avoiding Induction and Preventing Fatigue During Labor appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
10/09/20130
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BBL 021: What’s Normal and What’s Not – Baby Development

Baby milestones are a big deal nowadays – you want to know if your baby is on target! In this episode I cover what to expect from your baby each month, what to do if you're worried, and where to get more info when you need it. In this episode I cover: Milestones from newborn […] The post BBL 021: What’s Normal and What’s Not – Baby Development appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
27/08/201356 minutes 46 seconds
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BBL 020: Reader Q&A with Pregnancy Nursing, Natural Twins, Stress Relief, and Heartburn!

Welcome to Episode 20!! In today's episode I feature some great reader Q and A. I've gotten several questions on breastfeeding during pregnancy, so I cover that extensively. I also cover planning a natural birth when you're expecting twins, stress relief during pregnancy, and what to do about heartburn! In this episode I cover: A […] The post BBL 020: Reader Q&A with Pregnancy Nursing, Natural Twins, Stress Relief, and Heartburn! appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
13/08/201342 minutes 6 seconds
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BBL 019: Pregnancy Diet Made Easy

Eat food, grow baby. It seems so simple – but the reality is that a nourishing pregnancy diet can be confusing. Conflicting advice, various choices, and disagreement among “professionals” makes things, well, complicated. The good news is, good pregnancy diet doesn't have to be tough – and the best news is a proven, healthy prenatal […] The post BBL 019: Pregnancy Diet Made Easy appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
30/07/201346 minutes 20 seconds
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BBL 018: Why You Should Skip This Common First Food – And Save Your Baby a Lifetime of Health Problems

Despite vain attempts to fortify baby cereals with the nutrients babies need, they're essentially just empty fillers… they sit in your baby's stomach like a brick. Dr. Alan Greene has even started a “White Out” campaign to get these empty white foods out of your baby and toddler's diets! I cover the “why's” (including the […] The post BBL 018: Why You Should Skip This Common First Food – And Save Your Baby a Lifetime of Health Problems appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
02/07/201323 minutes 32 seconds
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BBL 017: Birth is Your Revolution with Roanna Rosewood

Birth is about mothers and babies – it's not about doctors, it's not about midwives, and it's not about legislators. That's the message Roanna Rosewood weaves into her personal story of motherhood and birth. Roanna found through her own journeys in pregnancy and birth that birth matters, and that the voices of women matter. If […] The post BBL 017: Birth is Your Revolution with Roanna Rosewood appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
18/06/20130
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BBL 16: The Definitive Guide to Diapering Your Baby

You've got a baby, you've got questions – about diapers! This episode covers all the basics you need to know about diapering – with disposables, with cloth, and even a nod to nothing at all. There's a lot of information to help you make the choice that's right for you family… and the freedom to […] The post BBL 16: The Definitive Guide to Diapering Your Baby appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
04/06/201344 minutes 38 seconds
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BBL 015: Why Families Choose Natural Childbirth

Moms say they choose natural childbirth for many reasons, but some of those reasons come up again and again. In this podcast episode I cover the most compelling issues that lead families to choose natural births. I also cover why wishing for that “natural birth high” is the least selfish thing a mother can want […] The post BBL 015: Why Families Choose Natural Childbirth appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
21/05/201340 minutes
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BBL 014: Handling Closely Spaced Pregnancies

What do you do if you've just gotten settled with one baby… and find out a new little person is already on the way? Closely spaced pregnancies present some challenges, but bring a whole lot of joy. This podcast episode covers practical tips for managing closely spaced pregnancies, and covers vital information to keep you […] The post BBL 014: Handling Closely Spaced Pregnancies appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
08/05/201341 minutes 8 seconds
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BBL: 013 A Day in the Life of a Diaper Free Baby

This episode is in honor of the Go Diaper Free initiative, and the first annual Go Diaper Free! Week 🙂 We've talked about elimination communication before on the podcast, so this episode takes a different slant on the whole diaper-free thing. I do cover a little on the “why's” and “why it's not gross” of […] The post BBL: 013 A Day in the Life of a Diaper Free Baby appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
23/04/201335 minutes 15 seconds
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BBL:012 Should You Use a Baby Schedule?

Baby scheduling is one controversial topic. I hesitated about tackling it, but since it's something I've been researching for my own family I decided to share some of what I've found and learned with you. Should you consider a baby schedule? This episode will give you a solid basis to evaluate scheduling babies for your […] The post BBL:012 Should You Use a Baby Schedule? appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
09/04/20130
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BBL: 011 The Things People Say (And Why You Shouldn’t Listen to Them)

Getting pregnant, having a baby, becoming a parent – it all means that everyone (and their mother) will give you advice. Every once in awhile, that's great advice. Most of the time it's… not. Here's some common “advice” you'll get, and why you really should listen to it! In this episode I cover: Can you […] The post BBL: 011 The Things People Say (And Why You Shouldn’t Listen to Them) appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
26/03/20130
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BBL 010: How to Handle a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Yep, we all have them (even if you don't want to admit it) – I'm talking about bad days. Days when the kids are cranky, the puppy tears the couch up, the toilet is overflowing, and the car breaks down. Handling one of those days is the subject of today's podcast! In this episode I […] The post BBL 010: How to Handle a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
12/03/201332 minutes 42 seconds
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BBL 009: Growth Spurts: How to Handle the Baby Feeding Frenzy

You finally feel like you've got a handle on life with a baby, when suddenly your baby wants to eat every time you sit down! The good news: it's most likely a growth spurt, and it's good for your baby and for you. This episode is devoted to growth spurts, those short but intense periods […] The post BBL 009: Growth Spurts: How to Handle the Baby Feeding Frenzy appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
26/02/20130
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BBL 008: Corwin’s Birth Story (Plus Easy Steps to Having a Great Pregnancy and Birth)

Having a wonderful birth (and a healthy pregnancy) is never luck. In fact, it usually takes careful planning and purposeful choices. In today's episode I read Corwin's birth story and then detail out some of the steps I took to have a good pregnancy and a wonderful, safe home birth. These steps go right to […] The post BBL 008: Corwin’s Birth Story (Plus Easy Steps to Having a Great Pregnancy and Birth) appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
12/02/20130
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BBL 007: How to Sleep Tight Every Night (Even if You Have a Baby, Toddler, or Both!) with Malia Jacobson

Today's episode features Malia Jacobson, journalist, author, and sleep expert! Malia gives you tons of great information in her interview, not to mention plenty of hope that getting a good night's sleep (even with little ones around) is possible for your family 😉 We cover what to expect with newborn sleep, and how you can […] The post BBL 007: How to Sleep Tight Every Night (Even if You Have a Baby, Toddler, or Both!) with Malia Jacobson appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
29/01/20130
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BBL 006: A Birth Hack for Hospital, Home, and Anywhere In Between

The one little tool I talk about in today's episode is a great hack to help labor and birth move along smoothly – no matter where you're giving birth! I'll spill the beans right now… this little tool is a birth ball! Okay, maybe it's not really a “little tool” – but it's amazing how […] The post BBL 006: A Birth Hack for Hospital, Home, and Anywhere In Between appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
15/01/20130
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BBL 005: Newborns for New Year’s: Caring for Your Newborn Baby!

Newborns are the focus of this New Year's episode of the Birth, Baby, and Life podcast! We focus on many common questions and concerns new parents have, from feeding, sleeping, changing, and everything in between! I dig down into how to care for your newborn from the very basics — picking your baby up, caring […] The post BBL 005: Newborns for New Year’s: Caring for Your Newborn Baby! appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
01/01/20131 hour 5 minutes 35 seconds
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BBL 004: Keeping Up with it All While Parenting… and How to Survive Morning Sickness

This episode covers a couple of important topics — first, how to survive and even overcome morning sickness. After six pregnancies, I've finally had a great first trimester, and I spill the most important secrets in this episode. Then I cover a burning question for parents everywhere — how do you manage to keep up […] The post BBL 004: Keeping Up with it All While Parenting… and How to Survive Morning Sickness appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
19/12/20120
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BBL 003: How to Have a Diaper Free Baby the SMART Way with Andrea Olson

Episode 003 of the Birth, Baby, and Life Podcast brings our first guest to the show! I'm very excited to have our first guest, Andrea Olson of Go Diaper Free! Andrea was an excellent guest for our show. We cover so much — the basics of what EC is, who Andrea is, why she's qualified […] The post BBL 003: How to Have a Diaper Free Baby the SMART Way with Andrea Olson appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
04/12/201239 minutes 5 seconds
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BBL: 002 An Off-Switch for Your Baby’s Cry… and Family-Centered Cesareans!

Yay, we've made to Episode 002 of the Birth, Baby, and Life Podcast! This episode brings a lot of great information about soothing fussy babies, or even just the occasionally-grumpy baby 🙂  There's also information about “family-centered cesareans” and more! Two big news stories are highlighted — the first covers the “Go the Full 40 […] The post BBL: 002 An Off-Switch for Your Baby’s Cry… and Family-Centered Cesareans! appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
20/11/201236 minutes 32 seconds
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BBL 001: Welcome to the Birth, Baby, and Life Podcast!

In this episode of the Birth, Baby, & Life podcast I introduce the show!! I tell you what to expect from the show and what format it will take. I also talk a little about who I, Kristen, am, and why I'm so interested in pregnancy/birth/babies and podcasting. I tell you why podcasts fit into […] The post BBL 001: Welcome to the Birth, Baby, and Life Podcast! appeared first on Natural Birth and Baby Care.com.
06/11/20120