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Birthing Instincts

English, Personal/Lifestyle/Family, 1 season, 353 episodes, 23 hours, 52 minutes
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The birth world can be overwhelming for parents and practitioners alike. Dr. Stuart Fischbein and Midwife Blyss Young and their combined 55+ years of experience are here to support you in this beautiful rite of passage. Join the weekly conversation as we blend wisdom and humor in discussing our recent births, the latest research, traditional healing, and instinctual birth.
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#365 A Neonatal Doctor Making A Difference

At a time of great anxiety, Neonatologist and NICU specialist Priyush Patel, MD shares his humanistic approach to care.While Blyss is busy birthing, Midwife Lindsey Meehleis shares a birth story leading to the Serendipitous meeting in the NICU.But don’t worry, there is still plenty of wobbly healthcare systems and dumb doctor dogma going around as Dr. Stu explains.About Dr Piyush (pronounced pee-yoush) Patel:Dr. Patel graduated medical school in 2004 and has prided himself as an outside-the-box thinker and his ability to connect with families on a deeper level to help bridge their beliefs with the medical team caring for their baby. In such a stressful situation, which is oftentimes unexpected, there are numerous emotions that families experience and he has been able to intuitively calm their nerves to help them enjoy their journey in the NICU as best as possible.Key highlights:Rethinking Mandatory GBS Screening and TreatmentProblems With for-Profit HealthcareNICU Protocol and Individualized CareTerm Hospital Babies in the NICURare Home Births in NICUImportance of NICU SpecialistsImproving Communication in NICU CareEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastConnect with Dr. Patel:Email: [email protected] show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
6/12/20241 hour, 27 minutes, 50 seconds
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#364 Freebirth: Free to Choose

Today we have midwife and mom, Catalina Clark, as our guest to share her journey as we discuss freebirthing from all angles.About Catalina Clark:I am a woman, mother, daughter, sister, midwife and student on the healing path. With 10 years experience in birth, I have found my way home to supporting women in alignment with the natural world and the power of physiologic birth.As a midwife of healing, I am here to walk with you along your path, to love you wherever you are and support you on your personal journey. I am not here to fix you or tell you what to do. To heal is to reclaim and reweave the fabric of your True Self back into your being, perfect and complete just as you are. When co-creating together we are stepping into a mutual relationship of universal love and trust with each other, ourselves and the divine.My journey of remembrance began entrenched in the medical model. After countless disempowering experiences I began seeking council outside the medical industrial system. In my studies over the past decade with a variety of traditional healers I began weaving a new path for myself, which led me to my true calling as a spiritual midwife.It is with great humility, honor and respect that I walk alongside all those with the willingness to step into the unknown, to untangle stories of the past and return to our hearts.Key highlights:Discussion on Birthing ChoicesChallenging Obstetrician Views on Free BirthingEmpowering PregnancyExploring Fear and Inner WorkAnxious Thoughts About Baby's HealthImportance of Informed Birth Decision-MakingChallenging Birth Paradigms and Prenatal PreparationSupportive Midwifery PracticesTransformation and Growth in MidwiferyEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! com/birthinginstinctspodcastConnect with Catalina:Website: catalinaclarkbirth.comInstagram: @catalina.clarkThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
6/5/20241 hour, 31 minutes, 59 seconds
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#363 The Significance of Integrating Reflexes, Who Knew?

Such an important conversation with our guests, Emily Roper, ( Neuro-Developmental Delay Therapist) & Beth Shayler, (Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant), on looking for the root causes and alternative approaches to developmental delays and the mental health of babies and children. Why is something so basic so unknown to the allopathic medical world? Blyss & Dr. Stu learn about the importance of spontaneous labor and the birth process on the neurological development of the fetus and baby. How we birth and raise our children matters. It just makes sense and it has never been more true than now that we need to trust our instincts when it comes to medical advice.Medical billing is just another example of a system out of control. Dr. Stu takes to the mic on "The Experience Miracles Podcast"Key highlights:Fetal and Newborn ReflexesLong-Term Effects of C-SectionsHolistic Approach in Child HealthcareChild Development and Reflex IntegrationEvolution of Tummy TimeCDC Milestones and Common SenseEnvironmental Studies and Publication DelaysEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastStu as a guest on The Experience Miracle’s Podcast: Delivering Truth: An MD’s Response to Fear-Based BirthArticle: The Importance of Integrating Reflexes by Sonia StoryConnect with our guests:Emily Roper: [email protected] Shayler: [email protected] show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
5/29/20241 hour, 30 minutes, 24 seconds
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#362 Studies Are Just Pieces Of Evidence with Dr. Emiliano Chavira

Interpreting the value of a study can be difficult. With Blyss taking some healing time, Dr. Stu interviews Dr. Emiliano Chavira, MD, MPH, FACOG and MFM sub-specialist who shares his expertise on this subject. From randomized trials to meta-analyses we learn that a study is never definitive. Working within the "high risk" system, Dr. C has insight and wisdom that we want our fellow travelers to hear. What's the definition of IUGR, what are the problems with moving the bar and why so much color Doppler?About Dr. Emiliano Chavira:Dr. Chavira is board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology with a subspecialty certification in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He completed both his Ob/Gyn residency training as well as his fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (high risk pregnancy) at LAC+USC in Los Angeles, California. In his years as a specialist working in tertiary referral centers, he has cared for some of the most complicated and high-risk pregnancies, dealing with both maternal medical issues as well as complex fetal problems. His passion is to provide objective and caring guidance to his patients with the aim of instilling knowledge, understanding, empowerment, and hope in difficult circumstances. In addition to caring for complicated pregnancies, he also has an interest in ethical dilemmas in modern obstetric care, particularly as related to vaginal breech birth, multiple gestations, and VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).Key highlights:Flaws in Term Breech TrialDebate on 39-Week Induction SafetyC-Section Rates in Labor InductionOpinions on ARRIVE Trial and C-SectionDefining Intrauterine Growth RestrictionImpact of Fear in Pregnancy MonitoringEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastArticle: 6 Basic Types of Research Studies (Plus Pros and Cons)Article: This Is How Much Home Birth Costs in Every StateThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
5/22/20241 hour, 50 minutes, 40 seconds
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#361 Congenital Uterine Alternatives

The uterus is a miraculous creation but sometimes it doesn't follow nature's blueprint. Today on the podcast we discuss these fairly common blips (AKA anomalies or abnormalities) and their significance.With awareness and empathy, we weave through personal stories and clinical presentations, highlighting the profound impact these uterine anomalies can have on fertility and pregnancy. We dissect the various types of these conditions, the possible complications, and the importance of a compassionate, patient-centric approach to care. It's a deep exploration of a topic that's typically clouded by misunderstanding, so we aim to bring light and informed guidance to those it affects.Blyss shares a VBAC story as she continues to "patiently" recover. Dr. Stu wonders about the saying, "Life is like riding a bicycle!" and reads an uplifting twin story.Key highlights:VBAC Support and Hospital PoliciesLong Labor Story With A Happy EndingControversy Over Doula RegulationUnderstanding Congenital Uterine AbnormalitiesManagement of Uterine Anomalies and ComplicationsEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastNational Library of Medicine: The impact of congenital uterine abnormalities on pregnancy and fertility: a literature reviewUp To Date: Congenital uterine anomalies: Clinical manifestations and diagnosisThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
5/15/20241 hour, 36 minutes, 12 seconds
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#360 Some Clarity To The Confusion of Rashes In Pregnancy

Skin disorders exclusive to pregnant women have always been puzzling to Blyss & Dr. Stu. How do we know one from the other? Today we look at the dermatoses of pregnancy and differentiate the physiologic from the pathologic.You'll hear us dissect the five major types of rashes that can puzzle even seasoned healthcare professionals, the challenges of medical information access, and personal accounts of birth timing, premature labor, and the vital role of clear clinical documentation. We also delve into the nuances of supporting births in the community, examining the value of trust and adaptability when changes arise, such as a different midwife attending a birth, and discussing the impact of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) testing on hospital transfers and treatment.We also take a critical eye to medical misinformation spread by healthcare professionals on social media and the exasperating experiences with insurance companies, using personal anecdotes to highlight the issues. We also examine a range of skin and hair changes during pregnancy, and take a thought-provoking look at how control over medical literature might shape our understanding of autoimmune diseases and their potential environmental triggers.Blyss shares a birthkeeper dilemma while Dr. Stu does his civic duty.Key highlights:Medical misinformation and insurance frustrationsHow skin conditions affect pregnancyMany rashes are annoying but not harmfulWhat can be done for relief from pregnancy rashes?Exploring medical literature and information controlEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastDermatoses of pregnancyBirthing Instincts Event: The Talk: Bringing the Homebirth Hesitant on BoardThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
5/8/20241 hour, 49 minutes, 30 seconds
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#359 Unraveling the Legal Wrangling & Strangling of Midwifery

Blyss returns only a week post op! She is a Goddess! Today's guests, Lenny Sue Tinseth & Corinne Flatt, OG Nevada midwives share their thoughts on the laws of Nevada, California and the state of midwifery. So much wisdom, so few diplomas!About Lenny Sue Tinseth:Lenny Sue is a Licensed California Midwife, a Certified Professional Midwife and a Certified Health Coach. She has been practicing Midwifery in the Lake Tahoe, Reno Nevada and surrounding areas for 38 years.Having practiced in a grass roots unlicensed environment in her early years, both in Nevada and California has given her the perspective of licensure’s pros and cons.She is a member of Nevada Midwives Association.NMA is devoted to maintaining full access to midwifery care for all women in the state of Nevada.She has been an advocate during the last 2 legislative sessions in Nevada to ensure proposed licensure does not limit families receiving access to midwifery care.About Corrine Flatt:Corrine is a midwife, serving families in southern Nevada since 1998, the founder of Pinkpeas Pregnancy and Parenting Care, and a long-time activist for birth freedom. Find Corrine everywhere on the internet, but don't miss the speech she made on Birth Freedom in Panama at dondeseayconquiensea.org Key highlights:Home Birth Midwife Conference AnnouncementChallenges of Birthing Freedom in NevadaModern Midwifery Practice and MedicalizationRestrictions on Midwife Practices in NebraskaState by State Birth Rights DebateGlobal Push for Midwifery Regulation Episode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastalpinemidwifery.com@alpine_midwifery on IG@corrineflatt on IGBirth Freedom in Panama presentations | Donde Sea y Con Quien Sea dondeseayconquiensea.orgBeautiful One Midwifery | Holistic Women's Health beautifulonemidwiferysandiego.com This show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
5/1/20241 hour, 36 minutes, 47 seconds
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#358 Homebirth Safety: What to Believe?

The two authors who despise home birth are at it again with a new pre-print on the "Enduring Safety Concerns" of community birthing. Does their evidence hold water? The disconnect of priorities by organized medicine continues. Dr. Stu is joined by guest co-host Lindsey Meehleis, to break down the data.Together, Dr. Stu and Lindsey dissect this paper that scrutinizes the safety of out-of-hospital births, and discuss the complexities surrounding breech births, twin pregnancies, and the sacred moments of life and death, advocating for the wisdom of traditional midwifery in today's polarized birth setting debates.They take a closer look at the ACOG's rigid stance on planned home birth risks, untangling the often-misleading statistics that shape many women's choices about their birth setting.California no longer tracks stillbirths! What? We send blessings to and burn a candle for Blyss who had hip replacement surgery today. Key highlights:Holistic Home BirthFetal Death Reporting ControversyDebate on Planned Home Birth SafetyChallenges in Traditional Midwifery TrainingHome Birth Studies Episode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastOC midwifery: orangecountymidwives.com/lindsey-meehleis-lm-cpmAbout Lindsey MeehleisACOG article: Planned Home BirthScience direct article: Enduring safety concerns for out-of-hospital births in the United StatesPubMed article: Perinatal or neonatal mortality among women who intend at the onset of labour to give birth at home compared to women of low obstetrical risk who intend to give birth in hospitalPubMed article: Perinatal and maternal outcomes by planned place of birth for healthy women with low risk pregnanciesPubMed article: Planned home versus planned hospital births in women at low-risk pregnancy: A systematic review with meta-analysisThebmj article: Outcomes of planned home births with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in North AmericaBJOG article: Perinatal mortality and morbidity up to 28 days after birth among 743 070 low-risk planned home and hospital births: a cohort study based on three merged national perinatal databases This show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
4/24/20241 hour, 36 minutes, 19 seconds
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#357 "Born At Home", A New Documentary

Today on the podcast Blyss & Dr. Stu chat with the creators of a new film exploring home birth. The film explores the empowering journey of home birth and combines the wisdom of families, midwives, doulas, and some of our favorite people in the birth world. We also discuss the importance of how babies enter this world and, of course, catch up and reveal some new dumb doctor dogma.About Eleanor Currie:Eleanor Currie is a documentary filmmaker, videographer, photographer and mother of two beautiful children. She has a passion for telling stories about the human experience. Her newest film 'Born At Home' (created with long-term friend, Amanda Banks) explores the emotional journey of homebirth. About Amanda Banks:Amanda is mother of two children, both born at home. She has always had a passion for health which led her to complete a Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture) and now works as an Acupuncturist in Brisbane, supporting families through fertility, pregnancy and beyond for over 8 years. Amanda was the former Convenor for Homebirth QLD for 2.5 years until mid 2023 and worked as a maternity consumer representative on the QLD Normal Birth Strategy.Empowered by the homebirth of her second child in 2020, Amanda together with long term dear friend Eleanor, set out to create a film exploring Homebirth in QLD. She is the co-creator and Producer of Born at Home.About the Documentary Born At Home:Where and how women choose to birth matters. Born at Home is a stunning documentary film exploring what it takes to have a positive and transformative birth experience. Born at Home is an informative and emotive documentary exploring homebirth. This is a must-see event for all birth nerds, birth workers, mothers, those curious about birth and those seeking an alternative option to hospital birth.Key highlights:Birth at Home Documentary FilmmakersHome Birth Documentary DiscussionContrasting Birth Experiences in FilmLife Choices and Home Birth PerspectivesFree Birth and Home Birth ExplorationEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastsacredbirthing.com/blog/author/sunnibornathomefilm.com.auBorn at Home Film on Instagram: @bornathomefilmThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
4/17/20241 hour, 30 minutes, 40 seconds
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#356 A Look Back at the History of U.S. Childbirth

Blyss responds to a comment about safety and mortality. There will always be disputes about what safety means and to know where we are we need to know where we were. Today Blyss & Dr. Stu look back at childbirth in America over the last 300 years and try to sort through the accomplishments and clarify the statistics.In an episode that's both a history lesson and a call to action, we reflect on the transformative journey of childbirth practices. Venture through time with us, from the days of home births and midwives to the formalization of hospital deliveries and the controversial medical interventions that followed. We peer into the darker chapters of obstetrics, acknowledging the exploitation that has tainted its history, and celebrate the triumphs that have led to significant declines in maternal and infant mortality rates. This is a story of advancement and advocacy, of reclaiming agency and acknowledging the past to better navigate the present. Let's continue this dialogue and foster a future where the instincts of birthing and the wisdom of midwifery guide us toward a safer, more empowered experience for all.Key highlights:Birth Choices and Maternal MortalityHistory of Obstetric InterventionsHistory of Childbirth Practices in AmericaEvolution of Obstetrics and ChildbirthDeclines in Infant Mortality and InterventionsMaternal and Infant Mortality TrendsEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastArticle: Changes in childbirth in the United States: 1750–1950Book: Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women HealersCDC Article: Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999: Healthier Mothers and BabiesThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any fitness programChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
4/10/20241 hour, 27 minutes, 40 seconds
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#355 Letters & Twins & Breeches, Oh My

While it's not yellow brick, Dr. Stu is on the road teaching breech and twins and renewing family ties in California. Blyss joins in to share stories and wisdom and sanity, as usual.Echoing the dedication of mothers and birth workers, we dive into stories that underscore the triumphs of natural birth, like a listener's VBAC victory over early induction using natural remedies—proof that self-advocacy can indeed rewrite the standard medical narrative. These stories aren't just about births; they're about the struggle for autonomy and the challenging journey of advocacy within a system that sometimes seems set up for our silence.This episode is a blend of education, empowerment, and the drive for a maternity care system that honors the sanctity and individuality of the birthing process. Join us as we celebrate the power of informed decision-making, the legacy of childbirth, and the enduring spirit of woman-centered care.Key highlights:Natural Birth Advocacy and VBAC SuccessChallenges With Breech Delivery OptionsRegulatory Challenges in Midwifery and HealthcareMidwives vs Medical StandardizationQuestioning Medical Fear-MongeringMaternity Care and Obstetrician EducationEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastBook: Immaculate deception: A new look at women and childbirth in AmericaThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS for 20% off any of their fitness programsChristian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
4/3/20241 hour, 28 minutes
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#354 SSRI Mythology: Bundling or Bungling

Academia just can't stop meddling with nature especially when profit is involved. Today Blyss & Dr. Stu explore another likely fallacy of "Big Medicine" - the Chemical imbalance Theory of Depression. Even feral cats get it. Why can't they?We delve into the complexities of managing low platelet counts during pregnancy and the importance of respecting the body's natural processes, juxtaposing this against the philosophy of minimal intervention at home births.We navigate the contentious issues surrounding pharmaceutical interventions and discuss the implications of readily available over-the-counter contraceptives and the possible health risks of daily routines, such as prolonged bra usage. We share thought-provoking insights into the links between hormonal birth control, depression, and the subsequent use of SSRIs, shedding light on the cascading effects of health decisions. We scrutinize the long-held serotonin theory of depression, questioning the ethics of drug marketing and the necessity for more informed public knowledge about the treatment of depression.Key highlights:Birth Choices and Pharmaceutical ControversyPlatelet Count and Birth PhilosophyHealth Risks of Contraception and BrasDebunking the Serotonin Theory of DepressionRisks of Using SSRIs During PregnancyCritiquing Medical GuidelinesEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastPsychology Today: A Decisive Blow to the Serotonin Hypothesis of DepressionPubMed: The serotonin theory of depression: a systematic umbrella review of the evidencePLOS medicine: Serotonin and Depression: A Disconnect between the Advertisements and the Scientific LiteratureACOG on Instagram: @acog_orgThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Christian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
3/27/20241 hour, 46 minutes, 25 seconds
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#353 Is There An Ideal Interpregnancy Interval?

Trying to clarify the questions about child spacing, Blyss & Dr. Stu discover nature is pretty wise. What are the medical recommendations and how do they compare? We review some of the guidelines and share our opinions. We discuss the rhythm of natural child spacing through ecological breastfeeding and contrast it with the rigidity of medical guidelines, advocating for a healthcare model that respects the unique journey of each mother.We challenge the cultural obsession with the speed of labor and dissect the impact of our discussions by sharing the courageous decision of a labor and delivery nurse to switch to a home birth midwife. As we address the realities of postpartum depression, we stress the vital roles of healthcare providers in supporting new mothers. We question the effectiveness of the current medical model in addressing nutritional needs and mental health issues during the postpartum and interpregnancy periods, advocating for a healthcare model that ensures thorough diagnosis, effective treatment, and diligent follow-up. This episode is a call to action for a more compassionate and tailored approach to reproductive health. Blyss shares about a birth with low platelets and Dr. Stu has some daughter time.Key highlights:Interpregnancy Interval and Natural BirthDebating Emergency Cesarean for Fetus' HeartChallenging Medical Practices and RecommendationsBreastfeeding and Interpregnancy IntervalsWomen's Health and Postpartum DepressionEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastACOG article: Interpregnancy CarePubMed article: Re-evaluation of link between interpregnancy interval and adverse birth outcomesPubMed article: Interpregnancy Interval and Adverse Pregnancy OutcomesPubMed article: Effects of birth spacing on maternal, perinatal, infant, and child healthPubMed article: Short interpregnancy interval: risk of uterine rupture and complications of vaginal birth after cesarean deliveryPubMed article: Ecological breastfeeding and child spacingBook: Breastfeeding and Natural Child SpacingArticle: Ecological Breastfeeding and Natural Child SpacingAsk Dr. Sears: Breastfeeding and Natural ChildspacingFind a breech provider: breechwithoutborders.org/directoryThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Christian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
3/20/20241 hour, 26 minutes, 33 seconds
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#352 Regulatory Overreach & What Is Going On In Hawaii

Our guest today is "Birth Attendant", Jaymie Lewis who shares her insight into Hawaii's birthing world. Blyss & Dr. Stu chime in on the creeping blob that is the administrative state and wonder when the last time a regulation made things better.About Jaymie Lewis:Jaymie is a mother of three children all born at her residence In Hawaii. The birth of her 1st child brought her into birth work in 2010 when she began an apprenticeship with two different naturopathic physicians and a CPM. She started an independent midwifery practice in 2014 attending anywhere from 40-60 births per year. She joined several other midwives across the islands igniting strong activism regarding REAL choices in childbirth. In 2017 she helped create Hawaii Home Birth Collective which is an advocacy organization dedicated to expansion of midwifery care and to the preservation and integration of traditional and indigenous practices of the childbearing cycle. The long arm of the medical industrial complex swept in and deemed her a “birth attendant” in 2019 because she did not have any “formal” education” and as of last July has been pushed out of practice due to Hawaii’s restrictive midwifery law. Jaymie is a dreamer, a realistic optimist, and a lifetime learner, knowing that when there is compression, there is also an opportunity for infinite expansion.Key highlights:Home Births and Midwifery RegulationsBureaucracy and Midwifery LawsChallenges and Barriers in MidwiferyThe Impact of Standardization on MidwiferyLaws and Colonialism in HawaiiEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcasthihbc.orgpacificbirthcollective.orgArticle: ‘Medical colonialism’: midwives sue Hawaii over law regulating Native birth workersArticle: U.S. home births hit 30-year highThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Christian Hypnobirthing | Go to christianhypnobirthing.com/birthinginstincts to get 30% off Christian Hypnobirthing's Faith-Filled Childbirth courseConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
3/13/20241 hour, 30 minutes, 36 seconds
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#351 The Second Stage: Immediate or Delayed Pushing

Time seems to be on Blyss & Dr. Stu's mind and a moment of insight is a fortune. Should we redefine "Second Stage"? We address the medical data behind active coaching vs. laboring down and then apply some common sense.We unravel the nuances of research in the birth field, advocating for a discerning approach to medical studies and the impact they have on birthing practices. From the spiritual undertones of bringing new life into the world to the complexities of client management, we touch on the transformative experiences that shape both caregivers and families.We highlight the power of intuition in birth choices, sharing an inspiring testimonial from a listener who embraced a home birth. Throughout our conversation, we emphasize the importance of trusting the body's inherent knowledge and the challenges that the medical industry faces in supporting physiological birth. Whether you're a seasoned birth worker, an expectant parent, or simply fascinated by the miracle of life, this discussion offers valuable insights and encouragement to trust the natural journey of childbirth.In our Patreon segment, we look at the confusion about progesterone supplementation.Key highlights:Discussion on Laboring Down in BirthValue of Time and SupportPushing Techniques in Second Stage LaborResearch on Pushing Practices in LaborResearch, Academia, and VBAC TestimonialsEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastStu's shirt: Merch | BI Podcast (birthinginstinctspodcast.com)Book: The SabbathArticle: Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and BirthMaternal and Neonatal Outcomes With Early Compared With Delayed Pushing Among Nulliparous WomenInstagram: @drjoelgatorThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
3/6/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 16 seconds
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#350 A Sustainable Life & Natural Fertility with Aleks Evanguelidi

Old friend and midwife, Aleks Evanguelidi joins us to share her wisdom about healing our bodies naturally and restoring our innate bodily systems. As we swapped tales of unexpected birth work requests and the impact of dietary choices, Alex's holistic approach shines a light on the path to wellness. Her insights, grounded in her dual expertise, offers a refreshing perspective that stands in beautiful contrast to more traditional medical views on fertility and pregnancy health. We need to realign our priorities from the food and water we ingest to the habits we have formed to the craziness that surrounds us. Fertility isn't just a clinical concept—it's a tapestry woven from our lifestyles, from the sunlight we bathe in to the stress we release through laughter.Blyss & Dr. Stu also share some thoughts and frustrations with record keeping, both vital and medical. Key highlights:Nutrition and FertilityDiet and Health Awareness in AmericaFocusing on Preconception Health and WellnessVaccines, Gut Health, and AutismHashimoto's and Functional MedicineTrust Body's Fever Response, Avoid OverheatingChallenges in Women's Health Care Episode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastgapsdiet.comThe Weston A. Price Foundationhttps://www.aleksandraevanguelidi.com/ This show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month at thisisneeded.comBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Aleks Evanguelidi:website: aleksandraevanguelidi.comInstagram: @thevitalwomanConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
2/28/20241 hour, 33 minutes, 12 seconds
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#349 Home Birth with Type 1 Diabetes

Thinking out of the box and individualizing care should not be rare. Join our conversation as Blyss & Dr. Stu host midwife Lindsey Meehleis & Home Birth x 2, Diabetic Mom and Naturopathic Physician, Gina Cummins.We unfold the layers of managing diabetes during pregnancy, where technology and personal determination intersect to create successful birth stories at home. Hear firsthand from Gina about her experiences with blood sugar control during the intensity of childbirth and the crucial role of cortisol in this process. Lindsey provides a professional backdrop, highlighting the evolution of diabetes management tools and the power of informed collaboration between healthcare providers and mothers-to-be.Diabetes care and options have evolved much over the last 40 years. Have hospitals and doctors kept up?Key highlights:Diabetes, Pregnancy, and UltrasoundsHome Birth for Type 1 DiabeticNaturopathic Medicine and Diabetes PregnancyBlood Sugar Levels During Labor and BirthHeavy Metals and Health ImpactGestational Diabetes and Pregnancy SurveillanceEmpowering Women's Autonomy in Medical DecisionsEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastLindsey Meeheis’s Instagram: @lindseymeehleisGina Cummins Instagram: @drginacumminsThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month at thisisneeded.comBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
2/21/20241 hour, 35 minutes, 27 seconds
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#348 A Conversation with NAPRO Obstetrician Naomi Whittaker

Blyss is in a birth whirlwind and Dr. Stu shares some great breech stories. Dr. Stu is especially excited to talk with our guest, Dr. Whittaker, a NAPRO doctor specializing in the Creighton Method and restorative reproductive medicine. We have a fascinating conversation about her journey to understanding alternative ways of viewing the menstrual cycle, ovulation and fertility.About Dr. Naomi Whittaker:Dr. Naomi Whittaker is the founder of RRMAcademy.org and an OBGYN fertility surgeon focused on women's restorative reproductive medicine, compassionate healthcare, and education.Dr. Whittaker is a board certified OBGYN and a fellowship trained surgeon who specializes in the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and NaProTechnology, which works cooperatively with a woman's body to treat the underlying cause of gynecologic issues and infertility, such as endometriosis and PCOS.Dr. Whittaker helps women improve their gynecologic health, and avoid/achieve pregnancy in accordance with their natural fertility using the latest research, medicine, and surgery.Key highlights:Q&A and Positive Birth StoriesNaPro Technology ExplorationMedical School Experience and Lack of EmpathyExploring Menstrual Irregularities and Reproductive MedicineEffective Treatment Options for Female InfertilityEndometriosis and Its Impact on FertilityAlternative Approaches to Fertility TreatmentEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcastNaomi Whittaker’s website: naomiwhittaker.comInstagram: @napro_fertility_surgeonFearlessly Fertile PodcastYour Birth God's WayThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month at thisisneeded.comBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
2/14/20241 hour, 36 minutes, 23 seconds
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#347 Hospital as Savior

ACOG states the hospital is the safest place to give birth and many families are convinced the hospital saved their baby. Sometimes it is true. Today Blyss and Dr. Stu talk about that and why much of the time it may not be and about the shaping of those perceptions. ACOG is still pushing untested jabs in pregnancy and do pediatricians take bonuses to do the same? Blyss has a birth to share and Dr. Stu returns from teaching breech & twin skills in Florida.In 2015 the world was thrust into fear about the Zika Virus. In our Patreon segment Dr. Stu and Blyss discuss a chapter from the book "Crooked, Man Made Disease Explained" about the flawed science and thinking behind the paranoia.Key highlights:RSV Prevention and Vaccination ChallengesDebate on Vaccines and Medical AuthorityCord Prolapse and Fetal Monitoring MisconceptionsHospital Interventions and Risks in ChildbirthHome Birth vs Hospital BirthVaccine Safety and the Zika VirusToxins, Heavy Metals, and Vaccine SafetyEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! com/birthinginstinctspodcastAre COVID-19 Vaccine Babies Toddling and Babbling Normally?Occurrence of placental abruption in relativesBook: Crooked: Man-Made Disease Explained: The incredible story of metal, microbes, and medicine - hidden within our facesPodcast: The RetrievalsPodcast episode: Evidence Based Birth ep 298 - Overcoming Barriers to Breech Vaginal Birth with Dr. Emiliano Chavira, OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine SpecialistThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month at thisisneeded.comBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
2/7/20241 hour, 35 minutes, 40 seconds
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#346 The One Hour Prenatal Visit

Question: How do obstetricians do in 10 minutes what midwives do in an hour? Answer: They don't! Blyss and Dr. Stu discuss the differences in models and share what a midwife prenatal visit looks like. We unpack the intricate layers of birthing options, from the empowering choice of vaginal breech delivery to the complex dance between a midwife's guidance and the birthing individual's instinct. Together, we navigate the challenging terrain of advocating for personal birth plans amidst the machinery of hospital protocols, and celebrate the strength of those who pursue supportive birthing environments with midwives. ACOG is at it again and some doctors and moms are going rogue. The courage to question the status quo in medicine leads us to fresh perspectives on patient care, education, and the pursuit of alternatives that may redefine the future of reproductive health. Dr. Stu is on the road again teaching breech and twin skills while Blyss is home waiting on babies.Key highlights:HPV Vaccination Controversy and Alternative ApproachesPregnancy Symptoms, Supplements, Postpartum PlanPrenatal Visits and Midwifery PracticesManaging a Transverse Lie in LaborArm Presentation and Cesarean Section RiskEpisode resources:Join our Patreon! patreon.com/birthinginstinctspodcast. This week's extra bonus content: When a Cesarean Was Necesarean.This show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
1/31/20241 hour, 28 minutes, 58 seconds
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#345 Hard Truths About Placental Abruption

Today on the podcast, Blyss & Dr. Stu respond to fellow travelers' stories and take a hard look at a serious disorder.This episode is a deep exploration of the complex and often urgent medical scenarios that can arise during childbirth, such as placental abruption and uterine rupture. From understanding the different classifications of placental abruption to recognizing the symptoms, we shed light on the critical importance of swift medical attention for the safety of both mother and child. Blyss shares our Patreon vision and Dr. Stu revisits some information on the cervix.Key highlights:Routine Pelvic ExaminationsPlacental Abruption and Uterine Rupture RiskUnderstanding Placental Abruption, Its Risk Factors, and Its ClassificationsRecognizing and Managing Placental AbruptionPlacenta PreviaEpisode resources:Placental AbruptionRoutine Pelvic Examinations and the Ethics of ScreeningThe “30-minute rule” for expedited delivery: fact or fiction?This show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month at thisisneeded.comBIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
1/24/20241 hour, 19 minutes, 34 seconds
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#344 The Cervix May Be Insufficient But Incompetence Is Everywhere

Blyss is back to discuss all things cervix and the lack of reverence for the birth process while Dr. Stu shares some silly rules from around the world. We raise our voices against the defensive jargon and standardized procedures that fail to honor each woman's unique journey through pregnancy and birth. We wade through a mother's right to personalized care, and the undercurrents of regulation that shape midwifery. As we explore the wonders of the cervix, from its role in Pap smears to its remarkable capacity to evolve during pregnancy and birth, our awe for the female body grows.We introduce our new Patreon feature and respect for breech practitioners all.Key highlights:Midwives for Women's Health ExamsCervical Insufficiency Treatment Options and ConsiderationsCervix Issues and Premature Membrane RuptureThe Cervix and Labor ProgressionDownsides of Membrane SweepsUnderstanding Cervical Dilation and Labor ProgressEpisode resources:Article: Cerclage for the Management of Cervical InsufficiencyBook:The HPV Vaccine On Trial: Seeking Justice For A Generation BetrayedWebsite: informedpregnancy.com/heads-upBirthing Instincts Patreon: patreon.com/BirthingInstinctsPodcastThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
1/17/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 42 seconds
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#343 Fear is a Thief

We are re-releasing episode 261 and it is timely and ever-important! In this episode, Dr. Stu and Blyss take a glance into the past to inform the present. Dr. Stu reads a chapter about the history of whooping cough from a book he’s been reading titled, “Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and The Forgotten History”. Although the book was published 10 years ago, and its focus is historical, it offers lots of insight into the development, administration, and propaganda behind the world’s current most popular vaccine. This episode serves as a stark reminder that history repeats itself.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Differing perceptions of painComparing the covid and whooping cough vaccineDr. Stu reads an excerpt from “Dissolving Illusions”How the medical paradigm can create widespread cognitive dissonance Reasons not to trust organizations of authorityBooks, Studies & Quotes Referenced:Association Between Menstrual Cycle Length and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) VaccinationPatient Betrayal: The Corruption of Healthcare, Informed Consent and the Physician-Patient RelationshipThe Vaccine Schedule"Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines and Forgotten History" by Suzanne Humphries, MD & Roman BystrianykMotherhood deferred: U.S. median age for giving birth reaches 30“What I’ve Seen in the Last 2 Years Is Unprecedented': Physician on COVID Vaccine Side Effects on Pregnant Women”...Dr. James Thorp is an extensively published 68-year-old physician MD board-certified in obstetrics and gynecologyThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
1/10/20241 hour, 27 minutes, 45 seconds
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#342 Dr. Stu's End of the Year Leftovers

While Blyss is away, Dr Stu goes solo and shares some holiday leftovers from his mind attic. Twins, breech, artificial intelligence, and more interventions. What can we hope for and what can we avoid in 2024.Dr. Stu discusses the vital role of personal touch in childbirth and ponders the pushback received when challenging conventional medical narratives. He delves into the importance of hands-on expertise in birth settings, the challenges faced by aspiring home birth midwives, and the sometimes misplaced focus on potential problems in pregnancy.In a world where women's choices in childbirth are paramount, this episode underscores the pressing need for skilled providers to support vaginal breech births, a choice often denied in conventional hospital settings. The episode concludes with a focus on the significance of respecting patient preferences and the empowerment that comes from having genuine birth options. Tune in for a thought-provoking session that champions the human element in medicine and the birthing experience.Key highlights:Birthing Choices and Online OutrageRestrictions on Midwives and Home BirthsConcerns About Vaccines During PregnancyVaccines for InfantsMen's Fertility Vaginal Breech BirthEpisode resources:Book: The Moth in the Iron Lung: A Biography of PolioBook: Crooked: Man-Made Disease ExplainedDr. Peter McCullough: Infant Mortality Concern Emerges with Nirsevimab RSV Monoclonal Antibody Given to NewbornsArticle: “I had no choice”: A mixed-methods study on access to care for vaginal breech birthInstagram: @thegreenmidwifeInstagram: @james_the_midwifeThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
1/3/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 10 seconds
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#341 Overcoming Obstacles: A Twin Birth Story

With Blyss away, Dr. Stu has the good fortune to talk with twin parents, Anna & Jorge, and Midwife Nancy Pol about their journey with mono-di twins. Navigating the fear-filled medical system and traveling across state lines led them on another path to the birth they desired for their identical baby girls.Twin pregnancies often come with a cloud of uncertainty and fear, but this episode sheds light on their beautiful potential. We unveil enlightening insights from a study revealing positive twin home birth outcomes, pushing back against the stigma of high-risk labels. Hear firsthand from Anna and Jorge, whose story of facing the unknown with courage and navigating the healthcare system with tenacity, underscores the value of training in vaginal twin and breech delivery. Your stories, your feedback, and your dedication to exploring these vital issues fuel our continued commitment to bring these discussions to the forefront.Key highlights:Navigating Fear in Twin PregnancyMonitoring Twins and Financial IncentivesInductions and Obstetric CareTwin Birth Options and Alternative CarePositive Twin Home Birth with a MidwifeEpisode resources:Emergencemidwifery.com@emergence_midwiferyThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
12/27/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 59 seconds
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#340 Unraveling Genetic Screening

Understanding the different types of genetic screening can be confusing. Blyss and Dr. Stu try to make sense of this important topic. We catch up on Dr. Stu's appearance on the Daily Show, and Blyss makes a rookie mistake.We also highlight the unpredictable nature of birth and the necessity of surrendering to the process. Sharing a birth experience, we underscore the importance of preparedness and letting go of the idea of being in control. A listener's letter sheds light on the need for more understanding and support for mothers during the postpartum period. We discuss women's expectations during childbirth and the dire need for improved care and support from the medical system. We address the importance of genetic testing for carrier screening and the potential ramifications of expanding government-run healthcare.Our conversation further delves into the importance of men's fertility in conception and healthy pregnancies, sharing insights from a listener’s NIPT test. We stress the importance of women advocating for themselves and trusting their gut when it comes to their pregnancy and birth choices. Key highlights:Government Control of Home BirthsExpectations and Lessons from Birth ExperiencesHome Birth and Genetic Screening Carrier Screening for Genetic ConditionsFalse Positive Rates and NIPT TestingEpisode resources:Video: Michelle Wolf Unpacks the Business of Childbirth | The Daily ShowVideo: Dr. Stuart Fischbein - “Birthing Instincts” and Trusting Nature in Childbirth | The Daily ShowACOG Article: Carrier Screening for Genetic ConditionsThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
12/20/20231 hour, 36 minutes, 13 seconds
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#339 Early Pregnancy Loss

After a family weekend, Dr. Stu drives up to Santa Barbara for an in-person visit with Blyss. We catch up on smiles and laughter before exploring the sadness that is early pregnancy loss and what you should know.We explore the profound impact this unfortunate event has on women, and discuss the power of language in shaping perspectives and fostering empowerment.We cover critical topics such as the safety of Tamiflu for expecting mothers, and we also grapple with the concept of "common good" in a world where personal freedoms are frequently challenged. Together, we break down the barriers of the healthcare system, shedding light on the importance of aligning birth preferences with the right medical partner.We later delve into the sensitive topic of early pregnancy loss. Amid the hard-hitting realities, we remind ourselves of the importance of presenting women with choices, promoting honesty in healthcare, and advocating against unnecessary interventions. Guiding you through this complex maze, our aim is to leave you feeling informed, empowered, and most importantly, heard.Key highlights:Early Pregnancy LossTamiflu, Coercion, and Medical ConcernsPrenatal Care and Hospital OptionsEctopic Pregnancy and Management OptionsWomen's Choices in Miscarriage ManagementEpisode resources:Peter McCulloush’s Instagram: @petermcculloughmdACOG Article: Early Pregnancy LossTamiflu InsertThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
12/13/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 49 seconds
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#338 Breech Birth Finally Explained

Listener questions on breech prompted Blyss & Dr. Stu to discuss one of our favorite topics in detail. Vaccine hesitancy is on the rise. Experts still wonder why. We share what we are thankful for as the holidays are just around the corner.Ever wondered why breech birth is widely feared and misunderstood? We unravel the complexities around breech birth, exploring safety measures, the undeniable significance of informed consent, and the startling risks of epidurals.We tackle the sensitive issue of drug testing for expectant women and its potential implications. Addressing the escalating trend of drug testing for mothers and their newborns, we issue a warning about the likelihood of false positives leading to discrimination and criminalization. We take a closer look at a recent study on the impact of fentanyl in epidurals on newborns and how this influences the interpretation of drug test results. Join us on this enlightening journey as we traverse the labyrinth of childbirth, breech births, and so much more. You won't want to miss this!Key highlights:Risks of Flu, COVID, and VaccinationRisks and Outcomes of Breech BirthsACOG Guidelines for Vaginal Breech DeliverySupporting Breech DeliveriesBreech Baby Turning and Birth OptionsEpisode resources:Article: As the number of vaccines for pregnant women rises, so does vaccine hesitancyArticle: Breech birth at home: outcomes of 60 breech and 109 cephalic planned home and birth center birthsArticle: Management of Breech PresentationWebsite: Breech Without BordersBreech conference: Heads Up! Breech ConferenceThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
12/6/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 24 seconds
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#337 Labor is Not a Toothache

We give some theory and new science on epidurals. These are things you ought to know. Blyss tells a tale of two births while Dr. Stu spreads real information around the globe.First up, we reflect on our recent webinar on home birth hesitancy, discussing fear-inducing tactics used by the medical industry. We question scientific experiments and discuss gaslighting around polio.We then share powerful birth stories and address the challenges faced while navigating the medical model of birth. We underline the unpredictability of birth and the pivotal role of doulas. We also examine the motives of the pharmaceutical industry, especially concerning misinformation about birth control, and question the possible link between the approval of vaccines for pregnant women and the surge in infant mortality rates. Finally, we scrutinize the use of epidurals in childbirth and their impact on labor, portraying the contrasting rates of epidural use across various countries and hospitals. We explain that labor pain serves a purpose and is not merely a negative experience.Key highlights:Advocacy for Natural DeliveryBirth Control MisinformationHospital Birth Experience and ConcernsThe Impact of Epidurals on Labor and BabyEpidural RisksEpisode resources:Birthing Instincts - Episode 190: Epidurals Are Not Candy!Article: U.S. Infant Mortality Rates Rise for First Time in 2 DecadesThe Bridge Midwives: Skye’s songThe Holistic OBGYN Podcast: Dr. Victoria Flores' Unconventional Journey in Medicine and Midwifery Moms Off The Record Podcast: Informed Consent and Thinking Critically about Pharma & Vaccines with Just The InsertsThe Spillover with Alex Clark Podcast: “The Ultimate Home Birth Episode: Breech, VBAC, Twins & More!” - Dr. Stu Fischbein, MDYouTube video: “The Ultimate Home Birth Episode: Breech, VBAC, Twins & More!” Dr. Stu Fischbein, MD | The SpilloverThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
11/29/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 28 seconds
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#336 Support & Sanctity of the Birth Space

British osteopath, Doula & Birth Mentor, Shellie Poulter shares her insight and experience with coercion in the birth space and solutions for its betterment. We discuss how mistreatment in the hospital system is not limited to patients and families. A jet-lagged Dr. Stu shares the tale of his time teaching in the U.K. while Blyss dealt with a tough birthing situation. It's an open dialogue where no topic is off-limits. We dive headfirst into the harsh reality of coercion in healthcare and its uncanny resemblance to abusive behavior. As we navigate the underbelly of medicine, we also explore the fascinating world of the polyvagal theory, shedding light on how medical professional's behavior can be influenced by their stress responses. We also discuss the cold indifference many pregnant women face from their healthcare providers. From nutrition during pregnancy to the intrusive nature of hospital interference in physiologic birth, we guide you through an enlightening narrative that emphasizes the importance of reform in birthing practices.Key highlights:Complications and Support During BirthNavigating Vaginal Bleeding and Birth ChoicesCoercion and Lack in Medical CarePolyvagal Theory and Medical Treatment DynamicsTrauma and the Birth ExperiencePregnancy NutritionPhysiologic Birth and Hospital InterferenceAbusive Practices in Hospital Settings Episode resources:Article: Birth Space – Supportive or Coercive? By Shellie PoulterAbout Shellie Poulter:Shellie trained in Osteopathic and Naturopathic medicine in 2005 and has been working as a doula and cranio-sacral therapist, mentor and lecturer for 17 years. She teaches birthing biomechanics and trauma informed, non-violent communication courses as well as holding monthly Bitesize Birth lectures and safe discussion spaces for birth workers.Connect with Shellie Poulter:Instagram: @theserenitydoulawebsite www.theserenitydoula.co.ukThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
11/22/20231 hour, 48 minutes, 23 seconds
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#335 Faith Filled Birth: An interview with Tara Menzies

While Dr Stu is teaching and playing abroad, Blyss sits with Tara, founder and voice of the Christian Hypnobirthing movement, to discuss her personal birth stories and how these experiences, her faith, tenacity, and curiosity led her to creating this popular app that tens of thousands of women have used to support their birth journeys. Tara's app seamlessly blends traditional hypnobirthing techniques with elements of Christian spirituality and has been a beacon of peace and comfort for expectant mothers globally.Tara and Blyss journey through a myriad of topics - from the power and spirituality of childbirth, the impact of the physical and cultural environment of a hospital on the birthing experience, to the complexities of faith and spirituality. Tara's candid exploration of her return to Christianity, the transformative power of prayer, and the universal message of love that lies at the heart of her faith is nothing short of awe-inspiring. This conversation serves as a reminder of the profound connections, love, and spirituality that can be experienced through childbirth.Key highlights:Hypnobirthing and Faith-Filled ChildbirthHypnoBirthing App and Its ImpactBirth Experiences and PerspectivesChildbirth Environment and Religious PerspectivesDiscovering Personal Faith and SpiritualityEpisode resources:Christian Hypnobirthing app: christianhypnobirthing.comFaith-Filled Childbirth Course: christianhypnobirthing.mykajabi.comPrivate Christian Hypnobirthing CommunitySign up for our mailing list for a FREE downloadable of 12 Scriptures for Faith-Filled BirthProfessor Hannah Dahlen's study on inductionAbout Tara Menzies:Tara Menzies is the creator of the Christian Hypnobirthing app and the Faith-Filled Childbirth Course. She created the app in early 2018 after the birth of her first son, because she wanted to combine traditional hypnobirthing techniques (breathing and visualisation exercises, positive affirmations etc) with the incredible love, strength and support that come from our Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit, to help expecting mamas feel confident relaxed and connected to God throughout their births. The Christian Hypnobirthing app has since become one of the most highly rated hypnobirthing apps worldwide, and has helped tens of thousands of women have more relaxed, confident and faith-filled birth experiences.Connect with Tara Menzies:Instagram: @christianhypnobirthingFacebook: facebook.com/ChristianHypnobirthingThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
11/15/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 44 seconds
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#334 Transcending the Surface, the Benefits of Meditation

Dr. Stu checks in with Blyss from teaching and enjoying Ireland and they are joined by Vedic Meditation Teacher, Doula and Mom, Patti Quintero to discuss the great necessity of mind and soul maintenance and the expansion of self in a world of stress.We traverse the globe from Ireland to New York, then Los Angeles, discussing cultural nuances around birth choices and the shockingly high C-section and intervention rates in different countries.Our guest Patti explores the power of expanded consciousness beyond thoughts and how this practice can improve our lives. We delve into the profound effects meditation can have on parenting, helping us transition to motherhood, manage stress, reduce inflammation, and cultivate a wider range of perception. We conclude with an introspective look at the concept of premature cognitive commitments and how past experiences influence our present behavior. Tune in for an enlightening ride through birth choices, meditation, prenatal yoga, and more.Key highlights:Benefits of Meditation for BirthExploring Meditation and ConsciousnessVedic Meditation and Its BenefitsExpanding Consciousness Beyond ThoughtsMeditation's Power for Parenting and LifeEpisode resources:Umamother.comAbout Patti Quintero:Patti Quintero is a mother of two, a birth doula, a global educator of Yoga for over 20 years and a Vedic Meditation teacher.She is the founder of UMA MOTHER whose focus is on elevating & expanding mother’s consciousness through Meditation, Yoga, Community and Education via her UMA class app, workshops and retreats.Uma Mother was born through Patti’s personal journey through pregnancy into motherhood. These essential practices that nurture presence, vitality, adaptability and access to a source of inner guidance, became an invaluable foundation. Since then she has curated pre&postnatal yoga trainings in both english and spanish, worked as a doula and child birth educator, spearheaded philanthropic projects for underserved mothers, and served as a community leader to hundreds over the years.Full bio: umamother.com/aboutThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
11/8/20231 hour, 46 minutes, 6 seconds
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#333 "Erring on the Side of Caution" - Trick or Treat?

In their somewhat erratic Halloween tradition, Blyss & Dr. Stu share some scary stories and a lot of dumb doctor dogma. We also introduce our upcoming Webinar, "Bringing The Homebirth Hesitant on Board" debuting in November. This episode brings to light the complex connections between nature, healthcare, and risk assessment. We reflect on how our understanding of nature is reflected in our treatment of healthcare, and the importance of considering risks when making decisions. We also navigate through some controversial medical topics and Q&A sessions, exploring the implications of medical interventions and the potential risks associated with them.Key highlights:Lack of Trust in Health AgenciesControversial Medical Topics and Q&ABaby's Renal Pelvis ConcernsIssues With Medical Protocols and PoliciesMonitoring Jaundice in Home BirthsMedical Intervention DangersFinding Confidence in Listening to IntuitionEpisode resources:Video: Twin Placenta Tour w/ Emergence MidwiferyThe Sharyl Attkisson Podcast ep. 199 - Spoiler Alert: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.The Sharyl Attkisson Podcast ep. 197 - Can Mammograms Cause Cancer?Phototherapy Threshold GraphsThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] line: 805-399-0439Podcast webpage: birthinginstinctspodcast.com
11/1/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 5 seconds
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#332 Influenza & Pregnancy, Data vs. Dogma

Autumn is here and beside the display of nature's splendor comes the inevitable cold and flu season with all it's precautions and warnings. Blyss & Dr. Stu refuse to blindly accept the standard recommendations offered by organized medicine. Together they dive into what is known about influenza in pregnancy and share their wisdom and typically strong opinions.In this episode, Dr. Stu and Blyss explore the power of advocacy during pregnancy and birth. They explore the pros and cons of the RhoGAM shot during pregnancy, discuss intermittent fetal monitoring during labor, and the topic of delaying the standard shot of Pitocin after delivery. This chat is punctuated by a journey back in time to the complex history of midwifery and medicine, the shift from apprenticeship to professional schooling, and the upcoming challenges if this trend continues.Key highlights:Influenza in PregnancyEmpowering Advocacy in Pregnancy and BirthApprenticeship in Midwifery and MedicineVaccination and COVID-19 During PregnancyRisks of Flu Vaccination in PregnancyControversy Surrounding Vaccinations in PregnancyEpisode resources:Fluzone package insert: https://www.fda.gov/media/170019/download?attachmentPregnancy as a risk factor for severe outcomes from influenza virus infection: A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studiesCDC: Cold vs. FluCDC: Vaccines and Pregnancy: 9 Things You Need to KnowArticle: Assessment and Treatment of Pregnant Women With Suspected or Confirmed InfluenzaBlyss’ instagram post on c-sectionsThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439
10/25/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 6 seconds
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#331 Who Owns the Word "Midwife"?

Today we have as our guest spiritual midwife, Anna Lundqvist, who chose defiance and de-registering rather than submit to the bloody shit show that is the increasingly regulated and medicalized world of midwifery. Her story and wisdom are compelling. Blyss launches The Bridge Midwives and Dr. Stu speaks out on some new platforms.This conversation aims to strip back the layers to reveal the influences of patriarchy and the church on midwifery and women's rights. We'll navigate through riveting historical narratives involving the rise of the barber surgeon and the man midwife. We'll also delve into a comparison of evidence-based practices in Sweden and the autonomy (or lack thereof) for Australian midwives.We take a deep dive into the power and history of midwifery, including the haunting past of witches and midwives who faced persecution for their healing practices. This episode promises to unravel the relevance of this history, and how it illuminates the marginalization of women. Our hope is to leave you inspired and enlightened, with an expanded perspective on birthing experiences.Key highlights:Understanding Motivations and Traditions in ChildbirthMidwives, Witches, and Women's RightsRole of Healthcare Professionals in BirthMen's FertilityTraditional MidwiferyThe Impact of Cesarean Section RatesEpisode resources:THE MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT GREED, LIES & ABUSE START WITH PREGNANT WOMEN | Counter Narrative Ep. 122Book: Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers (Contemporary Classics)To learn more about Blyss’ new project, donate and join in to get all the updates:Website: bridgemidwives.comInstagram: @thebridgemidwivesThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Anna:Instagram: @thespiritualmidwitchWebsite: thenaturalbirthcourse.comConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439
10/18/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 25 seconds
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#330 The Time To End The Emphasis On Due Dates Is Overdue

In today's episode, we discuss the origins and question the usefulness of estimated due dates. Blyss gets back to birthing and Dr. Stu is gaining media exposure to spread the word. Digging a deeper hole of mistrust, ACOG unequivocally supports the RSV vaccine for pregnant women. Once again, the math and ethics do not line up for them.We question ACOG's support for this barely tested vaccine and the potential risk it poses. The hypocrisy of medical professionals blaming midwives for problems caused by their own practices also comes under scrutiny. Plus, we also shed light on the dangers of due dates inaccurately assigned to pregnant women, especially for those with diabetes.Finally, we challenge the medical model of due dates, discussing the history of the calculation and the accuracy of ultrasound in determining gestational age. This discussion also revolves around individualizing care for the pregnant woman when determining the due date and the importance of avoiding unnecessary medical interventions. Don't miss out on this thought-provoking episode filled with insights, debates, and the joy of birth.Key highlights:RSV Vaccine Risks and Benefits DebateDebunking the Medical Model of Due DatesUltrasound's Accuracy in Estimating Gestational AgeChallenging the Concept of Due DatesDifference in Pregnancy Lengths TheoryEpisode resources:Book: Holistic Midwifery: A Comprehensive Textbook for Midwives in Homebirth Practice, Vol. 1: Care During PregnancyArticle: Pfizer's RSV Vaccine Math: Kill 4,000 Newborns to Save 300 from RSVArticle: HypoglycemiaPregnancy Due Date and Gestational Age CalculatorThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439
10/11/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Remembering: Debut Episode of At Her Feet

Unearth the rich and mesmerizing traditions of midwifery as Blyss announces her new podcast, At Her Feet, with her co host Lindsey. This episode is a homage to midwives across the globe, their vibrant cultures, and the pivotal role they play in the birthing process. Settle in as Blyss and Lindsey share their journey from a transformative retreat in Mexico to the profound wisdom passed down by our ancestors.Blyss and Lindsey explore the historical influence of midwifery across various cultures. Their travels to India, Bali, and Mexico have shown them the global lack of midwives and the urgent need for proper training and resources to reduce maternal and child deaths. They illuminate the impacts of modern medicine on traditional midwifery and the perpetual importance of preserving this age-old wisdom. Tune in as Blyss and Lindsey voice their passion for midwifery and our endeavor to keep these sacred traditions alive.Episode resources:Book: Immaculate Deception: A New Look at Women and Childbirth in AmericaKey highlights:Introducing the Bridge Midwives ProjectIntroducing At Her FeetThe Magical Ice Bath ExperienceDiscovering Grandmother Wisdom and Traditional MidwiferyExploring Midwifery and Traditional Birth PracticesThe Influence of Culture on MidwiferyConnect with Lindsey:Website: theremembering.coConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439
10/6/202358 minutes, 18 seconds
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#329 The Common Denominator is Isolation

Postpartum mental health is the focus of today’s podcast with guest, Cynthia Overgard of the Down to Birth podcast. We dive into this often-overlooked topic and the importance of a strong support system. Dr. Stu returns from teaching in Wisconsin and Blyss is back home on birth watch.This critical conversation with Cynthia takes us inside the escalating complications in hospital births. From dissecting the potential reasons behind these increasing complications to taking a hard look at the role of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cynthia brings an enlightening perspective to these important maternal health issues. This dialogue doesn’t shy away from examining the shifting trends in high-quality care, bringing you comprehensive insights into the sphere of maternal health.About Cynthia Overgard:Cynthia Overgard is the producer of Down to Birth Show, a weekly podcast she co-hosts with CNM Trisha Ludwig. Cynthia is a published writer in the field of maternal health, and has taught HypnoBirthing to more than 2,000 couples in the past 16 years. Cynthia is trained in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International and has run a weekly postpartum support group since 2015. She has an undergraduate degree in Sociology and an MBA in Finance. Cynthia continues to teach HypnoBirthing classes to couples globally.Connect with Cynthia:Website: HypnoBirthingCT.comInstagram: @downtobirthshowEmail: [email protected] highlights:Increasing Complications in Hospital BirthsUnderstanding Postpartum Depression and SupportRisk Factors for Postpartum DepressionIsolation's Impact on Postpartum Mental HealthMen's Mental Health During PregnancyPostpartum Anxiety and PsychosisSupport and Strategies for Postpartum WellbeingThe Power of Love and ConnectionThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439
10/4/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 21 seconds
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#328 Dear Hospitals, When We Need You, Where Are You?

Working for women and not the law, traditional midwife, Rebecca Walker joins the show to discuss birthing in a maternity care desert. Dr. Stu reviews hospital rankings with suspicion and Blyss reads an impassioned letter from a Scottish doula in despair.This episode uncovers the harsh realities faced by women in rural areas seeking maternity care. Dr. Stu, Blyss, and Rebecca dissect hospital policies that deny care during birth, discuss the disturbing rise of forced C-sections, and debate the legal status of traditional midwifery. With the dire need for more midwives ringing loud and clear, this episode pushes us to think about the intricacies of maternity care and the struggles endured by women in their quest for a safe and empowering birth experience.Key highlights:Influencers and the Reality of InstagramDoulas During the PandemicMaternity Care and the Need for MidwivesHospital Refusal of Care During BirthLegal Status of Traditional MidwiferyProblems With Forced C-SectionsChallenges and Controversies in ObstetricsComparing Hospital Rankings and Midwife StatisticsEpisode resources:Article: Why I Am Taking a BreakArticle: Best Hospitals for Obstetrics & GynecologyWebsite: orgThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at com.BIRTHFIT | Go to com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] line: 805-399-0439
9/27/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 22 seconds
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#327 Interesting Stuff about Fibroids

On short notice, Blyss gives Dr. Stu a request for a deep dive into the common finding of uterine fibroids. Listener questions and common doctor recommendations are addressed. Whether pregnant or not, many women will be confronted with this diagnosis. Symptoms, treatment, outcomes, and options are all discussed in today's episode. The data may surprise you.Dr. Stu and Blyss delve into the treatment options for fibroids, emphasizing the importance of patient-specific strategies and shared decision-making. They then discuss the potential effects of uterine fibroids on pregnancy outcomes. This includes exploring the theories behind the pain associated with red degeneration and the effects of fibroids on pregnancy outcomes. Finally, they examine the data from recent studies comparing the risk of conditions like postpartum hemorrhage, retained placenta, and uterine rupture in women with fibroids to that of control subjects. Tune in for this comprehensive session on fibroids, pregnancy, and birth choices.Key highlights:Fibroids' Impact on PregnancyMyomectomy and Vaginal Delivery ConsiderationsRacial Disparities in Fibroid TreatmentTreatment Options for FibroidsUterine Fibroids and Pregnancy OutcomesUterine Rupture Risks After MyomectomyEpisode resources:Article: Management of Symptomatic Uterine LeiomyomasArticle: Contemporary Management of Fibroids in PregnancyArticle: Trial of labor after myomectomy and uterine rupture: a systematic reviewThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439
9/20/20231 hour, 32 minutes, 5 seconds
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#326 Do Current Medical Guidelines Make Us Safer?

By almost any parameter of general health we are a sicker society than we were 50 years ago. Models of wellness abound yet we are still told to follow only some science. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in pregnancy. Blyss & Dr. Stu share their recent "rememberings" from traveling to visit a nurturing community of birth workers and the positive experiences of listeners. Then we look at some medical dictates which Blyss sees as irresponsible and which infuriate Dr. Stu. The contrast is revealing and people are waking up.In this episode, Dr. Stu and Blyss explore the complexities of maternity care and trusting one's intuition amidst challenging situations. Drawing on a follower's experience, they underscore the importance of validating intuition and making informed decisions based on evidence, common sense, and personal experiences. Further, they scrutinize the increasing rates of birth interventions and their negative impacts, prompting a reflection on current practices and the need for safer environments for childbirth. Key highlights:Midwifery Conference HighlightsMaternity Care Challenges and Trusting IntuitionIncreasing Rates of Birth Interventions and the Negative ImpactsACOG's Support for Vaccinations in PregnancyVaccine Safety and Mandates in PregnancyEpisode resources:naturalbirthathome.comCarolinabirthjunkies.comBook: Immaculate DeceptionArticle: The Rapid Decline of Birth RatesThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] line: 805-399-0439
9/13/20231 hour, 27 minutes, 27 seconds
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#325 A Walk Through History with Farm OG Midwife, Pamela Hunt

Still riding the high of the Louisville conference, Blyss & Dr. Stu take a drive back in time to the Farm in Tennessee. With Buffalo Springfield on the radio and Dr. Stu in awe of the surroundings, the midwives tell Blyss an emotional tale of The Farm's past and future.They explore the complexities of Tennessee's midwife law, the critical role of licensure, and the essential need for collaboration with doctors. Above all, these midwives emphasize the importance of client autonomy, the value of face-to-face communication, and the power of storytelling in sharing wisdom. In the end, Dr. Stu and Blyss were left with a profound appreciation for their dedication to the art of midwifery, and believe you will be too, as you listen to their shared wisdom and experience.Key highlights:Journey Towards Becoming a MidwifeBuilding A Community Without Electricity and WaterEmergency Childbirth TrainingThe Beginnings of Midwifery ServicesLow C-Section Rates in MidwiferyTransition From Nursing to MidwiferyComparison of Licensed and Traditional MidwivesTrusting Birthing Community MagicEpisode resources:Book: Spiritual MidwiferyThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439
9/6/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 53 seconds
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#324 A Gathering of Birth Nerds

The normalization of breech and twin birthing and the skills to make that happen were the reason the birth community came together in Louisville, KY for four days in September. Blyss & Dr. Stu share the stories and memories from a weekend of learning and bonding. We are stronger as a community united.You'll discover how the positioning of a baby's arms affects their rotation during breech birth, and the essential factors to monitor during delivery - the color, tone, capillary filling, and cord of the baby. Blyss and Dr. Stu discuss the intricacies of twin pregnancies and the complications that may arise, including twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). They also cover the importance of understanding when to intervene. Despite the often challenging and complex nature of these discussions, the underlying message is one of empowerment, education, and encouragement. So join in as we navigate these fascinating topics, challenge conventional wisdom, and celebrate the miracle of birth.Key highlights:Obstetric Training and Flexible Delivery MethodsBreech Babies and Shocking Numerical FindingsDoctor Issues With Twin BirthingPregnancy Complications and Ultrasound TechnologyHistorical Significance of Fetal Heart TonesBurden of Proof in Medical InterventionsShoulder Dystocia During ChildbirthEpisode resources:Twin Breech conference: belovedholistics.com/conferenceThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439
8/30/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 16 seconds
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#323 Nothing About Shoulder Dystocia is Predictable

Blyss is soaking up Sedona while Dr. Stu has the privilege of teaching breech to doctors in Chicago. Today's topic by popular request is shoulder dystocia, sharing truth, and dispelling fear. There are no signs and no way to prevent the condition, so why all the interventions?Get ready to uncover the truth about birth options and practices when it comes to shoulder dystocia. Blyss and Dr. Stu unravel the myths surrounding shoulder dystocia and share first-hand experiences, with a focus on various maneuvers that can be lifesaving in these situations.Key highlights:VBAC Ban Lifted in Santa BarbaraShoulder Dystocia, Myths, and ManeuversUnderstanding Shoulder Dystocia and Risk FactorsObstetrician and Midwife TrainingShoulder Dystocia Delivery Complications and ConcernsShoulder Dystocia and Trusting Birth AdviceEpisode resources:Article: Cleveland Clinic: Shoulder Dystocia Article: ACOG: Shoulder DystociaThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] line: 805-399-0439
8/23/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 19 seconds
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#322 An Ectopic Podcast on Ectopic Pregnancy

Today, Blyss & Dr. Stu define "ectopic" and discuss ectopic pregnancy and share their ectopic thoughts on that. The medicalized birth system continues to alienate us and positive breech stories enlighten us. Dr. Stu shares stories from his childhood home and Blyss finds a gem in hers.In this episode, Dr. Stu and Blyss cover the risk factors of ectopic pregnancies, the paramount importance of differential diagnosis, and the range of treatments available. They shed light on some personal experiences, including one involving an abnormal Doppler reading at a 35-week pregnancy, and the implications of inducing at 37 weeks. Through their words, they hope to inspire a sense of wonder about the marvel that is God's design, challenging the egotism of the human race.Has our society become too risk averse? With compelling statistics about the rate of women being induced, Dr. Stu and Blyss spark your curiosity to ponder over this crucial question. Tune in for more!Key highlights:Birth Conversations and Minnesota MemoriesUltrasounds and Ectopic Pregnancies ConcernsInducing at 37 Weeks ControversyFuture Reflections and Contemplating ChangePositive Breech Birth StoriesEctopic Pregnancy Risk FactorsUnderstanding and Treating Ectopic PregnanciesEpisode resources:Article: Cleveland Clinic: Ectopic PregnancyArticle: NIH: Recurrent Ectopic Pregnancy: Current PerspectivesArticle: ACOG: Tubal Ectopic PregnancyBook: Holistic Midwifery: A Comprehensive Textbook for Midwives in Homebirth PracticeThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] line: 805-399-0439
8/16/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 16 seconds
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#321 What Happened to the Precautionary Principle?

Protection from untested interventions has long been the basis for ethical decisions in medicine and especially pregnancy. So what happened? Blyss & Dr. Stu discuss the wisdom of Naturopathy and the attack on longstanding principles and wisdom from many fronts. ACOG changes ethics and the Arrive Trial isn't all that we were sold.In this episode, Dr. Stu and Blyss cover the ACOG Committee Statement No. 6: Ethical Considerations for the Delivery of Obstetric and Gynecologic Care During a Pandemic.They scrutinize the risks associated with untested products for pregnant and breastfeeding women, the ethics of using such products, and heartrending news of sudden cardiac events in young people. The ebbs and flows of this conversation lead to the significance of finding a healthcare provider that resonates with your beliefs.Key highlights:Vaccines, Child Visits, and Medical EthicsCorruption in the Medical WorldNature's Importance and Preventive ActionsEthics and Vaccination in a PandemicThe ARRIVE Trial's Impact on Induction RatesEpisode resources:Ethical Considerations for the Delivery of Obstetric and Gynecologic Care During a PandemicEffects of the ARRIVE Trial on Elective Induction and Obstetric Outcomes in Term Nulliparous PatientsThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439
8/9/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 42 seconds
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#320 The Ripples are Spreading

Dr. Stu had eye surgery, again, this week and celebrated his birthday by recording with the Whimsical Blyss. So with little prep time, we gratefully explore the knowledge of our beloved fellow travelers in letters you have written to us.Through your letters, we've gained valuable insight into your experiences and queries, and together, we tackle them head-on. We explore hot topics in the birthing world, such as breech birth, twin birth, low platelets, and more. These discussions highlight the necessity of informed consent, the power of asking questions when certain decisions don't sit well with you, and the importance of trusting your instincts. So, if you’re pregnant, contemplating pregnancy, or just interested in the birthing world, this episode is rich with insights that challenge conventional wisdom and inspire informed decision-making.Key highlights:Birthday Celebrations and Listener LettersBreech Birth and Vaginal Delivery OptionsMidwifery Care for Mono-Di TwinsChallenges and Controversies of Hospital BirthHospital Births and Platelet Monitoring DebatePositive Hospital ExperiencesThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439
8/2/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 52 seconds
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#319 The Downsides of Cesarean Section

We are often told by our doctors why we need a cesarean and how routine they are. But there are a lot of reasons to be wary. Today, Blyss & Dr. Stu discuss what you should know to help make that informed decision and then break down a popular YouTube podcast.Prepare to be enlightened as they unravel the intricate truth of cesarean sections – the most common surgical procedure in the US, and yet, one fraught with overlooked risks and consequences. Unleash your curiosity as we dissect the power of informed consent, the seriousness of risks linked to cesarean sections, and the importance of effective communication in the doctor-patient relationship. The conversation takes a deeper turn as Dr. Stu and Blyss disclose alarming insights about the potential risks of not having a vaginal delivery. The factors discussed range from the baby missing out on exposure to natural bacteria that aids immunity, to an increased likelihood of allergy, asthma, autism, and ADHD. Our exploration of the Amish population, their low rates of chronic disease and autism, and their preference for vaginal deliveries will definitely make you rethink conventional childbirth procedures.Wrapping up, they bring to light the grim reality associated with cesarean sections - the five times higher maternal mortality rate and the increased risk of abnormal placentation. Brace yourselves as we challenge the status quo and question the influence of litigation and politics on medical practices. By the end of the episode, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of the complexities surrounding childbirth and the potential downsides of cesarean sections. Listen in as Dr. Stu and Blyss transform your perspective on childbirth and equip you with knowledge to prepare you to be your own advocate to get the birth you want. Key highlights:How Covid lockdowns failed usAction bias and why doctors feel they have to intervene Most people don't know their birth story, so does your birth story matter? Effects of c-section on the babyExploring the downsides of cesarean SectionsRisks and procedures of cesarean sectionConsequences of cesarean section delivery for both mother and babyEpisode resources:@katythedoula on InstagramYouTube video: Change in birth plan, considering a C-section & revealing our secretYouTube video: Mom Postnatals - You Are AmazingThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com.BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439
7/26/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 42 seconds
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#318 Your Cholestasis Questions Answered…Finally!

Join us as we celebrate the arrival of Stu’s first grandchild, and finally cover a topic that has been highly requested: cholestasis. This is a lesser-known health issue that affects a significant number of pregnant women and usually results in interventions once it is discovered. You'll walk away from this episode with a deeper understanding of cholestasis - from its potential treatments, its impact on the liver, and whether or not it is as scary as it is sometimes portrayed.We dissect the risks and benefits of various treatments for cholestasis, alongside a poignant story from a listener who was diagnosed with this condition. We don't shy away from examining the harsh realities, but also shed light on the real facts of what different bile levels mean and their corresponding risks. We further delve into the medical model of treating cholestasis, highlighting the need for an individualized approach that takes into account the woman's unique experience and not just the medical perspective.Not only do we discuss cholestasis, but we also tackle topics like the potential risks of placental pathology and the controversy surrounding forceps usage in childbirth. We pull back the curtain on the medical world, questioning the incentives behind the non-disclosure of placental pathology by hospitals, and revisiting the debate on the induction of labor. This episode is packed with valuable insights, personal stories, and expert advice - an invaluable resource for anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of cholestasis and its management during pregnancy. Tune in and let's grow together!The Biology of Aging and FertilitySensitivity of Hands and FeetReevaluating Induction Practices in ObstetricsCholestasis in Pregnancy and Risk FactorsPreeclampsia Risk in ICP PatientsAntepartum Testing in Intrahepatic CholestasisLikelihood of ICP RecurrenceObstetricians' Approach to Risk and IndividualityRespiratory Distress Syndrome in Cholestatic PregnanciesEpisode resources:Statistics: Risk of Stillbirth with Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy: What do Bile Acid Concentrations Tell Us?This show is supported by:LMNT | Go to com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at com.BIRTHFIT | Go to com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] line: 805-399-0439
7/19/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 46 seconds
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#317 The Seduction of Induction

Medical induction of labor continues to rise. Most OBs will want to induce all of you. Does this make sense? No! Blyss & Dr. Stu explain. Blyss hangs with her boys & Dr. Stu becomes a grandpa.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:The alarming rise in induction ratesDepersonalization of birth & the risks of a non-individualized approachMethods and risks of Induction: pitocin, water breaking, and downsidesQuestioning the “risk factors” for inductionDiminishing sacred moments & how medical management impacts embracing childbirthThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com. BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Resources:Induction of Labor, ACOGLabor Induction, ACOGTrends in Labor Induction in the United StatesSedation in Early LaborAntenatal Uterotonics as a Risk Factor for Intrapartum StillbirthConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
7/12/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 57 seconds
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#316 Reclaiming Birth with Dr. Sara Wickham

On the Summer Solstice, Dr. Sara Wickham, author and researcher, joins the podcast to share her wisdom. Dr. Stu and Dr. Sara talk about the meaning of risk and prevention and the risk of prevention as it pertains to some very relevant topics: BMI, "Needing" a cesarean, Pitocin & Vitamin K. She is a treasure trove of knowledge.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Historical roots of medical practices and their impact on the presentShifting language of risk: Embracing "chance" in maternity careExploring fear-driven reliance on interventions in childbirthProblematic history of BMIQuestioning Vitamin K: Interfering with newborns' natural processesThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com. BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Sara:Instagram: @drsarawickham Website: www.sarawickham.comArticle: Five questions to ask if you’re offered induction of labourSara’s Book: What's Right For Me?: Making decisions in pregnancy and childbirthReferenced book: ClosureConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
7/5/20231 hour, 33 minutes, 19 seconds
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#315 Advanced Maternal Age: Debunking Myths

In this episode, Blyss and Dr. Stu delve into the term 'Geriatric Pregnancy', debunking myths and embracing evidence around advanced maternal age and the need for individualized care. They also touch upon stories of successful births, medical interventions, and the risks of synthetic oxytocin (Pitocin) versus natural oxytocin. Amidst personal anecdotes, survival strategies for a metaphorical apocalypse, and reflections on adaptability, the episode underscores the importance of informed consent and patient autonomy in making birth choices.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Geriatric Pregnancy and its misconceptionsRecommendations for pregnancy at advanced maternal ageUnderstanding the medical considerations & interventionsUpholding patient autonomy and informed consent in birth choicesStories of successful births, medical interventions, and informed consentThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com. BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Branch Basics | Go to links.branchbasics.com/birthinginstincts and use the code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 15% off a starter kit.Resources:ACOG Obstetric Care Consensus, Number 11 August 2022Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
6/28/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 24 seconds
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#314 Low Platelets & Deficiencies of Wisdom

Today, Blyss meets up with Dr. Stu at his new homestead for some in-person podcasting! They discuss thrombocytopenia and low levels of independent thought in so many health care providers. Learn about the importance of a complete blood count and peripheral blood smear, the risks associated with certain medications, and the key characteristics of gestational thrombocytopenia. They also discuss various platelet count thresholds and what they mean for the expecting mother.Blyss explores the world of nutrition and supplements to help increase platelet count during pregnancy. The duo covers a range of options, from vitamins and minerals to specific foods and supplements that can aid in building healthy blood and increasing platelets.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Understanding platelet count in pregnancyImportance of complete blood count and peripheral blood smearThrombocytopenia and preeclampsiaManagement of gestational thrombocytopeniaIncreasing platelets with nutritionDiscerning truth in advertisingThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com. BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Resources:15 Food to Increase Platelet Count in Your BloodConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
6/21/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 16 seconds
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#313 Comforting Truths About Low Lying Placenta

Today, Blyss and Dr. Stu dive into the topic of low lying placenta and challenge the commonly held perception of it being a high-risk condition, discussing the medical gaslighting that often occurs. Blyss shares her firsthand experience of witnessing an unassisted birth where the mother made the empowered choice to stay home. Together, they provide comforting truths and alternative perspectives on low lying placenta, offering insights that challenge the traditional approach and empower women to make informed decisions about their birth plans.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Medical gaslighting and low lying placentaUnderstanding different locations of the placentaWhen babies go rogue, stay homeTreating individuals as adults, not childrenPreserving traditional midwifery practicesIbuprofen's impact on male hormonesThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com. BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Resources:When babies go rogue: Birth dispatches from McDonald’s and morePeople receiving midwifery care during childbirth report positive experiencesIbuprofen alters human testicular physiology to produce a state of compensated hypogonadismWar Room / DailyClout Pfizer Documents Analysis Volunteers’ ReportsFollow-up ultrasound in second-trimester low-positioned anterior and posterior placentae: prospective cohort studyPfizer Documents ExposéInstagram: @rachelstephenswellness Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
6/14/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 13 seconds
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#312 Activating Your Inner Jaguar with Kimberly Ann Johnson

The brilliant author of “The Fourth Trimester” & “Call of the Wild”,  Kimberly Ann Johnson joins Blyss & Dr. Stu for a really fascinating conversation into rites of passage and our autonomic nervous system. You have to hear her!In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Tears during birth and the impact of interventions on laborAddressing pelvic floor issues after hospital birthThe transformative power of rites of passageThe female nervous system and the effects of epiduralsBuilding supportive communities in the birthing processChallenging societal norms and encouraging critical thinkingThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com. BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Kimberly:Books: The Fourth Trimester / Call of the WildInstagram: @kimberly.ann.johnson Website: https://kimberlyannjohnson.com Resources:Download Chapter One of Call of the Wild for free hereGuided pelvic floor mapping hereKeli Garza: www.fourthtrimestervaginalsteamstudy.com Ellen Heed: www.sexologicalbodywork.comConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
6/7/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 3 seconds
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#311 Low Hanging Fruit: The Marketing of our Health

Do physicians live up to their definition? Blyss and Dr. Stu delve into the troubling relationship between big medicine, big government, and big pharma. Blyss & Dr. Stu, together again, break down the ugly reality.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:ACOG and v@cc!nes in pregnancyManipulating healthcare choices with moneyBirth center experiences: stay or leave as a midwife?Castor oil and VBACAspirin during pregnancyBig medicine, gov., pharma: unveiling health marketing realitiesThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com. Resources:Dr. Tess Lawrie FOIA Reveals Troubling Relationship between HHS/CDC & the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
6/1/202359 minutes, 26 seconds
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#310 Together Again

Blyss and Dr. Stu come together in Santa Barbara for an Instagram Live session to answer questions with a surprise guest. They address a range of topics including subchorionic hematoma, balanced diets in pregnancy, breech deliveries, declining cervical checks, and placental delivery. They also share insights from a remarkable hospital experience highlighting the possibilities of birth. Tune in to hear their informative discussion and Q&A session!In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Blyss shares a remarkable hospital experienceDebunking the myth: Babies do not need immediate baths after birthSubchorionic hematoma and pelvic restDeclining cervical checksThe timeframe of placental deliveryDefining “high-risk” pregnanciesThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com. BIRTHFIT | Go to birthfit.com and use the code INSTINCTS1 for a discount on the Basics Prenatal program, or INSTINCTS2 for a discount on the Basics Postpartum program.Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
5/27/20231 hour, 1 minute, 12 seconds
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#309 The Amazing Umbillical Cord

Blyss and Dr. Stu discuss optimal cord clamping and debunk misconceptions about nature's incredible design. They explore the anatomy and physiology of the umbilical cord, ways to separate it, and its spiritual side. Letters from listeners about seeds of fear and lack of support has the duo shaking their heads....again!In this episode of Birthing Instincts:The benefits of optimal cord clampingDelayed cord clamping vs. optimal cord clampingAnatomy and physiology of the umbilical cordCord compression and prolapseSpiritual side of cord and placenta separationWaiting for optimal cord clamping: when to separate the umbilical cordAdvocating for oneself regarding cord clamping in a hospital settingThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com. Branch Basics | Go to links.branchbasics.com/birthinginstincts and use the code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 15% off a starter kit.Resources:www.bloodtobaby.com Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping After Birthvbacfacts.comwww.ican-online.orgwww.spinningbabies.comCAM #3 Blyss Young Answers Your QuestionsProblems with our Medical Birthing System with Dr. Stuart FischbeinConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
5/17/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 18 seconds
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#308 Posterior Babies & Fist Bumps

Every intervention has a ripple effect, and today Blyss & Dr. Stu discuss how culture changes can lead to unintended consequences. They delve into the topic of posterior babies, including what they are, why moms experience more discomfort and longer labors, and different methods to help get a baby to turn. They also explore the impact of our lifestyles on the positions of our babies, optimal fetal positioning, and trusting the wisdom of the baby's side.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Understanding and navigating posterior babiesMethods for supporting optimal fetal positioningBlyss' successful technique for birthing a posterior babySurrendering to your baby's wisdomThe impact of our lifestyles on the positions of our babiesACOG's guidelines on laboring down with an epiduralPostpartum hemorrhageFinancial concerns & limiting midwife unitsThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com. Resources:Listen: 12 Ways the Planet Could Truly Be Saved | Bjørn LomborgArticle: Effect of Immediate vs Delayed Pushing on Rates of Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery Among Nulliparous Women Receiving Neuraxial AnalgesiaConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
5/10/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 58 seconds
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#307 The Born Free Method: Returning to Instinctual Birth with Dr. Nathan Riley & Midwife Sara Rosser

Dr. Nathan Riley and Midwife Sara Rosser join Blyss and Dr. Stu in this episode to discuss their dream of enhancing the birth and life experience. The group talks about the illusion of safety in hospitals, exercising autonomy, and being proactive in birth and life. They also touch on free birth, the use of cannabis and psychedelics in pregnancy and birth, and the Born Free Method yearlong program.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:The illusion of safety in hospitalsPracticing autonomy in birth and lifeRadical responsibility and staying true to oneselfWhat to expect from The Born Free Method programFree birth: Why people are choosing itThe use of cannabis and psychedelics in pregnancy and birthThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com. Branch Basics | Go to links.branchbasics.com/birthinginstincts and use the code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 15% off a starter kit.Resources:Website: bornfreemethod.com save 10% with code INSTINCTS10Beyond Holistics: belovedholistics.comConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
5/3/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 52 seconds
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#306 What ARE Obstetricians Taught in Medical School?

While today's topic is Retained Placenta, the real lesson is our systems are broken — and those that broke them expect us to let them fix them. From CPS tyranny to more interventions, Dr. Stu is mad as hell and Blyss wisely says, “Don't let them do it.”In this episode of Birthing Instincts:North Texas parents CPS caseNormalization of interventions in hospital settingsRetained placentas: considerations and PitocinImpact of birth experience on mothers and babiesObstetrician education and trainingChoosing when to engage with healthcare systemsThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com. Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
4/26/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 4 seconds
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#305 IVF: Beyond Embryos on Ice with Nathalie Rojas

Today on the podcast, Blyss and Dr. Stu are joined by Nathalie Rojas, an IVF coordinator and indigenous birth worker, to discuss assisted reproduction and the pros and cons of messing with Mother Nature. They delve into Nathalie's journey to birth work, her role as an IVF coordinator, the overuse of IVF, and the impact of insurance on access to fertility treatment. In this episode of Birthing Instincts:The path that led Nathalie to birth workThe role of an IVF coordinatorPros and cons of assisted reproductionOveruse of IVF and its impact on societyThe impact of insurance on access to fertility treatmentThe lack of education about fertility & women's healthIncreases in miscarriages after v@xThis show is supported by:Branch Basics | Go to links.branchbasics.com/birthinginstincts and use the code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 15% off a starter kit.LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com. Resources:Nathalie’s website: Sabiduriabirth.comChildren’s Health Defence Natural Birth + Vitamin KThe Obstetrician's DilemmaPregnancy Problems"Concerning" mRNA Effects on Women's Reproduction w/ Naomi WolfConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
4/19/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 57 seconds
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#304 Against Medical Advice: A CF Mama’s Home Birth Success

Blyss talks to Alma and her midwife Brooke about Alma's journey to a successful natural birth at home despite having cystic fibrosis. The doctors recommended that Alma should not deliver at home, but she and her midwife navigated the risks and challenges to make it happen.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:How Alma chose home birth & found a midwifeCystic fibrosis challenges during pregnancy Navigating the birth from Alma's and Brooke's perspectivesAlma's postpartum experience and recoveryHow Brooke's experience with Alma shapes her approach to midwiferyThe odds of passing on CF: genetic testing & screeningBrooke's bio: My midwifery journey started in 2013, 6 weeks after my first child was born. I was raised in a traditional Western medicine household and grew up believing birth to be a medically managed event. After an introduction to the world of home birth through the Business of Being Born documentary, I switched my desire to attend births in the hospital to an overwhelming pull to home birth midwifery. During my education at Birthingway College of Midwifery, I birthed 2 more kiddos at home with midwives. I obtained my midwifery license in 2019 and started my own home birth practice with a fellow midwifery preceptor. In 2020 my fourth child was born, surprise, also at home with midwives. Since then, i have become the solo midwife to my practice, Milk and Honey Birth Services.This show is supported by:Needed | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com. LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderBranch Basics | Go to links.branchbasics.com/birthinginstincts and use the code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 15% off a starter kit.Resources:Brooke Francis, CPM www.milkandhoney-birth.comWatch Blyss’ Niece Claire Wineland’s Documentary hereConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
4/12/20231 hour, 27 minutes, 34 seconds
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#303 Molar Pregnancy and Other Oddities

On the Ides of March, Blyss and Dr. Stu gather to heed the warnings and clear the air on Gestational Trophoblastic Disease (GTD), a rare condition in which abnormal cells grow in the uterus after conception, and other important topics.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Breech fear-mongeringDating & tracking your pregnancyMidwife harassmentPicking a birth assistantMolar pregnancies: what to knowThis show is supported by:Needed | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com. LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderResources:Article: Gestational Trophoblastic DiseaseArticle: 'Superfetation Twins' Conceived 3 Weeks Apart Born at Same Time: 'It Was Quite Scary,' Says MomConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
3/29/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 9 seconds
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#302 Will Anyone Ever Be Held Accountable?

Returning from their travels, Dr. Stu and Blyss share their reflections on their time in Bali and Haiti, offering valuable insights into cultural practices and healthcare. Looking at some current dilemmas and fellow traveler letters, they delve into various topics related to accountability and integrity, including the importance of critical thinking when choosing which research to trust, maintaining personal integrity and standing up for beliefs, and empathizing with patients to avoid insensitivity and invalidating experiences.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Dr. Stu & Blyss’ reflections on Bali & HaitiAdvice for an unhappy hospital workerChoosing which research data to trustImportance of personal accountability and integrityInsensitivity & invalidating experiences in healthcareThis show is supported by:Needed | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com. LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderResources:Donate: mamababyhaiti.org ; bumisehat.orgVideo: OBGYNs SpeakArticle: Dr. Peter McCullough, Dr. James ThorpConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
3/22/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 15 seconds
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#301 Medical Controversies & Fellow Traveler Stories with Dr. Stu

 While Blyss bathes in tropical wonder, Dr. Stu goes solo and cleans out a corner of his mind attic. From misdiagnosis to outright lying, "medical expert" is now a codified oxymoron.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Safety and effectiveness of HPV v@cc*nesUse of tracking/codes for unv@x The importance of seeking out second opinionsAccepting the uncertainty and unpredictability of childbirthListener stories: white coat syndrome & gestational hypertensionThe value of honesty and trust in patient-provider relationshipsRisk of uterine rupture during laborThis show is supported by:Needed | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com. LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderResources:Article: New Medical Codes for COVID-19 Vaccination Status Raise Concerns Among ExpertsBook: HPV Vaccine on Trial by Mary HollandArticle: Evidence of Serious Adverse Events in What Is Believed to Be One of the Most Effective Vaccines (Part 1)Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
3/15/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 4 seconds
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#300 From Miracle Births to Nonprofit Clinics: Stories from Bali with Ibu Robin Lim

For episode #300, Blyss and Dr. Stu are joined by Ibu Robin Lim CPM, a Filipino-American midwife and founder of Yayasan Bumi Sehat, a non-profit organization in Indonesia. Blyss is in Bali feeling the love with Ibu Robin, and Dr. Stu is on Maui as a guest of The Ellen Fisher Podcast. It’s a tropical timewarp of stories and history. Lim shares her passion for human rights in childbirth and how protecting mothers and newborns can build peace, one family at a time. They discuss Lim's experiences and memories from her 31 years in Bali, including birthing stories, regulations, miracle births, and changing policies through the power of hugs.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Celebrating 300 episodes: A trip down memory lane with Blyss & Dr. StuBirthing stories from Bali: Insights from Ibu Robin Lim's 31-year journeyHow Ibu Robin Lim is transforming maternal and child healthYayasan Bumi Sehat: The non-profit organization that's making a difference in BaliChanging policies through the power of hugsThis show is supported by:Needed | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com. LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderConnect with Ibu Robin:Website: iburobin.com Instagram: @iburobin Books: Placenta: The Forgotten Chakra ; Eat Pray DoulaConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
3/8/20231 hour, 33 minutes, 46 seconds
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#299 Medical Brainwashing

Medicine has been attacked and the medical industry gaslighting continues to rise as trust is nearing zero. Blyss & Dr. Stu catch up on travel ups and downs and respond to the experiences of listeners. Dr. Stu exposes the American Academy of Pediatrics.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Examining the issues of trust and corruption with the AAPA look at the structure of Blyss & Dr. Stu’s businessesHow paying out-of-pocket can enhance your birth experienceCelebrating a positive birth experience: a listener's emergency c-section storyChallenging Dumb Doctor Dogma: listener’s storiesWhen to consider going beyond your network to find better careThis show is supported by:Needed | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 20% off your first month or first 3 months of a one-month subscription at thisisneeded.com. LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderResources:Article: The Hijacking of Pediatric MedicineListen: Review The News: Group B Strep- Candace Owens & Momma Doctor Jones debate with Dr. Stu FischbeinListen: #225 Cultivating a Work-Life BalanceConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
3/1/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 54 seconds
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#298 Why Half of Our Children Have Chronic Diseases: Insights from Pediatrician Dr. Joel Gator Warsh

In this episode, Blyss and Dr. Stu speak with Integrative Pediatrician Dr. Joel Gator Warsh on the topic of why half of our children have a chronic disease. They discuss environmental toxins, food and nutritional issues, the lack of individualized care, and the broken state of the current medical system. Dr. Joel also shares his thoughts on the importance of minimizing antibiotic use, his approach to counseling couples as a pediatrician & conscious parenting, and his perspective on fevers in babies and treatment.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Two major factors contributing to chronic childhood diseasesBenefits of individualized care and health checks for childrenAntibiotic use in children & its consequencesAddressing the problems with our current medical systemDr. Joel’s insight on conscious parentingFevers in babies: Dr. Joel’s tips for treatmentBio: Dr. Joel Gator Warsh is a Board-Certified Pediatrician based in Los Angeles who specializes in parenting, wellness, and integrative medicine. He completed his medical training at Thomas Jefferson Medical College and his Pediatric Medicine training at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA). He has published research in peer-reviewed journals and has been featured in documentaries, films, podcasts, and articles. He is the founder of Integrative Pediatrics and Medicine Studio City, and the Parenting Masterclass Series Raising Amazing. He is also an author and consultant for health and wellness brands.This show is supported by:Needed | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS to save 20% off your one-time order or first three months' subscription OR use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS100 for $100 off the first three months of a plan at thisisneeded.com. LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderResources:Instagram: @drjoelgator Website: raisingamazingplus.com Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
2/22/20231 hour, 27 minutes, 39 seconds
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#297 The Light & Dark Sides of Ultrasound

After returning from a great #reteachbreech seminar in Indiana, Wise Goddess Blyss and Dr. Stu address listeners' inquiries about sleeping positions during pregnancy, pregnancy insurance, artificial rupture of membranes, and optimal intervals for pregnancy planning. They then delve into the topic of ultrasound technology, highlighting both its well-known benefits and downplayed risks. The discussion includes understanding radiation exposure and temperature during ultrasound and tips for minimizing ultrasound exposure for clinical information. Dr. Stu and Blyss review essential vs. optional ultrasound exams during pregnancy and Blyss shares her personal experience with ultrasound in childbirth.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Optimal intervals for pregnancy planningSleeping positions during pregnancyArtificial rupture of membranesUltrasound diagnosis: misinterpretation and long-term effectsAdvantages: non-invasive, real-time, and versatileUnderstanding radiation exposure and temperatureMinimizing ultrasound exposure for clinical informationEssential vs. optional ultrasound exams during pregnancyThis show is supported by:Needed | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS to save 20% off your one-time order or first three months' subscription OR use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS100 for $100 off the first three months of a plan at thisisneeded.com. LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderResources:Podcasts: The Birth Cafe ; The Radiant MissionInstagram: @intentionalbirthArticle: Obstetrical ultrasound: can the fetus hear the wave and feel the heat?“The Dark Side of Prenatal Ultrasound and the dangers of Non-Ionizing Radiation” by Jeanice Barcelo“50 Human Studies in utero, Conducted in Modern China Indicate Extreme Risk for Prenatl Ultrasound” by Jim WestConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
2/15/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 5 seconds
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#296 Debunking High-Risk Pregnancies: Making Informed Decisions with Kelly Rain Gross

Kelly Rain Gross joins Blyss & Dr. Stu to share her experiences with two home births and the challenges she faced navigating unexpected outcomes. She emphasizes the importance of advocating for oneself and asking questions, and the need to stick with what is right for the individual, even if it goes against the norm. You’ll hear her uplifting story of going the home birth route after genetic testing revealed her unborn baby had trisomy 21, or Down syndrome. Kelly also shares her experience of facing discrimination during her geriatric pregnancy and how she switched providers after being dismissed due to being considered "higher risk."In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Making decisions in the face of unexpected outcomesDown syndrome diagnosis in pregnancy & choosing home birthPreparing a contingency planGeriatric pregnancy & discriminationAdvocating for yourself and knowing what's right for youThis show is supported by:Needed | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS to save 20% off your one-time order or first three months' subscription OR use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS100 for $100 off the first three months of a plan at thisisneeded.com. LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderResources:Listen: Pushing, Tearing & RepairingListen: Velamentous Cord Insertion: Asked & AnsweredArticle: Evidence on: Pregnancy at Age 35 and OlderConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
2/8/20231 hour, 31 minutes, 39 seconds
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#295 Creating Optimal Nutrition for Expecting Parents with Julie Sawaya

Most of us are nutrient and vitamin deficient. On today's podcast, Blyss & Dr. Stu talk with Needed co-founder, Julie Sawaya, about her home births and journey to creating an optimal supplement for moms and dads. Julie also shares her insights on the importance of working with the right midwife or doula, the impact of a first birth on future births, and the importance of addressing the underlying nutritional deficiencies. Additionally, their conversation explores the challenges of finding optimal nutritional support through food alone, the reasons why Needed was formulated and the addition of a men's line with a focus on sperm health and quality. Julie also discusses the importance of asking your practitioner for the right blood tests to detect deficiencies and top nutrients to test for.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Julie’s decision to have home births & special moments for her and BlyssHow to choose the right midwife or doula for youThe impact of a first birth on future birthsHow Needed helps women thrive & have healthy pregnanciesWhy food alone isn’t cutting it for our optimal nutritional needsFormulation and development of Needed supplementsAddressing the nutritional needs of both mothers and fathers during pregnancyJulie’s Bio:Julie Sawaya is the co-founder of Needed, a nutrition platform dedicated to optimally nourishing women before, during, and after pregnancy. Needed is backed by the latest clinical research and a collective of perinatal nutrition practitioners that regularly test women's nutrient and hormone levels to know exactly what's needed. Julie and her co-founder Ryan started Needed 5 years ago when they discovered through nutritional testing that they were hugely deficient in key nutrients needed for a healthy pregnancy. Through research they realized they were not alone. 97% of women in this life stage take a prenatal, yet 95% have nutritional deficiencies. Needed was created to help women become optimally nourished--starting with a redesigned prenatal vitamin, and now including over 20 targeted nutritional supplements to meet the needs of women AND men during the childbearing years.Julie is based in LA and is the mama of 2 girls, both born at home (the first with Blyss!)This show is supported by:Needed | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS to save 20% off your one-time order or first three months' subscription OR use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS100 for $100 off the first three months of a plan at thisisneeded.com. LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderConnect with Julie:Website: thisisneeded.comIG: @needed  Connect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
2/1/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 5 seconds
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#294 Group B Strep: Prioritizing Agenda Over Science

 Blyss & Dr. Stu catch up on crazy California weather and current events in the birth world, and share listener letters from their new email account. They also discuss the latest "crisis" article on Group B Strep and the continuous destruction of trust in medicine.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Surprise breech, “emergency” c-sections, & gestational diabetesSatisfaction vs. trauma from unexpected birth experiencesThe danger of think tanks & confirmation biasThe importance of looking at who funds researchAgendas, v@cc*nes, & third world countriesThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS to save 20% off your one-time order or first three months' subscription OR use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS100 for $100 off the first three months of a plan at thisisneeded.com. Splash Blanket | Visit splashblanket.com and use the code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 11% off your orderResources:Listen: #222 Breech Birth Review & What You Need to Know About Group B StrepListen: #229 Stop the Sugarcoating: Pregnancy & DiabetesLinkedIn: Michael HallReferenced article: Group B streptococcus infection during pregnancy and infancy: estimates of regional and global burden Comedy Show: @doctorberlinConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
1/25/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 48 seconds
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#293 The Midwife Trial in Nebraska with Defense Attorney Hermine Hayes-Klein

Sensational headlines and rumors have finally been put to rest for the midwife trial in Nebraska. Defense Attorney Hermine Hayes-Klein returns to the podcast to give us her unique perspective on the Court V televised trial of midwife, Angee Hock. Hermine also provides her brilliant insight on midwifery law, maternal health, and creating regulations that protect freedom.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Overview of charges against the midwife & NE’s lack of midwifery lawsWhy the judge’s ruling was powerful for maternal healthPaths midwives can take when there’s bad law or no lawCivil disobedience: what midwives need to knowRegulations in European countries vs. the USAWays to advance advocacy for women’s rights & childbirthThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS to save 20% off your one-time order or first three months' subscription OR use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS100 for $100 off the first three months of a plan at thisisneeded.com.Connect with Hermine:Website: hayeskleinlaw.comListen: #228 It's a Constitutional & Human Right! with Hermine Hayes-KleinListen: Dr. Stu’s Podcast #118 : “Nebraska Birth Keeper”Watch: Court TVConnect with Dr. Stu & Blyss:Instagram: @birthinginstincts / @birthingblyssWebsite: birthinginstincts.com / birthingblyss.comEmail: [email protected] Call-in line: 805-399-0439This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
1/18/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 19 seconds
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#292 How We Birth Impacts Breastfeeding with Chelsea Poyo-Nieto

Today, we’re venturing into a postpartum topic — breastfeeding! After Dr. Stu tells Blyss about his last Los Angeles adventure, they are joined by the incredible Chelsea Poyo-Nieto BA, IBCLC who unpacks how to set yourself up for success with breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is a learned skill, and it’s important to invest in your ability through a breastfeeding class and with a lactation consultant. In this episode, you’ll learn how your birth experience and being in a hospital can affect the early days of breastfeeding, and ways to navigate the challenges that may arise.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Your hospital experience can lead to breastfeeding strugglesBreastfeeding is a learned skillSkin-on-skin contact & why swaddling prevents nursingBenefits of breastfeeding over bottle-feedingBreastfeeding for baby’s development & risk preventionWhat to know: birth weight, IV fluids, & mastitisThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS to save 20% off your one-time order or first three months' subscription OR use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS100 for $100 off the first three months of a plan at thisisneeded.com.Connect with Chelsea:Website: www.boobssleephealing.comInstagram: @boobs.sleep.healing YouTube: Boobs. Sleep. Healing.Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
1/11/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 42 seconds
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#291 Triumphant Birth Stories

Sherlock Holmes has a mind palace; Dr. Stu has a mind attic — and today him and Blyss are clearing out the clutter! The dynamic duo is together as Dr. Stu traveled to Santa Barbara and into Blyss’ kitchen. They each share triumphant birth stories and unpack more Dumb Doctor Dogma.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Triumphant birth stories & the increase in home birthsJournalists spreading misinformation on home birthsFundal massage after birthDoulas: how to empower dads to speak upTake a stand to make a differenceThis show is supported by:Splash Blanket | Visit splashblanket.com and use the code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 11% off your orderLMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS to save 20% off your one-time order or first three months' subscription OR use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS100 for $100 off the first three months of a plan at thisisneeded.com.Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
12/28/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 37 seconds
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#290 Disrupting the U.S. Maternity System with the Directors of ‘Born Free’

Director Paula James Martinez and Executive Director Sara Ojjeh discuss Born Free, their new film on why the U.S. is the only nation in the developed world with a rising maternal mortality rate. They hope to amplify the need for change in the U.S. maternity system and rebrand our midwifery model while honoring the contributions of the Granny Midwives.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:How racism & a lack of education affect the U.S. birthing systemRebranding and normalizing the midwifery modelWays to create real change in the U.S. maternity systemInvestors, private funding, & creating competition in the current modelHow midwives help with expanding access to care & community buildingThis show is supported by:Splash Blanket | Visit splashblanket.com and use the code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 11% off your orderLMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS to save 20% off your one-time order or first three months' subscription OR use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS100 for $100 off the first three months of a plan at thisisneeded.com.Resources:Watch: Born Free Website: themotherlovers.com Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
12/21/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 40 seconds
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#289 ‘Black Adam’ & ‘Sex/Life’ Star Sarah Shahi on Choosing Home Birth

“Black Adam” & “Sex/Life” star Sarah Shahi shares her journey to choosing home births and having a breech birth of twins with Dr. Stu! Sarah also opens up about trusting oneself and honoring each individual’s story. Blyss & the "legendary" Dr. Stu chime in with insight on coping through labor, twin births, and informed consent.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:How Sarah chose home birth vs. hospital routeSarah’s twin home birth story with Dr. StuKnowing your options for birth & having the freedom to decideTrusting herself, her body, and her babiesSarah’s Iranian heritage & showing supportHow Dr. Stu’s Instagram was hackedThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS to save 20% off your one-time order or first three months' subscription OR use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS100 for $100 off the first three months of a plan at thisisneeded.com.Follow Sarah:Instagram: @sarahshahi  Watch: The Business of Being BornConnect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
12/14/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 50 seconds
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#288 Continuity of Care with Naomi Drucker

Dr. Stu and Blyss are joined by Certified Nurse-Midwife Naomi Drucker. Today, you’ll hear about the inside workings of Naomi’s model of care, which gives women the option of having a home birth or hospital experience with a midwifery team.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Naomi’s practice: offering hospital & home births with midwivesWays to get doctors to support midwives in hospitalsChallenges Naomi faces in the hospital as a nurse-midwifeHow Naomi’s pregnancy experiences led her into nursing & midwiferyPediatrician offices not accepting newborns born at homeNaomi’s Bio:"I am, in chronological order; a sister, wife, mother, doula, nurse, and midwife. I met both Dr. Stu and Blyss years ago, just before they changed course to what they are doing now. I was born and mostly raised (till 15) in Montreal, Canada, and moved here with my mom and sister in 1992. I met my husband 6 months later which was unexpected!I took Ellie Shae's doula training in 2000, graduated nursing school at LACC (Los Angeles City College) in 2005, and worked nights in L&D at Cedars from 2005-2018 when I graduated from midwifery school at Frontier Nursing University. I worked at GraceFull Birthing Center first and then started a private solo practice offering both home birth and hospital birth. In 2020 I took on a partner midwife and we launched Los Angeles Midwives which is where I am currently practicing.I am so happy to now be able to offer a close enough version of ideal care to the clients that find me. I have 5 sons ages 23!!!, 19!!, 14,14 (twins), and 18 months old. 2 hospital births (Kaiser West LA, Cedars), one birth center (The Hollywood Birth Center), and my grand finale at home!My 5-year plan includes growing my practice, normalizing physiologic birth in the hospital, normalizing and streamlining the home-to-hospital transfer experience, and supporting other midwives to offer this type of care here in LA."This show is supported by:Splash Blanket | Visit splashblanket.com and use the code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS for 11% off your orderLMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS to save 20% off your one-time order or first three months' subscription OR use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS100 for $100 off the first three months of a plan at thisisneeded.com.Follow Naomi:Website: losangelesmidwives.com Instagram: @losangelesmidwives Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
12/7/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 17 seconds
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#287 You Can Say ‘No’ with Ethicist Dr. Jen Dunatov

When agenda and rigid ideology replace beneficence and autonomy, relationships and trust collapse. Blyss and Dr. Stu talk with health care ethicist Dr. Jennifer Dunatov about how our physical and mental well-being depends on restoring respect for ethics above all else. Dr. Jen gives crucial insight into ethics services in hospitals, providing practical routes for you to use your voice and obtain an ethics consult. This is an empowering conversation you don’t want to miss!In this episode of Birthing Instincts:How ethics consults are underutilized in birth spacesUsing your gut to identify ethical issuesSimple ways to obtain an ethics consultYou can say ‘no’ & navigating the threat of CPSMoral injury in the workplace & voicing obstetrical violenceDr. Jen’s Bio:Dr. Jennifer Dunatov is a health care ethicist living and working in the greater Los Angeles area. She consults, teaches and writes on all things birth ethics. Jennifer founded the No Trauma Mama® Project in 2017 after learning as a new mother about the global epidemic of preventable birth trauma in clinical settings. She believes when people experience ethical and respectful births, it can be transformative for birthing people, families, and entire communities.Jennifer has served in clinical and academic roles for 15+ years. She is currently Senior Director of Ethics in Southern CA for a large health care system. Her passion of working in relationship with others to address ethical issues in health care delivery has taken her from New Zealand to Switzerland and many places in between.This show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS to save 20% off your one-time order or first three months' subscription OR use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS100 for $100 off the first three months of a plan at thisisneeded.com.Follow Jen:Website: notraumamama.comInstagram: @notraumamama Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
11/30/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 9 seconds
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#286 Velamentous Cord Insertion: Asked & Answered

Today, Dr. Stu and Blyss are answering a listener’s question on velamentous cord insertion, detailing what to know about this rare occurrence and how it does not risk you out of home or vaginal birth.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Anatomy of the umbilical cord & velamentous insertionHome or vaginal birth with velamentous insertionHelping men become better birth partnersBlyss reflects on navigating grief in a public wayLow progesterone levels & miscarriageModern medicine & America’s quick-fix cultureThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS to save 20% off your one-time order or first three months' subscription OR use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS100 for $100 off the first three months of a plan at thisisneeded.com.Resources:Books: The Birth Partner ; Your Guy’s Guide to GynecologyConnect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
11/23/202244 minutes, 11 seconds
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#285 Hey Joe Rogan: Home Birth Isn’t Dangerous

Today, Dr. Stu and Blyss are addressing the misinformation on home births that was discussed on The Joe Rogan Experience with comedian Bridget Phetasy. As the comedians talk about Bridget’s C-section and use comedy to ease discomfort, they flippantly share inaccurate statistics and comments that promote fear and limiting perspectives around childbirth.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Addressing misinformation & inaccurate statistics on home birthsHow influencers’ have a responsibility for the information they spreadFlippant comments can increase fear & limiting perspectivesVaginal births after C-sectionsWays we are fed the perspective that childbirth is dangerousHow your family story impacts how you perceive childbirthThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack with every orderNeeded | Use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS to save 20% off your one-time order or first three months' subscription OR use code BIRTHINGINSTINCTS100 for $100 off the first three months of a plan at thisisneeded.com.Resources:The Joe Rogan Experience: #1890 Bridget PhetasyConnect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
11/14/202249 minutes, 4 seconds
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#284 Bodily Autonomy & Bad Information with Dr. Stu

With Blyss busy on Halloween doing birthing stuff, Dr. Stu cleans out his mental attic and finds some scary stuff. Today, he’s unpacking recent updates from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) on vaccine recommendations and how hospitals should navigate the current “oxytocin” shortage, along with a breakdown of why some vaccine studies and articles need to be questioned.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:ACOG updates: jab recommendations & “oxytocin” shortageQuestionable studies: C*VID jab during pregnancyCDC recommendations, FDA approval, & vaccine safetyBreech babies & bodily autonomySelf-advocacy for hospital birthsThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Resources:Article: FDA Approves…FAQ on Oxytocin ShortageResearch on Peripartum Outcomes…Book: Male Practice: How Doctors Manipulate WomenConnect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
11/9/202257 minutes, 24 seconds
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#283 All Things Amniotic Fluid

Today, Dr. Stu and Blyss are discussing the “fluid of life” aka amniotic fluid! They answer questions like, what’s too much? What’s too little? How can you support your fluid amounts nutritionally? Whether spontaneous or artificial, Blyss doesn’t like the word rupture and tells of a transport. Dr. Stu ponders mosquitoes and polar bears and gives updates from the road.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:The anatomy of the amniotic sackWhat is amniotic fluid & how the baby keeps it in homeostasisNormal range of fluid & why babies may have lower amountsWhat to know about amniotic fluid embolismsHow to support your fluid amounts nutritionallyHow to manage spontaneous water releaseImpatience with labor & artificial ruptureThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
11/2/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 49 seconds
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#282 A New Paradigm of Maternity Care

A healthy lifestyle applies to both clients and practitioners alike. Today, Blyss and Dr. Stu chat with midwives Josie & Maral of Tourmaline Birth & Wellness Collective about their integrative model of care. They break down what makes their birth center different, including the structure of having multiple care providers and the non-profit that subsidizes care for those who can’t afford midwifery services. From this conversation, we gain a look into what it means to nurture both birth and birth workers and how we can shift into this new paradigm of maternity care.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:How this integrative model of care nurtures birth & birth workersNon-profit services: subsidized care & free counseling after miscarriageHighlights of what makes their birth center differentChallenges they face as a midwifery birth centerManaging a business & being a midwifeStructuring your business so you love what you doThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Connect with Josie & Maral:Instagram: @tourmaline_collective Website: birthcentersandiego.comNon-profit: thrivewellnesscollective.org  Email: [email protected] Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
10/26/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 15 seconds
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#281 What’s the Deal with Meconium

After catching up on life and listener stories, Blyss and Dr. Stu flush away the fear and confusion on the topic of meconium and Meconium Aspiration Syndrome. They discuss how meconium is quite common, and how birth may change when it is present. Dr. Stu and Blyss also get into the topics of cord clamping, stolen cord blood, and Dr. Stu’s experience with “Bait and Switch.”In this episode of Birthing Instincts:The commonality of meconium in pregnancyMeconium, home births, & what to expect if meconium is presentWhat to know about Meconium Aspiration SyndromeThe timing of cord clampingStolen placentas & cord bloodDr. Stu’s experience with “Bait & Switch”Updates on government tyranny This show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
10/19/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 18 seconds
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#280 The Truth About Non-Experts Who Criticize Home Birth

Fellow travelers ask Dr. Stu to comment on a popular Social Media influencer's video. Dumb Doctor Dogma is everywhere, and Blyss and Dr. Stu are here to break down the fallacies in arguments made by non-experts on home birth. They also talk about the lack of acknowledgment of midwives’ credentials, how birth is not inherently a dangerous experience for low-risk moms, and why we should not equate the level of training with quality of care.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Pervasive bias for doctors over midwivesPrevalence of personal bias in papers & poorly controlled research Fallacious arguments on home birth by non-expertsWhy level of training does not equal quality of careDr. Stu’s travels in Yellowstone & the Tetons This show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Resources:The Highwire with Del Bigtree: SEPTIC SCIENCEZDoggMD: The Truth About Home Birth w/Dr. Blair Duddy | Incident Report 225Against the Wind with Dr. Paul: EPISODE 067Article: Maternal Healthcare PanelConnect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
10/12/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 1 second
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#279 Nourishing The Feminine with John Wineland

Modern men face a crisis of masculinity. This week, we are joined by Blyss’ brother and author John Wineland to discuss a new masculine paradigm and ways to nurture intimacy and connection. So often couples have challenges in their relationships after having a baby, and through John’s healthy intimacy framework, he helps them baby-proof their relationships. He teaches embodiment practices that individuals, couples, and birth workers can use to know what will impact the moment — what will nourish someone’s heart and body.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:How to baby-proof your marriageUsing embodiment work to connect with othersTuning into what your partner needs & cultivating sexual polarityHow the masculine vs. feminine refill their cupsWays men have been misled about what masculinity isBreaking down ‘the masculine’ as consciousnessThe loss of both John and Blyss’ daughtersThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Connect with John:Website: johnwineland.comInstagram: @john_wineland Book: From the Core: A New Masculine Paradigm for Leading with Love, Living Your Truth, and Healing the WorldConnect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
10/5/20221 hour, 14 minutes
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#278 Red Flags When Choosing a Practitioner with Cynthia Overgard & Trisha Ludwig

The Down to Birth Podcast team, Cynthia Overgard & Trisha Ludwig, join Blyss and Dr. Stu to talk about red flags when seeking a practitioner so you can feel empowered to make the best choice for your pregnancy and birthing experience. They also discuss a high-profile mom’s birthing story, unpacking the hospital tyranny she experienced and her call for change.-------------Cynthia’s Bio:Cynthia Overgard is the founder of HypnoBirthing of Connecticut. In addition to producing the podcast, Down to Birth, Cynthia teaches live, interactive online classes and workshops on a regular monthly basis and runs a weekly postpartum support group. After experiencing her own beautiful and empowered water-birth to her 8 lb 14 oz son in 2005 and later to her 9 lb 7 oz daughter in 2009, Cynthia resigned from a fulfilling corporate career at MasterCard and as an adjunct Professor of Finance of ten years at University of Connecticut to transition into the field of prenatal education and advocacy. She is an expert in HypnoBirthing and is trained in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International.Trisha’s Bio:Trisha Ludwig is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with a Master’s degree from Yale School of Nursing. After practicing as a homebirth midwife, she started a holistic gynecology and women’s health practice, which she ran for 10 years. She is passionate about supporting and optimizing women’s transitions through major shifts such as pregnancy, postpartum, peri-menopause, and menopause. She believes in treating health issues on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Hospital tyranny: Candace Owens’ birth story A practitioner’s protocol for due datesBeing mindful of the language a practitioner usesRoutine use of vaginal examines in laborWhy appointment wait times matterInaccuracies about placentas aging, failing, or thinningHow women benefit from eating & drinking in laborFreedom of movement & different positions for giving birthThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Resources:Candance Owen’s Podcast: My Birth Story - Why The Hospital Threatened to Send CPS and Charge Me with a MisdemeanorConnect with Cynthia & Trisha:Instagram: @downtobirthshow / @trishaoludwig / @cynthiaovergard Podcast: Down to BirthCynthia’s website: HypnoBirthingCT.com Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
9/28/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 57 seconds
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#277 The Light & Dark of Birth Work

In today's podcast, Blyss & Dr. Stu share wisdom through stories of loss and wonder. Blyss vulnerably and openly shares about the death of her daughter and the ways her unimaginable loss has deepened her ability to hold space for others. This episode is filled with the joy, beauty, trauma, and pain that comes with birth work, and ultimately, life.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Blyss’s birth story of the weekWhen healthcare providers threaten you with CPSWhat to know about violations of California lawTwin birthing storiesBlyss vulnerably shares about the loss of her daughterBirth workers: holding space for the dark & lightNot letting fear run your lifeThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Resources:Article: Creating More Questions Than AnswersCheckout ARRIVE TrialConnect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
9/20/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 4 seconds
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#276 RhoGAM + Rh Factor Explained

After sharing a couple of listener stories, Dr. Stu and Blyss unpack Dr. Sara Wickham’s book on Anti-D, RhoGAM, and Rh factor. They dive into the implications of routinely giving RhoGAM to all Rh-positive pregnant women, and how there is a lack of research trials and data on RhoGAM. You may get aggravated, you may get p*ssed, but as always, Dr. Stu and Blyss are here to provide informed consent and empower you to choose what’s best for your family.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Listener stories: “held hostage at the hospital” & breech maneuvers California’s recent bill: punishing doctors for spreading “false information”How Anti-D is a medicine made from bloodTests to consider before receiving RhoGAM4 key side effects of RhoGAMThe lack of current research & safety data on RhoGAMThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Resources:Book: Anti-D Explained by Dr. Sara Wickham 2021Electric bike: lectricebikes.com Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
9/14/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 24 seconds
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#275 What's the Evidence on Herpes in Pregnancy?

Given that modern medicine is more akin to a hamster wheel void of intuition than an industry that’s committed to learning and designed to help people, the thought of battling it can quickly become overwhelming. Today, Dr. Stu & Blyss continue to critique policy-makers, as well as pop-culture’s latest depiction of breech birth. The balance is restored by some incredibly uplifting birth stories from listeners that remind us that it is indeed possible to make a difference in this world, one birth at a time. Dr. Stu also shares some recent studies about herpes during pregnancy and makes his latest recommendations for mothers with the virus.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:An incredible parking lot breech delivery story guided by an avid “Birthing Instincts” listenerPondering the latest CDC recommendationsResponding to Dr. Alrahmani’s IG post condemning home birthTips for women who are Herpes positive and pregnantThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts  to get a free sample pack!Resources:ACOG Practice Bulletin #220 (May, 2020): Lakewood doctor gives moms happier birth options at Trū Birth CenterBridge Midwives Website: bridgemidwives.comConnect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
9/7/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 15 seconds
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#274 I Remember Every Detail

Today on the show, Dr. Stu and Blyss are joined by their former patient and good friend, Desiree Doan. Desiree shares the details of all three of her birth stories: A hospital transfer, a successful VBAC, and how she navigated placenta accreta spectrum or, as Desi says, “That time my placenta went wild!”. Her story of self-advocacy is both awe-inspiring and informative…It’s amazing what a determined baby and mother are capable of accomplishing.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:The Physicians for Informed Consent lawsuit against the Medical Board of CaliforniaThe contrast between Desiree’s first two birth storiesWhat happened with Desiree’s placenta during her third pregnancy?Some alarming statistics on the historical prevalence of Placenta accreta spectrum  This show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts  to get a free sample pack!Doctors Mentioned:Dr. Vineet K. ShrivastavaEmiliano Chavira, MD, MPH, FACOGConnect with Desiree:Instagram: @foxandthetravelinggypsyEmail: [email protected] with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
8/31/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 6 seconds
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#273 What We Say and The Way We Say It

Blyss and Stu host Julie Hewett, a Clinical Psychologist and mother of two based in Santa Monica. Julie is passionate about helping people who have felt silenced to empower their voices to be heard. This took on very personal meaning to her this past year when she struggled with a fear-based medical system to deliver her breech baby on her own terms. Blyss, Stu, and Julie share their sympathies for those subjected to the broken medical system and strive to empower patients to demand the care they deserve. In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Unpacking the birth culture in Santa Barbara Questions to ask your birth care provider (early on)The placenta birthing processJulie’s experience with the medical systemCritiquing medical professionals’ note-taking processDealing with your own trauma as a trauma-informed professionalThe psychosocial problems at the root of many of our cultural systems  This show is supported by:LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts  to get a free sample pack!Connect with Julie:Instagram: @psykodrjulieWebsite: drjuliehewett.comConnect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
8/24/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 48 seconds
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#272 Medical Gaslighting and More Lies

In today’s episode, Dr. Stu and Blyss get fed up after more listener letters continue to demonstrate the pervasiveness of medical professionals gaslighting their clients. On the contrary, one woman’s successful VBAC ripples through her community and empowers its women. The two also comment on the ethics of censorship and the importance of speaking your truth.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:The ripple effect of one successful VBAC Apple’s censorship of SADS newsWhy is there a 40% death increase amongst 18-64 yr olds?Predictions for the future of licensed vs unlicensed birth workersThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Go to INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order!LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts  to get a free sample pack!Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
8/17/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 8 seconds
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#271 It’s Everyone’s Business! A Conversation with Abby & Ricki

Today on the show, Dr. Stu and Blyss chat with documentary filmmakers, Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein. The two share their wisdom and passion in a timeless discussion about two of their most prominent documentaries, The Business of Being Born & Business of Birth Control. Although the former was released in 2008, many of the themes within the film still ring true today. Recognizing that younger generations are more conscious about what they put into their bodies, and that they often question the motives of the medical establishment, Ricki and Abby feel poised that the impact of their work will sustain for years to come.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:The genesis of “The Business of Being Born”The inspiration behind “Business of Birth Control”How Stu’s practices have developed over timeA bit about their documentary “Weed the People”Why it’s important that women be informed about all hormonal side effects of birth controlThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Go to INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order!LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Resources:Abby & Ricki’s Film/Masterclass Discount Code: INSTINCTS50Connect with Abby & Ricki:Website: thebusinessof.lifeInstagram: @thebusinessofbirthcontrolAbby’s Instagram: @abbyepsteinxoxoRicki’s Instagram: @rickilakeTwitter: @TheBizOfFilmsFacebook: The Business of Birth Control Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
8/10/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 54 seconds
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#270 Varied Letters With a Common Theme

As listeners continue to share their stories with Blyss and Dr. Stu, the fact that so many OBs & MFMs continue to dis-empower women, to the point of them doubting their bodies, only becomes more and more puzzling. Why does this keep happening? Sometimes, it can appear as if the days of vaginal birth, VBAC or not, are limited. Women possess the magical, innate, ability to successfully grow human beings. They also possess the ability to birth them, instinctually, under a wide variety of circumstances. In this episode, we hear many women’s stories about their struggles with finding supportive care. We also hear of some triumphs, which bless Dr. Stu and Blyss with a sense of pride and purpose for the impact they continue to make on mothers around the world.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Responding to Cottage Hospital’s VBAC announcement Women’s difficulties with getting support for VBACsThe ease of honesty and difficulty of deceit This show is supported by:Bamboobies | Go to INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order!LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts  to get a free sample pack!Resources:National Advocacy Group Responds to Cottage Hospital’s VBAC announcementOn the Management of Maternal Pushing During the Second Stage of LaborConnect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
8/3/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 49 seconds
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#269 Stupid Is the New Smart

Today, Blyss and Stu touch on a variety of topics, including proper language towards women who’ve endured miscarriages or abortions, Diethylstilbestrol syndrome (DES syndrome) and v@ccines. Dr. Stu Tells also the tales of two VBA3C moms and shares #ReteachBreech gratitude for his latest seminar in Sedona, AZ.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Stu’s latest birth developmentsUnpacking a listeners’ storiesBlyss considering being an unlicensed midwifeBeing considerate of women who have had miscarriages or abortionsReviewing an Epoch Times article about the impacts of v@accines A brief history on Diethylstilbestrol syndrome (DES syndrome)This show is supported by:Bamboobies | Go to INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order!LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts  to get a free sample pack!Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
7/27/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 22 seconds
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#268 Against All Odds: A Birth Worker’s Journey with Lindsey Meehleis

Acclaimed birth worker, Lindsey Meehleis, joins Dr. Stu and Blyss for a passionate conversation about their profession. Lindsey is a mom and traditional spiritual midwife who has been serving childbearing women through birth, lactation and emotionally through trauma release work since 2004. She works in Southern California and has had the pure honor of witnessing over 1300 births. She believes that “great grandma wisdom” is one of the most essential rememberings to tap back into during each rite of passage that we weave through as women in our lifetimes.Today on the show, Dr. Stu, Blyss and Lindsey talk about their shared mission of creating a space and culture where birth workers can talk about their profession without fear of prosecution, and their desire to aid mothers in welcoming babies into the world in the most peaceful way they know possible—at home.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:The increase in probability of chronic disease since 1989Attempting to foster better relationships between midwives and hospitalsHow formal medical training is designed to beat people downLindsey’s path into midwiferyReminiscing on the births Lindsay and Stu were at togetherLindsey’s remedy for preventing preterm laborThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Go to INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order!LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts  to get a free sample pack with your order!Connect with Lindsey:Website: orangecountymidwifery.comInstagram: @lindseymeehleisConnect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
7/20/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 4 seconds
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#267 We Are The High Ground!

In today’s episode, Blyss and Stu share their thoughts on listeners’ letters and questions and also take some time to discuss the recent passing of an icon. By example, language, and compassion we are changing the discussion. May our efforts create a better experience for our daughters and their daughters too. We invite you to give your gift, whatever it may be, as boldly and as passionately as you can. Our gift, truth and love are all we have to offer one another.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Boycotting the term “dysfunctional labor”Protecting Independent MidwiferyThe status of v@ccines for babies A story about shoulder dystocia To or to not be concerned for offending those with medicalized births?Discussing the process “acceptance”Remembering Dr. ZelenkoThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Go to INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order!LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts  to get a free sample pack!Show Resources:Mickey Willis Tribute Video to Dr. Zelenko: plandemicseries.comConnect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
7/13/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 50 seconds
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#266 The Normalization of Deviance

Blyss shares the story of her most recent great birth and chimes in as Dr. Stu gets passionate while discussing the FDA’s recent authorization to begin jabbing babies as young as six months, and the fallacy of continuous electronic fetal monitoring. In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Catching up on their latest birth storiesThe presence of spike protein in donor milkCritiquing the FDA’s authorization of COVID-19 vaccines for infantsExampling the effectiveness of continuous electronic fetal heart rate monitoringThe change in public perception of the medical industrial complex This show is supported by:Bamboobies | Go to INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order!LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts  to get a free sample pack!Resources:They Are Going to Vaccinate Your 6-Month-Old (Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D)Category II Intrapartum Fetal Heart Rate Patterns Unassociated With Recognized Sentinel Events (Steven Clark, MD)Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
7/6/20221 hour, 25 minutes, 21 seconds
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#265 Live from Santa Barbara, it's Thursday Night!

Dr. Stu returns from Oahu and joins Blyss and a live audience in her new community in Santa Barbara, California to answer questions and discuss C-sections, VBACs, breech, vaginal steaming and more.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Recapping Stu’s latest travelsDiscussing the c-section problemWhy we need more home birthsHow hospitals have stripped women of their power to birth naturallyWhat is vaginal steaming?Why all doctors delivering twins should be trained in breechThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Go to INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order!LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts  to get a free sample pack!Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
6/29/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 16 seconds
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#264 Bleeding in Pregnancy and Postpartum

Blyss and Dr. Stu catch up on the events of the week—of course, with a healthy dose of cynicism—and respond to a few letters from listeners. They then discuss the pros and cons of certain ACOG protocols, while taking a deep dive on what is and is not normal bleeding throughout each trimester of pregnancy, as well as postpartum.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Some current events & cynicismWays to handle hemorrhages/Normal vs. abnormal bleeding during the first trimesterBleeding during the second and third trimesterAnalyzing ACOGs 2017 update on the protocol for a postpartum hemorrhageHow midwives train to assess normal vs. abnormal bleedingCommon risk factors for hemorrhagingThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Go to INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order!LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts  to get a free sample pack!Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
6/22/20221 hour, 32 minutes, 51 seconds
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#263 Different Country, Same Issues with Sally Anne Beresford

Today, Dr. Stu vents to us from his hotel room in Redding, California after reteaching breech, then travels to Stratford on Avon, UK to chat all things birth with British author & doula, Sally Anne Beresford. The two speak passionately about womens’ human rights to childbirth and their conversation reaffirms that the issues that so many mothers experience here in the US are also present across the pond. In this episode of Birthing Instincts:The trilogy of bias: Confirmation Bias, Premature Cognitive Commitments and Cognitive DissonanceSome common reasons mothers are excluded from delivering breechStu reads his colorful letter to the California LegislationA story about the “Fetus Ejection Reflex”A reminder that nature knows bestThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Go to INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order!LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts  to get a free sample pack!Connect with Sally:Instagram: @theultimatebirthpartnerBook: Labour of Love - The Ultimate Guide to Being a Birth PartnerWebsite: birthability.co.ukConnect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
6/15/20221 hour, 34 seconds
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#262 They Just Keep Doing That

In this episode, Blyss and Dr. Stu discuss the difference between a Colposcopy, LEEP and Cone Biopsy. They also share a variety of letters from listeners–many who were left without answers or dealt with health care professionals that lack awareness of social cues. Today’s show is yet another reminder of the unfortunate fact that the fear of the birth person or team you hire is sometimes the catalyst for the resistance to the birth you deserve and desire.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Pondering what is and is not a “waste of time”What is ectropion of the cervix? The difference between a colposcopy, LEEP & cone biopsyWhat to do when you’re studying under someone with different valuesA letter from a listener about the Vitamin K shotStories of fear mongering by doctorsThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Go to INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order!LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts  to get a free sample pack!Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
6/8/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 50 seconds
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#261 Fear is a Thief

Today, Dr. Stu and Blyss take a glance into the past to inform the present. Dr. Stu reads a chapter about the history of whooping cough from a book he’s been reading titled, “Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and The Forgotten History”. Although the book was published nine years ago, and its focus is historical, it offers lots of insight into the development, administration, and propaganda behind the world’s current most popular vaccine. This episode serves as a stark reminder that history repeats itself.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Differing perceptions of painComparing the covid and whooping cough vaccineDr. Stu reads an excerpt from “Dissolving Illusions”How the medical paradigm can create widespread cognitive dissonance Reasons not to trust organizations of authorityThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Go to INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order!LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts  to get a free sample pack!Books, Studies & Quotes Referenced:Association Between Menstrual Cycle Length and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) VaccinationPatient Betrayal: The Corruption of Healthcare, Informed Consent and the Physician-Patient RelationshipThe Vaccine Schedule"Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines and Forgotten History" by Suzanne Humphries, MD & Roman BystrianykMotherhood deferred: U.S. median age for giving birth reaches 30“What I’ve Seen in the Last 2 Years Is Unprecedented': Physician on COVID Vaccine Side Effects on Pregnant Women”...Dr. James Thorp is an extensively published 68-year-old physician MD board-certified in obstetrics and gynecologyConnect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
6/1/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 42 seconds
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#260 Back Stories and British Birthing with Erin Fung of Better Birth UK

Today’s show features two conversations: Blyss joins in an alliteration of B’s, while Stu connects from his RV. Stu also leaves the Beast behind and travels to the village of Shoreham in Kent, UK to meet with the prolific and informed hypnobirthing instructor, Erin Fung of Better Birth UK.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Questioning the Friedman CurveThe wide variety of viable birth positionsErin’s first traumatic birth experience The importance of mothers being fully informed of risks (with or without certain interventions)Envisioning a better future for birthing mothersThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Go to INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order!LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts  to get a free sample pack!Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comConnect with Erin Fung:Instagram: @betterbirthukLinktree: https://linktr.ee/BetterBirth  This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
5/25/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 56 seconds
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#259 Remember to Breathe

Blyss Young of Birthing Blyss joins Dr. Stu to reminisce, vent a little and discuss a home birth quandary.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Background info on modern midwiferyWhy many hospitals interventions are unnecessaryHow unsuccessful home births are technically viewed as a crime scene, and how this differs from hospital birthsRemembering that media headlines often don’t tell the full story The fear obstetricians project onto their clientsThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Go to INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order!LMNT | Go to drinklmnt.com/birthinginstincts  to get a free sample pack!Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
5/18/202245 minutes, 56 seconds
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#258 A Flight of Ideas

In this episode, mental and physical wellness and hopeful visions are the subject of today's podcast. Blyss and Dr. Stu read listener letters and discuss more truths and lies. Plus, learn why we need to always follow the money and why the mainstream medical model may not be worth saving.In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Dr. Stu and Blyss share a new vision and big dream for their workWhy the truth is only bothersome to those who don’t speak itDoes amniotic fluid protect babies from strep B?The struggles in trying to change a broken system from withinThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to lmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order! Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comResources:The Midwives' Cauldron episode about skin on skin This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
5/11/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 32 seconds
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#257 Toxins, Tyranny, & Tylenol Alternatives with Jennifer Margulis

Dr. Stu & Blyss sit down for a conversation with author, sage, and award-winning science journalist. Jennifer Margulis, PhD. They muse on their attendance to the #HEALNC gathered in Raleigh, NC and basked in wisdom with the author of "Your Baby, Your Way'' & "The Vaccine Friendly Plan”. Plus, Jennifer gives tips on eating a low-toxin diet, explains why aspirin may actually be the superior painkiller, and shares her own personal story battling the birthing medical complex. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:How dietary and environmental toxins may be affecting you Glyphosate’s effect on your fertilityTips for managing a fever in children that doesn't involve Tylenol Why our current medical model is failing moms and babiesHow to stand up for your medical choices with confidenceThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order! LMNT | Go to lmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comConnect with Jennifer:Jennifer’s SubstackSign up for her private email list at JenniferMargulis.net!https://jennifermargulis.net/tylenol-alternatives-better-safer-remedies/ https://www.theepochtimes.com/author-jennifer-margulis This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
5/4/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 22 seconds
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#256 Pushing, Tearing & Repairing

Blyss and Dr. Stu discuss RV life and physiologic vs. coached pushing with tears and repairs on today's episode. Learn some tips for preventing tearing from happening in the first place and feel empowered as a woman to take back the power during labor. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:How practitioners often undermine womens’ power during laborIs it possible to “breathe your baby out”?Which birthing positions may put more pressure on the perineumTips for reducing tearing and promoting healing postpartumThis show is supported by:LMNT | Go to lmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order! Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
4/27/20221 hour, 27 minutes, 10 seconds
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#255 Old Wisdom into New Paradigms with Maryn Green

Maryn Green of Indie Birth joins Blyss to discuss ancient wisdom and remind women to take back birth. A midwife since 2009 (first as a licensed midwife and now as an independent, autonomous midwife in Kentucky), Maryn has years of professional wisdom that she’s here to share. She’s well known for her international association, the Indie Birth Association, which serves and educates women and midwives all over the world. Plus, Dr. Stu began his cross country travels with a reteach breech seminar in Kentucky and stories of breech birth. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Dr. Stu has a serendipitous encounter with a police officerMaryn’s journey to becoming an independent, autonomous midwifeCreating new paradigms around birth with age old wisdomHow give women back their powerThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order! LMNT | Go to lmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comConnect with Maryn:Website: indiebirth.orgInstagram: @indiebirth Podcast: Taking Back Birth This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
4/20/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 4 seconds
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#254 Medical Coercion & Dr. Stu Slows Down

Taking more time to feel, to contemplate and to care is sound medicine. With this theme in mind, Blyss and Dr. Stu engage listener comments and discuss a variety of topics the medical/technical model has got wrong. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Dr. Stu takes a sabbaticalIs a vaginal birth after 3 cesareans possible?The hypocrisy of “safe and effective”Potential risks of getting the jab while pregnantThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order! LMNT | Go to lmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comResources:Extreme Health Radio PodcastBreech Emergency of Interlocked Heads by Gail TullyDr's Stu's article Why Aren't More Babies Being Nursed articleThe Dark Side of Prenatal Ultrasound and the Dangers of Non-Ionizing Radiation book This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
4/13/20221 hour, 25 minutes, 29 seconds
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#253 Navigating Sex & Intimacy in the Postpartum with Haize Hawke Rosen

Today on the show we’re joined by Blyss’ Innate Journey partner, Haize Hawke Rosen! A Spiritual Facilitator, Mentor & Master Doula, Haize is here to share the wisdom of sex and intimacy in birthing. Her and Blyss give tips on using intimacy to induce labor, why partners need to actively work towards healthy intimacy postpartum, and how to implement some of their best practices into your pregnancy journey. Plus, Dr. Stu is wiser for it as he begins his travels.In this episode of The Birthing Instincts Podcast:Rethinking free birthingMedical gaslighting around SIDS and infant mortalityHow Blyss & Haize are helping couples navigate sex during & after pregnancyLearning how to intimately reconnect with your partner postpartumThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order! LMNT | Go to lmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comFollow Haize:Instagram: @iamhaizehawkerosenVictoria Project Instagram: @tvpthevictoriaproject Website: The Victoria ProjectThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
4/6/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 58 seconds
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#252 Inducing Naturally & Letting Fear Control Us

Today we talk about real indications and methods for labor induction. Blyss shares her midwife wisdom on “natural” alternatives while Dr. Stu exposes how every hospital intervention just happens to generate revenue! In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:The safety of using marijuana while pregnantThe different types of skin on skin and why it’s important Pediatric tyrannies the hypocrisy of choiceTips for Inducing labor without pharmaceuticalsThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order! LMNT | Go to lmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comResources:Midwives Cauldron podcast This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
3/30/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 10 seconds
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#251 Lies & The Liars Who Tell Them

Our health is under siege with lies by liars with nefarious motives. From HPV vaccine to SIDS, Blyss & Dr. Stu expose the culprits in today's episode. Listen to learn all about vaccine injuries, and whether or not the HPV vaccine is a smart choice for you and your family. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Government censorship of “misinformation”New California bills that are threatening medical freedomDoes the HPV vaccine really prevent cancer? Myths about and motives behind HPV vaccinesThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order! LMNT | Go to lmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comResources:Vaccines and sudden infant death studyVaxxed2HPV Vaccine on Trial book Birth Control docu-seriesThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
3/23/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 39 seconds
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#250 Meeting Dr. Victoria Flores

Today we meet the infamous Dr. Flores! Dr. Stu and Blyss speak with the home birth obstetrician and mom about her path and passions and talk twins, including an amazing story of double breech babies. Plus, Dr. Stu gets unintended international exposure from @korraobidi. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast: A way to help mothers and babies in UkraineThe lost art of the ritual of birthHow Dr. Flores found her calling in birth and reconnected to her feminine heritage Unlearning what we’ve all learned about labor and deliverySome crazy breech birth storiesThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order! LMNT | Go to lmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comConnect with Dr. Victoria:Instagram: @victoria_md_birthing Website: homebirthintuition.com Resources: Email [email protected] Book: Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. For San Diego Birth center job opportunity: Email [email protected] or call (858)-900-2004 and ask for Alison.  Website: birthcentersandiego.comFor info about Ukraine breast milk inquiry [email protected] out @korraobidi!This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
3/16/20221 hour, 28 minutes, 23 seconds
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#249 Vitamin K Deficiency in Babies: Nature Knows Best

Dr. Stu laments more rules that solve nothing and diminish the individual while Blyss "blaised" her fellow birthkeepers. Then they dive into why newborns are born with vitamin K deficiencies and lament on the need for critical thought in our society. Today on the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Blyss shares her new divine callingThe beauty of fighting to have the birth you wantWhen spouses disagree on COVID injections Why are babies born Vitamin K deficient? This show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order! LMNT | Go to lmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comBritish Medical Journal intervention study This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
3/9/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 18 seconds
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#248 Rumors Are Lurking: Pregnancy Food Myths

Food rumors lurk in today’s episode as Dr. Stu and Blyss unpack some common pregnancy food myths, and bring some uncommon sense to the table. Learn whether or not your favorite foods are safe to eat while pregnant, and hear some old wives tales about food safety from around the globe!Today on the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Morality around masking childrenCommon pregnancy food myths that may surprise youWhat foods are totally off limits while pregnant?Concerns about caffeine during pregnancyHow to reduce anxiety around diet and find food freedomThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order! LMNT | Go to lmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comBlyss’s Caffeine Pregnancy Resource This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
3/2/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 42 seconds
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#247 Absurdities of Moral Absolutism

This week Blyss & Dr. Stu review a paper on "Alternative Perinatal Practices" and explore the verbiage and biases of experts and rule-makers whose principles are better than yours. They chat all things lotus births, delayed bathing, and about the corruption within American medical journals.Today on the Birthing Instincts Podcast:A COVID birth storyHypocrisy and corruption within medical journalsBreaking down "Alternative Perinatal Practices"What is a lotus birth and is it safe?This show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order! Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comRobin Lim's Placenta: The Forgotten Chakra This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
2/23/20221 hour, 25 minutes, 57 seconds
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#246 Feeling Nauseous? We Have Some Remedies

Today we discuss hyperemesis remedies after Blyss meets an icon and Dr. Stu gets canceled. Get diet, lifestyle, and homeopathic tips on dealing with hyperemesis and morning sickness, plus hear the story of how Dr. Stu ruffled some feathers in the birthing world!In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Dr. Stu gets canceled! Risks of hyperemesis gravidarumBattling morning sickness and low blood sugar Pharmacological and homeopathic solutions for hyperemesisThe safety and efficacy of diclegisThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order! Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comResources:The High Wire episode "Making History" Dr. Ben Lynch's Seeking Health This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
2/16/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 11 seconds
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#245 Birth Stories from South Sudan with Kristine Lauria

Kristine Lauria, an incredibly skilled midwife & storyteller, joins our podcast to share her amazing midwifery wisdom. Kristine specializes in high risk obstetrics and is a staunch advocate for autonomy in women's health, working internationally for MSF (Doctors Without Border) providing humanitarian aid. Blyss & Dr. Stu feel blessed by and in awe of her kindred spirit as she shares her stories, wisdom, and what happens when we don’t interfere in birth. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Kristine’s experiences working in high risk international birthsThe differences in birthing in South Sudan versus the U.SHow she keeps their cesarean rates so lowWhat happens in breech and twin births when there’s no interventionThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order! Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comFollow Kristine:Website: midwifewithoutboundaries.wordpress.com This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
2/9/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 37 seconds
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#244 Hypertension & Preeclampsia: What You Should Know

In today's episode Blyss and Dr. Stu give their take on the important topic of hypertension and preeclampsia in pregnant women. Plus, some more letters from listeners and the truth about the dreaded “white coat syndrome”. Country roads and flashbacks also on the menu.In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Should pregnant women avoid eating salt?Practical diet and lifestyle changes to reduce hypertensionThe truth behind “white coat syndrome”The risks of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy Blyss’s hypertension protocol This show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order! Resources:Find Dr. Stu on RumbleDr. Brewer Pregnancy DietCochrane Reviews Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
2/2/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 48 seconds
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#243 We Survived Covid

In today’s podcast Blyss and Dr. Stu discuss personal experiences with the variant and review their birth statistics. Finding the positive in a sea of confusion and an important letter about CMV. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Dr. Stu’s and Blyss’s experiences with contracting COVIDWhat supplements they used to manage COVIDA heartbreaking letter from a listener in healthcare workDeep diving into their birth statistics for the past yearAn important PSA for parents about CMVThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order! Resources:Check out John Campbell Listen to Dr. Stu on The Holistic OBGYN PodcastListen to Dr. Stu on the Miraculous Mamas PodcastConnect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
1/26/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 32 seconds
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#242 Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

Today’s show is about acronyms galore! Blyss & Dr. Stu review VBAC/HBAC/TOLAC and the FDA on Diclegis, too. More dopamine and less use of the term "provider" in 2022. Plus, they touch on the efficacy of monoclonal antibodies, and Dr. Stu shares the story of a serendipitous meeting of a past patient and listener of the podcast. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Answering your questions about VBAC, HBAC, and TOLACThe problem with the word “provider”What’s the deal with monoclonal antibodiesPractical resources for those pursuing VBACResources:VBAC FactsThe VBAC Link courseThe VBAC Link PodcastTrial of Labor documentaryDoing It At Home podcastThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 25% off your first order! Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
1/19/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 55 seconds
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#241 Evidence Based BS

On this solo episode, Dr. Stu reviews some published information on home birth and the jab, and shares healthy skepticism on opinions masquerading as fact. Listen as Dr. Stu brings things back down to reality with some basic critical thinking. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Breaking down the true risks of home birthsOveruse of the term misinformationHow to cultivate healthy skepticismThe reality behind “safe and effective” Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
1/12/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 23 seconds
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#240 Together Again on the Couch

Dr. Stu and Blyss are back together again! From an Instagram Live Event, some questions from listeners are addressed as Blyss and Dr. Stu reunite less than six feet apart! They share their tips on home births, pregnancy risk with age, and learning how to trust your midwife. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:The importance of nutrition during pregnancyIs there risk with home births for older mothers?Preventing jaundice in newbornsHow to find a midwife who can handle breech birthsThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 40% off your first order! Nathan Riley's " The Holistic OBGYN Podcast" Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
1/5/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 9 seconds
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#239 Breech Birth with Dr. Stu on The Better Birth Podcast

Dr. Stu loved this podcast so much, he wanted to share it here for all of the Birthing Instincts Podcast listeners! In this episode, Erin and Dr. Stu discuss breech birth, the misconceptions, Dr. Stu’s successes in facilitating vaginal breech births at home, and why a C-section doesn't have to be a foregone conclusion!In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:The dying art of breech birthsHistory of breech births and we labor the way we doDifferences between US and UK birth healthcareThe unspoken side effects of C-sectionsThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 40% off your first order! Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comConnect with Erin and The Better Birth Podcast:Podcast: The Better Birth Podcast Instagram: @BetterBirthUK This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
12/29/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 52 seconds
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#238 Treating Cancer Naturally: What’s the Alternative? with Stephanie Dawn

Stephanie Dawn, radical detox goddess and founder of Sacred Birth Work, joins Blyss & Dr. Stu to discuss her journey through breast cancer and her expertise in wellness. She shares her cancer journey, from being diagnosed, to seeking out alternative treatments in Mexico, and everything in-between. Plus, Blyss returns to LA & Dr. Stu unveils his "Test of Time" hypothesis."In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Stephanie’s unique cancer journeyWhy she chose alternatives to allopathic cancer treatmentsHolistic practices and supplements that target cancerHow you can be proactive in cancer prevention starting todayThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 40% off your first order! Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comConnect with Stephanie:Instagram: @sacred.woman Website: stephaniedawn.comLearn more about hope4cancer.com This show is produced by Soulfire Productions
12/22/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 7 seconds
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#237 Twin Births: Repetition is the Mother of Learning

Blyss & Dr. Stu catch up on listener letters reinforcing the benefit of skills training and some really dumb doctor dogma. Dr. Stu shares another home twin birth story. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Updates on Blyss’s COVID testing Listeners share the impact of the podcast on their livesBreech babies, prolapsed cords, and twin birthsFalse stereotypes about petite women giving birthResources:Dr. Stu's Podcast #124 "Sara's Story"The Better Birth PodcastBD Verito COVID-19 Test This show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 40% off your first order! Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
12/15/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 15 seconds
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#236 Make Friends with Grief

Tears of joy and sorrow as Blyss shares some wisdom on the anniversary of Skye’s passing. And Dr. Stu fails at making a long story short about two VBA2C births. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Remembering Skye and navigating griefThe intersection of birth and deathStories of triumphant VBA2C births Concerns around uterine ruptureResources:Podcast episode #162 "Let's Talk About Skye"The Wild Edge of Sorrow by Francis Weller Skye's song This show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 40% off your first order! Connect with Dr. Stu:Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with Blyss:Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
12/8/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 24 seconds
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#235 The Breech Release with Nicole Morales

Midwife and author Nicole Morales joins Blyss & Dr. Stu to discuss her new book, The Breech Release. Midwife wisdom abounds but wisdom everywhere else continues to be AWOL. Nicole shares what she's learned in her professional experiences and how breech home births are more than just spinning babies. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Why babies end up breech in the first placeThe alarmingly high rate of C-sections that start with a breech babyWhat external cephalic version is and how does it workPassing down midwife wisdomThis show is supported by:LMNT| Go to lmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 40% off your first order! Listen to Dr. Stu's lectureConnect with Nicole:Get her book The Breech ReleaseInstagram: @nicolemoralesmidwifeSpinning BabiesWebsite: Art of OpeningConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
11/17/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 42 seconds
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#234 “I Don’t Consent”

Today we share stories of home twins, a breech and the laws of placental physics while standing up for principles against a very slippery slope. Blyss and Dr. Stu share thoughts and wisdom. They debunk some myths about placenta blood flow and discuss the lack of accountability within vaccine manufacturers. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Debunking placenta and blood flow mythsPeople’s obsessive desire to have scientific studies for everythingVaccine injuries and the lack of liability Corruption within government medical agencies Concord NeonatalThis show is supported by:LMNT| Go to lmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 40% off your first order! Connect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.com
11/10/20211 hour, 19 minutes, 50 seconds
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#233 No Studies Needed: Following Nature’s Birthplan with Michele Kazmier

Blyss illuminates some needed common sense in our conversation on newborn resuscitation with holistic neonatal transition and NRP guru Michele Kazmier, CNM. As a former NICU nurse, Michele shares her wisdom and professional experience on unnecessary interventions within the mainstream medical model and how she now teaches practical skills for other midwives in the community setting. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Benefits of delayed cord clampingUnnecessary interventions in the medical model and how they escalate How emergency situations are handled in community careThe practice of cord milking and whether not it’s effectiveThis show is supported by:LMNT| Go to lmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 40% off your first order! Silverette | Use code INSTINCTS to get 15% off your purchase Check out Dr. Stu on Doula Chanel's Instagram liveConnect with Michelle:Instagram: @lavendermoonmidwiferyWebsite: lavendermoonmidwifery.com/michelekazmiercnmConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
11/3/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 36 seconds
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#232 Off Label for Thee: FDA’s Double Standards

More inconsistency from the ruling class, more distrust from the masses. And community birthing gets a boost from an unlikely source. Learn all about the practice of “off labeling” use, and how it’s revealing hypocrisy within the FDA. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Encouraging statistics behind home birthingCompanies pushing back against mandatesThe downfalls of hyperfocusing on adverse outcomesWhat “off labeling” is and how it reveals FDA hypocrisy Community Birth editorialThis show is supported by:LMNT| Go to lmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 40% off your first order! Silverette | Use code INSTINCTS to get 15% off your purchase Connect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
10/27/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 44 seconds
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#231 Genetic Testing & Medical Misinformation, Who are the Super Spreaders?

ACOG threatens disciplinary action against spreaders of inaccurate information. Let’s hold them to their threat. The team talks genetic screening while Blyss shares a letter on a genetic cascade of interventions and Dr. Stu gets passionate about the Rome declaration. Check out the Rome DeclarationIn this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Blyss shares some exciting newsA touching letter from a listener on the podcast’s impactPractitioners fighting back against misinformation How to know which genetic testing is right for youThis show is supported by:LMNT| Go to lmnt.com/birthinginstincts to get a free sample pack!Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 40% off your first order! Connect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
10/20/20211 hour, 20 minutes, 34 seconds
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#230 Labs & Jabs!

Blyss & Dr. Stu explain 1st trimester lab tests and expose more nonsense including a chilling punch from the Federation of State Medical Boards. Learn which labs Blyss and Dr. Stu like to test for that aren’t standard, and how to be the best advocate for your own health and pregnancy. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Vaccine safety in pregnancySocial media sites cracking down on natural immunityBreaking down the different first trimester labsWhy so many of us are deficient in vitamin D Listen to Dr. Stu on the Down to Birth podcast!Listen to Dr. Stu and Emily on The Kelli Show!Simone Scott's storyThis show is supported by:LMNT| Go to lmnt.com/birthinginstincts! Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 40% off your first order! Connect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
10/13/20211 hour, 19 minutes, 18 seconds
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#229 Stop the Sugarcoating: Pregnancy & Diabetes

After ingesting a lot of nonsense regurgitated by the false gods of science, Blyss and Dr. Stu digest some facts and thoughts on Diabetes and Pregnancy. As it turns out, a lot of the information we’ve been told about diabetes when it comes to pregnancy, may not be so true after all! Plus, stay tuned to hear the truth about so-called Facebook fact checkers, why the scientific method is being thrown out the window, and how we can all stay sane in these crazy times. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:The truth about Facebook fact checkersHow the scientific method is being eradicated What you need to know about pregnancy and diabetesPractical tips for having a healthy pregnancy with diabetes Check out Russell Brand's videosCheck out Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth"This show is supported by:Silverette | Use code INSTINCTS to get 15% off your first order! Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 40% off your first order! Connect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
10/6/20211 hour, 24 minutes, 46 seconds
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#228 It's a Constitutional & Human Right! with Hermine Hayes-Klein

Today on the show, human rights attorney, Hermine Hayes Klein, joins the podcast to share her insights on informed consent, coercion and doula roles with Blyss and Dr. Stu. Hermine shares her wisdom and professional experience working within childbirth advocacy, and gives hope to soon-to-be moms to have whatever kind of birth experience they choose. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Hermine’s work defending parental rightsThe ways in which hospitals coerce and violate mothersHow to advocate for yourself and your babyWhy breech births are dismissed in hospitalsHow doulas can be a powerful tool of advocacyThis show is supported by:Bamboobies | Use code INSTINCTS to get 40% off your first order! Visit Hermine's websiteConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
9/29/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 57 seconds
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#227 Navigating the Crossroads

On topics from the path to midwifery, to the use of language, from twins to quads to natural birth and immunity, Blyss and Dr. Stu explore ways to avoid the potholes and make it through the other side. Plus, listen until the end to hear them give practical advice for those thinking about going down the career path of becoming a midwife. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Reminiscing on birthdays and the passage of timeControversy within midwife associationsAdvice for a soon to be mother of quadruplets Weighing risk versus relative riskTips for those who want to become midwivesThis show is supported by:Silverette | Use code INSTINCTS to get 15% off your first order! Eric Clapton's vaccine storyConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
9/22/20211 hour, 17 minutes, 16 seconds
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#226 The Decline of Reason Continues: More Absurdity on the Injection and Ivermectin

Today on the show, Blyss reminds us of what is valuable and Dr. Stu explains the inexplicable, They discuss the recent changes in Texas abortion law and the possible repercussions of it. And if you’re ever dealt with frustration that insurance won’t cover your ideal birthing situation, Blyss shares some encouragement to parents who are dealing with that. Plus learn why fear is an excellent motivator, and whether or not Ivermectin is a viable tool for treating COVID patients.In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Dr. Stu and Blyss’ thoughts on the recent Texas abortion lawWhat’s the deal with vaccine boostersThe safety and efficacy of Ivermectin for treating COVIDDebunking a recent UCLA articleConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
9/15/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 16 seconds
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#225 Cultivating a Work-Life Balance

Today on the show, Dr. Stu and Blyss share their recent travel happenings and dive into some personal vaccine encounters. Plus, they tackle some questions sent in from listeners, including how they’ve dealt with trying to keep a healthy work-life balance and what tips they’ve learned from their years juggling careers and family. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Vaccine mandates in the workplaceThe importance of natural immunity Finding a healthy balance between work and personalThe struggles of being a working parentPractical tips for finding that balanceRobert Kennedy's The Real Anthony FauciListen to Dr. Stu on the Doing It At Home Podcast!Connect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
9/8/20211 hour, 18 minutes, 55 seconds
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#224 Legally Kidnapping Children: CPS Horror Stories

Blyss and Dr. Stu are back together again to tackle tough issues and current events. They catch up on their personal travels, then dive into current COVID happenings and the real life horror stories of medically sanctioned kidnapping. They share the tragic stories of some families whose children were taken by CPS, and how the parents are fighting back against it. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Traveling as a female and trusting your gutWhy fake vaccine cards aren’t a good ideaHorror stories of CPS medical kidnapping How POC are targeted in medical settingsHow COVID has caused us to lose our humanityCheck out Syesha’s storyBreech baby storyAmerica's Frontline DoctorsConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
9/1/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 24 seconds
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#223 The Truth About the American Medical Association

Today on the show, Dr. Stu is flying solo and gives us a deep dive into the American Medical Association (AMA). Listen as he shares his insight about the lack of transparency the AMA truly has, why they don’t really represent most doctors, and what organizations we should be putting our trust in instead. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:All about the history of the AMA Less than 15% of doctors are represented by the AMAWhy it’s dangerous to have them speaking for the massesWhere the AMA gets it wrongOrganizations you should trust insteadConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
8/25/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 49 seconds
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#222 Breech Birth Review & What You Need to Know About Group B Strep

Dr. Stu and Blyss catch up on what’s been going on in their world, then chat about some questions listeners sent in and go over a breech birth. Plus Dr. Stu explains why informed consent is so vital, and gives an in-depth explanation of Group B Strep and everything you need to know about what your rights are. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:When NICU intervention overreachesReviewing a breech birth What Group B Strep is and what you need to know about itQuestions and messages from listenersThe importance of informed consent Connect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
8/18/20211 hour, 19 minutes, 38 seconds
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#221 Corruption in Modern Science

Americans are slowly losing their trust in medical institutions, and often for good reason. Dr. Stu and Blyss discuss why so many medical establishments are crumbling before our own eyes, and some of the corruption that led to it. Plus, Dr. Stu gives updates on the stubborn twin babies, and Blyss shares a touching post. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:A final update on the stubborn twins Exploring different Covid protocols The hypocrisy of vaccine passports Why we can’t look at medicine like it’s black and white How medical institutions are losing the public’s trustConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
8/11/20211 hour, 18 minutes, 51 seconds
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#220 Bringing the Sexy Back into Fertility with Ivy Joeva

Doula and birth educator, Ivy Joeva, joins Dr. Stu She shares her work and how she helps prepare women’s bodies for pregnancy. They discuss how Ivy’s spirituality intersects with her practice, the biggest issues she’s seeing with both men and women’s fertility,  and how she’s even helping those on the artificial reproduction journey with her practices.  Plus, listen to the biggest 4 factors Ivy has pinpointed when it comes to fertility, and how you can utilize them for your fertility health. In This Episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Why women need should start thinking about fertility now Stress is the number one fertility killerWhy fertility is a dance between mind, body, and spirit Practical tips for increasing fertility with nutrition and lifestyleThe divine mystery of pregnancyConnect with Ivy:Instagram: @ivyjoevaWebsite: ivyjoeva.comCheck out Ivy’s program Jumpstart Your FertilityConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
8/4/20211 hour, 49 minutes, 47 seconds
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#219: Mask Mandates, Stubborn Twins, and Where the Name Birthing Instincts Came From

On today’s episode, Dr. Stu and Blyss catch up and chat about all the happenings in their lives. They discuss the hypocrisies behind COVID restrictions, when castor oil doesn’t help stubborn twins, and the meaning behind the name “Birthing Instincts”. Plus, listen to Dr. Stu’s read his short story based off “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” that tells the tale of female disempowerment when it comes to their own pregnancies. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:When castor oil doesn’t work The origin of the name Birthing Instincts Dealing with online censorship  Why being a doula doesn’t mean being a doormat Where the medical system is lying to youConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
7/28/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 33 seconds
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#218: The Power of Midwives, Medical Misinformation, and Making Your Own Decisions with Alex and Gabe Basso

Blyss may be on a country road, but Dr. Stu gets on his high horse about the use of language and reminds us that breech remains a variation of normal. Parents Alex & Gabriel share their breech birth story.In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:The importance of the language we useResources for breech birthsBirthing centers and informed consentHow family members can affect the birthing process Reclaiming personal power and trusting your own body Connect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
7/21/20211 hour, 17 minutes, 24 seconds
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#217: Hope Gets A Makeover

Dr. Stu joins Blyss in her new kitchen on wheels to discuss listener questions and spider bites. Our duo discusses a more honest article on vaccine counseling and whether the term "trusted healthcare provider" can now join the ranks of military intelligence, jumbo shrimp, and plastic silverware as an iconic oxymoron.In this episode of the Birthing Instincts PodcastIntroducing Hope the RV and new beginnings Occiput posterior labor explainedHonoring personal boundaries as a healthcare providerVaccine risks and misleading language of research articles Q&A: Bicornuate uterus, shoulder dystocia, cholestasis, and the myth of aging placentas Fed up: Taking back the freedom of choiceResources:AJOG - May 2021 editionCheck out @painfreebirth on InstagramConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
7/14/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 45 seconds
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#216: It’s Still All Wrong

Blyss is away so Dr. Stu has a conversation with his past and present self and discovers that not much has changed in 30 years. Absurdity and being wrong a lot doesn't seem to cause those in charge to slow down and reflect. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:The importance of addressing burnoutMeghan Markle’s birth planJournalism is no longer about facts, it’s about shaping how you thinkThe increasing push for medical discriminationWhen medical school graduates are unable to practiceAMA: Putting the power in the wrong handsThe value scale of the medical professionResources:The Truth About Meghan Markle's Secret Birth PlanThe Highwire Podcast with Del Bigtree - Dirty DeedsObgyno Wino Podcast - Microdose J - The One About the C19 InjectionThe Sharyl Attkisson Podcast - Vaccine mandates, passports and choice in the era of Covid-19School kids in Israel when told masks are not needed anymoreIncreasing Access to Medical Care from Physicians through an Associate Physician License OptionConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
7/7/202157 minutes, 9 seconds
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#215: Let’s Reimagine Managing

Dr. Stu dusts himself off to hijack a slogan that's trending, and Blyss thinks it's about time. Our duo review ABO incompatibility and bask in two different beautiful home births and find that wisdom can come from anywhere.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Propaganda and science - finding the right informationNature knows: a story of birthing outsideTesting for ABO incompatibilityTools for identifying and treating JaundiceOB-GYN and the second stage of laborConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
6/30/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 24 seconds
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#214: Stop the F@#kery!

What's the deal with everyone being on low-dose aspirin in pregnancy? Blyss and Dr. Stu also review the data and, not surprisingly, have an opinion. Blyss is fed up with the f@#kery as Dr. Stu shares an all too common tale of the cascade of interventions and the futility of zero.In this episode of the Birthing Instincts podcast:The Doctor on a plane storiesCascade of interventions and unnecessary induction Covid vaccines and pregnancyGetting to the answers of aspirin and pregnancyConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comResources:AAPS | Association of American Physicians and Surgeonshttp://www.improvingbirth.org@badassmotherbirther on InstagramACOG Committee Opinion No. 743Dr. Walensky On The COVID-19 Vaccine, Pregnancy, And FertilityThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
6/23/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 53 seconds
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#213: Trolling for Twins

Dr. Stu reviews The Twin Birth study and politely responds to some angry Facebook trolls using ACOG's own words and reason. Blyss jumps in with both feet to discuss chorionicity and add her midwife wisdom.In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:The rise of vaccine passportsThe differences of care for di/di, mono/di, and mono/mono twins Disagreeing on social media commentsRelative risk vs. actual risk for twin births Nuances of multifetal gestationMidwifery wisdom on diet during pregnancy Connect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comResources:ACOG Multifetal Gestations A Randomized Trial of Planned Cesarean or Vaginal Delivery for Twin PregnancyPassport Resistance on Instagram @passportresistRussel Brand Vaccine Passports: THIS Is Where It LeadsThe Brewer’s DietThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
6/16/20211 hour, 24 minutes, 41 seconds
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#212: Full of Surprises!

Blyss and Dr. Stu discover they aren’t yet old dogs. The third stage of labor still has new tricks to teach us. Join in the conversation as we share tales of perplexing placentas and listener comments.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Birthing stories: one size does not fit allGratitude in the birthing experienceShort cords, twins, and perplexing placentasThe things they don’t teach in medical schoolPlacenta inspectionThe secret power of Yunnan BaiyaoConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comResources:Evidence Based Birth Podcast episode 172Avivaromm.comDr. Berlin on InstagramThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
6/9/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 14 seconds
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#211: What Mammals Know and We Have Forgotten

The mammalian birth model is perfectly designed, and anything outside of that is an intervention. Today’s topic focuses on how the medical model disrupts the birthing process, when to allow nature to play its role, and when it might be time to step in.In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:The conflict of personal responsibility and autonomy decision makingHow labor is a primitive brain function like breathingAny care outside of mother and child is an interventionWhat is the cascade of interventions How midwife wisdom is greater than the medical model Connect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comResources:Against the Wind with Dr. Stu50% Health Care Worker are Reluctant to get Covid VaccineMonty Python Birthing SkitThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
6/2/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 29 seconds
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#210: Deliver Us From Eva with Eva Thies

Hemophilia mom, Eve Thies, gets a "do over" as she recounts her two birth stories with Blyss & Dr. Stu.In this episode of Birthing Instincts Podcast:New birth stories and Dr. Stu’s favorite musicHemophilia A, Preeclampsia, and breech birthsBirth choices: standing up and asking questionsDecision making around home birthAcknowledging the effects of birthing careConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
5/26/202154 minutes, 15 seconds
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#209: Professionally Responsible???

Maybe academia just sees the world differently. More division and suspicion and the destruction of trust in the medical system as Dr. Stu once again deconstructs the ethics of the self-proclaimed ethicists. Blyss and Dr. Stu discuss another way to communicate. There is some good news, too!In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Not so ethical ethicistsDirective counseling: Subtle coercion is still coercion Beneficence based ethicsPaternalism and the ambiguity of research articlesConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comResources:Preliminary Findings of mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine Safety in Pregnant PersonsV-safe After Vaccination Health CheckerAvivaromm.comDr Stu's Podcast #151Dr Stu's Podcast #161Birthing Instincts Podcast #208Professionally responsible coronavirus disease 2019 vaccination counseling of obstetrical and gynecologic patientsThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
5/19/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 39 seconds
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#208: Nature is smarter than the CEO of Moderna

In today's show, Blyss and Dr. Stu continue the theme of questioning everything. From virtual funerals to airline face mask "law" to how to live healthily. After another beautiful primip home breech birth, Dr. Stu headed to Oregon to bring back pearls from the Healthy Immunity 2021 Conference.In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:Takeaways from the Healthy Immunity 2021 ConferenceFace masks and vaccines: Laws, regulations, and reality Steps for improving the immune systemCensorship and countering bad ideas with good ideasTools for standing up for medical freedomConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comResources:The Vaccine Friendly PlanThe Business of BabySayer JiVaccinefacts.infoDesiree on IG @wildwolfherbsPaul Thomas on IG @PaulthomasmdMan’s Search for MeaningThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
5/12/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 17 seconds
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#207: Informed Consent Quandary

In this episode, Blyss and Dr. Stu are getting into the ethics of decision-making and informed consent. Between gray area guidelines, personal bias, and passed down dumb doctor dogma, this topic can be confusing. Today Dr. Stu and Blyss share their perspective on the foundational value of their practice.In this episode of Birthing InstinctsThe downside to being licensed by the state The different types of informed consent Who decided the standard for good medical practice Ethical decision making The right of uninformed refusalConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comShow References:Follow @_milkandthemoon_Dr. Stu’s letter from the AMAACOG Ethical Decision MakingACOG Committee Opinion No. 664Episode 151: Subtle Coercion is Still CoercionEpisode 157: Last Incubator on the LeftThe Straw Men of Ethics: A Different OpinionThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
5/5/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 47 seconds
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#206: The Long and Winding Road

In this edition of the Birthing Instincts podcast, Blyss and Dr. Stu share their backstory. How did we end up here in Blyss’s kitchen? Dr. Stu’s Dumb Doctor Dogma segment shows the dogma is systemwide and an idyllic breech home birth in the canyon and a sweet letter of gratitude from breech parents remind us of the beauty and awe of birth.In this episode of The Birthing Instincts Podcast:Breech birth storiesHow Blyss and Dr. Stu’s paths crossedFrustrations with the medical system modelDumb Dr. Dogma highlightsConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comRumble: @birthinginstinctsConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
4/28/20211 hour, 49 seconds
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#205: No Place Like Home

Ruby slippers aside, on this opening episode of the Birthing instincts podcast Blyss and Dr. Stu explore and discuss the differences between the home birth midwifery model of care and the hospital medical model of care. Success, safety & satisfaction all matter. We debut our new Midwife Wisdom and Dumb Doctor Dogma segments and catch up on births and letters as usual. Welcome to our podcast. In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Updates for the show The differences in home and hospital birthsWhat happens when something goes wrong in a home birth Lack of breech birth education for doctors How the healthcare “shift” mentally creates uncertaintyConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comReferences:Against the Wind Podcast with Paul ThomasThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions
4/21/20211 hour, 1 minute, 5 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #204: Coming Clean

Blyss and Dr. Stu talk birth and take a refreshing plunge into listener questions on hypertension in pregnancy, a new editorial supportive of the home birth option in slate.com and more on breeches & twins. Dr. Stu sat for a Welsh documentary, and Xander gets his first bath.
4/14/202157 minutes, 54 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #203: It’s the Simple Things

Lest we forget in the midst of all the craziness! It is the simple things sometimes. Dr. Stu went to the movies!! But had to drive 450 miles to do it. Blyss @birthingblyssmidwifery joins Dr. Stu to discuss lockdown malevolence, data on 1st twin breech, & interlocking heads, putting “stuff” into our bodies could be reckless and the latest in other birth and health common sense.
4/14/20211 hour, 1 minute, 8 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #202: Sanity Warning ⚠️: Less Hysteria, More Hiking

Listening to this episode may expose you to logic and reasoning. Blyss Joins Dr. Stu on a variety of topics affecting the birthing world. Privacy, thrombocytopenia in pregnancy, more virus updates, and some parallels on how we treat aging and the birthing are on the breakfast table.
4/14/20211 hour, 57 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #201: Commonplace Does Not Equal Correctness

Blyss and I discuss current topics affecting the birth world. Risks of cesarean section, Covid-19 vaccination in pregnancy update, another loss of choice for LA moms, and intermittent monitoring are on the breakfast table.
4/14/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 34 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #200: Conform or Else!

Back on with Blyss! Since when did speaking out become a health hazard? We will catch up and talk pros and cons of midwife licensing, vaccination for young women and listener correspondence. An excellent new documentary is out on a pioneer in fetal health.
4/14/202159 minutes, 35 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #199: What They Say & What it Means

Blyss is on her way home from Hawaii so Dr. Stu talks on twins, IUGR, placentas, breech and more Medical Board malfeasance. Reader letters, the latest news and a nod to the "mishpoche".
4/14/20211 hour, 1 minute, 31 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #198: No Power in Yes

Blyss is off in Hawaii, well deserved, while I discuss the power of No! So much to catch up on from the past two weeks. Stu reviews three sets of twin births and the liberty of self-employment. Join me for some common sense.@birthingblyssmidwifery @drstantonhom
4/14/20211 hour, 43 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #197: Blyss on the Rocks

There’s a new home birth drama taking Netflix by storm. Blyss & Dr. Stu share their movie review and review a strange birthing week.
4/14/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 26 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #196: Special Powers

Blyss dodges a Covid-19 bullet and the Dynamic Duo discuss staying healthy and the alter egos of NIPT, melatonin & Green Journal confusion.
4/14/20211 hour, 1 minute, 47 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #195: What A Year!

Blyss & Dr. Stu look back at a year of births and share their wisdom on listener topics.
4/14/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 14 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #194: Different Species!

Alliterations aside, Blyss is busy birthing so Dr. Stu discusses a tale of two breeches and why all pregnant women and “birthing people”   are not the same. Other topics include Covid-19 updates, more silliness out of the capital and listener letters.
12/28/202058 minutes, 49 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #193: Birthing People

Blyss & Dr. Stu try anti-social distancing and give Zoom a try. Harvard and wisdom may be oxymoronic but wisdom from C.S. Lewis stands the test of time.
12/21/20201 hour, 1 minute, 16 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #192: Priorities Amuck

Blyss returns to discuss birth and letters from listeners. Another good doctor under fire and America’s maternity care under scrutiny. Dr. Stu and Blyss share insights.
12/14/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 35 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #191: Complicating the Simple

With Blyss at a birth, Dr. Stu goes solo to talk of Twins born early, shared decision making and he takes a deep dive into the malevolent hubris of gunnysacking and gaslighting good people.
12/8/20201 hour, 35 seconds
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Podcast #190: Epidurals are not Candy!

Back in the kitchen to discuss Bishop scores and post-date protocols. And WTF happened to the Land of the Free & the Home of the Brave! Blyss & Dr. Stu have their opinions, as usual.
12/1/20201 hour, 1 minute, 32 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #189: The End of Absurdity

To honor Skye, Dr. Stu declares an early end to 2020. And Blyss joins in to say normalcy begins with how we birth.
11/20/202059 minutes, 2 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat #20

Live on Facebook and Instagram November 11
11/17/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 16 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat #19

Recorded on Facebook and Instagram, October 28, 2020 Link from this podcast: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8834045/Women-France-felt-like-suffocating-forced-wear-face-masks-childbirth.html
10/30/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 32 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat #18

Recorded via FB and Instagram on October 21, 2020
10/27/202058 minutes, 17 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat Session 17

Recorded live on Facebook and Instagram October 7, 2020
10/13/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 55 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat #16

Recorded live September 30, 2020 on Facebook and Instagram
10/2/202049 minutes, 50 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast Fireside Chat #15

Recorded September 18th via Dr.Stu’s Podcast Facebook
9/23/202059 minutes, 28 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast Fireside Chat #14

Recorded Live via Dr. Stu’s Podcast Facebook on September 4th
9/10/202058 minutes, 38 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast Fireside Chat #13

(Though Dr. Stu says 12, this is really 13)Recorded Live on August 21st via Facebook and Instagram
9/6/202059 minutes, 30 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast Fireside Chat Session 12

Live from Dr. Stu’s Podcast Facebook on Aug 7
8/13/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 43 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat Session 11

Recorded July 31, 2020 live from Dr. Stu’s Podcast Facebook and Birthing Blyss Midwifery Instagram
8/6/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 14 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast Fireside Chat #10

Recorded July 24 via Facebook and Instagram Live
7/30/20201 hour, 1 minute, 10 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat Session 9

Recorded live via Facebook and Instagram July 17th
7/23/20201 hour, 1 minute, 34 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat Session 8

Recorded Live July 10th on
7/15/20201 hour, 1 minute, 48 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat session 7

‘Perfect is the enemy of the good.’Recorded live on Facebook, June 12, 2020
6/18/202056 minutes, 16 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat Session 6

Dr. Stu and Blyss live from Facebook and Instagram recorded May 29th
6/11/20201 hour, 1 minute, 20 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat session 5

Dr. Stu and Blyss live from Facebook and Instagram recorded May 15th Tune in every Friday at 11a Pacific
5/21/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 1 second
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat Session 4

Another “not-so- by-the-fire” Fireside Chat session, recorded May 8th. Dr. Stu and Blyss, catch up and share their lates birth related stories and discuss some of today’s important issues.
5/14/20201 hour, 7 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat Session 3

Dr. Stu and Blyss continue their weekly, “Fireside Chats” (minus the fire). Session 3 recorded, May 1, 2020
5/7/20201 hour, 19 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Live Fireside Chat Session 2

Fireside Chat Session 2, Recorded April 24, 2020
5/1/20201 hour, 55 seconds
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Fireside Chat Session 1

During the #Coronavis, Dr. Stu and Blyss are hosting weekly Fireside Chats. Here is session 1 from Friday, March 20th
4/7/20201 hour, 50 minutes, 40 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast 168: Helping in Haiti

Birth Center owner & midwife Renee Sicignano (See Chin Yah No) joins our hosts to share her experiences volunteering in Haiti. Blyss and Dr. Stu share in the lessons of gratitude and selflessness.  Links in this podcast: https://mamababyhaiti.orghttps://longreads.com/2020/03/10/criminalization-of-the-american-midwife/https://www.change.org/p/california-governor-help-best-start-birth-center-keep-coverage-for-medi-cal-clients
3/27/202057 minutes, 40 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #167: Raindrops on Roses

A rainy Los Angeles day and a news cycle of panic and TP shortages has Blyss & Dr. Stu addressing listener letters while remembering personal heroes and periwinkle as some of their favorite things.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
3/14/202059 minutes, 36 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #166: Pieces Missing!

Producer John feeds Blyss’ jigsaw puzzle addiction and Dr. Stu puts on the reading glasses to seek out the holes in another replay of the Amos & Frank Show and their anti-midwife/homebirth crusade to save women from choices. LINKS: Midwives – Licensees | Medical Board of California
3/6/202053 minutes, 45 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast 165: Miracles Around Us

Dr. Stu is reminded what matters by an awesome display in the Alaskan Sky and Blyss chimes in on the little miracles around us. Here’s one, a VBAC in Santa Barbara, OMG! Links this podcast: Bode and Morgan Miller share ‘incredible’ home birth story of their twins Method of Birth Should Be a Choice
2/28/202053 minutes, 6 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #164: Provoking Thought

Catching up on letters from listeners and wisdom from Blyss stimulates Dr. Stu into some thought provoking moments.
2/20/202048 minutes, 30 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #163: Falling Behind….Learning to Adapt…..Winning!

Blyss & Dr. Stu take a lesson from The Kansas City Chiefs and rally from a tough stretch to take on 20 babies in January, 2020!
2/7/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 1 second
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #162: Let’s Talk About Skye

Our story of loss and grief. #lovemore
1/8/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 52 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #161: The Authors Report No Conflict of Interest

Amos & Frank are at it again. Redefining high risk and continuing to obsess over home birth. Midwives Beth & Blyss react while Dr. Stu obsesses over buns of steel
12/7/201946 minutes, 27 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast # 160: Homebirth Twins Go Viral

Morgan & Bode Miller are making a difference. Midwife Beth Cannon joins Blyss & Dr. Stu to discuss the latest news. Cristen Pascucci & Diana Snyder took to the podium with Dr. Stu at the recent New Jersey Symposium on Physiologic Birth. And, breech expert, Dr. Barry Brock, gets hit with a hockey puck. Picture […]
11/21/201949 minutes, 9 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #159: Homebirth Cesarean, (not podcast 158)!

Dr. Stu & Blyss welcome photographer, doula & VBAC/Homebirth Cesarean mom, Diana Hinek, to the podcast. Diana shares her story while the team shares opinions on EMR, sleep positions and the optimal cesarean rate.
11/14/201955 minutes, 24 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #158: “Over-reacting”, not podcast 159!

From L&D rules to road closures, Dr. Stu ponders the absurd. Blyss joins in as the team discuss the origins of worry and life on the road as a solo birth worker.
11/7/201947 minutes, 51 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #157: Last Incubator on the Left

In annual Halloween tradition, Dr Stu talks with twin parents Linda & Andrew who share the horror of helplessness of having their newborns trapped in baby jail. #twinpregnancy #NICU #babyjail
10/31/20191 hour, 1 minute, 48 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #156: Two Dum Dums on a Couch with Microphones

Sleep deprivation doesn’t stop Blyss and Dr. Stu as they respond to a listener’s questions about the confounding topic of clotting disorders in pregnancy and miscarriage. Dr. Stu shares his 2 seconds of fame.
10/17/201955 minutes, 14 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #155: Here’s YOUR placenta, that will be $800!

What’s the deal with placental pathology anyway? From oligohydramnios to home insemination, Blyss & Dr. Stu tackle some really fertile questions. Links from the EpisodeNew Jersey Symposium for Physiologic BirthMadison Breech Conference
10/3/201955 minutes, 17 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #154: “It’s time for Johnny to get vaccinated:

The NIH is funding research on vaccine acceptance and counseling techniques rather than safety. Blyss & that right-wing nut, Dr. Stu, are not surprised. Meanwhile, they catch up on cool birthing stuff and recent teaching events.
9/27/20191 hour, 34 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #153: “Capturing the Moment”: Birth is a life event, not a procedure.

Even the LA Times gets it. Blyss & Dr. Stu host Birth Photographer and Doula Stephanie Entin of Little Plum Photography in a discussion about the whys and hows of memorializing life as art. 
9/12/201955 minutes, 53 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #151: Subtle Coercion is Still Coercion

Dr. Stu’s & Blyss discuss his recent blog, the questionable misuse of “directive counseling” and good news from McMaster University.
8/22/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 29 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #150: Taking Care of Yourself Doesn’t Mean Me First; It Means Me Too.

Blyss & Dr. Stu respond to listener’s questions and discuss birth stories & fun topics from Florence Nightingale to Homer the cat to self care.
8/15/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 36 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #149: Community Based Birth, Uniting the Silos

Guest Augustine Colebrook joins the team for a wide ranging conversation from birth systems and reaching critical mass to prolonged happy hours and yoga pants!
7/3/201959 minutes, 5 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #148: A Calm & Confident OB

Blyss & Dr. Stu review a remarkable twin birth tale with a remarkable guest of the podcast, Dr. Emiliano Chavira
6/26/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 5 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #147: California Silliness

Dr. Stu likes Blyss’ new glasses but not everyone is seeing clearly.
6/12/201952 minutes, 15 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast 146: Low Carbs & Castor Oil

Dr. Stu thinks Blyss should open her own mall and the team swallows the uncertainties of labor.
6/6/201952 minutes, 30 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #145: Life Renews Itself

A horseback ride serves as a reminder while birthing topics and letters from listeners keep Blyss and Dr. Stu energized and entertained.
5/22/201953 minutes, 9 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #144: A Gross of Podcasts

Blyss & Dr. Stu catch up on recent births as they acknowledge a dozen dozen podcasts, discuss some gross behavior at ACOG and welcome Prince Archie.
5/15/201949 minutes, 23 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #143: Who is Meghan Markle and has she finally had her baby?

Dr. Stu is tired of news about no news so he and Blyss discuss fibroids, solo practice and the changing trend in baby names.
4/24/201949 minutes, 41 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #142: Mandates Destroy Medicine

The team opines on movie reviews and birth stories before Dr. Stu and Blyss discuss his latest blog on vaccine info.Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC) Annual Workshop Summary 2019
4/17/201953 minutes, 55 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #141: Non-Intervention Intervention”

VBAC dad, Avi, coins the phrase and Dr. Stu & Blyss elaborate on the meaning. 
4/3/201955 minutes, 10 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #139: Why Do We Do That?

Dr. Stu discusses his recent case report and Blyss joins in to bring some reason to listeners.
3/14/201957 minutes, 36 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast 138: #Midwifery Rising!

Blyss & Dr. Stu return with tales of nature, birth and the nature of birthing.  
2/28/201958 minutes, 16 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast Special Edition: “These Are My Hours”

Blyss and Dr. Stu team up with Elliot Berlin and the star of the new documentary for an intimate conversation on The Informed Pregnancy Podcast
2/20/201957 minutes, 2 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #137: Headlines “Fail to Deliver” Once Again

Dr. Stu and Blyss respond to listeners and then ponder why so much negativity against the 1 percent.
12/21/201852 minutes, 24 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #136: It’s Personal & Professional

Blyss returns from India to discuss her discoveries with Dr. Stu.
12/13/201843 minutes, 26 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast 135: More Useful Idiots than Actual Idiots!

Blyss & Dr. Stu review Dr. Stu’s paper on breech home birth and do what they do best: rock the status quo.  
11/8/201856 minutes, 32 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #134:A Nightmare on Atlantic Blvd

Guest Doula, Karla Leng retells a harrowing horror story while Blyss & Dr. Stu hide behind the chainsaws.
11/1/201853 minutes, 41 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #133: A Blyss Full Week

Blyss tells Dr. Stu tales of a busy birth week and the duo celebrate the culmination of some hard work.
10/19/201843 minutes, 11 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #132: If I’ve Told You Once I’ve Told you a Thousand Times!

ACOG has a new breech guideline emphasizing ECV. Blyss & Dr.Stu sigh, review and comment.
9/26/201852 minutes, 29 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #131: More Questions Than Answers

Beyonce sings to Blyss sparing listeners a Dr. Stu rendition of happy birthday while reader questions are answered and research answers are questioned! (Creating More Questions Than Answers)
9/17/201851 minutes, 43 seconds
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Dr Stu’s Podcast #130: Stage 2 Thinking

From hospital closures, to crying babies to generalized rules that make everything more difficult…..or foolish, Dr. Stu and Blyss break it down.  
8/1/201844 minutes, 28 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #129: Thank you, Portugal!

Blyss and Dr. Stu return to share breech and twin stories, stork sightings and a tiny bit of common sense sighting from the 2018 ACOG meeting.  
7/18/201846 minutes, 58 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #128: Choosing Wisely

Blyss and Dr. Stu ponder why so many things are made more complicated. From EMR, to PP visits, to 39 is the new 42. And go ahead and eat that placenta, too.    
5/25/201847 minutes, 14 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #127: Tangled Heads

From interlocking twins to using your head wisely, Dr. Stu and Blyss ponder why the brain often gets in the way of common sense. Blyss gets a new nickname.
5/14/201848 minutes, 21 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #126: “42 is The Atomic Number of Molybdenum”.

  Blyss and Dr. Stu ponder the definition of post-term,  the relevance about being overdue and who owns the Bamboo Inn.
3/15/201846 minutes, 52 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast # 125: More Midwives of ANY Color

Dr. Stu suffers from Headline headache and gets a dose of Blyss’ tranquility and common sense.  
3/2/201842 minutes, 3 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #124: Sara’s Story

We welcome twin home birth mom, Sara Pereira, to the studio to share her tale.  
1/26/201847 minutes, 38 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #123: Looking Fondly Back at 2017

Dr. Stu and Blyss recall Birthing Instincts stories, trends and statistics.  
1/17/201844 minutes, 31 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #122: Congratulations, It’s a…….Burger?!

Blyss has some questions about herpes near term and Dr Stu wonders what is happening to joyful traditions.
12/21/201747 minutes, 58 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #121: An Affair to Dismember

Blyss and Dr. Stu reunite to discuss informed consent absurdities, good news on home birth and some silly science on placentophagy.
12/13/201740 minutes, 1 second
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #120: VBAC Guidelines Redux

Dr Stu learns a good lesson from three recent VBAC transports and then Blyss chimes in on the revised ACOG Practice Bulletin #184
11/17/201742 minutes, 25 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #119: It’s Still the Content of Your Character!

It’s still the content of your character!   Blyss and Dr. Stu recount some unsafe spaces at the recent MANA conference in Long Beach.  
11/10/201744 minutes, 45 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #118 : “Nebraska Birth Keeper”

Blyss returns with Dr. Stu and explores the undiscovered world of “Private Membership Associations” with midwife and trailblazer, Angee Hock of Nebraska Midwifery Services
10/26/201741 minutes, 7 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #117: Remember to Breathe

Blyss Young of Birthing Blyss joins Dr. Stu to reminisce, vent a little and discuss a home birth quandary.
10/17/201743 minutes, 14 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #116: Can There Be Certainty?

Canada says up to 30% of all care provided women is of no value and Kim and Dr. Stu wonder how ACOG can be so sure of its vaccine recommendations.  
9/6/201744 minutes, 1 second
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #115: Collaboration & Respect

Dr. Stu & Kim catch up on some recent birth stories and renew the call for collaboration and respect in decision making.  
8/29/201741 minutes, 48 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast 114: “Consent for a Forced Cesarean!”

Kimberly shares an update on her daughter’s twins. A twin mom stands her ground and Dr. Stu shares an idea for equalizing the consent process. Consent for a Forced Cesarean Blog
8/3/201741 minutes, 33 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast#113: Access to Coverage Does Not Mean Access to Care

In the shadow of Washington ineptitude Kimberly and Dr. Stu debate the endgame of the ever increasing rolls on Medicaid.  
7/24/201744 minutes, 28 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast Special Edition: Georgia on My Mind

Remaining silent to the BS coming from Dekalb Medical Center and the mistreatment of a fine doctor is not an option. Breech twin moms Becky and Jessica share their insight. Find out how you can help: DeKalb Medical Center Protest Georgia Birth Advocacy Coalition  
5/19/20171 hour, 2 minutes, 19 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #112: A Seamless Transition

Kimberly & Dr. Stu continue their discussion from the ACOG convention on the dream of an integrated birthing system and some reasons behind the cesarean epidemic. https://shutthekaleup.com
5/18/201743 minutes, 19 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #111: Stranger in a Strange Land

Dr. Stu spent the weekend in San Diego with 5000 obstetricians at the annual ACOG meeting and shares some notes with Kimberly and the listeners.
5/11/201743 minutes, 50 seconds
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Dr Stu’s Podcast #110: Mandatory HPV Vaccine, Move Along, Nothing to See Here

Dr. Stu forgot to throw away his throw away journal. http://www.mdedge.com/obgmanagement/article/132366/gynecology/it-time-hpv-vaccination-be-considered-part-routine
5/3/201737 minutes
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #109: Safety vs. Risk, an anatomy lesson in politics.

Kimberly and Dr. Stu dissect the beast that was California SB 457. http://ca-lm.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/SB457-SenBates_Official_04-17-2017.pdf
4/24/201739 minutes
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Dr. Stus Podcast #108: More Breech Confusion

Dr. Stu & Kim revisit the recurring themes of Breech delivery. One Step Forward and one step backward. With a positive update from The Sheffield Breech Conference by friend of the podcast, Rixa Freeze. Check out these great links! www.adaywithdrstu.com www.betterbirth360.com
4/13/201745 minutes, 15 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #107: We’re Back!

Time sneaks up on us sometimes. Kim and Dr. Stu discuss recent life events and relish a return to the Podcast. curecervicalcancer.org  
4/6/201736 minutes, 13 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #106 : Obstetric(ian) Violence!

Dr. Stu shares his experience of being disrespected by a hospital physician. Kimberly and Dr. Stu discuss better options for collaboration and some exciting news on breech from California Hospital. Empowered Pregnancy Summit: http://empoweredpregnancysummit.com/Dr-Stuart-Fischbein
12/10/201639 minutes, 56 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #105: The Sleep Police, Mother Nature & Misinformation

Is the AAP helping parents make informed choice on safe infant sleep and do they really know anything about breastfeeding? http://www.skintoskincontact.com/dr-bergman.aspx http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2016/10/20/peds.2016-2938 http://www.aappublications.org/news/2016/10/24/SleepCommentary102416 https://www.babyfriendlyusa.org/get-started/the-guidelines-evaluation-criteria http://cosleeping.nd.edu/ Our Mission Homepage http://lact.net
11/3/201644 minutes, 9 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #104: Surrendering Our Autonomy

From Obamacare to Micro-aggressions, this political season has Dr. Stu pondering the loss of liberty and personal responsibility.
10/27/201639 minutes, 21 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #103: Pounding the Nail Back In #StandWithSears

Dr. Stu has some harsh words for the system while he and Kimberly show their support for Dr. Bob Sears.  
10/21/201636 minutes, 1 second
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #102: Birth, It’s Not That Complicated!

Kimberly questions Dr. Stu about the recent Gathering of the LA Birth Community. Surprise!….he has an opinion.
9/29/201636 minutes, 20 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #101: The Actual Truth about Relative Risk

Kim had a baby at 46, OMG! Dr. Stu responds to a listener email.
9/21/201636 minutes, 36 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #100: Honoring the Father

Dr. Stu’s Dad sits down with Dr. Stu to wax nostalgic on his 96th birthday.
9/9/201643 minutes, 26 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #99: What Do Life and Acne Have in Common?

After listening to Dr. Stu & Kim discuss Breech bans and the cost of a hospital birth the metaphor becomes clearer. Rally Information ImprovingBirth.org, LA
9/2/201635 minutes, 57 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #98: “Bring back public flogging!”

Kimberly & Dr. Stu discuss the $16 million Alabama judgement.   Please take a moment after you listen to check out today’s podcast links: Mom Sues for Bait & Switch in Maternity Care ImprovingBirth.org Safer Birth In Bama
8/23/201637 minutes, 27 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #97: Six Days was a Charm

 ACOG says no twin home births. Kimberly and Dr. Stu aren’t buying it. Dr. Stu’s blog, “Six days was a charm”  ACOG opinion #669:  Planned Home Birth – ACOG Folic Acid information: www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/folic-acid-making-us-sick/
8/16/201640 minutes, 42 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #96: “Respect My Authority!”

 When big institutions limit options we all suffer.
8/3/201639 minutes, 4 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #95: “P-Envy”

Dr. Stu’s phone feels inadequate. Kim reassures Dr. Stu as they discuss issues of the day.  
7/28/201637 minutes, 36 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #94: Collaborating with Kimberly

Dr. Stu welcomes back Kimberly for some birth stories, both fuzzy and infuriating.
7/20/201639 minutes, 5 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #93: All about the ABCs

Dr. Stu and guest host Kimberly Durdin discuss the ABC, Amsterdam Breech Conference.
7/15/201639 minutes, 16 seconds
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Podcast 92: We’re Back!

Jennifer and baby, Kallysta, again join Dr. Stu as he recalls some of his adventures during the Dr. Stu Podcast Hiatus.
6/29/201636 minutes, 55 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #91: The Forgotten Art of Doing Nothing

Chiropractor, Midwifery Student and new Mom Jennifer Angell joins Dr. Stu on the couch for some hot new topics and some old wisdom.
6/15/201637 minutes, 5 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #90: An Exercise in Futility

Brian queries Dr. Stu on some of the candidates running for president.  Surprise! They disagree!!
9/30/201532 minutes, 2 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #89: California, Not the Happiest Place on Earth These Days!

Dr. Stu & Brian debate the politics of vaccines.
9/16/201529 minutes, 21 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #88: A Kinder, Gentler Cesarean

Dr. Stu welcomes OB Dr. David Ghozland, a leader in bringing Gentle Cesarean to Los Angeles and Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot, the face of the Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative Conference coming this October. A thoughtful discussion ensues.  
9/2/201543 minutes, 24 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #87: How Many Ultrasounds Does It Take to Make a Baby?

Dr. Stu and Brian try to figure it out. Meanwhile, in a carpool lane near you….  
8/12/201534 minutes, 12 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #86: Thoughts from the Podcouch

Dr. Stu and Brian reach into the International mail bag for a question on malpractice insurance.  
7/31/201539 minutes, 7 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #85: Home Birth with an Obstetrician

Dr. Stu and Brian discuss Stu’s new published paper on his first 135 births and share important pregnancy summer time tips. Read Dr. Stu’s “Home Birth” with an Obstetrician   
7/22/201539 minutes, 25 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #84: Have we been doing this for two years?

Back from Scotland, Dr. Stu and Brian catch up on events across the pond and discuss the new breech documentary “Heads Up”  
7/16/201535 minutes, 26 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #83: To Collect or Not to Collect?

Dr. Stu and Brian welcome CBR‘s Tanya Rabie for a discussion on cord blood stem cells. 1-888-CORD-BLOOD
6/24/201538 minutes, 22 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #82 : ImprovingBirth.org

Founder Dawn Thompson talks to Dr. Stu & Brian about her goal of bringing evidence based care and humanity to childbirth. ImprovingBirth.org Learn more about “Kelly’s” story Here Support “Kelly”‘s Legal Costs Here  
6/11/201538 minutes, 44 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #81: Obstetric Violence Redux

Dr Stu and Brian reconvene the court with witnesses Emilee and Kimme.
5/21/201542 minutes, 46 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #80: Obstetric Violence

Dr. Stu welcomes LA Birthkeepers, Emilee Benner & Kimme McGuire who discuss traumatic moments in the delivery room. improvingbirth.org humanrightsinchildbirth.org
5/14/201540 minutes, 36 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #79: REVEALED: The biggest problem in your kid’s school.

It’s not the common core curriculum, it ain’t bullying, it’s those dreaded Oreo Cookies!
5/7/201538 minutes
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #78: “A Sensitive, Urgent Matter”

Brian gets a good scare from a less than compassionate medical office worker.
5/1/201542 minutes, 48 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #77: Heads Up! The Disappearing Art of Breech Delivery

Dr. Stu is passionate about reteaching breech delivery and Brian urges listeners to help support a new documentary. Support Heads Up Here
4/22/201541 minutes, 18 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #76: Great Memories are Priceless

Brian and producer Randy join Dr. Stu in a discussion of values.  
4/17/201540 minutes, 5 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #75: Rebel with a Cause

Kimberly Durdin rejoins Dr. Stu and Brian for some good old home birth talk. President Clinton chimes in. Maybe We Should Agree to Disagree
3/25/201538 minutes, 59 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #74: Intelligent Talk on Breastfeeding

Lactation Specialist and Midwife Student, Kimberly Durdin, IBCLC wows the guys with her wisdom on this important topic. Human Milk North America Find a lactation consultant at ILCA.org
3/20/201540 minutes, 41 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #73: Hospitals Gone Fishing!

Dr. Stu is saddened and maddened with the news of rural Minnesota hospitals closing their OB units.
2/25/201538 minutes, 5 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #72: Politicized Science

Dr. Stu and Brian reunite with producer Randy and discuss what happened to trust.
2/18/201536 minutes, 47 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #71: Dr. Stu’s Homebirth Mobile Fleet

It’s Dr. Stu’s  2014 Year in Review and they guys discuss the idea of joining Uber and home birth.
2/4/201540 minutes, 33 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #70: Measles Isn’t Just Plucked Off a Cherry Tree

Dr. Stu and Brian are back and catching up on a variety of topics.
1/28/201536 minutes, 19 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #69: Nurturing the Nurturers

Dr. Stu and Brian chat with Ana Paul Markel of Bini Birth on the economics, ethics and evidence based changes of birth.
10/16/201431 minutes, 25 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #68: Facts R Us

Dr. Stu & Brian welcome Jennifer Kamel, founder & Director of VBAC Facts.com
10/8/201434 minutes, 43 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #67: Twins are Everywhere!

Dr. Stu & Brian discuss a recent twin home birth and delve into topics from surrogacy to epigenetics to what is a life coach anyway?
9/24/201436 minutes, 57 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #66: Analyze This!

For a change of pace Dr. Brian has a session with Stu.
9/12/201434 minutes, 35 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #65: Dr. Stu. Urban Parachuter

Are anti-abortion hospitals making it tougher for some docs and just what does a brand new baby smell like?  Dr. Stu answers.
9/5/201437 minutes, 27 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #64: Who is Drug Testing the Drug Testers?

Dr Stu and Brian delve into the epigenetics of Bella, the new Podcast mascot while pondering what price we pay when we keep selling our liberty to lawyers and government.
8/27/201435 minutes, 5 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #63: The Importance of Being Elliot

The Guys welcome Chiropractor Elliot Berlin, a true Renaissance man and they discuss a host of topics including his path to creating the Informed Pregnancy Project to the Berlin Wellness Group to documentary film making to becoming a male Doula.  
8/20/201436 minutes, 12 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #62: Dr. Stu and Brian remember “The Times of Their Lives”

Much is changing for Dr. Stu and the guys focus on times gone by.  Emotional and human thoughts for empty-nesters and so much more!
8/13/201437 minutes, 11 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #61: In Memory of Dr. Paul Fleiss

As Brian listens, Dr. Stu eulogizes his friend and colleague, Dr. Fleiss.  “He was a pioneer in bucking the system, allowing people to retain their dignity and choices.”
8/6/201431 minutes, 58 seconds
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Dr. Stu’s Podcast #60: The Verdict is in!

Dr. Stu and Brian analyze the latest judicial reviews of ObamaCare plus tips for pregnant women to cope with triple digit Summer heat.
7/30/201431 minutes, 37 seconds
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Dr. Stu's Podcast #48: Some Curves Are Better Than Others

From Fast Food Foul-Ups to the abolition of The Friedman Curve  
4/20/201434 minutes, 39 seconds
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Dr Stu’s Podcast #47 – OK With Vitamin K?

Dr Stu and Brian reunite with Dr Ed and talk circumcision and integrative care
4/9/201440 minutes, 7 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #46 – Vaccines: Pros And Cons

Dr Stu and Brian meet pediatrician Dr Ed Sarraf
4/2/201432 minutes, 19 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #45 – Dr. Stu fights the good homebirthing fight!

Dr. Stu, with Brian at his side, fends off another physician’s less than friendly take on homebirthing.
3/26/201433 minutes, 24 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #44 – "Much Ado About Nothing"

From Family vacations to auto repair, Dr Stu and Brian break it down
3/20/201429 minutes, 36 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #43 – Mammography Is Still The Gold Standard

Dr Stu And Brian discuss a study in the The British Medical Journal which casts doubts on the value of mammograms.
3/11/201433 minutes, 16 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #42 – ACOG Says C-Section Rate Too High!

 
3/5/201432 minutes, 11 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #40 – D: None Of The Above

Life is not limited to the single best answer
2/12/201437 minutes, 12 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #39 – No Jacket Required

  Dr Stu rants on absurd hospital policies  
2/7/201444 minutes, 3 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #38 – Dr. Stu on The Latest Nu's!

Dr. Stu chimes in on the highly sensitive story out of Texas of a hospitalized brain dead pregnant woman.
1/28/201433 minutes, 37 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #37 – That Podcast Flu By

Dr. Stu and Brian opine on the latest vaccine information
1/21/201433 minutes, 56 seconds
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Dr Stu’s Podcast #36 – To Coachella Or Not To Coachella

Dr Stu has a Parental Dilemma!
1/17/201440 minutes, 22 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #34 – Happy Stu Year!!!

Do women have a preference for a male or a female OB/GYN?
1/4/201435 minutes, 12 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #33 – Dr. Stu on "Pseudocyesis"

Dr. Stu shocks Brian with a great professional story of a woman who came to the hospital to give birth BUT she WASN’T pregnant
12/31/201334 minutes, 16 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #32 – Assume The Physician

Dr Stu and Brian dive into modern medicines catch 22s!
12/22/201335 minutes, 48 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #31 – Fit Moms Make Fit Babies

Pre/Post Natal fitness coach Birgitta Lauren joins Dr Stu and Brian
12/16/201337 minutes, 54 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #30 – Doogie Fischbein, MD

Christmas Do’s And Don’ts For Pregnant Moms plus a very interesting listener email!
12/10/20131 minute, 35 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #29 – A Funny Look At Home Birthing

Dr Stu and Brian listen to home birth dad and comic Jim Gaffigan joke about the whole thing  
12/6/201333 minutes, 34 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #28 – Don't Believe Everything You Read

Dr Stu exposes the intellectual dishonesty of academia. Check out his latest blog post!
11/29/201338 minutes, 53 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #27 – A Second Look At AB1308

Dr Stu and Midwife Beth Cannon from Birthing Rhythm discuss unintended consequences    
11/26/201337 minutes, 26 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #26 – All Practitioners Are Created Equal, Just Some Are More Equal Than Others

Law enforcement is persecuting midwives, why not doctors?
11/21/201334 minutes, 56 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #25 – Persecution And Prosecution (Warning: Serious Stuff)

Dr Stu and Brian are joined by Stephanie and Celeste to discuss some of the major problems with our legal system when it comes to birthing and midwives
11/17/201336 minutes, 4 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #24 – Wha' Happened?

Dr Stu stresses the importance of community to a healthy pregnancy
11/13/201342 minutes, 36 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #23 – Miscarriage And American Liberty Lost

Dr Stu remembers the 60s, and Stu responds to listener Rachel’s email
11/11/201336 minutes, 35 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #22 – Welcome Jamie!

Brian and Dr Stu talk about how beneficial to your health having a pet can be  
11/5/201338 minutes, 9 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #21 – On Your Mark, Get Set, LIE!

Happy Halloween! Dr Stu and Brian talk physicians’ scare tactics
10/31/201333 minutes, 38 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #20 – [email protected]

Dr Stu answers listener Bethany’s question on postpartum hemorrhage  
10/27/201332 minutes, 1 second
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Dr Stu’s Podcast #19 – Stupid Is As Stupid Does

  Brian and Dr Stu try to assist Randy in attempting to sign up for obamacare
10/23/201332 minutes, 58 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #18 – Dr Jennifer Lang Part 2

Brian and Dr Stu Continue with Dr Jennifer Lang!
10/20/201340 minutes, 15 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #17 – 2 Doctors and A Bald Guy

Dr Stu and Brian sit with Dr Jennifer Lang!  
10/16/201335 minutes, 14 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #16 – Doctor Shall Submit

Brian And Doctor Stu talk about how politics affect medicine and science
10/13/201330 minutes, 17 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #15 – Radio's Home Birthing Mom, Elisha Krauss

Dr Stu and Brian Whitman bring in AM870’s Elisha Krauss to discuss her home birth experience
10/8/201335 minutes, 31 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #14 – Misleading Research And Scare Tactics

Dr Stu gets riled up when a very misleading study comes out on the safety of home birthing
10/5/201333 minutes, 7 seconds
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Dr Stus Podcast #13 – How Obamacare Affects Doctors

Dr Stu and Brian Whitman talk about the Affordable Care Act from a doctors perspective  
10/1/201331 minutes, 50 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #12 – They Don't Make Doctors Like You Anymore

Dr Stu and Brian bring in doula and author, Patricia Grube to the podcast!
9/29/201334 minutes, 7 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #11 – Analyzing AB 1308

Dr Stu and Brian Whitman welcome Attorney Adeola Adeseun from CFAM
9/24/201338 minutes, 25 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #10 – Randy Nose Best

Dr Stu and Brian Whitman analyze Randy’s recent visit to the doctor
9/11/201331 minutes, 21 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #9 – Just Another Can Of Worms

Dt Stu and Brian Whitman are back with more news and opinions on the medical world
9/1/201336 minutes, 27 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #8 – e3

  Dr Stu and Brian Whitman are back with another podcast full of opinions and stories you’re probably not going to hear at your average dr’s office
8/28/201331 minutes, 15 seconds
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Dr Stu's Podcast #7 – Dr Stu's Nus

Brian and Dr Stu cover the latest issues and current events in the medical world