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.
#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
29/11/2023 • 1 hour 25 minutes 28 seconds
#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 enli
22/11/2023 • 1 hour 48 minutes 23 seconds
#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 co
15/11/2023 • 1 hour 18 minutes 44 seconds
#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 choice
08/11/2023 • 1 hour 46 minutes 6 seconds
#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 L
01/11/2023 • 1 hour 22 minutes 5 seconds
#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 BirthApprenti
25/10/2023 • 1 hour 28 minutes 6 seconds
#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 ma
18/10/2023 • 1 hour 25 minutes 25 seconds
#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 a
11/10/2023 • 1 hour 38 minutes 21 seconds
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: <a href="https://w
06/10/2023 • 58 minutes 18 seconds
#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
04/10/2023 • 1 hour 30 minutes 21 seconds
#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 o
27/09/2023 • 1 hour 30 minutes 22 seconds
#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 ses
20/09/2023 • 1 hour 32 minutes 5 seconds
#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 refl
13/09/2023 • 1 hour 27 minutes 27 seconds
#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 Serv
06/09/2023 • 1 hour 20 minutes 53 seconds
#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
30/08/2023 • 1 hour 30 minutes 16 seconds
#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: <a href="https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/disea
23/08/2023 • 1 hour 34 minutes 19 seconds
#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!
16/08/2023 • 1 hour 25 minutes 16 seconds
#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 Importanc
09/08/2023 • 1 hour 18 minutes 42 seconds
#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 Options</li
02/08/2023 • 1 hour 23 minutes 52 seconds
#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 expl
26/07/2023 • 1 hour 18 minutes 42 seconds
#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
19/07/2023 • 1 hour 26 minutes 46 seconds
#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 BIRTHIN
12/07/2023 • 1 hour 39 minutes 57 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pa
05/07/2023 • 1 hour 33 minutes 19 seconds
#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
28/06/2023 • 1 hour 21 minutes 24 seconds
#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 smear<li
21/06/2023 • 1 hour 4 minutes 16 seconds
#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
14/06/2023 • 1 hour 20 minutes 13 seconds
#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 hos
07/06/2023 • 1 hour 13 minutes 3 seconds
#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/birthin
01/06/2023 • 59 minutes 26 seconds
#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:
27/05/2023 • 1 hour 1 minute 12 seconds
#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:L
17/05/2023 • 1 hour 17 minutes 18 seconds
#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 units<br
10/05/2023 • 1 hour 9 minutes 58 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pack?rfsn=6115090.16994c&ut=&utm_campaign=freeplusshipping&utm_content
03/05/2023 • 1 hour 26 minutes 52 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pack?rfsn=6115090.16994c&ut=&utm_campaign=freeplusshipping&utm_content=&utm_medium=sponsor&
26/04/2023 • 1 hour 10 minutes 4 seconds
#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:<li
19/04/2023 • 1 hour 20 minutes 57 seconds
#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 ho
12/04/2023 • 1 hour 27 minutes 34 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pack?rfsn=6115090.16994c&ut
29/03/2023 • 1 hour 4 minutes 9 seconds
#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
22/03/2023 • 1 hour 11 minutes 15 seconds
#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 </
15/03/2023 • 1 hour 8 minutes 4 seconds
#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 he
08/03/2023 • 1 hour 33 minutes 46 seconds
#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 yo
01/03/2023 • 1 hour 14 minutes 54 seconds
#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 parenting<spa
22/02/2023 • 1 hour 27 minutes 39 seconds
#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 membranesUltrasou
15/02/2023 • 1 hour 17 minutes 5 seconds
#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
08/02/2023 • 1 hour 31 minutes 39 seconds
#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 Blyss</li
01/02/2023 • 1 hour 21 minutes 5 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pack?rfsn=6115090.16994c&ut=&utm_campaign=freeplusshipping&utm_conten
25/01/2023 • 1 hour 10 minutes 48 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pack?rfsn=6115090.16994c&ut=&utm
18/01/2023 • 1 hour 29 minutes 19 seconds
#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, & mastitis</li
11/01/2023 • 1 hour 28 minutes 42 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pack?rfsn=6115090.16994c&ut=&utm_campaign=freeplusshipping&utm_content=&utm_medium=sponsor&utm_
28/12/2022 • 1 hour 14 minutes 37 seconds
#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 or
21/12/2022 • 1 hour 16 minutes 40 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pack?rfsn=6115090.16994c&ut=&utm_campaign=freeplusshipping&utm_content=&utm_medium=sponsor&utm_source=birthinginstinct
14/12/2022 • 1 hour 9 minutes 50 seconds
#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
07/12/2022 • 1 hour 3 minutes 17 seconds
#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
30/11/2022 • 1 hour 19 minutes 9 seconds
#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 BIRTHINGINSTINCT
23/11/2022 • 44 minutes 11 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pack?rfsn=6115090.16994c&ut=&utm_campaign=fre
14/11/2022 • 49 minutes 4 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pack?rfsn=
09/11/2022 • 57 minutes 24 seconds
#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
02/11/2022 • 1 hour 18 minutes 49 seconds
#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 bu
26/10/2022 • 1 hour 13 minutes 15 seconds
#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 <
19/10/2022 • 1 hour 15 minutes 18 seconds
#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
12/10/2022 • 1 hour 13 minutes 1 second
#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 is<li
05/10/2022 • 1 hour 14 minutes
#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 fi
28/09/2022 • 1 hour 21 minutes 57 seconds
#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 <a href="https://
20/09/2022 • 1 hour 19 minutes 4 seconds
#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 RhoGAM<
14/09/2022 • 1 hour 6 minutes 24 seconds
#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 birth</span
07/09/2022 • 1 hour 15 minutes 15 seconds
#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:
31/08/2022 • 1 hour 19 minutes 6 seconds
#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 p
24/08/2022 • 1 hour 21 minutes 48 seconds
#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
17/08/2022 • 1 hour 9 minutes 8 seconds
#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
10/08/2022 • 1 hour 12 minutes 54 seconds
#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
03/08/2022 • 1 hour 11 minutes 49 seconds
#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 <a href="http
27/07/2022 • 1 hour 9 minutes 22 seconds
#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:<br
20/07/2022 • 1 hour 5 minutes 4 seconds
#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. Zelenko<
13/07/2022 • 1 hour 11 minutes 50 seconds
#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!<
06/07/2022 • 1 hour 25 minutes 21 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pack?rfsn=6115090.16994c
29/06/2022 • 1 hour 9 minutes 16 seconds
#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 <a href="https://b
22/06/2022 • 1 hour 32 minutes 51 seconds
#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
15/06/2022 • 1 hour 34 seconds
#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 <a href="https://bamboobies.com/pages/instincts" rel="n
08/06/2022 • 1 hour 5 minutes 50 seconds
#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
01/06/2022 • 1 hour 21 minutes 42 seconds
#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!L
25/05/2022 • 1 hour 11 minutes 56 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pack?rfsn=6115090.16994c&ut=&utm_campaign=freeplusshipping&utm
18/05/2022 • 45 minutes 56 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pack?rfsn=6115090.16994c&utm_campaign=freeplusshipping&utm_content=&utm_medium=sponsor&utm_source=birthinginstincts&utm_term
11/05/2022 • 1 hour 13 minutes 32 seconds
#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 confidence<
04/05/2022 • 1 hour 19 minutes 22 seconds
#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</a
27/04/2022 • 1 hour 27 minutes 10 seconds
#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:</
20/04/2022 • 1 hour 9 minutes 4 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pack?rfsn=6115090.16994c&utm_campaign=freeplusshipping&utm_content=&utm_medium=sponsor&utm_source=birthingins
13/04/2022 • 1 hour 25 minutes 29 seconds
#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 <a href="h
06/04/2022 • 1 hour 13 minutes 58 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pack?rfsn=6115090.16994c&utm_campaign=freeplusshipping&utm_content=&utm_m
30/03/2022 • 1 hour 22 minutes 10 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pack?rfsn=611509
23/03/2022 • 1 hour 12 minutes 39 seconds
#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 | G
16/03/2022 • 1 hour 28 minutes 23 seconds
#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 pa
09/03/2022 • 1 hour 18 minutes 18 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pack?rfsn=6115090.16994c&utm_campaign=freeplusshipping&utm_content=&utm_medium=sponsor&utm
02/03/2022 • 1 hour 8 minutes 42 seconds
#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: <a href="https://www.instagram.c
23/02/2022 • 1 hour 25 minutes 57 seconds
#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: <a href=
16/02/2022 • 1 hour 15 minutes 11 seconds
#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:Bamboo
09/02/2022 • 1 hour 18 minutes 37 seconds
#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:Fin
02/02/2022 • 1 hour 20 minutes 48 seconds
#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 <a href="https://www.youtube
26/01/2022 • 1 hour 21 minutes 32 seconds
#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 course<a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-vbac-link/id1394742
19/01/2022 • 1 hour 7 minutes 55 seconds
#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: <a href="https://www.in
12/01/2022 • 1 hour 2 minutes 23 seconds
#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 OBGY
05/01/2022 • 1 hour 8 minutes 9 seconds
#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:Instagra
29/12/2021 • 1 hour 9 minutes 52 seconds
#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 y
22/12/2021 • 1 hour 3 minutes 7 seconds
#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 Podcast<a href="https://www.amazon.com/BD-Veritor-Compa
15/12/2021 • 1 hour 6 minutes 15 seconds
#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<a href="https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/250673/the-wild-edge-of-sorrow-by-fra
08/12/2021 • 1 hour 5 minutes 24 seconds
#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
17/11/2021 • 1 hour 9 minutes 42 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pack?rfsn=6115090.16994c&utm_campaign=freeplusshippi
10/11/2021 • 1 hour 19 minutes 50 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pack?rfsn=6115090.16994c&utm_campaign=freeplusshipping&utm_content=&utm_medium=sponsor&utm_source=birthinginstincts&utm_term=" rel="nofol
03/11/2021 • 1 hour 13 minutes 36 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pack?rfsn=6115090.16994c&utm_campaign=freep
27/10/2021 • 1 hour 16 minutes 44 seconds
#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 <a href="https://drinklmnt.com/products/lmnt-recharge-sample-pack?rfsn=6115090.16994c&utm_campaign=
20/10/2021 • 1 hour 20 minutes 34 seconds
#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 <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/injections-cont
13/10/2021 • 1 hour 19 minutes 18 seconds
#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 <a href="https://www.amazon.com/New-Earth-Awakening-Purpose
06/10/2021 • 1 hour 24 minutes 46 seconds
#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
29/09/2021 • 1 hour 9 minutes 57 seconds
#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! <p
22/09/2021 • 1 hour 17 minutes 16 seconds
#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: <a href="http://www.birthinginsti
15/09/2021 • 1 hour 10 minutes 16 seconds
#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 </spa
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 story<a href="https://www.theepochtimes.com/cps-took-their-newborn-following-normal-bruising-after-a-breech-birth-now-the-parents-are-speaking-out_3946693.html" rel="nofo
01/09/2021 • 1 hour 12 minutes 24 seconds
#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: birthinginst
25/08/2021 • 1 hour 11 minutes 49 seconds
#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.com</a
18/08/2021 • 1 hour 19 minutes 38 seconds
#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
11/08/2021 • 1 hour 18 minutes 51 seconds
#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 wi
04/08/2021 • 1 hour 49 minutes 47 seconds
#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.com
28/07/2021 • 1 hour 4 minutes 33 seconds
#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: <a href="http
21/07/2021 • 1 hour 17 minutes 24 seconds
#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 <a href="https://www.instagram.com/painfree
14/07/2021 • 1 hour 4 minutes 45 seconds
#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
07/07/2021 • 57 minutes 9 seconds
#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: <a
30/06/2021 • 1 hour 8 minutes 24 seconds
#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: @birthingblyssWebsit
23/06/2021 • 1 hour 9 minutes 53 seconds
#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.com</
16/06/2021 • 1 hour 24 minutes 41 seconds
#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 Blyss
09/06/2021 • 1 hour 2 minutes 14 seconds
#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: <a href="http://www.birthinginstincts.com/" rel="nofoll
02/06/2021 • 1 hour 7 minutes 29 seconds
#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.com<b
26/05/2021 • 54 minutes 15 seconds
#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 BlyssIns
19/05/2021 • 1 hour 9 minutes 39 seconds
#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: <a href="http://www.birthing
12/05/2021 • 1 hour 7 minutes 17 seconds
#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: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/birthingblyssmidwifer
05/05/2021 • 1 hour 4 minutes 47 seconds
#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: <a href="http
28/04/2021 • 1 hour 49 seconds
#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.com<br
21/04/2021 • 1 hour 1 minute 5 seconds
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.
14/04/2021 • 57 minutes 54 seconds
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.
14/04/2021 • 1 hour 1 minute 8 seconds
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.
14/04/2021 • 1 hour 57 seconds
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.
14/04/2021 • 1 hour 2 minutes 34 seconds
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.
14/04/2021 • 59 minutes 35 seconds
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".
14/04/2021 • 1 hour 1 minute 31 seconds
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
14/04/2021 • 1 hour 43 seconds
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.
14/04/2021 • 1 hour 4 minutes 26 seconds
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.
14/04/2021 • 1 hour 1 minute 47 seconds
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.
14/04/2021 • 1 hour 5 minutes 14 seconds
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.
28/12/2020 • 58 minutes 49 seconds
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.
21/12/2020 • 1 hour 1 minute 16 seconds
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.
14/12/2020 • 1 hour 2 minutes 35 seconds
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.
08/12/2020 • 1 hour 35 seconds
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.
01/12/2020 • 1 hour 1 minute 32 seconds
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.
20/11/2020 • 59 minutes 2 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat #20
Live on Facebook and Instagram November 11
17/11/2020 • 1 hour 8 minutes 16 seconds
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
30/10/2020 • 1 hour 8 minutes 32 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat #18
Recorded via FB and Instagram on October 21, 2020
27/10/2020 • 58 minutes 17 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat Session 17
Recorded live on Facebook and Instagram October 7, 2020
13/10/2020 • 1 hour 3 minutes 55 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat #16
Recorded live September 30, 2020 on Facebook and Instagram
02/10/2020 • 49 minutes 50 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast Fireside Chat #15
Recorded September 18th via Dr.Stu’s Podcast Facebook
23/09/2020 • 59 minutes 28 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast Fireside Chat #14
Recorded Live via Dr. Stu’s Podcast Facebook on September 4th
10/09/2020 • 58 minutes 38 seconds
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
06/09/2020 • 59 minutes 30 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast Fireside Chat Session 12
Live from Dr. Stu’s Podcast Facebook on Aug 7
13/08/2020 • 1 hour 9 minutes 43 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat Session 11
Recorded July 31, 2020 live from Dr. Stu’s Podcast Facebook and Birthing Blyss Midwifery Instagram
06/08/2020 • 1 hour 3 minutes 14 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast Fireside Chat #10
Recorded July 24 via Facebook and Instagram Live
30/07/2020 • 1 hour 1 minute 10 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat Session 9
Recorded live via Facebook and Instagram July 17th
23/07/2020 • 1 hour 1 minute 34 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat Session 8
Recorded Live July 10th on
15/07/2020 • 1 hour 1 minute 48 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat session 7
‘Perfect is the enemy of the good.’Recorded live on Facebook, June 12, 2020
18/06/2020 • 56 minutes 16 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Fireside Chat Session 6
Dr. Stu and Blyss live from Facebook and Instagram recorded May 29th
11/06/2020 • 1 hour 1 minute 20 seconds
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
21/05/2020 • 1 hour 4 minutes 1 second
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.
14/05/2020 • 1 hour 7 seconds
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
07/05/2020 • 1 hour 19 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast: Live Fireside Chat Session 2
Fireside Chat Session 2, Recorded April 24, 2020
01/05/2020 • 1 hour 55 seconds
Fireside Chat Session 1
During the #Coronavis, Dr. Stu and Blyss are hosting weekly Fireside Chats. Here is session 1 from Friday, March 20th
07/04/2020 • 1 hour 50 minutes 40 seconds
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
27/03/2020 • 57 minutes 40 seconds
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
14/03/2020 • 59 minutes 36 seconds
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
06/03/2020 • 53 minutes 45 seconds
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
28/02/2020 • 53 minutes 6 seconds
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.
20/02/2020 • 48 minutes 30 seconds
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!
07/02/2020 • 1 hour 4 minutes 1 second
Dr. Stu’s Podcast #162: Let’s Talk About Skye
Our story of loss and grief. #lovemore
08/01/2020 • 1 hour 3 minutes 52 seconds
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
07/12/2019 • 46 minutes 27 seconds
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 […]
21/11/2019 • 49 minutes 9 seconds
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.
14/11/2019 • 55 minutes 24 seconds
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.
07/11/2019 • 47 minutes 51 seconds
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
31/10/2019 • 1 hour 1 minute 48 seconds
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.
17/10/2019 • 55 minutes 14 seconds
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
03/10/2019 • 55 minutes 17 seconds
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.
27/09/2019 • 1 hour 34 seconds
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.
12/09/2019 • 55 minutes 53 seconds
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.
22/08/2019 • 1 hour 2 minutes 29 seconds
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.
15/08/2019 • 1 hour 2 minutes 36 seconds
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!
03/07/2019 • 59 minutes 5 seconds
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
26/06/2019 • 1 hour 2 minutes 5 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast #147: California Silliness
Dr. Stu likes Blyss’ new glasses but not everyone is seeing clearly.
12/06/2019 • 52 minutes 15 seconds
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.
06/06/2019 • 52 minutes 30 seconds
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.
22/05/2019 • 53 minutes 9 seconds
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.
15/05/2019 • 49 minutes 23 seconds
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.
24/04/2019 • 49 minutes 41 seconds
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
17/04/2019 • 53 minutes 55 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast #141: Non-Intervention Intervention”
VBAC dad, Avi, coins the phrase and Dr. Stu & Blyss elaborate on the meaning.
03/04/2019 • 55 minutes 10 seconds
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.
14/03/2019 • 57 minutes 36 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast 138: #Midwifery Rising!
Blyss & Dr. Stu return with tales of nature, birth and the nature of birthing.
28/02/2019 • 58 minutes 16 seconds
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
20/02/2019 • 57 minutes 2 seconds
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.
21/12/2018 • 52 minutes 24 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast #136: It’s Personal & Professional
Blyss returns from India to discuss her discoveries with Dr. Stu.
13/12/2018 • 43 minutes 26 seconds
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.
08/11/2018 • 56 minutes 32 seconds
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.
01/11/2018 • 53 minutes 41 seconds
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.
19/10/2018 • 43 minutes 11 seconds
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.
26/09/2018 • 52 minutes 29 seconds
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)
17/09/2018 • 51 minutes 43 seconds
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.
01/08/2018 • 44 minutes 28 seconds
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.
18/07/2018 • 46 minutes 58 seconds
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.
25/05/2018 • 47 minutes 14 seconds
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.
14/05/2018 • 48 minutes 21 seconds
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.
15/03/2018 • 46 minutes 52 seconds
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.
02/03/2018 • 42 minutes 3 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast #124: Sara’s Story
We welcome twin home birth mom, Sara Pereira, to the studio to share her tale.
26/01/2018 • 47 minutes 38 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast #123: Looking Fondly Back at 2017
Dr. Stu and Blyss recall Birthing Instincts stories, trends and statistics.
17/01/2018 • 44 minutes 31 seconds
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.
21/12/2017 • 47 minutes 58 seconds
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.
13/12/2017 • 40 minutes 1 second
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
17/11/2017 • 42 minutes 25 seconds
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.
10/11/2017 • 44 minutes 45 seconds
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
26/10/2017 • 41 minutes 7 seconds
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.
17/10/2017 • 43 minutes 14 seconds
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.
06/09/2017 • 44 minutes 1 second
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.
29/08/2017 • 41 minutes 48 seconds
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
03/08/2017 • 41 minutes 33 seconds
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.
24/07/2017 • 44 minutes 28 seconds
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
19/05/2017 • 1 hour 2 minutes 19 seconds
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
18/05/2017 • 43 minutes 19 seconds
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.
11/05/2017 • 43 minutes 50 seconds
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
03/05/2017 • 37 minutes
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
24/04/2017 • 39 minutes
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
13/04/2017 • 45 minutes 15 seconds
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
06/04/2017 • 36 minutes 13 seconds
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
10/12/2016 • 39 minutes 56 seconds
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
03/11/2016 • 44 minutes 9 seconds
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.
27/10/2016 • 39 minutes 21 seconds
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.
21/10/2016 • 36 minutes 1 second
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.
29/09/2016 • 36 minutes 20 seconds
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.
21/09/2016 • 36 minutes 36 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast #100: Honoring the Father
Dr. Stu’s Dad sits down with Dr. Stu to wax nostalgic on his 96th birthday.
09/09/2016 • 43 minutes 26 seconds
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
02/09/2016 • 35 minutes 57 seconds
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
23/08/2016 • 37 minutes 27 seconds
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/
16/08/2016 • 40 minutes 42 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast #96: “Respect My Authority!”
When big institutions limit options we all suffer.
03/08/2016 • 39 minutes 4 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast #95: “P-Envy”
Dr. Stu’s phone feels inadequate. Kim reassures Dr. Stu as they discuss issues of the day.
28/07/2016 • 37 minutes 36 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast #94: Collaborating with Kimberly
Dr. Stu welcomes back Kimberly for some birth stories, both fuzzy and infuriating.
20/07/2016 • 39 minutes 5 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast #93: All about the ABCs
Dr. Stu and guest host Kimberly Durdin discuss the ABC, Amsterdam Breech Conference.
15/07/2016 • 39 minutes 16 seconds
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.
29/06/2016 • 36 minutes 55 seconds
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.
15/06/2016 • 37 minutes 5 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast #90: An Exercise in Futility
Brian queries Dr. Stu on some of the candidates running for president. Surprise! They disagree!!
30/09/2015 • 32 minutes 2 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast #89: California, Not the Happiest Place on Earth These Days!
Dr. Stu & Brian debate the politics of vaccines.
16/09/2015 • 29 minutes 21 seconds
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.
02/09/2015 • 43 minutes 24 seconds
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….
12/08/2015 • 34 minutes 12 seconds
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.
31/07/2015 • 39 minutes 7 seconds
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
22/07/2015 • 39 minutes 25 seconds
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”
16/07/2015 • 35 minutes 26 seconds
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
24/06/2015 • 38 minutes 22 seconds
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
11/06/2015 • 38 minutes 44 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast #81: Obstetric Violence Redux
Dr Stu and Brian reconvene the court with witnesses Emilee and Kimme.
21/05/2015 • 42 minutes 46 seconds
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
14/05/2015 • 40 minutes 36 seconds
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!
07/05/2015 • 38 minutes
Dr. Stu’s Podcast #78: “A Sensitive, Urgent Matter”
Brian gets a good scare from a less than compassionate medical office worker.
01/05/2015 • 42 minutes 48 seconds
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
22/04/2015 • 41 minutes 18 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast #76: Great Memories are Priceless
Brian and producer Randy join Dr. Stu in a discussion of values.
17/04/2015 • 40 minutes 5 seconds
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
25/03/2015 • 38 minutes 59 seconds
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
20/03/2015 • 40 minutes 41 seconds
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.
25/02/2015 • 38 minutes 5 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast #72: Politicized Science
Dr. Stu and Brian reunite with producer Randy and discuss what happened to trust.
18/02/2015 • 36 minutes 47 seconds
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.
04/02/2015 • 40 minutes 33 seconds
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.
28/01/2015 • 36 minutes 19 seconds
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.
16/10/2014 • 31 minutes 25 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast #68: Facts R Us
Dr. Stu & Brian welcome Jennifer Kamel, founder & Director of VBAC Facts.com
08/10/2014 • 34 minutes 43 seconds
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?
24/09/2014 • 36 minutes 57 seconds
Dr. Stu’s Podcast #66: Analyze This!
For a change of pace Dr. Brian has a session with Stu.
12/09/2014 • 34 minutes 35 seconds
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.
05/09/2014 • 37 minutes 27 seconds
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.
27/08/2014 • 35 minutes 5 seconds
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.
20/08/2014 • 36 minutes 12 seconds
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!
13/08/2014 • 37 minutes 11 seconds
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.”
06/08/2014 • 31 minutes 58 seconds
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.
30/07/2014 • 31 minutes 37 seconds
Dr. Stu's Podcast #48: Some Curves Are Better Than Others
From Fast Food Foul-Ups to the abolition of The Friedman Curve
20/04/2014 • 34 minutes 39 seconds
Dr Stu’s Podcast #47 – OK With Vitamin K?
Dr Stu and Brian reunite with Dr Ed and talk circumcision and integrative care
09/04/2014 • 40 minutes 7 seconds
Dr Stu's Podcast #46 – Vaccines: Pros And Cons
Dr Stu and Brian meet pediatrician Dr Ed Sarraf
02/04/2014 • 32 minutes 19 seconds
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.
26/03/2014 • 33 minutes 24 seconds
Dr Stu's Podcast #44 – "Much Ado About Nothing"
From Family vacations to auto repair, Dr Stu and Brian break it down
20/03/2014 • 29 minutes 36 seconds
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.
11/03/2014 • 33 minutes 16 seconds
Dr Stu's Podcast #42 – ACOG Says C-Section Rate Too High!
05/03/2014 • 32 minutes 11 seconds
Dr Stu's Podcast #40 – D: None Of The Above
Life is not limited to the single best answer
12/02/2014 • 37 minutes 12 seconds
Dr Stu's Podcast #39 – No Jacket Required
Dr Stu rants on absurd hospital policies
07/02/2014 • 44 minutes 3 seconds
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.
28/01/2014 • 33 minutes 37 seconds
Dr Stu's Podcast #37 – That Podcast Flu By
Dr. Stu and Brian opine on the latest vaccine information
21/01/2014 • 33 minutes 56 seconds
Dr Stu’s Podcast #36 – To Coachella Or Not To Coachella
Dr Stu has a Parental Dilemma!
17/01/2014 • 40 minutes 22 seconds
Dr Stu's Podcast #34 – Happy Stu Year!!!
Do women have a preference for a male or a female OB/GYN?
04/01/2014 • 35 minutes 12 seconds
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
31/12/2013 • 34 minutes 16 seconds
Dr Stu's Podcast #32 – Assume The Physician
Dr Stu and Brian dive into modern medicines catch 22s!
22/12/2013 • 35 minutes 48 seconds
Dr Stu's Podcast #31 – Fit Moms Make Fit Babies
Pre/Post Natal fitness coach Birgitta Lauren joins Dr Stu and Brian
16/12/2013 • 37 minutes 54 seconds
Dr Stu's Podcast #30 – Doogie Fischbein, MD
Christmas Do’s And Don’ts For Pregnant Moms plus a very interesting listener email!
10/12/2013 • 1 minute 35 seconds
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
06/12/2013 • 33 minutes 34 seconds
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!
29/11/2013 • 38 minutes 53 seconds
Dr Stu's Podcast #27 – A Second Look At AB1308
Dr Stu and Midwife Beth Cannon from Birthing Rhythm discuss unintended consequences
26/11/2013 • 37 minutes 26 seconds
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?
21/11/2013 • 34 minutes 56 seconds
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
17/11/2013 • 36 minutes 4 seconds
Dr Stu's Podcast #24 – Wha' Happened?
Dr Stu stresses the importance of community to a healthy pregnancy
13/11/2013 • 42 minutes 36 seconds
Dr Stu's Podcast #23 – Miscarriage And American Liberty Lost
Dr Stu remembers the 60s, and Stu responds to listener Rachel’s email
11/11/2013 • 36 minutes 35 seconds
Dr Stu's Podcast #22 – Welcome Jamie!
Brian and Dr Stu talk about how beneficial to your health having a pet can be
05/11/2013 • 38 minutes 9 seconds
Dr Stu's Podcast #21 – On Your Mark, Get Set, LIE!
Happy Halloween! Dr Stu and Brian talk physicians’ scare tactics