#67 Infertility Myths with Kate Rosenkranz
#66 Nurse Practitioners as Part of Your OB/GYN Care Team with Ketura'h Edwards-Robinson
Today we speak with Ketura’h Edwards-Robinson, a native Bostonian who is currently working in her home city as a Nurse Practitioner, primarily in the area of Women’s Health. One thing that makes Ketura’h special is that in the past year, Ketura’h trained to become a birth doula and is now serving clients in her community with Accompany Doula Care, a local doula agency that has developed... Read more
#65 Artificial Insemination with Marianne Pelletier, CNM
Although today’s topic is not only utilized by LGBTQIA families, they are one of the biggest groups that do! This episode was recorded at the start of June, which is Pride Month, and with this episode we are celebrating just one of the many different ways to make a family.
Our guest today is Certified Nurse Midwife Marianne Pelletier, who was inspired to enter birth work after the birth of her... Read more
#64 Changing the Narrative of the Fourth Trimester & Black Maternal Health
In this episode (a continuation of Episode 63), our guest, Arlene Lammy, birth and postpartum doula, elaborates on how she would like to “change the narrative of the fourth trimester” and how postpartum is actually forever…and how we need to embrace a longer recovery and a new phase of life. We discuss how comparing our experiences to the experiences of others and comparing our baby’s... Read more
#63 Family & Cultural Influences on Birth Stories with Arlene Lammy
In this episode we're talking with birth and postpartum doula Arlene Lammy of New Wave Perinatal Services (https://www.newwavedoula.com). Warning: this episode is full of beautiful stories and laughter! Arlene shares how she came to be invited to her nephew’s birth, the loss of her mother to breast cancer, the moment during her nephew’s birth which inspired her to start working in the birth... Read more
#62 Placental Encapsulation: Questions Answered with Michaela Shaw
Today we’re talking about Placenta Encapsulation! Our guest today is Michaela Shaw, the woman behind Ostara Birthwork & Botanicals. Michaela is a full spectrum doula serving families in Central & Eastern Massachusetts as well as Rhode Island.
She is also a graduate of the Holistic Herbalism Program at Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, Asheville, NC and has studied permaculture + sustainable... Read more
#61 Modern Grandparenting with Dee Moore
Today we’re talking about grandparenting with Dee Moore of MoreThanGrand.com! If you are are NOT a grandparent, YES, this show is still for you, as you’ll gain some good insights into what grandparents are going through and ideas you can share with them BUT it’s also helpful for grandparents, so we do hope that you’ll share it with ALL the grandparents in your life, whether they are... Read more
#60 The Medical Model of Obstetric Care with Bill Chun, MD
During this episode, we discuss the medical model of obstetric care, how to find an OB or other care provider that will support you in your goals for your birth, why doulas are such a key player in his work and why he recommends them so often and what has influenced the culture of obstetrics in the United States. Our guest today is Dr. Bill Chun.
Dr. Chun is a board-certified OBGYN in Woburn, Mass... Read more
#59 Free Childcare in MA: the Common Start Legislation with Liz Sheehan Castro
Recorded Sunday, April 11, 2021. We are talking with Liz Sheehan Castro about the legislative effort that has been launched to get childcare to be FREE in Massachusetts. Liz works for the SEIU Education and Support Fund (ESF), which is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization founded for the purpose of developing and managing worker-centered education, training and professional development programs.... Read more
#57 Using Herbs in Pregnancy & Lactation with Emma O'Brien
Recorded Wednesday, March 17, 2021 and today we are talking with our friend Emma O’Brien, long-time birth and postpartum doula and clinical herbalist. In this episode, we talk with Emma about how her interest in herbs started and her journey to become a clinical herbalist. We discuss contraindications for herbal use, facts about using medicinal herbs and particularly herbs in pregnancy like red... Read more
#56 Chiropractic Care for the Childbearing Year with Brittany Falcone, DC, CACCP
On today's Babies in Common Show, we interview our friend Brittany Falcone, a chiropractor in Worcester, Massachusetts, who specializes in pregnancy and pediatric care. Brittany shares her interesting story that inspired her to become a chiropractor and then we talk with her about what chiropractic care is and isn't...and what certain chiropractors with specialized training can do for pregnancy,... Read more
#55 MA Paid Family & Medical Leave Law with Amanda Hemm & Sarah Douglas
Recorded Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Today we spoke with two special guests about the new Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (abbreviated PFML) and how to best prepare for parental leave after the birth of your baby! Our guests are Amanda Hemm and Sarah Douglas from Soutiens.
QUESTIONS we asked Amanda and Sarah:
While this law does offer many different types of family and medical... Read more
#54 Ask the OB/GYN: Gynecology Edition with Kelly Bowen, DO
Recorded Wednesday, February 24, 2021. Our guest today is Kelly Bowen, DO, an obstetrician/gynecologist who practices in a community hospital in Central Massachusetts (and used to work with Melissa!).
Today Dr. Bowen will answer many questions:
What is the difference between a DO and an MD?
How long should someone wait to get pregnant again?
What is an IUD and why is it a great option for busy... Read more
#53 Evaluation of Children for Learning and Autism Spectrum Disorders with Rebecca Parrish Snowdon, PhD
Recorded Saturday, February 20, 2021 and our guest today is Becca Parrish Snowdon, a psychologist who specializes in evaluating children to determine if they would benefit from additional services at school.
After receiving her bachelors degree from Duke University in Psychology and Human Development, Becca worked in a private school for children with special needs and eventually went on to earn... Read more
#52 Our Facebook Live Discussing the Boston Globe Article About Separating Birthing Families
Recording of a Facebook Live we did on the Babies in Common Facebook page on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, discussing the Boston Globe article (front page!) highlighting our petition to stop certain hospitals in Massachusetts from separating birthing families for hours, days and sometimes weeks before they give birth. In this video we also talk about what people can do to advocate for themselves... Read more
#51 Navigating Pregnancy & Birth as a Teen
Recorded Saturday, February 13, 2021 and our guest today is Caitlin Calonge (Ca-LAWN-gee).
Caitlin grew up in Cambridge and Everett, MA. She found out she was pregnant with her first baby the summer following high school graduation when she was 18 years old.
She jokes that she has “literally had almost every job in the world.” She has worked as a waitress, in sales, as a public housing... Read more
#50 Homebirth in the Hispanic Community with Jessica Shephard
Recorded Wednesday, February 3, 2021.
Our guest is Jessica Shephard, who talks with us about her two homebirth experiences and how choosing homebirth was a big surprise to her Ecuadorian family!
Jess was born in Ecuador and moved to the United States when she was almost ten years old and now lives in Central Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters, Gianna (2) and Lucia (7 months) who... Read more
#49 Third Baby Curveball: Tongue Tie, Triple Feeding & Lots of Support with Alicia Randall
Recorded Wednesday, January 27, 2021. Our guest today is a local nurse, homebirth mom and friend, Alicia Randall!
Alicia grew up an Army Brat, then served as a combat medic for the US Army, providing medical treatment for wounded soldiers during 2 Iraq tours in 2006 and 2010. She met her husband, also a veteran, while serving in the army in Iraq and they married in 2009.
She now has three... Read more
#48 Pregnancy & COVID-19 with Viveka Prakash-Zawisza, MD
Recorded Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Our guest today is Dr. Prakash-Zawisza, an obstetrician-gynecologist who is now the Medical Director of the MassHealth Payment and Care Delivery Innovation Division and the president-elect of the National Perinatal Association. She talks with us today about being pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic (she is pregnant with her second baby) and her... Read more
#46 Untying Breastfeeding: Talking About Tongue Ties with Yasmin Effath, MA, IBCLC, BCST
Recorded Wednesday, January 6th, 2021.
Our guest today is Yasmin is an IBCLC-lactation consultant in private practice in Mumbai, India. Yasmin is also a biodynamic craniosacral practitioner, international speaker and filmmaker.
During this episode we learn more about what inspired her to make her film, Untying Breastfeeding, and we talk about tongue ties, breastfeeding support, care... Read more
Stop Separating Birthing Families!
Several hospitals in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are routinely separating pregnant people from their partners or labor support person, for hours, days and even weeks--find out why this is happening and why it should never be happening! And then sign our petition to tell Governor Baker to sign an Executive Order to stop this practice of separation.
To read more and sign the petition, see:... Read more
#45 Giving Birth in the 1950s
Join us as we interview Aline Bourdeau, Melissa's Memere! Aline gave birth to four children and shares the details of what it was like to learn about menstruation, getting pregnant and giving birth before describing what birth was like in the 1950s (and 1960s). You don't want to miss out on this episode--she's quite the storyteller and such a hoot! Yes, it's a bit of a long... Read more
#44 A Christmas Birth Story
In this episode, Melissa Anne DuBois, one of the childbirth educators here at Babies in Common and co-host of this Show, shares her birth story...she gave birth to her first child on Christmas Day 2012.
Happy Holidays to all! Join us for the holiday edition, some surprises included! Read more
#43 Baby Sign Language with Sheryl White
Recorded on Wednesday, December 16th, 2020.
Our guest today is Sheryl White, a well-known baby sign language teacher in our area. She’s also a certified infant massage instructor, Reiki Master and also received training in her father-in-law’s program, Dr. Burton White’s ‘New Parents as Teachers’ based on his book the First Three Years of Life.
Sheryl has been teaching classes to... Read more
#42 Jeanette's Birth Stories
Recorded December 9, 2020
As we anticipate the upcoming online Birth Circle event, we thought it could be interesting for our audience to hear OUR birth stories. In this episode Melissa interviews Jeanette about her births (you'll hear one of Melissa's birth stories later this month).
To join a Birth Circle online event, see: https://www.babiesincommon.com/other-offerings/birth-circle Read more
#38 Words Matter! Let's Talk about Feeding & Parenting with Renee Beebe, MEd, IBCLC, RLC
The words we use matter! Join us today as we explore the words we use when talking about feeding and parenting. We're joined by International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Renee Beebe, who lives and works in Seattle, Washington. You can find out more about her at http://www.second9months.com Read more
#37 Nursing a 5-year-old & the Concept of Respectful Parenting with Emily Shugarman, MA, MEd
Listen in as Emily, a nursing mom of 5+ years, talks with us about planning to breastfeed while on a significant medication, navigating postpartum depression, what it’s like to nurse the same child for 5 years, and about the concept of respectful parenting. Emily has been a middle school English teacher for 14 years and recently finished her second masters degree in Counseling Psychology with... Read more
#36 (Part 2) Ask Us Anything: Feeding Babies
In this episode we continue answering listener questions about feeding babies. Read more
#35 The TummyTime Method with Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L, CIMI, CST, NBCR, RYT200
Today is Wednesday, October 21, 2020 and we will be discussing the TummyTime Method with its creator, occupational therapist Michelle Emanuel. Michelle comes to us with more than 20 years of experience as an occupational therapist who worked with babies in a neonatal intensive care unit and in pediatrics and eventually saw the need for a private practice, where she also weaves her passion for... Read more
#34 Ask Us Anything: Feeding Babies
Recorded on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.
Melissa and I answer questions from the Babies in Common community about feeding babies...breast, bottle and solid foods. We put the word out we would be doing this and had folks in our Facebook groups contribute!
We dispel myths that exist about feeding babies and share information that every expectant and new parent should know.
If you have... Read more
#33 Infant Massage to Support Feeding & Digestion with Sejal Fichadia, IBCLC, CPD, CEIM, TT
Join us as we learn from Sejal Fichadia, a certified infant massage instructor and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who is also an experienced postpartum doula and certified TummyTime Method instructor. Originally from India, she now lives in Oregon with her husband and kids. She’s currently offering online infant massage and TummyTime Method classes, so check out her... Read more
#24 Making Milk: Pregnancy NOT Required with Alyssa Schnell, IBCLC, RLC
Join us in discussing inducing lactation with private practice lactation consultant, Alyssa Schnell, IBCLC, the author of Breastfeeding Without Birthing: A Breastfeeding Guide for Mothers Through Adoption, Surrogacy, and Other Special Circumstances.
To learn more about Alyssa's services, book and offerings for parents and professionals, see Breastfeeding without birthing. Read more
#22 What Influences How We Feed Our Babies with Professor Amy Brown, PhD
Join us as we talk with Dr. Amy Brown, professor and prolific author, about what influences how we feed our babies, breast, formula and solid foods!
Amy Brown, PhD is a professor at Swansea University in Wales, where she oversees the master of science program in Child Public Health. She started her studies in psychology and the arrival of her first baby sparked her interest in the barriers... Read more
#20 Extended & Tandem Nursing with Mom of Two Kelly Shultz
Join us as we talk with Kelly Shultz, mom of two, about how she navigated through a challenging year (and more) of nursing, continued through her pregnancy, had an unusual birth with her daughter and then tandem and extended nursing with both of them. Read more
#18 Milk Banks: Plenty of Milk for Families & Hospitals with Cynthia Cohen
Join us as we talk with Cynthia Cohen, Director of Client Relations for the Mother's Milk Bank Northeast, about human milk banking--why it's needed, how donors are screened, how milk is processed, how families can receive banked donor milk and how you can support the work of the milk bank. Read more
#17 Babies & Sleep (Part 2): Pressure, Progression and Practical Expectations with Teresa Stewart, MS, MPH
Guest: Teresa Stewart, MS, MPH, sleep consultant
Our Videocasts are now called a SHOW! Our conversation with Teresa is a two-parter! Be sure to watch Part One (SHOW #16) also! Teresa has 20 years experience educating, empowering, and supporting women and their families prenatally through their child’s adolescence. She is a child development specialist, maternal/ child health educator,... Read more
#15 The Postpartum Visiting Nurse Appointment with Amanda Jessee, RN, BSN & Amy Gallant, RN, IBCLC
Join us as we talk with visiting nurses Amanda Jessee and Amy Gallant about what a postpartum visiting nurse does during a postpartum visiting nurse visit. Our guests, Amanda Jessee, RN, BSn and Amy Gallant, RN, IBCLC, are will share with us why this type of visit is important and how to get one. Read more
#3 Preparing for Breastfeeding During This Pandemic (and anytime) with Fiona Rea, IBCLC
Videocast 3: Preparing for Breastfeeding During This Pandemic (and anytime). Join us as we talk with Fiona Rea, IBCLC, who is a private practice lactation consultant near Dublin, Ireland along with Babies in Common's own IBCLC, Jeanette, and breastfeeding counselor, Melissa. Read more