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#60 The Medical Model of Obstetric Care with Bill Chun, MD

May 3, 2021

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

#55 MA Paid Family & Medical Leave Law with Amanda Hemm & Sarah Douglas

March 7, 2021

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

#53 Evaluation of Children for Learning and Autism Spectrum Disorders with Rebecca Parrish Snowdon, PhD

February 25, 2021

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

February 19, 2021

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

#48 Pregnancy & COVID-19 with Viveka Prakash-Zawisza, MD

January 29, 2021

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

Stop Separating Birthing Families!

January 10, 2021

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

#40 Words Matter! Pregnancy & Birth with Renee Beebe, MEd, IBCLC, RLC

November 22, 2020

Recorded Friday, November 13, 2020 

Today we’ll be talking about the words we choose and why they matter, in the context of infant feeding and parenting. 

Our guest today is my dear friend Renee Beebe, who is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice in Seattle, Washington.  She’s been a lactation consultant for more than 20 years, doing home visits and... Read more

#38 Words Matter! Let's Talk about Feeding & Parenting with Renee Beebe, MEd, IBCLC, RLC

November 17, 2020

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

November 11, 2020

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

#32 Filing a Complaint After Birth Trauma with Rebecca Zanconato, MD

September 23, 2020

Hear how our guest, an anesthesiologist and mother of four, endured birth trauma and how she navigated the system to file complaints against the perpetrators of the trauma.  She discusses what she did to prepare for her births, what happened and the trauma she endured at the hands of a doctor and nurse.  She also shares what else she's doing to heal and what she recommends others do to prevent... Read more

#30 Queer Parents: Empowerment and Oppression in the Perinatal Period with Rachel Hess, MS, Postpartum Doula and Trainer

September 15, 2020

Join us as we talk with postpartum doula and trainer Rachel Hess, about how queer parents can empower themselves as they encounter care providers (and other parents) as well as how those who aren't part of the queer community can help to stop oppressive actions and comments in the perinatal period. Rachel has virtual support groups for queer parents and you can learn more about those at Rachel... Read more

#27 Navigating Changes in Your Relationship After Becoming Parents with Rachel Gaillard Smook, PhD

August 26, 2020

Join us as we speak with Rachel Gaillard Smook, PhD, a clinical psychologist in private practice, about how parents can navigate the communication struggles that come up as one is expecting a new baby and as couples have a new baby in the family. She shares some valuable wisdom and answers some questions sent in by members of the Babies in Common Community.

Rachel specializes in working with women... Read more

#19 Birth as a Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Journey with Dina Shea-Fraize, CPM

June 21, 2020

Join us as we talk with homebirth midwife, Dina Shea-Fraize, CPM, about how preparation for and the experience of birth is physical, emotional and even spiritual. Read more

#16 Babies & Sleep (Part 1): Pressure, Progression & Practical Expectations with Teresa Stewart, MS, MPH

June 12, 2020

Join us in this riveting 2-part interview with Teresa Stewart, sleep consultant and child development specialist.  She 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, family sleep consultant, first aid and CPR instructor, childbirth... Read more

#17 Babies & Sleep (Part 2): Pressure, Progression and Practical Expectations with Teresa Stewart, MS, MPH

June 12, 2020

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

May 28, 2020

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

#14 What Makes a Good Birth (for You) and How to Choose a Childbirth Class to Help You Get There with Justine Leach, PhD

May 27, 2020

Join us as we talk with Justine Leach, PhD, a childbirth educator and advocate for trauma-informed care. She left academia to cofound Resilient Birth after the birth of her two children made her realize the impact of past experiences on childbirth and the importance of attending to the emotional journey to parenthood. She believes that wherever and however you choose to give birth its important to... Read more

#9 Getting Help for Postpartum Depression & Anxiety with Jill Fieleke, CNM, PMHNP

May 12, 2020

Join us talk with psychiatric nurse practitioner and certified nurse midwife Jill Fieleke about what it really feels like to have PPD/PPA/OCD, why perinatal mood disorders are about more than just depression, how to get help, finding a therapist and taking medication that is safe for breastfeeding (and we'll answer your questions, too!). Read more

#8 Connect, Play & Bond with Your Baby in Daily Routines with Melanie Salort, OTR/L

April 29, 2020

Join us as we talk with Melanie Salort, a pediatric occupational therapist (for 18 years so far!).  For most of her career, she has specialized in the area of sensory processing both in clinical and teaching capacity.  In 2017, Ms. Salort  completed a fellowship in Infant Parent Mental Health and has a particular interest in supporting the parent/child relationship.  She works at sensory... Read more

#7 Preparing for Your Postpartum Quarantine with Heather Chiancola, CPD

April 27, 2020

Join us as we talk with Heather Chiancola, a birth & postpartum doula and a Reiki II certified energy worker who holds a degree in Nutrition/Dietetics with a focus on pregnancy, lactation, and children’s eating patterns from birth to age 5.  Heather's website is heatherthedoula.com. Read more

#6 Movement & Mindfulness for Pregnancy & Birth with Chere Jalali & Bec Conant, Yoga Instructors & Childbirth Educators

April 22, 2020

Join us as we talk with Chere Jalali, an experienced childbirth educator, HypnoBirthing instructor, yoga teacher and group fitness instructor and with Bec Conant, a long-time  yoga teacher, meditation instructor, childbirth educator and Spinning Babies Certified Parent Educator.   Read more