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Episode 46: Untying Breastfeeding: Talking About Tongue Ties with Yasmin Effath, MA, IBCLC, BCST

January 12, 2021

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!

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

#45 Giving Birth in the 1950s

January 5, 2021

Recorded 12/30/20

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

December 25, 2020

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

#42 Jeanette's Birth Stories

December 10, 2020

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

#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

#39 Opening a Midwife-Owned Birth Center with Kirsten Kowalski-Lane, CNM, CPM

November 18, 2020

Join us as we talk with Kirsten Kowalski-Lane, CNM, CPM about her journey from birth doula to homebirth midwife to hospital midwife to birth center midwife...and how she managed to co-found and co-own the first midwife-owned birth center in Massachusetts.  

The American Association of Birth Centers defines a birth center as a home-like setting where care providers, usually midwives, provide... Read more

#31 Ask Us Anything: Pregnancy & Birth

September 23, 2020

Join us for this special Ask Us Anything episode...today we're answering questions from our community about pregnancy and birth! 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

#29 Homebirth for Modern Parents with Rachel Blessington, RN/BSN, CPM, LMT

September 7, 2020

Join us as we discuss all the typical questions modern parents have about homebirth with Rachel Blessington, RN/BSN, CPM, LMT, who has worked as a doula, labor & deliver nurse and midwife.  

We'll talk about safety, typical practices, choosing midwives, pain relief options, what happens in an emergency, how a transfer to a hospital happens and what makes homebirth care special.  We'll also... Read more

#28 A Surrogacy Journey: Giving Birth to Someone Else’s Baby with Kristen Johnson

August 26, 2020

Join us as we talk with Kristen Johnson, a mother of two who decided to give a most amazing gift to another couple (who she didn't know) to carry their baby. She shares with us her birth stories, the process of deciding to become a gestational carrier, the matching process with a couple in need, the process of getting pregnant, how she (and her family) felt about her during that pregnancy, the... Read more

#25 It’s Not Me…It’s You!: Firing Your Maternity Care Provider with Emily Garcia Sega, PhD

August 6, 2020

Join us as we hear Dr. Emily Garcia Sega's story of how she switched maternity providers very late in pregnancy so she could increase her chances for the birth she wanted, including discussing her experiences of trying to turn her breech baby. We hope switching maternity care providers isn't something you feel that you need to do, but in case you do, it IS your right and the choice of your care... 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

#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

#13 Pregnancy & Parenting After 40 (plus some discussion about Cesarean birth) with Jenn Shark, CNM & Stephanie Lee Butler, RN

May 24, 2020

Join us as we talk with our guests, Jenn Shark, CNM and Stephanie Lee Butler, RN, about their personal and professional experiences of pregnancy and parenting after the age of 40.  We also discuss the pressure some experience to have more medical interventions and Cesarean births due to "advanced maternal age" and whether being older really does put people at higher risk or not.   Read more

#11 Breech Presentation, External Cephalic Version & Planning a Breech Vaginal Birth with Kate Damon, CNM

May 23, 2020

In 2015, Kate Damon, CNM, a local hospital based midwife, was planning for a vaginal delivery of her first child. But her daughter stayed persistently breech despite all attempts to convince her to turn (including two attempted external cephalic versions!).  Join us as we talk with Certified Nurse Midwife Kate Damon about her personal and professional experience with breech babies, turning babies... Read more

#12 Making a Cesarean Birth a Positive Experience (even if it's not what you wanted or expected) with Kate Damon, CNM

May 23, 2020

Join us as we talk with Certified Nurse Midwife Kate Damon about her personal and professional experience of making a Cesarean birth a positive experience. Read more

#10 Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: Real Stories of Success! with Three Moms

May 14, 2020

Join us for a conversation about vaginal birth after cesarean, also known as VBAC. We will be joined by three moms, Linda Barrows, Heather Stanek and Chelsea Levine, who share their experiences learning about, preparing for and ultimately having a VBAC birth. We will discuss how to tell if your provider or hospital is truly VBAC supportive, the research on VBAC safety and obstacles you might face... 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

#5 Choices in Childbirth with Joyce Kimballl, MBA, RN, CPM

April 21, 2020

We are joined today by Joyce Kimball, MBA, CPM, RN, CCE, CD.  Joyce is a seasoned homebirth midwife as well as experienced birth doula, childbirth educator, and advocate for families. She's also president of the Massachusetts Midwives Alliance and mother of two.  

Join us as we discuss your legal and human rights related to pregnancy, birth and parenting!  Read more

#2 Labor & Birth in the Time of COVID-19 with Michele Helgeson, CNM, MPH & Marianne Pelletier, CNM

April 9, 2020

Our guests today are Michelle Helgeson, CNM, MPH and Marianne Pelletier, CNM. Both currently practicing midwives...Michelle works in a hospital and has worked over many years in many different hospitals as well as a birth center.  Marianne is a homebirth midwife who has many years of experience working in hospitals and a birth center. 

What kind of screening might you encounter?  What... Read more

#1 Childbirth & Prenatal Preparation & Doulas in the Time of COVID-19 with Shari McBurney, CCE, CD, SpBCPE

April 7, 2020

Preparing for labor, birth, breastfeeding, doulas and life with a new baby in the time of COVID-19.  Babies in Common's own Jeanette and Melissa will discuss these topics with you and our guest in the inaugural episode!  

Our Guest is Shari McBurney, BCCE, BD, SBCPE.  Shari is a childbirth educator, member of the Boston Association of Childbirth Education leadership and certification team,... Read more