labor & birth
#68 Changes in Birth over 25 Years: Consent, Racism & Doulas with Ananda Lowe
On today’s show we will be discussing how birth has changed over the last 25 years.
Our guest today is Ananda Lowe, a long-time birth doula in Massachusetts who will share what she has seen and heard. Ananda has been part of the Boston/New England and even national birth scene for a long time--since 1995. She is co-author of The Doula Guide to Birth: Secrets Every Pregnant Woman Should Know,... Read more
#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
#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
#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
#58 Diabetes: Pregnancy & Beyond with Danielle Blanchard
In this episode, we talk with mother of two, Danielle Blanchard, about navigating pregnancy, Cesarean births, NICU stays and breastfeeding as a Type 1 diabetic. After discussing the difference between gestational diabetes and Type 1 diabetes and then Danielle shares the interesting story of how she was diagnosed as toddler.
We discuss advice she received while planning to get pregnant,... 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
#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
#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
#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
#47 Perinatal Fitness with Kara Coffin
Today is Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 and our guest today is Kara Coffin. Kara is a mother of three who specializes in guiding pregnant people to co-create a toolkit of physical, emotional, chemical and spiritual supports to call upon throughout pregnancy, labor and postpartum that honors their autonomy.
Kara holds a masters degree in Speech Language Pathology and used to work with... 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
#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
#40 Words Matter! Pregnancy & Birth with Renee Beebe, MEd, IBCLC, RLC
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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