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#68 Changes in Birth over 25 Years: Consent, Racism & Doulas with Ananda Lowe

August 31, 2021

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

July 11, 2021

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

June 21, 2021

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

June 1, 2021

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

June 1, 2021

In this episode we're talking with birth and postpartum doula Arlene Lammy of New Wave Perinatal Services ( 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

May 5, 2021

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

May 5, 2021

Today we’re talking about grandparenting with Dee Moore of! 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

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

#59 Free Childcare in MA: the Common Start Legislation with Liz Sheehan Castro

April 24, 2021

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