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#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

#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

#26 Going Back to & Pumping at Work with Marlena Shaffer, MBA and Julie Longchamps, RN, BSN

August 6, 2020

Join us as we talk with two moms (one with a corporate job, Marlena Shaffer, and one who works in a surgical intensive care unit as a nurse, Julie Longchamps) about preparing to go back to work and pumping at work.  We discuss their initial breastfeeding experiences, tips for approaching bosses and human resources, finding an appropriate space to pump at the office, laws about pumping at work,... 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

#24 Making Milk: Pregnancy NOT Required with Alyssa Schnell, IBCLC, RLC

August 6, 2020

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

#23 Exploring Functional Medicine with Julia Reznik, MD

July 19, 2020

Join us as we speak with Dr. Julia Reznik, a functional medicine physician in private practice about "preconception optimization", epigenetics, milk supply and the microbiome.  Integrating functional medicine into your life might be the best thing you've done for yourself in a long time! Read more

#22 What Influences How We Feed Our Babies with Professor Amy Brown, PhD

July 15, 2020

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

#21 Childproofing: It’s More Important Than You Think with Child Safety Advocate Kimberly Amato

July 3, 2020

Find out how the law and corporations influence child safety and what YOU can do to protect children. Join us as we go in-depth about childproofing--the practical recommendations, various quality brands, services you can find as well as how the law and corporations influence what is put on the market and what is recalled and when. You'll be surprised! Our guest is Kimberly Amato.  Kim is a... Read more