Category Archives for "Pregnancy Care"

Podcast 094: Your Hormones and the Miracles in First Hour After Birth | Dr. Sarah Buckley

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My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Dr. Sarah Buckley, a family physician in Brisbane, Australia, trained in family physician obstetrics and an authority on the hormonal physiology of childbearing.

In this episode, we will cover:

  • the 4 main hormones of birth and how each plays a role in "Mother Nature's Superb Design" for mother-baby bonding and mother healing
  • how skin-to-skin, the baby's the breast crawl and cord clamping are hormone mediated and can be affected if the natural hormonal cascade is interfered with during birth
  • the importance of the "Baby Moon" after birth - for both you and baby
  • Resources mentioned in the conversation:

  • Dr. Sarah Buckley's website: www.SarahBuckley.com
  • her Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing report - http://transform.childbirthconnection.org/reports/physiology/
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  • About Dr. Sarah Buckley:

    Dr. Sarah Buckley is a family physician in Brisbane, Australia, trained in family physician obstetrics.

    She is the author of the internationally best-selling book Gentle Birth. Gentle Mothering and the scientific report Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing, published with Childbirth Connection.

    Sarah’s work supports parents and professionals to be well informed, to listen to their hearts and instincts, and to acknowledge the rightful place of parents as the real experts in their bodies, babies and families.

    Sarah is currently combines mothering her four children with her work as a writer and lecturer on pregnancy, birth and parenting.

    See www.sarahbuckley.com and www.gentlenaturalbirth.com

    Podcast 087: Myths & Truths about Plus Size Pregnancy | Bianca & Natasha of bebo mia

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    My guests on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” are Bianca and Natasha, the founders of bebo mia, a training & mentorship organization for women in the maternal health field serving pregnancy & birth professionals, childbirth educators & parenting specialists.

    In this episode, we will cover:

    1. what the common myths are concerning plus size pregnancies and what the truths are
    2. what issues she may face with her birth provider that can interfere with her prenatal care and having the birth that she wants
    3. what issues a plus size woman might face with her friends and family that might affect her self-esteem and what you can do about it

    Resources mentioned in the conversation:

    About Bianca & Natasha of bebo mia:

    Bebo mia is a training & mentorship organization for women in the maternal health field, including pregnancy/birth professionals, childbirth educators & parenting specialists. They offer comprehensive skills, business support & community care through an innovative online structure that spans a global market.

    A very different culture from both the patriarchal boardroom model & the female-centric multi-level marketing industry, bebo mia offers opportunities for women to work from home while making an income for themselves and their families. They develop inclusive, accessible trainings for women that provide the skills needed to grow & sustain a lucrative business. bebo mia remains fiercely committed to their original mission that was developed in 2008: To connect women to their intrinsic value and power.

    Podcast 085: Building Healthy Humans, the Prenatal Wellness Book by Dr. Pia Martin

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    My guest on this episode of "Healthy Births, Happy Babies" is Dr. Pia Martin, a practicing Wellness Doctor in San Diego, CA and the author of the new book called “Building Healthy Humans: Your Guide to a Balanced and Beautiful Pregnancy for a Happy Healthy Baby".

    In this episode, we will cover:

    1. why the frustration of her pregnant patients drove her to write this book
    2. why she believes the way she wrote the book makes it more usable than most books on prenatal wellness and nutrition

    Resources mentioned in the conversation:

    About Dr. Pia Martin :

    Dr. Pia Martin is a practicing Wellness Doctor in San Diego, CA. Her passion is helping new moms have a balanced and beautiful pregnancy. She understands that new moms are excited and fearful all at the same time and she knows that new moms want to do the very best they can to have a happy, healthy baby who thrives and develops into a wonderful human being.

    She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, a member of International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and the author of hundreds articles on healthy living found on her website: www.drpia.com

    She is also now the author of her new book called “Building Healthy Humans: Your Guide to a Balanced and Beautiful Pregnancy for a Happy Healthy Baby".

    Podcast 083: Part 4-We’re Having a Baby, Naturally! | Amanda & HR’s Pregnancy Journey at Cap Wellness

    It’s been a year since the birth! Soooooo…what happened!

    In this FOURTH episode of “We’re Having a Baby, Naturally!”, Amanda & HR share their birth story with us.

    Did labor and delivery go as planned?

    Where there any surprises?

    And why DID it take so long to get the update on their pregnancy and birth journey here at the Cap Wellness Center???

    Today, all of those questions will be answered.

    Guests: Amanda & HR Dudley, a newly pregnant couple who are sharing their prenatal journey with Dr. Cap and the team at the Cap Wellness Center for us to learn what it’s like to go through a natural birth process.

    Resources mentioned in the conversation:

    Podcast 082: Creating Balance in Your Pregnancy & Parenthood with Bailey Gaddis, the Feng Shui Mommy

    My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Bailey Gaddis is the author of Feng Shui Mommy and a Childbirth Preparation Educator, Birth Doula, and Hypnotherapist who works with pregnant women and their gorgeous offspring everyday.

    In this episode, we will cover:

    1. how the birth of her son transformed her from a professional room organizer into the Feng Shui Mommy
    2. how knowledge of this ancient art of organizing space for optimal energy flow can help you feel calmer, more peaceful as well as more energized
    3. how you can use EFT or “Tapping” to allieviate fear and anxiety during your pregnancy, birth and while parenting

    Resources mentioned in the conversation:

    About Bailey Gaddis:

    Bailey Gaddis is the author of Feng Shui Mommy and is a regular contributor to media outlets including Disney’s Babble, Working Mother, Pregnancy and Newborn, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Woman’s Day.

    As a Childbirth Preparation Educator, Birth Doula, and Hypnotherapist who works with pregnant women and their gorgeous offspring everyday, Bailey is fairly certain that “new baby smell” is the most enticing aroma on Earth.

    Anna Gannon Expectful.com

    Podcast 078: Using Meditation During Pregnancy | Anna Gannon, Expectful.com

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    My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Anna Gannon: a mom, the Community Guide and Editorial Lead at Expectful.com (guided meditation site for pregnancy and motherhood), a writer and a yoga & meditation guide..

    In this episode, we will cover:

    1. how a major life change in her 3rd trimester lead Anna to meditation and how it helped not only have a fantastic birth, but it helped her heal through postpartum depression.
    2. how an ice storm in Canada showed us how much stress affects pregnancy and children’s health.
    3. how meditation can help with sleep, anxiety, energy levels, depression, anger and so much more.

    Resources mentioned in the conversation:

    About Anna Gannon:

    Anna Gannon is a mom, the Community Guide and Editorial Lead at Expectful, a writer and a yoga & meditation guide.

    Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Yoga Today and the Expectful Blog.

    Anna is passionate about the importance of the mind, body, and sometimes baby connection.

    Her mission is to improve women’s emotional health during their fertility, pregnancy and new motherhood experience by sharing open and honest stories, educating them on the benefits of meditation and movement and most importantly, letting them know they are never alone.

    Farel Hruska Fit4Mom

    Podcast 077: The Truth About Prenatal Exercise | Farel Hruska, Fit4Mom Global Fitness Director

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    My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Farel Hruska is the Global Fitness Director for FIT4MOM who has 20 years’ experience as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and educator.

    In this episode, we will cover:

    1. the 3 most common “exercising during pregnancy myths” are what the current research REALLY shows about what you can and cannot do (especially in the 1st and 3rd trimesters).
    2. how to switch your mindset towards “pregnancy fitness goals” (they’re very different from fitness goals you have outside of pregnancy) and how to handle body image issues you may experience has your body changes before birth.
    3. an in-depth conversation about CORE strengthening and the pelvic floor (to Kegel or not to Kegel: why you have to learn about ECCENTRIC contraction!).

    Resources mentioned in the conversation:

    About Farel Hruska:

    With 20 years’ experience as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and educator, Farel Hruska has been with FIT4MOM since March 2002.

    As an international educator and presenter in pre / postnatal, and overall fitness education, Hruska has presented at numerous fitness conferences including EMPOWER, FitFest, SCW, the Asia Fitness Conference, the Fitness Festival of South China, MEFITPRO in Dubai and IDEA WORLD & PTI.

    Farel has been featured by numerous press outlets for her fitness expertise, including CNN, New York Times, WebMD, Women’s Running Magazine, SheKnows.com and Pregnancy.com.

    Podcast 074: Fertility, Acupuncture & Creating Fertile Ground| Maring Higa

    My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Maring Higa, an acupuncturist specializing in fertility and pregnancy in Encinitas, CA. She is also a creative strategist coach and podcast host and loves bringing together wellness and creativity her work she is doing.

    In this episode, we will cover:

    1. How Maring’s extensive experience working with couples having fertility challenges lead her to incorporate a more holistic approach to caring for “families-to-be” and get better results
    2. How her “Creating Fertile Ground” programs differ than most fertility treatment protocols out there.
    3. How to cut through the stress and pressure you’re bombarded with when trying to get pregnant and surround yourself with feelings of creativity and receptivity.

    Resources mentioned in the conversation:

    About Maring Higa:

    Natural medicine has always been an integral part of Maring’s personal journey.

    Combined with a Master of Science from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and a psychology degree from Naropa University, she has studied extensively in the area of infertility, pregnancy and post-partum recovery. And in 2005, Maring even traveled to Cheng Du, China to intern with some of the best gynecological doctors in the world.

    Maring specializes in both female and male infertility, as well as pregnancy and postpartum support and continues to study the most up to date information in this field.

    She is also a creative strategist coach and podcast host and loves bringing together wellness and creativity her work she is doing.

    Podcast 071: In Utero: the Movie-the Impact of the Prenatal Environment | Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal

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    My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal, the writer/director of a diverse body of award-winning dramas and documentaries, including the feature documentary In Utero, which explores the impact of the environment on pregnancy and the next generation.

    In this episode, we will cover:

    1. how Kathleen’s own pregnancy led her to create this documentary exploring the impact of the prenatal environment on babies.
    2. what she learned from interviewing dozens of experts in the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology and what it means for expecting couples
    3. she answers the question: “Is this movie to “dark” for of pregnant woman to see or should she wait?”

    Resources mentioned in the conversation:

    About Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal:

    Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal was born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii and currently lives in Los Angeles.

    She is the writer/director of a diverse body of award-winning dramas and documentaries, including Beauty Mark, a social documentary exploring America’s obsession with body image, perfection and success, and Sita, a Girl from Jambu, an ethnographic drama about child sex trafficking in Nepal.

    Kathleen taught at the University of Colorado-Boulder, then Vassar College, where she obtained tenure. From there, she transitioned to Hollywood, co-producing the feature film Grassroots, starring Jason Biggs, Cedric the Entertainer and Lauren Ambrose, released by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

    Kathleen wrote and directed the award-winning Lychee Thieves, a multicultural tale set in Hawaii, which was an Academy Award qualifying live-action short.

    Her most recent film is the feature documentary In Utero, which explores the impact of the environment on pregnancy and the next generation.

    Kathleen is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Thrive Global.

    Podcast 069: What is “Floating” and How it Can Help During Pregnancy | Kirsten Gerrish & Lena Kilic

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    My guests on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” are Kirsten Gerrish, CDM and Lena Kilic, CDM. They are midwives, owners of Heritage Birth Center and owners of Float Alaska, the state’s largest float center. Their philosophy of birth, Mother-Led Care, is working to change the paradigm around birth.

    In this episode, we will cover:

    1. why “Floating” in a tank with 800 pounds of Epson salt can be good for you in pregnancy and why they incorporated it into their birthing center
    2. how Floating can help muscle cramps, swelling, baby positioning as well as much needed pain relief and relaxation during pregnancy
    3. when a woman should NOT float during pregnancy and how soon after birth they can start up again for postpartum healing

    Resources mentioned in the conversation:

    About Kirsten Gerrish and Lena Kilic:

    Kirsten Gerrish, CDM and Lena Kilic, CDM are midwives, owners of Heritage Birth Center and owners of Float Alaska, the state’s largest float center. Their philosophy of birth, Mother-Led Care, is working to change the paradigm around birth.

    Believing that everyone deserves exceptional care in their pregnancy, they introduced floating to their practice in 2015 and have been thrilled at the results. Float Alaska has grown into a wellness center offering EFT, hypnosis and massage, all with a focus on creating a more healthy pregnancy and healing past birth trauma.

    Podcast 063: The Beauty of Waterbirth with Barbara Harper

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    My guest today on “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Barbara Harper, an internationally recognized expert on waterbirth and gentle birth, founder of Waterbirth International and bestselling author of “Gentle Birth Choices” which has been translated into 9 languages around the world.

    In this episode, we will cover:

    1. why Barbara believes every baby DESERVES a gentle birth and how it inspired her to write the book “Gentle Birth Choices”
    2. What a birth in water offers the mother and the baby and how safe it really is (she covers the physiology of the first breath of life beautifully here)
    3. How to surrender to a “Baby Led Birth” and how doing so will allow for a safer and easier birth

    Resources mentioned in the conversation:

    About Barbara Harper:

    Barbara Harper has dedicated her life to changing the way we welcome babies into the world and is an internationally recognized expert on waterbirth and gentle birth.

    She founded Waterbirth International in 1988, with one goal in mind – to ensure that waterbirth is an “available option” for all women.
    During the past four decades Barbara has worked as an obstetric and pediatric nurse, midwife, midwifery instructor, childbirth educator, doula and doula trainer and has used her vast experience to develop unique seminars which she teaches within hospitals, nursing schools, midwifery and medical schools and community groups worldwide.
    Her bestselling book and DVD, ‘Gentle Birth Choices,’ has been translated into 9 languages so far.  Her next book ‘Embracing the Miracle: The Science, Safety and Spirit of Birth in Water,’ will be ready for publication in 2017.
    She has three adult children, two of whom were born at home in water, and one grandson in college.  She lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is active in the community as a volunteer and as a midwifery and doula mentor.

    Podcast 062: Unassisted Childirth: What it Takes to Do It Yourself | Laura Shanley

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    My guest today on “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Laura Shanley, the author of Unassisted Childbirth and is widely recognized as one of the leading voices in the natural-birth movement. She also works with women on a one-on-one basis, providing childbirth counsel and emotional support before, during and after pregnancy.

    In this episode, we will cover:

    1. How Laura came to realization that she could birth her own 3 children by herself, at home, without any medical supervision (**I misspoke in the recording of the episode that Laura had 3 unassisted births-it should have been 5)
    2. What books and resources she read to be certain that she could do this and that you could read to have a more natural, powerful birth
    3. Which 3 negative emotions she believes are the greatest contributor to rising c-section rates and medical interventions in birth

    Resources mentioned in the conversation:

    About Laura Shanley:

    Laura Shanley is an author, speaker, and childbirth consultant widely recognized as one of the leading voices in the natural-birth movement. 

    Laura is the author of Unassisted Childbirth (Third Edition, 2016) and maintains a website dedicated to promoting natural birth: www.unassistedchildbirth.com.

    Her expertise is frequently sought out by television and movie production companies, and she has been featured in media outlets such as ABC News, 20/20, The Doctors, the Discovery Channel, the New York Times and the Washington Post.  

    She also works with women on a one-on-one basis, providing childbirth counsel and emotional support before, during and after pregnancy. 

    Podcast 061: Prenatal Massage for a Healthy and Comfortable Pregnancy | Carole Osborne

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    My guest today on “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Carole Osborne is a San Diego-based massage therapist, author, course developer and instructor of somatic arts and sciences. Expecting a baby is usually joyful, but it is also stressful and can be uncomfortable. Prenatal massage therapy uses techniques designed specifically to address pregnancy’s challenges.

    In this episode, we will cover:

    1. the long list of benefits that massage therapy can offer a woman during pregnancy-relaxation, better sleep, easier birth are a few).
    2. how a prenatal massage is different from a regular massage and what to expect (a side lying massage can be very comfortable and can teach you how to sleep better at night too).
    3. what contraindications for massage you should be aware of in pregnancy and how a trained prenatal massage therapist can work with them (varicose veins is only one of them).

    Resources mentioned in the conversation:

    About Carole Osborne:

    Carole Osborne is a San Diego-based massage therapist, author, course developer and instructor of somatic arts and sciences.

    In addition to private practice since 1974, she has worked in osteopathic, psychological, and women’s medical settings.
    In 1980 she began researching and developing infant and maternity massage therapy protocols and instructional programs. She pioneered the reintroduction of therapeutic massage and bodywork to healthcare for the childbearing year.
    Over the years she has trained parents, hospital association staffs, and over 5,000 maternity massage therapists and other professionals.
    She was recognized nationally as the 2008 Massage Therapy Teacher of the Year. Carole has authored three textbooks,including Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy. Her articles have appeared in many professional and mainstream publications.

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    Podcast 60: Dr. Stuart Fischbein: Pregnancy is NOT a Disease That Needs to be Treated Medically

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    My guest today on “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Dr. Stuart Fischbein is an author, podcaster and OB/GYN that practices a midwifery model of care, specializing in supporting women in VBAC, twin and breech deliveries in the home birth setting.

    In this episode, we will cover:

    1. why after 28 years of delivering babies in hospitals did Dr. Stu switch to practicing a midwifery model of prenatal care and do homebirths
    2. what 2 factors in the hospital setting interfere most with the natural birth process and cause c-section rates to skyrocket
    3. how Dr. Stu believes this country can move from a medical/disease model of pregnancy and childbirth back to a midwifery/wellness model

    Resources mentioned in the conversation:

    About Dr. Stuart Fischbein

    Dr. Stuart Fischbein is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, a lecturer and the published author of “Fearless Pregnancy, Wisdom & Reassurance from a Doctor, A Midwife and A Mom” and “Homebirth With an Obstetrician, A Series of 135 Out of Hospital Births”.

    He is an outspoken advocate of informed decision making, the midwifery model of care and human rights in childbirth, receiving the 2016 “Most Audacious” award from HRIC and the Association for Wholistic & Newborn Health.

    He shares his thoughts and advocacy for evidenced-based, reasonable choices on his podcast, Dr. Stu’s Podcast.

    He now works directly with home birthing midwives, offering hope for those women who cannot find supportive practitioners for VBAC, twin and breech deliveries.

    Podcast 054: The HypnoBirthing Method for a Beautiful and Peaceful Birth Experience with Dr. Vivian Keeler

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    My guest today on “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Dr. Vivian Keeler, a natural birth expert who has attended more than 800 births as a doula and has taught the HypnoBirthing Method for the last 15 years. She is also now the vice president of HypnoBirthing Institute.

    In this episode, we will cover:

    1. How the HypnoBirthing Method helps a woman prepare for labor and delivery
    2. Why addressing any fears that you may have going into your birth is so important to do
    3. information about how to find a HypnoBirthing class near you

    Resources mentioned in the conversation:

    About Dr. Vivian Keeler:

    Dr. Vivian Keeler has devoted most of her adult life to the care and education of women and their families. She has been a Chiropractic Physician since 1986 with a special focus on the health of pregnant women. She is a natural birth expert who has attended more than 800 births as a doula and has taught HypnoBirthing- The Mongan Method for the last 15 years. She is also a Certified Hypnotist. Dr. Vivian is Vice President and faculty member of the HypnoBirthing Institute. She has received the HypnoBirthing Institutes Diamond Award for her contributions to the advancement of HypnoBirthing.

    She has shared her expertise through many speaking engagements, articles and interviews and is responsible for co-creating several training programs that have inspired many birth professionals to become agents of change in their own communities. Dr. Keeler is the co-founder of Amazing Births & Beyond and Contemporary Doula International. She is also on the Board of Directors of Broward Healthy Start.

    She is a mother to two amazing daughters, who were birthed naturally at home.

    She resides in Hollywood, Florida with her husband, Tim.

    Dr. Jay as a Guest on the Birthful Podcast: Prenatal Bonding

     

    This week I got to be a guest on one of my favorite podcasts, The Birthful Podcast. Adriana Lozada and I talked about prenatal bonding what moms (and dads) can do during the pregnancy to connect to their baby.

    We now know that babies are conscious while in womb. They can hear sounds, learn, form memories, and respond to your stress.

    So, can connecting with your baby before the birth, make for better pregnancies and healthier babies?

    And how do you go about doing that?

    We’ll talk about all of this including how singing, talking, and playing with your baby makes a difference.

    Click on the link below to listen:

    The Birthful Podcast Episode #76:

    Prenatal Bonding with Dr. Jay Warren

     

    Podcast 053: Adriana Lozada of the Birthful Podcast: the Birth Partner’s Ultimate Labor Support Kit

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    My guest today on “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Adriana Lozada, a certified Advanced Birth Doula, a postpartum educator, a healthy sleep consultant and eco-maternity consultant. Adriana is also the host of the Birthful Podcast in iTunes.

    In this episode, we will cover:

    1. What your partner really wants from you while in labor
    2. How to use your B.R.A.I.N. (a 5 step process) when you need to make decisions in the hospital during labor
    3. Which checklists you should have with you in the hospital so you don’t forget anything while you’re there

    Resources mentioned in the conversation:

    About Adriana Lozada:

    Adriana Lozada’s background is multi-layered and multi-cultural. A former print and online editor from Venezuela, the birth of her daughter sparked her passion for being a birth advocate, leading her to open Birthful: a company that helps new and expectant parents take on whatever maternity sends their way.

    She is a certified Advanced Birth Doula (DONA International), a postpartum educator, a healthy sleep consultant and eco-maternity consultant. Adriana is also the host of the Birthful Podcast, where she talks to amazing, knowledgeable, and passionate birth professionals every week, to help new and expectant parents inform their intuition, so they can have more rewarding pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experiences.

    Adriana is the author of the best-selling pregnancy guide (in Spanish), “Soy de Pura Madre”. More recently, she created the “Birth Partner’s Ultimate Labor Support Toolkit” to help expectant dads provide truly helpful support during the birth process, while finding their confidence to go from clueless to “I’ve got this”.

    Adriana lives in Rochester, NY with her husband and 11 year old daughter.

    Podcast 049: Dr. Bruce Lipton: How Pregnancy Influences Your Child’s Genes | Epigenetics

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    My guest today on “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of the bestselling book: The Biology of Belief, former allopathic medical school professor and research scientist and thought leader in the field of epigenetics, human development and conscious parenting.3 boxes HBHB WordPress Art-Bruce Lipton

    In this episode, we will cover:

    1. why Dr. Lipton refers to pregnancy as nature’s “Head Start” program and how the prenatal experience prepares the baby for the world that the mother perceives it to be
    2. how the environment that a child experiences in the first 6 years of life is so crucial to their health and wellbeing for the rest of their life
    3. what you as a parent can do right now to shift your environment so that your child grows up healthier and happier

    Resources mentioned in the conversation:

    Bio: About Dr. Bruce Lipton

    Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of the bestseller: The Biology of Beliefwas a former allopathic medical school professor and research scientist.

    His pioneering research on cloned stem cells at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine presaged the revolutionary field of epigenetics, the new science of how environment and perception control your genes.

    In recognition of his contributions to the fields of embryology and human development, the Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health elected Dr. Lipton to their Board of Directors.

    Bruce has taken his award-winning medical school lectures to the public and is currently a popular keynote speaker and workshop presenter on topics of conscious parenting and the science of complementary medicine.

    Podcast 046: Baby Boost with Acupuncture | Maring Higa

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    My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Maring Higa, L.Ac., specializing in acupuncture for fertility, prenatal and post-partum care for women.

    In this episode, we will cover:

    1. How acupuncture can help get labor started around your due date
    2. The ways acupuncture can prep your body for a healthier, quicker delivery
    3. How Maring combines the current technology (the Acugraph) with the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine to help her patients more powerfully

    Resources mentioned in the conversation:

    About Maring Higa:

    Natural medicine has always been an integral part of Maring’s personal journey. She has studied extensively in the area of infertility, pregnancy and post-partum recovery. In 2005, Maring traveled to Cheng Du, China to intern with some of the best gynecological doctors in the world.

    Maring has specialized in treating male infertility, female infertility and pregnancy support for the past 6 years, and continues to study the most up to date information in this field.

    Maring’s personal experience of having a difficult pregnancy and then suffering with post-partum depression has made it natural for her to empathize with women going through these very difficult times.

    Combined with a Master of Science from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and a psychology degree from Naropa University, Maring has created a truly integrative, compassionate, and heart-centered approach.

    When Maring is not in the clinic she spends her time playing with her son and her daughter, teaching and performing aerial skills, playing music, enjoying the outdoors, and writing.

    Podcast 045: Dr. Michel Odent-Part 2: The Scientification of Love and the Birth Process

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    My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Dr. Michel Odent, world renowned obstetrician and pioneer in the natural birth moment for bringing home-like birthing rooms and birthing pools in maternity hospitals.

    In this episode (Part 2 of 2), we will cover:

    1. Dr. Odent shares his research in his book, “The Scientification of Love” and how important the natural sequence of hormonal release in childbirth improves maternal-baby bonding
    2. What the one thing is after over 50 years of helping women deliver babies that he recommends to expecting moms

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    About Dr. Michel Odent:

    Dr. Michel Odent has been in charge of the surgical and obstetrical units at the Pithiviers state hospital in France (1962-1985) and is the founder of the Primal Health Research Centre (London).

    He introduced in the 1970s the concepts of home-like birthing rooms and birthing pools in maternity hospitals. He is the author of the first article in the medical literature about the initiation of lactation during the hour following birth and of the first article about the use of birthing pools (Lancet 1983).

    He created the Primal Health Research database (www.primalhealthresearch.com) and is the author of 15 books published in 23 languages including: Childbirth and the Evolution of Homo SapiensThe Scientification of LovePrimal Health: Understanding the Critical Period Between Conception and the First Birthday and Birth Reborn: What Childbirth Should Be.

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