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Ep89: Making Sure Your Dog and Your New Baby Get Along Well with Michelle Stern of Pooch Parenting
If you're bringing home a new baby and you have a dog (or want one), then you need a plan that keeps everyone safe & happy. Michelle Stern of Pooch Parenting joins us on this episode to talk about introducing your newest family member to your pup and how you can prepare beforehand. We also chat about dog breeds and what to think about when adding a new dog to your family.
Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode89 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!
Ep88: Ashlyn's Birth Story - A Scheduled Labor Induction During COVID-19
In this lovely birth story episode, Ashlyn shares what it was like having her first baby during COVID-19 via a scheduled induction. She had a great experience with prenatal care and her birth, which included an epidural and episiotomy. We talk about how her care changed in light of the coronavirus pandemic and how she and her husband have navigated family expectations after their baby girl arrived.
Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode88 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!
Ep87: A Milestone Birthday, My Mission, and a Birthday Wish
If you're listening to this episode the day it comes out, then it is my 46th birthday! This is an interesting milestone for me, so this week's episode is a little different to reflect that.
My older sister died of cancer the day before her 46th birthday, so naturally I've been thinking a lot about her, reflecting on her life, and thinking about my own. I wanted to share what these reflections have taught me about my work and what I will be stepping into in this next chapter of life. I am ready to take my work and my service of pregnant people to a whole new level, and I hope that all of you will join me. And I also share a birthday wish for this year that all of you can help me make real!
Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode87 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!
Ep86: Operative Vaginal Delivery: When & Why We Do It and What to Know
I was inspired to cover this episode's topic because I recently attended several births that ended up being operative vaginal deliveries. Also known as an assisted birth, an operative vaginal delivery means that the medical provider uses tools - either forceps or a vacuum cup - to help deliver the baby vaginally.
In this episode you'll learn a lot more about what operative vaginal delivery is, how often it's done, when it's necessary and what the procedure is like. Operative deliveries only happen about 3% of the time, but it's still good for you to have some knowledge about it so you're prepared in case that becomes the best option on the day your baby arrives.
Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode86 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!
Ep85: Finding a New, Creative Approach to Fertility with Jasmine Katatikarn
We have a really interesting story this week about fertility, perseverance, and creative thinking. Our guest is a great example of someone who took control of their fertility journey and advocated for herself through a long and difficult process.
Jasmine Katatikarn shares the ups and downs of Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), and what she and her husband went through emotionally during the process. Jasmine also describes the moment she decided to apply her designer's mind to her fertility journey and how this helped her turn a corner emotionally and physically.
She also talks about why she kept her struggles almost completely secret and what convinced her to tell her story and help other parents.
Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode85 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!
Ep84: Jennifer's Birth Stories - One Hospital, Three C-Sections, and Birth Wishes as a Muslim Woman
We have another special birth story episode this week, but this time you're getting three birth stories in one!
Jennifer is an international board certified lactation consultant, wife and mom of three. She had all three of her babies at the same hospital and had a C-section with each of them - but as you'll hear, her birth experiences were different every single time.
Jennifer and I talk about all three of her births so you can understand how her hospital experiences and self-advocacy developed over time. We discuss pre-eclampsia, why she really wanted a VBAC with her second and third babies, and how her prenatal care & birth wishes were shaped by her religion.
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