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In the Evidence Based Birth® podcast, we cover the research evidence on hot topics about pregnancy and childbirth! Our mission is to raise the quality of childbirth care globally, by putting accurate, evidence based research into the hands of families and communities, so they can make informed, empowered choices.

Evidence Based Birth‪®‬ Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 54 Ratings

In the Evidence Based Birth® podcast, we cover the research evidence on hot topics about pregnancy and childbirth! Our mission is to raise the quality of childbirth care globally, by putting accurate, evidence based research into the hands of families and communities, so they can make informed, empowered choices.

    Providing Unbiased VBAC Access and Support with VBAC Facts® Founder, Jen Kamel

    Providing Unbiased VBAC Access and Support with VBAC Facts® Founder, Jen Kamel

    On today's podcast, we're going to talk with Jen Kamel of VBAC Facts® about VBAC or vaginal birth after cesarean. 
    As the founder and CEO of VBAC Facts®, Jen Kamel is an internationally recognized consumer advocate, whose mission is to increase feedback access through education, legislation changes, and amplifying the consumer’s voice. Jen travels throughout the United States training perinatal professionals, presents grand rounds at hospitals, and works as a legislative consultant throughout the US, focusing on midwifery legislation and regulations that threaten VBAC, or vaginal birth after cesarean, access. Jen envisions a time when every pregnant person seeking VBAC has access to unbiased information, respectful providers, and a community where they can plan the birth of their choice in the setting they desire.
    We talk about the statistics on VBAC access, as well as the difference between VBAC rates and VBAC success rates. We also talk about the misinformation about VBAC and the unbiased evidence based research that helps to support a person’s right to choose to have a VBAC. 
    Content Warning: We will mention cesarean, uterine rupture, placental abnormalities, and birth trauma. 
    RESOURCES: 
    Learn more about Jen Kamel here. Follow VBAC Facts® on Facebook and Instagram.
    Learn more about the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) here and ACOG’s information on VBAC here.  
    Lundgren I, van Limbeek E, Vehvilainen-Julkunen K, Nilsson C. Clinicians' views of factors of importance for improving the rate of VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean section): a qualitative study from countries with high VBAC rates. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015 Aug 28;15:196. doi: 10.1186/s12884-015-0629-6. PMID: 26314295; PMCID: PMC4552403.  
    For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EvidenceBasedBirth/), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ebbirth/), and Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/ebbirth/). Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership (including scholarship options) (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-pro-member/). Find an EBB Instructor here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/find-an-instructor-parents/), and click here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/childbirth-class/) to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.

    • 44 min
    Advocating for Your Rights in Birth with EBB Childbirth Class Graduate, Cheyanne Saenz

    Advocating for Your Rights in Birth with EBB Childbirth Class Graduate, Cheyanne Saenz

    On today's podcast, we're going to talk with EBB Childbirth Class graduate, Cheyanne Saenz, about advocating for her human rights during her birth experience. Cheyanne Saenz (she/her) is a fun, loving, and outgoing 27-year-old, who lives in Tulare, California. Cheyanne's faith and her family are the most important in her life. Cheyanne took the EBB Childbirth Class instructed by EBB Childbirth Class Instructor, Jennifer Anderson. Cheyanne uses her brain in puzzles, solving problems, and helping others.  We talk about Cheyanne’s birth experience while advocating for her human rights from what she learned in our EBB Childbirth Class. We also talk about Cheyanne’s beautiful support from her family during her postpartum recovery and her advice for every birthing person about the importance of researching and advocating for one’s rights during birth.  Content warning: We mention group b strep and COVID.
    RESOURCES:
    Learn more about EBB Childbirth Class Instructor, Jennifer Anderson here. Follow Jennifer on Facebook and Instagram.
    For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EvidenceBasedBirth/ ), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ebbirth/ ), and Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/ebbirth/ ). Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership (including scholarship options) (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-pro-member/ ). Find an EBB Instructor here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/find-an-instructor-parents/ ), and click here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/childbirth-class/ ) to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.

    • 53 min
    Gender-Affirming Birth Work and Education with Full Spectrum Doula and Childbirth Educator, Moss Froom

    Gender-Affirming Birth Work and Education with Full Spectrum Doula and Childbirth Educator, Moss Froom

    On today's podcast, we're going to talk with non-binary doula and childbirth educator, Moss Froom, about gender-affirming birth work and education. Moss Froom (they/them), is a non-binary doula and childbirth educator living in Baltimore, Maryland. Moss offers trans and queer centered support services for people at all stages of their reproductive and family building journeys. Moss also teaches other birth workers how to provide support that's affirming and celebratory of trans and queer families. We talk about how Moss got started in their journey to become involved in birth and reproductive work as a non-binary professional in birth work. We also talk about the importance of gender-affirming practices in birth work to create safer spaces for queer and trans families.
    Content Warning: We mention misgendering, abortion, pregnancy loss, and infertility. 
    RESOURCES:
    Learn about Moss Froom here. Follow Moss on Instagram here.
    Learn more about Ray Rackllin here. 
    Learn more about Marea Goodman here.
    For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EvidenceBasedBirth/), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ebbirth/), and Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/ebbirth/). Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership (including scholarship options) (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-pro-member/). Find an EBB Instructor here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/find-an-instructor-parents/), and click here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/childbirth-class/) to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.

    • 35 min
    EBB 206 - Evidence on Perineal Tears and the Importance of Avoiding Episiotomy with EBB Founder, Dr. Rebecca Dekker

    EBB 206 - Evidence on Perineal Tears and the Importance of Avoiding Episiotomy with EBB Founder, Dr. Rebecca Dekker

    In this episode, we are kicking off a new series on protecting the perineum - starting with the evidence on perineal tears and the importance of avoiding episiotomies. In this episode, we will cover the factors that can increase or decrease your risk of tearing during birth. We’ll also talk about the types of perineal tears that can occur, as well as the consequences of perineal tears. Finally, we’ll wrap up this podcast by discussing why it’s so important to avoid an episiotomy during childbirth.
    Content warning: Discussion of perineal tears during childbirth, severe tears, episiotomy, and obstetric violence related to cutting episiotomies without consent.
    Resources:
    For a full list of scientific references, see the blog post that goes along with this episode.
    The Mayo Clinic has graphics that show the different types of tears: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/labor-and-delivery/multimedia/vaginal-tears/sls-20077129
    Read Dr. Klein’s story here https://www.cbc.ca/radio/whitecoat/meet-dr-michael-klein-canada-s-father-of-family-friendly-births-1.4884557
    For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EvidenceBasedBirth/ ), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ebbirth/ ), and Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/ebbirth/ ). Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership (including scholarship options) (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-pro-member/ ). Find an EBB Instructor here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/find-an-instructor-parents/ ), and click here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/childbirth-class/ ) to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.

    • 33 min
    End of Year Wrap Up with Team EBB: Rebecca, Erin, Ali, Mystique, and Cat

    End of Year Wrap Up with Team EBB: Rebecca, Erin, Ali, Mystique, and Cat

    On today's podcast, we're going to talk with team members of Evidence Based Birth®, about a wrap-up of this past year and what our goals are for next year.  Dr. Rebecca Dekker (she/her) is the founder and CEO of Evidence Based Birth® where in a world without allergies, you would find Rebecca running a garden center or maybe leading a summer camp for kids who love animals. Erin Wilson (she/her) is the research editor for Evidence Based Birth® where if Erin were stranded on a desert island, she would be fine with lots of coffee and a big sun hat.  After 10 years as an on-call doula, Erin is currently taking it slow in the mountains doing lots of cooking and exploring with her family. Ali Buchanan (she/her) is the operations coordinator and content team manager for Evidence Based Birth® where you can find Ali quoting movies, drinking coffee on the beach, and dreaming she was a backup dancer for Janet Jackson.
    Iya Mystique Faodugun (they/she) is the podcast coordinator and inclusivity specialist for Evidence Based Birth® where they are our table flipping, foodie loving unicorn who wants to heal all marginalized communities.
    Cat LaPlante (she/her) is the director of the instructor program and program team manager for Evidence Based Birth® where Cat delights in surrounding herself with the love of family and friends as she works hard along with her husband to keep five kids alive and thriving in a faith-centered lifestyle.
    We talk about our favorite team projects for 2021 such as past podcast episodes, our creative growth as a team, and the recent EBB Instructor retreat. We also talk about our future goals for EBB and what we look forward to in the future of Team EBB. 
    Content warning: We mention COVID, birth trauma, postpartum, obstetric abuse, and obstetric violence. 
    Listen to EBB 175 - Evidence on Midwives here.
    Listen to EBB 177 - Dimitri and Mera here.
    Listen to EBB 179 - Trish and Mimi Ang here.
    Listen to EBB 180 - Trauma-Informed Care and Consent with Feminist Midwife, Stephanie Tillman here.
    Listen to EBB 187 - Advocacy for Postpartum Medicaid Extension Coverage with Dr. Monica McLemore and Dr. Jamila K. Taylor here.
    Listen to EBB 189 - Why Black Lactation Matters and the Importance of Black Breastfeeding Week with IBCLC, Janiya Mitnaul Williams here.
    Listen to EBB 199 - Writing about Racism’s Effects on Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes with EBB Research Associate, Ihotu Ali here.
    Listen to EBB 200 - Taking a Stand Against White Supremacy and Creating Solidarity in Birth Work with EBB Founder, Dr. Rebecca Dekker here.
    Listen to EBB 201 - Bridging the Gap Between Evidence and Human Rights with Perinatal Nurse and Nurse Educator, Paula Richards here.
    Listen to EBB 202 - A Fast First-Time Birth Experience with EBB Childbirth Class Graduate, Haley Grachico here.
    For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EvidenceBasedBirth/), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ebbirth/), and Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/ebbirth/). Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership (including scholarship options) (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-pro-member/). Find an EBB Instructor here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/find-an-instructor-parents/), and click here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/childbirth-class/) to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.

    • 58 min
    Refuting the Spread of Misinformation Online About COVID with Board Certified Physician, Dr. Stacy De-Lin

    Refuting the Spread of Misinformation Online About COVID with Board Certified Physician, Dr. Stacy De-Lin

    On today's podcast, we're going to talk with board certified physician Dr. Stacy De-Lin about the spread of misinformation online about COVID, particularly COVID and pregnancy.  Dr. Stacy De-Lin MD (she/her), is a board certified physician whose specialty and area of practice is gynecology and family planning. Dr. De-Lin is an Associate Medical Director at Planned Parenthood and works to provide access to full-spectrum reproductive healthcare no matter what. In addition to her busy practice, Dr. De-Lin works to combat online misinformation through her Instagram account @stacydelin_md.  We talk about the rise of misinformation online about COVID regarding pregnancy. We also talk about how evidence based research about COVID can assist pregnant people and their families to make informed decisions about their health.  Content Warning: We mention COVID, COVID-related deaths, abortion, and miscarriage.
    RESOURCES:
    Learn more about Dr. Stacy De-Lin and follow her Instagram here.
    Learn more about Planned Parenthood here. 
    Learn more about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) here. 
    Learn more about the American Academy of Pediatrics here.
    Learn more about EBB COVID resource page here.
    Learn more about the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) here.
    For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EvidenceBasedBirth/), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ebbirth/), and Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/ebbirth/). Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership (including scholarship options) (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-pro-member/). Find an EBB Instructor here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/find-an-instructor-parents/), and click here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/childbirth-class/) to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

NatalieAnu: maternity wrllness ,

Giving people the real information to make really informed choices

I can’tBegin to tell everybody how much I love this podcast and website and useful one-page handouts to share with care providers.

This team clearly worked tirelessly to bring unbiased,Evidence based information to people so that they can make truly informed decisions about their care.

The language is inclusive, the team and their approach is diverse, they are sensitive in their approachBut don’t sugarcoat the information.

Individual listeners are at liberty to you later on their own cultural, social, faith or other beliefs systems that may influence their thought processes, but they are starting from a base level of factual, evidence based information I am a former Midwife and Current birth worker and I direct all of my clients to this website for the reasons identified above.

Keep on doing the amazing work you’re doing please as a sidenote, I am also a person with a disability and I would love to see some podcasts or discussions around being a birthing person (and a birth worker) with a disability

SarahAnneTA ,

I wish I found this podcast sooner!!

This is great information! With my first child I declined a cervix check at 39 weeks and was pressured into it by my care provider. I also think she did some sort of a membrane sweep despite the fact I said I did not want one (it was painful and I bled after the appointment). During my pregnancy and actual labour, cervix dilation told us absolutely nothing about when my labour would start or how my labour was progressing. I’m pregnant with my second, with midwives this time and will be declining all checks until I’m in active labour.

AnitaBerg ,

A podcast every expecting parent needs to hear!

As a mom and physiotherapist with a focus on prenatal care - I have always appreciated Rebecca’s information and evidence surrounding birth and continually updating resources as they become available. SO excited that you now have a podcast! It will help so many expecting parents.

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