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Ep92: What to Know About Being Pregnant with Twins
Being pregnant with twins is a bit different than having just one baby. In this episode I'm going over what you need to know about carrying & delivering twins, some of the complications you should watch out for, and what your provider will keep an eye on throughout your pregnancy and birth with twins.
Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode92 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
[REBROADCAST] All About Preeclampsia and What You Need to Know to Reduce Your Chances Of Getting It
I wanted to revisit this episode about pre-eclampsia because of the recent, tragic loss of Dr. Chaniece Wallace MD, who was a Pediatric Chief Resident at Indiana University School of Medicine.
She passed away on October 24 after giving birth to her baby Charlotte via emergency c-section. She experienced severe preeclampsia, so I wanted to bring back this conversation with Dr. Cecily Clark Ganhart about what preeclampsia is, what the symptoms are, and why we need to take it seriously. You can donate to the Wallace family at the GoFundMe page linked in the show notes for this episode.
Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/rebroadcast-preeclampsia and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources.
Ep91: Rick's Fatherhood Story - Prenatal Care, Anxiety, and Bonding with Rick Mulready
I'm really excited to have the second dad on the podcast to share his perspective on pregnancy, labor and birth! Rick Mulready is an online business owner and dad to an 18-month old girl with his wife Amy.
Rick shares his experience of supporting his wife as she carried and delivered their baby. He talks about his anxiety in the early days of pregnancy, why he resisted reading other people's birth experiences, and how his wife's labor and delivery felt from his perspective. He also shares some of the other emotional struggles he experienced in the early days after his daughter arrived and the importance of getting support.
Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode91 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!
Ep90: Perineal Tears: Risk Factors, Prevention, and Healing
I get lots of questions about perineal tears - how they happen, how to prevent them, and how to heal them - so I want to answer as many of those as I can for you today. In this episode you'll learn how common perineal lacerations are, risk factors that can increase your chances, strategies to prevent them, and how they can affect current and future pregnancies.
Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode90 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources!
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!