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From the stuff your mother never told you, to the stuff your doctor never learned, On Health features taboo-busting conversations that demystify and de-stigmatize our bodies, all while bridging the gap between conventional medicine and wellness. Join Yale-trained MD & midwife Aviva Romm and her line-up of expert guests as they discuss everything from periods to menopause, sex to reproductive health politics, and motherhood to mental health. Each week, Dr. Romm will be exploring the science and wisdom of how our bodies work, what makes us well, what gets in the way, and how we can live our best lives on our terms, authentically and bravely. You can expect to learn more about topics such as women's brain health, cesareans, microbiome seeding, women’s sexual health, and much more. Plus, you'll get Aviva’s musings, tips, and guidance from 35+ years of helping women take back their health—and their lives. The new medicine for women is here!

On Health Aviva Romm MD

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From the stuff your mother never told you, to the stuff your doctor never learned, On Health features taboo-busting conversations that demystify and de-stigmatize our bodies, all while bridging the gap between conventional medicine and wellness. Join Yale-trained MD & midwife Aviva Romm and her line-up of expert guests as they discuss everything from periods to menopause, sex to reproductive health politics, and motherhood to mental health. Each week, Dr. Romm will be exploring the science and wisdom of how our bodies work, what makes us well, what gets in the way, and how we can live our best lives on our terms, authentically and bravely. You can expect to learn more about topics such as women's brain health, cesareans, microbiome seeding, women’s sexual health, and much more. Plus, you'll get Aviva’s musings, tips, and guidance from 35+ years of helping women take back their health—and their lives. The new medicine for women is here!

    Why We Need Birthing Centers

    Why We Need Birthing Centers

    Despite years of evidence about the incredible outcomes, safety, and cost-effectiveness of midwives, midwifery care is still not the standard for pregnancy and birth in the US, and access to birthing centers remains limited. Yet, studies show they are associated with a reduction in cesareans, preterm births, increased breastfeeding success, and an overall positive experience of birth. This is why we need birthing centers and why the work of my guests, visionaries Nashira Baril and Katherine Rushfirth, is critical for creating a sea change in how people birth in this country.  
      
      
    Aviva, Nashira, and Katherine discuss: 
     

    Nashira’s and Katherine’s origin stories into birth work 

    What a birthing center is and how does it differ from home or hospital birth options 

    The advantages of birthing centers and working with a midwife  

    The fact that the birthing center model remains majority white-led and why this needs to change   

    The huge financial savings birth centers put back into the healthcare system 

    How birthing centers are important not just for individuals, but also for building community 

    Advice for people interested in the birthing center experience but who don’t have access to a center  

    Ways you can support the Neighborhood Birth Center as well as other birthing centers 

     
     
    Learn more about the neighborhood birth center and find their video “You Were Welcomed with Love” HERE. 
     
    Nashira Baril, MPH, is the daughter and great-granddaughter of midwives, who midwifed her children at home. Nashira is the founder and executive director of Boston’s Neighborhood Birth Center, the city’s first community birth center, poised to open in 2023. She has a master’s degree in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University School of Public Health and nearly 20 years of experience designing and implementing public health strategies. She has worked at the Boston Public Health Commission, Harvard School of Public Health, and most recently, Human Impact Partners.   
      
    Katherine Rushfirth is a Certified Nurse Midwife and the Policy Director for the forthcoming Neighborhood Birth Center. Katherine was the Associate Chief of Midwifery at Massachusetts General Hospital and among the first midwives to be named faculty at Harvard Medical School. Katherine is a past-president of the MA Affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) and currently serves as the Legislative Co-Chair for MA ACNM. Katherine completed her midwifery education at Yale University and her BA in Women’s Studies/Anthropology at Barnard College. " 
     
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in to your body, yourself, and this podcast! Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow your host on Instagram @dr.avivaromm and go to avivaromm.com to join the conversation. Follow the Neighborhood Birth Center @neighborhoodbirthcenter. 

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Perfectionism: Healing the Shadow Side

    Perfectionism: Healing the Shadow Side

    Perfectionism. It's a common relentless inner stress that I know I'm not alone in experiencing. What you might not realize is that it's a common symptom of being stuck in mode of survival mode. In this episode I invite you to reframe Perfectionism, along with being a "Good Girl" and other traits of survival mode that can be causing us stress without our even knowing it, and take a deep dive into how we can understand our Superpowers and Shadow Sides to create a more peaceful, balanced life. 
     
     
    Join me as I share: 
     

    My personal experience with Perfectionism and how one of my patients shifted my perspective 

    The potential health consequences of Perfectionism 

    The meaning behind "hungry ghosts" and why you may be holding on to your past 

    Symptoms that suggest you may be struggling with Perfectionism 

    Seven simple practices to help shift out of Perfectionism 


     
    For the accompanying article, visit avivaromm.com/perfectionism-adrenal-overdrive/ 
     
     
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in to your body, yourself, and this podcast! Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow your host on Instagram @dr.avivaromm and go to avivaromm.com to join the conversation. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Vaginal Seeding After Cesarean: Is It Safe and Recommended for Your Baby?

    Vaginal Seeding After Cesarean: Is It Safe and Recommended for Your Baby?

    Curious about vaginal seeding and whether it is safe and recommended for you and your baby? To date, more than 20 studies have found that the microbiome in cesarean-born babes is different than that of vaginally born infants. These differences can persist to 4 years of age and may pose lasting health consequences. I know this may sound scary but I have some great news to share: researchers and microbiologists are exploring solutions to help increase the health outcomes for mothers and babies through a technique they named Vaginal Seeding, which can be used following a cesarean. This is ground-breaking and pivotal research as the number of cesareans continues to rise on a global level. Tune in to today’s episode to learn what vaginal seeding is, the current research supporting the technique, the potential benefits and risks of vaginal seeding, and ways you can support the newborn microbiome.

    Let’s explore this further. For the accompanying article, go to avivaromm.com/vaginal-seeding-after-cesarean/. 
     
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in to your body, yourself, and this podcast! Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow your host on Instagram @dr.avivaromm and go to avivaromm.com to join the conversation. 

    • 40 min
    Too Many Cesarean Sections: What You Need to Know

    Too Many Cesarean Sections: What You Need to Know

    We are facing what continues to be a global cesarean section crisis. The overuse of cesarean sections, especially in the United States, is not new, but it has continued to become more prevalent here and globally over the past 30 years. Joining me this week is obstetrician/gynecologist and world leader in women's reproductive rights, Marleen Temmerman, MD. Listen in as we talk about the dual problem of both the overuse and under-access of cesarean sections for women around the world, and the impact of both of these on women’s health and safety. I know you'll be as moved and inspired as I am hearing Dr. Temmerman's story and important research findings.  
      

    Aviva and Marleen discuss:  
      

    The why's behind the overuse and increase of cesareans  

    Misconceptions about cesarean sections, natural births, and breeches   

    The importance and role of midwives and why every birthing person needs one   

    The various impacts and long-term effects of cesareans on babies  

    Tools available to reduce the number of cesarean sections  

    The ways women can advocate for themselves during childbirth and prevent unnecessary cesareans   

     
      
    Dr. Marleen Temmerman has served as a senator in the Belgian parliament, as the director of the World Health Organization's Department of Reproductive Health and Research, and as the founding director of Ghent University's International Centre of Reproductive Health. After retiring from the WHO, she moved to Kenya, where she is now with the Aga Khan University in Nairobi and is Director of their Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health. Most recently, she has played a pivotal role in bringing attention to the overuse and under-access of cesarean sections to the obstetrics world internationally as senior author of a series of focus articles published in The Lancet, one of the world's oldest and most respected medical journals. " 
     

    Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in to your body, yourself, and this podcast! Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow your host on Instagram @dr.avivaromm and go to avivaromm.com to join the conversation. 

    • 54 min
    Eight Medical Myths Keeping Women from Getting Proper Diagnosis and Treatment

    Eight Medical Myths Keeping Women from Getting Proper Diagnosis and Treatment

    "It’s all in your head." "It’s normal for women to suffer." "We just don’t know what causes that." Chances are you’ve heard one of these medical myths before, and it has kept you from receiving important diagnoses and timely treatment. Medicine is, without a doubt, a cultural institution and a power structure, and like other systems, it has perpetuated myths that keep us believing in its power while disbelieving in our own. On today’s episode, I break down eight prominent medical myths that are alive, well, and profoundly—and sometimes dangerously—affecting women’s health. I also share tools to get empowered with your health and why you should stop being so damn polite when you are being ‘doctor-splained’ to. Your health may depend on you being a little bit of a badass. 
     
    Let’s explore this further. For the accompanying article, go to avivaromm.com/medical-myths 
     
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in to your body, yourself, and this podcast! Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow your host on Instagram @dr.avivaromm and go to avivaromm.com to join the conversation. 

    • 45 min
    Teen Sexual Health + Abortion Pills & Body Autonomy

    Teen Sexual Health + Abortion Pills & Body Autonomy

    Let’s talk about abortion pills. This week, I am joined by the partnerships and engagement manager at Plan C, Imani Wilson-Shabazz. Imani is a beacon of light in the reproductive health and sexuality awareness space who, through education and empowerment, is transforming family planning systems and institutions. On today's episode, we hear all about Imani’s sex-positive upbringing and how her ninth grade "sex education" class inspired her to study reproductive health and advocate for abortion access. She also answers every question you’re likely to have about abortion pills and shares an easy yet powerful way you can support Plan C’s vision. 
     
    Aviva and Imani discuss: 
     

    The failure of abstinence only programs and specifically how communities of color are disadvantaged by those programs 

    What Imani’s research shows us teens want to know more about that they’re not learning in sexuality education classes 

    What Plan C is, how it's used, and how it can facilitate safe at-home abortions 

    Myths and misconceptions about abortion pills 

    Why there is so much stigma surrounding abortion pills in the US as opposed to other countries  

    What medications are used to facilitate a self-managed abortion and the safety of these medications 

    General guidelines to facilitate an at-home abortion and care for yourself afterwards  

     

    To learn more about your lady parts, check out this article: avivaromm.com/lady-parts 
    To learn more about Plan C, visit plancpills.org 
     
    Imani Wilson-Shabazz is a recent graduate of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, earning an MPH in Community Health Sciences with a certificate in Population and Reproductive Health. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Social and Behavioral Sciences at Temple University. Ms. Wilson-Shabazz currently works at Plan C as their Partnerships and Engagement Manager, facilitating community partnerships to increase awareness of abortion pill access around the country. She also provides lectures, webinars, and educational videos on how to advocate for and promote medication abortion access in diverse communities. 
     
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in to your body, yourself, and this podcast! Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow your host on Instagram @dr.avivaromm and go to avivaromm.com to join the conversation. Follow Plan C @plancpill 

    • 59 min

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