A weekly podcast interviewing experts in the prenatal, natural childbirth and pediatric care field such as Dr. Bruce Lipton, Dr. Sarah Buckley, Dr. Michel Odent, Dr. Jeanne Ohm, Dr. Bob Sears, and Penny Simkin. We want you to feel safe, supported and empowered during your pregnancy, birth and parenthood journey.
140: A Powerful Birth Story That Didn't Go As Planned
My guests today are Emily and Chip, a married couple from Toledo, Ohio who are on the podcast today to share their birth story of their second-born, Ingrid. As you will hear, the birth they planned did not go as planned. But strangely, it went more like they had wished it would be. That might not make much sense, but when you hear them explain it, it will.
About Chip and Emily Simon-Straub
Emily and her husband Chip are a married couple from Toledo, Ohio. Chip is an industrial electrician and Emily owns her own residential cleaning business. This is her first year home educating their two daughters; Imogene, 4 and Ingrid, 2. After giving birth to her first daughter naturally in 2015, and free-birthing her second, Emily became passionate about the natural birth world. She loves sharing birth stories and encouraging women to birth without fear.
139: Nurturing the Family with Jackie Kelleher
Guest: Jackie Kelleher is the author of “Nurturing the Family: A Doula’s Guide to Supporting New Families”
In this episode, we will cover: What the term “doula” really means and how it applies to helping a new family lay a strong foundation for themselves as they get started the expectation new mom’s have of “getting back to myself again” and why women struggle so much with it “Doula tips” for new moms to set up your house and schedule in a way that is more supportive, efficient and realistic in those first weeks and months Resources mentioned in the conversation: Link to Jackie’s book “Nurturing the Family” in Amazon Link to Jackie’s article: “Don’t Call Me SuperMom” Link to Jackie’s website: https://www.nurturingthedoula.com/ About Jackie Kelleher: Jackie Kelleher has worked in the birth and early parenting field since 1995.
Her career is a tapestry of family-support: doula, lactation counselor, childbirth educator, community organizer, author, doula trainer, and early parenting support group facilitator.
The second edition of her book, “Nurturing the Family: A Doula’s Guide to Supporting New Families” is written for anyone wanting to better understand the needs of new families.
Most importantly, she is mother to four lovely humans.
138: Primitive Reflexes and What They Mean for Your Baby with Drs. Jim Thompson & Sarah Hogan
Drs. James Thompson and Sarah Hogan, chiropractors practicing as a team in Meaford, Ontario who specialize in family care and optimizing early childhood neurological development.
In this episode, we will cover: What Primitive Reflexes are and what they are important to your baby’s brain development A timetable of when primitive reflexes are supposed to be there and when they are supposed to go away (or be “integrated”) What happens if a reflex isn’t there in your baby and what you can do about it Resources mentioned in the conversation: Link to the ICPA website: http://icpa4kids.org/ Link to their Salutometrics program for doctors: https://www.salutometrics.ca/ About Dr. James Thompson: Dr. James Thompson’s journey in chiropractic service began in 1975 when he graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. He has operated a family wellness practice in Meaford Ontario since that time.
His approach to chiropractic service in terms of both philosophy and technique has been influenced by two giants of the chiropractic profession with whom he worked closely.
The first was Dr. J. Clay Thompson who developed a special type of adjusting able which made spinal correction easier on both the doctor and the patient. Clay Thompson also created a system of spinal analysis whereby by observing where in the human body misalignments of the spine were causing nervous system irritation the chiropractor could know how to correct the spine most efficiently.
The second influence was Dr. Larry Webster, who is said to be the grandfather of chiropractic pediatrics. James Thompson taught with Dr. Webster for many years and from him learned many special methods of adjusting baby’s spines. During those years he also many children recover from seemingly impossible conditions.
Dr. Thompson is married with two children of his own and he cherishes the time he spends teaching other chiropractors as he serves as one of the teaching team for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
About Dr. Sarah Hogan: Dr. Sarah Hogan is a 2013 graduate from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.
While attending Dr. Thompson’s ICPA module, she found a great mentor. Dr. Thompson has helped shape her to become the chiropractor she is today. Since then, Dr. Sarah and Dr. Thompson have worked side by side in practice in Ontario and in teaching together around the world.
As a team, they have also created, developed and launched the new SalutoMetric program, helping chiropractors confidently examine infants.
Personally she enjoys living an active and healthy lifestyle where fitness and healthy eating are high priorities for her.
137: 3 Causes of Dystocia (Difficult and/or Prolonged Labor) and How to Prevent Them with Dr. Pamela Stone
Guest: Dr. Pamela Stone is the ICPA instructor who teaches the Webster Technique worldwide to chiropractors specializing in prenatal care.
In this episode, we will cover: Discussion of the difference between “normal” vs. “common” labor Causes of Uterine Constraint and how it affects a smooth, natural labor How Pelvic Imbalance effects the ability for Baby to pass through the birth canal How positioning of the baby in-utero prior to labor effects dilation of the cervix and ease of the skull and body moving through the pelvis Resources mentioned in the conversation: Dr. Pamela Stone’s website: www.activelifechiropractor.com To find a Webster certified chiropractor: http://icpa4kids.org/Find-a-Chiropractor/ About Dr. Pamela Stone: Pamela Stone, DC, DACCP owns a family wellness salutogenic-based chiropractic practice in Kennesaw, GA and has been certified in the Webster Technique since 1999. She has been an avid ICPA member since she was a student at Life University (March 2000 graduate), and has her Diplomate in pediatric and prenatal care through the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics (DACCP certified).
Dr. Stone is part of the extension faculty of Life University, hosting 4-6 student interns per year. She is also past-president of the Georgia Birth Network, is a board member of the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice, and is a member of the American Pregnancy Association, Holistic Pediatric Association, the Atlanta chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network, and is a peer reviewer for Chiropractic research journals.
Over the years, Dr. Stone has developed relationships with local doulas, midwives, OB’s, pediatricians and more to create a referral-based practice that is now 100% cash based. She has been hosting Pathways Connect meetings within her community for the past 10 years. She has been published numerous times in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic, the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Pathways magazine, Today’s Chiropractic magazine, Chicken Soup for The Chiropractic Soul, as well as several local magazines & newspapers. She is also a speaker at local schools and community organizations.
In her spare time, Dr. Stone is an avid runner and triathlete. She credits regular chiropractic care for allowing her to be healthy and injury-free.
136: Letting Your Baby Develop Naturally with Dr. Linda Slak
Dr. Linda Slak practices with her husband in Burlington, MA where she has provided chiropractic care to families for over thirty years. She is dedicated to advancing the authentic philosophy, science, and art of chiropractic with a neurologically-oriented approach to optimizing the expression of human potential.
In this episode, we will cover:
Building on the information from the last couple episodes on Baby's milestones and primitive reflexes, Dr. Slak walks us through how to allow your baby to naturally grow and develop through the first year of life Understanding that neurodevelopment of your baby's brain is happening with breastfeeding (not just nourishment) Why we shouldn't keep a baby upright for more than 1-2 hours per day in the first months and how it can negatively affect their brain development Why the progression of going from lying down to coming to sitting should be done by the baby themselves rather than us "helping" them to sit too soon More on crawling, walking and the 2nd year of life too
Resources mentioned in the conversation:
Dr. Linda Slak's website: https://drslak.com/ the ICPA website: www.icpa4kids.org
About Dr. Linda Slak:
Dr. Linda Slak, practices with her husband in Burlington, MA where she has provided chiropractic care to families for over thirty years. She is dedicated to advancing the authentic philosophy, science, and art of chiropractic with a neurologically-oriented approach to optimizing the expression of human potential.
Dr. Slak earned her doctoral degree from Life University in Marietta, GA and then trained in prenatal, pediatric care and pediatric neurology with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and the Carrick Institute of Neurology. She is board certified through the Academy of Family Practice, The Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics, the American College of Functional Neurology, and the American Board of Child Developmental Disorders.
In addition, Dr. Slak sits on the boards of the ICPA, Partners in Perinatal Health and the Massachusetts Alliance for Chiropractic Philosophy. Dr. Slak has been a speaker for the Nursing Mother’s Council, The Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, Partners in Perinatal Health, Life University Continuing Education, The ICPA Summit, and many more.
Dr. Slak is also an instructor for the ICPA certification program. She is the cofounder of the Slak Institute which provides advanced post graduate courses to doctors who specialize in chiropractic pediatric care.
135: Challenges with Birthing in a More Rural Area with Dr. Tate Gentile
Dr. Tate Gentile, is an upper cervical focused, pediatric and family chiropractor, serving the Big Island of Hawaii.
In this episode, we will cover:
The differences Dr. Tate sees in birthing options coming from a "big city" to practicing in a more rural area and what you can do if you find yourself in a similar situation with limited resources.
Resources mentioned in the conversation:
Dr. Tate Gentile's website: https://atlas-specific.com/ the ICPA website: www.icpa4kids.org
About Dr. Tate Gentile:
Dr. Tate Gentile is an upper cervical focused, pediatric and family chiropractor, serving the Big Island of Hawaii.
His undergrad in Exercise and Sports Science was completed at Oregon State University, and then graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic in 2007.
He practiced in Fort Collins, CO for 8 years and then joined the faculty at Sherman College of Chiropractic as an Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences, from 2015-2019.
Dr. Tate earned his certification through the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics in 2018 and now he practices on the Big Island of Hawaii with his wife.
In his free time, you can find him enjoying the outdoors, camping, fishing, working in the garden, and coaching Crossfit.
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simple, accessible, professional, kind, informative. thank you for lighting the path for parents, babies, birth workers.
Good alternative information
As always, you should do your own research beyond just listening to a podcast and taking what one expert thinks and should come to your own conclusions. That said, I love the wealth of information for holistic mamma to bes like myself. Ive learned A LOT from this podcast and it’s made ask a lot of questions and consider things I would’ve never thought about. I like that he discusses things that are outside the scope of traditional maternal care. Thanks Jay!
Chock full of pseudoscience
I was surprised at just how much dangerous pseudoscience is touted on this podcast. The straw that broke this camel’s back was the “lower brain development” BS from a woman whose company has been reprimanded multiple times for its inaccurate claims.
It’s not even a balanced look; it’s just garbage spouted as fact. Be really leery of using this podcast for any sort of real advice.