Kristen Burgess from Natural Birth and Baby Care.com brings you straight talk, useful tips, and practical steps for your pregnancy, childbirth experience, and for bringing up baby. Discover how you can have a great pregnancy, safe birth, and a healthy baby... and how to enjoy life along the way. Although Kristen confesses she's not a doctor and doesn't have a fancy degree in child psychology, she's the mother of 7 (with 1 on the way), and manages to have a great time having babies and helping them grow. Pregnancy, childbirth, baby care, attachment parenting, practical parenting, cloth diapering, elimination communication, baby sleep, good nutrition, and everything that works (and some of what doesn't work) to help you better understand how to bring up a smart, healthy baby... and really enjoy doing it.
BBL 162: So, You Want a Faster Labor?
Are you hoping for faster labor and delivery ? You're not alone! Many mamas hope for a quick, easy delivery. In today's episode I'll share my thoughts on why women want a speedy labor… and what it's like to have a really fast deliver! Plus I'll give you practical techniques to use during pregnancy and […]
BBL 161: How to Stay In Control During Childbirth
Losing control during labor and birth is one of the #1 worries I hear from pregnant moms. Today I share what happens during labor and why you might get "out of control" - and what you can do to let go of that fear… and feel confident about your upcoming labor and birth! Topics I […]
BBL 160: How to Practice for Natural Childbirth
Can you "practice" before labor begins? Getting ready for labor and delivery is the best way to have a successful natural birth - but most women don't realize they can actually practice how to handle contractions before the first one starts. Listen in for steps to take now, during pregnancy, that make a simple natural […]
BBL 159: What is Dad’s Role in Birth?
What can Dad do during a natural birth? Most dads want to be involved - and most mamas want their help! Today we'll discuss how dads can be helpful during delivery - including different roles men take, how you can encourage your husband, and even if dads really need to go through birthing classes with […]
BBL 158: How to Handle Haters When You Plan a Natural Birth
How do you handle it when you've decided on a natural birth for your baby, but everyone else seems to have an opinion - a negative opinion?! Today's episode covers what to do when you're hearing a lot of negative talk or even anger about your birth choices. I also cover what to do when […]
BBL 157: The Truth About Exercise and Childbirth with Deb Flashenberg
Can pregnancy exercise make labor and delivery harder? Deb Flashenberg, founder of the Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC, joins me for today's episode to talk about how exercise impacts labor and delivery. You don't want to miss this episode as she busts myths and teaches you a balanced perspective on prenatal fitness! Things I discuss […]
This has been my absolute favorite birth podcast for the past 7years. I am a mom of 6 and doula myself and always learning from Kristen. Ty so much for continuing to educate us all!!!
I found Kristen’s solo episodes to be somewhat rambling and lacking in useful information. Her language is heteronormative and not inclusive of LGBTQ couples. I was looking forward to her episode on the Partner’s role in childbirth, and found it very disappointing and filled with stereotypes. I think there are much better podcasts about pregnancy and childbirth out there that are more worth your time!
I started out really enjoying this podcast, but as I got more into it I started to notice hints that Kristen’s beliefs were hypocritical and backwards. Eventually, I got to an episode where she advocated against trans-inclusive language in the birthing world (even using the word “agenda” as a scary term). She also said she is “not a feminist at all” while her whole podcast and that specific episode was about advocating for women and the power of women. She is promoting the gains of feminism while rejecting the movement. I can no longer listen to this podcast and will be listening to more inclusive sources of information instead.