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On Birthful, working doula and former journalist Adriana Lozada talks pregnancy, birth and postpartum with top experts and new parents. Every episode distills the overload of pregnancy information down to the most relevant and useful stuff.

Adriana Lozada is a mom, author, speaker, birth doula, postpartum educator, and healthy-sleep consultant. Visit Birthful.com.

Please note: Adriana has years of experience but she's not a doctor, and does not expect anyone to treat the show like medical advice. Please always consult with your care provider. This show does not dispense medical advice.

Birthful Adriana Lozada

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 632 Ratings

On Birthful, working doula and former journalist Adriana Lozada talks pregnancy, birth and postpartum with top experts and new parents. Every episode distills the overload of pregnancy information down to the most relevant and useful stuff.

Adriana Lozada is a mom, author, speaker, birth doula, postpartum educator, and healthy-sleep consultant. Visit Birthful.com.

Please note: Adriana has years of experience but she's not a doctor, and does not expect anyone to treat the show like medical advice. Please always consult with your care provider. This show does not dispense medical advice.

    [Birth Story] How She Advocated for her Vaginal Births Despite Having Diabetes

    [Birth Story] How She Advocated for her Vaginal Births Despite Having Diabetes

    Yana Katzap-Nackman shares with Adriana how taking control of her sugar levels and bringing together a supportive team of care providers led her to have the births she desired, despite living with type 1 diabetes. She tells Adriana how she matter-of-factly took herself off the hospital induction schedule, and how she navigated a postpartum experience that included having a TV crew from TLC’s Bringing Home Baby in her house.
    If you liked this episode, listen to our interview on Newborn Sugar Levels and Breastfeeding, and our episode on Asking More of Your OB.

    Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources, transcript, and links listed on this episode’s show notes page at Birthful.com. While you’re there, download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! You can also get ready for the challenges of the postpartum period by signing up for Adriana’s Thrive with Your Newborn online POSTPARTUM preparation course.

    Connect with Birthful @BirthfulPodcast and email us at podcast@Birthful.com.
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    • 55 min
    What Does Your Poop Have to Do With Your Baby’s Microbiome?

    What Does Your Poop Have to Do With Your Baby’s Microbiome?

    Professor of microbiology and researcher Dr. Anne Estes talks with Adriana about how your gut microbiome (not just your vaginal microbiome) plays a critical role in seeding your baby’s microbiome during birth, and what you can do about it. They discuss whether probiotics are necessary during pregnancy, why inserting a garlic clove in your vagina may not be the best way to combat Group B Strep, and the importance of looking at microbiomes through a diversity lens.

    If you liked this episode, listen to our interview titled “All About Your Baby’s Microbiome,” and our episode on “The Microbiome and Your Baby’s Immune System.”

    Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources, transcript, and links listed on this episode’s show notes page at Birthful.com. While you’re there, download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! You can also get ready for the challenges of the postpartum period by signing up for Adriana’s Thrive with Your Newborn online POSTPARTUM preparation course.

    Connect with Birthful @BirthfulPodcast and email us at podcast@Birthful.com.
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    • 39 min
    [Birth Story] How She Proactively Avoided Having Another Traumatic Birth

    [Birth Story] How She Proactively Avoided Having Another Traumatic Birth

    After an eye-opening, traumatic, and abusive first birth, Toni DeAztlan Smith was determined not to repeat the experience. Toni tells Adriana how she proactively took matters into her own hands and ended up having a powerfully healing birth. She also shares how she achieved her goals of being negative for Group B Strep, not developing gestational diabetes, and avoiding preeclampsia.

    If you liked this episode, listen to our interview titled “Childbirth PTSD,” and our episode on “How to Avoid a Cascade of Interventions.”

    (And if you’re looking for the Kindred Bravely discount code, it’s BIRTHFUL20 for 20% off at KindredBravely.com!)

    Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources, transcript, and links listed on this episode’s show notes page at Birthful.com. While you’re there, download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! You can also get ready for the challenges of the postpartum period by signing up for Adriana’s Thrive with Your Newborn online POSTPARTUM preparation course.

    Connect with Birthful @BirthfulPodcast and email us at podcast@Birthful.com.
    Follow us on Goodpods, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.


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    • 50 min
    How to Tap Into the Nourishing Power of Herbs During Pregnancy and Postpartum

    How to Tap Into the Nourishing Power of Herbs During Pregnancy and Postpartum

    Herbs are micronutrient powerhouses for your immune, nervous, and endocrine systems, but some of them may not be recommended during this time of your life. Kathleen Mugnolo talks with Adriana about how you can figure out which ones are right for YOU, as well as whether it makes sense to use herbs to get labor started, to lessen the chances of Group B Strep colonization, to help with constipation, to increase milk supply, and how they can support your postpartum recovery.

    If you liked this episode, listen to our episode on what to eat during pregnancy called Do You Really Need to Stop Eating Sushi?, and our interview on Your Baby’s Microbiome.

    Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources, transcript, and links listed on this episode’s show notes page at Birthful.com. While you’re there, download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! You can also sign-up for Adriana’s Own Your Birth online BIRTH preparation classes and her Thrive with Your Newborn online POSTPARTUM preparation course.

    Connect with Birthful @BirthfulPodcast and email us at podcast@Birthful.com. Follow us on Goodpods, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.

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    • 59 min
    [Birth Story] A Nourished Pregnancy, Flowing Birth, and Jarring Postpartum

    [Birth Story] A Nourished Pregnancy, Flowing Birth, and Jarring Postpartum

    Chelsy Arnett shares with Adriana how her husband nourished her during pregnancy. She also talks about the wonders of the double-hip-squeeze during labor, why she’d push in a completely different way the next time, as well as what’s helped her get through the surprisingly intense identity shift and breastfeeding challenges of the postpartum period.

    If you liked this episode, listen to our interview called Rethinking the Pushing Stage, and our episode titled What’s HypnoBirthing Anyway?

    (And if you’re looking for the Kindred Bravely discount code, it’s BIRTHFUL20 for 20% off at KindredBravely.com!)

    Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources, transcript, and links listed on this episode’s show notes page at Birthful.com. While you’re there, download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! You can also get ready for the challenges of the postpartum period by signing up for Adriana’s Thrive with Your Newborn online POSTPARTUM preparation course.

    Connect with Birthful @BirthfulPodcast and email us at podcast@Birthful.com.
    Follow us on Goodpods, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.


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    • 35 min
    Do You Really Need To Stop Eating Sushi?

    Do You Really Need To Stop Eating Sushi?

    Registered dietitian and researcher Lily Nichols and Adriana take a closer look at the common nutrition recommendations during pregnancy, and whether avoiding raw fish and runny eggs may be keeping you from getting the nutrition you and your baby really need. Lily also shares why you should pair high-quality fats and proteins with your carbs, and how to listen to the signals your unique body is sending you for optimal nutrition.

    If you liked this episode, listen to another episode with Lily titled “Gestational Diabetes Explained” and our interview on the “Updated Evidence on Eating During Labor.”

    (And if you’re looking for the Kindred Bravely discount code, it’s BIRTHFUL20 for 20% off.)

    Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources, transcript, and links listed on this episode’s show notes page at Birthful.com. While you’re there, download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter! You can also sign-up for Adriana’s Own Your Birth online BIRTH preparation classes and her Thrive with Your Newborn online POSTPARTUM preparation course.

    Connect with Birthful @BirthfulPodcast and email us at podcast@Birthful.com. Follow us on Goodpods, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.

    Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
632 Ratings

632 Ratings

mole8385 ,

Fantastic Podcast

Adriana invites diverse voices for both thoughtful discussions of evidenced based research and stories and advice for navigating the emotional landscape of pregnancy and infant care. Her unique emotional intelligence and intellect are invaluable.

Birthful really supported me in becoming a strong, confident and competent partner to my baby mama.

Sivan smores ,

Best pregnancy and postpartum podcast

Love this. Every episode is so well made, so interesting- even if it doesn’t concern you. The Birth stories are the most amazing to me. A must for every Woman TTC or already pregnant (no matter if first, second, third child!)

Ann Besson ,

Great balance of knowledge and positive birth stories

This podcast was my go to listen throughout my entire pregnancy with my first child. It helped me gather more tools and confidence to trust in my body and the birthing process. Hearing other positive birthing stories is wonderful too even if they didn’t go as ‘planned.’ It’s the number one podcast I recommend to other pregnant woman especially first time moms. Thank you for all that you do birthful team!

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