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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 • 631 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.

    Why an OB/GYN Chose to Have a Homebirth

    Why an OB/GYN Chose to Have a Homebirth

    OB/GYN and medical educator, Dr. Amali Lokugamage talks with Adriana about how being pregnant propelled a paradigm shift in her ideas about birth, leading her to give birth at home. A champion of human rights in childbirth, she shares why birth recommendations have become so hospital-centric, and why it would benefit us all to embrace more family-centered, integrated, and collaborative models of care.

    If you liked this episode, listen to our episode on “Why Do Prenatal Yoga?” and our interview on “Learning About Birth Doulas.”

    (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.

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    • 27 min
    Is Homebirth for You?

    Is Homebirth for You?

    Robina Khalid of Small Things Grow Midwifery explains what it takes to truly consider a homebirth, and shares with Adriana how to prepare for a successful experience.

    If you liked this episode, listen to our episode on “Homebirth Reimbursement,” and our interview on “The Purpose of Childbirth Pain.”

    (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.

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    • 40 min
    [Birth Story] How She Embraced Physiology to Avoid Pushing for Three Hours Again

    [Birth Story] How She Embraced Physiology to Avoid Pushing for Three Hours Again

    April Teel shares with Adriana how her thoughtful preparation set the stage for her to have wonderful birth experiences at both a freestanding birth center (with a midwife) and a hospital (with a family practice doctor). She reflects on how what surprised her the most were the differences between the pushing stages— with one being managed, long, and difficult, and the second being completely dictated by her body, allowing her to experience the Fetal Ejection Reflex.

    If you liked this episode, listen to our interview on “Rethinking the Pushing Stage” and our episode on “Structural Body Changes During Pregnancy and Postpartum.”

    Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources, transcript, and links listed on the 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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    • 53 min
    Cesarean Risk: What’s Your Place of Birth Got to Do With It?

    Cesarean Risk: What’s Your Place of Birth Got to Do With It?

    Cesarean rates have increased 500% in one generation, and about half of them may be unnecessary. Harvard Medical School professor and ACOG Fellow, Dr. Neel Shah, talks with Adriana about how the hospital you choose can be your #1 risk of having a surgical birth, how we got here, and what you can do about it.

    If you liked this episode, listen to our interview on “How to Avoid a ‘Cascade of Interventions’” and the episode we referenced (with Carrie Contey) on “Understanding & Calming Your Baby.”

    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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    • 34 min
    [Birth Story] How Focusing On Her Birth Vision Led To Her Dream Hospital Birth

    [Birth Story] How Focusing On Her Birth Vision Led To Her Dream Hospital Birth

    Jenny Murphy’s birth preparations were impacted by uncertainty, fear, and ever-changing circumstances. She shares with Adriana how focusing on her “birth vision” –and waiting to go to the hospital for as long as possible– allowed her to be the leader of her labor and have what she describes as a dream birth.

    If you liked this episode, listen to our interview on “How Your Birth Plan Impacts Your Birth Experience” and our short episode on “How to Have a Great Hospital Birth.”

    Get the most of this episode by checking out the resources, transcript, and links listed on the 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

    • 41 min
    Know What You’re Up Against When Giving Birth at a Hospital

    Know What You’re Up Against When Giving Birth at a Hospital

    Midwife and researcher, Dr. Mimi Niles, talks to Adriana Lozada about the U.S. hospital system, how your goals as a birthing person are at odds with the system’s goals, and how to tap into your power as a consumer within said system so you can have a better birth experience.
    If you liked this episode, listen to our episode titled What Cultural Ideals Will Shape Your Birth Experience? And our episode on What You Need to Know About Birth Models (Birth What?)

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

    Download Birthful's Postpartum Plan FREE when you sign up for our weekly newsletter at Birthful.com! Don't miss even more tips, insights, and news from Adriana and her guests!


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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
631 Ratings

631 Ratings

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!

Cllaaaiiiirrrrreeeeee ,

Grateful first time mom-to-be

Not due till April (first time mom) but I am so thankful for the information I am receiving on this podcast! I listened when we first started trying to get pregnant. Thanks to this podcast, I am going to have a birth center birth (at least that’s the plan lol!) and I am excited and happy with the practice. I didn’t even know that was an option before listening to this podcast. Thank you, Adriana for broadening my world and my intuition!!

ww.hit. ,

Hard to listen

I feel like there’s a lot of good info but I can’t get past how unprofessional it is. A lot do the ads are duplicates, with Adriana saying she filmed two versions of the ads, one shorter one longer, and then it proceeds to play them back to back. I’m sure it’s an oversight but after it happened once I assumed it was a mistake and then I heard it 5x+ after. Also some of the guests are eating while they are recording… detracts from the info and makes it harder to focus. (Mainly listening to the ‘best of’ series via Spotify.)

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