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In the Evidence Based Birth® podcast, we cover the research evidence on hot topics about pregnancy and childbirth! Our mission is to raise the quality of childbirth care globally, by putting accurate, evidence based research into the hands of families and communities, so they can make informed, empowered choices.

Evidence Based Birth‪®‬ Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 591 Ratings

In the Evidence Based Birth® podcast, we cover the research evidence on hot topics about pregnancy and childbirth! Our mission is to raise the quality of childbirth care globally, by putting accurate, evidence based research into the hands of families and communities, so they can make informed, empowered choices.

    Including the 9 Stages of Newborn Behavior in Postpartum Care with EBB Continuing Education Coordinator, Kayla Bitten

    Including the 9 Stages of Newborn Behavior in Postpartum Care with EBB Continuing Education Coordinator, Kayla Bitten

    On today's podcast, we talk with Kayla Bitten, student midwife and Evidence Based Birth® continuing education coordinator about the nine stages of newborn behavior. Kayla Bitten (she/her) is a Black queer medical racism and equity activist, educator, and writer with over 10 years experience in the world of birth work. Kayla’s work is rooted in tradition, advocacy, and her southern culture. Kayla is a student midwife in Alabama and is working to provide equitable support and options for BIPOC families, along with educating fellow birth workers on the importance of skills and cultural humility, which she does through her business, The Southern Midwife. Kayla is also the owner of Alabama's first Black owned lactation clinic, The Postpartum Clinic, providing accessible lactation and postpartum care that goes beyond the American standard and prioritizes the uninsured and BIPOC postpartum families. Kayla also started here at EBB in September 2021 as our new continuing education coordinator.  In today's podcast episode, we talk about what Kayla learned about the difference in the roles and training of doulas in the U.S. versus other countries, and what inspired her to become a midwife. We also talk about the importance of learning the nine stages of newborn behavior, and how we can shift the care focus for newborn babies in a way that better supports lactation. Content warning: We mention pregnancy loss.
    RESOURCES:
    Learn more about Kayla and The Southern Midwife here. Learn more about The Postpartum Clinic here. 
    Learn more about the L.A. Doula Project here.
    Learn more about the Joy in Birthing Foundation here. 
    Learn more about Babies Are Not Pizzas:They’re Born, Not Delivered here.
    Learn more about the Healthy Children's Project here.
    For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EvidenceBasedBirth/), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ebbirth/), and Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/ebbirth/). Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership (including scholarship options) (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-pro-member/). Find an EBB Instructor here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/find-an-instructor-parents/), and click here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/childbirth-class/) to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.

    • 36 min
    A Fast First-Time Birth Experience with EBB Childbirth Class Graduate, Hailey Grachico

    A Fast First-Time Birth Experience with EBB Childbirth Class Graduate, Hailey Grachico

    On today's podcast we talk with Haley Grachico about her intense, fast birth experience at a freestanding birth center.
    Haley and her husband, Dr. Ismael, are graduates of the EBB childbirth class with EBB Instructors Marnellie Bishop and Ali Buchanan. For the birth of their baby, Josefine, they hired Marnellie and Marnellie's backup Ali Buchanan as their doula. Iz completed his general surgery residency at Oregon Health and Science University just 13 days before Josefine's arrival. A week after Josefine was born, the Grachico family moved to Grants Pass, Oregon, where Is joined a private practice general surgery group. Haley is enjoying time with Josefine and their two dogs, Duke and Bentley. Haley has since then started a new parents group in town and is exploring options to possibly become a doula and to support families in a different way in their new community.
    We talk about Haley and Dr. Iz's experience taking the EBB Childbirth Class, and the importance of them having a doula to help with their different perspectives on birth and medicine. We also talk about Haley’s intense, fast birth and how the influence of her empowering birth support inspired her in wanting to become a future doula to support other families in her community.
    RESOURCES:
    Learn more about the Oregon parenting group, “The Parent Trip” here. 
    Learn more about EBB Instructor, Marnellie Bishop here. Listen to Marnellie’s EBB 191 episode here.
    Learn more about EBB Instructor, Ali Buchanan here. Listen to Ali’s EBB 169 episode here.
    Listen to EBB 15 on nitrous oxide here. View our YouTube video on nitrous oxide here. 
    Learn more about the third stage of birth from our signature article here. 
    Learn more about HypnoBirthing here.
    For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EvidenceBasedBirth/), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ebbirth/), and Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/ebbirth/). Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership (including scholarship options) (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-pro-member/). Find an EBB Instructor here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/find-an-instructor-parents/), and click here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/childbirth-class/) to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.

    • 35 min
    Bridging the Gap Between Evidence and Human Rights with Perinatal Nurse and Nurse Educator, Paula Richards

    Bridging the Gap Between Evidence and Human Rights with Perinatal Nurse and Nurse Educator, Paula Richards

    On today's podcast we're going to talk with Paula Richards about advocacy work as a trauma-informed nurse educator. 
    Paula Richards (she/her) is a perinatal nurse and nurse educator who likes to nerd out about OB-related nursing professional development on Instagram under the handle @NurseBrownGirl. Paula joined the Evidence Based Birth® Instructor program in the spring of 2020 and she's also a guest teacher in the videos of our Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class where we talk about interventions during childbirth.
    We talk about Paula’s journey to become a nurse and her experience of unlearning traumatic childbirth practices that are problematic and harmful for birthing people. We also talk about the gap between evidence, human rights, and actual practice, as well as the need for more ethical nurse education.
    Content warning: We will talk about traumatic childbirth and obstetric abuse. This episode also contains strong language, swear words, and how binary language/terminology is routinely used in labor and delivery.
    If you'd prefer to read a transcript without swear words you can find that on our blog here.
    RESOURCES:
    Learn more about Paula Richards on Instagram here. 
    Learn more about The Business of Being Born here.
    Learn more about “Are There Benefits to Uterine Massage in the Third Stage of Labor” here. 
    Learn more about the Association of Women's Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) here. 
    Learn more about “white supremacy culture” by Tema Okun here.
    Learn more about Cristen Pascucci and Birth Monopoly here.
    Learn more about Mandy Irby of The Birth Nurse here. 
    Learn more about Maggie Runyon of Your Birth Partners Podcast here.
    For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EvidenceBasedBirth/), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ebbirth/), and Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/ebbirth/). Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership (including scholarship options) (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-pro-member/). Find an EBB Instructor here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/find-an-instructor-parents/), and click here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/childbirth-class/) to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.

    • 56 min
    Taking a Stand Against White Supremacy and Creating Solidarity in Birth Work with EBB Founder, Dr. Rebecca Dekker

    Taking a Stand Against White Supremacy and Creating Solidarity in Birth Work with EBB Founder, Dr. Rebecca Dekker

    On today’s episode, we celebrate our 200th episode on the Evidence Based Birth®podcast, where Ihotu Ali, EBB Research Associate, will be talking with our founder, Rebecca Dekker, about solidarity in birth work.
    In this episode, Ihotu asks Rebecca about her cultural upbringing, and Rebecca reflects candidly on racism and cultural differences she witnessed as a child growing up in the suburbs of Memphis, Tennessee. We also explore the harmful impacts of white privilege and white supremacy on birth and reproductive justice work, as well as oppressive agendas that harm communities of color and other marginalized communities. 
    Ihotu and Rebecca also talk about solutions such as doing inner work, educating yourself, understanding your ancestry, creating solidarity with those from other cultural groups, protecting Black women and girls (vs. being a savior), and being aware of how your actions and words may have harmed people from marginalized groups.
    Content warning: We mention racism, white supremacy culture (including aspects of anti-black white supremacy), the uprisings in Minneapolis, the murder of George Floyd, racialized violence against Black communities.
    RESOURCES:
    Listen to EBB 143 - "Birthing in a World with Reproductive Justice" here.
    Listen to EBB 199 - " Writing about Racism's Effects on Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes" here. 
    Learn more about “Readings For Diversity And Social Justice” by Maurianne Adams, Warren Blumenfeld, Carmelita Rosie Castaneda, Heather Hackman, Madeline Peters, and Ximena Zuniga here. 
    Learn more about Minnesota Healing Justice Network here.
    Learn more about the Oshun Center for Intercultural Healing here.
    Learn more about Ijeoma Oluo here and “So You Want To Talk About Race” here.
    Learn more about Ibram X. Kendi's “So You Want To Be Antiracist” here.
    Learn more about Tema Okun’s “Aspects of White Supremacy Culture” here.
    Learn more about Dr. Sayida Peprah here.
    For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EvidenceBasedBirth/), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ebbirth/), and Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/ebbirth/). Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership (including scholarship options) (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-pro-member/). Find an EBB Instructor here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/find-an-instructor-parents/), and click here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/childbirth-class/) to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.

    • 56 min
    Writing about Racism's Effects on Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes with EBB Research Associate, Ihotu Ali

    Writing about Racism's Effects on Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes with EBB Research Associate, Ihotu Ali

    On today's podcast, we're going to talk with Ihotu Ali, MPH, who is writing about research on the effects of racism on pregnancy and birth outcomes.
    Ihotu (“love” in the Idoma language) (she/her) is a prenatal and Maya Abdominal massage therapist with a Master's in Public Health, and a doctoral student in Chiropractic Medicine. Ihotu is the granddaughter of a traditional Nigerian Chief, of Polish-Irish farmers, is a graduate of Columbia University. Ihoutu also conducted maternal health research with the United Nations before becoming a doula in 2011.
    Fascinated by the connections between western and traditional medicine, Ihotu spent a decade studying Afro-Indigenous and global cultural practices for childbirth, ancestral, and womb healing, which she is now alongside medical training in chiropractic care and the neuroscience of spirituality and meditation. Ihotu is the co-founder of the Minnesota Healing Justice Network, featured in Rolling Stone Magazine for their focus on rest for residents and healers through the 2020 Uprising. In response to burnout among healers, Ihotu formed the Oshun Center for Intercultural Healing - an interracial collective offering support to apprentices, as well as public courses on decolonizing and democratizing medicine and small business. Ihotu teaches on cultural birth and bodywork, appropriation, racism in health care, allyship, and economic justice tools like the sliding scale fee.
    In this podcast episode, we talk about Ihotu’s shift towards researching the effects of racism on pregnancy and birth outcomes.  We also talk about how Ihotu practices self-care as a researcher of heavy topics, and the scope of our upcoming EBB Signature Article which will cover the history of racism and the evidence on racism's effects on preterm births, low birth weight, and perinatal mortality. 
    Content Warning: We mention racism, preterm birth, police violence, COVID-19, maternal-infant death, and other adverse health outcomes.
    RESOURCES:
    Learn more about Ihotu Ali here and The Oshun Center here.
    Learn more about the Minnesota Healing Justice Network here. Follow the Minnesota Healing Justice Network on Facebook and Instagram. Listen to EBB 143, “Birthing in a World with Reproductive Justice” here. 
    Learn more about Ancient Song here. Follow Ancient Song on Instagram and Facebook. 
    Learn more about Dr. Rachel Hardeman and the Roots Community Birth Center here. Learn more about Dr. Hardeman’s research here. Read Dr. Hardeman’s Stolen Breaths here. 
    Learn more about Dr. Sayida Peprah here. 
    Learn more about Black Mamas Matter Alliance here.
    Learn more about the Momnibus Act bill here.
    Learn more about the Medicaid Postpartum Expansion here. Listen to EBB 187 with Dr. McLemore and Dr. Taylor here.
    Learn more about Jennie Joseph here. Learn more about Commonsense Childbirth here. Learn about “The JJ Way: Community-Based Maternity Center Evaluation Report” here. Listen to EBB 136 here.
    For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EvidenceBasedBirth/), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ebbirth/), and Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/ebbirth/). Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership (including scholarship options) (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-pro-member/). Find an EBB Instructor here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/find-an-instructor-parents/), and click here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/childbirth-class/) to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.

    • 37 min
    EBB 198 - Evidence on Eating and Drinking During Labor

    EBB 198 - Evidence on Eating and Drinking During Labor

    On today’s episode, we're going to take a deep dive into the research evidence on eating and drinking during labor!

    In this episode, I talk about the history of anesthesia and food and oral fluids during labor— starting in the 1940s and moving forward to current times. I also talk about Nothing by Mouth (NPO) policies in hospitals, and discuss how researchers have reframed the topic for birthing people today as one of bodily choice. I also talk about whether or not people should be able to eat once they experience medical interventions such as an epidural (because many hospitals around the world still forbid food once you have an epidural!)

    Content warning: In this episode, I talk about maternal death and labor complications. 
    RESOURCES:
    For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EvidenceBasedBirth/), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ebbirth/), and Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/ebbirth/). Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership (including scholarship options) (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-pro-member/). Find an EBB Instructor here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/find-an-instructor-parents/), and click here (https://evidencebasedbirth.com/childbirth-class/) to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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591 Ratings

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This is just an amazing one stop shop resource. Information like this reduces anxiety and helps us love this journey of motherhood from the very beginning.

abbyjcada ,

Can no longer recommend

I once loved this podcast and all of EBB’s resources and recommended it often. Unfortunately, it is no longer based on evidence. This group has decided being woke is more important than truth.

servantofthemosthigh ,

Woke birth podcast

This used to be a great informational and evidenced based birth podcast. Now it always seems to have some sort of woke ideology intermixed… enough to not want to listen anymore. That’s too bad. I can find enough woke information elsewhere.

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