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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

    • Parenting
    • 4.9, 416 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.

    EBB 132 - Teen Pregnancy Support, and a Surrogacy Story with Ambrosia Meikle

    EBB 132 - Teen Pregnancy Support, and a Surrogacy Story with Ambrosia Meikle

     
    In this episode I interview Ambrosia Meikle, a Los Angles-based Evidence Based Birth Instructor, CAPPA-certified birth and postpartum doula, and a full-spectrum doula. She is also a lactation educator specialist and childbirth educator, Ambrosia also volunteers to teach childbirth classes and provide doula services at a high school for pregnant teens. She is a mother of two. This show has a trigger warning for pregnancy termination related to a fatal birth defect.

    Before entering birth work, Ambrosia was a surrogate for a family from overseas. In her practice, Ambrosia serves an extremely diverse community, and she is passionate about ensuring that everyone has access to the type of support that is best for them. 

    We talk about Ambrosia’s surrogacy - including some very difficult decisions she had to make during that pregnancy, and the moment she felt empowered in her labor to birth the baby when she felt the time was right. We also talk about the importance of childbirth education and support for pregnant teens.
    For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership (including scholarship options) and our Instructor program. Find an EBB Instructor here, and click here to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.
    RESOURCES:
    Follow Ambrosia on Instagram or her website.

    Click here for the Evidence Based Birth Signature Article, Evidence on: Doulas.

    • 40 min
    EBB 131 - Evidence on: Pitocin During the Third Stage of Labor

    EBB 131 - Evidence on: Pitocin During the Third Stage of Labor

    In this episode, I cover all the latest evidence on the use of Pitocin during the third stage of labor - which is also the topic of the latest Evidence Based Birth Signature Article, released this week! 

    The third stage of labor, or placental stage, begins after the baby is born and ends after the birth of the placenta (sometimes called the “afterbirth”). It follows the first two stages of labor - the dilation stage and the pushing stage. In practice, there are three main approaches to care for the birth of the placenta - active management, expectant management, and mixed management. Some of these methods include the use of Pitocin - a synthetic form of the hormone oxytocin. I cover the pros and cons of each of these, as well last the latest research and recommendations.
    For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership (including scholarship options) and our Instructor program. Find an EBB Instructor here, and click here to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.
    RESOURCES:

    See the Evidence Based Birth Signature Article, The Evidence on: Pitocin During the Third Stage of Labor, here! All research and sources are linked at the end of the article. 

    Download the EBB one-page handout on Pitocin During the Third Stage of Labor here.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    EBB 130 – Home Birth in the Black Community with Isis Rose

    EBB 130 – Home Birth in the Black Community with Isis Rose

    In this episode I talk with Isis Rose, a full spectrum doula, home birth mom, certified lactation counselor, and placenta encapsulation specialist. She lives in Urbana, Illinois. Isis is starting midwifery school in July, with plans to become a Certified Professional Midwife, and she’s a member of the Illinois Council of Certified Professional Midwives. Isis co-hosts the Homecoming Podcast alongside Chae Pounds, which launched in 2018 to tell stories of Black families who give birth at home.

    Isis and I discuss her birth story, including her unique approach to prenatal care, and hemorrhaging she experienced immediately after her home birth. We also talk about the ongoing advocacy work seeking licensure for CPMs in Illinois, and the latest research on the safety of home birth in the U.S.
    For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership (including scholarship options) and our Instructor program. Find an EBB Instructor here, and click here to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    EBB 129 - COVID-19 and your Childbirth Education Business with Natalie Eckdahl

    EBB 129 - COVID-19 and your Childbirth Education Business with Natalie Eckdahl

    Over the past 3 years, I have traveled and spoken with hundreds of childbirth educators from across the U.S. and Canada. At every conference I attended, one theme was repeated over and over--- educators told me that the field of childbirth education was in the midst of a huge crisis. Most childbirth educators said their registrations were declining, and that many first-time parents weren't taking childbirth education classes anymore (even though education is really important!) 
    Then, the pandemic hit. Classes were either cancelled or converted to 100% online. 
    I decided to reach out to someone I admire-- Natalie Eckdahl, MBA-- to see if we could get any advice about how independent childbirth educators can survive and thrive in the midst of all these upheavals.Natalie Eckdahl is the founder of BizChix, Inc, and its community, podcast, programs and events, and she's author of R.E.S.E.T. Your Mindset: Silence Your Inner Mean Girl. She's been recognized as one of the top women in business to listen to, and she has also been featured in Inc., Fast Company, Huffington Post, and Entrepreneur.
    Today, Natalie joins me on the EBB Podcast! We start by discussing Natalie’s three unique birth stories (in a hospital, at home, and at a birth center), and her personal experience with childbirth education. Then we dive into crucial business advice for independent childbirth educators who are trying to figure out how to navigate business during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • 54 min
    EBB 128 - Inducing Labor with Castor Oil and Dates

    EBB 128 - Inducing Labor with Castor Oil and Dates

    In this latest episode in our series on natural labor induction, I cover the evidence on using castor oil or eating date fruit to induce labor.

    Can castor oil increase the chances of you going into labor? When is it most effective?

    How many dates do you need to eat to reduce the length of pregnancy?

    I’ll answer all these questions and more - and share the latest research on these methods!


    For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership (including scholarship options) and our Instructor program. Find an EBB Instructor here, and click here to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.

    • 24 min
    EBB 127 - An unmedicated hospital birth with Katie Kane

    EBB 127 - An unmedicated hospital birth with Katie Kane

    In this episode, I am joined by Katie Kane, a parent from Cherry Hill, New Jersey who took the Evidence Based Birth Childbirth Class when she was pregnant with her daughter. Katie worked with EBB Instructor Cat LaPlante. 

    From the beginning of her pregnancy, Katie planned for an unmedicated hospital birth - leading her on a path to researching doulas and eventually finding the EBB Childbirth Class. She was intentional in choosing her birth team, and ended up switching providers when she knew her first was not the best fit for her. With the support of her husband and doula, Katie was able to navigate roadblocks that may have resulted in different outcomes for her birth if she had not been so well prepared.

    For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership (including scholarship options) and our Instructor program. Find an EBB Instructor here, and click here to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.
    RESOURCES:
    Find an Evidence Based Birth Childbirth Class or Comfort Measures for Labor and Delivery Workshop here.

    Find an Evidence Based Birth Instructor, and all EBB parent resources here.

    Follow Jen McLellan at Plus Size Birth, the Plus Mommy podcast and Instagram. You can also hear Jen on the Evidence Based Birth Podcast here.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
416 Ratings

416 Ratings

Katerry Florence ,

Everything EBB does is gold

All the content that Rebecca and EBB puts together is important to creating change in maternity care.

tresadee ,

Relevant and inspirational

Love this podcast! The evidence provided is presented in a non bias way and easy to understand. Other content and stories are great and have rekindled my passion for birth work! Definitely will recommend this podcast to my coworkers and future patients/clients. Thanks and can’t wait for the next podcast!

informednaturalmomma ,

Top resource when preparing for birth.

The Evidence Based website and podcast really helped give me peace of mind when preparing for a unmedicated birth. Having the evidence to support decisions I made for my birth plan was extremely helpful for both me and my husband. Oftentimes we intuitively know what we want for birth, but the empirical data can be helpful to form a framework to make decisions based on. Evidence Based Birth provides that. I highly recommend it for parents preparing for childbirth, for childbirth professionals, and anyone looking to learn more. It provides the best resources! Also a perfect place to point people who are questioning your birth decisions!

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