324 episodes

In the Evidence Based Birth® podcast, we cover the research evidence on hot topics about pregnancy and childbirth! Our mission is to help birth workers build the evidence based knowledge, skills, and power they need to protect families' ability to give birth with empowerment. The work we do has a huge impact on parents who are searching for accurate information to empower their prenatal, birth, and postpartum experiences!

Evidence Based Birth‪®‬ Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.3 • 904 Ratings

In the Evidence Based Birth® podcast, we cover the research evidence on hot topics about pregnancy and childbirth! Our mission is to help birth workers build the evidence based knowledge, skills, and power they need to protect families' ability to give birth with empowerment. The work we do has a huge impact on parents who are searching for accurate information to empower their prenatal, birth, and postpartum experiences!

    EBB 316 - Discovering a Passion for Birth Work and Training the Next Generation of Black Doulas with Brandie Bishop, CEO of the National Black Doulas Association

    EBB 316 - Discovering a Passion for Birth Work and Training the Next Generation of Black Doulas with Brandie Bishop, CEO of the National Black Doulas Association

    Brandie Bishop, CEO of the National Black Doulas Association (NBDA), joins us to explore the vital role of doulas in supporting pregnant individuals and families within Black and Brown communities. From her early experiences working with refugee families to her passion for advocating for marginalized populations, Brandie's unique journey into birth work led to her role today— continuing NBDA's mission of training the next generation of Black doulas. Through comprehensive trainings and mentorship programs, NBDA aims to empower doulas to make a meaningful impact in reducing maternal mortality rates and ensuring equitable access to compassionate care for all birthing people. Join us as we celebrate the principles, values, and ancestral knowledge driving the NBDA's vision for the future of doula care.
    Learn more about the National Black Doulas Association here.
    Check out Your Tribe Family Services here.
    For more information about Evidence Based Birth and a crash course on evidence based care, visit www.ebbirth.com. Follow us on Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok! Ready to learn more? Grab an EBB Podcast Listening Guide or read Dr. Dekker's book, "Babies Are Not Pizzas: They're Born, Not Delivered!" If you want to get involved at EBB, join our Professional membership (scholarship options available) and get on the wait list for our EBB Instructor program. Find an EBB Instructor here, and click here to learn more about the EBB Childbirth Class.

    • 36 min
    EBB 315 - Supporting LGBTQ+ Families from Fertility through Parenthood with Gena Jaffe, Founder of Connecting Rainbows

    EBB 315 - Supporting LGBTQ+ Families from Fertility through Parenthood with Gena Jaffe, Founder of Connecting Rainbows

    In this episode, Dr. Dekker's joined by Gena Jaffe, an LGBTQ+ activist, attorney, and founder of Connecting Rainbows©️. Gena shares her personal story of embarking on reciprocal IVF with her wife and the legal hurdles they faced as a lesbian couple. From navigating complex parental rights to accessing inclusive healthcare, Gena sheds light on the challenges faced by some LGBTQ+ individuals and families on their path to parenthood. 
    Gena's experience led her to creating Connecting Rainbows©️, a groundbreaking organization offering free legal and fertility resources tailored to the LGBTQ+ community. Tune in for an empowering conversation celebrating diversity, resilience, and the journey of building loving, inclusive families.

     
    Resources:
    Learn more about Connecting Rainbows©️ here!
    Follow Connecting Rainbows©️ on Instagram.
    Find support from Fertility Out Loud here.
    Learn more about the Family Equality Council here.
    EBB 227 – Amplifying the Need for Intersectional Birth Support for QTBIPOC Birthing People with Xian Brooks of the Dandy Doula
    EBB 182 – Black-led Queer and Trans Birth Work with Mystique Hargrove, Kortney Lapeyrolerie, and Nadine Ashby
    EBB 180 – Trauma-Informed Care and Consent with Feminist Midwife, Stephanie Tillman
    EBB 179 – An Empowering and Transformative Home Birth Experience with Trish and Mimi Ang
    EBB 160 – Introducing Mystique Hargrove: EBB Featured Instructor
     
    For more information about Evidence Based Birth and a crash course on evidence based care, visit www.ebbirth.com. Follow us on Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok! Ready to learn more? Grab an EBB Podcast Listening Guide or read Dr. Dekker's book, "Babies Are Not Pizzas: They're Born, Not Delivered!" If you want to get involved at EBB, join our Professional membership (scholarship options available) and get on the wait list for our EBB Instructor program. Find an EBB Instructor here, and click here to learn more about the EBB Childbirth Class.

    • 32 min
    EBB 314 - Babywearing Benefits and Tips with Whitney Dula, IBCLC, Postpartum Doula, and Babywearing Expert

    EBB 314 - Babywearing Benefits and Tips with Whitney Dula, IBCLC, Postpartum Doula, and Babywearing Expert

    Learn about the world of babywearing, including its impact on infant development, digestion, and sleep with Whitney Dula, a maternal child health advocate and founder of The Mama's Dula. Whitney shares her personal journey into babywearing, the rich cultural history of babywearing, its role in community-based child-rearing practices, and practical tips for parents. From fostering a close bond between caregivers and babies to being an affordable alternative to expensive baby carriers, learn how this practice could benefit you and your child.
    Learn more about Whitney and The Mama's Dula here.
    Follow Whitney on Instragram, TikTok and Facebook.
    Check out the baby wraps and carriers mentioned in this episode:
    Moby Wrap®
    Tula®
    Ergobaby®
    Boba®
    For more information about Evidence Based Birth and a crash course on evidence based care, visit www.ebbirth.com. Follow us on Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok! Ready to learn more? Grab an EBB Podcast Listening Guide or read Dr. Dekker's book, "Babies Are Not Pizzas: They're Born, Not Delivered!" If you want to get involved at EBB, join our Professional membership (scholarship options available) and get on the wait list for our EBB Instructor program. Find an EBB Instructor here, and click here to learn more about the EBB Childbirth Class.

    • 50 min
    EBB 313 - A Birth Story with Hydrotherapy and Injectable Opioids for Pain Management with Melissa and Brendon Smyles, EBB Childbirth Class Graduates

    EBB 313 - A Birth Story with Hydrotherapy and Injectable Opioids for Pain Management with Melissa and Brendon Smyles, EBB Childbirth Class Graduates

    In this episode, EBB Childbirth Class graduates Melissa and Brendon Smyles' share their experiences preparing for an unmedicated birth while embracing flexibility in their birthing plan. From the unexpected premature rupture of membranes to the decision to use fentanyl for rest during labor, Melissa and Brendon tell their birth story, emphasizing the importance of informed choices and personalized support. Join us as they reflect on the transformative power of evidence-based education and the profound impact of tailored guidance and informed decision making in achieving a positive birth outcome.
     
    Resources:
    Get the Evidence on Injectable Opioids for Pain Management during Labor here.
    And learn about it on YouTube, here!
    Learn more about their doula, Alycia, here!
    EBB 267 - Debunking the Myths about Fundal Massage with Barbie Christianson, RN
    EBB 256 – Top 3 Recommendations for Preventing Pelvic Floor Dysfunction after Birth with Dr. Sarah Duvall, Founder of Core Exercise Solutions
    Find an EBB Childbirth Class here.
    Check out Melissa's pelvic floor therapist, The Pelvis Pro, here.
     
    For more information about Evidence Based Birth and a crash course on evidence based care, visit www.ebbirth.com. Follow us on Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok! Ready to learn more? Grab an EBB Podcast Listening Guide or read Dr. Dekker's book, "Babies Are Not Pizzas: They're Born, Not Delivered!" If you want to get involved at EBB, join our Professional membership (scholarship options available) and get on the wait list for our EBB Instructor program. Find an EBB Instructor here, and click here to learn more about the EBB Childbirth Class.

    • 36 min
    EBB 312 - Evidence on Injectable Opioids for Pain Management during Labor

    EBB 312 - Evidence on Injectable Opioids for Pain Management during Labor

    Were you aware that beyond the standard epidural, there is an additional medication option for managing pain during childbirth? Today, Dr. Dekker discusses another common option, intravenous (IV) or intramuscular (IM) opioids. Dr. Dekker explains the different types of injectable opioids available during labor, how they work, and the current evidence that you need to know to make an informed decision. Plus, learn about the benefits and risks of IV opioids for pain relief labor and an in-depth look at one opioid in particular: Remifentanil, which is commonly given through a “Patient-Controlled Analgesia” or PCA pump.
    EBB Pocket Guide to Interventions (https://ebbirth.com/shop)
    EBB Pocket Guide to Comfort Measures (https://ebbirth.com/shop)
    More YouTube videos mentioning IV Opioids among other options:
    Pain Management During Labor, Regional Anesthesia - Maternity Nursing
    Anesthesia Options for Labor & Delivery
    Prescribing Guidelines for Pregnant Patients with Opioid Use Disorder
    Narcotics for Pain During Childbirth
    For more information about Evidence Based Birth and a crash course on evidence based care, visit www.ebbirth.com. Follow us on Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok! Ready to learn more? Grab an EBB Podcast Listening Guide or read Dr. Dekker's book, "Babies Are Not Pizzas: They're Born, Not Delivered!" If you want to get involved at EBB, join our Professional membership (scholarship options available) and get on the wait list for our EBB Instructor program. Find an EBB Instructor here, and click here to learn more about the EBB Childbirth Class.
    References:
    To access all the scientific references that go along with this episode, visit our blog post here. 

    • 19 min
    REPLAY - EBB 149 – Shifting from Hospital Labor and Delivery Nurse to Home Birth Advocate with Melissa Anne DuBois

    REPLAY - EBB 149 – Shifting from Hospital Labor and Delivery Nurse to Home Birth Advocate with Melissa Anne DuBois

    For Nurse's Week 2024, we wanted to share a replay of one of our favorite episodes at EBB, and that is an interview with Melissa Anne DuBois about shifting from hospital labor and delivery nurse to home birth advocate.
    Content note: Discussion of obstetric racism and graphic description of obstetric violence.
    Melissa Anne DuBois is an experienced perinatal nurse living in Central Massachusetts. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Nursing in 2006 and has worked in a variety of perinatal settings since 2007 including in-patient labor and delivery, high-risk obstetrics, outpatient OB-GYN, homebirth, and postpartum home health. Melissa Anne became a childbirth educator in 2011 and a lactation counselor in 2014 and currently teaches childbirth classes for babiesincommon.com. Melissa Anne is also the mother of three children.
    In today’s replay, you’re going to listen to Melissa tell her birth story, as well as her unique perspective on labor and delivery nursing, which came out of her own traumatic birth experience, witnessing obstetric violence and obstetric racism for many years as a labor & delivery nurse, and seeing outdated procedures being performed in hospital settings. Melissa went on to have a healing birth at home, and to get involved in advocacy for expanding home birth options for families. At the end of the podcast, we will share a brief update on what Melissa is up to now! 
    Resources:
    Learn more about Melissa Anne DuBois and Babies in Common here. Listen to Melissa’s podcast, “Babies in Common Show” on Apple here and Spotify here. Follow Babies in Common on Facebook and Instagram. View “The Business Of Being Born” here. Learn about Krysta Dancy and Birth Trauma Support. Learn more about the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). Learn more about the World Health Organization (WHO). Click here to see the Evidence Based Birth® list of Birth Justice Resources, including research on racism and maternal health.  
    EBB Resources:
    For more information about Evidence Based Birth® and a crash course on evidence based care, visit www.ebbirth.com. Follow us on Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok! Ready to learn more? Grab an EBB Podcast Listening Guide or read Dr. Dekker's book, "Babies Are Not Pizzas: They're Born, Not Delivered!" If you want to get involved at EBB, join our Professional membership (scholarship options available) and get on the wait list for our EBB Instructor program. Find an EBB Instructor here, and click here to learn more about the EBB Childbirth Class.

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
904 Ratings

904 Ratings

BBHMM 2 ,

Eye-opening, academic, could save lives

I’d like to preface by saying I’ve just started listening to this in 2024 and Dr. Rebecca Dekker has used inclusive language since 2018. It’s interesting to see who’s been listening since them and only now bothered by the language. Anyway, I’m listening during my first pregnancy and I have not found this information easily or accessibly anywhere else. In a world where I find it hard to trust the medical society and constantly do my own research on any advice given to me by a practitioner, this podcast has been beyond enlightening. I’ve also had conversations with several women close to me of all ages, friends and family, who have had all experiences of childbirth and are not even aware of the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their options and all outcomes of birth. Though it shocks me how much I and others didn’t know, it still doesn’t surprise me that this information isn’t readily available for everyone seeking care and options for their birth. At least those of us who are diligent have EBB as a resource.

Voice for the Voicelss ,

WOMEN. It is NOT hard to say!

I got 15 minutes in and turned the episode off. I cannot stomach the pronouns, birthing persons/birthing people/pregnant people garbage language. SAY THE WORD WOMAN! Only WOMEN can give birth. Men who dress up in lipstick and stilettos cannot give birth. Please stop participating in this ridiculous WOKE trash.

Evidence based? How about the evidence that there are two genders: Male and FEMALE.
It sickens me to see a woman participating in a culture that is trying to erase womanhood. So disappointing and infuriating. I will not continue listening!

Nkj4214 ,

Thank you!

Thank you for an informative and very easy to understand podcast! As a woman currently TTC, this is great for what to expect going forward. ALSO I love the inclusive language. I don’t understand the negative reviews just because you’re being inclusive. I prefer she/her pronouns and I identify as a woman. That doesn’t mean that I need to be offended by inclusive language. Keep it up. Ignore the hate. They’re being ignorant and intolerant <3

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