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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 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 • 907 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 318 - Advocating for Waterbirth in Hospitals with Dr. Liz Nutter, DNP, CNM, and Retired Lieutenant Colonel

    EBB 318 - Advocating for Waterbirth in Hospitals with Dr. Liz Nutter, DNP, CNM, and Retired Lieutenant Colonel

    Dr. Liz Nutter, a retired Lieutenant Colonel with over 20 years of nursing and healthcare leadership experience, is bringing her expertise as a board-certified nurse midwife and national expert in waterbirth and hydrotherapy evidence-based practice. Dr. Nutter shares her journey from serving in the United States Army to becoming an assistant professor at St. Martin's University in Washington State. She discusses her pivotal role in advocating for waterbirth practices within the military healthcare system and maternal health rights within the military, including extending maternity leave to 12 weeks and providing support for service members experiencing pregnancy loss. From overcoming misconceptions to championing evidence-based protocols, she reminds us of the transformative power of waterbirth for birthing families and healthcare providers alike.
    Check out Waterbirth Works, Dr. Nutter's online, evidence-based waterbirth continuing education program here!
    Follow Waterbirth Works on Facebook here.
    To view the Evidence articles that were mentioned in the episode, click on either link below:
    The Evidence on: Waterbirth (updated in 2024!) The Evidence on: Fetal Monitoring 
     
    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.

    • 45 min
    REPLAY: EBB 186 – A Positive Pregnancy and Birth Outcome with Multiple High-Risk Labels with EBB Childbirth Class Parent, Angela Jones

    REPLAY: EBB 186 – A Positive Pregnancy and Birth Outcome with Multiple High-Risk Labels with EBB Childbirth Class Parent, Angela Jones

    Today, we’re sharing a replay of our podcast episode with EBB Childbirth Class parent, Angela Jones, about having an uncomplicated pregnancy and birth when labeled as high risk.
    Angela is a macro-level social worker, wife to her husband, Tony, and mom to her son, Allister, and their cats, Pumpernickel and Lion-O. Angela and Tony graduated from the Evidence Based Birth Childbirth Class with EBB instructor, Victoria Michonski. Both Victoria and Heather McCullough, who is also an EBB instructor, were Angela and Tony’s doulas for Allister’s birth.
    In today's replay, we talk about Angela’s birth story and her experience having an easy, uncomplicated pregnancy and birth despite being labeled as high risk for multiple reasons. We also talk about data birth outcomes for people who have multiple high-risk labels.
    Three years later, Angela shared this thoughtful update as she reflected on her birth story.
    Update from Angela: When I am having difficult moments, I sometimes look back at the video of myself giving birth to Allister and feel such peace. Allister turned 3 this year, and recently he has been asking about how he came into this world. My husband and I have been showing him the video of him being born and when he sees it, he looks at me, almost in awe, with a big smile. He now requests to see it at least once per week. Going into my birthing time, I never imagined that I would have 41 hours of active labor. I still credit the EBB course and my amazing doulas with having prepared me well in understanding all of the tools that were available to me when, after 30 hours of not being able to tolerate any food or water, I decided that I wanted to depart from my original birth plan. Getting an epidural allowed me to eat, drink, sleep and then ultimately push my son out gently in the position of my choosing. This was the exact birth experience that I wanted. I still encourage women, especially those who are afraid (in particular, those who are afraid due to multiple "high risk" labels) to not settle for a care team that is anything less than supportive, safe, and empowering.
    Content note: We talk about ectopic pregnancy, pregnancy losses, high-risk pregnancy complications, and perinatal morbidity.
    Resources: 
    Learn more about EBB Instructor, Victoria Michonski, here. Follow Victoria on Instagram and Facebook. Learn more about EBB Instructor, Heather McCullough, here. Follow Heather on Instagram and Facebook. Sheen, J. J., Wright, J. D., Goffman, D., et al. (2018). Maternal age and risk for adverse outcomes. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Oct;219(4):390.e1-390.e15. Click 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.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    EBB 317 - Evidence on Epidurals for Pain Management during Labor

    EBB 317 - Evidence on Epidurals for Pain Management during Labor

    Have you ever wondered what the evidence is on epidurals for pain management during labor? Join us on today’s podcast as we discuss most recent evidence on epidurals, spinals, and combined spinal-epidurals! We’ll begin with some background on these methods, including how common they are in the U.S. and around the world, before moving on to the effectiveness, benefits, and risks for use during labor. We’ll also talk about alternative methods of pain relief during labor, and share recommendations from professional healthcare organizations. [Bonus addition to the podcast at 20:00: We talk about the study on epidurals out of Scotland [Kearns et al. 2024] that is generating lots of news headlines!] Join us to learn more about pain relief options during labor!
     
    Content Note: Topics related to epidural use, how they’re provided (including needles and catheters), and the benefits and risks of this intervention. Discussion of assisted vaginal delivery (forceps and vacuum deliveries), severe maternal complications, surgery, perineal tears, and postpartum depression.  
     
    References:
    To access all the scientific references that go along with this episode, visit our blog article here. Access the rest of our EBB Pain Management series go to this page and click on “Pain Management Series.” Check out the EBB Pocket Guide to Comfort Measures here. Find an EBB Childbirth Class near you 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.

    • 42 min
    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

Customer Reviews

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907 Ratings

cmarie333 ,

Excellent!

This podcast and website were a truly invaluable resource throughout my pregnancy, and I’m so glad it exists!!

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.

SarahKliewer ,

Ironic “evidence”

The irony of saying your research is evidence based but are calling biological females “birthing people” is absurd. Why aren’t you worried about offending all the women who actually want to be called a WOMAN? I can’t stomach listening to someone who claims to be scientifically based and is brainwashed by political agendas and propaganda

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