My name is Sarah Trott. I'm a new mama to a vivacious baby girl and this podcast is all about postpartum care for the few months following birth, the time period also known as the Fourth Trimester. My postpartum doula, Esther Gallagher, is my co-host. She’s a mother, grandmother, perinatal educator, birth and postpartum care provider. I've benefitted hugely from her support. All parents can benefit from the wisdom and support that a postpartum Doula provides. Fourth trimester care is about the practical, emotional and social support parents and baby require, and importantly, helps set the tone for the lifelong journey of parenting. This podcast provides resources for new parents and examines the socio-cultural influences on parenting. When I first became pregnant, I had never heard of postpartum Doulas, let alone knew what they did. So much of the training and preparation that expecting parents do is focused on the birth and newborn care. Once baby is born, often the first interaction parents have with medical or child professionals, other than the first pediatrician visits, is the six-week checkup with the OB/GYN. What about caring for mama and family between the birth and the six week doctor visit? What are the strategies for taking care of the partner and the rest of the family while looking after your newborn? Our podcasts contain expert interviews with specialists from many fields to cover topics including postpartum doula practices, prenatal care, prenatal and postnatal yoga, parenting, breastfeeding, physical recovery from birth, nutrition, newborn care, midwifery, negotiating family visitation, and many more.First-hand experience is shared through lots of stories from both new and seasoned parents. Hear what other parents are asking and what they have done in their own lives. We reference other podcasts, internet resources and real-life experts who can help you on your own parenting journey. Visit our site at https://fourthtrimesterpodcast.com/ We hope you have a well-resourced and enjoyable experience as new parents.Sarah Trott & Esther Gallagher xo
Episode 83: Lovie: The Story Of A Southern Midwife And An Unlikely Friendship By Lisa Yarger
Listen up if you're considering home birth. In this episode, we touch on the breadth of women's historical engagement with their perinatal care, including the shift from home to hospital, bias and racism in our care system, government programs and how they do and don't work, and some of the history of midwifery in the US and the UK.
Episode 82: Nurse Practitioner Calisha Cobb - How To Discover The Joys Of Hands-Free Pumping
Calisha Cobb is the founder and patented inventor of HANDY (Hands-Free Pumping Bra Tops). As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Mother of two breastfed daughters, she experienced the challenges of breastfeeding when she returned back to work, and shortly thereafter, as the result of common challenges that working breastfeeding Mothers face, the HANDY Top was invented! Her goal is to assist all Moms in achieving their breastfeeding goals.
Episode 81: Choosing Home Birth As An Alternative To The Hospital - Midwives Sue Baelen & Laura Marina Perez
Here's what the midwives of San Francisco have to say to all expecting parents on the safety of home birth amid the unprecedented global event of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and government-imposed social-distancing. Women are questioning, in new ways, what should be considered "safe" for giving birth.
Episode 80: Prepare For Taking Maternity Leave Like A Pro - Guest Sharon Weinberg Career Coach
We at Fourth Trimester teamed up with Career Coach Sharon Weinberg to create a guide to help you make a smooth transition between working and being on leave.
The guide is useful for those who will be having a leave of one month or more, although elements of the approach can easily be used effectively for shorter absences.
This preparation can enable you to create the necessary clarity, accountability, and continued execution to strategy by you and your team during your absence and set them up for success.
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Episode 79: The Second Child Transition - Preparing For Your Second Baby
Practical solutions for making necessary adjustments for a second baby to join the family in a way that helps meet everyone's needs, including your older child
Episode 78: Black Angel Mom Jeanae Hopgood-Jones - Turning Pregnancy Loss Into Empowerment
Our amazing guest for Episode 78 is Jeanae Hopgood-Jones who has taken a tragic and powerful experience as a mother and found a space of creativity and inspiration. Her blog https://blackangelmom.com/ is not only beautiful and sincere, it addresses areas of parenthood and life that are all too often relegated to the purely personal and not given or allowed a voice by the larger culture. The loss of her twin daughters and reaching towards families of color and their experiences of loss are the seeds of this endeavor.
Wonderful podcast with so much helpful information!
This podcast includes thoughtful conversations and SO MUCH useful information about topics related to birth, postpartum, parenthood, and much more. Sarah, Esther, and their guests discuss a wide range of issues, sharing their experience and knowledge with listeners in a positive and supportive way. Such a great resource, and fun to listen to!
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Thoughtful Conversations Around Parenthood
I’ve been enjoying this podcast! I’m not a mother (yet!) but have been loving episodes discussing the logistics around planning parenthood leave from work, as well as different mothers’ experiences with their pregnancies. Guests are interesting and offer diverse experiences and expertise, audio quality is great, and the hosts sound competent and compassionate.