107 episodes

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

Fourth Trimester: The First Months and Beyond | Parenting | Newborn Baby | Postpartum | Doula Sarah Roselinda Trott

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.3 • 105 Ratings

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

    Listening Partnerships, Unlocking Deeper Connection, and Elevating Family Dynamics

    Listening Partnerships, Unlocking Deeper Connection, and Elevating Family Dynamics

    Parents benefit hugely from having regular and purposeful emotional outlets - when we take care of our own emotions, we are able to be more present, patient and connected with our children and families. 
    Listening Partnerships are a tool we recommend for every parent to keep in their parenting toolbox. Why? It's FREE, it takes 5 mins a week, and it has tremendous benefits!!! 
    Sarah and her real-life listening partner Kaitlin Solimine break down how to create and benefit from a listening partnership. Tune in to learn: 
    What is a Listening Partnership Benefits of Listening Partnerships How to create one of your own Tools you can use
    Full show notes: 
    fourthtrimesterpodcast.com 
    FREE Download Resources:
    (Go to https://fourthtrimesterpodcast.com/resources-recommendations/)
    Customizable Birth Plan / Intentions Document

    • 46 min
    The State of Postpartum Maternal Health with Dr Amanda P. Williams

    The State of Postpartum Maternal Health with Dr Amanda P. Williams

    It's Black Maternal Health Week and in this episode Sarah talks with Dr Amanda P Williams about the current state of postpartum maternal health and birth equity.
    Sarah first heard Dr Williams give the keynote talk at the Future of Maternal Care Summit. She invited Dr Williams onto the program to share her insights with all of our Fourth Trimester listeners.
    Dr Williams is raising the bar for all birthing people and families by helping hospitals and innovators with improved practices and solutions. She is the Clinical Innovation Advisor with the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative. Her legacy is about 'finding a better way' in the name of improved outcomes for women and families.
    Listen to the episode to learn information that impacts us all, including practical guidance new and expecting families can put into practice right away, including:
    What the data tells us about postpartum maternal health Postpartum medical warning signs and preventing complicationsCreating a postpartum village and doula supportExciting work that’s being done to innovate around maternal careWhere new and expecting parents can go to find resources and supportWhat to gift a pregnant or postpartum person (answer: blood pressure cuff, breast pump, doula)
    Full show notes:
    fourthtrimesterpodcast.com
    FREE Download Resources:
    (Go to https://fourthtrimesterpodcast.com/resources-recommendations/)
    Customizable Birth Plan / Intentions Document

    • 50 min
    Embrace Empowerment: The Transformative Benefits of Birth Center Birthing

    Embrace Empowerment: The Transformative Benefits of Birth Center Birthing

    Sarah, Nancy Myrick (Certified Nurse Midwife and birth center Director) and Leda Mast (Board Member of the SF Birth Center Foundation) discuss the ins and outs of birthing at a birth center. 
    They talk through the unique benefits birth centers offer and explore a wide range of birth center related topics designed to help inform the birthing journey, including:
    Birth framework: Three Main Options for Where to Give Birth - Hospital, Birth Center, HomeWhat a Birth Center isWhy People Choose Birth CentersWhat It is Like to Give Birth at a Birth CenterWho is a Good CandidateHow Unforeseen Complications Are HandledThe Team Present for the Birth The Pros and Cons of Different Birth Location Options How to Learn More and Find Birth Centers in Your Area
    Full show notes:
    fourthtrimesterpodcast.com
    FREE Download Resources:
    (Go to https://fourthtrimesterpodcast.com/resources-recommendations/)
    Customizable Birth Plan / Intentions Document
    Overview of Birth Team Members & Roles

    • 50 min
    Improve Birth Recovery: Three Recommendations From An OBGYN

    Improve Birth Recovery: Three Recommendations From An OBGYN

    In this episode of Fourth Trimester, we're joined by Dr. Melissa Dennis, a seasoned OBGYN with over two decades of experience in healthcare. Dr. Dennis shares her evidence-based insights and practical advice on how to navigate the often-overlooked but critical phase of birth recovery. 
    We discuss essential knowledge and practices that can support smoother recoveries and enhance the overall post-birth experience, including: 
    The Role of An OBGYNBirth Team Scenarios An Overview of the Six Week Check Top Recommendations for Improving the Birth Recovery Experience

    Full show notes: 
    fourthtrimesterpodcast.com

    FREE Download Resources: 
    (Go to https://fourthtrimesterpodcast.com/resources-recommendations/)
    Customizable Birth Plan / Intentions Document 
    Overview of Birth Team Members & Roles 

    Other Resources Mentioned:
    partumhealth.com
    postpartum.net

    • 52 min
    Wire Your Baby for Success Through Optimal Newborn Brain Development

    Wire Your Baby for Success Through Optimal Newborn Brain Development

    Unlock the secrets of newborn brain development with Childhood Educator Rebecca Walsh. Discover how to wire your baby for success.

    Listen to the full episode to learn what you need to know for helping your baby develop intelligence, plus the strong interpersonal and soft skills they’ll require later in life - both the EQ and IQ. You'll learn:
    * How the brain develops
    * What parents can do practically to optimize that development
    * "Serve and Return" interaction concept
    * How supporting your infant during the first year of life helps set them up for success as older kids and adults
    * Example routines and rituals you can implement right away

    We would love for everyone to understand the fundamentals of supporting newborn brain development. Enjoy!

    Full show notes:
    https://fourthtrimesterpodcast.com/

    • 56 min
    Prenatal Vitamins 101 - Nourishing You and Your Baby-to-Be - with Functional Medicine Dietitian Bridgitte Mallinson

    Prenatal Vitamins 101 - Nourishing You and Your Baby-to-Be - with Functional Medicine Dietitian Bridgitte Mallinson

    In this episode of Fourth Trimester Podcast, functional medicine dietitian Bridgitte Mallinson joins us to explore the essentials of prenatal vitamins. She illuminates the purpose of various supplements, emphasizing their critical role in nurturing both maternal and fetal health throughout pregnancy.

    Bridgitte explains which vital nutrients expectant mothers should prioritize and highlights red flags to watch out for when selecting prenatal supplements, empowering listeners to make informed choices tailored to their unique needs.

    Listen to the full episode to learn all about:

    * What prenatal vitamins do
    * What nutrients to look for and why
    * Any red flags to watch out for when selecting a prenatal
    * How to incorporate prenatals into your routine
    * Taking vitamins after birth during postpartum and while nursing

    Special offer:
    Use code FOURTH for 10% OFF everything at GutPersonal, including Prenatal Vitamins by shopping here gutpersonal.com/fourth

    Full show notes:
    fourthtrimesterpodcast.com

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

SWP SF ,

An amazing resource for mamas

This podcast was an amazing resource in the months before and after my son’s birth - informative, interesting, and a wide range of relevant topics. I learned so much and looked forward to each new episode. Highly recommend to all new mamas!

EB Mudd ,

Full of helpful information

This is a lovely podcast that Sarah and Esther pack of full of resources and wisdom for new parents.

Marisa Motherhood Mentor ,

An essential listen for all expecting and new parents

The Fourth Trimester Podcast is a foundational listen for everyone embarking on the wild ride of parenthood. The honest conversations, heartfelt shares, and expert interviews provide incredibly useful insights on a wide range of topics from mental health and self care to tending to baby and navigating the inevitable bumps in relationships. You absolutely want to add this to your podcast list!!

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