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Pregnant people get bombarded with all sorts of advice: a lot of it unsolicited, outdated, or just plain wrong. On Birthful, working doula and former journalist Adriana Lozada talks pregnancy, birth and postpartum with top experts and new parents. Every episode distills the overload of pregnancy information down to the most relevant and useful stuff.

Adriana Lozada is a mom, author, speaker, birth doula, postpartum educator, and healthy-sleep consultant. Visit Birthful.com.

Please note: Adriana has years of experience but she's not a doctor, and does not expect anyone to treat the show like medical advice. Please always consult with your care provider. This show does not dispense medical advice.

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    • 4.7 • 577 Ratings

Pregnant people get bombarded with all sorts of advice: a lot of it unsolicited, outdated, or just plain wrong. On Birthful, working doula and former journalist Adriana Lozada talks pregnancy, birth and postpartum with top experts and new parents. Every episode distills the overload of pregnancy information down to the most relevant and useful stuff.

Adriana Lozada is a mom, author, speaker, birth doula, postpartum educator, and healthy-sleep consultant. Visit Birthful.com.

Please note: Adriana has years of experience but she's not a doctor, and does not expect anyone to treat the show like medical advice. Please always consult with your care provider. This show does not dispense medical advice.

    A Quick Guide to Triage

    A Quick Guide to Triage

    Adriana Lozada explains the process of triage, which happens before you’re admitted to the hospital to give birth. She covers it all, from the steps to confirm you’re in labor, to potential inconveniences and discomfort, to concrete ways to advocate for yourself and your birth plan from the moment you step into the hospital.
    If you liked this episode, listen to this interview on knowing what you’re up against when giving birth in a hospital, and this episode with insider tips from a labor and delivery nurse.
    You can connect with Birthful on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com. Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.

    • 12 min
    [Birth Stories] How He Prepared to Give Birth

    [Birth Stories] How He Prepared to Give Birth

    Trystan Reese assembled a birth team that included his partner, dad, mother-in-law, and the head nurse at the hospital to ensure his birth experience as a trans man was exactly what he wanted. He tells Adriana Lozada how communicating what he expected from each of them  made all the difference as he welcomed his son Leo.
    Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest of Us.” Every week, she selects actions, books, and other resources to further inform your intuition and support others on their birth journeys.
    If you liked this episode, listen to what the induction process is all about, or these insider tips from a labor and delivery nurse. 
    You can find Trystan Reese on Instagram at @biffandi. Connect with Birthful @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.

    • 31 min
    How to Prepare Siblings for Life with a Newborn

    How to Prepare Siblings for Life with a Newborn

    Adriana Lozada tackles a question parents ask her often: how to introduce your other children to their newborn sibling. There isn’t one right way to do it, so Adriana has suggestions to make the intros and transition easier—and joyful!
    If you liked this episode, listen to this interview on dealing with family and visitors, or this episode on how to truly understand and calm your baby.
    You can connect with Birthful on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com. Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.

    • 13 min
    Pro Tips for Photographing Your Unique Birth Experience

    Pro Tips for Photographing Your Unique Birth Experience

    Doula and birth photographer Karissa Raya balances supporting people in childbirth, and documenting the magic of a family’s history. She offers insights and tricks of the trade for documenting your birth experience with photos, including framing those special moment—all while staying in the moment.
    Listen through to the end for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest of Us.” Every week, she selects actions, books, and other resources to further inform your intuition and support others on their birth journeys.
    If you liked this episode, listen to this interview about your baby’s birth experience, or this episode about the identity change of becoming a parent.
    You can find Karissa Raya on Instagram @olivelavida. Connect with Birthful on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.

    • 38 min
    What's HypnoBirthing Anyway?

    What's HypnoBirthing Anyway?

    Hypnosis in childbirth, often known as HypnoBirthing, is one tool you can use to lessen pain perception and let your oxytocin flow. Adriana Lozada breaks down the origin of this tool, and how you can practice it ahead of giving birth.
    If you liked this episode, listen to this birth story for a first-person account of using hypnosis during childbirth, and this full episode on using self-hypnosis for pain management.
    You can connect with Birthful on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com. Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.

    • 11 min
    [Birth Stories] How This Fitness Coach Trained to Use Hypnosis During Childbirth

    [Birth Stories] How This Fitness Coach Trained to Use Hypnosis During Childbirth

    Taylor Walker Sinning breaks down exactly how she trained herself for months to use hypnosis to relieve her pain during birth. And makes clear to Adriana Lozada just why it became her most powerful tool during childbirth.
    Listen through to the end of the episode for Adriana’s “Two Things to Do: One for You, One for the Rest of Us” as she selects actions, books, and other resources to further inform your intuition and support others on their birth journeys.
    If you liked this episode, listen to this episode about shaking during birth and this interview about hypnosis in birth. And look out next week for a special episode on the origin of hypnosis in birth!
    You can find Taylor Walker Sinning on Instagram at @taylorwalkerfit. You can connect with Birthful on Instagram @birthfulpodcast and email us at info@birthful.com. Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
577 Ratings

577 Ratings

calijer ,

Light switch “on”

I’ve learned so much from Adriana and her guests. I’ve never been one who has always known that I want to be a mother. I’ve also never had the know how to support my friends as they moved through the pregnancy and parent portion of life. After recently having two losses, I turned here to get some answers and support. I’m so glad that I did and have since continued learning from the root mass of people surrounding this show. It has truly changed my life and my outlook on everything. Thanks for your work Adriana!

ColinaLaBombarda ,

I’m so thankful for this podcast!

I cannot recommend this podcast enough, I was so fortunate to find it during my second trimester and listened to it every day for the rest of my pregnancy, and then re-listened to my favorite episodes as my due date got closer. I had the birth I wanted and I owe it to this podcast! It is full of information to help you make informed choices and to stand up for your newborn to make sure he or she gets the best start in life!

allisadventures ,

More misses than hits for me

Although many of the episode topics are of interest to me, I find that the host and guests don’t present the information all that well. I will say that the more recent episodes with legit guests are much better than the older episodes with guests who clearly don’t have experience talking about the subject at hand.

I also find the host to be very distracting in that she has a hard time forming coherent sentences and getting her opinion across without rambling on. That being said, I don’t dislike this podcast, I just think you have to find the gems amongst the heap of duds.

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