24 episodes

Welcome to the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, where we firmly believe in the power of education when it comes to giving birth! Tune in each week as we dive into pregnancy-related topics, expert interviews, and a variety of birth stories!

As a reminder, anything you hear on this podcast should not be taken as medical advice, please see mommylabornurse.com/disclaimer for more info.

Mommy Labor Nurse Liesel Teen

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Welcome to the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, where we firmly believe in the power of education when it comes to giving birth! Tune in each week as we dive into pregnancy-related topics, expert interviews, and a variety of birth stories!

As a reminder, anything you hear on this podcast should not be taken as medical advice, please see mommylabornurse.com/disclaimer for more info.

    EP24: Juniper’s Story

    EP24: Juniper’s Story

    In this episode, my friend Amanda shares her stillborn story with us about her beautiful daughter, Juniper Ann.
    Amanda's Birth Story: On Thursday, August 9, 2018 my husband and I went to our last MFM appointment in the cities for a growth ultrasound, before my scheduled induction that was just 4 days away. We heard the words at this appointment no pregnant woman ever wants to hear "I'm sorry there is no heartbeat." Our precious baby had died, in my womb. Absolutely numb, we left the clinic, stopped home, and then headed to the hospital. You still have to give birth when your baby dies. After being induced, 5 hours of labor, and then over 2 hours of pushing, we got to meet our gorgeous daughter Juniper, but the only cries we heard were our own. She was silent but absolutely perfect. Our families came to meet her, I am so glad everyone got to hold her. We spent the night with Juniper at the hospital, the nurses keeping a close eye on my blood pressure as I had preeclampsia (which is what caused Junie's IUGR and ultimately led to her death.) She was stillborn but she is still loved! 
     


    Resources: Resources:

    Instagram: instagram.com/orangeafmama
     
    Star Legacy Foundation: https://starlegacyfoundation.org/
    Stillbirth support & research organization. Please mention their online support groups where you are able! They are so helpful and easy to access, and free. 
     
    Still Standing Magazine Facebook
    Still Standing Magazine Instagram
     
    Faith's Lodge: Retreat for loss families
     
    Books:
    Empty Cradle, Broken Heart
    Ask Me His Name
    Its Ok That You're Not Ok


    The Baby Loss Guide




     
     

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    EP23: Answering Your Common Questions About VBAC’s!

    EP23: Answering Your Common Questions About VBAC’s!

    In this episode, I interview my friends Julie and Meagan all about VBACS!
    Here are the questions we go over!
    1. What are some of the first things I can do if I am interested in VBAC?


    2. How do I find a VBAC friendly provider? Is there a best way? 
    3. What are some of the biggest misconceptions out there about VBAC?
    4.Can you talk about the “my pelvis is too small” myth regarding VBAC? (This might come up in the previous question)
    5. Can you talk about about "failure to progress” and why that gets labeled so frequently?
    6. I have my own personal beliefs about epidurals and their relationship to c-sections and VBAC's - how do you guys feel about this?
    7. What are some of the differences in preparing for VBAC vs. preparing for birth (after not having a c-section).


    8. What are some of the best resources to check out?
     


    VBAC LINK's Bio:
     

     
    The VBAC Link’s mission is to make birth after Cesarean better by providing education, support, and a community of like-minded people. Organized by Julie Francom, and Meagan Heaton, VBAC moms, doulas, educators, and doula trainers, they have supported over 700 women on their individual VBAC journeys and have a community of thousands of women all over the world. Their reach is far, wide, and impactful.






     






    Resources:






    Podcast: The VBAC Link, find wherever you listen to podcasts or at thevbaclink.com/podcasts/






    Parents VBAC Prep Class: https://www.thevbaclink.com/vbac-class/
    Advanced VBAC Doula Certification: https://www.thevbaclink.com/vbac-doula-training/






    VBAC Blog: https://www.thevbaclink.com/blog/






    They are also on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube as The VBAC Link! (@thevbaclink)
     

    SPONSOR: This episode was sponsored by yours truly!
    My updated prenatal courses, Birth it Up: The Natural Series and Birth it Up: The Epidural Series are OUT NOW!
    My courses include:
    30+ Lessons with Teaching Videos! Free Access FOREVER! Free Access to my Facebook Groups Money Back Guaranteed! I will hold your hand through this entire series. This isn't the kind of course where I leave you a book to read. I'm going to be talking to you throughout this whole course, and explaining EXACTLY what you need to know about what's going to happen in your upcoming birth.  Go to mommylabornurse.com/podcast to take a short quiz to find out which course is best for you! Use code PODCASTLISTENER to save 20% off any course!









     

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    EP22: Let’s Talk About Postpartum Depression

    EP22: Let’s Talk About Postpartum Depression

    In this episode, my friend Mallory shares her experience with postpartum depression and later I do a Q&A answering your questions about it.
    Here are the questions I go over in the Q&A!
    What should I do if I need help? What are some of the common treatment methods? Are there certain risk factors? What should I say to people if they think I’m fine, because I don’t look sick? How long will it take for me to feel better? Mallory's Bio: Mallory is a mom to two sweet kids, ages 3.5 and 8 months who fill her heart with joy and her home with mess and never-ending laundry! She and her husband live in Nashville, TN and Mallory spends her time outside the home helping parents and school personnel provide the best services for their kids with special needs. She is a contributing writer for Scary Mommy, the Mighty, and Wallet Path and can be found online at www.iepguru.com, or by email at mallory.a.whitmore@gmail.com.

    Resources: www.ppdjourney.com 

    Changes that Heal, by Henry Cloud When Changing Nothing Changes Everything, by Laurie Short

    Unseen, by Sara Hagerty postpartum.net SPONSOR: This episode was sponsored by yours truly!
    My updated prenatal courses, Birth it Up: The Natural Series and Birth it Up: The Epidural Series are OUT NOW!
    My courses include:
    30+ Lessons with Teaching Videos! Free Access FOREVER! Free Access to my Facebook Groups Money Back Guaranteed! I will hold your hand through this entire series. This isn't the kind of course where I leave you a book to read. I'm going to be talking to you throughout this whole course, and explaining EXACTLY what you need to know about what's going to happen in your upcoming birth.  Go to mommylabornurse.com/podcast to take a short quiz to find out which course is best for you! Use code PODCASTLISTENER to save 20% off any course!

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    EP21: Sienna’s Vaginal Breech Birth!

    EP21: Sienna’s Vaginal Breech Birth!

    In this episode, my friend Sienna shares her crazy vaginal breech birth and postpartum experience!
    Sienna's Birth Story: Phew! How am I going to summarize this? I had a very healthy pregnancy with very normal (annoying) pregnancy symptoms. Morning sickness, exhaustion, and sciatic nerve pain got the best of me most days, but all in all, I can't complain about too much. At 37 weeks I began feeling a lot of pressure in my pelvis and the pregnancy waddle was much worse than before! At my doctor's appointment that week I was already 3cm and 90% effaced and the baby was head down and ready to go. A week later I had progressed to 4cm, still 90%. My doctor said I could literally have this baby any day- and I did. My water broke (or should I say trickled) around 2pm on July 15th at 38 weeks 3 days. I wasn't sure if it was actually my water that had broken or just extra discharge (ew). I went in to get checked to see if it had really broken or not, and it did, yet I wasn't feeling pain with any of my contractions. I was still 4cm and 90%. I kept not progressing or feeling any pain, so they started Pitocin at 9:30pm. They also did an ultrasound to see what position the baby was in and he was still head down. After waiting and waiting, around 4am those dang contractions hit me like a brick. I could write a novel on how they felt/ how I managed them/ how much of a support my husband was... but I'm going to focus elsewhere- just know it was miserable. Around 5:50 they wanted me to start "Practice Pushes" and to my relief they actually made the contractions SO much more manageable. It's like pushing relieved my tense muscles. As time went on, my baby was just not descending like he should have been and I was exhausted. It was about to be shift change and I was relieved because that meant my OBGYN would be there to deliver my baby instead of the other doctor I had never seen before. The nurses had me halt on pushing until she got there but that was much easier said than done! I mean, we could literally see my baby. The nurses joked that my baby was bald and there was not a single hair on his head. Around 7:20 my body started involuntarily pushing, it was such a weird experience feeling my body completely take over to do what was so natural for it. But my doctor wasn't here yet! Thankfully, she ran in seconds later and scrambled to get dressed and ready. She took one look at what was supposedly my baby's head and her faced dropped in what seemed like slow motion. "This baby is breach!" She said we were looking at his booty and not his head. HOLY CRAP. So can we like push him back up in there and turn him or something?? HA. If only it was that simple. Not only was he breach, but he was booty first and folded in half. Just thinking about him coming out made me cringe. My body had another contraction and started pushing and she said very confidently that we were delivering him breach. Luckily, she just so happened to be a high risk doctor who has delivered many breach babies and actually opted for that route in many cases. She knew exactly what to do. Talk about a miracle! She said as soon as his bum and torso were out, they were going to snap the bed down, and turn him to get his shoulders to come out. It all happened so fast, and exactly how she said it would. Everett Layne was born at 7:27am on July 16th. He was all bruised up from being squeeze through folded in half, but so happy to finally be out. He didn't even cry, just laid on my chest and looked up at me with his big beautiful eyes. I ended up getting a 3rd degree tear and felt every bit of it without any medication or epidural. But as many moms will tell you, it was all so, SO worth it. 
     
    You can find Sienna on social media here:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sienna_skousen/
    SPONSOR: Today’s episode is sponsored by Juna! Juna is THE companion app for your Motherho

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    EP 20: Liesel Answers Your Most Common Breastfeeding Questions - Part 2

    EP 20: Liesel Answers Your Most Common Breastfeeding Questions - Part 2

    In this episode, I do an extended q&a session-taking questions that you guys have given me about breastfeeding - part 2!
    Here are the questions we go over!
    How long should my baby nurse at each feeding? How do I know if baby is finished? How do I really know if my baby is getting enough milk? What to do if my baby is really having difficulty with a latch? How does ovulation play into breastfeeding? Can you still get pregnant while you breastfeed? What do I do about leaking breasts? How to manage? What to do about sore nipples? Clogged ducts!! What to do? Should I stop breastfeeding if I am sick? SPONSORS: Wellements
    This episode is sponsored by Wellements!
    Wellements is a supplement and remedy line for infants and toddlers with products for teething, tummy, vitamins & minerals, sniffle season, etc!
    All of their products are…
    USDA certified organic  Preservative-Free  Bottled in glass – the best choice for the health of our planet and for the health of our tiniest humans! Use code MOMMYLABORNURSE or visit https://wellements.com/mommylabornurse for 15% off any products!
     
    Mommy Labor Nurse
    This episode was sponsored by yours truly!
    My updated prenatal courses, Birth it Up: The Natural Series and Birth it Up: The Epidural Series are OUT NOW!
    My courses include:
    30+ Lessons with Teaching Videos! Free Access FOREVER! Free Access to my Facebook Groups Money Back Guaranteed! I will hold your hand through this entire series. This isn't the kind of course where I leave you a book to read. I'm going to be talking to you throughout this whole course, and explaining EXACTLY what you need to know about what's going to happen in your upcoming birth. 
    Go to mommylabornurse.com/podcast to take a short quiz to find out with course is best for you! Use code PODCASTLISTENER to save 20% off any course!

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    EP19: Why Doesn’t Anyone Talk About How Hard Postpartum Is?

    EP19: Why Doesn’t Anyone Talk About How Hard Postpartum Is?

    In this episode, I interview my friend Tanya! She is the founder of Pebble, an amazing online company that allows moms to receive postnatal care from the comfort of home!
    These are the topics we go over!
    The Postpartum Care Gap Where our current healthcare system is falling short (lack of education, absence & fragmentation of care, accessibility challenges, etc) What's at stake (high rates of PMADs, pelvic floor dysfunction, maternal mortality/morbidity rates, etc) Why no one talks about it Why postpartum care is needed What physical & emotional challenges new mothers experience in typical postpartum period What complications can arise that could greatly benefit from early identification ACOG 2018 Committee Opinion advocating for better postpartum care OB community recognizing where the system falls short The challenge of implementing their own recommendations  Pebble as a new paradigm for postpartum care How Pebble checks all the ACOG boxes How Pebble overcomes the barriers to care typically experienced by new moms (comprehensive care management; increased ease/accessibility through video appointments)




    SPONSORS: Pebble Today’s episode is sponsored by Pebble! 
    Did you ever notice that women are monitored closely for 40 weeks of pregnancy, but once we have our babies we’re sent home with no follow-ups aside from one short visit 6 weeks later? Sadly, our healthcare system falls short in providing postnatal care for the very typical challenges nearly every mother encounters after birth. Our bodies don’t just “snap back” as most of us assume, and postpartum health outcomes impact a mother’s overall future health, as well as the health of future pregnancies. 

     
    Pebble is reinventing the postpartum care experience. Through their website, book live video appointments with top-rated pregnancy and postpartum healthcare specialists all from the comfort of home - because, let’s face it, it can be tough to get out of the house with a newborn!

    Pebble’s new, first-of-its kind, comprehensive postnatal care program is designed to provide all you need to support your recovery from childbirth and see to your successful transition to motherhood.  Pebble Complete Care highlights include:

    ✔ 1 on 1 Care through 30-60 min virtual appointments with your dedicated Care Partner
    ✔ Education: Learn about what to expect BEFORE it happens
    ✔ Emotional Wellness: Ongoing emotional support and screening for postpartum depression/anxiety
    ✔ Physical Recovery: Visit a Women’s Health Physical Therapist to check for complications (this usually goes unidentified and pops up later!)
    ✔ Breastfeeding Help: Ongoing education and support - they’ll even send a lactation consultant (IBCLC) to your home!
    ✔ Partner 
    Support: Involve your partner to support their own transition to parenthood
    ✔ Unlimited Access: Unlimited messaging with your Care Partner
    ✔ Peer Community: Join a group of peers going on this wild ride of motherhood alongside you!
     
    Visit www.pebbleparents.com to schedule a free call to learn more. And for our listeners they’re offering an amazing discount - use code MLN200 to get $200 off the Complete Care program!

     
    Mommy Knows Best Today's episode is sponsored by Mommy Knows Best!
    Mommy Knows Best empowers all moms with the tools and resources necessary to give your newborn the best start in life! From an assortment of delicious lactation cookies to supplements and beyond, their products contain all natural herbal remedies traditionally and effectively used for generations to treat low milk supply.

    Whether you’re a new mom or a pro, Mommy Knows Best gives you plenty of options, all of which are created with the health and safety of both baby and mom in mind. 

    Plus, I’m really excited to tell you they just added a new gluten and dairy free lact

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I followed her my entire pregnancy and I have her to thank for helping me realize I had preeclampsia!!!!!

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