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We are diving into the variables and normal variations of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum! This is a safe space for all parents to hear what the experts have to say and to hear from other parents and their take on parenthood! Join us for all things birth and parenting for an empowering and research-backed walk with a birth and newborn expert HeHe Stewart, Founder of Tranquility by HeHe Maternity Concierge and creator of The Birth Lounge.

The Birth Lounge Podcast HeHe Stewart

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We are diving into the variables and normal variations of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum! This is a safe space for all parents to hear what the experts have to say and to hear from other parents and their take on parenthood! Join us for all things birth and parenting for an empowering and research-backed walk with a birth and newborn expert HeHe Stewart, Founder of Tranquility by HeHe Maternity Concierge and creator of The Birth Lounge.

    Ep. 135: Friday Free Talk: Don't Stop Pushing

    Ep. 135: Friday Free Talk: Don't Stop Pushing

    Inside The Birth Lounge, I teach my Secret Sauce to Pushing. Part of that formula is based on your baby's position in your pelvis! I actively advise against what's called 'directed pushing,' where birthing people are told how and when to push (primarily talking about unmedicated births). It is not new that directed pushing can be less effective than letting the birthing person push with their body, but what about being told not to push? Nurses are notorious for saying 'don't push' for this reason or that. (This is obviously not applicable to all nurses and is a generalization.) Whether it be that you are not fully 10cm dilated yet or the doctor isn't in the room, your body is telling you to push. I am diving into the science behind this urge to push and what you should do when you feel it! 
     
    Sources:
    Longer labor times with directed pushing: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1871519218304025
    EPU: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0266613812001805
    Dilation: https://midwifethinking.com/2016/06/15/the-anterior-cervical-lip-how-to-ruin-a-perfectly-good-birth/
    https://midwifethinking.com/2014/04/16/pushing-leave-it-to-the-experts/
     
    The Birth Lounge: thebirthlounge.com/waitlist

    • 29 min
    Ep.134 Why Preparing for Postpartum is Essential BEFORE Birth with Ariana Witkin, MD

    Ep.134 Why Preparing for Postpartum is Essential BEFORE Birth with Ariana Witkin, MD

     
    Today’s episode is all about planning for the unexpected parts of postpartum! HeHe is joined by MaMa MD, Ariana Within, to dive into how to thrive (not just survive) in the weeks right after birth! Postpartum is often feels like one of the most isolating times in a parents life, so how can you feel empowered during such a challenging space in life? Shifting the perspective to how amazing postpartum women are is huge in this—we grew and birthed a baby and now are keeping that baby alone! Shifting the way you think about productivity, prioritizing needs, and asking for help can make an incredible difference, too! Ariana is here to share that you have control over how your postpartum period goes with the proper planning! We talk about the importance of community and communication plus how important it is to reign in the negative self-talk that can cause ‘comparisonitis!’ Join us for this honest conversation about what life after birth looks like! 
     
    Ariana”s Website: arianawitkin.com.
    IG: @arianawitkinmd
     
     Power Hour (1:1, baby shower gift): https://arianawitkin.com/work-with-me
     
    Masterclass info: http://bit.ly/MamaRisingPPP
     
    Masterclass sign up: http://bit.ly/MamaRisingRegister

    • 45 min
    Ep. 133: Friday Free Talk: Your Responsibility in Labor

    Ep. 133: Friday Free Talk: Your Responsibility in Labor

    Everyone in the birth room has a job—your provider, your nurse, your partner, and you…but, what does your job really look like? Probably different than you think if your goal is to have your dream birth! Deep breathing and movement, sure, but what’s your ultimate job? To stay in control. Today’s episode is going to share with you the number one responsibility that a birthing person has to keep their birth on track! You have so much control and this one tip will make sure you don’t have over control at any point during your labor experience! 
     
    Join The Birth Lounge: www.thebirthlounge.com/join
     

    • 18 min
    Ep. 132: A Basic Understanding of Your Menstrual Cycle with Ginny Parham

    Ep. 132: A Basic Understanding of Your Menstrual Cycle with Ginny Parham

    Today, HeHe is joined by Ginny Parham, a Period Coach who help women with bed bound periods turn them into kick ass periods so they can live their lives to the fullest. She created the 90-Day Pain-Free Period Method that changed my life and I want to share it with you!! Ginny is going to break down the basic understanding of our menstrual cycle plus quick, simple switches you can do in your home to better support your hormones and having a healthier period. ! The fluctuations of your hormones each month will impact everything—your sleep, you mental clarity, your anxiety, your appetite, and your ovulation! We are diving into the length, color, odor, and flow of a typical period , plus how to know if your period is ‘normal.” Ginny is also going to share what we need to know about birth control and how this impacts our menstrual cycles (and our brains!) on a hormonal level. This is for anyone who has a period or knows someone with a period!  
     
    Mentioned: EWG app (Clean 15 and dirty dozen)
     
    The Birth Lounge: www.TheBirthLounge.com
    Free Masterclass:https://painfreeperiod.easywebinar.live/registration-6
    Join Rhythm & Root: https://www.rhythmandroot.com/course/64jud
     

    • 56 min
    Ep 131: Friday Free Talk: The 7 Slippery Slopes of Birth

    Ep 131: Friday Free Talk: The 7 Slippery Slopes of Birth

    Do you really need childbirth education classes? Wondering if you can get all the information you need for a good birth by reading books and taking a one-hour online course? This largely depends on how you define 'good birth." This episode is breaking down exactly how to decipher what the best way to prepare for your birth might be! HeHe is going to share the 7 slippery slopes of birth that is taught in The Birth Lounge. These are the seven most common places where folks slip down the slippery slope of losing control in labor! If your goal is to have an informed and confident birth, then this episode will show you exactly how to do that! 
     
    Join The Birth Lounge: www.thebirthlounge.com/join 
    Free Masterclass: www.thebirthlounge.com/youridealbirth
     

    • 25 min
    Ep. 130: Why your sexual wellness products matter with Rebecca Alvarez Story

    Ep. 130: Why your sexual wellness products matter with Rebecca Alvarez Story

    Did you know that 98% of all feminine care products has at least 1 toxic ingredient? That's scary! Healthy products are my jam! I’m always looking out for things like fragrances and perfumes in products around my house. I’m a big fan of Thinx instead of traditional period products because of the bleach and parabens and hormone disruptors…We store our food in glass containers and use eco friendly detergent. So, it should be no surprise that you sexual health is important to me too! Especially in pregnancy & postpartum! Rebecca Alvarez Story earned her BA in Women’s Health & Sexuality from UC Berkeley and her MA in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State and is the founder of The Bloomi. She is joining me to dive deep into what’s wrong with traditional sexual wellness products, how to spot harmful ingredients and false labeling, and what you need to know about long term effects of these issues in sexual wellness and women’s health! 
     
    The Bloomi: https://thebloomi.com 
     
    The Banned List: https://thebloomi.com/pages/the-banned-list
     
    The Birth Lounge: www.thebirthlounge.com
     
    Free Training: www.thebirthlounge.com/youridealbirth

    • 59 min

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HeHe’s not afraid to talk about vaginal stank or sex or anything when it comes to the birth world. We need more of this so women won’t feel alone but will instead feel supported and heard. You can feel HeHe’s energy and passion through your earbuds, and she offers practical tips no matter what the topic. She also has an adorable southern accent so you’ll love listening. Thanks for your wisdom, amazing guests, and caring heart for mothers and babies and families!

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