20-minute episodes summarize key information you need to prepare for labor, birth, and the early days of parenting. Host Janelle Durham, co-author of Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn is a mom, doula, parent educator and childbirth educator. She pulls together research-based recommendations with realistic advice from her experience with thousands of families. Episode transcripts and links to more resources available at transitiontoparenthood.wordpress.com.
Life with Your New Baby
Adapting to life with a new baby presents many joys and challenges. Learn about the importance of self-care, relationship skills, tips for managing daily tasks and returning to work. [A transcript of this episode with links to resources is available at https://transitiontoparenthood.wordpress.com/for-parents/life-with-baby/.]\
Caring for Your Newborn
Offers a brief overview of key information – how to figure out what baby needs by observing their cues, how to meet those needs with feeding, diapering, dressing, and bathing, calming crying, and helping your baby to sleep well.
Choices in Maternity Care
We’ll talk about all the choices you make in your maternity care, from choosing a care provider and birthplace and developing a birth plan to what happens if unexpected complications arise and you have to make choices about interventions you were hoping to avoid. [A transcript of the episode is available at https://transitiontoparenthood.wordpress.com/for-parents/options-for-maternity-care/choices-in-maternity-care/]
Birth and Baby’s First Hour
This episode covers second stage labor – the birth of a baby, third stage – the delivery of the placenta, and the first hour of baby’s life. Addresses when to push, how to push, and positions to aid labor progress. Talks about “the Golden Hour” of bonding with a new baby. [A full transcription of this […]
Pain Medications for Labor
An overview of medications for labor pain and childbirth. Includes benefits and risks of nitrous oxide, IV opioids (narcotics) and epidurals. Plus labor support after epidural.
Continuous labor support, which can be provided by a partner or spouse, other family or friends, a professional doula or by medical caregivers has been shown to reduce interventions, improve outcomes, and improve satisfaction with the birth. This episode is all about how to provide effective labor support: by learning about childbirth, learning about what […]