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Take ownership of your pregnancy, birth, and parenthood! Join Deb Flashenberg as she dives into conversations with some of the world’s leading pregnancy, birth, yoga and parenting experts. Deb and her guests are voices of calm and reason, sharing practical, relevant, insightful and evidence based information that is helpful for people at all stages of parenting. These lively conversations will inform and entertain you as you embark on this new phase in your life. 
Deb is the founder and director of the Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC, a labor support doula, Lamaze childbirth educator, Spinning Babies Parent Educator, prenatal yoga teacher and mother of 2. Please visit Prenatalyogacenter.com

Yoga Birth Babies Deb Flashenberg and Independent Podcast Network

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 292 Ratings

Take ownership of your pregnancy, birth, and parenthood! Join Deb Flashenberg as she dives into conversations with some of the world’s leading pregnancy, birth, yoga and parenting experts. Deb and her guests are voices of calm and reason, sharing practical, relevant, insightful and evidence based information that is helpful for people at all stages of parenting. These lively conversations will inform and entertain you as you embark on this new phase in your life. 
Deb is the founder and director of the Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC, a labor support doula, Lamaze childbirth educator, Spinning Babies Parent Educator, prenatal yoga teacher and mother of 2. Please visit Prenatalyogacenter.com

    Help Your Baby (and you!) Sleep Better!

    Help Your Baby (and you!) Sleep Better!

    It’s no secret that getting good sleep is vital in living a healthy life. However, sleep becomes crucial in the fourth trimester- the newborn phase! When baby and you develop healthy sleep patterns, it benefits the whole family. But I know what you’re thinking: “Easier said than done.”

    Well, to have this conversation with me today on Yoga| Birth| Babies, I have Kristine Petterson. Kristine is a birth doula, a Pre/Postnatal yoga instructor, and a Mindful Sleep and Parenting Educator. And, as a sleep consultant, Kristine’s knowledge on fourth trimester sleep proves promising.

    Throughout the conversation, we dive into the importance of a healthy sleep relationship, Kristine’s belief in babies' ability to self-soothe, and we go over some tangible tips in creating better sleep hygiene for you and your newborn. Trust me, you’ll want to listen to this conversation (even a couple of times) to take some notes! Cheers to getting better sleep.


    Get the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at: prenatalyogacenter.com


    Don’t forget to grab your FREE guide, 5 Simple Solutions to the Most Common Pregnancy Pains HERE 

    If you love what you’ve been listening to, please leave a rating and review! Yoga| Birth|Babies (Apple) or on Spotify!



    To connect with Deb and the PYC Community: 
    Instagram & Facebook: @prenatalyogacenter
    Youtube: Prenatal Yoga Center
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    • 46 min
    Pregnancy, Preeclampsia, and A Beautiful Ending with Alicia Krakauer

    Pregnancy, Preeclampsia, and A Beautiful Ending with Alicia Krakauer

    One of the best things about founding and developing Prenatal Yoga Center has been getting the chance to foster and grow our perinatal community. Throughout the months during (and after) their pregnancy, our students and staff get to know each other through rich dialogue where we work through things that come up, connect on shared experiences, and learn from different ones! Being so invested in their journey leading up to birth, I always feel fortunate when I get to hear how baby came into the world. So today, we have one of my favorite episode types: a community birth story.

    On today’s episode of Yoga| Birth| Babies, we have former prenatal student Alicia Krakauer. Alicia is a born and bred New Yorker, a musical theater actress, and singer songwriter. After finishing her graduate degree at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, she met her husband Liam back in 2014. They now live back in her hometown of NYC, and have just welcomed their first baby boy, Alastair, who was born at Lenox Hill just like his mommy!

    Alicia gets candid about the twists and turns that occurred in her birth and gives wonderful advice on how to process duality; allowing the space for more than one thing to be true, in both birth and postpartum. This is such an organic conversation, and I can’t wait for you to hear it.


    Get the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at: prenatalyogacenter.com (*hyperlink episode link from Wordpress!)

    Don’t forget to grab your FREE guide, 5 Simple Solutions to the Most Common Pregnancy Pains HERE 

    If you love what you’ve been listening to, please leave a rating and review! Yoga| Birth|Babies (Apple) or on Spotify!



    To connect with Deb and the PYC Community: 
    Instagram & Facebook: @prenatalyogacenter
    Youtube: Prenatal Yoga Center
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    • 57 min
    The Body Ready Method and How It Can Help Your Birth! with Taylor Lee Bello

    The Body Ready Method and How It Can Help Your Birth! with Taylor Lee Bello

    Have you ever thought about the importance of having your body internally balanced for labor and birth? Today we discuss The Body Ready Method and how it can assist you in your birth, because let’s be honest: so much of a functional birth is the work we do ahead of time!

    On today’s episode of Yoga| Birth| Babies I’m speaking with Taylor Lee Bello, a Body Ready Method Professional and Birth Doula serving NYC and the tri-state area. Her practice enhances the body for birth, empowers new parents, and ultimately supports optimal labor and delivery experiences through hands-on work, comfort measures and emotional support, while advocating for her clients to experience their desired birth outcome.

    If you’ve ever wondered about where to open the pelvis to help baby through, as well as what to do when/if labor stalls, then this episode is for you. Bringing so much insight into the conversation, Taylor gives new and expectant parents the advice to always ask why! She stresses the importance of seeking options and affirms that knowledge is power, especially in birth. Lastly, she reminds you to always listen to your gut and never be afraid to seek support… because it’s there for a reason.

    Resources:
    https://Bodyreadymethod.com


    Get the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at: prenatalyogacenter.com (*hyperlink episode link from Wordpress!)

    Don’t forget to grab your FREE guide, 5 Simple Solutions to the Most Common Pregnancy Pains HERE 

    If you love what you’ve been listening to, please leave a rating and review! Yoga| Birth|Babies (Apple) or on Spotify!



    To connect with Deb and the PYC Community: 
    Instagram & Facebook: @prenatalyogacenter
    Youtube: Prenatal Yoga Center
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr
    How to Avoid a Traumatic Birth with Dr. Rebecca L. Dekker, PhD, RN

    How to Avoid a Traumatic Birth with Dr. Rebecca L. Dekker, PhD, RN

    Today we’re talking about how to overcome, and avoid, traumatic childbirth experiences. My guest for this conversation, Rebecca, shared with me a statistic that blew my mind: 35-45% of people report having a traumatic birth… An absolutely enormous number! Throughout our conversation, Rebecca shares some key factors that play a role resulting in traumatic birth experiences, red flags to keep an eye out for when working with your care provider, and 3 top-tier tips for preparing for childbirth. Additionally, we go into her expert’s take on elective labor induction, how to advocate for yourself, and different birthing positions. We round out our wonderful conversation with how parents and those in the birth team can learn to advocate for themselves if they are feeling pressured or coerced by their care provider. The information in this conversation is so rich and I’m hoping that by the end of this conversation, you’re going to feel so much more ready to move into that experience and have the confidence of your team around you.

    Today on Yoga | Birth | Babies, Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN joins me for this special conversation. Rebecca Dekker, a nurse with her PhD, is the founder and CEO of Evidence Based Birth® and the author of Babies Are Not Pizzas: They’re Born, Not Delivered! Previously, Dr. Dekker was an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Kentucky. In 2016, she shifted gears to focus full time on the mission of Evidence Based Birth.® Dr. Dekker is also host of the Evidence Based Birth® Podcast!

    Rebecca would like to offer the advice to expectant parents to do the research in finding the right care provider for you and educate yourself in building a supportive birth team. It is never too late, and it may feel like a trap, but you can be creative and resourceful in finding a way to get people who you trust at your birth. If it’s not possible to switch, then make sure you have strong advocates in the room with you that are ready to speak on your behalf. Rebecca would like you to know that it’s not your fault if your care provider is abusing you and it’s not your job to find another doctor to replace them. Most the time, there's somebody else who can step in, and most of the time they come in really willing to help and feeling bad that you've had a bad experience.

    Resources:
    https://evidencebasedbirth.com/
    https://www.amazon.com/Babies-Are-Not-Pizzas-Delivered/dp/1732549664


    Get the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at: prenatalyogacenter.com


    Don’t forget to grab your FREE guide, 5 Simple Solutions to the Most Common Pregnancy Pains HERE 

    If you love what you’ve been listening to, please leave a rating and review! Yoga| Birth|Babies (Apple) or on Spotify!



    To connect with Deb and the PYC Community: 
    Instagram & Facebook: @prenatalyogacenter
    Youtube: Prenatal Yoga Center
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    • 53 min
    Healing Diastasis Recti with Anna Hammond, DPT

    Healing Diastasis Recti with Anna Hammond, DPT

    Today I am so excited for you to hear this conversation on one of my favorite subjects: diastasis recti. This is a conversation I especially wanted to have because I love learning and teaching about diastasis and the pelvic floor! We talk about what diastasis is, the misconceptions, how to heal, and what we can do to strengthen the linea alba. Anna and I dive right in, and full disclosure: we get a little geeky.

    We have a special guest today on Yoga | Birth | Babies, Anna Hammond. Anna has her doctorate in physical therapy and has been a physical therapist (DPT) for 15 years. She’s an orthopedic certified specialist and a certified strength and conditioning coach. She’s now the head PT at Core Exercise Solutions, where she assists in program development, creating continuing education, mentorship, 1:1 consultations, and leading their Learning Through Applications membership. I myself completed the Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist certification program a few years ago when I wanted to learn even more! I think those who are pregnant and postpartum will really enjoy hearing this conversation to understand how their body is working and understand diastasis. Additionally, anyone in the fitness world who is working with the perinatal community is going to get a lot out of this.

    Anna would like to offer the advice to new and expectant parents to make time for yourself and connect with your body. There’s a lot of emotion involved with healing the body postpartum, as it can sometimes feel like you and your body are speaking two different languages. However, like any relationship, the more you connect with it, the more you’re going to have a better relationship. It’s all about how to trouble-shoot your own body and how you can understand it better. This helps give a sense of empowerment, because you start to gather what you can do in the meantime before the checkup, and take control. Understanding that postpartum has many seasons is crucial in managing expectations, while keeping yourself accountable and taking action with your healing!

    Resources:
    https://www.coreexercisesolutions.com/pces/ (Pregnancy and Postpartum Exercise Specialist course)
    Additional videos: What is Pressure Management? Diastasis Recti Recovery, Pelvic Floor Recovery and Hernia Health.
    Making Everything a Core Exercise to Help Improve Diastasis

    Get the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at: prenatalyogacenter.com


    Don’t forget to grab your FREE guide, 5 Simple Solutions to the Most Common Pregnancy Pains HERE 

    If you love what you’ve been listening to, please leave a rating and review! Yoga| Birth|Babies (Apple) or on Spotify!



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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Birth Story: A Beautiful Birth and a Challenging Postpartum with Courtney Vasserman

    Birth Story: A Beautiful Birth and a Challenging Postpartum with Courtney Vasserman

    Today we have a beautiful community birth story from Prenatal Yoga Center graduate, Courtney Vasserman! I personally loved this story and think it will be inspiring, relatable, and encouraging for our community to listen to. Courtney takes us through how she prepared for birth, including the methodology and tools she found incredibly impactful from classes at PYC, along with the coping skills she used and how those varied from early labor, to active labor, to transition. This story is absolutely beautiful, as Courtney speaks on the empowerment and trust she found in her body, yet honest in the sense that she doesn’t shy away from describing her postpartum challenges- pelvic floor issues, breastfeeding struggles, and feelings of isolation. I appreciate how she opens the curtain to what a lot of people experience, and offers affirmation to those who need know they aren’t alone and will get through it.

    Sharing her birth story today on Yoga | Birth | Babies, Prenatal Yoga Center graduate Courtney Vasserman grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and currently lives in New York, where she has worked as an advertising strategist since 2012. She lives in Manhattan with her husband Alex, her mini Bernedoodle Muffin, and now her 4.5 month old baby girl Sophie, who she is so in love with. She has always dreamed of being a mother.

    Courtney would like to offer the advice that it is okay to slow down, especially in the postpartum experience. She acknowledges that, especially for those like her who are career driven and type-A, it may be hard to learn and accept this concept in the first few months. However it is okay to spend five days in bed when you’ve just given birth! It’s okay to ask someone else to hold the baby or not go on that mile walk. She reminds us to acknowledge the little accomplishments in those tender postpartum months. Courtney reassures that you don’t need to be running around, and that slowing down will be better for both you and your family in the long-run.


    Get the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at: prenatalyogacenter.com 

    Don’t forget to grab your FREE guide, 5 Simple Solutions to the Most Common Pregnancy Pains HERE 

    If you love what you’ve been listening to, please leave a rating and review! Yoga| Birth|Babies (Apple) or on Spotify!



    To connect with Deb and the PYC Community: 
    Instagram & Facebook: @prenatalyogacenter
    Youtube: Prenatal Yoga Center
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
292 Ratings

292 Ratings

_laurmurph_ ,

So helpful!

I came to this podcast through being a student at PYC and I’ve loved having this resource. I especially love hearing all the birth stories!

Kpett444 ,

Wonderful Resource for the childbearing years

I really love this podcast! Deb shares such a great range of topics - always interesting and rooted in science and support. It has been such an inspiration for me as a mom and pre/postnatal yoga instructor!!

sara goes on about things ,

Range & depth of topics rules

A long time listener, I love the easy and curious way Deb engages a range of guests & topics related to the perinatal period and processes. Whether or not “yoga” is your thing (prenatal or otherwise) this podcast has loads of information and depth of inquiry. Looking to better understand the pelvic floor? Check! Looking to feel more at ease about the way you choose to feed your baby? Check! Wondering how to keep loving awareness on your perinatal mental & physical well being? Check!

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