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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 baby experts. Deb and her guests are voices of calm and reason, sharing practical, relevant and insightful 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, prenatal yoga teacher and mother of 2. Please visit Prenatalyogacenter.com

Yoga | Birth | Babies Deb Flashenberg and Independent Podcast Network

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 240 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 baby experts. Deb and her guests are voices of calm and reason, sharing practical, relevant and insightful 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, prenatal yoga teacher and mother of 2. Please visit Prenatalyogacenter.com

    How Does Hypermobility Affect Your Pregnant Body? with Libby Hinsley PT

    How Does Hypermobility Affect Your Pregnant Body? with Libby Hinsley PT

    Did you know that mobility and flexibility increase in the pregnant body? And that this “borrowed flexibility” lingers in the postpartum body? Thanks to the hormones of pregnancy, primarily relaxin our ligaments relax to allow space in our pelvis to deliver a baby. Unfortunately relaxin doesn’t just go straight to our hips, it loosens the ligaments in our entire body. This hypermobility can easily lead to injury, especially in a yoga class. 
    Today on Yoga | Birth| Babies we’re combining two of my favorite topics into one conversation. We’re going to talk about yoga and anatomy , specifically hypermobility and how it relates to the pregnant and postpartum body. Of course we’re also going to dive into diastasic recti, the S.I. joint, overstretching and the pelvic floor. To have this conversation I welcomed back Libby Hinsley, Physical Therapist, Yoga Therapist and author of the book Yoga for Bendy People. Libby was on the podcast back in 2020 to talk about one of my favorite muscles, the Psoas. Today’s conversation was a lot of fun and I think a very important episode for yoga practitioners and teachers.

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    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


    To connect with Deb and the PYC Community: 
    Instagram & Facebook: @prenatalyogacenter
    Youtube: Prenatal Yoga Center
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Hospital Policy & How It Affects Your Birth with Melissa Chappell

    Hospital Policy & How It Affects Your Birth with Melissa Chappell

    Do you know how long you’ll be allowed to push at your upcoming birth experience? Or what position(s) you can birth in? How about how long you’ll be allowed to be pregnant without having an induction? There are many things you might butt up against during pregnancy and birth that you didn’t plan on, and hearing that care you expect is “… against our policy” in the middle of labor doesn’t put you in a great place to negotiate. 
    In today’s episode of Yoga|Birth| Babies I speak with midwife and birthing center owner Melissa Chappell all about “Policy”. In this fantastic conversation Melissa gives you the tools to have nonconfrontational conversations with your care providers. If you want to receive personalized and evidence based care instead of being held to antiquated “policies” this episode is for you.

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    Ritual: Turn healthy habits into a ritual. For 10% off your first 3 months go to ritual.com/ybb



    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


    To connect with Deb and the PYC Community: 
    Instagram & Facebook: @prenatalyogacenter
    Youtube: Prenatal Yoga Center
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Community Birth Story: A Rapid Home Birth with Maya Kaough

    Community Birth Story: A Rapid Home Birth with Maya Kaough

    Today we have a community birth story. I love getting to know our community members better. Oftentimes they’re people I’ve had in class, so it’s nice to dive a little bit deeper. I also really appreciate that while the stories are unique there’s still a relatable foundation that we hear birth after birth after birth. 
    In this episode of Yoga| Birth| Babies, I speak with Maya Kaough, a professional aerial dancer, long time yoga practitioner, health coach, and personal trainer. I was drawn right into her story, she tells it so beautifully. As someone who had a really long birth, I found it interesting to hear Maya talk about her short birth and acceptance of that. Our ideas of how things should be or how we wish they were can carry so much weight. I was struck to hear someone who had the birth I had wished for or expected say that they had hoped for and expected an experience more like the long birth I had. It’s a lovely reminder that we all hold different ideals for our birth experience and that all births require processing and acceptance. 
    This is a beautiful birth story. I’m really excited for you to hear Maya and Lucas’ story.

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    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


    To connect with Deb and the PYC Community: 
    Instagram & Facebook: @prenatalyogacenter
    Youtube: Prenatal Yoga Center
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Nurturing Your Baby's Brain with Greer Kirshenbaum PhD

    Nurturing Your Baby's Brain with Greer Kirshenbaum PhD

    Did you know that early caregiving experiences can boost mental wellness and diminish depression, anxiety, and addiction in adulthood? From 0-3 our little ones have extremely pliable brains. Not only are their sensory and motor systems developing but their emotional brain and stress systems are developing too! The best part, we can help shape baby’s brain through simple experiences in pregnancy, birth, and infancy like cuddling.
    In this episode of Yoga| Birth| Babies I speak with Greer Kirshenbaum PhD. She’s a neuroscientist, doula, infant and family sleep specialist, and founder of Nurture Neuroscience. I first stumbled upon Greer’s work on instagram and was taken by the way she combines neuroscience and the baby brain. It’s fascinating to me and I am so excited to share our rich conversation with you.
    New and Expectant parents, have a pen and paper ready because you are absolutely going to want to take notes! 

    Support Our Sponsors: 


    Ritual: Turn healthy habits into a ritual. For 10% off your first 3 months go to ritual.com/ybb



    Boober: Looking for a  lactation support, birth doulas, mental health therapists, and postpartum doulas. Use the code PYC to get 10% off your first service at www.getboober.com




    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

    

    To connect with Deb and the PYC Community: 
    Instagram & Facebook: @prenatalyogacenter
    Youtube: Prenatal Yoga Center
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    • 50 min
    Inductions: Yes, No, or Maybe? with Marley Hall

    Inductions: Yes, No, or Maybe? with Marley Hall

    Inductions occur for a variety of reasons, sometimes they’re wanted and medically necessary but sometimes expectant parents feel like they’re being pressured into one. So why would or should someone be induced? And if your care provider is suggesting one, how do you navigate that conversation? 
    In this episode of Yoga| Birth| Babies I speak with midwife, author, and mother of 5 Marley Hall. (Many of you may know her from social media as @MidwifeMarley.) We dive deep into the topic of inductions including how to have a conversation with your care provider and advocate for yourself as well as how to set yourself up for an induction. 
    Marley is truly lovely to speak with. She is thorough and easy to listen to. I think you’re going to walk away from this conversation feeling that you have a voice in how your birth unfolds and a deeper understanding of how to be your best advocate. 

    Support Our Sponsors: 


    Ritual: Turn healthy habits into a ritual. For 10% off your first 3 months go to ritual.com/ybb



    Boober: Looking for a  lactation support, birth doulas, mental health therapists, and postpartum doulas. Use the code PYC to get 10% off your first service at www.getboober.com




    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

    

    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
    Newborn Procedures Explained with Dr. Tracey Agnese

    Newborn Procedures Explained with Dr. Tracey Agnese

    Close your eyes and think about what you hope the first moments after your baby is born will be. You might be imagining cuddles, skin to skin contact, or little one crawling up you for their first feed. However in addition to the cuddles, there are a number of routine procedures your little one will need to go through to ensure their health. From eye drops and a PKU screening to your little one’s APGAR score, and first bath there are a lot of standard practices that take place right after baby is born. 
    So, are any of these tests and procedures optional? Can any of these procedures be delayed to ensure early moments of family bonding? And why do our little ones have so many tests right after birth? 
    To answer these questions I welcomed back to Yoga| Birth| Babies pediatrician Dr. Tracey Agnese. She dives deep into each procedure standardly encountered (in NY) giving us the risks and benefits so that you can begin your journey as a new parent feeling informed and empowered as you navigate the right choices for your family.

    Support Our Sponsors: 


    Ritual: Turn healthy habits into a ritual. For 10% off your first 3 months go to ritual.com/ybb



    Boober: Looking for a  lactation support, birth doulas, mental health therapists, and postpartum doulas. Use the code PYC to get 10% off your first service at www.getboober.com



    Prenatal Yoga Center: YBB podcast listeners- join Deb for class! Take $10 off an 8 class or One Month Unlimited yoga class package with the code ybb10 Get your package here!


    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

    

    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

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
240 Ratings

240 Ratings

Hiya917 ,

I’m learning so much!

I love listening to Yoga Birth Babies! I’ve been learning so much and am so grateful for Deb for sharing her knowledge and conversations with others in the community.

jess lorion ,

SO much knowledge

Deb has SO much knowledge to share and her guests are like the icing on the cake. I am constantly learning from her as an aspiring, future mama and am so grateful to have found this podcast! Thank you for educating, supporting and inspiring us!

RDAVI572 ,

Very helpful for first time parents & more

Listened to this podcast while preparing for my first birth and am now listening while I prepare for my 2nd birth. Greatly appreciate all the wonderful content and variety of birth stories and informed guests on the show. Definitely helped prepare me for birth/postpartum and have also found good episodes that are relevant to my now almost toddler!

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