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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

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 198 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

    The Ultimate Guide To Sex After Baby With Debra Pascali Bonaro Revisited!

    The Ultimate Guide To Sex After Baby With Debra Pascali Bonaro Revisited!

    Do you remember the Saturday Night Live skit about “Mom Jeans”? It pokes fun at “moms” and emphasizes that once someone becomes a mother they trade in the sexy body, cute clothes, and sense of self for a frumpy bodied person with poor fashion sense who is fully family focused. Why does society accept the deeply embedded belief that mothers can’t be sexy? 
    This is one of my favorite episodes of Yoga | Birth | Babies which is why we are revisiting this important topic! I speak with award winning documentarian, author, world renowned speaker and acclaimed doula, Debra Pascali-Bonaro. 
    Debra and I have a fun and lively conversation about her book, The Ultimate Guide to Sex After Baby: Secrets to Love and Intimacy. Debra explains why so many people put sexuality and motherhood into two very different realms and how mother figures can reclaim their sexy wild woman. Debra offers amazing insight and advice for maintaining your connection to your partner and honoring your own personal needs. 

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    • 50 min
    Community Birth Story: Don’t Ever Let Me Forget How Strong I Am with J Stewart

    Community Birth Story: Don’t Ever Let Me Forget How Strong I Am with J Stewart

    J came back to postnatal yoga and shared that she faced two monumentous moments of struggle and surrender during her birth. Having had the chance to get to know J through out her pregnancy, I was deeply curious about her birth story. J, was a regular in prenatal yoga and the topic of fear and control was often something she often expressed. How do you enter a situation that is out of your control when you have a deep desire to control the process? 

    In our conversation, J vulnerably shared about the anxiety and depression she faced during pregnancy, the obstacles of her birth, and how she had to surrender control to allow her labor to progress. After a long birth, she was able to look back at the experience with pride and deep admiration for her personal journey. She told her husband, "Don’t ever let me forget how strong I am." 

    Please enjoy this week’s episode of Yoga| Birth |Babies with J Stewart as she shares her birth story. 

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Toxic Metals in Commercial Baby Food & Baby's First Foods with Malina Linkas Malkani

    Toxic Metals in Commercial Baby Food & Baby's First Foods with Malina Linkas Malkani

    You may have seen the February 2021 Congressional Report stating there are toxic metals in commercial baby. It definitely made me stop in my tracks when I first learned about this. Interestingly enough, toxic heavy metals in baby food in not new news. (Yes, even the organic baby foods!) So what does all this even mean? Are you now making all your own baby food? Before you toss all your jarred baby food and start on your home garden, take a listen to today’s podcast. 
    In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Babies, I speak with Malina Linkas Malkani, MS, RDN, CDN, Registered Dietitian. Malina breaks down the recent report, explains side effects to this exposure, and practical ways to reduce baby’s exposure to contaminants. She also shares ideas for baby’s first foods, there are so many more options than rice cereal! 

    (ps… If you stay until the very end of the podcast, you can hear about what happens when you put dish soap in a dishwasher! Fun tales from Malina and Deb’s past!)


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    • 55 min
    Nutrition for Diastasis Recti with Alexandra Paetow

    Nutrition for Diastasis Recti with Alexandra Paetow

    When working to heal diastasis recti, most people think of physical exercises to repair the damage. However, nutrition can also play a role in this recovery. 
    In this episode of Yoga|Birth |Babies, I speak with Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and founder of Thrive and Bloom Nutrition, Alexandra Paetow. Alexandra explains how food and nutrition can support the healing of weak connective tissue. She also provides specific foods that are high in collagen, a building block to help repair diastasis recti. For those looking for a well rounded approach to postpartum healing, this is the perfect conversation for you.

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    • 49 min
    Community Birth Story: A Surprise Ending with Cindy Walters

    Community Birth Story: A Surprise Ending with Cindy Walters

    What do you do when your birth is going well then very suddenly isn’t? That's the path Cindy's birth took. 

    To give you some peace of mind, Cindy and her son are healthy and well, but they had a very unusual turn of events in their birth journey. In my 20 years working with pregnant folks, this one made my jaw drop.

    In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies I speak with new mother, Cindy Walters. Cindy graciously and openly shares her unique birth story. She also discusses how she has processed her experience and grieved for the birth she didn’t have. This conversation highlights the importance of having the mental flexibility to adjust and surrender expectations and how vital it is to have a supportive team who will unwaveringly rally around you. 

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Failure to Progress In Labor with Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

    Failure to Progress In Labor with Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

    Failure to progress in labor. Can we all agree this is a horrible name and can impact someone’s view of their ability to give birth!
    For years, birthing people have been expected to follow “Freidman’s Curve” a standard set by a trial of only 500 participants conducted nearly 50 years ago. Recently, ACOG has set new standards. Unfortunately many hospitals and practices have been slow to put these new standards into practice. 
    In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Babies, I am thrilled to bring back board-certified, practicing OB/GYN and mom of 2, Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins to discuss the parameters of “Failure to progress” and it’s impact unplanned cesareans. Nicole lays out what is considered “normal labor” and why it’s important not jump to declaring arrested labor before active labor starts at 6cm. She also shares factors that may be influencing longer labors and strategies care providers, nurses, and doulas have to help labor progress. 

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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
198 Ratings

198 Ratings

Christie_EO ,

A joy to listen to while pregnant

A wonderful podcast! I love the way personal and approachable way Deb conducts the interviews - she always asks the question that’s on the tip of my tongue. Her guests are varied and informative. I especially love hearing the Community Birth stories. I have been listening to an episode every other day during my pregnancy and it has been an amazing resource. Highly recommend!

Tapas's mom ,

A must listen for pregnant folks and new parents alike!

I found this podcast while I was pregnant and continue to listen as a new mom! Deb presents information that often seems intimidating or scary in such a calm and friendly manner, I feel like I'm chatting with a (very well informed!) friend.

I love how well researched this show is and I'm always impressed by the experts Deb brings on.

A must listen for pregnant folks and new parents alike!

Cind er rella ,

Love love love this podcast !

I highly recommend this podcast!! I found out about this podcast after becoming a prenatal yoga student of Deb’s and it was like the gift that kept on giving....as if her amazing prenatal yoga classes weren’t enough, now I had interesting, engaging and extremely informative podcasts to listen to about all things pregnancy and parenting related that I had questions about or never even thought about but am glad I came across. I’m still working my way through her many great episodes and have been thoroughly enjoying each one. Now I am on the “other side” as a new mom and I have continued to find more relevant discussions that I cannot wait to listen to. Do yourself a favor and have a listen, I think you’ll be glad you did! Thank you Deb for providing this resource for new and expectant parents. You’re AWESOME! ...and if you’re looking for pre-or-postnatal yoga, look no further! PYC is the place to be :-)

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