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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 yoga, pregnancy, birth, 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.

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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 yoga, pregnancy, birth, 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.

    Making Work Life Balance Easier with Lauren Smith Brody

    Making Work Life Balance Easier with Lauren Smith Brody

    Adjusting back to work has always been a concern for new parents. Today, in a time of a pandemic where childcare may have adjusted, finding flexible, creative ways to meet the demands of your job may require some creativity and negotiations. 

    In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Babies, I speak with author and founder of The Fifth Trimester movement, Lauren Smith Brody. Lauren offers practical tips for negotiating flexibility with your employer with no stigma or pay cut. She also discusses how this conversation can help those who can use whatever privilege they’ve got for others who may not be able to speak up as freely. This episode will help you make work-life integration easier for everyone around you.

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

    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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    • 43 min
    Babies After 35 with Shannon Clark

    Babies After 35 with Shannon Clark

    A magic alarm does not go off and cripple your eggs the morning you turn 35 years old. But why does society put that pressure on people? What does it really mean to have a baby after 35 and what can we do to increase fertility?
    In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Babies, I speak with double board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS, FACOG. 
    Shannon shoots straight from the hip and offering the facts and busting the myths about birthing “later in life”. We also talk about being labeled as a “geriatric pregnancy”.

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

    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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    • 52 min
    Community Birth Story: How to Talk About Birth Trauma with Eliana Balk

    Community Birth Story: How to Talk About Birth Trauma with Eliana Balk

    This week on Yoga|Birth|Babies we’re taking a break from our expert lead interviews and focusing on a birth story from the community. 
    Eliana Balk reached out to me to share her story and ideas about how to talk about birth trauma from the birthing person’s perspective. Most conversations around birth trauma are from leaders and experts on the topic, but the voice of the new parent who has been through the experience is seldom heard. 
    Eliana bravely talks about two very different and traumatic births and how she processed and resolved them. She also shares about the importance of education, support and advocating for herself and what she hopes new and expectant parents can learn from her story.

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

    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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    • 42 min
    Ups and Downs in Motherhood with Dayna Kurtz

    Ups and Downs in Motherhood with Dayna Kurtz

    For the past few months, I've been gravitating towards the subject of motherhood devouring podcasts, books, and articles on the subject. Possibly because I am knee-deep in early childhood as the mother of two young children or because the subject is so deep and vast and I like many parents thirst for some guidance and support. My interest in the topic might also be due to the amplification of my role and responsibilities as a mother during quarantine. Regardless of the force behind this hunger, it has been an interesting journey that has lead to thoughtful introspection of "mothers" and the cultural expectations of mothers in society. 

    In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Babies, I speak with author, speaker and licensed social worker Dayna Kurtz about her new book, Mother Matters: A Holistic Guide to Being a Happy, Healthy Mom.  We have a very fun and lively conversation about “mother care”, the ever-changing role of a mother, and “fair fighting” with your partner as well as many of the ups and downs new parents face on the parenthood adventure. 

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

    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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    • 57 min
    Improving the Birth and Health Outcome for Black Moms and Babies

    Improving the Birth and Health Outcome for Black Moms and Babies

    “There is a significant amount of evidence that shows that healthcare providers hold stereotypes based on a patient’s race, class, sex, and other characteristics. This influences their interpretation of behaviors and symptoms, and even their overall clinical decisions.”states this week’s podcast guest, Alexandra Samuel-Sturgess

    The CDC reports that black mothers in the US are 3 to 4 times more at risk of maternal mortality regardless of socioeconomic status and education than white women. These statistics are just the beginning of shining a light on the racial disparity seen in the birthing world. 

    In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Founder of Spirited By Truth, Alexandra Samuel-Sturgess. Alex has been working in the perinatal mental health field and creating a safe space for women of color for almost two decades. In this our conversion, Alex explains the maternal health racial disparities and openly talks about unconscious biases in the medical world. One reason I was so drawn to speaking with Alex is her approach to this work is a solution based on both a systemic level and the personal level. Enjoy this lively and important conversation.

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

    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
    The Ultimate Guide to Sex After Baby with Debra Pascali Bonaro

    The Ultimate Guide to Sex After Baby with Debra Pascali Bonaro

    Why does society accept the deeply embedded belief that mothers can’t be sexy? Saturday Night Live just re-aired their “Mom Jeans” skit poking fun at “moms”. Emphasizing that once someone because 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.
    In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Babies, 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 new 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 motherhood 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. 

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

    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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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
146 Ratings

146 Ratings

GG0849 ,

My go to

I am a FTM and this has been my go to podcast for advice, direction and calm. I so appreciate Deb’s positive& soothing voice (this woman clearly was meant to be a gifted podcaster and yoga teacher) and the variety of topics and guests she brings on. It’s been so helpful as I navigate my growing belly and worried mind throughout my pregnancy to have tools and insight that are so needed. Thank you!

crazyformaisie ,

Highly recommend!

Absolutely love this podcast. Deb is a great interviewer and there is a range of interesting topics that will appeal to many pregnant people, caregivers of babies and young children, and people in the birth work field.

cgnyc123 ,

Great resource

I struggled with the decision of whether I wanted to have a child. I listened to so many episodes of YBB while walking around or jogging and thinking about this question. Hearing more about the physical, mental, and emotional process of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting was so helpful to me as I went through that process. I’m now 34 weeks pregnant and have continued to listen to YBB throughout my pregnancy. Grateful to Deb and all of her guests for their helpful information and insights!

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