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A weekly podcast interviewing experts in the prenatal, natural birth and pediatric care field sharing their wisdom about how to feel safe, supported and empowered during your pregnancy, birth and parenthood. Brought to you by the prenatal and pediatric specialists in acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, yoga, lactation and birth education at the Cap Wellness Center.
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Dec 19, 2016

Guest: Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is an award-winning science journalist and author of many books including Your Baby, Your Way where she investigates the overlooked dangers of mainstream birth practices, especially when scientific evidence has been brushed aside in favor of special interests.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. how her own experience with the medical system with her first birth caused her to investigate and uncover the dangers of modern birth practices
  2. how her research exposes how current cultural practices during pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of a baby’s life are NOT all based on the best evidence and are NOT always in the best interest (or health) of the mom or the baby.
  3. what a pregnant woman or new mom can do to make sure she and her baby are getting the best prenatal and maternity care possible

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Jennifer Margulis:

Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is an award-winning science journalist and book author, a Fulbright grantee, and sought-after speaker.

Her writing has appeared in many of the nation’s most respected and credible publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post.

A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, she is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in health care and medicine.

She is passionate about investigating the overlooked dangers of mainstream practices, especially when scientific evidence has been brushed aside in favor of special interests. Uncovering these issues is a matter of social justice.

Not only is she the co-author with Dr. Paul Thomas of The Vaccine-Friendly Plan, but she is also the author numerous books such as: Toddler: Real-Life Stories of Those Fickle, Irrational, Urgent, Tiny People We Love, The Baby Bonding Book for Dads: Building a Closer Connection to Your New Baby, and Your Baby, Your Way: Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Parenting Decisions for a Happier, Healthier Family.

Jennifer Margulis earned a B.A. from Cornell University, a Master’s from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from Emory University.

A Boston native, Jennifer Margulis lives with her family in southern Oregon.

 

Dec 12, 2016

Guest: Dr. Adrienne Carmack is a board-certified urologist and mother of three children. She is an expert in the issues surrounding circumcision and the author of The Good Mommy’s Guide to Her Little Boy’s Penis.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. what Dr. Carmack's research into the health benefits of circumcision revealed and why she doesn't recommend the procedure to her patients anymore.
  2. the normal physiologic function and purpose of the foreskin and what circumcised boys/men loose from having it removed
  3. current worldwide and US trends in circumcision rates  
  4. answers to the emotional issues parents deal with of "looking like daddy" and "looking different in the locker room"

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Adrienne Carmack:

Adrienne Carmack, MD is a board-certified urologist and mother of three children, all of whom were born outside of a hospital and none of whom are circumcised. She is the author of Reclaiming My Birth Rights: A Mother’s Wisdom Triumphs Over the Harmful Practices of Her Medical Profession and The Good Mommy’s Guide to Her Little Boy’s Penis.

 

 

Dec 5, 2016

Guest: Barbara Harper, an internationally recognized expert on waterbirth and gentle birth, founder of Waterbirth International and bestselling author of "Gentle Birth Choices" which has been translated into 9 languages around the world.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. why Barbara believes every baby DESERVES a gentle birth and how it inspired her to write the book "Gentle Birth Choices"
  2. What a birth in water offers the mother and the baby and how safe it really is (she covers the physiology of the first breath of life beautifully here)
  3. How to surrender to a "Baby Led Birth" and how doing so will allow for a safer and easier birth

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Barbara Harper:

Barbara Harper has dedicated her life to changing the way we welcome babies into the world and is an internationally recognized expert on waterbirth and gentle birth.

She founded Waterbirth International in 1988, with one goal in mind – to ensure that waterbirth is an “available option” for all women.
 
During the past four decades Barbara has worked as an obstetric and pediatric nurse, midwife, midwifery instructor, childbirth educator, doula and doula trainer and has used her vast experience to develop unique seminars which she teaches within hospitals, nursing schools, midwifery and medical schools and community groups worldwide.
 
Her bestselling book and DVD, ‘Gentle Birth Choices,’ has been translated into 9 languages so far.  Her next book ‘Embracing the Miracle: The Science, Safety and Spirit of Birth in Water,’ will be ready for publication in 2017.  
 
She has three adult children, two of whom were born at home in water, and one grandson in college.  She lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is active in the community as a volunteer and as a midwifery and doula mentor.
Nov 28, 2016

Guest: Laura Shanley is the author of Unassisted Childbirth and is widely recognized as one of the leading voices in the natural-birth movement. She also works with women on a one-on-one basis, providing childbirth counsel and emotional support before, during and after pregnancy.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. How Laura came to realization that she could birth her own 3 children by herself, at home, without any medical supervision (**I misspoke in the recording of the episode that Laura had 3 unassisted births-it should have been 5)
  2. What books and resources she read to be certain that she could do this and that you could read to have a more natural, powerful birth
  3. Which 3 negative emotions she believes are the greatest contributor to rising c-section rates and medical interventions in birth

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Laura Shanley:

Laura Shanley is an author, speaker, and childbirth consultant widely recognized as one of the leading voices in the natural-birth movement. 

Laura is the author of Unassisted Childbirth (Third Edition, 2016) and maintains a website dedicated to promoting natural birth: www.unassistedchildbirth.com.

Her expertise is frequently sought out by television and movie production companies, and she has been featured in media outlets such as ABC News, 20/20, The Doctors, the Discovery Channel, the New York Times and the Washington Post.  

She also works with women on a one-on-one basis, providing childbirth counsel and emotional support before, during and after pregnancy. 

Nov 19, 2016

Guest: Carole Osborne is a San Diego-based massage therapist, author, course developer and instructor of somatic arts and sciences. Expecting a baby is usually joyful, but it is also stressful and can be uncomfortable. Prenatal massage therapy uses techniques designed specifically to address pregnancy’s challenges.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. the long list of benefits that massage therapy can offer a woman during pregnancy-relaxation, better sleep, easier birth are a few).
  2. how a prenatal massage is different from a regular massage and what to expect (a side lying massage can be very comfortable and can teach you how to sleep better at night too).
  3. what contraindications for massage you should be aware of in pregnancy and how a trained prenatal massage therapist can work with them (varicose veins is only one of them).

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Carole Osborne:

Carole Osborne is a San Diego-based massage therapist, author, course developer and instructor of somatic arts and sciences.

In addition to private practice since 1974, she has worked in osteopathic, psychological, and women’s medical settings.
 
In 1980 she began researching and developing infant and maternity massage therapy protocols and instructional programs. She pioneered the reintroduction of therapeutic massage and bodywork to healthcare for the childbearing year.
 
Over the years she has trained parents, hospital association staffs, and over 5,000 maternity massage therapists and other professionals.
 
She was recognized nationally as the 2008 Massage Therapy Teacher of the Year. Carole has authored three textbooks,including Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy. Her articles have appeared in many professional and mainstream publications.

http://bodytherapyeducation.com/

Nov 14, 2016

Guest: Dr. Stuart Fischbein is an author, podcaster and OB/GYN that practices a midwifery model of care, specializing in supporting women in VBAC, twin and breech deliveries in the home birth setting.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. why after 28 years of delivering babies in hospitals did Dr. Stu switch to practicing a midwifery model of prenatal care and do homebirths
  2. what 2 factors in the hospital setting interfere most with the natural birth process and cause c-section rates to skyrocket
  3. how Dr. Stu believes this country can move from a medical/disease model of pregnancy and childbirth back to a midwifery/wellness model

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Stuart Fischbein

Dr. Stuart Fischbein is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, a lecturer and the published author of “Fearless Pregnancy, Wisdom & Reassurance from a Doctor, A Midwife and A Mom” and “Homebirth With an Obstetrician, A Series of 135 Out of Hospital Births”.

He is an outspoken advocate of informed decision making, the midwifery model of care and human rights in childbirth, receiving the 2016 “Most Audacious” award from HRIC and the Association for Wholistic & Newborn Health.

He shares his thoughts and advocacy for evidenced-based, reasonable choices on his podcast, Dr. Stu’s Podcast.

He now works directly with home birthing midwives, offering hope for those women who cannot find supportive practitioners for VBAC, twin and breech deliveries.

 

Nov 7, 2016

On today's episode, Dr. Jay Warren reviews the book "The Baby Book" by Dr. Sears, a wonderful, complete resource for parents of newborns through 2 years old.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. an overview of each of the chapters of The Baby Book by Dr. Sears giving you an idea of what the book covers
  2. a deeper discussion about a few topics in the book including First Food Choices and Month by Month Milestones
  3. Listener Mail - questions from you answered by Dr. Jay: Mattresses for babies and the Bumbo floor seat chair

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Oct 31, 2016

Guest: Dr. Scott Vatcher is a wellness expert, pediatric chiropractor, dad, husband and host of the podcast, The Wake Up Dad Show, which focuses on dads who want more for themselves and their families. 

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. Dr. Vatcher's "5 P's" of being a Dad and how they can keep you focused on what matters in your life
  2. How outdated models of fatherhood are making it harder for today's dad to be effective and happy in parenthood
  3. Which area of life new fathers have the hardest time with and what they can do about it

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Scott Vatcher:

Dr. Scott Vatcher is a coach, mentor, wellness expert, international speaker, pediatric chiropractor, entrepreneur and podcaster.  On top of all that he finds the time to be dad and a husband, a fitness advocate and he runs a number of successful businesses.  

His newest podcast called The Wake Up Dad Show focuses on Dads who want more for themselves and their families.  

Oct 24, 2016

Guest: Dr. Alison Hazelbaker is an expert on infant sucking issues caused by various structural problems like torticollis, plagiocephaly, brachycephaly and tissue shock-trauma. She designed the Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function (ATLFF), which is the only research-based tongue-tie screening process in infants under 6 months.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. When a tongue and/or lip tie revision is absolutely necessary and when it would be an unnecessary surgery for your baby (only 5% of babies have a true tongue tie)
  2. What problems are associated with tongue and/or lip tie for your baby (with breastfeeding and beyond)
  3. What questions you should ask your pediatrician, lactation consultant and/or pediatric dentist before you subject your baby to this surgery

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Alison Hazelbaker:

Dr. Hazelbaker has been a therapist for over 30 years. She specializes in cross-disciplinary treatment and to that end has taken training in several modalities to best assist her clients. She is a certified Craniosacral Therapist, a Lymph Drainage Therapy practitioner, a Tummy Time™ Trainer, a Haller Method practitioner and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

She is recognized as an expert on infant sucking issues caused by various structural problems like torticollis, plagiocephaly, brachycephaly and tissue shock-trauma. She earned her Master’s Degree from Pacific Oaks College (Human Development specializing in Human Lactation) and her doctorate from The Union Institute and University (Psychology, specializing in Energetic and Transformational healing.)

Her original research on tongue-tie, done in 1993, has changed clinical practice both in the USA and abroad. (www.tongue-tie.org) She authored the Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function (ATLFF) during her Master’s Degree program. She recently revised her Master’s thesis on tongue-tie into a comprehensive book on the condition: Tongue-tie: Morphogenesis, Impact, Assessment and Treatment for Aidan and Eva Press. www.aidanandevapress.com

The ATLFF remains the only research-based tongue-tie screening process in infants under 6 months.

Oct 17, 2016

Guest: Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, health psychologist, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and author who specializes in women's-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and other health psychology issues.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. why the commonly sited figure of "10-15% of women suffer from post-partum depression" is dangerously low and what the current research shows
  2. how to use her free self-screening tool to see if you should seek help for post-partum depression (link to the screening tool is in the Resources section)
  3. 5 natural alternatives to prescription medications to successfully treat post-partum depression

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett:

Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women's health.

Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of two peer-reviewed journals: Clinical Lactation and Psychological Trauma.

She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and a member of the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.

Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women's-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology, and has won many awards for her work including the 2016 Outstanding Service to the Field of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association’s Division 56.

Dr. Kendall-Tackett has authored more than 400 articles and her most recent books include: Depression in New Mothers, 3rd Edition (2016), Women’s Mental Health Across the Lifespan (2016 with Lesia Ruglass), Psychology of Trauma 101 (2015 with Lesia Ruglass) and The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep (2014 with Wendy Middlemiss).

Her websites are UppityScienceChick.com, BreastfeedingMadeSimple.com, KathleenKendall-Tackett.com, and PraeclarusPress.com.

Oct 10, 2016

Guests: Dr. Paul Thomas and Jennifer Margulis, PhD, co-authors of the book: The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health—From Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years. In it, they describe "a slower, evidenced based protocol that limits a child’s exposure to aluminum, mercury, and other neurotoxins while building overall good health.”

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. why the current vaccine schedule from the CDC is NOT safe for all children and how Dr. Paul would modify it to make it safer
  2. what the common vaccine reactions look like that parents should report to their pediatrician immediately once seeing them in your child after a vaccine shot
  3. which of the vaccines carry the most risk of injury or are unnecessary and should be skipped altogether
  4. why you should never give acetaminophen (Tylenol) to your child, especially if you are vaccinating them

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Paul Thomas:

Dr. Paul Thomas, M.D., F.A.A.P., received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School and completed his pediatric residency at the University of California San Diego. He is a board-certified fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, board-certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine, and a diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

He taught residents and medical students from 1988 to 1993, practiced at Westside Pediatrics from 1993 to 2008 and then opened his own practice in 2008, Integrative Pediatrics where he currently serves over 13,000 patients in the Portland, Oregon metro area.

He is the co-author (with Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D.) of The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health—From Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years.

About Jennifer Margulis:

Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is an award-winning investigative journalist, nonfiction book author, and Fulbright grantee.

She is the co-author of The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health, From Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years (Ballantine, 2016) with Paul Thomas, M.D., and author of Your Baby, Your Way: Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Parenting Decisions for a Happier, Healthier Family (Scribner, 2015).

Her work has been published in the New York Times, the Washington PostSmithsonian MagazineMs. MagazineMore magazine, Fit Pregnancy, O: The Oprah Magazine, and dozens of others magazines, newspapers, and websites.

Sep 26, 2016

Guest: Dr. Vivian Keelera natural birth expert who has attended more than 800 births as a doula and has taught the HypnoBirthing Method for the last 15 years. She is also now the vice president of HypnoBirthing Institute.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. How the HypnoBirthing Method helps a woman prepare for labor and delivery
  2. Why addressing any fears that you may have going into your birth is so important to do
  3. information about how to find a HypnoBirthing class near you

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Vivian Keeler:

Dr. Vivian Keeler has devoted most of her adult life to the care and education of women and their families. She has been a Chiropractic Physician since 1986 with a special focus on the health of pregnant women. She is a natural birth expert who has attended more than 800 births as a doula and has taught HypnoBirthing- The Mongan Method for the last 15 years. She is also a Certified Hypnotist. Dr. Vivian is Vice President and faculty member of the HypnoBirthing Institute. She has received the HypnoBirthing Institutes Diamond Award for her contributions to the advancement of HypnoBirthing.

She has shared her expertise through many speaking engagements, articles and interviews and is responsible for co-creating several training programs that have inspired many birth professionals to become agents of change in their own communities. Dr. Keeler is the co-founder of Amazing Births & Beyond and Contemporary Doula International. She is also on the Board of Directors of Broward Healthy Start.

She is a mother to two amazing daughters, who were birthed naturally at home.

She resides in Hollywood, Florida with her husband, Tim.

Sep 19, 2016

Guest: Adriana Lozada, a certified Advanced Birth Doula, a postpartum educator, a healthy sleep consultant and eco-maternity consultant. Adriana is also the host of the Birthful Podcast in iTunes.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. What your partner really wants from you while in labor
  2. How to use your B.R.A.I.N. (a 5 step process) when you need to make decisions in the hospital during labor
  3. Which checklists you should have with you in the hospital so you don't forget anything while you're there

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Adriana Lozada:

Adriana Lozada’s background is multi-layered and multi-cultural. A former print and online editor from Venezuela, the birth of her daughter sparked her passion for being a birth advocate, leading her to open Birthful: a company that helps new and expectant parents take on whatever maternity sends their way.

She is a certified Advanced Birth Doula (DONA International), a postpartum educator, a healthy sleep consultant and eco-maternity consultant. Adriana is also the host of the Birthful Podcast, where she talks to amazing, knowledgeable, and passionate birth professionals every week, to help new and expectant parents inform their intuition, so they can have more rewarding pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experiences.

Adriana is the author of the best-selling pregnancy guide (in Spanish), “Soy de Pura Madre”. More recently, she created the “Birth Partner’s Ultimate Labor Support Toolkit” to help expectant dads provide truly helpful support during the birth process, while finding their confidence to go from clueless to “I’ve got this”.

Adriana lives in Rochester, NY with her husband and 11 year old daughter.

Sep 12, 2016

Guest: Kimberly Johnson, certified Sexological Bodyworker, Somatic Experiencing practitioner, mother, doula, Rolfer and yoga teacher.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. What Moms really say about their desire for sex after the baby is born
  2. How understanding what Mom needs in the post-partum window helps Dad get what he needs
  3. More than making "Date Night" happen - simple ways to reestablish intimacy in your relationship now that you're parents together

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

Bio: About Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker and near-certified Somatic Experiencing practitioner.

She is also a single mom, doula, Rolfer and yoga teacher.

She leads workshops internationally and virtually on the intersection of women's sexuality and spirituality as well as holistic post-partum healing.

After living in Brazil for eight years, she now resides in San Diego, CA where she has a private practice, specializing in birth injury, birth trauma, and sexual healing.

Sep 5, 2016

Guest: Rachelle Garcia Seliga, mother, wife and Certified Professional Midwife whose work is dedicated to midwifing a cultural shift that honors our innate wisdom, personal authority and the sanctity of Life. She is the creator of INNATE Postpartum Care; a Certification Training for birth and health care professionals based upon postpartum physiology and the primal continuum.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. how similar the 40 days of ritual post-partum care across the world is and how it can be incorporated into this day and age
  2. how the loss of the ceremonious recognition of the woman's transition into motherhood contributes to post-partum depression
  3. how women need the traditions of midwifery care and ceremonial work to come back in western prenatal and post-partum care for healthier birth and healthier family life

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

Bio: About Rachelle Garcia Seliga

Rachelle Garcia Seliga, is a mother, wife and Certified Professional Midwife (CPM).

Rachelle's work is dedicated to midwifing a cultural shift that honors our innate wisdom, personal authority and the sanctity of Life.  

Rachelle sees women as the Soul of the people, and so she works with women with the understanding that healthy, thriving women mean healthy, thriving families, communities and world.

She has a holistic well-woman care practice where she offers preventative and curative care to women, and she is the creator of INNATE Postpartum Care; a Certification Training for birth and health care professionals based upon postpartum physiology and the primal continuum.

www.InnateTraditions.com

Aug 29, 2016

In this anniversary episode (we launched 1 year ago, this is our 50th episode and we've reached 80,000 downloads!), Dr. Jay Warren reviews the book "The Secrets of the Baby Whisperer" by Tracy Hogg.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. how Tracy Hogg's 20 questions about your baby will help you know how to better understand your baby's moods and needs.
  2. the E.A.S.Y. method to creating a rhythm to your day that works for you and your baby (Eating, Activity, Sleeping, You).
  3. the S.L.O.W. method that allows you to respond (rather than react) to your crying baby (Stop, Listen, Observe, What's up).

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Aug 22, 2016

Guest: Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of the bestselling book: The Biology of Belief, former allopathic medical school professor and research scientist and thought leader in the field of epigenetics, human development and conscious parenting.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. why Dr. Lipton refers to pregnancy as nature's "Head Start" program and how the prenatal experience prepares the baby for the world that the mother perceives it to be
  2. how the environment that a child experiences in the first 6 years of life is so crucial to their health and wellbeing for the rest of their life
  3. what you as a parent can do right now to shift your environment so that your child grows up healthier and happier

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

Bio: About Dr. Bruce Lipton

Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of the bestseller: The Biology of Beliefwas a former allopathic medical school professor and research scientist.

His pioneering research on cloned stem cells at the University of Wisconsin's School of Medicine presaged the revolutionary field of epigenetics, the new science of how environment and perception control your genes.

In recognition of his contributions to the fields of embryology and human development, the Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health elected Dr. Lipton to their Board of Directors.

Bruce has taken his award-winning medical school lectures to the public and is currently a popular keynote speaker and workshop presenter on topics of conscious parenting and the science of complementary medicine.

 

Aug 15, 2016

Guest: Jane Chen, co-founder and CEO of Embrace, a social enterprise startup that aims to help the 20 million premature and low-birth-weight babies born every year, through a low-cost infant warmer and of Little Lotus Baby, which uses NASA inspired technology to keep babies at the perfect temperature so they can sleep better.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. how a Stanford graduate program project helped save 200,000 premature babies in the third world countries
  2. how Jane is using the Tom's Shoes' model with Little Lotus Baby products to fund Embrace preme warmers to be distributed throughout the world
  3. how your company can participate in a gifting program that helps these preterm babies in the poorest corners of the world 

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

Bio: About Jane Chen

JANE MARIE CHEN is the co-founder and CEO of Embrace, a social enterprise startup that aims to help the 20 million premature and low-birth-weight babies born every year, through a low-cost infant warmer. The Embrace infant warmer costs about 1% of a traditional incubator and is estimated to have helped over 200,000 babies to date.

Most recently, Embrace Innovations  launched a new line of baby products for the US market called Little Lotus Baby, which uses NASA inspired technology to keep babies at the perfect temperature so they can sleep better. They are using a Tom’s shoes model: for every product sold, a baby is helped in a developing country by the Embrace infant warmer.

Prior to Embrace, Chen worked with nonprofit organizations on healthcare issues in developing countries. She spent several years as the Program Director of a startup HIV/AIDS nonprofit in China (Chi Heng Foundation) and worked for the Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative in Tanzania.  She also worked at Monitor Group as a management consultant, advising Fortune 500 companies.  

Chen has been a TED Speaker, and was selected as one of Forbes' Impact 30 in 2011. She has been recognized as the Inspirational Young Alumni of the Year by Pomona College and was featured in Stanford’s “Tradition of Innovation.”  

Chen speaks at various international conferences, including the Skoll World Forum. In 2012, Chen was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum,  and was featured in Dove's "Real Role Models" campaign for women and girls. Chen is a TED India Fellow, TED Senior Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, and Rainer Arnhold Fellow.  

In 2013, Chen and the other co-founders of Embrace were awarded the prestigious Economist Innovation Award, under the category of Social and Economic Innovation. In the same year, Chen and her co-founder were also recognized as Schwab Social Entrepreneurs of the Year by the World Economic Forum.

 

Aug 8, 2016

Guest: Kimberly Johnson, certified Sexological Bodyworker, Somatic Experiencing practitioner, mother, doula, Rolfer and yoga teacher.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. What the common post partum symptoms you might be experiencing that are due to unhealthy scar tissue in your abdomen or pelvic floor
  2. What the difference is between scars and adhesions and why it's so important to post partum recovery
  3. What "vaginal mapping" is and how it can help prevent birth injury and accelerate post partum recovery

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

Bio: About Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker and near-certified Somatic Experiencing practitioner.

She is also a single mom, doula, Rolfer and yoga teacher.

She leads workshops internationally and virtually on the intersection of women's sexuality and spirituality as well as holistic post-partum healing.

After living in Brazil for eight years, she now resides in San Diego, CA where she has a private practice, specializing in birth injury, birth trauma, and sexual healing.

Aug 1, 2016

Guest: Maring Higa, L.Ac., specializing in acupuncture for fertility, prenatal and post-partum care for women.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. How acupuncture can help get labor started around your due date
  2. The ways acupuncture can prep your body for a healthier, quicker delivery
  3. How Maring combines the current technology (the Acugraph) with the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine to help her patients more powerfully 

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Maring Higa:

Natural medicine has always been an integral part of Maring’s personal journey. She has studied extensively in the area of infertility, pregnancy and post-partum recovery. In 2005, Maring traveled to Cheng Du, China to intern with some of the best gynecological doctors in the world.

Maring has specialized in treating male infertility, female infertility and pregnancy support for the past 6 years, and continues to study the most up to date information in this field.

Maring’s personal experience of having a difficult pregnancy and then suffering with post-partum depression has made it natural for her to empathize with women going through these very difficult times.

Combined with a Master of Science from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and a psychology degree from Naropa University, Maring has created a truly integrative, compassionate, and heart-centered approach.

When Maring is not in the clinic she spends her time playing with her son and her daughter, teaching and performing aerial skills, playing music, enjoying the outdoors, and writing.

Jul 11, 2016

Guest: Dr. Michel Odent, world renowned obstetrician and pioneer in the natural birth moment for bringing home-like birthing rooms and birthing pools in maternity hospitals.

In this episode (Part 2 of 2), we will cover:

  1. Dr. Odent shares his research in his book, "The Scientification of Love" and how important the natural sequence of hormonal release in childbirth improves maternal-baby bonding
  2. What the one thing is after over 50 years of helping women deliver babies that he recommends to expecting moms 

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Michel Odent:

Dr. Michel Odent has been in charge of the surgical and obstetrical units at the Pithiviers state hospital in France (1962-1985) and is the founder of the Primal Health Research Centre (London).

He introduced in the 1970s the concepts of home-like birthing rooms and birthing pools in maternity hospitals. He is the author of the first article in the medical literature about the initiation of lactation during the hour following birth and of the first article about the use of birthing pools (Lancet 1983).

He created the Primal Health Research database (www.primalhealthresearch.com) and is the author of 15 books published in 23 languages including: Childbirth and the Evolution of Homo SapiensThe Scientification of LovePrimal Health: Understanding the Critical Period Between Conception and the First Birthday and Birth Reborn: What Childbirth Should Be.

Jul 4, 2016

Guest: Dr. Michel Odent, world renowned obstetrician and pioneer in the natural birth moment for bringing home-like birthing rooms and birthing pools in maternity hospitals.

In this episode (Part 1 of 2), we will cover:

  1. Dr. Odent explains his famous quotable quote: "To change the world, we must first change the way babies are being born."
  2. The "Primal Period" = prenatal life, the birth and the first year of life - and how if affects the rest of that person's life.
  3. How the "cocktail of love hormones" can be released and how it makes for a better birth.

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Michel Odent:

Dr. Michel Odent has been in charge of the surgical and obstetrical units at the Pithiviers state hospital in France (1962-1985) and is the founder of the Primal Health Research Centre (London).

He introduced in the 1970s the concepts of home-like birthing rooms and birthing pools in maternity hospitals. He is the author of the first article in the medical literature about the initiation of lactation during the hour following birth and of the first article about the use of birthing pools (Lancet 1983).

He created the Primal Health Research database (www.primalhealthresearch.com) and is the author of 15 books published in 23 languages including: Childbirth and the Evolution of Homo SapiensThe Scientification of LovePrimal Health: Understanding the Critical Period Between Conception and the First Birthday and Birth Reborn: What Childbirth Should Be.

 

Jun 27, 2016

Guest: Penny Simkin, a physical therapist, educator and doula who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968 and the author of "The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions”.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. what 48 years of childbirth education has taught her when it comes to dealing with soon-to-be parents when labor starts
  2. why a doula is so important for both the woman and the birth parter (and the baby)
  3. what her book, "The Birth Partner" covers and how it can help the birth process go smoother

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Penny Simkin:

Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968.

She estimates she has prepared over 14,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. She is author or co-author of books for both parents and professionals, including “The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions”.

Penny and her husband, Peter, have four grown children and eight grandchildren from 11 to 28 years of age, two grandchildren-in-laws, and a pug, Lola.

Jun 20, 2016

Guest: Gerri Ryan, Executive Director & COO of the Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery, licensed professional midwife, certified doula and nationally recognized doula trainer.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. the paradigm shift around natural birth Gerri Ryan is witnessing across the country and what it means for the next generation of children 
  2. answers to the common "what if's" questions of home birth: what if there's a problem at home? what if we need to go to the hospital? IS IT SAFE?
  3. what Gerri sees as the hallmark of midwifery care = post-partum care

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Gerri Ryan:

Gerri Ryan, L.M., C.P.M., FACCE, Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery: Managed administrative staff of a large firm for several years before leaving the corporate arena to pursue her goal of becoming a midwife. She is a licensed and certified professional midwife, is certified as a doula and is a nationally recognized doula trainer. She has co-chaired several national health conferences and is the founder of San Diego Birth Network, the first non-profit birth network in the US. Currently teaches midwifery students, supervises academic faculty and clinical instructors and has primary responsibility for marketing, recruitment, and human resources management for Nizhoni Institute.

Jun 13, 2016

Guest: Willow Buckley, a certified classical homeopath, labor doula, and prenatal yoga teacher. She is back on our podcast for the third time.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. the safety of using homeopathic remedies with infants and children and how homeopathy works in the body 
  2. the difference between trying to get rid of symptoms and supporting the child's body during an illness so not only are they more comfortable, but they come out stronger on the other side of it.
  3. homeopathic remedies that can help ailments common to infants and children: irritability, colic, constipation, diarrhea, immune function, teething, thrush, fevers, ear aches, hives, etc.

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

Bio: About Willow Buckley

Willow Buckley, is a certified classical homeopath, labor doula, and prenatal yoga teacher.

She first combined her holistic interests with her medical science studies while earning a Bachelor of Science in Neuropsychology from the University of California Santa Barbara.  

Continuing her search and passion for a whole healing approach, Willow ventured into homeopathy, where she has helped families and individuals of all ages handle everything from anxiety and depression to morning sickness and sore throats.

She is a fervent proponent of the body’s power to heal itself and infuses nutrition with real food into her practice.

She is also the co-author of the new book: How to Conceive Naturally: And Have a Healthy Pregnancy after 30.

Willow lives in Encinitas, CA, with her husband, Marcus, a writer and Montessori educator, and their children, Grayson and Emerson.

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