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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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May 23, 2016

Guest: Amanda Dodson is the Founder and President of both the Japan Birth Resource Network and The Birth Education Center of Okinawa and was voted the 2016 Spouse of the Year for Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. Amanda's journey from Military Mom to natural birth advocate for military families in Japan
  2. how she sees the network of doulas in Okinawa she's created could be implemented at military bases around the world
  3. how being voted Military Spouse of the Year in Okinawa has opened doors in Washington DC for this dream to become a reality

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Amanda Dodson

Amanda Dodson is a DONA certified birth doula (DONA), a certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner HBCE, Founder and President of the Japan Birth Resource Network and founder of The Birth Education Center of Okinawa.

She was also voted as the 2016 Spouse of the Year for Marine Corps Base Camp SD Butler in Okinawa, Japan.

Her journey as a doula began in 2008 which led to the path of becoming involved in HypnoBirthing The Mongan Method. She has served several military families through education and as a birth doula.

Amanda currently resides in Okinawa, Japan with her husband of 18 years and 3 children as a Marine Corps family. They were stationed in Okinawa from 98-05 and returned in 2011-current.

After returning to Japan is when Amanda saw a need for continuity of care for military families and resources that can support them throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

May 16, 2016

Guest: Dr. Angelo Del Re, pediatrician with Coast Pediatrics in San Diego, CA that considers it a privilege to care for acutely ill children but also has interests in both newborn wellness and childhood injury prevention.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. the 5 questions you should ask a pediatrician before you entrust the health of your child to them
  2. the features of a pediatric office you should look for (besides just location and if they take your insurance)

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Angelo Del Re, MD, MSc, FAAP

Dr. Del Re grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and attended college at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He furthered his education by earning both a graduate degree in neuroscience as well as his medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Del Re completed his pediatrics residency in Virginia, with research interests in child abuse detection and prevention. He also practiced pediatric medicine internationally in Uganda and Haiti. Angelo returned to North Carolina for two years, where he worked in outpatient clinical care as well as newborn and pediatric hospital medicine.

Since relocating to San Diego in 2014, Dr. Del Re has served the urgent needs of the children in our community as a provider at Rady Children’s Hospital emergency department.

In 2015, he decided to join the medical office at Coast Pediatrics in Carmel Valley where he works full time. While Angelo considers it a privilege caring for acutely ill children, he also has interests in both newborn wellness and childhood injury prevention. He is looking forward to continuing to serve our community by building relationships with families and helping them stay happy and healthy.


May 9, 2016

Guest: Dr. Laura Brayton, holistic chiropractor and host of the "Well-Adjusted Mama" podcast who is passionate about supporting the health and wellness of the families of her community.  

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. As a podcaster, Dr. Brayton has interviewed over 75 experts in prenatal, birthing and post-partum care. She shares the most important tips she's learned from these experts over the years.
  2. How Type A personalities carry that stress into their pregnancies and how it can hinder the birth experience
  3. How environmental toxins can add to the stress a woman's body endures and how it can affect the baby

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Laura Brayton:

Dr. Laura Brayton is a holistic chiropractor who is passionate about supporting the health and wellness of the families of her community.  Dr. Brayton writes regularly on health-related topics and is a lecturer for various holistic groups in the community, including at yoga studios, childbirth education centers, and new moms’ groups. She also continues to stay up-to-date and current in her field with frequent post-graduate seminars in functional medicine, nutrition, allergy elimination, pediatrics, and maternity.

In addition, Dr. Brayton has received certifications in Chiropractic Pediatrics (180 hour post-graduate program), Webster Technique (for breech presentation), Sound-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (SASTM), and is an advanced level practitioner of Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET). Dr. Brayton is a BioEnergetic Practitioner utilizing Applied Kinesiology (manual muscle testing) to “eavesdrop” into the body and determine its current needs for health.

She is an active member of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors, American Chiropractic Association, Hoboken Chamber of Commerce, and Past President of the Hoboken Rotary Club. She also raised over $3,000 for Team for Kids which is a charity focused on addressing childhood obesity by running the 2010 NYC Marathon. Dr. Brayton was chosen by New Jersey Family magazine as one of “NJ’s Favorite Kids’ Docs” in 2010-2015.  

On Labor Day 2014, she birthed a podcast called “Well-Adjusted Mama” to educate and to empower women preconception through early motherhood on wellness lifestyle.  In November 2014, she spent a month in Bali writing her first book on the topic of birth and is excitedly awaiting its publication.  For more information, please check out her websites at www.drlaurabrayton.com and www.hobokenchiro.com.

May 2, 2016

Guest: Dr. Sarah Buckley, a family physician in Brisbane, Australia, trained in family physician obstetrics and an authority on the hormonal physiology of childbearing.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. the 4 main hormones of birth and how each contributes to a natural and safe experience for both mom and baby
  2. how birth was really meant to be private, safe and unobserved and how disturbing the labor process slows things down
  3. Recommendations on how to keep this normal flow of hormones going so labor progresses naturally and quickly

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Dr. Sarah Buckley:

Dr. Sarah Buckley is a family physician in Brisbane, Australia, trained in family physician obstetrics.

She is the author of the internationally best-selling book Gentle Birth. Gentle Mothering and the scientific report Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing, published with Childbirth Connection.

Sarah’s work supports parents and professionals to be well informed, to listen to their hearts and instincts, and to acknowledge the rightful place of parents as the real experts in their bodies, babies and families.

Sarah is currently combines mothering her four children with her work as a writer and lecturer on pregnancy, birth and parenting.

See www.sarahbuckley.com and www.gentlenaturalbirth.com

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