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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.
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