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Baby-Led Weaning: Bridging the Gap from Breastmilk to Solid Foods with Katie Ferraro (Mom of 7)

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Baby-Led Weaning helps your baby establish a healthy relationship with food starting with their very first foods. Benefits include reducing the severity of picky eating, lowers allergy risks, increases diet diversity, and stops the meal time battles. Listen for more benefits!

[1:11] Our reviewer of the week is, Ashley Worley, and she says, “I discovered the podcast thanks to a friend who passed it along. I am pregnant with our first and was looking for something both positive and education. I’ve voraciously been diving into episodes and feel exponentially more confident than I did just weeks ago about our decision for an unmedicated birth place birth. Stephanie has been incredibly helpful in helping me learn all things birth and prepping and planning, now putting into action daily stretches, relaxation, and completing my birth plan. Now to dive into birth stories and we pray and imagine our dream birth knowing it’s all in God’s hands and will be...

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Delayed Cord-Clamping: The Risks, Benefits, and Methods You Need to Know BEFORE Giving Birth

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I want this episode to give you some things to think about when it comes to delayed cord-clamping and questions to ask your provider. We’ll talk about the pros and cons and different methods of cord-clamping, which I hope will help you make the decision of how you want to handle it for you and your baby a little easier!

[1:11] Our reviewer of the week, KaitlynL2021, says: “Absolutely love this podcast. My husband and I are hoping to get pregnant in the next year, and this podcast makes me so excited. When we started talking about having kids I was nervous because I didn’t know anything. Now I feel confident and like I know what I’m getting myself into. I also feel like I have options and there isn’t one “right” way to give birth. I love that this podcast gives all of the options from crunchy to conventional, and I can’t wait to be in the birth class one day in the future!”

I am so excited! You totally get it and...

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Birth Story: Marin Cole's Unmedicated, Back Labor Birth

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Educating yourself about birth and knowing your options opens you up to so many more choices when it comes to the birth experience you want! Marin's birth story shows the importance of not only educating yourself, but also on staying firm with your choices and decisions on what is best for you and your baby. 

[1:11] Our reviewer of the week, Vandp13, says: “Best podcast AND host! I am just entering the 3rd trimester of my 3rd pregnancy, and I am a self proclaimed birth and breastfeeding nut. I found this podcast when I was about 10 weeks pregnant, and I have been binging ever since - some episodes I even listen to 5+ times! She is so good at giving pregnant mamas all their options and empowering them to advocate for themselves! I reached out to Stephanie on Instagram, and she replied so quickly and didn’t give me a ‘one size fits all’ answer. She asked me questions so she could answer me specifically, which I thought was amazing! I...

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The Evidence-Based Information You Need to Know about Real Food, Pregnancy Diets, & Postpartum Nutrition with Lily Nichols, RDN

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Join me this week as we uncover the evidence-based information that you need to know when it comes to your diet and nutrition while pregnant! You'll be shocked to see the difference between what your OB is telling you to eat versus what you should actually be eating!

[1:13] GIVEAWAY: As a bonus to thank you for listening to this episode and to ensure you get everything you can out of learning about prenatal nutrition, I am giving away a copy of our guest’s book, Real Food for Pregnancy! All you have to do is leave a review for The Pregnancy & Birth Made Easy podcast. Screenshot it and send it to [email protected]!

[2:33] Our reviewer of the week is, atap123, and she says: “I only wish I found this podcast earlier! I found this podcast at 37 weeks, and I have faithfully listened to an episode a day. Helped me remember so many things about birth that I forgot about since my first. And I love that it’s non-judgmental and open to all...

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Empowering Home Birth Story with Sarah & Matthew Bivens of the Doing It At Home Podcast

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No matter what kind of birth experience you want to have, the right support makes all the difference! Sarah & Matthew share how they were the creators of their experience and how love, trust, and confidence gave them what they needed to achieve the home birth they desired.

[1:11] Our reviewer of the week, Shaun Derenzo, said: “So inspired by this podcast! Hi Stephanie! Found your podcast through The Breastfeeding Talk Podcast, and now I can’t stop binging it! I am currently 8 months postpartum with my second baby, and you make me want to have another . . . AT HOME! Your words are so inspiring and listening to the work you do makes me want to become a birth doula (currently studying to be a certified lactation counselor . . . but who knows what else my future may hold ) HA! Thank you for the beautiful work you do for women and all the information you give to empower us through the most beautiful and life changing moments of motherhood. I will never...

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{REBROADCAST} Breastfeeding: The First 48 Hours with Sally Wright, IBCLC

Show Notes:

We're sharing our most downloaded episode in 2022!

One of the first things on our minds as soon as we have our babies is feeding them. Those first few days can feel like a blur, and if you're choosing to breastfeed, you may be feeling overwhelmed by ALL of the things you need to learn seemingly overnight. If you're worried about if you're producing enough or whether your baby is eating enough, or what the heck is happening to your nipple, don't worry. Take a breath. ‍

Our special guest, Sally Wright, an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) and mother of five, is here to help clear up the confusion and pump out the facts you actually need to know!

Sally grew up in Hawai'i and now lives in Utah. She is the mother of five children, including a set of twins. She has been an IBCLC since 2016 and has served as a volunteer Leader with La Leche League since 2006, providing community breastfeeding support. Sally especially loves helping parents...

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Avoid the Unnecessary Holiday Induction

:: This week's podcast episode is sponsored by DockATot! You get 15% off when you use the promo code MYESSENTIALBIRTH at dockatot.com/MYESSENTIALBIRTH! #dockatotpod ::

Show Notes:

[1:11] Our reviewer of the week is blessedmama01, and she says: “Best podcast out there! Stephanie is so easy to listen to and gives such wonderful and helpful advice! I listened to this podcast all though out my pregnancy and felt so confident and prepared to have my baby. I cannot say enough good about Stephanie and highly recommend this podcast!”

This is going to be one of my quick, simple advice episodes! This time of year, it is SO important to avoid the holiday induction, because YES. It is real. We’ll be talking about five tips to keep baby right where he should be!

Side Note: It’s not just our providers that we need to be aware of and their plans, schedules, etc. Our families’ (and even our own) expectations and desires also need to be kept in check...

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Setting Your Newborn Up for Sleep Success with Unnati Patel

:: This week's podcast episode is sponsored by DockATot! You get 15% off when you use the promo code MYESSENTIALBIRTH at dockatot.com/MYESSENTIALBIRTH! #dockatotpod ::

Show Notes:

[1:11] Our reviewer of the week is Wittyditty, and in her original review, she said: “I love this podcast! It is informative, fun to listen to, and encouraging. I love all the good info each week and the more natural approach taken while still considering moms in all kinds of situations. As a first time mom, I am just soaking up everything I can!”

She later updated her review after she had her baby, and it says: “We welcomed our precious baby girl into the world via a water birth at the birth center after a 7.5 hour labor! It was the birth of our dreams, and I owe so much of that to this podcast. The information I learned helped me feel so prepared and confident going into birth. This podcast helped me ask informed questions and helped calm any fears I had. THANK YOU for...

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Birth Story: Turning Her Birth Experience Around with Cassidy Jacobsen

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[1:10] This week’s reviewer of the week, hellotrb, said: “Starting listening during my first pregnancy and fell in love. Through the encouragement of this podcast, I switched my provider at 32weeks. I doubted my feeling about the previous provider, and once I switched, it was like a breath of fresh air. Now pregnant with my second kiddo and have started again to listen to this amazing podcast!”

I’m so glad you’re here and listening to this week’s birth story! There is so much to unpack and learn here!

Instead of letting birth just "happen" to you, be an active participant in it! Educate yourself, know your options, and stand up for yourself! Your baby and your body are working together to help you achieve your best birth.

[1:53] Cassidy Jacobsen introduces herself and her family. She’s been married for six years and is a mama of two! She originally lived in Utah and moved to Texas so her husband could attend medical school....

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Fix Your Breastfeeding Mastitis with This New Protocol, Courtesy of Heather O'Neal & Maureen Farrell from The Milk Minute Podcast

 :: This week's podcast episode is sponsored by DockATot! You get 15% off when you use the promo code: MYESSENTIALBIRTH at dockatot.com/MYESSENTIALBIRTH! #dockatotpod ::

Show Notes:

"What can I do to treat my mastitis?" It happens to so many mamas, and it can be painful, overwhelming, and just the absolute worst. But don't worry, I've got some incredible birth professionals from the Milk Minute Podcast here to help!

[1:11] Our reviewer of the week is Shannon Venus Taylor, and she says: “Hi! I absolutely love this Podcast as a Doula and first time mom I started listening to this podcast when I was 8 weeks pregnant. The information you share with your community is golden. This podcast has not only helped me improve my methods as a Doula but also provided me with a sense of ease and confidence during my home birth and postpartum journey. I will continue to recommend your Podcast to future clients and anyone in the birth community.

To all of my birth...

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