Susi Hately came back to speak with us again on the Fourth Trimester Podcast after having twins (her sisters also have multiples!).
She was informed she had placenta previa early in her pregnancy. Placenta Previa "occurs when a baby's placenta partially or totally covers the mother's cervix — the outlet for the uterus. Placenta previa can cause severe bleeding during pregnancy and delivery."
Because of the complication, Susi ended up experiencing various reactions from medical professionals to the point where she needed to advocate for herself to find someone who she felt would provide her the support she required. She was true to herself throughout the experience: she found a new doctor who was flexible in giving her options, she organized support for herself and her family after her children were born, and she took her time in recovering at her own pace so she wasn't pushing too hard during the period where her body was repairing itself.
Here's where you can find her previous episode with our program: Episode 22: How New Moms Can Prepare for and Recover from Pregnancy and Childbirth
We had the pleasure of speaking with Adrian Villalba about perinatal chiropractic practices that benefit mothers. Having balance in your body both before and after giving birth can benefit new mamas in their recovery process. Adrian is certified in Webster Technique by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Listen to learn more about out how this works.
Here's a bit more about Adrian from Golden Gate Chiropractic Center:
"Adrian Villalba graduated from Life Chiropractic College West in 2017 as the salutatorian of his class, with clinical honors. He facilitates healing and promotes health with people of all walks of life.
Adrian is particularly passionate about working with pregnant mothers and new moms to ensure that they have a healthy and peaceful process through birth and into motherhood. Adrian works relentlessly to provide them with an opportunity along with tools, strategies and a holistic perspective that helps them become empowered by their experience and gain clarity in times of transition. Adrian is certified in Webster Technique by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.
Before his journey into the Chiropractic field, Adrian worked as part of the trail crew for the National Park Service at Golden Gate National Recreation Area for eight years. He is very proud of his work in places such as Muir Woods, Alcatraz and the Marin Headlands. While serving as part of the Health and Safety committee, Adrian began teaching ergonomic and functional movement classes helping people avoid injury whether they are actively working or sitting behind a desk all day. These classes are still in high demand by multiple parks and are available for your office staff.
Adrian is an active “hobbiest” and enjoys rock climbing, playing basketball, cycling and running on a weekly basis with his (EXPECTING!) wife Lena. He maintains his active lifestyle with Foundation Training. He is a certified Foundation Training instructor and is excited to inspire people to move well and move often. He is also in the process of becoming a certified Chiropractic Extremeties Practitioner. This involves over 100 hours of post doctorate education focusing on everything from shoulders to fingers, hips to toes as well as soft tissue issues. Adrian’s work can help take athletes to the next level in their desired sport.
Adrian has had the opportunity to join a team of doctors on service trips delivering chiropractic care to those who have limited access. Adrian travelled to serve the beautiful people of Jamaica in 2015 and New Delhi, India in 2016. He also volunteered his services throughout his time in chiropractic college in his own community through Mission Trip America in the mission district at San Francisco Day Laborer Program and Women’s Collective.
Whether you are an expecting mother, office professional or athletically inclined, he looks forward to serving you and your families reach your health goals through gentle and specific Chiropractic care."
Lisa Hendrickson-Jack is the host of the Fertility Friday Podcast. She is a Fertility Awareness Educator, Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner and author of newly released book The Fifth Vital Sign. When she was a teenager, Lisa used the pill to cope with incredibly heavy bleeding and excruciating period pain. After doing her own set of research to understand some of the fundamental truths about when she was or was not fertile, she decided to come off the pill at 18. This decision and her dedication to understanding the menstrual cycle set her on the path that led her to creating a podcast and writing a book on the subject. Her mission is to empower women to understand their own fertility, enabling women to chart their menstrual cycles naturally. When women are in touch with their own cycles and bodies, they can use this information to develop strategies for birth control and pregnancy.
In this episode, Lisa shares with us practical lessons on how to understand our own body signs. Learn how to chart your own cycle. Hear how important it is to listen to what your menstrual cycle indicates for your wider health overall. For example, if your period doesn't return ~ 18 months after having a baby, that's a sign that something may be wrong, and it is a good time to have a medical professional help investigate.
We hear the same questions from parents time and again. Here's a quick guide to the questions every new parent asks.
1. Do I have to breastfeed for a year or any set period of time? What if I'm just over it?
This is a personal decision. Some women will prefer to keep it under six months, others will value the closeness and breastfeed for a number of years.
If you're feeling pressure to make a decision based on how others around you judge what is "right", make sure to get the right support that encourages the decision YOU want to make.
2. Do you have to sterilize bottles and pacifiers after every single use?
No, you don't have to sterilize after every use. Keeping everything washed with warm water and soap after every use is necessary.
If you see mold, throw plastic away and get new products. Only glass can be sterilized if something becomes moldy.
3. What is sleeping through the night and when does it happen?
Sleeping through the night is a myth. It's normal for humans of all ages to go through sleep cycles.
Also, babies' stomachs can't handle not being fed for a period of longer than 3-4 hours without having too much stomach acid and pain. Trying to make a baby sleep or go without a feed for a period of time over 3-4 hours can cause physical harm to an infant.
Learn more about healthy sleep for newborns from Dr Anglique Millette on Episodes 8 and 10 of Fourth Trimester Podcast.
4. Is it possible to spoil a baby by holding them too much?
No. Humans need contact. They crave being close, being warm and being held. Conversely, a lack of contact can have negative effects.
Remember this quote: "You can't spoil good stuff".
5. Is something wrong if my baby is flailing around while sleeping? What if my child isn't "sleeping like a baby"?
It is perfectly normal for babies to move their limbs around quite a bit while sleeping.
6. Is green poop normal?
Yes! Saying that, if you are breastfeeding, you may need to feed for longer periods because it can be a sign the baby is not receiving enough hind milk.
The only colors to be a cause of concern are red, black or chalky white. If in doubt, contact your pediatrician.
7. If I drink a glass of wine, do I have to pump and dump?
It depends on the age and size of your baby somewhat. Make sure any wine you're drinking is truly a glass (one cup) and not a larger amount. This is quite circumstantial depending on baby size and volume of alcohol consumed. Any stress or regret over the decision may be enough to make it not worth it. Side note, if you haven't stopped postpartum bleeding, avoid blood thinners including alcohol.
8. How many layers do infants need to wear to go outside?
Babies don't need a set number of layers. Use common sense to not overheat your baby. If it is weather where you yourself need an extra layer, consider two layers for the baby (one extra layer on top of the number layers you are wearing).
9. Why are babies meant to wear a hat all the time?
Babies do not have to wear hats all the time. It's important to help keep babies warm and to not overheat them.
10. Do babies mix up day and night? Why do they have it backwards?
No, babies do not confuse night and day. They appear to sleep better during the day, in contrast to everyone who is awake around them.
Newborns are already attuned to darkness and they are used to receiving nutrition around the clock.
Doulas are professional care providers that support families. Listen to episode 73 to understand more about how doula contracts work and what you need to look out for when you hire your birth team.
When it comes to putting a contract together, it's a conversation... it can be intimidating for both sides (parents and the doula). But the conversation can be a hugely productive way to set up expectations for everybody . It's okay to negotiate and talk... but also respecting our profession. - Emily Flynn
Emily Flynn is a birth and postpartum doula and health consultant in the Bay Area. She specializes in connecting folks in various places in their gynecological health cycles with compassionate and evidence-based care providers best suited to their individual needs. Emily's journey into birth work started through her legal research work with international organizations supporting migrants and refugees, which has informed and inspired her work with other birth care providers in building solid contracts and safe, strong, and satisfying businesses.
Suzannah Neufeld, MFT, yoga therapist has dropped by my house to have tea and discuss her new book Awake At 3AM and tell us about how she applies insights both from psychotherapy and yoga/mindfulness practice to help parents through the very challenging perinatal period. Suzannah herself suffered with grueling hyperemesis and was thrown into depression and anxiety as a result. Hear her story and learn about her approach to helping us with the tough stuff.
Suzannah's website is http://suzannahneufeld.com/
Suzannah Neufeld, MFT (#LMFT44759), C-IAYT is a licensed psychotherapist and certified yoga therapist. Rather than encouraging clients to focus on what is wrong with them, Suzannah believes in helping clients figure out what is rightwith them, enabling them to call upon their innate strength and wisdom. She meets her clients with a compassionate yet direct manner, using mindfulness skills, gentle and honest confrontation, and humor/playfulness to help them gain perspective and live more fully and freely.
Areas of expertise include: eating disorders/body image and food concerns, pregnancy and early parenting, anxiety disorders, OCD, and young adulthood.
Suzannah is the author of the new book Awake at 3 a.m.: Yoga Therapy for Anxiety and Depression in Pregnancy and Early Motherhood, from Parallax Press. She is also a contributing author in Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories from Renegades for Every Body by Melanie Klein.
Melissa Hurt is our guest this episode and she offers us an easy and rather fun and funny technique for "finding our voice" as new parents.
"I took my first yoga class in my late twenties and finally found a place where I could feel my breath with ease. Over time, I became comfortable with my body taking up space in the room. One day after class I felt something completely foreign to me—contentment and peace. That summer I took a four-week embodied voice and movement intensive. The work focused on bringing awareness to sensation and vibration in voice and body to develop, among other skills, speech clarity, vocal tone, and expressive dynamics. I noticed warmth in my voice as it vibrated towards the front of my mouth. When I felt my voice, I felt myself. I became interested in what I had to say. Yoga and embodied voice brought me back to myself—a woman I got to know again and enjoyed being with. These embodiment disciplines don’t only ground me in the moment of practice, but throughout my daily life when I carry over a mindfulness of sensation. They are a way of life.
I became a certified trainer of Lessac’s Kinesensic voice and movement work in 2010. I became a certified yoga teacher in 2012 from Sun and Moon Yoga Studio in Arlington, VA and earned my RYT-500hr designation in 2018. I have taught voice at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (Sydney) and George Mason University (Fairfax, VA). I have taught many levels of yoga, including standard hatha yoga, yoga fundamentals, prenatal, postnatal, and vinyasa yoga." -- Melissa Hurt
How to avoid anemia (and recover from anemia) using nutrition. Anemia is common during and after pregnancy. Esther talks about how to stave it off, and how to use nutrition and what you eat to help recover from mild to severe anemia.