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Amber Ginn is a birth and postpartum doula in Puerto Rico. She had her first child at 15, and is dedicated to providing essential support to pregnant adolescents. Amber’s first birth was a traumatic experience, with interventions she was not educated or informed about, and she felt her concerns and questions were dismissed by her providers. She also battled postpartum depression with little support. Despite these challenges, Amber finished high school and college while caring for her son. These experiences led her to her career in birth work, and she hopes to shine a light on the support that is needed - and often lacking - for young mothers.

Amber is an EBB Professional member, and is also working towards certification as a lactation consultant. She and Rebecca discuss postpartum depression in adolescents, and the existing resources and research available on caring for young pregnant people and new moms. 

Resources mentioned in this episode:
Science and Sensibility: Welcoming All Families; Working with Teen Parents
Midwifery Today: Doulas Supporting Teens
Research article: Going Beyond the Call of Doula
More research available on PubMed.gov

Connect with Amber at her website, VillageBirthandPostpartumCare.com, Facebook page, and Instagram.

For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership (including scholarship options) and our Instructor program.

Direct download: EBB_44_-_Interview_Amber_Ginn.mp3
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April Oglesby is a nurse and monitrice in Amarilo, Texas. She has been a nurse for 13 years, specializing in all types of care for mothers and babies. Recently, she left hospital work to start her own business, Welcome Baby! Throughout her hospital nursing career, she began to see huge deficits in the knowledge, education, empowerment and support for expecting families. She was frustrated watching patients receive care that was not evidence-based, and was often unnecessary. From that, Welcome Baby! was born, offering evidence based childbirth classes, doula and monitrice care, home visits for breastfeeding support and newborn care, as well as placental encapsulation.

April shares her journey of providing education and empowerment to birthing families in her community. She also asks Rebecca her advice on building bridges and personal relationships with local providers.

Connect with April on the Welcome Baby! Facebook page, Instagram account, and website.

For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership and our Instructor program.

Direct download: EBB_43_-_Interview_April_Oglesby.mp3
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Katie Rachanow leads the Military Birth Resource Network at the largest overseas installment in Europe, and has specialized knowledge of the military birth system.
Katie is a doula, yoga instructor, and Evidence Based Birth instructor practicing in Germany. She recently moved there following a two-year tour in Colorado Springs and a five-year tour in the UK. 

Katie shares how having her first child in the UK launched her career as a birth worker, and how she operates exclusively in a military setting. She notes that the main problem for birth in the military is continuity of care. “Everybody is moving around constantly - nobody ever stays put.” Additionally, people often end up birthing on their own, as their partner may be deployed or on duty, and their families cannot afford to travel to where they are. “I’ve had a lot of instances where moms have been alone - just by themselves - until it’s time for delivery,” she said. Together, Katie and I brainstorm ways to promote funding of doula support for military members, and build relationships among birth workers in new communities.

Connect with Katie on her website, Facebook, LinkedIn and the EBB Instructor Directory.

For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership and our Instructor program.

Direct download: EBB_42_-_Interview_Katie_Rachanow.mp3
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Juliet Swedlund is the director of the Topeka Doula Project, a nonprofit offering evidence based doula support to teen mothers, incarcerated and reintegrating mothers, and low-income mothers and their families. Juliet has worked as a birth doula for four years, and has 16 years experience working in health and wellness. She achieved her DONA Birth Doula certification in 2016, and became an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor in 2018.

Juliet discusses her organization’s beginnings and her inspirations, as well as the unique challenges of the underserved populations she works with. “Some of the women I work with who are incarcerated… so much is out of their control, and they do feel like the system gets to decide what it looks like,” she said. “So part of our job as doulas for those women is to help them understand that they can take an active role in what they do have control over - in what they can find autonomy in in that birth setting.” She and Rebecca also discuss funding strategies for non-profits. 

Learn more about Juliet and her work at her website. You can also follow Topeka Doula Project on Facebook and Instagram. Contact Juliet at julietswedlund@topekadoula.org.

For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership and our Instructor program.

Direct download: EBB_41_-_Interview_Juliet_Oglesby.mp3
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Doula and Evidence Based Birth® Instructor Traci Weafer gives a glimpse into the challenges and successes of working with birthing families in Alabama. After having her first child, Traci realized many in her community lacked birth education, and she noticed gaps in maternity care. Her passion to educate led her to early opportunities to learn from midwives and she eventually launched her career as a doula. Later she became an Evidence Based Birth® instructor, and she will soon be a Spinning Babies® parent educator. Traci also focuses on mentoring new doulas through online communities.

While she has tackled many challenges, Traci has been able to witness many successes in her community, including improvements in VBAC rates, evolved language among hospital staff, respectful informed consent and teamwork, and a focus on family centered care.

Learn more about Traci at her website. You can also find her on DoulaMatch, Facebook and Instagram.


For more information and news about Evidence Based Birth®, visit www.ebbirth.com. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Ready to get involved? Check out our Professional membership and our Instructor program.

Direct download: EBB_40_-_Interview_Traci_Weafer.mp3
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This wrap-up of pain management series covers the many different drug and non-drug comfort measures during labor. Learn our overall takeaway.

To learn more about the EBB Professional Membership, visit https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-pro-member/

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Many childbirth classes teach breathing for pain relief during labor. But is there evidence that this is effective? Which breathing techniques work best?

To learn more about the EBB Professional Membership, visit https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-pro-member/

Direct download: EBB_38_-_Breathing.mp3
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Is relaxation for pain relief effective? Learn techniques that can be used during labor and find out which (if any) are supported by evidence.

To learn more about the EBB Professional Membership, visit https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-pro-member/

Direct download: EBB_37_-_Relaxation.mp3
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What is a rebozo? You’ll learn how using a rebozo during labor may help with pain relief. We’ll discuss its traditional use and the limited research evidence.

To learn more about the EBB Professional Membership, visit https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-pro-member/

Direct download: EBB_36_-_Rebozo.mp3
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In this podcast, we look at the evidence for listening to music during labor. Does it help with pain relief? What is the best music for relaxation?

To learn more about the EBB Professional Membership, visit https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-pro-member/

Direct download: EBB_35_-_Music.mp3
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