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Evidence Based Birth has just released a new Signature Article about routine male newborn circumcision. We have been receiving requests to cover this topic for years; I know that opinions on newborn circumcision are diverse and very emotionally charged.

In this podcast episode I explore circumcision in detail, including discussion on relevant human anatomy, where circumcision came from, why some parents choose non-religious circumcision today, how common it is around the world, and the procedure itself. 

I also review the evidence on circumcision for infection and disease prevention (including the limitations of that evidence), the potential health risks and complications that can occur during and soon after circumcision, and I discuss the evidence in light of ethics and human rights.

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. Find an EBB Instructor here, and click here to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.

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Access the new Evidence Based Birth Signature Article on the Ethics and Evidence on Circumcision here

Direct download: EBB_88_-_Circumcisionrevised.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EST


In this week's Bonus Book Update podcast, I cover the overarching theme of Babies Are Not Pizzas. It was a surprising realization for me at the end of the writing process!

What is the book about? Mainly, preventable birth trauma in a broken health care system.

This is a complex topic. Listen as I cover all the nuances of this theme, and reveal to you some of the other areas of exploration in the story.

RESOURCES:

Get all the updates on my new book, Babies Are Not Pizzas! Click here to get on the wait list.

Follow Evidence Based Birth on Facebook and Instagram to see the newly-released cover image for Babies are Not Pizzas!

Direct download: Book_Episode_9.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:07pm EST

In this episode, I interview Cristen Pascucci, founder of Birth Monopoly, about respectful disagreement when talking about childbirth topics.

After the birth of her son in 2011, Cristen left a career in public affairs to study American maternity care and women’s rights. From 2012 to 2016, she served as vice president of Improving Birth, spearheading a multi-year grassroots media strategy to get America’s maternity care crisis into the national news. She also created a legal advocacy hotline for pregnant women, and she began raising awareness around obstetric violence through consumer campaigns. Cristen has helped organize, strategize, and publicize major lawsuits related to obstetric violence, and is co-creator of the Exposing the Silence Project and host of the Birth Allowed Radio podcast. At Birth Monopoly, Cristen advocates for a free maternity care market, working closely with leading national advocates, organizations and birth lawyers, as well as educating the public and health care providers about the human and legal rights of people in childbirth. She is also working on a documentary film on obstetric violence. 

Cristen and I discuss respectful disagreement as Evidence Based Birth will soon be launching a Signature Article on the controversial topic of circumcision. When we alluded to this upcoming article on social media, we received many negative comments and people who were upset that we would even address the issue. EBB is no stranger to controversial topics, and we don’t shy away from hard subjects. Cristen and I talk about ways to express all views respectfully and effectively, so there can be productive conversations around these important issues. We also discuss trauma, triggers, and oppression in the birth world. 

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. Find an EBB Instructor here, and click here to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.

RESOURCES:

Connect with Birth Monopoly via Facebook, Instagram or the organization’s website. Join Birth Monopoly’s mailing list on the site’s home page to download a free free guide and course on informed consent and refusal during hospital births.

View the trailer of the upcoming documentary “Mother May I?” here.

Direct download: EBB_87_-_Interview_with_Cristen_Pascucci.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EST

I am thrilled to announce that we have released the cover image for my upcoming book, Babies are Not Pizzas! Check it out on Facebook and Instagram!

In this week's Bonus Book Update podcast, I reveal some of the final details of the production process - and the start of our book launch! Listen to hear the official targeted release date...

RESOURCES:

Get all the updates on my new book, Babies Are Not Pizzas! Click here to get on the wait list.

Follow Evidence Based Birth on Facebook and Instagram to see the newly-released cover image for Babies are Not Pizzas!

book waitlist evidencebasedbirth.com/book

Direct download: Book_Episode_8_-_The_Official_Book_Cover.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EST

In this episode I am joined by Michelle Martinez, a graduate student in clinical psychology who recently had her second baby after attending the Evidence Based Birth Savvy Birth 101 workshop. Michelle is working on her doctorate in psychology, with a special interest in maternal mental health. She lives in Chicago with her two children.

Michelle’s first birth experience was idyllic - she had a peaceful, completely pain free labor in a birth center. However, her baby was born with complications that put her in the NICU for two months. Those complications weren’t identified right away - although Michelle knew something was not right with her baby, the first few heath care providers she consulted were not persistent in identifying what may have been wrong. It took an ER visit to finally diagnose some serious health issues with which her newborn was struggling. That experience tainted Michelle’s trust in the health care system, and by the time she was pregnant with her second child, Michelle put even more time and resources into researching her options. That is what eventually led her to Evidence Based Birth and the Savvy Birth 101 workshop.

Hear Michelle’s two very different birth stories, and the keen insights she has into the experiences of today’s birthing people. We also talk about gaps in health care, and how to affect changes in a broken system.

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. Find an EBB Instructor here, and click here to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.

RESOURCES:

Find an Evidence Based Birth Savvy Birth 101 workshop in your area here. This workshop is taught by EBB Instructors, so if you don’t see a Savvy Birth 101 listed near you, be sure to reach out to your local Instructor to see what offerings they may have in the near future.

Learn about all of the Evidence Based Birth resources for parents - including the new EBB Childbirth Class - here.

 

Direct download: EBB_86_-_Interview_with_Michelle_Martinez.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EST

In this week's Bonus Book Update podcast, I tell you all about the route I chose to publish Babies Are Not Pizzas. These days, book publishing has been democratized, and anyone can self-publish a book outside of the traditional system.

You know me - I did all the research to determine the best publication route for me and for Evidence Based Birth. I'll tell you what I decided on, and how I came to my conclusions. If you are thinking of writing a book someday, what I tell you here may inspire you!

RESOURCES:

Be one of the first to get a copy of Babies Are Not Pizzas! Click here to get on the wait list. 

Direct download: Bonus_Episode_7_-_Did_we_use_Traditional_Publishing_or_Self_Publishing.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EST

In this episode, I talk with Ashely Smith about her awe-inspiring and peaceful experience giving birth to twins. Ashley and her partner Trevor live in Lexington, Kentucky. They are both local business owners active in their community. As first time parents, they took time to equip themselves to have a smooth birth experience. Ashley always found herself describing the role of a doula to her friends and family, and finally got to experience having doula herself! She worked with Chanté Perryman, a certified doula and Evidence Based Birth Instructor. Chanté taught Ashley and Trevor through the EBB Childbirth Class -they are the first participants of the class to give birth to twins!

We discuss Ashley’s successfully well-planned birth, as well as her postpartum journey. I also talk about some of EBB’s upcoming projects!

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. Find an EBB Instructor here, and click here to learn more about the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class.

RESOURCES:

Click here for all the details about the Evidence Based Birth Childbirth Class!

Find an EBB Instructor and Childbirth Class near you here.

Click here for all of the EBB resources for parents!

Direct download: EBB_85_-_Interview_with_Ashley_Smith.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EST

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