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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
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

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/

Direct download: EBB_39_-_Wrap_Up.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

We discuss the evidence on using massage for pain relief during labor and for pain in general. What benefits does massage provide? What types of massage might be helpful during labor?

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

Direct download: EBB_34_-_Massage.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

In this podcast, Rebecca gives you a sneak peek into what's coming for Evidence Based Birth® in the second half of 2018 and early 2019! Learn about the Signature Articles we're creating, the workshops and classes we're creating, our upcoming speaking events, and the new website for Higher Education institutions!


Resources mentioned:
Comfort Measures for L & D Nurses: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/comfort-measures-for-l-d-nurses-lexington-ky-tickets-45818534470
Toronto EBB event: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/explore-the-evidence-with-dr-rebecca-dekker-tickets-47035880585?aff=
Higher Ed Program: Contact info@evidencebasedbirth.com
Childbirth Class Pilot: https://ebbirth.com/childbirthclass
Wait list for EBB Instructor program: https://ebbirth.com/instructor
Migraine program Rebecca joined where they're teaching her how to use the Keto diet: https://www.mymigrainemiracle.com/ (not an affiliate link!)

Direct download: EBB_33_-_Whats_up_next_for_EBB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

In this podcast, Rebecca shares how the Evidence Based Birth® Signature Articles are created, and some important updates that were made to the Group B Strep and Erythromycin Eye Ointment article.

Resources:
About Signature Articles: https://ebbirth.com/about-evidence-based-birth/
Find Signature Articles: https://ebbirth.com/blog/
Become a newsletter subscriber: https://ebbirth.com
Group B Strep: https://ebbirth.com/groupbstrep
Eye Ointment: https://ebbirth.com/eyeointment

Direct download: SigArticles.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

What hypnosis is and how hypnotherapy might work to provide pain relief during labor? Whether people who have used hypnosis during childbirth found it to be beneficial? What the evidence from randomized controlled trials shows about using hypnosis for pain relief during labor

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

Direct download: EBB_31_-_Hypnosis.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Did you know there are different ways to monitor the baby's heartbeat during labor and birth? Continuous electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) is common but not without its drawbacks. We discuss the pros and cons of EFM and its alternative, hands-on listening with a fetal Doppler or fetal stethoscope.

Direct download: EBB_30_-_Fetal_Monitorings.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

In today's podcast, we'll learn what sterile water injections are and how they might help to provide pain relief during labor. We'll discuss the evidence on their effectiveness and the latest clinical recommendations from a 2017 systematic review.

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

 

Direct download: EBB_29_-_SWI.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

This podcast covers the evidence on childbirth education for pain relief during labor. How many people take childbirth classes and what material do they cover? We discuss the challenges of studying childbirth education interventions and go over the findings from an interesting study on this topic out of Australia.

To check out our Professional Membership, visit https://ebbirth.com/membership

 

Direct download: EBB_28_-_CBE.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

What is TENS and how is it used for pain relief during labor? In today's video, we'll share all about the evidence for using TENS during labor and how researchers think it might work. We'll also discuss its history, if it's linked to any adverse effects, and how you can acquire a TENS unit and learn to use it.

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

http://evidencebasedbirthacademy.com/dashboard/pdf-library/

Direct download: EBB_27_-_TENS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

What aromatherapy is. How aromatherapy during labor might work to provide pain relief. What the evidence shows about using aromatherapy during labor for pain relief

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

Direct download: EBB_25_-_Aromatherapy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

What acupuncture and acupressure are? How acupuncture and acupressure might work to provide pain relief during labor. What the evidence shows about using acupuncture and acupressure for pain relief during labor?

To learn more about the EBB Professional Membership, visit http://ebbirth.com/membership

 

Direct download: EBB_25_-_Acupuncture_and_acupressureEdited_2-8-19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:57am EDT

In today's podcast, Rebecca shares the story of how Evidence Based Birth® went from a tiny blog to a worldwide movement. Learn what kept crashing the website, what Rebecca's famous "surprise project" was, and how we manage to fund the work that we do. Finally, get a sneak peek into Rebecca's goals and vision for the future of EBB. To register for the home birth webinar, visit https://ebbirth.com/homebirthwebinar.

To check out our Professional Membership, visit https://ebbirth.com/membership

 

Direct download: EBB_24_-_Behind_the_Scenes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:36pm EDT

In today's podcast, we talk about the types of different home birth midwives in the U.S. This podcast will prep you to attend the free public webinar all about the evidence on home birth. To register for the webinar (only available through May 8, 2018), visit https://ebbirth.com/homebirthwebinar

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

http://evidencebasedbirthacademy.com/dashboard/pdf-library/

 

Here are the references we used to create today's podcast:

  • American College of Nurse Midwives (2017). Comparison of Certified Nurse-Midwives, Certified Midwives, Certified Professional Midwives. Accessed online April 4, 2018. Available at: http://www.midwife.org/index.asp?bid=59&cat=12&button=Search&rec=254
  • The Big Push for Midwives (2018). CPMs Legal Status by State. Accessed online April 4, 2018. Available at: http://pushformidwives.nationbuilder.com/cpms_legal_status_by_state
  • MacDorman, M. F. and Declercq, E. (2016). "Trends and Characteristics of United States Out-of-Hospital Births 2004-2014: New Information on Risk Status and Access to Care." Birth 43(2): 116-124. Click here.
  • Midwives Alliance of North America (2016). About Midwives: Types of Midwives. Accessed online April 4, 2018. Available at: https://mana.org/about-midwives/types-of-midwife.
  • Marzalik, P. R., Feltham, K. J., Jefferson, K., et al. (2018). "Midwifery education in the U.S. - Certified Nurse-Midwife, Certified Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife." Midwifery 60: 9-12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29471175
Direct download: EBB_23_-_Home_Birth_Midwives.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:41am EDT

Recently, rates of home birth have nearly doubled in the U.S., from 0.56% to 1% today. Where is this increase in home birth coming from? How many women desire home birth, and why are they interested in this option? Listen to our podcast discussing the increasing numbers, then register for our free webinar about home birth at ebbirth.com/homebirthwebinar

Direct download: EBB_22_-_Homebirth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:13am EDT

What a birth doula is and how a doula provides pain relief during childbirth. What the evidence shows about using a doula for pain relief. If continuous support from a doula is more effective for improving some health outcomes than continuous support from hospital staff or family/friends. How to find a doula

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

Learn more about Doulas: http://ebbirth.com/doula

Direct download: 21_Doula.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

What hydrotherapy is and how often it is used for pain relief during labor and birth. What studies have found about the effectiveness of water immersion during labor for pain relief. What several professional organizations recommend about the use of water immersion during labor for pain relief.

To learn more about the EBB Professional Membership, visit https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-pro-member/ and check our the courses we offer:

 http://evidencebasedbirthacademy.com/dashboard/course-directory/

 

Direct download: EBB_20_-_Water_immersion.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Learn from the comfort of your own home

  • Flexibility of online learning + Support of in-person connections
  • Watch online videos of Dr. Rebecca Dekker and other professionals
  • Learn directly from an experienced Evidence Based Birth®® Instructor in your area
  • Meet others in your community who are also preparing for childbirth

Visit: http://ebbirth.com/childbirthclass

To learn more about the EBB Professional Membership, visit http://ebbirth.com/membership

Direct download: EBB_19_-_Childbirth_class.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

If research evidence tells us how often painless birth occurs. How labor pain can be interpreted as positive or negative. How pain perception can be influenced by state of mind, environmental stress, and social support. About the complex relationship between pain relief and maternal satisfaction

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

http://evidencebasedbirthacademy.com/dashboard/pdf-library/

 

Direct download: EBB_18_-_Painless_Birth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

How could upright birthing positions benefit mothers and babies? How common are upright birthing positions? For people without epidurals, which birthing positions are best supported by evidence? For people with epidurals, which birthing positions are best supported by evidence?

Read more about The Evidence on: Birthing Positions: https://evidencebasedbirth.com/evidence-birthing-positions/

To learn more about the EBB Instructor program, please visit https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-an-evidence-based-birth-instructor/

Direct download: EBB_17_-_Birthing_Positions.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Why researchers think that upright positions during labor may benefit normal, physiologic childbirth. What studies have found about the effectiveness of movement and upright positions during labor for pain relief. What several professional organizations recommend about the use of movement and upright positions during labor for pain relief 

Visit our official EBB shop at: https://evidence-based-birth.myshopify.com/

To learn more about the EBB Instructor program, please visit https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-an-evidence-based-birth-instructor/

Direct download: EBB_16_-_Movement_and_Positions.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

What nitrous oxide gas is and how it is used during labor for pain relief. What studies have found about the safety and effectiveness of nitrous oxide during labor. The potential pros and cons of using nitrous oxide gas for pain relief during labor

To find out if there's a Savvy Birth Workshop near you, visit the Evidence Based Birth® Facebook page and click on "Events." You can also see if there is an Instructor near you by visiting directory.evidencebasedbirth.com

Direct download: EBB_15_N2O.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Which IV opioids during labor are most commonly used. What studies have found about the safety and effectiveness of IV opioids during labor. The potential pros and cons of using IV opioids during labor

 

To learn more about the EBB Instructor program, please visit https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-an-evidence-based-birth-instructor/

Direct download: ebb_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

How epidurals could potentially slow the pushing phase of labor. What randomized, controlled trials and large observational studies have found about the effects of epidurals on the second stage of labor. If turning off a mother’s low-dose epidural at the start of the second stage makes a difference in labor duration or other health outcomes

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

 

Direct download: EBB_13_-_Epidurals_and_2nd_stage.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

How epidurals and spinals could potentially harm breastfeeding success. If the relationship between epidurals during labor and breastfeeding success has been studied—and what they found!

Visit our official EBB shop at: https://evidence-based-birth.myshopify.com/

To learn more about the EBB Instructor program, please visit https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-an-evidence-based-birth-instructor/

Direct download: EBB_12_-_Epidurals_and_Breastfeeding.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

In this episode, Rebecca talks about the updated evidence on waterbirth. You can read more at ebbirth.com/waterbirth 

To learn more about the EBB Instructor program, please visit https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-an-evidence-based-birth-instructor/

Direct download: EBB_10_-_Waterbirth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

This podcast is all about the ARRIVE study, a Randomized Trial of Induction versus Expectant Management, was funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Conducted by the NICHD Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU). They meant to look at the effects of elective induction at 39 weeks

To find out if there's a Savvy Birth Workshop near you, visit the Evidence Based Birth® Facebook page and click on "Events." You can also see if there is an Instructor near you by visiting evidencebasedbirth.com

Direct download: EBB_10_-_BonusPodcast_ARRIVE_study.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:46pm EDT

How often epidurals during labor are used, and the difference between epidurals, spinals, and combined spinal epidurals (CSEs). The benefits of epidurals, spinals, and CSEs. The potential risks and side effects of epidurals, spinals, and CSEs for mother and baby

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

Direct download: EBB_9_-_Epidurals_Overview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

The difference between “pain” and “suffering”. The two different approaches in pain management during labor and birth—“pain relief” versus “working with pain”. Types of pain management strategies

 

Visit our official EBB shop at: https://evidence-based-birth.myshopify.com/

Direct download: EBB_8_-_Overview_of_pain_management_during_labor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

In this episode, I interview AnnaMarie and Drew Stoudenmire of Greenville, South Carolina. They are parents to Otto - their first baby - who at the time of recording was only seven weeks old. AnnaMarie and Drew took one of the first Evidence Based Birth Childbirth classes in the U.S., taught by EBB Instructor Mary Kury. They heard about the class from a nurse practitioner, who recommended Mary as a childbirth education instructor. 

Listen as AnnaMarie and Drew tell their exciting water birth story, and how they applied what they learned in their Evidence Based Birth Childbirth class as they rushed to their birth center!

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_58_-_Interview_with_Anna_Marie_and_Drew_Stoudenmire-_parent.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

  • Frequently marketed claims about placenta encapsulation
  • How many experimental trials have ever been done with placenta encapsulation
  • Results from the newest randomized, placebo-controlled trial on placenta encapsulation

To find out if there's a Savvy Birth Workshop near you, visit the Evidence Based Birth® Facebook page and click on "Events." You can also see if there is an Instructor near you by visiting directory.evidencebasedbirth.com

Direct download: EBB_7_-_Evidence_on_placenta_encapsulation.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:57am EDT

The benefits of membrane sweeping. The cons of membrane sweeping. Why you have the right to informed consent/refusal with membrane sweeping

To learn more about the EBB Instructor program, please visit https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-an-evidence-based-birth-instructor/

Direct download: EBB_6_-_Pros_and_cons_of_membrane_sweeping.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:57am EDT

The results from the two randomized trials on cervical checks at the end of pregnancy. The potential benefits and potential harms of prenatal cervical checks. How to handle a situation if your doctor traditionally does vaginal exams at the end of pregnancy, but you don’t want one for whatever reason

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

Direct download: EBB_5_-_Evidence_on_prenatal_vaginal_exams.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:57am EDT

How much research do we have on the microbiome and waterbirth? What does “normal flora” mean, and why is it important? What does the existing research say about waterbirth and the bacteria on a baby’s skin? Is there any other research from newborn baths that we can refer to when talking about this issue?

 

Visit our official EBB shop at: https://evidence-based-birth.myshopify.com/

Direct download: EBB_4_-_Waterbirth_and_the_newborn_microbiome.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55am EDT

In this episode of the Evidence Based Birth® podcast, Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, talks about why it's so difficult to find evidence based care.

To find out if there's a Savvy Birth Workshop near you, visit the Evidence Based Birth® Facebook page and click on "Events." You can also see if there is an Instructor near you by visiting directory.evidencebasedbirth.com

Direct download: EBB_3_-_Why_its_so_hard_to_get_evidence_based_care.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:06pm EDT

In this second episode of the Evidence Based Birth® podcast, Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, shares the true definition of evidence based care, and talks about the different kind of evidence you can read about your birth options.

To learn more about the EBB Instructor program, please visit https://evidencebasedbirth.com/become-an-evidence-based-birth-instructor/

Direct download: EBB_2_-_What_is_evidence_based_care.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:06pm EDT

Welcome to the Evidence Based Birth® podcast! In this first episode, Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, the founder of EBB, shares the story of how evidence based birth began. To learn more about her story, visit ebbirth.com/author

 

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

Direct download: EBB_1_-_Intro_to_Evidence_Based_Birth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:06pm EDT