Birth

Home Birth As An Alternative To The Hospital

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In the unprecedented global event of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and government-imposed social-distancing, along with healthy people’s concerns for being able to stay away from hospitals, women are questioning, in new ways, what should be considered “safe” for giving birth. Here’s what the midwives of San Francisco have to say to all expecting parents on the matter.

Career , Maternity Leave

Prepare For Taking Maternity / Paternity Leave Like A Pro

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We at Fourth Trimester teamed up with Career Coach Sharon Weinberg to create a guide to help you make a smooth transition between working and being on leave.
The guide is useful for those who will be having a leave of one month or more, although elements of the approach can easily be used effectively for shorter absences.
This preparation can enable you to create the necessary clarity, accountability, and continued execution to strategy by you and your team during your absence and set them up for success. Paramount in the thinking and the approach is to
(1) minimize potential disruptions to operations due to confusion of ownership, partnership, and expected action,
(2) minimize the impact on your boss, team, and partnering departments, and
(3) create stretch leadership opportunities for your team members.

Recovery

Turning Pregnancy Loss Into Empowerment

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Our amazing guest for Episode 78 is Jeanae Hopgood-Jones who has taken a tragic and powerful experience as a mother and found a space of creativity and inspiration.  Her blog  https://blackangelmom.com/  is not only beautiful and sincere, it addresses areas of parenthood and life that are all too often relegated to the purely personal and not given or allowed a voice by the larger culture.  The loss of her twin daughters and reaching towards families of color and their experiences of loss are the seeds of this endeavor.

Fertility

How To Tell When You’re Ovulating

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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. 

Birth

Why You Need A Contract For Your Doula

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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. 

Sleep

Hyperemesis And Being Awake At 3AM

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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.