In this episode we touch on the breadth of women’s historical engagement with their perinatal care, including the shift from home to hospital, bias and racism in our care system, government programs and how they do and don’t work, and some of the history of midwifery in the US and the UK.
Calisha Cobb is the founder and patented inventor of HANDY (Hands-Free Pumping Bra Tops). As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Mother of two breastfed daughters, she experienced the challenges of breastfeeding when she returned back to work, and shortly thereafter, as the result of common challenges that working breastfeeding Mothers face, the HANDY Top was invented! Her goal is to assist all Moms in achieving their breastfeeding goals.
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.
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.
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.
‘Why Not Home: The Surprising Birth Choices of Doctors and Midwives’ is about “changing the conversation about birth in America and spreading evidence-based information about birth across settings.” The short answer to home birth or hospital birth question is that there is no right answer. “Both options carry risks”, Jessicca is quick to point out. However, some of the risks of a hospital birth are introduced by the fact that most hospital births come with an increased risk of interventions that would not have occurred at home. If you’re considering a home birth, or just researching in general, we’d recommend listening to the episode and watching ‘Why Not Home’ on iTunes, Amazon or Vimeo.
This episode of the podcast is a high-level introduction of RIE infant parenting. Some of the themes discussed are about slowing down, truly connecting with your baby by giving them your full attention, and creating some predictability for your infant as part of the day-to-day routines. Listen to learn how to apply some of these principles to your own experience as a new parent.
Parents can have a hard time doing something for themselves, but will do anything for their child. When new moms and dads take care of themselves, they are increasing the capacity they have to take care of their baby. Here’s what you can do for yourself in order to give your infant a better experience.