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Amid all the information - and misinformation - around pregnancy and childbirth, how can you know you’re making the safest, smartest decisions for yourself and your family? You may even feel you don’t have a voice with your OB or midwife, or you’re not sure what to ask. Tune in each Wednesday with HypnoBirthing expert Cynthia Overgard, who has educated thousands of expecting couples in the NY Metro area since 2007, and Yale-educated Certified Nurse Midwife, Trisha Ludwig. No matter how you plan to birth, Cynthia and Trisha will equip you with evidence-based research and the tools to set into motion a healthier and more satisfying birth and postpartum. They’ll also take your questions and stories (call them at 802-438-3696), bring in subject matter experts, and best of all, connect you to personal stories of real parents.

#10: Cynthia Overgard's Birth Story 12.02.2020, 10:00
#10: Cynthia Overgard's Birth Story

<p>The story of Cynthia's first birth has been published internationally in various print media between 2007 and 2020, under the the original title <em>Off Her Back</em> and, later, <em>Taking Charge of Giving Birth</em>. Some of those publications include <em>Mothering </em>magazine, <em>Pathways to Family Wellness</em>, and a textbook called <em>Opposing Viewpoints: Childbirth</em>. It's the story of a once-uninformed, overwhelmed woman who channeled her anxiety into educating herself, advocating for herself, and later firing her obstetrician, hiring midwives, and facing her fear of natural childbirth using HypnoBirthing. In the end, she birthed her 8 lb. 14 oz son in exactly three hours from start to finish, and four years later, her 9 lb. 7 oz. daughter during a planned home birth with midwives Amy Romano and Cynthia's co-host Trisha Ludwig. This is the story that prompted Cynthia to leave her corporate career and become a childbirth educator and advocate.<br><br>In this episode, Cynthia tells you the remarkable story of the pregnancy and birth of her son in her own words.&#160;<br><br></p><ul><li><a rel="nofollow" href="http://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/Pregnancy-Birth/taking-charge-of-giving-birth.html">Taking Charge of Giving Birth</a>, by Cynthia Overgard</li><li><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.birthcenters.org/search/custom.asp?id=2926">American Association of Birth Centers</a></li><li><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.dona.org/">DONA International</a></li><li><a rel="nofollow" href="https://cappa.net/">CAPPA&#160;</a></li><li><a rel="nofollow" href="http://hypnobirthingct.com/">HypnoBirthing of CT</a></li></ul><p>Other Related Articles by Cynthia Overgard</p><ul><li><a rel="nofollow" href="https://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/Pregnancy-Birth/six-signs-you-should-dump-your-prenatal-caregiver.html">Six Signs You Should Dump Your Prenatal Caregiver</a></li><li><a rel="nofollow" href="https://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/Pregnancy-Birth/better-birthing-its-about-time.html">Better Birthing - It's About Time</a></li></ul><p><br>**********</p><p>If you enjoyed this episode of the Down To Birth Show, please share with your friends!</p><p>Between episodes, connect with us on<b> Instagram @DownToBirthShow</b> to see behind-the-scenes production clips and join the conversation by responding to our questions and polls. You can reach us at Contact@DownToBirthShow.com or call <b>(802) 438-3696 (802-GET-DOWN)</b>. We are always happy to hear from you and will strive to feature your questions and comments on upcoming shows.</p><p>Please remember we don’t provide medical advice, and to speak with your licensed medical provider related to all your healthcare matters. Thanks so much for joining in the conversation, and see you next week!</p><p><br><br><br><br><br></p>

#9: Birth Plan 101: Evidence Based Birth as the Safest, Smartest Approach 05.02.2020, 09:00
#9: Birth Plan 101: Evidence Based Birth as the Safest, Smartest Approach

<p>'Can I just say "No" to an episiotomy? Do I have to give birth on my back? I want to be free to walk around in labor. I don't want to be hooked up to an IV. I believe in skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth.' Do you ever feel like what you want - or don’t want - in your birth experience is at risk of not happening for you? This episode spells out the research on various Evidenced Based Birth practices so you can feel confident and comfortable in the choices you make around your birth experience. Grab a pen and your partner, and listen in because you don’t want to miss this essential information.<br><br><em>The evidence presented and statements made in this episode apply to normal, healthy, low-risk pregnant women seeking a low-intervention birth.&#160; The statements made are supported by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. The commentary around the statements are our own opinions and are not medical advice.&#160;</em></p><p><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.midwife.org">American College of Nurse Midwives</a><br><br><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.acog.org/-/media/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Obstetric-Practice/co766.pdf?dmc=1&#38;ts=20190204T2356061672">ACOG Committee Opinion #766: Approaches to limit intervention during labor &#38; birth</a></p><p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5683265/">Skin to skin care in preterm infants</a></p><p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.amazon.com/Optimal-Care-Childbirth-Physiologic-Approach-ebook/dp/B00AFMJLGM">Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach</a><br><br>**********</p><p>If you enjoyed this episode of the Down To Birth Show, please share with your friends!</p><p>Between episodes, connect with us on Instagram @DownToBirthShow to see behind-the-scenes production clips and join the conversation by responding to our questions and polls. You can reach us at Contact@DownToBirthShow.com or call (802) 438-3696 (802-GET-DOWN). We are always happy to hear from you and will strive to feature your questions and comments on upcoming shows.</p><p>Please remember we don’t provide medical advice, and to speak with your licensed medical provider related to all your healthcare matters. Thanks so much for joining in the conversation, and see you next week!</p><p><b><br></b><br></p><p><br><br></p>

#8: Q & A: Waterbirthing, Postpartum Anxiety, Breastfeeding, Velamentous Cords, Self-Advocacy, & When To Go To The Hospital 29.01.2020, 09:00
#8: Q & A: Waterbirthing, Postpartum Anxiety, Breastfeeding, Velamentous Cords, Self-Advocacy, & When To Go To The Hospital

<p><br>It’s time for more Q&#38;A! Today we talk about considerations around water birthing, dealing with your feelings around students/interns providing your care, when and how to introduce a bottle to your breastfed baby, understanding signs of postpartum depression, what to do if you have a velamentous cord insertion (and what is that anyway?), and the biggie every first time mother wants to know: “How do I know when it is time to go to the hospital?”<br><br><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bfmed.org">Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine</a><br><br><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/bfm.2019.29144.psb?utm_source=sfmc&#38;utm_medium=email&#38;utm_campaign=BFM%20Briefings%20January%2017%202020&#38;d=1/17/2020&#38;mcid=290459070">Bed Sharing &#38; Breastfeeding Protocol</a><br><br><a rel="nofollow" href="https://waterbirth.org">Waterbirth International </a><br><br><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.postpartum.net">Postpartum Support International </a><br><br><b>**********************************************************</b></p><p>If you enjoyed this episode of the Down To Birth Show, please share with your friends!</p><p>Between episodes, connect with us on Instagram @DownToBirthShow to see behind-the-scenes production clips and join the conversation by responding to our questions and polls. You can reach us at Contact@DownToBirthShow.com or call (802) 438-3696 (802-GET-DOWN). We are always happy to hear from you and will strive to feature your questions and comments on upcoming shows.</p><p>Please remember we don’t provide medical advice, and to speak with your licensed medical provider related to all your healthcare matters. Thanks so much for joining in the conversation, and see you next week!</p><p><b><br></b><br></p>

#7: Jessica's Birth Story: A Footling Breech Baby Coming Through 22.01.2020, 09:00
#7: Jessica's Birth Story: A Footling Breech Baby Coming Through

<p>It isn't often we hear stories of women who change providers when their baby is full-term. At her 39 week check-up, Jessica learned her baby was breech...feet first!<br><br>After facing an impending cesarean section that same day, she took matters into her own hands. This is the story of a woman whose trust in herself was so absolute, she trekked from New York into Amish country to birth her baby not only in the unlikeliest of places, but also in a most unusual position. If you've ever doubted your body's ability to do what it is designed to do, Jessica's story will inspire you to trust in your own intuition above all.<br><br>Episode Resources:<br>Spinning Babies: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://spinningbabies.com/">www.spinningbabies.com</a><br>Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth<br>ACOG FAQ: Breech Babies <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/If-Your-Baby-Is-Breech?">https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/If-Your-Baby-Is-Breech?</a></p><p><br>* * * * * * * * * *&#160;<br><br>If you enjoyed this episode of the Down To Birth Show, please share with your friends!</p><p>Between episodes, connect with us on Instagram <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.instagram.com/downtobirthshow/">@DownToBirthShow</a> to see behind-the-scenes production clips and join the conversation by responding to our questions and polls. You can reach us at <a rel="nofollow" href="mailto:Contact@DownToBirthShow.com">Contact@DownToBirthShow.com</a> or call (802) 438-3696 (802-GET-DOWN). We are always happy to hear from you and will strive to feature your questions and comments on upcoming shows.</p><p>Please remember we don’t provide medical advice, and to speak with your licensed medical provider related to all your healthcare matters. Thanks so much for joining in the conversation and see you next week!</p><p><br><br></p><p><br><br></p><p><br><br></p>

#6: Amazing Husband Syndrome 17.01.2020, 10:00
#6: Amazing Husband Syndrome

<p>Every week, Cynthia and Trisha moderate a postpartum support group, where women gain validation and unique insight into one another's thoughts, experiences and comments. Over time, it's clear to see certain patterns emerge within every new group. In this episode we discuss one of them: Why do so many women feel compelled to describe their partners as "amazing" -- not good, not 'doing his best', not human -- but <em>amazing</em>. Thus was born our term <em>Amazing Husband Syndrome</em>. We question why women suffer so much guilt around their mothering while holding their partners to a markedly different standard. While overemphasizing the magnitude of their partners' contributions, we women can unwittingly underemphasize our own efforts, qualities and achievements in parenting.&#160;<br><br>* * * * * * * * * *&#160;<br><br>If you enjoyed this episode of the Down To Birth Show, please share with your friends!</p><p>Between episodes, connect with us on Instagram <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.instagram.com/downtobirthshow/">@DownToBirthShow</a> to see behind-the-scenes production clips and join the conversation by responding to our questions and polls. You can reach us at <a rel="nofollow" href="mailto:Contact@DownToBirthShow.com">Contact@DownToBirthShow.com</a> or call (802) 438-3696 (802-GET-DOWN). We are always happy to hear from you and will strive to feature your questions and comments on upcoming shows.</p><p>Please remember we don’t provide medical advice, and to speak with your licensed medical provider related to all your healthcare matters. Thanks so much for joining in the conversation and see you next week!</p><p><br><br></p>

#5: Preterm Babies & the Case for Midwifery Care: Interview with Midwife/Author Amy Romano 15.01.2020, 09:00
#5: Preterm Babies & the Case for Midwifery Care: Interview with Midwife/Author Amy Romano

<p>Certified Nurse Midwife and award-winning author of Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach, Amy Romano, joins us today to share dramatic trends ranging from physiologic to sociologic, which are contributing to poor outcomes in the U.S., especially for black women.&#160;</p><ul><li>What are the risk factors for preterm birth, and do those risk factors impact black and white women differently? &#160;</li><li>What mental and emotional factors are contributing to preterm babies?&#160;</li><li>Finally, Amy discusses the provider/client benefits of a Yale model of care involving group midwifery care.</li></ul><p><br>* * * * * * * * * *&#160;<br><br>If you enjoyed this episode of the Down To Birth Show, please share with your friends!</p><p>Between episodes, connect with us on Instagram <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.instagram.com/downtobirthshow/">@DownToBirthShow</a> to see behind-the-scenes production clips and join the conversation by responding to our questions and polls. You can reach us at <a rel="nofollow" href="mailto:Contact@DownToBirthShow.com">Contact@DownToBirthShow.com</a> or call (802) 438-3696 (802-GET-DOWN). We are always happy to hear from you and will strive to feature your questions and comments on upcoming shows.</p><p>Please remember we don’t provide medical advice, and to speak with your licensed medical provider related to all your healthcare matters. Thanks so much for joining in the conversation and see you next week!</p><p><br><br></p>

#4: Q & A: Induction, Due Dates, Placenta Previa, Glucose Drink, Ultrasound & Baby's Size, Plugged Ducts, Family Boundaries 08.01.2020, 10:00
#4: Q & A: Induction, Due Dates, Placenta Previa, Glucose Drink, Ultrasound & Baby's Size, Plugged Ducts, Family Boundaries

<p><br>Tune in to our first Q &#38; A session where Cynthia and Trisha offer their thoughts on your questions: to induce or to wait at 41 weeks, alternatives to the one hour glucose tolerance test, ultrasound says my baby may be too big, what happens when you pump a little too much, family member input on birth choices, and what to do about placenta previa.&#160;<br><br><br>* * * * * * * * * *&#160;<br><br>If you enjoyed this episode of the Down To Birth Show, please share with your friends!</p><p>Between episodes, connect with us on Instagram <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.instagram.com/downtobirthshow/">@DownToBirthShow</a> to see behind-the-scenes production clips and join the conversation by responding to our questions and polls. You can reach us at <a rel="nofollow" href="mailto:Contact@DownToBirthShow.com">Contact@DownToBirthShow.com</a> or call (802) 438-3696 (802-GET-DOWN). We are always happy to hear from you and will strive to feature your questions and comments on upcoming shows.</p><p>Please remember we don’t provide medical advice, and to speak with your licensed medical provider related to all your healthcare matters. Thanks so much for joining in the conversation and see you next week!</p><p><br><br></p>

#3: Roundtable: Postpartum Moms on Isolation, Anxiety, Sex, and Marriage 08.01.2020, 08:00
#3: Roundtable: Postpartum Moms on Isolation, Anxiety, Sex, and Marriage

<p>Today's episode was recorded on location at HypnoBirthing of CT in Westport, where we brought together three women between 8 and 16 months' postpartum to reflect on their experiences. You'll hear about their anxieties and how they've struggled to stay connected to the husbands they love. This episode contains sensitive content and uncensored language. Before tonight, these women had never met before; yet their feelings, fears, and hopes instantly connected them in this open, honest discussion of real life after a new baby.&#160;<br><br>* * * * * * * * * *&#160;<br><br>If you enjoyed this episode of the Down To Birth Show, please share with your friends!</p><p>Between episodes, connect with us on Instagram <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.instagram.com/downtobirthshow/">@DownToBirthShow</a> to see behind-the-scenes production clips and join the conversation by responding to our questions and polls. You can reach us at <a rel="nofollow" href="mailto:Contact@DownToBirthShow.com">Contact@DownToBirthShow.com</a> or call (802) 438-3696 (802-GET-DOWN). We are always happy to hear from you and will strive to feature your questions and comments on upcoming shows.</p><p>Please remember we don’t provide medical advice, and to speak with your licensed medical provider related to all your healthcare matters. Thanks so much for joining in the conversation and see you next week!</p><p><br><br></p>

#2: Lee's Birth Story: A 42-year-old Mother's Fast, Unplanned Home Birth 03.01.2020, 02:00
#2: Lee's Birth Story: A 42-year-old Mother's Fast, Unplanned Home Birth

<p>Today on the podcast we're debuting our Birth Stories segment with an incredible account of a woman whose planned hospital birth had a plan of its own. Lee is here today to share her remarkable story of how a forty-two year-old woman experienced an ecstatic and transformative birth experience in the most unexpected of places. This story is as inspiring as it is surprising.<br><br>* * * * * * * * * *&#160;<br><br>If you enjoyed this episode of the Down To Birth Show, please share with your friends!</p><p>Between episodes, connect with us on Instagram <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.instagram.com/downtobirthshow/">@DownToBirthShow</a> to see behind-the-scenes production clips and join the conversation by responding to our questions and polls. You can reach us at <a rel="nofollow" href="mailto:Contact@DownToBirthShow.com">Contact@DownToBirthShow.com</a> or call (802) 438-3696 (802-GET-DOWN). We are always happy to hear from you and will strive to feature your questions and comments on upcoming shows.</p><p>Please remember we don’t provide medical advice, and to speak with your licensed medical provider related to all your healthcare matters. Thanks so much for joining in the conversation and see you next week!</p><p><br><br></p>

#1: Is A Healthy Mother and Baby All That Matters? 03.01.2020, 02:00
#1: Is A Healthy Mother and Baby All That Matters?

<p><br>Tune in to our very first episode where Cynthia, Trisha, and Zuzana talk about how they met and why they do what they do. They discuss the significance of birth choices and why a healthy mom and baby is NOT <em>all </em>that matters when it comes to having a baby. This is about women finding their own voice in pregnancy, and about having a birth that's not only safe, but leaves you feeling respected, heard and honored. It's about having a birth that leaves you feeling at peace. Because isn't that ultimately everything?</p><p><br>Episode Resources:<br>Taking Charge of Giving Birth:<a rel="nofollow" href=" https://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/Pregnancy-Birth/taking-charge-of-giving-birth.html"> https://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/Pregnancy-Birth/taking-charge-of-giving-birth.html</a><br>American College of Nurse Midwives: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.midwife.org">https://www.midwife.org</a><br>American College of Obstetricians &#38; Gynecologists: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.acog.org">https://www.acog.org</a><br>Postpartum Support International: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.postpartum.net">https://www.postpartum.net</a><br>Hypnobirthing of Connecticut: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://hypnobirthingct.com">http://hypnobirthingct.com</a><br>Life After Birth: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.lifeafterbirthct.com">https://www.lifeafterbirthct.com</a><br>Midwives Alliance of North America: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://mana.org">https://mana.org</a><br>World Health Organization: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/maternal-mortality">https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/maternal-mortality</a><br><br>* * * * * * * * * *&#160;<br><br>If you enjoyed this episode of the Down To Birth Show, please share with your friends!</p><p>Between episodes, connect with us on Instagram <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.instagram.com/downtobirthshow/">@DownToBirthShow</a> to see behind-the-scenes production clips and join the conversation by responding to our questions and polls. You can reach us at <a rel="nofollow" href="mailto:Contact@DownToBirthShow.com">Contact@DownToBirthShow.com</a> or call (802) 438-3696 (802-GET-DOWN). We are always happy to hear from you and will strive to feature your questions and comments on upcoming shows.</p><p>Please remember we don’t provide medical advice, and to speak with your licensed medical provider related to all your healthcare matters. Thanks so much for joining in the conversation and see you next week!</p><p><br><br></p>