By Jillian Camisasca-Lopina
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Working Birth is a podcast by photographer Jillian Camisasca-Lopina exploring the work and stories of midwives, doulas, lactation consultants, and other birth professionals. Each episode features an interview with a different birth worker as well as an accompanying photographic portrait.
||CleanEp 16: Mental Health Advocate & Doula Rebecca Hartley-Woods||Rebecca Hartley-Woods, mental health advocate and doula, discusses her personal experience with perinatal mood disorders and her work founding a non-profit that sheds light on perinatal mood disorders that 1 in 7 moms experience. We talk about...||8/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 15: Doula & RN Yamel Belen||Yamel Belen discusses her work as a doula and pediatric registered nurse. She talks about how her work as a nurse in the medical foster care system informs her work as a doula, and how she fell into doula work. She discusses trust,...||8/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 14: Midwife Jessica Willoughby||Midwife Jessica Willoughby, LM, CPM discusses how her background in anthropology has helped her understand differences in culture as they relate to labor, birth, and breastfeeding. She speaks about the gifts midwifery has given her, paying it forward,..||7/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 13: Infant Sleep Researcher Dr. James McKenna, PhD||Leading infant sleep researcher and professor of anthropology Dr. James McKenna, PhD, discusses his extensive research on mother-baby sleep and cosleeping, bedsharing, and the new term "breastsleeping." We talk about...||7/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 12: Midwife Kim Verbarg||Midwife Kim Verbarg, LM, CPM discusses the transformative power of birth and her journey as a midwife. She talks about first getting interested in birth and midwifery as a teenager, her own experience with unassisted birth, working at a birth center,...||6/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 11: IBCLC Trish Hanning||Lactation consultant Trish Hanning, RN, IBCLC discusses helping moms and babies in the NICU to achieve their breastfeeding goals. Working as a lactation consultant in both a hospital and private practice setting, she talks about her experience working..||5/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 10: Midwife Jessica Brumley||Midwife Jessica Brumley, CNM, PhD, discusses practicing midwifery in a hospital setting and working collaboratively with OBGYNs for an integrated model of care. She talks about how she first came to hear about midwives, what spoke to her...||5/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 09: Author & Activist Suzanne Arms||Suzanne Arms is an author, activist, practical visionary, photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker, teacher, and founder of the Colorado-based nonprofit, Birthing The Future. Often called a grandmother of the birth movement, Suzanne has been active in...||5/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 08: Midwife Vikki Bennett||Midwife Vikki Bennett, ARNP, CNM, and Clinical Director of a birth center, discusses her journey from nursing to midwifery & working in women's health. Vikki shares the heartbreaking challenges of working with pregnant women and...||5/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 07: IBCLC Mary Unangst||Mary Unangst, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) discusses breastfeeding and the mother baby dyad, the biggest concerns she hears from moms, the process of becoming an IBCLC, getting recognized as a healthcare provider,...||5/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 06: Doula & Massage Therapist Melissa Loera||Melissa Loera, CD, LMT, CLC discusses using massage therapy in the birth room and the benefits of massage in labor. She shares her journey into the birth world, and talks about working with survivors of sexual violence and how that...||5/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 05: Chiropractor Dr. Rachel Settles||Dr. Rachel Settles, D.C., a Webster certified chiropractor, discusses how chiropractic care can be beneficial during the first, second, and third trimesters, during labor, and also with postpartum recovery, breastfeeding, infants,...||4/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 04: Doctor of Oriental Medicine De'Nicea Hilton||Dr. De'Nicea Hilton, DOM, AP, LD discusses how acupuncture can be beneficial during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum, and even help with milk supply. She talks about how she first got interested in acupuncture and helping mothers, as well as...||4/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 03: Doula Holly Dobrynski||In this episode, Jillian speaks with doula and childbirth educator Holly Dobrynski, CD, CBE, PE. Holly discusses her path to becoming a doula, her new childbirth education program Birth Languages, her own birth stories, being a caregiver by...||3/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 02: Midwife Karen DeCocker - Part II||In this episode Jillian continues her conversation with midwife Karen DeCocker, CNM, DNP, APRN, IBCLC. Karen talks about how she got into nursing & midwifery, how research changed her life, her work with some amazing human milk researchers,...||3/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 01: Midwife Karen DeCocker - Part I||Welcome to Working Birth! A podcast & portrait project exploring the work of women in the birth community. In this episode Jillian talks with midwife Karen DeCocker, CNM, DNP, APRN, IBCLC. Karen discusses the midwifery model of care, the...||3/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Even as a person without kids, this podcast is super interesting. The topics explored are not only fascinating, but often truly important information for people to know--especially if their life plans include using any sort of birth worker! Can't wait for more episodes!
There is a ton of great content in these podcasts, highly recommended for pregnant moms and those who want to learn more. It is presented in an engaging manner - the interviewer really bonds with those she interviews. Be sure to also check out the extra information and photographs associated with the podcast at workingbirth.com.