Ep 07: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Mary Unangst

Mary Unangst on the Working Birth podcast

Mary Unangst, IBCLC, photographed at her office in Tampa, FL.

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, barriers to breastfeeding, the risks associated with not breastfeeding, and how we can better support moms. Plus, being a breastfeeding mom in a military family stationed abroad, and what doing this intimate work fulfills in her. Download on iTunes or Stitcher to listen on the go, or listen below!

Show notes and links:

The different types of lactation consultants.

Becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant is a 3-5 year process. The knowledge needed for the licensing exam includes maternal & infant development, nutrition, physiology, endocrinology, pathology, pharmacology, toxicology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, techniques, and clinical skills. Whew!

La Leche League.

Mary earned her BS in Maternal and Child Health from Union Institute & University.

Info on barriers to breastfeeding, from the Surgeon General.

Mary worked as a breastfeeding peer counselor through WIC, which was set up to improve the nutrition of women, infants, and children.

Breastfeeding support for moms everywhere:

Breastfeeding support for moms local to Tampa Bay: Champions of Children, Baby Bungalow, Hillsborough Breastfeeding Task ForceTampa Bay Baby Cafe

Risks of not breastfeeding for mothers and infants.

Education on infant behavior by WIC in California. Really good stuff in here!

Induced lactation, for mothers who adopt or for mothers from same sex couples who did not carry, is great for bonding.

You can connect with Mary on her website or Facebook.

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Ep 06: Doula and Massage Therapist Melissa Loera

Melissa Loera, doula and massage therapist interviewed on Working Birth

Doula and massage therapist Melissa Loera, CD, LMT, CLC photographed at the Natural Birth & Baby Expo in Tampa, FL.

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 trauma can impact women in pregnancy and labor. We also discuss traditional Chinese cupping, using a rebozo, and the hit TV show Call the Midwife. Download on iTunes or Stitcher to listen on the go, or listen below!

Show notes and links:

Integrative Pregnancy Massage program

The sobering statistics on sexual violence in the U.S.

Melissa has compiled a really excellent page of resources and further reading about supporting women in pregnancy who are survivors of sexual violence.

Women who receive massage therapy have a labor that is, on average, 3 hours shorter than those who don’t. Wow!

Check out info and photos of traditional Chinese cupping here.

Have you seen the rebozo used before?

Do you love Call the Midwife too? What’s your favorite episode?

You can connect with Melissa on her Instagram, Facebook, and website.

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Ep 05: Chiropractor Dr. Rachel Settles

Chiropractor Rachel Settles, D.C. for the Working Birth podcast

Chiropractor Rachel Settles, D.C. photographed at the Community Roots Collective in Tampa, FL.

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, and children. She talks about how bringing balance to the spine and working with the round ligament is especially helpful in pregnancy. Plus, what chiropractors actually do for breech babies with the Webster Technique, and the number one issue Rachel sees with newborn babies after birth. Download on iTunes or Stitcher to listen on the go, or listen below!

Show notes and links:

Palmer College of Chiropractic

Maternal mortality in the United States is the highest of all developed nations, and is on par with Afghanistan.

The round ligament, which helps hold up the belly, can cause intrauterine constraint, which is where the Webster Technique comes into play.

Did you know? Rachel shares that “the Webster Technique is not a breech turning technique, it’s to make room in the pelvis so the baby has the option to have more room to turn.” More reading on the Webster Technique here.

Subluxation is a misalignment of the vertebrae.

Statistics show that women who use chiropractic care have a shorter labor time.

Chiropractic adjustments can also help with milk production.

You can connect with Rachel on InstagramFacebook, and her website.

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Ep 04: Doctor of Oriental Medicine De’Nicea Hilton

Dr. De'Nicea Hilton on the Working Birth podcast

Doctor of Oriental Medicine De’Nicea Hilton photographed at the Natural Birth & Baby Expo in Tampa, FL.

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 acupressure, tui na (Chinese massage), moxibustion, cupping, and vaginal steaming. Download on iTunes or Stitcher to listen on the go, or listen below!

This is the first of several mini episodes that will be released between regular episodes! Mini episodes were recorded in Tampa, FL at the Tampa Bay Birth Network’s annual Natural Birth & Baby Expo.

Show notes and links:

Acupuncture and acupressure can help with milk supply.

Read more about the non-needling techniques of tui na (Chinese massage), moxibustion, and cupping here.

Have you heard of vaginal steaming? (Or mother roasting?)

You can connect with De’Nicea on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and also be sure to check out her own podcast & community surrounding menstruation: Sisters of Flow (also on Facebook, TwitterInstagram).

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Ep 03: Doula & Childbirth Educator Holly Dobrynski

Doula and childbirth educator Holly Dobrynski for the Working Birth podcast

Doula and childbirth educator Holly Dobrynski, CD, CBE, PE photographed at home in Sterling, VA.

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, being a caregiver by nature, and how her first doula client opened her eyes to all the possibilities birth brings. Download on iTunes or Stitcher to listen on the go, or listen below!

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Holly is certified as a doula through Birth Arts International.

You’ve heard of the 5 love languages, but have you heard of Birth Languages? Holly cofounded this childbirth education course that centers around four birth languages: movement, intuition, vocalization, and touch.

What’s your birth language? Take the quiz here!

The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth.

The founders of Birth Languages.

Holly is also a birth assistant.

Have you heard of death doulas or bereavement and stillbirth doulas?

Placenta encapsulation.

You can connect with Holly on her doula & birth services website, Your Beautiful Beginnings and Facebook, and on the Birth Languages website and Facebook.

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Live Recording at the Tampa Bay Birth Network’s Natural Birth & Baby Expo!

Guess what? I had the chance to record a bunch of mini-episodes of Working Birth at the Tampa Bay Birth Network’s  2016 Natural Birth and Baby Expo. I’ll be releasing these mini interviews in between regular episodes.

I can’t wait for you to hear them! I enjoyed recording with a few doulas, an acupuncturist, as well as home birth, birth center, and hospital based midwives.

Here’s a behind the scenes sneak peek of me recording with Dr. De’Nicea Hilton, an acupuncturist and doctor of holistic health. So much fun!

Jillian Camisasca-Lopina of Working Birth and Secondhand Exposure Photography with Dr. De'Nicea Hilton

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