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Elephant in the Womb

Elephant in the Womb

By Elephant in the Womb
A podcast about the elephant in the room - women's health being constantly overlooked, understudied, and not discussed. My goal is to change that - to amplify the voices of women, through this podcast and to help women (and parents) gain more reliable and evidence-based information about their own health and well-being, as well as their children's.
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Ep 12 Career Experiences: Teaching During COVID-19

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Ep 21 A Medicated Vaginal Birth Story with @mymommyspost
A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). The Birth Experiences series is a set of interviews with moms sharing their unique birth story, and answering common questions about their different experiences. What is labor & birth like? Well it's different for everyone - tune in monthly to hear about all the different ways it can go and the variety of challenges that can be faced. No birth experience is exactly the same. Today's guest is @mymommyspost and we are talking all about her medicated vaginal birth experience. We discuss epidurals, postpartum body image, morning sickness and more. Take a listen and if you like the episode hit subscribe or leave us a review!
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June 14, 2021
Ep 20 Emergency C Section & Recovery with Christen
A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). The Birth Experiences series is a set of interviews with moms sharing their unique birth story, and answering common questions about their different experiences. What is labor & birth like? Well it's different for everyone - tune in monthly to hear about all the different ways it can go and the variety of challenges that can be faced. No birth experience is exactly the same. Today's guest is Christen and we are talking all about her emergency C-section birth experience. We discuss birth plans and expectations, "super stitch" pain, C-section recovery and more. Take a listen and if you like the episode hit subscribe or leave us a review!  UPCOMING EPISODE: Medicated Vaginal Birth Experience with My Mommy Posts! 
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May 29, 2021
Ep 19 Vaginal Twin Birth & Postpartum Experience
A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). The Birth Experiences series is a set of interviews with moms sharing their unique birth story, and answering common questions about their different experiences. What is labor & birth like? Well it's different for everyone - tune in monthly to hear about all the different ways it can go and the variety of challenges that can be faced. No birth experience is exactly the same. Today's guest is Rachael Flick and she is sharing her vaginal twin birth experience & a lot about her postpartum experience as well. Topics include: pregnancy care, breastfeeding, early labor at 17 weeks, twin vaginal birth, induction, postpartum hemorrhage, nipple shields, lip ties, first postpartum period, postpartum physical recovery and more! Tune in! Rachael Flick, LPCC, NCC is a licensed counselor. She translated her B.S in Kinesiology and love of photography into a business as a doula and family/birth photography. Tragically, Rachael lost her husband of ten years on February 5, 2018. Now, a young widow with two young children, Rachael is walking through her own journey of grief while challenging others to persevere and overcome their own circumstances. Rachael speaks and writes poignantly about internal transformation and finding resilience through hope. As she has clung to the promise of God’s faithfulness, Rachael has discovered wisdom and authority found only in suffering. Rachael has the ability to wrap captivating language and infuse hope around challenging systemic issues through her vulnerable style of storytelling. Rachael continues to watch the redemption of God through her story in her therapeutic counseling practice as she works with those suffering from trauma and PTSD. You can connect with Rachael on her podcast: The Hopecast with Rachael Flick, and on her website www.RachaelFlick.com
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April 21, 2021
Ep 18 C-Section TWIN Birth Experience!
A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). NOTE: I made a little mistake when I was talking at the beginning mostly in my wording - because truly the placenta is so complex! Here is a better breakdown of chorion vs placenta. And here is a good video breaking down the fetal membranes. The Birth Experiences series is a set of interviews with moms sharing their unique birth story, and answering common questions about their different experiences. What is labor & birth like? Well it's different for everyone - tune in monthly to hear about all the different ways it can go and the variety of challenges that can be faced. No birth experience is exactly the same. Today's guest is Ashleigh and she is sharing her identical twin birth experience. Tune in! 
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April 6, 2021
Ep 17 Pelvic Physiotherapy Explored (With a Pelvic Physiotherapist!)
A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). We're talking all things pelvic physiotherapy on this episode! I have Robyn on, a pelvic PT. We talk prenatal (birth prep), postpartum recovery (C and V births), trauma-informed care, diastasis recti, and pain during intercourse! You'll want to tune in!  Please note that these opinions are our own and do not reflect the views of our employers. No aspect of this podcast is medical advice - if you need medical advice, please seek the guidance of your healthcare provider. If you like the podcast, hit subscribe! 
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March 26, 2021
Ep 16 Teaching Special Education During COVID-19
A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). We've all been living in a pandemic for what feels like an eternity. But what is it like working in a pandemic - as a teacher? The voices of teachers throughout the past year have been largely overlooked, so I am excited to be sharing this experience with you all. In-school teaching has had its ups and downs, twists and turns; and the events of this year haven't come without a price for both children and school staff alike. This is the second episode where I have had a teacher on to discuss their experiences working during the COVID-19 pandemic. This episode discusses special education classes specifically, with Kaitlyn.  Please note that these opinions are our own and do not reflect the views of our employers. No aspect of this podcast is medical advice - if you need medical advice, please seek the guidance of your healthcare provider.
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March 11, 2021
Ep 15 Postpartum and Delaying the Initial Bath with Dr Heather DNP RN
This is not medical advice, this podcast is for informational purposes only. Views are those of the speakers and do not reflect their employers. A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). In this episode, I interview Dr Heather DNP RN and OB nurse about her research into delaying the initial bath for baby. We also talk about postpartum experiences in general. Check it out!  If you like this podcast, hit subscribe! 
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February 25, 2021
Ep 14 Birth Experiences: C-Section, Placenta Previa, and More
A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). Please note: this episode includes a related blog post with more information on placenta previa which we discuss in the episode. Note that this podcast is for informational purposes only. This is not medical advice. The Birth Experiences series is a set of interviews with moms sharing their unique birth story, and answering common questions about their different experiences. What is labor & birth like? Well it's different for everyone - tune in monthly to hear about all the different ways it can go and the variety of challenges that can be faced. No birth experience is exactly the same.
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February 15, 2021
Ep 13 Postpartum Expectations vs Reality with a Maternity/NICU Nurse
This is not medical advice, this podcast is for informational purposes only. Views are those of the speakers and do not reflect their employers.  A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). In this episode, I interview a Maternity/NICU nurse about her role, and a variety of postpartum-related topics from breastfeeding to postpartum mental health. Tune in to hear more! 
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February 7, 2021
Ep 12 Career Experiences: Teaching During COVID-19
A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). We've all been living in a pandemic for what feels like an eternity. But what is it like working in a pandemic - as a teacher?  The voices of teachers throughout the past year have been largely overlooked, so I am excited to be sharing this experience with you all. In-school teaching has had its ups and downs, twists and turns; and the events of this year haven't come without a price for both children and school staff alike.  Please enjoy this episode and I can't wait to share more on this new season of Elephant in the Womb! 
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January 27, 2021
Ep 11 Birth Experiences: Induction & Medicated Birth, TWO Experiences
A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). The Birth Experiences series is a set of interviews with moms sharing their unique birth story, and answering common questions about their different experiences. What is labor & birth like? Well it's different for everyone - tune in to hear about all the different ways it can go and the variety of challenges that can be faced. No birth experience is exactly the same. The overarching goal of the Elephant in the Womb podcast is to give women a place to speak; to give women a platform for their voices and experiences to be heard. Learn a bit more about Brennan, our special guest, below:  My name is Brennan Mitchell and I am 24 years old. I am wife to Dylan and mom to Evelyn (2.5) and Dylan Jr. (1.5) and also pregnant with baby #3 due Jan. 31st! I absolutely love being a mom to these two and would not have it any other way!
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December 9, 2020
Ep 10 Birth Experiences: One Slow, One Fast- Two Home Birth + Water Birth Experiences
A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). The Birth Experiences series is a set of interviews with moms sharing their unique birth story, and answering common questions about their different experiences. What is labor & birth like? Well it's different for everyone - tune in to hear about all the different ways it can go and the variety of challenges that can be faced. No birth experience is exactly the same. The overarching goal of the Elephant in the Womb podcast is to give women a place to speak; to give women a platform for their voices and experiences to be heard. Mary is an ICU nurse. She speaks about her experiences birthing her two sons at home (they are now in their teens), using water birthing techniques. Her birth experiences are so different from each other, it's interesting to hear about. She speaks specifically about the stigma she experienced in her workplace for having a home birth, how she helped to educate others about her experiences, and how being a nurse helped her when it came to pregnancy and birth.
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November 19, 2020
Ep 9 Parenting Experiences: Lone, Single Parenting with Janis Isaman
A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). Janis Isaman is a lone parent. She wrote about her experience here. When Janis messaged me about being on the podcast and I took a look at this article, I knew it was something I wanted to talk about. What is a lone parent? It is a form of single parenting - where you have no support from a partner. No one to have your back or cover your me time. This can be due to a variety of reasons  such as the loss of a partner, or maybe lack of interest in raising a child. In this episode of the podcast, Janis builds on the discussion in her article about being a lone parent, which she has been since the very beginning. I talk to her about her struggles, her wins and highlights, her day to day life, and how she seeks support. Tune in to hear her story! And feel free to contact her via Instagram @mybodycouture. 
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November 12, 2020
Ep 8 Birth Experiences: Unmedicated Birth, IUGR, and Gestational Diabetes
A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). The Birth Experiences series is a set of interviews with moms sharing their unique birth story, and answering common questions about their different experiences. What is labor & birth like? Well it's different for everyone - tune in to hear about all the different ways it can go and the variety of challenges that can be faced. No birth experience is exactly the same. The overarching goal of the Elephant in the Womb podcast is to give women a place to speak; to give women a platform for their voices and experiences to be heard.  A.K.A. - Kirsten's Hollywood Birth! It'll make sense when you listen to the episode. Lots of topics covered in this one.  Provider: OBGYN  Experiences: Unmedicated Birth, IUGR (Intrauterine Growth Restriction), Gestational Diabetes, military spouse Learn a little bit more about Kirsten below: Hello! My name is Kirsten. I'm a twenty two year old first time mom to Ryder, who is one. I'm a stay at home mom, but I also do digital art on the side. I'm married to Austin, my high school sweetheart, and we are currently living in Texas, USA with our black cat, Axle, and our Pit, Darla!
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October 27, 2020
Ep 7 It's SIDS Awareness Month: Sleep Specialist Talk
Please note: I had some mic issues during this episode, so I sound a bit choppy but Cayla sounds excellent! That's what matters.  A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). That's right - we're not just about only birth experiences anymore. I have expanded the scope of the podcast to also include interviews with other specialists, and there will be even more to come!  In this episode, I am speaking with Cayla, the pediatric sleep specialist behind Sleeping Beauties (www.sleepingbeauties.ca or @officialsleepingbeauties on Instagram). We talk SIDS, safe sleep, bed-sharing, co-sleeping, and she answers a ton of questions about sleep with lots of great survival tips for new parents with babies 0-12 months and beyond. 
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October 22, 2020
Ep 6 Birth Experiences: All About Midwives (Pt 2)
A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). NOTE: This is the second part of the interview, please listen to the first part to hear the entire interview!  The Birth Experiences series is a set of interviews with moms sharing their unique birth story, and answering common questions about their different experiences. What is labor & birth like? Well it's different for everyone - tune in monthly to hear about all the different ways it can go and the variety of challenges that can be faced. No birth experience is exactly the same. In this episode, I am interviewing a former midwife about her former role; past experiences with deliveries and pre and postnatal care; and having her answer some specific question from listeners. Kim is a former midwife in the province of Ontario. Tune in to learn more about her!
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October 17, 2020
Ep 6 Birth Experiences: All About Midwives (Pt 1)
A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca).   The Birth Experiences series is a set of interviews with moms sharing their unique birth story, and answering common questions about their different experiences. What is labor & birth like? Well it's different for everyone - tune in monthly to hear about all the different ways it can go and the variety of challenges that can be faced. No birth experience is exactly the same.   In this episode, I am interviewing a former midwife about her former role; past experiences with deliveries and pre and postnatal care; and having her answer some specific question from listeners. Kim is a former midwife in the province of Ontario. Tune in to learn more about her!
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October 15, 2020
Ep 5 Birth Experiences: All About Doulas (Pt 2)
A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). The Birth Experiences series is a set of interviews with moms sharing their unique birth story, and answering common questions about their different experiences. What is labor & birth like? Well it's different for everyone - tune in monthly to hear about all the different ways it can go and the variety of challenges that can be faced. No birth experience is exactly the same. Episode 4 (parts 1&2) are a little different: I'm interviewing a doula, Mariana from Bump to Babies, about her role and experiences. Another special guest, Rebecca from the first episode, is back! She is in school to become a doula currently and adds an interesting perspective to the interview.  I recommend this episode for all mamas, anyone interested in birth work/becoming a doula, and other healthcare professionals. Here is a bit more about Mariana and Rebecca: Mariana Rodrigues is owner of Bump to Babies,a doula and a newborn care specialist! She lives in Louisiana, is married to her sweet husband Austin, they have two pups and their first baby is on the way! Mariana has always had such a passion for the birth world and decided to pursue a career helping to educate and advocate for the best births and postpartums. What started as a blog a few years ago has grown into a community and has led to so many moms feeling empowered and educated in how they chose to birth their sweet babies and raise them. Mariana’s biggest goal is that all moms feel supported through all things #bumptobabies. Hey friends! I am Rebecca, and I reside in Ohio in the states. I'm a mom to a beautiful girl named Piper. I had a water birth, which was the most empowering decision I have ever made for myself. In fact, my birth influenced me to become a doula after discovering a passion for being an advocate for myself (and others) and finding empowerment in education. I invite you to check out my blog at https://coil.com/u/TheWrongOrder to learn more about birth, motherhood, and creativity.
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September 27, 2020
Ep 5 Birth Experiences: All About Doulas (Pt 1)
A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). The Birth Experiences series is a set of interviews with moms sharing their unique birth story, and answering common questions about their different experiences. What is labor & birth like? Well it's different for everyone - tune in monthly to hear about all the different ways it can go and the variety of challenges that can be faced. No birth experience is exactly the same. Episode 4 (parts 1&2) are a little different: I'm interviewing a doula, Mariana from Bump to Babies, about her role and experiences. Another special guest, Rebecca from the first episode, is back! She is in school to become a doula currently and adds an interesting perspective to the interview. I recommend this episode for all mamas, anyone interested in birth work/becoming a doula, and other healthcare professionals.  Here is a bit more about Mariana and Rebecca:  Mariana Rodrigues is owner of Bump to Babies,a doula and a newborn care specialist! She lives in Louisiana, is married to her sweet husband Austin, they have two pups and their first baby is on the way! Mariana has always had such a passion for the birth world and decided to pursue a career helping to educate and advocate for the best births and postpartums. What started as a blog a few years ago has grown into a community and has led to so many moms feeling empowered and educated in how they chose to birth their sweet babies and raise them. Mariana’s biggest goal is that all moms feel supported through all things #bumptobabies. Hey friends! I am Rebecca, and I reside in Ohio in the states. I'm a mom to a beautiful girl named Piper. I had a water birth, which was the most empowering decision I have ever made for myself. In fact, my birth influenced me to become a doula after discovering a passion for being an advocate for myself (and others) and finding empowerment in education. I invite you to check out my blog at https://coil.com/u/TheWrongOrder to learn more about birth, motherhood, and creativity. 
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September 27, 2020
Ep 4 Birth Experiences: C-section, Induction, and Failure to Progress
A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). The Birth Experiences series is a set of interviews with moms sharing their unique birth story, and answering common questions about their different experiences. What is labor & birth like? Well it's different for everyone - tune in monthly to hear about all the different ways it can go and the variety of challenges that can be faced. No birth experience is exactly the same. Episode 3 features Morgan, who is speaking about her C-section experience. Other topics that are covered include induction, failure to progress, midwifery care, and c-section postpartum recovery.  Overall this episode covers a very positive experience with C-section so I'm recommend it as a listen for anyone who has one scheduled (or just anyone because as you can see from this episode, you never know what will happen). Learn a little bit more about Morgan below: My name is Morgan, I am twenty eight years old, from Michigan and a stay at home mom to Liam!
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September 17, 2020
Ep 3 Birth Experiences: Medicated Birth, Induction, & Pre-Eclampsia
A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). The Birth Experiences series is a set of interviews with moms sharing their unique birth story, and answering common questions about their different experiences. What is labor & birth like? Well it's different for everyone - tune in monthly to hear about all the different ways it can go and the variety of challenges that can be faced. No birth experience is exactly the same. Episode 2 features two parts, the second part here involving Paige. Other topics that are covered include pregnancy experience during COVID-19, pre-eclampsia monitoring in your second pregnancy, and more. Learn a little bit more about Paige below: My name is Paige and I’m a 24 year old mom from New York! I’m an obstetrics RN pursuing my masters degree as an advanced practice RN. I love movie marathons, baseball, and all things autumn. I have an almost nine month old who was born after an induction due to a preeclampsia diagnosis at 38 weeks.
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September 8, 2020
Ep 2 Birth Experiences: Medicated Birth, Induction, & Pre-Eclampsia
A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). The Birth Experiences series is a set of interviews with moms sharing their unique birth story, and answering common questions about their different experiences. What is labor & birth like? Well it's different for everyone - tune in monthly to hear about all the different ways it can go and the variety of challenges that can be faced. No birth experience is exactly the same. Episode 2 features two parts, the first part here involving Darlyn. Other topics that are covered include navigating maternity care as an LGBTQ+ couple; having your rainbow baby; and more. Learn a little bit more about Darlyn below:  My name is Darlyn, and I’m a 31 year old mama from Wisconsin! I love baseball, Harry Potter, and a good cup of coffee. My son is 10 months old and was born after being induced at 37 weeks due to a sudden development of preeclampsia.
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September 4, 2020
Ep 1 Birth Experiences: Water Birth & Unmedicated Birth
A podcast brought to you by Elephant in the Womb blog (www.elephantinthewomb.ca). The Birth Experiences series is a set of interviews with moms sharing their unique birth story, and answering common questions about their different experiences. What is labor & birth like? Well it's different for everyone - tune in monthly to hear about all the different ways it can go and the variety of challenges that can be faced. No birth experience is exactly the same. Episode I features Rebecca and Jessica, both women who had unmedicated births with midwives. Rebecca had a water birth in a birth centre setting, while Jessica had a different experience in a hospital setting. Other topics that are covered include Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD), Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), doulas, nitrous oxide, and non-medicated pain management/coping techniques. Learn a little bit more about these wonderful women below: Hey friends! I am Rebecca, and I reside in Ohio in the states. I'm a mom to a beautiful girl named Piper. I had a water birth, which was the most empowering decision I have ever made for myself. In fact, my birth influenced me to become a doula after discovering a passion for being an advocate for myself (and others) and finding empowerment in education. I invite you to check out my blog at https://coil.com/u/TheWrongOrder to learn more about birth, motherhood, and creativity.  Hi I’m Jessica! I’m a 29 year old Canadian, married to my husband Steven and we have a 14 month old son named Landon. He arrived in June of 2019 and is the light of our lives. I had all my prenatal care, including my birth by midwives and did so unmedicated (with some laughing gas in there). I had a rough pregnancy but great birth experience! Music from Pixa Bay
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August 19, 2020