Common Sense Pregnancy & Parenting

Common Sense Pregnancy, the podcast, is a breath of fresh air: accessible, authoritative, funny, reassuring and personal. It's chock-full of Jeanne's comprehensive, medically-sound advice and insights plus conversations with women, mothers and experts in pregnancy, parenting and the power to change the world. Women's health expert, labor nurse, feminist, mother of four, Fit columnist and author of Common Sense Pregnancy (Random House, 2015), Jeanne Faulkner has been at the bedside for thousands of deliveries. She provides the honest insider advice you need during pregnancy, labor, birth, and parenthood. Jeanne believes that parents have the power to change the world and that's what we're talking about here on Common Sense Pregnancy Radio.
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May 27, 2017

Jeanne talks with Rachael, a labor and delivery nurse who is expecting her second child, about midwifery care versus OB care, birth center versus hospital birth and about the pregnancy complications she had with her first birth.

May 20, 2017

Jeanne talks with fitness pro Melissa DiLeonardo about pregnancy and parenting, postpartum anxiety and depression and how practicing her own fitness and wellness advice helped her heal.

May 13, 2017

Jeanne talks about how Mother's Day started, this year's political focus, what Dads and partners should do for Mother's Day and answers a motherless listener's email about raising her own baby and missing her Mom.


May 6, 2017

Jeanne talks with writer Sarah Menkedick about her new book, Homing Instincts and about why women's literature and books about motherhood aren't taken seriously and how books like Sarah's and Common Sense Pregnancy are changing the narrative.

Apr 29, 2017

Jeanne answers listener email about insomnia in your first trimester and talks with writer, Kelly McWiliams, about how anxiety impacts pregnancy and what the hell to do about it.

Apr 22, 2017

Jeanne talks with Dr. Ginger Breedlove about how her 40 year career as a nurse, midwife, birth center founder and advocate for mothers and families has led to where she is now - co-founder of the Mother's March on Washington and VP at Baby+Co.

Apr 15, 2017

Jeanne explains the State Departments announcement to cut funding for UNFPA and answers listeners questions about best tips for having a natural birth and what it means when your c-section scar hurts.

Apr 8, 2017

Jeanne talks with Sara, a graduating student nurse who's just starting her career in the birth world, about labor and delivery nursing, whether or not to become a midwife and how to plug motherhood into your career plans.

Apr 1, 2017

Jeanne answers reader emails about inductions, gestational diabetes, bacterial vaginosis, and one grandmother's concern about her daughter's healing c-section scar.

Mar 25, 2017

Jeanne answers listener emails about how to achieve a vaginal birth after having a cerclage and about how to pay for a midwife if your insurance won't cover it.  

Mar 18, 2017

Jeanne talks with Dr.  Brett Einerson, a high-risk obstetrician who studied why risks go up with night shift and weekend births.

Mar 11, 2017

Jeanne talks with physical therapists, Bill Reif and Joanna Mullett, about why so many women get back pain during and after pregnancy and what the heck they should do about it.

Mar 4, 2017

Jeanne answers listener emails about what to do when you're not happy you're pregnant with a revisit of our conversation with Jennifer Pastiloff, author, yoga instructor and life-changing workshop leader.  

Feb 25, 2017

Jeanne talks with certified nurse midwife, Chris Beard, CNM about how midwives manage 80% of Kaiser Permanente births in Portland with an 8.6% C-section rate. Then we rant about how new ACOG guidelines are just like age-old Midwifery guidelines and about political activism among nurses.  

Feb 18, 2017

Jeanne reads email from a labor nurse who wants to change her hospital's culture and talks with Ben Weingrod - the dude who lobbies on Capitol Hill for global maternal health policies.

Feb 11, 2017

Jeanne talks with Keysha Lleras about how running helped this single mom survive domestic violence and depression and turned her into a magazine cover model and triathlete.

Feb 4, 2017

Jeanne answers emails about birth and herpes and alternative approaches for bacterial vaginosis when the whole nine yards doesn't work.  

Jan 28, 2017

Jeanne goes to D.C. for the march and brings you with her.

Jan 14, 2017

Jeanne is taking Common Sense Pregnancy & Parenting on the road, or more accurately, she's walking over to Another Mother Runner Co-founder, Sarah Bowen Shea's house to talk about running, parenting, sanity, resolutions, and so much more. Fair warning - Jeanne's using portable equipment for the first time and this episode's a bit of an experiment.

Jan 7, 2017

Jeanne starts out 2017 by taking a look back at the history of American parenthood from the 19th century to today with UC Berkley Historian, Paula Fass.

Dec 17, 2016

Jeanne talks about the electoral college and answers listener's questions about labor, birth, and more with Certified Nurse Midwife, Chris Beard.

Dec 10, 2016

Jeanne talks about late-stage parenting, how hospitals staff their labor units for the holidays, and answers a listener's email about early contractions and inductions.

Dec 3, 2016

Jeanne answers a listener's email about home birth and talks with writer Danielle Dreger about delivering at 27 weeks, HELLP syndrome, and living in the NICU.

Nov 26, 2016

Jeanne and Dr. Shah talk about obstetrics today, new fatherhood, cesarean sections, and more.

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