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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 Pregnancy.com 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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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.

Nov 19, 2016

Jeanne talks with CARE's VP David Ray and CARE Action's! Rachael Lehman about what the election means to humanitarian assistance for girls, women, parents and families living in the poorest countries on earth. Spoiler alert - They're more reassuring than you'd expect.

Nov 12, 2016

Jeanne challenges listeners to dig in and commit to active citizenry and chats with Dr. Pamela Stone, an archaeologist, anthropologist and expert on the intersection of culture, birth, death and gender-based oppression.

Nov 5, 2016

Common Sense Pregnancy & Parenting is ONE! Jeanne answers a reader's Q about how to start labor naturally with a reading from the book. Plus, Jeanne talks with Child Fund International's Suzanne Berman about how brand new motherhood measures up to the hype.

Oct 29, 2016

Jeanne talks with Chrysula Winegar about how she connects mothers and solutions to global challenges all women face. We also talk about raising big families, sons versus daughters, nature versus nurture, laundry...all of it.

Oct 22, 2016

Jeanne talks with renowned midwife, Robyn Churchill about how midwives work to improve global maternal health, including in the U.S and how taking care of midwives is essential.

Oct 15, 2016

Jeanne rants about sexual assault and consent and then talks with Hans Eberbach, lead singer of Joy & Madness and Hans & the Hot Mess about music, parenting, depression and creativity.

Oct 8, 2016

Jeanne covers current events on why maternal mortality in the U.S. is on the rise, plus International Day of the Girl (10/10). This week's guest is John Santelli, MD, a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist at the School of Public Health at Columbia University. Jeanne and Dr. Santelli talk about what the most recent statistics tell us about teens, sex, and pregnancy.

Oct 1, 2016

Jeanne answers a listener email about skin color and scars and also talks with writer, Rachel Kramer Bussel about her Salon essay, "Having it all” is impossible: What women really need is balance, fairness and respect."

Sep 24, 2016

Jeanne talks with Biz Ellis, co-host of the podcast, One Bad Mother, about life after giving life and how unnatural motherhood can be.

Sep 18, 2016

Jeanne talks with Emily's List's Alyssa Franke about why this campaign is critical for women's and maternal health and all our lives as parents.

Sep 10, 2016

Jeanne answers listener's email questions about what contractions feel like and FAQs about epidurals.

Sep 3, 2016

Jeanne talks with Sarah Fleisch Fink at the National Partnership for Women and Children about parenting, paid leave and pregnancy laws state-by-state.

Aug 27, 2016

Jeanne talks with Dirty Revival's lead singer, Sarah Clarke about how becoming a mother 5 years ago motivated her to become a professional musician and how she's integrating motherhood with life on the road.

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