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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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.

Aug 20, 2016

Jeanne talks with obstetrician, Heather Weldon, MD about how birth is different in different countries and answers a few reader questions about c-sections, early births and more.

Aug 13, 2016

Jeanne talks with NPR reporter Rae Ell Bichell about  how journalists report on women's health, pregnancy, drug trials and women. We also talk about the huge information and research gaps pregnant women face when the need medication.

Aug 6, 2016

Jeanne talks with Amal Omer-Salim, co-Executive Director of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) about World Breastfeeding Week and this year's theme of global sustainability and poverty eradication.

Jul 30, 2016

Jeanne and midwife Chris Beard, CNM answer listener questions about spotting, cramping, sex, epidurals and a whole lot more.

Jul 23, 2016

Jeanne talks about the tragedy of stillbirth before shifting gears to talk with actress, author and performer, Lauren Weedman (one of the stars from HBO's show, Looking and author of Miss Fortune – Fresh Perspectives On Having It All From Someone Who Is Not Okay! (Penguin Random House, March, 2016) about parenting during and after divorce and bring motherhood on to the stage.

Jul 16, 2016

Jeanne talks about Black Lives Matter and chats with Jane Chen, founder of Embrace Innovations and Little Lotus Baby about the miraculous, portable, inexpensive and no-electricity-needed incubator that's saving babies lives in some of the poorest communities in the world.

Jul 9, 2016

Jeanne talks with author, journalist Roger Thurow about how hunger and malnutrition robs mothers and children of their chance to reach their full potential.  He writes about women in the U.S. as well as developing country to tell the stories of how hunger affects women all over the world.

Jul 2, 2016

Jeanne gets more email from Aimee about her 37 week c-section plans and she talks to Adrienne Martini about post partum mental health issues.

Jun 27, 2016

Jeanne talks with Terri McCullough, director of the No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, an initiative started by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton and The Clinton Foundation. We talk about feminism, adolescent daughters, how women support each other and the work she does to break ceilings for all girls and women. 

Jun 18, 2016

Jeanne talks about fatherhood, pregnancy, birth, co-parenting, changing times and changing diapers with her favorite Dad on earth - her husband.

Jun 11, 2016

Jeanne talks with Chris Beard, certified nurse midwife, solo mom to adopted daughters, avid camper and outdoor enthusiast about mothering adolescent girls and about how midwifery has changed over her career and why it's the solution to improving maternal health.

Jun 4, 2016

Jeanne talks with writer, translator, Olga Mecking in the Netherlands about maternal healthcare in Europe.

May 28, 2016
What exactly does it mean to be high risk during pregnancy and why are so many women being treated that way? Jeanne answers emails about risk factors, inductions, c-sections and late pregnancy curve balls.


May 21, 2016

Jeanne talks with Jacqueline Sibanda about issues mothers face all over the world, especially when raising boys to be men. We also talk about the extra challenges mothers face in America where race, intolerance and gun culture put some teenagers at high risk.

May 14, 2016

Jeanne talks with a nurse/friend in Germany about hyperemesis, finding your tribe, pregnancy #4 and how parenting differs in Europe.

May 7, 2016

Jeanne talks with her own kids about growing up in a big family, with a labor nurse for a mom and about gender, reproductive health,and what feminism, birth and parenthood look like for young adults today.

Apr 30, 2016

Jeanne talks with a brand new mom of an adopted baby girl about her journey to motherhood, the bond she's created with her baby and about being adopted herself.

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