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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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Apr 23, 2016

Jeanne talks with fellow-labor nurse, Amie, about the long hours, working weekends and holidays and taking care of patients when you're missing your own kids.

Apr 16, 2016

No parent is perfect, but in some states, like Tennessee, pregnant women who need and want treatment for addiction are being prosecuted instead of receiving the help they need.  Jeanne talks with Allison Glass from Health & Free Tennessee, a coalition of groups working to protect women's reproductive rights, about The Pregnancy Criminalization Act.

Apr 9, 2016

Jeanne talks with Harvard public health researcher, Gillian SteelFisher about what people do know and what they need to know about the virus that's been linked with severe birth defects. 

Apr 2, 2016

Jeanne talks with Kristen Kirkland of Every Mother Counts about their dream jobs, how to make working motherhood possible and how Kristen took her passion for improving maternal health and ran with it.

Mar 26, 2016

Jeanne talks about the creative force that drives pregnancy, motherhood and parenting and how that sometimes turns into truly creative career, business, personal and artistic solutions.

Mar 19, 2016

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

Mar 12, 2016

Jeanne talks with co-author and co-founder of Our Bodies, OurSelves, Judy Norsigian about her role in changing women's health and her thoughts on the issues women face today in reproductive and maternal healthcare.

Mar 5, 2016

Jeanne talks with researchers, a midwife and an epidemiologist at Oregon Health and Sciences University, about  a new study on the safety of home birth versus hospital birth for mothers and babies.

Feb 27, 2016

Jeanne talks with doula, poet, feminist and freelance writer, Carrie Murphy, about why the words we use when we talk about birth and motherhood matter.

Feb 20, 2016

Jeanne answers reader emails about pain management during labor and talks with Wendy Berger, CNM who works at Legacy Emanuel Hospital - one of a growing number of hospitals offering nitrous oxide (aka laughing gas or gas and air) to their patients in labor.

Feb 13, 2016

Jeanne talks about government's role in our parenthood and the power of active citizenry. She also talks with Karleen Basch about why her second pregnancy and birth shoved her into the political stream.

Feb 6, 2016

Jeanne talks with Lissa Rankin, MD, author of three bestselling books on the intersection of spirituality and healthcare. Dr. Rankin talks about how leaving her obstetric practice lead her to her calling and about the impact of fear on modern medicine and about her vision for hope and healing on both sides of the patient-healthcare provider dynamic.

Jan 30, 2016

Jeanne answers listeners emails and author and poet Khadijah Queen shares her insights about single motherhood, raising a black son in America and her essay, Mothering Solo.

Jan 23, 2016

Kathy, a community health nurse, talks with Jeanne about both sides of the foster care equation - what it's like for the biological and foster parents and what she does for babies.  

Jan 16, 2016

Jeanne talks with Nan Strauss, Choices in Childbirth's director of policy and research about doulas, insurance and the research-proven benefits doulas provide for maternal health outcomes and healthcare cost reduction.  Considering how important doula care can be, why don't more women use them?  It all comes down to cost.

Jan 9, 2016

Jeanne talks shop with two labor nurses who've spent decades working with mothers from all walks of life. What makes them even more special is they're mother and daughter.  This episode gives you an inside peek at what labor nurses do all day and the challenges and frustrations we face when all we really want to do is provide great patient care.

Jan 2, 2016

Jeanne talks with The Good Mother Myth author, Avital Norman Nathman about the ways gender inequity and feminism impact all aspects of motherhood from long before women become pregnant, throughout their pregnancies and prenatal care experiences, to the labor room, operating room and postpartum room and on into their lives as mothers.

Dec 19, 2015

Jeanne gets emails from people all around the world who have questions about a worrisome, late-pregnancy condition: polyhydramnios, AKA "too much amniotic fluid." Jeanne talks with certified nurse midwife, Karen Parker about what it means when mom has more fluid than average and how it can change late-pregnancy and birth plans.  They also talk about how the patient-provider relationship can empower a woman's ability to make her own healthcare decisions.   

Dec 12, 2015

Pregnancy is among the most emotionally tumultuous times in any woman’s life and it’s normal for your feelings to run wild.  Nobody knows better about that right now than Jen Pastiloff. She’s a writer, motivator and public speaker who uses yoga, dance and writing to lead workshops and retreats all over the world.  She’s outspoken about depression and anxiety and shares her experiences honestly with her “tribe” of followers.   In today’s episode Jeanne and Jen talk about her work, her new pregnancy and the full range of feelings women have during pregnant and mothering. 

Dec 5, 2015

Jeanne talks with author and TED speaker, Jessica Shortall about her new book, Work, Pump, Repeat and about why maternity leave policies in the U.S. are among the worst in the world.  We also talk about how guaranteed paid maternity leave for all mothers could provide huge economic and public health benefits. 

Nov 28, 2015

Jeanne talks about the latest stats on maternal health, about what you really need in terms of stuff and about what it takes to fully support mothers to thrive.  She talks with co-founder of the Baby Box Company, Michelle Vick about why she modeled her company after Finland's tradition to provide essential baby supplies to every mom, about sleep safety and more.

Nov 22, 2015

Jeanne talks about second pregnancies, twins and global maternal health with Sarah Lynch, Senior Director of Global Policy Initiatives for CARE’s policy and advocacy unit.  Sarah is pregnant for the second time and carrying twins, which made for a great chat about her personal, professional and global perspective.

Nov 14, 2015

Jeanne talks about birth industry history and chats with Peg Moline, founding editor-in-chief of Fit Pregnancy Magazine, Natural Health and Shape magazines on how magazines and advertising have portrayed pregnancy over the last 20-something years.

Nov 6, 2015

Jeanne talks with Sarah Bowen Shea, author of the three books about running and motherhood and founder of the online running community - Another Mother Runner, about why exercise is essential for moms before, during and after pregnancy.

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