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