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Author: Dr. Nicole C. Rankins

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You're not alone in your uncertainty about this monumental life stage of pregnancy and birth. If you’re ready to replace the overwhelm of late-night Googling with expert conversations and stories of strength and positivity from women just like you — join us on the top-rated All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast. The All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast is your place for supportive, evidence-based information from Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins, an OB/GYN physician who’s been in practice for nearly 15 years and has helped over 1000 babies into this world. You’ll also learn from innovative experts and hear stories of strength and resilience from parents and moms-to-be experiencing the same overwhelm and excitement as you.

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Today, licensed child psychologist Dr. Cara Goodwin, PhD, joins the podcast to tackle some common topics from the angle of research and data. We break down important facts about holding your baby, sleep training, pacifiers, and even some science behind baby talk! Dr. Goodwin specializes in child development and founded Parenting Translator with the mission of taking recent scientific research and translating it into information that parents can use in their everyday lives. In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -Whether you can spoil a baby by holding them too much -How baby-wearing can have myriad benefits in addition to freeing up your hands -What is the science around co-sleeping -Whether sleep training has an affect on developmental outcomes -How baby talk can actually help advance language development -What are some of the many reasons to read with baby -What does research say about baby soothers i.e. pacifiers Full website notes: drnicolerankins.com/episode133 Register for my free birth plan class - How to Make a Birth Plan That Works. Check out The Birth Preparation Course Take a quick, fun labor pain quiz Our Sponsors: * Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: drmombuttbalm.com * Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv * Head to byheart.com/podcast my code DRNICOLE for a great deal! Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Today you’re going to learn about fibroids in pregnancy In this episode, you’ll first learn a bit about fibroids outside of pregnancy because it’s important to understand that in order to understand how they impact pregnancy. After that I’ll explain the risk factors and symptoms associated. I will also explain the safest options for symptom management. Find full show notes at drnicolerankins.com/episode103 and check out all the free pregnancy & birth resources I have for you at drnicolerankins.com/resources. Our Sponsors: * Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: drmombuttbalm.com * Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv * Head to byheart.com/podcast my code DRNICOLE for a great deal! Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
For many parents, selecting where they’re going to give birth is an important part of the planning process. However, Jodi lives on a small island with only one hospital and didn’t have a choice in the matter.Though she and her baby are healthy, the birth was intensely challenging. Jodi’s pain went under-treated and many procedures were done without adequate communication. While I want to acknowledge that rural and remote medicine is complex, the pain Jodi suffered is unacceptable.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:How long it took to get from Jodi’s home to the hospitalHow her “advanced maternal age” affected the care she receivedWhy she was unable to leave the bed during deliveryWhy doctors were in a hurry to get the baby outHow doctors could’ve done a better job of communicatingWhether forceps are still commonly usedWhat it was like for Jodi to experience an episiotomy & forceps delivery without adequate pain managementWhat steps were taken to deliver/remove the placenta--Full website notes: drnicolerankins.com/episode258Check out The Birth Preparation CourseRegister for the class How to Create a Birth Plan the Right WayOur Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: drmombuttbalm.com* Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv* Head to byheart.com/podcast my code DRNICOLE for a great deal!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Normally the umbilical cord has 3 vessels - 2 arteries and one vein. What does it mean when your baby's umbilical cord has 2 vessels instead of 3? How do you know if this is a concern for your baby? I answer this listener question from Jessica in this episode!If you have a question you'd like me to answer, shoot me a DM on Instagram @drnicolerankins. Our Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: drmombuttbalm.com* Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv* Head to byheart.com/podcast my code DRNICOLE for a great deal!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
In this episode, you'll learn all the tests that are recommended during pregnancy. I’ll break things down by trimester and talk about why the tests are done and what the results of the tests mean. You can use this information to prepare for upcoming tests or go back and ask questions about ones that were done in the past.The bulk of testing is done in the first trimester. Early screening is vital for the health of you and your baby. Healthcare doesn’t often focus on preventative care so use this opportunity to be proactive and plan ahead.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:Which tests are recommended and done during pregnancyWhy you should register for access to your electronic medical recordsWhy we don’t want you to go into birth having low plateletsWhat happens in the case of an RH negative parent and an RH positive babyWhich conditions can be passed on from parent to babyWhy we screen for several STIsWhat we can learn from analyzing a urine sampleWhy genetic testing is doneWhat an anatomy scan looks forWhy it’s important to check for and address gestational diabetes--Full website notes: drnicolerankins.com/episode257Check out The Birth Preparation CourseRegister for the class How to Create a Birth Plan the Right WayOur Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: drmombuttbalm.com* Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv* Head to byheart.com/podcast my code DRNICOLE for a great deal!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
The term high risks gets used a lot and can mean very different things depending on your unique circumstances. Learn what "high risk" actually means as well as questions you need to ask if you've been told you're "high risk".Join me in my free LIVE class Make A Birth Plan The Right Way! Grab your seat at drnicolerankins.com/birthplanOur Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: drmombuttbalm.com* Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv* Head to byheart.com/podcast my code DRNICOLE for a great deal!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Mallory Whitmore knows her stuff about formula! She’s a certified infant feeding tech, leader of education at Bobbie–the only mom-founded and mom-run U.S. formula brand–and she’s the face behind The Formula Mom, an online platform for infant feeding info and support.To be clear, she’s not against breastfeeding, quite the opposite in fact! Her mission is to help parents make informed, confident, and supported infant feeding decisions–without guilt or shame. If that means all breastmilk, all formula, or someplace in between, all that matters is that your baby gets the nutrition they need!In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:How formula compares to breast milkWhich “bioactive components” are found in breast milkWhat parents should look for in a formula - ignore the marketing hype!What types of formula are availableHow to figure out which formula is right for youWhat signs can indicate a formula is not working for your babyHow long you should give it before you switch to a different formulaHow to feed a combination of breastmilk and formulaWhat actually makes DIY formula riskyWhy it’s so important to destigmatize formula feedingWhat the difference is between absolute risk and relative risk--Full website notes: drnicolerankins.com/episode256Check out The Birth Preparation CourseRegister for the class How to Create a Birth Plan the Right WayOur Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: drmombuttbalm.com* Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv* Head to byheart.com/podcast my code DRNICOLE for a great deal!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Making a birth plan is a really important part of helping you have the birth you want. A birth plan helps you think through the things that you want for your birth and communicate your wishes with your birth team. To make the most of your birth plan, be sure to ask your doctor the 4 key questions you'll learn in this short episode!And to learn 4 more questions to ask as well as how to approach the process, tips to get your doctor and nurses to pay attention and what to include, join me in my FREE LIVE class Make A Birth Plan The RIGHT Way. Register at drnicolerankins.com/birthplan Our Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: drmombuttbalm.com* Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv* Head to byheart.com/podcast my code DRNICOLE for a great deal!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Amy had what she calls an "easy pregnancy". The birth was the difficult part. Her labor came on quickly and then stalled. While hospital staff nudged her along by breaking her water and administering Pitocin, it became clear that something was wrong.Amy was sick - she was showing symptoms of infection. As she faded in and out of consciousness, her family and care team discussed the options. Eventually it was decided that a C-section was the best choice.After birth, Amy didn't get her “TV moment" with her baby. Her son was taken to the NICU and she had to spend a week in the hospital. Once they were reunited, it was still difficult to feel connected. She wanted to share her story to help others feel less alone. I guarantee you, you are going to be on the edge of your seat and really learn a lot from Amy's birth story.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:How long Amy and her partner worked to get pregnantWhat a “push prep” class is and why Amy recommends itWhy she describes the attending physician as “not friendly”How infection symptoms can affect a pregnancyWhy she considers her breastfeeding experience “a miracle”How therapy helped Amy cope with difficult postpartum feelings--Full website notes: drnicolerankins.com/episode255Check out The Birth Preparation CourseRegister for the class How to Create a Birth Plan the Right WayOur Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: drmombuttbalm.com* Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv* Head to byheart.com/podcast my code DRNICOLE for a great deal!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Dysmorphic milk ejection reflex, also known as D-MER, is a condition experienced by lactating women and individuals where you feel a sudden, brief, and very intense negative emotional response just before milk letdown or release.Learn about this important and underrecognized condition in this short episode.Join me LIVE on April 30th for my FREE class - Make A Birth Plan The RIGHT Way! Grab your spot at drnicolerankins.com/birthplanOur Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: drmombuttbalm.com* Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv* Head to byheart.com/podcast my code DRNICOLE for a great deal!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
This episode is being released during Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17). Black Maternal Health Week was created by The Black Mamas Matter Alliance, a national coalition created to ensure all Black Mamas have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy. In this episode you’re going to learn about pregnancy-related morbidity and mortality. Specifically, you’ll learn about the racial disparities in obstetric care as well as causes and solutions. You'll also learn how to keep yourself safe and how to help other pregnant people, too.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:How maternal morbidity and mortality are definedHow many people die from pregnancy-related causes each yearHow morbidity and mortality rates vary by raceWhy focusing on Black Mamas is essentialHow to interpret maternal data correctlyWhat the most common causes are of pregnancy-related deathWhat you can do to help--Full website notes: drnicolerankins.com/episode254Check out The Birth Preparation CourseRegister for the class How to Create a Birth Plan the Right WayOur Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: drmombuttbalm.com* Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv* Head to byheart.com/podcast my code DRNICOLE for a great deal!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Black Maternal Health week is April 11-17th!In this short episode I'm sharing some facts about Black Maternal Health.As I've done before, during Black Maternal Health week I'm collecting donations to giveaway spots in my online childbirth education class, The Birth Preparation Course. I'd love for my community to come together and donate enough to give away 10 spots! Please donate whatever you can at drnicolerankins.com/help.Our Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: drmombuttbalm.com* Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv* Head to byheart.com/podcast my code DRNICOLE for a great deal!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
I love connecting you with other physicians who have a real heart and passion for caring for people and that’s exactly what you’re going to get in this episode with Dr. Jess. Since she was 10 years old, Dr. Jess Daigle (@momandme_md) knew she wanted to be a pediatrician and neonatologist. Now a board-certified pediatrician and CEO of Mom & Me MD, a concierge practice that focuses on providing in-home care and support for moms and babies after a NICU stay, she has made that dream a reality and then some.Dr Jess’s dedication to NICU care is rooted in her own challenging experiences with pregnancy and birth including a loss at 19 weeks and bedrest for 65 days followed by a preterm birth with her second pregnancy. Her passion and commitment for her work really shines through in this episode and you can’t help but listen to her and think “Man, I would love for her to be my doctor!”. We have a great conversation about 5 areas to prepare for when you’re having a baby (mom, baby, relationships, household, and career) as well as the importance of advocating for oneself and asking questions.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:How Dr. Jess’s personal experience shapes the kind of physician she isWhy she wishes she would’ve done things differently after pregnancy lossWhat makes Mom & Me MD different from other postpartum care servicesWhich unique emotional struggles affect families with babies in critical careWhat “fourth trimester” refers to and how this period can be more challenging for NICU parentsHow to create a postpartum “9-1-1 Crew”Why you should prepare for postpartum while you’re still pregnant--Full website notes: drnicolerankins.com/episode253Check out The Birth Preparation CourseRegister for the class How to Create a Birth Plan the Right WayOur Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: drmombuttbalm.com* Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv* Head to byheart.com/podcast my code DRNICOLE for a great deal!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
In this short episode I answer this question from Bailey:I was wondering if you could speak on partial-molar pregnancy in your podcast? My husband and I recently lost our baby due to this and I had to go through with a d&c, and this was something I hadn’t heard of until it happened to us. Thank you.If you have a question you want me to answer in the podcast shoot me a DM on Instagram @drnicolerankins!Our Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: drmombuttbalm.com* Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv* Head to byheart.com/podcast my code DRNICOLE for a great deal!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Andrea planned an induction at 39 weeks, but things didn't go as anticipated. She thought that her water broke just after 38 weeks and went to the hospital. It turned out that it didn't, but her blood pressure was high and her baby had turned to a transverse position - which is basically going across the uterus - and no matter how hard we try, a baby is not going to fit through the vagina that way. So she ended up having to have a C-section.A lot of things did not go great with her experience. Quite honestly, some of the things she experienced were just plain awful. Most of the nurses were great but one in particular made her feel like she was failing as a mom. Plus there were some other not ideal experiences which she’ll explain in the episode. These experiences resulted in postpartum depression and anxiety.Now, despite those challenges, she's also going to share how she’s taking care of herself now. Working with a postpartum coach and a pelvic floor physical therapist have helped her grieve the vaginal birth she wanted but didn't have.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:Why she referred to her prenatal doctor’s visits as “conveyer belt care”How insurance limited what services she had access toHow connecting with other expectant parents, both online and in person, helped her through a difficult pregnancyWhich symptoms she experienced (basically every one you can imagine)How she felt when she realized she wasn’t going to have a vaginal birthWhat her c-section felt likeWhat made her unhappy with her lactation supportHow medication has helped with her postpartum depression--Full website notes: drnicolerankins.com/episode252Check out The Birth Preparation CourseRegister for the class How to Create a Birth Plan the Right WayOur Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: drmombuttbalm.com* Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv* Head to byheart.com/podcast my code DRNICOLE for a great deal!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Stop fighting and listen to your body! This doesn't mean what you think.....Make A Birth Plan The RIGHT Way - Free Class! Check out The Birth Preparation Course and get calm, confident, and empowered for your birth.If you like this podcast please support it at drnicolerankins.com/support.Our Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: drmombuttbalm.com* Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv* Head to byheart.com/podcast my code DRNICOLE for a great deal!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Amniotic fluid (AF) is the liquid that surrounds your baby after the first few weeks of pregnancy. An adequate amount of amniotic fluid is absolutely, positively critical for fetal health. If it’s too low, there can be a risk of severe fetal deformations, umbilical cord compression, and in extreme cases, fetal death. On the other side, if it’s too high, there’s a range of other fetal disorders that can occur affecting both you and your baby. Neither extreme is very common, but they both require monitoring and special care.In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:What the purpose of amniotic fluid isWhat it is made up ofWhere it comes fromHow it is measuredHow low and high AF can affect development--Full website notes: drnicolerankins.com/episode251Check out The Birth Preparation CourseRegister for the class How to Create a Birth Plan the Right WayIf you like All Abou Pregnancy & Birth consider supporting it financially! You can do so here.Our Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: drmombuttbalm.com* Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv* Head to byheart.com/podcast my code DRNICOLE for a great deal!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Social media will have you believing you have to do SO MUCH when you are having a baby. I'm here to tell you that you don't! Learn exactly that things you don't have to do just because you're having a baby.Make A Birth Plan The Right Way - FREE Class!Click here to support All About Pregnancy & Birth!Our Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: drmombuttbalm.com* Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv* Head to byheart.com/podcast my code DRNICOLE for a great deal!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
This week’s guest is Dr. Andrea Wadley. She is board certified in both pediatrics AND breastfeeding medicine. In fact she’s one of only 100 physicians in the country who is board certified in breastfeeding medicine. With all of the unreliable information out there, it’s so important to seek out authorities like her.It would be great if your doctor was an expert in breastfeeding but the fact is, whether it’s your OB/GYN or pediatrician, that’s rarely the case. That’s where you’re going to have to take some initiative. Educate yourself, seek out a lactation consultant, and of course listen to this episode with Dr. Wadley! Even if you can’t visit her in person, you can find all kinds of resources and ways to connect with her through the links below!In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:What makes Dr. Wadley’s model of care uniqueWhich factors can affect milk productionWhat to expect with breastfeeding in the first 24 hoursWhat is colostrum and how much is normal to produceWhen to consider using formulaWhat the average timeline is for milk coming inWhy having a proper latch is crucialWhether you should try hand expression--Full website notes: drnicolerankins.com/episode250Check out The Birth Preparation CourseRegister for the class How to Create a Birth Plan the Right WayIf you love All About Pregnancy & Birth, please support it here!Our Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: drmombuttbalm.com* Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv* Head to byheart.com/podcast my code DRNICOLE for a great deal!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
I have a terrible time with seasonal allergies! And I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you have a hard time too, they might get worse in pregnancy. Get info on medication-free techniques (where I recommend you start) and medications to help with those turrrrible seasonal allergies!Also, please do me a big favor and leave a review of the podcast in Apple podcasts. It's SUCH a huge help!Our Sponsors:* Check out Dr. Mom Butt Balm: drmombuttbalm.com* Check out Informed Pregnancy Media: www.informedpregnancy.tv* Head to byheart.com/podcast my code DRNICOLE for a great deal!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
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Annie Hall

I was disappointed by this episode. I learned and used a fertility-awareness method (with a consultant) and successfully used it for years to prevent and then plan pregnancy. I love the body awareness it gave me and the freedom I had to avoid all of the negative side effects of most other contraception methods. I plan to continue using fertility awareness postpartum and was hoping to get some helpful information for how to do this while breastfeeding. This episode mostly just described these methods as ineffective and didn't give much helpful information for how to use a method like this method effectively.

May 21st
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Katherine Connell

great episode! there needs to be more support and info on the pp period.

Jan 30th
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Yolanda A Bonner

1. Be an advocate for yourself 2. Symptoms of pre-eclampsia 3. Monitor blood pressure and weight

Sep 17th
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Yolanda A Bonner

Great podcast

Sep 17th
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