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Eva Williams is the founder of Golden Lotus; A divine online portal of meditations, movement practices, and sexual/spiritual energy education designed to cultivate spiritual awakening, sexual activation, and embodied sovereignty. This episode explores rebirth and the unfolding of the sacred feminine through preparation and activation rituals, with a deep dive into birth and pregnancy. Tahnee and Eva journey into the numinous layers of Eva's healing work, her Golden Lotus portal, her focus on cultivating and purifying the body through ancient techniques, sexual embodiment, self-pleasure practices, and the many dimensions of birth work. A healer and teacher with over a decade of experience in bodywork, energy work, and feminine sexual cultivation techniques, Eva carries a depth of knowledge that women need now more than ever. Currently, the way most women in society birth is within the structure of an over-medicalised patriarchal system. Sacred feminine lineages of natural birthing wisdom have been at large, replaced with time constraints, interventions, inductions, and regulations; The antithesis of a naturally unfolding feminine space. How did we end up here? With so much of her work focused on this space and where sexual embodiment falls into birth, Eva discusses the importance of birth preparation; From detoxing, orgasms, and opening the pelvis to the deep work of trusting the body and baby to do what they instinctively know how to do. This conversation is a deep weaving of energetic, sexual, and birth culture healing; For all women, past, present, and future. "Many people come into tantra with a concept of a partner base in mind. But the way I was trained, particularly with my teachers in this more Sufi tradition, I never went into any of this work looking for my sexuality. I never thought I would only work with women; I never thought I would be working with birth. That was not my aim; My aim was to heal people. I worked on everyone. Ultimately, I wanted to find God. I wanted a very deep spiritual experience or a series of those. And over time, that guided me in that direction. But there was a level of care and sobriety cultivated within me before I was put on that path. And this level of deep devotion and sobriety to my self-development was paramount". - Eva Williams Tahnee and Eva discuss: Doula work. Ultrasounds. Inducing labour. Foetal monitoring. Dolphin midwives. Birth preparation. Empowered birth. Tantric practices. Devine Female Orgasm. Self-pleasure practices. Feminine embodiment. Female sexuality and birth. The pelvis is a fluid body. Somatics and embodiment. Time constraints placed on pregnancy and birthing. Who is Eva Louise Williams? Eva Louise Williams is a healer and teacher with over a decade of experience in bodywork, energy work, and feminine sexual cultivation techniques. She began her journey at 18 learning reiki and pranic healing, before becoming initiated into Kriya yoga (the lineage of Babaji) at 20, then went on to study Shiatsu, Japanese Acupuncture, and Taoist sexual cultivation techniques. She began teaching others at 26 and received the transmission for Golden Lotus at the age of 29. She currently has over 10,000 hours of experience as a bodyworker and teacher. Eva is also a doula, a birth educator, and an RYT 500 in tantric Hatha and kundalini lineages. Golden Lotus was founded to both serve and lead female seekers towards awakening and remembering Self-love & trust. It is a series of teachings that cultivate spiritual and sovereign embodiment; the focus lies in stabilising, purifying, and awakening through ancient techniques and spiritual secrets taught through a state of ritual and Holy full-body Prayer. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON APPLE PODCAST Resources: goldenlotus.com Golden Lotus Instagram Q: How Can I Support The SuperFeast Podcast? A: Tell all your friends and family and share online! We'd also love it if you could subscribe and review this podcast on iTunes. Or check us out on Stitcher, CastBox, iHeart RADIO:)! Plus we're on Spotify! Check Out The Transcript Here: Tahnee: (00:00) Hi everybody, and welcome to the SuperFeast Podcast. Today, I'm joined by Eva Williams. I'm really excited to have her here. I've been following her work online and she's really aligned with what we do at SuperFeast. She's an explorer of this wide world of Daoist medicine through the Japanese lineage, but also, she waves in, from what I can tell, you seem to bring in all these beautiful, different traditions, Sufism, Kriya yoga, different types of feminine embodiment, Pranic healing, that kind of stuff. So I'm really excited to have you here today. I'm really excited to share with our community your work. Tahnee: (00:37) And if you guys are interested, we'll talk about it through the podcast, but Eva has a whole lot of resources on her website, courses you can do related to different aspects of a lot of the stuff we teach at SuperFeast. So thank you for joining us here today, Eva, it's such a pleasure to have you here. Eva Williams: (00:53) My pleasure. Thank you so much. Tahnee: (00:57) Yeah, I'm so excited. I think I first came across you on Instagram and I've had a look through what you offer. I know you haven't studied with Mantak, but it really seems aligned with a lot of the work that I learned through studying with him, the feminine work around energy cultivation. Obviously, you've studied Shiatsu and Japanese acupuncture. So you speak to the meridians and all those kinds of things. Would you mind telling us a bit about your journey here? How did you get to be offering Golden Lotus to the world? Eva Williams: (01:30) Yeah, sure. All right. My journey's been quite interesting in terms of length because my mom is really into alternative medicine. I remember when I was six years old and I just had this incredibly bad tonsillitis, it was to the point where I was being taken out of school for days and days every week. And my mom noticed that I responded really, really well to the osteopath that she would take us to because she used to take us all three to the osteopath regularly. And so the osteopath said, "Look, this kid is responsive as hell. You should just take her to a cranial osteopath because that will help." Eva Williams: (02:12) So I started going to this professional cranial osteopath when I was six, and it was the only thing that assisted, it was the only thing my body would really respond to. So really, from an early age, my mom knew that, particularly me, I think my brother and sister definitely as well, but particularly me, if anything would happen, like when I was 13 and I had anxiety, my mom was like, "Oh, we could put her on anti-anxiety or we could do reflexology with Bach flower remedies." And also, I had psoriasis, I had developed psoriasis when I was 13. And psoriasis, for those of you who don't know, is a skin issue, and it's one of these just really stubborn, autoimmune things. Eva Williams: (02:55) Anything that's autoimmune is basically, no offence to all of the fantastic doctors and the medical community, but anything that's autoimmune is basically in the realm of, "We don't really know what the fuck is happening, so here's some steroids. That's where we're at." And so I started trying out these different things and some of them are called like bowel neurotherapies, which are where you'd have a salt bath and then UV light therapy or something like that. And there's not a lot of sun in the Netherlands where I was living at the time. So I started getting into this world where every time I'd be going to this clinic, I'd be checking out the cards on the notice board. Eva Williams: (03:34) And there'd always be like random things like Karma healing or like emotional Chakra clearing. And one day I found this card and I was like, "This is so good." I walked around with this card for like a week or two, and then I called the person. And I remember, as soon as I called her, she was like, "Yeah, how can I help you?" I'm like, "Look, I don't really know what you do. Do you speak English? I don't really know what you do, but I feel really like this is something that I need to try." And she was like, "Hmm, no, you need Dini." I was like, "I'm sorry, have we even met? I'm trying to book an appointment with you." Eva Williams: (04:04) And she was like, "No, you need Dini." I was like, "Oh, okay. I need Dini." And then this woman was this like 75-year-old woman who looked so young. And she was like, "How old do you think I am?" I'm like, "We've been through this before." She was just amazing. And she barely spoke any English. And I remember I was 15 when I first went to see her, and she did Meridian massage. She did Meridian clearing and healing. She was just a healer, so she would tell me a bunch of different things, and then she would do this work on me. She would tell me things that I look back on now, I'm like, "Dude, she was so on point." Eva Williams: (04:44) But at the time, I was like, "What the fuck is she talking about?" She's like, "You're taking on a lot from your father." I'm like, "Okay." Tahnee: (04:51) What does that mean? Eva Williams: (04:51) Exactly. And now, I'm like, "I'm that person." But it was quite a unique experience. And I remember when she first read my astrology chart, she just looked at me. And it was very Dutch. The Dutch are very dry, they don't beat around the bush, they're very pragmatic and straightforward. And she was like, "Wow, that's not good." I was like, "Why are you doing this to me?" So she started saying to me really early on when I was 15, 16, I didn't like high school, so I left high school when I was 15 to teach myself. She started saying to me really regularly, "You have to promise me that you will do this work." She's like, "Do you think what I do is amazing?" I'm like, "I think it's pretty out there." Eva Williams: (05:36) And she's like, "Okay, but what you are going to do is this, but much, much more." And she's like, "You have to promise me." And my mom taught me from when I was really young that a promise is a really strong word and you don't use it if you can't keep it. So I was like, "Far out, man, this is my life ahead of me and you want me to..., " But she sent me to some other people, liquid crystal healers and all sorts of things, so I was getting into some really bizarro stuff. And I wasn't telling my parents that much about this because it no longer had this homoeopathic application anymore. Now, it was just like, "Fuck it, I'm going to go on a journey and meet the [inaudible 00:06:07]. See you later." Eva Williams: (06:08) I was getting into some really out-there stuff at like 16, 17, but it was, it was really amazing. So I followed that thread and I taught myself, I homeschooled myself. And I got into a really great university. And so I went to university, everyone told me people are more free thinking in university, etc, etc. And I thought, "Okay, great." But actually I didn't find that, I actually found that the institutionalised information had just become denser. I didn't find that people were more free thinking, I found that there were more presumptions. And especially for someone who didn't go through the IB or the international baccalaureate programme, it was really difficult for me. Eva Williams: (06:51) I had some really awakening moments, just some really jarring stuff happened where I was like, "I don't think I really belong here." And my dad moved to India that year, and so my brother and sister and I all went to see him in India. My dad's a geologist, so all around the house, ever since we were little, we'd had tumbled rocks, amethyst, turquoise, this or that. So he was always teaching us about all these crystals. So when my brother and I got to India, we saw the tumbled rocks, these beautiful amethyst, and we both took one. We were like, "Let's go to the Himalayas." Eva Williams: (07:28) He's like, "Yeah, let's learn yoga from a really old yogi." I was like, "Yeah, let's go do that." So and I was like, "Dad, I'm taking this rock with me." He's like, "If you take that, you're bringing it back. That's my rock." So I took this amethyst in my pocket and I went into the Himalayas. And I met a woman and she... I wanted to study Reiki, that was my thing. She just looked at me and she was like, "Hey, look, I'm going to give you these codes for all the different levels of Reiki, and then I need you to come back and I want you to teach my level two students." I'm like, "Lady, I just walked in here. I don't know what Reiki is yet." Tahnee: (08:01) I've got to learn. Eva Williams: (08:06) "I've got a nab at this, I had a dream on the bus. There's a lot going on right now. I don't think I'm ready to teach people something I haven't learned." But what she was picking up on was that I could touch people and feel what they were experiencing. So I came back the next day, and I was just putting my hands on people and I just explained what I could see or feel. And she's like, "You need to promise me ... " I was like, "You know what, I've heard all of this before, my friend. I have heard all of this before." So I went back to the Netherlands to university, and I was doing my 30 days. You have to do this self Reiki thing after you do Reiki. Eva Williams: (08:45) And during that period of time, I was like, "I'm not meant to be an architect, I'm not meant to be doing what I'm doing. And so I need to go." And so I gave away everything I owned and I said to my dad, "I'm free again." And he's like, "Yeah, great. You left high school twice and now you're leaving an international honours university. This is a great run you're having over here. I hope you put my amethyst back." Tahnee: (09:07) Yeah. So proud. Eva Williams: (09:10) He's like, "You'll face... " I'm joking. And he was like, "Okay, look, you've always been who you are, no one's stopping that. But what are you going to do? You should have a bit of a plan." And I was like, "Yeah, well, what do I have to my name?" He's laughing. He's like, "What do you have to your name? You're a broke student. You have nothing but a ticket home to New Zealand that I will give you until you're 22." So I was like, "All right, great. I'll take it." So I went to New Zealand for three weeks and I went for a Reiki session. And this woman, she did that same thing, she's like, "You don't need me, you need Barbara and you need Jan." Eva Williams: (09:43) And I'm like, "Okay, send me the names." So I started exploring all these different modalities of incredible light work, just incredible, incredible things while I was there. I go down to the ocean and dolphins would come and visit me, and then I'd go see the healers, and they're like, "You called those dolphins." I'm like, "Okay. All right. Let's calm down." But now I'm like, "We all call the dolphins." Now, I'm like, "Of course, I called the dolphins." Tahnee: (10:07) They're our people. Eva Williams: (10:08) My allies. They came to me in my hour of need. It was just a beautiful time. And then one day, in my heart, I just heard... I was waiting for that moment where you hear it from within, because I have a very active mind, so I can make up whatever I want to hear. But I heard Melbourne from my heart. And I was like, "Okay, that's where it's going to be." So I called my parents, I'm like, "I'm going to Melbourne." They were like, "Oh, thank God, she's got a plan." And I went there and I thought I was going to stay doing something graphic design or something design oriented, because that's a big part of my passion in life. Eva Williams: (10:42) And I found the Australian Shiatsu College, and I found my shakes. I found my Sufi shakes. And once I found these two things, everything else fell in line. Yes, I was initiated into Kriya yoga over when I was 21, which was amazing. When I was 20, still finding my feet, I hadn't found the college yet, I hadn't found my shakes yet. I used to lie in my bedroom listening to singing balls. And that was this one guy who I just loved, very camp, but amazing, but just incredible sound healer, just such an amazing heart and soul. And he would just put all this water in a bow and he'd be like, "These are the dolphin's ball, the dolphins are coming to sing us." Eva Williams: (11:26) And he would hit it and he would play it. And it was like, oh my God, this man, I don't even know where he comes from, but he's amazing." So one day I fell asleep, listening to this and I woke up and how you know YouTube just plays. And I saw this image on my screen, and I looked at it and it was this blue light and this golden man. And it just said, "The golden body of the Yogi." And I knew in that moment this is why I'm on the planet. This is why I'm on the planet. And so then I found out who that was, and that was an image of Babaji. And so then I found out about Kriya yoga. Eva Williams: (12:00) And it's interesting because when I had looked for yoga schools in India years before, the only ones that I had found that I wanted to go to were the Kriya yoga schools. And so I became initiated into the Kriya yoga lineage of the Babaji and then his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya, and then Sri Yukteswar, and Paramahamsa Yogananda. And that was the beginning of things unlocking for me. And then I found Shiatsu in oriental medicine, and I went on to study Japanese acupuncture. And then I also found a teacher, a female teacher, and she did a beautiful mixture of yoga and Daoist work with the Jade egg. And then through the studies that I was doing and her even teaching in the same building, I just made this place my home and we'd get all these amazing international practitioners. Eva Williams: (12:50) I found myself picking up exactly what I needed from that, including doula training and all sorts of things like this that were going on in the space. And then I worked at a Japanese bath house after I graduated for five years or so, I think it was, or something around that. And I really was so lucky because even if you want to rack up hours as a practitioner, it's very hard to find a place to be doing flat out work as Shiatsu practitioner just right out of school. But I was able to rack up at 10,000 hours really quickly in my first, I would say, first six or seven years of work. Eva Williams: (13:27) And then I went to Bali, I got married. I went to Bali for a honeymoon, and then I just decided I was going to move to Dubai because it was something I really wanted to do. And then about a year into being in Dubai, I was just lying in the bathtub and I just had this full download through my body. And these images came to me and all this stuff and I was just being told what to do like, "You need to write this down, you need to go and get these things." And I was told to build out a whole altar. So I had this massive altar. And I was just sitting in front of it like, "Okay, I now live in a church. What next?" Eva Williams: (14:06) My husband, he was in Iraq at the time, so he wasn't home. So I was like, "Nobody's going to know about my weird little mat?" And then when he came home, he's like, "That's a lot of candles. Do you need to light all of them at once? Are we doing a séance? What's happening here?" But as I was doing this, the spirits of these different plants I've been told to buy exactly 13 were coming to me, people were sending me things. I was finding things that I'd had in my library for a long time, I'd just never seen them with that particular glow or from that angle, that a transmission was coming through. Eva Williams: (14:41) And I basically just sat down and I wrote the 10 transmissions of level one of Golden Lotus, which is the eight extraordinary vessels and the 12 main meridians. Unless you do a practitioner training, I don't do Triple Warmer and Pericardium. So it's basically just the five elements. So water, wood, earth, metal as it were, and fire. And then the eight extraordinary. But we do the Chong Mai twice because it has the main vessel and then two other vessels. And for the purpose of female sexual cultivation, it's important actually to separate those two. And then from there, it just started unlocking, like level two became the three gates of orgasm and just the content was just pouring down. Eva Williams: (15:28) And it was a mixture between a really pure transmission I was being guided to and led to, and then a really deep weaving of just years and years. I'm very, very autodidactic because I didn't go to high school even, so my ability to sit and research and work if I have the impetus is quite high. If not, guess what? Tahnee: (15:54) Very low. I can relate to that. Eva Williams: (16:00) I'm like, "Let's have a show of hands." I'm pretty sure everyone's like, "Yeah, that's a... '' So I was able to just channel this, and then it just was really natural that these two modalities, the way it's structured is that the level one is really about working with the Yoni egg, so the Jade egg. It's really about clearing your own body, detoxing and recentralizing through the pelvis. So clearing trauma in the pelvis, opening the sensitivity of the pelvis, and really weaving in the whole rest of the body to a pelvic alignment. So beginning to really understand all of these different reflex zones that we have in the body that all relate to the pelvis. Eva Williams: (16:43) And I don't just mean the internal reflex zones of the different organ systems, I also mean really beginning to explore somatically the balance between the sacrum and the buttock and the stone and the breasts, or how there's different alignments of your pelvis and your jaw and your mouth. And there's multiple different ways that we can set up these reflexologies that allow us to have a sense that we're hinging from the pelvis. So it's very much about coming into that, and it's not supposed to be... It's supposed to basically teach you how to come into contact with your own energy, to disperse it through your whole body so that you can actually have proper tantra experiences and also to self-regulate. Eva Williams: (17:23) Because the level two work, it's almost like we go from a pelvic central model out to the body. And then the next level is all more explicit. So it's like self-pleasure practises. Or if we do like a retreat, we'll do some touch exchange practises. If you come to my clinic, I will do internal work at times, things like this. And so that's very triggering work. And I've seen, because I have been in many of these schools with sexual energy, the lack of self-regulation that is taught before highly activating practises come into play. And I didn't like that. Eva Williams: (18:02) And so while I didn't necessarily plan the way that Golden Lotus was channelled, it is a very deep reflection of the beliefs in the general that I've taken, which is that we need to prepare our body before we do all this highly sexual activating practise. Because otherwise, I think one of the big things in the tantra communities and things that's happened is, it's just become all about sex dressed up as something spiritual, you know? Tahnee: (18:26) Oh, I know. Eva Williams: (18:28) You're like, "Really? I've never come across this before." Tahnee: (18:31) I'm just laughing because I spent some time at Agama Yoga in Thailand I have never laughed so hard. We did a 10 day silent meditation and we were asked to abstain from sex for 10 days. And every day, someone would ask, "I really feel like I need to have sex today. Could I possibly not have... " I was like, "So you guys can't go 10 days without touching yourself or someone else." I've never seen anything like it. So if you love Agama, I found it a really toxic culture. It was almost high school. I was really shocked. Eva Williams: (19:10) It's infamous. It's infamous for this. My teacher went there, one of my teachers was there and she told me all about it. And then even recently, I was sitting with a friend and I was mentioning some of these things, and she was like, "Oh my gosh. One time, when I was at the very beginning of my path, I went to this place." And as soon as she said it, I knew. I was like, "I know where you were talking about. I've never been there myself, but it's infamous." Tahnee: (19:37) It was an experience. Yes, I hear you. Eva Williams: (19:37) I think that this thing is also, I think a lot of people come into tantra with a concept of partner base in mind, and the way that I was trained, particularly with my teachers in this more Sufi tradition and things like this, I never went into any of this work looking for my sexuality. I never thought I would only work with women, I never thought I would be working with birth. This was not my aim. My aim was just to heal people. I worked on everyone. And ultimately, my aim was just to find God, I just wanted to have a very deep spiritual experience or a series of those. And so that over time guided into that direction, I just saw the level of care and sobriety that was cultivated within me before putting me onto that path. Eva Williams: (20:30) The level of deep devotion and sobriety to my own self-development was paramount. And so there wasn't a sense of like there was a real sense that I wasn't allowed to just mess around, I wasn't allowed to just go to whatever workshop I wanted or something. I was really guided very strongly as to what is an integrity and what is not an integrity as far as transmissions go. And I'm very grateful for that. At least it worked for me within my system of integrity. So then basically it brought the birth of this beautiful work and I think that people love it when they do it, and I think people do feel that they can regulate themselves through it. Eva Williams: (21:12) And that work for me, very, very naturally falls into birth work. If you are learning how to move and you're learning all these different ways of detoxing and opening your body and then you're learning these three gates of orgasm, which is very specifically sent into the pelvis, so then we are really going into the semantics of the pelvis alone. If you're doing all of that work, that is the birth prep is just extraordinary. And so I developed that into a birthing programme as well, because we need more of that. I think that you're not really taught how much prep goes into birth until you're pregnant. Tahnee: (21:48) And it's really not a great time then to be exploring. Eva Williams: (21:52) No. Not at all because it's traumatic. Tahnee: (21:53) Because of your trauma. Eva Williams: (21:53) You can definitely do some work on it then, but you need some guidance and holding through that because unwinding trauma can take a really long time, the somatic body's not quick Tahnee: (22:10) Not fast, very slow. Eva Williams: (22:17) It really likes to take its time. Tahnee: (22:17) Oh man, it's so true. And I think what is so interesting about what you're speaking to though with coming into birth work, I know for me, I did muntuk's work and I was having internal work there and working with eggs and clearing those, that whole period of time was big for me. It was unpleasant in some ways and really beautiful and powerful in other ways. But I came to birth and I remember thinking like, "If I hadn't done that work, I wouldn't be able to hold myself through pregnancy and birth the way I've been able to, through pregnancy and birth." Tahnee: (22:56) And you are speaking to this sense of sobriety and this sense of strength and just the ability to hold your own energy and read your own energy and tune into it, I think that's the piece for women going in and it's like, you're going to have people try and tell you things that you have to filter through, your truth filters. You have to make decisions around your sovereignty and around your care that you probably... These are big decisions and you don't have much context for them usually. I know for me even being fairly educated, there's just stuff I was like, "Do I have to do this? What are the rules?" Tahnee: (23:32) And I think if you don't have that strong foundation, I think that's stuff golden lotus, it sounds like it just provides that container for women to start to build that trust in themselves so they can go and then really be open to what is honestly the most incredible experience you can have as a woman. I know woman choose not to birth, but for me, profound, but a lot of preparation too, I think in my experience. Eva Williams: (23:58) I think it's really underestimated how much prep it takes. And I think it's also, to understand that you've got so much content that you want to read about the spiritual, about the physiological, but also how much you've got to inform yourself around just- Tahnee: (24:13) Practical. Eva Williams: (24:14) Yeah. Just random medical stuff, because we are taught to just, if someone's wearing a white coat, they know. They wouldn't suggest it if it wasn't for your best. Tahnee: (24:23) Is that true? Eva Williams: (24:23) That's not true. And it's sad. It's so sad to acknowledge that, but that's unfortunately the truth. And so I'm in the process of putting together a programme now which really takes people, basically it's like a month-by-month programme. So you can buy the modules as a month or you can buy them as a whole. And it's got workbooks and meditations. It addresses the emotional, the spiritual, how far along your baby is and where they're growing. Eva Williams: (24:57) And it really also, for me, there's like this very strong concept of, you have the mother, you have the child, and then you have the mother-child unit, this third that's being generated and they call it mama toto in Swahili, this concept of the mother-child. And to build a bridge between these things because one of the things that I've noticed in for example, certain modalities like APA, like the pre and perinatal psychology, people who do fantastic work is that one of the main... how do I explain this for people who don't maybe come from this context? Someone asked me recently, how can you tell if your doula is a good doula? How can you choose a good doula? Eva Williams: (25:44) How many stars are there in the sky, my friend? And then immediately it came to me, I know it really... And I realised that the doula that I really, we don't even call ourselves doula's anymore because we consider ourselves more birth keepers or birth workers because the work gets so close to midwifery at a certain stage that the idea that you are not advocating for a client or all these sorts of things, it doesn't have a place when you get to a certain level of birth work. And these women, all of them speak to the baby individually to the mother. And immediately I realise, "Oh, if your doula will have an individual relationship to the baby, as they do to you, but they are there for you, to me, that's a good doula." Eva Williams: (26:38) And I know that sounds strange, but I come very much from this concept that the baby is always the most conscious being in the room, born or unborn. And so if we can begin to actually... What I would love for more women to know is that a lot of women really get bogged down with this idea like, "It's me, it's my body. Yes, my partner's helping me, but I have to carry this. I feel heavy, this baby's relying on me." And so there becomes almost a scarcity of this really deep sense of drudgery or something related, or just a deep sense of lack of support that becomes related to birth. Eva Williams: (27:10) And one of the things that I think is really important for women to understand is neither on a physiological level, not spiritual level are you alone? This baby is the one that will release the hormone that will tell your body and your stomach when to dilate. This child will send stem cells to heal your body into your blood. This child is there for you, and this child is leading this labour actually. So this child is bringing you energy and bringing you protection, and bringing you gifts of healing. And this moment is actually for you, it's not happening to you, it's happening for you. Eva Williams: (27:49) So the moment that that child is born is your rebirth as well, it is your moment to also let go and let something new come through. And I think that interconnection, that interplay is what allows women to not just trust their body, which is one of the thing that I wish more people could establish prior to falling pregnant, we should call it rising pregnant, "I rose pregnant." Tahnee: (28:14) It's beautiful. Eva Williams: (28:16) But also that they begin to trust not just their body, but the baby. So they're like, "Yeah, my body knows how to do this and this, baby's got this, I've got it. Our relationship got it and my body's got it. So this is what's going to happen." And just really leading from that place. And for many people, that might sound fantastical, but the more that we're going to understand birth, the more that we look at what's happening with the stem cells, the more that we look at the neurology and the physiology of labour itself and the more that if you have done that previously, you'll know that this is real, this is actually what's happening, that there is this very deep exchange of support. Eva Williams: (28:56) And that's what I think is the most powerful thing is when a woman trusts so innately in her body and in the child that has chosen her to take this journey, that bond is what's leading the labour. I just think that that's very powerful. So the course that I've developed is to try to assist with that, and then obviously is also bringing different movements for different trimesters because different parts of the body obviously get affected at different times, and hypnobirthing scripts and of dolphin and whale stuff going on there, because you know, our allies. Tahnee: (29:31) It's so funny all the stuff you're speaking about. With my daughter, she's five now, nearly five, but I had a dolphin come to me while I was pregnant with her in the water. And she had me through the whole pregnancy, guiding everything. I was doing body work at the time and I had this really strong download that I had to stop. And I remember contacting my teacher, who's the female teacher of Chi Nei Tsang from Mantak Chia. She was like, "If the baby's telling you to stop your stuff," and I had this golden thread with her and she was this little golden being, so probably about, I think around two dissolved completely. It got weaker and weaker over time. But just all of that stuff... Tahnee: (30:17) And I had a lot of stuff going on in my life when I was pregnant with her and she just held me like I was... I remember thinking, "I should be really stressed out right now, but I feel really safe and really held through this." And it took me a little while to realise that that was her contributing that to my experience. And I think that trust is something she gave me, which I think is a really beautiful thing. I'm halfway through my pregnancy now, I'm four months, but this pregnancies been really different for me. So it's interesting. I'm interested to see how they play out, because I haven't had that same sense of baby protection or strong baby messages. Tahnee: (31:03) But I'm interested in that space because I think it's hard to talk about that stuff as a woman, the midwives I had were very practical, wonderful women, but they were very grounded and of the earth. And you had a textbook pregnancy and a textbook birth, well done? And I was like, "Yeah, but what about all this cool stuff that's happening to me?" And they were like, "We don't want to talk about that stuff." I was like, "Okay." Eva Williams: (31:33) It's a shame actually because it's weird thing- Tahnee: (31:35) I'm glad you're here. Eva Williams: (31:35) What did you say? Tahnee: (31:38) That I'm glad you're here in the world. Eva Williams: (31:41) Dolphins are so important in birth. That's so important. People who are not getting this message, I'm like, "You guys have to... " I always tell my clients, I'm like, "Just Google." I'll be like, "Yeah, the dolphin midwives." And then everyone at the table laughed. I'm like, "Huh." Wait until you see it. Tahnee: (31:57) It's true, Hawaii. Eva Williams: (31:57) I know. And then I'm like, "Google it. You Google dolphin midwife." And people come back, "Whoa." I'm like, "Yeah, that's actually a"- Tahnee: (32:01) And wasn't they doing it in Russia, the Google something? Eva Williams: (32:05) They did, yes. Birthing to being, Alana's work was incredible. Tahnee: (32:08) Because Jeannine Parvati Baker talks about it a lot in her work, and some other people have talked about studying. Eva Williams: (32:16) I think the woman who found a birth into being, she had a centre in the Caspian sea where the dolphins would come in and people would just be freebirthing in the water, which is wild. And so we have over here, birth it's a very obstetric-run American imported system. It's pretty brutal. So we are looking at different birth centres talk of shifting some things around birth here because Dubai is like a playground in terms of, they're so open to new ideas. And people may not think of them like that from the outside, but they really are. Eva Williams: (32:56) They're so innovative and there's some very special, very, very, very special energy to the Emiratis to the Bedouin people, just something very special. So we were looking at working with a very beautiful woman whose work I incorporate a lot into mine, her name's Dr. Gallery. And she has some beautiful, gentle birth clinics in London and things like this. And she said, "Oh yes, I'd love to come out and do something with you guys in Dubai, but I only want to work with the dolphins." And she's a full OB/GYN. And I was like, "You and me, this is going to work so well." I was like, "Scrap all the land we've found, we're going to the ocean." Eva Williams: (33:43) I was like, "This is the future of it. This is the future of birth." And I think that there's a lot of beautiful places in Cairo and around Egypt as well like in Sharm El Sheikh and in the Red Sea that we might begin to also see really beautiful work with the dolphins popping up. And I know that a couple of people that I know have wanted to do things like this in the North of Ibiza, and South, but the problem is the water's very cold over there, so it's not really something that can work as well. But in these waters, when the dolphin comes to the baby, it is telling you that you are going to give birth soon. Maybe in this instance, I don't know where you were in your pregnancy. Tahnee: (34:18) No. I was heavily pregnant. My husband I got engaged there, and we got married there. It's this very special spot for us. And I was standing probably naval deep in water and it came, honestly, I was terrified. I was not like, "Oh my God." I was like, "Ah, I think a dolphin is coming at me." And it whooshed so close to me. My husband was out deep and he turned around and saw the dolphin and was like, "Whoa." And then there was a whole pod behind him. But it broke off and came and checked me out. And they can sonar heartbeats and stuff so I was thinking it must have been checking me out and being like, "What are you doing?" Eva Williams: (35:00) So what they do is when you're very heavily pregnant, if they come towards you and if they put the nose toward the belly or come very close to you, usually you're always going to give birth. Tahnee: (35:08) I thought it was going to scare me. Eva Williams: (35:08) Oh, what a lovely experience. Tahnee: (35:14) I was not like, "Oh my God." Seriously, I was like, "Holy crap, is this safe?" Eva Williams: (35:18) I know. Every time I was in New Zealand and dolphins came as well, I was swimming in the water and I just shot bowl upright and I was standing and I was like, "There's something in the water." And I'd hear these voices like, "It's okay." I'm like, "It's definitely not fucking okay." My instinct body was like, "This is not okay." And my spiritual body was like, "It's going to be okay." And every part of me was like, "That's fine, but I'm still going to stand because I can run, and those, they can swim. This is not my territory." Tahnee: (35:45) It's true. Eva Williams: (35:49) It's so true. But they can activate the labour. They can do this really strongly by communicating with the child as well. It's something very, very powerful. Tahnee: (35:58) Super cool. And the indigenous people here where we are, they believe that they are their people. Every time I've been in any ceremony or anything they will speak to the whales and the dolphins here as being ancestors. Eva Williams: (36:10) Yeah. They bring children. Tahnee: (36:14) Yeah. It makes a lot of sense. Eva Williams: (36:18) I believe they bring the children because they don't just turn up when a woman's very pregnant to assist in the physiological activation of the hormonal aspects of labour, many, many women will see dolphins on the night they conceive or at the time or just before conception. And whenever a woman's like, "Yeah, we're trying to get pregnant. Oh, I saw dolphins." I'm like, "You go have baby." I had a friend and she saw porpoises. They're not even dolphins, I was like, "You go have a baby." And they did the ultrasound and they tuned it back to that time. Tahnee: (36:49) Perhaps they're related to a dolphin somehow. Eva Williams: (36:51) I'm like, "It could be a manatees, I don't care, you're having a baby." I'm joking. Tahnee: (36:59) An orca. Let's not get too crazy. But it's okay. Tell me about this primary thing. That's interesting, because I know if you're not aware of this, I don't know if we've spoken about this on the podcast yet, so the hormonal cascade that the baby triggers in the mother, this is all these beautiful juicy hormones like oxytocin and things that, A, make birth less painful, which is a good thing. And B, obviously also the whole cascade of uterine contractions, breast milk coming in, all of these things. So the baby actually triggers that. And one of the things that happens a lot in our culture is we induce, or if there's an obstetrician that my midwife shared with me who wants to induce everyone at 38 weeks in a hospital near us. Tahnee: (37:40) And this kind of thing just terrifies me, and I have friends who've waited 43 weeks plus for their babies to come. Eva Williams: (37:48) Especially plus babies. Tahnee: (37:51) My daughter was 42 weeks on the day. And I just think, can you speak a little bit to women who might have fear around, "I'm getting pressure from my OB/GYN or my midwife to induce." I know it's a real slippery topic, but at least speak to that. Eva Williams: (38:06) No, no. It's not. I don't think it's slippery at all, I think it's underdressed. And it's interesting, I remember, so here they've got DHA, the Dubai Health Authority, has a policy around a certain time. Even if your OB/GYN is more liberal, there's a certain red tape that they can't really cross. And so I remember the first hospital birth I did in Dubai, home birth is illegal here by the way. It's actually not illegal to give birth at home, it's illegal for anyone to assist, anyone who has a licence issued by the government could get it taken away if they assist you. Eva Williams: (38:44) So if you bring in a midwife from overseas or for me, I'm not an OB/GYN or a midwife, so I'm also not really assisting people with home births here because I don't think that's necessarily a great thing to do. But if someone were in labour and it was progressing really quickly, rather than stress them out and shove them into a car, I think I know what I'd probably end up doing. But it's an interesting thing because I remember the very first one I attended, the OB/GYN was just pressuring my clients so hard and she was outside and afterwards she was crying. Eva Williams: (39:20) She's like, "I don't know what to do." And so obviously, as a birth worker, I've got 117 different things to pull out of the cupboard because I'm acupuncture, Im like okay acupuncture, we've been doing Homoeopathy week, 36 or 38 at that point, let's try some different homoeopathy, maybe something that's addressing more of the fears and emotions. Let's do massage, let's do the dirty three, hot food, a glass of wine and have some sex, all of that. And then also internal work, massage the cervix, check how it phased someone is, just at that stage of pregnancy. So we did a really beautiful ceremony of her husband and her on the bed, and I did the internal work. It was very dark. We put on music. Eva Williams: (40:10) And we just really checked out what was happening, what the engagement was. So not a vaginal exam, but just to actually see, and definitely not a sweep or something, none of that stuff I'm trained in, but just really actually to feel how the effacement was going, how the pelvis was feeling, what was actually getting caught up in the pelvic. Was there something caught up there or was she just not ready? And for me, it was really clear that she's just not ready. It's her first baby, it's 39 weeks and the baby is just not ready. It's not coming yet. Eva Williams: (40:38) I think that what's difficult about getting pressure... I remember after this situation, I gave them all these techniques. I said, "We're going to make a plan. Don't worry." And they felt better, and I went to my car and I just fucking sat in my car and cried for 20 minutes. The sense of stress and pressure, and it's not even my baby, that happens in that room when a doctor strong arms you and tells you that what they know is right, when it may not feel right for you, is so intense. And I know that doctors don't fully understand that. I know that OB/GYNs, not all of them fully understand that. I have the great privilege of working with many who do. Eva Williams: (41:17) And I remember during this labour, I was sitting out in the hallway and I was just crying. And the doctor came to me and she's like, "Why are you crying?" I'm like, "Dude, you're pushing so hard. This is ridiculous. This is going to end really not well." And then she started tearing up and sat down next to me. And she's like, "It's just a lot of pressure." And we were just having this full heart to heart, just weeping in the hallway. Like, "What the fuck?" But it managed to buy me another 48 hours for my clients, which is amazing. Tahnee: (41:46) Good work. Eva Williams: (41:52) It's so much pressure. It's so much pressure. The thing is that there's very little that actually requires induction. Things that do not require induction, your baby is too big for your pelvis, it's a big baby, your baby has passed 40 weeks, meconium has passed, the cord is around the neck. These are not reasons for induction and they're not reasons for C-sections either. It's just very intense. I think some something that people don't understand is that an OB/GYN or a medical professional on your birth is someone that you want there in an emergency situation, they have no requirement to witness physiological birth. They have none. They do not have to witness a single, natural, physiological birth as part of their training, they have to do surgery. Eva Williams: (42:48) So their whole frame of reference is coming that birth as an emergency. They have never had to sit. If you ask an OB/GYN what's a normal to long labour, I had an OB/GYN tell me that 10 hours was a long labour. I'm like, "Jesus Christ, what are you guys having? Have you got a slip slide set up out here." I was on a midwife tour recently in Aspen, someone's like, "How does labour take?" And the midwife's like, "It can take up to two hours." I was like, "What?" If it's your fourth baby and you're at nine centimetres. It's just ridiculous. Tahnee: (43:19) Wow. Eva Williams: (43:19) Yeah, I know. I know. And I always think to myself like, "Wow, I think that 40 hours of fairly active labour is long." I think that labour from early labour onward can go on for a week. That's the sort of time I'm willing to just give a woman and her body to just dilate at its pace and do its thing, and it's just unheard of. So if people are getting pressure to induce and it's funny, because we've made this thing over here and we're not doing it yet, but it's a couple of doulas and I have this, it's kind of our joke, but I also want to do it. And it's going to be for women who for partners, 36 and 37 weeks onward, and it's going to be the induction group. Eva Williams: (44:01) Basically, you all come together and we watch a funny movie or a beautiful movie about birth, and you get a glass of red wine. We're not getting hammered over here, but you get a glass of red wine. We have some food, whether it's Indian or Thai, something with a little bit of spice, a little bit Mexican or something, and you just share. And you can share if it's stressful, you can share if it's funny, we share content and information. And then if you want to stay for the second part, we teach something like certain techniques, maybe not actually internal, but certain techniques like clitoral stroking or labial massage or hip massage or things like that that your partner can do that will assist in your hips getting ready and things like that. Eva Williams: (44:42) And just from 37 weeks on, everyone is welcome to just join, come, have that glass of wine, just get a move on. Do a bit of dancing, have a bit of laughter. Because the group, you share more pheromonal energy. Because that's something that isn't readily shared, adrenaline and cortisol inhibit oxytocin. So if you're stressed, you cannot go into natural labour, they inhibit one another. So if women are feeling stressed about being induced, the thing that they really need is they need to disconnect from the timeline of intensity, they really need the opportunity to disconnect from that. Eva Williams: (45:17) So if the doctor's pressuring you and says, "Okay, well take your time, but I need to see you again in two or three days." Don't go, don't go in two or three days. If they need to see you again, they can see you in a week. All they're going to do is an ultrasound and whatever, maybe a sweep. Give yourself the space that your body needs. And also, really, really, really take your homoeopathy from 36 weeks, from 36 weeks, be taking your homoeopathy and be taking just this very gentle way of beginning to release the stress on the system. Take the aconite, take the arnica. Eva Williams: (46:00) Another thing that's really important, and again, this all goes back to prep, because if you're doing everything at the last moment, you're going to be dealing with a lot. In the programme that I run, around third 30 to 34 weeks, in between this time before your GBS test, we explore different internal works. And not necessarily me doing that, but maybe it's related to sex with the husband, maybe it's related to self-pleasure, maybe it's just internal gaze and interception kind of meditation, but we start unblocking and unlocking anything that might be held in the pelvis. Eva Williams: (46:37) And then also, if you have a chiro, there's the Webster technique, or if you have a Bowen therapist who can do the sacral... There's a series of sacral releases that they can do. Anything you can do to prepare your body, to feel really good and open, speak to your cervix, ripen your cervix, yourself, speak to it, see beautiful pink light moving through it. All of these things work, they really, really work. And what doesn't work is being pressured into having a baby, it just doesn't fucking work. There's no evidence to support that it's ever worked. Eva Williams: (47:11) It's insane, even with the foetal monitoring, even that, there's the only proof that it actually has any benefit is it there's no proof. The only thing that it's actually done is increased C-section rates. And so, these sorts of things, we have to just be really mindful of what the outcome is. Is the outcome an alive baby or is the outcome an empowered woman who knows herself and knows her body and can recover in the postpartum process because she's actually connected to the child, because oxytocin is also a huge part of recovery. It's what's bringing the colostrum and the breast milk, it's what's actually involuting the uterus. Eva Williams: (47:52) So if we don't have this connection from the outside, if we're having those issues, then we also face a much longer recovery period. And that's when you really begin to see from an emotional perspective, from a body work perspective. If I see diastasis, like a herniated diastasis or something like this, for me, that's always that the woman has been opened in the birth process, but she hasn't had the closing afterwards, so she has no centre. Can you imagine what it would be doing to your back, to not have your rectus abdominis working? Basically, your back would be as stiff as a board, and that's a woman who feels that she's not supported. She hasn't been supported through that process. Eva Williams: (48:37) I don't know, this stuff is so intuitive and natural, it feels so natural to say, but we aren't there as a culture of medicine and we're not there as a culture of birth yet either, and it's difficult. And there's a way I just want to say to people, just protect kept yourself. But I actually love working with OB/GYNs and I do love working with the medical system when they get it right, and they very often, if you find the right people and places, they do get it right. I had a doula complain to me the other day about how, at this one hospital that's really great here, the midwife didn't even turn up and the baby just came out. Eva Williams: (49:17) And I was like, "Is this a complaint? This is a complaint that the baby just naturally came out and the mother caught her home own baby?" I'm sorry, I don't feel the same level of stress around this that you feel. It's so beautiful to hear about less managed births. And this is for those people who are being pushed toward induction, this is called active management, basically, of expectations in relationship to doctors. And another thing to understand is that 40 weeks doesn't really mean much. Tahnee: (49:52) So arbitrary. Eva Williams: (49:54) It's insane. I'm not standardised by that. Some hospitals do it from the first day of your last period, some do it from the last day of your last period? It's just ridiculous and there's no evidence that proves that. I think of 10% of children come on their due day. Tahnee: (50:11) Not good odds- Eva Williams: (50:12) I know, right. Yes. And everyone wants to be fucking Natalie Portman or Kate Moss or something. And guess what, 1%. You know what I mean? It's one of these expectations that we set up. We are lying to women when we tell them that they should be fitting that mould, and we are taking away from them the opportunity for them to make their own mould of what it looks like. So contentious. It doesn't actually feel that contentious, it feels really straightforward, but whatever. Tahnee: (50:39) Well, it's interesting because I think one thing for me with birth too, it felt like... I don't want to be in the feminine/masculine, for me, time when I'm in a feminine space, linear time is not a thing. It's not real, it doesn't exist and there's this just natural unfolding of things as they are. My feeling around birth was very much like we're trying to apply this very linear masculine dimension to it and it doesn't exist like that. I think this idea of 10 moons or being able to see it in this sense of it's with them and it's a flow, but it's not something that's going to happen on a day. I'm struggling with it right now, people are like, "What's your due date?" Tahnee: (51:33) And I'm, "Well, I don't know, sometime in April." And they want a due date. Well, I do know it's April 1st, but I don't believe my baby's going to come on April 1st. Eva Williams: (51:44) I can tell you what I do always is I just take the full moon of that month. And I was like, "She's not due, then she's due in the beginning of the month." I'm like, "I don't care." Tahnee: (51:56) That's when they come. Eva Williams: (51:57) The baby is now officially due on the full moon. Baby's like a full moon, that's what's happening. It doesn't mean we won't prepare and I don't necessarily calculate my weeks from that, I'll do it from that ultrasound or whatever. And the programme that we are doing is a 10-moon programme, it's 10 modules and they're 10 moons. Yeah, it's just recognising that children have a rhythm, it's not something that we can set or determine. That rhythm is related to obviously the tides of our own life. Some babies like a new moon. There's no set rules, you can't apply them one way or another, like you said. Eva Williams: (52:33) And I love this idea that, look, birth is very much about learning about abundance, about our own abundance, that we can actually create a whole other being. It's this radiant space that we enter into. Adding scarcity of time to that means that a woman feels a scarcity of space. And if she's feeling a scarcity of time and space, as these two things do manifest together within her own body, you're taking away the whole dimension and realm that she needs to live inside of during her birth, like you said. It's this feminine space. And that doesn't mean that we can't have a plan during pregnancy, it doesn't mean that certain practises won't be better at different times. Eva Williams: (53:12) It doesn't mean any of that, but it's the invasiveness of how we treat birth needs to stop. I'm working on a new project right now, and I'm very excited about it and I can't say much about it, but what I can say is that one of the main focuses of it is the removal of incredibly invasive techniques. And some of them aren't even necessarily invasive, they're just fucking disgusting like the gestational diabetes test. Tahnee: (53:40) Oh, that was the only fucking thing I did last time. And I was like, "This is the most sugar I've had in my entire adult life." Maybe as a kid, I gorged on Lollies, but other than that." That's the only time I was sick in my pregnancy was after that. Eva Williams: (53:54) Yes, so many women have said to me like, "Oh yeah, definitely, the most traumatic thing of my pregnancy was that time." Tahnee: (54:01) I was like, "Fucking hell, guys." It's like nine Coca-Colas or something. I'm like, "Great." Eva Williams: (54:07) And it's not necessary. It's not necessary because there's so many other ways to remediate or even to tell. And what was so funny is, I was with a client recently and she had to shift OB/GYNs because on her due date, the original OB/GYN is not going to be there. And so we had just gone to that OB/GYN and said, "Look, we're opting out of this." And she was ready to fight. She's like, "I don't want this person." I was like, "Just chill. I'm sure they'll be fine with it." Don't go in for a battle, that's one thing. All birth workers, everyone, just don't go in for a battle. If you have to put your armour on, do it, but don't go in for a battle. And the doctor was like, "Huh. I've been in birth for a long time and I've seen a lot of incredible advancements and devices and ultrasound and all sorts of things really. And yet they still haven't managed to make something less disgusting than that drink. That's okay. Don't worry about it." Eva Williams: (55:01) Even an OB/GYN was like, "Yeah, you'd think we'd gotten to this level, but really it's just Lucozade, sugar." And then we had to go to this other one and really communicate once again like, "Hey, the preference is for this off the table." And she just was like, "That's the most disgusting drink in the world, I wouldn't push that test on anyone." I was like, "Wow." Tahnee: (55:19) Amazing. That's a good change in culture. [crosstalk 00:55:22]. What's your rate on ultrasounds in general? I haven't spoken about this much on the podcast either, but I do get asked about it a lot, and there's the one side of it where people are like, "It's good to know and it gives you that reassurance." And then there's the other side, which is probably more of the side I'm on where it's like, "What would it tell me that actually... What benefit would that information actually give me?" So I'm curious as to your take on that as a birth keeper. Eva Williams: (55:53) Well, it's a great topic. One thing I can definitely say is, you know your body, you've done a lot of work with your body. I have also clients who are just super on it, and yet sometimes, and I'm thinking of one person specific, that if a woman, for example, has a miscarriage or something like this, even if she isn't someone who would naturally or usually lean toward wanting ultrasound or something like that in that early part of the next pregnancy, it brings an enormous amount of relief to know that everything's going healthy. Tahnee: (56:38) Reinsurance. Eva Williams: (56:38) Exactly. If you have chromosomal issues in your life, those 12 week tests, in your family, for example, or even the 20-week morphology exams, they can bring a lot of knowledge. So from my perspective, what I usually say to women when they say, "What do you think is necessary, blah, blah." I said, "The first thing that's necessary is anything that will bring you comfort. If your level of comfort and certainty and anxiety will drop with each or any of those visits, then those are the ones that are necessary, because your emotional and mental wellbeing is more important to the baby's health and growth than anything that an ultrasound is going to do to your body. That's my perspective. Eva Williams: (57:25) And then usually, they just say that the main tests that are important are your morphology, your 20, 21-week scan, and that's really just to see if there's any... For those of you who don't know, that's not really an ultrasound, it's a full building out of, they check all of the different organs. Tahnee: (57:44) It's pretty cool. I was like, "Whoa. There's a kidney and there's a... " Eva Williams: (57:53) They go in, they check all the tissues, they check the formation of the organs. This is technology that I'm grateful that we have because it can put a lot of decision making power into people's hands. And simultaneously, I know a lot of people who aren't down for it, they're like, "No way, that's even worse than an ultrasound. That's super intense for the baby, blah, blah, blah." For me, it's all about comfort. And I have had a couple birth workers recently and clients saying, they're like, "Well, I know you're very pro natural birth and this is not." Eva Williams: (58:26) I'm like, "Hang on a minute. I'm not really for or against anything, I just don't really have a role to play. If you're planning a C-section... " I know what the body is capable of, and those are personal experiences that I've had. You can't take that away from me or I cannot pretend that I don't know what the physical body can do and what we may need to train for, but can actually get what this experience can be. So I can't take that out of my being that if you know that that's available, that you gravitate toward it, but it doesn't necessarily mean that I am anti anything." Eva Williams: (59:03) I've had my time being anti epidural, and then I saw a series of Pilates teachers and yoga teachers who had super tight pelvic floors get an epidural after like 36 hours of labour, and just one hour, boom, baby was out. Really incredible experiences. Legs were still working, everything. So I can't go through the level of experience that I've had, I can't afford to fight anyone. I hate it in the birth world, I hate this, the fight that happens when people are... I believe in advocating that there's a point where if you can change that inside of yourself, you stop attracting moments to have those conversations. That's what I have found in my personal experience. Eva Williams: (59:45) And so I try to just be very, very open, and the reason is because I don't necessarily need to specify what I will and won't work with, because I really only attract people that I really will be the right person for. But I would say, if someone is just like, "I don't know what to get and when." I would just say, "Look, the most standard thing is that you have a 12-week ultrasound, you have your 21 week morphology. That puts a lot of power in your hands. Look it up, do a little bit of research." And then usually, there'll be something as a bare minimum right before your birth, like a 36-week thing, and then we'll do a GBS swab." Eva Williams: (01:00:21) And you don't have to do your GBS swab, you don't have to get that scan. You can just wait and go into labour naturally as well. But those are some of the options. And I don't believe that you need anything more than that, but I've been with women who are going every third day in the end of their pregnancy just to sit in a room for 20 minutes just to hear if the baby's safe and good. If that's wh
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In this weeks episode of Ask Dr Jessica, Dr Jessica Hochman interviews Dr Michael Johnson, who is an ObGyn and Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA. Dr Johnson is a well-respected Obgyn who has been practicing obstetrics for almost 30 years. Dr Johnson has a wonderful bedside manner and offers evidence based, practical advice. He is often referred to as the "doctor's doctor". In this podcast, Dr Johnson reviews common questions during pregnancy---such as can women safely eat cheese, deli meats or sushi? How important are prenatal vitamins and why are they recommended? What do we know about alcohol and caffeine consumption in pregnancy? Are medications, such as Tylenol and Motrin safe? Is it okay to exercise during pregnancy? We also discuss the sound safety data around getting vaccines during pregnancy--like the flu, Tdap and COVID vaccines. And why is it that we don't hear about accidental freeway births?!? If you are pregnant, or have an interest in pregnancy you will really enjoy this episode.Dr Jessica Hochman is a board certified pediatrician, mom to three children, and she is very passionate about the health and well being of children. Most of her podcasts are targeted towards general pediatric topics and presented in an easy to understand manner. Do you have a question you want Dr. Jessica to answer? Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Instagram: @AskDrJessicaCheck out her YouTube channel! Ask Dr JessicaSubscribe to this podcast: Ask Dr JessicaPlease note this channel does not take the place of advice from your own medical doctor. If you have any medical concerns, please seek medical attention.
The quality of health and life women put up with is much less than what is possible. We accept it as the norm – to feel terrible – but the opposite is possible – to feel amazing. Hearing this from an OBGYN is eye-opening. Dr. Kyrin [@kyrindunstonmd] is saying what women have been noticing – that conventional care is good at emergency care, but not reversing chronic issues. Whether perimenopause, postmenopause, menstrual irregularities, HPV and abnormal paps, recurrent infections, anxiety and depression, fatigue, weight gain, and/or low sex drive – this message applies. You don't have to keep on dealing with feeling uncomfortable, in fear, and alone, blaming yourself. And a fist-full of prescriptions is not going to fix it. But the answers are not likely to come from a visit with your standard doctor's office. This is coming from an MD who has decided to tell the truth. Living in a state of hormone impoverishment. It's not okay. Even if your labs are all “normal.” - In this episode we talk about: -How to see past the confusion to see the real cause and address it -Weight gain is not a math problem, it's a communication problem -It's possible for your health to change when you have the right support -If there's no drug for it, you're not going to hear about it in medicine -Stress and cortisol are hidden disruptors that need to be addressed -The hormones are all connected and affect each other - Instead of waiting until you have a disease to prescribe a medicine or perform surgery so doctors can be victors, it's time to provide information that can stop the pattern from progressing in the first place. Dr. Kyrin even covers the myths of health care and insurance, and she breaks down the truth about hormone replacement therapy. Please listen in for a conversation that will give you a bird's eye view of health care and your health and empower you to make choices that has the potential to completely shift the trajectory of your life. And if you have been diagnosed with HPV and/or an abnormal pap, join me in my upcoming free, online workshop – 5 Days to Heal HPV. Sign up at DoctorDoni.com/HPV. - Connect with Dr. Doni: Facebook HTTPS://FACEBOOK.COM/DRDONIWILSON Instagram HTTPS://INSTAGRAM.COM/DRDONIWILSON YouTube HTTPS://YOUTUBE.COM/USER/DONIWILSONND Weekly Wellness Wisdom Newsletter: HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/WWW - Books and Resources: Stress Warrior Book (FREE) HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/STRESSWARRIOR Stress Warrior Stress Resiliency Facebook Group (FREE) HTTPS://FACEBOOK.COM/GROUPS/STRESSWARRIOR 7-day Stress Reset (FREE) HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/STRESS-RESET HPV & Cervical Dysplasia Guide (FREE) HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/HPV-AND-CERVICAL-DYSPLASIA-GUIDE/ - Personalized Solutions: If you'd like to meet with Dr. Doni one-on-one for your health, request a Health Breakthrough Session: HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/BREAKTHROUGH To get an idea of more comprehensive options, read about Dr. Doni's Signature Consultation Programs: HTTPS://DOCTORDONI.COM/SERVICES
In part one of this episode, Dr. Emily Miller explains how she first became passionate about treating and researching postpartum and perinatal depression. She and Dr. Fox also discuss some of the common issues with treating these conditions and improvements in the field. Dr. Miller is an assistant professor of OB-GYN, maternal fetal medicine, and psychiatry at Northwestern University.
Carmen Brown, MD, is an author, blogger, practicing OB-GYN, and managing partner and founder of ExpatMD. She currently resides in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and young son. Dr. Bradley Block and Dr. Brown talk about how she ended up practicing down-under, how to make it happen, what some of the differences about practicing down there and focused a bit on the practice of OB-GYN. She dispelled some myths about limitations to practicing abroad and we discussed a little about what it's like being a black woman in Australia. She also published ‘ExpatMD: Your Guide to Living and Working in Australia and New Zealand as a Physician.' She also writes a blog about life as a doctor mom with a child with Autism at www.autismdrmom.blogspot.com You can follow her on LinkedIn or Instagram @ExpatMD or on Twitter @DoctorCarmenB or @AutismDrMom Today's Sponsor is LocumStory. To find out more visit: Locumstory.com
A Guide To Pregnancy Options And Fertility Alternatives With Dr. Jessie Rubin Having children is a lifelong dream for many women. For some, they see it as their purpose and calling in life. However, pregnancy is not something that comes easy for all women. The journey looks different for every individual, and various factors affect how it goes. Fortunately, there are various pregnancy options for women who are having a hard time getting pregnant naturally. And these alternatives are all valid ways to build a family. In this episode, Dr. Jessie Rubin joins us to talk about fertility struggles and pregnancy options. She discusses the process of IVF, how to optimize its success, and its cost. She also touches on the different treatments and options for female and male infertility. Dr. Jessie then lays down some critical tips in optimizing women's chances of pregnancy. She imparts how to make the initial consult and the importance of seeing a fertility specialist. Tune in to this episode to learn the different alternatives for natural pregnancy. This Episode is brought to you by.. Story Worth Get $10 off your first order by going to www.storyworth.com/loved Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode: Understand the different processes of infertility treatment. Learn why both female and male fertility testing are critical in the pregnancy journey. Find out how to optimize women's chances of getting pregnant. Resources Reproductive Biology Associates American Society for Reproductive Medicine Create a daily meditation ritual in just seven days! Download BUILD YOUR DAILY MEDITATION RITUAL and other freebies on the Radically Loved website! FREE Action Guide! Apply the lessons you learn from this episode as you listen! Sign up at com, and I'll send it right away! Episode Highlights Reason for Increasing Women's Fertility Struggles Women are delaying when to have children. They make sure we feel professionally, personally, and spiritually ready before deciding to have children. Women are becoming more open and vocal about their fertility journey. It used to be taboo to talk about fertility struggles. But now, it's becoming a common thing to talk about. Pregnant at 35 or Geriatric There's a notion that women need to have kids before 35. Otherwise, they will be considered geriatric. Reaching 35 increases the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and pregnancy complications. Health is more critical in increasing the chance of a successful pregnancy at any age. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) IVF is an excellent option for women struggling with natural pregnancy or who have a fallopian tube problem. One branch of IVF is freezing eggs and doing fertility preservation. The IVF process takes about two weeks. It involves taking medication to have the body get overstimulated and grow more than one egg. Egg retrieval happens after two weeks of daily medication. The process only involves around three to four doctor's visits. It's often a successful option depending on a woman's personal fertility journey. Embryo Banking Embryo banking involves doing multiple IVF cycles in a row. An embryo is a fertilized egg. Many women in their mid to late-30s who want to have multiple children take part in this process. We also refer to the fertilized eggs collected in this process as “embryos for the future.” Optimizing IVF Success It becomes hard to be successful with IVF as women get older. Changes in both the health and number of eggs start in the mid-30s. IVF becomes a challenge for women in their early 40s because of the diminishing egg number and quality. It's best to make an appointment with a fertility doctor for assessment sooner rather than later. IVF Cycle Success Rate Younger women are more likely to undergo fewer IVF cycles and find success. Ovarian reserve involves undergoing blood tests and ultrasound to check for the egg count. The higher the egg count is, the better. Not everybody's IVF journey is the same. The individual woman and the results of their partner's screening are matters of consideration. Male Fertility Testing Men's fertility doesn't get affected as much as women get by age. However, reaching the age of 45 may show some increased risk for future offspring. About 20 to 25% of infertility cases involve a male factor component. It's crucial to have the male partner assessed as well from the initial visit. Men can make sperm every couple of months. However, it also takes some time to treat abnormalities once they get detected. Options for Male Infertility The treatment can include taking multivitamins, hormone medication, and surgery like a testicular biopsy to extract sperm. The field of male infertility has developed significantly over the last years. Men doing semen analysis is just as important as women doing fertility testing. Initial Steps for Women's Infertility Treatment Fertility assessment becomes necessary for women under 35 who have been trying to get pregnant for over a year. There's a 20% chance to get pregnant every month if everything's healthy and normal. Doctors recommend doing a fertility evaluation for women in their mid-30s who have been trying for six months. Fallopian tube issues, fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and irregular menstrual cycles should be addressed by a fertility doctor. How to Optimize Women's Chance of Pregnancy Know whether you fit under normal parameters or infertility. Check with a fertility doctor for baseline testing if there's anything you're worried about. Make sure to take prenatal vitamins and lead a healthy lifestyle. Pregnancy puts stress on the body. Being healthy helps ensure a successful and uncomplicated pregnancy and postpartum course. Options for Women with Low Egg Count Having very low egg counts can mean not growing enough eggs for a successful IVF cycle. The first option is to try and see how you will respond with IVF. Another option is taking oral medications and combining them with insemination. It tries to get you to grow only two or three eggs. The third alternative is donor egg therapy or treatment. It involves using eggs from a woman donor who's typically in her 20s. Women can purchase donor eggs, fertilize them with a partner donor sperm, and carry on with the pregnancy. It works for women of different ages. Fertility Treatment Financial Options Jessie's clinic Reproductive Biology Associates (RBA) is part of the Prelude Fertility Network. The Prelude Fertility Network offers discounted rates for egg freezing ranging from $9000 to $11,000 per cycle. RBA also offers discounted rates for multiple IVF cycle packages. Patients can also apply for loan programs and other financing options. There are many fertility treatment grants for women diagnosed with cancer. How Dr. Jessie Became a Fertility Specialist Jessie wanted to be a physician from a young age. She came from a family of doctors. She used to joke that she doesn't want to be an OB-GYN because she doesn't want to deal with hormonal women. She immediately realized it was where she wanted to be during her infertility rotation during medical school. Her job is to figure out how to take the stress off the patient's journey and get them pregnant. Tune in to the full episode to hear more about Dr. Jessie's job! She doesn't feel she's working because she's having fun helping women create babies. 5 Powerful Quotes [19:32] “Remember that even though there are traditional statistics of how women's egg number declines with time, not everybody is exactly like the statistic.” [20:02] "I think the biggest message overall is although it can be really intimidating to sit down with a fertility doctor and hear what might be wrong, or what might not be a normal result, it's really helpful because there's a lot of different options that are out there." [29:08] “While it's such a hard journey, I think it's really called a journey for a reason because for most women, it's not an easy thing. And there are bumps along the way but most of the time we are able to achieve that success at the end..” [33:50] “The universe works for us and not against us. And I think we see that by looking around in the world, in the environment, all the support of friends and family, especially for people going through fertility journeys.” [34:00] “We don't operate as independent beings, I think we are so shaped by the environment we were raised in and the community that's around us.” About Dr. Jessie Dr. Jessica Rubin is a board-certified Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialist and Reproductive Endocrinologist. Dr. Jessie's clinical interests include fertility preservation, in vitro fertilization, third-party reproduction, PCOS, and diminished ovarian reserve. Furthermore, she focuses on fertility preservation for women undergoing cancer therapy. Dr. Jessie is known as a passionate patient advocate providing an individualized approach to fertility medicine. She has received several awards for her scholastic achievements and research endeavors. She has also co-authored book chapters on ways to preserve fertility for cancer patients. 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Carmen Brown, MD, is an author, blogger, practicing OB-GYN, and managing partner and founder of ExpatMD. She currently resides in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and young son. We talk about how she ended up practicing down-under, how to make it happen, what some of the differences about practicing down there and focused a bit on practice of OB-GYN. She dispelled some myths about limitations to practicing abroad and we discussed a little about what it's like being a black woman in down under. Dr. Brown has been overseas for over eight years and has become passionate about helping other physicians realize their options to live and work overseas. After assisting several doctors find jobs in either New Zealand or Australia, Dr. Brown decided to start ExpatMD, a full-service consulting firm dedicated to helping American doctors achieve their dream of becoming an expat. She also published ‘ExpatMD: Your Guide to Living and Working in Australia and New Zealand as a Physician.' She also writes a blog about life as a doctor mom with a child with Autism at www.autismdrmom.blogspot.com You can follow her on LinkedIn or Instagram @ExpatMD or on Twitter @DoctorCarmenB or @AutismDrMom Today's Sponsor is LocumStory. To find out more visit: Locumstory.com
This week's episode featured Canada's favorite OBGYN and a scicomm idol for me, Dr Jen Gunter, helping us navigate the world of women's intimate hygiene. Some quick take homes: purity culture dominates this space, your vagina does not have lungs and the colour of your underwear is irrelevant. ALSO - menopausal beauty is a scam. Enjoy the show! Interested in supporting the show? Find us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/theecowell
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We ask all the questions your too scared to ask your OBGYN with Dr. Jennifer Lincoln Everything from, how effective is the pull out method? Can pre sperm get your pregnant? How to actually tighten your vagina. Should you or shouldn't you douche? How birth control reduces ovarian cancer. The chemicals that develop after your sleep with someone. How infertility issues are more likely due to your male partner and if you are single in your thirties what age should you actually start considering freezing your eggs? And what different colors of your period blood actually initiate. Also check out her book! Lets Talk About Down There OrCam Read (Code: Mama) Leave a 5 Star Review on iTunes Full Youtube Episodes Follow us on @ToriPiskin @lulupiskin @Gotitfrommymamapodcast
Lydia Harris is a Birth, Postpartum, and VBAC Doula. She is the face behind Labor With Love (@labor.with.love) on Instagram. She empowers women, especially Black women, through educational and transparent content that focuses on vaginal health, sexual health, gestational health, and women's health. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and is currently pursuing her Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Leadership in Practice. In the midst of all of this, her overall career goal is to become an OBGYN. Time Stamps: (1:30) Go Follow Lydia Right Now (6:30) All My Links (7:05) Cheffing It This Year (9:00) All Things Vaginas (9:52) Sex Education in Texas (19:35) OBGYN Ambition (22:35) Vaginal Hygiene (29:15) Showering After Sex (36:00) Constant Infections (48:20) Toys (51:30) Sex, Pain, and Dryness (1:01:55) Vaginal Dryness is Normal (1:09:20) Shaving, Waxing, Etc (1:18:06) All or Nothing with Shaving (1:25:10) Outro (1:26:05) Would Love Some Feedback! (1:27:00) Better Help Pre register for 4weeks4gains OR ELSE: https://bit.ly/4w4g2021 Follow Lydia on IG: www.instagram.com/labor.with.love Join betterhelp today - www.betterhelp.com/desb code “desb” for 10% off your first month! #ad #sponsored SHOP TULA HOLIDAY KITS: www.tula.com (code “desb” for 15% off #tulapartner) Apply to work with me 1-1: https://dbft.typeform.com/desbcoaching Follow @brunchwithdesb on insta: www.instagram.com/brunchwithdesb Hit me up: https://shor.by/DESB OPEN FACEBOOK FITNESS COMMUNITY: www.facebook.com/groups/dbftcommunity Join my LIVE workout subscription: WWW. PATREON.COM/DESB Did you miss out on the last 6 week challenge?! Be sure to join my email list for our new challenge opening January 3rd, merch, and weekly motivation from me: http://eepurl.com/dy2JLz OR join my app here: https://train.desbfittraining.com/trainers/312078/landing PARAGON FITWEAR: code “desb” to save 11% PTULA ACTIVE: code “desb” to support me HYDROJUG: code “desb” to save 10% and stay hydrated af TULA SKINCARE: code “desb” to glow off with your skin and save 15% ALANI NUTRITION: code “desb” for free shipping over $50 and support me BUFFBUNNY COLLECTION: code “desb” to support instagram ➭ https://www.instagram.com/desb___ twitter ➭ https://twitter.com/desbfit youtube ➭ https://www.youtube.com/desireescogginfitness facebook ➭ https://www.facebook.com/desbfittraining my weekly emails ➭ https://mailchi.mp/a0ed2b83e2ec/dbfts... official website ➭ https://www.desbfittraining.com --------------------------------------------------- Shop my fitness app programs: https://train.desbfittraining.com/trainers/312078/landing Shop DBFT merch and glute BANDS: https://desbfittraining.myshopify.com --------------------------------------------------- F A Q -what's your real name? Desiree -what's your instagram? www.instagram.com/desb___ -how old are you? 25 -how tall are you? 5'7 -whats your Spotify playlist? https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0c1... -skin care routine? https://www.tula.com / CODE "desb" to save 20% -my huge water jug? https://www.thehydrojug.com / CODE: "desb" to save $ -supplements I use? https://www.alaninu.com / CODE "desb" AND -how to find my free stuff and codes? https://shor.by/DESB
Tragedy is not okay. Suicide is not okay! And you never know what is going to trigger someone! OBGYN Kellie Lease Stecher has made it her purpose and passion to speak up and serve the medical community. She's igniting others too! If you aren't advocating for Womens rights what are you doing? Kellie is an action mom, author, and a women's health leader! Better Call Daddy: The Safe Space For Controversy! Kellie Stecher is an OBGYN, Chief Medical Officer of Linked Inclusion™, and Co-Founder and President of Patient Care Heroes, Founding Board Member for the Minnesota Branch of the League of Minority Voters, as well as the Governor of the 7th district of the American Medical Women's Association. She has won the Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine's Top Doctors' Rising Star award for the last three years. Her work has made her an invaluable contributor to both local and national publications, news, and podcasts. Dr. Stecher's focus is on advocacy and policy change, centering around safety and equity. She is the author of the book, Delivering, which was released in late 2021. The book is meant to empower women, mothers, working women, women in healthcare, and to inspire change. As the Chief Medical Officer at Linked Inclusion™, she leads a team of wellness experts in providing professional DEI + Wellness resources for social change management addressing the physical and mental health services needed for solving the trauma that accompanies exclusion. Kellie's book Delivering https://www.amazon.com/dp/1914560159/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_GNTN8FCEW1PJM7806TDJ Me and my daddy would love to hear from you ratethispodcast.com/bettercalldaddy Subscribe and leave a five star rating podchaser.com/bettercalldaddy Connect with Reena linkedin.com/in/reenafriedmanwatts
Samara is a 42-year-old mother of 4, yoga instructor and Zumba teacher. She gave birth to all of her children at home with her youngest just 9 months ago. In addition to co-managed care with an OB-GYN and her midwife, Samara's trust in her body's strength, wisdom and capabilities trumped all concerns she heard around pregnancy over 35. However, like every birthing story, there's a turn in ‘ the labyrinth' one doesn't expect and even for a seasoned mama, Samara ultimately had to do what every birthing person has to do — surrender to the journey.
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Kim (@kimmurstein) and Grandma Gail have an informational discussion with Carnegie Hill OB/GYN Dr. Caitlin Fiss. As a gynecologist with a medical degree from Brown, Dr. Fiss is Kim and Gail’s go-to source for all things sexual health — from forms of birth control like the IUD to menopause. We also discuss best practices for … Excuse My Grandma’s Education on Birth Control & Reproductive Health (Ft. OB/GYN Dr. Caitlin Fiss) Read More »
In this episode, Jodi and guest Dr. Samantha Rasekh discuss dental health and it's importance for new moms. Dr. Rasekh provides insight into successfully taking care of your teeth and finding a practice that works for you while also easing worries about what dental work can be done while pregnant. Show Notes: 4:28: Why is dental health so important? "Obviously, for your own health. You want your mouth to be healthy. You don't want to be in pain."5:46: How to successfully take care of your teeth while pregnant"Oftentimes, when I see pregnant patients, and they need work, I have the conversation with them, of whether it's best for them to put it off until they deliver or if it's something that we want to try do during their third trimester when it's the safest time to do it."7:29: Going to the dentist with a newborn "I think finding in general, a team that's going to work with you and your limitations is really important."9:42: Finding a practice that works for YOU"I think it's the same as when you're finding any, whether you're finding your OBGYN or finding your pediatrician, your friends experiences are going to be the most reliable source of information."11:34: Potential consequences of putting off dental care"Those things that are minor, that would have just been a filling... end up being much more major. You're in pain or the cavity is so big that it can't just be fixed with a filling."12:36: Clarifying mouth myths"I would ask to maybe wear two lead aprons instead of one lead apron and really minimize what I need. But you definitely can safely have necessary X rays while you're pregnant."16:55: Communication between your dentist and OBGYN"It's pretty standard within dentistry that the dentist will speak to your physician."18:56: Asking questions and advocating for yourself "But I think really asking, not necessarily saying 'I don't want this,' but saying, 'Is this safe? Is this necessary? Would it be possible for me to speak to the doctor before I do it?'"23:43: Dental health and insurance coverage"If you're on some sort of subsidized health program, it is worth looking into what kind of additional dental insurance you have while you're pregnant and really utilizing those benefits while you're pregnant."Contact Dr. Rasekh: Facebook: Samantha RasekhEmail: email@example.comCredits: Host: Jodi FriedGuest: Samantha RasekhEditors: Isabel Leyva and Ilyana Castillo
I have some BIG NEWS this week!!! I've been waiting about 3 months to share this with you and the moment is HERE :) Check out the NEW Podcast: Bottle Service with Big Kid Problems https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bottle-service-with-big-kid-problems/id1594639891 (HERE)!!! *BIG ASK* Please “subscribe” and leave a review if you can! It makes a HUGE difference for a new podcast and is so so appreciated You can also listen/ follow on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/1Rlaw8j0DUdVuuI8cDpM00?si=IXFP6wKnSKG4yaiOx3VAGg (HERE)! Want more from our Host? Connect with Sarah! Personal Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahmerrill_hall/ (@SarahMerrill_Hall) Get some laughs on https://www.instagram.com/Bigkidproblems/?hl=en (@bigkidproblems)! BigKidProblems is on https://vm.tiktok.com/ZM8qa2Hpj/ (TikTok) now! Find more at http://www.bigkidproblems.com (www.BigKidProblems.com) And follow along on her new podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bottle-service-with-big-kid-problems/id1594639891 (BOTTLE SERVICE) Big thank you to our episode sponsors! http://perelelhealth.com/ (Perelel) - If you're thinking about pregnancy or are already on the journey, check out The first & only OB/GYN-founded vitamin at Perelelhealth.com. Use code BIGKID20 for 20% off your first month! http://www.prose.com/bigkid (Prose) - Get your FREE in-depth hair consultation and 15% off your new favorite hair care products at www.prose.com/bigkid Big Kid Problems is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
Dr. Nicole Lee Plenty is a double-board certified OB-GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist in Texas. In this episode she discusses the details and impact of Texas Senate Bill 8, also known as the "Heartbeat Bill." Dr Plenty explains the effects of this law on patients and physicians in Texas and what this might mean for those in other states. She talks about her day-to-day experience, the discrepancies surrounding this law, and how you can make a difference on this and other issues. Dr Plenty is an author of the Chronicles of Women in White Coats Book 3 and the creator of Pregnancy Pearls – With Dr. Plenty. Her website is drnicoleplenty.com Are you looking to use up your CME funds before the end of the year? Look no further than our 2021 Women in White Coats Virtual Conference and Wellness Retreat. It was an amazing event and women doctors left feeling uplifted and empowered and a part of our community while also earning 11.5 CME credits. If you missed it, you can still catch all the replays and earn CME by going to womeninwhitecoats.com/virtualcon. Forget burn out. Instead let's burn bright together in the Women in White Coats Physician Wellness and Empowerment Program. This program was created specifically to help women doctors overcome feelings of burnout and overwhelm, rekindle their passion for medicine and create better work-life integration and more fulfilling relationships. We invite you to join us in a unique 3 month long journey back to yourself as we dive deep into the root of burnout and help you find more joy and fulfillment in all areas of your life. You'll even earn CME! Click here to learn more. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/women-in-white-coats/message
On this week's episode of Food, Freedom and Fertility Sophia Pavia interviews Dr. Merhi about IVF and the variety of work his center is currently working on. Dr. Merhi is the founder and the medical director of Rejuvenating Fertility Center (RFC). He is an internationally recognized fertility doctor, lecturer, editor, and grant reviewer. His training and faculty appointments included Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine, and University of Vermont. He is currently a Professor at SUNY Downstate University. He has three American Board certifications in OB/GYN, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and High-Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD). Dr. Merhi is an active researcher with an interest in women with Low Ovarian Reserve (low AMH or high FSH), PRP ovarian rejuvenation, gentle stimulation IVF, natural IVF, and IVF without injectables. His research also focuses on technologies, such as Ozone Sauna, that could improve egg quality. Tune in this week as Sophia and Dr. Merhi have a candid conversation about IVF in the past, present and more importantly where it is going in the future!
About Dr. Renee Wellenstein: Dr. Renee is a double board certiﬁed doctor who has been working with women for over 20 years and due to her own personal health challenges, she stepped outside the box of conventional medicine to take a radically different approach to heal herself from the deep depths of burnout. About a decade ago, Dr. Renee was living what she thought was her dream life; she was an extremely busy OB/GYN, married to a doctor, with toddler twins and had moved to a quaint, quiet town in the country. One day in May 2012, Dr. Renee fell off of her horse during a riding lesson and broke her back. She not only struggled with severe back pain, but with fatigue and the inability to focus. Her doctor diagnosed her with depression, but her symptoms did not improve after trying two different antidepressants. Two years after her injury, Dr. Renee was still struggling with unexplained symptoms. After exhausting all of her options in the conventional healthcare system, she was put in contact with a doctor who was an “anti-aging” practitioner. She ﬁnally received the appropriate diagnosis, her symptoms resolved and she got back on her feet and joined the world of functional medicine. In August 2019, Dr. Renee started Kaspira Elite Health Consulting, LLC. Throughout her journey she has certainly faced her fair share of obstacles and has mastered the art of leaping into transitions with each pivot. Now Dr. Renee empowers women to take control of their health, jumpstart their energy, improve their conﬁdence, and reignite their libido! What We Discuss In This Episode: Dr. Renee is an expert in sharing different aspects of a woman's life, at any age, where she may have a low libido in women. Although this is a topic people often shy away from talking about, we tackle this issue in this podcast to help women rise above and have a healthier body and healthier well-being. We always think of this as being something that affects peri-menopausal and menopausal women, but that's not the case. Dr. Renee treats women as young as 20. Dr. Renee shares how women can start right away to improve libido – and it isn't difficult. She gives us some simple steps to get on the road to heal this issue with ease. Connect with Dr. Renee Wellenstein : Website: https://www.drreneewellenstein.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drreneewellenstein/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/renee.wellenstein Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DrReneeWellenstein Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/love-the-leap-with-dr-renee/id1465483819 Connect with Lynne: If you are looking for a community of like-minded women on a journey - just like you are - to improved health and wellness, overall balance, and increased confidence, check out Lynne's private community in The Energized & Healthy Women's Club. It's a supportive and collaborative community where the women in this group share tips and solutions for a healthy and holistic lifestyle. (Discussions include things like weight management, eliminating belly bloat, wrangling sugar gremlins, and overcoming fatigue, recipes, strategies, and much more so women can feel energized, healthy, confident, and joyful each day. Website: https://holistic-healthandwellness.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/holistichealthandwellnessllc The Energized Healthy Women's Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/energized.healthy.women Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lynnewadsworth Free Resource: Hot flashes? Low Energy? Difficulty with weight management? If MID-LIFE & MENOPAUSE are taking their toll then I've got a solution for you! I've taken all my very best strategies and solutions to help you feel energized, vibrant, lighter & healthy, and compiled them into this FREE resource! Thrive in midlife and beyond - download my guide here: https://holistic-healthandwellness.com/thrive-through-menopause/ Did You Enjoy The Podcast? If you enjoyed this episode please let us know! 5-star reviews for the Living Life Naturally podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, or Stitcher are greatly appreciated. This helps us reach more women struggling to live through midlife and beyond. Thank you. Together, we make a difference!
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85 - 90% of adults function in emotional childhood. We outsource our happiness to others. We blame, rage, lash out and generally avoid taking full responsibility for how we think and feel. It's what we've been taught our entire lives - but unfortunately what we've been taught significantly disempowers us. The truth is, to have the lives we want, we have to move into emotional adulthood, but how do we change the way we've functioned for so long? In today's episode, we have a special guest taking over the Simply Worth It podcast. OBGYN and life coach, Krista Olsen shares the power of emotional adulthood and how to achieve it. Three Things You'll Learn In This Episode - Emotional childhood vs. emotional adulthood Emotional childhood is like putting your emotions on a silver platter and giving them to someone else. How do we stop letting others have so much power over us? - The two questions to constantly ask yourself Who do you want to be and how do you want to act in this world? - Why emotional childhood takes away our power What goes wrong when we blame everything, from our jobs to our relationships, for our lousy outcomes? Guest Bio Krista Olsen is a board-certified OB-GYN, partner with OB-gyn Specialists based in Edina, Minnesota. She became certified as a weight loss and life coach in 2019, and began True Life, MD in 2020. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, 2 kids, ages 4 and 5 and Goldendoodle, Cedar. For more information about Krista's life coaching, head to https://www.truelifemd.com.
Today, I am here with Dr. Cynthia Wesley (aka Dr. Cyn), a board-certified OBGYN with over 16 years of experience and a vulvar skin expert. Dr. Cyn is passionate about vulvar care, hygiene, and grooming. She will share her tips on how to take care of your vulva when you have Lichen Sclerosus. We discussed everything from using the bathroom, bathing, moisturizing, hair removal, and more. So many great tips in here. Resources mentioned in the episode: Dr. Cyn's website: drcynobgyn.com Dr. Cyn's exclusive vulvar products waitlist: beautybelowmd.com Pre-order Dr. Cyn's new book here: beautybelowbook.com Dr. Cyn's social media: @drcynobgyn on Facebook and Instagram For complete show notes and all the links mentioned in this episode visit lssupport.net/grooming. Thank you to our sponsor, Lichen Sclerosus Support Network. Working towards getting people diagnosed earlier and getting treated better. Be sure to follow them on IG and FB @lichensclerosussupportnetwork and visit their website lssupport.net. Also, be sure to check out our membership at lssupport.net/lswarriors.
I'm joined by Dr. Rahi Victory in this episode. Dr. Victory is an OBGYN in Canada, where he has two clinics. I'm excited to have him on the show today to talk about how to become an advocate for yourself, and how to make sure that your care is your doctor's priority. Dr. Victory and I are both very like-minded in the way that we approach patient care: we want you to be an active part of your care and we want you to be a part of our decision making when it comes to deciding on a treatment plan. It's a joy to talk to Dr. Victory about transparency and honesty and how patients can become their own advocates and make sure they get the kind of care they deserve on their journey. Read the full show notes on Dr. Aimee's website Subscribe to my YouTube channel for more fertility tips! Join Egg Whisperer School Checkout the podcast Subscribe to the newsletter to get updates Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh is one of America's most well known fertility doctors. Her success rate at baby-making is what gives future parents hope when all hope is lost. She pioneered the TUSHY Method and BALLS Method to decrease your time to pregnancy. Learn more about the TUSHY Method and find a wealth of fertility resources at www.draimee.org.
In this episode, I have the pleasure of presenting to you my gynecologist Dr. Daisy Ayim. Dr. Ayim is a Cosmetic Surgeon, ObGyn, Business Owner, and Entrepreneur, she is revolutionizing the integration of Women's Health And Cosmetic Care. I bring this wonderfully educational episode to my listeners as I think the dialogue of modern fertility needs to be discussed more openly. We know that there is such a stigma around the conversation of preserving fertility, sexual health, infertility, waiting to conceive, trying to conceive ….basically all things associated. I know that this is a topic that many women can relate to and it's the perfect opportunity for a professional to give us facts, perspective, and advice. Dr. Daisy Ayim tells us why egg freezing and preservation are excellent ways to increase your chances of motherhood and give yourself time to assess your living situation. We also delve into single motherhood by choice, we discuss fertility hormone tests, sexual pleasure, and how soon you should begin to look at your options. We also talk about her aesthetic practice and why she's uniquely equipped to handle gyno and cosmetics simultaneously. Listen in as Dr. Ayim and I agree that peace of mind comes first when we learn more about fertility on our terms. Follow her Instagram at @drdaisyayim and at her website drdaisyayim.com Mention Vibes by Alicia Podcast and get 10% off Mospheus8 RF micro needling. This Podcast is sponsored by SNR-Creative- From your Idea to Reality in the most Creative way possible. Follow this link and mention Vibes By Alicia to receive a FREE business consultation. Additional Sponsors HERE Like the podcast? Follow @vibesbyalicia for updates and great content! Please do me a favor and share this link with 5 of your Friends today! Created by Alicia A. Elatassi, Thinking Boutique by Alicia Support this podcast by Sponsoring.
Let's talk about getting into medical school... Getting into medical school is not easy, you will face numerous setbacks, and every now and then, you make mistakes and fail. But that doesn't imply your journey is over. We may learn from our past experiences and use them as a stepping stone to success. In this week's episode of Lunch & Learn with Dr. Berry, we bring you Dr. Renée Volny Darko, an OB/GYN and founder of Pre-med Strategies, Inc. through which she runs her app-based program, MEdEq. MEdEq is dedicated to cultivating top-choice URM medical school applicants through pre-career development and diversity recruitment. Dr. Renée is shaking up the way diversity recruitment is done by helping to decrease the gap of knowledge and access between medical schools and pre-med students. She is also the author of the bestselling children's book, How Good Ol' Dr. V Came to Be, and host of the Total Pre-med Makeover Podcast, Dr. Renée is spreading the word to all ages about how the tribulations of the pre-med journey can turn into triumph! Today, we'll talk about Dr. Renee's journey, her company, pre-med strategies, the web-based program she uses for MedTech, and, most significantly, how the pre-med mindset is different now than what it was beforehand. Moreover, she will share her story of success despite all of the obstacles she faced. This episode aims for you to learn more about: -The strategies in getting into medical school. -How Dr. Renee's pre-med advisor discouraged her from becoming a doctor. -The pre-med mindset (growth vs fixed) -How good pre-med habits can make the journey smoother -How to get stellar letters of recommendation -Debunking pre-med myths -Succeeding despite low GPA, low MCAT, low confidence Tune in to today's podcast episode with Dr. Renée Volny Darko, titled "Getting into medical school is all in your mind." Sign up at www.listentodrberry.com to join the mailing list. Remember to subscribe to the podcast and share the episode with a friend or family member. Listen on Apple Podcast, Google Play, Stitcher, Soundcloud, iHeartRadio, Spotify Sponsors: Lunch and Learn Community Online Store (code Empower10) Pierre Medical Consulting (If you are looking to expand your social reach and make your process automated then Pierre Medical Consulting is for you) Dr. Pierre's Resources – These are some of the tools I use to become successful using social media My Amazon Store – Check out all of the book recommendations you heard in the episode Links/Resources: Dr. Renée's Website MEdEq Dr. Renée's Instagram Dr. Renée's YouTube Dr. Renée's Twitter Dr. Renée's TikTok Dr. Renée's Facebook Dr. Renée's LinkedIn DM the word FUTUREDOC to IG @drreneedarko, for the 3-day pre-med makeover challenge Social Links: Join the lunch and learn community – https://www.drberrypierre.com/joinlunchlearnpod Follow the podcast on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/lunchlearnpod Follow the podcast on Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/lunchlearnpod – use the hashtag #LunchLearnPod if you have any questions, comments, or requests for the podcast For More Episodes of the Lunch and Learn with Dr. Berry Podcasts https://www.drberrypierre.com/lunchlearnpodcast/ If you are looking to help the show out Leave a Five Star Review on Apple Podcast because your ratings and reviews are what is going to make this show so much better Share a screenshot of the podcast episode on all of your favorite social media outlets & tag me or add the hashtag. #lunchlearnpod Download the MP3 Audio file, listen to the episode however you like.
Listen to this interview to learn about hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women with Dr. Fit and Fabulous (Dr. Jaime Seeman, MD, FACOG). Former Mrs. Nebraska, Season 2 Titan Games contender, wife, mom of 3, entrepreneur, and OBGYN, Dr. Jaime Seeman's story will inspire. She shares her own experience with reversing her insulin resistance, prediabetes, and hypothyroidism. After menopause, a woman's risk for hypothyroidism, dementia, diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis all increases. The common thread to these conditions is insulin resistance. Properly dosed, administered, and timed hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help reduce your risk for these conditions. But there is a “golden window of opportunity to see the preventative benefits of HRT. Hormone replacement therapies are better and prevent disease, not reversing it. CoachingIf you're ready to lose the weight for good, you've come to the right place!Join my online course, Weight Loss for Health, to learn the science behind weight loss and habit change so you can lose weight, get healthy, and prevent disease. To learn more, go to https://www.weightlossforhealth.com/join.Free Weight Loss ResourcesWeight Loss Masterclass to Lower Insulin Resistance & InflammationThe 5% Mindset | How to Win at Weight LossThe Ultimate Food Guide | What to Eat to Burn FatConnect on Social>> Subscribe to My YouTube Channel>> Facebook>> Instagram>> WebsiteConnect with Dr. Jaime Seeman>> YouTube >> Instagram>> Website Subscribe & Review in Apple PodcastsAre you subscribed to my podcast? If you're not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don't want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe and leave a review in Apple Podcasts.
Today on The Egg Whisperer Show, I'm joined by Dr. Rahi Victory. Dr. Victory is an OBGYN in Canada, where he has two clinics. I'm excited to have him on the show today to talk about how to become an advocate for yourself, and how to make sure that your care is your doctor's priority. Dr. Victory and I are both very like-minded in the way that we approach patient care: we want you to be an active part of your care and we want you to be a part of our decision making when it comes to deciding on a treatment plan. It's a joy to talk to Dr. Victory about transparency and honesty and how patients can become their own advocates and make sure they get the kind of care they deserve on their journey. Read the full show notes on Dr. Aimee's website Subscribe to my YouTube channel for more fertility tips! Join Egg Whisperer School Checkout the podcast Subscribe to the newsletter to get updates Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh is one of America's most well known fertility doctors. Her success rate at baby-making is what gives future parents hope when all hope is lost. She pioneered the TUSHY Method and BALLS Method to decrease your time to pregnancy. Learn more about the TUSHY Method and find a wealth of fertility resources at www.draimee.org.
In this episode, Founder of the Concussion Corner Academy®, Jessica Schwartz, talks about the nature of concussion treatment. Today, Jessica talks about her concussion experience and how it has shaped her work leading up to the Concussion Corner Academy®, the reality of long-term concussion symptoms, and some of the top concussion myths. Is it ever too late to have your concussion symptoms treated? Hear about treatment barriers, some of the surprising statistics in concussion and TBI research, and the importance of education, all on today's episode of The Healthy, Wealthy & Smart Podcast. Key Takeaways “When you're young, make sure you have extended disability on yourself.” “There's no evidence-based, agreed upon international definition of concussion or traumatic brain injury.” “There's been zero phase 3 trials on TBI and concussion in over 30 years.” “Up to 30% of folks now have persistent symptoms of concussion.” “If we can teach one, we can serve many.” “2012 was the first year the International Consensus Statement discussed the cervical spine in terms of examination treatment.” “2015 was the first academic year in which there was a formal training for both TBI and concussion if you were a neurology resident.” “2017 was the first year on the International Consensus Statement that we identified concussion as a rehabilitative injury.” “The injury of concussion is an injury of loss. It's a loss of your ‘I am.'” “Join Twitter.” More about Jessica Schwartz Jessica Schwartz PT, DPT, CSCS is an award-winning Physical Therapist, a national spokeswoman for the American Physical Therapy Association, host of the Concussion Corner Podcast, founder of the Concussion Corner Academy®, and a post-concussion syndrome survivor, advocate, and concussion educator. After spending a full year in rehabilitation, experiencing the profound dichotomy of being both doctor and patient, Dr. Schwartz identified the gaps in concussion treatment and management in the global healthcare community. Her role has been to identify the cognitive blind spots and facilitate collective competence for healthcare providers, physicians to athletic trainers, focusing on comprehensive targeted physical examinations, rehabilitative teams, and concussion care management. Suggested Keywords Healthy, Wealthy, Smart, Concussion, Research, Statistics, Physiotherapy, Neurology, Concussion Corner, Myths, Healthcare, Rehabilitation, Injury, Loss, To learn more, follow Jessica at: Website to Join the Program: The Concussion Corner Academy® Facebook: Concussion Corner Twitter: @ConcussionCornr Instagram: @ConcussionCorner LinkedIn: Jessica Schwartz YouTube: Concussion Corner LinkTree: https://linktr.ee/ConcussionCorner Subscribe to Healthy, Wealthy & Smart: Website: https://podcast.healthywealthysmart.com Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/healthy-wealthy-smart/id532717264 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6ELmKwE4mSZXBB8TiQvp73 SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/healthywealthysmart Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/show/healthy-wealthy-smart iHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/263-healthy-wealthy-smart-27628927 Read the full transcript here: 00:02 Hey Jess, welcome to the podcast. Finally, I'm so excited to have you on. 00:07 Thank you so much for having me. I can't believe we haven't done this yet. 00:10 I know it's like absolutely insane. And just so people know Jessica and I both live in New York City, and we actually see each other quite a bit. And this is the first time I've had you on the podcast. But I'm really excited to have you on today because we're going to be talking about concussion, persistent post concussion symptoms, and you'll talk a little bit more about that name changed in the bulk of the interview. But before we get into some common myths around concussions, I would love for you to let the listeners know a little bit more about why you decided to really specialize in this niche within medicine and rehabilitation. 00:52 Awesome. Well, I thank you for the softball pitch care know. For those that don't know, Karen used to play softball on Central Park quite a bit. But yeah, no, I mean, I thank you so much for having me on. First. I've been listening to healthy, wealthy smart forever. So just thank you again. And yeah, I mean, gosh, I think back to I was a we were one of the first six residents actually, we were the first six residents in orthopedics at NYU in 2010. When I finished up grad school and all that jazz, and we I had it, I got the dream job, right, got the dream job. I had to leave New York City for it, which sounds crazy. But I think a lot of folks can connect to that, you know, working in, you know, the old adage, Jay, we used to call mills and things like that are seeing three or four patients plus per hour. And I was like, this isn't why I went into physical therapy. This is not why I wanted to do this. And I found this great clinic out in New Jersey during residency and we saw one to two patients per hour. And we had a support staff and they were emotionally intelligent. They were physical therapy owned, and they let us grow. And keep that like use of excitement, right? I don't know about you. But I'm hopped up on caffeine and too little sleep as we launched a new business this week. But it was great. And it really it fed my soul. It was wonderful colleagues and we ended up I ended up starting kind of in the opposite end of things, a civilian prosthetics program. So I was, you know, volunteering and showing up at the Manhattan VA, which has a wonderful prosthetics program. And then we also launched a breast cancer program and be launched a concussion program. So that was kind of like my first entree into concussion about 1011 years ago. And we were the only really only office in New Jersey with that type of rehabilitative practice at approaching concussion. And so very Dunning Kruger ask, it was like, you know, you don't know what you don't know until you kind of are made self aware of it. I got hit by a car. So I was hit by a car in October 3 of 2013. And right before then, oh, actually, it wasn't even right before then care. I'm sorry about that. But it was two years before it was our last day of residency. We saw that there was a conference at NYU at the hospital. And it was on concussion and it was NY us first concussion conference. Now this was 2011. So my best friend from Italy Beatrice, you know, hi, BIA. She's in Lucca. She's a great physio, if you're out in Italy listening in. And we were like, What do you want to go and it was our first weekend off for residency. I mean, we were exhausted, excited. And we're like, let's do it. So we went to this conference, I fell in love with it. And so we were at least aware of what this program was at NYU. Fast forward two years from there. And I was actually hit by a car here in Manhattan. So that's really where it's my life's work and passion is to become because I actually live with persistent symptoms. So and went through quite a recovery. So that's kind of how it all kind of came together and coalesced. 03:49 And when you suffered a concussion, and this was in 2013 It did you did you have kind of the self awareness at that time to think, well, you know, I've been learning a lot about concussions, I think I can I can kind of help myself here and did that then really propel you to learn more and to dive in even more. 04:19 So when I was hit, I was hit by an unlicensed driver from behind and my airbags did not go off. I was in my Toyota Prius you may have even been in that car at some point. And I didn't think anything of it but I knew I when I said the story is I I got out of the car. I want to get out of the car. I got hit so hard. I was stoplight at a red light wasn't looking behind me because we were stopped. And it was the traditional traffic right care like we're just inching forward. And I was probably on that block of 12 Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenue for about two or three light cycles because of traffic. So I just got Walt from behind and so the New Yorker in May right so born and raised New Yorker You know, unbuckle the seatbelt and get out of the car to give this guy the business. And I was just so dizzy care. And I held onto the top of the hood of my roof of the car and I was like, I gotta sit down. Fast forward. I thought this was quote unquote, just going to be a concussion. And at that time, we really thought concussions were pretty much resolved spontaneously within seven to 10 days based off of the literature from 2002. From Brolio and McCrea at all from the NCAA study. But we don't have that's false. And we have so much updated information we can chat about if you'd like. So I thought it was just going to be seven to 10 days. I went back to work for for a week, I thought, you know, I would just be sore, kind of like a whiplash or like a Dom's. And now, I just kept D compensating and then from there went from 10 to 14 hours of rehab a week for 14 months. 05:53 And how did you continue to work and continue to function during all this time? 05:58 I did not. So I went off of I went out of work, mind you, I was just promoted to junior partner the week I got hit. So I remember I was like directing a prosthetics program, we had all these other programs, I just became junior partner, which would have been a profit share with a company and I loved my job, I would still send people back to that clinic, those four clinics in New Jersey in northern New Jersey. So essentially what happened was, it was a conversation that went on for months. So I was on short term disability for six months. And I say this to all physical therapists, physicians, OTs, PTs, whoever's listening to this, when you're young, make sure you have extended disability on yourself, because our bodies are so fragile at the end of the day. And again, I was an athlete, I was a cyclist I was training for, for a century bike ride and life changes in the blink of an eye. And I was underinsured with a $50,000 policy policies for car insurance to go up to 300,000 to 3 million for certain policies. And it would have been an extra $12 a month. But again, you're a new grad, you're just out of residency, just out of DPT school and you know, you're thinking about student loans and just being out of school. And so you don't really plan that far. So that's a whole other conversation we can have on another podcast. So I was on short term disability and we all know the legality of and we all have our own cognitive biases about this, right? So when people are involved in litigation, we know that their care tends to go a little bit longer. So I just I knew that. And I didn't want to, I almost didn't want to set myself up for failure, right? I just wanted to be a good soldier, show up for therapies, neuro psychology, vision therapy, talk therapy, vestibular therapy, regular musculoskeletal for the whiplash therapy, and just be a good soldier and show up as a good patient, just thinking that I would get better and slightly different than a musculoskeletal injury. The difference is with with brain injury is that there are cognitive and behavioral impairments that differentiate those from brain injury from musculoskeletal injury and rehab. On top of that, add the environmental aspect, and that's a whole other aspect of the injury. So there's no finite, you know, six to eight weeks of tissue healing or things like that, when it comes to brain brain injury, that it's a very gray area. So I was on disability for six months. And then that ended and that was petrifying. So two weeks before disability ended. I wanted to burn it down. That's when I got angry. And I think that's when I really went through that whole grief cycle, because I just kept showing up to therapy thinking I was going to get better, and then I did not. So went back after 14 months, I had the no fault car insurance, which helped pay some bills back home with mom at the time. And that was it. So after that, when I went back to work, I actually realized I had a vision handicap with overhead LED lights. So I still live with persistent symptoms, I still live with neuro fatigue, I still have an ocular motor disorder. But we learn how to manage and cope and I have wonderful support systems and definitely a grit that a lot of people don't have as well, I think I'm missing a chromosome there somewhere. 09:03 And you know, and this was eight years ago. So I think it's important for the people listening to understand that, you know, when one is diagnosed with a concussion, it's not just like you said over and seven to 10 days or maybe a week or a month or even a year, and that there are symptoms that can persist. And I think that's a great segue into what are some common myths around concussions. So I asked Jessica give me like maybe your top three common myths that surround concussion and and post concussion. So Jessica, I'll throw it over to you. So what would be Myth number one that is circulating out in whether it be layman's world or even the medical world? Well, 09:53 um, I was actually I'm going to give you something that we didn't speak about. I'll kind of combine one of them with three but One of them, actually two that we didn't speak, I'll surprise you as well. But there's actually no evidence based definition agreed upon international definition of concussion or traumatic brain injury. And that kind of will segue a little bit into two is that there's actually been zero phase three clinical trials on TBI concussion in over 30 years. So, when we're talking about research, I mean, talk about ground floor ground level, I mean, we were in the basement 10 years ago, just not having any idea what we were looking at. So I even I try to tell people like when we're talking about this, and looking at the literature, the medical legal literature got ahold of this injury 50 plus years ago, and it's been in the trapped with closed head injury and medical legal literature, but really not until 22,004. And on how we've been talking about this as a rehabilitative injury, and things like that. So, you know, historically, when we don't know what to do with someone in medicine, we tend to send them down to trajectories, we send them, we allude that they're milling, lingering, or looking for a secondary gain, or we tell them that's all in their head, and it can't be real, right. So that's what's kind of happening with these patients that we know up to 30% of folks now have persistent symptoms of concussion, they don't just spontaneously. You know, in even two weeks, we even actually, because we didn't really know what we're looking for right care. So we didn't have an agreed upon definition. So how can you know what you're looking at unless you know where you're looking for. So that's so very important to connect to is that a lot of the mismanagement of concussion was so much more prevalent in a well cared for patient. 11:38 That's wild. And so before 2004, basically, if you had persistent persistent symptoms after a concussion, it was like, good luck. 11:50 Yeah, you were allude that you're faking it. You were looking at this, that it was a psychological injury. Yeah. You know, and 11:57 that, that in and of itself is crazy making? 12:00 Yes, well, that's the whole thing and the chicken or the egg, right. And you can't deny psychological conversations when it comes to the brains like Hello. However, you know, it's really the chicken or the egg, you have these somatic things that we have the ability today in 2021, in a well versed clinician to validate the patient's symptom profile by doing targeted, comprehensive physical examinations as it pertains to concussion. So we actually the best thing that we can do for a patient like this, and I'm sure you've had all the chronic pain people on your podcast and things like that is validate their symptom profile. Listen, you're not crazy for seeing words coming up off the page. No, you didn't drop some LSD or an illegal drug. You have an ocelot Xia? You know, but the difference between the moderate and severe TBI is is that these folks have the self awareness to know that something's not right. But they do not have this objective language to express the what or how they feel with brain injury. So what do we do all day care? And how are you feeling? What's your pain level? What's your number? How are you feeling? But brain injury folks do not have the subjective language to express that so when they go to the mall and our fear avoidant of that, or they go to the supermarket, and they are don't like to be in a complex visual sensory environment, because the colors may blur, and things like that, that is then looked at as a fear avoidant behavior. And that's been sent to psychological counseling for decades. So how can we as physios how do we get these guys first and gals? So not to Detroit too much to keep you on track. But those are two. The first two is that there have been there are over 43 working definitions of concussion. One of them is evidence based. And to that there are zero phase three clinical trials in over 30 years for TBI concussion. 13:42 Wow. Wow. Wow, those are two biggies. Two big myth. 13:46 I would think so then I'll combine the last three because there are points. So the third one is, you know, I really, I'm really into education care. And I really believe that if we can teach one we can serve many, okay. And that's just what I've been privy to. And this implicit trust in the last, like eight to 10 years with this injury, that I've been invited to all different conferences for emergency physician athletic training, PT, you name it, because we all need to be on the same page here. So folks really need to I always say that we need to have a really humble approach when we come here because and I say this with kindness and I but I say this very firmly, is that with concussion, we have infinite ports of access to entry to care. Okay, you can go to the urgent care the emergency department, you could even be at your OB GYN appointment and you might have had this fall and a ski injury over the weekend and in your annual or biannual you know OBGYN appointment if you're a woman. And you know, you could have had you could have pre presented with signs and symptoms of concussion and not be aware of it. So I see that because there's infinite ports of entry on like cancer or unlike cardiology, you have a heart attack, where do you go care and you go to the emergency room, right? And then you see the cardiologist just right or you get diagnosed with cancer or your PCP or you start losing weight, you have some red flag showing up. Where do you go? Yeah, young colleges right to the oncologist, right. So that's a, that's a defined pathway. With concussion, we don't have a defined pathway. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. However, it's where a lot of this mismanagement has come up over the last few years and decades, and that's where patients start to suffer. And that's where it healthcare, we've actually imparted something that's called AI atherogenic suffering, which is where actually the health care system where your doctor is actually part of a way of suffering on a patient. So I bring that to our attention with these three quick facts. I'll say them quickly, and then we can chat about them. Go for one 2012. That's the number you got to know. 2012 was the first year the international consensus statement discuss the cervical spine in terms of examination treatment, that whole stick that connects the central nervous system to the peripheral nervous system and runs the autonomics up and down, right 2012. We just started talking about the cervical spine internationally. 2015 was the first academic year in which there was a formal training for both TBI and concussion, if you are a neurology resident. So if you were a brain physician in 2015, that was their first formal didactic year, they had training in concussion and brain injury. So just let that settle in there for a second because that's, that's just wow. Again, this is a place to build up, not tear down, but that was taking place within the behavioral neurology section of the American Academy of Neurology. And the third one was that 2017 was the first year on the international consensus statement that we actually identified the concussion as a rehabilitative injury. 2017. So, like, what? So if you think about it, as physical therapists, congratulations, happy 100 years care. We just had our centennial, right. So we were rehabilitation aids, literally in the trenches 100 years ago, like now, and we were treating what we were treating brain injury, what are we doing in the ICUs for treating brain injury? We're getting them up, we're getting them moving. But what do we prescribe when we don't know what to do with someone and healthcare rest? So we now know that that's not the ideal thing to do beyond the first 72 hours, but yeah, 2012, cervical spine 2015, brain physician started learning how concussion and 2017 was we call the rehabilitative so that's my third. 17:29 Wow, that's, it just seems like that cannot be possible. 17:33 Yeah. And, and it seems like that and because we know better, right? But imagine then being, you know, having deficits and having trouble thinking and processing, and what's our most valuable resource attention, but then you can't process. So it's, it's so horrible when you're a patient, and you have to negotiate the system, if you go through a no fault, or you go through a worker's comp, and there's all these other aspects, you know, of that of, of the injury. So I always say, sorry, I always say is that concussion as an injury of loss of it, I am, so you have to really pay attention to where your patients are in space and time when you when you meet them. 18:10 And it all seems to me like just not having a clear pathway. To me sounds like barriers to treatment, and barriers to to improvement. And then my question, I just one quick question. It. If you if the patient doesn't quite know who to go to, they don't know that they're they they have a concussion? Because some people like oh, you know, he got his bell rang, or whatever. And they don't even go to see a doctor, but they're having some symptoms, but they're not quite sure who to go to? Is it that the longer your symptoms go on, the less likely you are to recover? 18:50 So there's a yes or no answer to that. I don't want to say it depends. But the good news is, is that we have folks five and 10 years out who may have not sought treatment, like the patient you just alluded to, or sought treatment, then kind of plateaued, the brain wasn't ready yet. And that's totally fine. And we've got to tell patients that No, hey, maybe we need to take three to six months and just kind of let this settle. Let's reset, regroup, and then let's come back. Because the brain just may not be ready. You cannot force this. This is not about grit and resilience, in terms of being sore and pushing through. You've got to listen to the brain and I talked about it with like the knee effusion principle. You know, we have residency in orthopedic so I talk ortho all the time, although I love the neuro, neuro world these days as well. But you know, it's like the knee effusion principle, right? You do too much the knee fuses, we want to give it if it doesn't come down in two days, we did too much. Let's cut in half, right. So it's the same thing with concussion except the difference that is super frustrating to both patients and clinicians that aren't in the know is that you can have delayed symptom onset. So you can do something within the therapy office or they can do something like for example, have a vestibular migraine, where they feel good while they're walking outside and they feel okay walking But as soon as they stop their body like isn't really caught up to them yet. And then they get this distributor migraine within 20 to 60 minutes, and then they feel like garbage. But then they don't know what even to associate with. And that right there, Karen will make you feel crazy. So so it's very important to have somebody in the know, but you said something right before that question about barriers? And you're absolutely right, there are barriers, but I'll do you one better is that we're not only have barriers to accessing quality care for concussion, we also have i atherogenic, suffering, where they come and I, as a provider may not know enough about concussion to look at this from 360. So we have providers that don't know, they may be maybe in 2021, we'll be able to pull up the international consensus statement. But that's only for sport, and it's very limited. So it doesn't go through the nuance of the suffering and the delayed symptom onset and things like that. It's very white paper esque, right? So we actually then cause harm by quote unquote, just treating the neck, not looking at the vestibular system, not looking at sleep, not looking at the ocular motor system, not looking at is the the migrant or aspect of it, not, you know, all these other things and aspects that make concussion concussion. So from a symptom profile standpoint, so if you feel typically I should say, 21:15 yeah, and, and, you know, like you said earlier, you're all about education, and getting people to therapists, and whether you're a physical therapist, occupational therapist, you've been a personal trainer, physician, really understanding the ins and outs of concussion. And so I'm going to, I'm going to plug your educational entity that is that is launching, and it's concussion, corner Academy. And so now, I really like that you're coming at this from the patient and the provider standpoint. So talk a little bit more about concussion, quarter Academy, and what separates it from other educational programs. Because, you know, as you know, there's a lot out there in the world, right? So how, what, what is it about this that makes it different, and that you're really proud of as you should be? 22:08 Oh, I appreciate that care. And, golly, I mean, talk about like, your life's work, right? And I really, I just get goosebumps thinking about this. And I'm like, wow, this is this is really just a dream. And I'll be very honest with you, this is a we're in a pandemic, still, some people may not want to admit that. But we're, we're still in a pandemic. And we all kind of went through something, right, especially in New York City, we really went through it initially in the acute phase of this pandemic. And I did, I lost a good chunk of my practice, and I had to really sit with myself and I said, Gosh, just what do you want to keep doing? You know, what do you want to do with your life, I had patients no less than four years, some 11 years as patients. And I was like, I'm not doing this again, I just don't have the energy. And that was from just a like a, like, almost like a burnout aspect. I just couldn't imagine re building up my my practice again, I have no problem seeing patients, if they call me but I have no desire to market. Now. I was like, Well, my ideal life based off of my symptoms and persistent symptoms. You know, I really work every other day. So yeah, I can push through every five days and do a regular work week if needed, but I don't feel well. And then I'm not pleasant. And it's just, you know, I just know my limits. So with the neuro fatigue and the stuff that I live with, I said, Well, what's, uh, what's, what's something I can do? Well, if I could work remotely, that was kind of it. And I said, How can I help the concussion community? So we decided, and my partner is a graphic designer and in to animation and editing and all of this stuff. We said, how can we make this beautiful, and deliver it? Because the user experience was so important to us? And then how can we deliver it internationally to where it's accessible? So we're, we formed the academy, and essentially, the goal has always been to promote healing, decrease suffering, increase support, and deliver it with kindness to this mismanage patient population, but we need to have access. So I have a tremendous faculty. We're launching we are we have a nonprofit partnership. We have the faculty are actually the people on the international consensus statement. They're the people treating the the boots on the ground, their clinician scientists, and they get it, they get concussions, and they're vested in concussion. So it's going to be a 12 week online course for our first cohort. It's fixed. It's from January 16 to April 10. It's going to be two hours per week one posted for you and one live on Sunday mornings at 10am. Eastern which will allow for our European friends and our California friends as well on the West Coast. And it's going to be 24 hours of CEU activity for for for physical therapists and athletic trainers. As long as we have 10, ot speech pathologists, neuropsychologist, psychologists, social workers, we can see you them as well, but it's the first round so it's kind of a lot of investment here. So I'm just going with PT and 80 to start unless we have 10 of the others. And we're going to have a nonprofit partnership, but the the beauty of it all is already I'm actually going to have, we're going to be doing research on our students. So we're actually going to be looking to change outcomes based off of evidence based practice and education. So we're going to be able to study our students, and then link up with our nonprofits as well to support them because it's really an underfunded sector of research where cancer gets billions and trillions and and TBI and concussion tend to get hundreds of millions. So we're really going to try and support the folks you know, who are boots on the ground. 25:29 I love it. It sounds so great. Where can people find more information about it? 25:34 Sure. It's going to be it? Well, it's already at it's at concussion corner.org.org. If you follow the podcast, we tried to give things away just like you do with healthy, wealthy smart. So we've had the concussion corner podcast is 2018. I hosted the Super Bowl concussion are moderated, I should say, the Super Bowl concussion conference in Minneapolis and we launched it then it's been around in over 50 countries, it's been so well received, we have a lovely community. So we're going into education, and how can we have a supportive community with open office hours and open office hours and things like that, that will what will provide our students with, with eventually a rehabilitation video database, where that's going to be searchable for folks as well. So they can search, you know, cervical spine examination intervention, what's the referral process look like. So it'll be a robust program, but we're going to be beta in January with I just want to point out, we're going to have a referral program. And, again, I'm a person and have one right, so we're not going to have an early bird special, like we're used to at conferences. But the whole thing is to spread this word of mouth. So instead of taking $100 off, we're going to give a $75 referral. If you have seven to eight people that you refer your whole tuition is paid for Plus, you get your 24 hours of CEU. So we want to really just want this to be word of mouth, from from like grassroots, let's build it by conversation and internal marketing and get people in who are invested in wanting to learn about this injury. 27:02 Awesome, awesome. And of course, we'll have a link to it in the show notes here at podcast at healthy, wealthy, smart calm for anyone who wants to learn more about the program and about the modules and how it's set up. Or you want to just get some more information. Or if you're ready, you heard this and you're like, I see people with concussion all the time. I'm not 100% comfortable, I need to learn more, or this is something I want to learn more about, I think now you have the perfect opportunity to learn. So we'll have a link there in the podcast notes for anyone who is ready to pull the trigger and join Jessica in January. So now just is there anything that you really want the listeners to take away from this conversation around concussion and rehab of concussion? 27:58 Yeah, so I'm sure there's, there's so many things off the top of my head, really connecting to that concussion is a rehabilitative injury. And if we can connect to that the injury of concussion is an injury of loss. It's a loss of your I Am your I am funny, I am husband, I am wife, I am Doctor, I am surgeon, you're I am. So if we are sensitive to that and connect to that concussion is an event, it's not an event there, it has to be a mechanism of injury, don't get me wrong, but it's not an event, it's an actual process. And we have this neuro metabolic cascade. And then we tend to have this loss of function in our in our environment. So that is really what I want folks to connect to. Because we have to make sure we're meeting our patients where they are and their moments of recovery. So that's really the big thing to connect to is that folks tend to really connect to the event of the concussion, you know, the post traumatic amnesia, the domestic event, the loss of consciousness, and less than 10% of those folks, but they're not connecting to where those folks are in their trajectory. And how many folks have they seen before you on average, people see six to 10 providers before they walk into my door. Okay, connect to that. Do they trust healthcare providers before they've talked to you? Did they have physical therapy in a hospital gym that wasn't really, neurologically sensitive to their needs, their smell, their sound, their lights, things like that. So connect to your patients in a different way. I can guarantee you if you're a new grad, this is going to this is going to get you excited. And if you're a little more seasoned, like Karen and myself and you're feeling a little burnt out, this is a great way to look at your patients 360 We're looking at autonomics we're looking at neurology, vestibular ocular motor. The physiological aspect of its sleep, nutrition, neuro endocrine, let's talk about sexual dysfunction and concussion. That's a whole other podcast. But it really is something that you can hear my passion about, or these patients are being mismanaged much more probably than they're being well cared for. And we can change that and there's no reason that we can't change that for next day. Not Knowledge Translation in the clinic, so I challenge your listeners to that care. 30:03 Amazing, amazing. And now I have one more question to ask. And it's one that I asked everyone. And that's knowing where you are now, in your life and in your career, what advice would you give to your younger self, let's say, you know, straight out of straight out of Ithaca physical therapy school. 30:21 Um, let's see here, straight. So I've honestly joined Twitter, I have had so many, I've had so many positive experiences, the 99 that I've had positive and the one negative, you know, and you really have to conduct yourself in a certain way, of course, but I joined Twitter, I've had so many amazing opportunities. I was invited to the Super Bowl, I was asked to be one of our spokeswoman like you for American Physical Therapy Association, I've been invited to speak at conferences and, and just network with people who I would never have access or touch points to. And I really think it was the most powerful thing I've done for my education, besides, you know, maybe a residency postdoc, really. So I really do and we wouldn't have met the same way either. So I think it's been great. 31:05 All right. Well, that I think that might be the first time I've gotten that. What advice would you give to your younger self is to join, join Twitter and join social media. So thank you for that. And like you said, you have to make it your own, and you have to approach it, approach it in the right way. So I think that's great advice. And now, again, people can go to concussion corner.org. To find out more. And of course, like I said, we'll have all the links at podcast at healthy, wealthy, smart, calm. So a big thank you, Jessica, for coming on the program busting some concussion myths. So thank you so much. 31:42 Oh, thank you so much for having me and to all your listeners. Thanks so much for your time and attention. I really appreciate it. 31:47 Of course and everyone thanks so much for listening, have a great couple of days and stay healthy, wealthy and smart
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While technology and the internet have made accessing information easier than ever, how can we discern between the facts we need to make the right decisions and fictions that could actually cause us harm? Turns out there is a better way to search on the internet and find reliable information, both on- and offline. Today's guest, Dr. Jen Gunter, is on a mission to help people find accurate health information online. In this episode, she shares tips on how to tell a reputable source from a questionable one, and how to foster a healthy sense of skepticism about the information that pops up into your life—from your social media feeds to random conversations. Dr. Gunter is an OB/GYN and pain medicine physician and a New York Times columnist. In addition to being both a doctor and a mother, she hosts the TED Audio Collective podcast “Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter”: https://www.ted.com/podcasts/body-stuff-with-dr-jen-gunter We want to know what you think about the podcast! Let us know your thoughts by visiting this link https://survey.prx.org/BetterHuman—and get a chance to be featured in a future episode. To learn more about "How to Be a Better Human," host Chris Duffy, or find footnotes and additional resources, please visit: go.ted.com/betterhuman
Dr. Sterling is an OB/GYN that has helped hundreds of mothers bring babies into the world. She quickly realized that Women don't need more information to sift through, they need one trusted resource they can rely on for medical advice as well as strategies for having a calm and confident journey. She started Sterling Parents so that overworked, stressed moms can relax. I want to provide the expert advice they are looking for SO they can stop digging for answers and get in touch with their own inner wisdom. Dr. Sterling's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drsterlingobgyn Sterling Parents website: https://sterlingparents.com Elizabeth's website: https://miraculousmamas.com Miraculous Mamas Instagram: https://miraculousmamas.com Get 10% off your first month a https://www.betterhelp.com/mamas Get 20% off an at-home lab test at https://www.everlywell.com/mamas More podcasts at WAVE: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/artist/wave-podcast-network/1437831426
Thank you for joining us for another episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast. In today's episode, Dr. Tro is joined by Brian Wiley, Amy Eiges, and Dr. Natasha Larmie. Brian and Amy are health coaches at Dr. Tro's Medical Weight Loss & Direct Primary Care. Between the two of them, Brian and Amy have lost over 300 lbs following the ketogenic/low-carb diet! Natasha (@thefatdoctoruk) graduated from Barts and The London Medical School in 2003 and has rotated through several hospital posts over the course of her medical career—General Medicine, General Surgery, OBGyn, Emergency Medicine, Geriatrics and Paediatrics. Around the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, she began a personal health journey that led her ultimately to a life-changing discovery—the low-carb/ketogenic diet. In their conversation, Tro and his guests discuss the “health at every size” movement, the failure of the medical system with regard to providing effective solutions for people with obesity, the absurdity of making people weigh their food as part of a weight loss strategy, the relationship between real food diets and mental health, harmful and unproductive stigmas surrounding obesity and weight, how to reach people out there who are in despair of ever finding a sustainable and effective weight loss plan, why focusing primarily on the numbers on the scale is putting the cart before the horse, the journey of becoming a restrained eater, the proper place/understanding of exercise in the context of total health, and why fear and shame are not effective motivators to change. For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening! Links: Dr. Natasha Larmie: Website Podcast Brian Wiley: Articles, Blogs, and Podcast Episodes Instagram Amy Eiges: Articles, Blogs, and Podcast Episodes Twitter Dr. Brian Lenzkes: Website Twitter Dr. Tro Kalayjian: Website Twitter Instagram
When you hear the words “pelvic floor,” what comes to mind? A visit to the OB-GYN, maybe? The truth is, the pelvic floor is a hidden superstar of sexual pleasure, for vulva AND penis owners. We all have a pelvic floor, but the problem is, we don't always know how to take care of it. That changes today because you're about to hear from the pelvic floor expert herself, Dr. Patricia Wallace.In this episode I talk to Dr. Wallace about “living your best life in your best body,” and how focusing on the pelvic floor can unlock our feel-good potential. We discuss the intricacies of orgasm because guess what? When you strengthen the pelvic floor, your orgasm contractions get more intense, and tiny muscles you didn't even know you had amplified your pleasure. We can also heal pain and prolapse through pelvic floor rehab, and vulva owners will find a lot of relief hearing Dr. Wallace's thoughts on aging and hormones. Turns out, you can nurture your hormonal health well into menopause, without scary side effects! Leave it to a doctor to put our minds (and our vulvas, and our penises) at ease.Find out more about Dr. Wallace here:pelvichealthwellness.comFacebookInstagramFind out more about Emsella treatments here:bodybybtl.comFacebookInstagramTwitter See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Pregnant women should get vaccinated against COVID-19. That's the word from OB/GYN, Dr Christopher Jones at Memorial Hospital. Dr Jones spoke to MacombNewsNow.com in order to encourage pregnant women to get vaccinated. According to Dr Jones, the vaccine is safe for women who are pregnant or who have recently given birth and are nursing babies. Getting vaccinated is far safer and healthier for both mother and baby than the getting infected with COVID-19 and being unvaccinated.
Dr. Tabatha Barber has devoted her life to giving women a voice and a choice when it comes to their health and well-being. As a young girl, she struggled with self-esteem and identity issues, dealt with peer-pressure, and survived the ridicule and stigma of becoming a teenage mother. As she shared in her first published book titled, From White Trash to White Coat: The Birth of Catherine's Purpose, those events led Tabatha to finding her purpose in life. With perseverance and grace, she was able to redirect her path in life and become a successful physician. Dr. Tabatha Barber is triple board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, menopause, and functional medicine. She has the unique situation of being licensed to practice medicine in over half the country, so you now have the ability to work with a functional physician virtually. She is the host of The Functional Gynecologist Podcast; where she shares her wisdom and knowledge with women everywhere to reclaim their health. She is also a keynote speaker, mentor, wife, mom, and grandma! By incorporating functional medicine into her women's health practice, she is able to provide women with the tools they need to optimize their health and happiness, which, in turn, allows those women to pursue their purpose in life. In today's episode, Dr. Tabatha teaches that heavy periods, debilitation cramps, and extreme PMS symptoms are not normal, and that there are ways for your body to heal. As she shares about the Gut-Gyn Connection, we learn that the gut impacts our hormones, and that as we work to heal our gut, we balance our hormones in the process. Instagram: @dr_tabatha Website: https://www.drtabatha.com/ Book: From White Trash to White Coat- https://www.drtabatha.com/buy-my-book/p/my-book Blog: https://www.drtabatha.com/blog The Functional Gynecologist Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-functional-gynecologist/id1494609968 For 25% off any products at Kettle & Fire: Use code JUSTINGREDIENTS at https://www.kettleandfire.com/collections/products?afmc=JUST.INGREDIENTS&utm_campaign=q-2020&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=social&utm_content=JUST.INGREDIENTS
In this episode of the Office Visits with Dr. V, we meet Dr. Melissa Davies. She is new to Eagle OB GYN and she is going to be taking care of many of Dr. V's patients as she phases out of her traditional OB GYN practice to pursue her Health and Wellness Enterprise. Dr. Davies, a caring Ob/Gyn and robotic surgeon, discusses many aspects of gyn surgery from a patient's perspective. [00:00:55] Dr. V Details Meeting Dr. Melissa Davies [00:03:19] Dr. Davies Tells Us About Herself & Seeing Her First Live Birth [00:05:18] What Does It Meant To be A Doctor Of Osteopathic Medicine [00:10:28] What Does Dr. Davies Love About Obstetrics And Gynecology? [00:16:30] The Difference Between Robotic Surgery and Laparoscopic Surgery [00:20:00] Dr. Davies Two Favorite Common Surgeries That OB GYN's Do [00:20:59] Dr. V's Favorite OB GYN Surgery [00:24:03] Risks Of Hystorectomy Surgery [00:27:37] The Importance of Having an OB GYN Who Provides You With Alternatives To Surgery [00:30:06] The Optimal Surgical Candidate Critera [00:34:32] Dr. Davies Recommendations On Finding Credible Information On OB GYN Surgeries Dr. Melissa Davies Dr. Davies is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina. She went to Campbell University for her undergraduate degree, then spent three years out of medical school, during that time she worked in a medical office there, before going back to medical school at Campbell again, and then she did her residency training, and just finished up this year at ECU Vidant. She saw her first live birth in Tanzania, East Africa and that solidified all of her hopes and aspirations, during medical school she was drawn to obstetrics and gynecology more than anything else. She loves that it allows her to empower women and educate women on their bodies and overall health. She is a mom of two kids, her oldest is eight and his name is Jonathan and her youngest is four and a half her name is Hannah Grace. She prides herself on being a mom, she always wanted to be. She's been married for 13 years and she just celebrated her 13th wedding anniversary. ------------------------------ Thank you for listening, please like and share this episode with a friend! If you would like to stay connected and get your questions answered by Dr. V, feel free to reach out! Facebook: Office Visits with Dr. V Instagram: office_visits_with_dr_V. Website: https://officevisitswithdrv.com/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Links and Resources: https://officevisitswithdrv.com Dr. Melissa Davies
Despite her impressive background, including her UCLA Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency, Dr. Courtney Hunt, MD, found herself at a loss when both her and her husband were dealing with autoimmune conditions. The things that she had been taught during her medical training helped mask some symptoms at best, but never got her anywhere close to the point of being truly healed. How could this happen? Shouldn't someone who, statistically, has more knowledge about the body than 99% of people be able to fix just about anything? It turns out, she couldn't. And, with this realization, Dr. Hunt went back to the drawing board to rethink everything she knew and had been taught. In this episode, we are talking to someone who just may be the most knowledgeable guest we've ever had. You will not only learn about how she healed, but also how she started connecting the dots of a much bigger picture involving the entirety of humanity. How did this OBYGYN turn into someone on a mission to heal the human race? You'll just have to tune in to find out. But, when you do, don't forget your notebook! About Dr. Hunt: Dr. Courtney Hunt has spent the majority of her career as a board certified OBGYN helping women, mothers, and their children deal with 21st Century illnesses that current medical textbooks fail to address. Most of these illnesses arise from our changing, modern environment. After many years delivering babies, Dr. Hunt grew tired of seeing mother after mother, and woman after woman, come in feeling exhausted, foggy, achy, and sad. Worse yet, she grew concerned about the growing number of sick children these women were bringing in with them; children of all ages. Dr. Hunt herself was a busy delivering obstetrician and operating gynecologist and has spent years translating that expertise into figuring out how to make surgery and pharmaceuticals less necessary and lifestyle more important in the path to wellness. She began to study nutrigenetics many years ago when she started to realize that the majority of her pregnant patients were nutrient depleted and grew concerned over the impact this could have on the fetus. Since childhood, Dr. Hunt had a desire to become a physician, especially when at the age of 13 her grandmother developed ALS also known as Lou Gherig's disease. This motivated her at age 17 to attend The University of California at Berkeley as an integrative biology major with a focus on reproductive endocrinology, genetics, and neuroscience. She graduated from medical school at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine at 25 and completed her residency at UCLA, ultimately administrative chief resident. After practicing for one year in California, at 29, she moved to Arizona. After working with a large OBGYN group, she opened her own practice, Desert Jewel OBGYN, in 2005 as the founder and medical director. It was in this practice that she saw an increase of patients that suffered from chronic fatigue, autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, horrible perimenopausal symptoms, Hashimoto's, vertigo, migraines, memory disorders – and the more she saw, the more they came. These were patients who had previously been ignored by others, undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, or had only been given band-aids for their symptoms. In an attempt to better understand those patients and their symptoms, Dr. Hunt utilized her knowledge in genetics to develop a deeper understanding of human DNA how it interacts with environment, lifestyle, and food choices. In addition, her husband was diagnosed with Celiac Sprue shortly after they were married. A childhood disease that was missed in him despite numerous doctor's visits until well into adulthood with almost catastrophic ramifications. This spurred her to deepen her knowledge of the gastrointestinal tract and the affect our food choices as well as the microbiome have on it and it's connection to our brains. On this journey, Dr. Hunt was forced to look outside of what she had been taught in medical school and residency and look deeper for answers. This lead her to the pursuit of nutrigenetics. As an early adopter of BRCA cancer gene testing over 20 years ago, she realized that if we could see the genes that predict cancer we could also see the genes that will could heal us. A roadmap for healing, if you will, an instruction book for the body and it's environment. All of Dr. Hunt's Links/Book: www.instagram.com/courtneyhuntmd www.instagram.com/geneticprotocol www.courtneyhuntmd.com www.geneticprotocol.com www.geneticprotocol.store https://www.amazon.com/Your-Spark-Light-Mechanics-Creation-ebook/dp/B096NL1JW7 You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to www.fdnthrive.com.
CardioNerds (Amit Goyal and Daniel Ambinder), Cardio-OB series co-chair and University of Texas Southwestern Cardiology Fellow, Dr. Sonia Shah, and episode FIT lead and UT Southwestern Cardiology Fellow Dr. Laurie Femnou discuss valvular heart disease in pregnancy with cardio-obstetrics expert Dr. Uri Elkayam, Professor of Medicine and OB Gyn at the University of Southern California. In this pearl-packed episode, we discuss the diagnosis, acute management, and long-term considerations of valvular heart disease in pregnancy. Through a series of cases, we review the physiologic changes in pregnancy that make certain valvular lesions well-tolerated, while others are associated with a much higher risk of peripartum complications. We also discuss which patients to consider referring for valvular intervention, the ideal timing, and which valvular interventions are safest in the peripartum period. We promise, you won't want to miss this clinically high-yield episode with Dr. Elkayam, the father of cardio-obstetrics and an absolute legend in the field! Audio editing by CardioNerds Academy Intern, Adriana Mares. Pearls • Notes • References • Guest Profiles • Production Team CardioNerds Cardio-Obstetrics Series PageCardioNerds Episode PageCardioNerds AcademyCardionerds Healy Honor Roll CardioNerds Journal ClubSubscribe to The Heartbeat Newsletter!Check out CardioNerds SWAG!Become a CardioNerds Patron! Pearls Most women with severe valvular heart disease can be managed medically throughout pregnancy.Right sided valvular lesions are generally better tolerated than left-sides lesions, and regurgitant lesions are generally better tolerated than stenotic lesions. However, the context and etiology of the valve dysfunction must be taken into consideration. Severe tricuspid valve regurgitation, for example, can be associated with a failing right ventricle and undiagnosed pulmonary hypertension. Changes in BNP, severity of symptoms, and right ventricular systolic pressure (RVSP) assessed by echocardiography can be helpful in differentiating normal pregnancy-related symptoms from symptoms due to hemodynamically significant valvular lesions.Valvular interventions during pregnancy are safe when well-planned and performed by experienced operators, and they can significantly improve morbidity and mortality in women who remain symptomatic despite medical management.A multidisciplinary team-based approach is important when managing patients with valvular heart disease during pregnancy. Quatables “We do not need to perform prophylactic valvular intervention in women prior to pregnancy if they do not meet criteria for intervention otherwise. A patient with regurgitant lesion will tolerate pregnancy well, provided that they are not candidates for surgery already.” “Valvuloplasty during pregnancy is a great and effective procedure, but restenosis occurs. For women who desire future pregnancies, preconception evaluation is important to determine if valve intervention is indicated prior to conceiving.” Show notes What is the epidemiology of valvular heart disease in pregnancy?Cardiovascular conditions affect up to 4% of pregnancies, with valvular heart disease being the most common cardiac pathology encountered during pregnancy worldwide.In the developing world, rheumatic valve disease is still the most common etiology, with mitral valve most commonly affected, followed by the aortic valve.In the developed world, congenital aortic valve pathology is most common. What are the hemodynamic effects of stenotic vs. regurgitant lesions during pregnancy?In normal pregnancy, there is a significant drop in systemic vascular resistance as early as 5 weeks gestational age. This drop leads to a transient decrease in perfusion to the kidneys, causing an increase in fluid retention and expansion of plasma volume. At the same time, there is an increase in heart rate which becomes more pronounced la...
The natch beaut Dr. Jennifer Lincoln is back! On top of her massive social media following and her OB-GYN practice, she is now the author of the new book “Let's Talk About Down There.” Jackie chats with Dr. Lincoln all about safe oral sex, sexual debuts, discharge, sex toy hygiene, and social media boundaries. For a list of everything mentioned in this episode, go to www.natchbeaut.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Any ruling is months away, but this week's oral arguments provided some clues. NPR's Nina Totenberg watched them unfold. Hear more from Nina's coverage on the NPR Politics Podcast via Apple, Google, or Spotify.Also in this episode: Dr. Ghazaleh Moayedi, an OB-GYN in Texas, who told NPR pregnant people in Texas have been travelling to Oklahoma for abortions. In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.Email us at email@example.com.
In this episode, renowned holistic health and fasting expert, Dr. Mindy Pelz teaches us why fasting can and should be considered routine maintenance on our bodies, like a teeth cleaning or a trip to the OBGYN. We talk about the science behind fasting for women and how to incorporate healthy fasting strategies at every stage of your life. But it's not all about what we don't eat; we also unpack why the body thrives on the right foods at the right times and offer tips on improving metabolic flexibility in sync with your hormonal health. We discuss some advanced fasting techniques, and encourage you to consult your doctor if you want to begin incorporating extended fasts for autophagy. You will learn about... How fasting helps you maintain a healthy weight The six different types of fasting How to train your body for longer fasting Supporting your hormonal needs Thyroid health and fasting Menopause and insulin resistance Resources: Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DrMindyPelz/featured (DrMindyPelz) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drmindypelz (drmindypelz) Facebook Group: https://m.facebook.com/groups/resetters/ (The Resetter Collaborative) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.mindypelz/?hl=en (@dr.mindypelz) Website:https://drmindypelz.com/ ( drmindypelz.com) Read: “https://www.amazon.com/Menopause-Reset-Symptoms-Younger-Again/dp/1950367991 (The Menopause Reset: Get Rid of Your Symptoms and Feel Like Your Younger Self Again)” Connect with Kelly: https://kellyleveque.com/ (kellyleveque.com) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bewellbykelly/ (@bewellbykelly) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bewellbykelly/ (www.facebook.com/bewellbykelly) Be Well By Kelly is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
Themes: Quantum Philosophy, Medicine, Health Freedom, Harmony, Biology, Nature, Culture, Anthroposophy Summary: Our inherent connection to the natural world is in a state of disharmony and Dr. Nathan Riley, who refers to himself as a recovering OB/GYN, joins us in this episode to talk about his experiences practicing within the constructs of the Western medical model, why he left, and how he pushes back against the template approach to human health + standardized medical intervention. Dr. Riley treats the whole being in order to facilitate an elevated, expansive, and embodied life (and a good death). Discover: The problem with the Western medical model's one-size-fits-all, template approach. Birthing practices, medical convenience, and coercion in “corporate” medicine. Death, rebirth, and ancient wisdom. Embracing the beauty of our natural death experience. Re-harmonizing with + reconnecting to the natural world. Links IG: @nathanrileyobgyn Tiktok: @nathanrileyobgyn Website: www.BelovedHolistics.com End of episode reference: Dr. Stan Grof Sponsors: Organifi | Visit organifi.com/createthelove to receive 20% off all products with code CREATETHELOVE! House Of Wise | Use code CREATETHELOVE for 20% off your order at houseofwise.co Create more love by visiting: createthelove.com @createthelove @createthelovecards See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dr. Nahla Khalek is an OB-GYN from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who works in a specialized surgical center for fetal diagnosis and treatment. In this episode, she explains twin-twin transfusion syndrome, a unique diagnosis in which two fetuses share a placenta in such a way that one baby receives “a tremendous amount of blood volume” while the other receives insufficient blood volume. Dr. Khalek reviews diagnostic options, signs to look out for, and more.
If you follow Ty on Instagram then you know she's been down for a month after having a hysterectomy. The process was long and not what she expected at all. Here's her story. Well part 1 at least.
Dr Jen Gunter is an OB/GYN and author who joins me to talk about her new book The Vagina Bible, the 'cult' of wellness and how we can all avoid falling for clickbait headlines about our health.Dr Jen Gunter is an OB/GYN, author and a health professional who isn't afraid to call out BS when she sees it. In this episode she shares the five things she wants every woman to know about their vagina and vulva.Jen's book The Vagina Bible is available now.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/emmagunavardhana. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.