Pregnancy, Parenting & Politics

Pregnancy, Parenting & Politics, is a breath of fresh air: accessible, authoritative, funny, reassuring and personal. It's chock-full of Jeanne's comprehensive, medically-sound advice and insights plus conversations with women, mothers and experts in pregnancy, parenting and the power to change the world. Women's health expert, labor nurse, feminist, mother of four, Fit columnist and author of Common Sense Pregnancy (Random House, 2015), Jeanne Faulkner has been at the bedside for thousands of deliveries. She provides the honest insider advice you need during pregnancy, labor, birth, and parenthood. Jeanne believes that parents have the power to change the world and that's what we're talking about here on Pregnancy, Parenting & Politics.

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#42: When Mom is a Rock Star (Literally)
Jeanne talks with Dirty Revival's lead singer, Sarah Clarke about how becoming a mother 5 years ago motivated her to become a professional musician and how she's integrating motherhood with life on the road.
54 min
#41: Q&A With an Obstetrician
Jeanne talks with obstetrician, Heather Weldon, MD about how birth is different in different countries and answers a few reader questions about c-sections, early births and more.
56 min
#40: Journalism, Women, Motherhood, and Drugs
Jeanne talks with NPR reporter Rae Ell Bichell about  how journalists report on women's health, pregnancy, drug trials and women. We also talk about the huge information and research gaps pregnant women face when the need medication.
64 min
#39: How Breastfeeding Can Change The World
Jeanne talks with Amal Omer-Salim, co-Executive Director of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) about World Breastfeeding Week and this year's theme of global sustainability and poverty eradication.
64 min
#38: Your Q's and Jeanne's A's
Jeanne and midwife Chris Beard, CNM answer listener questions about spotting, cramping, sex, epidurals and a whole lot more.
49 min
#37: Tragedy and Comedy with Lauren Weedman
Jeanne talks about the tragedy of stillbirth before shifting gears to talk with actress, author and performer, Lauren Weedman (one of the stars from HBO's show, Looking and author of Miss Fortune – Fresh Perspectives On Having It...
72 min
#36: Jane Chen - Beyonce Backed Baby Entrepreneur
Jeanne talks about Black Lives Matter and chats with Jane Chen, founder of Embrace Innovations and Little Lotus Baby about the miraculous, portable, inexpensive and no-electricity-needed incubator that's saving babies lives in some of the...
44 min
#35: The First 1000 Days with Roger Thurow
Jeanne talks with author, journalist Roger Thurow about how hunger and malnutrition robs mothers and children of their chance to reach their full potential.  He writes about women in the U.S. as well as developing country to tell the stories of...
58 min
#34: Aimee's Emails and Adrienne Martini
Jeanne gets more email from Aimee about her 37 week c-section plans and she talks to Adrienne Martini about post partum mental health issues.
56 min
#33: Kicking Out The Ceiling for Mothers
Jeanne talks with Terri McCullough, director of the No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, an initiative started by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton and The Clinton Foundation. We talk about feminism, adolescent daughters, how women support each...
63 min
#32: Advice From An Old Dad to New Dad
Jeanne talks about fatherhood, pregnancy, birth, co-parenting, changing times and changing diapers with her favorite Dad on earth - her husband.
44 min
#30: Talking Shop with a Hospital Midwife
Jeanne talks with Chris Beard, certified nurse midwife, solo mom to adopted daughters, avid camper and outdoor enthusiast about mothering adolescent girls and about how midwifery has changed over her career and why it's the solution to improving...
46 min
#30: Why Maternal Healthcare is Better in Europ...
Jeanne talks with writer, translator, Olga Mecking in the Netherlands about maternal healthcare in Europe.
42 min
#29: High Risk Pregnancy Q's
What exactly does it mean to be high risk during pregnancy and why are so many women being treated that way? Jeanne answers emails about risk factors, inductions, c-sections and late pregnancy curve balls.  
26 min
#28: Raising Boys In America
Jeanne talks with Jacqueline Sibanda about issues mothers face all over the world, especially when raising boys to be men. We also talk about the extra challenges mothers face in America where race, intolerance and gun culture put some teenagers at...
45 min
#27: The Friends You'll Make As Parents
Jeanne talks with a nurse/friend in Germany about hyperemesis, finding your tribe, pregnancy #4 and how parenting differs in Europe.
45 min
#26: Mother's Day With My Kids
Jeanne talks with her own kids about growing up in a big family, with a labor nurse for a mom and about gender, reproductive health,and what feminism, birth and parenthood look like for young adults today.
57 min
#25: Both Sides of the Adoption Story
Jeanne talks with a brand new mom of an adopted baby girl abouther journey to motherhood, the bond she's created with her baby andabout being adopted herself.
35 min
#24: More From Labor Nurses
Jeanne talks with fellow-labor nurse, Amie, about the long hours, working weekends and holidays and taking care of patients when you're missing your own kids.
35 min
#23: Sending Mama To Jail
No parent is perfect, but in some states, like Tennessee, pregnant women who need and want treatment for addiction are being prosecuted instead of receiving the help they need.  Jeanne talks with Allison Glass from Health & Free Tennessee, a...
50 min
#22: Zika Virus
Jeanne talks with Harvard public health researcher, Gillian SteelFisher about what people do know and what they need to know about the virus that's been linked with severe birth defects. 
45 min
#21: Dream Jobs
Jeanne talks with Kristen Kirkland of Every Mother Counts about their dream jobs, how to make working motherhood possible and how Kristen took her passion for improving maternal health and ran with it.
68 min
#20: Mother of Invention
Jeanne talks about the creative force that drives pregnancy, motherhood and parenting and how that sometimes turns into truly creative career, business, personal and artistic solutions.
40 min
#19: Q&A Grab Bag
Jeanne answers reader emails about inductions, gestational diabetes, bacterial vaginosis and one grandmother's concern about her daughter's healing c-section scar.
18 min
#18: Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Mothers
Jeanne talks with co-author and co-founder of Our Bodies, OurSelves, Judy Norsigian about her role in changing women's health and her thoughts on the issues women face today in reproductive and maternal healthcare.
43 min
#17: Which is Safer? Home or Hospital?
Jeanne talks with researchers, a midwife and an epidemiologist at Oregon Health and Sciences University, about  a new study on the safety of home birth versus hospital birth for mothers and babies.
49 min
#16: Words That Matter
Jeanne talks with doula, poet, feminist and freelance writer, Carrie Murphy, about why the words we use when we talk about birth and motherhood matter.
42 min
#11: Foster Care, "Bad Moms" and Community Heal...
Kathy, a community health nurse, talks with Jeanne about both sides of the foster care equation - what it's like for the biological and foster parents and what she does for babies.
41 min
#15: Laughing Gas and Labor Pains
Jeanne answers reader emails about pain management during labor and talks with Wendy Berger, CNM who works at Legacy Emanuel Hospital - one of a growing number of hospitals offering nitrous oxide (aka laughing gas or gas and air) to their patients in...
31 min
#14: Politics and Motherhood
Jeanne talks about government's role in our parenthood and the power of active citizenry. She also talks with Karleen Basch about why her second pregnancy and birth shoved her into the political stream.
37 min
#12: Khadijah Queen Talks About Single Motherhood
Jeanne answers listeners emails and author and poet Khadijah Queen shares her insights about single motherhood, raising a black son in America and her essay, Mothering Solo.
41 min
#11: Foster Care, "Bad Moms" and Community Hea...
Kathy, a community health nurse, talks with Jeanne about both sides of the foster care equation - what it's like for the biological and foster parents and what she does for babies.
41 min
#10: Nan Strauss Talks About Doulas
Jeanne talks with Nan Strauss, Choices in Childbirth's director of policy and research about doulas, insurance and the research-proven benefits doulas provide for maternal health outcomes and healthcare cost reduction.
65 min
#9: Frank Talk with The Labor Nurses
Jeanne talks shop with two labor nurses who've spent decades working with mothers from all walks of life. What makes them even more special is they're mother and daughter.
56 min
#8: Avital Norman Nathman on Feminism and Mothe...
Jeanne talks with The Good Mother Myth author, Avital Norman Nathman about the ways gender inequity and feminism impact all aspects of motherhood
46 min
#7: Karen Parker, Certified Nurse Midwife, Expl...
Jeanne talks with certified nurse midwife, Karen Parker about what it means when mom has more fluid than average and how it can change late-pregnancy and birth plans.
30 min
#6: Jennifer Pastiloff on Pregnancy, Ambivalenc...
Pregnancy is among the most emotionally tumultuous times in any woman’s life and it’s normal for your feelings to run wild. Nobody knows better about that right now than Jen Pastiloff.
60 min
#5: Jessica Shortall on Workplace Breastfeeding...
Jeanne talks with author and TED speaker, Jessica Shortall about her new book, Work, Pump, Repeat and about why maternity leave policies in the U.S. are among the worst in the world.
43 min
#4: Michelle Vick and the Baby Box Tradition
Jeanne talks about the latest stats on maternal health, about what you really need in terms of stuff and about what it takes to fully support mothers to thrive.
33 min
#3: Sarah Lynch on CARE, Second Pregnanies, and...
Jeanne talks about second pregnancies, twins and global maternal health with Sarah Lynch, Senior Director of Global Policy Initiatives for CARE’s policy and advocacy unit.
49 min
#2: Peg Moline on Pregnancy & Media
Jeanne talks about birth industry history and chats with Peg Moline, founding editor-in-chief of Fit Pregnancy Magazine, Natural Health and Shape magazines on how magazines and advertising have portrayed pregnancy over the last 20-something years.
33 min
#1: Sarah Bowen Shea on Exercise
Jeanne talks with Sarah Bowen Shea, author of the three books about running and motherhood and founder of the online running community - Another Mother Runner, about why exercise is essential for moms before, during and after pregnancy.
46 min
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