Welcome to episode thirty-nine of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, Sophie speaks Adriana Lozada about how to prepare a supportive postpartum birth plan.
Adriana’s life can be defined as before and after being pregnant with Anika, her 11 yr. old daughter. If you’re a parent, surely you can relate.
Before having a child, Adriana was at the forefront of new media. After graduating in Communication Studies in Montreal, Canada, she co-founded a newspaper and media company in Venezuela. In the late 90’s she co-founded a network of youth sites in Spanish and was named one of CNN en Español 20 “Latin American Leaders of the Internet” for 2000.
Then the internet bubble burst, her home-country unraveled, her world collapsed. It was time to move on. She married, spent a year living on a sailboat, and got pregnant. Lucky for her and for you. She likes doing hard things: being a parent is the hardest thing she’s ever done.
After giving birth, Adriana became increasingly passionate about helping others on their maternity journeys. The fire to make a difference started from a place of outrage (have you noticed the broken state of maternity care? the non-existence of paid family leave in the US?), which she has since focused into a torch that lights her way towards supporting new parents to have joyful and satisfying birth and postpartum experiences.
What you’ll hear in this episode
- How Adriana became interested in supporting new mothers
- The best ways we can support mothers through the birth experience
- Understanding the concept of a birth “hangover”
- Creating a more supportive system for new moms
- Steps that pregnant women can take for the postpartum period
- Understanding that not everything needs to be perfect after having a baby
- Why we are now starting to better understand why the mothers experience matters
- Self-care practices that are useful for the partners
- Remembering that having a new baby is a team effort