Episode 39: Preparing a Supportive Postpartum Birth Plan

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



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