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Traumatic Birth, Breastfeeding, and the Hospital System

Traumatic birth occurs in 1 out of 3 births in the U.S. and Australia. It can negatively impact bonding and breastfeeding, and is often associated with postpartum depression. Why does it occur? Are hospitals failing mothers and babies? Many hospitals have a rigid power structure that restricts the delivery of evidence-based care. What are we doing to change that? Join Marie and her guest, Rebecca Dekker, RN PhD, author of Babies Are Not Pizzas: They’re Born, Not Delivered. Rebecca describes her own birth experience and discusses her feelings, thoughts, and coping mechanisms after a traumatic birth. Meanwhile, we breastfeeding advocates often feel they are on the bottom of the power hierarchy; what can we do to ensure adequate care during birth and the postpartum period? How can we help to empower mothers? Where does the role of the doula fit in? Listen for answers to these and other questions on this insightful interview!

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