Their long hours and constant learning might be trying to kill them, but specifically, what do they do during all those hours? Most people think of OB/Gyns as delivering babies all the time, but don’t forget the ‘gyn’ side. Also, Dave likes the sound of a new program in New Jersey which throws community baby showers for women of color and their families while working to reduce the impact of institutional racism on maternal and infant mortality.
Because Katee and Corbin’s schedules are challenging, The Vagibonds are switching to an every-two-weeks schedule. I know, it sucks, but it’s what they must do. In the meantime, enjoy this rebirthed episode. –Dave
This week the Vagibonds are joined by Dr. Jillian Claire to discuss the FDA’s recent approval of the app Natural Cycles for use as birth control. We recommend listening to our episode on fertility awareness because we reference it… a lot.
So, you’re having a baby. You go to the hospital…and then a lot of things happen to you and are done to you. Why do OBs do all those things? What even are those things? Corbin leads us through all the things that may happen to the typical mother as she begins her labor, from getting her cervix measured, fetal monitoring, pushing, and finally, finally!…having a baby.
[Katee and Corbin are, as always, being amazing at their residencies this week. But since being a doctor often means sacrificing other bits of life, take in this rebirthed episode until next week. –Dave]
If you have been following the news, you likely have seen that a recent Trump administration policy has forced children crossing the border with their parents without proper documentation to be stripped away from their parents and held in prison-like detention centers. This week Katee, Corbin, and Dave talk about the research behind how “Adverse Childhood Experiences” (ACEs) affect brain development and life long health.From the backround to the pathology and finally its implications.
Lord knows Dave could use a good challenge once in a while. It is in this spirit, and certainly not that of causing him any embarrassment, that Katee challenges Dave to see if he knows his way around the abbreviations commonly used in obstetrics. Can he do it? No, he cannot, but along the way he’ll learn a thing or two. Later, Katee’s brain breaks down due to lack of sleep.
The Zika virus caused quite the stir in the news a couple years ago. It made few people feel sick…but its effects on developing fetuses was horrifying, causing multiple, profound birth defects. It has receded from the news since then, but it’s effects are still being felt, especially in warmer climates…including Corbin’s current home, Texas. So what are the effects of Zika? How is it prevented? Are there treatments available for its effects? And what do doctors do to support those affected?
[Katee and Corbin are beavering away at their residencies this week, so enjoy this rebirthed episode. –Dave]
Alison Oliver is a sexuality educator at the university level, and also for the Unitarian Universalist Society’s sex ed program known as Our Whole Lives. Unlike what most of us get in schools, public or private, OWL is comprehensive. Even the most detailed conversation with one’s parents can’t hope to cover everything OWL does in its 25 weeks. Katee, Corbin, and Dave visit with Alison to get a feel for just what comprehensive means, and how young people can get more comfortable with sexuality as something that exists for all people, throughout their entire existence, from cradle to grave.
Essure is a controversial permanent method of birth control. Its controversy arises from the side effects that women have reported–including ‘migration’ of the device and pain– which we’ve briefly discussed in a past episode. In this episode, Katee takes us along as she explores this no-longer available sterilization device, which manufacturer Bayer is removing from the market citing a lack of consumer interest.
Endometriosis happens when endometrial tissue has migrated outside the uterus and made itself at home elsewhere. But Adenomyosis—where the endometrial tissue infiltrate he walls of the uterus itself—can also cause pain and heavy bleeding each month. Come with us as Corbin teaches us more about this difficult condition.
In this previously aired classic, we discuss why women should be thinking about birth control while they’re pregnant, what kinds of birth control we can use postpartum, and the methods and timing of those options. Also, our group text kept autocorrrecting postpartum to post-party and we kind of like that.