I am so excited to share this episode with you all! When I heard Jeanne Faulkner speak on One Bad Mother a few months ago, I knew right away that I wanted to have her on the show. Jeanne is a writer, registered nurse and strong maternal health care improvement advocate. She works with the Every Mother Counts non-profit which is dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for all mothers around the world. She is also the author of the book Common Sense Pregnancy: Navigating a Healthy Birth for Mother and Baby which came out earlier this year.
In this episode we talk about how Jeanne came to change paths from a career as a labor and delivery nurse to that of a writer. We also talk about how her "Ask the Labor Nurse" column for Fit Pregnancy led to her writing her Common Sense Pregnancy book.
We talk about her very differing birth and postpartum stories with each of her children. She's given birth with all kinds of practitioners and both in and out of hospitals. She talks about pregnancy, birth and postpartum during nursing school, and as she took the nursing boards, and even during cancer treatments after her 4th child.
I loved being able to share Jeanne's knowledge and expertise with you all. We talked about the state of maternal healthcare today and about how she hopes we are going into seeing a shift in the way things happen, and how we as women and moms, as well as practitioners can help make this happen.
I really think it's good for us to hear moms who have been there already, perhaps have grown kids, and are able to tell us that there is a light at the end of the tunnel getting through these hard early years of raising kids. Thank you so much again, Jeanne for coming on and sharing with us!
You can find Jeanne's book here.
You can find her website here.
Here is more about the Every Mother Counts nonprofit.
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