In this 11th episode of our podcast Hillary interviews Dr. Ginger Breedlove where they talk about Midwestern kindness and pragmatism, having interrelated irons in the fire, what it is actually like testifying in congress, pushing for policy changes, and 4H. They also discuss three ways that childbirth professionals can help March for Moms, the importance of qualitative data, and demystifying postpartum. Sure these topics all sound important, practical, and maybe even a little stuffy, but there are definite laughs there too. Listen in to find out which movie dance sequence Dr. Breedlove would rather recreate: Footloose or Risky Business! 

Here is a bit more about Dr. Ginger Breedlove:

Dr. Breedlove is a past president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives serving from 2013-2016. In the fall of 2017 Dr. Breedlove formed a consulting company, Grow Midwives, LLC. The aim is to build and facilitate relationships and educate Physicians, Hospitals, and Midwives about best practices in collaborative experiences, so that a variety of care models, in a variety of settings, can be easily adopted by both established Hospitals and independent healthcare providers in the United States. Prior to consulting she was on faculty, combined 17 years, as Professor at Shenandoah University (six years) and program founder of the Graduate Program Midwifery Specialty Track at University of Kansas School of Nursing (ten years). She co-founded the first free-standing birthing center in Kansas in 1979 and established first Midwife service in Greater Kansas City in 1994 as a collaboration with Maternal Fetal Medicine and Neonatologist colleagues. She is recipient of first Irving B. Harris national book award, The Community Based Doula: Supporting families before, during and after childbirth. As PI, she authored federal, state and philanthropic grants over $6 million, is author to numerous articles published in peer-reviewed journals and texts and has spoken widely at numerous conferences on the national and international level. She is a member of March of Dimes Nurse Advisory Council, Good Birth Foundation, and Advisory Board member of Military Birth Resource Network. In the fall of 2016 she co-founded and serves as President of the March for Moms with Dr. Neel Shah, a growing, multi-stakeholder coalition of over 40 partners sharing like-minded urgency to improve the wellbeing of mothers in the US.  March for Moms aim is to convene national stakeholders together to speak with a common voice, urging policymakers and other American leaders to help ensure mothers get the support and care they deserve. Work includes organizing two national public demonstration rallies’ in Washington, DC with a third rally scheduled for May 3, 2020. This fall Dr. Breedlove is launching a book for first-time parents navigating the first six weeks of pregnancy titled, Nobody Told Me About That!

Here are 3 books that were mentioned in this podcast that you might want to check out:

Nobody Told Me About That: The First Six Weeks

Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology

The Community Based Doula: Supporting Families Before, During, and After Childbirth

If after listening to this podcast episode, you feel inspired to take action and help push for policy change, here are 3 great places you can start:

DONA Legislative Action Toolkit

March for Moms

Moms Rising

Thank you so much for listening, and please be sure to rate, review, & subscribe to our podcast wherever you listen to it, and tell a friend! We will be back with another new episode on September 4th.

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