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Black Motherhood Through the Lens | Adeiyewunmi (Ade) Osinubi

Adeiyewunmi (Ade) Osinubi is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, and a fourth year medical student in Providence, Rhode Island. Her work focuses on sharing the stories of minority populations that often go untold. Her latest is Black Motherhood Through the Lens (check out the trailer), where she explores the lives of 4 black women and their experience through various faces of pregnancy (pre, during and post). In this episode, Ade sharest the following topics through the stories of black mothers: Infertility Post Partum Breastfeeding Mortality “Some people don’t feel comfortable opening up about postpartum because they are worried their child will be taken from them, which has historically happened to black families .”  - Ade Osinubi Follow Ade on Twitter and Instagram Resources: Website: www.blackmotherhoodfilm.com Trailer: https://vimeo.com/486605249 Forbes Feature: https://www.forbes.com/sites/brittanychambers/2022/02/21/one-medical-student-and-filmmakers-journey-producing-a-film-addressing-black-maternal-health-disparities/ Washington Post Piece: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2022/02/26/black-mothers-postpartum/ Glamour Magazine Piece: https://www.glamour.com/story/where-are-all-the-black-women-at-the-fertility-clinic If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes or Spotify! And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Tell 2-3 of your friends about this episode!   **The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for information purposes to enable you to have more effective conversations with your doctor.  Always talk to your doctor before making health-related decisions. Additionally, the views expressed by the Fempower Health podcast guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent.** **Contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links** About Ade Osinubi Adeiyewunmi (Ade) Osinubi is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, and a fourth year medical student in Providence, Rhode Island. Her work focuses on sharing the stories of minority populations that often go untold. At the age of 16, Ade traveled to Mekelle, Ethiopia to co-produce her first documentary.  Since then, Ade has produced films educating the public about various health topics in an accessible way. She has written for the Washington Post and Glamour Magazine on topics related to health equity. Her work on the film was also recently recognized in Forbes amongst other places. In the future, Ade hopes to pursue a career in health journalism, using her passion for photography and film to elevate the voices of communities of color.
May 24, 2022

Menstrual Health Equity: Why it Matters to Us All

Guests Michela Bedard of PERIOD. and Claire Coder of Aunt Flow discuss important menstrual health issues.  With 50% of the population menstruating, it is shocking to see the degree of inequities that still exist.  This podcast episode is intended to raise awareness and instill a sense of urgency about menstrual health equity and why having a shared language around “normal” periods is critical. We cover the following menstrual health issues: Why menstrual health equity is important and why inequity still remains How menstrual health equity differs across race, gender, and socioeconomic statuses The negative societal impact of menstrual health inequity and how equity can positively impact us all The role each of us can play to advance the menstrual health equity movement “In the United States, eight states have passed legislation requiring middle schools and high schools, sometimes elementary schools, to offer free period products in the bathroom, not the nurse's office in the bathroom. And why that matters is if you think about what happens in the bathroom versus the nurse's office. Bathrooms are for natural bodily functions. You go to the nurse's office when you're sick.” - Claire Coder, Aunt Flow “Policy follows culture. We're starting to see culture change.  We're starting to see social media deal with menstruation and starting to see more femtech companies pop up. We're seeing Claire's Aunt Flow company be successful.  We're seeing hundreds of PERIOD. chapters being formed every year. But the policy implications haven't really caught up yet. They're just starting to.”  - Michela Bedard, PERIOD. Resources: Spotify Podcast Playlist on Women’s Health Foundations and Menstrual Health Learn about Menstrual Hygiene Day If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes or Spotify! And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Tell 2-3 of your friends about this episode!   **The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for information purposes to enable you to have more effective conversations with your doctor.  Always talk to your doctor before making health-related decisions.  **Contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links** About Michela Bedard Michela Bedard, Executive Director of PERIOD., is committed to building a better future. She believes that every person deserves dignity and the chance to be seen for their full humanity.    Michela brings nearly two decades of experience in program management, fundraising and advocacy within non-profit, corporate, political and civic organizations. From big-picture creativity to day-to-day operations, Michela produces strategic partnerships and develops robust networks to strengthen organizations and movements seeking to tackle systemic inequality.    In addition to her work with PERIOD., Michela currently serves as Chair of the Board of Rahab’s Sisters, a Portland non-profit serving marginalized women or those whose gender makes them vulnerable. She also serves on the Governing Board of the Episcopal Bishop of Oregon Foundation, the Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety, and on committees within Portland Public Schools.   Michela holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California.  About Claire Coder Claire Coder (Forbes 30under30) is the founder and CEO of Aunt Flow. On a mission to make the world better for people with periods, Aunt Flow stocks organizations with tampons and pads. Coder launched her first company at age 16, designed a bag for Vera Bradley that sold out in 24 hours, and has her own line of GIFs. The 24-year-old Thiel Fellow has been featured in TeenVogue, Forbes, and starred in TLC’s Girl Starter Season 1. When she is not jamming out to Macklemore, she is teaching Zumba classes.
May 23, 2022

Exploring the Relationship between Love and Death | Dr. Jordana Jacobs

Dr. Jordana Jacobs, a clinical psychologist based out of New York City. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Jacobs gives presentations and leads retreats aimed towards helping people accept inevitable mortality so that they are able to live and love more fully.  In this episode, Dr Jacobs speaks about the following: Why we struggle to live our lives to the fullest Correlation between the fear of death and living fully Importance of courage and what that means “We can become quite complacent in our deep and meaningful connections.  We want to believe the people most important to us will be here forever because we are terrified of losing them.”  - Dr. Jodana Jacobs Follow Dr Jordana Jacobs on Instagram and check out her website. Resources: Recommended reading on mental health If the Buddha Dated Four Thousand Weeks Breakup Bootcamp How to Change your Mind After the Ecstasy, the Laundry If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes or Spotify! And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Tell 2-3 of your friends about this episode!   **The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for information purposes to enable you to have more effective conversations with your doctor.  Always talk to your doctor before making health-related decisions. Additionally, the views expressed by the Fempower Health podcast guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent.** **Contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links** About Dr. Jordana Jacobs Dr. Jordana Jacobs is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City. Her approach is integrative, combining psychodynamic and existential therapy into her treatment of patients. Dr. Jacobs’ training at Memorial Sloan Kettering working with terminally ill cancer patients, her studies in Northern India, and her Vipassana meditation practice inspired her research on the relationship between death awareness and love. Her dissertation, entitled “Till Death do us Part: The Effect of Mortality Salience on Satisfaction in Long-term Romantic Relationships” specifically explored the ways in which priming for death has the potential to increase intimacy in partnerships.
May 17, 2022

Do At-home Pelvic Floor Exercisers Really Work? | Dr. Allyson Shirkhande

The pelvic floor plays an important role supporting the bowel and bladder (as well as the uterus and vagina in females). Hormone changes due to pregnancy and peri/menopause and other factors can impact their function. Several at-home devices are now on the market to support the pelvic floor, but do they help you? And if so, which is right for you? Enter Dr. Allyson Shrikhande. Dr. Allyson Shrikhande, a board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist, is the Chief Medical Officer of Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine. She is also the Chair of the Medical Education Committee for the International Pelvic Pain Society. A leading expert on pelvic health and a respected researcher, author and lecturer, Dr. Shrikhande is a recognized authority on male and female pelvic pain diagnosis and treatment.  We discuss the following: Do electronic pelvic floor devices work? What are the limitations of at-home pelvic floor devices? How to afford these devices How to know if your device is helping or hurting How Pelvic Rehabilitation Center is trying to increase access to care What does FDA approval for classified medical devices mean? We cover the following pelvic floor-related devices, tools, and exercises. Elvie Perifit K-fit Flyte Innovo Elitone Thigh master-like devices Jade eggs Kegel weights  Exercises like yoga, pilates, hypopressives “Listen to your body. If your symptoms are getting better, you are on the right path. Before using these devices, get an evaluation, if you can, by a pelvic floor specialist.” - Dr. Allyson Shrikhande Follow Pelvic Rehabilitation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Resources: Dustienne Miller Yoga Adriene’s Yoga Pelvic Floor Podcast Playlist Pelvic Floor Resources Yoga for Incontinence Yoga for Postpartum If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes or Spotify! And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Tell 2-3 of your friends about this episode!   **The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for information purposes to enable you to have more effective conversations with your doctor. Always talk to your doctor before making health-related decisions. Additionally, the views expressed by the Fempower Health podcast guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent.** **Contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links** About Dr. Allyson Shrikhande Dr. Shrikhande, a board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist, is the Chief Medical Officer of Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine. She is also the Chair of the Medical Education Committee for the International Pelvic Pain Society. Dr. Shrikhande is passionate about this cause and dedicated to helping men and women with pelvic pain who often suffer without anyone willing to listen, understand or find the cause of their pain. That’s why she has traveled the world to work with expert gynecologists, urologists, physiatrists and interventional pain physicians. With an extensive background in mainstream clinical medicine, she also makes use of many alternatives, holistic and homeopathic approaches. She has published peer-reviewed articles on the treatment of muscle pain in academic journals and works closely with renowned pelvic pain gynecologists and urologists. Taking a team approach, she works with specialists in pelvic floor physical therapy, kinetics and movement, as well as acupuncturists, nutritionists, cognitive behavioral therapists and functional medicine physicians. Dr. Allyson Shrikhande currently teaches fall and spring remote courses at the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.
May 10, 2022

IBS: Navigating Diagnosis, Treatment, and the Difficult Healthcare System | Dr. Peter Whorwell

Dr. Peter Whorwell, author of Take Control of your IBS, directs the South Manchester Functional Bowel Service and has had a particular interest in the functional gastrointestinal disorders. His unit undertakes research into the clinical, epidemiological and pathophysiological aspects of functional gastrointestinal disorders as well as caring for large numbers of these patients from all over the UK.  In honor of April’s IBS Awareness Month, dive into IBS and complications around diagnosis and treatment. Given Dr. Whorwell’s book provides a lot of the foundations and is a quick read, we dove into some of the topics he did not go deep into in the book.  We do cover some foundations. You will learn this… Challenges with modern medicine impacting IBS diagnosis and how tests don’t solve everything Typical IBS symptoms and how IBS symptoms are unique from other possible conditions Research conducted about endometriosis vs IBS Another perspective on endo belly Caution around understanding symptoms, especially around your period versus throughout menstrual cycle so you are not treated for the wrong thing Why HRT can play a critical role for IBS patients in perimenopause and post menopause Bloating vs distension Gut microbiome and IBS relationship Whether comprehensive stool analysis is worth it IBS and the impact of fiber Whether laxatives damage the bowel “I can’t cure you, but I can make life better for you.  IBS won’t be cured, at least not in my lifetime”  - Dr. Peter Whorwell Resources: Take Control of your IBS book Other IBS resources Gut Health Podcast Episode If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes or Spotify! And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Tell 2-3 of your friends about this episode!   **The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for information purposes to enable you to have more effective conversations with your doctor.  Always talk to your doctor before making health-related decisions. Additionally, the views expressed by the Fempower Health podcast guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent.** **Contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links** About Dr. Peter Whorwell Professor Whorwell graduated in biochemistry at the University of London and in medicine at Guy’s Hospital, London. After a series of residencies and fellowships, one of which was in the USA, he was appointed as Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at the University Hospital of South Manchester in 1981 and was subsequently promoted to Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology. Over the years he has had a particular interest in the functional gastrointestinal disorders and now directs the South Manchester Functional Bowel Service. This unit undertakes research into the clinical, epidemiological and pathophysiological aspects of functional gastrointestinal disorders as well as caring for large numbers of these patients from all over the UK. It also undertakes a wide-ranging programme of research into new treatment options for these conditions including pharmacological, dietary and behavioral approaches. Professor Whorwell has published over 350 papers and chapters in his fields of interest and serves on a number of international advisory panels and working parties.
May 3, 2022

Why Ovulation is Critical for Women's Overall Health | Dr. Jerilynn Prior & Dr. Lara Briden

Dr. Jerilynn Prior and Dr. Lara Briden are back on the podcast. In this episode, they discuss why ovulation, rather than our period, is the main event of the menstrual cycle. It is an important and interesting discussion shedding light on important concepts that impact women of all ages.   We cover the following: What happens during ovulation and why is it so important? What is the meaning of ovulation and anovulation? The importance of estrogen and progesterone and how they impact ovulation How ovulation tracking works Is it possible to have regular cycles and not ovulate? What are the signs that you are not ovulating? How to know if you are making too much estrogen What is a normal luteal phase? Can you take birth control as a teenager? “What matters is releasing an egg, making progesterone, and making it for long enough to counterbalance the effects of estrogen. They are meant to be coordinated. They have fundamentally different actions on different tissues.” - Dr. Jerilynn Prior Resources: Curated resources to support Menstrual Health Spotify Podcast Playlist on Women’s Health Foundations and Menstrual Health Blog Posts from CeMCOR: For Healthcare Providers: Managing Menorrhagia Without Surgery Why Is “The Pill” Harmful for Bones in Adolescent Women? Follow #RighttoOvulate Dr. Lara Briden’s Books: Period Repair Manual  Hormone Repair Manual If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes or Spotify! And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Tell 2-3 of your friends about this episode!   **The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for information purposes to enable you to have more effective conversations with your doctor. Always talk to your doctor before making health-related decisions.  **Contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links** About Dr. Jerilynn Prior Jerilynn C. Prior BA, MD, FRCPC (former ABIM, ABEM) is a Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. She has spent her career studying menstrual cycles and the effects of the cycle’s changing estrogen and progesterone hormone levels on women’s health. She is the founder (2002) and Scientific Director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR). She is also Director of the BC Centre of the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos) that is studying osteoporosis, fractures and bone mineral density and has followed over 9000 adult women and men across the country for over 19 years, plus about a 1000 younger women and men aged 16-24 for two years. About Dr. Lara Briden Lara Briden is a naturopathic doctor and bestselling author of the books Period Repair Manual and Hormone Repair Manual— practical guides to treating period problems with nutrition, supplements, and bioidentical hormones.  With a strong science background, Lara sits on several advisory boards and is the lead author of a 2020 paper published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.  She has more than 20 years’ experience in women’s health and currently has consulting rooms in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she treats women with PCOS, PMS, endometriosis, perimenopause, and many other hormone- and period-related health problems.
April 26, 2022

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Georgie Kovacs, is the founder of Fempower Health, the go-to resource for all things women health serving women, their providers, and companies looking to build/improve on products for women. Frustrated by her first-hand experience with infertility and endometriosis, she decided to start a podcast in the middle of COVID as a single mom. (Now that’s passion!) The Fempower Health Podcast and her 20+ year career in healthcare has catapulted her ability to have a seat at the table in positively impacting gaps in women’s health.

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