Finding Birth Flow within a Hospital Setting

Finding Birth Flow within a Hospital Setting

Birth has so many unknowns including not fully knowing the scenario and care provider you will be encountering upon entering a hospital or birth center. Common situations are bound to arise that may derail the laboring person’s birth flow/physiology. It is important to have tools to help combat this predicament.

In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with certified Advanced Birth Doula (DONA International), a postpartum educator, a healthy sleep consultant and eco-maternity consultant, and host of the Birthful Podcast, Adriana Lozada. She and I enjoy a lively and informative conversation about how to help empower the birthing person, bring ownership to the them and help break the cycle of looking for external validations for a process that is happening inside them.

In this episode we discuss: 

Learn a bit about Adriana and how she made her way into he birthing world.

What does it mean to honor your “birth flow” or physiology

Suggestions to help the birthing person go internal and not focus on what is happening around them such as extraneous staff in the room, sounds of the monitors?

Suggestions for what to do with disappointing vaginal exams

How might a birthing person handle the possibility of facing induction

Strategies to use when sensing there is a schedule to labor in both the first and second stage?

suggestions for working with a long, slow labor

How might the laboring person or the birth posse handle when a crisis of confidence arises for the laboring person?

How a birthing person have ownership of their second stage of labor if they are meeting resistance with exploring a variety of pushing positions

What the birth person’s posse do to help assure previously discussed birth preferences will be respected if they encounter a care provider they were not expecting

Using a code word to help clarify communication with the birth posse

Adriana’s “go to” coping skill many of your clients respond to that can help in a variety of situations?

Final tips for navigating the the ever changing landscape of labor and birth

Where you can people find Adriana’s work

More about Adriana

Adriana Lozada’s background is multi-layered and multi-cultural. A former print and online editor from Venezuela, the birth of her daughter sparked her passion for being a birth advocate, leading her to open Birthful: a company that helps new and expectant parents take on whatever maternity sends their way.

She is a certified Advanced Birth Doula (DONA International), a postpartum educator, a healthy sleep consultant and eco-maternity consultant. Adriana is also the host of the Birthful Podcast, where she talks to amazing, knowledgeable, and passionate birth professionals every week, to help new and expectant parents inform their intuition, so they can have more rewarding pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experiences.

Ways to connect with her:



Twitter: @birthful

Instagram: @adrianika

Additional resources:

Henci Goer- A Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth 

Rethinking the Pushing Stage with Whapio from the Birthful Podcast

Birthing with Confidence with Rhea Dempsey from Yoga | Birth | Babies podcast


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