The Mindful Mama Podcast

In pregnancy and parenting, we are hit with information overload from the very first day of our pregnancy. There is so much to learn, navigate, master, and prioritize. I bet you’re wondering how to sort it all out. Are you looking for a sage to help you navigate pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting?

In the Mindful Mama Podcast, I go deep and explore issues in pregnancy, birth, and parenting so you can make informed decisions to help you move forward in confidence, peace, and power. My number one goal is to offer you my insight as a doula, educator, and parent, so you can get in touch with your true dreams and desires for your family.

I want YOU to discover your own voice and vision as you become the center of the spiral of pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting.

Nothing in this podcast should be considered medical advice of any kind. I’m not a medical professional and I do not make medical recommendations. I’m offering you ideas to support you in your decision-making process.

Episode One: Erythromycin Eye Ointment – Mandates, Oh My!

In this episode, I explore a popular routine for newborn care where a baby is given Erythromycin eye ointment after birth. This is an antibiotic eye ointment administered to newborns to prevent eye infections and blindness associated with gonorrhea and chlamydia infections. This is given as routine prophylaxis, despite the fact that nearly all birthing people are tested for these infections in pregnancy.

This is a standard policy – protocol – procedure in most hospitals across the United States. However, other countries (Canada included) no longer administer antibiotic eye ointment after birth as a routine procedure. Many states, including New York, have laws that mandate that all newborns have this eye ointment.