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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Episode 74 (Epilogue): What's Up with Breech Birth

Tonight’s show focused on breech birth. In particular, Laura and Cheryl focused on the subject of vaginal breech birth. The show began with statements from our local physicians about stances and policies related to breech birth delivery method in our area and a discussion of the lack of educational standards for medical students involve vaginal breech birth. Cheryl then shared with us her experience at the Spinning Babies workshop. Spinning babies is a project of CPM Gail Tully to help babies get into the optimal position for labor, before that labor ever starts.
Our guests tonight were Dr. Stuart Fischbein and Dr. Whitney Gonsoulin. Dr. Fischbein is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology and a practicing obstetrician in Southern California. While well trained at Cedars-Sinai in the standard medical model of obstetrics he had the respect and vision to support the midwifery model of care and served as a backup consultant to many home and birthing center midwives for 25 years. He co-authored “Fearless Pregnancy, Wisdom & Reassurance from a Doctor, a Midwife and a Mom.” Dr. Gonsoulin received his residency training at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans from 1979 to 1983. He completed a maternal fetal medicine fellowship at Baylor in Houston, Tx from 1988 to 1990 in hospital doing 18000 births per year. Since then Dr. Gonsoulin has practiced Maternal Fetal Medicine in Texas and Louisiana supporting women's option of place of birth and birth attendant.  

The doctors shared with us information about the different forms of breech presentation, theories about what might cause breech birth, and reasons why breech vaginal delivery has been shied away from. The doctors also discussed some of the risk and risks factors for vaginal breech delivery, and compared the safety of vaginal breech delivery and Cesarean breech deliver.  We also continued our discussion about what factors have led to the decline in vaginal breech births and relevant training for doctors (especially experience with live vaginal breech birth) on assisting a vaginal breech delivery.  

We then moved to a discussion of what could be done in the future to change policies related to hospital policy, problems which research which has influenced the decline in vaginal breech birth assistance in the hospital setting, and what women who find out they have a breech presentation and want to attempt a vaginal delivery can do. The importance of doctors who practice informed consent and knowledge on the part of the patient involving current research on breech delivery methods.
Our next guest was Dr. Simion Tsinker. Dr. Tsinker completed his OB GYN Internship & Residency at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital in New York in 1982. He then began private practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has been chief of the Department of Ob. Gyn. at Florida Medical Center South, vice chairman of the Ob. Gyn. Department at Plantation General Hospital, and featured in articles in Miami Herald and Vogue Magazine. Dr. Tsinker shared with us how he came to specialize in breech birth, and discussed the importance of skill of the OB/GYN and selection criteria relating to women who wish to attempt vaginal breech delivery. He also discussed his colleagues' reactions to vaginal breech delivery, and the added work on the part of the physician to assist a breech birth vaginally.  Dr. Tsinker also discussed issues with the research which has led to the decline in vaginal breech birth and training in assisting vaginally breech birth.

Dr. Fischbein 
Dr. Tsinker 
Tonight’s Right for Childbearing Women: Every woman and infant has the right to receive care that is consistent with current scientific evidence about benefits and risks. Practices that have been found to be safe and beneficial should be used when indicated. Harmful, ineffective or unnecessary practices should be avoided. Unproven interventions should be used only in the context of research to evaluate their effects. To learn more about your rights, please visit Childbirth Connection

Episode 74: What's Up with Breech Birth?

Join Laura and Cheryl on Tuesday, February 26th at 6pm ET as they discuss what's up--or upside down?--with breech birth. They will be joined by Dr. Stuart Fischbein, Dr. Whitney Gonsoulin and Dr. Simion Tsinker who will talk about the real risks of breech birth, and explain why vaginal breech delivery has become nearly extinct. We will talk about when a cesarean is truly necessary and what options a woman woman who is presenting breech has if she desires to deliver vaginally. Have a question for our experts? Send them to us via facebook or email.

Tune into WSLR 96.5 LPFM or online at tonight, Tuesday, February 26th at 6:00pm ET. The program will also available later in the evening via podcast at

For more information, please contact the hostesses of Maternally Yours at, or on our facebook page at
Maternally Yours,
Cheryl, Carmela, Ryan and Laura

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Episode 73: The Amazing Placenta!

Join Cheryl and Laura tonight, Tuesday, February 19th at 6pm ET for a discussion on The Amazing Placenta. Joined by Priscilla Kramer, midwife and placenta encapsulator, we'll be discussing why the placenta is important, rituals honoring it, and how it can continue offering nourishment to postpartum women. We'll also have a few readings from our favorite international midwife Ibu Robin Lim's book Placenta: The Forgotten Chakra. Have a question, comment or story to share? We'll be accepting them via facebook and email, and opening up the phone lines during the show at (941) 954-8636.

Tune into WSLR 96.5 LPFM or online at tonight, Tuesday, February 19th at 6:00pm ET. The program will also available later in the evening via podcast at

For more information, please contact the hostesses of Maternally Yours at, or on our facebook page at

Maternally Yours,
Cheryl, Carmela, Ryan and Laura

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Report from Rwanda, vol. 3

This is the third installment of our regular "Report from Rwanda" feature, written by our friend and regular Maternally Yours contributor Dr. Washington Hill, who is spending eleven months in Rwanda, Africa, as part of a Clinton Foundation through Duke University. 

Dear Friends and Family,

All is well. Niners got robbed.

Been here a month last week. We have a small but comfortable apartment.

Patients are sicker. Real sicker!! We are a referral and teaching hospital. Many students come from around the world. Over a 100 of us here with HRH. Large American community here doing all kinds of good things.

Gave residents a test this past Friday (pictured above). Gonna grade it this week.

Pauline's hospital with many more deliveries in a month. She is working hard and making a real difference.

Work is challenging but rewarding for all here. Trying to decrease maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. We all have to remember "Rome was not built in a day."

Meeting new friends.  Some from the Embassy. Had dinner with them and it was lovely!

Some good places to eat and have coffee.

Other than allergies to the dust, we are well.

I am taking malaria prophylaxis. Pauline is in control group.

We see movies every Saturday night whether we want to or not as it is fun and all see each other. Saw "Flight" yesterday. CNN and ESPN come in good except when power is out.

Rwandans are nice and live a hard life.

Today is Sunday and it consist of church, haircut, lunch at Bourban Coffee and a moto taxi home.

We have no address but are working on a PO Box.

Everything is still quite the adventure.

My twin's birthday is Tuesday!

Hi to all.  Stay in touch.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Episode 72 (Epilogue): Intimacy After Childbirth

Tonight’s show focused on sex and sexuality after childbirth. Ryan and Cheryl worked to uncover some of the myths, misconceptions, and mysteries on the subject, while also focusing on how to build a healthy sexual relationship between partners after childbirth.  While the birth of a child (especially a first child!) brings a great deal of exciting and happy new changes, it also brings changes to a couple’s relationship and one’s self which may take some extra work to navigate.

Our first guest tonight was Christina Holmes,  Florida Licensed Midwife, Nationally Certified Professional Midwife, and owner of Birthways Family Birth Center. Christina talked with us about some of the physiological changes which can take place after birth, and discussed the differences between being physically recovered from birth and being “ready” for sex.  Christina also stressed the importance of open communication between partners, which can help ease stress and fears about common concerns like changes in the body.

Our next guest was Deborah Huntley , PhD Licensed Psychologist, Certified Addictions Professional, and Certified Sex Therapist. Deb currently has a private practice in Sarasota, where she has practiced since 1981. She treats individuals and couples for a variety of concerns, both non-sexual and sexual.  Deb began the discussion by letting listeners know that a decreased sex drive after childbirth is normal and natural, and emphasized that this change is active on a variety of different levels, including changes in hormone, scheduling, and the addition of an important and new relationship with one’s child. She emphasized the importance of self-care, and widening one’s notions of “sex” to include more than just vaginal/penile intercourse. Along with sharing tips on these topics, Deb also discussed the importance of communication, especially understanding partner’s individual expectations and needs.  Finally, Deb shared the importance of sticking with a relationship, and putting the work in to make it last, and recommended authors John Gottman and Marsha Lucas.  

On top  of the wonderful advice we received from professionals this week, the Maternally Yours Collective also turned to you! Here is the great advice about keeping the spark alive we received from our listeners:

 -Take time for YOU!! Eat sexy foods- a sushi, red wine and chocolate date make me remember and reclaim the sexy goddess I was before kids. Find a babysitter you can drop off to- an empty house is fabulous! And it's even better if you drop the kids off and have time for a bubble bath and dressing while your man makes dinner. After the home date is over let Him do the kid pickup so you can lounge, read a book, or take a nap while you enjoy that post sex glow.  Have a close circle of friends- people who you can dish to, vent, seek advice from and share empathy.  Talk about your sex struggles with your partner. If your mama hormones are robbing you of moisture, effecting you Lobito or making orgasm feel unobtainable talk it out! Feel less sexy with your mama bod? Talk it out. Take plenty of time- try not to rush it. (From Maternally Yours’ Cheryl!)
-Be patient and gentle with yoursel
-Nourish yourself, reenergize, exercise; remember you’re not just a mom! Appreciate your body for all it has done regardless of the shape. Appreciate the extra weight or new shape: your body creates life, food... and fun.
-Fake it. I seriously think I still look like I did at my hotness of 18 and have convinced myself. So yeah, I can rock my porn star sex life a couple months out since I feel that hot. Sometimes I look in the mirror and say, "who the hell is that?" I quickly ditch that thought and go back to thinking I'm my old look self. Sleep is also key, obviously. If that doesn't happen, decide to have a great day and it'll happen most of the time. Oh, and getting into bed early can be great, even if you're just reading and he's trying to knock off. Wake him up!!
- The bed is for sleeping. The kitchen floor, shower, couch, back seat of the car are for sex. Have fun with it!
- Take advantage of the odd times of the say that children sleep. That  10 am nap can quickly turn into a sexy lunch break.
- Schedule regular date nights where kids are dropped with a sitter and you and your partner go back to your nest and enjoy each other.
-Remember that intimacy is more than just intercourse. Have fun being playful and exploring ways to excite your partner without penetration.
-The more you “do it” the more you’ll want to do it!
-While it may seem counterintuitive, if you push through the initial exhaustion and feeling of ambivalence about having sex and just do it, you will enjoy yourself and have fun.
- Laundry and dishes can wait. Hire a maid! Your relationship is more important than any chore.
-Massage, exercise and buy (or borrow) a couple of items of new clothes that make you look and feel hot
-Shower and exercise--although easier said than done.
-Get your chi moving/ flowing! Yoga, acupuncture, dance, massage.
Birth in the News:

Remembering Dan Giguere: Call for Listener Support

On tonight's episode we discisussed the unexpected and sudden passing of Dan Giguere.  We also wanted to post the information provided to our website so that our listeners could easily access information about Dan's Celebration of life, as well as how to support this family in their time of need. Known as Coach Dan at the Sarasota School for Arts and Sciences and president of Sk8skool, the nonprofit corporation that operates the Payne skate park, Dan leaves behind his wife Alexandra, a stay-at-home-mom, and their three young boys. The Celebration of Life is planned for this Saturday, February 16th at First Baptist Church of Sarasota - 1661 Main Street. Doors will open at 5:00 and the Celebration will begin at 5:30pm. After the Celebration of Life, Alexandra would like everyone to walk, skateboard, bike or drive to the Payne Skate Park, 2110 Adams Lane, for a candlelight vigil. We also ask that our listeners consider supporting this family through donations of cash, gift cards for groceries or take-out food, size 4 diapers and other household items for Alex and her family. You can email us at to coordinate your donation. An online memorial has been set up at Alex is asking that friends, students and skaters post memories, stories and photos that she can share with her sons as they grow.

Episode 72: Bedroom After Baby

Join the conversation tonight, Tuesday, February 12th at 6pm when Ryan and Cheryl talk about gettin' your groove back post-baby. Have a question for our expert, licensed sex therapist Deborah Huntley, PhD? Email us! We're also accepting your "love notes" to be read on the air!

Tune into WSLR 96.5 LPFM or online at tonight, Tuesday, February 12 at 6:00pm ET. The program will also available later in the evening via podcast at

For more information, please contact the hostesses of Maternally Yours at, or on our facebook page at

Maternally Yours,
Cheryl, Carmela, Ryan and Laura

Monday, February 11, 2013

Focus on Florida: Preventing Violence in our Schools

MEDIA CONTACT: Arlene Sweeting
941.894.6469  |

February 11, 2013 (Sarasota, FL) – WSLR-LP 96.5, Sarasota’s community radio station is reaching out to engage the community in a series of conversations on issues facing Florida.  Conversations take place from 6-8pm at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center (525 Kumquat Court in Sarasota) on the last Thursday of each month from February through April.

On February 28 at 6pm, the conversation will focus on Preventing  Violence in our Schools, and will be moderated by the hosts of WSLR’s Maternally Yours, Sarasota’s Conversation About Pregnancy, Childbirth and Early Motherhood.  This Community Conversation is co-sponsored by the Sarasota Chapter of the NAACP, the Sarasota News Leader, and the ACLU of Sarasota/Manatee. Joining us for the conversation are Monica L. Cherry, Bernadette DiPino, Dr. Laura Kingsley, and Heart Phoenix. Monica L. Cherry is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults.  Bernadette DiPino is the new Chief of Police for the City of Sarasota. Dr. Laura Kingsley is the Principal of Fruitville Elementary School. Heart Phoenix is Board President of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, founded in her son’s honor.

The first hour will be a fairly structured conversation between the moderators and panelists. This hour will be broadcast live on WSLR 96.5 at 6pm (also available via live stream at  At 7pm the audience will be invited to share their insights and join the conversation with the featured guests.  On March 28 the Forum will focus on Election Reform, and the topic on April 25 will be Health Care.

 The Focus on Florida Conversation Series is free and open to the public.  Those that attend are welcome to bring snacks/dinner.  Beverages will be available for purchase. For more information please contact WSLR at (941) 894-6469 or email

About Maternally Yours:  Maternally Yours is Sarasota's Conversation about Pregnancy, Childbirth and Early Motherhood. The mission of Maternally Yours is to support our listeners in growing empowered families by encouraging community and providing evidence-based information for their journey into the childbearing years and beyond. For more information, please visit Conversation airs on Tuesday nights at 6:00pm ET on YOUR Community Radio Station, WSLR 96.5 LPFM. The hostesses of Maternally Yours are Cheryl Kindred, Carmela Pedicini, Ryan Stanley and Laura Gilkey. 

About WSLR 96.5 LPFM: WSLR is an innovative, listener-supported, non-profit, non-commercial FM radio station dedicated to serving the Sarasota community. WSLR features locally produced programming and presents cultural, artistic, and political perspectives currently underrepresented in the media. Our goal is to inform and empower listeners to play an active role in WSLR and in their community. WSLR’s programming promotes equality, peace, sustainability, democracy, and social and economic justice. For more information, please visit

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Episode 71 (Epilogue): Wireless Technology

Tonight’s show focused on Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF), and in particular how they might affect pregnant women and children. Carmela and Ryan talked to Stephen Shepard. Steven is a Sarasota native. He attended Ringling College of Art + Design and went on to become an audio visual designer, producer, creative director and what he calls a conscious communicator.

Our discussion began with an explanation of what exactly EMF’s are, how they might affect us, and what products in our households they emit from.  Stephen also discussed some potential issues with research on the subject of EMF’s, and noted that there needs to be more research on the specific effect that EMF’s might have on pregnant women and small children.  Stephen discussed some different ways in which people can reduce EMF exposure, and even did a reading of the EMF levels in our very own studio!

We then moved our discussion to an issue which has had a sizeable amount of local attention: the installation of Smart Meters on houses to read electricity usage. Stephen noted some potential issues with Smart Meters, including their lack of Underwriter Laboratory testing, constant exposure, and the high transmitting power of the device.  We discussed removal of Smart Meters, including Florida Power and Light’s current stance on removal (they state that they will do it with no charge to the consumer), potential future changes in the stance, and how consumers can take the steps to remove Smart Meters by themselves.

Stephen’s Site:

Stephen’s statement about what part of body have been shown to be affected by EMF:
Altered fetal development, altered menstrual cycle, altered glandular function, decreased lactation, altered white blood cell development, increased childhood leukemia, weight gain, hypothyroidism, genetic DNA damage, headaches, dizziness, irritability, fatigue, weakness, insomnia, chest pain, heart palpitations, difficulty breathing, muscle spasms, hand tremors, leg twitching, eye twitching,  skin surface tingling, burning sensations, increased sensitivity in testicles, increased eye dryness, and vision problems.

Birth in the News:

Episode 71: Wireless Technology

Join the conversation Tuesday, February 5 at 6pm when Carmela and Ryan welcome Steven Shepard to talk about wireless technology, concerns over its negative effect on health and safety, and the movement to opt-out of the installation of wireless utility monitoring devices known as smart meters. Have a question for our expert? Send it to or call us tonight on the air at (941) 954-8636.

Tune into WSLR 96.5 LPFM or online at Tuesday, February 5 at 6:00pm ET. The program will also available later in the evening via podcast at

For more information, please contact the hostesses of Maternally Yours at, or on our facebook page at

Maternally Yours,
Cheryl, Carmela, Ryan and Laura