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Breakthrough Documentary on Pregnancy Connects Parents-to-be through Personal Stories and Expert Information

Breakthrough Documentary on Pregnancy Connects Parents-to-be through Personal Stories and Expert Information

May 6, 2015


Christopher Henze, Director of the new breakthrough documentary, Big Belli presents "40 Weeks" & Dominique Debroux the CEO of Big Belli and a Co-Producer of "40 Weeks" the movie joins eHealth Radio and the Female Health and Pregnancy Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guests Dominique Debroux & Christopher Henze discuss the following:

  • What is "40 Weeks" the movie? How does it differ from other movies on pregnancy?
  • In addition to very personal interviews with the 13 women, who else is featured in the movie?
  • What do you hope to accomplish with the release of "40 Weeks" the movie?
  • How does the movie fit in with the new website BigBelli.com?
  • What are the future plans or projects from BigBelli?


Duration: 8:56


Christopher Henze, Director "40 Weeks" the movie, also directed over 100 commercials, including Andrea Bocelli's "Amore", award nominated music videos and industrials. He is the proud father of Gaia who served as the inspiration for "40 Weeks" and "One".


Dominique Debroux, Big Belli CEO and co-producer of "40 Weeks" and "One". She has 15 years experience establishing and managing US divisions for European companies. Past positions included VP Rosa Clara USA; GM LILITH, USA and GM Thierry Mugler. She also produced the Cannes premiered "The Shade".



Website: www.BigBelli.com

Precautions a woman can take to help prevent postpartum depression

Precautions a woman can take to help prevent postpartum depression

December 30, 2014


Dr. Lisa Duggan, PHd, RN, FNP, and Assistant Professor of  Women's Health and Obstetrics at Clemson University; and Mary Apple, CEO of Pretty Pushers, Inc - manufacturers of Hospital Gown Alternatives for birth join eHealth Radio and the Female Health and Pregnancy Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guests Dr. Lisa Duggan & Mary Apple discuss the following:

  • Many people would assume by the term Postpartum Depression that this is a disorder which begins after the baby is born.  Is that always the case, or is this something a woman is predisposed to during pregnancy or even before? 
  • Are there precautions a woman can take to help prevent postpartum depression?
  •  How can we recognize postnatal depression? Are there certain behaviors that family and friends should be aware of?
  • Are doctors screening for Postpartum Depression and other Maternal Mental disorders?  When and how do they do it?
  • Many of us have a pregnant family member or friend.  How can the average person be of support once the baby arrives?


TIP: As the conversation about Postpartum Depression has become more open and more people are becoming aware, there are a growing number of resources available to mothers, fathers, and their families.  A handful of states in the US have recognized May as Maternal Mental Health Awareness month.


On the Postpartum Support International website (the web address is www.postpartum.net) there is a page with a huge list of very helpful links in both English and Spanish. There are websites, blogs, twitter conversations, help for new dads, treatment centers, and information for healthcare professionals, as well. The phone number is 1 800 944 4773.


Duration: 25:05



Dr. Lisa Duggan has over 13 years of experience working with women throughout the stages of pregnancy, postpartum and newborn care.  Her work has included patient education, throughout all aspects of prenatal care education including, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, home preparation, and newborn care.


Since starting with Clemson University in 2007, as lead instructor and course coordinator, she has been in charge of the education of undergraduate nurses in the specialty of obstetrics, gynecology and women’s health. She also co-teaches the graduate level family nurse practitioner students in the same specialty of women’s health, obstetrics and gynecology.


In 2008, Lisa began mentoring students in an international service learning clinical experience in multiple different countries to enhance their cultural awareness. Each year she travels on a medical mission with undergraduate and graduate nursing students in a short term immersion experience to areas such as Ecuador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.


Lisa mentors Honors students, Masters and Doctoral level students in various research projects related to the field of women’s health, obstetrics or gynecology. She also has created several webinars for health care professionals related to women’s health topics.



Mary Apple founded Pretty Pushers in 2008 as one of the first companies offering to the masses a hospital gown alternative specifically for pregnant women.


Mary's background studies in art and fashion respectively at Pratt Institute and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York provided a creative edge while taking on the sharp learning curve of the newly blooming Birth Empowerment Movement.


Mary holds a US Patent and the Gold Women in Business Stevie Award for Innovator of the year, 2014.  Pretty Pushers, Inc manufactures the #1 distributed Labor Gown throughout the US and Internationally.The product line continues to grow with apparel for Maternity, Birth, and Breastfeeding.



Website: www.prettypushers.com

Joy In Birthing Foundation with Giuditta Tornetta

Joy In Birthing Foundation with Giuditta Tornetta

December 6, 2014

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Giuditta Tornetta, bestselling Author, Celebrity Doula, and Founder of the Joy In Birthing Foundation joins eHealth Radio and the Female Health and Pregnancy Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Giuditta Tornetta discuss the following:

  • You are a birthing coach and Postpartum Doula, we have learned that you have delivered over 600 babies, if you could pick one tip for expecting moms what would it be, what advice would you give them for the best birthing experience?
  • Your first book, Painless Childbirth, was a best seller and in that book you give readers the top ten tools for bringing harmony, health, and happiness to the birthing room...can you share some of these ideas?
  • You also have a new book coming out early 2015 called Conversations With The Womb that inspires women to connect with their ancient feminine power, and to use the 9 Chakras of Creation to transform and manifest the life they want. What is the one thing you want readers to take away from this book?
  • We have learned you are the founder of Joy In Birthing, a place our listeners can go to obtain a Doula, but tell us about your Loving The Mother workshops you are doing around the world, where is the next one and what can people expect out of attending a Loving The Mother workshop?
  • We love talking with entrepreneurs that give back, In 2012, Tornetta founded the Joy In Birthing Foundation; a nonprofit organization that provides free doula care for families in need, tell us more and how people can benefit from the foundation.


Duration: 10:44


Giuditta Tornetta is a certified birth and postpartum doula, lactation educator, a certified clinical hypnotherapist, a NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) practitioner, and a certified shiatsu therapist. Giuditta practices clinical hypnotherapy and a method of natural childbirth that uses hypnotic techniques to reduce stress and fear during labor and delivery.  Her love for women and the birthing and parenting experience has  enabled her to help hundreds of women in her practice and thousands with her book and lectures, to obtain the birthing experience they deserve and desire.


She focuses on infant mental health and pre-post birth bonding, where she uses guided meditations and visualizations to help women communicate and empower their babies before birth. As a lactation educator and postpartum doula, Ms. Tornetta helps couples settle into a natural routine once the baby comes home. Through education, compassion, practical as wells as emotional support, Doula Giuditta teaches new parents how to decipher the newborn’s vocal and body language.


Giuditta is also a published author of the best selling book Painless Childbirth: An Empowering Journey Through Pregnancy and Birth and her second book will be available on Amazon at the beginning of 2015 titled Conversations With The Womb.


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Website: www.joyinbirthing.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/virtualdoula
Twitter: @joyinbirthing


The views and opinions expressed on any program are those of the persons appearing on the program and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the eHealth Radio Network.

Kindara, fertility awareness in your hands with Courtney Miller

Kindara, fertility awareness in your hands with Courtney Miller

June 1, 2014


Courtney Miller, Community Manager at Kindara, a company that gives women the tools and knowledge to take control of their reproductive health joins eHealth Radio and the Female Health and Technology Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Courtney Miller discuss the following:


  • What is Kindara?
  • How does Kindara help women achieve better outcomes with their reproductive health?
  • How is Kindara different from other fertility apps?
  • Tell me about what Kindara has been working on lately.
  • What’s one thing can women do now to improve their fertility?


Duration: 6:37


Courtney Miller is the Community Manager at Kindara, a company that aims to give women the tools, knowledge, and support to understand their fertility and achieve better outcomes with their reproductive health. Kindara's commitment is that every woman feels supported in navigating her fertility and reproductive health.


Kindara's first product: Kindara Fertility Tracker for iPhone is a top rated fertility app on the iOS App Store, helping hundreds of thousands of women get pregnant, avoid pregnancy naturally or better understand their cycles. Kindara’s future products will help women take control of their health in other areas.



Web Site: www.kindara.com
Facebook: facebook.com/KindaraFertility
Twitter: @Kindara_Inc


The cure to preeclampsia with Dr. Karine Kleinhaus of Pluristem

The cure to preeclampsia with Dr. Karine Kleinhaus of Pluristem

May 20, 2014


Dr. Karine Kleinhaus, Divisional Vice President for Pluristem a clinical-stage biotechnology company using placental cells and a unique, proprietary, three-dimensional (3D) technology platform to develop cell therapies for a broad spectrum of diseases joins eHealth Radio and the Female Health and Pregnancy Channels to discuss the cure to preeclampsia.


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Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Karine Kleinhaus discuss the following:

  • It has been announced that May is National Preeclampsia Month? What exactly is preeclampsia?
  • Has there been any new developments in regards to the condition?
  • Placental cell therapy being touted as a new approach to preeclampsia? If so, what is it and how does it work?
  • When will see this in patients?


Duration: 7:44


Karine Kleinhaus, M.D., MPH, is the Divisional Vice President at North America at Pluristem Therapeutics. Prior to her joining Pluristem Therapeutics, she was an assistant professor in the departments of psychiatry and obstetrics and gynecology at the NYU School of Medicine. At NYU, Dr. Kleinhaus conducted medical research funded under a multi-year NIH grant. She published more than 25 papers in leading peer-reviewed journals such as the Annals of the New York Academy of Science, American Journal of Medical Genetics, and American Journal of Epidemiology.


Prior to that Dr. Kleinhaus practiced obstetrics and then completed two fellowships at Columbia University. Dr. Kleinhaus received her medical degree from Tel Aviv University, earned a Master of Public Health from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Princeton University.



Web Site: www.pluristem.com

Stephanie Arnold, Amniotic Fluid Embolism Survivor

Stephanie Arnold, Amniotic Fluid Embolism Survivor

April 27, 2014


Stephanie Arnold, Amniotic Fluid Embolism Survivor and the founder of AFEmom.org joins eHealth Radio and the Health News, Pregnancy & Female Health Information Channels.


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Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Stephanie Arnold discuss the following:

  • A big part of your story centers around overwhelming premonitions of doom you had during your pregnancy. Can you tell me more about the events leading up to the birth of your son?
  • What happened the day you gave birth? Did your premonitions ring true?
  • Can you explain what an Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE) is? What should women do with that information?
  • Because on your premonitions, you made sure to assemble a great medical team prior to the birth of your son. How did you approach the specialists you worked with? What kind of questions did you ask?
  • Now that you’ve decided to share your story with the world and take on the role of a patient advocate. What are you hoping to accomplish from your efforts?

Duration: 19:20


Known for covering the story rather than being the news, Stephanie’s multi-talented 27 year television career generated her Emmy Nominations and a Telly-Award as she directed and produced numerous television series, reality shows, music videos and documentaries. Her personal life as wife and mother, on the other hand, recently took on a direction most broadcast media would love to produce, rather than star in it. Currently, in her “second” life, Stephanie’s entire world has changed, shifting gears from being behind the camera to being front and center.


Her headline?


Mom dies during childbirth and lives to tell about it, OH, and she predicted it would happen!


Stephanie was clinically dead for 37 seconds after giving birth to her second child Jacob.  She suffered a catastrophic amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) on May 2013.  Something so rare, most doctors have only read about it in their textbooks. Stephanie’s case is a raw look into wonders of human instinct and the human body. Not only did she survive such a rare occurrence, but surviving as well as she did months after and predicting what would happen, has led doctors to call her a true medical miracle.


Prior to her son’s birth, Stephanie was diagnosed with a complete placenta previa, which can cause serious complications during delivery.  Following this discovery, Stephanie experienced overwhelming premonitions of doom.  She told anyone who would listen to her anxiety and her intuitiveness, but was never taken seriously. She spoke to many doctors and specialists in hopes that someone would pay attention to her.  Unbeknownst to her, someone finally did and that doctor flagged her file and incorporated extra measures in the operating room at the time of delivery that ultimately saved her life.


With the gift of a second chance at life, Stephanie has devoted herself to making others aware of their own intuition. She encourages patients to become their own advocates when speaking to their health care professionals. She currently serves on the patient committee at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and has created a web site www.afemom.org as a resource for information and inspiration. “If you SENSE something, SAY something” is her message as she wants the world to know speaking up can ultimately save your life.


Stephanie is proud wife of Jonathan Arnold, PhD. economist, and loving mom to Adina, Jacob and stepdaughter Valentina.  She lives in Chicago.



Web Site: www.afemom.org
Facebook: facebook.com/afemom
Twitter: @afemom