#142: The Golden Hour You Want After Birth with Kristen O'Dell

February 2, 2023



Welcome back to the New Mom Boss Podcast! 


I’m always surprised by the number of moms who don’t know about ‘the golden hour’ because it’s such a vital part of the delivery process with incredible benefits for both mom and baby.


To help me explain this topic further, I have Kristen O’Dell, a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with almost 20 years of experience working as a Neonatal Provider. 


Her amazing career helping newborns and their families, as well as her own motherhood experience, have gained her ‘expert status’ to discuss everything related to the golden hour.


In our conversion, we discuss what the golden hour is, the benefits of practicing it immediately after birth, and tips for new moms preparing for their breastfeeding journey. We also hear more about Kristen’s story and the journey she walked giving birth during the pandemic and the PTSD she suffered in the aftermath. 


 Some big takeaways are:

  1. The Golden Hour refers to the first 1-3 hours of a baby’s life.
  2. Check to see if your local hospital is Baby-Friendly.
  3. There are actions you can take now to prepare yourself for the unknown.


It is so good just to hear that we’re not alone in this struggle. If you like this topic, the Planning For Postpartum Workshop is a great way to learn more! Inside the workshop, I will help guide you through important pillars necessary to entering motherhood peacefully, while feeling empowered and confident!


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Guest Bio

Kristen O'Dell is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with almost 20 years of experience working with Newborns and NICU Babies as a Neonatal Provider. She specializes in the first few months of a baby's life but also has expertise in pregnancy, labor, breastfeeding, and the first year of an infant’s life. 

While Ivy League educated and trained in Western medicine (at Columbia University) she really takes an integrative holistic approach to wellness and is known to listen to and empower her clients and patients. Being a former ACE-certified health coach, healthy eating is something she emphasizes, especially when it comes to pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

She and her husband, Jay, have 3 boys and live in the Hudson Valley, NY.


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