Girl Power Cesarean & Irish Twins

Girl Power Cesarean & Irish Twins


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Cesarean for Footling Breech

After Carolyn found out she was pregnant again at three months postpartum, she and her husband decided to move the family from Washington, DC to Arnold, MD. Sticking with her OB in DC, the plan was to deliver Carolyn’s footling breech baby by scheduled c-section. Plans changed, when her water broke three weeks early. Rushing to get to DC, an hour away, with a breech baby, coupled with contractions both strong and fast, ultimately caused them to detour for an emergency c-section at a much closer hospital. Baby Ophelia was wasting no time—her feet were already on their way out! The hospital staff of all women hustled to get her into surgery for a successful c-section, ending with a happy baby and a happy mom.

Carolyn Setash Bio

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Carolyn Setash lives in Arnold, MD with her husband, two daughters Nelly (18 months) and Ophelia (7 months), and their dog Annie. Yes, you read that correctly, these babies are exactly 11.5 months apart. On hiatus from teaching elementary school, Carolyn is currently a stay at home mom. Life with “twins” is hard work, but it’s the kind of work that leaves her endlessly grateful and happy-tired. Carolyn and the girls spend their time reading, playing, dancing, and singing Itsy Bitsy Spider way more times than most would consider an acceptable amount. Whatever keeps the peace, right?

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Emergency Cesarean for Low Amniotic Fluid

Emergency Cesarean for Low Amniotic Fluid


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Emergency Cesarean after Low Amniotic Fluid

Today’s guest is Gayleen Peters who went in for a check-up around 37 weeks and realized she basically had no fluid left. She was told she’d need a cesarean that day but then had to wait several hours for the OR to open up. Her baby arrived safely but did have to spend some time in the NICU and she discusses that experience as well.

Gayleen Peters Bio

Gayleen is a stay at home Mama to a 2 year old boy named Linden, and she’s 39 weeks pregnant with her second son, and hoping for a VBAC this time around. She and her husband live in a small town in BC Canada, that’s about 6 hours away from Vancouver. Her husband works as a Registered Nurse, and when she was working she worked as a care aide.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Cassidee’s Cradle

Cassidee’s Cradle was inspired by Teresa and Jerry’s angel, for your miracle. Their daughter, Cassidee was stillborn at 21 weeks and they created Cassidee’s Cradle to raise awareness around pregnancy loss and help provide resources to support families and empower parents to be able to speak about their angel babies and not feel they need to hide their grief.

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A Survivor’s Birth Story: How Sexual Assault Affects Childbirth

A Survivor’s Birth Story: How Sexual Assault Affects Childbirth


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sexual assault survivor childbirthAlexis is a survivor of sexual assault and never once considered how that experience would impact her birth until she read “When Survivors Give Birth” for her Doula training. It was life changing and made her realize why she hit a wall in both of her births. She shares how her birth center and hospital births were both impacted by the fact that she never felt completely safe and therefore wasn’t relaxing and opening to give birth. Alexis hopes to use her experience to hold space with other survivors and let them know their birth can actually set them free.

Alexis is passionate about every woman’s right to have informed and supported births. She tirelessly planned and prepared for her own natural births, only to be greatly disappointed by the need for intervention. Her own struggle with accepting her births inspired her to become a doula and build a holistic practice that incorporates not only birth and postpartum support services, but that also recognizes the link between birth and mental health. She created the Mindful Mama Collective with the hope of helping other mamas feel confident and supported as they heal and grow into new motherhood.

Alexis Edwards Bio

Alexis is the perpetually tired mama to two fuego babes by day and an LCSW/doula/blogger by night. She survives on all the sarcasm and caffeine and rambles about motherhood and social justice on her blog Mrs. Mombie. You can also find her daily ramblings and sometimes foul-mouthed shenanigans on her Instagram

Resources

When Survivors Give Birth

Babylist

Listen to me chat with Sarah about BabyList at the end of today’s episode and check out my sample registry of some of my favorite items for pregnancy and postpartum! Be sure to enter their BIG $5000 giveaway to prepare for baby!

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Euphoric Birth: Being Engaged through Meditation, Hypnobirth & More

Euphoric Birth: Being Engaged through Meditation, Hypnobirth & More


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Being Engaged and Connected in the Birthing Process

The main focus of today’s episode with Bex is the it difference it makes when you are present and engaged for your birth versus being disconnected from the experience. Bex has had 5 children with the first 3 being born in a hospital and the second two at home. She describes how those experiences were so different for her and much of it had to do with the mindfulness aspect of her birth. She used Hypnobirthing/Hypnobabies, meditation, and yoga through her pregnancy and births. This is an all around awesome episode for anyone interested in learning more about mindfulness and birth through the experience of a mom who’s been there!

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Rebekah “Bex” Borucki Bio

Rebekah “Bex” Borucki, founder of BEXLIFE® and the BLISSED IN® wellness movement, is a mother of five, TV host, meditation guide, Hay House author, speaker, birth doula, fitness and yoga instructor, and popular social media personality. She also travels extensively, sharing her love for yoga, wellness, and meditation at exclusive workshops, luxury retreats, and public events.

Expectful

Expectful is a digital platform that makes meditation easy for expectant and new moms. Each one of their guided meditations has been created to support you throughout your pregnancy and motherhood journey.

Their mission is to give babies the best start in life, and that begins with you. If you’re pregnant or a new mom, go to expectful.com and sign up for their 30 day free meditation trial. It may just change your life.

Vaginal Breech & “Walking Epidural” Hospital Births

Vaginal Breech & “Walking Epidural” Hospital Births


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Vaginal Breech in Bermuda and “Walking Epidural” in Luxembourg

Rachelle O’Neil was living in Bermuda when she was pregnant with her son. She went to the hospital to be induced 7 days after her due date, and 20 min before her son arrived the doctor realized it was his hip coming out rather than his head! Everything went smoothly and she was so happy that she delivered a breech baby vaginally rather than by csection. Rachelle also shares her second birth for which she was living in Luxembourg. She had planned to have a natural birth and although she ended up with a “walking epidural”, she describes it as an amazing euphoric experience. Connect with her on Instagram @roinlux.

Resources

Pushed

Ina May Gaskin

Birth Story Film

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