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


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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.

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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

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Euphoric Birth: Being Engaged through Meditation, Hypnobirth & More

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.

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Vaginal Breech & “Walking Epidural” Hospital Births

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

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Ina May Gaskin

Birth Story Film

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Natural Birth After Three Epidural Births


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Listening to Birth Stories Helped Me Have a Natural Birth

When I received an email from Gina explaining that after three medicated hospital births she had successfully had a natural birth with her fourth baby, and that she almost entirely credited listening to other women’s birth stories on the podcast for this accomplishment, I knew I had to hear her stories. And her note to me was so inspiring that I’m sharing some of that here too!

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Hi Bryn!

I’ve been wanting to email you for several weeks to say thank you for your incredible podcast. I gave birth to my 4th baby a little over two months ago, and after 3 births with epidurals (and 2 inductions), this was my first unmedicated birth. I decided to go the unmedicated route for a few reasons this time around, which was a complete 180 from my previous thinking! I am not someone who has ever gotten really into all-natural things, and even with this birth I didn’t really want to use any specific technique like hypnobirthing or even use a midwife or birth center. And I’m starting to think I may be the only unmedicated birth proponent who has never even watched The Business of Being Born! 🙂 Basically I just wanted to have my baby in the hospital, with my doctor that I loved, but do it unmedicated.

Anyway, that’s all to say that your podcast was essentially my main method of birth prep! I read a couple of books, but mostly I just listened to The Birth Hour episodes daily for the last couple of months. I drew so much strength from hearing different women’s stories and hearing many of the possible ways birth can go – but still with a positive outcome.

It helped the whole birthing process seem very normal and natural to me, and not something that I needed to be anxious of fearful of. That couldn’t have been a bigger blessing, because when my baby decided to come (a week before my due date AND on the day we were moving!) it was such a whirlwind and I know that without the mental preparation I had from listening to your podcast, I would have been a total wreck! I was able to stay completely calm through my intense and crazy labor and delivery (we left our house at 5 am and barely made it to the hospital in time for my son to be born at 5:27!)

So thank you!!! Thank you for making this awesome podcast that helped me so much and made my birth into such a positive experience! I still look back on that day and feel so happy and empowered. And I am 100% certain that a big part of the reason it was so great was because of your podcast. My husband laughs at me because I still listen to every new episode (and sometimes old episodes), I just can’t get enough of it! Thank you again for making a big difference in so many people’s lives, including mine!

Gina Kynaston Bio

Gina Kynaston lives south of Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and four kids. She is lucky to get to be a stay-at-home mom and her days spent with four little ones ages 7 and under are always busy, usually exhausting, yet really wonderful. Each of Gina’s birth experiences have been different, and she is a firm believer that there is no one “right” way to give birth. After having three babies with epidurals, she became interested in unmedicated birth, and through that process has learned firsthand that what feels right for one birth may be totally different than what feels right the next time, or for somebody else.

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Two Empowering Homebirth Stories

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Two Homebirth Stories

Kacie Case shared her two homebirth stories in Episode 21 of the podcast and recently had her third baby. I absolutely love seeing past guests having more babies and although I haven’t heard her most recent birth story yet, I’ve adored watching her pregnancy journey the past few months. Hopefully we’ll have her back on to share this third birth, but for today we’re looking back at the long labor and delivery that made her a mama and the second birth that was a whirlwind.

Kacie offers the words of wisdom to enjoy the last few days of your pregnancy and to take a moment (write a letter even) to thank your body and acknowledge the time that you’ve had with your baby inside of you before you have to share that baby with the world! She also (like many mamas we’ve heard from) benefited from reading Ina May Gaskin.

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Kacie Case Bio

Kacie’s now a mama of THREE boys raising them in Austin,TX with her husband Tim and owns an adorable screenprinted tee shop that I regularly frequent for tees for me and my kiddos! Connect with her @heymamacase or @mamacaseprints!

This thing happens when you tell another mother that you’re planning a home birth: many of them say either, “Oh you’re so brave. I could never do that.” or “I had a lot of complications so I couldn’t have.” or some variation of a justification. I used to have a big, roomy soapbox about home birth. I grew up with a mom who had 2 and I came away with a healthy experience and to me, it was a normal choice. It’s not a choice I made for bragging rights or because I have blinders on surrounding birth. It’s a choice I made because for me, it feels like the best fit and one I don’t take lightly. • My wish for every woman is that, no matter the route you choose or the route you are lead down, may you be supported and may you be empowered. If you come away feeling less than that, may you find the forum where you are listened to so that you can find clarity and realize the wonder you have performed. Growing a human, it’s no joke, no matter how they come out. Prior to the birth day, there are 9 months of work and beyond the birth day is a lifetime of work. Childbirth is deeply personal and as women, as mothers, we should lift, celebrate, champion, and support, never knock down. I suppose I still have a soapbox, it just looks very different than it used to. • Ladybug on the belly thanks to the swarm at our back door today. I texted my savvy neighbor to ask her what the swarm meant and she said, “I just think it means good luck!” I’ll take it! ❤️? 38 weeks with #mamacaseBB3

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