Three Meconium Hospital (almost waterbirth) Birth Stories

Three Birth Stories

Before she met her midwife, Jessey assumed that her births would be long and full of complications. However, once she switched to a certified nurse midwife practice to birth at the hospital her goals were changed and fears diminished. Jessey has 3 births that all went smoothly with only a couple of minor exceptions. Each time Jessey’s waters were broken there was meconium in the fluid, which caused last minute changes to the water births she had planned. With her first daughter the tub was used for laboring (but not delivery), at her second daughter’s birth there was not time to fill the tub upon arrival, and her third daughter’s birth was technically in the tub, but not without a (literal) twist!

Jessey Christian Bio

Jessey is a mom of three girls, an aspiring birth doula, and a biomedical technician at an AMS facility. She and her family live in north-central Indiana and are very involved with their church community as Sunday School teachers and small group leaders. As a family they enjoy gardening, camping, and reading together. Her goals in life include becoming a midwife, learning to play the banjo, and keeping a rose bush alive. Connect with Jessey on Instagram @jjchristian her doula website.

Resources used

Rainbow Relaxation video:
Free Birth Affirmation Printables
Her personal birth playlist compiled from several online

Aeroflow Breastpumps

This episode is sponsored by Aeroflow BreastpumpsAeroflow helps new and pregnant moms qualify for breast pumps through their health insurance. They carry all of the major brands, including Medela, Spectra, Lansinoh, Evenflo, and more. Visit their website to get started today, and your dedicated breast pump specialist will take care of all of the paperwork for you, including getting a prescription from your doctor and filing the claim with your insurance. Go here to get started!

Supported, Peaceful Hospital Birth Story

The Beauty in Hospital Birth

Rachel experienced a peaceful, unmedicated hospital birth with her now 14 month old son, Ananias. She was surprised to encounter so much support and encouragement from the doctors and nursing staff to accomplish a drug-free labor. Even though the seamless delivery left her feeling strong and empowered, her confidence was shaken as her son battled severe jaundice in the days following the birth due to her delayed milk supply. Thankfully, after a 48-hour NICU stay, Ananias came home healthy and happy. Rachel hopes to encourage other women through her story by revealing the potential beauty of hospital birth and by opening up about an issue many new mothers are ashamed to be facing – low milk supply. Connect with her on Instagram @mrsjrush or on Facebook.

peaceful hospital birth

Resources

The Birth Partner

The Birth Hour

Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix is dedicated to styling women through all phases of their lives. Expecting a little bundle of joy? They’ve got you covered. From the first trimester to the post-baby bump, their Stylists will help you look and feel your best every step of the way.

Breech Cesarean Birth Story in Canada

Breech Baby Homebirth to Cesarean Birth

cesarean breech birth
Chylanne’s pregnancy began with a hope for a natural home waterbirth but quickly turned into copious amounts of research and a panic to find someone to deliver her breech baby. She feels that she went from one end of the spectrum to the completee opposite; ending with a c-section. She says she didn’t enjoy being pregnant and was really looking forward to feeling redeemed through birth. She went through a grieving process when she found out her daughter, Mila, was breech because she felt like everything she wanted out of birth was ripped away from her. Chylanne says it was hard coming to terms with the potential of having to have a c-section, but after trying and doing everything she could and having lots of support from those that loved her (like her amazing friend, Jana, who has also gone through a natural birth and c-sections) she was able to feel the validation that she needed from her birthing experience.

Chylanne Schindel Bio

homebirth to cesarean
Chylanne is wife to Kai, a new mother to Mila and has a dog named JJ. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked as a respite provider for families with children with autism, and has been an activity leader at the Boys and Girls club, an organization that is very close to her heart. She is currently a stay at home mom and hopes to continue in that role until she and her husband are done having children. She is absolutely in love with her little girl and enjoys every minute with her. She is working on getting back to writing more regularly on her blog because she really enjoys it; but, as a new mom she’s still trying to balance everything including self care. She also wants to complete her certification as a Doula and would love to pursue a future career supporting other women through their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journeys. Connect with her via her blog.

Resources

Ina May Gaskins Guide to Childbirth
Breech Birth – Benna Waites
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – La Leche League International
Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth – Grantly Dick Read
Gentle Birth Choices – Barbara Harper
Baby Centre App
Prenatal Class
Doula Training – D.O.N.A. International

Aeroflow Breastpumps

This episode is sponsored by Aeroflow BreastpumpsAeroflow helps new and pregnant moms qualify for breast pumps through their health insurance. They carry all of the major brands, including Medela, Spectra, Lansinoh, Evenflo, and more. Visit their website to get started today, and your dedicated breast pump specialist will take care of all of the paperwork for you, including getting a prescription from your doctor and filing the claim with your insurance. Go here to get started!

Hospital Epidural Birth & Birth Center Birth Stories

Hospital Birth and Birth Center Birth

Alexis’ first labor with her son started with her water breaking, and contractions were close together and difficult to manage. She ended up with an epidural as she was near the end and feeling the urge to push! She ended up tearing from that birth in an unusual way. Her most recent birth was just 3 weeks ago with her daughter. She chose a birth center the second time, and her labor went completely differently. The labor was amazing the second time around with a short and intense pushing phase. Connect with Alexis via Kansas City Doulas.

Resources

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds

Clary Sage Oil

The Birth Hour – hearing other women’s birth stories!

Munchkin

At the end of today’s episode we chatted with Munchkin dietician about some of their products including their Grass Fed Toddler Drink, Stainless Steel Miracle 360 Cup and Stainless Steel Snack Cup.

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IVF, Loss, and Induction Birth Story + NICU Stay

Infertility, Pregnancy Loss + High Blood Pressure Induction Birth Story

Chelsea and Clayton began trying to conceive in early 2014, before undergoing 2 rounds of IVF in 2015 that resulted in two pregnancy losses including their first son, Colt, who passed at 16 weeks gestation. Upon return from a belated honeymoon, they were delighted to find out they were pregnant without any medical intervention. Chelsea wished to give birth at a local Birth Center, but her plans changed due to high blood pressure. She was induced at 37 weeks and had an epidural-free labor and birth at a local hospital attended by her midwife and doula. Following a 10-day NICU stay, Chelsea and Clayton’s son was finally welcomed home.

Chelsea Johnson Bio

Chelsea is a new mom to her son Connor. She is the wife of Clayton, a nurse from a small town in Wisconsin. They currently reside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with their son, two cats and one ornery beagle. Together, they have navigated the messy journey that is infertility and pregnancy loss before welcoming their son. They spend their days Netflix-binging The Office and watching hockey when they aren’t busy enjoying being new parents. You can read more about their journey on Chelsea’s blog at lovenfertility.wordpress.com. Connect with her on Facebook or Instagram @chelsearenee31

Babylist

Listen to me chat with Amanda about today’s sponsor, BabyList, at the end of today’s episode and check out my sample registry for some of my favorite items for pregnancy and postpartum!

Sleeping through Labor and Natural Hospital Birth

Natural Hospital Birth

I was 38 weeks and 5 days pregnant when I went into labor. Just one day prior, My daughter’s father and I went to my mother’s house to go to the state fair. I was so over being pregnant, I decided to walk the baby out. I went into labor early that morning around 2 AM. Thankfully, I slept through most of my labor and the next morning we took the two hour drive back to Atlanta. I stayed home until 7 PM then labored naturally at the hospital before giving birth.

Shanicia Boswell Bio

Shanicia boswell

Shanicia is an entrepreneur, social media maverick, and Jane of all Trades. She blogs about her everyday life experiences and personal perspectives, as well as stories and submissions she gets from contributors. She is the mom of one rambunctious little girl, who essentially is the reason Black Moms Blog exists. She began her blog to create a space-within-a-space to represent positive Black families and children. She speaks about parenting, culture, and lifestyle on her platform. Connect with Shanicia on Instagram.

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