Dad Catches Baby on Side of the Road & Homebirth

After 2 very long and early hospital births with CNM’s, Hannah and her husband, Gabriel, prepared for their first birth center birth. After early labor threatened at 28 weeks, she transferred back to her hospital midwifery team, trying everything to keep her 3rd pregnancy from turning into another preterm birth. After many medications and trips to L&D, her little third baby decided to take his time after all. 2 weeks of prodromal labor ended in a lightning fast delivery on the side of the highway at 39 weeks. They chose a home birth for baby 4 and had another precipitous labor and birth supported by midwives.

Hannah Neas Bio

Hannah is as self-proclaimed geek and wife, and mother of four children ages 9, 6, 3, and 1. She is a long time childbirth educator and lover of all things birth and babies. While birth and motherhood are her chief passions, she also works as a fashion consultant specializing in maternity, nursing, and postpartum clothing. She lives in the little town of Taylor, TX with her family and 2 cats in a strange and rambling 100 year old home that is her little slice of paradise. Connect with her on Facebook.

Resources

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
La Leche League
Bradley Method , Hannah’s Class
Spinning Babies
Miles Circuit
Evidence Based Birth

Aeroflow Breastpumps

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Four Preemie Baby Birth Stories & NICU Stays

Julie Martin Bio

Julie Martin is a wife and homeschooling mother of 4 precious babies. Her first baby was born ten years ago, very unexpectedly, at 30 weeks by c-section; and, he spent two months in the NICU. Despite trying all the natural remedies and labor stalling methods, each subsequent baby was also born prematurely (33,33, and 32 weeks) by c-section, and each spent a month in the NICU as well. Never imagining being a c-section or NICU mommy, Julie has a heart to encourage women who have had birth experiences that just don’t turn out like they anticipate.

Resources

Get help at the NICU with breastfeeding. Here’s a little audio clip of advice from Julie on how she did that!
Preemies – Second Edition: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies

Ruby Love Baby

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Fast Unmedicated Hospital Birth & Low Platelets

Precipitous Labor in Hospital Setting

Katie had a very fast, unmedicated (due to time and low-platelets) hospital birth with an OB. She had the support of her mother and her husband. Though she prepared for labor with classes at a birth center, there was never a chance to use the techniques in the three hours she labored.
 low platelets birth story

Katie Scheid Bio

Katie lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband Jean-Marie, 16 month old daughter Lara, and corgi, Finn. Though she has found her true passion as a stay-at-home mom she still works as a freelance illustrator at night and in the wee hours of the morning. Connect with her at katiescheid.com.

Dad Birth Story Series of The Birth Hour

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Resources

Birth classes

Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May

The One Bad Mother and their private Facebook group for support, particularly the (not officially affiliated) spin-off group: One Bad Boob

The one parenting book Katie read: Bringing Up Bebe

Sponsored by WavHello

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Three Beautiful Hospital Births & Mammary Hypoplasia

Three hospital birth stories and breastfeeding struggles

Sarah Daggett planned an unmedicated hospital birth for her first child, for which she prepared by finding an OB who is supportive of unmedicated births and by hiring an amazing doula. These two kindred spirits, along with Sarah’s husband, Matt, helped Sarah to execute an amazing and empowering delivery with just 8 hours of active labor. A week after her son arrived Sarah made the devastating discovery that he wasn’t gaining weight due to her extremely low milk supply. Meetings with several lactation consultants and her OB led to a diagnosis of mammary hypoplasia, a condition where the glandular tissue required to breastfeed does not develop normally during adolescence. Unfortunately, mammary hypoplasia makes exclusive breastfeeding difficult to impossible.

When Sarah found out she was expecting baby number two, she immediately alerted her dream team and planned for a second unmedicated birth with the same wonderful people. Her daughter arrived on her due date, this time after just 4 hours of active labor. Despite a wonderful delivery and a perfect baby, Sarah was frustrated to discover that she was still unable to exclusively breastfeed even for individual feedings.

Four years later, Sarah and Matt were again planning for a new baby and were so thankful that their MVPs were still on board. Baby number three, another daughter, rushed into the world a week early and was born only an hour after they arrived at the hospital in an unplanned water birth with just 2 minutes of pushing.

In this episode Sarah relates all three of her birth stories and talks about her breastfeeding struggles with all three babies.

sarah daggett birth story

Sarah Daggett

Sarah Daggett is a data scientist and research engineer who lives just outside of Boston, MA, with her husband, Matt, their three kids, and two very patient cats. She is originally from the southeast coast of Virginia and earned a B.S. in chemical engineering at Virginia Tech. She and Matt relocated to Boston in 2005 to pursue jobs at MIT and fell in love with New England, where they have decided to stay. When not working at a small technology startup or enjoying maternity leave with her adorable babies, Sarah loves sewing, cooking, reading and watching competence porn. You can find her on Instagram @welcometoourmess.

Resources

The Birth Hour
New Mom Groups
Babywearing
Post About Breastfeeding Supply
Information about mammary hypoplasia
Jewish Family and Children’s Services support groups
Birth photography

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Rainbow Dad Tee

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Active Pregnancy & Homebirth Birth Story

Homebirth Story

As a girl who said she never wanted kids and never imagined having or holding her own baby, Andrea was delightfully and profoundly surprised by the miracle that is pregnancy and motherhood. After the shock of missing her first period turned into blissful anticipation, she approached pregnancy and birth as though she was training for the most important athletic event of her life. Her baby, Montana, entered the world quickly and beautifully, in the comfort and warmth of their own home.

homebirth story with photos

Andrea Thompson Bio

Andrea is a born-and-raised Wisconsin girl and lover of adventure, fitness, food, nature, and above all, Christ. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and within the last 7 years has lived in Florida, Israel, Tennessee and Montana. She has a varied resume, including being a main character on an MTV reality show, called “College Life” and being the co-host of a Bible study documentary series, called “Thunder in the Holy Land”. She married her husband, Danny Thompson, in August of 2015 and their daughter was born in January of 2017. In the midst of motherhood, she spends her time training clients, teaching group fitness classes, preaching, blogging, vlogging, horseback riding, gardening, and playing outside! You can get in touch with Andrea via her website www.permacultureprincess.com, her Instagram @permaculture.princess and @drea.loves.life and on Facebook at Permaculture Princess.

Resources

Books:
“Pushed” By: Jennifer Block
The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning
“Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth”
“HypnoBirthing”

Documentary:
Business of Being Born

Podcasts:
The Birth Hour, The BirthFIT Podcast, The Birthful Podcast, Yoga/Birth/Babies, The Healthy Moms Podcast, and Pregnancy Podcast

Babylist

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

Cesarean for Footling Breech Followed by VBAC

Jen Kamel’s Birth Stories – Cesarean followed by VBAC

Jen Kamel planned a hospital birth with a midwife and after being told that her baby was in the single footling breech position, she found herself in the operating room after many months of envisioning a vaginal labor and delivery. She had a very painful recovery and knew she didn’t want to just schedule a cesarean for her next baby.

Her OB/GYN was very supportive, and assured her that she was an excellent VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) candidate since she had her cesarean for breech. But when she went out into the world, many friends and family members could not believe that she would consider a VBAC, which led her to do tons of research and develop VBAC Facts. In this episode she shares her cesarean and VBAC birth stories as well as some really great information around VBACs in general!

Jen Kamel Bio

Jen Kamel is a VBAC strategist and nationally recognized consumer advocate. She is also known as the founder of VBAC Facts, an educational, training and consulting firm. She has been invited to present Grand Rounds at hospitals educating obstetricians, maternal fetal medicine specialists, midwives, residents, and midwifery students on the latest VBAC evidence. She has traveled the country as a California Board of Registered Nursing Continuing Education Provider presenting her signature program “The Truth About VBAC” to hundreds of professionals and highly motivated parents. She speaks at national conferences and has worked as a legislative consultant in various states including California, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Indiana focusing on midwifery legislation and regulations. She has testified multiple times in front of the California Medical Board and legislative committees on the importance of VBAC access, is a board member for the California Association of Midwives and the California Association of Licensed Midwives, and has served as an expert witness in a legal proceeding.

Additional Resources

Debunk 5 Uterine Rupture Myths

13 Myths About VBAC Facts

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