Eight Unmedicated Birth Stories

Eight Birth Stories

Jayme has had 8 unmedicated births. One was induced, 5 were in the hospital, and 3 were home water births. Each one was unique and has its own special story. She learned something new with each pregnancy. After her 7th baby, 9 years ago, she was sure her birthing career was over. But then Jayme met her current husband Ben (who had 2 children by adoption); and, they decided to have a baby together. She struggled a bit with getting pregnant. After finding out she had an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, she tweaked her diet, took some supplements, and was able to get pregnant! Jayme knew she wanted a home water birth, and was supported 100% by her husband. As she prepared for the birth she took prenatal yoga (with her husband!) and attended a hypnobabies class. Even though she was almost 40, she had a completely uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery, and gave birth to her son, Atticus, who was 7lbs 10oz.

Jayme Crockett Bio

Jayme is the mother to 10 children, and 1 loss. She has 7 children from a previous marriage, 2 step children, and a 6 month old with her current husband, Ben. Her children range in ages 22 years – 6 months. Jayme was 18 when she got pregnant with her first live baby and 39 when she gave birth to her last! Ben and Jayme own a photography/videography business called Tribe Creative Media. They recently traveled to “The Farm” in Tennessee to be a part of a documentary called Birth Undisturbed. Jayme also recently launched an Etsy store called Tribe Baby Boutique. Jayme fell in love with the beauty of birth during her first pregnancy, and loves to encourage other mothers to believe in their bodies. She has the unique experience of giving birth in the United States, Germany and Doha, Qatar. She has had hospital and home births. If she wasn’t busy having so many of her own babies, she would have been a midwife! You can connect with her on Instagram @jaymecrockett or Facebook: Jayme Malloy Crockett She also has a blog at www.ourtribelife.com.
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Resources

Choosing Waterbirth: Reclaiming the Sacred Power of Birth by Lakshmi Bertram
The Waterbirth Book by Janet Balaskas
Birth Without Fear (Facebook group)
Childbirth Without Fear Grantly Dick-Read & Michel Odent
Anything Ina May Gaskin
Prenatal Yoga
Being Videographers we documented our Pregnancy and Birth. The films are on YouTube:
Part 1
Part 2

Boba Baby Carriers

boba wrap

Be sure to listen to my conversation at the end of this episode about today’s sponsor, Boba! We talked about the Boba Wrap and how great it is for the newborn days. I’m obsessed with this new pattern that almost looks like a woven wrap!

Unmedicated Birth Center and Home Birth Stories + Congenital Heart Defect

Unmedicated Birth Center Birth Story and Home Birth Story

With her first son, Nolan, Stephanie went four days past her due date and had an 18 hour labor (6 hours pushing). Afterwards, Stephanie realized how much fear she had tucked away, and that it caused her to resist and nearly stop her contractions while in the pushing phase. For her next birth, Stephanie knew that she couldn’t push for 6 hours, physically, and that she probably wouldn’t be allowed to either. She did research and decided to practice an at home study course with Hypnobabies. She also completed her DONA birth doula training one day before her second son, Remi, was born. Thankfully she had learned a technique to keep her baby in because he came fast and furious (two pushes), being born approximately five minutes after her midwives arrived. The speedy labor and birth was a complete shock. The possibility of having a baby before 40 weeks had never crossed her mind, but (surprise!) Remi was born at 36 weeks 3 days.

Postpartum Experience Baby with Congenital Heart Defect

Stephanie’s second postpartum experience was a stark contrast to her first. Exactly two short weeks after Remi’s birth, it was discovered that he was born with a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) called Critical Pulmonary Stenosis. Thankfully Remi’s doctor followed up closely on his heart murmur, checking on him for three days in a row. The murmur was not improving or worsening but she suggested that Remi be taken to Seattle Children’s Clinic to have an echocardiogram. Remi had shown no other obvious signs that he wasn’t a perfectly healthy baby until the moment they walked into the clinic. “Right place at the right time” is an understatement. Shortly after the echocardiogram began, Remi’s saturation levels (oxygen was not circulating well throughout his body) dropped and he was transferred quickly to Seattle Children’s Hospital where he received a life-saving procedure that kept him here, healthy, and with his family. Stephanie is thankful every day that Remi’s birth was exactly where and what they needed to have two weeks to bond, co-sleep, spend days and nights skin-to-skin and establish breastfeeding. After that two weeks they spent the next nine days, including Christmas, at Seattle Children’s Hospital, going home a day before the new year. The experience, as awful and traumatic as it was, went absolutely perfectly and thanks to Seattle Children’s Hospital, Remi’s first birthday (and many more to come) was celebrated on December 6th.

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Stephanie Hoverson Bio

Stephanie is a full time mom to two sweet boys, Nolan, who is three months away from turning four, and Remi, who just turned one year old. When she isn’t running six different directions after her two boys (three if you include her husband) she can be found deepening her yoga practice, studying and learning about pregnancy, birth and postpartum and adventuring outdoors with her family in the beautiful pacific northwest. She lives in Snohomish, Washington. Connect with her on Instagram, @the.double.mama.

Resources

Hypnobabies Self Study Course

Aeroflow Breastpumps

This episode is sponsored by Aeroflow Breastpumps. Aeroflow 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!

Pre-eclampsia Induced Birth at 36 Weeks

Induced Birth for Pre-eclampsia

After Kara and her husband got the surprise of a positive pregnancy test, they immediately began planning for a medication free hospital birth to follow in the footsteps of Kara’s mother and sisters-in-law. After receiving the diagnosis of fetal hydronephrosis at their anatomy scan, things seemed to go down hill. Kara began having trouble with weight gain and high blood pressure, although her doctor seemed unconcerned. At 36 weeks Kara was admitted to the hospital for a 24 hour urine screening. After the screening was completed, her protein levels were more elevated than expected and she was heading towards an emergency induction. Multiple interventions followed, and Dorsey Commander was born at 36 weeks weighing 6lb 7oz.

Kara Lewis Bio

Kara is a 22 year old mother of a precious 6 month old baby boy, Dorsey Commander. She and her husband, Randall, live in Mobile, AL. As a family, they enjoy traveling, being outside, and playing with their three dogs. Kara works as an executive assistant for a gym owner and personal trainer. You can connect with her on Instagram @karaflewis96, and on Facebook.

Crane Humidifiers

This episode is sponsored by Crane Humidifiers. Crane’s colorful humidifiers are a nursery necessity to help relieve your baby’s tiny congested nose, which can make feeding and sleeping a struggle for both baby and mom. A happy baby is a healthy baby.  Crane is generously offering $10 OFF and free shipping on all of their 1 gallon adorable animal shaped humidifiers and drop humidifiers with the code BIRTH17 at www.crane-usa.com.

Fast Unmedicated, Breech Cesarean & Unsuccessful VBAC Birth Stories

Birth Summaries

Despite needing to be induced because of dangerously low amniotic fluid levels, Rebekah was able to have a natural and fast delivery with her first baby. Her hopes for repeating her natural delivery with baby number two were smashed when they discovered the baby was breech. After several attempts to encourage the baby to flip, eventually Rebekah delivered her second baby via c-section.
Rebekah dreamed of having a VBAC with her third baby, but knew that her history of low amniotic fluid could get in the way. Eventually, her low fluid did require Rebekah to be induced. The VBAC was not successful, and Rebekah had another c-section. However, a surprising discovery in the operating room confirmed that the c-section was meant to be.
rebekah hoffer birth stories

Bio

Rebekah Hoffer used to bare her heart on stage as an actress, but now she bares her heart online. She still has a flare for the dramatic, but thankfully family appreciates that about her. Rebekah blogs at SimplyRebekah.com. She shares money saving tips, parenting advice, and all the things she is learning about natural living. Rebekah can often be found expressing her hatred for cleaning and her deep passion of Oreos and reality TV.
Rebekah is also a regular co-host on the Sorta Awesome podcast. Every week the co-hosts strive to find the awesome in the every day as they explore everything from the silly to the serious.
You can find Rebekah Hoffer on her blogInstagramFacebook, and Twitter. You can find Sorta Awesome in your favorite podcast app.

Resources

Why Does My Breast Milk Taste Bad?

Read Rebekah’s Birth Stories on her blog: Grace’s Birth Story – Fast & NaturalNoah’s Birth Story – Breech C-Section and Isaac’s Birth Story – Failed VBAC

Earth Mama Organics

At the end of this episode I talked to Westley about her favorite products from Earth Mama Organics, today’s sponsor. I’m a HUGE fan of their bottom spray and bottom balm! Plus be sure to check out their new deodorants coming soon!

Hospital Birth Stories & Unexplained Secondary Infertility

Hospital Birth stories

Kristin Croxton shares her 2 very different hospital births. The first, her oldest son Jack, was born sunny-side up after Kristin received an epidural and multiple other interventions. After months of trying to conceive again, Kristin was diagnosed with unexplained secondary infertility. With the help of Femara and intra-uterine insemination, she was able to get pregnant with her second son, and had a medication-free hospital birth.

Kristin Croxton Bio

Kristin is a 34 year old mom of two precious little boys: Jack, who is 5 and Eli, who is 11 months. She lives in Taylorsville, KY with her husband of 7 years, Jeremy. They love being outside, hiking, kayaking, and playing sports with their oldest son. Kristin works as a nurse transplant coordinator and is passionate about promoting organ transplantation. You can connect with her on Instagram @khbe14, and Facebook.

Resources

The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
A non-hospital based birthing class
The Birth Hour and reading other’s birth stories!

Fairhaven Health

This episode is sponsored by Fairhaven Health, who proudly introduces IsoLove – a new line of isotonic, paraben-free, glycerol-free, and oil-free products to support vaginal health. The IsoLove line currently includes three products: IsoFresh, a vaginal balancing gel that helps stop unwanted odors and supports a healthy vaginal ecosystem and BabyIt, the only product specifically designed to be used with perineal massage during pregnancy. Today, we talked about BabyDance, a fertility friendly lubricant that helps supplement natural lubrication during intimacy for trying-to-conceive couples. Fairhaven Health is generously offering 10% of all IsoLove products with the code BIRTHHOUR at www.fairhavenhealth.com.

Unmedicated Hospital birth, Healing After Loss & Rainbow Baby Birth Story

Unmedicated Birth at the Hospital, Healing After Loss & Chaotic Rainbow Baby Birth Story

Kasey’s first pregnancy and labor was slow and steady. After almost 3 days of labor, her first son was born vaginally and unmedicated in a hospital. Eleven months later, at 21 weeks in her second pregnancy, she experienced a loss of a daughter through fetal demise, induction, and delivery. After a journey of grief for her unborn, and for another pregnancy loss in her family, she found strength in herself and her body again. A year later, to the date, she and her husband found out they were expecting another baby. Through a few rough patches in her pregnancy, Kasey planned for a healing birth center birth made it to 39 weeks and 4 days when she went into labor. When that day came, it was nothing short of chaotic. She delivered her baby at an ultrasound appointment with a doctor she never knew, nurses who had never attended birth, and a few teams of paramedics. After a transfer to the hospital for postpartum care and a short stay in the NICU, she was able to escape the chaos, take her rainbow baby home and begin as a family of 4.

Kasey McComas Bio

Kasey McComas is a mother to Elijah (3) and Ezra (7 months). She is also a labor doula working towards certification. She and her husband have been together for 10 years and married for 6. In those past six years, they have resided in North Carolina, Arizona, California, and back to North Carolina. Her passion is birth and informing and supporting women through their options in the journey to and through parenthood. Her message is to always take hard times and find strength in your personal journey. When you can own what you do with conviction, nothing can bring you down.

Resources

Thinking Womans Guide to a Better Birth – Henci Goer
StillBirthday.com and NowILayMeDowntoSleep.org
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Doula Search – CAPPA.com
DONA.org – DoulaMatch.net/ Ask Providers / Chiropractors

Aeroflow Breastpumps

This episode is sponsored by Aeroflow Breastpumps. Aeroflow 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!