Positive Induction Birth Story

Birth Summary

After a miscarriage, Anna and Kevin were thrilled to learn they were expecting a baby girl. Anna had a wonderfully healthy pregnancy (for which she largely credits the Pure Barre classes she took up until 41 weeks) and was hoping for an intervention-free birth. Baby girl Maggie, as it turned out, was in no rush to make her big debut into the world; and, as the days passed by without progression, Anna started worrying that an induction was in store and might throw off her birth plans. She ended up having to get induced, but Maggie’s birth was ultimately a far faster and better experience than Anna even knew to hope for.

Anna Keller Bio

Anna Keller lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with her husband of six years, Kevin, who’s one of the two guys behind the men’s grooming company Fulton & Roark (fultonandroark.com). They have a 3-month-old daughter, Maggie, and a boxer mix, Fulton (who’s an excellent big brother to his little human sister). Anna works as the Marketing & Communications Manager for a before-and-after-school enrichment company, and also blogs about everything from pregnancy to baking to parenting to fashion at curiouser-and-curiouser.com. Anna also teaches Pure Barre, and introduces women to Beautycounter skincare and make-up products. Connect with Anna: on Instagram: @curiouserandcuriouserblog or her Blog and at the Beautycounter Facebook group.

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Resources

Pure Barre
Natural Baby Doulas
Baby+Co. Winston-Salem
The Bradley Method
Podcasts: The Birth Hour, The Longest Shortest Time
Placenta encapsulation
Prenatal chiropractic visits
Parenting groups on Facebook
Aeroflow Healthcare – Get Breastpump for free!
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook For New Dads

Free Downloads

Choosing an Evidence Based Care Provider

Questions to Ask When Touring Hospitals

Aeroflow Breastpumps

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Facebook Live Home Birth Story

In December 2015, Paige LoPinto had a beautiful home birth. It went so well that she decided to follow in April the Giraffe’s foot steps and stream her second home birth on Facebook Live. Over 8,000 people (95% moms, doulas & midwifes) followed her journey. Fun facts about her recent birth:

  1. Paige had 10+ people on her “birth team,” husband, family, friends, photographers, midwife, and doula
  2. Paige and her husband decided to keep the gender a surprise. Paige thought her entire pregnancy she was having a boy, so you can imagine the tears of joy when they found out it was a GIRL!
  3. Savvy Fae went nameless for 3 days. Dad wanted to name her Savage, but mom wasn’t keen on the meaning. They happily agreed on Savvy Fae!

Since the birth of sweet Savvy Fae, Paige has made an (unexpected) impact in the birth world. After streaming her birth LIVE on Facebook, women all over world have followed in her footsteps and are also streaming their birth live in the BirthTUBE Facebook group. Check it out!

Paige LoPinto Bio

Paige LoPinto, mom of two, is recently known for streaming her birth on Facebook Live in her group named BirthTUBE. In this episode you will hear both of her home birth stories and the story behind BirthTUBE (where women all over the world stream their birth LIVE on Facebook). Here are 3 fun facts about Paige’s pregnancy and birth story:

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Homebirth to Hospital Cesarean Birth Story

Homebirth to Hospital Cesarean Birth Story

Natalie’s first pregnancy (conceived with clomid) ended in a miscarriage. For her second pregnancy, she started right away with progesterone and blood thinning shots (she has factor v leiden). She knew for years that she wanted a home birth. She also knew the risks of home birth with her blood clotting disorder—she knew she may transfer at some point for hemorrhaging, but hoped against a placenta abruption. Her hematologist said that taking thinning injections helped cancel out that risk. She prepared for a home birth and anticipated it with so much joy. She wanted a home birth so badly. She couldn’t wait to experience that ‘meeting moment’ she had assisted so many times as a birth photographer.

Natalie’s birth began on a Tuesday morning, May 31. She labored and labored and labored. On Wednesday morning, her contractions became irregular. Wednesday night around 11 pm she transferred to the hospital, hoping to get her body back in order. Epidural didn’t work. Pitocin didn’t work. Her body metabolized the medicine. Thursday she pushed for over 4 hours. She was sure she was going to push him out. He was asynclitic (when a baby’s head is tipped towards one shoulder) and had swelling of the scalp (caput succedaneum). Her birth ended in a cesarean. She kept imagining meeting him, how it would be worth it. Her body metabolized the medicine, once again, so they had to put her under general anesthetics. She was asleep. Then when she woke up and was in a whole world of pain.

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Natalie Brenner Bio

Natalie is a freelance writer, soon to be author, and professional photographer who is up for just about any crazy adventure. Natalie’s husband’s name is Loren, but she refers to him as LB. She chugs coffee while changing diapers and singing songs in silly voices to her two sweet boys who are almost 5 months apart and both 1. Before they grew by two kids, Natalie was also a doula; she is passionate about pregnancy and birth, infertility and miscarriage, as well as adoption. All around, she loves people. Connect further with her through Natalie Brenner Writes, Instagram, and Facebook. She also has a free e-book for working through grief called Wholeness Despite the Brokenness and just released her first book, This Undeserved Life: Uncovering the gifts of grief and the fullness of life.

More writing on her birth experience:

YOUR HARD AND MY HARD ARE BOTH ABSOLUTELY HARD
TO MY SECONDBORN: OUR MEETING WASN’T MAGICAL

Resources

Wild Feminine: Finding Power, Spirit & Joy in the Female Body
Homebirth Cesarean: Stories and Support for Families and Healthcare Providers
Homebirth Cesarean Facebook group – specifically for homebirths turned cesarean
Birth Trauma Association Facebook

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Cesarean Birth Stories & Postpartum Depression

Cesarean Birth Stories & Postpartum Depression

Christine had four C-sections. The first one was an emergency C-section and the rest were repeat. Christine’s first three children are girls and her last child is a boy. When Christine found out she was pregnant, she wasn’t happy. She just didn’t feel prepared. When Christine told her husband, he was thrilled. As time went on Christine began to enjoy her pregnancy and started to get ready for the changes in their home. When Christine and Brandon went to the doctor to find out the gender of their baby, the world came to a standstill. They found out they were having a baby boy. Brandon was super excited. He started talking about matching outfits, golf outing and playing football with his son. Christine was in shock. See, when Christine found out they were having a boy, it was around the time a black boy was shot in the back by a police officer. Christine’s anxiety went through the roof.

After baby Brandon was born, Christine did not bond with him. She was sad and had a very hard time holding him. Christine was ready to leave her kids and her husband because she was broken and had no idea of what was going on. Christine’s husband Brandon, recognized something was going on and took her to the doctor right away.
Christine was diagnosed with Postpartum Depression.

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Christine McNabb Bio

Christine is mom to four beautiful children and a dog and is married to the love of her life, Brandon. Christine is the founder of the blog This Mama Wines which is a community of moms that talks about the good and not so good in parenting. This Mama Wines also holds events such as Mompreneur Happy Hours, Mom Social Hours, Documentary Screenings and Mom Fitness hours, throughout New Orleans; and the blog will soon have events nationally.
Connect with Christine at www.thismamawines.com and see events she’s planning here.

Resources

www.postpartum.net
This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression
When the Bough Breaks: Documentary on Postpartum Depression

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!

8 Weeks of Bed Rest & Unmedicated Hospital Birth + Home Birth

Placental Abruption Bed Rest & Unmedicated Hospital Birth, Followed by Home Birth Stories

At 31 weeks, Kelly’s perfectly healthy pregnancy and planned home birth took a drastic change when her water broke and it was bright red blood. Even though Kelly spent a week in the hospital and saw dozens of specialists, she didn’t receive a firm diagnosis. She was only told that she may have had a minor placental abruption accompanied by PROM (premature rupture of membranes) which then resealed itself. With little other information, Kelly was put on bed rest for 8 weeks and ultimately decided to change her birth plan and deliver at the hospital instead of at home. At 39 weeks and 6 days Kelly went into labor naturally, going from 5 to 10 centimeters just 20 minutes after arriving at the hospital. She had an unmedicated hospital birth with and episiotomy – just 12 hours of labor total. Her second son, a rainbow baby after 2 miscarriages, Stellan James, was born at home at 41+3 in just under 2 hours of labor.

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Kelly Brown Bio

Kelly lives in San Diego, California with her two sons, Lachlan Robert and Stellan James, and her husband Ryan. They love going to the beach, heading north to Disneyland, and camping throughout California. Kelly owns her own lifestyle public relations company and admins a mommy and pregnancy group for women who use the Fertility Awareness Method. Website: kellypublicrelations.com Instagram: @kellypublicrelations

Resources

Taking Charge of Your Fertility
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
FB for FAM
Indie Birth
Karly Nuttall – midwife and hormone health

Milkies Milk Trays by Fairhaven Health

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Cesarean Birth Story & VBAC Homebirth Transfer

Jennifer Mason Bio

Jennifer documents births as a birth photographer and believes that birth stories are love stories. She is also the co-founder of Birth Becomes Her and mama to two feisty girls. Jennifer grew up in the Midwest, living on a lake and loves the water. She has birthed two babies and describes her labors as sensual, and brave.  She is a VBAC mama, and says she relate well to those who are working to achieve a VBAC. You can connect with her on her website and Facebook.

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Photo credits: Monet Nicole Birthing Stories

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