Breech Hospital Birth
It was Jessica’s first breech birth. Vaginal breech had just been legalized in her part of Canada again, after over a decade of being illegal. And Jessica’s nurses were not prepared! Thankfully, her doctor was confident and trained. Jessica ended up having a very fast birth.
Breech Birth Center Birth
For this birth, Jessica and her husband lived in the southern United States, in a place where if you have a breech at the hospital, a c-section was inevitable. So, in case this baby was breech, Jessica hired a midwife who was experienced delivering breech babies and chose to birth at a birth center instead of the hospital. Again, Jessica had a very fast birth.
Breech at Home Birth
For her third breech birth, Jessica hired the same midwife, but chose to deliver at home where she wouldn’t have to pack up the baby in a carseat right away and drive anywhere! This birth was only 3 hours, but Jessica hadn’t prepared her body or mind for the birth, and more people were present than she would normally choose; so, the experience was different than her previous two births. In this one, the pain took her by surprise. It was Jessica’s most painful birth experience by far. It showed her that her previous birth preparations were VERY important. Still, everything went very well and baby was healthy and born fast.
Jessica Gray Bio
Jessica is a mother of 4 dynamite children. She currently lives in North Carolina. She birthed her children in two different countries, two in a hospital, one in a birth center and one at home. She is in love with writing, the beach, spending time with her kids, and being the general of her household tribe. But her biggest passion is empowering other moms that vaginal breech birth is possible. She speaks to and teaches women about breech being just a variation of normal. Currently, she is writing a book about Frank Breech birth. She is the face behind the Instagram account @breechbirth. You can also find her on her personal Instagram @thegeneralofthetribe and learn more at breechbirth.com!
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After a healthy pregnancy with twins, Amy and her husband were planning another home birth. Their first two children were born at home. Amy and her midwives were hoping to make it to 37 weeks. When labor began at 36 weeks, they all decided that giving birth in the hospital would be the smartest and safest choice. The midwives wanted to be confident that the babies were fully developed and 37 weeks was the goal.
Amy, her husband and two midwives (who came to the hospital to offer labor support) were met with resistance since Baby B was breech. The doctor wanted to take Amy immediately to the OR for a C-section. Baby A was head down, both babies heart rates were strong and there were no signs of distress, so Amy refused the cesarean. She said “I trust in my body, and I trust in my babies. We deserve a chance to labor.”
This statement would be one that she repeated each time a fear tactic was thrown at her. She was bullied by the doctors and administrative staff but never gave up hope on her body or her babies. She simply wanted the opportunity to labor and birth Baby A vaginally. After that, she was hopeful Baby B would find the position he needed.
Even in the face of fear, doubt and control from the doctors, Amy remained confident in her voice. She filled her birth story with trust and surrender.
The twins had their own unique journeys into the world. While it wasn’t the homebirth Amy had planned on, she has found acceptance for the story they wrote together. From their pregnancy, to birth, to mothering twins, the boys have taught her the power of patience, surrender and trust.
Amy Griffith Bio
Amy Griffith is a mom of 4, including twins. She transitioned from a career as a Broadway dancer and Radio City Rockette, to the world of yoga as an instructor specializing in prenatal and postnatal yoga. Amy’s pregnancy and birth with her son inspired her to film her own prenatal yoga dvd’s with her daughter, her second child. Her pregnancy and birth with the twins reinforced the importance of slowing down, trusting her body and surrendering to their path. Amy says she is mindfully-stumbling through motherhood as she juggles the demands of 4 children. A focus on the good in the present moment is how she handles the challenges that arise in motherhood. More information on Amy, her pre/postnatal dvd’s and social media links can be found at ExercisingBalance.com.
When you’re expecting twins, triplets or quads By Dr. Barbara Luke
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Positive Vaginal Hospital Epidural Birth Stories & Postpartum Depression Discussion
Bert Anderson had three positive vaginal births in hospitals. She used epidurals for all three births and for the most part she had uncomplicated pregnancies. After her first birth she was diagnosed with postpartum depression when her son was four months old. Since then she has become aware of her mood and depression so she can recognize the warning signs.
Bio Bert Anderson
Bert is a Minnesota mom of three, blogger at FirstTimeMommn.com and the author of the upcoming book Me Before Mom: Putting on Your Oxygen Mask First. Her writing has been featured in Huffington Parents and TODAY Parents.
Dawn has two kids and two entirely different birth stories.
During her first pregnancy she constantly worried that she would get to the hospital too late for drugs. Her entire birth plan was just the word “DRUGS!” written on a piece of paper. But she also didn’t want to arrive to the hospital so early that they sent her home because she was one centimeter dilated and already screaming for an epidural.
When her labor started everyone, including Dawn, just assumed she was a wimp when it came to the pain level. So she labored at home for quite some time. Then her water broke and her contractions were coming on top of each other. But they weren’t lasting a minute! Dawn was waiting for 511, and because her contractions weren’t lasting a minute she thought she was fine. She was not fine.
They zoomed to the hospital and were given the devastating news: Dawn was too far along to get drugs. She was 9.5 centimeters when she got to the hospital and the baby was 100% born 45 minutes after she arrived. There were no drugs, but there was plenty of cussing.
Dawn assumed her second delivery would be similar to her first, and maybe even faster. But instead of being one week early her second baby was one week late. And instead of bursting out in a frenzy, baby #2 took his sweet time. 24 hours after she checked into the hospital her second child arrived. The good news: there was plenty of time for drugs the second time around. And not nearly as many cuss words.
Dawn Dais Bio
Dawn Dais is a freelance writer, designer, and filmmaker from Sacramento, CA. Her previous books including The Sh!t No One Tells You, The Sh!t No One Tells You About Toddlers, The Sh!t No One Tells You About Baby #2, The Overly Honest Baby Book, and The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women were published by Seal Press, have topped Amazon.com best-seller lists, and have been featured by countless TV and print media sources. Her uniquely sarcastic yet inspiring tone has entertained and guided an enthusiastic core of readers towards their various ridiculous parenting and athletic goals. Dawn’s most recent book The Sh!t No One Tells You About Pregnancy offers “been there, freaked out about that” advice for expectant parents.
Dawn lives in Roseville, CA, with her partner, two kids, two dogs, two cats, and the occasional mouse brought into the home by said cats. She is tired. Stalk Dawn online at www.dawndais.com.
La Leche League
Two Hospital Births Attended by Midwives
John was born July 12, 2015, at the local hospital under the care of one of the Certified Nurse Midwives on staff. The Midwife was assigned under an OBGYN at the hospital in town. Lindsay’s water broke in her home at 9:00 pm on July 11. She arrived at the hospital at 11:00 pm and was 4 cms. John was head down but turned side-facing which created back labor for Lindsay. After hours of not progressing, Lindsay was given 10 mg of Nubin; and, after an hour-and-a-half of trying to sleep, the medication wore off and John had rotated facing back. Lindsay delivered John at 9:28am on July 12th with the help of a CNM. Lindsay and John were discharged 24 hours after giving birth to go home.
Sybil was born June 12, 2017, at the same local hospital and under the same CNM as John. Lindsay arrived at the hospital at 1:30 am on June 12 and was considered a “stretchy” 5 cms. After the vitals of the mom and baby were checked, Lindsay began laboring and her water broke. Shortly after, Lindsay felt pressure to deliver Sybil and when they thought Sybil was crowning they saw the roundness start to poop and realized that she was breech. Lindsay delivered her with the next contraction and she was born at 2:05 am, 35 mins after checking in to the hospital. Sybil was unaffected by being breech and was checked multiple times by the nurses and pediatrician on duty during their 24 hours stay. Lindsay and Sybil were discharged 24 hours later with a good bill of health.
Lindsay Forehand Bio
Lindsay is a mother of two beautiful children, John who is two years old, and Sybil who is three months old. She is a birthing enthusiast and loves to encourage those who are excited about the journey of their birth and to share the joys and obstacles of other’s birth stories. Lindsay lives in Minot, North Dakota and loves the birthing community that has established itself in this city. John was born in July 2015 with the help of a CNM, and Sybil was born June 2017, breech, with the help of the same CNM.
Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskins
Business of Being Born
The Positive Birth Movement on Facebook
Evidence Based Birth by founder and author Rebecca Dekker PhD, CN
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Birth Center to Hospital Transfer and Unplanned Cesarean Birth
Pregnant with her first, Alyssa thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of her low-risk first and second trimesters. She had gathered her trusted team of an incredible husband, midwives, doula, and childbirth education via Stephanie Spitzer-Hanks, and made all of her plans surrounding a birth at the Atlanta Birth Center. Luckily, when signs of preeclampsia started creeping up in the third trimester, she was well-prepared to navigate throwing all of those plans out the window and heading to the hospital for an induction (and eventual emergency family-centered cesarean).
Alyssa Oliha Bio
Alyssa is currently based in Atlanta with her husband, Felix and their little one, Orion. She has a minor obsession with travel planning, a major sweet tooth (hello, ice cream!), drinks too much coffee, and has watched Moana (Orion’s favorite movie) more times than she can count. As a family, the Oliha’s love to travel, hike, and daydream about road trips across the country. Alyssa works full-time from home, alongside Orion and the two family pups, Thomas & Mika. Connect with her on Instagram @alyssaoliha
The Birth Hour’s Know Your Options Childbirth Course
Atlanta Birth Center
Chanda Williams (Doula/Photographer)
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