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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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.

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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!

Switched from OB to Homebirth at 32 Weeks

Christine switched from a hospital OB/GYN birth to a midwife home birth at 32 weeks. She swam throughout her pregnancy, using that time to mentally prepare for labor. Christine was in active labor for 5 hours and pushed for 30 minutes. Her husband was the first to pick up their son, placing him directly on Christine for immediate skin to skin. Christine received one small natural tear and did not require stitches.

Christine Riley Bio

Christine is a wife and mom to an 18 month old boy. She is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service and lives in central California. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, hiking, and international travel. You can connect with Christine on Instagram and Twitter: @steneriley

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Earth Mama Angel Baby

Some of my favorite products and resources from Earth Mama Angel Baby!

Lying in Postpartum Plan
Bottom Spray
Bottom Balm
Postpartum Herb Baths

Lindsey Bliss Shares Her Birth Stories

Lindsey Bliss shares her six births in four stories: a birth center birth with Mia (now 11); a vaginal twin birth in the hospital with surprise-twins, Birdie & Hazel (now 8); another surprise set of twins, Luke & Rocco (now 5.5) who were born at home; and finally, baby Olympia (1) who was also born via a planned homebirth. I love Lindsey’s down-to-earth approach to birth, postpartum, and parenting!

 

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Lindsey Bliss Bio

Lindsey Bliss is the co-director of Carriage House Birth, an experienced birth doula, and the mother of seven. Lindsey is considered to be a multiples expert after giving birth to and parenting two consecutive sets of twins. Lindsey takes on her role as a birth doula and childbirth educator with serious passion and commitment. Her mission is to hold space for expectant families through education and informed decision making. Being prepared, and knowing what options are available increases the likelihood of an amazing birth. Lindsey facilitates that process, giving people the tools and inspiration to empower themselves. Her unwavering support and gentle guidance have benefited over two hundred families. Lindsey supports first time parents, multiparas, single parents, LGBT families, twins births, medicated and non medicated vaginal births, cesarean births, and VBACs.

Connect with her on Instagram at @doulabliss and @carriagehousebirth

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Painless & Laughter-filled Birth with Birth Singer

A Redemptive Second Birth

After a long (64 hours) and traumatic first birth, Melissa decided to take a wholistic approach in preparing for her second birth by addressing aspects of mind, body, and soul. The book Mindful Birthing was pivotal for Melissa in holding an open hand about what her second birth would look like. Melissa had a team prepared to support her, including a birth doula, birth photographer, and a birth singer.

After going to 41 weeks and 2 days with zero contractions, Melissa went into labor while hiking by herself. After a long first birth Melissa was expecting the same for her second. After mooning the entire town on a speedy car ride, Melissa gave birth minutes after arriving at the birth center. Melissa had never imagined that she could give birth without feeling pain and laughing throughout the entire process. This is a story you have to hear to believe. Her birth singer, Meghan, is featured on this episode singing some of the songs that were sung over Melissa before and after her daughter arrived.

Melissa Dohse Bio

Melissa is a mother of two and a licensed clinical social worker living in Flagstaff, AZ. Melissa is an avid travel, passionate about building community, and seeks to create spaces for survivor voices to be heard. Melissa has a private counseling practice, Cultivate Counseling, and can be reached at melissa.dohse@gmail.com.

Meghan Callaghan MT-BC Bio

Meghan is a board certified music therapist and music director for the Flagstaff Threshold Choir, a women’s choir that sings in small groups at the bedside of those nearing end of life. Meghan draws upon her background in facilitating music experiences with young children, women’s circles, and people in hospice care to provide supportive music for laboring and birth celebration. Find out more at mountainhealthmusic.com, meghan.callaghan@gmail.com.

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Resources

Cultivate Counseling Flagstaff
Mindful Birthing
Affirmation Cards
Parenting with PTSD

BellyBuds

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Siblings’ Perspective on Birth – Bonus Episode!

Older Siblings at Younger Siblings’ Birth

In honor of International Sibling Day I thought it would be fun to interview kids who were present for their younger sibling’s births! The resulting episode was so sweet, funny and moving. Below is a slideshow featuring photographs from the births these kids attended along with their perspective on the experience via short audio clips but be sure to listen to the whole episode to get their full responses which will have you laughing one minute and tearing up the next. It is such a sweet, sweet episode!

What it Looks Like to Be There the Moment They Became a Big Brother or Sister

The below photos represent what it really looks like to have one of your older children at your birth. It’s so powerful for these kids to see their mothers going through labor and birth and to be there when their siblings first come into the world.

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Above images Laura Lo Photography

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Above images Fox Valley Birth and Baby

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Above images K Reeder Photography

Lily Jade

This episode was generously sponsored by Lily Jade Diaper Bags! Be sure to check out their #momhuddle campaign on Instagram and use #momhuddle and #ljmomhuddle to tag pictures and stories of the mom friends in your life that have been support for you through your motherhood journey!