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.
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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.
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Birth Story Summary
Ann’s first pregnancy, at the age of 21, started out as many do: visiting her traditional OB/GYN and making plans for a hospital delivery. But when Ann met a woman who opted for a home birth with a midwife, a whole new world of possibilities opened up to her. Ann began to study everything she could about child birth, learning and growing and becoming more and more excited by what she discovered her body could do on its own, naturally, without drugs or other interventions. She ran into a big stumbling block when her physician failed to support her plans wholeheartedly, but she was determined to continue with her goal of utilizing the Bradley Method. As it turned out, her midwife’s wisdom and Ann’s own intuition may have saved her son’s life.
Ann Timm Bio
As a busy mom with six teens, Ann is always working on patience and clarity, and relies strongly on her role as a Christ-follower! She is passionate about her husband and family, and maybe a little passionate about her bulletproof coffee, coconut oil, and — yes — chocolate!
Ann stays busy juggling rural farm life, sports schedules, blended family dynamics, and working from home. She’s had had many successes and, she says, even more fails, and as a result she recognizes the need for moms to share and encourage each other. She understands how often women feel alone in raising kids, being a wife or on their quest for healthy living and homemaking, and wants to do her part to make sure that women are getting what they need to make good decisions and feel good about making those decisions. You can connect with her at Keeper of the Home or Ziglar Family. You can also join her 7 Day Challenge here.
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Homebirth Transfer, 2 Miscarriages, and an Ectopic Pregnancy
Sasha, the daughter of a midwife, planned for a home birth with her first son, but after 24 hours of labor and being stuck at 8cms for nine hours the decision was made to transfer to the hospital. Her son was born three hours after they arrived into his grandma’s hands.
Sasha felt a lot of disappointment in herself that her birth didn’t go the way she had envisioned. She started trying for baby #2 just after her son turned one. In a matter of eight months she experienced two miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy. When she finally got pregnant with her second son she planned for another home birth. She went into spontaneous labor 10 days past her due date and her rainbow baby was born into her arms on her bedroom floor after one hour of labor. She wants women to know that your first labor does not dictate future labors. Every baby and every delivery is so different.
Sasha Ruscheinski Bio
Sasha is a 27 year old wife and mother from Langley, British Columbia. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Blake, is a full stay-at-home mom to their two sons and runs her own small business. Connect with her on Instagram.
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Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Business of Being Born
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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:
- Paige had 10+ people on her “birth team,” husband, family, friends, photographers, midwife, and doula
- 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!
- 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
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.
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
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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