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.

baby announcement

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.

bed rest 8 weeks birth story

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

The episode is sponsored by Milkies by Fairhaven Health. Milkies is a line of thoughtfully designed products for moms, by moms, to help support all women in their breastfeeding journey. Products include breast milk collection and storage, supplements, teas, nursing pads and much more! Milkies is generously offering 10% off all products with the code BIRTHHOUR at www.fairhavenhealth.com. We are also giving away a milk catcher and  milk collection tray over on Instagram.

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.

homebirth transfer vbac birth story

Photo credits: Monet Nicole Birthing Stories

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Hospital Epidural Birth Followed by Three Natural Hospital Births

Hospital Birth with Midwives after Epidural Birth

Erin didn’t do a lot of research before her first birth, although she wanted to have a natural birth since her mom had done so. She ended up being induced with pitocin, getting an epidural, and then an episiotomy which led to a 4th degree tear. For her next three births, she hired a doula, gave birth in the hospital with midwives, and had the natural births she wanted.

Erin Odom Bio

Erin is a stay-at-home wife and mom of three little redheaded girls and one sweet little boy. She is passionate about Jesus, mission work, her family, and researching how to live a healthier lifestyle. She writes for several print and online publications, blogs about natural living and homemaking at The Humbled Homemaker, and also edits eBooks. She is the author of Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert and the e-course Eating Well on a Budget. You can also check out her new book on how her family overcame financial hardship: More Than Just Making It.

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January Harshe’s Birth Stories

In this episode January Harshe shares her first four birth stories: a cesarean, a homebirth transfer to cesarean, a hospital VBAC after being dropped from care by her homebirth midwife, and a very healing unassisted homebirth. You can hear her 5th and 6th birth stories on her podcast that she hosts with her husband, The Harshe Podcast.

January Harshe Bio

January owns Birth Without Fear where she blogs and runs its social media sites. She also blogs on Harshe.blog and recently started The Harshe Podcast. She also organizes MeetUps and Conferences, speaking at those and other events across the country. January has formula fed, pumped, breastfed, tandem nursed, used a crib, co-slept, homeschooled, and sent them all to school. Basically, she does what she can with what she has, learns from it, then does her best. No matter what she’s doing to survive the craziness of motherhood, she loves her children and knows she’s a good mother.

january harshe birth stories

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Posterior Baby Birth Story & Postpartum Placenta Retention

Hospital Birth with Interventions

A few years after getting a Lichen Scleroses diagnosis, Emmalina and Cam were expecting a baby. Her pregnancy was pretty textbook and she lost her mucous plug at exactly 40 weeks. She went into labor the following day. After 16 hours of intense labor, Emmalina received an epidural and was able to fully dilate. She pushed for 2 1/2 hours and then found her her baby was posterior and stuck.

The on-call OB performed an episiotomy and needed assistance from forceps and vacuum. Ruby-May was born at 1:06 am, May 7th, and spent 5 days in the NICU for inhaling fluids. After delivery, Emmalina’s placenta detached but didn’t deliver, requiring manual removal. At 9 weeks postpartum, Emmalina passed placenta tissue and had to have a D&C surgery. At 11 weeks PP, she passed the final piece of placenta and was able to begin a journey to physically and emotionally recover from her birth. Recently, Cam and Emmalina discovered Ruby-May had Sagittal Craniosynostosis- Premature fusing of the skull plates and underwent skull reshaping surgery. Ruby-May’s skull diagnosis helped give Emmalina closure and reasoning for her difficult and traumatic birth.

Emmalina Rooney Bio

Emmalina lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband Cam and their daughter Ruby-May. Before becoming pregnant, Emmalina was an Early Childhood Educator and worked as a nanny for 4 years. Currently, Emmalina is working on her certificate to become a birth and postpartum Doula. You can connect with Emmalina via email at emmalinarooney@gmail.com, read her blog at respectthekids.wordpress.com or see her public Instagram at @respectingbirthdoula

retained placenta birth story

Resources

  • How to Heal a Bad Birth
  • There are also online forums for women who have Lichen Sclerosus and I believe they have a birth category so women can go online and read others’ experiences giving birth with the skin condition. This is a good site for info in LS
  • The app, BWOM was the pelvic floor health app that helped me so much with prolapse/leakage. It’s a great resource, especially if people don’t have coverage or access to a pelvic floor physiotherapist.

Local Resources to Canada

  • In Alberta, we have the Alberta Health Link which can be reached by dialing 811 and you reach a Registered Nurse who’s able to help with medical info/direct you to the next step to get medical help.
  • In Calgary, we have The Alex Community Health Centre which is where our breastfeeding clinic was. It’s only accessible via referral but the nurses who do home visits can put in the referral so if anyone is having struggles with nursing they can ask their home visit nurse to refer them and they should get in right away.
  • The Perinatal Mental Health Program here in Alberta is great too and offers 12 free sessions with a licensed birth therapist and is available upon referral as well.

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!