Four Preemie Baby Birth Stories & NICU Stays

Julie Martin Bio

Julie Martin is a wife and homeschooling mother of 4 precious babies. Her first baby was born ten years ago, very unexpectedly, at 30 weeks by c-section; and, he spent two months in the NICU. Despite trying all the natural remedies and labor stalling methods, each subsequent baby was also born prematurely (33,33, and 32 weeks) by c-section, and each spent a month in the NICU as well. Never imagining being a c-section or NICU mommy, Julie has a heart to encourage women who have had birth experiences that just don’t turn out like they anticipate.

Resources

Get help at the NICU with breastfeeding. Here’s a little audio clip of advice from Julie on how she did that!
Preemies – Second Edition: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies

Ruby Love Baby

The Ruby Love Baby Book is a modern twist on the classic baby memory book. Designed by a mom looking for something relevant and current, but also something timeless and precious that would be a handwritten heirloom that would grow with her child, the Ruby Love Baby Book will help you do just that and document your pregnancy through the first year of your baby’s life and beyond. With additional pages such as NICU pages, adoption pages, holiday pages and the Ruby Love School Years Book, you can be sure to remember all of the little things that you never want to forget. Use code BIRTHHOUR15 for 15% off your purchase.

Ruby Love Baby is also on Etsy and the coupon code works there as well!

Fast Unmedicated Hospital Birth & Low Platelets

Precipitous Labor in Hospital Setting

Katie had a very fast, unmedicated (due to time and low-platelets) hospital birth with an OB. She had the support of her mother and her husband. Though she prepared for labor with classes at a birth center, there was never a chance to use the techniques in the three hours she labored.
 low platelets birth story

Katie Scheid Bio

Katie lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband Jean-Marie, 16 month old daughter Lara, and corgi, Finn. Though she has found her true passion as a stay-at-home mom she still works as a freelance illustrator at night and in the wee hours of the morning. Connect with her at katiescheid.com.

Dad Birth Story Series of The Birth Hour

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Resources

Birth classes

Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May

The One Bad Mother and their private Facebook group for support, particularly the (not officially affiliated) spin-off group: One Bad Boob

The one parenting book Katie read: Bringing Up Bebe

Sponsored by WavHello

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Three Beautiful Hospital Births & Mammary Hypoplasia

Three hospital birth stories and breastfeeding struggles

Sarah Daggett planned an unmedicated hospital birth for her first child, for which she prepared by finding an OB who is supportive of unmedicated births and by hiring an amazing doula. These two kindred spirits, along with Sarah’s husband, Matt, helped Sarah to execute an amazing and empowering delivery with just 8 hours of active labor. A week after her son arrived Sarah made the devastating discovery that he wasn’t gaining weight due to her extremely low milk supply. Meetings with several lactation consultants and her OB led to a diagnosis of mammary hypoplasia, a condition where the glandular tissue required to breastfeed does not develop normally during adolescence. Unfortunately, mammary hypoplasia makes exclusive breastfeeding difficult to impossible.

When Sarah found out she was expecting baby number two, she immediately alerted her dream team and planned for a second unmedicated birth with the same wonderful people. Her daughter arrived on her due date, this time after just 4 hours of active labor. Despite a wonderful delivery and a perfect baby, Sarah was frustrated to discover that she was still unable to exclusively breastfeed even for individual feedings.

Four years later, Sarah and Matt were again planning for a new baby and were so thankful that their MVPs were still on board. Baby number three, another daughter, rushed into the world a week early and was born only an hour after they arrived at the hospital in an unplanned water birth with just 2 minutes of pushing.

In this episode Sarah relates all three of her birth stories and talks about her breastfeeding struggles with all three babies.

sarah daggett birth story

Sarah Daggett

Sarah Daggett is a data scientist and research engineer who lives just outside of Boston, MA, with her husband, Matt, their three kids, and two very patient cats. She is originally from the southeast coast of Virginia and earned a B.S. in chemical engineering at Virginia Tech. She and Matt relocated to Boston in 2005 to pursue jobs at MIT and fell in love with New England, where they have decided to stay. When not working at a small technology startup or enjoying maternity leave with her adorable babies, Sarah loves sewing, cooking, reading and watching competence porn. You can find her on Instagram @welcometoourmess.

Resources

The Birth Hour
New Mom Groups
Babywearing
Post About Breastfeeding Supply
Information about mammary hypoplasia
Jewish Family and Children’s Services support groups
Birth photography

Brentwood Home

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Rainbow Dad Tee

Check out the rainbow dad tee here. 

rainbow dad tee

 

Infertility Treatments, Preemie Twins & NICU Stay

After 3 IUI’s and on her 3rd round of IVF Jenica became pregnant! She will never forget the incredible happiness when the blood test came back positive! At 10 weeks, she found out she was having twins! Along with pregnancy came morning sickness, discomfort, cankles, and long nights! But gratitude overwhelmed every emotion for Jenica as her dream of becoming a mother had finally become a reality. Her boy and girl twins had to be delivered at 32 weeks because of Preeclampsia! Harris came first and then Goldie! Her first weeks as a mother included her and her husband Tyler visiting their sweet little ones in the NICU every day. After 5 weeks in the NICU the family of four was able to all go home together! Learn more about her journey here and you can connect with her on Instagram.

Jenica Parcell Bio

Jenica Parcell started her blog titled, “A Slice of Style” in 2014. She wanted to share the best deals on the nicest things for a slice of the price. After struggling with infertility for several years, her blog evolved and she shared her struggle to grow her family by documenting each needle, doctor’s visit and wish for her future child during her 3rd round of IVF. That “child” turned into “children”! Her twins Harris and Goldie were born after 3 IUI’s and 3 rounds of IVF. She now shares tidbits about her life as a mama to twins along with deals, fashion, and lifestyle!

ivf twins

Resources

Fertility IQ
Taking Charge of Your Fertility 
Fertility Supplements

Theralogix

This episode is sponsored by Theralogix, makers of the TheraNatal line of nutritional supplements. TheraNatal supplements are specifically formulated to meet a woman’s unique nutrient needs before, during, and after pregnancy. All TheraNatal vitamins are dye-free, gluten-free, and cost less than the typical insurance co-pay. Use this link to get a discount of approximately 15% off your purchase and enter our $250 giveaway below!

Double Rainbow Babies: Lesbian Couple Delivers 3 Days Apart

Same-sex couple Mariel and Viviana knew they always wanted a baby; so, a year into their marriage they began trying to conceive by the traditional route of IUI’s with frozen sperm via a sperm bank. After nearly a dozen failed tries, they switched gears to a known-donor and were quickly pregnant. Early on in Viviana’s pregnancy she began having complications, and on the same day of her anatomy scan at 20 weeks and 6 days, Viviana’s water bag prolapsed and broke. Tune in to hear the details of their devastating infant loss due to incompetent cervix and the redemption story of their boy/girl rainbow babies conceived within 7 days of each other and born only three days apart. Follow their journey on Instagram at @moderndaytwins.

Viviana Bio

I don’t have a hometown, but if I had to claim one, it would be Dallas, TX. I met Mariel in college at UNT and quickly fell in love. A few years into our dating, and after moving to Austin, she asked me to marry her; so, we had a ceremony in TX and made it legal in NYC when I was 29 and she was 22. I’ve always wanted to be a mother and never could have guessed the road to realizing it would be so hard. Now the Mama to my “modern day twins” and my little angel baby in heaven, I’m at peace. My loss and the birth world has been truly inspirational to me so I share as much as I can on social media and hope to give back somehow. Connect with me on Instagram at @vivianarchy.

gentle cesarean

Mariel Bio

I grew up in Brownsville, TX, which is on the Texas/Mexico border and never lived anywhere else until I left for college where I met Viviana and instantly fell in love. Up until meeting her, my life was pretty vanilla: I had a set goal, and was meeting every expectation my very traditional Mexican family set out for me. Then, all of a sudden, I threw all of that out of the window and started taking risks I’d never imagine were possible – I graduated college in three years and moved to the most expensive city in Texas without a job just so I could finally live passionately. It’s been a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs, but despite the uncertainties, we’ve always managed to land on our feet and have been blessed beyond measure. I love to tell our story to anybody that will listen so that people see that there is hope so long as you don’t give up and are willing to take as many detours as life throws your way. Connect with me on Instagram at @cafesitamami.

Sarah Wells Bags


This episode is sponsored by Sarah Wells Bags. With thoughtful functionality and chic styling, Sarah Wells offers breast pump bags and accessories to help you reach your breastfeeding goals. An all-in-one bag for your breast pump, pumping accessories, laptop, phone and more, Sarah Wells Bags also transition to a diaper bag or purse when you’re done pumping. See the full collection, including the Pumparoo—a wet/dry bag and staging mat for pump parts at sarahwellsbags.com.

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Pregnancy After Painful Endometriosis & Unmedicated Hospital Birth Story

Getting Pregnant after Endometriosis

Lida battled chronic pain throughout her teens and twenties, and underwent laparoscopic surgery at age 24 to remove adhesions caused by endometriosis. In order to inhibit the disease’s progression and to preserve her fertility, Lida took continuous hormonal birth control until she and her husband were ready to begin trying to conceive. The endometriosis started to return immediately, but with the help of a minor fertility intervention, Lida was able to conceive after only seven months.

Unmedicated Hospital Birth with Midwives

Once her pregnancy was deemed healthy and low-risk, Lida opted to leave her OB-GYN for the care of midwives within the same hospital-based practice, and she committed to an un-medicated birth. After years of working to achieve a healthy reproductive system with the expert and faithful aid of medical intervention and surgeons, Lida approached pregnancy and birth as a process that doesn’t necessarily require either. Despite an end-of-pregnancy preeclampsia scare and prodromal labor, Lida was able to have a healthy birth without intervention. She credits having battled a disease with readying her for childbirth; not merely because pain prepared her for pain, but because over the years she has learned how to balance asserting her personal agency with releasing control and fear. Lida of course believes that chronic illness isn’t the only vehicle for learning this lesson, and she wishes for all mamas their own version of their best births!

endometriosis getting pregnant

Lida Sunderland Bio

Lida lives with her husband, Mark, their infant son, Rocky, and two fat cats in Washington, DC. Together they love to explore both the city and its greener surrounds. Lida is an art therapist and art educator. She has years of experience promoting mental health in schools, but also works with a broader variety of clientele through private practice. You can learn more about her work at www.lidasunderland.com

Resources

As an art therapist, Lida is a champion of new mamas and mamas-to-be taking charge of their mental health. Although a sleepless night before recording and the gooey-sweet feeling that overcame her while talking about the birth of her son resulted in her failure to mention it, Lida feels deeply indebted to two important resources for her post-partum mental health: a subsidized psychiatric clinic focused on pregnancy and post-partum, and a support group for new moms run by mental health educators. She encourages all to look into similar resources in their communities during their pregnancy journeys.

Expecting Better
Bradley Method
Ina May Gaskin’s Books

Aeroflow Breastpumps

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