Elise Kirkpatrick’s Two Birth Stories
Today’s birth stories feature Elise sharing her birth center and homebirth experiences. Her first birth at the birth center, although empowering, was not what she was expecting. With her son she carefully planned for and had what she describes as a sacred birth experience. She also shares her experience having a blessingway in lieu of a baby shower. You can read more about that in this post she wrote about the blessingway.
Gypsy mama Elise and her tiny tribe currently call the islands of Hawai’i home, although they are travel junkies most of the year. Elise whole heartedly believes in natural birth, gentle-playful parenting, and living life to the fullest!
Birth Story and Homebirth Video
She is passionate about sharing her experiences birthing her two babes, which she believes inspires the way she now lives her life. Everything in life comes back to the breath. You can find Elise on her blog, Salt Water Diary and watch Taj’s birth story film. You can connect with Elise on Instagram.
Birthing from Within
Healing from Birth Trauma
Today’s guest is Kacey Nelkin Pedersen who is a mother to two boys. After her first birth resulted in an unplanned c-section, Kacey felt that so much was missing from her birth experience. It wasn’t until she found out that she was expecting again that she realized just how traumatic that experience was and how badly she wanted to have a vaginal birth the second time, if possible.
VBAC Birth Story
Kacey and her husband went on an educational and eye-opening journey toward eventually having a highly transformative, drug-free VBAC experience. Kacey and her husband, Adam, live in Lincoln, NE raising their two beautiful boys. Kacey’s story is really amazing to hear, she is now such an informed advocate for positive and informed birth experiences.
International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN)
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin
Bailey Gaddis’s Hypnobirthing Hospital Birth
Bailey is a mother, writer, Certified Hypnotherapist, HypnoBirthing Practitioner, Birth Doula, and Amateur Smoothie Chef. She enjoys digging in the dirt with her son and attempting to capture his 2-year-old wisdom in written word. She’s currently working on a book Feng Shui Mommy: A Holistic Guide to Staying Balanced Before, During, and After Childbirth. You can find Bailey at Your Serene Life, on her blog Feng Shui Mommy, and @FengShuiMommy on Facebook and Twitter.
Bailey’s birth took place in a hospital and she prepared for the birth with Hypnobirthing. She ended up uses the same visualization throughout the entire birth and sitting completely still and cross legged in the hospital bed which really surprised her since she’d imagined she’d be moving around a lot during labor.
Hypnobirthing vs Hyonobabies
Bailey is a hypnobirthing instructor and shared a little bit more about the main differences between hypnobabies and hypnobirthing.
What is the difference between HypnoBirthing and Hypnobabies?
This is a common question I’m asked by many clients, and one that I answer to the best of my ability. HypnoBirthing is the childbirth preparation method that has worked wonderfully for me both personally and professionally, and is the method I’m most familiar with. I’ve also heard positive thoughts about the Hypnobabies program, which to the best of my knowledge, was primarily a home study program until recently.
Hypnobabies was started by a past HypnoBirthing practitioner who wanted to create a program that best suited what she saw a need for in the lives of her clients. HypnoBirthing has been evolving for over 25 years to meet the needs of families who desire an empowered, calm, and comfortable birthing experience. Both modalities rely heavily on hypnosis and guided meditation. In addition, clients learn about the common phases of birth, breathing techniques, relaxation strategies, visualization, meditative practices, nutrition, and birth positioning. Each modality has different emphasis in various areas, but the pith of each is helping families achieve healthy and happy births.
It is my opinion that each family should do research on every childbirth preparation method that interests them, and choose the program that intuitively feels right to them.
Birth As We Know It
What Babies Want
Every Mother Counts
Empowering & Peaceful – Three Births with Melissa Emler
Melissa Emler is a mom to three kids, Cooper, Addilyn and Conner and lives in Wisconsin where she works in education. She connects schools with the best and most useful tools available to them in the 21st century! Melissa also has a podcast called On the Vender Floor where she connects educators and entrepreneurs in conversations that positively impact learning.
Melissa’s children were born in Iowa under the care of midwives but in a hospital setting. In Iowa all midwives who are legally practicing are Certified Nurse Midwives and many of them are providing care within a hospital setting. The hospital that Melissa gave birth at was set up more like a birth center than the typical hospital image that you may have in your head. It had a large tub as well as other comfort measures that aided her with finding more natural methods of coping with labor than typical hospital pain medications.
Melissa also practiced Hypnobirthing which really made a big difference with her births and kept her from even considering asking for an epidural.
A Doula Shares Her 3 Births – Joyce Dykema
In this episode, Joyce tells all three of her birth stories which included a hospital birth using hypnobirthing and a birthing tub. Joyce had three natural births that share some similarities, but which were also surprisingly different. As a doula, Joyce offers a helpful, informative perspective on birth and doesn’t hold anything back!
Joyce thought she wanted to be a veterinarian or an animal behavior research scientist, but is now a housewife with a MS in biology, a homeschooling mom of three, and a birth doula, and loving it! Joyce is certified by DONA International, a Hypnobabies(r) trained Hypno-Doula, and is a co-leader with her local chapter of ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) in Lincoln, NE.
International Cesarean Awareness Network
ACOG – The American Congress of Obstetricians
Red Tent Birth – Leah Outten
In this episode, Leah shares the story of her fifth birth, which took place at a birth center surrounded by supportive women. The Red Tent was a hideaway that women in ancient Christian culture retreated to during their periods or to give birth. In these tents, it is said that women shared secrets and traditions of womanhood and motherhood, and cared for each other during times of need. Leah’s midwife named Leah’s recent birth a “Red Tent Birth” and you will soon find out why.
Leah Outten is a mom to four and proud birthmother to one in an open adoption. When she isn’t tackling mountains of laundry or trying to keep up with a ninja 2 year old, she can be found practicing what fills her up outside of motherhood: writing. You can find more from Leah at her blog, The Grace Bond, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Hypnobabies tracks make for great naps and breathing practice!
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth book
Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake
The Business of Being Born documentary