A Pregnancy Story that Starts At 33 Weeks Pregnant
Today’s birth story is a rebroadcast of an early favorite. Our guest is Phoua Moua, who didn’t know she was pregnant until she was 33 weeks along.
You will love hearing Phoua tell this story in her own words!! You can read more here as well.
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A Journey of Infertility, Pregnancy and Birth as a Type 1 Diabetic
Kate is a 35 year old Type 1 Diabetic, diagnosed at the age of 25. She’s insulin dependent, and uses a medtronic insulin pump and glucose sensor to manage her blood glucose. She was categorized with unexplained infertility and after 5 years of trying conceived a baby through IVF (she was only able to transfer one embryo at a time to prevent the risk of carrying more than one baby as a Type 1 Diabetic), their third (and last) embryo took, and she now has a 5 week old son, Elliott Louis. It was a rough ride to manage her blood glucose, but with a great support team, medicine, and diet she was able to keep tight control of her health and the baby’s. Elliott weighed in at 9lbs. 7.2oz (Kate is 5’1″ and 110 lbs) and was delivered through c-section after numerous failed attempts of induction. You can connect with Kate on Facebook, Instagram @katealana or Twitter @katetaseff.
Resources for Type 1 Diabetes and Pregnancy
Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-Existing Diabetes
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A Surrogacy Journey
When Tiffany’s sister-in-law had to have a hysterectomy after a postpartum hemorrhage with her first birth, Tiffany almost immediately offered to be their surrogate for a future child. After some time passed and lots of planning and discussion, they decided to go down the path of surrogacy with Tiffany carrying her brother and sister-in-laws next child. It turned out to be two babies instead of one and soon Tiffany was pregnant with their twin boys! In this episode Tiffany talks about the process of planning for this pregnancy, actually getting pregnant and finally giving birth to her brother’s babies! It’s a story of unconditional love and such a great listen!
Tiffany Burke Bio
Tiffany Burke is a full time photographer, and a mother of two boys, Holland who is 11 years old and Blakey who is 7 years old. She is married to her husband Sean, who works in the film industry. They live in Tacoma, Washington. Read more about her story on her Surrogacy Blog or connect with Tiffany on Instagram and Facebook.
Surrogacy Website Recommended by Tiffany
Successful Surrogacy: An Intended Parents’ Guide to a Rewarding Relationship With Their Surrogate Mother
Surrogacy Was the Way: Twenty Intended Mothers Tell Their Stories
The Very Kind Koala: A Surrogacy Story for Children
BabyMoon Retreat – October 25-30, 2016
The Babymoon Retreat exists to bring joy and adventure back to preparing for baby. In this 5-day retreat, expecting couples get their last big hurrah together before baby arrives while also completing comprehensive preparation classes for birth, breastfeeding and baby care. Each day is balanced between classroom time as a group and unstructured evenings for couples to explore and enjoy Enchantment Resort on their own. It’s two birds with one very fabulous stone.
BabyMoon Retreat Giveaway
One VERY LUCKY listener of The Birth Hour will win the full BabyMoon Retreat package valued at $4990—enter the giveaway here before Sept. 5! There is also a special offer code for anyone interested in signing up for the retreat use code: birthhour to get $1000 off the price of the entire retreat! Hope to see some of you in Sedona!
The Journey of A Gestational Carrier Birth with Sarah Tuttle & Kara Ford
Today’s birth story podcast episode features Sarah Tuttle and her gestational carrier, turned great friend, Kara Ford. I had the chance to interview both of them and hear the story of how they found one another, how they made the decision to have Kara carry Sarah’s babies and the birth of Sarah and her husband, Chris’ sweet twin girls.
Sarah Tuttle Bio
After multiple methods and attempts at getting pregnant the best diagnosis doctors could give Sarah was “unexplained infertility.” While her infertility journey has been incredibly frustrating, especially being unexplained, Sarah never gave up her dream of becoming a mom. And after almost 9 years of infertility, a miracle happened; her and her husband were blessed with two beautiful twin baby girls through the amazing gift of a gestational carrier. Because of Kara (Sarah’s gestational carrier), Sarah’s dream of becoming a mom finally came true, and she will forever be grateful for this incredible gift.
The girls are now almost 8 months old and are so much fun! They keep Sarah very busy, not to mention her part time job. Sarah has worked for Dressing Your Truth for almost 10 years where she is a wardrobe stylist, and passionate teacher, helping women rediscover and embrace their true beauty. You can read more about Sarah’s journey to and through motherhood on her blog or on Instagram.
Kara Ford’s Bio
Kara Ford decided to become a gestational carrier because she was so blessed to be able to have children of her own and the love she has for her own children is so immense. She wanted that for everyone! She knew that there were women who were not able to carry a child for whatever reason and had so much compassion for them and wanted to be able to help them in any way she could. Kara felt that carrying a baby for someone was a way that she could show her love for those who have struggled. She met Sarah and knew immediately that she was somebody that was so deserving of being a mother and knew that she was to be the vessel that helped get her little twin girls here. She knows that she and Sarah will forever have a sacred bond.
Marissa Lawton’s Birth Story
Today’s birth story episode features Marissa Lawton who discusses getting pregnant with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and dealing with fertility treatments. Marissa is a military spouse and discusses the experience she had giving birth at a military hospital. She experienced vast differences between the day and night shift of doctors and nurses and was in labor for over 30 hours.
Marissa also discusses the anxiety she dealt with about infertility, about whether a fertilized egg would be viable, how many babies she would carry and whether her baby would be healthy throughout her pregnancy.
She also explains that her anxiety also caused her to make birth choices she probably wouldn’t have otherwise. For instance, she wanted a natural birth, and did deliver vaginally, but was induced (41 and 5) with pitocin and ended up having an epidural after feeling unsupported by some of the hospital staff. Marissa also dealt with a strong nesting instinct that manifested almost like OCD.
She was apply to rely on prenatal yoga to help with anxiety and practiced it all throughout her pregnancy and wishes she could have listened to her yoga training during labor including bodywork over what the doctors were saying that didn’t feel right.
Pregnancy after PCOS
PCOS is becoming a more common endocrine system disorder among women of childbearing age. Women suffering from PCOS experience symptoms such as having enlarged ovaries that have small collections of fluid (follicle) which can be seen during an ultrasound.
Women can experience loss of menstrual periods or extra long periods. Other side effects of PCOS include acne, excess hair growth, and weight gain. Infrequent or no menstruation is usually one of the first signs used to diagnose PCOS in teenage girls.
The exact cause of PCOS isn’t clear but early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the risk of long-term complications. I’ve recently learned about a diet plan that has proven to help with PCOS called FLO living. You can read more about that here.
Marissa Lawton Bio
Marissa Lawton helps female entrepreneurs who are new moms balance the demands of being woman, wife, mom, and ladyboss so they can live a full, empowered, and integrated life. You can find her at www.risslawton.com.
A Pregnancy Story that Starts At 33 Weeks Pregnant
Today’s birth story guest is Phoua Moua who didn’t know she was pregnant until she was 33 weeks along. She and her husband have been married for 8 years and had been trying to conceive for 5 years. Phoua had put getting pregnant towards the back of her mind and didn’t realize she was pregnant until she took a test after noticing a linea negra. She called her doctor and they asked her to come in and draw some blood. The day after she went in for blood work, they called and told her she was pregnant and was about 6 weeks pregnant. The doctor then scheduled the first ultrasound for when she was “9 weeks”. Even though she called the clinic back and told them she thought she was further than 6 weeks, they insisted she wait another 3 weeks to come in.
The day finally came and she and her husband went to her ultrasound on May 15, 2014 where they were told she was already 33 weeks! Her baby was due the end of June which was the very next month!!!
The next morning she had contractions, which she thought were Braxton hicks. She called the nurse hotline and they insisted she go in to the hospital. She went in at 7:30am and was told she had a rupture. Around 12 noon she was dilated to 6cm and at 2:30pm she delivered what she refers to as her miracle baby, baby Jeremiah at 4 lbs 8oz 19 inches.
You absolutely have to hear Phoua tell this story in her own words!!