IVF, Loss, and Induction Birth Story + NICU Stay

Infertility, Pregnancy Loss + High Blood Pressure Induction Birth Story

Chelsea and Clayton began trying to conceive in early 2014, before undergoing 2 rounds of IVF in 2015 that resulted in two pregnancy losses including their first son, Colt, who passed at 16 weeks gestation. Upon return from a belated honeymoon, they were delighted to find out they were pregnant without any medical intervention. Chelsea wished to give birth at a local Birth Center, but her plans changed due to high blood pressure. She was induced at 37 weeks and had an epidural-free labor and birth at a local hospital attended by her midwife and doula. Following a 10-day NICU stay, Chelsea and Clayton’s son was finally welcomed home.

Chelsea Johnson Bio

Chelsea is a new mom to her son Connor. She is the wife of Clayton, a nurse from a small town in Wisconsin. They currently reside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with their son, two cats and one ornery beagle. Together, they have navigated the messy journey that is infertility and pregnancy loss before welcoming their son. They spend their days Netflix-binging The Office and watching hockey when they aren’t busy enjoying being new parents. You can read more about their journey on Chelsea’s blog at lovenfertility.wordpress.com. Connect with her on Facebook or Instagram @chelsearenee31

Babylist

Listen to me chat with Amanda about today’s sponsor, BabyList, at the end of today’s episode and check out my sample registry for some of my favorite items for pregnancy and postpartum!

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!

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!

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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!

Surprise Pregnancy at 33 Weeks Birth Story

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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.

Earth Mama Angel Baby

Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Spray

Earth Mama Angel Baby Milkmaid Tea

Earth Mama Angel Baby Morning Wellness Tea

Birth Center followed by NICU Stay

Jenn shares the story of her daughter’s birth which took place at a birth center in Montana. Her baby actually arrived within minutes of getting to the birth center. When she came out the cord was wrapped around her twice and she needed attention, an ambulance was called and she spent 9 days in the NICU. It was a very intense experience and there were a lot of unknowns but Rosemary is a very healthy one year old today! Jenn wanted to share her story to encourage other women who are walking the path of a NICU mom.

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Jenn Mehmke Bio

Jenn Moore Mehmke is a mother, writer and coach focused on mindful living with every breath. She is inspired by her children; parenting them reminds her that beauty exists everywhere—and that every challenge is an opportunity to deepen self-awareness and grow. Her company Breathe Peace nurtures and inspires peace and beauty through mindful living…breath by breath. Jenn’s passion is writing—Connect with her on FacebookTwitter and follow her blog. Her articles have been published on The Tattooed Buddha and elephant journal.

Birth Resources

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

Spiritual Midwifery

Preventing Early Labor from 28 Weeks

April Brooks was hospitalized for over a month after going into early labor at just 28 weeks gestation. In this episode, April discusses life living in a hospital for two months with over a month of that being on bed rest. She also shares her son’s birth story who was born at 34 weeks and spent 16 days in the NICU. Her son Aemon is now a healthy, happy one year old!

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April shares her reasons for coming on the podcast: “As a first time mom in a stressful situation with premature labour, I really do understand how hard it is to get through while keeping positive. I really hope my story can help other woman who are going through the same or a like experience. I think it would have helped me to know that I wasn’t completely alone; In those couple months I felt incredibly alone and unclear about what my job was as a mom “Am I making the right choices?” “Am I the only one who has had to go through this?” I want mothers to know that they are NOT alone and there is always someone you can talk to. My province here in Canada has a preemie group on Facebook where moms can all talk about their struggles, stories and accomplishments. I suggest looking into that to see if there is one near you! I have a Blog which I have recently started up which also talks about life after, during and before birth.”

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