Redemptive Birth Story with Lauren Hartmann

Redemptive Birth Story with Lauren Hartmann

Difficult Pregnancy, Redemptive Birth


Lauren Hartmann shared her daughter’s birth center birth and her son’s homebirth on Episode 11 of The Birth Hour. Her son Clive’s birth was 19 hours long with 4 hours of pushing and he weighed over 10.5 pounds with a 15 inch head! After Clive’s birth Lauren felt defeated and didn’t have that same sense of empowerment that she did after her first birth. When she found out she was expecting baby number three, she knew that giving birth at home no longer felt right to her after what she had been through with Clive’s birth. She explored possibly giving birth at a hospital but didn’t appreciate the model of care there so she ended up going back to the birth center where she had had such a beautiful birth with her daughter, Fern.

Despite a very stressful pregnancy where she and her husband were informed half way through that their daughter had some soft markers for Downs Syndrome, Lauren made it to her due date and was ready to meet their baby girl. She tells this third birth story as being redemptive in so many ways and restoring her beliefs about birth.

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You can connect with Lauren on her blog, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

Resource Links

HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method

The Business of Being Born

 

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Earth Mama Angel Baby Breastfeeding Products

Milkmaid Tea

Booby Tubes

Empowering Water Birth Story

Waterbirth in Austin, TX

In today’s birth story episode Cassie Walek shares the story of her daughter’s water birth which was an empowering experience that has left her wanting to pursue a career working with pregnant and new mothers

Cassie Walek Bio

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Cassie is a work at home mom, and who lives in Austin Texas with her  husband, Jake, and their daughter, Evelyn. She loves to read, craft, cook, and binge watch netflix. She’s a breastfeeding and natural birth advocate, and she hopes to one day pursue a career in the birth world. She feels blessed that she had an amazing water birth that left her feeling incredibly empowered and she is so thankful for the experience. You can connect with her on Instagram @cassiewalek.

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 Birth and Breastfeeding Resources:

Gentle Birth Choices” by Barbara Harper
The Business of Being Born
Breastfeeding Made Simple” by Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tacket
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
Ina May Gaskin’s books
Centering Pregnancy group

Giving Birth at Home in Australia

Giving Birth at Home in Australia

Planning a Homebirth in Australia

In this episode Cassandra Casillas-Smith tells the her birth story of having a homebirth in Australia. She describes the midwifery model of care and her experience as an expat in Australia of planning for and going into labor and ultimately giving birth at home. If you want to hear another set of birth stories that took place in Australia, listen to Shalome Doran’s episodes which also feature a homebirth in Australia and one of her experiences was even an orgasmic birth.

An Expat Preparing for Childbirth in Australia

Cassandra Casillas-Smith lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Ben, baby girl Ruby and little pup Winston. She grew up in a small town outside Dallas, TX and went to college in Austin, TX. After college she joined the Peace Corps and received a placement in Mongolia. It was in Mongolia where she met her husband, Ben. He went to Mongolia with the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Programme and worked at the United Nations Development Programme.

After Mongolia they did some traveling and Cassandra returned to the Peace Corps to serve a 6 month placement in Suriname, South America. After Suriname she and Ben decided to move to Perth, Australia because that’s where the jobs were. They spent 2 lovely years in Western Australia before moving to Victoria so her husband could attend the Masters Programme at The University of Melbourne. Cassandra was 6 months pregnant when they packed up the car and their pup and drove across Australia from Perth to Melbourne in the heat of summer. Just to give you some perspective, that’s pretty much the equivalent of moving from California to Florida! They are now settled in Melbourne and Cassandra is officially an Australian Resident.

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Birth Resources in Australia

Sarah Buckley – Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

Ten Moons Personal Midwifery Care
Prenatal Acupuncture

Hypnobirthing

http://hypnobirthingaustralia.com.au
http://www.pathtobirth.com.au

The Big Stretch

Ina May’s Ted Talk

 

45 and Pregnant a Home Birth Story with Liz Angeles

45 and Pregnant a Home Birth Story with Liz Angeles

Liz Angeles’s Home Birth Story

Liz Angeles is a massage therapist, aspiring wellness coach and the published author of 45 and Pregnant: How I Conceived & Delivered Naturally and today she is sharing her unexpected journey of becoming a mom at age 45 and her decision to have a peaceful water birth at home.

Liz Angeles is extremely passionate about wellness and health. She is a 27-year veteran in Massage Therapy and is currently working to expand her practice into Wellness Coaching. She is working to learn and teaching the MELT Method by helping her clients and followers self-soothe, relieve pain and stress and promote longevity and happiness.

 

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Resource Links

The Business of Being Born

More Business of Being Born

Pregnant in America

Orgasmic Birth

NoseFrida Snotsucker

Three Birth Stories: Bradley Method, Epidural and Waterbirth with Miranda Anderson

Three Birth Stories: Bradley Method, Epidural and Waterbirth with Miranda Anderson

Miranda Anderson is a wife and mom of three living in Austin, Texas. She is also a seamstress, compulsive DIY-er, believer, and adventurer, who shares stories and tips for living a simple, creative life on her blog One Little Minute. She also teaches local craft and sewing workshops in Austin. In what feels like a former life, Miranda graduated with a degree in nursing and worked several years as a nurse diabetes educator. She loves her family, food, and the next project, whatever it may be.

Three Birth Stories

Miranda Anderson shares her three birth stories and how they are similar yet different. She pinpoints the emotional wellbeing and attitude during her pregnancies as being of great influence to how her birth stories turned out. She had a hospital birth with epidural, as well as a birth center waterbirth.

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Resource Links

Husband-Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth

Water Birth Story with Vanessa Merten

Water Birth Story with Vanessa Merten

Vanessa Merten’s Birth Center Water Birth

Today’s birth story episode is with Vanessa Merten of Pregnancy Podcast. Vanessa was planning a birth center birth and wanted to labor at home for as long possible so when she finally got to the birth center she was already 10 centimeters dilated. But the birth wasn’t quite over yet as she pushed and pushed and pushed for much longer than expected. Listen to her tell her story in her own words!

You can connect with Vanessa on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and google+.

 

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Resource Links

The Business of Being Born

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

More information about perineum healing granulated tissue after childbirth.

“Sometimes some scar tissue persists and can cause increased blood stained discharge and pain on touching or when attempting intercourse.  This fleshy bit of scar tissue which is characteristically bright red is called Granulation Tissue.  It is easily treated, usually in a clinic, by twisting it off and touching the base with a little stick of silver nitrate.  This stick looks like a matchstick and it cauterises the area and encourages rapid healing.”