Emergency Cesarean Birth & Getting Pregnant with Ava Bracelet

Cesarean Birth Story

The birth of Hailey’s daughter did not go according to plan. After 14 hours in labor, she was told her baby was in distress and she would need an emergency C-section. Needless to say, her carefully laid plan fell quickly by the wayside. After this experience, she feels that no matter how much you read and how many stories you hear from fellow mamas, nothing can prepare you for your own birth story. Hailey also shares her experience using the Ava Bracelet to get pregnant.

Hailey Walker Bio

Hailey is a 29-year-old Houston, Texas native. She graduated from the University of Houston and served as Marketing Manager for a commercial real estate company before the birth of her daughter, Hudson, this past summer. After a miscarriage in 2017, it quickly became apparent to Hailey that although she was not alone, many women felt compelled to grieve for their unborn children in silence. Hailey has since felt a calling to share her story of loss in hopes that it might provide comfort and hope for a heartbroken mother. In her spare time, Hailey loves to cook, shop, and travel back to Houston to spend time with family and friends. She lives in Denver, CO with her husband, daughter and two Labradors.

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Hospital VBAC Birth Story

Elizabeth Quinn is married to Percy and they are raising their four children in Jackson, Mississippi. Elizabeth Quinn returns to The Birth Hour to share her most recent birth story with her son, Sims. Elizabeth had two cesareans and then a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and is really involved in the birth community in Jackson. She is super passionate about being educated about birth and helping women who have had c sections to know their options.

In this episode she mentions:
Spinning Babies Daily Essentials Dvd
The Miles Circuit

using rebozo in hospital

Here’s a link to the original episode:

Birth Resources

You can check out a long list of resources (many specifically helpful for VBAC) from Elizabeth on her original birth story page.

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An Emotional Birth Journey to VBA2C

A VBA2C Birth Story – Elizabeth Quinn

Elizabeth Quinn is married to Percy and they are raising three girls in Jackson, Mississippi. Her daughters are Chesley Cox, 6 years old, Anderson Lillian ‘Anders’ 4 years old, and Adella Calhoon 22 months old.

In almost seven years of motherhood she’s gone from the totally oblivious first time mom, focused on the nursery and stroller and clueless about all things birth related to a certifiable birth junkie. The journey from unwanted, unplanned, unnecessary cesarean section to incredible VBA2C (vaginal birth after two cesareans) has given her a passion for birth education and vbac support.

She’s now a co-leader of her local ICAN chapter, coordinator of the Jackson, MS Improving Birth Rally, and administrator of a Facebook group that advocates for evidence based practices in maternity care called Birth Circle.

Elizabeth did her fair share of research and preparation for her VBAC and has since been connected with even more amazing birth resources so you’ll definitely want to check out her resource list. 

You can listen to Elizabeth’s fourth birth story (another VBAC) with her first BOY after three girls here And here are links to our original parts 1 and 2 broadcasts:


Resource Links

International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN)

ICAN of Jackson, Ms Facebook page and blog

Improving Birth

Evidence Based Birth

VBAC Facts

The VBAC Project

Trial of Labor


Birth Without Fear

Mama Birth


Birth Boot Camp


‘Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth’ by Ina May Gaskin

‘Cut, Stapled, Mended: When one woman reclaimed her body and gave birth on her own terms.’ by Roanna Rosewood

‘The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth’ by Henci Goer

‘Birthing Normally after a Cesarean or Two’ by Helene Vadeboncoeur


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Triplets Birth Story with Postpartum Hemorrhage

Triplets Birth Story with Postpartum Hemorrhage

Desiree delivered her triplets at 34 weeks 1 day, her goal date. Her babies were all about 5 pounds each. Unfortunately, Desiree had some complications after her delivery. She hemorrhaged and needed blood transfusions. Her delivery was certainly not what she anticipated, but she is thankful she and her babies were safe.

Desiree Fortin Bio

Desiree is a Mom of almost 3 year old triplets. She is a Mommy Blogger and loves to share all things Motherhood, the good and the hard. On her blog she shares her infertility struggles, triplet pregnancy and delivery, and is incredibly vulnerable in sharing her postpartum depression and anxiety journey. Connect with her at theperfectmomblog.com or on Instagram @thefortintrio.

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Earth Mama Organics

Today’s episode is sponsored by Earth Mama Organics. From the positive test to the big push, from the first latch to the thousandth diaper, Earth Mama makes effective organic and natural herbal products for the whole journey of motherhood including pregnancy, postpartum, breastfeeding, and baby care. They’ve been safely nurturing mamas this way since 2002 — and they wouldn’t do it any other way. At the end of today’s episode I’ll talk to Natalie about why she loves Earth mama products. Here is the Periodic Tea recipe I mentioned in today’s episode!

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Getting Pregnant with IUI, PROM, Surprise Breech Cesarean Birth

Getting pregnant via IUI and how a very rare neuromuscular condition affected pregnancy

Ali got pregnant super quickly via IUI and had a normal pregnancy, except for a very rare neuromuscular condition, which she had prior, that ended up affecting her very negatively. Her first instinct was a home birth, but a few months into her pregnancy it was recommended that she assemble a small team of specialists and birth at a teaching hospital in Tampa, FL. In this time, her wife Hayley also became pregnant! Their due dates were 5 months apart.

PROM, Induction and Frustrations with Hospital Staff

Ali was 38.5 weeks when her water broke with a slow leak and she was admitted to the hospital with no contractions. After being checked at 1 cm and waiting in triage for over 6 hours, she was advanced into the birth and delivery room where she was administered Cytotec, an oral inducer. Her contractions started that evening after a second, double dose, and quickly intensified to over a minute long, coming every minute. She was with her adoring wife and had the help of a doula, Laura. Because of her neuromuscular disorder, there was total chaos surrounding her birth plan.

No one among her self-assembled medical team was accountable or there when they were needed. A midwife at the hospital gave her an excruciating vaginal check, 12 hours into contractions, and she remained at 1 cm. It was then she knew instinctually that something was wrong, and not just ‘first timer’ wrong. She told her doula and her wife that she wanted an ultrasound (she thought maybe the baby was in a strange position) because something felt off. The medical staff told Ali, Hayley, and Laura that they did not offer ultrasounds in active labor. They questioned this repeatedly, but no help came.

Surprise Breech Baby Delivered Via C Section

After pleading with the staff for an epidural to gain some rest and combat the intensity of the contractions, one was administered 6 hours after the request. Another vaginal check came by 8 pm, 24 hours into active labor, and Ali remained at 1 cm. During this exam, the midwife-on-call mentioned that “something doesn’t feel right.” It was in this moment Ali realized her baby was breech, and she would have a cesarean.

Otis Bear was born 2 hours later at 9:56 PM via cesarean section, 7 pounds even and entirely perfect. His heart rate remained stellar throughout the labor and birth. Ali’s wife, Hayley, tucked him into her tank top for skin to skin, while Ali was sewn up. The three met again in recovery and left the hospital 2 days later.

lesbian-moms give birth 5 months apart

Ali Kesner Bio

Ali lives with her wife, Hayley, and two sons, Otis and Bowie, in Florida. Otis is a little over 6 months and Bowie is 2 weeks old. Ali is a professional photographer, specializing in portrait work. She and her wife each carried, sharing the same donor. They live in their adorable Floridian cottage with two dogs, Brick and Amelia, and a chicken, Edie. Connect with her on Instagram at @creating_kesners or @kesner_creative.


Bradley Classes – These were really helpful, in working with my partner. When we signed up for the class, that is how we met my doula, Laura. She was the instructor.

The Birth Hour – I listened every single day beginning before I was pregnant. I listened to all of them because I wanted to know as many possible outcomes as possible – even the really tough stories.

Mama Natural – Love her approach to having a healthy pregnancy. Did as well as I could on that path until my absolute need for french fries 2 -3 times a day could not be ignored.

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Natural Induction Techniques for Almost 43 Weeks Homebirth

42 weeks + 6 days Homebirth

One day shy of being 3 weeks past due, Brittney and her birth team began natural induction techniques to give her the opportunity to birth her baby at home, just how she had always dreamed it would happen. Labor started at 2:20am with consistent contractions coming every 3 minutes. Brittney labored by herself until it came time to administer the first round of Hibiclens, which was the remedy of choice to combat her Group B Strep.

Once the birth team arrived, the day was spent collaborating as a team to support Brittney as she labored throughout the house, on the birth tub, birth ball, toilet, birth stool, in the shower, and (exhausting all positions) on the bed. Once the second attempt to manually assist her swollen cervical lip was successful, Brittney experienced the fetal reject reflex and their sweet baby was welcomed by her husband’s hands, only to discover they “had a Teagan.” The next hour was filled with the final stage of birth, breastfeeding, discovering how big their Teagan was, dissecting the placenta, and being completely overjoyed their baby was FINALLY with them.

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Brittney McCright Bio

Brittney is a mama to her boisterous almost one year old, Teagan, and 4-year-old black lab Kona. She and her husband live in Eugene, Oregon, where they strive to live an active lifestyle, purposely getting lost on the endless beautiful trail systems that make up the PacNorthwest. Brittney recently ended a five year career in Elementary School Counseling. She has an Undergraduate Degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Counseling and is currently constructing her business as a birth, postpartum doula and Professional Counselor. Her practice will emphasize supporting individuals struggling with emotions relating to reproductive health issues, including family planning, pregnancy, perinatal loss, abortion, postpartum and transition into motherhood. Britney is on her own journey of coping with a substantial diastases recti and 2nd degree uterine prolapse recovery.


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Long Prodromal Labor then Only 5 Minutes of Pushing

Long Prodromal Labor then Only 5 Minutes of Pushing

Chelsea was thrilled to conceive her son using the Ava Bracelet and talks about how helpful it was for her. After two weeks(!) of intense back-to-back contractions, Chelsea was induced at 37 weeks. Her son’s heart rate started dropping during really strong contractions, and the doctors didn’t feel comfortable sending Chelsea home. Her water was broken at around 10 AM on 3/21/18 and at 2:44 PM, after only 5 minutes of pushing, Micah was born.

Chelsea Johnson Bio

Chelsea is a 31 year old first time mom, wife and #girlboss. She owns a Campaign Disclosure firm (CJ & Associates, Inc.) in Roseville, CA. Her and her husband, Jason, had been trying to have a baby for 3 years before they were blessed with Micah. The three of them currently live in Antelope, CA with their two dogs, Kona and Dozer.

37 weeks induction


Ava Bracelet for Tracking Fertility and the Ava Facebook groups
The Healthy Pregnancy Book
The Baby Book

Ava Women

This episode is sponsored by Ava Women. Wear the Ava bracelet while you sleep for effortless insight about your fertility, your cycle, and your health. Ava monitors nine physiological parameters and is clinically proven to detect the beginning of the fertile window in real time. You can use the promo code: BIRTHHOUR for $20 off each order at avawomen.com.

Born Into This Birth Conference in Austin, TX

Born Into This is a conference for birth workers and leaders interested in the intersection of social justice, technology and creativity. The conference is an invitation to engage in a public conversation, a call to accountability, and a way to make contact across our differences in service to the past, present, and future of the field and our lives, asking the fundamental question: What were we born into?

Born into This is coming back in 2019 on June 27 and June 28 in Austin Texas. We expect talks, conversations and workshops to be better then ever before. So mark you calendars and reach out to us if would like to get involved. We are currently confirming 2109’s sponsors and would love to hear from you. Follow along on Instagram for more info @bornintothis.co

The Women Behind Born Into This

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Gina Giordano Bio

Gina has been a birth professional for over 12 years. She is co-founder and creative director of Doula Trainings International and the co-creator of the Born into This conference. Together with DTI’s international network of birth professionals and the advocates at Born into This, it’s Gina’s mission to bring awareness to all births, and to reproductive justice through innovative and creative work.

Tara Brooke Bio

Tara started working as a sexual health counselor in 2001, and found herself drawn to all things that had to do with reproduction.She is drawn to the energy manifested during major life transitions, a fascination that grew to define her career. Tara has worked with hundreds of new families in NYC and San Francisco as they transitioned from couple to parents. She is the co-founder and executive director of Doula Trainings International and the co-creator of the Born into This conference.

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Pregnancy After Eating Disorder, Birth Center Transfer & Homebirth

Birth Center Transfer & Homebirth

Zelda November 7, 2015

Erica planned a birth center birth with her first child. After a low risk pregnancy, she went into labor at 39 weeks and 6 days. After having early labor contractions all night she checked into the birth center at 6 am on November 6th. She labored there all day and eventually started to run a low grade temperature resulting in her midwife risking her out of the practice and insisting on a hospital transfer. After a total of 33 hours, she welcomed her daughter at a Houston Hospital.

Sage August 15, 2018

After her first birth experience Erica knew she wanted to try again for an unmedicated birth. Thinking her previous hospital transfer was necessary she opted for a group of midwives at a local hospital for prenatal care. After an upsetting encounter with one of the midwives in the group she followed her gut and switched to planning for a homebirth. Erica had another low risk and straight forward pregnancy and welcomed their son at home at 38 weeks and 4 days after only 6 hours of labor.

homebirth after birth center transfer

Erica Ormanovich Bio

Erica lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and three children. She is a Waldorf Teacher and is passionate about children and child development. She is also a blogger and podcaster interested in supporting women through all stages of life around eating disorder recovery, body positivity and body acceptance. Connect with her on Instagram at @okayyprim or via email at thewayyouareproject@gmail.com.


Ellyn Satter Secrets to Feeding a Healthy Family
Ellyn Satter Institute
Birthing From Within
Why Not Home (documentary)

Photos by House of Hangs Photography

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Double Rainbow Babies After Loss

In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month we are sharing this beautiful story again.

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.

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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.

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