Single Vessel Cord, Postpartum Blood Clot and Pulmonary Embolism

Four Birth Stories

Emily was induced with her firstborn (boy) due to premature atrial contractions (irregular heartbeat in the womb.) She had a healthy birth at over 40 weeks pregnant. Her second born (girl) also came “late” at 40 weeks, 4 days, and Emily was able to labor at home for the majority of the time (total 26 hours!). She was grateful for the epidural once she arrived at the hospital.

With baby #3, Emily and her husband chose not to find out the sex of the baby, as they already had one of each. Even so, Emily was convinced that this baby was a girl, due to her extreme sickness. When baby’s heart rate dropped rapidly during the birth and came out not breathing, she held the baby in her arms and was overcome with joy to hear that first cry. She was surprised to find out that this baby was, in fact, a boy!

When baby #4 (also a boy) was found to have a single vessel cord, Emily spent the entire pregnancy worried for the health of the baby. At 37 weeks, the doctors suggested that because the baby wasn’t gaining weight, Emily needed to be induced. They allowed her to wait until 39 weeks for the induction, and her final baby was born at 6 pounds, 15 oz one week early.

Postpartum blood clot and pulmonary embolism

Emily had never experienced blood clotting previously and has zero genetic disorders associated with blood clots, so to have this experience after having her 4th baby was shocking to say the least. After experiencing extreme pain in her foot that traveled to her calf, Emily begrudgingly went into the ER and a HUGE DVT blood clot was discovered in her calf. Just to be safe (even though she had ZERO other symptoms) the doctor decided to check Emily’s lungs to rule out pulmonary embolisms since DVTs can shoot clots to lungs, heart, etc. And sure enough, she had four pulmonary embolisms! Emily is sharing her story to spread awareness and hopefully save another mother’s life.

Emily Wilke Bio

Emily Wilke is a mother to four children: Cooper (5), Libby (4), Miles (2.5) and Cohen (2 months.) She felt like an “ol’ pro” going into her birth with baby #4, but had quite the scary postpartum experience, which included a DVT blood clot and several pulmonary embolisms. Emily lives in San Marcos, California, with her husband and children and is grateful every day to be alive following her traumatic postpartum circumstances. She is a leader in her Network Marketing company, earned a Cadillac with the company, leads a team in 3 different countries and is often asked to speak on stage at corporate events. She loves being able to work flexibly from home and is determined to help more mothers do the same. Her new passion is spreading awareness about the risks of postpartum blood clots, as this scary reality is taking the lives of too many new mothers. You can find Emily on Instagram @shampoosiren or on Facebook. She is ready, willing, and excited to connect with other moms.

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Essential Oils For Breastfeeding: What Oils to Use and Avoid

If you’ve been using essential oils during pregnancy, you may be wondering which essential oils are safe to use while breastfeeding, or which ones to avoid. Breastfeeding can be a wonderful bonding experience with your baby and many moms love knowing that they are giving their baby such amazing nutrition no matter how long they nurse their babies.

I’ve breastfed all three of my children and each time came with its own challenges which resulted in different lengths of time breastfeeding. Having essential oils in my mama toolbox with my most recent baby has been such a game-changer. It is so great knowing that I have one more way to address any challenges that come up.

3 things to consider before using essential oils while breastfeeding

1. Not every oil works the same for everyone

As with any use for essential oils, different people have different success with the wide array of options. In this post, I’ll share what has worked for me as well as other women. One of the great things about my Young Living team (more info on joining here) is that we have a private Facebook group specifically for pregnancy, breastfeeding, and babies. It’s my go-to place to get tips and questions answered!

2. Other factors affect your breastmilk supply

The main factor that affects your milk supply is how often you are emptying your breasts, either by nursing your baby or pumping. Your supply will work hard to meet the demand that you are putting on it. So the best thing to do if you are worried about your breastmilk supply is to nurse more often or pump after nursing sessions. That being said, there are some things that many women swear by, myself included, for giving a little extra boost to your milk supply.

3. Always consult your care provider

When it comes to pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor, midwife and/or lactation consultant before using any new medications, supplements, or essential oils.

6 essential oils that are safe to use when breastfeeding

1. Fennel Seed

Fennel is the most commonly known galactagogue, which is something that increases milk supply. One of the great things about Young Living oils is that they have essential oils that are safe to ingest. These oils are labeled differently and are referred to as Vitality oils. To increase your milk supply you can take two drops of Fennel Vitality a day for up to 10 days. You can put it in a vegetable capsule and swallow or you can add it to your food or tea. Many people will do two drops in a teaspoon of honey. Please do not ingest any other brands of fennel essential oil. 

You can also apply fennel topically, just one or two drops on your chest mixed with a carrier oil like coconut, olive, or jojoba oil, being sure to avoid the nipple area. If it gets near your nipple, just clean the area before nursing your baby. Fennel should be avoided during pregnancy.

2. Basil

Basil is another essential oil that is thought to be a galactagogue and can be used to increase milk supply. It also comes in the Vitality version from Young Living. You can either ingest it, I’d recommend using it in cooking because it’s delicious (a drop or two to your spaghetti sauce is amazing!) or can be applied to your breasts. You can mix one or two drops with a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil and rub it onto your breasts, away from the nipple. You can also apply it to your spine around your bra line area. Basil can be used for longer than 10 days if desired. 

3. Dill

Dill is another essential oil that is thought to be a galactagogue and can be combined with basil or fennel. Dill is considered a milder galactagogue so it may be a great option to start with and see how it goes. Young Living has a Dill Vitality option so you can try it in a vegetable capsule or try cooking with it. I especially love a drop of it in a chicken salad mixture! 

4. Lavender

Lavender is probably my most used essential oil because it has so many amazing uses. Many of my favorite uses for lavender are especially great during postpartum and breastfeeding. Most especially, lavender helps promote a good night’s sleep and relaxation. A common cause for the reduction of milk supply is stress because it inhibits the release of the hormones that promote milk production. 


Simply roll some lavender on your wrists at bedtime or whenever you’re feeling anxiety or stress and take some deep breaths. You can also diffuse it at bedtime to help you, and baby, sleep well. If diffusing in a room with a newborn start slow with just one drop. Again, this is why I love Young Living so much—because I trust the sources of their essential oils and know that there aren’t any harmful fillers in there. Read more about their Seed to Seal process here.

5. Peace and Calming

Peace and Calming is a really special essential oil blend that will aid in stress relief as well. It’s super potent, so just a couple of drops in your diffuser will feel your living room with the best calm vibes ever. Even just opening the bottle helps me feel more at peace—clearly they named this one well! It also now comes in the starter kit from Young Living which is so awesome!

6. Stress Away

Stress away is another blend that smells so good and helps with emotional support and stress relief. I kept a roller of this on me at all times during pregnancy and continue to do so while breastfeeding. Stress Away smells like vanilla and citrus combined and is so uplifting (also great as a perfume!). Again, anything that can help you relax, especially when pumping milk, is going to be good for boosting your milk supply.

4 essential oils that are not safe for breastfeeding moms

1. Peppermint

Just like there are some essential oils and herbs that help increase milk supply, there are also essential oils that can decrease your milk supply. These are great to use when you are wanting to wean your baby but should be avoided until then. Peppermint was one of my favorite oils to use during pregnancy, but I stopped using it after my baby arrived. Some women even avoid it during the 3rd trimester because they are worried about its effect on their milk supply. I used it right up until my baby’s birth and had an abundant milk supply, so use your judgment and consult with your care provider.

2. Oregano

Oregano is another oil that is warned against using while breastfeeding for its milk decreasing properties. Obviously, eating the oregano herb is fine because it is much less concentrated than the essential oil. On that note, the website KellyMom mentioned that generally topical applications are going to affect your milk as much as taking something internally so if you use Oregano EO in a roller blend and are applying it topically to the bottoms of your feet, for example, it’s most likely not going to have any effect on breastfeeding.

3. Clary Sage

According to the book Gentle Babies, Clary Sage can be ingested and applied to your breasts to decrease milk supply. In contradiction, I’ve seen Clary Sage listed on certain websites as an essential oil to increase milk supply. However, Debra Raybern’s book Gentle Babies is widely respected in the essential oil community so I personally will be avoiding Clary Sage while breastfeeding. I’ve seen the power of Clary Sage first hand when it jump-started my labor!

4. Wintergreen

It is generally considered okay to use wintergreen as part of a blend like my favorite, Deep Relief, because it is diluted and used topically. The Deep Relief roller is seriously life-saving when it comes to sore neck muscles from breastfeeding. It’s probably a good idea to use Wintergreen in moderation though, even in a blend.

Safety tips for oils around Baby

Be aware of when and where you are using your essential oils around your baby. If using any hot oils like Cinnamon, Clove, Lemongrass, Oregano, Thyme, and Peppermint be sure to apply them to areas that won’t be touching baby (your feet are a good option) and don’t diffuse them in a small, enclosed space where baby will be. This is another good resource regarding using essential oils with a baby. 

Essential oil recipes for nursing Moms

Create a more milk blend for nursing Moms

  • 4 drops fennel + 2 drops Geranium in a 10ml roller ball + carrier oil. I prefer jojoba oil as sometimes other carrier oils will make my chest break out. You can see all of my favorite essential oil DIY products here.  
  • 2 ounces of Ningxia Red each day

Another tip that I learned from our team Facebook group is to drink 2oz of Ningxia Red every day. Ningxia Red is an antioxidant drink made from goji berries. So many women told me about the combination of taking or applying fennel essential oil and drinking Ningxia Red boosting their supply in a big way that I tried it when I had a dip in my milk supply due to a virus I had and sure enough, I experienced so much support for my milk production from those two things together.

Recipe for Clogged Ducts and Mastitis

  • Create a blend of two drops Melrose, 2 drops Lavender, and 2 drops carrier oil. Rub this blend on your breasts, avoiding the nipples, twice a day. I got this recipe from Betsy Bosom’s Baby Book
  • Other good things to try when dealing with clogged ducts are heat, massage, and frequent nursing.

Get started with essential oils

The way I got started with essential oils, was with a premium starter kit from Young Living, which comes with 12 of the most commonly used oils + your diffuser (I recommend the Desert Mist which has an amazing candlelight flicker).

It’s such a great value & provides you with everything you need to get started. You’ll get over $400 worth of product for only $165. You’ll get lots of reading material with your kit and you’ll also get access to our exclusive facebook community full of amazing resources like how to use each oil in your kit, which oils to avoid around kids or while pregnant/nursing, and all of the dilution ratios for individual oils.

We have free online classes, ebooks, live facebook hangouts & search functionality that will help you navigate through any questions you might have. I use the search bar in our groups every single day to get questions answered because I’m always learning too and there is SO much knowledge there! It really does matter who you sign up with and the FB groups are a huge perk of joining me!

Conclusion

So many women stress over their milk supply while breastfeeding and it can be hard to know if you have a low supply or not because each baby empties the breast at a different speed and not all women are able to pump as much as their baby can get when nursing. The amount of milk that you get during a pumping session is not necessarily a good indicator of your supply. The best way to know how much milk baby is getting is to consult with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and do a weighted feeding where they will weigh your baby before an after a nursing session with a highly sensitive scale. You can find an IBCLC at ilca.org. I know how hard this can be, I’ve been there too and I’m cheering you on. 

I’ve found so much support from my oils community in all things pregnancy and postpartum and would love to answer any questions you have about getting started. You can always reach out to me through the contact form on this site or on my oils Instagram account, @brynessentials.  

The content shared on this site, is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment. It’s always best to check with a qualified health provider for questions you might have. Moreover, this information has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Two Unmedicated Hospital Birth Stories

Bowie’s Birth Story

Bowie came a week early at 39 weeks. The morning of his birth, Cristina lost her mucus plug and could feel her body preparing for labor. She checked in to the hospital around midnight and was already 5cm dilated. Making sure to share her plan for an unmedicated birth, Cristina was happy her nurses followed her requests even though she was screaming for drugs somewhere around 8cm. After laboring on a medicine ball for hours, around 5:30 am she insisted they check her again and she was at 9cm. Minutes later her water broke. She pushed for nearly 2 hours and had Bowie at 7:31am.

newborn session

Photo by Alysha Rainwater

Grey’s Birth Story

Cristina was already 4cm dilated at 38 weeks and had a feeling he was going to come soon. The morning of Grey’s birth, contractions started around 11am and never let up. Around 3pm, the contractions were about 10 minutes apart but still no pain. Cristina and her husband said a very tearful goodbye to Bowie, their older son, and headed to the hospital. They checked into the hospital at 3:30 and Cristina was 6cm dilated with contractions about 5 minutes apart.

Cristina had her water bag popped around 7cm and was asked to empty her bladder. She could barely make it back to the bed, having to stop and breathe through a contraction while walking from the bathroom to the bed which was maybe 6 feet away. Within minutes, she went from 7cm to 10cm. After pushing for 5 minutes in between 30 second contractions, Grey made his arrival at 8:31pm.

Cristina Bocanegra Bio

Cristina is a full-time freelance wardrobe stylist and founder of Love Child, Mini Market, and co-founder of Current. She lives in Austin with her husband, Michael, and two baby boys, Bowie and Grey. Connect with her on Instagram at @cristinafacundostylist, @lovechildmag, @minimarketatx and @currentconference.

Resources

Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth
First 48 Birth Photography: Heather Gallagher

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Birth Center Birth with NICU Transfer for Baby

Birth Center Birth, Newborn Resuscitation, and NICU Stay

After a healthy pregnancy and relatively normal 12 hour labor, Kelly’s birth took a sharp turn when her baby needed immediate resuscitation after delivery at their birthing center. Her daughter, Emilia, was transported by EMS with her husband to the nearest hospital. Even though her birth was frightening, Kelly felt cocooned in peace and safety by her care team back at the birthing center. Later on in the evening Emilia began to experience seizures. After a substantial amount of testing it was determined that she had bleeding in her brain with an unknown cause. Kelly’s family spent a miraculous four days in the NICU and were able to go home with a healthy baby. In the months following her daughter’s birth, Kelly suffered from some postpartum depression and intrusive thoughts regarding her daughter’s resuscitation and NICU stay. After seeking treatment she has come closer to a place of understanding and empowerment.

birth center transfer nicu

Kelly Pedrozo Bio

Kelly is a mother to Emilia Scarlet, freelance writer (birth stories are her favorite) and DTI trained birth and postpartum doula. She lives with her Brazilian husband and daughter in Austin, Texas. Forever called to mama-hood, Kelly is passionate about the transformational journey through birth as well as mothering the mother. Her wild-child, Emilia, is the gift of her life. Kelly’s loves include baby giggles, healing through food and enjoying a glass of red wine. Connect with her on Instagram @kellpedrozo.

Resources

8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS, Dr. Fiona McCulloch 

How to Get Healthy and Get Pregnant Podcast (Chinese Medicine guide to fertility)

Pregnancy Brain, Parijat Deshpande 

Birthing From Within, Pam England

Ancient Map for Modern Birth, Pam England

Podcasts: The Birth Hour, Birthful, Yoga Birth Babies

https://handtohold.org/

http://support4nicuparents.org/

Ronald McDonald House: https://www.rmhc.org/

Birth Story Listening with Pam England (service) 

The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother, Heng Ou

Sweet Sleep, La Leche League 

The Happiest Baby on the Block, Harvey Karp

Taking Cara Babies

Instagram accounts: BrynEssentials, CarriageHouseBirth, EmpoweredBirthProject, Stretch_Birthwork 

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Homebirth with NICU Transfer for Meconium Aspiration

Homebirth Birth Story

Cassandra always planned to have a homebirth and accidentally took her newly-conceived baby on a 1000 mile motorcycle camping trip before she knew she was pregnant. She had a rather uneventful pregnancy up until the last trimester, when her active baby girl wouldn’t stop flipping breech and back up until 39 weeks. She had to make alternate plans in the event the baby decided to stay breech (in the state of California, breech home births are unfortunately illegal); but, fortunately Cassandra was able to stick to her original dream of a birth at home with her entire family present. After 36 long hours of labor (24 of which consisted of strong contractions 2-3 mins apart), Cassandra pushed her baby out in 30 minutes and had a beautiful golden hour with her whole family in the room.

waterbrith home

NICU Transfer for Baby

A few hours after being born, the midwife noticed that the baby was not doing as well as she would like with her breathing and they were rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. The baby was diagnosed with Meconium Aspiration Syndrome, a rare (0.04% of all births) issue that can happen when newborn babies breathe meconium into their lungs before or around the time of birth, where it inhibits lung functioning. The baby was admitted in the NICCU where she received extreme intervention for 3 weeks before being released healthy and happy and ready to head home. Fortunately, the baby didn’t experience any brain damage and will have no lasting effects from this rare condition. Cassandra suffered from severe Postpartum Depression and Anxiety, likely due in no small part to this traumatic event after her birth. But with the help of her loving and supportive family, friends, and most importantly therapists, Cassandra has recovered and settled into her new normal. She is enjoying the newfound strength and power that this experience gifted her while raising her wild, happy, adventurous baby girl.

NICU baby meconium aspiration

Cassandra is forever grateful to her birth team including: her husband, Michael; her two older step-kids; her sister in law, Brenda; her Mom and Dad; her sister, Pattie; her midwives; and, her lovely doula. Cassandra hopes that in sharing her story, she gives the same insight and hope to other moms that she received hearing so many birth stories during her own pregnancy. She believes in the power of the story, the beauty of each person’s personal journey, and feels incredibly lucky to have been the portal between two worlds in her path to becoming a mother. And, yes, she’s also still riding her motorcycle.

NICU transfer for homebirth

Cassandra Barragan Bio

Cassandra grew up in a small town in the desert and lives in a rustic little pocket of Los Angeles with her husband, baby, 2 beautiful step-kids, horse, dog, chickens, and rabbit. She works in the fashion industry and as a photographer. She has been riding motorcycles since she was young and met her husband, Michael, through their shared love of vintage Harleys. Cassandra chased adventure and adrenaline her entire life and always knew she wanted to have a homebirth, in hopes of completing the ultimate physical adventure and test the limits of her body. After a beautiful empowering birth experience, an unexpected few weeks in the NICU, and an intense postpartum depression ride, Cassandra is settling into her new normal and feeling more loved, powerful, and humbled than ever. Connect with her on Instagram at @dustdiablo.

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Resources

Expecting Better & Crib Sheet by Emily Oster
Bringing up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman
Precious Little Sleep by Alexis Dubief
All the Ina May books (Spiritual Midwifery, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding)
More Business of Being Born- 4 part follow up to the original movie
The Birth Hour of course!
evidencebasedbirth.com
reddit.com/r/babybumps
Carriage House Birth for the doulas, classes and IG account 
Gracefull Birth Center in Los Angeles for the classes 
Jocelyn Brown my midwife in LA
Julie Matheny, amazing IBCLC who gives classes/ has a private practice/ does clinics 
postpartum.net texting hotline
The fourth Trimester by Kimberly Johnson
Legendary Milk supplements but most importantly their insanely educational instagram account (this has been my #1 breastfeeding/pumping resource!!) @legendairymilk
The movie Tully 
Down Came the Rain by Brooke Shields

Fast & Furious 1st Birth, Slow & Steady 2nd Birth

Amy had a fast and furious birth with her first born: her water broke at 9pm and Eli was born by 1am! With rising blood pressure and transitioning so quickly, Amy blacked in and out of consciousness, but was able to have her planned unmedicated birth. Her nurses joked that she’d need to “camp out” for any subsequent babies, but when Amy delivered her daughter 3.5 years later, she had a very different birthing experience. While both babies came exactly 9 days before their due date, Juniper’s labor was slow and steady and much less chaotic.

Amy richardson golia june and january birth story

Amy Richardson Golia Bio

Amy is the CEO and founder of kids e-commerce brand, June & January. They make bright and colorful kids basics, shoes, and accessories at an affordable price point. You can find them @juneandjanuary

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Unmedicated Hospital Birth & Homebirth with Breastfeeding Complications

Natural Hospital Birth

Linnaea and her husband, Justin, opened their hearts to welcome a child a few months after they were married. It didn’t take long to find out that they were pregnant with their first son. Linnaea’s first pregnancy was relatively normal with no complications and they decided on an OB and a natural hospital birth. Linnaea went into labor at 36 weeks and 6 days when her water broke at around 7:30 in the morning. As they had agreed with her OB, they packed their bags and headed to the hospital. Initially she didn’t really feel any contractions, but within a few hours, the contractions began and continued to increase in frequency and intensity throughout the day. Her son Henry was born just before 6pm.

Peaceful Home Birth with Breastfeeding Complications

When their first son, Henry, was 17 months old, Linnaea and Justin learned that they were expecting their second child. After experiencing the challenges of having a natural birth in a hospital and feeling like they had to fight to avoid interventions with the hospital staff and OB, Linnaea and Justin decided to plan to have their second baby at home with midwives.

After interviewing a couple of different midwives, they felt very comfortable with the midwives at Birthstream Midwifery and began seeing them for Linnaea’s prenatal visits at around 15 weeks. A couple of days before reaching 38 weeks, Linnaea started having mild contractions. After laboring pretty easily for most of the night, she went into active labor Saturday morning. Once Henry, now 2 years old, left to stay with a friend, she called her midwife, Leslie. After about 2 hours of active labor and 5 minutes of pushing, Oliver was born at 11:28am.

midwives at homebirth

Linnaea was very thankful for having the amazing, supportive, and peaceful home birth that she had hoped for. Unfortunately, her postpartum period brought on some unexpected breastfeeding challenges.

Oliver initially seemed to latch well in the first hours after birth, but after the first few days, Linnaea was experiencing significant nipple pain and damage along with a clogged duct and threatened mastitis. Linnaea started pumping while continuing to try to breastfeed in order to make sure that Oliver received enough milk and to establish and maintain her milk supply. Over the next couple of weeks, Linnaea’s midwives helped her connect with two lactation consultants who each suggested that Oliver likely had a posterior tongue tie and a high palate; both recommended alternative latching positions and techniques as well as craniosacral massage therapy for Oliver to help improve his breastfeeding effectiveness and reduce Linnaea’s pain. The lactation consultants also proposed the option of having a tongue clipping procedure performed that could release Oliver’s tongue and allow him to breastfeed. After trying all of the other options, Linnaea and Justin decided to take Oliver to a pediatric dentist to have his tongue released with a laser procedure. The day after the procedure, Linnaea was in severe pain from another clogged duct that had again turned into mastitis, and went to see an OB to get antibiotics. Unfortunately the clog had turned into an abscess and required surgical intervention. The wound took about 2-3 months to heal completely. During that time, Linnaea continued to work on breastfeeding with Oliver, but he decided that he was not really interested in breastfeeding. However, he was doing very well with breastmilk in bottles, so Linnaea continued pumping to provide breastmilk for him until he was 1 year old.

Linnaea is very grateful for the support she received from her family, friends, midwives, and lactation consultants throughout the journey and hopes that in sharing this story, she can help other moms who may face similar challenges. Once piece of advice that helped her through the toughest times was to never give up in your worst or most difficult moment, and to try to keep going until you can reach a state of mind where you can make the best decision for you, your baby, and your family.

sibling at homebirth

Linnaea Headlee-Borden Bio

Linnaea is 33 years old and lives in the Bay Area of California with her husband, Justin, and 2 sons, Henry and Oliver. She is a part time engineering contractor, full time mom, and enjoys crafting, cooking, and gardening in her spare time. You can connect with her on Instagram at: linnaea.hb or email: linnaeaheadleeborden@gmail.com

Resources

Know Your Options Childbirth Course 
Kellymom 
La Leche League – Solano County 
Birthstream Midwifery 
BirthTube on Facebook 
The Birth Hour
All About Breastfeeding Podcast
The Longest Shortest Time Podcast

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Epidural Hospital Birth & Unmedicated Hospital Birth

Sarah had planned on an unmedicated hospital birth with her first child, but eventually got an epidural after becoming frustrated with a difference in cervical checks done by the nurse and the on-call doctor. For her second labor, she decided to try again for an unmedicated birth and decided to hire a doula for extra support. Her second labor was much easier and quicker and she was able to achieve the birth she had hoped for.

Sarah Jones Bio

Sarah lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, Roger, and their two little boys, Catesby (2) and George (2 weeks). Sarah is an occupational therapist and works in home health. She enjoys time with family and friends, cooking, music, and traveling. She has a strong passion for birth and breastfeeding. You can find her on Facebook as Sarah Croft Jones and Instagram @sayrahrah.

unmedicated birth hospital

Resources

Expecting Better by Emily Oster
Birth Matters
Spiritual Midwifery
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
The Milky Way documentary
KellyMom.com for breastfeeding
Evidenced Based Birth podcast
The Birth Hour podcast, of course!

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Positive Hospital Birth with Amazing Partner Support

Hypnobirthing and Partner Support for Hospital Birth

A doctor told Chelsea there were no trophies for women who have an unmedicated birth; but, Chelsea felt passionate about having a serene, med-free experience in the hospital. When she had to be induced at 38 weeks with gestational hypertension, her preparation and self advocacy paid off for a successful hypnobirth experience.

hospital birth coping techniques

Chelsea Lane Bio

Chelsea lives in Kansas City with her partner of 7 years, Stephen, their goldendoodle, and their sweet baby boy. Chelsea is a family advocate for a local school district, and she also supports children with developmental delays in their homes. Over the last several years, Chelsea has become passionate about mindfulness and self-regulation. She hopes to inspire and encourage other women to embrace the power of their own minds and bodies and share their unique, positive stories about the beauty of giving birth. You can connect with her at Chelsealane23@gmail.com.

partner support birth

Resources

Know Your Options Childbirth Course
The Birth Hour Podcast
Hypnobirthing
Mama Natural Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide

 

hospital birth story

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Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP) Birth Stories with Nicole Phelps

Nicole Phelps shares her experience with Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP)

Nicole Phelps shares her experience being pregnant while her partner, Michael Phelps, was training for the Olympics. She hired a doula and prepared to possibly give birth without Michael there. A few weeks before her due date, Nicole started experiencing extreme itchiness, especially on the palms of her hands, and was tested for Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP). However, she went into labor before the results came back. Michael made it just in time, and her son, Boomer, was born healthy. The test result came back positive and she knew she’d have to be on the lookout for another ICP diagnosis with future pregnancies. On this episode, she also shares her second pregnancy and birth story and how her doctor monitored her for ICP leading up to her son Beckett’s birth. Nicole wanted to share her story to raise awareness about ICP so other women can be on the lookout for the symptoms.

Nicole Phelps Bio

Nicole Phelps is a philanthropist who volunteers her time with the Michael Phelps Foundation, which promotes water-safety, healthy living, and the pursuit of dreams. The proud mom of two young boys and supportive wife, Nicole is a former marketing professional and Miss California (2010). She and her family, including two French Bulldogs, reside in Paradise Valley, AZ. Connect with her on Instagram @mrs.nicolephelps and Twitter @mrsnicolephelps.

nicole and michael phelps birth story

Resources

ICP Care
ICP Support
Nicole’s Doula: Kelly Sunshine Doula services

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