IUI Fertility Treatment Resulting in Triplets Pregnant & Birth Story

IUI Fertility Treatment & Surprise Triplets

Although Jody and Jeremy went through fertility treatment (IUI – intrauterine insemination,) they were told their chances of the procedure’s success was less than 20% due to small follicle size. Along with their physician, they decided to proceed anyways. After positive pregnancy tests and blood tests, it was confirmed the procedure was a success!

Jody experienced a significant amount of bleeding. After about 8 weeks, she and her husband went in for an early ultrasound to see if there was a reason for the bleeding. The doctor confirmed that triplets were the reason. Jody had a fairly insignificant pregnancy by triplet standards. No official bed rest or major medical issues.

triplets ultrasound

Premature Labor and Eclampsia

At 32 weeks and 6 days, Jody went into labor. Medication helped stop the contractions, and 48 hours of steroids helped develop the lungs of the babies. Jody’s high blood pressure kept her in the antenatal unit of the hospital. Once her blood pressure was under control, she was set to go home. Listening to her gut feeling, she asked for one more night to be monitored.

That evening Jody went into labor and full eclampsia. Luckily she was right where she needed to be. An emergency cesarean section was performed and Jody and Jeremy welcomed three beautiful babies to their family (33weeks 4days gestation).

NICU Stay with Triplets

The NICU stay proved to be a challenge, with emotional and physical (for the babies) tribulations. The newborns needed to have 5 days in a row without a cardiac or oxygen related ‘event’. After 22 days of ups and downs the Wilson family was together once again.

Breastfeeding Triplets and Postpartum Depression

Exclusively pumping/breast feeding for triplets would prove to be a full time job in itself for Jody. The children had to have the breast milk supplemented to a higher caloric value to help with growth. Trying to find any type of balance in their home life was a struggle. Jody struggled with postpartum depression and sought medical help after trying to deal with it alone. Jody never really had a birth plan in mind prior to finding out she was pregnant—in the end the triplets made the plan for her.

triplets grown up

Jody Wilson Bio

Jody is 36 years old and lives in Washington state with her husband, Jeremy, their goldendoodle, Opie(5), and their triplets: Audrey(4), Oliver(4), and Everett(4). Jeremy works from home part time and travels part time. Jody stays at home with the children and also works as a substitute group fitness instructor. Now that the kids have started preschool, Jody is looking forward to finishing the baby books and a few other projects that have taken a back seat. If you have any questions or just need a fellow triplet-mom to lend a listening ear, feel free to connect with her on Facebook, email or Instagram. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram or via email at jkrunsforfun@gmail.com.

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Two Unmedicated Hospital Births, Adoption Story & Vasectomy that Reversed Itself

Two Unmedicated Hospital Births, Adoption Story & Vasectomy that Reversed Itself

Leanne’s first child was born at 41 weeks in an unmedicated hospital birth with a nurse mid-wife group. She labored for about 7 hours before Wesley came flying into the world. Her middle child, Eloise, joined their family via open infant adoption. Leanne and her husband were present for her birth and received their daughter in the hallway just minutes after her induction and vacuum-assisted delivery. Her 3rd child, Thomas, entered their family after a surprise post-vasectomy pregnancy. He was born at 40 weeks and 3 days, after 2.5 weeks of prodromal labor, in the same hospital as his older brother and with the same mid-wife group. He was born after about 90 minutes of active labor in an unmedicated birth.

unmedicated hospital birth

Leanne Johnston Bio

Leanne lives in a Fort Worth suburb with her husband of 9 years and their 3 children, Wesley, Eloise, and Thomas. Leanne and Jarrod met in seminary and work together at a local church. Leanne enjoys walking, baking chocolate chip cookies, and wine. Connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.

Resources

Natural Hospital Birth Book
The Birth Hour
Bradley Method

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Adoption & Posterior Baby Birth Story with PROM

Adoption through Foster Care

Kavisa and Sky talked about adoption even before they married. They set goals for building a blended family. Five years into their marriage, the timing and details aligned, and they became licensed for foster care and adoption. When Kavisa, who is normally an overthinker who spends days researching all the angles before making decisions, first saw a photo of their daughters she immediately knew. They met their two daughters for the first time in August 2015, officially adopting them in April 2016.

Five Day Wait After Water Breaking, Posterior Baby and Fetal Vacuum

Exactly 1 year and two days after Kavisa and Sky legally adopted their two daughters from foster care, their son was born. He took his sweet time arriving sunny side up with a head tilt (occiput posterior and asynclitic). He refused to follow any of Kavisa’s plans for birth. Kavisa planned for a water birth without any medical inventions or drugs. Her son decided that even though his comfortable womb home of amniotic fluid started leaking on Tuesday, he would stay inside an extra 5 days… and only after 3 days of labor. Inadequate dilation, fetal station/presentation, kidney function failure, and chorioamnionitis meant Kavisa and her son ended up needing medications, an epidural, and a fetal vacuum. However, after all the drama her son immediately latched seconds after birth. Their family 5 is a “real family” and full of love.

foster to adopt story

Kavisa Wood Bio

Kavisa and her husband Schuyler live in California with their two daughters Taloni (6) and Sharaelyn (3.5) and their son Uhuru (9 months). They intentionally grew their family through a combination of foster care adoption and biological children. Kavisa is a yoga teacher and CEO of her household. She is fueled by Baha’i prayers, running, yoga and coffee.

Resources

Jelly Bean Study for Glucose Test
Instagram accounts: @knittogetherbyadoption, @our_foster_parent_life, @fostermoms, @empoweredbirthproject, @4thtribodies and @taprootdoula

Podcasts:
Foster Parenting Podcast (T & W)
The Birth Hour (Bryn Huntpalmer)
The Birthful Podcast (Adriana Lozada)
Pregnancy Podcast (Vanessa Merten)

Evenflo

Today’s episode is sponsored by Evenflo. Evenflo recently released the EveryStage carseat with an innovative new EasyClick Latch System that provides a 3 times tighter installation and reduces the room for error. You’ll be able to use this carseat for 10 years because it not only grows with your child from 4-120 lbs with an infant, convertible and booster mode option but also allows for rear facing up to 50 lbs! Evenflo thought of everything and included multiple positions and recline options to keep your kiddo comfy while saving on leg room for other passengers. At the end of this episode I’ll be talking to Sarah who is a safety expert at Evenflo all about what makes this carseat so unique.

evenflo every stage

911 Call Roadside Delivery Birth

911 Call Roadside Delivery

Jerika planned a hospital birth with her first. She saw an OBGYN and had a very textbook pregnancy. Her water broke the evening of July 2nd, 2016 and contractions started when she was given Pitocin. Her labor and delivery were very textbook as well. She experienced a lot of pain for about two weeks after giving birth which influenced her to opt for an unmedicated birth for her second child. She had been going to a midwife and was planning to deliver at a birth center. Her second pregnancy was very textbook as well.

911 call roadside birth

Unlike her first pregnancy, she did experience some Braxton hicks and cramping for about three weeks before she went into labor. The morning of May 18th, 2018, Jerika started having contractions that eventually turned into active labor. By 1:30 pm she called her husband to come home from work and things escalated quickly. He arrived at 1:45 pm and by 2:00pm contractions were only minutes apart and very intense. They quickly got in the car to make the 30 minute trip to the birthing center. 10 minutes into the drive her water broke and she quickly realized they were not going to make it. Her husband called 911 and was instructed to go to the nearest hospital. While in route to the hospital they realized they they wouldn’t make it there either. The operator instructed them to pull over and walked her husband through the delivery of their second daughter. Paramedics arrived about 5 minutes after their daughter was born and they were transported to the hospital only a mile down the road.

Jerika Crews Bio

Jerika is 24 years old and lives in Utah with her family of four. She got married in 2015 and shortly after became pregnant with her first daughter, Grace. Grace was born in a hospital in July of 2016 and is now two years old. Jerika got pregnant for the second time in 2017 and had her second daughter, Martie, in May of 2018. She has been a stay at home mom for two years but has recently started a career in bookkeeping. Connect with her on Facebook.

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Birth Center Birth & Unmedicated Hospital Twin Birth

Birth Center Birth

When Lisa and her husband, Johnny found out they were expecting their first child, she knew she wanted to have an unmedicated birth in a birthing center. After a pretty uneventful pregnancy, she was overjoyed to have the labor of her dreams. Lisa was thrilled to catch their daughter and the new parents were happily sent home after a brief stay at the center.

Unmedicated Hospital Twin Birth

Just shy of a year later, Lisa and Johnny found out they were expecting again and they knew they’d have baby #2 at the birthing center. But, as fate would have it, Lisa became “high risk” when they learned that twins were in their future. Unable to deliver at a birthing center and living in a state were homebirths were illegal, Lisa had to face one of her biggest fears: giving birth in a hospital. The couple was faced with opposition from the medical staff and although there were some twists and turns along the way, she succeeded in having two more unmedicated births!

singleton vs twin pregnant belly

Lisa Jay Bio

Lisa lives in North Carolina with her husband, Johnny and their three littles: Jupiter, Zephyr and Capell. She works in finance at an eLearning company. Lisa is passionate about her family, birth, photography and travel. You can connect with her on Instagram @lisaluonoceanave.

Resources

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
The Birth Hour
Twin labors on YouTube
Birthing Multiples Natural (closed Facebook Group)
Birth Affirmations

Babylist

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Gestational Thrombocytopenia & Precipitous Labor

Gestational Thrombocytopenia Diagnosis & Precipitous Labor 3 Days Before Due Date

Scarlet was surprised, but excited, to find she was pregnant with her second child after it took 10 months to conceive their first. Her two pregnancies and births were different in almost every way, except for another unfortunate gestational thrombocytopenia diagnosis. Still, mom and baby remained healthy throughout the pregnancy. Labor surprised them by starting 3 days before her due date (Scarlet was 9 days late with her first), and only lasted for 2.5 hours. Her OB arrived just minutes before baby Lucy was born! Scarlet was able to avoid another manual placenta extraction and blood loss, and everyone went home healthy the next day – a very happy ending to a completely different pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

Scarlet Kelly Bio

Scarlet, her husband Michael, 22 month old Jane, and 6 month old Lucy live in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Scarlet is a stay-at-home mom, Michael is a worship leader, and they also work together for their screen printing company, Monjeau Prints. You can connect with her on Instagram @scarlet_kelly

scarlet kelly birth

Resources

Afterease Tincture
Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
Expecting Better
Mama Natural Book

Earth Mama Organics

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Fever in Labor and Emergency Cesarean Birth

Induction Postdates, Nitrous Gas and Epidural

What began as a rather typical pregnancy ended in a slightly complicated birth. Nicole was one week past her due date, and had an induction scheduled, when she went into labor in the early hours of her birthday. She labored at home for six hours before she and her husband Christopher made their way to the hospital.

After trying (and hating) nitrous gas, Nicole opted for an epidural, at which time the midwife also broke her water. She was progressing nicely, but things were about to take a detour. Around 5pm, Nicole ran a fever. This caused her baby to stop responding to the contractions. While the midwife was not concerned about her baby’s wellbeing, she was worried the fever might have implications down the line. Nicole was given antibiotics and medication to reduce her fever. She was also provided with ice packs to help bring her temperature down.

Coping with Fever, Baby Not Dropping and Decision to have a Cesarean Birth

After two hours, Nicole’s fever had gone down a bit and she was fully dilated. The problem was, her baby still hadn’t dropped. The midwife suggested that she try pushing to help her baby get into position. After an hour and a half, her baby hadn’t descended into the birth canal, and her heart rate was elevated during each contraction. Nicole, the midwife and nurses made the decision to deliver her baby via cesarean section.

After that, a flurry of nurses and doctors came in and out of the room, and within 30 minutes, Nicole’s daughter was born. She shocked the entire operating room when she weighed in at an unanticipated 10 pounds 1 ounce. With a little more fanfare than Nicole has expected, Amelia Josephine had arrived.

Nicole Roberts Bio

Nicole lives in North Stonington, Connecticut with her husband Christopher, her daughter Amelia, their dog Sadie and cat Lucy. She is a fourth grade teacher in her neighboring hometown, and is currently teaching in the same school she attended as a child. Nicole enjoys taking her daughter for walks, going to the beach, and spending time with her family.

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Homebirth Postpartum Transfer & Healing Second Birth in Hospital

Homebirth with Retained Placenta Hospital Transfer

After suffering a chemical pregnancy, Nikkie was determined to learn more about her birthing options and to become an advocate for her own healthcare. As a result, she chose to have her first child at home. After four hours of pushing, her baby boy was born, but her placenta was retained and would not deliver naturally. She was transferred by ambulance to the local hospital where medical staff attempted to extract the placenta manually; but, they only managed to remove half, which caused her to hemorrhage. Nikki had to undergo general anesthesia to have her placenta successfully removed. After a double blood transfusion, she was sent home, with her baby boy, to recover. The whole experience was in stark contrast to the low-intervention home birth she’d hoped for.

Empowering & Healing Hospital Birth

Two years later, Nikkie discovered she was pregnant again, but when the results of her 10-week blood test came back abnormal, she learned that the blood transfusion she’d received in the hospital had caused her body to create an antigen that could put her pregnancy at risk. Thankfully, her baby girl did not carry this antigen and her pregnancy ended up being normal. Through hypnobirthing, Nikkie was able to overcome her birthing fears created by the trauma following her son’s delivery. In an empowering and healing hospital birth, Addison was born in under three hours on a beautiful day in May.

healing hospital birth

Nikkie Kent Bio

Nikkie Kent is the Executive Vice President of Sales at Mamava, the women-owned company on a mission to transform the culture of breastfeeding. She’s passionate about bringing more Mamava pods into the world to ensure that all mamas have access to clean private spaces wherever they go. Mama of Asher and Addison, Nikkie lives with her husband in Vermont where she loves to grow, make, and eat good food. Connect with her on Facebook: @nikkiekent or Instagram: @niksoccer1. You can find Mamava on Facebook @mamavaVT and Instagram @mamava_vt as well.

Resources

Mamava Website and the Mobile App
The Business of Being Born
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Work Pump Repeat

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Hypnobirthing, Meconium, Induction & Failed Epidural

Andrea used hypnobirthing for her two births. Her births were similar in that they both lasted about 8 hours with 20 minutes of pushing. Her first birth to her daughter ended with meconium presenting and a third degree tear. Her second birth was started via induction. After a failed epidural, Andrea gave birth to a surprisingly huge 10lb 12oz boy.

Andrea Cox Bio

Andrea lives with two children and her husband in Sandy, Oregon, settled halfway between Portland and Mt. Hood. She and her husband, Alex, have been married for seven years. Her daughter, Emma, is four and her son, Elliott, is one. Andrea is a self described “non-diet” dietitian and loves to advocate for Health at Every Size, Intuitive Eating, and size acceptance. You can connect with Andrea on Instagram @andreamarierd or email andreamariecox@gmail.com

hypnobirthing birth

Resources

Plus Size Birth  by Jen McLellan. She has a new Plus Mommy podcast which I didn’t get to listen to when I was pregnancy, but love now. instagram #plussizepregnancy
The Birth Hour
The Nurtured Mama Podcast and Facebook community,
Food Psych Episodes #102 with Lindsey Stenovec and #98 with Kylie Mitchell of immaeatthat.com.
Hypnobirthing Book
Mindful Birthing

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Non-Emergency Cesarean Birth + Healing VBAC

Larissa shares two birth stories, what she describes as: a non-emergency c-section with a traumatic week of complications following birth; and, a redemptive, healing VBAC birth with zero complications.

Larissa Krutewicz Bio

Larissa is a self-proclaimed hat lady, babywearing enthusiast, wannabe yogi, and most importantly a mom to two beautiful girls, Gracie and Norah. She and her husband, Justin, currently reside in the Southwest. Prior to staying home with her girls, Larissa was a Kindergarten teacher – a job that she was and is still passionate about. She uses that passion and her new experiences as a mother to run a website called Living in Color. She writes about honest motherhood, affordable style, and attainable wellness. Larissa also considers herself a VBAC warrior; she enjoys talking with and encouraging other women but now, especially those who desire a natural birth, or a natural VBAC birth. You can learn more about Larissa at her site: livingincolorblog.com or follow along with her on Instagram @livingincolorblog or Facebook, Youtube and Twitter.

inlivingcolor birth story

Birth Resources

How to Prepare for a Successful VBAC – blog post by Larissa

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