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.
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.
Natural Hospital Birth Book
The Birth Hour
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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.
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.
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Instagram accounts: @knittogetherbyadoption, @our_foster_parent_life, @fostermoms, @empoweredbirthproject, @4thtribodies and @taprootdoula
Foster Parenting Podcast (T & W)
The Birth Hour (Bryn Huntpalmer)
The Birthful Podcast (Adriana Lozada)
Pregnancy Podcast (Vanessa Merten)
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Trystan & Biff’s Adoption and Birth Story
Trystan and Biff adopted their niece and nephew (both survivors of an abusive situation), and that story was featured on WNYC’s parenting podcast, The Longest Shortest Time. Suddenly, the young couple found themselves sharing the lessons they learned, becoming parents under such stressful circumstances, with many people across the country. Then they decided to grow their family by having their own biological child—one that Trystan carried and birthed himself. As a transgender man, he has all the parts necessary to do so in a safe manner. He stopped taking his hormones, and they successfully conceived and had a beautiful, happy baby.
Trystan Reese Bio
Trystan Reese is perhaps best known as “the pregnant man” of internet and television fame. But he would prefer to be known as the adoptive father of Hailey and Riley, gestational father of Leo, all-around awesome trans community member, and partner to the amazing Biff Chaplow. He lives in Portland, OR and works as the Director of Family Formation at Family Equality Council. He can be found on Facebook and Instagram as @biffandi or at www.biffandi.com.
Birthing and Breast or Chestfeeding Trans People and Allies
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Emergency Cesarean followed by Three VBACs & an Adoption
Rachel’s first birth was an emergency c-section, due to baby’s dropping heart rate and failure to progress after many long hours of labor. He ended up being a large baby (9 lbs, 8 oz) with a huge head. Her 2nd birth was a successful VBAC 18 months later to a smaller, healthy boy (8 lbs even). It was another long labor, but it went smoothly. Her 3rd birth was a VBAC birth to a baby girl, a much quicker and easier labor lasting only 6 hours. Baby weighed 8 lbs, 1 oz. Her 4th and last birth was a VBAC birth to a baby girl. Labor was a bit longer than the previous birth (12 hours) due to her water breaking and labor taking a while to get started but it was a smooth and relatively easy delivery. Baby weighed 8 lbs, 8 oz. She and her husband fostered a little boy 2 separate times (once during her 4th pregnancy, and again when that baby was a few months old) and his adoption was finalized last summer.
Rachel Bausili Bio
Rachel is from Oklahoma, and is a mom of 5 children ages 2 through 9. Her first baby was a c-section, and she has had 3 VBAC births and has adopted a child through the foster care system. She teaches fitness classes part time at the local Y, and loves hiking and adventuring with her family, traveling, baking, running, following the Oklahoma Thunder basketball team, and coffee dates with her husband. Connect with her on Instagram @befitandeatchocolate or on Facebook at Rachel Green Bausili.
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Homebirth to Hospital Cesarean Birth Story
Natalie’s first pregnancy (conceived with clomid) ended in a miscarriage. For her second pregnancy, she started right away with progesterone and blood thinning shots (she has factor v leiden). She knew for years that she wanted a home birth. She also knew the risks of home birth with her blood clotting disorder—she knew she may transfer at some point for hemorrhaging, but hoped against a placenta abruption. Her hematologist said that taking thinning injections helped cancel out that risk. She prepared for a home birth and anticipated it with so much joy. She wanted a home birth so badly. She couldn’t wait to experience that ‘meeting moment’ she had assisted so many times as a birth photographer.
Natalie’s birth began on a Tuesday morning, May 31. She labored and labored and labored. On Wednesday morning, her contractions became irregular. Wednesday night around 11 pm she transferred to the hospital, hoping to get her body back in order. Epidural didn’t work. Pitocin didn’t work. Her body metabolized the medicine. Thursday she pushed for over 4 hours. She was sure she was going to push him out. He was asynclitic (when a baby’s head is tipped towards one shoulder) and had swelling of the scalp (caput succedaneum). Her birth ended in a cesarean. She kept imagining meeting him, how it would be worth it. Her body metabolized the medicine, once again, so they had to put her under general anesthetics. She was asleep. Then when she woke up and was in a whole world of pain.
Natalie Brenner Bio
Natalie is a freelance writer, soon to be author, and professional photographer who is up for just about any crazy adventure. Natalie’s husband’s name is Loren, but she refers to him as LB. She chugs coffee while changing diapers and singing songs in silly voices to her two sweet boys who are almost 5 months apart and both 1. Before they grew by two kids, Natalie was also a doula; she is passionate about pregnancy and birth, infertility and miscarriage, as well as adoption. All around, she loves people. Connect further with her through Natalie Brenner Writes, Instagram, and Facebook. She also has a free e-book for working through grief called Wholeness Despite the Brokenness and just released her first book, This Undeserved Life: Uncovering the gifts of grief and the fullness of life.
More writing on her birth experience:
YOUR HARD AND MY HARD ARE BOTH ABSOLUTELY HARD
TO MY SECONDBORN: OUR MEETING WASN’T MAGICAL
Wild Feminine: Finding Power, Spirit & Joy in the Female Body
Homebirth Cesarean: Stories and Support for Families and Healthcare Providers
Homebirth Cesarean Facebook group – specifically for homebirths turned cesarean
Birth Trauma Association Facebook
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Being a Foster Mom and Having a Baby at the Same Time
In 2015, Lori Kitchen-Buschel and her husband, Kenneth, became licensed foster parents: in less than a year, they went from 0 kids to being the parents of 3 children under 5 with the addition of their daughter Louella Kitchen-Buschel in 2016. In this extremely moving episode, she talks about her journey from meeting her foster children, to finding out she was pregnant unexpectedly and struggling with wondering whether she would have enough love for all of her children.
Lori Kitchen-Buschel Bio
Born and raised in Metro Detroit, Lori’s career and family is a testament to her passions: social justice through philanthropy; women’s leadership; human safety and security; and, nonprofit management. She earned her BA from American University in politics and woman-focused public policy, and worked for the U.S. Agency on International Development (USAID). It was while working there that she discovered the fascinating world of grant making. After 7 years in Washington, Lori returned to Michigan to work with United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM), the Michigan Women’s Foundation (MWF), and Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW). In these roles, she led education and advocacy campaigns on basic needs, 2-1-1, food access, and human trafficking. While at MWF, Lori partnered with Girl Scouts for Southeastern Michigan to bring her concept of a civic and philanthropic leadership program for girls to life through a program that eventually became Camp Moxie!
While at NEW, she coached and trained nonprofits on practical and tangible fundraising goals, demystified the fundraising process, and taught them to be strategic in their fundraising priorities and tactics. She simultaneously championed the wider community to be more inclusive of marginalized groups and areas by teaching donors and fundraisers that donations send a message about community priorities. Now at Wayne County SAFE, Lori is able to marry her passions together to build relationships and philanthropic partnerships to support survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking. In addition to her family, Lori’s passions include children in foster care, hugging basset hounds, and creating essential oil blends. You can connect with Lori on instagram @DetroitLuvYo
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