Hospital and Birth Center Birth Stories

Hospital and Birth Center Stories

This episode features Denver mama, Alaina, who struggled to get pregnant and had two miscarriages before using Clomid for her 3rd pregnancy, and gave birth in a hospital setting. She found out she was pregnant again without any outside assistance just a year later and gave birth at a birth center, having an unexpected waterbirth.

waterbirth birth center

Alaina Isbouts Bio

Alaina and her husband Philip met while living abroad in Prague, and quickly bonded over their mutual love of travel and shared view of the world around them.  Though they got engaged very quickly, they enjoyed their time together traveling before they bought a house, settled down, and decided to try for a family. It unexpectedly took them a year and a half before they got pregnant with their first, a natural miscarriage at home. Eight months later, in a new home and new city, they found out they were once again pregnant. Once again, the pregnancy ended in a miscarriage.  Alaina and Philip went through fertility testing and were finally able to have a healthy pregnancy with the help of Clomid. Her first birth was a 20-hour natural birth in a hospital.

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Shortly after celebrating their baby’s first birthday, Alaina found out she was unexpectedly pregnant, though she was still nursing and not taking any fertility medications.  This time they decided to go with a birth center, and ended up with a beautiful and unplanned waterbirth. She currently calls Denver home, along with her husband of eight years and their two boys, Julian (3) and Finley (11 months).  Alaina is a freelance editor and writer, and you can find her online at alainaisbouts.com. She is on Instagram and Twitter @alainaisbouts.

Alaina recommends reading Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth and taking a birth preparation class.

BabyList

Listen to me chat with Whitney about BabyList at the end of today’s episode and check out my sample registry of some of my favorite items for pregnancy and postpartum!

 

*photos by Monet Nicole Birthing Stories. Monet has also shared her birth stories on The Birth Hour.

Three Empowering & Peaceful Births

Three Empowering & Peaceful Births with Melissa Emler

Melissa’s children were born in Iowa under the care of midwives but in a hospital setting. In Iowa all midwives who are legally practicing are Certified Nurse Midwives and many of them are providing care within a hospital setting. The hospital that Melissa gave birth at was set up more like a birth center than the typical hospital image that you may have in your head. It had a large tub as well as other comfort measures that aided her with finding more natural methods of coping with labor than typical hospital pain medications. Melissa also practiced Hypnobirthing which really made a big difference with her births and kept her from even considering asking for an epidural.

Melissa Emler Bio

is a mom to three kids, Cooper, Addilyn and Conner and lives in Wisconsin where she works in education. She connects schools with the best and most useful tools available to them in the 21st century! Melissa also has a podcast called On the Vender Floor where she connects educators and entrepreneurs in conversations that positively impact learning.

Resource Links

Hypnobirthing

Zahler Prenatal Vitamins

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Induction for Intra-Uterine Growth Restriction

Clarice Amorim Freitas was planning to give birth at a birth center, but at 37 weeks was diagnosed with intra-uterine growth restriction and needed to be induced immediately. They were in the hospital for 39 hours before their little one was born via vaginal birth. The hospital and birth center staff were both incredibly supportive and they had a very positive experience despite the abrupt change of plans. They were able to continue their postpartum care through the birth center even though they did not physically deliver their baby there.

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Born Driving Down I-35 Birth Story

Born Driving Down the Highway Birth Story

When I got the following message from Danielle Knapp, I was brought to tears knowing the affect that this podcast had had on her unexpected birth experience and knew I had to have her on the show! In this episode she shares her experience giving birth while drive down the interstate.

Good afternoon, Bryn.

I just wanted to send you a note to let you know how impactful your podcast was for me!! I listened to your empowering birth stories almost everyday during my third trimester. I laughed and cried and clung to the hopes that I too would have an empowering birth. My first birth was in the hospital and it was 31 hours. An epidural in the last 3 hours after a goal of all natural. I felt defeated and ‘less than’ bc I couldn’t do it…. Well, I gave birth almost three weeks ago to my second daughter. My plan was a to have a peaceful water birth at the Austin Birthing Center. Baby had other plans. I ended up delivering her myself… in the car… on the highway, while my husband was speeding to try to get us to the birthing center on time. I didn’t even tell him bc I was afraid he would pull over or crash or I don’t even know. I just quietly pulled her up on the back bench of our expedition. I feel like the collective confidence I absorbed through all those women’s stories is why it happened the way it did. I was never fearful, and even in the most absurd circumstances, it was still a calm and peaceful experience for both me and my daughter. And best of all, I feel so empowered from the experience.

So thank you for doing what you do! I really am not sure how I would have handled a precipitous birth and highway delivery had I not had all those beautiful women on my mind!

Best,
Danielle

The Knapp’s welcomed their first daughter, Piper Clementine on January 20th, 2013. It was a grueling 31 hour labor. Looking for a different experience, Danielle planned to give birth at The Austin Area Birthing Center for baby girl number two. After a precipitous birth, Posey James was born in the car, northbound on Interstate 35 on the way to the birth center in Austin.

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Danielle Knapp lives with her husband and two daughters in beautiful San Marcos, Texas. She is momma to Piper Clementine, Posey James, and one old brown dog. Danielle studied Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech and received a masters in Professional Counseling from Texas State University. She is currently home with the girls where they spend time stalking the neighborhood peacock, tending the garden, creating lots of useless crafts and basically just living and loving life.

Resources

Gentle Birth App
Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Spray
Support The Birth Hour

Crane Humidifiers

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Birth Center Twin Birth with Dr. Stu & Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Hyperemesis Gravidarum Pregnancies and Birth Center Twin Birth

After a long pregnancy battling severe hyperemesis gravidarum, Hannah gave birth to her first son in a birth center at nearly 41 weeks. Ten months later, she became pregnant again, this time with a set of twins! Despite living in a state that considers twins to be a “high-risk” pregnancy, they were able to work with an OBGYN and midwife team to deliver their babies out-of-hospital. She carried her twins for 38+5 weeks until her water broke and they shot out of her body in just 1.5 hours! Hannah struggled with breastfeeding all of her children, due to tongue-ties and tight jaws. She was forced to exclusively pump with her son, but was able to breastfeed her twins successfully after a difficult 3 month journey working with a lactation consultant and occupational therapist.

dr. stu twin birth at birth center

Hannah Mockary Bio

Hannah is 26 years old and lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. She married her high school sweetheart right after graduating from college in 2012 and became pregnant with her first child in 2015. Her health and lifestyle drastically changed after having hyperemesis gravidarum during and after both pregnancies. Her son was born in a birth center in July of 2016. Hannah became pregnant with her twin daughters in 2017 and was also able to deliver them out-of-hospital. While chasing after her 3 kids under 2, Hannah stays active in the community by serving at her local church and part-time work with online marketing. @hannahmockary on Instagram

Resources

Dr. Stu – Birthing Instincts
Twiniversity
Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins
www.helpher.org
Hyperemesis Sufferers Group on Baby Center
Beyond Morning Sickness: Battling Hyperemesis Gravidarum
Birthing From Within 
Business of Being Born

Zahler Prenatal Vitamins

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Switching from OB to Birth Center at 30 Weeks

Doula Training Before Pregnancy

Katie trained to be a doula 6 months before becoming unexpectedly pregnant on her honeymoon. She always knew she wanted an unmedicated vaginal birth, and switched care providers from an OB practice to a birth center at 30 weeks. She and her husband took hypnobirthing classes while she was pregnant, and they hired their hypnobirthing instructor as a doula. Though labor and birth didn’t progress as she had imagined (does it ever?), she achieved the goal of bringing her baby into the world in a peaceful, sacred, empowering environment, surrounded by love. You can watch her birth video here.

waterbirth

Katie Bihl Bio

Katie is a passionate, creative, social-media savvy, family-focused newlywed and new mom. When she’s not working from home as Influencer Marketing Manager at clean nutrition brand Orgain, she spends quality time with her beautiful family, enjoying the beach, cooking up delicious meals, and educating herself and others on things she is passionate about, like nutrition, self-care, mental health and motherhood. She’s driven to live an authentic, joyful, vibrant life of love built on the biblical values that foster an abundant life. You can follow her on Instagram at @katiebihl.

Resources

Mama Natural
DONA International
Dr. James at Laguna Beach OBGYN
Beach Cities Midwifery
Hypnobirthing OC
And of course, The Birth Hour podcast!

family bed after birth

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