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.

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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!

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Four Birth Stories Including Two Sets of Twins

Lindsey Bliss shares her six births in four stories: a birth center birth with Mia (now 11); a vaginal twin birth in the hospital with surprise-twins, Birdie & Hazel (now 8); another surprise set of twins, Luke & Rocco (now 5.5) who were born at home; and finally, baby Olympia (1) who was also born via a planned homebirth. I love Lindsey’s down-to-earth approach to birth, postpartum, and parenting!

Lindsey Bliss Bio

Lindsey Bliss is the co-director of Carriage House Birth, an experienced birth doula, and the mother of seven. Lindsey is considered to be a multiples expert after giving birth to and parenting two consecutive sets of twins. Lindsey takes on her role as a birth doula and childbirth educator with serious passion and commitment. Her mission is to hold space for expectant families through education and informed decision making. Being prepared, and knowing what options are available increases the likelihood of an amazing birth. Lindsey facilitates that process, giving people the tools and inspiration to empower themselves. Her unwavering support and gentle guidance have benefited over two hundred families. Lindsey supports first time parents, multiparas, single parents, LGBT families, twins births, medicated and non medicated vaginal births, cesarean births, and VBACs.

Connect with her on Instagram at @doulabliss and @carriagehousebirth

Evenflo

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Today’s episode is sponsored by Evenflo. Evenflo recently released the Pivot Xpand single to double stroller travel system that easily slides to convert from single to double without any tools needed. It has 22 different configurations accommodating one or two riders that can sit at various heights, reclines and be either forward or parent facing. I love that it comes WITH the infant carseat that clicks directly into the frame and a toddler seat that can recline to cradle infants as well. It also has a great extra large storage basket and easy fold!

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.

Resources

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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Dealing with Insurance, Vaginal Bleeding & Birth Location Change

Difficult Pregnancy and Uncomplicated Water Birth

Spencer’s pregnancy less than peaceful. Between complications with the insurance process, anxiety about pregnancy in general, indecisiveness about a birth plan, two hospitalizations due to vaginal bleeding, and unanticipated challenges with her prosthetic leg, Spencer never felt completely at-ease carrying her baby. However, she transferred care from an OB practice to a birth center in her final month of pregnancy, and from that point through her birth, it was smooth sailing. At 39 weeks 3 days, after 24 hours of early labor, 12 hours of active labor, including 2 hours of pushing in the tub, Spencer had an uncomplicated water delivery, and was so relieved to have achieved her exact birth plan with the support of her husband, doula, midwife, and birth assistant.

Dealing with Insurance, Vaginal Bleeding & Birth Location Change

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Spencer Dolan Bio

Spencer lives in Los Angeles with her high-school-sweetheart husband, Ian, and their 11-week-old daughter Bowie Valentine. Spencer and Ian met when they were 14-year-old freshmen in high school, and began dating when they were 16. At 22 they got married, and were pregnant just two months after the wedding. Spencer is second in a family of 7 children, so she has had a lot of experience with babies and kids, and has wanted to be a mom since she could remember. So far, motherhood is even better than imagined. Connect with her on Instagram @spencerbrooke or Facebook – Spencer Brooke Green.

Resources

Pregnancy+ App
The Business of Being Born
The Birth Hour
Evidence Based Birth
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
A Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives
Baby Connect App

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.

Empowering Birth with Women Despite Military Husband Being Away

Empowering Birth Center Birth Surrounded by Women Despite Being Separated from Husband for Pregnancy & Birth

First-time mom Natalie had a beautiful but emotionally challenging pregnancy during which she was separated from her husband, an officer in the US Army, from week 20 onward. Due to a required military training course that did not go quite as planned, Natalie’s husband was unable to attend the birth of his daughter and didn’t end up meeting her until she was almost 3 weeks old. Despite these disappointing circumstances, Natalie had an incredible birth experience surrounded by her mother, sister, doula, and team of midwives at her birth center. Her daughter Cecilia was brought into the world surrounded by strong, caring women who supported and loved Natalie throughout her 21 hours of unmedicated labor with almost 3 hours of pushing at the end.

Natalie Curran Bio

Natalie is a military wife with a passion for fitness, singing opera, and being the best mother she can be to her sweet baby girl. She has moved four times since getting married to her military man in 2014, and they currently reside in beautiful North Carolina where he is stationed. Connect with her at natalie.jd.curran@gmail.com.

Resources

Core Rehab program by Erica Ziel:  for healing and strengthening your entire core/pelvic floor postpartum
doulamatch.net for finding a birth/postpartum doula
La Leche League for finding a local group of BF moms

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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!

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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

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