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.
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 email@example.com.
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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
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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!
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.
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A Powerful, Intense, & Rewarding Hospital Birth Story
Scarlet originally planned to give birth at a birth center, but those plans changed close to the end of her pregnancy when she received a gestational thrombocytopenia diagnosis.Still, Jane’s birth was a very powerful, intense, yet rewarding experience. At 41.5 weeks, Scarlet’s labor started in the middle of the night and progressed quickly, but stalled after her hospital check-in. Scarlet’s doctor ended up breaking her water, which jump-started her labor again, and her daughter, Jane, was born soon after. A retained placenta led to a manual extraction and extra blood loss; but, everyone went home healthy the next day. But only 4 days later, Scarlet’s family was back in the doctor’s office due to a thyroid problem that showed up on Jane’s newborn screen.
Scarlet Kelly Bio
Scarlet and her husband Michael have just recently moved back to Texas after planting a church in Bellingham, Washington for the past 2.5 years. Michael is a worship leader, and they also work together for their screen printing company. You can connect with her on Instagram @scarlet_kelly
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Costa Rican Homebirth
Having trained as a doula, Jen had a solid knowledge-base heading into her welcome, though very surprising, first pregnancy! She knew that she wanted midwifery care and a home birth and was able to find an amazing midwife early in pregnancy. The pregnancy unfolded normally, without any complications, but with some lucid (and prophetic) dreams. Her Mum and Aunty were able to fly to Costa Rica from Canada and were present for the 17 hour labor and birth into water of her beautiful son Caio on September 29th 2011 at 10:31 am.
Jen’s Experience with Loss
Jen was delighted to become pregnant in April 2013, and had a normal healthy pregnancy until almost 13 weeks, when her waters broke and labor began. She gave birth to a still baby on July 11. Jen conceived again in December of 2014, which resulted in a chemical pregnancy (sperm-egg connection but no implantation) and self-terminated at 7 weeks.
Twins Birth Center in Costa Rica Birth
In March 2015, Jen had another positive pregnancy test. She began prenatal care but chose to do minimal testing and declined an early ultrasound. She wanted to enjoy the pregnancy without any expectations, just spending time with baby even if the time together would be short. Measuring large at 16 weeks, Jen agreed to an ultrasound and was shocked and delighted to be carrying twins; She chose to change birth plans from a home birth to a birth center with her midwife and OB present. The pregnancy progressed normally, and Jen, her partner, and big brother Caio were over the moon to welcome Tobias and Elena on December 4, 2015, at 9:28 pm and 9:35 pm, respectively, after a gentle 6 hour labor.
Jen McLennan Bio
Jen lives in Costa Rica with her partner Julio and their three lovely locos: Caio, Toby and Elena. She is a yoga instructor specializing in kids classes and the family also manages a small guest house and yoga center, Casa Zen (www.zencostarica.com). She has always been drawn to birth and is passionate about supporting women to make informed choices during prenatal care, labor, delivery, and postpartum. Connect with her at email@example.com or on Facebook—JenShine McKate.
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Today’s episode is brought to you by Earth Mama Organics. From the positive test to the big push, from the first latch to the thousandth diaper, Earth Mama makes effective organic and natural herbal products for the whole journey of motherhood: pregnancy, postpartum, breastfeeding, and baby care. They’ve been safely nurturing mamas this way since 2002 — and they wouldn’t do it any other way.