India shares some highlights from her births below… listen to the full episode (771) in your favorite podcast app to hear the full story!
India’s first daughter: 2 weeks before my due date I went through 3 days of prodromal labor. Hardly any rest because the contractions were waking me up. Beyond exhausted. Progressing but very slow (Arrived at the birth center at 5/6AM ish and she arrived at 6:33PM) She slightly turned when I got to the birthing center but we got her to turn back All back labor We went home within 8 hours
India’s second daughter: 2 weeks before my due date Complete opposite from my 1st birth I was sleeping and it felt like I peed the bed. I thought I was dreaming I went to get up to go to the bathroom and water is just gushing I literally thought I was going to have her in the car. My birth center is 45 minutes away. All back labor Quick and hard Arrived at the birth center at 10PM/11PM and she came at 3:51AM
India Brown Bio
India is a sought-after Video Marketing Strategist known for her ability to help coaches, entrepreneurs, and SME’s leverage the power of video to grow their businesses.
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Hope and her spouse Tyler decided they were ready to have a baby in 2017 and began trying to conceive. It was a long road of unexplained infertility and multiple miscarriages. They conceived a sticky baby in June 2018 and gave birth to their daughter, Magnolia, March 5, 2019 at 38+5 weeks at a free standing birth center in Nashville (Baby&Co, now Vanderbilt Birth center). After 24 hours of back labor, thanks to Magnolia being OP, Hope achieved her goal of an unmedicated birth while squatting in the corner of the room at 9:45 pm.
Hope Aberg Bio
Hope Aberg (@Hope_aberg)is a full spectrum doula (BADT) and childbirth educator (ICEA) in Nashville, Tn. She found her passion for birthwork through her journey ttc, kisses and eventually the birth of her daughter. She began birth work in 2020 and founded @VillageBirthServices. She works along side the incredible doulas on the @EastNashvilleDoulas team.
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After an uncomplicated pregnancy, Samara had many days of prodromal labor that lasted well into her 41st week of pregnancy. True labor finally kicked off at 41 weeks and 4 days after a foley balloon placement at the freestanding birth center where she planned to meet her baby boy. Over the next thirty-eight hours, Samara went from laboring at home with her doula to laboring at the birth center in a big, beautiful tub to laboring on all fours in the back of her Mazda 2 Hatchback due to a meconium-related hospital transfer. She was going for an unmedicated, out-of-hospital birth and ended up epiduralized, working with her hospital care team (who were also her coworkers) to pull out all the interventional stops to get her a vaginal delivery. While both she and baby tolerated labor well (the meconium never presented a problem), she still never progressed past 7 centimeters. At the 38th hour, she had a c-section for arrest of dilation.
It’s taken time to process the birth and her feelings have evolved with each passing month. Labor came with its fair share of stress and pain and things did NOT go as planned but overall she’s grateful for the feelings of autonomy she had throughout the experience. She believes that regardless of birth outcome, feeling respected and having autonomy throughout the experience can turn a potentially traumatic birth into an empowering one. She’s incredibly grateful for the care she received both outside and inside the hospital, and she hopes to one day provide that same level of care to her patients as a Certified Nurse-Midwife.
Samara Laxineta Bio
Samara is a Labor and Delivery nurse and Master’s student at UCSF where she’s studying to become a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. A once astute conversationalist, Samara now struggles to chat about anything but birth, pregnancy, and her new favorite subject…babies. She welcomes any and all new conversation topics. A lazy cyclist, beer lover, and self-help enthusiast, she lives in San Francisco with her husband Toby, baby boy Ziggy, and two precious cats Sass and Frankie.
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Britt previously shared her first birth story and experience with Postpartum Depression on episode 470. She returns to share her second story and how her plans for the birth and postpartum changed the second time around. Britt discusses how fear played a part of her labor progressing, and the power of letting go and trusting your body. She describes a euphoric birth & postpartum experience in a hospital birth center. She went home to enjoy a 4th trimester that felt calm, peaceful and empowering – a stark and welcome contrast after previously experiencing PPD.
Britt also shares the ups and downs of adjusting to life with a toddler and a newborn, as well as dealing with breastfeeding and infant weight gain issues, and a misdiagnosed tongue tie.
Britt Watkins Bio
Britt and her husband Matt reside in Upstate New York with their daughters Maya & Callie, and their sweet old dog, Doc. Britt and Matt love living in NY, taking full advantage of all four seasons in the Adirondack Mountains. Britt’s a total birth nerd, a certified lactation consultant, and loves sharing and hearing about birth & postpartum experiences.
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After experiencing a very traumatic birth with her first son in 2021, Fallon was determined to have a water birth at the Atlanta Birth Center that she had been preparing for for nearly two years. In her first birth she was unexpectedly transferred to Atlanta Medical Center when her son failed his BPP test at 41+2 weeks. She barely made the cut off to be accepted into the birth center in time for her second birth because she did not find out she was pregnant until she was 18 weeks along. She was determined to deliver Dru on November 11th 2022, just 2 days before his due date, but much like her first son Zane, he came when he was good and ready.
On November 10th she drank The Midwives brew to get things going and started having contractions, but they were not enough to bring on full labor. Over the next week she had her normal contractions throughout the night, and around 5/6AM (just hours before Dru was born) she texted her Doula that they needed to come up with a new game plan because she now wanted an epidural after 3 days in a row of intense contractions all night long! She knew that she could not get an epidural at the birth center, and would have to have another hospital transfer in order to receive the medication. As the sun was coming up around 7:00 a.m. she called the birth center and spoke to a midwife about how intense her pain was and the Midwife instructed her to meet her at the birth center in about an hour and a half at 8:30 a.m. to check her cervix/progression/ dilation and to receive pain meds.
She suspected that she was an active labor and had her husband grab the hospital / birth center bag. Although she had contractions all night for the three previous nights, each morning as soon as the sun came up, the contractions would stop altogether, or would subside to only one contraction every few hours. Once the sun came up on the morning of November 17 however the contractions, never slow and only grew more intense. Once Fallon, her husband, and her mother arrived at the Birth Center, she was checked and told that she was already 6 cm. One of the nurses offered to bring her some snacks to eat since it was early, and she had not eaten breakfast, but as soon as she took one bite of the protein bar, she began to vomit intensely, and then the Midwife said that she was likely 7 cm now.
Fallon spent the next hour and a half begging for the pain meds promised to her by the midwife on call, only to be told that if she birthed the baby very quickly while on the nubane that it could affect the baby. Finally, she was able to receive nitrous oxide after insisting on pain medication. After using the nitrous she was able to get in the water for about an hour but ultimately got out and pushed her baby out after about 6 minutes of pushing.
Fallon Rice Scott Bio
Fallon is a Wife, #BoyMom of 2 under 2, #dogMom to Luka, World Traveler (Currently 41 countries), Houston native turned Georgia Peach, Sister, Daughter, Friend, Business Owner, and Founder of Vision To Fruition™ (visiontofruition.co).
Fallon received both her Master of Accounting and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she became a proud member of The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
In her non-existent spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, brunching, spending time with family, and being tortured by coaches at Orange Theory fitness. Connect with her on Instagram @THEFALLONRICE or via her blog fallonrice.com.
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Gretchen found out she was pregnant the day before starting Nuclear Power School for the Navy. She and her husband Peter were stationed in separate states up until the last month of the pregnancy; at about her 8-month mark, they were blessed to find out that Peter was able to get temporary orders to join Gretchen in Charleston until their son was born. Gretchen went into labor at 37 weeks 3 days and gave birth at a wonderful birth center in Charleston. She and Peter call their son Matthias their ‘9-to-5’ baby: her water broke at 9:30AM, and after 8 hours of working hard to relax through contractions and a lightning-fast pushing phase, Mattie was born at 4:48PM that day!
Gretchen Sinkovitz Bio
Gretchen is a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the Navy, currently training to serve on nuclear submarines. Her husband Peter is training to be a Navy pilot and they have a 1-year-old son, Matthias (Mattie for short!). Connect with her via email at email@example.com.
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