Doctor Advocates for Patient in Hospital Birth and Multicystic Dysplastic Kidney (MCDK) Diagnosis

Kellie’s first labor lasted 32.5 hours from labor to birth. She had a hospital birth with an epidural and had an amazing and supportive doctor who advocated for her. Baby #2 was a planned induction because baby was initially diagnosed with severe Hydronephrosis. That diagnosis was changed to Multicystic Dysplastic Kidney (MCDK) after birth. She discusses her birth and postpartum with both babies.

Kellie Brandt birth story

Kellie Brandt Bio

Kellie is married to her husband Austin. They’ve been married for 3 years and together for 9. They have a 19 month old and a 3 month old! Connect with her on Instagram @Kellieannfreels or kelliefreels@gmail.com.

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Motif Medical

This episode was sponsored by Motif Medical. Motif designs insurance-eligible products for busy moms. With a focus on innovation and empowerment, Motif’s line of breast pumps and maternity compression garments are sophisticated, yet discreet, and made to support mothers as they navigate new motherhood. Discover why moms are reporting more milk in less time with the Luna breast pump, and see how you can get it covered through insurance at motifmedical.com/birthhour

Postpartum Experience After Unmedicated Induction Birth

After an unplanned cesarean with her first baby and a successful VBAC with her twins, Kalen she describes her third birth and postpartum experience as her easiest and most rewarding. Her third induction resulted in a precipitous unplanned unmedicated birth which made for an uncomplicated recovery and a wonderful end to her pregnancies and births. She describes healing from this birth compared to her other three and things she’s learned and done differently the third time around. 

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Kalen Andelin Bio

Kalen lives in Wisconsin with her husband of 6 years Ian and their four children Maverick age 5, twin daughters Indy and Bowie age 3, and daugther Briggs 6 months old. She’s currently a stay at home mom and enjoys listening to podcasts, having a glass of wine, exercising on her Peloton, and the occasional date night.

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Ergobaby

This episode is sponsored by Ergobaby. Founded in 2003, Ergobaby has pioneered the gold standard for comfortable, ergonomic soft structured carriers. Their commitment to providing parents with the foundation to thrive has launched the company into creating a broad range of award-winning products that fit into families’ daily lives seamlessly, comfortably, and safely – where function and quality are not compromised. In 2020, they launched Everlove by Ergobaby, a first of its kind baby carrier buy back and resale program, a sustainability effort to support families and the planet. Check out Ergobaby’s Embrace in Soft Air Mesh that we discussed on the podcast!

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety During Covid-19 Pandemic

Clarice has had two very different births – one was a long hospital induction and one was a fast homebirth. You can listen to her first birth story on Episode 345, and on this episode she will talk about her postpartum experience following that birth as well as her second birth and postpartum. Both times she experienced postpartum mood disorders (depression and anxiety) in some pretty significant ways. She has learned many lessons about how to deal with the mood disorders and what she can do to keep things from getting out of hand in the future.

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Clarice Amorim Freitas Bio

Clarice is a mom of two young boys, she is originally from Brazil but now lives in Alaska with her kids and her husband. She is currently staying at home but she dreams of being a doula once her littles are a bit older – with the goal of helping other families achieve their ideal birth and postpartum experiences. In the meantime, she is enjoying traveling and exploring nature with her boys. You can follow their adventures on Instagram under the handle @onebarefamily. You can also find out more about her at https://wanderingrootsdoula.com/

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Ergobaby

This episode is sponsored by Ergobaby. Founded in 2003, Ergobaby has pioneered the gold standard for comfortable, ergonomic soft structured carriers. Their commitment to providing parents with the foundation to thrive has launched the company into creating a broad range of award-winning products that fit into families’ daily lives seamlessly, comfortably, and safely – where function and quality are not compromised. In 2020, they launched Everlove by Ergobaby, a first of its kind baby carrier buy back and resale program, a sustainability effort to support families and the planet. Check out Ergobaby’s Embrace in Soft Air Mesh that we discussed on the podcast!

Mom of 5 Journey to Unmedicated Childbirth

Meg discusses her five hospital births and her progression from a naïve and unprepared first-time-mom, to empowering and healing unmedicated births. Meg’s episode includes the topics of PPA and miscarriage, but also the big and hard lessons she learned about advocating for herself and setting boundaries during labor and delivery. Her story includes navigating pregnancy, birth, and loss with a partner in surgical training and multiple moves for her growing family. 

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Meg Holt Bio

Meg is a mom to five kids 8 and under. She and her husband spent the first ten years of their marriage moving around the upper Midwest for his medical training before ultimately landing back home in Pittsburgh. She’s a devoted Pittsburgh sports fan, a women’s group leader, a enthusiastic reader, and loves nothing more than playing sports with her kids. Connect with her on Instagram: @mmhavern

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Betterhelp

Today’s episode is sponsored by Betterhelp. BetterHelp is online therapy that offers video, phone, and even live chat-only therapy sessions. I love that Betterhelp is so much more affordable AND convenient than in-person therapy. For many people the barrier to getting therapy is finding a therapist but with Betterhelp, you can be matched with a therapist in under 48 hour! Our listeners get 10% off their first month at BetterHelp.com/birthhour.

Two Unmedicated Hospital Births and Getting Help with PPA & PPD

Sarah Matlock Bio

Sarah is a mother of 2, Amelia (3 years old) and Malcolm (2 months at the time of recording).Sarah had two unmedicated hospital births, the first included a bit of trauma followed by PPA/PPD. The second was a redemptive, quick, and easy birth.  Connect with her on IG @weareinfourthgrade

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Backer

While you’re planning for the arrival of your baby, now is a great time to think about saving for their future learning opportunities. Backer is a smart way to save together for your kid’s college education, starting from birth all the way to graduation. You can create a college savings account at any time, and invite family & friends to contribute. When you’re ready, invest your savings and watch it grow as fast as your little one does!

And, with Backer 529 you can upgrade to a gold-rated 529 Plan, and invest your savings tax-free. So when your child is ready, they’ll be able to achieve the career of their dreams. Over time, your savings could grow four times as big as you could manage alone. Don’t wait until the baby is here when you probably won’t have time to think about it. Open your first fund today, share the link, and ask family and friends to pitch in from day one. Go to backer.com to get started and as an added bonus, click this link for a $10 voucher to get you started saving today!

Postpartum Anxiety, Grief, and Virtual Therapy

Elizabeth experienced a pregnancy that was relatively physically easy as well as a surprisingly almost painless, epidural-free birth. What was tough to handle were the emotional difficulties that she was facing. Between the death of her brother prior to getting pregnant, the loss of her nephew in the first trimester, and a third trimester flag for a potential severe fetal genetic disorder with her baby, grief and loss had a major impact on her well-being. During her postpartum recovery, the major focus was on mental health. Elizabeth sought supportive therapies and resources for not only postpartum anxiety but also death anxiety as the result of PTSD from her losses. 

When her son was almost three-months-old, Elizabeth was managing things well and preparing for her upcoming transition back to work. But the COVID-19 pandemic caused everything to come to a halt. A major coping mechanism for her anxiety involved social interactions, and with those no longer available, she had to find new methods. In the midst of navigating anxiety, Elizabeth also balanced ongoing genetic testing, extended breastfeeding, working from home, and becoming a new parent in a post-pandemic world. 

Elizabeth Booker Houston, JD, MPH Bio

Elizabeth is a Government Information Specialist at FDA in the Washington, DC Metro Area. She lives with her husband, Billy, and their two-year-old son, Booker. Along with her career in public health law, Elizabeth is also a comedian. She can be found on Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook @bookersquared and on Twitter @bookersquared1. 

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