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.
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
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Transfer in Care in Late Pregnancy Hospital Birth Story
Sara planned a birth center birth in Greensboro, NC, with Certified Nurse Midwives. However, during her last trimester she finished graduate school and moved to Richmond, VA, with her husband 22 days before she gave birth. She hoped for a low intervention birth with the midwives at the hospital, but ended up choosing an epidural after experiencing back labor. After about 17 hours of labor and pushing for 45 minutes, her baby boy was born perfectly healthy but with a cephalohematoma; basically a very large bump on his head. Despite a strong support system, Sara struggled with breastfeeding and PPD during the fourth trimester.
Sara Jones Bio
Sara lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband of five years, their 8-month-old son Lincoln, and their two cats, Sawyer and Mae. She is an academic advisor for the music department at Virginia Commonwealth University, with a background and degrees in music education. She loves to cook, eat, read, and explore her beloved Richmond with family and friends! Seriously, come visit Richmond. It’s great.
The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
The Birth Hour Podcast
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Gestational Hypertension, Hospital Induction, and Less Than 2 Minutes of Pushing
Payton’s 18-hour induction hospital birth was completely different than she planned for her entire pregnancy. After battling with gestational hypertension during her last trimester, Payton feared for her ability to achieve an unmedicated birth when a spike in blood pressure caused her to be induced at 38+5. Payton’s daughter was posterior her entire labor & although she had help from some IV medication, she went on to birth her daughter without an epidural & less than 2 minutes of pushing.
Payton Wilson Bio
Payton lives with her wife of 1 year in Columbus, Ohio. She’s a stay at home mom who worked as a nanny prior to becoming a mama herself. Pregnancy & birth is something that she always loved & couldn’t wait to go through it herself. Now that she has, Payton is searching for any way to stay involved in the birth community. Instagram : @pwilsonnn13
Facebook: Payton Wilson
Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
The Birth Hour
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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 email@example.com.
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doulamatch.net for finding a birth/postpartum doula
La Leche League for finding a local group of BF moms
Earth Mama Organics
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Type 1 Diabetic, Planned Cesarean and Conceiving with the Ava Bracelet
Tara went into childbirth knowing that she would have a cesarean delivery. As a Type 1 Diabetic, the expected birth weight of her daughter had reached 8 pounds by her 36th week of pregnancy, and shoulder dystocia had already complicated her first delivery. She and her husband, Adam, were informed on May 29th that her delivery had been scheduled… for the very next morning! Lowering blood sugar levels were pointing to possible problems with her placenta, and baby looked good, so all doctors involved agreed that the wait was over!
They arrived at Cartersville Medical Center and preparations began for surgery. Tara was lucky enough to have both her husband and Mama with her in the operating room. Aside from a little trouble with anesthesia, the procedure was very routine… until it was almost over. Baby Selene had been delivered, her cord had been cut by Adam, and her breathing was being monitored when Tara heard a crash from the corner. Her Mama peeked around the drape to tell her, “Adam passed out!!!” While Adam woke up, and was wheeled out of the delivery room, the nurses gave Selene to Tara’s Mama, and Tara saw her for the first time. Selene weighed 9 pounds, 13 ounces, and had a head full of black hair, just like her woozy Daddy!
Tara Lee Perez Bio
Tara is 34 years old and from Cartersville, GA. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern University, where she studied Writing & Lingusitics, and she is currently a Substitute Teacher for the Cartersville City School System. She has been married to her husband, Adam, since June of 2016. Tara has a 9-year old step-daughter, Mischa, a 4-year old niece that she thinks of as her own, Lyla Beth, and a 3-month miracle baby, Selene. Tara had a very tough journey to motherhood, and is fully enjoying every moment of watching her new baby girl grow. Facebook.com/taraleeabby
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Five Very Different Births
As a neonatal nurse, Sigrid thought she was well prepared for her first birth in 2008, but was totally knocked over by mainstream medicine’s “factory-style” birth care. She was induced, got an epidural, then pushed for three hours flat on her back before her cesarean section for “cephalopelvic disproportion.”
Two years later, she had the most empowering experience of her life when she had a natural midwife-supported, Hypnobabies 9 lb 8 oz VBAC in the hospital. Her passion for natural birth and midwifery model of care was sparked here and has only continued to grow over the years.
In 2013, Sigrid had an intense but healing home water birth of a rainbow baby after two back-to-back miscarriages, including one with severe life-threatening obstetric hemorrhage. Her fourth birth, in 2014, was a precipitous accidentally-unassisted (almost) pain free birth at 42 weeks 5 days. This baby was caught by Sigrid’s husband, Isaac, in the tiny master bathroom of their home.
Today’s podcast features the story of Sigrid’s most recent birth in May 2018— the homebirth of her 11 lb 6 oz son complete with 4 minute shoulder dystocia and 6 minute neonatal resuscitation.
Sigrid’s kids all think it is hilarious that they were each born in a different place: an OR table, a hospital bed, a birth pool, over a toilet (they break into unbridled laughter at this point), and the family room hardwood floor. My birth team included midwife Maura Winkler of Fika Midwifery and birth photographer Shawna Stanley.
Sigrid Chapman Bio
As a mom of five, with a wide range of personal birth experiences to inspire her, Sigrid has developed a passion to joyfully support moms and babies on their journeys through birth and breastfeeding.
Sigrid holds a bachelors of science in nursing and has eleven years of experience, first as a newborn nurse skilled in neonatal resuscitation and now as a labor and delivery nurse with certification in fetal monitoring. She became an international board certified lactation consultant in 2012 and has been assisting at home births since 2014.
When she isn’t working, Sigrid can be found homeschooling and mothering Judah, Galilee, Shiloh, Calah, and Ari with her awesome husband Isaac and sweet dog Cody. She is a devout Christian and lover of good coffee, midwifery memoirs, IKEA, Thai food, and the concept of hygge, who calls Buffalo, NY home. You can connect with her on Instagram: @stretch_studentmidwife.
Hypnobabies Home Study Course
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Pushed by Jennifer Block
Birth by Tina Cassidy
Mama Natural Week to Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth
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