Epidural Birth and Unmedicated Birth Stories
Anita and her partner, Brian, were initially surprised by their pregnancy. After six months of trying to conceive, they both weren’t sure they could. After delivering her son via a vaginal birth (with an epidural) in 2009, Anita desired to have an unmedicated birth with her next child.
During week 38, Anita went to the hospital twice but was sent home due to only being dilated 2 centimeters with no steady progress. Her mucus plug came out the same day as her second hospital visit, but she and Brian went home, watched A Dog’s Purpose and ate pepperoni pizza.
Anita sat up sharply after feeling a gush of water at 3:33a.m. They arrived at the hospital almost 40 minutes later. She spent nine hours in labor with some change; however, the biggest change happened when the nurse burst the last of her water. Almost immediately, she experienced unwavering contractions and overheating as she transitioned into the final phase of active labor. With the support of Brian and Basmah, her doula, Anita delivered Eden squatting backwards in bed at 1:39p.m.
Anita Young Bio
Anita is a 30-something adventurer living in the Richmond, Virginia with Brian (her partner), Thomas (her son, 9), Eden (her daughter, 6 months), and Juno and Hazy (the family guard cats). She is a writer and aspiring author, who works full-time as a project administrator. In her free time, she enjoys blogging, concerts and traveling with her family. Social Media Platforms. Connect with her on Twitter @Emranija or Instagram @huntress626
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Hypnobabies Birth Center Birth with Doula
Tori had a peaceful, unmedicated birth at Mountain Midwifery in a birthing pool. After laboring at home, she and her husband made the drive to the center to meet her doula. Spending a majority of the time in the water, Tori drew on her Hypnobabies wisdom, physical support of her husband, and emotional support of her doula. After a few hours of labor and transition, she pushed 3 times and her son was in arms. Hours after that, the family of 3 returned home for post-partum bonding.
Tori Rerick Bio
Tori is a mother of 2 (1 human, 1 chocolate lab), pharmacist, wife, and life coach living near Boulder, CO. Connect with her on Instagram or at tidytor.com.
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Stillbirth, Waterbirth and Accidental Unassisted Homebirth
After losing her first daughter to stillbirth, Heidi had a complicated pregnancy journey to her second birth. But the storm clouds lifted when she heard her rainbow baby’s first cries after a long and difficult, but empowering, waterbirth that led her down the path of becoming a birth doula. Despite having been to many births by the time she had her 3rd, Heidi was completely shocked when she didn’t recognize her own labor signs and ended up having a surprise, accidental, unassisted homebirth on her toilet with nobody around but her 3 year old. But things got complicated when the ambulance showed up.
Heidi Kim Bio
After the heartbreaking loss of her first daughter, Heidi turned to her YouTube channel HeidikimTV as a way of journaling. She never expected people to watch, but so many parents connected with her experience as she went on to become pregnant again. Later, when Heidi was working as a birth doula in Tucson, AZ, she and her husband, Ken, realized how little moments you never expect can have an impact on the person you will become. So they set out to capture these moments on their family’s daily YouTube vlog, Sudden Kimpact, which follows their lives as a stay-home mom and teacher-dad. You can find Heidi on YouTube as well as in her Facebook breastfeeding support group More Than Milk.
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Two Very Different Hospital Birth Experiences
Kelly’s first birth was unexpectedly long and difficult. She planned to have a natural water birth, but the birth took a different path. Her experience made her very fearful of a second pregnancy and birth, but a short 19 months later she was back at the hospital in labor. The two births turned out to be very different and she was able to have an experience with her second birth that made her feel truly empowered.
Kelly Oriard Bio
Kelly is a Family Therapist and School Counselor who has made the jump to entrepreneurship with her best friend Callie Christensen as co-founders of Slumberkins. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has settled there with her husband and two children. She is passionate about promoting social emotional intelligence in the next generation through empowering parents and caregivers to connect with children. Connect with her on Instagram @Slumberkins or on Facebook.
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Emergency Cesarean followed by Three VBACs & an Adoption
Rachel’s first birth was an emergency c-section, due to baby’s dropping heart rate and failure to progress after many long hours of labor. He ended up being a large baby (9 lbs, 8 oz) with a huge head. Her 2nd birth was a successful VBAC 18 months later to a smaller, healthy boy (8 lbs even). It was another long labor, but it went smoothly. Her 3rd birth was a VBAC birth to a baby girl, a much quicker and easier labor lasting only 6 hours. Baby weighed 8 lbs, 1 oz. Her 4th and last birth was a VBAC birth to a baby girl. Labor was a bit longer than the previous birth (12 hours) due to her water breaking and labor taking a while to get started but it was a smooth and relatively easy delivery. Baby weighed 8 lbs, 8 oz. She and her husband fostered a little boy 2 separate times (once during her 4th pregnancy, and again when that baby was a few months old) and his adoption was finalized last summer.
Rachel Bausili Bio
Rachel is from Oklahoma, and is a mom of 5 children ages 2 through 9. Her first baby was a c-section, and she has had 3 VBAC births and has adopted a child through the foster care system. She teaches fitness classes part time at the local Y, and loves hiking and adventuring with her family, traveling, baking, running, following the Oklahoma Thunder basketball team, and coffee dates with her husband. Connect with her on Instagram @befitandeatchocolate or on Facebook at Rachel Green Bausili.
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Early Labor at 34 Weeks & NICU Stay
Gioia (Joya) had all intensions of giving birth to her first child unmedicated at the local birth center she and her husband selected; but their baby had other plans. After arriving at work “feeling off” one rainy Friday morning, Gioia’s water spontaneously broke at 34 weeks. Her husband immediately picked her up from work and they headed to the birth center to be checked. To everyone’s shock she was 9 centimeters dilated at arrival.
Quickly, Gioia, her husband, and her midwife piled back in their 2-door car to head to hospital because she could not deliver at the birth center before 37 weeks. Within 4 hours of her water breaking, Gioia’s midwife delivered her late term preemie at the nearby hospital. Gioia had experienced Braxton Hicks contractions during most of her third trimester, so when active labor actually began, she felt no pain or difference between the two.
This birth story is not only that of a first-time mom’s natural fast delivery but also her advocating for her new baby in the NICU. After being met with a not-so-receptive NICU staff and procedures, Gioia credits her courage to stand her ground during baby’s hospital stay to mother’s intuition.
Gioia Hackett Bio
Gioia Hackett is a graphic designer living in North Carolina with her husband of two years and their one year old daughter, Yara. Getting pregnant was the surprise of 2016 for Gioia and her husband. They were always committed to traveling in the early years of their marriage, before having children. But their, “I can’t wait to meet you”, daughter has been a great addition to all their international adventures. Gioia is an advocate for doing it your own way, whether that is through lifestyle, parenting, nursing, or any other choices that help you live your best life. You can connect with her on Instagram @gioia.leigh and keep an eye out for her revamped travel/lifestyle blog gioialeigh.com in 2018.
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