Type 1 Diabetic, Planned Cesarean and Conceiving with Ava Bracelet

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!

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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

Ava Women

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IUI Fertility Treatment Resulting in Triplets Pregnant & Birth Story

IUI Fertility Treatment & Surprise Triplets

Although Jody and Jeremy went through fertility treatment (IUI – intrauterine insemination,) they were told their chances of the procedure’s success was less than 20% due to small follicle size. Along with their physician, they decided to proceed anyways. After positive pregnancy tests and blood tests, it was confirmed the procedure was a success!

Jody experienced a significant amount of bleeding. After about 8 weeks, she and her husband went in for an early ultrasound to see if there was a reason for the bleeding. The doctor confirmed that triplets were the reason. Jody had a fairly insignificant pregnancy by triplet standards. No official bed rest or major medical issues.

triplets ultrasound

Premature Labor and Eclampsia

At 32 weeks and 6 days, Jody went into labor. Medication helped stop the contractions, and 48 hours of steroids helped develop the lungs of the babies. Jody’s high blood pressure kept her in the antenatal unit of the hospital. Once her blood pressure was under control, she was set to go home. Listening to her gut feeling, she asked for one more night to be monitored.

That evening Jody went into labor and full eclampsia. Luckily she was right where she needed to be. An emergency cesarean section was performed and Jody and Jeremy welcomed three beautiful babies to their family (33weeks 4days gestation).

NICU Stay with Triplets

The NICU stay proved to be a challenge, with emotional and physical (for the babies) tribulations. The newborns needed to have 5 days in a row without a cardiac or oxygen related ‘event’. After 22 days of ups and downs the Wilson family was together once again.

Breastfeeding Triplets and Postpartum Depression

Exclusively pumping/breast feeding for triplets would prove to be a full time job in itself for Jody. The children had to have the breast milk supplemented to a higher caloric value to help with growth. Trying to find any type of balance in their home life was a struggle. Jody struggled with postpartum depression and sought medical help after trying to deal with it alone. Jody never really had a birth plan in mind prior to finding out she was pregnant—in the end the triplets made the plan for her.

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Jody Wilson Bio

Jody is 36 years old and lives in Washington state with her husband, Jeremy, their goldendoodle, Opie(5), and their triplets: Audrey(4), Oliver(4), and Everett(4). Jeremy works from home part time and travels part time. Jody stays at home with the children and also works as a substitute group fitness instructor. Now that the kids have started preschool, Jody is looking forward to finishing the baby books and a few other projects that have taken a back seat. If you have any questions or just need a fellow triplet-mom to lend a listening ear, feel free to connect with her on Facebook, email or Instagram. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram or via email at jkrunsforfun@gmail.com.

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Fever in Labor and Emergency Cesarean Birth

Induction Postdates, Nitrous Gas and Epidural

What began as a rather typical pregnancy ended in a slightly complicated birth. Nicole was one week past her due date, and had an induction scheduled, when she went into labor in the early hours of her birthday. She labored at home for six hours before she and her husband Christopher made their way to the hospital.

After trying (and hating) nitrous gas, Nicole opted for an epidural, at which time the midwife also broke her water. She was progressing nicely, but things were about to take a detour. Around 5pm, Nicole ran a fever. This caused her baby to stop responding to the contractions. While the midwife was not concerned about her baby’s wellbeing, she was worried the fever might have implications down the line. Nicole was given antibiotics and medication to reduce her fever. She was also provided with ice packs to help bring her temperature down.

Coping with Fever, Baby Not Dropping and Decision to have a Cesarean Birth

After two hours, Nicole’s fever had gone down a bit and she was fully dilated. The problem was, her baby still hadn’t dropped. The midwife suggested that she try pushing to help her baby get into position. After an hour and a half, her baby hadn’t descended into the birth canal, and her heart rate was elevated during each contraction. Nicole, the midwife and nurses made the decision to deliver her baby via cesarean section.

After that, a flurry of nurses and doctors came in and out of the room, and within 30 minutes, Nicole’s daughter was born. She shocked the entire operating room when she weighed in at an unanticipated 10 pounds 1 ounce. With a little more fanfare than Nicole has expected, Amelia Josephine had arrived.

Nicole Roberts Bio

Nicole lives in North Stonington, Connecticut with her husband Christopher, her daughter Amelia, their dog Sadie and cat Lucy. She is a fourth grade teacher in her neighboring hometown, and is currently teaching in the same school she attended as a child. Nicole enjoys taking her daughter for walks, going to the beach, and spending time with her family.

Ava Women

This episode is sponsored by Ava Women. Wear the Ava bracelet while you sleep for effortless insight about your fertility, your cycle, and your health. Ava monitors nine physiological parameters and is clinically proven to detect the beginning of the fertile window in real time. You can use the promo code: BIRTHHOUR for $20 off each order at avawomen.com.

Non-Emergency Cesarean Birth + Healing VBAC

Larissa shares two birth stories, what she describes as: a non-emergency c-section with a traumatic week of complications following birth; and, a redemptive, healing VBAC birth with zero complications.

Larissa Krutewicz Bio

Larissa is a self-proclaimed hat lady, babywearing enthusiast, wannabe yogi, and most importantly a mom to two beautiful girls, Gracie and Norah. She and her husband, Justin, currently reside in the Southwest. Prior to staying home with her girls, Larissa was a Kindergarten teacher – a job that she was and is still passionate about. She uses that passion and her new experiences as a mother to run a website called Living in Color. She writes about honest motherhood, affordable style, and attainable wellness. Larissa also considers herself a VBAC warrior; she enjoys talking with and encouraging other women but now, especially those who desire a natural birth, or a natural VBAC birth. You can learn more about Larissa at her site: livingincolorblog.com or follow along with her on Instagram @livingincolorblog or Facebook, Youtube and Twitter.

inlivingcolor birth story

Birth Resources

How to Prepare for a Successful VBAC – blog post by Larissa

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Unexpected Birth Outcomes and Why Choice is so Important

Homebirth Transfer With Supportive Birth Team

Natasha’s first birth was much anticipated. She had been working as a birth doula while also struggling to conceive her own baby. The birth did not go as planned. She wanted her daughter to be born at home, but instead, she was born in the hospital with the use of an epidural. Does this change how she feels about her birth? Not really. She had the support of her partner, her doulas, her midwives, and felt like her choices led the way. When she looks back on this birth, she feels overwhelmed with joy and pride.

Cesarean Birth Where Choice was Removed

Most recently, Natasha gave birth via cesarean section. She found this experience particularly challenging because she felt like her choices were completely taken away from her. After these two very different birth experiences, Natasha feels like the removal of choice from birthing people has a profound impact on the postpartum experience. No one fully explains the complications of healing from a cesarean birth while trying to connect with your newborn. As a birth professional she thought she understood, but nothing prepared her for the reality.

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Natasha Marchand Bio

Natasha (COO of bebo mia inc and Baby & Me Fitness) is a super talented creative genius that turned her passion for babies and fitness into a lifelong career. She lives in Toronto with her husband, Chris, and two daughters Sadie & Margo. Natasha is a pre & postnatal fitness/yoga professional, birth-doula trainer, and hypnotherapist. After a long fertility journey with her first daughter, Natasha has positioned herself as a fertility expert. She specializes in working with families with a history of try to conceive through their pregnancy and postpartum period. Connect with her in these ways: Bebo Mia Website
Instagram: @bebomiainc @babyandmefitness
Facebook: @bebomiainc @babyandmefitnessinc
Twitter: @bebomia @babyandmefit

Resources

Birth After Infertility
Resolve
Fertility Matters
Baby positions during pregnancy and birth
Plus Size Birth High Risk
Plus Size Birth Website
A video for massaging cesarean scar 

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Miscarriage, Placenta Previa and Premature Cesarean Birth

Pregnancy Loss and Working with High Risk OBGYN

Erika began her pregnancy journey fairly easily, and discovered she was pregnant the very first month she and her husband, Dan, decided to start trying. After some bleeding and cramping at 6 weeks, this pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, followed by a D&C at 9 weeks. Due to some abnormal blood-work, Erika’s OB suggested she see a rheumatologist before trying to conceive again, which kicked off a year of doctor visits and trying to find answers in order to prevent another loss. After being medicated for mild Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, suspected Lupus, and Antiphospholipid Syndrome, she felt confident in beginning to try for another pregnancy.

The second pregnancy came at the exact same time of year as the last one and ended at the same time of year as well. At the 7 week ultrasound, there was no heartbeat found, and the pregnancy was terminated by using misoprostol. Erika decided to meet with a High Risk OBGYN to discuss loss prevention and a quick two months later, she was pregnant again, with her now first child Tyber Bruno.

Placenta Previa and bleeding episodes at 33 weeks

Erika’s third pregnancy started off perfectly normal until the 20 weeks ultrasound when she first heard mention of her placenta covering the opening of the cervix. After being told repeatedly not to worry because 99.5% of low-lying placentas move by the third trimester, it was confirmed at 28 weeks that her placenta previa was central and would likely not be going anywhere. A scheduled cesarean was a must.

After two episodes of severe bleeding at 33 weeks, Erika was hospitalized and taken to have an emergency cesarean. The cesarean went smoothly, but baby had to be taken to the NICU and the next day, Erika needed a blood transfusion. Her journey to parenthood started with 2 weeks in the NICU and lots of pumping; but, once baby came home they both recovered very quickly. After some trial and error, Erika and her baby boy happily transitioned to exclusive breastfeeding and lots of snuggling at home.

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Erika Cazeneuve Bio

Erika lives in Long Island, New York with her super supportive husband, Dan, their sweet baby boy, Tyber, and their two lovable cats Frankie and Moo. Erika and Dan both own their own business as Live Event Artists, Erika Event Painting, and Captured on Canvas. They each paint weddings (and other special events) live on canvas, creating a work of art for the bride and groom to take home with them. Erika has a great passion for travel and is so excited to discover the world together with her husband and their little one. You can connect with Erika on Instagram @erikaeventpainting and Facebook.

Resources

Know Your Options Childbirth Course
Back-2-Work Breastfeeding Course
Babylist
The Mental Illness Happy Hour
Happiest Baby on the Block
MamaNatural Week by Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

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