Unmedicated VBA2C Birth Story with Gentle Induction + Postpartum Depression Discussion

After the birth of her first son ended in an unplanned C-section, Anna knew she would be trying for a VBAC with future babies, and found a team of doulas and providers to help support her in achieving her goals.  While her second labor was long and hard-fought, it ultimately ended in another C-section.  With more intentional birth preparation and support throughout pregnancy and labor, Anna eventually welcomed her third baby via a VBA2C the day before Thanksgiving, and found peace with all three of her births in the process.

Anna Buchholtz Bio

Anna is a healthcare consultant living in Virginia with her husband, Matt; their three sons, Elliott, Tristan, and Adrian; and their standard poodle, Sloopy.  In her spare time, Anna enjoys scouring Instagram for hand-dyed yarn (for knitting, crocheting, and more recently Tunisian crochet projects), and riding the Peloton, her most prized pandemic-induced purchase.  You can follow Anna on Instagram @anna.leigh.knits, on the Peloton leaderboard at AnnaBu015, or find her on Facebook (Anna Leigh Buchholtz).

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Tubby Todd Bath Co.

Today’s episode was sponsored by Tubby Todd Bath Co. Created with sensitive skin in mind, Tubby Todd’s line of bodycare basics are gentle, effective and fun for the whole family. You might have heard of their eczema miracle worker All Over Ointment (fondly referred to as AOO), but this family-owned brand offers a full line of sensitive skincare solutions that you’ll love to reach for every single day. Start with The Regulars or Baby Bundle to get your little one set up with their very first skincare routine. Join the TT fam and get 15% off your first purchase with code BIRTHHOUR15 at tubbytodd.com.

IVF, Induction due to Oligohydramnios, Unexpected C-Section

After a PCOS diagnosis, two IUIs, and one round of IVF, Muriel found out she was pregnant! The pregnancy was uneventful and she planned for an unmedicated hospital birth. In the final weeks, very low levels of amniotic fluid (Oligohydramnios) became a cause for concern and required close monitoring. One day, Muriel noticed significantly decreased fetal movement which led to an unexpected induction. She and her team had to recalibrate her birth plan on the fly to keep up with the rapidly evolving situation. After 33 hours of labor, including 5 hours of pushing the baby to a +2 station, it became clear that he was stuck and was starting to go into distress which ultimately resulted in a complex and strenuous Cesarean delivery. Her son, Sol, was ultimately born healthy almost two days after her induction.

Muriel Schneider Bio

Muriel is a creative director, yoga teacher, bean and cheese burrito enthusiast, tv-binger, and mom. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, cats, and baby boy, Sol. You can find her on Instagram @____muriel or contact her via her website www.murielschneider.com

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Aeroflow Breastpumps

Today’s episode is sponsored by Aeroflow Breastpumps. Aeroflow has helped millions of new and expecting parents discover the breastfeeding and postpartum essentials covered by their insurance including breast pumps, maternity compression, and lactation education & support.

They take care of everything – including all paperwork, working with your insurance company, and explaining your options to get these free essentials shipped straight to your door. Aeroflow offers all major breast pump brands including Medela, Spectra, Motif, Lansinoh, Ameda, Elvie, Willow and more.

All you have to do is go to the Aeroflow Breastpumps website and fill out their free and easy Qualify Through Insurance form. Be sure to go to aeroflowbreastpumps.com/birthhour so they will know we sent you! Bonus — use the promo code “BIRTHHOUR15” in their online shop for 15% off all supplies and accessories.

Pandemic C-Section Birth Due to Fibroid Complications

After her wife carried and birthed their first child, A-K got pregnant pretty quickly just before COVID shutdowns took effect in the US. This was part of the reason for choosing a homebirth midwife, who provided in-home visits throughout pregnancy. COVID, the Floyd uprisings, and an unexpected pregnancy complication contributed to a lot of anxiety during pregnancy.

The 20 week anatomy scan showed both a healthy fetus, as well as two large uterine fibroids that had developed during pregnancy. The larger fibroid was displacing the cervix preventing baby’s access to the birth canal as well as causing baby to switch constantly between head down and transverse positions. A c-section birth was confirmed as the only viable birthing option at a follow up visit with a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist, recommended for week 39. 

During the c-section scheduling appointment the following week with a new care team, the doctor emphasized the increased risk of hemorrhage and potential for an emergency hysterectomy. An unplanned ultrasound showed the umbilical cord was coiled on top of the cervix and the new providers feared a cord prolapse. A-K was asked to go home and pack and return for overnight monitoring with surgery scheduled for the following afternoon. A-K went into labor overnight as well, and she was joined the next day by her wife and doula, who were luckily both allowed in the OR due to recent COVID protocol updates.

After a prolonged difficulty in placing the spinal during surgery prep, A-K was overcome with emotion and grateful when her wife could finally join her in the OR. Despite the increased risks associated with fibroids and a minor scare with a heart arrhythmia, the surgery was successful and their second daughter, Zora, was born healthy at 37w6d.

A-K Gloe-Thordin Bio

A-K and her wife Kristy live in Minneapolis where they’re raising their two children, Luna and Zora, and their animals Avocado, Sol, and Franki.  Connect with her on Instagram: @akgloethordin

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BabyIt from Fairhaven Health

This episode is sponsored by Fairhaven Health. Fairhaven Health offers a wide range of products for fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding and women’s health. Today, we’re highlighting a product from their vaginal care line – BabyIt Perineal Massage and Postpartum Gel. BabyIt is a water-based, isotonic and paraben-free gel designed specifically for perineal massage during pregnancy, and to soothe sore tissues postpartum. Fairhaven Health is generously offering 15% off of all products with the code BirthHour15 at www.fairhavenhealth.com

Three Cesarean Births in Ecuador: Dealing with Uncertainty and CMV in Pregnancy

Nina shares 3 c-section birth stories. Each different: One with restricted growth and blood type incompatibility scare, a second attempted VBAC with a CMV diagnosis, and a final smooth going pregnancy (well deserved after the first 2 adventures!). They all take place in Ecuador and involve adventures of trying to find tests and medicine that were temporarily unavailable in the country as well as having to travel to the US for consults. She talks about how her father’s passing was important in her decision to have children and how being a working mom motivates her to be the best mom she can. 

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Nina Solah Bio

Nina is 37 years old and mom to 3 handsome boys (ages 4 months, 3 years old and 6 years old). She is happily married and lives in Ecuador where all 3 boys were born. She studied at Yale and returned to live in Ecuador where she works full time as marketing manager for a retail company. She loves to read, run, and figure skate. She has a passion for evidence based medicine. You can connect with her on IG  @nina_solah 

Resources

  • KellyMom
  • The Birth Hour OF COURSE! 

Fairhaven Health

This episode is sponsored by Fairhaven Health. Fairhaven Health offers a wide range of products for fertility – including fertility supplements for women and men, like FH PRO and FertilAid, ovulation prediction tools, sperm-friendly lubricants, pregnancy tests, and more. Fairhaven Health is generously offering 15% off of all products with the code BirthHour15 at www.fairhavenhealth.com

Four Birth Stories with Andrea Faulkner Williams

Andrea Faulkner Williams is the Head Mama and Co-founder of Tubby Todd Bath Co., which she launched in 2014 with her husband, Brian Todd, as a solution to their own family’s sensitive skin. Tubby Todd’s mission is to connect families through good, clean fun bodycare basics. The company started out by sharing products on Instagram with friends and family and they now have a cult following of a million+ community members across their channels. Andrea believes that bubbles are for everyone and is on a mission to provide families with connection opportunities. She lives in San Diego with Brian and their four little ones. Join her on Instagram @andreafaulknerwilliams

Tubby Todd Bath Co.

Today’s episode was sponsored by Tubby Todd Bath Co. Created with sensitive skin in mind, Tubby Todd’s line of bodycare basics are gentle, effective and fun for the whole family. You might have heard of their eczema miracle worker All Over Ointment (fondly referred to as AOO), but this family-owned brand offers a full line of sensitive skincare solutions that you’ll love to reach for every single day. Start with The Regulars or Baby Bundle to get your little one set up with their very first skincare routine. Join the TT fam and get 15% off your first purchase with code BIRTHHOUR15 at tubbytodd.com.

Needed

Today’s episode was also sponsored by Needed, the authority on perinatal and women’s nutrition. Needed is a nutrition platform dedicated to optimally nourishing women before, during, and after pregnancy. Needed is backed by the latest clinical research and 3,000+ perinatal nutrition practitioners. They’re the #1 women’s health supplement brand recommended by nutritionally-trained practitioners, and the first perinatal nutrition company to be B-Corp and Climate-Neutral Certified. Optimal nourishment is needed, and most prenatal vitamins are missing key nutrients and include bare minimum amounts. In fact, while 97% of women in the US take a prenatal supplement, 95%+ are still deficient in key nutrients. Needed’s Prenatal Multi was formulated in partnership with perinatal practitioners – using the latest research and by testing thousands of mamas’ nutrient levels to know what’s truly needed to thrive, not just survive. ⁠  Optimally nourish yourself with their complete line of perinatal and women’s health supplements at thisisneeded.com. Use code BIRTHHOUR for 20% off at thisisneeded.com.

Homebirth, ICP as a Surrogate, and C-section with Placenta Previa

Enya Kroon first had a homebirth when she gave birth to her son in 2017 at her mother’s home. In 2018, Enya became a surrogate and developed Intrahepatic Cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) in her third trimester, she was then induced and ultimately had a hospital birth with an epidural. Finally, in 2022 Enya found out mid pregnancy with her second son that she had placenta previa, and though she wanted another homebirth, she delivered her son in the hospital with an urgent C-section when the previa did not resolve.

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Enya Kroon Bio

Enya is a mother of 2 boys who lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She is both a stay at home mom and a potter who shows her love of birth and the feminine body through her pottery. Her art can be found through social media at @fruitofthewomb.

Aeroflow Breastpumps

Today’s episode is sponsored by Aeroflow Breastpumps. Aeroflow has helped millions of new and expecting parents discover the breastfeeding and postpartum essentials covered by their insurance including breast pumps, maternity compression, and lactation education & support.

They take care of everything – including all paperwork, working with your insurance company, and explaining your options to get these free essentials shipped straight to your door. Aeroflow offers all major breast pump brands including Medela, Spectra, Motif, Lansinoh, Ameda, Elvie, Willow and more.

All you have to do is go to the Aeroflow Breastpumps website and fill out their free and easy Qualify Through Insurance form. Be sure to go to aeroflowbreastpumps.com/birthhour so they will know we sent you! Bonus — use the promo code “BIRTHHOUR15” in their online shop for 15% off all supplies and accessories.

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