Switching from Hospital to Homebirth During COVID-19

At 30 weeks, Megan changed her birthing plan from a hospital birth to a home birth after finding out she might not have any support person (including her partner) in the room due to Covid-19. At 39 weeks, after 26 hours of labor, Megan welcomed her baby girl into the world with a blissful water birth in her home.

Megan Halicki Bio

Megan is 23 years old from Astoria, Oregon. Labor doula @north star doula service. Social media: Instagram @megzhalicki

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Britax

Wondering about what to expect at a Car Seat Check? During today’s episode Sarah Tilton, Britax safety advocate, explains how caregivers can best prepare themselves for a successful car seat check. NOTE: In light of most car seat checks being closed around the country, Britax is offering 1:1 Virtual Car Seat Checks with Sarah Tilton, Child Passenger Safety Technician and Certified Instructor. If you’re interested in this FREE service for your car seat (any brand welcome!), please complete this questionnaire to set an appointment:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VirtualCarSeatCheck.

Homebirth in Hawaii Birth Story

Bree and her husband, Bobby, planned for a home birth in their home on the island of Oahu in Hawaii with a local midwife. Bree went into labor the day before her due date and labored all night in the tub. She switched things up the next morning by laboring at the beach, in the ocean and with a walk around her home and neighborhood. When it came time to push, her husband got in the tub with her to help her push as she had been laboring for 15 hours and after 20 minutes of pushing, baby Lottie was born.

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Bree Poort Bio

Bree grew up in Southern California by the beach and moved to Hawaii after high school for college. She met her husband two years later and after five years of being married decided to get pregnant. She is a gallery artist painting for collectors around the world in her home studio on the North Shore of Oahu and enjoys surfing and yoga. You can find her on instagram @justbree or www.justbree.com

Crate & Kids

This episode of The Birth Hour is sponsored by Crate and Kids. Crate and Kids understands the joys, surprises (and challenges) that come with having a baby. That’s why their warm and modern designs are made just for your growing family while also allowing you to keep your sense of style.

Use code TheBirthHour10 at checkout to receive 10% off your full-price purchase of kids furniture and accessories at crateandkids.com. It’s valid online only, and some exclusions apply, so see their website for details.

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Active Duty Navy Mom Planning Homebirth

Tiara shares her experience being pregnant while serving active duty in the Navy and planning a home birth. For Tiara’s first birth, she planned a home birth instead of birthing in a military installation hospital. The driving force behind this decision was that Tiara had suffered a traumatic sexual assault while serving in the military and she wanted to be in a protected space where she could have some control and be heard.

Although Tiara had thoroughly researched the statistics of birth disparities and maternal moralities among black women, Tiara began to welcome her birthing time confidently because of the wealth of knowledge and support from her amazing midwives and loving husband. After 21 hours of active labor and 10 minutes of pushing, their daughter, Zoe was born February 19 at 11:19am. 

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Tiara Perry Bio

Tiara, originally from Cincinnati, enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after graduating high school. While stationed in Japan, she met her husband Devaun. After navigating their marriage through Tiara’s various lengthy deployments and finally being on shore duty, they weren’t trying to conceive but found out that they were expecting their first child. Connect with her on Instagram @tiaralashae.p

Britax

Today’s episode is brought to you by Britax Child Safety, Inc. For over 50 years, Britax has been focused on safety you can trust from the very first day. They welcome new moms and dads to parenthood with award-winning car seats and strollers for every lifestyle while providing extra confidence for the journey ahead. At the end of today’s episode, I talk with Britax safety advocate, Sarah Tilton, all about the importance of rear-facing. Learn more about Britax products and safety tips at us.britax.com.

IUI Pregnancy & Homebirth Story

Ndeya and her wife, Kourtney, knew even before they were expecting that they wanted to have a home birth. After a simple IUI in January 2018, they were pregnant! Armed with knowledge and the support of her wife and fabulous midwives, Ndeya went into labor and birth feeling confident and excited. After 20 hours of early labor, 10 hours of active labor and 25 minutes of pushing (in a squat) their daughter, Aminah, was born, in the middle of their living room.

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Ndeya Snow Bio

Ndeya is a queer woman of color who works in the San Francisco Bay Area creating learning and development programming at a local non-profit. When she’s not at work she enjoys singing all the high notes in her community choir, crocheting granny squares, and singing silly songs with her wife and daughter. Connect with her via her Blog: ndeyasnow.com or on Instagram: @ndeyaloves.

Crate and Kids

This episode of The Birth Hour is sponsored by Crate and Kids. Crate and Kids believes in rooms that welcome little ones and their grown-ups. Ready for each stage of childhood, their inspiring, versatile designs celebrate your family’s unique way of living, and help make yours a creative home to grow in.

Use code TheBirthHour10 at checkout to receive 10% off your full-price purchase of Kids furniture and more at crateandkids.com. It’s valid online only, and some exclusions apply, so see their website for details.

Switching from Hospital to Home Birth at 34 Weeks

When Monique got pregnant she didn’t have a lot of information on birth. She only knew that it was her desire to have a vaginal birth. At 34 weeks she decided to switch from having a hospital birth to a homebirth. Labor started at 38w6d, but contractions were only lasting 35 seconds on average. Waiting for them to reach the 1 minute mark, she almost waited too long to call the midwife, who arrived only 15 minutes before her baby was born.

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Monique Lamhut Bio

Monique is a stay-at-home mom to her 2 year-old-daughter. She is from Brazil, but currently lives in The Netherlands where she just finished her doula training. Connect with her via email at lamhutm@gmail.com

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Grove Collaborative

Today’s episode was sponsored by Grove Collaborative. Join over 2 million families who have shopped Grove Collaborative to buy products that are good for their homes, their family, and the environment. Make your home more sustainable this year. Now for a limited time when my listeners go to Grove.co/birthhour, you’ll get a FREE FIVE PIECE set from Grove so you can swap out plastic in an easy way. Plus, you’ll get free shipping AND a free 60-day VIP trial!

Collaborative Care – Preparing for a Hospital Birth & a Homebirth

Yoga teacher Brett Larkin wanted a natural homebirth (despite objections from her husband and family). As a compromise she and her husband decided on a plan for collaborative care, wanting to be prepared for both a hospital and a homebirth. Brett got more than she bargained for when her son arrived so quickly that she gave birth at home in her bathroom! Her midwife talked Brett and her husband through the birth on FaceTime while she drove to their house. The midwife arrived 15 minutes after the baby was born and cared for Brett and baby in the comfort of their bedroom.

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Brett Larkin Bio

Brett’s an accredited RPYT prenatal yoga teacher at the highest level with Yoga Alliance. She also certifies other yoga teachers in prenatal yoga. Brett’s been practicing yoga for 16+ years, teaching for 10+ and has graduated over 600 yoga teachers in her Uplifted Yoga™ Teacher Trainings. Brett’s award-winning yoga Youtube channel has 5 million minutes watched a month and close to 300K subscribers. Prenatal yoga is a cornerstone of her offering. She’s also a mom to her beloved son, to whom she gave birth in October 2017. Connect with her on her website or via Instagram.

Brett’s PreNatal Yoga Resource

Grove Collaborative

Today’s episode was sponsored by Grove Collaborative. Join over 2 million families who have shopped Grove Collaborative to buy products that are good for their homes, their family, and the environment. Make your home more sustainable this year. Now for a limited time when my listeners go to Grove.co/birthhour, you’ll get a FREE FIVE PIECE set from Grove so you can swap out plastic in an easy way. Plus, you’ll get free shipping AND a free 60-day VIP trial!