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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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

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Two Hospital Birth, Two Homebirths (one accidental unassisted)

Logan Randazzo Four Birth Stories

Logan is mama of four girls, with two hospital births and two home births. Logan and her husband, Brian, always considered home birth but after their second daughter, Willow, was almost born in the car after only a 90 minute labor, they felt it was best to explore birthing at home. Labor number three, Aspen, was again 90 minutes and at home with their midwife arriving 15 minutes before the birth.

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As expected, baby girl number four, Primrose, came into the world even quicker than her three big sisters, after a fast and furious 40 minutes of labor, leaving Brian and Logan at home for an unassisted birth with their three other children. Midwives arrived shortly after the whirlwind birth to a healthy 8lbs, 2oz Primrose!  All was well and Logan shares how empowering the experience was for their whole family. Connect with Logan on Instagram @loganrandazzo.

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Doula Processing Secondary Trauma + Homebirth & Peaceful Postpartum

Carrie, an experienced doula, had an unexpectedly emotionally-difficult pregnancy. She worked hard throughout to release secondary trauma from being a birth worker, all in hopes of having a home birth with a truly community-centered birth team. After a 21 hour labor with an extra-long pushing stage, she welcomed her son while sitting on her husband’s lap…on the toilet. Carrie had a positive and peaceful postpartum and breastfeeding experience and is passionate about helping others find ways to plan for postpartum that will work with their budget, lifestyle, and parenting goals. 

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Carrie Murphy Bio

Carrie is a full-spectrum doula, virtual/online doula, doula mentor, poet, freelance writer, feminist, and mother. She is a co-founder and co-coordinator of the UNM Volunteer Birth Companion Program and the steering committee lead for the New Mexico Doula Association. Carrie’s freelance writing has appeared in or on ELLE, Glamour, Women’s Health, FitPregnancy, Parents, and more. She is the author of two books of poetry. Carrie recently relocated with her son and husband from Albuquerque, NM to New Orleans, LA. Find her on Instagram @carriemurph or @carriethedoula.

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Dr. Rebecca Dekker of Evidence Based Birth Shares her Birth Stories

When Rebecca was pregnant with her first baby, she planned to go to the hospital and do as she was told. She was giving birth at the same hospital where she was finishing her PhD in Nursing, and so one of her goals for this birth was for the nurses to like her! She didn’t want to be one of “those” patients they gossiped about at the nurse’s station. But when Rebecca arrived at the hospital, she received treatments that were more than 20 years out of date. She also experienced complications that seemed preventable. Worst for Rebecca, though, she spent hours after the birth begging to see her own daughter!

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Three years later, and pregnant again, Rebecca had done enough research to know that she would do things differently this time. She hired a midwife and planned a home waterbirth using Hypnobabies® techniques. The kind of care she received ended up being drastically different from her first birth. Rebecca felt so empowered after this birth, and it changed the entire course of her life.

Rebecca Dekker Bio

Rebecca is the founder of Evidence Based Birth® and the author of Babies Are Not Pizzas: They’re Born, Not Delivered! Dr. Dekker is the mother of three children, ages 5, 7, and 10, and she has earned a bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD in Nursing. She has built a strong reputation in maternal and infant health circles for her pioneering work as the founder of Evidence Based Birth.® The mission of EBB is to raise the quality of childbirth care globally, by putting accurate, evidence based research into the hands of families and communities, so they can make informed, empowered choices.

Social media contact info: You can follow Dr. Dekker by signing up for her newsletter at the home page of at EvidenceBasedBirth.com, and you can follow EBB on Facebook (Evidence Based Birth) and Instagram (@ebbirth). Her book, Babies Are Not Pizzas, is available on Amazon.

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Hospital Induction, Homebirth Transfer & Two Very Different Postpartum Experiences

First Birth: Val became pregnant when she and her husband were living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, while she pursued a PhD at the age of 25. They got pregnant the first month they tried, which was a bit of a surprise! As a highly sensitive person Val quickly realized she needed to work with care providers who would listen to her and respect her body and wishes. After watching The Business of Being Born, Val and her husband decided to seek the care of a midwife/obstetrician group because they wanted to work with midwives, but also wanted to have an obstetrician available if something were to happen. Val had an uneventful pregnancy and loved working with the midwife group who were very focused on her well being emotionally and physically. Val and her husband hired a doula who was also a huge part of their pregnancy and birth. At 41+5 days, after an uneventful stress test, Val’s favorite midwife coerced her to come in later that night for induction, as she said she would drop her from care if she refused. Val’s labor lasted 31 hours, had many ups and downs, and resulted in a forceps delivery and a very difficult and emotional postpartum experience. 

Second Birth: Due to Val’s difficult birth and transition to motherhood she decided to wait until she finished her PhD and had instrumental support from friends and extended family near by to try for another baby. During her second pregnancy, Val was a lot less anxious and again found a midwife/obstetrician group within a hospital. Unfortunately, the midwife group they chose only had one midwife. While Val connected quickly with the midwife, she soon realized she was overworked and under supported. She forgot to call regarding test results and made errors with appointments and scheduling. After a hurtful discussion with the scheduler, Val hung up the phone and felt like she couldn’t breathe. At that moment, Val’s husband brought up the idea of homebirth, and they decided to meet with some homebirth midwives to see if it would be a good fit.

After getting a low risk anatomy scan Val and her husband made the switch to homebirth care. Val was empowered by her midwife and they made a lifelong bond. Her midwife helped her process a lot of her birth trauma from the first time around, and provided care that was above-and-beyond. At 38 weeks and 40 weeks Val’s family caught the flu and then a bad cold which hit their family hard.

At 41+1 day, Val started having contractions after receiving acupuncture. She experienced contractions every 15 minutes for the next two days which made her feel very uncomfortable and made it hard to rest. After two days of prodromal labor, Val’s water broke. The midwife, birth assistant, doula, and Val’s sister and mom arrived shortly after her water broke, and contractions sped up to 7 minutes apart. At this time, Val and her husband got in the groove of managing contractions.

After 3 days of labor, 24 hours after her water broke, Val decided to transfer to the hospital when she was still only 6.5 centimeters and they realized baby’s presentation was asynclitic. In tears, Val hugged her midwife as she headed off to the hospital. Val was met with extreme love and respect from all of the nurses at the hospital. They quickly got her admitted and gave her pain management and an epidural. Val took a nap, and when she woke up it was time to push. The hospital doctor was absolutely terrible, but the nurses had their back and they had a smooth vaginal birth. Val recovered quickly, and because of the flu risk Val and her husband bonded with baby for two uninterrupted days. At 6 months postpartum, Val is not experiencing anxiety and depression thanks to the help of family, friends, a counselor she sees regularly. 

Valerie Cronin-Fisher Bio

Valerie has been married for 7 years, and is a mom of two sons living in the south suburbs of Chicago. Val is a Professor of Interpersonal Communication focusing on the underrepresented areas of family communication, birth, and motherhood. She has a passion for close relational communication and helping (herself) and others learn names for behaviors/experiences in order to understand themselves and their close others better. 

Val became pregnant during the first year of her PhD program and quickly became engrossed in birth and motherhood culture. After a difficult first birth, and feeling like the rug was pulled out from under her during her transition to motherhood, Val found her passion. Over the last 4 years, Val’s research has focused on understanding the complexity of birth and dissatisfaction with the transition to motherhood from a cultural and relational perspective. She has published research examining dissatisfaction during the transition to motherhood. Val also used The Birth Hour podcast interviews for her dissertation data focusing on traumatic birth and communication during pregnancy, birth, and the transition to motherhood. Recently, she started facebook and instagram account to share her research and connect with other mothers who are “in the thick of it”. You can find her at @life.after.birth.phd on instagram and facebook. 

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