As a first-time mom, Kayla Bruccoleri spent the majority of her pregnancy educating herself on the female body and just how capable it truly is. She let that education empower her to have an unmedicated birth. Though she had a hospital birth, she labored on therapy balls, using labor bars, and spent almost the whole time in a labor tub. After about a twelve hour labor and an hour of pushing, she got her precious son placed right on her chest and they enjoyed every moment of that precious, golden-hour untouched together. Kayla would love to connect with you on Instagram over at @k_bruccoleri.
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After initially not wanting to have kids and having a change of heart, Simone got pregnant almost immediately after removing her IUD. Though they didn’t think it would be that easy to get pregnant after Simone’s weight loss surgery, Simone and her husband quickly got on board and did as much research as they could to be ready for birth and parenthood.
Simone prepared to have a typical, long-and-late birth, but Mother Nature had a different idea. Nothing could have prepared Simone and her husband Gregg for their little boy to come 10 days early, fast and furious, with a precipitous labor.
Simone Torborg Bio
Simone is married to her husband, Gregg, and they have an 18 month old boy named Arthur (and a pup named Tango!). They live in a small neighborhood in New York. Simone works full time as a hairstylist in a high end salon on the north shore of Long Island, and she is obsessed with coffee, funky glasses, and all things black.
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Joanna shares her experience with gestational diabetes and an epidural hospital birth.
Joanna Lundeen Bio
Joanna is a mother to Lleyton with a baby girl on the way, a graphic designer, and wife to Daved living in North Dakota. She spends her free time watercolor painting, talking about Buzz Lightyear & Spider-Man and supporting her husband as a coach of the boy’s basketball team. She loves to connect with other mama’s and share mothering experiences together. Find her on Instagram @jototheyo.
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Lindsay and her husband, Jeff, live in Detroit, Michigan, with their son, Rivers. Lindsay has had type one diabetes since she was a child, and with it came some obstacles to navigate in order to start her journey to become pregnant.
Lindsay became pregnant shortly after her team of doctors gave her a green light; and, her pregnancy went well until she was unexpectedly hospitalized at 27 weeks due to pre-eclampsia. By 34 weeks she was induced because of elevated blood pressures at an NST. After a 40-hour induction/labor hooked to a magnesium drip, a failed Foley bulb, and hours of pushing Lindsay’s labor ended in a c-section that felt more mentally traumatic than she anticipated.
Her son had to stay in the NICU for 12 days but was not in a serious condition despite his gestational age. They were able to exclusively breastfeed a few weeks after he was home and they’re both happy and healthy now.
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Julia knew she wanted an unmedicated birth from the start. Fear of the hospital environment and medical interventions influenced her decision, along with stories from her mother of her own births. Julia had a relatively straightforward pregnancy but several changes in providers, and she eventually transferred to a midwife group at 30 weeks. Julia went into labour at almost 38 weeks, had a 30 hour labor at home with mostly back labor, and after a quick drive to the hospital Frankie was born two hours later.
Julia FitzRoy-Chow Bio
Originally from the UK, Julia FitzRoy-Chow lives in Los Angeles with her husband Geoff and daughter Frankie. Previously Julia led the North American team for a popular home-sharing company, traveling the country vetting potential homes for the platform. Currently staying home with her toddler, and preparing for baby #2 in March.
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Jennifer’s husband was diagnosed with cancer two months after they were married. They were able to bank his sperm before he started chemotherapy and knew that IVF would be the only way to have children in the future. After years of battling cancer they decided they didn’t want to let cancer hold them back from living life. They implanted one embryo through IVF and were shocked when they found out their one embryo had split into two. They were expecting twins!
When Jennifer was seven months pregnant, her husband got very sick and was admitted into the hospital. They weren’t sure he would make it to the twins birth. Miraculously he made it home and was able to be at the birth with is wheelchair and oxygen. Jennifer’s birth was not easy and she decided she wanted to try and have her babies vaginally. The first baby came vaginally, but the second baby’s heart rate started to drop. They had to do an emergency c-section. Baby B came out blue and they rushed him to the NICU. Thankfully he was only in for the evening and Jennifer was reunited with both babies in the morning. They were able to spend a couple months together as a family of four before her husband passed away in July 2018.
Jennifer Hanks Bio
Jennifer recently lost the love of her life to cancer. She is now a single mom of IVF miracle twin boys. She hopes to help others as she shares her journey as a new widow and mother of twins. Connect with her on Instagram @cocoscaravan or on her website cocoscaravan.com.
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