TTC, Pregnancy, Birth Story
On this episode, Jenn shares the birth story of her son, Wallace, who was conceived with the help of a known-donor Jenn met through the Known Donor Registry. After a medically uneventful pregnancy, Jenn gave birth to Wallace at 41 weeks 5 days. Labor began with mild contractions on the way to the second NST; continued with a dramatic rupturing of waters; and, ended with a Pitocin induction 24 hours later. Jenn was determined to have an unmedicated birth and had the support of her parents, her doula, and her CNM in order to stay empowered through her long and difficult labor.
Jenn Poupard Bio
Jenn is a 32 year old single mom by choice (SMC) to 5 year old Wallace. They live in Michigan where she sells books on Amazon, babysits, and teaches yoga, while he goes to a play based preschool. She is in training to become a doula and dreams of traveling the US in her motorhome while unschooling her son. She plans to add to her family in the future and still hopes to meet the right person. Jenn can be found on Instagram at @Person_Concentrate, and on her blog.
Today’s episode is sponsored by Ergobaby. Founded in 2003, Ergobaby is dedicated to building a global community of confident parents with smart, ergonomic solutions that enable and encourage bonding between parents and babies. Ergobaby offers a broad range of award-winning baby carriers, strollers, swaddlers, nursing pillows, and related products that fit into families’ daily lives seamlessly, comfortably, and safely. Use the coupon code “thebirthhour” to get 20% off any sleep product Ergobaby.com or ergobaby.ca for our Canadian listeners.
Peaceful Medical Intervention Birth and C-section after a Difficult Hyperemesis Pregnancy
Desiree Charles is a 32 year old wife, new mom, and young professional. She has been married to her husband for 3 years and enjoys her job, spending time with friends, and a nice glass of wine. She and her husband had not been trying very long when they got pregnant. Unfortunately the pregnancy was not what either of them expected and Desiree suffered from severe hyperemesis gravidarum. After several hospitalizations, Desiree gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
This episode is sponsored by CollegeBacker. CollegeBacker is the easiest way to save for college with help from family & friends. In just 5 minutes, you can open a tax-advantaged 529 Plan, and then invite family & friends to contribute – even before your child is born! Sign up at CollegeBacker.com/TheBirthHour and receive a $10 match when you start saving for your child, or when you send a gift to kickoff someone else’s college fund.
Male Factor Infertility, IVF, Twins and Homebirth
After receiving devastating news about their chances of conceiving due to a severe case of male factor infertility, Ashley and her husband Andrew were thrown into the unknown world of infertility. Ashley of @ashleyizsak found out she was pregnant on her 28th birthday from their first round of IVF with ICSI. Two weeks later, on new years eve, they found out she was expecting mono di twins.
From the start, Ashley struggled with her desire to do things as naturally as possible while being told delivery would take place in an OR with a team of about twenty people. At 20 weeks, they discovered her cervix was shortening and at 24 weeks, they gave her steroid injections to help mature the babies’ lungs. Surprising everyone, she went on to carry the twins past her due date and successfully delivered her twins vaginally at the hospital in an OR.
For five years, they were a happy family of four; yet, every December a bill arrived reminding them of their frozen embryo that remained at the fertility clinic. Ashley struggled with first wanting another baby, then feeling done, and then finally wanting to try for that third baby. In a crazy coincidence, the third embryo would be transferred into Ashley exactly six years later, to the day. At 20 weeks, she and her husband made the decision to switch to midwifery care and pursue a homebirth. Hours shy of the twins sixth birthday, Ashley gave birth at home, in a birth pool, to a beautiful baby boy.
Ashley Izsak Bio
Ashley has been blogging and writing for close to a decade. She is the author of a series of essays including heartfelt glimpses into motherhood and normalizing infertility. Nestled in a small village outside of Ottawa, Ashley, her husband, their twin daughters and baby son, strive for simplicity, joy, and lots of glamping. You can connect with her on Instagram at @ashleyizsak and on her blog Calmly Chaotic.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Birthing From Within
Navigating the Land of IF
How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup: A Guy’s Guide to the World of Infertility (Wonderful book to support men during infertility and amazingly helpful as it guides them to deal with the hormone rollercoaster that is IVF and their female partners.)
Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding & Caring for Twins or More!
One and the Same: My Life as an Identical Twin and What I’ve Learned About Everyone’s Struggle to Be Singular
Forum for Infertility Support in Canada
Products I love: Snuggle Me Organic, Earth Mama Organics Perineal Spray & Balm, Kindred Bravely Postpartum Underwear
This podcast episode was supported by Theralogix, makers of the TheraNatal line of nutritional supplements. TheraNatal supplements are specifically formulated to meet a woman’s unique nutrient needs before, during, and after pregnancy. TheraNatal preconception vitamins contain all the nutrients you need to prepare your body for pregnancy, including folate and vitamin D. For women 35 and over, TherNatal OvaVite also contains CoQ10. All TheraNatal vitamins are dye-free, gluten-free, and cost less than the typical insurance co-pay. Use this link at theranatal.com to get 15% off and be sure to enter the giveaway below!
Epidural Birth and Unmedicated Birth Stories
Anita and her partner, Brian, were initially surprised by their pregnancy. After six months of trying to conceive, they both weren’t sure they could. After delivering her son via a vaginal birth (with an epidural) in 2009, Anita desired to have an unmedicated birth with her next child.
During week 38, Anita went to the hospital twice but was sent home due to only being dilated 2 centimeters with no steady progress. Her mucus plug came out the same day as her second hospital visit, but she and Brian went home, watched A Dog’s Purpose and ate pepperoni pizza.
Anita sat up sharply after feeling a gush of water at 3:33a.m. They arrived at the hospital almost 40 minutes later. She spent nine hours in labor with some change; however, the biggest change happened when the nurse burst the last of her water. Almost immediately, she experienced unwavering contractions and overheating as she transitioned into the final phase of active labor. With the support of Brian and Basmah, her doula, Anita delivered Eden squatting backwards in bed at 1:39p.m.
Anita Young Bio
Anita is a 30-something adventurer living in the Richmond, Virginia with Brian (her partner), Thomas (her son, 9), Eden (her daughter, 6 months), and Juno and Hazy (the family guard cats). She is a writer and aspiring author, who works full-time as a project administrator. In her free time, she enjoys blogging, concerts and traveling with her family. Social Media Platforms. Connect with her on Twitter @Emranija or Instagram @huntress626
Downloaded my free birth plan from Earth Mama Organics
Found my doula via the Sista Midwife Production website
Today’s episode is brought to you by Kindred Bravely. From adorable maternity wear to comfortable nursing bras, this mom-owned company has you covered. See all of their comfy clothing at kindredbravely.com and use the coupon code BIRTHHOUR20 for 20% off.
Two Very Different Hospital Birth Experiences
Kelly’s first birth was unexpectedly long and difficult. She planned to have a natural water birth, but the birth took a different path. Her experience made her very fearful of a second pregnancy and birth, but a short 19 months later she was back at the hospital in labor. The two births turned out to be very different and she was able to have an experience with her second birth that made her feel truly empowered.
Kelly Oriard Bio
Kelly is a Family Therapist and School Counselor who has made the jump to entrepreneurship with her best friend Callie Christensen as co-founders of Slumberkins. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has settled there with her husband and two children. She is passionate about promoting social emotional intelligence in the next generation through empowering parents and caregivers to connect with children. Connect with her on Instagram @Slumberkins or on Facebook.
Today’s sponsor, Aeroflow Breastpumps, helps new and expecting moms qualify for a free, top-brand breast pump through insurance. They offer all major pump brands including Medela, Spectra, Lansinoh and more. Visit Aeroflow’s website today to get started on receiving your free breast pump through insurance! From dealing with insurance, getting a prescription, and handling all paperwork – your dedicated Breastpump Specialist will take care of everything for you. Go to aeroflowbreastpumps.com/birthhour and they will know I sent you!
Early Labor at 34 Weeks & NICU Stay
Gioia (Joya) had all intensions of giving birth to her first child unmedicated at the local birth center she and her husband selected; but their baby had other plans. After arriving at work “feeling off” one rainy Friday morning, Gioia’s water spontaneously broke at 34 weeks. Her husband immediately picked her up from work and they headed to the birth center to be checked. To everyone’s shock she was 9 centimeters dilated at arrival.
Quickly, Gioia, her husband, and her midwife piled back in their 2-door car to head to hospital because she could not deliver at the birth center before 37 weeks. Within 4 hours of her water breaking, Gioia’s midwife delivered her late term preemie at the nearby hospital. Gioia had experienced Braxton Hicks contractions during most of her third trimester, so when active labor actually began, she felt no pain or difference between the two.
This birth story is not only that of a first-time mom’s natural fast delivery but also her advocating for her new baby in the NICU. After being met with a not-so-receptive NICU staff and procedures, Gioia credits her courage to stand her ground during baby’s hospital stay to mother’s intuition.
Gioia Hackett Bio
Gioia Hackett is a graphic designer living in North Carolina with her husband of two years and their one year old daughter, Yara. Getting pregnant was the surprise of 2016 for Gioia and her husband. They were always committed to traveling in the early years of their marriage, before having children. But their, “I can’t wait to meet you”, daughter has been a great addition to all their international adventures. Gioia is an advocate for doing it your own way, whether that is through lifestyle, parenting, nursing, or any other choices that help you live your best life. You can connect with her on Instagram @gioia.leigh and keep an eye out for her revamped travel/lifestyle blog gioialeigh.com in 2018.
Today’s episode was sponsored by Ergobaby. Founded in 2003, Ergobaby is dedicated to building a global community of confident parents with smart, ergonomic solutions that enable and encourage bonding between parents and babies. Ergobaby offers a broad range of award-winning baby carriers, strollers, swaddlers, nursing pillows, and related products that fit into families’ daily lives seamlessly, comfortably and safely. At the end of today’s episode I spoke to Rebecca about what makes them unique and the features of their newest sleeping bag. Use the coupon code “thebirthhour” to get 20% off any sleep product Ergobaby.com or ergobaby.ca for our Canadian listeners.