Hospital Birth with Epidural after Fast Unmedicated Birth Previously

After a smooth hospital induction and delivery with an epidural with her first and a whirlwind 4-hour unmedicated delivery with her second, Lauren knew she wanted a hospital induction with an epidural (no car babies, thank you!) While her second delivery was medically safe, it left Lauren with trauma that took over a year to recover from and the detailed preparation for her third delivery was a way to control the aspects she knew would make for a better experience and relax into the aspects of birth that are not in anyone’s control. It turned out to go (almost) exactly as planned with a few fun surprises along the way!

newborn after birth

Lauren Alexander Bio

Lauren has been married to her wife, Deanna, for six years and they live with their three children in Sonoma County, CA. Find her on Facebook and Instagram @rachellehecht.

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Kindred Bravely

This 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! I especially love their Simply Sublime nursing tank, their high waisted leggings (for pregnancy AND postpartum). Listen to this episode for a special coupon code and to hear about my new favorites in their summer line of clothing and loungewear!

Unmedicated Hospital Birth with Doula and Leaving NYC During Covid

Claire shares her experience of her unmedicated hospital birth with the support of her husband, doula – and a surprise entrance from her own mother! She also shares her postpartum experience, highlighting the impact COVID had on her journey. 

leaving nyc during covid

Claire Manix-Cramer Bio

Claire lives just outside of NYC with her husband and daughter. She is awaiting the birth of her second child at the time of this recording. She works as a pediatric clinical specialist in an outpatient physical therapy clinic. You can find her on instagram @cm_occho_mc.

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8 Sheep

This episode is sponsored by 8 Sheep Organics. Did you know that over 78% of pregnant moms have trouble sleeping at night? If you’re lying awake in the middle of the night, tossing and turning, unable to sleep, then you should check out the “Sleepy Lotion” from 8 Sheep. It’s a body lotion specially formulated to help pregnant moms sleep better. It also helps with common pregnancy pains like restless legs, leg cramps and back/ hip pain.

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Epidural-free Induction VBAC Birth Story and Having Covid Postpartum

Allison gave birth to her third baby at 42 weeks via a planned induction. This was her second VBAC and the birth was a beautiful experience. She was induced with pitocin and had a short, epidural-free labor and birth of her 9 pound 12 oz daughter, Ivy. Allison and her husband enjoyed two restful and quiet days in the hospital and arrived home to their older children two days later. Allison’s postpartum took a turn when she and her whole family developed COVID just days after her daughter was born. 

Allison Lynch Bio

lives in Madison, WI with her husband Jesse and their three children. They love spending time outdoors and exploring parks around the area. Allison is passionate about VBAC education and empowerment. She overcame a traumatic birth experience and feels strongly about supporting families through these experiences. Feel free to connect with Allison via email at allisonglynch@gmail.com or via Instagram @AlliLynch14.

Allison lynch birth story

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Ergobaby

This episode is sponsored by Ergobaby. Founded in 2003, Ergobaby has pioneered the gold standard for comfortable, ergonomic soft structured carriers. Their commitment to providing parents with the foundation to thrive has launched the company into creating a broad range of award-winning products that fit into families’ daily lives seamlessly, comfortably, and safely – where function and quality are not compromised. In 2020, they launched Everlove by Ergobaby, a first of its kind baby carrier buy back and resale program, a sustainability effort to support families and the planet. Check out Ergobaby’s Embrace in Soft Air Mesh that we discussed on the podcast!

Two Hospital Births and a Homebirth: all Beautiful and Healing

Mary tried to conceive for almost 2 years, then became pregnant within two months of changing her diet. She wanted an unmedicated birth but went into the process uneducated and thought she could just do it. At 38 and 1 weeks, her waters broke around 10:30am. She went to the hospital where mild contractions started around 12pm. She was checked in triage and was 2cm and waters were confirmed to have broken. She was put in a room and by 2pm contractions had progressed, were one on top of another, and were very painful. Around 5:30pm she was checked and was told she was 6cm, to which she promptly asked for an epidural. They placed it quickly but before the bed was all the way lowered, she started feeling her legs convulsing and told the nurse. The nurse said she was 10cm and was ready to push. Mary pushed for about 40 minutes and Eloise was born at 6:31pm. Post-partum was hard, with a combo of postpartum depression, feeling like she failed because she got an epidural, learning how to be a mom, and her husband returning to work. But she muscled through it.

A month after Eloise’s 1st birthday, Mary knew she and her husband had slipped up and she might be pregnant but she thought it not likely because it took 2 years to conceive the first time. Sure enough, she was pregnant and this time, she was bound and determined to be educated and have an unmedicated birth, possibly her dream homebirth. Unfortunately, a homebirth was out of her budget so she was determined to have an unmedicated hospital birth and was focused on health and diet and had become totally enthralled with all things pregnancy and labor related.

About halfway through this pregnancy is when she found The Birth Hour and couldn’t get enough of it. At 39 and 5 weeks, she had her bloody show at her husband’s Christmas, work dinner. They went home to get their stuff, headed to the hospital, and she was admitted at midnight and contractions were coming steadily. At around 3:20am she asked the nurse to check her and Mary was complete. The fetal ejection reflex took over and Oliver was born at 3:30am. postpartum was hard again but this time was filled with more postpartum rage and trying to figure out how to be a mom to two, under two.

In May of 2020, Mary found out she was pregnant, with another surprise pregnancy. This time, she got to have a midwife and was planning for a homebirth, her dream. Covid was still very new so she was nervous about how it could affect her or the baby, but she managed to dodge the virus and had no close calls, up until she was 38 weeks. The friend who lived with Mary, said she had tested positive for covid. It was the scariest and most stressful part of the whole pregnancy, wondering if the home birth would happen, if her husband would get covid and not be able to attend the birth. Planning for every possible route this could go, all while trying to hold the baby in.

Quarantine ended on Mary’s guess date (Due Date) and then it was on to get the baby out. She tried everything to get the baby out and nothing worked. At 41 and 5 (42 and 1 based on her original guess date) Mary felt contractions start as she was putting her babes to bed around 7:30pm. They quickly intensified and the birth team was called. By 11:30pm, all but the second midwife were there. Mary felt pushy for about an hour and did what her body told her to do. And Primrose was born into her mama’s arms at 12:51am. It was the labor and birth experience she had dreamed of for many years, and it all worked out perfectly. Postpartum was again difficult and had more depression with a little bit of rage sprinkled in, but overall better than the two previous postpartum’s because Mary was honest about her struggles.

Mary Johnson Bio

Mary Johnson is 32 years old, married to her husband David, who is 33 years old. They have been married for 9 years (known each other for 26 years) and have three children, Eloise who is 5, Oliver (Bear) who is 3, and Primrose (Jones) who is 1 year old. She lives in Bakersfield California and is a stay-at-home mom with a side hustle of making custom cakes from her home. She homeschools Eloise and is busy chasing the other two around and trying to stay connected with her friends who help her along this mom journey. She is also currently waiting to be matched with intended parent/s to be a gestational carrier.

Mary can be found mostly on Instagram. She is only on Facebook for the birth hour patron group. Instagram handles are: private account @call_me_murry or her public cake account @cakes_by_maryelizabeth

Resources

  • Birth hour podcast
  • @birthbecomesyou
  • @badassmotherbirther
  • @biglittlefeelings
  • @feedinglittles
  • @safeintheseat
  • @dr.siggie
  • @mrchazz
  • @joyful.parents
  • @drbeckyatgoodinside
  • @lamonica_the_midwife
  • @simplemidwifery
  • @thebirdspapaya
  • @mypelvicfloormuscles
  • @the.vagina.whisperer

Caraway

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Betterhelp

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Doctor Advocates for Patient in Hospital Birth and Multicystic Dysplastic Kidney (MCDK) Diagnosis

Kellie’s first labor lasted 32.5 hours from labor to birth. She had a hospital birth with an epidural and had an amazing and supportive doctor who advocated for her. Baby #2 was a planned induction because baby was initially diagnosed with severe Hydronephrosis. That diagnosis was changed to Multicystic Dysplastic Kidney (MCDK) after birth. She discusses her birth and postpartum with both babies.

Kellie Brandt birth story

Kellie Brandt Bio

Kellie is married to her husband Austin. They’ve been married for 3 years and together for 9. They have a 19 month old and a 3 month old! Connect with her on Instagram @Kellieannfreels or kelliefreels@gmail.com.

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Motif Medical

This episode was sponsored by Motif Medical. Motif designs insurance-eligible products for busy moms. With a focus on innovation and empowerment, Motif’s line of breast pumps and maternity compression garments are sophisticated, yet discreet, and made to support mothers as they navigate new motherhood. Discover why moms are reporting more milk in less time with the Luna breast pump, and see how you can get it covered through insurance at motifmedical.com/birthhour

Postpartum Experience After Unmedicated Induction Birth

After an unplanned cesarean with her first baby and a successful VBAC with her twins, Kalen she describes her third birth and postpartum experience as her easiest and most rewarding. Her third induction resulted in a precipitous unplanned unmedicated birth which made for an uncomplicated recovery and a wonderful end to her pregnancies and births. She describes healing from this birth compared to her other three and things she’s learned and done differently the third time around. 

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Kalen Andelin Bio

Kalen lives in Wisconsin with her husband of 6 years Ian and their four children Maverick age 5, twin daughters Indy and Bowie age 3, and daugther Briggs 6 months old. She’s currently a stay at home mom and enjoys listening to podcasts, having a glass of wine, exercising on her Peloton, and the occasional date night.

Resources

Ergobaby

This episode is sponsored by Ergobaby. Founded in 2003, Ergobaby has pioneered the gold standard for comfortable, ergonomic soft structured carriers. Their commitment to providing parents with the foundation to thrive has launched the company into creating a broad range of award-winning products that fit into families’ daily lives seamlessly, comfortably, and safely – where function and quality are not compromised. In 2020, they launched Everlove by Ergobaby, a first of its kind baby carrier buy back and resale program, a sustainability effort to support families and the planet. Check out Ergobaby’s Embrace in Soft Air Mesh that we discussed on the podcast!