Unmedicated Hospital Birth During Stressful Time

Kate is a first-time mom, and had an unmedicated hospital birth. Baby’s arrival was quite unexpected and happened during a stressful week of life. In the end she ended up laboring at home as long as possible, gave birth in a hospital, and although she was supposed to deliver with midwives, she ended up having to deliver with an OB.

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Kate Eskuri Bio

Kate is a registered nurse, college instructor, board-certified health coach, and has her doctorate of nursing specialized in Integrative Health. Kate’s healthcare experience is a unique blend of modern and traditional– having worked in an ICU setting and also getting her doctorate degree specialized in integrative health, she respects and understands modern medicine, but prefers to start with natural remedies, nutrition, mindset shifts, and other proactive approaches to health. Kate strives to make a healthy lifestyle SIMPLE and REALISTIC for her clients. Over time, Kate has built a social media following by sharing her holistic (and realistic) hacks for health. She created The Foundation Blog as a place to inspire women to invest in their health through simple, foundational daily practices that are easy-to-understand and actually REALISTIC to implement in busy day-to-day life. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota with her husband, Adam, her son, Miles, and her dog, Summit. Connect with her via instagram: @kate.eskuri
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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

Two Fast Labors – Hospital and Homebirth Birth Stories

Jill felt prepared and ready as she entered her final days of pregnancy in 2018. Hospital bag packed, labor plan ready, she had an unexpected 3 hour labor that brought her daughter into the world. 

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After a rough postpartum, difficulty conceiving and one missed miscarriage during the pandemic, baby number two was on the way in 2021. Her plans were different this time around which led her to another fast labor and home birth. 

Jill Clapper Bio

Jill lives in Minnesota with her husband Michael and two kids- Adeline who is 4.5 and Forrest who is 9 months! Connect with her via IG @_jillclapper_

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Grove Collaborative

Head to Grove.com/BIRTHHOUR to get a free starter set worth up to $50 with your first order.


Postpartum Story: Exclusively Pumping & Pelvic Floor Recovery

After dealing with hyperemesis throughout pregnancy, Katie was so excited when her water broke unexpectedly at 37 weeks. After a birth center transfer, pitocin, epidural, and 41 hours of labor, Roman was finally born vaginally. His delivery was complicated by a shoulder dystocia, leaving Katie with several second degree tears. Roman had a week long NICU stay, and during that time, Katie and Roman had a difficult time breastfeeding. She was hoping this would improve when they got home; but the breastfeeding struggles and colicky infant was stressful and nobody was sleeping. Katie found that exclusive pumping gave her the resources to enjoy time with her newborn without the pressure of getting baby to latch. Katie describes some difficulties she has dealt with her pelvic floor postpartum and how she has found improvement working with a pelvic floor therapist.  

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Katie Barnes Bio 

Katie lives with her husband, Bobby, son, Roman (3), and daughter, Elia (7 months) in Pittsburgh, PA. Katie works as a physician assistant, and Bobby works as a physical therapist. They spend a lot of their free time in the local community enjoying parks, children’s museums, breweries, and renovating their home. Connect with Katie on Instagram at thebarnesfamily_   

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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 and new Evolve 3-in-1 Bouncer that we discussed on the podcast!

3 Very Different Births, Infant Loss, and Navigating Life in the “Sad Mom Club”

Julia has had three births and three extremely different birth experiences. The birth of her first daughter was a textbook healthy pregnancy ending with her planned birth center water birth. With the support of her lactation consultant and a local moms group she felt confident in new motherhood.With her second things seemed to be going exactly the same, right down to the time of year and sex of the baby. Their due dates were exactly 25 months apart (11/3/18 and 12/3/20). Julia and her family were able to navigate the stress of covid while also celebrating new life. When Julia started bleeding at home at 39 weeks pregnant, things shifted quickly and aggressively. A placenta abruption, stat c-section, major hemorrhage, neonatal resuscitation, NICU transfer, brain cooling. Rosalind said hello and goodbye on Thanksgiving Day 2020.  Julia and her husband had to learn how to dry up her milk, how to plan a funeral, and how to talk to a two year old about death.

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8 months after Rosalind’s birth and death, Julia found out she was pregnant again. Trying to navigate grief and fear, she chose a care team and hospital with MFMs and the highest level NICU. She went through high risk care, and tried to get excited that she might actually bring this baby home. She gave birth at 38 weeks via gentle cesarean to a sweet baby boy. Postpartum recovery after a c section and with a living baby was a new experience, but one she was extremely thankful to get to have.

Julia Dixon Bio

Julia and her husband Ethan live in Kentucky with their 3 year old daughter Delia and 5 month old son Clark. They are always missing Rosalind, who would be 2 in November. Julia works in bookkeeping and accounting. In her free time she enjoys crochet, reading, and exploring with her kids.

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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.

Over 116,000 moms have used this lotion and rated it 4.8 stars! It comes with a 60-day money back guarantee too! If you’re not 100% satisfied, you can return the jar for a full refund! Go to 8Sheep.com and use the code BIRTHHOUR for 10% off your purchase!

Reel Paper

Reel Paper makes a sustainable toilet paper that uses 100% bamboo with no inks, dyes, or BPAs so it’s safe for even the littlest members of your family. The great thing about Bamboo is that it’s a fast-growing grass. Some species of bamboo can grow up to 3 feet per day and because it’s a grass they’re able to harvest the same stalk over and over without disrupting the plant or soil. Reel paper is available in easy, hassle-free subscriptions or for one-time purchases on their website. All orders are conveniently delivered to your door with free shipping in 100% recyclable, plastic-free packaging. If you head to reelpaper.com/birthhour and sign up for a subscription using code BIRTHHOUR at checkout, you’ll automatically get 30% off your first order and FREE SHIPPING!

Mental Health Journey after Traumatic Birth and Postpartum

Whitney and Zach Voss welcomed their daughter, Noah Jane Voss, into the world on July 7th, 2021.  Whitney experienced a difficult pregnancy and unexpectedly gave birth at 36 weeks due to being very sick with COVID.  Whitney experienced a traumatic birth and struggled with PTSD symptoms for months after birth.  She experienced healing with the help of her husband, community, and a trauma therapy tool called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).  Whitney candidly shares about her birth and postpartum experience to provide hope and connection with others who have experienced a traumatic birth.

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Whitney Voss Bio

Whitney is a wife, mother, and mental health therapist who owns her own private practice, Shreveport Counseling and Restoration Center.  Whitney lives in Shreveport, Louisiana with her family.  Whitney specializes in treating trauma, betrayal trauma, and sex addiction.  She is also a Clinical Consultant for a non-profit, The Hub: Urban Ministries, that provides resources and recovery programs for victims of human trafficking and individuals experiencing homelessness.  In her free time, Whitney loves to cook for her family, spend time with friends, and read.  You can find Whitney on Instagram @whitney_voss or at www.shreveportcounselingandrestorationcenter.com

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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 and new Evolve 3-in-1 Bouncer that we discussed on the podcast!

Two Beautiful Hospital Births—One with an Epidural and One Without

Kate was anticipating a week’s head start of maternity leave before expecting her baby boy to be born, but she realized he had other plans when she went into labor 4 days before her due date. She woke up in the middle of the night with waves of pain radiating down the front of her legs but kept falling asleep in between the waves, until at one point she realized she must be having contractions. She timed them for a while and eventually couldn’t get back to sleep, so she woke her husband and decided to call her OB, who told her to come in. She got up, took a shower, and they called their family members as they headed to the hospital around 5am. Once there, Kate labored for a bit in her L&D room before requesting an epidural, and afterward rested and watched The Office while chatting with some family members who were also there at the hospital with them. Once she was 10 centimeters and fully effaced, she learned it was time to push, pushed for two hours and delivered her sweet baby boy! It was a great, uncomplicated experience with an epidural and a relatively easy physical recovery, which she feels increasingly grateful for. 

When Kate found out she was pregnant again at the end of February 2020, she had a different intention for this pregnancy, labor and delivery. She decided she wanted to give birth unmedicated – without the use of epidural – and decided to hire a doula. When COVID-19 spread throughout the United States in March, Kate was faced with a lot of uncertainty and anxiety over herself, her family’s health, and the health of her baby, but her Christian faith kept her afloat through the most difficult moments of that year. Kate’s main goal throughout this pregnancy was to be informed about her rights and her options for birth, instead of just accepting what might be considered “the norm”. She didn’t want to think of herself as just a “patient”, and her baby’s birth just a “medical event”, she believed that labor and birth are something that can be enjoyed, and she wanted to feel fully confident in herself and her support team, informed about her options, and calm despite the chaos of the world.

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Kate went into spontaneous labor 2 days before her due date very early in the morning. She was tempted to call her OB again right away (like last time), but called her doula first who encouraged her to continue timing contractions and distract herself if possible. She and her husband got up, enjoyed some time around the house with their toddler, took a walk, played Scrabble and watched their favorite comfort show – The Office. Once her contractions were getting a little bit too intense to talk through, she headed to the hospital where she was 7cm at arrival. With the help of her doula and husband, Kate gave birth to her daughter unmedicated feeling perfectly at peace, confident in herself, and so overwhelmed by the intensity of the experience yet how beautiful it was. This birth experience ignited Kate’s passion for pregnancy and birth, and inspired her to become a birth doula, so that she could support other women and their families during such a monumental and vulnerable time of their lives, and help them know that they too have the right to feel informed, can be empowered in making decisions about their care, and be confident in themselves no matter what their birth situation might look like. 

Kaitlyn DelloStritto Bio

Kate is a wife and mom of two living in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is passionate about supporting women throughout pregnancy, labor and delivery and has been working as a birth doula since March of 2021. She also enjoys spending quality time with her family, thrifting and collecting mid-century vintage, cooking, and picking up any hobby that piques her interest. Connect with her at soteriabirthdoula.com or via @soteriabirthdoula on instagram.

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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