Long Prodromal Labor then Only 5 Minutes of Pushing

Long Prodromal Labor then Only 5 Minutes of Pushing

Chelsea was thrilled to conceive her son using the Ava Bracelet and talks about how helpful it was for her. After two weeks(!) of intense back-to-back contractions, Chelsea was induced at 37 weeks. Her son’s heart rate started dropping during really strong contractions, and the doctors didn’t feel comfortable sending Chelsea home. Her water was broken at around 10 AM on 3/21/18 and at 2:44 PM, after only 5 minutes of pushing, Micah was born.

Chelsea Johnson Bio

Chelsea is a 31 year old first time mom, wife and #girlboss. She owns a Campaign Disclosure firm (CJ & Associates, Inc.) in Roseville, CA. Her and her husband, Jason, had been trying to have a baby for 3 years before they were blessed with Micah. The three of them currently live in Antelope, CA with their two dogs, Kona and Dozer.

37 weeks induction

Resources

Ava Bracelet for Tracking Fertility and the Ava Facebook groups
The Healthy Pregnancy Book
The Baby Book

Ava Women

This episode is sponsored by Ava Women. Wear the Ava bracelet while you sleep for effortless insight about your fertility, your cycle, and your health. Ava monitors nine physiological parameters and is clinically proven to detect the beginning of the fertile window in real time. You can use the promo code: BIRTHHOUR for $20 off each order at avawomen.com.

Type 1 Diabetic, Planned Cesarean and Conceiving with Ava Bracelet

Type 1 Diabetic, Planned Cesarean and Conceiving with the Ava Bracelet

Tara went into childbirth knowing that she would have a cesarean delivery. As a Type 1 Diabetic, the expected birth weight of her daughter had reached 8 pounds by her 36th week of pregnancy, and shoulder dystocia had already complicated her first delivery. She and her husband, Adam, were informed on May 29th that her delivery had been scheduled… for the very next morning! Lowering blood sugar levels were pointing to possible problems with her placenta, and baby looked good, so all doctors involved agreed that the wait was over!

They arrived at Cartersville Medical Center and preparations began for surgery. Tara was lucky enough to have both her husband and Mama with her in the operating room. Aside from a little trouble with anesthesia, the procedure was very routine… until it was almost over. Baby Selene had been delivered, her cord had been cut by Adam, and her breathing was being monitored when Tara heard a crash from the corner. Her Mama peeked around the drape to tell her, “Adam passed out!!!” While Adam woke up, and was wheeled out of the delivery room, the nurses gave Selene to Tara’s Mama, and Tara saw her for the first time. Selene weighed 9 pounds, 13 ounces, and had a head full of black hair, just like her woozy Daddy!

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Tara Lee Perez Bio

Tara is 34 years old and from Cartersville, GA. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern University, where she studied Writing & Lingusitics, and she is currently a Substitute Teacher for the Cartersville City School System. She has been married to her husband, Adam, since June of 2016. Tara has a 9-year old step-daughter, Mischa, a 4-year old niece that she thinks of as her own, Lyla Beth, and a 3-month miracle baby, Selene. Tara had a very tough journey to motherhood, and is fully enjoying every moment of watching her new baby girl grow. Facebook.com/taraleeabby

Ava Women

This episode is sponsored by Ava Women. Wear the Ava bracelet while you sleep for effortless insight about your fertility, your cycle, and your health. Ava monitors nine physiological parameters and is clinically proven to detect the beginning of the fertile window in real time. You can use the promo code: BIRTHHOUR for $20 off each order at avawomen.com.

IUI Fertility Treatment Resulting in Triplets Pregnant & Birth Story

IUI Fertility Treatment & Surprise Triplets

Although Jody and Jeremy went through fertility treatment (IUI – intrauterine insemination,) they were told their chances of the procedure’s success was less than 20% due to small follicle size. Along with their physician, they decided to proceed anyways. After positive pregnancy tests and blood tests, it was confirmed the procedure was a success!

Jody experienced a significant amount of bleeding. After about 8 weeks, she and her husband went in for an early ultrasound to see if there was a reason for the bleeding. The doctor confirmed that triplets were the reason. Jody had a fairly insignificant pregnancy by triplet standards. No official bed rest or major medical issues.

triplets ultrasound

Premature Labor and Eclampsia

At 32 weeks and 6 days, Jody went into labor. Medication helped stop the contractions, and 48 hours of steroids helped develop the lungs of the babies. Jody’s high blood pressure kept her in the antenatal unit of the hospital. Once her blood pressure was under control, she was set to go home. Listening to her gut feeling, she asked for one more night to be monitored.

That evening Jody went into labor and full eclampsia. Luckily she was right where she needed to be. An emergency cesarean section was performed and Jody and Jeremy welcomed three beautiful babies to their family (33weeks 4days gestation).

NICU Stay with Triplets

The NICU stay proved to be a challenge, with emotional and physical (for the babies) tribulations. The newborns needed to have 5 days in a row without a cardiac or oxygen related ‘event’. After 22 days of ups and downs the Wilson family was together once again.

Breastfeeding Triplets and Postpartum Depression

Exclusively pumping/breast feeding for triplets would prove to be a full time job in itself for Jody. The children had to have the breast milk supplemented to a higher caloric value to help with growth. Trying to find any type of balance in their home life was a struggle. Jody struggled with postpartum depression and sought medical help after trying to deal with it alone. Jody never really had a birth plan in mind prior to finding out she was pregnant—in the end the triplets made the plan for her.

triplets grown up

Jody Wilson Bio

Jody is 36 years old and lives in Washington state with her husband, Jeremy, their goldendoodle, Opie(5), and their triplets: Audrey(4), Oliver(4), and Everett(4). Jeremy works from home part time and travels part time. Jody stays at home with the children and also works as a substitute group fitness instructor. Now that the kids have started preschool, Jody is looking forward to finishing the baby books and a few other projects that have taken a back seat. If you have any questions or just need a fellow triplet-mom to lend a listening ear, feel free to connect with her on Facebook, email or Instagram. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram or via email at jkrunsforfun@gmail.com.

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Hospital Birth with Epidural in UK after TTC Struggles

Hospital Birth with Epidural

Claire is 6 foot, so she was never going to have a small baby; however, she only started to worry when she went a week overdue. Claire was pretty sure her baby was going to be massive, and she was. Both Claire and her husband, Rich, had decided to go Team Green and so only knew they were having ‘a baby’. Both expected a boy, but having had three early miscarriages prior to the birth, neither honestly cared so long as the baby was healthy. Claire was feeling very grumpy the day she went into labour. She had some scares, which turned out to be Braxton Hicks warm ups, and so she went for a long waddle to Tesco where she was poo’ed on by a bird. That afternoon, she started to go into early labor. Having sent Rich off to bed (the philosophy being at least one of them would get some sleep) Claire then labored long into the night, until she was told to come into the hospital at 4am by her midwives. Early assessment showed Claire was actually slowing down, so she and Rich were sent up to ‘Level 5’ of the hospital where they waited it out for a further 20 hours without sleep or drugs. Even meptid given at 12am on that second night didn’t touch it. This wasn’t fun, as Claire was pretty sure she was in established labor despite the long waits between strong contractions.

She was right, and at 5am Claire was finally sent to delivery by a very bossy and wonderful chief midwife. Here she was given an epidural and was looked after by two young, bubbly midwives, Daisy and Amy. You’re not meant to have a party in a delivery room, but they did anyway. With the help of drugs to speed the contractions on and having her waters broken for her, the baby made its way down the birth canal. 9 hours later it became clear Claire needed an episiotomy. Artemis popped out very quickly and amazed everyone when they realized she was a girl, not the expected boy (Claire was secretly very chuffed). Cuddles and nursing were done while Claire was stitched (Artemis will still to this day try to root on Rich) and the parents were lucky enough to be left in the delivery room to sleep until they were moved up to a ward. The whole thing was very relaxed!

Claire Lycett Bio

Claire lives in Abingdon Oxfordshire via Kent and London and works for the Women’s Institute residential college as a senior manager. She is married to Rich, with whom she went to university at Birmingham, but they didn’t meet until they converged at their mutual best friend’s wedding where Claire caught the bouquet and also Rich. They live in a small suburb and are ridiculously tired and happy. Claire used to teach courses on the side on film stars of the Hollywood Golden era but is finding time a little constrained now they have their baby Artemis. Not that she minds!

Resources

Ava Women

This episode is sponsored by Ava Women. Wear the Ava bracelet while you sleep for effortless insight about your fertility, your cycle, and your health. Ava monitors nine physiological parameters and is clinically proven to detect the beginning of the fertile window in real time. You can use the promo code: BIRTHHOUR for $20 off each order at avawomen.com.

Infertility, IVF, Twins and Homebirth Birth Stories

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.

twins male factor infertility

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.

ivf twins birth story

Resources

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

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Infertility, Loss & Preeclampsia Preterm Labor

Jenna-Lee’s Infertility Journey

31 year old Jenna-Lee is a residential child care specialist from Florida and has wanted nothing more in life than to be a mother. After marrying the love of her life back in 2010, she and her husband, Patrick, have been trying to conceive. They were told by doctors they didn’t even need birth control because it wasn’t going to happen due to Jenna’s health issues but they never stopped trying. They tried many different methods to track her cycle and used products to try to increase their chances. All of these things were very stressful and exhausting. It took them 5 years to get pregnant and then they suffered a loss.

ava bracelet pregnancy

When Jenna found out about Ava bracelet she was thrilled to become pregnant again after a year of use! The bracelet helped her and her husband understand her cycle and body better. It taught her what her most optimum days were and, took a lot of the stress out of trying to conceive. She loved that it was very easy to use and see the data daily. Her pregnancy was anything but easy but this she expected.

Preeclampsia and Preterm Labor

She ended up having to be hospitalized the last month of her pregnancy due to severe preeclampsia. On the day of her baby shower, Jenna was rushed into an emergency cesarean section at 30 weeks and gave birth to her tiny 3.5 pound rainbow baby boy Wesley Arlo. Jenna and Patrick feel completely blessed to have him and can’t wait until he can come home from the NICU. Jenna wanted to share her story to give hope to those who have gone thru similar circumstances. If you would like to reach out to Jenna or have any questions for her you can email her at Jleelan@outlook.com.

Ava Women

This episode is sponsored by Ava Women. Wear the Ava bracelet while you sleep for effortless insight about your fertility, your cycle, and your health. Ava monitors nine physiological parameters and is clinically proven to detect the beginning of the fertile window in real time. You can use the promo code: BIRTHHOUR for $20 off each order at avawomen.com.