Stillbirth, Rainbow Baby Waterbirth and Accidental Unassisted Birth Stories

Stillbirth, Waterbirth and Accidental Unassisted Homebirth

After losing her first daughter to stillbirth, Heidi had a complicated pregnancy journey to her second birth. But the storm clouds lifted when she heard her rainbow baby’s first cries after a long and difficult, but empowering, waterbirth that led her down the path of becoming a birth doula. Despite having been to many births by the time she had her 3rd, Heidi was completely shocked when she didn’t recognize her own labor signs and ended up having a surprise, accidental, unassisted homebirth on her toilet with nobody around but her 3 year old. But things got complicated when the ambulance showed up.

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Heidi Kim Bio

After the heartbreaking loss of her first daughter, Heidi turned to her YouTube channel HeidikimTV as a way of journaling. She never expected people to watch, but so many parents connected with her experience as she went on to become pregnant again. Later, when Heidi was working as a birth doula in Tucson, AZ, she and her husband, Ken, realized how little moments you never expect can have an impact on the person you will become. So they set out to capture these moments on their family’s daily YouTube vlog, Sudden Kimpact, which follows their lives as a stay-home mom and teacher-dad. You can find Heidi on YouTube  as well as in her Facebook breastfeeding support group More Than Milk.

Baby Doppler

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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.

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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

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Processing Miscarriage + Rainbow Baby Homebirth

Sharing a story of miscarriage and subsequent homebirth

After having miscarried in 2016, Karsyn became pregnant early 2017 with her first baby. She didn’t plan a homebirth from the beginning, but changed plans midway through her pregnancy and never looked back. After an uncomplicated pregnancy, Karsyn went into labor in her home eleven days after her due date. Five hours of early labor and five hours of active labor throughout her home and an intense fetal ejection reflex waterbirth brought her Phoenix. Though her pregnancy and labor were pretty ideal, she struggled with breastfeeding and getting Phoenix to gain weight. She’s currently feeding her son exclusively breastmilk and has worked hard to make that possible despite odds stacked against them.

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Karsyn DuPree Bio

Karsyn is a blogger, integrative health coach and podcast host in Nashville, TN. She lives with her 3-month old baby boy, Phoenix, husband Collin and two dogs.

Resources

The Birth Hour
Expectful
Floradix

Ergobaby

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Peaceful Unmedicated Hospital Birth + Choices Around Miscarriage

Unmedicated Hospital Birth Story

Suzy had been planning the birth of her first child long before she was pregnant. When she found out she was pregnant, she went to work right away preparing for the birth. She knew she wanted to have an unmediated birth with as few interventions as possible. After lots of preparation during her pregnancy, Suzy was able to give birth naturally, peacefully, and joyfully in the hospital. This was all in spite of the fact that her labor only lasted five and a half hours.

Miscarriage and what Suzy wishes she had known

When her son was 15 months old, Suzy found out she was pregnant again. After going for her routine ultrasound, she discovered that though she has conceived, the fetus never developed. She had been so prepared in her previous pregnancy, but felt totally unprepared to make informed decisions regarding the treatment of her miscarriage. Eventually she miscarried that pregnancy, but wished she had more information to make better choices during the loss of her pregnancy.

Suzy Nuñez-Babb Bio

Suzy is a stay at home mom to her son, Darwin. She is a teacher by trade, but decided to take some time off after becoming a mother. She is currently training to become a natural childbirth educator. She and her husband, Jonathan, have been married for 5 years and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can connect with her online via Facebook or Instagram @motherili or email her at motherilibirth@gmail.com.

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Resources

The Bradley Method
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Natural Hospital Birth by Cynthia Gabriel
Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
Kelly Mom
Pregnancy Podcast
Sollybaby Wrap
Miscarriage Association

Earth Mama Organics

From the positive test to the big push, from the first latch to the thousandth diaper, Earth Mama makes effective organic and natural herbal products for the whole journey of motherhood: pregnancy, postpartum, breastfeeding, and baby care. They’ve been safely nurturing mamas this way since 2002 — and they wouldn’t do it any other way. Be sure to check out some of their latest products like the organic deodorant (that really works!) that Megan and I discussed at the end of today’s episode!

Cesarean Birth, Two VBACS and Emergency Cesarean Hysterectomy

 Three Birth Stories

Tonya’s first pregnancy ended in a misscarriage at 10 weeks, which lead to a D&C, continuous bleeding, and a hysteroscopy.

After her miscarriage, Tonya had a rough second pregnancy, fighting with all-day and all-night (morning) sickness all the way until the 3rd trimester. Also, the baby continued to be on the smaller side which lead to many ultrasounds. After having a miscarriage, Tonya was relieved to be able to see her baby so often, but she was always in the breech position. Every ultrasound, from 20 weeks on, she was in the same position. Baby was monitored for fluid levels, growth, and head size. Because she continued to be breech, Tonya reluctantly started planning a scheduled c-section. Tonya had always hoped for a vaginal birth, but she quick;y realized things don’t always go as planned. The day they went to the c-section, they did an ultrasound to make sure she still hadn’t turned and, sure enough, she was still in the same position; so, they continued on with the c-section. Everything went smoothly and they met their firstborn, Teal.

Second Birth Story – VBAC with Epidural

With Tonya’s next birth, she was determined to have a VBAC, but at the same time, she just wanted her baby here safely, whatever way that was going to be. Tonya didn’t want to put so much pressure on herself that she would be disappointed in how her baby was birthed. She was very nervous about what was going to happen.

Tonya tried everything in the books to have the baby on time because her care providers encouraged having the baby around 40 weeks or shortly after for a VBAC. Tonya was walking, even running, trying to get the baby out after 39 weeks. It felt to her like it was never going to happen and she started feeling defeated at the end of 39 weeks. On the night of 39 weeks 4 days, she got a phone call that her grandmother had fallen and was life-flighted to the hospital. By 3 a.m., she got the call that she should drive down to Denver (about an hour away), to say her goodbyes. Tonya’s mother-in-law came to watch Teal as Tonya, her husband, and her brother headed down to Denver at 4 a.m., arriving at 5.

As soon as they pulled into the hospital, Tonya started having diarrhea with contractions beginning shortly after. They were spaced out 10-15 minutes, but throughout the rest of the morning the contractions grew closer and closer. By around 1 p.m., Tonya’s mother and husband told her it was time to get going to the hospital. Tonya was afraid it wasn’t really happening (she wasn’t in as much pain as she was expecting; she just felt uncomfortable), so she hesitated to go in. Finally, they headed to the hospital at about 2:30pm to get checked. She was dilated to 5 cm with contractions coming about every 5 minutes so was admitted.

She was asked about an epidural, and the nurse on hand highly recommended it, especially being a VBAC patient, so she went ahead with it. Immediately, the epidural caused her to get sick, lose her hearing, and get dizzy, but the anesthesiologist eventually got it balanced out to where Tonya regained her hearing and started feeling better again. At about 7:30pm it was push time. Tonya felt like she was struggling to push, asked for a mirror, and eventually got the baby out at around 9:00pm. And they met their 2nd daughter, Layne. Within a half-hour of Layne being born, Tonya’s grandmother passed away. It truly felt like she was holding on until she heard Tonya’s baby’s name, who was named after her. A very bittersweet day.

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Unmedicated VBAC & Emergency Hysterectomy

With her next baby, again, Tonya was determined to have a VBAC and felt much more confident this time. But, she really hated everything about the epidural so she really wanted to have an unmedicated birth this time. She watched many youtube videos and listened to the Birth Hour daily to help her prepare. At 39 weeks 4 days, Tonya woke up at midnight with her first contraction. She tried to sleep through them, but they progressively got more painful and closer together. At about 3am, she decided she better eat something in case she wasn’t going to be able to eat again for awhile.

At 4am, she showered and her husband started getting up and packing, thinking they should head to the hospital soon. Shortly after the shower, the contractions seemed to taper off, so Tonya laid back down and encouraged her husband to head to work. Once her older children woke up, the contractions were anywhere from around 7 to 12 minutes apart, so she fed them breakfast and decided to take them on a walk. The walk seemed to pick the contractions back up so when her husband called around 10am to check up on her, he decided it was time to head back home. They went to the hospital at 11:30am and were admitted because she was 6 cm dilated with contractions coming about every 3-5 minutes by then.

She had planned on walking, bouncing, and possibly sitting in the tub for labor, but the room they were admitted to did not have a tub. She also discussed with her doctor using the TENS unit and/or laughing gas for pain management before going to an epidural. Tonya tried the TENS unit, but within about 5 minutes of that, it was push time. She had about 5 big pushes and baby Eva was born. Tonya felt amazing after this birth! Like she could go run a marathon! She was in awe of her baby and the whole experience.

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Then, the doctors started trying to get her placenta out. It was not coming out normally, so the doctors started kneading Tonya’s stomach. Still, it wasn’t coming, so they started pressing harder and harder. It got so painful, Tonya had to hand her baby off because she was in excruciating pain. Still, the placenta wouldn’t detach. Finally, after an hour of trying to manually extract the placenta, the doctor determined it was time for a D&C. Tonya was able to nurse her baby and introduce her to her sisters, mother, and mother-in-law and then they prepped her for what was supposed to be a 30 minute surgery. About 8 hours later, Tonya woke up on life support. Eventually she learned she had nearly bled to death and in order to stop the bleeding, the doctor had to perform a cesarean hysterectomy.

Tonya Trostel Bio

Tonya and her husband Evan have three beautiful daughters. Teal who is three, Layne who just turned 2, and Eva is her 4 month old. They reside in a small town in Colorado. Tonya is a former teacher and hair stylist but now is trying to keep up with her daughters as a stay at home mother. She has had three very different births, first was a c-section, second had an epidural VBAC and the last was a natural VBAC, followed by a cesarean hysterectomy due to placenta increta. Tonya is still recovering as she and her husband are adjusting to becoming a family of five.

Resources

The Birth Hour
Kelly Mom
Mama Natural

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Fast Unmedicated, Breech Cesarean & Unsuccessful VBAC Birth Stories

Birth Summaries

Despite needing to be induced because of dangerously low amniotic fluid levels, Rebekah was able to have a natural and fast delivery with her first baby. Her hopes for repeating her natural delivery with baby number two were smashed when they discovered the baby was breech. After several attempts to encourage the baby to flip, eventually Rebekah delivered her second baby via c-section.
Rebekah dreamed of having a VBAC with her third baby, but knew that her history of low amniotic fluid could get in the way. Eventually, her low fluid did require Rebekah to be induced. The VBAC was not successful, and Rebekah had another c-section. However, a surprising discovery in the operating room confirmed that the c-section was meant to be.
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Bio

Rebekah Hoffer used to bare her heart on stage as an actress, but now she bares her heart online. She still has a flare for the dramatic, but thankfully family appreciates that about her. Rebekah blogs at SimplyRebekah.com. She shares money saving tips, parenting advice, and all the things she is learning about natural living. Rebekah can often be found expressing her hatred for cleaning and her deep passion of Oreos and reality TV.
Rebekah is also a regular co-host on the Sorta Awesome podcast. Every week the co-hosts strive to find the awesome in the every day as they explore everything from the silly to the serious.
You can find Rebekah Hoffer on her blogInstagramFacebook, and Twitter. You can find Sorta Awesome in your favorite podcast app.

Resources

Why Does My Breast Milk Taste Bad?

Read Rebekah’s Birth Stories on her blog: Grace’s Birth Story – Fast & NaturalNoah’s Birth Story – Breech C-Section and Isaac’s Birth Story – Failed VBAC

Earth Mama Organics

At the end of this episode I talked to Westley about her favorite products from Earth Mama Organics, today’s sponsor. I’m a HUGE fan of their bottom spray and bottom balm! Plus be sure to check out their new deodorants coming soon!