Pregnancy & Childbirth at 25 vs 40+ years old

Having her first baby at 25 years old as a single mom, Michelle Johnson thought she was done having children until she got married and gave birth to  her second child at 41 and her third child at 43 years old. Delivering her daughter naturally in a hospital by a midwife, Michelle knew that she absolutely wanted an epidural when she became pregnant again at 40. However, an impromptu induction, as a result of her son having IUGR, her second labor was longer and more painful than the first.

Michelle had a planned induction for her 3rd son as well as a very clear birth plan – making it as pain-free as possible. Her last labor was perfect until the last hour when she had too much of an epidural to the point that she couldn’t push because she couldn’t feel anything. Tune in to hear all of Michelle’s very different birth stories and her experiences of miscarrying, having a subchorionic hemorrhage, acid reflux, gestational diabetes, swelling, fetal growth restriction (IUGR), being induced and the experience of having multiple babies in her 40’s.

Michelle Johnson Bio

When Michelle, an attorney in Atlanta, became pregnant at the age of 40, she immediately scoured the internet for pregnancy information for women her age, only to be inundated with daunting statistics and risks from medical professionals, individuals and articles.

Not succumbing to all of the negative information, Michelle began a private Facebook Group to both give and receive encouragement to other women in the same situation. The “Pregnancy After Forty Private Group” now has over 5,000 members and has been the catalyst to creating a website and the “Pregnancy After 40” Podcast, which she now hosts.

Michelle is also a Speaker who shares her “Pregnancy After 40”  story and journey and encourages other women that it’s possible to have a healthy baby or babies after 40 years despite having pregnancy issues. 
Connect with her at http://www.PregnancyAfterForty.com
or via her Private Facebook Group: @PregnancyAfterFortyPrivateGroup
She also hosts a Facebook Page: @PregnancyAfterForty
and Instagram: @PregnancyAfterForty. Finally check out her Podcast!

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The Decision Around Terminating Pregnancy Due to Multiple Congenital Anomalies + Hospital & Home Birth Stories

Devastated by a 21 week loss due to multiple congenital anomalies, followed by a miscarriage at 8 weeks, blessed by two, unmedicated births (one at a hospital and one at home during the pandemic). 

Jana walks through their complicated and heartbreaking decision to terminate a 21-week baby boy with multiple, congenital abnormalities.  She highlights *some* of their decision-making process and the incredible medical care they received along the way.  Shortly after that loss, Jana and her husband were then hit with a miscarriage at 8 weeks.  As healthcare providers, they struggled with what this meant for future pregnancies, how this impacted their marriage and professional life.  

After fertility consults that said, “everything is fine,” and several months of trying, they were successful with another pregnancy.  While this pregnancy seemed to outsiders as “routine,” it was riddled with stress and anxiety, fearful they would loose this baby too.  Specialists assured them, that this was a healthy pregnancy.  Friends and family were an irreplaceable support system, constantly reminding them to take in one day at a time.  Jana remembers, “our family and friends were so kind, listening to our worries and helping to share in some of our burden.”     

In early November 2018, after 10 hours of laboring at home (in denial) with her husband and doula, Jana admitted she was in labor and agreed to go to the hospital.  Jana delivered a healthy, baby boy, 10 minutes after arriving to the hospital.  While that delivery was “quick,” it was also not the birth experience she had hoped for.  Jana knew if there was another pregnancy, the delivery would be different; she wanted a more positive, natural childbirth experience.      

Their fourth pregnancy came in fall of 2019— they never expected to be making the decision about this pregnancy/delivery in the middle of a pandemic.  As the pandemic worsened, they decided to hire a homebirth midwife and deliver the baby at home.  Jana labored again with her doula, husband and midwife birth team.  Start to finish, this process was just over 4 hours.  In June 2020, Jana and her husband celebrated a successful homebirth and welcomed another baby boy; so much joy amidst the pandemic sorrow and previous losses.  The homebirth was the best choice for their family and 100% supported the natural child birthing experience. 

Jana Parrish Bio

Jana and her husband live in Michigan with their two boys.  When she’s not working as a nurse, she can be found doing projects with her husband, baking, amateur strawbale gardening and trying to keep two, tiny humans alive.  Instagram: @jfrenchie        


Resources

  • Expecting and Empowered- all things pelvic PT
  • Safe in the Seat- Newborn carseat safety
  • Taking Cara Babies- sleep training, but really all things newborn/baby 
  • Building Blocks Family- family dynamics, bringing home baby #2, all things toddler
  • Modern Michigan Doula
  • Compassionate Hands Birth Services
  • Expecting Better by Emily Oster

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Miscarriage, Postdates Induction, & Postpartum Cyst

Victoria suffered an early, yet stressful, miscarriage with her first pregnancy, but quickly became pregnant again. Her pregnancy was relatively uneventful. She ended up being induced for postdates at the hospital after her at-home methods for induction did not work. After a night of very painful labor and close contractions, Victoria was able to get an epidural at 0 cm dilation. Following this, labor progressed rapidly. Although she had been a postpartum nurse, Victoria had a difficult experience breastfeeding and adjusting to the exhaustion of motherhood. She also ended up requiring surgery postpartum for a cyst discovered at 41 weeks.

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Giving Birth during COVID-19 with Preeclampsia, Cholestasis, & Terminal Diagnosis of One Twin

After naturally conceiving twins, Alina and her husband were told by doctors that one of their twins would pass away shortly after birth. This terminal prenatal diagnosis led to many difficult conversations and decisions. The pregnancy came to a close when at 31 weeks pregnant, Alina developed severe preeclampsia in a matter of days. This led to the early delivery of her twins, which ended up being more complicated than they could’ve imagined.

twin loss birth story

Alina Bazyler Bio

Alina and her husband have been married for eight years and have three children. You can find Alina on Facebook.

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Resources

  • Book: Waiting with Gabriel: A Story of Cherishing a Baby’s brief Life
  • Article: Delivering a Stillborn Baby Taught Me the Transience of Death
  • Bible verse that was helpful to Alina: 1 Peter 5:10: “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

Crane

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Rainbow Baby Hospital Birth with Midwives After Miscarriage

After suffering a difficult pregnancy and miscarriage, Mimi planned for an unmedicated hospital birth with midwives. She shares the story of her rainbow baby and discusses how her husband prepared for and took on the role of doula.

Mimi Maitrichith Bio

Mimi is a first time mom living just north of Seattle, WA with her husband and one year old baby boy. She works in healthcare as a data analyst. Mimi can usually be found spending quality time with her family, learning new recipes, and connecting with her network of fellow moms.

Resources

Babylist

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23 Week Loss Due to Incompetent Cervix and Rainbow Baby Birth Stories

After a 23-week loss due to incompetent cervix (originally a planned homebirth), Bree was ready to try for another baby. She and her husband, Adam, were successful after the first try just 3 months postpartum from their loss.

Luci’s pregnancy was pretty easy, even though Bree never loved the pregnancy part. Due to her incompetent cervix history, her pregnancy was monitored closely and a cerclage procedure was performed to ensure the cervix would remain closed. Contractions started on November 11, 2019 and lasted until 4am on November 13 when her water broke.

Since the cerclage was removed three weeks prior, and contractions increased significantly after the water broke, they went immediately to the hospital where she was told that she was only 3cm dilated. Bree was a bit discouraged since she thought this would be a quick birth. After her doctor advised on a small Pitocin dose, she felt that she needed an epidural to help with the pain. Their baby girl was born at 4:25pm, just under 5 hours after the epidural was administered.

incompetent cervix birth story

Bree Dirkmaat Bio

Bree and her husband, Adam, live in Kingwood, TX (30 mins from Houston) with their baby, Luci, and their 3 other kids (Adele, Israel & Moses).
Adam is a Firefighter and an appraiser. Bree works in Accounting and also in their appraisal business. They have been together for 4 years.
Facebook Profile: Bree Frasson or Instagram @breepreta

Resources

Babylist

The people at Babylist believe that you should be able to get exactly what you need for your unique and growing family. That’s why their baby registry lets you add any item from any store. Even add cool services and favors like prenatal yoga, doula support, home-cooked meals or dog walking. Start your registry today to be eligible for a free Hello Baby Box of goodies for baby worth up to $190 while boxes last.