Infertility Journey, Pregnancy and Birth Story

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Dealing with Infertility and Pregnancy

After years of hoping and praying for a baby, Camille was amazed to find her infertility treatments had finally worked—she was actually pregnant! In this episode, she shares her story and talks about how much love she and her husband experienced as they grew together in the pain of longing for a baby. She discusses how after years of disappointments, infertility overshadowed many joys and experiences in letting her pregnancy be real. Ultimately, she and her husband were able to find joy through the ups and downs of pregnancy complications, and expand their love through the birth of their miracle baby.

Connect with Camille on Instagram or her blog Friday We’re in Love where she shares creative dates with her husband and story of finding love again after loss faced another hardship.

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Resources

Camille’s blog posts mentioned in the episode:

Theralogix

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Mama Natural’s Birth Stories

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Mama Natural shares her two birth stories

Genevieve’s first labor with her son, Griffin, was long (27 hours with 4 hours of pushing,) and she had a hard postpartum recovery. With her second pregnancy, Genevieve was proactive in preparing for birth and credits her nutrition and healthy lifestyle to the super-quick and much easier birth of her daughter, Paloma.

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Genevieve Howland Bio

With over sixty million views on her YouTube channel, Genevieve Howland’s funny-but-informational videos have empowered millions of women to embrace natural pregnancy and parenting. Now, Genevieve is turning to the page and offering up the first ever week-by-week pregnancy book from a natural perspective.
The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth is the modern (yet ancient) approach to pregnancy and childbirth. “Natural” recognizes that pregnancy and birth are normal, and that having a baby is a wondrous biological process and rite of passage—not a medical condition. Full of weekly advice and tips, Howland covers vital pregnancy nutrition, natural remedies for common concerns, and the appropriate (and inappropriate) uses of medical interventions. Peppered throughout are positive birth and pregnancy stories from women of all backgrounds (and all stages of their natural journey,) along with advice and insights from: a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM); a Registered Nurse (RN); a doula; and, a lactation consultant.
Genevieve also offers a free pregnancy week-by-week series (email or text) from a natural perspective, and is the creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course, the #1 most popular online childbirth education class.

3 Kids in One Year – Foster Parent & Birth Story

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Being a Foster Mom and Having a Baby at the Same Time

In 2015, Lori Kitchen-Buschel and her husband, Kenneth, became licensed foster parents: in less than a year, they went from 0 kids to being the parents of 3 children under 5 with the addition of their daughter Louella Kitchen-Buschel in 2016. In this extremely moving episode, she talks about her journey from meeting her foster children, to finding out she was pregnant unexpectedly and struggling with wondering whether she would have enough love for all of her children.

Lori Kitchen-Buschel Bio

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Born and raised in Metro Detroit, Lori’s career and family is a testament to her passions: social justice through philanthropy; women’s leadership; human safety and security; and, nonprofit management. She earned her BA from American University in politics and woman-focused public policy, and worked for the U.S. Agency on International Development (USAID). It was while working there that she discovered the fascinating world of grant making. After 7 years in Washington, Lori returned to Michigan to work with United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM), the Michigan Women’s Foundation (MWF), and Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW). In these roles, she led education and advocacy campaigns on basic needs, 2-1-1, food access, and human trafficking. While at MWF, Lori partnered with Girl Scouts for Southeastern Michigan to bring her concept of a civic and philanthropic leadership program for girls to life through a program that eventually became Camp Moxie!

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While at NEW, she coached and trained nonprofits on practical and tangible fundraising goals, demystified the fundraising process, and taught them to be strategic in their fundraising priorities and tactics. She simultaneously championed the wider community to be more inclusive of marginalized groups and areas by teaching donors and fundraisers that donations send a message about community priorities. Now at Wayne County SAFE, Lori is able to marry her passions together to build relationships and philanthropic partnerships to support survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking. In addition to her family, Lori’s passions include children in foster care, hugging basset hounds, and creating essential oil blends. You can connect with Lori on instagram @DetroitLuvYo

Aeroflow Breastpumps

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12lbs 3oz Cesarean Birth + HBAC (Homebirth After Cesarean)

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Cesarean Birth Followed by HBAC (Homebirth After Cesarean)

Diana’s first baby was an unexpectedly large, 12 lbs, 3 oz. He was born via c-section after a very long labor. It was a deeply traumatic experience for her, but when she became pregnant again 2 years later she knew she’d the have this second baby at home.

Diana had a completely different labor and birth experience the second time – a beautiful, fast home birth that was also incredibly healing for her. She wants any woman who’s had a traumatic birth or a c-section to know it’s possible to not only heal from it, but to have a better, empowering subsequent birth.

Diana Forsell Bio

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Diana is a full time mom to two little boys, Arakel, who is three and a half, and Rama, one and a half. When she’s not chasing around her boys, Diana is a dedicated yogi, and loves to spend as much time outdoors with her family as possible. She lives in Seattle, WA. Connect with her on Instagram.

Resources

ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network)
Homebirth After Cesarean Book
Indie Birth

Embracing an Unexpected Cesarean Birth

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Staying Grounded When Faced with an Unexpected Cesarean

Inducing labor was not Elyse’s first choice of how she imagined her birth story unfolding. However, the Miracles and Universal ‘Signs’ continued to show themselves throughout her birthing process.

Tapping into her meditation, healing and yoga skills, Elyse stayed connected to her intuition throughout the birth process even though it went opposite of what was planned. Her family, spiritual mentor and doula also supported in creating a welcoming, beautiful environment for baby Oliver to enter this world.

After 18 hours from her water breaking, Elyse was only 2.5-3 cm dilated. Oliver made his grand entrance via C-Section. In this episode, learn how Elyse & her husband came to this decision, stayed grounded, and embraced the many changes that came along the way.

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Elyse Falzone Bio

Elyse is a Spiritual Life Coach and Intuitive Healer. She empowers women to be leaders in their families, communities and the world. Elyse believes we are each teachers, healers and lightworkers in our own unique way. Elyse awakens her clients’ spiritual gifts and talents so they can share them with the world. Getting inspired by her own pregnancy journey,  Elyse loves to support pregnant women to connect to their babies while in the womb. She also loves being a mommy to Oliver and a loving wife to her husband, Cameron. Connect with her via her website or via Instagram

Resources

Meal Train

BellyBuds

Mediation & Yoga

Facebook Groups

Fast Hospital Birth + Navigating Low Breastmilk Supply

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Fast Hospital Labor and Birth

The family was excited when they found out Emma was pregnant.  Emma had an amazing pregnancy; she felt powerful and proud to be nurturing a baby.  After hesitantly deciding to have a hospital birth (because of costs) Emma was able to maintain her goal of an unmedicated labor and delivery.

Emma’s contractions sped up ferociously and she almost did not make it to the hospital. After Emma arrived, the baby was earth-side within 20 minutes and 3 pushes.

Dealing with Low Breastmilk Supply

Emma planned to breastfeed and had to deal with the challenge of having an extremely low milk supply. She was unprepared for this challenge, and felt the doctors and lactation consultants she worked with did not support her breastfeeding or have an understanding of low supply. Emma was incredibly resilient and worked hard to continue to breastfeed along with supplementing. Emma has become very knowledgeable about low supply issues and resources for mothers. She wants other mothers to know that low supply issues are common and there are many contributing factors; but, there are also many lactogenic foods, herbs, and activities to support milk production.

Emma Gomez Bio

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Emma is a hard working Social Worker and Therapist for Native American youth in her Bay Area community.  Emma met and fell in love with Davey many moons ago while they attended college.  Emma and her partner Davey have created a beautiful home together in Berkeley, CA with their pup Rio,  The family welcomed Zia in the summer of 2016.  Emma loves being a mother and feels blessed for the light that Zia brings to her family and life.

Resources for Increasing Breastmilk Production

Emma wrote an entire post about her experience with low milk supply!

Latogenic Foods

(Enough) WATER!

leafy green veggies, oatmeal, barley, brown rice, qunioa, chickpeas, lentils, almonds, fruits w/ pits, blackstrap molasses, rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk, garlic, artichokes, asparagus, carrots, sweet potatoes, yams, flax seed, nutritional/brewer’s yeast

Latogenic Herbs and Products

Activities to Increase Supply

  • Use heat before pumping (Shower, Heating pad, warm washcloth)
  • Breast Massage w/ Basil and Fennel Oils before pumping
  • Breast compressions while pumping or nursing
  • Acupuncture
  • Power Pumping (Pump for 20 minutes, rest for 10, pump for 10 minutes, rest for 10, pump for 10 minutes)

Pumping Products

Donor Milk Resources

  • Human Milk for Human Babies (FB pages by Region)

Resources for supplementing

Majka Lactation Products

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