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
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!
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
- Power Pumping (Pump for 20 minutes, rest for 10, pump for 10 minutes, rest for 10, pump for 10 minutes)
Donor Milk Resources
- Human Milk for Human Babies (FB pages by Region)
Resources for supplementing
Earth Mama Angel Baby
At the end of this episode I spoke to a lactation counselor about her favorite products from Earth Mama Angel Baby, today’s sponsor.
Unmedicated OB Attended Hospital Birth with Doula
Grace had an unmedicated hospital birth with an OB. She prepared for her unmedicated birth by hiring a doula and taking Bradley classes during her pregnancy. She also had the added bonus of having her sister as her L&D nurse throughout her entire birth!
Grace Greene Bio
Grace lives in Jackson, MS with her husband Mason and their daughter Nancy, who is almost four (her birthday is March 7
!). Grace currently works as a birth doula and Bradley childbirth instructor as well as being a wife and mom. You can connect with her via her website
Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth
Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
Ina May Gaskin
Milkies by Fairhaven Health
The episode is sponsored by Milkies by Fairhaven Health. Milkies is a line of thoughtfully designed products for moms, by moms to help support all women in their breastfeeding journey. Products include breast milk collection and storage, supplements, teas, nursing pads and much more! Milkies is generously offering 10% off all products with the code BIRTHHOUR at www.fairhavenhealth.com. We are also giving away a milk catcher and milk collection tray over on Instagram.
Giving Birth in Puerto Rico
Anjelica gave birth to her first daughter while living abroad
on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Though she originally wanted to deliver with a midwife, she had to make adjustments based on her location’s cultural norms and her Spanish language barrier. Anjelica’s story takes some crazy turns that involve driving two-hours to the hospital
, her husband paying for a private labor room while she was in labor, and her doula almost delivering their baby. As she shares what birth is like for many women on the island we get an idea of what it takes for some women outside the continental U.S. to achieve a low-intervention vaginal birth.
Giving Birth in Guam
Anjelica gave birth to her second daughter on another lush island, Guam. This time around she was able to have a midwife provider like she’d hoped for the first time, but experienced other hurdles that came along with being a military spouse and mother of a busy toddler. Anjelica’s story quickly gets interesting as she realizes she’s in labor while her husband is in the middle of running a half-marathon.
Anjelica Malone Bio
Anjelica Malone lives in Santa Rita, Guam and is the mother of two little island girls, the wife of a U.S. Coast Guard service member, a Lactation Educator Counselor, and the author of book Milk Boss 101. She enjoys traveling with her family and blogging about motherhood, culture, and sustainable living. You can find out more about Anjelica and her global life at www.AnjelicaMalone.com
and follow her adventures on Instagram at @AnjelicaMalone.
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Alexandra Barretta is from Queens, NY. After struggling with infertility, she was able to get pregnant after several IUI’s and 2 IVF’s. Her son was born 6 weeks early due to a placental abruption via c-section. The C section recovery was very difficult, so she knew she definitely wanted to attempt a VBAC for her second pregnancy. She was told not to get her hopes up about having a VBAC by her high-risk doctors; but, she successfully delivered her daughter via VBAC after challenging the on call doctor at the hospital that morning. Connect with Alexandra on Instagram.
Essential Guide to Breastfeeding
Hospital Grade Breastpump
The Birth Hour podcast VBAC Stories
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Local Infertility Forums
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Leah Rodrigues Shares Her Two Hospital Births
Leah Rodrigues had two natural, unmedicated child births at the hospital. It was not her first choice to give birth in the hospital but she felt that she didn’t have another option due to insurance. She wanted to share her story and the ways she advocated for what she wanted and navigated the medicalized environment.
She feels that her birth stories offer other moms hope that they can advocate for themselves even if they don’t get to birth in the place that they want. Leah wanted a birth center birth with both of her babies but financial circumstances prevented her from doing so. She thinks discussing the limited birth options because of socioeconomic status is an important topic. You can connect with Leah on Instagram.
Leah Rodrigues Bio
Leah lives with her husband Jon and their two sons: Jack and Bronson in sunny Southern California. When Leah is not working, she enjoys going on adventures with her family and making memories.
Leah’s first education in birth was in an anthropology class during her time as an undergraduate at UCLA. There, she learned about medicalized birth and the different ways other cultures viewed the birth experience. Although she had hoped to have birth center births, due to her circumstances, had to settle for unmedicated hospital births. Even though her plans had changed, she educated herself on her options and advocated her needs when necessary. Both of her births were empowering experiences and she has carried that strength with her into motherhood. Her biggest piece of advice to pregnant moms is to be a participant in their birth, regardless of how they birth. She believes that being apart of the decision making process makes all the difference. Leah hopes that her story will inspire other women to believe in themselves and trust their instincts. Birth is YOUR once in a lifetime experience so be heard.
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Twin Birth Summary
Planned for a hospital vaginal birth (under OB care with an in-house midwife), both boys were head down at 26 weeks; last appointment before induction, both were still head down. Morning of my induction, one last ultrasound was ordered to check positioning, and baby B had flipped and was now breech, and my BP was high (for the first time in my entire pregnancy, but no other signs of pre eclampsia). Several options were presented, but I chose to go forward with induction since there was no true risk to the babies.
I had plans to labor as long as possible with no drugs and was using breathing techniques learned through our birth class and some brief Hypnobirthing reading I had done. Decided on an epidural about 8 hours in to rule out the chance of needing GA if I needed an emergency C section. After 12+ hours of labor, 10 minutes of pushing delivered the boys, both vaginally, in the OR (most twin hospital births happen in the OR) 6 minutes apart; baby B flipped to head down in the labor process, no help needed.
Jillian Mahan Bio
Part time working mom with 17 month old fraternal twin boys living in Texas. Whole fam includes hubby, Ryan; boys Rhett & Rylan, and chocolate lab, Angus. Lived overseas for 5.5 years (Singapore then Scotland) before moving back to Texas about 1/2 way through my pregnancy with the boys.
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