Hyperemesis Gravidarum Pregnancies and Birth Center Twin Birth
After a long pregnancy battling severe hyperemesis gravidarum, Hannah gave birth to her first son in a birth center at nearly 41 weeks. Ten months later, she became pregnant again, this time with a set of twins! Despite living in a state that considers twins to be a “high-risk” pregnancy, they were able to work with an OBGYN and midwife team to deliver their babies out-of-hospital. She carried her twins for 38+5 weeks until her water broke and they shot out of her body in just 1.5 hours! Hannah struggled with breastfeeding all of her children, due to tongue-ties and tight jaws. She was forced to exclusively pump with her son, but was able to breastfeed her twins successfully after a difficult 3 month journey working with a lactation consultant and occupational therapist.
Hannah Mockary Bio
Hannah is 26 years old and lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. She married her high school sweetheart right after graduating from college in 2012 and became pregnant with her first child in 2015. Her health and lifestyle drastically changed after having hyperemesis gravidarum during and after both pregnancies. Her son was born in a birth center in July of 2016. Hannah became pregnant with her twin daughters in 2017 and was also able to deliver them out-of-hospital. While chasing after her 3 kids under 2, Hannah stays active in the community by serving at her local church and part-time work with online marketing. @hannahmockary on Instagram
Dr. Stu – Birthing Instincts
Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins
Hyperemesis Sufferers Group on Baby Center
Beyond Morning Sickness: Battling Hyperemesis Gravidarum
Birthing From Within
Business of Being Born
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Hospital Birth and Homebirth in the UK
Both of Charity’s babies were born in the UK. After excitedly planing for an unmedicated hospital birth centre birth, Charity had to quickly change her expectations when she was told her baby would be delivered via cesarean section. Her body and baby disagreed with the doctor, and her son was born vaginally on the operating table as preparations were being made for surgery. For her second birth, Charity was determined to have a greater ability to advocate for herself and her baby, so she and her husband hired private midwives to help deliver the baby at home. Her second son was born in a birthing tub in the living room of her small flat in central London.
Charity Eyre Wright Bio
Charity has looked forward to having a baby since her earliest memories, and is now mom to two boys, a just-turned two year old and a five month old. Charity is an American but has lived in London for the past three years with her husband. She is a stay-at-home parent with a professional background in education, and is passionate about women educating themselves about the wonder and power of pregnancy and childbirth. Connect with her on Instagram @charityeyrewright or at drippingwithpassion.blogspot.com
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First home birth
After 8 hours of back labor and a small scare with a compressed cord, Mika birthed her first child (a rainbow baby) in the comfort and serenity of her own home at 41 weeks pregnant. She was elated to discover she had delivered a healthy 8.10lb baby boy safely into the hands of his loving daddy. Aside from a 2nd degree tear and a postpartum hemorrhage that her midwife handled quickly and efficiently, Mika had a fast and easy recovery. Mika was truly beyond grateful for such a beautiful and life-changing first birth experience.
Second home birth
Mika and her husband had always hoped to have their children close in age, so when she discovered she was pregnant a few weeks after her son’s first birthday, Mika was beyond excited. Unfortunately, due to her first midwife relocating, Mika found herself under the care of a new midwifery team. She had been transferred into their care at 6 months pregnant and while she never felt 100% comfortable with them, she also didn’t have many options otherwise. At 41 weeks, labor began almost identically to her first; however, when her new birth team arrived, everything seemed to stall. Mika felt extremely uncomfortable around them and struggled to allow her body to open up. After 14+ hours of labor, Mika’s second child, an 8lb baby boy, was born safely in water. Immediately after delivering the placenta, Mika experienced another postpartum hemorrhage. Unfortunately, this time her new midwife was not proficient in her handling of the hemorrhage, which lead to Mika bleeding out for over 5 hours. After a week with no guidance from her care provider, she went in for what was an extremely necessary blood transfusion. Naturally, this made recovery difficult. Mika could hardly talk without passing out, dealt with postpartum depression, and struggled greatly to bond with her second baby simply because she was so weak. It was an unfortunate turn of events, but Mika was grateful to have birthed her babe at home despite the improper care she received. She felt she learned some valuable lessons about self-advocation and knew more than ever to always trust her intuition.
Third home birth
Loving the 20 month age gap between her first and second child, Mika was excited her second and third babe would have a similar age difference. After a military move north, she set out to find a new home birth midwife in her new location with hopes of having a healing birth after her last experience. With lots of research and interviews,Mika found someone she knew was competent and felt an instant connection. Mika’s third pregnancy was healthy and uneventful. She had fully expected to go past her estimated due date as she did with her last 2 children; so, when 40 weeks came and went she wasn’t the least bit surprised. Then came 41, then 42, then 42+5 and it seemed labor had finally begun. After almost a full day of consistent contractions and making it to 6cm, everything stopped. Feeling frustrated and concerned her husband would miss the birth due to military orders, Mika did her best to trust the process and have patience.
Together with her midwife, Mika made a plan to hold space for normal and allow baby to come when baby was ready. Naturally, Mika struggled with self doubt and questioned her body daily, but she knew that “due dates” meant nothing and this was just a variation of normal. Finally, at 43+5, only 2 days shy of her midwife wanting to send her in for a hospital induction, Mika went into labor. It was hard and fast, only an hour of active labor, and Mika was feeling the urge to push. After getting baby’s head out, it became clear that baby’s anterior shoulder was stuck. No amount of pushing was budging baby forward so Mika and her midwife quickly sprang into action. Having had an intuitive feeling about shoulder dystocia, Mika had researched the topic the last few weeks of her pregnancy. Because of this, she knew exactly what maneuvers/positions to try to help baby out and immediately tried the gaskin maneuver. That in combination with the Running Man and her midwife also doing the Woods Corkscrew maneuver, Mika pushed and got baby out quickly, and without any broken/dislocated bones, bruising or tearing! Mika was relieved and and excited to discover she’d given birth to a 10.4lbs baby girl.
Unlike her last, this birth left Mika feeling empowered. Not only did she advocate for herself when she went postdates but she was able to take immediate action with confidence during birth to get baby out safely. To top it off, Mika had minimal bleeding after birth and experienced her easiest recovery yet!
Mika Rascon Bio
Mika is the wife to her greatest love and most cherished companion who is currently serving in the US Army. Together they live an intentional life and enjoy exploring the world around them with their sweet babes in tow. Before Mika was blessed with her 3 beautiful children, she encountered a trying and emotional battle with infertility. Fortunately, after years of treatment, multiple losses, and surgery she was finally able to carry her baby to term and experience the life-changing beauty of a raw, uninhibited birth. It was this struggle with infertility that lead her to a natural lifestyle and ultimately motivated her to birth all 3 of her babes at home. She has a deep passion for holistic, gentle, and attachment parenting and strives daily to embrace the biological and physiological design for motherhood. Additionally, Mika is a business owner and photographer who focuses and draws her inspiration from capturing genuine, storytelling moments. Sharing her life with authenticity, raising awareness, and supporting other mamas in this season of life has been a great comfort to her while raising children despite not having a close tribe due to their military lifestyle. Feel free to connect with her on instagram @mygreatestwonders
Doula Training Before Pregnancy
Katie trained to be a doula 6 months before becoming unexpectedly pregnant on her honeymoon. She always knew she wanted an unmedicated vaginal birth, and switched care providers from an OB practice to a birth center at 30 weeks. She and her husband took hypnobirthing classes while she was pregnant, and they hired their hypnobirthing instructor as a doula. Though labor and birth didn’t progress as she had imagined (does it ever?), she achieved the goal of bringing her baby into the world in a peaceful, sacred, empowering environment, surrounded by love. You can watch her birth video here.
Katie Bihl Bio
Katie is a passionate, creative, social-media savvy, family-focused newlywed and new mom. When she’s not working from home as Influencer Marketing Manager at clean nutrition brand Orgain, she spends quality time with her beautiful family, enjoying the beach, cooking up delicious meals, and educating herself and others on things she is passionate about, like nutrition, self-care, mental health and motherhood. She’s driven to live an authentic, joyful, vibrant life of love built on the biblical values that foster an abundant life. You can follow her on Instagram at @katiebihl.
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So excited to be sharing our most recent birth story. Harvey Huntpalmer was born at home in the water after less than an hour of active labor! If you want to listen to our first two birth stories, Adelaide’s is here and Darwin’s is here.
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Difficult Pregnancy and Uncomplicated Water Birth
Spencer’s pregnancy less than peaceful. Between complications with the insurance process, anxiety about pregnancy in general, indecisiveness about a birth plan, two hospitalizations due to vaginal bleeding, and unanticipated challenges with her prosthetic leg, Spencer never felt completely at-ease carrying her baby. However, she transferred care from an OB practice to a birth center in her final month of pregnancy, and from that point through her birth, it was smooth sailing. At 39 weeks 3 days, after 24 hours of early labor, 12 hours of active labor, including 2 hours of pushing in the tub, Spencer had an uncomplicated water delivery, and was so relieved to have achieved her exact birth plan with the support of her husband, doula, midwife, and birth assistant.
Dealing with Insurance, Vaginal Bleeding & Birth Location Change
Spencer Dolan Bio
Spencer lives in Los Angeles with her high-school-sweetheart husband, Ian, and their 11-week-old daughter Bowie Valentine. Spencer and Ian met when they were 14-year-old freshmen in high school, and began dating when they were 16. At 22 they got married, and were pregnant just two months after the wedding. Spencer is second in a family of 7 children, so she has had a lot of experience with babies and kids, and has wanted to be a mom since she could remember. So far, motherhood is even better than imagined. Connect with her on Instagram @spencerbrooke or Facebook – Spencer Brooke Green.
The Business of Being Born
The Birth Hour
Evidence Based Birth
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
A Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives
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