Dealing with Insurance, Vaginal Bleeding & Birth Location Change

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

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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.

Resources

Pregnancy+ App
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
Baby Connect App

Evenflo

Today’s episode is sponsored by Evenflo. Evenflo recently released the EveryStage carseat with an innovative new EasyClick Latch System that provides a 3 times tighter installation and reduces the room for error. You’ll be able to use this carseat for 10 years because it not only grows with your child from 4-120 lbs with an infant, convertible, and booster mode option, but also allows for rear facing up to 50 lbs! Evenflo thought of everything and included multiple positions and recline options to keep your kiddo comfy while saving on leg room for other passengers.

Castor Oil Postdates Birth & Hospital Water Birth

10 Days Postdates Castor Oil Induction

Julie’s first birth story begins when she was 10 days past her due date and no signs of labor had begun. In trying to avoid medical induction, Julie consulted with her doula about drinking castor oil to bring on labor. That night castor oil worked some labor magic and brought on contractions. Julie was able to labor at home, then labor in a birthing tub at the hospital. She turned inward and found a tapping/counting/breathing rhythm to work through contractions. After about 14 hours of labor and 2.5 hours of pushing she birthed her baby girl. Delivering the placenta was challenging and Julie hemorrhaged 30 minutes postpartum. Medical intervention stopped the hemorrhage and, while incredibly scary for everyone (especially Julie’s husband), everyone was okay.

Spontaneous Water Breaking Fast Hospital Water Birth

Julie’s second birth moved more quickly when labor began with spontaneous water breaking three days after her due date. Even though things moved quickly, she left the hospital to labor at home when she learned she was 1.5cm dilated. Julie transitioned in the shower at home and things really started move fast. She was 9cm when she got back to the hospital, labored in the tub and ultimately had a water birth, giving birth to her son after pushing through 2-3 contractions. Her baby boy slept on her chest skin-to-skin for five hours after being born.

Julie Tobi Bio

Julie Tobi lives in Ann Arbor, MI with her husband and their two kids. Her obsession with birth and the nostalgic magic of handwriting led Julie to create The Birth Journal, a guided journal for moms to write their birth story. Julie is also a life coach with a focus on living life aligned with our intuition. Most days you can find her with a strong cup of coffee, kids at her feet, and a journal and pen at her fingertips. Connect with her at @thebirthjournal on Instagram, Facebook, or on her Life Coach site.

Resources

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Penny Simkin The 3 Rs in Childbirth Preparation: Relaxation, Rhythm, and Ritual
The Birth Journal

Aeroflow Breastpumps

Want to learn how to get a free breast pump through insurance? Aeroflow Breastpumps has helped thousands of new and expecting moms find the perfect pump for her lifestyle. They offer all major pump brands including Medela, Spectra, and Lansinoh. And the best part, they take care of everything – from getting all required paperwork and dealing with your insurance company to explaining your options and getting your free pump shipped straight to your door. All you have to go to the Aeroflow Breastpumps website and fill out their free and easy Qualify Through Insurance form. Be sure to go to aeroflowbreastpumps.com/birthhour so they will know I sent you!

Hypertension & 3 Day Hospital Induction + 6 Hour Home Waterbirth

Hypertension & Three Day Hospital Induction

Brie developed hypertension late in her first pregnancy and delivered her daughter on Father’s Day after an exhausting 3 day long induction at Stanford Children’s Hospital.

Six Hour Home Waterbirth

After a thankfully unremarkable second pregnancy, her son was born at home in a birth pool in their dining room after a powerful six hour labor on Valentine’s Day.

Brie Buxton Bio

Brie is a musical theatre performer and children’s theatre instructor turned stay-at-home mom of 2 in the Bay Area, California.

waterbirth at home

Photo credit: @samanthanoelphotography

Resources

Birth Hour, Birthful & Doing It At Home podcasts
Birth Hour Playlist / Spotify
– Hypnobirthing playlists on iTunes
– Book: Ina May Gaskin’s Guide To Childbirth
– Book: Birthing From Within, England & Horrowitz
– Book: Active Birth, Janet Balaskas
Childbirth/baby care refresher courses
– Birth Doulas & Photographers
– Body Work/Exercise: Pre/postnatal yoga, Acupuncture, Chiropractics & Massage
– Oasis Birth Pools – yourwaterbirth.com

Grove Collaborative

Today’s episode sponsor is Grove Collaborative. Grove makes it easy to discover amazing natural home and personal care products. Grove selects only the best non-toxic products, so you can shop with confidence knowing that everything on their site is good for you, your family, and the planet. Grove’s VIP membership provides our customers with: unlimited free shipping, a free full-sized gift every few months, price match guarantee, and amazing personal service.

Go to this link and when you sign-up you’ll get a free glass spray bottle two-piece concentrates pack to use in the spray bottle, and a 3 pack of microfiber cloths! Grove will add some suggested items to your cart to get you started and you can swap those out for whatever you need for your home.

Homebirth After 3 Hospital Births

1st birth: Landon Dec 27 2007
41+1 weeks- Hospital
Contractions started around 1am, arrived at hospital around 4am, got the epidural as soon as possible after throwing up and really struggling with the pain in triage (panicking, really) at 4 cm. Then we really just hung out in our room waiting for dilation. Once i got to 9.5 cm, they told me to do a couple practice-pushes, then left me for an hour to finish dilation. I pushed for 2.5 hours, then they realized baby was sunny side up. So I was sent to get a c section, but sat in the “prep room” for an hour waiting for the cesarean, when my doctor finally showed up and flipped baby and I was able to push baby out in half an hour. He was born in the prep room, at 9lbs even.

2nd birth: Hudson May 6 2011
40+3 weeks – Hospital
Woke up at 4am to contractions, calmly walked around the house working through them until my husband got up for work and told him he wasn’t going to work and to call his mom for our oldest, and then headed to the hospital. Arrived at the hospital around 7:30 am. Contractions were 2 min apart, lasting 1 min and I received the epidural. Again, just hung out waiting for dilation with my mom and husband. Reached 10cm and I wasn’t pushing “well” so I asked them to turn off the epidural so I could feel what I was doing. After an hour of pushing, baby was born! He came out 11lbs 12oz. By far my easiest, least eventful birth! (just like him! easy going boy)

3rd birth: Ashton March 11 2014
41weeks- Hospital: Induction
Morning of the 41 week mark, I was called in for induction. Arrive at the hospital around 1:30pm, I was 2cm dilated so they simply broke my waters. Broke my water around 2pm, sent us walking for 2 hours. at 4pm I wasn’t contracting regularly, so they said they were going to start pitocin in 15 min, by the time they came back to they room to start the pit, I was contracting and 5.5cm, so they left the pit. I worked on the birth ball for a while, then headed to the tub and hit transition hard in the tub with puking and ask for gas. Gas made me panic and I begggggggged for the epidural. They asked to check me (knowing I was almost there) but I refused. they brought the epidural and I was secretly pushing while they put it in. as soon as he left the room, i told them, “ I’m pushing!!” and they checked and baby was right there. but I begged to let the epidural start up, and then 20 mins later he was born. 4 hours of labor and he was out at 9lbs 12oz.

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4th birth: Winifred Dec 10 2017
40+6 weeks- Home
Woke up at 6am to 5 intense back to back contractions, for some reason, I didn’t believe I was really in labour, and let my husband go to work still (at our barn, 30 sec from our house) waited to see if they were consistent (and real) then finally my doula talked me into calling the midwife and they sent one out right away (not my midwife, unfortunately). Midwives arrived around 8:30 (I was 5cm), followed by my doula, photographer and finally my husband. My doula and husband set up the pool while I did my makeup with my photographer. Once the pool was ready, contractions were starting to get more intense so I went in the pool. once I got in the pool, I never came back out. I was never checked after the initial check, and she was born 1.5 hours after I went in the birthing pool. She was born at 9lbs 9oz. These are very brief and quick descriptions, there are much more juicy details to them all for the podcast!

Nicole Vandenberg Bio

Nicole, mom of 4, welcomed each pregnancy as a new learning opportunity. By pregnancy #4, and after supporting her sister-in-law through her home births, she was a complete birth junkie and realized birth was her calling, she decided to go forward with her doula certification and chose to have the home birth she had always dreamed of. Nicole had four wonderful, uncomplicated, easy pregnancies, resulting in three hospital births with her 3 boys, two with epidurals, and one unmedicated induction. And recently welcomed her first baby girl at home with a beautiful, empowering water birth, with the help of her amazing birth team. Connect with her on Instagram @nicole_ellaine.

Resources

Podcasts:
The Birth Hour
Doing it at home

Books:
Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth (mainly the birth stories)
The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin

Documentaries:
The Business of Being Born (movie + episodes)
Why Not Home
The Beginning of Life on Netflix

Babylist

This episode is sponsored by Babylist. Babylist believes 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. Check out The Birth Hour’s sample registry here!

Irish Twins and Diastasis Recti

Homebirth & Surprise Unassisted Hospital Bathroom Birth

JJasmine’s first birth story was an amazing heartfelt home waterbirth —while her second birth left her in literal shock. Jasmine gave birth to her baby girl on the hospital bathroom floor, unassisted. Jasmine goes through her journey of many hardships in such a short amount of time — from having her delivery bag stolen while in labor and not having the hospital water-birth she had planned, to struggling through back pain, diastasis recti, and an umbilical hernia after giving birth to two children 14 months apart.

surprise bathroom hospital birth

Jasmine is a true believer in turning your adversity into art; using one’s experiences to help and heal others. Her desire is to share her story, encourage others to never give up, and to motivate us all to share our stories with hopes of creating a more compassionate world for her children to live in.

Jasmine Wilde Bio

Jasmine is the owner of Hey Baby Ultrasound Boutique in Atlanta, Georgia. She’s a lover of women’s empowerment and healing. Jasmine is a single mother with great hopes for coparenting, and she is the mother of two beautiful Irish twins; A & Z. She’s a superwoman in every sense — from operating a small business in Atlanta with two toddlers, dealing with the journey of having been a military wife, and healing after a major surgery from an injury she suffered from pregnancy — she’s unbreakable.d

irish twins

Grove Collaborative

Today’s episode sponsor is Grove Collaborative. Grove makes it easy to discover amazing natural home and personal care products. Grove selects only the best non-toxic products, so you can shop with confidence knowing that everything on their site is good for you, your family, and the planet. Grove’s VIP membership provides our customers with: unlimited free shipping, a free full-sized gift every few months, price match guarantee, and amazing personal service.

Go to this link and when you sign-up you’ll get a free glass spray bottle two-piece concentrates pack to use in the spray bottle, and a 3 pack of microfiber cloths! Grove will add some suggested items to your cart to get you started and you can swap those out for whatever you need for your home.

Infertility, IVF, Twins and Homebirth Birth Stories

Male Factor Infertility, IVF, Twins and Homebirth

After receiving devastating news about their chances of conceiving due to a severe case of male factor infertility, Ashley and her husband Andrew were thrown into the unknown world of infertility. Ashley of @ashleyizsak found out she was pregnant on her 28th birthday from their first round of IVF with ICSI. Two weeks later, on new years eve, they found out she was expecting mono di twins.

From the start, Ashley struggled with her desire to do things as naturally as possible while being told delivery would take place in an OR with a team of about twenty people. At 20 weeks, they discovered her cervix was shortening and at 24 weeks, they gave her steroid injections to help mature the babies’ lungs. Surprising everyone, she went on to carry the twins past her due date and successfully delivered her twins vaginally at the hospital in an OR.

twins male factor infertility

For five years, they were a happy family of four; yet, every December a bill arrived reminding them of their frozen embryo that remained at the fertility clinic. Ashley struggled with first wanting another baby, then feeling done, and then finally wanting to try for that third baby. In a crazy coincidence, the third embryo would be transferred into Ashley exactly six years later, to the day. At 20 weeks, she and her husband made the decision to switch to midwifery care and pursue a homebirth. Hours shy of the twins sixth birthday, Ashley gave birth at home, in a birth pool, to a beautiful baby boy.

Ashley Izsak Bio

Ashley has been blogging and writing for close to a decade. She is the author of a series of essays including heartfelt glimpses into motherhood and normalizing infertility. Nestled in a small village outside of Ottawa, Ashley, her husband, their twin daughters and baby son, strive for simplicity, joy, and lots of glamping. You can connect with her on Instagram at @ashleyizsak and on her blog Calmly Chaotic.

ivf twins birth story

Resources

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Birthing From Within
Navigating the Land of IF
How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup: A Guy’s Guide to the World of Infertility (Wonderful book to support men during infertility and amazingly helpful as it guides them to deal with the hormone rollercoaster that is IVF and their female partners.)
Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding & Caring for Twins or More!
One and the Same: My Life as an Identical Twin and What I’ve Learned About Everyone’s Struggle to Be Singular
Forum for Infertility Support in Canada
Products I love: Snuggle Me Organic, Earth Mama Organics Perineal Spray & Balm, Kindred Bravely Postpartum Underwear

Theralogix

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