Two Hospital Birth, Two Homebirths (one accidental unassisted)

Logan Randazzo Four Birth Stories

Logan is mama of four girls, with two hospital births and two home births. Logan and her husband, Brian, always considered home birth but after their second daughter, Willow, was almost born in the car after only a 90 minute labor, they felt it was best to explore birthing at home. Labor number three, Aspen, was again 90 minutes and at home with their midwife arriving 15 minutes before the birth.

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As expected, baby girl number four, Primrose, came into the world even quicker than her three big sisters, after a fast and furious 40 minutes of labor, leaving Brian and Logan at home for an unassisted birth with their three other children. Midwives arrived shortly after the whirlwind birth to a healthy 8lbs, 2oz Primrose!  All was well and Logan shares how empowering the experience was for their whole family. Connect with Logan on Instagram @loganrandazzo.

Ergobaby

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Dr. Rebecca Dekker of Evidence Based Birth Shares her Birth Stories

When Rebecca was pregnant with her first baby, she planned to go to the hospital and do as she was told. She was giving birth at the same hospital where she was finishing her PhD in Nursing, and so one of her goals for this birth was for the nurses to like her! She didn’t want to be one of “those” patients they gossiped about at the nurse’s station. But when Rebecca arrived at the hospital, she received treatments that were more than 20 years out of date. She also experienced complications that seemed preventable. Worst for Rebecca, though, she spent hours after the birth begging to see her own daughter!

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Three years later, and pregnant again, Rebecca had done enough research to know that she would do things differently this time. She hired a midwife and planned a home waterbirth using Hypnobabies® techniques. The kind of care she received ended up being drastically different from her first birth. Rebecca felt so empowered after this birth, and it changed the entire course of her life.

Rebecca Dekker Bio

Rebecca is the founder of Evidence Based Birth® and the author of Babies Are Not Pizzas: They’re Born, Not Delivered! Dr. Dekker is the mother of three children, ages 5, 7, and 10, and she has earned a bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD in Nursing. She has built a strong reputation in maternal and infant health circles for her pioneering work as the founder of Evidence Based Birth.® The mission of EBB is to raise the quality of childbirth care globally, by putting accurate, evidence based research into the hands of families and communities, so they can make informed, empowered choices.

Social media contact info: You can follow Dr. Dekker by signing up for her newsletter at the home page of at EvidenceBasedBirth.com, and you can follow EBB on Facebook (Evidence Based Birth) and Instagram (@ebbirth). Her book, Babies Are Not Pizzas, is available on Amazon.

Resources

Motif Medical

This episode was sponsored by Motif Medical. Motif designs insurance-eligible products for busy moms. With a focus on innovation and empowerment, Motif’s line of breast pumps and maternity compression garments are sophisticated, yet discreet, and made to support mothers as they navigate new motherhood. Discover why moms are reporting more milk in less time with the Luna breast pump, and see how you can get it covered through insurance at motifmedical.com/birthhour

College Mama’s Empowering Homebirth after Traumatic Hospital Birth


Lina unexpectedly found herself pregnant with her first baby while she was a senior in high school. Although she was excited for the arrival of her bundle of joy, her pregnancy was difficult because she suffered with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). Lina planned to have an unmedicated hospital brith, but when Lina was 36 weeks and 6 days she felt a tear in her water sack that caused her to need an induction.

Although the events of Lina’s hospital birth weren’t traumatic, the way the nurses at the hospital spoke to her and treated her caused Lina to have a great deal of anxiety and sever postpartum depression. So, when Lina found out she was pregnant with her second baby, she knew she needed to do something different. After weeks of research, speaking with her partner, and listening to her intuition she knew she needed to have a homebirth assisted by a midwife to heal the part of her that was broken during her hospital birth.

Again, Lina’s water tore when she was 36 weeks and 5 days, but this time instead of having a hospital induction she induced herself naturally using castor oil and homeopathic remedies, as instructed by her midwife. At exactly 37 weeks, her second baby was born in the home Lina grew up in and it was the most empowering, encouraging, magical and amazing experience of her life. 


Lina El-Saieh’s Bio

Lina El-Saieh is a 22 year old mama of two boys, Dexter and Scott. She is currently a social science major in college looking to become a successful lawyer (and maybe even a politician) one day. Lina, her boys, and her high school sweetheart, Jack, live with her parents and little sister in New York. Lina identifies as a crunchy mama. She loves baby wearing, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and she recently started homeschooling her eldest boy. Lina’s goal as a mom is to encourage other mamas, especially younger moms, that they are able to still chase their own dreams even though they have little ones. Balancing school and babies is hard, but it’s so, so worth it! You can find Lina on Instagram @itscrunchylina.

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IUD Pregnancy and Hypnobabies Hospital Waterbirth

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Megan became pregnant with her first child unexpectedly after 4 years with an IUD. Fortunately, the pregnancy was healthy and viable and continued uneventfully until her son decided to enter the world earlier than she anticipated (37 weeks and 3 days). After being in labor almost a full day without realizing it, Megan made it to the hospital at 10 cm and delivered a healthy baby via waterbirth almost 3 hours later.

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Megan Freeland Bio

Megan is a public health pharmacist by trade and a healthcare copywriter by profession. She has a husband, son, and is awaiting the arrival of her daughter.

Resources

Hypnobabies Self-Study Course

DoulaMatch

Motif Medical

Motif Medical designs insurance-eligible products for busy moms. With a focus on innovation and empowerment, Motif’s line of breast pumps and maternity compression garments are sophisticated, yet discreet, and made to support mothers as they navigate new motherhood. Discover why moms are reporting more milk in less time with the Luna breast pump, and see how you can get it covered through insurance at motifmedical.com/birthhour

Hospital, Birth Center & Homebirth Birth Stories

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Tristin’s first pregnancy was not planned, but it truly changed her heart forever. She had a good pregnancy and a hospital birth experience that made her rethink using the hospital setting if she had more children. Tristin speaks about breastfeeding struggles with her first pregnancy and was thankful it wasn’t as hard with her other kids.

During her second pregnancy, Tristin was in nursing school and graduated right before her due date. She chose to use a group of midwives, had a quick birth center water birth, and discusses the difference midwife care made for her.

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For her 3rd pregnancy, Tristin decided to plan for a home birth, found midwives she loved, and got her husband on board. Tristin had a tougher pregnancy this time around and struggled with varicose veins and a lot of pelvic pain.

Tristin thought her 3rd birth would be quick because her second labor lasted about 5 hours. This birth was quite long and her son was born en-caul after around 18 hours of labor.

You can connect with her on Instagram @tristintindallrnbsn

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Resources

evidencebasedbirth.org
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Birthing the Bradley Way
Business of Being Born
Abs core pelvic floor program by Natalie Hodson and Monique Middlekauff

Hospital and Birth Center Birth Stories

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Hospital and Birth Center Stories

This episode features Denver mama, Alaina, who struggled to get pregnant and had two miscarriages before using Clomid for her 3rd pregnancy, and gave birth in a hospital setting. She found out she was pregnant again without any outside assistance just a year later and gave birth at a birth center, having an unexpected waterbirth.

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Alaina Isbouts Bio

Alaina and her husband Philip met while living abroad in Prague, and quickly bonded over their mutual love of travel and shared view of the world around them.  Though they got engaged very quickly, they enjoyed their time together traveling before they bought a house, settled down, and decided to try for a family. It unexpectedly took them a year and a half before they got pregnant with their first, a natural miscarriage at home. Eight months later, in a new home and new city, they found out they were once again pregnant. Once again, the pregnancy ended in a miscarriage.  Alaina and Philip went through fertility testing and were finally able to have a healthy pregnancy with the help of Clomid. Her first birth was a 20-hour natural birth in a hospital.

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Shortly after celebrating their baby’s first birthday, Alaina found out she was unexpectedly pregnant, though she was still nursing and not taking any fertility medications.  This time they decided to go with a birth center, and ended up with a beautiful and unplanned waterbirth. She currently calls Denver home, along with her husband of eight years and their two boys, Julian (3) and Finley (11 months).  Alaina is a freelance editor and writer, and you can find her online at alainaisbouts.com. She is on Instagram and Twitter @alainaisbouts.

Alaina recommends reading Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth and taking a birth preparation class.

BabyList

Listen to me chat with Whitney about BabyList at the end of today’s episode and check out my sample registry of some of my favorite items for pregnancy and postpartum!

*photos by Monet Nicole Birthing Stories. Monet has also shared her birth stories on The Birth Hour.