Long, Hard Labor Followed by Empowering Second Birth

Two Very Different Hospital Birth Experiences

Kelly’s first birth was unexpectedly long and difficult. She planned to have a natural water birth, but the birth took a different path. Her experience made her very fearful of a second pregnancy and birth, but a short 19 months later she was back at the hospital in labor. The two births turned out to be very different and she was able to have an experience with her second birth that made her feel truly empowered.

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Kelly Oriard Bio

Kelly is a Family Therapist and School Counselor who has made the jump to entrepreneurship with her best friend Callie Christensen as co-founders of Slumberkins. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has settled there with her husband and two children. She is passionate about promoting social emotional intelligence in the next generation through empowering parents and caregivers to connect with children. Connect with her on Instagram @Slumberkins or on Facebook.

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Processing Miscarriage + Rainbow Baby Homebirth

Sharing a story of miscarriage and subsequent homebirth

After having miscarried in 2016, Karsyn became pregnant early 2017 with her first baby. She didn’t plan a homebirth from the beginning, but changed plans midway through her pregnancy and never looked back. After an uncomplicated pregnancy, Karsyn went into labor in her home eleven days after her due date. Five hours of early labor and five hours of active labor throughout her home and an intense fetal ejection reflex waterbirth brought her Phoenix. Though her pregnancy and labor were pretty ideal, she struggled with breastfeeding and getting Phoenix to gain weight. She’s currently feeding her son exclusively breastmilk and has worked hard to make that possible despite odds stacked against them.

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Karsyn DuPree Bio

Karsyn is a blogger, integrative health coach and podcast host in Nashville, TN. She lives with her 3-month old baby boy, Phoenix, husband Collin and two dogs.

Resources

The Birth Hour
Expectful
Floradix

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Hospital Birth With Nitrous Oxide & Birth Tub

Unmedicated Hospital Birth Coping Strategies

After initially planning on receiving an epidural (due to fear of pain), L’America researched and decided to prepare for a natural, water birth instead. Her fear of pain was overshadowed by her fear of needles, delivery interventions, and the potential lingering effects on mother and child. By using alternative pain management options (nitrous oxide, hydrotherapy, birthing ball, counter-pressure, and aromatherapy) and having a very supportive birthing team, L’America had a 17-hour natural labor and delivery (which included only 28 minutes of pushing) without any complications!

L’America Brown Bio

L’America is the mother of 2 children; a 1.5 year old daughter and a 7 year old ‘bonus’ stepson. She has been married for 5.5 years to her husband. Instagram – @1merbelle Facebook – L’America Brown

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Resources

The Birth Hour
Anthem—Future Moms program—Check with your insurance company
What to Expect Pregnancy phone App
Nurture Pregnancy phone App
Baby Nursing phone App
Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy: From Doctors Who Are Parents, Too!

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Two Unmedicated Hospital Births & Home Waterbirth Birth Stories

First Unmedicated Hospital Birth Story

Elise and her husband took The Bradley Method birth class to prepare for what turned out to be a marathon birth, 45.5 hours. After being sent home once from the hospital, Elise was finally admitted after 26 hours of labor needing some fluids and rest. Elise finally delivered her firstborn he next day on all fours unmedicated with her midwife, the NICU team, her husband, her birth photographer, and her mom all in the room. She found out she delivered a boy, Shepherd, just moments before having to hand him over to the NICU team for meconium.

Second Unmedicated Hospital Birth Story

Much like her first birth, Elise felt regular contractions early in the morning a day after her due date. She and her husband were determined to make her labor go faster than her previous birth by walking labor out and pumping frequently. Unfortunately, prodromal labor set in just like the previous birth and Elise was only 5cm after 27 hours of labor. After walking around the midwifery clinic twice, Elise went and checked into the hospital with her husband and mom. Her birth photographer showed up within the hour. Although laboring was almost identical to her first baby, the pushing phase was completely different. Elise progressed to 10cm within 3 hours but experienced shoulder dystocia as she started to push. Finally after 32.5 hours of labor, Elise’s baby was born and she found out she had another boy, Judah, before again having to pass him off to NICU for meconium.

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Third Birth—Home Waterbirth Story

Although meconium was a real factor with the third baby, Elise was hoping for a quicker labor and no meconium. Contractions started in the early morning from nursing her 2nd son and they never stopped. Elise labored all day going to the chiropractor, resting, walking, and bouncing on the ball, but this labor was looking just as long as the previous two. She crawled into bed early that night trying to rest as much as possible but still needing to get up every 10-12 minutes to manage each contraction. The next morning she finally called her midwife, doula, and birth photographer to come over to her house. Her contractions felt so much more intense than her previous births with counter pressure or positions barely alleviating any pain. Elise sat at 7-8cm dilated for almost 4 hours but finally stretched to 10cm with consented help from her midwife. Elise moved to the birth pool and pushed her surprise baby girl out in 7 minutes. Thus, River was born in the water with no meconium after 31 hours of labor.

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Elise Hurst Bio

Elise has 2 fiery sons and one spoiled daughter and lives in Lubbock, Texas with her husband, Josh. Elise is a speech-language pathologist by trade but has been a professional birth photographer for 2 years now with Elise Hurst Photography. In addition, Elise just recently founded and launched The Photo Regimen to inspire everyday parents and professional photographers to document their families more often in a creative way. You can connect with her on Instagram at either @elisehurstphotography or @thephotoregimen. Here is her photography Facebook page and The Photo Regimen’s Facebook page. You can find her website here.

Resources

Bradley Method 
The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin 
The Business of Being Born
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Mindful Birthing by Nancy Bardacke
Why Not Home documentary 
Birth Becomes Her

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75 Hour Marathon Home Birth Story

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Lisa always knew that she wanted a home birth, but she never anticipated having a marathon labor that would require extra support, including visits to the acupuncturist, the chiropractor, and the hospital. She eventually delivered her perfect daughter at home after over 75 hours of labor with her superstar support team.

Lisa Redfern Bio

Lisa lives in Olympia, Washington with her husband, Mitch, and their 4-week-old daughter, Nora. They spend their days hiking with their dog, foraging for mushrooms, snowboarding, and raising their ducks and chickens.

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Resources

The Birth Hour!
Pregnancy Forum on Reddit
And Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives
Mama Natural pregnancy and birth affirmation cards

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Three Meconium Hospital (almost waterbirth) Birth Stories

Three Birth Stories

Before she met her midwife, Jessey assumed that her births would be long and full of complications. However, once she switched to a certified nurse midwife practice to birth at the hospital her goals were changed and fears diminished. Jessey has 3 births that all went smoothly with only a couple of minor exceptions. Each time Jessey’s waters were broken there was meconium in the fluid, which caused last minute changes to the water births she had planned. With her first daughter the tub was used for laboring (but not delivery), at her second daughter’s birth there was not time to fill the tub upon arrival, and her third daughter’s birth was technically in the tub, but not without a (literal) twist!

Jessey Christian Bio

Jessey is a mom of three girls, an aspiring birth doula, and a biomedical technician at an AMS facility. She and her family live in north-central Indiana and are very involved with their church community as Sunday School teachers and small group leaders. As a family they enjoy gardening, camping, and reading together. Her goals in life include becoming a midwife, learning to play the banjo, and keeping a rose bush alive. Connect with Jessey on Instagram @jjchristian her doula website.

Resources used

Rainbow Relaxation video:
Free Birth Affirmation Printables
Her personal birth playlist compiled from several online

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