Brooke gave birth to baby Shiloh Lane on March 30th, 2018 at 4:12am. Her pregnancy was fairly textbook with the normal aches and pains towards the end. At 40 weeks Brooke and her Husband, Zack decided to allow the doctor to strip her membranes in hopes that that would give the extra bump she needed to get the birth going. Sure enough, 24 hours later labor started at 3:00pm. By 11pm things had really picked up, Zack called the doulas and they agreed that they should head to the hospital. Zack and Brooke arrived at the hospital at midnight where Brooke was checked and was 4cm with contractions 3 minutes apart. At 2:30am Brooke began to feel the urge to push but did not want to inform the nurses because she knew it could be a while of pushing and she wanted to stand as long as possible. At 3:15am the nurses heard she had been pushing and immediately checked her and made it very clear she was NOT to push until she was fully dilated to a 10 (she was only 7cm at this time). Lots of prayers were said during this time and 5 minutes after only being 7cm she was checked again and had fully dilated to 10cm. There was about 20 mins of active pushing and Shiloh was born. She was 9lbs 1oz and mama was left with a pretty significant 3rd degree tear.

postpartum bleeding 9 weeks

Postpartum was a wild ride for Brooke who was not expecting the emotions and physically recovery that was needing to happen. Breastfeeding went well, with the occasional latch issue and fear that baby wasn’t getting enough but going to a lactation consultant set all of their fears aside. Brooke’s biggest hurdle was that she had postpartum bleeding for 9 weeks PP which everyone told her was “not normal” after many OB appointments and an extra ultrasound to make sure nothing was retained inside Brooke finally stopped bleeding and soon learned about the importance of seeing a Pelvic floor therapist postpartum.

Brooke Borough Bio

Brooke is a 29 year old Wedding photographer living in Ventura, California. She is happily married to her amazing husband Zack of 5 years, has a daughter named Shiloh who is now 1 years old and another baby on the way, due in October. In her spare time you can often find her at the beach with friends, advocating for better beauty regulations, and editing the many wedding + family photos that she has the honor of photographing. You can connect with her on Instagram @dayswithbrooke or her business page @brooke_borough

Resources

The Birth hour + private FB group
Natural birth class (ours was by Tracy Franklin Schmidt — Birth Matters, located in Santa Barbara CA)
Young living oils for during pregnancy + birth (along with Gentle babies book)
Kelly Mom website (troubleshooting w/ Breastfeeding)
Earth mama Birth plan Generator

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