After dealing with hyperemesis throughout pregnancy, Katie was so excited when her water broke unexpectedly at 37 weeks. After a birth center transfer, pitocin, epidural, and 41 hours of labor, Roman was finally born vaginally. His delivery was complicated by a shoulder dystocia, leaving Katie with several second degree tears. Roman had a week long NICU stay, and during that time, Katie and Roman had a difficult time breastfeeding. She was hoping this would improve when they got home; but the breastfeeding struggles and colicky infant was stressful and nobody was sleeping. Katie found that exclusive pumping gave her the resources to enjoy time with her newborn without the pressure of getting baby to latch. Katie describes some difficulties she has dealt with her pelvic floor postpartum and how she has found improvement working with a pelvic floor therapist.  

katie barnes birth story

Katie Barnes Bio 

Katie lives with her husband, Bobby, son, Roman (3), and daughter, Elia (7 months) in Pittsburgh, PA. Katie works as a physician assistant, and Bobby works as a physical therapist. They spend a lot of their free time in the local community enjoying parks, children’s museums, breweries, and renovating their home. Connect with Katie on Instagram at thebarnesfamily_   



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