Chae gave birth at 37+2 weeks via unplanned c-section. Chae planned on having an unmedicated birth, but gestational hypertension caused a hospital stay and an induction. After 2 days in labor and a few interventions (Cytotec, Cervadil, water broken, Pitocin) only helping to progress to 2 centimeters dilated, it was decided a c-section would be best. Postpartum was emotionally taxing with issues breastfeeding and her daughter not initially gaining weight. After lots of work with a trusted lactation consultant, breastfeeding and weight gain became issues of the past. Carter is now a healthy 6-month old!
Chae Ray, 33, is an Assistant Principal living in Richmond, Texas. She lives with her husband, Cameron, her 6 month old daughter, Carter, and their two German Shepherds, Zeus and Hera. Chae and Cameron have been married for 9 years, and have been so excited to start their own family. Email her to connect at email@example.com.
- The Birth Hour Podcast
- Find a lactation consultant ahead of time – Lactation Foundation
- What to Expect App
- The Bump App
- Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth & Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding
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Read more from lactation consultant, Ashley Georgakopoulos here.