1st birth: Elise’s husband, Paul, was able to come home from his overseas deployment for ten days. At 41 weeks, Elise went in for a scheduled induction. After 27 hours (three of which included pushing), Ellerie was born via c-section. Recovery was difficult and made harder by the fact that Paul had to leave again when Ellerie was just four days old.
2nd birth: After originally hoping for a VBAC, Elise made the decision to have a scheduled c-section at 40w2d. It was the opposite experience and incredibly healing.
Elise Cripe Bio
Elise Blaha Cripe lives with her husband and two young daughters in San Diego, California. She has been sharing thoughts and DIY projects online since 2005 and is the founder of GET TO WORK BOOK, a day planner brand. In 2019, her book, Big Dreams, Daily Joys about goal-setting was published. Connect with her at elisejoy.com or on Instagram @elisejoy.
Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding was so helpful with my second daughterMindful Birthing I didn’t get to use much of this but I loved reading it in preparation for both births.
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