The Birth Hour - A Birth Story Podcast

The Birth Hour - A Birth Story Podcast

By Bryn Huntpalmer

Whether you are pregnant and looking for inspirational birth stories through your pregnancy, trying to conceive, breastfeeding, and postpartum; if you're a first time mom or a veteran parent of multiple children, you can learn, laugh and maybe even cry a little at these moving childbirth stories from people willing to share one of the most intimate moments of their lives.

Episodes

620| Homebirth Transfer and Recovery from 4th Degree Tear - Carolyn Schulte

Carolyn shares her birth story and discusses her postpartum recovery challenges. Today's episode is sponsored by Esembly, a new diapering system for sustainability. Head to esemblybaby.com and use code BirthHour15 for 15% off your first order. Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/limited-time Beyond the Latch Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/enroll-b2w/ Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!: https://patreon.com/birthhour
23/09/211h 4m

619| Induced at 35 Weeks for Preeclampsia + Postpartum Preeclampsia - Lana Chavez

Lana shares her birth story and discusses postpartum preeclampsia. Today’s episode is sponsored by Ergobaby. Visit ergobaby.com to learn about Everlove by Ergobaby, a first of its kind baby carrier buy-back and resale program. Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/limited-time Beyond the Latch Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/enroll-b2w/ Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!: https://patreon.com/birthhour
21/09/2139m 45s

618| Birth in Saudi Arabia, Part 2: Unmedicated Hospital birth vs Cesarean & Healing Diastasis Recti Postpartum - Zahra Alawami

In Part 2, Zahra picks up with her first postpartum story and shares her second birth story, a cesarean section. This episode is sponsored by Wumblekin. Get 15% off your first box by using promo code BIRTHHOUR at checkout. Visit wumblekin.com to order or subscribe, today! Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/limited-time Beyond the Latch Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/enroll-b2w/ Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!: https://patreon.com/birthhour
16/09/2145m 16s

617| Birth in Saudi Arabia, Part 1: Unmedicated Hospital birth vs Cesarean & Healing Diastasis Recti Postpartum - Zahra Alawami

Zahra shares her unmedicated hospital birth story in this first of two episodes. This episode is sponsored by Motif Medical. Discover how you can get a breast pump covered through insurance at motifmedical.com/birthhour. Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/limited-time Beyond the Latch Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/enroll-b2w/ Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!: https://patreon.com/birthhour
14/09/2155m 58s

616| Precipitous Unmedicated Hospital Birth at 36 Weeks - Daniela Hoag

Daniela shares her birth story and discusses diaphragmatic breathing. Today's episode is sponsored by Aeroflow. Go to aeroflowbreastpumps.com/birthhour and use the promo code “TBH15” for 15% off all supplies and accessories. Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/limited-time Beyond the Latch Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/enroll-b2w/ Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!: https://patreon.com/birthhour
09/09/2130m 46s

615| Pitocin, Induction, Epidural Birth Story After Infertility - Beth Belt [Encore]

Beth shares her birth story and discusses her journey to conceive. This episode is sponsored by Babylist. Start your registry today at babylist.com to be eligible for a free Hello Baby Box of goodies worth over $100 while boxes last. Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/limited-time Beyond the Latch Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/enroll-b2w/ Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!: https://patreon.com/birthhour
07/09/2152m 17s

614| Gestational Hypertension Emergency Induction + NYC Birth During Covid - Ashley Espejo

Ashley shares her two birth stories. Today’s episode is brought to you by Kindred Bravely. Listen to this episode for a special coupon code to use at kindredbravely.com! Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/limited-time Beyond the Latch Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/enroll-b2w/ Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!: https://patreon.com/birthhour
02/09/2148m 42s

613| Preeclampsia, Long Failed Induction and Emergency C-section - Cara Grudziak

Cara shares her birth story and discusses being pregnant during med school and COVID. Today's episode is sponsored by Owlet. Right now get exclusive access to the Owlet Band in its beta program and save $100. Get yours now, before spots fill up, at owletcare.com/band. Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/limited-time Beyond the Latch Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/enroll-b2w/ Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!: https://patreon.com/birthhour
26/08/2155m 1s

612| Full Spectrum Family Medicine Doctor Shares Hospital and Home Birth Stories - Lisa Stout

Lisa shares her hospital and home birth stories. This episode is sponsored by Esembly- a new diapering system for sustainability. Head to esemblybaby.com to learn more. And use code BirthHour15 for 15% off your first order. Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/limited-time Beyond the Latch Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/enroll-b2w/ Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!: https://patreon.com/birthhour
24/08/2154m 39s

611| Positive Homebirth Birth Story After Two Miscarriages - Alyssa Blask Campbell

Alyssa, founder of Seed & Sew, shares her birth story. This episode is sponsored by Ergobaby. Visit ergobaby.com to shop their broad range of award winning products. Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/limited-time Beyond the Latch Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/enroll-b2w/ Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!: https://patreon.com/birthhour
19/08/211h 2m

Rhea Dempsey Expert Interview Preview

To hear the full episode, subscribe at patreon.com/birthhour! Rhea Dempsey is a childbirth educator, speaker, counselor and birth attendant (doula) with experience at over one thousand births. In this conversation, we discuss reframing the way we think about birth with an emphasis on what Rhea refers to as the 'crises of confidence' among laboring people and how our culture doesn't support us through those moments. Rhea also makes a unique argument for why you need a birth plan. Plus, lots more!
18/08/216m 17s

610| Unmedicated Birth Center Birth with Marathon Runner + PPD Discussion - Sarah Crouch

Sarah shares her birth story, and discusses what the body is capable of and the power of motherhood. This episode is sponsored by Motif Medical. See how you can get a breast pump, like Motif's Luna, covered through insurance at motifmedical.com/birthhour. Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/limited-time Beyond the Latch Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/enroll-b2w/ Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!: https://patreon.com/birthhour
17/08/211h 7m

609| 34 Week Delivery + Challenging Postpartum Physically & Emotionally - Natalia Hurt

Natalia shares her birth story and her physically and emotionally challenging postpartum. This episode is sponsored by Wumblekin. Get 15% off your first box at wumblekin.com by using promo code BIRTHHOUR at checkout. Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/limited-time Beyond the Latch Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/enroll-b2w/ Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!: https://patreon.com/birthhour
12/08/2154m 35s

608| PPROM Medevac Birth and NICU Story in Alaska + PPD - Monica Giannulis

Monica shares her birth story and discusses being medevaced at 33 weeks. This episode is sponsored by Aeroflow. Go to the Aeroflow Breastpumps website and fill out their free and easy Qualify Through Insurance form. Be sure to go to aeroflowbreastpumps.com/birthhour so they will know we sent you! Bonus — use the promo code “TBH15” in their online shop for 15% off all supplies and accessories. Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/limited-time Beyond the Latch Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/enroll-b2w/ Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!: https://patreon.com/birthhour
10/08/2158m 22s

607| Beautiful, Redeeming Birth Story After Difficult Pregnancy - Joelle Hamilton

Joelle shares her birth story and discusses transferring from a home birth practice to a midwife-led OB/GYN practice at 35 weeks. Today's sponsor is Babylist. Start your registry today to be eligible for a free Hello Baby Box of goodies for baby worth over $100 while boxes last. Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/limited-time Beyond the Latch Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/enroll-b2w/ Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!: https://patreon.com/birthhour
05/08/2133m 43s

606| Emergency Cesarean after Reduction in Fetal Movement + NICU Stay - Lottie O'Sullivan

Lottie shares her birth story and discusses how important fetal movement monitoring was to her story. Today's sponsor is Kindred Bravely. Listen to this episode for a special coupon code to use at kindredbravely.com Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/limited-time Beyond the Latch Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/enroll-b2w/ Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!: https://patreon.com/birthhour
03/08/2150m 9s

605| Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) and Preterm Induction Birth Story - Sara Gottlieb-Cohen

Sarah shares her birth story and discusses her positive NICU experience. Today's sponsor is Brightside. Take your free mental health assessment and get up to ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS credit on your first month of treatment at Brightside.com/birthhour. Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/limited-time Beyond the Latch Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/enroll-b2w/ Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!: https://patreon.com/birthhour
29/07/2139m 4s

604| Pregnancy and Childbirth After Breast Cancer Diagnosis - Angela Hronek

Angela shares her pregnancy and birth stories. Today's sponsor is Ergobaby: http:// ergobaby.com Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/limited-time Back-2-Work Breastfeeding Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/enroll-b2w/ Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!: https://patreon.com/birthhour
27/07/211h 10m

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Matt Reed

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
24/07/212m 54s

603| Epidural Hospital Birth with Midwives - Christi Silano

Christi shares her birth story and discusses being diagnosed with gestational diabetes, delivering at 36 weeks, and postpartum phototherapy jaundice treatment. Visit wumblekin.com and get 15% off your first box by using promo code BIRTHHOUR at checkout Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/limited-time Back-2-Work Breastfeeding Course: https://courses.thebirthhour.com/enroll-b2w/ Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!: https://patreon.com/birthhour
22/07/2159m 36s

602| TTC+ Induction for Gestational Hypertension turned Unplanned Cesarean Birth - Chae Ray

Chae shares her conception and birth stories, and discusses going in for an induction due to gestational hypertension that turned into an unscheduled c-section. Get a free breastpump through Insurance!   Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course  Back-2-Work Breastfeeding Course  Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!
20/07/211h 1m

601| Gentle Cesarean with Wonderful Birth Team During COVID - Hadar Spector

Hadar shares her gentle cesarean birth story. Today's sponsor is Cord Blood Registry. Go to cordblood.com and use code: HOUR to get 60% off the Newborn Stem Cell Bundle which includes both cord blood and tissue banking Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course  Back-2-Work Breastfeeding Course  Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!
15/07/2159m 8s

600| Pregnancy During Covid, Induction at 41 Weeks + Hiring a Postpartum Doula - Allison Katayama

Allison shares her birth story, her experience with the Know Your Options Childbirth Course, and about hiring a postpartum doula for her 4th trimester. Get a free breastpump through Insurance!   Know Your Options Online Childbirth Course  Back-2-Work Breastfeeding Course  Support The Birth Hour via Patreon!
13/07/2148m 54s

599| Three Births: PROM, Prodromal Labor, Loss, Irritable Uterus, and Precipitous Birth - Jill Atogwe

Jill shares her three, very different, birth stories and discusses the challenges of pandemic postpartum. Become a listener supporter at patreon.com/birthhour Enroll in the Know Your Options Childbirth Course and use code 100OFF for $100 off!
08/07/211h 7m

597| Hospital Birth During COVID-19 + Low Milk Supply Challenges - Taylor Trew Tenggren

Taylor shares her birth story and discusses her struggles with breastfeeding.
01/07/2147m 21s

595| Unmedicated Hospital birth during COVID-19 and Hurricane + Postpartum Anxiety - Kayla Sikes

After planning for a baby for years, the time finally came for Kayla and her husband to start trying. They successfully got pregnant fairly quickly, but found their timing to be all but perfect as news of the pandemic began to spread. Although adapting to this new way of life during pregnancy was difficult, Kayla had a relatively normal pregnancy and planned for an unmedicated hospital birth with midwives.
24/06/2159m 22s

594| Induction at 37 weeks for Pre-eclampsia without an Epidural - Jasmin McFarlin

Jasmine shares about being induced at 37-weeks for pre-eclampsia and discusses her postpartum treatment experience as a black woman.
22/06/2155m 41s

593| 3 Positive Epidural Births + PPD Discussion - Bert Anderson

Bert Anderson had three positive vaginal births in hospitals. She used epidurals for all three births and for the most part she had uncomplicated pregnancies. After her first birth she was diagnosed with postpartum depression when her son was four months old. Since then she has become aware of her mood and depression so she can recognize the warning signs.   Today's sponsor: Brightside.com/birthhour
19/06/2136m 25s

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Tom McFarlin

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
18/06/213m 57s

592| Precipitous Homebirth Birth Story - Logan Randazzo

Logan and Brian are parents to five, four girls and their newest arrival, their son Maverick Moon. This was Logan's third homebirth and one of the goals was for the midwife to make it this time! Logan shared her previous birth stories on episode 441. You can listen to those at here.
17/06/2148m 45s

591| Hospital Birth & Two Homebirth Birth Stories - Camilla Behnke

Camilla shares three birth stories and discusses postpartum during covid.
15/06/2141m 1s

590| A Birth Photographer's Birth Story - Monet Moutrie [Encore]

Today's birth story comes from mom of two, Monet Moutrie, who shares her experience giving birth at a birth center in Denver, Colorado. Monet comes to birth with the unique perspective of having photographed hundreds of births as a birth photographer—in other words she's pretty much seen it all! 
10/06/2153m 42s

589| Empowering Birth Despite Cascade of Interventions - Sarah Deming

Sarah shares her empowering hospital birth story.
08/06/211h 2m

587| Two Hospital Births: Long Unmedicated Birth and Fast Epidural Birth Story - Shauna Vo Pulayya

Shauna shares her two very different hospital birth stories.
03/06/2144m 30s

586| Induction for Preeclampsia & Placental Abruption Emergency Cesarean Birth Stories - Emelie Thompson

Emelie shares her two birth stories: the first, an induction due to preeclampsia; the second, an emergency c-section due to a placental abruption.
01/06/2154m 32s

585| Epidural Free Induction and Group B Strep Birth Story - Brenna Burke

Brenna shares her epidural-free birth story and discusses testing positive for GBS, but not receiving antibiotics due to the rapid onset of active labor.
27/05/2146m 9s

584| Two Births Abroad in the Middle East - Keelie Sorel

Keelie shares her two different birth experiences, one with and one without an epidural.
25/05/211h 4m

583| Three Hospital Births, PPD, & Pelvic Floor Therapy - Annie Davis

On this episode, Annie shares her three birth stories, and having postpartum depression and pelvic floor issues.
23/05/2141m 20s

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Richard returns

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
22/05/2112m 53s

582| Positive Birth Experience in Choosing a Repeat Cesarean Birth - Madison Webb

Madison shares her two cesarean birth stories, and how her preparation for the second made for a positive birth and postpartum experience.
20/05/211h 8m

581| Cleft Lip & Palate, Healing Induction with Epidural + Birth Center Birth During COVID - Aubrey Gann

Aubrey shares her two brith stories. Find her birth videos on the show-notes page!
18/05/211h 1m

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Richard Huntpalmer

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
14/05/2144m 53s

580| Birth Center Birth Story with 4 Siblings in Attendance - Jenny Stein

A few days before Jenny was 41 weeks with her fifth baby, she came to the Midwife Center to start a natural induction - pumping and walking. After a few hours, her water broke and her labor began.
13/05/2159m 7s

579| Failed IUIs, Successful IVF, & Induction Hospital Birth Story - Lori Vance

Lori shares her 2- year pregnancy journey, birth story, and discusses her postpartum complications.
11/05/211h 7m

578| Nairobi, Kenya Home Water Birth Story - Loi Awat

Before she was even pregnant, Loi had read all there is to read about pregnancy and childbirth. She knew that she wanted an unmedicated birth, and began to prepare herself by learning all she could about labor and delivery. After a smooth pregnancy, Loi had a home water birth with a midwife attending in Nairobi, Kenya!
06/05/211h 12m

577| Unmedicated Twin Hospital Birth Story - Niki Popper

Nikki shares the birth of her twins and shares advice for NICU parents.
04/05/2151m 57s

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Todd Shvetz

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
30/04/212m 47s

576| Miscarriage and Birth Stories from the Miscarriage Doula - Arden Cartrette

Arden is a grief and bereavement doula who found her calling to help others through pregnancy loss after a long fertility journey to her son, Cameron. In this episode, she opens up about pregnancy and live childbirth after infertility and loss. This episode is sponsored by Fairhaven Health, which is generously offering 15% of all of their products with the code BIRTHHOUR at www.fairhavenhealth.com.
29/04/2141m 36s

575|Two Precipitous Labors and Breastfeeding Struggles in Small Town with Limited Options - Hattie Gabbert

Hattie shares her two birth stories and discusses birth and postpartum resources in a rural community. This episode is sponsored by Baby Cube. For a limited time, BabyCube is offering 20% off to birth hour listeners with the coupon code BIRTHHOUR20 at babycubeglobal.com
27/04/2150m 13s

574| Empowering Epidural Hospital Birth in Spain - Lola Ribalta (Encore)

Lola worked during most of her pregnancy and walked 6 km a day. She was quite scared about going into labor, so she chose a doctor who really made her feel confident about herself. The doctor had a reputation of standing back during most of the delivery and letting things follow their natural course, and would step in as needed. Another important factor that made things easier was that the hospital was only a 3 minute walk away from their apartment. Sponsor: grove.co/birthhour Become a Patron: patreon.com/birthhour
24/04/2130m 34s

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Ben Percival

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
23/04/213m 7s

573| Two Induced Epidural Births & the Difference a Doula Made - Brittany Bergman

Brittany shares her two birth stories. Today’s episode is sponsored by Advanced Nutrition by Zahler. Visit https://amzn.to/3sGzFYY for an exclusive 25% off toward your purchase on Amazon using code PREDHA25.
22/04/211h 6m

572| Beautiful, Serene "Gentle Cesarean" Birth for Breech Baby - Caroline Culbertson

Caroline and Matt tried everything under the sun to turn their baby head down in an effort to avoid a c-section: moxibustion, acupuncture, Spinning Babies, flips in the pool, and two ECVs. Ultimately, Caroline found acceptance in a scheduled c-section and loved her birth experience. She was able to advocate for all of the gentle cesarean practices including immediate skin to skin, a clear drape, arms free, music playing, etc.
20/04/211h 7m

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Adam Parritz

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
16/04/215m 30s

571| Partial Molar Pregnancy, Epidural and Epidural-free Midwife Hospital Births - Meghan Hubbard

Meghan shares about her molar pregnancy and loss, and her subsequent hospital births with a midwife.
15/04/211h 2m

570| Healing Repeat Cesarean and VBA2C Birth Stories - Victoria Lero

Victoria shares her three birth stories.
15/04/2155m 15s

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Julie Wilke

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
09/04/211m 28s

569| Cesarean Breech Delivery with Oligohydramnios - Georgiana

After being faced with needing to transfer care at 34 weeks, Georgiana wound up letting go of the “hypnobirth of her dreams” due to the need for an urgent caesarean section at 37 weeks.
08/04/2144m 36s

568| Epidural-free Induction and Insufficient Glandular Tissue Postpartum - Nicky Wiesenfeld

After a fairly normal pregnancy, Nicky developed high blood pressure at 37 weeks and had to be induced. Despite a long labor she was able to have the epidural-free birth she’d hoped for. Postpartum, she struggled with triple feeding and was diagnosed with Insufficient Glandular Tissue.
06/04/211h 7m

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Kelsey Taylor

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
02/04/216m 6s

567| Unmedicated Hospital Birth During Covid + Postpartum Brain Surgery - Rachael DeGraffenried

Rachael shares the stories of her hospital birth and brain surgery a few weeks postpartum.
01/04/2144m 56s

Introducing Zombiemum!

Introducing #Zombiemum, a new podcast about the psychological effects of having and raising children. Since her own experience with postpartum psychosis, writer and illustrator Laura Dockrill (@LauraDockrill) has been on a mission to smash the stigmas associated with parental mental health. Each week, Laura will be joined by guests from a range of different backgrounds and disciplines, all with their own experiences. Subscribe now to hear the rest of the first episode with musician Paloma Faith!
31/03/219m 54s

566| Revisiting January Harshe's Birth Stories

January Harshe shares her first four birth stories: a cesarean, a homebirth transfer to cesarean, a hospital VBAC after being dropped from care by her homebirth midwife, and a very healing unassisted homebirth. You can hear her 5th and 6th birth stories on her podcast that she hosts with her husband, The Harshe Podcast. This episode's sponsor is Pharmaca. Go to pharmaca.com/birthhour for 20% off your first order!
30/03/211h 36m

565| Unmedicated Hospital Birth with Birth Tub, Therapy Balls, and Labor Bars - Kayla Bruccoleri

Kayla shares her the story of her unmedicated hospital birth. For a special offer from this episode's sponsor, Grove Collaborative, go to grove.co/birthhour
28/03/2131m 15s

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - John C. Craig

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
26/03/213m 35s

564|VBAC with Twins & Baby Born with Hearing Loss - Kalen Andelin

Kalen shares about the birth of her son with hearing loss and her VBAC birth of twin girls.
25/03/211h 19m

563| International Home Birth During COVID-19 - Charlotte Meyer

Charlotte found out she was pregnant with her 2nd child in December 2019. In January, while still in her first trimester, it was confirmed that she was moving to Singapore from London with her 2 year old daughter and husband in May. However, due to coronavirus their moving plans were changed and they ended up spending 6 months in her husband's home country of New Zealand.
23/03/211h 13m

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Josh Silverstein

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
19/03/212m 57s

562| Birth Center Twin Birth with Dr. Stu & Hyperemesis Gravidarum - Hannah Mockary

Hannah shares her birth stories and struggles breastfeeding.
16/03/211h 6m

561| Positive Hospital Birth with Amazing Partner Support - Chelsea Lane

A doctor told Chelsea there were no trophies for women who have an unmedicated birth; but, Chelsea felt passionate about having a serene, med-free experience in the hospital. When she had to be induced at 38 weeks with gestational hypertension, her preparation and self advocacy paid off for a successful hypnobirth experience. Become a listener-supporter at patreon.com/thebirthhour
16/03/2136m 18s

560| 911 Call Roadside Delivery - Jerika Crews

Jerika shares her experience birthing with the assistance of her husband and a 911 operator.
13/03/2149m 54s

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Trevor Kohls

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
13/03/212m 1s

559| Induction for Gestational Hypertension and Painless Unmedicated Birth - Elizabeth Houston

At 37 weeks pregnant, Elizabeth went to the hospital for a scheduled induction due to gestational hypertension that developed the prior week. After she was admitted into the labor room, everyone was surprised to find out that she was already in active labor and unable to feel contractions. Due to the lack of pain even after receiving pitocin, she was able to give birth without an epidural and deliver a healthy baby boy.
11/03/211h 13m

558| Two Unmedicated Hypnobabies Births: Birth Center & Homebirth - Genny Siemon

Genny shares her birth stories and discusses hypnobabies and switching care providers. Her husband, Dave, shares his experiences on TBH's Partner Podcast at patreon.com/birthhour.
09/03/2159m 21s

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Daniel Hawk

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
05/03/211m 40s

557| Prenatal PPD & PPA During COVID-19, IUGR, ECV, Breech Cesarean Birth with Virtual Doula - Shana Silverstein

Following an ectopic pregnancy that ruptured one of Shana’s fallopian tubes, she unexpectedly got pregnant almost immediately after her first loss. At the time, she was living in London, England and preparing for her husband, Doug, to move in early 2020. Become a listener-supporter at patreon.com/birthhour
04/03/211h 8m

556| Working with Birth Coach Prenatally to Overcome Birth Anxiety Around Past Sexual Trauma - Sarah Sushchyk

Sarah shares her birth and postpartum stories. Become a listener supporter at patreon.com/birthhour!
02/03/2142m 43s

555| Two Unmedicated Hospital Births & Home Waterbirth Birth Stories - Elise Hurst

Elise Hurst shares her three birth stories—two unmedicated hospital births and one homebirth. She also shares some fun and interesting tidbits from pregnancy and her struggles with breastfeeding and postpartum.    Head to grove.co/birthhour for a FREE gift with your first purchase! Become a Patreon member at patreon.com/birthhour
27/02/2158m 57s

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Phil Hadwiger

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
26/02/211m 28s

554| Unmedicated Pitocin Induction Birth Story - Brittany Murlas

Brittany and Mickey worked with a team of 2 midwives who delivered at their local hospital. COVID threw a wrench in their baby plans, and she ended up needing a medically required induction. When the first two induction methods didn’t work, Brittany was started on Pitocin. Thanks to their doula (who the hospital made a one-time-COVID exception for), they were able to make it through 19 hours of labor without an epidural. Become a listener supporter at patreon.com/birthhour! Sponsor: Cord Blood Registry - Use code HOUR at cordblood.com for 60% off. 
25/02/211h 0m

553| Using Hypnobirthing for Pregnancy Challenges and Childbirth - Nathalie Walton

At Nathalie’s twenty week ultrasound, she learned that she was at high risk for placental challenges and pre-term labor. In the eighteen weeks between her twenty week ultrasound and birth, she would make over 52 visits to various doctor's offices, including twice-weekly non-stress tests and dopplers. The gravity of Nathalie’s health challenges and her desire to make it to term caused an overwhelming amount of stress. To cope with her anxiety, Nathalie turned to Expectful's meditations and hypnobirthing. Within one week of using Expectful, Nathalie saw her condition stabilize, and she was able to make it to term. expectful.com/birthhour for 14 day free trial
23/02/2137m 48s

552| Hypnobirthing, Meconium, Induction & Failed Epidural - Andrea Cox [REBROADCAST]

Andrea used hypnobirthing for her two births. Her births were similar in that they both lasted about 8 hours with 20 minutes of pushing. Her first birth to her daughter ended with meconium presenting and a third degree tear. Her second birth was started via induction. After a failed epidural, Andrea gave birth to a surprisingly huge 10lb 12oz boy. Go to thebirthhour.com/peanut for a special offer from this episode's sponsor Peanut!
18/02/211h 2m

551| Epidural-Free Hospital Birth - Liesel Teen

After a 20 hour labor, Liesel delivered her son epidural-free at the hospital (and department) where she worked. This episode is sponsored by Grove Collaborative. Go to grove.co/birthhour for a special offer!
17/02/2137m 52s

550| VBALM (Vaginal Birth after Laparoscopic Myomectomy) Birth Story - Mabel Bashorun

After learning she had fibroids shortly after she started her TTC journey, Mabel decided to have a laparoscopic myomectomy done to remove multiple fibroids from within her uterine wall. The journey to get pregnant continued on for another 2 years before she got a positive pregnancy test. She had a relatively smooth pregnancy except for fibroid degeneration and gestational diabetes. Her son was born vaginally after a 36 hour labor.
17/02/211h 3m

549| Fast Unmedicated Hospital Birth - Lauren Alexander

On this episode, Lauren returns to share her second birth story. Sponsors: Pharmaca. Go to pharmaca.com/birthhour for 20% off! Literati. For 25% off your first TWO orders, go to literati.com/birthhour!
13/02/211h 4m

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Walter Faro

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
12/02/213m 55s

548| Gentle Cesarean for Breech Baby & Difficulty Nursing + Postpartum Gallstones - Hillary Dixler

Hillary shares her birth story and about her postpartum challenges with nursing and gallstones. Become a listener supporter at patreon.com/birthhour! Sign up for the Know Your Options Childbirth Course at https://courses.thebirthhour.com/course
11/02/2158m 32s

547| Switching from Homebirth to Hospital Induction for Preeclampsia - Danielle Thompson

Along with sharing her birth story, Danielle discusses experiencing several early miscarriages and being diagnosed with preeclampsia. Become a listener supporter at patreon.com/birthhour! Sign up for the Know Your Options Childbirth Course at https://courses.thebirthhour.com/course
09/02/211h 17m

546| Adoption & Homebirth Stories - Jane Tucker

Jane shares about her unexplained infertility issues, adoption, pregnancy via IUI, and homebirth. Become a listener supporter at patreon.com/birthhour
04/02/211h 19m

545| Advocating for a Vaginal Breech Birth - Lauren Ruth

After an uncomplicated, swift, birth center birth with her first son in 2018, Lauren was caught off guard when her second son was still breech at 36 weeks. Become a listener-supporter at Patreon!
02/02/211h 16m

544| Epidural Hospital Birth & Unmedicated Hospital Birth - Sarah Jones

Sarah planned an unmedicated hospital birth with her first child, but eventually got an epidural after becoming frustrated with a difference in cervical checks done by the nurse and the on-call doctor. For her second, she decided to try again for an unmedicated birth and decided to hire a doula for extra support. This episode is sponsored by Grove Collaborative. Visit grove.co/birthhour for a free gift with your first purchase!
30/01/2147m 16s

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Trygve Wakenshaw

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
29/01/213m 29s

543| PCOS, Two Vessel Cord & Hospital Induction Birth Story - Kaitlyn Johnson

Kaitlyn was worried that her PCOS and irregular cycles would be a problem when she and her husband Brett started trying to conceive their first child. The day before she planned to start her first round of fertility drugs, they found out they were expecting. Become a listener supporter at patreon.com/birthhour You can find the Peanut app at thebirthhour.com/peanut
28/01/2150m 11s

COVID-19 Related to Pregnancy & Birth - 'Know Your Options' Bonus Episode 9

On this new episode of our Know Your Options series, we are discussing COVID-19 and what we are seeing in regards to care during pregnancy and childbirth as well as planning for postpartum. We have added content to our Know Your Options course covering COVID-19 and are always talking about this in our bi-weekly Zoom calls for our students.  Sign up for the Know Your Options Childbirth course at thebirthhour.com/course and use the code 100OFF for $100 off enrollment.
26/01/2127m 54s

542| 39 Hour Labor for Planned Unmedicated Hospital Birth - Rachel Jones

Rachel had a textbook pregnancy and planned an unmedicated hospital birth with the support of her husband, midwife, and doula. Her labor began in the intimacy of her home as desired, but after arriving at the hospital, it was determined that scar tissue on her cervix was stalling progress. After 39 hours of labor, she was able to deliver her son. Become a listener supporter at patreon.com/birthhour!
26/01/2148m 41s

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Matt Watkins

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
22/01/217m 22s

541| Homebirth with Midwives During a Pandemic and Civil Rights Movement - Katie DeGroot

After a happy and straightforward birth with her first child, Priscilla, Katherine started thinking about the idea of home birth. Become a Birth Hour listener-supporter at patreon.com/birthhour
21/01/2152m 43s

540| Maternal-Newborn Nurse Shares Two Homebirth Stories - Courtney Stallworth

Courtney became pregnant with her first child and quickly began researching all the ways to prepare for a healthy natural birth. After seeing one of her favorite YouTubers have a beautiful home birth it opened her eyes beyond hospital birthing.
19/01/211h 4m

539| The Ideal Epidural Birth Experience - Elana Edwards

Elana's birth story went as she hoped - she had a planned hospital birth with an epidural that was 12 hours start to finish. The doctors & hospital were kind & compassionate, and really helped create a special experience.
16/01/2139m 8s

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Joe Wykowski

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
15/01/212m 46s

538| Switching Care Providers During Pregnancy + Birth Center Birth Story - Amanda Dant

After a bad experience with a small town OBGYN and switching care providers at 35 weeks pregnant with her first pregnancy, Amanda knew the importance of finding the perfect care provider during her second pregnancy. Become a listener supporter at patreon.com/birthhour
14/01/211h 17m

537| 4th Homebirth is a Wildcard After 3 Previous Home Waterbirths - Kaitlin Tolkkinen

Kaitlin shares the story of her fourth homebirth, which she calls a "wildcard."
12/01/2131m 4s

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Powers Wartman

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
08/01/217m 41s

536| Homebirth Transfer, Three Losses, & Redemptive Homebirth - Sasha Ruscheinski

In this replay, Sasha shares two birth stories as well as three losses. Sahsa will be back soon to share her most recent to births. Become a Birth Hour listener supporter at Patreon!!
07/01/211h 23m

535| IVF, Hospital Inductions, Post-birth Hemorrhage, & Doula Support - Dr. Laurin Talarico

Lauren shares the birth stories of her three children, who were all conceived via IVF. Today’s episode is sponsored by March of Dimes, in honor of Birth Defects Prevention month. During this month, March of Dimes is partnering with the CDC to generate awareness among women of childbearing age, families, and health care providers about things they can do to help prevent birth defects. You can find out more at marchofdimes.org/TheBirthHour.
06/01/2136m 59s

534| Positive Hospital Vaginal Birth with Unplanned Interventions - Jeni Thornton-Jones

After conceiving quickly, Jeni had an easy pregnancy apart from fear and changing plans due to COVID-19. She planned a unmedicated childbirth at the birthing center in the University Hospital System where she worked. Two days before her due date, she went for two two-mile walks and did some prenatal yoga, only to start to have some irregular contractions that evening. Become a listener supporter at Patreon! Sign up for our Know Your Options online Childbirth Course at thebirthhour.com/course
05/01/2145m 36s

533| Pregnancy & Childbirth at 25 vs 40+ years old - Michelle Johnson

Having her first baby at 25 years old as a single mom, Michelle thought she was done having children until she got married and gave birth to her second child at 41 and her third child at 43. Become a listener supporter at Patreon! Sign up for our Know Your Options online Childbirth Course at thebirthhour.com/course
31/12/2050m 10s

532| Hypnobirthing Hospital Birth & Birth Center Birth + Postpartum Anxiety & Breastmilk Oversupply - Kate Statti

Kate shares her two birth stories. Become a listener supporter at Patreon!
30/12/2047m 19s

531| The Decision Around Terminating Pregnancy Due to Multiple Congenital Anomalies + Hospital & Home Birth Stories- Jana Parrish

On this episode, Jana tells several stories, which she describes as: devastated by a 21-week loss due to multiple congenital anomalies, followed by a miscarriage at 8 weeks, blessed by two, unmedicated births (one at a hospital and one at home during the pandemic).
22/12/201h 11m

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Tyler Smith

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
18/12/202m 2s

530| Epidural Birth and Unmedicated Hospital Birth Stories - Anita Young [REBROADAST]

Anita and her partner, Brian, were initially surprised by their pregnancy. After six months of trying to conceive, they both weren’t sure they could. After delivering her son via a vaginal birth (with an epidural) in 2009, Anita desired to have an unmedicated birth with her next child.
17/12/2026m 38s

529| Hospital Births with Midwives, In Person vs Virtual Doula - Alexis Heller

On July 28th, 2016 Alexis gave birth to her first child after 8 hours of labor. Despite dealing with back labor, she was able to have an unmedicated labor and delivery with the support of her husband Kurt, their doula, and midwives at the local hospital.  In the spring of 2020 Alexis and Kurt were preparing for the birth of their second child. The plan was to again have a hospital birth with the same midwifery group and be supported by a doula. When the world started rapidly changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they found themselves navigating the unimaginable. With the use of technology, Alexis was able to have her doula support her virtually as well as help coach her husband to support her throughout labor and delivery. That combined with the calming expertise of her midwife and nurse, Alexis was able to have the birth that she wanted feeling fully supported by her birth team. They welcomed their second daughter into the world on April 28th, 2020.  Become a listener supporter at patreon.com/birthhour. Find out how to get maternity compression garments and the Luna breastpump from Motif for free through insurance at motifmedical.com/birthhour.
15/12/2051m 2s

Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Matt Durham

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
11/12/202m 8s

528| Virtual Doula Support for High Risk Birth During COVID-19 - Vered Asta

After a traumatic experience with postpartum Hellp Syndrome, two blood transfusions, a 24 hour magnesium drip several hours after the birth of her daughter in 2017, and a miscarriage in 2019, Vered and her husband had garnered a solid and trusted medical team in her new OB and Doula, and felt mentally prepared to safely welcome their son in 2020.
10/12/2029m 25s

527| Prodromal Labor, Birth Center Birth, and Amazing Postpartum + Breastfeeding Experience - Amanda Johnson

Amanda had a smooth, yet uncomfortable, pregnancy but then had to navigate giving birth and finding support during the pandemic. She experienced a day of prodromal labor before real labor started the day after her due date. After arriving at the birthing center, she labored most of the day in the water supported by her husband and sister. Labor was intense yet peaceful and she progressed steadily throughout the day. She delivered her baby on a birth stool and after a short scare with the baby not immediately breathing, they had an immediate bond. Postpartum was the happiest time of her life and loved breastfeeding from the start. She had a significant tear but had a great experience working with a pelvic floor physical therapist to heal. 
08/12/201h 6m

Labor Induction: Why You Might Have One + How to Plan - 'Know Your Options' Bonus Episode 8

On this new episode of our Know Your Options series, we are discussing why an induction might be offered, the difference between an elective vs medically indicated induction, and how to prepare for an induction. We have an entire module in our Know Your Options course covering inductions including natural coping techniques, pain medication options, and so much more. Sign up for the Know Your Options Childbirth course at thebirthhour.com/course and use the code 100OFF for $100 off enrollment.
07/12/2024m 5s

Partner Podcast Preview - Tyler Dilbeck

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
04/12/202m 31s

526| Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome Induction Birth Story

Sara was able to get pregnant pretty quickly and had a routine pregnancy up until 35 weeks. At her 35 week appointment she had high blood pressure and had to go to the hospital for monitoring. After a couple of days her blood pressure began to climb higher and she was diagnosed with preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. Sara was induced and after a fairly quick labor gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Patrick. She had to stay in the hospital a little longer than usual while the doctors got her blood pressure under control and found the right mix of medications. By 12 weeks postpartum she was back to somewhat normal and they have all been settling in as a family of three. Become a listener supporter and get access to our exclusive Partner Podcast & more. See more at patreon.com/birthhour
03/12/2044m 41s

Tackling the First 24 Hours of Breastfeeding - 'Know Your Options' Bonus Episode 7

Those first 24 hours after birth are crucial to getting off on the right foot with breastfeeding. We have all the info you need for a great start! Grab your free download — Quick Start Breastfeeding Guide Sign up for the course today at thebirthhour.com/course and use code 100OFF for $100 off enrollment!
30/11/2021m 1s

Partner Podcast - Andy Caldwell

This is a full-episode preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Right now we have a Black Friday special going through 11/30 where you can get two months free with an annual membership bringing it to just $8/month! Patreon support starts at just $5 per month and you will get hours and hours of content not available to the public. And with that you will also have the opportunity to become a member of our Private FB group where we have the most amazing group supporting one another through all things pregnancy and parenthood. Head to patreon.com/birthhour to get all the info. We are so appreciative of your support!
27/11/2044m 15s

525|Military Base Birth in Japan During COVID & Postpartum Preeclampsia - Laurel Simon

When Laurel found out that she would give birth to her first child at an overseas military base,  she was elated! Although she was committed to choreographing a local production of Mary Poppins in the third trimester, she thought that pregnancy (having started smoothly) would continue in run-of-the-mill fashion. However, the OBGYN clinic on base recommended  inducing Laurel due to blood pressure concerns. Take advantage of our Black Friday Deal on Patreon membership thru 11/30 and get two months FREE by selecting the annual  membership at Patreon.com/birthhour! You can also join our Know Your Options Childbirth Course at https://courses.thebirthhour.com/limited-time/ and use coupon code 100FF for $100 off your enrollment!
26/11/2056m 48s

524| Fallopian Tube Cyst and Breech Baby Cesarean Birth - Hannah Wildhaber

At her 37 week appointment, Hannah’s OBGYN discovered that her baby was in the breech position and had also developed a heart arrhythmia. She was sent to Labor and Delivery for further follow up and an ultrasound. The doctors discovered that her baby was measuring in the 96th percentile for weight and her amniotic fluid levels were lower than they would have liked to see. They were recommending an urgent Cesarean section that evening. Of course, Hannah’s Husband was on the ocean fishing during this time. Luckily, he was able to make it back with an hour and twenty-six minutes before baby was born. Take advantage of our Black Friday Deal on Patreon membership thru 11/30 and get two months FREE by selecting the annual  membership at Patreon.com/birthhour! You can also join our Know Your Options Childbirth Course at https://courses.thebirthhour.com/limited-time/ and use coupon code 100FF for $100 off your enrollment!
24/11/201h 2m

Setting Boundaries & Expectations Postpartum - 'Know Your Options' Bonus Episode 6

Setting boundaries with your loved ones is one of the tricky things about having a baby that no one really talks about in childbirth preparation. But Stephanie and I have both personally dealt with this and we know how important it is so we want to go over how to get on the same page with your partner and how to approach issues with your extended family. Be sure to grab my favorite free printable download yet that goes over some of the questions you should be asking each other and tips on how to navigate and set postpartum boundaries. Sign up for the Know Your Options Childbirth course at thebirthhour.com/course and use the code 100OFF for $100 off enrollment. Grab your free download — www.thebirthhour.com/bonus6
22/11/2015m 20s

Partner Podcast Preview - Lynneric Topham

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
20/11/202m 1s

523| Precipitous Birth Center Birth Story After Difficult Loss of Loved One - Megan Freeland

After a fast labor with her first child (episode 397), Megan expected to labor quickly with her second, but she was unprepared for just how fast things would happen. Megan was in labor for just under 3 hours and struggled to avoid pushing for the 30-minute car ride to the birth center. She delivered her daughter just 2 minutes after walking barefoot into the birth center.
19/11/2033m 13s

522| Positive Epidural Birth But Husband Missed it Due to Positive Covid-19 Test - JoAnne Sines

When JoAnne was almost 9 months pregnant, Adam contracted the coronavirus and tested positive on two separate occasions several weeks apart. JoAnne and Adam had to spend the last six weeks of her pregnancy completely separated.
18/11/2049m 37s

521| Prenatal Down Syndrome Diagnosis & Unplanned Cesarean Birth - Megan Edelman

Megan shares about finding out her son, Bert, had Down syndrome during pregnancy, as well as her birth story and about Bert's two surgeries postpartum: having a gastronomy tube placed at two months; and, open-heart surgery at four months.
17/11/201h 2m

Partner Podcast Preview - Quinn Gonder

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
13/11/202m 22s

520|Two Homebirth Birth Stories - Rachel Ramsey

Rachel shares her two homebirth stories, one with a doula, one without.   Info on our Know Your Options Childbirth course can be found at thebirthhour.com/course. Use coupon code 100OFF for $100 off enrollment!
12/11/2056m 1s

519| Unmedicated Hospital, Birth Center & Homebirth Births - Christina Reynolds

Christina shares her three birth and postpartum stories.
10/11/201h 38m

Reduce Risk of Tearing - 'Know Your Options' Bonus 5

Worrying about giving birth and what your vagina will be like afterwards is completely normal. Naturally, most of us want to do everything possible to reduce the risk of tearing, so today we are discussing this very topic! Sign up for the Know Your Options Childbirth course at thebirthhour.com/course and use the code 100OFF for $100 off enrollment. Grab your free download — www.thebirthhour.com/bonus5
09/11/2014m 11s

Partner Podcast Preview - Dave Siemion

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
06/11/204m 6s

518| 3 Pregnancies & Births with Severe Papillary Nephrocalcinosis - Morgan Watson

Morgan shares her three birth stories and the complications arising during each.
05/11/2057m 42s

517| Infertility & IVF Journey + How it Impacts Pregnancy, Birth, & Postpartum - Brett Russo

Brett and her husband went through two IUIs and 5 rounds of IVF. On their fourth round they had two viable embryos and both transfers eventually became her two sons. Brett says the experience of going through IVF nearly broke her but just before it did it she fought back and ending up learning things about herself that she never knew. Since then she has made it her goal to help other women suffering in silence to feel less alone in their struggles with infertility.
03/11/2033m 28s

Natural Coping Techniques for Labor - 'Know Your Options' Bonus 4

Nearly every laboring person in some capacity will need to cope with contractions unmedicated at some point. Even if you are planning for an epidural, you aren't automatically hooked up to an epidural the moment you feel that first contraction! You will find useful tips in this bonus episode and free download! Sign up for the Know Your Options Childbirth course at thebirthhour.com/course and use the code 100OFF for $100 off enrollment.
03/11/2016m 15s

Partner Podcast Preview - Brian Goss

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
30/10/203m 38s

516| Two Birth Center Births & PPROM Baby with Congenital Heart Defects - Valerie Rowekamp

Valerie shares her three birth stories, focusing on her third, Rex, who spent over 3 months in the hospital and had 4 open heart surgeries before he was 8 months old.
29/10/201h 7m

515| OB/GYN has a Preemie by C-section with Inadequate Anesthesia - Nicole Rankins

During Nicole's first pregnancy, her baby was diagnosed with a rare intestinal malformation called duodenal atresia. She went into labor at 32 weeks and went on to have a c-section with inadequate anesthesia. Her baby had surgery 3 days after birth and spent a month in the NICU. This experience has helped Nicole better serve her patients as an OB/GYN. Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins is a board-certified, practicing OB/GYN and mom of 2 who empowers first time moms to feel supported and prepared for pregnancy and birth. Over the last 15 years she’s helped more than 1,000 babies come into this world and has demystified pregnancy and childbirth for thousands more women through her 5-star rated All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast, her free online birth plan class, and her signature online program - The Birth Preparation Course. Visit her website www.drnicolerankins.com and follow her on Instagram @drnicolerankins. Aeroflow Breastpumps has helped thousands of new and expecting moms find the perfect pump for her lifestyle. They offer all major pump brands including Medela, Spectra, Motif, Lansinoh, Ameda and more. And the best part, they take care of everything – including getting all required paperwork, dealing with your insurance company, and explaining your options in order to get your free pump shipped straight to your door.  Bonus — you may also qualify for free maternity compression garments like compression socks, maternity support band, and a postpartum recovery garment PLUS breast pump resupply products ranging from new bottles, tubing, and flanges to duck valves and pump membranes.  All you have to do is go to the Aeroflow Breastpumps website and fill out their free and easy Qualify Through Insurance form. Be sure to go to aeroflowbreastpumps.com/birthhour so they will know I sent you!  
27/10/2040m 44s

How to Handle Tricky Situations with Hospital Staff - 'Know Your Options' Bonus 3

When it comes to dealing with unsupportive hospital staff or conflicting information it can be easy to feel overwhelmed or stunned, especially in the moment. Today Stephanie and I are talking about key phrases to use when you find yourself in one of these situations and other tips to keep in mind so you are prepared for all of the different potential scenarios. Sign up for the Know Your Options Childbirth course at thebirthhour.com/course and use the code 100OFF for $100 off enrollment. Grab your free download — How to Handle Tricky Situations with Hospital Staff at thebirthhour.com/bonus3
27/10/2020m 10s

Partner Podcast Preview - Jason Lynch

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
23/10/204m 1s

514| Miscarriage, Postdates Induction, & Postpartum Cyst - Victoria Singh

Victoria shares the story of her miscarriage, and subsequent birth.
22/10/2050m 28s

513| Natalie Diaz's Twin Birth Story

Natalie is the Pied Piper of twin families around the globe. Founding Twiniversity — the world’s leading support network for multiple birth families — in 2009, she’s become the global influencer for this small niche community. Reaching over a million families a week through Twiniversity’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube channels, moms and dads of twins flock to Twiniversity to find resources, ask questions, explore new products, and find community and support from other twin parents. Natalie is a true connector, bringing parents from all walks of life together, breaking past cultural differences, to share in the highs and lows of parenting twins. Natalie’s book, “What To Do When You’re Having Two” is a global bestseller in Twins & Multiples Parenting.
21/10/201h 26m

512| Planned Homebirth turned Emergent Hospital Induction - Grace Greene

After two straightforward, unmedicated births (one hospital birth with an OB, the other a homebirth with a midwife), Grace planned another homebirth with a midwife. Those plans changed immediately when she noticed her baby had stopped moving at 41 weeks and her birth quickly changed to an emergent hospital induction.
20/10/201h 20m

Finding an Evidence Based Hospital— 'Know Your Options' Bonus 2

When it comes to finding a hospital, there are some key things to look for to ensure you will be setting yourself up for the most mother-baby friendly care possible! Today Stephanie and I are talking about questions you can ask prior to choosing where you will give birth. Because many doctors only have privileges at certain hospitals, you may want to look into the hospitals early on in your care when choosing a doctor. Stephanie is a doula, lactation consultant and certified childbirth educator so you will definitely want to soak in all of her amazing knowledge! Grab your free download: Guide to Finding an Evidence Based Hospital! You can also go straight to thebirthhour.com/course to sign up for our Know Your Options course today! Use code 100OFF for $100 off your enrollment. 
19/10/2014m 27s

Partner Podcast Preview - Keira Ward

This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
16/10/202m 37s

511| Giving Birth during COVID-19 with Preeclampsia, Cholestasis, & Terminal Diagnosis of One Twin - Alina Bazyler

After naturally conceiving twins, Alina and her husband were told by doctors that one of their twins would pass away shortly after birth.
15/10/201h 13m

510| Positive Hospital Birth with Hypnobirthing & Midwife - Justina Perry

Justina conceived in 2019, and saw the same midwife for all of her pregnancy care and for her baby’s birth. Justina gives credit to the midwifery model of care and a Hypnobirthing course for her positive birth experience. 
13/10/2041m 21s

Finding an Evidence Based Care Provider— 'Know Your Options' Bonus Episode 1

When it comes to finding a doctor, does it ever make you feel completely stuck? How do you know if they will be right for you? Today Stephanie and I are talking about why we recommend finding an evidence based care provider and how you can tell if the person you're interviewing (YES, you should absolutely be interviewing your providers!) is practicing evidence based care. Stephanie is a doula, lactation counselor, and certified childbirth educator so you will definitely want to soak in all of her amazing knowledge! Grab your free download: Guide to Finding an Evidence Based Provider! You can also go straight to thebirthhour.com/course to sign up for our Know Your Options course today! Use code 100OFF for $100 off your enrollment. 
12/10/2016m 9s

Partner Podcast Preview - Aaron Sanchez

This is a preview of our new Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to Patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
09/10/205m 11s

509| Textbook Pregnancy and Labor But Unexpected Ritgen's Maneuver During Pushing - Emily Griffith

Emily's labor was easy, calm, and quiet thanks to her attentive husband, supportive doula, and hands-off birth team. After an hour of pushing, the doctor assisted Emily using the Ritgen’s maneuver and Elijah David was born. Emily began hemorrhaging moments later and was stabilized with the use of medication and a bakari balloon.
08/10/2044m 16s

508| Rainbow Baby Hospital Birth with Midwives After Miscarriage - Mimi Maitrichith

After suffering a difficult pregnancy and miscarriage, Mimi planned for an unmedicated hospital birth with midwives. She shares the story of her rainbow baby and discusses how her husband prepared for and took on the role of doula.
06/10/2037m 28s

Partner Podcast Preview - Doug Wiest

This is a preview of our new Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to Patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
02/10/202m 56s

507| Repeated False Labors, Bedrest, & Homebirth Birth Story - Caroline Snider

Caroline is back to share her second birth story!
01/10/201h 11m

506| Peaceful Birth Center Birth and Hospital Induction with Posterior Baby - Jasmine Holmes

Jasmine shares her birth stories and discusses experiencing the unrealized fears of her first birth during her second. Become a listener-support at patreon.com/birthhour!
29/09/2057m 59s

505| Unmedicated Hospital Birth & Homebirth with Breastfeeding Complications - Linnaea Headlee-Borden

Linnaea shares her two birth stories and relates complications with breastfeeding after her second.
26/09/201h 7m

504| Same-Sex Couple in China Returns to U.S. During COVID for Birth - Elizabeth Tucker

Elizabeth shares her experience having to leave China during COVID-19 only to find out it was in the U.S. and having to change her birth plans.
24/09/2047m 43s

503| Two Hospital Inductions at 37 Weeks - Meghan Pow

Both of Meghan’s births were, coincidentally, hospital inductions at 37 weeks.
22/09/2052m 4s

502| Accidental Unassisted Homebirth - Deborah Woodson

After an uneventful pregnancy, Deborah thought she had planned for all aspects of her labor and delivery; but, she never anticipated having an unexpectedly quick labor and unassisted delivery.
17/09/2050m 19s

500| Unplanned Cesarean Followed by Empowering Twins VBAC - Erica Beal

After a disempowering birth with her first son that nearly ended in tragedy, Erica vowed to have a different experience when she got pregnant again.
10/09/2038m 49s

499| Pain Free, Enjoyable Homebirth Experience - Ashley Renwick

Ashley's labor started late on the evening on May 3rd 2018. She was unable to fall asleep that night after what she thought was an upset belly and turned out to be the beginning of her laboring journey.
08/09/201h 21m

498| Switching from Hospital to Homebirth During COVID-19 - Megan Halicki

At 30 weeks, Megan changed her birthing plan from a hospital birth to a home birth after finding out she might not have any support person (including her partner) in the room due to Covid-19.
03/09/2043m 46s

497| Military Family: Two Hospital Birth Stories with Pitocin - Kemah Muñoz

Kemah shares her two pregnancy, birth, and postpartum stories.
01/09/2053m 15s

496| Two Homebirths and Cesarean Birth Due to Placenta Previa - Audra Fullerton

Audra shares her cesarean birth stories.
27/08/201h 8m

495|Pregnancy after 40 and Gentle Cesarean Birth with Meg Tietz

Returning guest, Meg Tietz, shares her most recent birth story, a gentle cesarean.
25/08/201h 5m

494| Birth Center Birth Story in Brooklyn, NY - Nijsha Nesbitt [REBROADCAST]

Nijsha shares her birth story, and discusses the support of her partner, doula, and midwives who helped her get through 18 hours of labor.
20/08/2026m 45s

493| Homebirth in Hawaii Birth Story - Bree Poort

Bree and her husband, Bobby, planned for a home birth in their home on the island of Oahu in Hawaii with a local midwife. Bree went into labor the day before her due date and labored all night in the tub.
18/08/2058m 10s

491| Hospital Induction with Doula Birth Story - Amy Thomas Ryan

After developing a robust unmedicated birth plan for her March 6th due date, Amy learned at about 32 weeks that her blood pressure was such that an induction a few weeks early would be very likely.
11/08/2045m 29s

490| Scheduled Cesarean Birth for Breech Baby During COVID-19 Pandemic - Megan Johnson

Megan's pregnancy went relatively smoothly, except for mild nausea in the first trimester, headaches in the 2nd trimester, and the COVID-19 pandemic beginning her third trimester. At 32 weeks, Megan was diagnosed with gestational hypertension, which raised concerns because her baby was in the breech position. 
06/08/2045m 45s

Preview: Elizabeth Quinn & Caitlin Shrum Answer Listener Questions

To listen to the full episode join our Patreon at patreon.com/birthhour! This was such a fun episode and I loved catching up with these two Birth Hour fan favorites. We talk everything from VBACs, to healing postpartum, to raising boys vs girls, to favorite products!  Here are links to their birth stories if you haven't heard them before: Elizabeth: https://www.patreon.com/posts/32510683 https://www.patreon.com/posts/32510701 https://www.patreon.com/posts/32543874 Caitlin: https://www.patreon.com/posts/32566479 https://www.patreon.com/posts/32572773 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/438-second-unmedicated-vbac-caitlin-shrum/id1041801905?i=1000463891773
05/08/2011m 33s

489| Back Labor, Breastfeeding Issues & PPA Followed by Fast 2nd Birth & Postpartum Bliss - Morgan MacDermott [REBROADCAST]

Morgan shares her birth stories and discusses various aspects of breastfeeding.
04/08/201h 8m

488|Four Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) Pregnancies & COVID-19 NICU Experience - Morgan Sanchez

Morgan shares her birth stories and discusses Hyperemesis Gravidarum and giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic.
30/07/2051m 29s

487| Surgery During Pregnancy & Two Positive Hospital Induction Birth Stories - Caroline Wynne

After a surgery, an 8 week recovery, and battling an infection, Caroline Wynne felt her body was out of control and feared for her son’s life. A mother’s womb should be the safest place for her growing baby, but Caroline felt the complete opposite. Miraculously, she had a very positive induction experience and delivered a healthy baby boy despite all the health obstacles.  19 months later, Caroline found herself pregnant again with a sweet little girl. After a (blissful) uncomplicated pregnancy, Caroline decided to have another elective induction since her first experience was so positive!  Become a listener-supporter of The Birth Hour.
28/07/201h 1m

Expert Interview: Erica Ziel on Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness & Core Healing

Each month, we publish an expert interview for our listener supporters via Patreon! Become a member at patreon.com/birthhour for access to these episodes as well as a ton of other fun perks! I really enjoyed talking with Erica all about which exercises are safe during pregnancy and postpartum, and the fundamentals of healing your core after baby.  Erica also has a podcast called Core Connections and here are some of the episodes that are especially relevant to our discussion today if you want to hear more from Erica! Why Pregnancy is the BEST Time to Learn How to Strengthen Your Core! {Podcast Episode}  The Power of Rotational Movement! {Podcast Episode}  6 Diastasis Recti Questions Answered! {Podcast Episode} Erica also has an online course called Knocked Up Fitness and Core Rehab for Postpartum that I have personally enjoyed as have many members of The Birth Hour community! 
23/07/204m 53s

486| Unmedicated Posterior Birth Story at Midwifery Center Attached to Hospital

Teisia shares the story of her unmedicated birth with a midwife.
21/07/2027m 14s

485| Two Hospital Births: Medicated & Unmedicated - Aleck Lang

Aleck shares the stories of her medicated and unmedicated hospital births and postpartum recoveries. Become a podcast supporter at patreon.com/birthhour!
16/07/2055m 46s

484| Positive Hospital Birth After Placental Cyst & Gestational Hypertension in Pregnancy - Meriankh Cook

Meriankh was planning an unmedicated birth at a birth center. However, due to a very last minute gestational hypertension diagnosis, she ended up delivering in a hospital, with an epidural, and having a very positive experience.
14/07/201h 1m

483| Unplanned Cesarean & Healing, Scheduled Cesarean Birth Stories - Elise Cripe

Elise shares her two cesarean birth stories.
09/07/2043m 58s

482| Type 2 Diabetes, Unmedicated Hospital Birth, & Working Postpartum as RN During COVID-19 - A'briel Banks

When A’briel became pregnant with her first child, she was quite surprised as one OBGYN had previously assured her that she’d need fertility treatment in order to conceive. She immediately sought out doula support and started to build a birth team full of strong African American women.
07/07/2057m 52s

Jen McLellan Expert Interview Preview

To hear the full episode, subscribe at patreon.com/birthhour! Jen McLellan is a published author and founder of Plus Size Birth and the Plus Mommy blog. She helps people navigate the world of plus size pregnancy, shares tips for embracing your body, and laughs her way through the adventures of parenthood. Her work has been featured in major publications such as Yahoo Shine, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, and International Doula. She authored My Plus Size Pregnancy Guide and co-wrote the Amazon bestseller, The Peachie Moms Guide to Body Love for Moms. Jen is also a childbirth educator, skilled patient advocate, professional speaker, wife, and mother.
05/07/202m 1s

481| Hospital Induction Without Epidural Birth Story - Felicia Bullock [REBROADCAST]

After the OB she loved left the office a month before her due date, Felicia was left having to advocate for her birth plan when the new doctor attempted to scare her into an early induction. She was finally induced at almost 42 weeks. After Cervidil didn’t change anything overnight, Felicia received a small amount of pitocin, which jumpstarted what ended up being her ideal birth without an epidural.
02/07/2028m 18s

480| Prodromal Labor, Walking Epidural, and Postpartum Anxiety - Melody Brownton

Melody shares her hospital birth using a midwifery practice in Toronto, Canada, as well as experience with postpartum anxiety.
30/06/2043m 47s

479| Unmedicated Hospital Birth with an OB - Grace Greene [REBROADCAST]

Grace had an unmedicated hospital birth with an OB. She prepared for her unmedicated birth by hiring a doula and taking Bradley classes during her pregnancy. She also had the added bonus of having her sister as her L&D nurse throughout her entire birth!
25/06/2054m 55s

478| Active Duty Navy Mom Planning Homebirth - Tiara Perry

Tiara shares her experience being pregnant while serving active duty in the Navy and planning a home birth.
23/06/2058m 46s

477| Cholestatis of Pregnancy (ICP) Induction Birth Story - Bryn Koger

When Bryn got pregnant with her third child, she planned for another unmedicated birth in a birth center. The plan changed when she was diagnosed with Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy(ICP) at 33 weeks and risked out of the birth center.
18/06/2034m 6s

476| TTC, Hospital Induction Laboring with & without Epidural - Susanna Birdwell

After 2.5 years of trying as well as a miscarriage in 2018, Susanna and Will found out they were pregnant with their rainbow baby in February 2019. They learned halfway through the pregnancy that Susanna would be induced due to high blood pressure. She went in at 39 weeks to be induced, hoping to avoid pain medications.
16/06/2056m 5s

475| Giving Birth During COVID19 with Virtual Doula Support - Liz Teich

Liz moved to a new city just outside of NYC right before the Coronavirus outbreak really set it. It turned out that her new city of New Rochelle was a hotspot for COVID19 and quickly earned the label of "containment zone."
11/06/201h 9m

474| Unmedicated Hospital Birth & Struggling Postpartum - Naria Menard

Naria and her husband, Luther, received unexpected news of their first pregnancy in January 2019. Though unexpected, years of being exposed to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experiences through family and education had prepared Naria to make informed decisions about the birth experience she wanted.
09/06/201h 3m

473| Cesarean Birth Stories & Postpartum Depression - Christine McNabb

Today's episode is a rebroadcast of Christine McNabb's episode from the archive. Christine had three girls and then found out she was pregnant with a boy. The idea of raising a black boy in America caused Christine extreme anxiety and depression throughout pregnancy and postpartum. She shares how that affected her bonding with her son, how she overcame it, and how she's helping women today.
04/06/2025m 18s

472| What's Behind Racial Disparities in Pregnancy & Childbirth - Denene Millner

Today I'm replaying an episode from Denene Millner, who shared her experience with pregnancy and childbirth as a black woman in America back in 2016 on The Birth Hour. But first I'm going to share some clips from NPR's Code Switch podcast which recently covered this topic.
02/06/201h 1m

471| Planning a Hospital Birth with Midwives & Epidural - Angela Damonte

Angela planned for a birth with hospital midwives. Her birth plan included an epidural and support from her partner who was a hospital employee.
28/05/2039m 14s

470| Quick Labor, Long Pushing Stage & Navigating PPD - Britt Watkins

Britt shares her birth story and discusses breastfeeding and postpartum depression.
26/05/2056m 48s

469| Hospital Birth During Coronavirus & Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP) -Madeline Wrubel

Madeline shares about giving birth during COVID-19 and discusses ICP.
21/05/2033m 27s

468| Unplanned Cesarean Birth Story - Shannon McQueen

Shannon shares her birth story and discusses her peripartum anxiety.
19/05/2049m 27s

467| Supportive and Positive Hospital Birth Experience After Bedrest in Pregnancy - Karissa Goding

During a very healthy, normal pregnancy, Karissa was unexpectedly sent to the hospital at 29 weeks with preterm contractions. They determined that she was not in labor and sent her home after a night of observation and medication to bedrest for the next five weeks.
14/05/2049m 48s

466| Hospital Induction with Midwives - Emily Slyter

Emily shares her birth story and also discusses breastfeeding.
07/05/201h 8m

465| Twin Birth at 34 Weeks + NICU Stay - Laura Attanasio

Laura is a faculty member in public health whose research focuses on quality and equity in maternity care. She shares the story of birthing her fraternal twin girls, their NICU stay, and breastfeeding.
05/05/2055m 35s

464| Midwifery Within Hospital Birth Story - Lauren Barlis [REBROADCAST]

Lauren's episode first aired in Mach 2016.
30/04/2045m 51s

462| Successful ECV for Breech Baby & Two Hospital Birth Stories - Gabrielle Cosel

Gabey shares her two birth stories with the same midwife group in a hospital.
23/04/2050m 16s

461| Evidence on COVID-19 with Rebecca Dekker of Evidence Based Birth

I interviewed Rebecca Dekker from Evidence Based Birth on April 13, 2020, for an expert interview bonus episode exclusive to our patreon listener-supporters. We scheduled that interview months in advance before Coronavirus was on anyone's radar in the U.S. She was so generous to stick around for an extra conversation about the existing evidence/research around COVID-19 and I wanted to make sure that portion of the interview was available to our entire audience.
21/04/2035m 51s

460| Car Birth & Positive Hospital Experience During Coronavirus - Katie White

Katie shares her three birth stories, focusing on her most recent, an unassisted car birth with a positive postpartum experience in the hospital.
16/04/2046m 21s

459| Twin Birth During COVID-19 in the UK - Melanie Hadida

Melanie discusses preparing for her c-section twin birth and the how COVID-19 affected her pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
14/04/201h 12m

458| Giving Birth with Doula Support when your Husband has COVID-19 - Danielle Stone (Part 2)

This is the second part of Danielle's episode, in which she tells her birth story.
07/04/2038m 51s

457| Giving Birth with Doula Support when your Husband has COVID-19 - Danielle Stone (Part 1)

This is the first part of Danielle's story. She shares her pregnancy story and learning her husband had COVID-19.
07/04/2053m 26s

456| Giving Birth During Coronavirus - Kristen Seward

Kristen Seward's First Hand Account Giving Birth During COVID-19
31/03/2047m 9s

455| IUI Pregnancy & Homebirth Story - Ndeya Snow

Ndeya and her wife, Kourtney, knew even before they were expecting that they wanted to have a home birth. After a simple IUI in January 2018, they were pregnant! Armed with knowledge and the support of her wife and fabulous midwives, Ndeya went into labor and birth feeling confident and excited. After 20 hours of early labor, 10 hours of active labor and 25 minutes of pushing (in a squat) their daughter, Aminah, was born, in the middle of their living room.
26/03/2059m 39s

454| Infertility, Using an Egg Donor, & Hospital Birth Story - Kimberly Mace

Kimberly discusses her fertility journey and birth story.
24/03/2058m 1s

453|Switching from Hospital to Home Birth at 34 Weeks - Monique Lamhut

Monique Lamhut discusses switching from a hospital birth to a homebirth in her third trimester.
19/03/2032m 32s

452|OB Hospital Birth & Midwife Hospital Birth Stories - Juliana Ramirez [REBROADCAST]

On this episode from the archives, Juliana shares her OB and midwife birth stories.
17/03/201h 3m

Preview - Expert Interview with Amy Ard of Motherhood Beyond Bars

Listen to a preview of our most recent Expert Interview with Amy Ard of Motherhood Beyond Bars, an organization that supports pregnant and postpartum women in prison as well as their families.  Become a listener supporter for as little as $5/month to access these bonus episodes via www.patreon.com/birthhour
13/03/201m 51s

451| Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum While in Prison - Danielle Edwards

Danielle shares her experience with being pregnant while incarcerated, giving birth without any family support, and the physical and emotional toll of recovering from childbirth while in prison and separated from her baby.
13/03/2047m 58s

450| Birth Center Birth Story & Postpartum Experience - Bekah Martinez

Bekah and her boyfriend discovered they were pregnant after 3 short months of dating, and struggled to navigate their new roles as partners and future parents throughout an otherwise uneventful pregnancy.
10/03/2057m 7s

449| Unmedicated Hospital Birth & Sleeping through Labor - Shanicia Boswell [REBROADCAST]

I was 38 weeks and 5 days pregnant when I went into labor. Just one day prior, My daughter's father and I went to my mother's house to go to the state fair. I was so over being pregnant, I decided to walk the baby out. I went into labor early that morning around 2 AM. Thankfully, I slept through most of my labor and the next morning we took the two hour drive back to Atlanta. I stayed home until 7 PM then labored unmedicated at the hospital before giving birth.
05/03/2026m 25s

448| Twins Born on Different Days Birth Story - Jackie Laino

Jackie's labor was 48 hours from beginning to end: baby A came vaginally on September 10th, and 15 hours later, baby B was born on September 11th from an emergency C section.
03/03/2039m 55s

Preview - Bryn & Richard Talk All Things Sleep - February AMA

Listen to a short preview of the most recent Ask Me Anything Episode (exclusively available to our listener supporters via Patreon)! After three kids, Bryn and Richard still aren't experts but they are in the trenches with you and have learned a few things along the way!
03/03/202m 11s

447| Collaborative Care - Preparing for a Hospital Birth & a Homebirth - Brett Larkin

Yoga teacher Brett Larkin wanted a natural homebirth (despite objections from her husband and family). As a compromise she and her husband decided on a plan for collaborative care, wanting to be prepared for both a hospital and a homebirth.
27/02/2055m 29s

446| Birth Center & Hospital Unmedicated Births + Getting Help with PPD - Karyn Brown

Karyn had two unmedicated births with midwives, but both experiences were very different.
25/02/2045m 26s

445| Bradley Method Birth & Overcoming Breastfeeding Challenges - Victoria Hill

Victoria discusses giving birth at a birth center, using the Bradley Method, and breastfeeding.
20/02/2045m 57s

444| Transferring Care at 30 Weeks & Birth Center Birth Story - Jana Iankova

Jana tell her birth story and discusses switching care providers.
18/02/2037m 42s

443| Plus Size Pregnancy & Advocating for Unmedicated Birth Plan - Alle Sanchez

Alle had her heart set on an unmedicated birth. She spent her entire pregnancy educating herself on what that might look like with being overweight, however, she also had to deal with fear mongering from her OB. She was encouraged by her support team which included her husband and her mother, but constantly questioned by her medical care provider.
13/02/201h 4m

442| Unmedicated Hospital Births & Postpartum Bliss vs PPD - Zahra Kassam

Zahra Kassam, an early childhood education entrepreneur, delivered her two children with unmedicated hospital births using midwives and the hypnobirthing method.
11/02/2047m 3s

441| Gestational Diabetes, Induction, and Becoming a Single Mother by Choice - Liz Ekelund

After 10 years with her partner, Liz was facing two daunting life changes simultaneously: a failing relationship and a positive pregnancy test. Liz shares her story.
06/02/2055m 47s

439| A Labor & Delivery Nurse tells her Hospital Birth Story - Isabel Jean

Isabel went into labor while working a night shift as an L&D nurse at the hospital she was delivering.
30/01/2040m 30s

Ask Me Anything: Preview Bonus Episode

Every month I'll be publishing an 'Ask Me Anything' bonus episode for our listener supporters! Become a listener supporter to gain access to these episodes every month via patreon.com/birthhour! As a listener supporter you'll also receive access to over 300 birth story episodes from our archives, membership in our private FB group, and be entered in a BIG giveaway (value $1450) we are running right now!!
29/01/2026m 41s

438| Second Unmedicated VBAC - Caitlin Shrum

Listener favorite, Caitlin Shrum, is back to share her second VBAC birth story. You can hear her first two birth stories (episodes 185 & 244) in our archives. Archives are accessible to listener supporters via Patreon!
28/01/2053m 1s

437| Unmedicated Hospital Birth with Birth Tub, Therapy Balls, and Labor Bars - Kayla Bruccoleri

Kayla shares her the story of her unmedicated hospital birth.
23/01/2041m 24s

436| Pregnancy After Weight Loss Surgery & Precipitous Birth - Simone Torborg

Simone prepared to have a typical, long-and-late birth, but Mother Nature had a different idea. Nothing could have prepared Simone and her husband Gregg for their little boy to come 10 days early, fast and furious, with a precipitous labor.
21/01/2051m 28s

435| Gestational Diabetes & Epidural Hospital Birth - Joanna Lundeen

Joanna shares her experience with gestational diabetes and an epidural hospital birth.
16/01/2045m 16s

434| Type 1 Diabetes, Induction for Preeclampsia & Unplanned Cesarean - Lindsay VanNieulande

Lindsay and her husband, Jeff, live in Detroit, Michigan, with their son, Rivers. Lindsay has had type one diabetes since she was a child, and with it came some obstacles to navigate in order to start her journey to become pregnant. Lindsay became pregnant shortly after her team of doctors gave her a green light; and, her pregnancy went well until she was unexpectedly hospitalized at 27 weeks due to pre-eclampsia.
14/01/2055m 22s

433| 32 Hour Labor, 30 Hours at Home and 2 Hours at the Hospital - Julia FitzRoy-Chow

Julia transferred to a midwife group at 30 weeks. She went into labour at almost 38 weeks, had a 30 hour labor at home with mostly back labor, and after a quick drive to the hospital, Frankie was born two hours later.
09/01/2047m 7s

432| Navigating Husband's Cancer Diagnosis and Starting a Family - Jennifer Hanks

Jennifer’s husband was diagnosed with cancer two months after they were married. They were able to bank his sperm before he started chemotherapy and knew that IVF would be the only way to have children in the future. After years of battling cancer they decided they didn’t want to let cancer hold them back from living life. They implanted one embryo through IVF and were shocked when they found out their one embryo had split into two. They were expecting twins!
07/01/2026m 4s

431| Four Hospital Births: Two with Epidurals, Two Unmedicated - Cassi Robinson

On this episode, Cassi shares her four hospital birth stories and some great resources.
02/01/201h 8m

430| Unmedicated Hospital Birth with AROM - Julia Carrion

Julia planned for an unmedicated, hospital water birth. After having to have her water artificially ruptured and finding meconium, the water birth was no longer an option. After laboring for nearly 26 hours, pushing for 4.5 hours and narrowly avoiding a c-section, Julia was able to have an unmedicated vaginal birth.
24/12/191h 7m

428| Gestational Diabetes, Beautiful Birth Center Birth, and Postpartum Preeclampsia - Victoria Buker

On this episode, Victoria shares her pregnancy, birth, and postpartum stories. After dealing with Gestational Diabetes that was insulin dependent for her fasting numbers and finding out she had Group B strep, Victoria had the most amazing, beautiful birth. She labored for 24 hours, pushed for 3 hours, all with the wonderful support of her doula and birth center. Unfortunately things got harder postpartum.
17/12/1932m 28s

427| Doula Processing Secondary Trauma + Homebirth & Peaceful Postpartum - Carrie Murphy

Carrie, an experienced doula, had an unexpectedly emotionally-difficult pregnancy. She worked hard throughout to release secondary trauma from being a birth worker, all in hopes of having a home birth with a truly community-centered birth team.
12/12/1954m 2s

426| Cesarean Birth and VBAC Birth Stories - Brittany DuValle

Before getting pregnant with her first child, Brittany had hoped and planned for an unmedicated birth. Due to an unnecessary induction and several interventions her first birth ended in a cesarean. Immediately following that birth, she began preparing for a VBAC.
10/12/191h 10m

425| Five Day Induction after learning about ICP on The Birth Hour - Katie Friedland

At 37 weeks, Katie went in for an induction due to an ICP diagnosis (thanks to learning about it from this show and Nicole Phelps' story!)  Hoping for a very low-intervention birth experience, the team of midwives and nurses were amazing at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass in providing as gentle of an induction as possible.
05/12/1937m 59s

424| Traumatic First Birth & Redemptive Elective Cesarean Birth Stories - Tash Stokes

Tash shares her two cesarean section birth stories, one traumatic, the other redemptive.
03/12/191h 0m

423| How to Have a 'homebirth' Experience Within the Walls of a Hospital - Shannon Tripp [REBROADCAST]

After Shannon found out she was pregnant with her first, there was no question that she wanted an unmedicated, untouched birth. The questions were: where, and with who.
28/11/1944m 27s

422| Dr. Rebecca Dekker of Evidence Based Birth Shares her Birth Stories

Rebecca is the founder of Evidence Based Birth® and the author of Babies Are Not Pizzas: They’re Born, Not Delivered! On this episode she shares two of her birth stories and discusses the impact those experiences had on shaping her life.
26/11/191h 6m

421| Dad Catches Baby on Side of the Road & Homebirth - Hannah Neas [REBROADCAST]

Hannah shares her surprise road side delivery and homebirth stories.
21/11/1945m 33s

420| Mom Describes Birth as "Best Outcome in a Worst Case Scenario" - Preeclampsia Induction with Taya Huntley

While planning on an intervention free birth center birth, Taya and her husband prepped by doing the Know Your Options childbirth course. At 39 weeks, Taya was diagnosed with preeclampsia and, after being turned away from a local hospital for refusing certain medical treatments, finally ended up at the university of Washington medical center.
19/11/191h 2m

419| Vasectomy Reversal, IVF Twins, & Planned Cesarean under General Anesthesia -- Katie Mitchell

Katie and her husband, Dave, conceived twins through IVF after four years of intensive fertility treatments.  Katie’s conception story includes a vasectomy reversal, two rounds of embryo generation, miscarriage, embryo loss, genetic studies, and seemingly endless trans-vaginal ultrasounds. 
14/11/191h 3m

418| Hospital Induction, Homebirth Transfer & Two Very Different Postpartum Experiences - Valerie Cronin-Fisher

On this episode, Valerie shares her two birth and postpartum stories.
12/11/191h 3m

417| College Mama’s Empowering Homebirth after Traumatic Hospital Birth - Lina El-Saieh

On this episode, Lina shares her hospital and home birth stories.
07/11/1952m 20s

416| Hyperemesis Gravidarum & Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex (D-MER) - Rachel Haseley

Rachel shares her birth story and discusses using the Ava bracelet to get pregnant, as well as being diagnosed with both Hyperemesis Gravidarum & Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex (D-MER).
05/11/1948m 15s

415| Teen Pregnancy and Cesarean Births with Kyra of OKbaby

Kyra and her husband Oscar uploaded their first video to OKbaby in 2015. At the time, they were 18 years old and expecting their first child, dealing with the challenges many teen parents face, such as finishing high school and finding financial stability. After years of sharing their lives with the world (as well as two more babies), they have engaged millions of devoted fans and now host two wildly popular channels and have a massive Instagram following. OKbaby features the entire family as they share their experiences - from everyday activities to travel and adventure. Fans love watching the family grow and explore life together as they face the challenges of being a young family with love, humor, and tons of fun. Connect with Kyra on Instagram and YouTube.
31/10/1958m 18s

414| Queer Birth, Homebirth Cesarean, Gender-Creative Parenting - Carly Sargent-Knudson

On this episode, Carly shares her experience getting pregnant as a queer couple as well as planning for a homebirth that ended up in a cesarean transfer.
29/10/191h 14m

413| Mourning the Loss of One Baby When You're Caring for Her Twin - Valerie Howell

On this episode, Valerie shares her loss and birth stories.
24/10/1944m 47s

412| Cesarean Birth for Fibroid Followed by VBAC Birth Story - Mia Burton

On this episode, Mia shares her two birth stories: a c-section and VBAC.
22/10/191h 1m

411| Miscarriage, Placenta Previa and Postpartum Hemorrhage Birth Story - Sierra Palmer

Sierra shares her experience with two early miscarriages as well as her birth story. She discusses being diagnosed with placenta previa, her resulting cesarean section, and postpartum complications afterwards.
15/10/1935m 3s

410| Group B Strep Positive - NICU Stay for Bacterial Meningitis - Melissa Korver

After an easy pregnancy with few complications, Melissa endured prolonged labor with Group-B Strep, leading to her son contracting bacterial meningitis after birth. After a three week stay in the hospital, he is now 18 months old and happy and healthy! Melissa dealt with Postpartum Depression and anxiety stemming from her experience, and hopes to shed light on GBS and its possible complications at birth. She hopes to encourage women to be their own advocate and take charge of their own health research as they prepare for pregnancy and birth.
10/10/1948m 13s

409| Pregnancy After Eating Disorder, Birth Center Transfer & Homebirth - Erica Ormanovich [REBROADCAST]

On this episode, Erica tells her two birth stories. Erica planned a birth center birth with her first child. After a low risk pregnancy, she went into labor at 39 weeks and 6 days. After having early labor contractions all night she checked into the birth center at 6 am on November 6th. She labored there all day and eventually started to run a low grade temperature resulting in her midwife risking her out of the practice and insisting on a hospital transfer. After a total of 33 hours, she welcomed her daughter at a Houston Hospital. After her first birth experience Erica knew she wanted to try again for an unmedicated birth. Thinking her previous hospital transfer was necessary she opted for a group of midwives at a local hospital for prenatal care. After an upsetting encounter with one of the midwives in the group she followed her gut and switched to planning for a homebirth. Erica had another low risk and straight forward pregnancy and welcomed their son at home at 38 weeks and 4 days after only 6 hours of labor.
08/10/1955m 13s

408| Fast Unmedicated Hospital Birth - Lauren Alexander

On this episode, Lauren returns to share her second birth story.
03/10/191h 8m

407|Empowering VBAC After Fearful C-Section - Marilys Vega

Mari became pregnant with her second child in September of 2018. After an anxiety-ridden fearful c-section 2 years prior, due to failure to descend, she was determined to have a VBAC!  She experienced a lot of push back from doctors, family, and her partner. Ultimately after facing her anxiety, getting her partner on board and breaking down all her VBAC fears, she was successful in birthing her son via VBAC in May of 2019. She shares the journey of her healing birth, including breaking up with two doctors in her both her second and third trimester and her empowered labor and delivery with a full female staff.
01/10/191h 2m

406| Hospitalized for Hyperemesis, Unmedicated Hospital Birth and Epidural Birth - Claire Swinarski

On this episode, Claire shares her two very different birth stories.
26/09/1947m 25s

405| Failed Epidural & Preeclampsia Induction, then a Doula-supported, Healing Hospital Birth - Amy Leigh Fernandez

On this episode, Amy shares her very different hospital birth stories.
24/09/191h 17m

404|Stage 4 Cancer Diagnosis Postpartum and Going on to have Another Baby - Michelle Martyniuk

On this episode, Michelle shares two birth stories and her in-between cancer diagnosis, chemotherapy, and recovery. Become a lister supporter via Patreon.
19/09/1950m 38s

403| Uneventful Pregnancy, Marathon Labor, and Hard Postpartum - Megan Taylor

On this episode, Megan discusses how her uneventful pregnancy, marathon labor, and difficult postpartum opened her eyes to the various resources within her local birth community and sparked a fire in her to advocate for new and expecting moms about what their options truly are when it comes to pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.
17/09/1935m 32s

402| Empowering Birth Despite Cascade of Interventions - Sarah Deming

On this episode, Sarah shares her empowering hospital birth story.
12/09/191h 4m

401| Three Hospital Births, PPD, & Pelvic Floor Therapy - Annie Davis

Annie has three children with about 2 years between each. She has had a hospital induction with epidural due to being almost 42 weeks with her first, an unmedicated vaginal hospital birth, and a hospital induction to have a specific midwife with her third. Having a male provider for her second birth brought up some unresolved sexual traumas from her past so she did everything she could to heal and find a supportive care team for her last birth. She discusses suffering postpartum depression after her second and third births and pelvic floor issues. 
10/09/1945m 41s

400| Neurological Restoration in Pregnancy - Alicia Eastes

Alicia Eastes is a screenwriter/writer, documentary filmmaker, and founding co-President of an emerging chapter of Women in Film and Television International in Austin, Texas. On this episode, Alicia shares her birth story and her experience of neurological restoration through her first pregnancy.
05/09/1953m 22s

399| Natural Birth After Three Epidural Births - Gina Kynaston [REBROADCAST]

When I received an email from Gina explaining that after three medicated hospital births, she had successfully had a natural birth with her fourth baby and that she credited listening to other women's birth stories on The Birth Hour, I knew I had to hear her stories. 
03/09/191h 8m

398|Fast Hospital Birth + Navigating Low Breastmilk Supply - Emma Gomez [REBROADCAST]

On this episode, Emma shares the story of her quick hospital birth and the challenges of having a low milk supply.
29/08/1942m 56s

397| IUD Pregnancy and Hypnobabies Hospital Waterbirth - Megan Freeland

Megan became pregnant with her first child unexpectedly after 4 years with an IUD. Fortunately, the pregnancy was healthy and viable and continued uneventfully until her son decided to enter the world earlier than she anticipated (37 weeks and 3 days). After being in labor almost a full day without realizing it, Megan made it to the hospital at 10 cm and delivered a healthy baby via waterbirth almost 3 hours later.
27/08/1958m 25s

396| Elective Cesarean After Healing from Traumatic Vaginal Birth - Emmalina Rooney

Emmalina experienced a traumatic birth with her first baby and did extensive EMDR therapy to recover emotionally; so, when she found out she was pregnant again, she knew she had a chance to make this birth experience a healing one. After much contemplation, she decided to have a scheduled cesarean. 10 days before her cesarean date, she spontaneously went into labour. A few hours later her baby boy was born by a positive and healing cesarean and she moved through her postpartum period with health and no complications.
22/08/1942m 28s

395| Birth Center and Twin Birth Stories - Jesse Coulter

Today's episode features Jesse Coulter who is going to share the birth stories of both her son, born at a birth center, and her twins who were born vaginally in a hospital. The twins' birth story is fast and furious as they arrived before the hospital staff even had a chance to put the IV in Jesse.
20/08/191h 0m

394| Quick Hospital Births & Weeks of Prodromal Labor - Erika Thompson

On this episode, Erika shares her two quick hospital births and discusses the importance of trusting your body.
15/08/1943m 35s

393| Unmedicated, Empowering Hospital Births & Postpartum Fever - Aleesha Wiest

Aleesha shares her two birth stories, PCOS, gestational diabetes, and suffering a postpartum fever.
13/08/1958m 23s

392| Hospital Birth vs Birth Center Birth - Karyssa Pacheco

Karyssa has known she wanted to be a mother since she was very young so she and her husband started trying for a family right away and now have two girls who are currently 2.5 years and 8 months old. After giving birth to her babies, Karyssa became fascinated with what women's amazing bodies are capable of and she hopes to become a doula herself. Today she shares her two daughter's birth stories, the first born in a hospital and more recently her birth center birth.
08/08/1925m 42s

391| Pregnancy and Childbirth After PCOS - Marissa Lawton [REBROADCAST]

Today's birth story episode features Marissa Lawton who discusses getting pregnant with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and dealing with fertility treatments.
06/08/1934m 36s

390| Getting Pregnant with Ava Bracelet & Precipitous Hospital Birth - Mirah's Birth Story

On this episode, Mirah shares her birth story and experience using the Ava Fertility bracelet to help her conceive.   Use coupon code BIRTHSTORIES for $20 off at avawomen.com
01/08/1936m 57s

389| Planned C Section for Breech Baby Birth Story - Paige Aaron [REBROADCAST]

Paige lives in Northern California where she is a stay at home mom to her 17 month old son. She had him via planned c-section due to his breech position and was excited to for the opportunity to share her experience and encourage other moms who may find themselves preparing for a planned c-section. (Spoiler alert: she loved it.) She enjoys any time she can get to be creative and crafty. You can catch her blogging periodically at TheRampaige.com.   
30/07/1948m 25s

388| The Ideal Epidural Birth Experience - Elana Edwards

Elana's birth story went as she hoped - she had a planned hospital birth with an epidural that was 12 hours start to finish. The doctors & hospital were kind & compassionate, and really helped create a special experience.
25/07/1948m 42s

387| Single Vessel Cord, Postpartum Blood Clot and Pulmonary Embolism - Emily Wilke

On today's episode, Emily shares her fourth birth story. After experiencing extreme pain in her foot that traveled to her calf, Emily begrudgingly went into the ER and a HUGE DVT blood clot was discovered in her calf.
23/07/1950m 54s

386| Two Unmedicated Hospital Birth Stories - Cristina Bocanegra

Cristina shares her two hospital birth stories.
18/07/1936m 58s

385| Birth Center Birth with NICU Transfer for Baby - Kelly Pedrozo

After a healthy pregnancy and relatively normal 12 hour labor, Kelly’s birth took a sharp turn when her baby needed immediate resuscitation after delivery at their birthing center. Her daughter, Emilia, was transported by EMS with her husband to the nearest hospital. Even though her birth was frightening, Kelly felt cocooned in peace and safety by her care team back at the birthing center. Later on in the evening Emilia began to experience seizures. After a substantial amount of testing it was determined that she had bleeding in her brain with an unknown cause. Kelly’s family spent a miraculous four days in the NICU and were able to go home with a healthy baby. In the months following her daughter’s birth, Kelly suffered from some postpartum depression and intrusive thoughts regarding her daughter’s resuscitation and NICU stay. After seeking treatment she has come closer to a place of understanding and empowerment.
16/07/191h 21m

384| Homebirth with NICU Transfer for Meconium Aspiration - Cassandra Barragan

Cassandra always planned to have a homebirth and accidentally took her newly-conceived baby on a 1000 mile motorcycle camping trip before she knew she was pregnant. She had a rather uneventful pregnancy up until the last trimester, when her active baby girl wouldn't stop flipping breech and back up until 39 weeks. She had to make alternate plans in the event the baby decided to stay breech (in the state of California, breech home births are unfortunately illegal); but, fortunately Cassandra was able to stick to her original dream of a birth at home with her entire family present. After 36 long hours of labor (24 of which consisted of strong contractions 2-3 mins apart), Cassandra pushed her baby out in 30 minutes and had a beautiful golden hour with her whole family in the room.
11/07/191h 2m

383| Fast & Furious 1st Birth, Slow & Steady 2nd Birth - Amy Richardson

Amy had a fast and furious birth with her first born: her water broke at 9pm and Eli was born by 1am! With rising blood pressure and transitioning so quickly, Amy blacked in and out of consciousness, but was able to have her planned unmedicated birth. Her nurses joked that she’d need to “camp out” for any subsequent babies, but when Amy delivered her daughter 3.5 years later, she had a very different birthing experience. While both babies came exactly 9 days before their due date, Juniper’s labor was slow and steady and much less chaotic.
09/07/1927m 32s

382|Unmedicated Hospital Birth & Homebirth with Breastfeeding Complications - Linnaea Headlee-Borden

On this episode, Linnaea shares her two birth stories and relates complications with breastfeeding after her second.
04/07/191h 11m

381|Infertility, Loss & Preeclampsia Preterm Labor - Jenna-Lee Languirand [REBROADCAST]

When Jenna found out about Ava bracelet she was thrilled to become pregnant again after a year of use! The bracelet helped her and her husband understand her cycle and body better. It taught her what her most optimum days were and, took a lot of the stress out of trying to conceive. She loved that it was very easy to use and see the data daily. Her pregnancy was anything but easy but this she expected. She ended up having to be hospitalized the last month of her pregnancy due to severe preeclampsia. On the day of her baby shower, Jenna was rushed into an emergency cesarean section at 30 weeks and gave birth to her tiny 3.5 pound rainbow baby boy Wesley Arlo. Jenna and Patrick feel completely blessed to have him and can't wait until he can come home from the NICU. Jenna wanted to share her story to give hope to those who have gone thru similar circumstances
02/07/1926m 1s

380| Hospital Births With & Without an Epidural - Ashley Woolsey [REBROADCAST]

Ashley has had three hospital births. They were all different, and she became more and more informed about birth and her options each time. She had an epidural with her first and then was made to wait two hours for her doctor after being fully dilated and ready to push which resulted in a three day NICU stay for her daughter. With her next birth, she really didn't want to be induced but was ultimately scheduled for an induction. For her most recent birth she went in knowing she wanted a natural birth — listen to find out how it went.o find out how it went.  
27/06/1944m 57s

379| Epidural Hospital Birth & Unmedicated Hospital Birth - Sarah Jones

Sarah had planned on an unmedicated hospital birth with her first child, but eventually got an epidural after becoming frustrated with a difference in cervical checks done by the nurse and the on-call doctor. For her second labor, she decided to try again for an unmedicated birth and decided to hire a doula for extra support. Her second labor was much easier and quicker and she was able to achieve the birth she had hoped for.
25/06/1957m 23s

378| Positive Hospital Birth with Amazing Partner Support - Chelsea Lane

A doctor told Chelsea there were no trophies for women who have an unmedicated birth; but, Chelsea felt passionate about having a serene, med-free experience in the hospital. When she had to be induced at 38 weeks with gestational hypertension, her preparation and self advocacy paid off for a successful hypnobirth experience.
20/06/1935m 53s

377| Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP) Birth Stories - Nicole Phelps

Nicole Phelps shares her experience being pregnant while her partner, Michael Phelps, was training for the Olympics. She hired a doula and prepared to possibly give birth without Michael there. A few weeks before her due date, Nicole started experiencing extreme itchiness, especially on the palms of her hands, and was tested for Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP). However, she went into labor before the results came back. Michael made it just in time, and her son, Boomer, was born healthy. The test result came back positive and she knew she'd have to be on the lookout for another ICP diagnosis with future pregnancies. On this episode, she also shares her second pregnancy and birth story and how her doctor monitored her for ICP leading up to her son Beckett's birth. Nicole wanted to share her story to raise awareness about ICP so other women can be on the lookout for the symptoms.
18/06/1935m 43s

376|A Healing VBAC with a Surprise Guest - Allison Lynch

After a traumatic c-section, Allison knew she wanted to try for a VBAC. During her pregnancy she did everything she could to stay healthy, both mentally and physically She found the online birth community and learned everything she could about birth. After 42 weeks, she was induced at the hospital and had the most empowering and healing VBAC while surrounded by her incredible birth team of women and her supportive husband.
13/06/1957m 18s

375| Unplanned Cesarean & Healing Postpartum - Lindsay Todisco

Long before even trying to conceive, Lindsey knew she wanted an intervention-free birth. Despite her intentions, research, planning, and extensive preparation, Lindsey and her husband learned their first parenting lesson (you are no longer in control!) at seemingly every turn, from pregnancy through delivery and postpartum.  An induction lead to a 28 hour labor which ultimately ended in a cesarean section. Lindsey spent much of the fourth trimester trying to understand her birth experience and heal physically and emotionally.
11/06/1959m 17s

374| Hospital Induction Without Epidural Birth Story - Felicia Bullock

After the OB she loved left the office a month before her due date, Felicia was left having to advocate for her birth plan when the new doctor attempted to scare her into an early induction. She was finally induced at almost 42 weeks. After Cervidil didn’t change anything overnight, Felicia received a small amount of pitocin, which jumpstarted what ended up being her ideal birth without an epidural.
06/06/1938m 30s

373| Gestational Thrombocytopenia, ECV, Positive Unmedicated Birth & Retained Placenta - Kate Baldwin

Kate and Andy live in Portland, Oregon, and were delighted to become parents after meeting in college. They were in no rush, after being together nearly 13 years before the birth of their daughter, Caroline, but were thrilled when their pregnancy-journey began so swiftly. Both recognized that is often not the case and felt so grateful because of this! Kate knew she wanted to prepare for an unmedicated birth. She felt good and remained super active throughout her pregnancy. However, at 34 weeks, her pregnancy took a turn when Kate learned her baby was in the breech position. On top of this, Kate had developed gestational thrombocytopenia, which can cause a greater risk of postpartum hemorrhage. With the pending arrival of their breech baby, Kate was fearful this would mean she would have to be put under and have a c-section to deliver. At week 37, in an effort to preserve her wish to have an unmedicated birth, Kate and Andy made the decision to undergo an external cephalic version (ECV) to turn their breech baby and were thrilled when it was successful. Kate's labor began just shy of 39 weeks, and after a fast journey to transition, Kate stalled at 9 cm for several hours because the baby was posterior. In the end, Kate was proud of her dedication to an unmedicated birth, the preparation she did to be successful, and the choices she made to get to that point. Even so, Kate suffered from a retained placenta that was not discovered until 5 weeks postpartum. She describes the pain and symptoms to watch for so you can advocate for yourself during the postpartum period.  
04/06/191h 6m

372| Hospital Birth Story Discussing Perinatal & Postpartum Depression - Haylie Schwartz

Haylie and her husband, Jeffrey, had been married for a year when they decided to try and get pregnant. With many tales from friends and family members that it could take a while to conceive (it was news to Jeffrey that you actually had to "try" to get pregnant) they were surprised when a pregnancy test came back positive only a few months later. Haylie had a history of depression but was adamant about getting off antidepressant medication while pregnant. At first she felt fine, both emotionally and physically. But right around her second trimester, serious signs of depression and anxiety began to creep in. This made for a difficult pregnancy in which Haylie sought help from a number of sources to cope with the mounting feeling that she was unprepared for motherhood. As she prepped for an unmedicated hospital birth, she also battled a constant fear that she wasn't ready to be a mom. As you'll hear on this episode, there were several unexpected twists and turns during Haylie's labor and delivery that ultimately led to an epidural and a long but successful vaginal delivery. Haylie also shares how experiencing depression during pregnancy morphed into postpartum depression and talks about the lifesaving support she received after her son was born.
30/05/191h 17m

371| Bryn's Mom Shares her 1980s Birth Stories - Linda Williams

My mom was in town for Memorial Day, and I thought it would be fun to have her record her birth stories. She actually has four birth stories, but only shared her first two: my older brother and me. We were both born in the hospital unmedicated with episiotomies. I remember when she first told me her birth stories, the main thing that stuck out was that they were fast! Imagine my surprise when my first labor was over 34 hours! Hear my mom share her experience having hospital births in the 1980s in this episode of The Birth Hour. Linda Williams is the best-selling author of over two dozen books on science & technology including: Chemistry Demystified; Careers in Forensics; and, 5 Steps to a 5: AP Environmental Science and Nanotechnology Demystified. A former biomedical researcher at NASA-Johnson Space Center and Rice University, Linda now works at the University of Arkansas Medical School in the Research department. She is the mother of Bryn Huntpalmer, founder of this podcast! This episode is sponsored by CollegeBacker. CollegeBacker is the easiest way to save for college with help from family & friends. In just 5 minutes, you can open a tax-advantaged 529 Plan, and then invite family & friends to contribute – even before your child is born! Sign up at CollegeBacker.com/TheBirthHour and receive a $10 match when you start saving for your child, or when you send a gift to kickoff someone else’s college fund.
28/05/1936m 37s

370|Hospital, Birth Center & Homebirth Birth Stories - Tristin Tindall

On this episode, Tristin shares her three, very different, birth stories.
23/05/191h 6m

369| Vaginal Breech Twin Birth at the Hospital - Jennifer Mancuso [REBROADCAST]

On this episode, Jenn shares the story of how she advocated for, and successfully had, a vaginal twin breech birth.
21/05/191h 5m

368| Hospital Birth—9 Weeks Postpartum Bleeding - Brooke Borough

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 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.
16/05/1941m 18s

367| Back Labor, Breastfeeding Issues & PPA Followed by Fast 2nd Birth & Postpartum Bliss - Morgan MacDermott

On today's episode, Morgan shares her two birth and postpartum stories.
14/05/191h 10m

366| 33-Hour Unmedicated Hospital Birth with a Midwife - Sarah Hoddick

Sarah approached birth wanting whatever type of birth her baby needed to arrive safely; but, she did want to start her labor naturally and hired a doula to help her cope with labor. She ended up having a 33-hour unmedicated hospital birth with a midwife! I loved hearing how despite very little birth-preparation, Sarah completely trusted her doula to guide her through her labor and benefited so much from her doula’s knowledge and guidance. She shares some of the positions and tools that were most helpful to her during her long labor at the hospital.
09/05/1934m 43s

365| Planned Cesarean Birth - Allyson High

On today's episode, Allyson shares about her experience with a planned c section birth as a first time mom. She talks frankly about how it felt meeting her son for the first time and how her introduction to motherhood did not go as planned.
07/05/1945m 45s

364| Epidural Lumbar Puncture, Amnioinfusion & Postpartum Spinal Headache - Hannah Moody

Hannah is a first time mom who discovered the birth community during the middle of her pregnancy, and fully embraced it. After lots of research, planning, and self-discovery, she planned for an unmedicated hospital birth with little to no interventions. 
02/05/1946m 38s

363| TTC as a Queer Couple & Homebirth Birth Story - Caitlin Thompson

Caitlin and her wife had a difficult time navigating the barriers faced by queer couples trying to conceive. After two years and many failed IUIs, they decided to take a different route and try at home inseminations with a known donor. She hoped that removing the stress of the fertility clinic would help her body welcome pregnancy. She was right! And shortly thereafter Caitlin finally got the positive pregnancy test she had been longing for.
30/04/1958m 53s

362| Accinclitic Baby, Postpartum Hemorrhage & Struggling with Low Milk Supply - Liz Marnik

Elisabeth gave birth to her first child, Owen, on April 5th, 2019. The pregnancy itself was mostly uneventful minus persistent nausea at 20 weeks that caused to switch from OBs to a midwife. Then a follow up ultrasound brought up concerns that Owen had a potential heart issue. This added some worry to the end of the pregnancy and required sticking with OBs. So, then Elisabeth’s plan was to have an unmedicated childbirth in the hospital. Her due date came and went and as her induction date loomed closer. Luckily, after two acupuncture sessions, labor started on the day of her induction but she developed a high leak in her amniotic fluid. Instead of using any medications, her OB broke her water completely. She went from 1cm to 3 cms in 2 hours, then felt the urge to push 3.5 hours later. After almost 3 hours of pushing, Owen entered to world accinclitic and at 9lbs 1 oz! Elisabeth had an immediate severe postpartum hemorrhage that only got under control after administering multiple rounds of pitocin, misoprostol and methergine. About 2 hours later, she had another bleed that required more medications and eventually two blood transfusions. This may have contributed to her current struggles with low milk supply.
24/04/1957m 15s

361| Cesarean Birth, Failed VBAC, No Regrets - Vidita Chopra

After having a fairly easy and healthy pregnancy, Vidita was excited to meet her daughter soon as her due date approached. Unfortunately, she never went into labor and at 41.5 weeks hesitantly agreed to go in for an induction, as recommended by her doctor. Not knowing the strong correlation between inductions and C-sections, Vidita was completely blindsided when her induction stalled and led to a non-emergency C-section due to “failure to progress”. In the months after her daughter was born, Vidita spent endless hours nursing her round the clock while simultaneously thinking about all the things she would do differently when she became pregnant again. She was convinced that the choices she had made had led to her first C section and she was determined that her birth outcome would be different the second time around. She felt like somehow she had failed by not achieving a vaginal birth. She read all about VBACs and researched everything that could possibly increase her chances of success.
23/04/191h 8m

360| Epidural, Episiotomy & Postpartum Depression Discussion - Heather Brown

Heather is the creator and editor at My Life Well Loved! She created her site out of a deep passion to empower women, inspire confidence, and elevate living a life well loved. She is mom to three year old Leyton and 8 month old Finn, wife to Eric, and healthy lifestyle advocate! Heather is defined by her faith in Jesus, her southern roots, and her deep love for people. She admits she is just learning to balance it all! MLWL is a place where she strive to affirm women, to embrace the balance, get their sweat on, enjoy a glass of wine, and savor the little things. MLWL is a destination for fitness, fashion, mom hacks, wellness tips, travel guides, and most importantly FUN! Heather would love for you to follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest! You can read about her son Leyton's birth here and Finn's birth here.
16/04/1942m 50s

359| Preeclampsia, HELLP & NICU Stay - Danielle Foster

Danielle’s birth is not what she expected. Danielle knew she would have a c-section because of a trauma to her hip in the past but she did not expect it to be at 29 weeks. Danielle went in for her 28 week check up only to find her blood pressure dangerously high and traces of protein in her urine. Upon being admitted to the hospital it became increasingly hard to control her blood pressure. Along with preeclampsia, Danielle was developing HELLP syndrome, causing her platelets to plummet and her alt levels to rise. Eventually it became too dangerous for Danielle to remain pregnant. At 8am on 10/24 the doctor decided it was time to have a baby. Danielle was wheeled into the OR with tears in her eyes. She feared it was too early for her baby.
11/04/1938m 3s

358| Placenta Previa and Accreta Diagnosis Birth Story - Kathleen Harrington

On this episode, Kathleen discuses her fertility journey, accreta diagnosis, and cesarean section. 
09/04/1945m 41s

357| Positive Homebirth Labor Induction - Phyllis Brasenell

For Phyllis (a once-upon-a-time doula) and Phil (born at home in England) homebirth was an easy decision to make. A trusting midwife and a lot of introspection helped them navigate an unexpected premature rupture of membranes at 41 weeks -- with Phyllis GBS positive and severely allergic to most antibiotics, they waited 30 hours until mama decided she was comfortable augmenting labor. And from there, it was off to the races! After just 4 hours of active labor their daughter, Beatrice, was born at home in the water just as they had hoped.  
04/04/191h 4m

356| Three Empowering & Peaceful Births - Melissa Emler [REBROADCAST]

Melissa's children were born in Iowa under the care of midwives but in a hospital setting. In Iowa all midwives who are legally practicing are Certified Nurse Midwives and many of them are providing care within a hospital setting. The hospital that Melissa gave birth at was set up more like a birth center than the typical hospital image that you may have in your head. It had a large tub as well as other comfort measures that aided her with finding more natural methods of coping with labor than typical hospital pain medications. Melissa also practiced Hypnobirthing which really made a big difference with her births and kept her from even considering asking for an epidural.
02/04/1950m 57s

355| Navigating Prenatal Care with a Disability + Unexpected Preterm Cesarean Birth - Bek Moody

Bek entered her pregnancy wanting an unmedicated birth. She went with a midwifery group in a hospital because of wanting to be in the best possible place in case she needed help due to her disability. She was confident that her limitations wouldn't be an issue and her midwives were confident in supporting her. But when she went into labor at 34 weeks and her son was in an incomplete breech position and a whirlwind labor, she had to get an emergency c section. Baby and mama were safe and spent 11 days in the NICU before heading home. Even though it was much different than what Bek wanted, they made it through and look back knowing they were safe and didn't have any complications making it home for unlimited snuggles.
28/03/1947m 46s

354| Navigating Natural Birth in Hospital Setting - Leah Rodrigues

Leah Rodrigues had two natural, unmedicated child births at the hospital. It was not her first choice to give birth in the hospital but she felt that she didn’t have another option due to insurance. She wanted to share her story and the ways she advocated for what she wanted and navigated the medicalized environment.
26/03/191h 5m

353| Inductions for Cholestasis Birth Stories - Megan Carranza

Megan gave birth to her first child in December 2012. Her only “birth plan” was to get an epidural...unfortunately that didn’t go as planned! When her daughter was born in March 2016, Megan was induced at 38 weeks due to possible cholestasis (ICP). She was able to get her epidural that time and the induction went relatively smoothly. For her last baby, born April 2018, Megan was induced at 37 weeks after it was confirmed she had cholestasis. She delivered her baby girl about 4 hours after the induction process started. Her daughter had to spend about a week in the NICU due to respiratory distress. Between her three pregnancies and births, Megan has dealt with just about every pre and post natal situation there is!
21/03/1956m 47s

352| Type 1 Diabetic, Planned Cesarean and Conceiving with the Ava Bracelet - Tara Lee Perez [REBROADCAST]

Tara went into childbirth knowing that she would have a cesarean delivery. As a Type 1 Diabetic, the expected birth weight of her daughter had reached 8 pounds by her 36th week of pregnancy, and shoulder dystocia had already complicated her first delivery. She and her husband, Adam, were informed on May 29th that her delivery had been scheduled… for the very next morning! Lowering blood sugar levels were pointing to possible problems with her placenta, and baby looked good, so all doctors involved agreed that the wait was over!
19/03/1929m 52s

351| Megacystis Diagnosis & Homebirth with Hypnobirthing - Caroline Snider [REBROADCAST]

After suffering from an autoimmune condition most of her life, Caroline approached pregnancy with trepidation, initially unsure she would be able to successfully conceive. After becoming pregnant in Fall 2016, her initial elation gave way to concern when a 12 week scan revealed her son was suffering from a condition called megacystis. When not resolved in utero, megacystis proves fatal. Careful monitoring continued until 24 weeks when she was finally given the "all clear" to enjoy a healthy pregnancy. Meeting with a doula around the same time gave Caroline and her husband, Brett, the confidence to pursue a homebirth; and, despite insurance difficulties, they secured the services of an incredible homebirth midwife. At 38 weeks, Caroline’s waters broke and after an intense but pain free night (thanks hypnobirthing!) her son was born after a posterior labor in the bedroom of their home. When her placenta tore after delivery, Caroline was transferred to the local hospital for a D&C where her impeccable care continued.
14/03/191h 9m

350| Giving Birth in India + Postpartum Care - Sofia Abdul Ali

Sofia shares her experience with the maternity health care system in India as well as her dissatisfaction with her birth experiences and finally the amazing postpartum care she received from family.
12/03/1948m 32s

349| January Harshe's Birth Stories [REBROADCAST]

In this episode January Harshe shares her first four birth stories: a cesarean, a homebirth transfer to cesarean, a hospital VBAC after being dropped from care by her homebirth midwife, and a very healing unassisted homebirth. You can hear her 5th and 6th birth stories on her podcast that she hosts with her husband, The Harshe Podcast.
07/03/191h 38m

348| Epidural-Free Hospital Birth - Liesel Teen

After a 20 hour labor, Liesel delivered her son epidural-free at the hospital (and department) where she worked. Liesel battled an OP presentation during labor, with her biggest hurdle being back labor. She stuck it out at home until she was 5cm dilated, and then got admitted to the hospital where she had her doctor break her water. After many position changes, a few doses of IV pain medication, and pushing on hands and knees, she was able to successfully vaginally deliver her son epidural-free. She prepared for her birth by reading countless birth stories, interviewing her co-workers, and studying “Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth”.
05/03/1948m 46s

347| Two Birth Stories in Paris, France - Gaela Fernandez

Gaela delivered both of her babies in Paris, France. For her first birth, Gaela took HypnoBirthing, the Mongan Method classes, which got her incredibly excited to give birth. She labored at home and kept waiting for the pain to arrive and it never did. Her daughter was born 47 minutes after Gaela arriving at the maternity ward in a birth tub with hardly any water in it! Gaela became a HypnoBirthing instructor after her daughter’s birth. She gave birth to her son 23 months later in a birth center. She was able to deploy all of the techniques that she teaches in order to stay focused and have a peaceful birth. She was able to “breathe” her baby down and have him auto-latch during the sacred hour. She had two distinct yet wildly empowering childbirth experiences.
28/02/191h 14m

346| VBALM Birth Story - Mabel Bashorun

Mabel is 31 years old and lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Tim, and son, Darasimi. She married her college sweetheart in 2013 and the couple decided to wait for a year before actively trying to get pregnant. After learning she had fibroids shortly after she started her TTC journey, Mabel decided to have a laparoscopic myomectomy done to remove multiple fibroids from within her uterine wall. The journey to get pregnant continued on for another 2 years before she got a positive pregnancy test which was a both a surprise and relief. She had a relatively smooth pregnancy with a few hiccups which included fibroid degeneration and gestational diabetes. Her son was born vaginally in a hospital in September 2018 after a 36 hour labor. Mabel works as an education specialist for her local school county and enjoys spending time with her close circle of family and friends and learning about birth work. She is also a new doula, ready to support women in advocating for their desires regarding birth and pregnancy. You can find her on Instagram @mabedababe (personal) and @withinherbirth (doula business).
21/02/191h 2m

345| Induction for Intra-Uterine Growth Restriction - Clarice Amorim Freitas

Clarice Amorim Freitas was planning to give birth at a birth center, but at 37 weeks was diagnosed with intra-uterine growth restriction and needed to be induced immediately. They were in the hospital for 39 hours before their little one was born via vaginal birth. The hospital and birth center staff were both incredibly supportive and they had a very positive experience despite the abrupt change of plans. They were able to continue their postpartum care through the birth center even though they did not physically deliver their baby there.
19/02/191h 8m

344| Netherlands and Colombia Birth Stories + 40 Days of Rest - Neram

On this episode, Neram discusses giving birth in Amsterdam as well as Bogata, Columbia, where she was encouraged to enjoy weeks of postpartum rest and care.
14/02/1941m 57s

343| Pregnancy and Birth Story with Paraplegia - Rachel Halladay

Rachel had always envisioned herself having an unmedicated home or birth center birth, but when she found out she was considered high risk she knew that wouldn’t be possible. So, she and her fiancé hired a doula and chose a hospital and team that best fit their birth wishes. Rachel delivered her daughter vaginally and unmedicated 3 weeks early and just 14 hours after arriving at the hospital! As smooth as her pregnancy and delivery went, she’s still dealing with some unexpected postpartum complications 3 months later.
12/02/1935m 46s

342| Unexpected Down Syndrome Diagnosis at Birth - Kelle Hampton Replay

Kelle shares the story of her daughter Nella's birth. Nella was born with Down Syndrome unexpectedly, so it obviously came as a huge shock to Kelle. Kelle is open about her grief surrounding that initial news. She talks about those first days in the hospital and how little she knew about Down Syndrome before her daughter was born. Her daughter Nella is seven today, and Kelle looks back on her birth story with a lot of emotion, sharing how her family and friends supported her through that time, and how she offers hope to mothers who contact her today when they get a Down Syndrome diagnosis. I loved this episode not only because Kelle tells it so beautifully, but also because I personally was very uninformed about Down Syndrome and learned a lot through her story.
07/02/1934m 15s

341| Born Driving Down I-35 Birth Story - Danielle Knapp

When I got the following message from Danielle Knapp, I was brought to tears knowing the affect that this podcast had had on her unexpected birth experience and knew I had to have her on the show! In this episode she shares her experience giving birth while drive down the interstate. Good afternoon, Bryn. I just wanted to send you a note to let you know how impactful your podcast was for me!! I listened to your empowering birth stories almost everyday during my third trimester. I laughed and cried and clung to the hopes that I too would have an empowering birth. My first birth was in the hospital and it was 31 hours. An epidural in the last 3 hours after a goal of all natural. I felt defeated and 'less than' bc I couldn't do it.... Well, I gave birth almost three weeks ago to my second daughter. My plan was a to have a peaceful water birth at the Austin Birthing Center. Baby had other plans. I ended up delivering her myself... in the car... on the highway, while my husband was speeding to try to get us to the birthing center on time. I didn't even tell him bc I was afraid he would pull over or crash or I don't even know. I just quietly pulled her up on the back bench of our expedition. I feel like the collective confidence I absorbed through all those women's stories is why it happened the way it did. I was never fearful, and even in the most absurd circumstances, it was still a calm and peaceful experience for both me and my daughter. And best of all, I feel so empowered from the experience. So thank you for doing what you do! I really am not sure how I would have handled a precipitous birth and highway delivery had I not had all those beautiful women on my mind! Best, Danielle The Knapp's welcomed their first daughter, Piper Clementine on January 20th, 2013. It was a grueling 31 hour labor. Looking for a different experience, Danielle planned to give birth at The Austin Area Birthing Center for baby girl number two. After a precipitous birth, Posey James was born in the car, northbound on Interstate 35 on the way to the birth center in Austin.
05/02/1952m 13s

340| Birth Center Twin Birth with Dr. Stu & Hyperemesis Gravidarum - Hannah Mockary

After a long pregnancy battling severe hyperemesis gravidarum, Hannah gave birth to her first son in a birth center at nearly 41 weeks. Ten months later, she became pregnant again, this time with a set of twins! Despite living in a state that considers twins to be a "high-risk" pregnancy, they were able to work with an OBGYN and midwife team to deliver their babies out-of-hospital. She carried her twins for 38+5 weeks until her water broke and they shot out of her body in just 1.5 hours! Hannah struggled with breastfeeding all of her children, due to tongue-ties and tight jaws. She was forced to exclusively pump with her son, but was able to breastfeed her twins successfully after a difficult 3 month journey working with a lactation consultant and occupational therapist.
31/01/191h 6m

339|Blood Thinners, Gestational Diabetes, Fibroid & Hospital Induction - LC Johnson

LC gave birth to her first child on Feb. 22, 2017 (her four year wedding anniversary)! After a complicated pregnancy involving blood thinners, gestational diabetes, and a degenerating fibroid that landed her in the hospital at twenty weeks, LC still hoped to have as natural a hospital birth as possible. Her hopes were dashed when she realized she would need to be induced; but, she was not expecting all the ways that her birth story would ultimately surprise her! After slowly progressing for the first eight to ten hours, she quickly progressed from a 3 to a 10 in only 90 minutes - so soon, in fact, that her husband almost missed the birth when he stepped out to grab a snack! LC is a writer, activist, and entrepreneur residing in Columbus, OH. She is the founder of Zora's House - the first coworking and community space created by and for women of color in Ohio. In her spare time (what does that even mean?!) LC enjoys reading, watching HGTV, and hanging out at local breweries with her dog, hubby, and two year old son. Connect with her on Instagram at @no1doesitlikelc
29/01/191h 18m

338| Vaginal Delivery on the OR table & Homebirth in the UK - Charity Eyre Wright

Both of Charity’s babies were born in the UK. After excitedly planing for an unmedicated hospital birth centre birth, Charity had to quickly change her expectations when she was told her baby would be delivered via cesarean section. Her body and baby disagreed with the doctor, and her son was born vaginally on the operating table as preparations were being made for surgery. For her second birth, Charity was determined to have a greater ability to advocate for herself and her baby, so she and her husband hired private midwives to help deliver the baby at home. Her second son was born in a birthing tub in the living room of her small flat in central London.
24/01/1953m 52s

337| Postdates Homebirth Stories - Mika Rascon

On this episode, Mika shares her three homebirth stories and discusses the importance of advocating for yourself. 
22/01/1948m 54s

336| Homebirth to Hospital Transfer Birth Story - Heather Gallagher

Heather shares her experience laboring and pushing at home, until her midwife noticed her baby's heart tones were not recovering after contractions while Heather pushed. She was rushed to the hospital, and the ER doctor on call gave her one chance to push with forceps before taking her in for a cesarean birth. Her son was born with that one push and she describes her hospital experience as being very positive. They spent one night at the hospital before heading home.
21/01/1944m 57s

335| Switching from OB to Birth Center at 30 Weeks - Katie Bihl

Katie trained to be a doula 6 months before becoming unexpectedly pregnant on her honeymoon. She always knew she wanted an unmedicated vaginal birth, and switched care providers from an OB practice to a birth center at 30 weeks. She and her husband took hypnobirthing classes while she was pregnant, and they hired their hypnobirthing instructor as a doula. Though labor and birth didn’t progress as she had imagined (does it ever?), she achieved the goal of bringing her baby into the world in a peaceful, sacred, empowering environment, surrounded by love. You can watch her birth video here.
17/01/1950m 4s

334| TTC & Vacuum Assistance Birth Story - Meg Ryan

Meg gave birth to her first child at 40w5d on May 15th. After her water broke and labor progressed she experienced over 3 hours of pushing culminating with assistance of a vacuum to help deliver him. Going in without a birth plan and not knowing what to expect, this labor was quite traumatic and postpartum recovery was difficult.
15/01/1919m 23s

333|Induction at 42 Weeks - Danielle Walish

Danielle spent her pregnancy reading Ina May Gaskin's seminal texts on natural labor and envisioned having a peaceful, drug-free delivery. Once she crossed the 41-week mark of her pregnancy, Danielle's doctors began talking to her about scheduling an induction. Hopeful that she would go into labor naturally, Danielle begged her doctors to let her go as long as possible to avoid an induction. After some negotiation, they collectively landed on a scheduled induction at 42 weeks. Still convinced she would go into labor naturally, Danielle tried everything to induce. But nothing worked. At 42 weeks, Danielle was induced by her doctor and labored for 13 hours. In the end, her labor was anything but drug-free, but it was somewhat peaceful. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Quinnah.
10/01/1938m 48s

332| Umbilical Cord Prolapse Birth Story - Arielle Martinez

After every effort to have a holistic, uninterrupted pregnancy and birth, Arielle was induced at 41 weeks due to low amniotic fluid. She went through ten hours of unmedicated labour using hypnobabies techniques and the support of her husband, when her water broke at 9.5 centimeters. When her water broke, the umbilical cord prolapsed and her daughter was delivered by emergency cesarean.
08/01/1956m 45s

331| Amazing Supportive Unmedicated Hospital Birth - Sarah Rainwater

Sarah returns to share the birth of her second child. Sarah gave birth to Braxton Rainwater on July 15th, 2018 at 4:36 a.m.,  after almost 27 hours of unmedicated labor. Braxton was born at 40 weeks and 5 days gestation. Sarah started labor at 1:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Contractions faded in and out all day Saturday, and active labor started at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night. Sarah met her midwife (Stephanie) at the hospital around 8:00 p.m. Labor moved slowly, only progressing a centimeter every few hours. Her waters broke at 12:30 a.m. and Braxton was born at 4:36 a.m. Sarah was able to labor however she needed, utilizing the birth ball, bathtub, and shower. The nursing staff was amazingly supportive of Sarah’s birth wishes and cheered her on every step of the way!
04/01/191h 3m

330| How to Have a 'homebirth' Experience Within the Walls of a Hospital - Shannon Tripp

After Shannon found out she was pregnant with her first, there was no question that she wanted an unmedicated, untouched birth. The questions were: where, and with who.
02/01/1941m 48s

329|Lindsey Bliss Shares Her Birth Stories [REBROADCAST]

Lindsey shares her birth center, hospital, and homebirth stories ... and about having twins TWICE! Lindsey Bliss is the co-director of Carriage House Birth, an experienced birth doula, and the mother of seven. Lindsey is considered to be a multiples expert after giving birth to and parenting two consecutive sets of twins. Lindsey takes on her role as a birth doula and childbirth educator with serious passion and commitment. Her mission is to hold space for expectant families through education and informed decision making. Being prepared, and knowing what options are available increases the likelihood of an amazing birth. Lindsey facilitates that process, giving people the tools and inspiration to empower themselves. Her unwavering support and gentle guidance have benefited over two hundred families. Lindsey supports first time parents, multiparas, single parents, LGBT families, twins births, medicated and non medicated vaginal births, cesarean births, and VBACs.
27/12/1839m 49s

328| Homebirth Stories & Breastfeeding with Supplemental Nursing System - Rachel Pally [REBROADCAST]

Rachel shares her experiences preparing for and giving birth at home, as well as her struggles with breastfeeding and low milk supply, and using a supplemental nursing system with both of her sons. Looking back, she wishes she had gone easier on herself and wants to let other mothers know that they are doing great.
27/12/181h 1m

327| Hospital Birth With Nitrous Oxide & Birth Tub - L'America Brown [REBROADCAST]

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!
20/12/1832m 44s

326| Positive Induction Birth Story - Anna Keller [REBROADCAST]

After a miscarriage, Anna and Kevin were thrilled to learn they were expecting a baby girl. Anna had a wonderfully healthy pregnancy (for which she largely credits the Pure Barre classes she took up until 41 weeks) and was hoping for an intervention-free birth. Baby girl Maggie, as it turned out, was in no rush to make her big debut into the world; and, as the days passed by without progression, Anna started worrying that an induction was in store and might throw off her birth plans. She ended up having to get induced, but Maggie’s birth was ultimately a far faster and better experience than Anna even knew to hope for.
18/12/1832m 59s

325| Bryn's Most Recent Birth Story - Bryn and Richard Huntpalmer

So excited to be sharing our most recent birth story. Harvey Huntpalmer was born at home in the water after less than an hour of active labor! If you want to listen to our first two birth stories, Adelaide's is here and Darwin's is here.
16/12/181h 9m

324| Hypertension & 3 Day Hospital Induction + 6 Hour Home Waterbirth - Brie Buxton [REBROADCAST]

On this replay, Brie shares the birth stories of her daughter and son. Late in her first pregnancy, Brie developed hypertension and delivered her daughter on Father's Day after an exhausting 3-day-long induction at Stanford Children's Hospital. And after a thankfully unremarkable second pregnancy, Brie's son was born at home in a birth pool in their dining room after a powerful six hour labor on Valentine's Day.
13/12/181h 10m

323| Three Vaginal Breech Births - Hospital, Birth Center & Homebirth - Jessica Gray [REBROADCAST]

In this replay, Jessica shares her inspiring three breech birth stories, one each at a hospital, a birth center, and her home. 
11/12/1843m 56s

322| A Midwife's Homebirth to Hospital Transfer Birth Story - Ami Burnham

Please enjoy a replay of Ami's birth story. I met Ami through her work with Why Not Home?—a documentary about medical professionals that choose to give birth at home. Ami is a midwife, RN, and IBCLC who had planned to have a homebirth with a midwife in attendance, but ended up needing to transfer to the hospital. I love this story because it is so positive despite things not going as Ami had originally planned.
06/12/1849m 21s

321| Sarah's Unexpected C-Section - Sarah Hill [REBROADCAST]

Please enjoy a replay one of the first guests to share her birth story on TBH. In this episode, Sarah shares the story of her unexpected cesarean section.
04/12/1833m 9s

320|A Doula Shares Her 3 Births - Joyce Dykema

In this episode, Joyce tells all three of her birth stories which included a hospital birth using hypnobirthing and a birthing tub. Joyce had three natural births that share some similarities, but which were also surprisingly different. As a doula, Joyce offers a helpful, informative perspective on birth and doesn't hold anything back!
29/11/1841m 30s

319|A VBAC Success Story - Elspeth Riddout McCormick [REBROADCAST]

On this replay, Elspeth tells the story of her second birth, a VBAC.
27/11/1839m 56s

318| Bryn & Richard Share 1st Homebirth Story

For those that haven't heard our first baby's birth story yet, I hope you enjoy this episode that I recorded with my husband Richard. We plan to record baby number three's birth story together as well as soon as we get a chance!
22/11/181h 7m

317| Emergency Cesarean Birth & Getting Pregnant with Ava Bracelet - Hailey Walker

The birth of Hailey’s daughter did not go according to plan. After 14 hours in labor, she was told her baby was in distress and she would need an emergency C-section. Needless to say, her carefully laid plan fell quickly by the wayside. After this experience, she feels that no matter how much you read and how many stories you hear from fellow mamas, nothing can prepare you for your own birth story. Hailey also shares her experience using the Ava Bracelet to get pregnant.
20/11/1823m 12s

316| Hospital VBAC Birth Story - Elizabeth Quinn [REBROADCAST]

Elizabeth Quinn is married to Percy and they are raising their four children in Jackson, Mississippi. This episode is a rebroadcast of Elizabeth Quinn's return to The Birth Hour to share her most recent birth story with her son, Sims. Elizabeth had two cesareans and then a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and is really involved in the birth community in Jackson. She is super passionate about being educated about birth and helping women who have had c sections to know their options.
15/11/181h 7m

315| An Emotional Birth Journey to VBA2C - Part 2 - Elizabeth Quinn [REBROADCAST]

Elizabeth Quinn tells the stories of her third birth, a VBA2C.
13/11/1855m 53s

314| An Emotional Birth Journey to VBA2C - Elizabeth Quinn [REBROADCAST]

Elizabeth Quinn tells the stories of her first two births, which were unplanned c-sections.
08/11/1834m 30s

313| Physical, Emotional, & Spiritual Homebirth - Tricia Phillips [REBROADCAST]

Tricia was shocked to find out she was pregnant shortly after getting back from her father’s funeral. She hadn’t been really trying to get pregnant with her husband but they had agreed to go off birth control. She figured it would take a while, but it didn’t! She has a lot of feelings and things to say about grieving while pregnant, and mostly remembers crying…sleeping…working…and eating ice cream for 9 months. She is forever grateful that home birthing crossed her radar while she was pregnant and feels like the universe was looking out for her and she listened, and it forever empowered her.
06/11/1852m 22s

312| Triplets Birth Story with Postpartum Hemorrhage - Desiree Fortin

Desiree delivered her triplets at 34 weeks 1 day, her goal date. Her babies were all about 5 pounds each. Unfortunately, Desiree had some complications after her delivery. She hemorrhaged and needed blood transfusions. Her delivery was certainly not what she anticipated, but she is thankful she and her babies were safe.
01/11/1838m 15s

311| Getting Pregnant with IUI, PROM, Surprise Breech Cesarean Birth - Ali Kressner

On this episode, Ali shares her story of getting pregnant via IUI and delivering a surprise breech baby via c-section at a teaching hospital.    
30/10/181h 1m

310| Natural Induction Techniques for Almost 43 Weeks Homebirth - Brittney McCright

On this episode, Brittney shares the story of her homebirth. One day shy of being 3 weeks past due, Brittney and her birth team began natural induction techniques to give her the opportunity to birth her baby at home, just how she had always dreamed it would happen. Labor started at 2:20am with consistent contractions coming every 3 minutes. Brittney labored by herself until it came time to administer the first round of Hibiclens, which was the remedy of choice to combat her Group B Strep. Once the birth team arrived, the day was spent collaborating as a team to support Brittney as she labored throughout the house, on the birth tub, birth ball, toilet, birth stool, in the shower, and (exhausting all positions) on the bed. Once the second attempt to manually assist her swollen cervical lip was successful, Brittney experienced the fetal reject reflex and their sweet baby was welcomed by her husband’s hands, only to discover they “had a Teagan.” The next hour was filled with the final stage of birth, breastfeeding, discovering how big their Teagan was, dissecting the placenta, and being completely overjoyed their baby was FINALLY with them.
25/10/181h 5m

309| Long Prodromal Labor then Only 5 Minutes of Pushing - Chelsea Johnson

Chelsea was thrilled to conceive her son using the Ava Bracelet and talks about how helpful it was for her. After two weeks(!) of intense back-to-back contractions, Chelsea was induced at 37 weeks. Her son's heart rate started dropping during really strong contractions, and the doctors didn't feel comfortable sending Chelsea home. Her water was broken at around 10 AM on 3/21/18 and at 2:44 PM, after only 5 minutes of pushing, Micah was born.
23/10/1843m 20s

308| Bonus Episode: Born Into This

Born Into This is a conference for birth workers and leaders interested in the intersection of social justice, technology and creativity. The conference is an invitation to engage in a public conversation, a call to accountability, and a way to make contact across our differences in service to the past, present, and future of the field and our lives, asking the fundamental question: What were we born into?
22/10/1841m 16s

307| Pregnancy After Eating Disorder, Birth Center Transfer & Homebirth - Erica Ormanovich

On this episode, Erica tells her two birth stories. Erica planned a birth center birth with her first child. After a low risk pregnancy, she went into labor at 39 weeks and 6 days. After having early labor contractions all night she checked into the birth center at 6 am on November 6th. She labored there all day and eventually started to run a low grade temperature resulting in her midwife risking her out of the practice and insisting on a hospital transfer. After a total of 33 hours, she welcomed her daughter at a Houston Hospital. After her first birth experience Erica knew she wanted to try again for an unmedicated birth. Thinking her previous hospital transfer was necessary she opted for a group of midwives at a local hospital for prenatal care. After an upsetting encounter with one of the midwives in the group she followed her gut and switched to planning for a homebirth. Erica had another low risk and straight forward pregnancy and welcomed their son at home at 38 weeks and 4 days after only 6 hours of labor.
18/10/1855m 21s

306| Double Rainbow Babies After Loss - Mariel and Viviana [REBROADCAST]

In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month we are sharing this beautiful story again. Same-sex couple Mariel and Viviana knew they always wanted a baby; so, a year into their marriage they began trying to conceive by the traditional route of IUI's with frozen sperm via a sperm bank. After nearly a dozen failed tries, they switched gears to a known-donor and were quickly pregnant. Early on in Viviana's pregnancy she began having complications, and on the same day of her anatomy scan at 20 weeks and 6 days, Viviana's water bag prolapsed and broke. Tune in to hear the details of their devastating infant loss due to incompetent cervix and the redemption story of their boy/girl rainbow babies conceived within 7 days of each other and born only three days apart. Follow their journey on Instagram at @moderndaytwins.
16/10/181h 17m

305| Dealing with Insurance, Vaginal Bleeding & Birth Location Change - Spencer Dolan

Spencer's pregnancy less than peaceful. Between complications with the insurance process, anxiety about pregnancy in general, indecisiveness about a birth plan, two hospitalizations due to vaginal bleeding, and unanticipated challenges with her prosthetic leg, Spencer never felt completely at-ease carrying her baby. However, she transferred care from an OB practice to a birth center in her final month of pregnancy, and from that point through her birth, it was smooth sailing. At 39 weeks 3 days, after 24 hours of early labor, 12 hours of active labor, including 2 hours of pushing in the tub, Spencer had an uncomplicated water delivery, and was so relieved to have achieved her exact birth plan with the support of her husband, doula, midwife, and birth assistant.
11/10/181h 14m

304| Transfer in Care During Late Pregnancy Hospital Birth Story - Sara Jones

Sara planned a birth center birth in Greensboro, NC, with Certified Nurse Midwives. However, during her last trimester she finished graduate school and moved to Richmond, VA, with her husband 22 days before she gave birth. She hoped for a low intervention birth with the midwives at the hospital, but ended up choosing an epidural after experiencing back labor. After about 17 hours of labor and pushing for 45 minutes, her baby boy was born perfectly healthy but with a cephalohematoma; basically a very large bump on his head. Despite a strong support system, Sara struggled with breastfeeding and PPD during the fourth trimester.
09/10/1850m 56s

303|Known Sperm Donor, Gestational Hypertension & Induction Birth Story - Payton Wilson

Payton’s 18 hour induction hospital birth was completely different than she planned for her entire pregnancy. After battling with gestational hypertension in the last trimester, she feared for her ability to achieve an unmedicated birth when a spike in blood pressure caused her to be induced at 38+5. Her daughter was posterior her entire labor & although she had help from some IV medication, she went on to birth her daughter with out an epidural & less than 2 minutes of pushing.
04/10/1856m 8s

302| Empowering Birth with Women Despite Military Husband Being Away - Natalie Curran

First-time mom Natalie had a beautiful but emotionally challenging pregnancy during which she was separated from her husband, an officer in the US Army, from week 20 onward. Due to a required military training course that did not go quite as planned, Natalie’s husband was unable to attend the birth of his daughter and didn’t end up meeting her until she was almost 3 weeks old. Despite these disappointing circumstances, Natalie had an incredible birth experience surrounded by her mother, sister, doula, and team of midwives at her birth center. Her daughter Cecilia was brought into the world surrounded by strong, caring women who supported and loved Natalie throughout her 21 hours of unmedicated labor with almost 3 hours of pushing at the end.
02/10/181h 4m

301| Type 1 Diabetic, Planned Cesarean, and Conceiving with the Ava Bracelet - Tara Lee Perez

Tara went into childbirth knowing that she would have a cesarean delivery. As a Type 1 Diabetic, the expected birth weight of her daughter had reached 8 pounds by her 36th week of pregnancy, and shoulder dystocia had already complicated her first delivery. She and her husband, Adam, were informed on May 29th that her delivery had been scheduled... for the very next morning! Lowering
27/09/1830m 26s

300| Shoulder Dystocia and Neonatal Resuscitation Homebirth Story - Sigrid Chapman

This episode features the story of Sigrid’s most recent birth (of 5) in May 2018—the homebirth of her 11 lb 6 oz son—complete with 4 minute shoulder dystocia and 6 minute neonatal resuscitation.
25/09/1857m 39s

299| IUI Fertility Treatment Resulting in Triplets Pregnant & Birth Story - Jody Wilson

Although Jody and Jeremy went through fertility treatment (IUI – intrauterine insemination,) they were told their chances of the procedure’s success was less than 20% due to small follicle size. Along with their physician, they decided to proceed anyways. After positive pregnancy tests and blood tests, it was confirmed the procedure was a success! Jody experienced a significant amount of bleeding. After about 8 weeks, she and her husband went in for an early ultrasound to see if there was a reason for the bleeding. The doctor confirmed that triplets were the reason. Jody had a fairly insignificant pregnancy by triplet standards. No official bed rest or major medical issues.
20/09/1850m 7s

298| Two Unmedicated Hospital Births, Adoption Story & Vasectomy that Reversed Itself - Leanne Johnston

Leanne's first child was born at 41 weeks in an unmedicated hospital birth with a nurse mid-wife group. She labored for about 7 hours before Wesley came flying into the world. Her middle child, Eloise, joined their family via open infant adoption. Leanne and her husband were present for her birth and received their daughter in the hallway just minutes after her induction and vacuum-assisted delivery. Her 3rd child, Thomas, entered their family after a surprise post-vasectomy pregnancy. He was born at 40 weeks and 3 days, after 2.5 weeks of prodromal labor, in the same hospital as his older brother and with the same mid-wife group. He was born after about 90 minutes of active labor in an unmedicated birth.
18/09/1857m 7s

297| Adoption & Posterior Baby Birth Story with PROM - Kavisa Wood

Kavisa and Sky talked about adoption even before they married. They set goals for building a blended family. Five years into their marriage, the timing and details aligned, and they became licensed for foster care and adoption. When Kavisa, who is normally an overthinker who spends days researching all the angles before making decisions, first saw a photo of their daughters she immediately knew. They met their two daughters for the first time in August 2015, officially adopting them in April 2016. Exactly 1 year and two days after Kavisa and Sky legally adopted their two daughters from foster care, their son was born. He took his sweet time arriving sunny side up with a head tilt (occiput posterior and asynclitic). He refused to follow any of Kavisa’s plans for birth. Kavisa planned for a water birth without any medical inventions or drugs. Her son decided that even though his comfortable womb home of amniotic fluid started leaking on Tuesday, he would stay inside an extra 5 days... and only after 3 days of labor. Inadequate dilation, fetal station/presentation, kidney function failure, and chorioamnionitis meant Kavisa and her son ended up needing medications, an epidural, and a fetal vacuum. However, after all the drama her son immediately latched seconds after birth. Their family 5 is a “real family” and full of love.
13/09/1858m 47s

296| 911 Call Roadside Delivery - Jerika Crews

Jerika planned a hospital birth with her first. She saw an OBGYN and had a very textbook pregnancy. Her water broke the evening of July 2nd, 2016 and contractions started when she was given Pitocin. Her labor and delivery were very textbook as well. She experienced a lot of pain for about two weeks after giving birth which influenced her to opt for an unmedicated birth for her second child. She had been going to a midwife and was planning to deliver at a birth center. Her second pregnancy was very textbook as well. Unlike her first pregnancy, she did experience some Braxton hicks and cramping for about three weeks before she went into labor. The morning of May 18th, 2018, Jerika started having contractions that eventually turned into active labor. By 1:30 pm she called her husband to come home from work and things escalated quickly. He arrived at 1:45 pm and by 2:00pm contractions were only minutes apart and very intense. They quickly got in the car to make the 30 minute trip to the birthing center. 10 minutes into the drive her water broke and she quickly realized they were not going to make it. Her husband called 911 and was instructed to go to the nearest hospital. While in route to the hospital they realized they they wouldn't make it there either. The operator instructed them to pull over and walked her husband through the delivery of their second daughter. Paramedics arrived about 5 minutes after their daughter was born and they were transported to the hospital only a mile down the road.
11/09/1859m 9s

295|Birth Center Birth & Unmedicated Hospital Twin Birth - Lisa Jay

When Lisa and her husband, Johnny found out they were expecting their first child, she knew she wanted to have an unmedicated birth in a birthing center. After a pretty uneventful pregnancy, she was overjoyed to have the labor of her dreams. Lisa was thrilled to catch their daughter and the new parents were happily sent home after a brief stay at the center. Just shy of a year later, Lisa and Johnny found out they were expecting again and they knew they’d have baby #2 at the birthing center. But, as fate would have it, Lisa became “high risk” when they learned that twins were in their future. Unable to deliver at a birthing center and living in a state were homebirths were illegal, Lisa had to face one of her biggest fears: giving birth in a hospital. The couple was faced with opposition from the medical staff and although there were some twists and turns along the way, she succeeded in having two more unmedicated births!
06/09/181h 0m

294| Gestational Thrombocytopenia & Precipitous Labor - Scarlet Kelly

Scarlet was surprised, but excited, to find she was pregnant with her second child after it took 10 months to conceive their first. Her two pregnancies and births were different in almost every way, except for another unfortunate gestational thrombocytopenia diagnosis. Still, mom and baby remained healthy throughout the pregnancy. Labor surprised them by starting 3 days before her due date (Scarlet was 9 days late with her first), and only lasted for 2.5 hours. Her OB arrived just minutes before baby Lucy was born! Scarlet was able to avoid another manual placenta extraction and blood loss, and everyone went home healthy the next day - a very happy ending to a completely different pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
04/09/1845m 12s

293| Fever in Labor and Emergency Cesarean Birth - Nicole Roberts

What began as a rather typical pregnancy ended in a slightly complicated birth. Nicole was one week past her due date, and had an induction scheduled, when she went into labor in the early hours of her birthday. She labored at home for six hours before she and her husband Christopher made their way to the hospital.
30/08/1827m 7s

292|Homebirth Postpartum Transfer & Healing Second Birth in Hospital - Nikkie Kent

After suffering a chemical pregnancy, Nikkie was determined to learn more about her birthing options and to become an advocate for her own healthcare. As a result, she chose to have her first child at home. After four hours of pushing, her baby boy was born, but her placenta was retained and would not deliver naturally. She was transferred by ambulance to the local hospital where medical staff attempted to extract the placenta manually; but, they only managed to remove half, which caused her to hemorrhage. Nikki had to undergo general anesthesia to have her placenta successfully removed. After a double blood transfusion, she was sent home, with her baby boy, to recover. The whole experience was in stark contrast to the low-intervention home birth she’d hoped for. Two years later, Nikkie discovered she was pregnant again, but when the results of her 10-week blood test came back abnormal, she learned that the blood transfusion she’d received in the hospital had caused her body to create an antigen that could put her pregnancy at risk. Thankfully, her baby girl did not carry this antigen and her pregnancy ended up being normal. Through hypnobirthing, Nikkie was able to overcome her birthing fears created by the trauma following her son’s delivery. In an empowering and healing hospital birth, Addison was born in under three hours on a beautiful day in May.
28/08/1856m 53s

291| Hypnobirthing, Meconium, Induction & Failed Epidural - Andrea Cox

Andrea used hypnobirthing for her two births. Her births were similar in that they both lasted about 8 hours with 20 minutes of pushing. Her first birth to her daughter ended with meconium presenting and a third degree tear. Her second birth was started via induction. After a failed epidural, Andrea gave birth to a surprisingly huge 10lb 12oz boy.
23/08/1858m 1s

290| Non-Emergency Cesarean Birth + Healing VBAC - Larissa Krutewicz

Larissa shares two birth stories: a non-emergency c-section w/ a traumatic week of complications following birth; and, a redemptive, healing VBAC birth w/ zero complications.
21/08/181h 5m

289| Vaginal Breech Twin Birth at the Hospital - Jennifer Mancuso

On this episode, Jenn shares the story of how she advocated for, and successfully had, a vaginal twin breech birth.
16/08/181h 5m

288|Unexpected Birth Outcomes and Why Choice is so Important - Natasha Marchand

Natasha (COO of bebo mia inc and Baby & Me Fitness) is a super talented creative genius that turned her passion for babies and fitness into a lifelong career. On this episode, Natasha shares two birth stories: a planned homebirth with a transfer to the hospital where she still felt supported; and, a cesarean section where she felt like a lot of choices were taken away from her
14/08/181h 2m

287| Miscarriage, Placenta Previa and Premature Cesarean Birth - Erika Cazeneuve

On this episode, Erika discusses her three pregnancies and the birth of her son.
09/08/1834m 29s

286| Orgasmic Birth - Shalome Doran [REBROADCAST]

On today’s episode, Shalome Doran shares the stories of her three births. The first was a highly medicalized hospital birth, and the second two were homebirths, one of which was actually an orgasmic birth!
07/08/1834m 43s

285| Second Homebirth & First Waterbirth - Bryn Huntpalmer [REBROADCAST]

My son was born at home in Oregon with a wonderful midwife in attendance. My labor was FAST and was a walk in the park compared to my 34 hour labor with my daughter but that story is for another day! After my first homebirth with my daughter, I knew I wanted another homebirth and I was really interested in having a waterbirth. I wasn’t able to give birth in the water with my daughter and I felt strongly that it would be really helpful to be in the birthing tub during the transition and pushing stage.
02/08/1833m 41s

284| Castor Oil Postdates Birth & Hospital Water Birth - Julie Tobi

In trying to avoid medical induction, Julie consulted with her doula about drinking castor oil to bring on labor. That night castor oil worked some labor magic and brought on contractions. Julie was able to labor at home, then labor in a birthing tub at the hospital. She turned inward and found a tapping/counting/breathing rhythm to work through contractions. After about 14 hours of labor and 2.5 hours of pushing she birthed her baby girl. Delivering the placenta was challenging and Julie hemorrhaged 30 minutes postpartum. Medical intervention stopped the hemorrhage and, while incredibly scary for everyone (especially Julie's husband), everyone was okay. Julie's second birth moved more quickly when labor began with spontaneous water breaking three days after her due date. Even though things moved quickly, she left the hospital to labor at home when she learned she was 1.5cm dilated. Julie transitioned in the shower at home and things really started move fast. She was 9cm when she got back to the hospital, labored in the tub and ultimately had a water birth, giving birth to her son after pushing through 2-3 contractions. Her baby boy slept on her chest skin-to-skin for five hours after being born.
31/07/1850m 31s

283| Unmedicated Hospital Birth, Precipitous Birth, & Homebirth Stories - Kaitlyn Lowery

Kaitlyn's first birth was a beautiful, empowering, unmedicated vaginal birth with a hospital midwife practice. She expected and planned for a similar birth with her second, but learned that each pregnancy really is different after going much later than she expected and ultimately having a precipitous birth (complete with mad dash to the hospital over frozen streets). Committed to avoid a birth only assisted by her two toddlers, she planned, and had, a home birth for her third.
26/07/1858m 30s

282| Three Births from the Perspective of a Military Family - Carolyn Winn

On this episode, Carolyn tells her three birth stories: two natural hospital births (one with a negative doula experience,) and an empowering homebirth. She also describes the challenges of traveling internationally for work while pumping, and recovering from diastasis recti after her third birth.
24/07/1846m 21s

281| Getting Pregnant with Sperm Donor & Positive Pitocin Induced Birth - Lauren Alexander

Lauren's first birth was a precious, yet invigorating experience. Her water broke before active labor began and, because there was meconium in the water, she was admitted into the hospital before contractions really began. She set out wanting to have an all-natural birth in which she labored as long as possible at home, but accepted her doctor’s recommendation to use Pitocin to progress her labor and avoid risks of infection. It was a happy, safe and fulfilling experience despite the fear that was produced for her about the use of Pitocin in leading to complications. She hopes this experience relieves fears others have about using Pitocin and epidurals when necessary.
19/07/181h 4m

280| Hospital Birth with Epidural in UK after TTC Struggles - Claire Lycett

Claire is 6 foot, so she was never going to have a small baby; however, she only started to worry when she went a week overdue. Claire was pretty sure her baby was going to be massive, and she was. Both Claire and her husband, Rich, had decided to go Team Green and so only knew they were having ‘a baby’. Both expected a boy, but having had three early miscarriages prior to the birth, neither honestly cared so long as the baby was healthy. Claire was feeling very grumpy the day she went into labour. She had some scares, which turned out to be Braxton Hicks warm ups, and so she went for a long waddle to Tesco where she was poo’ed on by a bird. That afternoon, she started to go into early labor. Having sent Rich off to bed (the philosophy being at least one of them would get some sleep) Claire then labored long into the night, until she was told to come into the hospital at 4am by her midwives. Early assessment showed Claire was actually slowing down, so she and Rich were sent up to ‘Level 5’ of the hospital where they waited it out for a further 20 hours without sleep or drugs. Even meptid given at 12am on that second night didn’t touch it. This wasn’t fun, as Claire was pretty sure she was in established labor despite the long waits between strong contractions. She was right, and at 5am Claire was finally sent to delivery by a very bossy and wonderful chief midwife. Here she was given an epidural and was looked after by two young, bubbly midwives, Daisy and Amy. You’re not meant to have a party in a delivery room, but they did anyway. With the help of drugs to speed the contractions on and having her waters broken for her, the baby made its way down the birth canal. 9 hours later it became clear Claire needed an episiotomy. Artemis popped out very quickly and amazed everyone when they realized she was a girl, not the expected boy (Claire was secretly very chuffed). Cuddles and nursing were done while Claire was stitched (Artemis will still to this day try to root on Rich) and the parents were lucky enough to be left in the delivery room to sleep until they were moved up to a ward. The whole thing was very relaxed!
17/07/1836m 57s

279| Victorious Homebirth with an Unexpected Episiotomy - Libby Tedder Hugus

In this episode, Libby shares what she calls her "Victorious Homebirth which included an Unexpected Episiotomy; and, a surprise but necessary hospital stay for jaundice one week postpartum." 
12/07/181h 19m

278| 72 Hour Hospital Birth & Postpartum Depression - Bianca Sprague

On this episode, Bianca shares the birth story of her daughter, the ups and downs of her 72-hour labor, and suffering postpartum depression.  
10/07/1840m 18s

277| Unmedicated Twin Birth after Cholestasis Diagnoses - Molly Savage

Molly knew she wanted to try for an unmedicated birth before she became pregnant. When she found out she was having twins though, she wasn’t sure if she would be able to have the birth that she wanted. She educated herself on pregnancy and birth by taking Bradley method classes, and sought out other twin moms who had unmedicated births and listened to their stories. These two things greatly encouraged her and made her feel like it was possible. She switched doctors halfway through, developed cholestasis, and twin B was breech, but in the end she was still able to have the birth she had dreamed of.
05/07/1824m 39s

276| Surrogate for High School Best Friend Birth Story - Dana Hawkins

This birth, for Dana, was as much about the process to become pregnant and the relationship with the father as the birth itself. Dana and Chad met their freshman year of high school, when Chad asked Dana to go to the Fall Formal dance. They quickly became best friends, and have remained so ever since. And 20 years after they met in high school, Dana gave birth to a girl for Chad and his husband Jim. Being a surrogate came with different legal, psychological, and emotional ramifications for Dana than her other births. And the birth itself ended up having some complications. Going from a perfect check up on a Wednesday to developing severe pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome by Saturday, Dana had to be induced at 35 weeks. But she still thinks of it all as one of the most magical experiences she has gone through, and has an even more special bond with the father that she could have ever imagined.
03/07/1845m 53s

275| Getting Pregnant, 48 Hour Labor + Postpartum Preeclampsia - Lindsay Meisel

After an easy pregnancy with no complications, Lindsay had an intense, 48-hour back labor with four hours of pushing. The first half was at home with her husband and a doula, and the second half was in a hospital with an epidural. After the baby was born with the cord wrapped tightly around his neck, he was immediately whisked away to the NICU where he stayed for a week of monitoring and therapies to reduce the likelihood of brain injury (turns out he's totally fine!). During his week-long stay in the NICU, Lindsay had some unexpected health issues of her own: she developed severe postpartum preeclampsia, with no warning signs at all.
28/06/1842m 52s

274| Peaceful Epidural Birth & Surrogacy for Two Dads - Nicole Gricius

Nicole’s first birth was a positive, peaceful experience. She gave birth in a hospital with an OB she trusted, and felt that having an epidural helped her to relax and be present as she brought her daughter into the world. Nicole’s second birth was only 16 months after the first. Her plan going into the birth was to do things about the same as the first time... which ended up with a-less-than-magical birth experience. Nicole was in love with her son, but also knew that she hoped she could get a chance to have a different kind of birth experience. Nicole decided to be a gestational surrogate, and carried twins for two international dads. She was able advocate for herself and to have the unmedicated twin birth she hoped for at the hospital where she works, and had a great birth and surrogacy experience.
26/06/181h 11m

273| Precipitous First Birth & Longer Second Birth - Allison Yarrow

Allison had a precipitous labor and nearly gave birth in the back of an uber. Her water broke and two hours later she was holding her daughter. When she gave birth to her son two years later, it actually took longer. But she was glad about that.
21/06/1838m 50s

272| Birth Center to Hospital transfer for Gestational Thrombocytopenia - Scarlet Kelly (REBROADCAST)

For today's episode, we're revisiting Scarlet's powerful hospital birth story. Scarlet originally planned to give birth at a birth center, but those plans changed close to the end of her pregnancy when she received a gestational thrombocytopenia diagnosis.Still, Jane’s birth was a very powerful, intense, yet rewarding experience. At 41.5 weeks, Scarlet's labor started in the middle of the night and progressed quickly, but stalled after her hospital check-in. Scarlet's doctor ended up breaking her water, which jump-started her labor again, and her daughter, Jane, was born soon after. A retained placenta led to a manual extraction and extra blood loss; but, everyone went home healthy the next day. But only 4 days later, Scarlet's family was back in the doctor’s office due to a thyroid problem that showed up on Jane’s newborn screen.
19/06/181h 3m

271|Hypertension & 3 Day Hospital Induction + 6 Hour Home Waterbirth - Brie Buxton

On this episode, Brie shares the birth stories of her daughter and son. Late in her first pregnancy, Brie developed hypertension and delivered her daughter on Father's Day after an exhausting 3-day-long induction at Stanford Children's Hospital. And after a thankfully unremarkable second pregnancy, Brie's son was born at home in a birth pool in their dining room after a powerful six hour labor on Valentine's Day.
14/06/181h 10m

270| Spina Bifada and Successful Fetal Surgery - Chamblee Madani

On this episode, Chamblee shares the surgery and birth stories of her daughter, who was diagnosed with spina bifada. 
12/06/1855m 12s

269| Homebirth, Miscarriage, & Twin Birth Center Birth Stories - Jennifer McLennan

On this episode, Jen, a trained doula, shares two birth stories and her experience with loss. 
07/06/181h 15m
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