The Birth Hour - A Birth Story Podcast

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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.

Episode Date
572| Beautiful, Serene "Gentle Cesarean" Birth for Breech Baby - Caroline Culbertson
01:07:17

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.

Apr 20, 2021
Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Adam Parritz
05:30

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.

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Apr 16, 2021
571| Partial Molar Pregnancy, Epidural and Epidural-free Midwife Hospital Births - Meghan Hubbard
01:02:54

Meghan shares about her molar pregnancy and loss, and her subsequent hospital births with a midwife.

Apr 15, 2021
570| Healing Repeat Cesarean and VBA2C Birth Stories - Victoria Lero
55:15

Victoria shares her three birth stories.

Apr 15, 2021
Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Julie Wilke
01:28

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!

Apr 09, 2021
569| Cesarean Breech Delivery with Oligohydramnios - Georgiana
44:36

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.

Apr 08, 2021
568| Epidural-free Induction and Insufficient Glandular Tissue Postpartum - Nicky Wiesenfeld
01:07:01

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.

Apr 06, 2021
Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Kelsey Taylor
06:06

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.

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Apr 02, 2021
567| Unmedicated Hospital Birth During Covid + Postpartum Brain Surgery - Rachael DeGraffenried
44:56

Rachael shares the stories of her hospital birth and brain surgery a few weeks postpartum.

Apr 01, 2021
Introducing Zombiemum!
09:54
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!
Mar 31, 2021
566| Revisiting January Harshe's Birth Stories
01:36:45

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!

Mar 30, 2021
565| Unmedicated Hospital Birth with Birth Tub, Therapy Balls, and Labor Bars - Kayla Bruccoleri
31:15

Kayla shares her the story of her unmedicated hospital birth.

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Mar 28, 2021
Partner Podcast Preview Clip - John C. Craig
03:35

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.

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Mar 26, 2021
564|VBAC with Twins & Baby Born with Hearing Loss - Kalen Andelin
01:19:05

Kalen shares about the birth of her son with hearing loss and her VBAC birth of twin girls.

Mar 25, 2021
563| International Home Birth During COVID-19 - Charlotte Meyer
01:13:23

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.

Mar 23, 2021
Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Josh Silverstein
02:57

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.

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Mar 19, 2021
562| Birth Center Twin Birth with Dr. Stu & Hyperemesis Gravidarum - Hannah Mockary
01:06:24

Hannah shares her birth stories and struggles breastfeeding.

Mar 16, 2021
561| Positive Hospital Birth with Amazing Partner Support - Chelsea Lane
36:18

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.

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Mar 16, 2021
560| 911 Call Roadside Delivery - Jerika Crews
49:54

Jerika shares her experience birthing with the assistance of her husband and a 911 operator.

Mar 13, 2021
Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Trevor Kohls
02:01

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.

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Mar 13, 2021
558| Two Unmedicated Hypnobabies Births: Birth Center & Homebirth - Genny Siemon
59:21

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.

Mar 09, 2021
Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Daniel Hawk
01:40

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.

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Mar 05, 2021
557| Prenatal PPD & PPA During COVID-19, IUGR, ECV, Breech Cesarean Birth with Virtual Doula - Shana Silverstein
01:08:22

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.

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Mar 04, 2021
556| Working with Birth Coach Prenatally to Overcome Birth Anxiety Around Past Sexual Trauma - Sarah Sushchyk
42:43

Sarah shares her birth and postpartum stories.

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Mar 02, 2021
555| Two Unmedicated Hospital Births & Home Waterbirth Birth Stories - Elise Hurst
58:57

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. 

 

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Feb 27, 2021
Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Phil Hadwiger
01:28

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.

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Feb 26, 2021
554| Unmedicated Pitocin Induction Birth Story - Brittany Murlas
01:00:36

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.

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Feb 25, 2021
553| Using Hypnobirthing for Pregnancy Challenges and Childbirth - Nathalie Walton
37:48

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.

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Feb 23, 2021
552| Hypnobirthing, Meconium, Induction & Failed Epidural - Andrea Cox [REBROADCAST]
01:02:49

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.

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Feb 18, 2021
551| Epidural-Free Hospital Birth - Liesel Teen
37:52

After a 20 hour labor, Liesel delivered her son epidural-free at the hospital (and department) where she worked.

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Feb 17, 2021
550| VBALM (Vaginal Birth after Laparoscopic Myomectomy) Birth Story - Mabel Bashorun
01:03:44

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.

Feb 17, 2021
549| Fast Unmedicated Hospital Birth - Lauren Alexander
01:04:20

On this episode, Lauren returns to share her second birth story.

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Feb 13, 2021
Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Walter Faro
03:55

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.

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Feb 12, 2021
548| Gentle Cesarean for Breech Baby & Difficulty Nursing + Postpartum Gallstones - Hillary Dixler
58:32

Hillary shares her birth story and about her postpartum challenges with nursing and gallstones.

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Feb 11, 2021
547| Switching from Homebirth to Hospital Induction for Preeclampsia - Danielle Thompson
01:17:34

Along with sharing her birth story, Danielle discusses experiencing several early miscarriages and being diagnosed with preeclampsia.

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Feb 09, 2021
546| Adoption & Homebirth Stories - Jane Tucker
01:19:06

Jane shares about her unexplained infertility issues, adoption, pregnancy via IUI, and homebirth.

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Feb 04, 2021
545| Advocating for a Vaginal Breech Birth - Lauren Ruth
01:16:30

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.

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Feb 02, 2021
544| Epidural Hospital Birth & Unmedicated Hospital Birth - Sarah Jones
47:16

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!

Jan 30, 2021
Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Trygve Wakenshaw
03:29

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.

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Jan 29, 2021
543| PCOS, Two Vessel Cord & Hospital Induction Birth Story - Kaitlyn Johnson
50:11

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.

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Jan 28, 2021
COVID-19 Related to Pregnancy & Birth - 'Know Your Options' Bonus Episode 9
27:54

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.

Jan 26, 2021
542| 39 Hour Labor for Planned Unmedicated Hospital Birth - Rachel Jones
48:41

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.

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Jan 26, 2021
Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Matt Watkins
07:22

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.

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Jan 22, 2021
541| Homebirth with Midwives During a Pandemic and Civil Rights Movement - Katie DeGroot
52:43

After a happy and straightforward birth with her first child, Priscilla, Katherine started thinking about the idea of home birth.

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Jan 21, 2021
540| Maternal-Newborn Nurse Shares Two Homebirth Stories - Courtney Stallworth
01:04:01

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.

Jan 19, 2021
539| The Ideal Epidural Birth Experience - Elana Edwards
39:08

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.

Jan 16, 2021
Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Joe Wykowski
02:46

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.

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Jan 15, 2021
538| Switching Care Providers During Pregnancy + Birth Center Birth Story - Amanda Dant
01:17:56

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.

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Jan 14, 2021
537| 4th Homebirth is a Wildcard After 3 Previous Home Waterbirths - Kaitlin Tolkkinen
31:04

Kaitlin shares the story of her fourth homebirth, which she calls a "wildcard."

Jan 12, 2021
Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Powers Wartman
07:41

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.

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Jan 08, 2021
536| Homebirth Transfer, Three Losses, & Redemptive Homebirth - Sasha Ruscheinski
01:23:20

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.

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Jan 07, 2021
535| IVF, Hospital Inductions, Post-birth Hemorrhage, & Doula Support - Dr. Laurin Talarico
36:59

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.

Jan 06, 2021
534| Positive Hospital Vaginal Birth with Unplanned Interventions - Jeni Thornton-Jones
45:36

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.

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Jan 05, 2021
533| Pregnancy & Childbirth at 25 vs 40+ years old - Michelle Johnson
50:10

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.

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Dec 31, 2020
532| Hypnobirthing Hospital Birth & Birth Center Birth + Postpartum Anxiety & Breastmilk Oversupply - Kate Statti
47:19

Kate shares her two birth stories.

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Dec 30, 2020
531| The Decision Around Terminating Pregnancy Due to Multiple Congenital Anomalies + Hospital & Home Birth Stories- Jana Parrish
01:11:15

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).

Dec 22, 2020
Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Tyler Smith
02:02

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.

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Dec 18, 2020
530| Epidural Birth and Unmedicated Hospital Birth Stories - Anita Young [REBROADAST]
26:38

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.

Dec 17, 2020
529| Hospital Births with Midwives, In Person vs Virtual Doula - Alexis Heller
51:02

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. 

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Dec 15, 2020
Partner Podcast Preview Clip - Matt Durham
02:08

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.

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Dec 11, 2020
528| Virtual Doula Support for High Risk Birth During COVID-19 - Vered Asta
29:25

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.

Dec 10, 2020
527| Prodromal Labor, Birth Center Birth, and Amazing Postpartum + Breastfeeding Experience - Amanda Johnson
01:06:18

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. 

Dec 08, 2020
Labor Induction: Why You Might Have One + How to Plan - 'Know Your Options' Bonus Episode 8
24:05

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.

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Dec 07, 2020
Partner Podcast Preview - Tyler Dilbeck
02:31

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.

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Dec 04, 2020
526| Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome Induction Birth Story
44:41

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.

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Dec 03, 2020
Tackling the First 24 Hours of Breastfeeding - 'Know Your Options' Bonus Episode 7
21:01

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!

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Nov 30, 2020
Partner Podcast - Andy Caldwell
44:15

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!

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Nov 27, 2020
525|Military Base Birth in Japan During COVID & Postpartum Preeclampsia - Laurel Simon
56:48

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.

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Nov 26, 2020
524| Fallopian Tube Cyst and Breech Baby Cesarean Birth - Hannah Wildhaber
01:02:33

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.

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Nov 24, 2020
Setting Boundaries & Expectations Postpartum - 'Know Your Options' Bonus Episode 6
15:20

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.

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Nov 22, 2020
Partner Podcast Preview - Lynneric Topham
02:01

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Nov 20, 2020
523| Precipitous Birth Center Birth Story After Difficult Loss of Loved One - Megan Freeland
33:13

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.

Nov 19, 2020
522| Positive Epidural Birth But Husband Missed it Due to Positive Covid-19 Test - JoAnne Sines
49:37

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.

Nov 18, 2020
521| Prenatal Down Syndrome Diagnosis & Unplanned Cesarean Birth - Megan Edelman
01:02:09

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.

Nov 17, 2020
Partner Podcast Preview - Quinn Gonder
02:22

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.

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Nov 13, 2020
520|Two Homebirth Birth Stories - Rachel Ramsey
56:01

Rachel shares her two homebirth stories, one with a doula, one without.

 

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Nov 12, 2020
519| Unmedicated Hospital, Birth Center & Homebirth Births - Christina Reynolds
01:38:22

Christina shares her three birth and postpartum stories.

Nov 10, 2020
Reduce Risk of Tearing - 'Know Your Options' Bonus 5
14:11

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!

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Nov 09, 2020
Partner Podcast Preview - Dave Siemion
04:06

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.

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Nov 06, 2020
518| 3 Pregnancies & Births with Severe Papillary Nephrocalcinosis - Morgan Watson
57:42

Morgan shares her three birth stories and the complications arising during each.

Nov 05, 2020
517| Infertility & IVF Journey + How it Impacts Pregnancy, Birth, & Postpartum - Brett Russo
33:28

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.

Nov 03, 2020
Natural Coping Techniques for Labor - 'Know Your Options' Bonus 4
16:15

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!

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Nov 03, 2020
Partner Podcast Preview - Brian Goss
03:38

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.

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Oct 30, 2020
516| Two Birth Center Births & PPROM Baby with Congenital Heart Defects - Valerie Rowekamp
01:07:08

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.

Oct 29, 2020
515| OB/GYN has a Preemie by C-section with Inadequate Anesthesia - Nicole Rankins
40:44

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.

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Oct 27, 2020
How to Handle Tricky Situations with Hospital Staff - 'Know Your Options' Bonus 3
20:10

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.

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Oct 27, 2020
Partner Podcast Preview - Jason Lynch
04:01

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.

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Oct 23, 2020
514| Miscarriage, Postdates Induction, & Postpartum Cyst - Victoria Singh
50:28

Victoria shares the story of her miscarriage, and subsequent birth.

Oct 22, 2020
513| Natalie Diaz's Twin Birth Story
01:26:31

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.

Oct 21, 2020
512| Planned Homebirth turned Emergent Hospital Induction - Grace Greene
01:20:42

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.

Oct 20, 2020
Finding an Evidence Based Hospital— 'Know Your Options' Bonus 2
14:27

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. 

Oct 19, 2020
Partner Podcast Preview - Keira Ward
02:37

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.

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Oct 16, 2020
511| Giving Birth during COVID-19 with Preeclampsia, Cholestasis, & Terminal Diagnosis of One Twin - Alina Bazyler
01:13:02

After naturally conceiving twins, Alina and her husband were told by doctors that one of their twins would pass away shortly after birth.

Oct 15, 2020
510| Positive Hospital Birth with Hypnobirthing & Midwife - Justina Perry
41:21

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. 

Oct 13, 2020
Finding an Evidence Based Care Provider— 'Know Your Options' Bonus Episode 1
16:09

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. 

Oct 12, 2020
Partner Podcast Preview - Aaron Sanchez
05:11

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.

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Oct 09, 2020
509| Textbook Pregnancy and Labor But Unexpected Ritgen's Maneuver During Pushing - Emily Griffith
44:16

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.

Oct 08, 2020
508| Rainbow Baby Hospital Birth with Midwives After Miscarriage - Mimi Maitrichith
37:28

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.

Oct 06, 2020
Partner Podcast Preview - Doug Wiest
02:56

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.

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Oct 02, 2020
507| Repeated False Labors, Bedrest, & Homebirth Birth Story - Caroline Snider
01:11:32

Caroline is back to share her second birth story!

Oct 01, 2020
506| Peaceful Birth Center Birth and Hospital Induction with Posterior Baby - Jasmine Holmes
57:59

Jasmine shares her birth stories and discusses experiencing the unrealized fears of her first birth during her second.

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Sep 29, 2020