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The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2016 #7
We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today, Chantal Shelstad shares the impact that having a cesarean birth due to a breech presentation had on her psyche, her ensuing struggle with postpartum mood anxiety for years to follow, and how preparation and determination were key in finally having the VBAC she wanted. Check it out.
To listen here, click the play button on the player above, or click the button below to listen in iTunes.
Some of what we talked about:
Options for flipping a breech baby
The fog of her daughter’s birth
Her struggle to process her cesarean
A tough and long recovery with postpartum mood disorders (PPMDs)
Healing back from darkness, and finding a way to help others
Doing all the things to avoid another breech
Actively preparing for a better pregnancy and birth
Switching from military hospital to independent birth center
Finding a provider that would do a breech – just in case
Feeling ready and determined
The mental challenges of a birth that’s slow to start
Sometimes the trick is having your other kids leave, sometimes the trick is having your other kids come back!
Not loving the pushing stage
Healing from a tough vaginal birth
Difference between feeling anxious and experiencing Postpartum Anxiety (as a mood disorder that should be diagnosed)
An upcoming surprise for next summer!
Resources mentioned by Chantal, and other good links: