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When Breech Doesn’t Flip | Chantal Shelstad

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.

 

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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:

 

Other Birthful episodes that relate to, or are mentioned throughout this story:

 

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Baby Thomas

 

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Baby Penny
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Chantal and her growing family

 

 

About Chantal:

Chantal Shelstad is a doula, placenta encapsulator, childbirth educator, an Army wife, and a mom of two! She’s a fan of birth stories and loves sharing hers.

Find out more about Chantal at twobirdsbirthservices.com and scatteredseashells.com

 

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