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A Challenging Physical Recovery, with Erin Patterson
The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2016 #9
We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Erin Patterson is here to tell us about her beautiful birth story, about how much she loved the tub, but wasn’t too keen about being on her back. Lovely as it was, unfortunately her birth resulted in some muscular trauma that made for a slow and difficult recovery requiring PT work, even many weeks into postpartum. Although she had prepared for a lot of things, this was something she definitely didn’t expect. Check it out.
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Some of what we talked about:
Sometimes birth is really slow to start
Sometimes the car ride can be the best part
Going deep into labor land
The amniotic sac can audibly pop
Don’t settle for something if you can make it better
Roar your baby out: vocalization as a coping mechanism
The need for encouraging words
Communicate your wishes to your birth team! Ahead of time!
The difficulty of muscular trauma
Different degrees of tearing
An unexpected and long-to-heal postpartum recovery