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A Glorious VBAC, with Kally McConnell

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2017 #1

Happy Summer, northern hemisphere! With this episode we kick off our 2017 “Birth Stories for the Summer” series!

For the next 11 weeks, I’m switching  the spotlight from the birth pros to the mighty mamas, who share what real-life birth looks like. Today, Kally McConnell shares her glorious VBAC story, all the things she did differently to prepare compared with her first birth, and how there was no time for the tub. Check it out!

 

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Sharing Your Birth Story with Your Child, with Anika Rothfuss

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #100

During this episode, Anika Rothfuss (aka my daughter) does a podcast takeover to celebrate Birthful’s one hundred episode and her birthday. During this interview/birth story hybrid, Anika gets to ask questions as I share her birth story. We’ve been sharing her birth story with her  every year since she was one. It’s a fabulous and evolving tradition that has showed her how cool birth can be. Check it out!

 

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10 Unforgettable Doula Moments, with Adriana Lozada

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #94

January 10th marked my 10th year as a doula, and so I wanted to do a bit of celebrating by bringing you some fabulous birth moments but from my doula perspective. And of course, I’ll be digging deeper by telling you WHY I think these moments are special. Check it out!

A big enormous and heartfelt thanks to all the families that have had me as their doula. You’ve made it an amazing decade! Special thanks to Arthur Rothfuss, the man that unconditionally supports this doula. Love you oodles!

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Upstaging the Placenta, with Laura Brandenburg

The Birthful Podcast: Birth Stories 2016 #11

Today I’m switching it up with some birth stories! Laura Brandenburg’s placentas tend to steal her birth shows. She’s here to tell us how this prompted a transfer from birth center to hospital for her first birth, and how she got the last word during her second birth by delivering both baby and placenta at home. Check it out!

 

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Showing up at Your Birth, with Shalome Stone

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #83

Here’s the thing about preparing for birth: you can read all the books, take all the classes, listen to all the podcasts, set up a dream birth team, but no amount of preparation will get the birthing done for you. So, are you doing the inner work that will allow you to step up and own your birth? Rockstar Birth Mentor, Shalome Stone tell us more. Stay tuned.

 

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Determined to VBAC, with Jaime Hitt

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2016 #10

We’ve arrived at the last episode of our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Today, Jaime Hitt tells us about her VBAC, and all the ways she prepared differently than for her first birth in order to make it happen, including and unexpected external cephalic version. Check it out.

 

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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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A Challenging Pushing Stage, with Kate Bechtold

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2016 #8

We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Kate Bechtold had previously pushed two babies out without too much fuss, so she was expecting her third to come out in no time. But what happens when she starts pushing with all her might, and doesn’t feel the baby move down? Go check it out.

 

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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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Running up the Stairs Does the Trick! | Natasha Grey

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2016 #6

We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! This week, Natasha Grey shares her lovely homebirth story, noting how an ultimatum from her midwife had her running for the stairs, and right into transition. Check it out!

 

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