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Waterbirth, with Barbara Harper

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #77

What are there benefits to giving birth in water? Are there any risks? What about if you are considering a VBAC? Why has there been so much controversy around waterbirth, and what does the evidence say? Barbara Harper tells us more. 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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Have a Surreal Birth Experience! | Emily Alsheskie

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2016 #4

We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Emily Alsheskie never really had any experience around children -nor was she all that excited about having kids. Oh, how things change! Check out her awesome and unconventional home water birth story, that happened while she lived in a small apartment, while going to school. Plus, many of the things she did to prepare for her birth, including hypnobirthing, chiropractic, saltwater pool, birthing affirmations, deep meditation, and more.

 

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Prodromal & Fantastic! | Criselda Fernandez

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2016 #3

We continue on our “Birth Stories for the Summer” Series. Today, Criselda Fernandez is here to tell us about her 3-day long birth, that she describes as amazing and transformative. Find out what helped her get through the frustration of not knowing when it was really going to start, and how tearing was the one thing that caught her off guard. Check it out!

 

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Birth is Mental & Emotional | Megan Othling

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2016 #2

We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Megan Othling is here to tell us about her four – yup four-  birth stories.  She explains how birth can happens as much in your head as in your body, and how facing the unexpected feelings you are having for your child can be just what’s needed for them to be born. Check it out!

 

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Surrogate Birth Stories, with Susan Fuller

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #51

 

In this episode, we look at birth stories from the unique perspective of a surrogate mom. Susan Fuller has had three children of her own and has been a gestational surrogate seven times. Her stories includes two sets of twins, two c-sections, three water births, two home births, four vbacs, three inductions, and four unmedicated births. Listen to her insights as she looks back at all her births.

 

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From a podcast listener: 3VBAC hotel waterbirth!

Recently I received this email from a Birthful podcast listener:

Hi Adriana,
Just wanted to share my latest birth story with you. Still love the show, i even got my midwife loving it! Sorry for the typos. I did this on my phone with a wiggly toddler climbing on me and trying to breastfeed lol.

Thanks, Olivia

I ‘m honored that she chose to share this with me. With her permission, I’m equally honored to share it with all you. Here it is:

Lincoln Everett Shook’s Birth Story

Before the Birth

Baby was due on Sunday October 25th. On the Friday morning before we packed up and made the scenic trip through the Rocky Mountains on the Pine Pass. It was a beautiful day unseasonably warm, and sunny. The leaves had already fallen and the mountains where left grey and green looking rather naked, waiting for their annual blanket of snow to tuck them in for the winter.

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