The Illusion of No Control

 

Peace is a choice. We can choose to do those things that invite peace into our lives, even when so much around us seems out of control. And that's the topic that we want to introduce to you guys this week- what you can control in your pregnancy and birth. We fear that there's this illusion out there amongst birthing women, that there is no control.

In fact, what triggered this topic for us was coming across a birth story post on Instagram. This woman shared her rather traumatic birth story and concluded it by telling her followers that there's no point in having a birth plan or preparing for the experience because it's all out of your control. 

Maybe having that perspective was a coping strategy for her, a way to process a disappointing experience. Because when you don't believe you can control anything, perhaps you're able to maybe more easily release the experience you've had, especially if it wasn't a great one. BUT! women who head into pregnancy and birth...

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First Babies vs All the Others

 
Motherhood feels new and exciting with each baby you welcome into your family. There's always a bit of a learning curve as the family makes room for a new member. As we were reflecting on our own experiences (Steph has 3 kids & Cort has 4) we realized that many of the things we worried about (our bought- haha!) with our first baby were very different from what we did for baby #2, 3, 4, etc. How many of the things below can you relate to? 
 
1. We noticed we had (or wanted) SO many more gadgets with our first baby. Can you relate? Everything from a bottle warmer to a bottle drying rack, wipe warmers, the diaper Gene, and even those special baby towels and washcloths. 
 
We were joking that you may even own variations of the same product! Take the bassinet for example...there's a co-sleeper bassinet, a pack n play, a portable bassinet or Moses basket. So many options! BUT, what you come to realize with subsequent babies is that they...
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And Baby Makes Three: Newborn Procedures

 
We love talking about all things birth, but there a few things you need to know after birth in order to make an informed decision for your baby. This episode goes over the basics of what will be offered or required for baby within their first 24-48 hours of life.
 
[3:54] Delayed Cord-Clamping
[5:19] What cord-milking is and why it isn't a best practice for baby.
[7:52] Why immediate skin to skin has so many benefits for mom and baby.
[9:42] Hepatitis B Immunization
[12:09] Vitamin K Injection + Oral Vitamin K
[14:08] Erythromycin eye ointment
[16:13] Washing your baby - not necessarily a procedure, but the evidence to wait is pretty good!
 
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Student Success Story: Christy's Birth

 

In this episode, My Essential Birth mama, Christy, walks us through her birth experiences and what she did to make the third time a charm!  We absolutely love listening to birth stories and this one was no exception. We know you'll feel inspired by it too!
 
[1:27] Christy has 3 girls; 4, 2, and 2-month old baby
[2:13] Chrisy's first birth - She discusses the details of this birth, the challenges, and how preparation would have helped.
[3:01] Christy had her water broken, received an epidural and blood pressure meds because the epidural caused a drop in blood pressure. She was told she may need a cesarean birth for baby in distress and a stalled labor. She was put on Pitocin, pushed for 45 minutes, received an episiotomy, and lost a pint of blood. 
[8:22] Found a new doctor for her second birth who was more in line with her vision for birth.
[9:07] Stalled again, right around 7cm...just like with her first birth.
[9:29] Baby #2 was a...
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2 Girls, 7 Totally Different Births

 

We share our personal birth stories which include hospital, birth center, and home birth, as well as cesarean birth, VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), medicated, and unmedicated....does that cover everything?! PLUS, get the scoop on the one thing that made all the difference for BOTH of us when getting ready to have our babies.
 
Also poop, we talk about poop!
 
[1:47] In the U.S. 1/3 of women will find themselves in a cesarean birth
[2:27] The one thing
[2:57] Stephanie's first birth story...and that time when she was told by her provider that women with size 5 1/2 shoe and smaller, typically have a cesarean (say what?!)
[12:17] A lot of My Essential Birth mamas are mamas who have had a previous birth experience that they don't want to repeat
[12:47] Through preparation, you can control a lot of your birth
[13:47] Stephanie's 2nd birth...
[16:45] Third baby, Stephanie calls the one hospital in the area and they tell her to plan for...
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Why Your Hospital Birth Class Probably Sucks

 

 
Warning: you might just learn more in this podcast episode than you did at that hospital birth class! ;) We are going to dive into the good and bad of what's covered in a typical hospital class, and why they may not be a great fit for you if you actually want to learn how to work with your body during birth.
 
Preparation is the #1 thing you can do to achieve your ideal birth, and part of preparation means knowing all of your options. You can't decide what you want unless you know what's available to you during pregnancy and birth! 
 
[3:00] What is covered in a hospital birth class
[5:00] Hospital classes teach more of what is going to happen to you and less of how to work with your body to give birth comfortably and confidently.
[13:26] Asking questions on your birthplace tour will give you an idea of how they feel about your preferences.
[15:56] Your birth team matters. A doula can be a great addition to your birth team to help support mom and...
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