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Welcome to the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, where we firmly believe in the power of education when it comes to giving birth! Tune in each week as we dive into pregnancy-related topics, expert interviews, and a variety of birth stories!

As a reminder, anything you hear on this podcast should not be taken as medical advice, please see mommylabornurse.com/disclaimer for more info.
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In this episode, Malori shares her hotel birth story with us via c-section, and talks about her fertility struggles.  Malori's Bio:   Malori Mayor is a registered nurse, military wife to Mark, and new mom to Max!  After an almost 2-year struggle with infertility, holistic treatments, and surgery for endometriosis, Malori and Mark were finally able to conceive their first child.  Aside from being a wife and mom, Malori is passionate about helping other women also going through infertility who want to treat it holistically.  While going through infertility herself, she began helping others share their stories of infertility and miscarriage on her blog, and also started a podcast, Restoring Fertility Naturally.  Malori spent most of her pregnancy in Germany, where her husband was stationed with the Army, and then gave birth to Max after moving to California.  In whatever little free time she has, she enjoys reading a good book, baking, and going on neighborhood walks with her little family and their German Shepherd, Zoey.         Malori's Birth Story:   Other than moving from Germany to California in my third trimester, I had a pretty easy and normal pregnancy and planned on an unmedicated birth.  We lived in a hotel for most of my third trimester while waiting on military housing, so I was fully prepared to bring home our new baby to a hotel room.  But otherwise I expected all to go smoothly.  I got the biggest surprise of my pregnancy when I went to my 40 week appointment and it was found that baby boy was breech!  He had been head down just the week prior.  My doctor reviewed all the options with me and I opted for a version the next morning and then would wait it out for natural labor to start.  However, baby boy had other plans!  I went into labor that evening, as we were moving items into the house we had just gotten the keys to.  I was totally in denial that it was labor but finally realized that the contractions weren't Braxton Hicks anymore!  My doctor had me come to the hospital to get checked around 12:30am, and Maximilian John was born via c-section at 1:54am on January 8, 2020!  He was born healthy, pink, and screaming, and him being laid on my chest with my husband by my side was incredibly glorious.  Even though a c-section was my last choice, that moment was priceless and a beautiful culmination of all our fertility struggles.  Max is now 8 months old and is such a happy and active boy!   Resources:   Malori's podcast where she goes into further details about infertility - http://bit.ly/podcastrfn  This is the model of treatment that Malori used for infertility:  http://www.naprotechnology.com/   You can follow Malori on social media here: IG - @warriorlifewellness Blog - https://www.warriorlifewellness.com YouTube - http://bit.ly/maloriyoutube
In this episode, my friend Marley talks all about how maternity care differs in the UK! Marley's Bio: Marley is registered midwife from Surrey, UK and is also a mother to 5 children including a set of twins. She has practiced midwifery in various settings over the past 11 years working in hospitals, birth centers and in women's homes. She cares for women from conception up until 2 weeks postpartum. Marley is also a widely recognized prenatal education instructor who shares lots of useful information on instagram through her cartoon drawings. Having delivered over 600 babies, Marley is an expert in childbirth and is passionate about helping women to have a positive birth experience no matter what type of birth they may have!   You can find  Marley on social media here: Website: www.midwifemarley.com Instagram: @midwifemarley 
In this episode, my employees and I discuss my second birth story with my son Ryland! My Birth Story: Tuesday 8/11 I woke up at 40 weeks and 4 days - totally was mentally DONE being pregnant at this point, guys, and my plan for that day was to do more things throughout the day to hopefully help prep my cervix/initiate labor. I had been doing stuff all week (sex, pineapple, walking, curb walking, yoga ball etc) - and that day I had planned to do the Miles Circuit & get a reflexology session later that evening. Anyway, woke up, hung out with Walter all day since he didn’t have school, and we ended up going over to my parents’ house for a few hours during lunch. I had been having on and off contractions through the day, but nothing crazy - this was also the main reason I wanted to try the Miles Circuit, to see if I could get them more regular! So, after a trip to my parent’s, I came home with a Walter and did the circuit for an hour and a half, followed by a reflexology session. Came home, ate dinner, and it was about 7:30/7:45 when I started to feel some stronger contractions pick up. Again, nothing too crazy, but they were definitely stronger than what I had felt for pretty much the whole day. I went upstairs with Walter to put him to bed, and they were already about 3-5 minutes apart, but only lasting 30ish seconds. I had a feeling this was the real thing though. I put Walter to bed, and went into my husband’s office where he was playing a video game and let him know what was going on (this was about 8pm). I went back downstairs, took a shower, sat on my ball and laid in bed for awhile to see how things were going to progress. At 10pm, I put on my breast pump to try to strengthen them even more, which only lasted about 30 mins in total. By 10:30 they were pretty strong and I went ahead and called my mom to come to our house to stay with Walter overnight. At 11pm, she showed up, we left for the hospital which is right down the block, and got up to triage at about 11:20 or so. My doctor came to check me and I was still only 3cm 😑 I was 3/80/-1, which was a change from my 3/50/-2 that I was in office that week, but I was totally bummed at that point because they were pretty darn strong and I was totally questioning what the heck was going on! We ended up hanging out in triage for 90 mins, and then at about 1am my nurse came to check me and I was 6/90/0! Yay! Alllll in my back though, which SUCKED. I was super happy that I had progressed 3cm in 90 mins though, and at that point I was thinking to myself, “ok great hopefully this continues to pick up and I have a baby really soon!” So, for admitted, got out to a room with a tub & labored in and out of the tub for a good hour after I was admitted. At about 2am, my nurse checked again and I was 8/90/0! 👏🏻 Also super happy that it was continuing to pick up, BUT still allllllll the pain was in my back....and that was no fun. By this point though, I was fairly composed, I was joking between contractions, and really utilizing my relaxation/breathing & doing lots of rag doll! My doctor came to break my water at this point per my request, and then at about 2:45 my nurse checked again because things were seriously picking up & I was a rim! (about 9.5 centimeters). I was today starting to lose my sh*t at this point, but still generally in a good mental state because I could tell labor was still progressing well. Wellllll...this is when I started to stall...and REALLY started to lose my mind. At about 3:30am (about 45 mins later) with no progress or evidence of this being done, hah, I begged my nurse for a dose of IV pain medication which she gave me. This helped tremendously to calm me down and help me relax in between the contractions. I remember just being soooo mentally done, and so angry that I was stalling, it was crazy! So, got a dose of IV pain meds, chilled out for about 15-20 mins with a few contractions and then of course the medication pretty much wore off and it was right back to horrible back labor and no signs of it being over (didn’t have the urge to push etc). At this point it was probably 4am, and I started to do everything I could to get him out! Lots of position changes, trying to push past that last centimeter etc. it was horrid! FINALLY I remember I was on my hands n knees on the bed with my nurse and I was pushing wirh her and she finally said, “Ok Liesel you’re 10, it’s gone!” So I flipped over and pushed for another 15 mins on my back/side and voila....baby BOY!!! He ended up spinning from posterior to anterior AS HE WAS COMING OUT....ow hah 🤪 I remember being SO happy that I was done, but also being SO mad that I stalled for that long!! I totally went into this labor expecting it was going to be a quick labor...and overall it was definitely faster than my first, but geez! Definitely did not expect to get stuck at 9.5cm as a second time mom for THAT long! Coming away from it, again, SO happy I was done...but also SO shell shocked! It’s definitely taught me to once again....don’t go into labor expecting ANYTHING...even if you’re Mommy Labor Nurse! 🤣 ♥️♥️♥️♥️   Resources from the episode: http://www.milescircuit.com/
In this episode, my friend Stephanie and I talk about everything doula! Here are the questions we go over: 1. Tell me about your business providing doula care, what sort of care do you provide moms? 2. For those who don’t exactly know what a doula is, how would you best describe yourself? (Might be too similar to above question hah but some people just don’t know what doulas are so I want to be super clear lol!) 3. What are some of the advantages of having a doula during birth? 4. Do you provide postpartum doula care as well? 5. What is the average cost for doula care, is anything covered by insurance? 6. Would you recommend someone hire a doula if they plan for an epidural? What about for a scheduled c-section? 7. How do I go about finding a doula in my area? 8. Do you provide any virtual care, especially now with COVID 19? Have you had to change anything about your business? 9. Any last tips for moms on the fence about hiring one? Stephanie's Bio: Stephanie is from Minnesota. She is a wife of 8 years to her husband, Brian, who is a Golf Professional. She is also a mom of three, including twins. She loves to spend her days home with her six year old daughter and boy/girl two year old twins. She lives for nights out with her husband and scrapbooking getaways with her girlfriends. She is also pretty much obsessed with motherhood and thinks the world of other moms, babies, birth and all things positive!  Because of her love for women, especially moms, Stephanie founded How 2 Mom in 2015. How 2 Mom is a community and support group for all moms. They also offer birth services for prenatal, birth and postpartum care and have a team of birth professionals. They share tips, tricks, products and stories through How 2 Mom’s Blog.  Stephanie strives to be the type of influencer through How 2 Mom that showcases all sides of motherhood; the good and the hard! After becoming a new mom she noticed that this type of community was missing in her own circle of influence, so she created it. She has a vision of a one-stop-shop since motherhood is already so overwhelming. She's even created a Resource Directory on the website featuring a loyal list of professionals for their mom community.  Since creating this dynamic and authentic community, they’ve gained a strong and loyal community who voted How 2 Mom as Parent Blogger of the Year in 2018. How 2 Mom has also been featured on podcasts and hosts monthly events and support groups to connect, support and educate women on all things motherhood. Be on the lookout for her upcoming online program for moms and The Mom 2 Mom Podcast!   You can find Stephanie on social media here: https://www.how2mom.com/ https://www.instagram.com/how2mom https://www.facebook.com/how2mom   Resources from the episode: https://spinningbabies.com/ https://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/ https://www.how2mom.com/what-is-a-birth-doula/ https://www.how2mom.com/10-reasons-why-you-should-hire-a-birth-doula/ https://www.how2mom.com/10-reasons-why-you-should-hire-a-birth-doula/ https://doulamatch.net/  
In this episode, my friend Ashley talks to us about her three very different birth experiences, ranging from a c-section to VBAC to a traumatic birth. She has also experienced preeclampsia, gestational hypertension, and IUGR. Ashley's Bio Ashley Boyd was born and raised in Colorado and now calls Columbus, Ohio home. She has a bachelors degree in Vocal performance and has sung with Opera Colorado and Opera Europa.   Ashley married her husband in 2012 and now keeps busy taking care of their three young children. When she manages to find free time, Ashley likes to read, play games, and sing.   You can follow Ashley on social media here:   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theboydtales/  
In this episode, Samantha shares her powerful unmedicated birth story with her third using mindfulness and meditation techniques! Samantha's Birth Story: My third birth experience was SO powerful. Mindfulness and meditation allowed me to have a peaceful, 20-hour unmedicated labor and delivery. A few months after we recorded the podcast, I had my fourth baby, once again an unmedicated birth! This one was different because my labor stalled out, but meditation and mindfulness once again made a huge difference.  You can follow Samantha on social media here: Blog: Evidence-based Mommy Pinterest: pinterest.com/evidencemommy   Resources from the episode:   A recorded a set of meditations to listen to while preparing for birth. SPONSOR Mommy Knows Best Mommy Knows Best empowers all moms with the tools and resources necessary to give your newborn the best start in life! From an assortment of delicious lactation cookies to supplements and beyond, their products contain all natural herbal remedies traditionally and effectively used for generations to treat low milk supply. Whether you’re a new mom or a pro, Mommy Knows Best gives you plenty of options, all of which are created with the health and safety of both baby and mom in mind.  Plus, I’m really excited to tell you they just added a new gluten and dairy free lactation cookie mix this week!  Use code: LABORNURSE10 to get 10% off all Mommy Knows Best products valid at MommyKnowsBest.com!
In this episode, I interview my friend Karrie, a postpartum and nursery RN, all about what she does to take care of patients postpartum, recovery, breastfeeding, bleeding, and more! Here are the questions we go over! - What sort of work do you currently do - what kind of care do you provide? How long have you been a postpartum RN/how much do you work on the floor? - What are some of the most common complaints you see moms/parents face in those first few days? - Do you assist moms with breastfeeding, what is your philosophy on breastfeeding? - Let’s talk about infant care - what are some of the common things new parents struggle with regarding infant care?- Let’s do a deep dive into wet/dirty diapers - what to look for, what’s abnormal, how much/how little should baby be putting out? - For mom’s recovery, let’s talk about bleeding - vaginal delivery vs. c/section - What are some of the most common things you wished everyone knew as far as postpartum recovery? - Are there any MUST HAVE items that mom should have on hand in hospital or upon return to home to assist with recovery?   Karrie's Bio: I’m Karrie— a Postpartum + Nursery RN and mama to 3 young kids all 4 and under! I have been a Postpartum/Nursery RN in the hospital setting for 8 years and love the education portion of my job. After becoming a mother, myself, I really recognized how *little* the postpartum period is discussed— not just in the hospital, but at home: hormones, milk supply, no sleep, mental health, pain, and more. I created my Instagram page (@karrie_locher) & website (karingforpostpartum.com) to help educate, inform, encourage, and support other mamas. We can celebrate the bliss & support each other through the struggles motherhood brings. The biggest asset to the postpartum experience is being informed— I’ve got you.    You can follow Marta on social media here: Instagram: www.instagram.com/karrie_locher  Website: www.karingforpostpartum.com Entering Motherhood Checklist bundle:  http://karingforpostpartum.com/enteringmotherhood/ Baby cheat sheets:  http://karingforpostpartum.com/karing-for-baby-2/     SPONSOR: Mommy Labor Nurse This episode was sponsored by yours truly! Did you know I have a Newborn Basics course? This course will cover what the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends when caring for your baby. In fact, that's where MOST of this information is derived from - so you know it's coming from a good source! You can expect a lot of detailed information, troubleshooting, step-by-step guides, and tips/takeaways from a fellow mom. My courses include: 20+ Lessons with Text and Audio! My Baby Gear & Home Essentials Checklist! Free Access FOREVER! Free Access to my Facebook Groups Money Back Guaranteed!  Use code PODCASTLISTENER to save 20% off the course!
In this episode, my friend Marta shares her birth story having TRIPLETS! Marta's Birth Story: After struggling to get pregnant, Marta sought the help of a specialist and found a mild case of endometriosis and PCOS. 6 months later, with the help of a cycle of hormonal stimulation, she got her first positive test of a triplet pregnancy. Among many mixed feelings and the emotional toll of a high-risk pregnancy, she delivered the babies at 34 weeks via C-section. Here's a link to an article where she goes into more detail:  https://www.denverparent.net/2020/02/coming-to-terms-with-having-triplets-the-3-lessons-ive-learned Marta's Bio Marta Spirk is a writer, woman empowerment coach, and triplet mom. Her focus is helping selfless, overwhelmed women learn to put themselves first, stop people-pleasing and become their own support system. Through her podcast The Empowered Woman, her virtual self-improvement membership and workshops, she hopes to encourage and uplift women to step into their own power and realize they ALREADY have it all!   You can find Marta on social media here: www.martaspirk.com www.instagram.com/martaspirk www.facebook.com/spirkmarta   SPONSOR: This episode is sponsored by Juna! Juna is THE companion app for your Motherhood Journey. Juna was created to provide scientifically backed, up to date fitness and nutrition information, all in one place. When you download Juna you’ll enter your baby’s due date — if you’re expecting or your babies birthday  if you’ve already had your baby and you’ll be put directly into the appropriate week of your journey. There’s a key nutrient every single week with recipe suggestions, a daily trimester specific workout, and pregnancy and postpartum tips from the team at Juna. There’s really no other app like it out there.  You can get Juna  for 20% off your subscription by using the code LIESEL at subscribe.juna.co!
In this episode, my friend Gail, the founder of Spinning Babies®, comes back a second time to talk inductions, VBACs, belly mapping, and more! Click here to listen to part 1! Here are the questions we go over!  Inductions are becoming more and more the common thing (at least here in the US) -first off, what are you thoughts on inductions, and how can we still incorporate Spinning Babies methodologies during an induced labor? For moms who plan to VBAC - are there any differences, and/or special considerations you recommend for these moms? Let’s talk about Belly Mapping! (I know this is something you guys coined!) What is Belly Mapping? Any last tips for moms? SPONSOR: This episode was sponsored by Spinning Babies! The word “Spinning” in Spinning Babies® means how babies move through the pelvis to find the most space to come down. What makes birth easier for baby is what makes birth easier for Mom.  Our Spinning Babies® mission is to make physiological birth more accessible to birthing people and providers alike. For instance, we believe that being head down is only half the story. How baby’s head enters the top of the pelvis correlates with length of labor and ease of labor. When facing forward a first baby may not be able to rotate for a day or two. We offer daily activities to add comfort in pregnancy now and ease in labor later.   The Daily Essentials video is the easiest way to learn the habits and moves. Starting in mid-pregnancy is ideal.  The Parent Class video or an in-person Parent Class for late pregnancy. The Parent Class video has lots of labor tips and techniques for comfort and also to help labor stay on track to help avoid cesareans simply because baby’s not aiming into the pelvis.  Does your doctor or midwife require baby to be head down before labor? Do they do cesarean birth for all breeches? Are you pregnant and hoping to avoid surgery? Then the Helping Your Breech Baby Turn eBook is for you. Prepare for an easier childbirth with this eBook, a self-directed 6-day program for pregnant parents with a breech baby developed by a Certified Professional Midwife. Listeners of Mommy Nurse Labor podcast can use the code MOMMY15 on the Spinning Babies® online shop for 15% off your purchase of the Helping Your Breech Baby Turn eBook. Belly Mapping Workbook Pregnancy Week-Week Pages
Warning: This episode talks about infant loss. If you have experienced infant and/or pregnancy loss, please proceed with caution. In this very special episode, my friend Maria (the winner of my giveaway!) shares her story with us about her beautiful daughter, Camila.  Maria's Bio Maria “Eva” Itriago Rivera is a 25 year old woman from Venezuela (South America) currently living in Southwest Kansas Area. She is a Licensed Nursing Assistant, CPR Instructor and Spanish Interpreter with personal and professional experience on the medical field. Eva is a wife to Reinaldo who is a hard-working and loving man, mother to Camila who went to heaven on 5/9/2019 due to a CHD and Di George’s Syndrome and Aurora who is expected to arrive on November 2020. She enjoys singing, working out, spending time with her family and going to church. Since 06/19 she is working for a non for profit organization in Kansas as an Administrative Assistant and Spanish interpreter, helping families receive free early intervention services for children 0-3 years old that have a delay or a disability. This organization also helps mothers who are pregnant get education about their pregnancy, lactation consultation, and connecting them with the community resources available to help them meet their needs. Eva is passionate about helping others, as the only child of a single mother she grew up facing many challenges, but at the same time her mother was a role model for her, a true example of how to be unstoppable. The many struggles she has faced in her short life have made her understand that regardless of your current situation, you always need to “Fight to Flourish – Jennie Lusko”. Maria's Birth Story December 2018 was the due date for the birth of my firstborn daughter “Camila”. My belly was enormous to use a more graceful term. At 35-weeks my doctor found out I had high levels of amniotic fluid, per ultrasound report: severe polyhydramnios. The doctor checked me out, but he did not understand the cause because I was “healthy”. At 39 weeks on 12/07 I had a scheduled C-section early in the morning, I was taken to the OR for the surgery, and I was very scared and excited about the birth of Camila. My anesthesiologist placed the epidural but it did not numb my body, and then they put me to sleep immediately after that under general anesthesia. Little did I know what was waiting for me. When I woke up from the C-Section there wasn’t anyone around me, and I immediately knew that something was wrong. I just wanted to hold my baby, but instead my husband got into the room with a face that told me something was wrong. He told me that my baby was having trouble breathing and she needed to be flown out in an emergency flight to a bigger hospital 3 hours away from us. I was so confused, panicked, hurt, I felt that the weight of the world was over my body and I just wanted to really wake up. With the strength I had left I stand up, got into a wheel chair and kissed my baby good bye at the NICU, with no guarantees she would survive the flight. That moment broke my heart forever, my expectations and dreams of the birth of my daughter, and to this day this moment hunts before I go to bed. The nurses wanted me to pump, but  I had no energy knowing that my baby was away from me and I was still hospitalized, and couldn’t go with her. She made it safely to the other Hospital, and a few hours later my cellphone ringed with the worst news: Camila has a severe heart problem that we cannot fix here in Kansas, she needs to go now to Colorado. I think my own heart skipped a beat after that call, and after that call our lives and my expectations of motherhood changed forever. Camila's Story At 1 day old Camila had to be taken in an emergency flight from Kansas to Colorado (her second medical flight in a little over 24hrs). I asked the doctor permission to take a flight to Denver after I was discharged (4 days after my C-section). That flight was the worst nightmare of my life, I was going to pass out from the bleeding, nausea, anemia, pain and panic. I made it to Aurora, CO with my family and checked-in at the Ronald McDonalds House. Upon arrival at the hospital, I was desperate to be with my baby girl. When I got into that CICU room, she was peacefully sleeping and I just feel like I heard: "mama I was waiting for you" in my inside, that connection... I cannot explain. That same day I ended up in the ER with a very high blood pressure and unstable but I was able to be discharged at night. The next day I went back to the CICU to hold her for the first time and be with her every second, and that same day the doctors gave us the worst news of our lives. Your daughter has: Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia and MAPCAS, and this diagnosis usually has a base genetic disorder called Di George's Syndrome or 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome which she is tested positive for 3 weeks after the blood sample was taken.... That day my life was turned upside down. With these news my husband and I decided that we were not going to give into sadness but that we were going to give her the best life we could, give her the best of the best from our hearts and advocate like no other, after all, I knew God had prepared me for this moment She went through a lot: X-Rays, CTs, PICC line, 3 Hearth Catheterizations, 1 failed G-J tube Surgery, NG tubes, 1 Nissen Surgery with G-tube (which I had to advocate for and propose to the medical board since they did not know what to do with her, I had another momma help me find out about this option for her on Instagram). She was intubated multiple times, had CPAP, high flow, nasal cannula, breathing treatments ...lots of labs, meds, monitors. I knew God had not sent me to this battle without preparing me, since I had worked with every department at the rural Hospital where I gave birth (I got to learn from amazing healthcare professionals) I knew how to help her most of the time, I would provide direct care for her, even during the most critical times. She needed a 20-hour open heart and lung surgery to be able to have some chance at life, and on May 9th, 2019 at 9:00pm while I went to RMH for dinner she went into Cardiac and Respiratory arrest after getting upset while having her RT treatment. I arrived in the middle of the episode, she did not respond to epinephrine or any other meds used for resuscitation, neither CPR. She was 3 days away from her heart surgery and 2 days away from our first mother's day together. While watching the team trying to bring her back to life, I felt an unexplainable weight in my chest, I knew in my heart it was her time, because we knew there was nothing else with could do, it was her time to go to heaven, we fought a hard battle but the decision of her life in earth unfortunately was not ours. I held her lifeless and surprisingly weightless body one last time that night. We spent 5 months in the Cardiac ICU with her. I must say she had everything she needed: best medical care, us as her parents by her side at all times, her grandparents got to meet her and serve her as well, and she had 2 baby showers and had tons of things, which I took as much as I could to her hospital room so she could feel at home. After her passing all these items were sent to Venezuela for the children and moms in need, and some others were donated to Ronald McDonalds House. She never made it home, she never made it out of the hospital but she stayed forever in our hearts and minds. She changed us forever. Now I understand that her spirit was so strong, so big that her earthly and broken body could not hold. Never forgotten, always loved … My Dear Camila mommy and Daddy Love You. You can find Maria on social media here: Instagram: hopeforcamila and mariaevaitriago Resources: For more support with Di George’s Syndrome (22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome) https://www.22q.org/ https://22qfamilyfoundation.org/what-22q/22q-overview For Free Early Intervention Services and Pregnancy Support in Southwest Kansas Area: Russell Child Development Center (620)-275-0291 https://www.rcdc4kids.org/ FB: RUSSELL CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER Books for Grieving Families: “The Fight to Flourish” by Jennie Lusko “It was not supposed to be this way” by Lisa TerKeurst “Be the One to Heal Yourself” by Beth Rogerson, PhD  
In this episode, we discuss Haley’s positive induction birth story, chat about prodromal labor, epidurals, the choice to bottle feed and mental health. We also dive into what a virtual doula is and how important it is to advocate for yourself! Tune in for some awesome birth motivation and empowerment.    Haley's Bio: Haley is a mom of two wildlings. Grayson is 2.5 years old and Blakely is 5 months old. Haley has been a doula for 2 years. In addition to helping mommas out with their birthing journey, Haley also empowers her online community by providing positive affirmations and creating a safe place to express the struggles of motherhood. On her blog she also shares traveling adventures, toddler learning and endless pictures of her tribe.  You can find Haley on social media here: Instagram.com/mywanderlust.tribe Instagram.com/doula.mommanurture  Instagram.com/empowered.motherhood My BRAND NEW newborn sleep course with Andrea is OUT! Baby We're Home! Now Let's Sleep is a newborn sleep course for expectant and new parents! ⁣   It's designed to help you get a real grasp on what to expect during that newborn period, how to tackle it, and what to do if you are struggling! ⁣   It’s 40% off until TONIGHT, use the code SLEEPLAUNCH - so you can snag it for $29 here! And, it’s yours to keep forever and ever! :)⁣ ⠀⠀⁣ Interested in bundling the course with either my Newborn Basics 101 course, or either of my prenatal courses? You can! ⠀⠀⁣ Use the code: SLEEPBUNDLE to save 10% on either of these bundles!⁣  
In this episode, I answer the most commonly asked questions about the first trimester! Here are the questions I go over! What are some of the first things I should do when I find out I’m pregnant? How do I calculate my due date? Will it change? What are some of the common symptoms I may experience? Let’s talk about morning sickness Does my work environment pose any risk to my pregnancy? When do I tell my boss? Can I continue to exercise? What does first prenatal visit entail? When should I call my provider? Is bleeding/cramping normal?   Mommy Labor Nurse This episode was sponsored by yours truly! My updated prenatal courses, Birth it Up: The Natural Series and Birth it Up: The Epidural Series are OUT NOW! My courses include: 30+ Lessons with Teaching Videos! Free Access FOREVER! Free Access to my Facebook Groups Money Back Guaranteed! I will hold your hand through this entire series. This isn’t the kind of course where I leave you a book to read. I’m going to be talking to you throughout this whole course, and explaining EXACTLY what you need to know about what’s going to happen in your upcoming birth.  Go to mommylabornurse.com/podcast to take a short quiz to find out which course is best for you! Use code PODCASTLISTENER to save 20% off any course!
In this episode, I interview my friend Sandy, a lactation consultant, and we answer all of your breastfeeding questions! Here are the questions we go over! -Standard symptoms that moms will feel once they initially start to breastfeed - nipple pain, engorgement, etc. and how to help some of these remedies? -What are some of the common complaints you see in your breastfeeding group? -What are your recommendations on starting to build a freezer supply for when you return to work? -What does a typical nursing/pumping schedule look like? Is there even a schedule, and how does this change over time? -Milk supply issues - what should I do if I feel like I’m not making enough milk? -Another milk supply issue - I’m making too much, what should I do? -Nipple Shields? I Can you explain how they work and best practices? -Any last tips for moms?   Sandy's Bio: Sandy is a Lamaze trained Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Consultant and works in Labor and Delivery at WakeMed Raleigh Campus. Sandy has 21 years of experience working with mothers and babies.     SPONSOR: Mommy Knows Best Today’s episode is sponsored by Mommy Knows Best! Mommy Knows Best empowers all moms with the tools and resources necessary to give your newborn the best start in life! From an assortment of delicious lactation cookies to supplements and beyond, their products contain all natural herbal remedies traditionally and effectively used for generations to treat low milk supply. Whether you’re a new mom or a pro, Mommy Knows Best gives you plenty of options, all of which are created with the health and safety of both baby and mom in mind.  Plus, I’m really excited to tell you they just added a new gluten and dairy free lactation cookie mix this week!  Use code: LABORNURSE10 to get 10% off all Mommy Knows Best products valid at MommyKnowsBest.com!
In this episode, Jasmine shares her preemie story at 25 weeks. Jasmine's Bio: Jasmine Hill is a 27 year old, soon to be mother of 2, a prematurity awareness advocate and an entrepreneur who develops natural hair care products to women of all backgrounds. She has been married to her husband for almost 4 years, and was not expecting to be able to get pregnant due to her stage 4 endometriosis. However she and her husband both received the shock of their lives when they found out they were expecting in Nov of 2018. Little did they they know, their pregnancy would have some issues that could have potentially caused their son to be born premature and spend 108 days in the NICU. Due to their experience Jasmine's husband, Rodney, has developed a small clothing line to raise awareness about preterm births and prematurity, She currently 7 months pregnant again, due in April of this year. Here is their story.     Jasmine's Birth Story My whole pregnancy from week 10, I was having UTI/kidney issues but the doctors could never pinpoint what was going on. At 22 weeks went back to the hospital, and was admitted again for possible kidney infection. The results were negative to any bacteria. However, at this point I started contracting not knowing I was, so they put a monitor on me to view my contractions and sure enough they were true because it dilated my cervix 1cm. In the following week, I had multiple OB appointments, maternal specialist appointment and coming to find out I was 80% effaced and my cervix measured 1.5cm in length. I was devastated. I did not want my baby to come at 24 weeks. Upon the doctors examining she sent me directly to the hospital for bed rest. I was there for about a week, had various scans and ultrasound and funny thing, Is nothing was wrong with Miguel he was always fine. A strong little guy! The doctors were doing all they could to keep him in. Mag drips, steroid shots, morphine, change positions, relaxation but Miguel had a mind of his own. At about 8p March 30. I was having some unusual pain, like menstrual pain combined with terrible back aches and I called the nurse who called the doctor. They just gave me more mag. About 2 hours later the pain increased and I started to bleed. The doctor who examined me and said I was still just 2cm and no change. I did not think that to be true. He gave me morphine, and it worked for about 2 hours and through the night the pain was just excruciating! I could hardly sleep let alone breathe. It got so bad I called for the doc again but he said he was just gonna leave me for the morning doctor. I was livid! But it worked out to be a blessing because the night before, I prayed if I was gonna deliver I wanted a specific doctor and that morning that is exactly who walked in. From that point I knew it was a lot we were up against but God was holding our hand.As soon as she came in, she did an ultrasound and a cervical check and told me..."we are going to be delivering your baby today. You are fully dilated...I was shocked but reassured. Instantly I was rushed into the delivery room and asked if I wanted a epidural. Of course I consented because of the pain I had been in. I was in so much pain, I didn't even know they had given it to me, but Once it was given, I shook for a little bit and then I slept for 2 whole hours. Then she came back in and said he is crowning and ready to come out. His head is coming out. It took all of 2 pushes to get him out. On March 31st at 12:46pm Miguel was at 25 weeks 2 days gestation and came out weighing 1lb 10oz. Although small, red and extremely premature our little fight let out the loudest cry with his eyes opened to show us God had him. Though has been thru many struggles such as, anemia, brain bleeds, lung bleeds, possible sepsis, pneumonia, UTI, and been on 5 different levels of respiratory support. With faith, we all have made it thru the N.I.C.U journey 108 days later weighing 7lbs 4oz. We are happy to have him home now for about 6 months and now weighing 21lbs. We owe all of his and our strength to God for looking out for him and not forgetting us.   SPONSOR: Betterhelp Is there something interfering with your happiness or is preventing you from achieving your goals? Betterhelp will assess your needs and match you with your own licensed professional therapist. There is a broad range of expertise in Betterhelp’s counselor network which may not be locally available in many areas. You’ll get timely and thoughtful responses, plus you can schedule weekly video or phone sessions so you won’t ever have to sit in an uncomfortable waiting room as with traditional therapy! Betterhelp wants you to start living a happier life TODAY. Our listeners get 10% off your first month at trybetterhelp.com/labornurse! 
In this episode, I interview my friend Ryann all about pregnancy nutrition and other factors that relate such as cravings, morning sickness, prenatal vitamins, and more! Here are the questions we go over! -When should we start thinking about dietary needs in regards to pregnancy? Before…or once you find out? -What are some of the most important nutrients needed during pregnancy? -What about morning sickness, how do I get nutrients? If I’m sick all the time, is my baby being depleted? -Talk to us about prenatal vitamins, how do I look for a good quality one? Aren’t they all the same? -I have some intense cravings, should I just listen to my body or should I restrict my crazy cravings? -DAIRY! I am normally lactose intolerant but for some reason I’m not now that I’m pregnant, what is up with that? -Let’s talk about anemia and iron needs-adding iron through foods and/or taking supplements, when it’s needed. -Kombucha, what is the deal…is it safe? -Do you have experience with counseling women who have Gestational Diabetes? What are some things you tell them in regards to diet? -Weight gain….what if I’m “gaining too much weight” what do I do?   Ryann's Bio: Ryann is a clinically trained Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Lactation Educator, and Author of The Feel-Good Pregnancy Cookbook. She is the founder of The Prenatal Nutritionist, a virtual nutrition private practice, which focuses on preparing women for pregnancy and conquering nutrition during and after pregnancy. She helps women feel confident in their ability to properly nourish a growing baby through a real food approach. Aside from one on one nutrition counseling, Ryann is a nutrition writer, recipe developer, and nutrition content creator. You can find her most often on her popular Instagram account @prenatalnutritionist.     FREE 5-day prenatal meal plan: bit.ly/5daymealplan Learn about Ryann's new online program: bit.ly/pplusmethod Instagram: instagram.com/prenatalnutritionist
In this episode, I go over a highly requested topic that you guys have sent me: EPIDURALS!! Here are the questions we go over! 1. What is it like to get an epidural? What Is the procedure like? 2. What are some common side effects & complications? 3. Common myths vs facts regarding epidurals?   SPONSORS Larken Larken was born out of a struggle to find a comfortable and simple way to nurse and pump. While pumping and nursing their daughters, the Larken Co-Founders tried several bulky, ill-fitting tops and bras with irritating elastic and cumbersome snaps and zippers. Frustrated with the options on the market, they knew there had to be a better way. So they designed it. Their all-in-one nursing and hands-free pumping bra is the first without any irritating elastic, snaps, zippers, or other hardware. It's super easy to use and ultra-comfortable. It provides relaxed support without being restrictive. All of their products are hardware free and are made with incredibly soft, breathable materials with great stretch and recovery so they can adapt to mom's changing body. Their customers have shared that they love being able to wear them all day for easy transitions between nursing and pumping without ever having to change bras or undress, and they also sleep in them at night because of how comfortable they are.  We've been named by The Bump, Scary Mommy, US Weekly and New York Magazine as a best hands-free pumping bra. Use code LIESEL15 for 15% off any Larken products at Larken.com! 
Maria’s Birth Story: Maria Topper is a 23 year old mom of 2, blogger, and activist, she lives  in germany with her kids and they’re a blended family.  she uses her voice and social channels to talk about motherhood and its realities.  At 19 years old she found out she was pregnant, she was living in a foreign country and a seemingly normal pregnancy turned into any mom to be worst scenario when doctors refused to listen to her and she developed eclampsia.  She delivered a baby at 30 weeks via emergency c section, and her baby girl spent 6 weeks in the NICU. Adjusting to life after the NICU wasn’t easy and she suffered with PPD and PTSD.    Few years later she wanted to extend her family and was met by the hard road that trying to conceive can be for some couples, after multiple miscarriages she was diagnosed with anti phospholipid syndrome but was able to get pregnant and delivered a healthy term baby via Vbac.    Maria urges moms to be to use their voice during pregnancy, to stand up for themselves if needed and know that they are important as are their feelings and concerns.    “Don’t worry about being THAT pregnant lady, it might save your baby”    You can follow Maria on social media here: Instagram.com/maria.ftopper Mariatopper.com   SPONSORS: Juna Today's episode is sponsored by Juna. Juna is THE companion app for your Motherhood Journey. Juna was created to provide scientifically backed, up to date fitness and nutrition information, all in one place. When you download Juna you’ll enter your baby’s due date -- if you’re expecting or your babies birthday  if you’ve already had your baby and you'll be put directly into the appropriate week of your journey. There’s a key nutrient every single week with recipe suggestions, a daily trimester specific workout, and pregnancy and postpartum tips from the team at Juna. There’s really no other app like it out there. Juna is giving a special offer to Mommy Labor Nurse Listeners so right now you can get Juna  for 20% off your subscription by using the code LIESEL at subscribe.juna.co.   
In this episode, my friend Marta and I went over some important topics related to OBGYN. Here are the questions we go over! 1. Let’s talk about preconception visits, are they necessary, what exactly does one entail? 2. Genetic screening tests, pros, cons, how invasive, what does it tell you? 3. High risk pregnancies-why you do NST’s, what else do you do during a high risk pregnancy? 4. Inductions-pros and cons? 5. How are OB’s trained, what kind of places do you all work? 6. How do you find a provider who you can trust?   Marta's Bio:   Dr. Marta Perez is a practicing OB-GYN in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to a busy practice taking care of women of all ages, delivering babies, and performing surgery, she enjoys spending time with her fiance and puppy, running, yoga, cooking, reading, and creating educational content for my IG to help women live their happiest, healthiest lives.   You can follow Marta on social media here:   Instagram: @Marta Perez  Youtube channel:  Marta Perez Website: drmartaperez.com - sign up for my newsletter! SPONSOR: Mommy Knows Best Today’s episode is sponsored by Mommy Knows Best! Mommy Knows Best empowers all moms with the tools and resources necessary to give your newborn the best start in life! From an assortment of delicious lactation cookies to supplements and beyond, their products contain all natural herbal remedies traditionally and effectively used for generations to treat low milk supply. Whether you’re a new mom or a pro, Mommy Knows Best gives you plenty of options, all of which are created with the health and safety of both baby and mom in mind.  Plus, I’m really excited to tell you they just added a new gluten and dairy free lactation cookie mix this week!  Use code: LABORNURSE10 to get 10% off all Mommy Knows Best products valid at MommyKnowsBest.com!
There are a lot of questions and fear surrounding labor! In this episode, I go over some common labor and delivery fears such as pooping, tearing, c-sections, and more! Here are the questions we go over!   Will I poop/what if I poop? What if I tear/how bad will I tear? What if I have to have a C-section? How bad does labor actually hurt? What if it’s too late to get an epidural? How does a baby legit fit through my vagina? Sources:  https://mommylabornurse.com/how-to-prevent-tearing-during-delivery/ https://mommylabornurse.com/scheduled-c-section-what-to-expect/ SPONSORS: Kindred Bravely Kindred Bravely is a company built on love—a love that is poured into every piece of clothing they bring to life. Their clothes are meticulously designed to make your motherhood journey easier, from the bump to the breast and beyond. You deserve to look and feel great all of the time, Mama! They have two goals: creating maternity and nursing clothes that are beautiful, useful, and comfortable, and building a community of moms who support and encourage each other on the motherhood journey. Kindred Bravely has donated over $500,000 worth of Hands-Free Pumping and Nursing Bras to mamas who are currently working in healthcare during this pandemic as a thank you for what they’re doing every day. Use code MLN20 to get 20% off all Kindred Bravely products (excluding gift cards and bundles) at KindredBravely.com!   Mommy Labor Nurse This episode was sponsored by yours truly! My Newborn Basics 101 course is OUT NOW! This course includes: 20+ Lessons with Text and Audio! Full E-book of the course Baby Gear & Home Essentials Checklist Free Access FOREVER! Free Access to my Postpartum Facebook Group Money Back Guaranteed! Newborns can be scary - I get it! I've been there, not having a CLUE what I was doing as a new mom. You can expect a lot of detailed information, troubleshooting, step-by-step guides, and tips/takeaways from a fellow mom.   Click here to check it out! Use code PODCASTLISTENER to save 20% off! (Excluding bundles)
In this episode, my friend Meaghan shares her induction experience followed by an agonizing 4th degree vaginal tear! Meaghan's Birth Story: Pre-pregnancy I was diagnosed with Chrohn’s disease and PCOS. Finding out I was pregnant was a huge surprise, but a welcomed one! My Chrohn’s symptoms were completely suppressed in pregnancy, and I was able to be off my medication the entire time which was unexpected! After a pretty normal pregnancy, I was induced 5 days after my due date on a Wednesday night. After about 12 hours of pitocin and cytotec to soften the cervix not much was happening and a foley balloon was placed to get my cervix to 4cm. I had a foley balloon in for almost 10 hours and Thursday late afternoon I was finally at 4cm and able to remove the balloon. Within a few hours, I reached around 7cm and the doctor broke my bag of water manually. I was able to try a “walking” epidural where there is no lidocaine so I could get pain relief and stay out of bed. Within 30 minutes I was asked to stay seated because of stress on the baby, so I switch to a full epidural. I got to 9 1/2 cm late Thursday night and stayed there for about 8 hours until 7 AM. My nurse practiced spinning babies and many positions to help, but it was long and I was tired! I started pushing 9:30am Friday and delivered my son at 1:30 after 4 hours of pushing! He came out with his fist next to his head, and many of my tissues or a weakened from Crohn’s so there was initial obvious tearing. My son had to go to the nicU initially for breathing, and in that time my doctor discovered I have a fourth-Degree tear. Which she said was the second in her 15 year career. After about an hour of active stitching in a second doctor to help I was stitched up and asked to rest. I was able to see my son a few hours later from the nicU and he was doing great. Later that day when the nurses try to get me out of bed, I fainted. This continue to happen through the night so I wasn’t able to leave my bed. The next morning it showed my blood count was down 40% and I wouldn’t be able to go to bed until I got a blood transfusion or wait it out with saline. I got two bags of blood and by the end of Saturday was able to take a shower and get out of bed. Thankfully my husband was a huge help And baby was doing great and breast-feeding well. Healing a tear that bad it’s tough work and made for a tough postpartum. I had two infections that are so painful I could barely stand that came with high fevers and  I had anabiotic’s for both. Because of the anabiotic’s the baby and I both had thrush which a different medication as needed for. After about five weeks I finally started feeling more myself and able to fully care for my baby right when my husband went back to work. I’ve done pelvic floor therapy since six weeks postpartum and it’s helped a ton. I’m still dealing with tailbone pain if I sit too long And pain with intercourse, but have plans to see a specialist about scar tissue and potential trapped nerves. Coming out of my delivery I couldn’t find a lot of information about tears this bad, and I want to encourage others that you can really do the work to get a lot of your body back and it can be OK. Meaghan's Bio: Meagan lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband Zac and son Lincoln, who is turning one in August. Meagan previously worked in hospitality sales before choosing to stay home with Lincoln. She loves to cook, take walks with their dog ralphie and read.        SPONSORS: Mommy Knows Best Mommy Knows Best empowers all moms with the tools and resources necessary to give your newborn the best start in life! From an assortment of delicious lactation cookies to supplements and beyond, their products contain all natural herbal remedies traditionally and effectively used for generations to treat low milk supply. Whether you’re a new mom or a pro, Mommy Knows Best gives you plenty of options, all of which are created with the health and safety of both baby and mom in mind.    Plus, I’m really excited to tell you they just added a new gluten and dairy free lactation cookie mix!    Use code LABORNURSE10 to get 10% off all Mommy Knows Best products valid on Amazon or MommyKnowsBest.com!   Kindred Bravely Kindred Bravely is a company built on love—a love that is poured into every piece of clothing they bring to life. Their clothes are meticulously designed to make your motherhood journey easier, from the bump to the breast and beyond. You deserve to look and feel great all of the time, Mama! They have two goals: creating maternity and nursing clothes that are beautiful, useful, and comfortable, and building a community of moms who support and encourage each other on the motherhood journey. Kindred Bravely has donated over $500,000 worth of Hands-Free Pumping and Nursing Bras to mamas who are currently working in healthcare during this pandemic as a thank you for what they're doing every day. Use code MLN20 to get 20% off all Kindred Bravely products (excluding gift cards and bundles) at KindredBravely.com! Mommy Labor Nurse This episode was sponsored by yours truly! My updated prenatal courses, Birth it Up: The Natural Series and Birth it Up: The Epidural Series are OUT NOW! My courses include: 30+ Lessons with Teaching Videos! Free Access FOREVER! Free Access to my Facebook Groups Money Back Guaranteed! I will hold your hand through this entire series. This isn't the kind of course where I leave you a book to read. I'm going to be talking to you throughout this whole course, and explaining EXACTLY what you need to know about what's going to happen in your upcoming birth.  Click here to take a short quiz to find out which course is best for you! Use code PODCASTLISTENER to save 20% off any course!
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