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The Birth Hour - A Birth Story Podcast

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Whether you are pregnant and looking for inspirational birth stories through your pregnancy, trying to conceive, breastfeeding, and postpartum; if you're a first time mom or a veteran parent of multiple children, you can learn, laugh and maybe even cry a little at these moving childbirth stories from people willing to share one of the most intimate moments of their lives.
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Brittany and Mickey worked with a team of 2 midwives who delivered at their local hospital. COVID threw a wrench in their baby plans, and she ended up needing a medically required induction. When the first two induction methods didn’t work, Brittany was started on Pitocin. Thanks to their doula (who the hospital made a one-time-COVID exception for), they were able to make it through 19 hours of labor without an epidural. Become a listener supporter at patreon.com/birthhour! Sponsor: Cord Blood Registry - Use code HOUR at cordblood.com for 60% off. 
At Nathalie’s twenty week ultrasound, she learned that she was at high risk for placental challenges and pre-term labor. In the eighteen weeks between her twenty week ultrasound and birth, she would make over 52 visits to various doctor's offices, including twice-weekly non-stress tests and dopplers. The gravity of Nathalie’s health challenges and her desire to make it to term caused an overwhelming amount of stress. To cope with her anxiety, Nathalie turned to Expectful's meditations and hypnobirthing. Within one week of using Expectful, Nathalie saw her condition stabilize, and she was able to make it to term. expectful.com/birthhour for 14 day free trial
Andrea used hypnobirthing for her two births. Her births were similar in that they both lasted about 8 hours with 20 minutes of pushing. Her first birth to her daughter ended with meconium presenting and a third degree tear. Her second birth was started via induction. After a failed epidural, Andrea gave birth to a surprisingly huge 10lb 12oz boy. Go to thebirthhour.com/peanut for a special offer from this episode's sponsor Peanut!
After a 20 hour labor, Liesel delivered her son epidural-free at the hospital (and department) where she worked. This episode is sponsored by Grove Collaborative. Go to grove.co/birthhour for a special offer!
After learning she had fibroids shortly after she started her TTC journey, Mabel decided to have a laparoscopic myomectomy done to remove multiple fibroids from within her uterine wall. The journey to get pregnant continued on for another 2 years before she got a positive pregnancy test. She had a relatively smooth pregnancy except for fibroid degeneration and gestational diabetes. Her son was born vaginally after a 36 hour labor.
On this episode, Lauren returns to share her second birth story. Sponsors: Pharmaca. Go to pharmaca.com/birthhour for 20% off! Literati. For 25% off your first TWO orders, go to literati.com/birthhour!
This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
Hillary shares her birth story and about her postpartum challenges with nursing and gallstones. Become a listener supporter at patreon.com/birthhour! Sign up for the Know Your Options Childbirth Course at https://courses.thebirthhour.com/course
Along with sharing her birth story, Danielle discusses experiencing several early miscarriages and being diagnosed with preeclampsia. Become a listener supporter at patreon.com/birthhour! Sign up for the Know Your Options Childbirth Course at https://courses.thebirthhour.com/course
Jane shares about her unexplained infertility issues, adoption, pregnancy via IUI, and homebirth. Become a listener supporter at patreon.com/birthhour
After an uncomplicated, swift, birth center birth with her first son in 2018, Lauren was caught off guard when her second son was still breech at 36 weeks. Become a listener-supporter at Patreon!
Sarah planned an unmedicated hospital birth with her first child, but eventually got an epidural after becoming frustrated with a difference in cervical checks done by the nurse and the on-call doctor. For her second, she decided to try again for an unmedicated birth and decided to hire a doula for extra support. This episode is sponsored by Grove Collaborative. Visit grove.co/birthhour for a free gift with your first purchase!
This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
Kaitlyn was worried that her PCOS and irregular cycles would be a problem when she and her husband Brett started trying to conceive their first child. The day before she planned to start her first round of fertility drugs, they found out they were expecting. Become a listener supporter at patreon.com/birthhour You can find the Peanut app at thebirthhour.com/peanut
On this new episode of our Know Your Options series, we are discussing COVID-19 and what we are seeing in regards to care during pregnancy and childbirth as well as planning for postpartum. We have added content to our Know Your Options course covering COVID-19 and are always talking about this in our bi-weekly Zoom calls for our students.  Sign up for the Know Your Options Childbirth course at thebirthhour.com/course and use the code 100OFF for $100 off enrollment.
Rachel had a textbook pregnancy and planned an unmedicated hospital birth with the support of her husband, midwife, and doula. Her labor began in the intimacy of her home as desired, but after arriving at the hospital, it was determined that scar tissue on her cervix was stalling progress. After 39 hours of labor, she was able to deliver her son. Become a listener supporter at patreon.com/birthhour!
This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in our private Facebook group, and other bonus content. We are so appreciative of your support!
After a happy and straightforward birth with her first child, Priscilla, Katherine started thinking about the idea of home birth. Become a Birth Hour listener-supporter at patreon.com/birthhour
Courtney became pregnant with her first child and quickly began researching all the ways to prepare for a healthy natural birth. After seeing one of her favorite YouTubers have a beautiful home birth it opened her eyes beyond hospital birthing.
Elana's birth story went as she hoped - she had a planned hospital birth with an epidural that was 12 hours start to finish. The doctors & hospital were kind & compassionate, and really helped create a special experience.
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Comments (12)

Adrine S

This doctor can not see how she opted in for every procedure available?! You touch the physiology of birth in every single possible way. Result a 33 weeker and complementation. And then you repeat a csection? Have you heard of microbiome? I will definitely read your content.

Oct 29th
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Allison Bothley

appreciate her sharing but this episode freaked me out.

Jan 15th
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Adrine S

She starts the episode saying she thinks people over research. So she doesn't inform herself at all. Chooses an elective surgery. Has a miscarriage and placenta previa and only then starts to think about how her uninformed decision had consequences. Just don't commit this mistake. Inform yourselves! There's no such thing as over informed.

Dec 19th
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Allysia Brown

this similar to my story (traumatic csection but successful vbac). just had my baby July 22! I actually changed my health provider at 36 weeks because she became a bait n switch. I used a midwife practice the last month of my pregnancy. congrats momma

Aug 8th
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Shannon OC

This podcast got me through my pregnancy! I mined the archived episodes every single day from the beginning of my second trimester, to the day I gave birth. I love it 👶💜🤰

May 10th
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Callie Wall

is it just my device, or is there no audio..?

Apr 23rd
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Honey Badger

the last half hour was so uncomfortable to listen to, it was like she was having her own one sided therapy session

Apr 3rd
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Honey Badger

Wonderful to listen to all her birth stories. My favorite so far ❤️

Mar 22nd
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Emily Dunn

She has such an amazing attitude and sweet spirit even though she went through so much!! Loved this episode!!!

Feb 25th
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