The Birth Hour - A Birth Story Podcast

By Bryn Huntpalmer

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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.

Episode Date
525|Military Base Birth in Japan During COVID & Postpartum Preeclampsia - Laurel Simon
56:48

When Laurel found out that she would give birth to her first child at an overseas military base,  she was elated! Although she was committed to choreographing a local production of Mary Poppins in the third trimester, she thought that pregnancy (having started smoothly) would continue in run-of-the-mill fashion. However, the OBGYN clinic on base recommended  inducing Laurel due to blood pressure concerns.

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Nov 26, 2020
524| Fallopian Tube Cyst and Breech Baby Cesarean Birth - Hannah Wildhaber
01:02:33

At her 37 week appointment, Hannah’s OBGYN discovered that her baby was in the breech position and had also developed a heart arrhythmia. She was sent to Labor and Delivery for further follow up and an ultrasound. The doctors discovered that her baby was measuring in the 96th percentile for weight and her amniotic fluid levels were lower than they would have liked to see. They were recommending an urgent Cesarean section that evening. Of course, Hannah’s Husband was on the ocean fishing during this time. Luckily, he was able to make it back with an hour and twenty-six minutes before baby was born.

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Nov 24, 2020
Setting Boundaries & Expectations Postpartum - 'Know Your Options' Bonus Episode 6
15:20

Setting boundaries with your loved ones is one of the tricky things about having a baby that no one really talks about in childbirth preparation. But Stephanie and I have both personally dealt with this and we know how important it is so we want to go over how to get on the same page with your partner and how to approach issues with your extended family. Be sure to grab my favorite free printable download yet that goes over some of the questions you should be asking each other and tips on how to navigate and set postpartum boundaries.

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Nov 22, 2020
Partner Podcast Preview - Lynneric Topham
02:01

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!

Nov 20, 2020
523| Precipitous Birth Center Birth Story After Difficult Loss of Loved One - Megan Freeland
33:13

After a fast labor with her first child (episode 397), Megan expected to labor quickly with her second, but she was unprepared for just how fast things would happen. Megan was in labor for just under 3 hours and struggled to avoid pushing for the 30-minute car ride to the birth center. She delivered her daughter just 2 minutes after walking barefoot into the birth center.

Nov 19, 2020
522| Positive Epidural Birth But Husband Missed it Due to Positive Covid-19 Test - JoAnne Sines
49:37

When JoAnne was almost 9 months pregnant, Adam contracted the coronavirus and tested positive on two separate occasions several weeks apart. JoAnne and Adam had to spend the last six weeks of her pregnancy completely separated.

Nov 18, 2020
521| Prenatal Down Syndrome Diagnosis & Unplanned Cesarean Birth - Megan Edelman
01:02:09

Megan shares about finding out her son, Bert, had Down syndrome during pregnancy, as well as her birth story and about Bert's two surgeries postpartum: having a gastronomy tube placed at two months; and, open-heart surgery at four months.

Nov 17, 2020
Partner Podcast Preview - Quinn Gonder
02:22

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!

Nov 13, 2020
520|Two Homebirth Birth Stories - Rachel Ramsey
56:01

Rachel shares her two homebirth stories, one with a doula, one without.

 

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Nov 12, 2020
519| Unmedicated Hospital, Birth Center & Homebirth Births - Christina Reynolds
01:38:22

Christina shares her three birth and postpartum stories.

Nov 10, 2020
Reduce Risk of Tearing - 'Know Your Options' Bonus 5
14:11

Worrying about giving birth and what your vagina will be like afterwards is completely normal. Naturally, most of us want to do everything possible to reduce the risk of tearing, so today we are discussing this very topic!

Sign up for the Know Your Options Childbirth course at thebirthhour.com/course and use the code 100OFF for $100 off enrollment.

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Nov 09, 2020
Partner Podcast Preview - Dave Siemion
04:06

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!

Nov 06, 2020
518| 3 Pregnancies & Births with Severe Papillary Nephrocalcinosis - Morgan Watson
57:42

Morgan shares her three birth stories and the complications arising during each.

Nov 05, 2020
517| Infertility & IVF Journey + How it Impacts Pregnancy, Birth, & Postpartum - Brett Russo
33:28

Brett and her husband went through two IUIs and 5 rounds of IVF. On their fourth round they had two viable embryos and both transfers eventually became her two sons. Brett says the experience of going through IVF nearly broke her but just before it did it she fought back and ending up learning things about herself that she never knew. Since then she has made it her goal to help other women suffering in silence to feel less alone in their struggles with infertility.

Nov 03, 2020
Natural Coping Techniques for Labor - 'Know Your Options' Bonus 4
16:15

Nearly every laboring person in some capacity will need to cope with contractions unmedicated at some point. Even if you are planning for an epidural, you aren't automatically hooked up to an epidural the moment you feel that first contraction! You will find useful tips in this bonus episode and free download!

Sign up for the Know Your Options Childbirth course at thebirthhour.com/course and use the code 100OFF for $100 off enrollment.

Nov 03, 2020
Partner Podcast Preview - Brian Goss
03:38

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!

Oct 30, 2020
516| Two Birth Center Births & PPROM Baby with Congenital Heart Defects - Valerie Rowekamp
01:07:08

Valerie shares her three birth stories, focusing on her third, Rex, who spent over 3 months in the hospital and had 4 open heart surgeries before he was 8 months old.

Oct 29, 2020
515| OB/GYN has a Preemie by C-section with Inadequate Anesthesia - Nicole Rankins
40:44

During Nicole's first pregnancy, her baby was diagnosed with a rare intestinal malformation called duodenal atresia. She went into labor at 32 weeks and went on to have a c-section with inadequate anesthesia. Her baby had surgery 3 days after birth and spent a month in the NICU. This experience has helped Nicole better serve her patients as an OB/GYN.

Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins is a board-certified, practicing OB/GYN and mom of 2 who empowers first time moms to feel supported and prepared for pregnancy and birth. Over the last 15 years she’s helped more than 1,000 babies come into this world and has demystified pregnancy and childbirth for thousands more women through her 5-star rated All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast, her free online birth plan class, and her signature online program - The Birth Preparation Course. Visit her website www.drnicolerankins.com and follow her on Instagram @drnicolerankins.

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Oct 27, 2020
How to Handle Tricky Situations with Hospital Staff - 'Know Your Options' Bonus 3
20:10

When it comes to dealing with unsupportive hospital staff or conflicting information it can be easy to feel overwhelmed or stunned, especially in the moment. Today Stephanie and I are talking about key phrases to use when you find yourself in one of these situations and other tips to keep in mind so you are prepared for all of the different potential scenarios.

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Oct 27, 2020
Partner Podcast Preview - Jason Lynch
04:01

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!

Oct 23, 2020
514| Miscarriage, Postdates Induction, & Postpartum Cyst - Victoria Singh
50:28

Victoria shares the story of her miscarriage, and subsequent birth.

Oct 22, 2020
513| Natalie Diaz's Twin Birth Story
01:26:31

Natalie is the Pied Piper of twin families around the globe. Founding Twiniversity — the world’s leading support network for multiple birth families — in 2009, she’s become the global influencer for this small niche community. Reaching over a million families a week through Twiniversity’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube channels, moms and dads of twins flock to Twiniversity to find resources, ask questions, explore new products, and find community and support from other twin parents. Natalie is a true connector, bringing parents from all walks of life together, breaking past cultural differences, to share in the highs and lows of parenting twins. Natalie’s book, “What To Do When You’re Having Two” is a global bestseller in Twins & Multiples Parenting.

Oct 21, 2020
512| Planned Homebirth turned Emergent Hospital Induction - Grace Greene
01:20:42

After two straightforward, unmedicated births (one hospital birth with an OB, the other a homebirth with a midwife), Grace planned another homebirth with a midwife. Those plans changed immediately when she noticed her baby had stopped moving at 41 weeks and her birth quickly changed to an emergent hospital induction.

Oct 20, 2020
Finding an Evidence Based Hospital— 'Know Your Options' Bonus 2
14:27

When it comes to finding a hospital, there are some key things to look for to ensure you will be setting yourself up for the most mother-baby friendly care possible!

Today Stephanie and I are talking about questions you can ask prior to choosing where you will give birth. Because many doctors only have privileges at certain hospitals, you may want to look into the hospitals early on in your care when choosing a doctor. Stephanie is a doula, lactation consultant and certified childbirth educator so you will definitely want to soak in all of her amazing knowledge!

Grab your free download: Guide to Finding an Evidence Based Hospital!

You can also go straight to thebirthhour.com/course to sign up for our Know Your Options course today! Use code 100OFF for $100 off your enrollment. 

Oct 19, 2020
Partner Podcast Preview - Keira Ward
02:37

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!

Oct 16, 2020
511| Giving Birth during COVID-19 with Preeclampsia, Cholestasis, & Terminal Diagnosis of One Twin - Alina Bazyler
01:13:02

After naturally conceiving twins, Alina and her husband were told by doctors that one of their twins would pass away shortly after birth.

Oct 15, 2020
510| Positive Hospital Birth with Hypnobirthing & Midwife - Justina Perry
41:21

Justina conceived in 2019, and saw the same midwife for all of her pregnancy care and for her baby’s birth. Justina gives credit to the midwifery model of care and a Hypnobirthing course for her positive birth experience. 

Oct 13, 2020
Finding an Evidence Based Care Provider— 'Know Your Options' Bonus Episode 1
16:09

When it comes to finding a doctor, does it ever make you feel completely stuck? How do you know if they will be right for you?

Today Stephanie and I are talking about why we recommend finding an evidence based care provider and how you can tell if the person you're interviewing (YES, you should absolutely be interviewing your providers!) is practicing evidence based care. Stephanie is a doula, lactation counselor, and certified childbirth educator so you will definitely want to soak in all of her amazing knowledge!

Grab your free download: Guide to Finding an Evidence Based Provider!

You can also go straight to thebirthhour.com/course to sign up for our Know Your Options course today! Use code 100OFF for $100 off your enrollment. 

Oct 12, 2020
Partner Podcast Preview - Aaron Sanchez
05:11

This is a preview of our new 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!

Oct 09, 2020
509| Textbook Pregnancy and Labor But Unexpected Ritgen's Maneuver During Pushing - Emily Griffith
44:16

Emily's labor was easy, calm, and quiet thanks to her attentive husband, supportive doula, and hands-off birth team. After an hour of pushing, the doctor assisted Emily using the Ritgen’s maneuver and Elijah David was born. Emily began hemorrhaging moments later and was stabilized with the use of medication and a bakari balloon.

Oct 08, 2020
508| Rainbow Baby Hospital Birth with Midwives After Miscarriage - Mimi Maitrichith
37:28

After suffering a difficult pregnancy and miscarriage, Mimi planned for an unmedicated hospital birth with midwives. She shares the story of her rainbow baby and discusses how her husband prepared for and took on the role of doula.

Oct 06, 2020
Partner Podcast Preview - Doug Wiest
02:56

This is a preview of our new 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!

Oct 02, 2020
507| Repeated False Labors, Bedrest, & Homebirth Birth Story - Caroline Snider
01:11:32

Caroline is back to share her second birth story!

Oct 01, 2020
506| Peaceful Birth Center Birth and Hospital Induction with Posterior Baby - Jasmine Holmes
57:59

Jasmine shares her birth stories and discusses experiencing the unrealized fears of her first birth during her second.

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Sep 29, 2020
505| Unmedicated Hospital Birth & Homebirth with Breastfeeding Complications - Linnaea Headlee-Borden
01:07:45

Linnaea shares her two birth stories and relates complications with breastfeeding after her second.

Sep 26, 2020
504| Same-Sex Couple in China Returns to U.S. During COVID for Birth - Elizabeth Tucker
47:43

Elizabeth shares her experience having to leave China during COVID-19 only to find out it was in the U.S. and having to change her birth plans.

Sep 24, 2020
503| Two Hospital Inductions at 37 Weeks - Meghan Pow
52:04

Both of Meghan’s births were, coincidentally, hospital inductions at 37 weeks.

Sep 22, 2020
502| Accidental Unassisted Homebirth - Deborah Woodson
50:19

After an uneventful pregnancy, Deborah thought she had planned for all aspects of her labor and delivery; but, she never anticipated having an unexpectedly quick labor and unassisted delivery.

Sep 17, 2020
501| Two VBACs (One During Wildfire Evacuation) after Cesarean Birth - Tayla Malott
01:19:59

Tayla shares her three birth stories.

Sep 15, 2020
500| Unplanned Cesarean Followed by Empowering Twins VBAC - Erica Beal
38:49

After a disempowering birth with her first son that nearly ended in tragedy, Erica vowed to have a different experience when she got pregnant again.

Sep 10, 2020
499| Pain Free, Enjoyable Homebirth Experience - Ashley Renwick
01:21:28

Ashley's labor started late on the evening on May 3rd 2018. She was unable to fall asleep that night after what she thought was an upset belly and turned out to be the beginning of her laboring journey.

Sep 08, 2020
498| Switching from Hospital to Homebirth During COVID-19 - Megan Halicki
43:46

At 30 weeks, Megan changed her birthing plan from a hospital birth to a home birth after finding out she might not have any support person (including her partner) in the room due to Covid-19.

Sep 03, 2020
497| Military Family: Two Hospital Birth Stories with Pitocin - Kemah Muñoz
53:15

Kemah shares her two pregnancy, birth, and postpartum stories.

Sep 01, 2020
496| Two Homebirths and Cesarean Birth Due to Placenta Previa - Audra Fullerton
01:08:44

Audra shares her cesarean birth stories.

Aug 27, 2020
495|Pregnancy after 40 and Gentle Cesarean Birth with Meg Tietz
01:05:37

Returning guest, Meg Tietz, shares her most recent birth story, a gentle cesarean.

Aug 25, 2020
494| Birth Center Birth Story in Brooklyn, NY - Nijsha Nesbitt [REBROADCAST]
26:45

Nijsha shares her birth story, and discusses the support of her partner, doula, and midwives who helped her get through 18 hours of labor.

Aug 20, 2020
493| Homebirth in Hawaii Birth Story - Bree Poort
58:10

Bree and her husband, Bobby, planned for a home birth in their home on the island of Oahu in Hawaii with a local midwife. Bree went into labor the day before her due date and labored all night in the tub.

Aug 18, 2020
492| 23 Week Loss Due to Incompetent Cervix and Rainbow Baby Birth Story - Bree Dirkmaat
55:26

Bree shares her stories of loss and birth.

Aug 13, 2020
491| Hospital Induction with Doula Birth Story - Amy Thomas Ryan
45:29

After developing a robust unmedicated birth plan for her March 6th due date, Amy learned at about 32 weeks that her blood pressure was such that an induction a few weeks early would be very likely.

Aug 11, 2020
490| Scheduled Cesarean Birth for Breech Baby During COVID-19 Pandemic - Megan Johnson
45:45

Megan's pregnancy went relatively smoothly, except for mild nausea in the first trimester, headaches in the 2nd trimester, and the COVID-19 pandemic beginning her third trimester. At 32 weeks, Megan was diagnosed with gestational hypertension, which raised concerns because her baby was in the breech position. 

Aug 06, 2020
Preview: Elizabeth Quinn & Caitlin Shrum Answer Listener Questions
11:33

To listen to the full episode join our Patreon at patreon.com/birthhour!

This was such a fun episode and I loved catching up with these two Birth Hour fan favorites. We talk everything from VBACs, to healing postpartum, to raising boys vs girls, to favorite products! 

Here are links to their birth stories if you haven't heard them before:

Elizabeth:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/32510683
https://www.patreon.com/posts/32510701
https://www.patreon.com/posts/32543874

Caitlin:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/32566479
https://www.patreon.com/posts/32572773
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/438-second-unmedicated-vbac-caitlin-shrum/id1041801905?i=1000463891773

Aug 05, 2020
489| Back Labor, Breastfeeding Issues & PPA Followed by Fast 2nd Birth & Postpartum Bliss - Morgan MacDermott [REBROADCAST]
01:08:37

Morgan shares her birth stories and discusses various aspects of breastfeeding.

Aug 04, 2020
488|Four Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) Pregnancies & COVID-19 NICU Experience - Morgan Sanchez
51:29

Morgan shares her birth stories and discusses Hyperemesis Gravidarum and giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jul 30, 2020
487| Surgery During Pregnancy & Two Positive Hospital Induction Birth Stories - Caroline Wynne
01:01:38

After a surgery, an 8 week recovery, and battling an infection, Caroline Wynne felt her body was out of control and feared for her son’s life. A mother’s womb should be the safest place for her growing baby, but Caroline felt the complete opposite. Miraculously, she had a very positive induction experience and delivered a healthy baby boy despite all the health obstacles. 

19 months later, Caroline found herself pregnant again with a sweet little girl. After a (blissful) uncomplicated pregnancy, Caroline decided to have another elective induction since her first experience was so positive! 

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Jul 28, 2020
Expert Interview: Erica Ziel on Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness & Core Healing
04:53

Each month, we publish an expert interview for our listener supporters via Patreon! Become a member at patreon.com/birthhour for access to these episodes as well as a ton of other fun perks!

I really enjoyed talking with Erica all about which exercises are safe during pregnancy and postpartum, and the fundamentals of healing your core after baby. 

Erica also has a podcast called Core Connections and here are some of the episodes that are especially relevant to our discussion today if you want to hear more from Erica!

Erica also has an online course called Knocked Up Fitness and Core Rehab for Postpartum that I have personally enjoyed as have many members of The Birth Hour community! 

Jul 23, 2020
486| Unmedicated Posterior Birth Story at Midwifery Center Attached to Hospital
27:14

Teisia shares the story of her unmedicated birth with a midwife.

Jul 21, 2020
485| Two Hospital Births: Medicated & Unmedicated - Aleck Lang
55:46

Aleck shares the stories of her medicated and unmedicated hospital births and postpartum recoveries.

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Jul 16, 2020
484| Positive Hospital Birth After Placental Cyst & Gestational Hypertension in Pregnancy - Meriankh Cook
01:01:10

Meriankh was planning an unmedicated birth at a birth center. However, due to a very last minute gestational hypertension diagnosis, she ended up delivering in a hospital, with an epidural, and having a very positive experience.

Jul 14, 2020
483| Unplanned Cesarean & Healing, Scheduled Cesarean Birth Stories - Elise Cripe
43:58

Elise shares her two cesarean birth stories.

Jul 09, 2020
482| Type 2 Diabetes, Unmedicated Hospital Birth, & Working Postpartum as RN During COVID-19 - A'briel Banks
57:52

When A’briel became pregnant with her first child, she was quite surprised as one OBGYN had previously assured her that she’d need fertility treatment in order to conceive. She immediately sought out doula support and started to build a birth team full of strong African American women.

Jul 07, 2020
Jen McLellan Expert Interview Preview
02:01

To hear the full episode, subscribe at patreon.com/birthhour!

Jen McLellan is a published author and founder of Plus Size Birth and the Plus Mommy blog. She helps people navigate the world of plus size pregnancy, shares tips for embracing your body, and laughs her way through the adventures of parenthood. Her work has been featured in major publications such as Yahoo Shine, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, and International Doula. She authored My Plus Size Pregnancy Guide and co-wrote the Amazon bestseller, The Peachie Moms Guide to Body Love for Moms. Jen is also a childbirth educator, skilled patient advocate, professional speaker, wife, and mother.

Jul 05, 2020
481| Hospital Induction Without Epidural Birth Story - Felicia Bullock [REBROADCAST]
28:18

After the OB she loved left the office a month before her due date, Felicia was left having to advocate for her birth plan when the new doctor attempted to scare her into an early induction. She was finally induced at almost 42 weeks. After Cervidil didn’t change anything overnight, Felicia received a small amount of pitocin, which jumpstarted what ended up being her ideal birth without an epidural.

Jul 02, 2020
480| Prodromal Labor, Walking Epidural, and Postpartum Anxiety - Melody Brownton
43:47

Melody shares her hospital birth using a midwifery practice in Toronto, Canada, as well as experience with postpartum anxiety.

Jun 30, 2020
479| Unmedicated Hospital Birth with an OB - Grace Greene [REBROADCAST]
54:55

Grace had an unmedicated hospital birth with an OB. She prepared for her unmedicated birth by hiring a doula and taking Bradley classes during her pregnancy. She also had the added bonus of having her sister as her L&D nurse throughout her entire birth!

Jun 25, 2020
478| Active Duty Navy Mom Planning Homebirth - Tiara Perry
58:46

Tiara shares her experience being pregnant while serving active duty in the Navy and planning a home birth.

Jun 23, 2020
477| Cholestatis of Pregnancy (ICP) Induction Birth Story - Bryn Koger
34:06

When Bryn got pregnant with her third child, she planned for another unmedicated birth in a birth center. The plan changed when she was diagnosed with Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy(ICP) at 33 weeks and risked out of the birth center.

Jun 18, 2020
476| TTC, Hospital Induction Laboring with & without Epidural - Susanna Birdwell
56:05

After 2.5 years of trying as well as a miscarriage in 2018, Susanna and Will found out they were pregnant with their rainbow baby in February 2019. They learned halfway through the pregnancy that Susanna would be induced due to high blood pressure. She went in at 39 weeks to be induced, hoping to avoid pain medications.

Jun 16, 2020
475| Giving Birth During COVID19 with Virtual Doula Support - Liz Teich
01:09:45

Liz moved to a new city just outside of NYC right before the Coronavirus outbreak really set it. It turned out that her new city of New Rochelle was a hotspot for COVID19 and quickly earned the label of "containment zone."

Jun 11, 2020
474| Unmedicated Hospital Birth & Struggling Postpartum - Naria Menard
01:03:48

Naria and her husband, Luther, received unexpected news of their first pregnancy in January 2019. Though unexpected, years of being exposed to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experiences through family and education had prepared Naria to make informed decisions about the birth experience she wanted.

Jun 09, 2020
473| Cesarean Birth Stories & Postpartum Depression - Christine McNabb
25:18

Today's episode is a rebroadcast of Christine McNabb's episode from the archive. Christine had three girls and then found out she was pregnant with a boy. The idea of raising a black boy in America caused Christine extreme anxiety and depression throughout pregnancy and postpartum. She shares how that affected her bonding with her son, how she overcame it, and how she's helping women today.

Jun 04, 2020
472| What's Behind Racial Disparities in Pregnancy & Childbirth - Denene Millner
01:01:02

Today I'm replaying an episode from Denene Millner, who shared her experience with pregnancy and childbirth as a black woman in America back in 2016 on The Birth Hour. But first I'm going to share some clips from NPR's Code Switch podcast which recently covered this topic.

Jun 02, 2020
471| Planning a Hospital Birth with Midwives & Epidural - Angela Damonte
39:14

Angela planned for a birth with hospital midwives. Her birth plan included an epidural and support from her partner who was a hospital employee.

May 28, 2020
470| Quick Labor, Long Pushing Stage & Navigating PPD - Britt Watkins
56:48

Britt shares her birth story and discusses breastfeeding and postpartum depression.

May 26, 2020
469| Hospital Birth During Coronavirus & Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP) -Madeline Wrubel
33:27

Madeline shares about giving birth during COVID-19 and discusses ICP.

May 21, 2020
468| Unplanned Cesarean Birth Story - Shannon McQueen
49:27

Shannon shares her birth story and discusses her peripartum anxiety.

May 19, 2020
467| Supportive and Positive Hospital Birth Experience After Bedrest in Pregnancy - Karissa Goding
49:48

During a very healthy, normal pregnancy, Karissa was unexpectedly sent to the hospital at 29 weeks with preterm contractions. They determined that she was not in labor and sent her home after a night of observation and medication to bedrest for the next five weeks.

May 14, 2020
466| Hospital Induction with Midwives - Emily Slyter
01:08:19

Emily shares her birth story and also discusses breastfeeding.

May 07, 2020
465| Twin Birth at 34 Weeks + NICU Stay - Laura Attanasio
55:35

Laura is a faculty member in public health whose research focuses on quality and equity in maternity care. She shares the story of birthing her fraternal twin girls, their NICU stay, and breastfeeding.

May 05, 2020
464| Midwifery Within Hospital Birth Story - Lauren Barlis [REBROADCAST]
45:51

Lauren's episode first aired in Mach 2016.

Apr 30, 2020
463|Covid 19 Pregnancy Experiences - Listener Call-ins
45:05
Apr 28, 2020
462| Successful ECV for Breech Baby & Two Hospital Birth Stories - Gabrielle Cosel
50:16

Gabey shares her two birth stories with the same midwife group in a hospital.

Apr 23, 2020
461| Evidence on COVID-19 with Rebecca Dekker of Evidence Based Birth - 42020 10.49 PM
35:51

I interviewed Rebecca Dekker from Evidence Based Birth on April 13, 2020, for an expert interview bonus episode exclusive to our patreon listener-supporters. We scheduled that interview months in advance before Coronavirus was on anyone's radar in the U.S. She was so generous to stick around for an extra conversation about the existing evidence/research around COVID-19 and I wanted to make sure that portion of the interview was available to our entire audience.

Apr 21, 2020
460| Car Birth & Positive Hospital Experience During Coronavirus - Katie White

Katie shares her three birth stories, focusing on her most recent, an unassisted car birth with a positive postpartum experience in the hospital.

Apr 16, 2020
460| Car Birth & Positive Hospital Experience During Coronavirus - Katie White

Katie shares her three birth stories, focusing on her most recent, an unassisted car birth with a positive postpartum experience in the hospital.

Apr 16, 2020
460| Car Birth & Positive Hospital Experience During Coronavirus - Katie White
46:21

Katie shares her three birth stories, focusing on her most recent, an unassisted car birth with a positive postpartum experience in the hospital.

Apr 16, 2020
459| Twin Birth During COVID-19 in the UK - Melanie Hadida
01:12:12

Melanie discusses preparing for her c-section twin birth and the how COVID-19 affected her pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

Apr 14, 2020
458| Giving Birth with Doula Support when your Husband has COVID-19 - Danielle Stone (Part 2)
38:51

This is the second part of Danielle's episode, in which she tells her birth story.

Apr 07, 2020
457| Giving Birth with Doula Support when your Husband has COVID-19 - Danielle Stone (Part 1)
53:26

This is the first part of Danielle's story. She shares her pregnancy story and learning her husband had COVID-19.

Apr 07, 2020
Covid-19 pregnancy experience
18:33
Apr 02, 2020
456| Giving Birth During Coronavirus - Kristen Seward
47:09

Kristen Seward's First Hand Account Giving Birth During COVID-19

Mar 31, 2020
455| IUI Pregnancy & Homebirth Story - Ndeya Snow

Ndeya and her wife, Kourtney, knew even before they were expecting that they wanted to have a home birth. After a simple IUI in January 2018, they were pregnant! Armed with knowledge and the support of her wife and fabulous midwives, Ndeya went into labor and birth feeling confident and excited. After 20 hours of early labor, 10 hours of active labor and 25 minutes of pushing (in a squat) their daughter, Aminah, was born, in the middle of their living room.

Mar 26, 2020
455| IUI Pregnancy & Homebirth Story - Ndeya Snow
59:39

Ndeya and her wife, Kourtney, knew even before they were expecting that they wanted to have a home birth. After a simple IUI in January 2018, they were pregnant! Armed with knowledge and the support of her wife and fabulous midwives, Ndeya went into labor and birth feeling confident and excited. After 20 hours of early labor, 10 hours of active labor and 25 minutes of pushing (in a squat) their daughter, Aminah, was born, in the middle of their living room.

Mar 26, 2020
454| Infertility, Using an Egg Donor, & Hospital Birth Story - Kimberly Mace
58:01

Kimberly discusses her fertility journey and birth story.

Mar 24, 2020
453|Switching from Hospital to Home Birth at 34 Weeks - Monique Lamhut
32:32

Monique Lamhut discusses switching from a hospital birth to a homebirth in her third trimester.

Mar 19, 2020
452|OB Hospital Birth & Midwife Hospital Birth Stories - Juliana Ramirez [REBROADCAST]
01:03:07

On this episode from the archives, Juliana shares her OB and midwife birth stories.

Mar 17, 2020
Preview - Expert Interview with Amy Ard of Motherhood Beyond Bars
01:51

Listen to a preview of our most recent Expert Interview with Amy Ard of Motherhood Beyond Bars, an organization that supports pregnant and postpartum women in prison as well as their families. 

Become a listener supporter for as little as $5/month to access these bonus episodes via www.patreon.com/birthhour

Mar 13, 2020
451| Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum While in Prison - Danielle Edwards
47:58

Danielle shares her experience with being pregnant while incarcerated, giving birth without any family support, and the physical and emotional toll of recovering from childbirth while in prison and separated from her baby.

Mar 13, 2020
450| Birth Center Birth Story & Postpartum Experience - Bekah Martinez
57:07

Bekah and her boyfriend discovered they were pregnant after 3 short months of dating, and struggled to navigate their new roles as partners and future parents throughout an otherwise uneventful pregnancy.

Mar 10, 2020
449| Unmedicated Hospital Birth & Sleeping through Labor - Shanicia Boswell [REBROADCAST]
26:25

I was 38 weeks and 5 days pregnant when I went into labor. Just one day prior, My daughter's father and I went to my mother's house to go to the state fair. I was so over being pregnant, I decided to walk the baby out. I went into labor early that morning around 2 AM. Thankfully, I slept through most of my labor and the next morning we took the two hour drive back to Atlanta. I stayed home until 7 PM then labored unmedicated at the hospital before giving birth.

Mar 05, 2020
448| Twins Born on Different Days Birth Story - Jackie Laino
39:55

Jackie's labor was 48 hours from beginning to end: baby A came vaginally on September 10th, and 15 hours later, baby B was born on September 11th from an emergency C section.

Mar 03, 2020