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, a first time mom or a veteran mother of multiple children, you can learn, laugh and maybe even cry a little at these moving childbirth stories from women willing to share one of the most intimate moments of their lives.

Episode Date
457| Giving Birth with Doula Support when your Husband has COVID-19 - Danielle Stone (Part 1)

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

Apr 07, 2020
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Apr 02, 2020
456| Giving Birth During Coronavirus - Kristen Seward

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

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

Kimberly discusses her fertility journey and birth story.

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

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]

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

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

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

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]

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

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
Preview - Bryn & Richard Talk All Things Sleep - February AMA

Listen to a short preview of the most recent Ask Me Anything Episode (exclusively available to our listener supporters via Patreon)! After three kids, Bryn and Richard still aren't experts but they are in the trenches with you and have learned a few things along the way!

Mar 03, 2020
447| Collaborative Care - Preparing for a Hospital Birth & a Homebirth - Brett Larkin

Yoga teacher Brett Larkin wanted a natural homebirth (despite objections from her husband and family). As a compromise she and her husband decided on a plan for collaborative care, wanting to be prepared for both a hospital and a homebirth.

Feb 27, 2020
446| Birth Center & Hospital Unmedicated Births + Getting Help with PPD - Karyn Brown

Karyn had two unmedicated births with midwives, but both experiences were very different.

Feb 25, 2020
445| Bradley Method Birth & Overcoming Breastfeeding Challenges - Victoria Hill

Victoria discusses giving birth at a birth center, using the Bradley Method, and breastfeeding.

Feb 20, 2020
444| Transferring Care at 30 Weeks & Birth Center Birth Story - Jana Iankova

Jana tell her birth story and discusses switching care providers.

Feb 18, 2020
443| Plus Size Pregnancy & Advocating for Unmedicated Birth Plan - Alle Sanchez

Alle had her heart set on an unmedicated birth. She spent her entire pregnancy educating herself on what that might look like with being overweight, however, she also had to deal with fear mongering from her OB. She was encouraged by her support team which included her husband and her mother, but constantly questioned by her medical care provider.

Feb 13, 2020
442| Unmedicated Hospital Births & Postpartum Bliss vs PPD - Zahra Kassam

Zahra Kassam, an early childhood education entrepreneur, delivered her two children with unmedicated hospital births using midwives and the hypnobirthing method.

Feb 11, 2020
441| Gestational Diabetes, Induction, and Becoming a Single Mother by Choice - Liz Ekelund

After 10 years with her partner, Liz was facing two daunting life changes simultaneously: a failing relationship and a positive pregnancy test. Liz shares her story.

Feb 06, 2020
440| Two Hospital Birth, Two Homebirths (one accidental unassisted) - Logan Randazzo

Logan shares her four birth stories.

Feb 04, 2020
439| A Labor & Delivery Nurse tells her Hospital Birth Story - Isabel Jean

Isabel went into labor while working a night shift as an L&D nurse at the hospital she was delivering.

Jan 30, 2020
Ask Me Anything: Preview Bonus Episode

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Jan 29, 2020
438| Second Unmedicated VBAC - Caitlin Shrum

Listener favorite, Caitlin Shrum, is back to share her second VBAC birth story. You can hear her first two birth stories (episodes 185 & 244) in our archives. Archives are accessible to listener supporters via Patreon!

Jan 28, 2020
437| Unmedicated Hospital Birth with Birth Tub, Therapy Balls, and Labor Bars - Kayla Bruccoleri

Kayla shares her the story of her unmedicated hospital birth.

Jan 23, 2020
436| Pregnancy After Weight Loss Surgery & Precipitous Birth - Simone Torborg

Simone prepared to have a typical, long-and-late birth, but Mother Nature had a different idea. Nothing could have prepared Simone and her husband Gregg for their little boy to come 10 days early, fast and furious, with a precipitous labor.

Jan 21, 2020
435| Gestational Diabetes & Epidural Hospital Birth - Joanna Lundeen

Joanna shares her experience with gestational diabetes and an epidural hospital birth.

Jan 16, 2020
434| Type 1 Diabetes, Induction for Preeclampsia & Unplanned Cesarean - Lindsay VanNieulande

Lindsay and her husband, Jeff, live in Detroit, Michigan, with their son, Rivers. Lindsay has had type one diabetes since she was a child, and with it came some obstacles to navigate in order to start her journey to become pregnant. Lindsay became pregnant shortly after her team of doctors gave her a green light; and, her pregnancy went well until she was unexpectedly hospitalized at 27 weeks due to pre-eclampsia.

Jan 14, 2020
433| 32 Hour Labor, 30 Hours at Home and 2 Hours at the Hospital - Julia FitzRoy-Chow

Julia transferred to a midwife group at 30 weeks. She went into labour at almost 38 weeks, had a 30 hour labor at home with mostly back labor, and after a quick drive to the hospital, Frankie was born two hours later.

Jan 09, 2020
432| Navigating Husband's Cancer Diagnosis and Starting a Family - Jennifer Hanks

Jennifer’s husband was diagnosed with cancer two months after they were married. They were able to bank his sperm before he started chemotherapy and knew that IVF would be the only way to have children in the future. After years of battling cancer they decided they didn’t want to let cancer hold them back from living life. They implanted one embryo through IVF and were shocked when they found out their one embryo had split into two. They were expecting twins!

Jan 07, 2020
431| Four Hospital Births: Two with Epidurals, Two Unmedicated - Cassi Robinson

On this episode, Cassi shares her four hospital birth stories and some great resources.

Jan 02, 2020
430| Unmedicated Hospital Birth with AROM - Julia Carrion [REBROADCAST]

Julia planned for an unmedicated, hospital water birth. After having to have her water artificially ruptured and finding meconium, the water birth was no longer an option. After laboring for nearly 26 hours, pushing for 4.5 hours and narrowly avoiding a c-section, Julia was able to have an unmedicated vaginal birth.

Dec 24, 2019
429| Cesarean Birth and Accepting a 2nd Cesarean after planning for a VBAC - Danielle Estrada

Danielle shares her two cesarean birth stories

Dec 19, 2019
428| Gestational Diabetes, Beautiful Birth Center Birth, and Postpartum Preeclampsia - Victoria Buker

On this episode, Victoria shares her pregnancy, birth, and postpartum stories. After dealing with Gestational Diabetes that was insulin dependent for her fasting numbers and finding out she had Group B strep, Victoria had the most amazing, beautiful birth. She labored for 24 hours, pushed for 3 hours, all with the wonderful support of her doula and birth center. Unfortunately things got harder postpartum.

Dec 17, 2019
427| Doula Processing Secondary Trauma + Homebirth & Peaceful Postpartum - Carrie Murphy

Carrie, an experienced doula, had an unexpectedly emotionally-difficult pregnancy. She worked hard throughout to release secondary trauma from being a birth worker, all in hopes of having a home birth with a truly community-centered birth team.

Dec 12, 2019
426| Cesarean Birth and VBAC Birth Stories - Brittany DuValle

Before getting pregnant with her first child, Brittany had hoped and planned for an unmedicated birth. Due to an unnecessary induction and several interventions her first birth ended in a cesarean. Immediately following that birth, she began preparing for a VBAC.

Dec 10, 2019
425| Five Day Induction after learning about ICP on The Birth Hour - Katie Friedland

At 37 weeks, Katie went in for an induction due to an ICP diagnosis (thanks to learning about it from this show and Nicole Phelps' story!)  Hoping for a very low-intervention birth experience, the team of midwives and nurses were amazing at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass in providing as gentle of an induction as possible.

Dec 05, 2019
424| Traumatic First Birth & Redemptive Elective Cesarean Birth Stories - Tash Stokes

Tash shares her two cesarean section birth stories, one traumatic, the other redemptive.

Dec 03, 2019
423| How to Have a 'homebirth' Experience Within the Walls of a Hospital - Shannon Tripp [REBROADCAST]

After Shannon found out she was pregnant with her first, there was no question that she wanted an unmedicated, untouched birth. The questions were: where, and with who.

Nov 28, 2019
422| Dr. Rebecca Dekker of Evidence Based Birth Shares her Birth Stories

Rebecca is the founder of Evidence Based Birth® and the author of Babies Are Not Pizzas: They’re Born, Not Delivered! On this episode she shares two of her birth stories and discusses the impact those experiences had on shaping her life.

Nov 26, 2019
421| Dad Catches Baby on Side of the Road & Homebirth - Hannah Neas [REBROADCAST]

Hannah shares her surprise road side delivery and homebirth stories.

Nov 21, 2019
420| Mom Describes Birth as "Best Outcome in a Worst Case Scenario" - Preeclampsia Induction with Taya Huntley

While planning on an intervention free birth center birth, Taya and her husband prepped by doing the Know Your Options childbirth course. At 39 weeks, Taya was diagnosed with preeclampsia and, after being turned away from a local hospital for refusing certain medical treatments, finally ended up at the university of Washington medical center.

Nov 19, 2019
419| Vasectomy Reversal, IVF Twins, & Planned Cesarean under General Anesthesia -- Katie Mitchell

Katie and her husband, Dave, conceived twins through IVF after four years of intensive fertility treatments.  Katie’s conception story includes a vasectomy reversal, two rounds of embryo generation, miscarriage, embryo loss, genetic studies, and seemingly endless trans-vaginal ultrasounds. 

Nov 14, 2019
418| Hospital Induction, Homebirth Transfer & Two Very Different Postpartum Experiences - Valerie Cronin-Fisher

On this episode, Valerie shares her two birth and postpartum stories.

Nov 12, 2019
417| College Mama’s Empowering Homebirth after Traumatic Hospital Birth - Lina El-Saieh

On this episode, Lina shares her hospital and home birth stories.

Nov 07, 2019
416| Hyperemesis Gravidarum & Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex (D-MER) - Rachel Haseley

Rachel shares her birth story and discusses using the Ava bracelet to get pregnant, as well as being diagnosed with both Hyperemesis Gravidarum & Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex (D-MER).

Nov 05, 2019
415| Teen Pregnancy and Cesarean Births with Kyra of OKbaby

Kyra and her husband Oscar uploaded their first video to OKbaby in 2015. At the time, they were 18 years old and expecting their first child, dealing with the challenges many teen parents face, such as finishing high school and finding financial stability.

After years of sharing their lives with the world (as well as two more babies), they have engaged millions of devoted fans and now host two wildly popular channels and have a massive Instagram following.

OKbaby features the entire family as they share their experiences - from everyday activities to travel and adventure. Fans love watching the family grow and explore life together as they face the challenges of being a young family with love, humor, and tons of fun. Connect with Kyra on Instagram and YouTube.

Oct 31, 2019
414| Queer Birth, Homebirth Cesarean, Gender-Creative Parenting - Carly Sargent-Knudson

On this episode, Carly shares her experience getting pregnant as a queer couple as well as planning for a homebirth that ended up in a cesarean transfer.

Oct 29, 2019
413| Mourning the Loss of One Baby When You're Caring for Her Twin - Valerie Howell

On this episode, Valerie shares her loss and birth stories.

Oct 24, 2019
412| Cesarean Birth for Fibroid Followed by VBAC Birth Story - Mia Burton

On this episode, Mia shares her two birth stories: a c-section and VBAC.

Oct 22, 2019
411| Miscarriage, Placenta Previa and Postpartum Hemorrhage Birth Story - Sierra Palmer

Sierra shares her experience with two early miscarriages as well as her birth story. She discusses being diagnosed with placenta previa, her resulting cesarean section, and postpartum complications afterwards.

Oct 15, 2019
410| Group B Strep Positive - NICU Stay for Bacterial Meningitis - Melissa Korver

After an easy pregnancy with few complications, Melissa endured prolonged labor with Group-B Strep, leading to her son contracting bacterial meningitis after birth. After a three week stay in the hospital, he is now 18 months old and happy and healthy! Melissa dealt with Postpartum Depression and anxiety stemming from her experience, and hopes to shed light on GBS and its possible complications at birth. She hopes to encourage women to be their own advocate and take charge of their own health research as they prepare for pregnancy and birth.

Oct 10, 2019
409| Pregnancy After Eating Disorder, Birth Center Transfer & Homebirth - Erica Ormanovich [REBROADCAST]

On this episode, Erica tells her two birth stories.

Erica planned a birth center birth with her first child. After a low risk pregnancy, she went into labor at 39 weeks and 6 days. After having early labor contractions all night she checked into the birth center at 6 am on November 6th. She labored there all day and eventually started to run a low grade temperature resulting in her midwife risking her out of the practice and insisting on a hospital transfer. After a total of 33 hours, she welcomed her daughter at a Houston Hospital.

After her first birth experience Erica knew she wanted to try again for an unmedicated birth. Thinking her previous hospital transfer was necessary she opted for a group of midwives at a local hospital for prenatal care. After an upsetting encounter with one of the midwives in the group she followed her gut and switched to planning for a homebirth. Erica had another low risk and straight forward pregnancy and welcomed their son at home at 38 weeks and 4 days after only 6 hours of labor.

Oct 08, 2019
408| Fast Unmedicated Hospital Birth - Lauren Alexander

On this episode, Lauren returns to share her second birth story.

Oct 03, 2019
407|Empowering VBAC After Fearful C-Section - Marilys Vega

Mari became pregnant with her second child in September of 2018. After an anxiety-ridden fearful c-section 2 years prior, due to failure to descend, she was determined to have a VBAC!  She experienced a lot of push back from doctors, family, and her partner. Ultimately after facing her anxiety, getting her partner on board and breaking down all her VBAC fears, she was successful in birthing her son via VBAC in May of 2019. She shares the journey of her healing birth, including breaking up with two doctors in her both her second and third trimester and her empowered labor and delivery with a full female staff.

Oct 01, 2019
406| Hospitalized for Hyperemesis, Unmedicated Hospital Birth and Epidural Birth - Claire Swinarski

On this episode, Claire shares her two very different birth stories.

Sep 26, 2019
405| Failed Epidural & Preeclampsia Induction, then a Doula-supported, Healing Hospital Birth - Amy Leigh Fernandez

On this episode, Amy shares her very different hospital birth stories.

Sep 24, 2019
404|Stage 4 Cancer Diagnosis Postpartum and Going on to have Another Baby - Michelle Martyniuk

On this episode, Michelle shares two birth stories and her in-between cancer diagnosis, chemotherapy, and recovery.

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Sep 19, 2019
403| Uneventful Pregnancy, Marathon Labor, and Hard Postpartum - Megan Taylor

On this episode, Megan discusses how her uneventful pregnancy, marathon labor, and difficult postpartum opened her eyes to the various resources within her local birth community and sparked a fire in her to advocate for new and expecting moms about what their options truly are when it comes to pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.

Sep 17, 2019
402| Empowering Birth Despite Cascade of Interventions - Sarah Deming

On this episode, Sarah shares her empowering hospital birth story.

Sep 12, 2019
401| Three Hospital Births, PPD, & Pelvic Floor Therapy - Annie Davis

Annie has three children with about 2 years between each. She has had a hospital induction with epidural due to being almost 42 weeks with her first, an unmedicated vaginal hospital birth, and a hospital induction to have a specific midwife with her third. Having a male provider for her second birth brought up some unresolved sexual traumas from her past so she did everything she could to heal and find a supportive care team for her last birth. She discusses suffering postpartum depression after her second and third births and pelvic floor issues. 

Sep 10, 2019
400| Neurological Restoration in Pregnancy - Alicia Eastes

Alicia Eastes is a screenwriter/writer, documentary filmmaker, and founding co-President of an emerging chapter of Women in Film and Television International in Austin, Texas. On this episode, Alicia shares her birth story and her experience of neurological restoration through her first pregnancy.

Sep 05, 2019
399| Natural Birth After Three Epidural Births - Gina Kynaston [REBROADCAST]

When I received an email from Gina explaining that after three medicated hospital births, she had successfully had a natural birth with her fourth baby and that she credited listening to other women's birth stories on The Birth Hour, I knew I had to hear her stories. 

Sep 03, 2019
398|Fast Hospital Birth + Navigating Low Breastmilk Supply - Emma Gomez [REBROADCAST]

On this episode, Emma shares the story of her quick hospital birth and the challenges of having a low milk supply.

Aug 29, 2019
397| IUD Pregnancy and Hypnobabies Hospital Waterbirth - Megan Freeland

Megan became pregnant with her first child unexpectedly after 4 years with an IUD. Fortunately, the pregnancy was healthy and viable and continued uneventfully until her son decided to enter the world earlier than she anticipated (37 weeks and 3 days). After being in labor almost a full day without realizing it, Megan made it to the hospital at 10 cm and delivered a healthy baby via waterbirth almost 3 hours later.

Aug 27, 2019
396| Elective Cesarean After Healing from Traumatic Vaginal Birth - Emmalina Rooney

Emmalina experienced a traumatic birth with her first baby and did extensive EMDR therapy to recover emotionally; so, when she found out she was pregnant again, she knew she had a chance to make this birth experience a healing one. After much contemplation, she decided to have a scheduled cesarean. 10 days before her cesarean date, she spontaneously went into labour. A few hours later her baby boy was born by a positive and healing cesarean and she moved through her postpartum period with health and no complications.

Aug 22, 2019
395| Birth Center and Twin Birth Stories - Jesse Coulter

Today's episode features Jesse Coulter who is going to share the birth stories of both her son, born at a birth center, and her twins who were born vaginally in a hospital. The twins' birth story is fast and furious as they arrived before the hospital staff even had a chance to put the IV in Jesse.

Aug 20, 2019
394| Quick Hospital Births & Weeks of Prodromal Labor - Erika Thompson

On this episode, Erika shares her two quick hospital births and discusses the importance of trusting your body.

Aug 15, 2019
393| Unmedicated, Empowering Hospital Births & Postpartum Fever - Aleesha Wiest

Aleesha shares her two birth stories, PCOS, gestational diabetes, and suffering a postpartum fever.

Aug 13, 2019
392| Hospital Birth vs Birth Center Birth - Karyssa Pacheco

Karyssa has known she wanted to be a mother since she was very young so she and her husband started trying for a family right away and now have two girls who are currently 2.5 years and 8 months old. After giving birth to her babies, Karyssa became fascinated with what women's amazing bodies are capable of and she hopes to become a doula herself. Today she shares her two daughter's birth stories, the first born in a hospital and more recently her birth center birth.

Aug 08, 2019
391| Pregnancy and Childbirth After PCOS - Marissa Lawton [REBROADCAST]

Today's birth story episode features Marissa Lawton who discusses getting pregnant with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and dealing with fertility treatments.

Aug 06, 2019
390| Getting Pregnant with Ava Bracelet & Precipitous Hospital Birth - Mirah's Birth Story

On this episode, Mirah shares her birth story and experience using the Ava Fertility bracelet to help her conceive.


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Aug 01, 2019
389| Planned C Section for Breech Baby Birth Story - Paige Aaron [REBROADCAST]

Paige lives in Northern California where she is a stay at home mom to her 17 month old son. She had him via planned c-section due to his breech position and was excited to for the opportunity to share her experience and encourage other moms who may find themselves preparing for a planned c-section. (Spoiler alert: she loved it.) She enjoys any time she can get to be creative and crafty. You can catch her blogging periodically at 


Jul 30, 2019
388| The Ideal Epidural Birth Experience - Elana Edwards

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.

Jul 25, 2019
387| Single Vessel Cord, Postpartum Blood Clot and Pulmonary Embolism - Emily Wilke

On today's episode, Emily shares her fourth birth story. After experiencing extreme pain in her foot that traveled to her calf, Emily begrudgingly went into the ER and a HUGE DVT blood clot was discovered in her calf.

Jul 23, 2019
386| Two Unmedicated Hospital Birth Stories - Cristina Bocanegra

Cristina shares her two hospital birth stories.

Jul 18, 2019
385| Birth Center Birth with NICU Transfer for Baby - Kelly Pedrozo

After a healthy pregnancy and relatively normal 12 hour labor, Kelly’s birth took a sharp turn when her baby needed immediate resuscitation after delivery at their birthing center. Her daughter, Emilia, was transported by EMS with her husband to the nearest hospital. Even though her birth was frightening, Kelly felt cocooned in peace and safety by her care team back at the birthing center. Later on in the evening Emilia began to experience seizures. After a substantial amount of testing it was determined that she had bleeding in her brain with an unknown cause. Kelly’s family spent a miraculous four days in the NICU and were able to go home with a healthy baby. In the months following her daughter’s birth, Kelly suffered from some postpartum depression and intrusive thoughts regarding her daughter’s resuscitation and NICU stay. After seeking treatment she has come closer to a place of understanding and empowerment.

Jul 16, 2019
384| Homebirth with NICU Transfer for Meconium Aspiration - Cassandra Barragan

Cassandra always planned to have a homebirth and accidentally took her newly-conceived baby on a 1000 mile motorcycle camping trip before she knew she was pregnant. She had a rather uneventful pregnancy up until the last trimester, when her active baby girl wouldn't stop flipping breech and back up until 39 weeks. She had to make alternate plans in the event the baby decided to stay breech (in the state of California, breech home births are unfortunately illegal); but, fortunately Cassandra was able to stick to her original dream of a birth at home with her entire family present. After 36 long hours of labor (24 of which consisted of strong contractions 2-3 mins apart), Cassandra pushed her baby out in 30 minutes and had a beautiful golden hour with her whole family in the room.

Jul 11, 2019
383| Fast & Furious 1st Birth, Slow & Steady 2nd Birth - Amy Richardson

Amy had a fast and furious birth with her first born: her water broke at 9pm and Eli was born by 1am! With rising blood pressure and transitioning so quickly, Amy blacked in and out of consciousness, but was able to have her planned unmedicated birth. Her nurses joked that she’d need to “camp out” for any subsequent babies, but when Amy delivered her daughter 3.5 years later, she had a very different birthing experience. While both babies came exactly 9 days before their due date, Juniper’s labor was slow and steady and much less chaotic.

Jul 09, 2019
382|Unmedicated Hospital Birth & Homebirth with Breastfeeding Complications - Linnaea Headlee-Borden

On this episode, Linnaea shares her two birth stories and relates complications with breastfeeding after her second.

Jul 04, 2019
381|Infertility, Loss & Preeclampsia Preterm Labor - Jenna-Lee Languirand [REBROADCAST]

When Jenna found out about Ava bracelet she was thrilled to become pregnant again after a year of use! The bracelet helped her and her husband understand her cycle and body better. It taught her what her most optimum days were and, took a lot of the stress out of trying to conceive. She loved that it was very easy to use and see the data daily. Her pregnancy was anything but easy but this she expected.

She ended up having to be hospitalized the last month of her pregnancy due to severe preeclampsia. On the day of her baby shower, Jenna was rushed into an emergency cesarean section at 30 weeks and gave birth to her tiny 3.5 pound rainbow baby boy Wesley Arlo. Jenna and Patrick feel completely blessed to have him and can't wait until he can come home from the NICU. Jenna wanted to share her story to give hope to those who have gone thru similar circumstances

Jul 02, 2019
380| Hospital Births With & Without an Epidural - Ashley Woolsey [REBROADCAST]

Ashley has had three hospital births. They were all different, and she became more and more informed about birth and her options each time. She had an epidural with her first and then was made to wait two hours for her doctor after being fully dilated and ready to push which resulted in a three day NICU stay for her daughter. With her next birth, she really didn't want to be induced but was ultimately scheduled for an induction. For her most recent birth she went in knowing she wanted a natural birth — listen to find out how it went.o find out how it went.


Jun 27, 2019
379| Epidural Hospital Birth & Unmedicated Hospital Birth - Sarah Jones

Sarah had planned on 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 labor, she decided to try again for an unmedicated birth and decided to hire a doula for extra support. Her second labor was much easier and quicker and she was able to achieve the birth she had hoped for.

Jun 25, 2019
378| Positive Hospital Birth with Amazing Partner Support - Chelsea Lane

A doctor told Chelsea there were no trophies for women who have an unmedicated birth; but, Chelsea felt passionate about having a serene, med-free experience in the hospital. When she had to be induced at 38 weeks with gestational hypertension, her preparation and self advocacy paid off for a successful hypnobirth experience.

Jun 20, 2019
377| Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP) Birth Stories - Nicole Phelps

Nicole Phelps shares her experience being pregnant while her partner, Michael Phelps, was training for the Olympics. She hired a doula and prepared to possibly give birth without Michael there. A few weeks before her due date, Nicole started experiencing extreme itchiness, especially on the palms of her hands, and was tested for Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP). However, she went into labor before the results came back. Michael made it just in time, and her son, Boomer, was born healthy. The test result came back positive and she knew she'd have to be on the lookout for another ICP diagnosis with future pregnancies. On this episode, she also shares her second pregnancy and birth story and how her doctor monitored her for ICP leading up to her son Beckett's birth. Nicole wanted to share her story to raise awareness about ICP so other women can be on the lookout for the symptoms.

Jun 18, 2019
376|A Healing VBAC with a Surprise Guest - Allison Lynch

After a traumatic c-section, Allison knew she wanted to try for a VBAC. During her pregnancy she did everything she could to stay healthy, both mentally and physically She found the online birth community and learned everything she could about birth. After 42 weeks, she was induced at the hospital and had the most empowering and healing VBAC while surrounded by her incredible birth team of women and her supportive husband.

Jun 13, 2019
375| Unplanned Cesarean & Healing Postpartum - Lindsay Todisco

Long before even trying to conceive, Lindsey knew she wanted an intervention-free birth. Despite her intentions, research, planning, and extensive preparation, Lindsey and her husband learned their first parenting lesson (you are no longer in control!) at seemingly every turn, from pregnancy through delivery and postpartum.  An induction lead to a 28 hour labor which ultimately ended in a cesarean section. Lindsey spent much of the fourth trimester trying to understand her birth experience and heal physically and emotionally.

Jun 11, 2019
374| Hospital Induction Without Epidural Birth Story - Felicia Bullock

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.

Jun 06, 2019
373| Gestational Thrombocytopenia, ECV, Positive Unmedicated Birth & Retained Placenta - Kate Baldwin

Kate and Andy live in Portland, Oregon, and were delighted to become parents after meeting in college. They were in no rush, after being together nearly 13 years before the birth of their daughter, Caroline, but were thrilled when their pregnancy-journey began so swiftly. Both recognized that is often not the case and felt so grateful because of this! Kate knew she wanted to prepare for an unmedicated birth. She felt good and remained super active throughout her pregnancy. However, at 34 weeks, her pregnancy took a turn when Kate learned her baby was in the breech position. On top of this, Kate had developed gestational thrombocytopenia, which can cause a greater risk of postpartum hemorrhage. With the pending arrival of their breech baby, Kate was fearful this would mean she would have to be put under and have a c-section to deliver. At week 37, in an effort to preserve her wish to have an unmedicated birth, Kate and Andy made the decision to undergo an external cephalic version (ECV) to turn their breech baby and were thrilled when it was successful.

Kate's labor began just shy of 39 weeks, and after a fast journey to transition, Kate stalled at 9 cm for several hours because the baby was posterior. In the end, Kate was proud of her dedication to an unmedicated birth, the preparation she did to be successful, and the choices she made to get to that point. Even so, Kate suffered from a retained placenta that was not discovered until 5 weeks postpartum. She describes the pain and symptoms to watch for so you can advocate for yourself during the postpartum period.


Jun 04, 2019
372| Hospital Birth Story Discussing Perinatal & Postpartum Depression - Haylie Schwartz

Haylie and her husband, Jeffrey, had been married for a year when they decided to try and get pregnant. With many tales from friends and family members that it could take a while to conceive (it was news to Jeffrey that you actually had to "try" to get pregnant) they were surprised when a pregnancy test came back positive only a few months later. Haylie had a history of depression but was adamant about getting off antidepressant medication while pregnant. At first she felt fine, both emotionally and physically. But right around her second trimester, serious signs of depression and anxiety began to creep in. This made for a difficult pregnancy in which Haylie sought help from a number of sources to cope with the mounting feeling that she was unprepared for motherhood. As she prepped for an unmedicated hospital birth, she also battled a constant fear that she wasn't ready to be a mom. As you'll hear on this episode, there were several unexpected twists and turns during Haylie's labor and delivery that ultimately led to an epidural and a long but successful vaginal delivery. Haylie also shares how experiencing depression during pregnancy morphed into postpartum depression and talks about the lifesaving support she received after her son was born.

May 30, 2019
371| Bryn's Mom Shares her 1980s Birth Stories - Linda Williams

My mom was in town for Memorial Day, and I thought it would be fun to have her record her birth stories. She actually has four birth stories, but only shared her first two: my older brother and me. We were both born in the hospital unmedicated with episiotomies. I remember when she first told me her birth stories, the main thing that stuck out was that they were fast! Imagine my surprise when my first labor was over 34 hours! Hear my mom share her experience having hospital births in the 1980s in this episode of The Birth Hour.

Linda Williams is the best-selling author of over two dozen books on science & technology including: Chemistry Demystified; Careers in Forensics; and, 5 Steps to a 5: AP Environmental Science and Nanotechnology Demystified. A former biomedical researcher at NASA-Johnson Space Center and Rice University, Linda now works at the University of Arkansas Medical School in the Research department. She is the mother of Bryn Huntpalmer, founder of this podcast!

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May 28, 2019
370|Hospital, Birth Center & Homebirth Birth Stories - Tristin Tindall

On this episode, Tristin shares her three, very different, birth stories.

May 23, 2019
369| Vaginal Breech Twin Birth at the Hospital - Jennifer Mancuso [REBROADCAST]

On this episode, Jenn shares the story of how she advocated for, and successfully had, a vaginal twin breech birth.

May 21, 2019
368| Hospital Birth—9 Weeks Postpartum Bleeding - Brooke Borough

Brooke gave birth to baby Shiloh Lane on March 30th, 2018 at 4:12am. Her pregnancy was fairly textbook with the normal aches and pains towards the end. At 40 weeks Brooke and her Husband, Zack decided to allow the doctor to strip her membranes in hopes that that would give the extra bump she needed to get the birth going. Sure enough, 24 hours later labor started at 3:00pm. By 11pm things had really picked up, Zack called the doulas and they agreed that they should head to the hospital. Zack and Brooke arrived at the hospital at midnight where Brooke was checked and was 4cm with contractions 3 minutes apart. At 2:30am Brooke began to feel the urge to push but did not want to inform the nurses because she knew it could be a while of pushing and she wanted to stand as long as possible. At 3:15am the nurses heard she had been pushing and immediately checked her and made it very clear she was NOT to push until she was fully dilated to a 10 (she was only 7cm at this time). Lots of prayers were said during this time and 5 minutes after only being 7cm she was checked again and had fully dilated to 10cm. There was about 20 mins of active pushing and Shiloh was born. She was 9lbs 1oz and mama was left with a pretty significant 3rd degree tear.


Postpartum was a wild ride for Brooke who was not expecting the emotions and physically recovery that was needing to happen. Breastfeeding went well, with the occasional latch issue and fear that baby wasn’t getting enough but going to a lactation consultant set all of their fears aside. Brooke's biggest hurdle was that she had postpartum bleeding for 9 weeks PP which everyone told her was “not normal” after many OB appointments and an extra ultrasound to make sure nothing was retained inside Brooke finally stopped bleeding and soon learned about the importance of seeing a Pelvic floor therapist postpartum.

May 16, 2019
367| Back Labor, Breastfeeding Issues & PPA Followed by Fast 2nd Birth & Postpartum Bliss - Morgan MacDermott

On today's episode, Morgan shares her two birth and postpartum stories.

May 14, 2019
366| 33-Hour Unmedicated Hospital Birth with a Midwife - Sarah Hoddick

Sarah approached birth wanting whatever type of birth her baby needed to arrive safely; but, she did want to start her labor naturally and hired a doula to help her cope with labor. She ended up having a 33-hour unmedicated hospital birth with a midwife! I loved hearing how despite very little birth-preparation, Sarah completely trusted her doula to guide her through her labor and benefited so much from her doula’s knowledge and guidance. She shares some of the positions and tools that were most helpful to her during her long labor at the hospital.

May 09, 2019
365| Planned Cesarean Birth - Allyson High

On today's episode, Allyson shares about her experience with a planned c section birth as a first time mom. She talks frankly about how it felt meeting her son for the first time and how her introduction to motherhood did not go as planned.

May 07, 2019
364| Epidural Lumbar Puncture, Amnioinfusion & Postpartum Spinal Headache - Hannah Moody

Hannah is a first time mom who discovered the birth community during the middle of her pregnancy, and fully embraced it. After lots of research, planning, and self-discovery, she planned for an unmedicated hospital birth with little to no interventions. 

May 02, 2019
363| TTC as a Queer Couple & Homebirth Birth Story - Caitlin Thompson

Caitlin and her wife had a difficult time navigating the barriers faced by queer couples trying to conceive. After two years and many failed IUIs, they decided to take a different route and try at home inseminations with a known donor. She hoped that removing the stress of the fertility clinic would help her body welcome pregnancy. She was right! And shortly thereafter Caitlin finally got the positive pregnancy test she had been longing for.

Apr 30, 2019