Birth Story Podcast

By Heidi Snyderburn-Campbell: MyDoulaHeidi

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Hi! I'm Heidi, experienced Birth Doula and host of the Birth Story podcast. I support moms through their fertility and pregnancy journeys. When moms embrace their pregnant bellies and their pregnancy and await the arrival of their baby or babies they are going to feel many emotions and have many visions about what will happen during child birth. "Is this normal?" "What does a contraction feel like?" "What does the day of labor look like?" "What is a Doula?" I want every mom's birth story to be peaceful, happy and a memory that they will love to share. Birth Story podcast is my way to provide childbirth education through story telling in the comfort of your home and to prepare a mom for motherhood with any birth story that unfolds for their pregnancy, labor and delivery. If a pregnant mom uses an OBGYN, a midwife, a doula, a birth doula, or has a home birth, water birth, natural birth, C-section, cesarean birth, hospital birth, medicated birth, epidural birth, pitocin birth, an induction or induced labor, are having multiple babies or a single baby, a birth plan or no birth plan; I started this podcast to help moms learn and prepare for their labor and delivery and birth though birth story telling. BIRTH STORY PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/birthstorypodcast BIRTH STORY PODCAST FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/birthstorypodcast LOOKING FOR A DOULA IN CHARLOTTE, NC? HIRE MyDoulaHeidi: https://www.mydoulaheidi.com BIRTH STORY PODCAST SHOWNOTES: https://www.birthstory.com

Episode Date
Sarah & Her Mom Rachel A MyDoulaHeidi client, Fast Labors and Supported Pregnancies
01:12:34

She.Made.The.Cover.Of.The.Newspaper.

Happy Mother's Day 2019! In this episode, I interview my first mother daughter combo and their eerily similar birth stories. Rachel talks about her pregnancy, labor, and birthing 30 years ago on her bathroom floor after just 2.5 hours of total labor. She tied the umbilical cord with her husband's sweatpant cord. This episode will have you giggling non-stop and will empower you for your birth. It is packed full of teaching by me, Heidi, an experienced Doula of 14 years.

Sarah talks about her first birth and delivering just 3.5 hours after feeling her first contraction. She wants every mom to know about the Miles Circuit, the importance of squats, red raspberry leaf tea. How she made the decision to receive antibiotics after testing positive for Group Beta Strep. She lost her mucous plug 2 weeks before she delivered and was 5 cm dilated at her 39 week appointment. She raves about the Squatty Potty, the birthing ball, and her favorite contraction timer app.

We pushed pause to teach YOU how to breathe and push at delivery and the power of positive thinking and positive thought. 

Her favorite book to prepare for childbirth is Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and her favorite postpartum book is The Happiest Baby on the Block. Her mom's favorite baby product is the Chick Pea Sherpa Swaddle.

Get ready to laugh!!!!!

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May 12, 2019
15 Meet The Doulas-A Candid Conversation On Doulas, Pregnancy, Labor, and Support At Home Birth, Birth Center & Hospital Births
01:21:19

What is a Doula?

An anxiety vacuum. A google filter. A constant support.

Listen in to hear three of Charlotte, NC's best and most experienced Doulas talk shop. Part 1: We walk you through what a Doula is and what a Doula does throughout your pregnancy. Then we tackle continuity of care for the pregnant mom.

Part 2: What is like to birth at home, at a birth center and at a hospital? What tools can you implement if you don't have a Doula. What hospitals are doing right and what health care systems can improve on when considering moms at customers and not patients. 

If you are considering a Doula, this episode is for you. 

If you would like to contact the Doulas featured in this episode please reach out to Helen Herzig of Aussie Doula & Sarah Eiley Cowerd of Sage Mama Doula.

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May 02, 2019
14: Meet Katie: 4+ Year Fertility Journey, Failed IUI, IVF, Miscarriage, Inverted Uterus, Postpartum Anxiety, & Two Sets of TWINS
01:00:23

She. Has.Two.Sets.Of.Twins.

Gosh. Where do I begin? Katie talks vulnerably about her long fertility journey and how she got to be a mom to two sets of twins. After many years of the “we will just see what happens” method, she stumbled upon the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility which empowered her to visit a fertility specialist and to listen to her body. She walks us through getting pregnant on clomed and then an early miscarriage. She details exactly what it is like to show up in a fertility clinic and the steps they take and how they take them to help women get pregnant. She tried the meds, IUI. She had a lazy left ovary and endometrial biopsies revealed a hormonal and PH imbalance in the uterus. She only has 2 viable embryos and implants them both. After a successful pregnancy, she ends up in the hospital on bed rest for 6 weeks with preeclampsia. Her journey includes trauma and anxiety both antepartum and postpartum. At delivery, her uterus inverts and she hemorrhages requiring several blood transfusions. She opens up about how Zoloft really helped her. Then, 2.5 years after this whole ordeal, she finds herself pregnant naturally and the egg split delivering her the miracle of identical twins. Listen in to hear more.

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Apr 18, 2019
Black Maternal Health-
59:02

BLACK WOMEN ARE 3-4 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN CHILDBIRTH THAN WHITE WOMEN. LET'S ADDRESS THIS!

Hi! It’s Heidi. Welcome to the Birth Story Podcast Episode 13. I’m so glad you are listening because this week is Black Maternal Health Awareness Week. I’ve traveled to Asheville, NC to record with Maggie and Cindy from MAHEC (Mountain area health education center) and Mothering Asheville and SistasCaring4Sistas Doula program. You will hear from these 2 incredibly inspiring women who are leaders in their community fighting innovatively to change the disparity of maternal and infant mortality rates between black and white women.  The Doulas were trained by Chama Woydak of Homegrown Babies and certified by DONA.

Cindy begins sharing her own birth story when her son passed shortly after delivery.

If you are a black woman in the US with an advanced degree, you are 3-4 times more likely to die in childbirth than a white woman with a less than 8th grade education.

We are here to talk about WHY? And, What can and MUST be done to erase this statistic and to save lives.

  • The US is one of only 13 countries in the world where maternal death rate is worse than it was 25 years ago.
  • Only 4% of physicians are black
  • 900 women are dying each year in childbirth in the US and yet 60% of the deaths were deemed preventable.
  • Overall in the US the maternal mortality rate is 28.7 deaths per 100,000. When we break it down, black women comprise 40 per 100,000 compared to 12.4 per 100,000. So, it is really unfair to lump those numbers together because it doesn’t tell the true story here.
  • The next worst country for maternal mortality is New Zealand and their death rate is 11.9 per 100,000.
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Apr 11, 2019
12 Meet Sarah & Derek-An Unplanned Pregnancy & Cervical Scar Tissue
49:40

"It.Was.Bliss." (about the epidural)

Derek and Sarah join us fully pregnant with Baby #2 and in a strong and healthy marriage. But, just 3 years ago that wasn't the case. They walk us through what it's like to be 6 months into a rocky marriage with an unplanned pregnancy. They are raw with emotions and how the pregnancy unfolded as they tried to build and reconnect their marriage. I was Sarah's Doula and her cervix was stuck at 1 cm dilated due to cervical scar tissue. She used an epidural for pain management to get through the procedure of massaging the scar tissue away and relaxing through the rest of labor. This couple is hysterical and the whole episode keeps you on your toes. The couple's favorite baby product is The Topponcino. Please use my affiliate link: https://topponcinocompany.com/?aff=19 to explore this product and make a purchase today!

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Apr 04, 2019
11 Kristen Part 2-Blighted Ovum Scare, SPD & Her FAST labor
41:37

I.Couldn't.Stop.It.If.My.Life.Depended.On.It.

Kristen is back to talk about her birth story with Georgie. After suffering a miscarriage, a subchorionic hemorrhage and a 30+ hour first labor she was ready for another baby. She found out she was pregnant just before Christmas, but she couldn't tell anyone. The sack was small and they were not able to see a heartbeat. They told her it might be a blighted ovum and to come back in a few weeks. At 8 weeks, they were able to see the heart flicker and celebrated with all. She was so sick. She took Zofran, but the only thing that helped was Sour stuff like Chick-Fil-A lemonade and Starbuck's Iced Passion Tea Unsweetened and protein and fat. She lived on chicken nuggets and sausage, egg and cheese sandwiches. At 22 weeks she started suffering from symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD)

Desperate to go into labor, she started to call Hawthorne's Pizza to order the famous "inducer." As she went to dial, her water broke at 39 weeks and 5 days gestation. Immediately she was sailed into active labor with "cavewoman" like noises. She got to the hospital and delivered all within 2 hours. She even went from 4 cms dilated to a baby in her arms in 45 minutes. It can happen people! Kristen's favorite baby product is Quick Zip Crib Sheets and she recommends a baby carrier for baby wearing especially for #2. Use code BIRTHSTORYPODCAST for 15% off QuickZip Sheets!!! Thank me later.

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Mar 28, 2019
10: Meet Amy On Her VBAC In The Car Following Breech & Induction Births
01:08:41

She.Delivered.In.Her.Car.

Amy walks us through her three births and how she ended up delivering her 3rd baby in the car with a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). She was induced with number one but birthed vaginally. On number two, he flipped and stayed breech and was delivered via C-section. She was surprised with baby 3 and was encouraged by her OBGYN to deliver via VBAC. She hired a doula and labored at Costco. This episode is thrilling and will keep you on edge to the very end.

Learn more about acupuncture and Moxi CLICK HERE.

Her favorite baby product is the Ring Sling and here is her recommendation for Baby Tula CLICK HERE.

More information on the webster technique and turning a breech baby can be found at Spinning Babies CLICK HERE.

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Mar 21, 2019
9: Daddy Bootcamp
01:14:28

Did they drink the breast milk? Listen to find out.

These 3 new dads tell all about pregnancy, delivery, and life after baby. Garin, Wells, & Derek share their dad journeys with their 8.5 month old, 6 week old, and fully pregnant wife with a 2 year old at home respectively. Derek & Wells had a Doula and it is hysterical to hear their versions of labor and delivery. Garin supported his wife, who suffers from VonWillebrands, through 22 hours of natural labor since an epidural was not an option for her. Well's wife had a spontaneous and precipitous labor. Derek's wife navigated scar tissue on her cervix through a 30 hour labor. All 3 Dads agree that their favorite baby product is a velcro swaddle. Here is a great one by SwaddleMe! Garin also raved about sleeping soundly since his son wears the Owlet to bed. 

**In the episode, I say it is episode 10 (but I released it early and it is actually episode 9) Sorry for any confusion!

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Mar 14, 2019
8: Meet Sage A Midwife For 34 Years Shares Her Midwifery Birth Stories
59:49

A.Baby.Was.Born.In.Her.Bed

Sage Brook is Charlotte, NC's most experienced and wisest midwife. She practiced midwifery for 34 years, delivering thousands of babies, before retiring in 2018. Sage walks us through her professional life story. After birthing her own 3 children naturally almost 50 years ago, she wanted to teach women. Sage says, "I wanted to help women have a natural childbirth." So in her 30's with three young toddlers, she went back to school. She takes us on trips to Puerto Rico, Guatemala, and the Navaho Indian Reservation with memories of birth stories. In Guatemala, one baby was even born in her bed. Sage reminisces about her journey to midwifery and then travels through time to remember the highs and lows and her most memorable birth stories. In retirement, Sage is focused on the helping moms in Charlotte, NC with the "Fourth Trimester" (4th Trimester). She has started the New Moms Support Group which is free to moms. If you are interested in this free postpartum support, you can e-mail Sage at SageFemme65@bellsouth.net or call 980-213-6647.

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Mar 07, 2019
7: Meet Rachel Coley-CEO of CanDoKiddo On Her Epidurals, Prodromal Labors, Tandem Nursing, and Grief During Labor
59:20

Her.Dad.Died.Right.Before.Birth.

Rachel Coley, a pediatric occupational therapist and the CEO of CanDoKiddo.com, shares with us her birth journeys from being a Bradley couple to having three epidural births and how the expected just took left turns to the unexpected labors. She said, "I was the Type A, high achieving, professional woman thinking I as going to design my birth...do the formula...and probably this mothering thing will go that way too." Then we had a good laugh. Rachel practiced baby bunching having 3 babies in 3.5 years as well as tandem nursing for the past 5 years. Her first pregnancy went great, but then her Dad died right before she gave birth. She talks about carrying grief and emotion into labor and how that can effect everything. She was in prodromal labor for almost 2 weeks and then found herself 21 hours into hard labor and not progressing much at 3 cms dilated. She described this part of labor as really dark, painful, lonely, and a place where her soul was being ripped open. She was physically and mentally tired. Then, a nurse/doula stepped in and in an angelic voice walked her through several contractions. She helped her process her decision to get an epidural based on new information than what she had planned for. The epidural was the perfect tool for all 3 of her births to help her feel like a warrior. This episode is jam packed with 3 birth stories and so much on playing with your newborn from CanDoKiddo.

Rachel's favorite baby product is LovEvery. Use this LINK to get $10 off your subscription or a Play Gym purchase. This will show at final checkout and not in your shopping cart.

We also discussed getting postpartum help in Charlotte from QueenCityNewbornCare

Transcription, Show Notes & More:

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BIRTH STORY PODCAST SHOWNOTES: Birth Story Podcast

Mar 01, 2019
6: Meet Zeke's Dads-Two Dads Adopting Through Private Adoption & Their Cross-Country Journey To Meet Their Son
01:14:50

This beautiful love story begins with Johnathon & Blair, a couple of 17 years, talking about their current process to adopt out of our foster care system. Rewind to their first private adoption and they walk us through the private adoption process from costs, to procedures, to the emotional roller coaster. These two dads hilariously recount the delivery of their son while balancing the deep connection they had to build on the spot with their son's birth mother. If you are considering a private adoption, this podcast episode is for YOU!

They got the call on June 26th that they were going to be Dads just a few short months after they started the adoption process from North Carolina. The birth mom lived in California and they take us on a journey. They arrived in time for the birth and share the deepest emotions of seeing their son be born and listening to the birth mom weep for her son. "We knew from the moment we opened it up (the sonsogram) that that was supposed to be our child." When they learned that they had been chosen, Johnathon fell to his knees. 

Get some tissues everyone.

They share with us that their favorite baby products include the book The Happiest Baby on the Block, Dr. Brown's Bottles, and the clip on high chair. 

Feb 21, 2019
5: Meet Shawn-Identical Twin Mom with Preeclampsia, Induction, C-section, & A NICU After Esophogeal Fistula
01:00:18

SHE.HAD.8.LITERS.OF.FLUID.AT.DELIVERY

This week, we heard from Shawn regarding her surprise identical twin pregnancy. As soon as she learned she was pregnant, she was off to Costa Rica for a trip with Queens' University. She was uninsured in America and used their free healthcare system for her first vaginal ultrasound. Wow. There they were Baby A and Baby B! As the months went on, she was healthy and hired a Doula. She planned for a natural birth until twin to twin transfusion was suspected based on extra fluid on Baby B. She also became preclamptic. At a routine visit around 37 weeks, she was sent straight to the hospital for her induction. However, the induction failed to progress into labor and a C-section was indicated. Moments after delivery Baby B was not doing well. That is when their NICU journey began for an esophageal fistula. Grab some tissues. We have so much to learn about letting go and trusting the medical community with a twin birth.

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BIRTH STORY PODCAST SHOWNOTES: Birth Story Podcast

Feb 14, 2019
4: Meet Kristen: Miscarriage-Subchorionic Hemorrhage & Long First Labor
55:52

She woke up in a pool of blood in a hotel room alone. Get ready to cry and be inspired by this episode. Kristen walks us through a miscarriage, and a rare condition called a subchorionic hemorrhage. She moved at 7 months pregnant, switched providers, and had a very long labor. There are a lot of lessons in her labor and she shares a ton of details to help you on your journey. Kristen's favorite baby product is the QuickZip crib sheet. Click HERE to learn more about QuickZip. Use the code BIRTHSTORYPODCAST to receive 15% off your first order.

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BIRTH STORY PODCAST SHOWNOTES: Birth Story Podcast

Feb 07, 2019
3: Meet Tory Jones of Ixchel Triangle Sharing Her Hospital & 3 Midwife Home Births
01:02:08

RACHEL.HOLLIS.INTERVIEWED.TORY.FIRST.

On January 1, 2019 I was listening to the RISE Podcast episode with Rachel Hollis interviewing Tory Jones the CEO of Ixchel Triangle. When asked about the name of her company she said that Ixchel is the name of the Mayan Goddess of Midwifery. Tory became pregnant in her senior year of high school and delivered her first baby in the hospital with a midwife naturally. Her mom had birthed all of her siblings at home and she desired a home birth, but insurance got in the way. With her whole family in tow, she birthed her first daughter snapping her fingers and pushing two times then enjoying chicken piccata after birth. Five days later she was back to her college classes. Her next three daughters were all born at home and she shares the differences between hospital and home birthing beautifully. After four babies, she knows her laboring positions and her birthing positions and trusts her body through the process. She nursed almost continuously for 14 years and not just her own children. When doing work in Guatemala for her GORGEOUS bag company Ixchel Triangle she would often nurse the babies in the nursery she visited as well as her nieces and nephews. This woman is an amazing CEO, birthing goddess, and leader for normalizing breastfeeding. Her favorite and must-have baby products are the Baby Hammock (find an example HERE) and the Ring Sling. BabyList has a great link for finding the best Ring Sling for you at HERE. We have so much to learn from Tory! 

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BIRTH STORY PODCAST SHOWNOTES: Birth Story Podcast

Jan 25, 2019
2: Meet My Sister Sam: Two Year Fertility Journey & Late Induction Natural Birth
50:41

SHE.DRANK.SEAHORSE.TEA

This week I interviewed my sister, Sam, who calls me out on not listening and calling her the wrong name. Podcaster of the year! Sam spent two years trying to get pregnant with no avail when she was 30-32 years old. When her husband graduated from his Masters program and the stress melted away, they left on a trip to Germany. She recalls knowing she was pregnant when she got a low grade fever and was so sick she couldn't explore the countryside. She had an amazing pregnancy but her due date came and went. She tells all about her natural induction techniques including drinking seahorse tea. She wants everyone to know about laboring on a birthing chair. The best chair I have found on google resides HERE. Sam was committed to a natural childbirth even though an induction was indicated when she reached two weeks past due. Sam says, "My doula was my defensive lineman when they kept coming in to offer me an epidural." Sam's favorite baby product: All the things at Target. Her best mom advice is to leave the house at 8 am and go shopping at Target with a Starbucks in it. 

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BIRTH STORY PODCAST SHOWNOTES: Birth Story Website

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Jan 25, 2019
1: Meet MyDoulaHeidi & Hear Her Son Jagger Kai's Birth Story
37:32

I.ROCKED.A.PITOCIN.INDUCTION.NATURALLY.

Hi! I'm Heidi! This is my launch episode and I couldn't be more excited! At launch date, I have been a birth doula for 14 years. I had to start this podcast off with you hearing my heart and my own story. Let's face it. 92% of women are delivering in hospitals in the US with epidurals. Depending on your state 25-40% of women are having C-sections. That is why I had to write a book (www.BirthStory.com) and launch this podcast. I believe in education through story telling. This podcast will hopefully be one of the tools that you use to prepare you for a fertility journey, and adoption and/or for the birth that YOU want. I'm here for you every step of the way. 

 

In Episode 1, I will walk you through my own birth with my second son, Jagger. This story is about healing from a traumatic first birth and a planned induction due to macrosomia aka "big baby" at 40 weeks and 2 days gestation. The medical interventions used included a midwife, an IV, pitocin induction, and the artificial rupture of the membranes. No epidural or pain medications proving to the world how possible it is to be induced and still have a natural childbirth. I hope my story will inspire you and help teach you about an induction if your story looks like it is heading that way. You got this mama!  

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BIRTH STORY PODCAST SHOWNOTES & TRANSCRIPTION: Birth Story Website

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Jan 25, 2019