By your fourth birth, there’s no way you’re trying anything new, right?
Hey there Happy Homebirthers, and welcome to episode 71 of the Happy Homebirth Podcast, where we’ll be speaking with Kerrie, who went from a string of 3 inducted hospital births to an intervention-free homebirth.
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Kerrie used a traditional obstetrician practice for her first baby.
At the end of her pregnancy, she was diagnosed with Cholestasis of pregnancy, which is when the liver stops filtering out bile acids, which can be dangerous for the baby.
She was induced at 38 weeks pregnant
Looking back, there were several aspects of the labor she was unhappy about. They did internal fetal monitoring, so her baby had a probe stuck in her head, and Kerrie wasn’t able to move around because of this.
The doctor threatened to wheel her to have a c section, and then said she was going to cut an episiotomy, which she also was very unhappy about.
At that point Kerrie roared the baby out!
For her next pregnancy, she thought that she had Cholestasis again. She felt uncomfortable, so she went in at 37 weeks to have an induction.
Her second labor took a very long time.
Once her water was broken, her son came 15 minutes later. She had been asking them to break her water for a long time!
Her third pregnancy, she had no symptoms of Cholestasis.
At 39 weeks, she was given the option to have an elective induction, and she said, “Yes, please!”
With her third baby, she elected to get an epidural. Once she finally got it, she laid back and his head emerged.
Her third birth was the first time that she had requests that went against the typical routines of the hospital. She didn’t want the baby bathed or vaccinated, and she felt that she had to fight and wasn’t being heard
When she found out she was pregnant again, she was confident that she was having a homebirth.
When she began telling people she was going to have a homebirth, people told her she was crazy.
Her midwife connected Kerrie with a neighbor who had also had a homebirth. This neighbor introduced Kerrie to an entirely new, crunchy tribe, who accepted her family with open arms.
With her 4th baby, she was convinced she wasn’t in labor because she was so used to pitocin contractions.
Kerrie’s water broke, and she got in the tub. Her neighbor called the midwife, and the midwife told her not to let her get in the tub. She knew Kerrie’s baby was big, and she knew that getting in the tub would likely let her relax, and she worried she’d have the baby without her.
Her labor was only an hour and a half in length.
Kerrie’s community gets together with all 40 children for dinners weekly. This was so special for her postpartum. Everyone was checking in on her and taking care of her— never expecting to hold the baby, only doting on her.
- Just because you’ve had 2, 3,4 or 10 babies one way doesn’t mean you automatically have to do it the same way next time. Kerrie went from 3 inductions to an unmedicated, untouched homebirth. You can change your situation!
- Wasn’t it beautiful to hear how Kerrie gained such a supportive community? This is so important postpartum, and it sounds like she was truly cared for and doted upon postpartum. I loved hearing how she was cared for so well as her baby struggled with breastfeeding. What a difference our community can make. I encourage you to reach out to the other mothers around you. Even having one or two friends or family members who can walk through the postpartum journey with you can make a world of difference.
Okay my friends, that’s all I have for you this week. Go download that free mini-course, and I’ll see you next week!