Can you really do it all?
Okay, let’s talk about today’s guest. Our interview is with Megan, a mother of 4 and a jack of all trades. You’re going to love hearing all of the activities this woman did throughout her pregnancies, and how she continued to make stronger and stronger empowered decisions each time. Unfortunately we weren’t able to cover all of her birth stories, so she’s going to definitely have to come back to share. You’re going to love her bubbly personality!
During her undergraduate studies, Megan and her husband became pregnant with their first child at 22.
She had vocalized that she wanted to have a natural birth, but Megan didn’t know that there were really any ways to prepare for this. 2 hours into labor, she received an epidural. Once her baby arrived, family and friends descended upon the young couple and their new baby. Looking back, she recognized that this situation was not ideal, and she decided that she would not handle postpartum in the same way going forward.
For her second birth, Megan began doing more research and learning more about natural childbirth. She learned about a birth center 2 hours away, but felt unsure that she could actually go through with a natural birth.
After they toured the birth center, Megan immediately felt calm. She decided to go for it! On the day of labor, Megan rode the 2 hours to the birth center in the backseat of the car facing the opposite direction. The 2 hour drive turned into a 3-hour drive due to road construction.
She spent the short amount of time at the birth center in the tub, until her midwife required that she move to the bed. Megan had her baby on hands and knees, and later recognized that her baby had somewhat of a shoulder dystocia.
Once they were discharged from the hospital, she and her husband and newborn stayed in a hotel for the night, as they knew the baby would need a 24 hour checkup the next day at the birth center.
Because of the driving and discomfort of staying in a hotel, when Megan was unexpectedly pregnant with her next child, she began looking into other options. She found a midwife and connected with her immediately and deeply. So much so, that on the front porch of her midwife’s house, she called the birth center and told them she was transferring care.
Megan’s third pregnancy came when she was in graduate school. In fact, her labor began on the day of her graduation. She was having rather intense contractions through the ceremony, and when the president of the college found out, he had the camera pointed on her and told the entire crowd that she was in labor.
Immediately after walking across the stage, Megan and her husband went home. They filled up the tub, her doula and birth photographer arrived, and her midwife was on her way. Megan hopped in the water and immediately felt the urge to push. Her husband put the midwife on speaker phone and helped Megan catch their baby.
I seriously love Megan’s style. Maybe because she reminds me of myself? There’s always something going on! There’s always something that’s got to be cooked up! As we head into the episode roundup, I just want to call attention to how incredible the modern mother is.
Megan went through school, worked, cared and nurtured her babies, began running, and researched the heck out of birth. Mothers are amazing, and the things we do for our families and the world… wow. It truly is overwhelming.