Who do you picture surrounding you when you give birth? Or….do you picture anyone else besides your spouse?
Today we’re speaking with Noelle Kowalski, whom you may know as Noelle Kovary on instagram. She’s a functional therapy nutritional practitioner, Ayurvedic practitioner holistic health coach, business owner, and… she gave birth to her first baby with her husband and no one else.
This episode is so amazing and covers some incredible topics like healing from medical injuries, working on your fertility, and of course, giving birth at home. Take a screenshot of you listening into this episode and tag @happyhomebirthpodcast and @noellekovary and let us know your favorite takeway.
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Please remember the opinions of my guest, and this show is not meant to prescribe or treat- it’s an educational tool, so continue to take empowered responsibility for your health and your family.
Noelle is a Functional Therapy Nutritional Practitioner, an Ayurvedic Practitoner, Holistic Health Coach, and she and her husband own an organic, non-toxic beauty company called Forever Healthy Hair.
They also have created online courses that teach people how to heal the metabolism and digestion, and they are currently working on their fertility course.
Noelle became very sick around 13/14- diagnosed with a rare kidney disorder and harmed by the HPV vaccine
She had PCOS, Hashimoto’s, Basal Cell skin cancer, and more. She knew that nutrition needed to be addressed.
Noelle began working with chiropractors, and then went to school for holistic nutrition and bioenergetic healing.
She ultimately healed her body to the point where she felt she was in a higher percentage of health than most people.
Lifestyle and herbal allies were used.
This is where her passion comes from: she was mistreated, misdiagnosed and abused within the medical system, and she wanted to give people another route to heal.
Specific to healing from HPV Vax:
It took her roughly 10 years to fully recover
The bulk of healing happened within the first couple of years
-Reduced her endotoxin load through diet
-Activated coconut charcoal
-Reduced heavy metals in her body by supporting natural detox pathways
-Supporting thyroid by eating regularly
-Consuming nutrient-dense foods
-Reishi mushroom, ksm-66 ashwaganda, pine pollen
-Adequate minerals through diet and supplementation (magnesium bicarbonate)
-Mitigate Stress Master Mineral Drink
-Epsom salt baths, vitamin C, and borax
-Red light therapy
Pretty easy and smooth
Increased her topical dose of progesterone and added B6 and it went away
She’s always wanted to do a homebirth, and having gone through so much difficulty in the medical system throughout her life, she knew the hospital would not be the place for her.
They did interview one midwife, but Noelle felt like she did not have the type of knowledge regarding physiology and nourishing mother/baby
Noelle felt best when she thought about doing her birth alone with just her husband
She and Nick discussed what they would do in each situation and how they would handle each aspect
She was completely unafraid of any “pain” women experience when giving birth, as she’s been through so many unnatural procedures.
What she needed to learn was “what do we do when baby’s born?” What does a midwife do? What does the doctor do?
If something went wrong, she knew she would go to the hospital.
Throughout labor, she was extremely happy that nobody was there because she was so deeply relaxed.
They weighed the pros and cons, and Noelle intuitively knew that doing it on their own would be the most peaceful way to bring their baby into the world— just the two of them.
At one point their son was transverse, and Nick was able to help flip him head down (around 28 weeks)
They did get one ultrasound at 18 weeks
Noelle didn’t tell anyone that she was having a freebirth- she didn’t want anyone else’s worries projected onto her, so she kept it a complete secret.
She woke up one morning and felt that her contractions were not Braxton hicks anymore. She felt intuitively that the baby was coming soon.
She got the house ready: cleaned the bathroom, set up the bedroom, and got her postpartum kit together.
She ate a lot of nutrient-dense foods, and made some labor-aid.
They did a partial lotus birth, so they got all of the supplies ready for that as well.
By 10pm the contractions got a bit stronger and she felt she’d be entering active labor soon.
At midnight Nick filled up the bath tub and Noelle had a contraction that brought her to her knees.
The contractions were erratic 10 minutes, then 1 minute, all over the place.
1 am- Full on active labor
She had 5 very strong contractions, then said, “I think I don’t want to labor in the tub… I think I want to get out.” She got out, had a contraction, and said, “Oh no, tub is good!”
She reached down and was able to feel her baby’s head. She took a deep breath, relaxed her whole body and her body just pushed her baby out.
Her baby was born at 1:23 am- in the amniotic sac!
His eyes were open, looking at her. She did a quick sweep of his mouth and gave him a breath, then brought him to her chest. He latched within the first 10 minutes.
She then told Nick she wanted to birth the placenta. She did that, then he checked to make sure it was intact, which it was.
Noelle washed off her body, and they moved to the bed.
He didn’t cry at all until they tried to weigh him!
They chose to keep the placenta attached for almost 48 hours, and then they burned it off with a candle.
Noelle’s postpartum was great- her baby was born in the summer, so they spent every day outside in the back yard in the sun.
Nick cooked and cleaned and was a full support to Noelle. All she had to do was feed Olek and nourish him.
She ate very nutrient-dense foods as she healed
Her body stopped bleeding after a week, and her uterus shrunk back in only a couple of weeks
She breastfeeds on demand, and they co-sleep, which made for an easier time during the evening.
She increased her calories: Anywhere between 3,000-4,000 for a nursing mother
Noelle discusses how important it is NOT to add exercise early on in postpartum. Both physically and energetically.
Smoked or fresh oysters, beef liver, bone broth, raw milk, raw honey, fresh fruits are all extremely nourishing. Most are higher in calories, which helps meet the calorie requirements.
Postpartum hair loss, postpartum acne: high estrogen, low progesterone. The way to heal it is to feed your body nutrient-dense foods and heal your thyroid.
- Reduce your toxic load: get rid of toxins in skin care, bedding, makeup and clothing.
- Reduce your estrogen load: support your thyroid and liver with adequate protein and carbs (shellfish, beef, beef liver)
- Increase your mineral intake: through food and supplementation (our soil is depleted)— magnesium bicarb or glycinate, as well as shilajit resin
- Get yourself set up emotionally: The transition from maiden to mother is a shift from the inward to the outward. Lots of the anxiety and depression can come from the lack of preparation and lack of support
- Iron- reducing the iron overload and getting more bioavailable copper
- Working on your relationship with your partner. Fertility can be an emotional blockage as well.
She’s working on a fertility course now that will happen in the future, but in the meantime she recommends checking out their “Perfect Thyroid” course, as it will give you a good understanding of the body and metabolism, and much of the information will overlap with fertility.