The Happy Homebirth podcast is your source for positive natural childbirth stories, and your community of support, education and encouragement in all things homebirth and motherhood. This podcast takes a deep dive into the the authentic stories of mothers who have given birth (usually) at home, as well as the care providers who tend to them. Although typically upbeat and fun, Happy Homebirth is unabashedly unafraid to examine the rawness, the pain and the struggle of some birthing situations. Host Katelyn Fusco is a former student midwife, who joyously shares her experiences and provides a space for her guests to share theirs as well. From pre-conception to pregnancy, to postpartum and beyond, Happy Homebirth is a podcast that focuses on how victorious birthing mothers are from around the globe and encourages you to have a magical birthing experience. To learn more, head over to www.myhappyhomebirth.com
Healing Bodywork for Babies
Does your baby need an adjustment after experiencing the birthing process?
This week we’re speaking with the Boyhans, Dr. Christopher and Heather, who are a dynamic duo as both a chiropractor and Cranialsacral therapist. They’ll be sharing their experiences with homebirth, as well as their expertise in bodywork and neural work for newborns.
It’s no secret that I love these forms of care, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to share with you exactly how and why they can be of such help for your family.
Birth isn’t intense only for us as the mothers— it’s important to remember that there’s a second life involved in this, and he or she is doing quite a bit of maneuvering with you to meet you on the outside world. Let’s honor the fact that this sweet little soul has worked hard, and let’s remember this when considering what we can do to help their bodies recover
Which leads me to my next point: Bodywork isn’t just for adults. I am constantly reminding mothers of the importance of chiropractic care and fascial release, and we discuss it thoroughly inside of Happy Homebirth Academy. But it’s important to remember that it doesn’t stop with us. We can assess our infants and use our God-given intuitions to seek support when our babies are showing signs of tension, discomfort, disregulation… It’s so wonderful to have so many options.
One of my biggest recommendations is to find these care providers in your area before giving birth so that they’re at the tips of your fingers postpartum should you realize you need them.
And finally before we head out, if you’re local to the Asheville North Carolina area, make sure you get connected with The Boyhans at Align Life East Asheville— they host birth- related gatherings and do their best to inform the community of their options.
Kelsey Improves Her Intuition Through Birth
Is there really any benefit in preparing for a birth when you’ve already had two previous births?
This week we’re speaking with Kelsey Rose, 2x birth center and newly homebirth mother. We’ll learn all about the differences in Kelsey’s experiences, as well as how she prepared for her change of birth location.
What an episode. As we head into this week’s roundup, I have a few discussion points that really stood out to me.
Kelsey discussed how the membrane strips performed by her midwife with her first baby caused quite a bit of confusion and discomfort, and she wasn’t expecting them. There were several events that occurred without consent, and this is an important piece of information for moms to hear, as well as midwives. Mothers, remember that you have the right to decline. Midwives, remember that in order for a mother to be able to decline, she has to know what the intentions are. It’s vitally important for midwives and mothers to be on the same page as to what’s going on and to feel comfortable with the decisions being made.
When it comes to creating your birth team, listen to your intuition. Kelsey felt like she “needed” a doula because duh, everyone says doulas a great, but when it came down to it, she really didn’t feel that that’s what this labor was asking of her. She honored that, and she’s grateful that she did. Listen, I love doulas, but it’s also important to remember that every situation is different, and leaning into prayer and your own intuition are the best ways to decide.
Kelsey said several times just how loved she felt throughout the entire experience with her third baby. She was surrounded by a team who truly cared for her, and was there to support her. And THAT makes all the difference.
Okay, my friends. That’s all I’ve got for you today. I’ll see you back her next week
An Aloha Homebirth
What does it look like to have true informed consent? What does it mean to be trusted by your birth team?
This week we’re speaking with Zo’e Cole, a mama to two who just had her first Happy Homebirth.
I’m looking forward to this episode, because Zo’e brings up some aspects of both of her births that truly paint a picture between obstetric abuse and informed consent. Let’s jump in.
Wasn’t that the picture of a Happy Homebirth? I’m so thrilled for Zo’e and the fact that she was able to experience such a peaceful event after having such a traumatic first birth.
As we dive into this week’s episode roundup, a few discussion points come to mind.
Zo’e discussed how she really felt she was on auto pilot with her first pregnancy. I feel like this happens to so many women, and I really think this is a societal issue— not recognizing birth for the totally transformative, life-altering rite of passage that it is. And what’s so sad is that when we don’t realize this, we can’t prepare for it with the honor that it deserves. So… make sure you’re shouting this message from the mountain tops, whether someone wants to give birth at home or in hospital, preparation for this event is of course paramount.
Holy obstetric abuse, batman. Listening to Zo’e’s experience, although it’s common, still brings a blood boiling feeling. I know that there are some amazing OBs out there, but dang, the ones who do things like break your water and then call it discharge or fuss at you to be induced at 39 weeks…. They’re all too common. And of course, there are midwives like that, too. We’ve got to be so selective when it comes to our care providers ,for our own protection and the protection of our babies.
Finally, what a difference between her first and second babies. Zo’e truly took her pregnancy and birth into her own hands with her second baby, and boy was she blessed by the experience. Zo’e took Happy Homebirth Academy, went to the chiropractor, did acupuncture, nourished herself… everything she could to honor this birth and this baby. As she said, her first birth experience taught her so much, and with her second, she was able to step into motherhood for a second time totally transformed.
Okay my friends, that’s all I’ve got for you today. I’ll see you back here next week.
From Reluctant to Triumphant: Kelli's Happy Homebirth
Do you remember episode 134 with Kelli Ingram? Where she was suuuuuper reluctant to be planning her first homebirth after 5 lovely hospital epidural births? We’ve got an update for you, baby!
\This week we’re catching back up with Kelli to hear exactly how her homebirth story went down, and I can’t wait for you to hear it. I’m SO proud of Kelli.
Before we jump into her story, I would love to thank our reviewer of the week, SamiNeblett, who wrote “A treasure in the sea of fear based content”
Sami, thank you so much for your review!
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How cool is it that we were able to take that journey with Kelli? She was nervous, even when she entered labor, but she was triumphant.
As we jump into this week’s episode roundup, there are a few things that really caught my attention:
Kelli mentioned how this pregnancy felt very similar in manageability to her second pregnancy. She shared how even though that was a decade ago, she was able to take care of herself, and especially appreciated the care she received from her chiropractor.
Kelli said, “I really wanted to see what my body would do naturally…”. I love that she allowed her body to go into labor on its own this time. It can be such a mind game to just relax and allow our babies to come on their own terms, but how incredible is it when the process does go perfectly according to its own plan. I pushed myself into labor with my first and didn’t with my second. And I’ll never push myself into labor again.
I could cry at what Kelli said, “I’d do it again 1000 times, and it exceeded all expectations. Remember! This is coming from someone who was so nervous about the pain of her experience.
And that leads me to our final point for this week. Kelli said, “If I can do it, you can do it, too.” I hear that from mothers all the time, and I love it. Listen, that’s what this community is all about. To bolster one another up and let each other know that we’re here for support. If I can do it, you can do it too.
Okay, my friends. That’s all I’ve got for you today. I’ll see you back here next week.
Simplifying Birth, Simplifying Childhood with Ginny Yurtich
Have you ever been disqualified from something? Maybe you were in a swim meet and your feet touched the bottom of the pool. Maybe your scholarship essay was too short and you were taken out of the running…. But have you ever been considered disqualified in your birthing location?
This week we’re speaking with an incredible woman, Ginny Yurtich, founder of 1000 hours outside, and mother of 5 children with very different birth stories. In her first birth, Ginny’s pre-eclampsia “disqualified” her from her birth center experience, and we’ll see just how she handled this in subsequent births.
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Trusting Your Gut and The Importance of Care Provider Selection
You’ve hired a midwife, so you’re fine, right? I mean, all midwives are totally amazing, totally wonderful, and totally good at honoring you…. Right?
This week we’re speaking with Bethany, who has given birth to all of her babies at home. However, her first birth experience was not the beautiful, gloriously supported homebirth that we talk about so often on this podcast. No, it was marked with negligence and abuse, and it’s an important conversation for us to have. Luckily we’ll then get to hear the beautiful difference to this experience with her subsequent births.
Before we jump in, let’s take a quick moment to think our reviewer of the week, K Riord who writes
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Okay, let’s jump in. Please remember the opinions of my guest many not necessarily reflect my own vice versa; 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.
So… I think we’ve learned some things in this episode, eh? As we head into this week’s episode roundup, here’s what I’m mulling over…
Red flags. Little oddities. Gut feelings. Don’t push these to the side, as much as you may want to explain them away. If you’re feeling uncertain about your care provider, that’s a good sign that more interviews with other care providers is a great next step. There’s nothing wrong with a second opinion or four. Speak with other midwives, notice how they engage with you, and really consider your situation. My heart breaks with how Bethany was left feeling, and I know she’s not the only one who has ever had an experience like this.
Obviously as this story demonstrates, using a midwife isn’t enough. Just as there are some truly incredible, amazing obstetricians, there are some downright bad midwives, and we can’t just turn our eyes from that and pretend like it isn’t true.
If you have a negative experience with a midwife, as hard as it may be to do so, don’t be silent. Whether it means speaking to your midwife individually and discussing what happened and sharing how you feel about it, or whether it means warning others in your community so that they don’t go into a relationship blind, speak up.
And finally, look at the difference between Bethany’s stories. So much of our well-being and comfort and peace in labor can be wrapped up in our care provider. Bethany mentions how scared she was to go into labor with her second baby because of her first experience. But by the time she was entering labor with baby number 3, she was excited. Yes, she knew there would be discomfort, but she also knew she was supported and she could do it.
Love this podcast!
Ive been absolutely loving this podcast! I’m 24 weeks pregnant and feel so encouraged by all these stories. Thank you so much Kaitlin!
I've recently discovered this podcast and am playing catch-up to listen to all of them!! Katelyn does such an awesome job of choosing stories and asking questions to really bring out the lessons and skills we can use to make birth a normal and beautiful experience AT HOME! I've had one hospital birth, and one accidental, unplanned home birth that was so awesome I'm planning a home birth for my next! This podcast is so informational and empowering - thanks Katelyn for all your hard work.