Welcome to the Mommy Labor Nurse Podcast, where we firmly believe in the power of education when it comes to giving birth! Tune in each week as we dive into pregnancy-related topics, expert interviews, and a variety of birth stories!
As a reminder, anything you hear on this podcast should not be taken as medical advice, please see mommylabornurse.com/disclaimer for more info.
EP55: A Fellow Labor Nurse’s Birth Story! (Part 2)
In this episode, my employee and personal friend Tiffany shares her empowering unmedicated birth story with her second son, Callan.
Tiffany is a long-time friend to Liesel, an employee at Mommy Labor Nurse, and a fellow labor and delivery nurse. At about 3 1/2 months postpartum, Tiffany found out she was pregnant for the second time and on April 28th, 2020 delivered her second son, Callan.
EP54: A Fellow Labor Nurse's Birth Story! (Part 1)
In this episode, my employee and personal friend Tiffany shares her birth story and difficult postpartum experience with her first son, Wyatt.
Tiffany is a long-time friend to Liesel, an employee at Mommy Labor Nurse, and a fellow labor and delivery nurse. After marrying her husband Ben, Tiffany got pregnant shortly afterwards and on April 18th, 2019 delivered her first son, Wyatt.
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EP53: What To Do When You’re Pregnant and Stressed Out!
In this episode, I interview my friend Parijat, a high-risk pregnancy specialist, all about stress and how it relates to pregnancy and delivery.
Here are the questions we go over!
Talk to me about how stress can play a part in pregnancy? How is stress related to preterm labor/other complications during pregnancy? What are some of the high risk complications that can occur related to stress? What are some tips we can do to reduce our stress during pregnancy? How about postpartum - is stress related to complications during postpartum as well? Parijat's Bio:
Parijat Deshpande is the leading high-risk pregnancy specialist, somatic trauma professional and speaker and author who guides women to improve their pregnancy complications so they can reduce their risk of preterm birth. Her unique neurobiological approach has served hundreds of women to manage pregnancy complications and reclaim a safety and trust in their bodies that they thought was eroded forever. Parijat is the author of bestselling book Pregnancy Brain: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management During a High-Risk Pregnancy. She is also the host of the popular podcast Delivering Miracles®, that discusses the real, raw side of family-building including infertility, loss, high-risk pregnancy, bed rest, prematurity and healing once baby comes home. Learn more at parijatdeshpande.com
You can follow Parijat here:
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EP52: Erin’s Redemptive Unmedicated Hospital Birth!
In this episode, Erin shares her traumatic birth story with her twin daughters and her redemptive unmedicated birth story with her son.
Erin is a mom of three kids aged three and under living in Chicago. After a traumatic birth with her twin daughters, Erin shares why the unmedicated hospital birth of her son was a long-awaited redemptive experience -- and also like being in the passenger seat of a really crazy car ride!
Resources from the episode:
Birth it Up: The Natural Series: Erin's birth course to help her prepare for her second delivery (AKA my birth course!)
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth: Helpful book Erin read to help prepare for her second delivery
http://www.chicagobirthboutique.com/: Erin's doula, Lauren Elliott in Chicago
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EP51: From Birth To Baby’s First Birthday…Let’s Talk About Milestones!
In this episode, I interview my friend KC all about
KC is a pediatric physical therapist, specializing in motor development of children 0-3 years of age. She has been working in the physical therapy field with children for just under a decade, and is passionate about arming parents with knowledge & instilling confidence while teaching them how to understand & foster their child’s development. She is also a wife, mother to two girls, and the founder of Milestones & Motherhood, a community focused on parent education. She found after working in the field that parents simply weren’t provided information about what to expect in regards to milestones & their child’s development, which often leads to stress, comparison, & fears. She began her instagram page to provide free tips, tricks & information to parents to bridge this gap.
You can find KC on social media here:
Resources from the episode:
KC created a Motor Milestone PDF that covers the first 3 years of gross motor milestones, including activities and photos to encourage milestone acquisition, general developmental information, when to speak to your pediatrician, & tips for other areas of development.
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Newborn Basics 101 I’m still basking in the newborn snuggles (and struggles) over here and feeling super excited about Halloween with my TWO little ones this year.
With a newborn around, I’ve been catapulted back into newborn care 101 myself these days.
And you better believe I’m putting ALL the info in my Newborn Basics course to the test. The swaddling, the cord care, the witching hour – I’m living it mama!
What’s awesome about this for you? I FULLY UPDATED Newborn Basics to include video content and demonstrations with my real live newborn! To celebrate the course updates, I’m having a site-wide sale from October 30th at 10am EST until 11:59pm EST on Sunday, November 1st!
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I can’t wait to be a part of your journey!!!
EP50: Madison’s Positive Natural Induction Story!
In this episode, Madison shares her positive natural induction story with her daughter Everly.
Madison is a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom after the birth of her first daughter, Everly, in October 2019. Through her blog, Little Teacher Wife, she shares posts about marriage, family, and teaching to help make fellow mom’s lives a little bit easier!
Madison's Birth Story:
After 40 weeks of pregnancy, including a few hospital stays and a surgery for kidney stones, I was definitely ready for my baby girl to be earth side! I had a strong desire to delivery naturally without pain medication or epidural, and was worried about how an induction might interfere with that plan.
At less than 1cm dilated, and after trying all the tricks to get labor going on my own, my doctor and I decided to give my body one more week (until 40w5) to go into labor spontaneously. If not, we would induce with a Foley bulb on Sunday, October 13.
Of course, October 13 came with no signs of progression, so we headed in to the hospital to start the induction process. The on-call doctor placed the Foley bulb at 6pm on Sunday night, and I spent that night in a bit of discomfort, but nothing terrible. At 7am on Monday morning, just as the nurse was setting me up on the portable monitors, my water broke! I was able to get one lap around the labor hallways before the intense contractions started. I spent the next 11 hours alternating between a rocking chair, yoga ball, hands and knees, in the shower, and standing. I did use nitrous oxide on two occasions which helped me relax quite a bit.
At 6:00 pm, I was fully dilated and ready to push! The doctor quickly realized that this was a big baby, and it was going to take a while to push her out! 2 hours of intense pushing later, 26 hours after the Foley Bulb was placed, I delivered my little girl!
After an hour of skin-to-skin and bonding as a new family, the nurses took her stats and I was able to get up, walk around and get cleaned up and changed. Then back to resting with our 9 pound, 12 ounce, 22 inch long baby girl!
Resources from the episode:
Baby Registry Must-Haves
Natural Birth Tips
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