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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

Happy Homebirth Katelyn Fusco

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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

    Ep 76: When Braxton Hicks Visits Too Early

    Ep 76: When Braxton Hicks Visits Too Early

    When did you begin experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions? And… What did they feel like?
     
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    This episode is sponsored by Happy Homebirth Academy!  The premier childbirth education program for homebirth mothers seeking a peaceful, empowering, mindful homebirth.  www.myhappyhomebirth.com/hha is where you can find all of the details. 
     
    Today’s guest, Meagan Brown had quite an intense go with BH contractions  So much so, that I hate to even call them that.  But we’ll learn exactly what she did to cope, and we’ll see how that served her in her two labors. 
     
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    Show Notes
    Meaghan Brown is a wife and mother of two living in Ontario. She and her husband became pregnant with their son just weeks after getting married… not their plan, but they jumped into parenthood excitedly!  Unfortunately, Meaghan experienced painful Braxton Hicks contractions begging at 20 weeks.  So uncomfortable in fact that she was constantly worried she was heading into labor. 
     
    In her 36th week, while out to dinner with her friends, Meaghan experienced contractions that she of course assumed were her constant Braxton Hicks contractions.  Only this time… her water broke.  She sprinted to the bathroom, where her waters fully released.  And then… the mucous plug followed.
     
    Her friend drove her home, where she met her husband and doula and headed to the hospital (in transition)!  She arrived to the hospital, had a team of doctors descend upon her room (because baby was not term), and because Meaghan struggles slightly with Claustrophobia, her husband Jonathan announced to have everyone step back (which they did!).
    Meaghan’s baby was safely born and did not need a NICU stay.
     
    With her second pregnancy (this one was planned!), the contractions started even earlier… at 16 weeks.  Luckily, her daughter decided to stay put until term. 
     
    Meaghan was able to have her desired homebirth this time around, with her midwife making it just in time. 
     
    Once her baby arrived, Meaghan was excited for her contractions to finally stop.  Unfortunately, they did not.  For 8 days, she continued to experience the contractions of her uterus shrinking.  Terrified that something was wrong, she finally went to her doctor.  Upon examination, he found all to be well.  He proposed that Meaghan may be acutely aware of her uterus, which would explain why she was feeling contractions all along.
     
    If you have a sensitive uterus, check out this podcast episode about Vaginal Steaming by Wine & Gyn! 
     
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    Pregnancy, like birth, is wild!  It can be experienced differently from person to person ad pregnancy to pregnacy.  And let’s be honest.  Sometimes it just does not feel good.  Meagans constant experience of brat nhicks contractions during her two regencies is a great example of things just kind of stinking sometimes.  This is why it’s so important to listen to your body… when it says rest, rest.  Meagan did this when needed, and it’s so important to remember, even if your experience isn’t as intense

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    Ep 75: Recovering After a Careless Care Provider

    Ep 75: Recovering After a Careless Care Provider

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    This episode is sponsored by Happy Homebirth Academy, the premier childbirth education program for homebirth mothers looking to have a peaceful, empowering birthing experience.
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    Show Notes:
    Shante is the mother to 4 children ranging from 11 years to just a few months old.

    Shante’s became pregnant with her first child at 16, so she was working two jobs and in school.  She recognizes that she didn’t have much time to relax and enjoy the pregnancy, but she remembers

    Her first baby’s labor was only 3.5 hours from start to finish!  The experience with the hospital was not terrible, but she thinks because she was young, people told her what to do instead of giving true informed consent.
    Her second pregnancy, 6.5 years later, was not so easy.  She was very sick for the first 17 weeks. 
    Even more interestingly, her second labor was 25 hours long (with a posterior baby boy)!

    As Shante began pushing, her midwife noticed that Shante was bleeding.  She had her get on her back on the bed, as she was worried about the amount of blood.  Her baby had a bit of a shoulder dystocia that shante didn’t realize she had until afterward.
    Because she was expecting a repeat of her first birth, Shante felt her second birth was traumatic. 
    “You cannot decide not to prepare simply because a previous birth was easy— because each birth is different.”

    With her third pregnancy, Shante felt active and energized and ready to do anything.
    Shante did more childbirth preparation for this birth.  She mentally prepared herself for a longer labor.
    “Good Births Don’t Just Happen-  I need to prepare mentally and I need to prepare physically and be ready for whatever may come”

    Shante’s way to get things going: 2nd trimester- Red Raspberry Leaf tea
    2 date bars per day at 37 weeks on and 1 full quart of red raspberry leaf tea
    Lots of walking and light hiking
    This labor was only 1 hour and 20 minutes!
    The midwife had not yet arrived, so it was just Shante and her husband.
    At the end of Shante’s care, her main midwife had to have surgery, leaving Shante in the care of another midwife that she never felt very comfortable with.
    The midwife was clearly irritated with Shante for having her baby without her.
    Shante had a piece of retained membrane that was obvious to see.  She is extreme in her belief of not intervening at all- So she did not remove the membrane, even though Shante was continuously bleeding.
    The midwife told her to go to the bathroom, but as Shante stood up, she began to black out. 
    She forced her to crawl to the bathroom.  Shante continued to pass out and felt completely humiliated.  Finally, the attending midwife catheterized Shante

    A year later, Shante found out from her main midwife that her charts were incomplete and the midwife had lied about a number of issues.

    Another client had a similar experience, the midwife left the practice and started her own practice. 

    Shante struggled with deep postpartum anxiety and depression.  She was able to manage this through homeopathy. 

    During her most recent pregnancy, Shante worked with a homeopath and worked with a therapist who specialized in prenatal and perinatal mood disorders.  She was able to heal and process through these two modalities.
    Shante developed food sensitivities during her most recent pregnancy so she had to avoid many carbs and sugars.

    She did a homeopathy pregnancy protocol, which helped a lot.  Cell Salts.

    Shante prepared a homeopathy chart with the symptom, the remedy and the frequency of the dose. She felt incredibly prepared.

    Shante’s contractions never got incredibly close together, an

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    Ep 74: The Power of Preparing for Birth

    Ep 74: The Power of Preparing for Birth

    This Episode was Brought to you by: Happy Homebirth Academy   The Premier Childbirth Education Program for Homebirth Mothers
     
    Do you really need to prepare for birth?
     
    Show Notes:
    Amanda's plan with her first child was a beautiful birth center birth
    The first 20 weeks of her pregnancy were full of sickness—  She even partially dislocated her shoulder after throwing up once.
    After laboring for quite a while, her midwife came over to check her and see if she could go to the birth center.  She was checked and was only 2 cm, so she said they could not go to the birth center yet.
    She began saying to herself during contractions, “Open, open, open.  Everything open.”  Her attention was specifically on opening and relaxing.
    Suddenly, soon after getting out of the tub, she feels the fetal ejection reflex.  “Breathe this baby down?! I’m going to eject this baby across the state!”
    The midwives made it just in time, and Amanda found out that what she thought were her insides coming out was actually just her baby’s head!
    Once he came out, she was in a state of confusion.  He looked different than she’d expected, and she had clearly been through a shocking experience.  When her midwife said, “Do you want to hold him?” Amanda’s immediate response was, “No, who is that?!”
    During her second pregnancy, she had Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction

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    Ep 73: Emily Catches Her Own Baby

    Ep 73: Emily Catches Her Own Baby

    Did you know that you could be so intimately aware of what's going on in your labor that you could be the one to reach down and catch your own baby?
     
    I sure didn't with my first daughter, and there's absolutely no way I would have been able to take the death grip off of my husband to do any such thing.
     
    But Emily... Emily planned and prepared for a mindful homebirth, and her goal was to catch her own baby (her first birth!).  She was a founding member of Happy Homebirth Academy, and I'm so excited to say that darn it, she did it!  Listen in to hear just how she achieved her goal.
     
    Show Notes:
     
    Emily's start to motherhood was different from the traditional route: She and her husband were called to foster-to-adopt immediately after Emily met her son at work.  She knew he was hers, and she would do anything for him.
     
    After a long and stressful road, their son finally legally became a part of the family.  At this point, he was 3 years old.  Emily was suddenly hit with baby fever!
     
    Emily began looking into homebirth.  She had had a traumatic time in the hospital at 19 and did not feel that it would be a healing place to have a baby.
     
    After watching Katelyn's birth video of her second baby, Lillian, Emily decided she wanted to have the same type of empowering birth.  She joined Happy Homebirth Academy and put in all of the effort required to achieve her goal.
     
    Emily woke up at 2:30 am in active labor.  She labored on her side for several hours, knowing that this was the position she was comfortable in. 
    Once she moved to the tub, she stayed in the same kneeling position for the remainder of her labor... except when she did her best to switch positions for just a moment.  Although she decided to return back to her previous spot, this movement was enough to dislodge her baby's head (turns out she way asynclitic!) and begin the process of crowning.
    Emily reached down and caught her own baby--triumphantly!
     
    If you're interested in having a similar birthing experience, make sure you join Happy Homebirth Academy for your childbirth education program.  This program is the first of its kind- geared specifically towards homebirth mothers!  

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    Ep 72: Student Success Story- Amy's Mindful Birth

    Ep 72: Student Success Story- Amy's Mindful Birth

    How do you picture your birth?
     
    I this weeks episode, we learn how Amy Lutz, a founding member of Happy Homebirth Academy prepared for her first homebirth.  
     
    With a combination of books, positive stories, and Happy Homebirth Academy, Amy went into her birthing time feeling confident and at ease (even with her husband having a virus at the very same time)!
     
    If you are interested in having a mindful, peaceful homebirth, get ready for Happy Homebirth Academy-- The premier childbirth education program for homebirth mothers.  HHA launches May 11th, 2020.  

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    Ep 71: From 3 Inductions to a Beautiful Homebirth

    Ep 71: From 3 Inductions to a Beautiful Homebirth

    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.
     
    Before we jump in, I’ve got news!  Happy Homebirth Academy is set to launch in just a few short weeks!  Tell all of your friends!  And if you’re a birth worker interested in checking out the program, give me a holler at katelyn@myhappyhomebirth.com or DM me on instagram.  I’m hopeful to let some fellow birth workers take a look before launch day… provided I have it ready.
     
    I am so excited about the content of this course.  It’s perfect for your first, fifth or tenth birth, whether you’ve had them all at home or all in hospital, and it gives you the tools have an empowered, mindful, peaceful homebirth.  It’s my third baby.  SO.  To keep updated with the launch, be sure to join the Happy Homebirth Pop Up group on facebook, or check out my free homebirth essentials mini course! It’s a quick little guide to some of the most important aspects of having a peaceful homebirth.  Just go to myhappyhomebirth.com/essentails for your download. 
     Show Notes: 
    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.
     
    Episode roundup:
    Just because you’ve had 2, 3,4 or 10 babies one way

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

rsammis ,

A feel good podcast!

I found The Happy Homebirth Podcast 2 months after our first baby was born peacefully at home. My son is now 5 months old and we listen, together, every day on our morning walks. Listening gets me so excited for my future home births! Thanks for being an amazing source of positivity!

bethanyruck ,

Thank you!

I feel so grateful to have found The Happy Homebirth Podcast. I’m currently six months pregnant and planning to birth our first baby at home. Hearing other women’s birth stories really has helped to nail down exactly what I want for my birth and how to advocate for myself. Thank you, Katelyn for the work you do!

yo homie lilz ,

Great podcast could add more inclusion

Great encouraging podcast for those planning a homebirth! My only note would be to add more stories where things don’t go as planned or where the homebirth care team isn’t what you imagined to provide a more wholistic perspective Incase this does happen to a listener! Meghans story in episode 63 was a great example where the homebirth team wasn’t the best. I was so use to hearing not great hospital story and only positive homebirth stories that this produced a fear and unnecessary stress of going to the hospital. I think people need to hear both perspectives to be prepared for wherever birth takes them so they can feel empowered in all places! After I started venturing out to other podcast with more of an array I was able to get a better perspective because the majority of hospital births are great experiences especially with the strides we’ve made in the last few years! And there are some homebirth/birth center stories I’ve since heard that were not the best experiences. Again I love the podcast and love homebirth as an option but would love to hear more inclusion of birth stories and focus on the great strides we’ve made in women’s health so women feel empowered not fearful based on where they might give birth.

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