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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

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 368 Ratings

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 174: An Interview with a Homebirth Convert, Becky Zale

    Ep 174: An Interview with a Homebirth Convert, Becky Zale

    Is it too much to ask for a change of expectations when you’re pregnant with your seventh baby?  I mean, is that even possible to shift the paradigm and take birth on from a new perspective?

     

    This week we’re speaking with Becky Zale of Approaching Home.  Becky is a converted homebirther. It’s something she said she’d never do. But things have a way of changing and not only did she experience her first homebirth with her 7th baby but she also experienced her first free birth. It is now the highlight of her life. She is a stay at home, homeschooling mom of 7 children-5 boys and 2 girls.

     

    Episode Roundup:

     

    Let’s start with talking about the transformation that Becky has made as a mother over her 7 births.  From walking into the hospital ready for her epidural with her first to having a homebirth…. Without her midwife with her last.  What a journey.  I want to remind you that just because you’ve chosen to give birth in other ways in the past, that does not mean that you can’t try something new.  Becky learned and grew with each experience, and they all finally led her to a birth so inspiring and powerful.  
    Next, boy– pitocin makes a difference, doesn’t it?  All of the moms who have labored with and without it are most certainly nodding their heads in agreement.  I mean, look at this.  Becky was so used to the intensity of pitocin contractions that she didn’t even recognize the fact that she was DEEP into labor.  Our bodies have a hormonal cocktail that just WORKS.  It works with us and for us, and it’s not too much because it IS us.  When medications get involved, we don’t always have that same experience because now we’ve got outside interference.  This was a great reminder to me that, gosh, you just can’t outdo nature.
    And finally, I have to touch on Becky’s willingness to pray- and to pray specifically.  Each time she did, she was given support, comfort, and peace.  I know that I was deeply comforted by her story, and I hope that you were, too. 
    Resources:
    Happy Homebirth Academy
    FREE Homebirth Essentials Guide
     

    • 45 min
    Ep 173: Is Homebirth Still Safe After a Diagnosed Disability?

    Ep 173: Is Homebirth Still Safe After a Diagnosed Disability?

    When you have a child with special needs, does that mean you’re automatically risked out of homebirth care for your future pregnancies?

     

    Today we’ll be speaking with  Bekah, a 30 years old mom of 3 living in upstate SC. Bekah is a licensed cosmetologist turned stay at home mom, whose oldest child was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome when she was 2.5.  This has played a huge part in she and her husband’s journey as parents. Bekah lives for birth stories and she’s incredibly excited to be able to share my 3 home birth experiences.

     

    Episode Roundup:
     You can’t judge a book, or a laboring mother, by the cover.  And this goes both ways.  A mother may be presenting as totally zen, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t truly having to reach down deep within herself to work through her birthing experience.  And likewise, we certainly cannot assume that a loud, vocal mother is feeling out of control.  Heck, it can be so cathartic to ROAR a baby out, and sometimes that’s just the noise our body chooses to make– it having nothing to do with how perfectly calm we’re feeling on the inside.
    Next, I want to remind you that giving birth at home is not for a small handful of mothers.  Bekah knew that she wanted to give birth at home not only with her first, but continuing on.  Despite Alice’s genetic condition, Bekah recognized that had no bearing on her ability to give birth at home, and it didn’t make her feel uncomfortable in the slightest.
    And finally, I’m just so humbled by birth and by motherhood.  Just like birth, we can prepare spectacularly, yet no outcome can be guaranteed.  It’s the same with motherhood, and every aspect of life.  Bekah did not expect for her daughter and her family to be faced with the hurdle of Rett disease, but that is the reality that they face as a family together.  This life- our expectations- we must constantly remind ourselves to hold it all with an open hand, as we realize that so much is outside of our control.  And just like with labor, we can fight against it, or we can release into it and find the beauty.  It’s one of the things that I love about Bekah– the way that she is finding beauty even in the midst of difficulty.  I’m so grateful to know and learn from her.
     

    Resources:

    Happy Homebirth Academy
    FREE Homebirth Essentials Guide
    Approaching Home

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Ep 172: The Ring of Fire

    Ep 172: The Ring of Fire

    Have you heard horror stories about The Ring of Fire?
     
    So what is "the ring of fire?" More accurately, it's the sensation of crowning: when the pressure of your baby's head, or crown, is applied fully to your perineum as his head begins to actually exit your body. 
     
    We will:
    Take a few minutes to work through concerns related to the ring of fire and

    Give you a few practical tips, and ready ourselves with a more open and excited mindset. 

     
    Resources
    https://www.cochrane.org/CD005123/PREG_antenatal-perineal-massage-for-reducing-perineal-trauma
    https://www.cochrane.org/CD006672/PREG_perineal-techniques-during-second-stage-labour-reducing-perineal-trauma
    https://midwifethinking.com/2016/01/13/perineal-protectors/
    https://midwifethinking.com/2015/09/09/supporting-womens-instinctive-pushing-behaviour-during-birth/
     

    Happy Homebirth Academy
     
    FREE Homebirth Essentials Guide

    • 17 min
    Ep 171: Parenting and Birthing Gently with Caitlyn Doerksen

    Ep 171: Parenting and Birthing Gently with Caitlyn Doerksen

    How do we go about decision-making in pregnancy and parenthood?  Do we float along on the wave of current culture, or is there possibly another way?

     

    This week we’re speaking with Caitlyn Doerksen, a wife of almost seven years, a mom of 3 kids, who is passionate about all things surrounding the home. Home schooling, home birth, and a dream to one day soon home stead. She has such a beautiful way of looking at and interacting with her family, and I know you’re going to gain so much insight from this incredible episode.

    Episode Roundup:
    It’s okay to do things differently from other families and to focus on works in your family’s culture.  Just because your aunt or mother in law or neighbor did things one way doesn’t mean you have to follow suit.  It’s not disrespectful to choose your own path.  I’m sure many of you resonate with that already– I mean, we’ve probably all had the experience of a little backlash to our birthing decisions, am I right?
    Next, I loved the way Caitlyn truly tuned into her intuition.  She didn’t push the voice away, she leaned in and listened harder.  She had her husband pray over her and encourage her, and together they worked on honing in on their God-given parental intuitions.  We were designed to disciple our babies, and when we tune out the noise and tune into what is working for our family, I think we often times do know how to do that so beautifully well.  
    And finally, let’s discuss the beautiful balance of Caitlyn’s births.  What did we learn?  Well, we learned that birth CAN be exactly what you want, pray for, ask for, envision, meditate upon… It can be.  There is so much power and excitement and thrill in that!  It happened for Caitlyn three times, despite difficult external circumstances with her most recent birth.  And now… on to the flip side.  Not everyone is going to experience this, and if your mind is SET on having a very specific experience that does not pan out that way, it can sometimes lead to disappointment or a fear that maybe you didn’t do something right, or you didn’t deserve a good birth or, or, or.  And just like Caitlyn so beautifully affirmed, that is straight up false.  I like to remind myself that every birth has a lesson for us.  Sometimes those lessons go down easy like a spoonful of honey, and others feel a bit more abrasive.  But, no matter the specific events our birth holds, please remember… we are the one who chooses how we get to integrate the experience.  We can choose what our birth means to us, and we can choose to approach birth with the knowledge that however it unfolds, there is beauty in it.  I hope that makes sense.  Every mother, every baby, every labor are different.  But whatever our labor brings us, we can take those lessons and apply them to our lives, to our motherhood, to grow and stretch us in the most beautiful ways.
    Resources:
    Happy Homebirth Academy
    FREE Homebirth Essentials Guide
    caitlyn_doerksen
     
     
     

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep 170: Cross-Country Homebirth

    Ep 170: Cross-Country Homebirth

    When you’re unable to have a homebirth in your area, what happens?  Are you totally out of luck…. Or are there other ways to get creative?

    This week we’re speaking with my friend Shanies Pearcey- a stay at home mother to 8 children and minister’s wife in Northwest NJ. Shanise enjoys cooking, sewing, and spending time with her precious kids, and I can tell you right now you are going to gain SO MUCH from this interview, as we unpack her journey to a homebirth… across the country from her own home. Get ready for a beautiful, uplifting story.

    Episode Roundup

    Question everything, unfortunately.  Shanise was told with her twins that her hips were “too small” for a 5 pound baby– and yet, she was able to give birth to an 8 pound baby just fine later on.  Another example of this could be seen when her OB told her that if she wanted to give birth without an epidural, they should totally break her water.  It’s so unfortunate when we hear these examples of care providers looking out for themselves and not for their patients.
    If you find yourself in a situation that seems unfavorable, like Shanise did with her 8th pregnancy and upcoming labor, keep your mind open to other ideas.  It could have been so easy for Shanise and her husband to dismiss the idea of traveling to Texas for a homebirth, but look at what they would have missed if they’d ignored the idea– and consider the hostility that so many women were facing in hospitals in that area at the time.  What a beautiful experience Shanise’s family had– all because they were open to ideas outside of the norm.
    And finally, how incredible are our bodies.  The way that Shanise’s body gave her an opportunity to process her fears and anxieties by stopping labor– that was so beautiful to me.  She was able to reach out to a friend, who, by the way owns a beautiful merino wool shop called Truly Charis, for all of the cloth diapering mamas out there, be sure to look her up– and process the feelings and emotions that were welling up inside of her.  And once she did that– her body knew that it was now safe to give birth.  What a blessing that entire experience was.  As we wrap up this amazing episode, I can’t help but share Philippians 4: 4-9
     

    Resources:
    Happy Homebirth Academy
    FREE Homebirth Essentials Guide

    • 57 min
    Ep 169: Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Birth and Motherhood with Jenna Dodge

    Ep 169: Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Birth and Motherhood with Jenna Dodge

    When you’re pregnant and not feeling well, what’s your first line of defense?  Have you ever felt the need to turn to pharmaceutical medications quickly, feeling like there aren’t any other good options?

    This week, we’re speaking with Jenna Dodge.  Jenna Dodge is a Mother of four children ages 3-11. She lives in Bozeman, Montana with her children, husband, and two dogs. She owns a homeopathy practice serving clients anywhere in the world via Telehealth (www.ProjectHomeopathy.com) and teaches Homeopathy online courses at www.jennadodge.com. When she's not working with clients or teaching homeopathy, you can find her spending time with her family, lifting weights in her home gym, baking sourdough bread, or playing the piano.  

    Jenna is actually my homeopath, and I was so excited to find out that she was a homebirth mother herself.  So today we’ll be taking our time going through her birth stories, as well as a thorough rundown of homeopathy and how you can use it as an empowering tool for your family.  

    Episode Roundup:

     It just hit me as I was speaking to Jenna about the way that… when we tense our body up during labor by putting pressure on ourselves to look a certain way, or to not gain a certain amount of weight, or whatever the case may be… it’s just like the action of tensing and tightening during contractions.  No, pregnancy isn’t an excuse to overindulge, but it’s a perfectly good reason to relax and release the preconceived notions of what your body SHOULD be like and SHOULD do.  Relax into this process and be gentle and graceful with yourself.
    And lastly, I just want to encourage you to look into homeopathy.  It’s been a huge blessing to my family over the years, but especially now that I’m actually working with a certified homeopath.  Jenna’s been able to help me unwind so much disease and distress that’s been going on in my body for years, so I highly recommend checking out all of her information, which is linked below in the show notes.  Alright, my friends, I hope you’re feeling excited and empowered!  That’s all I’ve got for you for today.  I’ll see you back here next week!
    Resources:
    Happy Homebirth Academy
    FREE Homebirth Essentials Guide

    • 1 hr 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
368 Ratings

368 Ratings

@anywhere_bound ,

A must listen for all of the mommas to be!

I found the Happy Homebirth Podcast while pregnant with my 3rd baby. It’s been wonderful to listen to a variety of Homebirth stories as I prepare for mine. The host also shares wonderful tips and information!

AlexRBarr ,

First Time Mom Totally Encouraged

I cannot say enough about how much this podcast has empowered and encouraged me as a first time mom preparing for a home birth. I love hearing all the diverse birth stories, but also hearing just how positive everyone is in their birth story description despite walking through some super hard births previously and currently. I love all the tips, guest speakers and advice shared by all the mamas. I feel prepared, encouraged in my decision and supported by a tribe of mamas walking through home birth all over the country!

Dana Gaynor ,

My favorite podcast by far!

This podcast is by far my favorite podcast to listen to. I am pregnant with our third baby and although we can’t have a home birth due to insurance issues I am preparing for my first natural birth and I have learned SO much from listening to all these diverse amazing birth stories and Katelyn’s insight on the different aspects of birth. I feel like between this and the research I’ve been doing/the mental prep I am for the first time not afraid to go into labor and actually excited to experience this. Thank you for this valuable resource katelyn!

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