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A collection of Kiwi Mums & Dads sharing their Pregnancy and Birth tales, giving a snapshot of birthing experiences in New Zealand. This podcast has been created to share a range of birth stories informing, supporting and comforting families - to be, new or seasoned. You'll likely laugh, cry and learn something new while finding common experiences with these Kiwi Families.
 
Whether you are pregnant and looking for inspirational birth stories through your pregnancy, trying to conceive, breastfeeding, and postpartum; if you're a first time mom or a veteran parent of multiple children, you can learn, laugh and maybe even cry a little at these moving childbirth stories from people willing to share one of the most intimate moments of their lives.
 
This podcast was created to provide a community to cheer you on in your journey from VBAC hopeful to VBAC success. We are going to debunk the myths, quiet the naysayers, and equip you with everything you need for a healing, empowering birth. And positive postpartum experience. We are VBAC moms. We are fierce, go getters, women of action. You've got this, mama. And I'll be by your side, every step of the way.
 
Birth. It is everywhere. Literally. Every day with each birth there are new stories to be told, wisdom to be shared and knowledge to be learned. Elizabeth Bachner sees birth in a unique way: As life lessons that help us grow as spiritual beings having human experiences. Childbirth is her prose, her jam, and her calling. We are your safe space for the sharing of those experiences from all different perspectives and many walks of life. Through curious conversation and storytelling, there is al ...
 
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In episode 101 of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Charlotte about the birth of her daughter Imani. In this episode we cover: - trying to fall pregnant - missed miscarriage - spontaneous conception - low level of fluids towards the end of pregnancy - induction - epidural - birth centre - breastfeeding - baby blues Charlotte also mentions the Viva La V…
 
During Nicole's first pregnancy, her baby was diagnosed with a rare intestinal malformation called duodenal atresia. She went into labor at 32 weeks and went on to have a c-section with inadequate anesthesia. Her baby had surgery 3 days after birth and spent a month in the NICU. This experience has helped Nicole better serve her patients as an OB/G…
 
When it comes to dealing with unsupportive hospital staff or conflicting information it can be easy to feel overwhelmed or stunned, especially in the moment. Today Stephanie and I are talking about key phrases to use when you find yourself in one of these situations and other tips to keep in mind so you are prepared for all of the different potenti…
 
In this episode, Brittany shares her four birth stories including her twin breech C-section, her 60 hour epidural VBAC, her 11 hour natural VBAC, and then her elective C-section after a stalled labor. Brittany also shares her advice for other VBAC mamas, and why she thinks doulas are so incredibly important! Find Brittany on Facebook, or on her blo…
 
This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in ou…
 
Natalie is the Pied Piper of twin families around the globe. Founding Twiniversity — the world’s leading support network for multiple birth families — in 2009, she’s become the global influencer for this small niche community. Reaching over a million families a week through Twiniversity’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube channels…
 
After two straightforward, unmedicated births (one hospital birth with an OB, the other a homebirth with a midwife), Grace planned another homebirth with a midwife. Those plans changed immediately when she noticed her baby had stopped moving at 41 weeks and her birth quickly changed to an emergent hospital induction.…
 
It's Kiwi Birth Tales 100th episode!!! Proudly brought to you by Made with Love Pregnancy Journal https://shesaidyes.co.nz/product/made-with-love-pregnancy-journal/ Today I speak with Hannah Barrett about the pregnancy, birth and postpartum journey with her beautiful daughter Billie Rose Barrett. In the episode we discuss: - Obstetrician care - Pla…
 
When it comes to finding a hospital, there are some key things to look for to ensure you will be setting yourself up for the most mother-baby friendly care possible! Today Stephanie and I are talking about questions you can ask prior to choosing where you will give birth. Because many doctors only have privileges at certain hospitals, you may want …
 
After having two C-sections, Kara was determined to have a VBA2C with her third baby. But there wasn't a doctor in the Des Moines area who would to support her. She ended up having to drive four hours, round trip, for her prenatal appointments and birth. But in the end, she got her victorious VBA2C! Connect with Kara on Instagram or on her website.…
 
This is a preview of our Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership in ou…
 
In episode 99 of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Katie about her 3 pregnancies and births. In this episode we discuss: - Birth plans that didn't work out - Associated birth trauma - Gentle Birthing - Birth in Ireland - Positive birth experience - Surrogacy decision (for her sister) - Surrogacy in NZ - Emergency C Section birth - Postpartum recoveries…
 
When it comes to finding a doctor, does it ever make you feel completely stuck? How do you know if they will be right for you? Today Stephanie and I are talking about why we recommend finding an evidence based care provider and how you can tell if the person you're interviewing (YES, you should absolutely be interviewing your providers!) is practic…
 
This is a preview of our new Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to Patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership i…
 
Emily's labor was easy, calm, and quiet thanks to her attentive husband, supportive doula, and hands-off birth team. After an hour of pushing, the doctor assisted Emily using the Ritgen’s maneuver and Elijah David was born. Emily began hemorrhaging moments later and was stabilized with the use of medication and a bakari balloon.…
 
In Episode 98 of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Kate about her 2 pregnancy and birth stories. In this episode we discuss: - Scoliosis - Fertility Struggles - PCOS - Induction - Failed epidural attempts - Forcep and Episiotomy - 4th Degree Tear - Elective C-Section - Physical recoveries from birth Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me…
 
This is a preview of our new Partner Podcast series from The Birth Hour. These episodes release every Friday for our listener supporters at the $10+ level via Patreon. Go to Patreon.com/birthhour to become a patron and receive access to these weekly partner episodes as well as other bonuses such as access to over 350 archived episodes, membership i…
 
In episode 97 of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Alarice who takes us through her first pregnancy and birth in Melbourne, we cover: - Unplanned pregnancy - Low Platelets - Drug free vaginal birth in hospital - Severe Mental Health concerns post partum We then discuss moving back to New Zealand and falling pregnant with her new partner but unfortunate…
 
In episode 96 of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Charlotte who talks us through falling pregnant and giving birth to her daughter Imogen. I loved recording this episode with Charlotte and we cover: Antenatal Anxiety Hyperemesis / Morning sickness Slow progression Epidural Baby Blues Positive Breastfeeding journey Thanks for joining me Charlotte! This…
 
In episode 95 of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Emily about her two pregnancy and birth stories. Emily first talks us through her unexplained infertility journey, falling pregnant spontaneously after 1.5 years, Emily is also a Midwife so it is interesting hearing about this from her perspective. Emily gave birth at 36 weeks to Harry, she had planned…
 
In Episode 94 of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Jess about the birth of her son Roman. Jess is a single mum in her early twenties and she takes us through her journey to motherhood, her traumatic birth experience in which she felt she wasn't prepared for and ended with an episiotomy and forcep delivery, her stitches were put in too tight and they ha…
 
In episode 93 of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Jo about the birth of her beautiful son Charles. Jo takes us through her Endometriosis diagnosis, surgery, falling pregnant and then her surprise breech birth. Jo shares how she processed her unexpected but ultimately positive birth experience and also talks us through her breastfeeding journey and her…
 
In episode 92 of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Renee about the birth of her daughter Georgie. Renee has been on the podcast previously (episode 17) and has joined me again to speak about the pregnancy and birth of her second daughter in which she shares a chemical pregnancy on their journey to Georgie, a heavy bleed around 12 weeks, an 'abnormal' 2…
 
In Episode 91 of Kiwi Birth Tales I speak with Stacey, we focus on her pregnancy and birth with Goldie however Stacey also has 5 other beautiful children - Chloe, Lukas, Archie, Hugo & Bowie. Stacey talks us through their journey including Phils Testicular Cancer diagnosis, her Antenatal Depression and her choice to have homebirths more than once. …
 
As you can see from the title of this episode, number 90 is a packed one! Carmen talks us through her 3 pregnancy and birth stories with her 4 babies! Carmen and her Husband worked through a fertility struggle with PCOS, eventually using Clomophine and falling pregnant after 3 rounds - Rosie was Breech right up to her birth and ended up being a C-S…
 
Megan's pregnancy went relatively smoothly, except for mild nausea in the first trimester, headaches in the 2nd trimester, and the COVID-19 pandemic beginning her third trimester. At 32 weeks, Megan was diagnosed with gestational hypertension, which raised concerns because her baby was in the breech position.…
 
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