It's hard to describe exactly how dear Katherine is to me! I'm so fortunate that she found her way into my birth class when she was pregnant for the first time, and that she stayed in touch and reached out to me about being her doula when she was pregnant again a few years later. She has a unique perspective and story as someone who is herself a Nurse Practitioner in Maternal Fetal Medicine, and who gave birth bath the hospital the first time around but decided to to plan her second birth at The Birth Center at Lifecycle Woman Care. I know you will so enjoy hearing Katherine tell her story, and won't help but be able to learn and be encouraged as hear from someone so smart and with such a warm, bright personality.
Most of the time I’m collecting & sharing birth stories of people who I meet through my birth classes. Well, this one is extra special because I was the doula who had a front row seat to witness the power and beauty of Lindsay Musser Pacheco as she brought her son Adiel into the world.
There’s so much to learn and be inspired by in Lindsay’s story— some elements that went perfectly as planned, some not at all. Lindsay enjoyed the power of positive birth stories to help encourage and empower her as she went through her pregnancy, and now she has her own to share with you!
Also, Lindsay is so lucky to be childhood friends with the amazing @lucybaber who captured the gorgeous image you'll see on the video thumbnail/preview. Check out Lucy's work at Lucy Baber Photography.
Finally, at last, our very first BABY JAWN birth story! Kate Jesuele may have moved across the river to Colinsgwood, but make no mistake -- she's a Philly mama through and through. I feel so honored that I got to be a part of her birth journey, and that she was willing to share her story with all of you. I already knew of Kate because of the rave reviews I consistently hear from those who take her Prenatal Strength Training classes as a part of her BodyWise Mama prenatal fitness offerings. And even though her pandemic pregnancy means that we've really only truly connected across screens, she is so dear to my heart!
Kate's story is one of autonomy and empowerment. As a birth educator, I provide evidence based information and then release that information into the hands of expectant folks to consider benefits & risks, to listen to their bodies and intuition, to have conversations with their medical caregiver and to ultimately make decisions for their own care. Kate's trust in her body ultimately resulted in a birth where she & her baby were healthy and where she felt empowered and proud. Settle in and enjoy Kate's story!
(Because Kate's story includes the experience of her bag of waters breaking well ahead of labor starting, I'll include some facts & links below about what to know and consider when your water breaks.)
At a glance, some quick facts you should know for when your water breaks:
- Despite what Hollywood shows us, it's only about 8-10% of the time that your water breaks ahead of active labor
-When you water breaks, remember COAT - what is the Color, is there an Odor, is the Amount a trickle or a gush and what Time is it?
-A brown or green color indicates baby's first bowel movement has happened on the inside and is a reason to go directly to your place of birth. It can happen just because your baby is ready for their first poop, but it can also be a way that a baby lets us know that they are in distress. (Note - in Kate's story, the presence of meconium, the fancy word for baby's first poop, wasn't discovered until her midwife checked her cervix)
-A foul odor is an indication of infection and is also a reason to go right to your place of birth
-If you have screened positive for GBS (group beta strep) and your water breaks, it's recommended that you go directly to your place of birth. Standard care in the US is to receive IV antibiotics during labor when you are GBS positive.
-As time passes the main concern is the development of an infection. The risk of infection begins to increase 24 hours after your water breaks. Most people will go into labor on their own during that time, but medical caregivers are likely to recommend that you have an induction and be progressing toward active labor as the 24 hour mark approaches. Research has been conducted on differing timelines, which you can explore in the article linked below. The presence or absence of an elevated temperature is one way that your midwife or OB can help evaluate if you are developing an infection.
- This does NOT mean that you need give birth within 24 hours of your water breaking. And the evidence does NOT support the notion that if your amniotic fluid is clear and odorless, and you tested negative for GBS that you need to rush immediately to the hospital.
-If you expect to labor at home as long as possible, have a discussion with your midwife or OB to discuss any particulars of your medical history that might come into play.
Click here for an article from Evidence Based Birth with more information
What will you find here? People telling their stories about birth, inspiring and educating you as your prepare for you own birth. I'll also feature some of my favorite Philadelphia area professionals who I think may be just the resource you need for your birth journey! Of course, doulas have an *EXTRA* special place in my heart, so you won't find them here -- they get their own page! Check out the "doulas " page of this website to watch video interviews with some of my most favorite and most highly recommended doulas.
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