BIRTH STORY PODCAST + PREGNANCY BOOK & JOURNAL

BIRTH STORY MEDIA™ & MYDOULAHEIDI™

1: Meet MyDoulaHeidi & Hear Her Son Jagger Kai's Birth Story

Heidi Campbell

I.ROCKED.A.PITOCIN.INDUCTION.NATURALLY.

Hi! I'm Heidi! This is my launch episode and I couldn't be more excited! At launch date, I have been a birth doula for 14 years. I had to start this podcast off with you hearing my heart and my own story. Let's face it. 92% of women are delivering in hospitals in the US with epidurals. Depending on your state 25-40% of women are having C-sections. That is why I had to write a book (www.BirthStory.com) and launch this podcast. I believe in education through story telling. This podcast will hopefully be one of the tools that you use to prepare you for a fertility journey, and adoption and/or for the birth that YOU want. I'm here for you every step of the way. 

 

In Episode 1, I will walk you through my own birth with my second son, Jagger. This story is about healing from a traumatic first birth and a planned induction due to macrosomia aka "big baby" at 40 weeks and 2 days gestation. The medical interventions used included a midwife, an IV, pitocin induction, and the artificial rupture of the membranes. No epidural or pain medications proving to the world how possible it is to be induced and still have a natural childbirth. I hope my story will inspire you and help teach you about an induction if your story looks like it is heading that way. You got this mama!  

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 1 Meet MyDoulaHeidi & Her Son Jagger Kai's Birth Story - Host MyDoulaHeidi - Birth Story Podcast

[00:00:00] What does a contraction feel like how do I know if I'm in labor? And what does a day of Labor look like? Wait, is this normal? Hey, I'm Heidi Campbell a certified birth Doula host of this podcast birth story and owner of my Doula Heidi. I've supported hundreds of women through their labor and deliveries and I believe that.

[00:00:29] Every one of them and you deserves a microphone and a stage. So here we are listen each week to get the answers to these tough questions and more birth story where we talk about pregnancy labor deliveries where we tell our stories share our feelings and of course chat about our favorite baby products and motherhood and because I'm passionate about birth outcomes, you will hear from some of the top experts in labor and delivery whether you are pregnant.

[00:00:59] And [00:01:00] trying desperately to get pregnant. I hope you will stick around and be part of this tribe. Episode 1. Whoo. Here. We are. I have been so excited for the launch of this podcast. And I thought that I would kick off the first episode by just letting everyone get to know me a little bit more to hear my heart to understand why I've started this podcast and why I wrote a book birth story that's coming out this summer and then we'll kick off with about.

[00:01:35] Or five other episodes following this one today. So I'm going to chat with you a little bit about who I am and. What this is all about and then I would love to read to you my birth story as a starting point. So first off thank you for subscribing and for being here and listening and I just want to say that I don't know why [00:02:00] you're here.

[00:02:00] So perhaps a baby is already inside of you and you are getting scared of the unknown and maybe you're a single mom. Or a surrogate and the baby's kicking you and you're starting to think about that labor and delivery. Maybe your next round of IVF or IUI is coming up soon and you're on this podcast to be positive and to learn about other people's fertility Journeys and bringing babies into this world.

[00:02:32] Maybe you're just someone's friend or sister or Mom and you love a good birth story. So whatever brought you here. I am forever grateful, and if you love it, then I hope that you will share it. I'm Heidi. I'm a birth Doula and Charlotte North Carolina and in 2005 at the ripe age of 27 and I was very much not a mother at the time.

[00:02:55] I helped to support a mom that was delivering her first [00:03:00] baby and. This mom came to me at the very end of her pregnancy and she had a secret. She had already given birth to a sweet baby when she was in high school. She had bravely chosen life and allowed her body to be a vessel to Parenthood for the adopting mom and dad.

[00:03:20] So I never knew her story before her labor began, but she had been through labor and delivery and she had a really Keen sense of what she needed because now she was older she was married. She was ready to be a mom in she knew that she loved my massages and my comforting touch and she just wanted me to be part of her story.

[00:03:44] Well that single day you guys was the most pivotal life-changing moment. I became someone new that day for the first time. I saw the baby emerge and take his first breath. [00:04:00] I remember walking out of that hospital and it was like 24 plus hours of laboring with her and I was filled with energy and excitement.

[00:04:09] I mean like crazy like my body felt like it had been electrocuted. I had no idea how to process what I had just been part of but I knew it was the most beautiful gift. I had ever been given and in the days after I was like processing it with friends and family and I remember my sister said to me.

[00:04:28] Oh my God. You were her Doula and I was like, huh? What'd she say? What is a doula and I remember I went straight to my computer and I typed in Du LA and for anyone listening to this podcast that actually knows what a doula is Doula a spell dou la and I'm Google was confused because I did not know how to spell this mysterious word that I had never heard of.

[00:04:57] It turns out my Greek is not [00:05:00] very good. So for those of you guys listening and you're uncertain what to do, let is then please let me Enlighten you as my sister enlightened me. So we myself included doulas. We are magical beings with superpowers and we help make pregnancy labor and delivery and awesome experience.

[00:05:20] I mean, I guess technically Doula is a Greek word, but most of the moms that. I have served over the years here in Charlotte when they write reviews are call me or send me a little note after birthday say that I am their Rock. I'm their superhero and their sync time their angel. Being a doula is kind of like the feeling when you serve others in any capacity like has anybody listening been on a mission trip because when I get away and I go on mission trips, like I get way more out of what I'm getting than what I give and so does that resonate with [00:06:00] anybody like that's listening that you you know, you've gone and you've served others, but in the end you're thinking like wait, I almost feel bad because.

[00:06:09] They kind of helped me more and being a doula is it's pretty much like that. It's a calling. It doesn't feel like work as I like sat down to reflect on this podcast. I am actually on call for a couple of different birds. I am like can see like I'm nesting I'm cleaning my house. I'm nervous. My bag is packed my hospital bag like forget their hospital bag.

[00:06:35] I am ready to go. Because I'm just so excited to get the call and to be able to go to work. I mean most days I can barely stand it. So let me see. I want to elaborate on this just a little bit because the reason I feel antsy and I'm nesting is because I can feel. The labor coming on and I [00:07:00] know that sounds crazy and that's why I'm here to tell you about who I am.

[00:07:03] So let me elaborate but ever since I was in high school, I have been like enveloped with dreams of pregnancy and birth and I mean like drive my friends and family crazy. The first Dream I ever had was like so vivid in high school that I remember pulling my friend aside and saying, Are you having sex because I had a dream you were pregnant and she was and a few years later.

[00:07:30] I was in college and this dreamlike rattled me in the middle of the night. It was a childhood friend really good childhood friend. And by the time I called her she had already had the abortion and. I just remember through the years like some of the dreams I would have would make sense and some of the dreams would not make sense.

[00:07:54] Like if I had a dream about like, I mean, my pastor's wife being pregnant that did [00:08:00] not make sense to me. But then like if my when I had a dream about my best friend being pregnant with twins, and I was around her all the time, so. I was about I don't know 22 years old and I decided to take a meditation class at Queen's University here in Charlotte in the chapel and it was impossible.

[00:08:20] I don't know if anyone that's listening is like India yoga and meditation but these are things that I think are very profound until I try to do them and then I find out I'm really bad at them because when I was trying to be quiet and go inside myself that was hard enough, but. Whenever I like found my way in with my breathing, it was always just like pregnant women and babies everywhere and I was just always like really confused and kind of annoyed by the dreams.

[00:08:52] And so that day that I walked out of the hospital after my friends birth and I felt like I had [00:09:00] been, you know electrocuted with energy like everything had kind of made sense. So this is kind of where I'm getting at when I say that being a doula is a calling because I actually believe that I was born to be.

[00:09:15] By the side of labouring women through their pregnancies and their deliveries and this is why I wrote the book and why I've started a podcast because honestly, I want to be a doula forever and Someday my physical body is not going to allow that and I want to support women outside of Charlotte like whenever I travel or go anywhere just like find myself like.

[00:09:41] Just digging out everyone's birth stories and talking to them about their fertility journey is in just the Deep yearning to be a mom. And then if that opportunity is afforded. Just walking through that Journey with women. It just it just [00:10:00] sets my soul on fire. So here we are because I believe in education through storytelling right now.

[00:10:08] I'm on all these mom boards and I'm going to give a shout out to my mom to Mom because this is how we're currently learning and Charlotte how to be Mom's we look at our friends. We look at who's around us. We scour. Like these Facebook and Instagram groups the Pinterest boards. Oh my God. Don't even get me started on the Pinterest boards there.

[00:10:28] They'll make you feel like the worst. Mom ever don't start there, but we talk to each other and we trust each other. We want to find a tribe to teach us tell us share with us all this kind of stuff what to do. What I've learned is that everybody's got a story to tell and everybody wants to hear a story.

[00:10:47] Like when when you're pregnant or you're on a fertility Journey. It's comforting to know if somebody else went through what you're going through or they can help prepare you for what you're [00:11:00] about to go through. So you heard in the beginning? I think everyone deserves a microphone in a stage because we have to pass down what we've learned.

[00:11:10] And so this is what this podcast is about. I want to help everyone is listening prepare for their fertility Journey. Their pregnancy their labor their delivery like early. Mom Hood. I hope that this podcast is just one tool that you will use for your childbirth education. And so thank you for being here and on that note.

[00:11:36] I would love to tell you my birth story.

[00:11:44] August 21st 2015. Dear Jagger Kawaii. Hello, baby. I love you bug. I hope you read this story when you are young and say gross [00:12:00] and I hope you read it when you're a teenager and It embarrasses you. I hope you read it. When you are becoming a dad and you are proud of me. I can't wait to tell you all about the day you entered this world when you are big enough.

[00:12:15] My inauguration into motherhood with your brother Max was a bumpy ride. I was scared. I was very scared about your birth from the moment. I found out I was pregnant. I tried to go to counseling to resolve some of the fears that I had from your brother's birth, but I somehow found everything else to talk about besides his birth story.

[00:12:40] I knew that you are feeling everything. I was feeling As I Grew you inside of me. So I did try for you your dad and I decided we needed to hire a very experienced Doula to help us and to prepare me and work through all of my birth fears. I had no idea how I ended up in this place with [00:13:00] you. I should have been glowing the whole time looking forward to the moment.

[00:13:04] You would arrive. I'm a doula for God's sakes. Rationally, I knew that what had happened to me during Max's birth was a rare story, but it was my story. I didn't want it to be the story of me and you I knew you were my last child. So you are my baby. I knew this was the last chance to give birth somewhere inside me.

[00:13:30] I found Hope. But I focused on you in my belly and when the kicks began and you started to interact with me daily, I hired us a doula and her name is Jessica. I cried to Jessica while I interviewed her your Dad held my hand and helped me tell our story. He helped me be okay to move forward Jessica did what a doula does she made me believe in myself once again.

[00:14:00] [00:13:59] She came to our home to help us build a plan for the birth and I cried and cried. I pleaded with Jessica with you your dad and especially God, please just let this be different Jessica and your dad told me over and over again. It would be different this time my body now knew what to do. Your brother had paved the way.

[00:14:23] I was strong I could have a natural childbirth and I would have a natural childbirth because that's what I wanted. I would spare you and me from all the mess at some point. I started to believe them and I started to believe in myself my body my inner strength and in God's plan. As we neared the end, my belly was growing at an outrageous piece your brother Wade 10 and a half pounds and I was starting to look a little bit like I did with your brother.

[00:14:58] So I got scared [00:15:00] again. I was all set to go with my natural do not intervene childbirth when an ultrasound at 39 weeks revealed that you might already be 10 and a half pounds. Jeez, I had a terrible fear of bleeding out again having a long labor again. Well, okay. If I'm honest I was afraid I was going to die.

[00:15:26] I know that doesn't make sense. But that is the truth. I thought well this time I will just die from the Hemorrhage and I'll never be able to hold you. So back to counseling I went poor Jessica and your dad had to calm me down. Once again, my beloved Midwife Sage recommended an induction at 40 weeks.

[00:15:49] She would be the one to do it even though macrosomia, which is like big baby. It's not an ACOG or an American College of Gynecology indication for [00:16:00] induction. We believed it was the best solution for me and my body and for you my sweet baby boy. So I called Jessica and they told her the plan and she was on board to support us her role as a doula was to support the birth that I wanted and she did just that no judgment and full confidence in my decision after that.

[00:16:23] We revved up the natural induction method. We had sacks we did nipple stimulation. We use black and blue cohosh. We walked we went to a Chinese reflexologist and had acupuncture. I had a massage. I got a pedicure. I inserted an ingested evening primrose. I eat spicy food. You name it? We did it. I knew my body wasn't ready.

[00:16:50] But who cares? The weekend before the induction Jessica brought over some castor oil to try well because why not I was already going to [00:17:00] be induced. So why not try the absolute Last Resort induction method if it didn't work? Well, I was still having a baby round one of the castor oil went great. I mix two ounces of it with chocolate to linty gelato, which I will never be able to eat again.

[00:17:21] I had mild contractions all day.  But then they just died off late in the afternoon because my body was not ready for labor your dad and I got a hotel close to the hospital. We were ready. I was ready and this next part. I'm just going to skip right through but the next morning my induction was canceled when we arrived.

[00:17:47] Push repeat on the next two days and it was canceled again. And again, it's like preparing for a marathon and then spraining your ankle. It sucked. I [00:18:00] went home twice without you. So I did what any irrational pregnant woman in this situation would do and I drink more castor oil big mistake. I basically sat in the bathtub all day soaking my rear end and racing to the toilet every 10 to 15 minutes.

[00:18:21] I had lots of contractions. But again, this did not lead to you so I slept and rested and when I was irrational, I allowed a beautiful Midwife Tina to write a new birth plan for us. At 40 weeks and 2 days pregnant I showed up for an induction that was actually going to happen your dad and I woke up and ate disgusting Bojangles because it was my last day to be fat.

[00:18:48] We showed up at the hospital at 7 a.m. And Jessica was already there waiting for us. We checked into room 1529 directly next door to where I delivered your brother and [00:19:00] got settled in with the most awesome nurses. They took my blood and started an IV port at 7:30 a.m. I was rested. I was mentally strong.

[00:19:11] I had a doula and a Bradley trained husband. I had the right Hospital the right Midwife and the right nursing staff. I was pumped up and I was ready to rock out your birth. We were in a good place. I mean, I was nervous as all get out. But Jagger I knew we could do this. I knew you would kick off of me.

[00:19:33] I knew you would come down. I knew you wanted to be in my arms as much as I wanted you in my arms. It was time to meet each other and snuggle and hold you as close as possible.  Birth is a little crazy. I'm sitting here writing and writing and now I'm like damn. What happened in between that moment in the birth?

[00:19:56] It gets a little fuzzy.  We put [00:20:00] on the movie Coming to America. It took my mind off everything the pitocin got started around 9 a.m. My cervix was almost four centimeters dilated before Labor even started. Thank you second baby. The plan was to start pitocin and then break my water and turn it all off.

[00:20:21] And see if my body just took over naturally the contractions started to come regularly right after 10:00 a.m. When they turn the pitocin up I would guess like four minutes apart, but they were really mild. I could feel them building and breaking but they only lasted about 30 seconds and I could easily ignore them next we put on Legally Blond.

[00:20:47] I was laying in the bed with your dad and as the contractions started to get stronger around noon. They turned up the pitocin again to a 6 I would turn my head into his chest [00:21:00] and just breathe for a few seconds. I was in total control and they were barely touching my Pain Scale. I rated them around A1 to A2.

[00:21:10] This wasn't my first rodeo. I knew where we were going pain-wise. Around 1:45 p.m. The mid wave came in and broke my water. I was a Solid 4 to 5 centimeters dilated 70 percent effaced. So the contractions I had barely felt or already doing work. The very first contraction post water breaking was significantly stronger.

[00:21:38] I was sitting on the birthing ball and leaning toward the bed and still trying to watch legally. The contractions were three minutes apart and growing in intensity. I had to close my eyes and breathe through them. I was doing the hypnobirthing I had practiced and somehow was relaxed and [00:22:00] in control, this is the total opposite of my personality.

[00:22:06] So I know that hypnobirthing and doulas and awesome husband's work. When the contractions would end, I would open my eyes and try to refocus on the movie just having the room quiet and only one thing to focus on soon that became too much the contractions were too close together and too long and too hard.

[00:22:29] I had no idea where we were at in the movie nor did I care? Around 3 p.m. It was game on and the only thing that was going on in that room was my contractions. All of my needs were fully Met Your Dad and Jessica made sure that I was totally taken care of. I was owning this labor the contractions would start to build I would close my eyes and I would Breathe long slow deep breaths.

[00:22:59] [00:23:00] My focus was on hypnobirthing vision. Sometimes I would have a deep guttural breath at this point, but still just mostly soft breathing. My team reminded me to relax my face and my body they fed me and hydrated me. They wiped me down with cold lavender ice cloths. The contractions came one after the other and I left that room and entered that weird labor Zone where time just stand still.

[00:23:32] The mid wave came in and said that the contractions were in a good pattern and then I could stop the pitocin and see what happened. Maybe my body would just have taken over. I surprised myself and the whole team when I declined I said that I was handling the contractions just find and I wanted to keep moving forward.

[00:23:52] And not backward. I didn't want them to turn up the pitocin. However later I learned that they just [00:24:00] secretly did during contractions when my eyes were closed so that I couldn't protest that was helpful the less. I was aware of their interventions the better so we kept rocking and rolling or I did one after the other the waves just kept hitting.

[00:24:19] They continue to grow stronger they continued to last longer but the progression of the contractions made sense each one before helped me prepare for the next one. It was gradual. The pain was not shocking my massage therapist Annette arrived around 3:30 p.m. I was so much in the labor Zone. I don't actually remember seeing her.

[00:24:44] But I remember feeling her I felt her touch. I felt Justin squeeze my hips and press on my sacrum. I remember Jessica rubbing my legs. I remember they're comforting and supportive voices cheering me on during my rest [00:25:00] times my heroes, but I don't really remember opening my eyes or seeing much.

[00:25:07] Around 6 p.m. The contractions were just on top of each other pitocin was at a 16. I remember them wanting to turn the pitocin up again and I was adamantly against it or afraid these contractions were exhausting and I was only really a few hours into active labor. I thought I would be doing this for a long time and I needed them to help me chill out by not making it worse.

[00:25:32] They listened and trusted me that I knew where I was at. I asked them to turn the pitocin down because I described my pain level at a 9 right around 7 p.m. I remember the time because I was so scared that I had at least five or six more hours to go a contraction hit me that woke me up out of Labor that cool calm control.

[00:25:56] I had evaporated in one second. [00:26:00] It was in the most painful. Scariest place I have ever been in my life. I'm not sure how to explain it other than I lost control. The unexpected happened. It was Stronger it peaked harder. It lasted longer it started to fade. Then it came back at me twice as strong in a double Peak and all the sudden I had to puke.

[00:26:24] I opened my eyes and in my head was screaming for help. But I didn't have any words to come out of my mouth. The Midwife was there when I opened my eyes, I was shaking from head to toe and confused and then fuck the next one came just as strong. I was now fighting the pain I couldn't relax. I was scared.

[00:26:48] I lost it. I said I cannot do this anymore. The Midwife said just keep singing your labor song. It's beautiful and you are doing this. I [00:27:00] remember Jessica and Justin in negotiation mode with me saying okay, just get through the next one and we'll talk but they just kept coming and I kept losing control and I couldn't really talk to them in between I just wanted the pain to stop.

[00:27:16] Up until that point Justin had been by my side Hands-On and massaging me at all times, but then he took out a stack of scripture cards and began reading to me. Come to me all who labor and are heavy burdened and I will give you rest Matthew 11:28. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

[00:27:42] Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint.  [00:28:00] Then fuck the next contraction hit hypnobirthing was not working anymore.

[00:28:06] And neither were these scripture guards. There were not enough rose petals or big enough waves to ride the contractions or dominating me. How would I regain control as I repeated? I cannot do this. Justin said babe. This is your dream you are doing this and I said this is not my dream who would dream about this.

[00:28:31] Then this song came on my playlist by Chris Tomlin called unfailing love. I wept with the words you have my heart and I am yours forever You Are My Strength God of Grace and power and everything. You hold in your hand still you make time for me. I can't understand God was making time for me the next contraction hit and I raise my arms up to the sky [00:29:00] and I rocked back and forth on the birthing ball.

[00:29:03] I was crying and moaning so deeply that my throat hurt for days after Labor and then. I gave in to myself again and I called out to God for help. I praised him and I asked him God opened my cervix and let me push my baby out. I beg to this over and over in my head and out loud and on the very next contraction after I let go relinquished the pain to God and to my body after that.

[00:29:33] No kidding on the very next contraction. I started to Bear Down. And had the urge to push looking back welcome to transition is what someone should have said. I thought I had hours and hours ago. But really I was done when I got to the point that I literally was breaking. It was over I walk to the toilet to labor down and empty my bladder the [00:30:00] contractions just kept coming and I cut moaning and rocking and breathing.

[00:30:04] My midwife checked me and I was seven to eight centimeters dilated. This was confusing to me because I was bearing down on each contraction. This is when I started apologizing I just kept saying I'm so sorry. I'm pushing. I know I'm not supposed to be. They asked me where I felt the pressure. I was feeling it all in the front.

[00:30:25] The Midwife assured me that my body would not tell me to do anything that was harmful to myself or to the baby and to just go with it. So I did I walked over to the bed in the birthing ball was no longer comfortable. I just wanted to squat and squat I did. This was the moment that I was like damn I should not have gained 70 pounds and I also should have stayed in shape here Donna De Lift Me Up out of every squat because I was too tired and too heavy to lift myself back up.

[00:30:59] [00:31:00] So I experienced a huge moment of humility at the end of labor, but I got over it as soon as the next contraction hit and very quickly. I went to a complete cervix. I had pressure in my rectum in the urge to Bear down and push this was at 8:30 p.m. So I squatted and pushed and squatted and pushed my heart was racing and I was having trouble catching my breath.

[00:31:27] It turns out is just hard work and I was pretty out of shape but for a moment, I thought I was for sure having a heart attack in the middle of your birth while my heart was racing. Your heart was dropping. I had had an internal scalpel fetal monitor put on your head. Sorry during labor. It was the only way I could move around and not be bothered by all the external monitors.

[00:31:54] The OBGYN came in and everyone told me to stop pushing. [00:32:00] I was on the bed leaning over this birthing bar on my knees when all of this was going down. I could see the OB I could hear the monitor. I knew what was happening C-section City all this work there goes they asked me to stop pushing to help you recover in between contractions what I didn't have much control over this overwhelming feeling to push you out into my arms, and why weren't you coming out anyway, because I was pushing really hard.

[00:32:35] So I did what they said. I actually liked the oxygen mask your dad put on my face. I had lavender cloths and ice chips and I obeyed I got out of the bed and squatted and got onto my hands and knees I pushed on every other contraction and just tried my best to breathe and let you push down on your own it worked.

[00:33:00] [00:33:00] You stayed strong and recovered just fine. I'm sure the medical community and my Doula and my husband can explain the rest of this in very different terms, but I was asked to get into the bed and try something else.  My Midwife was helping to stretch my perineum with almond oil and they leaned me all the way back and told me to just lift up my hips and push you up towards the ceiling.

[00:33:27] Well that was counterintuitive, but it was the perfect message. It was go time. During a fire was next. All I could think of was my Bradley friend who was singing this girl is on fire. I sing it in my head and also let everyone in the room know that I had felt the ring of fire and somewhere in all of this excitement.

[00:33:53] I opened my eyes and there was my dad your papi an anti Sean the [00:34:00] team had grown and I was surrounded by love and joy. When did everyone get their labor is a weird time warp of memory loss for the most part and right now you're probably thinking poppy was there. Yes, Jagger poppy was there and you were the very first baby.

[00:34:20] He ever saw be born. They didn't let dads in the room a long long time ago. So I let him in the room and he was overjoyed to be part of the birth of his grandson. I could feel you pushing against me. I could feel you exit me. As I pushed your beautiful umbilical cord was wrapped around your neck twice in the culprit of all the heart decelerations your dad actually thought that your head was severed when he saw the cord wrapped.

[00:34:52] That is why you look so terrified in the birth pictures the Midwife gently unwrapped your court. [00:35:00] And I slowly let you emerge on my next breath. She placed you on my chest and I felt the warmth of you and you looked up at me in those moments. I felt you telling me your birth story what it was like for you you are still connected when the cord stopped pulsating your dad cut the umbilical cord and I held you now separated.

[00:35:26] People came and went and I felt overwhelmed with fatigue your dad and I just stared at you and I closed my eyes and I felt your heart beating as you nursed eventually they did your stats and you might huge baby weighed 8 pounds 14 ounces and or 21 and a half inches long. You are born at 10:19. Jag we have the best birth story.

[00:35:56] I loved every minute of bringing [00:36:00] you into this world.  I went to a place so deep inside of me that I never knew that kind of strength existed or was possible and god. Wow, he created you in my womb from a wild idea your dad and I had. He gave me strength and he led me the whole way to you.  I love you bug.

[00:36:29] And again, I hope you read this birth story when you're young and say gross and I hope you read it. When you two are becoming a dad and that you're proud of me. Love your mom.

[00:36:48] Thank you for listening to birth story. My goal is you will walk away from each episode with a clearer picture of how labor and delivery might go and that you will feel [00:37:00] empowered by the end of your pregnancy to speak up plan and prepare for the birth. You want no matter what that looks like.

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