Rank #1: 348| Epidural-Free Hospital Birth - Liesel Teen
After a 20 hour labor, Liesel delivered her son epidural-free at the hospital (and department) where she worked. Liesel battled an OP presentation during labor, with her biggest hurdle being back labor. She stuck it out at home until she was 5cm dilated, and then got admitted to the hospital where she had her doctor break her water. After many position changes, a few doses of IV pain medication, and pushing on hands and knees, she was able to successfully vaginally deliver her son epidural-free. She prepared for her birth by reading countless birth stories, interviewing her co-workers, and studying “Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth”.
Mar 05 2019
Rank #2: 354| Navigating Natural Birth in Hospital Setting - Leah Rodrigues
Leah Rodrigues had two natural, unmedicated child births at the hospital. It was not her first choice to give birth in the hospital but she felt that she didn’t have another option due to insurance. She wanted to share her story and the ways she advocated for what she wanted and navigated the medicalized environment.
Mar 26 2019
Rank #3: 408| Fast Unmedicated Hospital Birth - Lauren Alexander
On this episode, Lauren returns to share her second birth story.
Oct 03 2019
Rank #4: 431| Four Hospital Births: Two with Epidurals, Two Unmedicated - Cassi Robinson
On this episode, Cassi shares her four hospital birth stories and some great resources.
Jan 02 2020
Rank #5: 430| Unmedicated Hospital Birth with AROM - Julia Carrion [REBROADCAST]
Julia planned for an unmedicated, hospital water birth. After having to have her water artificially ruptured and finding meconium, the water birth was no longer an option. After laboring for nearly 26 hours, pushing for 4.5 hours and narrowly avoiding a c-section, Julia was able to have an unmedicated vaginal birth.
Dec 24 2019
Rank #6: 386| Two Unmedicated Hospital Birth Stories - Cristina Bocanegra
Cristina shares her two hospital birth stories.
Jul 18 2019
Rank #7: 438| Second Unmedicated VBAC - Caitlin Shrum
Listener favorite, Caitlin Shrum, is back to share her second VBAC birth story. You can hear her first two birth stories (episodes 185 & 244) in our archives. Archives are accessible to listener supporters via Patreon!
Jan 28 2020
Rank #8: 393| Unmedicated, Empowering Hospital Births & Postpartum Fever - Aleesha Wiest
Aleesha shares her two birth stories, PCOS, gestational diabetes, and suffering a postpartum fever.
Aug 13 2019
Rank #9: 379| Epidural Hospital Birth & Unmedicated Hospital Birth - Sarah Jones
Sarah had planned on an unmedicated hospital birth with her first child, but eventually got an epidural after becoming frustrated with a difference in cervical checks done by the nurse and the on-call doctor. For her second labor, she decided to try again for an unmedicated birth and decided to hire a doula for extra support. Her second labor was much easier and quicker and she was able to achieve the birth she had hoped for.
Jun 25 2019
Rank #10: 388| The Ideal Epidural Birth Experience - Elana Edwards
Elana's birth story went as she hoped - she had a planned hospital birth with an epidural that was 12 hours start to finish. The doctors & hospital were kind & compassionate, and really helped create a special experience.
Jul 25 2019
Rank #11: 366| 33-Hour Unmedicated Hospital Birth with a Midwife - Sarah Hoddick
Sarah approached birth wanting whatever type of birth her baby needed to arrive safely; but, she did want to start her labor naturally and hired a doula to help her cope with labor. She ended up having a 33-hour unmedicated hospital birth with a midwife! I loved hearing how despite very little birth-preparation, Sarah completely trusted her doula to guide her through her labor and benefited so much from her doula’s knowledge and guidance. She shares some of the positions and tools that were most helpful to her during her long labor at the hospital.
May 09 2019
Rank #12: 437| Unmedicated Hospital Birth with Birth Tub, Therapy Balls, and Labor Bars - Kayla Bruccoleri
Kayla shares her the story of her unmedicated hospital birth.
Jan 23 2020
Rank #13: 399| Natural Birth After Three Epidural Births - Gina Kynaston [REBROADCAST]
When I received an email from Gina explaining that after three medicated hospital births, she had successfully had a natural birth with her fourth baby and that she credited listening to other women's birth stories on The Birth Hour, I knew I had to hear her stories.
Sep 03 2019
Rank #14: 356| Three Empowering & Peaceful Births - Melissa Emler [REBROADCAST]
Melissa's children were born in Iowa under the care of midwives but in a hospital setting. In Iowa all midwives who are legally practicing are Certified Nurse Midwives and many of them are providing care within a hospital setting. The hospital that Melissa gave birth at was set up more like a birth center than the typical hospital image that you may have in your head. It had a large tub as well as other comfort measures that aided her with finding more natural methods of coping with labor than typical hospital pain medications. Melissa also practiced Hypnobirthing which really made a big difference with her births and kept her from even considering asking for an epidural.
Apr 02 2019
Rank #15: 403| Uneventful Pregnancy, Marathon Labor, and Hard Postpartum - Megan Taylor
On this episode, Megan discusses how her uneventful pregnancy, marathon labor, and difficult postpartum opened her eyes to the various resources within her local birth community and sparked a fire in her to advocate for new and expecting moms about what their options truly are when it comes to pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.
Sep 17 2019
Rank #16: 380| Hospital Births With & Without an Epidural - Ashley Woolsey [REBROADCAST]
Ashley has had three hospital births. They were all different, and she became more and more informed about birth and her options each time. She had an epidural with her first and then was made to wait two hours for her doctor after being fully dilated and ready to push which resulted in a three day NICU stay for her daughter. With her next birth, she really didn't want to be induced but was ultimately scheduled for an induction. For her most recent birth she went in knowing she wanted a natural birth — listen to find out how it went.o find out how it went.
Jun 27 2019
Rank #17: 370|Hospital, Birth Center & Homebirth Birth Stories - Tristin Tindall
On this episode, Tristin shares her three, very different, birth stories.
May 23 2019
Rank #18: 402| Empowering Birth Despite Cascade of Interventions - Sarah Deming
On this episode, Sarah shares her empowering hospital birth story.
Sep 12 2019
Rank #19: 422| Dr. Rebecca Dekker of Evidence Based Birth Shares her Birth Stories
Rebecca is the founder of Evidence Based Birth® and the author of Babies Are Not Pizzas: They’re Born, Not Delivered! On this episode she shares two of her birth stories and discusses the impact those experiences had on shaping her life.
Nov 26 2019
Rank #20: 374| Hospital Induction Without Epidural Birth Story - Felicia Bullock
After the OB she loved left the office a month before her due date, Felicia was left having to advocate for her birth plan when the new doctor attempted to scare her into an early induction. She was finally induced at almost 42 weeks. After Cervidil didn’t change anything overnight, Felicia received a small amount of pitocin, which jumpstarted what ended up being her ideal birth without an epidural.
Jun 06 2019