Ep 09: Kelley's 5 Back-to-Back Homebirths, and Her Struggle With Postpartum Healing
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Warning: This episode contains topics that may be uncomfortable or difficult to hear as a pregnant mother. Please be sure that you are emotionally prepared to discuss: maternal depletion, postpartum depression, nursing difficulties (inverted nipples) and cervical prolapse.
-Kelley has had 5 homebirths within a very short amount of time.
-Her first 3 births were in Connecticut, and she moved south weeks before her 4th child's birth.
-Her midwife left for France, and she was attended by another midwife that she did not know well, though the birth went well.
-For her 5th birth, Kelley found a midwife that felt like her best friend. She loved the experience, though she did not expect to be pregnant so soon.
-Kelley struggled with difficulty accepting her 5th pregnancy and not being able to feel bonded to her baby throughout the pregnancy. She had hoped that her final baby would be a girl, but she learned early on that she would be having her 4th boy.
-Luckily, Kelley's mother was able to be in town for her birth (she and her mom are incredibly close, and Kelley feels like her mom can read her mind during labor).
-With her 5th birth, she had a birth entourage: Lots of friends, her husband, her mom, a doula, her midwife and apprentices. She felt very loved and supported, and she was finally able to have the water birth she had always hoped for.
-Once the baby was born, she put him on her chest. When she looked him over, she realized... HE was a GIRL!
-Kelley was so thrilled and shocked that her final baby was the girl she had hoped for. She sent her mom shopping for girl clothes the next morning!
-Postpartum, Kelley struggled with inverted nipples. She encourages women not to give up if they experience similar struggles. She says that if you can make it through the first 6 weeks, you'll be able to make it through anything else!
-12 hours after giving birth, Kelley realized she had a cervical prolapse. She has been incredibly involved in pelvic floor physical therapy since that time.
-It took 12 weeks of bedrest to recover from her cervical prolapse, 6 of which she spent in Connecticut with her parents' help.
-Kelley recommends that anyone who has postpartum health issues to seek help and guidance.
-19 months later, Kelley is still nursing her little girl and continuing on her journey to recovery. She is enjoying this new stage of life... not being pregnant!
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