Ep 32: Lessons from Seven Healthy Pregnancies and Births – All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast with Dr. Nicole C. Rankins
by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

Episode #32: Lessons from Seven Healthy Pregnancies and Births

Pregnancy is difficult and challenging. There are risks but it can also be smooth and straightforward without problems. How you approach it is vital to achieving the kind of birth that you want. 

You’ll be delighted with today’s birth story episode with Kristin, a super mama who had seven healthy and uncomplicated pregnancies and births! 

In this conversation, you will learn how Kristin managed to maintain her health through her pregnancies. She shares how each of the seven pregnancies and births was different for her, including the 25-hour labor with her 6th baby. She also talks about how movement and being in tune with her body helped her get what she wanted and needed during birth. 

Kristin has a wealth of experience when it comes to having healthy pregnancies and births! You’re going to learn a lot from our conversation!

In This Episode We Talk About:

  • The difference in care that Kristin received between physicians and midwives
  • The importance of educating yourself to help you have the birth that you want
  • Being healthy and active before pregnancies and maintaining it in between pregnancies
  • Problems and concerns Kristin experienced during pregnancies
  • How each pregnancy and birth is different (including a 25 hour labor with #6)
  • The most common type of GBS
  • How Kristin managed pain during labor
  • Techniques to cope with contractions
  • Using birth balls and hydrotherapy
  • Why Kristin choose not to have a doula 
  • Kristin’s thoughts on how the hospital staff supported her
  • The hospital’s philosophy around diet where Kristin delivered
  • Things Kristin learned after 7 pregnancies and births

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healthy pregnancy, healthy pregnancy and birth, pregnancy, labor pain management, unmedicated birth

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