Ep 65: Amy’s Birth Story – Trusting Your Intuition About Your Labor and Delivery – All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast
by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

Episode #65: Amy's Birth Story - Trusting Your Intuition About Your Labor and Delivery

On today's episode, we have another birth story! I picked this story because - although it didn't happen right now in the midst of COVID-19 - it's a great reminder that even though many things with pregnancy and birth are different right now, so much is still the same. 

Our guest on this episode is Amy Cole, a middle school counselor living in Maine with her husband and their son. Amy had a vaginal birth in the hospital and shares the great and not-so-great aspects of her pregnancy and birth with us. After a pretty uneventful pregnancy, her water broke accidentally during a checkup at 39-weeks, sending her into the hospital a bit earlier than planned. 

Amy and I talk about how she knew she wanted an epidural, how it felt, and why she was overall very happy with her hospital birth experience. We also discuss the episiotomy she received and what's so upsetting about it.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What Amy did to prepare for her pregnancy and birth
  • What her prenatal care was like and how her water got broken early 
  • How Amy's labor progressed and why she decided not to get induced even though her water broke early
  • What a "hot spot" is and why you might experience it during an epidural
  • Why Amy received an episiotomy and what's so upsetting about it 
  • Why she was overall happy with her hospital care and what she'll do differently next time
  • How to use the BRAIN acronym when a treatment option is presented to you: What are the Benefits? Risks? Alternatives? What is your Instinct telling you? What happens if we do Nothing?

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Pregnancy, labor, hospital birth, prenatal care, birth story, episiotomy

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