Ep 77: Amber’s Birth Story – Having a Beautiful Natural Birth – All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast
by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

Episode #77: Amber's Birth Story - Having a Beautiful Natural Birth

We have another birth story episode this week! I was very excited to welcome back Amber Manning, who joined us in episode 55 to talk about how she was preparing for childbirth and how she was hoping it would all go. 

Amber is an occupational therapist who lives in Texas with her husband and their 10-week old son. When we spoke last time, she shared her hopes for an intervention-free birth and is back to give us an update on how everything went.

Amber and I talk about why she decided to switch her provider again at 32 weeks and how she knew that the birth center she chose was the perfect place to have her baby. We talk about what she did in the lead up to her birth, including the exercise she kept up with, a few small complications she faced, and why she had two false alarms before ultimately going into labor.

We also walk through Amber's birth and her fantastic birth center experience. She shares how the midwives supported her through the whole process, why she wanted to give birth in the water, and the role her husband played to bring their son into the world. We also talk a bit about the postpartum period and what changes she made after struggling with breastfeeding and some postpartum depression. 

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • How Amber prepared for her pregnancy and which resources she liked best
  • Why she decided to switch providers for the third time at 32 weeks
  • What she loved about the birth center she ultimately chose and what her experience there was like
  • Why she felt comfortable throwing her birth plan out the window 
  • Her experience with the Foley Balloon induction
  • What her birth was like and why she felt so much more comfortable laboring in the water
  • How the postpartum period has been and what she did to combat postpartum depression
  • How she and her husband have navigated the postpartum period during COVID-19

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Pregnancy, birth center, natural birth, midwife, water birth, postpartum

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