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