A Challenging Physical Recovery, with Erin Patterson

The Birthful Podcast: Summer Birth Stories 2016 #9

We continue on our “Birth Stories” for the summer series! Erin Patterson is here to tell us about her beautiful birth story, about how much she loved the tub, but wasn’t too keen about being on her back. Lovely as it was, unfortunately her birth resulted in some muscular trauma that made for a slow and difficult recovery requiring PT work, even many weeks into postpartum. Although she had prepared for a lot of things, this was something she definitely didn’t expect. Check it out.


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Some of what we talked about:

  • Sometimes birth is really slow to start
  • Sometimes the car ride can be the best part
  • Going deep into labor land
  • The amniotic sac can audibly pop
  • Don’t settle for something if you can make it better
  • Roar your baby out: vocalization as a coping mechanism
  • The need for encouraging words
  • Communicate your wishes to your birth team! Ahead of time!
  • The difficulty of muscular trauma
  • Different degrees of tearing
  • An unexpected and long-to-heal postpartum recovery
  • Helping your muscles relearn how to contract


Some of the resources mentioned during the show:

Other Birthful episodes that relate to, or are mentioned throughout this story:


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All photos courtesy of Erin Patterson
Birth (2) copy

Loving the tub

Birth (4) copy

Right after pushing baby out, with dad against the headboard

Birth (5) copy

One Day Old (2) copy





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Title music:Vibe Aceby Kevin MacLeod, from the Free Music Archive / CC BY (edited for length).

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