Dream Hospital Birth During COVID, with Jenny Murphy

Jenny spent much of her pregnancy learning about every worst-case birth scenario, not knowing all the new possible things to worry about that a pandemic would provide. Then life surprised her even more by giving her the dream birth experience she didn’t think she could have. Check it out.

 

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What we talked about:

  • Her brother and sister-in-law’s tragic loss
  • Her unexpected pregnancy
  • Feeling overwhelming fear
  • Setting up a hands-on, high-touch team
  • A sheltered-in-place baby shower
  • Changes to her birth team: telehealth midwife meetings and setting up a virtual doula
  • Navigating the fight-or-flight mode
  • Focusing on how she wanted to feel
  • Hospital policies: no doula, no nitrous oxide, not being able to come back to the hospital after leaving
  • Bag of waters may have been ruptured for a week?
  • Starting things out with a castor oil smoothie
  • Her wonderfully observant husband
  • Setting up laboring stations and leading the way
  • Trying to stay in laborland while being admitted to the hospital
  • “You’re fully dilated!”
  • Claiming her son
  • Feeling so safe at the hospital, they stayed an extra day
  • Navigating postpartum without family support, enjoying being the three of them
  • “Time of learning to be still.”

 

Shortly after birth

 

Resources mentioned and other helpful links*:

 

Taking a walk during COVID

 

Related Birthful episodes:

 

Jenny’s baby boy

 


 

Courtesy of Jenny Murphy

About Jenny Murphy

Jenny lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and new baby boy. They are navigating the steep learning curve of postpartum and “learning to be still.”

 

 

 

 

 

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