Dream Hospital Birth During COVID, with Jenny Murphy

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #269 [Birth Stories]

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

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Taking a walk during COVID

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Jenny’s baby boy

 

Courtesy of Jenny Murphy

[mark]About Jenny Murphy[/mark]

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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