Wonderful Waterbirth with Strong Fetal Ejection Reflex, with Michelle Onaka

In this Birthful Story I talk with Michelle Onaka about the many twist and turns of her path towards becoming a mom, starting with a her fertility journey, completely gutting their house during her pregnancy, and a fabulous waterbirth. Having overcome all those obstacles, she’d figured life with a newborn would be par for the course. However, that was not quite so. Check it out!

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What we talked about:

  • The importance of fertility tracking
  • How a self-proclaimed “over preparer” and “over planner” gets ready for birth
  • Dealing with sciatic nerve pain
  • Tearing out the walls – literally!
  • Returning curtains and other early labor errands
  • Something must be up if you suddenly are able to take a nap
  • Dealing with back pressure
  • Confusion and denial
  • A super strong Fetal Ejection Reflex!
  • The feeling of crowning
  • You don’t need internal cervical checks to have a baby
  • “That’s a baby!”
  • Difficulties in latching (or when others latch your baby for you)
  • Getting over the initial breastfeeding roadblocks with helpful support
  • How to encourage more feedings and better breastfeeding


Michelle's week-to-week pregnancy and remodeling transformation (25-32 weeks)

Michelle’s week-to-week pregnancy and remodeling transformation (25-32 weeks)


Michelle’s week-to-week pregnancy and remodeling transformation (23-40 weeks)


Related resources for birth and postpartum preparation shared by Michelle*:



Postpartum Preparation Course:


Gorgeous birthcenter labor room - Birthful Podcast - Michelle Onaka

Gorgeous birthcenter labor room!


Related Birthful episodes:


All photos used with permission, courtesy of Michelle Onaka

Counter-pressure support in the birth tub

Washcloths and reassurance

Washcloths and reassurance

Meeting baby after waterbirth

Meeting baby after waterbirth

Family portrait postpartum - Birthful Podcast - Michelle Onaka

Family portrait postpartum

Skin-to-skin with dad

Great newborn latch

Great newborn latch

Self-soothing swaddled baby

Self-soothing swaddled baby

Michelle and baby headshot!

Michelle and baby headshot!



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

Sponsorship music:Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, from the Free Music Archive / CC BY (edited for length).

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