[Birth Stories] Different Births, Different Wishes, with Krissy Whitehead

For her first birth, Krissy Whitehead didn’t have much of a plan, other than getting an epidural. That birth was a lovely experience, so what made her alter her birth wishes with each consecutive birth, and choose a home waterbirth for her fourth one? Go listen.


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What we talked about:

  • Birth One: A lovely epidural birth
  • Birth Two: Let’s do the same thing again
    • Membrane sweep and an easy start
    • The magical six cms.
    • Too fast, quite furious
    • Blow in nurse’s face as her only coping mechanism
    • What is this euphoria I’m feeling?
  • Birth Three: Preparing for an unmedicated birth
    • Taking the classes, doing all the things
    • What if I fall asleep and my water breaks? Oh, wait.
    • Come hang out at the hospital
    • “Just give me another hour.”
    • Six cms: “Call the doc… nevermind, baby’s here.”
    • On Fetal Ejection Reflex
  • Birth Four: Let’s stay at home!
    • Feeling supported instead of tolerated
    • Going past the due date, by a lot
    • A gentle start, filling the pool, wanting her kids around
    • Doing bedtime in active labor
    • Delivering her baby into her own hands
    • The benefits of a more supported and knowledgeable postpartum


Working through the intensity


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Immediate skin to skin


Related Birthful episodes:


Elated to hold her newborn

Placenta still attached

Sleepy baby

Very alert baby

Taking her all in



Images courtesy of Krissy Whitehead

About Krissy Whitehead

Krissy Whitehead is wife to Greg and a stay at home mom to 4 girls. Her passion is educating about the things that she’s interested in! Some of those things include toxin-free living and all things birth related!.





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