Cesarean Birth With Additional Mental Adjustments, with Dr. Amber Thornton

Amber Thornton worked hard for a healthy pregnancy and unmedicated vaginal birth, but she didn’t expect her water to released before 39 weeks. Despite an early hospital admission, labor progressed right along, until it didn’t. Check it out.

 

To listen here, click the play button on the player above, or click the button below to listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Play.
Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google Play MusicListen on Spotify

 

What we talked about:

  • Going into a new pregnancy after a pregnancy loss
  • Working through all the fears and gathering information
  • Water trickles at nearly 39 weeks
  • A surprising 4 cms
  • Feeling shocked and calm all at the same time
  • “I’m not getting a break”
  • Processing getting an epidural
  • Getting to 10 cms and directed pushing
  • Advocating for more time, trying more positions
  • When the nurses say one thing, and the doctor says another
  • Feeling all the feelings and her husband’s reassurance
  • When fear outshines the birth
  • Reassurance and lots of skin-to-skin
  • Feeling on cloud nine
  • Breastfeeding difficulties and advocating for syringe feeding
  • The beauty of hand expressing!
  • Getting through the obstacles, one success at a time
  • So. much. pumping.

Amber and her baby in the OR

 

Resources and links to info mentioned on the show*:

Lots of skin-to-skin in while recovering

 

Related Birthful podcast episodes:

Even more skin-to-skin

Sign-up to for a FREE copy of my

BIRTHFUL POSTPARTUM PLAN WORKSHEET

 


 

About Dr. Amber Thornton

Courtesy of Amber Thornton

Amber Thornton is a licensed clinical psychologist and new mom, living in the DC area. As a psychologist, her clinical interests include children and adolescents, college counseling, family systems, the psychological impacts of complex trauma, and diversity and multiculturalism. She is most passionate about providing services to marginalized and underserved communities. She believes that clinical psychology and mental health service are beneficial to everyone, but only when it is tailored to fit the specific needs and unique identity of the individual. Because of that, culture and identity are fundamental to her clinical and psychological approach. One size does not fit all.

Amber is also the host of the podcast “A Different Perspective”.

Find out more at dramberthornton.com

 

 

 


 

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).

Get Your FREE Postpartum Plan!

Sign up to get access to my NEW Postpartum Prep. Plan to help you prepare for life with a newborn! You'll also get updates from me from time to time.

We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit

Recent Episodes

What’s HypnoBirthing Anyway?

What’s HypnoBirthing Anyway?

Hypnosis in childbirth, often known as HypnoBirthing, is one tool you can use to lessen pain perception and let your oxytocin flow. Adriana Lozada breaks down the origin of this tool, and how you can practice it ahead of giving birth. Are you planning on using...

Let’s Talk Openly about Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Let’s Talk Openly about Pregnancy and Infant Loss

October is Pregnancy, Infant, and Child loss awareness month. The topic has been in our social media feeds for the last week after Chrissy Teigen and John Legend shared their painful experience losing a pregnancy. They broke open a taboo topic that we at Birthful have...

*May contain affiliate links. This means that -at no extra cost to you- I may get a small percentage of what you buy. That is one of the ways of helping me continue to do this podcast – Thank you!