Natural Induction Attempt, Frustrating Vaginal Checks, and a Not-So Helpful Epidural, with Margo Fox

Margo Fox shares her challenging vaginal birth, that included trying all the natural things to avoid a medical induction, navigating disappointing vaginal checks, reluctantly getting an epidural. And yet, she persisted. Check it out.


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What we talked about:

  • Great feelings of having birth mentors
  • Wanting an unmedicated hospital birth
  • Staying super active during pregnancy and feeling great
  • Doing all the “natural induction” things!
  • The effects of shift change
  • Feeling not well heard in the hospital
  • Laboring on the toilet is not for everyone
  • The dreaded words: “You are the same.”
  • “Why are you against having an epidural?”
  • Not getting a break during pushing
  • Shoulder dystocia = baby is stuck
  • The amazing weirdness of looking at your baby for the first time
  • Importance of good communication with OB, and advocating for yourself
  • It’s great to have a “dudela”!
  • Preparing for postpartum is just as important
  • “Don’t give up on your worst day.”
  • Creating a stash with oversupply


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At 41 weeks, 3 days… and early labor!


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Minutes after birth


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All photos Courtesy of Margo Fox. At home newborn session photos by Alexandra Meseke Photography.

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Just chillin’…

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Cuteness overload!

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Margo and baby, laughing

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Family portrait at 3 months


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About Margo Fox

Margo Fox is a full-time mama to son James, and part-time nanny to two little boys. She has always gravitated towards children; likely related to being one of 6 siblings and 20+ first cousins! This drove her to pursue a masters in social work. However, upon graduating, she couldn’t bring herself to leave nanny-life and was engaged to her soon- to-be husband Jeff.  She always knew she wanted to be a mom and was thrilled to find out she was expecting her first baby just 3 months after getting married. After experiencing pregnancy and childbirth firsthand, Margo’s affinity for all things pregnancy, birth, and babies has grown into a borderline obsession. She’s excited to share her story with all the other birth story obsessed mamas and mamas-to-be!




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