Navigating a Vaginal Birth with HBP and Preeclampsia, with Tara Langsdorf

Today’s birth story, is with Tara Langsdorf, who is a self-described Type A. While pregnant, she finished her second master’s degree and took a promotion managing a team of 25. She tends to have a plan for everything. So what did she do when her birth didn’t quite go according to plan, and she found herself in labor with developing preeclampsia? Check it out.


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What we talked about:

  • Lots of pre pregnancy planning
  • Listening to all the things
  • First surprise: as arcuate uterus!
  • The value of a CenteringPregnancy group
  • Creating a birth plan AND birth goals/wishes
  • Second surprise: blood pressure creeping up
  • Third surprise: When you cough, and your water breaks…
  • A delicate balance between letting labor progress and hurrying it up to lessen risks
  • Fourth surprise: Preeclampsia diagnosis
  • Magnesium sulfate, epidural, Pitocin, IUPC… all the things!
  • To Cesarean or not to Cesarean
  • The need to eat!
  • Pushing with affirmations
  • “You can feel his head!”
  • A rough start to breastfeeding
  • Conquering the obstacles with support

Tara, glowing and flowing, just before labor (©Lilian Rose Photos)


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All pictures courtesy of Tara Langsdorf (this one is ©Lilian Rose Photos)

About Tara Langsdorf

Tara Langsdorf is mother to 1 year-old Leo. She and her husband have know each other for over 16 years and have been married for over 3. They have a big black dog name Oliver. Tara enjoys playing kickball, camping, and morning snuggles with Leo on the weekends. She’s a licensed marriage and family therapist. While pregnant, Tara finished her second master’s degree and took a promotion managing a team of 25 staff. She’s a self-defined Type ‘A’ and tends to research and have a plan for everything. Her son’s birth didn’t go quite according to plan.






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