A Super Fast Third Birth With Lots to Process, with Monica Drake

Monica Drake has had three very different birth and breastfeeding experiences. In this episode, we’re going to hone in on the third one, which included weeks of prodromal labor, no time for an epidural, and immediate postpartum interventions to baby that may not have been necessary, and have required a lot of processing. Check it out.


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What we talked about:

  • First birth: getting the epidural right away
  • Pushing with a heavy epidural
  • Right to chest: the “cutest alien ever!”
  • A rough miscarriage
  • Using fertility awareness for a sense of control
  • Smooth pregnancy with chiropractic care
  • Pushing with a light epidural
  • Feeling her be born, then right to chest
  • The life changing effects of participating at a friends birth
  • Next pregnancy: having a surprise!
  • When husband’s not on board with a non-medicated birth
  • Third birth wildcard: prodromal labor for weeks
  • Water breaking with a pop!
  • Barely making it to the hospital
  • Emergency mindset sending baby to NICU?
  • Processing all the things

Monica’s precipitous birth (photo: Kendra Miller Photography)


Resources and links to info mentioned on the show*:

No time for an epidural (photo: Kendra Miller Photography)


Related Birthful episodes:

Just over 10 lbs. (photo: Kendra Miller Photography)


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Podcasts Monica listened to:

Mom, dad, and baby (photo: Kendra Miller Photography)

Big brother meets baby! (photo: Kendra Miller Photography)

Monica cuddles her newborn (photo: Kendra Miller Photography)



All images Courtesy of Monica Drake

About Monica Drake

Monica Drake, has been married for over 12 years to her high school sweetheart, and they have three amazing children. Her background is in elementary education, but in 2015 she fell in love with the birth world while being a part of her best friend’s birth team. Watching her friend and her husband labor together with the help of their doula, Monica knew she was meant to be in birth work. During her third pregnancy she began studying as a birth doula and in 2017 she formally trained through DONA International. She began attending births right away and has had the privilege to serve all kinds of families through their birth experiences. Monica plans to offer postpartum doula services once her youngest begins school. Her own births have included epidurals twice, a precipitous unmedicated birth, and two early miscarriages followed by rainbow babies after each loss. With each birth, her knowledge and experience have grown,  as have her views on pregnancy and childbirth. With each client’s birth she continues learning and growing as a birth doula!

Learn more at monicadrakebirthdoula.com or join the conversation at Facebook.com/monicadrakebirthdoula


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