Thinking-Brain Birth, with Julia Cooper

Julia Cooper’s birth story is a testament to how hard it can be to shut off your thinking brain while in labor, and how in spite of that, you can still support your physiology to make things flow. It just may require a lot more regrouping and take more time.


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What we talked about:

  • Getting the right provider
  • Learning all the things
  • Dealing with pubic symphysis pain
  • “Don’t have the baby before I come back.”
  • At dad’s with her four siblings
  • Sister cheers, she feels weird
  • “These are not gas pains”
  • Brother becomes the “dude-la”
  • First trip to the hospital…
  • Second trip to the hospital…
  • Feeling defeated
  • Off to the airport to get the husband
  • Trying to give baby space to move
  • Finally! Connecting with husband in the shower
  • Letting go of the need for her mom
  • Third and last trip to the hospital!
  • Lots of tears
  • Regrouping with mantras
  • Epidural brings relief and rest
  • Holding off until shift change
  • Listening to Whapio while in the quietude (at around hour 35 of labor!)
  • Fully and ready
  • Fabulous pushing, delayed clamping, and immediate skin-to-skin
  • Advocating for herself to do laid back breastfeeding
  • A glamorous start to postpartum
  • Placenta encapsulation and postpartum doula

Eating Chinese food before heading to hospital (for third time)


Resources and links to info mentioned on the show*:


He’s here!


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With her brother (who was her support person throughout early labor) and her husband


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Newborn photoshoot photos by Jennifer Pope Photography, courtesy of Julia Cooper

Julia and her newborn


Little Yoda




The new family



Little Jedi



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).

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