Everyone Is a Badass (Midwife-Attended Hospital Birth), with Lauren Horton

Lauren had a super easy pregnancy, where she continued to do a mix of CrossFit, swimming, yoga, and tons of dog walking! Even so, the birth was pretty much the most challenging thing she’s ever done. Check out why she now concludes that “everyone is a badass”. Check it out!


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What we talked about:

  • “Don’t look up things online!”
  • Capturing moments using Instagram
  • Stripping membranes was excruciating!
  • Threw up 7 times in 2 hours
  • “At that point I kind of just lost myself and completely turned on the primal instinct… My teeth were showing and my tongue was out.”
  • How working out through her entire pregnancy helped
  • “Jeff, what is it?!”
  • “You can’t ask Siri everything.”
  • Feeling trust and respect from your doula
  • How are perineal tears measured?
  • Meeting the placenta!
  • “It’s amazing that my body and this baby know what to do.”
  • “Anybody is a badass.”
  • Continuous transformation
  • How the “superwoman” idea is a trap!


Baby Horton showing hunger cues - Birthful Podcast Birth Story

Showing hunger cues (aka ‘where’s that boob?’).


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Horton family portrait- Birthful Podcast Birth Story

The happy family!


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All photos used with permission, courtesy of Lauren Horton.

Baby Horton’s great latch - Birthful Podcast

Look at those flanged lips!


Mom and baby sleeping in the hospital - Birthful Podcast

Sleep when baby sleeps!


Baby looking at parent - Birthful Podcast

Such a deep gaze!



Lauren Horton headshot - Birthful Podcast

Courtesy of Lauren Horton

About Lauren Horton

Lauren was 26 years old when she gave birth to her daughter Zeta Roze.

She has always been a gym rat: played 4 sports in high school, two in college, and now she has a full time career coaching collegiate women’s volleyball. As an athlete, she was a 3-time All-American and held a national record. As a coach, she has turned around a losing program and recruited athletes who have broken records. She is married to her absolute best friend who stood the test of time and distance. Miss Zeta was definitely a honeymoon baby! Soon after they got home from their honeymoon, they found out they were pregnant. The road ahead was a path unknown. So she resorted to social media, YouTube, podcasts, and stories. Her pregnancy was the easy part! The birth….woah!



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