Episode 31: The One With All The Birth Stories

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Everyone loves a good birth story, so, as April put it, we’re bringing you the Coffee + Crumbs Vagina Monologues. In this episode we talk about allll the different ways we’ve birthed our babies from c-sections to epidurals to the un-medicated route--and the things we’ve liked and disliked about each. Plus, we get real about hospital undies and share the best advice you might ever hear about birth plans. You *might* want to listen to this one with headphones on.


Show Notes

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April’s essay, I Had A Hard Birth

Ashlee’s essay, A Tale of Two Birth Plans

Everett’s (breech, scheduled c-section) birth story

Carson’s (surprise unmedicated VBAC) birth story

Kajsa’s (urgent c-section, NICU) birth story

Anna’s pitocin/epidural birth 

Owen’s unmedicated (fast!) delivery

and Luke’s pitocin/epidural birth

From The Atlantic: The Mothers Who Can’t Escape The Trauma of Childbirth

A little about pelvic rehab therapy and Vaginal and Perineal Tears

The Longest Shortest Time’s Healing After Childbirth and Risky Birth-ness episodes

Annie & Isabel hospital gowns

Lesley would like everyone to know that she’s not fashionable, and the Lululemon wide leg yoga pants she referenced are apparently no longer a “thing” because no such pant is available on their website. You’re welcome.  

Ashlee LOVED these post-pregnancy undies after birth. Great for c-sections, too! Don’t forget to steal as many mesh panties from the hospital as possible. Just keep stashing them in your bag when the nurses leave; they’ll always replenish them!

Connect with us on Voxer! We’d love to hear any questions you have about birth, parenting, our favorite products or whatever your heart fancies. Find us here.


Ashlee, Brett, and baby Everett, just seconds after the c-section! 

April, Daniel, and baby Caleb.

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April and baby Kajsa. 

Ashlee and baby Carson. Don't worry - this was taken the second day. There are ZERO pictures from the actual birth when she was screaming like a dinosaur. 

Lesley and baby Luke. 

Lesley and baby Anna. That is the smile of a woman who definitely got an epidural. 

Lesley, Jonathan, Anna and baby Owen.