Have you ever wondered what actions make all the difference in preparing you for an empowering birth experience? Today we are joined by Jhanelle Adams, a mother of two and a PhD student at Georgia State University. Jhanelle shares her first and second birth experiences and what helped her prepare for a more empowering birth experience and quick postpartum recovery with her second child. In this episode, we dive into the following:
What strategies for birth preparation make a difference in your birth experience
The benefits of working with a doula and basic childbirth education
How to step into your power and birth with confidence
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Welcome back to another exciting episode of the Mindful Womb Podcast! Today, we have a special guest, Jhanelle Adams, who will share her incredible birth stories. Jhanelle's story is a testament to the power of informed choices and the importance of embracing the unpredictability of childbirth. Join us as we delve into her transformative birth experiences and the valuable lessons she learned along the way.
Jhanelle's First Birth Experience: Jhanelle's story begins with her first pregnancy, the birth of her daughter, Zuri, in 2019. She was a busy working mom and a student pursuing her PhD. Her preparation involved daily stair climbs with her lunch group—a unique and effective exercise choice. As she reached full term, her doctor conducted an unconsented membrane sweep that unexpectedly led to her water breaking. This was the beginning of a birth journey she didn't anticipate.
Jhanelle shares her experience of an unplanned induction, Pitocin, getting an epidural, and a vaginal birth.
Jhanelle's Second Birth Experience:
Jhanelle shared the difference in how she prepared for her second birth and how that led to a lifechanging birth experience with her second daughter.
Jhanelle hired a doula, got informed about her options, took charge of her exercise and mindset, and had a quick unmedicated labor in the hospital. She accounts that she became a new version of herself during her second birth experience. She shows up in her life with more autonomy and confidence.
Jhanelle outlines what makes the real difference when it comes to birth prep.
The Importance of Informed Choices:
Jhanelle's story highlights the significance of making informed choices during pregnancy and childbirth. She started her journey with minimal knowledge of her options and ended up in a situation that didn't align with her initial hopes and preferences. In hindsight, she realized that she didn't have to rush into interventions, and the importance of advocating for her birthing preferences became evident.
Empowerment Through Education:
Jhanelle's journey to an empowered birth is a testament to the resilience and strength of birthing people. Her first birth experience, though challenging, provided valuable insights that would shape her future choices. In part two of her story, we will dive into her second birth experience, where she harnessed the power of knowledge to achieve a birth that aligned with her desires and preferences. Stay tuned for more inspiring insights and empowerment in the next episode of the Mindful Womb Podcast!
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