Episode 8: Colleen

Episode 8: Colleen

Can you imagine being told you may have to birth your baby at home, telephonically? Colleen didn’t have to experience that but some of the expecting moms in her circle did. Thank goodness she knew her rights, but her birth was anything but easy. 

Colleen works in the restaurant industry and her husband is a firefighter. They are both considered essential workers. During her pregnancy, Colleen traveled and when she returned home she found out she was Covid positive. 

Essentially it felt like a cold on steroids and luckily, this was prior to the hysteria that surrounded/surrounds the Covid pandemic. Rather than freaking out about the disease, she decided to stay calm and focused for her and the life of her unborn child. 

However, when it came to birthing her beautiful baby, things were a tad chaotic. From the number of hours she was allowed to labor, to the skill level of the nurses attending her, there were some issues.

Luckily, she and her baby came through the experience happy and healthy.

Listen in to hear her story and learn more about the effects of the Covid pandemic on the state of obstetrics in the United States. Thankfully Colleen found NayaCare after she had her beautiful baby, because she deserved the peace and reassurance of having someone else come to her for visits. 

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Episode 7: Amanda

Episode 7: Amanda

I think at this point we can all agree that no two people have had a similar experience with Covid. This pandemic has rocked the bedrock of some of the most foundational beliefs we have.

Listen as Amanda shares her story of having to deal with not one, but two hospitalizations during Covid. 

Amanda and her husband were completing fertility treatments prior to finding out they were pregnant. In fact, they didn’t think it was even possible that she was pregnant at first, but luckily, it’d finally happened. 

Fast-forward several months and her husband found out that he had multiple hernias and it was imperative that they be corrected as soon as possible. This was just before hospitals began limiting the surgeries that they scheduled.

In fact, his was one of the last elective surgeries to be performed at their hospital.

In the meantime, their parents were getting their shots and taking precautions so they’d be able to help with their new grandbaby. 

By the time Amanda had her baby, everyone was masking, the state was locked down, and she was getting more and more nervous by the day. All of the doctors and nurses were in full-scale PPE.

She even had to labor through a mask.

Thank goodness for home visits during her postpartum period. 

Listen in to hear her whole story and get a new perspective on postpartum during the pandemic.

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Episode 6: Emmy

Episode 6: Emmy

Emmy had a complicated pregnancy, but this time it wasn’t due to the pandemic. This was Emmy’s second child and her second high risk pregnancy.

She had her sweet little girl just before the world shut down. But, she still had to deal with Covid.  

Just after delivery, Emmy’s little girl was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition.

They soon found out that she would need surgery to correct the condition and they were right back in the hospital. 

Thankfully Emmy’s parents could watch their older daughter, but when they got home, the support ended. The lockdowns started and they were left without helping hands.

To say that she was excited about having home visits would be an understatement. 

In fact, the team of specialists who repaired her daughter’s heart were surprised to hear that Emmy and her baby would be safe at home. It was a good surprise! 

Listen as Emmy shares her story and why she wishes women and medical professionals talked about the perils of pregnancy more often.

Complicated pregnancies aren’t rare. Let’s normalize talking about them and raising awareness. 

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Episode 5: Caitlin

Episode 5: Caitlin

There was nothing else. Everyone needs to know about in-home postpartum care. At least that’s what Caitlin believes.

When she was pregnant with her second child she knew that she wanted a different experience. Listen to hear her story. 

With her first child, Caitlin thought being a former fitness instructor who’d worked out all through her pregnancy meant she’d have an easy postpartum experience.

Instead she found herself tired and suffering through the anxiety and uncertainty that comes with the postpartum experience.

With her second she knew she wanted a different experience. She found NayaCare and decided that no matter if insurance covered it or not, she wanted in-home visits.

Amazingly, insurance covered her visits and her pelvic floor therapy, so always remember to check!

Instead of feeling lost and confused while at a pediatrician’s office, she and her baby were able to stay home and receive the care they needed.

Her postpartum experiences were completely different and she would definitely recommend checking out in-home care, no matter your situation. 

Listen as she shares her experiences with both pregnancies and why she’s so adamant about the personal, in-home experience. She loved that her husband was included in the care plan and that she felt like her whole family was able to heal and transform into this new season of life. 

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Episode 4: Meagan

Episode 4: Meagan

To go from not being sure you wanted to have a baby, to finally thinking now was the time, to being plopped into the middle of a pandemic would be a lot for anyone.

Meagan had been struggling with anxiety and depression and surprisingly, despite the hardships, had an amazing pregnancy. 

She never really pictured herself as a mom. When her mom moved back to her area, she knew that it was the right time to try.

After stopping all birth control, she was told it would take a while to get pregnant. After one cycle, the test said positive. 

She was pretty surprised despite the fact that they were trying. Her anxiety however did not spike. She managed her emotions and kept herself steady because she knew another life was depending on her to do it. 

When Covid became a reality her entire plan went out the window. Slowly but surely her family started moving out of the area and everything she had envisioned for her birth was turned on its head. 

Listen as she shares her story and how Covid affected her pregnancy and delivery. She thought in-home postpartum care was outside of her reach, but she was more than pleasantly surprised with what she found in NayaCare.

We were so thankful to be able to impact her postpartum healing in a positive way!

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