[Birth Stories] How Her Goals of “No Epidural and No Whining” Helped Her Befriend the Labor Pain

Season 5 | Episode 7
37m | Apr 13, 2024

Celeste and Claudiu Bancos share their perspectives of their son’s birth (who chimes in too!), often surprising each other with moments the other didn’t remember or knew about. Ultimately, Celeste achieved her birth goals of not whining and avoiding getting an epidural, with the help of a veterinarian’s memoir book from the 30s, strong vocalizations, a crisis of confidence, realizing how well her hormones were working, and the live narration by Claudiu of her baby’s beautiful emergence into the world.

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If you liked this episode, listen to our interview on Rethinking the Pushing Stage and our episode on Straight Talk About the Effects of Electronic Fetal Monitoring on You and Your Baby  Vaginal Rehab

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