About Chantal

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About Chantal

My name is Chantal. I’m wife to Brandon and mom to a spirited little girl, a busy toddler boy, and have our third on the way in March. Like many other doulas, I fell into birth advocacy during my pregnancy and birth of our daughter. While my planned natural birth turned into a cesarean (see the full story below), I realized I still had a passion for natural birth and parenting, and that passion has continued to grow.

I have fallen in love with birth work, becoming a CAPPA Certified Labor Doula, PBi-trained Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, and training to become a Childbirth Educator.

I started my birth work journey in Seoul, South Korea, where I got to enjoy three years of helping families and babies in a variety of ways. We have now relocated to the Fort Hood, Texas, area, and I’m looking forward to learning about birth work in this great state!

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My Daughter’s Birth Story

When I became pregnant, my birth plan was to get an epidural and let the doctor’s do what they wanted. This baby was going to come out somehow, right? My husband, though, was the one to push me into looking at more natural options. I became curious and started researching natural birth. We took an extensive childbirth class and I found a passion for it. I was planning on going into our daughter’s birth with no pain medication, and it was going to be great!

At some point between 38 and 39 weeks, my baby turned breech. It was heart-wrenching when they told us at my 39 week appointment. However, instead of immediately scheduling a cesarean as is normally done in this circumstance, we decided to give her as much time as possible to flip back around. That week we spent every day doing what we could to get her to move head down – chiropractor and acupuncturist visits, inversion tables, music, heat/cold packs – anything! She would not budge.

At 40 weeks, the ultrasound showed that she had one foot down and one foot up, a dangerous position because if my water broke, my cord could prolapse. They still were fine with letting me go until I went into labor, though, even if it wasn’t their first choice.

The next day, mid-December, I went into early labor. I puttered around the house for 12 hours before we headed in after dinner. They confirmed her position was still breech and my hopes of having a natural birth flew out the window. The cesarean was performed not too long after midnight and our beautiful daughter was born safely.

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My Son’s Birth Story

After my experience with my daughter, I knew I definitely wanted to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) for future babies. When I found out I was pregnant for a second time, I was excited – this was my chance! Almost immediately, I hired a doula and chose a local birth center to give birth at.

The pregnancy went perfectly. My son grew healthy and strong. I focused on my Spinning Babies Daily Essentials exercises to ensure my son would be in the optimal position, and I kept my nutrition and exercise well. I was very optimistic and encouraged during this second pregnancy.

My June due date quickly approached, but neither I nor my doctor was worried about the impending labor. And then my due date came and went – which is normal, as very few babies come on their due dates. So we waited, and waited, and waited…

On Friday, at 40w6d, I woke up to contractions. They came every 8-10 minutes and were about 1 minute long. They weren’t strong, so that I could sleep through them, but they were regular. I knew this was it! My baby was coming! Except they continued through that Friday, and through the Saturday, and into Sunday. I was getting discouraged. When would this baby come?

On Sunday at 1:30pm, the contractions intensified. By 3pm, I knew we needed to get to the birth center, and we arrived at 3:45pm. My doula met us at the door and we worked on getting my son into the proper position. My early labor had lasted so long because the contractions were trying to turn him around. Once we got him into position, I almost immediately needed to start pushing, and three hours after we arrived at the birth center, my son was born. He had the cord around his neck three times, but was a perfectly healthy VBAC baby, at almost two pounds heavier than my daughter!