Pelvic Floor Therapist’s 32 Hour Homebirth Birth Story

Cailyn transitioned from care with a midwife at a birthing center within a hospital to a homebirth midwife at 30 weeks. Cailyn had a wonderfully challenging 32 hour labor and long pushing phase surrounded by her amazing husband, amazing midwife, doula and birth photographer. Later that day, her son needed a little more support so they moved to the local hospital and spent some time in the nursery there until they finally went home after 48 hours. They then had a difficult feeding journey after giving birth that consisted of months of triple feeding and donor milk.

Cailyn McDonnell’s bio

Cailyn McDonnell is a wife to her lovely husband, a mother to her beautiful 1-year-old boy and 3-year-old pitbull. She is also a pelvic floor physical therapist with a private practice in Canton CT called Lotus Pelvic Health. He loves all things nativity, hiking and live music. Connect with her on social media @lotuspelvichealth or via email


  • Britta Bushnell’s Transformed by birth
  • Mother with gaskins guide to childbirth
  • Business of birth
  • Local (in CT) resources:
  • Forrester Lactation in Farmington
  • My Midwife Christy from Magnolia Midwifery
  • Birth photos by Viven Stembridge @vstemb

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