Positive Unmedicated Hospital Birth with Gestational Diabetes

At 26 weeks pregnant, Amanda was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes and faced an uphill battle to keep her birth aligned with evidence-based interventions. GDM is managed with a strict diet but with added anxiety and increased distrust of providers. At 36 weeks prodromal labor begins with contractions occurring every night 10-6 minutes apart. Early labor lasted a few days starting at 39 weeks with active labor kicking off immediately after Amandas water broke. Amanda’s daughter Lily was born just 3 hours after her water breaking at 39+3 at the hospital with the support of her husband, Doula, and staff. The birth was followed by an emotional and painful postpartum recovery that included her father’s lung transplant 7 days after the birth.

Amanda Barker Bio

Amanda Barker lives in Texarkana, Texas with her husband, Cary, and daughter, Lily (1). They also have two cats and a dog that the family loves especially Lily. Connect with him on Facebook or Instagram @AEW7633


  • Fertility Friend app for cycle tracking
  • The Time of Birth
  • Anticipated app for hypnobirthing, lactation assistance, and meditation.
  • Kelly mom
  • The mile circuit
  • Fit4mom
  • Karrie_locher on Instagram for pumping and breastfeeding content.
  • Aeroflow
  • Four States Doula, Jaimee Hunter

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