Redemptive 2nd Birth of a Large Baby following Change of Care + Dealing with PPD & PPA

During Sarah’s second pregnancy and birth experience, she made major changes in her health care providers and hospital preferences, moving from a regular OB practice to a midwifery team. With the support of an amazing doula and her husband, she had a real birth experience. Sarah made it to 41+1 weeks before inducing contractions by pumping, a method she reconsidered after reviewing the KYO inductions class, after initially resigning herself to another induction. Although her goal was to avoid an epidural, her long labor led her to choose one after using nitrous oxide for pain management and she delivered peacefully at 41+2 weeks. Her baby, Ellison, continued to measure large throughout the pregnancy and weighed 10lbs 2oz at birth. Sarah received some pressure to consider a C-section at around 40+6 because of Ellison’s size, but her midwife wasn’t too concerned because her previous daughter, Grace, was 9lbs 2oz, and she had no complications in that birth.

Breastfeeding went well this time, and Sarah’s recovery was easier than her previous experience. Unexpectedly, she began experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety (PPD/PPA) around 9 weeks postpartum. This was a surprising development for Sarah, as she had not encountered such issues after her first child. Seeking pharmacological treatment proved to be extremely helpful in alleviating her symptoms and helping her mental health during this challenging time.

Sarah Sushchyk’s bio

Sarah lives in central Massachusetts with her husband Joe, 3-year-old Grace, almost 1-year-old Ellison and their fur-baby Cooper. You can connect with Sarah on Instagram @ssushhythoms


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