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Kierstyn’s Birth Story

We’re back! Jesse and I have really missed recording podcasts, but it was also nice to take a break and figure out a good rhythm of having three older kids and two babies. 

In this episode, we not only share Kierstyn’s birth store but we also answer the questions many of you have asked over and over (such as why we chose to go with an OBGYN versus a midwife, what was different about this birth compared to the other births, if COVID-19 impacted the birth/hospital experience in any way, etc.)

This episode is a little more relaxed and less edited than usual… we wanted it to be more like sitting down and just having conversation with us at our kitchen table — complete with rabbit trails. 🙂

If you enjoy birth stories or are curious about more of the behind-the-scenes of our life, I think you’ll enjoy it.

Welcome to the world, Kierstyn! (By the way, since she was on my lap while we recorded, if you listen in really well, you’ll hear her talking to you!)

In This Episode: 

[03:19] Why we chose to have a hospital birth rather than a midwife birth. 

[06:36] Some of the highlights from our first three births. 

[09:54] When I first discovered I had postpartum depression

[12:15] Our experience with midwives versus having an OBGyn. 

[14:09] How COVID-19 impacted the birth. 

[19:02] We were so surprised when my body started showing signs of labor two weeks before my due date!

[22:20] Most of my labor was very uneventful and fast — up until it was time to push!

[26:38] Why the pushing part of labor was so much harder this time around. 

[30:57] All about those first few moments after the birth!

[33:24] It’s been so fun to see the differences in her personality and how the kids have stepped up.

Links and Resources:

  • My Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!)
  • Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email:

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  • Kristine says:

    Just wanted to say that I couldn’t love that picture of the two of you in the hospital more! Your faces as you “meet” each other, and her little eyes looking at you…. oh, my heart melts!

    • Jesse snapped it when I didn’t even know he was taking pictures! When he sent it to me, I was so grateful that he had his phone out and had captured that moment!

  • Heather Tessier says:

    Hi Crystal! I love the picture of you and Kierstyn above! I just wanted to tell you though, that you should blur out your hospital ID bracelet! I work in clinical research, and we have to guard all that info very closely. There are criminals that can use it to steal your identity! Just wanted to let you know! Thanks for all you do!

  • Sarah Goins says:

    I had my son on May 30. I actually really enjoyed the calm that the visitor restrictions brought. With all the other kids I had a group of people waiting in the lobby while I labored. I then was expected to play hostess immediately after delivery. This time we got to connect and recover. The only part that made me sad was his brothers weren’t able to visit.

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