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Marilyn’s Birth Story

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My baby was completely stuck for an hour of pushing and I didn’t know what to do! I’m back with the story of the unassisted home birth of my 6th (and final) baby, Marilyn. I share all the super-juicy details, and why I made some of the decisions I did during the labor and birth. Tune in to hear it all, and be sure to check out the show notes afterward for my list of home birthing supplies!


You Will Hear:

  • Plans A and B for my third unassisted home birth
  • Why I ultimately decided not to transfer to the hospital
  • What I finally remembered after an hour of pushing that helped me get my baby out within minutes
  • What we learned after her birth about why she was stuck!
  • My encouragement for mamas who have had difficult births and want to try again with a better (for them) outcome


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xx Andrea

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Andrea Olson

About Andrea Olson

I'm Andrea and I spend most of my time with my 6 children (all under 12 yo) and the rest of my time teaching other new parents how to do Elimination Communication with their 0-18 month babies. I love what I do and try to make a difference in one baby or parent's life every single day. (And I love, love, love, mango gelato.)


  1. Avatar Cafini on August 15, 2023 at 11:25 am

    I definitely found it inspiring but I pretty much knew I would. Kudos to you for getting out of your head and letting baby and body tell you what was going on and how best to handle it. 9Lbs is huge! Another example of how just giving your body more time and space instead of rushing off to the hospital in impatience & fear is a wise choice. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on August 20, 2023 at 4:42 pm

      Thank you so much for being part of our community!

  2. Avatar Kimberly on August 15, 2023 at 11:29 am

    What you mentioned about dilating faster when no one is in the room made me think of my birth with my son (we only have one child so far). My husband had just left for work when I realized I was having contractions. Once I realized I was in labor I called him and told him to come back, but it took him about 30 minutes. Then it was just him and I for an hour until my midwife arrived (she was pretty far away). So in total I was home alone for about 45 minutes, then just my husband and I for about 60-75 minutes. Plus the amount of time that I was in labor during breakfast without realizing that the weird feelings I felt were contractions.

    When the midwife and her assistant arrived, she checked me and said I was 100% dialated and ready to start pushing. I was shocked, since this was my first birth I was like “wait, what about the dreaded transition phase?”, and picturing all the videos I had watched of women during long labors. But she confirmed that I heard her right, and I was already past transition. I pushed for nearly two hours (longer than usual), with some tearing, but eventually, my baby was born around 1:26 pm on a Monday. In total, from the time I realized I was in labor to the time of Zane’s birth, it was only about 5 hours. I’m told this is quick for a first-time mom.

    After reading your post, I really wonder if the quick dilation and process overall was partly due to there being so few people involved. This is good to know for the future! Thank you for posting.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on August 20, 2023 at 4:29 pm

      Of course! Thank you so much for being part of our community!

  3. Avatar Lauren on August 20, 2023 at 3:06 pm

    Such an incredible experience! I want to have an unassisted birth for my next. Would you have birthed unassisted if Marilyn was breech?

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on August 26, 2023 at 8:11 pm

      It’s hard to say. I’m not really sure. Definitely do your research and see what feels right to you.

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