Overcoming Medical Anxieties for an Unmedicated Hospital Birth with Doula + Breastfeeding Challenges

For a long time, Kathleen had many medical anxieties and fears that kept her from even wanting a child as it felt too scary and daunting to go through all the medical tests, blood draws, and ultimately a birth. But her feelings started to shift leading up to her 35th birthday. She used hypnobirthing to prepare for labor with the goal of an unmedicated birth in the hospital. She had a very peaceful hospital birth after a long early labor across two and half days at home with her husband by her side the entire time and mom as well present. The postpartum period was definitely challenging. In particular breastfeeding was even harder than expected due to latch issues and low milk supply along with postpartum anxiety. 

Kathleen Daly Bio

Kathleen lives in Austin, Texas with her German husband, her 4 month old daughter, and border collie rescue dog. She met her husband after living in Germany for several years. They moved to Austin together in 2014 and welcomed their first daughter in 2023. She works in tech, managing an Operations team. You can reach her at kathleen.daly37@gmail.com



This episode is sponsored by Ergobaby. Founded in 2003, Ergobaby has pioneered the gold standard for comfortable, ergonomic soft structured carriers. Their commitment to providing parents with the foundation to thrive has launched the company into creating a broad range of award-winning products that fit into families’ daily lives seamlessly, comfortably, and safely – where function and quality are not compromised. In 2020, they launched Everlove by Ergobaby, a first of its kind baby carrier buy back and resale program, a sustainability effort to support families and the planet. Check out Ergobaby’s new Life with Baby Podcast and follow Ergobaby on Instagram and Brandi Sellers-Jackson (host of their podcast) as well! Use code BIRTHHOUR for 15% off at ergobaby.com.


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