Cailyn switched from care with a midwife at a birthing center within a hospital to a homebirth midwife at 30 weeks. Cailyn had a beautifully challenging 32 hour labor and long pushing stage surrounded by her amazing husband, wonderful midwife, doula and birth photographer. Later that day her son then needed a little bit more  support so they transferred to the local hospital and spent some time in the nursery there until they were finally discharged home after 48 hours. They then had a challenging postpartum feeding journey that consisted of months of triple feeding and donor milk. 

Cailyn McDonnell Bio

Cailyn McDonnell is a wife to her lovely husband, a mother to her beautiful 1 year old boy and 3 year old pitbull. She is also a pelvic floor physical therapist with a private practice in Canton CT called Lotus Pelvic Health . She loves all things birth, hiking and live music. Connect with her on social media @lotuspelvichealth or via email Cailyn@lotuspelvichealth.com.

Resources

  • Britta Bushnell’s Transformed by birth 
  • Ina may gaskins guide to childbirth 
  • Business of being born 
  • Local (to CT) resources: 
  • Forrester Lactation in Farmington 
  • My Midwife  Christy from Magnolia Midwifery 
  • Birth photos by Viven Stembridge  @vstemb 

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