Jenny’s pregnancies were considered high risk due to pre-existing hypertension and a history of cancer. She was induced at 40 weeks with a long labor and eventual C-section for her first baby. For her second baby, she strongly desired to avoid induction and go into labor spontaneously so she hired a doula to help advocate for a VBAC. After a roller coaster of medical interventions at the end of her second pregnancy, she had a scheduled C-section at 41 weeks. During her postpartum period she experienced several challenges including postpartum high blood pressure, blood in baby’s stool, hemangiomas, and breastfeeding challenges.


Jenny Novak Bio

Jenny is an emergency manager and writer residing in Long Beach, California with her husband, J.B. and two daughters. Scarlett was born in July 2019 and Sasha was born in August 2021. Connect with her on Instagram @jennynovakbrown Facebook Jenny Novak Brown or via her website 


  • The Birth Hour
  • Nest Collaborative
  • Kindred Bravely
  • Facebook Groups – Respectful Sleep Training/Learning, Due Date Groups, Local Childcare Groups, Local Buy Nothing, Dairy and Soy free Breastfeeding Support
  • Instagram – @hemangioma.momma @mommy.labornurse @feedinglittles @thebirthtrauma_mama @legendairymilk @happyasamother
  • Apps – What to Expect, Baby Tracker App, The Bump, Mamava


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 Embrace in Soft Air Mesh and new Evolve 3-in-1 Bouncer that we discussed on the podcast!

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