4. Elle’s Birth Story

On today’s episode, Elle and Taylor sit down together to talk about Elle’s birth story. Elle is a mother of 2 kiddos, and had one midwife-attended natural birth at a birthing center, and one OBGYN-attended natural birth at a hospital. It’s a good thing Elle has a pretty go-with-the-flow attitude, because her second child was born with a congenital heart defect, which meant some big changes to her original birth plan – even as she labored!

Elle’s two births were wildly different. Her first birth was calm and fairly peaceful, but long. However, the birth classes she took prepared her not only for transfer to the hospital after Charlotte was born, but also for Teddy’s birth two years later.

We do offer a content warning for this birth story, as Elle experienced abuse in the delivery room, which ultimately led to her partner, Jeremy, firing their OBGYN 30 minutes before Elle started pushing. Now, four years later, Elle opens up publicly about what she experienced, how it affected her at the time, and how it led her down this path to becoming a birth photographer and birth doula with the belief that all birthing people need to be empowered to make their own choices, and have people surrounding them who believe in them and will work to honor and protect them during this beautiful and transformational time in their lives.

Listen to the episode here.

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Resources related to today’s episode:

Bradley Method Birthing Classes (Our Bradley instructor was Melissa Parker)

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Who are Elle and Taylor?

Elle Kennedy is a maternity, birth, and family photographer and doula based in Orange County, California. She’s a mother of two, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and an advocate for consent and respect for personal preferences during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. She homeschools, is polyamorous, loves tea and scones, and loves using her free time to create and bake.

Dr. Taylor Garcia is a Webster Certified Chiropractor located in the Orange County, California area, with a family practice that focuses on pregnant persons and babies. She is currently going through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s certification program and plans to have that completes by 2021. While not a mama yet, she is the consummate “mom friend,” and hopes to adopt with her partners in about 5 years. She is part of the LGBTQ+ community and polyamorous. She believes in focusing on health and wellness from before birth, and using that as a firm foundation for health and wellness throughout life. She believes in the importance of connection and consent in all aspects of life. She is a dancer, a writer, a bookworm, and a fan of music and musicals.

Contact Elle:

Instagram: @elle.kennedy.photography

Website: ellekennedyphotography.com

Facebook: Elle Kennedy Photography

Contact Taylor:

Website: birthandbeyondchiro.com

Email: taylorjgarcia@att.net

Facebook: Dr. Taylor Garcia, DC

Looking for More Content?

Check out Episode 5: Chiropractic for Pregnancy – with Dr. Taylor Garcia, where hosts Elle and Taylor dive into the Webster Technique, what chiropractors do and don’t do, and how chiropractic care addresses the physiological health of the pregnant person (and the baby) during pregnancy and during labor.

Looking for another birth story? Listen to Episode 3: Rose’s Birth Story, where they talk about consent and advocating, regrets and what she wishes she knew back then, sneaky burritos, tsunami-style water breaking, and the wonders of witch hazel.