33. Caitlin’s Birth Story

On today’s episode, Elle and Taylor are joined by Caitlin Francis, a licensed speech-language pathologist from Southern California and a new mom to talk about her first birth experience. They talk about a baby’s very strict yet constantly changing schedule, being pregnant and giving birth during Covid, a husband almost sleeping though the birth, and stashing water and snacks all over the house.

“With newborns there is no ‘inter-office memo’ to let you know what’s coming.” – Elle

“Pilates helped keep me limber and made me feel a lot more in-tune with the changes that were going on with my body physically.” – Caitlin

“I don’t want to sleep like a baby, they’re up every 20 minutes. I want to sleep like a dad.” – Elle

“It was a really fast and furious labor and I contribute all of it to Pilates.” – Caitlin

“Education goes a long way.” – Caitlin

“Nothing good happens with Google Searching at 3 in the morning.” – Elle

“Find a source or someone that you trust or a good resource and that be your go to.” – Caitlin 

“Have water and snacks stashed everywhere because you never know where you’re going to get stuck with the baby.” – Caitlin

Listen to the episode here.

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Today’s guest: Caitlin Francis

Caitlin Francis, M.S. CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist from Southern California. She is a school-based therapist who conducts assessments and provides intervention for students in K-8th grade. Her passion is with supporting neurodiverse and autistic students. Caitlin is a recipient of the ASHA Early Career Professional Certificate.

You can connect with her through the Birth Re-Imagined Family Facebook Group.

Resources related to today’s episode:

Contraction Timer App

Peanut yoga ball for labor

Placenta Tour

Baby Crash Course Classes – Check your local Hospital or Doula or Birthing Center

Digital Picture Frames

You know, it’s… Thing about babies, you… you fall in love with a baby with the cutest little fat folds, and then… bam… they’re gone. But it’s okay, because in its place is this… toddler with the greatest laugh on Earth. And then one day, the toddler’s gone, and in its place, a little kid that asks the most interesting questions you’ve ever heard. And this keeps going on like that, but you never get the chance to miss any of them, ’cause there’s always a new kid to take the place of the old. Until they grow up. And then… in a moment, all those kids you fell in love with walk out the door at the same time.” Jay from “Modern Family”

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

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