911| Challenging Induction with Positive Outcome; Breastfeeding Struggles Postpartum – Rena Farlow

Rena got pregnant with her first child at the “perfect” time. She was turning 30, had just started a career in nursing, gotten a larger vehicle and moved into a bigger house with her partner. Additionally, many friends and family were getting pregnant and having babies at the same time! 

Being a long time birth nerd, Rena originally wanted a midwife-led unmedicated birth in a birth center, but ended up choosing the route of a hospital birth with an OB. After a relatively uncomplicated pregnancy with lots of false contractions/an irritable uterus, she got induced at 40 weeks and 5 days. The induction was challenging but ultimately ended in the beautiful birth of her baby boy.

Postpartum, Rena and her baby experienced challenges with breastfeeding as baby had a tongue tie and tight muscles that led to pain, nipple damage and an infection. They were able to work through these issues with the help of a IBCLC, pediatric dentist, feeding therapist and the San Antonio La Leche Legue group. 

long induction birth story

Rena Bio

is an ICU nurse living in San Antonio with her partner and their two dogs, cat and baby boy. She has always loved learning about pregnancy and birth and would love to work in obstetrics as a nurse someday. In her free time she like indoor rock climbing, hiking/swimming with her family and traveling the US and the world! 

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