The amazing Sarah Campbell with her sons Huston and Milo (6.5 years - fraternal twins) and Nash (4.75 years). Sarah and her husband started trying to conceive straight away after getting married and they were able to get pregnant within the first few months. She knew that she wanted a home birth and was able to find a wonderful midwife to work with. Things were going very well, no morning sickness and she was able to remain active. At her midway scan she learned she was having twins. It was a big shock but they were very excited. They weren't able to continue with a home birth but hoped to transition to a birthing center which she also learned wasn't an option. She switched her birthing goal to simply having a vaginal delivery and found a doctor she really liked. Sarah made it to 36.5 weeks when her water broke but labor didn't really begin and she stayed at 2 cms for many hours. Pitocin was started slowly but after almost 18 hours she was still only at a 2 so she opted for an epidural and a nap and woke up at 6cms. Things continued to progress and after pushing for 16 minutes each, her boys were born. She knew she wanted to breastfeed and was able to do so until she was 3 months pregnant with Nash and the twins were 13 months old.
Sarah and her husband knew they wanted a third child close to her first two so they started trying at about 6 months postpartum. She found her second pregnancy to be difficult, only because she had the twins to take care of as well but didn't have any morning sickness again and says that once she weaned them things got much easier. She planned for a homebirth again this time and says she was ready to go at 36 weeks because she was with her twins but Nash had other plans and went to 41 weeks which she found frustrating. Her labor started in the early afternoon and really picked up after she put her older boys to bed. Nash was born around 2 am, she ate oatmeal, took a shower, went to bed and they woke up as their full family. Breastfeeding was no problem this time and the only thing she struggled with in their first few years was sleep and the lack thereof. When Milo was 4 he had his first seizure and their world was turned upside down. They stared medication and ultimately the Ketogenic diet. His seizures are under control now but he still has abnormal discharges so they're continuing to monitor and treat him. She says she loves her body, it's strong and capable but there was a point after Huston and Milo were born that she realized no matter how much she dieted or exercised, things would never be the same (and she missed her bellybutton a lot). Sarah's mother is anorexic and has been her whole life. Combining that with the constraints of the Ketogenic diet she feels like food has always been an issue for her and she's tired of it. She wants society and people to stop doing that to women, to stop having unrealistic expectations and embrace who we are all on the inside.