BIRTH STORY – Planned hospital water birth and physiological third stage
Jess gave birth to her second daughter Arya in water, supported by a known-midwife through the hospitals caseload midwifery program. Read this birth story
BIRTH STORY – Natural hospital birth – first time mother
This is a birth story of a first time mother that had a natural hospital birth, including natural ‘third stage’ of labour.
Penny developed her birth plan with Gifted Birth Support. Read this birth story
BIRTH STORY – Doula support, water & epidural
Ashley gave birth to her second daughter in hospital, supported by her husband, doula (Gifted Birth Support) and hospital midwives. Ashley shares this experience in her own words along with some commentary from her doula. Read this birth story
BIRTH STORY – Birth Wishes & Story (with birth doula)
Amanda, mother of four living in Tasmania, wrote to me recently after I sent a ‘call out’ on Facebook about birth plans. She agreed to share her ‘birth choices’ and hospital birth experiences with Gifted Birth Support.
“I wrote this birth plan for my fourth birth. I had only written vague notes with my previous births & they hadn’t come out of my labour bag. This time I had multiple copies laminated & a copy with me at all times. Also for my fourth birth I hired a doula. I looked online & made a few email enquiries and found one who would take me on late in my pregnancy and was able to accommodate my strict budget…” Read this birth story
BIRTH STORY – Planned Homebirth – avoid the rush to cut the cord
Liss, a first-time mother, decided to have a homebirth for her first baby. She and her partner had “decided early on that I didn’t need to do the “first (traumatic) birth in a hospital, learned better, second birth at home” route; I could learn from the women who went before me and just start at home! I’m overjoyed that it went so well.”
Delayed cord clamping was an important aspect of birth for Liss, who discussed this when choosing a midwife to attend her birth. Read this birth story
BIRTH STORY – Unassisted homebirth in the UK
Olga from the UK shares her birth story of her second baby, Sylas Victor Naden born at home unassisted at 39+2.
“After having a traumatic first induced birth, I vowed to stay at home this time, to avoid any unnecessary interventions. I feel very strongly about the importance and beauty of natural birth and feel that women should be given their primal powers back in this important time…Consultant then confirmed that my pregnancy was indeed very low risk and was happy for me to go ahead with my homebirth plans…” Read this birth story
BIRTH STORY – Waiting for labour beyond 42 weeks
Sally gave birth to her first baby, Chrissy, at an estimated 42 weeks and 6 days gestation, declining an induction of labour that is routinely offered to women from 41 weeks. After some pressure from the hospital Sally did agree to book a ‘post-term’ induction but nature had other ideas! Sally and her husband are now expecting their second child and sibling for Chrissy. They are generously sharing the journey of their second baby with a student midwife and a student doula. Read this birth story
BIRTH STORY – Unplanned Homebirth
“Mum of 4″ wrote his birth story six months after her second baby was born, six years ago now. Because her first baby was a long, hard posterior birth the arrival of this baby catches mum by surprise! Read this birth story
BIRTH STORY – Positive forceps birth
This story of a positive hospital birth with forceps delivery was kindly shared with Gifted Birth Support by Kylie & Marley.
“…when they were putting in the trace the doctor thought he felt the fontanelle. He called another midwife to check & sure enough when checked she felt the baby’s eye. Bub’s was trying to come out face first & had also turned posterior, we think this may have happened when my waters broke. They immediately told me to stop pushing, as it was a danger to me and the baby, & started going through the options to get bub’s out…”
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BIRTH STORY – Premature Labour and Birth
This is a local mother’s story of reproductive difficulties, a threatened pregnancy and premature birth. Supported by her own mother, this woman experienced many scares and stressful events in her journey to become a mother to her beautiful little girl.
Mother and baby received medical care locally and in Melbourne for part of the pregnancy, the birth at 33 weeks and her daughter’s intensive care.
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