Annabelle’s birth story October 2011 Our eldest Izzy 8lbs 12oz was a planned hospital birth at 40weeks+5days. Our labour lasted 36 hours, for the most part on gas and air, with a quick dip in the pool then into theatre for a spinal and rotational forceps delivery as she was back to back. This was a very traumatic birth experience that we did not want to repeat. Two years later […]

I reckon this is more about the road to birth, as much as it is about the birth, interconnected but all part of my truth, experience and hope. So this was to be Our second birth, following a traumatic first birth , where I thought my girlfriend and son were gonna die, then failed IVF for 5 years, hope had started to wain. Then a one off, last chance saloon, […]

The journey to this birth story has been a long one, involving an unnecessary c-section, birth trauma, recurrent miscarriage, infertility, and unsuccessful IVF. Which makes the incredible joy this home water birth after c-section has brought us all the more special. I started having occasional twinges on Monday, but from my experience last time I knew that the longer I could carry on and not label this as ‘something starting’, […]

On the evening of Tuesday 21st August 2012 our journey began. I was getting mild contractions regularly at 12 minutes apart. I was starting to get excited about meeting our twins though I knew it could be a good while yet. We decided to go to bed and get some rest and see what the morning brought. The following morning at 5.40am Otis came in to us, got into bed […]

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If you are pregnant with twins you will almost certainly be advised that a twin pregnancy carries higher risks than a singleton pregnancy. What is often not explained is that much of this risk is dealt with before you get to term. The main increased risks are pre-term birth and pre-eclampsia. The possibility of going into labour early need not deter you from planning a home birth: you can always […]

During the week building up to the birth, I was woken up by lower backache and frequent trips to the toilet. I had lots of pressure every time I had a bowel movement (hate that phrase…. ha ha) ok nightly diarrhea episodes! (why at night?!!!) I was feeling sick still most evenings which wasn’t fun either, this along with pelvic pain and 3 point turns to get out of bed […]

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I should have known I was going to wake up in labour because I just couldn’t get comfortable when I was going to bed. I spent a lot of time doing visualisations of my cervix opening and labour starting and then I listened to my birth affirmations and went to bed. At 2:00 am, I was woken up by something but wasn’t sure what it was. I went to the […]

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Friday 31st August 2012 We had gone for a long walk shopping in Bluewater centre. I had been having the usual Braxton hicks tightenings I had been getting for weeks, nothing out of the ordinary, until it came to the end of our shop and I started to have some discomfort in the top of my left thigh – I thought it was just where I had walked a lot […]

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My son Oliver was born in 2006 at home following a wonderful labour and birth attended by my independent midwife, Debs. It was a fantastic experience and I was on a high for weeks afterwards. When Oliver was about 18m old we started trying for another baby, but after struggling with secondary infertility my husband and I had two cycles of IVF in 2010. The second cycle led to a […]

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Until as recently as the 1970s, babies presenting bottom first or ‘breech’ were considered unusual but still normal in the UK and many were born at home with a midwife in attendance. With the increasing hospitalisation of birthing women and the increased medicalisation and development of obstetrics in the latter half of the 20th century, babies in the breech position in late pregnancy came to be seen as ‘abnormal’. Unfortunately […]