Posts tagged birth
Secondary infertility, it’s a rocky path.

Heck it’s been a hell of a ride just to jump back on the ivf rollercoaster, and sometimes your terrified your being judged for the decision. The most overused line I’ve heard whilst attempting number 2 “be grateful you have madden” god thanks Susan, I didn’t know how long it took me to conceive my first child but thanks for the reminder, it’s such an unnecessary comment. 

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Baby Blues vs. Postnatal Depression:

Day 3 hits and you feeling like absolutely everything is falling apart. Your body is aching, your boobs are killing, and who on earth thought you could handle the huge responsibility of raising a human being?! Welcome to baby blues, where raging hormones, leaking milk, a screaming baby and torturous exhaustion feel like a rather large bus has just hit you. 

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GBS or Group B Strep? What does it mean?

BS or Group B Strep is a very normal bacteria that lives in the body. It is transient flora, which means it comes and goes in cycles. Normally, we would have no idea when it decides to stop by for a visit, as you’re unlikely to experience any symptoms or negative side-effects! Fast forward to your current pregnancy, when suddenly every tiny thing seems important and you’re hearing lots about GBS

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An unplanned homebirth in Kenya

Olivia came 8 days late. I had 2 sweeps and was starting to dilate (2cm). My OBGYN said if I didn't go into labour within 24 hours of the 2nd sweep I should be induced, which I wanted to avoid as I knew this would derail any hopes of having a drug-free birth. Thankfully (after a trip to the cinema and an Indian take away - so cliche), I went into labour that evening. 

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Are you in labour?

Are you in labour?

It’s got to be the most exciting question you have ever asked yourself: Is this it?! The moment I have waited 10 months for?!

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Birthing was the most amazing experience of my life!

I was so grateful to my midwife for giving me that moment. I could hear my mother saying how beautiful she was. It was amazing. The room was dim, my husband told the hospital nurse not to wipe her down, and we just laid there skin-to-skin, enjoying our very first moments together as mom and baby. She was wide awake, with the cutest pouty face I've ever seen!

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This is the birth story of Adelaide 

We were going to have a baby today!! I called my midwife and mom and dropped my eldest daughter off at my aunt and uncles place. When we arrived at the birth centre it was 4 pm, I was 3cm dilated and every time I contracted, more water came out (so much water!!) I tried different labour positions, all of them involved being on my feet or on my knees over the birth ball. I tried using the hypnobirthing technique and put myself into a meditative state while breathing threw the contractions, I felt everything! I felt her moving down and all the muscles working together.

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Homebirth Story written by Dad (part 2)

Christie broke the news as we filled the pool. “Korina and I are mindful about putting a call in to the hospital. Everything is fine, and the baby is doing just great, but we feel it is the right step, just in case we decide that that is a direction we would like to take…”

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Homebirth story, written by dad! (Part 1)

By the time Christie arrived, I was sure we were on our way to the shortest labor ever. I was wrong. After performing a cervical check and sensing very little dilation or thinning, Christie tempered our expectations, gracefully and gently informing us that we hadn’t really even started. “I think you are still very early on, and this can take a day or two; especially for first-time moms. Get some rest if you can, and even if this may seem outlandish, take a walk if you feel up to it, just to get out of the house for a little bit.”

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I LOVE giving birth.

I love giving birth. A weird thing for a lot of people to hear and definitely not something that I thought I would ever say.

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Pregnancy Myths, Debunked

Pregnancy Myths, Debunked

We've all heard them: different myths, legends, superstitions and stories about pregnancy, and what they might mean regarding the gender of your baby alongside a slew of other interesting things. Today, we wanted to discuss some of those interesting, funny, and downright weird pregnancy myths, and what the stories are behind them. Be reminded this list is just for fun, and in no way are any of these legends actually true. Let's take a look!

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Sometimes birth doesn't go to plan.

Fast forward to due date and baby girl decided she wanted to stay put. I tried walking, bouncing on my birth ball, sex, everything, until I was induced at 41w+4d, I was very ready to have this baby. They first induced me using ProPess, which is a pessary with a string that they place around your cervix, and it releases hormones which help to soften your cervix and start labour. The midwife explained that in 99% of first time labours it doesn’t start off the labour within 24 hours and they tend to use other methods. The pessary went in at 11am, I fell asleep and woke up at 1.30pm in labour, and man was it intense. I was hyper-stimulating, which means my contractions were coming back to back in batches of 3 or 4, 60-90 seconds long, and very strong. I’d get a 1 minute break every 5-6 minutes, and after 15 hours I was just 4cm dilated.

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