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.Read More
"My total labor was 7 hours, natural birth, no pain medication, and healthy happy baby. Birthing my human was the most incredible experience of my entire life.Read More
As your baby or the beloved baby of a friend or family gets older, these creations will always be theirs. With their name beautifully woven in with love- what a gift!
Words cannot truly do these perfect creations justice. This gorgeous company sent me my very own Bumpnbub blanket and dear lord am I overwhelmed with love! Is it lame if I hang it on my wall? #askingforafriend Check out my stories to see how beautiful it is!Read More
Before the Bump: 10 Ways to Ready Yourself for Pregnancy! (Part Two)
Focus Energy Into Healthy Relationship Building
Before you even begin planning a pregnancy, you need to make sure you and your spouse or partner are on a healthy wavelength. Work together to develop a relationship that is free from stress and excessive arguments, develop a bond that is unbreakable, and become each other's best friend - because taking on the responsibility of a new life is so much more than glitz and glamour. You are both going to need to be each other's rock when things get tough. Having a baby will mean a lot less time for your partner and a heck of a lot less sleep, something you both need to be prepared for. It will likely also make you both fall in love all over again with your precious little creation.Read More
Becoming a new mother is exciting and nerve inducing all at once. We all have those family members and friends - and even strangers - that will tell us what's to be expected during pregnancy and even into motherhood. But, there are some things nobody really prepares us for - and it can be a bit disconcerting when we find ourselves faced with new normals and new realities we hadn't been warned about and hadn't expected.
Today, this little midwife is going to explore six of those possibilities - and how you can cope and deal with them.Read More
Natural Methods to Coping with Morning Sickness:
Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times in a woman's life - that is, unless, she is faced with the monster that is morning sickness. Morning sickness may range from minor to severe, with the most severe cases requiring medical intervention through means such as IV fluids and nourishment to ensure a healthy mother and baby. But, not to worry - only a small percentage of women - 1- 3%, in fact - find themselves facing Hyperemesis Gravidarium - the most severe form of morning sickness.Read More
Pregnancy is an exciting time in life where so many things around us are changing. Your body, your environment, and your entire life are on a steady course towards change - so why not keep nutrition simple? Smoothies are a tasty and convenient way to enjoy the fruits and veggies a growing baby needs to thrive. Today, we are going to share some quick and easy smoothie recipes you can incorporate into your daily life that will provide you - and baby - with those important nutrients you both need.Read More
I got out of the pool quickly and my midwife starts talking hospital transfer. I immediately disagreed, as did her assistant, realising I was just in need of fluids. I was given a time limit of one hour to slam water and electrolytes to bring down my pulse. I drank as much as I could without making myself sick and was able to regulate my pulse down to 120. This was good enough to continue the process at home.Read More
We were bringing him out of the water and Mandi said the cord was wrapped very tightly around his neck and she was struggling to get it off. All I could say was help him. It was just a few seconds and he was unwrapped and put on my chest.
I just kept repeating “my baby, my baby!” I will never forget those moments. I remember whispering to my hubby that I could not believe he came out of my vagina, we had a pretty good laugh about that! My baby was here.
One day, when you are older, I will tell you all about the day we held you for the first time, I will tell you every little detail, because your mummy and daddy believe that birth is one incredibly powerful and sacred journey, one that is not to be feared. So far, it has been the most empowering journey the three of us have been on together. I hope that one day you get to witness labour in all her glory, it is truly a life changing experience…Read More
Labour is hard hard work BUT with the correct mindset, breathing techniques and relaxation, it is so manageable. When I found out I was pregnant I was convinced I’d take the epidural as soon as I could.Six months later and I did it with nothing but a bit of music, a birthing ball and some VERY encouraging midwives. I can honestly say giving birth was one of the most empowering things I have ever done.Read More
We cried….and I couldn’t believe this was happening to us. I went through every thought. I felt like my body failed you, I felt like I failed my husband, it was unfair. I waited this long to have you and in just an instant, that dream was taken from me. Will I ever be able to have you? Will this happen again? I don’t know if I can bear to go through trying to conceive again, feeling guilty that we lost you. I’m so sorry, I would have done anything to save you.Read More