A quick google search for “labour essentials” or “what to pack labour and delivery” will yield thousands of results and lists upon lists of what you need for the big event. I’ll be the first to put my hand up and say I was searching furiously for the ultimate list from about 32 weeks, assuming… Continue reading The “Essentials” for Labour & Birth
I’ve read an article, Facebook post and Instagram caption or two, about the delightful little downhill run to birth. Nearly all of them warn of the suspenseful wait as weeks 35, week 36 and week 37 slowly (ever so slowly) tick over. All the while you continue to grow and stretch to accommodate the little… Continue reading The Three(ish) Week Wait
I've had three boys in three years and their births' were all quite different. With my first (Micah), I didn't really think about the birth and figured, 'every mother has done it, how hard can it be?' It never occurred to me that I would end up having a c section, not once. I had a… Continue reading Georgia’s Birth Story
It was early in the morning on 23rd of December 2016 and I was out with my family to have an early (pre-birth) celebration breakfast. I was swollen to the point there were bubbles on my toes, I was struggling to breathe and I had a slight headache that wouldn't go away. I felt a… Continue reading Angel’s Birth Story
At 38 weeks I woke up at 1:00 am on Saturday morning with back pain and tightening of my stomach every 10 minutes. Thinking it was just pregnancy pains, I used a heat pack on my back but was in too much pain to go back to sleep until 6:00 am when it eased. I… Continue reading Beth’s Birth Story
Why should we share our birth stories? I think a better question is why not? Birthing your baby (or babies) can be an empowering, inspiring and surreal experience, but on the other hand it can also be traumatic, complicated and distressing for many women. The sheer unpredictability of birth means that as women, no matter… Continue reading Why Share Our Birth Stories?