As I embark on writing down my birthing story I stop and look down at the most precious and beautiful sight – my newborn baby girl.
The beginning seems a crazy place to start – to imagine all the steps that led to the ‘welcome to the world’ moment!
I envisioned a Homebirth to be calm, relaxed and empowering and it proved to be that and sooooo much more.
‘Breathe in inspiration and trust yourself, the answer is yes you can’ Continue reading
One of the first exciting #BetterBirths developments to come out of the Surrey Heartlands partnership is a brand new dedicated maternity advice line.
Launching on the 9th of April, the advice line will be staffed by experienced midwives who’s responsibility it will be to provide a dedicated service 24/7.
Freeing up other midwives to give clinical care, this phone line will allow maternity clients to access the advice and support they need in a timely way.
This may include answering your pregnancy questions, supporting you at home early labour and arranging transfer to your chosen place of birth and a midwife available 24hrs a day to offer feeding and newborn advice.
Nathaniel Ernest and Mum November 2017
They say that second babies are supposed to arrive earlier, but this one made me wait ten days over my guess date. I was totally relaxed about it, as I’ve always thought that babies will come whenever they are ready. My husband, Mike, however, was getting steadily more stressed every day. Mostly this was because we were planning to try again for the home birth which we hadn’t managed to get with our first child, and he knew how much logistical stuff there was for him to do once things kicked off!
My surges (contractions) started at 1am, and I lay in bed and timed them for a while before I woke my husband. I was absolutely convinced for some reason that it was a false alarm, and that I would be waking everyone up in the middle of the night unecessarily! But my last labour had been quite quick once it got started, so we soon phoned my mother-in-law who was driving up from Kent to look after Lydia, our toddler. We also phoned the home birth midwife, Laura, who said she would come straight away.
Le petit poisson swam in to his mothers awaiting arms.
#BirthJustHappened #HomeBirth #PoolBirth #WaterBirth #Empowerment #Choice
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