Wonderful continuity at work as this mother birthed her baby at home in a pool under the watchful eye of her named midwife and this majestic fellow.
In Japan the peacock is considered a symbol of love, compassionate watchfulness, nurturing and kindheartedness. Perfect qualities for a midwife!
This lovely family worked hard, balancing lots of information, to plan a birth that felt right for them. This excited big brother awoke to find his not so little sister had been born while he slept.
The absolutely best way to celebrate International Day of the Midwife, by watching a new family welcome their beautiful baby in to the world! #IDM.
This birth was extra special for the assembled team. This was the second generation the doula has supported this family and it also marked one of the midwives 100th birth!
This little lady was worth the wait.
Another beautiful girl for this #HomeBirthing family.
I woke up at 1.15 am weds 27th May trying to decide if I needed the loo or could get away with more sleep – having decided the loo was wise I felt damp trickling down my legs as I went down the stairs and immediately suspected it was waters over developing incontinence! The day before I’d not had any signs of impending labour although in hindsight the frequent cramps down my right buttock and hamstrings could have been a giveaway! I’d also seen my chiro that afternoon who had said he thought the baby would be here in the next day or two from the feel of my pelvis and spine.
Anyway, my mucus plug came away whilst on the loo and I was then in no doubt as to what had happened. I wasn’t feeling any cramps or contractions so decided just to put a pad in and try and go back to bed and get some rest. I also decided not to tell Dan so he would at least start the day fresh after as much sleep as possible. My main concern at that point was being ‘put on the clock’ or being asked to go to hospital and talk of induction if labour didn’t start so I lay back in bed and started using the pressure points on the top of my thumbs which Juliet (hypnobirthing teacher) had said could be useful for stimulating contractions. Just before 2am I was aware of mild period pains coming and going. Between dozing for a few hours and continuing to use the pressure points I think these were around 10 minutes apart. At 5am I decided to have something to eat and have a bath so I could at least start motherhood with clean hair!