Family Affair

The muffled sound of her elder children playing in another room were just audible as this mother breathed out her third baby, her first Homebirth, supported by her partner and her own mother.



Birthed in to Daddy’s Hands

Our due date according to the 12 week “dating” scan was 22nd April 2016. 
I was hopeful that it would happen then as it was reported to be a full moon on this day and I was very nervous about going over as I had a fear of induction.

Friday 22nd came and went. On Saturday the weather was cool but sunny, the bluebells were out everywhere so I had found a walk through a bluebell wood quite close by. I wasn’t expecting to complete the full 2 mile walk, being 40 weeks pregnant, however, it was such a lovely location, my husband and I ended up doing the full circuit. By the time I got back to the car, I felt that I’d over done it. I wasn’t able to lift my legs into the car. I worried myself a little.

We paused on the way back to the house for some provisions, some scones for that afternoon, some biscuits for the midwives that we were expecting any day and a chicken to roast for the following day.

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Eleanora’s Water Birth at Home

We had our daughter at home on 29th June 2016 and I am writing this to encourage anyone who is thinking about home birth to speak to the home birth team, because we found the whole experience so positive and it made such a difference to us.

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Sebastien’s Arrival

The pregnancy had been very similar to my first. The first 3 months were tough with the tiredness and having a cold/cough for over a month! It was made even tougher having to look after a toddler too.

Around 36-37 weeks, baby dropped significantly and I found it very difficult to move around a lot or for long periods of time. I had seen a chiropractor that had really helped my right hip but this I knew she would not be able to help with. Moving around at night was a particular chore.

From 37+3, I began getting more intense Braxton hicks with period pains every evening. It felt a lot like labour with my daughter. I would then go to bed and they would die off.

At 38+5, I woke up and went to the toilet and found that I had passed an enormous show. I let Tanya and Deana know. That night around 19-19.30, I started having more regular intense tightenings, which were actually getting quite regular. I said to my husband to get the pool sorted. They then began to slowly die down. I again went to bed and they did completely.
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