Breathe in love, breathe out fear

I woke up at 2am on Sunday morning to the feeling of strong period-like cramps.  This must be Braxton Hicks, I thought.  I dosed off but was roused every twenty to thirty minutes with another tightening feeling. It was two days after my official due date and my family was visiting from the US, for…

I roared this baby out

I was up at 11pm reading birth stories hoping this would trigger an oxytocin rush that might kick start labour. I read my own birth story from my first birth, and I immersed myself in the stories of Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. I was ready to give birth to this baby. At 39 weeks and…

From sailing boat to water birth

We were living on a tiny motor/sailing boat during 8 ½ months of my pregnancy and knew we wanted a homebirth. We registered with the Barkantine Birth Centre, but were really hoping to move into our new home before the birth of our first child, so we could have a homebirth in a birth pool….

I felt overwhelmingly happy. IVF homebirth.

Via Luna’s birth story… I woke on the morning of the 23rd November after a really awful night’s sleep. At 39 weeks and four days pregnant I was starting to get used to not sleeping very well, but this night I had been sweating loads and tossing and turning all night. My husband, Alex, usually leaves for…

My homebirth made me feel proud of my first hospital birth

A few weeks before my second baby was due, I realised how anxious I felt about giving birth to her in a hospital. While the experience of giving birth to my firstborn had been magical, the environment was toxic. The few interactions I had with the midwives impinged a wave of negativity around the birth,…

I wanted to give birth again to feel that high once more

Birth of my first baby had been wonderful experience so I was really excited about going into labour again. The anticipation increased as due date got closer all the while knowing very well that baby might not come at 40 weeks exactly. A week before the due date, every night strong period cramps would kick…

I went over 42 weeks and was happy with my decision. VBAC story.

I was term plus 15 days and declined induction, including stretch and sweep and had CTG monitoring daily from term plus 12, that is the policy at the hospital. And all was always ok. I have had a previous emergency C-section, (due to positioning of baby and failure to progress) but with discussions it was…

I imagined baby coming down the birth canal

I woke up and just knew by the end of the day I’d have my baby. I went to the toilet and had a “show”. I was getting slight cramps that seemed like period and I carried on with my mother duties. I have a seven-year old who thinks she is 21 and a 12…

This time I wanted to be in control, so I chose homebirth

I went into this pregnancy as a big ball of anxiety and stress. I had a traumatic hospital birth with my first that left me feeling like a failure, then suffered a miscarriage before finding out I was pregnant again. I was adamant that this time I would remain in control and not let myself…

Breath and mind working together: my third homebirth

Pregnancy is a time in a woman’s life where you become selfless and very vulnerable. You may also become empowered by the very fact that you are growing a whole new person, like it was with me. I’m going to talk about giving birth to my fifth child. I was not expecting to have any…

Positive birth experience made me passionate about homebirth

My eldest daughter was born in a midwife led unit (birth centre) located at Kingston Hospital. Whilst it had been a positive experience I had found the transfer to hospital challenging, and there hadn’t been time to use a pool when I arrived. I therefore hoped to have a home water birth with my second…

From emergency C-section to unplanned freebirth

My first pregnancy just kind of ticked by. I went to appointments but never really felt attached to baby or excited about things. I did what the midwives said and took on board their advice. I attended antenatal classes where I learnt about birth and available interventions. I went over my due date by 13…

Midwife respected my wish to have a ‘post term’ homebirth

I was 41 weeks pregnant but there were no signs of labour starting on its own. I had two membrane sweeps, but I declined recommendations for medical induction as I wanted a natural birth. I was becoming increasingly aware and anxious that this might not happen. I was booked in at a low-risk standalone birth…

My labour did not follow a chart

I had been having intense Braxton Hicks or training contractions for the past few days. On the day around 7.30am I felt contractions and when they were consistent I knew they weren’t Braxton Hicks, but the real ones. So I made my way to the Barking Birth Centre. My body works really different in each…

Baby was fine so I did not see a reason for induction

I just want to tell you it is possible to have a positive birth. I was pregnant with my second child and so nervous and scared of labour. With the first one I didn’t know what to expect, but with the second I was dreading the inevitable contractions. Positive pregnancy WhatsApp group helped me so…

My birth didn’t hurt, it was a powerful feeling

I was feeling heavy and had all the usual late pregnancy side effects . My body was getting tired. I was having on and off surges since 20 weeks of pregnancy and had a few nights where surges came every ten minutes and this lasted for five hours. I knew, though, that it was my…

I didn’t feel the contractions and was 4cm dilated

At 40 weeks and four days past my due date, I was getting very impatient for my baby to arrive. My first birth was almost a week early so I had expected this baby to arrive even sooner. I had started maternity leave weeks earlier, after experiencing heaviness, Braxton Hicks tightenings and babies head was…