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…

Midwife couldn’t believe how calm I was

Ashley choose homebirth because she wanted to give birth in the safest, most undisturbed place possible, to make it as calm and relaxed as it could be. Here is her story. As someone who had given birth three times before, I had some specific fears related to things that had happened during my previous births….

Hypnobirthing made us strong during birth preparation

We had an interesting start to proceedings… a power cut kicked things off on the eve of our due date…. but Dave, my partner, got it all sorted and we hopped into bed just after midnight, on what was then the 4th March. At quarter past midnight, I felt a strange sensation and immediately realised that…

With no conscious effort, my body was working on its own

It was the morning after my due date so to stay active and prepare for labour I agreed to play a game with my two children where one of the players had to dance… And strangely still most of the times I was the one who was dancing. So each time the music was on…

My sixth homebirth was a freebirth

When I was 36 weeks pregnant I started getting strong Braxton Hicks, so called “training contractions”. Sometimes I would get a few together over a period of time and then they would fizzle out so when I started feeling tightenings on Thursday of my 39th week, I chose to ignore them and get on with…

When birth takes unexpected turn, support is vital

On 6th of January, I woke up feeling slightly cheesed off that I still wasn’t in labour. I sat playing with my phone and felt a few period type cramps… Around 5:30am I started to wonder if there had been a few of those, but felt sure they weren’t strong enough to be anything real….

Empowering birth experience made me a confident mother

My dream was to birth my baby in water after hearing the birth stories of my friends who had amazing experiences labouring and delivering their babies in a pool. I grew up in Brazil were birth is completely medicalised: most of my friends back home had c-sections, and even for  a vaginal delivery, its standard…

My body was preparing for birth at 43 weeks

I had a pretty uneventful pregnancy; which is very good as it lasted nearly 43 weeks! Towards the end of my first trimester I decided to plan for a homebirth and was being looked after by Newham homebirth team. As my due date came and went I felt under increasing pressure from medical staff to…

Facing my inner strength

At 4am I was in very early labour. It was bearable, I managed to return to sleep knowing I would need as much rest as I could possibly get to prepare for birth. By 6am, each contraction had me pacing up and down the stairs, trying to avoid waking up my husband before his 6:45am…

Mind and body marathon

I was not expecting birth. The entire pregnancy I tried to go on with my life as usual, in the first two trimesters, I often forgot I was carrying a baby. Then on a Sunday morning I woke up in the early hours to find out my waters had started to leak. To get the…

Not a walk in the Jurassic park

The week before I gave birth to our beautiful daughter, Bess, I read an article in a baby magazine entitled, ‘I Had an Orgasm During Labour’. Needless to say this had sealed the deal; my childbirth was going to be easy; orgasmically easy. I had been doing pregnancy yoga every week since I was 16…