Trust your body and instincts. A VBAC homebirth story.

I’ve always wanted a homebirth right from the very beginning of this pregnancy. Consultants, midwives, family and friends thought I was crazy. This was particularly after having a complicated pregnancy with twins that ended up with an elective Cesarean at 34 weeks and only one twin surviving. Being pregnant with one baby this time round, I…

I can do this! Yes, you can!

Well my baby is now almost 5 months so I suppose it’s time for his birth story. I had my first at a hospital and the experience left me feeling so out of control, that when I became pregnant with number two we decided to try a home birth. My family and friends laughed at…

My hospital birth vs. homebirth experience

Initially, I had a healthy first pregnancy 10 years ago, however an awful experience at hospital. My contractions started around 10pm but I stayed in bed at home. The next day, around 4pm, when contractions were getting stronger and were either 5 minutes apart or 1 minute long and I made my way to hospital….

Go like jelly

This had been a tough pregnancy. I suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ M.E, and my symptoms had gotten much worse while pregnant (with a few extras thrown in for good measure). I also have a history of recurrent miscarriage, so despite having a daughter already, naturally I was cautious in case anything happened to this…

An overwhelming journey to motherhood

I had an interest in natural childbirth and the art of midwifery even before I got pregnant. I was lucky enough not to hear many scary birth stories during my childhood. My strongest memory of childbirth was watching a documentary about a Dutch mother giving birth at home, simply standing naked in the middle of…

Having my children around at birth was the best choice

As I write this, I’m holding my little one in my arms. Still can’t believe she’s here. I have had two births at a birthing centre and decided to go for a homebirth with our third child. Having researched homebirth online and asking around, we were sure to give it a try. To have my…

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…