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…

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…

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….

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,…

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…

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…

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….

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….

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…

Baby caught by her grandmother

After my first baby’s suction delivery performed by a busy doctor in Japan, keen to get him out before going to a conference later that day, I wanted a different experience for my second child. As I had been born at home, and my mum also, this option felt like the one I wanted right…