I didn’t believe baby will ever come out

My family are very nature-minded and not in favour of hospitals or modern medicine, so it was always my dream to have a baby at home. No doctors taking control, no unnecessary medical interventions, just letting nature take its course. When I had my first midwife appointment and she told me that homebirth was an…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Between supermarket and magical land

My birth story starts in quite a boring way actually. It was 11 am and I was lying in bed relaxing and watching YouTube videos when I felt a small gush of fluid making a little patch on the bed. I quickly jumped up and hobbled to the bathroom with my knees squeezed together. Could…

Labour in a Toddler Group

On the morning of the birth I knew I was in very early labour but on the spare of the moment decided to keep it to myself and just get on with the day. I was pregnant with our third child and had fairly long labours in the past. I was already nearly two weeks…