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 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…

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…

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….

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…

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…