When it comes to making decisions about how and where you want to birth your baby, the information can often be overwhelming. Words like ‘private’, ‘public’ and ‘semi-private’ take on an entirely new meaning. In pre-pregnancy days, these terms were possibly not on your radar, at all. And then as soon as you get the positive result, pregnancy can appear as one long decision making process. Gathering all of the information that you can and trying to ensure that it is evidence-based and unbiased is an enormous task, in and of itself. One can forget that you are your own individual – with your own thoughts, feelings, history, personality and all the things that make you who you are.
I gave birth to my daughter Orlagh on 18th June at 11:24pm just outside the security hut at The Coombe Hospital. By the time the midwives arrived out to us I was sitting on the ground cradling her in my arms proclaiming “it’s a girl’! In lots and lots of ways the birth was everything I had hoped for; natural, free of any interventions, and incredibly empowering, not least because I did it myself. I actually delivered my own baby and was the first person to touch and hold her. To me that is precious. She’s my third child and I did more preparation for her birth than I did for the previous two. In addition to pregnancy yoga I downloaded the GentleBirth hospital birth CD and listened to it quite a bit towards the end of the pregnancy, in particular the positive affirmations and the third stage of labour tracks. Continue reading