A second time mum’s positive birth – in her car outside the Coombe

On 29th November at 38+6, I went for my weekly reflexology appointment. During the session I could feel the baby really moving around. That night as my husband put our daughter to bed and I was preparing dinner, I had a real sense that it was our ‘last supper’. I’d a lovely relaxing night and a bath before bed. At about 4am on 30th November – I was 39 weeks – I woke with pains, they were about 10 minutes apart and very intense, much more so than when my labour started with my daughter. Continue reading


A third time mum delivers outside the security hut in The Coombe

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

A second time mum’s birth story with the Coombe community midwives

On Friday morning, six days after my estimated due date, I had a sweep. I was attending the Domino Clinic usually, but was in the public clinic that morning as they wanted me to see a consultant to book me in for induction the following week.  As my first son had been born at 11 days over (in the National Maternity Hospital) I had no trouble convincing them to book the induction for the following wednesday (+11) rather than on the Tuesday, which would have been +10 – policy in the Coombe.  Either way I was confident my boy would arrive before then. Continue reading

Second baby for mum who requested Caesarean following previous vaginal birth

I am not sure how exactly to tell my story. I suppose it begins with the birth of my first daughter five years ago…which was a positive experience but left me really damaged. I was induced by having my waters broken, things were going really well, I had my epidural and was fully dilated in 5 hours. I started pushing and after about 40 minutes the head started to come. I am not sure what happened but I tore really really badly. My daughter was born and I was taken to the theatre to get fixed up. I had quite severe injury. Continue reading