Communication Tools: Birth Preferences for your Birth Plan

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Your needs in birth are as individual as you are.

Your experience of labour and birth should be exactly that – YOURS. Every birth is unique and each woman will approach childbirth in her own way. It is important that you have the information you need to decide what is right for you and your baby, and that your experience of labour and birth reflects these wants and wishes. Continue reading

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A midwife tells her birthstory as a first time mother, a vaginal birth with complications

I had been training to be a midwife since 2006. Halfway through my final year on my internship I found out I was pregnant. I was on a 13 hour shift on the gynae ward and took a test into the bathroom and lo and behold it was positive! I finished my shift with great difficulty. Continue reading

A fourth time mum-to-be seeks a second opinion after diagnosis

My husband and I had been toying with the idea of a fourth child for some time but in early 2009, we decided that we would love to try for another baby. One morning I felt a familiar lightening when bending down and sure enough, a pregnancy test came up quickly with 2 pink lines. I was so excited about this pregnancy. My previous three children had been born very close together. This time, my youngest was in school and they were all at an age where they were great fun and less work. We had a little bit more money this time too. I was going to do all the things I had always wanted to – to treat myself – to celebrate and enjoy what was to be my last pregnancy. On the top of this list, was book a homebirth. Continue reading