Jessica’s Story

July 21, 2016

I had a difficult pregnancy. We conceived easily, the month after we had decided we would “never be ready” for kids, so why not now? But after the first few weeks of excitement wore off, after we had told our parents and started to plan, I got sick. Not just physically sick, though I was […]

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Kate’s Story

May 10, 2016

Right from the moment I found out I was pregnant, I planned on using visualisations to help me through the birth.  My story tells how they worked for me. Contraction like pains and a bloody show on the Wednesday evening, two days before my due date was all the confirmation I needed – this was […]

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A grandmother’s reflection on her grandchildren’s landings

April 20, 2016

My ordinarily cautious husband was speeding. Pat, the other grandmother, had phoned half an hour ago, “Get on the road, the kids are headed to the hospital.” We lived only three hours south of Dallas but this time the drive seemed interminable. “Faster, faster,” I urged. “If a policeman should stop us he will surely […]

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Lady Flora’s Story

February 29, 2016

A Wondrous Natural Birth I knew I didn’t want to give birth in a hospital but I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to go drug free. I spent a lot of time weighing my options, talking with a friend who had two natural births and watching “The Business of Being Born”. My husband and […]

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Power Family Story

February 18, 2016

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Bethany’s Story

January 19, 2016

I gave birth at home after six hours of active labor, which is relatively short for a first-time mom. I lost a lot of blood, but not enough to warrant hospital transfer. I needed stitches, but I’ve healed well. For the first couple days postpartum, I couldn’t stand up without fainting, but I peed squatting […]

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Stacy’s Story

August 17, 2015

I didn’t believe them. I wanted to feel it. As we made it to the center of my suburban street on a gorgeous warm summer day, more of my waters leaked down my leg, sliding past my green summer dress as I held onto my partner through a contraction and my best friend used a […]

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Jannalee’s Story

August 17, 2015

I always knew when we found out we were having twins it would be a game changer, but our story is far from what I expected. Everyone would comment on how difficult it would be to juggle life at home with two babies, but for me the struggle began much before they made their way […]

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Charlotte’s Story

July 27, 2015

Both my sons were born at home. Calm, Serene and blissful; my first son was born still sleeping into a pool and gave a gentle sigh for his first breath, to a delighted audience of four, myself, my husband and two lovely midwives. Loud, raucous and exhilarating; my second was born in a hurry on […]

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Dr Gulara’s Story

July 16, 2015

The Power of Speaking Up Earlier this year, I’d been asked to speak about my birthing experiences to the board of the Birmingham Women’s Hospital. The group I addressed on 26 March 2015 makes important decisions in relation to women’s birthing and post-natal experiences. It is they who create the overall culture at that hospital. […]

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