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I had always been suspicious of birth in hospital. It seemed to me that the women that went there to have their babies were not sick so why should they be in this cold and sterile environment? I had made up my mind as an adolescent to have a homebirth if I ever fell...read more
When I moved to Edinburgh from Italy, I was entering in the third trimester of my second pregnancy. The past three months had been really tough, alone with a 3 years old boy as my husband had already moved to Scotland, managing work, international moving, anxiety,...read more
My labour started around 6pm on a Friday evening – 2 days before my due date. I was out walking with my husband at the River Almond. I got a tight period pain that lasted about 30 seconds then stopped. We enjoyed a lovely walk round the river which took around an hour...read more
Jamie was almost two weeks late, just like his big brother, but the similarities between their two births end there. With my first boy, I was induced and, due to ‘ failure to progress’ was pushed along in my labour journey until, 34 hours after my contractions first...read more
Kim's story Around 36 weeks I started experiencing Braxton Hicks at night and one night they were so strong I got excited thinking I'd be going into labour and I'd have my baby soon; I was so excited I didn't sleep and got up the next day exhausted and with no baby in...read more
This is such an empowering birth story and I'm so thrilled my friend Sarah has agreed for me to publish this. What I love about this birth story is how someone who has had some a complex birth history managed to turn it around to take ABSOLUTE control of her birth and...read more
Just one day? Years ago, I used to run antenatal classes for the local twins club. I remember saying to mums – “Birth is just one day of your life – try not to get too focussed on it and focus instead on how you’re going to manage your babies”. This was way...read more
You’ve probably (hopefully) been told at some point that you should write a birth plan…. Yet, so many women don’t do this… some women believe it’s best to go with the flow, other women are told birth plans aren’t worth the paper they’re written on and other women just...read more
In the past, any form of exercise during pregnancy was considered to be a NO GO and pregnant women were encourage to adapt a sedentary lifestyle. However that is no longer the case, it is such an important part of a healthy pregnancy. It is recommended to keep active...read more
What is it you expect from your birth partner? How can they support you? Is it coaching, touching, being present or possibly staying well away from you? Working as a doula now for over 3 years, I’ve been at various births and witnessed a number of birth partners as...read more
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