. Over the past months I have expressed on here and different forums my hopes for a very serene labour and birth. I had a birth plan and real (secret) desire to end up giving birth at home, in my own little “bubble”. Part of my plan was to keep the labour and birth a very private affair, especially after reading a post on Our Ordinary Life blog. I kept a live blog journal as a … [Read more...] about Expect the unexpected- A very public birth story
. Medically all is ready, decisions are made, plans in place- I have updated my birth plan (cut out the waffle and bullet pointed it). The consultant midwife has given me a copy of their care plan. The core of my birth plan: to have as natural birth with minimal intervention, spend most of my labour in a birthing pool deliver the baby in the birthing pool get out of the … [Read more...] about Pregnancy Week 39- Getting ready for labour- Birth plan, care plan and hospital bag
. As the time for giving birth nears I am filled with more and more apprehension. I cannot help but feel that birth is over medicalised and interventions happening more as a "just in case" preventative measure. (And yes I do know birth is a dangerous business both for mum and baby, where numerous complications may arise!) Those who have followed my pregnancy journey have seen … [Read more...] about Birth choices… or not
. Who cares?! .... All I want is a Water birth! After a lot of soul searching, going through mountains of research, asking lots of people lots of questions about the risks of home birth, the risks of post-partum haemorrhage, I have come to the conclusion that the only thing I am really insistent on is labouring in water- be that in a hospital or at home. Don’t get me wrong- I … [Read more...] about Hospital or Home birth?