Posts in the ‘Birth Stories’ Category

Birth Story No 23: Liz – I turned my breech baby

At 38 weeks pregnant, and with her baby in the breech position, Liz was determined that she was going to get him to turn so she could have a natural labour. In my 37th week of pregnancy and my baby in the breech position, I had been to referred to UCLH for an ECV. The procedure

Birth Story No. 22 – Catherine: The power of Hypnobirthing when things don’t go to plan

Catherine attended Janet’s Pregnancy Yoga classes and, together with her husband Eoin, Janet’s Hypnobirthing Course. Here, Catherine shares the story of the birth of her beautiful baby girl, Niamh Aster McKenzie Parker. My waters broke on the Sunday, however I had not gone into full labour by Monday evening so had to be induced (on

Birth Story No. 21: Ruth’s Active Birth

I was 3 days past my ‘due date’ and couldn’t wait to meet our baby. I was trying to remember that ‘the baby will come when she is ready’ but I hadn’t felt any tell-tale signs and thought I was in it for the long haul. To cheer me up, my husband and I decided

Birth Story No. 19: Kira’s beautiful caesarean birth

The odds were against me for a natural birth. At age 48 with an emergency c-section for a breech baby 15 years previously and a long hard road to conception, with New Year’s Eve as my due date – I kept hopeful, negotiated with the obstetrician and persuaded him to let me get to 40

Birth Story No. 17: Boo’s dancing birth!

I’d been determined that I would not go overdue and had spent the weeks before my EDD doing lunges, squats, plenty of long walks, eating pineapple & dates, taking raspberry leaf tea and evening primrose oil etc. When I visited my midwife on the Tuesday morning, three days before said due date, and was told

Birth Story no. 16: Laura’s Hypnobirth

I gave birth to Henry on 2nd April at the birth centre at the Whittington, two days after my due date and 5 days before I’d been told I had to be induced (as they thought he was too small). He was born a very healthy 7lbs 3oz, and is absolutely perfect. The birth experience

Birth Stories No. 15: Eloise’s Home Water Birth

Firstly, I am really glad to have had the private session with you whereby you repeatedly encouraged meet to let go of my memories of ‘last time’. You were right, of course – it was a completely different experience to my first child. To start with, this time I laboured and had her during the

Birth Stories No.15: Abigail’s Hospital Water Birth

I began getting what I thought were rather strong Braxton Hicks around 8.40am on Tuesday, so I just ignored them and carried on pottering around the house and looking after our six-year-old son Nethaniel who was on half term and a bit poorly. I vaguely observed that they seemed to be coming rather regularly every

Birth Stories No. 13: Dinu’s Calm Birth

My due date came and went and I felt no closer to my baby being born – I’d had no Braxton Hicks contractions, nor any of the other signs one might feel in the lead-up to labour. However, four days past my due date, I woke up feeling a surge at 1.40am.  The date was

Birth Stories No. 12 – Peggy’s Home Birth

I also feel this is an moment when I can express my own gratitude for your book, New Active Birth. I have five children, home birthed except one. I loved giving birth. I always tell others what a wonderful experience it is. I am well aware that my last delivery could have gone badly for

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