Monthly archives:July 2015

  • Celeste’s Story

    On the 24th April, our beautiful baby girl, Felicity was born via a successful VBAC at 13:27pm in Joondalup Private Hospital. A tiny 3.08 kg and 50 cm long.

    Celeste and Felicity

    So here is how the birthing experience went…

    I was 1.5cm dilated on Thursday evening when Margo examined me. She performed a stretch which got me to 2.5cm. She didn’t do a sweep because she thought I wasn’t ready enough. A stretch and sweep was scheduled for Tuesday the following week instead. She had said the baby probably wouldn’t arrive over the weekend and also she was off duty as well.

    By 2:00am Friday morning contractions had started and I went into hospital at 7:00am when I felt I needed more support. I tried the gas and air and the bath initially for the first couple of hours but it got quite painful as she was posterior though once they did an examination she managed to turn easily. I was given the choice to have an epidural as I had gotten to 4 cm and was told I probably had another 6 hours or more left of that intensity of pain so I took it and it helped me to rest and relax a bit.

    Once I had the epidural though I dilated really quickly and was ready to push a few hours later. Margo was there with me when I got the epidural and when I was pushing which was a great support. They needed to put an internal monitor on her head because they wanted to make sure she was safe as they couldn’t pick up her heart beat consistently on the wireless monitor.

    They stopped the epidural when i was ready to push so I could feel the sensation but everything was still quite numb. I got to watch her being born with the aid of a big mirror and I only got a second degree tear which occurred naturally. I got to feel her crowning and felt her head. Andrew helped pull her out and I got to hold her and feed her and we also got to do delayed cord clamping.

    Weighing and measuring got done later in our room after we both had cuddles.

    I was on cloud nine!

    Everything went so well and without any complications. Most importantly I asked questions when I was scared or unsure of something and everyone listened to me and respected my birth wishes. The recovery was a bit painful at first but quick. And as a bonus I got to go home after a couple of days.

    Felicity does have a tongue tie so breastfeeding has been difficult but that is getting snipped.

    Margo even visited me to offer her congratulations and see how I was the following day when she said she was going to be off duty. That made me so happy and grateful. And something that completely blew me away was that the midwife I had (and this time I only had 1 instead of 3) was the midwife that was with me when I was having my son Hudson at Glengarry 2 years ago. So it helped having a familiar face. Andrew and I are so happy things happened naturally and successfully and we have a healthy mum and baby. Now I just have to work on my poor pelvic floor muscles!

    Special Message to Mary Lou (Midwife / Childbirth Educator) You were a great support to me and my husband in the planning and preparation of our birth wishes. Thank you! You helped empower us with knowledge and choice – two of the most important things!

    For more information or to book onto one of our VBAC classes call the office on 94986033 or Vaginal Birth After Caesarean


  • Mother support each other

    Motherhood can be a challenging and isolating experience. For a first time mother, the process of accepting this new life as normal can be a difficult one filled with fear and devoid of confidence. But there is hope in a group of people all facing the same problems at the same time: a mothers’ group. You should join one, and here’s why.


    Some women find it helpful to be a part of a group with babies of a similar age, who are going through the same experiences, who live in the same area and are just as lost as each other. Statistics show that new mothers with a strong support network are less likely to experience depression after birth. The simple act of talking to someone else about the struggle can be an amazing gift, and one that changes lives.

    • TO LEARN

    A mothers’ group is a community based upon motherhood, common struggles and the benefits of face to face human connection. If you’re a first time mother it’s only natural to be unsure of many things about parenting and raising a baby, and Google can only tell you so much. By being with other mothers who’ve done it before, or are in the same uncertain shoes, you can swap stories about dodging food bowls, fighting midnight battles and find out that yes, this is how it’s meant to be.

    You will learn that children are different, and that your style of motherhood is a different. Whether it’s with a visiting midwife or another mother, the simple act of talking about those differences can be the first step to accepting within yourself that your style of motherhood is perfectly alright.


    A mothers’ group is about being a mother, and the power of this common connection should not be overrated. Friends who aren’t parents may not understand the trials of being a new mother, and that disconnect can drive you away from them, or be enough to prevent you from turning to them from help. Or, simply, when you see your single friends you just might want to gossip and catch up on a world far removed from nappies and teething.

    But those in a mothers’ group are all in the same position and are sharing experiences at a similar stage in life. This sense of unity brought on by a commonality can create a bond that builds trust and comfort, and gives you someone to turn to when the stress is high and the self-confidence is low.


    Sometimes it’s all about realising that you are doing your best to cope with your new life, and that sometimes you hate the stress and the fatigue and the tension, and that’s okay. Every day has its challenges, just as every life and every family does, and sometimes all you need is to see a group of mothers with the same fears and know that, yes, this is motherhood, and everything is okay.

    TheBumpWA runs  Bumps to Bubs and Beyond Bubs groups every Friday between 10 am and 12 noon at Cockburn. Call us at 9498 6033 for more information.