Category archives: choices in childbirth

  •    I just wanted to share my labour story to anyone who is interested in a home birth ?
    On a Tuesday I felt a surge of nesting instinct, I gathered my list, wallet and keys and went shopping for towels, candles and went to get a co sleeper from baby bunting.
    Whilst in baby bunting I desperately had to pee so I rushed to the loo and found a huge glob of mucus (tmi), it was summer so I was sweating life a pig running around baby bunting stressing because my mucus plug had gone and I had bad lower back pain but I made it home in peak hour but no contractions by this time it was late arvo on the 2nd May 17.
    On Wednesday at 2am I woke with mild period cramps which where enough to keep me awake, I tried a few times to get some extra rest because I knew that this was it (hadn’t had any braxton hicks). It was very manageable and my waters still hadn’t broken so I just kind of pottered around the house while letting hubby sleep and ate some cookies and drank bulk tea!
    By 5am I woke up my mum (who was going to help me out with my home birth) and she helped me set up the pool and the house move furniture ect. Contractions where 3mins apart lasting 1min and a half but I was in no rush to call the midwife. I laboured in the shower for around 2hours 6-8am, when my mum decided it was time to call for help, it was very casual and my contractions where
    still manageable with just sipping on icey water and using heat bags on my front and back.
    The midwife arrived at 9am and did a check of the heart beat all was well then checked my progress and surprisingly I was at 7cm dilated. We filled up the birthing pool and I popped on my music and lit the candles and just went with the contractions which felt like surges/waves, it was around 11am by this point. It wasn’t until I was 8/9cm I felt intense, unmanageable pain, and my waters still had not broken so with my permission the midwives popped my waters to relieve the pressure, and whilst doing so I’d gotten to 10cm dilated. I was ready to push (1.30pm)It took me 30mins of pushing for my baby to eventually arrive, and yes it did hurt but you’ve got to remember it’s one day out of your whole life, then it’s over and you’ve got a baby.
    Weighing a whopping 9.23pound, 54cm long born at 1.59pm, 3/5/17!If your in the right head space and can go with your instinct and flow you will be fine ? home birth is the most amazing thing I have every done!
    Oh and baby arrived at 39+6 days ?Little man is still regularly attending the bump, bubs group on Fridays, is now 8 months old ?


  • If you are thinking about a low intervention birth in Perth, Western Australia, here are a few options for you to consider that support and facilitate low intervention birth.

    Pregnant woman in cozy jumper reading about child birth

    Thinking about a low intervention birth, here are a few options.

    1. Home birth

    The option of a homebirth is available in Western Australia either with the Community Midwifery Program (CMP) which is a government run program, or with a Privately Practicing Midwife. The CMP is publicly funded, so if you have a valid Medicare card you will incur no costs. More about CMP >>

    During your pregnancy you will see your midwife regularly to check on your progress. These appointments may take place in your home or at a community clinic. When you go into labour, you stay home and are attended by your midwife. In some circumstances it may be necessary to transfer into hospital for additional maternity care. More about Homebirth>>

    Counting baby's toes

    Baby brother at home

    1. Birth Centre

    The CMP has 2 birthing rooms attached to Kalamunda Hospital for exclusive use by CMP clients. The Kalamunda Birthing Rooms are Midwifery led. The CMP Midwives run weekly antenatal and postnatal clinics in the Kalamunda space and also hold education sessions, mums and bubs and informative talks in the group room on many issues related to pregnancy birth and beyond.

    The Family Birth Centre at King Edward Memorial Hospital is a public service.  The Family Birth Centre is not a labour ward, but rather aims to create a home-like environment for women to labour and birth in.

    1. Domino Birth

      Domino birth

      Choose to birth in hospital with your known Midwife. Image credit – ChameleonsEye –

    A domino birth on the CMP is where you choose to birth in hospital but with your known midwife. CMP midwives will provide you with care during your pregnancy within the community. Where possible, one of your midwives will then attend hospital with you when you are in labour and care for you in hospital throughout the labour and birth. When you are discharged home from hospital your CMP midwives will continue to care for you for up to 2 weeks postnatal.

    1. Water Birth

    A birth pool gives you a deep pool of warm water in which to kneel or squat or lie, and a comfortable edge to hold on to.  Water has been shown to reduce the need for pharmacological pain relief and the incidence of perineal trauma and obstetric interventions.

    Whether you can labour and/or birth in water will vary greatly depending on the place you choose to birth. Availability of birth pools and staff will also affect your ability to birth in water. Talk to your Midwife or call TheBumpWA on 9498 6033 to find out which places water birth is currently available.

    Waterbirth 20 seconds old

    Water birth baby 20 seconds old

    Water is a wonderful, natural way to manage the intensity of labour. Once you are well established in labour, getting into a birth pool provides instant relief. The warm water soothes, and the buoyancy allows you to move around, which also assists in managing the intensity of labour.

    If you are planning a water birth you may need to organise your own birth pool and liner. Pools can be hired from The Bump WA.

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