Category archives: homebirth

  •    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 ?


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    Photography: Cathy Britton

    The work of midwives in all settings is valuable and impacts on the lives of many woman and children worldwide. Midwives teach, care for families, and positively impact upon a mother’s childbirth experiences. But what exactly is an average day for a home-birth midwife?

    The truth is that every day is different. There isn’t a midwife that goes to sleep after a work day knowing that her next will be the same. There are schedules, timelines, appointments and check-ups. There is a flow, there is routine, but when a woman goes into labour life becomes organised chaos in which they excel.

    Caring for women in the home differs from a clinic or hospital setting. A home-birth midwife must learn about the home and those in it. She must check the setting for the birth, educate the family and ensure that the basics are present and everything is safe.

    The first job of a home-birth midwife might be to reassure the expecting mother that her decision is a wise one, that a home-birth is just as safe for a low-risk woman as a hospital, and in many ways can be more natural and relaxed than the pressure of a hospital. And after that, there’s a structured process to follow. Initial meetings, routine checks and preparation talks lead up to birth day.

    The joy of being a home-birth midwife is being part of the journey. Over the term of the pregnancy a bond is formed, a trust built, a union created. For a new mother there may be apprehension, nervousness, and fear about the coming birth, especially when removed from the safety net of a hospital. And so a midwife is involved from the start, informing a mother, walking by her side until the day of birth.

    At that moment there is kindness, compassion and respectfulness. There’s strength, empathy, and empowerment. And there’s intuition to know when to act, what to say and what to control. Everything joins to create a setting of comfort and safety in which to bring new life into the world. It’s a tribute to, and a continuation of, the ancient art of midwifery.

    The best outcome from midwifery is a happy, healthy baby from a happy, healthy mum, and proper care doesn’t stop at the birth. Some mothers tend to focus on the birth, and so a home-birth midwife must then press the importance of what comes next, of the joys, challenges and reality of becoming a parent, and in doing so empower families to grow and blossom.

    But it isn’t a job without challenges. There are the obvious: being woken in the middle of the night, dealing with stressed patients, long hours and uncertain times. There are the practical and legal challenges that limit the realistic care abilities of a home-birth midwife, and there are the effects on a midwife’s family personal life. Forever waiting by the phone a midwife needs an accepting family of her own who understand that her women come first. For when that phone call comes, she needs to be free to drop everything, to go and to be with the mother. And for some midwifes, that means sacrificing their own personal experiences for the good their patients.

    But it’s a job that many midwives cannot do without, and for some it’s much more than a job. Through their work they help many women see giving birth as a normal life event. Through their reassuring presence they demystify birth, reducing the fear of the moment, and forever change a family.