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Readjusting to An Unexpected Caesarean

Our birth experience wasn’t as we had prepared for. We'd been having extra monitoring and check-ups throughout the pregnancy, particularly in the final stages - we went in for what we thought would be a routine check up on the morning of a public holiday only to learn...

Avoiding Induction Using Acupressure

I went to my last ob appointment at 39 weeks where they told me that the baby was facing posterior  and not engaged. I was booked into the hospital for an induction on her due date which was Anzac day.  The doctors didn't want her to be born after this as I had...

Managing the pain

My waters broke at 11:30 on May 29 and strong surges began about 40 minutes later. I was taken aback by how strong they were. I had imagined that labour would begin more gently and gradually progress. Boy was I in for a surprise! Around 1 am, I called my midwife,...

Vaginal Breech

Both Dean and I found our experience with your class the most beneficial and educational throughout my pregnancy. Even though people were critical on our approach we both knew we had the tools to an enjoyable and positive birthing experience and were even looking...

Induction

We chose to take oral antibiotics and go home rather than remain at the hospital and go on IV antibiotics. We proceeded to encourage labour using all the wives tales - eating chili, nipple stimulation, driving on a bumpy road, smelling Clary Sage, drinking raspberry...

A Quick Birth

Over the next hour, I noticed the mucus ‘show’. I decided that before I became totally focused on the birth, I wanted to finish a few chores. Michael left the house to finalise a few things he needed to take care of. As I wandered around the house, I practiced my...

Manageable Pain and Quick

The course with Tracey and the things I learnt during it played a huge part in the birth. I was overdue by 14 days so I spent 4 days in the Young Hospital with the doctors trying to induce me using a gel on my cervix - It was horrible! The gel wasn't working and it...

Told by a Dad – Richard

We progressed from Richard saying ‘How are we going to get him out of you?’ after our 12 week scan to looking forward to Aronin’s birth day. Your first session helped us put aside our fears of pain during the birth and gave Richard a sense of the important role he...

Using the Tool Kit

 In the last 10 weeks of my pregnancy I tried to do a relaxation exercise each day.  At first I found that they just put me to sleep, but after a while I got the hang of it.  I was overdue and had an appointment booked with my obstetrician on 1 March to discuss...

A Short, Powerful Labour

I had the most empowering birth with our first child Finn that my only fear leading into this birth was that it wouldn’t be as calm and positive, and if it wasn’t I would be hugely disappointed. To challenge this fear I took time out to prepare myself, mentally and...

A Very Efficient Birth

It was an amazing and interesting natural birth.  Our preparation with our doula Ingrid, the course with Tracey and yoga breathing definitely got us through. I managed the labour at home by myself from about 5am to 2.30pm - I listened to the meditations, did some...

An Unexpected Homebirth Told By The Dad

Our little bundle of joy, Chloe Faith joined the world on Thursday 15th Jan at approx. 1:36am. She weighed in at 3.53 kg and was 50.5 cm's long. Things started happening about 6:30pm on Wednesday evening and by 11:30pm surges started to intensify, confined only to the...

I Was Deliriously Happy

I had fears of panicking during labour, in particular, the second stage. As I learnt the theory behind the course I gained a deep confidence in myself and my ability to have the birthing experience I wanted. Everything Tracey taught me made so much sense! I learnt...

Natural Birth is Achievable

The midwives at the hospital couldn't believe she didn't take any drugs. And we couldn't believe how rare a natural birth is these days. It is ridiculous. The caesarian rate in Australia is pushing 30% and in some hospitals 90% of women have an epidural. According to...

Pushing Back Against the Odds

At 28 weeks I found out I had gestational diabetes, at 29 weeks was put on insulin and was told the most likely outcomes were induction and c section. The very opposite to what we had been aiming for. I kept up the good eating and exercise where I could around not...

Amazing Pain-Free Birth Experience

I had an amazing, pain free birth experience without medical intervention. I had a very healthy and easy going pregnancy. However, in the last few weeks my usually low blood pressure had gone way up. At 39 weeks + 4 days I had to go to the obstetrician. On a Thursday...