Here’s a beautiful montage of photos of Rivi’s birth, put together by her mum, Ally. Photography by Britt Janay. Rivi was in a hurry and arrived before I did. Whilst I was in the car on the way to Ally’s house, still approximately 30 mins away, a text arrived that simply said ‘pushing’. After a screeching of wheels and my Hawaii Five O style of parking on their front lawn, I arrived to a peaceful joyous scene of a gorgeous chubby pink baby girl in her mums arms in the pool, surrounded by her beaming dad and siblings. Click on the link below to watch. Thankyou for sharing your story in pictures Ally.
Pregnancy and birth is a normal state for healthy women and is an integral part of family life. I consider midwifery to be trust based and built on a strong belief in partnerships with child bearing women, as well as respecting birth as a natural process and a normal life event.
I believe that women should be placed at the centre of their own experience, supported to empower themselves with knowledge and skills, given time and encouragement from their midwife, as well as being surrounded by those they love and people who believe and trust in their ability to give birth. The most important role of the midwife is to have patience and trust in the innate ability of women and babies and to be comfortable and confident to support the process. When birth is normal everyone benefits, the mother, the baby, her family, the caregivers and society as a whole.
I have been fortunate to share many wonderful birth experiences with women and their families and thoroughly believe I have the best job in the world.
The due date came and went. I had expected Harvey to be born on his due date since my first son Will, 2, came on his due date. That was not to be, albeit Harvey came only 3 days late. From 37 weeks I had patches of pre-labour, mostly at night when I went to bed. Tightening and very mild period pains was my body’s way of getting ready. The two weeks prior I had about three or four nights where the pre-labour was getting stronger. Each time I kept thinking “is this it?” I freaked out my husband, Tim, when the next morning I informed him that I thought I could have been in labour last night but not to worry, nothing was happening now. In hindsight all the practice runs were good provision helping us both to be mentally and emotionally prepared. READ MORE >>>