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Positive Induction Birth Stories

Positive Induction Birth Stories

I wanted to share a secret with you! That induced birth don’t have to be traumatic and scary, in fact it can be positive and calm. Birth can take an unexpected turn at any point and therefore it is so important that in pregnancy you gather skills to help you to relax quickly in all circumstances, so if the unexpected happens you are prepared. I wanted to share a selection of induced birth stories to inspire you as so often I find we only hear negativity about induction of labour. With such a high proportion of women’s labours being induced these days I believe it is vitally important that all women and their birth partners are given skill to deal with such intervention, so birth can be positive regardless of how or where it happens. As an older 1st time Mum, pregnant after a long period of invasive infertility, I was desperate for normality and to regain some control.Attending Gemma’s workshop my husband and I felt empowered to ask for a home birth, confident in our ability in managing our emotions during labour and birth. My husband and I are shy and would normally avoid workshop situations but Gemma’s enthusiasm was infectious. As the pregnancy continued, the skills we learned helped us adapt our our wishes as the situation changed (my blood pressure increased at the end). In the end we couldn’t even use the birthing centre and I was induced – the opposite of my image of labour! My successful labour and delivery was all down to Gemma’s workshop and the hours of preparation I’d put into listening to the various Natal Hypnotherapy CDs. The...
But that wasn’t in my birth plan!?

But that wasn’t in my birth plan!?

  All of Sarah & James’ plan to birth at home was shattered at 38 week but that did not stop the arrival of their baby being ‘about as peaceful as we could have hoped for’. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Sarah and James when they attended my Hypnobirthing workshop. Their story is so inspiring as things absolutely did not go to ‘plan’ however through their commitment and team work their story is testament that, with the right preparation, you can have a positive birth regardless of where it happens. In sSrah and James case this was on labour ward, despite having booked for a home birth. Sarah’s birth story: I always knew I wanted to practice hypnobirthing for the birth of our first child. A friend had done it for her babies and even though her first birth didn’t go to ‘plan’ she sang hynobirthing’s praises and insisted we give it a go. Gemma’s course was then recommended to us specifically by another friend who had done it and with one look on her site we knew it was the one for us! The course proved invaluable in the birth of our little boy, Kai. Kai’s birth story actually started three weeks before he was born. My husband, James and I had been planning a homebirth and our midwifery team had been completely supportive of our decision. Our midwife came to the house the day before I turned 38 weeks to drop all the homebirth supplies and also do my 38-week check. When the midwife checked my blood pressure it was up at what would just be considered...
Do you need a birth pool & fairy lights to have an positive birth? Inspiring preterm birth story using Hypnobirthing

Do you need a birth pool & fairy lights to have an positive birth? Inspiring preterm birth story using Hypnobirthing

I am not saying that these things are not wonderful and I more than many passionately believe in the positive power of the birth environment. I also think most people want a intervention free, natural and drug free water birth around our ‘due date’.  Whilst there are a number of things we can do antenatally to increase our chance of a natural birth, not everything goes to plan in life, and sometimes the unexpected happens. I tend to find birth stories come in extremes, either horrifically terrifying life and death tales or life-changing blissful home births. But what about if neither of them materialise, what if the unexpected happens, what if your birth plan miraculously doesn’t guarantee that your birth goes to plan?  Does that mean your labour and birth has to become the horrifically terrifying life and death tales? I say no, not with the right frame of mind and preparation! It seems even giving birth to a baby prematurely at 27 weeks in a  labour ward abroad were you dont speak the language can be positive! It was my absolute pleasure to have Marcela and Dimitris attend my Hypnobirthing workshop in Edinburgh a few weeks before Marcela prematurely gave birth whilst on holiday in Germany. We have a lot to learn from their story! As a midwife I often find that advice and beliefs around birth can come in extremes but with the right preparation you can have a positive birth regardless of how or where you give birth; even when things don’t go to plan. What I love about Hypnobirthing is that the benefits are more far reaching than just...

5 reasons to hire a birth photographer

This guest blog is from the lovely Karolina Anilorak who is a birth photographer in Edinburgh. I was lucky to have a truly enjoyable and fulfilling labour and birth, my only slight regret would be that I have no photographs to document the wonderful experience; I wish I had known Karolina when I was giving birth! Here she shares with us five benefits of hiring a birth photographer. The day your child is born will become one of the most important and amazing days of your life and you will probably want to have it documented in some way. In this digital age it is easy enough for your birth partner to snap a few pictures with their smart phone as soon as your baby is born, so why should you hire a Birth Photographer? According to The International Association of Birth Photographers (IAPBP), each year more and more parents invite professional photographers to witness and capture their birth experience. The documentary nature of this type of photography means that there is no posing, backgrounds or props – a birth photographer is not there to only take pictures of your private parts and they are not going to ask you to smile in the middle of an intense contraction. Birth photography is documentary photography at its core and birth photographers are flies on the walls who document your Birth Story as it unfolds, capturing every little detail of your birth experience. Birth Photography is still very new in the UK and especially Scotland. It is, however, completely normal and appropriate to hire a professional photographer for other once in a lifetime occasions like weddings or christenings – these are...
Group B strep in pregnancy

Group B strep in pregnancy

The treatment of Group B Strep in pregnancy continues to be a hot topic, and one that can understandably be very emotive. It is often hard to find both sides of the argument in one place, so here is a brief overview for those of you who have trolled the internet for information about this topic and come away confused. In most cases the pregnant mother is symptom free and unaware that she is carrying this common bacteria. It is estimated that approximately 15 – 40% of all pregnant women are colonised with Group B Streptococcus and between 40 – 70% of these mothers pass the bacteria onto their babies during the birthing process. Whilst most of these babies are not affected by this bacteria, an extremely small number, approximately 1- 2% will go on to develop a Group B Strep infection.   The treatment of Group B Strep in pregnancy continues to be a hot topic, and one that can understandably be very emotive. Group B Strep Support are currently campaigning in the UK for routine screening of GBS  to be offered to all women in pregnancy, however the NHS does not advocate this as there is limited evidence regarding the benefit of this. It is has now become routine in the UK for women who have Group B Strep in pregnancy to be offered antibiotic treatment in labour, however it now seems that evidence  regarding the effectiveness of this practise is lacking and furthermore no one method of screening or treatment will prevent all GBS infant deaths. In the rare cases when a baby does contracts Group B Strep the consequences can range from mild to in extreme cases even fatal, whilst...