Eleni McLean

2nd baby, Elective (gentle) Caesarean birth Thank you again for your all precious support and wisdom you’ve shared with us and to announce of the birth of our beautiful wee daughter.  She was born on the 29th of December 2020 by planned caesarean birth, which I went ahead with, and it was just the best […]

Natalia Barua

1st baby, assisted vaginal delivery in theatre (planned home birth) I just wanted to let you know that I gave birth on Thursday afternoon to a wee boy. I had some light spotting the day after my due date, but convinced I was going to reach 42 weeks for some reason (but feeling super relaxed […]

Francesca & Michael Irvine

2nd baby,  labour ward (induction of labour/physiological birth) Francesca’s perspective Having struggled through a long and very painful labour first time round, I was keen to find ways to cope better both during the pregnancy and when the time came to meet our new baby. As a GP, through my previous experiences, I had a […]

Josephine Brown

1st baby, labour ward (induction/physiological birth) I just wanted to let you know that I gave birth on Thursday afternoon to a wee boy. I was induced at 38 weeks because of the Gestational Diabetes. The induction started on Tuesday afternoon and went through every stage, pessary, gel, lots of walking and ultimately hormone drip. […]

Jennifer Patterson

1st baby, labour ward (induction of labour/physiological birth) Due to my age of 42 and being a first time mother, my consultant was very keen for me to be induced at 40 weeks.  I had initially agreed to it at one of my first appointments with the midwifes without really knowing much about it.  In […]

Maria Solarin

1st baby, hospital birth (induction/physiological birth) Following Gemma’s excellent course, I was all ready for a natural, pool birth, but it was not meant to be. This is because our beautiful daughter decided to arrive nearly four weeks early. My waters broke unexpectedly on Saturday night. At this stage I could have panicked but instead […]

Sarah Leask

(2nd baby, induction/physiological birth) My partner and I arranged to attend Gemma’s workshop a couple of months before our second child was due. I had found my first birth traumatic and was scared that history would repeat itself. We decided we wanted to have more control and understanding this time round. I / we can […]

Christy McGarry

2nd baby, labour ward (physiological birth) “I didn’t panic like last time which was my big fear and not being able to believe in my body. It was all amazing.” Hi Gemma, I wanted to say thank you so so so much for all of your help and wisdom and for being so amazing. Your […]

Kirsty Brown

1st baby, labour ward (forceps birth) Mother’s intuition…. Now, of course, it can all be put down to mere chance, but this is the day both Luke and I independently had thought that Amelia would begin her journey to meet us. Our ‘due date’ by scan was 4/12/2014 but we were keen to hold off […]

Nicola White

2nd baby (elective Caesarian birth) Anna Lily arrived by planned Caesarian  Section last Tuesday and we really couldn’t have asked for a more positive experience. We were looked after extremely well by the staff at St John’s and were listened to throughout.  I used hypnobirthing in the weeks up to my due date and also […]