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Guest series: My positive birth story #9 – Bethanie (My MotherHood)

Bethanie blogs over at My MotherHood. She has two cute kiddies and a husband, and loves writing. Today, I’m sharing both her birth stories with you!

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As it approaches my daughter’s first birthday, I have been reflecting on how I was feeling this time last year, as I prepared to give birth for the second time.

First time around everything was “textbook”, so I was a little apprehensive that I wouldn’t be so lucky again. But my late mother-in-law’s words still stayed with me: ‘Stay calm and active, and you will have an easier birth’. That wonderful lady, before she passed away, was a senior midwife at our local hospital. She knew what she was talking about and I have carried her wisdom ever since.

You see, our bodies are designed to grow, carry and give birth to small humans. So, in theory, it should be straightforward. But sometimes those little babies have different ideas, and that is when we start to hear all these “horror” stories of difficult births and bad experiences. Some people do have a tough time of it, but if we listen to those stories and go into our labour with a negative attitude, surely the whole experience will be a bad one. Instead, we should adopt a positive outlook. You have no control over what might happen (and that is the part most women don’t like), so you should just try to go with the flow and be accepting that things may not turn out like your birth plan intended.

Guest series: My positive birth story #8 – Sophie (This Mama Can)

Sophie is a sassy mama and on-maternity-leave HR professional, who blogs over at This Mama Can. She has overcome her initial hesitancy over talking bout herself to bring you stories about her family and motherhood journey. Here’s her birth story!

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Childbirth …

Even the word is terrifying! A whirlwind of pain, fear, excitement, strength, exhaustion and love. The female body is literally AMAZING! And sorry to be so cliché, but it’s true what they say: you do forget all about the pain afterwards (aside from spending the following weeks trying to avoid sitting on your stitches – yea, they don’t warn you about that part, do they!). So here’s my birth story on the arrival of my undiagnosed breech baby!

Guest series: My positive birth story #7 – Emma (MummyEm)

Today, we have Emma’s story. She blogs over at MummyEm, and is Mum to Chloe and wife to Mr D. Thanks so much for sharing your story in my series!

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All through my pregnancy, I was adamant that I didn’t want to have an epidural, as I had heard stories of all the things that could go wrong. I had decided on having a water birth in the local hospital’s birthing suite.

As my due date came and went, and my bump got bigger and bigger, with every little twinge I was convinced it was time. Mr D works nights, and I was petrified it would all happen on one of the nights he would be at work.

Luckily this never happened, and at seven days overdue, I went for a sweep (this was quite possibly the most painful part of my pregnancy!). And was booked in for induction five days later. The following day, I started to get some tightening, and called the maternity unit who said it was slow labour. I went to bed excited that things may get moving now and I wouldn’t have to be induced, as that would mean my water birth that I had my heart set on wouldn’t be a possibility.

Guest series: My positive birth story #6 – Hannah (The Peaceful Mama) part 2

This week, we return to Hannah, the Peaceful Mama. Hannah has three beautiful children, and three fantastic birth stories! Today, I’m sharing the story of her second birth with you.

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Jaxon’s birth

My pregnancy with Jaxon was a little different to my first. Anyone with a toddler would understand. I miscarried at 11 weeks in between these two, and so my second boy was due two years and two months after my first boy, Dylan.

This time, I was a huge fan of the water birth, having seen it relieve my pain so well in the first birth, and not needing any other form of pain relief than heated water and massage. So I bought a birthing pool and planned for a home birth. Having gone through birth 1 with my husband, he could understand the process better now and was okay with a home birth. In the UK and Australia, if you have a home birth, you always have two midwives anyway, and must have ambulance cover in case anything goes wrong.

Guest series: My positive birth story #5 – Sheila (@theirmullerlife Instamum)

This week, we meet Sheila, mother of two under two – a boy and a girl. Sheila’s story is short and sweet, a tale of love and support, and a little bit of faith. Sheila doesn’t currently have a blog, so I’m really glad Sheila decided to share her story in this series!

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‘You got this’, my husband said to me. I smiled and we exchanged a soft kiss, but inside I was unsure, and I knew he was too.

We’d spent the last two hours or so in a hospital room waiting for our scheduled C-section. This was our second C-section, so everyone told us it would be a piece of cake. This isn’t a negative birth story, I promise. But, after the drama we experienced with our first one just seventeen months prior, we both were aware that anything could happen.

Guest series: My positive birth story #4 – Jess (Nora & Co.)

This week’s story comes from Jess, from Nora & Co.. Jess has a beautiful family, including two kids, a dog, and an other half. Her birth story is inspiring, and shows just how important mind over matter is at times like during labour!

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Woody’s birth story

 

I was secretly, completely anxious about giving birth for a second time. My labour and birth with Nora – although very medicalised with an induction, drips and an epidural – was so straightforward and completely complication free. I worried that this time I wouldn’t be so lucky and what if something went wrong. I also knew that, because Nora arrived pretty quickly, the chance of me having time for an epidural this time around was slim. That’s when I knew I needed to do something to take control of my labour process and allow my body to do what it’s designed to. I’ve previously blogged about the natal hypnotherapy session I attended. Hypnotherapy is supposed to help make you feel more prepared and less scared of giving birth by equipping you with a set of skills to help you control your pain, relax, and ultimately enhance your labour experience. After attending the full day workshop, I listened to my relaxation tracks as often as possible and faced the thought of labour head-on with a positive mind. I could do this!

Blogtober 2017 | Day 9 – Ice-cream

I didn’t really have cravings during my pregnancy, but I did eat my fair share of ice-cream! I have a sweet tooth, and it got a whole lot sweeter …

Guest series: My positive birth story #3 – Helen (Natural Beauty with Baby)

This week’s story comes from Helen, from Natural Beauty with Baby. Helen is from the UK and loves blogging about natural skincare and her journey through motherhood with her little man, Jonah. Here is her story …

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Jonah’s birth story

Mini Mummi was encouraging mums to share their positive birth stories. I’d recently posted Jonah’s birth story on my own blog, so I was very happy to share my story with Mini Mummi! It’s encouraging and healthy for first time mums-to-be to hear positive stories rather than the overly dramatic accounts that often appear on television.

I feel so positive about Jonah’s birth, and I want other ladies to know that even if your birth doesn’t go according to plan, you can still have the most amazing birth experience.

Guest series: My positive birth story #2 – Hannah (The Peaceful Mama) part 1

This week’s story comes from Hannah, the Peaceful Mama. Hannah has three beautiful children, and three fantastic birth stories! Today, I’m sharing the story of her first birth with you.

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Dylan’s birth

My first birth was close to ten years ago! Typically, as a first time mum, I prepared by reading ALLLLL the books in the library 😉 To try to condense my thoughts, I will whiz through these stories and bring out the highlights. What revolutionised my first birthing experience and  set me on the path I am on today, was some key things I discovered prior to this birth. I implemented them and consolidated my beliefs around birthing and the village, as well as the right education on labour, birthing and breastfeeding/postnatal care.

Do you have a positive birth story to share?

So often we read and hear horror stories about birthing experiences. While these need to be shared, they can also introduce fear or concern for expectant mothers. Let’s try to balance the scales a little by sharing positive birth stories!

Did you have a positive birth where everything went smoothly and as planned?

Perhaps your birth experience didn’t go as planned but you have some positive aspects you prefer to focus on?

If you’d like to write a guest post for this series, please email minimummiblogger@outlook.com for more information.