Positive Birth Stories
Ganga's story ~ Connecting through a song
Maya was due on 21st June (proper hippy baby!) but my waters broke at 1am on Friday 3rd June. I called the midwife who told me to go back to bed & come to the hospital in the morning to see how I was progressing. Labour didn't kick in. I developed period type cramps but nothing more, so after a sleepless night, we got checked at the hospital & was disappointed to discover I wasn't at all dilated & was told to go home. I was booked in to be induced the following day (Saturday).
Rebekah's story - Jumping through the ring of fire!
At the time when my second son, Michael, was born, 24 years ago, I had been on a spiritual path for many years. I was in the habit of meditating regularly and had learned to trust that sense of ‘guidance’ that I received in deep meditation. During my pregnancy I went to yoga for pregnancy classes with an amazing woman called Francoise. Francoise was an anthropologist who had spent years living with a tribe in the Amazon jungle where she had learned a lot about spiritual midwifery. Francoise really supported us to connect deeply into our bodies during meditation at the end of the class.
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Vero´s Story ~ An unassited birth
When I got pregnant with Lorenz I knew I wanted to have an unassisted homebirth, after I gave birth to Fauna, my almost 3 yo daugther, at a friend´s house. I felt that it was easier for me to do it without assistance, so I could at all times be connected with myself, and do only what I felt was right for us.
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Becki's Story ~ 'my surges are not more powerful than me, THEY ARE ME'
I started to sing a bit of a whale song saying 'come on, come on' im not a singer! But it felt so soothing and calming in between surges and like I was passing the reassurance on to the baby. Fiona the midwife arrived at 7.50pm just as I started to roar my way through a surge. I heard her make an immediate phone call to the second midwife who must attend as the baby is born, and told her to come immediately which made me feel really strong. Finally I could get in the pool which was a true oh my god! Moment…
“Remember this, for it is as true as true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.”
― Ina May Gaskin