Birth Stories

Brianna’s Birth Story

I sat in the rocking chair, and turned on the labour and birth track of my special relaxation and affirmation CD that was lent to me by Aileen Devonshire as part of the Holistic Birth course we had been going to for the last few weeks…

Level 4 Lockdown homebirth

I had always liked the idea of a homebirth. Most people’s default option seems to be a hospital birth, and yet, I have never met anyone who has regretted their decision to have a home birth. As the weeks progressed, the idea of a home birth became…

Homebirth of Alice

3 weeks into a level four country wide lockdown when I felt the first stirrings. I was snuggled up on the couch with my children watching a movie, very subtle, barely noticeable. That evening after we put the older children to bed, we set up the pool…

First time mother

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, could prepare me for what motherhood has been thus far. Everything has taught me something new about myself, and I have had to dig to the depths of my inner warrior more times than I can count…

My Journey to Homebirth

Home birth has it’s own set of details to sort out. With my first two births I never dreamed of having a massive support crew, or that I would be comfortable having anyone else there at all. But because it was at my house, it didn’t seem so weird…

Most Recent Stories

Jude’s Birth

Jude’s Birth

I was craving a walk on the beach, and felt desperate to feel the ocean, but knew I needed to wait for Jase to get home. I took my Swiss ball onto the deck and began to dance to my favourite trance music in the sunshine. The surges increased in intensity…

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Family of three

Family of three

Firstly, I decided to have a home birth after witnessing the terrible birth of my nephew in hospital. A change of shift and many indecisions later he was born. I knew then I deserved something better, my own midwife, who would stay with me…

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The day of your birth

The day of your birth

I am nervous to approach you, it’s hard to see you in pain so vulnerable. I notice the strain in your face as pain sets in I can only imagine how intense the feeling must be. Your scruffed up bun is frizzy in places from the humidity of the warm water…

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Nina’s birth

Nina’s birth

I was in a deeply relaxed state, only vaguely aware of the people in the room and just so focused on my body and it opening up to allow our daughter to be born. As I laboured in the pool, I was having beautiful dreams and my body felt so powerful but so relaxed…

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Mud Hut Birth

Mud Hut Birth

I had 3 previous water births, and 2 of them were home births. I was pregnant with my 4th child and felt I had a clear sense of what I wanted from birth, based in a belief in the importance of birth as being something sacred, private, and deeply powerful…

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Jack’s Birth Story

Jack’s Birth Story

I didn’t want to swear so much during labour this time and had practiced things like “oopppeennn” during early labour, but I soon dropped that and opted for “come on baby”. It was nice and long and I could drag it out and focus on the baby…

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Gaby Gives Birth.

Gaby Gives Birth.

Gaby’s focus became quite definite and inward. They moved to the bathroom, and as so commonly happens when you sit on the toilet, her contractions now started coming more intensely and closer together. We could really hear the deepening…

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Arthur’s Birth Story

Arthur’s Birth Story

When I wrote Arthur’s birth notice for the newspaper, I described his birth as being a ‘joyous’ occasion. And it was! This isn’t a load of hippie hogwash either. The birth of my son was the most joyful, beautiful, and incredible experience of my life…

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Watt Family Birth Stories

Watt Family Birth Stories

We had prepared ourselves for a breach homebirth with lots of information. It is amazing the reactions we got when telling people that we were birthing a breach at home – most people assumed that we would be off to hospital for a caesarean…

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Oscar’s Story

Oscar’s Story

I have no idea how fast the contractions were coming, but there was not enough of a gap to count too high. The phone rang at 7.30, about the same time the pressure moved from my front to my back, and I knew from Corban’s birth that things…

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Edwards family stories

Edwards family stories

Somehow, we must have known that our second baby’s birth was close because on the 12th of March, the E.D.D (estimated date of delivery) I washed out all the baby clothes. They fluttered in the warm Southland breeze while Eric assembled the birth pool…

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Duncan’s Story

Duncan’s Story

It all started for me some three and a half years ago at an antenatal class – a bunch of expectant first time parents sitting there with a group of strangers wondering, “What the hell am I doing here?” Midwives! Bring on the doctors…

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