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

Aria’s Birth

Aria’s Birth

I had a huge contraction and felt something pop, I honestly thought that Aria’s head had exploded! As stupid as that sounds now, it was what I thought had happened! I had my waters broken with Sean and Jessica, so I had no idea what it felt like…

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Baby M’s Birth Story

Baby M’s Birth Story

A few contractions later and as the urge to push became overwhelming, they burst with a rush. I guess I spent about the next 40 minutes pushing – it did not feel painful, just hard work and I could feel my baby’s head moving down slowly each time…

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Thomas’s Birth Story

Thomas’s Birth Story

Thomas was kicking busily, probably his first real chance after all the activities of the day! I fell asleep easily but awoke at 2 am to some niggly pains. By 2.30 I couldn’t sleep and thought, ‘hmmm, I had better get up and do some assignment…

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Ruby’s Birth Story

Ruby’s Birth Story

It is funny how a part of your brain tries to ‘psyche you out’ and the other part is pushing you through giving you the rational thoughts. I do remember our lovely midwife taking my hands, and telling me how strong I am, and that I can do this, I sure can…

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Hales Family stories

Hales Family stories

Daniel was in the pool with me and as the next contraction came I said “Oh no, I’m going to do a poo” Then I said “No I’m not, it’s the baby’s head” as the head popped out. I was very surprised and relieved all at once. I had not consciously pushed…

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Nikau Grew Me

Nikau Grew Me

A strong, determined woman she was – connected to the earth and many generations of labouring women who have gone before. A woman who trusted the unfailing support of her husband, midwife, and sister. A woman who, using the techniques learned…

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