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Lihan Bernard Nel born 1/11/11

Lihan was born at Parklands Hospital naturally after a previous c sectiion.  Sharon phoned me at 23h45 to say that her waters had broken 2 weeks early.  We met at the hospital at 01h00 and Sharon had started having contractions.  Sharon suffered from high blood pressure in her pregnancy so we watched her BP and she also had a headache.  At 6h00 she choose a epidural which brought great pain relief as well as bringing down her blood pressure.  She was able to rest in the morning and by 12h00 ready for the baby to be born.  She pushed well and little Lihan was born at 12h20 naturally without forceps or vacuum.  He weighs 3.16kg and 50cm long.  He was placed onto her tummy skin on skin and his cord was not cut until after it had stopped pulsating .  He then cuddled a little and was breast fed immediately.  No bath was given to Lihan and he spend the next hour on his mum's tummy.

Fabulous staff at Parklands.. thank you girls for making me feel so special and also for giving Sharon a perfect birth.

Leaving the hospital last night I am always in awe of BIRTH.. such a special moment to share with my clients.

Sharon and Bernard you have a beautiful little boy to share with your two girls Mia and Jenna.

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