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Elijah was born on the 30th June 2012

June was a busy month with 5 doula babies in total..  So the last day of June arrived and I had been at a birth on the 29th June in Ballito arriving back in Hilton during the afternoon.

I awoke to my telephone ringing and Ronald saying that Janet was in labour... trying to get my head round the fact that their baby was due at the end of July was worrying me..  I established all the latest info and said that she must go to Umhlanga Hospital and be checked to see if this was in actual fact active labour.  The answer came back "Yes" !  I hopped in my car and headed back down to Umhlanga early in the morning.   I spoke to Ronald during the trip down and he was nervous as Janet was in enormous pain and asking for pain medication.  Please wait until I arrive and I will be helping you both with different natural techniques to relieve the pain.

I arrived and got down to business.  Janet was having very strong contractions and they were lasting a minute and they kept coming faster and faster.  She was being monitored due to the fact that she was over 3 / 4 weeks early so she was on her side in the bed.  I used my own massage oil and rocked her by holding onto her shoulder and hip.  This was amazing and worked like a star!  She listened to me and Ronald prayed over her and I am always in awe of the bond we share.  Within two hours Janet was 9 cm and at 11h00 she birthed her little boy Elijah who was a good weight and able to do skin on skin and fed on her chest.  He was over 2.5kg and was pink and breathing well.

What a relief and sheer happiness!  I left the hospital thanking God for all his help and love.

Well done to Janet for staying calm and listening.  It makes the labour so much easier and she birthed her baby naturally, wearing a size 3 shoe and being told her entire pregnancy that she would have to have a c.section.

This was not a medicated labour.... no pain meds!!

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I am living my dream while working with mums and babies. I see mums when they are 34 weeks pregnant and then go to their homes once they go into labour. I stay for the full duration of the labour and after the birth I assist them with breast feeding. I do another visit after the birth to see that all is well and to help where I can.  Mums are always welcome to call me in the event that they have any questions, whether before or after the birth. I am passionate about my work as a doula and I care and love all the families with which I work. Once you have been present at a birth you feel part of the family and it’s wonderful to hear news of the new baby’s life as he or she grows.

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