Birth Stories:

Caleb James Walker

We had arrived at the beach!

My first holiday in a little while when my telephone rang and it was Sam to say that she thought her labour might have started. I talked to her and we discussed it over a few phone calls and then at 36 weeks I thought this is no time to take any chances so I suggested that she went across to Grey's Hospital instead of Northdale Hospital as they had chosen to go the Government route with their baby's birth.

I have worked at both hospitals and I know many of the staff.  This was to our advantage as I knew the midwife on duty and she called me to say that the baby's heart rate was a little all over the place.  Stu had a good chat to them too and they decided to keep Sam at Grey's which worked out perfectly.

I left the beach and drove as fast as possible back to Pietermaritzburg.  Arriving just in time for the staff to be saying that an emergency c. section was necessary.  I helped Stu get into theatre clothes and I sat with Sam while she was having her spinal as she was in pain as the contractions were now strong and she was really nervous.  This was her "fear" a caesar!  I think that it was the best that it was a quick decision and we had very little time for thinking which was a bonus.

Little "Caleb" was born 10 minutes later and he was a tiny baby. He was checked by the paeditrician and then handed to me to hold and do skin on skin to keep him warm and loved.

We took him upstairs to his Mum and Dad and placed him on Sam's chest.  He snuggled in and stayed there for the next few days.

He was early and came quickly and he is gaining weight rapidly and is such a content baby boy!  Well done Stu and Sam on keeping calm in a very scary situation and bringing up your gorgeous boy... he is doing brilliantly.

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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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