Birth Stories:

Sam Harper

Samuel Harper  born at 12h45 on the 27th October 2010 .
Amber went into the hospital the night before to have an induction at midnight. I arrived in the early hours of the 27th Oct and we walked around and her labour had started and was established.

Amber was so in tune with her body that the labour progressed well and I did the usual things like warm face cloths and counter pressure and the birth ball. Amber did have a few emotional issues from her previous birth which was a home birth that had ended up in hospital with a gynaecologist.

When we got over the fact that this was a new birth she was in a far better place.  I was sad that the midwife at the hospital put her birth fears onto Amber and encouraged her to have an epidural which is what she choice and this did not go well.  She was sweating profusely and much of the epidural did not go into her back. This caused a problem as Amber felt pain down her one leg and we had to keep turning her to allow the pain relief to work.  A tense time for all!

When Amber was ready to push the gynaecologist turned off her epidural and allowed some time for her pain relief to wear off.  Amber felt disconnected to her own  birth which was very disappointing but Sam was born healthy and all was forgotten. He was born at 12h45 with the cord around his neck.  He breast well from the beginning.  He is an easy baby.

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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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