Birth Stories:

Jothany - Joanna Bethany

Birth of Jothany on the 16th September 2011.

Northdale Hospital , Pmb.

Time of birth 06h45   -     Weight 3.2kg.


Mereille and Medard contacted me  towards the end of Mereille’s pregnancy needing some help with the labour and birth.

I visited them at their home and we decided to wait for natural labour to begin.  Her due date was the 28th August which came and went and on the 13th September she was asked to come back to the hospital for induction.

Her mucus plug came out on the night of the 12th September so we all went into the labour ward at 3am on the 13th September but no contractions started and her CTG trace was not good so an IV was set up and oxygen mask on her face.  We watched throughout the day but every time the IV was turned off she did not have a re active trace on the baby’s heart beat.  Wednesday she was induced at about 10h00 and throughout the day she had pain but no diliation . She rang me at 22h00 and said she was in terrible pain but still 1 cm.  I went through to the hospital and sat with her and watched her progress of very painful contractions but no progress.  I called the sister at 4am and she did another CTG and thought it looked okay but I was not convinced and her tummy had a big dip in it. I felt that the baby was not lying properly but who am I as the doula. So I waited some more and then asked the sister to call the doctor who came and checked and also felt it might be fine but I then asked her to call her supervisor and he came very quickly at about 5am and he spent a lot of time watching and then he did another PV and found her to have a shoulder presentation. At long last !  I felt that we had some result and he arranged for a c section immediately.  Her husband arrived and we went off the theatre and I somehow chatted to the doctors and asked permission for her husband to attend the c section. He was granted permission which was so exciting and he watched his daughter being born.  The baby was not easy take out and forceps were used to help her out.  He also used a doctor to press on her tummy as she was a tight fit.

Baby was born healthy and strong at 06h45. What a relief to her mum and dad and I was over the moon!

As a doula one can watch and sometimes not be able to be heard but this was a wonderful experience of staff listening to me and we have a wonderful birth of a healthy baby.  In a state hospital it is very easy to get lost in the system.

This is where a doula can play a very important role in making sure that the mother and baby are safe at all times.

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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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