Birth Stories:

Nick Brian Corbishley

Our journey began with a "natural birth workshop" in our home in Hilton with Marianne Littlejohn educating pregnant mums and their partners on what to expect from the moment you fall pregnant to a few weeks after the birth. Dr Roberts had suggested to Olivia that she contact me.

My week in Ballito.  Olivia had moved from her home in Greytown to be close to the hospital where she would be giving birth to her first baby. Her husband Duane was really busy with meetings during this time so I joined Olivia to keep her company.
I know all babies are special but this one came after IVF treatments which took some years.
This is where a doula can play a vital role.  she can gain the trust, listening to any fears, and just be there for the parents.  Our days were spent walking along the broad walk on the beach.  Watching related video material and swimming in the sea!  Duane and I shared much sushi as Olivia is a vegetarian and he had now found a sushi addict to keep him company.
Friday 9th November 2012 dawned and Olivia woke me up saying that it was a beautiful day and she thinks we should go swimming. Before 7am we were behaving like dolphins diving through the breakers. within an hour we were in Dr Candice Roberts's consulting rooms for Olivia's last antenatal visit prior to the birth.
Although Dr Candice Roberts is known to favour natural birth, she taught me that there comes a time when you have to listen to what the baby is telling you by observing the baby's behaviour. for example stress, erratic heart beat, etc.
Photo: Consulting rooms

A c.section was booked for a little later in the day and Olivia was shocked and in denial.  We spoke and soon came to the conclusion that this would be best for the baby.
We arrived back at the hospital with bags, cell phones, cameras, and IPad etc. Once the paper work was done and her husband and Mum were on their way from Greytown, Olivia settled down and had a long bath and then I gave her a good foot massage to relax her.
Olivia was very tense and afraid of the caesar so we spent some quiet time together in preparation for the procedure.  I stood beside Olivia and told her exactly
what was happening during the birth.

Olivia and Duane were quite convinced that they were having a little girl.  Imagine the shock and delight when Dr Roberts asked Duane to look over the partition and see what Olivia had produced!  The first Corbishley grandson in their family.  Many tears and smiles were seen in the theatre.
Delayed cord cutting , having her baby on her chest throughout the CS
Was the ultimate!  Skin on skin from the moment of birth till much later. For a doula it is an absolute joy to work at Alberlito Hospital as there is no urgency to remove the baby from its mother, allowing a wonderful period for bonding.  In addition babies have their first bath the following day.

At this birth I learnt a great deal! I will never forget Candice's words to me "the baby will let you know always
watch the signs." I was able to quietly keep "Dad" happy, the mum relaxed and calm and the baby loved and secure.
Now I am sitting at home reflecting on Nick Brian Corbishley's birth and I'm filled with satisfaction and joy.  There was a new mother a new father and I was priviledged to help bring their baby into the world. A process that started months before their baby arrived,  preparing a new mother and father for what to expect. My job has only just begun. New mums and dads need lots of help and encouragement covering every facet of a new baby's life.  There is much to learn in the first six months in the general care of a new infant.
I always look forward to a long and happy association with my new family.
Photo: Duane and NickDad and Nick


0 #1 Megan 2012-11-12 19:12
How absolutely beautiful Ginny! You truly are a blessing to every life you touch! Congratulations to Duane and Olivia on the birth of their beautiful boy!

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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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