Birth Stories:

Amelia Zoe Jackson

Amelia Zoe s birth.

For a doula it was the normal call in the middle of the night to say labour has started. Only this tale has a twist. I got dressed had a cup of 'Earl Grey'... While I kept the doula mum relaxed and breathing deeply.  She was waiting for her parents to come over to their farm to look after young Travis.  The more we spoke The more I was realizing that her contractions were really strong so I decided to leave for the hospital.
I sang and listened to my car radio at 02h00 not much traffic other than a few security vehicles.  Once I was parked outside the hospital I rang Dave to see how Shoshanna was coping with her contractions.  not so well as they were on a bumpy dirt road and I could hear her in the background. Dave handed her the  phone and I asked her to breath slowly and to relax her shoulders etc.  In a split second she said "Gin the baby s coming "and she shouted to Dave to stop the car.  I rang back in 2 mins to hear a very proud Dad saying ' I have my baby in my arms and she is a girl' . She was perfect breathing well and I asked Dave to place her skin on skin on Shoshanna s chest and not to cut the cord. He was still in their driveway so he went home and I asked Elmarie ( midwife) if she could come out to Richmond Valley.  I called Dr Amod and told her about what had happened and she was happy that Elmarie could be there. It was so misty as we drove to the farm.
Little Amelia weighed 4.1kg and was happily breast feeding.  After Shoshanna had had a shower and a rest Travis her young son woke up and came to the bedroom to find his sister had arrived in the night. He was so attentive and insisted on fetching her a teddy. No jealousy at all as he climbed into his Mum s bed and got to hold his sister.
Their German Shepard played a huge role following Shoshanna around when she had been in labour and when Amelia arrived he sniffed her and pricked his ears in attentiveness and protected her. He was a happy dog while his sister a Rhodesian Ridge Back slept on her cushion opening an eye every now and then to check on the proceedings but not at all interested.
What a night!! Not my usual doula work but then this makes it all worthwhile! A surpise!



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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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