Birth Stories:

Josiah Daniel





Janine went into Grey’s for an induction on the morning of the 22nd October at 5am.  I met her there and started walking with her. She was given an internal and her induction was started with pills internally. The day was spent walking and walking. The contractions never came to much although they looked good on the CTG. (up to 120).  No real pain!

She was told that they would start again with oral induction the following am. Janine spent the night in hospital and at 7am or so she was given oral cycotec to induce the labour.   The morning went by with lots more walking and keeping upright. Steps and more steps!! Janine had climbed so many steps that she had the staff watching her walk up and down the same steps outside in the wonderful sun. They were not sure what she was up too! She managed about 15 km in those two days. On the fourth cycotec she started to feel her labour.  It was another long day. By 5pm her waters were broken and she was moved into the labour ward. The contractions were extremely strong now.

At this time she needed some pain relief and chooses to have an epidural.  This was done but she could still feel her legs and allot of her pain. It did take the edge off a little.  She went on all fours, she rocked, and she did very well. Darryl was a wonderful support.  Janine certainly gave me a run for my money as a doula.  I did counter pressure, I did face cloths, I did hot water bottles, I did reasoning and keeping her calm, I held her hand. Janine eventually fell asleep for a short time. She did however go from 5cms to 8 cm in one hour..  But the whole labour was extreme and long. At 12pm Janine was fully dilated and ready to push.  The baby still took another hour and 40 min to come. Josiah was born at 01h50 on the 24th October 2009. He was huge and chunky and a good colour. He weighed in at over 3.560kg but was 55cm long and 38cm head circum.

Janine and Darryl were so relieved and excited to see their long awaited son.  He is a mature baby who looks like an “old soul”.  He drank well and Janine breast fed him.  When that was over and Janine was stitched as she had had to have an episiotomy she fell into a good sleep.  I gave her a hot bed bath as she was just too tired for much else.

In the morning Janine was able to go home. Unfortunately the epidural gave her an extreme head-ache and she was re-admitted to have a blood patch and rectify the epidural problem.  She was fine after two hours and is a wonderful mum.  What a blessing!

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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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