Birth Without Fear

A Blood Clot, Zika, and High Risk Natural Hospital Birth

August 15, 2016

Three years ago I was traumatized during my son’s birth and it took me a long time to be ready for another baby. When we found out we were pregnant again we were excited and ready to give natural birth another shot. When I was 21 weeks pregnant we moved to Tonga (in the South […]

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Pushing Past Pubis Symphysis for a Natural Hospital Birth

August 12, 2016

I was dreaming that my water broke, with this odd sensation of fluid flowing from me, then I woke and it took me a second to realize I wasn’t dreaming at all, my water had actually broke! It was 4:30am January 21, 2016, exactly one week before baby’s due date. I was very thankful I […]

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From Niggling Pains to Quick Water Birth at the Hospital!

August 11, 2016

I’ve always wanted a water birth, so I arranged to speak to my midwife about my birthing plan. The day I had my midwife appointment I started contracting (niggling pains) at 6am. I was really worried that I wouldn’t get my perfect delivery. After a couple of hours thinking about if I should go or […]

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These Two Beings of My Being

August 10, 2016

The day was July 6th, 2016. The day before I was in the delivery triage because of a blood pressure spike. Yet, there I was again except and this time my husband was in tow. They strapped me up to the monitor and the echo of two little heart beats were heard in our tiny section of […]

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From Panic to Joy – Unassisted Birth in the Car!

August 9, 2016

Let me start by saying I have planned an all natural childbirth (no pain medications) from the beginning, and lied to anyone who asked if I was planning all natural. We hired a doula around 16 weeks pregnant and sat in several hours of childbirth classes. We felt prepared. On Thursday, June 9th, we (David and I) […]

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The Birth Story of Violet Marie – Part 2

August 8, 2016

*This is the second part of Violet Marie’s birth story. To read Part One, click here. The Birth! Neil came into the bathroom to check me at 3:00pm and sat beside me while I had five back to back contractions then transitioned and puked all over myself and lost my mucous plug. They got me […]

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The Birth Story of Violet Marie – Part 1

August 8, 2016

Brace yourself… It’s a long read! I hope you enjoy it, I share every detail I can recall of my labour and delivery from my own perspective Pregnancy I had a pretty unconventional pregnancy in the sense that I didn’t participate in any regular prenatal care. I didn’t have a doctor or obstetrician, I didn’t […]

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Blissful, Nearly Unattended Home Birth

August 4, 2016

I had been having false starts for about a week. Light contractions every night that went away when I slept, and didn’t start up again until the next night. Saturday I was 40 weeks 1 day. My midwife stripped my membranes after checking me to find I was 2 cm, long and thick, but somehow at […]

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The Making of a Confident Woman and Mother

August 3, 2016

All I wanted was to bring my first son into the world by a natural home birth. As the months turned into weeks, and then days, I was pumped. I was so sure I could do this. When the rubber met the road and those first hard contractions came, I got scared. I really didn’t […]

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