Birth Stories

Hiring A Doula, Reading Birth Stories And Hypnobirthing Class Helped Amanda During Her Fourth Home Birth

  • Video Interview With Amanda

  • When did you realize you were really in labor?

    As soon as I finished the strawberry milkshake with castor oil.

  • What was the most challenging thing about going natural?

    Feeling comfortable and creating a safe space.

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  • What was the most helpful thing you did to prepare for childbirth?

    Hire a doula, read birth stories and hypnobirthing tracks.

  • What surprised you about your birth?

    It is the story of my fourth birth - a home birth on our farm. When my son was born he was still with no pulse, no heartbeat. A neighbor who is an off duty firefighter comes and the baby is transferred to hospital while I am left alone with the midwives in a bloody bathtub. Through a remarkable turn of events I learn that my son is alive and my husband has changed his name.

  • Surround yourself with people who tell you that of course you can.
  • What pain relief strategies worked best?

    Hypnobirthing, squeezing blue comb, hot water in bathtub, changing positions, doula’s hip squeeze, mint on wet wash cloth, music, sunshine.

  • How did it feel to hold your baby for the first time?

    My son was born still and transferred to hospital - although I did have him on my chest right at birth it was immediate that my midwife observed he was not ok and he was removed asap and cpr started.

  • What did you name your baby, and why?

    He was named Theodore - however on the way to the hospital my husband changed his name. To Gideon. The name I had always wanted.

  • What advice can you give to other mamas who want to go natural?

    Surround yourself with people who tell you that of course you can.

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