The joy of having a homebirth is that your birth can be unique to you and your family in a way that isn't always possible in a hospital. Our homebirth stories tell of women who made this birthing journey at home; with the surroundings, objects and people they love around them. These are women who have followed their dream about how they wanted to bring their baby into the world.
Birth is joyful, intense, emotional, demanding and life-changing… all at once. The home environment is uniquely placed to naturally allow birth to enfold at its own pace, in its own way. In these homebirth stories women tell their experiences of first meeting their baby - sometimes intense, sometimes harrowing, sometimes with unexpected twists and turns, and always life changing. There’s nothing quite like a woman’s personal telling of her own birth story.
Born in the Caul
"When I posted 3 images of a baby born with her caul over her face on my Facebook page a few days ago I had no idea the fascination it would stir on an international level. Natalia, my incredibly powerful and inspirational client (and beautiful friend) was just as amazed as you were. I just LOVE the look on her face! It certainly blows the common fear that birth is painful and something to be feared out the window!"
Creating Space for India
"The front room in our home is my yoga room it's where I keep all my yoga books, my mat and yoga props. It gets the best light and breeze in the house and it's where I prepare my yoga lessons and meditate. When I decided to have my baby at home I knew I wanted it in this room. We were told we were having a girl and she was due to be born on April 19th." This article tells the homebirth story of India.
My homebirth transfer story
My homebirth transfer story - I hope that it may bring some comfort to other women who have had a similar birthing journey.
Homebirth Photo Story - The birth of Lukas
These pictures tell the birth of Lukas in a such a way that no words are necessary. This homebirth photo story is just wonderful and I hope you enjoy the photographic story as much as I did.
The Home-Water-Lotus Birth of Lukas Singh Cheema
"Verena and Bobby are excited to welcome their second son Lukas Singh Cheema into this wonderful world. He was born on Wednesday the 19th
of June 2013 at 12.40pm through a natural home-lotus birth in water at 38 ½ weeks (49 cm and 2.9 kg). We are very thankful for this empowering birth experience and overjoyed to have Lukas, a very amazing, calm, alert and healthy child, in our lives." This article tells the heart-warming lotus birth of Lukas Singh Cheema.
"I can still remember clearly the day my husband Pete and I found out we were pregnant. After eighteen months of trying to conceive, we were in shock when we saw the two lines on the pregnancy test. It was real!" This article by Amanda Kane tells the inspiring story of her personal homebirth experience.
Isambard's Birth Story
"I knew this baby wanted to come to us fast, but I didn't expect to go into labour before forty weeks. I felt a trickle just as I was falling asleep about 1 am on Saturday 7th May, exactly thirty nine weeks! I found it really hard to get to sleep. Where are the contractions, if this is it? And what about being Group B Strep positive?" This inspiring homebirth story of Isambard, gives a deep insight into what goes through a mother's mind when giving birth.
Yiri's Bush Birth
"Country spoke to us and sent us the totems of the new teachers that would come into our lives during this new chapter. Country also began to speak about the learning journey that mother and new child would commence together. Country showed us a waterfall and gave us ochre to dance." Fleur Magick tells the incredible story of her baby, Yiri's bush birth.
Aminah Anne's Birth Story
A golden needle was gently pushed into my upper wrist. "What do you think, boy or girl?" I asked. "Definitely the pulse of a girl!" replied my wonderful Japanese acupuncturist, Jacqui. I was excited but cautious. At 46 years of age I was amazed that I would be having another baby ... let alone perhaps, a girl after two boys?
Matthew's Birth Story
"On November 28, 2011, I was 40 weeks and 1 day pregnant with Matthew. I awoke in the morning and remembered that this was the exact same day of gestation on which Sara was born. It occurred to me that maybe he would make his appearance that day as well. I didn’t really think he would, but it crossed my mind." This story tells us about the amazing and unexpected birth of Matthew Ali Zavieh
Birth and Homebirth-A Grandmother’s point of view
"As a mother and grandmother I felt compelled to write my story about my births and more significantly about the wonderful experience of being present at my youngest daughter’s homebirth of her second child, Ivy Grace." Jan Baxter writes as a grandmother showing her point of view on homebirths, while telling us the amazing experiences she has had with her own family.
The pregnancy journey and the homebirth of Sienna Jane
The pregnancy journey and the homebirth of Sienna Jane - There was a lot of joy on the morning I confirmed my pregnancy with Sienna. Craig and Jasmine were still snuggled up in bed when I snuck out to the bathroom to do the test, so it was lovely to announce that I was pregnant to both of them and enjoy a few moments together soaking it all in. Jasmine declared that she also had a baby in her tummy and seemed very excited for both of us!
Jonah's Birth Story
After a glorious pregnancy and a Blessingway attended by friends and family, Hannah awaits the birth of her second child. Through the frustration of many days of seemingly unproductive contractions the day arrives. Having been changed forever by her first child’s birth, Hannah is changed yet again by the glory and empowerment of natural birth. Enjoy Hannah’s story of bringing 10 pound 11 ounce Jonah earthside at home. Read more...
Sally – The Birthing Goddess
Sally, a strong woman bringing her first baby into this world, has worked with her breath and movement all night and now the time of birth has arrived. In this moving letter, Sally's midwife Robyn shares the entrance of baby Gabrielle into the world.
Along came Ava
In 2007, pregnant for the first time, I knew I wanted one thing: continuity of care. Based on the experiences of those around me, I had formed the opinion that birth was a medical event.
The homebirth of Miss Maggie Rose
The homebirth of Miss Maggie Rose. Looking back I had prodomal labour for at least a week prior to her birth. After numerous false starts, especially in the evenings ... it was all starting to wear very thin.
The Birth of Lia RoseBirth Story -
Nine months ago Lia was born and it now seems like an eternity ago. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get around to writing Lia’s birth story. Life is very full and there never seems enough time.
Moonlit MagicBirth Story -
Our decision to have a homebirth was almost as shocking to me initially as it was to so many of the people we told who warned us against it however as a reader and researcher, we watched, reviewed and interviewed greatly and felt a deep sense of calm and faith in home birthing.
Reflections of My Pregnancy and Jasmine’s birth
I started to question what I was doing being a so called ‘patient’ for our chosen obstetrician, so after many hours of research on the internet, a month later I was a changed woman. I realized that my philosophies were very old beliefs and that the medical approach to pregnancy and birth had become so ingrained in our culture and was now bursting full of excitement, wonder and awe at my new decision to birth our baby at home.
Jasmine's Birth Story
Jasmine was born on Saturday 21st November 2009 at 42+1 weeks. Her birth was much anticipated, especially as I had been having braxton hicks contractions on and off for over a month before labour started, and gone past my “guess date” by two weeks.