Matthew’s Birth Story

The Birth of Matthew Ali Zavieh November 28, 2011 3:15 p.m. 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


Jonah’s Birth Story

By Hannah Oekinghaus So it’s taken me 7 months to get around to writing this down and the urge has suddenly hit me. I feel an intensity to get it onto paper ASAP. Jonah your birth was life changing, amazing, intense, overwhelming, and nothing all at once, I’ll explain the nothing at the end.


Sally – The Birthing Goddess

By Robyn Dempsey As I drifted between that place of sleep and wakefulness, the phone rang. “Robyn, I’ve been having cramps all night, they seem intense, and there is blood!” The midwife in me slowly comes to the surface, it all sounds normal, and the sun isn’t up yet. I suggest that all is


Homebirths or births at home: It’s simply not the same thing

By Hannah Dahlen This opinion piece was published on ABC Unleashed in April in response to the misleading media about homebirth. http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2543589.htm The front page of the Daily Telegraph ran the sensational headline this week ‘Four dead in home birthing’ (April 6th 2009). The article went on to say that at least four babies


Along came Ava

Our journey to a home birth after two c-sections By Kelly Lanfranca 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. Therefore I had determined that the only


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. On the 16th May when I was 40 weeks 3 days I had a stretch and sweep where i was already 3-4cm


The Pregnancy and Birth of Phoenix Jean

Phoenix Jean Blanc was born at home on the 5th of March 2011 at 6.02am with the help two beautiful midwives. Phoenix’s birth story really starts many years ago with my first thoughts of home birth and then the arrival of my son Kai. After reading a couple of homebirth stories when I was