In this section of our website you can read stories about other parent’s experiences homebirth. Pregnancy and birth stories are a great way to learn about situations similar or different to your own. We’d love you to send us your own story to share with others.
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.
An Unplanned Homebirth I was five days overdue and I'd been having what I thought were mild contractions on and off all day. By 4:30pm they were about 15 to 20 minutes apart. I rang the labour ward at the hospital and was told to stay at home until the contractions were four to five minutes apart. When I explained to the midwife that I lived 30 minutes from the hospital and asked if I should come in sooner
By Michelle McRitchie When I set out on the journey of planning our fourth baby, I knew I would be labelled 'high risk' by the medical profession due to previous postpartum haemorrhages (PPHs) during my second and third births. My first two births were in hospital. I was inducded for the first and, as a consequence, then experienced further interventions. My seond birth, 21 months later, was spontaneous and largely intervention-free, but with a managed third stage. I suffered
By Yvette Barton Remembering When Finlay Joined Our Family In November 2009 when my oldest daughter was five years old and in her last year of daycare, the children in her class became interested in birth. The teachers, seeing a chance to explore this with them, asked the parents to write about the first time they had met their child. The aim was to make a book the children could share, filled with stories that were all about them.
Twin Home Water Birth By Justine Caines Majella Clare and Rosie Patricia – 6 December 2005 40 weeks + 1 (3kg & 3.1kg) At 18 weeks I attended a routine GP appointment in order to have a blood screen and get a referral for an ultrasound (even though I had not decided if I was having one). I was planning another homebirth (all my 4 children have been born at home). These experiences have been the most exquisite of my
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. My
By Helene Drimer Here is our story. I hope that it may bring some comfort to other women who have had a similar birthing journey. DOB: 15/8/74 – I was 37 when I gave birth Child’s name: Lior Grace Elizabeth Drimer born 14/2/2012 After a lot of research, my husband and I chose a to have a homebirth with independent midwives because it is the safest and most gentle birthing option. We wanted to work with healthcare professionals who
By Jane Palmer Recently I was looking at a Google Feed on 'homebirth' when I stumbled across these beautiful photos depicting the homebirth of Lukas. I just love looking at photographs and fully believe the saying 'a picture paints a thousand words'. 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.
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. Contributors Verena Raschke-Cheema and Bobby Singh Cheema live in
By Amanda Kane 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! In the early weeks of my pregnancy I read many books and articles to help me make a decision about where to have our baby. I had attended my best friend's second home birth nine
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! After mopping the bathroom floor, my mind was racing and 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? Waking up
By Fleur Magick While I was pregnant my children and I visited our burral* for healing and learning time. 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. During my pregnancy, whilst at our burral, I was
By Maha Al Musa Jacqui did a session two days before I went into labour with lots of cupping and extra moxa. After I left, the strangest feeling came over me. I knew that this was the beginning of labour and I needed to go home, rest and nest! The next evening, with mild contractions I ventured out to the Aboriginal Tea Tree Lakes with my partner Don und my good friend Liz... the same place that I had
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 make his appearance that day as well. I didn’t really think he would, but it crossed my mind. The day began like any other typical
By Jan Baxter Yoga Teacher, PBB Health Centre 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. I was a young woman when I gave birth to my first two children. They were born in a hospital delivered by an Obstetrician. My mother gave birth to me in hospital and I suppose
Sienna was born at 8:40pm on Thursday 31st January 2013, at 41+3 weeks. 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
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. Your story starts with your brothers birth, which was such a humbling experience that would take forever and a whole book to explain and even