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Hospital Birth Stories

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Hospital Birth Stories2019-05-05T00:42:45+00:00

In this section of our website you can read stories about other parent’s experiences of hospital. 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.

Hospital Birth Stories

Why Choose a Midwife?

Why Choose a Midwife? I grew up hearing many horror birth stories, including my mother’s, and had little trust in my body or the birth process. I grew up thinking that once I was pregnant, I would see an obstetrician and I assumed he would tell me that I was like my mother and my pelvis was just not the right shape for babies, and I would have to have my babies via caesarean. And I was okay with

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Tammy’s Birth Story – Induction in Hospital

Tammy's Birth Story - Induction in Hospital For me labour was definitely not what I was expecting. In the weeks leading up I did what most expectant mothers did, I read every source I could on labour and birth so I could be prepared as possible. My husband had a fairly good idea of when the baby was conceived so I naturally thought I would be into labour right on schedule. Boy was I wrong. My due day came

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Pregnancy and Birth Story

Pregnancy and Birth Story Danielle is married and has two beautiful daughters, 3 yr old Georgia and 6 week old Elise. This is the pregnancy and birth story of Danielle's daughter Elise. Relaxed, calm child birth... surely after having a child before and thinking I knew what I was in for, means I could be ready for it, and be able to have that...apparently, I had absolutely no idea what I was in for. My first birth was reasonably

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Induction of labour against my wishes

Induction of labour against my wishes I was induced much to my disapproval and disappointment, but I felt bulled into following doctors orders. I had gestational diabetes which was diet controlled. They said my baby was macrosomic and they did not want me to go past 40 weeks and 2 days. They started my induction by inserting a pessary in my vagina at 4pm by 2am they wanted to speed things up so they ruptured my membranes, I was

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Birth of Seth

Birth of Seth Hi I am a 22 year old Australian and this is my story, I was 16 years old when I first found out I was pregnant, I was very happy but scared as well, I guess the hardest part was to tell our parents & at that time I was living with my in-laws as I had ran away from home only 3 months before, When we told both our parents they were upset but very

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An Unplanned Homebirth

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

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Our True Little Miracle

Our True Little Miracle By Shusannah Morris Molly-Rose was born on the 5th February 2003 at 25 weeks (3 months early). Little did we know when we made the big decision to start a family what lay ahead. We started IVF in August 2002, keeping a very positive and open mind as we knew it could possibly be a long road. We took the normal course of drugs and then came the big day, they put two little embryos

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Joshua’s Birth Story

Joshua's Birth Story By Jane Palmer Lack of information or choice, premature labour, medical crises, insensitive or undignified care can all conspire against an active birth and a positive start to mothering.  Jane Palmer describes how her son's birth didn't go according to plan. I was 35 weeks pregnant and had found out the previous week that my baby was breech. My doctor had tried to turn him unsuccessfully (twice). He referred me to a specialist at Westmead who

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Susan’s Birth Story

Susan's Birth Story No epidural, no pain medications, forceps, forth degree episiotomy After a perfect pregnancy my due date of November 5 2001 came and went. I decided not to be induced unless there was a medical reason. There never was. I also planned to go natural, even though it was my first. I figured, I take real good care of my body and that of baby's for 9 months, why put unnecessary chemicals in our bodies so that

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Tien’s Story

Tien's Story My name is Tien. I am a mother of 3 and the 4th on the way, currently 30wks pregnant with a baby boy. I would like to congratulate you on your pregnancy, birth and beyond website. I loved it especially the birth stories. Your website is very informative  and educational. I see that you only had one teenage birth story online so I would like to share my birth stories with you. I found out I was pregnant

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Birth Story

Birth Story My story is not a very happy one, but I truly believe that it is one worth telling so that other parents are able to prepare themselves properly. She died during the birth. I had had to be induced as Olivia had Hydrops fetalis, which is fluid retention around the baby and the baby's vital organs. The doctors said that she would have a less than 5% chance of survival, and at birth her head was already

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That Wouldn’t Happen To Me!

That Wouldn't Happen To Me! By Andrea Nielsen You know the old saying “That wouldn’t happen to me!”  Well it did!  I was just your normal healthy 30 year old who has never been to hospital, never had a stitch or a broken bone and then I decided to have a baby!  This is what happened next! My husband, John and I were very excited about the prospect of having a baby and it was all I had ever

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Trudy’s Story

Trudy's Story When I was pregnant with my first son I found out that I had an ovarian cyst.  The cyst burst several times during the first 22 weeks of pregnancy and my doctors told me that there was nothing they could do.  Finally after it bursting a final time they decided to send me to a Gynaecologist who told me to come back the following day and have it removed surgically or risk death to either myself, the

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Speedy Birth

Speedy Birth By Brook Weck My baby was born on Jan 3rd 2004 breech. I went to the hospital on Jan 2nd about 9:30PM with contraction about 5-6 minutes apart.  After being hooked to the monitor for an hour the nurse called the doctor on call and sent me home.  We went home and about 1:30 the contractions went from 5 minutes to 3 in about twenty minutes.  But since we were told that I was 90% effaced and

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Successful VBAC With Gestational Diabetes

Successful VBAC With Gestational Diabetes This is the story of the pregnancy and birth of my second son. My first son Sam was born by emergency caesarean after a dream pregnancy, 20 hour labour and getting stuck at 9cm dilatation with an anterior lip. This time I had morning sickness for 16 weeks, back pain from 10 weeks, gestational diabetes from 29 weeks and frequent, often painful Braxton-Hicks from 26 weeks. Doctors and hospitals in Australia will not allow

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Breech Of Faith

Breech Of Faith By Patricia Blomme I have decided to begin the birth story of my third child while waiting the active phase of my labour. At present, I have begun a slow process of contracting. Which is far different from the progress of my first two children. Needless to say, the phrase "no two labours are alike" plays out well here. But then again, this whole pregnancy has been so very different. I sit here at my computer

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