Empowered Birth Stories

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I have some amazing news to share that we welcomed our son, Cassian Lucca Raymond into the world on Sunday 22nd April at 2.41am weighing a healthy 8lb1oz! He was born by candlelight during a furious thunder and lightning storm and I birthed him in 5hours. I haven’t been able to complete my birth story until now because of the overwhelming sense of emotion I felt about my incredible birth experience - something I would not have been able to do without my husband, Shaya and our midwife, Sophia. My birth...

Canavan family of 5! As I learned quite quickly after Fionn, most people don't want to hear a positive birth story. It's almost as if you're shamed for having an 'easy' time of it, and you're 'bragging' and giving people 'false hope'. DaithÍ and I, 12 hours before Tadhg was born As I learned after Daithí, most people love to hear the horror stories, everyone has an awful story to share, each one more traumatic than the last, as if it's a competition. Growing up in Ireland, with a maternity health care system like something from the dark ages, believe me,...

This is my tale of how our gorgeous son, Lorcan, joined our family in the wider world. A tricky history: Lorcan's birth was preceded 2 years earlier by the arrival of our healthy little girl. Despite a healthy and positive pregnancy, it was a truly agonising and traumatic labour: I found myself laying in fear on my back on a hospital bed, under continuous monitoring, attached to a drip to keep me hydrated and under pressure to accept syntocinon. Fifty hours after regular contractions starting and at 9.5cm dilated we were...

It was early August, we were in the middle of a heatwave and I was 5 days overdue. I had absolutely loved my pregnancy and whilst I wasn't completely fed up yet, I was definitely ready to get things moving! So on a hot and sunny Tuesday afternoon I went for a long, laboured waddle around Audley End park. Later that evening I was sitting on my birthing ball (the only comfortable spot in the house), eating spaghetti bolognese and I felt a twinge. I wondered if this was really it, or just a false alarm. As...

The right birth on the day’, a key lesson I learnt during my Wise Hippo hypnobirthing course. It hurts so much, nothing you do will help! A lot of my friends couldn’t understand why I was ‘bothering’ with something that ‘won’t help’. I was told ‘it hurts so much, nothing you do will help’, there was also a lot of eye rolling. So immediately I was faced with negativity. At 26 weeks pregnant, with a big bump and feeling exhausted these were the last ‘friendly’ bits of advice I needed… I was ready...