Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Home Birth

I was lucky enough to attend my first homebirth last week!
After working as a Doula for four years, it was an amazing experience.
After a previous traumatic delivery I witnessed the power of loving care. It was a privilege to be able to witness the love between this couple, the atmosphere in the room was heady with oxytocin, low lights, the pool water, massage and oils in the air.
A midwife who was willing to step back and allow this birth to happen undisturbed, I could see the fear and adrenaline kick in with any attempt to perform a vaginal exam etc so her midwife just waited in the kitchen whilst myself and her partner continued supporting and encouraging.
She was actually orgasmic (have confirmed this with her since) and just kept saying how happy she was, no pharmacological drugs and birthed a persistent posterior baby. Within two hours was tucked up in bed with her older child, husband and new baby eating tea and toast!
After running a homebirth support group for years, am so glad to see with my own eyes the difference between birth at home and in hospital!
After the birth I went straight on to the Sheffield Homebirth Conference and really enjoyed hearing Denis Walsh speak and seeing the AIMS film Birth Matters (See my next post for more on this)

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