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Birth Story – Homebirth on the Central Coast

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I took my decision to have a home birth for the birth of my second child very seriously, I had a good birth experience for the birth of my first child, but I had to be strong and actually leave the hospital during my labour to stop the doctor from intervening unnecessarily. This was due to the fact

Birth Story – Gosford Hospital

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My name is Alison. I have been fortunate enough to have two really great birth experiences. I attribute this to the quality midwifery care I received, and my own ability to birth! For both babies I  received antenatal care by the midwife who also helped me to birth my baby and then visited me afte

Midwives ‘With Women’

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Midwife is an old English word that means ‘with woman’ and this sums up the essence of what is recognised as one of the oldest professions in the world. Despite this ancient heritage people are often unaware of what midwives actually do and the pivotal role they play in the provision of

Tips for a VBAC

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Are you planning or considering a vaginal birth after a caesarean (VBAC)? With the Australian caesar rate up to 31% more and more women are reconsidering a subsequent caesar.  Most women choose to have VBACs because they believe it to be safer for them and their baby. Many women want to attempt to

5 ways to have a natural birth.

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1. Get educated.  Birth information and education used to be given and handed down from our mothers and the elders of the village, if you like. Today in our society we rely on classes to educate women and their partners through the birth and early parenting process. Most hospitals offer classes and

Birthing your baby at home

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Homebirth is increasingly being spoken about as an alternative to hospital birth. Some hospitals are now offering a homebirth program, and of course homebirth is available through independent midwives. Homebirth remains a less common choice for birth, with the majority of Australian women birthing i

Lessons in Labour

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The front page of the Daily Telegraph ran the sensational headline recently ‘Four dead in home birthing’. The article went on to say that at least four babies had died ‘during homebirths in the past nine months’ and a further four babies had suffered brain damage. This was p

Birth Trauma

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Birth trauma can affect any woman who has given birth. Although it is experienced by many women, most women do not talk about it and many may not even know they have it. This silence does nothing to help women move past their trauma; it is my hope that this article will help you along the path to

Emotional transformation within pregnancy and birth – a personal and professional prospective

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To the best of my knowledge and experience birth comes in three parts – the physical, emotional and spiritual. Here is my story…….. I remember one of the first thoughts that I had when I got pregnant with my first child thirteen and a half years ago…….… “how did my mother feel when sh