Water Birth Stories

Silas’ birth

Silas’ birth

The pregnancy had been a dream. I had loved every moment of it–feeling the baby move, getting lots of attention from people (even complete strangers), the good health and great skin, hair and nails. Even the massive amount of stretch marks I had proved to be an amusing show-and-tell piece! I was completing my final year of study at Teachers’ College at the time and the year went really well–I was quite invincible and none of the study stressed me at all (which I found unusual compared to the high stress levels of my classmates!)

Sarah’s birth – as told by her mum

Sarah’s birth – as told by her mum

They say that the first three years of a child’s life are the most important. As such, I chose to have a three year gap between my first and second child so that I could give as much attention as possible to my first child during her important formative years. I am glad to say that it seems to have paid off as my daughter is now a wonderful help with the new baby…

Piper’s Birth Story

Piper’s Birth Story

A few weeks before my third baby was due, I interviewed a woman about her choice to have her first baby by caesarean. She was afraid of the pain and didn’t want her husband to see her in undignified positions. She liked knowing the date and approximate time of her daughter’s birth. Perfectly understandable, I thought, in this crazy culture of fear. But such a different world…
At home, the lounge was nearly ready. I’d put up fairy lights, and Warren and my parents were putting up the new track and curtains Mum had sewn. The pool was set up in its corner and 7-year-old Madeleine and 21-month-old Harry had a swim after we test-filled it.