65 | Teresa Palmer Two Vaginal Deliveries, Retained Placenta Manual Removal

In this week’s episode, I interview Teresa Palmer.  Teresa and Mark tried for about 5 months to conceive and were unsuccessful. Teresa then found out that she ovulates later in her cycle that she had thought. With this knowledge in hand, she was able to fall pregnant the following month.

Teresa felt her pregnancy with Bodhi Rain was pretty uneventful. She had wanted to be a mother her whole life and so to be pregnant was the most exciting thing she had ever navigated. She loved every moment of it. She felt very well with minimal pregnancy symptoms. She found out her baby’s gender at her 11-week scan. 

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She had planned to have a home birth in America. She had witnessed a home birth of one of her best friends when she was 11 weeks and she ended up hiring the same midwife she had seen navigate a very challenging birth. She read all of Ina May Gaskin’s books and watched her documentary.

Teresa and Mark got married when she was 6 weeks pregnant. At 36 weeks she started a hypnobirthing course. At 38+6 Teresa’s waters broke while she was in bed and they began to get really excited and called their midwife. The midwife said to rest and come in the morning. She went in at 11 am and it was confirmed that her waters had infant broken.

To hear more about Bodhi’s birth and Forrest’s tune into this weeks show.

Topics covered: waters breaking, castor oil, hypnobirthing, acupuncture, birth pool, home birth, hospital transfer, breastfeeding, posterior baby, fever during labour, Dr. Paul Crane, manual extraction of the placenta, tandem breastfeeding, 

To connect with Teresa's Your Zen Mama

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64 | Bonnie Antenatal Depression, Induced Labour

In this week’s episode, I interview Bonnie. Bonnie suffered terribly with morning sickness and then antenatal depression throughout her pregnancy. Living in the UK at the time with her husband, Bonnie had planned for them to return to Australia when she found out she was pregnant. Bonnie shares very openly about suicidal thoughts and regularly discussed with her husband her feelings that she couldn’t be a mother and that he would need to raise the baby himself after the baby was born.

To hear more about Bonnie’s very difficult pregnancy and how she connected with some very supportive staff through St John of God Hospital in Perth, tune into this weeks episode.

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Topics covered: Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, antenatal depression, migration, morning sickness, arrhythmia, exercise in pregnancy, psychologist, induction, postnatal anxiety.

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63 | Kristy Joyce Triplets Born via Caesarean Section

In this week’s episode, I interview Kristy Joyce. Kristy had trouble conceiving after having her first son Mason and sought the help of fertility specialists. She began the process by taking Clomid to help assist in egg stimulation. Just before Kristy was about to have IVF she discovered she was pregnant with triplets. Despite being advised that Clomid can lead to the possibility of having multiples, Kristy and her husband never dreamed it would actually happen to them. To hear how Kristy managed her high-risk pregnancy and the safe delivery of all three beautiful babies tune into this week's show.

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62 | Lacey Barratt Four Birth Stories, Doula and Birth Photographer

In this weeks episode, I interview mother, Doula and Birth Photographer Lacey Barratt. Lacey fell pregnant quite unexpectedly at the age of 22 whilst backpacking in Darwin. Lacey describes herself as feeling violently ill and was throwing up multiple times a day throughout her first pregnancy. Lacey connected with her local GP and she delivered through the birth center in Darwin. Lacey was unsure of what was deemed ‘normal’ for morning sickness however she was concerned about her weight and she felt very run down and dehydrated. Lacey delivered her first baby at 41 and a half weeks after days of prodromal labour with a posterior baby.

There is a just 15mths difference in age between Lacey’s first and second children so it came as quite a surprise when she fell pregnant again.  To hear how Lacey went on to have a home birth and private midwifery care in her subsequent births tune into this week's show.

To connect with Lacey click here: https://laceybarratt.com.au

Topics covered: Hyperemesis gravidarum,  posterior position, prodromal labour, anterior lip, birth stole, methadone, lounge tie, prolapse, anemic, free birth, gestational diabetes, placenta prints, 

This weeks episode is sponsored by Chekoh. Chekoh Bamboo wrap carriers and Slings were created by mother of three Krystal in 2013. Krystal designed the Chekoh range of carriers to encompass all those points that were missing from the mainstream brands, no bulk, breathable lightweight and natural fabrics, prints and patterns the modern parent WANTS to wear and an easy to use carry for this busy mama of three. To check out the fabulous Chekoh range head over to https://www.chekoh.com

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61 | Anna McGahan 33 week Premature Emergency Caesarean Delivery

In this weeks episode, I interview Anna. Anna fell pregnant just six weeks after getting married catching both her and her partner by surprise.  Despite having a couple of scares early on in her pregnancy with a car accident at 5 weeks and a small bleed after a fall in a recreational sports game, Anna said she had a beautiful pregnancy. She had read books such as Birth Skills by Juju Sundin and she was preparing for a drug-free natural delivery through the Mercy Public Hospital in Melbourne.

At 32 weeks Anna started to have a very strange feeling she would have her little girl early. She read two accounts of women who had had babies at 33 weeks on an online forum she was part of. One woman and had delivered a healthy prem baby and the other had a stillborn. This tragic loss really rocked Anna during her pregnancy.

To hear more of Anna’s story tune into this week's show.

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Topics covered: concealed abruption, NICU, Emergency Caesarean section, breastfeeding, Mercy Hosptial for Women, reduced fetal movement.

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60 | Kristie Simpson, Vaginal Breech Delivery Public Hospial, Hip Dysplasia

Kristie had been on the pill for 10 years and thought it might take her a little while to conceive. She came off the pill in December and fell pregnant quite quickly. Kristie is a very active gym goer and she found going to the gym each morning really helped with her early morning sickness. Kristie was keen to have a natural delivery and she booked into her local Family Birth Center which was associated with King Edward Hospital. Kristie undertook the She Births birth course online to help her prepare for her pregnancy and delivery. She did the course in conjunction with the Family Birth Center. Kirstie is a Type A personality and felt confident to take the She Births course as it has been proven to reduce rates of Caesarean Section and birth intervention.

At 32 weeks Kristie discovered that her baby was a frank breech presentation, bottom first instead of head first. Kristie was still very keen to avoid a caesarean section and looked into the possibility of a natural vaginal breech delivery.

To hear more about Kristie’s breech delivery tune into this weeks show.

Topics covered: She Births, Hip Dysplasia, Breech birth, private midwife, King Edward Hospital, Family Birth Center, active pregnancy, prolapse, second-degree tear, acupuncture, ECV.


59 | Kirsty Chandler Positive Hypnobirth in Water, Private Midwife

In this week’s episode, I interview Kirsty Chandler. Kirsty fell pregnant in her second month of actively trying to conceive. She spent the lead up preparing her body by cutting out alcohol and caffeine and saw a variety of healthcare providers such as acupuncturists and chiropractors to prepare her body for pregnancy.  Kirsty was very careful in searching for the right care provider for her pregnancy and birth. She interviewed both the midwives at her local Gold Coast hospital as well as the private midwives which worked a short distance from her house. She decided to employ a private midwife for her care. Kirsty also took Hypnobithing classes to prepare for the drug-free water birth she intended to have.

Kirsty laboured at home and spent much of her time on the toilet where her waters went. Her private midwife came to her house to monitor her and see how labour was progressing and she advised she had time to make the journey to the hospital to get into the birth pool there. Kirsty was very well prepared for her labor. She wore an eye mask and had her hypnobirthing Australia track- rainbow relaxation playing in her earphones as she made the journey to the hospital. This helped her to block out any external influences and allowed her to stay focused on her breathing.

Kirsty’s husband checked her into the hospital and then went to move their car from the emergency bay and almost missed the birth as he got lost finding his way back from the car park. River was born gently into the birth pool with the guiding hands of Kirsty and her partner Guy also in the birth pool. To hear more about this beautiful birth tune into this weeks show.

To connect with Kirsty: https://www.facebook.com/birthinharmonygoldcoast/

Topics covered: Breast crawl, hypnobirth, homeopathics, private midwife, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, delayed cord clamping, perineal massage, labia graze.

Today’s episode of the show is sponsored by Tree Hut Village.  Tree Hut Village is the only website in the world where you can hire/lend/buy and sell your baby items from one family to another.  Tree Hut Village is essentially like AirBnB for baby equipment. You can: List your baby items for hire. Hire from other parents -  short or long term. You can sell baby items, and you can try products before you buy them so you don't have to worry if your baby will sleep in the bassinet or travel cot you want to buy.  Tree Hut Village is offering my listeners 10% off with the code THV4ME. To find out more head over to https://www.treehutvillage.com.


58 | Sarah Hocking Legally Blind Two Caesarean Births, Miscarriage, Brain Surgery.

In this weeks episode, I interview Sarah Hocking. Sarah first found out she was pregnant when she was in her first year of primary teaching. The pregnancy came as a shock as they were planning their wedding however they soon became really excited. At Sarah’s eight week scan they discovered they had miscarried their baby. Devastated by their loss, Sarah decided to throw herself into her wedding preparation. 

Nine weeks prior to the wedding Sarah found out she was pregnant. Thrilled to be pregnant Sarah went through the care at the Mercy Hospital in Melbourne. Sarah had had a stroke at the age of 24 which meant she was categorized as high risk during her pregnancy.

Sarah was diagnosed as having placenta previa and as she was on blood thinning medication from her stroke, she had to watch out for any bleeding. Due to the placenta’s positioning Sarah was booked in for a caesarean section. A week before her scheduled Caesarean section Sarah’s vision began to deteriorate and she initially thought it was due to tiredness. She went to see the doctor and she said if it gets worse come back in for more tests.

Sarah was watching the news with her husband and she started crying as she couldn't see the faces of the news readers properly. They decided to go to the hospital and they had monitoring and then the doctor came back in and he thought she should have a CAT scan to rule everything out. At this stage, they were just waiting for results and she sent her husband home for some rest.  At 3 am she was woken when all the lights in her room came on and a team of doctors came in and said “You’re going to be in for a really rough ride. We’ve found three clots in your brain.”   To hear more about Sarah’s journey tune into this weeks episode.

To connect with Sarah and her blog Blind Intuition  

Today’s episode is sponsored by Renee from The Birth Space. Renee is a Certified Hypnobirthing Australia™ Practitioner and Postnatal Doula based in Perth. She is passionate about teaching and encouraging women that birth shouldn’t be feared, but anticipated and embraced. With the right knowledge, preparation, tools, and support, the Hypnobirthing Australia™ program helps you to have a positive and calm birthing experience. Renee teaches the Hypnobirthing Australia™ program in a group or private classes in Perth and she also offers Skype sessions for those of you living in other states across Australia. As a Postpartum doula, Renee is able to support you in that precious first few days and weeks post birth. Renee is offering my listeners a $50 discount off a Hypnobirthing Australia class or her Postnatal Doula services until the end of July using the code BirthStories. You can find out more about Renee and The Birth Space over at https://www.thebirthspace.com.au

Topics covered: stroke, legally blind, clean, brain surgery, downs syndrome, DNC, meningiomas, placenta previa, disability, grief, loss, VBAC.

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57 | Jules Coffey Two Vaginal Deliveries, Hyperemsis Gravidarum, Doula, Breastfeeding Challenges

In today’s episode, I interview Jules Coffey. Jules shares her two pregnancies and births from the perspective of a trained doula. Despite always wanting to be pregnant and have children, Jules didn’t enjoy her first pregnancy. She was sick almost immediately, just ten days after conception.  Jules was also affected by costochondritis and her colon doubled in size making her feel very unwell. At 19 weeks pregnant Jules and her partner got married and on their honeymoon, she developed a bladder infection. All of these ailments combined had Jules wishing away her pregnancy. 

Towards the end of Jules’ pregnancy, her growth scans showed she was measuring 3 weeks behind in size and she was also admitted to hospital suffering from sciatica. At 37 weeks she had a stretch and sweep to help try and initiate labor. She then went on to have cervical inserted to which she had an allergic reaction which led to her having an overstimulated uterus. To hear more of how Jules’ first and second labors went tune into this week's show.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Kindred Postnatal Products. Kindred is based in Melbourne and specializes in placenta encapsulation and other placenta remedies including creams, balms, tinctures, and smoothies. Women all over the world have reported increased energy, balanced hormones, a bigger milk supply and less postpartum bleeding when taking placenta capsules. Kindred wants to share these amazing benefits with the women of Melbourne. Kindred is offering a $30 discount to any Australian Birth Story listeners who are interested in encapsulating their placenta, with code BIRTHSTORIES. Anyone living in Melbourne can check out their website at www.kindredpnp.com.au to find out what areas of Melbourne they service.

Topics covered: Hashimotos, thyroid conditions, doula training, induction, epidural, breastfeeding, breast aversion, formula feeding, private obstetrician, hypnobirthing, irritable uterus, costochondritis essential oils, placenta encapsulation, breast crawl, oral and nipple thrush, mastitis.

All images by Ashleigh Jane Birth Photography 

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56 | Suzie Blake Two Vaginal Deliveries, Artist and Breastfeeding Advocate

In today’s episode, I interview Suzie Blake. Suzie shares her two pregnancies and births as well as her beautiful photography work as a breastfeeding advocate. Suzie fell pregnant unexpectedly whilst living in London with her partner. They were overjoyed but somewhat isolated being away from family and having no immediate friends who were having children. Suzie shares her birth in London under the care of midwives and she then compares the system to that of Australia. Halfway through her second pregnancy Suzie returned home to Australia and gave birth to her second child at the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Today’s episode of the show is brought to you by the Medela Asia Pacific Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium 2018.  This event is the ideal platform for health professionals to enhance their knowledge and clinical practice through presentations of the latest research in breastfeeding and human milk. Together with an audience of breastfeeding champions, the Symposium offers a valuable exchange of thoughts and ideas as well as networking opportunities. The Medela Asia Pacific Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium is a two-day event with a world class line up of speakers, will take place in the Pullman Melbourne On The Park Hotel on 3rd & 4th of May 2018. 

To purchase your ticket head over HERE 

To connect with Suzie http://www.suzieblake.com

Topics covered: midwifery, NHS, Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne, Photography, hind water leak, fast delivery, breastfeeding, breastfeeding photography, censorship, feminism, Medela, hole in the heart, Tweddle


55 | Nikki Jurcutz Emergency Caesarean Reduced Foetal Movements Gestational Diabetes

In this week’s episode, I interview Nikki. Nikki is the CEO of Tiny Hearts first Aid and a qualified paramedic. Nikki conceived quite quickly when she and her partner finally agreed to try for a baby. Unfortunately, they lost their first baby at 10 weeks. They decided very quickly to try again once they were given the all-clear from their doctor and they went on to conceive their daughter Nahla Fox. Nikki explains feeling very anxious throughout the pregnancy due to their previous loss and combined with morning sickness, hyperthyroidism and gestational diabetes Nikki said she did not enjoy her pregnancy.

At 36 weeks gestation Nikki went to bed and both her and her husband were marveling at how active Nahla had been. She was all over the place and then she suddenly stopped moving. Nikki went to the bathroom, which usually leads to Nahla moving around and still nothing. Knowing she had an ultrasound booked for the morning Nikki decided to wait until the morning. After a restless and anxious night of little sleep, they made their way to the hospital. The doctors discover that she was in fact not moving as much as they would have liked to see. The baby had also not grown since her previous scan and they decided it would be best to try and induce Nikki.
To hear more about Nahla’s delivery tune into this weeks show.

Today's episode of the show is brought to you by Tiny Hearts First Aid. Tiny Hearts First Aid is Australia’s most trusted provider of baby and child first aid. Tiny Hearts are on a mission to empower parents and caregivers through their courses and kits. Tiny Hearts First Aid are offering all listeners $10 off on their courses and kits is with the code: AUBS10   https://www.tinyheartsfirstaid.com

Topics included: miscarriage, gestational diabetes, hypothyroidism, reduced foetal movement, emergency caesarean, NICU, low blood sugar, transfusion

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54 | Bohannah Gerritsen Three Births, Hospital Birth and Two Home Water Births

In today’s episode, I interview Bo Gerritsen. Bo was busy planning her wedding at the age of twenty-four when she found out she was unexpectedly pregnant with her daughter Indiana. Despite being a strong believer in home births, Bo felt unprepared so she decided to have her first daughter through the public hospital in Perth. Bo suffered morning sickness for her entire pregnancy with Indiana and got quite used to the routine of throwing up each morning and then feeling better by the afternoon.

Bo went into labour the morning after her birthday. She’d felt upset and emotional throughout her birthday so in hindsight she thinks it was a sign that labour was about to start. Her labour began with cramping however as it was five days until her due date she didn't think it was the early signs of labour. She spent the best part of that day labouring in her bath at home and she accepted that she was having contractions when they became more regular and were timeable. At 6 pm she made her way to the hospital to find out she was 3cm dilated…..

Tune into this weeks episode to hear more about Indian’s labour and how Bo’s partner passed out in the hospital room heat and due to the pressure of holding Bo up while she was pushing on the birth stool.



Topics include public hospital healthcare, unplanned pregnancy, morning sickness, breastfeeding, NICU, home birth, water birth, tongue tie, The Simple Folk.

Today’s episode is sponsored by ErgoPouch. ErgoPouch have just released their new winter newborn sleepwear essentials pack, which includes everything you need to help your new baby sleep comfortably this Autumn and Winter to see the full ErgoPouch range head over to ErgoPouch

All images : Cat Fancote - Capturing Birth

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53 | Bec Douros Two Births, Emergency Caesarean, Elective Caesarean

In today’s episode, I interview Bec Douros. After getting engaged quite young at 21 and married at age 23, Bec knew she wanted to try for a baby right away. With a history of Endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome, Bec journey into motherhood was long and challenging. After four years of actively trying to conceive and after several miscarriages Bec fell pregnant with her first son Archie. She suffered from debilitating morning sickness throughout Archie’s pregnancy which required her to be hospitalized on more than one occasion. Thankfully this sickness passed at about 20 weeks.

Bec was seeing a private obstetrician through the Epworth Hosptial in Melbourne and she undertook the hospital offered birthing classes. She said she went into the birth hoping for a natural delivery however she was open to seeing how it went on the day. Bec went over on her dates and she was booked in to be induced however she went into labour naturally the morning of her scheduled induction.  Making her way to the hospital at 8 am, Bec laboured all day with help of Gas and Air and her TENS machine. When she was checked and confirmed to be 8cm’s dilated, she started to have intense back pain.  Archie was in a  posterior position and despite efforts to turn him they couldn’t. It was at that moment that Bec started bleeding profusely and both her and Archies heart rates suddenly dropped.  Bec explains that it got very intense very quickly and after 18hrs of labour she was rushed away for an emergency caesarean.

To hear the rest of Archie’s birth in more detail and Bec pregnancy and birth of her second son Lenny, tune into this weeks episode of the show.

Topics covered:  Endometriosis, Polly Cystic Ovarian Syndrom, caesarean section, hemorrhage, postpartum recovery, blood transfusion, pelvic girdle pain, pelvic instability, SRC Recovery shorts, physio, breastfeeding.

Today's episode is sponsored by women’s health physio Shira Kramer. Shira has helped thousands of women through pregnancy, postpartum and beyond, and has recently launched her 8-week online program, Restore Your Core, designed to help busy mums return to exercise safely post-bub with a focus on core and pelvic floor recovery. It includes daily exercises, interviews, and videos, all completed in the comfort of your own home for less than $20 per week. 

Shira would like to offer Australian Birth Stories listeners 10% off the full price of her program, using the code RYCABS. To find out more about the Restore Your Core program head over to www.shirakramer.com.au

All images by : Kelly Jordan Photography


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52 | Kate Vincent Twins, IVF and Spontaneous Conception Vaginal Delivery

52 | Kate Vincent Twins, IVF and Spontaneous Conception Vaginal Delivery

In today’s episode, I interview Kate Vincent. It took just over four years for Kate and her partner to conceive their twin boys. Kate was in her mid-twenties when they first started and they expected it to happen very quickly.  After a year of trying Kate had some tests to investigate if she may have had endometriosis. Her results came back all clear. The next step was to speak to a fertility specialist. The fertility tests came back fine and Kate and her husband had what is often referred to as ‘unexplained infertility’. Kate experienced a few chemical pregnancies after their fertility treatments but it wasn’t until the 6th transfer that she fell pregnant. Remarkably Kate fell pregnant naturally a couple of days before her embryo transfer and went on to have twins.

To hear Kate’s twin pregnancy and natural vaginal delivery in more detail tune into this weeks episode.

This weeks episode is sponsored by Baby Berry Collective . Don’t have any spare time to trawl the internet for the latest products for your little ones? Baby Berry Collective can help you because they’ve already done all the hard work! They’re an online directory showcasing amazing baby, kids AND mama products from Australia and New Zealand. Baby Berry Collective have an Exclusive Offers page where you’ll find over 50 discount codes to use at your favorite online stores. Plus they run amazing giveaways!  https://babyberrycollective.com

All images and film captured by  The First Hello Project  http://www.thefirsthelloproject.com

Topics: calm birth, induction, IVF, unexplained infertility, spontaneous pregnancy, twins, twin pregnancy, tandem feeding, silent reflux, express feeding, mastitis.

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51 | Rachael Casella Emergency Caesarean After Long Labour Spinal Muscular Atrophy

In this week’s episode, I interview Rachael Casella. Rachael refers to herself as a Type A personality, so when thinking about trying to conceive, she spent six months preparing. She saw a Chinese herbalist and acupuncturist and also had her husband Johnny tested for fertility. Rachael started trying on her honeymoon and when she didn't fall pregnant in the first 2 months of trying she went and saw Genea in Sydney. She discovered that she ovulates on day 8 instead of day 14 of her cycle. With this info in hand, she fell pregnant the next month of trying.

Despite having private health insurance, Rachael and her husband decided to use the midwifery lead care program through the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney. At 39 weeks Rachel had a stretch and sweep however her cervix hadn't dilated as yet. She began to experience reduced foetal movement at this time so her midwifery team decided it would be best to induce her at 40 weeks. After a difficult labour and 2 hours of pushing Mackenzie were delivered by caesarean section.

At 10 weeks of age, Rachael took Mackenzie to see a lactation consultant because she found Mackenzie was pulling off crying during feeds. The lactation consultant initially thought that Mackenzie she was a bit floppier than he should be for her age. Panicked Rachael rushed her to a doctor who said that she would need to go and see a pediatrician. They got to see a pediatrician in 2 days later. When seeing the pediatrician They were in the office with the pediatrician for about 4 minutes before he turned to them and said: “I think your baby has got Spinal Muscular Atrophy”. They had never heard of SMA before so they asked what the cure was and he said it was terminal. To hear the rest of Mackenzie’s journey please tune into this week's show.

To find out more about Rachael’s blog: https://www.mylifeoflove.com/ 

This weeks episode is proudly sponsored by Bouncing Back From Birth.  Bouncing Back From Birth is dedicated to helping mums thrive after birth. From Vaginal Birth to Belly Birth and Breastfeeding support Bouncing Back From Birth offers everything you need for healing, strength, and confidence in the one place. Bouncing Back From Birth are offering 15% with the code BIRTHSTORIES offer available until April 30. ($2 from every sale made using this code will be donated towards SMA research).

Topic: miscarriage, fertility tracking, private health insurance, Royal Hospital for Women, Midwifery care program, Genea, continuity of care, birth plan, delayed cord clamping, reduced foetal movement, TENS, posterior position, Mackenzie’s Mission.


To find out more about Rachael’s blog: My Life of Love

Additional Reading:

The Victorian Clinical Genetics Services Genetic Test called Prepair: 

The Conversation: Explainer What is Pre-Pregnancy Carrier Screening

The Conversation: What Prospective Parents Need to Know About Gene Tests such as Prepair

To see the ABC 730 report covering Mackenzie’s Mission: Part One and Part Two

50 | Adrienne Biscontin Three Fast Vaginal Deliveries

In this weeks episode, I interview Adrienne Biscontin. Adrienne started trying for a baby shortly after she had gotten married bought a house. Several of her friends had fallen pregnant quickly so she assumed she would conceive quickly too. After 8mths of actively trying to conceive she fell pregnant. Unfortunately, Adrienne miscarried quite early in this pregnancy. Completely devastated after her loss, she decided to overturn her life and she concentrated heavily on her health, moving her diet to organic produce and swapping many staples in her diet to try and create the most favorable environment to conceive. Six months later she fell pregnant with her first daughter Ava.

Adrienne delivered all three of her daughters at St Vincent’s Private in Melbourne. Collectively she laboured for 8.5 hours she had 3 super fast deliveries. To hear Adrienne’s very fast deliveries in more detail tune into this week’s episode.

To check out Adrienne’s blog Stylish Bump click here: http://www.stylishbump.com.au

This week's sponsor is the Aussie brand Modibodi. Modibodi replaces the need for disposable hygiene products such as pads, liners, post partum pads, and tampons. Modibodi call it pee, perspiration and period proof underwear and maternity wear. Modibodi are offering my listeners a special offer 15% off until 5th April with the code: birthstoriesmarch (excludes packs and gift cards. excludes clearance items) https://www.modibodi.com

If you’d like to become a member of the Australian Birth Stories Podcast and help support the show please check out my Patreon account here: https://www.patreon.com/Australianbirthstories

Topics covered: pilates, fertility, fast births, irritable uterus, miscarriage, silent reflux.

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49 | Beccy Cloke Emergency Caesarean, Planned Hypno Birth

In today’s episode, I interview Beccy Cloke. Beccy was diagnosed as having a tilted cervix by her gynecologist at a young age and she was advised that it may take her a little longer to conceive. With that in mind, she and Travis started trying for a baby shortly after their honeymoon. To their complete surprise, they conceived very quickly and then had to adjust quickly to the idea that a baby was on the way.

Beccy went through private obstetric care through Mitcham Private Hospital in Melbourne. After an initial hiccup, she changed obstetricians to find a recommended doctor they had complete trust in. Beccy took both a Hypno Birth course and an online course called Birth Beat. Wanting to have a drug free, natural delivery, Beccy shares how she became very upset when she underwent an emergency caesarean after her labour didn’t progress. Overjoyed to have a happy and healthy baby, Beccy still feels disappointed with some components of her birth. To hear more about how Beccy struggled with some of the decisions she made during her pregnancy and her labour and some things she wished she had done differently tune into this weeks episode.

Today's episode of the show is brought to you by Tiny Hearts First Aid. Tiny Hearts First Aid is Australia’s most trusted provider of baby and child first aide. Tiny Hearts are on a mission to empower parents and care givers through their courses and kits. Tiny Hearts First Aid are offering all listeners $10 off on their courses and kits is with the code: AUBS10   https://www.tinyheartsfirstaid.com

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48 | Lisa Wipfli Two Under Two, Emergency Caesarean, Elective Caesarean

48 | Lisa Wipfli  Two Under Two, Emergency Caesarean, Elective Caesarean

In this weeks episode, I interview Lisa Wipfli. Lisa shares her pregnancy with Ted and her unexpected emergency caesarean. She then discusses falling pregnant some 7months later with her second little boy Jack and life with two under two.

Lisa conceived Ted during her second month of trying to conceive and after watching many friends struggle to fall pregnant, she was incredibly grateful. Ted’s pregnancy went quite smoothly until the final weeks when Lisa began to feel very uncomfortable and she suffered pelvic and back pain. Lisa had weekly and sometimes twice weekly appointments with her Osteopath to assist with the discomfort. She went two weeks over her due date in the middle of summer and had gained approximately 22kgs so she was more than ready to be induced at 42 weeks.

To hear more about Lisa deliveries, her husbands GoPro and virtual reality filming of the births and lots more tune into this weeks episode.

This weeks episode is sponsored by Nourishing Bubs- a range of ten single vegetable purees, frozen into easy-to-use individual portions. Snap-frozen to hold in all the nutrients using only locally-grown Aussie veggies and nothing else. No added sugar, no salt, no fruit, no thickeners, no preservatives, just wholesome, nourishing meals for your precious bub. To find your nearest stockist head over to https://www.nourishingbubs.com/pages/about-us

Topics included: pelvic pain, breastfeeding, breastfeeding challenges, reduced milk production, emergency caesarean, cracked nipples, nipple shields, pilates, Body beyond birth, abdominal separation, mixed feeding, pumping, virtual reality filming. 

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47 | Jess Dempsey Three Births, Vaginal Delivery, Caesarean, Maternal Anxiety

In today’s episode, I interview Jess Dempsey. When Jess fell pregnant with her first son, she was sick from 6 weeks, vomiting all day up until 20 weeks. At 12 weeks Jess underwent the recommended combined blood test and ultrasound to assess her baby’s down syndrome risk. Her results came back with a higher than expected chance of having a baby with Downs 1/300. Jess and her partner decided not to risk the life of the baby by having an amniocentesis test, instead electing to waited until their 20-week scan to find out what there baby’s risk was. They found out at the 20-week scan that their baby didn’t have down syndrome and he was very healthy.

Jess went into natural labour the day after her due date. She woke with period like pain and a need to go to the toilet. At 6 am she woke up her husband up and told him and they decided to go into the hospital at bout 9 am. After being assessed at 3cm dilated they decided to go back home and labour for a while.

To hear more about Jess’ recovery from her first delivery and her anxiety and subsequent two pregnancies and births tune into this weeks show.

Topics covered: down syndrome risk, postnatal anxiety, mastitis, breast lump biopsy, episiotomy, Dr. Len Kliman, Midwife Cath, gender, elective caesarean, midwifery support, failed epidural.

Today's episode is sponsored by women’s health physio Shira Kramer. Shira has helped thousands of women through pregnancy, postpartum and beyond, and she has recently launched her 8-week online program, Restore Your Core, which aims to address core and pelvic floor issues post-bub, and assists with recovery in a safe way. It includes daily exercises, interviews, and videos, all completed in the comfort of your own home, just 10-20mins a day, for only $149. Shira would like to offer Australian Birth Stories listeners 10% off using the code RYCABS. To find out more about the Restore Your Core program head over to www.shirakramer.com.au

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46 | Alex Tabet, Two Natural Deliveries, Hypnobirthing After a Traumatic First Birth

In today’s episode, I interview Alex Tabet. Alex conceived her first daughter quite easily by tracking her ovulation and listening carefully to her body. During her pregnancy, Alex went six days over due. She admits thinking “how hard could labour be?”  She woke at 330am with mild contractions

She left for hospital at 930am when her contractions 3 minutes apart. She was calling everyone she new, was very vocal and felt less focused. Alex shares she felt like she resisted her contractions and didn’t work with her body in the way in which she did in her second labour.

To hear how Alex went on to conceive her second daughter 3 years later and how she attended Hypnobirthing classes and achieved a much calmer birth.

All images and film by https://www.brisbanebirthphotography.com.au

Topics Covered: moon cycles, ovulation awearness, breastfeeding, birth  trauma, pregnancy insomnia, hypnobirth, Hypnobirthing Australia, gas and air, pethadine.

Today’s episode is brought to you by Kindred Midwifery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Kindred is a unique collective of midwives and obstetricians providing holistic, high quality collaborative health care to women and families. Operating out of Brisbane, Kindred Midwifery offers complete pregnancy care, one on one labour and birth care, and six weeks of postnatal in home Midwifery care.  

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