39 | Beth Johnson, Two Births, High Risk Pregnancy, Piere Robin Sequence, Soft Cleft

In today’s episode, I interview Beth Johnson. Beth shares her two pregnancies and births with us. Beth recalls her first pregnancy as beautiful and uneventful which resulted in a lovely water birth through the midwifery program at Sydney’s Royal Hospital for Women. Seven years after having her first daughter, Beth married her partner Jonathan and they conceived their second daughter on their honeymoon. Beth was terribly sick with ‘all day’ morning sickness. At 20 weeks when they went to have their routine ultrasound the doctors discovered some abnormalities in Marley’s facial structure.

During this incredibly stressful time, Beth underwent countless ultrasounds. She also had an amniocentesis test administered which all failed to determine why her baby’s lower jaw seemed hard to detect in the scans.  It wasn’t until Beth met with the midwife Kate Dwyer (who’s a Clinical Midwife Consultant High-Risk Pregnancy, Coordinator Midwifery Group Practice/Maternal-Fetal Medicine), at Sydney’s Royal Hospital for Women. Kate quickly diagnosed Beth’s baby girl with Piere Robin Sequence.

To hear more about Piere Robin Sequence and how Beth’s high-risk pregnancy unfolded tune into this week's show.

For more information on Piere Robin Sequence https://www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/fact_sheets/Pierre_Robin_Sequence_PRS/

Topics covered: high-risk pregnancy, Piere Robin Sequence, Sydney’s Royal Children’s Hospital, nasal gastric tube (NG Tube), soft cleft palate, NICU, sleep apnoea, sleeping prone, reflux, amniocentesis.  

To connect with Beth Johnson through her Blog Modern Mother click here: http://modernmotherblog.com

Today’s episode is sponsor by Zoe Sage. Zoe Sage is an online store for the modern busy mama; with health-conscious products that aim to help with everyday tasks and reduce stress. To see the full range of Zoe Sage products head over to https://zoesage.com.au/ The lovely team at Zoe Sage are offering all Australian Birth Stories Listeners 10% of the code AUSSIEBIRTH2018

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38 | Jasmyne Summerfield Three Births, Car Delivery by Grandma, Midwife Mother

In today’s episode, I interview Jasmyne Summerfield. Jasmyne shares her three very different pregnancies and births. Jasmyne is a midwife and discusses a variety of issues such as severe reflux, food allergies,  tongue ties, and her most recent birth of Caris, who was delivered by her mother in the car on the way to the hospital. Jasmyne was able to use her midwifery knowledge to know that Quinn was posterior during the end stages of her pregnancy and she, therefore, kept very active when her labour began. After labouring at home for some time she got into the bath at the birth center. After having three strong contractions in the bath, Jasmyne wanted to get out as she wasn’t comfortable in the water and she fainted just after getting out. In hindsight, she believes she fainted as she was in transition. Despite feeling the urge to push Jasmyne was keen to transfer from the birth center into the hospital next door to get an epidural as the pain from her posterior labour was quite overwhelming. After her epidural was in place she was able to get some rest and regroup. After pushing for 2 hours, Jas was able to deliver Quinn unassisted. During Theo’s labour Jas was in denial about being in active labour and she stayed at home for the majority of her contractions. After arriving at the birth center, her waters broke in the shower and she made the transition into the bath. After just one contraction in the bath and his head was born, a small amount of meconium was detected in the water. As meconium was discovered Jas’ midwife called the pediatrician so that she could check on Theo’s his breathing once he was delivered.  Theo was checked quickly and found to be perfect so he was returned to Jas very quickly after delivery. To hear how Jasmyne delivered her third baby Caris in the car with the help of her husband and mother tune into the podcast interview. To connect with Jasmyne on Instagram: Chasingthesummerfields Today’s show is sponsored by Mammojo. The Mammojo Lactivewear® range has been specifically designed for new mothers who believe that breastfeeding should not be a barrier to living a full and active life.  Mammojo is offering all Australian Birth Stories listeners 15% off their Lactivewear® range by using code ABS18.  https://www.mammojo.com Topics covered: Group B Strep positive, birth center, Polly Cystic Ovarian Syndrom (PCOS), posterior, epidural, postpartum bleed, reflux, nursing aversion, allergies, tongue tie, upper lip tie, advocating for postnatal care, sleep deprivation, meconium, managed to the third stage, placenta encapsulation, co-sleeping, car delivery.

In today’s episode, I interview Jasmyne Summerfield. Jasmyne shares her three very different pregnancies and births. Jasmyne is a midwife and discusses a variety of issues such as severe reflux, food allergies,  tongue ties, and her most recent birth of Caris, who was delivered by her mother in the car on the way to the hospital.

Jasmyne was able to use her midwifery knowledge to know that Quinn was posterior during the end stages of her pregnancy and she, therefore, kept very active when her labour began. After labouring at home for some time she got into the bath at the birth center. After having three strong contractions in the bath, Jasmyne wanted to get out as she wasn’t comfortable in the water and she fainted just after getting out. In hindsight, she believes she fainted as she was in transition. Despite feeling the urge to push Jasmyne was keen to transfer from the birth center into the hospital next door to get an epidural as the pain from her posterior labour was quite overwhelming. After her epidural was in place she was able to get some rest and regroup. After pushing for 2 hours, Jas was able to deliver Quinn unassisted.

During Theo’s labour Jas was in denial about being in active labour and she stayed at home for the majority of her contractions. After arriving at the birth center, her waters broke in the shower and she made the transition into the bath. After just one contraction in the bath and his head was born, a small amount of meconium was detected in the water. As meconium was discovered Jas’ midwife called the pediatrician so that she could check on Theo’s his breathing once he was delivered.  Theo was checked quickly and found to be perfect so he was returned to Jas very quickly after delivery.

To hear how Jasmyne delivered her third baby Caris in the car with the help of her husband and mother tune into the podcast interview.

To connect with Jasmyne on Instagram: Chasingthesummerfields

Today’s show is sponsored by Mammojo. The Mammojo Lactivewear® range has been specifically designed for new mothers who believe that breastfeeding should not be a barrier to living a full and active life.  Mammojo is offering all Australian Birth Stories listeners 15% off their Lactivewear® range by using code ABS18.  https://www.mammojo.com

Topics covered: Group B Strep positive, birth center, Polly Cystic Ovarian Syndrom (PCOS), posterior, epidural, postpartum bleed, reflux, nursing aversion, allergies, tongue tie, upper lip tie, advocating for postnatal care, sleep deprivation, meconium, managed to the third stage, placenta encapsulation, co-sleeping, car delivery.

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37 | Karla Rose Two Birth Centre Water Births Byron Bay

37 | Karla Rose Two Birth Center Water Births In today’s episode, I interview Karla Rose. Karla shares her pregnancies and births with her daughter Mini and her son Ruko. At 42 weeks Karla woke at 1 am and her waters went as she went to the bathroom. Contractions began quite quickly after her waters broke and she made her way to the birth center. After an intense contraction at the center, she got into the bath while she was transitioning. Mini was born into the water and her husband Ben delivered her. When she was born they were cuddling Mini for nearly 40minutes before they thought to check to see the sex of the baby.  To hear more about Karla’s pregnancy with her son Ru and his birth tune into the podcast episode here.

37 | Karla Rose Two Birth Center Water Births

In today’s episode, I interview Karla Rose. Karla shares her pregnancies and births with her daughter Mini and her son Ruko. At 42 weeks Karla woke at 1 am and her waters went as she went to the bathroom. Contractions began quite quickly after her waters broke and she made her way to the birth center. After an intense contraction at the center, she got into the bath while she was transitioning. Mini was born into the water and her husband Ben delivered her. When she was born they were cuddling Mini for nearly 40minutes before they thought to check to see the sex of the baby.  To hear more about Karla’s pregnancy with her son Ru and his birth tune into the podcast episode here.

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Topics covered: birth center birth, Byron Bay, water birth, postpartum bleed, Mullumbimby, rupture of membranes prior to contractions, castor oil, Tweed hospital, retained placenta, breastfeeding, engorgement, nipple shields. Today’s episode is sponsored by The Hug App.  The Hug App is available nationally and free to download and use, The Hug App is a secure, private online community that connects parents, family members and friends in need of transport or care for their little ones: https://www.thehugapp.com.au/

Topics covered: birth center birth, Byron Bay, water birth, postpartum bleed, Mullumbimby, rupture of membranes prior to contractions, castor oil, Tweed hospital, retained placenta, breastfeeding, engorgement, nipple shields.

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Hug App.  The Hug App is available nationally and free to download and use, The Hug App is a secure, private online community that connects parents, family members and friends in need of transport or care for their little ones: https://www.thehugapp.com.au/

36 | Rozalia Russian, Two Births Gestational Diabetes, Caesarean Births, Blood Transfusion

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In today’s episode, I interview Rozalia Russian. Rozalia takes us through her pregnancy and birth with both Willow and Kingston. After a very happy and healthy pregnancy with Willow Rozalia went 10 days overdue and was induced to help start her labour. After labouring all day Roza was unable to get past 3cm so her obstetrician Guy Skinner advised an emergency caesarean was the best way forward. After Willow’s delivery Roza haemorrhaged and required a blood transfusion. To hear more about Willow’s birth and how gestational diabetes in Kingston’s pregnancy caught her by surprised tune into this weeks show.

Topics cover: gestational diabetes, blood transfusion, haemorrhage elective caesarean, emergency caesarean, breastfeeding, young mum, St Vincents Private Hospital, Dr. Guy Skinner, mastitis.

Todays episode is sponsored by Palmaira Sandals Australia.  Palmaira Sandals Australia is run by the gorgeous sister in law duo two sister-in-laws (Jenn & Gem).To check out the full range of these beautiful Avarca sandals head over to: https://www.palmairasandalsaustralia.com

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35 | Nat Harris, Homebirth, Waterbirth, Hind Water Leak, Retained Placenta

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In today’s episode, I interview Nat. Nat takes us through her home water birth. Nat’s story is quite unique in that she had a hind water leak at 40 weeks, however, her contractions did not start. She was originally under the care of the team midwives through the local birth center however they were unable to continue to be her care provider once she had gone past 72 hours without contractions. Nat decided to hire her own private midwife to have the waterbirth she had planned for at home. To hear Nat’s birth story in more detail please tune into this weeks episode.

Topics included: hind water leak, water birth, private midwife, hemorrhage, retained placenta, nuchal cord, Tresillian, placenta encapsulation, cervical scar tissue, home birth.

To connect with Nat's Doula service : https://www.facebook.com/natalieharrisdoula/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

This week’s sponsor is CocoonaBaby. The CocoonaBaby is a unique ergonomic baby mattress designed for newborns' daytime and nighttime optimal sleep. Thanks to its enveloping shape, babies lie in a reassuring semi-fetal position, promoting deep sleep by limiting the startle reflex. To find out more about the CocoonaBaby https://www.cocoonababy.com.au

34 | Adele Barbaro, Induced Labour, Emergency Caesarean, IVF, VBAC, Clitoral Tear

In today’s episode, I interview Adele Barbaro (The Real Mumma). Adele shares her struggles in falling pregnant with her first child Harvey. Adele suffers from endometriosis and had a procedure to remove scar tissue to help create a more favorable environment for an embryonic transfer through IVF. Adele’s labour failed to progress despite induction medication being given and she delivered Harvey via a caesarean section. Adele went on to conceive Chloe naturally to her and Paul’s great surprise. Adele wanted to try for a VBAC with Chloe and she shares that although she was able to have the VBAC she had wished for she suffered a clitoral tear from her vaginal delivery. She recalls talking to her doctor a few weeks after Chloe’s delivery and saying she wishes she had just booked in for another cesarean. To hear more of Adele’s story tune in this week's show. Topics covered: IVF, low amniotic fluid, induction, caesarean section, vaginal birth after caesarean VBAC, clitoral tear, prodromal labour, vacuum delivery, hind water leak, general anesthetic, expressed colostrum,  endometriosis. To connect with Adele https://www.facebook.com/TheRealMumma/ This weeks sponsor is Little Bellies. Little Bellies are passionate about providing healthy and delicious foods for babies & toddlers. https://littlebellies.net.au  

In today’s episode, I interview Adele Barbaro (The Real Mumma). Adele shares her struggles in falling pregnant with her first child Harvey. Adele suffers from endometriosis and had a procedure to remove scar tissue to help create a more favorable environment for an embryonic transfer through IVF. Adele’s labour failed to progress despite induction medication being given and she delivered Harvey via a caesarean section.

Adele went on to conceive Chloe naturally to her and Paul’s great surprise. Adele wanted to try for a VBAC with Chloe and she shares that although she was able to have the VBAC she had wished for she suffered a clitoral tear from her vaginal delivery. She recalls talking to her doctor a few weeks after Chloe’s delivery and saying she wishes she had just booked in for another cesarean. To hear more of Adele’s story tune in this week's show.

Topics covered: IVF, low amniotic fluid, induction, caesarean section, vaginal birth after caesarean VBAC, clitoral tear, prodromal labour, vacuum delivery, hind water leak, general anesthetic, expressed colostrum,  endometriosis.

To connect with Adele https://www.facebook.com/TheRealMumma/

This weeks sponsor is Little Bellies. Little Bellies are passionate about providing healthy and delicious foods for babies & toddlers. https://littlebellies.net.au

 

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33 | Jessica Smith, Two Births, Epworth Freemasons, Epidural and Medication free

In today’s episode, I interview Paralympian, Diversity and Disability Activist, author and mother of two Jessica Smith. Jessica shares her births with both Ayla and Reza. She takes us through the struggles with suffering severe morning sickness, (hyperemesis gravidarum) low iron and anxiety surrounding labour. Jessica also touches on how she felt about her changing body and body image after suffering from eating disorders for many years. Jessica was living in Perth when she fell pregnant with Ayla. Expecting to be met with fertility challenges due to battling eating disorders in her past, Jessica was thrilled to conceive easily in her first month of trying. Unfortunately, she immediately began to suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum. Jessica wasn't able to keep anything down including water. Under the careful watch of her obstetrician, Jessica later needed an iron transfusion. Thanfully by 17 weeks the morning sickness passed. Jessica felt very fearful about the delivery of Ayla and was quite sure she would like an epidural on the day. During the lead up she was also quite concerned about logistically how she would manage the baby with one hand. For example, she was concerned about day to day managing of tasks where she would be holding the baby and wouldn’t have a free hand to pick up car keys if she dropped them or if she was breastfeeding in public and wanted to cover herself with a wrap, she wouldn't have a free hand to assist herself.  To hear Ayla's birth story, Jessica’s devastating miscarriage after Ayla, and her pregnancy journey and birth with Reza listen now. Topics included: hyperemesis gravidarum, bulimia, low iron, Epworth Freemason’s Hospital, miscarriage, epidural, anxiety, natural birth. Little Miss Jessica Goes to School by Jessica Smith http://www.jessicasmith.com.au/little-miss-jessica-goes-to-school/ Today’s sponsor is Mama Maya. to check out Mama Maya’s full range of beautiful organic swaddles head over to  https://mamamaya.com.au

In today’s episode, I interview Paralympian, Diversity and Disability Activist, author and mother of two Jessica Smith. Jessica shares her births with both Ayla and Reza. She takes us through the struggles with suffering severe morning sickness, (hyperemesis gravidarum) low iron and anxiety surrounding labour. Jessica also touches on how she felt about her changing body and body image after suffering from eating disorders for many years.

Jessica was living in Perth when she fell pregnant with Ayla. Expecting to be met with fertility challenges due to battling eating disorders in her past, Jessica was thrilled to conceive easily in her first month of trying. Unfortunately, she immediately began to suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum. Jessica wasn't able to keep anything down including water. Under the careful watch of her obstetrician, Jessica later needed an iron transfusion. Thanfully by 17 weeks the morning sickness passed.

Jessica felt very fearful about the delivery of Ayla and was quite sure she would like an epidural on the day. During the lead up she was also quite concerned about logistically how she would manage the baby with one hand. For example, she was concerned about day to day managing of tasks where she would be holding the baby and wouldn’t have a free hand to pick up car keys if she dropped them or if she was breastfeeding in public and wanted to cover herself with a wrap, she wouldn't have a free hand to assist herself. 

To hear Ayla's birth story, Jessica’s devastating miscarriage after Ayla, and her pregnancy journey and birth with Reza listen now.

Topics included: hyperemesis gravidarum, bulimia, low iron, Epworth Freemason’s Hospital, miscarriage, epidural, anxiety, natural birth.

Little Miss Jessica Goes to School by Jessica Smith

http://www.jessicasmith.com.au/little-miss-jessica-goes-to-school/

Today’s sponsor is Mama Maya. to check out Mama Maya’s full range of beautiful organic swaddles head over to  https://mamamaya.com.au

32 | Marcia Leone, Two births, Miscarriage, Malrotated Bowel, IVF, Calmbirth

In Today’s episode, I interview Marcia Leone from the Not So Mumsy blog. Marcia takes us through her two pregnancies and births with both Archie and Poppy. Marcia also discusses the two difficult miscarriages she had in between having Archie and Poppy and discusses the challenges of having unexpected secondary infertility. After undergoing a cleanse with her Naturopath, Marcia was able to regulate her cycles and fall pregnant quite quickly with Archie. Marcia took a weekend couples Calmbirth course to prepare for the labour which she felt really helped to ease her anxiety and get her ready for labour. At 39 weeks and 5 days, Marcia got up in the night to discover she lost her mucus plug after some light cramping. As she had tested positive to group B Step, her obstetrician recommended she come in to begin her antibiotic treatment. After having her waters broken to help progress her labour, Marcia went on to have an induction, epidural and episiotomy to assist the delivery of little Archie.

In Today’s episode, I interview Marcia Leone from the Not So Mumsy blog. Marcia takes us through her two pregnancies and births with both Archie and Poppy. Marcia also discusses the two difficult miscarriages she had in between having Archie and Poppy and discusses the challenges of having unexpected secondary infertility.

After undergoing a cleanse with her Naturopath, Marcia was able to regulate her cycles and fall pregnant quite quickly with Archie. Marcia took a weekend couples Calmbirth course to prepare for the labour which she felt really helped to ease her anxiety and get her ready for labour. At 39 weeks and 5 days, Marcia got up in the night to discover she lost her mucus plug after some light cramping. As she had tested positive to group B Step, her obstetrician recommended she come in to begin her antibiotic treatment. After having her waters broken to help progress her labour, Marcia went on to have an induction, epidural and episiotomy to assist the delivery of little Archie.

Several hours after delivery the midwives were monitoring Archie whilst Marcia had a rest and they noticed he had spewed up some bright green bile. Archie was immediately taken away for surgery to have his malrotated bowel corrected. This was a completely unexpected condition and left Marcia and her partner shell-shocked. After one intensive month in the hospital, Archie was discharged. Marcia pumped around the clock during this time and established a fantastic supply. She was able to go on to have a successful breastfeeding relationship with Archie despite his severe reflux. To hear how it took several years, two miscarriages, a terrible bout of Dengue Fever and a round of IVF to conceive Poppy, tune in to Marcia’s interview. Topics included: PCOS, Hypnosis, Calmbirth, IVF, Spontaneous miscarriage, DNC, induction, epidural, Group B Strep, malrotated bowel, NICU, Special Care Nursery, secondary infertility, Dengue Fever. To connect with Marcia and her blog and label, Not So Mumsy click here http://notsomumsy.com/ Today’s episode is sponsored by LEGOE Heritage. LEGOE is kindly offering you all 10% off with the code ABSxLEGOE this offer is until 12th December so be quick. To see their full range go to LEGOE Heritage.  To go into the draw to with a Body Ice Woman Maternity Pack please join the Australian Birth Stories newsletter here: https://www.australianbirthstories.com/

Several hours after delivery the midwives were monitoring Archie whilst Marcia had a rest and they noticed he had spewed up some bright green bile. Archie was immediately taken away for surgery to have his malrotated bowel corrected. This was a completely unexpected condition and left Marcia and her partner shell-shocked. After one intensive month in the hospital, Archie was discharged. Marcia pumped around the clock during this time and established a fantastic supply. She was able to go on to have a successful breastfeeding relationship with Archie despite his severe reflux.

To hear how it took several years, two miscarriages, a terrible bout of Dengue Fever and a round of IVF to conceive Poppy, tune in to Marcia’s interview.

Topics included: PCOS, Hypnosis, Calmbirth, IVF, Spontaneous miscarriage, DNC, induction, epidural, Group B Strep, malrotated bowel, NICU, Special Care Nursery, secondary infertility, Dengue Fever.

To connect with Marcia and her blog and label, Not So Mumsy click here http://notsomumsy.com/

Today’s episode is sponsored by LEGOE Heritage. LEGOE is kindly offering you all 10% off with the code ABSxLEGOE this offer is until 12th December so be quick. To see their full range go to LEGOE Heritage

To go into the draw to with a Body Ice Woman Maternity Pack please join the Australian Birth Stories newsletter here: https://www.australianbirthstories.com/

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31 | Tash Strudwick, Three Birth Stories, Stillbirth, Rainbow Baby

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In Today’s episode I interview Tash about her three pregnancies and births. Tash had her first baby at Wangaratta hospital in rural Victoria. After a long posterior labour her first birth ended in an emergency C-Section. After the birth of her daughter Dempsey, Tash went on to fall pregnant with her second daughter when Dempsey was 9 months old. She had moved to Eltham from the county during this time and began seeing a GP through shared care with the Mercy Hospital in Heidelberg. Despite having healthy test results and scans at 20 weeks, Tash began to feel very unwell at 23 weeks and she went into premature labour. Her baby was born sleeping a few hours later. 

Tash shares very courageously her journey of delivering her stillborn daughter and how she processed her grief after such a tragic unexpected loss. Tash went on to try for another baby a couple of years later and takes us through the stress and anxiety of her third pregnancy. After much deliberation Tash decided,  with the support of the Mercy staff, that she would have her little boy via elective c-section. This is a very powerful and emotional episode and I am incredibly greatful that Tash approached me wanting to share her stories.

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Topics covered: posterior labour, TENS machine, water injections, emergency c-section, stillborn baby, rainbow baby, preterm labour, elective c-section, prenatal anxiety.

This week's sponsor is Cadenshae. Cadenshae, an activewear brand designed especially for nursing mums. Cadenshae has a range of sports bras, nursing tops and hoodies, all designed to make feeding on the go super easy. The bras come in a variety of support levels so there’s a bra for every kind of workout. Each piece is made with style, functionality and quality in mind so you can stay active, look good and feel great while breastfeeding. To enjoy 10% off Cadenshae use code ABSCADEN.

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30 | Amelia Lamont, Midwife, Two Births, Breech, Induction, Vacuum Delivery

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In today’s episode, I interview Amelia Lamont, a Midwife and Sleep Consultant. Amelia shares the story of her son Alfie and daughter Essie’s pregnancies and births. After suffering two early miscarriages, Amelia fell pregnant with Alfie and had a relatively easy pregnancy up until 20 weeks when she started to experience an irritable uterus. This involved the uterus contracting regularly in a similar way to Braxton Hicks, with no cervical change. By 30 weeks these contractions became more regular and Amelia was advised by her obstetrician to stop working and rest until the baby was due to arrive. At 40 weeks Amelia went to see her obstetrician again as she hadn't been gaining any weight and they wanted to ensure the baby was still growing correctly. It was discovered at this appointment that Amelia had reduced fluid.

After having a stretch and sweep by both her doctor and later that day by a close friend who was also a midwife, Amelia’s labour failed to begin. The next day she had her waters broken by her doctor and her contractions came on hard and fast. Amelia had an epidural when she reached 6cm and then ended up having an episiotomy and vacuum delivery as both her and Alfie became distressed and unwell towards the end of the labour.

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During her second pregnancy with daughter Essie, Amelia discovered Essie was breech at 28 weeks. Despite trying every recommended trick to turn her, acupuncture, moxibustion, and osteopathy, Essie failed to move. At 36 weeks Amelia had an External Cephalic Version (ECV) which managed to finally rotate Essie. It was during this procedure that they discovered that once again Amelia had reduced fluid surrounding the baby.

To hear more about Essie’s delivery including how Amelia's husband crashed their new car before delivery, tune into the show….

Topics covered in today’s show: irritable uterus, reduced fetal movement, reduced fluid, episiotomy, acupuncture, moxibustion, external cephalic version, epidural, vacuum delivery, midwife, sleep school, breastfeeding, retained placenta, manual placenta removal.

To connect with Amelia: The Midwife Mumma 

Amelia's Sleep Consultancy: Sleep school

This weeks show sponsor: Tiny Hearts First Aid are offering all listeners $10 off on their courses and kits is with the code: AUBS10   https://www.tinyheartsfirstaid.com/

29 | Kayleigh McGlynn, Two Births, Kidney Stones, Postpartum Bleed

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In today’s episode, Kayleigh takes us through her two births. At the age of twenty, Kayleigh went off the contraceptive pill and found that her period didn’t return for over 12mths. She turned to acupuncture to try and regulate her cycle and was able to menstruate again and fell pregnant the following month.

During her first pregnancy, Kayleigh experienced morning sickness and later developed tachycardia ( a heart rate that exceeds the normal resting heart rate).  Kayleigh’s labour began with her waters leaking in the evening at 39 weeks. After a prolonged second stage, three hours of pushing Kayleigh had a big bleed and was rushed away to theatre leaving her husband behind holding their new son. 

During Kayleigh’s second pregnancy she developed kidney stones at 28 weeks.  Initially, she thought she was going into early labour. She was just about to get a steroid injection in preparation for a premature delivery when tests showed that she, in fact, had kidney stones. Kayleigh’s kidney stones passed after several days in the hospital where she was monitored and given IV fluids.

At 38 weeks Kayleigh noticed she had reduced baby movement one morning. Midwives came over and found her baby’s heart rate quite easily, however, the baby wasn’t moving as much as the midwives would expect. The doctors decided to induce Kayleigh based on the reduced baby moment. Nervous she would have another bleed Kayleigh had an epidural put in place but asked them not to give her the actual drugs unless there was a sudden emergency. To hear more of Kayleigh’s story tune into the show.

To connect with Kayleigh Mcglynn and her beautiful photography page: http://www.kayleighmcglynn.com.au

This week's sponsor is The Birth Poster. to enjoy 10% off your baby’s poster use discount code ‘birthstories’ at checkout.   www.thebirthposter.com

Topics included: PCOS, tachycardia, kidney stones, epidural, retained placenta, acupuncture, reduced fetal movement.

28 | Louise Bannister

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In today’s episode, I interview Louise Bannister. Louise is the publisher and editor of Lunch Lady Magazine and founder of Frankie, Smith Journal and Spaces. Louise takes us through her three very different births with Harriet, Pearl, and Bon.  Louise’s first birth was extremely traumatic. Louise was induced when she went 10 days overdue  through her private obstetrician’s care. Louise then went on to have two very different births to Pearl and Bon in the Mullumbimby Birthing Center. Louise shares the struggles of a missed miscarriage, perinatal depression and the pressures of juggling working life and three small children.

When Louise fell pregnant the first time she was just starting to create the beautiful magazine, Frankie. Having recently moved to Byron Bay, Louise saw a new GP who recommended that she not have the initial 12-week scan as he believed everything in her pregnancy seemed to be fine. It wasn't until Louise had a scan at 19 weeks that she discovered that her baby had actually stopped growing at 8 weeks. 

After recovering from this devastating loss, Louise was determined to follow all the rules by the book when she went on to conceive Harriet. She booked in to see a private obstetrician through the local hospital. She took a hypnobirthing course at her sister's recommendation. Louise went 10 days overdue with Harriet and was scheduled for an induction at midnight when she was 41+3. After being given cervical inducing gel, Louise’s contractions started quite hard and fast. Louise describes Harriet’s birth as quite horrific and Harriet was pulled out with forceps at 12 midday the same day. After taking a shower that night in hospital Louise started haemoraghe and she was immediately wheeled into theatre and put under a general anesthetic to check for any retained placenta and to find the source of the bleed. 

When Harriet was 9 months old Louise decided to try for another baby and discovered she was pregnant with Pearl. Determined to have a completely different experience with her second birth, Louise went through midwifery care at the Mullumbimby Birthing Center for Pearl’s birth. She read numerous books including Juju Sundin’s - Birth Skills which she found really resonated with her personality. She was looking forward to using sound and vocalisation to work through the pain of each contraction. When the time came for Peal’s birth,  Louise was at home surrounded by family. She was on her birth ball talking to lawyers on the phone negotiating the split from Frankie magazine as the contractions began. She transferred a short time later to the Birth Center and gave birth to Pearl in the bath in a very relaxed and quiet birth center. The experience was the complete opposite of the chaotic trauma that surrounded Harriet’s labor and birth. Louise recalls eating pizza and chocolate mouse and enjoying soaking in her new little girl before transferring back home to her eagerly awaiting family that afternoon.

Louise refers to her third pregnancy with her son Bon as intensely challenging. Unlike her pregnancies with the girls, Louise suffered from prenatal depression. After suffering a terrible ear infection which left her unable to hear properly for over 10 weeks, Louise found she was getting trapped in her own head and negative thoughts began to take over her mind.  She recalls feeling incredibly empathetic towards stories in the news of trauma and distress and feared she might do something she regretted as she couldn't understand why she was having so many dark thoughts. Thankfully Louise was able to share this with her supportive husband who suggested she see her GP and seek out some counselling. Louise found her GP, who she loved, to be incredible and put her fears at ease explaining it is quite common. Her GP thought that if she had some sessions with a psychologist she could work through her fears. Louise found her sessions to be incredibly helpful and she was given strategies to help combat her negative thoughts. One of the strategies she swore by was to drink a glass of water and talk in a comical voice whenever she was starting to think sinister thoughts. She found that this instantly broke the cycle and she was able to move forward with her day.

Louise explains that she was actually the most fearful of her third labour and birth as she was emotionally and physically drained. She was launching her new magazine Lunch Lady and after a very trying pregnancy, she was ready to just get the baby out. She explains how she felt she had proven to herself already that she could have a natural birth and she, therefore, wanted to get it out the quickest and easiest way possible. As it turned out when she delivered Bon she was actually the calmest and quietest she had been in all her labours.

To hear more of Louise’s births in greater detail tune in to her episode here:

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Topics covered in today's show: missed miscarriage, traumatic birth, induction, retained placenta,  birth center, hypnobirth, breastfeeding, expressing, Juju Sundin’s Birth Skills, water birth, perinatal depression, psychologist, counseling.

27 | Simone Burstow Two sets of Identical Twins

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In today’s episode, I interview Simone Burstow. Simone has two sets of identical twins and she takes us through both her pregnancies and births. Simone went in to have an early ultrasound in her first pregnancy after she had experienced some spotting at around 6 weeks. Expecting bad news Simone was shocked to hear that she was, in fact, carrying two healthy babies.

Several years after the boys were born Simone and her husband decided to try again and Simone suffered an ectopic pregnancy which resulted in her losing one fallopian tube. After this sad experience and after effectively halving her chances of falling pregnant again, Simone was incredibly surprised when she fell pregnant again with another set of identical twins. 

To hear how Simone was able to deliver both sets of twins vaginally and how she has navigated all things twin related tune into this week's show.

Topics covered: Identical twins, twin to twin transfer, monoamniotic twins, ectopic pregnancy, fallopian tube removed, vaginal twin delivery, postpartum hemorrhage, tandem feeding

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26 | Courtney Adamo

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In today’s episode, I interview Courtney Adamo, co-founder of Babyccino Kids and author of the children’s book 9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. Courtney takes us through the journeys of her five pregnancies and births.  Courtney shares how her experiences with each of her previous birth journeys lead her to have the most idyllic home birth with her fifth baby Wilkie. 

Courtney fell pregnant for the first time at the age of 23, whilst living with her then-boyfriend Michael. At this time they had been dating for a year and a half and living in London. Despite the pregnancy coming as a bit of a shock, Courtney describes Easton’s pregnancy as a  ‘welcomed surprise’. Courtney found it quite overwhelming in the early stages of her pregnancy as she had only been living in London for a year and the midwifery system in London was quite different from what she knew of the American  Obstetric lead birthing system. Courtney decided to hire a private midwife because she liked the idea of seeing the same midwife throughout her pregnancy. All of her antenatal appointments were conducted in her London flat in a comfortable and relaxing environment. She was given the option with her private midwife to birth at home or at the local birthing center.

Easton’s labour was long and quite overwhelming and when his labour began to slow, and Courtney was becoming increasingly fatigued, she was transferred from the birth center to the local hospital. She then ended up having an epidural and 40 hours later Easton was born. Courtney explains it was not at all what she had envisioned for her birth. 

Twenty-Two months after Easton’s birth Courtney gave birth to her second son Quin. After Easton’s birth experience, Courtney had decided to hire the same private midwife and try and have a natural home birth. Courtney went into labour with Quin a few days before her due date and had another long drawn out and painful labour. After labouring at home for quite some time, Courtney was surprised to hear her midwife suggest that maybe she should transfer to the hospital. Courtney’s midwife felt there was something holding her back from birthing at home. Courtney made the frightening 2 am journey to the hospital and she gave birth quite dramatically on arrival at the hospital. 

Despite the dramatic transfer and quick delivery, Courtney found her recovery after Quin’s birth quite remarkable and she ended up walking home three hours after delivery. She and Michael sat in the sun in Hampstead Heath with their three hour newborn and savored the rare English sunshine.

Courtney fell pregnant with Ivy when she was away on a child-free holiday in New York. Another welcomed surprise as Courtney conceived at the end of her period and must have ovulated earlier than usual. Despite being quite nauseous in the first 12 weeks, Ivy’s pregnancy was very similar to that of the boys, leading Courtney to believe she was carrying another boy.  

After experiencing an epidural birth with Easton, and then a drug-free, but dramatic transfer birth with Quin, courtney knew she wanted to do thins differently for her third birth. When the day came, Courtney made the decision to go straight to the hospital and she had a much quicker birth with an epidural. The epidiural actually only worked for one side of her body. Courtney’s found with Ivy’s birth she was able to be more present. She remembers details vividly such as her sister’s face when ivy was born and the sounds and smells in the room, which she attributes to one of the benefits of having an epidural. 

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When Courtney’s fourth child, Marlow was conceived there was a shift in Courtney’s view and understanding of birth. She took up Yoga for the first time in her life and she read Ina May Gaskin’s book Guide to Childbirth. Courtney also gave Ina May’s book to Michael to read and she felt that the two of them were on the same page and were incredibly well prepared both physically and emotionally for Marlow’s birth. To the great surprise of the staff at the NHS hospital staff,  Courtney presented herself at 38 weeks to register for her birth. Courtney had no antenatal appointments during this pregnancy (despite having the twelve and twenty-week scans).

Marlow was delivered in the water in the local Birth Center with a beautiful midwife who completely trusted Courtney to have a physiological birth. Courtney remembers how her midwife sat quietly in the corner and told her to reach down and catch her baby when the time came.

Because of Marlow’s beautiful birth and the experiences she had has with her other births, Courtney felt she was now ready to have her home birth. A home birth with her four children present. She felt that Marlow’s birth has built her confidence. She felt that she and Michael had had that intimate moment with Marlow’s delivery and she was ready to share this experience with her other four children.

To hear how Courtney was able to have an idyllic home birth with her fifth child Wilkie, tune into Courtney’s episode.

Topics covered: epidural, private midwife, birth center, water birth, home birth, Courtney Adamo, Babyccino Kids, 9mths, breastfeeding, Byron Bay, Ina May Gaskin’s “Guide to Childbirth”.

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25 | Carla Mahony

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In Today’s episode, I interview Carla. Carla shares the stories of her three pregnancies and births. At 21 years of age, Carla had a benign tumour removed from her ovary and she was told at the time she had PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). The doctor informed her at this time that she would likely have difficulty conceiving. This turned out to be the case, as it took Carla three years of trying to fall pregnant with her first child. Carla worked with a fertility specialist out of Epworth Freemasons Hospital and tried a number of techniques such as weight loss, diet changes and then moved on to taking Clomid. After trying with Clomid for several months and having no success, Carla’s husband was deployed in the Army to the Solomon Islands and she took a full 6 months of taking any medications and had a complete break. When he returned she had one dose of Clomid and conceived Cate.

Carla shares how she loved her first pregnancy. She had wanted to be a mother all her life and she already knew that she wanted to have her child through the local caseload midwifery program near her house.

Carla went into labour naturally at home with Cate. She lost her mucus plug and then 2hours later her waters went. After labouring at home with her husband and sister for support, Carla made her way into the birth center in the evening when the contractions ramped up. On arrival, she was checked and shocked to find out she was fully effaced. After only 12 minutes of pushing Kate was delivered onto a mat while Carla was on all fours. Caral’s husband announced that they had a little girl and Carla was certain she was carrying a boy so she questioned this and after a nurse double checked they were thrilled to welcome little Cate into the world.

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To hear more about Carla’s recovery and the births of her other two children tune into the podcast.

Topics covered in this weeks episode: polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), Clomid, Fertility specialist, midwifery caseload care, natural childbirth, vaginal tearing, breastfeeding, benign ovarian tumor

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24 | Alys Gagnon, Breech Elective Caesarean, VBAC

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Today, Alys takes us through her decision to have an elective caesarean section with her first son William due to his breech position and then going on to have a VBAC. Alys describes William's conception as a ‘deliberate surprise”  after a few jokes around the table on a family New Zealand holiday with her partner’s family.  Alys laughs about the fact that the first thing she did after taking a home pregnancy test was to go straight to the Good Guys to buy a clothes drier.

Living in Canberra at the time Alys went through Canberra’s Public Hospital for her care. At 32 weeks she discovered her baby was breech. Alys’ doctor said she could decide on how she wanted to move forward. She shares how she made the decision to have a caesarean based on her readings and understandings that in a caesarean birth more of the risk is held by the mother and with a breech vaginal delivery the risk is held more with the baby. She said she probably wouldn’t make the same decision now, however, she was confident with her elective caesarean section choice at the time.

When Alys found out she was pregnant for the second time she began to explore her delivery options. A girlfriend of Alys’ had recently had a Calm Birth, and another friend had had a VBAC home water birth. Having never had a contraction in her first pregnancy, Alys decided she'd like to give a VBAC a try. Alys shares how she went back and forth with the idea and it wasn't until she took her midwifery lead VBAC birth education class at Box Hill Public Hospital. that she felt confident in her decision. The midwife who lead the class convinced Alys that the benefits of a VBAC outweighed the risks. She walked away knowing that she wanted to go for a VBAC. 

To hear more about how Alys’ successful VBAC went tune into the show.

Topics covered: Breech baby, elective caesarean, chemical pregnancy, VBAC, low milk supply, formula feeding, retained placenta.

Topics covered: Breech baby, elective caesarean, chemical pregnancy, VBAC, low milk supply, formula feeding, retained placenta.

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23 | Gemma Taylor, IVF Journey, Gestational Diabetes, Unplanned Home Birth

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In today’s episode, I interview Gemma Taylor. Gemma takes us through her difficult four-year journey trying to conceive her first child Flynn. Gemma suffered from mild endometriosis and a low egg count and conceived Flynn after a stimulated IVF Cycle. Gemma shares openly the heartache in miscarrying her first transferred embryo and the joy in going on to conceive Flynn. Flynn’s pregnancy began with severe morning sickness which didn’t subside until 24 weeks. Then at 27 weeks, Gemma was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes.

Gemma’s labor with Flynn began at around 39 weeks after a week of pre-labor. When she went in for a stretch and sweep her midwife was surprised to find how favourable Gemma seemed and said she thought that she was going to deliver in the coming day. Several days later contractions began to ramp up on a Friday night. Gemma laboured at home until 2 pm the following day when she transferred to Randwick Women's Hospital hospital feeling exhausted after a long and trying week of on and off contractions. The midwife on duty suggested an epidural to give Gemma the chance to have some rest and they started an indiction drip to help progress her labour.  

With her second pregnancy, after having gone through such a long a painful journey trying to conceive Flynn, Gemma and her partner decided to try quite quickly to try and conceive again. They began the process by having the frozen embryo (which was taken at the same time as Flynn) implanted. Unfortunately, this transfer ended in a missed miscarriage which Gemma had a DNC for at 7 weeks.

The next stimulated cycle for Gemma and her partner was somewhat different as the technology for IFV was continuing to evolve. There was now a new test available Pre-Implantation Genetic Testing. According to IVF Australia :

“Pre-implantation Genetic Testing (PGT) is a sophisticated scientific technique which can be used to test embryos for either a specific known genetic condition or chromosome abnormality. This enables only chromosomally normal embryos or those unaffected by a specific disorder to be selected for transfer during an IVF cycle, maximising the chance of a healthy baby. Up to 70% of embryos created, either via natural conception or IVF don’t survive the first 3 months of pregnancy and many don’t achieve implantation because of those two reasons.” (https://www.ivf.com.au/fertility-treatment/genetic-testing-pgt)

To hear more about how Gemma went on to have the first mosaic embryo transferred in Australia and how she ended up delivering her second son at home with the assistance of her sister in law and business partnerJenny tune into the show.

Topics covered: endometriosis, IFV, stimulated cycles, misses miscarriage, DNC, gestational diabetes, Mozaic embryo transfer, unexpected home birth, asthma, pre-labour.

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22 | Georgie Abay, Two Premature Births, Post-Partum Haemorrhage, Strict Bed rest

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In today’s episode, I interview Georgie Abay the founder of The Grace Tales. Georgie takes us through her pregnancies and premature births of her little girl Arabella at 34 weeks and Lottie at 33 weeks. After trying to conceive for 6 months Georgie fell pregnant with her first daughter Arabella. Georgie experienced terrible morning sickness up until 19 weeks with Arabella. After completing her Calm Birth course at 34 weeks, Georgie went into labour the next day prematurely. After going in for a routine ultrasound the staff discovered that she was going into labour. Her doctor sent her straight to the hospital to have a steroid injection and sent her home on bed rest. Georgie was due to be a bridesmaid for her best friend later that week and had a nail appointment that day in preparation for the day. Her mum said she could take her to her nail appointment and as she would be laying down in the chair she would therefore be resting. Georgie’s waters went in the nail salon in a comical movie style fashion. She ended up borrowing a towel from the salon and put that under her dress and she and her mother made their way to the hospital, via the supermarket to pack a last minute supply bag of essentials for the very early birth.

Despite her waters going contractions didn’t start so, Georgie was induced to progress the labour. After labouring for 17 hours with the assistance of an epidural and forceps,  Arabella was delivered 6 weeks early. Arabella was checked by a paediatrician and was then wheeled off to the special care nursery. Georgie explains that Arabella’s emotional birth and the separation she experienced was the hardest thing she had experienced. Arabella was formula fed in the special nursery and Georgie went home without her little girl. Georgie shares the heart ache she experienced in leaving the hospital without her baby. When home Georgie pumped tirelessly through the night to bring her milk supply in and was able to successfully bring in a great milk supply which enabled her to start breastfeeding Arabella when she was stronger. After two weeks of care in the special care nursery, Arabella was discharged and came home.

When Arabella was 10mths old Georgie fell pregnant again unexpectedly while they were renovating their house and living at her mum’s place. At 23 weeks into Georgie’s second pregnancy she had a scan and it was discovered she had a short cervix and she had started to dilate. She was put on strict bedrest as she was at risk of early labour again. This was incredibly challenging as she had a toddler to take care of. She was only allowed to get up to shower and eat. Georgie had to insert progesterone daily and shealso had steroid shots to help prepare her body and the baby for another early arrival. She moved back to her Mum’s house and hired a full-time nanny to care for Arabella. At 33 weeks Georgie felt she was about to go into labour so she quickly moved back into her family home and her the next morning her waters went. Georgie had the support of a lovely midwife and she felt this made a huge difference to her mental strength in this labour. As contractions didn’t immediately start, she had induction medication to progress things. To hear more about Georgie’s recovery and her 6-week postpartum haemorrhage, and Lottie’s birth journey tune into the podcast………

Topics covered: premature birth, special care nursery, epidural, forceps, breastfeeding, yoga, calm birth, blood clots, post-partum haemorrhage, bed rest, blood transfusions, retained placenta, Dilation (or dilatation) and curettage (D&C)

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21 | Claire, Home Birth, Same-sex Couple, Induced Lactation, Co-feeding

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In today’s episode, Claire shares how she and her partner Steph had a home birth with their little girl LJ. As a same-sex couple, Claire and Steph used a home insemination process with sperm given to them from a very good friend. As a naturopath, Claire carefully monitored her cycles and use acupuncture to help make the process as smooth as possible. They were lucky enough to conceive on their first home transfer.

Despite starting with GP Shared care Claire knew that she wanted a low intervention home birth. Claire decided to start interviewing private midwives to have a home birth and she found a lovely midwife who she and Steph connected with and they hired her for their pregnancy and home birth care.

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Claire discusses how she discovered she had some abdominal muscle separation. She eased off her regular Yoga practice at 30 weeks when the separation went to a three finger width apart gap.

Claire takes us through how she and Steph prepared themselves to co-feed LJ. Steph has never been pregnant before however, she was able to induce lactation through pumping regularly and taking natural medicines and Domperidone. Both Steph and Claire now breastfeed little LJ. To hear more listen now…

Topics covered: induced lactation, home insemination, home birth, water birth, private midwife, acupuncture, naturopath, breastfeeding, placenta encapsulation, same-sex couple.

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20 | Elise Three Births, Inductions, Postnatal Anxiety, Third Degree Tear

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In this weeks episode, Elise Knowles shares the births of her three children. During Elise's first labour she was dilated to 5cm without even realising she was in early labour. This pre-labor went on for several days and she ended up having some acupuncture and a stretch and sweep. Elise was admitted later that day and was induced to help progress her labour. 3.5 hours later Raffety was born and despite having an episiotomy she suffered a third-degree tear. Elise’s recovery was slow and difficult as she was physically and emotionally drained from the delivery. She found breastfeeding Raffety very challenging which she wasn’t expecting and felt unprepared for this challenge. She shares how there is very little discussion about how difficult the initial stages of breastfeeding can be and it can lead to feelings of guilt and failure when it doesn't all go to plan.

Raffety was a very unsettled baby who was later diagnosed with severe reflux and readmitted to hospital at 6 weeks of age. During this time in the hospital, while Raff recovered from a burnt oesophagus, it became clear to the staff that Elise was struggling emotionally and they advised her that they suspected she had postnatal depression. With the support and encouragement of her husband and mother, Elise was able to seek help and was connected with Better Beginnings. Her therapist diagnosed her with postnatal anxiety.

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Elise openly discusses the slow recovery she experienced with her tear and it was at 3mths that she got the courage to try sex again. After trying for 9mths she fell pregnant again with Tabitha. Unlike her first pregnancy Elise shares she felt much sicker with morning sickness with Tabitha and it was a very different pregnancy overall.  To hear more about Tabitha’s birth and Delilah’s tune into the podcast…….

Topics covered: 3rd-degree tear, postnatal depression, pelvic floor exercises, obstetrician, breastfeeding, induction, jaundice, prolapse, placenta encapsulation, 

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