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Brooke was very surprised when she found out she was pregnant the first time. A few weeks earlier she had had the Nuva Ring inserted as a method of contraception. After she had discussed the pregnancy with her partner of 7mths and the shock began to settle Brooke became excited about the pregnancy. Brookes baby was breech at 38 weeks and she had an ECV performed to turn him successfully. Brooke had  prodromal labour for days preventing her from sleeping and she was eventually induced to bring  on labour. To hear more about Brooke’s delivery, her breastfeeding challenges with vasospasm and thrush, her battle with secondary infertility and threatened molar pregnancy tune  into this weeks show.

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Today’s episode is sponsored by Gather, a women’s space located in Seddon in Melbourne’s inner-west. Gather was born out of a desire to create an inclusive space for Melbourne women to connect, build community and belong. Founded by birth doula and mother of two Gabrielle Nancarrow, the space aims to bring connection back to a personal level and nourish the whole woman—physically, mentally and emotionally. To find out more, go to www.gatherwomenspace.com

Gather’s offerings have been designed to support and honour each woman's journey and include everything from sharing birth stories to sex and relationship guidance, full and new moon circles, postpartum prep, specialised women’s and prenatal yoga, cycle and fertility awareness, empowering childbirth education and breastfeeding circles. Gather also has a birth, loss and postpartum doula collective and offers free monthly “Meet the doula” gatherings. The intimate space also offers one-on-one sessions with an in-house herbalist, women’s health physiotherapist, sexologist and ayurvedic practitioner. To find out more, go to www.gatherwomenspace.com . If you’re a doula and interested in joining the Gather collective, email gabrielle@gatherwomenspace.com Website: www.gatherwomenspace.com 

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