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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.

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, 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

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


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