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Home Birth of Tor and Iori

Told by a doctor that my baby was 7lb 9oz at this stage and would be at high risk of shoulder dystocia by my due date. She said that babies put on at least a pound a week in the last few weeks so seemed to be suggesting my baby would around 11lb 9oz by 40 weeks.

Birth Before Arrival of Jessie Baby Number 10

Birth story of Jessie 💖Baby no1001/04/20207.27pm7lb 4ozBBA, HBAC, Grand Multip I’ve had 3 previous homebirths with babies 3, 4 and 9 so there was no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t give birth at home this time either. (Baby number 9 Joey’s birth story can be read HERE). I’d declined consultant care again, as I just find them stressful and not relevant to me. I also declined a GTT (gestational diabetes test) as they Read more…

Suzanna’s Unassisted Homebirth During Covid

Suzanna is a member of the Home Birth Support Group and our freebirth and preparing for birth without a midwife group. This is her freebirth story in her words and pictures. “Marley James, My 3rd baby, born at home in water birth pool, 40 + 6, 6th July, 2.18am Freebirth Previous labour’s….So after a very traumatic labour with my 1st baby girl after premature rupture of membranes, induction, 72 hours later ending in emergency caesarean Read more…

Positive Induction (side helping of Disability Discrimination)

Isla Erin Gordon 02/07/20 5lb 15oz Second baby Second elective induction. Warning : massive story!!!! Grab a cuppa and some cake! A positive? induction story! Although not great ante natal care via consultant led care. I am physically disabled with a condition called Perthes Disease, which is where my left hip bone didn’t form properly as a child (instead of a round ‘ball’ in my ball/socket I had a flat edge). I’ve had operations on Read more…

The Monster in the Dark

I have been sat on this blog post for over a year, I had forgotten I had written it and just stumbled across it and realised it is still relevant. These are just my musings, forgive me if its a bit rambling, I was just going to post my poem but the words poured out onto the screen. I am so tired of the dismissal of other peoples trauma, of a growing culture of fear Read more…

Samantha Gadsden, works as a national virtual doula, supporting in person across South Wales and the South West.

She walks with women on their journey's through life. She is a feminist, a birth educator and listener, a doula, a believer in and supporter of women and lives living just outside Caerphilly in the South Wales Valleys with her husband Eddie and her 3 younger children.