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#1 Chelli

Posted 27 October 2005 - 08:46 AM

Hi everyone,
The last thread was getting long, so here is another one original.gif

Here is the link to the last thread


I love reading about this. All the best

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#2 Kaohmie

Posted 28 October 2005 - 08:01 AM

Thanks for opening a new thread original.gif

How is everyone doing??  Feeling well?


Mum of three and a half wink.gif

#3 magenta

Posted 31 October 2005 - 04:12 PM

im sooo tired.i dont want to work anymore!
Unfortunatley i have to work till end of nov at least coz my im supporting my hubby thru tafe.dammit!
I happy now tho-i got a really good pre perego pram on ebay for 50$!!
also a box of used baby clothes for newborn for 50$
so im all ready to go.
to be honest i just wanna have this baby!
how r u Kaomie?

#4 angi

Posted 12 November 2005 - 07:53 AM

Hi there,
Just to introduce myself Im Ange and I gave birth for the first time to my little boy (Shen) three moths ago.

I had a beautiful pregnancy but was induced (waters broken straight away) by a male obstetrician and after 12 hours of labour was given a ceasar as Shen was distressed and I was 6cm dilated.

I also only managed to breastfeed for 7 weeks therefore he has been fully formula fed for the las 4 weeks.
Im having a bit of group therapy, as I have had a lot of trouble dealing with the "trauma" and feelings of failure, loss etc.
I had dearly wanted and kind of expected a natural birth and I guess its only now that I realise how much that meant to me.
Im really excited about the idea of a homebirth next time but obviously want to do loads of research first this time.
I checked out Annie Sprague's site and was inspired and excited to read the stories

My question is: What is the place of a Doula in the homebirth. Do many people have a midwife and a Doula??
I would love to train to be a Doula and first wanted to hear your views on the value they can add.

If I can somehow help other women feel empowered enough to make their experience a beautiful one, I would be thrilled and somewhat healed in the process.

Sorry to rave on but I guess its all still a bit fresh for me. I would love to hear more about you experiences and thoughts.

Ange 28
Scott 29
Shen 12 weeks

#5 magenta

Posted 14 November 2005 - 10:43 AM

hi there angi!
well i cant really help with yr doula question unfortunatley,im having a HB but im using a certified midwife.
I would def use a doula if i could afford both!!
i think it would be great.

#6 babalon

Posted 14 November 2005 - 06:54 PM

Hi angi, (and hi everyone else - haven't had much to say lately, not much happening in the second trimester original.gif)

I have chosen not to have a doula because I donít feel that need one as I feel that I will be getting all the support that I want and need from my homebirth midwife. If I do need to transfer to hospital from home my midwife will be coming with me and will have the same role as a doula would have. However, if I was planning a hospital birth from the start, I would definitely have a doula, I think having someone there who knows you and knows what you are going through and can stick up for you when you need it is a great idea.


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#7 babalon

Posted 14 November 2005 - 07:01 PM

hmm, let me re-phrase that... in answer to your actual question rather than just rambling original.gif I think a doula is a great thing for hospital or birth centre birth, but I think they would be kind of redundant at a homebirth as homebirth midwifes are already very empowering and homebirth is empowering in itself.


#8 magenta

Posted 15 November 2005 - 10:08 AM

HEAR HEAR!!!!! babalon!
i agree,i know i said i would use a doula as well.but i think it would be too crowded!
for a hospital birth a doula would be great!

#9 alyssa

Posted 15 November 2005 - 12:52 PM

Hi all,
I haven't been here before, and am not even pregnant.  I just wondered how the whole process worked though, do you arrange a midwife privately??  Do you see her instead of the hospital for visits along the way??  Is she expensive??
I never thought I'd be up for a home birth but since hubby delivered #2 in the car on the way to the hospital I'm thinking that I would consider it for future kiddies, but don't know a lot about it.  So if anyone can pander to me, and let me know how the process goes that would be appreciated.

Alyssa (27)
DH Josh (26)
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#10 sunbunny

Posted 15 November 2005 - 04:56 PM

Hi Alyssa,

I work as an independent midwife in SA, and I can tell you a bit about how it works...

Each state has a listing of Independent Practicing Midwives, IPM's, through the Australian college of Midwives, or through Homebirth Australia, the Maternity Coalition, or the local Homebirth group for that state.  Takes a bit of looking around, sometimes the midwives at a birthing centre will have a listing, or will refer if you ask them.

You just need to make contact, and meet up with as many midwives as it takes to find one that you connect with, and feel comfortable with on a personal and skilled professional level.  

Costs vary, and payment also varies, some like installments, others are happy with the lot after you get your baby bonus payment (centrelink payment).  There are several private health insurance companies that give partial or full rebates for private midwifery care, the Maternity Coalition are compiling a list of these for consumers to access.

There is no medicare rebate for private midwifery care, but it's all inclusive, there are no hidden gap payments, and it includes in my case, all antenatal care in your home, pool hire, birth care, baby checks, and 6 weeks of postnatal care, as often and for as long as you need it.  We also loan out a huge amount of books and videos to the women we birth with, and bring along things like birthing balls later in the pregnancy, loan aromatherapy oils, and are just generally available 24/7 for whatever the women need.  

Having been a consumer of independent midwifery care before becoming one, I can tell you that for me it was money very well spent.  I can't tell you of one of my friends who received such comprehensive continuity of care from any other model of care.  

Hope that helps!!  Let me know if there's anything else you need to know


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DS Jake 30/07/01 10lb 3oz
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#11 angi

Posted 16 November 2005 - 08:55 PM

Thanks a lot for your replies, I think I understand now.

Ive been told i am high risk and cant go to birth centres so its home or hospital for me.
Ive also been told by midwives that with my history I have a high chance of VBAC being successful.
and though home is alot more attractive im just not sure if i'll freak out and hear "babys in distress" voices when im in labour.
I live about 1 minutes drive from the Mercy hospital si I guess that will be comforting, still a bit chicken though.
hhhmmmm...sorry just thinking out loud
THANKS for you comments. original.gif

#12 ~kylie~

Posted 18 November 2005 - 07:43 PM

Hi there

I have a question about homebirth.

I would love a home water birth, but what does one do in the case of having a very small hot water system?

Mama to J&H

#13 Shebee

Posted 18 November 2005 - 08:17 PM

Hello all, I hope everyone is well!

I havent had a chance to drop in lately, I'd almost forgotten how busy a new bub can keep you (almost  wink.gif.

Well we are doing well, really well. Jazz slept for 7 hours last night, though I had to get up and express because I thought my poor breasts were going to explode  blush.gif! That was just unheard of with DS. She has been gradually been extending that sleep for the past week but I'm not going to count on it lasting just in case. It would be great though!

I just have to say that I am SO SMITTEN with my little girl! She is just so beautiful and I feel so blessed to have her here!

I developed PND really quickly after DS was born but I dont feel any of that this time and am just so happy with how things are going, despite being tired!

Life is really good and I only hope that I can pass on some warm, fuzzy, positive baby and birthing vibes to everyone!

Kaohmie, hope all is well and we get some exciting news soon!

Kylie, I cant think what you might do about the hot water service issue, except borrow a heap of electric jugs or urns! Contact a private midwife experienced with water birth, like Annie Sprague, and just ask her what options there might be.

Well, my darling daughter is sleeping so I'd better go do the same!
Take care,

Me 29
dh 32
DS   Sebastian 16th Feb 2002
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#14 ~kylie~

Posted 19 November 2005 - 09:36 PM

Shebee - Thanks for the suggestion original.gif

#15 sunbunny

Posted 20 November 2005 - 07:12 AM

Hi Kylie,

My partner and I both have a water heater, it's like a big immersion heater, that can go into the pool or bath when you are not in it.  It's very efficient, but you need volume to be able to dangle it into the water...we've birthed with women where not only has there been only a couple of inches of hot water in the pool, but the electricity has gone out half way through too...interesting, but not impossible.  We usually boil large pots of water on the stove, bring some extra electric jugs, and get the volume up that way, before adding cold water to get the temp just right before mum jumps in.  Sometimes it's hard work, and one of us does the pool while the other tends to the labouring woman and her family.  It pays to have someone around who can be dedicated to the water situation in that case original.gif

There are some blow up pools that you can buy/hire that take much less volume than for example the hard sided ones that many midwives have for hire.  These are great if you have a restriction on the water available.  I've just purchased one from the UK, it's called La Bassine - http://www.madeinwater.co.uk/pool.html

Hope this helps, and good luck!


DS Sam 30/01/99 10lb
DS Jake 30/07/01 10lb 3oz
Both born peacefully and safely at home....Babies are born, pizzas are delivered!

#16 magenta

Posted 21 November 2005 - 01:45 PM

hi Kylie!
Im hoping to have a HB and my midwife hasnt even asked about my hotwater system!!
you can always boil water and sit in the bath!!
Give it a go if you think you want to-all problems are surmountable!!
Sheebee!!-wheres yr birth storie!!
how did it go??
im so happy to hear that you dont feel PND again-i also got it with my son and am hoping that this HB wll give me a great healing as well!!

#17 ~kylie~

Posted 22 November 2005 - 08:11 AM

Thanks for all the info!

Well, I can officially join.. I got my BFP yesterday!

Now I need to find a midwife...

Mama to J, H &
EDD - July 06

#18 magenta

Posted 22 November 2005 - 12:49 PM

sorry-whats BFP??
if yr in sydney i can recommend my midwife!

#19 ~kylie~

Posted 23 November 2005 - 03:29 PM

Hi there

I met with a midwife today and she was just lovely. It was so nice and different to meeting with an OB!

I also told my first family member that I am having a homebirth. It went quite well!

Mama to J, H &
EDD - July 06

#20 Kaohmie

Posted 24 November 2005 - 10:38 AM

Hi all,

I'm still around and in one piece - but hoping that I can post a beautiful home birth story very soon.  Bubs is quiet today - so maybe???  I know - I know - wishful thinking!! LOL

Welcome Kylie - good luck on your quest to find a midwife - it is so exciting to plan a homebirth.  The only down side is that I seem to be continually cleaning the house (particularly after the kids!) just in case today is THE day wink.gif LOL  

Ok - speaking of cleaning . . .  *sigh*

Chat later,


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#21 magenta

Posted 24 November 2005 - 03:45 PM

Kaomie-My bestest thoughts are with you!
Im sooo counting down the days....
I feel like ive got all this cool baby stuff, but WHERES the baby.And im only 28weeks!!
can you imagine me at 38 weeks!
Kylie-congratulations on yr big decision!
Enjoy planning the big day!

#22 ~kylie~

Posted 25 November 2005 - 08:48 PM

Thanks for the warm welcomes!

Magenta - How far along are you?

I have nothing to report at all. I feel totally normal and I even forget that I am pregnant - I feel so normal! Okay, one thing is different.. I am really hungry! I am also breastfeeding my 27 month old as well though.

Is it just us 3?

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#23 magenta

Posted 28 November 2005 - 12:41 PM

HIya Kylie!
I hope yr having a nice day!
Its been soo quiet around here latley!
Im about 28weeks.tho my baby is quite small so the dates could be wrong or maybe its a girl(i hope!!)
But let me tell you,this babys soo active!!
What about you?
Today i have 32 days till maternity leave!!
and counting...

#24 ~kylie~

Posted 30 November 2005 - 04:56 PM

Hi there!

Well I have hit 6 weeks today. With my last 2 pregnancies I didn't find out until I was about 8-9 weeks, so it's strange hitting 6 weeks!

I still feel fine.. I just start to feel sick if I get hungry, so I try and eat a lot! Other than that, I don't really have much to report.

I have 2 girls, they are almost 4 and almost 2.5

#25 sunbunny

Posted 02 December 2005 - 05:06 PM

Well I'm a bit of a lurker here, I'm an independent midwife in SA, and I've been at 4 wonderful homebirths in the last 14 days, so life is pretty busy for me...Just thought I'd drop in here and encourage you all to lobby the management to add a homebirth thread under my birth or something, if you have a look there you'll see it's pretty weighted towards medical and disappointing birth experiences, and with no judgement intended, there really needs to be a push from women to include those of us who have made very different choices for our pregnancy care and births, and who have positive stories to share.  

Hope everyone is well and enjoying this wonderful time of their lives!


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