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In this area of the website women and families share their real-life stories from preconception, pregnancy and birth to the postnatal experience and parenting. Find links to the evidence-based articles at the bottom of each story. Email us, via the contact us section if you’d like to supply a story.

Real Life Stories

Katherine’s Home Birth Story

Katherine’s Home Birth Story

Sally’s Home Birth Story

Sally’s Home Birth Story

Amy’s Home Birth Story

Amy’s Home Birth Story

Leanne’s Home Birth Story

Leanne’s Home Birth Story

Lauren’s Home Birth Story

Lauren’s Home Birth Story

Clare’s Home Birth Story

Clare’s Home Birth Story

Abi’s Home Birth Story

Abi’s Home Birth Story

Holly’s Home Birth Story

Holly’s Home Birth Story

Lotus Birth

Lotus Birth

Birth before arrival during Covid-19

Birth before arrival during Covid-19

Monitoring Your Baby’s Movements

Monitoring Your Baby’s Movements

Using stretch mark oil in pregnancy

Using stretch mark oil in pregnancy

What a gorgeous birth video from Sarah @thebirdspapaya we had to share it!! 💜✨ ...

💜 A beautiful reminder for all parents 💜

#parenting #motherhood #fatherhood #parenthood #birth #baby #toddler #tween #teenager #family #care #wednesdaymotivation
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I think we all need to read this blog right now! The lovely Ali Pember @goodenoughmamas reflects on her early motherhood journey in her new blog for us and explores how perfect expectations, can set us up to feel like we’re failing 💜 #parenthood

“In 1953 a British paediatrician and psychoanalyst named Donald Winnicott termed the phrase ‘good enough mother’ in response to a study of many mothers and babies and his theory that children can benefit from imperfect parenting.

As parents we can feel enormous pressure to produce children that are ‘good’ or that let us sleep and function without an overwhelming sense of chaos. Yet many of the structures and mechanisms that allow us to feel supported throughout our childbearing years are very different to how they used to be. Knowing how to manage when everything is less than perfect can present as an enormous challenge.

This article explores what is meant by the term ‘good enough mother’ and allows us to identify ways in which we can all seek reassurance that our love, care and compassion for our children and babies is all that is really necessary.” - Ali Pember @goodenoughmamas

To read the full blog click 4family in our bio or https://www.all4birth.com/becoming-a-good-enough-mother/
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Seeking a real life story about jaundice • Did your baby have physiological jaundice? We have a factsheet coming out soon and would love to share a real life story alongside it!

If you would like to share your story please get in touch by email cheryl.samuels@all4birth.com 💜

📷 @tailsandwingsphoto
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Faith can often provide comfort, strength and resilience. Whether that faith is in a religion, an object or practice, another person or yourself, faith has certainly helped many women and families I have cared for during birth. It is an important aspect of holistic wellbeing and Katherines birth story tells beautifully of how faith worked for her personally.

Katherine’s Home Birth Story • “This is the story of my second labour & birth. My first resulted in an emergency caesarean due to an internal infection and suspected Sepsis. I suffered with birth trauma as a result. After preparing though counselling, praying, reading, learning & a lot of talking, I was ready to labour with & birth my second baby. My plan was for a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean), waterbirth at home supported by the University Hospitals Leicester Home Birth Team.

By the time my contractions began at around 10:00 on Monday 11th January, pretty much everything had been in place for 4 whole weeks. I was 41 weeks pregnant and beginning to wonder if my body remembered what it was supposed to do to get this baby out! I was becoming increasingly uncomfortable over the course of the day, but more worried that the contractions would slow down, or worse stop. Thankfully they continued, though irregularly, over the course of the day and by the time I’d usually go to bed, my mum was on her way.

Around 01:00 on Tuesday 12th, a couple of midwives came to assess how I was doing and though my contractions weren’t quite regular or intense for them to stay, they were confident that I was progressing and left the birth pool and aromatherapy mix behind.

I tried to rest as best I could until my regular midwife came at around 15:30 for my scheduled appointment that day. I agreed to a sweep in the reasonable hope that it would move things along a bit. The sweep proved very successful and my Bishop’s score was noted to be good. Around dinner time, my sister arrived (to look after Diane, our almost-2-year-old), closely followed by the midwives who were just starting the night shift.”

To read the full story - link in bio or click https://www.all4birth.com/real_life_stories/katherineshomebirthstory/
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Since All4Birth launched last November, the support we have received has been incredible! A big thank you 🙏 from all of us at All4birth & All4maternity for spreading the word, writing for us, popping on for live chats and ultimately reaching and supporting as many families as possible 💜

If you have enjoyed our page so far, please tag a pregnant friend or a maternity colleague or two below in the comments! We have our birth centre week coming up soon 🤩💜👇

Here is some more info about All4birth👇⁣
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💜 It’s freely available to all⁣⁣⁣
💜 We’re gathering childbirth and parenting information into one accessible space ⁣⁣⁣
💜 Family friendly articles relating to normal, physiological childbirth from preconception to early parenthood ⁣⁣⁣
💜 All written by maternity professionals and based on evidence ⁣⁣⁣
💜 With real life stories from women, birthing people and families⁣⁣⁣
💜 Translatable into 10 other languages ⁣
💜 PDF & Printer friendly⁣

We’re so excited about it. We hope all birthing people and families love it too. If you would like to share your expertise or experience go to www.all4birth.com (link in bio) and click on ⬇️⁣

➡️ Menu⁣
➡️ Contact us⁣
➡️ Online submissions⁣

There you will find all of our author information including ⬇️⁣

➡️ Articles⁣
➡️ Factsheets⁣
➡️ Real life stories⁣
➡️ General information⁣
➡️ Download our authors toolkit
➡️ Inclusivity guidelines ⁣
➡️ Submission guidelines⁣

When you have finished your writing, just upload your document and photos onto our submission form. Of course if you need any guidance just pop us an email and we will get back to you 💜
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“I was asked to write about the use of water during the COVID 19 pandemic, to reassure parents about using water. This is based on the best evidence that we currently have about the actual virus, how it spreads and how we can contain the virus during labour/birth. It should be appreciated that our knowledge of COVID 19 is changing on a daily basis so the advice I have shared is where we are at this date and time.

On a positive note, and during these difficult times it is important to remember midwives will be there to support and provide safe care for you, your baby, birth companion and themselves. Working together, midwives will provide choice, respect and humanisation of one of the most beautiful and important parts of our lives. Be positive and prepared about labour and birth. Where classes have been cancelled review web sites who can assist and of course it’s recommended to write a birth preference plan which midwives will follow as far as is safely possible.

Some maternity units have postponed water labour/births and you should discuss this with your midwife to find out whether your unit has been affected. It is not possible to cover all aspects of care regarding the use of water so please consult your local unit or midwife.” - The use of water for labour and birth during COVID 19 virus
by Dianne Garland
Freelance Midwife FRCM SRN RM ADM PGCEA MSc

To read the full article click the link in our bio 4you or https://www.all4birth.com/the-use-of-water-for-labour-and-birth-during-covid-19-virus/ 💜

📷 @gatherbirth
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💜 All4Birth provides information to optimise wellbeing throughout your childbirth journey 💜

“Imagine what would happen if every mother, midwife, obstetrician, doula, yoga teacher, perinatal psychologist, women’s health physio and baby specialist shared their expertise in optimising normal physiological childbirth from preconception to parenthood, all in one place, freely accessible for everyone?

Empowerment begins with education.

Join our movement and write for All4birth.”

If you would like to share your expertise or experience go to www.all4birth.com (link in bio) and click on ⬇️⁣

➡️ Menu⁣
➡️ Contact us⁣
➡️ Online submissions⁣

There you will find all of our author information including ⬇️⁣

➡️ Articles⁣
➡️ Factsheets⁣
➡️ Real life stories⁣
➡️ General information⁣
➡️ Download our authors toolkit
➡️ Inclusivity guidelines ⁣
➡️ Submission guidelines⁣

When you have finished your writing, just upload your document and photos onto our submission form. Of course if you need any guidance just pop me an email cheryl.samuels@all4birth.com and I will get back to you 💜
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Did you have your baby at a birth centre? Freestanding or in hospital? We are seeking real life birth stories to accompany an article about midwifery led care coming out soon 🤰🏥🤱
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Here is some more info about All4birth 💜👇
⁣⁣
➡️ It’s freely available to all⁣⁣
➡️ We’re gathering childbirth and parenting information into one accessible space ⁣⁣
➡️ Family friendly articles relating to normal, physiological childbirth from preconception to early parenthood ⁣⁣
➡️ All written by maternity professionals and based on evidence ⁣⁣
➡️ With real life stories from women and families⁣⁣
➡️Translatable into 10 other languages
➡️ Printable

We’re so excited about it. We hope all birthing people and families love it! ⁣⁣The articles can also support midwives and birth workers to provide information to women in their care.⁣⁣
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Are there any women who would like to support us by providing a short account about having their baby at a birth centre?⁣⁣ We are looking for stories with an emphasis on promoting physiology - hormones, low lighting, active birth, supportive birth partner, optimal cord clamping, skin to skin and anything that helped you!
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You can be anonymous if you wish.
If you would like to share your experience go to www.all4birth.com (link in bio) and click on ⬇️⁣

➡️ Menu⁣
➡️ Contact us⁣
➡️ Online submissions⁣

There you will find all of our author information. Thank you 🌈🙏

⁣📸 @stroudmaternity

#all4birth #normalbirth #homebirth #pregnancy #birth #baby #parenting #motherhood #families #womensupportingwomen #birthingpeople #informedchoice
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Brilliant video from Midwife Emily showing you how to use your birthing ball at home and during labour 💜 Take a read of our factsheet ‘Managing labour: Mobilise (part 2 of 3) by Trixie McAree, Professor of Midwifery and Maternal Health, Birmingham City University 💜 Link in bio 4you 💜

https://www.all4birth.com/factsheet-managing-labour-mood-mobilise-and-munch-part-2-of-3/

Repost from @midwifepullan_pt 👇

Every wondered how to use a birthing ball at home and in labour? 🤷🏻‍♀️🏐🤰🏼
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#askthemidwife #midwife #midwifery #midwifelife #labour #birth #birthingball #birthball #uprightbirth #uprightbirthing #activebirth #activebirthing #physiologicalbirth #activebirthworkshop #birthpositions #birthingpositions #positionsforbirth #birthaid #birthenvironment #birthpreparation
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Did you have your baby at a birth centre? Freestanding or in hospital? We are seeking real life birth stories to accompany an article about midwifery led care coming out soon 🤰🏥🤱
⁣⁣
Here is some more info about All4birth 💜👇
⁣⁣
➡️ It’s freely available to all⁣⁣
➡️ We’re gathering childbirth and parenting information into one accessible space ⁣⁣
➡️ Family friendly articles relating to normal, physiological childbirth from preconception to early parenthood ⁣⁣
➡️ All written by maternity professionals and based on evidence ⁣⁣
➡️ With real life stories from women and families⁣⁣
➡️Translatable into 10 other languages
➡️ Printable

We’re so excited about it. We hope all birthing people and families love it! ⁣⁣The articles can also support midwives and birth workers to provide information to women in their care.⁣⁣
⁣⁣
Are there any women who would like to support us by providing a short account about having their baby at a birth centre?⁣⁣ We are looking for stories with an emphasis on promoting physiology - hormones, low lighting, active birth, supportive birth partner, optimal cord clamping, skin to skin and anything that helped you!
⁣⁣
You can be anonymous if you wish.
If you would like to share your experience go to www.all4birth.com (link in bio) and click on ⬇️⁣

➡️ Menu⁣
➡️ Contact us⁣
➡️ Online submissions⁣

There you will find all of our author information. Thank you 🌈🙏


#all4birth #normalbirth #homebirth #pregnancy #birth #baby #parenting #motherhood #families #womensupportingwomen #birthingpeople #informedchoice
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✨HOME BIRTH WEEK ✨ We have a series of real life home birth stories for you and three IGTV lives with Cheryl @the_holistic_midwife and guests 💜👇⁣

✨16/02 7pm Abigail @maternal_matters is a community midwife and also a homebirth mum! We will discuss the role of a midwife at a homebirth and also what equipment they bring along! ⁣SAVED ON IGTV 📺

✨ 19/02 7pm @francestervet is a midwife and also had one of her babies at home. We will discuss what equipment you actually need to prepare for your homebirth, what’s helpful and what’s not!⁣ SAVED ON IGTV 📺

✨TONIGHT 20/02 7pm Roselyn @marvellous_me_massage is a midwife and also a massage therapist. We will be discussing all of the alternative and non- pharmacological comfort measures you can try such as water, massage, aromatherapy, movement, hiring a doula and tens machine.

We hope you can join us and find the week really supportive and helpful. Please feel free to share, the more the merrier! 💜

If you have any questions for our experts pop them below and we will try to answer as many as possible during the LIVE sessions on Instagram 💜👇
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✨HOME BIRTH WEEK ✨ We have a series of real life home birth stories for you and three IGTV lives with Cheryl @the_holistic_midwife and guests 💜👇⁣

✨16/02 7pm Abigail @maternal_matters is a community midwife and also a homebirth mum! We will discuss the role of a midwife at a homebirth and also what equipment they bring along! ⁣SAVED ON IGTV 📺

✨ TONIGHT 19/02 7pm @francestervet is a midwife and also had one of her babies at home. We will discuss what equipment you actually need to prepare for your homebirth, what’s helpful and what’s not!⁣

✨20/02 7pm Roselyn @marvellous_me_massage is a midwife and also a massage therapist. We will be discussing all of the alternative and non- pharmacological comfort measures you can try such as water, massage, aromatherapy, movement, hiring a doula and tens machine.

We hope you can join us and find the week really supportive and helpful. Please feel free to share, the more the merrier! 💜

If you have any questions for our experts pop them below and we will try to answer as many as possible during the LIVE sessions on Instagram 💜👇
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