How Positive Birth Became My Passion
At 26 I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and told I may have trouble falling pregnant, and that it would get harder as I got older.
At 33 I met a wonderful man and we knew we wanted to have children. At 34 we started our journey to have a child.
Despite the PCOS, I was healthy, and my periods were regular, so I felt there was no reason I shouldn't be able fall pregnant naturally.
After six months of trying to conceive I resisted my doctor’s recommendations to explore fertility treatment. After twelve months, unhealthily stressed from work, life and fertility questions, we decided to pack up our life for a year and travel Australia.
Six weeks into our trip, we discovered I was pregnant.
It was a great lesson to me on the damage that stress causes and what happens when we let go.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
But, the stress came back to test me…
I was a high-risk, geriatric primer. Bleugh!!!
My pregnancy was suddenly filled with tests, ultrasounds and WARNINGS.
High PAPP A = increased risk of abnormalities, small baby and stillbirth = extra monitoring.
High risk for Gestational Diabetes. I had 3 GTTs throughout my pregnancy - yes 3! I was fine. Each was negative for GD.
Then the scans showed he was measuring too big. MORE ultrasounds. He was born 3.6kg at 40 weeks.
Induction at 38 weeks? Maybe I was just sick of being pregnant? In another week then...?
Then the kicker... I tested positive for Group B Strep. I was told I would require antibiotics during labour to prevent infection of my child during birth, which could lead to meningitis or sepsis with serious consequences.
I realised that I needed to educate myself, regain control and bring the joy back into my pregnancy.
The crazy thing about all this...
I felt GREAT!
Physically and emotionally I flourished during pregnancy. But, how was I going to avoid the interventions that became more inevitable with each appointment?
Read about how Hypnobirthing changed the course of my births, the beginning of my children's lives and, ultimately, my life.
So, that's my births, but who am I?
I'm a silly face making, out of tune, worry-wart, bite-off-more-than-you-can-chew, mum of 2, under 3. I think my kids are awesome and I've read far too many how-to-parent blogs trying to figure out how to protect their awesomeness. Sometimes I think I've nailed it and sometimes I'm concerned I'm creating dysfunction no amount of therapy will undo. Mostly it's somewhere in between.
I'm an accountant hoping to give up my day job for a life of full time positive birth advocacy. This means I'm also practical and detail focused. Boring, but very useful (not me, my skills).
I'm a Certified Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner and this means I get to teach couples the best childbirth education program in Australia. I want to fight the good fight against a system that likes to label us, often just to determine which interventions to use and how soon to use them. I want to make sure that you are fully informed so you can make the right choice for yourself and your child. I want you to feel safe and supported throughout your entire pregnancy and birth.
I've discharged myself against medical advice (twice) because it was in MY best interests to go home. I was right. I guess this makes me a little bit kick ass, but I've also stayed in hospital longer than I should have because I was scared the doctors were right. They weren't. We live in the safest time in history to give birth, thanks to skilled doctors and amazing technology, and yet we fear birth more than ever. It is this fear that we must find a way through...
I want your birth to be the best day of your life - because you have a beautiful, healthy baby, AND because YOU feel healthy and joyful and fully prepared to take on the privileged challenge of mothering a newborn.
I could talk about birth for hours and still feel like I'm not finished - it's an occupational hazard. But teaching this course means I get to talk to YOU about birth for 12 hours. And, I promise, you'll only want to close your eyes during the meditations.