May 3, 2021
In this next episode Claire talks me through her two pregnancies and one birth. Claire suffered a missed miscarriage which was discovered at 13 weeks. It wasn't until her subsequent pregnancy that she realised there was unresolved feelings attached to her previous experience. She worked with @sarah_tobin early on which enabled her to really settle in and enjoy her pregnancy. Infact, she mentions that despite being in lockdown her second trimester was one of the most enjoyable periods of her life.
Claire went into spontaneous labour but did need an induction due to the presence of meconium in her waters. She then talks us through the events that followed which include various interventions and later a postpartum hemorrhage. She had nothing but support from her medical team and also family who came together to help her heal throughout the weeks that followed.
Thank you for sharing Claire.
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April 25, 2021
In the next episode I chat to Orla who talks me through her 4 pregnancies and 3 births. She experienced so much throughout her journey into motherhood. Her first little boy arrived into the world spontaneously at 26 and spent 93 days in hospital before coming home. She suffered a missed miscarriage on her second pregnancy and late miscarriage at 16 weeks on her third pregnancy. Orla chats to me about Liam's birth and those immediate decisions you have to make after the loss of a baby.
Throughout her fourth pregnancy she was expectedly nervous but was supported with regular scans by the medical team. She was scheduled for a section and welcomed her little boy into the wod during the pandemic. Despite Covid she speaks of the last few months so fondly.
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April 19, 2021
In this episode I chat to Mairead who talks me through her two pregnancies & births. She planned for a homebirth with her first boy but was transferred as her waters had broken past the 24 hour time frame. She opted for an epidural which she mentions was the best decision at the time. It allowed her body to rest and recharge for her boys birth.
We then speak about her second pregnancy, again she opted for a homebirth. I love how Mairead speaks of the day she went into labour and she mentions her "labour project" which is a fantastic idea. Her little boy arrived quickly into the world leaving everyone in shock but Mairead, she felt powerful and elated. This was the birth he wanted!
We also chat about motherhood, especially first time round. Filling that role of mother can be daunting, especially when each experience is a first.
*This episode is brought to you by @babysensorykildarecarlow voted Best Baby Class in Ireland in the Mums & Tots Awards
April 7, 2021
In this episode of AMW I chat to @evarosebirth. What she has created has given me the opportunity to see birth in it's rawest form. The images she captures and shares strike so much emotion in me and I know I'm not alone. Seeing a woman in the height of possibly the most transformative experience of her life is so very special.
We all know Eva as the incredible birth photographer she is but she is also working tirelessly to try bring about change in maternity care.
I ask Eva where her interest in birth photography originated, we chat about her plans to travel the world and also discuss the differences in our health systems.
April 4, 2021
In last week's episode we ended our conversation just after this little man's arrival into the world. How peaceful and gorgeous does he look in this photo!
In part two of Alice's story she speaks of the postpartum hemorrhage she suffered soon after she was settled into the ward. Alice was hemorraging for a long period before it was finally recognised and action was taken. She deteriorated quickly and spent sometime in the high dependency unit. So much happened in such a short space of time.
Awareness of postpartum blood loss, what's considered normal and what's not is so so important.
Please let someone know if you experience any of the below 24 hours after birth. Secondary PPH can occur up to 12 weeks afterbirth although less common.
📍You are soaking a pad every 1-2 hours
📍Blood loss suddenly increases
📍Blood loss suddenly changes to bright red
📍You feel dizzy or weak
📍You simply feel you are losing too much blood
Alice also makes a really valid point surrounding PTSD and PND which I know lots of you can relate to.
Thank you Alice for sharing & bringing this conversation to the forefront
March 28, 2021
With Alice's support I have decided to share her story across two episodes. In part 1 of her story she talks me through her pregnancy during Covid-19, her long labour and the birth of her son.
Alice shares so much detail of her experience and I know it will be of such value to many of you. After a long labour it was discovered there was meconium in her waters. She decided to opt for an epidural to give her body time to rest before birthing her baby vaginally.
We touch on the first few hours postpartum but I will share her experience with PPH in part 2 as I feel it really needs it own episode.
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March 25, 2021
In this episode of AMW I chat to Tracy Donegan the creator of @gentlebirthofficial. We chat about the origins of her idea that has now developed into a tool used by people worldwide. She chats to me in detail about why she created various aspects of Gentlebirth with a particular focus on brain science.
I know so many of you have utilised the Gentlebirth app not only for birth preparation but also through loss and postnatally. Tracy's voice very often puts me to sleep or dilutes the stress of my day while I listen to the Wellness track on repeat.
March 22, 2021
In the next episode I chat to Jessica. We spoke when Jessica was 36 weeks pregnant about how she felt, the prep in the lead up to Bonnie's arrival and what her birth preferences were. There was so much excitement in her house with her two little ladies waiting on their sisters arrival.
We then spoke a few days after Bonnie came into the world, Jessica was still on such a high. Her waters broke on her due date as per her daughters predictions. She got the epidural she wanted, they decided induction was best and she was also administered antibiotics for GBS. She had such a gorgeous calm birth surrounded by a team of midwives who read her so well.
"If you don't ask for the birth you want, you get the birth you are given"
March 15, 2021
- Story surrounding Infant Loss shared -
In this episode Yvonne shares her story of experiencing the loss of her son, Noah at 34 weeks gestation. She received the devastating news that Noah had Edwards Syndrome which is considered a life limiting genetic condition. Yvonne shares details of his birth along with so much more which I'm very grateful for.
We then chat about her little girl Ayla who recently celebrated her 2nd birthday. Ayla was diagnosed with both Edwards Syndrome & Down Syndrome after birth. I have followed Yvonne's story for some time and have seen Ayla grow from strength to strength. The early days were incredibly tough but now, she is oozing with personality, sits up unaided, giggles away at her mammy and is very much loved, adored and cherished.
Thank you Yvonne for sharing your story, your profound words will stay with me
March 14, 2021
I asked some of our previous guests to share what motherhood means to them