Ireland’s Birth Stories
EP77 - Anita - One Pregnancy & Birth, Unmedicated Vaginal Birth, Doula Support, Breastfeeding

EP77 - Anita - One Pregnancy & Birth, Unmedicated Vaginal Birth, Doula Support, Breastfeeding

October 24, 2021

In this weeks episode I share my chat with Anita who is both a birth & postpartum doula. I love hearing the perspective of someone who works in the world of maternity care. She chats me through early pregnancy, preparation for birth and how she felt in anticipation of giving birth considering she supported women for years prior to her own pregnancy.

Anita was respected and supported during labour and birth with the midwives reading her birth preferences thoroughly ensuring she got the birth she wanted. Although her labour was long and intense she birth her little boy unmedicated which was her wish. She also speaks of her breastfeeding experience and how initially she wanted to feed him for 12 months but she is now breastfeeding a toddler.

If you are expecting your little one I would definitely take a few notes, birth preferences are invaluable. Thanks @anitapetry ❤️

This episode is brought to you by @nukireland NUK have great products available from soothers for both breast and bottle-fed babies, right through to learning to eat. NUK products are available in @mccauleypharmacy @dunnesstores and other pharmacies nationwide

 

 

EP76 - Nicole - One Pregnancy & Birth, Epidural, Emergency Cesarean Section, Internal Bleed, ICU, Breastfeeding

EP76 - Nicole - One Pregnancy & Birth, Epidural, Emergency Cesarean Section, Internal Bleed, ICU, Breastfeeding

October 17, 2021

In this week’s episode I share my chat with Nicole who spoke to me about her pregnancy & the birth of her little boy Brody. We chat about how she felt at various stages throughout her pregnancy and her early signs of labour.

After hours of labour the decision was made to birth little Brody via emergency C-section due to meconium in her waters and other indications baby needed help. After her surgery Nicole felt intense pain across her shoulders that she just couldn’t ignore. It was later discovered that she has a huge internal bleed which led her to once again have surgery and a stay in ICU. I will let you hear all of the details of Nicole’s story but I do want to mention one person who made her feel amazing throughout a really dark, traumatic time. The lactation consultant in the hospital made her feel like the superwoman she was. She looked and spoke to her not necessarily like the sick person she was but as a woman who just became a mother for the first time. The time, care and attention she gave Nicole helped her on her way to a breastfeeding experience that lasted 3 years.

This episode is brought to you by @nukireland NUK have great products available from soothers for both breast and bottle-fed babies, right through to learning to eat. NUK products are available in @mccauleypharmacy@dunnesstores and other pharmacies nationwide

 

 

EP75 - Aoife - One Pregnancy & Birth, Down Syndrome Diagnosis, Cesarean Birth, Early Motherhood

EP75 - Aoife - One Pregnancy & Birth, Down Syndrome Diagnosis, Cesarean Birth, Early Motherhood

October 10, 2021

This next episode I chat to Aoife who created her page last year @down_with_croia and I'm so glad she did.  Aoife shares how she felt when she saw that positive test and the early weeks of pregnancy. During a routine 12 week scan the stenographer noticed some markers which indicated the possibility her baby had Down Syndrome. After further tests Aoife & Craig were told they were expecting a baby girl and these tests also confirmed the diagnosis of Down Syndrome. They were beside themselves with the fact they were having a little girl, their girl!

Aoife then chats about Croía's birth at 34 weeks and the fact she was nearly delivered vaginally despite her baby being breech. She was brought into the world via Cesarean birth and immediately transferred to NICU. Aoife then chats about the days following her daughters birth and the weeks after Croía underwent necessary surgery.

This episode is brought to you by @nukireland NUK have great products available from soothers for both breast and bottle-fed babies, right through to learning to eat. NUK products are available in @mccauleypharmacy@dunnesstores and other pharmacies nationwide

 

 

A Moment With Mary Tighe - Co-Founder of @doulacareireland

A Moment With Mary Tighe - Co-Founder of @doulacareireland

October 5, 2021

This week I'm sharing my chat with Mary Tighe (@birthingmamas ) who together with Jen created the agency, Doulacare Ireland. We chat about where her love of supporting birthing women originated. We chat about the various roles of a doula. We also dive into how the matches you up with the person that is right for you, this is one of Mary's favourite aspects of the job. She also discusses the process of a doula joining their team which I think is really important.

We chatted for well over an hour which could have turned into a couple of hours. A really enjoyable chat with someone who is so passionate about supporting birthing people on their journey into parenthood

Enjoy

EP74 - Nessa - Planned Homebirth, Breech Vaginal Birth, Emergency C-section (Australian Maternity Hospital)

EP74 - Nessa - Planned Homebirth, Breech Vaginal Birth, Emergency C-section (Australian Maternity Hospital)

October 3, 2021

In this next episode I share my chat with Nessa who is a wellness coach aswell as hypnobirthing birthing coach and so much more. At the time of our conversation Nessa was living in Australia but was in the process of returning home to Tipperary where she now lives with her family. Nessa planned on birthing her boy at home with the support of her partner, midwife and doula. She prepared mentally aswell as physically staying active throughout.

At 38 weeks after an unsuccessful ECV due to baby presenting breech, Nessa was told that her HB was no longer an option. She was devastated and really had to dig deep to visualise her hospital birth.

After 17 hours of labour, she once again found herself having to surrender as she was prepped for a Cesarean section to bring her boy into the world.

Nessa said something that stuck with me "Luke taught me so many parenting lessons before he was even born". I love our chat and I know you will too.

This episode is brought to you by @nukireland NUK have great products available from soothers for both breast and bottle-fed babies, right through to learning to eat. NUK products are available in @mccauleypharmacy@dunnesstores and other pharmacies nationwide

EP73 - Chelsea, Two Pregnancies & Births, Positive Birth Stories, Unmedicated Vaginal Births

EP73 - Chelsea, Two Pregnancies & Births, Positive Birth Stories, Unmedicated Vaginal Births

September 26, 2021

In this week's episode I share my chat with @chelseahudson_1 who talks me through her two pregnancies & births. Chelsea didn't plan on birthing her boy without pain relief but he came so quickly it simply wasn't any other option. She comments on how amazing she felt after his birth and couldn't quiet believe she had experienced birth without pain relief.

She was pregnant with her little girl throughout Covid so didn't have the support of her partner while in labour in hospital but once again everything happened so quickly so it wasn't long before he could join her. She knew this time around that she wanted to keep everything natural and she did just that.

This episode is brought to you by @nukireland NUK have great products available from soothers for both breast and bottle-fed babies, right through to learning to eat. NUK products are available in @mccauleypharmacy , @@dunnesstores and other pharmacies nationwide

A Moment With Lorraine Lozano

A Moment With Lorraine Lozano

September 21, 2021

In this next episode I chat to Lorraine, the founder of Globebaby Doula. Lorraine is a full spectrum doula and has created various workshops to support her clients on their journey into motherhood.

Due to her own experiences, Lorraine realised there was a very obvious need to support those about to embark on childbirth! She can help her clients with prepariton for labour, birth, breastfeeding and also help out at home with the seemingly simply tasks like light house work.

We chat about a 3-Step-Rewind process that Lorraine offers, which can help lift heavy symptoms or thoughts linked with a difficult birth experience. So interesting and a tool so necessary at the moment.

 https://www.globebabydoula.com

https://www.instagram.com/globebabydoula/

 

 

EP72 - Amanda - Four Pregnancies, Two Births, Early Pregnancy Loss, Chemical Pregnancy, Forceps, Induction, Medication Free Birth

EP72 - Amanda - Four Pregnancies, Two Births, Early Pregnancy Loss, Chemical Pregnancy, Forceps, Induction, Medication Free Birth

September 19, 2021

In this week's episode I share my chat with @amandarussellryan who talks me through her two experiences with birth. Amanda suffered an early pregnancy loss with her first pregnancy and later a chemical pregnancy on her third pregnancy.

Amanda chats about the birth of son which was aided by forceps as he was a stargazer. She also lost a significant volume of blood which impacted her immediate recovery and those first few hours with baby. She recalls how she felt so supported by her medical team and speaks of them so fondly. She then dives into the details surrounding her induction and the birth of her little girl during the Covid restrictions. Amanda comments on how much support the general staff at the hospital showed her. As she paced the floors ,each person she passed, greeted her, had a little chat and just let her know they saw her.

Although she didn't feel as supported by her medical team throughout her second birth experience, she still has such fond memories despite Covid threatening to get in the way.

Enjoy & thanks for sharing Amanda

This episode is brought to you by @nukireland NUK have great products available from soothers for both breast and bottle-fed babies, right through to learning to eat. NUK products are available in @mccauleypharmacy , @dunnesstores and other pharmacies nationwide

A Moment With - Lesley Gilchrist

A Moment With - Lesley Gilchrist

September 16, 2021

After a long hiatus I felt the urge to bring these conversations back. Lesley is a familiar face to most of you from One Born Every Minute, she is the co-founder of @my_expertmidwife, has studied a masters in research and trauma, is a hypnobirthing instructor and of course a midwife.

We dive into details surrounding the findings of a survey based around postnatal recovery from both an emotional and physical aspect. We chat about the importance of preparation and education for birth not only for the birthing woman but also her partner. Lesley then shares her thoughts on how vital it is to be kind to ourselves by preparing for those days and weeks after baby arrives. We chat about so much more which you can hear tomorrow on all podcast platforms.

EP71 - Justine - One Pregnancy & Birth, Induction, Birth During Maternity Restrictions, Early Motherhood

EP71 - Justine - One Pregnancy & Birth, Induction, Birth During Maternity Restrictions, Early Motherhood

September 12, 2021

In this next episode I chat to freelance stylist and a familiar face to most of us @justinekingxx . We spoke about the moment she took that first pregnancy test, attending appointments alone and having COVID-19 at 6 months pregnant.

Justine was induced as part of the hospital induction trial and very quickly felt the effects at home. I will let you hear all about her labour, how she coped and her experience in general. Justine's labour progressed quickly leaving little time for her partner to make his way to the hospital, despite living minutes away. Unfortunately, due to the restrictions Conor missed the birth of their boy but walked in meet a healthy mum & baby.

Justine then chats about early motherhood, dipping her toes back into work and breastfeeding.

Thank you for sharing your story Justine 🖤

This episode is brought to you by @nukireland NUK have great products available from soothers for both breast and bottle-fed babies, right through to learning to eat. NUK products are available in @mccauleypharmacy , @llucybyrne , @dunnesstores and other pharmacies nationwide

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