Protected: Swings and roundabouts

I had two calls from friends in the last few days.  In the first, a col­league from Mel­bourne Uni rang to say she is no longer preg­nant: after an amni­o­cen­tesis con­firmed her foetus had Down syn­drome at 16 weeks, she ter­min­ated the preg­nancy on...

Protected: Harper’s Birth Story – Part 2

Once we got to the birth centre, we got settled into the room we were to be in… and things seemed to slow down a little again… not unex­pected. I asked about labouring in the tub, but there was con­cern this would slow things down fur­ther. I look back...

Protected: Harper’s birth story, part 1

I’ve decided to do Harper’s birth story in two parts, as there are such clearly dif­ferent parts to this story. On Friday night, my waters broke after I got home from the tennis with my Mum. It was 1am… late and typ­ical, I thought, expecting that this...

Protected: Respect

I went to bed at 11, after a long walk, very tired but with good strong con­trac­tions, expecting to wake up fairly often and maybe even be ready for the birth centre very soon. Instead, it is 2am, I’ve slept a solid three hours and got up to pee (kinda...