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I just love the calm of this image, the gentle ripples in the water, the quiet between surges ❤️ If you’d like to discuss having your birth documented then please do get in touch, I’d love to take you for a coffee & cake!

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Hi! It’s still Danni of @daniellereederphotography here! I thought I’d share this image from a home birth I documented at the end of last year. This little one was so tender & comforting towards his mama! 💙 Did any of you have older siblings present to witness your birth?
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Addison Kylee 💜💜 the latest baby I witnessed entering her world... she wanted to be born with a little hand near her face, and WAS born with a foot folded up close to her chest!! Birth is so universal, yet so unique. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Congratulations, new family!! What a sweetie 🌿🌿 📷: @jenniferrehmphotography

There is no doubt in the knowledge that women are built for birth. 8/18/18 I got to witness a strong mama bringing her baby into the world naturally. Labor of Love Photography

Nothing like a gorgeous mama's water birth to start of the week, right?! Do you remember the few seconds after you had your baby? Do you remember your first thoughts? What were they? Mine went something like this...
"Is my baby finally here", "Did I really just do that?", or "I did it, my baby is here!"

First touches, so full of love. Welcome home little babe. ♥️

Happy Monday folks - a.k.a the best day of the week 😍📆 Yes, I know I’m crazy! This week I want turn the tables on our “coping during labour” trend and talk about how I, the birth assistant, copes with the long hours, lack of sleep and emotionally charged energy! 🤯🤨 Stay tuned to the insta story this week. Here are some sneaky clues as to what I’ll be sharing: 🍬☕️🎧😴🤝
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📷: @reneethemidwife

“Technology can seem sexy but it’s really a bullshit representation of what’s going on. Nothing is broken and nothing needs fixing, because birth is not pathology.”

She gets it 🙌🏽
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#Repost @humansofny with @get_repost
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“I’ve worked as a doula for over twenty years. I’ve attended over 400 births. My job is primarily to support the mother. And I try to bring a spiritual element into what can seem like a clinical experience. I never speak the language of the clinician. Because if you can change the language, you can change the energy. Birth is a mystery initiation. It’s the transition between spiritual consciousness and earthly consciousness. I tell the mother to ignore the machines. Ignore the beeping and the charts. Technology can seem sexy but it’s really a bullshit representation of what’s going on. Nothing is broken and nothing needs fixing, because birth is not pathology. It’s a beautiful design that’s worked since the beginning of time. So just tune into your baby who is a sentient, conscious being—and do this thing together.”
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#birthmatters #doulalife #pregnancy #birth #motherhood #physiology #humansofnewyork #HONY #thisisbirth #birthislife #doula #newyork #babies #intuition #love

So I work with some absolutely fabulous doulas. Recently I asked them for some of their best tips for having a positive birth experience and this was @zenroomdoula ‘s response “My tip would be to practice relaxing every day with a specific sound or smell. Smell is our brains best source of memory, so if you put on the same lotion or just sniff a bottle of oil that’ll help your body know how to relax on autopilot while you’re in labor” .
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What/who helped you have a positive birth experience?

#Repost @positivebirthmovement
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Just look how incredible the female body is! What position(s) did you find comfortable during labour & birth?

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Thank you @whereisalessa for allowing us to serve you in this beautiful moment. Captured magically on film by @pictureyourbirth 😍

I remember this moment like it was yesterday!!! Feelings of overwhelming love, joy, relief, tiredness, pride...... @thepositivebirthcompany gave me the tools I needed to create a positive birth experience despite the challenges I encountered along the way and I am eternally grateful! If you are TTC or are currently pregnant I urge you to pop on over to @thepositivebirthcompany to learn more about hypnobirthing and how it can help you on your journey.

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They say a picture speaks a thousand words and never has this been more true. This amazing woman is @the_scrunchy_momma_diaries and this is the happy happy moment she got her VBAC (after a number of hurdles) and met her baby 😍
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Jojo attended our course in Birmingham a few months ago. She went on to plan for a VBAC at home but in the end, after reaching 42 weeks, she opted for induction at her local hospital.
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This is just a small excerpt from her incredible VBAC story and if it doesn’t give you goosebumps I don’t know what will!
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"I knew in my heart I didn’t make it this far to end up in theatre so I pushed like I’d never pushed before (literally).
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With each push I could feel my baby coming down and out and literally moments later he was born and was placed on my chest!
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I could not believe it! We all cried! Me, my husband, the midwives and the baby.
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My sweet baby boy Jönah Mason Spear born at 08:03am on 5th August 2018 weighing 8lb 6oz!
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I actually did it!!!” .
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THANK YOU Jojo for giving us permission to share 🙏🏼 For more incredible and inspiring birth stories tap 👉🏼 #PositiveBirthStoryProject 🌟
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Just look how incredible the female body is! What position(s) did you find comfortable during labour & birth?

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I'm two years postpartum. 📷: @raleighbirthphotography

PURE HAPPINESS
All the love for this beautiful capture! Moments like these where your hearts are exploding with joy and your faces are full of love and light. Nothing else matters apart from being present in this very moment with your loves.
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What tips would you give to new parents to manage the first week after coming home from the hospital?
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Here at Mama Body Tea, we are all parents and we know that first week can be a daunting time and sometimes a little overwhelming. Quite often, there isn't enough information about what to really expect!
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Let's help some out expecting and new parents with our knowledge! Share your tips below x
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www.mamabodytea.com.au 📸 : @matraea @bcmidwives #thisisbirth

A vision, a hope, a dream, a concept - of POSSIBLE. .
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Your beliefs, your choices, your intentions for how YOU want to go about your baby-having can have a profound impact on how things pan out.
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It's not Russian roulette, luck-of-the-draw. Birth isn't (usually) easy, but it's EASIER where there are fewer hindrances.
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This is most often the case. But childbirth is a mysterious labyrinth of exceptions to the rule. That is why there's no point making categorical judgements or projecting our concept of what's 'best' onto others. Blissful, unhindered births *can* unfold in hospitals. Traumatic, hindered births *may* occur in homebirth or even freebirth settings.
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But I want to encourage you: look well to this glorious vision of a baby's gentle entry and a sentient woman's capability. Because it's not out of reach for you. Why shouldn't you? Waterbirth IS safe, homebirth IS safe and Midwifery IS evidence-based. Science is on your side. .
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So don't be afraid to push out from the shore, set your sails and go into the deeper places. Once you start looking at the compelling research and statistics for yourself, you may start to consider alternatives beyond the mainstream, that you never knew existed. .
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It's not guaranteed and it's not risk-free. Nothing in life is. But it is POSSIBLE. .
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#Repost @alisonharveyphotography ・・・
And this is how beautifully uneventful birth can be. Hands off midwife (within arm's reach), mama calmly releasing the cord as bub emerges.
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The sweetest face 💙

The most gentle transition.
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These are the options and alternatives we fight for. .
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Their existence does not threaten the availability of obstetric and surgical options for those who want and need them. .
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In fact, the existence of gentle birth alternatives help to humanize obstetric practice, when it is needed or desired. We learn things from unhindered birth that can help us make instrumental and surgical births better - at no cost to safety.
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No one is saying, get rid of obstetrics. No one thinks we don't need obstetrics. We DO. What we don't want, is obstetric MONOPOLY, and the unethical eradication of midwifery, birth centre and homebirth alternatives.
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#Repost @birthtube
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I spent yesterday reviewing all the birth videos shared in the BirthTUBE FB Group this last year and the majority were water births. Did you have a water birth? .
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Moment captured by 🎥 @laine_tribes
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One year ago today I documented the birth of miss Evie willow.
Whilst every birth is beautiful, I have to say this one was something special.
Becky was ever so calm and quiet,
as I entered their home/birth space.
I didn't realise she was only moments away from her final push.
When Evie birthed into the water, it was as if she didn't even realise anything had happened!
So incredibly peaceful ✨
Head over to my website to view full vid, link in bio!
Happy day of birth little one ❤ @becky_robson .
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You guys asked and I listened! I’ve got a beautiful, tear-jerker of a Birth Story to share on my blog in the next couple days. In the meantime I’ll leave you with this beautiful moment from the Birth of Caleb, already on the blog!

Our sweet Matilda is here! She was born yesterday, on Saturday, at 2:59 a.m. and was 5 lbs 14 oz at birth (19 1/4” long). For being a month early, she was quite a good size!
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My induction (because of cholestasis of pregnancy) began Thursday night. I showed up at the hospital at 9:00 pm and by 11:00 I was hooked up to a low dose of pitocin (with an IV in my forearm! It gave me SO much more mobility!) and settled in to sleep for the night. The resident on call believed I was 3 cm dilated with a very soft cervix, so I was hoping for excellent progression during the night. (A dose of Benedryl finally helped me fall asleep.) In the morning, my midwife came to check on me and found that although the bottom part of my cervix was very soft and at least 3 cm dilated, the top of my cervix was hard and only 1 cm dilated. She inserted a cook catheter which is inserted above the cervix and two water balloons are inflated on either side of the cervix to dilate it manually. From about 9:30 am until about 4 pm the catheter plus low dose pitocin did its work. My husband and I passed the time by watching shows and laughing together between contractions. At 4:00 the catheter had completed its job and it was pulled out—I was dilated to 5 cm! At this point I asked my doula to come to the hospital to help with the remainder of the birth. The pitocin was upped every 30-45 min by a number or two so that I would have consistent contractions. Counter pressure was essential for me. Mentally, it helped remind me that I wasn’t alone. My doula would take one side of my back or my knees to press on while my husband took the other. I tried to switch positions every time my pitocin was increased. Sitting in the shower on a stool was one of my favorite positions. Throughout labor I felt as if I was in the twilight zone, time didn’t have any meaning to me and seemed to pass quite quickly.
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By about 10:00 pm labor started to change. The contractions were getting much more intense and it started to feel as if I wasn’t getting a break between them ... The rest of labor is a little fuzzy for me. ((Continued in comments...))

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