Sometimes plans change due to special circumstances, and intervention is necessary. This birth story is a beautiful example of this. First-time parents Melissa and Bruce made an informed choice to consent to an induction. They were well prepared having attended my Hypnobirthing AustraliaTM classes, and hired me as their doula. (They also sampled the Bold Beautiful Birth program when I first launched it). They used all their tools throughout the induction process and had an absolutely amazing birth! It was beautiful witnessing how connected they were throughout the birth - Bruce was so in tune with how to quietly hold space for Melissa and was by her side at every moment.
Below are my favourite photos from their birth. A special thank you to Melissa for kindly allowing me to share these beautiful images. <3
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Every birth I attend is a privilege and an honour. I witness the most incredible, tender moments between partners and the awe-inspiring power of birthing mothers. There is something that makes EVERY birth special. For this birth, parents Rebecca and Chris had had a very traumatic first birth, via caesarean. (Sidenote: not all caesarean births are traumatic, but this one was). So this birth was a hopeful VBAC - vaginal birth after caesarean.
Rebecca did A LOT of preparation for her second birth! She was determined to have a positive, healing experience. She hired me as her doula, completed my Bold Beautiful Birth Program, attended the Hypnobirthing Australia course with me (included in the BBB Program) and booked in with an MGP care provider who was supportive of VBAC and very mother-centred. (Shout out to her amazing midwife Jo - we love you!). During the birth, Rebecca was an inspiration, persevering through a very long labour and finally pushing her baby out into her own...