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Ina May’s in town – woop woop!

Ina May Gaskin is probably the most famous midwife in the world – who knew there were celebrity midwives? – and she’s in Dublin tomorrow for the Home Birth Association‘s 30th anniversary conference. Hurray! Her book Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth was the main reason that I decided to have a homebirth half way through my pregnancy. Sure she makes it sound easy!

If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. In fact, it’s a must read as far as I’m concerned if you’re thinking about having a natural birth. Yes it has a whole bunch of black and white birth photos from the 70s that sent my husband running for the hills, but it also has the most beautiful and diverse birth stories in it with exceptional advice on how to have a natural birth and prepare yourself for the best outcomes possible.

My favourite birth story was the two-parter told by a husband and wife, both OBGYNs, who spoke of how they had to overcome their experience with medicalised births to achieve the successful natural homebirth they wanted. It’s such an empowering, positive book. It would fill any mum-to-be with confidence. It also made me think I would want to walk for miles in the woods when I went into labour. In reality, no chance! But that’s a story for another day…

It should be a great conference. I’ll let you know how it goes.

What am I letting myself in for?


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I’ve been thinking and talking, and talking and thinking, about writing a blog since I got pregnant in 2010.  I wanted to record my pregnancy and share the experience with anyone who might care but I chickened out time and again with myriad excuses not to.  Then my son was born and once the initial shell shock had subsided I thought I’d try again. This time I was thinking about sharing all the things they don’t tell you about when you’re pregnant and having a baby – both the good and the bad, and there are A LOT (more on this later) – but to be honest, I was too exhausted and genuinely didn’t have the time.  Now my son’s nearly a year and I think I’m finally getting the hang of it so I thought “let’s give this a lash”! Continue reading What am I letting myself in for?