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Your Pregnancy, Your Midwife, Your Choice

Birth Stories

A healing birth  

The decision to have another baby was not a decision that was easy to make. I was traumatised by the birth of my beautiful daughter and that deeply changed me and changed all my hopes and dreams for the start of my journey as a mum. The birth of my son healed a lot of those wounds and as his 1st birthday has just passed, I find myself reflecting on his birth with the most amazing memories.

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Text Book Home Birth  

I decided on a home birth with One to One purely for convenience. I knew there was a chance my husband could miss the birth because of the nature of his work so felt a home birth would be the least traumatic if this turned out to be the case. We were also new to the area and it was close to my due date so a self-referral to the service gave me peace of mind that I would get midwifery care quickly after our move.

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One to One Leeds Baby  

A friend who was training to be a midwife made me aware of the One to One service. I had recently moved to Leeds at 30 weeks pregnant and up until that point I had seen 5 different midwives and 2 different consultants. I got in touch and was amazed that I was able to refer myself directly; within a couple of days I was contacted by Sarah, a One to One midwife and informed that I had been allocated to her caseload.

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True midwifery  

I will start my story right from the beginning. I first experienced the support of my One to One midwife when my husband and me unfortunately had a miscarriage. Rebecca Stephens supported us through this traumatic event, she listened to my concerns for medical management and supported me with my choices, this is unique because lady’s who experience a miscarriage in the usual NHS care are referred to a nurse and midwifery input is stopped.

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Beautiful Healthy Baby Girl  

When we first discovered we were pregnant we attended the hospital out of routine and as we assumed this was “the norm” with it being our first child. We felt let down (by our experience) from hospital appointments and felt a little lost in the system. Family of ours had used One to One Midwives in the past and couldn’t praise the service enough, so we made our self referral. We were assigned to Kayleah Logan who put us at ease from our first meeting in our home, which was part of the appeal of One to One. We discussed our options for birth and came to the conclusion we would hope for a home water birth.

Throughout our pregnancy I was struck with awful hyperemesis pretty much from start to finish which resulted in many trips to hospital. We kept Kayleah in the loop and she maintained her supportive role and involvement throughout, and our routine appointments continued at home. Kayleah gave us many science lessons as my partner is very hands on and loves to know the ins and outs of everything. Kayleah always happily obliged to answer any questions in-depth and dare I say, maybe even enjoyed some of the debates we got into? Kayleah also informed us of classes which were available at our local centre and we happily attended.

At 39 week, 12am on a Wednesday we thought my waters broke. We were scared and excited all at the same time. I popped a pad in and went to bed. We woke the next morning and called Kayleah, she sounded excited and invited us to the centre. We were advised that we could expect labour to start within 48 hours. After a tense few days and a wonderful pregnancy reflexology treatment there was no still sign, so Kayleah advised us to head to hospital for an induction and we were booked in for the Sunday. This was a little heartbreaking, I’ll admit, as we had our hearts set on a natural, drug free water birth at home but we were willing to do anything to ensure our baby arrived safely.

Our experience in hospital was not the one we hoped for and pretty invasive. The hospital were not convinced my waters had actually broken after conducting many tests. Following a lecture about waiting so long to attend hospital and the danger we could’ve placed our baby in we were sent home. A few days later I received a letter saying it was possible I had Group B Strep so would need to be placed on a drip 4-8 hours before having our baby. We called Kayleah explaining this and she put our minds at rest. She provided us with a lot of info surrounding GBS and advised it was still our choice if we wanted to proceed with a home birth. She completely put us at ease with ensuring if there were any complications we would have an ambulance on hand.

At 41 weeks after two sweeps, our baby decided to make a move. Kayleah arrived at our home around 9:30pm and we all waited patiently. I put my hypnobirthing skills to the test and at around 11pm I got into the pool set up in our home. Baby seemed happy, strong and on the move. Thanks to the wonder of hypnobirthing, my fiancé, Kayleah and her team (Oh and the calm tones on Bob Ross playing in the background) our beautiful, healthy baby girl Jocelyn arrived safely and calmly, exactly how we had hoped at 3:15am on 29th March 2019.

Thank you to Kayleah and the wonderful staff at One to One for giving us the most perfect birth!

Orion’s birth story  

So, my husband and I had wanted a homebirth with our previous children however, due to pregnancy and labours unpredictable challenges this wasn’t possible until now.

My two previous births had been in hospital and induced by IV drip of Oxytocin which took away some of the natural moments we wished to have – moments such as walking around during labour and a serene atmosphere (difficult in a hospital ward).

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My pregnancy and birth journey  

Finally got half an hour to put this together!

I’ve been looking to write my birth story for, well, three months now! You know how it is – newborn babies are actually quite demanding. How did I spend my time before becoming a mum?! Anyway, my son has just turned 3 months old, he has started to sleep longer than two hours at night, which means I am no longer a walking zombie so here it goes…

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One to One Midwife has One to One Baby  

I went to bed on Christmas Eve mostly looking forward to Christmas dinner the next day and a week of festive activities with friends and family.

However, at 01:30 on Christmas Day, I rolled over in bed and heard a funny noise. Then I heard it again and ran to the bathroom to have my waters go with a bang. For the first time in my whole pregnancy I think I accepted I actually would have to give birth.

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True midwifery  

I will start my story right from the beginning. I first experienced the support of my One to One midwife when my husband and me unfortunately had a miscarriage. Rebecca Stephens supported us through this traumatic event, she listened to my concerns for medical management and supported me with my choices, this is unique because lady’s who experience a miscarriage in the usual NHS care are referred to a nurse and midwifery input is stopped.

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One to One understands how special and unique each individual pregnancy, birth and antenatal journey is. We love sharing these moments and memories with you.

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