Discover what's best for you and your baby during pregnancy and labour and how you can have a great birth experience whether it be at a hospital, birth centre or at home by making educated decisions along with your carers.
"Another surge hit almost immediately, at that point, I was still so confused as it was only minutes since I had entered the tub, I wasn’t even sure that it was the head or the waters that was out, which sounds crazy in hindsight. With barely any pushing from me, our baby was born into water at 4:16am. I immediately turned around and the MW handed the baby to me. It was such a beautiful moment, I was ecstatic! I was overwhelmed with happiness at the realisation that I had truly achieved the birth of my dreams..."
With caesarean rates at an all-time high in Australia today, (27.6% for public patients and 48.6% for private) most women you speak to about birth will have had some form of medical intervention in their pregnancy and labour. Preparing for a natural birth involves familiarising yourself with the process – both physical and spiritual – and educating yourself as much as possible.
Research shows that women who are well informed about the process of birth and the options available to them report better birth experiences, fewer interventions, inductions, cesarean sections, vacuum or forceps delivery and episiotomies, much faster recovery, increased confidence and have more success with breastfeeding.
"My Birth My Way, it is something that I refer a lot of my mothers to for unbiased information, especially about what is normal. It is inspiring, and a much needed resource for the women in our community. So thank you, on my behalf, because it's so helpful having someone else backing up what you say, as well as on behalf of the women, who need to know the truth ...and not to fear… I believe that with knowledge comes power, and with that, no reason to fear something that is so profoundly normal."
- K van Viersen MD