I’ve been meaning to send you a quick email to say thank you for She Births since my daughter was born in April but am only just getting around to it now!
My husband Lachlan and I attended your She Births weekend in Feb and our baby girl Isla was born on April 27. Mostly I wanted to thank you for all the knowledge you gave us and the confidence to be able to have the natural birthing experience that I really wanted.
My labour was 34 hours long and Isla was posterior so it was very very intense but I managed to stay at home for 30 hours and arrived at hospital 5cms dilated and 4 hours later our baby was born with no drugs or gas (yay!) and no intervention. We had a physiological third stage (which was perfect and I have no idea why anyone wouldn’t do the same- it was so easy and natural), and we didn’t cut the cord until it had stopped pulsing. All of which we learned at She Births!
My midwife and the student midwife who attended were so impressed and amazed at how natural and easy (although I definitely wouldn’t describe it as easy…!) Isla’s birth was and how quickly I was able to jump out of bed and insist on going home (7 hours later)! They had never done a physiological third stage before and were so happy and grateful to have been a part of our birth.
I really feel that She Births gave me the knowledge and power to insist on what I wanted for my baby’s birth and to believe that I could do it. Lachlan also had complete confidence in me and in the decisions, we had made because of everything he had learned over the weekend, which was so vital!
So thanks again Nadine, it was definitely worth the trip to Sydney from Melbourne to do the course!
Here is a photo of Isla today at 5 months.
Love Liz, Lachlan and Isla