Birth Story: Emma & Lila

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Emma has bravely shared with us here, the birth story of her daughter Lila:

Sunday 12th June, it had been a pretty normal day except for a niggling tooth pain, was an odd one and not your typical tooth pain, so of course, Maya’s nap time I spent some quality time with Google ‘tooth pain and labour’…’can tooth pain be a labour sign?’ Yes I was clutching at straws wanting this baby to come and funnily enough many other fellow crazy mums had tooth pain before labour!

What I’ve packed in my Hospital Bag; Pretty vs Practical

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by Deanna

Let’s face it. Nobody really wants to see the practical side of what you pack in a hospital bag, but even third time around I have still found myself checking online, to see if I have everything I think I might need. This is the key word: think. Some people think packing certain things is ridiculous, while others couldn’t leave the house without their tinted moisturiser. It’s SUCH a personal thing, but for general purposes, it’s great to see what other expectant mamas pack in theirs – as a guide, and a reminder (considering before reading some lists this time around, I had forgotten maternity pads eeeek).

A surrogacy story: Part 2

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Guest post: Anonymous

Did you read ‘A surrogacy story: Part 1?’ 

“Hi, total stranger!  I feel like I’ve asked you a million questions since we’ve been Internet ‘dating’ for the past few weeks. I feel so lucky that you chose us, the agency did so well in the matching process! So, would you babysit my baby for 9 months? I also need you to drive (8 hours return) for obstetrician visits, it’s probably best you get your children babysat, you’ll get poked and prodded with needles for blood tests and then you’ll need to inject lots of hormones into yourself! I may even start sending you supplements and all sorts of green smoothie, bone broth and fertility diet recipes…”

A surrogacy story: Part 1

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Guest post: Anonymous

“Red! Red!” screamed my almost 2 year old. This is my most vivid memory of my second pregnancy. I felt like my life was over and my loved ones were being ripped out of my arms. My first-born was kicking and screaming as I was being taken away. I thought it would be the last time that I ever saw him.

Birth Story: Suhir & Indie

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Suhir has bravely shared with us here, the birth story of her daughter Indie:

I was 31 years old when I had my first daughter, Ayla. I had endometriosis before I fell pregnant with her and was devastated at the thought of not being able to conceive. (Don’t we all do that at some point anyway? Some little demon at the back of your mind plants thoughts that now that you actually WANT to fall pregnant, you may not be able to), well that was me, it didn’t help that one Dr told me ‘with the state of your endometriosis, there’s very little chance of you falling pregnant’. So I had a laparoscopy to remove said lumps and nodes and basically have a clear out. And BAM within 2 months I was all knocked up. Yay.

Birth Story: Jessica & Nell

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Jessica has bravely shared with us here, the birth story of her daughter Nell:

As far as pregnancies go, my fourth was fairly fantastically normal and “by the book” compared to the other three previous. Morning sickness abated by 12ish weeks, and things flowed fairly normally. I was relieved not to have Hyperemesis Gravardium this pregnancy. Despite being hospitalised for kidney stone removal surgery and also having three wisdom teeth out in the chair, the pregnancy and belly dweller within me kept growing safe and well, boringly normal.

Birth Story: Madellin & Miller

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Madellin has bravely shared with us here, the birth story of her daughter Miller:

After what I would call a pretty cruisey pregnancy (other then low iron problems), here we were on the 3rd of February sitting in the midwives office. I was halfway through the 39th week, impending due date on the following Monday and bursting with questions about what happens when I do go over my due date. The worry wart in me had stressed over every little detail from the day we found out we were expecting, after constantly being told of bad birth stories leading up to and the fact that I hadn’t seen any signs of labour yet, I was adamant that I knew I would go over my due date and have a terrible time after being induced. The lovely midwife tried to calm my nerves and swore she knew there was no way I would be making my appointment next week.

Birth Story: Lucy & River

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The Merge JournalAll birth stories are different and we want to empower and support all kinds of births. We all have individual reactions to reading birth stories; some make us happy, laugh, cry or feel sad. Here at The Merge Journal we hope to give the mother who writes her birth story a sense of empowerment. A time for reflection. We respect all the different types of individual birthing stories. 

Lucy and her husband Fabian have bravely shared with us here, the birth story of their son River:

Birth Story: Ciara & Francesca

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All birth stories are different and we want to empower and support all kinds of births. We all have individual reactions to reading birth stories; some make us happy, laugh, cry or feel sad. Here at The Merge Journal we hope to give the mother who writes her birth story a sense of empowerment. A time for reflection. We respect all the different types of individual birthing stories. 

Ciara has bravely shared with us here, the birth story of her daughter Francesca:

Toward the end of my pregnancy I started to get very itchy on my arms, which spread to my legs and tummy. Initial blood tests showed borderline Cholestasis. As the itching increased I had another blood test at 38 weeks 6 days which confirmed the condition and showed it was getting worse quite quickly. Obstetric Cholestasis does not pose a risk to the mother but does pose a risk to her unborn baby, it increases the risk of still birth – especially after 37 weeks. As you can imagine I was very concerned for my baby and was hyperactively monitoring her movements. The OB in the hospital suggested I wait another week and have another blood test but the midwife suggested I present at the Pregnancy Assessment Unit. Considering I was 38&6 and already dilated to 2cms I wasn’t happy to wait another week – it didn’t make sense to just wait and see. My previous pregnancy (my second) had gone 10 days over so I thought it best to present at the hospital and get further tests done.

Birth Story: Heidi & Brandon

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The Merge Journal Birth StoryAll birth stories are different and we want to empower and support all kinds of births. We all have individual reactions to reading birth stories; some make us happy, laugh, cry or feel sad. Here at The Merge Journal we hope to give the mother who writes her birth story a sense of empowerment. A time for reflection. We respect all the different types of individual birthing stories. 

Heidi has bravely shared with us here, the birth story of her son Brandon: