Mama Crush: Amy Osmanhodzic

TMJ Loves

by Deanna

Ok. We’re just going to put this out there. All four of us mamas have had a HUGE crush on the beautiful Amy, for what feels like forever. And when she jumped onto our screens with that birth video, well, we soon amped up our ‘crush’ to full on ‘love affair’. Amy is mama to three divine little beings, and a hypnobirthing teacher and birth doula, founding Earthbound Babies. She has recently moved her family from Perth over to the Byron Bay hinterland, and we couldn’t be happier. Now living that little bit closer, we hope to meet in person one day soon, so we can goo and gaa over her beautiful children, and her gorgeous smile. Did we mention her husband plays guitar and can sing? Yes, you can officially start crushing now too. Read on to find out more about this amazing mama …

Birth Story: Emma & Lila

Pregnancy & Birth

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

Pregnancy & Birth

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

Pregnancy & Birth

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

Pregnancy & Birth

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

Pregnancy & Birth

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.

The do’s and don’ts of visiting a newborn

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The Merge Journal Do's and Don'ts of visiting a newborn

by Liz

I have a couple of friends due to give birth soon and it’s got me thinking about the do’s and don’ts of visiting new parents and their bubs. When to visit, what to bring, how long to stay, bringing children along … This is certainly a time when you want to tread lightly and be the perfect guest so I’ve put together my list of do’s and don’ts for visiting a new baby.

Interview with Nadine Richardson of She Births

Pregnancy & Birth

She Births The Merge Journal Birthing Pregnancy

by Liz

When I was pregnant with my first daughter I went on the hunt for the best birth course I could find. I knew I wanted to birth as naturally as possible and wanted a course where I could learn all of my options and walk away with both myself and my hubby feeling confident and prepared for the birth of our baby.

When I came across Nadine Richardson’s She Births course I was positive that it was the perfect birth course for us and the fact that it was held in Sydney and we live in Melbourne was just a minor detail. Yep, we flew to Sydney for the weekend course. I’m sure some people would think I was crazy but I just wasn’t able to find a birth course as comprehensive as She Births in Melbourne!

Luckily for you there are now trained She Births teachers across the country and even overseas, all trained by Nadine, and an online course is also available.

The trip to Sydney was well worth it, I really couldn’t recommend She Births highly enough. I’ve now used the techniques I learnt with the birth of both of my babies and have had two intervention free birthing experiences.

Birth Story: Hannah & Eden

Pregnancy & Birth

The Merge Journal Birth Story Hannah and Eden

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. 

Hannah has bravely shared with us here, the birth story of her daughter Eden:

Thursday 12 November – 3am

I woke to go to the bathroom and discovered that my mucus plug was starting to come free. How’s that for an opening sentence?! I went back to bed but got up again at 5am and found there was more. I also started having some very light period type cramps so I woke Ben and we agreed he would stay home from work that day. We lay in bed for a while talking excitedly about the fact that today could be the day.

Birth Story: Karli & Zoe

Pregnancy & Birth

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. 

Karli has bravely shared with us here, her birth story of her daughter Zoe:

After the dreaded glucose tolerance test at 28ish weeks gestation of my very first exciting pregnancy, I received a call from our midwife team to let me know that I had “failed the test” as they put it. I was super confused – did I need to take it again?! No no, as it turns out the test revealed that I had developed Gestational Diabetes. I was in total disbelief. I had none of the risk factors. I cried and cried, apologizing to the baby over and over again for already being a terrible mother. I felt so guilty and a little ashamed. I was a 32 year old active, healthy lass with a pretty decent diet and it never occurred to me that I’d have to deal with this condition during a pregnancy.