Mama Crush: Amy Osmanhodzic

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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!

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.

Birth Story: Madellin & Miller

Pregnancy & Birth

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

Pregnancy & Birth

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: Heidi & Brandon

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. 

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

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.