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 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: 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.

Egg Donor Diary: Baby Steps

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by Deanna

I remember the phone call. I was sitting in the car next to my husband – my cousin had called to tell me that her recent round of IVF was unsuccessful; they had retrieved only one healthy egg, and it hadn’t taken. This was after a very sad miscarriage a few months prior, after naturally conceiving. She told me her and her fiance were going for ‘third time lucky’, but weren’t overly optimistic, as their doctor had informed them the chances were slim. Before I knew it, I had uttered the words ‘Honey, if it doesn’t work this time – you can have my eggs!’, to which she replied jokingly ‘I might just take you up on that’. And we laughed. We finished our conversation, I hung up the phone, and realised I wanted to talk to my husband about it seriously. I turned to him and said ‘I know that sounded like a joke, but I would totally do that for her – what do you think?’ He was on board immediately, he’d built up a beautiful relationship with my cousin (a woman ten years my senior – who I had literally grown up admiring), so was pro egg donation from the beginning. I called her back about 10 minutes after we’d ended the previous conversation to tell her I was serious. She cried. I cried. And we left it at that.

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:

Birth Story: Leah & Eva

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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. 

Leah has bravely shared with us here, the birth story of her daughter Eva:

Wednesday 6 January 2016 … the day our little love Eva James was born and changed our lives forever. At 41 + 3, my patience on playing the waiting game had totally run out. The calmness of “oh she’ll come when she’s ready” had gone and I was all “get this baby the hell out of me now”. It felt like forever had been and gone and I was still with no baby.