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Ireland's Birth Stories
50 minutes | Oct 25, 2020
EP 27- Ivana - OnePregnancy & Birth, Planned Homebirth, Transfer
In this episode I chat to Ivana who talks me through her pregnancy & the birth of her son. Ivana was in the care of the hospital for much of her pregnancy but decided much later to opt for a homebirth. She previously had surgery to remove part of her cervix but thankfully, all was well at the time of her pregnancy and her cervix had actually lengthened.Ivana's midwife made the decision to transfer her to hospital which she goes into in our chat. Her midwife stayed with her in the hospital for support and she still received her two weeks postnatal care which is what I love about the service. She remained so calm and was incredibly accepting of each and every decision made for her. I loved her mindset, she considers everything as temporary and there was no sign of panic or loss of control.Enjoy "Plug Your Passion"https://mactirekids.ieDiscount code AOIFEROSE15 to avail of 15% off
68 minutes | Oct 18, 2020
EP 26 - Lucianne - 2 Pregnancies & Births, Hospital & Homebirth
In this episode I chat with Lucianne about the birth of her two little girls, Daisey & Poppy. Lucianne chose the Domino Scheme with her first pregnancy as she felt they supported her decision and interest in having a natural birth. She has nothing but positive things to say about the service and the women who helped her birth her little girl. She tells me how incredible she felt after giving birth but also, shocked. I will let her tell you why!Lucianne decided to have her second baby at home with the support of @privatemidwivesireland. She speaks so fondly of her midwife and enjoyed the relationship they built up from their first visit at 24 weeks. A gorgeous story told by a women who just oozes a passion for pregnancy, birth and postpartum recovery. She has recently qualified as a postpartum doula to support families in the days and weeks after baby has arrived. She is also a nutritionist which I thought was the perfect combination Enjoy!
51 minutes | Oct 11, 2020
EP25 - Jessica - One Pregnancy & Birth, Domino Scheme, Hypnobirthing, Hospital Birth
In this episode I chat to Jessica, we actually discovered we live within walking distance of one another which was lovely. Jessica chats me through her pregnancy & the birth of her son, Louie. She originally from Australia, as you will hear from her gorgeous accent and married an Irish man making the permanent move to Ireland in 2017. She attended hypnobirthing with @brenda_communitymidwife and found it to be so beneficial, arming her with the knowledge to make decisions she was comfortable with. She had a back to back labour which was tough and she opted for an epidural which gave her the relief she was looking for allowing her to settle into birth after a really long and intense labour. She then chats to me about her breastfeeding journey and how vital support to help and encourage you throughout tough times. Loved chatting to Jessica and I'm looking forward to our coffee date which may be in a field at a distance but so be it. Jessica has also recently created a podcast with her sister called The Hood which I have linked below for you. The Hood Podcast Enjoy!
58 minutes | Oct 4, 2020
EP 24 - Siobhán - 3 Pregnancies, 2 Births, HELLP syndrome, Emergency C-section, Miscarriage, Hospital Birth
In this weeks episode I chat to Siobhán who talks me through her experience with pregnancy and birth. She shared many up and downs including a diagnosis of HELLP syndrome, an emergency C-section, isolation and an a tough post partum journey. Siobhán also chats about her experience with miscarriage so openly which I know so many of you will relate to.We then dive into her third pregnancy which she struggled with, a contrast to her first. She really endured so much which you will hear throughout the podcast. A story well told, raw honesty and the detail we all need to hear Enjoy! Episode sponsored by Discovery Playtime www.discoveryplaytime.ie avail of 10% discount with code BIRTHSTORIES
35 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
EP 23 - Maria -2 Pregnancies & Births, Hospital Birth, Arrival En-Route, Birth Trauma Resolution Practitioner
In this episode I chat to Maria who talks through her two pregnancies and births. Maria enjoyed both pregnancies but suffered with cholestasis through her first pregnancy which meant she needed close monitoring. Her first birth wasn't necessarily what she had hoped for. Despite being disappointed that she had an induction and epidural she found found her outlook on birth was a lot more balanced. Her second little boy made a very swift arrival en-route to the hospital. She describes her experiences and then mentions that she remembers hearing the sound of the rain hitting the car roof....I love that! Being a Birth Trauma Resolution Practitioner, Maria has provided alot of support to women and shares her views on why we now need experts in this field. Enjoy!
68 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
EP 22 - Sarah-Jane - Pregnancy, Loss, Hospital Birth
*Trigger warning* This episode contains sensitive content surrounding loss which may not be suitable for you at this time.In this episode I speak to Sarah-Jane who chats to me about her journey with pregnancy, birth and unfortunately loss. During a routine scan Sarah-Jane and her husband received the devastating news that their little boy was incompatible with life. She brings us through how they navigated life throughout the weeks following Luke's diagnosis. Sarah-Jane also highlights that being open with their circumstances to friends, family & even colleagues helped create a beautiful support system..After much heartache, Sarah-Jane and her husband recently welcomed their beautiful little lady, Frankie.."We couldn't love her any more"
60 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
EP 21 - Ellen - 2 Pregnancies & Births, Hospital Births, Perspective of a Young Mother
In this episode I chat to Ellen and she talks me through the birth of her little boy & girl. Ellen had a particularly long labour with her first baby leading her to believe her little girl would follow suit. This wasn't the case. Olivia made her way into the world very quickly. Ellen laboured in the water with her first birth and recalls how it aided her to relax along with the support of her amazing midwives. Ellen is now a Gentle Birth instructor after finding her passion in all things pregnancy & birth. Her honesty when she speaks of life as a young mother is eye opening.Enjoy!
69 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
EP 20 - Jen - 3 Pregnancies & Births, Doula, Hospital Birth, Arrival en route to Hospital & Homebirth
In this episode I chat to Jen about her three pregnancies & births. Jen decided to employ a doula on her first pregnancy and she proved to be an amazing support. She helped prepare them for the birth and held their space within the hospital allowing Jen to have that much needed quiet time to really tap into her final stages of labour. She was such an anchor throughout and importantly helped Jen & Mark process the birth which wasn't what they had expected or hoped for. She then chats to us about Juno's birth which was a swift to say the least. Juno was born on the M50 but I will say no more and let Jen tell you all the gorgeous details Her third birth was a homebirth, something, Jen has desired from the start of her pregnancy journey with her first baby. A few bumps in the road in her final weeks may have made it difficult to settle into a HB state of mind but the day of Bills birth was a gorgeous affair. I played it back multiple times. As with all of the stories I hear, I had goosebumps and a smile on my face listening back to Jen's story. I know you will too! Enjoy!
66 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
EP 19 - Michelle - 5 Pregnancies & Births, 3 Births in the US, 2 HB
In this episode I chat to Michelle and she talks me through her five pregnancies & births. Her first three babies were born in the US. She was pregnant at 16 with her first baby and very much felt unsupported in the hospital environment. She went on to have a free birth with her third child after an unwanted experience in the hospital with her second pregnancy. Michelle was supported by her close friend (doula - midwife in study) in the hours after her baby arrived. Michelle & her husband welcomed their fourth & fifth babies in their home, here in Ireland with the support of @privatemidwivesireland. She recalls two amazing births and shares some curve balls too aka birthpool trouble! So many gorgeous moments in this episode demonstrating how different each of our births can be. *Important to note that Michelle does touch on a personal experience of a sensitive nature when discussing her second pregnancy* Enjoy!
68 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
EP 18 -Tracey - 2 pregnancies & births, Forceps, Unplanned Homebirth
In this episode I chat to Tracey and she talks me through her two pregnancies and births. Tracey's first labour and birth was not what she expected and unfortunately she had a tough experience. The birth of her son Billy was aided with interventions which led to an extended stay in the hospital. .She availed of the birth reflection service which is offered by maternity hospitals as a means of understanding your birth. Tracey gives us an insight to the service and also what she & her husband gained from it..She then talks me through her second pregnancy and the swift birth of her daughter Willow. Traceys description of her daughter's birth had me in tears, not only from laughter but also because I could hear each emotion in her voice and also the absolute pride she still feels of her unplanned homebirth. Enjoy!
81 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
EP 17 - Michelle -Two pregnancies, Hospital Births, Twin Vaginal Delivery, Epidural
In this episode I chat to Michelle who talks me through her two pregnancies & births. Michelle is mum to three kids as she found out she was expecting twins on her second pregnancy. She chats to me about her first pregnancy and how she felt throughout her postpartum weeks & months. She then chats about the moment they received the news they were expecting twins and describes her immediate feelings. The level of care she received throughout her pregnancy was second to non with a huge amount of support and preparation provided by the hospital. Michelle opted to have a vaginal delivery with the twins and describes some beautiful details which naturally occur to allow baby number 2 to make their way down and ready for birth. She speaks very openly about coping in those early days and how she, her mum & husband pulled together to lighten the load. The dream team! A gorgeous interview filled with lots of laughs aswell as touching descriptions of the reality of life! Enjoy!
71 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
EP 16 -Ali - Hospital Births. Instrumental Birth, Triplet Birth
In this episode I chat to Ali who talks me through the births of her four kids, Georgia, Ted, Lenny & Bruce. Ali's first experience with birth was tough with a difficult few weeks recovery. She discusses the importance of being honest with women about what to expect in the pregnancy and also what our bodies go through in those few weeks after baby arrives. She then talks us through the shock of discovering they were pregnancy with triplet boys after suffering a miscarriage just months prior. She was prepared so thoroughly by the hospital teams and highlights how available so many services are if you simply ask. Ali then talks us through the birth of her boys in detail which again was tough but she felt so prepared in comparison to her first birth. She touches on the importance of being aware of your mental & emotional health. Enjoy!
57 minutes | Sep 4, 2020
EP 15 - Rana -3 Pregnancies & Births, Unsuccessful Epidural, Positive Birth
In the next episode I chat to Rana who talks me through her 3 pregnancies & births Rana gave birth to her first son in Turkey where the culture is C-section strong which wasn't necessarily her preference. Men aren't allowed into the hospital so she laboured and birthed alone after chosing to go with an epidural which failed to take. Unfortunately, this was the case on her second labour too. .Rana felt her level of knowledge and preparation wasn't where it needed to be in order to achieve the natural, medication free birth she desired on her third birth. So, as a team, Rana and her husband prepared with military prescision, ensuring he could be her voice when she needed. He was fully informed of her preferences, what Q's to ask if intervention was needed and he felt confident to say no if needed. Preparation as a couple is key and she discusses this further in the episode. Enjoy
69 minutes | Aug 30, 2020
EP 14 - Clare - HG, Induction, C-section (Sensitive content)
In this episode I chat to Clare about her pregnancy and the birth of her little boy, Teddy. As a midwife, Clare understood the importance of preparing for her birth so took various classes to ensure she was ready for what lay ahead. Unfortunately her labour was tough and a difficult birth followed. Clare also talks about her breastfeeding journey and struggles and how she decided to re-lactate with success. Although Clare's story is tough to listen to at times, it's still so evident that her passion lies with mum & baby. She remains dedicated to her calling as a midwife but maybe now on more acute level as a lactation consultant, infant massage instructor and various other roles of support. Thank you for sharing your story Clare!
45 minutes | Aug 23, 2020
EP13 - Steph - IVF, HG, Hypnobirthing, C-Section
In this next episode I chat to Steph about her journey with IVF both in Ireland & abroad. Steph endured 5 rounds of treatment before a successful pregnancy which thankfully brought her beautiful daughter Sophie into this world. Steph suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum but saw her sickness as a sign that all was well with baby which shows a completely different perspective. During Steph's pregnancy she practiced hypnobirthing which contributed to her strong yet calm mindset through labour & birth. There is something special with how she tells her story, you'll agree with me I'm sure of it Enjoy!
68 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
EP 12 - Emma & Mikey - Hospital Birth, Induction & Homebirth
In this weeks episode I chat to Emma and her husband Mikey. They talk me through Emmas two pregnancies and births. Emma initially wanted a homebirth on her first pregnancy but the location was unsuitable as they were in the process of building their home. They talk me through Emmas experience with an induction and her hospital birth. Emmas refers to one of her midwives and an "angel", I love how she connected with her immediately. On Emmas second pregnancy she knew homebirth was the route she wanted to go down, home is where she felt most comfortable. Together they tell a gorgeous story of the birth of their son Bo. I loved hearing Mikey view on various bits & pieces we discussed. Enjoy!
54 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
EP 11 - Ciara - Hospital Births, Induction, Vaccum Births, Home Waterbirth
In this episode I chat to Ciara about her four pregnancies & births. Ciara had three hospital births and chose to birth her last little girl at home in a birth pool. Ciara & here husband lived in Russia throughout her second and third pregnancy but decided to travel home on both occasions to birth her babies in Ireland. Ciara was determined to have a natural birth on Hannah and prepared as much as possible to allow this to happen. Not only did she train to ensure she was physically strong but she also used Gentlebirth tracks and positive stories to keep focused. "I trained for this, I prayed for this, there was no fear" I just loved when she said this. Enjoy!
44 minutes | Aug 9, 2020
EP 10 - Katie - Hospital births, miscarriage, induction
In this week episode Katie talks us through the pregnancies & births of her four gorgeous kids. Although Katie had various interventions throughout her labours and birth she stills sees her experiences in such a positive light which is fantastic. She also discusses miscarriage which she was unfortunate to suffer on more than one occasion. Katie is a PHN and a paediatric nurse and also run her private lactation consultancy clinic so has lots of experience with new mums and their postpartum journeys Enjoy!
42 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
EP 9 - Kitty - Planned Homebirth & Transfer
In this episode I chat to Kitty who talks me through her pregnancy and the birth of her son Atticus. Kitty is a doula, nurse, lactation consultant and hypnobirthing practitioner amongst other things. It great to get the perspective from a women in the industry of expecting mums, postpartum care and breastfeeding. Kitty had planned for a homebirth but was transferred to a hospital for the final stages of her labour.Despite the change in plan she adjusts incredibly well and uses her hypnobirthing techniques to really help her adapt to her new surroundings. Enjoy!
42 minutes | Aug 3, 2020
EP 8 - Gill - Hospital birth, Epidural & Induction
Gill talks us through her pregnancy & the birth of her little man Oisin. She had regular appointments throughout her pregnancy as she also attended a private OBGYN therefore had checkups bi-monthly. She was full term in the middle of the horrendous snow in 2018 which stopped most of us in our tracks. Gill opted for an epidural after being induced due to her waters breaking over 24 hours prior. She recalls her labour but also the moments following Oisins arrival which gave me goosebumps to hear. Thankfully all was ok in the end and within the hour he was back in her arms. Gill & her husband actually wrote to the Coombe to highlight how well they were looked after during her stay which is so lovely to hear. We hear the negative reports but so many positives despite a difficult time just after birth. Enjoy!
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