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Birthing with Love & Courage
Disha and Prashant’s memorable waterbirth experience!

Disha’s birth proved a simple fact. Even in her vulnerability, the labouring woman is the most powerful being in the birthing room. Second time parents, Disha and Prashant had decided to come back to birth with us. Disha’s pregnancy journey had a lot of unknowns as she was admitted twice, once at 34 weeks for a threatened preterm labour and again at 36 weeks for decreased fetal movements. Disha was under midwifery care and was very keen to have a waterbirth, something that she had missed the first time.

At 38 weeks she came to the hospital with decreased fetal movements. With midwifery and obstetric collaboration, it was decided that Disha would be better off with admission and a stretch and sweep in view of persistent decreased fetal movements. Disha and Prashant agreed to the plan but during the procedure, Disha was already found to be 3cms open. She soon started with her waves and was supported by Prashant, her doula and her midwife who worked relentlessly to support Disha ensuring she was well hydrated and relaxed. With each wave Disha would instinctively sway and breathe her way through the wave. In between the waves, Disha would laugh and talk with her birth team.

Soon her waves picked up and Disha started feeling a lot of pressure. She began breathing heavily and was vocalizing with each wave. Her midwife and doula knew that birth was imminent. Disha got into the pool with Prashant right there holding her hand and letting her know he trusted in her ability to birth. Within a few minutes after entering the pool, Disha released her waters and began to bear down. Disha and Prashant soon welcomed their baby into this world. They were both thrilled beyond words as they held their little boy who lay nestled in his Mamma’s arms. Twenty minutes later, Prashant cut the umbilical cord. He was holding his son and continued giving skin-to-skin while her midwife and doula helped Disha come out of the pool. The midwife put a few stitches before leaving the proud parents to spend quiet time together.
Congratulations Disha and Prashant for achieving the birth you wanted.

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    The Second Coming:
    Pratyusha and Nagaraju’s phenomenal birthing story!

    Pratyusha had a very traumatic first birth experience. A full-term unexplained stillbirth at a well-known local hospital. She was a victim of obstetric violence and disrespectful care. Labour was induced, and she was left alone with her husband Nagaraju. The nurse would come in at intervals to increase the oxytocin IV drip. However, the nurses did not look, talk or touch Pratyusha during their visits into the room. Pratyusha was not allowed to drink or eat during her eleven hours of labour. The young couple were scared, helpless and lost. They sought comfort in each other.

    Pratyusha had many sleepless nights following the birth of her stillborn daughter. She longed to hold her baby girl, breastfeed her, watch her grow but all she had were memories of a traumatic birth experience.

    15 months later she conceived again. She booked with us at 20 wks. A month later, she was found to have gestational diabetes and required insulin to control her blood glucose levels. This time Pratyusha and Nagaraju decided they would do things differently. They wanted to be better prepared with knowledge and be more in control. They attended our childbirth classes and also booked a Doula. At 33 wks she was admitted with threatened preterm labour and was managed conservatively.

    In view of her past history and requiring Insulin for control of her gestational diabetes, Pratyusha was scheduled for an induction of labour at 38 weeks. At 37 weeks memories of her previous loss overwhelmed her with fear and she became very anxious. So, Pratyusha and her family decided to get admitted as the couple felt safe with regular monitoring of both mother and the baby.

    Pratyusha was induced at 38 weeks. She spontaneously released her waters and soon began with her waves, which were growing intense. The baby’s heartbeat was being carefully monitored by the Midwife and her birth team helped her with hot showers and other comfort measures which helped Pratyusha relax. The birthing room was made just like she had wanted it. Pratyusha and Nagaraju worked together, rhythmically swaying following each wave. Nagaraju was an amazing birth partner. He was breathing with her and just following each wave, one at a time. Pratyusha was finding it difficult but she was progressing too. She took the entonox gas for pain relief and instinctively turned to the all-4’s position on the bed. Soon she began to bear down very gently. She then rolled on to the left lateral position and birthed her little baby boy into this world. She held her baby close to her chest and could not stop crying…tears of happiness, tears of contentment, and tears of relief. Almost immediately and so naturally, Little Jay latched on and started breastfeeding.

    How women are treated during labour matters, the kind of support provided to them matters, their choices being respected matters, because after all “BIRTH MATTERS”!

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      Birthing with Tranquility:
      Sushma and Teja’s cherished birthing experience

      Sushma was very keen to have a waterbirth. At 38 weeks, with long, irregular waves coming on and off Sushma spent her prelabour time at the hospital listening to some chants and enjoying a list of comfort measures – back massages, acupressure, hot water showers. While she remained upright and mobile she also managed to take short naps.

      As the long regular waves finally hit shore, Sushma opted to get into the pool. The whole birthing environment was made just the way she had wanted it- dim lighting, soft music in the background and the room filled with the sweet aroma of lavender. She kept swaying to her own rhythm while the pool was being prepared. Once Sushma got into the pool, she relaxed with tranquility written on her face. Sushma invited her husband, Teja into the pool. The active supportive presence of Teja helped Sushma relax and feel safe. All through, Sushma and her baby were constantly being monitored by our efficient midwives.

      The quiet and peaceful birthing room was filled with oxytocin, unlike the typical hostile “labour rooms” in hospitals today. Observing this mother so beautifully listening to her body, responding with occasional short mourns, constantly changing positions in the pool, both partners locking eyes in between and gently talking to their baby was a sacred space to be enjoyed, respected and cherished. Together Sushma and Teja would drift off to sleep between waves. The midwives ensured that Sushma was well hydrated and also fed her with light snacks.

      Sushma finally started feeling an urge to push. Teja gently helped her in changing positions in the pool. Sushma felt more pressure and kept following her body till finally the little one just slid out of her, born “en-caul”. A beautiful water birth indeed. Sushma and Teja could not stop shedding tears of happiness as they heard their baby’s first cry and Sushma gently hugged her baby boy close to her heart. After waiting for the cord pulsations to stop, Teja cut the umbilical cord. The midwives stood silently at one end of the pool and let this ‘just completed family’ enjoy their special moment. Sushma gave skin-to-skin to her baby while Teja embraced them both in a protective hug. A lot more oxytocin in the room. Indeed a moment to cherish!!

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