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Birthing it Right!
Shilpa and Rajender’s empowering VBAC story

Shilpa first birthed at a small hospital in her hometown, and unfortunately her experience was a disappointing one. She went into labour spontaneously but was not treated empathetically by the hospital staff. She was left alone to labour and was not offered any comfort measures or pain relief options. She found it difficult to cope and due to the lack of adequate support facilities, ultimately gave up. She was wheeled into the operation theatre and a caesarean was performed. For several years she lived with the feeling that if only she was supported better, she could have had a positive and empowering birth experience.

When Shilpa conceived again, she decided to seek a hospital and a care provider who would offer her respectful care and support her decision for a Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC). The couple registered with us. Through her pregnancy, she did everything right from focusing on her diet, exercising, reading a lot about how she could achieve the birth she wanted and attended the childbirth classes, all this while continuing to take care of her older son, managing her home and work.

Shilpa was under collaborative midwifery and obstetric care. She was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes and was advised diet control with oral medication. At term, her blood glucose levels began fluctuating and Shilpa was counselled for an induction if she did not set into spontaneous labour.


At 38 weeks, Shilpa went into labour spontaneously. She managed her early labour at home with comfort measures. By the time she reached the hospital she was exhausted and requested pain relief. She received an injectable preparation and managed to catch up on some rest. Her birth team ensured Shilpa was eating, drinking fluids and changed her positions frequently. All through labour, Shilpa and her baby were carefully monitored. Later that night, Shilpa’s waves became more intense. Her bag of waters released spontaneously. The midwife performed a gentle examination and found she was 3 cms dilated. Shilpa wished to use the Entonox gas and chose the pool for hydrotherapy and once in there, she felt relaxed. She was soon in sync with her instincts. The Midwife used underwater probes to monitor the baby. Within half an hour Shilpa began bearing down. She wanted to birth outside the pool and was helped by her birth team. Shilpa followed her body’s natural urges and soon gave birth to her beautiful daughter. She was well supported by her husband, Rajender who was closely involved in the whole process. He held her hand and assured her of his constant active presence till the birth of their baby.

Shilpa had the birth she had wanted, with labour starting on its own and letting her body get on with its rhythm. She did not require any intravenous drips with medication to augment labour, no epidural, and no C-Section. Voila! Shilpa enjoyed the birth experience she wanted. Congratulations Shilpa for believing in yourself and achieving the birth you had envisioned.

Women in labour often give up because the supporting team gives up on them and Shilpa’s birth team stood by her right through it all, offering her the care that every woman deserves during childbirth.

Congratulations Shilpa and Rajender for achieving the birth you wanted.

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    A Transformational Step into Motherhood…
    Nidhi and Piyush’s incredible birthing experience under collaborative care

    Nidhi’s birth story reinforced the fact that birthing is an incredible and transformational experience, indeed a rite of passage into motherhood.

    Nidhi was a low-risk mother and was under midwifery care through her pregnancy. During her 40 weeks of pregnancy, she was found to have very low amniotic fluid levels and was advised an induction of labour. Nidhi and Piyush made an informed decision after discussing it with their doctor and got admitted. Nidhi went through the induction process and over the next 24 hours of waiting, she tried all the comfort measures- nutrition, plenty of warm showers, back massages, acupressure, romatherapy, movement and adopting different positions of choice. All the while she kept rhythmically breathing with her waves and listening to the birth affirmation tracks. Nidhi and Piyush kept talking to their baby in the womb. Nidhi and her baby were being carefully monitored right through the induction process.

    24 hrs later she was reassessed and was found to be 1 cm open with positive cervical changes. An informed decision for reinduction was taken. Nidhi was exhausted and requested a pain relief injection after which she managed to rest for a while. The waves progressed and with the help of Piyush, Nidhi managed with position changes and warm showers. A few hours later, the waves became more intense and Nidhi was shifted to the birthing room. With her consent, she was examined and was 9 cms open. Nidhi and Piyush could hardly believe this. They were relieved and happy and looked forward to meeting their baby. Soon Nidhi started to feel a lot of pressure and instinctively adopted the all- 4’s position alternating with the squatting position. She quietly continued bearing down with her waves and ultimately squatted on the floor and breathed her baby down.

    With tears in her eyes and cradling her just-born son in her arms, Nidhi could not stop admiring the little wonder she had created, carried within her and birthed in the most natural way. Piyush had his own fears around the birthing process, but he put everything aside and unconditionally supported Nidhi and his baby.

    Nidhi enjoyed the uninterrupted skin-to-skin for over an hour while continuing to trust her body to provide for her baby. She then gently began breastfeeding him.

    Congratulations Nidhi and Piyush for achieving the birth you wanted.

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      Breaking the Stereotype
      Monica and Aaron’s motivated birthing experience

      Monica’s birth created history in her family. For over two decades no one in her family had had a vaginal birth. Being short statured with a low BMI, everyone told her she would never have a vaginal birth. But Monica and Aaron were very motivated to give it their best and have as natural a birth as possible. At 19 weeks, Monica required a stitch in her cervix to prevent a miscarriage. She was understandably apprehensive but remained positive. Meanwhile, Monica attended the childbirth classes and practiced her breathing and relaxation techniques; perineal massage from 35 Wks and other exercises she hoped to use during labour.

      At 38 weeks, Monica began regular waves. When they became intense, she was advised by her doula to visit the hospital. Monica was found to be 3 cms open. She soon began bearing down and half an hour later spontaneously birthed her little baby girl. Over the next hour and a half, Monica enjoyed giving skin-to-skin to her baby. Monica and Aaron were thrilled and grateful that they could carry this baby to term and birth her without any interventions.

      Congratulations Monica and Aaron for believing in yourself. Your birth story has indeed broken all stereotypes that exist in today’s fear-based society. You have shown that a woman’s belief in herself combined with knowledge is a powerful combination. More power to you.

      Congratulations Monica and Aaron for achieving the birth you wanted.

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        Life’s Bundle of Joy
        Abinaya and Anoop’s gentle birthing experience!

        Abinaya and Anoop, first-time parents had just relocated to Hyderabad. When Abinaya discovered she was pregnant, the couple were excited. They looked forward to this new chapter in their lives. The journey through   pregnancy was a smooth sail right through to term. When Abinaya crossed the expected date of delivery, she began to get impatient. She kept in touch with her doula who reassured her that her labour would start when her baby was ready. Over the next few days Abinaya and Anoop spent time doing a lot of pre-birth bonding activities.


        At 40.3 weeks, Abinaya began with her waves. She stayed in touch with her doula and spent the next 15 hours at home relaxing, having warm showers, eating and drinking, moving around and timing her waves. By night, her waves got more intense. They were advised by their doula to visit the hospital. On examination by the midwife, she was found to be 2 cm open. Abinaya had her dinner, a relaxing shower and caught up on some rest. Around midnight, her waves picked up and Abinaya was shifted to the dimly lit birthing room which was filled with the sweet fragrance of rose. She found the birthing ball very relaxing and spent a lot of time on it. With each surge, she would breathe and vocalise surrendering herself to the process as her body was opening. When she felt ready, Abinaya informed her team she would like to enter the pool.

        Abinaya immediately felt a sense of lightness in the warm waters of the pool and changed into positions of her comfort- all 4’s, squat and side-lying. Her doula kept wiping her face and kept her hydrated with juices and her midwife kept a close watch on the baby’s heartbeat. Anoop was an amazing birth partner. He seemed to know Abinaya’s every move and he stood by her like a rock, encouraging her. He was filled with admiration for Abinaya as she rode through each wave with grit and determination. Three hours in the pool and Abinaya felt the urge to bear down. She spontaneously released her waters. She continued changing positions in the pool and after an hour of bearing down came out of the pool to empty her bladder. Abinaya was exhausted and wished to rest for some time. Almost immediately, the baby’s head began crowning and within a few minutes she birthed her baby boy gently into the world. Abinaya could not believe she was holding her bundle of joy. The baby lay against his mother’s bosom enjoying her warmth while Anoop was beaming with pride seeing his just completed family.

        Congratulations Abinaya and Anoop for achieving the birth you wanted.

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