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January 13, 2015

I wanted a home birth

From very early on in my pregnancy I thought about having a home birth. I asked the midwife about it at my first appointment at a central London hospital but I was told that I was outside their area for home births. The midwife there confirmed the experiences of my friends, that my nearest hospital […]

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December 11, 2014

I didn’t want to be ‘routinely’ induced

I knew I wouldn’t cope well in a hospital environment and opted for a freestanding birth centre first time round but I had no plan B when my pregnancy progressed into it’s 42nd week and I was redirected to the labour ward of our local hospital. The experience was the worst 48 hours of my […]

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December 11, 2014

I needed careful handling and genuine compassion

In June 2010 we tragically lost our 11 day old baby, Stanley, from a previously undiagnosed incurable heart defect. Naturally it was devastating and a hugely difficult time for our family. However we felt that as a couple, we wanted another baby, a sibling for our two year old son Bertie. We always knew that […]

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