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    I also want to know what your job is, just being nosey I've never heard of being offered a job in another country so I'm very curious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by graysonsmom View Post
    I also want to know what your job is, just being nosey I've never heard of being offered a job in another country so I'm very curious!
    No worries....I am a Children's Physiotherapist and there is usually a high demand for us as it is quite a specialised profession. I specialise in working with children who have developmental delays and neurological problems (mainly, but I also do more typical physiotherapy work with children). My caseload is quite varied but I would say that the majority of my "children" that I work with are either premmies or have a developmental delay (including genetic conditions) and the others have cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and a range of other global problems. In the past I have also worked in NICU, PICU and the children's spinal injuries unit as a physio, I love my work and the variety that it includes and it has also meant that I am able to travel and work abroad as I have additional training and qualifications in the area!

    Don't worry about seeming nosey, I am always happy to answer questions
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    Yay, DD now down for a sleep - I love nap time! I'll see if I can finish my story...

    We decided to start a family and were very fortunate to get pregnant with DD on our first attempt. I had a very easy pregnancy and was planning on a home birth with my midwife. I loved being pregnant and seemed to have endless energy, working right up to the end in a pretty physical job. The following photo is me at 38 weeks pregnant....

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    In New Zealand every woman has a LMC (Lead Maternity Carer) who is almost always a midwife, you are only referred to an obstetrician if there are any problems. I find it difficult to comprehend the comments on my BB as things seem VERY different here, much less medically orientated (although there are also the same issues with interventions which occurred later in DD's birth). I had no problems with requesting a home birth, it is common here and things went well with all the preparations.

    I went into spontaneous labour at 41 weeks and was managing well at home, I was pleased to find out I was 4-5cm when my midwife arrived at my home. However, when I was checked 4 hours later (with just my trusted TENS machine for pain relief) I had not progressed (although I was now completely effaced, I just hadn't dilated any further). Being an impatient FTM who just wanted to meet my baby and hadn't REALLY looked into the interventions, I consented to AROM and I think that is where my problems began....with hindsight I think that my body would have progressed with just a little patience but I tensed up when they broke my waters and started to worry about why I wasn't progressing.

    My story then turns into the typical cascade of interventions....when my waters were broken, DD locked into a posterior position (she was in the process of turning). After a couple of hours of labouring at home I agreed to transfer to the hospital to "speed things along" and was talked into having Syntocinon (Pitocin) and an epidural ("as you won't be able to manage the pain"). So I went from labouring at home to being attached to everything you could imagine...the photos below show me at home having a rest (own clothes and just the TENS machine - you can also see the HB kit on the worktop behind me!) and then 2 hours later at the hospital (gown, EFM, catheter, epidural, IV, pulse oximeter, BP cuff....) - so NOT what I wanted!

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    Going to post this now so that I don't lose what I have written so far
    Jules

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    I think that is so cool that midwife care is the norm in NZ and that homebirth is a considered an acceptable option! I wish it was more like that here!

    So far, your birth story sounds similar to mine, except that mine was a planned hospital birth in a NCB friendly hospital.
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    Might as well carry on while I have got the chance - sorry if this is too graphic / scary for anyone....

    Anyway, the epidural caused me to drop my blood pressure to scary levels so I was pumped full of fluid and the Syntocinon (Pitocin) caused uterine hyperstimulation which sent DD into foetal distress. Typical side effects which I only wish that I was really aware of prior to my labour! I am a classic example of the problems which interventions cause...and it disappoints me when I hear of routine inductions / epidurals etc....

    Somehow (probably due to the intensity of my augmented contractions) I progressed to a point where a CS was not possible (which I am now very pleased about as it has given me options this time ) - I remember the comment "there's only one way this one's coming out", but both Chloe and myself were in a bad way. I was later told that my BP was so low (50/30) that they stopped trying to save DD and were instead trying to stop me from "crashing". My epidural had failed and so the decision was made (not by me!) to give me a "proper" block, I think just in case I needed to be rushed to surgery!

    Chloe was in severe distress and passed her meuconium and the on-call OB performed a double episiotomy (ouch) and she was born with forceps and taken away immediately due to meuconium aspiration. I wasn't even aware I had had Chloe as they were busy working on me and no-one thought to tell me that I had had a baby! Jimmy went across to see her and came back to tell me that we had a little girl (she was a member of team green!).

    After the longest 10 minutes of my life I was eventually handed my little girl. I must admit that I didn't have that strong emotional bond with her, I was in far too much shock and distress but I did find her fascinating. Photo of our first cuddle...

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    That's where things went better....Chloe nursed like a champ straight away! I decided to discharge myself home as soon as the epidural wore off (6 hours later) and the second I arrived home again I bonded with our daughter and I love her with all my heart!

    Following birth, your midwife here visits you daily at home for the first week (then regularly until week 6) so I had a visit from the midwife later that day and things went really well. I had a slight problem when I tore open one of my episiotomies on Day 4, one of the reasons I would rather tear naturally this time, but otherwise we both had a smooth and uneventful recovery.

    Having typed out my DD's birth story it seems that things went badly and I admit it was a very traumatic experience for me, but I was unfortunate and maybe should have done a little more research prior to her birth on any possible interventions! But it is part of OUR story and it has made me very determined that this time things will be different, I have learnt a lot about myself in the 19 months since that day....I am sooo thankful that things went OK in the end and that I did at least have a vaginal delivery! This time I know that I am so much more educated on birth and my options...

    Sorry I have rambled on for AGES.....I'll start another post on this pregnancy when I get a chance!
    Jules

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsMangoBabe View Post
    I think that is so cool that midwife care is the norm in NZ and that homebirth is a considered an acceptable option! I wish it was more like that here!
    I find it fascinating how different it seems in different countries....even when an OB is involved in a birth (like at the end of my labour), your MW is still your primary carer, the doctor just comes in when things are not "normal"! Even reading about how everyone on the BB has internals to assess "progress" is alien to me...

    Homebirth is fairly common here, the alternative is that many mums in my town use the hospital facilities to give birth while not actually being admitted as a patient (if that makes sense?). So you would meet your MW at the hospital and labour in the delivery rooms / birth pool / showers / whatever, so you could have medical intervention nearby if required, and then go home afterwards once baby is safely here and you are both stable and happy (usually 2 hours post delivery), alternatively you can be admitted onto the ward if you wanted. Midwives (always 2 per delivery, another MW is called close to delivery) would handle any stitching etc and would call the OB if required (e.g. extensive tearing, retained placenta, PPH etc...).

    I feel very lucky to live here and have the options of MW care and homebirth!
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    Wow, your birth story got pretty scary at the end. Too many women aren't informed of the side effects of these interventions. I knew about them when I had my DD, but I felt like I didn't have a choice--I know now that I always have a choice.

    I look forward to hearing how it goes this time now that you are more informed.

    The not being admitted thing does make sense. I was actually at the hospital for 7 hours before I was admitted--waiting to see if my labor would pick up, which it didn't--then they admitted me so they could start the pitocin. I think they would have eventually admitted me, though, because I don't hear about women having babies in the hospital without being admitted here.

    So, are you planning a homebirth again?

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    Your birth story sounds very scary. I have fairly low blood pressure and I didn't know at the time of my dd's birth that an epidural can lower it even more. It kind of explains a few things. I also had a forcep delivery and feel very lucky I didn't end up with a c-section.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsMangoBabe View Post
    Wow, your birth story got pretty scary at the end. Too many women aren't informed of the side effects of these interventions. I knew about them when I had my DD, but I felt like I didn't have a choice--I know now that I always have a choice.
    I hope I haven't typed anything too graphic or scary?

    TBH, I tend not to tell people IRL what actually happened (I just gloss over the details) (my family especially have no idea that things were not straight forward as they are in a different country ) as I don't want to scare others or make them think that I had a "bad" experience as without it I wouldn't have had my daughter - this was the first time that I have ever written it down in detail and it became a bit therapeutic...

    Even though things were a bit rough during DD's birth, in many ways I am glad it happened (and we were both OK) - it's difficult to explain, but it is part of my DD's and my relationship - IYKWIM?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi_babe View Post
    I hope I haven't typed anything too graphic or scary?
    Don't worry about that. I don't think it was that graphic, and I think stories like yours are really important to illustrate the risks of medical interventions.

    TBH, I tend not to tell people IRL what actually happened (I just gloss over the details) (my family especially have no idea that things were not straight forward as they are in a different country ) as I don't want to scare others or make them think that I had a "bad" experience as without it I wouldn't have had my daughter - this was the first time that I have ever written it down in detail and it became a bit therapeutic...

    Even though things were a bit rough during DD's birth, in many ways I am glad it happened (and we were both OK) - it's difficult to explain, but it is part of my DD's and my relationship - IYKWIM?
    Writing my birth story was VERY therapeutic for me. It helped me understand it better to write it all down. I understand about it being an important part of your relationship and not feeling necessarily like it was a bad experience, even if it wasn't what you planned or wanted. I remember another mama here once saying that she felt a close bond to her baby after her c-section because she felt like they had already been through so much together. The memories of every moment of my DD's birth are extremely precious to me, even the moments I hope to not repeat.

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