Birth centre, doula, birth specific body and mind relaxation techniques for preparation, hypnobirthing course, focussing on fear releasing techniques, daily attention on vision of ideal birthing experience, spiritual connection with Mother Earth, using Braxton Hicks to practise techniques for three weeks prior, total focus on deep calm, squatting, massage on sacrum points, serene and gentle, exhilarating

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Home birth, mama is a nurse for maternity home health company, faced opposition but support from immediate family, had some formative and transformative experiences that were precursors for a deciding on a home birth, devoured much research on positive births and home births and empowered herself with it, lots of visualisation, hands and knees swaying, followed the urge to moan and it felt good, bath, natural endorphins produce a feeling as “high as a kite”, felt her own baby, skin to skin bonding, ready to have another one!

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Birth centre, conscious gentle birth, bath, walking, controlling thoughts, massage of lower back, swaying ,listening to music even the ads helped with focussing attention elsewhere, bending legs to help baby down, pushing down trusting body and baby, placenta shot out

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Birth centre, faced off pressure from medical establishment to let baby come when baby ready, trusted baby would come, fitness ball, walking through contractions, visualised uterus “pulling up”, back massage helped, hung on to words ‘relax relax”, slid into birth bath, felt empowered by contractions, lights low, used voice to moan and “throw away the pain” cold face wash felt good, awesome feeling

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Birth centre, decided to hire a midwife for continuity of care, used birth pool, stayed at home as long as she could, very clear about continuity of care, in birth centre used birth pool, believed in herself and was very determined to have natural birth

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Home birth, mind turned off and body took over, wise midwife, birth partner protected and supported space and mother, laboring while in shower and bath. on all fours and balanced on a ball, birthing created natural uber powerful calm hormones, was able to unloop baby’s cord, gave birth herself, peaceful post labour

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Practiced visualizations and relaxation during pregnancy Used birth ball, moved around lots, used relaxations, birth center, felt as if in dream, sang, bath, concentrated on candle flame, shower, visualizations of warmth filled womb, felt fullness and power baby as baby to arms.

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Continuity of care midwife, great relationship with knowledgeable midwife, lots of interaction and talking with children about birth and baby, standing strong in the face of medical opposition, eating vegies and staying away from sugar and carbs, empowered by Blessingway ceremony, contractions started and stopped, sleep in between, wanting pool but clear about at what temperature, different kind of pushing, more power required and more lucidity, her body knew how to give birth and her baby knew how to be born

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Home birth, moved around and cleaned house, calm and tranquil, different positions, swayed hips, back rubbed, listens to body and moves in labour according to own impulses and desires, remembers she can do it, trusts body to push when ready, cord cut peacefully and in good time, baby straight to skin and held while birthing placenta, peaceful and natural.

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Nipple stimulation, walking and acupuncture helped bring on labour, let go of negative thoughts, acupressure during labour incredible, sat in birth pool, remembered to breathe, visualised waves on the ocean, laboured on hands and knees, birth plan of breathing baby out manifested, baby came out sleeping, when awoke baby peaceful and alert, homebirth bliss

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