Birth Stories

Sara Peach's labour was induced because of eclampsia, and she spent most of her son's first day separated from him. Here, she tells her story.
A woman who gave birth inside a train station tunnel is recovering in hospital with her new baby daughter. Alissa Banda, 20
A friend of mine has just had her baby. She's knackered, milky, blissed out, and then knackered again. Our beloved NHS got her baby out safely - gosh, how easy it is to forget that no matter how tough a labour experience we have, we are so very lucky.
I had slumped down in a chair and was unaware of the commotion, as a swarm of doctors and midwives surrounded me and hoisted me up onto a bed. A short time later, I opened my eyes to find myself breathing through an oxygen mask and shaking uncontrollably. All I could hear repeatedly were the words, 'We need blood!'
There was a loud sigh, the sound of snoring and then a sudden jolt as he jumped, waking himself and his wife up. Yes, the other evening it was another dad who fell asleep first during the relaxation session at the end of one of our Wise Hippo hypnobirthing classes. And you know what? It's so often the way!
What do I wear? Will I get cold? And what happens if I poop? these are the most common questions my clients ask about water
Many people told me their horror stories of birth. Many people rolled their eyes or laughed at me when I said I wanted a homebirth for my first baby. Many people told me I was being naieve or foolish. And many people close to me thought I wouldn't be able to do it: that I wouldn't stay at home the whole time, not for my first baby, or that I wouldn't cope without strong pain relief.
A mum faces being stranded in Benidorm for three months after she gave birth to a baby boy 12 weeks prematurely while on
A mum who had no idea she was pregnant went to a hospital loo to give a urine sample and ended up giving birth. A day after