Tammy's Birth At Home
After days of niggles and contractions coming and going, Tammy called me around 8:30 at night to let me know her waters had broken. We had a chat on the phone and as things were still early, we agreed I would call her back in about an hour to see how things were moving. After our second chat, we decided I would head up there as she has a history of quick births and her house was a 40 minute drive away. I grabbed my doula bag and hopped in the car.
I was greeted at the door by her hubby and headed inside to find everyone casually chatting on the couch watching TV. After a shower and nice long back massage, things were progressing quite nicely for Tammy so she headed into their spa bath where her precious baby girl arrived just after 1am.
The way Tammy inwardly focused herself and headed off into her "labour land" was amazing to be part of and reminded me a lot of myself. Interesting in itself as obviously you can't watch yourself give birth as a third party. As always, I learnt a lot from the independent midwives she had hired to support her; the way they encouraged her through the hard peaks, cheered her accomplishments and just let birth be.
Things that will stay with me from this birth: Tammy rocking her birth like a boss, big sister's tears of happiness and watching a man become a father for the first time. Thank you x
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Kelly Harper is the owner of Elemental Beginnings Doula & Placenta Services in Adelaide. She provides placenta encapsulation and doula services to families during pregnancy, birth and in their fourth trimester.