'Being from a country where C-section is the standard labour story, I never felt so proud like in the moment I delivered my baby in a vaginal birth, with no pain relief and no medical procedure.. (...)'
Born February 6th, 2021 in a hospital in Amsterdam
(...) I was very scared for induced labor but looking back at it: it was a great experience. All the nurses and doctors accepted our wishes, the atmosphere was relaxed and I felt I was still in control. It went super fast and I only had 'pain' for 1,5 hours which was something I could handle very well. Looking back at it, it wasn't necessary to be so scared for it at all.. (...)'
(...) Lucas emerged from the water, perfectly pink and calm with a full head of dark brown hair. I had no doubt he was our baby. I told my wife to get in the pool and cuddle our son. And just like that I suddenly had the feeling I could do it all again! (...)'
'Giving birth was one of the most beautiful, intense and changing experiences of my life. Feeling your body take over in beautiful harmony with the baby is simply amazing and the strength we have as women is incredible.(...)'
'(...) It was 5am on a Saturday morning, and outside the sun was rising. Early birds began to sing their songs, and in our living room there was a serene silence. I was exhausted, but intensely happy. It was over. We did it. She was here, our tiny Marie, in perfect health. In our own living room.'
'When I tried to welcome my baby, I just listened to my body and encouraged my baby to come out to this beautiful world. That is why I could always relax and be happy during my baby's birth! I want to tell you three things about my birth story to help you get ready for your baby's birth. (...)'
Born September 2nd, 2020 in the Birthing Center at OLVG West in Amsterdam
'I had my first birth in NYC which ended in emergency c-section after a 24 hr labor, and 5 combined hrs of pushing on epidural. I thought I was fine, but in the years that followed symptoms surfaced showing that there was an emotional and physical toll left (...)'
'During the time proceeding labor I had 2 sessions of acupuncture, I used teas, essential oils, I massaged my calves every day, walked a lot.. Then on Friday at 10 am I lost the mucus plug.. I started some batch cooking for the next days, full of hope.. (...)'
'I was admitted to the hospital at 37 weeks to start the induction. Kasia was such a sweetheart that she even came to see me at the hospital to practice breathing techniques and some postures to get the baby into the perfect position for birth. (...)'
'We planned our birth to be as natural and intimate as possible at the comfort of our own home in a big bath that we rented with only 4 of us (our midwife, maternity nurse, my husband and me). But unfortunately, everything went completely different (...)'