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Pregnant womanTalking to people about childbirth, as I often do whenever the opportunity comes up, I have found many people don’t understand the nature of the pain we experience during labour.

Men often feel fear, frustration, and worry for their partner.  Wishing there was something they could do to help her, and feeling useless is a common comment..

When speaking to women who are pregnant with their first child, their fear of the pain of childbirth is often made worse by not really understanding the nature of it.

So I like to take the opportunity to explain my experience and understanding of it to expectant parents, hopefully without being intrusive or boring them too much.

My own fear of childbirth pain, when I was expecting my first child, is the same thing I have often heard pregnant women tell me.  I knew that the labour pains were caused by the contractions of the uterus, but I was more afraid of the head crowning than anything else.

Lola's birth

These birth stories are frank and very personal accounts.  They are most likely to be of interest to expectant parents, particularly pregnant women, or to doulas, midwives and people with a particular interest in childbirth.  Please ensure you are comfortable with frank discussion about the physical and emotional aspects of pregnancy and birth before deciding to read further.

This is the story of the birth of my first child.  It was a planned homebirth.  The labour lasted about 12 hours and both mother and baby were fine, no intervention or drugs being required.  This account was written in 1992.

Ruth's birth

These birth stories are frank and very personal accounts.  They are most likely to be of interest to expectant parents, particularly pregnant women, or to doulas, midwives and people with a particular interest in childbirth.  Please ensure you are comfortable with frank discussion about the physical and emotional aspects of pregnancy and birth before deciding to read further.


This is the story of the birth of my second child.  It was a planned homebirth.  The labour lasted about 12 hours and both mother and baby were fine, no intervention or drugs being required.  I didn’t write this birth story at the time, because I was so busy working.  My memory is quite clear about how I felt, but there’s not so much detail.  I think I wrote this when pregnant with Angus, so it would have been 2004, but the birth took place in 1997.

Angus' birth

These birth stories are frank and very personal accounts.  They are most likely to be of interest to expectant parents, particularly pregnant women, or to doulas, midwives and people with a particular interest in childbirth.  Please ensure you are comfortable with frank discussion about the physical and emotional aspects of pregnancy and birth before deciding to read further.

This is the story of the birth of my third child.  It was a planned hospital birth in a public hospital in Melbourne, Australia.  The labour lasted about 12 hours, and both mother and baby were fine, no intervention or drugs being required, though Angus did need some suction to clear fluids.  This account was written in 2004.

Asha and Lauren's births

These birth stories are frank and very personal accounts.  They are most likely to be of interest to expectant parents, particularly pregnant women, or to doulas, midwives and people with a particular interest in childbirth.  Please ensure you are comfortable with frank discussion about the physical and emotional aspects of pregnancy and birth before deciding to read further.

This is the story of the births of my youngest children, twins Asha and Lauren. 

This was a vaginal birth in a public hospital in Melbourne, Australia, of monochorionic diamniotic twins, that is, they were identical twins sharing a placenta, and each in their own amniotic sac.  I was 39 years old and had 3 children already, all born naturally with no complications.

Giving birth to twins vaginally is not an easy thing to achieve, even for someone who has given birth naturally before and is in good health with healthy babies.  A twins birth means fighting all the way if you don't want an automatic C-section, and I encourage mothers of twins to not take it lying down (literally).  I hope this story helps and encourages other mothers to stand up for themselves and their babies and have a say in what goes on with their birth.

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