I am not sure how much thought the average women put into her place of birth. This is becoming an important part of the journey and we have options ladies. In the past I guess you would have just gone to your local hospital – feet up, back flat and there you go – push and over. But not today, now there are buzz words like water birth, active birth, hypno birth, home birth, maternity houses that looks like hotels, doula’s, selective c-sections, birth photographers, you name it. Your birth is as much a trend as the nappy bag, stroller or the going home outfit. It is not just a matter of push. We research, educate ourselves and have important decisions to make. How exactly do you want to get this baby out?
For me this was an easy decision. Active birth, water birth, maternity house that looks like a hotel (if the option is available then why not, right?!) When I found out I was pregnant I knew I wanted to have my baby at Origin Maternity Hospital. I wanted to have a water birth in a “homey” environment (but not my own home) and Origin is stunning – who wouldn’t want to birth there!
Origin maternity hospital supports all the values I believe in such as freedom of movement during labour, water birth, immediate skin-to-skin contact and exclusive breastfeeding. Hubby is as much a part of the process as mommy, he spends the night and his time for bonding is just as important as mine – perfect right!
I am so thankful for the team who assisted in my birth and recovery. Chrido went into distress from early labour (I was only 1.5 cm dilated) If not for the care and attentiveness of the doctor and Origin team things could have turned out very differently, I shudder to even think of what could have happened had I been elsewhere, so even though they encourage natural birth and have all the facilities for water birth they are prepared for any situation. Once the decision was made for an emergency c-section it took them less than half an hour to get the theatre prepped and a team ready.
It really was an amazing experience birthing at this beautiful facility – thank you to an incredible team, midwifes whose names I will never forget and memories I will always treasure.
Photography by Sherra-Lyn Breebaart Photography