It has been some time in the planning, but finally I can announce that the bathroom at our birthing suite has had a complete refit!
The bathroom now includes a large corner bath to facilitate our water births at the unit. Thank you to husband Grant for his invaluable help with completing this project.
So my team and I have been busy throughout the Lockdown, armed with our essential workers documents, we have continued as normal through these strange times. Obviously taking the steps required regarding protection for my clients and myself, following the guidelines issued, but continuing to serve the Moms of Durban and beyond.
If anything it has made our home births even more special than before, if that were possible!!
We have taken in clients who were desperate for a normal supported birth, and we have provided that in the comfort of their homes. Those couples who would not normally have chosen the home birth route have come around to believing in this as a good option. In hindsight, they have been overwhelmed by how positive it was, completely circumnavigating the COVID testing and the possibility of their main support person, the father of their child, not being allowed access into the hospital to support them. We have even had a home birth father who is a Dr, who is now spreading the word amongst colleagues and friends.
As always we are so proud of our couples who trust the process, Moms who trust their bodies and their babies to birth as women have been doing for millennia. We are simply here to facilitate that process.
It was a normal day at the hospital, sitting at the nurses desk writing my endless notes while my client laboured with my two doula support team. She was working hard and I could hear that things were progressing nicely.
The other delivery room was occupied by a labouring mom who was delivering with the Dr. Her labour was progressing well and it was clear to me that she was also close to delivery.
The husband of the Dr's client was finding the going a bit tough, and rushed out to get himself something to drink and possibly go smoke a cigarette, not the greatest timing, but he didn't know that!
The ward Midwife was doing her best to support the client while getting everything ready for the Dr to come and deliver the baby, but the client was actually labouring alone, it was intense and she was clearly struggling.
I knew my client was completely supported by her two doulas in my team, the contrast between my client and what was happening in the other delivery room was stark, and felt so wrong.
I really could bear it no longer, and left the nurses station to go and help her, holding her hand and telling her, "we are going to breathe this through together".
She was able to find her rhythm and to focus her efforts on birthing her baby.
She held my hand tight as I assumed the unfamiliar role of the Doula. She was not letting me go for anything!
Dr arrived and did a beautiful hands off natural birth, the baby almost arrived with membranes intact, or "in the cowl" as they say. Waters broke as the babies head birthed. It was a beautiful birth, and I was, to my surprise, quite a good Doula!
After a very long wait for their baby to put in an appearance, it became very clear to me that this was always going to be a very special Heritage Day baby. 42 weeks and one day and perfectly on time.
Welcome to our recent CGB baby!
This beautiful bundle of joy arrived into the world on Tuesday morning, born gently in water with the wonderful support of our Doulas Christine and Bronwyn. So well done Mommy, you are a superstar, and Daddy too!
Well done Mommy! Fully dilated and ready to push.