11 episodes

In each episode of this podcast, a woman tells her story of giving birth in South Africa. Women tell their stories from conception to the postpartum period, with a particular focus on the labour and birth. Please visit the website www.southafricanbirthstories.co.za for more information

South African Birth Stories Megan & Julia

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In each episode of this podcast, a woman tells her story of giving birth in South Africa. Women tell their stories from conception to the postpartum period, with a particular focus on the labour and birth. Please visit the website www.southafricanbirthstories.co.za for more information

    Dee-Ann's breech vaginal birth

    Dee-Ann's breech vaginal birth

    When Dee-Ann fell pregnant with her third daughter she planned for a home birth until she found out her baby was breech. Dee-Ann talks of her journey to find a care provider who would support her to have a vaginal breech birth. 
    "Breech birth is not for everyone...but I do believe informed decision making is."
    Enjoy!

    • 48 min
    Sivonne's two birth stories: one hospital and one home birth

    Sivonne's two birth stories: one hospital and one home birth

    Sivonne's positive and enthusiastic attitude towards birth really comes across in this episode as she tells her two birth stories. During her first, she changed caregivers at the last minute. Then with her second she made more informed decisions and knew exactly what she wanted. Sivonne fought for the birth she envisioned by equipping herself with lots of research and trust in her own body. 

    Sivonne tells a great story, I'm sure you will enjoy it! 

    • 55 min
    Sam's premature birth/ type 1 diabetes/ public and private hospital

    Sam's premature birth/ type 1 diabetes/ public and private hospital

    Sam shares a really interesting and emotional story of her son Olly's birth. When she experienced contractions at 34 weeks she was turned away from 2 nearby private hospitals and found herself receiving care at the public hospital without the support of her husband (who was operating a game drive). Sam shares about Olly's ICU stay and finishes the episode speaking about a subsequent miscarriage.

    This is a raw and emotional episode, so if you are feeling sensitive than maybe give this episode a miss for another time.

    Please watch out for part 2 of Sam's story! 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Taryn's vaginal twin birth

    Taryn's vaginal twin birth

    In this episode, Taryn shares her two birth stories. Taryn totally embraced the idea of natural birth, she knew she wanted to go down the vaginal unmedicated route. Taryn successfully gave birth to her first son and then fell pregnant with twins which she had always longed for! Despite various opinions that lead Taryn to think that her only option was a c-section, along with her faith, support of her husband, doula, midwives, and OBGYN she was able to bring her twin boys into the world vaginally. 

    This is such a positive and inspiring story which I'm sure you will really enjoy. 

    • 29 min
    Megan's IVF Journey and C-section at Genesis Clinic

    Megan's IVF Journey and C-section at Genesis Clinic

    In this episode, Megan shares about the birth of her son, Ezra. After a year of trying to fall pregnant, Megan and her husband decided to seek help at a fertility clinic. They started on a journey of IVF and fell pregnant 1 year later. Megan planned for an unmedicated vaginal birth but ended up having a c-section. She speaks in-depth about the experience of having a c-section and how confronting being in theatre was. 
    Enjoy!

    • 49 min
    Brooke's precipitous labour and home birth

    Brooke's precipitous labour and home birth

    Brooke is an American living in Cape Town. When her contractions began they were already 3minutes apart and in some disbelief, she called the midwife. There was no time for her husband to set up the birthing pool so Brooke birthed her daughter in her bathtub. Brooke never thought she would have a home birth as it's not that common in America, however, she is so thankful she did. Please visit the website for resources about breastfeeding. 
    Enjoy this story!

    • 25 min

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