126 episodes

A platform for women to share their journey that brought them into motherhood.

Ireland's Birth Stories Corah Gernon

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 54 Ratings

A platform for women to share their journey that brought them into motherhood.

    EP109 - Aisling, One Pregnancy & Birth, Epidural, Vaginal Birth, Midwife Support (England)

    EP109 - Aisling, One Pregnancy & Birth, Epidural, Vaginal Birth, Midwife Support (England)

    In this weeks episode I share my chat with Aisling (@mellow_mindfulness) who talks me through her one pregnancy and the birth of her daughter Olivia. Within this episode you will hear such amazing examples of midwife care. One midwife in particular stood out, she ensured Aisling was cared for when she wasn’t receiving the attention she needed.

    Olivia’s birth was such a positive experience and as a someone who meditates Aisling definitely tapped into hypnobirthing tools to help her through labour.

    Something this amazing midwife did has stayed with me. She knew Aisling is close to her mother who lives in Ireland and couldn’t be present due to Covid. The midwife lifted up her mask momentarily, hugged Aisling and said “This is from your mother!” Goosebumps even writing this.

     

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    EP108 - Kathleen, Two Pregnancies & Births, Pre-eclampsia , Birth at 30 weeks Caesarean Births

    EP108 - Kathleen, Two Pregnancies & Births, Pre-eclampsia , Birth at 30 weeks Caesarean Births

    In this weeks episode I share my chat with Kathleen who talks me through her two pregnancies and births. After Kathleen underwent cancer treatment she feared her fertility would be impacted but thankfully she concieved her little boy quite quickly. An uneventful pregnancy took a drastic turn of events as she was diagnosed with Pre-eclampsia. Her little boy was born via Caesarean birth at just 30 weeks weighing under 2kg.

    Kathleen went on to conceive again and spent a lot of time researching the possibility of pre-eclampsia second time round. She decided the best decision for her and baby was to opt for a Caesarean birth as she noticed returning symptoms such as a severe headache in the very late stages of her pregnancy. She wanted her baby in her arms and she got just that, her little girl!

    A story many of our premie parents will relate to. Kathleen later mentioned the @irish_neonatal_health_alliance were a huge support to her as a mother to a premie baby.



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    EP107 - Jennifer, Two Pregnancies, Difficult First Birth, Twin Vaginal Birth, Breastfeeding (Oversupply)

    EP107 - Jennifer, Two Pregnancies, Difficult First Birth, Twin Vaginal Birth, Breastfeeding (Oversupply)

    In this weeks episode I share my chat with Jennifer who talks me through her two pregnancies and three births. Jennifers experiences were so different, she felt fearful and a complete lack of control throughout her first labour. In her words she felt  defeated after birthing her little girl which is a feeling she carried throughout her transition into early motherhood. Jennifer then shares the moment she discovered she was expecting twins, the shock but also her decision to educate herself as much as possible. She truly gave everything to ensuring she was ready for whatever outcome lay ahead. She birthed her boys vaginally and unmedicated, an incredible birth story!


     


    I love Jennifer honesty in this episode.


     


    Also, just to mention Finding Charlies Voice which I have linked below


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    EP106 - Tjarda (Young Mother), Two Pregnancies & Births, Positive Hospital and Homebirth

    EP106 - Tjarda (Young Mother), Two Pregnancies & Births, Positive Hospital and Homebirth

    This week I’m sharing my chat with Tjarda who talks me through her journey to motherhood from discovering she was pregnant at 19 to having the most incredible support bringing each of her babes into the world. Tjardas experience in the hospital gave me goosebumps. She was surrounded by women who showed her respect, compassion and love. Her experience with birth the second time around was similar, nothing by support from everyone she was surrounded by.

    On both occasions she stayed in her postpartum room as much as possible for those 40 days allowing her body to heal and deepen that connection with baby. Again she was supported by her family and community to enable this.

    A really beautiful episode, I said very little just listened intently. No doubt you will too!

     

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    EP105 - Brenda, Homebirths, Transfers, Two Unmedicated Vaginal Births, Early Pregnancy Loss, perspective from mother who is hard of hearing

    EP105 - Brenda, Homebirths, Transfers, Two Unmedicated Vaginal Births, Early Pregnancy Loss, perspective from mother who is hard of hearing

    In this next episode I share my chat with Brenda who talks me through her two birth experiences and one early pregnancy loss. Brenda’s perspective as someone who is hard of hearing is an important listen. She talks me through suffering from what she calls “deaf anxiety” worrying that she will miss her name being called at appointments, can she lip read or can she understand everything she has been told. For this reason along with others she opted for homebirths with both of her babes. She received incredible support from her homebirth midwife when she was transferred to hospital on her first baby but unfortunately due to restrictions the same midwife couldn’t be present when she was transferred with her second. Her husband was by her side through each labour and birth. She shares so much more in this episode too including her breastfeeding journey and suffering early pregnancy loss.

    Months ago I tried to transcribe all past episodes to ensure the deaf community could enjoy each of your stories, this episode has lit a fire under me. Brenda’s story will also be available in text on the website as will every future episode.

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    EP104 - Sinead D, One Pregnancy & Birth, PCOS, Endometriosis, Forceps, PPH, Early Motherhood

    EP104 - Sinead D, One Pregnancy & Birth, PCOS, Endometriosis, Forceps, PPH, Early Motherhood

    In this weeks episode I share my chat with Sinead, this is a long episode but I found it hard to edit any of our chat as I felt each stage of her journey to motherhood was so important to hear. She was diagnosed with endometriosis after years of excruciating periods and uncomfortable situations. When the time felt right, Sinead along with the support of her fertility doctor discovered she was pregnant. Many highs and lows were to follow!

    Her labour and birth story is certainly not linear. She met some incredibly support people who she remembers fondly and most definitely aided in helping her through a particularly difficult experience. Unfortunately she encountered others that are etched in her memory for the wrong reasons.

    This episode is hard to listen to in places but there is also lots of laughter in there too.

     

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    • 1 hr 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

FianaitDMcC ,

Fantastic Resource

A fantastic resource for Irish pregnant women, especially first time mammies. I loved listening to it throughout my pregnancy. Corah features so many different women - and sometimes partners - with such different pregnancy and birth stories, each one so interesting. So glad I discovered it and I still listen to it now, 12 weeks postpartum. Highly recommend.

Maggyloola ,

Great to hear Irish stories

Corah really let’s the guests speak freely, telling their story their way. There’s a great range of perspectives in the stories and this is such an important podcast for expectant parents. Great to have Irish stories but the content is relevant to any woman really.

Aoife_IRL ,

Fab podcast

Great podcast to listen to in preparation for birth in Ireland

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