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Charlotte Stirling-Reed on her home birth

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We were so delighted to hear about the birth of Charlotte Stirling-Reed’s baby girl, Ada. The baby and child nutritionist shared her adorable home birth story over on her Instagram account and we just had to share it!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

💕🌍Baby Ada - one week old!🌍💕 P.s. - that’s my headband, not hers 🤣

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With an increasing number of mums to a home birth because of COVID fears, Charlotte decided to make a home birth one of her choices for the day she gave birth. Sharing her personal story on her Instagram page, Charlotte said:

‘Lots of you wrote to me after I said I had had a home birth asking for info & asking me to share my experience - so here goes. I didn’t expect to have a homebirth at all, especially due to covid, but I was told that they had started offering them again in my area when I was around 36 weeks pregnant, so booked an appointment with the team “just incase” - which simply meant I would have a choice on the day - to go to hospital or stay at home.

'It took me a while to work out if the contractions were legit, so I timed them using an app & once they started to get more consistent & more painful, I retreated to my room & called my husband to come home.

'I was pretty chilled & wanted to attempt to use the hypnobirthing skills I’d learnt, so I set up my bedroom to make it as relaxing as I could, by:

  • Plugging in a lavender diffuser candle
  • Shutting the curtains & blinds to make it dark
  • Playing my relaxing bath time music playlist

'Getting copious amounts of snacks & water to top up my energy before the hard core contractions started. I was genuinely super relaxed & used hypnobirthing breathing techniques & visualisations to really control the contraction pains.

'Focusing on the breathing was harder as the really BIG contractions kicked in though, but when I did focus, it helped massively!
I desperately didn’t want to leave my “safe environment” at this stage, so we called the midwife to come to our home & check me out when contractions were 5mins apart.

'It all happened pretty quickly from there - it wasn’t pain free in the slightest - but it was more of a comfortable, calm experience than my birth with Raffy!
Massive shout out to the AMAZING midwives I had that day & to @birth_ed for her course & the visualisations of what EXACTLY is happening in the body at each stage. I used that a lot!

'Also @the.birthcollective who talked about “triggers” to help you relax & @theyesmummum whose book talks in detail about breathing techniques for each stage of labour - all made a HUGE difference & helped me have a more comfortable birth in my own home!'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

🤰🏼🏡MY HOMEBIRTH 🤰🏼🏡 Lots of you wrote to me after I said I had had a homebirth asking for info & asking me to share my experience - so here goes 📚I didn’t expect to have a homebirth at all, especially due to covid, but I was told that they had started offering them again in my area when I was around 36 weeks pregnant, so booked an appointment with the team “just incase” - which simply meant I would have a choice on the day - to go to hospital or stay at home 🤰🏼It took me a while to work out if the contractions were legit, so I timed them using an app & once they started to get more consistent & more painful, I retreated to my room & called my husband to come home 🧘‍♀️I was pretty chilled & wanted to attempt to use the hypnobirthing skills I’d learnt, so I set up my bedroom to make it as relaxing as I could, by: ✅Plugging in a lavender diffuser candle ✅Shutting the curtains & blinds to make it dark ✅ Playing my relaxing bath time music playlist ✅ Getting copious amounts of snacks & water to top up my energy before the hard core contractions started 🧼I was genuinely super relaxed & used hypnobirthing breathing techniques & visualisations to really control the contraction pains 😖Focusing on the breathing was harder as the really BIG contractions kicked in though, but when I did focus, it helped massively! ⏰I desperately didn’t want to leave my “safe environment” at this stage, so we called the midwife to come to our home & check me out when contractions were 5mins apart 🏃🏽‍♀️It all happened pretty quickly from there - it wasn’t pain free in the slightest - but it was more of a comfortable, calm experience than my birth with Raffy! 🙌🏼Massive shout out to the AMAZING midwives I had that day & to @birth_ed for her course & the visualisations of what EXACTLY is happening in the body at each stage. I used that a lot! 😘Also @the.birthcollective who talked about “triggers” to help you relax & @theyesmummum whose book talks in detail about breathing techniques for each stage of labour - all made a HUGE difference & helped me have a more comfortable birth in my own home! ❓Did you try hypnobirthing or a homebirth? What was your labour experience? #labour #homebirth

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The beautiful little Ada was born July 14 in Charlotte’s bed at her home at 8:30pm weighing 7lb 6oz. And it looks like Charlotte's son Raffy is already taking his big brother duties very seriously! 

 

Have you ever thought about having a home birth? Or did you have you have one when you gave birth? Let us know on Mother&Baby's Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!

Joe Wicks and Charlotte Stirling-Reed on Wean in 15

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

🎉🎶National Weaning Week & the @weanin15_ podcast!🎶🎉 It’s been #NationalWeaningWeek all this week, and just incase you missed the news THIS GUY ⬅️ and I have recorded a Podcast all about introducing solid foods to your baby! 🤩I’m super, super proud of this podcast, it’s done so well in downloads & we’ve both had amazing feedback on how much you’ve enjoyed it & how much confidence it’s given parents just starting on their weaning journey! 📝If you haven’t listened yet, please check out the link in my bio which tells you a little more about the podcast & also shares the links to download it FOR FREE 🙌🏼 🙏Please let me know if you’ve listened yet & if you enjoyed it? 🥰We both enjoyed recording it & it was great to get @rosiewicks1 involved in sharing her side of the journey too. Those guys are UK heroes 🦸‍♀️ 🦸‍♂️ 🎉Happy National Weaning Week - hope you’ve enjoyed my posts and webinars this week too! #weaningweek #weaningweek2020 #weanin15 #weanin15🥦 #podcasts #thebodycoach #pewithjoe #solidfoods #firstfoods #vegledweaning #srnutrition #childnutrition #babynutrition #babyledweaning #blw #weaningbaby #babyfood

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Did you know that Joe Wicks joined forces with Charlotte to write his brilliant Wean in 15 book? 

You can read more about their journey here. 

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