My name is Claire. I am 27 years old, a mom to two beautiful girls, and next month I will be celebrating 6 years of marriage to my husband and best friend.
Prior to entering the world of motherhood, I was in the food industry and following that I worked as an events coordinator at Common Ground Church. Since having my first daughter, Sierra, in April 2012, I have been at home looking after her.
When I found out that I was pregnant for the second time, it was a no brainer for me to contact the midwives at Birth Options, following the wonderful experience I had with them for the birth of Sierra. I felt so excited and confident for the journey ahead, having previously experienced the support that they offer. Second time around, there was less time to dream about the new baby, let alone read or prepare for the whirlwind change ahead, with a busy toddler to take care of. And for that reason, I was so grateful for my midwife checkups, as I always came away feeling encouraged, supported and taken care of. And once again, with a busy and inquisitive toddler attached to me, my appointments had the tendency to become a bit chaotic but the midwives constantly made me feel comfortable and even included Sierra by allowing her to find the babies heart and listen to the beats. For me, that is just a small example of the personal element to the journey with the midwives that I loved so much. Those appointments became a highlight for Sierra and I, and I really believe they helped my little girl prepare for the arrival of her baby sister.
Our second daughter was due on the 9th of March 2014. The 9th of March came and went, but 4 days later, on the 13th of March, at 8.07am, Shiloh Rae Murphy was born.
It was my hope to deliver both of my girls naturally, and I was so blessed to be able to. But I truly believe the midwives played a large role in helping make that hope come true! For me, there is no better way to go about your pregnancy and birth. I so appreciate their willingness to talk and answer questions, in the months and weeks leading up to birth. I love that the relationship is built over months and that there is a guarantee that one of them will be by your side during the birth. I was also surprised at what a comfort it was for my husband having the midwife, whom we had got to know and trust, by our side during labour, especially first time round when he had no idea what to expect. During the birth, I so appreciated the communication, encouragement and involvement of the midwives. Yet, I never felt like they were over powering or overbearing. They offered the perfect balance of support and privacy. I felt like i could fully trust them, knowing they only had my best interests at heart. The post birth support was also such a lifesaver, especially the home visit on day four, when things can seem a little overwhelming. I am so grateful for their passion and love for their work and the role they played in helping make my hope come true!