Michelle Clift, Certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner writes a fortnightly blog about all things pregnancy, birth and parenting.


Amelia’s Birth Story

Jad and I classify my birth to Amelia as amazing. a The reason it was amazing is because of our HypnoBirthing training and the fact that we were informed! a From 36 weeks, my fundus was measuring small. The hospital told me that if I was 37 weeks, they...

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Hospital Bag – What To Pack

Packing for the birth and hospital stay is an exciting task. The lists can seem endless and you can often worry about all those purchases you need to make. The lists below are quite exhaustive and it's always good to remember that we don't NEED these...

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What’s In My Doula Bag?

I joke with my clients that my doula bag is my 'bag of tricks'. I adore getting it re-stocked while I await the call from my next couple, that labour has begun and I'm about to meet a beautiful little soul in the coming hours. I thought I would share what...

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Nicholas’ Birth Story

My pregnancy with Nicholas had been relatively uncomplicated. That was up until about 34 weeks when I felt anxiety creep its way in with the impending challenge of birthing my boy into this world. As a result my blood pressure began to creep up at every clinic...

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Ivy’s Birth Story

We have a daughter!! Little Ivy Elise Howard was born on Wednesday 4/4/18 at 2:20pm weighing 3.51kg and 50cm long. Due to recommendations from Hugo's paediatrician and worries about low amniotic fluid we decided to be induced at 39+4. It was a really hard decision to...

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Beau’s Birth Story

Welcome to the world Baby Beau, born at 41+4, just an hour after my obstetrician “clocked back on” after a few days of holidays with his family. Although by 11 days over I was certainly “over it”, I was still hopeful for spontaneous labour and gladly Beau had the same...

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Indiana’s Birth Story

This is the birth story of my first nephew, Indiana. This birth changed everything for me. It was hard, long, humbling and eye opening. I used to pay lip service to 'any type of birth can be a great birth' but I think in reality I still thought it had to...

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The Day I Had My Bones Closed

A few weeks ago I had my bones closed. What the what I hear you say? If you’ve followed my story, you’ll know that I had a traumatic first birth. It’s hard now to put my finger on what was traumatic but I think it was a combination of many things. Being...

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