In October 2014 I discovered I was expecting my first child and with it came all the worry, excitement and panic that comes with being a first time parent! Meeting Sarah for the first time at my 9 week appointment immediately cast aside any fears or doubts. Her warm smile and positive demeanour allowed me to immediately feel a sense of calm and wellbeing. She was always on hand to answer any questions and offered first hand advice from her own experiences not only as a midwife but as a mother...
I could not have done it without Sarah.
My first son was born 6 weeks prematurely he was whipped out via emergancy c-section after discovering a problem with my placenta was stopping him from growing. It was a huge shock! He was born at 34 weeks and 3lbs in weight.I didn't really have a birth plan - but that wasn't it!
Sadly I didn't know Sarah at this time.
I am blessed/cursed it turns out with a serious over-supply of milk. To cut a long story short Elliott wasn't mature enough to suck so my only option was to express milk to feed him. This is usually very difficult for premature mothers but as I had such a large supply I was very lucky enough to be able to express far more than required for my tiny baby...
Sarah was an incredible pillar of strength and support during my pregnancy, labour and in those first crucial weeks once my daughter had been born. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone - she is so knowledgeable and experienced and on top of it all she is also really lovely, approachable and caring.
With my first pregnancy I felt I had no choices. I was told that I was 'high-risk' therefore I would only be allowed to give birth in hospital and I would be monitored all the way through labour. I was made to feel like I had failed before I had started and was met by brick walls at every turn. My midwife told me that I'd almost definitely end up having a Caesarian section and I'd probably end up having medical complications. Instead of enjoying my pregnancy I worried and worried. As it turned out my labour was totally straight forward and I gave birth naturally to a healthy baby. No interventions and no drugs involved.