South African Birth Stories

South African Birth Stories

Latest Episodes

Dee-Ann's breech vaginal birth
September 25, 2020

When Dee-Ann fell pregnant with her third daughter she planned for a home birth until she found out her baby was breech. Dee-Ann talks of her journey to find a care provider who would support her to have a vaginal breech birth. "Breech birth is not f

Sivonne's two birth stories: one hospital and one home birth
September 03, 2020

Sivonne's positive and enthusiastic attitude towards birth really comes across in this episode as she tells her two birth stories. During her first, she changed caregivers at the last minute. Then with her second she made more informed decisions and

Sam's premature birth/ type 1 diabetes/ public and private hospital
August 29, 2020

Sam shares a really interesting and emotional story of her son Olly's birth. When she experienced contractions at 34 weeks she was turned away from 2 nearby private hospitals and found herself receiving care at the public hospital without the support

Taryn's vaginal twin birth
August 20, 2020

In this episode, Taryn shares her two birth stories. Taryn totally embraced the idea of natural birth, she knew she wanted to go down the vaginal unmedicated route. Taryn successfully gave birth to her first son and then fell pregnant with twins which she

Megan's IVF Journey and C-section at Genesis Clinic
August 13, 2020

In this episode, Megan shares about the birth of her son, Ezra. After a year of trying to fall pregnant, Megan and her husband decided to seek help at a fertility clinic. They started on a journey of IVF and fell pregnant 1 year later. Megan planned for a

Brooke's precipitous labour and home birth
August 06, 2020

Brooke is an American living in Cape Town. When her contractions began they were already 3minutes apart and in some disbelief, she called the midwife. There was no time for her husband to set up the birthing pool so Brooke birthed her daughter in her bath

Leani, 3 vaginal births, 1 in lockdown.
July 30, 2020

Leani shares the births of her 3 beautiful children. Her first being quite different to her most recent which was at the beginning of the Covid-19 Lockdown. Despite being from a small town, Leani was able to achieve her ideal birth with the birthing team

Helen's midwifery led, vaginal birth at a private hospital
July 16, 2020

In this episode, Helen shares the birth story of her daughter Hannah. Helen had a vaginal, midwifery lead birth at Vincent Pallotti Private Hospital in Cape Town. Helen tells a beautiful story and I'm sure it will speak to many women who have given b

Megan's midwifery led home birth (and postpartum during coronavirus lockdown)
June 05, 2020

Megan tells a beautiful story of how an unexpected pregnancy early in her marriage went on to be a very positive home birth experience. The Birth Options Team facilitated a home birth for Megan. Along with her husband (Gerry) she negotiated the opinions..

Bridget's induction, c-section state hospital birth
June 05, 2020

*Please note: Bridget's audio has an echo making it difficult at times to hear, but it is definitely worth a listen*Bridget had never seen a birth before and was only told negative stories of birth from her friends and family. When she was admitted i