This month's sister of the month goes to my childhood friend Kirsty 'Bartlett' for sending me her amazing birth story.
I have known Kirsty, for more than half of my human years, she is one of my oldest friends. We first met through our love of riding (horses!) when we were 11 years old and I loaned my first pony ‘Dusty’ from her, or ‘Dustbowl,’ as we called him. I also went to my first ever Yoga class! with her, aged 15, at our local David Llyods Gym!
I love this story and I love Kirsty for approaching her birth so positively and bravely. I can very vividly imagine her roaring at the Midwives and hurling the gas&air across the room! An incredibly moving story, from an incredibly strong woman.
Deeply personal and witty, her story importantly reminds us that it’s not just about the end result (in many peoples eyes she had the ‘perfect,’ ‘normal,’ birth, with minimal intervention) but also about the birth experience and the way in which care is given.
It clearly highlights the importance of continuity of care, and that having an experienced, supportive, and reassuring Doula, would have made a big difference to her.
“I just needed someone to hold my hand and tell me it was normal and to keep breathing. What I needed was a calming influence; a gentle voice guiding me through each wave of increasingly intense pain, and that was not there.”
Thanks for sharing Kirst! You're a total hero xxxx