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As I now moved into my fourth decade of giving birth at 41, I decided to have another home birth. I was regarded as being a (very) old mother and also multi gravia, or “mother of many, many pregnancies�. I had to see a consultant to sign me off for a home birth. She was about 25 and snottily told me that I had her permission to have a home birth and that she would see me again at 37 weeks. I took a deep breath and informed her that I would only be returning to see her if my midwife advised it. I didn’t return to the consultant and I had my second home birth. I also had a natural third stage, where the cord is not cut until it has stopped pulsating. I had the same midwife during labour and delivery who had delivered Jayna. She was just as wonderful and calm as she had been the frist time. Charles Edward was born within the amniotic sac and was a whopping 9lb 6oz. Again no stitches. An interesting observation that I made at about three months post partum is that Charlie was the only baby that I had a natural stage three with and he is the only baby not to suffer from jaundice in the early weeks. In summary, I have given birth to seven children, over four decades and have breastfed for twelve years. I still continue to breastfeed Charlie, who is now two. I have had the priveledge to work within the breastfeeding world for many years and I currently work as a life and business coach. I work with women who have had traumatic births and who may be struggling with their breastfeeding experiences. I also with parents to support them in their parenting journey. Michelle Atkin BA (hons) www.blubelle-enterprises.co.uk

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