PAGE 10 - DECEMBER 2014
JOURNEY SO FAR...
This is a birthing story with a difference, in that the birth has not happened yet! Leesa is 36 weeks pregnant with her first baby! Leesa was raised in central NSW in a small remote community, where her family having been farming for the last 6 generations. Leesa attended the small local public school, where she graduated with 6 fellow classmates. After leaving school she studied nursing at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga and then midwifery at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. She travelled and worked in many countries before eventually settling in Ocean Grove, where she lives with her husband Dan, who is a Paediatric Registrar. Leesa and Dan met at Geelong Hospital when Dan was an intern. Leesa describes herself as not a very ‘maternal’ person, as she is very practical and pragmatic. It will be interesting to find out how maternal Leesa feels after she has her baby. Synonyms for ‘maternal’ include being protective, sympathetic, and affectionate, and I think that Leesa has all of those qualities and more! Leesa worked full time shift work up to around 32 weeks of her pregnancy and struggled with morning sickness for most of that time. Recently her blood pressure has increased and she has had some generalised swelling, which are two of the signs of pre-eclampsia, so she has had to rest and stop working. Her baby is also small for dates, and this is being monitored. Leesa has had the pregnancy managed by a private obstetrician, but is going to Geelong Hospital for the delivery. She chose this method of care because she feels it offers her the best of both options, private and public. Also being a midwife she is hoping for a short hospital stay and plans to go home as soon as possible. Leesa does not have a birth plan, as she has seen too many plans go astray and disappointment as a result. She just wants the baby to be safe and well, so if she has to have a Caesarean Section or epidural or forceps, then so be it. Ideally she would like everything to go smoothly and as naturally as possible, but if intervention is required she is prepared. She is just hoping that Dan is not on night shift when she goes into labour, as it will be hard for him to get a replacement to work for him at late notice, so Leesa’s mum is coming to stay for a few weeks to support Leesa in case this happens. Leesa plans to breast feed, but once again is happy for formula if required. She believes that breast is best and will try her hardest, but understands that sometimes supplemental feeding is required. Leesa feels that she shouldn’t place too much pressure on herself, as becoming a new parent is a big enough challenge to deal with. Leesa and Dan are very excited and nervous all at once about becoming new parents. Whilst their careers have provided them with all the knowledge (and some would believe prepared them for parenthood), they feel just as any other new parents would. Sometimes the added knowledge heightens the fear and anxiety, and increases the expectation of being able to cope with the demands of parenthood. Leesa and Dan’s 2-year-old Groodle Wally is not so excited about no longer sleeping in their bed, and having to share their attention. But, hopefully the new addition to the family will become Wally’s best friend. THIS STORY WILL BE FOLLOWED UP BY AN AFTER BIRTH STORY, STAY TUNED! THANKS LEESA AND DAN AND GOOD LUCK! AS TOLD TO JEN CARR
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