SASHA'S BIRTH ...with thanks to Kat & Nik

Hi Hollie! I hope that you're well. I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say that little Sasha Anouk Windsor arrived on Friday morning...at home. It was a brilliant, (gruelling), birth. Nathalie from Oakwood and Clemmie from The Lanes were there with us. I just couldn't have asked for two better people to be there with us. It almost makes me feel emotional that they were able to help give Sasha such a fantastic start to the world.

As you might remember, we'd ruled out having her at home because of our builders being in but when Nathalie arrived at 1am, I was fully dilated so we weren't going anywhere. I was so relieved! After doing your course, I just couldn't imagine going to Kings. She was born on the bedroom floor at 4.22am. With dimmed lighting, candles on and some gentle music.

I would love to say that I had the birth that we watched in some of your films. It wasn't quite like that! It was painful (I didn't even have gas & air in the end....hurrah!). There were times that I wanted to give up, and times where I had nothing to give and didn't think I could do it anymore. It was way more painful than I naively thought it would be, but that disappears in to insignificance now.

I just wanted to thank you. You gave Nik and I some brilliant tools that helped us through it. I wouldn't have been able to get through my initial contractions without the breathing techniques that you gave us. I found it harder to breathe later but just thinking about what you taught me did help me to stay calm(er). It made Nik so much more confident - he was brilliant. He knew what I was going through and knew what to do. Everything you taught us helped us to have a fantastic birth.

And thank you for making me call Oakwood. They are simply amazing at what they do. And next time, I will definitely be having a home birth again. What an amazing experience. Thanks so much Hollie. Hope to see you soon.

BIRTH STORIES

WILLA

IVOR

BUZZ

FIN

ARLO

SAM T

FINN

BETSY

SASHA

JACOB

LOUIS

WOODY

AMELIA

HUGO

ISIS

SAM P

MIA

MAX

FLORES

LORDEN

EDEN

ADDY

ISABELLA