Mum-of-three and doctor of dietetics, Alexis Hure, is the woman to talk to if you are pregnant and in need of a positive birth story. After delivering two gorgeous girls, Frieda in August 2012 and Marlo in January 2015, Alexis hoped to have her third baby at home.
“I had a couple of pivotal conversations with friends in the lead up to my due date who had some great experiences of home birthing. They all mentioned feeling more relaxed at home, so it helped me make the decision with my midwife.”
Before their first baby Frieda came along, Alexis and husband Damien, a medical doctor, took a ‘Calm Birth’ course that gave Alexis the confidence to try for a natural delivery first time around.
“Everything went smoothly with Frieda and I was so lucky to have excellent midwife support during my pregnancy and labour at the midwife-run Belmont Birthing Service. During labour with Marlo however, I was transferred by ambulance to the John Hunter Hospital, after my waters wouldn’t break.
“The experience was still positive however and I thought that if I had to travel by ambulance from home during labour with baby number three, it wouldn’t be much different to transferring from the centre.”