Birth: there's nothing quite like it, and it's clear no two birth stories are the same. Which is why we're asking everyday women and some of our favourite celebrity mums to share theirs, in Mamamia's My Birth Story series.
This week we profile Allanah Secis, Brisbane-based mum to one-year-old Harvey and water birth queen.
Pregnancy was mostly smooth sailing for primary school teacher Allanah, who always knew she wanted a natural birth.
“My mum Michelle had my brother Dylan and I in her early twenties and then another son, my brother Miles when she was 47-years-old. Mum had an amazing home birth so I took a lot from her experience and knew that I wanted something similar.”
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Allanah did pre-natal yoga to help her both physically and mentally, and at 37 weeks she and partner Brandon enrolled in a ‘Calm Birth’ course.
“I had some fears about the lack of control around birthing as I like to be in control," she says.