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Ngwedi’s Surprising Debut: Navigating the Unforeseen Turns of Birth

Experience Ngwedi’s birth, initially planned for a Cesarean but taking an unexpected turn to a swift and surprising natural delivery. A tale that left us all spellbound.

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BIRTH | ALIANA QUINN | PRETORIA BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER

At 19:55 I am trying to stall labour and Christel says that they will video call hubby because he won’t make it in time. I’m trying my best to not push… feeling the urge to bear down is uncontrollable. I don’t lift my head at all, concentrating and steadying myself with one hand on the bath floor.

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BIRTH | DAHLIA SMIT | PRETORIA BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER

I started losing ‘the head game’ as the pain in my back became very overwhelming and I started vomiting. If it hadn’t been for Sam who came as birth photographer but jumped in as doula to direct my husband, I think my husband would have run away at this point.

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Birth | Milan Truter | Pretoria Caesarean Birth Photographer

“Birth is supposed to be a private event a special intimate feeling. I assured him that Sam is super professional, a beautiful curtain taking pictures.” One moment we were two and the next moment a baby cried and we turned into tree. No not magic but a miracle.

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Birth | Alexa Mudaly-Chetty | Johannesburg Birth Photographer

Why was I so desperate to have a natural birth?
Yes, it would have been a most empowering experience for me and yes my next one will be a VBAC, but was it really that important in the bigger scheme of things? At the end of it all we got what we set out to achieve – a human being that we could guide and mould and set free into the world for her to make her own impact. Maybe that trauma she and I both endured in getting her Earthside happened exactly how it was supposed to. That’s birth and even more so parenting – you set off on a course with big plans and that’s great, but there has to be flexibility and acceptance in changing course depending on whatever life (or your kid) throws at you.

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Breastfeeding and bonding

If your baby is feeling ill and you are feeling helpless, we have some good news for you! Breastfeeding is a great way to help her feel better as breastmilk contains immune boosting nutrients and can even help to reduce pain! It’s not just about the antibodies though. Nursing is a deep emotional experience, which helps you and baby relax, and in turn manage illness better.

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