Labour and birth can be one unpredictable ride. Even with all the best preparation, the best care-provider and best support, sometimes baby has other ideas. Renee and Steve laboured at home for a long time, they had a couple of days of pre-labour and it seemed Renee's labour didn't want to get 'active'. In fact their midwife said she's never really experienced such a start stop labour and she is a very experienced midwife.
Renee tried everything, birth pool, stairs, squats, all fours, stairs again, pool again, homeopathics, aromatherapy, rest, stairs AGAIN!
This baby was just too comfortable! so after about the 72 hour mark they decided to go in to hospital, they were exhausted. At approx 1am, we all moved to Nambour Hospital - so far I'd been with them for about 15 hours and it was decided I should go home - they would rest and let me know later how Renee was progressing. While I was away, baby Arley was born! I returned the following day to take some photos after they returned home.
It just goes to show, birth is unpredictable, but when you have the time and space, support from an amazing team, you can make the best decisions in the current situation and still have a very positive and empowered birth - even if it wasn't the birth you have pictured in your mind.
Cangratulations, Renee & Steve, little Arley is beautiful!
After a VERY long labour, it was decided the best thing was to move to hospital and have some rest. If you'd like to see more here is Renee & Steve's birth story film