A typical Australian family’s birth story, where the person giving birth happens to be Trans and Disabled.
My phone buzzed just after 11pm to give me a heads up that the baby would probably be here tonight. When I got a call 10 minutes later, I realised things were progressing quickly. This baby was in a big hurry to meet their family! As soon as I arrived at 11.30pm, I helped baby to slowly descend onto a towel, ready for their parent to reach down and pick up them up for that precious first cuddle.
The birth was so quick, the couple’s first child slept through the whole thing and their homebirth midwife missed it by minutes. After everyone was settled and the baby had finished their first chestfeed, my client chose to head into hospital with their midwife to have a few checks and get the all clear. While in hospital, the midwives and I ensured the family had privacy and knew all their options, and after a bit of sleep, everyone headed back home so that the siblings could meet.
The care, respect and support this family received through the Birth at Home Program was excellent. Even though birth didn’t quite follow the plan, it was a really positive experience.
Whether you are Non-binary, Queer, Disabled or otherwise, you deserve to have a great birthing journey. With the right care providers and preparation, you can.
Photos and story shared with permission.
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