A NEW RE­AL­ITY

Your Pregnancy - - Life Real -

I didn’t start the nest­ing pe­riod im­me­di­ately like many women do. There were no new baby clothes, shop­ping ex­pe­di­tions or fol­low­ing the baby’s growth on a chart. In­stead I found my­self in a con­stant state of fear and un­cer­tainty.

I was 35 years old and my

A GEN­TLE BIRTH

Our daugh­ter, Su-Alét, was born on 10 Septem­ber 2014 via a gen­tle cae­sarean sec­tion. On the day of her birth we got up very early. I felt like lead as we made our jour­ney to the hos­pi­tal. Upon ar­rival I was ad­mit­ted and mon­i­tored, as we waited in an­tic­i­pa­tion. I felt like I was go­ing to burst with ex­cite­ment and fear.

Although I had the most gen­tle c-sec­tion one could pos­si­bly have, it was still a scary ex­pe­ri­ence for me. Hav­ing Faure next to me and a fam­ily mem­ber and fa­mil­iar face as­sist­ing re­ally helped. My gy­nae­col­o­gist, Dr Mar­lena Du Toit, was also in­cred­i­ble. She dropped the screen, al­low­ing me to see my baby’s first breath. At 9.09am Dr Du Toit al­lowed me to

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