Danielle Batist with new-born baby Nova.

No place like home: Nova’s water birth

When Danielle Batist tells people her first child was born at home, she’s still surprised to get asked: “Oh wow, was that planned?” Intrigued by the UK attitudes to births compared to her native Holland (where home births are 10 times more common), she set out on a journey to highlight positive birth stories of women empowered by knowledge, trust and choice. Here, she shares her own birth experience. Read more...

 

Andrea's Birth Story: a first-time mother's home birth. 

I felt a slithery featherweight release and it was done. Emily told me to step back and pick up my baby. I moved back and in the dark -light saw a little body float up towards me. Instinctively I gently took our baby out of the water and there, presenting herself to us, was our daughter. A little frown as her skin hit the air and she wailed out loud. I sat back in the warm pool, with our baby daughter close to me and her daddy holding us both. Read more...