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S4 EP137: Lucinda Miller: Hospital Birth/Birth Trauma/Preeclampsia/Kidney Condition + Positive Induction Hospital Birth + Homebirth/Posterior Labour
Episode 13724th November 2023 • Positive Birth Australia • Skye Waters
00:00:00 01:29:12

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In today's episode, Lucinda guides us through the journey of her three contrasting births. Her introduction to motherhood was far from smooth, given a preexisting kidney condition that required careful blood pressure management. Unfortunately, poor care from health providers meant she never received the correct protocol, leading to a stressful pregnancy and a preeclampsia diagnosis. Lucinda's struggle for her birth and baby in the face of inadequate care resulted in a cascade of interventions and significant birth trauma.

Shortly after conceiving, with the memories of her previous experience still fresh in her mind, Lucinda went on a journey of self-education about the available models of care. Her initial presumption that private obstetric care was the gold standard stumbled as she delved deeper into her research. With a better-managed blood pressure, this pregnancy was more enjoyable, but an accidental fainting spell meant she would once again face induction. This time, armed with the knowledge to advocate for herself, Lucinda proceeded to have a birth that left her astounded by its stark contrast and exhilaration compared to her first. It was a realisation — this was how birth should feel. This newfound understanding guided her through her most recent birth, where she stood firm in her autonomy, choosing never to leave the comfort of home.

Lucinda's story speaks to the importance of personalised care, self-advocacy, and the recognition that, even in the face of trauma there's room for a positive and fulfilling birth experience.

Show Notes:

Instagram: @lucindaskeatsmiller

Doula: @beautifulbirths.doula

IBCLC: Bridget Ingle

Chiro: Thrive Health Chiro - Jemima Nelson

Acupunture: Dr Andrew Orr


While we strive to share positive birth stories and insights, please note that the content provided is for informational and inspirational purposes only. We are not medical professionals, and the stories shared are personal experiences. Always consult with your healthcare provider for personalised advice tailored to your unique situation. If you have any medical concerns, please seek professional guidance. 

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