Ode Leanne was born at her mum’s house in Cape Town during the exam period of MBA degree finals at Cape Town University. The birth was attended by her father, myself and Lydia my colleague. The lights were dimmed, the atmosphere was calm and the birth was spontaneous and undistubed.
Monyl, Ode Leanne’s mum, walked to the campus, a kilometre away, a few days after she was born and passed her exams with flying colours. Monyl had decided she wanted a homebirth at about 38 weeks of pregnancy after her obstetrician had tried to convince her natural birth wasn’t safe and that she should book a caesarian section the following week. Serendipitously we found each other and another baby was born gently and received into her parents arms without interventions.
Dad, an engineer by profession, also had his chance to do kangaroo mother care after the birth and was delighted by the whole experience.
Monyl now works for a company in Johannesburg and she and her family are thriving.
May you and your family be blessed!