Hey I'm Luce, the founder of Proud Birth. The last 4 years have been a whirlwind, I have gone from an inner city dweller to embracing village life. From having no babies, to having 2, and setting up my own business and boy what a journey that has been!
I'm one proud mother to my two eggs, Memphy (5) and Koko (2) they are both slightly feral, but the most fun and curious humans. Our home is chaotic but so full of love, lols and tantrums.
Both of my births were beautiful, but they were two very different experiences. After planning for a water birth with Memphy, I was initially gutted to find out he was breech and so I opted to have an elective caesarean. I felt like I had failed at being a mother before he was even born, which on reflection is absurd and really sad that I felt so much pressure to have the 'perfect' birth. I felt totally out of control in the lead up to having my baby, which is the opposite of how any woman should feel at that point in their lives having panic attacks in carparks and just not knowing what to do for the best. I felt like I lost my voice and decisions were being made on my behalf and it just sucked.
But Memphy's caesarean birth turned out to be so beautiful. It was calm, gentle and such a joyful event. I wouldn't change a thing about it, it was such a wonderful experience and not at all what I thought it would be like.
When I found out I was pregnant with Koko, I was 95% sure that I would have another caesarean, because I knew what to expect and it was easier to plan for with a toddler to factor in. Plus all my mates kept telling me how horrific brith was! But at 35 weeks pregnant I had a change of heart, I wanted to go for a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean).
I felt overwhelmed at the thought of pushing a tiny person through my body and was totally unprepared, so I signed up for a private Hypnobirthing course but going into it with a lot of skepticism. Turns out I loved the course, and went on to have a truly life changing experience when bringing Koko into the world. I have never felt more powerful in my whole life bringing her into the world, you can listen to my empowering VBAC story on The Better Birth Podcast.
Since then I have become so passionate about birth, about how incredible our bodies are, and confused as to why at the age of 33 I had only just found this out. Why have we been led to believe, and worse still accept, that birth is a traumatic and horrible thing we have to endure?
When the pandemic started, I decided life is too short to not do what you're passionate about and so trained to become a Hypnobirthing Instructor. I'm now making it my mission to help other people feel prepared for a positive birth, understand and release any fears they have about birth, and let go of any pressure to birth in a certain way. All birth, is birth, and it is incredible. I'm passionate about supporting everyone who wants to have a positive birth, but especially those people who have had a previous caesarean.
I love teaching about the biomechanics of birth, and teaching my clients positions that promote good pelvic health and balance which can be used during pregnancy and birth to make it as comfortable as it can be. Understanding your body, listening to it and moving intuitively during labour is a real game changer. Understanding your rights, and being able to advocate for yourself within maternity care system is another.
Giving birth is a memory you will have forever and preparing for it is essential. When you look back at your birth, I want you to feel nothing but proud of yourself, of your birth and of your birth partner. Because in all honesty, bringing a baby into the world is the most monumental thing you'll do in your life, if you think I'm the right person to support you on your journey and want to find out more, don't hesitate to get in touch for a chat.