#thisismystory

Whenever and however you intend to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, and your spirit for the rest of your life.
— Ina May Gaskin
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" If absolutely everything you didn't want happened to you, or even if your birth just isn't what you hoped, this was still your story and nobody else's...your story will become precious to you for exactly what it is - the beginning of your life with your child."                               - La Leche League

" My daughter miscarried and had a terrible experience at the QEH last summer. The ordeal took 24 hours from the time she first arrived in Emergency with bleeding and cramping until she was told she was no longer pregnant. She was sent home that evening and instructed to come back for an ultrasound the next day. Following the U/S she was left sitting in the public waiting room of Emerg for 8 hours, that’s 480 minutes, 28,800 seconds of sheer emotional battering before being told the baby was gone. That was the end of her trust in the birthing system in PEI. 

Now my daughter is pregnant again. I am terrified. Terrified. She refuses to set foot in that hospital again. Who could blame her? So due to the lack of midwifery on PEI she’s  strongly considering having a home birth! She would have a midwife, she’d be thrilled to have a midwife but they cannot be licensed in PEI? This does not make any sense. We have a system that is overloaded and we don’t take advantage of willing professionals?

I beg and pray that this system is changed as soon as possible. A competent midwife is trained to deliver in uncomplicated cases but far beyond that they are trained to anticipate and recognize any problems and, if necessary, get the required care for their patients from the other medical professionals on the team."         - A concerned Island Mother

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"I am so proud of myself for all that I did to bring this sweet little boy into the world. I am still in shock that my labor and delivery went significantly well. I was so worried about having complications and I never thought I would be able to give birth without an epidural but I did. I am so proud of my husband who stayed by my side the whole time and was such a great support. My mom was an amazing support too and I couldn’t have done it without her. I am proud of our little boy and his hard work too. I didn’t realize how much my body was capable of. Every effort I made during labor and delivery brought me closer to meeting my baby."                                        -Alyssa

" You may think, you didn't say much about your midwife but that's the point. It was my birth, my son coming into the world. It should be about us. Birthing how and where I wanted. She was amazing, supportive, informative and encouraging but I did it.

I want to have another child at some point but I will definitely be leaving my PEI home to live with my parents in Ontario until the baby is born to ensure I can have a midwife. This breaks my heart, we bought our first home here in PEI and my next child, as it stands now, will never be able to be born in our home.

We need change. We need midwifery now."

-Jenny

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