I love reading birth stories as it is truly an amazing moment bringing a life into the world for both the mother and the father. I wanted to share Tristyn’s birth story with you all…

I got pregnant at the age of 16 and gave birth when I was 17. I was going to be a young mum. But that was ok, my partner and I knew it was meant to be. We had been together for 2 years and we found out at 5 weeks gestation. A few weeks went by and I had a threatened miscarriage but my little strong guy pushed through and went back on track to enter this world happy and healthy. After that I was a healthy and quick pregnancy.

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The morning of giving birth (13/08/13) to him was not all a blur but started as a normal day. My partner went to work at 6am and I was up all night as I can’t sleep so I stayed in bed. Around 7.30am I started to get cramps and as he was my first, I didn’t know they were actually contractions. We were living with friends and the mum suggested I go for a shower and try to relax and then went out to take her kids to school. I was alone in the house and I just knew straight after the shower that it wasn’t just tummy cramps.

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I called my best friend at the time to ask for advise as she had a baby a few months prior, she came over with her brother and step mother to check if I was okay. Clearly I wasn’t, I was in so much pain. They helped me to the car and took me to Joondulap Health Campus Hospital. On the way there they called my partner and he was on his way.

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When we got to the hospital, they took me straight to the birth suite and checked everything I was only 2cm dilated at the time. When my partner showed up 30 minutes later I was only 3cm dilated. I started active labour around 11.30am. I tried the bath, and I DON’T recommend it haha I didn’t like it at all. The nurse broke my water at 2pm but said I still had some time before pushing so they gave me the shot of morphine. 30 minutes went by and Boom! I need to push and the nurses weren’t ready as they thought I would be a couple more hours. 12 whole minutes of pushing Tristyn was here. 2.47pm weighing close to 3.92 kilos. My partner and I couldn’t not be more happier. The support from my partner was incredible and I thank him so much. I was so lucky to have a quick labour.

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A side unfortunate note is that I will never return to Joondulap Hospital again to give birth. I was treated so unfairly and wasn’t cared for. The student midwife was so pleasant and nice but the main midwife told me to “Be quiet, to shut up and consider other when I pushing” and the male doctor who fixed my down stairs after, gave me extremely creepy vibes as well.

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As I was an under aged new mother, I thought they would help with the process of breast feeding. I didn’t know what I was doing and when I asked for assistance the breast feeding consultant came to me in the afternoon the following day, she spent less then 5 minutes with me and rushed off. I was quiet upset and within a month I stopped breast feeding as it hurt way to much. 

Tristyn is now 4 years old going on 5 years old! Happy and healthy and couldn’t be any more prouder of him.

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