Stories

Dive into these stories and get inspired!

Midwives love to tell and listen to stories. They inspire us, move us and broaden everyone’s view. Traditionally, a story is the best way to pass on knowledge. We are keen on continuing this tradition.
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birth stories

Roan’s birth story

Roan’s birth story

After giving birth to a star gazer, this mother does not anticipate a smooth, second childbirth. And yet, it turns out to be a birth beyond her wildest dreams.My story is one that I could only have dreamt of, so perfect it has turned out to be. As my previous...

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The birth story of Cis at home

The birth story of Cis at home

It was on the first day of the new year that Cis saw the light of life. His mother, Joke, describes his more or less unexpected home delivery and shares suggestions about how she prepared during pregnancy for the birth.It is with great joy and happiness that I am...

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Lio’s hospital birth story

Lio’s hospital birth story

Picture by Lisa Helsen  Every year on my birthday, my mother used to tell me, at different times throughout the day, '15 years ago ' (or whatever age I was that year) ... ‘around this time I was still unsuspectingly mowing the lawn’ ... ‘ your father was...

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Cléo’s birth story at the Cocon

Cléo’s birth story at the Cocon

My birth story.The most intense day of my life. I gave birth to my little miracle, Cléo, at 9.06 p.m. on 2 June 2020. I had no idea that this adventure would last 22 hours and would be of such an indescribable intensity. Picture by Kathleen Van VaerenberghOn the 1st...

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Cécile’s homebirth

Cécile’s homebirth

The story of the homebirth of Cécile, first baby for her mum and dad. Midwife Hanne is pregnant with her first child and very excited. A homebirth in a birthing pool, that’s exactly what she wants. But since she is 41 weeks pregnant, time is running out. I’m six days...

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Homebirth story of Florian

Homebirth story of Florian

1pm We put our two sons to bed for their afternoon nap. I go to bed too and try to sleep a little. Tiredness is said to be mostly a first trimester thing, but I’ve been tired for nine months now… 4pm It’s still quiet in the house. The children don’t usually sleep that...

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midwives’ voices

How it all started for midwife Karolien

How it all started for midwife Karolien

As Christmas approaches, I always remember how it all started for me as an independent midwife. Picture by Marijke ThoenAfter my graduation, as a " Ghent-based" midwife, I didn't opt for the most logical step - a job in a Ghent hospital - but went to work in Ostend. A...

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Experiences of a student midwife

Experiences of a student midwife

Picture by Marlies De VrieseThe hospital is a necessary learning environment for a midwifery student. You will learn the technical procedures that are essential to the profession (vaginal examination, blood sampling, infusion therapy, sondage, hygiene, sterility,...

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