Q & A with Mel the Paramedic

My best friend Mel is not only one of my favourite human beings in the world, she is also a paramedic (and a damn good one). She completed her Bachelor of Nursing and Paramedics at the Queensland University of Technology and has since been working full time. I sat down with her to ask a few questions about health and babies.

Myla Turns One

Myla’s first birthday was at Brytarbri Farm, Allenview. The Farm is owned by my sister in laws family; thankfully they were kind enough to let us use this amazing location. Decorations were minimal as the location speaks for itself. I knew what ‘theme’ I wanted to go for pretty much before Myla was born, Boho Casual. I considered hiring a stylist, but couldn’t justify the money…I mean; we didn’t even have a stylist for our wedding! Plus, I haven’t worked for a year…if I can’t find the time to organise a birthday party then I really need to work on my time management skills.

10 Things A New Parent Needs To Know

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1. Forget the Birth Plan

Now I don’t mean to offend anyone, but the idea of having a birth plan baffles me. Even if this is your second, third or forth time in the ring, you will never know what will happen and how your body or baby is going to react. My pregnancy was honestly perfect. I wasn’t sick, I wasn’t uncomfortable (until I got to 10 days past my due date) and I had no health issues, therefore assuming I would have zero complications during labour. Well…Myla had episodes of bradycardia through every contraction and my cervix did not dilate past 4cm. My so called “birth plan” went flying out the window just as quickly as I was pushed down hallways to my unplanned emergency C-section. How’s that for a birth plan?