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Rosemary Mac Cabe: ‘I felt as if I failed my baby at the very first hurdle – I couldn’t even bring him into the world right’


by Rosemary MacCabe
10th Jan 2022

Rosemary Mac Cabe and her baby: Her birth plan did not go to plan

In the early days of her pregnancy, Rosemary Mac Cabe wrote a birth plan. It’s safe to say that things did not go to plan. At 40 weeks, her body had begun to swell, her blood pressure was rising and there was no sign that her body, in her own words, 'was readying itself to expel my child'.

It’s safe to say that things did not go to plan. In the early days of my pregnancy, I wrote a birth plan. I shared it, kind of sheepishly, with my husband Brandin, my sister, my doctor. “It’s more like a wish list,” I said with a laugh. “You know, in an ideal world…” It started with a disclaimer: “My number one objective is to deliver a healthy baby with as little damage as possible...

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