Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about Sinéad – herself and her birth
- When are you going to put a picture of her online?
- Well after 15.5 months, we finally were able to do it (thanks very much to her Nana & Papa). You can view her picture by going to herindex page.
- What do you mean there was no outside help?
- There was no doctor, midwife, or other labour support present during her labour and delivery. The only people in attendance were Mary, Kim, and Sinéad (but she joined us later).
- Was this planned?
- Yes. The home-birth had been planned before we had wanted it unassisted. The decision, however, to actually have an unassisted birth wasn’t made until the week previous to her birth when Kim &Mary discovered that because their midwife was not registered, she could be prosecuted if she delivered the baby. The planning, on the other hand, had been started years before.
- How do you pronounce her name?
- Here is a GIF version of her name written in the International Phonetic Alphabet:
- Or you can try this phonics version:Sinéadsin – [like shin]
éad – [like aid]Pronounced like Sinéad O’Conner’s first name.
aur – [like or]
or – [like or]
a – [like a]
Pronounced just like the aurora borealis.
fève – [like bev, with an f]
- Or you can try an aural version (52.5k).
- Where did you get the names?
- Mary spent a year in Ireland a few years ago, and Sinéad is a very popular name there. Aurora reminds us of the Aurora Borealis. When Mary got her first ultrasound, Sinéad looked like a little bean, and we even called her a little bean a few times. Fève is French for bean.
- What are the stats of her birth?
- She was born 0855, 12 January 1999. Four hours later, she weighed in at 3580 grams (3.58 kg), which converted roughly to 7 lb 14oz. She was measured at 50 cm, or roughly 19.75 inches in length. Her head’s circumference as an average 14 inches.
- Is the “d” at the end of “Sinéad” silent?
- No. Her name is Sinéad, not Shenae.