Birth stories Articles

  • Born into Water

    It was relaxed, I felt in control, I feel I kept my dignity, I didn't have to fight to get the birth I wanted. It was an amazing experience. I wish all women could have a birth like that!

  • Abbie's Arrival: A Home Birth Story

    Emma was considered high risk this pregnancy. Most people told her to just suck it up and have a c-section. She chose to follow her gut instincts, and fight for what she felt was right, even if it went outside of what most people consider "normal" for today's child bearing mothers.

  • My VBAC: Hailey's Birth Story

    All in all I am so happy I tried a vaginal birth. My c-section healed very quickly but still doesn't compare to how much easier this has been. Here's my birth story -- emotions and all!

  • My Birth Story in Pictures

    Remember what it was like to anticipate the birth of your child? Maybe some of you are doing that right now.

  • Fantasy vs. Reality: Plan for the Unexpected Birth

    I was planning for a natural birth. Every girl imagines her first kiss, her wedding day and what it will feel like to have a baby. Part was through pregnancy, out of the blue, a friend said, "Oh, I've been meaning to tell you...if things don't go the way you have planned," she paused briefly, yet thoughtfully, "it's okay." For some reason, her words anchored themselves into my mind.

  • Birthing Tristan

    As I walked back through the house I once again felt really stressed by how messy everything was, muttering to myself, "Just watch me go into labor tonight, messy house, puking kids, I could really do with a shower, I'm not wearing anything cute blah blah blah..."

  • Five Alarm Birth

    Sunday morning, I woke up with irregular contractions that hovered between five and seven minutes apart. Since my eldest daughter wasn't born until twenty-four hours after my water broke, we weren't in a hurry to get to the hospital.

  • Alex's Birth Story

    My pregnancy with my first child was one that was filled with joy, apprehension, surprise, and hard luck.

  • Not What I Expected, But Definitely Worth It

    It was my first baby. All through my pregnancy I had just assumed I would go into labor on my own and have a normal vaginal delivery.

  • Complicated Pregnancy With a Happy Ending

    I had a miscarriage in July and was so depressed afterward. I wanted another baby and so did my husband.

  • Five Alarm Birth

    Sunday morning, I woke up with irregular contractions that hovered between five and seven minutes apart. Since my eldest daughter wasn't born until twenty-four hours after my water broke, we weren't in a hurry to get to the hospital.

  • Alex's Birth Story

    My pregnancy with my first child was one that was filled with joy, apprehension, surprise, and hard luck.

  • Nolan's Birth

    I started having contractions on Monday, December 1. They were about 5 minutes apart the whole day and we were excited that it finally seemed to be "IT." I was due November 23, so I was ready!

  • A Natural, Unmedicated, Midwife-Assisted Birth

    This is the story of the day in my life of which I am most proud -- the day my daughter Fionna Rylee was born. Fionna is my first child. It was two days before my due date and I was not expecting to go into labor.

  • Not What I Expected, But Definitely Worth It

    It was my first baby. All through my pregnancy I had just assumed I would go into labor on my own and have a normal vaginal delivery.

  • Birthing Tristan

    As I walked back through the house I once again felt really stressed by how messy everything was, muttering to myself, "Just watch me go into labor tonight, messy house, puking kids, I could really do with a shower, I'm not wearing anything cute blah blah blah..."

  • Robinna's Home Birth Story

    We had had a couple of false alarms; the most recent on the Sunday before with 6 hours of contractions 5 minutes apart that ultimately just stopped.

  • Fantasy vs. Reality: Plan for the Unexpected Birth

    I was planning for a natural birth. Every girl imagines her first kiss, her wedding day and what it will feel like to have a baby. Part was through pregnancy, out of the blue, a friend said, "Oh, I've been meaning to tell you...if things don't go the way you have planned," she paused briefly, yet thoughtfully, "it's okay." For some reason, her words anchored themselves into my mind.

  • Stay-at-Home Birth with Jackson

    I have to admit that by my eighth month of pregnancy, I couldn't tell what I dreaded more – remaining hugely pregnant until my due date in mid-July or launching early into labor – an un-medicated, all natural home birth – an experience that I'd signed eagerly up for just eight months before.

  • Twins! Their Birth

    I was scheduled to go in to the hospital on April 8th for an induction at exactly 39 weeks. I was having no noticeable contractions, and had not been feeling any at all my whole pregnancy.