Birthing Center Births Category

I had my February 2007 daughter as a natural childbirth in a hospital (her story is here), and when we became pregnant again, I decided that we would look into leaving that hospital and moving to a local birthing center. We stayed with the hospital until our 20 week ultrasound when we found out we [...]

We’re so excited to have Baby H home with us!! She was born at 7:30pm on Tuesday night (July 13th), two weeks before her expected due date. We’re so blessed that everything seemed to go just the way we had hoped! It was about a 24 hour labor that started with really mild contractions at [...]

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Her story really starts with a book.  My husband’s mother had been thinking for some time about becoming a doula, especially since they were planning on moving to Clarksville and there is a large military community here and many new mothers giving birth while their husbands are deployed.  She had been a military wife during [...]

Well, it didn’t go quite as expected. Not quite sure what I expected, but it wasn’t this. My first, born at 39+5weeks, was a long (35 hour), drawn-out process that involved waters breaking, contractions stopping, pitocin drips, 13 hours of hard labour, Dr talking c-section, and about a half hour of active pushing. This one… [...]

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I had prodromal labor for months with him so it was nothing new when the contractions started at 8pm. I tried to sleep and for the first time they didn’t stop, but got a little stronger. I got up, took a shower and begged him to let me sleep a little. They slowed to about [...]

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I woke at 4am with mild cramping, went to the restroom and then back to bed. When dh’s alarm went off for him to go to work at 5, I told him I was having contractions but it was still early and sent him to work. By 6:30 they were pretty strong and I called [...]

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*This birth story is written from the point of view of the mother’s sister* I was lying in bed, having just turned out the reading lamp. The house was quiet—Colter and Greta were asleep, and Brent was in Leavenworth on a stakeout. Even though I was tired, I was excited. Reagan’s water had broken sometime [...]

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Here is the story of my second daughter’s birth.  I like to say that Haven made me a mother, which was about as earth shattering as you could get, but Lyric’s birth made me a doula and aspiring midwife. Following a miscarriage in September of 07, my previous OB told me it was my fault [...]

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It all started on Monday night. When I first started feeling contractions, we went out for Thai food because everyone had told us that I should try to eat as much as possible to maintain strength and energy. In retrospect, it was really nice that we did it just to have one last night out [...]

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I woke up on Saturday morning (June 27th) at 5:30, having to use the bathroom, as usual.  But, when I rolled over and sat up to get out of bed I got a wet surprise and thought that maybe I had peed myself since it was kind of a small gush. So I grabbed a [...]

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Birth is inspiring, amazing, and empowering. This website shares a collection of real natural birth experiences from you, the readers. Births the way nature intended. No pitocin. No epidural. Just the beauty (and intensity!) of the human body at work. Whether you've had one natural birth, five natural births, or are considering natural birth in the future, our hope is you will find courage and joy in these stories. Enjoy.


Recommended Reading:


The Doula Book: How A Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have A Shorter, Easier, And Healthier Birth
 
HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method: A natural approach to a safe, easier, more comfortable birthing