Birthing Center Births Category

My “guess date” was October 6th, and I expected that I would be a week late, just like I was with our son.  I planned to work through the end of September.  My husband Josh and I had finished our Hypnobabies course a couple of weeks earlier, and we were anxious to put the technique [...]

I was 20 years old when our first daughter was born. Having grown up with a mother who was a birthing coach and a childbirth educator as well as a home birther, had given me a wonderful background and shaped my ideas of how birth was supposed to work. I had known from the time [...]

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I went in for my apt on the 20th (Tues) and was 3cm at 80% so Alisa (the best midwife ever) stripped my membranes. That night I started having light contractions…all night. So Wed we went for 3 yes 3 walks. Once in the AM around the hood with hubby then at the park with [...]

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Marley was born at the Austin Area Birthing Center in Austin, TX using the Bradley Method.  Marley was positioned “sunnyside up”  and we worked for days with the hard labor.  It started late in the evening March 7.  The next day, my husband’s birthday, we were sure he would be born.  We tried walking, I [...]

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3rd of August, Monday: I attended an appointment with my midwife to discuss induction since I was 9 days past my due date (original due date 25th July 2009). I asked her if, induced, would I be still able to have a waterbirth as I had done with Lily. She stated that she didn’t see [...]

It was a typical Monday until 11 pm right on the nose. Justin and I had just finished watching one of our favorite shows, Seinfeld. I was enjoying Lily’rei’s hiccups and laughing and sharing this by holding Justin’s hand over my belly while she made my body bounce. Then all of a sudden I felt [...]

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My name is Toni, I was 20 years old and this was my first pregnancy, and birth. I knew immediately that I didn’t want to birth my baby in a hospital, I wanted it to be natural with no interventions so I chose a free standing birth center. I was always interested in the birthing [...]

So, I decided I was sick of the early labor dance and I wanted to try and do something about it… so since Bella was going to my Dad’s for the day, John decided to come home and see if we could get this thing rolling! We did acupressure, nipple stimulation, went for a walk [...]

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I started feeling contractions Thursday night around 8:30, but they were very mild. Having been induced with Andelyn I wasn’t sure if it was real labor or not. I spent that evening reviewing my birthing book while Royal finished up at work. We went to bed around midnight and contractions continued to progress throughout the [...]

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I went in for my appointment with my midwife at 11:00 am on the 11th of October. Before doing the usual check up stuff, we talked about the different things that we could do to get this going a little since I was just about 40 weeks, it didn’t seem that I’d be having Aiden [...]

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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 Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth
 
Childbirth without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth