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I remember writing my birth story with my second son, it was empowering and wonderful and completely healing from my intervention-filled first birth. This time around, I’m still in a daze from the wonderment that is my body. I had bloody show on Friday, and contractions in the morning. After running some errands and shipping [...]

My second baby was 3 weeks early, so I was expecting my third baby ‘any time’ after that. Waiting was extremely tiring. I loved being pregnant this time & didn’t mind that he hadn’t come early, I just wished I had some idea *when* he was going to come. On Sunday, March 1, 2009, my [...]

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How do you do it? How do you start to write about one of the most empowering times of your life without cheapening it or making it seem cheesy or a fantasy and unattainable to others who will travel the same road? I’m going to try. In retrospect, I was feeling euphoric that weekend, walking [...]

Things started the exact same way this time as they did with my first son, only difference being it was a couple weeks earlier in pregnancy.  My water broke on Tuesday morning.  I woke up around 3am and felt a bit damp, but figured it was just sweat since our place is hideously hot.  Around [...]

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I woke up around 4:00am on April 19th with mild contractions and more bloody show. I went and warmed up my two herbal rice packs in the microwave and tried to go back to bed. I laid there for a good two hours having regular contractions and just couldn’t get back to sleep. I decided [...]

It all started on Friday, March 30th. I woke up around 4am that morning having contractions. I headed to the bathroom and noticed there was bloody show. I went back to bed not wanting to alert Jeremy just yet,but at the same time thinking this baby will be here soon. The contractions lasted most of [...]

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November 13th 2008 at 11:40 PM I gave birth to our second daughter, Isla Elizabeth. She was born at home in our family room. Once labor actually started it was only about 4 hours start to finish ! She weighed 7lb 4oz and was 21 inches long. For those unfamiliar with her name, it is [...]

Contractions (and when I say contractions I am not referring to the Braxton Hicks that I had been experiencing for weeks prior to labor. Also I would like to clarify that the word contraction can not accurately describe what labor feels like. My uterus was “contracting” but to my body as a whole the sensation [...]

It’s Friday, August 22nd, 2008, and I am a lumbering giant of a woman. I have enjoyed this second pregnancy, filled with wonder and awe and excitement, but now, after 40 full weeks of wonder and awe and excitement, I am tired. I almost decline an invitation to Todd and Lucy’s barbecue at their Laguna [...]

I don’t even know where to begin. Things flowed so smoothly that it’s hard to call any point a starting point. A week before I started labor I lost my mucus plug. I’d been downing red raspberry leaf tea and doing evening primrose oil nightly for a few weeks. I was gently getting to know [...]

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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 Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions
Husband-Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth