Hospital Births Category

I tried so many things to go into labor in my last month of prodromal labor, it’s hard to say if any of it had an effect on when I went into labor or not, but I’m sure none of it hurt… I went to L&D at 36 weeks with early labor contractions, traceable and [...]

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Harlee Anne was born Tuesday June 9th 2009 at 1:33pm. 6lbs, 9oz 19.5 inches long. Apgar scores of 9 each time. I woke up at 6:30am and had mild contractions. Thought-eh, here we go again-this had been going on for days. Immediately I sat on my exercise/birth ball and made large circles with my hips [...]

As many times as I have been pregnant and given birth in 10 years, it would surprise most people that we planned our sixth. Our others were not planned and happened out of God’s plan, instead. We went through the motions of purchasing the fertility monitors and basal thermometers- I joined the charting websites and [...]

I had been having prodromal labor (labor that starts and stops, often referred to as “false labor” however there is nothing false about it) for about 2 weeks.  On Thursday August 6, I started having contractions at 10pm.  They were nothing terrible and pretty easy to breathe through but strong enough that I wasn’t able [...]

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I knew from the moment I found out I was pregnant that I wanted a completely natural birth.  I was due on November 26th but had a feeling early on in my pregnancy that I would have him earlier than that.  I had read somewhere that a more accurate due date is to count 5 [...]

I had a very easy pregnancy – felt great throughout all of it and gained about 30-35 lbs overall (I was slightly overweight to begin with). At 37 weeks, I thought I would be pregnant forever (don’t we all feel that way?) but then I hit 38 weeks and I realized I would be having [...]

Charlotte Sofia made her arrival 3 days late on Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:15 pm. She weighed 7 lbs 8 oz and measured 19 ½ inches long. Here is my story: I had an OB appointment on June 29th (my due date), and the doctor informed me I was 2cm and 75% effaced. He [...]

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It all started on Monday January 28th, 2008 when I arrived at work at 6:45am. The morning routine started as usual but by mid-morning, around 10ish, I started noticing occasional cramping-like feelings in my lower abdomen. They would come and go every 20-30 minutes and last approximately 10-15 seconds and felt similar to premenstrual cramps [...]

The power of prayer and faith before and throughout my pregnancy to have a natural childbirth lead me to have this truly amazing birth! After battling 6 weeks of pre-term labor that landed me with strict bedrest and at 3cm dilated and 75% effaced, my 36th week came around. It was a Friday night and [...]

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This is the story of how our beautiful princess, Indira, came into the world… It all started on the night of 7th August, when like most summer evenings my husband Giorgio and I were having ice-cream in the garden but this time was a little bit different. I was just not comfortable sitting. Indira was [...]

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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
Husband-Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth