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Real Baby and Birth Stories from Real Women

Always the Over-Achiever – Getting all the Gold Stars… on paper

| April 19, 2012

Naomi’s Birthing Story I’ve been an over-achiever for as long as I can remember, and I approached pregnancy in the same vein. I did everything I could to ensure a smooth and healthy pregnancy, with the expectation that a smooth and healthy delivery would naturally follow. And it did – but not exactly the way […]

Di’s Second Birth – July 2011

| September 14, 2011

This is the story of the stillbirth of my son, Sebastian. It was a memorable experience, if not a happy one. I have written it without really softening the edges. When Sebastian was born, we already knew he wasn’t alive. Just before noon on July 8th, we found out the results of that morning’s ultrasound, which […]

Births of Three Daughters

| September 8, 2010

Erica’s Birth, July 1985 Hard to believe it was 25 years ago that my first daughter was born. Some memories will come and go, others fade with time, but birth memories stay with you forever! Pregnancy was always something I dreamed of and looked forward to, even as a little girl. And let me be […]

The Birth of Arwen, July 1974

| July 11, 2010

It was the summer of 1974. I was 24 years old, married for one year.  I was pregnant for the second time, but this was going to be my baby to keep. My pregnancy was fairly uneventful. The only craving I had was for fried shrimp at 2 in the morning. The closest I could […]