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Real Baby and Birth Stories from Real Women

My Infertility Story

| May 15, 2012

We started trying to have a baby in October 2003. By July 2004, my doctor was concerned and sent us for testing at a reproductive endocrinologist (RE). The appointment was on our wedding anniversary. “You will never have a child naturally.” “There is a 99.99999% chance that you will never conceive a child on your […]

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 […]

Tasha’s Story: The Birth of Zack

| January 4, 2012

Dear Zack, Here is the story of your birth. Peter (Daddy) and Tasha (Mommy) were interested in having a baby, but Mommy lost her period for a year due to a medication she was on, so she was really worried about infertility – she didn’t know what had happened at first. They kept waiting for […]

Lachlan’s birth – January 2000

| September 14, 2011

It was January, 5 days before my due date, when it all started, and I was not really sure what was going on. Remembering the midwife’s message of “it can take a long time” we thought we would head out and go shopping… let nature take its course… that way I could keep moving and […]

Tracy’s Birth Story

| November 25, 2010

I didn’t really have concrete expectations before I gave birth. My idea of what a birth would be like was glorified. As a nurse, I had seen two births that were not at all scary: one was a smooth birth with epidural, and it looked all beautiful and happy, just like you would hope it […]

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 […]

Meghan’s Birth Story

| June 9, 2010

Before giving birth, I tried to be as open-minded as possible about my options. I did my research, looking into homebirth, drugs versus drug-free, etc. I was open to the idea of an epidural – but not set on it unless I felt that I needed it.  We were prepared for the idea of a […]

The Birth of Jenny Rebecca, February 14th, 1972

| May 26, 2010

In the summer of 1971 I was 21. I discovered that I was pregnant.  I was single and had just finished my second year of teaching.  I was visiting my step-brother and his wife in Niagara Falls when I found out. I knew right away how I was going to handle the situation.  I knew […]

Shannon’s Birth Story

| May 22, 2010

This was my first pregnancy. My birth story isn’t idyllic, but it’s a story I love. During an early appointment, my midwife made a comment that stuck with me: “Some births seem so straightforward and beautiful and the woman feels disappointed; other births are downright violent and the woman is still so happy. I think […]

The Birth of Zadyn

| May 22, 2010

Zadyn Pele was due on September 11th, 2009, and didn’t arrive until September 20th, 2009.  I had chosen to do a natural homebirth with my two amazing midwives T and C. After Zadyn’s due date came and went I started to feel very antsy.  The discomfort of late pregnancy was really getting to me.  I couldn’t sleep through the night […]