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Real Baby and Birth Stories from Real Women

It is with great joy we welcome to this world Our Daughter

| February 8, 2013

I guess the best place to start is the day of your birth.  I wish I remembered more, but somehow I have been left with a hazy memory, a cloudy smear of the day that forever changed my life.  I knew you would be born this day, November 7th 2012.  It was a Wednesday, exactly […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Birth of Athena, August 2009

| September 12, 2010

A Perfect Birth As Remembered by the Doula Tania was referred to me in her last month of pregnancy. She felt that, had she received the right kind of support for her first delivery, it may have gone differently and less traumatically. After 3 prenatal visits and a refreshed course, Tania and Lorin were prepared […]

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 […]

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 […]