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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 […]

Birth Story of Jennifer Lieselotte Judith Tarn Archbold

| February 8, 2012

My pregnancy with Jennifer had been by far the easiest of the three pregnancies I had. I had no morning sickness at all with her. Half the time I didn’t feel pregnant at all. I worked in a Swine Nutrition lab at the time, so some of my duties had to be altered, so I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Jackson, November 2001

| May 10, 2010

This is how I came to decide on homebirth, and why it was the best choice for me.  I have a friend who was studying to be a midwife when my husband and I were first married.  She was the one who first started talking to me about the physiology of birth and how hospital […]