Amelia Mae’s Birth Story – Banner University Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ

Amelia was born en cual. This means she was born still encased in the birth sack. The doctors and trainees expressed awe for the rarity of the moment and then delicately cut into it and ripped it away from her face. She was placed on my chest and crawled her way to my nipple. My breasts had been preparing for this moment for months and she instinctively suckled the colostrum from them without hesitation. I was staring straight ahead stunned by the speed of what had just happened, at a loss for understanding of how I now held my perfect little girl. I was floating above the room looking down. But only for a second because my placenta was coming and reality shot back with the contraction. It had been 16 minutes since I had arrived in the labor and delivery room.

Two hours earlier Michael and I were browsing the racks of Burlington Coat Factory while the register worked on a return we had brought in, no tags. Continue reading

Simon’s Birth Story – St. Joseph’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ

The first trimester of pregnancy I was nauseous, almost constantly.  I lost over 15 lbs in those first few months because of a complete aversion to food. The best remedy I found was the sick bands you wear on your wrists before a boating adventure. The day my second trimester began, like a light switch, the nausea went away. Next came PUPPS, a skin rash I would not wish on anyone. The rash took over my legs and itched constantly. By this point it was the beginning of summer in Phoenix. Relief from PUPPS and the triple digit temperature only came at night when I could jump in the pool. My OB had little to recommend for the rash except topical ointments. It was my chiropractor/doula who recommended black tar soap and liver cleansing supplements and teas.  I would try and shower two to three times a day using the back tar soap and take 2-3 herbal pills in the mornings, within two weeks the rash also went the way of nausea. When I became pregnant I was concerned about back pain and began to see a chiropractor/doula for the duration of my pregnancy. She alleviated many aches and concerns, mentally and physically. My baby boy had his head down almost the entire time and kicked constantly. Rib jabs, laying on the bladder, sitting snuggly on my pelvic bone, sending sharp pains through my vagina. These are all said to be normal but without an explanation seemed alarming. My chiropractor helped keep my hips loose allowing for better, more free movement for the little guy. 

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Worth It – A Riverside Hospital Birth Story

  • November 2015
  • First baby
  • Mom’s age: 28
  • Hospital Induction
  • 3 Days Early
  • Epidural
  • 12 Hour Labor
  • Vaginal
  • Columbus, OH
  • Riverside Methodist Hospital
Let me start by saying I wanted to be pregnant so bad. My husband and I got married in September, bought a house in December and I found out I was pregnant in March– we wasted no time. I’ll follow up by saying I really didn’t enjoy being pregnant as much as I thought I would. I was sick until I was 21 weeks along, I gained a total of 65 pounds, I had no energy, my skin broke out, my feet were always swollen, I had severe acid reflux which landed me in the ER once during my pregnancy, the list goes on…and on, and on. But let’s get on to the good stuff…..

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The Best Laid Plans: The Home Birth That Wasn’t Meant To Be

Being a first-time mom, I was quite cautious when I got pregnant. I did a massive amount of studying. I read everything I could get my hands on: books, articles, blogs, magazines, scientific journal articles, I even watched strangers’ YouTube videos. I wanted to make sure that I was doing the right things for my baby and that I was prepared for what was to come. As prepared as one can be for the unknown, at least.

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The Long Haul – A Unity Point Birth Story

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I was a typical first time mom, totally naïve about how labor and delivery would actually go. I worked right down the street from the hospital and my plan was for my water to break right after I finished my work for the day and I would just walk over to the hospital, push a couple of times, and the baby would be here. Continue reading

A Much Anticipated Birth – Unity Point Health


I had it set in my mind that I was going to have Baby B early.  I had my hospital bag packed at 34 weeks and I was ready.  I never once asked how far they would let me go over my due date or considered that I might still be pregnant on my due date. Continue reading

A VBAC Birth Story Success – Beaumont Hospital

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My first born was breech, so I had a scheduled c-section with her.  I really wanted to attempt a VBAC with my second.  One of my biggest reasons for this was because I wanted to experience labor.  I had no idea what labor felt like.  My doctors were very supportive and my OB told me to keep an open mind.  He said we could definitely attempt a VBAC as long as everything looked good during the pregnancy and labor.  He made sure I was aware of the fact that I could still end up with a c-section and a VBAC wasn’t a guarantee. Continue reading

Birthing Like a Rockstar – A Northside-Cherokee Hospital Birth Story

Northside-Cherokee hospital birth story, induction, pitocin, cervadil,

  • September 2014
  • First Baby
  • Mom’s age: 31
  • 3 Days Late
  • Epidural
  • 10 hours from breaking of water to birth
  • Vaginal Delivery
  • Canton, Georgia
  • Northside-Cherokee Hospital
  • Dr. Najia Lawrence with Northside Cherokee Women’s Specialists

After many months of trying, and finally seeing a fertility specialist, my husband and I conceived our first child.  I was 31 and very excited.  The pregnancy was pretty normal—my son measured 1-2 weeks ahead the entire time, and for a couple of months the doctors thought I had placenta previa, but thankfully it cleared and everything else was normal.  Continue reading

The Mouthy Mama – An Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Birth Story

Mouthy Mama

Ignorance is bliss. Especially when you are pregnant for the first time. It took 28 hours (20 being drug free + 2 hours of pushing). Prior to D-day I spent a lot of time thinking about how I wanted to bring my baby into this world. Home birth? All Natural? Drugged up? C-section? OBGYN? Midwife? Continue reading

A Petite Mom’s Big Birth Story – Jersey City Medical Center


It was three o’clock on a very early October morning and my husband & I decided to stay up and watch re-runs of 24 on Amazon Prime.  Earlier in the day, I decided to do my belly cast since I knew I might go into labor any day.  That evening, I asked him to prepare me a bowl of spicy Korean noodles and I joked that maybe eating it will make me go into labor. Continue reading