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

A Peaceful Home Birth

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Giving birth is an intense experience, and it helps to be in a place where you and your partner feel most supported and comfortable. If you are dreaming of a home birth and want to hear a beautiful story of a husband and wife’s experience as they welcome their first baby into the world, I share with you my story. Continue reading

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 Sweetest Surprise – A Ft. Worth Birthing & Wellness Center Birth Story

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I rolled out of bed at 3:45 the morning of Tuesday, February 9th to pee for the umpteenth time. I was half asleep, but I noticed my back cramping as I crawled back in bed.

As I tried to fall back asleep, the cramping returned. Still feeling pretty unsure, I whipped out my phone and started to time the cramping. I laid in bed, scrolling through Instagram and timing the waves as they continued to come and go. They were definitely minor, but they were coming about every 8 minutes and lasting around 45 seconds. Continue reading

One Mom’s Natural Birth Plan Success – A University of Iowa Hospital Birth Story

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Heidi decided to she was ready to meet the world six days before her due date. That just was fine with me because I was ready to be a mom.  Continue reading

An Accidental Natural Birth Story – A Hinsdale Adventist Hospital Birth Story

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I didn’t really have a birth plan.  I assumed I would want an epidural, but also thought let’s see how everything goes. Continue reading