diaries are a great way to preserve the
memory of your birth experience. Every mother loves to share
her birth story, so here's your opportunity to tell the world about the
natural birth of your children.
If you have not yet given birth, or are preparing for your natural childbirth, you can become inspired and empowered by reading the natural birth diaries of other mothers. You'll see the unique and beautiful qualities that each of these stories has to offer.
Christina's accidental unassisted birth story gave her more than she bargained for, in more ways than one!
Christy's latest unassisted homebirth story shows that when babies are ready, they're coming whether you're ready for them or not.
Christy's home waterbirth story of her second child offers a powerful message of encouragement and trust in your innate ability to birth your child, and how precious it can be to have a 3 year old sibling for a birth companion!
Stacy's journey to unassisted childbirth conveys the empowerment of birthing your child into the arms of one you love as well as widsom beyond her years. Her story truly captures the essence of what is means to be a mother - to have sacrifical love for another entrusted to your care.
Celina's unassisted birth experience with her fifth child will empower you to discover your birthing instinct, that your body already knows how to birth your baby when you let it.
Arcadia's unassisted childbirth, the story of her third son's birth, speaks of the pure empowerment that is birthing your child into the arms of one you love.
Lisa's fifth birth, the unassisted birth story of Grace, illustrates your body's true ability to birth your child, in peace and serenity.
Lisa's natural birth story of Evelyn, her final daughter, shows the unique challenges of birthing a posterior baby. Let's just say she finished her birth experiences with a bang!
Deneice's natural VBAC birth story shows that some doctors are so uninformed about VBAC and natural birth, that they will push a repeat c-section, or worse offer the unsafe option of an induction, never considering that a vaginal birth, let alone a natural one, is indeed a safe (and attainable) option.
Angela's vaginal birth after cesarean section story details the sad reality that until maternity care practices change, we must take control of our birthings by bringing the evidence to the professionals. Angela is a champion for us all in self-advocating for the VBAC she knew she her body could handle.
Lisa's homebirth story of Gabriella, her third daughter, conveys the unique benefits of birthing in your home, surrounded by the love and support of your family and the new child's siblings.
The home birth story of Madelyn serves as a reminder that our actions can impede our body's ability to birth our child and the benefits of surrendering to our birthing.
Benna's natural hospital birth in Botswana illustrates how hospital birth policies and procedures vary in different parts of the world.
This is the first of my birth story diaries, that of my
first child: Eden
Eileen. I hope you find it an empowering
guide to a pain-free natural childbirth.
The second story in this collection of birth diaries is that of my second child, Iris Ilea. I believe that this story shows that once you truly let your body complete the tasks for which it was designed, you will see how easy it can be to birth a child.
Vanessa's natural birth story shows that when birth is left alone to proceed as it should, it waits for no one, not even doctors or midwives.
Dana's natural birth story illustrates that even after three birth experiences with epidural pain relief, a natural birth is possible. Even more, it challenges the perception that women would never want a natural birth after having an an epidural.
Deanna's natural hospital birth story shows that a natural birth can still be a option, even in the face of congenital birth defects that will require surgery shortly after birth, and how a supportive birth team is often the deciding factor in determining your options.
Christy's first natural birth story took place in a birth center attended by midwives. She had a positive experience and has excellent insight into the importance of proper birth positioning.
Stefanie's "overdue pregnancy" birth story shows that a natural birth is possible even past the arbitrary 40 week cut-off commonly used in the US.
Kimberly's birth story is a tribute to the fact that even with induction, a comfortable natural birth is possible.
Ayesha's story of precipitous labor shows shows how a fast natural birth that is uncomplicated can still have interesting roadblocks, including unprepared caregivers.
Emilee's natural hospital birth story proves how educating oneself as to the true process of birthing can steer the course of your birthing to an empowering natural event.
The birth story of Meagan, Lisa's second child, took a slightly different route, or more correctly, a turn off the beaten path. I'll say no more, the story speaks for itself.
The next three natural birth diaries were submitted by Leslie, who is currently expecting her fourth natural childbirth baby:
Melissa's birth story shows how powerful it can be to have a mother who gave birth naturally. When surrounded by others who have given birth naturally, you'll receive more support and faith in your decision.
Sarah's childbirth story of Kate details her empowering journey to natural childbirth from a medicated birth with an epidural with her first.
Beth's birth experience shows the lack of true education that mothers receive about birth even in world-renowned facilities and how when we take control of our education and our births, we can reap the benefits with smoother, easier births.
Jennifer's natural childbirth experience details her peaceful natural birth supported by her husband and mother.
story of Julia shows that babies come when babies are ready -
and when they're ready, they mean it!
The next two birth stories were submitted by Paula. The first of Paula's natural childbirth stories took place in March of 2005 and her second, the natural childbirth story of Oscar, took place in September of 2006.
The next birth diaries are those of Barb, a mother of three who experienced two natural births and a third complicated by her doctor wanting to "speed things along". Her love for her children shines through in these inspirational stories.
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Vanessa's natural birth story shows that when birth is left alone to proceed as it should, it waits for no one - not even doctors or midwives.
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