The Boys Want Stories of The Days They Were Born

We started our dinner out with a question from Ben. He asked "If having a baby is the most painful thing a woman can do, what's the most painful thing a man can do?"Scott started with a very respectful and cautious answer about how men can never full understand it all, but they can offer support and love through the whole process....more

AP Moms Don't Think We're Better Than You: We Just Want Our Kids To Be

There's a lie going around the internet.It's that mothers can be pigeonholed into divisive categories and it's perpetuated and exacerbated by misinformation and media everyday. For Mother's Day this year,  I don't want candy, cards and flowers, dammit. (No offense, Babe.) I want EQUALITY OF MOTHERHOOD. I want it to be okay for moms to parent how they see fit. Is that so crazy?...more

Diary of a Delivery

Birth Stories always make me cry.  Even when I go back and read the story about my second child being born almost three years ago, I get tears in my eyes.  I am a Mom and here is my story... (Note: this post was originally published on my personal blog in June 2009). Sunday, May 24, 20095:00 AM – I can’t sleep and I am tired of lying awake in bed so I head downstairs and find something to eat. I turn on the TV but nothing keeps my interest....more

Overcoming Fear: Our Birth Story, Part 3

If you read Part 1 and Part 2 of our birth story, you're probably wondering when I actually get around to having the baby. This is the post. Fair warning if you're don't like graphic details--this post maybe a little TMI! ...more

Why We Read Birth Stories

When I was pregnant I did what all expecting mothers do: I read. Cloth diapers versus disposables. How much caffeine was acceptable? Breastfeeding positions, the best strollers for jogging. When to introduce the solids I'd steam and then mash and then freeze in ice cube trays.But more than any other subject I became a reader of birth stories.They fascinated me- the home births and water births. The overseas adoptions. The scheduled C-sections and inductions. The epidurals and unmedicated deliveries. The babies born in the caul or breech or sunny side up....more

The First Story of my First Born(s)

Rule number one in life for a sexually active woman? Never take a pregnancy test at work. It was a chilly January evening when I stepped into the Walgreens on my dinner break. I picked up a frozen pizza, a pint of sherbet,  and a pregnancy test. I was a few days late, nothing to worry about, but my boyfriend had mentioned it, and I figured I'd put his mind at ease. Back in the newsroom, I popped my pizza in the microwave and headed to the bathroom. I came out, white faced. "T?" I popped my head into my friend's editing bay. ...more

A Different Kind of Birth Story

Let me start off by saying that this isn't the usual happy birth story. The whole process of how he was born and my recovery have been extremely hard and tiring so please be patient with my feelings. This is one of those times where you really have to walk a mile in my shoes to understand. I know there are many of you out there who have successful C-section stories and that is awesome, but this isn't one of them. My son Cameron arrived Thursday March 19th at 9:15 am after 38 weeks and 5 days gestation....more

Every Birth is Beautiful

Today, I have the honor of being the guest blogger for New Mommy Oasis.I talk about birth stories - beautiful and calm, or terrifying and humiliating.  Go ahead over and take a look.Giving birth is one of the most profound experiences a person can ever go through or witness. Whether it’s at home or in a hospital, completely natural or medicated, vaginal or cesarian – or, in my case, as part of a rushed clinical operation full of white masks and green walls – it is still yours, and it is still beautiful....more

Discovery Health Features BlogHers' Birth Stories

Next week, June 14-19, is Baby Week at Discovery Health, home to nightly stories of remarkable births.  Shows such as Twins By Surprise, Little Parents Big Pregnancy, Births Beyond Belief, and Obese and Pregnant will air nightly at 8 pm Eastern/Pacific. ...more

But why not share? I love birth stories, and am planning to become a doula and, eventually, a ...more

Birth: A Love Story

Nearly 46 years ago, my mother gave birth to a boy. She was barely 20 years old, she was alone, and she was terrified. ...more

Thank you for the link, Catherine.  I love love love birth stories.

-Maria ...more