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post #21 of 57
Have you read here in the birth stories forum Yin Yang's Birth of Samuel...a slide show ? It is really beautifully done, no words needed.
post #22 of 57
Frankly, I hope I end up with the most boring, bland, colorless birth in the world. I hope it is so dull and typical that I can't even write abou it! Something along the lines " contractions steadily progressing, good pressing on my cervix, opening up, after 6 hours ready to push, 1.5 hours later baby out." Snooze. But I would be eternally grateful.

To end up with a birth that isn't 42 hours of hopeless agony or three hours of overwhelming shock. If you want to read otherwise, www.abrosenlund.com (username 4cmopen, password 3567).

Some of the birth stories on MDC are quite unusual and empowering. Yin yangs is so positive, and Inca's is so surprising - talk about totally UC.
Allison
post #23 of 57
Just because you put the words "I don't mean to offend" in your post doesn't mean that you WON'T offend, or that people do not have the right to feel offended at your words either. If anything, it points out that you already know that your words ARE going to offend someone.

That said - I do understand about the repetitive nature of such stories. I see them a lot on the more mainstream sites I visit.

To find truly inspiring, heart-wrenching stories, read through the ones on here - they have much more flavour and variety to them.

Oh, and the stories of both of my children are linked to in my sig - both quite boring in thier own rights, and I sincerely hope to be able to post another equally boring story come December of this year.
post #24 of 57
She didn't say her words wouldn't offend, she said her intention wasn't to offend -- in other words, that's not what was driving the OP. "I don't mean to offend" means "the purpose of this is not to offend others." It's perfectly valid for her to clarify that at the outset.

Although I have to admit I don't quite understand why it's offensive, when it's not personal. No one's pointing fingers at any particular story. And some birth stories are written in a boring way. Some people are just not good writers. That's not to denigrate the birth experience itself or them as human beings. You're really not going to know anything about either from a bunch of numbers and generic descriptions. And I think that was the point of the OP.

For my part, I've read hundreds of birth stories, and at some point after the first few dozen, the type of "story" (really not a story at all) that goes like the OP described makes your eyes start to glaze over with the very first sentence. If I'm a big meany for saying so, so be it.

So, Frontier, what compelling stories have you found? I thought of a few more:

Birth As Sheer Pleasure http://www.natural-wisdom.com/birthpleasure.htm

The Birth of Grey Forest Walt http://rachyllgyne.tripod.com/thebirthofgreyforestwalt/

The Birth Rite of Samuel Rune http://rachyllgyne.tripod.com/thebirthriteofsamuelrune/
post #25 of 57
hugs mama! the birth stories on here got me through ands helped me so much. Have yiou rerad any on here. The stories you arfe talking about- really helped confirm my resolve in having a hb.
post #26 of 57
IKWYM Kati. When I was awaiting the birth of my first, several people told me & I read a lot of birth stories that made me want to just cry. It all sounded so clinical and, well, dull. The cold facts just make my eyes want roll. Don't get me wrong, I love to hear about new babies, but I really don't want to read a post like the one you have in the OP. However, since I got the internet, I have discovered so many that are fantastic. A lot of the moms here are very talented writers, as are many of the blogs I visit.

Not that I am that fantastic with the written word... but here are my blog entries about my two births; DD and DS's here and (my favorite) here
post #27 of 57
When I was preg with DS #1, I got the most info from the UC stories. Many of them went into alot of detail about how it felt, what their emotions were like, etc. And of course there wasn't all that "I was ___cm dilated", since they weren't worried about that. That's probably what you're looking for, and links to good UC story sites have already been posted.

I felt *very* empowered after reading the UC stories, and I wasn't (and still am not) planning a UC.
post #28 of 57
I'll read a hundred boring stories if they show empowered women whose birth is not controlled by others. Unfortunately, that's not that you get on most mainstream boards. It gets repetitive in a heartbreaking and annoying way if I can predict in line 2 what will happen in line 4. I've never had this feeling with homebirths, even the boring ones ( I want a boring one,too!)
post #29 of 57
Well, mine might not be too exciting (it wasn't long enough for that!) but the link is in my siggie (click on DD's name) if ya want to check it out.
post #30 of 57
Well, if you want an exciting UC 60 hour labour with a happy ending and full of emotions:
Sequoia's birth(its a website in hebrew but if you scroll down a little to the first stuff in english, that's it.)
post #31 of 57
I know what you mean- I never read stories on mainstream boards, and even reading or hearing about people's birth stories who just hand everything over to their ob and hospital protocal can at times be very depressing- "and then they broke my water, and then they told me to stop pushing and wait for the doctor to come, and then they took the baby away to be warmed and then they 'let' me see him and feed him' etc The whole time I just want to say WHY? And Why did they do that?

However, there are SO many awesome and inspiring stories here on MDC, I love reading the birth stories whenever I get the chance. You all have provided so many interesting stories I want to follow up on and read!

fourlittlebirds- I was going to post the birth of Forrest Grey Walt but I see you beat me to it! That is a fun one to read.
post #32 of 57
post #33 of 57
I know what you mean about the hospital birth stories.

I LOVE a good birth story written with humor, energy, or that addresses the spiritual experience of birth.

I spent most of my recent labor in the van in rush hour traffic... LOL.
post #34 of 57
The stories on the VBAC board here are also pretty interesting, regardless of how they ended.

Oana
post #35 of 57
Thread Starter 
[I didn’t want to get too excited and exhaust myself, and my midwife had assured me that denial is key in first labors]

That sounds like good advice! See? I love hearing stuff I can actually use. These stories are great, thanks again guys.
post #36 of 57
I think my latest birth story is pretty great. Plus I have pictures.
post #37 of 57
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I think my latest birth story is pretty great. Plus I have pictures.
excellent story! beautiful pictures!
post #38 of 57
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Originally Posted by love_homebirthing
I think my latest birth story is pretty great. Plus I have pictures.
I loved reading it
post #39 of 57
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Originally Posted by love_homebirthing
I think my latest birth story is pretty great. Plus I have pictures.
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I loved your story and your pics are like icing on the cake! so purty!
post #40 of 57
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Originally Posted by majikfaerie
Well, if you want an exciting UC 60 hour labour with a happy ending and full of emotions:
Sequoia's birth(its a website in hebrew but if you scroll down a little to the first stuff in english, that's it.)
Wow, well, uhm, that sure puts my "difficult" life into perspective.
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